Despite the forward’s transfer request, the pair expressed their desire for him to remain at Manchester United.
Silvestre and Louis Saha, two ex-Old Trafford greats, said they ultimately want to see Ronaldo remain at Manchester United for the current campaign.
In the 1-1 friendly match with Vallecano on Sunday, the 37-year-old made his comeback from injury and played his first 45 minutes of the preseason. Cristiano Ronaldo missed United’s preseason tour of Thailand and Australia owing to personal obligations.
However, the superstar had informed the club that he planned to depart before the trip because of his dissatisfaction with the club’s state of affairs. Although Saha wants Ronaldo to continue at United, he claims that the forward was acting selfishly by expecting to win titles so soon.
In an interview with Sky Bet, he stated: “From Cristiano Ronaldo’s point of view, it’s a little bit unreasonable to ask a club this large to adapt to him and his dream right now. It was implausible to think that his mere presence would have altered everything.
I don’t really grasp how drastic it is to change and do all those things, especially after a bad season and perhaps not excellent transfer market business in his opinion.
“I’m not Cristiano, but as someone who appears to be a Manchester United supporter, I have felt like he hasn’t demonstrated totally enough of that, he is thinking about himself,” the speaker said.
“I’m not going to criticize him because he is a tremendous player and I’m not in his situation, but I would have wanted for him to stay because he’s a good player,” Saha continued. Because it is his own career at this time, nobody can evaluate his conduct.
When asked about Ronaldo’s wish to depart by 888sport, Silvestre adopted a more circumspect tone, expressing his hope that the Portuguese star will stay. He declared, “I don’t really have an opinion, and I have no idea what’s going on.
Cristiano and I haven’t spoken, and I don’t want to become involved. We can only hope that everything turns out well for him and that he joins the team as soon as possible.