Monday, June 30, 2014

Herrera and Shaw Sign

It’s Monday and a lot of people are probably trying to get to grips with the usual Monday morning, post-weekend, hangover.  Me? I still can't believe the fact that Manchester United bought an actual, proper, central midfielder. Thursday’s news hasn’t sunk in yet.

It's been quite a long time since our club last signed a proper central midfielder. Not looking at the Fellaini acquisition, because 1. It was a panic buy, 2. He’s not a central midfielder (you know, in the Toure/Fabregas/Scholes mould) and 3. he was utter shite last season, it has been seven years since we’ve last bought a central midfielder. Yep, the last central midfielder was bought seven years ago and that was – wait for it – Anderson. The Brazilian didn’t really set Old Trafford alight and, to this day, his only real contribution to this great club is his perfectly dispatched penalty in the 2008 Champions League final penalty shoot out. Oh, I almost forgot, he also shat on Fabregas but, thing is, he hasn’t managed to shit on another footballer ever since.

We’ve made some good midfield buys in the past years but none at central midfield. We’ve got our fair share of number 10 players and we’ve also seen some wingers head our way. No central midfielders, though. Fergie was either central midfield phobic or too much drink must have made him believe Anderson was, to use modern terms, ‘the shit’. ‘The shit’ he was not but 'shit' he most definitely is and that, added to the Cleverley poor form and Fletcher’s illness, is the reason why our midfield has been bullied by the big guns during the past seasons. So let’s just say that our over excitement, triggered by the Ander Herrera arrival, is excusable. 

Now, I’ve heard a lot about Herrera but, if I’m honest, I can’t say I have ever seen him play. To be ultra honest, I didn’t even know this guy existed before last August. That’s when his potential transfer to United resulted in a total fiasco. Who knows? Maybe if the Spanish central midfielder signed this time last year, a disaster (7th place) might have been averted and David Moyes wouldn’t be out of work. 

I’ve read some articles about Ander and every Spanish football expert seems to rate this guy highly. The boy has got so much potential that I’ve even read that the 30m we paid for him will be looked at as a bargain in the future when Herrera reaches his full potential and delivers for United. Added to that, he looks like a really nice chap who loves to play the game, just like his fellow Spaniards De Gea and Mata. We don’t need any overly inflated egos at the club, otherwise they’d probably clash with Van Gaal who seems to be quite proud of himself.

The midfield area has been United's achilles heel for many a campaign but while other positions were strengthened, the same midfielders turned out for our club. Apart from Carrick, our central midfielders have been very poor in the past seasons (even when we won the league in 2012). With that in mind, Ander's arrival was met with a huge sense of relief from the United faithful. The club has finally made sense of our midfield woes.

By the time Ander Herrera was seen on our official website posing in a United kit, rumours had already escalated about the imminent arrival of another exciting young talent; Luke Shaw. Now, it has been long known that Shaw was on United’s radar. A lot of reputable sources claimed there was some kind of deal agreed before the world cup but the deal seemed to have broken off and his astronomical price tag made me think that United won’t go for him. I was very wrong. Fast forward to Friday afternoon, upon the opening of the New York Stock Exchange just after my afternoon siesta, and I see Twitter littered with quotes from Giggs welcoming Shaw to the club. Yep, England’s most exciting youngster was ours as well.

Having watched Shaw play a handful of times, I can say that we can look forward to having a potentially world class left back for, at least, a decade. If he keeps progressing, and there’s no reason not to, we’ll have a player who’ll be capable of playing at the very top for a number of years. He looked absolutely brilliant for Southampton last year and the good news is that he’s still 18, so he’s yet to reach his full potential. Overpriced? Currently, Yes. But if that’s our left back position sorted for more than a decade, then it’s a bloody bargain.

Welcome home Herrera and Shaw. If we’re to believe the newspapers, more players will follow. Ed Woodward is doing one heck of a job. There’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about the upcoming season. I surely can’t wait. Get this world cup over and done with, I want the Premier League back.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Manchester United End of Season Review - What does the future hold?

