Gary Neville has said that Manchester United simply have to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract following his hugely controversial interview.
The media has been awash with Ronaldo’s wide-ranging criticisms this week, with the 37-year-old having slammed Manchester United’s owners, senior management, players, and managers past and present.
There have been reports that the majority of Manchester United’s players want the Portuguese out of the club, with there being suggestions that the club could sack the five-time Balon d’Or winner.
Manchester United are said to be taking legal advice and waiting to hear the interview in full – the second part set to air on Thursday – before making a final decision on their top earner’s future.
Former teammate Gary Neville – who has also been criticised by Ronaldo – admits he agrees with some of Ronaldo’s comments -likely about the clubs owners – though says he is surprised that the club haven’t already terminated the veteran’s deal, saying that there is no way back for him following the criticisms that have already been heard.
“No, and I don’t think he wants a way back,” he told Sky Sports. “He wouldn’t have done this interview if he wanted a way back. This interview was one he knew would bring about the headlines it has and would bring the end of his Manchester United career.
“I’m wondering what Manchester United are doing because the reality is they know they have to terminate Cristiano’s contract or else they basically open up a precedent that any player can criticise them in future.
“I agree with some of the things Cristiano has said and many Manchester United fans will agree with many of the things Cristiano has said but if you’re an employee and you say those things, your employment has to terminate.
“Manchester United no doubt have to do that in the next few days. Cristiano probably wants that as well. Both (player and club) have backed themselves into a corner.”