Cristiano Ronaldo beat Villarreal in the 95th minute at Toast at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. It was his fifth goal since his return and perhaps the most important for an entertaining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But a few days later the Portuguese sat on the bench to visit Everton.
Manchester United are up to three games in seven days thanks to an early start on Saturday and Ronaldo is one of five changes from the midweek Champions League clash.
Instead, Solskger chose Front 4, which included Bruno Fernandez, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, and Edinson Cavani.
Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho also sat on the bench, Aaron Wan Bisaka replacing Diogo Dalot from behind on the right. Fred and Luke Shaw are back.
He did not specifically mention Ronaldo, but for the sake of the change, the United boss was questioned by the club’s official channels.
“Wednesday night was a great effort, a great emotional and physical achievement,” said Solskger.
“So we had to update it at the start of the launch. The start of the game is very important and we have some very good players with us. We believe we will lead the game. That’s the team.”
This is the first time since May 2007 Ronaldo has played United’s home game in League Bank, which took place on the last day of the season.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo had previously started all the games since he retired from Juventus in August, with the exception of the league cup defeat to West Ham, who was not in the team.
He then returned for another loss, this time returning to Aston Villa from the Premier League but escaping United’s blow against Villarreal.