Gary Neville says Glazers have changed nothing at United post-Super League

Gary Neville has once again spoken out against the Glazers and their ownership of Manchester United.

Neville laid out a blueprint speaking on the Overlap that he said would transform the club, as we approach a year since the Super League fiasco.

The Glazers made the right noises about improving their relationship with the fans after that debacle but nothing has really changed at the club.

And do we really trust that the Glazers would do anything which is actually geared towards making United as good as they can be on the pitch?

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“You have to compete off the pitch. I am really worried. I saw no reason to go for the Glazer family while I was at the club. I also didn’t go for them for the ten years after that. The Super League was a moment where all six owners showed they were willing to ruin English football so they can all do one.

“The Glazer family post-Super League said they were going to communicate. They’ve not changed anything at this football club. There is a problem right at the very top. A massive problem.

“They’ve proven they can’t build a successful football club. They should sell the club, cash in. Because of their ten years of failure. But if they really want to stay, they’ve got to do four or five things. Stop taking the dividends out of the club.

“It’s a bad message from the top. Pay off that debt. Rebuild that stadium. It needs knocking down. That doesn’t need renovating, that needs a new stadium. Get a sponsor in and a brand new stadium. That needs to happen. Then build a new training ground. Then put £100-150 million in a proper sporting project. Then you can say they’ve reset the culture.”

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It all sounds great and if the Glazers were good owners, United would get some of those things. But they aren’t, so we probably won’t.

United do need to be careful if they go for a new stadium, because we have seen the impact it has had at Arsenal and Tottenham in terms of limiting spending and then getting used to the new surroundings.

Of course, if the Glazers had kept on top of Old Trafford, expanding it where necessary and maintaining it better, a new ground may not be such a pressing need.

The Glazers won’t even stop taking money out of the club, let alone the rest of it. So whichever new manager comes in, they will be swimming against the tide.

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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.