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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Reveals What Sir Alex Ferguson Let Cristiano Ronaldo Get Away With

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Reveals What Sir Alex Ferguson Let Cristiano Ronaldo Get Away With

Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't someone it was a good idea to get on the wrong side of but former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that the Scot used to let Cristiano Ronaldo get away with something no one else could.

There's a few things Sir Alex Ferguson became with synonymous with during his time at Manchester United. Aside from 'Fergie Time,' players being given the 'hairdryer treatment' became the bosses big thing.

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Fergie won 13 Premier League titles with the Red Devils and he never once didn't expect the most from his players and was always willing to give them a good grilling.

Famously one clash with David Beckham ended with the winger having his manager's football boot kicked at his head and 'Becks' eventually leaving for Real Madrid.

Players just didn't get away with not putting their all in under Sir Alex but it was often accepted that the exception to the rule was Eric Cantona, such was the impact of the Frenchman at Old Trafford.

However in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, via AS, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that it was actually Cristiano Ronaldo was the one player who got away with something, saying:

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"He [Ronaldo] was the only one who Sir Alex said: 'OK, only worry about attacking, do not think about defending.'

"Neither Giggs nor Beckham nor Cantona were ever told this."

Ronaldo and Fergie laugh about Ronaldo's need to defend. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo and Fergie laugh about Ronaldo's need to defend. Image: PA Images

The Baby Faced Assassin revealed that the five time Ballon d'Or winner's work ethic did impress at Old Trafford adding, "At first he was shy and didn't know the language, and then he learned. He was in the gym forty minutes before training and he also stayed 40 minutes afterwards."

Solskjaer is now back in Norway as manager of Molde but clearly holds good memories of his time playing alongside Ronaldo saying, "I still have a picture of the two of us in my office."

Solskjaer and Ronaldo celebrate. Image: PA Images
Solskjaer and Ronaldo celebrate. Image: PA Images

Now at Juventus, Ronaldo and his teammates play hosts to Manchester United in Turin in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The first game between the two sides this season finished 1-0 last month and the Red Devils could do with a result to help them qualify from the group stages.

Don't expect Ronaldo to do too much tracking back tonight either.

Topics: Football News, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Juventus, Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, European Football

Ryan Sidle

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