Gary Neville tells Glazer family to sell Manchester United: ‘The fans are saying time is up’

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Gary Neville has called on the Glazer family to sell Manchester United following extraordinary scenes at Old Trafford as Sunday’s Premier League match against Liverpool was postponed.

United’s clash against Liverpool was called off after fans broke into Old Trafford and invaded the pitch during a protest against the Glazer family.

The Red Devils were among 12 clubs that last month signed up for the breakaway European Super League, which collapsed within 48 hours due to huge, unrelenting pressure.

Those plans brought anger against the already despised Glazer family to a new level, with fans congregating at Old Trafford to demand change ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against rivals Liverpool.

But hundreds of supporters got into the stadium and on to the pitch, leading to an initial unspecified delay to the 4:30pm BST kick-off.

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The Premier League said that “the safety of everyone at Old Trafford is paramount” and confirmation came through from United at 5:30pm that the match had been postponed.

Former United captain Neville has been highly critical of the owners of the 12 teams who insitgated the failed Super League proposals, and believes it is now time for the Glazer family to sell the club amid fan discontent and a lack of investment.

Neville, who was at Old Trafford working for Sky Sports News during the protests, said: "There's huge discontent. They're basically saying enough is enough.

"The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many years. I think they're struggling for many, many years to meet the financial demands this club needs and have done for some time.

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"This stadium, if you go behind the scenes, is rusty and rotting. The training ground is probably not even in the top five in this country.

"They haven't got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years and haven't won the league for eight. The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict when every other club seems to be developing their facilities and their fan experiences.

"The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements and the fans are saying the time is up.

"They're going to make a fortune if they sell this football club. If they were to put it up for sale now I think the time would be right and it'd be the honourable thing to do."

Additional reporting by PA.

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