Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has criticized Cristiano Ronaldo’s moves after he was substituted in in yesterday’s surprise Champions League loss to Young Boys.
Ronaldo scored a 1-0 goal for Man Utd in Switzerland in the first half, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had another difficult European night when his side dropped the game late with a fateful mistake and conceded the winning goal in stoppage time.
Ronaldo had been replaced by Solskjaer at this point, but you could see him stand up and demonstrate a few times from the bench, which Ferdinand was not too happy with.
The BT Sports expert quoted by Metro said he asked Ronaldo to sit down, although he later softened his stance as he understands the Portugal international is a passionate guy who wants to win.
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“If I’m the manager, I have to be honest, I tell him to sit down,” said Ferdinand.
He added, “I see. You know, at Cristiano people say, ‘Oh, it’s bravado, it’s for the fans’. He’s just a passionate guy. He wants to win, he desperately wants to win, and he can’t keep it.
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“If that means he has to go up there and stand next to the manager, shouting instructions, etc., then so be it. If someone of his class and stature is involved, how can you argue with that?
United fans probably won’t be too concerned about what Ronaldo did, but concerns about Solskjaer’s ability at that level are sure to rise again.
The Norwegian tactician has done a decent job since his appointment as United manager but has always been a risky appointment due to his lack of experience and his club legend status undoubtedly helped him earn the nod.
The nature of that Young Boys defeat is sure to put his future back in the spotlight as MUFC is sure to do much better in these big games.