Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said he is ‘disappointed’ at Cristiano Ronaldo and has called on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to make some kind of public statement about his condition, leaving the club behind the scenes. It is clear from behind that he wants to leave.
After United missed out on Champions League qualification, Ronaldo urged the Old Trafford hierarchy to consider suitable offers for him. Jorge Mendes also attended a meeting in Carrington to discuss things, but United persevered.
Ronaldo, who was given extra time for family reasons that delayed his return to pre-season training, sparked further controversy when he was called early during United’s pre-season friendly against Rio Vallecano last weekend. was seen to happen. However, he was not alone and Erik Ten Haag is disappointed that it is the 37-year-old who has garnered almost all the responses.
Neville has suggested Ronaldo still has the quality to command a starting spot – he could be taken up in the XI against Brighton on Sunday as Anthony Martial is injured – but wants his former teammate to take Sage’s lead. Take some responsibility for this and give relief to Ten Hag. Pressure.
“If he’s fit you start him and I hope he stays,” Neville said. Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football,
“I’m a little disappointed with him. I’m disappointed, to be fair, he’s letting the manager go to those press conferences. Cristiano is a good age now, he’s also been the greatest player in the world.” [Lionel] Messi for the last 10 years. He has all the experience of the world. Would it be too much to ask to interview him to clarify things and what he is thinking?
“Will it be too much to ask a senior player? Is he not going to be interviewed for the next three weeks or on Sunday after the game? We’re going to ask him, is he going to come, stand up , do interviews and don’t let people speak for that. I think that’s what a statue would be. For me, I’m disappointed because we haven’t got clarity.”
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Neville speculates that Ten Haag may not have been telling the truth about Ronaldo’s saga at the press conference because his hands are tied.
“The reality of it is that if a Champions League club comes Cristiano RonaldoI think we know that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to take this step. We know that we don’t? This has come to the fore over the past few weeks and at the moment no one is coming for him. So the club is saying they want him to stay but I think if someone comes in he will be gone,” Neville continued.
“Should Manchester United wait two or three weeks for their star striker to leave? Or should they say you may not be coming, it will be a clarity from the club but then there is a risk that in two weeks’ time, Cristiano Throws his toys out of the pram and says he’s leaving, that sort of thing could happen. So I guess it’s unpleasant.”