Fawning Gary Neville compares "God" Cristiano Ronaldo to Elvis Presley

Gary Neville has compared the impact of Cristiano Ronaldo on both the Premier League and the city of Manchester as something that could be likened to Elvis Presley.

The 36-year-old, who is one of the greatest players in the history of the game, returned to Manchester United this summer following nine seasons at Real Madrid and three with Juventus.

The Portugal icon has been tasked with firing the club to their first league title since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have struggled for consistency.

Neville spoke about the impact of his former colleague before United's clash against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, and hailed his impact as similar to something that the King of Rock and Roll might've supplied.

Neville said on Sky Sports Super Sunday: "It’s difficult to imagine the feeling in this city that has existed in the last few months since he’s actually been here.

"The impact he has had has gone beyond football, beyond that of Manchester and the Premier League – it’s absolutely incredible.

"What he did on Wednesday night is exactly what he’s here to do which is to bring magic to the stadium. It’s almost like Elvis Presley is in Manchester, he’s like a god.

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"There is pressure and Paul Pogba has had that the last three or four years here at Manchester United – he’s the main man. He’s getting paid the big bucks and that’s where sometimes where the criticism lies.

"It was the same when Roy Keane was at Manchester United, or Wayne Rooney, going back to Eric Cantona.

"If we didn’t win in Europe, people forget, Cantona was the one everyone was focusing on. If we don’t win football matches it will now be Cristiano Ronaldo and that’s something that comes with a territory."

With Ronaldo saying of his return to United on the same broadcast: "Criticism is always part of the business. I'm not worried about that. And I see it as a good thing to be honest.

"If they worry about me or they speak about me, it's because they know my potential and value in football still. So it's good.

"I'll give you an example: if you're in a school and you're the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they'll say they don't like him."

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