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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 06 04 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Manchester United should be looking to build around Paul Pogba] I think a lot of that has been thrown at him and a lot of that has been unfair. People have their own style and the way they go about things and people need to realise he is a world-class player. It’s synonymous of the team right now how things are actually going. Because they’re not going the best and Manchester United aren’t really where they should be. People have got to keep that in the back of their mind. As I always say, the best players in the team always get the plaudits when things are going well, and when they’re not, they get the biggest criticism as well.
I don’t think we’ve seen the best of [Pogba] yet. For a long time you would have to say under Mourinho he wasn’t used in a role that you could say suited him. And I understand he’s very, very divisive but for me both him and Lukaku, again coming back to the attitude thing, and when I say attitude - just be up front. The club needs to go and say ‘Do you want to be here, seriously do you want to be here, yes or no?’. If both of those players want to be there then those two, along with De Gea, should be the people they’re looking to build a team around.
I know he’s had his detractors and you know sometimes it comes across a little bit of a different way because he does sometimes have a blasé attitude towards things and I think a lot of people, especially people from Manchester, sometimes see that a little bit of a different way. But he is a top, top player. When I say top player, he is a world-class player. And I think if he wants to stay it should be made painfully clear to him that we’re going to build a team around yourself around Lukaku and around David de Gea. And basically I say to you if I got rid of Paul Pogba, how much money am I going to get for him and who am I going to replace him with, because that won’t be easy
2019 06 21 Retrieve
[Former team-mate Mark Bosnich claims Frank Lampard will regret it ‘forever’ if he turns down the chance to return to Chelsea as manager this summer] I think it’s a great move for both parties. From a Chelsea perspective, the fact they’re banned for two transfer windows and have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, it may not be a smooth ride for them, but having a club legend will give them some breathing space. And for Frank, it’s a fantastic move. It’s a dream job, very few people in the world will be offered this job. If he stays with Derby and just say, for example, he loses seven of the first 10 games and things aren’t going particularly well, he’ll forever be saying to himself, ‘I should have taken that opportunity’. I think it’s a really good move and I really do hope it works out for him. I was very close to Frank during my time at Chelsea. He not only was a wonderful player, he is a wonderful man as well and I think this will be ideal for him
2019 07 01 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich claims Manchester United should be considering a move to bring in N’Golo Kante alongside Paul Pogba] In terms of Pogba, and I feel very strongly about this, I would build the team around him. I think what they’ve got to do is look at where Pogba has been most successful, at Juventus and at the World Cup, and who was playing with him? Well, at the World Cup it was N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi. So, if you’re looking for players, either look to bring those two in with him, or players of that ilk to play alongside him and bring the very best out of him.
[Paul Pogba has hinted that it may be time for a change after three testing seasons back in England] It’s a little bit worrying, but you don’t know about the games going on behind the scenes. I don’t know the lad personally, I can only go on what I see, what I read and what I hear. He seems to be the guy who needs to know he’s wanted and needs an arm put around him, so maybe it’s just a little bit of that. Maybe he wants to know the club are 100 per cent behind him, because he does carry the can when anything goes wrong. But that’s understandable. The best players get all the credit when things go right, but when they go wrong it’s usually the best players and the manager who cop it as well
2019 08 14 Retrieve
[Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich rating Sarpreet Singh’s performances higher than those of Japanese star Keisuke Honda. Bosnich said in December 2018] I think he’s the best player in the A-League right now. Best player, right at this moment in time after this weekend’s games. I would have said Keisuke Honda if it was last week but after this week, he’s absolutely number one. A joy to watch.
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?
2019 10 08 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Under-fire Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given time to turn things around at Old Trafford] They’re not winning football games and you have to say, at the moment, they’re not playing particularly good football. We’ve spoken before about the big gap that was going to be there when Sir Alex Ferguson left and we understand that. But there’s been three managers now, Ole’s the fourth manager. I can understand everybody’s impatience but they’re going to have to gather patience. If things continue how they’re going they may be left with no choice, but I don’t think they’re at that stage at the moment.
