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09 Jun 2019 21:34:28
That Dias looks a very composed and tidy player. Hope our interest is serious because in today’s day and age, £50m could be a shrewd signing.

Park3lung

1.) 09 Jun 2019 21:57:20
He looks a player, although I think he might take a year to settle a bit like Lindelof. He doesn't look the strongest and will need to be stronger in the EPL. But he has great technique, wonderful reading of the game and a bit of bite in him.


2.) 09 Jun 2019 22:43:43
He looks made for the Premier League to me fella’s, would me more than happy if we could bring him in, Bruno Fernandez was also impressive tonight. Could do a lot worse than aiming to sign both up.


3.) 09 Jun 2019 23:15:41
Spot on lads. I have been a bit concerned about de ligt when he is against pace which is why I’ve not been fully sold on the idea of joining. I know there is no chance, but I do think defensively he’s not the best. Great on the ball and he has the potential to be a great player. But first and foremost I want my cbs to be able to defence.

Dias looks like a good defender and keeps things simple. If there is a chance to sign him I’d be all over it. Alderweireld is another, koulibaly is too expensive and perhaps Milenkovic. Never been the biggest Maguire fan but he is an improvement.

Impressed with Bruno tonight, hope we sign him. The Portuguese team had really quality on the ball, something the Dutch perhaps lacked. Bernardo, Ronaldo and Bruno are all players with equisite technique. That was the difference for me. Bernardo is an absolute gem of a player. Combines talent with sheer work rate and industry. City have a great player on their hands. Thoroughly jealous.


4.) 10 Jun 2019 12:26:58
Bernardo Silva is absolutely class, I'm surprised how strong he is for such a small player.

Hopefully CR7 has put in a good word about us to Bruno and Dias, both look very good.

In terms of CBs, Toby would be my first choice. I know he's a short-term fix, but we need an instant fix to our defence, we can't wait 2-3 years for a new full back and centre back to develop.


 

 

22 Mar 2019 00:02:14
Hope these rumours of Herrera to PSG are media rubbish. Would be gutted to see him go. Any truth in it Eds?

Park3lung

{Ed002's Note - They have spoken with him they say.}


1.) 22 Mar 2019 08:09:26
Are any clubs looking at .....

{Ed002's Note - This is the MANCHESTER UNITED page.}


2.) 22 Mar 2019 09:42:33
Thanks for the swift response ed.


 

 

06 Mar 2019 13:11:26
Hi Ed002 any truth in the rumours united are interested in Bruno fernandes? Seems he plays attacking mid and may well be a replacement for pogba if he goes. Thanks.

Park3lung

{Ed002's Note - Bruno Fernandes (AM) is of interest to Everton and Liverpool have certainly looked at him on two or more occasions. Spurs maintain an interest but only if Christian Eriksen leaves. Asking price has more than doubled from what was already a high price in recent months and that has pushed aside interest from Juventus who don't see the value, Valencia and CSKA. Whilst Manchester United, Bayern Munich and another EPL side, none have a declared interest that I know of and all have other AM targets.}


1.) 07 Mar 2019 00:37:30
Thanks very much ed.


 

 

07 Jan 2019 12:20:18
Hi Ed apologies if this has already been covered but is there any truth in united bidding for Barella? I understand Chelsea are looking at him to replace fabregas. From what I’ve seen of Barella he looks a talented player. Be interested to hear your thoughts on him. Thanks.

Park3lung

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any MU bid.}


1.) 07 Jan 2019 13:44:17
thanks for the quick reply ed. hope all is well.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}


 

 

15 May 2018 10:20:26
Hi Ed002 is you are around hope you are well mate. I know you said we had interest in alex Sandro but is he now our first choice target for left back? Thanks.

Park3lung

{Ed002's Note - I can't help with transfers any longer, sorry.}


1.) 15 May 2018 10:41:41
No problem thanks ed.


2.) 15 May 2018 12:32:14
If there is any truth in Sandro at 50 mill and the lad from Napoli as right back who seems highly rated at 44 mill -I don't pretend to know much about him -then Shaw and Darmian out as directly replaced for a net spend of 60 mill for a key part of defence with added attacking flair seems a good deal.


3.) 15 May 2018 12:52:37
would be a great pair of signings if true burrenway. I like Hysaj he looks a very good player. Only time will tell!


