We all have moments in life that literally leave us unable to talk, completely speechless not able to deliver words from our vocal chords, I experienced this last night. When Phil Jones a CB stepped up to take a corner. I’ve had many moments like this in my life as a United supporter and I’m thankful to say most as a result of amazing moments.
The last 18 or so months have been a bit of a blur, scattered with moments surrounded by what appeared to be bad decisions that have left me unable to actually understand whats happened or is happening. Moyes last year playing Mata right midfield was one of those moments. Look bad results can happen but when you’re making bizarre decisions it’s the beginning of the end.
You can’t win games without being brave and gutsy and sometimes you need to be a maverick, but then again not many stupid decisions have resulted in championship wins, I can’t remember a league title won on this philosophy.
Van Gaals “Philosophy” is surrounded by mystery, and after 6 months I’m no clearer now than I was on day one of the premier league obviously playing players out of position and now a CB taking corners in my opinion is a distinct lack of respect not only to the players on the pitch but also the fans going to watch games.
I don’t think too many people in the club in the directors box or on the pitch would view Phil Jones as a set piece specialist in fact his technical ability and decision making have often been called in to question, if I was a player in that team I would start to question my managers decision making.
Van Gaal has had short scatterings of success throughout his managerial career, usually straight away, but after 6 months I’m doubting his suitability I think we need a big personality but not an ego that makes bizarre decisions in the hope something will happen and make him look like a tactical genius.
Possession football with no pace or penetration will ensure you don’t lose many but its no way to win, only four teams in the premier league have drawn more games than United and if we keep failing to turn draws into wins a top 4 finish is seriously in doubt as those around us pick up pace and put runs together.
One size doesn’t fit all and if something isn’t working you need to swallow your ego and change it, at the moment the responsibility lies in the managers hands but should these poor performances continue with no light at the end of the tunnel, don’t be surprised if people start to get restless. I want it to work and I want normal service to be resumed, but I’m afraid to say if something doesn’t click this season I’m doubtful it will at all.