Gary Neville has asked Manchester United to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract, saying that the club “knows they is no other way”.
In an interview with TalkTV, the Portugal forward said he had no respect for manager Erik ten Tag and felt “betrayed” by the club.
Ronaldo also slammed his former United teammates Wayne Rooney and Neville. The striker has faced criticism from the fans, some of whom think he is ruining his legacy at Old Trafford.
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“He wouldn’t have done this interview if he wanted a way back. He knew it would bring the headlines it has and be the end of his Manchester United career,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“I’m wondering what Manchester United is doing because the reality of it is they know they have to terminate Cristiano’s contract, or they basically open up a precedent so any player can criticize them in the future.
“I agree with some of the things Cristiano has said, and many Manchester United fans will agree with many things Cristiano has said, but the reality is if you’re an employee within a business and say those things your employment has to terminate, and Manchester United have to do that in the next few days.”
Neville said that the club is also somewhat to blame for the breakdown in the friendship with Ronaldo.
“They could have gathered a few weeks ago and found a path through what would have been rough seas to the shore, but that hasn’t happened. Both of them have essentially painted themselves into a corner.” he added.
Neville lamented the fact that it had come to this, adding that exits don’t have to happen this way if both sides are proactive and mature.