Gary Neville says Ed Woodward’s conduct at the end of Manchester United’s defeat at Brighton on Sunday will only heap more pressure on Jose Mourinho’s strained relationship with the club.
United conceded three times in the first half as they went down 3-2 on the south coast , with defensive errors from Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof one of the key issues of their loss.
Mourinho had publicly chased a new central defender all summer, with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng all linked with the club.
Brighton beat United
None of those players arrived, and Mourinho has been critical of the players at his disposal.
After the match the club’s executive vice-chairman Woodward was seen remaining in his seat, with an image of him looking furious going viral.
And Neville wasn’t impressed.
"The CEO of the football club sat in his spot for two minutes after the game and I don’t want to see him do that," he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football ahead of Crystal Palace versus Liverpool.
"At the end of the game, stand up, shake the hands of the opposition, tell him well done, smile and be bigger than that.
"All I see is a show of frustration and what could be interpreted as another show of dissent. At the moment, there is an angst between Jose and the club.
"The club have supported Jose Mourinho but you can’t go halfway. Don’t build a house three-quarters, you’ve got to finish it.
"Ed Woodward’s job is to deliver profits on the pitch and profits off it. Profits on the pitch is trophies, performances and league titles.
"They need serious football people to guide the club.
"They have been bouncing from one strategy to another for the last five or six years.
"The old traditions of United have gone so they must adapt to a modern structure."
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