Hello, I am a 19 year old student who is currently studying psychology.
I am a football fanatic. I am a life long manchester united fan who has lived in manchester for 10 years.I buy a season ticket whenever I believe an interesting season is coming up (for example this season).
I was born in sweden but I find the swedish league so boring.No good atmosphere,no passion and plenty of 0-0 games. All of my friends are manchester city fans(chose the wrong side haha).I joined bleacher report because of the great writers for example the likes of Sam Tighe,Terry Carroll and Max Towle. I love the premier league for 2 reasons:
1.The passion of the fans for example i was at the real madrid game(we lost due to controversial terms) and it was some unreal!!! They sang their hearts out! My friend lost his voice because he screamed so loud and sang for 90 minutes.PASSION!!!
2.If you look at Bundesliga,la liga and serie A you see that every single one of them is either one sided or two sided if you disagree(In la liga there is Real Madrid and Barcelona,in Bundesliga there is Dortmund and Bayern Munchen, in Serie A there is Juventus). but the premier league is different anything can happen for example last week cardiff dominated manchester city. A newcomer beat the crap out of them(by newcomer I mean that cardiff is a newcomer in the premier league so no offense city fans). There is also 5 teams who can challenge for the title Manchester United,Chelsea,City,Arsenal,Tottenham. ENTERTAINMENT!!!
I know a lot of you are tired of seeing this but GGMU!!!!
I think after that last game Kagawa will definitely show his real talent. I refuse to believe that Moyes could have seen his 20 minutes and not been impressed. I fully expect him to be involved against Liverpool and/or Olympiacos in some way, and that will only lead to more opportunities.
Ya I agree it'd be dumb for Guendogan to go to Real, but I still think it'll happen. I think Dortmund would be for it since they can then get Sahin back permanently. I agree that he would be a really good pairing for Fellaini though.
Leverkusen most definitely wouldn't want to let go of Can, but perhaps he would want the move? He left Bayern for playing time and he's getting it at Leverkusen, but he is being moved around quite a bit positionally. If he came to us he would be able to instantly slot in beside Fellaini and would be part of the first choice rotation (Fellaini, Carrick, Can), and he'd be able to form the core of our team for the next 10 years.
What I'm hoping for with these 2 guys is that at least one of them will have lost faith in Leverkusen after falling from second in the BuLi and getting embarrassed by PSG in the CL.
Dante is a good choice, but I don't know Benatia. I don't like watching highlight reels on Youtube because they can easily misrepresent a player. I'm not sure someone who will leave for the Cup of Nations is ideal for us with the injury-prone-ness of our current CBs.
If Coentrao really does become available for us I'd be happy to get him. He's experienced at the top level and a consistent performer. He was my top choice in January, but I just started to feel like he'd be a Sneijder (someone who is constantly linked and on the brink of a move, but ultimately never arrives). Who do you think would be a good choice if he wasn't available?
I think Chicha can be persuaded to stay if RvP leaves TBH. I can understand going for a top striker to replace him, but I'd rather have one clear cut first-choice in Rooney with Chicha and Welbeck as back-up. To me, Rooney doesn't seem to like direct competition for his place in the team, so it'd be good to have two guys who know that they are and will be behind Rooney in the pecking order. Plus both of them have the potential to one day lead the line for us, so I think I'd be most happy keeping both.
Griezmann is a good player from what I've seen, and I think he'd be a good fit. Reus, if we can get him, is probably the best winger we could get. He is world class through and through.
Interesting picks. I'm excited to see who we actually end up getting and what route Moyes ends up going. Not sure if we'll sign a striker (but I'm not saying we won't), and I think we'll only end up with 1 CM rather than 2, but other than that I agree fully.
In the CL I think Atletico will beat Milan again, but I didn't watch their first game and can't say with certainty. AC Milan is in a bit of slump right now though so I don't expect them to win.
Bayern is probably going to win comfortably. I'm thinking 3-1, maybe even 3-0. They are just on another level right now. What do you think?
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That writer really p*sses me off. Always has a dig at United, for no reason.
Ah yeah I remember Elmander, he was quite good, kept scoring for my fantasy football team 2 years ago lol. And of course I remember Henrik! He's a legend. Him and Rooney linked up really well actually.
After yesterdays performances, I think we might finish 5th. Just 5 points behind Spurs now, and a game in hand (even tho it's vs city).
I think we'll end up buying Benatia, Gundogan, Shaw, and Greizmann this summer. So we'll spend around 80M. I think we'll sell Young, Anderson, Hernandez, Rio, and Giggs to retire. So overall our net spending will be around 55M.
