Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo told his team-mates to stop Everton’s counterattack ahead of Andrew Townsend’s goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a second half substitute against Everton. The Portuguese star was on the pitch when Townsend equalized for Rafael Benitez and made no secret of his frustration with the Toffees winger’s goal.
Manchester United had a chance to stop the counter-attack, but Brazilian midfielder Fred failed to stop Everton winger Demarai Gray in the run-up to goal. Rio Ferdinand revealed what Cristiano Ronaldo told his teammates ahead of goal.
“Man United at that time, Cristiano Ronaldo says to take him early in the game. The foreign teams are in those positions and counterattacks with brutal fouls would have stopped and prevented that. You can see him there and they say ‘take him out, hit him,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
Ferdinand later revealed the frustration Cristiano Ronaldo felt after the whistle. The 36-year-old has become Manchester United’s talisman since joining the club from Juventus this summer.
Despite the presence of the Portuguese star, the Red Devils have put up some disappointing displays in recent weeks.
“He stormed into the tunnel disappointed with the result, of course we’ve all been there. I think it will be a mixture of things, he’s a man in form, scored five out of five, wanted to continue that vein of form and shoot his side to victory. I understand the frustrations and it will come out soon,” said Ferdinand.
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