The two people who had played together discussed Ronaldo’s behavior on the boundary line when United lost against Young Boys
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed accusations by Rio Ferdinand that Cristiano Ronaldo was a shadow coach from the bench when Manchester United lost against Young Boys on Tuesday (14/9).
Ronaldo’s goal was not enough to give United victory in their Champions League opener, with the Swiss club turning things around against the 10-man Red Devils.
Ronaldo was withdrawn in the second half but instead acted like a manager on the touchline, and that annoyed Ferdinand.
What did Ferdinand say?
“If I were the manager, to be honest, I would have told him to sit down,” former United and England defender Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“I know. When people see Cristiano, people will say, ‘Ah, he’s just an image, so he looks cool in the eyes of the fans’. He’s just a passionate guy. He wants to win, he’s desperate to win and he can’t help it. that.”
“If that means he has to go over there and stand next to the manager, shouting instructions and stuff, fine. What can you talk about if a player of his level does that?”
However, Solskjaer insisted that Ferdinand’s interpretation of the incident was misguided.
“Rio sometimes comments on things he doesn’t really know,” he said of his former colleague at Old Trafford.
“Martins Pereira should be yellow carded for fouling Nemanja Matic. Bruno [Fernandes] and Cristiano, who is super competitive, was suddenly next to me.”
“They were just there for a while and shouted at the referee. It was just annoyance because bad decisions hurt us constantly. But then they both sat down. We knew only one person could be in that technical area, either me or Carras. [Michael Carrick], Mick [Phelan], or Kieran [McKenna].
“It was just a moment, he should have been sent off, so I don’t mind them showing desire and then sitting back. He doesn’t give instructions to the players, no.”