It is finally over. Season 2013/14 will certainly be one to forget. We never got going and, in fact, I don't think I can recall three PL wins on the trot. The very few good games we had were followed by one or two disastrous ones. It was a start-stop season. We were out of the title race by December, got eliminated by Sunderland in the league cup semi-final (perhaps our only realistic chance of silverware this season), were defeated by Swansea, at OT, in the third round of the FA Cup and got eliminated by Bayern Munich, who were later trounced by Real Madrid, in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. If there's something positive to take out of this season, it was Januzaj's emergence and David De Gea's brilliance in goal. Also, Mata's arrival could be very important in the future. We finished seventh in the Premier League but the season could have been much worse had Liverpool not slipped (excuse the pun) against Chelsea and handed City the title. The fact that we're relieved and happy that Liverpool finished second to City shows how dismal our season has been.
It was also a season which taught us that Manchester United is not infallible. After years of constant success, we had to bear the image of our players going down to mediocre teams and getting whipped by the big guns. That was tough to take and, in fact, most supporters crumbled under the pressure and started doing things that, I used to think, were only done by Chelsea, City and Arsenal supporters. I've heard some fans boo our own players and that MOYES-OUT plane message was totally embarrassing. However, our away fans were absolutely brilliant. You just have to look at the final game of the season vs Southampton to see the brilliance of our Red Army. They were all behind our players, even if they didn't like some of them, and gave them the necessary boost our players needed during such tough times throughout the season. No wonder our away form has been so good this year.
Only a handful of things went right and a lot of parties at the club should shoulder some of  the blame. Ultimately, most of the blame had to be assumed by David Moyes and, as a result, he lost his job. Although I was totally against the way David was sacked, sometimes I did think that our club under his stewardship was going nowhere. There were so many signs on the pitch that things weren't working out. I did hope, however, that Moyes would turn things round in the upcoming season but deep down I’m not sure whether I believed that would happen. There’s a big difference between hope and belief. At the end of the day things were getting ridiculous. Moyes had become a figure of ridicule and that sparked a high degree of pity from my end towards him. Perhaps that pity made me really really wish he could turn thing round and win some trophies in the future and then shove them up his critics’ arse. Sometimes he looked lost and his post match interviews sparked rage amongst the legions of United fans. To have the cheek to say that United played well right after some horrible performances was something that bemused me.

Some Years Ago These Three Were in Their Prime. Age Has Caught Up With Them
However, as those who’ve read my post re. the Moyes sacking might well know, I think David was put in a very difficult position. He had to manage a team consisting of a bunch of over-the-hill players and a few youngsters who lacked motivation. Although absolutely brilliant in their prime, Rio and Vida aren’t anywhere near their former selves. Evra’s love towards the club is a joy to see but he didn’t have five decent defensive performances all year long. Add that to the occasional clumsiness of Jones and Rafael and the lack of consistency from Smalling and you’ll have SEVEN out of eight regular first team defenders not performing to the level required in the Premier League. Evans is perhaps the only defender who maintained some consistency in the games he’s played.

Moyes also had to field a team with no real midfield enforcer. Why Anderson is still on United’s book is a huge mystery, a mystery not even the Scotland Yard would come close to solve. Cleverley’s fall, after a pretty impressive first season, is puzzling. Fletcher will never be the battling Fletcher we had before his sickness, as harsh as it may sound. To make matters worse, Carrick was unusually poor this season which is why he’s not going with the England team to Brazil which, in turn, is very very very good news for Manchester United fans! Anyway, that’s four underperforming midfielders in our squad this year. How on earth can you challenge City’s central midfield with that quartet?  (EDIT. Can you believe I forgot Fellaini?! That pretty much sums up his contribution this year. He was ineffective. I still believe he’ll come good someday. Let’s hope he has a good World Cup so maybe he could get a much needed confidence booster. At the time of his arrival, I thought we made a really good buy. We needed someone strong in midfield and I thought Fellaini would, partially, solve our midfield problems. Well, it hasn’t worked out.....yet.) (Another edit: I also forgot to mention Kagawa! Don't really know what to say about him. I know he's quality but he doesn't seem to fit in our system)

The wings weren’t that bad. Januzaj had an excellent season. At 18 years of age, the guy is likely to improve and reach new heights next season, so that’s something to look forward to. Valencia had a decent season but sometimes I think he could be more effective if played at right back with  license to bomb forward. His speed and physical power make him ideal for that position although, if I’m honest, his defending leaves a lot to be desired. Giggs played a handful of games this season but he hasn’t been as effective as he would’ve liked while Young had a couple of decent games but he’s not United quality. Nani was always injured.

