Gary Neville lashes out at Ronaldo in backstage footage after brutal snub
Gary Neville hits out at Ronaldo in backstage footage following a nasty rebuff.
Former Manchester United player, Gary Neville has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo’s public snub by saying the 37-year-old isn’t behaving like a Manchester United player.
The legendary footballer’s actions have been the subject of ongoing debate in recent months as he continues to put his Old Trafford legacy at peril.
He was welcomed back to United with great enthusiasm last summer, but his second term there has disastrously failed.
Even though he was United’s leading scorer the previous season, they didn’t win the Champions League, which forced him to push for a transfer during the summer window.
However, that plan fell through, and the unhappiness persisted because Erik ten Hag appears to see his best role as a super sub.
Tensions came to a head this month when Ronaldo refused to come off the bench during the win over Tottenham, before leaving the stadium before the full-time whistle.
Ten Hag subsequently axed the Portuguese star for the trip to Chelsea, as well as banishing him from first-team training for three days.
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But, after crisis talks at Carrington last week, Ronaldo was back in the team and back in the starting XI for the 1-0 win over West Ham.
Unsurprisingly, there was plenty of attention on his return with Sky cameras capturing the moment he entered the pitch for pre-match warm-ups.
Even that walk made headlines, with Ronaldo refusing to acknowledge Neville in light of some forthright comments on his situation.
Last week Neville said that the two parties should go their separate ways as soon as possible, branding Ronaldo’s conduct as “unacceptable”.
His Sky Sports colleagues were quick to mock Neville with Carragher ‘welcoming him to the club’ after suffering the same fate earlier in the campaign.
Micah Richards then joined in the ribbing, interviewing the Manchester United legend and putting the video out for his followers.
In the clip, Richards approached Neville – who was standing alongside Roy Keane – and asks how it felt to be blanked by Ronaldo.
Neville laughed off the jibe before making the point that he hasn’t been acting like a player that has spent time playing under the United teams led by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Pushed on the fact he is a former teammate, Neville added: “I know, but he doesn’t behave like someone who’s played with me, or him [pointing at Keane] for that matter.”
How does it feel to be blanked by Ronaldo… Gary Neville did well to be polite here 🤣 pic.twitter.com/1ihOIkBILt
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) October 31, 2022