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15 Feb 2019 19:25:23
With the news that Lingard and Martial will be out for a few weeks it begs the question on what do we do now.

We really have three options.

Option 1, play Lukaku and Sanchez and stick with the formation and see if they can raise their game or kick on with a run of games. Unfortunately that's not ideal when our next two games are against Chelsea and Liverpool, two potentially season defining games.

Option 2, change up formation, which to three at the back, push Pogba further forward into the number 10 position and play Rashford and Lukaku as split strikers. That would give us more stability, but we will create less chances and will need to be more efficient with our chances.

Option 3, Stick with the same formation/ tactics but unleash the kids, replace Lingard and Martial with Chong and Gomes and see what these lads can do.

What Ole does in these games might just decide his fate as our potential long term manager.

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16 Feb 2019 04:34:22
Time for the kids to step up, prove themselves and take their chances.

Not sure whether Ole will try Dalot on right wing as PSG tried with Dani Alves.
He has pace, power and good crossing ability.

16 Feb 2019 09:20:44
Ole has many more than 3 options. But as a professional coach i'm sure he knows that.
Unleash the kids' #hyberbole.

16 Feb 2019 10:10:57
Lukaku will come in to the team imo . Meeds a few games its a good opportunity for him.

16 Feb 2019 15:41:33
I think lukaku will come in too. i'm not convinced he will come in through the middle but its hard to know.
He scores goals he just needs to adapt. If he doesn't adapt he will be sold but it won't be far the want of trying
Ole called both rash and martial out for poor movement in his press conference. He said neither of them are busting a gut to get into the areas were mbappe scored from he said they don't score enough scrappy goals. He said martial is a top notch finisher but he doesn't work hard enough to get into those positions.
Martial and lukaku have been getting extra sessions to improve this taken by ole himself.
Its great to hear the manager being so honest. I've read that on here so often from some of our more knowledgable posters when it cvomes to tactics as have so many others.
Martial needs to be more pro active in his movement off the ball. Sniff out chances be ready to pounce not just get into positions where he can get the ball and run with it. He needs to become more rounded in his play. I agree with the manager he has all the tools to be a great player but he has to improve his movement.
We want him to be a great player not just a scorer of great goals. Ole recognises this i think martial does too let's hope the hard work pays off.

{Ed001's Note - that is exactly why I keep saying Martial needs to play up top as a striker. When he is played on the wing he is being asked to get into positions to run with the ball. Play him up top and ask him to be a goal sniffer and he will be better for it. He is so composed in front of goal it is a waste to play him anywhere that doesn't put him right in front of those white posts.}

16 Feb 2019 16:20:37
There are many that agree with you on that ed001.
I think he is a great finisher but his movement does not scream striker for me. He is a great dribbler and can beat any opponent at ease when in full flow or from a standing start but often runs up cul de sac's or produces a poor final ball.
But when he learns to move and run into space without the ball like sterling has for example he will find himself doing real damage.
Its all about coaching. I think he would flourish under pep for example as an outside forward but maybe ole or poch can coach him into being a centre forward. I just don't see that inner desire and instinct to score goals that all strikers need.
Lots of ability but the clock is ticking. He is one of the highest paid players in the prem now he needs to be really stepping it up a couple of levels.
Under jose he couldn't flourish he now has a better platform but its all down him.
It will be interesting to watch his development now that he has coaches that believe in him and coaches that he believes in.

{Ed001's Note - he runs into cul-de-sacs etc because he is not a great dribbler and allows himself to be guided by defenders. He is not finding space because he is being played in the wrong role and he is not going to make it up front if he doesn't get a chance. Not as an outside forward, he is not suited at all. He is one of the most obvious centre forwards I have ever seen and needs to play there.}

16 Feb 2019 16:58:19
I would love to see him given a run of games there to see if he could become a centre forward to see if he could learn the movement required.
Its an odd one. For me rashfords movement is better as a striker but he is not as clinical as martial in his finishing.
Martial is a good dribbler of the ball 001 its his decision making that needs improving. Knowing when to release or when to give and go. His close control of the ball when running at pace is superb. But he ruins it too often by ignoring or not seeing runners or options to release and run into space. Its not his dribbling or ball skills that are lacking its his lack of knowledge and not realising when the hard work is done. Now release it and look for it back in behind.
If you look at salah in his early career he was very much the same but he has learned there is more to dribbling than just hanging on to the ball for the sake of it. And that you can cause real damage by opening the space and then taking advantage of that space by running into it and trusting your team mates to find you or simply the ball falling into your lap.
People say that martial reminds them of henry at times i think he is a long way off that comparrison but he can be a top player.
Id like to think if he is the greatest example of a cf you have seen in a long time someone like ole or fergie or phealn will see it too.
If he had gone to spurs was poch looking for him to be back up to kane or to play from wide i wonder?
If he is a cf i don't think all the coaches will be blind to it.
Whatever his position recently he has shown signs of improvement after being very average under the last coach so let's see if he can win his place as a cf.

{Ed001's Note - Salah had a much better touch and close control than Martial. I really do not see this superb control you are on about. He is very push and run.}

16 Feb 2019 17:38:40
I think Martial would be best suited to playing in a strike partnership with either Rashford or Lukaku.

On one side he links better with Lukaku. Yet Rashford has better movement which would be better for Martial.

I really liked the way we played against Spurs and Arsenal with Martial and Rashford playing as a split partnership with Lingard given a free role behind them. 442 diamond shape or 3412 could be the way forward with our squad. We don't have any natural wingers so it would be best to play a style that doesn't rely on wingers.

