I think you raise some good points! I suppose my only issue would be that Ole spent quite a bit of money during his tenure and Man United can hardly claim to be paupers - obviously the specifics weren't solely down to Ole but he did have input into the signings by all accounts. Would you be better off spending 80m on Maguire or spending 40m on Tarkowski and 40m on a right winger?Right, but individual players ups and downs are to be expected. The overall team performance has been improved though, which seems like a sign of progression. If he gets to invest in the team this summer and we stagnate, I'll be right there asking him to be sacked, I just think people put these ceilings on what he's achieved down to "patterns of play" and "coaching" when I struggle to believe that we should reasonably expect a whole lot more from what we have in the squad. If Pogba was healthy the whole season, I do think we'd be closer to City and putting in a "genuine" title challenge. That we take such a hit in creativity without Pogba says more about the squad options at his disposal (Fred, McT, Matic) than it does about him, although I know people disagree with that.
Nah, I know you were having a genuine conversation, we just disagree. Not a big deal.
I guess fundamentally my position is that Ole isn't doing enough to put your players in positions to succeed. I know this is rich coming from a supporter of a club lower in the table, but I guess I just think that a lack of central midfield creativity (to go with your example) can be dealt with by adjusting tactics and getting more creative players on the wings, for example. Again, not to bring this back to Chelsea but Tuchel has succeeded with Kante / Kovacic pivots - not because they're ideally suited to work together or be great going forward, but because the team around them has been adjusted to compensate. For me at least, this in particular is where Ole comes up short.