Neville picks out ‘unforgivable’ statistic after Man Utd loss

Date published: Monday 20th January 2020 8:34

Gary Neville Jamie Carragher Manchester United Liverpool

Gary Neville doesn’t think Manchester United’s squad reflects their wage bill after claiming they have the second-highest wage bill in the world.

An early Virgil Van Dijk header was followed by Mohamed Salah’s breakaway goal in stoppage time as Liverpool beat Man Utd 2-0 on Sunday, but the lateness of the second strike did not do justice to the dominance Jurgen Klopp’s men had in the game.

And Neville, speaking after watching Man Utd’s loss, was critical of the board’s handling of the club’s wage bill.

“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,” Neville said on 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 change the ownership of Manchester United, no one can. But 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 Ferguson left because 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, they can create revenue, they can do things with in the football club that can help to be fair, 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.

“They need to sort it out and quickly. The thing that should shock the owners more than anything, they should see that last minute goal – they should have that playing on record every single day in their office over in America – Liverpool Football Club’s fans singing we shall not be moved.”


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