By any measure it has not been a great fortnight weeks for Manchester United. Defeat in the FA Cupto lowly Leeds United, a draw in the Premier League at Birmingham City and then the revelation that the club is officially broke has added to a sense of woe around Old Trafford. But once in a while football has the ability to rapidly lift the spirits. Juvenile it may be but Liverpool’s humiliation at the hands of Reading in the FA Cup last night is just such an occasion!
Rafa Benitez is now under severe pressure to keep his job after the 2-1 extra-time loss to Championship strugglers Reading. Indeed, Liverpool supporters turned on both manager and team at the end of the game, booing the Spaniard’s players off the pitch, when the Kop’s support is normally crucial to managers at Anfield.
Liverpool is already out of the Premier League title race and out of Europe at the group stage.
“I’d keep Rafa Benitez in charge. I think there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes that people don’t really understand or know about,” said former Scouser Jason McAteer.
“If Rafa Benitez were to go who would come in and replace him?
“It is a disappointing situation. But who would come in? The restrictions on the budget mean its not for any top manager to come in, they just wouldn’t do it.”
Don’t worry Jason, Mark Hughes is available!
And if losing wasn’t bad enough for Benitez, he’ll now have to do without the injured Fernando Torres for six weeks, Steven Gerrard for two and Yossi Benayoun for three. If he keeps his job that long.