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Jose The Childish One? Whinging One? Take your pick..

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United walks off after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: The childish one in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

I woke up from a Christmas food-induced coma to find United were trailing Burnley by two goals, with the game finishing with a last-gasp equaliser from United I was expecting the “childish” manager of the club to turn up with excuses and he didn’t disappoint.

It’s a small man without character that makes others look bad to make himself feel good or look good and that epitomises Jose Mourinho these days. Manchester City didn’t even play today and he spends his post-match conference talking about City conjuring excuses for his poor performance as the manager of Manchester United football club. The idea that city are playing well only because they spent loads of money in the summer is weak and lazy at best.

Lest take a look at City’s best performers this season at a glance;
Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Otamendi, Sane, Aguero, Ederson and Walker.
Six of those players are not new acquisitions, Pep has only managed to increase their productivity which I think is a manager’s core job, as a result, they look better as a team. Mendy one of the fullbacks Jose must have been referring to has been sidelined for months, Danilo has barely featured and Bernado Silva has been a bit part player, playing more in the cup competitions.  Let’s not forget Fabian Delph a midfielder Pep has made believe he is a good left back and is presently doing a good job filling in for Mendy.

Let’s not forget De Bruyne who is tearing up the league this season was once maligned by Jose as lazy justifying selling him when he was at Chelsea. You ask yourself how is Pep getting Debruyne to chase down the opposition when he hasn’t got the ball?…

What exactly has Jose done to improve the likes of Rashford, Pogba, Martial and Lukaku? What is he doing to find an in-house solution like his counterpart on the blue side of Manchester has done? It is never him, it’s either the players or he hasn’t been given enough money but it is never his fault. This dude has spent almost £300m in a season and a half at United and his side looks like an expensively assembled West Brom under Tony Pulis. His team is third most expensively assembled squad in world football and he is trying to bleat poverty.
A hypocrite who has shown he can’t beat the bigger clubs playing football adopting anti-football aka bus parking strategies turns around and takes digs at the likes of Burnley when they do the exact same thing and are successful with it against him.

I honestly can’t be bothered with this dude and it’s high time those paid and tasked with asking real questions (“Journalists”) start doing so at these conferences.

Also can’t be bothered with my fantasy league update, will do a gameweek 20 roundup before the year ends. Enjoy what’s left of 2017 people… and remember don’t be like Jose.

1 week in the Premier League is a long time

Spurs maanage a last gasp draw against West Brom Photo Courtsey the Guardian
Spurs manage a last gasp draw against West Brom
Photo Courtesy the Guardian

A week ago Tottenham were the pride of London just before the derby you heard no Arsenal player would get in that team blah, blah , blah, fast forward 1 week ,Spurs have dropped 4 points Arsenal have gained 6 leapfrogging them into 4th place. I am not drawing conclusions from that either it’s still early days and there are still 25 games i.e. 75 points to play for.  Also I have told myself the next time Arsenal play Burnley I will watch from the 88th minute we all know the script now.

Another week another win for City even if they had to come back from behind to beat a dogged Huddersfield.  I don’t get when people say it’s cruel when a team that played just not to get beat all game without a shot on target concedes in the last minute to lose the game.  The objective of the game when it was created was to get the ball between those two sticks you call a goalpost right?.. City so far are answering all the questions placed before them, if the core of the team stays healthy they will take some stopping.

His opposite number in the red half of Manchester is doing his best to keep up with City. A last minute win against Brighton keeps the gap at 8 points but the next three games for United don’t look easy. It’s Watford way, Arsenal Away then City at home. If they don’t start playing instead of parking a bus to victory I see them dropping at least 4 points from those three fixtures.  We all know he is going to set up not to get beat at Arsenal and against City but will he take the initiative against Silva’s Watford ?At least Pogba is back right…

Everton slipping down the slippery slope very fast and I don’t get how a caretaker who is obviously way worse than the manager sacked seems to be getting more time to drag them down further. Maybe it’s ok to lose with the caretaker guy, that’s the way I am explaining the situation at Everton.  Next week they face off against another caretaker at West Ham in Moyes, I will look for the result of that match not sure it’s worth watching.

