Solskjær Nodding Off At The Wheel And City Rivalry

Posted: May 19, 2021 in Arsenal, Chelsea, European Football, Football, Liverpool, Managers, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur
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In the time Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been in charge at Manchester United his achievements have been few and far between. In fact, as far as tangible achievements go, there haven’t been any. Progression has been in the form of improving and transforming the team which had once finished second and won a Europa League under José Mourinho, into one which has now finished second and reached the Europa League final. Some progression that!

His greatest achievement to date, given his previous four attempts in three competitions, was NOT losing the Europa League semi-final against Roma.

He has, however, bought himself some more time in the job and will certainly be at the helm next season when, hopefully, this inept government will see fit to allow more fans back in the grounds.

Then we shall see if Ole’s excuses are for real or just more of his ubiquitous lies which pop up like weeds on a new mown lawn.

The lack of a pre-season was his original excuse for losing home games. Then, when the trend continued and the team lost a record SEVEN games at Old Trafford it was because of the lack of fans, then it was because the players were affected by the protests.

During this time he was busy telling anyone who could still be bothered listening to him that Joel Glazer actually loved the club, (despite being absent for sixteen years and taking, along with his family, £1.5 billion out of the piggy bank), and that he had a good relationship with the board who ‘always’ backed him.

This sort of rhetoric did not go down well with United supporters who despise the Glazers and would have expected better from their puppet of a manager.

So, having won nothing and, after all this time, still showing remarkably naive team selections, tactics and substitutions, Solskjær will carry on like a blind squirrel, stumbling his way through the forest hoping to occasionally find a nut. He may find one in Gdansk in the very near future. Then again, given his propensity to aim his gun straight at his foot, he might not!

Let’s hope he does!

When is a rival not a rival…..?

A recent online debate has thrown up the question of city rivalry between football fans. The debate centred on whether Manchester United fans would want Manchester City to win the Champion’s League. The resounding answer was NO, they wouldn’t.

Our outlook, being from Manchester, is that we would prefer the trophy to go to Manchester, even the wrong side of Manchester, than to London, but this is, apparently, a minority view.

This then begs the question; what is local, (or derby), rivalry?

Again, in our humble opinion, United and City are rivals under the following circumstances:

  1. When they play each other
  2. When they are both competing in the same competition

If, for example, Manchester United fail to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champion’s League then, at that point, the two teams cease to be rivals as only one of them is now in the competition.

If, for example, Manchester United get knocked out of the Carabao Cup then, at that point, the two teams cease being rivals as only one of them is now in the competition.

This, as far as we are concerned, is logical but, in fairness, when has logic ever had any part to play in football?

The majority of United fans expressed the opinion that they would prefer Chelsea to win the Champion’s League rather than a club from their home city.

Is that rivalry, or is it really a jealous form of tribal hatred? We don’t know but please feel free to let us know your views in the comments below.

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