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15 Jul 2017 05:54:20

Jose has recently said that we have 50% of the players purchased already, which would make one believe only 2 more players will be purchased. (Assuming we are looking at a CDM and Winger) . I am aware we will only look to go for a keeper if DDG leaves.

Does this mean we can not expect to see any purchases addressing the RB or LB roles or has anything changed?

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15 Jul 2017 06:34:11
We have a large squad, the gaps in our squad as it stands are at DM and out wide. So that is two more players. There may well be other signings but they will depend on outgoings.
If Young and Darmian leave we will see at least one full back join.
Atm we have Shaw, Blind, CBJ and Mitchell for LB and Valencia, Darmian, Young, TFM and Tuanzebe for RB.

If DDG leaves then I would expect another GK to sign, although I would be happy with Romero/ Joel Pereira as first and second choice next season if needed.

If Fellaini leaves then maybe a second CM might come in.

Which is another 3 signing depending on departures.

15 Jul 2017 08:56:14
I think Perisic and Matic and that will be it unless DDG leaves.

15 Jul 2017 08:58:40
Shappy shaw is out until next year according to mourinho alongside young and rojo. That leaves us with cbj and mitchell as our lb's if darmian is sold, blind is rubbish at lb, i would say we don't need someone outwide as much as we need a new lb right now. Personally i would rather wait for griezmann next season to improve our attack than spending 50mn on perisic.

15 Jul 2017 09:25:50
CSM, Shaw and Rojo are out for the next month or two but both will likely be back by December unless they suffer a setback. CBJ probably will be sold to be honest, I don't think he was part of the tour squad. So it doesn't look like he is in Jose's plans.

But we do have Blind, Darmian and Mitchell. Blind is a solid LB, Darmian played very well toward the end of last season and Mitchell looked good in his debut. Let's give them the preseason tour and see how they do before saying we definitely need a new LB. Especially as if Shaw can come back and fullfil his potential then we have a world class LB for the next 10 years.

15 Jul 2017 09:26:49
Zlatan will be fit to play around January. He'll be like a new signing.

15 Jul 2017 10:34:58
I think Shaw is back in training, just not ready to train with the squad yet. I think he's. It far from being ready. It's Rojo and Young who are likely to be back September time.

15 Jul 2017 11:08:15
shappy shaw needs to start spending time on the pitch rather than physio's table before we talk about next 10 years or fulfilling his potential and his injury history makes me doubt that. Rojo is a poor lb and blind is a poor one, darmian looks like he will be sold, blind and mitchell as good as he was on debut, are not good enough lb options for a top 10 team let alone one trying to win trophies.

15 Jul 2017 11:52:42
CSM, while I agree that Rojo has been poor at LB I can't remember Blind ever letting us down when deployed there. Darmian is supposedly being chased by Juventus and had some very good performances for us toward the end of last season. Mitchell I agree is an unknown quantity to us to an extent, but I'm sure Mourinho and the other coaching staff know a fair bit about him. Shaw has it all to prove, but he clearly has the talent to prove it.

That doesn't mean that we won't sign another full back, just that unless we see one or two of the current options leave then we are unlikely too.

Remember Mourinho likes a smaller tighter squad, when fit we currently have 3-4 options for each full back position. Mourinho likes two. Just do the math.

15 Jul 2017 12:23:48
Shappy mourinho might have liked small squads and little rotation at chelsea or madrid at utd i don't think that is a luxury he can afford, even with mourinho who has a great record with injuries incharge last year we had our annual injury crises.

Blind is a poor lb for me, i don't mind darmian playing lb just think he will be sold.

15 Jul 2017 15:08:00
Our options at both lb and rb are not great. Valencia had a very good season but he doesn't like going forward and his crossing is not great. City bought walker and he's exactly what we need.
Lb is even more urgent. Shaw will never make it at United. I simply do not see the hype surrounding him. He's injured all the time. His first touch is poor. His lifestyle is suspect. And his footballing brain and intelligence is non existent. Rojo is not a left back and neither are Blind or Young.
If we don't address the LB problem and the winger position, we cannot be seen as title contenders. I have to say that city have strengthened very well in their weak areas of GK and RB. They've also added a very good player in Bernardo Silva.
Mourinho might be bluffing but if we don't buy a top class winger, lb, and defensive midfielder then I can see us struggling again. We have no natural width in the side and no creativity.

15 Jul 2017 15:19:53
City bought players and they are 'exactly what we need'? Who would have thought it. Didn't see anybody on here mention Kyle Walker.

15 Jul 2017 20:51:49
coleman (when fit) is a far better right back than walker.

16 Jul 2017 10:33:59

I don't think there is even a remote possibility Fellaini will be sold. He had a very good year for us last year and proven PL player who does what the manager asks of him.

I was hoping we would get a right back as Valencias end product is not good enough IMO. Darmain is even worst going forward. Shame semedo is gone to Barcelona.



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