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08 Mar 2020 20:10:07
Another win and clean sheet.

Full team quality today could've been more with people being to greedy.

Both goals masssive keeper mistakes but definitely should've had a penalty or 2.

Love the 5 at the back against the better teams it's by far the best choice.

Dan James was good but my good so infuriating with his decision making.

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08 Mar 2020 20:57:21
Completely agree. DJ gets a lot of stick because of his drop in form statistically, but today he was a perfect outlet for easing the pressure on the defence. I thought Ighalo was introduced at exactly the right point too for that task.

08 Mar 2020 21:02:13
That mctominay kid looks decent 🤣.

08 Mar 2020 21:06:58
I'm not sure it was greed more the fact neither James or martial had the composure or vision to look for the pass, both were pretty simple cut backs.

08 Mar 2020 21:07:14
James and martial had a few chances to lay it on an plate for people and fluffed their lines.

Your man Matic was pretty stella too Wilbot. Maybe he reads the site 🤣

Have to be pretty happy tonight.

08 Mar 2020 21:12:27
I think we've seen enough evidence now to suggest Ole has developed an effective system for playing against the better teams.

When we defend deep as a back five with two holding midfielders we are really hard to break down. In the transitions we can be breathtaking with the pace of Martial and James causing teams all sorts of problems that want to play a high line and push their full backs forward. As always in such games it's imperative we get the first goal but when we score first we become a very dangerous and determined proposition.

When we play as a back 5 Maguire's lack of pace becomes less of an issue and Lindelof rarely gets exposed physically. AWB is imperious when defending 1v1 and Shaw's quality on the ball and powerful running means we are better able to transition from defensive positions. Maguire is also comfortable in stepping into midfield on occasions and making foraging runs forward giving us a platform to play.

In midfield Matic's lack of mobility is not as exposed as we have more defensive cover and the energy and mobility provided by Fred and Fernandes means we can still press or transition quickly in attack.

Martial is more suited to playing as a split striker where he is able to collect the ball in the left channel and dribble at defenders. The open spaces also allow James to utilise his blistering pace and direct running.

I think the question is can this system be tweaked to enable us to break down teams that will sit deep and allow us possession of the football?

I think Greenwood or Ighalo could replace James in attack who is less effective when he can't utilise his pace. Greenwood is fantastic in and around the box where he can manipulate the ball in tight areas and shoot with accuracy and power. Ighalo holds the ball up well and has cute movement allowing himself to generate a extra yard of space in the box.

There should be an emphasis on pushing the wing backs higher and Shaw should be encouraged to drive forward and make underlapping runs from deep where he is hard to pick up.

With Rashford out injured it's probably the best system that affords us the most balance. It allows us to play two upfront, maintaining numbers in midfield, cover in defence whilst still providing width.

08 Mar 2020 21:14:35
We are still criticising every minute detail after Martial scored and we deservedly best our main rivals 2-0. Enjoy it .

08 Mar 2020 21:38:10
Martial was excellent today, especially defensively first half. Two great headers.

08 Mar 2020 22:47:43
I thought Shaw was impeccable again, today. Made every tackle, and he always tries to find an outlet with his passing. Think he might have been caught out once with his positioning, but Mahrez hardly got a sniff once he was up against Luke. He looked really unflustered, and looked totally in control.

09 Mar 2020 07:56:08
With Greenwood, u think he is more effective coming off the bench. Tiring defences with 20 minutes to go, is perfect for him to come on.

09 Mar 2020 08:15:53
Nou I even noticed mahrez got desperate enough to try a run at wan bissaka. Bless him, but if he’s not getting past shaw he doesn’t have a hope with AWB.

09 Mar 2020 13:47:58
Caolan in response to your that Mctominay kid looks decent.

We played far better when he wasn't on the pitch and became too defensively when he came on.

Matic is the better defensive player and he swept up well all game, especially getting back to pick up the embarrassing Maguire mistake and stop aguero from scoring.

Brilliant performance from the lads. Mctominay took his goal well but was an open goal and was harder to miss but fair play for him getting to the ball and finishing the game.

09 Mar 2020 17:55:13
Wilbot, don’t you think we became more defensive because he was brought on to defend? And I don’t know about you, but ‘harder to miss’ seems a little unfair - I know I would have sliced that one into the stands and in the rain especially. You can’t expect him to be Xavi, but the guy is class and reads the game better than most. Seems there’s no pleasing some people!



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