Solskjaer replies Rio Ferdinand over comments on Ronaldo
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United coach, has hit back at the club’s legend, Rio Ferdinand after the former defender stated that Cristiano Ronaldo had undermined his own manager.
After Ronaldo was subbed off during Man United’s Champions League defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday, the Portugal captain was seen standing alongside Solskjaer on the touchline and shouting towards the pitch.
Ferdinand felt Solskjaer should have told Ronaldo to ‘sit down’, telling BT Sport after the 2-1 loss, “If I’m the manager, I have got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down.”
Reacting to Ferdinand’s comments, Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s Premier League with West Ham on Sunday: “Rio, again you know, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really know.
“It should have been a yellow card for the boy when he brought down Nemanja (Matic). Both Bruno [Fernandes] and Cristiano, as competitive as they are, suddenly I had them on my shoulder.
“They were there for a brief spell and shouted to the referee. That was the aggravation of getting a few bad decisions against us.
“But then Cristiano sat down and Bruno sat down. We know that there is only one man allowed in that technical area and that’s either me or Michael Carrick or Mike Phelan or Kieran McKenna, who is up there.
“That was just a spur-of-the-moment thing, over a player who should have been sent off.
“So I don’t have any problem with them showing some passion and then going back down. It’s not like he (Ronaldo) was coaching his players. No.”
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