Erik ten Hag is not being backed and Cristiano Ronaldo should leave, says Gary Neville

Gary Neville has given his pre-season thoughts on Manchester United to The Overlap, and he says he is concerned manager Erik ten Hag has not been backed.

While United have signed Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez, the former right-back says he does not trust the strategy, and old problems remain.

Neville pointed to the dragged out Frenkie de Jong deal as the same mistakes of the past being made, and fears United are too light in key areas.

He also said he believes Cristiano Ronaldo must leave the club, with the unhappy player becoming an unwelcome distraction.

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‘Erik ten Hag is not being backed’

Neville says he has been left disheartened by Manchester United’s transfer strategy this summer, with number one target Frenkie de Jong still not signed.

He said of manager Erik ten Hag: “He’s not being supported by operations off the pitch getting the players he wants. 

“If you said to me a few months ago United would have Fred and Mctominay in midfield and Martial up front, i’d say the manager has been given a pretty tough hand.

“United basically can’t get a player through the door. The old failings still seem to be there.”

He also questioned whether targeting of players from the Eredivisie will work, stating: “I’m a little bit concerned about the strategy.”

Neville compared the drawn out Frenkie de Jong saga to the previous Jadon Sancho transfer pursuit, commenting: “You lose excitement for the signing, it becomes an embarrassment. I’m concerned they cant get signings over the line still.”

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‘Cristiano Ronaldo must leave’

Neville has previously been supportive of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United and talked up his quality, but now, he is ready for the 37-year-old to leave.

Ronaldo wants to leave the club, The Times reports, and Neville believes Manchester United should push to ensure this happens.

He said: “If Ronaldo wants to leave, Manchester United should facilitate that.”

Neville added he had been impressed by United’s pre-season games, commenting, ‘I’m not sure they could score those goals,” if Ronaldo had been there. He added: “I’m not sure he fits into the team.”

He referred back to times Sir Alex Ferguson sold players who had become a destabilising influence on the dressing room and said Ronaldo will simply be too distracting.

Neville said: “If a player becomes the dominating factor at a press conference for a manager. we know what has to happen. You may have to go back to go forward.”

Earlier today Erik ten Hag criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for leaving Old Trafford early during the friendly with Rayo, branding his actions ‘unacceptable’.

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