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09 Jun 2017 13:37:31
It sounds like the Morata deal is happening. I think he will be a good addition. He is young, mobile, technical, intelligent, has good size, and has performed well at both Juventus and Real Madrid.

zidaniel

1.) 09 Jun 2017 13:55:06
225 k a week being reported. saying belotti asked for griezeman salary of 300k . maybe tabloid nonsense.

Timing of the Morata news if confirmed might take some of the sting out of Ibra moving on for some people if its announced -

Dont know much about Morata or Belotti to be honest.

My choice would be amyadingdong but that's not likely, only as I've been impressed with him each time I've seen him -some say he is a flaky character though.


2.) 09 Jun 2017 14:09:59
I seem to get the feeling we're in for both of them not just one or the other.

Has Morata been known to play out wide or is he just a central striker?


3.) 09 Jun 2017 14:13:13
Is there a sting from Zlatan moving on? He is injured until the new year and slowed down our attack all year, he had a good season for us goals wise but we would be absolutely mad to give him a new deal IMO.


4.) 09 Jun 2017 14:23:52
Dave, I would love it if United went for both the players, but I don't think that would happen. What makes you say that?


5.) 09 Jun 2017 14:43:32
Hi. not been on here for ages, Still a few that I recognise.
I just wanted to agree with GDS2.
I can't fault Ibra for the season he had but I felt he did slow our attack down a lot of the time.
I also think he's a very big personality in the dressing room and noticed that he was pulling rank over players when taking free kicks and penalties.
He's not going to be fit until the new year and it makes no sense paying someone 300 grand a week for the remainder of that season. Definitely time to move him on now
In my opinion we need a top centre forward, a top central defensive midfielder so the shackles can be taken off Pogba and let him get forward more.
We also need another centre back.


6.) 09 Jun 2017 14:47:41
Ragtav,

Nothing really just a feeling. There's some reports stating Morata is close and ed002 has said we have a 3rd party involved in trying to secure a deal for belotti

So 2+2 = 5 probably 😂.


7.) 09 Jun 2017 14:52:46
No sting from me GDS2,but I saw more than a few on here yesterday saying he still had a part to play - i say thank you and get him off wage bill.


8.) 09 Jun 2017 14:59:53
I'm not one for worrying about the money the club spends but around £70m for a player who was worth £26m only 12 months ago and has sat on the bench since, seems ridiculous.


9.) 09 Jun 2017 15:12:19
Makes sense to go for 2 forwards with Ibra leaving. A replacement for him plus one more.


10.) 09 Jun 2017 15:20:12
Hahah! Yeah. I thought maybe you knew something that none of us did.

I hope we do get them both. It would be quite a solid front line.

Love the math! :D.


11.) 09 Jun 2017 15:25:32
I've seen a few reports that we're in for both. Seems a bit odd but with Zlatan and Rooney both seemingly off, it would do no harm in having 2 new forwards come in.
Belotti is an out and out no.9 but Morata has a bit more to his game so not identical signings.


12.) 09 Jun 2017 16:48:47
I'd prefer the one. Simply because I believe it means more playing time for rash. Unless Jose is looking for a different formation where both belotti and morata play together. But I can't see that happening.


13.) 09 Jun 2017 17:52:30
Welcome back Simo, love when some familiar names from the past come back on here, hope all is well. I remember we didn't agree on much in the past, a rest must have done you some good ;)

I wouldn't mind if we signed both Belotti and Morata if that is even an option. If we are losing zlatan and Rooney then no reason why we don't replace both of them and they are 2 players who could be brilliant for us.

Wasn't many of us moaning in 99 when we had Yorke, Cole, Solskjaer and Teddy, I wouldn't be moaning if our striker options turned out to be Morata, Rashford, Belotti and Martial, we have plenty of games to rotate. Not saying it will happen but it wouldn't annoy me if it did. Obviously not at the expense of other positions we need though, so I am guessing it will be one or the other.


14.) 09 Jun 2017 17:53:36
Welcome back simo👍
Id rather sign morata and buy greizman in jan.


15.) 09 Jun 2017 18:48:23
i wouldn't rule out a short contract if Zlatan can get fit by January 2018.


16.) 09 Jun 2017 18:54:31
Zidaniel, he has good size. 🙄.


17.) 09 Jun 2017 19:12:50
GDS2
Exactly right the more we have to choose from the better. Rashford started lots of games last season and his goal return was not amazing.
Lots of potential and talent but we can't wait forever for him to be the player we require.

