Ferdinand identifies Cristiano Ronaldo's frustration with Man United team-mates in Atletico draw

Ronaldo endured a poor night against Atletico
Ronaldo endured a poor night against Atletico / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand highlighted and identified footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo's frustration with his fellow Red Devil team-mates during their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League on Wednesday.

United were lucky to escape with a draw on the night as they were woeful on the night and had Anthony Elanga to thank for as the youngster scored to level the scores after Joao Felix opened the scoring for Atletico in the first half.

Ronaldo for his part endured another frustrating night in front of goal as he failed to register a shot on target. In one incident in the first half, Ronaldo let his frustrations get the better of him as two crosses were delivered but he was the only United player in the box.

After the ball went out of play, Ronaldo threw his arms out and held up a single finger, highlighting the fact that he was the only United player attacking the ball.

"Cristiano Ronaldo on his own in the box. You’ve got an opportunity to cross the ball against Atletico Madrid away from home, you’ve got to get people in the box, more than one. Here you see the frustrations of someone like Cristiano. He had a quiet night to be fair to him," Ferdinand told BT Sport.

"But who’s in the box? You’ve got him here on his own and you’ve got eight [Atletico] players in red and white stripes against one player in the box. Watch his reaction, it says it all, frustration, throwing his hands out, ‘one player’."

The 37-year-old remains United's highest goalscorer this season with 15 strikes to his name and despite his poor performance against Atletico, he remains key if the Red Devils are to progress further in the competition.