By Andy Jones
- Manchester United board have a decision to make at the end of the season
- Will this decision have an effect on season ticket sales?
- Is there really a waiting list for Old Trafford season tickets?
Despite not having a season ticket since 2004, yesterday I received a Direct message on Twitter from Manchester United, they were really giving it the hard sell!
“Rashford, Fosu-Mensah, Lingard, Martial….the future is bright with our young talent. For your chance to be at Old Trafford week in, week out in 2016/17, join the Season Ticket waiting list now”
Although as tempting as that sounds, I haven’t signed up, and suspect the waiting list is a figment of the ticket office’s imagination. Clearly, there is a lack of demand for season tickets, despite the club being in the Semi-finals of the FA Cup, the football on display is hardly getting fans out of their seats.
At home this season the team has scored a paltry 21 goals, the same as Bournemouth, City have scored almost double that amount. The season ticket renewal deadline has been extended to June 1st, when possibly the future of Louis van Gaal will have been decided one way or another.
Many fans have become disillusioned with the football on offer, this isn’t just fans being glory hunters, the club went 3 seasons without winning the league between 2003 and 2006, but the football was still good, and there was potential in the team with Rooney and Ronaldo scoring the goals.
The spine of the team is there, keeping De Gea out of the clutches of Real Madrid was arguably Woodwards best piece of business during the summer, no matter how much luck and a dodgy fax machine played a part.
Smalling is developing into a top centre back, Fosu-Mensah could make the right back position his own for the next 10 years, although I’d love to see him given a go in midfield, with his strength and physicality. The return of Luke Shaw, to use one of Fergie’s famous quotes will “be like a new signing” as he has been badly missed.
Up front, Martial and Rashford have the potential to be one of the most potent strike forces in the Premier League, and I still believe Memphis could be a player if given a run in the team.
There is still work to do, especially in central midfield, Herrera is too inconsistent, Carrick well past his best, and Schneiderlin has failed to live up to expectation. What the midfield lacks is a player prepared to run forward with and without the ball, to break the lines and get into the box.
Perhaps one of the reasons we have scored so few goals this season, 40, is the managers perseverance with playing 2 holding midfielders. Fourth place will still be tough to achieve, and the truth is, a club like United should be aiming much, much higher.
An FA cup win would give Van Gaal the trophy he came to the Premier League to achieve, then he could bow out in the summer, head held high. Given the opposition lying ahead, we will never have a better chance to win the cup.
With Mourinho waiting patiently in the wings, the club’s board has a huge decision to make, but in my eyes an easy one. Ticket sales down, and recently it was announced on the NY stock exchange that half a billion had been wiped off the clubs value in the last year.
These are the kind of headlines that get the suits twitchy, coupled with the poor initial ticket sales and it might just be the kick up the backside they need to pull the trigger on the Dutchman’s reign.
Mourinho is the only option, in truth he was the only option when Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but in one of the worst business decisions ever made, since Ronald Wayne sold his share of Apple computers for $800, we ended up with David Moyes. The club cannot afford to make the same mistake again.