I am a 16 year old boy, who is currently studying in year 11. I have an opinion on most topics, but am most knowledgeable on football. Aside from school and family, football is my main passion and any formidable career relating to it would would be my hypothetical dream.
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RVP won the ball for the second challenge, so it wasn't a red. They even said on MOTD.
Good to hear from you again. I'm doing well too, just started my internship so I hardly have any spare time.
I tend to agree with you, he's started almost all their games as well so, you have a point there. I think the reason I've always disregarded him is because of the fact that he only just upped his game this season and previously he was just a "runner", someone who would run around and try his best even though it's not that effective. You're right he was restricted due to Wilshere but he had chances to surge forward but decided to pass it sideways to Gerrard, it was probably because it's only one of his first appearances at Wembley so he maybe played it safe but it would've been nice to see some more risk like Lallana and Shaw showed. Wilshere in my opinion is deservedly higher up than him, he adds so much more to the team. Liverpool are built in a way where Henderson doesn't have to be that creative because he has Gerrard and Coutinho next to him, but in England we haven't got a player like Coutinho if Henderson is on the pitch. Wilshere for that reason needs to play. Henderson just isn't creative enough. I'd also like to see Ox played in CM but it might be a little too risky for this tournament.
Milner adds a lot to the squad. A player like him with his versatility can be extremely useful in Brazil. I'd pick him over Henderson too. But I wouldn't pick Lampard over Henderson.
Shaw was hardly on the pitch to get forward frequently, but Cole was restricted yes, I still think they're a lot better than Gibbs, and hopefully Roy sees that too. Cole's experience could be invaluable, especially if Baines has a bad first game.
If Welbeck and Sturrdige continue their good form I don't see why Carroll should go. However, Rooney can play deeper so taking 4 forwards isn't that bad of an idea in my opinion.
I think Arsenal would've crumbled anyways, with or without Ramsey it was just inevitable in my opinion, but we'll never know I guess. Good to see Özil scoring yesterday, I heard he got booed off by the German supporters, which is a real shame.
I wonder why Matic failed at Chelsea in the first place. Strange one that.
I thought that the introduction of Danny Welbeck changed the game. RVP kept stropping too much and being immature. Welbeck came along and stuck to his role, allowing Rooney to have more room to manoeuvre. I honestly would drop RVP for the Liverpool game this weekend, but that's just me.
It was a game where if we scored first, we were guaranteed 3 points, and if you scored first I couldn't see us coming back. But for once, Moyes filled me with confidence, that starting 11 from yesterday was top 4 standard, and after seeing that team my confidence rose.
Anichebe impressed me yesterday, but it's a shame that he can't shoot! Smalling also handled him quite well, despite not being as strong. I think if Rio/Vidic started, you would've got something early on in the game.
United have just announced a 600M deal with Nike. 60M a year, along with 40M from Chevrolet, Ed Woodward is starting to get used to his job! That's doubled the previous record deal, and it shows how CL revenue won't be missed but I just hope it doesn't affect who we buy in the summer. I really want to see the names we're being linked with arrive. Players like Benatia, Shaw, Lallana, Griezmann, Gundogan, Vidal, Cavani etc.
A top CB, LB, CM, and winger would be a dream!
Cardiff and Fulham are lost causes in my opinion, and as long as someone else is worse than you, you'll be fine. So, hopefully someone else has a bad run of form, but if I had to guess now I'd say you'd be going down. I hope not though, since that "great escape" a few years ago, I've always enjoyed seeing West Brom play. But something needs to happen soon, what's your run in like?
What's the point in sacking a manager now though?! There's only a couple of months left, it'll actually be ridiculous if he got the sack before the end of the season. Ahh hopefully these chairmans will give managers more time, because it rarely works! Steve Clarke was one of my favourite managers in the league, I think I told you this at the time, but it really annoyed me when he lost his position.
Oh yeah, why did you sell Shane Long? Did he want to leave or something? 7m is not bad for him I suppose but still, strange one...
