Rio Ferdinand has reacted to claims that Cristiano Ronaldo could be on out of Manchester United following the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as the new interim boss.
There have been claims that Rangnick will be unable to effectively manage Ronaldo.
Rangnick was announced as United’s interim replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Monday.
Many people believe that managing Ronaldo’s workload and fitting the Portugal captain into his high-octane pressing style will represent one of Rangnick’s toughest tasks.
However, Ferdinand played down these claims and is confident Rangnick is up to the task, despite never having managed a club of United’s stature in the past.
“He only stopped coaching at Schalke for a period because he was under stress,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five.
“All this talk that he can’t manage Cristiano Ronaldo he had a 35-year-old Raul. A genuine superstar, world-class player, big personality and managed him within that team. He performed. It’s a myth.
“It’s still an ego, it’s still a character, it’s a personality that you’ve got to manage properly so he knows how to do it, he’s done it.
“All this ‘he’s not going to play Ronaldo’ he played a 35-year-old Raul. Ronaldo I don’t think is the issue I think he’ll find a way that Ronaldo will be able to fit in his team.”