Man Utd Preview.Where is the Glamour?

When the deeply unpleasant Me-rinho announced that he would be talking over from flaky LVG I was concerned; this was a chance for him to resurrect his career. Hopefully, he will continue the fine work done by his two predecessors.

Jose’s press conference yesterday told all we need to know about him; just watch his facial expressions, listen to his envy. If I were one of MU’s phalanx of spin doctors, I would be worried. The man is unspooling.

Long may it continue


Onto the game.  As always there is the truism – points lost at OT are no more valuable than those lost at say, Vicarage Road. Nonetheless this is an important game, we need the points to stay with the front-runners and doing damage to MU is always good.

November. Bellerin. Santi. Sanchez. We know the problems.

Team selection will be very interesting. Will AW go with a defensive midfield pivot of Xhaka & Coquelin alongside Elneny? Will Ramsey start? Or Sanchez?

And what of right back? Peaches put out the rumour that Coquelin could start rather than Jenks, I can’t see it. Jenkinson has experience and is likely to start. Or could AW play Gabriel at RB and allow us to play with 3 at the back, pushing Monreal into midfield and thus giving space for an  attacking MF (Ramsey?).

A little about MU. They seem a club without an identity. In times of yore there was always a glimmer about them, some glamour. This is why Pogba and Ibra are so important to United, Pogba in particular, will be the man to base the team around. They have young talent in Rashford, Martial (I would love him to work with AW at AFC), Shaw and Bailly. Keeping De Gea was huge – he earns them at least 6 points a season. Someone will make them into a Top 4 side – I pray it is not the obnoxious Jose´.

My Team:


Jenkinson    Mustafi    Koscielny     Monreal

Xhaka     Coquelin     Iwobi

Walcott   Sanchez   Ozil

Given Iwobi’s midweek travelling from Nigeria it may be that Ramsey will take his place, but let us not forget The Ox whose energy would do well in a more defensive performance.

The pundits are predicting Me-rinho will PTB, it is his way when facing attacking quality. Without Ibrahimovic I expect him to play on the counter and defend deep. Mata always plays well against us so I would not be surprised to him man marked.


This will be a test for us, the portents are not good – the Mourinho jinx, November, our recent record at OT, injuries but this is the time when all good men come to the aid of the party.



103 Responses to Man Utd Preview.Where is the Glamour?

  1. LB says:

    “The man is unspooling”

    Love this description.

    Thanks BR


  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha, LB beat me to the unspooling comment 🙂

    Thanks Erik, some interesting selections available. I have a feeling Aron will start, but whether that’s in place of Granit or Alex, who knows?

  3. Eddie says:

    I’d prefer ‘Fuck off Mourinho’

    great post, thank you Raddy

  4. Big Raddy says:

    Have to go out, should be back on the sofa for the second half. Keep a little space and some cake for BR

  5. VP of Oz says:

    Great post BR. Others I read not liking the kick-off time but for us in Oz, it is like a blessing. 10:30PM is like peak time viewing, Love the early games…

  6. Red Arnie says:

    Brilliant, Raddy. Love the curtain raiser. 🙂

    dont like the KO time. and the weather. its brass monkey weather in the north.

  7. Red Arnie says:

    Manure have once again proven themselves to be the scumdogs of Britain by appointing the obnoxious Portuguese, May all the ills of the universe shower upon them.


  8. Red Arnie says:


    Team to play Man Utd: Cech, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Walcott, Ozil, Ramsey, Sanchez

    Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Giroud


    Team to play Arsenal: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Pogba, Mata, Herrera, Martial, Rashford

    Subs: Romero, Blind, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Young, Memphis, Rooney

  9. chas says:

    Smashing, BR, cheers.

    Cmon lads, do us (and this man) proud.

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    Nice. I think our team looks better than their crappy looking XI

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal substitutes: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Giroud

    Arsenal XI: Cech, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Alexis


  12. Red Arnie says:

    nice vid Chas. 🙂 COYG

  13. LB says:

    Good team, best we could have fielded, I am really glad that Wenger doesn’t feel forced to play Xhaka because he paid more money for him than he did Coquelin and Elneny.

  14. fred1266 says:

    How come you predicted ospina to start over Cech?

  15. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, all strapped in for lift off?

