An alarming sequence of results – for Man Utd fans anyway – highlight exactly how important it is to have the right men in the decision-making positions.
The Red Devils are currently in the mire. Last season’s Champions League last-gasp victory over Paris Saint Germain was the catalyst for Chief Executive Ed Woodward to offer former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a long-term contract.
This was, looking at the last twenty or so games, a flash in the pan.
United currently sit in twelfth spot. Two wins from 8 games, a paltry nine goals scored in those games – and some performances that have had pundits, luminaries of the club and the fans, raging at the lack of talent, identity and prospects in the ranks currently.
They are insipid, showing no sign of getting out of the mess they are in, and their last result, a 1-0 loss to relegation-candidates Newcastle, was a slideshow of boring, uncreative football.
Yet, Solskjaer is still at the wheel, despite their worst start to a Premier League season, ever.
For a club with the pedigree of United, it is surprising that so much faith has been shown in Ole, especially with the summer signings that were made that did nothing to address crucial weaknesses in the side.
Ask many Utd fans where the blame lies and they will point fiercely at Woodward, who is not known to be a football man. His business decisions have confounded and it has left United staring down the barrel at a woeful season in store.
With Raul Sanllehi, Edu and Vinai Venkatesham pulling the club strings, we can rest assured that Unai Emery will be given ample time to guide Arsenal nearer and nearer the summit of the league. There is some way to go, but the combined knowledge and responsible hands that the trio have, mean that the miasma that faces United isn’t likely to hit Arsenal. We took far too much time assembling this crack team to have made the wrong move.
Emery will be on his toes, desperate to eke out everything he can from his squad in an effort to bring the good days back to the club.
The Spaniard will also know that if standards slip, he will be looking for a job sooner rather than later.
The importance of footballing decision makers in the Boardroom cannot be understated.
Just ask a United fan.