After the Young Boys game, images went viral of Cristiano Ronaldo effectively acting as a manager in the dugout alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In the BT Sport studio afterward, Rio Ferdinand argued that Solskjaer should’ve been a bit more assertive.
“If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down,” Ferdinand said about Cristiano.
At the same time, Rio understands that making Ronaldo sit down is easier said than done.
“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?”
To be fair to Solskjaer, even Portugal’s manager could not sit Ronaldo down in the European Championship final back in 2016, so any attempt to actually do it would have likely been in vain.