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09 Jul 2019 21:35:48
I have seen a few people saying Ole is a championship manager and out of his depth.

Regardless of his ability he was offered the job and took it, so any one who blames ole for anything should look further up the hierarchy.

As for not being advised properly, I'm sure there are plenty of experienced guys around him, if they are wrongly advising him and going along with the supposed knee jerks decisions they should be removed from the club too.

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09 Jul 2019 21:43:44
Big V

The revered Ed002 is saying that not just some people.

09 Jul 2019 22:17:40
Big v

Why look at hierarchy? Why not look at ourselves? The media the hype that was around ole the feel good factor wasn’t provided by hierarchy. It was provided by ole winning games n us singing oles at the wheel. Ed said there was some on the board that said it was a mistake. The end of the season has proved that.

10 Jul 2019 00:16:55
Bit of support, feel good and freedom for the players and we start winning games. A miracle!

The arsenal game and the wolves games knocked the fight out of a fragile squad. Everyone stopped believing and started doubting. The squad factions started to divide. No chance of champions league and the team stopped playing.

That is why the squad needs a clear out. Big time Charlie's who don't want to be here can go and find another franchise and leave the club to rebuild properly.

If we become a mid table club for a season but build a young exciting (yet inconsistent) team ready to add some pieces again next summer then fine with me. I just want to enjoy watching football again, and this squad of misfits has clearly not worked.

I am behind Ole and hope he gets it right and shows the doubters they are wrong. There is no arguing with evidence, we can only wait and see, or panic and ditch the experiment now. I'm all in, knowing that it may be a rocky season if all the knives are being sharpened ready for the first set back.

10 Jul 2019 01:24:19
Well said dodgy, the run we had was great for us to watch and enjoy football again. Other factors were a part of it but ole delivered that and since fergies rvp season I’ve not enjoyed a run of games as I did them games. Yes it’s a risk and may well not work out but the “safe” bets of Jose n lvg didn’t work so I’m on board with this regime and new outlook and urge the rest of our support to do the same.

10 Jul 2019 05:59:42
As a true fan, I will always support whoever the manager is.

10 Jul 2019 07:27:43
True Red Devil

So you never called for the sacking of any manager?

10 Jul 2019 07:32:55
Nope Red Man, never have called for a manager's head.
Always backed the team irrespective of who was put on the field.
That's the bare minimum a true supporter must do.

10 Jul 2019 07:44:36
Not before a ball was kicked.

10 Jul 2019 08:57:34
Red man, so what's your view on Ed002's view of the Glazers?

10 Jul 2019 17:48:48

My view on the Glazers is clear and well known. I have a decent knowledge of Finance so feel able to comment on what they have done. If that differs from Ed002, then it differs.

Jred, still can’t get over that I was right on Moyes. At least his 6 year contract is over now.

09 Jul 2019 13:56:48
Any thoughts on whether Erikson would fit how OGS is looking to play next year and if so could he and Fernandes play together.
I know spurs are a nightmare to deal with but the moves they are making suggest they are planning for life after Erikson after he commented he could leave.

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09 Jul 2019 14:15:46
Tbf to eriksen he did quite well last season when he was asked to drop deeper for spurs. But that seemed more of an emergency stop gap due to dembele moving to china, wanyama being crocked and winks getting injured.

Still seems to be a normal number 10/ attacking midfielder like fernandes. He would be a much better buy than fernandes who will need time to settle and most of hus output did come at a lower level.

Eriksen could slot in immediately behind rashford and martial in the attacking midfield role pogba will vacate and fill huge chance creation hole that pogba will leave behind.

09 Jul 2019 15:04:12
I have always liked Erikson DSG and would have liked us to get him before he went to Spurs. I think he could play well in either a 433 as part of the AM 2 as the front midfielder in a 4231. What interested me was the discussion around 4222 and whether Erikson could form the 2 AM's with 2 of Matic/ Longstaff/ McTomany behind.
I am disapointed we did not push for Tielmans but have faith we will get where we need to come the season beginning.

