ArizonaRed wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:40 pm
I don’t buy this argument that the club has not backed Mourinho financially. I don’t have the numbers in front of me but even by todays stupid money transfers market we have forked out a lot of money. My biggest problem is that since Sir Alex and David Gill left (The ED era) our transfer policy has been all over the place; there doesn’t appear to be and rhyme or reason to the players we want to bring in and pursuit of player is done more with a view to the headlines they will create rather than the good they will do the team. We have spent money, we just haven’t done it with any smarts.
Some of our player went further in the WC than expected but should it have been a surprise to anyone that United would be one of the biggest supplier of players to all national teams - NO -and yet we are surprised that we don’t have enough quality player to field a decent team, so we bloody the youth.
I agree with the SAF and Gill productive transfer market strategy.
The slice of reality you are arguing for/against is history. He has been backed financially and I believe we can all agree he has returned something concrete to say a return on investment has been made in his 2 seasons so far. So what does a manager do when he senses that competition in the league has improved? Turn to his previous signings, some of which did not work, to chase a higher quality competitors? Or ask for some signings to pursue what he feels is a different league from the prior one? We are all aware of the unproductive pressure players and coaches feel at this club and if he must do his job well and senses that, he is well within his right to try and stay above the pressure from fans and media alike.
The other point you make about the anticipation of United being the biggest supplier of players for WC is a bit far-fetched. I don't know that anyone would have ever been able to work out that permutation given the surprises that were rife in the tournament. It would be a market strategy based on too little and likely to end up being very wasteful. You'd have to anticipate injuries, progression and desire before you can set a market list of players to buy in case of this kind of emergency.
I largely agree on Ed's almost reluctant posture in the market even as he must see what's happening around the League, perhaps it is his clumsy adaptation to the new market window as he once did even in a market with a longer span, his first season in charge.
I hope in all this uncertainty and gloom will rise somebody to become more than he has ever been, but even some of those guys are getting injured too. I think our main recourse practically speaking is the transfer market.
"You crossed the line first, sir. You squeezed them, you hammered them to the point of desperation. And in their desperation, they turned to a man they didn't fully understand." -The Dark Knight