Gary Neville gives verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo's desire to leave Manchester United
Gary Neville has called on Manchester United to act decisively over Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neville says it is crucial that Manchester United do not the saga drag on and undermine new manager Erik ten Hag.
It is understandable if Ronaldo wants to play Champions League football. Manchester United are set to play in the Europa League this coming season.
Ronaldo is 37 and scored six Champions League goals last season in seven matches. He clearly still feels he can play at the highest level, and he’s not wrong.
United could cut £26 million in annual salary off the wage bill by letting Ronaldo leave. That’s one argument to let him go, in addition to not wanting to keep an unhappy player.
From a football perspective, United simply don’t have a goalscorer like him – but there is still time in the transfer window to try and find new solutions.
As Neville states, United can’t allow this to drag on. They should make a decision and stick to it, and not allow this to undercut new boss Erik ten Hag in an overly negative way.
Ten Hag will have known replacing Ronaldo was going to need to happen at some point. Now he might simply have to do it earlier than originally anticipated.