I remember once somebody saying what a great player Cleverly will become! There are many more to add to that list but no point as we all know who they are.
Just saying that Manchester United should not be sitting by hoping youngsters come good while other teams take the top players on and win the awards.

For the record i love Rashford and would be absolutley delighted if he scored a shitload next season and became a top player.


18.) 09 Jun 2017 21:50:43
Get them both in and switch to a diamond 442. Enough game time for them and Rashford to play upfront.


19.) 10 Jun 2017 12:05:45
To be honest, it is not surprising that Man United released Zlatan at the moment. However, when he is fit, I would not rule out Zlatan getting a contract like Valdes.


20.) 11 Jun 2017 12:25:56
MCR

Morata was worth a lot more than 25 mil mate even last year and you confuse a buyback clause to market value. He is mobile, really smart with his runs, good finisher and can set up goals and 24 years old. In this market very hard to get strikers like that. hope we get it done early.

Lukaku at 90 is what i don't want us to ever go near. Hope Chelsea buys him as it is a poor mans version of Costa at double the price :)


 

 

13 May 2017 21:16:45
Ronnie, it looks like your man Youri Tlielemans will be signing for Monaco. He was impressive in our home and away vs Anderlecht. Hope you will be alright ;)

zidaniel

1.) 15 May 2017 12:37:59
Zidaniel,

I know, I saw the news and was gutted!

Prob best for him though as the prem league would to tough ever though he is superb!

Few years, Monaco will make a pretty buck on him!


2.) 15 May 2017 23:19:11
Yes Ronnie, Tielemans did impress in our Europa games. He was skillful and confident, unafraid of the occasion. Maybe this will turn out well for us at Man Utd, if Monaco now may be more open to selling Fabinho.


 

 

02 Jun 2016 02:26:30
Reports are out that we are in contact with Bordeaux over their young winger Adam Ounas. He looks very talented from what I have seen, 19 yr old left-footer, nice touch on the ball, very good dribbler and passer. I like the looks of him as a prospect for the right wing.

zidaniel

1.) 02 Jun 2016 17:34:03
I had been watching the lad on tv, and thought, this lads got something here? The only thing I would say, he can be thrown off ball alittle too easily and would need some balking yo to do? Mind you, at 19, plenty of time?


2.) 02 Jun 2016 19:37:46
He seems a decent talent Ronnie but we already have lots of young potential in the team mate. We need a couple of reliable experienced players up there.


3.) 03 Jun 2016 13:43:35
I agree Redfaith but maybe I'm a dreamer in the fact that buy the right players, if they are good enough, they will gel!

Bringing in these players NOW will lay foundations for years to come?


 

 

15 Aug 2014 12:58:35
Cuadrado is left out of the Fiorentina squad for tomorrow's friendly against Real Madrid. So surely he is leaving, now the question is where? I am not convinced that Barca have moved on, but still hopeful he will join us.

zidaniel

{Ed002's Note - Don't be surprised by another option being available to him.}


1.) Ed, who is the other option? Is it BM again? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It will unfurl in the coming days and is dependent on a meeting in Warsaw this evening, and a couple of other players departing the club. It is going to be a busy couple of weeks.}


2.) I think the other team is Barca?


3.) Why in Warsaw Ed? Obv its nothing to do with Man Utd.

Stu

{Ed002's Note - That is where the people involved will be. If they were to be in Paris, then the meeting would be in Paris. If they were in Moscow, then the meeting would be in Moscow. You really should be able to come to grips with this without my help.}


4.) ED2. Do you think Beaky was right in the post I sent earlier (tuesday morn)?

{Ed002's Note - Speaking in tongues doesn't help. Due to circumstances and Abdelaziz Barrada, I recall my plans were disrupted and Ispent that morning morning in a business lounge at Vigo airport, then went to Barcelona, where I sat in the BA Executive lounge until I could get a flight back to England. I have no idea what you were up to.}


5.) Okay eds won't ask who the other team is.

However when you said depends on players leaving the club, did you mean Man Utd? or the unnamed club?

Cheers!

{Ed002's Note - Nothing to do with MU.}


6.) MS, there's another club that the Ed is referring to. I could be drastically wrong here, but I think the Schurrle out, Cuadrado in rumours may have had some legs.


7.) Chelsea need to release a foreigner, not swap one. That's why schurle may leave.


8.) I heard the other club involved is Chelsea would be just like them to sign him just because we want him haha they did it to spurs last year


9.) We're not going to sign anyone are we. We take far too long and leave it too late. Biggest club in the world? Not on the pitch by a long way.


