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10 Dec 2017 10:15:04
The day has arrived to show the world that this City team, lauded and eulogised by salivating journalist's are in fact fallible and vulnerable.

This is not a day for beautiful, champagne football. This is not a day for slow sideways and backwards passes. This is not a day to retreat or take a backwards step! On this day we fight! On this day we show character, we work hard, we contest every ball, every pass, every tackle, we play with fury and intensity and above all we believe! We believe in each other, we believe in the fans, we believe we can win. This is Old Trafford!

Hard work, intensity, organisation, concentration and belief will win us the game today. We need to test them like they haven't been tested before. Run the channels, get their defence turning, make tackles, put crosses and diagonal's into their box, contest the second balls, make them realise that this isn't a game of football but a game of character. It's about who wants to run further, about who wants to tackle harder, about who is prepared to sacrifice and not leave anything behind, it's about who wants it more! The time has arrived!

Sorry couldn't help myself. I've not been this excited for a game in ages!

Fascinating afternoon ahead!

Danny Lancs

1.) 10 Dec 2017 11:02:25
Danny you really sound like Leonora’s from 300 🤣 but nice 👍👍👏.


2.) 10 Dec 2017 11:14:48
Leonidas 😂.


3.) 10 Dec 2017 11:24:26
I know I'm sad sorry!


4.) 10 Dec 2017 11:44:58
Damn! It sounds like something that must be vociferoulsy spoken in the dressing room. ;)


5.) 10 Dec 2017 14:10:14
Oh Danny that was brilliant! I’m sure Jose will have these boys fired up and show the world that Manchester is still red.


6.) 10 Dec 2017 16:23:07
Are you some kind of inspiration public speaker? That gave me goosebumps 😂.


7.) 10 Dec 2017 18:35:02
And yet we had one effort on goal in the first half and about 30% possession.


 

 

 

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13 Feb 2018 21:39:36
Not Utd related but If Pogba wants to know how to play in a two man midfield then get the video of Dembele absolutely bossing Juventus tonight. A master class of strength, power and skill.

The pressing, movement, intensity, work rate, team work, desire and energy Spurs demonstrated tonight against a very good Juventus side is an almost perfect illustration of how modern football should be played.

A few lapses in concentration have just shadowed one of the best performances by an English team in the Champions League I've seen for a long time, it was that good.

To play like that against a team that has only lost one of their last 69 games at home was as brave as it was brilliant.

Jose take note please we want some of that as well!

Danny Lancs

1.) 13 Feb 2018 21:55:14
Imagine pogba talent with work rate and desire .
What a cm he could be.


2.) 13 Feb 2018 21:57:00
Was about to post the same thing. Works brilliantly in a 2 man midfield and just glides past players with his control. Never gets bullied off the ball. His only weakness are his through ball and long range passes and ofcourse his injuries.
Spurs today were a delight to watch. When Juve scored the second goal the only thing in my mind was spurs are going to get thrashed today. They put up great performance today and it made me happy as a premier league fan.


3.) 13 Feb 2018 22:05:55
Class act has been for years.


4.) 13 Feb 2018 22:19:25
Can’t believe Dembele only cost 5m. He was a joy to watch tonight and dominated a very good Juve midfield. Pogba has all the tools to be an even better player but lacks desire and work rate. Spurs’ pressing today was top draw and they made Juve look the away team. I wish we pressed like that but Jose doesn’t play that way. All the most entertaining sides press from the top as a team. Anyway, spurs were class and Dembele ran the show.


5.) 13 Feb 2018 22:39:16
Juve were missing 3 very important players tonight Dembele is very good but he is not at the top table of midfielders Pogba could be if he allies desire and work rate to his undoubted talent. Pogba can see and pull off passes that Dembele can only dream about. That said well done Spurs tonight reminded me a bit of us against Juve in 1999.


6.) 14 Feb 2018 08:08:12
Dembele was not playing in a two man midfield. He had dier sticking very close and covering. He had Erickson alongside him. And he had Dele in front of him. In addition, the fullbacks did their own share of coming inside and tackling and closing down.
The whole team worked their socks off. To blame our demise on Pogba (Playing out of position) is wrong and incorrect. The whole team has to work hard at retrieving the ball and making runs to make themselves available. But this is not the mourinho way.
Spurs were superb as were Erickson and Kane. But the team as a whole were brilliant.


