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19 Jul 2018 11:01:45
I shall start by saying I don't see it happening ever, but the rumours of alcantara are interesting. He is a great player and in my opinion there is only Mata in our squad who is as intelligent a player, although Mata needs to be 10m to 15m further forward to be effective.

It would also mean our options in cm would be Matic, Herrera, Fred, Pogba, Fellaini, Alcantara and McTomminay. With the different types of player in the mix it looks like a midfield 3 is the club's goal.

Now to my main point, are the rumours of a 'tempo cm like alcantara and kroos out there as a subtle sign of how we are to play If we get the right player? Could we see ourselves moving over to a cm similar to that which Juve used with Pirlo, Vidal, and Pogba?

With the right player in cm I could see this happening. It would also be a set up to suit Jose's counter attacking style. We would 100% need to improve our defence, as also seen in media reports, but our attack would not need major surgery unless people leave, in my opinion.

Lots of negative posts as normal for this time of year, but once again I'm feeling positive about where we are going and the moves the club is making.

El Paso

1.) 19 Jul 2018 13:03:12
I like the idea of that kind of center mid coming in. If Thiago leaves Bayern, he will probably go back to Barcelona. A player that can run a game, pass and move with ease wold make a huge difference. And right now we don't have one.


 

 

07 Sep 2017 00:52:42
There was a post, and sorry for not crediting it, about second 11 strengths and it got me thinking about how good ours actually is. A team of romero lindelof smalling rojo Shaw herrera Carrick mata fellaini young ibra is about as good as any side outside the top six could wish for. Yes players could be upgraded but as it's our second string i think we can be extremely happy. I don't for a second think that team would be consistently good enough to compete for the league but if a side such as Southampton had it then they would be tipped to compete for a European place. The fact yhat many of those players were in our first 11 just 18 months ago really makes me happy about the direction our side is heading.

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1.) 07 Sep 2017 10:18:18
100% Agree dude.

We have a very strong squad and if we were to suffer any major injuries we have a strong back up in nearly every position. Add a LB and another Winger and we'd be tipped to win the league next season I'd imagine.


2.) 07 Sep 2017 12:00:15
Yes we have a good squad but we lack a winger and we lack a top top creative midfielder / game changer. Can't see us winning the title at home or abroad if we don't address those issues.

{Ed004's Note - I disagree slightly. If we upgrade our fullback positions it'll reduce the need for a winger. However, we are still short another goal scorer in the side}


3.) 07 Sep 2017 12:40:34
Ed, Griezmann and say Rose between now and next season and our first 11 is best in the league I recks.

{Ed004's Note - I don't rate Rose that highly and also think a right back would be needed. We might as well buy the best if we are only going for 2 signings though. So if we need to improve on Shaw I'd be looking at Sandro or Alaba. Also we don't know how Mensah will perform on loan. He was very good against France the other week}


4.) 07 Sep 2017 13:59:35
Hendon I agree another winger would be great for the squad bit creative mid, surely we have enough in mhki mata Pogba and andreas. Even fellaini is doing his bit at the moment and we could see ibra in that role from the bench and mctominay could be the future there. Fullbacks is a position we all know could be improved but if Shaw darmian tfm or mitchell step up again we are sorted. We have great options and prospects in pretty much every position at the moment which is why it's so exciting for us United fans right now.


5.) 07 Sep 2017 13:33:22
Rose was just an example Ed, but yer Alaba would be the dream. I like where we are with our squad though, only a few changes needed to really boost us and hopefully be successful these next few years.

{Ed004's Note - 2 maybe 3 signings and I would give us a chance against anyone in the world}


6.) 08 Sep 2017 00:04:42
Ed who would be your ideal and realistic 2-3 signings? Mine would be Griezmann, Alderweireld, and one of Alaba (not realistic) or Guerreiro.

