“Be bigger than anything” – Former Man United star rips into Ed Woodward after reaction to Brighton loss

Ed Woodward

Gary Neville was unhappy with Ed Woodward’s reaction after Manchester United’s 3-2 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.

Woodward sat staring at the pitch from the director’s box after the defeat and the Daily Mail reports the United executive spoke to the players in the away dressing room.

Neville was speaking on Sky Sports and was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

“He sat in his spot for two minutes after the game in what I can only describe as something that I don’t want to see the CEO of Manchester United do.

“At the end of the game, stand up, shake the opposition CEO’s hand, smile, be bigger than anything and get into the back.”

The former Red Devil added that this was a sign of the tension between the club management and our manager.

“All I could see was a show of frustration but it could also be interpreted as another show of dissent. At the moment there is definitely an angst there between the club and Jose.”

Jose Mourinho

Neville further went on to claim that Woodward had let Mourinho down by not bringing in a central defender in the transfer window.

The former United man also questioned why Woodward gave Mourinho a new contract when they were not going to back him in the summer.

The report added that Woodward was not willing to pay inflated fees for the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire or Jerome Boateng.

“He had to get him Maguire, he had to get him Alderweireld, because they wouldn’t have made those mistakes. If it cost £120m to bring them in, then that’s what you have to do.”

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United have to collect themselves for a big clash against Tottenham and if the result does not go our way, more questions will arise about the relationship between Mourinho and Woodward.