With that happening I think we'll finish 3rd next season. Close to winning the title (a bit like Arsenal this season). 5th to 3rd is a decent step up though, then the season after we really should be strong favourites.
I'm very glad Smalling and Jones started, looked great.
Cleverley is going to get a new contract btw, 15m worth. I hear that the fans have made a song for him, and we'll be singing it on Saturday, so look out for that :)
Rafa got a catchy new song too.
He's a Manc, so he'll be supported. I don't think he should play though because Fellaini has impressed me recently.
Also, have you seen the Nike contract with United? 600 Million!! Almost doubled the current record set by Arsenal and Madrid. Well played Ed Woodward.
What did you think about the game?
The thing about Kagawa is that it's Moyes himself that's holding him back. He isn't performing well for us because of Moyes, and for me if it's a question of Kagawa vs Moyes (or at least the Moyes we've seen so far) I'd pick Kagawa every time. With a new manager I feel strongly that his career will not be stalled any longer, and he'd show us his world class talent. Like you said, he doesn't suit our system, but our system is so bad that we shouldn't be trying to get players to suit it, instead we should develop a new system. It's like having a motherboard that only supports P4 processors, but you have an i-series at your disposal. Would you rather get rid of the i-series processor and get a P4 to suit your outdated motherboard, or would you rather get a new motherboard that can support an i-series processor?
In summer it's a bit unpredictable at this point. For all his faults, Moyes certainly has a good eye for players, so I'm not too worried about what kinds of players he decides to pursue. Kroos I think will stay with Bayern, and Guendogan I think will head towards Madrid. I think for CM we'll end up with someone who we haven't really been linked to strongly with yet, but I can't really say a specific player at this point. I do believe Fellaini will really come good in the next month though, so the issue will be less pressing than it's been in recent times.
My "ideal world" candidates (assuming the previously mentioned two are indeed unavailable) would be Lars Bender or Emre Can. Bender would be the better option since he'd be ready to lead our midfield immediately, and I think he would really compliment Fellaini well, but Can is going to be a hell of a midfielder in the future. He's already ready to jump into the first team, and he'll get even better in the next few years. Both players are defensively sound and offensively reliable, and both have experience in captaining a side, proving they're sure to bring leadership to our midfield.
For CB I think we only need one player. I believe our younger players and youth team players are a solid foundation, and if they weren't so injury prone I would probably be tempted to stick with them. Since they are prone to lengthy spells on the sidelines though, I'd target someone who is about 28 years old with plenty of experience. The reason I'd go with someone older is because I don't want our younger CBs to feel like they've been betrayed, since I genuinely think we have a very, very talented bunch on our hands. The CB we sign should be a bit of a short term solution IMO, someone who can spend the next 2-3 seasons with us, then move on or stay as 4th-5th choice as our younger guys start hitting their prime. It's hard to find a bargain like Dante was for Bayern, but I'm thinking a player along those lines would be best for us. I don't get to see too many teams play, so I'm not sure who to suggest, but maybe you know someone who fits my criteria?
For LB I have to admit, I really like Buttner. I realize that he's a liability at this point, and that defensively he's let us down multiple times, but his raw energy and spark are one in a million. I firmly believe that he's a diamond in the rough, and if he'd actually play semi-regularly for us we'd see rapid improvements in his game. That being said, I don't think Moyes will trust Buttner to be first choice, so I'd want someone fairly young that can make the position their own for the long term. There are a bunch of talented players available at LB, it all depends on who Moyes decides to pursue. I don't watch enough non-United and non-Bayern teams play, so I again can't really give a good suggestion, but Moreno and Shaw are popular amongst other fans.
In striker I'd be tempted to stick with Rooney, Chicharito and Welbeck should RvP leave. If he stays we're packed anyway, but we should still be fine even if he does. I'll have to be really clear first though, I don't think Rooney is capable of playing as a pure striker anymore. But, he also isn't a good CAM (he's a good forward, and a good deeper CM, but his skill set isn't suited to playing as an attacking midfielder), and we have world class players in the position. By moving Rooney to the striker position, we then free up our CAM slot for one of Mata and Kagawa, which would instantly be much better than having Rooney in the position. With Chicharito and Welbeck we should have very solid backup for the position, and when Rooney starts to decline in a couple years one of the two should be good enough to take over.
For our wings it's a bit more complex. We first need to decide what the formation will be moving forward. If it's to stay as a 4-4-2 variant with wingers, we'd need better wingers. Reus is the absolute top choice, but it would be a fight to bring him. A solid candidate who doesn't get a lot of media shine is Farfan from Schalke. He is a very good winger and should give us a solid option for one side. Plus he should be rather cheap to sign, especially since Schalke are getting Sidney Sam from Leverkusen.
