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Interesting but poorly stitched together
on 5 November 2015
I had been looking forward to reading this for a long time. I'm not a Man U fan, but I'm fascinated by what they (he) did and how it was done. There are many interesting facts in the book but, to put it bluntly, it is poorly written. As a few other reviewers have noted, it jumps all over the place with a strange scattergun approach to any topic that left me feeling that it was, overall, just a massive collection of anecdotes stitched together rather randomly. A man of this stature would have had his story greatly enhanced by engaging one or more professional writers. Just as he starts telling a story that sounds interesting he'll suddenly be reeling off a whole pile of facts about other players and things that just detract from the current theme, switching years and decades in and out. You think he'll go back to the theme, but no, it often seems like unfinished business, just a collection of thumbnail sketches.
On top of this, a great deal of what he writes could be written by anyone with a decent knowledge of the club. Constant references such as "we went to Wimbledon and won 3-0 but Rooney was a bit off form" are not terribly exciting. In fact, you get far better analysis in the newspapers. These mundane facts litter the book and give us no real insight at all into what really goes on behind the scenes.
Nonetheless, all the anecdotes and side-stories are interesting and I never felt like not finishing it! Just don't expect him to stay terribly close to the chapter title or to any theme for any length of time or in anything other than superficial depth.