 

 

06 Feb 2018 09:27:54
RIP boys!

Although your time was short you will play on forever in our hearts.

60 years have now passed but you legend lives on.

Danny Lancs

 

 

31 Jan 2018 22:19:46
Rio summed it up perfectly on BT tonight If ever proof were needed that Pogba can't play in a two man midfield against the better teams then it was laid bare in all it's gory horror tonight!

His best performances have undoubtedly come when he's played to the left of a midfield 3! He's a fantastic player and we simply must use him correctly!

I hope this serves as a lesson moving forward for the Champions League!

It was a brave selection which ultimately didn't quite work. I fear Jose may be blind to the Pogba conundrum!

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26 Jan 2018 22:01:44
Wow!

Some player that Sanchez. Forget about his quality, his work rate is immense!

A lot of you won't be happy but I think he'll play from the left with Martial on the bench. As much as I admire Martial he's just witnessed the standard tonight, not only on the ball but the drive, determination, intensity and work rate required to be one of the very best. I think Sanchez linked up well with Mata and with Lingard at 10 we'll have plenty of movement, pace and intensity behind Lukaku.

The team against Spurs will be fascinating!

Danny Lancs

1.) 26 Jan 2018 23:08:12
Sanchez will be better driving through the middle. He can play behind the striker and Martial in his usual position. And they can interchange positions throughout the game. For me Martial brings something extra as in he can drive to the byline and then cut back for players like Sanchez and lukaku running in. Sanchez on the other hand can take on players through the middle and pick up passes. With Pogba and Sanchez both able to beat players and having good vision it'll improve the overall game.


 

 

01 Jan 2018 20:15:53
Ed 25 if your still about - Well that was much better especially in the second half. Pogba to the left of a midfield three was brilliant, Jesse scores another fantastic goal and the Jones/ Rojo partnership looked decent again! Martial gets a start up front and reminds us all what a talent he can be and surely he's the best finisher at the Club! I thought Mata was superb as well. Maybe not the bore fest we all expected it was obviously your more positive outlook that did the trick! 😂👍

I can watch MOTD again tonight!

Danny Lancs

{Ed025's Note - i wont be watching it danny, everton were awful again but i dont want to take anything away from utd who were very good mate..


1.) 01 Jan 2018 22:30:23
Sorry Ed slow on the uptake I probably should know this but I didn't realise you were an Everton fan! My apologies I didn't mean to rub it in!

{Ed025's Note - no problem danny, it should be our players apologizing to our fans mate..


2.) 01 Jan 2018 22:43:08
I thought Jones played RB. It would be a rojo/ lindelof partnership.


3.) 01 Jan 2018 22:43:08
I thought Jones played RB. It would be a rojo/ lindelof partnership.


4.) 01 Jan 2018 23:13:33
Ed 25 in all honesty how did you rate Utd performance did you think it was a case of Everton allowing Utd to do more or less what they pleased and that therefore Utd really were not great and were made to look better than they are or did you see a good team.

{Ed025's Note - i seen a side who looked very good against poor opposition hendon, i seen players who produced good performances and looked like they gave a toss, this is not always the case though mate so we have to ask ourselves why?..


5.) 02 Jan 2018 08:17:45
Lindelof played right back.


 

 

 

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10 Dec 2017 11:24:26
I know I'm sad sorry!

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02 Nov 2017 12:07:27
I must admit I was at the game and slightly frustrated when Rashford came off. I thought he'd looked our most dangerous player, Lukaku up to that point had done nothing all afternoon. I'd have took Lukaku off!
I was WRONG, Jose got it RIGHT, I don't mind being told to SHUT my mouth, just a polite reminder who's the expert and multiple title winner and maybe we (I) need to show a bit more faith and patience.

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04 Aug 2017 09:52:39
Shappy I tend to agree with most of what you say especially regarding the injuries and his game being based around pace but surely a fit and in form Bale would transform us into major contenders for both domestic and European honours. I agree given the figures involved it would be a financial gamble for the Club but players of Bale's calibre don't come on the market that often and if we seriously want to get back competing at an elite level then it's a gamble worth taking in my opinion.

