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14 Feb 2021 19:53:04
The only thing I can think off is that DeGea, Martial and Fred all have photos of OGS doing something.

Someone please explain to me why Fred even sees the field, what does he bring to the team when he is out there we are playing 11 v 10.

Martial always seems to be put out that he was to do something, and he doesn't look happy doing even anything.

I'm not sure what Henderson has to do to get the number 1 shirt but he should be in there.

OGS simply rolls out the same 11 every week regardless of their past performances. At least put 11 out there that care about the crest.

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1.) 14 Feb 2021 19:59:47
Add Mavuire and Lindelof to the list. a lot of it is down to poor recruitment due to having a DOF.


2.) 14 Feb 2021 20:19:15
Wasn’t Ed Woodward quoted in the papers not long ago saying that we were top of the league and challenging because of our great recruitment. I say that tongue in cheek but i dare say he was being serious 🤣.


3.) 14 Feb 2021 20:22:58
Meant to say due to not having a DOF.


4.) 14 Feb 2021 21:30:42
Tim_99,

The Lord Almighty Woodward, who see all and knows all.


5.) 15 Feb 2021 11:27:44
There are 2 keys to improvement here :-

1. Get a really good Director of football. We need to take recruitment out of the hands of amateurs and it should fit with an overall strategy for the club. We might get value for money then. The summer transfer window is crucial if we are to improve the team.
2. Get rid of the inconsistant non-performers in the teram and replace them with reliable players. I am not going to name names -everyone has their opinions about players and this is leading to more abuse. We need a lean squad with good quality players.


 

 

01 Feb 2021 18:47:09
The one word that comes to mind about the loss would be "unlucky". Cavani won't miss those sitters very often.

Here's some of my random thoughts.

1. You can't be called a counter attacking team if the you pass the ball sidewides and back as often as you do forward.

2. Martial just comes across as someone who couldn't care less about the crest on the front of the shirt. He also doesn't really have a position.

3. Wan Bisaka is terrible at crossing the ball. Has Ole looked at playing him inside alongside Harry. I would, is an excellent defender and has pace.

4. Fred needs to get checked for being color blind because he passes more to the other side the he does the lads in red.

5. DVB needs more playing time, he would play ahead of Fred in my world. My theory is he was brought in as a replacement for Pogba ( but he never left) and has been told Pogba is gone this summer and he will play regular soccer in that position.

6. I would also give some youngsters game action but then that would put Ole out of his comfort zone.

Just the thoughts os a rambling ex-coach.

coachusa

1.) 01 Feb 2021 19:22:06
Sorry what's soccer?


2.) 01 Feb 2021 19:27:36
Agree on some fronts, but Fred has easily been in our top 5 performers this season.


3.) 01 Feb 2021 19:37:34
Fred is a poor passer of the ball and too lightweight to be at the hub of our midfield. In addition, he looks like he will never score. We need someone in that position who can deliver a range of passes consistently and also has the ability, authority and presence to drive the team on.


4.) 01 Feb 2021 21:51:12
Interesting post and some good observations:

Martial - too tired of debating that he is just not good enough. He is cover for LW at best. The Boy Wonder has had 1 good season in 5 and that's just good enough return. He is Nani Mark 2 - clearly a quality player but woefully inconsistent.

Wan Bissaka at CB is a good shout. Very pacy, fantastic tackler. I would still worry about some of his positional sense though but there are worse options. We should be targeting the world class CB we and indeed all good teams need to move to becoming title winning. Liverpool invested in Van Dijk and got an instant return. City's purchase of the excellent Dias (whom we were linked with under Mourinho) looks as though it will help secure them the league too. Pau Torres is the CB I'd most like to join.

Fred v Van de Beek:
Fred has a lot of energy and can drive forward the midfield. He puts a lot of challenges in and saving tackles but agree his distribution is just awful. Its almost as though we just need him there for breaking up opposition play then be limited to 10 yard maximum passes only to the next player - preferably a United one!

Van de Beek will get his game time once Pogba goes but I agree he needs much more game time now and is clearly a much better technical player than Fred. Seems a crying shame we can't find a role for someone of such obvious quality and from what the Eds have said previously there looks a real risk he won't be here too long.


5.) 02 Feb 2021 11:05:57
Halesini, good shout on Martial being Nani 2.0. Hadn't thought about it like that but your bang on.

I'm not sure AWB would make a good CB, he is poor in the air and positionally poor That sounds like a recipe for disaster at CB. His best attribute is making last ditch tackles in 1v1 situations. Again, you don't really want a CB making last minute tackles, being in a central position it means that those tackles are always happening in the box, meaning every time you lose or get it wrong then its a penalty.