4.) 15 May 2018 12:25:31
Ed002 - is there any light at the end of the tunnel? When will you be back?

{Ed002's Note - Right now there is no plan to do anything involving transfers any longer.}


5.) 15 May 2018 14:46:53
Yes Park3lung, a bit of pace and flair going forward. I would then hope TFM comes into the first team squad as a back up rb to get him some real experience.


6.) 15 May 2018 17:41:54
Ed002 i am very sorry to hear that. I hope that there comes a time when this is all resolved and we have the pleasure of your wise words once more.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks, we'll see.}


7.) 15 May 2018 21:13:54
Most of us echo those thoughts Pogthedog, this site is a better place with Ed002 on board.


8.) 15 May 2018 22:41:22
Ultimately United will but whoever they buy.

{Ed033's Note - Sounds painful and unnecessary :)


 

 

 

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05 Nov 2020 21:38:51
Hi guys I hope you’re All doing well during this testing time. I decided to take a bit of time off posting, but have checked the site from time to time.

I just thought I’d give my thoughts on the current situation at Utd. What can you say really, desperately poor start to the season, no matter how people dress it up.

We came off the back of a very good end to the season where it felt like we finally were heading in the right direction. After 7 years of terrible managerial appointments, £1.2bn wasted on poor recruitment, and a fanbase divided, we were heading into the summer window with optimism.

I’ll admit, as many of you know I’ve never been high on Ole. I thought the appointment stank of sentimentality and the board got lucky that he worked out so well in his time as interim. Xmas last year I wanted him out, but we saw the impact of Bruno Fernandes on the club and we secured top 4. I was prepared to give him the window to build. But I did have concerns about his long term suitability, well massive concerns I should say.

What we’ve seen this season is nothing short of woeful. We didn’t address key areas of the side in the window, for me a DM who can pass (Thiago/ Zakaria), a CB with recovery pace and the ability to counteract Maguire’s deficiency when we play a high line, and a RW of real quality were all a must. We failed to address any of those positions adequately. That sits on the board, not Ole.

I appreciate a lack of pre season wasn’t ideal, again that’s on the club to be prepared.

Park3lung

1.) 05 Nov 2020 21:56:38
Sorry pressed send too early. Can you add this to my earlier post Eds.

The lack of pre season was a massive killer. What we have seen so far in terms of performances is utterly unacceptable. The defence has been a shambles, no organisation, system or any signs of a leader marshalling. What did we spend £80m for? You expect better from the captain of Manchester United.

The spurs game has really rattled Ole. It reminds me of when LVG got beat by 5 against Leicester and he completely shut up shop. We have seen the same with Ole. His persistence to use Fred/ McT in a double pivot at home is a really issue for me. We know they will work hard, be disciplined and play simple. But how do we expect to score when we cannot transition from defence to attack quick enough? It’s a real issue that the manager is tasked with sorting out, and we are in November yet still no sign of that issue been rectified.

You move on to the plethora of options Ole has in the creative midfielder role. Bruno, Pogba, VDB is depth rivalling any other top club. Yet he can’t seem to find a way to fit at least 2 of the 3 in the side without sacrificing defensive solidity. And there are those calling for him to be given time. Time? You earn time. Either through your ability to get results, or your track record to be a success. Two things Ole is lacking in spades right now.

You then look at the attacking options at his disposal. Martial, rashford, Mason and Cavani is enviable. Yet we look blunt. The question is now arising how long has he got left before we look towards Pochettino? I’ve had countless arguments with friends who claim ‘it’s only a few games’. Was Jose afforded this time? LVG? This is a good squad, much more capable than Ole is showing right not.

My issue is two years down the line you expect some identifiable philosophy. I expect to know how we are going to lineup, how we play without the ball, whether it’s a high press or a low block. How we transition from defence to attack, whether both FBs go up or one does and one drops next to the CBs. All these things should be obvious, but they are not. He’s spent £250m on this side, and to not know these basics is unacceptable.

For those reasons above, I cannot sit here and advocate time for Ole. Because on the basis of not knowing how United will play on a game, that’s a serious problem a club the size of United should not be encountering. There are managers of lesser sides like Hassenhuttl and Bielsa who have improved their sides immeasurably. They have a system and they fit players into that system. The system is king. What is Utd’s/ Ole’s system? He may have improved players individually, but the system is non-existent.

