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17 Mar 2019 22:11:41
As we wake up to another disappointing result the overreaction by some posters is equally alarming.

It's not productive to measure progress on a game by game basis and we must look at the bigger picture.

In assessing the last two games it's clear to me that our defensive frailties are still prevalent and we've made some bad individual mistakes.

I think Arsenal and Wolves have illustrated to the rest of the league the blueprint of how to handle this new resurgent Utd team. I think we've struggled playing against their 3 at the back system and our CB's have been unable to contain playing against two CF's.

Wolves handled the occasion brilliantly last night. For the second game in a row we were beaten at our own game. They were organised, disciplined, tenacious and carried a real threat on the counter. They allowed us possession, denied us space and broke quickly. They have quality in midfield and upfront and defensively we are vulnerable. They took their chances and the rest is history.

As soon as we conceded the first goal it became very difficult. We've been undue twice now by counter attacking football for which we have become synonymous ourselves. Like I said Beaten at our own game.

On a positive note not all teams have the quality in midfield or upfront to hit us on the break and inevitably we'll be able to ware them down. The better teams won't change their approach and we're just as likely to do to them as what Wolves and Arsenal did to us. The last two games have shown us that we have struggled to break down well organised and disciplined defences whilst remaining secure at the back.
I think we played right into their hands and Ole will need a re-think of how we approach these types of games.

There is nothing like a couple of defeats to refocus the mind and re-evaluate. The international break will allow us some valuable time for players to return from injury and hopefully we'll do much better when we play them in the league.

An FA Cup run would have been nice, but we made the final last year and won under LVG. Like I've said in other posts a top 4 finish maybe more important for the Club moving forward. We have a relatively young and inexperienced team and they need to be playing Champions League football for them to progress and develop.

We will go again in a couple of weeks for the final push; it will be exciting if nothing else.

DLIB

1.) 18 Mar 2019 09:45:41
I almost always fully agree with your posts DLIB, but this time not so much. Wolves did beat us at our own game, but the arsenal game was not a blueprint on how to handle us. We were unlucky or not clinical enough with our finishing; hitting the woodwork twice and forcing great saves from leno. Wolves on the other hand beat us tactically as well.


 

 

08 Mar 2019 14:12:51
Ole - "We need Rom facing the goal and not with his back to the goal".

Music to my ears at last somebody who really understands the big fella!

Another fascinating game ahead and with a few players returning from injury an interesting selection dilemma.

The defence now picks itself.

Pogba will surely return but will Ole risk Herrera or Matic.

Lukaku and Rashford will start and I presume Dalot will retain his place on the right.

Will it be 4-3-3 or possible even 4-4-2. Can't see us playing with split strikers with no Lingard, Mata or even Sanchez available to play the false 9 role.

Could Pogba play to the left of a 4-4-2 with Dalot providing more width from the right and Rashford drifting into the left channel?

Thoughts?

DLIB

1.) 08 Mar 2019 14:48:34
i think the 3 that started the PSG game in cm deserve to keep there place.

i would start martial if fit with rom and rash

and play the same back 4 we've been playing.


2.) 08 Mar 2019 15:44:52
I think its because Ole being an ex striker himself knows what works best for a striker and recognises different strikers different traits.


3.) 08 Mar 2019 17:07:57
Great to have Ole's understanding about how a striker ought to play. He is making a real difference already with Rashford and Lukaku. I think Sunday he will go 4-3-3 with the strongest lineup he can. If Matic and Herrera are healthy, he will play them alongside Pogba.


4.) 08 Mar 2019 17:23:34
Bolger they all tried hard worked their socks off but were out played socks the entire game 24% possession tells you that so i think the midfield will include pogba and if herrera or matic are fit and available all should start imo.


 

 

07 Mar 2019 12:31:22
"Football - Bloody Hell"

We've had some memorable nights in our history but that must rank as one of the best and perhaps the most unlikely. No team has ever overturned a 2-0 home deficit in the first leg; well they have now!

Our great Club has been forged from heroic and Herculean type comebacks from the ashes of Munich to the hero's of 68. We will never forget the all conquering treble winners of 99. Giggs floating across the turf at Villa Park and our very own Ole sinking the Germans in the final minute. Many will still remember that balmy night in March 84 when we overturned a 2-0 deficit to overcome the great Barcelona featuring the mercurial Maradona. The list is endless and glorious.

