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Gary Neville slams Cristiano Ronaldo and urges him to be a leader and encourage young Man Utd players amid transfer saga

GARY NEVILLE believes Cristiano Ronaldo should STAY at Old Trafford and act as a leader for Manchester United’s young players while he continues to seek a move.

The 37-year-old is keen to leave the Red Devils to play football in the Champions League.

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to leave Old Trafford this month

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Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to leave Old Trafford this monthPhoto credit: Rex
Gary Neville has called on his former team-mate Ronaldo to be a leader for United's young players

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Gary Neville has called on his former team-mate Ronaldo to be a leader for United’s young playersPhoto credit: Getty

After missing the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of Asia and Australia for “family reasons”, Ronaldo returned to action against Rayo Vallecano last week.

But he left ten minutes from the final whistle of the friendly – during which he was hooked at half-time – with fans believing it was a last-ditch effort to force a change.

Boss Erik ten Hag was furious at the incident, calling the stunt “unacceptable”.

Neville recently urged United to flog Ronaldo for the club’s benefit.

And speaking on Sky Sports after Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Friday night, Neville slammed his former team-mate.

Neville said: “In the next 12 months, is it too much to ask him to encourage young players to be a leader on the pitch?

“Do the interviews when your team wins and when your team loses make sure you set the standards he always sets in training in terms of his performance.

“Score the goals and let him leave Manchester with the highest thoughts.

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“It’s chaotic for him, it’s chaotic for the club, it’s chaotic for everyone.

“We want him to stay, we really want him to stay. We just don’t like those sagas that drag on.

“They never look good, they always look a little tacky. And I think it needs to be sorted out, it needs to be sorted out pretty quickly.

“We can’t go on like this for another three weeks if you’re a Manchester United fan, and certainly if you’re Erik ten Hag.

“He has to be able to concentrate on the whole team, on his performance, on the tactical style of play.

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“He doesn’t want to be constantly distracted by the star player – ‘Will he stay, will he go?'”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Ronaldo could still play Brighton on Sunday with striker Anthony Martial out through injury.

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