We’ve had some wonderful victories and runs, but he difference between a title side and an average side is consistency. We are consistently inconsistent. That’s not good enough. You cannot build at a club like Utd when you don’t know whether you’re going to be a world beater or terrible.

Ole has done so much good off the pitch. He came in with an unbelievably tough job of stopping the rot at the club. 7 years of poor decisions, not his doing, have set us back years. He was tasked with a cultural reset, revamping the academy and ensuring the players played for the shirt again. A culture reset which has mainly been successful for me. By and large he’s done that. He was only ever a temporary fix. But the idiots above appointed him. My view of success with Ole is if he leaves the club in a better place than he joined, I’m content. And if he leaves tomorrow, he’s done that.

To summarise, we are in a critical situation where we must take action. Ole for me is out of his depth, he’s done some great things, but they have been overshadowed by some bad too. United need an elite manager because this squad needs to be drilled and coached. I hope to see Pochettino soon. Ole, you’ll always be a legend in my eyes as a player. But as a manager, you never quite had it.


2.) 05 Nov 2020 21:57:45
I accidentally pressed send too early. The rest of my post should be somewhere in this thread.


3.) 05 Nov 2020 22:26:50
Good post mate.


4.) 05 Nov 2020 22:42:33
Great to see you back park.
I went into the season with hope not too much optimism once you look under the skirt of last season and look at the way we finished the season i felt what we are seeing now was inevitable.
Each too their own . People obviously see different things one man's poor player is another man's good player.
We will just have to see how ut pans out.
Ole is the manager whether we like it or not. Those of us that don't like it have to sit back and hope we are wrong.
We have only played 6 league games. Ok we list half of them but we might go on another unbeaten run my target was plus 20 points on last season. That can still be done if we win 26 and draw 2 of our last 32 games.


5.) 05 Nov 2020 22:56:03
Cheers Singh hope you’re well mate. Ken it’s been a minute how are you my friend?

I think you’re right mate. I was behind Ole at the end of last season as I thought perhaps he’d found a formula that will work. Hasn’t panned out. It’s a matter of time, I don’t wish us to lose but I’m nervous about Everton on Saturday. I still maintain this squad isn’t as bad as some think. Some issues in defence and RW, but it’s good enough for top 4. For me, top 3 and a trophy was the minimum.


6.) 05 Nov 2020 23:18:35
Great post that Park, I pretty much agree with everything you said. Most of all it was nicely balanced unlike some of the howling overreaction on this site in the last few days.

Picking up on one point you make, I'm wondering whether Bruno or DVB can play in the double pivot either alongside either Matic/ McTominay/ fred to give us some creativity in the middle of the pitch without losing any of the energy. Pogba I wouldn't even be including in the match day squads; he's a disgrace.

I think I'd also like to see us play three at the back and also get Cavani on the pitch to give us a bit more presence up front.

The problem is though I'm just making suggestions which I think could give us a bit more purpose and cohesion. Like you say what this team really needs is a manager with a system who can coach the players to play a certain way (hopefully a high tempo attacking one) . You've identified a couple of interesting choices. I think Bielsa at Utd would be something worth seeing.


7.) 06 Nov 2020 00:39:38
manc wernt you the same on the discussions page.


8.) 06 Nov 2020 00:46:51
Cheers MancMan. United’s biggest problem this season is Matic failing to hit any sort of form yet. Think about how great we were after the restart, it’s because Matic was playing out of his skin. He shielded that defence and provided us with a platform to attack.

Our biggest issue is the midfield balance. Play Fred/ McT and we have zero creativity. Transitioning from defence to attack is nigh on impossible. Then Bruno + front 3 have no service. I think neither Fred/ McT have the positional awareness nor the passing ability to play in a single pivot. Something Matic (when on form) has in abundance.

We caught a glimpse of VDB in a 2 with Matic against Basaksehir and it was a disaster. I think him and Bruno would have to be in this side, but who plays in that pivot is a massive issue. We can’t build if we don’t have a DM doing his job properly. It’s a serious problem.

My solution is go to a back 3 of Axel, Lindelof, Shaw (Maguire needs to be dropped) . Telles/ AWB as WBs and then a midfield of Fred, VDB Bruno. The reason for the 3 is that it provides more cover and would allow us to push the midfielders further up the pitch. Then we have a front 2 out of Rashford, martial, Cavani and Mason. Great options

Not signing a RW who can slot right in is hurting us and it’s a reason why Ole keeps tinkering. We have a lopsided attack, and playing 4231 isn’t working when we don’t have a proper RW and Mason isn’t firing. 3 at the back mitigates this problem.

