F*CK Rooney. No way should he still be captain after that. Unbelievable.
Well... that dampened my mood today.
Hey Trey, yh it has been a while. Been busy with university and work etc. But back!! And boy r we scary up top. Just watchign us playing v leicester and what a goal by di maria and loving our play. Defence is a bit dodgey and we need to do better. But still great buy by the ingenious manager called van gaal. I like to call us van galactico united lol. Some incredible line up am buzzing for the remaining season to come. Hope to hear from u bro. :D
Hmm perhaps it is a psychological thing about Arsenal. They were dreadful against BVB too, so their play would have put me to sleep this time (since they used their hideous blue and neon green kit) if BVB hadn't been so electric. Mkhitaryan though, wow. How horrible can a player be in front of net? Unbelievable.
I haven't ever watched a lot of Cambiasso TBH. Can't say whether or not he'd have been a good fit. De Jong would have fit the bill though, but I have to say that I'm not too fond of him being an ex-City merc. Well, we still have Fellaini, maybe he'll be able to fill the role if LvG can get the best out of him.
In regards to a RB, Valencia seems to be the backup there. I don't see it as something we really need to fill considering Smalling and Jones can both be used there if no one else is available.
Rooney+cash for Ronaldo? I'd take it in a heartbeat lol.
I dunno, it seemed every attack that game came down Leverkusen's right. There was always so much space for them to run in behind Jedvaj, and Leverkusen's left it was a similar story. I've seen him score twice now, but I prefer FBs to be more defensive minded. Maybe I've just caught him in some bad games though.
It's going to be exciting to see how Lee Seung Woo develops. I hope he makes a huge impact on world football. Keep me informed on him please.
Yup interchanging and fluidity usually does leave you a bit vulnerable defensively. You look at the most fluid sides like Barca and Bayern in recent times, and both struggled on the counter because nobody has a set player or area they need to cover. You need the entire team to be completely aware of one another and for them to be completely aware of the space being vacated by their teammates for it to work, which is tough when you only have 3 dedicated defensive players (2 CBs and a DM). One thing I've seen Bayern do at times to work around that is for the FBs to not go as far forward and sit in a more central role when in possession. What this creates is a CB 2 in the back with a DM and 2 FBs in LCM/RCM type positions beside the DM to create a 2-3 defensive shape. The CMs, due to the added protection of the FBs playing in the midfield, are then free to push forward and interchange creating a 2-3-4-1 or 2-3-2-3 type of look.
It worked fairly well, but I'm not sure if it'd work for us. You look at Bayern's FBs (Lahm and Alaba) and both are fully capable of playing in CM (Alaba actually plays as a midfielder for Austra if you didn't know). Our FBs aren't really that capable as midfielders.
Agreed on Di Maria. I knew he was great, but that was amazing. I hope he keeps it up. Same with Blind.
Yeah let's hope we see the real Falcao soon. Can't wait to see the goals rack up.
Dortmund is a fantastic team, and it would be good to follow them. I follow Bayern primarily, but I also watch plenty of Dortmund games and some Leverkusen games when I get the chance. My brother decided to follow Leverkusen so I'll probably be more up-to-date with them then ever. All in all I really like the quality of play in the Bundesliga, more so even than in the Prem. There is a generally lower quality of players in the Bundesliga, but the style is better to watch. It's more technical, less cagey, and more open usually. Plus, teams don't really park the bus since there is less of a disparity between the teams after BVB and Bayern compared to the bottom of the league. In the PL you have the juggernaut clubs, then a couple good ones, and then some not so good ones who rely on sitting back, soaking up pressure, and then nicking a goal on the counter or off a set piece to win some points. In the Bundesliga teams try to play for the win far more often.
Yeah that was really scary from DDG lol. But I am glad he's trying to be more assertive and to be more of a sweeper keeper. It opens so many doors tactically that it's pretty much a must for young keepers to develop into that style of GK now. Did you see Bayern vs City? Because Neuer is such a good sweeper the CBs (Benatia and Boateng) could push all the way *past* the midfield line. They literally had their back line in City's half for extended periods of the game! Boateng even got the game winning goal, and it wasn't a header either.
Now, Neuer is the best sweeper keeper in the world, hands down. I don't expect DDG to be that good at it because that would be unfair. But he can become more of a sweeper so that our CBs can hold their line closer to the midfield line then before, which would help us immensely when we try to break teams down.
Definitely agreed on the Roy Keane bit lol. I want to see the players never give up, and if we're ahead I want to see them go for the jugular instead of letting up.
Now that you've explained the Pope situation in more detail I think I remember what you're talking about. It was in that camp looking area where the leaders were secretly meeting with the skitters right? It's been a while since I started watching the show, and I watched it really quick, so things are too much of a blur from the early parts of the show. I've been planning on rewatching it at some point though, maybe before next season starts, which is it's final season.
