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26 Sep 2018 00:00:41
Going out of the League Cup isn't the end of the world but the performance and manner of the defeat is very disappointing.

Some will argue that Derby were brilliant, that it was a fantastic performance, that they outplayed us for large periods and deserved their victory. The truth is we allowed them to play, we allowed them time and space on the ball, we allowed them to press and were sloppy in possession, we made them look good. One team played with their heart and soul the other looked disinterested. One team ran themselves into the ground, the other sauntered around the pitch. One team played with hunger and commitment the other treated it as a testimonial.

Make no mistake Utd are a better team than Derby but without hunger, desire, energy and commitment it's an uphill battle no matter who the opposition.

Throughout his two year tenure at Utd Mourinho has consistently failed to motivate his players for the mundane, less glamorous fixtures. Defeats to all the newly promoted teams last season, defeats at Bristol City and Sevilla paint their own depressing picture. This trend has continued this season with defeat at Brighton, home draw against Wolves and now defeat to a championship team.

I'm not sure the players have downed tools, a last minute equaliser with 10 men proves otherwise but the standard and quality of the football is poor. The tactics are dour and uninspiring. If Derby can play like 1970's Brazil then why can't Utd with much better players?

Mourinho is still a good coach but he's struggling to adapt at Club devoid of any real winners but refuse to play as underdogs. He has attempted to dampen expectation rather than embrace it. He's failed to impose his siege mentality. These current players don't want to fight the world, they refuse to go to war, the fans don't want to see dogged football. We aspire to be better than that. Winning at all costs or by any means are not synonymous with a Club than conquered Europe from the ashes of Munich playing with bravery, flair and imagination. We've seen tonight that it's possible for a team to play good football despite not having the best players. All that's required is a vision and commitment to play the game the right way and the bravery and courage to execute it. Since Fergi retired the emphasis has been about stopping the opposition rather than playing on the front foot. About avoiding defeat rather than winning, about not conceding rather than scoring, about defence rather than attack. We play with fear and self doubt rather than confidence and composure.

Mourinho is a winner but his methods are outdated and he's struggling to adapt to the modern player. The real men of football are a dying breed. Only the strongest thrive from constant criticism. Modern egos need massaging not provoking. They need to feel wanted and valued not used and abused, they are not a commodity to be cast aside so the manager can flex his muscles and score cheap points in the hope of provoking a reaction. All the mind games, relentless criticism, tough love must eventually become exhausting for even the toughest of characters.

Maybe Mourinho needs to leave Utd for the sake of his own career, for the sake of his own sanity and happiness. It's now even obvious to me one of his staunchest supporters that this marriage of convenience is coming to an end. There have been some good times, success even but it was never built to last.

For Utd the search continues.

DLIB

1.) 26 Sep 2018 08:21:54
DLIB

Excellent post covering everything. After dropping points at home to Wolves a home game against Derby is just what the doctor ordered to get Wolves out of your system. No disrespect to Derby but that Manchester United should be beating them at home and not allowing them play and dictate the game.


 

 

16 Sep 2018 17:30:01
Afternoon guys,

Delighted to get the three points yesterday in a tough fixture especially after the international break.

Fellaini playing just in front of the back 4 has proved a master stroke in the last two away games. He's played so deep he's virtually been a third centre back which has enabled our full backs to play further forward and provide some natural width. It's also allowed Lingard and Sanchez to play closer to Lukaku where we've looked more dangerous and created chances. Yesterday wasn't vintage by anyone's standards but we looked solid and started well. It's encouraging to know that when we take the lead we invariably win so it's vitally important we start well and try to score first.

Whilst Fellaini has proved a formidable weapon against the more physical and direct sides I think we all know this wouldn't necessarily work against teams that like to move the ball quickly where he can be easily out manoeuvred or against teams that like to press high where he's not good enough in possession. In these games maybe a slight tweak in his position is required. He needs to play higher up the pitch where we can use his height and physicality to play over the press and in a more advanced role he can arrive in the box where he becomes a real threat and handful for opposition defenders.

I think we've seen in recent games a commitment to move the ball quicker with Lukaku playing on the shoulder and making more penetrating runs in behind, stretching the opposition rather than operating more as a target man. This has allowed more space for the likes of Lingard, Sanchez and Pogba to operate. Another feature has been our fullbacks playing higher and providing more natural width. Shaw has been a breath of fresh air and with Dalot returning to fitness maybe just maybe we may finally have the fullbacks we've craved for some time. Two young naturally gifted direct fullbacks that can provide width, pace and put quality deliveries into the box.

