JOSE MOURINHO jokes that his experience of Manchester United would run to 300 pages if he wrote his life story.
The Special One, fired last December, has the inside track on the stresses and strains of working for the Glazer family.
They are a target for United fans, with the green and gold coming out again as they come to terms with mediocrity.
The anti-Glazer campaign has been fired up over the summer, with fans in militant mood after a troubling end to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Whenever the club’s social-media feed splutters into life, it is met with hundreds of #GlazersOut messages.
When they silenced Paddy Crerand’s grizzling by cancelling his phone-in show, the club showed their true colours. They are afraid, fearful of the resentment breeding around the place after watching United slip further down English football’s food chain.
It is a response to Liverpool carting off a sixth European Cup and Manchester City defending their Premier League title. That hurts.
The money has always been available because United, with their wide-ranging commercial deals around the world, are caked in cash.
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived yesterday from Crystal Palace in a deal worth £50million.
Wan-Bissaka, talented young footballer that he is, will not be able to shape United’s future on his own.
He is a young, inexperienced player joining a disjointed, malfunctioning dressing room.
With just 42 Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace, he will not walk through the door and have the voice, the gravitas, or the stature of a voluble predecessor like Gary Neville.
Wan-Bissaka is one for the future, with United attempting to lay the foundations by turning to players with promise. It will be a while before they come good again.
That has given ammunition to United fans, still dining out on European Cup and Premier League successes under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Glazers, with their limited knowledge of the sport and even less interest in it, are getting it again.
It is nearly a decade since David Beckham spotted a PR opportunity as he left the pitch at the Theatre of Dreams with a green-and-gold scarf around his neck.
Becks was playing for AC Milan by then, coming on as a substitute in a Champions League quarter-final.
By then the campaign to remove the Glazers was in full swing, with banners and scarves and open hostility towards the club’s American owners.
It went away when they won the Premier League again under Fergie in 2011 and for the final time in 2013 but it is haunting the Glazers again.
United are a tired outfit now. Their stadium, a sporting cathedral, is in desperate need of a makeover, or even a rebuild, after years of neglect.
The same can be said of the team.
Cash continues to roll in because this is United, with the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward trading on their history and pedigree.
They are starting to feel like they belong in the past. Hiring Solskjaer to succeed Mourinho was a decision made with the heart, not the head.
Despite his enthusiasm and his respect for the position, Solskjaer was overwhelmed by the job when it came to turning around the Champions League tie against Barcelona in the Nou Camp.
Woodward’s seat is warming up, with the Glazers finally putting pressure on him to straighten things out around the place.
His latest managerial appointment is nostalgic, a nod to United history as they try to turn back the clock.
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This is a critical season for the club.
They have to make progress, to show they can compete with Liverpool and City at the top of the Premier League.
If they do not, then those green-and-gold scarves will soon make their way into Old Trafford.
DESPITE Tottenham’s standing in Europe, they are struggling to trim the fat from their squad this summer.
Spurs were convinced that their journey to the Champions League final would generate interest in their fringe players.
Instead they are struggling to find buyers.
Vincent Janssen is one of them, with the North Londoners desperate to get the flop striker off the wage bill after three years at Spurs.
And they were expecting big bids for England full-backs Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose but interest has cooled.
With Spurs finally starting to make some signings — their first since January 31, 2018 — boss Mauricio Pochettino needs to shave a few quid off the wage bill.
MIKE ASHLEY tells friends it would be easier to buy Debenhams than sell Newcastle.
Ashley, searching for a manager after pulling the plug on negotiations with Rafa Benitez, wants £300million.
Newcastle’s unpopular owner is so keen to get rid of the club that he has offered potential buyers various financing options to get a deal over the line.
One of them involves paying him back in chunks, with a loan facility opened up by Ashley.
As the campaign to drive him out of St James’ Park gathers pace again, at least the Sports Direct tycoon is showing a serious commitment to sell up.
FOR all the cash spent on buying up the best in class at St George’s Park, England fell into the classic trap of believing the hype at the Under-21 tournament.
When players are paid millions before the age of 21 and conditioned to think they are the best in the world, it is no surprise when they start to believe it.
Then along comes a country like Romania, where their street-fighting instincts and determination match anything England had to offer.
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That molly-coddled approach at the FA for a generation of England players is one of many reasons why Aidy Boothroyd and his squad failed so miserably in Italy.
RADAMEL FALCAO, one of a staggering 70 first-team players at Monaco, is angling for a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami side.
Falcao, 33, wants to finish in MLS a career that has included spells with River Plate, Porto, Manchester United and Chelsea.