When Nightmares Come True
At the time Mathieu Debuchy had been signed and Demba Ba moved on, we were facing up to three crucial matches against Norwich, Reading and Villa and this is part of what I had to say;
Hopefully deadlines will mean that the following is rendered meaningless but I have this horrible scenario in my head whereby 2 or 3 decent players are signed very late in January (which by the way is very much better than nobody arriving at all) and we’ve ended up only getting a point or two or less, being beaten by Villa or Reading, or even both…
The new players arrive and play against Chelsea and Spurs (the following two matches), Newcastle play a whole lot better but still lose those two matches (ghost of Christmas past?).
Potentially, United with 12 matches of the season left could then have only 21 or 22 points and go into a match against relegation rivals Southampton only days after a long trip to the Ukraine in the Europa League.
Of course, Cabaye and the rest could return and help sweep Norwich aside and follow that up with comfortable wins against Reading and Villa, with everybody once again looking up the league.
We are where we are though and Mike Ashley’s failure to buy any insurance in the summer has massively helped in leading us to this point.
Buying players won’t guarantee points but what is sure is that not buying them will make Alan Pardew’s job so much harder and leave no margin for error.
Investing in players/points NOW is surely the only sensible option for Mike Ashley.
I really really hoped my worst case scenario wouldn’t come true but as I write this we’ve got one point at Norwich and been beaten by Reading who are probably the worst team in the league. Nobody else has been signed and now of course the Coloccini issue has came along to knock us even further.
My nightmare scenario of signing 2 or 3 decent signings very late in January is now looking like a dream one in light of what has happened, personally I have little hope of this particular dream coming but I live in hope.
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