Manchester United sucked so here’s the inevitable fallout. It’s almost enough to make people forget about Chelsea’s statement. Almost.
Keep your thoughts to yourself [email protected].
Oh god I just can’t, I really can’t read the mailbox today!
Re-arriving from United supporters another shitty show analyze every aspect of it and offer solutions on the way of uniting and how to make them great again!
A lot has been said in that mailbox about Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a title but United are now up to 10 next season so time flies doesn’t it? However, remember that before football was invented in 1992, United had not won the league for 26 years! Bunker in United fans, you’re in for the long haul!
I would also like to invest my twopenny worth in Chelsea FC who are trying to play the game behind closed doors at Middlesbrough to protect the integrity of the game! I won’t even get into that because everyone knows, but how they thought they could get away with it is beyond me!
They have been given a lifeline by the government to bail out their club and have it sold and they are trying to inflict a loss of income on a league team no matter how well run they are under an owner with higher moral standards than Chelsea’s nefarious war oligarch. How damn dare you!
And by the way, get down the Russian flag and the banner of the Roman army, you bloody idiots!
You’re doing your potential new owners a disservice!
Thoughts on predictability…
Well that was predictable, I’ve never seen a more disgusting set of cheats than this Atletico side, it didn’t help that the referee fell for it every time, it didn’t help either when two united players were fouled while setting up the goal . So no Champions League next season unless Arsenal burn spontaneous, frustrating night unassisted by a referee who is either incompetent or biased. We can take comfort in the fact that Fred became the Brazilian baller, if only for one game.
Paul Murphy, Manchester
… There will be plenty of hilarity in the usual quarters on United’s exit and that’s fair enough, but it’s oddly difficult to be too disappointed considering how much of a drill it has proved to be, ticks the boxes. A team that plays in 7-minute bursts but concedes terrible Sunday league goals and finds it almost inscrutably difficult to pocket them at the other end played in 7-minute bursts, conceded a Sunday league goal and found the ball at the other End end almost unfathomably difficult.
Add in a pinch of Atletico top shit and you have a game that could have been written by a committee. It was everything we knew about both teams and the absolute lack of danger is oddly numbing. United went out the way we all knew they would go out – meek, disjointed and a very long way back.
…City gets Benfica, right?
No need for the small bag and balls.
Wait, that came out wrong.
There’s no denying that Atleti are a group of great footballers. Koke, Felix, Griezmann – real world-class talents. And yet they play in the Champions League anyway in a way that is most reminiscent of Stoke or Burnley. Defend deep, hope for some quality on a rare counterattack, and then cheat as often, as obviously, and as annoyingly as possible.
And for some reason, they get credit for it. And as always, United get the worst referee for the occasion. Where was the legendary Cukir famous for sending Nani away? Instead we had a referee who looked very keen to let go of everything, every tactical foul, every derogatory tug and play for every fake injury. And then the reward was due – only 4 minutes of stoppage time.
Atlético make an art of cheating, the referee is very much the forgiving estimator and for some reason we’re cheering? I will never understand.
Ryan, Bermuda (Hope Felix goes and plays with a soccer team and someday what a talent)
Moyes > That
So after seeing what is possibly the most soulless performance I’ve seen from United this season, I can wholeheartedly say we were better under Moyes. After all, he reached the Champions League quarter-finals and gave Bayern Munich a good game over two legs. Atletico didn’t even have to get out of 2nd gear in the two games, especially tonight!
There was just no fight or grit in this United team, can’t even string 2 passes together and is just absolutely DIRTY. You can tell the players are already looking forward to the summer and now I can honestly say that players like Pogba, Ronaldo and De Gea should go because we’re such crap and I wouldn’t even be mad about it lol they aren’t you’ll be able to play forever.
Good luck to the top 4 this season, to say the least, now they officially have no confidence. Even if Arsenal lost their 3 games in hand I don’t think United would be good enough to take advantage of. They just suck.
I wrote this email while lying in bed drunk after getting a Maccies but yeah that performance said it all about the season and only God knows what’s going to happen at this shitty club show this summer.
Good luck and may God help you, whoever the new manager is. It has become the impossible mission!Rami, Manchester
So… then who should be the next manager?
