Manchester United slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield yesterday in a game which underlined the gap between the clubs.

Gary Neville was on commentary for Sky Sports and gave his view on the state of affairs after full time.

On his Gary Neville Podcast, the former England defender did not mention Ed Woodward by name but criticised his work.

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What did he say?

Neville said: “I can’t believe the investment that’s been put into the squad in the last five, six, seven years and you end up with that out on the pitch.

“United have the second-highest wage bill in the world. And that’s the squad they’ve got. It’s unforgivable. It really is.

“If you don’t lose your job for essentially overseeing that investment, that wage bill, and putting that team out on the pitch then I have to say something is really wrong.


“What the club needed to do for a number of years now is put the best in class football operators into that club and they’re not doing it. They’re not doing it and it’s a mess.”

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Why is it significant?

There has been frustration from some fans that former players in the media haven’t done enough to criticise Woodward and the Glazers.

Neville – with his experience of running Salford City from the boardroom – has come closer than most and continued that yesterday.

You don’t get mismatches like yesterday’s between two elite clubs unless things have gone badly wrong behind the scenes.

Woodward still hasn’t brought in a director of football or engineered change on the transfer side, leaving United trailing behind with no close prospect of bringing in new blood this month.

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