The latest issue of Red News went on sale prior to Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League encounter with Serie A champions Juventus and it contains an interview with Gary Neville.
Neville speaks exclusively to Jimmy Williams, also of Red Devil Talk, about a range of topics but we’ve focused in on the former United captain’s opinion of the board, Ed Woodward and the Glazer ownership.
Woodward came under scrutiny this past summer for not signing the players Jose Mourinho wanted in order to push rivals Manchester City closer for the Premier League title.
The club’s vice executive-chairman’s failure to deliver left Mourinho without any new defensive additions, and now we’re leaking goals and are already considered out of the title race.
Neville, currently working as a pundit on Sky Sports, told prominent MUFC fanzine Red News: “It took a lot for me to be critical of Ed Woodward but I felt as though it was needed. I think that when you don’t support the manager in the transfer market – and it’s quite obvious that Jose Mourinho wasn’t supported – it’s a very dangerous toad to go down.”
Though many will argue Mourinho has already spent millions beyond millions and should be getting more out of his current squad.
Yet when you look across the city at Pep Guardiola’s side, you will notice how they’ve backed him when signings haven’t gone to plan such to Claudio Bravo and Nolito. The club allowed the former Barcelona coach to return to the market in order to amend his mistakes by spending an additional amount of money on another goalkeeper, Ederson, who made a huge difference in their title-winning campaign last season.
Mourinho has not got the same support from the United board and Neville alludes to that: “At United, the problem is that you have got a team built by four different managers.
“There are still Sir Alex Ferguson players, there are Louis van Gaal players, you’ve got David Moyes players, and now the Jose Mourinho players. What you’ve got is a level of inconsistency in the approach of the recruitment.”
Neville also touches on where he believes the problems facing United stem from and echoes what we and many other fans believe. He said: “From the recruitment, to the succession planning, the pin-ball of moving from one value of manager to another: from Moyes, to Van Gaal, and now Mourinho; there is no consistency of approach. So, my view is that it stems back to the owners.”
Moreover, supporting fanzine culture is essential to the match day experience. At Stretty News we have always pushed United’s fanzines and find it a great shame Red Issue is no longer in publication.
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