01 Aug 2015 17:27:31
Looks like Rafael is off to Lyon, would have him as cover anyday over Valencia but LVG has his favourites it seems.

1.) 01 Aug 2015
01 Aug 2015 17:39:20
You say lvg has his favourites but perhaps Valencia gives his all in training and Rafael does naff all.

Same with di Maria last season we was all wondering why he wasnt being played last season lvg see that his heart wasn't in it the reason why he was never picked obviously.

I really don't think it comes down to favourites lvg obviously sees more than what we do.

He seems to pick players on effort rather than reputation

2.) 01 Aug 2015
01 Aug 2015 17:56:16
Agreed. Only reason we failed to see angel was due to form and maybe how he was in training. We had to start Di Maria and continue with him. Expensive signing but once started affecting the team mata and young had to play. It's ashame, if we got the usual Di Maria he would have been class but can't keep him if he doesn't want to stay, they say a direct replacement will be arriving so we'll see. A little worried as de Gea maybe off. I assumed we really would have had this CB by now just as we needed to strengthen centre mid.

3.) 01 Aug 2015
01 Aug 2015 18:15:36
I understand your point dave but he clearly does, that's why he is shoehorning Blind in at CB before, Rojo, Jones or Smalling, Valencia is as much a full back as Blind is a Central defender.

Maybe Rafael has made it clear he wants to go elsewhere, who knows

As for effort Valencia has that in spades i agree but i could put all my efforts into welding but i really can't weld for crap.

4.) 01 Aug 2015
01 Aug 2015 18:52:44
Herrera not only was one of our best players (when played last season), he works hard and also seems a nice intelligent guy. LVG has his favourites and it is not based on footballing reasons.

Blind & Rooney would play irrespective of form it seems to be based on whose nose feels nicest!

5.) 01 Aug 2015
01 Aug 2015 19:03:36
I refuse to believe a guy like Herrera has any attitude issues anywhere. He seems like a nice genuine guy. I remember lvg saying hererra loses possession or something like that.

6.) 01 Aug 2015
01 Aug 2015 19:49:35
Darmian has arrived regardless

7.) 01 Aug 2015
01 Aug 2015 20:44:50
Wasn't van Persie one of his favourites?

8.) 01 Aug 2015
01 Aug 2015 21:23:22
Not as much as he thought

9.) 02 Aug 2015
02 Aug 2015 01:17:45
That was my point.

10.) 02 Aug 2015
02 Aug 2015 08:28:47
Everyone said RvP was his favourite this time last yr, look what happened! I can see Blind dropping out of the starting 11 at some stage.

11.) 02 Aug 2015
02 Aug 2015 08:48:35
RvP and LvG had always had a bit of an up/down relationship. They had spiky moments for Holland. Plus, there's a big difference managing a player every now and again and permanently.

LvG does have his favourites, but don't all managers? He seemed relatively open to form in the 2nd half of the season - Young ahead of AdM, regular starts for Mata and Herrera. I'm not a big fan of Blind - his distribution isn't great - but he's certainly a better player than Rojo, Jones or Smalling at this stage, so even if it is favouritism, it's providing the right result.

And I agree with MUMinion about Valencia at right back. The bloke can't weld.