Ok, so it’s my Christmas Party this evening. The plan is to put 1500 people from 13 agencies into a Farringdon night club. So much opportunity to humiliate myself in front of important people.
… best strap in a double helping of incontinence pants.
OK. So the good news from last night is that Manchester City qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League. That at least stops the whole… ‘ THE PREMIERSHIP IS SO SO BAD’ and it stops everyone whacking skippy over Arsene Wenger qualifying for the last 16 of a competition he can’t win again. There’s some seriously strong sides in the mixing pot this year. I hope we get Porto or Leverkusen
I’d have Monaco as well. When Berbatov is leading the line for you, you’ve always got a chance (he scored a blinding outside of the boot goal at the weekend).
I guess the worry with this trophy is we have no belief we can win it, not do the players. If they land one of the big boys, we’re out before we’ve played. That’s the extent of the fear these days. You don’t have to ask the players if they feel like that, just look at their big team record. The best we can normally hope for is a second leg win that nearly earns us extra time.
The focus for us is taking Newcastle out the equation this weekend. They have about 8 players out. We should be able to take them out. They have form on their side, but so do we (WE DO). We’ll have rested players, we’ll also have form players (LUUUUUUUKAS WE LUV UUUUUU). I hope he continues his rotation policy. Would love to not start with Sanchez. Maybe have him as a super sub to shake up a tired Newcastle late on.
There are lots of stories linking us to a Curzerio defensive midfielder Lucas Silva (there’s about 400 of them). We’ve matched the asking price of £12m and Madrid haven’t. I never bbelievethese stories. He has 3rd party ownership, Madrid don’t recoil at £12m and the player wants Spain. Have zero hope of him joining and from what I understand, the DM we’re in for will be coming from Europe.
I’ve been having a great week on the injury front. Loads of very good people talking about how you approach things and how you deal with issues. This from Mike Phelan (ex United Assistant) is really good… and give you a nice overview of how it seems we don’t approach an injury pile up year after year.
“What’s happened is a continuation of the same players getting injured all the time, so you have to look to the reasons why,”
“I think Manchester United changed their thoughts on the fitness regime, they looked at it a little bit differently.
“Tony Strudwick, who was operating as head of sports science, was involved day to day with the first team.
“He understood the ins and outs of how to keep players fit, how to keep them ready for competition.
“Then suddenly they moved him sideways and did something completely different. That may have had an effect. That one area has changed.”
“They’ve brought in new people with a different way of doing things,”
“The intensity of training may be one thing – it may be too intense, or not intense enough – but obviously slight changes have been made with the present way of doing things.
“I would have thought [the squad] is big enough at Manchester United, because they can go out and get players in, but obviously they keep breaking down and they don’t seem to be getting any better.
“They seem to get one back and lose another two.
“He [Van Gaal] knows now roughly the intensity of the Premier League and what his players can produce. He’s been at the highest level, working with the highest players, in different countries.
“It’s just a case of maybe understanding the specific requirements of players, individual players, where they need to be at certain times in order to perform. He’s got enough staff there to sort that out.”
Louis Van Gaal is part of the Wenger old school. He’s not blaming hair pills, he’s blaming pitches that aren’t destro. Interesting that he’s having the same problems as Wenger. What will be fascinating, is whether he can adapt and make thing better… my guess, probably not. He’s a supremely arrogant man.
Anyway, don’t expect me on until late tomorrow. Have a great night!