Silva continues to impress at Watford, not just that he is winning but in the manner in which he is winning. I remember when Paul Merson complained about his appointment at Hull, because the bloke  knew nothing about English football as if the likes of Pulis, Moyes, Allardyce who know the league better could conjure the kind of football Silva makes his team play at Watford.

That’s that for this week and football is back tomorrow oh before I forget Liverpool still can’t hold on to a lead and it was also good to see Adam Lallana back on the field I like the guy.

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.

Mourinho’s leash at United can’t last

jose-mourinho-manchester-united-old-trafford

 

Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri answered questions from the press yesterday as their respective teams prepare to face off in the community shield and listening to Jose, one thing is clear the guy just can’t help himself, it always has to be all about him.

Jose talking about previous automations in his United players and how they have to unlearn what they were taught under Van Gaal made him sound like he was the first manager taking over at United in about a century. I mean Sir Alex was at United for almost 30 years! If indeed it’s all about automation as Jose will have us believe then David Moyes must be some sort of wrecking genius to have erased all those decades of winning automations in his short time at Old Trafford. The reality is Jose feels the need to discredit his colleagues to make himself look amazing it’s some sort of complex . If there are habits that don’t align with your own philosophy then by all means change it, managers come and go at every club and I am sure they all have different approaches to how they will like to manage I don’t see the need publicising it and making it sound like some sort of insurmountable obstacle only overcome by the best .

Then the Swipe at Arsene and Klopp calling them unethical I just don’t understand, maybe with English not being his first language he is misunderstood at times with his use of phrases, words or terms.
Below is Arsene’s response taken from ESPN when he was asked about Pogba’s impending transfer to United;

When asked about the cost for the France midfielder, Wenger said: “It is completely crazy if you cannot afford to pay it. If you can afford to pay it you can justify it.

“It is completely crazy if you compare it to normal life. That is for sure. But we live in a world where every activity that is worldwide makes a lot of money.

“Football has become a worldwide competition and that is why clubs can afford to do it. Does it make sense in the way the player can give you that investment back? Nobody ever could calculate.

What exactly is unethical about responding to questions you are being asked by journalists? Coming from Jose it’s hypocritical knowing he has hit out at other managers even when questions concerning those managers haven’t been directed at him. He is just looking to pick fights what the media will call “mind games”.

Jose is not under pressure and he is taking swipes here and there already. I wonder how long United can keep him on that leash when things don’t go his way on the pitch.

Smart dealing or just Complacency at Arsenal

arsene-wenger spend

It’s nine days to the start of the Premier league season and 27 days before the transfer window closes and I still can’t say I am clued up on what Arsene’s plan is for the season. There is a pressing need for an experienced central defender and a forward but the fans are none the wiser on who the club intends to sign. As I have said in previous posts I have attained the state of zen when it comes to Arsenal transfers but it just doesn’t make sense to me that with the most competitive season in view Arsene and the club are gambling on playing catch up. Arsenal’s first three fixtures of the season are tricky with a home game against Liverpool and two away games against Leicester and Watford. It will be foolish to risk Arsenal fans getting on the backs of the team and the manager so soon because of poor results which will be linked to lack of team investment.
I am a fan of not paying over the odds for players;  I would never pay 30million pounds for John Stones let alone 50 million pounds neither would I endorse splashing out 100 million pounds on Paul Pogba and most fans aren’t expecting Arsene to do that. The reality is good players are expensive these days and you have to pay the going rate especially when the whole world knows you have the highest cash reserves in addition to playing in the richest league in the world.
It’s not a secret that the Premier League is awash with cash and clubs outside the Premier League doing business with Premier League clubs will want a piece of the action, so Arsee and Ivan should stop going to bid for players with change in a clutch bag under their arms.
It’s getting boring now  with Arsenal and transfers, please find a target and get the job done. I feel buying an experienced defender and a centre forward makes the team competitive but I don’t think it makes Arsenal title contenders as there is still  a fragility that permeates this team a discussion for another post.