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16 Oct 2020 17:33:38
As predicted the club have apparently triggered the 1 year extension on pogbas contract well before jan to prevent him leaving on a free next summer.
I wonder will this move trigger new contract talks or not.
Im not sure too many clubs want to pay a big fee but if he runs his contract down there would be no shortage of offers to consider i'm sure.
Let's hope ole finds a way to get him playing well.

ken

1.) 16 Oct 2020 18:24:19
Who will be at United longer, Ole or Pogba?


2.) 16 Oct 2020 21:30:58
Just want to stop him leaving free i guess but tbh I'd pay for his taxi to wherever he feels like.


3.) 16 Oct 2020 18:59:49
Very good question Grim!


4.) 17 Oct 2020 10:03:35
Both need to go, edd too n we can maybe salvage our season.


5.) 17 Oct 2020 10:06:44
Worst kept secret in Manchester. His hearts been in Madrid for years. There ain’t a hope in hell that he’ll sign a new contract with us, it’s all been engineered by his agent to get him over there. He’d have been over there last year if Madrid had the money, but what they’ve probably said is hang on until you have a year left and we’ll sign you then when United are forced to take a smaller fee.

I hate the Spanish mob and their little games, you watch when he’s got a year left with us, they’ll wheel out Benzema in front of the cameras to spout about how great a player Pog is and he’ll always be welcome at the Bernabaeu. Plus, it’s no coincidence we’ve signed DVB, he’s obviously been identified as Pog’s replacement, it’s just that we had to sign him now at a decent price to prevent the fee been inflated when we inevitably flog Pog!


6.) 17 Oct 2020 14:07:48
If he’s smart he’ll sign a new deal with an agreed release clause and be gone in January. He’s 27 now and will be 29 by the time his contract’s up. He’ll get a nice signing on fee if he runs the contract down but will struggle to find anybody willing to give him a long contract - especially if his form hasn’t improved massively. Getting a big 5 year deal in January would make a lot more sense than wasting his best years at a club that he doesn’t want to be at and then getting a 2-3 year deal in 2 years time.


7.) 18 Oct 2020 10:45:41
Sad it didn’t work out with Pogba - but stop flogging a dead horse. He doesn’t want to be here anymore and that’s fair enough. You can’t keep someone against their will it’s crazy.

Encourage some decent bids, get him out in Jan and build the team around Bruno and VDB who looks a class act in the glimpses we have seen so far.


8.) 18 Oct 2020 12:48:37
why not be proactive for once and offer Pogba to Real in exchange for Rafael Varane in January or next summer. Both at the same age and the same contract length, should be a decent offer from our side.

We could cut some 30 million quid from our annual budget (13 million wages plus at least 19 million amortization from the fee paid to Juventus, not even accounting for agent fees etc. as I don't know whether they are deducted over the contracting period or as a one off) and thus make room for new signings.


9.) 19 Oct 2020 15:06:16
Why on earth would selling Pogba mean manchester united would gain money from Juventus. it would only change the timing within the accounts nothing else.


10.) 19 Oct 2020 20:45:17
I know what i would do with Pogba, tie his 2 feet into 1 boot around the back of his head and kick his ass to Spain for free! :D Fukn Mercenary!


11.) 19 Oct 2020 21:13:08
Pogba hurts his career. He should ask a transfer request to force a move away. No point hold a player who doesn't want to be here, again no point for him staying in a place doesn't want to. Its a lose-lose so i can't understand why they don't sit down to find a solution.


 

 

05 Oct 2020 18:46:45
Free reputedly agreed for smalling.
Delighted for him.

ken

1.) 05 Oct 2020 18:59:47
Hes one of a few that gave his all for every manager since fergie. He might not be the standard that we want to be playing at but he can leave with his head held high! Good luck to him.


2.) 05 Oct 2020 19:21:05
A real shame that it’s taken this long. He’s been a good servant to us and should have been allowed to go much much earlier. Ed said all window we were asking for too much. We could have got this deal done weeks ago imo.


