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16 Apr 2021 22:44:21
How about Ricarlison as a transfer target? Is the jury still out?

spenno

1.) 17 Apr 2021 09:08:42
A no ta from me.


2.) 17 Apr 2021 09:40:13
I thought Richarlison liked to play as a striker type and will cut in from the right in the same way that Rashford does it from the right?


3.) 17 Apr 2021 09:48:18
Richarlison is one of those players a little like Nani, clearly hugely talented, but seems to struggle to consistently play to his ability.

Just as capable of having a 5 out of 10 performance as they are a 10 out of 10 performance.

I like him, he has a really competitive attitude, but unless he can turn the talent into consistent performances then he is in no way worth the 70m+ that Everton would demand for him.


4.) 17 Apr 2021 10:15:41
He be ideal for Barcelona. Think he be a squad player at United.


5.) 17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.


6.) 17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.


7.) 17 Apr 2021 11:57:18
Clearly Everton value him, in fact want to build a team around him, after rejecting (a somewhat surprising) £100m wasn't it? Think that raised a few eyebrows, I'd have bitten their hand off.


8.) 17 Apr 2021 12:19:27
You can say that again Ken😂.


9.) 17 Apr 2021 12:52:34
Where is this ability Martial has that everyone keeps referring too lol? A completely underwhelming player in my view who is in the wrong league.


10.) 17 Apr 2021 22:04:34
Not good enough. We need a striker guaranteeing 20+ goals a season. Also has to be one who leads the line like Cavani.


 

 

28 Jul 2020 15:33:37
Hi Ed. Might Buendia be a cost-effective AM/ RW option for Utd? He's very young and I can't see Norwich being able to hang onto him. Plus I suspect he'd cost a fraction of the main target.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - To replace the purchase of Sancho? He has not been looked at whereas others have.}


1.) 28 Jul 2020 18:07:08
I don’t see the fascination with Buendia? I watched him a few times after lockdown and he didn’t work back, got a stupid red and tried to do everything himself at times?


2.) 28 Jul 2020 19:40:37
Anyone wanting wanting players like buendia clearly want to step back not step forward.


3.) 28 Jul 2020 21:12:15
Out of that Norwich team the only players I’d consider adding to the squad would be Aarons, Lewis and cantwell.


4.) 28 Jul 2020 22:10:07
Buendia is 24 in a few months he's not that young. Plus a lot of Norwich games I noticed he starts on the bench. Nowhere near good enough for us in my opinion.


5.) 29 Jul 2020 14:27:00
Buendia is criminally underrated by so many, mostly likely because he plays for Norwich.

He ranks 4th in the EPL for Key Passes, with only KdB, Maddison and Grealish above him.

He ranks 4th in the EPL for expected assists (xA), with only KdB, TAA and Mahrez ranked above him.

Ranks 4th for successful dribbles in the EPL, with only Traore, Saint-Maxmin and Zaha ahead of him.

In Europe's top five leagues only Messi has played more through balls and created more "big chances".

And ranks 3rd in the league for passes into the opposition penalty area.

Yet he isn't just about creativity, he works hard for the team and does loads of defensive work.

He averages 13.6km distance covered per game, for context the league average is 11.4km. Anything over 12.5 places you in the top 10. Buendia is second in the league.

He ranks 5th for presses per game in the EPL, and is first amongst players 23 or under.

Is 4th in the league for counterpresses.

Makes more tackles in the defensive third of the pitch than any other forward in the league.

While, he is third for Norwich for appearances this season and 7th for minutes played. So is very much a regular starter.

Emi Buendia is one of the most complete and creative forwards in the EPL this season. He is EPL proven, which is far more than most other targets for the RW and would be significantly cheaper than most. Especially when we consider that he has managed this while playing for the worst team in the league. He was responsible for 21.3% of Norwich's league goals this season.

The only thing that really let's him down is he doesn't shoot enough, yet in a United side that would potentially contain Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and Bruno we don't really need a goalscorer, but a goal creator. And Buendia is one of the best in the league.

Buendia combines the work rate and defensive nous of Park Ji Sung, but with elite levels of creativity.

Sadly the team pressing hardest for his signature appears to be Leeds United and he would absolutely thrive under Marcelo Bielsa and his style of play. If Leeds sign him I can see them having a similar season to Sheffield United, maybe even going one better and getting into Europe in their first season back in the top flight.


6.) 29 Jul 2020 15:30:19
Shappy
Are Barcelona or Madrid in for him?


