Gary Neville, who is known for his top class punditry, laid into his former employers for the way Manchester United is being run as the situation worsens.
“Who is in charge?”
Chaos Post Sir Alex Ferguson
“They’ve had coaches over the last six to seven years who have been best-in-class. Jose Mourinho was an equal, in relation to Pep Guardiola in terms of success over 20 years. Louis van Gaal is one of the most experienced managers over the past 25 years.”
“They’ve experienced best-in-class coaches who have failed. You have to say to yourself, is it just the coach? There’s a cultural problem. It’s deep, the decisions are bad. The choices are poor. Who’s signing the players this summer? At every other club in the country, I could tell you who’s in charge of signings. I haven’t got a clue at Manchester United,” Gary told Sky Sports.
“They’ve still got Sir Alex’s chief scout, they’ve got Van Gaal’s scout. They’ve got David Moyes’ chief football operator there, four or five people there and another I think who has been appointed by Ed Woodward. You’ve got a head coach who has an opinion, a CEO with an opinion, who’s in charge? Who has the final say?
Jose’s time at Old Trafford
“Jose Mourinho, last summer, was told his signings that he wanted were not right. He didn’t cover himself in glory – he should have moved to Manchester, he should have committed to buying a house. He should’ve smiled a little bit more, it should be a joy to manage Manchester United.
“Maybe the football wasn’t the most delightful, but actually it was better than I thought under Van Gaal. He made some wrong decisions, but you have to ask who’s telling him, a manager who has won things wherever he has been, that you cannot sign that centre-back? Who’s qualified to tell him that?”
“Last year there were two centre-backs that Jose wanted to bring in and the club refused. They might not have been the right centre-backs, it might have been the right decision, but once you start going against your manager on signings, he might as well walk out of the door.”
“You can’t bring him in and then say you didn’t like his last two signings, so you’re not going to support him on this one. You either work with him or you don’t. And as soon as they weren’t, they should have moved him out. Because as soon as you’re not supported as a manager with your signings, you’re finished.”
Gary Neville makes some very interesting and valid points. The structure in place at Manchester United has failed to deliver for more than half a decade now. Even the appointment of top coaches like Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho hasn’t worked for the Mancunians. It is high time they clear their mess up or expect a Liverpool-esque dropoff in the past couple of decades.