Cristiano Ronaldo has been heavily criticized by club legend Gary Neville after Manchester United’s disappointing draw against basement child Newcastle United.
While his teammates around coach Ralf Rangnick had thanked the spectators who had traveled with them for their support after the 1-1 draw with the penultimate in the table, Ronaldo had disappeared directly into the catacombs.
“You have to be there when your teammates need you in moments like this. I don’t care how you played. You have to go to the fans after the game,” said Neville as part of his role as SkyExpert and added, “Go over to them, especially if you’re the best player in the world and one of the greatest of all time. You can’t run away at the end of a game.”
Neville, who wore the Red Devils jersey from 1991 until his retirement in 2011, was particularly critical of the Portuguese’s “body language”. “We talked about it earlier in the season when Ronaldo ran away at the end of the Everton game. He ran away tonight. He ran away at Watford when everyone knew the coach was going to be sacked. And at Norwich,” the 46-year-old rumbled about his former teammate.
Ronaldo, who won three English league titles on his first stint at ManUnited alongside Neville, was also quick in the dressing room after losing 4-1 to Watford in late November, which meant the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went.
Neville annoys “whining” from Fernandes
His compatriot Bruno Fernandes was also the target of Neville, who was furious about the midfielder’s “whining”: “These are the two older players. It is devastating for the younger players when the two best players look at every other player as though they were would they not be good enough. “
That’d been annoying him for “two months,” Neville explained. The looks and the body language are a disaster. Especially in this phase such deserving players would have to present themselves as leaders.
Neville: Ronaldo? “I love this boy”
Rangnick had also criticized his players without naming them. “I didn’t like the performance at all,” he said after the game, adding: “Our biggest problem was the mistakes we made, the ball losses, the careless mistakes when we were in possession, we just have too many balls given away. “
Neville, meanwhile, is still a big fan of Ronaldo. “At the end of the day, I love this boy, he’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life, but don’t just run away. I won’t go along with that,” he said.