By Conor Laird Published: September 18, 2021 11:10 pm
Last Updated: September 18, 2021 11:18 pm
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, on Saturday, responded to the suggestions of club legend Rio Ferdinand that Cristiano Ronaldo undermined his authority versus BSC Young Boys during the week.
Reds shocked Solskjaer’s men of course got their latest European campaign underway on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils made the trip to Bern, for a Champions League group stage clash with Swiss giants Young Boys.
United headed into proceedings as overwhelming favourites to bag all three points, buoyed by the recent return of Cristiano Ronaldo, and looked well on their way to precisely that when the Portuguese goalscorer found the net inside the opening quarter of an hour:
Ronaldo scores the first goal of the Champions League season 😤 @brfootball
(via @CBSSportsGolazo) pic.twitter.com/qSv9Ct9HP8
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 14, 2021
Young Boys, however, had other ideas.
After Aaron Wan-Bissaka was given his marching orders for a dangerous challenge late in the first-half, the hosts went on to take full advantage, levelling things up through Moumi Ngamaleu, before bagging a remarkable last-gasp winner when Theoson Siebatcheu capitalised on substitute Jesse Lingard’s costly mistake.
‘Comments on things he doesn’t know…’ In turn, on the back of the action coming to a close at the Stade de Suisse, the inquest quickly got underway in the Manchester United camp.
Wan-Bissaka’s needless dismissal aside, one further incident which was widely highlighted in the matchup’s aftermath came in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo’s behaviour whilst on the sideline.
After being hauled off alongside compatriot Bruno Fernandes twenty minutes from time, Ronaldo was soon up in arms alongside Solskjaer on the touchline, making his grievances with the officiating clear.
Such antics prompted club legend Rio Ferdinand to seemingly call into question the authority of the Red Devils’ boss during the post-match analysis session on BT Sport, with the ex-English international having suggested that Ronaldo should have been told to ‘sit down’.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 03: Rio Ferdinand looks on during the Wayne Rooney Testimonial match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on August 3, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
As outlined above, though, on Saturday evening, Solskjaer has hit back.
Speaking to the media ahead of United’s Premier League showdown with West Ham tomorrow afternoon, the Norwegian was drawn on Ferdinand’s midweek comments, and went on to explain:
‘Rio, again you know, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really know.’
‘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.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits back at Rio Ferdinand for questioning his authority https://t.co/lzWMUkmu3D
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) September 18, 2021
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