3.) 05 Oct 2020 19:28:53
Here here W16. and fee agreed obviously.


4.) 05 Oct 2020 19:49:27
Good to see it will go through, good luck Mike.


 

 

03 Sep 2020 22:23:56
Ed002 has there been any concrete interest shown in any of our players available for transfer?
1 lingard 2 mata 3 jones 4 dalot 5 Smalling 6 jones 7 pierera. 8 romero
Is there interest in any of the other fringe players?
Apart from smalling I've seen no other retorts of concrete interest. Which surprises me a little.

ken

{Ed002's Note - There is interest in Romero from Aston Villa as has been explained. Smalling has been of interest to Roma and it goes on.}


1.) 04 Sep 2020 08:09:20
Think Jesse will end up staying, Pierera will probably move on, Phil Jones seems to be with us for life.


2.) 04 Sep 2020 08:58:18
I am pleased for both Smalling and Romero if they get these moves and it leads to them being a 1st team player. Good hardworking players, just for various reasons not worked out recently with us.
I am okay if Jesse stays as a rotational player but we could see some interest come in late for him.
Dalot, Pereira and Jones need to definitely move on, I think West Ham or Newcastle could come in for Jones who if he stays fit would be a good addition for them. Pereira i imagine will head to somewhere else in Europe and may do well in a different league. Dalot I imagine will head back to Italy, offers a decent amount going forward but not trusted by OGS so needs to move on for all parties.


3.) 04 Sep 2020 09:01:35
Who would seriously buy jones that’s my question. his injury record is abysmal, his wages high and his level of performance average at best. Will be stuck with him until his contract expires. And to think that he’s eligible for a testimonial 🤦‍♂️.


4.) 04 Sep 2020 10:41:42
Phil Jones was given a new contract in 2019, why?

Ole said, “Phil knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player. He has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and is now one of the senior players within the team. He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre-half. We are delighted Phil has committed his future to the club”.


5.) 04 Sep 2020 11:20:44
well he's not going to slag the player off is he redman.

im not sure ole has much on the say on who is given a new contract,

but he is woeful and should have been gone years ago.


6.) 04 Sep 2020 11:41:46
Bolger

To be fair to Ole, it was early in his time and likely he didn’t feel he had that level of authority at that time. However, do you think Ole had a say on who went on loan Smalling or Jones?

It seems a long way since the eulogy that SAF gave him.


7.) 04 Sep 2020 12:07:54
Supposedly Ole told Smalling that Tuanzebe was to be given more chances while Maguire and Lindelof were ahead of him making him 4th or 5th choice and that a loan might be best for him.

While Jones was given a new deal by the club while Ole was temporary manager, it was a club decision in order to protect the value of an asset and keep a player they hoped the next manager would want to use.

I don't expect many of our players to leave until late in the window. The players we have who are available for transfer are so because they are either declining or not good enough at the highest level. Hardly first choice options for most clubs, especially when you consider their wages. I think most clubs will likely move for them when other options have moved elsewhere or when their agents offer them to other clubs. We will likely have to accept minimal fees or allow loan deals to move them out.


8.) 04 Sep 2020 13:49:31
remember that red man, when he said he could become our best ever player.

theres only a few more players that need shifting.


9.) 04 Sep 2020 14:19:36
I'm sure the contract négociations with Jones were already advanced when Ole took over, on an interim basis at the time too, so harsh to lay the blame with him on this one.


10.) 04 Sep 2020 14:49:23
Decision time for these players; money or football?


11.) 04 Sep 2020 20:02:48
Being fair to Ole, you ok Red Man? 😉.


12.) 05 Sep 2020 00:13:56
Jones contract was given before ole was in appointed permanent manager. He was caretaker- I doubt he made the decision to hand jones a long term contract.


13.) 05 Sep 2020 09:17:01
Smalling to Roma and Rojo to Lazio would be nice.


