Gary Neville hits out at Manchester United ‘madness’ and ‘tosh’ | Football

Gary Neville believes brighter times are ahead at Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Gary Neville says it has been ‘madness’ at Manchester United for the last 10 years, hoping that the ‘utter tosh’ is soon at an end thanks to the arrival of Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team.

The Red Devils beat Luton Town 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a brace from Rasmus Hojlund, making it five wins on the spin in all competitions.

There is much more positivity at the club now than earlier in the season, thanks to Ratcliffe coming in as a minority owner and Erik ten Hag’s side picking up results on the pitch.

Neville says it is no surprise that the club have struggled over the last decade, saying it has been beyond negligence and as far as madness, that appropriate people were not filling big off-field roles.

‘When you think for 10 years every Manchester United manager has operated without a CEO that’s actually been in a football club before, without a sporting director, without a head of recruitment. It’s madness, forget negligence, it’s just madness. It would never happen at any other club,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘The more I think about it, what the Glazers have done is show blind loyalty to people who have been really good to them over a long period of time at the club. Ed Woodward was at the club for 10-12 years before he became CEO, he was working on the commercial side. They’ve been very loyal to him and believed everything he said. I’m sure Ed believed in what he was doing as well.

‘I said it probably 10 years ago, it was like they were playing Football Manager. They can go and have a look at some of the best players in the world. [Angel] Di Maria, [Radamel] Falcao, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and they played Football Manager with the club for 10 years without having serious people operating the club, which other clubs have. It’s unbelievable.’

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Rasmus Hojlund was the star as Manchester United beat Luton (Picture: Getty Images)

With the arrival of the INEOS team in the board room and with a string of names expected to arrive in key positions, Neville thinks the entire mood of the club has improved.

‘I do believe the mood has changed,’ he said. ‘What the fans, what everyone connected with Manchester United wanted, was some interference with the complete and utter tosh that we’ve seen for 10 years.

‘The board room has been disrupted which means there’s a complete new energy with decisions that are being made.

‘How long have been asking for a CEO that knows football, a sporting director, a sporting department? I can shut up about it now!’

Dan Ashworth is expected to join Manchester United but it is not clear when (Picture: Getty Images)

Newcastle United sporting director is expected to make the move to Old Trafford, but the former Red Devils defender has warned his old club that they must move quick and not go another summer without him.

‘It’s imperative that Manchester United for the next transfer window get someone in place,’ he said. ‘If you get another transfer window wrong you might blow another £100m, so it’s important you get the right people in place.’


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