Gary Neville sends message to Man United board about ‘crucial six months’

The Man United legend believes the Red Devils are facing a crucial six months after Jose Mourinho's exit

Man United legend Gary Neville Photo: Screen grab

Gary Neville has warned the Manchester United board that the next six months are crucial in terms of restructuring the club off the pitch.

The Red Devils parted company with Mourinho on Tuesday less than 48 hours after Manchester United suffered a 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool FC at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

Manchester United will make the trip to Cardiff City in their next top-flight fixture but Mourinho has been deprived of the chance to reverse the club’s ailing fortunes.

The 20-time English champions have been linked with a move to appoint a director of football or sporting director over the past 12 months or so but Mourinho was reluctant to work within such a structure.

With Mourinho out of the picture, Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is free to change the structure ahead of his next permanent managerial appointment.

Manchester United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their caretaker manager for the remainder of the 2018-19 season before the Red Devils look to find a permanent boss.

Former Manchester United defender Neville admitted that the 20-time English champions are facing a decisive six-month period as Woodward and the board look to revamp the structure of the club.

“This next six months is a critical period of planning and restructuring,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I can’t for one minute believe that the board and owners are going to continue to operate the club off the pitch in the same way they have in the last few years.

“They need the best in class football leaders in that club, that’s people who have done it with the best clubs in the world, the best clubs in Europe who have operated recruitment departments, who have looked at the technical side of the game, academies to first team – Sir Alex Ferguson did that himself.

“He linked the whole club as one, and that’s not possible any more. The club’s too big, it’s huge.”

Manchester United are in sixth spot in the Premier League and 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

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