Anthony Martial warms up before a Manchester United game.

Will we soon find out Joel Glazer was right all along about Man Utd’s Pele?

The Mailbox wonders what it could cost Manchester United if Anthony Martial finally pulls his finger out this season. Also: Chelsea Academy products; and fans monitoring other fans.

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Glaser knew
I think we all know that Martial is a talented player. That was never really in doubt, it was his attitude and application that was the problem. With some of those who would have had a negative impact gone, there’s a chance we’ll finally free him from the self-imposed restrictions and be the player he looked like he looked when we signed him. And that’s a very good thing for United.

However, there is a negative. Joel Glazer refused to sell the player because he’s a fan, even if it was clear that he was not performing. If his assessment of the player turns out to be correct, he will feel he should keep an eye on other signings.

Is it worth the cost of having Martial ‘like a signing’? Probably. Just as long as Joel doesn’t veto the manager’s signings…
Bad Wolf


Five cute defenders as Manchester United make the switch for little Lisandro Martinez


Big club blocks
Just wanted to come back Lee’s comments yesterday on fans of Man United. Now I’m not sure if there is a common definition of what a ‘big club’ actually is, but I would consider both Man United and Liverpool as one and that in my almost 35 years of watching football , always were big clubs. Lee seems to think trophies dictate that label while my definition is broader but good to know Lee thinks Liverpool has been about a small club for most of the 21st century.

I’ve read similar statements pissing off or denigrating fans for their perception of their own club for years and I have a hard time understanding the motivation. I would say being a fan of a football club, especially to an extent that makes you want to write letters here, is definitely an emotional rather than a logical experience. I don’t watch United because they are the best, I watch them for love and obsession. You are much more of a family member to me than the many of my relatives. I grew up with them as an integral part of my life and they are close to my heart. I realize this is a very one-sided relationship, but that goes for all football fans. I assume many others will feel the same when it comes to their own club, why laugh at it. Of course we have emotional reactions, of course we sometimes put logic aside to indulge in a fantasy, of course we have a slightly colored view of exactly where our club sits in the official hierarchy of excellence.

I don’t really know what I’m getting at, but this kind of thing just feels wrong to me. For example, when fans and team are laughed at for celebrating a victory that others do not consider important or special. It’s fucking football, it’s about enjoying it.
David, Manchester

… If Lee puts the same effort into actual fishing that he puts into fishing for bites in the mailbox, he could help solve world hunger. One wonders why he tends to write about such a small club (United). I think it’s nice of him to give us the airtime as it helps keep us relevant. Without people like Lee we would be a thing of the past and our global fan base of around 1 billion would be wiped out. Ho-hum.

The most encouraging thing I took away from our 4-0 win over Liverpool as the result means very little (although it seemed like it did for a lot of them in the 2018 pre-season when they beat us 4-1; one of the few thrashing they’ve been dishing out to us recently to be honest) was our work off the ball in terms of pressing and intensity. We were embarrassed at times as Liverpool burst through the press, Diaz in particular looked really sharp which shows there is still work to be done but Rome wasn’t built in a day. I have concerns about how Maguire will fare given how high our defensive line needs to be to squeeze the game, but Ten Hag will no doubt give him a chance to show if his interpretation of the game makes up for his relative lack of pace. And the system can be built to provide some cover as its size and experience will likely be needed in certain games.

There’s still a long way to go, but early signs and everything Ten Hag says are encouraging. De Jong (hopefully), Martinez and another signing this summer will hopefully give us a decent squad to build something with. Hope springs forever, right?
Garey Vance, MUFC

lionesses and breed
My apologies for another email related to Ian King’s article, but I had to comment on Jim O’Donnell’s ignorant email. Jim said, “Go back and read the article again and everything will fall into place. Keep social class in mind when doing this.”

Jim is obviously another leftist supremacist who thinks that all black people in England are lower class and all white people are middle and upper class. Even if the class plays a problem, it obviously suggests that none of the white players on the inner-city England team grew up in the lower class. I’m pretty sure that’s not the case, so this argument is just nonsense.

Football, whether men’s or women’s, is a meritocracy, so the best players end up representing the top club sides and England. We won 8-0 and are mutual favorites to win, so despite their hideous lack of melanin, obviously these current players must be the best we have, right?

I’m just waiting for France to win that thing, then they explain that it wasn’t because they had the best team (that would be factually correct if they won the trophy) but because they were the most diverse team (one awakened delusion).

Another important point to mention here is why aren’t other races mentioned in the article or anywhere that are spouting this crap? There are twice as many South Asians as black people in the UK, but it doesn’t seem to matter that they aren’t represented in either men’s or women’s football. I guess the guards don’t care about them as people of Indian descent, especially in the UK, are on average the top earners in the country, so obviously aren’t “oppressed” enough to justify virtue marks. South Asian men also generally seem to prefer cricket to football, which may explain why there is so little in professional football and why it is never raised as an issue. This begs the question: maybe black women in the UK who are talented enough to compete in elite sport are simply more interested in other sports, such as maybe athletics, where they are clearly very well represented and have been for a long time. Seems like common sense to me.
William, Leicester

Levi fits
I wanted to address a hot topic in Chelsea fandom at the moment, specifically the “rumor” that we are considering selling 19-year-old Academy contender Levi Colwill this summer as we try to win over more compliments from Kimpembe and Ake Koulibaly , Silva and Chalobah.

Online at least, there seems to be a sharp divide between those who want the Football Manager fantasy of a homegrown XI (guilty) and the Fifa fantasy of Neymar, CR7 etc.

I even saw 50,000+ follower accounts claiming that Tuchel is just Mourinho MK2 and doesn’t care about the youth etc.

Chelsea have a poor track record here – Guehi & Tomori should both still be part of our squad, it was a failure at board level to back two older players with expiring contracts (Christensen & Rudiger) and ended up costing us all four players in the end .

This is compounded by what happened at RB where Livaramento & Lamptey lost, both of whom look like class additions to the lower/middle table teams they joined.

I would argue that we were actually relatively sensitive in our approach. Academy players are shown that while it is very difficult to get into the XI, it is possible if you follow the loan route: Christensen, RLC, Chalobah, Mount, James, Gallagher (will play imo this year) as examples.

If there is no way for them then we will sell them and not prevent their careers from developing properly like some other players have (Henderson at Man Utd springs to mind).

Center backs almost never start at elite level at such a young age (speaking of title challenge here) and as I write this I really can’t think of an example that has made it in a top 4 league, certainly in the PL im The closest is Kolo Toure from the last two decades, when Arsenal still had a good side.

If we want to win the league we need top quality in the CB position and Silva, Koulibaly, Kimpembe, Ake and Colwill & Chalobah are pretty good for a team that wants to compete in four competitions.

Liverpool have Konate, VVD, Matip, Gomez each of which would start in most other teams XI and City have Dias, Laporte, Stones, Ake.

At the end of the day Thomas Tuchel is no fool and if Colwill is good enough to play he will earn those minutes throughout the season if he decides like Marc Guehi he wants to play every game at a lower level then is that fair enough let him go for a decent fee, and if he develops we’re probably smart enough to include a buyback clause for an affordable fee.

Personally I hope Colwill stays but I’ll be quite happy if we get Ake and Kimpembe as both are excellent players who would add depth to our squad.
H420

apples and oranges
So Liverpool sell Nico Williams to Forest for 18million and it’s quite a lot of money and well done Liverpool. Lille sell some geezer to Newcastle for 33.3m and it’s a sensible deal from Newcastle.

What?
Matt Carr, Spurs, Wilmington, NC


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