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12 Feb 2018 00:42:20
Have been hearing repeatedly since he joined that Jose needs 2/ 3/ 4 windows to turn us into a top team again. So which of his signings so far can we categorically call a resounding success? Not many I dare say.

One thing I cannot stand above anything in an elite level footballer is a lack of football intelligence. And I must say there seems to be a severe lack of grey matter in our team. Whether it's the players or the coaching or a bit of both, we look a yard off the other top teams in terms of ideas, movement, slickness, composure. Somehow it feels we can continue splashing money but the approach and tempo won't change.

Rave

1.) 12 Feb 2018 06:47:21
"severe lack of grey matter in our team"
Precisely. 100% agree.


2.) 12 Feb 2018 11:33:52
I think we have had varying degrees of success from all of Jose’s signings to be honest. Until about 2 weeks ago Pogba had been our best player this season, he has a couple of bad games (I think he was ill yesterday anyway) and suddenly he’s an awful signing.

We are missing Bailly a lot at centre half, I would like lindelof to get a go to be honest, lukaku has improved his game a lot, Matic is having a bit of a bad spell hit at the start of the season everyone was raving about him. We aren’t playing well but don’t think we are far off to be honest.


3.) 12 Feb 2018 12:00:03
Sometimes I wonder about the intelligence displayed by our players, the simple things like passing to a player in space seems beyond their logic, they seem more comfortable passing a three yard pass to a colleague that is surrounded by three or four opposition players.


4.) 12 Feb 2018 21:58:07
Picking out the main signings:
Bailly- class centre back when playing, looked a great signing last year. Been out as much as he's played, but that's just bad luck.

Pogba - under the negative spotlight now but even when his stock was high earlier this season he still had a massive question mark over his big game credentials for me. Misused by Jose or is he simply coming up short when it matters?
Zlatan - no one can argue with his goals contribution last year but would have to go down as a two-thirds season wonder for me, and that's accounting for his terrible injury. Resigning him was a joke.

Matic - started off superbly but I'm struggling with him. Is he knackered, is he being overused/ overworked, or is he simply past his best in terms of being the midfield rock over a full season?

I can't see him getting better next season, or the one after.
Miki - got rid as soon as we got a chance. Wrong player for this team and manager.
Lukaku - although I never wanted him and still don't, I've felt for him of late, as he's worked his socks off and vastly improved his link play, but gets next to nothing in terms of the right service. Not the right striker for us.

Lindelof - for a manager like Jose who goes out of his way to prove his decisions right, it amazes me how little faith he's shown in this guy, even with the smalling and Jones double act on show. Question marks.

So, how many more windows?


 

 

 

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11 Dec 2017 09:44:57
Had a look at the goals again and is it me or could DDG have done a tiny bit more for one if not both of them? He appeared slightly planted, in shock that the man got to a free scoring position three yards in front of goal, rather than take action. I reckon some keepers would have rushed to smother both the ball and the man about to hit the ball.

DDG is awesome and my favourite player in the team so it's hard for me to criticise him, but he isn't the most aggressive keeper in situations like that. Not to excuse the terrible defending/ failure to easily clear our lines on both counts, where he was badly let down.

Rave

1.) 11 Dec 2017 10:45:17
Maybe, he could of maybe he couldn't. It's swings and roundabouts. If he was a more aggressive keeper then no doubt that would lead to him making mistakes occasionally due to him rushing out and not assessing the situation in a calm and clear way.


2.) 11 Dec 2017 10:46:30
They were tap ins from 3 yards he had no chance with either.


 

 

10 Dec 2017 15:40:23
Jose has indeed gone for a bold team selection, three attackers!
Massive role for Lingard today to supplement the middle as well as making the transitions to attack.
Glad Herrera is playing, feel this could be the game his season really kicks off.
The start is so important, need to get onto their defence, the two centre backs not the quickest.

Rave

1.) 10 Dec 2017 16:16:16
Rave, Herrera was brilliant last season but seems out of form this season. Hope he doesn't get himself sent off. If he hits form, then we'll beat City.


 

 

22 Oct 2017 09:21:02
Would like to hear people's thoughts on which of our squad can be considered genuine big-game players. Those you'd trust to perform against city, Liverpool and Chelsea away, and the European giants in the champs league? Also those that can dig us out of a hole when we're struggling in tricky away games like Stoke and Huddersfield?
For me we've got too many players that only look good in the easier strolls, when most things are going our way.

