Rio Ferdinand has said he allegedly told Cristiano Ronaldo to “sit down” after scolding his Manchester United team-mates on the sideline alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the loss to Young Boys.
Much like he did when Portugal beat France in the Euro 2016 final, Ronaldo barked instructions at United players as the Red Devils were beaten in their Champions League opener. .
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Ronaldo made his presence felt on the sidelines
Ronaldo barked instructions to players after being knocked out in the second half
Ronaldo started the clash and gave the visitors a perfect start with his third goal on his return to the club, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card was a game-changer and the Young Boys capitalized by hitting – including a added time winner – to seal the late victory.
“If I’m the manager, I have to be honest, I tell him to sit down,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“I understand. You know, with Cristiano, people say ‘Oh, this is bravado, this is for the fans’. He’s just a passionate guy. He wants to win, he’s desperate to win, and he can’t hold it back.
“If that means he has to go up there and stand next to the manager, shouting instructions, etc., so be it.” When it’s someone of their status and stature in the game, how can you argue with that? “
Solskjaer won’t want Ronaldo to get too big for his boots
Ferdinand also defended Solskjaer’s tactics despite criticism from the Norwegian for inviting pressure to his side.
He said: “In the 72nd minute they’re talking about needing a goal. Ole doesn’t think like that.
“As a coach I understand what he’s probably thinking at that point, 1-1, away in Europe, always tough no matter where you go, in Europe it’s always tough to leave , on an artificial ground, we are at 10 men, we take a point.
“And that’s what he thought. He wasn’t thinking of bringing in players or keeping players to score goals, it was about watching the game play out. And listen, if he sees this game coming out, nobody’s talking about substitutions. “
Solskjaer received a lot of sticks for the result
Asked whether they ended up losing the game, Ferdinand argued: “It’s the fact that it was not based on the form or the performance of the team, it was based on error. judgment of one person. This is the difference.
“If it was a tactical situation, where you’re going, ‘That’s the reason they lost today, because tactically they got it wrong.’ They didn’t play well today when they had 11 or 10 men, but I wouldn’t say the substitutions are the reason they didn’t get a draw.
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