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Eight conclusions: Jose Mourinho and Manchester United
Been following the whole Moaning about Mourinho’s moans. Here’s my thoughts on this:
1. When he spoke about heritage, the tabloids took his words out of context. All he was trying to say is that United have not been performing over the last 4 years. Look at Real before he came in. Barely reached the CL quarters. Look at them now.
2. It’s unfair to compare City to United right now. City has been building this team for Pep for 2 years before he came in. Mourinho’s had to deal with years of under and haphazard recruitment
3. Rashford has been told he must leave United to grow by some of the pundits. What nonsense. He’s in a club where he’s loved, he’s respected by his manager, and Best of all he is learning from Zlatan while Training. Rashford’s stint outside the first xi has done him well. Look at his performance against Liverpool. Earlier in the season he wouldn’t have scored either of those goals.
4. Mourinho hates kids eh? Explains why United academy products have more game time over the last 2 years than the fabled Messiah of Man City has given the products of that academy, which lest we forget has been termed the best in the Uk by various pundits.
5. Cheque book Manager. Yup. Who isn’t. Fraudiola has spent almost as much as Mourinho in a shorter career. Conte whines because he isn’t given money to spend, Bayern cherry pick the best German talent, Barca spends 250 million on 2 players, Real spend because they can, PSG is PSG, but Mourinho is a cheque book Manager?
6. I also believe that Mourinho’s latest outburst is designed to take pressure of his players and have the pundits talking about him rather than his players.7. We are on course for our best league finish since Ferguson retired. Yes, we should be fighting for first, but let’s not forget the ignominy of playing for Europa League places.
8. The United way to me is symbolised by a team that plays ugly, plays badly and still wins. Let’s win first and worry about aesthetics later.
All in all, I’m glad Mourinho is at United. Get a few more additions in central midfield and full back, and this team will be different
More Mourinho: ‘cheapness of the highest order’
Mourinho’s behaviour is cheapness of the highest order. A man too proud to admit he’s making mistakes and thereby tries to make up by accusing his players and the history of the club, simply despicable.
Martial and Pogba were doing admirably well on the left and with Luke Shaw raising his game at least what we, the fans expected was that he would no longer need to tinker with that part of the formation.
Strangely enough he kept playing Young in that position and the moment Sanchez came in he handed him the settled side of the field thereby destabilizing everyone in the process, most of all Pogba. And he kept playing them until the team ended up getting knocked out of the UCL thanks to his defensive mindedness. Having realized his folly he went back to the normal formation only for the team to win comfortably.
Now under normal circumstances any Manager would have owned up and moved on, not Jose. The character that he is, he goes on to prove that the winning side was equally crap thereby trying to vindicate his useless positional choices of his previous game! How pathetic is that? Unfortunately that’s Mourinho for you and that’s why I hated it when he joined the club.
Having said that I really expect the United hierarchy to make amends and do the necessary as this simply isn’t what you’d expect at any level let alone a club of this stature. If this situation isn’t taken care of, more than my respect for the manager (for which I didn’t care about anyways) my respect for the club would take a massive hit. Enough said.
Which fans should be prioritised?
There’s bewn a few rumblings in the media recently about my club’s (Spurs) decision to organise season tickets sales for the new stadium based on “loyalty points” and I wondered what others fans thought about it?
The sides can basically be split between older fans, who’ve attended WHL for 30+ years but not necessarily gone to away games due to their age and younger fans who attend every game; but have less history.
THFC have decided to reward the latter group with first dibs on seat selection and to my mind, that’s perfectly fair. The counter argument being that because Spurs have unreliable season tickets records pre 2006; fans with an ST from prior then (and some date back to the 60s) have been treated unfairly.
My question is – who do others believe deserve priority/is considered the more loyal fan? The 60 or 70 year old who for the past 10 or so years has only attended home games (thus averaging around 50% of matches per season dependant on cup draw vagaries), but maybe attended more and longer prior to then OR the young fan who hasn’t missed a game at all (100% attendance) but over a far shorter period??
I mean, it’s not as if with 60,000 seats to choose from, either is gonna be short of options whether they get 1st, 2nd or 3rd go at choosing…
Paul, Tunbridge Wells, Spurs.
Just stop goading celebrities
While I’m not defending what Carragher did, I am defending Johnny Nic – his article pointed to current society’s malaise. And while Carragher’s reaction was wrong, what is acceptable in current society is worse.
