You guys have often accused me of being fixated on Manchester United and, given the amount of mentions, you’d probably be justified in your accusation.
It's just that we’re talking English football and United happen to be the biggest club in England. No matter where you are, the majority of news is gonna be based on the top six, there just ain’t no escaping it.
And while Man City and Liverpool battle it out for the title and we were treated to arguably the best ever Champions League match (City v Spurs), the impending disaster unfolding at Old Trafford is capturing the headlines.
I speak to a lot of United fans and they are in agreement with me.
Why did the board take such a massive gamble appointing a coach with a totally inadequate CV? The argument was, they had to give it to him based on his opening dozen or so games.
If they hadn’t, there would have been uproar.
But it seems so obvious.
He did f***-all when he came in, he simply put out a team sheet and the players, unshackled from their Jose Mourinho experience, got out there and played.
However, as the last six or seven games have shown, it’s a completely rudderless side of individuals, most of whom don’t appear to want to be there.
They just ain’t trying, there’s no will, something I’ve had to endure watching my own club at times.
I look at a player who I rate (Paul Pogba)... he’s totally absent, David de Gea is making uncharacteristic mistakes, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial may as well not be on the pitch and then there’s a whole bunch of lazy looking average footballers - Nemanja Matic probably the worst of them - and to top it all, new contracts for Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Ashley Young?
Wow, it’s a huge mess and Ole’s calling out of players publicly to “take a look at themselves” seems to have pissed them off even more, considering the massacre at Goodison on Sunday which prompted a full-on apology to “everyone connected to Manchester United”.
I can’t think of a worse performance since Fergie left.
And despite the cries of United fans a month ago: “Ole has the best start of any coach in United’s history”, he’s now racking up stats and records that even have me going ouch!
Like, the worst run of away defeats, most goals conceded in a season and biggest loss to Everton in 40-odd years.
It’s not good but, as it works these days, there’ll be hiring and firing, selling and buying and hopefully (for United fans) the next gamble will take them somewhere towards rebuilding a proper side, proud of wearing the famous badge.
Problem is with City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs in their stride and strengthening season on season, the gap is widening.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, the next five days throw up two massive ones for Ole, both at home. It’s the Manchester derby on Wednesday night and Chelsea on Sunday.
Two chances to show fight, chances to create belief and faith, chances for the young manager to save his job!
At the other end of the football spectrum, that City-Spurs Champions League game was unbelievable.
Yes, dodgy decisions and VAR put under the spotlight again, but just as a footballing spectacle, it doesn’t get much better.
I’ve been left in an unenviable position of confusion and contradiction; you see, I really hate Spurs, but I’m glad they beat City, so they can’t achieve their greatest prize - the Champions League and quadruple.
I hope, however, that City win the league to shut dem Scousers up.
And then Spurs lose against Ajax to complete another almost-but-not-quite season.
It shouldn’t be a hard prediction, but I gather Chelsea beat Burnley on Monday night and after the weekend’s results, it suddenly looks like a top four finish is very attainable.
On a final note, got to say it again, I like Solskjaer, feel sorry for him A pressured, sympathetic and nostalgic decision by the board to give him the nod could turn out to be a disastrous defining moment for the club he served and loved so passionately.