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22 Mar 2021 21:42:27
Well, after that shocker, its not surprising to see the names we should be signing in the summer!
Rice, Indidi, Haarland, grealish etc but does anyone realistically believe those eg would want to push to leave their current clubs for us?
I will wait with great anticipation ed002s update on what could happen and acknowledge his and others insight but we cannot afford wholesale incomings that are required to make this a go to club for the premier players.

My guess is we could see the need for a good back up keeper, we need at least 1 cb, 1 dm possibly another am or creative mid, atop striker and a right side forward. >7 players and then shipping out equally the same numbers- many on inflated wages that noone will pay fully - ed002 calls it 100% that we are amateurs. As for the manager, he simply isn't cut out for the job, but the rot runs far deeper and further up the club ladder. Very negative showing that is more of a true indicator as to where Man utd are as a club.

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1.) 22 Mar 2021 21:49:34
We'll be back in for Oles number 1 target Matty Longstaff. We need more industry in the midfield.


2.) 23 Mar 2021 03:29:19
Oh mumbles, it was Sean longstaff.


3.) 23 Mar 2021 06:59:44
lol Rohan :)


4.) 23 Mar 2021 09:33:25
Thanks Rohan, I'll sleep easier tonight now.


5.) 23 Mar 2021 09:51:37
Funky, this is exactly it. People say we have a great squad, yet we need to ship out at least 7 players, probably a few more long term who aren't at the required level. While we need to bring in replacements for most of those players, the one who don't need replacing because we have young players who can step up only really don't need replacing IF those young players actually step up.

As we have seen with players like Cleverley, Welbeck etc they might have a lot of promise but they don't always make that step up.

Henderson looks like he could replace DDG, but that doesn't mean he will be able to.

Greenwood looks like he can become a top striker, but he is young and there is a long way to go before he is a top striker.

Will AWB develop the offensive side of his game or will he remain a one dimensional full back, great at defending and poor going forward. If not then is that good enough for a top team?

When looking at the squad does anyone truly feel that any of Joel Pereira, Maguire, Bailly, Jones, Fred, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Andreas Pereira, James or Martial are actually good enough to be part of a title winning team? Are any of them even good enough to be a key squad player playing 20-25 games a season for us?

Then we have players like Pogba who wants out, or Telles and Donny who haven't really settled and kicked on yet. Will they ever?

Players like Lindelof and McTominay are solid squad players, are they or will they be good enough to kick on and become first 11 quality for a title winning side?

We have Bruno, Rashford and Shaw (on this season's form) who are definitely good enough and look like players we can build around.

The rest are young players with potential who we are hoping will kick on and reach that potential, but that could be a few years away yet. Players like Henderson, AWB, Tuanzebe, Williams, Garner, Diallo and Greenwood. Some closer than others currently.

So when we assess this squad we need to sort out the GK situation. Henderson can't stay as back up he either needs to be first choice or leave either on loan or permanently. If he stays as first choice what of DDG, can we have the highest paid player in the league sitting on the bench? Probably not so he'll have to leave. Either way one of DDG or Henderson will leave this summer. Meaning we will need a decent back up keeper as Romero will be out of contract and leaving, while Grant is 90 years old and is retiring.

In defence we have one LB who is good enough and one who hasn't yet proven himself in the EPL. Two RB's with potential but still have a way to go. One squad CB, one with potential but injury prone. The rest aren't good enough.

So we definitely need a couple of CB's who are good enough for a title winning team.

In midfield we have one player who wants to leave (Pogba) who on paper is good enough but often doesn't show enough on the pitch. One in Donny who should be good enough, but is really struggling to adapt. A solid squad player in McTominay. While neither Fred or Matic are good enough. We have hope with Garner, but he is at least another year on loan away in reality.

Again ideally we need two first choice options here. Pogba should leave as should Fred and Matic. If Donny can prove himself then we only need one midfielder. But that's a big if.

We have no wingers at all who are good enough. James is a squad player at best. Rashford and Greenwood are strikers who play wide to find space to run at defenders with the ball. But neither are creative enough. Diallo might start to have a squad role over the next year or so.