{Ed004's Note - I don't think we need a cb unless Lindelof doesn't step up, Jones gets injured or Rojo doesn't return to his best although it's hard to turn down Alderweireld at under 30 million. Mine would be a right back (no idea who - I really wanted either Semedo or Aurier), a lb (if Shaw doesn't hit form) and I'd look at Sandro and Alaba and lastly Griezmann}


7.) 08 Sep 2017 02:06:45
Hasnt Alaba already rejected Man Utd once before? Or am i remebering wrong?


8.) 08 Sep 2017 09:39:55
I thin so stoupid hence the bracketed comment. He would be my ideal defensive option though can play lb, cb and cm and is one if the world's best in each position. Guerreiro of dortmond is my much more realistic option and can play lb lm and cm very well. I'm not entirely sold on our need for a rb at the moment, toni and darmian are solid consistent options and the likes of tfm could be perfect in that role after his loan. Alderweireld is possibly the most consistent cb in the world and I can't see why we wouldn't out our name in the hat if his contract issues aren't resolved.


 

 

15 Sep 2016 21:26:54
Bit disappointed with tonight. Ok their goal was from an offside position, just, but it was one of our only attempts at a high line and it didn't work for us tonight.

Was happy with Darmian, Herrera and a good season debut for smalling. However most of the other players just weren't at the races. Was very dissapointed not to see carrick start, think the game was made for him or even schweinsteiger. A bit of composure from the back was missing and without blind our CB just don't have it in them it seems. Schneiderlin always seemed to be too deep and too slow on the ball.

Mata and martial really need to up their game, were both offering more than Memphis and young, but still below par.

Looking back zlatan should have started as rashford seemed to be too eager to impress and spent a lot of time over complicating things, similarly pogba.

Still think we need a composed CB and strong holding midfielder and a right sided player.

Still very early days for this side and seriously think we will finish strong in the league and get a cup win but teams seem to be playing on our obvious deficiencies and we seem to lack a plan b to overcome them as of yet.

El Paso

1.) 15 Sep 2016 22:45:02
I still have no idea why we bought schneiderlin. There were people asking on this page for him to be signed. I still don't get it but we've bought him now anyway and I think he's been a passenger since he's been at the club. We actually don't have a proper cdm at the club and we play with 2 at the moment (with 1 going forward) .

You can argue Carrick and maybe blind are bup not one I consider. This might be the reason Jose is playing with 2. Being linked in the press again today with Carvalho makes sense. I think we need 1 proper cdm and 2 cm getting forward either side, pogba +1 in a starting 11.

What was surprising to me was how the feyenoord side only got 1 yellow today. The refereeing is poor in the Europea league, Rushford was constantly fouled by the same defender when he was on, and I lost count of the amount of reducer fouls committed and fouls by El Ahmadi.


2.) 16 Sep 2016 00:00:24
Totally agree Supasub with regards schneiderlin. I don't rate him at all.


3.) 16 Sep 2016 00:54:41
Decisons for/ against are part and parcel of the game. i'm a firm believer of if we were to win the decision against shouldn't matter. We didn't deserve to win end of. i know we played players that haven't played a lot this season but nobody showed why they shoukd be playing next game. #minutesdontmatteryourbadgedoesnotyourwages.


4.) 16 Sep 2016 02:08:51
Right now, would not mind Schweni and Carrick starting ahead of him.
Morgan has been shocking for sometime now.


5.) 16 Sep 2016 07:00:28
I am one of those who was delighted when we bought schneiderlin - I thought he was excellent for Southampton and could step up- we beat Arsenal and Spurs to him - but yes, he looks very poor til now.

Again, I thought the players on the fringes would improve under JM -Schneiderlin hasn't on what little we ve seen, nor has Depay .

It was a very LVG performance, slow, woeful passing, very few chances created against a very very average team .

Keep saying it but on paper we look excellent, but will it gel that's the question?


6.) 16 Sep 2016 08:34:46
I think Carrick will be perfect partner for pogba. Carrick reads the game very well. Pogba needs experience near him.
Hererra looks lost and keeps passing the ball backwards.
Schneiderlin I've never liked and don't know what he brings to the team.
Martial needs to discover his form quickly. He looks disinterested.


