Mourinho v Pogba is exactly the same as Solskjaer and Van de Beek at Man Utd


Less is Mour

One of the main talking points emerging from recent Premier League games is the fate of Donny van de Beek. Gary Neville considers his lack of playing time for Manchester United a “mystery”. Marco van Basten is not impressed.

But the Site web du Daily Mirror offers an entirely new angle. They know exactly what they are doing with this title:

“Donny van de Beek’s advisor said to ‘shut your mouth’ as ​​Jose Mourinho’s problem arose”

How on earth is the current Tottenham manager, who was the last Manchester United manager almost two years ago, relevant in this situation?

It is not, of course. Here is the trick. It’s an assemblage of about 20 different stories. The “shut your mouth” is by Patrice Evra. And it takes 26 whole paragraphs before Mourinho is even mentioned. Definitely worth viewing.

After all the preamble concerning recent comments of Sjaak Swart – “who represents Van de Beek” when in reality he is simply an agent of the company which represents Van de Beek – comes the first inclination as to what this real story is.

“There are certainly similarities between this situation and the one faced by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Keep going.

“In 2018, Mourinho had a public falling out with Paul Pogba – and the Frenchman’s agent was heavily involved in the dispute. “

So, one manager “had a public falling out” with a player two years ago, describing him as a “bug” in front of his teammates – and now a completely different manager has signed but has yet to give him a proper chance. a completely different player just over a month into the season. The two had other people discussing the situation publicly.

It is really worrying. Enough to send a shiver down your spine.

“There is no evidence to suggest that lightning struck twice.

Oh. So what are we doing here?

“Solskjaer has been relatively quiet on Van de Beek, but doesn’t seem to have a problem with the midfielder and certainly doesn’t seem to be punishing him.

Same question.

“Simply, it gives Van de Beek time to adapt to this new environment and, apparently, to find where it fits best in its system.

So, it’s literally nothing like the “Jose Mourinho problem” that “emerged”. He “had a public quarrel” with Paul Pogba, whose agent spoke and annoyed the director. Two years later, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “doesn’t seem to have a problem” with Donny van de Beek and doesn’t “punish” him because he hasn’t done anything wrong and someone who isn’t his agent said something a few weeks ago.

Other than that, history pretty much repeats itself.

Take the Mik

Writes Dave Kidd in The sun:

“Arteta had a good voice – 90% of his instructions barked in Spanish. Rodgers, who speaks the lingo of the Arsenal manager, seemed amused by what his counterpart had said. But do Bukayo Saka or Kieran Tierney understand a word?

Maybe not. He probably speaks English to give them tactical messages when he needs them. How revolutionary.

What is a man who knows more than one language members of the media so naturally suspicious?


Mark Irwin was also on duty at Arsenal and spent much of his time chatting with someone who was neither on the pitch nor in the stadium. No prize for guessing who.

“MESUT OZIL was there again, tweeting footage of his goal in the 3-1 win over Leicester two years ago before the game against the same opponents. “

What ad * ck.

What he failed to mention was that this was pretty much his last decent performance in an Arsenal shirt before being kicked off the squad by Mikel Arteta.

“The only way he can stay the center of attention now is to try to embarrass the club on social media at every opportunity. “

Begin your opinion piece on a game for the nation’s best-selling newspaper with a few paragraphs about a player who was not featured, calling him on his desire to “stay the center of attention.” It will teach him.

October rain

John Cross, meanwhile, was busy unearthing this absolute gem for the Daily Mirror:

“Incredibly, this was the first time Arsenal lost a home league game in 33 games in October. “

It really is, by definition, “very hard to believe”. But why stop the caveats and qualifiers out there? What about the home league games they lost in October on a Sunday? Or the home league games they lost in October on a Sunday against scorers with the initials JV? Now that would be “incredible”.

Concede defeat

The stats bug even made its way to Martin Samuel from Daily mail:

“They haven’t conceded a goal yet in a game that Mendy and Silva started in. “

So three games. Great stuff.

Press bench

“Solskjaer explains why he blames himself for Pogba’s Man Utd bench” – Daily Mirror.

Is it because he is the manager?

Most MailOnline headlines of the day

‘Manchester United’ still aiming for a stunning £ 176million double hit for Erling Haaland AND Jadon Sancho … with the Norwegian striker having a £ 68million exit clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract that can be activated in 2022 “

Thirty-five words. Two outside quotes that do not denote an actual direct quote. Superb work.

Football365 shithouse title of the day

“Owen advises Cavani on his success at Man Utd on two conditions”

The striker will score “as long as United has pressure on their opponents” and “they will get crosses”. So if they play well and provide it. Revolutionary stuff from the great Michael.

Recommended reading of the day

Jonathan Wilson on Kevin McCarra.


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