Neville sends ‘important’ message to Man Utd over Ronaldo transfer request

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Former Man Utd defender Gary Neville speaks to his fellow pundits Credit: PA Images
Former Man Utd defender Gary Neville speaks to his fellow pundits Credit: PA Images

Former defender Gary Neville has urged Man Utd to deal with Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer request in a swift manner to avoid it becoming a “saga”.

Widespread reports have indicated that the Portugal international has asked to leave Old Trafford this summer if the Red Devils receive a ‘satisfactory offer’ for their striker.

Rumours have been swirling for a few months over whether Ronaldo would stay or go after Man Utd failed to qualify for the Champions League.

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Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 matches in all competitions last season but was criticised for some of his performances and the impact on the team’s style of play.

His reported request leaves Man Utd in a tricky situation as he’s currently their main centre-forward with Edinson Cavani leaving on a free transfer this summer and Mason Greenwood suspended from the club.

And Neville has told Man Utd to avoid allowing the situation to escalate into a full-blown saga which dominates the summer and takes “focus away” from Erik ten Hag’s job.

Neville wrote on Twitter: “The only important factor with the Ronaldo situation is that it’s dealt with decisively and quickly. This can’t be a saga that takes the focus away from ETH [Ten Hag] bedding in period for the next two months.”

Speaking to The Overlap in June, Neville stated his concerns that Man Utd could have to sign three players if Ronaldo left the club this summer.

Neville said: “I think Cristiano is staying, but I think the problem started at the start of the season. Cavani pleaded to stay and lead the attack for another year, but when the club signed Ronaldo it completely put his nose out of joint. Cavani was completely shot then. He was finished.

“It also upset the dynamic in the dressing room with Bruno Fernandes, because he looks up to Ronaldo as a God-like character because of Portugal. I think that made him feel a bit inferior to what he was before. It also made [Harry] Maguire naturally feel inferior as captain. Not from Ronaldo himself, but his presence on the pitch. Everyone looks to Cristiano.”

2For me if Ronaldo leaves we’ve not got a centre-forward. Then we have to go and sign three players. And we can’t sign three because we haven’t got the money. He always gets 18-20 goals, so if they lose his goals then that’s a problem.”

 

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