I would stick. I’m biased, I must admit that, because I’m an ex-team-mate of his. He was not only a world-class player but a world-class person and I would stick with him. To be honest, if you look at the availability around the world, it’s not as if a Jurgen Klopp or a Pep Guardiola is free and available. Stick with him. However, there is a cut-off point. I said this with Jose Mourinho. If in another 20 games, 28 games into the season, if he’s third from bottom they may be left with no choice
[Bosnich believes Solskjaer and his predecessors have been hamstrung by ill-judged moves in the transfer market] Let’s be really frank, the recruitment has been poor over the past three or four years. Regardless of what the personal situation was, it was a mistake to let Lukaku go without having a ready-made replacement to come in. Especially at that stage of the season
They didn’t [sign a replacement for Lukaku] and now Martial, Rashford and all of them have to find their spirit, find their soul and fight back. There’s no use just sort of turning up at training, doing your job, going to the game, hiding, hoping that you don’t get any criticism and picking up your wages. That doesn’t work at a club like Manchester United
2019 10 19 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs time and patience at Manchester United] They haven’t had a good start, we know that, there’s a lot of pressure on Ole Gunner Solskjaer and the whole club. There’s a lot of talk from Manchester United fans about whether Solskjaer should stay or go, but you’ve got to have some patience. What are they going to do, just keep sacking managers year-in, year-out? You’ve got to give the man a go! Jurgen Klopp has had four years at Liverpool, and it hasn’t even been a year since Ole was appointed - you’ve got to give him time!
It’s always a massive game against Liverpool and hearing that two of their players are out is not great, but Manchester United when they’ve got their backs to the wall can be very, very dangerous. No one is giving them a chance in hell, but they’ve got a very good record against Liverpool at Old Trafford. Liverpool are going great guns, but they’re away from home and it’s after the international break, which can throw the chips in the air, so you never know
2019 11 26 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Manchester United should be looking to get the best price they can for Paul Pogba in the January transfer window] It doesn’t sound good. It sounds exactly like he’s trying to force a move. If that’s the case, Manchester United should make their minds up immediately. Regardless of the player you are on a world standing, you can ill afford to be spending four or five months on the bench. But if that is the case, there’s no use other than to turn around and say, ‘OK, we’re going to get the best price for you’. And I wouldn’t be selling him for any less than he’s worth
2020 01 09 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Man Utd players not up to it & Solskjaer has to spend in January window] I think they have to. If you look at the team the other night [against City], a young side, and that’s why we’re talking about progression. He [Solskjaer] has obviously gone for a young side and looking towards the future. That’s reliant a lot on the patience of the supporters. A young side may or may not come good within two years.
They are doing something very similar to what Alex Ferguson did in the time that he was there, when he had that group of young players that he brought through the youth system and was lucky enough to put them in and continue the success. Sir Alex, before that, was given a lot of time - four years before he won his first major trophy against Crystal Palace in that FA Cup final. I don’t think people these days have got that much patience.
I think after the result the other night, and not just the result but the performance and the quite apparent difference in class between the two sides, he has got no other option but to go and strengthen that squad because there are players all over it - there’s no need to get into naming and shaming - that you look at and compare them to other players in other teams that are doing so well and they are just not up to it
2020 02 03 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich claims Odion Ighalo could be new Cantona for Man Utd] This was an emergency signing. I can understand a lot of people taking about a scatter gun approach, well it had to be with Marcus Rashford being out. The top four is still possible for Manchester United, they had to go and get somebody. The boy that’s come in has got nothing to lose, nobody expects anything unbelievable from him but they definitely needed somebody in that position. You never know. A long, long time ago Manchester United signed a certain Frenchman (Cantona) who no one really expected much from and he ended up propelling them to one of their most successful seasons of all time
[Quizzed on whether Solskjaer’s side can secured Champions League qualification] I think they can, there’s no doubt about that. Six points at this stage of the season for me is still nothing. The big question of them not scoring goals is the way that they’re playing. People would have a lot more confidence if they had been watching performances and saying okay this team is actually going somewhere. I do believe that they are. Whether or not they’ll be able creep into that top four at the end of the season is a different question entirely. There’s a still a chance, regardless of what anyone says they’re still in the mix
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 02 24 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich predicts Man Utd will pip Chelsea to fourth place] Forget about all the Man City stuff because I think that will be reversed. I’m just going say that it will be a toss-up for fourth place between Chelsea and Manchester United. I think Manchester United will pip it in the end.
It really is congested. Chelsea are obviously in fourth place on 44 points, but all the way down to eighth are only four points behind. Obviously things will come into it like suspensions and injuries, as they always do. I’ve just got a feeling that Manchester United might squeeze into that fourth place just above Chelsea.
