Decorated former Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut for the club was so impressive it actually caused him(Ferguson)problems.
Ronaldo joined Man United from his home club, Sporting Lisbon at 18 back then in 2003 after previously wowing Ferguson in a friendly match between the two clubs.
The Portugal international played his first game for Manchester United as a substitute in a 4–0 home win over Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League on the opening day of the season as he came on for Nicky Butt.
Ferguson said he was keen on easing the youngster into league football but added the Portuguese’s performance against Bolton left fans wanting more and left him[Ferguson)debating whether he should bench him again the following week.
“I’ll always remember that when we had the discussion, I think what I wanted to impress upon his agent, in particular, was that he won’t play every game, but if he’s so good, I can’t stop him. You always play your best players,” Ferguson said, according to Metro.
“For the opening game of the season, he was a substitute, came on and was absolutely fantastic. The crowd was magnificent. The crowd loved it.
“Here we had a situation. Do I play him the next game? Or do I put him back on the bench? That’s a big problem.”
However, the young Ronaldo was kept on the bench for the next game against Newcastle and had to wait another eight matches before scoring his first goal for United in a 3-0 win over Newcastle.