Nothing Wrong with our Strikers
At the front we had toooo many injuries. If it wasn’t Rooney on the treatment table, it was RVP. They still managed a total of 37 goals this year but that tally would have been much bigger had they stayed injury-free all season. Welbeck scored 10 goals and Chicharito managed one less, which is quite a good number given that the latter didn’t play a lot this season. I wouldn’t mind if our strikers next season are the ones we had this year. I rate them highly.

So that’s the team Moyes had to work with. I think even the highly rated Mourinho would have struggled with this team. Giggs took over but all the team weaknesses that resonated throughout the year were still evident. Our team is well below the standard to compete in the PL and, as hard as it will be, we should wave goodbye to a few of these underperformers. The likes of Vidic(confirmed), Rio(confirmed), Evra, Nani, Giggs, Cleverley, Fletcher, Anderson and Young have to go. It’s as simple as that.

We’ll probably have a very busy summer coming up. Rumours have already started circulating that we’ve made a bid for Luke Shaw. The guy’s absolutely brilliant and he’s English. Call me old fashioned but I love our team to have some English blood. I think English players appreciate more than their foreign counterparts the massiveness of this football club. If we get Shaw, we’d have our left back position sorted for a good number of years. I just hope Woodward doesn’t fuck it up this time. Let’s hope our directors won’t keep back from throwing 30 odd million at this great talent because I truly believe that, in the long run, every penny spent will be worth it, such is the guy’s potential. A host of other players are also being linked with us but the Shaw bid was confirmed by Sky Sports and BBC so there’s probably some truth in the rumours. We’ll need to buy, at least, 6 excellent players before the start of next season; a left back, two central defenders, two central midfielders and a winger. Mata will have a summer to get used to his team-mates and I think he’ll have a great season next year.

I’d like to see some real effort and improvement from Zaha. Moyes didn’t look particularly interested in this winger and, at Cardiff, Solskjaer didn’t really play him as much as Zaha would’ve liked so there’s definitely something wrong. Last year he was absolutely excellent for Palace so I hope he rediscovers that form and offers us some exciting times on the right flank. A player who has impressed on his loan is Nick Powell. I’d love to see him stay at OT next season and get a few games. There we’ve got two players with bags of potential. As for the reserves that could make it to the first team next year, there seems to be some interesting talents. Lawrence and Wilson have already had a pop at first team football and did very well. However, they’ll probably be loaned out next year. Perreira is also an exciting prospect. Vermijl and Varela can both be adequate covers at right back. The former has had a very good season in Holland while I’ve heard some good things about Varela. Much has been made of Will Keane in the past but I don’t think he’ll make it at United. On the other hand, I think Michael Keane has a very good chance of progressing to the first team, especially if we fail to get another central defender. Lingard scored 9 goals in the Championship but, despite his excellent form in pre-season, I don’t really rate him highly. Macheda (yes, he’s still on our books) had a decent loan spell with Birmingham City. 10 goals in 10 starts is quite good. Not United quality though.

The new manager will probably be Van Gaal and, to be honest, I’m already warming up to him after the recent interview he made with some English reporters. He’s straight to the point, ain’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with journalists, called Manchester United the best club in the world and said he’d love to manage United. Surely, he’s United bound. I’ve read that he likes to promote youngsters to the first team so that’s a big plus. Promoting youngsters is the United way. A lot of journalists say that he’s responsible for the recent successes enjoyed by Bayern Munich and Barcelona as he laid the foundations to those successful sides. If he comes to United, it will most probably be his final managerial job so he’d strive to be a success, given that his ego is as huge as Mourinho’s. I’ve heard he’s not afraid to chop players who think they’ve become bigger than the club. Can you imagine Moyes or Giggs trying to get rid of, for example, Rooney if he’s not interested anymore? No. So Van Gaal’s arrival would be very welcome, if it does indeed happen, as he would probably bring our underperforming stars back on track.

