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20 Aug 2019 10:05:39
I quite enjoyed last night's game but to be fair it duznt take too much for it to be more enjoyable than what we have seen in recent years.
We had control for large parts of the game and have lots of pace, however we looked a little short on guile to create good chances . But again to be fair we have had two tricky looking games against Chelsea and wolves and have scored 5 and missed a pen .
You would think now OLE needs to step in and tell pogba his record on pens isn't good enough to warrant being the taker and it's rashfords job now .

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20 Aug 2019 08:50:36
So much drama over a missed penalty, it happens. When Ole says there is an agenda against Pogba, it is quite obvious today, would the media reaction be the same had Rashford missed? (there doesn't seem to be a mention of his dreadful freekick) . Then there's an article about Pogba being racially abused on Twitter, maybe the platforms writing those articles should take a long hard look at themselves and question whether they have some part in fuelling that.

Overall a good performance last night. Pogba and McTominay dictated the tempo in the first half by sitting deep and causing a wide gap between the Wolves defence and midfield. Wolves changed that in the second half with some high pressing, but we still managed to regain control after they took command. I do think Ole needs to make changes sooner though. Lingard was crap again and should have been taken of much sooner. No one is highlighting his dreadful attempt at a volley which could have also won us the game. Still 4 points from Chelsea and Wolves is not a bad start and probably more than most would have expected.

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20 Aug 2019 09:09:27
Agree completely with that, the reaction to the penalty has been so reactionary especially from someone like g neville last night who was in a hysterical mood.

Pogba was our regular penalty taker last season and its not like he stole the ball off of rashford and there was big argument. That being said ole needs to make a decision and pick one out rashford, pogba or even martial to be the designated taker.

20 Aug 2019 09:32:37
Pogba did extremely well to win the penalty.

However, It was 2 points dropped against a very good well drilled Wolves side.
Adama Traore was in beast mode when he came on.

20 Aug 2019 09:42:57
Good Post Van, Its a game and you can miss a penalty nothing wrong in that, saw a few tweets from G. Neville as well where is absolutely furious for no reason.

20 Aug 2019 09:56:36
Pogba has missed 5 penalties for us in less than 12 months. He should not be anywhere near them. Maybe ole doesn't want to upset him. The golden child.
He is an egomaniac who needs to be put in his place.
Worst penalty taking record for any designated penalty taker across each and every European league.
Its his fault but by he should be stripped of the duty. But as i said ole is scared of him as far as I'm concerned. Or at least afraid of upsetting him.
If pogba was any sort of man at all he would walk away from pen duty imo.
We played ok last night. More of the same really. We were in control most of the match but have no cutting edge or creativity to take advantage of our control.

20 Aug 2019 10:48:38
becks neville is an media shill with an agenda these days, slightest mistake from likes of martial or pogba and he cries murder but if any of lingard or rashford or anyother english players don't do well he will have 101 excuses for them.

20 Aug 2019 12:11:01
Ken, it wasn't too bad a penalty, that is even mentioned in the articles, but the concentration isn't on that, or Rui Patricio's save, or even, as you mention, the excellent run Pogba made to win that penalty, it has all been focused on the fact Pogba didn't score. It wasn't a botched penalty, it was struck hard, maybe not enough to the left, but Patricio would have still covered much more. We should all be focusing on the run and the save, not the unfortunate miss. That being said, Pogba doesn't have the best record on penalties, but he seems to have confidence, which is far more likely to be the reason he still gets to take them. Again, I must insist here, no other manager complains about Pogba other than Mourinho, so this whole character diffamation is getting old, it would have some ground to stand on if it was the broader opinion of the coaches he's worked under.

TrueRedDevil, sure it was two points dropped, but Lingard could be considered just as much at fault for that mis-kick, that pretty much summed up his entire career, if he'd bagged that goal as he should have, Pogba's miss wouldn't even be an issue.

Becks, Neville is just a grumpy old man, but his messages are appalling at times, severe lack of respect for a club he supposedly loves. I guess he wants to prove he's objectif, but he just comes off as petty when he does so.

20 Aug 2019 14:23:49
Llv he first come across as petty to me.

Pogba is confident to take penalties. Just 2 simple questions for you.
Do you thinks pogbas confidence in taking penalties is misplaced given that he has missed 5 in his last 10?

Do you think he should be removed from the duty because he misses more than any other designated penalty taker In europe?

