21 Oct 2020 13:01:01
If we take this performance and result and compare it to our last performance and result against PSG we can see clear improvement. Last night was a mature, measured and well thought out performance, which contrasts with the defend deep, smash and grab performance that ultimately changed Ole from our interim manager into our permanent manager (rightly or wrongly) last time we visited the Parc de Princes.

While much has been made of a fabulous performance and result against PSG, little has been said about our managers role in the result.

We see it here nearly every week, Ole used the wrong tactics, he doesn't know what he's doing and his subs were terrible.

Yet this game showed Ole as a manager who out thought and out manoeuvred Tuchel at every turn. We started out in a 3412/ 532 shape (whichever you prefer), he adapted that in the second half when PSG started to get a foothold in the game, to a 442 diamond shape, placing that extra man in midfield to regain some control over the match, while also allowing and enabling the side to push forward for a winner. Then a final switch to a 4231 shape to see out the game.

All the subs worked excellently, Pogba gave us a player in midfield who the ball could stick to, while he has the vision and skill to create the chance which Rashford ultimately scored the winner from. While the introduction of DvdB and James meant we kept a fresh pair of legs to hit them on the break and stop any chance of them being able to push up on us, while Donny replaced Bruno meaning we kept vision and creativity, but had a more measured player who was less likely to give the ball away.

All subs could have been met by fans with a shake of the head. Telles was having a very good game debut, while Pogba hasn't been in the best of form. Yet it worked brilliantly. James has been much maligned, while Bruno is the fans darling. All subs that had the result not gone our way would have been questioned.

An all round excellent performance from the manager. Beating last seasons UCL finalists.

While one swallow does not a summer make, maybe this highlights that Ole might know a little more than most give him credit for.

1.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 15:57:52
You're right shappy, one swallow does not make a summer. And I am still firmly parked with the opinion that Ole is not good enough.

But to be fair to him, he did get it right last night and it was a thoroughly enjoyable game.

I think next time around PSG won't be so lacklustre though, so we will have to press on in the meantime and hopefully the form and play will improve over the coming weeks.

2.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 15:57:55
Good post happy and I think you miss another point: Ole has had the b*lls to drop Pogba. I argued he was simply rested against Newcastle, but when I saw the starting XI for PSG I was pleasantly surprised. I think Ole already had is PSG XI decided before the Newcastle game, which he used to get Fred and McT up to match sharpness.

I was really impressed with the lineup as it offered hard work, energy and pace.

It's amazing how quick we get the ball from back to front when Pogba doesn't start, and I think the last two games has proved he's more suited to coming off the bench when we need extra presence in midfield. Maybe he's not the £89 midfield dynamo that we thought we were signing, but a good squad player who can offer something different from the bench.

What a huge dvrrence playing LCB makes to Shaw as well, I dare say he looked intelligent in his positioning, always on his toes and confident to step out, knowing that Telles is covering.

3.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 16:38:58
Credit where credits due👏 also with Shaw and Telles on the same side we were able to switch from a back 5 to a back 4 seemlessly while in possession.

4.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 17:08:19
We have beat psg twice in the last 3 games .
We have lost 3 league games since February and people are still waiting for our form to improve?

5.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 18:36:09
Jred are you a child? What point are you trying to prove? Yes we beat PSG but did we lose to Palace, did dinosaur Jose's Spurs embarass us? Till the end of last season, you were singing we were unbeaten since Feb. Now 4 games into the season we have only lost 3 games since Feb.

In the 2019-20 season we ended up with 66 points, same as 2018-19 with just one goal more scored. Chelsea finished 2019-20 season on 66 points while they finished 2018-19 at 72 points. Spurs and Arsenal finished 18-19 season with 71 and 70 points respectively while they had lesser points in 2019-20. So my question to you is that was it us who improved or was it the other teams who regressed?

Theres simply isn't any wrong or right. Its a divided group where neither group is ready to concede and its best that we all be mature and discuss things calmly and not be cynics.

I am sure Every single United fan thinks that Ole got it right yesterday but some agree that he isn't good enough to be a United manager and such results just paper over the cracks. There is the other side who think that we are making progress under Ole and see a clear path. So be it.

I for one enjoyed the last 2 games irrespective of my opinion on Ole so i don't need to be reminded everyday that we lost 3 games since Feb. I will enjoy when we win and play this way and be "moaning" as Stevie put it😂 when we dont.

Simple point is that we all know that United side is capable of playing this way but how many times do they come out trumps like this? that's the grudge with Ole.

6.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 18:59:13
We tend to come out trumps against
The better teams fairly often.
People yourself included keep moaning but the truth is we have been playing well since the turn of the year
Lost a couple of league since last Feb, won our last 10 away is it?
We are currently on a very good that a few seem to complete ignore .
I'm really not sure what the point your trying to make with your constant moaning.

7.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 19:14:53
Shappy and Shan, I think the question is whether Ole can learn from this win? My main criticism to date is that he has seemed dogmatic about his approach and doesn't adapt it to get the most out of the players he has. Last night he was more flexible and everyone looked comfortable with their roles. He also successfully changed it twice mid game and brought on the right substitutes at the right times. This is something he hasn't done well previously.

I think he is in a better position now with the options available to him. No doubt it makes it easier when he looks at his bench and doesn't see Lingard and Pereira.

Roll on Chelsea and let's hope we can stick it to Fat Frank. Chelsea look shakey in defence so I think we should press hard and Solksjaer should plan his substitutes to replace tired players and keep up the intensity.

If he plays Henderson and Tuanzebe they we can push higher up the pitch.

8.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 20:00:11
We payed well and I was delighted but I’m. It sure it was the master class being portrayed. They are a good team, they had chances, DDG made great saves. We matched them and took our chances, we looked good buts let not analyse it to death.

9.) 21 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 20:20:20
"All be mature and discuss things calmly" 😂😂😂.

10.) 22 Oct 2020
22 Oct 2020 08:55:36
Thats the norm now though Tony. We analyse everything till it becomes "done to death". Every win is the start of a new era and every poor performance is like earth is coming to an end. Both sides are guilty of it and i bore with the redundant posts too.

Is that funny Stevie?

11.) 22 Oct 2020
22 Oct 2020 13:29:10
Well it is to be honest, since you started the same post with, 'are you a child jred'. If you can't see the irony.