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16 Feb 2019 16:00:55
Would you swap Lukaku for Icardi?

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{Ed001's Note - still trying to finish your World Cup Panini sticker album Fresh!?}

16 Feb 2019 16:23:21
He Will cost to much for someone who doesn’t score enough.

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16 Feb 2019 16:26:48
Only if he gets divorced😂😂.

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16 Feb 2019 17:08:57
Him and the Mrs sound like a right pain. The last thing we need is another disruptive influence in a dressing which is the most united its been for 18 months.

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16 Feb 2019 17:41:05
No, Icardi is more trouble than he's worth.

Plus with Rashford, Martial and Greenwood coming through I think we are sorted for strikers whether Lukaku stays or goes.

Personally I think we need a natural wide player who can create from wide to add a something different to our squad. Hirving Lozano would be ideal.

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16 Feb 2019 18:49:43
Lozano looks a class act shappy. So much pace, and his energy would make him a great fit for us!

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16 Feb 2019 19:33:19
More to the question would you swap the Glazers for the Saudi’s.

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16 Feb 2019 19:36:46
Does Lozano not predominantly play from the left Shappy?!

In my opinion we need to prioritise a RW and LCB in the summer. In a perfect world we probably need another CM and cover at full back.

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16 Feb 2019 20:04:51
DLIB, he has played 18 times on the right and 12 times on the left so far this season. So he can play equally as well on either side. However, I would not play with a winger in most games.

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Martin O'Neill

16 Feb 2019 15:48:57
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new manager profile about, Martin O'Neill

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16 Feb 2019 12:25:47
I have been reading a lot about the concerns after the injuries we've got to Lingard and Martial. Both are huge blows and probably couldn't have come at a worse time but we've shown before under Ole we can still play without those two. My mind goes back to the Arsenal game where our front 3 was Alexis, Lukaku and Lingard. If you put Rashford in place for Lingard then not much else needs to change. My only concern is pushing Rashford our wide again but I feel like it may need to be done as I thought we looked very disjointed against Burnley when we played Lukaku and Rash up top vs Burnley. Would like to know what you all think.

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16 Feb 2019 07:34:15
Formation and player selection may be important but just as important is whether we go for it. Imagine a few months ago, we would have played defensively, conceded possession, and parked a couple of busses. But Chelsea are all over the pace right now so we need to go to the jugular irrespective of who is fit and available.

I expect us to play to win, and win or lose, that will continue to build Ole’s reputation.

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16 Feb 2019 10:46:27
We need to play to win the game. There may be stages in the game where we don't need to throw men forward.
Ive no doubt ole will send them to attack. He has always maintained that its what he wants the team to do. Winning games of football is not just all out attack its about the right balance. that's what the best coaches do.

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16 Feb 2019 10:59:30
If Ole doesn’t stick Herrera on Jorginho, he’s doing it wrong. Once you disrupt him, the entire Chelsea game plan goes to pieces.

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16 Feb 2019 12:19:02
Agree Danny - hererra on jorginho but higuain is also to watch; not pacy but can score from anywhere and also will go down if smalling even breathes on him. Chelsea are wounded by the city result so don't expect them to sit back, I reckon they will be well up for it at home. Hope mata is on the bench and not a starter as he really does slow down the game. Will be a busy night for matic and hererra but think we have the players to win and reckon 2-1 to us.

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16 Feb 2019 15:05:14
Im not sure herrera should be the man to but on jorginho although i thin k its the right ploy.
I don't think we can allow herrera to vacate the area where hazard mainly operates. He will need to be there to support young or dalot.

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16 Feb 2019 17:00:39
I would go for rashford on the left, sanchez through the middle and play lukaku on the right. That kinda set up worked well away to Arsenal! Pogba will also give support to the front three.

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16 Feb 2019 17:14:24
I'd put Pogba on Jourgino. I'd also play 442 with a diamond. Sanchez on the tip with Rashford and Lukaku running the channels up front.

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16 Feb 2019 17:34:12
I’m sorry, I thought for a second there you suggested we put Pogba man marking somebody? I couldn’t think of a worse idea.

