|Org||Australia National Team|
|Club as Player||Manchester United|
2017 04 21 Tweet
[Ugo Ehiogu: Former England defender dies after suffering cardiac arrest] RIP Ugo Ehiogu. Tremendous player and an even better man. Words can’t do justice to how sad I am
2019 05 22 Retrieve
[Bosnich questions Honda’s Victory stint] I have to say from a football perspective, no. I enjoyed it as much as everyone watching him play at his best but obviously that injury, it hurt Melbourne Victory. In terms of off the pitch, only the commerical people would be able to say that. It wasn’t a Del Piero-esque type of thing off the pitch. Going back to the football … the bar for Victory is to be champions, they were third and they got knocked out in the elimination final
2019 06 03 Retrieve
[In the wake of Football Federation Australia clarifying reasons behind their decision to sack former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic, Mark Bosnich has hit out at those that attempted to discredit the Australian coach] For those who conspired and schemed to get Alen Stajcic out, you are disgusting. Heads should roll. Anyone that brought this attention to the board and basically hoodwinked the board, they should be sacked immediately. How can someone do that to a man that has put so much heart and soul into something and make him out to be something that he was not…it really is disgusting. For them (the FFA) to backtrack like they did basically tells the story. He was set-up and they wanted him out. I can’t tell you how mad I was when I saw it. It’s really disgusting that you can sack somebody just because you don’t like the way they speak, they look or you don’t like the sound of their last name - it’s shocking
2019 09 25 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich believes a balance between Australian youth and foreigners can and must be struck as the A-League gains independence from Football Federation Australia] It’s a world game. I trust to have the people that are in charge of the clubs and I trust the coaches as well to make sure. We all say to our youngsters that we want our best youngsters to be playing overseas. Now, we’re still a third-tier footballing nation, if we start closing doors to nations around the world to come into our shores what do you think they’re going to do in return?
2020 02 10 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Man Utd’s Champions League hopes will be over if they lose to Chelsea] I don’t think it’s win or bust but you could lean towards it being lose or bust. I think it’s a must not lose. The gap will be a little bit far to catch up if they lose, but not win or bust no. They’re not far off and Chelsea will be looking to this with Tottenham breathing down their necks and they’re at hom. They both had a week’s break so it will be a very important game for both sides. For Chelsea and Frank Lampard they will be looking to get breathing space between them and the chasing sides. It’s a massive game for both sides
2020 03 29 Retrieve
[Bosnich says Chelsea should stick with Kepa] I was probably in the minority as a goalkeeper as I didn’t mind competition for places. I thought being a goalkeeper was the same as any position that if you are not playing well, then it is understandable that someone else comes in.
With Kepa, it is a little bit different because of the price tag that surrounds him but it wasn’t Frank Lampard who bought him. It was somebody else. I was impressed with the way he came back but he has been struggling a little bit this season. It is completely understandable as a manager if someone is not doing it for you at a big club you think somewhere else. There are stories around about Donnarumma or Onana but with any goalkeeper you talk about purchasing, especially from abroad, there’s nothing like playing the position in England. There’s more physical challenges on the crosses that you get in England than anywhere else in the world. You have to be careful.
I am not privy to what’s gone on behind the scenes but if a manager-player relationship breaks down, then that’s a different matter. I just think it was down to his form which in terms of the standard when he first came, it hasn’t been up to scratch this season. Frank was well within his rights to leave him out when he did but I thought he did well when he came back.
I rate Kepa, I thought he was a superb shot-stopper with good agility and his kicking was okay for me. I think people make too much of his problems with distribution but the first job is to keep the ball out of the net. Kicking is a bonus. In terms of dominating his box, he is young and slight so it has taken time to get to grips with that. That’s something they need to work on.
For me, he has not been a disaster in any sense of the word. He has done okay so far. It is difficult to follow Petr Cech in their most successful era at the club. Then you have Thibaut Courtois, who was exceptional as well. I believe that Kepa has the ability given time to get to that level.