7.) 29 Jul 2020 15:43:39
Yes jred.


8.) 29 Jul 2020 22:15:28
Jred.

Barca just got rid of Arthur to sign an aging pjanjc. Their recruitment is a shambles in itself.


9.) 30 Jul 2020 08:20:36
Shappy
I think not, its also a really strange way to judge if we should buy a player.


10.) 30 Jul 2020 02:28:47
Stats can be deceptive at times, but that list does make a compelling case.

I haven't watched Norwich that much, so could be wrong, but he looked like he'd be comfortable at CAM as well as either wing, so maybe an alternative to Grealish rather than Sancho perhaps?


11.) 30 Jul 2020 11:58:10
Thorne, Buendía is definitely better coming off the right, but can equally play in the No.10 role. Not sure he has played much from the left. But then with Rashford, James, Martial and even Greenwood more than comfortable playing on the left I'm not sure we need any more cover for that side.


 

 

23 Dec 2017 13:54:36
Hey Ed. Is Fabinho still a midfield option? Liked the look of him last season, also a useful RB.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - when he plays in midfield it is as a DM player. Monaco will not be looking to sell in January - which is what they have told two clubs who asked.}


1.) 23 Dec 2017 15:05:28
Cheers Ed. Merry xmas!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. And you.}


2.) 23 Dec 2017 18:16:10
Any wildcard for January Ed? . Merry xmas and New years to all of the Eds.

{Ed002's Note - Can’t think of any right now.}


3.) 23 Dec 2017 19:07:39
No worries Ed. Have a great evening.


4.) 24 Dec 2017 07:42:33
2 Bad results in one week, Shocking draw against Leicester. Then Jose comes out and says childish attacking and defending. No Jose its childish management, Why take off our most dangerous winger Martial and replace him with I can't be arsed and ball greedy git Rashford. This team at the moment is starting too look so one dimensional, it pains me to say it but Jose is starting to show the same attitude he had at Chelsea just before he was handed his P45.


5.) 24 Dec 2017 09:28:21
rock it was anybody but mourinho's fault, he took martial off for a simple reason that we have a game on tuesday and we need fresh players for that one as well. It wasn't mourinho who missed 4 sitters in the game, it wasn't mourinho who give the ball away cheaply in the 91st of the game when we could have had a corner or with a good pass even a 3rd goal, it wasn't mourinho who decided to lety smalling mark their biggest player when he couldn't walk, the fault solely lies with the players.


6.) 24 Dec 2017 11:29:23
Rashford came on and got their full back sent off.


7.) 24 Dec 2017 12:28:05
gds that was the fb's own doing neither occasion did he need to foul rash but he did and got sent off, rashford had a great chance to kill the game in added time yesterday he acted greedily in the end costing the us the game, can't blame him alone but he smalling and hererra share the most blame for yesterday's result.


8.) 24 Dec 2017 19:55:26
I think we needed leadership yesterday and it was severely lacking. Who picked the captain? Who sat and took no ownership as things were starting to crumble and players were unsure of what to do?

Yes the players are responsible in many ways, but Jose had the experience and know-how to counter the pathetic Leicester threat that emerged - he just sat there and left it to our leaderless team to try and figure out for themselves - this wasn't training it was a really important match. Jose is the most to blame, and the players as always were found wanting when it mattered.

I felt sick watching it.

{Ed025's Note - you can be a bit of a moaner beast, but i agree on that mate..


9.) 27 Dec 2017 01:11:39
How can you blame Smalling? I don't rate him, but the guy was walking on one leg. Up to José to sort it out. Either go 10 v 10, or keep Mike out of trouble up front. Don't keep him in the danger area, with one leg.


10.) 27 Dec 2017 05:13:03
Nou Jones tried that he had lindelof playing as cb and wanted Herrera to play rb, Herrera acted like a tat and Smalling decided he knew better, if you can't walk you shouldn't be playing and that is a decision player himself needs to make no one else can be blamed for that.


11.) 27 Dec 2017 08:47:33
it's clear we need a number 10 lingard has done well but Miki has not lived up to expectations Mata is ok there but we need a real top quality player in that position I like The Fekir from Lyon he is the wild card who Jose will look to bring in.


12.) 28 Dec 2017 14:27:05
CSM, I think Smalling might have been overcompensating after the last time he was injured, when José wasn't exactly sympathetic to his plight. Having said that, the manager could see the pain he was in, and still just sat there. That's when a proper touchline manager earns his crust. How can you organise, cajole and inspire, when you're sitting with your hands in your pocket most of the game, snuggled up in your parka looking mean and moody. Would Herrera have been so awkward if it was José barking the instructions at him?


