Gary Neville has been very vocal about Manchester United in recent weeks.
Following the sacking of David Moyes, which he didn’t agree with, he called for a British manager to be given the job and pointed towards coaches he felt would be a good fit for the job, but the Rene Meulensteen experiment at Fulham showed us that a great coach doesn’t automatically become a great manager.
Now, Neville has made it clear he doesn’t agree with United’s swift and decisive action to release Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in the same year, not including the potential exit of Patrice Evra too.
That’s a lot of experience to lose but that’s the main thing we’d be losing. On the pitch, all three are past their peak and United cannot afford to be sentimental this summer if we are going to get straight back on the horse in the Premier League.
So it looks like Rio and Vida allowed to leave at once!!! A conveyor belt has become a cliff!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 12, 2014
Surely Neville, more than most, should realise that sometimes turning a corner can see established players fall off the cliff?
Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Mark Hughes’ departures caused ripples back in 1995/6 as Fergie decided to make way for the Class of ’92. What followed was a double winning season and the beginning of Manchester United’s most successful period in history.
Sometimes, change is needed. United are in that renewal stage right now and Vidic and Ferdinand are the first two players that have begun the cycle, and they are unlikely to be the last exits from Old Trafford this summer.