Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed claims that Cristiano Ronaldo was coaching the players from the bench during Tuesday's loss to Young Boys, claiming that Rio Ferdinand was unaware of the true situation at the club at the time.
Ronaldo's goal in United's Champions League opener against Young Boys wasn't enough, as the 10-man Reds were defeated in a shock defeat in Switzerland.
Despite being taken out in the second half, the striker remained a vociferous presence on the touchline, much to Ferdinand's dismay.
During the broadcast, former United and England defender Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport, "If I'm the manager, I've got to be honest, I'm telling him to sit down."
“I understand. People say things like, "Oh, it's bravado, it's for the fans," when it comes to Cristiano. He's just a zealous individual. He wants to win, he has to win, and he can't stop himself.
“If that means he has to go up to the manager's office and stand next to him, shouting orders and such, so be it. How can you argue with someone of his caliber and prominence in the game?”
But, according to Solskjaer, Ferdinand's perception of events was incorrect.
"Rio, again, he makes remarks on topics he doesn't really understand," he added of his old Old Trafford teammate.
"Martins Pereira should have received a yellow card for bringing down Nemanja Matic. As competitive as Bruno and Cristiano are, I had them both on my shoulder at the same time.
"They were only there for a short time and yelled at the referee. That was the annoyance of a few stupid decisions going against us. But then Cristiano and Bruno took a seat. Only one man is authorized in that technical section, and it's either me, Carras [Michael Carrick], Mick, or Kieran.
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