Manchester United

The famous Manchester United are stuck in an infinite hell loop since 2013

Mudeet Arora
Man Utd reeks of incompetence from top to bottom
Man Utd reeks of incompetence from top to bottom / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Ben Hoskins/The FA via Getty Images, Matthew Peters/Getty Images
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Manchester United manager.

He follows his predecessors in Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes as the fourth full-time Man Utd manager to be discharged of his duties.

Let's be clear from the offset, Manchester United as a club reeks of incompetence off the field and by off the field, I mean inside that board room where big decisions are taken by people remotely related to football.

No, I am not defending Solskjaer or this United squad. He and the players were part of the problem, but the biggest problem is the way this great club is being run to ruin.

Since their legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, Manchester United have failed to show proper faith in any of their full-time managers before appointing a club legend in Solskjaer.

The club backed him in multiple transfer windows and he got in the players he wanted to in order to build his squad.

Now, when we look at the funds given to all of the previous Manchester United managers, Solskjaer has spent the most, followed by Jose Mourinho, Van Gaal and David Moyes.

Do you see a pattern here?

Manchester United as a club has had waves of investment for a new manager that comes in and the club expects the coach to carry on with that big initial investment for atleast two years without much expensive additions. It's not wrong but it does push them back compared to the highest spending clubs. Yes, the club tried to change how they approach recruitment, but maybe, what they need is a proper spread of budget across 3-4 seasons for a manager.

While the club did try to support Ole better than his predecessors, the lack of squad enrichment and addressing key squad issues is a problem. In modern day football, squad enrichment is as important as coaching philosophy. You can't sign a big player one summer and refrain from signing a quality addition in the next summer just to balance your books. Moreover, as a club, you need to address the areas which need most improvement on the pitch.

Take the summer gone by for example. Manchester United's squad right now is crying for a proper defensive midfielder, which should have been the club's prime target in the summer, but instead, that area wasn't addressed and additions were made in areas where they could have survived without an improvement. Who takes these decisions?

Each of the managers Manchester United have had post Fergie till Ole have either faced this issue or haven't been given enough time to succeed.

To be honest, Solskjaer got the best, both in comparison to funds for Man Utd managers post Fergie and the time to succeed.

Let's not forget, the Norwegian has done an incredible job with regards to building the Manchester United squad that it is today. It's tremendous credit to his ability at a human level to carry on such a big squad cleanout and then bring in some quality additions to build a team that on paper, looks worthy of challenging for big trophies.

But, while he may be a brilliant man-manager and someone who understands the winning mentality for a squad, what matters in the world of football is results, the gamestyle, tactics, the performances of the players and the lack of that is what majorly led to him and almost all of the previous Man Utd managers being sacked. That's the hell loop.

To his credit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer HAS what none of his predecessors, Mourinho, Van Gaal and David Moyes did, a legacy at Manchester United, a moment in that Champions League final of 1999 that etched his name in the club's history forever. Nothing and no one can take that away from him.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's legendary status at the club will remain intact, it has to. But, this infinite managerial hell loop at the home of the Red Devils is something that needs addressing, either by the next manager, or as many would say, by the owners, who seem to always be getting away with letting go of managers, thus conveniently diverting attention from what's really wrong at Manchester United.


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