Rooney’s criticism is ridiculous

Rooney

I always marvel at the short term memory of fans, pundits and journalists alike. Wayne Rooney is 30 and he doesn’t have the same “superpowers” he used to have. How many last minute goals has Rooney scored to win games and eventually the cup or title for Manchester United in the past? People can’t expect the same level of performance they are used to from Rooney, also Iet’s not forget he didn’t pick himself and the position he played in the last few games. I certainly think the reaction to Rooney borders on disrespectful and very short term memory, then fans wonder why players leave for the highest bidders.

Almost everyone today has attributed Manchester United blitzing Leicester to Rooney’s absence because it freed up Pogba, short sighted stuff if you ask me. Let’s remember that Fellaini didn’t play either and to this “Einstein” he was the dude hampering Pogba from doing a good job in the middle.
It’s only the 6th game but I definitely think it’s too early to confine Rooney to the dumps, he might not dominate games like he used to do but he still has a lot to offer the United team.

I remember in that average win against Hull recently it was Rooney that delivered the assist for Rashford. Lets be careful that we are not trying too hard to retire Rooney it’s really not an issue to give a 30 year old some time off on the bench.

Blame the Ref, the Players, and Luck but not Mourinho

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho still doesn’t get it and I doubt he ever will as long as he continues to see himself as the most important parameter in any event.  If his fall at Chelsea taught him anything I assumed it would have been how not to publicly criticize your players.

In last week’s loss to Manchester City Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, were not up to the task according to Jose but very little to do with how he set up his team, Contrast his response to how Pep Guardiola handled the postmatch Bravo culpability questions.

Fast forward 1 week to yesterday’s loss against Watford, the referee, players and luck were all responsible for the loss this time but certainly not him, Luke Shaw got particular mention for not doing his job on Jamat. The last time I checked a manager is responsible for the team line up and how they are set up, something Jose hasn’t got right this season.
Like most of us I am an armchair pundit, never managed a team but common sense dicates that if you throw yourself under the bus for your players they will do the same for you. I am not against having a go at players they are not babies but there’s a time and a place.

It’s only 5 games in and Jose is already tossing his boys under trains and buses after losses, I am curious to see what happens if the heat gets ramped up any further.

Jose you can’t fire 11 players but you can get rid of one manager. It’s early days but he needs to learn from the Chelsea debacle very fast and someone should please tell him Fellaini next to Pogba is never going to work. Why buy a Ferrari and use it to tow a Fiat Punto all over the place?

Manchester United apparently won the transfer market but it takes a lot more than expensive buys to win matches.

Pogba and Jose the right fit?

Paul-Pogba

Pep drew first blood in an exciting Manchester Derby and I am still bemused by people who continue to doubt his management credentials and ability to win things playing the Pep way in the Premier League. So far it’s 4 in 4 and he has been to Stoke on a rainy day and Old Trafford too without the compliment of his full squad if I may add.

I was surprised to see Pogba playing in the CDM role in the derby a role he struggles with if i go by his performances there at the Euros.  Fellaini alongside Pogba in midfield in my opinion negates all the attacking attributes Pogba possesses, he is better in an advanced position where he is not shackled with too much defensive responsibilities. For Pogba to be all he can be he needs to know that he can play how he likes to play and not be berated when he makes errors, herein lies the problem with Jose as his manager.
Jose does well with finished attacking articles and makes the most of defensive talent/potential , but he is not the man to make the most of young promising attacking talents as his go to mantras are defence and discipline.  John Terry was 23 going on  24 when Jose took over at Chelsea, Michael Essien was 23 going on 24 when Jose got him from Lyon,  these two are just examples of young defensive minded potential that developed to be great at it under Jose. I also remember Varane who everyone raves about now was given his first team opportunity at Real by Jose although Zidane was responsible for his recruitment. Contrast that with Mikel Obi who broke out in the same youth tournament as Messi and was second only to Messi at that tournament. I wonder what would have happened to Mikel if he had opted to stay at United under Fergie instead of going to Chelsea where his attacking instincts were curbed under Jose as a 19 year old. I look at Arjen Robben who did well under Jose but struggled with the defensive work ethic at Chelsea but thrived at Bayern. Then you have Hazard who did well initially then lost his zeal under Jose but looks like a new player under Conte because Kante and Matic are dealing with the defensive side of things.

Paul Pogba has talent although not 89 million pounds worth of it, time will tell if the choice to go back to Old Trafford being managed by Jose  in his bid to someday win the ballon d’or is the right one.

Arsene Recruiting Leaders

Arsene recruiting leaders

Apologies about the missed posts, been struggling with server reliability and compatibility issues.  The transfer madness is over and thank goodness real football news can take centre stage again.

Talking transfers Arsenal signed Granit, Robert, Lucas and Shkodran,  all very good signings if you ask me. While I haven’t been entirely happy in the manner in which the club has gone about acquiring some of its targets I am pleased with the business done.  Looking at the new recruits particularly Granit, Lucas and Shkodran, they have something that has been lacking in the team for a while now; leadership and character.
I have always said more than anything I was more concerned about the mentality of the players at Arsenal FC than the price tag of players being recruited by the club. The collapse at Southampton on boxing day last season, the last minute draw at Liverpool last season, losing to an under strength Manchester United team at Old Trafford last season and the second half collapse against Liverpool on opening day this season are indicative of the lack of leaders in the team particularly when the team encounters difficult spells in a game. The acquisition of Granit, Shkodran and Lucas addresses these shortcomings in the spine of the team; at the back in midfield and upfront. This video of Lucas playing against Barcelona I came across reading one of Arseblog’s post  brought a very wide smile to my face. The guy is not shy to have a go at team mates when they are slacking and believe me the likes of the Ox and Theo need it! Not completely Diego Costa but he has a bit of it in there and that’s not a bad thing,  Granit and Shkodran are captains of their previous teams too.

From what I have seen of the new recruits and in theory there is a balance to the Arsenal team and depth( Mr Injury please stay away!). I still stand by my predictions for the season regardless but I am more comfortable with this team than the one that started the campaign

Jack has pushed for a move to Bournemouth to get more playing time, I think it’s a good move where the he will have to deal with the pressure of being the go to guy, the guy to make things happen. This will not only benefit his football playing skills but his leadership qualities too. I do wish him the best in his bid to discover his fitness and confidence, definitely in my fantasy league team post “interlull” (another arseblog contribution).