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Man United need a plan…not expensive superstars

3 months ago, 14 Mar 17:13

By: Sarah Winterburn

If you have anything to add on any subject, mail theeditor@football365.com   The problem goes beyond Mourinho…the club needs a plan Every problem foreshadowed by the appointment of Mourinho has unarguably come to pass. He’ll play dour, pragmatic football? Check. He’ll ignore youth? For the most part yep, check. Fall out with players, ostracise others? Check and check. Spend absolute boat loads of money? eh, Cheque? Worse still is his apparent failure to come up with a coherent plan for how he wants the side to play and, the ultimate sin, his complete inability to actually improve any of the talented players in his charge. All of that before we consider his paralysing fear when approaching important matches. But sadly the problem is much bigger than Mourinho. In fact it goes all the way back to the mighty Sir Alex. The Great Scot left behind a Premier League title and a squad in total disarray. He had failed to purchase a centre midfielder for seven years prior to his departure leaving behind an ill Fletcher, ageing Carrick, ordinary Cleverly and, inexplicably, Anderson. The defence was getting old and only RVP & De Gea could actually claim to be top class. The lack of investment post Ronaldo was striking, the academy slowed to a trickle and United have been playing catch up ever since. However, it’s ultimately the fault of the United Board for having no plan whatsoever for the post Ferguson era. No one noticed the degrading standard of the squad. No one asked the apocalyptic question “What if Alex dropped dead tomorrow?” The transfer policy since has been totally erratic. For all his undoubted talent why invest in Sanchez when both Martial and Rashford excel as left sided wide forwards? We still have no actual full backs and no right winger. And are we building the side around Pogba or not? If winning is all – why appoint Moyes? If attacking football and the ‘United way’ are important why appoint any of Moyes/LVG/Mourinho? The reality is that finding the right guy is only possible if the Board know precisely what they want and how they want to do it in the first place. They clearly don’t. They’ve been staggering from crisis to crisis, a bit like Donald Trump’s White House, always reacting, without vision, direction or strategy. It’s in stark contrast to what’s going on up the road and there really is no easy fix. Firing Mourinho only leads to the next panicked appointment and so on. All that being said – I realise finishing second in the league with a squad worth nearly a billion is a problem most clubs would kill to have. Steve – Dublin   …I’m sure the mailbox will be it’s usual (excellent) mix of sling and arrows on matters Manchester United. Player X was awful, the manager is an embarrassment etc… My point is how did this great club end up here, and why has it looked so directionless on the pitch? Since ...
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Man United need a plan…not expensive superstars

3 months ago, 14 Mar 17:13

By: Sarah Winterburn
If you have anything to add on any subject, mail theeditor@football365.com   The problem goes beyond Mourinho…the club needs a plan Every problem foreshadowed by the appointment of Mourinho has unarguably come to pass. He’ll play dour, pragmatic football? Check. He’ll ignore youth? For the most part yep, check. Fall out with players, ostracise others? Check and check. Spend absolute boat loads of money? eh, Cheque? Worse still is his apparent failure to come up with a coherent plan for how he wants the side to play and, the ultimate sin, his complete inability to actually improve any of the talented players in his charge. All of that before we consider his paralysing fear when approaching important matches. But sadly the problem is much bigger than Mourinho. In fact it goes all the way back to the mighty Sir Alex. The Great Scot left behind a Premier League title and a squad in total disarray. He had failed to purchase a centre midfielder for seven years prior to his departure leaving behind an ill Fletcher, ageing Carrick, ordinary Cleverly and, inexplicably, Anderson. The defence was getting old and only RVP & De Gea could actually claim to be top class. The lack of investment post Ronaldo was striking, the academy slowed to a trickle and United have been playing catch up ever since. However, it’s ultimately the fault of the United Board for having no plan whatsoever for the post Ferguson era. No one noticed the degrading standard of the squad. No one asked the apocalyptic question “What if Alex dropped dead tomorrow?” The transfer policy since has been totally erratic. For all his undoubted talent why invest in Sanchez when both Martial and Rashford excel as left sided wide forwards? We still have no actual full backs and no right winger. And are we building the side around Pogba or not? If winning is all – why appoint Moyes? If attacking football and the ‘United way’ are important why appoint any of Moyes/LVG/Mourinho? The reality is that finding the right guy is only possible if the Board know precisely what they want and how they want to do it in the first place. They clearly don’t. They’ve been staggering from crisis to crisis, a bit like Donald Trump’s White House, always reacting, without vision, direction or strategy. It’s in stark contrast to what’s going on up the road and there really is no easy fix. Firing Mourinho only leads to the next panicked appointment and so on. All that being said – I realise finishing second in the league with a squad worth nearly a billion is a problem most clubs would kill to have. Steve – Dublin   …I’m sure the mailbox will be it’s usual (excellent) mix of sling and arrows on matters Manchester United. Player X was awful, the manager is an embarrassment etc… My point is how did this great club end up here, and why has it looked so directionless on the pitch? Since ...
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