‘It’s a phone call, man, just call me’: Rio Ferdinand urges former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to speak to him one-to-one as he plays down rift and insists he ‘loves’ the Man United manager 

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  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits out at Rio Ferdinand after comment exception
  • Solskjaer was upset by Ferdinand’s comments on Phil Jones and Cristiano Ronaldo
  • But Ferdinand has now shrugged off suggestions of any animosity between them.
  • Calling it ‘all love’, the former defender said he would give ‘a big hug’ to Solskjaer

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Rio Ferdinand has dismissed suggestions of animosity between himself and Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and insists it is ‘all love’.

Solskjaer recently gave a scathing assessment on several of Ferdinand’s comments, in which he commented on Phil Jones and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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But former United defender Ferdinand, who was Solskjaer’s teammate during his Old Trafford days, went on to quell any heat from his exchanges.

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Rio Ferdinand downplays talk of animosity between himself and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

‘Ole came in the paper for me the other day!’ Ferdinand jokes on the latest vibe with five Display. ‘He came for me, I can’t believe it!

‘When I see Ole, I’m going to give him a big hug. I’m going to shake his hand and say, “It’s all love, I love you, man!” I am his biggest fan.

‘Ole wheel rolling, it wasn’t happening until I said it. I ain’t got no beef, I ain’t got no beef with anyone at Man United.

Manchester United boss Solskjaer (R) has been outraged by Ferdinand's many comments

Manchester United boss Solskjaer (R) has been outraged by Ferdinand’s many comments

But Ferdinand has looked to ease any tension and says 'It's all love' with his former partner.

But Ferdinand has looked to ease any tension and says ‘It’s all love’ with his former partner.

‘Some things are said in the heat of the moment, and you get things wrong here and there. It’s a phone call, man, just call me.’

Ferdinand angered Solskjaer by talking out Jones’ woes and calling him a ‘waste of time’, who fired back at the coach for saying he was ‘completely out of order’.

Their second disagreement occurred when Ferdinand revealed that he would have asked Ronaldo to sit during the United Champions League defeat by the Young Boys.

“Rio, you know again, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really know,” Solskjaer said again at his press conference.

Ferdinand apologizes after labeling Phil Jones and his injury problems a 'waste of time'

Ferdinand apologizes after labeling Phil Jones and his injury problems a ‘waste of time’

Cristiano Ronaldo's antics in the dugout during United's defeat were also criticized by the Young Boys.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s antics in the dugout during United’s defeat were also criticized by the Young Boys.

But Ferdinand has since admitted that he has deep sympathy with Solskjaer because of the burden on his shoulders in the dugout.

“When I look at Ole, it’s all love, hugs and kisses,” he said. ‘I understand it, because he is under pressure, it is great pressure.

‘There are people who are questioning you and you react in the heat of the moment, I get it.

At the end of the day, I think they know deep down that I have no malice. All of them have shared a dressing room with me, they know how I am.

Ferdinand also insists he sympathizes with the pressure on Solskjaer's shoulders

Ferdinand also insists he sympathizes with the pressure on Solskjaer’s shoulders

‘If I’m wrong, I’ll put my hands up, like I did last week with Phil Jones.’

United bounced back from their midweek disappointment in Switzerland after beating West Ham, thanks to a last-gasp winner from Jesse Lingard.

Goalkeeper David de Gea also made himself a hero by removing a penalty from Mark Noble with one of the final kicks of the pulsating clash.

But regardless of the nature of the result, Solskjaer refused to engage in any talk of the title and sarcastically stated that he was ‘losing my job yesterday’.

United beat West Hamo to bounce back from Champions League disappointment

United beat West Hamo to bounce back from Champions League disappointment

Asked about United’s chances of lifting the trophy after a long empty spell, he replied: ‘You’re not going to take me on that now.

‘It’s five games in the season. I was probably down and out and lost my job yesterday. It is the same at Man United.

‘We deserved three points. It’s hard to come here. Hopefully these points can make a difference. let’s watch [about the title] As we move to April and May.

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