‘I’m a little disappointed in him’: Gary Neville slams Cristiano Ronaldo for creating a ‘chaotic’ start in life at Manchester United for new coach Eric ten Hag…and calls on the Portuguese star to emerge and end the ‘unpalatable’ exit saga
- Gary Neville has admitted he is ‘frustrated’ by Cristiano Ronaldo’s behaviour
- The troubled Man United star has been linked with a move away all summer
- United legend Neville wondered why Ronaldo hasn’t clarified yet
- He said the situation at Old Trafford had been “chaotic” amid the ongoing uncertainty
Gary Neville has called on Cristiano Ronaldo to take control of his future as he admitted that the striker’s behavior had been “disappointing” this summer amid uncertainty over his future with Manchester United.
The Portuguese star has told the club he wants to leave Old Trafford in pursuit of titles and Champions League football, but the exit has not materialized and no concrete offers have been made.
Tensions escalated last week when the striker was substituted during a 1-1 friendly draw with Rayo Vallecano and left the field before full-time – with coach Eric ten Hag calling the episode “unacceptable”.
Gary Neville (right) admits he has been “disappointed” with Cristiano Ronaldo (left)’s behavior this summer
Head coach Erich Ten Hag had to face most questions about Ronaldo amid uncertainty
The Dutchman still faces a major dilemma over whether to start him in the opening game of the new season against Brighton on Sunday due to his lack of fitness, and United legend Neville believes the entire saga could have broken up if the player had made more clarity about the situation.
Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Friday night, Neville shot Ronaldo, telling Sky Sports: ‘I’m a little disappointed with him. Because it allowed the director to go to those press conferences.
“He’s a good age, he was one of the best players in the world. Couldn’t he do that interview?
“We’ll call him on Sunday after the match, can he not go out and talk to us instead of persuading others to say that?”
The Portuguese striker is seeking an exit, but no official offers have been made so far
Indeed, Ten Hag had to do a lot of fighting against Ronaldo in a situation that has dominated much of United’s pre-season so far.
This week, he was forced to cool things down when asked about the player’s decision to leave the Rayo friendly early, showing his frustration with the uncertainty as he had not confirmed and said it was ‘unfair’ to target Ronaldo when a number of players also left.
Tin Hag said: “Now I must point out, those who left … There were many players who left but the spotlight is on Cristiano, which is not true.”
So do your research and conclude that many players have left. This is incorrect or acceptable.
Do not understand what the relationship is. was part of it. There were a lot of players.
Asked if he had spoken to Ronaldo and the other players, Ten Hag said: “You mentioned that, correct them, and then moved on. We said enough about it. I said it wasn’t true.”
Neville believes Ronaldo created a ‘chaotic’ situation at Old Trafford by remaining silent
Neville pondered the situation becoming “chaotic” at Old Trafford, and called on the club’s hierarchy to resolve the matter in both cases to allow the team to focus on next season.
I think we all know that if a club comes from him in the Champions League he will go. But at the moment this has not happened. It’s a rather unpalatable feeling.”
That’s messy for him, it’s messy for the club. We want him to stay, but we don’t want these epics to drag on. As Manchester United fans, we don’t want this to go on for another three weeks.
I think by all means it’s a tougher job than it already was for Ten Hag, with Ronaldo’s situation and De Jong’s situation. if [Ronaldo] Decent, it started.
Anthony Martial is unavailable for the first game against Brighton after sustaining a hamstring injury against Atletico Madrid in Oslo, so Ten Hag has a real problem on his hands over who tops the streak of his new team as he looks to lead a new era in. club.