Gary Neville confesses that Wout Weghorst cannot match Cristiano Ronaldo’s abilities, but asserts that the striker has generated more revenue for Manchester United.
In January’s transfer window, the Red Devils strengthened their attacking options following the release of Portuguese superstar Ronaldo in November 2022.
They acquired Netherlands international Weghorst on a short-term loan deal, but the 30-year-old striker failed to solve their ongoing No.9 issues at Old Trafford and has only scored two goals in 19 appearances, indicating that he is not a long-term solution. However, ten Hag praised him for his recent performances.
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During his time in Manchester, Ronaldo played a bigger role in the collective cause, but Neville informed Sky Sports about how Weghorst has contributed to enhancing the results.
He said: “I called him a placeholder because United didn’t invest in a striker United would want.
“This experiment has to stop, Weghorst has to come out, it can no longer go on, the reason he continues to play and why Ronaldo is no longer at the club, you see his 19 starts against Ronaldo’s 19 starts.
“Weghorst has 12 wins, four draws, three defeats, he has only scored two goals but the team has scored 37 goals, with Ronaldo it was 19 starts, they won three less games, drawn three, lost four more with him in the team, he scored 11 but the team itself only scored 23, they are massive differences.
“It is the strangeness of football is having a player who isn’t good enough to be a Manchester United forward but has brought more profit to the team. I believe he (Ronaldo) is the greatest player of all time.”