Never thought I’d be at the stage in my life where I have to plan what I eat the night before a staff do just so I’m ‘comfortable’ when I turn up the drinking game to 100. I’ve settled on a bag of peanuts. What a miserable little night I’m having.
Still, last laugh is on me. Watching a non-binge culture office try and numb their social anxiety with UNLIMITED everything is always entertaining.
‘I may have just passed wind young Johnny, but the CEO just saw you vomit in that plant pot’
Anyway, what have we in the world of Ars… JOSE GOT FIRED la la la la la la la la laaaaahhhhhhh!
The specialist in nasty finally landed his comeuppance as Ed Woodward pulled the trigger on his miserable United tenure.
The man has been in decline for many years now. His ideas are stale, his attitude has been disgusting and he’s clearly lost all the drive that made him great. Power corrupted his curiosity. While Pep Guardiola is constantly developing a tweaking his vision, Jose simply gave up. The master of Stoke football with world class players gave up. As he’s aged, his ideas have struggled to transmit and the rest of the football is now out thinking him.
United is a prime example of how being grotesquely monied doesn’t always buy you success. There’s no real plan in place over there outside spunking cash on whatever the super agents suggest. Crazy to say, but it’s very similar to the mess that followed Arsene Wenger around. The richer version of decay.
Too much power was given to the last three managers. There’s been too little accountability for horrific spending. No clear direction for the club. They have a fanbase that complicit in the demise.
‘Listen, you can’t just blame Mourinho’ is of course correct, but only in the sense that Ed Woodward has been an embarrassing sycophant who refused to take control of the mess. Jose chose the players, trained them, instructed them and motivated them. That’s his squad. The footballing mess is his.
Bitching about a lack of investment because there’s a City to point to is so disingenuous.
I joked that the next move from Ed Woodward was likely to be someone from the class of ’92. I’m not sure Ole Gunnar Solskjær is quite ’92, but he’s not far off. So far, Woodward has gone for a shite ‘young manager’, he’s tried a ‘steady hand’, he’s just had a crack at ‘WINNER’, and now he’s fucked so he’s going to try and keep the fans onside with a hire based on pure emotion.
When your manager is there because it feels right, it’s probably wrong. This is like the time Newcastle handed the reins to Alan Shearer. Sure, there have been some great examples of it working, like Zidane and Pep. But I’m not quite sure either of those two (or Arteta as some will predictably shriek) quite correlate to hiring the Eliteserien manager.
United need to hire in a world class sporting director, they need to move on Moratta as their next CEO, they should bring in someone like Les Read and let him reinvigorate the academy, and they should hire a young manager with a philosophy that aligns with the real Man United.
Hopefully, they’ll take Pochettino from Spurs.
That’s my segue into the BIG game this evening. I’m very excited to play Spurs, but this one really does come at a bitch of a time. We just slumped to a shocker away at Southampton, which as Emery points out, is not good times at all.
“Sunday for us is a big reality check in our way. We need to improve and also we need to continue doing our way in our process.
“It’s not a good result but this reality gives us more motivation to continue to work hard, finding a new thing to work on each day, and also it makes us demand a lot from ourselves in the way we work on this way.”
This is where the money making decisions come in. The club do not need to win the League Cup. It offers no value outside giving us a trophy most fans will deride. We need Champions League football. That means top 4 or a win in the Europa League.
Emery will knows this. However, the fans won’t tolerate a pasting from a local rival, and any sort of loss could also have a negative impact on the squad. So he’s going to have to dance between politics and pragmatism.
“Our first idea is that we play with the best players that we can use in this derby,”
“The opposition is very big and it’s demanding a big performance from us tomorrow.
“We can use some young players because we think with a big performance, they can help us win.
Maybe he can disguise the starting 11 as experienced by bringing back Cech, Kos (who won’t start this weekend) and Licht. A little sprinkling of Mesut and Ramsey would also add to the appearance of going for it. Maybe Saka and Eddie can take up the wide positions to soften critique?
This is a real test of managerial strength for me. It’s also a test of the depth of our squad. There are 4 players out injured, with 4 facing late fitness tests tomorrow. We’re creaking before shit hits the fan. Hopefully, we can come out of tomorrow unscathed.
Right, enjoy the game, see you in the comments! x
P.S. Great to hear our manager admit he’s going to move for someone in January, I just hope it isn’t a pony signing.
“The club is working because if we have one good option to come around and help us, we can do it,” said Unai. “The club has this possibility to help us in the transfer window with some players, but I am very happy with the players.