Gary Neville has made an impassioned plea for the Glazers to sell Manchester United following their 4-0 thrashing of Liverpool, adding that “something is rotten” at the club.
Neville admitted that the club’s players and managers deserved criticism, but that “repeated failures over a 10-year period”, coupled with the dividends they continue to draw from the club, mean it is time for the Glazers to leave Old Trafford.
speaking in the Gary Neville podcastthe former United defender raised his grievances against the American family that has owned the club since 2005 in the wake of a loss to Liverpool which he described as a “disorder”.
Stop taking money out of the club
It would be easy to jump on the players and I’ve done it quite a bit, because they have to take responsibility.
You can sometimes point to the managers Manchester United have had this season, but you have to start looking up when you see repeated failures over a 10-year period.
They (the Glazers) are getting dividends from the football club. It’s not a good business, when the core business of that business is failing miserably, when cash has been depleted over the last three years to the levels that it is, continue to take money out.
Yeah, maybe when the club is rich, they’re winning, there’s hundreds of millions in the bank, the sponsorship deals are coming in, there’s no Covid and the stadium is absolutely amazing, you could say, ‘Okay, the owners can take a dividend’. Not today.
Out of respect, don’t take money out of a business when the core business is failing, when the stadium needs to spend hundreds of millions on it, when the training ground needs to spend money on it, when the team needs to spend money on it, when they need a manager who pays a good salary to compete with [Jurgen] klopp, [Pep] Guardiola and [Thomas] Tuchel, don’t take money from that club. These yes and that is why they must go.
I am a capitalist, I am an entrepreneur, I have businesses, I understand the theory of borrowing and lending money, and taking money from a football club. But not when business is on its knees.
Culture is established from the top. There is something rotten. It’s been 10 years of bad decisions, of repeated failures, of lack of investment in the stadium. They have invested in the football team, I’ll give you that, but not with their own money.
Rangnick totally defeated by these players
This Manchester United team constantly disappoints you. His performance levels are the worst I’ve ever seen, and that’s from the beginning of the season to the end. They have won games and they are in the points they are in, and I don’t know how because there is absolutely nothing to hold on to, other than individual moments and players that sometimes appear.
There is nothing here. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did a pretty decent job over the last two or three years, Ralf Rangnick knows how to put together a football team, but both of them have been totally beaten by this group of players.
You’ve seen those Manchester United players all season long, blaming each other, blaming the manager, not applauding the fans. You have seen that the owners do not appear. The culture of each club is set at the top.
the players out there [against Liverpool] they were an absolute disaster. That first half couldn’t be more damning. I will never say that they are not in a position to wear the shirt, it is too emotional. They’re good players, some of those guys. But the players have been disappointed, they have disappointed the fans.
Tuesday night was a low. Even against the worst Liverpool team we played against, we never had a game as easy as that.
Carragher: Even the worst Liverpool teams didn’t stoop that low
speaking in the Gary Neville podcastJamie Carragher has admitted he was part of a few Liverpool teams that took a beating from Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, but said he and his team-mates never “stooped that low”.
“I felt it would end up being 4-0,” the former Liverpool defender said. “Where Manchester United is at the moment, that was me in a Liverpool shirt, trying to challenge Manchester United when they were top dogs. They had the manager, they had the team, they had everything covered and we were just trying to hold on to their but I don’t think we’ve ever stooped so low.
“We lost once 4-0 at Old Trafford, but we had a man sent off after a minute. We had some things from Manchester United, they were better than us, but we still had something about us, a personality, a character. We still won trophies. under incredible circumstances when we were not one of the best teams.
“I couldn’t imagine this Manchester United team doing something out of the ordinary, like Istanbul, or winning an FA Cup when they shouldn’t. We always felt like we had the ability to do something in a game and you knew that.” It would be a bit of a fight.”
Speaking to Neville, Carragher added: “This Manchester United, yes, it’s horrible, but this is one of the most expensive teams in the history of the game.
“If you were playing now for that Manchester United team, I’m not even talking about [Ryan] giggs or [Paul] Scholes, you wouldn’t let that happen. I wouldn’t let that happen.”