‘Now is not the time to throw arms!’: Gary Neville believes Cristiano Ronaldo is the ONLY Man United player who can lead the team through their current crisis, and Erik Ten Hag’s men are ‘asking for help’ shouting’
- Gary Neville implored Cristiano Ronaldo to lead United in crisis
- Ronaldo has been pushing to move away from United all summer.
- Neville says there is a ‘lack of trust’ within the United team
- Erik ten Hag’s side are bottom of the Premier League after a disastrous start
Gary Neville has implored Cristiano Ronaldo to take a leadership role at Manchester United following their disastrous start to the season, despite the Portuguese star wanting to leave Old Trafford.
United currently sit bottom of the Premier League table after two consecutive defeats, and the constant uncertainty over Ronaldo’s future at the club seems to bleed into his performances on the pitch.
Appearing on The Diary of a CEO podcast, Neville explained his belief that the 37-year-old striker is the only member of Erik ten Hag’s squad who is capable of leading United out of ongoing struggles.
Speaking about his issues with Ronaldo’s antics on the pitch amid ongoing speculation about the striker’s future at Old Trafford, Neville said: “That’s where I’m a bit critical of Cristiano.”
Gary Neville shared his views on the current situation at Manchester United
You are the man, you are the star. You’re the best player in the world. Let’s go. Now is not the time to throw your arms around. Now is not the time to leave the field.
Neville said that while he understands Ronaldo’s desire to leave the club, he believes the Portuguese could play a vital role in United’s revival if he decides to stay.
‘Now is the time to lead those people, but he wants to leave. And that could happen and who can blame him? Neville said.
Neville expressed his belief that Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player who can manage the club.
He wants to finish his career at a club that is achieving great things. But I do think he’s the only player in that locker room who could lead them. He is the only one with the resilience and mental strength built in.
Neville previously asked Ronaldo to break his silence now about his ongoing transfer saga, rather than wait two more weeks for the transfer window to close.
The Portuguese striker has threatened to uncover the ‘truth’ related to his confrontation with United in an explosive interview ‘in a couple of weeks’.
‘Why does the greatest player of all time (in my opinion) have to wait two weeks to tell Manchester United fans the truth? Get up now and speak,’ said Neville.
“The club is in crisis and needs leaders to lead. He’s the only one who can grab this situation by the throat!’
United have suffered their worst start to a season in the Premier League under new boss Erik ten Hag
Neville also revealed that he sympathizes with United’s current squad, despite their failings this season.
“I’m sorry for the players and that won’t go down well with a lot of Manchester United fans who will say they are overpaid and bragging.” They are not. I know some of those guys, they’re good guys,” he said.
“If they were sitting here right now with me and you, you would be thinking that there is an element of vulnerability there, there is a lack of trust, they are crying out for help.”
United have endured their worst start to a Premier League season under Ten Hag, with a series of ongoing transfer sagas only further damaging the club’s already tainted reputation.
Neville believes that the lack of senior leadership figures at the club is hurting the Ten Hag team
It now seems unlikely Frenkie de Jong will join the club despite being tipped as Ten Hag’s main targets ahead of the transfer window, and the lack of agreement on personal terms means French international Adrien is also unlikely to join. Rabiot will move to Old Trafford this summer. United have now turned their attention to Real Madrid’s Casemiro.
Neville explained that a lack of senior players to look up to in leadership roles is one of the main reasons for his beloved team’s disastrous start to the campaign, noting the differences between the current generation of players compared to the one that emerged under from Sir Alex Ferguson’s administration in the 1990s
“I used to walk through the tunnel with Peter Schmeichel in front of me, Roy Keane in front of him. I felt safe. I was 21, 22, 23 years old.’ Neville said.
‘I felt comfortable because I knew I was being looked after by experienced people. He knew he was not alone. These players now go out on the field and feel alone. They don’t feel like they have anyone.