Manchester United’s Desperation Descends Into a Farce
Despite having a strong squad and a top manager, Manchester United are in danger of slipping out of the Premier League for the second season in a row. This is because the club’s desperation has led to a series of disastrous performances. The latest is the dreadful 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. It’s the second time in the past month that the club has failed to win a single match.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s distraction
During the summer, Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to leave Manchester United. The club refused. Instead, he joined Portugal for their World Cup campaign. This will be his fifth time in the World Cup and has the opportunity to silence the doubters. But first, he will have to let football speak for him.
Ronaldo has been accused of being a distraction and has claimed that United have betrayed him. He also believes that he can get a move in January. The club has already rejected several offers.
In fact, the team has already rejected a bid from Saudi Arabia. The offer was for EUR350m. Nevertheless, United did not pay Ronaldo for that amount. They did, however, agree to pay a PS16m compensation fee.
But the big transfer news of the summer was signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal. The Dutch midfielder cost three million pounds less than Fellaini. And he was the last player to be signed before the deadline.
Elon Musk tweets he’s buying Manchester United
Earlier this year, disgruntled Manchester United fans asked Tesla chief Elon Musk to buy the club. They pointed to his history of irreverent tweets. The Tesla CEO responded by saying he would “buy” the team if he could.
Since Ferguson retired in 2013, Man United has struggled to win trophies. The team is in the midst of a dismal season. They have lost their first two matches under new manager Erik ten Hag. They were beaten 4-0 by Brentford on the weekend. This has prompted protests against the Glazer family, who own the team.
As a result, the club’s shares have plummeted. The Class-A shares have fallen by a whopping 10 per cent this year. This has sparked a number of protests, including one planned for the club’s next game against Liverpool on August 22.
In response to this, Manchester United’s directors said they would not comment on the announcement. But there has been speculation that Musk is indeed buying the club.
Man United’s midfield engine isn’t a proper midfield engine
Despite winning the last Premier League title, Manchester United still haven’t made the leap from being an average midfielder to a truly good midfielder. They’ve been largely mediocre at defending and their attacking hasn’t been great.
The answer isn’t just to find a new playmaker. It’s to create a midfield engine that can drive a team forward. Amid speculation about United’s futures, two new names have emerged.
Scott McTominay and Fred are two midfielders who can complement each other. While McTominay is more expansive, Fred likes to win the ball and move quickly. If both players were in the position to make the final pass, Fred would complete it 89% of the time, compared to 77% for McTominay.
While neither player is great, they’re both a good fit for the style of play Ralf Rangnick wants. In fact, McTominay and Fred have been a key part of Ralf’s midfield base.
United’s stock outlook is bleak
Despite the success of Manchester United as a publicly traded football club, their stock outlook is bleak. They are not trading at a premium, and their enterprise value is below the valuation calculation made by Wall Street equities research analysts.
The Glazer family is putting the club up for sale. The family has owned the club since May 2005. As a result, they have made huge profits. However, they are also regarded as carpetbaggers.
As a result, they are not very popular with United fans. In fact, the Glazer family has been accused of being toxic.
But the Glazers have managed to make the club worth millions of dollars. In fact, their top end valuation is PS7billion. But there is a risk that any new investment will dilute existing shareholders.
This is a concern that may have to be addressed. There is a possibility that the Glazers could try to find a partner who can buy the club at a reasonable price. This could be an option if the club’s financial position worsens.