Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder puts Cristiano Ronaldo ban on players ahead of FA Cup tie

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder puts Cristiano Ronaldo ban on players ahead of FA Cup tie

Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder has banned his players from swapping shirts with Cristiano Ronaldo or other Manchester United players during tomorrow’s clash. The Championship stars are only allowed to do so after the match in the dressing room.

That is because Wilder wants his players to focus on making the FA Cup fourth-round clash a ‘competitive dangerous night’ for Manchester United.

Man United are anxious about maintaining their recent form when they welcome Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on Friday night.

However, their plan could be thwarted if they failed to put their 100% performance in the game after Wilder sent a blunt message to the Red Devils during his pre-Man United conference, warning that his players aren’t coming to Old Trafford just to enjoy the visit.

The former Sheffield United boss, who has come up against Manchester United on a few occasions, knows his side would be in trouble if they failed to play at their best against ‘fabulous’ Red Devils.

Chris Wilder said via The Mirror: “Their team sheet will come in the dressing room and it’ll be De Gea, Varane, Harry Maguire… let’s not crumble in that process!

“They have some fabulous individuals that can hurt you, and hurt teams around Europe and the Premier League. A huge array of talent to choose from.

Chris Wilder warns Middlesbrough players against swapping shirts with Cristiano Ronaldo and other Manchester United stars on the pitch
Chris Wilder warns Middlesbrough players against swapping shirts with Cristiano Ronaldo and other Manchester United stars on the pitch

“But it is not sight-seeing for our players. It is not a shirt-swapping situation.

“I don’t want people going to Old Trafford to enjoy the visit.

“If they want a shirt, do it in the changing rooms after. We don’t want to be looking at them all fuzzy-eyed. They are up against a competitor.

“I want them to play well. To give a good account of themselves and make it a competitive dangerous night for Manchester United.

“If we play well we can do. If not it will be a comfortable night for Manchester United. No one wants that, me included.”