At this moment in time I think it would be silly for anyone to put any serious money on it because it is so congested and the way that teams are playing, Sheffield United and teams like that, you never quite know. Obviously Chelsea and Manchester United are both involved in European competitions, as are Tottenham as well, but that could change in a couple of weeks’ time. Chelsea have got a massive game this week against Bayern Munich. Manchester United are still in the Europa League as well. That’s my feeling at the moment, but that could change weekly!
2020 03 02 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich has backed David de Gea after Roy Keane ‘arrogance’ claims] It wasn’t a good error but in terms of being arrogant, unless you know the person 100 per cent I don’t really think you can make that type of call. In terms of the goalkeeping position, there’s a very fine line between arrogance and confidence. Yes, it was a poor mistake but he came back from it very well to be fair
I think it would be a fantastic season if they end up getting three trophies. Any season where you win the Champions League is fantastic, but if they added to that the FA Cup along with their League Cup triumph yesterday, it would be an absolutely fantastic season. Has it been disappointing in the league? Of course it has but [Sir] Alex Ferguson used to say ‘to win one trophy is a good season. To win three is a fantastic season
2020 03 28 Retrieve
[Former goalkeeper Mark Bosnich says They have got the right man and he’s doing a good job] He has only had just over 12 months so he needs to be given an opportunity. I know that everyone wants things fast these days, which is understandable to an extent but, he has only been there 12 months. Give it time, he will get it right. We have already seen the signs of that and so far so good. I think he has done a very good job with the chips in the air again. It will be interesting to see where they finish this season, but they have got the right man and he is doing a good job. I always thought that one day he would be a really good manager. He has been at the club before and knows how to handle the pressure. He has good people around him to make sure he can always ask for things and I am sure Sir Alex [Ferguson] is always available if he needs him. All those ingredients are there. So I believe eventually that he will bring Manchester United back to where they should be
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 02 Retrieve
[Bosnich: Australia’s football development is broken but there is talent ready for Europe] There have, there have [been some good talents coming through]. Daniel Arzani didn’t go through the system. Him and his family knocked it on his own when he was younger. Isn’t that ironic?
There are two young boys Al Hassan Toure and Mohamed Toure, who are two refugee boys who came to Australia. One is 16 and another is 18 or 19. They have just burst onto the scene and they have been amazing for Adelaide United. There’s a few others that we have seen in Riley McGree and Connor Metcalfe coming through at this moment in time. The problem is that do they stay here and stay comfortable or go overseas and really give it a go at a young age. During my time with Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka, your only option was to go overseas. Now, there’s another option to stay which is great but you pay the price for everything.
There’s only 11 teams here playing at the top level so if you don’t get the opportunity to start during those formative years and start developing your game then it is all of a sudden you start asking what happened to that young player? Daniel Arzani, Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan as well as a few in the Bundesliga. There’s a lot of them around but there’s just not as many playing for the top clubs as the golden generation. For whatever reason, that’s the way it is. I want the next generation to do better. That will come as the clubs and the AFA have changed. We have a new CEO of Football Federation Australia called James Johnson who worked for FIFA and AFC. He was an ex-Socceroo and he worked for City Group. He is a football man to his boots. He is determined to make the change. They brought former Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore in to advise the A-League clubs so things are looking up. There’s no doubt about that. Like anything good, it takes time
One of the reasons we kept going as much as we could because there are a few clubs in a precarious situation. The strange thing is, in saying that, with everything going on in the world so far, they are used to surviving in recent times. The unity and purpose generated between clubs and the federations - in such a bad time I think it is decently placed to go forward. This is like playing roulette and all the chips are on the table and someone throws them up in the air. We will see how things land but at this moment in time, a lot of the clubs are just used to surviving and could come out of this strong. For the national team, if you look back, say from 2006 to 2020, it has gone backwards a bit. There’s no doubt about that. That initial generation was a once in a lifetime generation and the bottom line, the production line is not good, despite participation here being the biggest of any sport. Two million play at all age groups, we have that many players available, the best technical directors from everywhere, the best coaches we have had and yet the production line has dried up. That’s really something to look deeply at.
