By Alan Hutton

21st Jun, 2022 | 3:08pm

Man United issued 'out of control' verdict by pundit after Richard Arnold leak

Alan Hutton has claimed it “wasn’t the right situation” for Man United chief executive Richard Arnold to be speaking to fans.

The ex-Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there are “better ways” of reassuring fans.

On Saturday (18 June), a video appeared online of Arnold meeting a group of disgruntled supporters in a pub.

As reported by The Guardian(19 June), the United CEO bought drinks for the group and discussed a range of topics.

One of the subjects discussed was the club’s financial situation.

When asked if he thought Arnold’s move was the right thing to do, Hutton told Football Insider: “I mean I wouldn’t have done it, personally, gone down to that pub and spoke to the fans.

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“I get that he wants to interact more with the fans. That’s a good thing but not in that situation.

“I think it could get out of control, you don’t know what could happen.

“Yes it’s been a poor season for them. He wants to get his points across but I don’t think that’s the right situation to be doing it.

“He [Arnold] is probably thinking ‘I’m gonna get down here and I’m going to let them know what happened and we’ve spent this’ and he’s trying to set the record straight.

“I think there’s better ways of doing it. Better ways than going down into a pub and speaking to a handful of fans.

“You can do it through Zoom calls, in front of all the fans and then they can ask questions but hopefully there’s no backlash and I don’t think there will be because they’re [supporters] probably just happy speaking to someone of a higher level.”

In other news, Man United have shown interest in Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie.