Manchester United: Gary Neville's passionate Glazer family funding analysis is excellent

Man Utd players during defeat at Brentford

Gary Neville was irate following Manchester United’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday.

United conceded four first half goals in a horrific performance at the Gtech Community Stadium and completely capitulated.

The Red Devils now sit bottom of the Premier League having lost their opening two games of the season, with pressure once again mounting on the Glazer family for the way they have run the club.

David de Gea‘s mistake allowed a tame shot from Josh Dasilva to sneak in after just 10 minutes following pressure from Brentford, which opened the floodgates for Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo all to add to the tally.

It was another dismal afternoon for Erik ten Hag and his squad who looked all at sea and entirely zapped of confidence after conceding the first two goals.

The Dutch manager took the hot seat after arriving from Ajax this summer but has managed to make just three signings so far, despite United losing several players over the summer and Ralf Rangnick previously stating that the squad needed ‘open heart surgery’ to fix proceedings.

United have been locked in a saga to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona all summer long but still haven’t got the deal done, and have since turned to Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

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Neville has not been afraid to criticise his former club in the past, more specifically the way they continue to be run by the Glazers, who purchased the club with a leveraged buyout in 2005.

Sky Sports’ punditry team attempted to dissect United’s failures again after the defeat on Saturday, resulting in Neville and Jamie Redknapp getting tangled in a fiery debate.

But also in the post-match coverage was Neville dispelling myths about the Glazers’ supposed funding of United to his colleagues, in a passionate and detailed analysis of their wrongdoings.

It highlights the scary reality of how poorly run United are right now, so be sure to watch the video below.

WATCH: Neville’s passionate analysis of Glazer family ownership

Neville speaks on the matter brilliantly. You can see just how much the club means to him, but he also doesn’t let that digress from the realities of the situation, presenting the issue with clear facts and analysis.

He stated: “When they say they’ve given them the money, the only money that has been spent on players at Manchester United is the money the club has generated, or that it’s borrowed.

“It does not come from the family. So let’s get this out of our heads that the Glazer family are putting money every year like Roman Abramovich did [at Chelsea], like the Saudi Arabians are doing at Newcastle, like Sheikh Mansour’s done at Manchester City, hand in their pockets spending on players – they’ve not done that.

“They’ve borrowed and they’ve used the revenue that the club generates through its incredible fanbase and a great commercial operation. That’s what’s happened.”

Neville continued after explaining the funding myth: “Anybody that owns that club – if us four [pundits] owned that club tomorrow, we could spend the same money every year on that football club through its generation of revenues. That’s a fact.

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“These owners, since Sir Alex Ferguson [left in 2013], have proven in 10 years [that] they cannot manage a forward-thinking football club. It’s been overtaken in every single department and it’s painful and it’s woeful.”

Redknapp challenged Neville on the fact that things appeared to be more stable while he played at the club under Ferguson, to which he responded by claiming that a ‘toxic culture’ has been created over the last 10 years without the leadership of Ferguson and David Gill – the former chief executive – to paper over cracks.

“We’re now seeing what has happened without Sir Alex Ferguson, without David Gill, without leadership. We’re now seeing what’s happening and it’s a mess. It cannot continue to go on. It can’t.”

United players look on during defeat to Brentford
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Christian Eriksen of Manchester United looks dejected during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Asked about if owners could be successful while overseeing a club from afar, Neville concurred and further highlighted where the failures of United have come from:

“I blamed Ed [Woodward] for a long time, but the reality is the Glazer family left him in situ… I think Ed probably would’ve done a good job on the business side [of the club].

“They’ve still not dealt with the football operation. They’ve still not dealt with the players and the recruitment department. They’ve still not dealt with the stadium which is rusting and needs massive money spent on it.”

He added that United need ‘a billion pounds’ over the next two or three years to ‘either rebuild or renovate’ Old Trafford and another ‘five or six hundred million pounds’ for the training complex, but admitted they only have around £40/50m left in the bank.

Man Utd's Old Trafford
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IS A HDR PHOTOGRAPH, HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) A general view of the East Stand at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United before the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Sporting Braga on October 23, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“They were cash rich three years ago – they had £350m in the bank. They’ve no longer got that money in the bank. Something is going to have to give. Soon.”

The club legend pulled absolutely no punches in a piece of analysis that lasted over two minutes, and delivered numbers that were staggering but also concerning.

United face Liverpool in their third Premier League game of the season and run the very real risk of going winless in their opening three fixtures.

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