I was very close to Frank before what happened to me happened. He had fantastic footballing knowledge; he was one of the greatest midfielders in the world at the time. He won everything there was and he had a real advantage of playing under so many different great managers which gives you many different perspectives to learn off. He had the transfer ban which was overturned but then they didn’t sign anyone in January. Using young players, he has done a fantastic job. Patience is like gold these days and I think Chelsea need some patience. Once he gets the chance to sign players he needs to add to his team and open up the cheque book, I believe he will be fine in terms of getting it right to challenge for titles. I don’t think it will take as long to challenge than it will Manchester United. I don’t think it will take as long for Chelsea because they didn’t drop as dramatically as United since the Sir Alex days
2020 03 30 Retrieve
[Bosnich says De Gea is still the main man for Manchester United despite Henderson emergence] Henderson has done absolutely fantastic and proven himself to be an excellent goalkeeper. The bottom line is though that De Gea has done brilliantly over a longer period of time, he has had ups and downs but every goalkeeper does, there’s no doubt about that. When you are at a bigger club it is far more exacerbated. At this moment in time, I would stick with De Gea. Dean Henderson is too good for the bench and it is a waste for him so I would keep loaning him out. Things can change very quickly. De Gea has had ups and downs but over a long period of time, he has been excellent. Unless they get ridiculous money for him, then I would keep him on. Give it time, he will get it right. We have seen the signs of that and he will get it right. So far so good, I don’t know if they will get into the top four but if they do I regard it as a really top season for them. It is going to take time for them. We saw what happened to Liverpool after their dynasty ended and it took them a really long time to get to the top of English and European football. It will take time with Man Utd and they are vying for a top-four place, maybe third with Leicester but they look good to qualify, the way they are playing with Brendan Rodgers. Overall, I think he has done a very good job with the chips in the air again. It will be interesting to see how they finish it but they have got the right man and he is doing a good job
2020 03 30b Retrieve
[Bosnich thinks that United target Jack Grealish should only leave Villa Park if they get relegated and adds that a voided season would help his side in that regard] If they get relegated then he is well within his rights to leave and I think Villa should let him go. I think he could have left last time when they last got relegated but he didn’t and he stayed. I think that was a real mark of a man. He helped them get promoted. He didn’t do it all on his own but he was a big part of that. He has been in a team that has struggled in a position where he has to make things happen and been a standout. That is in a position where it isn’t easy to do that. I hope from the bottom of my heart that Villa stay up and we don’t know what will happen with the lockdown. He has shown his loyalty. Aston Villa are where they belong. If they do stay up, then I think Aston Villa should try to keep him and that includes the scenario if the season is voided. If they get a big offer from the highest bidder, then he can help with the financial pitfalls of going down by the sale. If he is in the Premier League, playing for the club he loves, then he should stay. Maybe one day, he needs to leave. If they stay up, though, stay at Villa. He is part of a great generation in England. Under-17s and Under-20s world champions. Gareth Southgate is an ex-team-mate of mine and he got England to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Grealish is up there now for England. If he remains fit, then it is a good sign. It is an exciting time for English football
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich predicts Paul Pogba will be remain at Manchester United] If I had to put money on it right now, I think he will stay, I really do. If you’ve got a player in the dressing room, regardless of whether it’s Paul Pogba or Paul Smith, you let them go in the most amicable way possible. There’s no use carrying someone who doesn’t want to be in your club because it affects their performance and it can start to affect the performances of people around them
[And Bosnich suggested Pogba will be walking into a different side to the one he last played in] There’s no doubting [Pogba is] a world-class player. I watched him live at the World Cup in 2018 and I thought he was phenomenal. With the arrival of Bruno Fernandes and the team winning and playing well, it makes a huge difference. If he (Pogba) can come back and play to his full potential, that is fantastic news - not only for him and Fernandes but for Manchester United and all their supporters. He’s a superb signing. Anyone who had followed him at Sporting would have seen what a top player he was. Even if you didn’t watch that many games in Portugal, you looked at the stats - his goals and assists. I don’t think anyone in their wildest dreams imagined he would settle so quickly. But it’s great for him, great for the club and great for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I’m really happy for the player and for the club and really looking forward to them coming back
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Former Red Devil believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be given more time to complete a squad rebuild at Old Trafford] I wouldn’t say right at this moment in time, but they are on an upward trajectory. One thing that’s in short supply these days is patience. I keep reciting the story about the patience the board showed Sir Alex Ferguson way back when. You can tell the direction Solskjaer wants to go. They were on a tremendous run before this break. He may need to strengthen the squad depending on who leaves during the next transfer period, whenever that may be, but a couple more top-class starters will ensure that Manchester United will be challenging for the title sooner rather than later. [When asked if United will still have the funds to recruit when the transfer market reopens] I think they have always been one of those clubs. I do believe that regardless of the Covid-19 situation, Man United will be a club that has money to spend. Regardless if you spend £90m or £9m on a player, it’s still a bit of a gamble, but they will definitely be in a position to do that
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Bosnich can’t see sale after coronavirus pandemic says Pogba and Fernandes will make Man Utd a real force] Forget about football, every industry in the world is going to take a hit, and has taken a hit and will continue to take a hit. Football will be no different whatsoever when it comes to that. When it comes to when transfers will be allowed, how far these contracts will be allowed to go, those chips – metaphorically – are in the air. They will come down, especially in the short-term, and whether they get back up to that level again, one doesn’t know. In terms of Paul Pogba, I’ve said in the past that I’d like to see him stay. Especially now with Fernandes doing so well, linking up with Pogba in midfield and Pogba being at his best, Manchester United will be a real force. I think you can see that quite clearly. Like I said, we all have to see when this is all over how things are going to stand and what’s going to happen. For the time being, people are going to have to start thinking outside the box until things get back to normal, and it’s going to take a while