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“The Small One”

"The Small One"
“The Small One”

Unfortunately I got to listen Jose Mourinho in his first official press conference as Manchester United manager and it was full of the same old boring classless jibes nothing new. I have always said it takes a small man to to make others look small so he comes across as an accomplished individual and that’s Mourinho’s default setting .

It was very amusing when asked about his record of bringing through young player,s he went immediately on the defensive with a prepared 49 name list of young players he had promoted who have now become “stars”. I was very surprised at the gathered press who some of its members have been so quick to bully Raheem Sterling and make him a scapegoat for England’s exit at the Euros but too scared to ask Jose for one name on that list.

I think someone needs to define youth development to Jose. Promoting a young player to the bench or handing him a debut then discarding of him after a handful of games is not developing youth it’s called filling in the gap or resting the senior players for more important games. I will be very interested to see how the media dissects that list in the coming days if they get to see it.

Wherever he goes he spares no expense to be successful  and going by the already confirmed signings at Manchester United that is not going to change but these are different times. The Premier league is a different beast now and  with all the money going into it the gulf between the established order has narrowed , outspending your opponent is not a guarantee of success.

Having to eat humble pie in his bullying episode with Eva Carneiro or that his players practically got rid of him at Chelsea last season has taught him nothing. It’s the same old small minded Jose who hasn’t  learned to respect his colleagues or the fact that he is not always the most important variable in the equation.

Zlatan a hit or miss at Old Trafford?

 

 

 

 

Zlatan and Mourinho together again

I can’t help but mention what’s going at Westminster at the moment, feels like something from game of thrones or house of cards; backstabbing, all sorts of dishonesty and game playing even Spielberg couldn’t even have come up with this plot. So Boris caused all that chaos for nothing as in for nothing! Watching with baited breath as it all continues to unfold.

Back to football which is the reason why you have clicked  on this post, Zlatan has more or less confirmed his move to Old Trafford via his Instagram account.  With no Champions league on the cards this season at United I am guessing it’s the lure of Jose and a very big pay packet that have secured his signature, but at 34 is Zlatan really worth that gamble especially in the Premier League?PSG competing in Ligue 1 with the money they have is like a 10 year old playing in the under fives, the Premier League is a different ball game entirely. With all the money coming into the Premier League, all the clubs are more evenly matched than in the past where there was a very large gulf between the established top 4 and the rest, at the moment one can’t even point at an established top 4. Zlatan has also always struggled playing against English teams in Europe, now he gets to play against English opposition every week in England where referees allow more physicality and with defenders that will leave a foot in there now and again who will not be awed by him. How will Zlatan respond to that?
History has shown us that wherever Zlatan goes Zlatan wins a league title but that was the case for Louis Van Gaal till he rocked up at Old Trafford and left without winning a league title. Then what happens to the likes of Rashford and Martial? How much game time will they get? If both young men step up to the mark and are banging in goals week in week out? Will Jose leave Zlatan on the bench more often and if so how will Zlatan react? We all know Zlatan doesn’t take kindly to not being the main guy. He is a big personality and how will his new teammates respond to that personality and Jose’s personality in high and consistent doses? I also forgot to mention Wayne Rooney,how does that impact him and how will he respond? Player power is very big these days evident in how the London boys in blue ushered Jose out last year. Player factions are not a good thing for any team.

Time will tell if this going to be a marriage made in heaven, I for one foresee rocky relations in the course of this marriage that might end up in a bitter divorce or maybe it’s just the Arsenal man in me wishing it doesn’t work.

 

Spain “Conted”

 

Conte

I have been late getting in on the Euros but it hasn’t been great watching till today’s game in my opinion. Straight to the point, the more I watch Italy under Conte the more I am getting excited about seeing him in the Premier League next season. Pep and Jose have hugged the headlines regarding the managerial changes in the Premier League next season and Conte is doing his reputation no damage at all with his team’s performance at the Euros. His antics on the touchline are very amusing to say the least. Look forward to him, Klopp, Pep and Jose in the dugouts in the Premier League.

Back to football, Italy came into this tournament with a very average looking team given a 16 to 1 odds to win the title, they have taken down Belgium now Spain. In defeating Belgium and Spain Conte employed different tactics, effectively carried out by his men in blue, at the moment no one will bet against Conte and his men going all the way.  His team are very hard working and run themselves into the ground to get job done, reminiscent of Leicester in their togetherness and fight for the cause.

They play Germany next and I look forward to seeing the armpit smelling chap pitch his wits against Conte. I have no doubt in my mind that Chelsea have bagged themselves a great coach in Conte.

Mourinho’s Third Coming

 

Mourinho

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.

Is Mourinho really the answer at Old Trafford

Mourinho

Just got in from watching the match at a friends house and LVG pulled the rabbit out of the hat again avoiding consecutive defeats in 2 big games, he is either lucky or he makes it happen when he has to, so that’s Manchester United in the FA cup semi finals.  The “unplayable” Carroll as he was called by some sections of the media over the weekend was quiet for most of the game because he was starved of crosses. Doesn’t take a genius to figure it out that if you stop crosses you practically nullify Carroll, it was impressive to see that Fosu Mensah an 18 year old full back with little experience in the first team was one of those tasked with stopping the service at source and he excelled at it  unlike his older counterparts at Arsenal. I also don’t think that it was a coincidence that when Mensah was substituted at Spurs they collapsed as his replacement Darmian had no clue.

If one is to believe all the stories linking Jose to Manchester United which I don’t,then Jose is the favourite for the job especially with Pep starting at City next season. Is Jose the right man for United though?
Say what you want about LVG but he has managed to unearth some gems in his troubled time at Old Trafford. Do Manchester United fans really want Jose to be their next manager knowing how he is with managing young talent or not managing them? Are you willing to sacrifice the tradition of bringing young boys through for someone whose primary focus is trophies and himself but is  not big on the academy or bringing young players through,remember  his after effects are still being felt at Chelsea.  You can be sure the likes of Fosu Mensah, Rashford and Lingard will be stunted as they will be shipped out on loan in favour of star players if Jose is appointed.
In Jose’s second spell in charge in the Premier League, Chelsea development teams won titles to include the FA youth cup, the Development league , and the UEFA youth league, add the numerous Chelsea players on loan all over the world, are you saying there are no gems from that group that could have been promoted to the senior squad or slowly integrated? Look at Kevin De Bryune, while he wasn’t an academy player he was a young player that wasn’t given the opportunity to develop under Mourinho and sold too quickly.

You will probably ask who else can do the job at Old Trafford? I will advise your board to go after Mauricio at Spurs as I don’t think Giggs is ready yet, although I would love LVG to stay and keep “Vangaling” you lot. Pochettino has the experience of doing good things with Southampton and presently excelling at Spurs on a much smaller budget and he is big on youth.

What do you Manchester United fans think Jose or no Jose? Before I forget that Rashford goal was a great great goal and according to one of my United friends Mensah is a beast  and it’s scary that he is just 18, I completely agree with his observations.