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Review Of The Day 16th February 2019

16 Feb 2019 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 16th February 2019

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15 Feb 2019 19:02:37
Yes formation and players is very important for our next two games. It will surely test Ole and his staff. Two options for me, go for same formation and bring in Sanchez and Lukaku. For me l would push Pogba up with rashford and lukaku, Lukaku up top and Rashford and Pogba behind. I would bring in an extra midfielder maybe Fred.

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{Ed004's Note - I would probably deploy 3 at the back and push Pogba further forward alongside Lukaka and Rashford}

15 Feb 2019 20:27:09
I would play the 4-4-2 diamond with mata in behind lukaku and rashford. Herrera, matic and pogba in midfield as ole is either protecting fred or doesn't think he's up to it.

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{Ed004's Note - I think that is what we will see. Just as long as Mata is not on the right hand side}

15 Feb 2019 17:17:18
Looking back, and i know hindsight is 20/ 20, but how much more sense did it make to not go in for sanchez last january and wait till the summer and buy mahrez as i am pretty sure city wouldn't have signed both with all the other options they had.

That way we would have not stunted martials development on the left and would have solved our issues on the right which would us way less reliant on our left hand side when attacking.

How many posters would have accepted that scenario at the time?

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{Ed004's Note - Tbf Mahrez has done very little at City and when he does play he looks a tear below his competitors for that spot. I think if we had signed him we would still have been questioning that signing. Bernardo Silva... now theres a cracking wee player}

15 Feb 2019 18:55:31
Not a huge mahrez fan DSG. A little nani like great highs but too many average games. Been 3 seasons since he has been on fire.

But obviously in hindsight sanchez has proved to be a poor deal.
Ole has options he has to figure it out. Players have to be accounted for. Spending lots of money doesn't guarantee you a good squad if its spent on the wrong players.
Ole just has to make what he can with the squad. He took over a squad in dissary and has worked wonders.
The players and ole will learn more from the defeat than the previous 10 wins and draw.
He is still on trial and i'm sure he will be working on finding the right combinations to get us through the next few weeks.
The limitations of the squad has been laid out for all to see.

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16 Feb 2019 04:04:17
Mahrez is predictable. Often cuts in from right to take a shot. He also does not have elite level pace.

Maybe Lozano or Douglas Costa in the summer to fill the RW spot.

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16 Feb 2019 10:08:36
1 loss in 12 and its all people want to talk about .
25 points out of 27 that's the yardstick so far .

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16 Feb 2019 11:15:06
Everyone knows the glaring deficiencies in the squad.
Playing against an elite team made it visible.
Therefore the posters are giving ideas to close that gap in quality.
Nothing wrong in it.

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16 Feb 2019 11:36:11
Confused jred, what is it that all people want to talk about?

How ole is going to cope with 2 of his front 3 injured?
How well ole is doing?
How he will have ro figure out a new front 3 combination with 2 of his 1st choice missing?

Please enlighten us as to what the only thing people want to talk about is?
Or did you just get out of the wring side of the bed this morning again😂😂😂.

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16 Feb 2019 12:35:08
. We lost 1 game against a very goid team . had a bad day at the office, it happens .

"The limitations of the squad has been laid out for all to see. "
Really by getting 25 points out of 27 or by getting beat in 1 game .
😉 i know what your reply w8ll be so don't bother we both know your were talking about thr psg game .

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16 Feb 2019 13:09:12
Not at all jred. I never once slated ole for the psg game in fact i was one who posted no point over reacting. It was no surprise.
The squad is light every single poster on here agrees but you. Every pundit says it. But you have a different opinion you think we have a great squad. Your like the little boy in seasame street doing his own thing. Or an ostrich with his head in the sand.
Then on the other hand you say jose didn't make one good signing for tbe club yet 7 or 8 of them are in the squad you think is great.
I don't think anybody is sure which jred posts jred heyckle or jred hyde.
Nobody mentioned psg in this thread you are just as usual a little grumpy and looking for a fight.
Our squad is weak. Not only that when ole came it was in dissary he has worked wonders. But he can only do so much we will be exposed against the better teams most of the time because our players are not good enough. Especially after our first 14 or so.

You said jose didn't get one signing right for this club.
You don't want the players he signed here. You never did but nobody else is allowed have an opinion of their own.
Really? Like seriously really?

