How Manchester United Became The Weakest Of The Top Six


In a previous post, I described Arsenal as a cup full of dirty water with the management believing that the best solution is to just keep adding water while the correct solution was to throw away the water, clean the cup, then pour in clean water. That example also applies to Manchester United.

The Residue

Manchester United has spent over a billion pounds since Sir Alex left with no major title won. In fact, when it comes to net spending, Manchester United has spent more than Manchester City and the result of that spending speaks for itself.

While Arsenal had a worse fall after them, they seem to be doing better currently and with a younger squad that still has at least five more years to give in each position. So, while you can't really accuse the glazers of not spending, you can accuse them of terrible planning.

There's a lot to say when it comes to the specifics. But, each requires a post of its own.

Erik ten Hag

When digging through Erik ten Hag's deal with Manchester United I found him to be more aware, wise, and in control than I thought he'd be. He seems very aware of the squad he has and the tough road ahead. Very wise as he didn't just accept the Manchester United deal for the name brand or the money, but he sought after and got more control than any of his predecessors since Sir Alex.

The issue with ten Hag is while we know he is a great coach tactically, we also know him to be good with youth, but we don't know how that would translate in Manchester United.

When looking at ten of Hag's best qualities, there's a trace of Ajax academy and the scouting team in them. We know he is good with youngsters, but that is also credited to a great academy and scouting team bringing him mature youngsters. Also, his tactics are also part of the academy's product.

Simply put, ten Hag can only be as good as his players would allow him to be. He could have the best pressure tactics but the low work rate of Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Martial, Sancho, and Cristiano could ruin those tactics. This leads me to my next point, which is more of a mini-rant.

What's Happening With Cristiano Ronaldo is Disgusting

My problem isn't that Cristiano Ronaldo tried to leave. He prioritizes records and personal numbers. It's not even the shameless thing he did where he announced his return on Instagram with the caption "The King Is Back" as if he wasn't trying to leave the club the month prior and would have left the clubs he wanted to go to said no.

Don't get me wrong, those are shameless, selfish, and pure buffoonery acts. Especially when your "The King Is Back" message happens while "The King" is trying to get his contract terminated and is followed by "The King" leaving a game before it was over after he was substituted.

What angers me is the fact that no one is saying anything about it. Yes, some fans here or there, ten Hag did speak up about it. But where are the columnists and commentators calling him out for his actions this past month? Where is the media that bullied, belittled, and dehumanized players for not being professional?

The amount of cowardice the media outlets have when it comes to Cristiano is shocking to me. Same with the club not straight condemning him the moment it happened. And that's Manchester United's biggest problem.


Players are Manchester United think they are much better than they really are. But the biggest issue is management let them be in control for so long that no one seems to care that players walked out before a game is over.

It was the will of the players that kept Ole Gunnar Solskjær in charge for so long. Just players control and his ex-teammates supporting him in the media that kept him in charge. Even when he left, it wasn't because the management finally decided to wake up, but simply because players had a problem with him and his ex-teammates weren't protecting him as much.

I do believe in ten Hag's ability and overall vision and I do believe he'd take Manchester United to glory eventually with style. It's just until he does that, he has egotistical players to subdue and a style very few of the players have played before and by the time he overcomes all of that, I believe it would be too late for him as far as this season is concerned.

My Prediction: 6th

This might actually change before the transfer window is over. We might see the right players for the club come and the wrong ones for the club leave. We might see odd responsiveness to the manager but it remains highly unlike for ten Hag to change an entire culture in a single season.


Manchester United has spent more than Manchester City and the result of that spending speaks for itself.

That's just crazy, I never imagined another team in PL being able to spend more than ManCity. And for what? The results are nowhere near what they've been hoping for.

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Hi sire,
Yeah Ronaldo is pretty annoying or even irritating in that section on him in your post.
On the other hand and not to excuse my first sentence, there is quite a lot a player can't tell the media. My live post attempts to justify Ronaldo's desire for exit.

I think United would be fine eventually,this season. I hear the players are doing the pressing better in preseason and that midfield is as good as any can be.

My regards.


Hey, @ogeewitty. I actually looked into why you weren't getting curated and it is because you've been pimping your posts in the comments. I think it is unfortunate that you're letting that comment habit ruin great content. It's making you come off as desperate and/or annoying.

I know this may seem rude or just ignorant of your situation but I am not. I have read your comment here and let me tell you that when I first asked you to comment on others' posts you did that while plugging in your posts and I could name five people at least who viewed that move negatively.

Here are my suggestions for what you need to do.

