Gary Neville's theory on the Glazers slammed amid Manchester United struggles
Manchester United players have been told the ongoing takeover saga can't be used as an excuse for their poor performances, despite Gary Neville previously claiming the Glazers' uncertain future at the club would impact the players.
United are still no closer to knowing whether they could soon have new owners, despite the process starting all the way back in November. At the time, the Reds' American owners announced a 'strategic review' into the club and all options remained on the table.
However, progress has been limited and several protests have already taken place this season. In the meantime, United have been struggling on the pitch.
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Defeats to Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and most recently Brighton and Hove Albion have left United languishing in 13th. But BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks is adamant the off-field issues should not be a distraction.
He explained: "I don't think I've seen defending by a Manchester United side like that for years. Victor Lindelof looked unrecognisable from the player I saw in last season's FA Cup semi-final and don't even get me started on Lisandro Martinez.
"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. Whatever boardroom activities are taking place has nothing to do with a professional footballer once they cross the white line."
Neville, who is a staunch critic of the Glazers, has previously claimed that the uncertain ownership situation would impact the players. After defeat to Arsenal prior to the international break, he told Sky Sports: "There is still messing around