I run a podcast called ‘Elite Football Show’ which breaks down United’s tactical performance after each game. I do it with journalist Rob Blanchette. Should check it out if you’re interested.


9.) 06 Nov 2020 08:02:12
Park3lung

Good well written post. At least United are giving you plenty of material for your podcast, sadly none of it good because our tactics are generally one dimensional. No doubt 3 central defenders with AWB and Telles wing backs and try to catch Everton on the break tomorrow.

I would be interested to know if sentimental emotional decision making by those in charge is ever discussed?


10.) 06 Nov 2020 08:16:54
Same as what Daz?


11.) 06 Nov 2020 08:43:30
You've made a couple of key errors in your post -

1. The assumption that your midfield 3 are enviable. Bruno yes. Donny maybe. Pogba? I wouldn't even want him in th city of Liverpool nevermind in the team.

2. Ole has improved individuals - I'd say this is his major weakness. He hasn't improved anyone and some players have gone backwards (wan bissaka and Maguire spring to mind)

3. Your attack are good - they're incredibly unreliable. One minute they bang in goals the next they are utterly toothless, that's not a good attack. Of those players mentioned maybe rashford would make it into arsenal, Everton or Leicester but he's no chance of getting in city or Liverpool.

The truth is the team you have isn't really good enough to challenge for anything. Equal parts luck and over achievement got you to third last year and I'd be very surprised if you repeat it this year.

Some things you get right -

Ole isn't good enough on any level. People keep saying he steadied the ship but it's sinking faster now than it even did under any previous manager so I'm not sure how anyone can say that without laughing. The ship ain't steady. He's also tactically inept, he has one way to play and it depends heavily on the other team feeling brave - most of the league isn't brave which is why he struggles.

You do say he's out of his depth so I think you're dead on.

You also mention he's had money, so many united fans seem to have collective amnesia when it comes to money spent, every manager has had more money to spend than most other managers in prem. Money isn't the issue - recruitment is. Specifically identifying the right players for the system you play, which brings us back to.

You correctly identify that ole has no real system. Which is why it's so hard for ed to buy players that are needed because. what do you need? Roberto Carlos speed wouldn't have helped you against that giants of turkey, that's poor communication on pitch intelligence and coaching.

It seems like I'm having a go but I actually respect the club united were and I'd like to see you be that club again but until everyone takes off the united VR glasses nothing will get fixed.


12.) 06 Nov 2020 10:37:16
Nevada,

I think Park was trying to give a balanced post, saying everything remotely positive he said was wrong and everything negative he said was correct kind of negates and balance and just makes you sound like you’re here for bites.


13.) 06 Nov 2020 11:02:01
I have to say i agree with you Nevada for the most part.


14.) 06 Nov 2020 12:25:38
Hi Red Man hope you’re well mate.

The sad story is when United play poorly there is more to talk about. We try not to be reactionary and emotional on the podcast but it’s hard, when your heart is tied to this club. The worst thing I can say is I almost have apathy now. I expected the Basaksehir result, it didn’t surprise me.

We definitely discuss the sentimentality that sadly has riddled a large portion of the fanbase. I’ve been abuse for questioning whether Ole can win us a trophy. Definitely give it a listen. The Masterclass is the tactical podcast, the recent one discusses how Ole is most likely getting the saif and Poch expected to come in.

Nevada thanks for your reply mate. I’ll answer now.

1. The curious case of Paul Pogba: supremely talented, disciplined? Not really. But how can anyone flourish in this side? He does it for France on a regular basis, did it for Juve. Problem is people expected a hybrid of Scholes and Keane when he signed. Anyone that’s seen him knows he’s never been the player to stand up and drive a team forward. That’s on the scouting team for not scouting him properly. Bruno gave away the ball 34 times v Basaksehir, if that was Pogba the knives would be out. We know his abilities, if used correctly he is an incredible asset. I still maintain Bruno, VDB, Pogba all playing below their standards. Nobody was complaining about them after the restart.