20 Aug 2019 15:23:09
Ole has dug a little hole for himself with last night's penalty miss. Who takes the next one? If it's Rashford he'll be accused of being indecisive. If it's Pogba, he'll be accused of being weak. Or that he's undermining Pogba.
He should choose one. Rashford is the guy in my opinion.
To be fair, Patricio is a very good penalty stopper.
Generally, United have started reasonably well and look a more cohesive unit. Yes there are definite areas where they must improve. But there is desire and passion in the players. That's good to see. I'm hoping that it continues.

20 Aug 2019 18:20:18
Not necessarily bad penalties though Ken, that's the issue. But in the end, neither you or I are Ole, nor are we anywhere near the dressing room or training sessions. Rashford has scored what 3/ 3, he could miss three out of the next five, and what then?

It's just over-dramatisation for the sake of over-dramatisation. It was a decent team effort, and we're all be petty because a player missed a penalty, which was A- well earned, B- well struck and C- well saved. If it was a dubious penalty, badly taken or wide of the mark, then I could get the whining, but this is merely overreacting.

20 Aug 2019 18:56:37
I actually thought he handled it brilliantly. By saying that the decision is made by Rashford and Pogba he has avoided any come back when we next get a penalty. As whoever takes it Ole can say it was the decision of the players.

Some might say that is weak management, yet it makes little sense to have a specific penalty taker.

For example, Let's say it's Rashford. We are playing a key cup game we have created 4 or 5 good chances but Rashford is having a mare and fluffed all of them. We then win a vital penalty late into the game. Do you stick with Rashford as he is the designated penalty taker or do you switch?

If you switch then you risk undermining Rashford's confidence. If you stick and he misses then you risk backlash from the fans and the media. The only way you come off well is if you stick and Rashford buries it. Which of the three potential outcomes gives you a 33.3% chance of "doing the right thing".

Whereas, if you have two players who share the responsibility they get to have a discussion and hopefully the player who feels best placed to take it takes the penalty. Then score or not it doesn't come back on the manager.

20 Aug 2019 19:30:22
You have a valid point Shappy and well put. But Pogba's penalty record is not great and Rashford scored last game. Ole should really stick with that and discussed that pre match.
You're right though, he did handle it well and deflected back on to the players. Gives them something to think about.
As well, it wasn't a shocking penalty and Patricio is very good in those situations.
Good post Shappy.

20 Aug 2019 20:30:53
Mmm jose does that its throwing the players under the bus.
The double standards are hilarious.

20 Aug 2019 21:17:35
He didn't throw them under the bus Ken. That's the point I think. It was more subtle than that.
Jose would actually name and shame. God knows what he'd of said about last night if he was still in charge.

20 Aug 2019 22:20:36
Ken, there is a subtle difference. Ole didn't throw anyone under the bus, he said that the coaches and the players have come to the conclusion that either Pogba or Rashford should take penalties and left it down to the players to decide on a game by game basis.

He hasn't thrown anyone under the bus. He defended both Pogba and Rashford.

Mourinho would have said he wanted Rashford to take the penalty so he couldn't be blamed for the miss. Then for good measure he'd have called Rashford a coward for letting Pogba take it and Pogba a bully for taking it off of Rashford. He'd then say it's all Luke Shaw's fault for some reason.

21 Aug 2019 06:17:53
Well said Shappy.
Ole is protecting his players. The players at the moment are giving all on the pitch for him.

20 Aug 2019 08:04:08
we deserved to win the game, i thought first half we played fantastic footy, long time i haven't seen us play that kinda footy, very exciting and entertaining but we lacked concentration in the second half and allow them to grow into the game, we regained composure and possesion but after the goal, what's up with Pogba? why Rashford didn't take the penalty? he scored last weekend, a point it is but i am excited about the way we play, i feel like now we have an identity, a defined way of play not like before that we were shambles, very excited to see the players Ole goes after the next transfer window. one or two more midifielders and we will be up there challenging i think.

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20 Aug 2019 09:02:27
We had good possession but this fantastic football in the first half, how many shots did it bring us? How many in the second half?

20 Aug 2019 09:05:24
No we didn't.
If you don't as he goals you don't deserve to win.
Did Chelsea deserve to beat us last week as they had loads better chances than we did. No because they didn't score goals.
We played ok but rarely threatened. Nothing new. If and when you have a very poor midfield there are lots of games that you will struggle to create chances despite being relatively comfortable.