10.) Chelsea


11.) I think, Sydney, that Chelsea need to loose one foreign player so its probably not them.
Could be Real Madrid if they manage to get PSG to buy Di Marie.


12.) The meeting is in Warsaw because Fiorentina play Real Madrid there tomorrow. Expect it will be Chelski or BM meeting with them.


13.) Syd, I think you're spot on there.

Atletico are going to have some team next year.

Especially if they can get reus.

Their Phoenix may not have finished rising just yet.


14.) I think the Ed meant that Real Madrid is the other team, considering they will play Fiorentina in Warsaw.


15.) Suspect other club will be PSG who have to juggle players around to conform to FFP.

Wonder who would be leaving PSG though? Cavani?


16.) It's Chelsea and unlike us they do not faf about they get the job done.
It's ok saying Chelsea pinch all the players that we are after but this transfer should of been done and dusted by now if LVG wanted him that badly.
Man United only have themselves to blame if they loose out on another target.
I wonder what will happen to Woodward if he fails again this transfer window, surely this can't go on?


17.) I don't think you need to worry about Chelsea with this one. There is absolutely NO way I see Schurrle leaving. He's a fan favourite and Mourinho likes him very much as well. So don't worry about us ;-)


18.) Looking at RM's right-side reinforcements and there isn't really any. Just Ramos that I can see so I guess RM could be interested in Cuadrado.


19.) Simmo, it looked like MU were making big strides trying to sign Cuadrado, but then Di Maria became available again. MU are trying to do a deal for Di Maria, so I guess the Cuadrado talks have stalled somewhat? What would be frustrating is if we end up missing out on both when we could have had potentially Cuadrado signed by now.


20.) 15 Aug 2014 17:18:42
Rather have cuadrado. Surely woody should be moved back to commercial and we bring in a dedicated transfer person.


21.) Surely an option could be that he stays at Fiorentina, no?


22.) Cuadrado is suspended that's why he's out of the squad


 

 

 

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10 Aug 2018 23:07:51
Many positives, despite our struggles to dominate the game:

1. The back four all played well. Lindelof and Bailly were a solid partnership, positionally very good. Darmian was steady, and Shaw did very well to get his first goal. Great to see his joy in scoring.

2. Fred looks very dynamic. He has anticipation and fight defensively, and can hold the ball under pressure. I ams sure there will be plenty more that he will show in coming weeks.

3. Good to see Pogba with the armband and the penalty as the match began. It was the right message after such a negative summer. And he played well, some key defensive headers, besides being a presence in midfield.

4. Besides Mata, who played very well, the attackers were all ineffective. Sanchez was just plain awful. Lukaku missed a sitter. And Rashford seems to struggle as a #9 in a counterattacking setup, where he is required to win headers, hold the ball up, and play back to goal so much. Sanchez failed to play him in behind a number of times.

5. Mourinho deserves credit for a good lineup and intelligent subs. Fred taken off with a yellow, Pogba off with some fatigue, and some minutes given to Lukaku. And he showed some passion after Shaw's goal.

zidaniel

1.) 11 Aug 2018 01:56:34
We have a very good squad.

Love to see us just get on with it now. Get rolling in these early games and let the team spirit and partnerships grow.

Everyone was a bit off the pace after a tricky pre-season / world cup hangover. But everyone played there part. That Leicester team are no mugs.


2.) 11 Aug 2018 05:24:03
Pretty good summary zidanial. I thought Gred worked hard but didn’t really get into the game. As you said up front we were not great but it’s early days, lots of rustiness, and players who haven’t really had a pre season. For the first few games, I’ll take any win.


3.) 10 Aug 2018 23:37:12
Darmian wad awful but other than that agree with all.


4.) 11 Aug 2018 07:06:07
Darmian was awful for the first 20 mins, when Gray had him beat. Not after that. Open your eyes, mate. x.


5.) 11 Aug 2018 13:18:31
How bad was Sanchez . Every pass went astray 😆😆.


 

 

23 Jul 2018 00:11:36
San Jose observations:

Back 4 - I would like to see Fosu-Mensah and Tuanzebe in some more difficult tests. So far they have done well, but not been tested enough. Shaw, to me, is limited offensively. We know he can run with the ball, but he doesn't get wide at times and demand the ball like he should. Too passive at times, just walking and waiting for the pass to go to someone else.