14.) 05 Sep 2020 11:28:42
United need to work out a loan agreement with a club to give their fringe players game time.


 

 

31 Aug 2020 10:36:35
Good morning ed002.a couple of quick questions
Do you know if the signing of dvb well end our interest in grealish? They are different types of players and play different roles so just curious.
Secondly do you know if there is interest in fred from elswhere? Would the club be willing to sell?
Finally how do you see the goal keeping situation resolved. Looks like henderson.

ken

{Ed002's Note - Yes they are diffent types of player - van de Beek was one of the options for a Pogba replacement with Saul etc.. Greathis is far more versatile. It will lessen interest and clearly the asking price for grealish is making any transfer difficult. I don't know what will now satisfy the GKs - typically swapping them in and out doesn't work.}


 

 

22 Aug 2020 11:01:07
Good morning ed002.
I know you have mentioned costa being offered as part of any deal for pogba.
Is there a chance united would try to buy him separately as a sancho alternative?
Are united trying to sign him?
Thanks ed have a good day.

ken

{Ed002's Note - There is no reason why not - he available for sale or trade with plans to replace him with Federico Chiesa. Fabio Paratici has been in England this past week so that could be an option.}


1.) 22 Aug 2020 11:22:35
Anyone have any insight into how good Douglas Costa is? Never seen him play tbh.


2.) 22 Aug 2020 11:30:55
So we buy an older problem player and fund Juve's purchase of a young upcoming player would be an abysmal decision to sign Costa for me.


3.) 22 Aug 2020 12:31:56
I don't know too much about Costa. I've watched him in a number of games and always been impressed. But apparently has had a few off field issues as well as injury issues. So they'd have to be completely done with before making a move. But could be a good alternative.


4.) 22 Aug 2020 13:07:05
When fit considerably better than what we have and would improve our starting 11. i'd like to get sandro with him to good experienced heads used to top end clubs and top end football. Used to winning.


5.) 22 Aug 2020 17:05:46
Costa always looked like he had something while never really reaching the level you thought he would.
But he regularly picks up injuries, missed 29 games with 6 different muscles injuries over the last 2 seasons .
turns 30 next month and has only played more than 27 league in a season once.
Could be a decent option of the bench which has more or less been his role with juve.


 

 

 

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20 Oct 2020 19:23:06
So pleased to see Tuanzebe.
With the options available it was always obvious he would start tonight despite his lack of games for so long.
He has not really played much at all for 2 years. He desperately needs am injury free run to press his claim for a regular starting position.

ken

1.) 20 Oct 2020 19:59:22
I really hope we’re not humiliated while wearing this abomination of a kit, the headlines could be messy tomorrow 😂.


2.) 20 Oct 2020 20:05:06
Know any zebra puns?


 

 

19 Oct 2020 21:40:25
Quirky way to announce the captaincy telling the press and player at the same time. Bruno looked very surprised but also pleased.
I posted earlier about psg injuries but it looks like we are worse off. A great opportunity for someone to make a name for themselves and stake a claim.
No easy choices for ole tomorrow its thing to be tough much tougher than i thought earlier.

ken

 

 

19 Oct 2020 15:03:10
Luck is on our side.
Psg have a huge injury crisis for tomorrow.
It will be far from easy but it does help our chances.
They have been In very poor form so no better time to get them.
I think we can come away with a draw at the worst.

ken

1.) 19 Oct 2020 15:39:05
Since losing to Marseille they have won all five games, scoring 16 and conceding once. They will still have Mbappe, Neymar and DiMaria running at our defence, gulp. I would take a draw all day long.

Incidently did you see that DiMaria got suspended for a month for spitting at Gonzalez. What is going through his head, you would probably go to jail in this country for doing that at the moment.


2.) 19 Oct 2020 17:13:29
So which is it, are they in poor from or have they won their last 5 with an average score of 3-0?

They have a few injuries but not to their best players, it will be tough but hopefully we put in a good performance, would be very happy with a point.