20 Aug 2019 09:28:52
Lingard struggles against teams who sit deep.
It's time to start Mason.

Another frustrating aspect was poor set piece deliveries. We must be making use of Maguire's heading prowess.

Finally, there are loads of positives like playing out from the back, energy, etc, .
Last year we struggled to get a grip against Wolves, but this time we played well but the creativity was missing in the final third.
We look to be heading in the right direction.

20 Aug 2019 11:12:07
Agree trd.
Much improved on last year the intent us better for sure.

20 Aug 2019 12:15:44
TrueRedDevil, Perreira is the solution to the set-piece issue, at least for now. I'd give him a serious run in the attacking midfield role, which the option to switch with Pogba if needed (like in the second half last night, when Wolves changed their approach to neutralise Pogba's influence from the deep role) . But it seems Ole is intent on playing Lingard, he spoke before the game that he wanted James to play, so the obvious choice was to leave out Perreira and move Lingard to the centre, there seemed to be no consideration to drop Lingard.

20 Aug 2019 12:20:46
Played well last night an other step forward, lads are going to make a few of the doom and gloom look a bit daft .
Martial was really good last night, linders couldt get in the game and james looked what he is still very raw .
Decent team wolves with some decent players but we got on top of them for most of the game.
Still early days but we already look better imo.

20 Aug 2019 19:58:46
If your a Utd fan then you shouldn't be complaining about last night's performance.

Utd dominated the game throughout apart from the 10 min spell when Wolves scored.

Ole made it clear that it would take 2 or 3 windows to get things right.

We can't expect the finished article yet.

The team is defending better and dominated possession last night. The missing ingredient is that the final ball was missing. This suggests we still have work to do in getting a play maker.

Wolves were not defensive they had periods when they couldn't get the ball.

Ole has shown his intention. Rojo, Jones and Smalling can't make the squad. Neither can Darmian or Sanchez. Matic and Young are only on the bench. So it is becoming clear where these players are starting to be with Ole. We may move on Sanchez and Rojo in this window but maybe on loan.

The problem is that these players are on large wages and when they leave Utd the only way for them is down. Generally they will only play for smaller clubs on lower wages, so getting rid will take time. Due to FFP we can keep signing players without getting rid of more. We may have to accept that sometimes you get rid of some players in one window and sign a replacement in the next window.

We need to be patient and be in this for the long term in order to get things right.

I have so much more optimism than 12 months ago. It's not perfect but things are improving for me.

Stop the complaining.

21 Aug 2019 09:41:54
100% correct Hoggy.

20 Aug 2019 07:39:02
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 20th August 2019

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20 Aug 2019 10:18:57
I think Poch makes a good point about the transfers.

19 Aug 2019 15:52:07
If Sanchez truly ends up at Inter Milan then that means Conte has taken both Lukaku and Alexis off our hands. Conte for utd's DOF!

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19 Aug 2019 18:18:35
No! If he's that keen on them they'd end up back here. No. No. NO.

19 Aug 2019 13:01:50
Same as last week tonight lads, let's do it.

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19 Aug 2019 19:03:16
Same squad and 1 change to the starting 11.

Can’t wait for this come on.

19 Aug 2019 07:27:13
On a cruise ship, once I get back on in sweden a few hours later itll be time for the game in the sports bar.

Happy days, come on you reds.

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19 Aug 2019 14:38:36
Say hello to Henrik Larsson from the lads while you're there big V, lol 😁.

19 Aug 2019 23:12:26
Don't jump overboard big man😂 and if you do. make sure you strap pogba to your back😂.

19 Aug 2019 07:39:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 19th August 2019

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18 Aug 2019 22:38:56
Angel red, the ref ruined it, a few years ago that wouldn't even have been a booking,
Var is it a good thing or a bad thing, depends of the side of the decision your on.
For me I don't like it full stop.

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19 Aug 2019 06:35:49
Yeah, was ruined there and then.

I'm not sure the ref has access to look back at it has he? I think the linesman made that call. Anyway, we will be in better shape next year.

19 Aug 2019 10:59:58
I love VAR, think it’s great for the game, knowing I’ll never leave a game having been done by an offside goal or a last minute winner that shouldn’t have stood. You should win a game of football fairly not because a linesman or ref made a stupid error (which was happening far too often)

It will still get things wrong in some people’s eyes as some decisions are a matter of opinion but it will get most things right.

