Archive for the ‘Manchester City’ Category

We here at WSA have finally worked out the progression of Manchester United. Yes, that’s right, we have finally seen what loyal fans of an ex-substitute with no managerial experience to speak of, (unless relegation from the Premier League counts), have been banging on about for the last three years.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has progressed from being an abject failure in semi-finals, (four of them to be precise), to being an abject failure in a final! Granted, he has only lost one but, the main reason for that, is because he has only reached one. So, having improved his loss percentage in semis from 100% to a mere 80% in one fell swoop, he has immediately started his appearance in finals with a 100% loss record.

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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.

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So Ed’s dreams of a new league are over for the time being. Only a few days before the collapse of the €uropean $uper £eague Ed had, apparently, been discussing the benefits to be reaped from the changes being made to the Champion’s League which will take effect in 2024.

This is the only part of the whole clustermess of which we here at WSA are unsure. If Ed really was discussing the Champion’s League he may well have been oblivious to his club’s owner’s plans to form their own. Yet this would be even more remarkable given that the Glazers always appear to have Ed do their dirty work so the chances of him being unaware of their dastardly plan would be lower than a snake’s belly!

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We here at WSA are all for modernity. We live for the now, not the then or the was. Just because most of our life is in the past does not mean that we choose to live there although, to be fair, it is often a much better alternative to what we have nowadays.

What we have nowadays, for example, are words and expressions attached to the game of football which would have drawn a more than quizzical look if used in the not too distant past.

Take Manchester United, (we wish somebody would take it, at least off the Glazers), for example. A massive club with millions of fans/supporters worldwide.

It is now very easy, through social media, for these fans/supporters to “talk” to each other and boy, do they talk to each other!

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After nearly three years it is starting to feel as though time may be finally running out for Ole Gunnar Solskjær. There is probably no need for his loyal fan club to panic just yet though because he has been in this situation on more than one occasion in the past. What usually transpires is that he, or rather his team, manage to dig out a totally unexpected result which then sees his stay of execution extended further.

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Paul Pogba has been in and out of the Manchester United team through injury, bad form or, occasionally, to suit one of his managers strange tactical decisions. He has been inconsistent over the last four years with most of his games falling well below the standard expected of an £89 million player. He hasn’t scored as many goals as he should have and he hasn’t created as many goals as he should have.

He has stayed silent as his brother and his agent have spewed disrespect on the club suggesting that Pogba was too good for them and should move on when, in actual fact, he has only very recently started to show that he IS good enough to play for Manchester United.

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It would appear that Manchester City are now the team looking most likely to lift the Premier League title in May. Put another way, anyone finishing above them will almost certainly win it!

The major difference between City and United, if we overlook the fact that one is managed by a serial winner and the other by a relative novice, is in their players.

Manchester City can look excellent even without their best player which is what they will have to do for probably around 4 more weeks whilst Kevin De Bruyne recovers from a hamstring injury. In their recent game at West Bromwich Albion it was difficult to believe that he wasn’t on the pitch as City took a 4-0 lead into the half-time break.

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Currently sitting joint first in the Premier League, (goal difference only counts after the last game is played), many Manchester United supporters, desperate for Olé Gunnar Solskjær to succeed in the job are claiming that there has been distinct progression made under the Norwegian. The question is; are they right or do they just WANT to be right?

The idea of United being successfully managed by a former player is always appealing to fans and is currently also being tried and tested at Chelsea, Arsenal and Inter Milan with varying degrees of success/failure.

The idea is that a former player knows the club ‘inside out’ and will have no problem settling into the job. This theory, unfortunately, disregards the possibility that he may not be a very good manager!

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No doubt there will be some supporters of the lesser clubs which reside outside Manchester who will disagree with our selection here but we are not really the type of publication which cares too much about what others think! Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate your comments and views on all topics and will always publish the sensible ones, we just don’t have the time to be overly concerned about them!

We have narrowed our list of ‘best midfielders in the Premier League’ down to two! Those two both, coincidentally of course, play for a Manchester club. First up to the podium amid rapturous applause is Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, who scores as follows:

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Ole’s at the wheel, although the ‘L’ plates are still firmly attached and if any of the backroom staff are his instructor then it is unlikely he will pass the test.

An average ex-player who became a below average manager, Mike Phelan would have to be regarded as the senior figure on the team although quite what he brings to the table given his lack of expertise in anything of relevance is beyond this meagre publication.

He is aided and abetted in his aiding and abetting of the manager by Michael Carrick. Another ex-player but, in his case, a very good one. That’s really where the good news ends. With absolutely no experience of coaching at any level, he was given a job coaching at United, despite the fact that Nicky Butt was already at the club and already had a few years coaching experience.

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