The Guardian have gone through the last few years of Manchester United spending under Jose Mourinho and appraised how well each of the signings have done. The general thrust of the article is that most of them have underwhelmed, save for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic. Given Ibrahimovic left after a season and a bit after being injured in his first season, Lukaku has got to a size where he is no longer mobile enough to be effective, and Matic is too slow to properly influence games, it’s a damning review.
The Independent have a blog that points out that Lukaku has often been let down by United. As slow as Lukaku is at the moment, he is not receiving much service in the box, and the system United play is not helping him. Having said that, it’s pretty difficult to identify if United actually have a system beyond putting a lot of unhappy people on a pitch and hoping it somehow goes right.
The Telegraph have mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo in the context of the world class talent that United are currently missing. For someone with an extremely high opinion of himself, Paul Pogba should realise at his current age, Ronaldo was fast on his way to becoming the best player in the world. If Pogba decides just to faff and dick about on the pitch instead of working hard, he will be remembered more less as the next Denilson.
Anthony Martial is set to sign a £160,000-a-week contract with United, despite playing poorly for two years and despite the current boss not wanting him. There’s clearly a talented player there, but if you are going to back players over a manager, get rid of the manager and stop wasting everyone’s time.
Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has had enough of it and is doing one at the end of the season. 10/10 would sign again.