People saying they can’t celebrate a goal anymore don’t make any sense to me, 27 goals in week 1 of the prem and 2 were disallowed (correctly), so 25/ 27 goals absolutely fine, seems like good enough odds to me, celebrate away.

There are still teething problems and things to iron out but I think the majority of people are complaining because they don’t like change, even if it’s clearly for the better. Embrace it, it’s here to stay and working well.

{Ed001's Note - how do you know 2 were disallowed correctly? The margin of error for VAR on offsides is bigger than the distance offside Sterling was, for example. So he could have been onside and the VAR could have been wrong. It is not infallible.}

19 Aug 2019 11:06:50
Yeah, big report in the paper about the inaccuracies of it. Not often I agree with Danny Murphy, but if you have to look at it for 5 minutes from all sorts of angles, it hardly screams out clear and obvious.

19 Aug 2019 11:24:20
VAR destroys the emotion factor.
Almost after every goal there is an uncertainity.

19 Aug 2019 11:35:48
Gds2, that goal that was disallowed for city, would you have went home happy if that was united, cause I wouldn't.

19 Aug 2019 12:14:12
Do we still use a pigs bladder for a ball? What about leather boots? Metal studs? Are the kits made out of heavy cotton?

No, the world has moved on and new technologies have been exploited. Things are never perfect the first time you come up with an idea, you need to develop it. Often it can only be developed properly in the real world.

It will take time and the technology and the application of that technology to perfect. After all we still keep rewriting the offside rule.

The issue is when a match is reviewed and by video over and over again then it is only fair that the officials have access to the same technology to make their decisions.

VAR will be of a huge benefit to the game, there will be mistakes but there should be less mistakes in the decisions this season than we saw last season.

19 Aug 2019 12:46:11
Score a goal, run to the fans celebrate take of your shirt go mad,
Var, sorry kid no goal, your mates nose was offside.

19 Aug 2019 12:47:45
At the end of the day, most of the decisions have been correct, apart from say one or two contentious handball decisions.

{Ed001's Note - the handball decisions were correct according to the laws of the game.}

19 Aug 2019 12:55:28
Wouldn’t have gone home happy as the goal got disallowed but I wouldn’t have gone home happy if the linesman had given it offside last season. At least now I’d go home knowing that it was disallowed because technology said so rather than thinking it could have been totally wrong. From the technology available it was offside and that is what we have to go from, it’s more accurate than the eye of a linesman guessing as to whether it’s correct in my opinion.

I know we will have got decisions for us that would have been disallowed over the years but the one that I will probably never get over is the Paul scholes offside against Porto where he was a good 2 yards on side and we went on to lose the game in the last minute. It still upsets me watching that now as I think we would have gone on and won the CL that year with the teams that were left. I left the ground that day absolutely distraught knowing that we lost not because we weren’t good enough but because a linesman made a huge error. Things like that are why I am for VAR, I want to feel like things are fair.

19 Aug 2019 12:55:42
VAR is the sterilisation of football. Instead of celebrating a goal you will just be looking up at screen for 5 minutes. It has gone too far.

19 Aug 2019 13:14:27
Just take the city goal that was disallowed, would anyone even have questioned that one, before var no one would have gave that one a second thought.

19 Aug 2019 13:50:37
25/ 27 goals in week one were given, so 93% of time you can celebrate so might as well celebrate and if it’s disallowed then fair enough, I’m yet to see a player or fan not celebrate despite hearing people saying they won’t be able to anymore if I’m honest. Hyperbole like everything else. No different to celebrating then a late flag goes up and you didn’t notice, you’re still getting all the emotions of it, it’s just a bit different to before, it certainly isn’t killing the game, people will just get used to it.

19 Aug 2019 14:09:17
That's what I was saying ed, by the letter of the law, but they have had so many different interpretations of the handball rule in the last few seasons that fans are still debating the handball decisions.

19 Aug 2019 14:13:02
I hate VAR because part of football are the errors and injustices that make up football lore and legend. They're not pleasant when you're on the receiving end, but generally what goes around comes around.

Life and football are more fun when there are grey areas. The rawness and the immediacy are part of what makes football so exiting. Human error is a key part of the game.

Redman is correct when he calls it sterilisation. Does every aspect of life have to invaded by technology then analysed to the nth degree?

19 Aug 2019 14:21:18
It's supposed to be clear and obvious errors but some of them don't look particularly clear or obvious to me.

