The former Manchester United defender has quashed any talk of a potential falling out between him and former teammate & current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Any speculation of a fall-out between two of Manchester United’s biggest legends of their modern era has been ended after Rio Ferdinand has cleared up the ‘issue’ between him and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The pair appeared to engage in a public spat last week after Ferdinand claimed Solskjaer should have told Cristiano Ronaldo to sit down after the subbed Portuguese superstar made his way out of his seat on the bench to venture into the manager’s technical area during the recent Champions League defeat at BSC Young Boys.
While covering the game for BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down.”
The man in the Old Trafford hot-seat explained that Ronaldo was actually protesting about a decision, before claiming: “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.
“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 has since claimed there is no ill-feeling from his end and he will be quick to let the Norwegian known next time they run into each other.
Speaking in a short clip uploaded to his T witter profile, Ferdinand claimed: “Ole’s come for me in the paper the other day. I can’t believe it.
“When I see Ole, I’m going to give him a big hug man. I’m going to shake his hand and say ‘Listen man, it’s all love. I love you man’.
“You know I love you, I’m his biggest fan, Ole’s at the wheel – it wasn’t happening until I said it bruv.”
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United currently sit third in the Premier League table, level on points with league leaders Chelsea and second-placed Liverpool but an inferior goal difference to both.
Sunday’s 2-1 win over West Ham was secured in dramatic fashion, Jesse Lingard notching an 89th minute winner before shot-stopper David de Gea saved a stoppage time from Hammers captain Mark Noble.