Gary Neville gives verdict on the chances of Cristiano Ronaldo being sacked by Manchester United now

Gary Neville has tweeted that Cristiano Ronaldo is now ‘likely’ to be sacked by Manchester United.

United have waited until his full interview was aired before releasing a statement in response, saying they are looking into the ‘appropriate steps’.

It seems Neville thinks this would involve the prospect of sacking Ronaldo, after he said – among many other things – that he did not respect Erik ten Hag.

He had already expressed the view in an interview with Sky Sports that it did not need to come to such an accrimonious point.

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Neville says Ronaldo could be sacked

Before taking to Twitter to post about the Ronaldo situation, Neville said: “I urged Manchester United and Cristiano to come together and negotiate a pathway to January, even though the relationship had failed.

“They could have created a truce. Exits do not need to happen this way, if both sides are proactive and mature so I’m disappointed.

“Cristiano has not been controlled or managed or opened communication lines, and it’s ended up in this unsavoury situation.

“I remember when players left United when I was there, and it never felt right when I was at the club and it does not feel right that someone has to leave the club this way.”

This was not how it was supposed to turn out when Ronaldo made his Old Trafford comeback under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But as Neville said, it also did not need to be this ugly, and now we have a situation which could drag on in the background during the World Cup.

Ten Hag inherited an almighty battle with Ronaldo and it seems he has won it comprehensively, with the final piece of the jigsaw being finding a suitor.

That may be easier said that done, given Ronaldo’s wages and the headlines he has attracted with this interview, but he has burned his bridges at United and needs to move on now.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.