The handball rule is just a stupid rule, if its outside the box handball isn't given but inside the box it rules out a goal, very odd. Nobody appeals, nobody thinks anything was wrong and then a guy in the studio says no goal.

As for offside, if you are leaning beyond the player you can be offside irrespective of where your feet are.

I know its newbut it seems pretty farcical to me, there is huge inconcistency already, stone cold penalty not given at the wekeend and VAR.

19 Aug 2019 14:31:05
I don't know, I just think it's var from OK.

19 Aug 2019 14:34:49
It is not the issue with VAR that is crazy at the moment. It is the new silly handball rule that was brought in to make decisions more black and white so that VAR would work. Why could we not just stick with the intensional handball rule? The two contentious ones for me have been the two unintentional handball calls. And yes, I know the rule changed, but I just don't know why.

19 Aug 2019 14:39:49

People are using the clear and obvious thing as a stick to beat it with without quite understanding it. Every goal is checked, if there is a reason to disallow it then it will disallowed no matter how clear and obvious. Handball and offside are a matter of fact, if it's wrong it is clear. The clear and obvious comes in with things like the handball by a defender or the push in the city game where the ref had seen the incidents and didn't give it.

19 Aug 2019 15:31:41
Nice one Leahy 😂.

19 Aug 2019 16:42:06
I think at the moment it spoils it, you can't really celebrate a goal u till it's been checked by VAR.
I also don't really like the black and white of it, in real time as it happens the city goal is never a handball. If you have to slow it down and watch it frame by frame it's not a handball imo . Plenty will disagree.

19 Aug 2019 17:23:02
Mancman, football isn't like it was during its inception.

Do you have that technology has improved to speed of the game, with better boots, footballs and even grass?

The issues with the contentious decisions only really come about due to the number of cameras in a stadium and the fact fans are now totally aware that a decision was wrong and it went against them.

You don't get the same kind of fall out from a bad decision in games that aren't recorded. Sometimes in the stadium you can see a call was wrong, or you might "feel" it was the wrong call. But without video evidence to go over and slow down and check from different angles you will never "know" if it is the wrong call.

The solution is simple either that video evidence needs to be available to the referees so they can make the right call, or it shouldn't be available to fans so they won't know if it was the wrong call.

It's not fair to have access to to technology then berate the official for making the wrong call when they don't have access to that technology.

The only thing that filters down through the leagues is the aggression towards officials due to fans knowing how many wrong calls are made at the highest level.

19 Aug 2019 17:33:17
It doesn't matter how slow you look at it if it hits the hand then its hand ball.
The law is what it is. The var official has got to uphold the laws of the game.
Imo both the offside and handball laws need tweaking or at least clarity.
Imo offside should only be given if there is clear daylight between the attacker and last defender. I. e. if any part of you is inside them you shall be deemed onside.
On handball i have no idea how to deem what is or isn't handball. Much tougher to get right.
Var is new it will evolve. Technology will improve.
Its not perfect at the moment but its more perfect than no VAR. Imo
I still prefer the system of a set amount of reviews in the game like in tennis or cricket.

19 Aug 2019 17:47:16
Shappy 8 kniw what your trying to say but if everything in life was perfect we might as well all sit down,
Now when your team scores your first reaction is to jump up cheering, get that immediate buzz, same for the players, var wait 5 minutes, goal a dead round of applause.
Its that immediate buzz var will kill.
Let the ref and linesmen get it right or wrong. that way it always was and always should be,

19 Aug 2019 17:57:11
Not a lot to disagree with there ken. Although I'm not sure on the teams having a number of calls.

It could be misused in the event of a team trying to run down the clock or disrupt a teams rhythm in the last ten minutes when holding on to a result. A bit like holding the ball in the corner to waste time. (Actually a friend of mine said why don't they just paint a semi circle from the corner flag and your not allowed to enter that for the last ten minutes to stop players being able to do it) .

Also what happens in the event of a contentious game and a clear and obvious mistake is made after all your calls have been used?

I think VAR is a good thing, but it will take time to get right. Maybe it should only be used for clear and obvious mistakes that happen in the final third. Maybe some of the laws need adjusting to suit the way the game has changed due to VAR.

19 Aug 2019 18:17:34
The hand ball should be hand to ball, not ball to hand, if a player puts his hands behind his back and the ball hits hand that's never a hand ball,
And now defenders are trying to defend keeping their balance and they have to put their hands behind their back, a joke.

