You could train a chimpanzee to sit and write cheques all day. But to write them with a purpose, to ensure you get value for money, now that takes someone with half a brain. Not that chimps are stupid by any means.
The recent signings lifted our spirits. They gave us hope. But did anyone realistically expect such a lob sided team to function to the standards we’ve become used to?
To spend £200,000,000 on new players without addressing the underlying problem, is quite frankly negligent.
Now imagine for one minute that this money had been spent on a truly world class back-four, plus the midfield dynamo we’ve been seeking for years. I for one feel that we’d be right up at the top now. The Rooney / Van Persie combination would have been perfectly adequate with the right support behind them.
So who is to blame? Certainly not Van Gaal, or indeed David Moyes. Firstly we must look at our own supporters. And I’m not talking about the knowledgeable and faithful souls that pack the Strettford End each week. No, it’s the glory hunters, those that have never been to Old Trafford and can’t remember the bad times. It’s them that get on my nerves.
Take the Aston Villa match last season. The loyal fans in the ground knew the side had been in terminal decline for years. They knew that just winning by the odd goal every game was not a healthy situation. Moyes had the backing of these people. When the ‘others’ trailed the banner through the sky, the writing was on the wall. Worse still, the powers that be took notice.
If Moyes hadn’t been dismissed we could be in a much better position now. He wasn’t given a chance to rebuild. When the news filtered through I knew that another summer of transfer turmoil lay ahead.
The glory hunters had their way. And what’s happened? We have a derelict, damp ridden house with beautiful wall paper. Let’s hope we don’t end up paying the price for such an indulgence. Let’s hope our new vice chairman is the next to be dismissed.