Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed his former teammate Gary Neville before Manchester United face West Ham, as the 37-year-old did start the game yesterday.
The Portuguese superstar went over to greet former team-mate Louis Saha, who works as a pundit for Sky Sports, before the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo also briefly greeted ex-Liverpool man Jamie Redknapp. He ignored Gary Neville and went out to warm up with the rest of the United squad.
Ronaldo completely blanked Neville because the former United man previously criticised the forward’s behaviour. Neville responded to this incident by saying: “We’re off the Christmas card list aren’t we?”
A similar incident happened to Jamie Carragher back in August. Ronaldo greeted both of his senior and former players, Roy Keane and Neville. But he refused to greet or speak with Jamie Carragher. Carragher always opened up to criticise the Portuguese superstar whenever he got the chance.
But Carragher has shared his reaction to the latest incident with Neville on his Twitter. He wrote: “Welcome to the, blanked by Ronaldo club Gary Neville.” Neville also responded with two emojis of laughing and a handshake.
While speaking at Sky Sports ahead of United’s clash with Chelsea last week, Neville heavily criticised Ronaldo. Neville also blamed his former teammate as the main problem at the club.
He spoke: “When you look at whether Cristiano Ronaldo should be selected, which is obviously his main problem at this moment in time, that he’s not playing as great a player as he’s been, Man United are better without him and Erik ten Hag knows that.”
Neville’s only solution was: “I think Cristiano’s too good a player and too big a character, and the club have to move on.”
Other than Ronaldo, Anthony Elanga and Harry Maguire also featured in the starting XI after a long time. Ten Hag rested his other two starters Antony and Jadon Sancho for this game. After refusing to come out as a late substitution against Tottenham, this was Ronaldo’s first start in the Premier League.
Ten Hag shared his thought on giving Ronaldo a rare start. He spoke: “I think [Cristiano Ronaldo] played a pretty good game on Thursday; attacking-wise, defending-wise as well. We know they are different opponents but he did well as well in the team and that’s why we chose him.”
Cristiano Ronaldo did have a decent game, as he had more shots on goal than any of his teammates in this game. But did not score a single goal.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is likely to feature in the starting XI against Real Sociedad in the upcoming Europa League game.
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