Our readers discuss why Rooney is no longer good enough for United, how Wenger’s transfer policy frustrates fans and why Martinez and Belgium are perfect for each other.
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Rooney’s time is up
I don’t think any player in England polarizes opinion like Wayne Rooney. Even among United supporters, there are more and more who see him increasingly becoming a liability.
Rooney is obviously close to our all time scoring record and has been instrumental in our many titles during his 12 years at Old Trafford. BUT he’s been on a downward spiral these last few years and I fail to see how he’s magically going to return to form. If he does, then great but if not, I see this as possibly his last season.
Sympathy has gone. Watched his great goals on MUTV yesterday and, in his youth and at his peak, the guy was f******g brilliant. But he’s only going to get worse from now on in and it’s sad to see a once great player that’s no longer got it. But the point is this, in my humble opinion, that if Rooney commands a regular first team place this season it’ll be a sign that we’re not a top side, because he is no longer good enough to get into a top side.
Wenger lacks ambition
It really doesn’t matter if they give Wenger another £4billion to spend, fact of the matter is he won’t spend it. I’m not so sure it’s because he has that much faith in the current squad, I think it more comes down the fact that if he spent and we won the league he’d be proved wrong in his philosophy. He would also be shown up big time in his ability to manage if he did spend big and bought say Higuain, Mahrez and a top centre-back and then still couldn’t win the league. He doesn’t seem to have the belief in himself to take this team forward and is quite happy to pick up £8m a year for doing the bare minimum to keep a job. Then comes the lack of pressure from the board to win, although I do think that could change if he did spend the full £150m we have in the bank. As it stands though he can just turn around and say look at the bank loads of wonga and Champions League again.
Anyone else looking forward to the start of season? Thought not, in Wenger we rot.
The funny thing though is I still can’t understand why Wenger is so reluctant to spend.We definitely need reinforcements in key areas. Wenger’s excuse for being unable to compete with top clubs financially gets blown out by Leicester (a club with significantly less financial power) last season. So It’s not like Wenger dosen’t have any pressure not to win trophies even without spending. He might as well for the first time in his life go on and splash the cash and not be afraid of failure.But like I’ve always been under the presumption that Wenger genuinely believes that this squad is capable of winning the Premier League (which makes him delusional). Well we all know that isn’t true, but even if it is true then Wenger surely isn’t capable of a making any squad let alone this one win the Premier League again.
Im just wondering why Klopp doesnt sign a top defensive midfielder, I would’ve thought that would be a priority signing as we haven’t had a proper defensive midfielder since Mascherano left. Is it because Klopp thinks Emre Can or Grujic can be the long term solution and any new signings will just hamper their development. Or is it because in Klopp’s system we don’t need a specialist defensive midfielder as everyone will be pressing for the ball so everyone in effect is a defensive midfielder?
Klopp seems to be doing a bit of a Wenger, and not addressing the glaring problem in the squad. It’s only a matter of time, before he says that left back isn’t a problem, and Moreno is a great player. I like Klopp, but when managers start ignoring glaring problems as if they’re not even there, I begin to question them.
Martinez and Belgium – a match made in heaven
I think this is a perfect appointment for both sides, Belgium has such a wealth of talent but never played as a team. Martinez gets his players playing as a team but has never managed a team of talented players
Conte’s investment in youth
I think its safe to assume Conte isn’t doing a Mourinho and just paying the academy lip service whilst spouting rhetoric about England call ups just to appease Chelsea fans.
Their is a genuine air of possibility, I for one think Chalobah has to be given Mikel’s spot in the Squad, whilst Ola Aina has done nothing but ask why he wasn’t trusted with the position last year. Zouma will take Cahill’s spot once he’s fit. Kennedy should be given Pedro’s spot in the squad.
Papa and Baba both appear to be off according to recent reports which should help Ola nail down a spot. but I feel their is room for one or two more defenders in the squad, perhaps a move for Marqinho from PSG? Should the Koulibaly move fall through.
Bertrand Traore needs a Premier League loan move or a move to Villa who will be aiming for promotion.
I was hoping to see a few more youngsters like Boga, Mosunda and Miazga but the prior two are already on loan and Miazga for whatever reason hasn’t featured at all.