AWB, just needs coaching for positioning and offensive play. When to overlap, to look up before crossing, practicing his crossing technique etc. While not to tuck in so narrowly in defence, although that might be a tactical ploy, getting teams to go wide and cross knowing that Maguire will likely clear any cross, thus negating the treat.


 

 

25 Jan 2021 22:37:08
Been lurking for a while. Live in the USA but was a British citizen till I was 30. Grew up playing in Surrey. Was a high school soccer coach for over 40 years here in the states.

Anyway I have enjoyed most, and I mean most, posts and insights on this board.

My biggest complaint about Ole, and the staff, is that when they show them on the sidelines it almost looks like they are asleep. I see no fire or emotion from them. I seriously doubt they could fire me up as a player.

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1.) 26 Jan 2021 06:53:18
Agree to an extent coachusa.
But at the moment Ole has fired us to the top.


2.) 26 Jan 2021 08:07:22
Welcome.

That might be a reason for our slow starts however we’ve started better recently, and the players certainly come out for the second half ready to go.

Times change, and shouting at young people isn’t the done thing these days.


3.) 26 Jan 2021 08:20:22
Coachusa

In game management has been an area I and many others have been critical of Ole over. On Sunday he seemed to make a decisive decision over the substitutions but he doesn’t seem to have much impact from the side at any time. I am not sure shouting and screaming from the sidelines always helps but making sure we are set up right and make changes at key moments is important and it is hard to do that without making yourself heard or seen.


4.) 26 Jan 2021 14:42:06
I'm not sure if shouting your tactical changes from the side line 10 yards away from the opposition manager and for all the opposition players to hear is particularity advantageous.

While screaming at pampered millionaires just to gee them up is also not as likely to have the effects you would want.

Times change and people with them. I'm less concerned by Solskjaer's demeanour on the side lines than I am about the teams slow starts and the seeming delays in changing things.

The slow starts I think can be fixed by increasing the intensity on the warm ups and increase the players focus.

I think Ole does make in game changes, slight shifts in shape, in focus etc. What he doesn't do is throw on subs early. But that might be more to do with him believing his best players are already on the pitch. I'd take a brave man to take off one of Rashford, Martial or Bruno to throw on Lingard, Mata or James.


5.) 26 Jan 2021 15:35:11
Shappy I'm not talking about yelling tactical changes, by the way it only takes opposing coaches about two minutes to figure out any changes you make. Not saying yell at the players, although sometimes it might help, just show some emotion like you care.

Watch Klopp on the sidelines, very emotional, then look at Ole and he seems to be looking at his computer a lot and at times I think he might be watching a movie or something.


6.) 26 Jan 2021 16:13:27
Could the slow starts be down to the manager seating on his heated seat watching the game on his monitor?

I'm sure there are pros and cons of barking orders on the touchline, but I would like to see my manager there. Keeps everyone on their toes, reminds them of their duties and even if it gets an extra 5% from the players it's worth it.

Keane on the pitch would hold people to task. It raises the bar. Look at Henderson for Liverpool. Above average footballer but watch the video of him vs Atalanta. He's encouraging every single challenge, every pass, every throw in. Complimenting every time a player does something well. He's a great captain and you can tell when he's not playing.

Anyone who has managed people in a fast moving environment, you have to be on top of them. Games at this level are won and lost by fine margins.


7.) 26 Jan 2021 19:02:27
Who isn't entertained by watching Conte losing his mind every match?


8.) 26 Jan 2021 23:59:43
I don't think its about giving instructions. Its about motivating the players more. For me a manager can't be observer, i don't mean beeing like Conte but something in the middle.


9.) 27 Jan 2021 02:38:50
Klopp and Guardiola are very evident coaching vocally from the touchline unlike Ole, it may not be his style but a show of passion now and again might help the players.


 

 

 

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14 Feb 2021 23:56:32
Yes, I'm with you. He should have been stronger but the forward made contact with his face and I've seen cards given for that.

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26 Jan 2021 20:50:06
Who I want to see.

DeGea
Williams, Tuz, Bailly, Telle
VdB, McTom
Diallo, Matta, James
Cavani

Who I expect

DeGea
AWB, Bailly, Maguire, Telles
James, Mata, Greenwood
Matial.

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26 Jan 2021 15:35:11
Shappy I'm not talking about yelling tactical changes, by the way it only takes opposing coaches about two minutes to figure out any changes you make. Not saying yell at the players, although sometimes it might help, just show some emotion like you care.

Watch Klopp on the sidelines, very emotional, then look at Ole and he seems to be looking at his computer a lot and at times I think he might be watching a movie or something.

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