Jose Mourinho, a solid disciple of The Art of War has consistently taken the stratagems to embarrassing extremes in his quest for glory.
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
Psychological warfare with Wenger tends to be his preferred method of attack and it’s worked year after year. Whether he’s poking holes at his success, whether he’s calling into question his suitability for the job or bemoaning his voyeuristic nature… Jose always has a way of getting under the skin of Wenger.
At the moment, it is clear United are weak, so what better way to show strength than make noises about our best player joining his rabble?
Stories bubbling to the surface point to Mesut Ozil being the target of Jose this summer. United, famed for throwing bad money after bad money these days are apparently in line to offer our German superstar £250k per week compared to our pitiful £200k per week.
For me, it’s all nonsense. It’s part of Jose’s build to a pivotal game. Misinformation in the press targeting the spirit of our best player is par the course. I’d imagine the closer we land to the game, the worse the ramp up will be. He’s inviting questions about the subject where he’ll have something up his sleeve directly aimed at stirring the German.
Ideally, we’d leak something to return the favour. John Cross should write an article about United secretly tapping up Arsene Wenger about the United job next summer, turn those tables. Wenger should make mention of the consistent leaks out of the camp this summer. Perhaps Wenger should mention that he’d have made Mikki a superstar rather than squander talent to make a point no one needed to make. Perhaps Wenger should mention that United appear to be trying to buy the title again?
We won’t do that though. I know that you can cite class and other things like that, but wouldn’t it be nice to play the game back occasionally?
In other news, I thought Debuchy had left on loan in the summer, forgetting that he’d played for us against Forest or someone. So actually, our right back issues might not be that bad if he could return some of the form that made him and exciting signing a few seasons ago. Firstly, he has to prove his fitness, which is in doubt.
Carl Jenks is an option, but not a great one. Then there’s the idea of moving Mustafi or Holding to right back. I’d rather not mess with the centre back set up, but with Per Mertesacker (laughably another player made captain who isn’t first choice) returning soon, the temptation might be real for Wenger.
Lionel Messi bowed out of international football last night taking and absolute spanking from Brazil. Some sort of passing of the baton to Neymar? Sad to see the great man leave this world without a World Cup to his name, but whatever, I really don’t think that’s what makes the difference between being the greatest and not anymore. Winning all those CL trophies is a bigger deal in my opinion. Needless to say, if you can’t win the World Cup with that sort of talent, your FA really is in a sorry state of affairs… not as bad as ours considering Gareth Southgate is potentially the future… but pretty close.
Interesting to read on Marca that Luis Enrique’s contract is up at the end of the season. The Spaniard is considering his options after three pretty good seasons at Barcelona. Does he hit the beach? Does he sign on for more good times? Does he take on another project. It’s weird that he’s been wildly successful at Barca, but people don’t talk about him on the level they do Pep G?
Wonder if he could replicate his success somewhere without Messi?
Anyway, that’s me done for the day. Have an excellent Friday night!