We still need to improve and by no means am I getting carried away. Such has been the standard set by City two early defeats probably means a title challenge is unlikely even at this early stage. It's encouraging to see however we that we may finally be settling on a preferred formation and staring 11. In recent games the team has definitely played higher, Lukaku has made more penetrating runs with Lingard and Sanchez closer in support rather than being dragged back into full back positions.

Perhaps our two most maligned players Smalling and Fellaini have provided us with the stability and balance we've craved allowing other players the platform to play and improve.

I've definitely seen in the past two games and the first half against Spurs a slight tweak to the way we play. Lukaku has definitely made more forward runs with Sanchez and Lingard playing much higher in support. Perhaps the next evolution might just come from two young full backs full-filling their potential. Maybe for the first time since Jose arrived we can safely predict the formation and perhaps 9 or even 10 of our best 11. It's now up to the likes of Bailly, Fred, Dalot, Martial and Rashford to force their way into the side. Perhaps we can be cautiously optimistic about a more exciting brand of football at the very least. Maybe the influence of Carrick and Mckenna is slowly starting to take effect.

I think we all understand building a winning team takes time and patience. Not all signings will make an impact or hit the ground running. Perhaps Jose biggest mistake has been to settle on a preferred formation or style of play. Hopefully that's about to change with the assistance of two new young coaches brining new ideas to the table.

DLIB

1.) 16 Sep 2018 20:00:18
It’s all a bit odd isn’t it? We played pretty well against Spurs and on another day would have been easy winners. What a difference that one result would have made to how we are feeling. We do seem to be coming out of our malaise and a few players are stepping up, in patches we look very good. We just need those patches to be longer.


2.) 16 Sep 2018 20:53:34
Tony, two good centre backs and another striker/ winger and this team will look completely different.


3.) 16 Sep 2018 21:24:07
1cb and a rb and rw for me AAA i'm really hoping dalot turns out to be a worldie🤞.


4.) 16 Sep 2018 22:27:17
I’m just liking that we seem to be playing with a little bit more of a clear plan going forward. Carrick and McKenna could be a blessing for Jose.


5.) 16 Sep 2018 23:34:46
Great post dlib. Agree with a lot if it.


 

 

27 Aug 2018 23:53:41
What I'm going to say might shock a few people, it might even make some laugh but that performance wasn't half as bad as the score line suggests.

The first half was good. We played with passion, desire, intensity, hunger. We played with energy, dynamism, movement. We pressed Spurs and created changes. In fact we created more chances in that first half than we have in our last three competitive games combined against Chelsea (Fa Cup Final), Leicester and Brighton. The wing backs provided width and got forward well. Lingard pressed brilliantly from the front and provided good support for Lukaku. Fred brought good energy, movement and creativity to the midfield. We should have gone in at HT at least two goals up.

We don't normally play with such intensity and tired quickly in the second half. We we're a second slower to the ball and more importantly our minds tired even faster and we lost concentration. The opening goal killed us. Spurs grew whilst we looked burdened by pressure. We continued to try and press but is now looked desperate and frantic. We panicked and went to pieces.

Despite the humbling defeat the hunger and appetite of the players was in stark contrast to the Brighton defeat where it was slow, lethargic and weak. The players came out fighting tonight but a combination of poor finishing, fatigue, mental fragility and individual mistakes cost us the game.

Moving forward I liked the system, we played with energy, intensity and creativity. I think playing three at the back gives us more natural width and gets more players forward in support of Lukaku. I'd like to see us play 3-5-2 for the remainder of the season. Play with the same intensity, energy and desire and see where that takes us.

This is not the time for division or treachery. We shall not flag or fail. The manager, the Club, the players need our support now more than ever. I didn't see a team divided, not giving their all or not playing for the manager. It was a bad night that's all. We've seen them before but the sun will rise in the morning and we'll try again. We'll never die!

DLIB

1.) 28 Aug 2018 01:50:37
I’m a Liverpool supporter and I’ve got to say Man U looked good first half and looked like they were going for it just poor finishing let you down. second half the defence just crumbled Under a little bit of pressure Wich I personally believe is down to the way Mourinho as acted the last 2 months has given them defenders 0% confidence . 😉 just an outside perspective looking in .