    Come on you Gunnnnnners

  16. Morning all

    Thanks for the pre-match Raddy, as others have pointed out ‘unspooling’ very clever 🙂

    Manure started well, we seem to be giving them lots of space but I have faith in Koscielny and Mustafi.

    Early ko’s always seem to surprise our players 🙂

  17. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, 20 mins in, and I reckon we’ve taken the sting out of them, so maybe a good time to bring on the Ox or Alex 🙂

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    Amazing, Sanchez looking the freshest and most dynamic

  19. mickydidit89 says:

    Come on Arsene. 30 mins. Make the change 🙂

  20. fred1266 says:

    We looking tired

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    I think we’re basically playing with 10 men. There has to be something wrong with Aaron

  22. Red Arnie says:

    will take the half time score, good game.

    take off Rambo and Theo, both pedestrian, and bring on Xhaka and EFF. 🙂 happy with Jenks so far.

  23. Red Arnie says:

    man of the half is Cech. which says something, I think.

  24. mickydidit89 says:


    If we had a player down the left, whether Iwobi or Ox, then Theo would have more space, but agree Ramsey should go. Shocking half for him.

    Let’s go grab a goal 🙂

  25. wally says:

    tight game isn’t it.
    they’re really pressuring the ball in the middle, forcing it wide. Missing Santi in the middle. Someone to unlock it.
    manure still looking like a side trying to find itself.

  26. fred1266 says:

    Heard the commentator say theo wife having there second child s he probably studying that

  27. fred1266 says:

    Giroud might work better, someone to hold up the ball

  28. Red Arnie says:

    Micky and Fred. someone tall and strong in the box, I think. COYG

  29. Rasp says:

    Super PM Raddy, thanks.

    55 minutes gone and it could go either way. Ozil not really making his mark on the game (….yet!) and Theo just lacking the tricks to get past the full backs.

  30. fred1266 says:

    Yea you would think Ozil would drop deep to collect the ball instead of Sanchez, Ramsey still playing right

  31. Red Arnie says:

    hmmm. looking bad, we need to get into their box, and force Jones to be permanently posted there

  32. Gary Neville is furious with how we’ve played today and he’s not even a Gooner 😦

  33. Not a single shot so far in the second half wtf

  34. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha. EFF the saviour! 🙂

  35. mickydidit89 says:


  36. Excellent 1-1, you see I just have to have a little moan and we score 🙂

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    Thank God that’s over
    Lucky lucky point.

  38. Big Raddy says:

    Just got home with game recorded. Is it worth watching the whole game or just some of it after the rugger?

  39. chas mobile says:

    Boy, do I like a thumping header. ☺

  40. chas mobile says:

    None of it.
    The goal was the only thing worth watching

  41. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. No such thing as a lucky lucky point, ask Rasp 😀

  42. There are loads of these on twitter

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas’ little clip is the only thing worth watching
    Arsene was shit today. All in all we did not deserve a point, so in that respect…phew

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    Re the rugger, I think the Ireland All Blacks game at 5:30 could be the one to watch

  45. chas says:

  46. chas says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  47. mickydidit89 says:

    What Arsene should say when shown the new Puma Managerial Touchline Range is really quite simple 🙂

  48. fred1266 says:

    No don’t do it BR

  49. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. I won’t 😀

    Both LB and I said midweek that we would take a point, so I am happy with the result if not the performance.

  50. fred1266 says:

    My main concern is which side showing up for PSG

  51. chas says:

    You ought to give him a few style tips.
    e.g. How to look cool wearing broken purple plimsolls.

  52. chas says:

    Arsene was shit today.
    Apart from the subs which saved us from defeat.

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    If I were LB I’d have taken the bloomin’ point as well because it would have meant I’d also planned on starting with Aaron. 🙂

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    No, no, and non, that look is simply too French 🙂

    Had he started with anyone else but Aaron, we may have got three points. He should have spotted it after 20 mins and done something.

    Ox did more in one minute.

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    The only thing Ramsey has done in two ‘effing years is his ‘effing hair

  56. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, rant over. Promise to behave normally 🙂

  57. chas says:

    A first half substitution, don’t be ridiculous.

  58. chas says:

    So Ramsey has taken over from Giroud as your new scapegoat whipping boy.

