“Smash Him” – Cristiano Ronaldo Pleaded Teammates to Foul Opponent To Stop Eventual Goal From Everton

Published 10/03/2021, 1:09 PM EDT


Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to ever touch a football. The legendary Portuguese has won a plethora of trophies in his career and is well known for his winning mentality. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Ronaldo is unhappy with Manchester United’s performance.

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The Red Devils have endured a rough patch of late. They have suffered defeats against Aston Villa and Young Boys. They also got knocked out of the Carabao Cup and last night barely salvaged a point against Everton.

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Andros Townsend scores an equalizer for Everton

In the previous six games, Manchester United have lost four times. And despite win being a necessity, the Norwegian manager rested Cristiano Ronaldo against Everton. Ronaldo took the field in the 57th minute. However, even the legendary player couldn’t do much to salvage a winner. After the final whistle, Ronaldo apparently left the field in a state of anger. 

Earlier in the match, Andros Townsend scored Everton’s equalizer from a counter-attack that came from Manchester United’s own half. Many, including Ronaldo, felt that Luke Shaw should have done a better job in containing Townsend.

Many people criticized Shaw for giving acres of space to the Toffees player in the buildup of goal. If Luke Shaw would have fouled Townsend in the goal’s buildup, things might have been different. Recently, during a conversation with BT Sport, United legend Rio Ferdinand, talked about the same.

Cristiano Ronaldo wanted Luke Shaw to make a tactical foul in the buildup to Everton’s equalizer

Speaking to BT Sport, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed what Cristiano Ronaldo was telling his teammates. According to the former Manchester United defender, ‘Whatever means necessary’ was the instruction given by Ronaldo to his teammates to stop the Everton counterattack.

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“Man United at that time, Cristiano says take him early in the play,” Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport. “The foreign teams are cute in those positions and counter-attacks with cheeky fouls would’ve stopped and prevented that. You can see him there, telling them ‘take him out, smash him.'”

Manchester United have assembled a great team this season. However, they are still not able to win games. Therefore, if the Red Devils want to win any silverware this season, they need to start performing right away.

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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