2.) 28 Aug 2018 06:14:10
The club is rotten from top to bottom. Owners who aren’t interested in glory, a manager who is living in the past nobody cares you have won 3 premier leagues Mr Mourinho except you and the Chelsea fans. Ovepayed premadonna players. Ideally we need new owners and a new manager but that won’t happen so I honestly don’t know what is going to happen. At least we haven’t got Blackpool’s owners where I’m from because I’m sure they’d of been lynched if they had of been. No matter what happens Utd will never die keep the red flag flying high.


3.) 28 Aug 2018 09:18:59
We played ok first half but I've got to be honest it felt a little bit like the last role of the dice .

Herrera at cb? He was all over the place, turning up on the edge of the spurs box time and again .

Positives smalling done well although he got done by moura, Jose has said he doesn't know his best cb pair, which is a sin from a manager in his third year .
But he also said it will smalling and 1 other .
The other positive was Shaw who was excellent, very good a player people have constantly posted isn't good enough and should be sold .


4.) 28 Aug 2018 10:53:41
Exactly JRED
We did okay and lost. Can't we just play very well and win just like the other top teams?

Mou is on is third season how long will take make this team play like this week in week out? Another 500M and 3 more seasons?
That's not good enough for United.


 

 

09 Aug 2018 21:05:13
The arrogance, naivety and complacency have returned to haunt us once again.

This windows spending has been significantly curtailed just as we started to build some momentum towards assembling a side capable of challenging for the title. This was the window to profligate not consolidate.

I've maintained all along that the board are only interested in top 4 finishes and don't see the need to overspend chasing titles when the brand is doing just fine without them.

The irony to this sad story can be seen shining like a huge beacon of hope twinkling like the North Star high above Anfield. Mr Kloop, the self proclaimed saviour of football
once ridiculed Utd for signing Pogba and accused us of ruining football. He said he'd call it a day before paying such extraordinary fees and stated he longed to do things differently. In fact he professed he wouldn't spend the money even if it was available. Strong words indeed. A man of honour and principle in a world of sharks and obscene extravagance. Since his philosophic scripture he's broken the transfer records for a defender and a goalkeeper in less than 6 months. Just let that sink it. It would appear the penny has finally dropped with Mr Klopp. Honour and Principles do not win titles. Maybe he is the one now ruining football? Of course not he's merely changed his mantra. If you can't beat them join them. Liverpool have built on their success of last season we've just screeched to a dramatic stop.

Don't be fooled the team that spends the most money predominantly wins the titles. An man even as principled as Mr Kloop gets it, why don't our board or even some of our fans?

No doubt I'll get some stick for this post, be told we've spent millions but I say to those people WHY shouldn't we and if we want to WIN it's an absolute necessity. Has Pep transformed City using charisma alone? I reiterate If Mr Kloop now gets it why don't we?

We are the second most valuable sports brand in the world. We have the highest turnover in world football. This money is generated by our fans why shouldn't we expect for it to be invested back into the Club?

The Glazers will not bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. We now await the next messiah, the next genius, the next great man capable of doing what others can't. Guess what we could be in for a long wait.

DLIB

1.) 09 Aug 2018 22:26:30
One dodgy window and we’re doomed. Pogba was a world record, Sanchez is probably the top earner in the EPL, big money has been spent. If we’d bought Sandro would that have made things OK? I think he’s dodgy. How about Maguire? £50M for a defender who can’t defend. The club coughed up for Bailly and then Lindelof, both of whom it seems are now not good enough. How many CBs do we buy before we thInk about developing the ones we have.

The odd decision here was giving ajose a new contract. There are clearly issues on both sides so why on Earth did we give him a new deal?

As for the League, City will be strong and if Liverpool’s new signings settle (no guarantees) they could challenge. Spurs have signed nobody, Arsenal were a long way off last year, and Chelsea have a new coach and a new style to adapt to.

We may not win the league but we will be up there and if Fred settles well, Pogba steps up, and Sanchez shows his form, then we will be in there.

DLIB, I enjoy you your osts, they are well thought through and quality but in this case, you need to get over it mate.


2.) 09 Aug 2018 22:26:30
One dodgy window and we’re doomed. Pogba was a world record, Sanchez is probably the top earner in the EPL, big money has been spent. If we’d bought Sandro would that have made things OK? I think he’s dodgy. How about Maguire? £50M for a defender who can’t defend. The club coughed up for Bailly and then Lindelof, both of whom it seems are now not good enough. How many CBs do we buy before we thInk about developing the ones we have.

