Gary Neville has hit out at Manchester United over their handling of the David de Gea transfer saga this summer.
The Spanish goalkeeper is keen to leave Old Trafford and has refused to sign a contract extension, which means he is free to walk away for nothing next year.
Real Madrid are keen to sign him before that happens, but as it stands talks with Manchester United have led nowhere with two games of the Premier League season gone.
De Gea has sat out both of the wins against Tottenham and Aston Villa after Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal claimed publicly that the former Atletico Madrid shotstopper wasn't mentally ready to play - something that his camp denied.
Now Neville has hit out at the situation, and believes that the Red Devils missed a trick by not extending De Gea's contract before he entered the final 12 months of his deal.
Speaking as a pundit for Sky Sports during their coverage of Manchester United's 1-0 win against Villa last night, he said: “This has been badly managed by United, make no mistake.
“To allow a player of his quality not to extend a couple of years ago — why wasn’t his deal extended in that period?
“To allow his contract to get to this situation is poor management. And United are paying for it. Victor Valdes arriving last season might have unsettled him further. Now he’s biting back a bit. It’s a messy situation. No one will win out of it and it needs resolving.”
Real Madrid have so far been unwilling to meet Manchester United's valuation which is believed to be in excess of £25 million, which opens the prospect of De Gea staying put for this season before leaving next summer.