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07 Nov 2020 15:11:39
Should we campaign for Pochettino rumours to pop up before every matchday?

On a more serious note, the team definitely seems to step up when the pressure is on. If only they could do so more consistently.

I feared the worst when we conceded what was a pretty soft goal but the players stepped up at the right time. I do feel that Martial has to do a bit more to warrant an automatic starting spot.

McTom, Maguire, Bruno and Shaw up to his injury stood out for me today.

constantine167

1.) 07 Nov 2020 15:54:57
We showed character to come back, something we’ve been lacking.

I was concerned with Bruno though, he doesn’t seem right. Yes he scored two goals, the header was a brilliant goal, but he spent about 20 minutes of the second half trying to get sent off.

Maguire played well today. I gave him some stick a couple of days ago, so happy to be proved wrong in the short term.


2.) 07 Nov 2020 15:58:07
I thought Fred was our best player toda, i know Bruno got a couple of goals but he was motm for me.


3.) 07 Nov 2020 16:13:15
No Pogba makes all the difference.


4.) 07 Nov 2020 16:25:00
Ajh😁😁😁
Maguire was betty good. I agree on bruno wazza he should have been red carded i thought he got away with one.
Agree on martial too.


5.) 07 Nov 2020 16:52:33
Ole’s at the wheel 🎶.


6.) 07 Nov 2020 16:55:37
Ps thought Fred was ace today. Have to say it,
We play better as a team when he’s in the starting 11.


7.) 07 Nov 2020 17:20:01
Wazza I’d say Bruno was just working hard and getting stuck in. Top player.


8.) 07 Nov 2020 18:29:25
Coalan I’m not questioning his ability at all. I think there were two occasions where he could have been sent off. The tackle late in the game was a booking by today’s standards.


9.) 07 Nov 2020 19:04:04
Ken, Maguire will NEVER be as good as me!


10.) 07 Nov 2020 19:33:25
@ i was waiting for it betty😂honestly the real reason we won today is because you waited until half time to show up on the live chat you bloody magpie😂
Great result. Badly needed. Let's hope it settles is down and we can get another run going.


11.) 07 Nov 2020 23:18:59
I don’t get the excitement. Okay we got 3 points but honestly, we really weren’t all that. Nothing has changed, we just played a poor Everton. 🙄.


 

 

05 Nov 2020 17:40:53
Couldn't watch the game last night but did watch the highlights for the two goals.

I do agree that both Ole, the coaching staff and the players have to take a long, hard look at themselves. It almost feels like this bunch only steps up when they are pushed again the wall and told they will be culled if we don't win. That is definitely not a winning mentality.

I suppose the football club as a whole has major systemic issues which have brought us here.

It can't be ignored that even some of the better recruits have regressed and their performance levels seem to have been brought down by the collective levels of their team mates.

I wonder and would love to hear from the others and the Eds.

Would we be in a better place if Ole never got the job full time back in 2019? If yes, who would have done a better job of steadying the ship?

Would we doing better now if the board had backed Ole in the market wholeheartedly instead of all those last minute panic deals after the 1-6 defeat to Spurs?

Who do you think would do a good job at the club at this point also taking into consideration that not much is going to change in the upper echelons of the club (Woodward/ Judge/ Glazers)?

The decision to give a 30-plus midfielder in Matic, on the back of a decent run of games, a 3-year extension was absurdly weird. Keeping Pogba. And the inability to move on Romero, Jones, and Rojo. Does this tell the players that we are run amateurs and that they can get away with similar performances on the pitch?

I am not calling for Ole to be sacked but things are gradually turning ugly for him at the moment. Maybe, this inspires the team to go on a run. If it doesn't and he does indeed get the pink slip, we can't afford to have a fifth manager go through the same cycle all over again wherein we see a glimmer of hope only to have it crashing due to a series of cumulative events.

Hoping for the best!

constantine167

1.) 06 Nov 2020 00:46:19
I can tell you right away that ole didn't get the job and you hired ancellotti instead you'd definitely be better off. I was shocked united didn't just throw the chequebook at him when he was available.


 

 

01 Nov 2020 18:33:07
Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal

One step forward, two backwards.

Disappointing performance all around.

Barring a brief spell at the start of the second half and towards the end, the team just felt lifeless.

I don’t think we even deserved a point and we were definitely lucky to lose 0-1.

Pogba has to be dropped and it’s not just for conceding the penalty. How OGS saw it fit to take off Bruno over Pogba is a mystery to me.

We move on.

P. S. Did someone jinx Old Trafford?

constantine167

1.) 01 Nov 2020 18:49:57
Pogba has a magic spell over Ole. He hypnotises him to pick him before the game and to forget how bad a player he is.

The best thing we can do is cut him loose and terminate his contract.


2.) 01 Nov 2020 18:54:31
Yes. Ole and his ineptitude.


3.) 01 Nov 2020 18:54:32
Not sure Pogba is the reason we lost today.


4.) 01 Nov 2020 22:19:29
A reason. Sometimes there is more than one reason for something happening.


 

 

24 Oct 2020 21:37:37
Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Well, today was a weird game but I do think we dropped a couple of points and Chelsea will be the side delighted with a draw.

Mendy’s saves aside, I thought we should have been slightly better with taking our chances (Rashford’s chance in the first half) and also with some urgency in the final third.

I understand the decision to rest Tuanzabe given that he only just started his first game after 10 months; easing him in is logical.

