With the World Cup in Brazil not too far away, England boss Roy Hodgson has been speaking to the press about the state of Manchester United.
Hodgson claims that with six months of preparation, he could coach a pub team to beat the Red Devils, who have struggled for form within the last year.
The England squad are currently training for the World Cup in Portugal and speaking to World Soccer Magazine, he said: “You can organise a pub team not to let in six goals against Manchester United. Give me six months and I’d organise them, if they had a half-decent goalkeeper and a couple of centre halves who can get in the way of the ball.
I consider myself to be in the same position as a lawyer. I studied to be a professional. I like to think that I’m good at my profession. Just as if I was to go to a lawyer, I’d go to someone who was good and really knows his job, even if I have to pay more.
It’s nice for people to believe some managers are born with a magical quality to transform bad into good. I don’t. It’s about leadership, practice, repetition and bloody hard work.”
It’s a very bold claim that may not be taken very kind-heartedly by United fans, and with Louis van Gaal recently appointed as manager, things could be looking up for the Old Trafford side.
By Phil Wellbrook