2. Agree on AWB and Maguire. But he’s improved Fred immensely, McT too. Martial hit over 20+ goals last year, Rashford looks a different player. Mason hit 17 goals, Shaw has looked his best since his leg break (still not good enough) . Bruno improved although hit the buffers a tad. So on the whole he has, but that hasn’t translated to a cohesive unit, as I mentioned, he doesn’t have a system.

3. The attack is inconsistent, because the team is inconsistent. Reminds me of Liverpool in the early 2000s, good cup side, can beat anyone on its day, it no consistency. Consistency comes from a lot of things, confidence being the major one. How well they are coached/ drilled, patterns of play and the system. I do believe if a manager with an identifiable Philosophy came in, we’d see more consistency. I really see a side under coached and playing of individual brilliance. We won’t win the league, but it’s good enough to be competing for 3rd. And that’s why my patience with the manager has run out.


15.) 06 Nov 2020 13:43:30
Park

I think you should consider the sentimentality of the decision to appoint Ole permanently and the delay in dealing with it now whilst we are still hanging on to the hope Ole can turn it around. Are the club being as objective as they might be if he hadn’t scored back in 99.

The club is a mess, it lacks the cohones that Liverpool had, they saw Dalgleish wasn’t right and acted, Hodgson, even Rogers. Their new owners now have direction and appointed key prompt decision making people.

We still hark back to finding another SAF and hope someone will fill his shoes, instead of joining 2020.


16.) 06 Nov 2020 14:18:18
Im really well Park and hope your keeping good too.


 

 

12 Sep 2020 13:22:24
Hi guys hope you’re all doing well. If anyone wants to join my fantasy league, here is the passcode.

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Let’s hope this season is a good one for us.

Park3lung

 

 

16 Mar 2020 08:32:18
Hi guys if any of you are bored because of the lack of football, I do a podcast called ‘The Premier League Trio’ with my 2 brothers. We discuss a range of premier league topics, just recorded a Utd special which should be released in the coming days. Can be found on Apple podcasts or Spotify.

Park3lung

1.) 16 Mar 2020 11:34:11
Good, I look it up, a few days without football gets boring, the flip side is I started talking to the wife and she seems nice😂.


2.) 16 Mar 2020 13:20:36
Love it Leahy 😂.


 

 

02 Mar 2020 07:26:04
Can’t help but feel deflated after that draw yesterday. Everytime we have the chance the close the gap on Chelsea we fail to do so. Top 4 is there for anyone who can show any sort of consistency.

Can’t say I’m particularly impressed by yesterday. First half we played some good stuff but that second half was atrocious. In game management from Ole was poor and he failed to change anything when Everton got momentum. Bruno again stand out player and What a player he looks. Shudder to think where we would be if we hadn’t signed him in January.

2 players I think we have an issue with, I’m also a big fan of both but think they need time out of the team. Lindelof and DDG. I don’t know what it is but Lindelof looks so shaky and the Maguire partnership doesn’t seem to be gelling. On paper they seem quite suited - Maguire providing an aerial presence complimenting Lindelof’s reading of the game and interceptions. But something ain’t quite right and we looked too open at times. Bailly has performed well and I think it’s time to try him and Maguire. I was very impressed with Maguire and think he’s been quietly good this season.

Finally onto David. These mistakes are becoming the norm. I agree with several on here who say they don’t think we should have offered him the huge contract he’s on. I fear something isn’t right mentally with him. He has a lot of credit in the bank and has been our stand out for years, but it’s time to move him on. Henderson is ready imo, or at least one more loan season away from starting for us imo.

Top 4 is there for the taking. We have the squad to achieve it, I don’t buy it’s not good enough. With everyone else faltering, we need to find that ruthless streak. Ole has done some good things during these past 7 games and deserves credit. But yesterday his in game management was extremely poor and it cost us 3 points.

Park3lung

1.) 02 Mar 2020 08:29:39
Park, I agree with a lot of that, but I would take issue with you saying Dave's mistakes are, 'becoming the norm'. Yes, there have been a few howlers this season, but it's hardly a regular thing. I also thought he showed great mental strength yesterday. His head could have been up his ar$e after that mistake, yet he pulled off a great fingertip save just after. He also kept us in it with a wonderful save late on.


2.) 02 Mar 2020 08:32:32
Park,

I agree. At 55 -60 minute stage we needed to change the formation. We lacked width.

Everton knew this.


3.) 02 Mar 2020 08:38:42
And this week we turn on DDG and Lindelof. Groan.

