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Manchester United did get what it deserved actually December 7, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in Champions League, English soccer.
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This Surreal Football article does an excellent job of explaining why the governing structure of Manchester United got what it deserved:

The real brain-teaser is: why can’t Manchester United afford to make mistakes in the transfer market? City can: their famously expensive bench is largely a collection of overvalued disappointments; Chelsea can: Fernando Torres and David Luiz haven’t changed the club as was hoped last January and yet there is talk of further millions this time around. Glazernomics is the difference, simply.

True. And though I perceive, perhaps erroneously, that this is a blog run by Manchester United fans, they also hit the nail on the head when they say fans deserve it too. When Glazer came, all the worthwhile Manchester United fans followed the soul of the club over to FC United of Manchester. If you don’t believe this is a moral issue, listen to this Beyond the Pitch interview and educate yourself.

Similarly, Sir Alex Ferguson, narcissistic thought-terrorist that he is, deserved what he got. If you are arrogant or in denial enough to dismiss people who correctly suggest you aren’t living up to your potential, you deserve a reality check.

Not to mention that Ferguson’s tactics have somehow managed to be both arrogant and cowardly. Only in two games against Otelul Galati has he used two strikers in this season’s Champions League. Antonio Valencia on the right of midfield in all but the most recent, despite the fact that Nani on the right is the team’s chief source of creativity. Surely you can afford to take the initiative at home to FC Basel.

Yet he has also experimented wantonly. Anders Lindegaard has started two matches. At home to Benfica, Dimitar Berbatov started ahead of Javier Hernandez. Park Jisung played in the center of midfield against Basel, even though that is a position in which he has never looked like someone who knows what he’s doing.

But of course he did what he always does when Roy Keane pithily pointed all this out. He, like any dictator, believes that if he reacts with unreasoning rage to anyone who criticizes him, nobody will do it. Fair enough, as long as he can get to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The real brain-teaser is: why can’t Manchester United afford to make mistakes in the transfer market? City can: their famously expensive bench is largely a collection of overvalued disappointments; Chelsea can: Fernando Torres and David Luiz haven’t changed the club as was hoped last January and yet there is talk of further millions this time around. Glazernomics is the difference, simply.

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