Another game, another uninspiring performance. I have become numb watching performances such as this, there is no longer any concern or worry, it has become the norm now. It is unhealthy but it is the reality. The match was so boring that I was dozing off watching it and at the end of 90 minutes, thought to myself that it would have been wiser to skip this and sleep the night through and get ready in the morning for a meeting rather than spoiling my sleep. The Champions League matches are telecasted in the early hours of the morning in Singapore, where I am residing.
As I have mentioned in my previous articles, with every negative result, the negativity grows at Old Trafford and around the club. It just feels like every step anyone associated to the club takes, a dark cloud accompanies while all around us it is bright and sunny. The mood and body language of the club legends in the stands or in a nearby TV studio sums up how every United fan feels. The TV camera panned to David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville watching the game in the stands while Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand were in a TV studio.
The easiest solution as some have suggested is to sack the manager but it doesn’t fully solve the issue at hand. The club is struggling to appoint the right man for the job that can ensure the club continues to achieve success on the pitch and plays in a fashion that honors the traditions of the club. The last 2 appointments have been managers that were possible candidates to replace Sir Alex when he retired and both have struggled to win over the fans or ensured the success the club really desires. Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho came to Old Trafford with a collection of trophies to their name, they have the experience and mentality of winning and challenging for major trophies and managing at big clubs. They have both delivered some silverware but they have failed when it has come to challenge for major trophies namely the Premier League and Champions League.
The man before them that started the ball rolling in the story of the decline of Manchester United, David Moyes was both lucky and unlucky to find himself in a job that had other more viable and experienced candidates be available, I would doubt he would find himself in. He did very well at Everton with the limited resources he had but Manchester United is a different kettle of fish. He has never won anything at Everton but as we now know, a manager’s past records mean nothing. He was managing a team that had just finished the previous campaign as champions with a comfortable lead and he succeeded in mismanaging them; the reigning champions looked poor and one-dimensional. His style of football at Everton would never be classified as the United way but yet he was chosen to replace the great man. From the outset, I felt he was out of depth and unfortunately I was right.
From one out of depth manager to two out of touch managers, United are struggling and have been in constant transition since Sir Alex retired. There have been moments of promise and hope especially at the start of Van Gaal and Mourinho’s reign but in both cases, it has soured and decayed. Van Gaal was a dead man walking that lasted the distance to the end of the season before being sacked. Mourinho looked like a dead man walking from pre-season after not getting the right backing from the board and is still walking but for how long now?