Juventus fan who used to support United
- Sep 5, 2002
I think we have been through this 'I hate Fletcher' path a million times. Quite frankly I'm exhausted by it. I don't hate people I have never met let alone a United homegrown player. I think that Fletcher was a solid squad player (not the guy who would made us win the CL final against Prime Pep's Barca if he was available), who shouldn't have been given a long term contract when his illness surfaced and he should have never gone from U16 coach to first team coach right to a director in a matter of months. That doesn't mean that I hate him.I think you’re being somewhat unfair in this comparison @devilish
First of all I know you love Maldini and have never liked Fletcher even as a player so you’re looking at this through biased eyes.
Secondly in your scenario of attracting a youngster, you’re comparing someone born with the silver spoon, born in into a footballing dynasty and who became an absolute legend of the game versus someone who has had to work hard, and battle adversity to get where he did. He also played for lower teams when he got older which i feel is relevant experience for England.
further his job description is not that of a technical director, not sure what idea the club has had with that - it’s brought nothing but grief from United’s own fans because they don’t understand his job and can’t equate the two things.
lastly the work that Maldini had been doing in his role was like a deputy DoF learning the trade. It’s not the same and that’s why I don’t think they will replace Fletcher with Maldini.
what they may do is make Fletchers role redundant. Personally I’d find that course of action harsh as transitions to the first team squad has been good in the last 2 years
Regarding Maldini being born with a silver spoon that's inaccurate. His father retired in 1967 as a player and he had 6 children. He kept working till his 80s as a commentator of Bein which is hardly the life of someone who swimming is wealth. Players salaries at the time were hardly the ones they are now. If anything no one put doubt on Maldini's hardwork. We can safely say though that he didn't made it in football because he was Cesare or Sacchi's 'son' that's for sure.
Regarding his job I don't blame people struggling on the matter as Rangnick himself struggled on the matter and he's been in football since forever. Nevertheless if we're looking for someone with a eye for talent, who knows what winning means as a team protagonist, who has a solid foundation of how transfers work and who is known and idolized by people in the football world then Maldini is our man. I doubt that the next Haaland or the next Bellingham cares of how Fletcher fought his way to a squad player role and his experience at WBA. However they would certainly know who Maldini was.