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Man United legend reacts to Gary Neville’s criticism of superstar summer signing

Rio Ferdinand sympathises with Manchester United star Harry Maguire after England vs Germany.
Rio Ferdinand sympathises with Manchester United star Harry Maguire after England vs Germany. (Copyright: Bradley Collyer)

Rio Ferdinand reacts to Gary Neville’s criticism of Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo

According to FIVE YouTube channel (h/t Daily Post), Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has reacted to Gary Neville’s criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former skipper called out Ronaldo for storming down the tunnel at full time following the Red Devils’ disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Everton. He believes the forward’s reaction adds more pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian is already under pressure after United dropped points in recent weeks. Having enjoyed an extravagant summer, Solskjaer is running out of excuses at Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand reacts to Gary Neville's criticism of Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. (imago Images)
Ronaldo has divided opinion between Neville and Ferdinand.. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ferdinand, however, has refused to pull the gun on Ronaldo, claiming that one cannot take away the emotion from the sport. He hints that Ronaldo’s reactions are understandable given the result.

“It’s almost like saying we want to take away emotion, take away natural emotion.”

He has also likened the 36-year-old’s reaction akin to that of former United greats when results went against them. Dropping points at home is never a good thing and the United number seven realizes that.

“We [former Man United players] would walk off and be screaming our heads off loads of times.”

Rio Ferdinand reacts to Gary Neville's criticism of Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo
Andros Townsend of Everton interacts with Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United following the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton. (GETTY Images)

Ronaldo has every right to be angry. But he was was unable to break down a disciplined Everton side who were deserving of their point. Having a winning mentality is well and good, but unless you draw a line on it, it just comes off as toxic.

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United find themselves in a precarious position despite a fine squad at their disposal. Ronaldo’s ambitions are clear to one and all but he will have to work with what he has rather than run his rule. Everything could fall apart very quickly otherwise.

Written by Pranav Nair

An Engineering postgraduate with a keen interest in statistics, pop culture and football.

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