Cristiano Ronaldo: Gary Neville criticizes Manchester United star for creating ‘messy’ situation

‘I’m a little disappointed in him’: Gary Neville takes a swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo for creating a ‘messy’ start to life at Manchester United for new boss Erik ten Hag… and asks the Portuguese superstar to take the initiative and end the ‘nasty’ exit saga

  • Gary Neville has admitted he is ‘disappointed’ by Cristiano Ronaldo’s conduct
  • The restless Man United star has been linked with a summer-long estrangement.
  • United legend Neville questioned why Ronaldo hadn’t cleared things up yet
  • He said the situation at Old Trafford was “messy” amid the current uncertainty.

Gary Neville has called on Cristiano Ronaldo to take control of his future as he admitted the striker’s conduct has been “disappointing” this summer amid uncertainty over his future at Manchester United.

The Portuguese superstar has told the club he wants to leave Old Trafford in pursuit of trophies and the Champions League, but a departure has yet to materialize and he has received no concrete offers.

Tensions rose further last week when the striker was substituted during a 1-1 friendly draw with Rayo Vallecano and left the stadium before full time, with manager Erik ten Hag calling the episode “unacceptable”.

Neville has questioned Ronaldo's public silence about his future

The Sky Sports pundit said the player could have done more to make his future clearer.

Gary Neville (right) admits he is ‘disappointed’ by Cristiano Ronaldo’s (left) conduct this summer

Manager Erik ten Hag has had to deal with most of the questions about Ronaldo amid the uncertainty

Manager Erik ten Hag has had to deal with most of the questions about Ronaldo amid the uncertainty

The Dutchman still faces a huge dilemma over whether he should start in his pre-season opener against Brighton on Sunday due to his lack of fitness, and United legend Neville believes the whole saga could have spread if the player would have been made public and given more clarity on the situation.

Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Friday night, Neville took aim at Ronaldo, telling Sky Sports: “I’m a bit disappointed in him.” Because he’s letting the manager go to those press conferences.

He has a good age, he has been one of the best players in the world. Couldn’t you do that interview?

‘On Sunday we are going to ask about him after the game, could he not come out and talk to us instead of others saying it?’

The Portuguese striker is looking for an exit but no formal offers have yet been finalized

The Portuguese striker is looking for an exit but no formal offers have yet been finalized

Indeed, Ten Hag has had to do much of the 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 Rayo’s friendly early, showing his frustration with the uncertainty as he changed tactics and said it was “unfair” to target Ronaldo when several players also left.

“Now I have to point out, those who left… there were a lot of players who left, but the focus is on Cristiano, and that’s not right,” Ten Hag said.

‘So I investigated and found out that a lot of players left. That is not correct or acceptable.

‘I don’t understand what the relationship is. He was part of it. There were many players.

Asked if he had spoken to Ronaldo and the other players, Ten Hag said: “You bring it up, you correct them and then you move on.” We have already said enough about it. I said that is not correct.

Neville believes Ronaldo has created a 'messy' situation at Old Trafford by remaining silent

Neville believes Ronaldo has created a ‘messy’ situation at Old Trafford by remaining silent

Neville reflected on what had become a ‘messy’ situation at Old Trafford, asking the club’s hierarchy to resolve the matter in any way to allow the team to focus on the coming season.

I think we all know that if a Champions League club comes from him, he will leave. But at this moment in time that has not happened. He feels a bit unpleasant,” he added.

‘This is complicated for him, it’s complicated for the club. We want him to stay, we just don’t want these sagas to continue. As United fans, we don’t want this to go on for another three weeks.

“I think it’s a more difficult job than it already was for ten Hag, with the Ronaldo situation and the De Jong situation. Yes [Ronaldo] he’s in shape, he’s just starting out.

Anthony Martial is unavailable for the opener against Brighton after picking up a hamstring injury against Atletico Madrid in Oslo, so Ten Hag has a real problem on his hands over who leads the line for his new team as he looks to lead a new era at the club.

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