21st August, 2018
I remember reading in a novel sometime in my younger years that “when trouble comes to your house, it usually comes not alone but with its brothers and sisters in tow.”
That is a close representation of the situation in the Manchester United camp latest since the team lost their last match against Brighton.
A lot of issues have cropped up since then that ordinarily would have at best remained in the imagination of people.
The situation has reached a point where people are even talking about a possible change of manager for the team while some others are calling for the outright sale of Paul Pogba and some other players.
It is no secret that Jose Mourinho was disappointed by a lack of support in the transfer market. He did not get the players he wanted especially for the central defence position of the team. This has naturally pitched him against one or two board members of the team.
The result of all that are speculations that the former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane is being touted as a possible replacement should Mourinho lose his job.
It is also true however that some senior sources at United have dismissed any interest in Zidane, however, insisting that there is no potential vacancy to discuss. But in the business of football these days, anything can happen.
Jose Mourinho it will be recalled, only signed a new contract with Manchester United in January, extending his stay at Old Trafford until 2020 with the option of a further year.
He planned to get five players during the just concluded transfer window but was provided with just three – midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, teenage full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant.
There is some talk going around about the fact that while Mourinho wished to sign experienced players at the peak of their careers, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sought younger players who could be developed.
Who is supposed to be the manager here?
However the former United full-back Gary Neville has criticised Woodward, claiming he should have backed his manager in the transfer market.
“The minute he gave Mourinho a contract extension in January, he had to buy him centre-backs,” he told Sky Sports.
“[Toby] Alderweireld and [Harry] Maguire would have been good options. If it costs £120 million, that’s what you have to do.”
I think Gary Neville is right on point there. A good thing at least that some people are looking at issues the way they are and not playing to the gallery or getting confused so early in the season.