- Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved his hunger for victory as he helped Solskjaer give Man United players instructions
- The five-time Ballon d'Or winner had just been subbed off but decided not to take his place on the bench other teammates
- The 36-year-old's antics courted criticism from Rio Ferdinand who claimed he would have asked him to sit down if he were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Cristiano Ronaldo assumed a coaching role on Tuesday, September 14, during Man United's Champions League meeting with Young Boys shortly after he was subbed off.
Ronaldo's part in the game
Ronaldo formed part of United's starting line-up as they kicked off their UCL campaign with a trip to Switzerland.
The 36-year-old used the opportunity to continue his excellent start to life back at Old Trafford, scoring the opener in the 13th minute after he was set up by Bruno Fernandes.
However, the Portuguese went on to endure a miserable night in Bern as the hosts staged a dramatic comeback to secure victory.
Young Boys' dramatic comeback
Things went south for the Red Devils shortly before the break Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off.
The home side used the chance to lay siege to United's solitary goal, scoring twice in the second half to secure victory.
In what appeared as a tactical decision, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer withdrew Ronaldo and Fernandes in the 72nd minute, a decision that sparked criticism of the Norwegian for being too defensive.
Ronaldo barking out instructions from the bench
But rather than take his place on the bench, Ronaldo stood up and was seen shouting instructions from the technical area.
He stood side-by-side with Solskjaer before Fernandes also joining the pair.
Rio's opinion about Ronaldo's role from the bench
However, Rio Ferdinand was not too impressed with Ronaldo's antics, saying he would have asked the forward to take a seat if he was Ole.
"If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down," the legendary defender said.
Incidentally, it is not the first time the five-time Balloon d'Or winner has taken to the touchline to offer tactical instructions having famously done that during the Euro 2016 final with Portugal.
Ronaldo's kind gesture towards a steward
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo had to abandon Manchester United's light training session to attend to the steward he knocked out with a thunderous shot ahead of their Champions League opener against Young Boys.
The 36-year-old was getting ready for the Red Devils' Champions League opening Group F encounter when he fired the shot that went off target and hit one of the stadium's hands.
After realising what he had done, she had to jump a barrier just to attend to the innocent person who was just doing her job before the rocket shot knocked her out.
Source: Sports Brief News