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Brennan's Brief Why Manchester United bosses at Board level are only interested in making money

All the Board wanted was someone who would keep the millions of United fans happy and keep the club’s tills and turnstiles ticking over.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by United last weekend (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by United last weekend (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by United last weekend (Martin Rickett/PA)

The London School of Economics probably has its own, utterly separate, module on the finances of football clubs. For football club are run unlike any other business on earth.

How else to explain Manchester City, Chelsea or PSG, three clubs who are very good at the basic bit of the enterprise – winning football matches.

But they do it by leaving a shed load of red ink in their accounts, debts happy to be written off by the club’s proud owners.

Or what about a club like Barcelona, who have millions of supporters around the world, a million proud members in Spain and their own private TV deal. Yet they get themselves into such a financial mess that they had to part with their prize assets, great players such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, neither of whom wanted to leave the Catalans.

And then there is Manchester United, who make a shed load of money every year, but just aren’t very good at the basic bit - that stuff about winning matches and trophies.

Yes, they got a reprieveon Tuesday, winning in Spain and qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League for next Spring. But one swallow never made a summer and the raw truth is that United’s bosses, those at Board level, are only worried about making money.

How else to explain that the last two managers appointed, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, were appointed to placate the supporters. All the Board wanted was someone who would keep the millions of United fans happy and keep the club’s tills and turnstiles ticking over. They both did it for a while, but not being Alex Ferguson, neither could do it for a long time.

Now we find that Manchester United, Manchester United for God’s sake, cannot get a manager now. That is the only thing to take from appointing Michael Carrick for the win over Villarreal and then announcing that they would get someone to see them through to the end of this season.

Ernesto Valverde, the former Barca boss, seems to be their choice for that seven-month task and then the Board will act next summer to find another Messiah. But then it will be eight years since Fergie left, it will be a spend of £1billion net on players for a return of an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Europa League. And they sacked the manager who won them the FA Cup, Louis van Gaal, at the winners’ banquet that night.

No, Red Devils fans, until the business of actually winning football matches and thus big silver cups becomes the priority at Old Trafford, this barren run is going to go on and on.

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