Due to the recent bad results at Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand is predicting a rift between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The situation between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Cristiano Ronaldo reached a boiling point that Rio Ferdinand recognized after last Saturday. Ole made the unilateral decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench and attempted to explain it. In the end, United only drew at Old Trafford and continued their hit/miss season. For Rio Ferdinand, a rift might be starting to form between manager and player.
It’s clear Cristiano doesn’t agree with Ole’s decisions and this might be a good reason for the Glazers to sack him. If he can’t take the pressure, they will absolutely find a manager who can. Plus, there’s a video of Sir Alex Ferguson criticizing Solskjaer after the match for not playing Ronaldo from the start. But Ferdinand was the one who gave us the better overview of what could happen between the two in the coming weeks. Take a pique at around the half-hour mark on the following video from Ferdinand’s own Youtube channel.
Ferdinand doesn’t have high hopes for Solskjaer.
During his FIVE Podcast show on Youtube, this is what Ferdinand said: “If you’ve got a manager who is being superseded by a player, the manager needs to be the biggest personality, the biggest image in people’s minds. We all know talent wins games, but ultimately, he needs to be P.T Barnum – not Ronaldo. He needs to be the circus master and it is a problem that will be built up and spun up and it will be his undoing. The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo will be his undoing, because it will be the narrative, it will be the stick that is used against him every single time that it doesn’t work the way it should do.
“I tell you why I am not surprised; when a player walks off the pitch giving it the big’un because he is not happy about it, rather than towing the line and showing a bit of respect to the manager that has picked him or not picked him. You’re going to have this, you’re going to have the opportunity for journalists to come in and say, ‘look at what he is doing, there is a rift developing there.’ All of a sudden, it will be Ronaldo against the manager, or it’ll be about what is happening with Ronaldo. The point I made was about Bruno Fernandes. I was more interested in listening to the situation with Bruno Fernandes, talking about the lack of return in these games and the real disappointment he felt. Rather than the grinning, gurning Norwegian that’s talking about this young pup and how he knows better than the so-called expert.”