If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thought taking over at United on a permanent basis would be a doddle after winning all those games not so long ago, he’d better start having a rethink!
And a quick one too it because problems are mounting up big time.
Messi and co at Barcelona made us look out of our depth in the Champions League…something that has upset me and fellow Reds greatly.
We are basically light years behind Barcelona, the new favourites to win the trophy. It is a personal nightmare to record this but on current form NONE of the current United players are good enough to make the starting eleven at City – and they are like us are only a top eight European side!
That is an ominous fact ahead of Wednesday’s showdown at Old Trafford – a derby when uniquely Liverpool fans will be supporting United against their great Premier League title rivals!
What is absolutely certain is that Ole will have to replace his trademark smile with a scowl to orchestrate the biggest summer clear-out possibly in the club’s recent history.
We need a new defence and new midfield for starters. The key to the number and magnitude of the changes will depend on whether Ole cashes in on Real Madrid’s interest in Paul Pogba, who has been incredibly inconsistent of late – one minute he looks like a £90m player and the next a £1m journeyman.
Selling him would generate enough to bring in three or four new faces which can be integrated with the best of the Academy prospects. Only a thought but that is what Liverpool did with Philippe Coutinho – and it hasn’t done that lot much harm has it?
After last week’s bitterly disappointing Champions League exits of both City and United I have been reviving (or more accurately changing) my predictions now we’ve reached the business end of the season.
So for the title I’m going City because they will be fired up like never before although they do have the tougher run although Liverpool are at Cardiff later today where to be fair Neil Warnock deserves a bit of luck.
The FA Cup will be in City’s hands too, United will end up above Chelsea but behind Arsenal and Spurs so it will be a fifth-place finish – and I can’t see anyone but 6/4 favourites Barcelona winning the Champions League.