What's better than starting the day with a United match and a win?! Not much to be honest..
My last blog post was about pre-season and my thoughts about it. And as I said, it's not necessarily about the result. It's first of all match training and getting the players fit. But if they play good together and are fit, they will win- it goes hand in hand. And the two first games was poor. That was 90 min x 2 I'd rather use on sleep. There's been some good moments, but over all, not good football. The game against San Jose Earthquake was really bad, so bad that I was pissed off of the end of it. It wasn't because we didn't win, but certain players need to WAKE UP. Martials attitude was the worst, he didn't even try to hide it. He- of all players should be the one that's fit and ready for matches. He's now on his way to France again because his girlfriend is giving birth to his second child and that's fair enough. But that's bad timing for him. His disappointed so far and we might not see him again. I hope he'll stay. But I want him to stay because he wants to be a part of United and keep fighting for a place in the team. Unfortunately I don't think he's motivated for that. If we sell him it will cost so that's good, but honestly, no clubs will match his salary so we'll see what's more important for him. He's a huge talent so I really want him in our team, but he can't behave like a moody brat. With that said, I wish him all the best with the new baby and fingers crossed his personal life is all good and calmed now.
This night/ morning we played against AC Milan and Sanchez goal was a banger! Great ball from Mata. I really like seeing them pairing up. Promising. The players did good, but Shaw disappointed me today. And that's bad because he will be starting the season and I want him to get back to where he was before his injury. Seeing party pictures and his beer belly on Ibiza literally drove me mad crazy. I know he went back and worked out, but the signals to the fans and Mourinho isn't good at all. He need to focus and this season is make it or break it for Luke.
Smalling, again, shows his not good enough for United. Unfortunately- I really like the guy! And he's vegan😂🙌❤ I want him as a squad player, like a second or third choice ok, but we'll concede lots of goals because of him so we need something solid. He's too often out of position and I can see the goal coming before he can read the game.
Andreas has been good and today he was great, confident and hopefully a player that we'll see a lot of next season! It's good to see players who wants to pass forward!
Darmian was handed the captaincy today 🙈 and yes, I understand why. It's probably his last game for United and a nice gesture. But I'm not a fan (at all!) of the captain badge being thrown around as it's been the last seasons. It's a serious task and it should be given to players that deserve it because they have leader skills. Need to sell Darmian ASAP, I liked him and Blind so no shaming, but none of them fitted the team so fair enough to see them leave. Players out=players in. (Did you hear that Woodward?!)
The game ended 9-8 after a penalty shootout and it's a good feeling we have the best keeper in the world, and also number two and three is world class.
Next game is Saturday night and against Liverpool. And even though it's only pre-season and a 'friendly game', it's never friendly against the scousers…