Fed up players, no No9 and Gary Neville off on one – the £6bn Qatari takeover of Man Utd can’t come soon enough
THERE is a new broom sweeping in from the East.
Sheikh Jassim is close to completing his Qatari takeover — and for Manchester United fans it cannot come soon enough.
The club needs a new start, totally Glazer free. Let them take their £6billion and relinquish every percentage of control.
United are still not title-winning material, as their opening two Premier League games have clearly shown.
Lucky to beat Wolves 1-0, they were impotent up front in the 2-0 loss to Spurs.
They have had a decent transfer window as Erik ten Hag’s spending nears the £400million mark in just over a year in charge.
But for United to still not have a decent No 9 at the top of his game available to them is a dereliction of duty.
Ten Hag got the club back on track last season, no doubt about that.
The Carabao Cup triumph, FA Cup final appearance and third place in the Prem undoubtedly provided one of the best seasons in the ten years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
It was intense from that shaky start, through the revival to the disappointing Cup final defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.
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The players were then off on international duty and before they knew it, on a plane heading off on pre-season jaunts to Oslo, Glasgow,
New York, San Diego, Houston, back to San Diego and then the 104OF heat in Las Vegas, before returning to Old Trafford and a quick trip to Dublin.
By that final US tour match in Vegas last month — a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund — the players looked fed up.
They returned to Manchester and knew they needed a good start to the season or the whole circus would start again.
It is not merely coincidental that Sky chose the big top imagery for their new season promotions as it is a constant high-wire act at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said United were the only club whose whole situation is judged from week to week. He is right.
A good win and you will see videos on social media of ‘United under Ten Hag’ with great passing moves.
Talk will be of how they have got the recruitment right at last, how their Carrington HQ is fit for purpose after all and the manager has got the control that no one since Fergie has had.
Lose and they cannot spot a decent player if he knocked on the door, there is a chip in the swimming pool at Carrington and the manager cannot get a tune out of certain players.
Casemiro, meanwhile, who was an inspired £60m buy from Real Madrid last summer, is now apparently too old and slow at 31.
Of course, no other clubs demand such scrutiny with former defender Gary Neville off on one again over the last few days. Club officials have long grown tired of Red Nev’s rants.
They have become repetitive but they raise the shackles of the fanbase.
The Mason Greenwood situation has provided another stick with which to beat the Old Trafford hierarchy.
Although quite what else the club could or should have done has not been fully explained by the critics.
There was a great social media post yesterday from the respected United fan, broadcaster and journalist based in Los Angeles, Pilib De Brun.
He wrote: “Sometimes I just feel like jacking football altogether. All I want to do is watch 11 players kick a ball in a net each week but I’m forced to learn geo-politics, have a financial degree and pass the bar exam just to know what’s going on these days ffs.”
Beat Nottingham Forest at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday and things will temporarily be put to one side.
The tills will still be ringing at the Megastore.
‘Man United never die’, as the fans sing.
But you wonder if that “open-heart surgery” caretaker-boss Ralf Rangnick talked about is still on the waiting list?
Perhaps Sheikh Jassim can operate.
Somebody needs to.
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