Coronavirus regulations have seen supporters shut out of stadiums since months and watching games on TV has been the only option for many. However, recent plans have been making the rounds to make the games pay-per-view (PPV), and United's trip to Newcastle was the first of many PPVs.
While United fans were forced to pay £14.95 just to watch their team from home, the club decided to make a joke about the lack of supporters in stadiums. They tweeted: "At least there's no climbing up 14 flights of stairs to get to the away end at St James' Park for this one... where are you watching #NEWMUN from?"
But the post which was accompanied with a laughing face emoji, didn't go down too well with fans, including former club captain Neville.
Quoting United's tweet, he wrote: "How bad is this tweet?"
Andy Mitten, the editor of 'United We Stand', also reacted angrily to United's tweet.
"The hardcore reds who'd be there today would give anything to climb those steps. Instead they face an unacceptable £15 for PPV...and being patronised in a sponsored tweet pretending to understand fan culture," he wrote.
And it wasn't long before a number of other supporters also took offense which caused the club to delete the tweet.
United were at the centre of Project Big Picture, a plot slammed as a power grab by the Big Six in the Premier League and later canned after a major outcry earlier this week.