09 Jul 2019 15:52:43
Sorry but Erikson is past his best. He’s too slow, we need young hungry players.

09 Jul 2019 16:11:03
Brad, Eriksen could certainly play as one of the advanced midfielders in a 4222 type system. The two advanced midfielders in that system are ideally a cross between wingers and No.10's players who can go outside or cut in, but players who have quality on the ball and can control the attack.

Eriksen has on many occasions played in one of the wider roles of a 4231 at Spurs, which often looked more like a lopsided 4222 with Son often pushing on as a loose striker on the left and Eriksen tucking in slightly on the right to allow Trippier space on the overlap, with Alli moving slightly left so he can then cut in more central onto his right foot to shoot.

09 Jul 2019 16:22:15
BR, Eriksen often covers more ground than any other player on the pitch.

He tackles and intercepts high up the pitch and keeps the ball well when in possession.

He wants to move to a top club no doubt to win trophies.

I'm not sure his hunger can be questioned.

09 Jul 2019 16:37:36
Is he another that goes slightly missing in the bigger games? I've seen it mentioned on the spurs site a few times i personally can't say I've watched enough to notice.

09 Jul 2019 16:59:02
Agree totally that in the biggest games he often does do enough. When did you see him dominate top class opposition or haul spurs back into a match from a losing position against a really top team. Not often enough for me.

09 Jul 2019 20:33:39
Sounds like he would be a good fit and replacement for Pogba and could suit OGS. Whether he is the perfect player could be debatable but he does seem to have hunger and for me could be the ideal person with a young team around him.
Other than players unobtainable I would happily have Erikson and Fernandes as Pogba replacements.

09 Jul 2019 22:49:32
Past his best at 27 😂😂 Jesus Christ! He had better retire then he's lost it and his career is over. Absolute shocking player.

10 Jul 2019 06:01:15
Christian Erikson is top top class.
Always wants the ball, passes forward with purpose, works hard for the team, delivers quality set pieces.

{Ed001's Note - do you think so? I think he is massively overrated and goes missing when put under pressure. In easy games he is great, but when it actually matters he is terrible, like in the Champions League final. So long as he has plenty of time and space to pick a pass, he is a good passer, but he just falls apart when closed down. He is one of the main reasons Spurs fail when it matters imo.}

10 Jul 2019 06:41:14
Agree with you Ed that his impact reduces when suffocated.
But whenever I watch Spurs, Erikson always looks to make something
Because of Spurs's lack of quality in central midfield, he often drops deep and demands the ball.
If he stays, Ndombele could potentially bring the best out of him.

{Ed001's Note - I am not sure how Ndombele will do that, he is really not that kind of midfielder. It is not Spurs' lack of quality that sees him drop deep, it is his own inability to cope under pressure that sees him choose to drop deeper to try and get time and space. Then he lacks the ability to pick the passes required from the deeper position. He just isn't that good.}

10 Jul 2019 07:35:38
Cheers Ed. Interesting views from your perspective.

09 Jul 2019 10:48:19
If lukaku goes I'm abit suprised we haven't looked at timo werner young quick and scores a lot for rb Leipzig. or if if have looked and people have mentioned him I apologise. what's people's thoughts?

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09 Jul 2019 11:07:35
and is absolute OP on fifa haha.

09 Jul 2019 11:44:38
Any striker brought in to replace lukaku will be as a back up to rashford, doubt werner would be up for that.

09 Jul 2019 12:16:39
I think that’s a problem.

Rashford has never given any indication that he can score 20 plus goals a season. If we sell Lukaku we need to make sure that we bring someone who can challenge Rashford for the starting spot, not someone that is happy to sit on the bench. Rashford has no right to feel entitled to be our first choice striker.

09 Jul 2019 12:17:15
rashford has the pace and is very good at holding the ball up

if he can work on his finishing then we don't need to spend big on a striker but that's a massive risk relying on just rashford alone.

maybe in a few years he might have the finishing ability to score 20 plus goals. but i suppose we have show patience.

09 Jul 2019 12:39:08
The club just gave him a 5 year contract on a considerable amount of money and he is one of the few players Solskjaer seems to have complete trust in. He is going to be as close as you can get to a guaranteed starter.