MF - Pereira was excellent tonight. I admit I was critical of him the first game, but he worked hard and passed the ball very well tonight. Herrera improved as well, a good moments of creativity. McTominay has looked rather limited in both games, but he does play with a good attitude.

Up front - Martial is the story tonight. No presence at center forward, and he did not play with much intensity on the wing either. I would not be surprised if he is sold. Shame, because he is loaded with talent.

We have not looked inspiring at all in two games. One goal in two games, one shot tonight, a header from McTominay. Granted, it is preseason, and post-World Cup. But Mourinho does nothing in the match but sit and watch. Hope we will see something more from the team on Wednesday vs Milan.

zidaniel

1.) 23 Jul 2018 00:43:25
ANDREA Pereira played well tonight. 18yr old Dutch kid proved Jose right as he was far too easily knocked off RH ball. He will not prosper in the Premier League until he is strong enough. Agree with you about Shaw but he was not alone in waiting for things to happen. Apart from Andreas the only other player to try and make something happen was Alexis who looked a class above everyone else. Defensively we got caught far too many times and a better team would have really punished us. Darmian is not good enough so let him go to Juve. Martial had no real supply so it's unfair to judge him. We desperately need a creative midfield player who can boss a match too. Last thing is that we as a team had not enough width and were painfully slow getting forward.


2.) 23 Jul 2018 10:30:00
"Mourinho does nothing in the match but sit and watch"

That probably tells you all you need to know mate, he's watching and giving people a chance to show what they can do, we had a lot of kids on the pitch and they are not fit, I'm really not sure what people are expecting.


 

 

16 Jul 2018 16:21:53
My thoughts on the right wing:

I think it is overly simplistic to analyze Pogba by checking if he is a def min in a 4-2-3-1 or playing on the eft of a 4-3-3 (as a #8). He certainly looked quite happy to move to the right side for France and also play a defensive role.

Here is where the right wing comes in. For quite a few years now, we have not played with a genuine right winger, whose pace is a real threat down the flank. Both Mata and Lingard have lined up in that position but their natural game is to float around the pitch and play in between the lines. The downside of this is that when a back or midfielder wins the ball and wants to play direct, a ball in behind is never an option, and our play slows down.

If we have players with pace right across the front line, we will have options for the center mids to play passes in behind, or else the opposing backs will have to drop off and allow space in front of them. Sir Alex always set out his teams in that way.

And finally, players like Martial and Rashford ought to be able to learn to play RW. Give the width and be a threat for any balls played in behind the back line.

zidaniel

1.) 16 Jul 2018 17:16:53
Great post mate. For me it’s an area that has been desperate need of addressing for a few seasons now. My preference would be to bring Lozano and Perisic in with Sanchez shifted to the number 10 behind Lukaku where he can be a true goal threat.


2.) 16 Jul 2018 19:23:07
We've all been saying this for three years, in fact we don't have wingers full stop!


 

 

29 Jun 2018 21:12:04
Really looking forward to the France vs Argentina match tomorrow. I'm eager to see how our man Pogba plays, as well as possibly seeing Messi in his last performance for Argentina.

As far as Pogba goes, I think he has done quite well, kept things simple and he has been the decisive player in both French victories. It will be interesting to see how Deschamps lines them up. I would think he would play two defensive midfielders besides Pogba. He will want another defensive minded player besides Kante to deal with Messi coming inside off of that right half-space, and this would also free up Pogba, which we have often discussed on here.

The problem thus far for Deschamps, though, is that no other midfielder has played well besides Kante and Pogba. Tolisso struggled the first game, though he should naturally be the best fit. Matuidi played on the left of a 4-4-2 in the second game, and Lemar struggled in the third game.

However it goes, I think France should be too strong for Argentina, unless Marcus Rojo arrives again for a late winner.

zidaniel

1.) 29 Jun 2018 22:32:32
Pogba has done quite well? I think he has been at best ok, he needs to show why he is valued so highly and so far, he really hasn’t.


2.) 29 Jun 2018 23:36:08
Pogba may not have dominated, but he was the player responsible for both match-winning goals. He played a give and go to score the winning goal against Australia, and then he stripped his opponent and played in Giroud, whose deflected shot set up Mbappe's tap in. France won their two games largely because of those two plays. I would call that playing well.


3.) 29 Jun 2018 23:48:23
Vamos Argentina!


4.) 30 Jun 2018 07:05:56
Zidanial, I take your point but the occasional moment isn’t enough. Perhaps I expect too much from him but he still seems too casual to me. I desperately want him to be the player we all think / know he can be.


