Gary Neville sends direct message to Man United chief Ed Woodward

The Man United legend believes the Red Devils chief needs to start delivering trophies as well as profits

Man United legend Gary Neville Photo: Sky Sports

Gary Neville has urged Ed Woodward to ensure Manchester United are in profit on and off the pitch.

The Red Devils suffered a 3-2 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion in their second Premier League fixture at John Smith’s Stadium.

Manchester United missed out some big targets in the summer transfer window after targeting a new centre-half and right winger.

The 20-time English champions signed Shakhtar Donetsk star Fred, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Jose Mourinho was critical of the lack of investment in the Manchester United squad following a second-placed finish last term.

Former Manchester United star Neville wants to Woodward replicate his success off the pitch in terms of delivering trophies.

“Ed Woodward’s job is to deliver profits on and off the pitch,” Neville told Monday Night Football. “Profit on the pitch is performance and trophies – league titles and Champions Leagues.

“The club are delivering off the field, Ed Woodward has done an incredible job in terms of the commercial operation and the way in which the club makes an operating profit, but there is no doubt he should put a footballing structure underneath him that his extremely serious and can go and deliver for him on the pitch.

“Football has changed, gone are the days of a chairman and manager. Now there are heads of recruitment, sporting directors and a series of people that are operating at the best football clubs in the world, like Bayern Munich and, unfortunately Manchester City, whose operating structure and people are fantastic.

“Manchester United now have to do the same. Ed Woodward can then sit there as executive vice-chairman and make sure the commercial side and the footballing side deliver profit on and off the pitch.

“United need serious football people to be able to guide the club because they’ve been bouncing from strategy to strategy.”

Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge.

The Red Devils have only managed to finish in the top four twice in the last five seasons under three different managers.

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