Is Jose losing it again?
It’s not been a good start to the season for Jose at Old Trafford. Stuck in 8th place with just 15 points he’s 8 points behind the leaders and there’s a few of them. This time last season Van Gaal was on 20 points and in 4th place and only 2 points behind the leaders. Even worse, the much-derided David Moyes had 17 points and was also in 8th place. It’s just that Moyes’ side had scored more goals.
After spending £145m despite Ibra arriving on a free he’s just not got it right. He assured everyone that he had just 4 transfer targets in the summer and having signed Pogba, he’d got every one that he wanted.
Since then nothing’s gone right. His best signing, the £30m Eric Bailly is out until Christmas. We’re all still wondering about Pogba. Ibra can’t seem to find the net and had 12 attempts on goal on Saturday against Burnley without actually scoring. As for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, we’re all baffled at why he can’t get a game given that last year in the Bundesliga he was the Players’ Player of the Season with 15 assists and 11 league goals from midfield.
The Sun’s football correspondent, Antony Kastrinakis appearing on Sky’s Sunday Supplement this week claimed Jose was a “flat track bully” who could beat up smaller teams but had to park the bus against the better ones. The Times’ Alyson Rudd claimed that Jose was suddenly looking “old school” compared with the likes of Guardiola. Klopp and Pochettino.
Added to this are the ridiculous stories about his living arrangements appearing in the tabs last week with him claiming that he can’t go to a restaurant and has to use the Deliveroo app to get take-aways. Get an apartment and hire a chef? Why can’t he live normally like his predecessors have managed to do is anyone’s guess but there’s the suspicion that he’s getting his excuses in early.
It’s a common observation that Jose has narcistic tendencies. We’ve all seen lots of those guys in recruitment and we have seen how fragile their confidence is when it’s knocked. We think Jose was always at his best when he was the swaggering, boasting Special One. Now he seems far more reserved, depressed even and with that, the magic has gone too. We really do wonder if he can get it back.
But how does this affect us FL managers? Well, in past seasons even with makeshift defences, United always defended well. It seemed to be in their DNA but even that seems to have gone now. Looking at the all players form table you have to scroll down to number 59 to find the first United player in Daley Blind. The next one is on page 4. Nuff said.
In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:
Manager of the Week
Marc Cohen’s broke the ton with no less than 105 points this week. Who said that Americans no nothing about football? How did he do it? Well, Kaptain Kun did him no harm and neither did the 30 points from his 4-man defence. However, Sanchez, Firmino and Hazard helped things along tremendously. Of course, when you spend that much on your midfield, you have to compromise on your strikers but although Wilson only got a point, Defoe came in with 7.
What a brilliant week Marc!
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With 95 points in 77th place we’ve got Davis Star. With 46 points from his front three of Kun, Costa and Defoe, David got off to a good start. Add in Stone’s first clean sheet of the season and it starts to look like a good week. Man of the moment, Joe Allen helped the midfield along with Sanchez, but he left 6 points on the bench with Bolasie.
Welcome to the newsletter David.
The Best of the Rest
At 123rd place with 98 points we find Neil Moore and his superbly named team, Neville Wears Prada. Neil had all the usual suspects in there except his backline of Williams, Azpilicueta and Shaw that earned him 21 points.
What a superb week Neil. With a team as good as this you’ll go places.
When The Beast opened up his account at Boro with a goal in his first week and two assists in his second some of us thought he was a bargain. Perhaps those that did chose to forget his disastrous second half of the season at City when he didn’t score after January before City swam the channel by selling him to Valencia for E27m at the end of the season. Just 10 goals in 55 La Liga appearances didn’t exactly enhance his reputation and he was loaned out to Boro at the start of this season. He got his first assist since week 2 on Saturday but just couldn’t go past the goalie to double his season’s goal tally. With 14% ownership and priced at £6.4m it’s a no brainer.
Get him binned!
One to watch..........
Can it be that this ex Wigan player is still only 25 years old? It seems like he’s been around for ages but he hasn’t played many games for Chelsea since his opening season in 2012/13. However, Conte clearly fancies him as his attacking right wing back in his new 3-4-3 formation and the boy’s done good as his 21 points in the last 4 games shows. Where else can you get a piece of Chelsea’s ever improving midfield for just £5.5m and an ownership of less than 1%.
Team of the Week
The top manager of the whole league this week is yet another Egyptian Mohamed Arabokaaa. There must be something in the water over there. Mohamed scored 104 points this week to take him to an incredible 678 points.
So what’s his team?
His subs were
Jakupovic, Valencia, Walker, Grabban
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