Manchester United Fans Turn On 'Weasel' Gary Neville After He 'Defends' The Glazers
Manchester United fans are unhappy with former defender Gary Neville after the Sky Sports pundit failed to condemn the club's ownership by the Glazer family.
Fans have been unhappy since the Glazers took over at Old Trafford in 2005, with protests held outside the ground on occasion, and they have taken some blame for the club's failures in the past six years.
Speaking to the Times, former United right back Neville said, "Are they [the Glazers] the worst owners in football? No. Are they the best? No."
Asked who the best owners were the 44-year-old said, "If you said to me, some people don't believe Sheikh Mansour [at Manchester City] is a good owner of a football club because of the human rights issues in Abu Dhabi, others would say they have been the most incredible owners, because they have invested into Manchester, into the stadium, into the team. I can see both sides of the story, but what I can also see is the amazing impact they have made over that side of the city.
"What is the alternative [to the Glazers]? It [the club] is either going to go to a Russian family, Chinese family, Asian family, a Saudi Arabian family. If it gets sold for £3 billion, it is going to be basically people who have £15-20 billion. What are they going to be like? Human rights issues of countries I've just mentioned. There is no ideal here.
"...I'd love owners that pump every penny back into the club on to the pitch, that didn't take out £20 million a year, or whatever they take out in debt against the club. But I can't do anything about it. Just stand there and campaign and whinge? Stand on the front of Old Trafford in front of Best, Law and Charlton with my placard up saying 'Glazers out?' I'm not going to do that because I haven't got the solution."
Whilst it might seem a measured response to the issues United fans aren't happy at all with their former player:
Neville certainly brings up a good point about how other owners would certainly be far from perfect but there continues to be the feeling the Americans are more interested in making money off the pitch than making the club successful on it.
That model certainly can't work for those who care most about the club, as the ownership at Arsenal and previous ownership at Liverpool proved.
Will the Glazers sell up?