It surely has been an unpredictable week, with all the things that have come about.
Obviously I am disappointed that Moyes has been sacked, many fans would have wanted him to have left much earlier. I thought the performances were going from bad to worse each game as it was going along. I don’t like the whole change environment where managers have very little time to adjust at the club and demand results and then in a short space of time GET THE SACK.
For me personally, I always kept a view that United should stay with a British manager, to me there a few names that sprung to mind like Tony Pulis, Malky Mackay, Steve Bruce. At first they don’t strike as big or exciting names but they would be suited for the long term vision of United and have what it takes to turn poor performances and low morale into lifting the players and getting the best out of the team. I don’t agree with an experienced foreign manager over 50 running the club out of England who doesn’t speak much English because I don’t have that picture in my head for the long term. The possible example of that is speculation of Van Gaal, sure I give him credit for turning clubs round by setting the foundations at Barcelona and Bayern but my point is was when he took over at Bayern, he was there from 2009-2011 which isn’t that long to be honest so I only expect him to honour a two or three year contract and will just retire or find a different adventure.
If I had to pick any manager that would suit the role at United, it would be Frank de Boer, he is an exciting young prospect at the age of around 40 because he has been at Ajax since 2010 so he ticks the box of being round a club for a long time, he knows Van Persie well because he was the assistant manager of the National team, he is at a club famed for there youth academy so he knows the importance of a building a youthful team, being at a club like Ajax, the name speaks volumes and one of the famous well known clubs in Europe along with Liverpool, AC Milan, Madrid and Bayern that have a prestigious and rich history. I saw on his Wikipedia page that he used to play for Rangers but importantly he played at Ajax through most of his career so he knows what he wants from his players and understands the game from a player’s perspective. I will be very surprised and very disappointed if United don’t consider him because he has the qualities and what it takes to be a manager at United. I’m not saying the results will go his way first of all but overtime it can get better and improve, he also said that he is interested in being a manager in the Premier League. I have read news articles from Google that he would be attracted to clubs with a prestigious history like Liverpool although I wouldn’t be surprised if he wants to stay at Ajax because thats his home at the end of the day. But as a fan, he would be the ideal candidate and with his qualities and background stand out, why not offer him the chance.
Although I like the look of what Antonio Conte of Juventus and Diego Simeone from Athletic Madrid have done for there clubs, I couldn’t see that commitment that they would be happy there for the long term. Say that if Conte, Simone, Blanc or Gaal signed a three year contract, in the first season the club don’t win a trophy and finish in the top 6, in the second season the club wins two trophies and finish 4th, then the next season they win the Premier League, At the end of that season, the manager’s contract expires and says “I have achieved everything I wanted in this club, I want to see a different challenge somewhere else”, this is reality people. This is what I am very worried and concerned about at United, going forward they should be looking and writing a long term plan going forward where the manager stays at the club for a number of years where everybody is settled and there is high morale with the players and the coaches staff can work together at the club. Klopp from Dortmund would be my ideal choice because he creates a great team morale. I like Conte because he has success in Italy and built an attractive attacking team at Juve where his team were unbeaten in Serie A last season and on the verge of winning back to back Serie A titles but I expect that he wont leave and want to stay in Turin for a few years yet.
I don’t believe that splashing out money will be an obvious answer of signing for United. United can attract big players just by the brand name and the history and tradition at the club. They should hire players ideally that have supported United from a young age. Where is the homegrown talent at the club??? I believe in giving the young players a go that haven’t played in the first team before, I would give people like Jesse Lingard, Nick Powell, Wilfred Zaha, Michael Keane and Federico Macheda a game or two to play alongside with Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans, Wayne Rooney who have been for years and use those players in the first team or what is the point of keeping a youth team if none of them are not going to be used in the first team, I can’t understand that.
