Fred Says – Bring on Cheltenham!

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Cheltenham can’t come soon enough for me!

Not just because it’s the greatest sporting festival in the world, but because it will help me forget that despicable performance by United in the Manchester derby.

We basically need a total rebuild, and at least half the team are looking over their shoulders about whether they’ll be shipped out.

I was thinking at half-time that my prediction of a score draw could have come through, but after the break we capitulated to a far superior team.

Before the start of the Festival on Tuesday, we have Spurs, who are in fine form after humbling Everton 5-0 on Monday, at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Betfred make United 6/5 to bounce back and win – probably because we’re at home.

We’re not going to achieve a top-four finish, which will drastically affect our chances of bringing in top level reinforcements in the summer – and you can forget any chance of us winning the Champions League, with us drifting out to 20/1.

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Some people say the reaction to United’s defeat is over the top, but I disagree. We have reached a stage where there may be just three players – David De Gea, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes – who would get anywhere near playing in a joint Manchester team.

The rebuild needs to start at the top, with a new manager to replace interim Ralph Rangnick who reminds me of a supply teacher.

We need a leader on the touchline bellowing away for the whole 90 minutes like Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp.

One thing I do hope is that Marcus Rashford, a true Manchester lad raised in Wythenshawe, gets his form back because if he leaves he’s just the sort of player who could come back and haunt us.

He may be lacking confidence but hasn’t become a bad player overnight. As for another striker, namely Cristiano Ronaldo who is reported to be on the move in the summer, I reckon the United hierarchy has to face reality and accept that however brilliant he might have been, the fact is he’s not been doing the business for us in the last 10 games.

Anyway, enough of this gloom. Bring on Cheltenham! 

I can’t wait for that opening day roar which will be music to my ears after last year’s Festival had no spectators thanks to Covid.

What fascinates me most is the sub plots like the battle between us bookies and the punters, and the competition between the Irish and British owners – not to mention which jockey will reign supreme come a week tomorrow.

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Author: Lucas Carlson