CL games coming up this week. Barca are struggling, can you see City pulling off an amazing 3-0? And Arsenal?
Hey, how's it going? It's been a while since we wrote to one another.
Just a few points to discuss ranging from England selections, PL title race, United's mini resurgence, West Brom and Paul Merson's foreign manager dilemma.
Henderson got a chance for England, Roy's clearly noticed him, you were right about that. But he didn't play that well on the day, but might well be picked.
I was right about Shaw though.
Respected pundit, Nick Collins wrote this:
He put them both on stand by. And, Ashely Cole on defenders. I had a hunch his experience would come good, he played OK vs Denmark too, seems to be keeping himself as sharp as possible.
Carroll was an odd pick by Nick, I hinted at this, just as another option, hopefully he does well in the coming months.
Anyways, what else did we debate/disagree about? Ah, Arsenal.
Arsenal have fallen off the mark a little, still in contention but with City having 3 games in hand, they could be back at 4th, again.
United looking a little better in the league, making some ground on Spurs. Good wins at Palace and Bromwich. Clean sheets, we almost prefer to play away from home these days. Hoping we continue this run in the big games.
I can't see us keeping a clean sheet vs Olympaikos though, and so, 4 goals is a lot to ask so sadly I can't see us qualifying there. Liverpool at home is our next game that's a big big game but again, it'll be extremely hard to win. What'd you think about those?
Last discussion point, West Brom. A lot of talk at the Hawthorns last night about Pepe Mel getting the sack on Monday, which is quite frankly ridiculous. I come home and read more BS written by Paul Merson again on the Sky Sports website. He made one interesting point though. Struggling teams with English managers have done better than struggling teams with foreign ones. Palace and West Ham I assume he was referring to. What'd you make of that? And your chances of survival?
I was quoting you for Moura being impossible, and then said nothing is impossible. I wasn't referring to United finishing in European places at all.
Let's come back to this, I'm sure we won't finish 7th, it's either 6th or 5th for me, and I'd say 5th.
3 points plus a game in hand isn't much, let's wait and see because they're still to play Chelsea away and we've played them twice, and of course the big 6 pointer when we go to Goodison.
You're point about Europa League is fine, and in fact I agree with it but I support Manchester United, this is why I don't want us in the Europa League. If I supported West Brom for example, then yeah, I'd love to get into that competition for the reasons you've listed such as; money, European experience, bigger profile, and a new challenge.
But Manchester United don't need extra money from a small competition like the Europa League. European experience? This definitely doesn't apply to the 3 times European champions. Bigger profile? United are arguably the second biggest club in the world at the moment, after Madrid, it hardly gets bigger than United. Lastly, a new challenge? No thanks.
I don't understand why Mauricio Pochettino doesn't want to get into the Europa League at all, I'm sure more than half of their fans would like to, don't you think?
I'm not worried about our players getting tired either. Look at Spurs, they play two different teams until they get to the last 8, and United's squad is even bigger so that's not an issue. My issue is that it adds nothing to the club and I'd rather just focus on the league and attempt to get our title back or at least top 4 again!
So all in all this sentence that you typed is right for smaller teams "That extremely poor excuse that pundits commonly preach to observers is wrecking the minds and attitudes of English football fans." But not Manchester United!
I don't think PSG will sell him either as I've said but I just feel if we made a massive offer he might consider and the club might too. Worth a shot.
They weren't at their best due to fatigue? Weren't we tired? Top teams shouldn't be complaining about fatigue. They couldn't beat us in 2 attempts, I wish we could play them every week, Moyes actually looks like he knows how to defend against them!
I felt that United looked more likely to score than Arsenal, but saying that, 0-0 was probably the fair result. I'm glad the two GK's are getting the plaudits, they're very young and have improved so much. After Cech, I'd say these two are the best in the league, closely followed by Lloris. Thoughts?