19 Aug 2019 19:23:24
I agree I think it's a bit nuts at the moment.

19 Aug 2019 20:18:32
Thought the issue was the rule change regarding handball. Not so much the VAR.

19 Aug 2019 22:59:00
But Shappy, the refereeing errors give us so much to talk about, so much contraversy. I don't want to lose that from the game because it makes it much more interesting. I love that the officials can make a random howler because they are human beings.

So far, VAR has added nothing good. Sure, we have a few close decisions which have been 'corrected' but the way it affects the flow of the game means it's not worth it.

Also, this stupid new handball rule has to go. Plus Booking players for 'deliberate' handball also has to stop. All handball is deliberate by definition of the rule; it shouldn't be an automatic booking. Wan Bissaka was booked for it this evening; a terrible decision.

One final thing is the use of big screens in stadiums. Fortunately there are none at OT. Long may it stay that way.

20 Aug 2019 11:15:27
I agree leahy its the law that is wrong. The refs are only implementing the law as it's written. You can't blame the refs.

18 Aug 2019 15:02:13
Midfield selection for tomorrow at wolves is a tough one, don't think we should play Lingard and Periera together, l get the need for energy in the middle but we lack the defensive side when both play. So do we bring in Matic or bring back Fred? McTominay starts as does Pogba. Up top Martial, with Rashford left and James on the right and leaving one for the centre, l would play Periera just for his work rate.

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18 Aug 2019 15:45:11
So redconi after all that you would play the same midfield as last week and swap jessie for james out wide.

18 Aug 2019 16:27:31
I think wolves will sit deep and try to hurt us on the counter like last season. I would play the same back 4 with Matic and Mctominay shielding them. A front four of Martial, Rashford, Mason and Pogba should be good. Pogba in the no 10 role can create something to open the deep defence and with other three we get good dribblers and fast runners for a quick 1-2 around their defence. Mctominay can help offensively as well.
Our full backs need to make overlapping runs if we want to create any chances. Against Chelsea AWB was left very isolated when in offence as he had no one to pass on the right hand side. He still did a good job even when there were 2 or 3 opposition players around him. Once James came in at least he had some support on the right side.
On the other hand when Shaw was going forward that left side was overcrowded with Martial and Rashford both in the same position.

18 Aug 2019 17:13:21
3nd place there for the taking tomorrow . I reckon we will do it.

18 Aug 2019 17:18:16
Meant top spot - didn't get excited enough.
Great for morale.

18 Aug 2019 17:20:18
If we win we're top aren't we?

18 Aug 2019 17:36:34
We shouldn’t start Pereira in these tough away fixtures, he’s knocked off the ball too easily. I’d opt for Matic and McTominay and make sure they stay disciplined, Wolves move the ball through midfield so quickly and also switch play really well, we need a few 9/ 10 performances tomorrow.

18 Aug 2019 19:37:30
I expect the same team as last week . James may come in.

18 Aug 2019 19:59:37
Might see fred come in. Ole talking him up this week. i'd be happy to see same 11 if not.

18 Aug 2019 20:14:51
I think Fred will surprise a few this year. He has taken time this settle but he has an engine and there have been signs. Not says no he will be a worldwide bt for think he may get a lot of game time and prove his worth.

18 Aug 2019 21:22:09
He needs to because we're painfully short there. Think next summer we'll be bringing a few in.

18 Aug 2019 22:50:19
I don't think James will start, a good option for the last 20 minutes.

18 Aug 2019 22:52:49
Right said Fred, it's time to shine.

19 Aug 2019 05:37:52
Matic is positionally better in the DM role.

19 Aug 2019 10:11:38
I'm hoping we will see a renewed Fred this season. There were games and moments last season particularly toward the back end of the season where you could see glimpses of a player in there.

Hopefully he can kick on this year in a similar vein to Lindelof in his second season. Both Fred and Lindelof came from weaker leagues with a much bigger step up than players signed from La Liga, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga or Serie A.

As for the game tonight, I wouldn't put Matic anywhere near the team. His lack of mobility and safe passing run the risk or being caught in possession and lacking a cutting edge against a well drilled defence.

We need mobility to avoid the press and creativity.

I would be tempted to either bring Fred in and push Pogba up to No.10 with Lingard going wide right or McTominay and Pogba in midfield with Lingard at No.10 and Greenwood wide right.

19 Aug 2019 11:33:01
dont change what's not broken.

keep a winning team.


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