The odd decision here was giving ajose a new contract. There are clearly issues on both sides so why on Earth did we give him a new deal?

As for the League, City will be strong and if Liverpool’s new signings settle (no guarantees) they could challenge. Spurs have signed nobody, Arsenal were a long way off last year, and Chelsea have a new coach and a new style to adapt to.

We may not win the league but we will be up there and if Fred settles well, Pogba steps up, and Sanchez shows his form, then we will be in there.

DLIB, I enjoy you your osts, they are well thought through and quality but in this case, you need to get over it mate.


3.) 09 Aug 2018 22:30:16
Excellent post DLIB. i think the football passion of our owners is next to zero and that shows. They have lacked leadership and although they have achieved their financial goals, i can't help but think that they would have achieved even more had they had a clear direction on the field that would've enhanced the brand even further.
I said recently that the millions of fans around the world can support who they want, and they normally choose successful and entertaining teams, if that part of the equation is removed, then they will soon find out how fickle they've been in not taking the footballing side seriously.


4.) 09 Aug 2018 22:31:52
What a load of nonsense. Shining like a star? Never read so much rubbish.

I sound and feel like Roy Keane after responding to this tripe.

Go and support your flavour of the month the amazing and trophy less Herr Klopp.


5.) 09 Aug 2018 22:56:41
DLIB u talk a lot of nonsense mate. Ed2 has said numerous times glazers have spent HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY AND STILL ARE WILLING TO SPEND.

Problem is your manager is bent on spending on ageing players where in 1/ 2 yrs time you'll need to spend again to replace them.

Even the likes of city w/ all their spending power are still spending sensibly.

No business/ club including utd w/ all their financial mussel can afford to spend 300/ 400M every couple of seasons on ageing players.

It's seems your board have drawn a sensible line and they know the squad isn't as bad as your manager wants people to believe. U don't need to beat city or Chelsea or LFC directly to challenge/ win league tittle. It's midtable teams where u need to beat them and your squad is super strong compare to them.


6.) 09 Aug 2018 23:32:29
AJH - I was just trying to illustrate a point about ambition. I even posted earlier in the summer that I was relaxed about the window and didn't think we needed to spend just for the sake of it, that Jose needed to get the best out of some talented players that had underperformed and I stand by that. Having said that there are obvious deficiencies in the squad which haven't been addressed for which I am disappointed. Forget CB, Jose has signed two and I believe both are good players and deserve a chance. We needed a LB and above all a RW in my opinion to bring some balance to the team. These positions have not been strengthened and if they had we'd have a better chance. I'm not asking for them to break the bank I am realistic. It was hard to invest in those areas when we spent big money on Pogba and Lukaku in previous windows but this was a chance to improve those areas. Don't forget between 2009 - 2013 they invested very little in the squad.

Eric - Bit harsh mate I was only trying to describe the irony of Klopp's words but fair enough.

AAA - I agree mate.

Kopitef - Your entitled to your opinion mate. I'm not advocating that the Glazers break the bank just spend as much as you have pal.


 

 

09 Aug 2018 11:11:35
So it's look like we're going with what we've got!

From reading the posts not many were convinced by Maguire, Boateng or Mina anyway.

The key now is can Jose forge a team from what we've got or is he going to sulk and self combust?

What we need now is our manager at his sensational best. Maybe for the first time we go into the season as real underdogs with a stomach churning sense of foreboding and apprehension. Nobody including our own fans is giving us a chance. We've been written off many thinking there's more chance of Jose being sacked than winning the league. Even the Scouse mob have significantly strengthened and look a threat but with that comes expectation and pressure.

Maybe Jose has one last ace up his sleeve. Are we not entering classic Jose territory. Under dogs, written off, dismissed, no hopers, backs against the wall. Intentionally or not Jose has perhaps for the first time killed all expectations and if he's smart, like I know he is this presents him with an opportunity. Can we be the kryptonite to Peps Supermen, the antidote to Klopp's heavy mental, the wrecking ball to Chelsea's Sarri ball. It's time to get behind our manager and the team. If we have you play the villain so be it.

Rally the troops, beat the battle drums, bellow the war cry, we are Utd and we fight with everything we've got.

Over to you lads wear our shirt with pride and show us all your not finished yet!