12 Feb 2019 21:30:10
Am watching the match tonight and it's at 65 mins. We are being given a lesson by PSG how to control a match and counter attack without two of their best players. I think it shows how much we need a fast right back as Young had been targeted again and again and exposed for pace. Also we desperately need a better midfield player alongside Pogba.

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14 Feb 2019 13:36:29
Young had a shocker to be fair. They exposed us down our right an awful lot.

15 Feb 2019 13:15:56
Or pogba needs to take his finger out more when the game requires. He tends to just jog around the place and be involved when we are on edge of box.

12 Feb 2019 18:42:32
Setting off now for the game, I am so up for this its unreal😈 hopefully we can all enjoy tonight's game have a great night fellas enjoy.

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12 Feb 2019 22:35:15
How was the trip home Simon🤮🤮
We got beat by the better team tonight.

13 Feb 2019 06:09:00
Late nite dreading work😫 i recon we were beat by a cleverer more experienced side, the ref was very poor tonight but so were we.

10 Feb 2019 21:17:43
Wow, City are good but Chelsea made them look incredible, that’s 4 poor away games with 2 shellackings, shipping 4 at Bournemouth and 6 today. If we are looking for a replacement for Matic then now’s the time to bid big for Kante who is regularly being played out of position, which is pretty senseless.

I’m still unconvinced by Arsenal (as are most of their fans) and I think they will remain inconsistent until the end of the year. We have some tough games coming up but if we can keep the momentum and win the games we should then top 4 is on.

People have said this team isn’t good enough but we have seen that the issue was the previous Manager was not able to get the best out of many of them. Worse than that, he was actually trying to sell a couple who are now sowing their worth. The squad needs strengthening and refreshing and we have a couple of first team positions in need of an un upgrade but right now we can give anyone a game. I was unconvinced by Pogba but in recent weeks I am now seeing what the hype was about. He may be languid but he is a game changer, I wonder where his head is at right now?

This month we will see what we are made of, PSG, Chelsea, Liverpool, and 2 winnable league games. One thing is for sure, we won’t be parking any buses.

One final point, some comedian on the ache, sea page has asked if they’d take Jose back, yes they have become that desperate.

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11 Feb 2019 08:58:17
AJH, couldn't agree more. Kante is, for me, the best CM in the league. And you are right, being played out of position. I wonder if there would be any chance. He'd turn us into real contenders.

These next few weeks are the ones that will give OGS the job fulltime.

I think, with PSGs injury woes, Chelseas dour form and Liverpool, well just being the biggest game of the season so far, we are going to come out of this run more than alright.

12 Feb 2019 17:12:48
Lukaku for Kante?

12 Feb 2019 18:29:17
Not a bad shout porsche I'd take that.

09 Feb 2019 15:49:57
Quote of the day for sure.

"Jose Mourinho said it would be a "miracle" for #MUFC to get in to the top four this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has performed this miracle in seven weeks. "
- Sam Pilger.

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08 Feb 2019 09:46:44
Phil jones extends his contract till 2023.

Great business done by the club, hopefully we can build the team around him.

{Ed025's Note - love it DSG..

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08 Feb 2019 10:20:21
We need x4 centre backs to compete. I’m guessing Jones and Smalling are great back up options to a Lindelof and either Bailly or someone new.

Rojo will most certainly be sold in the summer, and maybe even one of jones or Smalling. It’s not beyond the realms
Of possibility we have signed him up to get a fee when we sell. Every other club does this (except arsenal who let taken telek out for free) so it makes perfect business sense.

08 Feb 2019 14:14:05
Agreed, just because he signed a new contract, it doesn’t mean he can’t be sold in the summer.

08 Feb 2019 15:12:58
Talent leave for free that meant to say regarding Arsenal.

08 Feb 2019 09:26:24
Phil Jones signs a new deal, everyone in uproar on social media. Is he really THAT bad? I don't think so. Certainly not world class mind. 001/ 025 what's your guys opinion on him?

{Ed025's Note - if he has signed as the car park attendant then i can see the logic RW, as a player i think hes awful mate..

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08 Feb 2019 09:38:18
Yes he is really THAT bad
He's been injured all his career and now that his contract was running out he's back fit every game.
The uproar is expected, he's been here for like 10 years and has not improved at all. Players like lindelof who just arrived in the prem are already miles ahead. If we want to be champions we shouldn't allow mediocrity. Thanks for the memories but it's time to go. Only positive from this I can get is that it's just signed so he doesn't leave for free.

08 Feb 2019 18:12:37
Ed025 the poor cars would be facing every which way.

{Ed025's Note - love it angel..

08 Feb 2019 09:13:32
New contract for Phil Jones 🙄.

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08 Feb 2019 09:01:45
Jones has signed a new contract until 2023!

Oh dear not what I wanted to hear.

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08 Feb 2019 08:59:26
What a joke. Phil Jones for another 5 years. After all the ole feel good factor we are back to being a banter club. What a waste of money.

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08 Feb 2019 18:13:27
Relax the cax huggy. Wouldn't be surprised to see him sold soon.

08 Feb 2019 19:40:58
Stop teasing me angelred I can’t take it.

08 Feb 2019 20:13:44
Business at the end of the day huggy. And ed Woodward does it better than most. Knows how to make a buck. Keep him signed to a longer deal, get a few extra million.

Worst case scenario he is a back up.

09 Feb 2019 12:41:15
You had me all excited there and then had to go and spoil it by saying worst case scenario we could keep him. Why would you do that to me. Why?

If we were offered a packet of Doritos and a 1litre bottle of coke for Phil Jones I would take it. Nobody will be willing to pick up his over inflated wages and pay a transfer fee for him. I would have let him go on a free.


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