Man Utd must end the relationship with Ronaldo now – Neville

Manchester United are a better side without Cristiano Ronaldo and need to dump the striker as soon as possible, according to Gary Neville.

Ronaldo was barred from the squad for Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea after refusing to enter as a substitute and heading into the tunnel at the start of the 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Despite finishing as United’s top scorer last season, the Portuguese international has only started two of United’s 11 Premier League games under Erik ten Hag this season.

United have shown encouraging signs in Ronaldo’s absence and former team-mate Neville believes the time has come for the player and the club to part ways with each other.

“Cristiano Ronaldo will have to go somewhere else and play every week because he can’t accept being on the bench,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Okay, but get it over with this week or create a truce to get to the World Cup and then finish it. It has to end.”

United have failed to win or even score in both league games that Ronaldo began this season, losing 4-0 to Brentford and drawing 0-0 with Newcastle United.

This compares with the six wins in nine league games that Ronaldo hasn’t started, with United scoring 16 goals at an average of 1.8 per game.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored two goals this season

“There aren’t many Manchester United fans who would now have Ronaldo in the starting eleven,” added Neville, who has spent two decades on United’s books.

“They are better off without him, they score more goals without him and earn more points without him. Manchester United are a better team without him.

“For me, Erik ten Hag had no other choice. This is the second time Ronaldo has left Old Trafford before his teammates enter the locker room. It is unacceptable.

“When looking at whether Ronaldo should be selected, a great player as he was, Manchester United are better off without him.

“Erik ten Hag knows this, so I think the only thing the club and Ronaldo can do is get together this next week or so and end the relationship.

Cristiano is too good a player, too fantastic a character and the club must move forward.

“Ronaldo cannot accept that he is not the champion of the Manchester United team, so he will have to leave, that’s all.”

Ronaldo has been directly involved in three goals this season (two goals and one assist), a tally improved only by Jadon Sancho (4), Anthony Martial (5) and Marcus Rashford (8).

He played 691 minutes, which is only 12th more of all United players, but another former United favorite, Roy Keane, insists Ronaldo was treated unfairly.

“I’m trying to see this from the player’s point of view – obviously he’s had enough,” Keane said. “He has lost his mind [against Spurs]. He’s been preparing for the past few weeks.

“I will try to defend him. He is a human being and he has flaws, he feels frustrated that he is not getting opportunities and he has had enough.

“He walked down the tunnel, but the players did worse things at Manchester United: it happens, it’s human nature.

“Everyone said that after the Spurs game it was United’s best performance in years. Absolute rubbish. The Spurs were terrible.

“Ronaldo scored a hat-trick when United beat Spurs last season at home, so he is more than capable of taking the field and making a difference.”

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