Yesterday Rio announced that, just like Vida, he’ll leave Manchester United and seek pastures new. Rio is definitely one of the best defenders I’ve ever seen donning United’s shirt. His partnership with Vidic would make any striker wet his pants. They were rock solid and instilled fear in any opponent. Perhaps their diversity made them such a good partnership. Rio was composed and quick and was also an excellent ball player. Vida was more of an aggressive defender. I remember some 5 years ago when I used to see Vidic and Rio lining up in the tunnel, I used to think that no team in the world could beat this defensive wall. In fact, very few teams managed to beat us during those times. We managed to get to THREE Champions League finals, won some League Cups, won the Club World Cup and some Premier League titles. Rio and Vidic were the backbone of the side that won those honors. Injuries got in the way and both Rio and Vidic lost some of the abilities that made them the best in the Europe some seasons ago. They both lost pace and strikers weren’t afraid to have a go at them anymore. At their peak, they were excellent and both will be regarded as club legends. Rio gave us 12 years of impeccable service while Vidic spent 8 trophy-laden years at OT. Their contribution is much appreciated and their names will be forever remembered. HOWEVER, it was time to go. That’s the only way our club will improve. Good luck to both Rio and Vida, they’re still good enough to have a couple more years playing with a decent side. We all know where Vidic’s heading, now let’s see which team will get Rio’s signature. He’s definitely more than good enough to play for West Ham and the likes. Actually, he’d be a luxury for them. Farewell LEGENDS.

So that's it for this year. I'll update this blog as soon as there's some transfer activity at Old Trafford.  

Southampton 1 - 1 United

Not much to write home about. United barely troubled Southampton and it was only a brilliant goal by Mata which won us a point. Southampton were better than us but their first goal shouldn't have stood as Lambert had gashed Vida's nose in the action leading to the goal. I couldn't believe that the ref didn't see it, but anyway, it wasn't an important game.

I spent too much time switching channels so as to make sure City don't bottle it and hand the title to Liverpool. As much as I despise City, my hatred towards Liverpool is too much so I'm just grateful we 'only' had to see Kompany lift the trophy and not that repugnant twat Suarez.

A long post will follow discussing our season.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

United 3 - 1 Hull City

Valencia Jones(Jones) Smalling Buttner
Carrick Fellaini 
Adnan Kagawa Lawrence(Giggs)

This game was all about Nemanja Vidic and what could be Giggsy's final game at OT as a Manchester United player. However, when I saw the line-up uploaded on Twitter I quickly forgot about Vida and Giggs and looked forward to see what a couple of our very own players (plus Adnan) are capable of doing on the big stage. The prospect of seeing three teenagers leading United's line of fire was very exciting and they did not disappoint. 

I've been following young Wilson this season and I was quite impressed with his attacking prowess. He's an excellent box player who knows where the net is and seems to find himself in the right position at the right time. A bit like Chicharito. Still a long way to go before he'll truly be in the reckoning to be amongst United's twenty-something player squad. There'll probably be some loan periods before he'll get his chance to grace the Old Trafford pitch again but that was definitely a great debut for him and a dream come true. Let's hope he turns out to be a Wayne Rooney and not another Federico Macheda. The lad has got talent in abundance, if he didn't, he wouldn't have scored for the under 18's, 19's, 21's and the senior team in a single season. He was denied a chance to complete his hat-trick as RVP replaced our young striker after the hour mark. 

