Mourinho’s Third Coming

 

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First and foremost I must say I am very gutted that Louis Van Gaal is no longer the manager at Manchester United. I will miss his masochistic horny conferences and how he just frustrated United fans. It was very gratifying to see me my Manchester United mates not talking Champions League football or just being very absent on general social media. Pfft those days are gone eh? They are already crawling out of the rocks they have been under the past three years.

Manchester United finally get their man or should I say the best man available for the job and it will be very interesting to see if he carries on with his antics in his final days at Chelsea. I would like to think his pride was hurt in the way it all went down and how he turned from being the media darling in his first coming to being ridiculed by them frequently in his second coming. We all know Mourinho’s biggest fan is himself so in  a league where he has to compete for attention with newcomers in Klopp, Conte, Pep and whoever ends up at Everton with the new money there, it will be interesting to see how he contends with that.
I am not the biggest fan of the man and his methods but he gets the job done wherever he has managed that has to be said, but I don’t know if he is the perfect fit for United considering his win at all cost mentality, penchant for bus parking and aversion to using young players. Rashford, Lindgard and Fosu-Mensah can’t be jumping with excitement at this appointment I would imagine.
I could never have imagined Harry Kane getting a chance under Jose, well he is Ed woodward’s and United’s problem now.

Manchester United in the last three years have spent just just over 310 million pounds for an FA cup and one miserable Champions League campaign where they didn’t make it out of the group stages. The Jose appointment sets the tone that they are desperate and want to return to the winners circle. Time like it always does will tell if it is the right appointment. With better players at Chelsea Jose made the worst defense of the Premier League title in history before he was sacked last season let’s not forget.

I am hoping in his third coming he has left the eye gouging, the complex for Pep, his obsession with Arsene and always having to be the centre of attention all behind him but this is Jose I am talking about…

LVG deserves credit

Louis van Gaal congratulates Marcus Rashford at the end of the Emirates FA Cup Semi Final match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Louis van Gaal congratulates Marcus Rashford at the end of the Emirates FA Cup Semi Final match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

LVG  in what seems like his last game for United if one is to go by what  the media are saying of the imminent appointment of Jose Mourinho as the new manager at the club managed to come from behind to win the FA cup.  I must have been one of the few Arsenal fans delighted that he won it, and in the manner that they did. The media have been on some sort of crusade to get the guy sacked and I was pleased for him they didn’t get the opportunity to stick the knife in him, in the event that he had lost FA cup final. Just picture their Macs when puncheon scored with 12 minutes to go.

My major gripe for writing this post is the way in which the likes of Danny Murphy and Alan Shearer make it seem like the young guns he blooded in his supposed last season were some sort of accident. They claim that he “stumbled” on the young guns Rashford, Lindgard, and Fosu-Mensah, because of the many injuries this season which I found disrespectful. Of all the young players at United how come it was those set of boys LVG decided to introduce to the first team? you can’t call that stumbling, he saw something in those guys and felt they were worthy of a run in in the team and they have grabbed their chances which LVG deserves credit for. Let not forget he was willing to gamble all that money on Martial and you can see why, I was one of those that laughed at Martial’s price tag but it’s there for all to seethat he has a great future at the club and it is money well spent.
Yes with the money spent in his two seasons and standards set by Alex Ferguson, LVG fell well below the mark but in terms of blooding young players with bright futures he was brave and did a very good job. Many managers and especially the soon to be appointed one would have reinstated the more experienced players on returning to fitness but he persisted with the young players.  I mean Jose let De Bryune leave Chelsea because it’s really is not his style to work with unfinished articles.

Now that the media and Man united fans have got their wish, I look forward to next season in seeing how this new marriage will develop. You can be sure with Pep on the other side of Manchester the derbies are going to be keenly contested considering the complex Jose has for Pep.  One more thing Manchester United fans should stop saying they want good football and that’s why they were pining for Mourinho, that’s a myth! Mourinho never goes toe to toe playing football with the top sides he is a refined bus parker, I look forward to what you lot will have to say when he parks the big red bus against Pep’s city in derbies which Fergie never did.

Granit Xhaka, Do Arsenal really need him?

 

Moenchengladbach's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates after the German first division Bundesliga football match Moenchengladbach on December 5, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ
Moenchengladbach’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates after the German first division Bundesliga football match Moenchengladbach on December 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

I am not one to fret over Arsenal transfers these days knowing who is in charge. I have decided to adopt the zen posture as one of my mates call it and wait till September 1st and see who the clubs buys, was close to buying but didn’t buy or bid 50p above the release clause for. I have concluded to adopt this approach considering my experience with Arsene and transfers over the years. Borrowing LVG’s vocabulary I have to be masochistic to continue to bother myself about something I have no ounce of control over even if it has nothing to do with pulling of hair.

Talking about Granit Xhaka, if the whispers in the media are to be believed, it seems he is of great interest to Arsenal and for the fee that his services will command and the position that he plays I am surprised he is on Arsenal’s radar. I have looked him up a bit and nothing strikes me enough to think Arsenal are desperate for a defensive midfielder that costs 40million Euros! He is not a goal machine and neither is his passing accuracy of 85% in the Bundelisga higher than Coquelin or Elneny who boast higher passing accuracies in the Premier League of 89.1% and 92.8% respectively according to whoscored.com

That sort of money should be added to and used in acquiring the services of someone a lot better than Giroud, Walcott and Welbeck who make up the club’s current striking options. From my little views of clips of him here and there I don’t see what he does that Coquelin and Elneny can’t do well either.
Unless Arsene is planning to transform him into some hybrid of Pires and Viera I actually don’t see the necessity for this acquisition.

