Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has hit out at the club's owners, the Glazer family, and their plans to form a breakaway European Super League.
United are one of the 15 founding members of the league, which is designed to rival the Champions League. And Joel Glazer, who is the co-owner of the Red Devils, was quoted as labelling the proposals a "new chapter for European football".
And Neville called the Glazer family "scavengers" and said they should sell United and leave the country. “I stayed pretty quiet in terms of the Glazer family over the years,” Neville explained.
He added, “I stayed quiet because when the club were taken over as a PLC, you knew it could be bought and it was out of the control of everybody, a completely different market, generally in life, and I always thought, ‘What’s the answer to the Glazers?"
Neville further stated, “Who takes them out, Russia, China, state money, for the two or three billion quid it would need?’ I’ve stayed quiet on the basis that it’s still Man United, I can still watch the lads play, I can be happy and I can be sad, I’m still watching football in this country. If they take dividends out, all right, it’s dividends, I can live with it slightly. What I can’t live with is attacking every single football fan in this country."
Calling the United owners out, Neville continued, “They have stepped over the mark, they are scavengers and they need booting out of this football club and booting out of this country. We have got to come together now, it might be too late. There will be people at Man United, fans that were arguing 15 years ago that will say it’s too late, but it’s never too late. We have got to stop this. It is absolutely critical we do.”
He added: “When I woke up and saw the statement and it had Joel Glazer’s name on it, I thought this was a big problem. He doesn’t put his name on anything that man. He is intelligent, he knows what he wants and he has parked his weasels and he has come out and it made me think: ‘This is serious’."
Neville concluded, “He is not backing down, he will try and push this through and, once he puts his name on it, he is going to try and force this through. They (the Glazers) have been through hell in the early years at Manchester United, they withstood it, stood it out and they don’t care, so when I saw his name on it, I was really worried.”