With the dust beginning to settle on what was a disastrous tenure for ex-manager David Moyes, the recruitment drive for the next boss seems to be as cloudy as ever.
I have to say that there is something quite romantic about Manchester United over recent days. The idea of the Class of 92 digging their club out of trouble and taking the reigns. It almost resembles a classroom that has overthrown an inadequate supply teacher and now the students are in charge. From experience, the class is always then given a much stricter ruler.
Much has been made of the urgent need for Manchester United to bring in new recruits this summer as they look to return to the top table of European football and make a swift return to challenging for the Premier League title.
Before Moyes’ sacking yesterday, he seemed likely to oversee a fairly major player exodus in an effort to free up funds and squad space for incoming players. But with the future a little less certain, no full-time manager in place and a man temporarily steering the ship who is not likely to have any say on summer transfers, United’s pursuit of transfer targets will surely be put on hold. But what about departures? With so much spoken about the players not being ‘good enough’, who should survive the cull and who should be shown the door?
With David Moyes and most of his staff gone, the nightmare that has occupied our minds for the last 10 months looks to be finally give ground to some much needed optimism and excitement, as the club seeks a manager capable to bring United back into the elite of English and European football.
The rumour mill over Moyes’ successor has been in full swing since he was told he was no longer required at Carrington and given every man and his dog have picked a list of candidates, we thought we’d join the fun too, given we were denied the fun 10 months ago, when Fergie dumped Moyes in our laps - Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp aren’t included, given they’ve already ruled themselves out of the job.
So we have, at last, all been put out of our misery.
By ‘all’, I mean the fans, players and certainly David Moyes. The air of inevitability surrounding the defeat to Everton at the weekend was a step too far for the hierarchy at the club who have, at long last, pulled the plug on what has been an outright disaster for the Scotsman.
We all know Pep Guardiola, manager of Bayern Munich is a very intelligent man. He likes to keep his opponents guessing about what formations he is going to play and what players he will field. He often leaves out stellar players such as Arjen Robben simply to confuse opposing managers. In Bayern Munich’s match vs Manchester United he played a 2-3-2-3.
Yes that formation is as ridiculous as it sounds! I hope the graphic below tries to explain it a bit better.
One of David Moyes’ projected highlights to come from his first few months as Manchester United boss comes in the form of Wayne Rooney.
Simply that he is still a United player.
At the point of taking the reigns, it seemed that Rooney was as good as gone after becoming disillusioned by life at OT having played second fiddle to Robin van Persie all last year.
Now our hands have been mathematically and begrudgingly prized off the Premier League trophy some United fans might turn their attention to rooting for England in this summer’s World Cup Finals!
Hope remains success at club level might yet come in the form of a European Cup win, but some United players could be eyeing more likely success at international level and the INCLUDES players playing their way into Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad. Yes that’s right, England CAN win the World Cup in their new England kit this summer!
But which United players will help drive that success and why?
The midfield has been an area that has been under intense scrutiny from supporters, pundits and anyone else who has an opinion on football. From the success of the Keane – Scholes partnership to the disappointment of the Carrick – Fellani partnership, in this post I will try my best to analyse the Manchester United midfield. I will discuss how over the years the Manchester United midfield has changed and why we suffer from the problems we suffer from now
Roy Keane and Paul Scholes