Gary Neville says Manchester United should not listen to players over new manager

Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that Manchester United’s player preferences should be ignored when it comes to the next manager.

A report in The Telegraph last week claimed several senior United players want Mauricio Pochettino to take over in the summer.

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Neville has long been a champion of Pochettino, telling Sky Sports just one month ago that the Argentine was his first choice as manager.

The former right-back says the opinions of the players should have no bearing on the board’s decision.

Neville said: “If Pochettino is the choice of the board then they should appoint him, but they shouldn’t appoint him based on the players wanting him. I’d hate to think for one second that they were listening to the players in the dressing room.

“They’ve got big PR machines and big social media machines and their agents are active. They have been for a good few months and I’ve not liked it for a few months. At the moment, they’re all looking after one another, thinking who they want in next.”

United are slumping in the Premier League table right now with just two points taken from the last two games.

Supporters are growing increasingly fed up with the poor performances, and for many players, the next appointment will be their third or fourth permanent United boss.

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United need a manager who is going to shake the club up, and that does not mean bending to the players’ wishes and hiring their preference.

As Neville points out, Pochettino may turn out to be the right option – but the thoughts of the squad should be disregarded when it comes to the hiring process.

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