I'm now on ep. 13 I think in Rooftop Prince lol. I think I know what the problem is, every episode ends on a major cliffhanger! I've found it easier to turn it off mid-episode then after the end of one lol. They always make you NEED to know what happens next. Crazy.
Se Na is a total bitch, but what I like about the show is that every character has pretty realistic reasons for doing what they're doing or acting how they're acting. Se Na worked her ass off to get into the position she's in, and she won't let it break down around her when she's so close to really making it, so that kind of explains her desperation with keeping her lifestyle intact. Tae Moo always thought that he'd be the unwanted child and that he'd live his whole life in Tae Yong's shadow, but now that he got his chance and got a taste of being the "favoured" child he refuses to let it go. It's like his life is finally validated and he can't accept going back into the background again. I always try to find ways to sympathise with the antagonists of shows/movies, and it makes it much more enjoyable for me when there are clear motivations for characters behaving the way they do.
Anyway, I'll probably want something else after I'm done with this one lol. I've really enjoyed the suspense and mystery elements, as well as the psychological battles, like Tae Moo vs Tae Yong [Lee Gak] in order to find the successor to the company. Do you have any suggestions which really capture those elements?
Did you watch the Arsenal game? I didn't, because I practically never watch Arsenal (something about them just really puts me to sleep, no idea why but it could be shade of red they use in their kit, weird I know) but apparently Welbeck did pretty well despite missing a good chance. I'll be glad to see him prove his doubters wrong, but on the other hand I don't want him to punish us for selling him lol.
Still Strootman in January, or do you think Blind is enough until summer? I'm beginning to think Blind will be good enough for now.
What are we missing? Hmmm. A CB leader first of all. We need someone like Vidic or Ferdinand in their prime that can just take charge of the back line and make sure nobody is screwing up. Someone who just exudes confidence. The other kind of signing I think we'd need to complete us is another mobile CM player, somewhat similar to Herrera, but it'd be someone who is more experienced and okay with filling the bench. Someone like Tymoschuk was for Bayern, for example, a couple seasons ago (in terms of what kind of squad role he'd have, rather than the exact style of player I'm looking for). This would give us more depth in the midfield without creating a real battle for minutes.
One last signing we could use, and this depends on how good our academy boys are because if guys like Lingard are good enough we don't need it, is a backup 10. I'm not confident in Rooney or Januzaj filling in there, so a backup would be good. I think we'll have it covered with youngsters though so we should be fine.
Beyond that it's just a case of swapping players for better parts. What do you think we need?
CR7 returning would be crazy, but I think I'd rather look towards the future at this point. He's old and I don't want to become reliant upon him as he's about to decline. Reus though would be a dream lol.
Yup I've heard a lot of great things about Geis. Funny story actually since you brought him up, I've noticed quite a few newer stars of the BuLi came from the team I used in my FIFA 12 career mode, Greuther Furth. Geis was in my squad, Ginter was in my squad, Gruen (keeper now for a BuLi team), and Edgar Prib. There may have been one more too that isn't coming to mind now. Anyway, it's just crazy that these were the "useless" players I started with 2 years ago and now in real life they're making their mark on the Bundesliga when they were in the lower division at that point.
So have you been watching Leverkusen play? Awesome attacking play, but those FBs are never there to defend... That match against Bremen they were wide open on both defensive flanks so many times it was just sad.
Man Lee Seung Woo looks like he'll make a huge mark on world football! This kid is something special.
I don't watch international friendlies, pretty much ever. They just don't really interest me.
Unfortunately I've not heard of Uli Stielike. A quick wikipedia check shows he was a fantastic player, but coaching wise there wasn't really all that much. He was involved with the German youth teams when the new system was being developed though, so hopefully he got experience with that before the end of his job there. He would have worked with guys like Schweinsteiger and Lahm at youth level, and hopefully he can bring some of that knowledge and do a good job for you guys.
Interesting note about Mata not fitting the mold of a United player. I can agree on this to an extent.
I like you're 4-3-3, but I would rather have Januzaj on the LW than Rooney TBH. You're right that Rooney can help Mata out, but I think Di Maria would do even better in a similar role. If we gave him that role and let Januzaj play the role you wanted Di Maria in, I think that would work even better. Otherwise I like it though, and I think that the way you laid it out would also work really well.
On the match:
Fantastic! This is exactly what I wanted to see in terms of performance, and nearly what I wanted formation wise.
