Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville went on an explosive rant about the Glazer family’s ownership of the club following their 4-0 defeat to Brentford.
He has not been afraid to criticise his former club and the way they continue to be run by the Glazers, who purchased the club with a leveraged buyout in 2005.
While former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp felt that the players should take responsibility for their performances, Neville insisted that the owners are the root of the problem.
“The embedded failure over a 10-year period of where the club is currently at has to come back to the ownership,” Neville said.
“I blamed Ed Woodward for a long time, but the reality is that the Glazer family left him in situ, when he should not have been left in situ in charge of the football side. Ed probably would have done a good job on the business side.
“They have still not dealt with the football operation. They have still not dealt with the players in the recruitment department. They have still not dealt with the stadium which is rusting and needs massive money spending on it.
“United need a billion pounds in these next two or three years to either rebuild or renovate that stadium. They probably need another £500million or £600million for the training ground and other infrastructure projects and football investments.
“They have only got £40million or £50million cash left in the bank. They had £350million in the bank a few years ago; they have no longer got that money in the bank. Something is going to have to give soon, very, very soon.”
Alongside Neville, former United centre-back Rio Ferdinand also hit out at the Glazer family after the 4-0 defeat to Brentford.
“Where the hell are they?! Get here! Get over here,” Ferdinand said when asked about the Glazers on the FIVE podcast.
He continued: “This isn’t like a normal business, this is a football club with heritage, with history, with character, with personality, real people involved. So, treat it like that.
“They need to come here and communicate. Communication is one of the key components to being successful, from the top down.
“They’re not communicating with the fans, they’re not communicating with the people, no one knows where they are, they can’t put a face to it. I think that’s disrespectful, and I think it’s out of order.
“They need to come here and put themselves right at the front and start shouldering some of this blame. Because they are allowing other people to take the blame and they are intrinsic in what goes on at this football club – good or bad.”
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