As for the other debutant Lawrence, I didn't think he did bad at all. He was the first player to actually try and trouble Hull's keeper and looked like he wasn't afraid to get at City's defence. I just hope youth players are given a chance after the inevitable arrival of a foreign manager. With British managers, you know that young British players will be given a chance every now and then, just look at Rodgers' trust in English players at Liverpool. I'm not sure whether a high profile foreign manager will do the same. Let's hope United's tradition of giving youth a chance is kept going, just as Giggsy suggested in his post-match speech. 

Our shining light in a pretty bleak season
Anyway, Wilson might have stolen a few headlines but my man of the match was undoubtedly Adnan Januzaj. That was a performance that brings back memories of a young Giggsy or Ronaldo attacking their flank and terrorizing defences. It's been a while since we've had a winger who's as good as this young kid. The good news is that Adnan has only turned 19 last February so he'll definitely improve in the future. We've got a real gem in Januzaj. That's the left wing (or even right) sorted for a good number of years.

The youthful exuberance of this trio of players did not hide the inefficiency of their older, much more experienced, team-mates. The likes of Kagawa, Carrick and Fellaini did not impress me at all. They've all had a bad season which is quite odd given that both Carrick and Fellaini were players of the year with their respective clubs last year. Fellaini did produce an assist but seemed to be getting in the way of play far too often and he even blocked a dead cert Buttner goal late in the game. Let's see if the new manager has the former Everton man in his plans. 

"You have seen a glimpse of the future tonight. Keep supporting us & the good times will come back soon."  
Ryan Giggs

Farewell VIDA!
Goodbye Captain!
This was Vidic's final Manchester United game on the hallowed pitch of Old Trafford. The guy has been simply phenomenal in his eight years at the club. He's won the Premier League 5 times and the Champions League. He's also led our team to numerous finals and cup wins. Nemanja has been a rock at the back for United and his partnership with Rio was perhaps the best I've ever seen. I was only 15 when Vida arrived at United so I don't really remember any other formidable central defence partnerships at United. I do remember Stam and Johnsen but I don't think they were on par with Ferdinand and Nemanja. Unfortunately, I'm too young to remember the Bruce and Pallister combination in our central defence.

I wish Vidic all the luck in the world in his new adventure in Italy. He's got at least 2 more years playing at the top so he's got to make the most of his time in Italy. He was a rock during his first 6 seasons at the club but a series of niggling injuries got the best of him and he hasn't been as effective during the past couple of seasons. It is obvious that Nemanja has slowed down and this is evidenced by the constant fouls he kept giving away during matches this season. So, if United really wanted to improve, Nemanja had to go and I guess the right decision was made. He'll now enjoy the Italian sun, their mediocre football and one final cash windfall in his footballing career. His final lap around Old Trafford was pretty emotional and we saw another side to the combative defender we've all grown to love. During his brief speech he was almost in tears and, to be honest, so was I. Despite him signing with Inter midway through the season, the fans still supported him and sang his name during games and, apparently, he is very appreciative of that. His warrior-like qualities will certainly be missed. Let's hope we can find another 'Nemanja' this summer or perhaps the likes of Evans, Smalling and Jones can step up a gear and emulate the Serbian colossus.  All the best Nemanja! Definitely a legend at our club. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

United 0 - 1 Sunderland

Jones Rio Vidic Evra
Young(Welbeck) Carrick Fletcher Nani(Januzaj)
Mata(RVP) Chicharito

As I said last week, the win against Norwich meant very little. We were playing a poor team that gave up after our first goal. Today's game vs an in form Sunderland side was a much sterner test....and we failed it. Perhaps the Moyes-Out brigade and the Giggsy-should-be-our-next-manager army now realise that the problem lies within the team of players. We did have one or two chances but our players failed to impress and even our Player of the Year, David de Gea, was absolutely horrendous with his kicks. Unfortunately, our players will have to learn the hard way this summer when quite a few of them get shown the door out of Old Trafford. I guess that's the only way we can stop the rot. No managerial merry-go-round will solve the problem.

