Mark Goldbridge, a football content creator, has voiced his opinion that the Manchester United managerial role is “too big for any manager” and that even accomplished managers like Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti would struggle, as the club is currently in disarray.
Manchester United is facing significant challenges this season, with a 10th-place position in the Premier League after seven games and struggling performances in the Champions League. Off the field, the club has dealt with issues such as the Mason Greenwood situation and reported player complaints about a “toxic” environment.
Goldbridge believes that the manager, Erik ten Hag, is not the primary issue, and that blaming him and seeking his dismissal is misguided. He argues that the problems run deeper and are systemic within the club.
“Any talk of wanting him out is wrong because there are bigger issues at the club right now,” Goldbridge told talkSPORT. “I think the job’s too big for any manager right now. If you put Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola, or Jurgen Klopp in there, then they’d struggle because it’s such a mess.”
Goldbridge suggests that rather than focusing on changing the manager, the club needs a comprehensive overhaul from top to bottom. He also points out that significant changes cannot occur until the club undergoes an ownership change, as the Glazer regime has led to poor recruitment, financial debt, and a franchise-like approach to the club.
“It just cannot happen under the Glazer regime because we’ve been there before,” Goldbridge added. “The recruitment’s poor, the sales are poor, the club’s in debt, and the Glazers treat the club like a franchise. That’s the huge problem that needs fixing.”