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28 Dec 2017 16:57:22
I'm not sure if any of you fellas saw the pictures of training today? Quite a number of lads from the youth sides were there. Angel Gomes, Callum Gribbin and RoShaun Williams all took part. Does anyone think we could see some of these lads step up soon? I'm certainly interested to see the development of Angel Gomes and Gribbin as both have immense talent.

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28 Dec 2017 17:27:22
Didn't see he pics but good to know. I'd like to think that they take part in senior sessions regularly, it would make sense.

{Ed001's Note - at this time of the year teams often use them to allow tired players to sit out training matches.}

28 Dec 2017 17:33:19
I was thinking the same although i don't think any of them will play in the next game.

It definitely is a good experience for them to train with the first team players.

28 Dec 2017 17:51:01
Ah okay ed001. Thought it's also good experience to see if they can mix it with the top seniors at the club.

{Ed001's Note - it is usually excellent for them, even those that get sent back down, as it gives them a chance to see that they need to work harder to reach the level required.}

28 Dec 2017 19:18:11
If you are still about Ed001, i was wondering if you had any info on the quality of UTD training sessions under Mourinho.

Managers such as Poch, Klopp and Pep are often considered the modern men and my impression is that their training sessions are thought of as very intensive and cutting edge.

Do you (or anyone else) have any info about the differences in training ground approaches from each of the top coaches in the EPL?

{Ed001's Note - every manager is different, so it is difficult to really compare one with 3 others or give out info on training differences as an overall. Jose tends to delegate to his coaches, who take the sessions, while he oversees them. The coaching staff do try and keep up to date on the latest developments, but they have a different outlook and see the game differently from other managers.

Managers like Dyche, Klopp and Pochettino tend to be less hands on and work on developing their players and teamwork. Pep is a micromanager, who wants to manage every single tiny little detail and is extremely intense, which is why he does not last long in a role. It is not just hard for the players to maintain the intensity over a long period, it is also hard to keep them motivated when he is constantly staring over their shoulder. Every move you see them do in the match is pretty much planned out in advance in training, it is not off the cuff like watching Maradona weave his magic. It is a plan they follow to do what they are doing. For me that is not what I enjoy watching, even when it is going well, it just feels too robotic and lacking in flair and imagination.

Managers such as Hodgson concentrate on just drilling the team defensively and then leave the attacking for the players to figure out on the hoof. When he had been at Liverpool for a few months I asked one of the players about the attacking training, as the players were so disjointed, and his reply was 'what attacking training?' He told me they had done nothing at all about breaking down defences, just constant drills and repetitions on stopping the opposition.

Jose's ideas are very similar to that, in that he concentrates a lot on drills but he does work on the attack. However I would put him in the Pep category, in that each match he plans out how he wants the team to play with his dossiers, picks out weak points in the opposition etc and then works in the days up to the game on how to nullify and beat the opponent. It can be seen as negative, but he does always look at ways to win, such as targeting a weak aerial link by asking a taller player to pull onto them and the rest of the team look to play early balls to them. It is very planned and organised, rather than freeflowing and exciting.

He gives his players much more rest and less hard work than Poch, Klopp, Pep, who like to work on 2 sessions a day, while Jose has not tended to do that. What has gone missing though is his tendency to inspire his players to extreme loyalty to him and to want to run through brick walls for him by protecting them from the press. Now he is throwing them under the bus and it is not inspiring the players the way he once was able. That to me is more of a problem than the training sessions, which are usually in line with the latest thinking.}

28 Dec 2017 19:48:10
Great read, thanks. Very interesting.

{Ed001's Note - cheers Beastie.}

28 Dec 2017 20:09:40
Thanks Ed, great read. A few stats show utd as low down the league in sprinting intensity and distance covered. Do you put that down to style of play (low press, direct) or do you believe that utd are perhaps less fit than most teams in the league?

{Ed001's Note - style of play for me. Fitter teams tend to score later in games, which United have done a lot of. If they were fading late in matches, then you would worry about fitness.}

28 Dec 2017 20:50:21
Ed001 whilst on the topic of coaches, do you have any idea how the academy is getting on with regards to developing talent. I know Keiran McKenna is highly thought off and there’s been a bit of an overhaul to our youth recruitment as well, I was just wondering if you think or academy is improving again?

{Ed001's Note - the United academy constantly looks at how it can improve and tries to move forward. They did get caught up in purely looking to make it about making money for the club for a while but a lot has been done to get back to just making it a place for young players to develop in the last couple of years. It will take a few years to show the full benefits but things have defo improved.}

28 Dec 2017 21:08:07
Thanks ed, appreciate the reply! Good to know the academy is doing better, some talents in there. Really interested to see how Chong, Gomes and Gribbin get on personally.

{Ed001's Note - you have brought in some good staff as well recently, should move the club forward.}

28 Dec 2017 21:12:13
Thanks ed001, I tend to agree, but sometimes I also think the players can get a bit lazy or switch off rather than keep the intensity up.

{Ed001's Note - true. Good point.}

28 Dec 2017 22:32:27
Wow Ed001 that is some great info and ins. Fantastic read. Thank you and great questions from thenpostersas well. 👏👏.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate. You are right they were great questions.}

29 Dec 2017 07:01:21
Lovely post, Ed.

I remember, a couple of years back I was working with a grassroots development company, we picked up a club in the regional league of Punjab and restarted their youth and first team. I was lucky that I got the chance to manage the project and I was working closely with the coach (Spanish fellow) who was managing both the teams.

I remember we'd wake up at 6 in the morning and have drills and sessions that were planned the night earlier for the teams. A lot was based on coordination, interchange of play, linking the defence with the midfield and midfield with the attack and vice-versa. Even the set-piece practice was a joy to watch, simply because the coach knew what he wanted from the team and how he made them accustomed to the drills.

Before every match, we'd go and scout the teams we were to play against and I remember the notes the guy would take and then the drills that followed were based on what he's seen and when the match happened, a lot of those drills and tactics were put into play.

I'm sorry I'm trying to compare the regional leagues here in India, but the post on drills and how the coaches work got me to type all this out.

Thanks, again.

{Ed001's Note - it is all relevant mate, no matter the level.}



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