When I think of what's changed under Ole surely the biggest factor is attitude. When we were eliminated last year Mourinho told us it was normal, that the team wasn't good enough, we shouldn't have been surprised. He reminded us of painful defeats and elimination some inexplicably by his own hand. He didn't believe in his players, he didn't believe in the Club. He made it all about him and sought to apportion blame. He never made himself accountable and this attitude eventually filtered down to the players. In the end nobody believed in him.

Ole has been a breath of fresh air. He has constantly reminded us of past standards and expectations. He has talked up the players, given them confidence and more importantly trust. Even going into this game, when nobody gave us a chance, he believed. He never made excuses, this was a chance for others he said. Man Utd always have a chance and he was right. I didn't think Pereira would play again after his mistake against Burnley but certainly wouldn't under Mourinho. We believe in him was the response, young players make mistakes. This trust and understanding allows confidence to grow and when the time comes Pereira will run though brick walls. Managers need players, even ones on the periphery. Ole has galvanised the entire squad. He's made everyone feel included. Everybody has a chance. Now there is real competition for players. Take your chance, show us what you've got, you wouldn't be here if you weren't good enough.

No doubt we are riding a crest of a wave. The place has been rejuvenated. The atmosphere against Liverpool was the best I've heard in a long time. Our away support (normally the best around anyway) was simply magnificent against Chelsea despite the game being played on a Monday night.

For this short period it feels like we have our Utd back and more. Marcus Rashford, Manc through and through, aged just 21 dispatched his penalty like a god. No doubt. Greenwood and Chong thrust into the lions den. With results comes expectation and it remains to be seen if Ole can continue to galvanise and inspire but he deserves his chance. The word thrilling doesn't do it justice.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride our season is just warming up.

DLIB

{Ed025's Note - i enjoyed reading that DLIB..


1.) 07 Mar 2019 12:53:10
Excellent post DLIB, really highlights the change in belief. I even loved Ole's post match press conference where instead of saying the 10 injured players made us weaker, he said it may have helped as it gave us a team with energy. It shows his belief in the whole squad.


2.) 07 Mar 2019 12:58:32
Great post made for enjoyable reading DLIB. 👍
I agree abt OGS not making excuses when we got beat in the home game. Well unlike some manager who seem to say that they lost due to windy stadium. LMAO
I read that some of our competitors supporters are saying OGS is not good enough and we were lucky. Fancy some of them even suggesting a drug test and an investigation on game fixing! I am really surprised that they can even think about that. What a bunch of losers. At least I know a few of them come over and have been admirable.
Anyway I just happy that we won and now to look forward to the next game and win. I hope our manager continues to be lucky and we just continue winning.

{Ed025's Note - to be fair 666 there were a number of complimentary posts from liverpool fans last night mate...which was nice to see..


3.) 07 Mar 2019 12:58:39
DLIB

Great post.


4.) 07 Mar 2019 13:16:40
Inspirational BLIB! 😊.


5.) 07 Mar 2019 13:35:52
Ed025 yes I read them. Especially from Salah. He a good bloke. Yes we have our team to support but no point hitting below the belt.
For me I’d take an English team to win the CL anytime but I would be reacting like Di Maria or Neymar. Idiots those. You never know which club you will join.
Anyway I’m just saying it’s only football. Many many more important things out there and unwanted sufferings. Afterall we are all living in the same planet.

{Ed025's Note - absolutely mate..


6.) 07 Mar 2019 14:39:21
DLIB- spot on mate- regarding rashford; he looks and pre/ post match interviews gives the impression he is a little boy who needs a cuddle (not in a Jimmy Saville way! ) but my goodness, his steely core and uncompromising nerve when on the pitch are what sets him apart at his tender age, yes against 99% of similar strikers. He obviously has learnt off those around him, and this season has added another dimension to his game. Top player and everyone else last nite can take a round of applause for a proper utd performance.


7.) 08 Mar 2019 08:45:32
Excellent post DLIB.


 

 

17 Feb 2019 03:28:59
As our thoughts turn to Chelsea it will be interesting to see how Ole adapts without Martial and Lingard.

In my opinion Lingard is the bigger loss. His work rate, pressing ability and movement off the ball is vital especially in the bigger games. Without his energy we become more pedestrian. It's harder for us to press and win the ball back higher up the pitch and we don't transition as quickly.

As we've seen at certain times under Ole and certainly under Jose without energy, pace and movement we become pedestrian and easy to play against.