The other thing that’s a bugbear of mine is the amount of fees kids are being charged to train. It nearly amounts to extortion because some of the fees they pay for the SAP (Skills Acquisition Programmes), which is a more advanced programme clubs can give out through the AFA. Some kids pay $2,500 a year and that’s like £1,200 in the UK. When you see the session cost you expect something like Guardiola or Klopp but they are just normal sessions. You think when I was growing up and the golden generation were growing up. It was a working class generation. It was $30 or $40 and the coaches were volunteers. My dad, people’s uncles, often immigrants who would just come back after work and give time for free. We produced really good players, arguably world class players
2020 04 13 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Manchester United should be looking to keep Paul Pogba at Old Trafford] I think they should for as long as the player wants to stay at the club, and only they know that because they are with him day in, day out inside the four walls. I think they should persist with him. The bottom line is that they paid a lot of money for him, it’s doubtful that they will get that kind of money in return and if he is making all of the right noises and performing as he can - if he performs at the best of his ability, him and Fernandes in the middle will be absolutely sensational. You have to remember as well that if you let go of a player of that kind of ilk - it would still be for a considerable amount, I don’t think it will be what they purchased him for - you still have to replace him and that must be in their mind
2020 04 13b Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Tottenham would snap Manchester United’s hand off if a £200 million ($250m) offer was tabled for Harry Kane] Tottenham have paid for their own stadium, it’s been a massive amount, and with the Covid-19 situation, the chips are in the air for everyone. If they were offered that money then I’m quite certain that, regardless of what Daniel Levy has said, he would snap Manchester United’s hand off. I don’t think Manchester United will go that far in terms of offering that kind of money, especially in the current situation
I think it would. There is no doubt that Harry Kane is one of the greatest strikers in the world of this generation, we have seen that consistently in the Champions League, when he was playing for England. The bottom line is, I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is building something for the future, we have seen that with some of the signings and some of the people he will be letting go. I really don’t think at this stage, especially with the doubt surrounding competition, that they would go that far. They might do it at a reduced price, there is no doubt about that, but as we saw with another striker who was one of the greatest of his generation in Alan Shearer, he rejected Manchester United twice. If it’s not right, it’s not right and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t go on and win things
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has told Sky Sports on the talk of £200m offers] Tottenham have paid for their own stadium, it’s been a massive amount, and with the Covid-19 situation, the chips are in the air for everyone. If they were offered that money then I’m quite certain that, regardless of what Daniel Levy has said, he would snap Manchester United’s hand off. I don’t think Manchester United will go that far in terms of offering that kind of money, especially in the current situation
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 17 Retrieve
[Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich says Liverpool being awarded Premier League title is the only fair thing to do] They should be awarded the title. There may be, deep in the by-rules of the Premier League that says maybe they don’t or whatever, but I think it’s only fair and only right that they’re awarded the title. Let’s all be frank, they weren’t going to be caught
The problems we’re going to have are not so much there. It will be the Champions League places and even more so the relegation zone. That is going to be a massive question that needs to be answered. Even for the teams from the Championship - what about Leeds [United] and West Brom? There is going to be an almighty ruckus if the season is void. We’ve already seen that three or four weeks ago when [West Ham chief executive] Karren Brady suggested it. If they turn around now and say, ‘Liverpool, you are champions’ the rest of the teams in the top four are going to say they want to be in the Champions League. If you say its null and void, the teams in the relegation zone will want to say they’re still in the Premier League next season. We could be in court for two next two years just about this season while the season’s going on. It’s one thing everyone has to bear in mind. You don’t want to be in court for years and years and years about a season that, which by the time the court decision comes, is memory anyway. It’s going to be a very difficult thing but they’ll have every type of contingency ready
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 04 27 Retrieve
[Bosnich identifies striker as Red Devils’ transfer priority] We saw Marcus Rashford’s injury, and they had to go and basically get another striker in Ighalo so quickly. I think they need to strengthen in that area to make sure that they have got top quality back-up. That’s not being disrespectful to Ighalo because he’s been absolutely fantastic since he’s come in. If I had to pick one, it would be there
I can completely understand why Ed Woodward is saying that, and that will be the same pretty much all over the board, and not only with Manchester United, all football clubs and pretty much all sports. We all know that things will take a while to get back to what they once were
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
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[Former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has told of the potential Pogba and Fernandes possess] 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
