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14 Jan 2019 13:29:14
It was a brilliant RESULT yesterday. We beat Spurs at Wembley but please don't let the result shroud the performance. Yesterday was a typical Jose performance where one moment of magic won us the game. Any other goal keeper than David De Gea and we lose that game by a fair few. I am ecstatic by the result, yes, but the performance left a lot to improve on.

I am sorry and many of you may disagree to this but I still feel that this is a temporary dawn and the reason Ole is being called god is because he is a legend of Old Trafford. This was the same performance when we beat Arsenal last year at the Emirates and Jose was slaughtered. Stamford Bridge earlier this year and Jose was hanged. I am not here to support Jose, not at all, but why not call it fair. Yesterday, we were lucky to win it. It wasn't a very good performance, let alone a performance that gets you the hot seat at OT. My heartbeat was racing and reaching and crossing 100 by the time final whistle was blown and more than being happy, I was relieved that it was over.

So, my point is that let it cool down. I am sure if the results continue this way and the performances follow, the board will pay heed and may be even contact Molde to hire Ole permanently. But as of now, he is a temp and will remain that way till the end of the season.

Let the bashing begin :P.

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14 Jan 2019 14:14:56
I thought the Stamford bridge performance was very good and actually can't remember many negatives thrown towards Jose. When we beat big teams he got credit because it was due.

Yes of course we must remain calm and 'real' but OGS can only beat what's in front of him and 6 from 6 is an incredible start.

14 Jan 2019 14:25:04
Shan I understand your caution, we don't want to get too carried away. However this was a big game for both teams, for us a must win to keep top 4 in sight and spurs had to win if they were to keep their title aspirations alive. I think Ole himself said it post match that we found it difficult to adjust to their change in tactics. DdG was a massive difference, that said Lloris did pull off some good saves as well especially against Pogba. Utd could have and maybe should have; at least doubled the lead in the 1st half. So as it stands it is 6 out of 6. Be it false hope or not, I enjoy our games again!

14 Jan 2019 14:30:37
Nobody's giving him the job already and one big away win doesn't prove that he's a tactical genius, but you can't deny he sent the team out with a gameplan designed to give us the best chance of winning possible. Spurs had loads of shots on target but only once did Dave have to pull off the remarkable. He's allowed to though, it's his job after all, just like Pogba's allowed to play one of the best passes of his United career. If we had a better partner for Lindelof maybe we would have gave up less opportunities and if Sanchez was fit we would have had someone to seamlessly replace one of the front three and maintain the intensity of our forward press.

It was a very good performance and the areas to improve upon are clear, what's not to like?

14 Jan 2019 15:15:19
Shan,

I don't think anybody thinks Ole should have the job yet, we are just enjoying what is happening at the moment and want it to continue. It is all like a bit of a dream, we were a terrible side struggling to hold on to 6th, nowhere near top 4 with a negative goal difference only a month ago, to see where we are now you can't be surprised that people are excited and enjoying it. I wanted a good performance yesterday, if we had lost then so be it, luckily we got the performance, a good tactical display and the result, what a great day.

It might not have been a 'good performance' but at 1-0 in the last 20 minutes we had more shots on target than we had away against Liverpool in the whole game. Spurs were brilliant 2nd half and our keeper is part of our team so he is allowed to make saves. I actually think most keepers would have saved the majority of the chances but they have to be made and De Gea is back to his best.

Jose certainly wasn't hanged for the Chelsea result, we played well and nearly beat them, very unlucky to concede last minute, don't re-write history to make a point, it just makes the rest of your post seem silly as well.

14 Jan 2019 15:21:04
I am sorry, I don't get the lucky comment.

Dave the Save is doing the job he is employed to do. and doing it well, it is not luck.

An the rest of the team did well too.

We should have scored more.

I find it infuriating when we win and fans call it luck, it isn't.
We were the better team on the day.

The aim is to win by scoring more goals and letting fewer in. We did this, ergo sum, we deserved to win.

Luck does not come into it.

14 Jan 2019 16:32:29
Gds bud, the only thing we are enjoying right now is the fact that jose isn't here. Yesterday was not a good performance where we scored one and hung on for dear life. The first 3 were good performances, the last 3 games have been iffy to say the least. Also, as was demonstrated by the game yesterday, shots on goal count to nought unless they go in.

