Gary Neville was one of the other Manchester United players who were in the line of the fire of Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments. Neville criticised Ronaldo for leaving early in a game and also refusing to be substituted. Neville believes Manchester United need to terminate his contract immediately.
Neville on Ronaldo’s Future at Old Trafford:
The former United midfielder believes he can’t see any way back for the Portuguese after his controversial comments.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Neville said: “No, I don’t think [Ronaldo] wants a way back. He wouldn’t have done this interview if he wanted a way back. I think this interview, to be fair, was one that he knew would bring about the headlines that it has, and would bring the end of his Manchester United career.”
“At this moment in time, I’m wondering what Manchester United are doing, because the reality of it is they know they have to terminate Cristiano’s contract, or else they basically open up a precedent that any player can come in and criticise [the club] in the future.”
“Cristiano probably wants that as well, but it didn’t need to end like that. It could’ve come together a few weeks ago and navigated a smooth pathway, through what potentially could’ve been choppy seas to the shore, but it’s not happened. I agree with some of the things Cristiano has said, but the reality is if you’re an employee within a business and you say those things, then your employment has to terminate, and there’s no doubt Manchester United have to do that in the next few days.”
With Ronaldo clearly wanting out of Old Trafford, the club may have to wait until the January transfer window to find a solution for all parties.