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So the season is all but over. We have now reached the time of year when, finally, Manchester United fans have something to look forward to. No longer must they suffer their team underperforming on the pitch. Some of those “players” may even be sold if anybody is clueless enough about football to actually buy them. The fact that Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones and Ashley Young are still there suggests that there aren’t as many clueless people around outside of Old Trafford as there used to be.

No, now is fast approaching the time when United fans can look forward to their “team” of transfer gurus underperforming OFF the pitch. These will include, probably for this gig only, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick, (because surely he must do something!), some fresh faced kid who looks like Phil Neville and good old uncle Ed overseeing things to make sure the club only overspends on galacticos they don’t need. (There may be a Director of Football involved but, as it has taken about six years for the club to even admit they need one, don’t hold your breath). (more…)

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Manchester City will win the Premier League. Liverpool will finish second. That, at the moment, is all that is fair to assume as the other two slots available within the top four are being contested between teams who appear to be doing their utmost to hand the position to a rival.

Tottenham Hotspur were in a reasonably comfortable third position until they lost at their new home for the first time, beaten by West Ham. Their unbeaten home record must be one of the shortest in history! (more…)

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Well, in the main, pretty darn good. Unless, of course, you happen to hail from the European capital of football.

On Tuesday there were two “English” sides in action. The one with the Norwegian manager came to a predictably sticky end by losing to Lionel Messi, (and maybe a few team mates although they were somewhat irrelevant and almost unnecessary).

They also managed to fail to score in both legs meaning that the £££millions spent on a Belgian and a couple of French “superstars” is yet to provide much in the way of value for money. (more…)

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Now that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been installed as the “permanent” manager, at least until he becomes the ex-manager, has his attitude or approach to the job changed?

Has he, for example, confronted some players safe in the knowledge that HE will still be in charge next season, something he would have been unlikely to do as a caretaker?

Also, some of his recent decisions seem to have been a trifle strange. Why did he rest players against West Ham? United may have a deep squad but it isn’t blessed with more than one or two world class players and they only beat the Hammers courtesy of two penalties when, in fact, West Ham should have won the game. (more…)

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So Ole’s got the gig. He has been signed as the clubs new resident entertainer for the next three years or until he does something disagreeable to fans or board which results in him following the path already trodden by David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho.

Described as the new “permanent” manager, one could be forgiven for wondering if the great British media have forgotten the meaning of the word. “Permanent”, the last time we checked anyway, does not mean “three years”, it means infinitely. It’s a little like the current moronic trend of saying that players “gave 110%” or that “we achieved the impossible”, both of which are actually impossible and only said by people who should either know better or are severely lacking any form of common sense whatsoever. (more…)

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Following the recent Champion’s League draw the English clubs, with the possible exception of Tottenham Hotspur, can be reasonably optimistic about progressing.

Manchester United have already eliminated the so-called “favourites” by beating PSG so Barcelona, over two legs, shouldn’t hold any fears.

Liverpool have the “easiest” draw and should be able to find their way past Porto whilst, as we said, Spurs have the most difficult draw and could even see themselves exiting the competition from their new stadium! Now wouldn’t that be poetic justice? (more…)

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Poor Ole. He must now be fearing for his job. No doubt the “five-minute fans” will want him out now that his unbeaten run has come to an end. They will want to replace him with….well….er….they probably don’t know because these are the kind of idiots who just want a manager out of their club without giving any particular thought as to who will replace him.

United actually played reasonably well against Arsenal and certainly didn’t deserve to lose in a game which was all about four shots at goal. Two of those shots came from the home team the first of which was from Granit Xhaka who had the advantage of being able to make the ball become invisible to goalkeepers. David De Gea has, no doubt, watched several replays of the goal and probably still hasn’t seen where the ball went. (more…)

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær must be sorry that the second leg of the Champion’s League clash against PSG cannot be played in London. As mentioned in a previous article, the capital is now his second favourite place after Manchester and his last five visits there have yielded nine points in the Premier League following victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Crystal Palace and the elimination from the FA Cup of Arsenal and Chelsea.

Hopefully this good run can continue and certainly, if it is indeed a capital thing, then playing PSG in Paris should hold no fears. (more…)

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Manchester currently likes London. London has become, temporarily at least, Manchester’s favourite place after Manchester.

Having already visited Wembley this season, where the next permanent Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær began to silence the doubters by boarding the return train complete with three points taken from his meeting with Mauricio Pochettino, he followed this up by calling in at The Emirates and dumping Arsenal out of the FA Cup. Unperturbed by yet another return to the capital he then proceeded to despatch Chelsea from the same competition. (more…)

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So the bubble has finally burst! Poor little Ole Gunnar Solskjær has lost a game of football for the first time since joining the club as caretaker manager. In fairness, he managed to do it in some style choosing, as he did, a Champion’s League night at Old Trafford against PSG who won quite comfortably by two goals to nil.

The mitigating circumstances would be that he lost Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to injury and had to play entire second half with two of his elder statesman in Juan Mata and Alexis Sánchez. This, of course, meant sacrificing any pace whatsoever and completely nullifed United’s attacking prowess. (more…)