So if you believe the reports Manchester United are in crisis, well personally I’d go with on the edge of crisis as they have only played one important game. However in the next week they have three huge away matches, poor results, especially in the league matches and THEY WILL BE heading into the international break IN CRISIS. The sad thing, for the fans anyways, is that a lot of this is self-inflicted by the club who unfortunately have become arrogant and did not move along with the times as other teams have done. When Sir Alex Ferguson left, in my opinion, that is when you show your supposed ‘financial power’ and get players in, especially as it was so obvious they were needed. Last season was a nightmare for the reds of Manchester, but it was not all David Moyes fault as some people would have you believe; yes he was responsible for results on the pitch and essentially the players performances and needed to do much better. However it is difficult when you have one hand tied behind your back, though he should have been strong enough to confront these people hamstringing him from behind the scenes. I said to friends before the start of last season that Ed Woodward is a major problem, a brilliant commercial man, superb at getting monies into the club, but did he have the transfer know how to get big deals done??????? Clearly not!!!!!!! As he only managed to secure Marouane Felliani, and at 4 million + over a buyout clause he could have paid weeks earlier. He was, unlike Moyes, given a reprieve (he is a Glazer stooge), but has shown his incompetence again during this summer transfer window (as the season has already started and United are still looking to get players in to improve their squad) at the transfer side of his job and it looks, to me anyways, like he has been doing two jobs in his role as Executive Vice Chairman – WHY!!!!!!! The club have had all summer to add to Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, but ‘Our Eddie’ after an interview, where he waxes lyrical about Manchester United and how they can pay the big bucks if necessary – then he leaves the tour and does absolutely nothing for a few weeks, just like last year when he left pre-season in Australia – hence my nickname for him ‘The Lesser Spotted Ed Woodward’ #TLSEW. From what I have seen the guy is a fraud (on the transfer business side – commercially he is outstanding) and maybe for the good of the club he needs to return to being ‘Commercial Eddie’ and they get someone in who actually knows how to conduct transfer business quickly, quietly, effectively and with as little fuss as possible. Unfortunately for Louis Van Gaal, the results in the coming weeks will be key and will shape how the landscape (especially in regards of which new players have arrived) looks come September 1st 2014 at Old Trafford. On the bright side if there is a bit of a goal surge (and they win) in their matches against Sunderland and Burnley, United could top the table come 2:45pm on the 30th August, if that is the case (it could be far worse mind) don’t let that fool you, there IS still PLENTY of work for the 20 time champions to do.
Ok Manchester United fans may think they have it bad but spare a though for the supporters of Fulham at the moment. Relegated in May (after 13 consecutive seasons in the top flight) and now 23rd in the championship table after three defeats (and only one goal). Felix Magath has gone down the route of playing their promising youngsters, (Hangeland, Sidwell, Heitinga, Riise and Duff have all been moved on) but it is the Championship, regarded as one of the most competitive leagues in the world and not necessarily the place to blood players lacking in experience. Ross McCormack, top scorer in last seasons Championship has been brought in at a price of 11 million but so far as not had the desired impact. A huge test of character for all involved at Craven Cottage and their owner and chairman Shahid Khan is already having to think about making some important decisions for the good of the club. As I write this a trip to Derby (last seasons unlucky play off final losers and one of the favourites to be promoted) is next up for Fulham (Sat 23rd August) – ouch!!!!!!!! There is hope for the fans however in the form of Sunderland in 2006-07 season. They actually lost their first four games in the Championship (also after being relegated from the Premier League the previous season), but ended up winning it and being promoted, however a change of manager after a fourth straight defeat prompted the improvement – Felix Magath beware.
The US Open starts in Flushing Meadow this coming Monday (25th August) and the chances of it becoming FED18 are strong. He only just lost out to World Number one Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon and in his build up tournaments to the last Grand Slam of the year he reached the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal (losing to another resurgent player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and then went on to the Cincinnati Masters and won the tournament beating David Ferrer to the title. This is now a great opportunity for the Fed Express to secure an 18th Grand Slam win and end his 2 year + exile especially if you take into account the following factors:-
Djokovic not getting past the last 16 in either of his warm up tournaments and generally looking a little out of sorts.
A number of the top ten players showing erratic form.
A favourable draw especially as most importantly in my opinion, the defending champion Rafael Nadal had to pull out of the tournament due to a wrist injury, allowing Federer to slot into the number two seed position as thanks to his recent form his ATP ranking improved (and avoidance of the Serb 2011 champion until at least a final – if they both make it).
With these things in his favour, the Swiss legend has has to be seen as the favourite to win the tournament on current form. It will be an interesting 2 weeks in NYC!!!!!!!
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