Cristiano Ronaldo substituted himself during United’s 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, following a clash in the penalty area. Sir Alex Ferguson, who is currently serving a touchline ban, was frantic on the phone to the bench, communicating which players he wanted to come on, whilst Ronaldo jogged off down the tunnel.

He was today just outside Paris to collect his Ballon d’Or award, which after months of speculation, deems him the best player in Europe. Sir Alex Ferguson and his mother made the journey with him.

Congratulations once more, Ronaldo.