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14 Apr 2016 12:30:51
Ed001, I saw you mentioning that we're looking at loads of players and that centre backs are being prioritised along with a marquee/ vanity signing. Which positions do you think we should be looking at.

From my perspective, I think there are lots of deadwood in the squad but for the first team picture we could have
de Gea/ suitable replacement; Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, New Signing 1, Shaw; New Signing 2, Schneiderlin/ Herrera; New Signing 3, Mata/ Herrera, Martial; New Signing 4
with Romero, CBJ, Darmian, Varela, Blind, Pereira, Lingard, Rashford being the key squad players to rotate in and out to this side. Most of the rest of the squad could be sold to fund the new signings. Is there any solid rumours on which players are being moved on?

DonRed

{Ed001's Note - thinking about it, I have not heard anything regarding outs, other than De Gea. I will have to ask, as there must be at least one or two on the move, other than him.}


1.) 15 Apr 2016 01:02:40
Ed001 is de gea off from what you hear? I think we need to keep him. how many other keepers make the saves as consistently as save? He's our best player week in week out we need to build a decent defence for him.

{Ed001's Note - it is the most likely scenario. Not 100%, well nothing is, but they are not expected to make a mere token gesture this summer.}


 

 

 

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08 Mar 2018 23:48:54
We're not that great defensively. 3 holding midfielders and an unbelievable goalkeeper have papered over the cracks. Also the frustration is that we have top notch attacking players but the lack of a constructive approach means we have reverted to a damage limitation exercise while hoping for individual brilliance to bail us out. Meanwhile spurs and liverpool are getting similar results but play a much better brand of football. My hope is that the glaring issues with our defence and CM are addressed this summer and Mourinho adopts a better approach, but I'm not sure how realistic that is.

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22 Mar 2018 14:55:35
I agree we need a strong on-pitch leader, but I think we just need our best players showing an example on and off the field. Not sure why people think that the only way to motivate people is to have someone constantly berating them. It's not an approach I think most respond well to in the long term.

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12 Mar 2018 07:55:52
Two awful things in that video. Despicable by Carragher in spitting, but also the goading by the father in front of his daughter. Being a sore loser is one thing but a graceless winner leaves a bad taste. Looks like that video left out a lot more 'ribbing'. You can hear the daughter in the end saying 'can you stop it now'.

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10 Mar 2018 17:22:29
I don't want to pick on Smalling but there's an obvious correlation between being poor in possession and having players that are poor in possession! We have very clear deficiencies and having too many players that are not comfortable in the ball is, perhaps, the most glaring. We won't challenge for the league unless that is addressed.

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10 Mar 2018 15:56:01
Jred if you think defenders are exempt from being able to pass the ball then we obviously see the game very differently. I can support Smalling for the effort he puts in but I'm making a point about why we're so poor in possession and have to ride our luck a bit in games like this.

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10 Mar 2018 15:18:11
Smalling did well today but he is a liability. His distribution is atrocious and it gets us in trouble as the team has to play deeper to compensate. Bailly is our only to notch defender and we're blessed with the top goalkeeper in the game. If we're to challenge for the league we need at least another top CB and LB.

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