In my opinion Ole's biggest challenge will be to pick a team without losing those key ingredients. Sanchez and Mata both want the ball to feet. They both want to be the conductors and prefer to play laterally rather than vertically. Both are happy to make runs across the pitch and exchange short passes but neither make penetrating runs. When Lukaku plays upfront he rarely threatens in behind or runs the channels. When all three play together we seriously lack penetration and the ability to press from the front.

Conversely this lack of penetration and movement hinders one of our most potent attacking threats in Pogba. He has become a master under Solskjear at playing balls over the top for willing runners then making late runs into the box where he is hard to pick up. This penetrating movement also stretches defences meaning Pogba can pick the ball up and drive us forward from midfield.

I think Solskjear can address these problems in a couple of ways. Firstly he could use Sanchez as a false 9 and play with split strikers; Rashford to the left and Lukaku on the right. Sanchez despite his diminutive frame is decent at holding the ball up and very adapt at wriggling out of tight situations. With Rashford and Lukaku he would have willing runners ahead of him giving him options on the ball. Pogba will still have forward options in midfield and if he could also make runs ahead of Sanchez as he inevitably drops deep into midfield to get on the ball like he did against City last season he'd be an extra threat. It's obvious from recent games that if you can stop Jorginho dictating play and shackle Hazard Chelsea become a relatively predictable outfit. Sanchez has the ability to press from the front and playing centrally he could drop onto Jorginho preventing him dictating play. My concern with this formation is it leaves our full backs isolated where Hazard could become a real threat.

Alternatively Ole could play 3-5-2. By retaining two strikers it means Pogba has forward options and we are still able to stretch the game. The wing backs are able to provide the width and the extra defender provides better solutions to deal with Hazard.

I think we might have to be flexible and maybe switch between the two depending on how the game progresses.

I don't think we can afford a repeat of what happened against PSG where we seriously lacked pace and penetration in the second half. If we line up in a 4-3-3 formation I think we'll struggle with the players we have available.

DLIB

1.) 17 Feb 2019 07:10:53
I’ve said it several times but Sanchez shouldn’t be in the team, he has been completely dire. Rashford has been on fore as CF so we shouldn’t move him. Lukaku can play on the right, I think he has also been dire but he did ok there. That leaves a replacement for Martial and right now I’d go with anyone other than Sanchez. Gomes, Young, Dalot, ABS (anyone but Sanchez! ) .

Your alternative of playing 3 at the back and pushing the full backs right up is a better idea, it which us to keep the midfield and play 2 up front, or 4 in midfield with Pogba pushing right up. Rashford has been the difference laltely, let’s not move him to accommodate someone else.


2.) 17 Feb 2019 09:32:28
i had a dream last night we played fosu mensah on the right wing. it was only a team sheet so i didn’t dream about the game. But it got me thinking, wouldn’t this be the right time to play some of the academy lads, chong and greenwood could fight right in.


3.) 17 Feb 2019 10:49:28
Hmm, a disagree, does someone think Sanchez hasn’t been dire? Anyone?


4.) 17 Feb 2019 12:07:46
AJH - it wasn't me pal! I never hit that button if I don't agree with something I comment and give my reasons why. There is no right or wrong only opinions.

I can't argue about Sanchez he's been poor but I'm convinced if he's played through the middle we'll see a different player. Maybe I'm wrong and he's certainly approaching the last chance saloon.

I'm not convinced Ole will throw in Chong or Gomes especially after the PSG defeat one or both might make the bench though.


5.) 17 Feb 2019 12:30:27
AJH don’t be sensitive.
Maybe a scousers troll hit it? 🤣.


6.) 17 Feb 2019 13:26:59
I'd just like to welcome to the site Alexis Sanchez.


7.) 17 Feb 2019 21:17:23
Sure he has been poor. But when martial was poor it was because he wasnt getting a run of games
When rash was poor it was because he didn't get a run of games
If sanchez playes 5 or 6 games in a row in this Attacking team then he might just show a lot of improvement too.
Id like to see him given a run while the others are out injured. If he doesn't cut it still then he has no excuse. He is a better player than he has shown and he is a better player than chong or greenwood.
Id love him to do well between now and the end of the season.
Its not looking that likely i'd have to admit😂😂 but if he does hit a bit of form it would be great.


 

 

13 Feb 2019 10:51:33
Morning guys, I've enjoyed reading the dissection of last night performance. I think many of us are agreed on where it went wrong and for what it's worth here's my interpretation.