That quote from my previous post was referring to away games. Apart from the BVB match, they've lost/drawn all of the rest of their big away matches.
Who wrote that book? I might buy it, if you recommend it?
We'll have to agree to disagree on the Hazard because I think they'll be OK without him. Not the same level, but I think they'll still have the quality to grind out results.
You really don't like David Luiz do you haha.
You make some good points about him, and I tend to agree to an extent.
I can't really remember Fabianski playing this season, he might be very rusty. Costel Pantilimon has at least been given chances to play, and has looked quite good in all honesty.
Also, he's leaving? Why are Arsenal selling? Or does he want to leave?
Ramsey has played poorly a few times. Poorly might not be the right word but averagely might be more appropriate. At Old Trafford, Naples, and vs Chelsea at Emirates all spring to mind. But fair enough, he's been great. I just want to see more from him when he returns and then I'll say he's world class. Can't remember much from last season, was he that good?
Cazorla is inconsistent and he gets bullied easily in my opinion. Look at Silva for example, yeah he's bigger but he's not exactly considered a big guy. He rarely gets bullied, whereas some defenders resort to bullying Cazorla to stop him. It's a weakness that he can't really do much about so late in his career.
No problem, we're just talking football at the end of the day, and I consider you a friend, even though I've never seen you in person (which sounds weird). I apologise if I've provoked you in any way, or have sounded confrontational myself.
So, Chelsea vs City today and Arsenal vs Liverpool tomorrow. Care to make any predictions?
Our predictions were awful last week! Fulham showed up at United with a game plan, Liverpool destroyed Arsenal, and Palace had some flair vs West Brom. I know most people would've got them wrong but I'm usually good with predictions as I like to do accumulators on football matches.
Anyways, I'm going for Man City 1-1 Chelsea.
I feel that Chelsea are favourites because Aguero is missing, and as you've said before, a team without their best player is significantly weaker. Negredo and Dzeko don't seem to be filling his boots either, which is kind of surprising to me anyways, since they usually find the back of the net. I'd like to see Jovetic start but we'll see.
Man City have Barca on Tuesday and will rest the likes of Yaya Toure and maybe even some others. Chelsea on the other hand, have a week off after this game and so, they can play their strongest team.
It won't be easy for Chelsea but I think this is a great opportunity for them to go through to the next round, given the circumstances. I see City scoring first through Jovetic and then Chelsea getting a goal back through Eto'o forcing a replay.
For the other game, I'm going for Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool.
Arsenal have Munich in midweek and they'll have one eye on them but I just feel that they'll want to bounce back before that game and have some revenge vs Liverpool. I see Brendan Rodgers playing more defensively like he did towards the start of the season.
That Liverpool defence is extremely leaky and they need to focus to stop Arsenal from pouncing.
I think Ozil will score first and then, Gerrard will get a penalty to level it up, and then Giroud to score the winner.
What about you?
Not trying to alter your words, you said it's almost impossible. Just quoting you.
Not sure to be honest, I couldn't care less about the Europa League, but now I better start learning about it because I see us finishing 5th or 6th.
Everton just don't have the quality in my opinion, and we'll overtake them. Spurs are a tough one to predict, but you'd back the likes of Mata/RVP/Rooney to overtake them.
"Money and success are much more prominent in workers and footballers minds these days than history." Well United have more than enough Money, so it depends...
Moura is hardly valued at PSG.
Mats Daehli caught my eye more than Adnan Januzaj did initally, and when they were 16 I'd say the former was better, and was more confident. But, the period from 17-18 Adnan rose and really stood up. I think he got the player of the season award, and Sir Alex was about to hand him his debut at the Hawthorns but obviously you guys wanted to spoil the party and come back from 2 goals down :P
So yeah Daehli never really improved much from 16, so he still has more development to go through, hopefully he gets that.
It's just my opinion, and I just can't see Arsenal finishing above City.
Spurs twice were at home, as were the Liverpool and Napoli games. The only win they've got away from home against a really good side was vs BVB. They had a lot of luck that day too.
