Choccy’s Diary: Jose’s the Right One, Pogba Praise & Unfunny Ed

Brian McClair gives his take on this week's United news.
Brian McClair   |  23rd August 2018

United criticism is premature.

There’s been a lot spoken about in the press this week of how Jose Mourinho could already be under pressure following the Brighton loss. There is no more pressure on the coach than before the season started, there will be agreed targets between the club and the coach on what they should be achieving, one defeat will not change them.

We’ve also seen a lot of negative and critical statements about Manchester United lately. It is unfair to make comments such as these based on one game, all of the successful winning teams in the past have had some poor performances. It is very easy to criticise, I often wonder if enough consideration has gone in to negative remarks beforehand or does the “paymaster/mistress” demand it?

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Paul Pogba deserves praise.

There is too much talk regarding Paul Pogba, he is a United player, Jose’s choice of captain at the moment and he is playing well, teams and squads win trophies not individual players. Considering that Paul has not had much physical, emotional or mental rest he has made himself available for selection before he would have been expected to, there has been little or scant comment on this fact. There is a contractual and duty of care to allow a player a period of rest and recuperation before playing, Paul has waived this in the interest of his colleagues, his coach and the football club, he should be applauded for this selfless act!!! He played very well against Leicester and had a satisfactory performance at Brighton, too many other players were below par and United missed Alexis Sanchez, yet for some reason all the talk post-match centred around Pogba. I’ve said previously that I feel there’s been too much expectation on Paul because of the amount of money United paid for him and people are far too quick to criticise.

Jose’s still the Right One.

Whoever is the coach at United is the right person for the job, Jose is doing that the way he wants to. The players have to please the coach and the coach has to please the owners, all are still in their posts and they require our support until that situation changes.

Each and every game is important for a variety of reasons, in order to challenge for titles, you need to win at home and take points from one’s title rivals, therefore of course it is important to win on Monday evening against Spurs.

Ed Woodward’s not into funny business.

I’ve been asked about my own personal experiences with Ed Woodward quite a lot recently. All I can proffer is that Mr Woodward nor any of his acolytes, after telling a joke or a humorous story, have been successful in making any of the audience titter, apart from the aforementioned disciples, however this may not be a skill required to inspire one’s employees, customers (new world speak for “fan”) or satisfy one’s employers. So maybe his lack of humour isn’t a hindrance to the people that matter most to him.

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