Ferdinand responds to Solksjaer media jibe

September 24, 2021

Former England and Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has reacted to a recent attack on him by the club’s boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his (Ferdinand) comment on Cristiano Ronaldo after the legendry forward joined from Juventus.

The former central defender insisted that there is no row brewing between him and Solskjaer and played down any rift or malice between him and the Norwegian who played alongside Rio at Manchester United.

Last month, Solskjaer had labelled Ferdinand, his former teammate, ‘out of order’ over comments he made about current United defender, Phil Jones.

Just last week, Ferdinand once again angered the manager with comments about Ronaldo, who had during their Champions League game against Young Boys joined his manager on the touchline to seemingly pass on instructions.

Ferdinand had said on BT Sport, “If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him[Ronaldo]to sit down.”

And responding to the comments during last week’s press conference, Solskjaer said, “Rio, again you know, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really know.”

And reacting to this, Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five, “Ole has come for me the other day!”

“All I will say, people just need to watch the shows and watch the context of what was said.”

“When I see Ole, I’m going to give him a big hug. I’ll shake his hand and say: ‘It’s all love.’ You know I love him, I’m his biggest fan. Ole’s at the wheel wasn’t happening until I said it.”

“I’ve got no beef with anyone at Man United. I love Man United, I love the people there”.

“But sometimes stuff is said in the heat of the moment and you get things wrong here and there but it is a phone call, man. Just call me and say: ‘Ri, what’s going on?’ That’s what I would do if it was me. But when I see Ole, its all love, hugs and kisses.”

“I think deep down they know there is no malice in me.

“They have all shared a dressing room with me, they know what I’m like and if I’m wrong, I’ll hold my hands up like I did last week with Phil Jones.”