 

 

26 Apr 2017 22:06:09
Seriously, all these reports every season of a handful players leaving. Not just Man U but any top team. How often does this happen? 3-4 in, the same out for continuity. Rooney, Young, maybe Blind or Carrick out, and if something ridiculous is on the table, DDG out. No-one else.

spenno

1.) 29 Apr 2017 11:43:53
Jose needs to build a team that can challenge immediately but have medium-longer term crack at Champs League, i. e. winning it at least twice overly the likely 7 to 10 year period he sees himself here. I think he is 53 now and has said previously he would love to be Portugal national coach as his final managerial post. I think and hope this is Jose's last club manager role. The days of Ferguson like characters (with obvious exception of Wenger) staying 20 years anywhere are long gone.

So players wise I think we are looking to build a core of 24-27yo players ideally. Players who are fully developed, fully proven and class reinforcements who can walk into the first team.

With De Gea seemingly gone a world class keeper is a must. I think we will be knocking on Tottenham's door for Lloris or go for Jan Oblak at Athletico.

Defence wise there is only Bailly who is a shue-in first team for me with Valencia a great RB back-up (only given age) and Blind a versatile CB/ FB cover. There were reports back in Jan that a deal for Lindelof the Benfica CB was done and dusted but gone quiet there. Alderweireld is a must if rumours of a buy-out clause of £25m are true. I do think prising any players from Tottenham will be very difficult though. They are clearly the emerging team to beat and if they can keep their squad together and bulk their squad up a little they are definite contenders next year.

Midfield - a Carrick replacement a must. Pogba he will look to build a team around logically though interestingly where do folk think his best position actually is? Herrera has been immense at times and proved via Chelsea the occasionally man to man job that may be required he is absolutely perfect for. Fellaini I appreciate remains a head scratcher for all of us but he is the tall physical player Jose likes so don't see him going.

Forwards:
Mkhitaryan needs to improve for me- either sublimely class or looks to go missing a bit. The younger pacier forwards such as Rashford, Martial and Lingard will all be safe but only see Rashford as a regular first X1 tbh. Ibra and Rooney both gone already. Mata I think could still do a job for us but likely he won't get game time he wants.

I think squad wise we are looking as a minimum at:
1 x GK
2 x FB
2 x CB
1 x DM
1 x CF
1 x CF / Winger

So appreciate that's 8 players in but I see following all going out:
De Gea (sadly)
Jones (too crocked)
Smalling (too not good enough)
Young (too old)
Ibra (possibly retired now)
Rooney (retired about 3 year back lol)

Those on the possible list to go:
Darmian
Shaw
Mata


I do think this is the summer we will see the Jose revolution. He inherited a squad he's not convinced by and had a year to suss them all out. Rooney he sussed in 6 games in fairness to him. Jose knows Chelsea will go again in the market, Spurs already are contenders and City have a major re-build to. let's not underestimate the size of the task to make us into League winning and Champs League challenging regulars.

And if you don't believe that then ask yourself this question:
From our current squad, barring De Gea, who would walk into any premiership team? who would walk into any team in Europe?


 

 

 

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03 Jul 2021 16:37:20
A few reports linking Brozovic with Utd again this weekend. I think we were linked a few seasons ago. Seems a solid player in the troublesome DCM position, and wouldn't cost the earth? Would others be happy with him or prefer to hold out for a more glamorous signing?

spenno

1.) 03 Jul 2021 19:17:16
From what I have seen he is a cross between a DM and a DLP, he is happy to sit in front of his CB stopping plays and then starting off the attack. Good passer, reads the game well and good positioning, no pace at all so has to rely on his position and awareness.

He is better than anyone we have to play that role right now and I think would do a solid not spectacular Job. Doesn't have the physicality of a Kante and might take a while to get used to the physicality and pace of the EPL but is probably smart enough and experienced enough to adjust his game to cope with it.

What he would do is allow are FB to deploy higher up the pitch with more confidence.

With our current players I think he would be best in our middle two with McTominey who has the physicality and running power he lacks and would be then able to play his natural game confident that Brozovic would be behind him covering.


2.) 04 Jul 2021 07:07:32
A DM without pace is not what we need right now. Brozovic doesn't have the pace and nor his positional awareness looks top class. I don't think he would be able to handle the intensity of the PL either.

