‘The worst communication I’ve ever seen in my life!’: Gary Neville slams Manchester United’s three-line statement on quitting the European Super League… with no apology and no admission of fault leaving fans STILL furious at their club
- Gary Neville is firmly keeping the pressure up on Manchester United
- The club legend has been a staunch critic of his former employers this week
- Neville led the charge for fans to mobilise against the European Super League
- United issued a brief statement without apology or any direct quotation
Gary Neville has continued to turn up the heat on his former club Manchester United by tearing into the brief and abrupt statement which was issued on Tuesday night following the doomed Super League project.
Neville took to social media on Wednesday morning to scold United’s response and label it ‘Quite possibly the worst communication I’ve ever seen in my life!.’
The United icon said he had read the statement ‘3-4 times’ and could not get over the manner in which the Premier League giants had downplayed the situation.
Gary Neville has torn into Manchester United’s statement on the failed Super League
United’s statement in full simply read: ‘Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League.
‘We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.
‘We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.’
Unlike Arsenal, United did not address their fanbase and make any form of apology.
United joint chairmen Joel Glazer (right) and Avram Glazer (left) are yet to front up to fans
After initial silence, John Henry has issued an apology for Liverpool’s Super League debacle
Tuesday night saw Liverpool and their Fenway Sports Group owners followed a similar approach with a curt 47-word statement, though owner John W Henry later fronted up on video to supporters on Wednesday morning.
Henry, who was reported to be one of the main drivers behind the whole European Super League venture, told Liverpool fans: ‘It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No-one ever thought differently in England.
‘Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.’
United and the Glazer hierarchy still remain silent on the topic of apologies, which is set to only further stoke the fires of unrest among the fan base.
The fury has continued to boil on social media, with United fans across the world incensed that no further explanations or words of sorry have been expressed.
One disillusioned fan simply responded on Twitter: ‘No apology, explanation, remorse what so ever. Ashamed to be a @ManUtd fan right now.’
Another added, directly addressing Neville: ‘Drag them Gary. Enough is enough, even Henry apologised. Our owners don’t show any remorse. As you said, the trunk is cut and now it’s time for the roots.’
In complete agreement with Neville, another added: ‘Well said Gary. No apology, no contrition and they just continue treating fans with utter contempt.’
Many are now of the opinion that it is too late for United to follow suit, and simply issue an apology hours after their fellow would-be defectors desperately attempted to claw back supporters’ approval.
The club has already felt its first casualty from the Super League mess, after it was announced that chief executive Ed Woodward would be stepping down from his role at Old Trafford.
Woodward was a key figure in fiercely controversial plans for the new breakaway league, with his links to US investment bank JP Morgan helping to secure the £4.3billion in financing.
Confirming his decision on Tuesday night, Woodward said: ‘I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years.
Ed Woodward has resigned from his position as executive vice-chairman at Manchester United
‘The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.
‘I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. I am proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.
‘We have invested more than £1bn in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.’