I would accept that Moyes has made some major mistakes that lead him to be sacked. These are my views:
- The coaching staff (picture of back room staff)
- The transfer windows
I think Moyes underestimated the job at United and didn’t take advantage of knowledge that the backroom staff like Rene Meulensteen, Mike Phelan and Eric Steele have about the players at United which is one of the things I would point at why he deserved to be sacked. This so angers me about club managers bringing in their cronies or people apart from Phil Neville who don’t know or don’t get the United brand or the club inside out, but the rest of them expected just to settle in and expect it be “just fine” which is a load of bull and rubbish, its anything but ok when you are going into a club as big as United. You get the luxury of the back room staff that have been a part of United winning trophies over the last few years and Moyes doesn’t need their advice or services of the back room staff, no sorry that is just wrong and not on. When you at a club like Manchester United you can’t built everything at once, just like the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, it takes time for players to trust the manager and get used to the new back room staff, obviously I don’t blame the players of losing trust with the manager. If I was put in that position as a new manager I would obviously want to keep the foundations as they were at the club and talk to those people who have an insight at the club like Rene Meulensteen and Mike Phelan and take all the opportunities possible to get valuable information about the players.
I thought the transfer windows were opportunities for Moyes to stamp his authority and long term prospects for the club, certainly Fellani hasn’t helped a great deal, I expect Fellani to be going because he was useless the entire season, certainly he made little impact and didn’t make a name for himself, he hasn’t scored a goal or made an assist so what good is that. I didn’t want to consider Fellani joining the club because he is not that type of player that would fit into the United team.
The only positive that came from it was the signing of Mata, he has made an good impact at United. Already he has scored more goals than Fellani and assists this season and he has been there for lesser time. I would have wanted him at United from Valencia because he was an exciting player. The downfalls was that he was the most expensive player United had ever brought and also creates confusion with the no 10 role, it increases the competion for likes of Kagawa, Rooney and Mata completing for one position, does that motivate the players or stresses the players not given opportunities? I don’t know what goes on behind the United training ground. I feel a bit sorry for Andres Lingergard, because De Gea has been so good in goal, the reserve goalkeeper has only been given one game in the entire season, I totally respect his loyalty and hope he stays on at United.
On reflection it has cost United over £60 million for three players. It’s a total waste of money and an absolute joke in my opinion, mathematically you would be better off signing six players worth £10 million each, thats if you can find the players that can slot in the positions at the club. It seems like the hunger for playing for United has been gone now.
- Switching and changing around the team
I think that for most of the matches, there has been 40 different teams that have played for Man U this season. I can understand it when your are first coming into the club for the first few games but surely after ten games or so you would know who your best players and formation. I prefer to see United play 4-4-2 formation or 4-4-1-1 rather than 4-3-3.
For the time being I am happy to see that Ryan Giggs to be taking care of United for the remainder of the games. I think if anyone can do it, its Giggs but its a big ask as he has only done a small managerial role. As a United supporter I will be very patient.
As a LA Lakers supporter I have watch them lose at home by 30 points for many games (it is quite hard to watch), I am quite disappointed that they are not in the PlayOffs, it is not really the managers fault really. Two key men Bryant and Nash only played around 10 games each out of the 82 games in the entire season because of injuries and other few injuries to the first team so I haven’t been disloyal to the LA Lakers, I will support them through the good times and the bad times. That is my view on United, I am not going to be influenced by the bad times at the club and I am not going to change alliances after they go through a poor run of games.
For the Lakers stand point I hope they keep Pau Gasol because there isn’t anyone in the NBA you can replace him with (not even his brother Marc), I like the look of Kendall Marshall, I think he has stood out for the Lakers, he has still got a lot of years left and I would see him as a star of the future. I think the Lakers are in a rebuilding phase where you want young players to step up and grab the opportunity. I hope that next season the Lakers can target some star names and sign one or two but it depends on who is available, I don’t know what is happening with Carmelo Anthony but he is on the HOT list right now.