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    20 mins to be exact 🙂

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    No he hasn’t, but the side was imbalanced and he was awful. I watched the game.

  61. chas says:

    So Giroud still number one. 🙂

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Well yes, and no. My beef with Ollie was when AW used to see him as First XI. This season we’ve played some brilliant football with Sanchez up top and I am very happy. Ollie is an excellent player to have on the bench. Never denied that.

    I am not someone who ever needs a scapegoat, but clearly Aaron was not good today. At all.

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    I’ve now got 73 albums on to a tiny weeny ipod nano. Still going 🙂

  64. Rasp says:

    Palace just equalised with city – could be a good day for us 🙂

  65. Rasp says:

    I should keep my mouth shut – 1:2 city 😦

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Will OG start against PSG?

    He scores in almost every appearance. Super sub or starter?

  67. Aaron says:

    Will take the point!
    Do not want to see Ramsey in the side again with Iwobi the better fit, but he will need rest from time to time.
    Arsenal seriously miss Bellerin and Sanchez was no where near ready to play at a high level today.
    Thought it was going to take a clean sheet to win today and it was true.
    D actually played well, and Coq was the best of that unit.
    Ozil needs support to roam and did not find it today. Need PACE on the wings and Ox and Theo provide that, it is one way to move the pieces of the other side around to create space for runners into the box.
    Onward and upward.

  68. fred1266 says:

    Every time I get frustrated with Ramsey I remember FA cup fimal

  69. Big Raddy says:

    IRE NZ rugby game is fantastic. Thank goodness I was never big enough to play in the scrum

  70. Big Raddy says:

    The Miscreants score two in the final 2 minutes to scrape a win.


  71. Sir A Hussein was at Old Trafford and has offered a match report, I’m going to accept unless someone else wants it …….. anyone?

  72. LB says:

    Good Ol, Sir A

    Top man.

  73. chas mobile says:

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  76. Eddie says:

    huge disappointment, nothing else.

  77. chas says:

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  79. LB says:

    “Arsenal did the mannequin challenge for 89 minutes and still drew”


  80. chas says:

    Looking forward to Sir A’s report.
    Just imagine standing there frustrated for virtually the whole game and then equalising at the end.
    The bizarre nature of football, I suppose.

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Up until the 89th minute of games, it was a good day for Chelsea

  82. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all.

    Letting ManUre think they might win, conserving energy for PSG and sending OG on to get a last minute winner. Perfect performance!

  83. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning all,

    Yawn. Strectch. Eye rub. Coffee. Much needed.

  84. Big Raddy says:

    7.58. Wenger’s smile is lovely

  85. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas’ 7:58

    I was not going to push play on a vid with Rio Ferdinand on it. Too tired.

    So glad I did. The tail is immediately bushy 🙂

  86. mickydidit89 says:

    Out of interest, and I know Sir H is a mate of Chary, but where else do his match reports appear, because I assume he’s on another blog.

    Very happy and grateful he does them, just curious

  87. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha. motning all. good posts, Chas. 🙂

  88. Red Arnie says:

    I plan to pen a few words that are not particularly time sensitive. To nuts later today.

  89. chas says:

    8.29 – were you really frustrated for virtually the whole game in 1989?

  90. mickydidit89 says:

    If he was, then it can only have been the “extras” he consumed. I cannot remember a more engaging 90+ minutes during my whole sorry life

  91. Big Raddy says:

    chas. No (you have read about my very enjoyable evening) but it a night when victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat.

    And if you watch the whole game, we could easily have lost as we played no more than OK over the 90+ minutes. That gets lost in the narrative which has developed over the 26 years years.

    But perhaps this is a discussion for another day. A post on games which turned in a matter of seconds might be interesting

  92. mickydidit89 says:

    That’s kinda true Erik, but what doesn’t get lost over time re the narrative is the enormity of what the ’89’ers achieved

    Having to win by 2 clear goals, away, against the dominant club in English football. Yes, the bum squeaked, but the fight was incredible

  93. Big Raddy says:

    No argument there Micky. One of the best nights of my life.

  94. chas says:

    I see what you’re getting at BR, but we were 1-0 up for nearly 40 minutes. 🙂

  95. chas says:

    …. which, of course, left the possibility of snatching that vital second goal.

    Must go and read your match account again. 🙂

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