Man of the crowd
- Oct 19, 2012
You can question his decision to give a single minute to Ronaldo: he has been shite for ETH, he has offered next to nothing and he obviously doesn't fit ETH's preferred system/tactics/setup at all.This I don’t like though. It cost us points to make a point about Ronaldo that pretty much everyone should have been aware of. We should first and foremost play to win football games, not play some sort of messy political chess with one of our players. Overall, contrary to what many above my post said, I actually think his handling of Ronaldo’s situation is among the bad parts of his performance as a manager so far. He gave him way too much power and basically rewarded him for walking out against Spurs by playing him in three consecutive games after Chelsea, even giving him the armband. He should not have given in to the pressure that was coming from media and former players.
For me, it would have made more sense to play anyone rather than Ronaldo. The argument that "we don't have anyone else" makes no sense, it's invalidated by Ronaldo's own useless performances. Elanga (or the tea lady) wouldn't have been worse.
So, yes - I see where you're coming from: If ETH has the backing of the higher-ups, why is it necessary for him to keep playing an unsuitable, under-performing player who also happens to be a thundercnut who doesn't respect his boss? Why not just drop him?
"Yeah, he's clearly shite and he isn't committed to me or my way of doing things at all...but I'll start him because..."
Yes, why exactly? Perhaps he really thinks that Ronaldo (despite being an obvious misfit and an obvious thundercnut) is legitimately a better alternative than...whoever may have replaced him. Again, though, that seems all the more odd based on what we now know: Ronaldo hasn't ever been on the same page as ETH.
We all (apart from his increasingly bizarre fan club) hope we've seen the last of Ronaldo in a United shirt, so that ETH can focus on his job - but this is still worth discussing, I think.