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12 Feb 2018 10:32:15
Since we have signed Sanchez we have won one and lost two of the three games he has played in.

Now we were all over the moon to have signed him, and I'm not saying he is a bad player. However, his signing and introduction into the team has disrupted the balance of the side.

Sanchez likes to play on the left and cut in onto his right foot. He also has a tendency to drop a little deeper and go looking for the ball.

This has forced our most inform forward from his favoured position on the left over onto the right which has clearly affected his form. 5 goals and 3 assists in the 3-4 weeks before Sanchez signed and none since he has been forced to change position.

It isn't only Martial it has affected, Pogba has played twice with Sanchez and both games are a contender for his worst game in a United shirt.
Sanchez cuts in earlier on the left than Martial does, Martial also makes more runs to the goal line and cuts the ball back. Sanchez moving infield sooner and deeper on the pitch is finding him in the spaces Pogba likes to play in. It's clear that Pogba is a far better players going forward than defending, yet with Sanchez often occupying the space Pogba plays best in his natural game is being disrupted and his influence is being cut short.

To play Sanchez in his favoured position is to cut off the influence of two of our best young offensive players. No wonder we are looking less effective going forward.

The options are to either which Sanchez's position and allow Pogba and Martial to play in their best positions or to wait it out and hope that the two young Frenchmen can learn to adapt.

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12 Feb 2018 13:17:42
I understand what you are saying shappy but ultimately they all should be playing better. Sanchez actually looks to be our best forward at times.

There is no reason in this world how you can justify pogbas recent play by saying that Sanchez influences this. Pogba has just been playing very badly recently and it's up to him and only him to change that.

I can't for the life of me justify players form on the signing of a world class forward. Lame excuse for me.

12 Feb 2018 14:19:59
Angelred, I'm not laying all the blame of Pogba's loss of form on Sanchez.

Pogba has been the creative hub of our team this season. He was fantastic at the start of the season, our form dropped noticeably when he was unavailable and picked up again when he came back.

He has made more chances, has more assists and has completed more dribbles than anyone else in our squad.

He's a guy who makes things happen, but to do so he needs space to move into. What I'm saying is having Sanchez play in that space is going to have a limiting effect on Pogba's game.

His lack of defensive nous, or off the ball work rate has been the same all season, yet no one really picks up on it until he is unable to effect the game going forward. Then suddenly he is judged on other aspects of the game.

I said the other day that for me Pogba is closer in style to Zidane that he is to Viera, he is an attacking midfielder who is blessed with size and strength.

If you want to see the best of him you need to let him play to his strengths.

Sanchez has been our best offensive player since he signed, yet he hasn't set the world alight, one goal in three games. Yet for him to play in his favoured position we have to sacrifice our two most potent offensive players so far this season.

It doesn't make sense, football is a team game. I guarantee you that Sanchez will play better if Pogba and Martial play better. So why not give them the chance.

Play Sanchez on the right, which is a position he has excelled in before. He earned a move to Barcelona playing on the right, and while at Barcelona he played mostly on the right.
He only played on the left at Arsenal because they had few others to play there with Chamberlain, Walcott and Iwobi all playing almost exclusively on the right.

People say he plays his best football there, but I don't think that is true. He had a couple of very good seasons there for Arsenal but his best season there was as a Striker last season.

In fact at no club can be claim to have had his best season at that club playing on the left.

He himself has said he prefers to play off the striker.

So I don't see why Jose keeps persisting with him on the left.

12 Feb 2018 16:35:48
Because he is the best player we have for the left mata is currently the best on the right.
Personally i'd play them both with rashford up top and play matic pogba and herrera in midfield.

12 Feb 2018 18:02:53
I agree Ken apart from the Rashford bit pal.

12 Feb 2018 18:27:55
Ken is it a team game or a individual game?

Surely you set your team up in a manner which is best for the team as a whole and not for an individual.

Playing Pogba and Martial who have been our best offensive players all season in a position that doesn't get the best results for the whole team to suit Sanchez isn't a smart way to do things.

Sanchez has proven to be as effective anywhere across the front line, where as Martial is significantly better when playing from the left. Pogba needs freedom and space to push forward in the inside left channel.

I don't have favourite players or a favourite formation, I just feel you should play in a manner that is best for the whole team.

12 Feb 2018 18:28:14
Rome wasn't built in a day . Players will need to adapt .
Lukaku Sanchez martial will make a good front 3 .
Not rocket science really .

Big change for pogba tho completely different role for him now we have Sanchez.

12 Feb 2018 19:22:24
It will take time to gel no doubt.
I don't think that martial Lukaku and Sanchez will be our front 3 next season or for the European games this season. I hope he switches to a 4 3 3 particularly for the cup games ahead. Bailly should be available in a week or 2.

We are still a cup team unfortunately and not withstanding some obvious improvement this season we are still a long way off having the quality and consistency to compete for the title.

But we do have a manager who can set teams up to win a cup.
Its not a shock when we beat any team and its not a shock if any team no matter how lowly they sit beat us. Simply because we don't have enough players that want to win and to put in the work and sacrifices needed in order to win. Standards have slipped at our club. Mediocrity is now accepted as the norm.

12 Feb 2018 19:48:45
Ken
Lol your posts always cheer me up.

12 Feb 2018 20:02:28
By the way never mind switching to 433 . we played that on Sunday.

12 Feb 2018 21:31:54
Did we i don't think so.







 

 

 
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