Lack of investment in Old Trafford is ‘UNFORGIVABLE’, claims Gary Neville, as the ex-Manchester United star criticises the ‘rotten’ club and says Manchester City are ‘lightyears’ ahead of the Red Devils on and off the pitch
- Gary Neville says the owners letting Anfield exceed Old Trafford is ‘unforgivable’
- The ex-Manchester United star feels the owners are to blame for the club’s ‘rot’
- He said: ‘Manchester City are lightyears ahead [of United] on and off the pitch’
- Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe plans to launch a bid to takeover United
An ‘unforgivable’ lack of investment in Old Trafford has allowed Liverpool and Manchester City to overtake Manchester United off the pitch, claims Red Devils legend Gary Neville.
The ex-United right-back ‘used to laugh’ at the prospect of Anfield surpassing Old Trafford but now feels Liverpool’s stadium will be seen as the ‘more modern ground’ in a year.
Man United’s unpopular American owners – the Glazer family – have come under intense pressure from fans to sell the club, and Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe is interested in buying United.
Gary Neville believes that the owners letting Anfield surpass Old Trafford is ‘unforgivable’
According to Neville, decades of mismanagement among the owners and directors has ‘rotted’ his former club, especially in comparison to their bitter rivals Liverpool.
‘I used to laugh when I went to Anfield and compared it to Old Trafford,’ he said on Steven Bartlett’s The Diary Of A CEO podcast.
‘I’d always think “they can never catch up, they’re too far behind”.
‘They’re building that second stand now behind the goal where the away fans sit. The main stand now is towering up.
He said: ‘Anfield will be a more modern ground than Old Trafford (pictured) in 12 months’
‘Anfield will be a more modern ground than Manchester United and Old Trafford in 12 months. That is unforgivable.’
And Manchester United have not just been overtaken by Liverpool, as far as Neville is concerned.
‘Manchester City are lightyears ahead on and off the pitch,’ he added.
‘Tottenham have invested £1.3billion in a new stadium that’s out of this world. It’s a museum, it’s the best in the world.
Neville insists that Joel Glazer (C) and Avram Glazer (R) are responsible for the ‘rot’ at the club
‘And if you go to their training ground, it’s an amazing, brilliant facility which is far better than Carrington where we moved to in 2000.
‘In 20 years, Manchester United have not invested in the stadium, and they’ve not invested in the training ground that much. It’s a club that’s really struggling.
‘And I’ve said in the last couple of years that the only thing I think can change it now is the ownership. There is an embedded rot at the club.’
Old Trafford has been given a lick of paint in recent weeks but the state of the ground has long been criticised by United fans.
In 2019, a picture of the roof flooding before United hosted city went viral. Water could be seen flooding down onto the seats bellow prior to the derby.
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