Gary Neville claims Christian Eriksen’s indecision over a transfer to Manchester United is a result of the Glazers continuing to take money out of the club, leading it to be a ‘graveyard for players’.
The Glazers, who have owned the Red Devils since 2005, will be collecting £11m in dividends from the club on Friday to hand to their shareholders.
United’s total debt now stands at £591m and Neville is infuriated by the handout, insisting they should instead be investing in the stadium.
The Glazer Family should NOT be taking £11m in dividends this Friday. It isn’t right with the investment needed in the team,stadium and training ground. The clubs cash position is low compared to previous years. An announcement is needed to halt it for the next 3 years minimum.
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 20, 2022
And the former United defender believes the club is no longer ‘attractive’ to potential signings because of the dividends.
Erik ten Hag is currently overseeing an overhaul at the club, with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong his top target and various defenders also linked with a move to Old Trafford.
And Eriksen, available on a free transfer after six months with Brentford at the end of last season, has also been heavily linked.
The Denmark international is now said to be ‘choosing between Brentford and Manchester United’ – a choice Neville appears to believe would be an easy one if the Glazers hadn’t turn the club into a ‘graveyard’.
That’s why Dividends have to stop for a period. Every penny has to go back into the club until it becomes attractive again. The club has become a graveyard for players. Culturally for owners to take 💰out of a poorly performing business is demoralising! pic.twitter.com/QseUJl8l1T
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 24, 2022
The Sky Sports pundit retweeted the story, accompanied by a caption which read:
‘That’s why Dividends have to stop for a period. Every penny has to go back into the club until it becomes attractive again.
‘The club has become a graveyard for players. Culturally for owners to take out of a poorly performing business is demoralising!’