Gary Neville has unleashed a furious rant about Manchester United’s treatment of Jose Mourinho amid reports that he could be sacked over the weekend.
Reacting to that report on Sky Sports ahead of the weekend’s action, an emotional Neville let rip with an angry tirade about the way the club is being run.
“If this is true and it’s broken the day before it’s going to happen and he’s sacked after the game or over the weekend then it’s an absolute disgrace,” he said.
“Where are the values and principles of Manchester United? If this is true, that the journalists find out and it isn’t announced at the right time.
“At the end of the day this has been going on for five or six years and I have to say that any manager – Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world – would struggle in that football club with the way in which the recruitment is handled, the way in which it operates.
” Enough is enough for me. I love that football club. I absolutely love it to death. It’s been my life, it’s given me everything and I’m not turning on my football club but I have to say, something has to change – and it isn’t the manager. It’s above that.”
“It comes to a point whereby when you’ve had the opportunity to appoint three or four managers – this will be the fourth manager in six years – so you have to start looking at the people who appoint the managers, the people who are bringing in the players, the people who are sanctioning the deals, the people who are overspending on players, the people who are allowing the tail to wag the dog.
“The dressing room is leading what’s happening,” he continued. “The tail is wagging the dog at the football club. Get some control back. Get some leadership and for me at this moment in time I’m furious. It’s been coming for three or four weeks.
“To be honest with you, I’m furious. I’m furious going back three or four years ago when David Moyes was sacked when it broke the day before to journalists. I think of Louis Van Gaal being sacked on the evening of an [FA Cup] final and finding out from other people. I think about how the club has been operated.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho gesticulates wildly behind Ed WoodwardReuters
“If this is true – we don’t know if it’s true yet – but if this is true and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow as almost like a dead man walking, those fans will absolutely turn to that boardroom.
“It’s unacceptable I have to say that Jose Mourinho will get the biggest support he’s ever had in his life tomorrow I think in that ground – and I’ll be there to give it to him.”