I’ll get straight to the point. What is your stance? Mourinho in? or Mourinho out?
It looks like he has ran his race doesn’t it? It is beginning to look ominous. But, I remain torn, probably hourly, about the Jose Hokey Cokey. In truth, he’s spent; as soon as Ed Woodward decided to dig the knife in by slating his transfer plans and rejecting them, and the players that remained and felt snubbed started to twist it, it was merely a matter of when. I remain convinced that we would see better football under a new man, and probably initial results, but this is a huge problem at a toxic club and as we have now seen with all three managers since Ferguson, we’re ruining reputations now rather than making them. So could one man during mid-season solve that? I can’t see it. He’ll be gone – sooner rather than later I suspect – in spite of what I think.
I fear Jose is not the root of the problem. If sacked, won’t the next manager have similar problems with a penney-pinching board?
Yes, plain and simple. We should never have had the value era, we were saved by Fergie’s genius. With a club that proudly boasts its commercial entity and does not need its football side to actually do that well, we are, to put it as nicely as possible, fucked.
Should he lose his job, who would you like to see replace him as Manchester United manager?
I’m unsure. I have suggested the Boca Juniors manager for the fun aspect. I am wary of Zidane. His league record in that final season concerns me. If he couldn’t motivate the stars for lesser games, what hope has he got with this bunch? I honestly think we should look to someone who gets and knows Manchester Utd, and we are lucky in that sense. We have a pretty big field in terms of many who have seen it, and done it here.
What is your view on the repeated comments of Paul Pogba in the media? He knows what he is doing doesn’t he?
Of course he does. He might lack footballing intelligence but he’s not being led a dance just by the agent here. It’s really unedifying to watch it play out; sly quotes, and worse of all not looking like he’s always putting in a shift in. He owes us, or at least his huge wages to that.
We face Newcastle tomorrow. Anything but a victory is unthinkable isn’t it?
Yes. And I am worried about facing a side that have not won all season. Says it all, doesn’t it?!
Should Anthony Martial start this weekend at the expense of Alexis Sanchez?
I’d actually start Sanchez with a rocket up his arse to say come on, where the hell have you been? I’d consider dropping Lukaku who is badly out of form. Having said that, maybe to regain it, he needs to play against a side lacking confidence. We need something from those up top, much more than we have seen.
While we are on the subject, what the hell is going on with Alexis?
He’s always been a misery here so don’t worry about his mood, he’s a stroppy git. However, I think he’s arrived at an inconsistent side and been drawn into that along with, I fear, his pace going. He looks slower and once you have lost that, you are in trouble. Hopefully, until then, he can at least show us the ability he has in his brain, if not what is now seemingly lacking in his legs. He’s got to do better!
Let’s finish on a positive note. Mason Greenwood signed his first pro contract during the week. He looks a prospect. What can you tell us about Mason?
Everything they say in Carrington has been positive. In terms of his attitude, and commitment. Now we are seeing it slowly with each development stage. Let’s try and leave him be for now, though. We have a habit of asking too much of our young starlets and they need time. Like Marcus Rashford still finding his identity, you can come in and do well but then you’re still learning all the time at that age. But hopefully, we have at least 3 in that Academy side who can really press themselves into the first team picture.