13 Oct 2021 15:39:43
The veneer shattered, the plan exposed, the truth revealed. Ole has talked a good game, he's sold stories of the Utd way and attacking football but under all the exciting adjectives has been a regimen of pragmatism and percentage football of self preservation, self interest and survival.

Ole finds himself in the midst of yet another crisis. Scrambling for points before the leaves have fallen from the trees desperately trying to hang onto the coat tails of teams devoid of an identity crisis and put simply actually know what they are doing.

If Ole is to survive the next few weeks of gruelling fixtures it won't resemble the gun fight at the O. K Corral. There will be no such daring, courageous acts of defiance but the digging of trenches, battle down the hatches and the hope at the end of it all there are somehow just enough points to come out alive.

As we approach three full years of Ole perhaps the best way to summarise his tenure is that of broken promises and confusion. Sometimes what you need is a tin of Ronseal yet Ole has become a talking encyclopaedia of the Utd way without ever delivering it. If the suit fits Ole is a real life example of the emperors new clothes.

Ole is selling a dream he cannot deliver. He may have started with good intentions but ever since the ink dried on his first contract his aspirations have not extended beyond survival and self preservation.

Every single Utd fan will understand that the only chance of putting points on the table over the next few weeks will be achieved by defensive heroics and the odd counter attack. Surrendering possession, parking the bus and the hope that the return of Marcus Rashford will provide some pace and penetration on the break, despite having arguably the best CF in world football.

At this time Ole is not working on his footballing philosophy but masterminding with Phelan, McKenna and Carrick how to save their jobs whilst still feeding the illusion they are playing the Utd way. Ole may wear the Utd suit but everyone can see there is nothing underneath.

Ole has been exposed, the Utd way and promise of attacking football bares no more truth as the promise of minutes to VdB. 8 long years and we still daren't play football against our biggest rivals. Ole's last dance has arrived!

1.) 13 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021 16:41:28
The excuses afforded him were never acceptable for his predecessors. When top 4 is your goal, you have a wider scope for failure. You can go 3 or 4 games without a win and still be in the hunt for 4th place. The problem now is that the title is craved by everyone but the manager. The fans now want to challenge, the key personal in the squad came to win trophies. Our manager is simply happy being Manchester United manager.

The penny hasn't dropped for him. He'll eventually be sacked because his attitude mirrors his style on the pitch, cautious and terrified to take risks. Also probably why he was content with sitting on the bench for the majority of his career.

2.) 13 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021 17:19:08
I agree Mumbles but Ole’s ambition only mirrors that of the board. I think it’s starting to dawn on everyone now that Ole is more intent on keeping his own job than developing a more progressive style of play or pushing the boundaries. He knows that if he accepts this team should be in a title race it brings extra pressure on both himself and the board. But how can he claim his team can’t even challenge with the likes of Varane, Pogba, Fernandes and Ronaldo.

He sold a vision of a work in progress, of building a young, dynamic, hungry team which bought him time but that veneer is over. When you sign Varane and Ronaldo people expect. In many ways they were the perfect signings but in reality they have only heaped pressure on Ole and the Club to deliver.

He should have signed Ben White and Danny Ings and the whole charade could have continued for a bit longer!

I’ve just grown tired of all the excuses!

3.) 13 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021 18:02:50
The board will get away with what they can. They hired Ole knowing that some fans will be blinded by his status as a player and it's evident from this page that it's worked. But he's been backed in nearly every window. He could play a a very competitive 11 of players he's bought so even though the board ultimately would be happy with top 4 for the next decade, once the fans have them in their crosshairs again, they'll need a distraction and nothing distracts fans like trophies.

4.) 13 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021 18:41:52
I notice a change in the media towards him now, more and more ex players and pundits, foreign coaches all starting to question the playing style and tactics and the direction he is taking us.

He will get this season but I doubt he will get much longer as I don't see him winning silverware.

5.) 13 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021 19:02:47
Did he really spend the majority of his career on the bench? From what I remember he started more games than he did as sub. He got a reputation as a super sub because he was excellent at coming off the bench and scoring but there was more to him as a player than that. Yes he will forever be associated with the 99 final, which is no bad thing, but the legend banner is not just for that. But I guess some fans are now blinded by his status as a manager.