3.) 19 Oct 2020 18:05:16
Its a farmers league, conceding a goal considering the money they have spent is poor form.


4.) 19 Oct 2020 18:25:45
Maguire and Bailly both out. No Cavani. 3 at the back? Victor, Scotty, Shaw as CBs?


5.) 19 Oct 2020 19:00:11
They like ourselves started badly. They have 5 or 6 injuries. Commodate to last year now is a great time to play them. If we were flying is fancy is to win but we are not just now so i agree a draw would be a good result.
My point us they are not showing the form that brought them to final and have a few injuries on top.


6.) 19 Oct 2020 19:22:59
If we defend well I think we can pick them off on the break Ken. Would love to see us start Van De Beek, but I imagine it will be pogba magic and Bruno.


7.) 19 Oct 2020 19:33:28
Luck is on our side 😂😂😂.


8.) 19 Oct 2020 21:55:22
They have been in poor form 😂😂😂
Won there last 4 games 15 scored 1 conceded.


 

 

15 Oct 2020 08:46:16
So its Newcastle at the wkend.
Should be 3 points. They are badly needed.
Few big calls for ole.
Does he persisted with pogba and continue not to play vdb.
Does he stick with maguire?
Does he change to 3 at the back?
Does he start telles?
What happens with shaw. ?
Ddg?
I can see a 352 shape being played.
Its so hard to know. 10% of the season gone and its hard to know what our personelle and shape will be.

ken

1.) 15 Oct 2020 08:57:45
Well for a good sane person.
Donny for Pogba is an obvious one tho depends if Bruno is out, could be Donny and Pogba, either way Donny should be 1st choice.
Stick maguire in a bin somewhere ideally however we have no quality at CB to replace so the ineptitude of the club to see us severely lacking here will carry on biting us.
3 at the back vs Newcastle seems a tad embarrassing tbh but needs must amd our defence needs protection but where is the sacrifice coming from?
Telles in, Shaw LCB if 3 at the back though Shaw another calamity waiting to happen.
I've said for about a year, Deano in DDG out.
And for your earlier point, should be 3 points, I see a hard game and could go either way, we need Bruno simply put.


2.) 15 Oct 2020 09:05:35
I agree with the above, though i'm not sure Ole has the guts to drop certain players even when they clearly need it. He said after the Spurs debacle that things would change, either mentality, tactics or formation. let's see if he backs that statement up. As for the game itself i'm not sure we can call any game a should win and 3 points, not the way we are currently playing and with morale through the floor.

Im hoping for a performance and 3 points, but its more hope than expectation. Hope the lads bounce back!


3.) 15 Oct 2020 09:07:00
Pogba has had two games for France so should be a little sharper, he was clearly lacking in match fitness before the break. It would be nice to see a back three with all of DvdB, Bruno and Pogba in midfield. With five defensive players, there shouldn't be the need for holding midfielders. Then have Greenwood and Rashford up front.


4.) 15 Oct 2020 10:17:23
Ken

I think we will go 5.3.2 in effect, it was what won us points last season. We are away from home and it covers our defensive holes better. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Rashford and Greenwood split wider to work with two full backs and the three central midfield stay compact centrally. Given AWB lack of attacking prowess I suspect we may be more dangerous down our left with Telles making his debut and interacting with Rashford. The space created will allow Greenwood to score.

I think we will win by one goal, perhaps 2.1. It is a must win now.


5.) 15 Oct 2020 10:23:44
He will go 4-2-3-1 with AWB, Bailly, Maguire and Telles. Pogba and Matic, then Bruno with Greenwood and Rashford on the wing and Martial up front.


6.) 15 Oct 2020 10:42:14
Grimslives, Martial is suspended.

It's tough to know what Ole will do this weekend as we have been so bad he could have a case for dropping almost anyone. I think he will go 5 at the back and I feel Van De Beek starts.