We were a poor man's Bayern Munich that faced Real last Tuesday. We had a lot of possession but were shit in the final third. Sunderland could have easily won by three goals but luckily they hit both the bar and the post. Nani and Chicharito spurned the couple of decent chances we had. The introduction of Januzaj, Welbeck and RVP increased the crowd's roar but did little to improve our play. Vidic was always fouling and the other three playing in defence didn't do much right either. Let's hope Giggsy opts for younger players in defence instead of the old guard in our remaining matches. I want to see the future of United not over-the-hill players.

Only one week left for this horror of a season to end. Then another beginning will follow, similar to the one we had last June. Let's just hope this time things will revert back to the usual Manchester United we all know. Making Old Trafford a fortress again should be our main priority. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

United 4 - 0 Norwich

Jones Rio Vidic Evra
Valencia Carrick Cleverley(Chicharito) Kagawa(Young)
Welbeck(Mata) Rooney

So, life under Ryan Giggs as interim manager started out fine. The first half performance was drab but we saw some proper attacking football during the second half. Whatever Giggsy told his players at half time seems to have worked wonders. It's been a while since I've seen United look like they're going to score every time they are in the opposition's half. The second half was like that, United attacked with swagger and pace and that was enjoyable, very enjoyable. I was a tad surprised to see Mata starting on the bench but the guy simply got on with it and showed his new manager what a player he is by scoring two (easy) goals when he got on the field. You simply cannot hate Juan Mata, his post-match interview showed the class of the guy. Perfect fit for Manchester United. Roo was also very good and was unlucky not to score a hat-trick. 

I'm not sure whether we destructed Norwich because we were very good or because Norwich were simply abysmal so, in spite of the seemingly excellent second half performance, we should not get carried away and think that Giggsy is the part to be our new manager. Granted, Norwich are fighting for their lives at the end of the PL table so they must've put some extra effort today but this season I've learned to just sit back, relax and not overestimate my team's powers. Perhaps our next game vs Sunderland will be a better indicator of how good Giggsy is as a manager. The Black Cats are currently on a roll and they've achieved a couple of great results at The Etihad and Stamford Bridge.

Irrespective of Giggsy's credentials as a manager, his emergence from the tunnel and him, fully suited, directing our players from the touchline was simply a beautiful sight. And what about the shot of Giggs, Butt, Scholes and Neville sitting in the coaches' seats in the dugout? It just puts a smile to your face. What I saw yesterday at Old Trafford provided for some respite after a pretty turbulent season. Nothing like seeing true United fans directing our players towards the finishing line. Whatever happens in the summer, I just hope that this quartet of United's own hold some coaching position with the first team. If there's someone who could pump up our current players, then it's definitely a former United player who have been there and done it in the red of United.....and what's better than to have four of them? Come on United! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Moyes Sacked

So the inevitable has just happened. Moyes has been sacked by Manchester United. EXACTLTY one year ago we were celebrating another league title and now we’re looking at our club standing in 7th place, out of Europe and managerless. What’s very worrying is that we’ve adopted Chelsea-like tactics and fired our manager without even giving him enough time to build a team of his own. If I’m honest, I’ve got mixed feelings about this decision. The fact that United only managed 6 points against teams in the top 6 was very worrying. We didn’t even put up a fight in some of the games against the top teams. Liverpool, City, Everton and Chelsea blew us apart in our recent games. Sometimes there were games when the team played well and you’d just think that we’re improving, however, these always proved to be false dawns and a good performance was normally followed by two very poor games. What was more worrying is the fact that Moyes almost always stated that the team played well after defeats. Now that would be acceptable if it was true but usually it wasn't. In fact most of his post-defeat interviews were absurd, to say the least. So maybe I’m a bit relieved that we can look forward to another way of thought by a new manager. I’m relieved that the style of play, which was evidently not working, will go away with Moyes.