Rave

1.) 22 Oct 2017 11:03:32
De gea. There's a reason he is the best keeper in the world if it wasn't for him United would be far worse off.


2.) 22 Oct 2017 13:16:18
Da gea and bailly and possibly hererra. That's it.


 

 

03 Jun 2017 09:15:24
Superb signing for the year and his character and presence was exactly what we needed for that time, but for several reasons we should not extend his contract. I'd be disappointed if we did.

Nevertheless, glad to have had him play for United and wish he came in years earlier.

Rave

1.) 03 Jun 2017 11:34:34
I agree, one season is enough for Jose.


2.) 03 Jun 2017 12:23:08
Pogba out!


3.) 03 Jun 2017 12:37:42
LOL Tony don't be mischievous now.


4.) 04 Jun 2017 11:33:57
Sorry that was about Zlatan, thought I was replying to another post but obviously posted a new one instead!


 

 

17 Apr 2017 14:51:35
Probably a bit late coming in with this but yesterday was our best performance for a good couple of years, in that it was a big performance in a big game, with the result to match. Very reminiscent of the good latter Fergie years, where we knew our limitations and the strength of the opposition, but outdid them on system and application.

The first goal was the best we've scored in a while, interception, quick forward pass - which was a brilliant through ball - and a quick striker running behind and latching on to finish. It's the kind we've been watching our rivals score and hurt every time I watched!

Herreras was the best central midfield performance by a United player in ages, complete and Keane-like.

I've been repeating throughout the season that it's our application and intensity that has let us down, we are punching below our weight in terms of squad quality. So often we start games as if to ease into it at our own pace, and when the opposition goes right at us we invariably struggle. This mindset is what we badly need and if we do it in the Europa at least, we'll end up blasting teams.

Last point is the other thing I've been on about for a while, a certain case of Zlatan. For me he is not the man for the big high pressure, high tempo games. We need constant movement and fluidity in attack for our midfielders to pick out when we win the ball, and that's what rashford and lingard gave us in abundance. Rashford really came of age last night and it will be interesting to see firstly what impact it has on team selection for the remaining big games and secondly the striker plans for the summer window.
For this season i feel it should be Zlatan as the main central striker for Europa and Rashford for the remaining league games.

Still a hell of a lot to do and the other rivals results were disappointing, but this will surely give us a huge boost at just the right time, just hope we can build momentum. How nice it would be to knock city or scousers out of the fourth spot.

Rave

1.) 17 Apr 2017 15:30:58
Good post rave.
I think rash is learning plenty about how to play as the manager wants him to. I think he is learning from Ibra. Alongside the goal threat his pace gives in behind his back to goal play and physicality has improved immensely. My preference would be that Ibra stays another year as long as he accepts less game time which would be good for both as rash is still very young to play more than 30 35 games per season plus international games. And Ibra experience and presence will be needed in games and his body won't allow more than 30 35 games. Ibra's influence and legacy could be to help develop and mentor a potential superstar. I can see then sharing that cf role next season and him becoming a real father figure to rash and some of the others. It depends what he wants to do United will pay him as much as anybody. So it depends on what Ibra wants for himself.


2.) 17 Apr 2017 15:45:32
Ibra is not going to spend his last year's sitting on the bench .
He has talked about his expectations over the coming years a lot .
Ed2 has told us he is after a 2 year deal .

Many said in the summer he wouldn't play every game would be rotated etc but it was never on the cards, he has played more minutes than Any other player.


3.) 17 Apr 2017 16:10:52
I think he is paying the price now for all those minutes. He said himself he is tired. I would expect if he stays, that next season himself and Rashford would have fairly equal playing time it would benefit both imo. Rash is a long way from the finished article so if Ibra goes Jose will buy someone else and that would hinder Rashford imo. Therefore I think another year alongside Ibra is how Rashford will develop best. If for example Lukaku signed then I think rash would get less game time than he would if Ibra stayed. A great role model to follow imo.
Rash could well be our long term cf and could save the club a fortune I think he deserves another year to develop and stake his claim like he did yesterday before we splash out 60m plus because he is not quite ready to play at yesterday's level for 50 games a season.


4.) 17 Apr 2017 16:32:52
I enjoyed yesterdays performance immensely. The lads put in a proper shift. I just hope we can maintain that type of intensity for the rest of the season because we are hard to live with when we play like that.


