Neville slams ‘desperate’ Glazers for treating Man Utd like ‘a toy’ amid fresh sale status update

Joe Williams
Man Utd legend Gary Neville
Gary Neville has hit out at the Glazers.

Gary Neville has accused the Glazers of treating Manchester United like “a toy” amid rumours the club could be taken off the market.

It has been 18 years since the Americans’ controversial leveraged takeover of the club and nine months since they announced a strategic review.

The sale of Man Utd was one option being considered but the interminable potential takeover process rumbles on, despite offers from Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

And there was even a report over the weekend that Man Utd are set to be ‘taken off the market’ by the Glazers after bidders ‘failed to get close to their anticipated asking price’.

But Neville insists that the Glazers will still sell the Red Devils as they are “desperate for money” with Man Utd beung run “like a mid-table club”

“It’s just a game for them, they think it’s a toy!” said Neville. “Of course they’re going to sell. They’re desperate for money.

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“They can’t even compete on FFP anymore. Man Utd are talking like a mid-table club when it comes to the transfer market. Man Utd turn over £500m, one of the highest revenue generating clubs in the world.

“Chelsea, Arsenal can sign big players, Man Utd are scrambling around on FFP. I know they’ve had losses on Covid and that could be thrown as an excuse.

“Today was a fantastic game but it won’t change the fact that they’ve got owners of one of the biggest clubs in the world who are messing around with the football club and I’m not going to stop talking about it because it’s a massive problem.”

But Sky Sports News have provided an update on the situation, they claim: ‘Those involved in the process, including merchant bank Raine, the overseers of the takeover talks, have not been told of any change.’

Rasmus Hojlund made his debut for Man Utd in their 3-1 loss against Arsenal on Sunday with the Denmark international coming off the bench for the final 23 minutes of the match.

Rating Hojlund’s debut, Neville added: “Definitely [he was up for a scrap]. He was only playing his first 25 minutes but straightaway he got up against Gabriel, he was trying to harass him and he was trying to back into him.

“Manchester United haven’t had that. They don’t have it when Marcus Rashford plays as a centre-forward and they don’t have it with Anthony Martial either.

“He gives them a different option. It’s a difficult game to come into, but for the build-up to the goal that was disallowed, there was a beautiful little flick to Casemiro.

“What he’s experienced today is Premier League football. The experience you can be OK in a game at the top level and you can lose it in the last minute. He’s learned the devastation of losing in the last minute. The players in the changing room will be kicking themselves and asking themselves how it happened.

“There’s a lot expected of Hojlund but really he’s a 20-year-old boy who is only starting out in the game. Due to United’s goal problems and stuttering attack, there’s big expectation because of the price tag.

“I feel it’s a little bit too much so we have to let him breathe and evolve. He’s at a big club like Manchester United so he will be judged straightaway.”