Manchester United’s board are “playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world”, said former captain Gary Neville after it was reported manager Jose Mourinho would be sacked following Saturday’s game against Newcastle.
Neville told Sky he was “furious” at the idea a manager’s dismissal would be leaked before being made official.
United have not responded to questions about the report in Saturday’s Mirror.
Neville said there is “something rotten to the core” with United’s decisions.
The Red Devils’ sackings of Louis van Gaal and David Moyes – Mourinho’s predecessors – were both reported before the club’s announcements.
“There is something rotten to the core of the decisions that have been made over the last four or five years,” said Neville.
“If I’m the person who employs the person underneath me and he fails, eventually I’ve got to take the responsibility. Eventually I’ve got to stand up and say: ‘Look, I’m not good enough to do this.’
“They’re playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world. Stop it.”
Neville, 43, made 602 appearances for United, winning 16 trophies.
Last weekend’s 3-1 loss at West Ham made this the club’s worst start to a league campaign for 29 years.
Their poor performances have been compounded by off-field problems, with the relationship between Mourinho and midfielder Paul Pogba making headlines.
Neville suggested Mourinho should have been allowed to sign a central defender in the summer – whether it be Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Leicester’s Harry Maguire or Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.
He said: “Who is qualified in that football club to be able to tell Jose Mourinho that Alderweireld or Maguire or Boateng are not better than the centre-backs that they’ve got?
“I’m furious. It’s been coming for three or four weeks.
“The dressing room is leading what’s happening. The tail is wagging the dog at the football club. Get some control back, get some leadership.”
Source BBC News