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16 Feb 2019 14:23:24
There's overreaction alright but it's not coming from the majority of posters on here.

I think it's mutually agreed across the board between fans, pundits, experts etc that are squad is limited in many places and we are still a few signings away from really competing.

What ole has achieved in such a short time is nothing short of remarkable.

But I do think the PSG game did show some of our limitations as soon as martial and Jesse went off. That's okay, PSG are just a better team. And hopefully in a few windows we have more options available too.

I am enjoying the fact that we just seem to want to play more attacking football now too. Great to watch and 2 great games coming up.

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16 Feb 2019 15:17:25
Exactly angel.
Ole has done a great job so far. No complaints from the vast majority.
The club imo rightly decided not to buy in jan. Ole will to all he can. He has everyone pulling in the same direction. He has players that some fans me included were unhappy with playing better. He has players fans have said were not right for this club and should never have been bought playing better.
Changes will be made in the summer with a view to elevating the swuad from a top 6 team to a top team. It remains to be seen who will make those changes and who will be our manager. Until then all we can do as fans is get behind the manager and players we have, and ole can do as manager is get the best out of what he has. For me he has done exactly that.
Even missing lingard and martial tomorrow i go into this game with confidence. Chelsea are no PSG so we have enough to win this game.

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15 Feb 2019 14:55:17
Worst possible news that Jesse and martial are out for 2-3 weeks with muscle injuries. Missing two key games against Chelsea and Liverpool. I was confident about both games but if we are going to play mata and Sanchez I think we will really struggle. Greenwood is injured for the Chelsea game as well.

I would look to either play Lukaku and rashford up top with 3 at the back with Dalot and shaw providing the width. Or I would just throw the cat amongst the pigeons and give Gomes and Chong a start. As ole likes to play a counter attacking style of football reliant on his wingers staying up and providing an out ball, the two youngsters would provide the pace, energy and youthfulness that martial and lingard provide. I know people may argue they are too young but I think we have seen that Sanchez and mata are no longer up to it. I think ole needs to be brave.

Alternatively, ole could be playing mind games and we will see both martial and lingard starting. I highly doubt that. What are everyone’s thoughts?

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15 Feb 2019 16:04:17
Well time for the others players to step up and earn there pay check.

Although the 2 players injuried are a major part of the team we have a squad for a reason

It's a blow but we step up and now it's time for Sanchez to show up.

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16 Feb 2019 04:24:55
The main challenge for Chong and Gomez would be to quickly develop understanding with the rest of the team.

Maybe it is a blessing in disguise to discover another Rashford.

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16 Feb 2019 12:23:51
I would try to keep our currently successful game plan in place. Go for the win.

I’d do that by playing Lukaku RW like he did against Arsenal to good effect.
Start Chong on the LW in place of Martial and tell him to do the team things but also to get the ball and run at them every chance he gets. Use his speed and ball skills to the maximum. He will run out of steam. But then (unless he is blitzing it) replace him with Gomez about the 60 minute mark and tell Gomez to do the same.
Bring in Dalot for Young. Added support and overlap for Lukaku.

What could possibly go wrong? : )

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Sporting Villains 2: Harold Schumacher

15 Feb 2019 09:53:17
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Sporting Villains 2: Harold Schumacher

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15 Feb 2019 10:53:03
Great read ed I wasn't aware of some of the background things in your article . It was that world cup that made me enjoy international football . That France Germany game and shumackers challenge are stick with you forever moments .
I didn't know a single Brazil player before that tournament but I knew them off by heart after it and I can remember plaguing my dad about how come England are out when we hadn't lost, not even on pens .

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{Ed001's Note - I never knew anything about his autobiography, I don't even remember that challenge from the time (I must be a little younger than you) but I have seen it many times since and it is still sickening.}

15 Feb 2019 11:32:43
I am too young to remember any of these but it was an enlightening piece Ed, thank you!

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{Ed001's Note - I would say you are welcome, but now you have made me feel old so I am not so sure you are!!! Seriously, glad you enjoyed mate.}

15 Feb 2019 14:01:38
You know what they say about wine.

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{Ed001's Note - not really mate, I don't drink.....and, at my age, I can't remember anything.}

Review Of The Day 15th February 2019

15 Feb 2019 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 15th February 2019

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