De Gea, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, VDB, Pogba, Bruno, Rashford and Greenwood.


7.) 15 Oct 2020 10:50:05
My feelings are that a 3412 shape is best suited to us, even more so for this game with Martial and Cavani unavailable.

As for the two big questions, Pogba and Maguire. Both need to be dropped. Pogba because he has been awful and needs a kick up the backside and Donny deserves a start. Maguire because his head is still in Greece and he needs taking out the firing line. His performances for England probably highlight that it is an issue within himself rather than a tactical issue with how United are set up currently.

While I think the Shaw/ Telles question is solved by switching to 3 at the back, Shaw's best performances has come at LCB, while it might be sensible to introduce Telles to the EPL with a little less defensive responsibility while he finds his feet. I remember Evra struggling to adapt initially.

For me its vital that Bruno returns to the starting line up, the rumours of a falling out will only deepen if he doesn't start.


8.) 15 Oct 2020 10:56:58
Brighton got a good win playing a back 3 at newcastle but we need to remember decent teams have played a back 4 at st james and pinned them back for huge chunks of games . They are often very defensive and dour and don't press much .

I'd play a back 4 there dangerman is maximin and the player I'd least want to have space . Wan bissakas strength is his tackling not his attacking and keeping maximin quiet would go a huge way to keeping newcastle at bay .

I'd also play Maguire his form hasn't been good but I don't see too many ways newcastle cause us problems but Carroll bossing a cb in the air in one way, his goals record is dreadful nowadays but put yourself in Bruce's shoes and if Maguire wasnt playing its something youd look at, even if it's just a way to get Wilson into the action in the box .

I like pogba but van de beek was brought to bring competition for places and pogba hasn't done enough to keep his place .

I think newcastle will allow us lots of possession as they will drop off to defend .


9.) 15 Oct 2020 11:03:49
The people advocating a 3 at the back system are ignoring the elephant in the room which is the right wing back spot.

Also Weve just seen with england who played 3 at the back you essentially end up with 8 defensive players on the pitch.


10.) 15 Oct 2020 11:21:54
Whenever we play 5 at the back, our attack looks toothless.

Pogba was top class for France but him not putting effort for our club is really infuriating.

Also, let's see if Pellistri makes the squad.
Both Cavani and Martial will be available next week against PSG.


11.) 15 Oct 2020 11:43:19
DSG

I mentioned the AWB situation. Mentioned it a few times in recent weeks and months. We paid £50m for someone who can’t attack in the modern football way, shipped Dalot out who can. If he plays AWB at RWB it’s defensive. Maybe play AWB as one of the three and Williams as RWB.

I see AWB has removed the England flag from his profile and can play for another country, will we lose him to the African Nations cup?


12.) 15 Oct 2020 12:06:49
Brandon williams is hardly a huge attacking threat, just as impotent attacking force as AWB.

Surely we have to stick with 4 at the back, if Maguire can't play in a back 4 then he shouldn't be at the club.

All the top dominant ball playing teams play 4 at the back; Bayern, PSG, Barca, Real, City Liverpool etc.


13.) 15 Oct 2020 12:33:43
DSG, the three at the back system isn't perfect, no system is. While the shape is only a basic shape and the tactics define it more than the starting positions of the players.

When we play with Matic at CDM he often drops back between the CB's effectively making a back three, while our full backs are expected to push forward. However, Matic is another slow and immobile player, along side Maguire and Lindelof that is asking for trouble.

I feel the 3412 shape best suits the players we have. It allows us to have extra cover and pace in the central defensive areas, limiting the treat of counter attacks. It negates the need for a true DM of which we only have Matic who is on his last legs. It opens up the possibility at least of playing Pogba, Bruno and Donny for some games. It doesn't rely on having a wide forward/ winger of which we only really have James and Pellistri in our squad, every other player who plays wide for us is either a No.10 or a striker pushed wide.

