Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the former manager of Manchester United, has stated that the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson personally apologized to him after first criticizing the Norwegian for once benching Cristiano Ronaldo.
While Solskjaer was in charge at Old Trafford in the summer of 2021, Ronaldo made a spectacular comeback to Manchester United.
The former Real Madrid striker enjoyed a standout season at Old Trafford, scoring 24 goals across all competitions after joining from Juventus.
However, despite having Ronaldo, the Red Devils ended in sixth position as opposed to second without him the season before.
Even Solskjaer even believed he would be better off without the prolific scorer and benched him for the league match between the Red Devils and Everton in October 2021 that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Ferguson, though, was not pleased with the coach’s choice to bench the former Juventus player.
According to Solskjaer, it was the only time Sir Alex Ferguson ever apologized to him, as reported by The Mirror.
‘You should always play your greatest players,’ he was heard saying on film after Ronaldo began a game on the bench.
He called me and apologized because he understands how difficult it is. I know enough to keep my distance.