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13 Feb 2019 08:19:39
Mbappe reminds me so much of original Ronaldo, I was afraid every time he got a run going.

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13 Feb 2019 08:03:56
I would like to think that the last remaining supporters who think we have a really good squad no realise how wrong they are.
The lack of quality in depth and big game experience is very obvious.
No manager could have this squad competing to win the cl or the epl.

Both full backs are suspect still for me. Young was badly exposed for what he is last night a winger filling un.
Shaw has been decent but far from a stand iut left back.
Martial and rash showed last night that they are still very much b on a learning curve.
Pogba was extremely well marshelled by a cb playing in midfield and veratti reminded us all how scholes used to plat. the result wad disappointing given our recent run but mit really that surprising.
Our squad is poor full of average joes when it comes to competing with the best clubs being an ostrich and insisting this is a high quality squad is frankly talking Nonsense.

Im Loki n forward to the reaction from ole and the team. We can still get 4th and progress in the fa cup.

Its not all doom and gloom its just a reminder of how much work needs to be done in order to compete with the best.

They named 6 defenders last night in their team and they outclassed us in every are of the pitch missing 3 of their best players.

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Review Of The Day 13th February 2019

13 Feb 2019 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 13th February 2019

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13 Feb 2019 07:11:44
Watching Sanchez this season reminds me a lot of watching Rooney after he signed a new contract when we all really knew he was past it.

He gives the ball away far too often, we will struggle to create too much with him and Lukaku in the same team.

He's never been the fastest over a long distance but he was explosive and he seems to have lost that.

He misplaced short passes and his long passes go nowhere near the target.

I was really excited by his signing but it hasn't worked out. We need better backup to Martial and Jesse, that will be proven over the next few games.

Great player once upon a time but now he looks burnt out and we'll be lucky to sell him.

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13 Feb 2019 07:29:48
I too was excited when we signed him but I always wonder in recent times "Where has his pace gone? "
He doesn't seem to beat a man, always tries to turn and gets dispossessed.

2 years back, I still remember Sanchez absolutely destroying Darmian.

13 Feb 2019 07:37:06
I was also meant to mention that it’s a disgrace to see bottles of beer thrown onto the pitch, I hope those guilty are banned. There’s no need for it at all. Mob mentality.

Di Maria did his best to wind up the fans after their first goal, he was mouthing “**** off” repeatedly. Not a humble bone in his body. But there’s no need for how our fans reacted.

Onwards and upwards to the next game. 1 defeat and 1 draw in I think 12 matches, I don’t think any of of expected that 8 weeks ago.

13 Feb 2019 06:51:22
Yesterday's match showed that our squad is not yet ready to compete with Europe's elite teams.
It was a combination of lack of fluidity and lack of world class quality.

Herrera and Matic played quite well. They recovered possession lots of time. But it was the lack of understanding and cohesion between our front 3 that let us down.
I don't recollect us testing Gigi Buffon at all.
Rashford was anonymous and should have done better to justify why he should be the first choice.
Even the fullbacks did not overlap in the final third as we had seen in the EPL matches.

Hopefully we can add 3-4 top quality players who will go straight into the starting line up.
Ideally a right sided forward, right back and a centre back) .
We need a combination of world class players and youth to compete with the top teams.

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12 Feb 2019 23:50:43
That one really cuts deep. We just saw how poor our depth is in our squad. Mata and sanchez’s Days are numbered for me. Both should be moved on in the summer. They give the illusion we have depth but in reality they are far too slow to play the counter attacking and pressing game that ole is trying to implement.

Martial and lingard’s injuries completely ripped our game plan apart. At that stage we should have probably gone for Lukaku over mata. Unfortunately we got beat by a better side and their quality is where we should be aiming to be.

The ref would a disgrace. He stifled the game and arguably should have sent of kimpembe. The antics and diving by Alves et al was embarrassing. And pogba’s Red is a dagger blow to any chances we have in the second leg. You look at city’s depth and they had de Bruyne out for most of the season. Yet they have gundogan, Bernardo, David Silva to replace him. Who do we have to replace pogba?