As you say the elephant in the room is AWB a young British player the club have just spent 50m on. Telles is the ideal LWB, while Williams could easily do the job at RWB. As could TFM, Dalot and Laird. So we have plenty who could play RWB. But that doesn't solve what to do with AWB.

This is the issue we have without a clear plan or vision we have an mismatched squad that lacks players for certain roles, has excess players for others and several players who suit opposing styles of play.

However, a 3412 shape does get most of our best players on the pitch at the same time, playing in a role that mostly suits their skillset, while also mitigating many of our weaknesses/ deficiencies within our squad.

AWB may be a casualty of that. However, he did spend most of his youth career playing as a winger, he is quick and can beat a man, his final ball is erratic (sometimes its actually quite good), and he is still young 22 with less than three full seasons at professional level. While I feel his end product is often made to look worst than it is due to constant comparisons with Trent Alexander-Arnold. In theory, at least, a RWB position should be ideal for a player who started out as a winger but who's best attributes come in defence.


14.) 15 Oct 2020 12:42:50
Redman.
I tend to disagree on that point awb can attack. its been coached out of him.


15.) 15 Oct 2020 12:51:50
Also I think Newcastle can be a dangerous side, Calum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron offer a dangerous front four, while Lewis and Yedlin are good offensive fullbacks, Lascelles and Schar are solid CB's, the Longstaff brothers in midfield offer hard work and commitment. While Dubravka is one of the best goalkeepers outside of the top six clubs.

Certainly not an easy side to beat. We have a better squad, but then if the best squad never lost then Liverpool and City wouldn't lose any games in a season. Watford beat Liverpool last season and still got relegated. You can't be dismissive of teams in this league, anyone can really beat anyone.


16.) 15 Oct 2020 13:12:19
Ken

To a point I would agree. I watched Brandon Williams in one of the first games get forward one on one with their fullback, even with the advantage, having done the hard work, yet came back, across and passed back or inside. It was almost like you can’t score by getting to the byline, you might lose it, so retain possession by passing it inside to try and get through centrally, even if it is packed.


17.) 15 Oct 2020 13:49:58
I firmly believe that part of the problem over the last few years has been the players belief that we just have to turn up to win, yet they don't seem to put in the hard work to earn that win.
I wasn't a big fan of signing Cavani but if he comes in with the attitude of working his nuts off to win every game then we have a better.


18.) 15 Oct 2020 13:51:05
Whatever Solkjaer does he can be certain to balls it up. Of course he will play 4231. Of course he will play Pogba. James will come in for Martial. He will probably pick Shaw and Maguire. We might win but it will be unconvincing with no clear style of play. we will all be back here after the game complaining about all the same things. next week this will be repeated and the week after, and the week after that. Believe it or not i am usually a positive, optimistic person but manchester united over the last 8 years has killed all the joy.


19.) 15 Oct 2020 14:22:39
Newcastles line up can be hard to predict, players that do well against us like the longstaff s are firmly behind shelvey and hayden in selection for most games .

Dubravka has been injured all season, yedlin rarely gets a game now and I believe lascelles, maximim and Matty longstaff have knocks and are fitness doubts .

So far ryan fraser will only play if replacement for maximim and almiron is in and out of the team . They have looked to carrol or Joelinton to support Wilson quite often, and used Hendricks as a right sideish player .

They do have players where they could field a team that looks okay on paper but they rarely select it and are often more defensive at home than away .


20.) 15 Oct 2020 15:37:51
Shappy, I find it amazing that players at this level are so inconsistent with their ball play. Midfielders who can't pass it 10 meters and wide players who can't cross. These guys should be practicing these things for hours on end every day until they can do it right just about every time. Even if they don't do it voluntarily the coaches should be forcing them.

AWB a 50 MILLION POUNDS full back who has an erratic final ball. He is 22 and can't get up and down the pitch. What a joke!


21.) 15 Oct 2020 16:11:32
MancMan, they are humans not robots. Many things affect their ability to perform and the level of that performance.

