It is hard to describe the set of emotions you feel when you first realise that somebody is complete pillock. Should this person be a close friend, there is a mixture of disappointment and sadness, perhaps a feeling of responsibility for it all. On the other hand, when that person is Manchester City chairman Garry Cook, itâ€™s really quite enjoyable.
A distinguished member of the Crinkleys pointed out this week that he wouldnâ€™t appreciate his correspondence from the early 70s being made public. Indeed, the antics of most people in their late teens and early twenties can be deemed questionable. However, there wasnâ€™t any secret about Garry Cook being an embarrassment and it is a shame he has gone. It may take minutes for City to produce such a mockable figure.
It was only a matter of minutes before United made the game safe on Saturday. For all the talk in the build up of â€śneeding protection for the goalieâ€ť, it was Boltonâ€™s shot stopper who would have felt grateful for reinforcements. Indeed, De Gea managed to add another excellent save to his repertoire and a clean sheet for his troubles too. Confirmation again that perseverance works.
Itâ€™s certainly not laborious watching this side play at the moment. Robbie Smyth of the Guardian noted on Saturday that it would be Fergieâ€™s crowning achievement if he were to topple Barcelona with this current batch of kids. At this stage, that is certainly wishful thinking, but it is also hard to remember a season that began with such goal fests as these.
It still lingers in the mind that Bolton were a bogey team for a while under Sam Allardyce. Owen Coyle is doing nice things for the Lancashire club but if they keep surrendering at home like this, theyâ€™ll struggle this season.
It is impossible not to notice how superior United and City have been in this opening set of fixtures. It makes me wonder if the Premier League is starting to resemble La Liga, or even the Scottish Premier League, with two behemoths dishing out whippings every week. In reality though, we are four games in to a long, long season and City have just arrived at the top table. Comparisons such as those are at least five years away, in that time everything will likely have changed again.
By that point it is conceivable Manchester United will be under the stewardship of another manager. A concept which it is hard to conceive of now. Whether or not he conquers the continent again before he steps down is yet to be seen. You can be damn sure this side will give it a good try though.
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