Gary Neville hits out at Joel Glazer for failing to deliver on fans promise
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has called out the club’s co-owner Joel Glazer for failing to deliver on his promise to engage with the supporters more often.
The Sky Sports pundit believes the Glazers should travel to Manchester far more often and give clarity on what the club’s new vision consists of.
Ralf Rangnick’s Reds crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage on Tuesday night after beating beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Atletico Madrid.
The defeat to the reigning La Liga champions meant that the club’s trophy-drought would extend to five years.
But United face a growing possibility of not participating in next season’s Champions League with Arsenal in the driving seat to finish in the all important fourth spot.
With the doom and gloom building around Old Trafford, Neville feels “something big is missing” at United and he believes the Glazers have to take accountability for their lack of action.
Following the farcical collapse of the European Super League last year, the Glazer family vowed to engage with the club’s fans more.
But the club’s former right-back Neville feels the Glazers have once again failed to deliver on their promises and United’s struggles are radiating from the top down.
Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast, he said: “I have to say, at the end [against Atletico], it was just hope.
“I was sat there at the end thinking, even that last corner, ‘they’ll score, Manchester United always score’. But they don’t anymore, they don’t score anymore.
“Because the reality of it is that something’s missing, something big is missing, and it comes from the top. We’ve said before about owners, it comes from the top.
“We heard Joel Glazer say some time ago he was going to engage with the fans – flights are open Joel, you can get to Manchester. Let’s see you over here, let’s see you talk to the fans properly.”
With Ed Woodward no longer the Glazers’ puppet master, Richard Arnold is the club’s new CEO, but Neville feels the Glazers cannot continue to hide.
Neville added: “Explain that vision, you’ve got a new CEO in place, you can’t just leave it to the new CEO. You’ve got to come over.
“You said off the back of the Super League you were going to change the way you operated the club and he was going to come over and see the fans. He’s not done [that], not that I know anyway unless he’s slipped in without me knowing.
“Not many people slip into Manchester without me knowing! Or without the journalists knowing for sure.
“So I think for me it comes from the top. They sent Tom Brady over which was nice on Saturday but it would be nice if they sent themselves over.”