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04 Nov 2017 09:31:34
Does anyone else think we will go three at the back again? I think there's a high percentage as long as Jones, Smalling and Bailly are all fit. But will we use Rash and Lukaku this time instead of Martial and Lukaku?

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04 Nov 2017 09:36:37
I think so Syd, seems to favour it in big games, worked last time out so why not.

04 Nov 2017 10:06:41
Don't you normally play 11 at the back in every game, small team mentality.

04 Nov 2017 10:14:05
Smalling gets me nervous due to his lack of quality on the ball, but in a three he is usually the stand out defender. Surprising when Jones and Bailly individually are better players. So I think as long as they're all fit we will see that again and Young/ Valencia as wingbacks. Or more like fullbacks in reality. 532. Lukaku, Mikhitaryan and Rash to counter. It's hard to know what Jose is thinking, but I would go this way I think. Herrera next to Matic. Mata will play a part from the bench maybe.

I think Conte may well set up the same. Using Hazard, Morata and Pedro as counter attacking players. We'll see.

04 Nov 2017 10:43:46
Mighty reds how was the 4-1 and 5-0 thrashing by spurs and city?

04 Nov 2017 10:45:24
rash and lukaku started against Tottenham syd not martial.

04 Nov 2017 10:54:09
Oh yes it was Martial and Lukaku who started against Liverpool, not Spurs.

04 Nov 2017 11:12:40
hey up the troll is back they must have won.

04 Nov 2017 11:24:04
Mata on for miki if it were my choice and rash with rom.

04 Nov 2017 11:41:33
Maybe Smalling plays well in a back three for the same reason he had a purple patch under LvG, the extra body in there covers for his weaknesses? In the same way as having two defensive midfielders and sitting deep did when LvG was here.

I'm not sure which way we will go. We might see Mkhitaryan dropped with either Lingard or McTominay coming into the team. My reasoning is I expect Mourinho to have Hazard man marked again like he did last season when he played Herrera in that role. With so many midfielders out he might play Matic with McTominay or maybe even Tuanzebe in midfield with Herrera marking Hazard again, or he might stick with Matic and Herrera in midfield and have Lingard mark Hazard.

Either way I expect him to drop Mata and Mkhitaryan for this game, maybe bringing them on later to change things if needed. This would give us a front two of Lukaku with Rashford I expect with Martial able to impact from the bench.

04 Nov 2017 11:58:59
Mighty reds, must be great playing all of that fantastic football, getting thrashed and winning nothing. Give your head a shake mate.

04 Nov 2017 12:01:44
Agree with Shappy regarding Smalling. Not hard to look a world beater if you lose attacking players to cover for defenders. No coincidence that almost every game our stand out players are defenders, GK or DM's. Even Valencia looks a quality RB despite having no idea how to defend properly imo.

I think Young will play, he seems to trust Young all of a sudden. Wouldn't even be surprised to see Blind as LB and Young on the right to help Valencia with Hazard. Rashford will play ahead of Martial as well as he trusts him more defensively.

I fancy Lukaku to have a blinder though, (heart over head) .

04 Nov 2017 12:18:38
Good point Shappy and agree with most of that Beast.

04 Nov 2017 19:59:33
Mighty as Roy Keane said, I wouldn't watch Liverpool if they were playing in my back garden.

04 Nov 2017 23:18:52
Miki has to start. I mean he HAS to. My dream team's struggling this week.

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05 Nov 2017 00:45:38
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05 Nov 2017 04:30:22
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