The club would be better off using their resources to bring in a starting right winger so we have a front 3 of martial, rashford and new RW. Lingard, james, greenwood and then a backup striker would make sense to supplement that.

If you don't have a star striker like kane or aguero who will guarantee 25+ goals a season you are better off spreading the load across the front 3 like liverpool have done.

09 Jul 2019 12:43:53
What about martial isn't he our best finisher.

09 Jul 2019 13:42:40
Agree DSG. I think the Lukaku replacement is actually a RW as nobody is going to dislodge Rashford any time soon.

09 Jul 2019 13:48:10
I'm with DSG. There is no obvious signing to replace Lukaku so spend the money on a RW.

Id like us to go for Richarlison, but think its unlikely.

Maybe in Jan or next summer there will be better options available.

Its a season for revolution; quite a few out and quite a few in. The gradual evolution will come after that as the squad settles into a mentality and playing style, which we can buy and sell players to complement.

Its still all a bit up in the air at the minute.

09 Jul 2019 13:51:32
Werner also plays right wing. I'm not suggesting we use a square peg round holes tactic, but if you played rashford, Martial and Werner as a fluid front line surely that would be ideal? To be honest I agree and think it's a smart deal.

Hes young, relatively cheap and is a proven scorer.

09 Jul 2019 14:24:49
I suspect you're comment is a little tongue in cheek, Mort, but I do think he's the more natural finisher of the two.

09 Jul 2019 16:16:10
I agree that Rashford is the clear first choice striker for Ole.

So we either buy a back up/ rotation option who adds something different. Someone like Sebastian Haller could work well in that role.

Or we spend the money on a RW. To be honest if we are to do that I would rather the club wait a year and Chuck everything at Jadon Sancho next summer rather than sign a less talented player this year for of it.

I would be happy going into next season giving Chong and Greenwood some game time, then sign the right player next summer than buy someone who isn't quite right this year.

09 Jul 2019 19:55:13
Sanchez looks like he will stay so no need to replace lukaku imo
Rw needs much more urgent attention.

09 Jul 2019 20:40:51
I understand the concerns we may end up with a lesser player and waiting for Sancho may look appealing but there's quite a few variables in waiting a year, he may have lots of options, he may see his future elsewhere, there maybe lots of teams interested in him, he may love living abroad or he may be injured .
We have looked too lopsided when attacking for too long to just go with the same players down the right again who all seem to be filling in there not specialising .

08 Jul 2019 21:02:46
Hi ed02,

Could you confirm if we have shown interest in mario lemina from Southampton.

He is a player I rate highly.

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - No idea.}

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09 Jul 2019 09:36:24
Big V why do you rate him highly?

09 Jul 2019 11:51:05
All I remember is when he played very well against us in the 17/ 18 season.

Haven't seen much of him since.

09 Jul 2019 12:03:03
This season he was often injured Weggy.

09 Jul 2019 13:35:52
Hasenhuttl is believed to be frustrated Lemina was never fit. I think there was a feeling at Southampton that maybe he wasn’t working as hard as he possibly could to get himself fit, so they’re willing to cut their losses. There is a worry that we might replacing one player who lacks heart with another if we sign Lemina to take the place Pogba.

09 Jul 2019 14:27:19
we can't be doing with anymore players with the wrong attitude that won't run themselves into the ground.

09 Jul 2019 07:25:11
Rumours of a reported deal for SMS intensifying, he would be the ideal Pogba replacement so I would love to see that happen.

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09 Jul 2019 08:48:42
Ed stated that he is our backup option to Saul Niguez.

09 Jul 2019 08:50:35
Hmmm I'm not so sure. He had a great season a couple of years ago. But seemed to regress last season.

Also if we do sign Bruno Fernandes then both he and SMS would want to play in the same areas of the pitch. Much like Pogba and Sanchez.

Good player, potentially a great one. But maybe not quite what we need right now.

09 Jul 2019 09:24:07
Correct me if i am wrong but didn't ed say he's off to PSG?

09 Jul 2019 12:29:45
Nonsense Shaps bruno and sms have totally different styles and attributes and don't play in same areas at all.

