Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responded to Rio Ferdinand, his former colleague in the “Red Devils”, about Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ferdinand had previously criticized Solskjaer, against the background of Ronaldo directing the players from the bench, after being substituted during the Swiss Young Boys match in the opening round of the Champions League group stage, which the “Red Devils” lost 1-2.
Despite Ronaldos exit during the second half, the Portuguese player appeared clearly on the bench, as he stood behind Solskjaer, trying to pull the buttons of the rest of the players, which raised Ferdinand’s concern.
Ferdinand commented on BT Sport: “If I was the coach, I have to be honest, I would have asked him to sit.”
He added: “I understand it, but you know with Ronaldo, people say that he brags or attracts the attention of the fans, but he is just an emotional man who wants to win, and he is desperate to win, and he cannot restrain himself.”
“If that means he has to step up and stand by the manager and shout instructions and so on, then so be it, when there is someone of his stature, how can you argue?”
Solskjaer responded: “Rio, again, sometimes comments on things he doesn’t really know.”
He added: “During the match, one of the Young Boys players should have been given a yellow card when Nemanja Matic dropped both Bruno Fernandes and Ronaldo, and given how competitive they are, I found them on my shoulder.”
He continued: “They were there for a while and shouted at the referee, it was because he made some bad decisions against us, but then Ronaldo and Bruno sat.”
He continued, “We know that there is only one man allowed to stand in the technical area, and that is either me, Michael Carrick, Mick Phelan or Kieran McKenna.”
Solskjaer concluded his statements by saying: “It was a matter of the moment, the Young Boys player should have been sent off, so I have no problem showing some passion and then backing off, it’s not like Ronaldo is coaching players, no.”
Today, Sunday, Manchester United faces West Ham, in the fifth round of the English Premier League.
While Villarreal will host the second round of the Champions League group stage on September 29.
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