DLIB

1.) 09 Aug 2018 11:32:08
We are MANCHESTER "UNITED". Its Us against the world and Jose has ensured that the feeling is common and spread across all United fans, ala SAF. One thing Jose has done with all his moaning is turn off the attention from his players to himself. Nobody is talking about the players, its all Jose. He is at his bloody best at it.


 

 

 

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26 Jul 2018 16:25:54
Shappy - The exotic name thing wasn't aimed at you pal. In hindsight I should have omitted that. I just think Maguire is universally underrated on here but by no means am I saying he's the finished article. I think he'd be a decent signing but I understand your reservations and take your point about him maybe not being a major upgrade on we've already got. Anyway this site would be a boring place if we all had the same opinion.

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26 Jul 2018 12:01:27
I take your point Shappy but I think McGuire has come in for some undue criticism to be honest.

It remains to be seen if he's a viable target but I think he'd be a solid addition to our team. From what I've seen he's big, strong, very good in the air and good with the ball. He maybe lacks a yard of pace and I've heard people criticise his positioning at times but that's something that can be worked on and will prove with experience. I think he's better than what we've got (maybe Bailly apart) . He's got good pedigree and actually played in the FA youth Cup final against us with the likes of Pogba and Lingard. He's continued to improve at both Hull then Leicester and maybe he deserves a chance to play at a higher level. Sometimes we get seduced by more exotic names but I think he's a good solid player, at the right age that will continue to improve.

I think Lindelof was signed for the right reasons but I just think he lacks the physicality for the Prem League. If Jose isn't going to play him then maybe now is the time to cash in. He's had a good World Cup and I'm sure we'd get our money back at least. I'd definitely cash in on Rojo. He's perpetually injured and apart from a 15-20 game spell where he looked half decent playing next to Jones he's been pretty unspectacular to say the least. I think both Smalling and Jones are solid squad players and have served the club well. I fully agree about Tuanzebe but I'm not sure he's ready just yet.

In relation to the Martial saga just let the boy move on. It's obvious he isn't going to flourish under Mourinho and I see little point in keeping a player that is unhappy and isn't going to help the team. He may develop into a very good player but at the moment he's just not quite there and has shown little interest in fighting for his place. His next move will be crucial and if he's hankering for a move to the likes of Real or Bayern I'm certain he'll find himself in exactly the same position.

Maybe some kind of swap deal with Spurs for Son Heung-Min would interest all parties. He works tirelessly, he can play in any position across the top three including striker and scores goals.

Utd need to start getting creative if we want to see some transfer activity this summer.

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24 Sep 2018 15:48:12
So good they posted it twice 😂😂😂 (only joking)!

To be honest I have no idea what's wrong just my thoughts poured out in writing. I'll have changed my mind by tomorrow, it all makes for good discussion if nothing else. The great thing about football is there's always another game just around the corner.

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24 Sep 2018 15:28:49
Ross -

I've written a lot about balance in my posts recently and that's what we need to find if we are to improve.

It's depressing to consider that we are not even in October and a title challenge is already looking about as likely as pigs flying. This is simply unacceptable.

Whilst I've argued for patience we must not lose our ambition. Blind faith will not fill the trophy cabinet and there must come a point where we have to say this is simply not good enough.

Perhaps the most chastising problem of our current predicament is the form of Alexis Sanchez. Snatched from under the noses of City and paid a kings ransom this was the player deemed capable of taking us to the next level sadly this has not yet materialised.

I honestly believe there is a team in there somewhere or at least better than we're seeing at the moment but we must find a balance if we are to perform more consistently.

Having watched us for over two seasons under Jose I see no development in terms of style or patterns of play. Lindelof and Bailly have yet to establish themselves. I have no idea what role Fred was signed to perform. Sanchez is often deployed so deep he's unable to influence the game. We still have no recognised or consistent right sided forward. I don't see where we're going or what he's trying to build.

I actually think Sanchez's current form in on Mourinho. I'm so glad we didn't sign Fred because I think we'd have seen exactly the same thing. Sanchez comes alive in the final third. He needs to play in and around the box with players in support so he can play quick one twos and look for through balls. He rarely collects the ball in dangerous situations and when he does he's often isolated with only a hopeful long ball or cross into Lukaku being his only option. He doesn't have the strength or power to run with the ball from deeper areas and carry us up the pitch. For Mourinho's style we need ball carriers in the wider areas that can run with power and pace opening up space for others. Conversely Pogba also needs runners to play the ball forward or to open up the space in midfield for him to gallop into.

