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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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?
I never said Moura will be sold, I just said he's a dream signing and would be perfect for us. I really don't rate Farfan at all, we need someone a lot better than that. Plus he's around 30, I'd like someone a little younger.
Me neither. Zaha and Powell would be at least on the bench if I was in charge, but oh well.
Lingard is definitely not a central midfielder haha. I've seen him for a ages, he's a lot like Adnan. Simply an attack minded midfielder. Plus, if we're playing inverted wingers, he'd be great out wide for us.
Arsenal did not draw at Chelsea. They haven't been to Stamford Bridge all year. They drew at home, and then lost to Chelsea in the Emirates in a cup match (Mata scored a great goal, to jog your memory).
When I said oomph I mean that star factor, with real match winners in the team. Chelsea and City have a lot more. Ozil is meant to be their best player, but he's been a passenger since Jones humiliated him at OT.
City will definitely finish higher than Arsenal, I still think that. It's just logical. They're simply better, when Aguero comes back, they have yet another star and they'll be ruining teams again. Chelsea/City for the title, like I've been saying for ages. Hopefully Chelsea win it, but I wouldn't rule out City, like I am/have done with Arsenal.
We'll see about Cole. Let's talk after the teams are announced.
Nah if it's one really good winger, like Moura then one is enough in my opinion. Zaha will be given more chances, Nani might end up staying - with that new contract, Lingard looks good and I'd like to see him get more games. Also, I can't see us selling both Young and Valencia, so I think we'll be ok if we get one really good winger. Farfan is OK but i'd like to see someone with more to offer. Yeah he's having a good season but I wouldn't say he's that much better than Young or Valencia.
We saw them do a similar thing at the Etihad. I've been saying this for a while, I cannot see Arsenal going to a big club and winning, letting along getting a point. They went to Old Trafford, and lost. They lost at the Etihad, conceding 6. They got humiliated by Liverpool yesterday. Chelsea, Spurs and Everton to play, I can only see them getting 2-3 or points at most. They just cannot win the title, they haven't got the oomph.
I use that site too, and I'm with you about that, improving every season.
I'm going to watch Match of the Day later, were his saves really that good? Look forward to it.
Can't agree with that, unfortunately. I feel his experience will add more to the squad than you'd think. I personally wouldn't take him because I feel in the past we've been more reliant on the older players but I can understand if Hodgson takes him, which I think will be the case.
Anyways, I'm off to the game. I'll respond tomorrow or the day after. Tc.