Neville blasts United for lack of lead­er­ship

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

GARY NEVILLE at­tributes Manch­ester United’s predica­ment to the club’s lead­er­ship, be­gin­ning with the April 2014 sack­ing of David Moyes.

For­mer Ever­ton boss Moyes was ap­pointed as suc­ces­sor to Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, who re­tired in May 2013, and was given a six-year con­tract, be­fore be­ing dis­missed by ex­ec­u­tive vice-chair­man Ed Wood­ward af­ter 10 months.

United have en­dured a mis­er­able start to the Premier League sea­son un­der Jose Mour­inho, with de­feat at West Ham on Sat­ur­day mak­ing it their worst open­ing to a cam­paign since 1989-90.

For­mer United and Eng­land de­fender Neville, wrote on Twit­ter: “This mess started when United sacked David Moyes af­ter 8 months and we lost all sense of the val­ues that the club had been built on for 100 years.

“It’s not the man­ager it’s the lack of foot­ball lead­er­ship above him. They are bounc­ing all over the place with no plan!”

Moyes was suc­ceeded by Louis van Gaal and then Mour­inho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first sea­son as boss.

Put to him that Moyes should never have been ap­pointed, Neville said: “That’s an­other ques­tion but when they sacked him af­ter 8 months it went into pin­ball, re­ac­tive mode and chas­ing it! No plan...”

Neville’s for­mer United team­mate Rio Fer­di­nand has called for a de­ci­sion to be made, with scru­tiny heaped on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mour­inho and mid­fielder Paul Pogba.

Fer­di­nand stopped short of say­ing Mour­inho should go, but the for­mer de­fender did say the sit­u­a­tion can­not con­tinue.

Fer­di­nand said: “It’s dif­fi­cult to say that (it’s the end game) but I be­lieve the pow­ers that be have a de­ci­sion to make.

“You can’t let a sit­u­a­tion like this con­tinue – some­one has to make a de­ci­sion right now, bang, ei­ther some­one goes. Some­thing­has got to give.”

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