Rio Ferdinand became the latest ex-Man United pro to weigh on the Cristiano Ronaldo controversy, after the striker walked out of Old Trafford before full-time against Spurs, before it was later revealed that he had refused to come off the bench as well.
Unsurprisingly, while Ferdinand said that he did not condone the behaviour of his former teammate, he showed sympathy towards Ronaldo and also appeared to be critical of the communication from Erik ten Hag.
"I wouldn't have been happy as a player. I think in Ronaldo's statement he mentioned that he probably would have handled things differently. Any emotions attached to it, sometimes it takes it out of your control as a human.
"I probably would have been in a queue of people wanting to speak to him about that decision he made and why he did it etc. and ask the question.
"But I think there's two ways to look at it, and I don't condone it for one moment, but there's always another side to the story and maybe communication hasn't been as clear as maybe he would have wanted.
Rio Ferdinand Discusses Ronaldo Behaviour
"I wouldn't have been happy as a player.
"I probably would have been in the queue of people wanting to speak to him about that decision."@rioferdy5 discusses Cristiano Ronaldo's early exit from Old Trafford and the way Erik ten Hag handled the situation. pic.twitter.com/8oS4rWvdzJ
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"When you're dealing with someone like Cristiano Ronaldo," continued Ferdinand. "Like it or not he is Cristiano Ronaldo, probably the greatest footballer that's ever played football along with Messi.
So sometimes the treatment is a little bit different to everybody else, it was the same under Fergie when he was there under Fergie.
I think all the way through his career he's probably had that, communication, how your minutes are going to look, how the games are going to look. I think he's at the first point in his life where that's probably not upheld from the manager or the club.
And he's in a position where I don't know where I'm at.