The Sunday Supplement’s final topic was Ozil.
Martin Samuel said, “What Unai Emery wants from Mesut Ozil, Ozil can’t give him.”
Martin, on form in this show, also said, “If Mesut Ozil was so wonderful, he’d still be at Real Madrid.”
But I don’t agree with that. There’s a fair bit of churn at Madrid, players come and go, as coaches come and go They look for gladiators as much as artistry, I reckon.
The hacks also noted that Emery had made Ozil captain at Crystal Palace and at Leicester but John Cross summed up by saying, “Emery can’t trust him.”
When they talked about Chelsea the consensus was that Sarri is not only wrong for Chelsea, he’s wrong for English football.
Martin said, “I’m all for not having a Plan B if your Plan A is fabulous.” He pointed out that “Eddie Howe worked out how to play against Chelsea.”
The panel were not impressed by Sarri’s treatment of promising winger Hudson-Odoi.
It was suggested that Solskjaer needs to get Man United into the top four to keep the job.
John Cross thinks he’s in pole position. If he doesn’t do that, United are likely to appoint a proven Champions League coach in June.
Tonight’s game FA Cup tie at Chelsea gives the Red Devils a chance to bounce back. If United thrash Chelsea, Sarri is history and the PSG wobble might be viewed as an off-night rather than a catastrophe.
Sarri is an eccentric Italian who sometimes comes home in a staff car from away games, not with the team. He’s been in England for ten minutes and after an away defeat had the audacity to complain that, “I didn’t see my football out there.”
Myself, I was surprised by how good PSG were. They’ve spent many expensive years trying to become this good and the way they blew Manchester United away demonstrated that improvement, even without Neymar and Cavani.
The consensus was that United’s next permanent manager has to be the right choice and that Allegri has the CV to do the job.
Talking about Alexis Sanchez, Mig Delaney compared him to Michael Owen and Fernando Torres, saying they were physical and intensity-based players who came through when they were 16 and who’d had a full career by the time they were 30.
They were as burned out, as Sanchez is now.
Mig, who has dual citizenship, talked sensibly about West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who had upset the Irish by deciding to play for England.
That is a career move that I expected him to make. In saying that, I’m not being rude about the Irish national team, just realistic.