Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed Nigerian international Mikel Obi following his role in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener for Paris Saint German during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 played yesterday.
The struggling premier league champions levelled scores through Mikel on the stroke of half-time but eventually lost the match 2-1 courtesy a power driver from substitute Edinson Cavani that flew past Thibaut Courtois in goal for the Blues.
However, Ferdinand ripped into the Super Eagles midfielder after he cost the foul and deflected the Ibramovic’s freekick into the net.
“In the changing rooms I’m sure they’re saying ‘what are you doing?’” Ferdinand began, speaking to BT Sport [as per the The Sun].
“If you’re not going to have the balls to stand there then don’t be in the wall,” Ferdinand continued. “Every player has done it at some point in their career but, when you get punished like that, it gets highlighted so there is no place to hide for you.”
Mikel insists he had to take one for the team and he did but was disappointed they lost the game.
He said: “I had to get one for the team. The first goal was a big deflection from me, and from the foul that I committed. I had to make the foul because Lucas was going deeper and deeper towards the box and I knew I had to make a challenge, either to get the ball or foul him. Then the deflection was a big one.
“It was my foul, I got booked, and then the deflection … so it was three things. But we came back strong and I got the equaliser back, which was great.”