14 Jan 2019 16:33:23
Hellblazer,

Not sure I agree we were the better team on the day, that isn't to say we didn't play well, we were the better team in the 1st half but we would be devastated to not get anything if we had played how they did in the 2nd half, they were brilliant, it was a very good game with 2 good teams in form.

14 Jan 2019 16:47:26
Jose would have gone to play for a draw. We would most likely have conceded and with his tactics would've been unable to get back into the game.

14 Jan 2019 18:42:55
We must have watched a different game Shan. Thought we could have scored more than 1 in first half and for last 30/ 35 We conceded quite a few shots but to say it wasn't a good performance at all? I'm not shouting from the rooftops but we went to Wembley against a very good spurs side, created a good few chances, played some very nice football and won? 6 out of 6?

14 Jan 2019 23:31:15
There's a narrative running throughout the media, that DDG was all that stopped us from getting a damn good thrashing on Sunday. From what I saw, we could have been 2 or 3 up at half-time. As expected, a team sitting third in the league, a very good team, who were chasing a one goal deficit, were always going to come at us in the second. But still, shots on target finished 11-8, so hardly the one-sided game you'd think from reading the papers today.

And agree, Hellblazer - a goalie is as integral a part of the team as anyone else. He did his job well, which is what we expect a goalie to do. Anyone would think we were playing with an extram man or something.

15 Jan 2019 01:59:46
Noucamp, they are jealous because on his day DDG is like we have an extra man impassable! 😊.

14 Jan 2019 12:40:12
Hi All,

We could possibly win the next 4 games, if we did would you give it to ole or would you still prefer someone else?

My self if we are winning and finish in top 4 end of season why would you want to change that.

We are a rb cb and rw away from being a real contender.

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14 Jan 2019 12:54:43
I'd give it anyone that can spot the dross in the defence. If he can't then no I wouldn't give him it.

Buzzing with the win but we have to thank DDG not the shambles defenders.

Going forward we are immense, midfield is good as well, fix defence and we can see what's next.

14 Jan 2019 13:17:23
Agree with that fzz, the defence needs to be looked at.

14 Jan 2019 13:23:54
If we get top 4 and Poch is not available then why not. Even if it is only 2 or 3 years until Poch is ready to step up.

14 Jan 2019 13:34:37
He can only work with what he has got, if the board don't invest in defence then you can't hold that against ole.

14 Jan 2019 14:37:20
Ole will have to tell Fergie and he will talk to the board, Ole needs a hand in transfers along with if it is Fergie that is giving his advice, then these 2 need to pick transfers not Ed Woodward.

Does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have what it takes to be a permanent Manager of Manchester United

14 Jan 2019 12:39:51
{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have what it takes to be a permanent Manager of Manchester United

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14 Jan 2019 13:20:04
Very good article. I share your reservations about Pochettino.
Fergie always said Ole was such an excellent sub because he read the game so well from the bench and knew exactly where the weaknesses were when he came on. Clear managerial material.

14 Jan 2019 17:38:42
Ole gunnar Solskjaer will be the next manager of Manchester United. Of this I am sure.

14 Jan 2019 09:37:04
A brilliant display yesterday to get 3 points. But don't we feel that we were not very good in defending (2nd half) ?
DDG is not going to save us every game in this manner, one might get past him. We seriously need a defender. Jones lost Kane twice or thrice in the same way during corners.
I don't want to sound too negative here but this issue is for real.

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14 Jan 2019 09:49:01
Yeah, Jones had a nightmare against Kane.
Koulibaly would be a fantastic partner for Lindelof.
He will be a threat from set pieces as well.

14 Jan 2019 10:26:47
A centre half and a right back transforms this current side onto a level that could top this league.

I hope we throw money at Koulibaly this window as it would, for me, ensure us of a top three finish.

14 Jan 2019 10:40:16
One of the most pleasing things to come out of the last few months is Lindelof.
He had a dodgy start and needed to rebuild his confidence. He had a decent world cup and brought that form back with him. He has played his way into first choice cb in my opinion. I still think him and Bailly could work. Not sure if he is staying though. I hope so. that's two powerful, athletic cb's who just need to cut silly mistakes out but a settled partner would probably take the pressure off them a bit. If we did go for Koulibaly, I would be very with those three rotating. I think Dalot will come good at rb. Once again, a settled partnership with a RW will only improve him.

There atmosphere around the club has been refreshing. We are looking forward to games instead of fearing them. We are by no means 'back' but it at least looks like we are going to give it a go in every game. Most of us are realistic and know we won't win every game but at least we are going to try to win now. that's the United way.

