Neville's scathing attack on the Glazers after Woodward announces Man Utd exit

Gary Neville has declared that the Glazer family are no longer welcome at Manchester United.

And he insists that now is the time for the club’s supporters to rise up against the club’s American owners.

Ed Woodward is carrying the can for the European Super League failure, and announced his exit as executive vice-chairman on Tuesday night.

The club insist it has little to do with the Super League – which is crumbling just 48 hours after its formation in the wake of widespread outrage.

Manchester City have already confirmed their withdrawal, with Chelsea set to follow also.

And speaking on Sky Sports on Tuesday night, Neville was scathing on Woodward’s role and, in particular, the Glazers.

Gary Neville speaking on Sky Sports
Gary Neville speaking on Sky Sports

““We obviously don’t know why the timing is now. The leeches could have thrown him under a bus, there’s no doubt about that.

“Or it could be that the sensible thing has happened, that Ed Woodward knew it was going to get too hot in the kitchen for him in the next few months and he needed to get out of there.

“The fact of the matter is that, not just Woodward, but every single executive that sits at the Premier League table, every single executive that’s on these UEFA or FIFA committees, they need throwing out of that club because there’s no way they can be trusted.

Ed Woodward is leaving United
Ed Woodward is leaving United

“Ed Woodward knew his time in football was finished, probably this morning, and he’s probably done that to keep away from the criticism that would’ve come his way in the next few months.

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“However, Ed Woodward is the trunk of the tree, we now need to go for the roots. I said last night I felt complicit, they’ve declared their hand.

“While they were sat at the club never making a statement, never showing their hands, never doing media conferences, yes they were taking money out of the club, yes they’ve leveraged against the club, there’s nothing we can do about that once the club became a PLC.

“They attacked every single football fan in this country with what they did.

“The Glazers have no place in Manchester anymore.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co owners Joel Glazer and Avram Glazer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co owners Joel Glazer and Avram Glazer

“We have to work hard together to ensure that ownership rules in this country are changed, that we have a system whereby this cannot happen.

“Whether that’s Government intervention, independent regulator, whether it be a fan-owned club rule, whatever it is – we have to make sure that this is the catalyst for change.

“The people have spoken. We were on the brink of anarchy if this continued.”

European Super League announcement fallout

Neville continued on the subject of clubs withdrawing from the ESL, insisting he hopes all signed deals that leaves them facing huge fines at the hands of the leader of the 12-club cabal, Florentino Perez.

“City have enacted their withdrawal procedure, and it looks like Chelsea are on their way – it’s done, it’s finished,” he said.

“They’ll have their PR team, comms teams, scrambling around now, trying to make this look as lovely as possible in the next 24 hours, working out the right time to withdraw from it.

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“Perez might have them on a £100million fine – I hope so – I hope Perez has got them on a massive fine to withdraw, the lot of them, I hope they basically end up eating each other.”

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