We need someone with more energy, pace and who is physically strong to deal with the challenges of a DM in the league week in, week out.


 

 

02 Jul 2021 21:52:46
Think Italy are easily the strongest remaining team. But the playacting and nonsense sure makes it hard to take their side sometimes.

spenno

1.) 02 Jul 2021 22:23:55
I agree spenno I think Italy played really well but I want Spain to beat them because of the time wasting and play acting,
The guy on the floor when the goal went in was pretty embarrassing and it felt like the last twenty mins plus injury time the ball was barely in play .


2.) 02 Jul 2021 22:46:40
I'd be surprised if Italy don't win it to be fair.

They have been by far the best team in the tournament. If they had a top class striker they'd be winning games 4 or 5-0 easily.

Typically defensively solid as you'd expect an Italian team. But they can really play good football. Players like Verratti, Locatelli and Brella in midfield. While they move the ball around so quickly they carve teams open almost at will.

While the gamesmanship is still there which is a slight shame, it does make them the full package.


3.) 03 Jul 2021 02:05:51
Knockout football anything can happen.


4.) 03 Jul 2021 06:23:34
A slight shame? It was utterly pathetic. T

The injured player was down for 4 minutes, there were a lot of subs, the GK wasted a lot of time and the ref only added 5 minutes, when 10 would have been more accurate.

Yes they've played well but they were cynical whiners and time wasters last night.


5.) 03 Jul 2021 07:19:41
It was awful, but I guess they would do anything to go through.

I don't think Spain is any better though, they are pretty much the same when it comes to laying on the ground and time wasting.

If Spinazzola injury is more serious, I think it will make a big impact. England is, perhaps, the best defensive team in the tournament, and taking Spinazzola out of the picture is a big deal.


6.) 03 Jul 2021 08:32:16
It's part of the game, same as holding the ball up in the corner, same as is diving/ going down easily, same as professional fouls, same as defensive tactics, or leaving a bit on a man when you tackle them, etc.

And to honest, every team does it.

Not all teams/ players will play beautiful free flowing football, not all play in the "spirit of the game".

I suppose that's part of what makes football interesting. How a team overcomes the challenges put in front of them.

Ultimately if football wants to go to war with time wasting then the most simple solution is the follow rugby's example and just reduce the game time to 80 minutes, and the clock stops every time the ball goes dead.

However, ultimately teams would then just look to pointless possession, passing the ball amongst the back four to waste time.


7.) 03 Jul 2021 09:13:30
Italy was my pick before a ball was kicked, the best team at the tournament by a mile, passionate, tight knit, deserve to win it. Shame about Spinny having a ruptured achilles tendon, hope they go on and win it for them, massive miss for Italy he will be.
Spain bore me to tears tbh, lucked their way to this point.
England had it easy all along again, be a disgrace if they don't make the final.
Italy v Denmark is the right final for me.


8.) 03 Jul 2021 10:26:31
Italians consider time wasting part of the game; it's called Melina.


9.) 03 Jul 2021 10:27:37
Welsh, the right final will be whoever gets there. Who you wish to get there however is different. If we get to the final it’s because we deserve to. If anyone gets to the final it’s because they deserve to. Your favoured final does not = the right one.


10.) 03 Jul 2021 11:34:32
I think many neutrals will be backing Denmark after what happened with Eriksen.

While something like that can be a catalyst within the group of players to pull them together and fight that little bit harder and push a little bit more. That can be the difference in a tournament like this, and once they get a few results behind them they can get on a roll. Belief at a tournament can completely change a team.


11.) 03 Jul 2021 12:42:12
Chill red whisky, touchy aren't we lol. Imo any post I put.


12.) 03 Jul 2021 13:01:01
Why doesn't England deserve it? Played against Croatia, who came 2nd in WC, against Germany, and against another team that is through to quarter.


13.) 03 Jul 2021 13:02:40
Time wasting would be removed from the game if they just took the time keeping away from the ref and had an independent person stopping the clock like they do in rugby. Everybody knows why and how much time is being added, players can pretend to be injured for 20 minutes if they want, the clock is stopped. Until this happens and refs add the correct time on teams will continue to cheat.

Shappy, holding the ball in the corner in play is legal in the game, pretending to be injured is not, that’s the difference.


14.) 03 Jul 2021 14:00:43
Don’t get me wrong Trololo, would of course prefer to see England win the thing! I think us and Italy have been the strongest so far. We are yet to concede. Just think Italy had a great group stage and have looked strongest overall. But reckon we’ve got another gear yet. Be interesting to see if Gareth rotates mids, both are on yellow cards. Maybe Hendo for Phillips, as underwhelming as that sounds Henderson is a good presence in the team.