5.) 17 Apr 2017 16:33:28
Think griezmann playing instead of lingard around rashford will cause lots of problems for a lot of teams.


6.) 17 Apr 2017 16:42:32
Ibra will either stay and be our 9 or be sold and a big name striker be bought as Ed has indicated .
Rash not getting a chance at 9 was a concern many had last summer when we bought Ibra.
Plenty said Ibra wouldn't play all the time last summer and rash would get plenty of time at 9 in a way of justifying the purchase of Ibra.
Now it's a case of justifying keeping Ibra.
Ibra will probably play 50 games this season just like the year before .
I think rash will get just as much chance if Ibra stays or if a new striker comes in,
Ibra himself has said he won't play due to his name and if he can't do it week in week out he will be off .
And fair play to him it's his last year's so you can understand him wanting to play.

There is a offer on the table for Ibra, got to wonder what he is waiting for.


7.) 18 Apr 2017 00:55:14
Anyone else feel like rashford played like a typical mourinho striker? Milito at inter drogba at Chelsea. Benzene at real. A striker who shields the ball well and brings others into play while also being lethal in front of goal. He's adapting, although he scored more last year, he's looked much better this year in his all round play. If he keeps this level of improvement he will be very special.


 

 

 

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12 Feb 2018 21:58:07
Picking out the main signings:
Bailly- class centre back when playing, looked a great signing last year. Been out as much as he's played, but that's just bad luck.

Pogba - under the negative spotlight now but even when his stock was high earlier this season he still had a massive question mark over his big game credentials for me. Misused by Jose or is he simply coming up short when it matters?
Zlatan - no one can argue with his goals contribution last year but would have to go down as a two-thirds season wonder for me, and that's accounting for his terrible injury. Resigning him was a joke.

Matic - started off superbly but I'm struggling with him. Is he knackered, is he being overused/ overworked, or is he simply past his best in terms of being the midfield rock over a full season?

I can't see him getting better next season, or the one after.
Miki - got rid as soon as we got a chance. Wrong player for this team and manager.
Lukaku - although I never wanted him and still don't, I've felt for him of late, as he's worked his socks off and vastly improved his link play, but gets next to nothing in terms of the right service. Not the right striker for us.

Lindelof - for a manager like Jose who goes out of his way to prove his decisions right, it amazes me how little faith he's shown in this guy, even with the smalling and Jones double act on show. Question marks.

So, how many more windows?

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27 Jan 2018 12:31:22
I think signing him on a short extension, with a further option, is a great coup for the club.
Also kind of tells me Jose is up for the challenge of performance-related reward.

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12 Jan 2018 21:44:59
Good to see Gary Neville has given him a piece for that stupid remark. What an irritant.

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05 Jan 2018 08:08:20
He should. He is very much needed as an option at this moment. Only reasons why not would be if we are getting another midfielder in the window or Jose is still peed off with him. Offers something different to what we have available at the moment.

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09 May 2017 21:38:31
I have no idea whatsoever what those sample clips are all about but great update, thanks!

Could be a record breaking window by the sounds of things. Either way we need it to make us genuine title contenders and, hopefully, at least compete in the champions league. No international tournament so hope we can get the business done nice and early.

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27 Jan 2018 12:28:02
Not mentioning names but strongly disagree with any suggestions of us selling Rashford. Madness.

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27 Jan 2018 12:24:33
Carrick's ability to grow a beard is a bit underrated I feel.

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12 Jan 2018 21:56:15
Good shout. What he has that the others don't - at the moment - is end product. He's a terrier on the pitch with his work rate when he's on his game, but just lost motivation at Arsenal's consistent mediocrity.

Could be the difference and spark that brings us, say, an fa cup along with a deep run in the champs league (I believe he's eligible for both I think), plus min second place in the league.

Jan singings are risky but an established top drawer premier league player, that's still eligible for the cups, is as low risk as they come, putting aside the big money.

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12 Jan 2018 18:59:04
City need to lose a game so we get to see how they bounce back. One loss could lead to two. We could bring the deficit down to single figures. Sanchez could come to ot and take us to another level.
You just never know.

I do agree that Scousers have as good a chance as any to beat them, especially as city haven't been firing hard recently.

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10 Jan 2018 00:23:54
I'm not talking about who is right or wrong, just giving my thoughts on the player.

Rave