Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits back at Rio Ferdinand over Cristiano Ronaldo blast

The Manchester United boss has criticised the comments made by club legend and former teammate Rio Ferdinand in the wake of United’s Champions League defeat to BSC Young Boys

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Ferdinand suggested the United boss should have told Cristiano Ronaldo to sit down after the subbed Portuguese superstar jumped from the bench to venture into his technical area during the shock 2-1 Champions League defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday night.

But now Solskjaer has revealed that both Ronaldo and team-mate Bruno Fernandes were protesting about a challenge by Young Boys midfielder Christopher Martins – and suggested that Ferdinand should get his facts right before offering his opinion.

Solskjaer hit back: “Rio again, you know, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really know.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed Rio Ferdinand “sometimes comments on things he does not know” (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“It should have been a yellow card for the boy when he brought down Nemanja.

“Both Bruno 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, Bruno sat down. We know that there is only one man allowed in that technical area and that’s either me or Carras (Michael Carrick) or Mick (Phelan) or Kieran (McKenna) who is up there.”

Ferdinand, a former team-mate of Solskjaer and Ronaldo at United, claimed he played a key role in Ronaldo’s decision to return to Old Trafford last month after being linked with a move to rivals Manchester City. But he was not impressed when the striker joined Solskjaer on the touchline in Bern.

Ronaldo, 36, has previous when it comes to coaching from the sidelines, most famously after he was injured during Portugal’s Euro 2016 final triumph over France in Paris and had to be substituted.

Ferdinand, in his role as a pundit with BT Sport, said: “If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down.” But Solskjaer has confirmed that Ronaldo is in no doubt who is the boss.

Solskjaer said: “That was just a spur-of-the-moment, should-have-been-sent-off, that No.35, Martins.

“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.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure during Manchester United’s Champions League clash against BSC Young Boys


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United meet West Ham at the London Stadium after Ronaldo marked his Premier League return with a brace against Newcastle.

And Solskjaer added: “Cristiano has come exactly as we hoped. He knows United, he’s been here before – and it’s the same with Tom Heaton.

“The two of them know the culture, they know what we do, they’ve learnt it here. They’ve come back and they’ve given the young boys glimpses of what you can have in your career. They talk to them about their own previous experiences. How we do things here is within the walls and you have to experience it to be able to pass it on.

“We have young players and they can learn off the best. They know the expectations and the circus and everything that happened before the Newcastle game.

“Cristiano handled it well and the other players handled it really well.”

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