Manchester United Coach Job Has Become A Poisoned Chalice

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 23: A bubble pops on the head of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag … [+] Exactly a decade ago Manchester United fans were starting to come to terms with the realities of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. December 2013 saw the Red Devils surrender long home records of infallibility versus Everton and Newcastle United to increase the pressure on new boss David Moyes. Languishing well off the pace, United were defending champions in name alone. It was perplexing how a side spearheaded by Robin Van Persie, which had finished 11 points clear of rivals City to claim the title, could suddenly be this bad. Had Ferguson elevated a team of also-rans that much? Or was he to blame for loading it with older players designed to give him a final flourish but not much more? Answers to such questions have not become much clearer in the ten years since. Huge sums of money have been spent and lauded names installed as managers. But the truth is that when Ferguson walked out of the manager’s office in May 2013 the culture of success he maintained for three decades went with him. It’s not been for want of trying, but every different attempt to recapture that ruthless brilliance has failed. From the hard-nosed win-now expertise of Jose Mourinho to the nostalgic atmosphere of Ferguson-lieutenant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the handful of trophies won by the men who have followed the coach of 27 years would be classed by United fans themselves as secondary honors at best. MORE FOR YOU Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Takeover Could Mark Start Of A New Era For Man Utd Real Madrid Monitors January Signing Of Brazil International Defender Reports AS To see the latest United coach struggling is no surprise because, while having […]

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