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06 Nov 2017 09:47:05
Carragher: "United were playing with 10 men with Mkhitaryan on the pitch. "

Very true, but how would people resolve this issue with the current players we have? Mata seriously lacks pace which is no good when Lukaku and Rash are playing counter attacking football.

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06 Nov 2017 10:16:39
Syd, since Pogba has been out injured Mkhitaryan hasn’t scored a goal or provided an assist. He is very much a player who only shows up when the team is playing well, but disappears when the chips are down.

Yesterday we could have literally played anyone and they would have provided more to the team than Mkhitaryan provided. Lingard has fantastic work rate and has a habit of stepping up in the big occasions. We could have played Blind at LB, he was good against Benfica. Then pushed Young further up the pitch. We could have played McTominay and he would have been more involved than Mkhitaryan was yesterday. We could have played Martial alongside Lukaku and dropped Rashford into the No.10 role Mkhitaryan played yesterday. If Fellaini is fit enough for the bench he could have started.

For me though yesterday I thought we were tactically outdone, they went with Kante, Bakayoko and Fabregas in midfield, all very mobile. They swamped us, we were too static and outnumbered. Now although I feel Pogba has been a massive miss for us over the last month or so, I don’t believe he would have made a huge difference yesterday. Matic has been a fantastic signing for us, but he does lack mobility, same as Fellaini and Carrick. We need to have a midfielder or two who can add some mobility to our midfield, players who never stop moving, and not just running but smart movement, players who create space for their team and shut it off for the opponent.

Yesterday we had a game like everyone on here has been crying out for, an open end to end game. I’m glad to see everyone is happy with the performance and the result.

06 Nov 2017 10:16:59
Wilkins: "Lukaku lacks hold up play. "

Again very true, something Fellaini, Ibra and Pogba are great at. Holding up play for the runners.

06 Nov 2017 10:18:39
Play a different way. Most games we have 2 or 3 that don't turn up not just Miki, we aren't good enough to carry them against good teams. All of our attackers have 1 good game in 4 (or more), it's not good enough - most players are anonymous for 85mins of the game. These attacking players we have are very good, so clearly we need to unleash them and that means having more men attacking creating space and providing options on and off the ball. Everyone is so isolated.

Sacrifice some of the defensive cover, for offensive options. It's harder to score than to keep a team out, especially as most teams will operate ultra defensively against us if they fear that we will attack. Look how City can play 20 yards further forward all game with their DM being more creative than our best attacking player. We have had some true quality creative players and great attackers in recent years, but they are wasted more often than not on account of too few players attacking.

06 Nov 2017 10:20:18
Syd however good we play and however bad we played there will always something missing. We have a bunch of players missing and we’re far from being the finished article so people will always complain. That’s only human.
It’s early still and I can remember there were so much complaints last season and all seems to be cool when we win the silverwares.
Get use to it and hear what people say end of this season. I think we’re ok tbh but of course there’ll be plenty of negative comments to come still. But I agree with you on your post.

06 Nov 2017 10:24:20
Pogba fellaini and Mata should all be available for our next game .

06 Nov 2017 10:40:19
I agree with shaps lots of other options and Chelsea got there tactics right .

06 Nov 2017 13:38:26
Good post Shaps.

06 Nov 2017 16:52:21
Who's this 'bunch of player's that's missing? Apart from Pogba?

07 Nov 2017 13:38:40
I'm not Lukaku's biggest fan, but even I can see the lad's not getting anywhere near enough decent service.



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