Firstly we shouldn't be too disappointed. Around 6 weeks ago we sat 11 points behind Chelsea languishing 6th in the league having endured some of the most insipid football we've seen in years. Last season we were eliminated by a very average Seville side in one of the most ponderous and uninspiring European nights I have ever witnessed at Old Trafford. We were then told by our own manager that we lacked European pedigree and it wasn't unusual for us to be dumped out at this stage. Despite last nights result we haven't sunk to such depths just yet. Last night was a good learning opportunity for both the manager and many of our players. Moving forward I think it's important that we finish in the top 4 so we can continue to experience football at the highest level in order to help this team grow and improve.

It was disappointing last night but at least under Solskjear we have an identity. We'll never know but I firmly believe that if Lingard and Martial don't go off injured we'd still be very much in this tie. Both players are fundamental to how we want to play and the enforced changes took the belief out of the team. The first half was a proper European tie where both teams had to work hard for chances. We actually looked relatively composed and had some decent opportunities on the counter. With a touch more care we could have got in a few times. We shouldn't forget that the likes of Rashford and Martial are still very young and leaning their trade. Even Lingard is a late developer and has limited European experience. The same can be said of Lindelof, Bailly and Shaw at the back.

Last night just emphasised what I already knew about this Utd team. If you take away the pace, energy, intensity and fluidity it's bang average. The injuries to Martial and Lingard were critical. Under Ole we have essentially become a counter attacking team. We have been killing teams in the transitions. We've been successful in winning the ball higher up the pitch and breaking at pace. PSG are a savy and experienced team. They knew our strengths and limited our opportunities to counter. They even put Marquinhos on Pogba to track his runs from deep and to deny him time and space on the ball. Maybe the absence of key players and our resurgence in form sharpened their minds and they were well prepared.

The introduction of Mata and Sanchez robbed us of the ability to counter or transition at pace.

Solskjear has encouraged our attacking players to play further up the field but this leaves our full backs isolated. PSG were able to exploit the spaces out wide in the second half when Sanchez and Mata didn't have the ability to get back and defend or break forward with power and pace. They were essentially both caught in no mans land and we lost the game in the second half.

I was hoping Solskjear may have learned from his mistakes against Burnley and realised that we must keep the energy and intensity in the team for it to be successful. I posted last week that Sanchez must now play centrally in areas where he can effect the game but Solskjear appears reluctant to do this. I think tactically he got his substitutions wrong. I believe with the enforced changes he should have thought outside the box and come up with a solution to keep the energy, intensity and width in the team. Maybe reverting to a 3-5-2 formation may have helped?!

Moving forward if Lingard and Martial are injured then Solskjear will have to change the shape of the team. We can't afford to start Sanchez and Mata in wide areas again. Let's not forget this is still a relatively young and inexperienced Utd team with a new manager. Tonight was a good barometer to measure ourselves and we've learnt that without the pace, energy and fluidity upfront Pogba doesn't have the space in midfield and we are unable to transition quickly and break with pace. If Solskjear is the man to take us forward then this will need to be addressed in the summer.

Chelsea away and Liverpool at home now look daunting propositions all of a sudden and if the injuries to Lingard and Martial are serious Ole must come up with a solution and new style to suit the players he has available. Now is not the time to panic or to lose faith. European football is unforgiving and it took Fergi years to transform us into a consistent European force.

Hopefully we can bounce back quickly and last night has only reinforced what we already know.

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31 Dec 2018 17:32:37
I've not seen much of him but he's very well rated from what I've read.

We definitely need a RW but I'd like to see Chong given a chance. I'm surprised he's not been included since Ole's appointment does anybody know if he's been injured?!

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08 Oct 2018 13:08:24
Yeah your probably right Ed001. Pie in the sky talk really just thinking out loud thanks for your reply!

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{Ed001's Note - it is difficult because you don't want to push out a legend like Fergie, but sometimes you have to.}


 

 

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08 Oct 2018 10:24:18
Ed001 - I think that is superb reply and I totally agree with you about SAF. It is my understanding that as his career progressed he took a step back and became a brilliant delegator. He regularly changed his assistants and coaching staff to freshen things up, implement new ideas and keep the players motivated. He became more of an observer which gave him the advantage of being able to assess exactly what was going on at the football Club.

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said any new DOF will become the most important person at the Club most certainly from a footballing perspective anyway. They will drive the footballing strategy and vision.

