Gary Neville’s dismantling of Man Utd board including blunt Ed Woodward send off

Gary Neville has gone from a man that divides opinion, to a national footballing treasure in a matter of just three days.

Following the shock revelations that six of the Premier League’s biggest club planned to join the European Super League, Neville has stepped up.

From the minute it was rumoured on Sunday, the Manchester United legend has made it his personal mission to see the ‘closed shop’ proposals ended.

And just 48 hours after it was announced, all six had confirmed they would be ending their associations with the doomed competition.

During his Sky Sports appearances, which will live long in the memory, Neville has taken aim at his former club more than any other and in particular, their ownership structure under the Glazer family.

Here’s everything he said in a manic two-day stretch:

Sunday, April 18

Shortly after Manchester United’s win over Burnley at Old Trafford, Neville climbed onto a soapbox he would remain on for a number of days.

And if there were any doubts he would spare the Red Devils, they were dashed in an astonishing rant on Sky Sports.

“I’m a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life but I’m disgusted, absolutely disgusted,” he started.

“I’m disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool the most. Liverpool say they’re the people’s club, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the fan’s club. Manchester United, 100 years, born from workers around here, and they’re breaking into a league without competition, that they can’t be relegated from?

“It’s an absolute disgrace and we have to wrestle back the power in this country from the clubs at the top of this league. That includes my club.

“Deduct them all points tomorrow, put them at the bottom of the league and take the money off them. Seriously, you have to stamp on this.

“It’s criminal. It’s a criminal act against football fans in this country. Make no mistake about it, this is the biggest sport in the world, the biggest sport in this country and it’s a criminal act against the fans, simple as that. Deduct points, deduct the money and punish them.”

Monday, April 19

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  • With 24 hours to reflect, the former England international joined Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football and spoke honestly about feeling complicit, given his previous with the Glazer family.

    He explained: “I feel slightly complicit, I stayed pretty quiet in terms of the Glazer family over the years, I stayed quiet because when the club were taken over as a PLC, that you know it could be bought and it was out of the control of everybody, a completely different market, generally in life and I always thought: ‘What’s the answer to the Glazers? Who takes them out, Russia, China, state money, for the two or three billion quid it would need?’.

    “I’ve stayed quiet on the basis that it’s still Man United, I can still watch the lads play, I can be happy and I can be sad, I’m still watching football in this country.

    “If they take dividends out, alright, it’s dividends, I can live with it slightly. What I can’t live with is attacking every single football fan in this country, they have stepped over the mark, they are scavengers and they need booting out of this football club and booting out of this country.”

    And with a rallying cry, he concluded: “We have got to come together now, it might be too late. There will be people at Man United, fans that were arguing 15 years ago that will say it’s too late, but it’s never too late. We have got to stop this. It is absolutely critical we do.”

    Tuesday, April 20

    By the time Neville was back on the broadcaster at around 22.30 on Tuesday, the ESL was in tatters with Premier League clubs confirming their exits throughout the night.

    Before his appearance, it was confirmed that executive vice-chairman Ed Wooodward had left, with Neville replying to the news on social media with a solitary wave.

    He then went onto describe him as merely the ‘trunk of tree’ with a stern message for the Glazers that they would no longer be welcome in Manchester.

    "I said last night they attacked every single football fan in this country with what they did. Jamie’s just talked about FSG having no place at Liverpool, the Glazers have no place in Manchester anymore.

    “We have to work hard together to ensure that ownership rules in this country are changed, that we have a system whereby this cannot happen.”

    Wednesday, April 30

    United announced their exit late on Tuesday night with a short and simple statement. A statement that Neville had no problem in taking aim at.

    “I’ve read this 3-4 times now . Quite possibly the worst communication I’ve ever seen in my life!”

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