But some of the other team selections could have been better - I would have preferred Cavani/ Greenwood to start instead of James who needs to improve his decision making - I hope the coaching team work on that or we should stick to using him as an impact sub/ cup rotation.

Not sure if Telles had a knock or still fatigued from his long trip during the break but we should have him at least on the bench. His deliveries and set-pieces would have been much better.

One of the things I found irritating was - after Pogba had come on, Fred and Maguire (I think) kept insisting of playing random long balls over the lines to nowhere instead of just playing the simple ball to him. And the decision to have Bruno play deeper was counter-beneficial.

Cavani did well with his first touch after coming on and Rashford did force brilliant save at stoppage time but nothing came of those. A game where we should have been taking the three points.

Well, we move on. Interesting to see how we setup against Leipzig and their tactically astute coach. I hope Donny gets a start on Wednesday night.

constantine167

1.) 24 Oct 2020 21:47:14
I'm surprised telles wasn't on the bench must have a knock .


 

 

20 Oct 2020 22:03:23
Absolutely chuffed with the victory.

If I had to complain about anything, it would be that we could have won by a much bigger margin.

Immense performances by the players.

De Gea, AWB and Tuanzebe were standouts in defence. I hope Tuanzebe stays fit this season. The way he defended against Mbappe, showing pace to match him, was excellent.

Telles' deliveries were encouraging.

Fred, in the second half, played really well.

Rashford's goal made up for some of the missed moves earlier in the half.

I feel like the diamond we were using towards the end might make the best uses of the resources that we have. While the system we started with might be something to use against the bigger sides. Either way, good to see Ole gets the tactics right.

We keep going! Some very important games coming up and this momentum will help.

constantine167

1.) 20 Oct 2020 22:27:06
I think when the main complaint is we should have scored more, you know we've done alright 😁.


2.) 20 Oct 2020 23:02:51
Couldn't agree more, Noucamp.

I could just keep watching a highlight reel of Wan Bissaka and Tuanzabe defending tonight. The two of them were just so in sync with each other on the right of the defence.

And I can't wait for Maguire and Cavani being available for Telles' corner kicks.

Only concern was Martial not being sharp today. I hope he realises that he could lose his place if he keeps this up and steps up.

A great win going into a run of tough fixtures.


3.) 21 Oct 2020 00:46:24
Martial is slightly off form (not scoring as many as he was last season) but the work rate is there and other players are stepping up. A few weeks ago it was Rashford that people were worried about and saying he’s not good enough, we have to be careful not to write people off based on a couple of bad games, we have a pretty strong squad now it seems as the squad players have started to step up, at the end of last season we had 11 that had to play, I’d say we now have 17 pushing for a start in each game, tough decisions for Ole to make but it means if someone is out of form there is someone ready to play the next game.


 

 

 

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11 Nov 2020 11:42:50
A very interesting exercise indeed!

Finally some use for my Football Manager experience.

This is mine:

Henderson

AWB - Tuanzebe - Maguire - Alphonso Davies*

Ruben Neves* - Rice*

Bruno

Greenwood Haaland* Rashford

The subs are pretty tricky given that we are not sure which players might stick around even if they are not considered for the "strongest XI"

Subs:
Bishop/ Mastny/ Kovar - whoever comes out best
Mengi
McTominay
Fred (Assuming DvB doesn't stick around)
Hannibal Mejbri
Amad Traore
Martial.

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09 Nov 2020 19:51:54
Agree with all the responses.

Lindelof is just not good enough in the air to be considered a top-drawer defender. It could be seen especially in the first half when DLC seemed him to target him.

Despite him not being perfect, I believe Maguire is the best CB we have at the moment.

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28 Oct 2020 18:47:47
I am surprised and disappointed that most of you have written this game off even before the teamsheets are out.

Is Ole the manager the best manager in the world? No.

He definitely has a long way to go in proving to us that he really has what it takes to be our manager in the long-term. But, I am never writing this club off. Especially in this manner.

Red-tinted glasses? Maybe.

As individuals, there is pretty much nothing that we do to change in which the club is run at the moment. I too am jealous of all the well-run clubs with the intelligent DoFs and backed up by efficient data analyst teams (Liverpool and Edwards) . But given that none of us can actually bring out a change in the wholesale structure, shouldn't we try to be a bit more supportive of the team?

I am not saying we shouldn't complain or critically assess the club. Just that we should never be writing them off in this manner.

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27 Oct 2020 08:28:26
Spot on, DSG. None of the defensive midfielders that we have can play the role in a completely effective manner with each of them having at least one shortcoming which could go against them.

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27 Oct 2020 08:23:40
As much as I would love to see Donny VdB starting more regularly, I don't think this media scrutiny and calls from the fans would help.

It might be something as simple as allowing him to adapt to new surroundings and a new league.

Personally, I do agree with the point that we should start him with Bruno and they could both play the "8" role with one defensive midfielder shielding the defence a la Fernandinho in previous City squads.

I would have liked to see OGS use that system when we were chasing the win against Newcastle.

But like few others have suggested, the best way of having Bruno, Donny and Pogba (if he shows a bit more commitment) would be the diamond. Telles could provide the width and delivery from the wide areas which we will be lacking on the right side. This system would also negate the adverse effect of not having natural wingers and at the same time push the strikers to play better as there will be at least 4 of them vying for the two spots. Win-win if you ask me.

I would like to hear who you might choose as the deepest midfielder (or a DM) either in this system or the 4-3-3 with two "8s". My choice would be McTominay.

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