Were Sunday’s events the fitting end of a shambolic league campaign?

Shambolic
during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, England.

By Andy Jones

  • Game against Bournemouth abandoned after suspect device found in Stadium
  • Was this a fitting end to a shambolic league campaign for United?

As 75,000 fans made their way out of the stadium on Saturday afternoon, having once again witnessed United muster zero shots on target, the disastrous league campaign came to an embarrassing finale.

Thankfully nobody was injured, what proved to be a false alarm, a device left in during a training exercise earlier in the week, left in a toilet. What originally appeared to be something rather sinister, turned out to be a monumental cock up at every level, and turned Manchester United, the so called “biggest club in the world” into a laughing stock.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the club has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, not least of all the poor performances on the pitch.

The appointment of David Moyes, sending the 3 fake agents to Spain on deadline day to try to sign Herrera, endless “official partners” whilst the football on the pitch fails to deliver, arriving late for Spurs and West Ham and now this. It sounds a cliché, but this would never have happened under Fergie, everything about the man was meticulous.

The Bournemouth game will now be replayed tomorrow night, but in all honesty what is the point.

United need to win by 19 clear goals, that’s nearly the total amount scored in the previous 18 home matches, to get 4th place after City and Swansea played out a 1-1 draw on Sunday. Surely Van Gaal wont risk any of his key players ahead of the FA Cup final on Saturday tea time.

In truth the damage was done in the failure to win away at West Ham earlier in the week, yet again a United team unable to capitalise on their neighbours slip up, and just like the crucial Champions league game against Wolfsburg, unable to deliver when it really matters.

The current side doesn’t deserve Champions League football, it’s as simple as that, barring David De Gea, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, all the players are easily replaceable.

With 4th place gone, I hope it’s a Moyes situation, with something in the contract which means LVG loses his job for failing to qualify for the Champions League.

The rearranged Bournemouth game will cost the club around £3million, about the same as it would cost to get rid of the Dutchman, I know which I’d rather spend the money on.

The league campaign truly has been shambolic, lowest goal tally for 27 years, potentially the lowest points tally for 25 years and fewer shots on target than Sunderland, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.

Perhaps the clubs hierarchy should spend more time concentrating on what happens on the pitch, rather than the commercial deals of it, as at the end of the day, without the football team, there is no product to sell.

When the real story broke yesterday, that the match was postponed due to a device left behind from a training exercise earlier in the week, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, as social media erupted with a mixture of disbelief and micky taking, the best probably being:

“The Bournemouth team left 30 minutes earlier, but Manchester United kicked off anyway, the score remains goalless after 35 minutes, with Smalling passing the ball back to David De Gea” it would be funny if it wasn’t so true!

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