For most jobs there is a general rule where they suggest it takes 10 years of working everyday on your job for you to master it.

Which would suggest most players in their teens and early 20 are going to be a far way, for the most part, from mastering their job.

AWB has less than 3 full seasons of play at the professional level. He played in two different positions during his youth. He is more than capable of getting up and down the pitch. He is strong and quick and excellent in 1 Vs 1 situations.
What he lacks is consistency in his final ball, and defensive positioning. Both will improve with training and practice. Things that come with time. The lad is 22 he isn't expected to be the finished article yet.


22.) 15 Oct 2020 20:32:39
Shappy

10 years of working at your job to master it. So the few months at Cardiff and 23 months at United is a bit short of being master at the job, another very good reason from your own mouth why Ole shouldn’t be there. Don’t give me it was only a general rule that doesn’t apply to Norwegian legendary players who manage United.

As to AWB, we have hardly seen improvement under this coaching have we? Would you not have expected to see improvement rather than the decline we have seen under Ole?


23.) 15 Oct 2020 23:04:20
Shappy, do you think AWB believes he is an erratic crosser and do you think he stays behind after training for two hours every day working on his crossing?

Many athletes are like robotics because they practice so much.


24.) 16 Oct 2020 13:26:50
MancMan, I don't know to be honest. Although I would find it strange if AWB was unaware of his performances and on what he needs to improve. Players do spend hours and hours on the training ground and with performance analysts.

As for players being like robots. David Beckham was probably the best crosser of a ball I have seen. He did you to spend hours after training practicing his delivery. And yet he still over the course of his career ended with a crossing success average of around 30%. Meaning that even the best crosser of the ball failed around 70% of the time.

Football is a team sport, and your performance also to a certain extent depends on that of your teammates. Was Beckham's crosses crap 70% of the time, or did players not make good runs, or mistimed them, or maybe opposition defenders just defended them well. Lots of variables and the reason why human error will always play a big role in sporting results.


 

 

06 Oct 2020 18:20:46
The best we can core m hope for now its that all our players come back injury and ill free.
Its important that the manager gets to work with the players as soon as possible and that he dings the best shadow for the personelle he has.
There is a lot of good players so its up to the coaching team to find the right shape and to get the best from them.
If you ask on here 50 people i'd be surprised if you got the same team more than 5 times.
We have made 2 potentially very good signings and a wild card that could go either way.
There are a few not on intl duty it will give them an opportunity to get some core fitness work in,
Looking forward to seeing the new guys on the pitch.

ken

1.) 06 Oct 2020 21:17:08
Ken, you’re going to need to translate that first paragraph mate.


2.) 06 Oct 2020 22:16:02
Do you not speak fluent fat fingers 😂.

{Ed047's Note - drinking again Ken? 🤣

The real prob is your fingers trying to keep up with the speed of your gob! 😉


 

 

 

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16 Oct 2020 18:53:36
Trd read the post.
We have been poor since he came back in the team. I think since project restart we played well twice. Before restart we played well in 7 or 8 games while he was injured. Our form has deteriorated since the restart game by game until now.
Its not just him ole has them all playing badly especially his own signings.

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16 Oct 2020 17:38:49
2 guys with limited talent giving it everything are better than a player with lots of talent but not giving it his all.

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16 Oct 2020 17:35:44
Id say he was a hard man. He did he was never blessed with great talent and made the most if what he had.

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16 Oct 2020 13:15:08
Did it dsg? 2 cup semi finals and a dismal few games before that.
Our best run was when pogba was injured.

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15 Oct 2020 21:01:17
Centre forward mate. Not a great one by his own admission.

