Legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has said current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a mistake by not starting Cristiano Ronaldo against Everton.

Ronaldo was named on the bench for the visit of Rafa Benitez’s men on Saturday.

The 36-year-old has scored five goals in five matches since he arrived from Juventus.

But Solskjaer said he wanted to ‘freshen’ his team up and give Ronaldo a rest following the midweek Champions League win over Villarreal.

Ronaldo came on as a 57th-minute sub – eight minutes before Everton’s equaliser – but struggled to make an impact before storming down the tunnel as the final whistle was blown.

Solskjaer defended his decision to bench Ronaldo after the 1-1 draw but Ferguson appears to disagree with the current Manchester United manager, telling MMA legend Khabib Nurmagomedov that “you should always start your best players”.

Ferguson was filmed talking to Khabib at Old Trafford after Saturday’s draw and said: “But I also think that they [Everton] saw Ronaldo wasn’t playing…”

Khabib replied: “Yeah, but he came on in the second half…”

And the Manchester United legend responded: “I know but you should always start with your best players.”