Gary Neville and Roy Keane didn’t mince words in a heated argument over Manchester United’s treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo after Saturday’s entertaining 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Ronaldo was not in the squad of the matchday as part of his punishment for controversial antics against Tottenham Hotspur, and the two United icons had different perspectives to help produce a blockbuster clash on Sky Sports.
Neville: “For me, Erik ten Hag had no choice, no choice. Cristiano left the ground twice, you can’t do that. His Instagram post said Respect my teammates and sometimes, in the heat of the moment, You’re doing something wrong. On the eve of preseason, he asked for a transfer. He’s building a list of things. It’s a tough ending, and Ten Hag is trying to establish control.
“I always think about the fact that Ronaldo has played hundreds of games where the players have had to see him. You have to make sure you are in the dressing room, shake hands with the players, then you have to arrange it with the coach separately. “It’s not about Erik ten Hag. He had no choice, but the players in the locker room had to have some action against them. A lot of players have watched it; now he has had to watch them. Your career is like a mountain; you’re going through a few games, take out the team, go in, then you get to the top of the mountain.
“So you have to accept if you play in a big club and accept fewer games or go to a smaller club and play all the time, and Cristiano will have to go to another place that plays him every week because he cannot accept being in the The bench. It’s fine. Finish this week or create a truce to get to the World Cup. It doesn’t do him any favors. Leaving the locker room before regulation time is not what he does. If you’re doing things like that, you have to leave.”
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