09 Jul 2019 13:24:39
Ken, although they have different styles both play best between the midfield and the forward line.

Neither are best when played deeper, both are somewhere between a No.10 and a No.8. start slightly deeper then move into advanced areas.

So I think it's valid to say both want to play in the same areas of the pitch.

09 Jul 2019 15:04:26
Like Silva, Silva and de Bruyne at City, Shappy?

09 Jul 2019 16:23:38
MancMan, similar to how it is at City although De Bruyne often prefers to start deeper while Silva tends to stay more advanced.

However, it works at City for two reasons. Firstly, Fernandinho has been immense for City over the last few years arguably doing a better job than Kante. Kante is far better at breaking up play, but Fernandinho can pass forward with intent and can control the tempo of the game.
Secondly, City have fantastic wide players in Sterling, Sane, Bernardo and Mahrez. Who stretch the play to such an extent that there is space more centrally for two advanced midfielders to play in.

We don't have a world class holding midfielder to control the tempo and do the dirty work. And we don't have the quality of wide players who can create that space to accommodate two advanced midfielders.

So no unless we also sign a DM and two wide players of similar quality to those at City I can't see us being able to imitate their tactics.

09 Jul 2019 17:13:16
Shappy sms does not play in the same areas as Fernandes at all . How many 90mins have you seen both play at club level?

09 Jul 2019 18:03:58
Ken, Fernandes about 12 times and SMS about 20.

I watch Sporting and Benfica games quite often as they have a habit of producing world class talent. I also watch Ajax, Lyon and RB Lipzig when I can as well. I also watch players who get linked to us like SMS.

I can tell you they both like to play on the edge of the final third, as the most advanced midfielder in their team.

SMS would be an average signing for us. He will be great at replacing Pogba as he turns up occasionally, prefers to do the fancy stuff and neglects his defensive duties bar a few headers in his box defending set pieces. Almost a like for like replacement for Pogba. However, Pogba has a higher ceiling and a much bigger ego.

09 Jul 2019 21:10:48
Interesting stuff Shappy. I think getting a holding midfielder (or two! ) who can dictate play is really important for us. We suffer greatly for not controlling the midfield.

09 Jul 2019 05:46:59
There are reports suggesting that Ole's main focus in pre-season is building up fitness.
I believe that is the right way to begin.

The fitness, stamina of our players in the last 8-10 games were piss poor.
Poch has made Spurs remarkable by improving their overall energy, pressing opponents and forcing out mistakes.

Most of the players in the squad earn staggering pay checks.
Is it too much to ask of them to outrun the opponents?

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09 Jul 2019 08:59:29
Hard work over takes talent when talent forgets to work hard.

A classic saying, and totally on the money. There are reports that some players aren't happy with the fitness work in training. While there are also reports that the players are surprised by Dan James's fitness levels.

Maybe Dan James just has the right fitness levels and the squad have been so used to not running for a living they find the expected fitness levels surprising.

Either way the result should be the same, work hard or ship out.

If your paid more than your opponents then you should be working at least AS hard but probably harder than them.

Spurs players accept it, as do Liverpool's.

We finished 6th last year, but in terms of distance covered, distance ran and high intensity sprints we were 17th in the league. While four of the top five finished in the top four positions.

That's a clear indicator that hard work is needed if you want to be a top team.

09 Jul 2019 09:03:28
It's the minimum you can ask for that money IMO.

09 Jul 2019 09:53:21
They haven't gave a solid shift for 6 years.

Ole worked under the best manager there was and I never once thought United were a last team.

But over the past 6 years we have slowly become a team that doesn't really care about putting the graft in.

Liverpool and city are perfect examples of how hard to work and credit to pep and klopps team every player give everything on the pitch

We don't even come off with an once of sweat.

09 Jul 2019 10:36:04
The problem I have is that Ole saying he is working on fitness, you can't help but do that. EVERY team is working on fitness during pre-season, even pub teams work on fitness during the summer! If you have a bunch of spoiled brats bitching and moaning every step then it won't take long for them to corrupt the ones that are taking things seriously.