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15 Jun 2017 18:19:09
I agree GDS it's all speculation anyway.

The problem we're facing is the player is under contract, from what I've read Madrid would like to keep him and he has no real desire to leave other than to play more regularly which can't be guaranteed at any top Club he joins anyway!

Madrid can name their price, try and get the best deal for their Club and negotiate from a position of strength.

If we don't want to pay the money we go elsewhere but your probably talking even more money for the likes of Lukaku or Belotti and are either of them much better anyway?

If we don't go for any of the above who are the alternatives?

Do we go with just Rashford and Martial?

For what it's worth I don't think we'll pay anywhere near £80m and the deal will get done around £60-65m.

We set the bar high when we shelled out over £60m for the relatively unknown Martial, we can't blame Madrid for trying to get the best deal for their player.

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13 Jun 2017 23:32:48
I think Martinez would be a great signing Wallace.

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22 Feb 2018 18:45:09
Fair point Ken, part of me can understand your argument especially after the disappointment of the last few results and poor, disjointed performances, however I don't think it's quite as bad as you fear.

Surely a team featuring De Gea, Bailly, Pogba, Matic and Sanchez should be able to play some decent stuff though pal. In that list we have the best goal keeper in the world, I haven't seen many CB's better than Bailly, Pogba was considered one of the best midfielders in the world when we signed him and Sanchez has consistently been one of the best attackers in the EPL for a good few years. There aren't many better holding midfielders than Matic. He's been an important player in two title winning teams at Chelsea under two different managers. Even Lukaku has been consistently one of the best goal scorers in the league for some time now.

In addition to that we have Martial, Rashford, Mata, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Herrera even Lingard. I personally also rate Blind and think he's a very good footballer. We have a pretty decent squad. Not every player can be a superstar and surely it's about getting the right balance and getting the most out of some very good players we undoubtedly have.

In my humble opinion he needs to re assess the formation and play a system that gets the most out of Pogba, Sanchez, Lukaku and Martial. The only ways I can see this happening is to play 3 at the back in which we still get some natural width from the wing backs or playing a thee man midfield with Sanchez at 10, Martial and Lukaku up front in a 4-3-1-2. Let's be honest our so called wide players be it Sanchez, Martial, Rashford, Mata and Lingard all like to play inside anyway.

We we're terrible at Spurs but Liverpool, Arsenal, Dortmund and even Madrid have been well beaten there this year. The Newcastle game was a big disappointment but on another day we created enough chances to win that game comfortably. Ok last night was poor but Sevilla are formidable at home and I remember lots of similar European away performances under Fergi.

I agree with Slate we might have to wait until the end of the season to really evaluate where we're at.

It was a similar story last season as well. If we didn't win against Ajax then it wasn't good enough. We did and it ended up being a relatively successful first season considering Pep won nothing.

It's fine margins at the moment and if we end up with nothing then the arduous performances become hard to bare. A top 4 finish, FA Cup win and decent run in the Champions League and Jose can rightly point to progression and more success. Only time will tell.

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22 Feb 2018 15:29:05
Fair point Slate I wish I'd just said that instead of my endless rabble!

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22 Feb 2018 15:23:33
Jred - I think everybody's just a touch frustrated pal. I think everybody looks at the players in our squad and they can't understand why we struggle so much to play some decent football. I'm not sure Jose's tactics are outdated I just think some important players in our team can't fulfil the role he wants. If for example we switched Costa for Lukaku and Kante for Pogba I think we'd see a different team. The way we play the CF must be able to hold the ball and occupy the CB's and the two holding midfielders must be disciplined and protect the back 4. Lukaku can't hold onto the ball and Pogba vacates the midfield. We're second in the league because this problem only really manifests itself against the best teams. This is when it becomes vitally important for Lukaku to hold the ball and Pogba to be more disciplined. Jose wants to play 4-2-3-1 but he can't trust Pogba, Lukaku can't hold the ball, the wide forwards don't really want to defend and our CB's aren't renowned for their ability on the ball.

