Neville says Glazers to blame as Manchester United battle Brentford for Eriksen signing
The chase for Christian Eriksen is between two teams, report Sky Sports, with Tottenham Hotspur yet to make their move.
It should be a simple decision for Eriksen between Manchester United and Brentford. And the risk is very real he could turn the Red Devils down to stay at Brentford.
Former United captain Gary Neville knows who is to blame if this happens, pinpointing the Glazers for making the club a ‘graveyard’ for talent.
Manchester United battle Brentford for Eriksen signing
Eriksen has various factors to consider in favour of Brentford. They were the ones who relaunched his career last season, so there is some loyalty to bear in mind.
He is also reportedly happy in London where he owns a home and has a young family.
Eriksen also knows the Brentford squad, manager, and exactly what he would be re-signing up for, so it is a safe choice.
But come on. This is Manchester United. This kind of transfer consideration would have been unthinkable in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, Eriksen would have put pen to paper already.
Neville is right, the instability at Old Trafford in recent years has led to numerous players failing to fulfil their potential and regret making the move.
United have a new manager, Erik ten Hag, who aims to give United a fresh start – but the slow transfer window activity this summer is a reflection that the club remain as poorly run as ever before, with no signings made in time for the new manager’s pre-season.
We now sit in a scenario where United are hoping a 30-year-old free agent won’t turn us down to sign with Brentford.
How did it come to this? The answer as Neville notes, all lies with club owners the Glazers, who treat the club as a personal piggy-bank, set to take out £11 million in dividends today, after United’s worst ever Premier League season.
Until there is a change of ownership, United may simply be doomed to continue this vicious downward spiral, even if Ten Hag succeeds in getting the Eriksen deal over the line.