Updated: Wednesday, 15th July 2020 @ 4:12pm

Communication breakdown: Manchester United boss blames mixed messages for Ferdinand t-shirt fiasco

Communication breakdown: Manchester United boss blames mixed messages for Ferdinand t-shirt fiasco

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is blaming a ‘communication problem’ for threatening Rio Ferdinand after he refused to wear a Kick It Out t-shirt.

The ex-England captain’s protest against an anti-racism campaign provoked Fergie into claiming he would be ‘dealt with’ after he announced in his pre-match conference on Friday that his player would don a t-shirt in the warm up.

But after being left embarrassed by the centreback’s decision to boycott the campaign, the Scot has dismissed any rift between him and Ferdinand as United prepare for their Champions League clash against FC Braga tomorrow.

"There is no issue with us,” Ferguson said. “There was a communication problem and it has been resolved."

But there is no room in the starting squad for the 33-year-old, as Ferguson rests him and Patrice Evra ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

"He and Patrice will not play. There is a big game at Chelsea on Sunday and they will be the two main changes tomorrow."

Reds youngster Scott Wootton is likely to be given the nod to partner Jonny Evans as they host the Portuguese outfit – Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic are still unfit to play.

But Fergie could be boosted by the return of versatile winger Ashley Young who has not played since August after battling a knee injury.

United have two victories from their first two games against Galatasaray and CFR Cluj and will be aiming to continue their winning streak in a bid to seal their progression in Europe.

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