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20 Jan 2019 09:17:24
What's people's take on salah and his dancing on ice tactics? Personally I think it will haunt Liverpool when it matters most he is getting a reputation now and we've al seen how refs behave towards players who behave like that.

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20 Jan 2019 09:38:22
It's hard to think of a team who doesn't have a player who dives, in all honesty.

{Ed025's Note - i will have that sepp, but liverpool supporters have a "holier than thou" attitude where they think every other team cheats but they are whiter than white, so a bit of stick is fair game in my book mate..

20 Jan 2019 10:46:03
Agreed sepp, my point was do people think it will cost Liverpool.? .

I remember sterling and zaha having stone wall penalties turned down because of reputation.

If I'm being honest I'm just clutching at straws in the hope that lot don't win the title lol.

20 Jan 2019 11:47:59

Still a long way to get yet, their fans were crapping themselves yesterday and it’s only January, no teams will complete a title run in without dropping a few points, especially once the champions league starts again with their paper thin squad. They are a good team and they could win it but they aren’t even close yet but seem to think they are.

20 Jan 2019 13:22:38
There’s diving and there’s falling over, Salah isn’t very good at it, yesterday’s attempt was horrendous. He should be booked for it Deano.

20 Jan 2019 21:59:30
I fear it may be their year as they have a very easy time ahead and will be a lot fresher with less comps.

Their Wasa war of words on Twitter and scousers where exstatic that Salah is diving to win games.

21 Jan 2019 00:39:01
Red Devil fan,

I assure you they will not have an ‘easy time ahead’, that isn’t how a title race works, them last 5 games might look easy but playing against teams that are fighting for their lives whilst under ridiculous pressure means teams drop points.

21 Jan 2019 10:32:57
Just saw it on MOTD. My goodness, it was poor. I like Salah. He seems a decent fella. Hope he knocks that nonsense on the head.

19 Jan 2019 11:12:23
Looks like Pool and City should get their 3 pts today. Arsenal and Chelsea should be an interesting game of which I hope they get a draw result. That should put us above Arsenal if we win and 5 pts off Chelsea. Hopefully that gives us momentum for the next few games. Exciting times.
Thanks Eds as always for all the great work and responses.

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19 Jan 2019 10:24:10
Is it too soon to suggest Lindelof for Captain?

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19 Jan 2019 14:27:47

19 Jan 2019 19:56:36
I'm not sure how to answer this question.

If you click agree are you agreeing that it is too soon to put Lindelof forward as Captain. Or that you agree he is ready/ good enough to be Captain?

If its the first option then the 5 people who clicked disagree must feel that it isn't too soon to suggest Lindelof as Captain.

19 Jan 2019 20:01:28
Good observation Snappy
He seems to me to be the first leader on the pitch that we have had for a while.

15 Jan 2019 19:01:53

What do you think the future holds for Lukaku? I think his days are numbered under Ole as he won't be prepared to play second fiddle. Likewise, I'm sure Poch would rather develop a hungry Rashford than an overweight Lukaku.

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15 Jan 2019 23:14:55
He'd only be a united striker if we always play two up top but we won't infact it will be quite rare. Even then, I would rather partner Rash, Martial and Sanchez in any combo before trying Lukaku. Sadly we vastly overpaid and if we could get 50-60million or involved in a trade perhaps I'd get rid in an instant. He's good but not good enough. We need a fluid front free and sadly he can't perform that role.

On the swap note I'd try Juve in return for Dybala. We pay on top ofc.

Or maybe Kante. they need a striker like lukaku imo and Kantes been pushed further forward to a less favourable position?

Dreamer I know!

16 Jan 2019 14:28:29
Lukaku is an interesting player in this time of transition.

One one hand he is clearly a talented striker, his goal scoring record speaks for itself. He is also a hard working and dedicated player, a player who should be a role model to the other younger players.

However, there are glaring flaws in his game. His first touch is very poor, and for his size and strength his ability as a target man is also pretty bad, mostly due to his poor first touch but also because he doesn't play with his head up enough so is unaware of his options upon receiving the ball.

I don't think he works best in a one striker system, there is too much dependency on him holding the ball up long enough for the second wave to join him. Ultimately that is a system that plays to his weaknesses and not his strengths.

However, I don't think his United career is necessarily over if Ole stays in charge. Ole after all played most of his career at United as one of four strikers often playing in a two striker system. Lukaku does have qualities our other strikers lack so as a squad member he is very useful. If anyone can convince him that being part of a larger squad can benefit him its Ole.

