Gary Neville implores Cristiano Ronaldo to lead Manchester United through Premier League crisis

Gary Neville implores Cristiano Ronaldo to lead Manchester United through Premier League crisis

Gary Neville implores Cristiano Ronaldo to lead Manchester United through Premier League crisis

‘Now is not the time to throw down your guns!’: 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 ‘call help”

  • Gary Neville implored Cristiano Ronaldo to lead United in crisis
  • Ronaldo lobbied to walk away from United throughout the summer
  • Neville says there’s a ‘lack of confidence’ among the United squad
  • Erik ten Hag’s side are bottom of the Premier League after disastrous start

Gary Neville has implored Cristiano Ronaldo to take on a leadership role at Manchester United after their disastrous start to the season – despite the Portuguese star wanting to leave Old Trafford.

United are currently bottom of the Premier League table after back-to-back defeats, with lingering uncertainty over Ronaldo’s future at the club appearing to be bleeding into their 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 capable of leading United out of their ongoing struggles.

Speaking about his issues with Ronaldo’s antics on the pitch amid ongoing speculation over the striker’s future at Old Trafford, Neville said: “That’s where I’m a bit critical about Cristiano.”

Gary Neville implores Cristiano Ronaldo to lead Manchester United through Premier League crisis

Gary Neville shared his views on the current situation at Manchester United

‘You are the man, you are the star. You are the best player in the world. Go on. Now is not the time to throw up your hands. Now is not the time to leave the field.

Neville said while he understood Ronaldo’s desire to leave the club, he believed the Portuguese could play a vital role in United’s resurgence if he chose to stay.

“Now is the time to lead these people, but he wants to leave. And it could happen and who can blame it? Neville said.

Neville has professed his belief that Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player who can lead the club

Neville has professed his belief that Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player who can lead the club

“He wants to end his career at a club that achieves great things. But I think he’s the only player in this dressing room who could lead them. He’s the only one with the intrinsic resilience and mental toughness.

Neville has previously called on Ronaldo to break his silence now over his ongoing transfer saga, rather than wait two more weeks for the transfer window to close.

The Portuguese striker has threatened to lift the lid on the ‘truth’ of his move to United in a bombshell interview ‘in a few weeks’.

“Why does the greatest player of all time (in my opinion) have to wait two weeks to tell Manchester United fans the truth?” Stand up now and speak, Neville said.

“The club is in crisis and it needs leaders to lead. He is the only one who can grasp this situation by the scruff of his neck!

United have had their worst start to the Premier League season under new boss Erik ten Hag

United have had their worst start to the Premier League season under new boss Erik ten Hag

Neville also revealed he has sympathy for United’s current squad, despite their failures this season.

“I’m sorry for the players and that won’t sit well with a lot of Manchester United fans, who will say they’re overpaid and bluffing.” They are not. I know some of these guys – they are good guys,” he said.

“If they were sitting here now with me and you, you’d think there’s an element of vulnerability there, there’s a lack of trust, they’re crying out for help.”

United have had their worst start to the Premier League season under Ten Hag, with a number of ongoing transfer sagas only further damaging the club’s already tainted reputation.

Neville thinks the club's lack of top management is hurting Ten Hag's squad

Neville thinks the club’s lack of top management is hurting Ten Hag’s squad

Frenkie de Jong now looks unlikely to join the club despite being named as Ten Hag’s top targets ahead of the transfer window, and a failure to agree on personal terms means France international Adrien Rabiot is out. also unlikely to move to Old Trafford this summer. United have now turned their attention to Real Madrid’s Casemiro.

Neville explained that the lack of senior players to look up to in leadership roles is a key reason for his beloved team’s disastrous start to the campaign, and noted the differences between the current crop of players compared to that in which it emerged under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson in the 1990s

“I used to go out in the tunnel with Peter Schmeichel in front of me, Roy Keane in front of him. I felt safe. I was 21, 22, 23,” Neville said.

“I felt comfortable because I knew I was being looked after by experienced people. I knew I was not alone. These players are stepping onto the pitch now and feeling lonely. They feel like they have no one.

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