The Portuguese star was given the night off and his clinical finishing was missed as the Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he can’t play Cristiano Ronaldo in every game this season but after Manchester United were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham, the manager might have regretted giving the Portugal international the night off.
“He’s come in and made a difference already,” Solskjaer had told Sky Sports before the third-round clash at Old Trafford. “It’s going to be a long season and he wants to play as much as possible, but every match is not possible.”
Still, if you’re a betting person, you would have put money on Ronaldo converting at least one of United’s 27 shots against West Ham. And, in the end, United paid a heavy price for his absence, with Manuel Lazini’s early strike deciding the game in the visitors’ favour.