However, if Lukaku wants to be first choice then he might have to look elsewhere as I don't think he quite cuts the mustard, no matter how much I want him to succeed.

16 Jan 2019 16:16:05
If Rashford is hungry though won't he turn into lukaku?

17 Jan 2019 05:56:56
First touch is so important for a top striker especially in the penalty zone where there is less space to control the ball.
Lukaku would struggle to play those intricate 1-2 touch quick passes near the goal.
Not sure whether this part of his game play can improve dramatically. Otherwise he has all the necessary physical attributes to be a target man.

18 Jan 2019 09:11:46
He has had a drop in form but will becbavk soon enough.

18 Jan 2019 18:56:27
Its a good question fresh.
Lukaku scores goals. He will continue to score goals either here or elsewhere i'm pretty sure of that.
Sometimes a certain coaches style of play is not suited to a players key strengths. Its up to ole to develop lukaku into what he wants and needs. That is dependent on lukaku wanting and being able to do that.
There would be no shortage of top clubs in for him if he was made available. We might even get our money back or close to it.
Lukaku would be more suited to poch than ole imo for example.
Rashford can't start evey game very few strikers start more than 36 games in a 55/ 60 game season.
He has been sluggish for a while looks a bit slow and heavy to me. i'm not sweating over lukaku at all. I don't think if he is unhappy that he will rock the boat i think he would just move on in the summer. But he might just surprise a few.
Its a no lose situation for me. If he catches fire great if not he goes and does well elsewhere probably in europe somewhere and we get our money to reinvest.

15 Jan 2019 06:29:55
Lukaku for Hazard anyone?

{Ed025's Note - +£50m you mean of course jacko..

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15 Jan 2019 14:23:18
I’d take that now Edko.

15 Jan 2019 17:34:40
Thorgan Hazard?

17 Jan 2019 22:24:28
To be honest the only time Lukaku and Hazard should be used in the same sentence is when discussing his first touch.

14 Jan 2019 21:33:19
Yesterday was the type of game we have seen before, Newcastle away in 96, comes particularly to mind, it is also the type of game where we lost two Champions League finals to Barca. We played one way but couldn't adapt and eventually lost control in the middle of the park. It was a failing SAF had in that he never nailed down controlling a tight midfield in difficult games, like major rivals could do, particularly in Europe. We definitely had a good plan in the first half, but we got outthought in the second and couldn't adapt or change. With OGS being an advocate of SAF tactics we shouldn't have been too surprised

Great result, and like everyone I think OGS has the right demeanour, says the right things and has made it enjoyable right now. However, we also need to develop our approach, the ability to adjust in games if we want to improve in difficult away games and not rely on the genius of DDG like yesterday. I didn't see that yesterday and we need to.

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14 Jan 2019 23:13:29
I don't see too many negatives to be honest redman.
You can't expect the players to suddenly become good enough.
Jones makes and has been making similar errors all his career. Young gets caught under the ball regularly we have no credible alternative for pogba and matic.
But shaw continues to improve as will dalot.

Lindelof also is improving. Herrera is on top of his game and his enthusiasm is infectious. Keeping those guys fit and fresh will be a key challenge. We have good options in attack but we are thin on the ground behind them for the game ole wants to play.

15 Jan 2019 04:56:52
Ran out of legs as well. I think the Dubai camp and travel showed dividends first half but also played a part in how tired we looked 2nd half.

15 Jan 2019 07:02:52
Yes Robbie but Spurs had a tough game against Chelsea with a squad that hasn’t been strengthened and looked to have more legs than us. Travel especially 7 hours can affect players plus jet lag so we should take that into account. I just was pointing out we didn’t get any control in the middle and it was something we saw with SAF as well.

Agree Ken very few negatives but that pattern is something we saw with SAF sides and I think if Ole wants to be permanent it is an area that needs to change from SAF day’s.

15 Jan 2019 09:50:19
We did ok under SAF Redman.

15 Jan 2019 18:35:20

Yes, we certainly did, but fell short in Europe because midfield was overrun, many on here said we need a plan B (not Fellaini) that involves controll8ng midfield in tough games. It would be the difference between 3 European cups and 6 and that rankles.

15 Jan 2019 22:58:43
It's longer term fitness as well I think, we didn't run much under Mou so it will take time to get that level of prolonged fitness back up and I think that showed 2nd half.
What is worrying though is they had no central midfield for last 3rd of the game and still bossed the play.

