Monday, November 20, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo blanks Man United legend Gary Neville ahead of Premier League clash with West Ham 

Cristiano Ronaldo has been the name on the lips of Premier League fans all season long.

The Portuguese superstar, who single-handedly hauled Manchester United to some crucial wins last season, has been relegated to a watcher’s brief under new boss, Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo has found himself warming the bench far more than he has ever been used to leading to some controversial moments with the former Ajax manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s tense relationship with Erik ten Hag

During their clash with Tottenham, Ronaldo was seen in heated discussion with Ten Hag before wagging his finger at him and, eventually, storming down the Old Trafford tunnel before the final whistle.

It has been a difficult season for the superstar, who, over the years, would have become use to being the first name on the team sheet.

However, some of his behaviour while he has taken up camp on the bench has been criticised with pundits and fans alike falling on both sides of the divide.

Cristiano Ronaldo blanking Sky pundits

Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher was blanked by Ronaldo earlier this year and now, ahead of their clash with West Ham, Gary Neville seemed to receive similar treatment.

Neville, who played alongside Ronaldo at United, was on punditry duty for Sky Sports when Ronaldo came over to greet Louis Saha.

He then gave Jamie Redknapp a high five before sprinting off to join his teammates warming up.

Now whether Ronaldo intentionally blanked Neville or simply didn’t see him behind Redknapp, is something we will leave to you to decide.

Video: Gary Neville ‘blanked’ by Cristiano Ronaldo

The other pundits on duty were quick to point out what had happened as they shared a laugh

Jamie Carragher piles in

Carragher, always quick with a joke, took to Twitter in no time to poke fun at his colleague.

The former Liverpool defender suffered his own blanking form of blanking ahead of United’s blockbuster clash with Liverpool after criticising the Portuguese superstar earlier in the week.

You can only imagine how pleased he would have been to see Neville suffering the same fate on Sunday afternoon.

It is, of course, possible that Ronaldo simply had his mind on the game ahead as he prepared for a rare Premier League start.

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