Sometimes the whole thing feels completely pointless. Football, I mean, not life. Though now that I mention it, sometimes both football and life feels completely pointless. Most days, in fact. OK, all days. Every single day is a worthless struggle with one aspect of misery exacerbating the other. Existence might be tolerable if Paul Pogba was smashing in 30-yarders regularly for Manchester United. United’s awful performance might be tolerable if I was rich and successful. Sadly, none of this is happening. It doesn’t appear likely to change, either. My own incompetence won’t change things at my end, and The Guardian report that the United board are happy with United’s performance in a meritless 3-0 crushing at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
After the game, Jose Mourinho complained that he was not being shown respect by journalists, and pointed out he has the most Premier League titles of any combination of the other managers in the league. Looking at the side he sent out, a 3-3-3-1 mess, it is apparent that he has been totally stiffed by Ed Woodward, who walks the world without fear.
The Telegraph point out that Mourinho has been an imperfect coach for his time at United. Well, yes. But a lot could be solved by having bought Toby Alderweireld, who was excellent against Mourinho’s team last night. We are now circling the drain, and it just depends how long it is until we are one with the drain mould.
A rare bright spot was Luke Shaw’s performance last night, and if he is able to carry his not inconsiderable weight for the rest of the season, and if a central defender is bought in the winter, then United could stagger on with some improvement for the rest of the season.
Jamie Carragher doesn’t think Victor Lindelof is the answer.