14 Jan 2019 10:49:46
Koulibaly is a top class centre back. He has fantastic ball playing ability from the back.
He is a colossus 6 ft 5, very few are bigger than him.
Whereas, Bailly is reckless most of the time.

14 Jan 2019 11:00:05
James, I don't think a bailly - lindelof partnership will work for us. As it stands at the moment every cross into our box has me worried. We need a defender with aerial presence who will dominate the opponents. Unfortunately I don't see that in any of our defenders. Lindelof needs this kind of partner to complement him. Smalling may have had this potential but never quite fulfilled it.

14 Jan 2019 11:17:18
Your right that defensively we did look suspect again. Not surprising really when every man and his dog can see we don't have the best options in defence.

DDG won't be able to bail us out like that every week, however, the 11 saves he made was the highest number of saves made by a goalkeeper in a single game since the 14 he made against Arsenal last year.

The point I'm subtly trying to make is we don't face that quality of opposition every week. For me Spurs have the best defence, and the third bast attack behind only City and Liverpool. So in theory we would only need him to bail us out like that against sides challenging for the title.

Also as the confidence grows and as the players settle into a new style of play, build offensive and defensive understanding the level of performances should only get better. Both offensively and defensively.

14 Jan 2019 11:41:46
A brilliant display? De Gea had to make 11 saves and spurs should have scored about 6 or 7!

Some of you have really lost your minds and forget what a brilliant display actually is!

That idiot Darren Fletcher calling it a tactical masterclass LOL a tactical masterclass would have been shutting spurs out and giving them no clear chances and not the freedom of the box!

14 Jan 2019 12:03:18
What constitutes a tactical masterclass is entirely dependent on the quality of players we have available.

With poor options in defence, the only way to shut them out completely would be to play 10 men behind the ball. But as we have seen this season with Mourinho not even that worked every time, or even occasionally in the end.

So Ole focused on what he could do with the players he had available. He used Rashford and Martial as wide split partnership meaning the centre backs had to either follow them out wide into the spaces opened up by Spurs advanced full backs or give them freedom. Lingard dropping into space, meant that Winks needed to try and pick him up. If he did then who picked up Pogba? Herrera was tasked with disrupting Spurs rhythm and got into the faces of Eriksen and Alli. With Matic picking up Kane if he dropped deep, and Jones picking him up when he was further forward.

Yes Spurs had 11 shots that DDG had to make a save for, 2 or three of those being world class, the others if made by Lloris nothing would have been said about them. We had 8 shots on target, Lloris made 7 saves.

So for all the brilliance of DDG he made 4 more saves than Lloris.

So I think its fair to say Ole got his tactics spot on, with the players available and the form and quality of Spurs I don't think he could have set up any differently that would have given him a better chance of getting the result.

He got that result, in a big game that matters Ole got the result that Pochettino on this occasion failed to.

So for that Ole does get the credit.

14 Jan 2019 12:06:37
Typical Liverpool fan :)

14 Jan 2019 12:24:41
Listen a win is a win lads fair play yous have won 5 in a row in the league which hats off for but the way some of you are talking is like it was the greatest tactical performance since fergie. Spurs gave bournemouth allsorts of chances they actually aren't that great at the back.

14 Jan 2019 12:49:48
That why we created chances and could have scored more goals ourselves. Defensively we are not great, your right DDG saved us but first half Ole out thought Poch, is why we was so good and why we scored, second we rode our luck, we are a few top players away in that back 4 of being able to keep top teams out but 1st half hats off to the team and to Ole who outfoxed Poch.

14 Jan 2019 13:38:29
Ole can do no wrong Shappy.

14 Jan 2019 14:38:24
Of course he can Shan, and when he does I'm sure many people will point it out. The site is always more vocal after a poor performance than a good one.

Unless you feel Ole has made mistakes? If so what mistakes do you feel Ole has made so far?

14 Jan 2019 07:43:45
A little while back, someone suggested Patrice Evra May be being lined up as DOF as he is seen with Woodward quite often. I think it was Ed002 that commented Evra was being lined up or considered for another role? Can any Ed's elaborate on that?
Just curious.
He's a great clubman and worth keeping in the fold I think.

