03 Dec 2017 03:16:42
Guyz missed the game. Can anybody comment on how Lindelof performed?

What are everybody's (including eds) views on him seeing that he performed well in last 2 games prior to arsenal.


1.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 09:19:47
I think the three at the back system suits him well. It also covers for a lot of Smalling's shortcomings. Although I will feel much better going into the City game if Jones and Bailly are back fit.


2.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 13:12:34
Lindelof is given more freedom in a three. He frustrated Sanchez yesterday. Any time Sanchez approached the area he was on him like a rash. This is what Bailly would usually do, but I'd love to see how a three of Lindelof, Bailly and Rojo could work as they are all great on the ball.

Seen a stat that Lindelof is MU's fifth fastest player. That's some feat if true.

{Ed004's Note - I think if the plan is to play 3 at the back it should be Lindelof/Bailly competing for the right side, Smalling a permanent fixture in the centre and Rojo/Jones competing for the left side. I think our best back line would be Bailly, Smalling, Rojo. If we are still looking at a centre back I would look to find an upgrade on Smalling or potential replacement such as Van Dijk or Upamecano. I also would start preparing Tuanzebe to replace Jones (too injury prone) and compete with Rojo
I thought Lindelof played well yesterday though and the back 3 is helping a lot of our defenders}


3.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 13:38:47
I don't think Smalling is in Jose's long-term plans mate. But he's decent in a three. I know Ed002 has said we are interested in another CB, but other than Garay who else has been mentioned?

{Ed004's Note - I’m not sure. I think in the Sharkopods Upamecano, Luiz? and Umtitti were mentioned but they would all be expensive. Also think Umtitti would be a Rojo replacement not one for central position. I think Smalling has been excellent recently and his form is really going under the radar but he just lacks a bit too much on the ball to be building a team around. I think if we could get someone like Varane or Van Dijk it would be a massive improvement. Not sure Umtitti is enough of an upgrade on Rojo to spend the money on.}


4.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 14:09:47
Jose has a clear long-term interest in Varane, but would RM sell and would he move to United? But agree a back three of Bailly, Varane and Rojo would be some defence. Although I think Lindelof, Bailly and Rojo would be very strong eventually. I'm sure he knows what he wants, but Ed002 has said for sometime Smalling is available and even Jones. I think we have more pressing concerns though, so maybe we will concentrate on other areas first?

{Ed004's Note - Varane would be the ideal signing. Though I don’t think he would be attainable and he would be very expensive. He’s also very injury prone. I’m not sure the central position would suit Bailly. Ideally, it would be someone aerially dominant, quick and very imposing. That’s why I think Smalling is performing so well there. An extra bonus would be someone very good on the ball as well. The likes of Varane and Van Dijk have that presence to make the position their own. If we go for a 3 at the back position we would only need 3 signings to our current squad. A rb to compete with Valencia, a left back and an upgrade on Lingard (Griezmann or Ozil ideally).


5.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 14:21:38
Yeah he is quick. But he is not hard enough. ha ha that's what mrs beast says about beast as well😂😂😂.


6.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 14:30:35
Bailly is better than all of the above on the ball. His passing is great and he's very quick. I guess all he lacks is that imposing beast look. Yet he's 6'1", so not small. I think Bailly would do very well centrally, not sure I'd spend £60m+ on someone like VVD or Varane when we have more urgent concerns elsewhere in the first team. It will be interesting to see what Jose decides. But I like the thought of trying Lindelof, Bailly and Rojo. Then there's Tuanzebe, Smalling and Jones as cover.


7.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 15:12:51
004 I agree that if we play 352 that we are well off for forwards rash ibra martial lukaku cover the 2 striker positions very well but in the summer ibra will need replacing.

We are very light on like for like cover for matic which is why fabhino would make the ideal signing providing top class competition and cover for both valencia and Matic. And also pogba.

Then a left back / wing back to challenge young. Rose imo when on form is excellent but his injury record is poor he is also cup tied. Tierney looks happy to stay ay Celtic for now. I don't see another attainable outstsnding candidate for Jan but I'm sure we have a list.

The cb is the interesting one. Smalling has been playing well. I'm not a fan of Jones or rojo. Both will and can play very well but Jones is totally unreliable and rojo is too rash imo but i do love their attitudes. Varane would be ideal but it's a real long shot. i'd love to see shaw and Jones playing for Southampton in Jan and VVD playing for us which is an even longer shot 😂.

{Ed004's Note - I think centre back is the last position I would prioritise. I could see Griezmann replacing Ibra in the squad. Would leave Lukaku, Griezmann, Martial, Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Lingard and maybe Mata for the front 3 positions. If Fellaini goes we are one short in midfield. Lastly, we need 2 fullbacks before a centre back}


8.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 15:27:49
Ed4
I agree I think smalling has played really well of late wins nearly everything in the air.

{Ed004's Note - He is by far and away the best centre back in the air for us. If he is replaced we need to get someone just as dominant}


9.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 16:57:03
Smalling has been very good this season in the three. If he was better on the ball he would have it all. I can remember when Smalling was given a run a couple seasons ago and he was unbeatable. Under LvG too he had a purple patch. Jones with a run of games was great too, same with Rojo. Sometimes players just need those games. Lindelof is another example of this. I'd be a little worried chucking Bailly or Jones straight back in. Last time both back from injury had baaaad games. I may be inclined to keep the same formation bar Pogba against City.

{Ed004's Note - I would play the exact same formation and style vs City. My only change would be Herrera for Pogba. Play them exactly the way West Ham have so far in this game today}


10.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 17:05:28
I agree Ed004. Herrera will need to be very busy this weekend. We'll miss Pogba breaking and I'd prefer it if Herrera stayed back. I wonder if we'll see Matic get forward? Or could we play with Young? He have to test City because like Liverpool they aren't great at the back. Their best defence is attack. We need to have a go when we have the ball. Pogba's composure on the ball and ability to pick the pass will be a massive loss.

{Ed004's Note - City are also poor from set pieces, Pogba is a big missing on those. I would continue with Young at leftback}


11.) 03 Dec 2017
03 Dec 2017 18:05:33
If bailly is fit it wouldn't shock me if lindelof played In beside matic. It's the sort of thing jose does from time to time.