Manchester United legend Gary Neville has made a prediction on how he believes Erik ten Hag will look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 37-year-old, who became the first male player to score at five World Cups with his penalty against Ghana, mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the Red Devils with immediate effect.

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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is now a free agent, and his departure has left Ten Hag short on numbers upfront.

United didn’t replace Edinson Cavani, who was released at the end of June, in the summer and Anthony Martial has only started three games this season with the Frenchman suffering three different injuries since Ten Hag took the Old Trafford reins.

Gary Neville gives his verdict on how he thinks Ten Hag will replace Cristiano Ronaldo

While the twenty-time league champions will save £16m in wages, according to The Mail, with our former number seven off the books and not getting a payoff, Neville has predicted that United will adopt a “short-term” approach in the January transfer window.

In an interview with Sky Sports, United’s former right-back doesn’t believe there is money available for the club to sign a long-term replacement for Ronaldo after spending a record amount in the summer transfer window.

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Neville said: “In January, Manchester United have got to try and use that money [Ronaldo’s wages] that I think they will have saved, which it looks like they’ve come to a commercial deal – and they’ve saved a lot of money.

“So, hopefully that money can go into something short-term that will get them to end of the season, or if they can get a longer-term position on someone that is available, which isn’t always easy in January, then ‘yeah’ go for that – that will be the preference.

“But they spent over £250m last summer – I don’t think the money is there, so I think they’re looking at that short-term fix really at this moment in time.”

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