{Ed002's Note - He was taken on as an "ambassador" - someone who wear a tacky jacket with the crest on the left tit who shakes hands and tells stories of what it was like to be in the showers with Dion Dublin.}

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14 Jan 2019 09:49:27
Nice one Ed :)

14 Jan 2019 11:35:42
Sounds like you don’t have a very high opinion of him Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - Why? He is not a DoF just some oil who shows Chinese visitors where the buffet is.}

14 Jan 2019 14:16:57
He never showered with Dion Dublin though ed, unless you know something that we don't.

Review Of The Day 14th January 2019

14 Jan 2019 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 14th January 2019

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14 Jan 2019 08:50:23
Great read!

14 Jan 2019 00:25:18
Qn for Eds and everyone really. Do you think there is any way Chelsea would let Kante go at end of season given that Sarri seems to prefer Jorginho in that deeper role. if there is any shot then what an addition he would be.

{Ed0333's Note - I think if Chelsea let Kante go to United there would be riots on the streets of west London. No chance it would happen.

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14 Jan 2019 05:04:17
I suppose you are right. A nice fantasy while it lasted.

14 Jan 2019 07:44:56
Thought that about RVP but he turned up. You just never know with football these days. 😆😆.

14 Jan 2019 11:19:50
Historically Chelsea only sell us players they feel are limited or past it. Kante doesn't fit into either category so I highly doubt it. If he was to be allowed to leave I see PSG as the most likely destination. He would be the player who would lift them into serious contention for the UCL.

14 Jan 2019 12:16:47
Examples of these historical transfers shappy?

14 Jan 2019 13:15:06
Mata, brilliant player but limited in a physical league.

Matic, a player probably past his best.

14 Jan 2019 14:16:23
I think we did better selling them Bosnich and Veron 😆😆.

14 Jan 2019 17:23:03
Mata was their player of the season and matic far from past it. It was a nonsense statement you picked 2 players they sold us in their prime.
Its agreements kike that you give it about the press making. Its just hyberbole to add weight to your personal opinion.

13 Jan 2019 22:07:57
Is it so outrageous to think Ole could get the job permanently?

A significant part of management is relationships with players. He motivates, he inspires and he makes them happy. With good coaches around him like big Mick Phelan then we have the perfect set up. In my opinion the manager doesn't have to be all things to all men. Sir Alex wasn't, he often didn't even run training.

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13 Jan 2019 23:13:12
No, its not. To me he is the man. He loves the club and judging by our first half today he can outsmart one of the best current managers in world footy so i would love it if he is given the job permanently.

14 Jan 2019 00:21:19
Before the Spurs game I'd have said it's impossible and not to get swept up in the short term 'new bounce' effect BUT I have to say tactically he seems far more competent that I gave him credit for. Gary Neville's comments were bang on, he watched where Liverpool got joy vs spurs then adapted our formation (trained it on the Dubai break) and used a diamond and split strikers to great effect to get the lead. That is legitimate managerial nouse and combined with the players really digging in for him 2nd half its a good combination. If he gets us into top 4 and wins a trophy (big ask i know) then i think you have to seriously consider giving it to him.

Other big clubs aren't as shy to appoint new (less experienced) managers - Zidane at Real anyone? Ole coached at man U, earned his stripes about albeit not at the highest level - learned a harsh lesson at Cardiff and so forth so maybe cometh the hour cometh the man.

I'd still take Poch if available but not that many others over Ole as things stand.

Funny old game football.

{Ed0333's Note - I said the same a few games ago and got laughed at on this page.

14 Jan 2019 00:26:07
I can't see any other alternative now then him being made permanent. If we win our next two at home (winnable games) then that's 8 on the spin.

The huge plus would be that we can start planning for next season now! Sort out DDG, Martial and Herrera's contracts and start the recruitment process now.

Waiting to see does Ole not cut the mustard is dangerous.

14 Jan 2019 01:25:21
Mike phelan is returning to Australia in the summer doesn't he have a job as a sporting director.

As it stands if we continue this way ole has to be given the job. Keep the coughing staff get a dof in and let's see what this team can do.

14 Jan 2019 01:29:34
He’s definitely top of my list based on some of the names we have been linked in. Who the long term manager is does not interest me until we have the right DOF. Until this is addressed I believe the next manager is irrelevant.

14 Jan 2019 05:39:44
Ole's relationship with the fans, players and Sir Alex could play a vital role.
He has the United DNA.
Also, he is not afraid to bench the established forward like Lukaku. He is bringing the best out of Pogba and Rashford as well.

