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Gary Neville: Glazers are 'scavengers' who need 'booting out' of Man Utd

Toby Cudworth
Apr 19, 2021, 9:50 PM GMT+1
Gary Neville is seething with Manchester United's Super League involvement
Gary Neville is seething with Manchester United's Super League involvement | Michael Regan/Getty Images

If you tuned in to watch Sky Sports' coverage of Manchester United against Burnley on Sunday, chances are you bore witness to a furious tirade from Gary Neville after plans to launch a breakaway Super League came to light.

The legendary Manchester United defender has never been afraid to speak out on the game's biggest issues, and he again hit the nail on the head with a wonderfully articulate dismantling of everything wrong with the proposal put forward by 12 of the biggest teams in Europe.

Fortunately, we haven't had to wait much longer for Neville to further address all things Super League, with a particular emphasis on the role played by his former employers.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville spoke fierily of his belief that the Glazer family - who assumed control of Manchester United back in 2005 - 'need booting out of this football club and booting out of this country', labelling them as 'scavengers' who have dramatically overstepped the mark and must be stopped.

"They have stepped over the mark. They are scavengers and need booting out of this football club and booting out of this country," Neville said.

"We have got to come together. It might be too late, there'll be people at Manchester United, fans 15 years ago who will say it's too late. It's never too late, we have got to stop this. It is absolutely critical we do.

"We know Manchester United have got more money. Arsenal have more money, Liverpool have more money. We can live with that, there's always going to be top clubs who have more money. But they can be beaten by Sheffield United or draw with Fulham. And they're trying to take that away to create franchise football. Never. It can never happen.

Avram Glazer, Joel Glazer
Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer are rare, rare visitors to Manchester | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Neville remarked that he hoped the 'big six' owners were feeling the pressure amid widespread, worldwide condemnation of the proposal - stating his belief that they can be stopped if people and managers within the game come together to prevent the Super League from getting off the ground.

"These six owners, I hope they're panting hard and uncomfortable and their stomachs are churning," he added. "And the players who play for these clubs, I can't sit here and say to the players of Manchester United and Liverpool to go on strike, because it wouldn't be right.

"But lads, if you've got it in you, you can stop this. You can mobilise. Jurgen Klopp can stop it, he's a man of integrity. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can stop it, he's a man of integrity. They can all contribute to stopping it. And we must come together now, because this has been backed by six wealthy families, on the integrity of our national sport, and it must be stopped."