It seems like Carragher lives in a no-win situation, people will constantly be probing for a reaction. Imagine being goaded after your team loses a bitter derby but it’s not just your mates – if you include twitter it’s in the millions. Ok, so the appropriate response is light-hearted banter and people shouldn’t take losses so badly which is fair enough, for a normal person. They forget that for someone like Carragher, every tweet is scrutinised and every in-person exchange is filmed with the intent of getting a moment that can be used for their own fame.
The circus monkey ‘dance for us’ mentality goes too far. Ricky Gervais talked about having dinner at a restaurant and people were sneakily taking pictures of him from other tables. Maybe this isn’t that strange and celebrities should expect it, but it is still incredibly dehumanising. Being constantly held under a microscope while never succumbing to ‘lower’ tendencies must be frustrating to a level that none of us could understand.
Example: If an ordinary soul gets a windfall and treats himself to a new car, maybe the worst reaction he’ll have is a jealous friend or two. Sterling buys a house for his mum – vilified for spending so much after England gets knocked out of the Euros. Sterling shops at Poundland – vilified for spending so little? Numerous mentions of his salary.
And this is all on a national scale and they aren’t even self-indulgent things to do. It seems like the tightrope people want him to walk is a millimetre wide and being burnt at both ends.
So it’s easy to say Carragher should’ve bitten his tongue, smiled and waved to the camera and said ‘aaah good one mate, we’ll get you next time’. While what actually happened was a completely inappropriate reaction, I think it betrayed an exhaustion of the self control needed to be public sentiment’s slave and he let loose the lowest tendency normally kept in check – Carragher said he’d been hounded for a while by this guy.
I’m not making excuses for Carragher but I don’t think it’s as simple as taking the incident in isolation and labelling Carragher the demon spitter of the M62.
You can’t hate someone you haven’t met
Just read John’s article on Carragher, which got me thinking how many times I have said out loud to my husband or son whilst watching a game or discussing football in general “ I hate (Keane, Ferdinand, Costa, Drogba, Lampard, Terry etc).
John is right, I don’t know these people, they may be throughly nice chaps, I just hate the fact that they probably made my team look like amateurs, plus the following days reports would have fuelled my hatred with, in my biased warped opinion, stating how great these players were and their smarmy faces plastered over the Internet.
Shame on me and shame on all the haters, Johns right.
Sandra ( you guessed it I’m a Gooner)
And more love for Johnny
I would honestly love to have a pint with John Nicholson and bemoan the celebrity/social media cultural takeover of society. He has a unique ability to apply footballing situations to real world issues in such a way that really highlights how, despite being more interconnected than ever, we’re actually losing our humanity in the pursuit of recognition, bantz, ‘likes’, retweets etc.
There are too many points I wholeheartedly agree with in this short piece to go over, but I will just say thank you, it’s great to know there are others out there that are not following this path, but see it for what it is, a very slippery slope.
Honestly, a grown man getting giddy seeing someone from the telly? And then the audacity to try and incite a reaction from said celebrity, with the goal of attaining a tiny fraction of that recognisability? Some people honestly need to think about the type person they want to be.
George (see’s a celebrity, gives them a nod at best) AFC, Wellington, NZ
A Wenger and Mourinho swap (presumably not serious)?
Man United fans want a manager who will support youth, play attacking attractive football and support the players.
Arsenal want a firm disciplinarian to give the players a kick up the a*se, shore up the defence, get rid of the dead wood and make some expensive signings.
On training times
The email from Carl, London missed the point (I think). I’m sure I remember reading that these fancy continental managers don’t just do the 9:30am to 11:30am training nowadays, leaving players to spend the rest of the day in the pub, but that they base training times around upcoming match times – i.e. if there’s an evening match, they’ll spend the week sleeping in and training late afternoon.
The nutrionists get involved too, and they and the doctors adjust the players’ body clocks so that they’re at their most awake/lively when kick off comes around, rather than having the energy to do nothing but lie on the sofa with a bag of popcorn at 7:45pm like the rest of us (just me then?)
If Klopp is unhappy then I rather suspect it is because he will have planned his training schedule for that period around having the players ready to play evening matches, so the change of 5 hours in this case actually would make a big difference, because he would now have to think about feeding them pasta for breakfast every day leading up to the Everton game, but in the days after the derby he’d have to go back to feeding them all bacon butties for tea (assuming a bacon butty is a standard footballer breakfast – insert Luke Shaw joke here).
I may have imagined all of the above. In which case, Carl, London is right, and I’ll start asking why no-one does this – but I’m sure Jurgen knows best, even when he sounds like he’s having a bizarre rant.
Andy, North Wales