5.) 30 Jun 2018 09:12:32
Think France have been very underwhelming. Like watching united this season. They have a wonderfully talented squad who should be tearing teams apart. Nobody has been amazing but pogba has been one of the better ones. Deschamps is a pretty terrible manager and hasn’t found the right balance in midfield or attack. Not playing sidibe and Mendy is also a problem as Pavard and Hernandez offer next to nothing going forward. However, anything can happen in knockout football and momentum is an amazing thing.


6.) 30 Jun 2018 10:37:39
I tell you one thing, pogba has been a hell of a lot better than the world class amazing superstar Milinkovic-Savic who did absolutely nothing.


7.) 30 Jun 2018 11:37:42
I agreed GDS, I’d never seen him play so kept a close eye on him, as you say, underwhelming.


 

 

14 Jun 2018 13:34:18
Coaching question for you all regarding defenders: if a player has all the natural tools and technical ability, what separates him from failure and success?

I will use our players as examples. Smalling has good physical qualities, size and speed, limited confidence on the ball, but his critical flaw is his concentration lapses (not to mention his excessive holding, which someday will catch up to him) . Jones has excellent physical qualities, tough, brave, not bad with the ball, but he stands out for his moments of panic.

Blind was always excellent technically, but too slow. Rojo has a great battling mentality, but just isn't that good. Darmian could mark and tackle well, but offered little going forward.

Bailly has it all, speed, athleticism, confidence as a defender, confidence with the ball, and a little swagger, though he usually gives you at least one unpredictable moment per game. At least it's usually something he does with the ball, rather than an idiotic slide tackle, like Smalling and Jones have done over the years.

I am thinking now of our young defenders with good potential - Lindelof, who has shown a lot, and especially Fosu-Mensah and Tuanzebe, and soon enough, we will see about Dalot. Lindelof seems very good on the ball, might lack a bit of physicality, but he just needs games. Tuanzebe looked awfully composed for such a young player, and I would love to see him get a chance to prove himself. Fosu-Mensah has great physical tools, looked positionally suspect at times. But cannot these mistakes be coached out of a player? I would like to think yes, as long as a defender shows he can maintain concentration and composure in the big moments and throughout the 90 minutes.

There is a lot to it for what it takes to succeed as a defender. You need to win physical battles, one on one battles vs the dribblers, make good decisions with the ball, and stay switched on all the time. It's something we do not often discuss on here. And related to our transfer seasons, can one of our own grow into becoming a great defender to partner Bailly or must we buy again?

zidaniel

1.) 14 Jun 2018 16:33:38
My grandad always used to say to me that what defines a great player over a good player is what's between the ears. How quick the player can Process what is going on in front of him which is why some players can look like they are either always in the right place or have more time on the ball than others.
As hated and awful a human being as he is I think this is why someone like John Terry was so good for do long.
It's why for me Smalling sometimes looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights even though physically and ability he has all that is needed to be a top defender.


2.) 14 Jun 2018 18:26:12
John Terry was awful. Poor positioning and stupid decisions. He was just good at last ditch recovery tackles which is why people think he's good. Often he was recovering his own mistake. The game against Sweden as an example.


3.) 14 Jun 2018 18:38:43
John Terry was a legend, what a slip!


4.) 14 Jun 2018 18:44:11
Someone has to take Smalling to one side and smack that stupid holding and wrestling out of him.

I watched the 2nd divison play off at wembley ref gave every holding/ wrestling decision -including a penalty and he looked at the defender when he blew the whistle for the penalty as if to say "you give me no choice moron " Will cost us big time if he doesn't cut it out.


5.) 14 Jun 2018 20:09:44
Will never smack it out of him because it always happens after he is caught flat footed m, This is mainly due to the fact that the attacker knows his job is to get a head on the ball and CS need 1.1 secs for his brain to register the projected area of the ball coming and that that he has to clear the lines

By which time the attacker has already got 2 steps on him hence the pulling of shirts etc.


6.) 14 Jun 2018 20:10:49
If refs ever gain consistency then yes it will cost us.

All our defenders have issues. Smalling can't concentrate, jones is made of glass, rojo is better in a 3 than a 2, blind is slow. Should be moving a couple of these on.


7.) 14 Jun 2018 21:39:51
All players have strengths and weaknesses, no player is great at everything. Rio had lapses in concentration, Vidic was limited on the ball.