We’ve drawn one game, away at a resurgent Everton under a world class coach.


4.) 02 Mar 2020 10:17:02
Resurgent under a world class coach.

Maybe one day.


5.) 02 Mar 2020 10:18:31
As Bruno said after the game, we can never be happy with a draw. Nice to have some of that mentality back at the club.


6.) 02 Mar 2020 10:48:22
De Gea has made the highest mistakes resulting in goals in the whole League which is quite shocking considering his high standards.
That's 8 points dropped because of goal keeping blunders.

On the positive side, Maguire was imperious aerially. Don't remember him loosing any aerial duels.


7.) 02 Mar 2020 11:51:15
My biggest issue with yesterday was that we changed from a winning formation in response to Everton’s formation.

We were picking up some momentum playing with a 4-2-3-1. Especially with Bruno getting more space behind the midfield. Changing a formation on the basis of the opposition is seldom a good idea. I know managers get praised for these types of changes, but you are ostensibly allowing the opponent to dictate the terms of the game.

It was particularly infuriating yesterday as Everton started with two ageing fullbacks. But because we had no wide players, we lost the ability to overload them. Especially Baines, as Gylfi doesn’t track back.

Ultimately we changed from a winning formation in response to the opponent, and played worse because of it.


8.) 02 Mar 2020 13:18:03
I get your point on DE Gea but I doubt any other keeper in league would've saved DCL shot to keep it at 1-0.

He makes saves that only he can make especially with his feet.


9.) 02 Mar 2020 13:52:46
That’s a good point Stevie and I do agree on his save at the end. But DDG has made 7 mistakes leading to goals (joint with Pickford) . It’s just not really good enough and has cost us a fair few times.

Eric - there is a difference between constructively criticising someone and turning in a different player every week. My opinion is that both players haven’t been performing to the level I know they are capable of. Nothing wrong with that opinion.


10.) 02 Mar 2020 14:16:02
I would personally just like us to turn a game on its head i know the stat was under ole we haven't won when conceding first. Not sure if its still valid but if it is we need to get over it you can sense when we go behind we won't win. Blame all the players we want but u win lose or draw as a team.


11.) 02 Mar 2020 15:51:58
W16, I think they showed spirit to come back yesterday. Especially when you think how they capitulated last season after going a goal down.


12.) 02 Mar 2020 18:02:49
Park, totally agree with your post and especially on ddg. He's making a lot of glaring mistakes and stats don't lie, he's made the highest number of blunders leading to goals, an unenviable stat he shares with Pickford. And if anyone suggested to any of us that Pickford is a good goalkeeper, then we'll all laugh in their faces.

Ddg is not the best gk in the world, as Solskjaer has told us, he was the best in the world as his mistakes were almost none. But now, he's making lots of mistakes. He's also not good at commanding his area or distribution.

So, do we stick with him, or give an extremely promising young gk his chance. Henderson has simply been superb this year. So we must throw sentimentality out of the window and take action. This is what Fergie would've done.


 

 

19 Jan 2020 19:56:58
One player stood up today and looked the best player on the park. And that was Fred. He was outstanding again, like he has been nearly all season. If we had 11 Freds we wouldn’t be where we are. He works so hard and doesn’t hide. So happy to see him prove his doubters wrong.

Park3lung

1.) 19 Jan 2020 20:14:13
Williams?


2.) 19 Jan 2020 20:45:17
Now park i get the sentiments but i think 3 4 or 5 Fred's would be enough for anyone😂😂
But you got to say In terms of energy and effort he would but the Duracell bunny to shame.
Lots to like about fred.


3.) 19 Jan 2020 21:04:15
Haha yeh fair point ken 😂. I just love his commitment to the cause. Something we’ve lacked for years. Unfortunately we are severely lacking in quality both in terms of coaching staff and players. Hence why we are seeing what we are seeing.


4.) 19 Jan 2020 21:18:24
Best utd player definitely still wouldn't make the liverpool match day squad me thinks.


5.) 19 Jan 2020 21:30:16
Some people in particular didn't see a footballer in him at all ken if you recall.


6.) 19 Jan 2020 22:21:43
Angel in fairness he was tripe for a while😂😂 opinions change with form.
With rash out now we are really light up front on numbers. Pogba should be fit in a month or so
Its going to be an interesting last week of the window. Top 4 somehow is still achievable. I just don't think ole can lead us there unless he pullss a few rabbits out of the hat before the end of the month.


