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Jamie Carragher calls Rio Ferdinand a Cristiano Ronaldo ‘fan boy’ as Manchester United legend reminds Liverpool icon of handshake snub as pair trade Twitter insults

Jamie Carragher labelled Rio Ferdinand a Cristiano Ronaldo ‘fan boy’ as the two pundits clashed over the Manchester United star on Twitter.

Ronaldo was left on the bench for the 6-3 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday and Old Trafford legend Ferdinand has insisted it was a mistake.

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Ronaldo was an unused substitute for the Manchester derby

Manager Erik ten Hag claimed the decision was made out of ‘respect’ for Ronaldo and Reds icon Carragher defended the United boss on Monday Night Football.

Ferdinand called out Carragher on Twitter and reminded the former Liverpool defender of a moment earlier this season when Ronaldo failed to shake his hand.

Posted alongside a video of himself explaining the point, Ferdinand said: “Carra, you still upset he didn’t shake your hand at Old Trafford?

“The hardest thing to do in football is score goals…”

In response, Carragher told the ex-United defender to stop being a ‘fan boy’ of Ronaldo.

Carragher tweeted: “No I’m delighted it [the video] went viral!

Ronaldo greeted Gary Neville and Roy Keane but ignored Carragher

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Ronaldo greeted Gary Neville and Roy Keane but ignored Carragher

Ferdinand remains close friends with Ronaldo after playing alongside him at Old Trafford

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Ferdinand remains close friends with Ronaldo after playing alongside him at Old Trafford


“Rio I know how it works, he’s your mate and you/ [Patrice] Evra and the rest are on the group WhatsApp and he asks you to come out and defend him, don’t be his fan boy you’re Rio Ferdinand FFS!!”

Ronaldo has only started one Premier League match this season – a 4-0 hammering at Brentford – after trying and failing to leave Old Trafford during the summer.

The 37-year-old Portugal legend is football’s all-time leading goalscorer, but questions linger over his place in Ten Hag’s team.

And Ferdinand said he had no idea about the WhatsApp group Carragher mentioned. “Leave off lad, I want this same energy with Roy Keane when you’re next in the studio ffs. Stop getting bullied.”

Then, to show, there was no malice, Carragher and Neville made light of the exchange as Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football ended where it was mentioned that Keane could feature in seven days time.

Neville, who played alongside Ferdinand and Keane, joked: “You’ll get bullied again,” to Carragher, who replied: “He wants to get in that Whatsapp group Rio!”

Laughing, Neville then asked to be added, which prompted laughter from Ferdinand on Twitter.

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