I was always slightly curious why we couldn't have adopted this approach when SAF retired. I think he could have remained in post for a couple of seasons as a figurehead whilst Moyes took control of the team. He would have been a valuable asset and maybe he could have been more actively involved in player recruitment aiding both Moyes and Woodward through a difficult first window. I'd have liked to have seen a slower more measured transition where Moyes was approached and offered the job as head coach ultimately taking the main role the following season or even the season after. It might just have given the Club time to find its feet and put measures in place to fill the massive void when SAF eventually retired. Of course this is all just pie in the sky reasoning but ultimately the great man was always going to retire and maybe his biggest legacy could have been overseeing the next step and ensuring the Club continued to dominate rather than just leaving a vacuous hole they have been unable to fill. Johan Cruyff left Barcelona with a footballing philosophy which has endured for decades even after his untimely death. He has provided the Club with a blueprint and recipe for continued success. I'd have like to have seen Utd follow suit with SAF engineering and planning his own retirement and legacy rather than just leaving suddenly. Of course this all sounds great in theory but I appreciate in reality it's easier said than done. Maybe he just couldn't commit any more of his time and things happened suddenly which we're out of his control. Its all ancient history now anyway.

DLIB

{Ed001's Note - I think the problem you had was that Fergie was still around and it never works out when the previous, legendary, manager is still around. Busby stepped upstairs and it didn't help at all. Shankly was causing a similar issue at Liverpool after he quit, so he was asked to stay away. Cruyff went off to rebuild Ajax (if I remember correctly) so he was not there overshadowing his successors. Fergie is too strong a character to just put him to one side, unlike Paisley, for example, who acted as advisor when Dalglish was first appointed up until he fully retired in 1989 and then it all fell apart for Liverpool without him. When you have someone as strong as Fergie, it has to be a clean break or his shadow is over everything.

Your biggest problem was that he was in control of pretty much everything at the club. Great while he was there, but the minute he went it left a massive power vacuum that Eddy Woodwouldward could never hope to fill and Moyes had no intention of getting involved to that degree of micro-management. So you were left with a lot of people who no longer knew who to report to.}


 

 

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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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17 Mar 2019 22:13:27
Good post Shappy,

As we woke up to another disappointing result the overreaction by some posters is equally alarming.

It's not productive to measure progress on a game by game basis and we must look at the bigger picture.

In assessing the last two games it's clear to me that our defensive frailties are still prevalent and we've made some bad individual mistakes.

I think Arsenal and Wolves have illustrated to the rest of the league the blueprint of how to handle this new resurgent Utd. I think we've struggled playing against their 3 at the back system and our CB's have been unable to contain playing against two CF's.

Wolves handled the occasion brilliantly last night. For the second game in a row we were beaten at our own game. They were organised, disciplined, tenacious and carried a real threat on the counter. They allowed us possession, denied us space and broke quickly. They have quality in midfield and upfront and defensively we are vulnerable. They took their chances and the rest is history.

As soon as we conceded the first goal it became very difficult. We've been undone twice now by counter attacking football for which we have become synonymous ourselves. Like I said Beaten at our own game.

On a positive note not all teams have the quality in midfield or upfront to hit us on the break and inevitably we'll be able to ware them down. The better teams won't change their approach and we're just as likely to do to them as what Wolves and Arsenal did to us. The last two games have shown us that we have struggled to break down well organised and disciplined defences whilst remaining secure at the back.
I think we played right into their hands and Ole will need a re-think of how we approach these types of games.

There is nothing like a couple of defeats to refocus the mind and re-evaluate. The international break will allow us some valuable time for players to return from injury and hopefully we'll do much better when we play them in the league.

An FA Cup run would have been nice, but we made the final last year and won under LVG. Like I've said in other posts a top 4 finish maybe more important for the Club moving forward. We have a relatively young and inexperienced team and they need to be playing Champions League football for them to progress and develop.

We will go again in a couple of weeks for the final push; it will be exciting if nothing else.

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16 Mar 2019 11:00:43
Fully agree Shappy.

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16 Mar 2019 10:30:49
Have you been on the phone to Jose again?! Take no notice he's just upset because he didn't get the Madrid job!

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15 Mar 2019 11:48:21
Ken - I think we pose a real and significant threat on the counter. Get Herrera on Messi and who knows. We owe them for two sobering final defeats. Of course Porto or Ajax would have been nice but these are the games that get you on the edge of your seat. Old Trafford will be rocking the old place has missed these nights. Believe!

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14 Mar 2019 08:32:13
I'm convinced we'll get Juventus for some reason.

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