‘Sky Sports’ Gary Neville says there is “no way back” for Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United after criticizing the club and manager Erik ten Hag.
Neville, who was also criticized by Ronaldo during an interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, said Sky Sports cannot see the Portuguese player playing for the team again.
“No, and I don’t think he wants to go back,” Neville said. “He wouldn’t have done this interview if he wanted a way back. He knew it would bring the headlines he has and the end of his Manchester United career.”
Manchester United have yet to explain what they are doing following Ronaldo’s interview.
“I wonder what Man Utd are doing because the truth is they know they have to terminate Cristiano’s contract or they open a precedent that any player can criticize them in the future,” added Neville.
“I agree with some of what Cristiano has said and a lot of Man Utd fans have agreed with a lot of what Cristiano has said but the reality is if you are an employee in the business saying those things that your job should be terminated and Man Utd is done. They will do that in the next few days.
“Cristiano probably wants it too but it didn’t have to end like that. They could have come together a few weeks ago and walked a path that could have been a windy sea to shore but it didn’t happen, they.” they both went into a corner.
What did Ronaldo say about Neville and Rooney?
“People can have their own opinion.
“They don’t really know what’s going on in the stadium, they should listen to my opinion. It’s easy to criticize if they don’t know the whole story.
“They’re not friends, they’re friends, we played together but we’re not having dinner together. It’s part of my journey, they criticize me without thinking all the time. I can continue my journey and I have to fulfill. the people who love me.”
“I think that – for a few months – he kept his frustrations, he didn’t do an interview with any broadcaster this season.” United are there almost every week and I suspect they have been asked to do something about it. interview after every game, every week and is chosen not to talk. He feels that he needs to come out and say his piece and get off his chest what has been bothering him.
“I don’t know what he was thinking about what United fans would think [about the interview]. I have been calling for years for footballers to be free, think independently and come out and speak their mind and not be controlled an inch of their lives by PR teams. I can’t imagine it’s happened now – I can’t imagine any PR consultant would have told him to go and do what he’s done.
“He would have done it behind him with his strength of character and his personality. Maybe there was another way to do it but it was from the side of the club with Cristiano, when I had an argument in the studio after the Chelsea game. three or four weeks ago with Roy Keane, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dave Jones, I encouraged Man Utd and Cristiano to come together that week because it was clear that the relationship was failing or had failed and was on the way to January or the World Cup where they made an agreement. Exit should not happen like this if both parties are quick and mature. I am disappointed that the meeting does not seem to have taken place.
“Cristiano has not been controlled or controlled, it doesn’t seem like he has reached out to the club and opened the lines of communication. We have had a problem where it seems that Cristiano will end his time in control at Man Utd without feeling as good as it should be.
“He’s one of the best players to ever play the game in the world and he’s definitely one of Man Utd’s greatest players. I remember when players left Man Utd when I was there and it didn’t always end right and it wasn’t. I feel good. And as a fan it doesn’t seem right that someone I played with has to leave the club like this, or the club has to end like this.”
More to follow…
Piers Morgan Uncensored: 90 minutes with Ronaldo he continues TalkTV Thursday at 8pm.