I love ole. I think he has done a great job. He has brought a smile back on our faces. He’s made watching united enjoyable again. But for me, tonight showed his limitations and that he is out of his depth. Although we have been great to watch we have been ever so reliant on our counter attacking prowess. We struggle to dominate possession and control the tempo of the game against the bigger sides. We need to start doing this. Signings would improve this but a lot of the is down to coaching. That is why I am still in the camp that we should be going for Poch. His spurs’ side dominate possession and retain possession well. We haven’t done that since the days of Scholes and Fergie.

And the player to do that is someone like Verratti. And absolutely wonderful player. The heartbeat of that team. Marquinhos as well was all over the pitch. He covered every blade of grass. Extremely imprsssive. Mbappe is special. He is going to be special. And finally di Maria. I despise the guy. But his quality from crosses is what we have been lacking for years.

Bitterly disappointed. That really was a car crash of a night. But we have learnt a lot of the squad. We bounce back and beat Chelsea in the cup. Have a great rest of the week chaps.

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13 Feb 2019 01:23:12
Veratti was one I posted and selected in my players to buy this summer, always been impressed. I doubt they would sell.

Ole is only playing with the hand he has, we signed nobody in January. This defeat is not unexpected because PSG are technically very good, taking midfield control and SAF teams had problems dealing with those.

I still say we should not rush to appoint a manager full time, too emotional too quick, what happens if it all falls apart in coming weeks and we have already laid our cards on the table by making the decision?

Lastly I maintain that the club infrastructure, the ground and the team need serious levels of investment. We are hamstrung in a way because to build the ground we would have to borrow and we already have debt, that makes it a more difficult starting point. In terms of the tram., let’s see whether the Glazers want us to be the best side or just the side that gets them into the CL to keep money rolling in. They struck lucky with SAF and Rio, Ronaldo, Rooney and CO92 who were there when they bought the club. They thought it would all carry on, the problems start at the very top and now we need to see action and direction.

13 Feb 2019 02:04:45
Would Poch be able to produce his style of football with our existing players? Probably not. He would need to bring in some new faces and changes things up to accomplish where he’s at with Spurs.

Same goes with OGS - he’s come in and brought exciting, counter attacking, fast football. However, as you pointed above, the illusion of depth and certain players being past their prime, has definitely hindered his options. I’m in the camp of giving him the gig, letting him do a full summer of transfers and promote/ play a few from the academy. Still think he can do the job at this level.

13 Feb 2019 04:39:27
PSG played more like a team than us. They had better cohesion. Their players know the movement of each other since they have been playing together long with a clear style.

In contrast, we have just started to get an identity for our team. We must note that Ole had barely few months to instill his philosophy. It is still a work in progress.
I am sure with 2 or 3 windows, Ole would add players who would suit our style.

13 Feb 2019 06:22:49
Park - I think you are being harsh on Ole, he can only play with the players available and I think the gulf in the qualities of the players was highlighted rather than Ole's limitations. I'm not saying Ole is definitely the answer I just don't feel he should be judged on last night's result.
Injuries didn't help us but at no point during the game did I think we were capable of actually winning the match, outplayed and outclassed by a decent team, as Ole said it was a wake up call for where we really are.
Personally I'm enjoying the ride with Ole as our expectations were so low before Xmas and I think he has us around where we are, about the 4th-6th best team in England. For me last night was a free shot, a win would have been great but the result went with form and quality which wasn't a surprise.

13 Feb 2019 08:19:24
I think rather than showing we have a poor squad, it shows how unbalanced the squad is - especially to play fast pressing, fast attacking football.

The injuries to Martial and Lingard took away most of our pace and pressing allowing PSG to play higher up and take control of the match.

Agree wholeheartedly with Red Man about needing to get the structure off the pitch right.

