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What if Manchester United beat Chelsea? Will media back off or are they hellbent on seeing LVG fired?
The truth is the media want Louis van Gaal to fail. They also want Jose Mourinho to be the next Manchester United manager. It suits their agenda. But the media do not care whether or not that is right for the club. They do not even care if they get the facts rights. They know that if they repeat something enough times most people will be brainwashed into thinking they are reporting the facts. The media also know they can influence events by manipulating public opinion and effectively campaigning for their preferred scenario.
Many in the media are desperate for Pep Guardiola to become the next manager at Manchester City, because that is what they have reported. But the truth is the media are guessing and do not know what is going on. They are feeding off scraps provided by agents who make a living by manipulating the media and promoting what they want to happen. So basically we are talking about spin, speculation and so-called media experts who make up so many stories that eventually they will get one right. The bottom line is that media is a business and their primary motivation is making money rather than reporting the facts. Why report the boring truth when the fiction is more intriguing?
Right now, there are so many journalists across all forms of media praying that Chelsea beat Manchester United at Old Trafford today that they have already convinced themselves this is what is going to happen. Based on recent form the odds are that United will make it eight straight matches without a win. And a fifth straight defeat would potentially be a career ending result for LVG.
That is what the media want. They want blood. Because the media thrive on conflict. They thrive on building people up and then knocking them down. And the bigger they are, not only the harder they fall, the more sensational the headlines. That is what the media love. Sensational headlines. Whether or not those headlines are fact or fiction. And LVG, they have universally decided, is fair game because he had the audacity to call them out for not sticking to the facts.
Yes of course, everyone knows that the Manchester United manager will eventually lose his job if his team keep losing. But what if . . .
What if United come out fighting this evening and put the pressure back on Chelsea with a win that sends the Blues into the New Year facing a genuine relegation battle? Will that deflect the media pack away from Old Trafford and back to Stamford Bridge. Or are the media so obsessed with getting their own way that they will not rest until they get the result they demand.
I have personally advocated for some time that United do all in their power to appoint Guardiola as van Gaal’s successor when he becomes available in the summer. But I do object to the undue pressure the media put on football managers, and players alike, by magnifying losses and the insecurities of fans.
There is no doubt that a negative media spotlight does make it more difficult for those in the spotlight to recover. We only have to look at the way a few poor results for defencing champions Chelsea spiralled out of control and their decline accelerated as the media spotlight intensified on beleaguered boss Mourinho.
Does anyone believe that a team and their manager who were champions seven months ago would not become winners again if Mourinho had been given more time? The mere fact that Mourinho is being touted as the next manager of Manchester United by so many is confirmation that he is a winner, who should never have been sacked by Chelsea.
The managerial merry-go-round at Stamford Bridge is more entertaining than Reality TV show Made in Chelsea, even if the repetition is just as predictable as Groundhog Day.
Whatever the manager does he always departs before his sell-by date. And the fickle fans sit back and accept one bad decision after another by the billionaire who has bought success at the expense of the club’s dignity.
The twist this time is that the boss – reviled from the start by supporters who refused to give him a chance because of his history with Liverpool – has turned on both the fans and the owner with a savage rant that leaves him in an untenable position at the club.
Confirming for the first time that he will depart at the end of the season, Rafa Benitez sounded like a manager looking for an early exit when he criticized owner Roman Abramovich and the board for their decision to label him an “interim” boss.
The Spaniard let rip after the Blues eased past Middlesbrough to set up an FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United when he fumed: “Chelsea gave me the title of interim manager which is a massive mistake. I’m the manager.”
“I have been in charge in football for 26 years. I have won the Champions League, won the FIFA Club World Cup, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish league twice, nine trophies, all the trophies you can win at club level.”
His rant leaves him a dead man walking. And it is hard to see him surviving until the weekend never mind the end of the season. Meanwhile, lambasting the fans who want him out of the club and blaming them for hindering the players efforts in matches is guaranteed to increase the hostility.
“The fans are not helping us. At the end of the season I will leave. They don’t have to worry about me,” said Benitez at his post-match press conference. “I am a little bit disappointed with some of the fans. They have to support the team instead of wasting time singing songs. If they continue singing and talking, they are not doing (the team) any favours. I will do my best until the last day.”
That day will now be sooner rather than later and I wonder what the odds are on Abramovich opting to make John Terry player-manager for the rest of the season. The Russian has made one bad decision after another and appointing the fans’ favourite would surely be his biggest mistake ever.
There is much more than the Premier League title at stake when Manchester United face down defending champions Chelsea in the mother of all showdowns at The Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.
When Sir Alex Ferguson famously arrived at Old Trafford 25 years ago and said he’d arrived to knock Liverpool off their perch this is what he was talking about. A record breaking 19th League title will see The Red Devils finally eclipse their Merseyside rivals.
The football world asked themselves who was this crazy Glaswegian who thought he could achieve what seemed an impossible feat when he made his proud boast all those years ago.
“How long did this guy think he was going to be in the job,” says former England boss Graham Taylor, a reaction that was pretty much the universal response from everyone in the game.
But here we are a quarter of century later and the last man standing who can stop Fergie achieving that impossible dream is Carlo Ancelotti manager of a resurgent Chelsea side who have clawed back a 15 point deficit to stand just three points behind the League leaders with three matches remaining.
Victory for the Blues will put them top on goal difference with two to play. But any other result will surely put United on the road to the prize that United fans want above all other.
It s going to be a classic content, the occasion guarantees that it will be something special. And how great will it be for Fergie to effectively secure the record 19th title with victory over Ancelotti in front of a full house at Old Trafford – not to mention 600 million homes around the globe.
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