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.
United’s start to life under Erik ten Hag has been woeful, losing back-to-back matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford to sit at the foot of the Premier League.
Pressure is already mounting on Ten Hag, who faces a stern test on Monday against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
And the final weeks of the transfer window could be decisive.
United have been linked with a host of players, but the biggest story continues to be the future of Ronaldo.
He is widely reported to be pushing for an exit due to his desire to play Champions League football.
Reports on Tuesday suggest United’s stance has changed, with the club now said to be willing to listen to offers for the 37-year-old, but Neville is fearful of the impact his departure could have.
He said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football:
“I think they must make a massive decision on Cristiano Ronaldo.
“And they’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t.
“A few weeks ago, before the season started, these two results.
“The best thing to do was facilitate a move out of the club for Cristiano because he’s not happy.
“And the club aren’t happy with him.
“The problem they have now is if they lose him, there’s nothing left in terms of the goalscoring part of the pitch.
“And I genuinely think if they don’t bring players in or bring in poor players, he leaves.
“I genuinely think they can finish in the bottom half of the table.
“That’s a bottom half of the table team; that’s a massive statement.”
Suitors for Ronaldo appear to be few and far between, with Inter said to have rebuffed a potential move.
In contrast, Atletico Madrid fans have clarified their feelings against a transfer.
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