Manchester United officials were left ‘bemused’ by Gary Neville’s vocal criticism of Ed Woodward on Monday.
Woodward watched on from the stands as Manchester United were beaten 3-2 by Brighton on Sunday, seemingly sending the club into turmoil after just two Premier League games.
Cameras were fixed on Woodward at full-time, with the executive vice-chairman offering his best ‘disgruntled man’ face.
Neville blasted the struggling United chief on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, branding it a “show of dissent”.
“The CEO sat in his spot for two minutes after the game on Sunday in what I can only describe as something I don’t want to see the CEO of Manchester United do,” Neville said.
“At the end of the game, stand up, go and shake the opposition CEO’s hand, tell him well done and that you’ll see him later in the season, smile and be bigger than anything.
“All I could see was a show of frustration or something that could also be interpreted as another show of dissent. At the moment there is definitely angst between the club and Jose.”
According to the reports, United officials were ‘bemused’ by the criticism.
A source told Mike Keegan that Woodward ‘remained in his seat until the queue for the exit had died down’, then ‘later congratulated his Brighton counterparts on their victory’.
It’s all going Pete Tong at Old Trafford.