7.) 16 Sep 2016 10:52:34
I expected players like Depay and Schneiderlin to improve under Jose as well, but I'm not naive enough to think it would happen immediately, in their first game of the season. Are we really judging their chances of improving under Jose after one game?


8.) 16 Sep 2016 11:20:54
Mental stuff Stevie. Half the team haven't kicked a ball all season. Not sure what people expected. Patience is required not armchair knee-jerk analysis from amateurs.


9.) 16 Sep 2016 12:17:27
No, i'm personally not judging after 1 game - what I am judging though is a professional footballers ability to pass a ball to someone wearing the same coloured shirt -

As for Depay, its a mystery a bit like Torres going to Chelsea.

The goal is the same size in Holland as in UK or Spain or carrington or wherever - just taking one aspect of Depays game here . his shooting . why can't he hit the target? He scored goal after goal in NL from set pieces . have you seen him hit more than 3 free kicks on target from 20 or more he has taken at OT? Is it because its his first game of the season, is that why the one free kick he curled into the area in the 91 st minute went 15 feet wide and 20 feet ovr the bar? what's he doing then in training?

I would be the happiest fella going if these fringe players showed what they can do, but Schneiderlin (who i was delighted to get) and Depay look like its too big a step up for them .


10.) 16 Sep 2016 13:09:47
Ken an stevie bang on there were quite a few out there yesterday where it was thier first kick this season the whole thing is going to take time I'm afraid were just going to have to be patient.


 

 

09 Jul 2016 00:30:51
With the potential of a cm signing occurring soonish to complete the '4 positions', would it be feasible to see at least 2 additional signings being made?

Lozano seems odds on and I think we are all in agreement that an addition CB is needed.

Now I know he's not setting the world on fire as he was a few years back but subotic is reported as available for 4 million. That seems like a bargain for a player of his quality and experience, I think a fee of 10m would still be great in my opinion. A good player and quite possibly the perfect foil for the younger lads we have in there at the moment.

Have to say I don't see it happening but if the figures reported are correct then surely we should at least be talking to his reps? Be good to hear everyone's opinions on realistic CB options out there.

El Paso

1.) 09 Jul 2016 03:27:46
We lack a leader at the back. I don't know much at all about Bailly so I am being a bit age-ist, but I would love one of the Italians or Godin to come in. Shame Mattarazzi is finished, lol.

I think we need a real RW as well to be honest.

If Jose brings in an experienced CB and a proper class RW then he has done in one window what Moyes, LVG and SAF failed to sort in 4+ years. Glaring deficiencies and I am pleased with the progress thus far.

Subotic is another "nearly man" for me, not quite good enough to be a regular, but if we get rid of Rojo and/ or Jones he would be a decent acquisition. Pennies as well as you say.


2.) 09 Jul 2016 07:34:22
I agree. To make our team great again, we just need:
Cm- pogba
CB- varane or stones
Rw- mahrez or Coman or sane (we need a dribbler)

Sell: mata, fellani, Jones or rojo, adnan,


3.) 09 Jul 2016 11:03:10
Beast, the Italians are great selection of CB but I think it was vialli stated in the quarter finals that they suit the system used at juve and nationally. I would have to agree. It is hard to have any other opinion as they always play in a back 3. Would love to be proved wrong by bonnuci in our red.

Also agree about subotic, he is a nearly man when you look at his career achievements. That could be being part of a team that was raised by other clubs for its best players each year or due to not fully recovering from a few injuries. I do still think he would be an improvement on some of our choices.

Ash, varane coman/ mahrez and pogba would not just make our team great it would give us arguably the best squad in Europe.


 

 

22 Aug 2015 02:53:39
I know it is silly season but some posters must be under the impression as building a team is as easy as playing FIFA.

We have up to 5 players who can realistically demand a place in our first 11. Romero, Darmian, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, and Memphis. All are major improvements on those they have replaced with only Memphis reliant on potential, and Schweinsteiger on fitness and Carricks form.