What cost Arsenal the title this season was scoring GOALS and that creative spark in the final third to get through defences! Arsene if you are reading don’t do it! Add to that cash and go after Lukaku, Morata, Higuain, Reus or Lacazete.  I am hoping it’s a clever diversion to a much prized acquisition though.

The Crazy Premier League Season 2015/16

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Source:Getty Images

Today the final match of the crazy 2015/16 premier league season will be played with Manchester United taking on Bournemouth. A match that was called off as a result of an error from a prior security training exercise. If you ask me the right decision was taken, when human lives are concerned and the times that we live in it’s best to err on the side of caution. I just hope the fans get compensated in some capacity.

Looking back on the season I wonder what it would be remembered for the most. Leicester’s City unbelievable triumph? The hilarity of Spurs contriving to come third in a two horse race on the last day of the season with so called claim of a power shift in North London? Or Chelsea’s worst defence of the Premier League title in history?
It has to be Ranieri and his men and the fact that it was Ranieri that was the architect of this almost impossible accomplishment in an era where money has been known to buy trophies makes it even more special, he was a candidate for relegation according to the general media. Ranieri proved a team where every member is alert to their roles , working relentlessly for each other, and pulling in the same direction can achieve the unimaginable, it helps me dream and so I still look forward to the time I get to be on the cover of a GQ issue. Going back to Leicester’s accomplishment history will definitely judge them as one of football’s beautiful stories and I am sure a film will be made about their season in the nearest future.

Coming in close second is Spurs calamitous meltdown needing a point to secure second position. How Spursy could they get in the manner in which they contrived to do what they do best. Was talking to a close friend of mine earlier and we both found it even more hilarious how annoyed pundits were with the fact that Arsenal pipped Spurs to second position in the league. Jamie carragher and Harry Redknapp got me cracking up when they said Spurs had a better season. Ermm excuse me the table doesn’t lie, if historians check the table 5 years from now it will have Arsenal in second place and no one will care how close Spurs ran leicester before they did what they do best “Spursulate”! Also if pundits can’t get the idea of Arsenal fans enjoying Spurs misfortune on Sunday I don’t think they know what it is to be a fan, joy at the expense of a local rival is normal. Just to state or remind them there has been no power shift in North London.

With regards to Arsenal it was a season in which was there for the for the taking, and finishing second while an improvement from last year wasn’t what the team was looking at on December 26 2015. While I was happy for Giroud and his hat trick on Sunday I was not impressed. There was little or no pressure so it wasn’t hard to deliver. In my opinion he should be a support striker and not the main striker at a club like Arsenal if they intend to win big trophies. History has shown as that when the chips are down Giroud struggles and resorts to tantrums, falling all over the pitch and cupping his ear at the fans amongst other things. While there are a dearth of world class strikers available out there, an upgrade on Giroud is definitely out there. Diverting a bit I am still looking for who authorised the 40million and one pound bid for Suarez and the person that offered it P45 for both!

Next season is going to be interesting considering all the managerial changes and the new money coming into the league will make for an interesting title challenge, because the new money to a degree makes it a level playing field.

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 5= ST Totteringham Day

St Totteringham Day

While we are yet to get the full picture at Old Trafford, it has been reported there was a controlled explosion. We are thankful nothing more sinister happened at Old trafford and wish all the fans a safe journey home.

The season that kept on giving saved the best for Arsenal fans it seemed with Arsenal piping Spurs to second place and in the manner that it happened. Why I held out hope of Townsend ruining the Spurs party at Newcastle I definitely didn’t expect that. Spurs so called steely resolve was exposed for all to see and for all the hype in the media about there being a shift in North London it’s rubbish! The red of North London are still the club to beat on this side of London. Tottenham’s so called best season still leaves them finishing behind an Arsenal side that has been soundly criticised in many quarters for underachieving this season, shows where the bar is set for each team right.

I will be doing a season round up later,I just have to milk this result! All the best to Arteta and Rosicky, the captain was teary in his final game. Great blokes and they will be missed, oh I almost forgot Flamini. Wishing all three guys the best going forward

The Leicester fairy tale complete

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My oh my what a game, Spurs turned into thugs when they realised they had thrown a 2 goal lead away and with it any hopes of winning the title. It’s like in some way they realised this kind of chance would not come their way again, well time will tell. Whoever is in charge of retrospective video footage at the FA is going to have busy time on returning from the bank holiday tomorrow considering all that Clattenburg let go in the game.

No one could have ever have predicted we would all be saying this; Leicester City are the new Barclays Premier League champions! They are deserving and inspirational champions, I had goose bumps just watching the montage of the Leicester city players when Skysports was declaring them champions. In a football world where money has become the order of the day it makes a good difference when a team like Leicester wins the title.
They have been a group of determined players, with the right attitude, resilience and focus losing just 3 games in 38 games so far with 2 games to go, there is no luck involved in that.

It’s Ironic that the team that killed off any Spurs title hopes where the same club that sacked Ranieri 12 years ago unceremoniously. He will go back to Stamford Bridge on the last day of the season to his former employees with his team costing the fraction of that which he managed there back in 2004 as the manager of the Premier League champions.  Sounds like something from a movie, the whole Leicester journey this season has seemed like a movie if you ask me. If they ever decide to make a movie I would love to audition!

In ending this, well done Leicester, I can boast to my kids and grandkids I was alive when Leicester defied the odds and won the title! My takeaway; Resilience, the right attitude, togetherness, and focus trumps talent alone and the most important of all there is no ridiculous dream anything is possible guys!