Ferdinand plays down talk of animosity between himself and Solskjaer

‘It’s a phone call, man, just call me’: Rio Ferdinand urges former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to speak to him one-to-one as he plays down rift and insists he ‘loves’ the Manchester United manager

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit out at Rio Ferdinand after taking exception to remarks 
  • Ferdinand’s comments on Phil Jones and Cristiano Ronaldo had irked Solskjaer 
  • But Ferdinand has now played down suggestions of any animosity between them
  • Insisting it’s ‘all love’, the former defender said he will give Solskjaer ‘a big hug’ 

Rio Ferdinand has played down suggestions of animosity between himself and Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and insisted that it’s ‘all love’.

Solskjaer delivered a scathing assessment recently on several of Ferdinand’s remarks, which saw him comment on Phil Jones and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

But former United defender Ferdinand, a team-mate of Solskjaer’s during their Old Trafford days, has moved to cool down any lingering heat from their exchanges.

Rio Ferdinand has played down talk of animosity between himself and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

‘Ole’s come for me the other day in the paper!’ Ferdinand joked on the latest Vibe with Five show. ‘He came for me, I can’t believe it! 

‘When I see Ole, I’m going to give him a big hug. I’m going to shake his hand and say, “it’s all love, I love you, man!” I’m his biggest fan. 

‘Ole’s at the wheel, it wasn’t happening until I said it. I’ve got no beef, I’ve got no beef with anyone at Man United. 

Manchester United boss Solskjaer (R) has been angered by several comments from Ferdinand

But Ferdinand has looked to cool any tensions and said ‘it’s all love’ with his former team-mate

‘Some stuff is said in the heat of the moment, and you get things wrong here and there. It’s a phone call, man, just call me.’

Ferdinand angered Solskjaer by speaking on Jones’ woes and labelling him a ‘waste of time’, which saw the coach fire back by saying he was ‘completely out of order’.

Their second disagreement came when Ferdinand revealed he would have told Ronaldo to sit down during United’s Champions League defeat by Young Boys.

‘Rio, again you know, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really know,’ Solskjaer then said in his press conference. 

Ferdinand apologised after labelling Phil Jones and his injury problems as a ‘waste of time’

Cristiano Ronaldo’s antics in the dugout during United’s loss by Young Boys was also criticised

But Ferdinand has since admitted he deeply sympathises with Solskjaer because of the burden on his shoulders in the dugout. 

‘When I see Ole, it’s all love, hugs and kisses, that’s it,’ he added. ‘I understand it, because he’s under pressure, it’s big pressure. 

‘There are people throwing questions at you and you react in the heat of the moment, I get it. 

‘At the end of the day, I think they know deep down that there’s no malice in me. They’ve all shared a dressing room with me, they know what I’m like. 

Ferdinand also insisted that he sympathises with the pressure on the shoulders of Solskjaer

‘If I’m wrong, I’ll hold my hands up, like I did last week with Phil Jones.’ 

United bounced back from their midweek disappointment in Switzerland after beating West Ham, thanks to a last-gasp winner from Jesse Lingard.

Goalkeeper David de Gea also made himself a hero by palming away Mark Noble’s penalty with one of the final kicks of the pulsating clash.

But despite the nature of the result, Solskjaer has refused to be drawn into any talk of the title and sarcastically said that he was ‘losing my job yesterday’.

United bounced back from their Champions League disappointment by defeating West Ham

‘You’re not going to get me on that one now,’ he replied when asked about United’s prospects of lifting the trophy after a lengthy barren spell.

‘It’s five games into the season. I was probably down and out and lost my job yesterday. That’s the way it is at Man United.

‘We deserved three points. It’s a hard place to come, here. Hopefully these points can make a difference. Let’s see [about the title] when we get towards April and May.’

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