We 100% need a creative winger who is first team quality. Otherwise all creativity will have to flow through Bruno.

Strikers is a weird one. Martial isn't good enough, he has the quality in his feet but he doesn't have an elite mentality to enable him to use his talents consistently. Rashford plays better from wide left. Cavani looks decent but not quite elite when he is fit enough to play. But at 34 isn't even a short term solution. However, Greenwood has the potential to be an elite striker and will need regular minutes as a striker if he is to reach that potential.
For me the striker situation is all about creating a pathway for Greenwood while not putting a the pressure on him right away to allow him time to develop. We either need to bring in a top level elite striker who is in their late 20's or early 30's, ideally between the ages of 28-31. Someone who can be first choice for a couple of years before being back up to Greenwood in 2-3 years time. Or if we can't get that sort of player then we need to look at a player the next step down from elite level, someone who can carry the burden with Greenwood but won't block him as he develops.


So ideally we need a back-up keeper, at least one CB but ideally two. At least one midfielder, but maybe two. At least one winger and a striker. A minimum of 5 players maybe 7.

While we would need to move on at least as many of not more to make the space in the squad.


6.) 23 Mar 2021 12:25:04
I think cleverly and Wellbeck have epl medals. I think they did step up when called upon by a great manager.
Short memory.
But they Cornhill do it without a great manager just like some of our players now.
Robertson was not regarded a great left back till he played for a great manager.
Henderson never mentioned in the same breath as Keane until he played for a great manager.
Matip a fee transfer from Germany but cl and epl winner under a great manager.
Put ole in charge of city and they struggle imo but they are rebated great players under pep.


7.) 23 Mar 2021 15:47:07
i would like to see a back three- bailly/ tuanzebe/ maguire with awb and shaw as wingback- crazy but play llndlehof as dm then rash bruno and vdb/ mactom with cavani up front- based on who we have. it surely can't be worse than what we have witnessed on occasion.


 

 

 

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16 Apr 2021 11:46:50
cheers ed002- could be wrong but the amateurish behaviour of united might hinder the possibility of a number of players from coming in. Have a good weekend.

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06 Apr 2021 11:14:30
personally think a striker is becoming more urgent than before- cavani although a former worldie, get rid: may only be the media but his fathers alleged comments, and the fact that he has been fit to play but stated he wasnt is a poor show imo.
Add to the mix that martial is martial we are extremely lightweight up front. Haarland would be a fortune, unproven in the epl and 100+m could be a costly mistake if one mistimed tackle or injury away from leaving us in the same predicament with best part of the transfer budget gone.

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17 Feb 2021 18:51:23
usual candidates are bound to be mentioned in the tabloids. wonder if naglesman could be in the mix.

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10 Apr 2021 13:55:32
cant see a mega priced frontman to be fair - andre silva, or some big powerful alternative like the young lad at fiorentia with a face like a welders bench - sebian i think.

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08 Apr 2021 15:59:46
shappy his first team ain't brilliant at times so who is he going to rotate them with?

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06 Apr 2021 11:19:09
spot on caolan 2!
we are a squad laden with high paid underperformers that we cannot or will have to pay huge sums to shift on.

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30 Mar 2021 17:29:18
not sancho or varane- sancho imo overated in an vastly inferior league physically, and hasn't set the worls alight internationally; varane good defender but again only has 2-3 other teams that test him on a regular basis in la liga.
kane premiership proven but 2 problems ;injuryprone and levy, rice would be a good shout if the money was right and we didn't mess up with lingard potential deal.
as for positions all need addressing asap including managerial position and woodward, coaches etc. In fairness aside from players the only position we don't need to address is the canteen tea lady - sorted.

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25 Mar 2021 16:33:34
tbh if that and the prospect of the poor level of performances by lack of quality coming in, will shift me toward taking a year out from season ticket renewal for me and the youngun! its been a tough ride since 2013 but we are treading water with the bunch of clowns boots we have running the asylum and a 9-10 hour day with travel and the match to watch incompetence is starting to lose its appeal.

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