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15 Nov 2018 16:07:52
Can we talk about Jose Mourinho's player of the year from last season?

Scott McTominay, where has he gone?

I thought Mourinho was holding Scott up as proof that he can bring young players through and develop them.

Yet this season he is behind Matic, Pogba, Fellaini, Herrera, Fred and Andreas Pareira.

So is he this great young player Mourinho has moulded, or was he just the stick used to beat Pogba with by our manager?

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15 Nov 2018 16:44:18
Everything comes down to our defenders finally, SAF once said " Defense will win you titles", and now we know why.

Our defenders have zero confidence when they have the ball, we start poorly from the back and the same is matched upfront by or Strikers.

15 Nov 2018 17:31:40
Footballers are on the whole confidence sportsmen. When their confidence is high they perform well, when it is low they struggle.

Players are also more sensitive now then they were in the 70/ 80's, probably because they aren't in a constant state of inebriation now.

As such when your manager constantly tells the world press he wanted to sign a new defender because he doesn't think the ones he has are good enough it is likely to erode their confidence some what.

Also there seems to be something strange happening between Mourinho and Bailly. Bailly is our best defender and yet he can't get a game. He has had one or two below par performances recently, yet he seemed out of favour prior to those poorer performances.

15 Nov 2018 18:37:01
Shappy

Using McTominay as a stick to beat Pogba?

Not that you are trying to use McTominay as a stick to beat Mourinho of course, but I seem to recall McTominay had a period of injury and without checking I think wasn’t availability until at least the Juventus game, no idea if fit now. If Mourinho praises a player it is a stick for Pogba, if he criticises he is knocking their confidence, if he says anything about anyone it’s wrong, insert insult.

If defenders fall apart at a bit of criticism then they are not for Manchester United. Something strange happening with the Manager and Bailly, really? Perhaps Bailly just isn’t concentrating, maybe there is something else in his life taking his focus away. One or two below par performances, seriously? No, he was plain awful more than once. Quite rightly you have to earn your place, he is paid and should be chomping at the bit.

This isn’t just about confidence in defenders, hence it’s Mourinho, sorry nasty Mourinho who has taken all their confidence away, it’s about leadership and quality and our central defenders lack it. I don’t see Real Madrid knocking on the door for Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Bailly and co, there is a reason, they are not leaders on or off the pitch.

I recognise your anguish, I felt it every day with Moyes, yet there was no CV or honours there to back up the appointment. I think we have to suck up the poor time at the moment, the Exec VC should ask for the Managers plans, appraise them and decide support or sack. Support and he gets the players he wants in summer and stays next season. If not he has to go, but that will bring about a world of pain right now because we have no direction and we could speed off over the cliff, whilst our opponents laugh and toxics start all over again.

15 Nov 2018 19:30:11
Really good post redman.

15 Nov 2018 20:28:02
Did ed not say he was likely to go out on loan.

15 Nov 2018 22:42:38
I think he needs to go out on loan to get some game time. He did well at times for us last season without ever being standout. He has a lot of good attributes to have a good career.

15 Nov 2018 23:12:08
Ken
I'm not convinced to be honest, if he goes out on loan in Jan I would be pleasantly surprised to see him back at United.

16 Nov 2018 08:36:28
I agree jred. I think he has some good attributes and can have a good career but i'm with you i don't think it will be at united but who knows.







 

 

 
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