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‘He will be absolutely furious now’: Rio Ferdinand says Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT accept to sit on the bench for a non-Champions League side as he declares the Portuguese ‘built differently’
- Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench by Erik ten Hag for back-to-back games
- Portuguese will not be happy with the current state of affairs, says Rio Ferdinand
- Former Ronaldo team-mate says he will not accept the current situation
Rio Ferdinand has said Cristiano Ronaldo would have been ‘absolutely furious’ to have been forced to sit on the bench for Manchester United’s last two games.
The Portuguese, 37, failed to start one of United’s last two games – against Liverpool and Southampton – and manager Erik ten Hag chose instead to start Marcus Rashford as centre-forward.
There has been plenty of speculation about Ronaldo’s future this summer, with the Portuguese expressing his intention to leave the club through various channels.
Rio Ferdinand said his former team-mate will be ‘absolutely disgusting’ when he sits on the bench
Ten Hag had initially wanted to keep the player, but his stance has since softened and is said to be open to a Ronaldo departure. So far, no club that meets Ronaldo’s criteria has emerged as a viable destination.
Speaking for yourself Atmosphere with Five podcast, Ferdinand said, “Whether he stays or not, none of us know. But knowing Cristiano [Ronaldo]I’m sure he will absolutely smoke now.
‘Forget who starts before him, [that] it won’t start. You can’t do what he’s done in his career during this amazing amount of time at the levels he’s playing by being someone who accepts not starting and being a sub for a team that’s not in the Champions League. ‘
Ferdinand suggested that it would be ‘cool’ for some players to sit on the bench and play a supporting role, but that Ronaldo was not ‘built that way’.
Ronaldo has seen his place as the squad’s main striker fall to Marcus Rashford in the past two games
“Ronaldo is not built that way,” he said. “You can’t expect him to change at 37.” [years-old].
‘He would have been the same when he was 21’ [years-old]. We spoke to before the match [Paul] Scholes…I remember when [David] Beckham was dropped a few games, the [Real] Madrid game [in 2003] etc., he [was] smoking. Superstars are built differently.
‘They don’t believe they have bad games, they don’t believe they don’t play well’ [and] they don’t believe they’re doing things wrong in their game, because they’re so determined to have success and their belief in their skills and themselves, that they don’t see failure.’
The Portuguese is not ‘built’ to sit on the couch and watch, Ferdinand said Monday
Debate has raged since Ronaldo arrived at the club over his suitability for a modern, elite side.
Some individuals have questioned whether or not the Portuguese is working hard enough for the team, while others have allayed those doubts by saying he scored the most goals of all United players last season.
Ferdinand weighed in on the debate by providing insight into what Ronaldo might think about those who question his work ethic for the team.
“Whatever someone says about running, pressing etc, he will sit there and go. “I scored 24 goals last season. The hardest thing in football is putting the ball in the back of the net and I did that 24 times last year.”‘
The former United defender said Ronaldo (L) is likely to stay at the club this summer
When asked whether he believed Ronaldo would stay or go, Ferdinand said he “didn’t believe” he would leave the club due to the fact that there will be no side that can pay his astronomical wages.
“Financially, I just don’t think it can happen in this window,” said the former United defender.
Therefore, concerns can be raised about the suitability of having a player who doesn’t like sitting on the bench, something that could destabilize the rest of the playing team.
However, Ferdinand said he believed his former teammate was “calculated and intelligent enough not to destabilize the regime”.
“He may be irritable at times, but you won’t see a decrease in intensity, focus and professionalism. I don’t think he will be aloof and blank people and be an absolutely dazzling sight, I don’t think he is,” he added.
Ronaldo battled for a departure from the club this summer after failing to reach the Champions League last season