At the moment we're a horrible little halfway house. We have power players such as Pogba who wants to play the ball forward quickly or carry it through midfield and Lukaku that thrives off crosses interwoven with smaller more diminutive players such as Lingard, Sanchez and Fred that like to play more intricate short passes the result being we do neither and nobody seems to know their job or understand their role.

Maybe a solution to this problem would be a change of system.

3-5-2 gives us stability at the back and options going forward. In Shaw and Dalot we potentially have two young, powerful wing backs that can provide natural width, open up the pitch, carry the ball forward and put crosses into the box. Sanchez can play upfront next to Lukaku where he has more options around him and we get him on the ball in more dangerous areas. His best football in a Utd shirt came in pre season where he played up front. If he doesn't improve then we get Rashford or Martial in their favoured position. The CB's have cover providing us the defensive stability we require.

If Jose sticks with 4-3-3 as I expect he will I fear we'll see more results like yesterday and yet more inconsistency. I've actually liked the midfield trio of Matic, Fellaini and Pogba but one player missing can't just bring the house down.

Let's see what the next match brings. Defeat to West Ham in another tough looking fixture will have the vultures circling yet again.

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24 Sep 2018 15:28:49
Ross -

I've written a lot about balance in my posts recently and that's what we need to find if we are to improve.

It's depressing to consider that we are not even in October and a title challenge is already looking about as likely as pigs flying. This is simply unacceptable.

Whilst I've argued for patience we must not lose our ambition. Blind faith will not fill the trophy cabinet and there must come a point where we have to say this is simply not good enough.

Perhaps the most chastising problem of our current predicament is the form of Alexis Sanchez. Snatched from under the noses of City and paid a kings ransom this was the player deemed capable of taking us to the next level sadly this has not yet materialised.

I honestly believe there is a team in there somewhere or at least better than we're seeing at the moment but we must find a balance if we are to perform more consistently.

Having watched us for over two seasons under Jose I see no development in terms of style or patterns of play. Lindelof and Bailly have yet to establish themselves. I have no idea what role Fred was signed to perform. Sanchez is often deployed so deep he's unable to influence the game. We still have no recognised or consistent right sided forward. I don't see where we're going or what he's trying to build.

I actually think Sanchez's current form in on Mourinho. I'm so glad we didn't sign Fred because I think we'd have seen exactly the same thing. Sanchez comes alive in the final third. He needs to play in and around the box with players in support so he can play quick one twos and look for through balls. He rarely collects the ball in dangerous situations and when he does he's often isolated with only a hopeful long ball or cross into Lukaku being his only option. He doesn't have the strength or power to run with the ball from deeper areas and carry us up the pitch. For Mourinho's style we need ball carriers in the wider areas that can run with power and pace opening up space for others. Conversely Pogba also needs runners to play the ball forward or to open up the space in midfield for him to gallop into.

At the moment we're a horrible little halfway house. We have power players such as Pogba who wants to play the ball forward quickly or carry it through midfield and Lukaku that thrives off crosses interwoven with smaller more diminutive players such as Lingard, Sanchez and Fred that like to play more intricate short passes the result being we do neither and nobody seems to know their job or understand their role.

Maybe a solution to this problem would be a change of system.

3-5-2 gives us stability at the back and options going forward. In Shaw and Dalot we potentially have two young, powerful wing backs that can provide natural width, open up the pitch, carry the ball forward and put crosses into the box. Sanchez can play upfront next to Lukaku where he has more options around him and we get him on the ball in more dangerous areas. His best football in a Utd shirt came in pre season where he played up front. If he doesn't improve then we get Rashford or Martial in their favoured position. The CB's have cover providing us the defensive stability we require.

If Jose sticks with 4-3-3 as I expect he will I fear we'll see more results like yesterday and yet more inconsistency. I've actually liked the midfield trio of Matic, Fellaini and Pogba but one player missing can't just bring the house down.

Let's see what the next match brings. Defeat to West Ham in another tough looking fixture will have the vultures circling yet again.

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22 Sep 2018 21:31:37
Good post Slate I agree with that pal.

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22 Sep 2018 18:18:25
AAA - I feel exactly the same I'm too angry to post anything remotely rational at the moment. For a Club with any kind of ambition that was totally unacceptable again. Like I said earlier we're always just one bad result away from a crisis.

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