Exposed! Cristiano Ronaldo is becoming a one-man sideshow
Another week, another sharp exit by Cristiano Ronaldo.
First down the tunnel at Old Trafford after Manchester United lost to Aston Villa
He stomped off again following this draw with Everton. Face like thunder, muttering to himself.
That’s Ronaldo. The man will invariably grab the headlines when United win
But he also has a habit of being the center of attention when things don’t go to plan
However, and that is becoming a problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Those who believe Ronaldo’s return has hurt United are very much in the minority.
Five goals in five starts before he was rested against Everton doesn’t begin to tell the story.
The Portugal star has lifted the whole club and when he emerged from the dugout to warm up on Saturday
the mood inside Old Trafford changed in an instant.
Trouble is, having Ronaldo comes at a cost and we’re not just talking about his £500,000-a-week salary.
He has the potential to be a one-man sideshow, as Solskjaer discovered once again.
The pre-match chatter focused almost entirely on his decision to start Ronaldo on the bench.
Post-match, the talk was about Andros Townsend mimicking Ronaldo’s trademark goal celebration
When he equalized for Everton, and another hasty departure at full-time by United’s No 7.
Ronaldo was furious that Townsend had leveled from a move that started with Bruno Fernandes’s corner
involved a catalog of United errors en route to the other end of the pitch.
In the moments that VAR checked Yerry Mina’s late effort before ruling it out for offside
Ronaldo stood glowering at his manager on the touchline.
His mood hadn’t improved any when he was first off the pitch again shortly afterward, all eyes on him.