Jamie Carragher and Rio Ferdinand were embroiled in a Twitter spat after the Liverpool legend accused his former England team-mate of being a Cristiano Ronaldo ‘fan boy’.
The argument started after Carragher reaffirmed his belief that Erik ten Hag was right not to play Ronaldo in United’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
The 37-year-old remained on the bench throughout the loss at the Etihad, with the Dutchman admitting afterwards that he didn’t bring Ronaldo on in the second half out of ‘respect’ for his career, given the scoreline.
Carragher has been an outspoken critic of Ronaldo and said from the outset of his return to Old Trafford that United were wrong to bring him back to the club.
Ferdinand, by contrast, disagrees with Ten Hag’s decision to drop Ronaldo and feels he should be starting.
Carragher described the idea the criticism of Ten Hag’s decision not to play Ronaldo as ‘laughable.
The tweet drew a response from Ferdinand, who mocked Carragher by saying he was still annoyed that Ronaldo blanked him – which is in reference to an incident earlier on this season when the Portugal skipper refused to shake his hand.
Carragher then claimed that Ferdinand was part of a clan of former United players that defend Ronaldo, claiming he’s a ‘fan boy’.
Ferdinand denied that there is a WhatsApp group of former United players and he mocked Carragher for getting ‘bullied’ by former United captain Roy Keane.
Reports on Monday claimed Ronaldo has been granted permission to leave the club in the January transfer window.
The striker was absent from United’s pre-season tour and he’s starte djust one Premier League match this term.
Ronaldo requested to leave the club in the summer but Ten Hag was keen to keep him.
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