Gabby Logan makes pointed live TV comment as Man Utd owner criticised

Gabby Logan made a pointed live TV remark amid criticism of Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe after he missed seeing the women's team lift the FA Cup by going to watch the men's side instead.

Ratcliffe, who took charge of the Premier League giants earlier this year, received criticism from fans after opting to watch Erik Ten Hag's side in action against Arsenal at Old Trafford rather than head to Wembley for the Women's FA Cup final. Mark Skinner's team thumped Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 to lift the trophy for the first time in front of 76,000 fans.

However, Ratcliffe was nowhere to be seen, with United's co-owner Avram Glazer attending instead, alongside Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. His decision to miss the historic occasion and watch United lose to Arsenal at Old Trafford instead drew criticism from supporters, with some claiming it was "inexcusable" and "shows where his priorities are".

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Following the match, Logan - who was fronting the BBC's coverage of the final - seemingly alluded to the criticism being aimed at Ratcliffe as United co-owner Glazer was seen congratulating the players after lifting the trophy.

"Avram Glazer, there," said the presenter. "[He] has chosen to come to Wembley today and not Old Trafford to watch his football - a wise decision."

Former England international Fara Williams then chimed in, adding: "I would choose Wembley too, Gabby! An FA Cup final, this Manchester United TEAM knew that after the season they've had, this is all they had to play for. This silverware here today was bigger than anything for them. Winning this means so much to this club."

While Glazer watched a dominant performance from the women's side, Ratcliffe saw Ten Hag's side fall to a 1-0 defeat to title-chasing Arsenal, with Leandro Trossard's first-half goal proving decisive. He did, however, send a congratulatory message to Skinner and his team after the game through his company INEOS.

“Congratulations to the Manchester United Women's team on lifting the FA Cup today," the message read. "A proud and historic moment for the team that is testament to their grit, determination and team spirit. A wonderful achievement. Many congratulations."

Skinner himself did not take Ratcliffe's absence as a snub and said after the game that he had received "constant support" from the billionaire co-owner. He added: "The players were messaged, I was messaged this morning. We had more than enough representation from our club here. I’m only excited about what Sir Jim can bring to Manchester United."