1- Have normal comments without plugging your posts. It's very annoying and puts off people reading your comments. Doing that brings the opposite results to what you want.

2- Stop using gifs, I told you this already to just have one photo associated with your brand. If you can't create one just get one from Pixabay. We all follow sport here, so we don't need to know what the players look like. Just use a free-to-use image and be done with that.

Seriously, GIFs as headers and in the post are only acceptable in my comedy community and even there I can't stand them.

3- Format your posts better. Always make sure that your point is made without extra words. I fall for that trap as well.

So yeah,

  • Post good content: make it as well-formatted and to the point as possible, get rid of all those gifs, and have one image.

  • comment: Without plugging your post. It makes people hate both your comment AND the post so that's counter-productive

  • Be regular: So your name is recognized more and more. You can't go from a post in July 2 to July 16, to July 26, to August 3.

Take my comment for what it is intended to be: Sincere advice, no one else is going to stop and tell you all of this. Do this genuinely and you will see good result.


"no one else is going to stop and tell you all of this."

I start with this above post,to emphasise with many thanks that you've been consistently doing for me an exceptional job in guidance.

Thanks for all you've written here in fulfilling your promise to investigate the not so impressive acceptance my posts get.

  1. I can't recall your telling me anything against gifs and it's no secret that I follow what you tell me closely. You can guess that integral to me writing "hue" is the need for pictures(for me it's part of writing itself). So if gifs is distasteful here, I'm willing to go for other options you gave me months back– you spoke of pixabay and I think you were the one that told me of taking pictures from the video screen(that it is allowed). So I have good replacements for the gif thing.

  2. On my comments. I'm sorry that this will be the first time,I tow a different line from you. I hope you have mercy on your boy who has been virtually 100% complaint with your counsel for many months.
    What's my point? If guys are irritated or annoyed at my plugging in links to my 📫 posts, they might have to get used to seeing me continuing this very act. If it makes me look too desperate, so be it.

I have challenges with internet access and device, that limits my involvement on Hive. The little time I have here,I try to interact and if a post reminds me of my post or someone else's post(yeah because I do this too) that is similar, I will have to "pimp" my comments.
If it doesn't go down well with folks,I'm sorry that's just the way it is.

Finally,I love your forthrightness and the businesslike way you have commented here– we've known eachother long enough for you to be blunt if you want. All other points are noted for adjustments eg formatting my posts properly.

Thanks for the sacrifice of taking out time to look through my activities here and offering solutions.

Yours sincerely.

ogeewitty the cheerful one


1- the Gif advice is new, what I have told you before is having a picture associated with you and your posts. Here's just a quick example
The original image is from Here That way whenever someone sees that picture, they think of you and eventually, with enough quality posts, you will have an easier time getting curated.

2- It's up to you, I am not the one running this community nor am I the one getting you curated or preventing you from getting curated. I was letting you know why you're not getting curated. What you do with that information is up to you. To be honest I was curious about it myself that's why I looked into it.

BTW, "Pimping" isn't an insult in case you took it that, every Thursday I do a show on Discord literally called "Pimp Your Post Thursday". So, it is just a term associated with Hive.

Your reasons for pimping are understandable however, I prefer you look at it pragmatically as it seems pointless to do that when it's counterproductive.

In the end, I told you I'd look into it and I told you what's up now. The next is up to you.

Take care.


Hello boss,

Aha ok the gif advice is new.

Yeah I remember perfectly on the personalised picture thing.
Attractive example you gave,wow it almost made me confused. I may just have to adopt it straightaway and source it as amirtheawesome1🙂

Nah,didn't take "pimp" as an insult,only I felt it was something like a wordplay. You know a wordplay involves some wit and I'm named "witty",so it attracted me.🙂 However,in using it between inverted commas,I think I clearly showed I'm out of my depth with how to use that word.

English isn't necessarily our first language as Nigerians please,just incase you didn't know my nationality,so I may err with words. When I saw "BTW" I was wondering what it meant, until later in my thoughts as I kept trying out words especially in context,I think it means "By the Way".

Yeah I may consider thinking pragmatically afterall.

I repeat,"Thanks for the sacrifice of taking out time to look through my activities here and offering solutions."

I do not take your kind gesture for granted sire.

My best regards.


Man Utd's problem has simply been the management. The moment they allow the coach to make decisions on who stays and who goes, irrespective of who they are, then they'll be progress.

I've seen way too many of their players strutting around the pitch like they're world beaters when they haven't achieved anything in their careers. Cut these players loose and build a new team with new recruits who are hungry.