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Rio Ferdinand says he would have told Cristiano Ronaldo to “sit down” when the 36-year-old started barking instructions from the touchline yesterday.
Manchester United faced a 2 – 1 defeat in their first Champions League group stage game against Young Boys, with both Bruno Fernandes and Ronaldo being subbed off during the match.
It is not uncommon to see the Portuguese star shouting from the touchline, famously doing the same in the Euro 2016 final with Portugal.
“If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down,” Ferdinand said when speaking about Ronaldo’s antics on BT Sport.
Fellow pundit Peter Crouch agreed, saying: “If I’m sitting on the bench as well I’m telling him to sit down. But he is Cristiano, we’ll let him do it.”
Then Ferdinand continued: “I get it. You know, with Cristiano people go, “Oh it’s bravado, it’s for the fans”. He’s just a passionate guy. He wants to win, he’s desperate to win, and he can’t hold it in.
“If that means he has to go up there and stand next to the manager, shouting instructions etcetera, so be it. When it’s someone of his standing and stature in the game how can you argue with it?”