6.) 13 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021 19:16:15
To be honest Mumbles I only ever saw Ole winning trophies with a group of young players that all grew together. I never saw him being able to compete with Pep or Klopp but he needed to outlast them. To build a team that could get close and then take advantage of any possible instability when they eventually left in a few years.

I think if we played a front 4 of Greenwood, Rashford, Sancho and Fernandes supported by the likes of younger players such as Ahmed, Elanga and some of our other promising academy players most fans would be much more receptive and tolerant of the odd bad performance. If we worked hard, pressed from the front, played on the front foot and moved the ball quickly I think we’d all feel that maybe he was building towards something that could challenge.

7.) 13 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021 20:59:06
DLIB. sounds like Boris Johnson, the leader of the Coxit up party.

8.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 00:07:59
DLIB, i think you're spot on with that about the younger players. Just more poor judgement from Solksjaer. Just that list alone is a fearsome line up of talent. It doesn't need Ronaldo and definitely doesn't need Martial adding to it. Cavani would be a good addition to that list though, much more valuable part of the squad than Mata or Lingard.

9.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 00:17:05
Not a ball has been kicked, but some on here seem to have whipped them selves up into a frenzy. We are level in points with City, 1 off Liverpool, 2 off the top. I get that you want to write these overly long and eloquent posts to somehow show off on the site DLIB, but some of the nonsense written there is ridiculous.

The coaching staff will surely be "plotting" how to win a bunch of games in a very difficult spell. Not for nefarious means, not to spite all the Ole Out brigade on here, but because it is their jobs.

10.) 14 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021 20:43:51
Jamie Carragher has said it as it is. Referring to Gary Neville and Roy Keane “The two of them just make excuses for Ole because they played with him and he's their mate”.

11.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 03:07:20
Lol. When fans were singing Ole's at the wheel, they thought it was that of a bus and we'd be going places, when in reality Ole is at the controls of a ferris wheel and we're stuck in this endless loop of inconsistencies. And please stop making reference to this false dawn of a league position especially when we haven't played any of the so called big teams as yet. You all love mentioning that we're only 2 points behind 1st place but also fail to mention that we're only 3 points ahead of 9th and 4 ahead of 10th. A position we could easily find ourselves in if things don't go our way in these upcoming league fixtures.

12.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 03:50:33
We're all doomed! Be afraid!

13.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 05:20:12
Dodgy, you need a wobble. How many points were we off the likes of City and Liverpool last season when the idiot gave up on the title race? Oh wait, yeah we were top. So you are the one who is getting ridiculous by the day. Each of your posts makes you sound like you are Ole's wife who will just defend him to the end of the world. He is a buffoon nothing more nothing less.

14.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 05:58:35
Dodgy, City and Liverpool have played against top teams and are sitting at the top.
We on the other hand played against average teams.
If we had any ambition to compete, we should have picked up maximum points against these teams and utilize the easy fixture list.

And don't forget we were dumped out in the first match in EFL.
Add to that horrible performances in the Champions League.

15.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 06:49:10

I understand you are pro Ole, however, can you see any change or improvement in team set up bringing better control in games over the last 3 years? We are inconsistent because there is no organised team method that is successful to a high percentage.

Surely you can see this, surely you understand the manager has no successful organised pattern, like the top managers. Ole has no history at all of being able to deliver that.

Yes we may win games, but we did that in the 70’s and 80’s. On what basis do you have such faith that Ole can deliver?

DLIB, very good well written OP by the way.

16.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 07:49:06
Ole is a clown and the club are the Circus.

17.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 09:54:41
Is Ole the monkey or the organ grinder? That's the real question.

18.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 10:38:33
Red man, If I had a hero in football then Keane would be close to it but he talks as much nonsense as the rest of them. Comparing Foden to Tom Brady was the clincher. As a manager he sought Michael Chopra and Roy O'Donavan to turn his fortunes around. But he gets paid to talk.

19.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 11:15:13
Ole is neither the monkey nor the organ grinder he is not fit to be assistant to the assistant organ grinder.

20.) 14 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021 20:16:52
Well then Ken he obviously isn't to blame then.