Manchester United Forced to Delete Tweet About Newcastle Match as Fans and Gary Neville Criticise Club

Gary Neville
Gary Neville was furious with Manchester United's latest PR disaster on social media | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Gary Neville and Manchester United fans slammed the club for a tweet about their Premier League fixture against Newcastle United which was played in an empty stadium.

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?"

Manchester United's Twitter team quickly deleted the cringeworthy tweet
Manchester United's Twitter team quickly deleted the cringeworthy tweet | Manchester United | Twitter

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.