Paul Scholes has urged Manchester United to follow in the footsteps of bitter rivals Manchester City in giving something back to the community.
United’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday was postponed due to protests inside Old Trafford and outside the team hotel.
The protests were aimed at the Glazer family, who own the club, and the way in which they have run the club.
And while Scholes admits there is probably no going back for the Glazers, there are some ways in which they can look to make amends with the fans and the city.
“I think it’s gone past anything that the Glazers can do now because it’s that long,” he said on BT Sport after United beat Roma to reach the final of the Europa League.
“They were so disappointed, the club going into massive debt and the lack of communication is a big problem.”
When asked what the next step was, Scholes replied: “They need to put something back into the community, it’s not really happened. The stadium is looking old, the stadium is looking tired.
“And to make things worse, you look across at Manchester City and I mentioned this last week, the East side of Manchester was a really rough part of Manchester.
“You go around now and it’s fantastic, they’ve got an amazing training ground, they’ve got the stadium, they’re building houses.
“They’ve regenerated the whole area. There’s such a difference in clubs.”
Meanwhile, fellow club legend Rio Ferdinand echoed Scholes’s comments about the importance of community, and urged them to show some personality in their ownership.
“They don’t realise they bought a club steeped in history and a huge part of that is being part of the community,” he said alongside Scholes.
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“The community is the bedrock at that football club and all football clubs in this country. That’s what they don’t understand. It’s a different culture.
“That’s why you want to see a face, you don’t want a generic PR put-together quote that came out as an apology, that isn’t good enough.
“The people that are a part of this club and love football, they want to see a face now. Put your face out there, speak, take some questions. Immerse yourself into the club a little bit if you are really what you are saying you are.”