2020 06 15 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Pogba is one of the best players in the world] I know there’s been a big difference of opinion on Paul Pogba, he’s been very divisive. Talking about pure football ability, for any club who are thinking about getting rid of one of their best players, the first question you must ask is ‘who are you going to replace him with’. For someone like Pogba, that’s near impossible. He is one of the best players in the world and we’ve seen what he can do. Okay, Manchester United fans and people in the media have called for more consistency from him, that is understandable. I really do think with the addition of [Bruno] Fernandes and the fact that he’s seen a genuine direction put forward by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has handled this situation really well, there seems to be a different type of enthusiasm around the club. I really do think if he’s fully fit and played in the right way then he should stay. It would be fantastic for Man United and the player himself. If you look down their spine, he’s an integral part of that. I’d love to see him stay and hopefully he will
2020 06 22 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich has pointed out a key technical flaw in David de Gea’s game] He’s had a season which had been full of mistakes that he hasn’t made on a consistent basis in the past. In terms of the mistake against Tottenham, the most important thing from a technical point of view is there is something wrong when he sets for shots. As a goalkeeper, if you set for shots and your feet are outside the width of your shoulders, you’re going to have problems because the natural reaction then is to go backwards when a shot is hit quite hard. You’ve got no room to manoeuvre your feet and if you start going backwards as a goalkeeper and the ball hits you, invariably it’s going to go in the back of the goal. That’s something they definitely need to work on. Obviously they’ve got Henderson who is playing so well at Sheffield United aswell, and Gary is right in saying it has been more than a blip this season
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Dean Smith should stop complaining about Aston Villa’s fixture pile-up] I’m forever an optimistic especially when it comes to one of my old clubs who I love dearly. I still think that they will stay up but it really is going to go down to the wire. I can understand where Dean Smith is coming from but if I was asked advice I would caution about coming out publicly and making excuses. We all knew what it was going to be once it was decided to continue on with the season. There was going to be game after game after game and you don’t want to publicly come out with things like that in my opinion because your team can read into it and to start subconsciously thinking that you have an excuse
They know exactly what they have to do. I think they need a minimum of 10 points more to make sure they stay up and that still will still be very, very close
They know exactly what they have to do. I think they need a minimum of 10 points more to make sure they stay up and that still will still be very, very close
[Bosnich believes off-field problems could damage Watford’s chances of maintaining their top-flight status if they are allowed to continue] It would be a huge dent and as they’re pretty much in the same boat as Aston Villa, West Ham and Bournemouth and all those teams around them. There was one time in my career at Aston when we flirted with relegation and one thing I do remember was that when it’s becoming desperate everything you touch seems to go wrong and that seems to be what’s happening now with Watford and a few of the other teams down there
Like I said if I was able to give some advice to Dean Smith, it’s exactly the same to Watford. They’ve got to put whatever it is behind them and just look forward. But at these times it’s so difficult to do as they can’t see where another win is coming from but they got to try to change the mindset as soon as they possibly can.
2020 07 13 Retrieve
[Mark Bosnich says Manchester United favourites for top four] I think they have been very good for some time, even before the restart. The restart has just confirmed what everybody thought and basically proved a lot in terms of the fact that Pogba alongside Fernandes has turned them into a formidable force. Even before that, they were on a tremendous run but seeing them after this - even though obviously they were a little bit rusty in their opening game against Spurs - they have been absolutely fantastic. And look, everything being equal, maybe I would say one, possibly two more signings maximum, I think that sooner rather than later they will be challenging for the top spot
[Bosnich thinks it was crucial United did not lose momentum] I am going to stick by my original tip at the start of the season and say that Chelsea and Manchester United are definitely favourites [for the top four]. Leicester have had a very difficult time since they have returned from the break and Manchester United and Chelsea - and definitely Manchester United - have real momentum, so I am going to go for them two to finish inside the top four and unfortunately for Leicester to be outside of it
[Bosnich is adamant that Villa’s win confirms what he has long suspected] That was amazing wasn’t it? Obviously, it was do or die for Aston Villa and they did it, but like you just said, all the teams around them as well did it. Three games to go, in my opinion it will go down to the wire. I was looking at the draw for the run-in, for the last three games, [and] there’s no one that really stands out. You still have to say probably up until Brighton are in it, even though another Brighton win would secure their place. But I have just got a feeling it will come down right to that last game when Aston Villa play West Ham and like I said, it really is up in the air. All teams that are down there right now, they have just got to forget about it. The natural thing to do is to think ‘if we had just done this’. You have just got to forget about it now and just do your very, very best to try to finish off with three wins