Man Utd players must look at themselves too — not just the manager
The news broke about José Mourinho and Manchester United parting ways this morning – what is your take on the matter?
It was a matter of when, not if. I’m not surprised at all. The players obviously weren’t playing for him, it’s been a really negative season for United – one I haven’t, and didn’t expect to experience. But it really came down to timing. People were talking about the pay-off in his contract, but that shouldn’t be an issue. It’s a massive time for the club with the Christmas period coming up followed by the Champions League last-16… something needed to be done. Most United fans will be happy with the news, but the players need to take a look at themselves too. No matter who the manager is, you play for the shirt and the supporters who turn up week in, week out.
I don’t think they’ll rush into appointing a new manager, they need to get the right man in. They’re adrift at the moment and people may be looking at 14/1 at United to make the top four following the news… They’re 11 points off – will Chelsea and Tottenham lose 3/4/5 games? I’m not so sure.
United to finish in the top four: 14/1
The Champions League last-16 draw too place yesterday – do the four remaining English sides stand a chance of making it into the quarters?
Man City will be delighted with the draw. Spurs will be happy – it could have been worse. They’ve shown they can go away from home and get results. It’s not the Bayern Munich of old, I think Liverpool will fancy their chances. PSG is going to be difficult – they’re one of the favourites to get to the semi-finals. We’ll wait and see if their new manager can galvanise that team. Their Premier League form will be key going into these games come February.
In an ideal world you’d be at home in the second-leg. I see City going through. I fancy Liverpool over two legs. Tottenham is going to be tough but I think it’s a 50-50 game – United will struggle.
Back an England winning Champions League side at 8/5
You thoughts on the North London Derby on Wednesday?
This is going to be such an important game. Defensively, Arsenal are lacking numbers at the back which will be a massive problem. You have to play a strong side – this is a chance to win a trophy. I think both managers will play their best XI.
With the pace Spurs have, they’ll be able to attack Arsenal’s back-line, I think they’ll go with a back four, but I do expect goals, and lots of them.
Back +2.5 goals at 4/7
And your other Carabao Cup predictions?
Middlesbrough are struggling at the minute, but I still fancy them to get a result against Burton, especially at home. Leicester vs. Man City – Guardiola takes it seriously, this is another chance for them to win a trophy.
Chelsea and Sarri will also look at this competition and see it as a chance to get some silverware – I can’t see past them tomorrow night against Bournemouth.
I see all the favourites going through, but Arsenal Spurs is a coin toss, another 50-50 game.
Back a treble of Chelsea, City and Middlesbrough at 6/4