Former Man Utd defender Gary Neville thinks the Glazer family need to do five things to improve the club or put it up for sale.
The Glazers, who have six siblings on the Man Utd board, have struggled to win over the Old Trafford faithful since their takeover of the club in 2005.
Following the takeover, some disgruntled fans showed their displeasure by breaking away to create F.C. United of Manchester after critics complained that the Glazers were saddling the club with huge debts after being debt-free for so long.
The Man Utd owners were also heavily involved in plans to form a European Super League before the almost immediate collapse of the proposed competition.
United’s match against Liverpool was postponed last May after a peaceful planned protest escalated into violence and an invasion of the Old Trafford pitch in reaction to the aborted attempts to create a European Super League.
And with the infrastructure at Man Utd not matching up with some of their Premier League rivals, Neville has called on the Glazers to get serious or sell the club.
Neville said on the The Overlap Live Fan Debate: “In terms of the Glazer family, post the Super League they said they were going to communicate with the club, they said they were going to change things. They’ve not changed anything at this football club,” Neville said.
“My view is there’s a problem right at the very top, there is a massive problem. I think they’ve had 10 years to prove they can be good football operators at Manchester United, beyond Alex Ferguson and David Gill.
“They’ve proven they can’t do it, they’ve proven they can’t build a successful football club here in Manchester without being propped up by the team Sir Alex Ferguson had and himself being there.
“To me, at this moment in time, the first thing that should happen is they should sell the club. Because of the Super League, because of their 10 years of failure without Sir Alex Ferguson, and the team and the squad he had, I think they should go.
“But if they really want to stay, because you can never force the Glazer family to sell, then they’ve got to do four or five things.”
Neville added: “They’ve got to stop taking the dividends out of the club if they want to reset the culture, because when the owners are pulling money out of the club at the expense of the fans, at the expense of the project, at the expense of a successful team, it’s a bad message from the very top.
“Number two, they’ve got to pay off that debt, and they can do that by selling £500million in shares to the fans, not take it out of the club and pay off that debt. They can then rebuild that stadium with £1billion, and it does probably need knocking down to be fair. It doesn’t need renovating, it needs a new stadium.
“That money can be funded from a 20-year contract by getting a sponsor in at £60-70million a year, call it ‘Something’ Old Trafford, but we have a brand new stadium, and again it resets the culture of Manchester United having the best stadium in the world. That needs to happen.
“They then need to build a new training ground. Me and Roy were part of the squad when we moved 22 years ago. We’ve now got a training ground that’s behind Tottenham and the other training grounds.
“They need to put £100-150million a year into a proper sporting project, along with those four things, and then you can say the Glazer family have reset the culture from the top. They’ve got to do something that resets the culture and the principles of the football club. They’ve not done that for 10 years, they need to do it now because the fans are on the edge again.”
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