Man Utd boss Solskjaer hits back at Rio Ferdinand over Cristiano Ronaldo actions | Football | Sport


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Rio Ferdinand to shut up after the former defender criticised Cristiano Ronaldo’s actions during the Red Devils’ Champions League defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday night.

Ronaldo scored his third goal in two games to open the scoring against the Swiss side.

But when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for a second yellow card, Solskjaer substituted his Portuguese superstar to shut up shop.

The decision failed to pay off as Young Boys got back into the game and during the tense final moments Ronaldo was captured shouting onto the pitch while stood in the technical area behind Solskjaer.

BT Sport pundit Ferdinand was not happy with the 36-year-old’s behaviour and believed Solskjaer should have put the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in his place.

“If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down,” Ferdinand said.

But Solskjaer has hit back at his former team-mate by telling him to shush.

“Rio again, you know, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really know,” Solskjaer said. “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.”

Solskjaer insists that he is the one calling the shot at Old Trafford and his new signing is not in control.

“That was just a spur-of-the-moment, should-have-been-sent-off, that No 35, Martins,” the United boss added.

“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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