Solskjær Is Proof That Woodward Should Stick To The Homemade Recipe And Pochettino Is Failing The Audition Anyway

Posted: January 25, 2019 in Arsenal, Chelsea, Football, Liverpool, Managers, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur
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Ed Woodward likes a superstar. He likes to associate with them and he likes, whenever possible, to buy one for the club. He is typical of one suffering from “little man” syndrome. He has power at Old Trafford, of that there is no doubt, but he wields it as many little men have done over the course of history, just without the violence.

He tends to be dictatorial as was shown by his immediate rush to recruit firstly Louis van Gaal and then José Mourinho after proving, to himself anyway, that following Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice with David Moyes wasn’t the way to go.

He went for the biggest names available at the time with no thought or research into whether either of them were right for the club. As it turned out, neither of them were right for the club and they followed other big names, mainly players signed by Woodward, out of the door. These included Angel Di Maria, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Falcao.

This didn’t prevent Woodward being very interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos, none of whom expressed any interest in going to Manchester.

So his fascination with the big name players has led to nothing of benefit to the club with the possible exception of Paul Pogba, who may prove to be an excellent signing if we could only forget that he was already at United before they gave him to Juventus a few years ago before then re-signing him for around £90 million!

Leave the signings to the manager Ed, you know it makes sense or, at least, you should do by now. That is, of course, providing he has finally found the right manager!

Pochettino speaks with forked tongue

Not too long ago, in fact a matter of weeks, Mauricio Pochettino was waxing lyrical about how Spurs needed to spend if they wish to compete for the big trophies. This was at a time when the Manchester United manager’s job was akin to that of the captain of a sinking ship. Shortly afterwards, and long before any lifeboats were launched, José Mourinho was jettisoned from the bridge and Ole Gunnar Solskjær replaced him, on a caretaker basis, until the end of the season.

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The man Woodward has always wanted a big name to follow despite the fact that two of the biggest have failed

The Norwegian quickly found the hole in the ship, plugged it and managed to achieve what no United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson had achieved. He found some calm waters, reassured the crew and got them performing as United players should always perform.

This resurrection does not necessarily mean that Solskjær will be offered the job on a permanent basis at the end of the season, a lot can happen between now and then and Pochettino, in the eyes of many, is still the favourite for the position.

He is not, however, doing himself any favours if it is indeed a job he would take.

After his comments about needing to buy, he followed up with comments about being happy with the squad as it is. This is not so unusual coming from a manager who had, no doubt, been reminded by his boss that there was a new stadium to pay for when it eventually appears from the mist.

What is unusual is that the comments came during a transfer window and coincided with injuries to two of his best players, Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who will spend weeks on the sidelines. Add to this the departure of Heung-Min Son to the Asian Cup and Spurs have been drastically weakened. Whilst the timing of injuries is always bad the silver lining here is that at least the transfer window is open so Spurs can bring in replacements or loanees to cover for the absentees.

There should now be an opportunity for clubs to hold Daniel Levy to ransom in much the same way he has done for years over every player who has left White Hart Lane during his tenure.

This is why it probably won’t happen. Tottenham are now out of the Carabao Cup thanks to not having suitably good enough replacements for their missing trio. They won’t win the Premier League and may not progress much further in either the Champion’s League or the FA Cup. This season will end like most others except that they will have something shiny and new to show off next season but it will be a stadium, not a trophy.

At a time when the London club desperately needs to bring in some new players it seems that they won’t

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Dodgy Dan on hearing that his manager wants to buy a couple of players

If this keeps Mauricio Pochettino happy and his ambitions are much the same as those of Arséne Wenger when he was at Arsenal, then Spurs are welcome to keep him. After all, needing to buy players, then not needing to buy players, it would seem as though the party line at Tottenham changes on a regular basis.

This may suit Daniel Levy and, if they are so easily pleased, the Spurs fans, but it would not sit well with the faithful at Old Trafford where ambitions and expectations are considerably higher.

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