Who rules the roost at fast-fading Manchester United?
Is it boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the overpaid under-performing players, chief executive Ed Woodward or the owners on the other side of the pond delighted with the ongoing profits despite limited success on the pitch?
From the outside looking in, a new fresh focus is needed with the prima donna players put on the spot and simply asked: “Do you want to play for the world’s greatest club or not?”
Any hesitation and Ole should call a cab – and pay the fare himself to ship them away from Carrington.
I’m getting more and more fed up about how far we are slipping behind our rivals here and abroad… and without big changes in personnel in the summer I can’t see things changing for the better.
I predicted a two-goal difference in Wednesday’s derby and for once was proved to be spot on.
Apart from a spirited opening, United were simply outclassed all over the pitch. When City made substitutions they looked even stronger while we were weakened further if that was at all possible.
So the convincing win by City was no surprise, but what was a shocker 24 hours later was the inclusion of Paul Pogba in the PFA Team of the Year.
Now I know our heroes are not necessarily the brightest of tools in the box but for them to vote Pogba into the team naturally dominated by City and Liverpool players is frankly mind boggling.
Pogba is reportedly a Real Madrid target, Romelu Lukaku has hinted he fancies a move to Italy while David De Gea’s form has slipped dramatically as he continues to be linked with a move out of Old Trafford.
The bottom line is clear enough… if you players think the grass is greener elsewhere don’t hang around, leave and make Ole’s tough rebuilding job a little easier.
The manager has said he thinks Pogba, who is contracted until July 2021, will still be at United next season – but cannot guarantee it. Well there is nothing else he could have said at this stage of the season in answer to the obvious questions about renewed Real Madrid interest in the France World Cup winner who has scored 24 goals in 83 league appearances for United since rejoining from Juventus in 2016.
Solskjaer has no intention of dropping keeper De Gea for tomorrow’s visit of Chelsea despite a succession of mistakes, adding: “I trust David. He is best player we have had for the last six or seven years. He will be fine.”
It is sad that a club of United’s standing have just a top four finish to fight for at this stage of the season. But that is the reality and Betfred have them at 11/2 outsiders to achieve that behind Spurs 1/25, Chelsea 4/5 and Arsenal at 11/8.
Pogba is 5/1 to give us Reds something to smile about by scoring first against Chelsea while Raheem Sterling is an attractive 4/1 to open the scoring against Burnley as the race with Liverpool for the title intensifies.