Gary Neville has spoken out about Manchester United’s owners over the backing of Ed Woodward, branding the executive vice-chairman’s transfer record as ‘unforgivable’.
Following United’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, a loss which puts the Anfield club 30 points ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, the club legend hit out at the club’s poor management from top to bottom.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville Podcast, the former right-back made a passionate speech about the state of affairs at Manchester United, pointing the finger at the clubs owners for continuing with Ed Woodward, who has been clearly been out of his depth when it comes to the recruitment side of things.
“I can’t believe the investment that’s been put into the squad in the last five, six, seven years and you end up with that out on the pitch,” he said.
“I saw a statistic two weeks ago that United have the second-highest wage bill in the world. And that’s the squad they’ve got. It’s unforgivable. It really is.
“I can’t change the ownership of Manchester United, no one can. But I’m struggling to understand why the ownership have persisted in trusting that management team to oversee the building of a Premier League title-winning team since Sir Alex Ferguson left because if you don’t lose your job for essentially overseeing that investment, that wage bill, and putting that team out on the pitch then I have to say something is really wrong.”
It’s no secret that United are in disarray like never before, this has been clear to fans and pundits alike for years. However, Neville speaking out feels like a big step in the right direction, as in the past ex-legends of the club have been reluctant to speak out against the ownership of the club.
Perhaps this is down to their willingness to one day work with the club in some capacity, but now it seems Neville has finally seen enough.