The Modernist wrote: Rayge wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Mourinho's behaviour is pretty embarrassing, but it's nothing new.
Underneath the squirminess of it all, though, a message for a large coterie of the fanbase that they really need to hear. The glory days have gone: stop feeling so fucking entitled
Why would the glory days have gone? They're one of the richest clubs in the world with probably the largest global fanbase of any club. There are a small handful of clubs who can expect pretty much continual success ( with the odd empty season accepted) and they are in that elite, whether we like it or not.
If his message is we should expect Sevilla to be at a higher level than Man utd then I don't think the Utd supporters will buy it and nor should they.
No, the message is that the days when the fans could assume they could walk into the final stages of any tournament are over. Sevilla are not an elite level club, it's true, but nor are United at the moment: both of them are swirling around in that second tier of clubs who get into the knockout rounds of the CL in Europe, and in the UK cannot assume they will make the CL (though obviously they will this year given the dips in form of Chelsea and Arsenal. Player for player, maybe Man U are 'better' than Sevilla, but losing to them over two legs is about as seismic a shock to the natural order as, say, losing to Everton in the FA Cup.
I think that your assertion that they are still in that elite group, 'whether we like it or not', because they are wealthy and have a huge fan base, may be true of them as a club and a financial institution (albeit one in vast debt), but the current team just isn't good enough. And apologies for pulling the old man card again, but 60 years of following football has led me to believe that churn and change are endemic, and rise and fall is part of the game. I'm not expecting United to get relegated any time soon (although I remember well the day that they were), but it will be a while before they challenge for the title again, even if I haven't put the curse on them that I did on Liverpool in 1991.
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