First of all, everyone is saying the formation was a midfield diamond, but I disagree to an extent. It's not that I think it wasn't a diamond, but rather that it was more than a diamond. It was a very free-form formation, none of the attacking players really had a set position. The starting shell looked to me like a really compact 4-3-3 like this:
Which can take both the diamond shape when Di Maria stays back and Rooney and RvP move forward, and also a more standard 4-3-3 shape when Di Maria moves up the left wing and Rooney/RvP move forward. Mata is a bit of an attacking pivot in that the attackers sort of flow around him in a predominantly central position. I absolutely loved the free-flowing nature of our shape and how players kept swapping places and positions, and moving into space as necessary.
The only area where this wasn't on display too often was on our right. With the more mobile (than RvP) Rooney on the left, as well as Di Maria moving into the LW area, we had a more natural 4-3-3 type shape on the left for large portions of the match, but neither RvP nor Herrera can replicate that on the right. Mata, when ADM was in a more central role, could have shifted to the right and linked up with Herrera out wide to create some of that width and dynamic play on that side too. Or we could swap RvP with Januzaj.
In terms of individual players, Di Maria obviously was on fire today. What a performance from our #7! He is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. The hybrid CM/LW role was perfect for him, and it allowed him the freedom he needs to just wreck opposing teams.
Rojo linked up well with him down the left-hand side, but from the 4 signings that started today he was the most average. Still, good showing from him and I hope he keeps it up and keeps improving.
Blind was fantastic. Great distribution and good defensive cover. The only concern I have is that he is a bit lightweight and may need to add on a few pounds of muscle to withstand the physicality and wear-and-tear of the PL, but otherwise I was highly impressed by him.
Herrera showed his LA Galaxy side again. Hopefully this time it's here to stay, but I really like what I see in him. He thrives in a quick-moving style of play, and if we build around that then we can hopefully be a bit similar to how BVB in terms of their breakneck speed of attack.
By the time Falcao came on I had started eating and I was totally buzzing from the performance that I forgot to really check out how he did lol. I only remember bits and pieces of the game after his introduction, like the sexy 1-2 between Herrera and Januzaj that ended up with Januzaj making a terrible decision, and Falcao getting the ball played behind him. Fill me in on what I'm missing lol.
It's too bad we let go of Kagawa though, because he would have really thrived in that kind of a system (as is evident by him bossing things for BVB immediately upon returning). Oh well, BVB are a great team and I'm glad they're getting quality players back in.
Defensively we looked pretty solid for the most part. Not elite, and we'll probably need a bigger name or two for next season, but we should be good enough for a PL level if Evans regains his good form, Rafael stays in good form and Rojo keeps it up. Jones has been spectacular so far, Blackett has been a solid squad-role type player, and Shaw looked really good before succumbing to injury.
Evans looked better again today. He looked much more assured defensively. Apparently he gave the ball away a few times too many, which I can't remember happening too much but K L says so and I trust him. He needs to work on it but hopefully he's putting the horror show of his first 2 performances behind him now. He made some great last-man defensive contributions to make up for any misplaced passes though.
Wow DDG really scared me today! He showed more of what I wanted to see in terms of being a sweeper-keeper, but he needs to get wayyyy better at it if he wants to keep it up. Stylistically though I'm glad to see it, it's a good omen for the future that he's trying to sweep up behind the defense and give them the reassurance they need to hold a higher line. On that note, I just wanted to say that most keepers in the BuLi now are trying to imitate what Neuer does. Leno just last Friday for Leverkusen came out all the way to the halfway line! He's really revolutionized the GK game.
All in all I was really impressed by the performance. There are a few kinks that need to be worked out, and RvP and Rooney didn't look like they were meshing too well, but hopefully those things improve in the coming weeks. If we keep this up we will make top 4, no doubt in my mind, so hopefully we don't regress now or later and only keep improving.
And that Skyrim statistic is exactly why I don't really play sandbox games lol. I never manage to finish the story!
Nice, I'm glad you started Falling Skies and that you gave it a second chance. Honestly though, you have to elaborate a bit more on what happened with Pope because I watched 3 seasons of it in a span of like a week or 2, it all just blurred by lol. I don't want to get into favourites too much right now because it could spoil who's still around, but Pope I've liked since the beginning. What happened in his backstory segment? I can't for the life of me remember right now.
I've now watched about 6 or 7 episodes of Rooftop Prince. I'm not gonna lie actually, I watched all of them, minus the first episode, in one sitting LOL. I just kept throwing on the next episode after finishing one, and suddenly it was 5:30am. Sister is a reaaaaal bitch. I'm loving that the story is equally invested in the mystery type stuff surrounding the company, murders and time travelling as it is in the romcom stuff. It keeps it much more interesting for me that way, though to say I have failed to enjoy the romcom stuff would be a lie. It's all equally entertaining to me, and the balance is really great and pulls me further in. Great recommendation!
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Top 5 protagonists? Mmmm that's hard. Vivi, Tidus, Noel, Celes, and Serah, with Steiner coming in at a close 6th. I love Vivi!
