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30 Jun 2022 13:01:34
Without wishing to tempt fate, current rumours point towards FDJ, Erickson, Malacia and Martinez. Would be delighted with this, though maybe only Malacia!

Apparently ETH has told Erickson he wants him in Midfield alongside FDJ.

Be interesting lineup if so - and what about Bruno and DVbB?!

Also Would point to Garner going back out on loan.

De Gea (Heaton)

Dalot (AWB, Laird)
Varane (Lindelof)
Maguire (Mengi/ Axel)
Shaw/ Malacia

Martinez (DM) McTominay
FDJ
Erickson (Fred/ Garner)

Sancho (Pellistri/ Amad)
Rashford / Bruno (Garnacho/ Elanga/ Martial)
Ronaldo

Plus other players not mentioned.

Incredible choice for ETH. Hope they use the loan system too.

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26 Jun 2022 11:13:25
I spent some time to take out list of players that are either available on a free or in the last year of their contract.
Don't tell me not of them will improve our current team.
Given how terrible our squad is I'd very interested if we signed a couple from below to get players in without exceeding our budgets/ replacing current poor players.

Free agents:
Tarkowski
Eriksen
Joao Moutinho
Angelo Ogbonna
Ousmane Dembele
Adnan Januzaj
Luis Suarez
Felipe
Andrea Belotti
Jason Denayer
Fabregas
Burak Yilmaz
Tolisso

Last year of contract:
Tielemans
Fabian Ruiz
Gnabry
Skriniar
Thomas Lemar
Jose Gaya
NGolo Kante
Marco asensio
Koulibaly
Soyuncu
Zaha
Depay
Akanji
De Vrij
Dendoncker
Jorginho
Laimer
Guerreiro
Filip Kostic
Thilo Kehrer
Mukiele
Grimaldo
Milenkovic
Rabiot
Brennan Johnson
Caleta-Car.

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23 Jun 2022 13:22:57
With only a couple of weeks left till our first pre-seasom game, who do you think will make EtH's first team sheet.

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20 Jun 2022 18:49:09
29 days since we last played.
7 days until EtH's first training session.
174 players linked.

So come on, what do you genuinely believe will be our squad for the first game vs Brighton, injuries permitting?

I'll go:

De Gea
Dalot
Varane
Maguire
Shaw
De Jong
Fred
Eriksen
Bruno
Ronaldo
Sancho

Subs: Heaton, Lindelof, Malacia, McTominay, Hannibal, vdBeek, Rashford, Elanga, Moussa Dembele.

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16 Jun 2022 09:14:06
So what do we think of the fixtures then? I know we have to play everyone twice but there is something to building momentum early in a season. Looking at our fixtures a few years back and I'd have Ben ecstatic with those games, now though I'm not so sure. What's everyone else's thoughts? Really depends on what we do in the transfer window between now and then I guess.

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16 Jun 2022 09:07:13
Liverpool, 3rd game in. May help us, players hopefully on a high with a new manager and Liverpool players settling in. Hoping we can keep it under 5!

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14 Jun 2022 10:28:13
As always during this time of year United are linked with around 867,938 different players. While I think a case can be made for needing to sign players in every position, where the priority lies is often harder for fans to determine.

Some argue that defence is the priority, with us shipping far too many goals last season its hard to say that the defence doesn't need any work.

Some argue our forward line is in desperate need of a refresh. They point to the form of Rashford, the age of Ronaldo and the massive hole on our right wing. Again these arguments are based in logic and all have merit.

While other fans will say it is the midfield that is the priority, McFred is a midtable midfield pairing which is true.

Personally I feel the best way to understand the priority is the breakdown the first choice options in defence, midfield and forward line into separate components and just look at them.

Our best possible defensive line up in my opinion is: Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw.

Our best midfield has been: Fred and McTominay. With Matic and Pogba leaving the only real other option is Donny.

Our best forward line is: Sancho, Bruno, Rashford, Ronaldo.

I feel that when you look at it like that you'd have to say that midfield is in dire need of an upgrade and that even two midfielders are needed above many other areas. If we sign one midfielder (say De Jong) then he'd still need to be paired with one of Fred, McTominay or Donny. Meaning the first choice midfield still isn't good enough.

Defence is the second area that clearly needs addressing, most notably at centre back where the only player who might be good enough is Varane, a player who struggles to stay fit. I think Full back is obviously the next area that needs addressing with a shocking lack of depth and serious questions over the ability of the first choice options.

The forward line on paper and if the new manager is able to get them all to their best form is actually great. A top form Rashford and Bruno along with Sancho in his Dortmund form and Ronaldo is actually a fantastic forward line and arguably only bettered by those at Liverpool and City in the league.

The issue with the forward line isn't starting quality, but a question of form and depth. You'd think EtH could probably improve the form of most of the players. Yet depth of Pellistri, Amad, Elanga, Garnacho, Hannibal all relies on youth stepping up rather than any experienced pro's able to step in and relieve the pressure on the starting 4 players. We could do with a player here capable of playing mostly from the right but also capable of playing through the centre as a striker or false 9. Yet it would be madness to spend a large proportion of the budget on this player given the clear and obvious weaknesses in the first 11 in other areas of the squad.

Like I said valid arguments can be made for signings in just about every position such is the weakness of this squad.

Yet I think looking at the strength (or in this case weakness of the first 11) The clear priority has to be midfield and probably 2 midfielders given the real weakness of this area. This would be followed by a CB then a full back and finally a versatile forward who prefers to play from the right.

Priority 1: No.6 type controlling midfielder.

Priority 2: No.8 complete midfielder defence, attack and in transition. Intelligent.

Priority 3: Mobile, quick CB who can play out from the back.

Priority 4: Top class fullback, capable of playing as an inverted fullback either in midfield or as a third CB.

Priority 5: A top class forward player who plays best from the right but is capable of playing as a CF if needed.


While the obvious struggles last season came in both scoring goals and keeping them out, the less obvious but far more vital weakness came in midfield with a total inability to control the game. That meant our defence was left wide open with no cover in front of it, and our attack unable to sustain pressure and build high quality goalscoring chances.

That is why midfield has to be the absolute priority and we must sort this area out first before chasing fancy forward options.

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28 May 2022 22:34:16
So much for the quadruple.

For all those craving speed merchants on our team, watch how 2 old heads ran the game. Modric and Kroos absolute geniuses.

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28 May 2022 22:41:38
And for all the noise about young managers, its still Jose and Ancelloti picking up European trophies.

29 May 2022 01:34:06
Stars of the game were casamiro, Militao, Alaba and Courtois.

Courtois was obvious. But casamiro was just unbelievable, he snuffed out so many Liverpool attacks. He is a very under rated DCM, and even in that team he seems to quietly sit in the shadows of TK and LM. Have always loved the two maestros, always felt we missed the boat in a big way by not getting both of them.

 


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