Manchester United are the easiest team to face in the Premier League, says Gary Neville, as he reiterates his desire to see the Glazer family sell the club after the side were beaten 2-1 by Brighton in the first Erik ten Hag game.
Any summer optimism quickly faded as two first-half goals from Pascal Gross were enough to hand Graham Potter’s side victory at Old Trafford. Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, Neville highlighted the problems with owners, players and recruitment at the club.
“They’re the easiest team to face in the league – that’s a huge worry. Their openness is amazing.
“It will have been a shock for him [Ten Hag] after a promising pre-season.
“But anyone who has watched those Manchester United players entrusted to him will recognize that it is a familiar performance and those above him should have known that it was an unacceptable situation to hand this team over to Erik ten Hag.
“He needed to improve more than he has. There is still time in the window, but he needed three or four more weeks to work with them.
“Every coach comes in thinking they can do better than the last coach with the players at their disposal because they think they’re a better coach and that’s probably the case with that. But the reality is that he saw what these players are capable of today.
“These players had a good season when the fans weren’t in the stadium during Covid, but when the fans came back the team can’t go back in games.
“I don’t think any Manchester United fan or pundit who has watched this team over the last 12 months, with the same players playing in the same positions, expected anything different from what we have. seen.
“Ten Hag will be disappointed as he saw positive signs in pre-season but reality hit at home.
“The coach needs time so that I don’t attack him. And there comes a time when I won’t even try the players anymore. If you have a business and the people in that business can’t do the job for you and then you take them out of the business.
“It’s abusive to keep them longer at work because they don’t like it either.
“The reality is that these players need to be replaced or further supported by better players.
“They knew six, eight or even 12 months ago that the team needed investments this summer.
“Players like (Juan) Mata and (Nemanja) Matic were leaving, they knew the problems with Anthony Martial, Cristiano Ronaldo coming in at the end. (Edinson) Cavani leaving, the situation with Mason Greenwood is no longer in the club.
“These things have been known for a long time.
“I am concerned about every element of recruitment. The reliance on buying Dutch players means the recruitment service is not trustworthy as the manager travels to Holland to sign players he knows. A market that is not always the most accurate market for the Premier League – there have been good players but the success rate is not very good. I am worried about that.
“There is a bit of desperation that the coach, an exceptional coach, has not been given the tools he needs to start the season with a revitalized team.
“There is a feeling that if they get Frenkie de Jong it will be a successful window. It won’t. They needed a lot more than De Jong. They might not even get him, even if I “Hope they do because he’s an important player for the coach. There will be a bit of panic at the club because the pressure will be high from the media, the fans.”
As for the owners, Neville insists on what needs to happen.
“The time has come for the Glazer family to sell the football club. Now is the time.”
Keane’s verdict: ‘I saw the same problems’
“You talk about pre-season, I’ve seen a lot of PR nonsense coming out of Manchester United during games and I’ve always seen the same issues,” Roy Keane said. sky sports.
“It’s the same characters, the same personalities, especially in midfield.
“There are elements of talent in the team but when they have a setback they don’t deal with it. I go back to the DNA of the club and the culture of the training ground, it’s not I don’t see personalities, I don’t see characters.
“Harry Maguire says it’s a nightmarish start, it’s up to the players to do something about it. He keeps coming out as captain saying how disappointed they are as a group. ‘We’re going back ‘.
“Leopards and spots, they have to make some changes.
“It’s not just throwing money at it, but if these players aren’t up to the task and good enough for Manchester United.”
Gary Neville urges Glazer family to sell Manchester United after Erik ten Hag’s opener loss to Brighton