It all depends on how we play, if its fast counter attaching then we want cms who can release a forward pass quickly and effectively as pogba, I agree though that we are still a little light in the ball winning department though.

14 Jan 2019 18:42:39
Did I miss something? Lucky to win, Jose performance? Not for me. In the first half we completely dominated them, they were all over the place and didn’t know what to do with us. Second half the reverse was true. Yes they had 11 shots on target but we had 7 so it wasn’t as one sided as some would have you believe.

Ole did a great job in the first half but was unable to respond to the onslaught in the second half. If the halves had happened the other way round we would be having a totally different conversation.

Tottenham were probably knackered and we had enjoyed a break so that probably also played a part, but you can only beat whatever is put in front of you. I look forward to games now, I was on the point of giving up watching towards the end of the miserable one’s reign. I actually don’t mind if we win, lose, or draw, it’s just great to see us attacking again.

United fans on the radio last night were dissing Ole which was unnecessary. As GDS has said, let’s just enjoy the ride and see where it takes us. Imagine if he sees off PSG?

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14 Jan 2019 05:33:57
4 top signings would be immense to our current team.
Mbappe in place of Lingard, Saul Niguez in place of Herrera, Koulibaly for Jones and Ricardo Perreira for Young.
One can dream.

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14 Jan 2019 10:52:49
What’s Lingard done wrong. He’s the key cog in that front three!

14 Jan 2019 11:04:37
Just mentioned my dream signings :)
Mbappe is almost unattainable, but by getting him United could dominate for years.

14 Jan 2019 11:05:29
For me Lingard and Herrera have been excellent under Ole, Lingard was even good under Mourinho. I wouldn't be so quick to replace them.

Clearly we need a first choice CB partner for Lindelof and a RB. If Dalot can step up then great.

For me the areas we need to improve in squad quality. If Matic or Pogba can't play then who does? Also the full back positions are very demanding, beyond Shaw and Dalot we only have Young who can come in without a huge drop in quality. So more depth is needed there, especially when you consider full back is the most physically demanding position on the pitch in the modern era.

So a First choice CB, then quality squad depth options at full back and in midfield.

14 Jan 2019 11:23:24
Yeah, Shaw and Young can fight for LB spot.
We need Dalot and a top right back to compete for the RB spot.
Personally, I feel Herrera has limited ability on the ball. Saul can press with high energy as well as can release our forwards with quality through balls.

14 Jan 2019 11:52:09
Herrera started his career as a No.10, I wouldn't say he is limited on the ball. What I would say is that in our current set up a lot of freedom is afforded to Pogba. In fact, Pogba himself has said it.

To make sure the balance is right Herrera will have to be a little more conservative in his passing to avoid the risk of turn overs and the team being exposed.

Saul is a wonderful player, however, He is left footed the same as Matic, Pogba likes to drift to the left so that he can cut in onto his right foot and shoot. A midfield of Matic, Saul and Pogba would lead to three midfielders who are more comfortable on the left hand side of the pitch possibly leaving gaps to the right.

I think the Balance of Matic, Herrera and Pogba works because Pogba will play in an advanced position on the left, Matic in a withdrawn position slightly to the left and Herrera as a box to box option, although with more onus on defensive work on the right handside.

Also consider Lindelof has being playing the ball out from the back in the RCB position, while a lack of quality at RB means Herrera has to be mindful of losing the ball on that side.

13 Jan 2019 21:06:39
OGS came out and said Rossi is just here to build up his fitness and find a new club.
Maybe he is, but I find it a bit hard to believe.
He just mentioned that he scored a fantastic goal in training.
Are we looking to sign him for 6 months?
I wouldn't be against it, because as injury prone as he is, he can finish, and I'm sure there will be games when we will need a poacher in the last 10 minutes and maybe he'll be one.
This Rossi training here feels a bit weird to me.
I know we did the same with Berbatov, but this one is just out of the blue and odd.

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14 Jan 2019 10:53:56
He’s nowhere near good enough although there are some clubs in the Premier League who need a striker more than us. Huddersfield, Palace, Southampton etc.

14 Jan 2019 11:08:13
Rossi is a former teammate of Ole's, I very much suspect it is just him getting up fitness. He wouldn't get a sniff upfront ahead of Rashford, Lukaku and Martial. Even Sanchez would probably be ahead of him. Then if for some reason all four of them were unavailable I would rather Greenwood be given a shot than an older, perennially injured striker who was never quite good enough for the highest level of the game.

12 Jan 2019 23:21:39
Article about the Class of 92 and their adventure at Salford City.

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