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Garth Crooks: Blaming Glazers’ inability to sell the club for Man United’s poor recent performances is utter nonsense

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has claimed the Glazers’ inability to sell Manchester United has nothing to do with their poor recent performances on the pitch.

The Red Devils suffered their third Premier League defeat of 2023-24 at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, prompting Gary Neville to take to social media platform X to call out the Glazers.

The Sky Sports pundit claimed their failure to sell Man United has affected the results on the pitch, but Crooks is having none of that.

“Any attempt to try to attach blame for United’s poor recent performances on the Glazers’ lack of ability to sell the club is utter nonsense,” he said in his Team of the Week column.

“Whatever boardroom activities are taking place has nothing to do with a professional footballer once they cross the white line.”

The Glazers put Man United up for sale last November, and while many people thought a takeover would have happened before the beginning of the season, the process has stalled.

The Red Devils currently do not have a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League, but losing 3-1 to Brighton has nothing to do with the ongoing takeover saga.

Erik ten Hag picked a team that should have got something out of the game, but his opposite number Roberto De Zerbi had a better plan.

The players tried their best, but the tactics did not work and the manager needs to do better.

He could do with a couple of big-money signings without a doubt, but another manager could impress with this same squad.

Chelsea have spent over £1 billion on players since their new owners arrived in May 2022, and nothing has changed, so having the cash to splash may not be the solution for Man United.

They could do with new owners as soon as possible as the Glazers have overstayed their welcome, but the players and manager have no excuse for not delivering on the pitch.