Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to criticism from former team-mate Rio Ferdinand after the retired defender questioned whether Cristiano Ronaldo had undermined his own manager by appearing to bark orders from the touchline during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat against Young Boys in the Champions League midweek.
Ferdinand was watching the match for BT Sport and he didn’t seem too pleased at seeing Ronaldo stood on the touchline shouting towards the pitch after he had been substituted by Solskjaer.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time the cameras have caught Ronaldo airing his views from the bench as he did the same at the Euro 2016 final after going off injured in the first-half.
Solskjaer hit back at Ferdinand ahead of United’s trip to West Ham in the Premier League.
“Rio, again you know, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really know,” Solskjaer said, as per the Telegraph.
“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.”
With three goals in two games to mark a promising start for his big return, Ronaldo is an experienced winner and there’s no point creating problems that don’t actually exist, like Ferdinand has done.