Gary Neville has warned Manchester United over the ramifications of an exit for Cristiano Ronaldo, expressing his fears the club could finish in the bottom half of the table.
Manchester United’s start to life under Erik ten Hague has been miserable as they lost back-to-back games against Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford to sit at the foot of the Premier League.
The pressure is already mounting on Ten Hag, who faces a tough test against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Monday, and the final weeks of the transfer window could be decisive.
Manchester United have been linked with a number of players, but the biggest story continues to be the future of Ronaldo, who is widely reported to be pushing for a move away due to his desire to play Champions League football.
Reports on Tuesday suggest that United’s attitude has changed, with the club now said to be willing to listen to offers for the 37-year-old, but Neville fears the repercussions his departure could have.
“I think they have to make a massive decision about Cristiano Ronaldo and they’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t,” he told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“A couple of weeks before the start of the season, these two results, [the] best thing to do was to make it easier for Cristiano to leave the club because obviously he’s not happy and the club is not happy with him.
“The problem they’ve got now is that if they lose him, there’s nothing left in terms of the goal-scoring part of the pitch and I really think if they don’t bring in players or if they bring in bad players and he leaves, they really think they can finish in the bottom half of the table.
“That’s a bottom half team in the table, that’s a massive statement.
There appears to be little interest in Ronaldo, with Italian giants Inter and Milan said to have rejected a potential move, while Atlético Madrid fans have made their feelings against the move clear.