Emotional Paul Scholes slams Glazers for ‘using Manchester United as a toy to make money’ as he blasts new Director of Football role and Ed Woodward’s work as chief executive… but says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer IS the man to bring back the glory days
- Paul Scholes hit out at the Glazer family for their running of Manchester United
- The legendary ex-midfielder said they ‘use this club as a toy to make money’
- Hostility towards the club’s American owners has ramped up in recent weeks
- The Glazers were heavily involved in the doomed European Super League
- Scholes does think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can bring glory back to Old Trafford
Paul Scholes has delivered a damning assessment of Manchester United’s operation off the pitch, claiming the Glazer family simply ‘use this club as a toy to make money’.
Hostility towards the club’s American owners has ramped up in recent weeks after their role in the formation of the doomed European Super League, with fans protesting against them outside Old Trafford.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has also had his critics and it was announced last week he will leave the club at the end of the year in the wake of the Super League debacle.
Paul Scholes has given a brutal assessment of Manchester United’s operation off of the pitch
Scholes claimed the Glazer family – United’s owners ‘use this club as a toy to make money’
United recently had a shake-up behind the scenes with John Murtough and Darren Fletcher named football director and technical director respectively.
But Scholes, who spent over 20 years at the club and won 11 Premier League titles, is less than impressed with how United is being run and insisted the club’s barren run of trophies under the Glazers is ‘ridiculous’.
However, speaking before Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final first leg with Roma, Scholes said he does believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to bring glory back to Old Trafford.
He said: ‘I’m not sure there ever will be a connection with these owners.
‘As long as there are billionaires owners from another country, I don’t think there will be a connection and we have to stop pining for that. The most important thing for the fans is what happens on the pitch.
‘Look at the club, the resources they’ve had and they haven’t won a trophy for four years. It’s ridiculous. I don’t think Ed (Woodward) is a football man – we’ve had five or six years of choosing the wrong managers, the wrong type of players for this football club and it is all down to the ownership.
Scholes also criticised Ed Woodward for the club’s lack of progress on the pitch in recent years
‘It comes down to billionaire owners who are greedy and just use this club as a toy to make money.
‘Ok they are getting on the right track now I think, I hope and Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) has done a fantastic job getting the club almost back to challenging for silverware – they’re here at a semi-final and need to go one further.
‘When the football is alright and the team is winning trophies, who cares who the owners are?
‘This club should have the very best of everything. Directors of football – have they got the best of the best? They invented the role of football director. What is that?
‘Is he signing new players for us, ordering new footballs? If they want a director of football, get the very best out there. They probably don’t have the best manager out there but he’s on the way.
‘This club gave me my life, this will be me until the day I die.’
But Scholes does believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to lead the club back to glory
Scholes’ former United team-mate Gary Neville branded Manchester United’s initial European Super League apology a ‘farce’ on Wednesday.
Football breathed a huge sigh of relief last week when the £3.5bn, JP Morgan-backed scheme that threatened to change the landscape of the game fell apart just 48 hours after it was unveiled.
Liverpool and United were driving forces behind the breakaway league alongside Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and Arsenal’s billionaire owner Stan Kroenke.
Neville slammed United’s initial 52-word statement in which they said they had ‘listened carefully’ to fans, branding it a ‘farce’.
‘We have seen this week how out of touch some of the owners are,’ the Sky Sports pundit said on The Gary Neville Podcast.
Manchester United have tripeld their security presence at their training ground amid concerns over anti-Glazer protests
‘The Manchester United first apology was a farce. No one has put their name on it, who would? It was an absolute joke of an apology. It wasn’t even an apology, I don’t think.
‘Then Joel Glazer came out five or six hours later because he probably recognised that the first apology was just a disgrace.’
United have trebled security at their training base and increased protection around senior executives amid concerns over anti-Glazer protests.
Sportsmail revealed that United players and staff were shocked at how easily protesters were able to breach security at Carrington last week before confronting Solskjaer.
Fans also demonstrated against the Glazers outside Old Trafford and flew a banner over Elland Road before Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Leeds calling for the American owners to go following the collapse of the European Super League.
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