15.) 03 Jul 2021 14:12:53
I like the italian team. I know they waste time but they are good at it. The best one was when immobile was injured and they scored. He looked up saw the goal jumped back on his feet had A look at the ref and off he went celebrating. Good team though. They know how to win and see it out.


16.) 03 Jul 2021 14:36:35
I dislike both Spain and Italy for the same reason. Sure, Italy played well, but for me, they just ruin it with moves like Immobile rolling around.
I wasnt cheering for England either Spenno, I had different favourites, but it isn't fair to say England didn't deserve it.


17.) 03 Jul 2021 14:59:57
I hope England win it now. Would always cheer on the nations from these islands. Even the Welsh 😉.


 

 

12 May 2021 21:30:22
Seen a few reports linking Utd with another unknown teenage winger, Kamaldeen Sulemana, who has been tearing up the dizzying heights of the Danish league. He's left sided I believe. We certainly won't be short on pacey teenage wingers going forward.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - There have already been discussions with another club.}


 

 

09 May 2021 22:56:11
Quite impressed by Matheus Pereira of WBA in recent weeks. Worth a punt for RW/ AM?

spenno

1.) 10 May 2021 06:58:17
Going after average players won't help us rise from mediocracy.


2.) 10 May 2021 08:11:08
TRD,

That’s very harsh on him, he’s an exceptional player far too good for West Brom, I’d expect he will get a good move in the summer.


3.) 10 May 2021 09:21:14
I've not seen the lad play, but would be a bit harsh to judge him when you've not watched him closely.

I don't really understand why we even want a backup RB.

Is Dalot not good enough for backup, I would disagree, he's attacking and I think he's had a good season with milan.
Then we also have Brandon who for me hasn't got any minutes. He was getting MOTM a year ago, and hasn't kicked on which is surprising as he's United academy graduate whereas McTominay gets minute every time.


4.) 10 May 2021 09:33:22
He's better than average, but I don't think he is good enough for a side supposedly challenging for titles.

Jason Sancho is apparently still a target, and Dortmund have supposedly dropped the asking price from last summer.

Whether that is low enough for the Glazers that remains to be seen. I wouldn't be completely shocked if they loosened the purse strings slightly more than they intended this summer to try and abate supporter discontent.

However, I do feel there are other cheaper options to Sancho who could well do a job. Leon Bailey was someone the club looked at last summer as an option to Sancho. Raphinha looks like a player who might have what it takes to play at the highest level. While I have been very impressed with Pedro Neto over at Wolves.

Matheus Pereira would be the third Pereira we would have signed and just like his name sakes Joel and Andreas I think he would prove not quite good enough.


5.) 10 May 2021 10:27:40
Dalot was Oles go to substitution when he took over. He would bring him off to bench to play right wing. Then he just went off him. Dalot was behind Fosu Mensa and one stage. This is a guy who was sent back early on multiple loans and was never going to make it at United.

Very peculiar. Also Williams as you say was getting MOTM at one stage and then thrown on the scrap heap. The manager would rather burn players out because he doesn't have the foresight to rotate his team.

He doesn't seem to have the ability to keep fringe players happy or hungry. He has his favourites and that's it.

I can see us signing a RB in the summer, the new signing will cost us a nice chunk of Change and will barely rack up 10 appearances for us.


6.) 10 May 2021 12:16:30
Most managers have their favourites/ go to players and they work with all the players daily so they will see what they are doing well and who is progressing. To be honest, I appreciate it was one game but when Williams came on against Roma, I thought you could see why he has fallen out of favour.

All this chat about buying a new RB to challenge Wan-Bissaka baffles me too, we have Ethan Laird who has done very well at MK Dons on loan. Solskjaer has shown he's not afraid to trust the youngsters so can't see why Laird shouldn't be promoted to understudy for Wan-Bissaka and get a good few games next season.


 

 

30 Apr 2021 22:38:03
Why in over 100 years of the game has a player only just started lying on the pitch behind the wall for opposition free kicks in the last month?

spenno

{Ed014's Note - tiredness, been a long season so they rotate as to who gets a lie down when the opportunity presents itself.


1.) 01 May 2021 00:29:36
I think I’ve seen 2 goals scored under the wall in the whole time I’ve watched football, it really isn’t needed.