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22 Oct 2020 00:31:45
We have been playing without a cf in the box for too long imo. I hope his movement will encourage and demand more crosses. Too often we get it wide and have nobody to hit and end up turning back inside.
Playing 2 up from the 4 available looks exciting as they are all comfortable running the channel or with their back to goal. On pallet there looks to be good combinations with any of the 4 assuming ighalo goes in a few weeks time
Dare i say its the best front 4 we have had for many years.
We have 2 games every week pretty much till the end of the season so even with the odd injury ole should be able to keep them fresh. Its not easy judging the combinations and when not to disrupt a rhythm. But hopefully it will present him with good problems. It will require great patience, attitude and tolerance from the 4 knowing that there is a chance they will miss out on big games.
The same can be said for our midfield. In that 3 5 2 formation.
Any 3 from pogba bruno mata dvdb fred matic mctom. Finding the right combinations in the right games is the job he faces.
Bruno i think its fair to say will play most after that its really any 2 from 5 matic fred mctom Pogba dvdb. So again playing 2 games a week and allowing for injuries there looks too be good options for any set of circumstances if they all realise they will miss out on big games. Mata i see having a big role to play off the bench or in cup games. Jesse looks to be too far down for regular football.
Even in a 433 those midfield irons are the same. Imo oles tougher challenge is getting that blend in midfield right to make the team tick.
In this 352 ole has great options but has a couple of frailties at the back to be ideal. Awb / Williams at rwb. Telles / shaw / Williams at lwb. Those look solid options.
Any 3 cb from axel Maguire shaw lindelof bailly rojo . Shaw does well as a lcb. Harry and lindelof need competition from a fit axel and bailly. You don't want to be rotating your back 3 as often as the rest.
The frailties are delivery from rwb. This can be worked on.
And injury prone cbs. we just need to hope they stay fit.
Keepers. Its hard to believe we have an even better no 2 than we had last season.
Moving beteeen a 352 and 433 or 442 those player buckets remain pretty much the same.
Good looking squad in that 352 shape. But can easily core moving to 4 at the back. Great flexibility in it.
On paper I don't think there is any other squad in the league with as much strength in depth.
Ole has shaped a good squad in the main. Just needs to get the blend right. The potential is there to compete to win any of the trophy s in this crazy season. If ole gets the best out of this squad we will be competing to win the big prizes and that's all any of us want to see.

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21 Oct 2020 20:44:41
I was talking to someone yesterday AJH that said greenwood has been late to training twice and been late for 2 team meetings. I've had been acting as out of line with his previous character. I hope its not true and that he remains grounded.
I agree on cavani. I hope he stays fit and scores goals. I hope he is not zlatan than bastian or more Larsson than sanchez.

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21 Oct 2020 12:21:13
Knocking on the door for 2 years he just has had no luck with injury.
Let's hope he gets an injury free run so that he can stake his claim.

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21 Oct 2020 08:46:54
Obi AWB was great tonight. One on one he is fantastic. I have to say my heart is on my mouth at times but he does live a tackle and his decisions will imoprove with experience.
I think someone else said below mom is a tough call.
Ddg with a couple of saves other keepers just don't make.
Shaw looks better there.
Axel was close to foot perfect.
Mctom and fred doing it ugly. That's a compliment. Its not pretty but they are effective. Id love to see dvdb get his chance and I'm sure he will.
Bruno and rash were great. Martial won a pen not much else went right for him.
Ole got his selection spot on. Great call with axel and a brave call. Let's hope we keep him fit.
Ole deserves all the praise he gets four tonight's show.
I think bruno inspired his team tonight. What a signing he has been.
Great start to the group.

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21 Oct 2020 08:03:32
I think just about every player played well or made a contribution.
Martial was poor but still won a pen.
Ole got all the big calls right.

Pogba out of the team is better. We played well when he was injured since his return post lockdown our form has been getting progressively worse. He can be a useful impact sub.

Lots calling for this shape for a long time it has great advantages for poor defenders in a 4 like shaw lindelof and will help maguire. Axel was great. He is a big unit.
Telles offered quality device from the left.

Awb needs to improve in that area.
Get greenwood or cavani in for martial and we will have more of a goal threat.
Great start to the group. A win against rbl in the next round of matches sets us up to get out of the group.

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