7.) 19 Jan 2020 23:11:24
Fred was quite poor, he made some good tackles and interceptions and worked hard, but he lost possessions all too easy and was unable to feed any quality balls to the forwards. Better of the three midfielders though, but I don't think I've seen a worse midfield for United, I'm not sure Perreira is even Middlesbrough level.


8.) 20 Jan 2020 01:40:59
Fred was poor? I must have watched a different game.


9.) 20 Jan 2020 11:21:10
What did Fred do? He and Matic were totally overrun in the midfield until late in the second half after Liverpool made their changes. He made a few interceptions and a couple of tackles, but failed to create anything. He made a couple of runs with the ball that led to a shot that lacked both precision and power. The commentators were constantly bemoaning the lack of any pass towards the front three who were creating space and making runs, and Fred and Matic were the culprits there. Fred works hard, but lacks in technical ability, he's very easily dispossessed and misplaces far too many passes. If I'd have to rank Fred in comparison to other United midfielders of recent years, he'd be somewhere in the Fellaini/ Anderson level, although Fellaini could score and assist as well as intercept and tackle, so that comparison maybe isn't fair.

It was dire yesterday, the forwards were starved of service. The tactics of stretching their defence to create space in the middle worked, but Perreira was unable to do anything with the ball. The central defence was shocking, the amount of times Shaw was having to cover for Lindelof and Maguire who were out of caught position just isn't right. Until the midfield is sorted and a strong centre back provided, nothing will really improve.


 

 

 

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04 Mar 2020 17:06:03
Sounds too good to be true Shaps. Like you said, there is a sliver of hope if Poch joins but otherwise it’s most likely wishful thinking. The thought of Kane in a Utd shirt is mouth watering. Genuine world class no 9 that we haven’t seen leading the line since Rooney in his prime. Would make sense as there are doubts over Martial. But Sancho, Kane and Grealish in one summer is a pipe dream under Woodward/ these owners.

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19 Jan 2020 21:05:08
Grim he did also say United would be an attractive prospect to work on. I see him at Spurs too though.

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14 Jan 2020 16:36:03
Unless we look to go to a 3 shappy. Lindelof, Maguire and koulibaly. Let’s say Poch comes in, he did like to play that formation so that makes more sense.

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14 Jan 2020 16:35:05
Saw that regarding Koulibaly. Can’t see it happening at all.

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14 Jan 2020 11:26:02
Shappy that’s nonsense. You always want the best man for the job and if the current person is o to of his depth, you make the decision that best serves the organisation.

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08 Nov 2020 14:24:03
Oh Jred how I’ve missed you putting everyone down. I forgot that if anyone had a different opinion, or said anything against Ole, you took particular exception. Took time off the site because it wasn’t much fun at the time, nice to see things haven’t really changed. Hope you’re well mate 😂.

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08 Nov 2020 10:54:10
Agree on the squad AJH, with the way the league is fairly wide open this year, any side that strings together a run of 15 games can find themselves at the top. Hence why I think Ole is out of his depth, as he has the best United squad since sir Alex.

I don’t see Woodward pulling the trigger now. He’s a populist, he will know that if he does it after we are on a high from a victory, it will make him look bad and he will be the target. The perfect time was after Basaksehir, I expect him to wait till our next poor defeat.

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07 Nov 2020 20:48:33
Good post DLIB - some I agree with, some I don’t. Here is a question to all. I was discussing with my mate the other day about Ole’s preferred system which is a 4231. He likes to play a high line and wants his FBs to push up high. This requires two things: attacking FBs and quick CBs. My question to my mate was why buy Maguire and AWB?

Maguire doesn’t have the pace for a high line, AWB is poor going forward. I like the latter, Maguire can be decent next time a top CB, but those two signings go against what Ole is trying to do. Sancho may have won us a few points extra, but the main issues with our defence and transition remain.

I thought today we were good in parts. Fred/ McT have emerged as Ole’s favoured midfield duo and as you said, they provide the platform and solidity for us to build our attacks. My concern is both their passing ability, and our ability to transition from defence to attack. Today worked because fred was able to thread passes through the lines to Bruno. Which he did go great effect today. But the reality is we employed the exact same system against Arsenal and Chelsea and it failed.