For things to change in the big games especially I think Lukaku needs a partner, Pogba needs some defensive cover and we need defenders that are comfortable on the ball.

With everybody fit we could easily play a back 3 of Lindelof, Bailly and Rojo, wingbacks of Valencia and Young, Matic, and Pogba in midfield with Sanchez at 10, Martial and Lukaku up top. The extra CB could give insurance for Pogba, Lukaku has a partner and Sanchez more of a feee role to get around the pitch and influence the game. I think Jose just needs to get a bit more creative and start to find a few solutions to the obvious problems we have against the best teams. I think the players are there but can Jose adapt and get the best out of them remains to be seen. The team just doesn't look balanced to me. We play 4-2-3-1, Pogba's not disciplined, Lukaku can't hold the ball, the wide forwards play too deep. We play 4-3-3, Pogba becomes more influential but Lukaku still can't hold the ball and the wide forwards still play too deep. I think reverting to a back 3 would solve the majority of these problems.

Anyway I've said enough and what do I know roll on Sunday.

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22 Feb 2018 13:56:33
I don't really have a problem with being well organised and disciplined in fact it's impossible to win the Champions League if your not!

I've watched Utd a lot this season and from what I've seen we have a number of fundamental problems. Whilst Smalling is an adequate defender he's very poor on the ball. We can get away with this most weeks but against the good teams it becomes very hard to find any kind of fluency or rhythm when your central defender can't pass the ball forward with any accuracy. This becomes even worse when he gets pressed and he can become a liability. To be fair Jose has been without his first choice central defender for a large part of the season. Rojo and Jones have both had their injury problems and Lindelof just doesn't look the part to me.

In attack we're heavily reliant on Lukaku holding the ball up which he is unable to do with any kind of consistency. Due to his strength and size we probably all see him as target man which in truth is not really his game. I see Lukaku as a box player. He doesn't have great movement but in the box he is able to hold off defenders with his strength. He can pin them, turn quickly and shoot. We wouldn't expect Hernandez to hold the ball up with any degree of success so why should we expect Lukaku to be a link man just because he's big and strong. His movement is poor, his first touch questionable and he just doesn't give us any platform to play. Our tactics are dependant on Lukaku holding up the ball and bringing others into the game, he is unable to do this on any consistent basis and this is simply not his strength anyway. If he gets balls into the box he'll score goals but we shouldn't expect much more in all honestly. He occasionally uses his strength and power to link the play and when he does we look a different team but in reality he doesn't do this very often and hardly ever against the very best teams when we need it most.

I think Jose has made similar mistakes with Pogba. Due to his size and strength he expects him to fulfil a role in the side which just isn't his game.

Results are generally ok but Jose has an atrocious record in the big games. This is when you really see the deficiencies in Smalling being unable to play out from the back, Pogba being used as a defensive midfielder, vacating midfield and not tracking runners and Lukaku's inconsistent hold up play. Against the very best we get found out because we have two many players performing roles that just doesn't suit them. When all these aspects are fundamental to how we want to play then it's no surprise we've struggled in the big games. Unless Jose has a radical re think I think we'll continue to struggle in the biggest games.

I don't think it's so much that Jose's tactics have become outdated rather than he doesn't really have the players to do the job he wants at the very highest level. I find this strange because Jose himself has signed most of them. Maybe they've been mis scouted or unable to adapt to how he wants to play but I honestly believe that unless something changes in how we set up then we'll continue to struggle under Jose in the biggest games.

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21 Feb 2018 22:52:11
Ok we were well organised and kept a decent shape but I thought we were poor in possession and did next to nothing going forward. In fact most of their best chances came from our own mistakes giving the ball away in dangerous areas.

I still think we lack any intensity or urgency in our play and I just don't understand us in an attacking sense especially in the big games. There is no build up, no combinations, no partnerships, no fluency and very little understanding. It's all very reliant on individuals producing moments of quality or brilliance.

It was another hard watch and far from convincing. On the other hand Sevilla have a formidable home record so maybe 0-0 was a decent result. Its a dangerous score line and leaves little margin for error.

Anyway we're still in with a great chance of progressing onto the next one I suppose.

Danny Lancs