By Paul Robinson

30th Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit 'can't believe' Ronaldo decision at Man United after 'huge' Neville claim

Paul Robinson is baffled by the decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from the Man United starting XI at Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs and England number one is adamant the 36-year-old is still “one of the world’s best players” and said he should have at least played an hour.

Michael Carrick named Ronaldo on the bench for Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The Portugal captain entered the field after 64 minutes but failed to impact the game.

On Twitter, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville suggested new interim United boss Ralf Rangnick had a hand in the decision to drop Ronaldo.

The ex-Red Devils right-back said the team selection at Chelsea was “a huge departure” from previous lineups.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the decision, Robinson said: “I couldn’t believe it.

“Ronaldo is one of the world’s best players. These are the games you brought him in for.

“Yes, he can’t play every game of the season but Chelsea away… If there was questions over tiredness, play him for the first hour and then take him off.

“I just could not understand why he only came on for 20 minutes. You are not going to get the best out of Ronaldo playing him like that.”

Ronaldo sealed his return to Old Trafford at the end of August.

He has contributed 10 goals and two assists in 16 appearances this season.

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