It's not impossible to leave Ronaldo out, says Solskjaer

Sports | 14 Sep 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will carefully manage Cristiano Ronaldo's playing time but has to balance that with getting the 36-year-old Portugal forward settled into his Manchester United side.

Ronaldo marked his return to Old Trafford after 12 years away with two goals in the 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle.

United return to action in the opening Champions League Group F match against Swiss club Young Boys tomorrow (HK time) and Solskjaer said he would not rule out resting Ronaldo.

"It's not impossible to leave him out," Solskjaer said. "He is 36. Mason Greenwood is 19 so it's the same, I have to manage his minutes and I have to manage a 36-year-old's minutes as well.

"The other thing with Cristiano is that he looks after himself so much so I know he will recover quickly and he has had a pre-season."

Holders Chelsea begin their campaign at home to Zenit Saint Petersburg in Group H.

Barcelona welcome Bayern Munich in Group E.


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