Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has raised his voice against the Red Devils owner Glazers’ family.
The record Premier League champions have been struggling to match the lofty ambitions of the fans since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and they haven’t been able to lift silverware in the past five campaigns.
Meanwhile, following the defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, Gary Neville didn’t hold back and lashed out at the club’s owner for the recent downfall. The former defender said on the Gary Neville podcast(via Express):
“I have to say, at the end [against Atletico], it was just hope. I was sat there at the end thinking, even that last corner, ‘they’ll score, Manchester United always score’. But they don’t anymore, they don’t score anymore. Because the reality of it is that something’s missing, something big is missing, and it comes from the top. We’ve said before about owners, it comes from the top.
“We heard Joel Glazer say some time ago he was going to engage with the fans – flights are open Joel, you can get to Manchester. Let’s see you over here, let’s see you talk to the fans properly. Explain that vision, you’ve got a new CEO in place, you can’t just leave it to the new CEO. You’ve got to come over.
“You said off the back of the Super League you were going to change the way you operated the club and he was going to come over and see the fans. He’s not done [that], not that I know anyway unless he’s slipped in without me knowing. Not many people slip into Manchester without me knowing! Or without the journalists knowing for sure.
“So I think for me it comes from the top. They sent Tom Brady over which was nice on Saturday but it would be nice if they sent themselves over.”
The ownership of Manchester United and their structure to find success have been a big failure over the past decade and therefore, the Glazers family either should sell the club or they should change the structure of the club and give the responsibility to make the football decisions to the specialist in this field.
Following the departure of Ed Woodward, the club appointed Richard Arnold as the CEO. However, he has been at the club for a long time and he worked alongside Woodward. So, there is very little optimism that the new CEO will be able to bring the glory days back.
Manchester United are currently searching for a new permanent manager and they already have Ralf Rangnick who built many football clubs in Germany. However, the 63-year-old is continuously saying that the club is not taking any advice from him in the appointment of the next manager.
So, there is no assurance that the club’s hierarchy will be able to appoint the right manager and they will find the right players in the transfer market to regain their lost perch.