Not all doom and gloom though. A good DOF, and a few astute signings in the summer (ones that suit the style of play we want to implement) and the team will challenge for the prem and be better equipped to compete in Europe. I would take Rabiot on a free, add one of Veratti, Kante or Ndombele, a CB and wide forward. Then try to move players on who don't complement the style of play - like happened with Fellaini in January.

12 Feb 2019 23:47:59
No doubt that PSG were the better team. The injuries to Lingard and Martial.

The main difference between both teams tonight is that PSG seem have have a team full of pace and quality. They know how to dive and get away with it.

Kimpenbe was lucky not to be sent off. Then he goes and scored.

Sanchez is utterly clueless.
He just spins roun with the ball until he loses it.

I think Dalot would have been a better option at RW than Mata. He could have helped Young as well.

Pogba had red card written all over him tonight. He made some silly challenges throughout the match.

This summer we need to buy playes who are not only technically top notch, but who have pace as well.

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12 Feb 2019 22:26:26
Tonight showed the frailties in the squad, Mata and Sanchez really have no place here anymore. Sanchez is possibly the worst 7 we have had given how much he is paid. Didn't fancy us getting anything when Martial and Lingard went off but we still fought. Not sure how Kimpembe was even on the pitch to score a goal but there you go, the ref had a shocker.

Still fully behind Ole, think he's done a wonderful job and losing to one of the top 3 teams in Europe is no disgrace. We could still turn them over in Paris, you never know.

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12 Feb 2019 22:56:29
Fresh we are a way off the top sides, pogba marked out of the game in game where he should be a leader, no top cb at the club,
Ole has done a good job with what he has but the next few weeks will tell us a lot about what type of players we have.

13 Feb 2019 04:43:42
There was no threat from right side of the pitch.
It is obvious that we need a right sided forward. Young does not have the legs to play the full back position throughout the 90 minutes in a high intensity game.

12 Feb 2019 22:18:59
Well that was terrible Sanchez offers nothing and mata is done, dalot should play, big Rom should have came on after 60 an Pogba was stupid.

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12 Feb 2019 22:58:15
Pogba was stupid? That was never a yellow card. He was the one actually fouled. Was a ridiculous decision! We didn't play well tonight but we were a tad unlucky with the 2 injuries and kimpembe should have been off and then goes and scores the opener. That ref was an absolute nightmare. Amateur to say the least.

13 Feb 2019 04:45:16
The ref had a shocker.

13 Feb 2019 07:47:59
Pogba was diving into crazy tackles, he was frustrated but should be more composed.

12 Feb 2019 22:11:04
We have just seem the limits of this squad, the best team won and they only played for obout ten minutes.
for a referee this poor to get appointed at this stage is baffling, he was shockingly bad well done UEFA
another Bad decision.

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12 Feb 2019 22:18:21
Kimpembe shouldn’t of been on the pitch but that doesn’t take away from a lacklustre performance. Game changed with our 2 injuries. Ole isn’t a miracle worker. Its not a great squad so he can’t be blamed.

12 Feb 2019 22:18:42
Ref did not lose the match.

12 Feb 2019 22:24:15
PSG went to work on him. Took every opportunity to take the intensity out of us and slow the game down, then sped up 2nd half. It was a lesson on game management. PSG are still the most cynical team out there and if we'd kept our heads they would probably have lost theirs.

12 Feb 2019 22:30:39
Ref wad terrible. Sanchez was garbage. Young was poor. Marquinos and veratti were superb.

12 Feb 2019 22:32:48
Ah lads, that's disappointing. I got carried away in the tide of optimism. I do think PSG are proper good now that I've got the red tinted glasses off. Hope Ole holds it together though and steers us from here because this was a wake up call. They controlled us tonight, Pog, Tony M and Rash were nowhere to be seen. let's not be too hard on ourselves, we all knew changes were needed anyway. Bring on the next game . quick.


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