They couldn't even beat United on Wednesday. Lost to City away, Liverpool away, etc. Let's see how they fare at Everton, Spurs and Chelsea.
Chelsea could change their formation to suit Oscar down the middle in a 4-2-3-1, like they did earlier on in the season. They would be OK if Hazard got injured.
I highly doubt Podolski could replace Giroud as a striker and do his job. Bendtner?! I'm not even going to respond to that!
Vermaelen has been poor almost every time he's been called in. Look at Chelsea's defensive options and compare to Arsenal's, massive difference.
So, Lukasz Fabianski is better than Mark Schwarzer? I don't think so.
If City win their game in hand, that puts Arsenal 3rd. I can see Arsenal dropping closer and closer to Liverpool but remaining 3rd at the end of the season.
World class is a term being thrown around too much these days. For a player to be called world class he needs to play well for an entire season, let Ramsey come back and do that for the rest of the season, then I'll call him world class. Just my opinion, as this whole conversation is, just clearing that up before you state I'm not being objective...
I think Cazorla has to be given credit when we're talking about players who have stolen the show for Arsenal. How players like him, Negredo and Navas were still in smaller teams in Spain for so long is beyond me...
There's definitely no humiliation in changing a prediction, I was just curious and asking for clarification on who you think will win the title.
Don't take everything so personally mate!
I love history because I love the history of Earth, and what happened to make it like today.
I love history.
I know a little bit about football. What do you study? Hope you don't mind these questions. :/
What do you follow?
I wouldn't say it's impossible at all. Not sure, too soon to call what wingers are available, we've only just finished the January window! Ask me in a few months.
Even if we finish 7th, we could get into Europe. City will most likely get the C1 cup, and if a top 4 team get the FA cup then it's done right? More than likely. I doubt we'll finish 7th anyways. 6th at the very worst, but I see us finishing 5th, far too much quality not to turn this mess around. I know the table looks bad now, and it's hard to see it but I'm remaining optimistic. You can say 7th, I'll say 5th, let's just see what the lads do on the pitch.
Hold on, didn't Mata join when we were 7th? I think it's a load of BS all these papers saying we can't draw top talent. This is the biggest club in the world, and I'm sure a player of Moura's calibre would love to come here for a challenge. Farfan is definitely not the absolute best we'll get, this is Manchester United! He's just a slight improvement on Valencia.
Definitely with you on that, more youth players are needed. About Tunnicliffe and Cole, it's supposedly 4m for both. Small money like that isn't a big deal for United, so profit isn't that much of a big deal. Larnell Cole never impressed me in the youth set up, but Ryan definitely did, but again, was never United level sadly.
Nah, ask any United fan, they'll tell you Lingard is perfectly fine out wide.
Also, a creative central midfielder implied a CM to me. An attacking midfielder would more suit your description.
It's completely objective, yes, because it's my opinion. I just don't see Arsenal having the players to win big games. Proven this season. Bar the Dortmund game, they've failed all of the others.
"Imagine Chelsea having to play for six weeks without Hazard; he's been like a one-man counter-attack for them recently." Oscar will come on and win games for them. If he gets injured, Schurrle will come on etc. Their depth is unreal. Even City. Arsenal on the other hand, take Giroud out, what happens? Take Mertersacker/Koscienly out what happens? Take their GK out, what happens?
Apart from midfield, the depth is not the same as the other teams. It'll show.
Well I definitely THINK City will finish above Arsenal. You want to know reasons?
1) Arsenal can't beat big teams away from home.
2) City and Chelsea have more depth in defence, up front, and at the back
3) They lack world class players
4) They usually choke around this time of the year
Come back to this in March when Arsenal are 3rd ;)
Oh and please don't compare Hazard with Ramsey. Ramsey is not world class in my opinion.
Why doubt Chelsea if Hazard gets injured? Also Chelsea are your favourites now? You had them at third earlier didn't you?