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17 Jul 2019 22:39:23
Against Leeds today first half was OK. No more than that. Greenwood is going to be some player if he progresses as he is at the moment. Second half I think offensively we didn't really push or attack with any great intensity and incisiveness. Defensively worried me more though. A very poor Leeds team broke through our defence several times and but for a lack of composure would have scored several times. How many times our defenders kept losing their man.

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17 Jul 2019 22:52:03
As a follow up to my post just saw Sky highlights of Co ty v West Ham. What a difference. Honestly we are nowhere near as good as City so will have to hope that we make some more top quality signings over the next two or three transfer windows. We won't be close to challenging City for a while. That said I hope people air their views both positive and negative but when it comes to matches we need to back the manager and the team. Confidence is a wonderful asset and if we support the players and manager they will hopefully feel more settled and play better.

18 Jul 2019 07:15:38
We played well, scored 4 goals, kept a clean sheet, lots of players had a good game, youth looking promising, it’s only a friendly, on the other side of the world, at a time when nobody is really watching.

Don’t get your knickers in a twist.

18 Jul 2019 09:10:33
Wazza that's my point. It was only a friendly against a vv poor team and yet defensively we looked frail and second half offensively were poor. Contrast that with how City played (also with several young players in) and they still played by far the better football against a team much better than Leeds. Its just a sad reality at the moment that they are far ahead of us.

18 Jul 2019 09:43:16
True analysis Salford. It was worrying how many times leeds take attacking position quite easily. Highlighting need of a fighter in midfield. Very few with open heart will accept that Blue part is much much stronger now.

18 Jul 2019 10:21:34
Salford it's unrealistic to compare two different games of football, especially friendlies.

We already know that City are better than us.

However these are friendlies. We won, which in the grand scheme of things doesn't really mean anything, but you still look to find a negative from it.

Who cares what City are doing in a friendly?

18 Jul 2019 11:24:26
Are Leeds a very poor team? They looked like one of the best in the Championship last season and were unlucky to not be promoted. Bielsa's high intensity style I think meant they faxed towards the end of the season but the first half of last season they were a level above anyone else in the Championship.

I get that it's a preseason friendly and that you can't get much from it, especially as it's only the second game of preseason and at this stage it's more about fitness than anything else.

However, you can only beat the side in front of you. We did, 4-0. We looked very dangerous in attack, and a little too open in defence. Which isn't really a problem at this stage, defending is much easier when you have a settled side which allows partnerships to be built and clear understanding of each others game. That is never going to happen when you switch 11 players at half time.

18 Jul 2019 13:31:43
Wazza and Shappy I hear you. For me it's not about looking for negatives. It's being concerned about basic things which should be second nature at all times to players in friendly or competitive matches. For example our defenders lost their men too many times. If I were playing for Utd and wanted to cement my place in the first team I would work my socks off in every friendly. As a coach I would want to see my midfielders taking a game by the scruff of the neck and controlling the tempo and dominating the game. Yes it's only a friendly, yes they need to get match fitness but I didn't see these basics. Sure there are positives like AWB James and Greenwood but without proper defence and midfielders to run a game they won't have chance to shine. That's why I am concerned.

18 Jul 2019 13:50:32
Salford, in a normal game there will be weeks of planning ahead of the game. The opposition will be scouted, their formation, tactics likely line up. Then a plan if formed for how to play against them.

That just doesn't happen in friendlies. For a start there could be new signings, vast numbers of subs on both sides.

Players just aren't prepared, they won't have been told who they are marking. A lot of it will be down to the players to figure it out while on the pitch.



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