Now that United have been eliminated from the Champions League there can be no doubt that Rangnick will no longer be in charge at the start of next season.
The narrative has clearly shifted to Pochettino during his time at PSG, especially since last week’s Benzema-inspired implosion against Real Madrid. What does all his successful years in the Premier League count for anyway? It’s not like his predecessor at PSG was sacked mid-season, as PSG finished third in a one-horse race before being hired by a struggling Premier League club and immediately winning the biggest pot of the lot.
Ten Hag has been the hot name for the job lately, presumably based on some upsets in the Champions League 3 years ago. I wonder if he’ll draw the same disdain for not beating a Benfica team they were supposed to win against, or will all those results just gloss over because no one from these shores is paying attention to what’s going on in the Netherlands going on?
It seems that a manager from a less visible club can easily make his mark with a few conspicuous upsets, as nobody ever pays much attention to how he is performing week-to-week. Let’s see how many questions are raised about Ajax’s weak underbelly after they gave away 2 goals in their last two league games against RKC Waalwijk and Cambuur, which followed a defeat to Go Ahead Eagles. Ajax are only 2 points ahead of Feyenoord.
I’m not going to pretend I’ve watched any of those games or any of the Dutch league games but where’s the shouting about him getting the job coming from? It was reported that he only wanted to bring a goalkeeping coach if he accepted the job. The management in the Dutch league is not preparing you for a rebuild at one of the biggest clubs in Europe, perhaps it would be a success at a club with the behind the scenes infrastructure of the type normally found in mainland Europe. English clubs are not generally run this way, City may be an exception.
Is it time to move to the next manager of the moment? The voices that suggested Rodgers for the job have strangely fallen silent. Perhaps dominating a European league that isn’t in the top 5 (according to UEFA’s country coefficient) isn’t enough to qualify for a top job after all.
When it comes to them title race, people love discussing the upcoming fixture schedule to try and gauge whether City or Liverpool will tend to have the upper hand. I read yesterday that Liverpool might have the slightly tougher final run, featuring the likes of Arsenal (come on Mikel, we’re asking for that favour!), Spurs and Manchester United.
Well, can we all please stop calling Manchester United a ‘tougher’ game? You’ll get good tw*tting at Anfield because they really. Gives. Shit.
So bad that it takes all the shine off our derby double this season.
I’m just trying to help
Levenshulme Blue, Manchester 19
hp I expect we’ll get a tougher game this season at Turf Moor.
Reassessment by Daniel Levy
Now that the hens have come home to sleep for Chelsea, I think football journalists should be made aware of their coverage of clubs trying to operate in the correct manner.
To take Daniel Levy as an example, he is constantly criticized for not spending the amounts that clubs like Chelsea spend. Rather than being criticized for failing to keep up with the spending of clubs owned by vile people, he should be commended for running the club within his means. I’ve lost count of how many articles I’ve read recently claiming Levy should break the player bank to convince Conte to stay at the club. Thankfully, Levy is too smart to listen to those pleas and will do what he has always done, which is to responsibly come first with the club’s future.
While Chelsea have spent the past twenty years buying trophies with Roman’s ill-gotten gains, Spurs have invested in a state-of-the-art stadium that will generate massive match-day revenue for the next 100+ years.
I’ll be at our next home game enjoying several bottoms up draft beers while Chelsea supporters are sitting at home and not allowed to buy tickets.
Were all those trophies worth it?
sympathy for the devil
That absolute brainfart of a Chelsea request Playing the Boro game behind closed doors is brought up every time Chelsea fans will now try to defend their club. What little goodwill people had left for their club is quickly fading (and it wasn’t much to start with). Or, to paraphrase Danny Bhoy: Chelsea fans, if you’re ever looking for sympathy, you’ll only find it in the dictionary from now on, between ‘sh*t’ and ‘syphilis’.
… I really want to have sympathy for the guys at Chelsea FC who got caught in the middle so to speak (I ignore for the moment that they should all do due diligence and realize whose money they’re taking when they got their money jobs).
so please You’re welcome, stop making it so damn hard for me Chelsea? Demanding that Middlesborough play their FA Cup game against you behind closed doors because you can’t sell tickets makes it really, really hard for me to want to side with you. Especially if you dare to demand it out of “sporting integrity” without a shred of self-confidence or irony.