However, I feel sad for Moyes. I pity the guy. Whatever happened at our club is not entirely his fault, even though some of our fans think he’s the one and only reason why we’re in this mess. First things first, Fergie left the club in decline. Some of the players Fergie left at our club are not fit to play for a relegation struggler. For example, Anderson’s presence at the club still bemuses me. Why Fergie never replaced Scholes is a mystery. Furthermore, our midfield is an aging and poor one and anyone with half a football brain realizes that you cannot really compete against the top sides with such a midfield. Fletcher, Cleverley and Anderson combined aren’t fit to polish Yaya Toure’s right boot, nevermind go head to head against him. Carrick is a very good player but age is catching up on him now. He excelled last season but failed to dictate games this season. What was very puzzling is Fergie’s refusal to play the excellent Pogba (two years ago) and opting for the return of Scholes instead. Eventually, Pogba left on a free transfer and he’s now worth 70 odd million. Pogba is the kind of player our midfield is crying for. What about the Rooney vs Fergie mess? Moyes inherited a very difficult situation which, probably, took a lot of his time during the summer.

Fergie aside, there are other factors that led to our current situation. One of the main players in this mess is our CEO. What’s very ironic is the fact that Woodward met Moyes this morning and told him he was being fired from the post when, in reality, Woodward is as much to blame as David himself. During the summer, our club identified targets but our CEO failed to get them. What he did at the end of the transfer window was pay well over the odds for Fellaini. If I’m not mistaken, he was worth 23m in July but Woodward splashed 28m for Fellaini on deadline day. Poor business. Very poor.

The players themselves also have a lot to answer for. Some of them didn’t perform to the best of their ability. For the next manager to be successful, he’ll have to clear the deadwood first and bring in 3, at a minimum, world class, hard working, footballers. A team should be built around De Gea, Jones, Januzaj, Mata and Rooney. This quintet has a lot of potential and I expect them to flourish together in the coming seasons. Rafael, RVP, Welbeck, Smalling and Valencia ain’t half bad either. There is a good foundation for a successful football team. This will be a big big summer.

As for Moyes, it was not meant to be. Unfortunately, the final standing will define his season at Man Utd. People will fail to look at the good things the man has done for the club. True, these might be few but resolving the Roo situation will probably prove to be very important in the future. Furthermore, his willingness to involve an 18 year old Januzaj in the team was also a bold move. Yes, he has the talent and for us, now, it is obvious that he plays but Pogba also had the talent but was left to rot on the bench by a much revered manager.

So goodbye Moyes and thanks for your work ethic during the season. It didn’t work and we’ll never know whether you were able to improve the situation. The results were poor, very poor and I’d be lying if I said I was pleased. However, I always believed that Man Utd under Moyes were going to improve in the coming season but David was not given enough time. It was a year from the depths of hell but I was willing to wait for much brighter days with Moyes at the helm. I wanted him to do well. I was hoping he does well to silence his doubters. I believed in the guy but must admit that my belief in him was gradually degrading. So thanks Moyes and good luck in your next adventure.

What does this sacking mean for the immediate future? Well, the work Moyes and his team were doing to identify possible targets to play for Man Utd next season has been thrown down the drain. The new manager will probably bring his own backroom staff and this will mean that we will be prolonging the transitional period. The new manager will probably be new to everything that is Manchester United and, like Moyes, will take time to bed in. So to all the MoyesOut brigade, don't expect our team to fare much much better than this year.
A foreign manager will probably be appointed in summer. Let's hope a manager who knows what we stand for is appointed. Let's hope a manager who believes in British players is appointed. Let's hope  that whoever is appointed, does not destruct the reputation of this great club. I don't want arrogant twats at the helm. I don't want this great club to turn into a much bigger version of Chelsea. I don't want Manchester United to start firing mangers at will. I want Manchester United to be the honorable Manchester United I've grown to love, even if that does not guarantee instant success. I'm willing to wait.

TATA Moysie
(P.S. my dig at Fergie does not mean that I do not appreciate the greatness of the guy. It does not mean that I don't appreciate the years under his excellent stewardship. He is the best manager to ever grace the world. However, he is not infallible and I just think that Sir Alex could have left a better team for Moyes to work with.)
"I actually think if Sir Alex was here this year it would be difficult for Sir Alex as well, and I'm sure he'd be aware of it,"
"I think people are aware there's a squad that is a bit more aging, so I think it would have been a tough season for probably whoever was in charge of Manchester United this year."
David Moyes