Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has told owner Joel Glazer to “get on a plane tomorrow” after hitting “a new low” in the club’s recent history.
In an impassioned plea, Neville accused the Glazer family of presiding over a “rotting” club after Erik ten Hags United conceded four goals in the first 35 minutes of a Premier League game for the first time en route to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday.
The Sky Sports co-commentator was scathing during the game, describing the competition as “like a men’s team against the U9s” and flaunted his wits after the final whistle.
Neville said: “The Manchester United team aren’t running hard enough, they’re not running fast enough, but they’ve lost absolutely all confidence. They have big problems and have been for 12 months and they are not being helped.
“Perhaps some would say they don’t deserve help, they have to help themselves. I understand that, but I’ve been in struggling teams before, I was the coach of a struggling team, where you see a team is suffering and needs something and that has to come from the top.
“But today was a new low and it seems Manchester United can consistently beat their previous lows – and where and when will the lowest low come because the reality is this is really, really bad.”
Neville was embroiled in a heated debate with pundit Jamie Redknapp as they debated who was to blame afterwards, with the former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder once saying: “Just look at me when I’m talking to you.”
Redknapp previously delivered a scathing verdict on the players who surrendered after a mistake by David de Gea handed the opening goal to Josh Dasilva.
He said: “You don’t show character, which is what you want, certainly when you play for a big club like Manchester United. It was shambolic.”
However, Neville laid the responsibility firmly at the feet of the club owners.
He said: “You can’t blame the individual player or the manager, you have to look up, you have to look all the way up now and honestly they’re being peppered this week, those players. the coach, the athletic department, the new CEO, they all get peppered.
“But there’s a family over there in America that literally lets their employees take all the beating for themselves, and that’s unforgivable.
“They have to get on a plane, Joel Glazer has to get on a plane tomorrow, he has to go to Manchester and he has to start taking the troubles off the club and telling everyone what the hell his plan is at the football club. What does he do?”
Neville, who questioned the club’s ability to hit the transfer targets he needs to undertake what interim boss Ralf Rangnick identified as “open heart surgery” and described Old Trafford himself as “decrepit” due to a lack of investment, added : “They’ve failed at Manchester United for 10 years, the club is rotting.”
United’s plight drew less than constructive reactions on social media.
Sky pundit Jamie Carragher changed his Twitter profile picture to a mocked image of Neville in clown make-up as the ex-United full-back bemoaned the fact that “I got Monday night football with that balloon”. .
Local newspaper Manchester Evening News ran half-time player ratings on their live blog of the game, with all 11 receiving 0/10.
On Saturday night, the Manchester United Supporters Trust called for “urgent and radical changes” to turn the team’s fortunes around, calling the Brentford result “an embarrassment – no, a humiliation”.
A statement from MUST said: “MUST hold the owners of the club primarily responsible for this new low in our decade of decline. Sir Alex (Ferguson) patched up the cracks, but since 2013 the consequences of our owners have been plain to see.
“On behalf of Manchester United fans everywhere, we are calling for urgent and radical change. And we as fans – all of us – have to stick together. The unity of the fans with one voice addressed to the owners and the club is needed now more than ever.”
Match-of-the-day expert Alan Shearer left nothing to be desired in his analysis.
The former England and Newcastle striker said on BBC One: “It’s absolute chaos, years of failure and mismanagement, lack of leadership, recruitment has been terrible.
“It will take time and an incredible amount of money to get things right within the football club and in terms of proper recruitment.
“And it’s going to take a lot of patience from Manchester United fans because where they are now, where they want to be is miles away.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/gary-neville-manchester-united-joel-glazer-brentford-jamie-redknapp-b2144646.html Gary Neville calls on Glazer family as he describes loss of Brentford as ‘new low’