Need a draw at Leicester for fourth? It’s just like Fergie time…

Date published: Friday 24th July 2020 12:04

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd

Too many people…take second best
‘THE Baby-Faced Assassin had the Foxes in his sights as soon as lockdown was lifted,’ writes Neil Custis in The Sun.

‘The Manchester United boss knew all roads would lead to the King Power if they got it right.’

Well actually, if they got it really right, they would need nothing from the King Power on Sunday but carry on…

‘Now after a draw against West Ham on Wednesday night, they go to Leicester on Sunday knowing a point will clinch a top-four place and get them back into the Champions League.’

Yes, but if they had won against West Ham, they might well need nothing from Leicester but to avoid heavy defeat.

‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan has come together.’

He planned to drop points against Southampton and West Ham at home? Did he also plan to go into this final game of the Premier League season having won only one of their last four games? This is some ballsy plan.

‘Despite a little wobble with two home draws. it seems he has timed his run perfectly, much like Sir Alex Ferguson used to do.’

We are pretty sure Sir Alex Ferguson ever needed a point at Leicester on the final day of the season to claim a Champions League place having spent more money than any other club this season, and we are also pretty sure that drawing at home to Southampton and West Ham – two teams with literally nothing to play for – can never be described as ‘perfect’.

 

A message to you, Eddie…
‘A purge is coming at Manchester United – and by over-playing his strongest XI, Solskjaer is sending a clear message’ – Telegraph.

Is the message that Solskjaer has no clue what to do when his expensively assembled first XI is tired?

 

Manic Monday
There will clearly be some transfer activity at Manchester United this summer, but there is unlikely to be any transfer activity this actual weekend, what with Manchester United playing against Leicester on Sunday in a fixture which will determine whether they will return to the Champions League, and what with the transfer window not actually being open.

That seems logical so Mediawatch was a tad surprised to see the Manchester Evening News trumpeting this as insight on Thursday:

‘Manchester United are delaying decisions on signings amid uncertainty over Champions League qualification.’

Well yes. And anyway, nobody can make signings until Monday anyway…

‘The MEN understands United have not put out any more feelers after it was confirmed the summer transfer window would open on July 27 and close on October 5.’

Seems sensible. Mediawatch understands too.

And the Express website have read that piece and definitely kept things in perspective…

‘Man Utd slam brakes on transfer plans as board meeting piles pressure on Solskjaer’

And then there’s the Star

‘Man Utd freeze summer transfer plans after Ed Woodward board meeting last week’

Yes, brakes have been slammed on and transfer plans ‘frozen’ until such time as Manchester United are actually legally allowed to make transfers. Which is Monday.

 

The price is right down
‘Manchester United will make a take-it-or-leave it offer of £80m for Jadon Sancho in a bid to land the Borussia Dortmund sensation’ – Daily Star, July 20.

‘Manchester United will start bidding for Jadon Sancho with an opening offer of £55m plus add-ons for Borussia Dortmund’ – Daily Star, July 24.

Take it or leave it and we will come back with a lower offer?

 

The greatest of all sentences
‘Speaking in his role as ambassador for American Pistachio Growers, the midfielder (Lingard) said: “Jadon is a brilliant player. It is obviously up to him.”‘

 

Sherlock of the day
‘MANCHESTER UNITED will not challenge for the title next season unless they spend big this summer, claimed Gary Neville’ – The Sun.

As the current gap is 33 points, come back when Gary Neville says they can challenge for the title.

 

SE-Oh, we what you’ve done there…
‘Paul Pogba’s Man Utd handball helped West Ham’s Michail Antonio earn £250k’ – GiveMeSport.

Because of course only Michail Antonio Googles Michail Antonio.

 

LIVE!
‘TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Coutinho ‘open’ to Arsenal switch as Man Utd ‘eye Rabiot swoop” is the kind of headline (this time on the Mirror website) guaranteed to pique Mediawatch’s interest. Who has said Philippe is ‘open’ to an Arsenal switch?

‘Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho is “more open” to the idea of signing for Arsenal this summer after receiving an endorsement from the club’s technical director Edu.’

And what’s the source? ‘Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness)’ apparently, so it’s off to Sport Witness we go…

‘Last week, Mundo Deportivo reported the door to joining Arsenal is ‘more open’ for Philippe Coutinho because he’s received ‘technical endorsement’ from the club’s Edu Gaspar.’

So it’s not Coutinho who is ‘open’ but a door. Last week. Last bloody week.

LIVE!

 

LIVE and let LIVE!
‘Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd eye five deals, Chelsea Havertz agreement, Liverpool medical’ – Express.

That would be a ‘Liverpool medical’ for 16-year-old Polish footballer Mateusz Musialowski. It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for.

 

Hilarity
The dictionary definition of ‘hilarious’ is ‘extremely amusing’, so keep that in mind as you read this Mirror headline…

‘Virgil van Dijk’s hilarious putdown of Mohamed Salah in aftermath of Liverpool title win’

…which refers to this comment:

“You didn’t wanna score today, Mo?”

If only we were all held to the same comedic standards as Premier League footballers.

 

Phw-oar
There’s a lot to catch the eye in The Sun website‘s guide to Leeds United’s ‘stunning wags’ but this line has been making Mediawatch giggle for seven straight minutes:

‘They share similar hobbies, with Yasmin once sharing a photo online enjoying some rowing.’

The caption on said photo?

‘Yasmin Forshaw loves rowing.’

 

Recommended reading of the day
Sid Lowe on Gareth Bale

Mark Critchley on how Man United can beat Leicester

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