Gary Neville slams Joel Glazer's promises at Man United fan forum

Gary Neville hits out at Joel Glazer’s fan forum promises and calls them a ‘missed opportunity’ as he issues his own five-point plan that would see no dividends taken out of Manchester United and a guaranteed transfer kitty for FIVE YEARS

  • Owner Joel Glazer appeared at a Manchester United fan forum on Friday
  • It followed the furious backlash to attempts to join European Super League
  • Glazer promised a fan share scheme offering supporters equal voting rights
  • He also outlined plans to set up a fan advisory board to canvass opinions
  • But United’s supporters’ trust reacted with ‘caution’ to Glazer’s proposals
  • And Gary Neville believes they missed an opportunity to describe their vision
  • Former United captain came up with his own five-point plan for the club 

Gary Neville has ripped into Joel Glazer after the owner’s appearance at a Manchester United fan forum on Friday, describing it as a ‘missed opportunity.’

The normally-elusive Glazer broke years of silence to appear before supporters to discuss the future direction of the club.

It followed the furious backlash to the decision to sign United up for the breakaway European Super League, which led to fan protests outside and inside Old Trafford causing the postponement of a game with Liverpool.

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer fronted up at a virtual fan forum on Friday afternoon 

It followed supporter anger at attempts to sign United up to the European Super League

Former United captain Gary Neville has reacted with scepticism to Glazer’s promises and outlined his own five-point plan to take the club forward

Glazer confirmed talks have started over a fan share scheme which would offer supporter representatives equal voting rights as the ownership.

Plans to establish a fan advisory board to give fans a greater say in club affairs were also outlined by Glazer.

But his words were met with scepticism, with the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) greeting the fan share scheme with ‘caution’.

And Neville also isn’t convinced, taking to Twitter to outline his thoughts on the fan forum.

Neville took to Twitter to react to the fan forum and offer his own vision for United’s future

United fans are demanding the owners leave following the disastrous European Super League

Red Devils fans stormed Old Trafford last month in protest against the despised ownership

He said the Glazers, who have taken huge dividend payments out of the club since their 2005 takeover, ‘should have committed’ to paying down United’s eye-watering £430million debts.

Neville demanded they take ‘no dividends for five years’ and also committed to a ‘minimum yearly investment into team for five years.’

The ex-United captain said Glazer ‘missed an opportunity to show a new Old Trafford and training ground vision’ amid criticism of the lack of infrastructure investment.

Neville finished off by saying ‘more detail on fan share scheme was required’ to address supporter scepticism.

The American billionaire also promised to invest in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad this summer

The Glazers will also invest to improve Old Trafford and United’s training ground, Carrington

MUST described the virtual forum as containing a ‘frank exchange of views’.

They said: ‘MUST is cautious about whether the Fan Share Scheme will meet their own tests before they give it approval as despite the huge concession on voting rights that this proposal signals as ever the devil is always in the detail.

‘MUST is concerned that there is a risk that the scheme will limit the number of such Fan Shares made available so reducing the opportunity for this to achieve a meaningful collective fan ownership stake — and ultimately with the potential to result in a change in control of the club.’ 

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