14 Jan 2019 10:36:41
Ole is in pole position now.

If Utd employ a suitable DoF and Ole maintains good coaching staff around him that know the Utd way then this could work long term.

Ole knows the defending is not good enough and he has commented on that several times already. Yesterday he said that we were panicking in the 2nd half and on occasions 2 players were going for the same ball.
Ole will not hesitate with youth and so this gives players like Chong, Gomes and Greenwood etc a real of making the squad for next season and beyond.

Such a turnaround in the mood and optimism around the club since he joined.

14 Jan 2019 10:50:52
Poch has to be first choice. If we hit top 4 and give a decent account of ourselves in the cuos, then it has to be Ole.
Could Ole be the man to take a DOF role we keep talking about? He knows the club, the players, the board, the academy and he knows the day to day running of a club. Ole loves this club and would sell out of it to any potential signing. Ole has respect for what he acheived in the game and he is earning more and more each week at the minute. I suppose I'm being greedy and saying I want both Ole and Poch!

14 Jan 2019 11:24:31
You're all sentimental fools! 😉.

14 Jan 2019 11:38:25
You can call me sentimental all day long if he keeps going the way he’s going 😊.

14 Jan 2019 11:42:34
I wonder how he would perform with regards transfer targets or indeed if he'd even get much of a say in them. DOF really needed badly as that bridge between business side and 1st team but I guess it's key that the DOF can work well with the manager (as ED002 pointed out) . So what do we do first, figure out who's DOF then let him/ her have a say on the manager OR get a manager and select a DOF who's happy to work with that individual. It seems to be a catch 22 of sorts to me atm.
Definitely a brighter future though it would seem, I just hope we finally get it right and get some stability back.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

13 Jan 2019 19:58:16
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13 Jan 2019 19:06:25
Delighted we have caught Arsenal and are catching Chelsea and they play each other next which means one or both will drop more points. Happy days.

As for today I thought it was a game of 2 halves. In the first half Ole out thought Poch and we dominated, second half I think the reverse happened. Looking at the stats whilst Spurs had a lot of chances, they had 11 on target whilst we had 8, so I know DDG was MOTM but overall it was pretty even. On another day we would have drawn or lost but the commitment and effort was top.

Rashford is now first choice CF which puts Lukaku’s future in doubt and he didn’t do himself any favours when he came on. It’s clear that is Ole’s preferred starting eleven and would any of us change anything? Great to see Herrera back in, his work often goes unnoticed and Matic looks refreshed.

Pogba looks a different player but I still think he has another level he can step up to, and that will have a huge impact if he can dominate consistently.

Onwards and upwards, if we can see Brighton off at home next week we will make up more ground, other fans may scoff but they are looking over their shoulders right now.

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13 Jan 2019 19:14:39
Delighted with this. Ole is certainly playing himself in to the job! First big test passed with flying colours. The team are confident and happy. When this happens natural talent shines through.

13 Jan 2019 20:25:35
Obviously upgrades on jones, young and matic but other than that not much at the moment needs doing.

13 Jan 2019 21:06:24
What could have been if we got rid of Jose earlier. Fantastic result against a very good spurs side. De Gea was magnificent. Lindelof and Herrera amazing. Herrera is so pivotal for us. He is everywhere and controls the tempo of our side. I actually think our midfield trio has a great balance to it. People call for a matic replacement but I think he’s been one of our best players. Someone like ndombele rotating with him next year would be brilliant. Fred needs to play the Herrera role. Tackle and give the ball to matic and pogba. All in all we are on such a great run. I really do think a cb is a must in January though. Jones was caught out far too many times. I think we need to pay top dollar even if it’s the winter window. The most in form team in the league. Take each game as it comes and you never know where we will be in the summer. Let’s just say bring on PSG.

13 Jan 2019 21:07:37
Ole set us up right and it paid off in the first half, but I thought it was dangerous to sit back like we did. We got away with it. Two winnable games coming up.

One reinforcement at the back and a push for top 4 is very doable.

13 Jan 2019 22:38:24
Great to see, 6 on the bounce, we are heading in the right direction again. Confidence and smiles are back. Well done De Gea and Rashford. The form team right now.
Let’s be realistic, it was only spurs, there are tougher challenges ahead (sarcasm)
GGMU.

14 Jan 2019 05:41:03
Matic was superb in the first half, cut out lots of attacks.
His ability on the ball is underrated.

 


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