That is half our team that plays this weekend could have only been in Manchester for only a couple of months. Yes they are professionals and yes they are paid big bucks to do a 'job'. However they are only human and all the new changes will take time to overcome.

Do i think our squad is 'complete' and ready for a push at major honours? Maybe. Do i think a ST and a CB would 'complete us? Yes. Do I expect them both to arrive before the window closes? No.

I would like to see this team gel and some exciting football to return as there are some quality footballers in the side. All I hope for this season is for an improvement on performances, a few goals from midfield, and some more clean sheets. If we scrape 4th again then so be it.

Anyway onto tomorrow, I think it's going to be a 2-1 victory for us. I also feel Rooney might grab a goal tomorrow as he tends to put in decent performances against the Geordies and I expect Memphis to have an impact in the final 3rd.

El Paso

1.) 22 Aug 2015 08:05:17
El Paso. Good post. But playing well and not scoring goals or creating chances is a waste of time. We need to be more positive in our approach with meaningful possession, not just passing it for half an hour for the sake of it!!
And without a top striker we ain't going to be challenging or winning anything. Of that you can be sure.


2.) 22 Aug 2015 08:28:36
With this current squad we will compete and challenging in the league and maybe even win a trophy (fa or league cup) but we will not get past quarter finals of champions league


3.) 22 Aug 2015 08:51:31
I agree with Pep. I did think we showed more promise on Tuesday and hope that's a sign of things to come. There was still too much passing back but there were more chances, more pace, and more penetration. If we can find pace on the RW then we can play much more expansive football.


4.) 22 Aug 2015 09:40:32
this is squad is good enough for a title push imo , its now down to the manager .
no squad is ever perfect


5.) 22 Aug 2015 10:20:02
I think we have more chance in the CL than anything else the way LVG sets us up. Now we know how he is playing with two holding midfielders we are going to be very difficult to beat. We could have a surprisingly good year trophy wise and if the football is improving then even us critics could finally be satisfied.

I hope we carry on today how we left off on Tuesday.


 

 

 

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Sydney!

Isn't it frustrating. I remember a few years ago we were talking about signing the Chilean contingent of Vidal, Sanchez, and Isla. I also believe the fees at the time were being quoted as around 30-35m for all 3. Now we would be lucky to get 2/3 of those for that price each with Isla being the odd one out but still a 10-15m player.

Anyway a window of Vidal/Gundogan and a more creative player would be great IMO.

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16 Jul 2018 15:45:57
Beast I think the same about Pavard. Very good player but not the right player. I think we are looking more for the overlapping offensive minded players for fb and Pavard seems happier to sit 5 to 10m behind the ball, similar to Damian, and although he would offer us a more defensive option I'm not sure that's what we need.

Of those mentioned Sandro and munier seem to be a better fit and not just for the big name.

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15 Jul 2018 22:23:21
I am under the impression tbat if the deflection drastically changes the path of the ball then it is an og. Otherwise it is credited to the striker.

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06 Jul 2018 23:30:01
Of the two I would definitely go for Varane. Umiti is a very good player and I would take him over most of our CBs but is maybe suited to a team that plays an extra 10m up the pitch than France or United do.

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24 Jun 2018 14:00:17
I Think kimmich suits the central midfield role best. He is a competent right back but like Alaba in my opinion would be better as a cm.

As for Brandt, well, the Germans look very static in attack. With only reus being partially effective. They lack penetration down the flanks and brandt can offer that.

I will say his inclusion at the expense of sane is pretty ridiculous. Sane was one of the most efficient players in Europe last season and he did it playing good looking football.

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08 Sep 2017 09:39:55
I thin so stoupid hence the bracketed comment. He would be my ideal defensive option though can play lb, cb and cm and is one if the world's best in each position. Guerreiro of dortmond is my much more realistic option and can play lb lm and cm very well. I'm not entirely sold on our need for a rb at the moment, toni and darmian are solid consistent options and the likes of tfm could be perfect in that role after his loan. Alderweireld is possibly the most consistent cb in the world and I can't see why we wouldn't out our name in the hat if his contract issues aren't resolved.

El Paso