Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at criticism from former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand over Cristiano Ronaldo's touchline role in the defeat to Young Boys.

Shortly after coming off at the same time as Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo and his Portuguese teammate appeared on the touchline next to Solskjaer.

Ferdinand said he would have told Ronaldo to "sit down", but the United manager played the incident down.

The double substitution came in the 72nd minute and Solskjaer said both players reacted angrily to a challenge from Christopher Martins on Nemanja Matic and were complaining about the referee's leniency, which is why they were so animated.

It's the second time in recent weeks that Solskjaer has shot back at Ferdinand, having also labelled his criticism of defender Phil Jones "out of order". Ferdinand apologised for his comments once he realised how seriously Jones had been affected by injuries.

“It should have been a yellow card for the boy when he brought down Nemanja. Both Bruno and Cristiano, as competitive as they are, suddenly I had them on my shoulder.

“They were there for a brief spell and shouted to the referee. That was the aggravation of getting a few bad decisions against us."

Ronaldo has previous for taking on a touchline role, having spent most of the Euro 2016 final in the technical area alongside Fernando Santos when Portugal beat France in extra-time, having been forced off early in the game through injury.

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But Solskjaer insists Ronaldo is under no illusions at United who is allowed in the technical area and who is in charge of the team.

“But then Cristiano sat down, Bruno sat down. We know that there is only one man allowed in that technical area and that’s either me or Carras (Michael Carrick) or Mick (Phelan) or Kieran (McKenna) who is up there," he said.

“That was just a spur-of-the-moment, should-have-been-sent-off, that No 35, Martins.

“So I don’t have any problem with them showing some passion and then going back down.

“It’s not like he (Ronaldo) was coaching his players. No."

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