The difference between the weaknesses in defenders and other players is that when theit weaknesses are exposed it often leads to a goalscoring opportunity. Or at least a heart in mouth moment.

The trick to having great defenders is having a great defensive unit. A system where all the defenders work together to cover for eachother which limits how often their weaknesses are exposed making them look like better players.

Vidic wasn't a great passer out from the back, but he hardly ever had to do is as Rio was alongside him spraying balls around.

When Rio had a lapse in concentration Vidic would cover.

Smalling lacks the technical ability that he would have gained if he had been coached by an academy coach during his formative years.

All defenders have areas of weakness, when you sign a new defender it is more important than any other position as to how their talents and abilities will sync in with the current players.

We are missing an organiser at the back, someone to bring it altogether. That is why I have such high hopes for Tuanzebe. Not only is he a talented defender, with good pace and physicality and composure. He is a talker, he communicates and organises his fellow defenders. He is exactly the kind of defender we need, he just hasn't got the experience. But he'll never have it if we don't play him.


8.) 15 Jun 2018 00:12:54
Spot on about Tuanzebe shappy. I would love to see him integrated this season as he has all the attributes to be our cb for years to come.


9.) 15 Jun 2018 01:17:32
Good to hear about Tuanzebe. Not being local like some of you, I didn't know that he was a talker and organizer. The more we see of him, the better.


 

 

 

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23 Jul 2018 23:10:52
Mourinho looks completely disinterested during the matches. His demeanor and comments afterward makes it seem like these friendlies are for fitness only, it looks like there are no tactics being worked on. He has also shown very little enthusiasm for his own players. His lack of passion looks like it is spreading to the players, and the fans as well. I think it is shocking that a manager, whatever his resume, can have so little enthusiasm for such a big job.

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27 Jun 2018 23:43:48
Milinkovic-Savic certainly didn't impress today. Even Serbia seemed to pay him no mind.

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13 Jun 2018 00:58:25
Such a gulf between his talent and his behavior.

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03 Jun 2018 01:35:29
Hope Herrera will stay. He might be behind Pogba, Matic, and Fred if Fred indeed comes, but he is a valuable player. Tactically aware, committed, and he loves the club.

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01 Jun 2018 00:43:20
I prefer Griezmann, but he seems Barcelona bound, if rumors are correct. Both are great players. Griezmann's touch and finishing are world class. Bale might be injury prone, but he too is a world-class goal threat, as recent evidence has shown. And more local, close to home, and could follow in somebody's footsteps at Old Trafford.

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03 Aug 2018 00:34:38
Herrera is a great pro. His kind of professionalism is not even the norm anymore, at least not at the big clubs, with these stars who only give their all when everything is just right for them. It just comes down to character. If Herrera got transferred tomorrow, he would give his all for his new club. Too many of these modern players will only give 100% if they are in their favorite position, if they are a starter, if the coach praises them, if their salary is good, and so on.

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29 Jul 2018 01:17:53
Tuanzebe has everything needed to become a very good defender: size, quick feet, and he seems fairly composed, and vocal as well. He needs to use his left foot when passing up the line on the left, but I am sure that is fixable. His basic passing technique is also far superior to Smalling or Rojo. He snaps the ball quickly off his feet, unlike Rojo who seems to hoof it, or Smalling who is just so ponderous on the ball.

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29 Jul 2018 01:12:29
Positives: Pereira has gotten better each match at center mid, Sanchez looked lively again, and Fred looked very good in his cameo. He has good anticipation defensively and understands space well in his passing and moving.

Negatives: McTominay has struggled, he couldn't hold onto the ball at all, let alone move it forward at all. Long ball tactics were awfully hard to watch.

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28 Jul 2018 13:50:03
He has gotten better each game. I am not sure about him defensively as he might get pushed aside by some powerful runners in the midfield. He has a good passing range - he looks to forward passes to feet quickly and he can play some long switches to either flank. I think we all are guilty of getting down a player in preseason when there are a lot of turnovers when players have a lot more miscommunication. But Pereira is a player who wants the ball and tries to keep it moving, and is alert enough to play it forward a lot more than sideways and backwards.

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26 Jul 2018 21:23:07
From what I have seen, Shaw is solid defensively but offers very little going forward. He can burst forward with the ball after an interception, but he cannot beat a man down the line and whip in a cross and he has no dribbling ability to beat a man whatsoever. He also is not great with moving quickly off the ball. When fit, he can defend well and get up and down the flank, but that's it. He hasn't shown he can create goals in the final third.

zidaniel