Gary Neville aims dig at Glazers while hosting Have I Got News For You?

Manchester United legend Gary Neville aimed a jibe at the Glazers’ ownership of the club while hosting Have I Got News For You?

It was the first time that Neville had hosted the show and it was a setting outside of which we usually see him, in a pure punditry capacity.

It was always likely that he was going to reference football along the way and he found the time to take aim at the Glazer family.

Neville has said repeatedly on Sky Sports that United need a change of ownership, after the Super League debacle and years of underperformance on the pitch.

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Neville on the Glazers

On BBC1 at 9:21pm on 4 November, he said: “BP have just declared £7 billion profit… that’s almost as much as the Glazers!”

United are doing well on the pitch right now, with promising signs under Erik ten Hag, with the summer signings settling in well.

But that should not obscure from the fact that a change of ownership is needed, and fans have been chanting against the Glazers all season long.

The likes of Neville carrying on pushing the message with their profiles is vitally important to keeping the momentum going.

United need to keep their good form going in the games leading up to the World Cup break, and face Aston Villa twice within a matter of days now.

Those fixtures may have looked more appealing had Unai Emery not just taken over from Steven Gerrard and United will need to be wary of the new manager bounce – twice.

United will look to keep up the chase for the top four and progress in the EFL Cup, before facing Fulham in their final game before the mid-season break.

The next game after the World Cup final is in the EFL Cup as well, just before Christmas, and the competition represents a realistic chance of silverware in Ten Hag’s first season in charge.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.