The Glazer family’s handling of Manchester United has been controversial since they took over the club in 2005. The Glazers have been criticized for their lack of investment in the club, their focus on profits over success on the pitch, and their poor communication with fans.
Now, amidst a string of poor results on the pitch, the pressure is beginning to build on head coach Erik Ten Hag.
Now former United defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed club’s owners for their lack of action.
“I don’t think that any fan that watches football, not just Man United, but who watches football and sees what Brighton can do and sees Man United, walked into that stadium at the weekend and thought United would get three points,” said Ferdinand on his Five YouTube channel.
“No chance. It’s crazy. People are looking for a scapegoat, that’s the way the media is right now people look for a scapegoat and go that’s the reason.”
“I see people saying [Marcus] Rashford isn’t working hard enough, or Bruno [Fernandes] is the captain. Ralf Rangnick’s comments when he left were along the lines of this doesn’t need medicine this needs open heart surgery.”
“No one looked at that comment and thought ‘let me dig into that’. It shows you that not one individual is going to solve this problem. We had Cristiano Ronaldo, what he’s done in the game, and he can’t solve it,” Ferdinand was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“There needs to be a unified approach for it to happen. One of the biggest problems is the ownership.”
The Glazers have also been criticized for their focus on profits over success on the pitch.
Ferdinand also called for better communication with the fans and demanded an immediate sale of the club.
“These owners, the Glazers, I don’t care what they say now. Since June we haven’t heard from them and even then it was tepid. Communication in any line of work, in any business, is vital for a business to be able to flourish, to prosper, to function properly and their lack of communication is deafening,” he said before adding, “It’s been disgraceful in my eyes. This is a fragile changing room, this is a fragile infrastructure, and there is new people coming in and out… this ownership aren’t communicating to help that.”
“We need communication now more than ever and they aren’t getting it and that’s where my anger and frustration comes from.”
“Surely they love the it? Surely they love the club? But I’m being led to believe no they don’t it’s just a business, cold-hearted. The silence speaks so, so, so much. It speaks volumes.”