Gary Neville has questioned the Glazer family’s faith in Ed Woodward after the Manchester United’s chief’s overseeing of the club’s ‘unforgivable’ recruitment in recent years.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat at league leaders Liverpool on Sunday, the loss leaving the club five points adrift of Chelsea in the race to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
Defeat at Anfield was the latest example of the current gulf between Manchester United and the division’s leading sides, and Neville was full of criticism for the club’s recruitment in recent seasons – the Red Devils now 30 points behind Liverpool despite possessing the second-highest wage bill in world football.
Neville has now questioned the faith that the club’s ownership retain in executive vice-chairman Woodward, the 48-year-old having overseen the club’s recruitment and subsequent decline since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson almost seven years ago.
“I can’t change the ownership of United, no one can. I’m struggling to understand why the ownership have persisted in trusting that management team to oversee the building of a Premier League title winning team since Sir Alex left,” he told the Gary Neville Podcast.
“I saw a statistic two weeks ago that United have the second-highest wage bill in the world. And that’s the squad they’ve got. It’s unforgivable. It really is.
“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.
“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.
“There’s real talent in that executive team … but in terms of 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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