Gary Neville attacks Glazers for failure to deliver on ESL promises after cricket talks 4 months ago

Gary Neville attacks Glazers for failure to deliver on ESL promises after cricket talks

"He must have stopped off on his way to Manchester for those fans meetings..."

Gary Neville has reacted angrily to the timing of Avram Glazer's discussions over the launch of a cricket team in Dubai - held two days after Manchester United were eliminated from the Champions League.

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A tweet sent by Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed, chair of Dubai Sport Council and son of the emirate's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, showed him in conversation with the United Co-Chairman on Thursday, less than 48 hours after Atletico Madrid had won 1-0 at Old Trafford.

"I met with Avram Glazer, Co-Chairman of Manchester United, today and discussed ways to work together to further raise Dubai’s profile as a global sporting hub," the Sheikh's tweet said.

"We also discussed the UAE T20 Cricket league’s launch in Jan 2023 featuring Manchester United cricket team & other teams."

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United have since denied suggestions they are planning to launch a cricket team in their name, but Neville - an outspoken critic of the Glazer family in the wake of their role in attempting to launch a European Super League - used it as an opportunity to remind the club's owners of their unfulfilled promises to supporters.

The fierce protests seen at Old Trafford in response to the Super League debacle saw Avram's brother Joel promise to meet with United supporters in a bid to open up dialogue between the owners and fans.

This marked a significant step, with the Glazer family consistently shying away from interacting with supporters since their leveraged buyout of United in 2005.

Though he has spoken with United supporters twice in the time since, both occasions have been via video link from the United States and not on a face-to-face basis.

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The irony that a member of the Glazer family was able to fly to the other side of the world in order to discuss the launch of a cricket team was therefore not lost on Neville.

"He must have stopped off on his way to Manchester for those fans meeting they promised post ESL," he tweeted on Friday morning.

"United go out of the Champions League and he heads to Dubai to discuss cricket," he added, closing with a facepalm emoji.

 

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The former United captain followed up by quote-tweeting a list of demands made of the Glazers by Manchester United Supporters' Trust.

"The haven't done any of this stuff," Neville added.

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