How much do Manchester United have to spend before it can truly compete? $200m, $500m or $1b. No one is really sure but as they keep dabbling between excellence and mediocrity, the call to sign more players heightens.
Gary Neville recently called on the club to sign Harry Kane for $150m cause he score o give United the goal return they need is frankly a strange request. United have 6 attackers and most recently signed Jadon Sancho.
Goals isn’t Manchester United problem but the structure of the team as well as the tactical plan of the manager.
No disrespect to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but he has to take a lesson or two from Jurgen Klopp on how to develop a football team.
Liverpool didn’t spend $100m on signing Trent Alexander Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or even Roberto Firmino. This players grew into the team and stalked their claim on the first team.
Now Harvey Elliot, Curtis Jones, Nathaniel Philips and the incredibly talented Kosta Tsikimas is giving the first team players a run for their money.
Unlike Manchester United, Liverpool created a hard metallic football which jurgen Klopp likes to call ‘Gegen pressing’- which involves winning the ball back as soon as possible by forcing the opposition to relinquish possession in the first 1-30 seconds.
Klopp also gives his younger players the chance to express themselves and if they prove their good they get into the first team. Added to that, the manager is very close to his players.
What makes Klopp far better than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is his ability to develop a football team, give them an identity and trust them to deliver on the pitch. United have a world class team but, the problem is the manager.. Yes i said it, the manager is not good enough.
Spending millions every season to sign players who might or might not fit into the team won’t make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a world class manager. It will simply turn Manchester United into a circus.
So the question we must all ask is when is it enough? When will the club stop wasting millions on signing players and simply get rid of the biggest problem- the manager.