My biggest issue is we don’t move the ball quick enough, the intensity isn’t there and we often don’t seem drilled in a pattern that’s needed to break down sidea. Whilst I think Ole can be versatile and change the system game on game, a skill in itself, he will never be a manager who can coach the players into a set system/ philosophy. And that’s what separates the average from the greats.

All today does is buy him a bit more time and delays the inevitable. The frustration is there are good players out there who should be more consistent. Whilst I think the players are playing for him, I do think they feel under coached and know they aren’t as well drilled as their rivals. Ole did well today, got it right, but the problem is we are consistently inconsistent. Anyway, positive to go into the international break on a high.

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06 Nov 2020 12:25:38
Hi Red Man hope you’re well mate.

The sad story is when United play poorly there is more to talk about. We try not to be reactionary and emotional on the podcast but it’s hard, when your heart is tied to this club. The worst thing I can say is I almost have apathy now. I expected the Basaksehir result, it didn’t surprise me.

We definitely discuss the sentimentality that sadly has riddled a large portion of the fanbase. I’ve been abuse for questioning whether Ole can win us a trophy. Definitely give it a listen. The Masterclass is the tactical podcast, the recent one discusses how Ole is most likely getting the saif and Poch expected to come in.

Nevada thanks for your reply mate. I’ll answer now.

1. The curious case of Paul Pogba: supremely talented, disciplined? Not really. But how can anyone flourish in this side? He does it for France on a regular basis, did it for Juve. Problem is people expected a hybrid of Scholes and Keane when he signed. Anyone that’s seen him knows he’s never been the player to stand up and drive a team forward. That’s on the scouting team for not scouting him properly. Bruno gave away the ball 34 times v Basaksehir, if that was Pogba the knives would be out. We know his abilities, if used correctly he is an incredible asset. I still maintain Bruno, VDB, Pogba all playing below their standards. Nobody was complaining about them after the restart.

2. Agree on AWB and Maguire. But he’s improved Fred immensely, McT too. Martial hit over 20+ goals last year, Rashford looks a different player. Mason hit 17 goals, Shaw has looked his best since his leg break (still not good enough) . Bruno improved although hit the buffers a tad. So on the whole he has, but that hasn’t translated to a cohesive unit, as I mentioned, he doesn’t have a system.

3. The attack is inconsistent, because the team is inconsistent. Reminds me of Liverpool in the early 2000s, good cup side, can beat anyone on its day, it no consistency. Consistency comes from a lot of things, confidence being the major one. How well they are coached/ drilled, patterns of play and the system. I do believe if a manager with an identifiable Philosophy came in, we’d see more consistency. I really see a side under coached and playing of individual brilliance. We won’t win the league, but it’s good enough to be competing for 3rd. And that’s why my patience with the manager has run out.

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06 Nov 2020 00:46:51
Cheers MancMan. United’s biggest problem this season is Matic failing to hit any sort of form yet. Think about how great we were after the restart, it’s because Matic was playing out of his skin. He shielded that defence and provided us with a platform to attack.

Our biggest issue is the midfield balance. Play Fred/ McT and we have zero creativity. Transitioning from defence to attack is nigh on impossible. Then Bruno + front 3 have no service. I think neither Fred/ McT have the positional awareness nor the passing ability to play in a single pivot. Something Matic (when on form) has in abundance.

We caught a glimpse of VDB in a 2 with Matic against Basaksehir and it was a disaster. I think him and Bruno would have to be in this side, but who plays in that pivot is a massive issue. We can’t build if we don’t have a DM doing his job properly. It’s a serious problem.

My solution is go to a back 3 of Axel, Lindelof, Shaw (Maguire needs to be dropped) . Telles/ AWB as WBs and then a midfield of Fred, VDB Bruno. The reason for the 3 is that it provides more cover and would allow us to push the midfielders further up the pitch. Then we have a front 2 out of Rashford, martial, Cavani and Mason. Great options

Not signing a RW who can slot right in is hurting us and it’s a reason why Ole keeps tinkering. We have a lopsided attack, and playing 4231 isn’t working when we don’t have a proper RW and Mason isn’t firing. 3 at the back mitigates this problem.

I run a podcast called ‘Elite Football Show’ which breaks down United’s tactical performance after each game. I do it with journalist Rob Blanchette. Should check it out if you’re interested.

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