There has been a lot of talk by both the manager and the players since OGS took over. Not seen much delivered, just saying one thing and doing another. I can't help but fear that he has been rewarding long contracts to players that we would maybe have been better drawing a line under. Too many players have signed that were stars at their former clubs and then get 'corrupted' by whatever is going on within our club - it's a pattern.

Daniel James is standing out at the minute, I hope he has the strength of character to keep embarrassing them and doesn't succumb to peer pressure of the lazy charlatans that claim to be elite athletes.

If it's true that some of our players are moaning about a fitness regime during pre-season and we don't get them out the door, then we are in for another rough year!

09 Jul 2019 11:43:02
Maybe city and liverpools players work so hard because their managers illicit that response from them.

These players seemed to nail lvgs slow and ponderous posessions style or joses sit back, defend deep long ball style.

Part of oles job description as a modern football manager is to motivate the players to put that extra work in and improve.

09 Jul 2019 12:41:49
Well hopefully he motivates them with fines an the transfer list.

09 Jul 2019 16:28:13
Some people can't be motivated. Some need the stick and not the carrot.

If world class managers with extensive CV's such as LvG or Mourinho can't motivate them then who can?

People talk about Pep and his ability to motivate players. But they forget the number of players he has also fallen out with. Zlatan for instance. Pep also has bought all bar 4 players of his current 25 man squad.
Which begs the question why couldn't he motivate or coach the former players he sold to play this brand of football?

09 Jul 2019 20:10:06
The stats from last season proved that Utd players were not fit enough.

New signing James is a fit lad and very quick but from the championship. However he apparently wiped the floor with all the other players in short and long sprints.
We now see footage of AWB running rings around players in a small sided game.

You can see why Ole wants young hungry players with no ego and willing to learn.

So many bad apples in the current squad.

09 Jul 2019 07:39:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 9th July 2019

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09 Jul 2019 10:37:41
Thanks for the round up Ed.
Quick question about your player profiles, is there one on Maguire? With all the reviews on here, cannot remember if you put one up or not.

{Ed001's Note - there is a search box on the player profiles site that you could have used to find Harry Maguire mate. It is an old one, a bit out of date now.}

09 Jul 2019 12:45:43
Cheers Ed for making it even easier.

{Ed001's Note - no worries mate, it is always worth reminding people it is a separate site so they can just look on there.}

09 Jul 2019 04:16:39
Hi, long time reader. rarely post though. Just saw an altercation between Pogba and Lingard in the first video the club released! I just hope that Lingard is upset with Pogba for disrespecting the club. If yes, then there is hope still for Lingard. and for the club too. One can only dream and hope. The reaction of the others except for Lindelof tells it all though. If this would have happened during Keane's time both their heads would have been smashed by now.

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09 Jul 2019 07:29:14
I’ve just watched it. It doesn’t look like anything at all. Only how two young people would act amongst a group if they disagree on something. The media are blowing it out of proportion.

Although I do prefer your version, I think the press are making something out of nothing.

09 Jul 2019 08:07:17
The whole video was faked so not sure why you would think anything different about that part.

09 Jul 2019 08:11:20
Most likely it was nothing. The video was hardly conclusive.

09 Jul 2019 00:51:08
Would anyone take Diego Costa from athletico if lukaku was to leave.

He might be a wild one but he's a decent striker and he loves a battle.

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09 Jul 2019 05:12:53
Costa was tremondous in his first season at Chelsea.
Unfortunately he has a bad temper, attitude and fitness issues.

09 Jul 2019 07:13:08
No, a waste of money, poor attitude.
Avoid Like the plague.

09 Jul 2019 07:30:36
I don’t think he fits the profile of player we are trying to sign. He would be a disaster if we are languishing in 10th position half way through the season.

09 Jul 2019 12:30:51
No. Tramp.

08 Jul 2019 22:15:45
If Ole can get Maguire our back line will be decent; De Gaa, Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Lindeoff.

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09 Jul 2019 00:43:59
Add 2 to 3 central midfielders a rw and a striker if lukaku goes and we would have had the perfect window.

09 Jul 2019 08:00:23
Not much then bolger lol, 8 signings in one window if you add in james and awb.


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