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31 Aug 2018 10:00:25
Quite happy with the UCL group. We have in recent years tripped up when given an easier group on paper. Over confidence, lack of focus, or lack of knowledge on the team we are playing. I don't know. But we have failed in groups we should have won at a canter.

Juventus will be a tough game, however, we can't be slaughtered too much if we lose against them.

Valencia are a very good young team. Marcelino is a very good young manager who gets his team's playing well, with a trust in youth. We have Andreas Pereira who spent a season with them last year so he knows all about them. And I expect people within our club kept an eye on Valencia's games to track how Pereira was developing. So we should know plenty about them, and we are less likely to underestimate them.

Young boys, on paper is an easier game, also it isn't a bad trip to the far flung corners of Europe to play an away game. Jose being a pragmatist will be drumming it into the players about the importance of getting 6 points against them. I expect we'll be tight and compact in Turin and Valencia, and I hope we show a little more ambition when we welcome them at Old Trafford.

It's a tough group, but hopefully that focust the mind and get the best out of our players. If we can get our squad performing somewhere near 100% then we are capable of winning all the games in the group. It's now down to Jose and the players to perform to their potential.

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31 Aug 2018 10:14:39
Good summary mate, I agree with your assessment. Valencia will be very tricky, very good going forward. It will mean that Jose fields his best 11 for at least 4 games and probably all 6 as he will want to pick up those 6 points against the 'whipping boys'. We need some consistency in team selection and this will help for once.

31 Aug 2018 12:05:49
The order of the fixtures couldn't be much better for us really, easiest away game 1st and then the two tougher home games, you would hope we can get 6 or 7 points from these 3 games and get ourselves into a good position with Young Boys still to play at home.

Very happy we have a tricky group, last year was a bit boring and the fun seems to have disappeared a little from supporting United at the moment. This group seems more fun and I am already really looking forward to Valencia and Juve at home, fingers crossed we get through, I know the doom and gloom merchants are out in force saying they expect us to go out but I think we will be in much better form by the time the CL gets going properly and hopefully play some good stuff.

31 Aug 2018 14:49:36
The only silver lining if we get knocked out of the group stages is that we would be able to concentrate on winning the league after that .

{Ed002's Note - I expect Sam will be looking to still do well in the Europa League.}

31 Aug 2018 15:56:31
If we replace Jose with Sam in the next few days then I can see us competing for the triple this year. He will have more time to get across his ideas and tactical know how.

31 Aug 2018 16:26:48
We’d see the best of Fellaini under big Sam.

31 Aug 2018 16:51:29
We'd win the pint of gravy drinking championships.



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