Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?
Rob: Not good enough. Pretty dismal pre-Christmas but a welcome turnaround afterwards.
Scott: Who was your best player?
Rob: Luis Suarez without the shadow of a doubt.
Scott: Which player are you expecting most important in 2013-2014?
Rob: Coutinho looks a superb talent and could be the next superstar on Merseyside. If we are sensible enough to build a team around him, we’ll play good football and do better than most think we will.
Scott: If you could take one United player, who would it be?
Rob: I said a few weeks ago we should bid for Rooney. That said, If I could have any United player I’d take Carrick. Too many fans don’t see how good he is.
Scott: Are you pleased Fergie’s retired?
Rob: Yes. One of the greatest managers in the history of the game leaves your biggest rivals – who wouldn’t be pleased? I respected and admired him but I’m not going to be wishing he comes out of retirement. I wrote an extended piece on him, by the way, which United fans may like.
Scott: Where do you think your club will finish this season?
Rob: Top five. I can’t see us finishing any higher than fifth, sadly.
Scott: Where do you think United will finish?
Rob: I think the doomsday predictions are unlikely. I do think though that Ferguson was the main difference in recent years and him missing will be a huge factor. It is my view that he would have won the league last year if he’d managed Arsenal, Chelsea or City. I just don’t think the managers of those clubs would have inspired this United squad to the title. He was fundamental to United’s recent success.
City and Chelsea have strengthened in the managerial department and in the squad. United have certainly weakened in the managerial department and we’ll wait and see who signs. So I’m going to plump for Third.
Scott: After Liverpool have stuck by Suarez, despite his racism, biting etc., how do you feel towards him now he’s stated his desire to leave the club?
Rob: Disappointing but too often expecting loyalty from a footballer is like expecting loyalty from a stripper.
Scott: What do you make of Rodgers’ decision to get rid of Reina?
Rob: A bit torn to be honest. Reina had a poor first half to last season but improved considerably after Christmas. I liked Reina a lot but can admit he wasn’t as good as he used to be. Mignolet is a talent but has big gloves to fill.
Scott: What do you think of Rodgers, particularly in light of some of the cringey stuff he comes out with?
Rob: I quite like him and I don’t think the David Brent stuff is any worse than most managers (certainly not as cringing as Moyes’ nonsense about ”The People’s Club” when he signed up to Everton).
I said last year I liked his ethos and manner and that we need to give him time. We still do and I think his winter signings have been a hit (Sturridge and Coutinho). He’s got us playing decent football again. I’d rather have him than Moe Szyslak!
Scott: Fair enough, but I’d have to beg to differ and argue that no manager comes out with the stuff Rodgers does. My personal favourites are “I will leave no stone unturned in my quest – and that quest will be relentless” and “All I’ll ever do is all I’ve ever done in any job, and that’s promise to fight for my life for the people of the city.” HA!
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