Gary Neville has compared Manchester United to a failing school that should be put under special measures where the kids cannot be blamed.
His bizarre analogy absolves the players at Old Trafford of most of the blame, instead placing it at the door of the owners the Glazers. The United legend has never hidden his disdain of the controversial American tycoons but the mood around Old Trafford continues.
A 4-0 battering at the hands of Brentford in west London has turned the situation at United into a crisis while the players came under huge scrutiny. But Neville has insisted that the owners must shoulder the blame for their poor recruitment.
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Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, the ex-England international said: "It is a horror story from a recruitment point of view. However, there’s a call for blaming the players and we’ve blamed the players over the years.
"I was excited about a lot of those signings as many people were, even last year with Varane, Sancho, Ronaldo. Di Maria came and we all went ooh he’ll be a good signing, we did it on Monday Night Football at Leicester when he went through midfield.
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"But it’s become a graveyard for football players this football club where football players are now considering to even come to the club, they can’t get players in.
"I have to say where I got away from the players is that when a school is underperforming for years they get put under special measures by government and the kids don’t get blamed – that’s where Man United are. They’re in special measures and you can’t blame the kids anymore."
United take on Liverpool next week at Old Trafford where huge protests are expected against the ownership. The game was shut down when the two sides met at the Theatre of Dreams in May 2021 after fans broke into the ground and dressing rooms.
While security is expected to be ramped up ahead of the weekend, there is still likely to be an incredibly toxic atmosphere. Last season, the Reds obliterated their big rivals in a 5-0 thrashing and it would not be a surprise to see a similar scoreline.
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