2.) 01 May 2021 05:06:05
Juventus probably wish they had someone laying down there, would not have gone out to Porto if they did.


3.) 01 May 2021 07:27:05
ESPN did a good piece on this earlier this year, apparently it has been going on in Brasil for many a year because of the likes of Ronaldinho who, as we all know was quite good at free kicks.
Apparently Juan Mata tried the same defensive technique against Ajax back in 2017, so it has been around for a while, maybe its just more prevalent these days.


4.) 30 Apr 2021 22:55:17
Lol ed.


 

 

 

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23 Jul 2021 13:44:43
I’m sure even Jason Lee would be able to do something with those five minutes across a season.

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22 Jul 2021 20:33:09
Neves would be a good signing. He tends to be mostly famed for the few spectacular goals he is capable of scoring but he's a decent mopper-upper too.
On Pogba/ VDB, there has always been the suggestion that Donny was snapped up when he became available on the likelihood that Pogba would be on his way out, which has felt likely in most of the last transfer windows. Not sure they are the same type of player but I guess they got wind he could be available for what was seen at the time as being a very reasonable price so took a punt. I was well pleased at the time.
He was bossing and dictating games for Ajax, but the step-up has thus far been too much, He is obviously still highly regarded, particularly by the Spanish teams who seem to retain their interest. Just can't say that I've seen even one game where he justified starting the next. I know about the 'needing to play to get confidence' cycle many players get caught in, but generally a player of his undoubted quality would have done something by now.

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06 Jul 2021 23:08:30
Would love to see Camavinga at Utd… but he doesn’t feel like a Utd signing. Then again neither does Pogba. Certain players suit certain leagues.

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03 Jul 2021 15:14:43
Well of course it’s impossible to answer what Utd’s priorities will be next season as we don’t know the outcomes of the two windows before that! But for sure, a main CF is clearly going to be needed. Which players past their prime will be available then? Benzema? I just of course. But that will be the priority, and then a midfielder of some ilk, as Mata and Matic will be off and who knows what shape the midfield will be. Too many variables.
As for Henderson, all we can do is wait and see. When he does his Karius impersonation in an important fixture we shall see what happens. But they have obviously made a decision, one way or the other. Maybe we’re wrong and Hendo is more likely to go.

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03 Jul 2021 14:22:35
I think Hendo has been ok without being particularly inspiring. A few wobbles but generally 'ok'. Let's hope the gamble (if that's what this becomes) pays off as the back-up options are grim if it doesn't work out and all of a sudden a GK becomes a priority next summer while we watch big Dave tear up Serie A in the form of his life like Lukaku.

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21 Jul 2021 22:45:13
Goretzka? More chance of signing Pele.

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18 Jul 2021 10:58:30
Bit of overanalysis here methinks. Can't see why 4-3-3 wouldn't work for Utd. When I switch to it mid-game in Championship Manager, it usually works a treat.

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15 Jul 2021 13:17:06
If I was given the nod to start in Utd’s midfield, you can rest assured that I’d run my socks off and try very hard. I wouldn’t expect 250k a week though, only laughter….

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14 Jul 2021 21:07:41
I think if Utd were tearing it up with Fred and McT it wouldn't matter. I have no problem with a so-called defensive pairing, as long as they can play a bit too, as many of Shappy's examples can. Unfortunately, the pair we have been lumbered with are simply energetic battlers, sure there's room for them in a squad but not as 'the' Manchester United midfield. Ideally, neither should be first choice, let alone both. I don't buy this nonsense about Ole 'having' to play them to cover a weak defence. He just has no choice, really. I do believe Rice would be horrifically over-priced and beyond us (at least in this window), but we're not talking about the differences between specficic pairings, we're talking about players who can do the mucky stuff and also play vs, well, donkeys. There isn't a single player in the squad who 'should' be starting in midfield for Utd. For what it's worth I'd consider Fernades more a striker really, he doesn't belong in the war-zone.

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09 Jul 2021 13:43:25
I think other clubs just caught up. Sure, Utd have tailed off in recent years, but City and Liverpool (even Leicester) have risen to the fore. We were spoilt for a long time with only Arsenal getting in the way. Things are different now and a hell of a lot of dosh has been p. ed up the wall on average players. Is that the Glazier’s fault? I don’t think so. Still woefully unconvinced by the current management/ coaching set-up, but I do feel Ole deserves another window. Let’s see what happens when these 2-3 long-mooted problem areas in the team are addressed in his vision. If Utd aren’t challenging by season end, he can have no excuses.

spenno