I actually wasn't all that big a fan of Lightning as a character TBH. She was a bit bland to me, but that's not to say I didn't like her. Snow and Sazh, like I mentioned, stood out for me among the cast, but I liked everyone of the party members (except Hope, liked his story, but he was annoying AF).
When I tried to watch more Rooftop Prince the stream wouldn't work for the second episode, so I've been slowly torrenting it. It's taking forever though, hopefully it's done soon so I can continue.
Did you hear that Donald Glover really wants to play Spiderman in a movie? He got the part as the voice of Miles Morales in one of the cartoons, maybe he'll get to play him in a movie at some point. I think he would do well as Spiderman, though TBH I've never read any comics with Miles so I have no idea what kind of character he is.
LOL cheese wheels... where do you get these ideas? Those are the kinds of things that turn me off sandbox style games though, I get too into doing random crap and lose track of the actual story. It's too distracting for me, I like my experience to be a bit more linear, as if a book or movie is playing out in front of me.
I didn't really like Cecil, and FFIV, all that much TBH. I didn't like how you had pretty much no control over what party members you used, and it was even set for the last boss (never got that far, lost a bit of interest after finding out I wouldn't be able to choose party members). I need to be able to pick my party to enjoy a game, with only a few exceptions existing to that rule.
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Okay I'm back, sorry for being away a while.
Yup G. Neville as a Director of Football is something I wanted to see a while ago, and K L recently brought it up so it was fresh in my memory when you mentioned the article.
I'm disappointed that Welbeck got sold. I thought he should be the one we loan out, because I see real star potential in him. Hopefully Wilson comes through and solidifies his place in the team in the years to come, because I want to see more United boys in the team.
About Lucas Silva, I'll take your word for it if you've seen him play. You hold him in pretty high regard so hopefully he really is a star in the making (assuming we get him, if not maybe it'd be better if he flops lol). Maybe we should go after him next summer.
Eventually a team that isn't European or South American will have to win the WC. South Korea looks as good a bet as any. I'd be really happy for you guys if you managed it, and honestly it may not be too far in the distance for you guys to at least be serious contenders, considering all the players you have in the top leagues with more to come.
Since we've signed like a billion players since your previous comment I guess I'll skip the parts about formations prior to our new players coming in lol.
I'm sad to see some of the players who got shipped out leave. Cleverley, Welbeck, Chicharito (just on loan, let's see what happens, I mean, Anderson is still here somehow), along with the players from before like Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra. Crazy how much the team got shaken up.
I can honestly say I have no clue how to best fit our players in ATM. Our squad is so attack heavy! In FIFA when I made the transfers, United's attack jumped to 89, the highest in the game, but the defense was down to 71 lol. Our squad is so lopsided in talent right now it's ridiculous.
I'm going to assume that we play either 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 since those are LvG's formations.
This isn't quite what I'd do, but it's the only way to fit all our new players and big names into the same 11. I could see LvG try to convert Di Maria into an attacking WB to fit the formation. I'm not too impressed with Rooney in the midfield though, especially in a 2 man CM. He would need a third CM beside him to operate well in that area I think.
TBH I don't think we have the players for a 4-3-3. We have 1 good winger and 3 good strikers, and this formation needs 2 wingers and only 1 striker. I don't really see us using this now TBH. RvP doesn't have the legs to play as a traditional LvG wide-player, but Blind Herrera-Rooney in a 1-2 shape could be really good. Lot's of energy and grit in the box-to-box pair, and Blind is a great passer.
I think in the end LvG will stick with 3-5-2. I think the best way to use it would be to make some tweaks to the formation above.
Falcao is more of an out-and-out striker so I would want Rooney beside him rather than RvP because he is a bit more versatile and mobile. He also drops back more which is necessary from the player beside the ST IMO, and with Falcao staying up top we need Rooney more. Blind is in the midfield to provide defensive cover for Herrera so he's more free to push forward and join the attack, with Evans or Blackett (preferably Evans, despite his horrific passing so far because that HAS to end at some point) coming in in the center of the CBs. I would have Jones on the right because he's been the most defensively solid of our CBs, and with the more attack-minded Di Maria on that side as a WB I think it'd be better to have him there. The formation would also allow Shaw to step back in to the back line and form a defensive 4 with him as LB and Jones as RB, Mata could shift backwards, and Di Maria could move up forming this 4-3-3:
Jones Evans Rojo Shaw
Mata Blind Herrera
Di Maria Falcao Rooney
Giving us an option to change our shape without changing players. We could also use Di Maria in the midfield here with Mata and Rooney behind Falcao to make a 4-3-2-1. I feel like this group of players is the most malleable in terms of positions and roles, and that they'd make our strongest 11 because of that.
Just to let you know, I've been extremely busy and will continue to be for a while. I won't be able to respond during this time.