I think Januzaj is definitely winger material, so that would give us 2 solid players, but we'd still need a third and fourth. I would nominate Patrick Herrman from Borussia Moenchengladbach (if you haven't noticed by now, I'm a BuLi fan lol). He's 23 now, and he looks like he's just about ready to explode onto the scene like Draxler and co. have. He would be a very good winger to have, and between the 3 of them we'd be able to rotate our players without a real drop-off in quality. I don't think any of our current crop are good enough to be wingers for us (Young is more of an AM now, Nani makes terrible decisions, Valencia is completely one-dimensional and isn't good at the one thing he does), but Zaha should be ready to go when he comes back. I would be genuinely excited to have Januzaj/Farfan/Herrman/Zaha as our wingers.
If we go the 4-2-3-1 route and our 2 wide players are attacking midfielders I don't think we need anyone. Between Kagawa/Mata/Rooney/Young/Januzaj/Lingard/Zaha we are spoilt for choice.
So that pretty much rounds out who I think we should go for. I think everyone I listed is a pretty realistic target, and there should be good CB and LB choices to fit the criteria I've laid out. What do you think of my picks, and who would you go for? What positions do you think we most desperately need to reinforce?
What I meant with ruined for us, wasn't necessarily ruining them as players but rather that they would be ruined as Manchester United players. They'll ask for transfers or get sold, or will have their confidence crushed. I'm scared of any of those things happening to these guys.
With guys like Kagawa and Mata in the squad I wouldn't sell Chicha to be honest. He's player who I think would score 25+ goals a season at the tip of a good 4-2-3-1. He might not have the RvP magic of creating a goal from nothing, but he puts the ball in the back of the net with great reliability (when he isn't in poor form). Plus he's been working on his all-around game and I think it's unfair to say that he's just a poacher at this point. I can understand his complaints this season because it's a WC year, everybody wants to play and get selected to represent their nation.
Rafael isn't ruined yet, but it's clear he isn't playing as well as he was last season. For him, it's not a question of ability but rather of temperament. His mental development is moving backwards, which isn't good. Some players need to get that ironed out of their system when they're still young, otherwise they'll have a poor mentality for the rest of their careers. Rafael might not end up being one of these guys, but if he is then he could certainly be ruined by playing under Moyes. Whatever SAF did to curb his temper and rashness worked, and Moyes needs to ask him for help in this situation. Not sure if I agree he'll be the world's best RB, but he certainly looks primed to be a world class player as long as his development doesn't derail like it looks like it's doing now.
If Moyes sells Kagawa it would be one of the biggest mistakes of his career. Kagawa is a special player, with the touch, vision and movement to rival that of any player in the world. I'd sooner want Moyes gone then Kagawa personally, because if we get a manager who can make use of him we'd be able to break open any defence in the world.
I just want to reiterate that I'm really excited about our next game though. With Fellaini, Rooney, Kagawa and Mata on the pitch we should be dominant. Let's just hope Moyes plays them all.
What'd you think of Moyes putting us out in a 4-2-3-1 against CP? IMO he's realized that Mata is being wasted as a right winger, and he set us out in the 4-2-3-1 to make the best use of him. I think he'll continue to use it as long as Mata is playing, which would be great.
I also think Kagawa will be included after his strong CL and Japan showings (converted a self-earned penalty and bagged an assist) on the left side of the 4-2-3-1, and I'm genuinely excited about the prospect of seeing it.
If he does end up playing on the left with Mata on the right, and Fellaini partners Carrick again, I think we're in for our strongest showing of the season.
Hahaha Samuel L Jackson is a legend!
Yeah I remember, just about, tough, we just need to take it on the chin and move on I guess.
Ah cool, so you must've been gutted when Portugal won, especially by a player we both like in Ronaldo.
Who's your fav Sweeden player then, apart from Ibra of course?
Well said about Moyes/Fergie and on us being spoilt.
If he can meet most of those demands i'm happy, it's asking a lot but there's no reason why we shouldn't achieve them.
I'm quite sure we'll finish above Everton, Spurs maybe but it doesn't really make that much of a difference.
Anyways, who'd you think will start on Saturday?
This is the team I think will start:
Rafael Vidic Smalling Evra*
Mata Rooney Januzaj
* Not sure if Rafael is fit but if he is then I say, play him. Otherwise we'll have to play Smalling at RB and Rio :/
** Fellaini was great against Palace, have no idea why he didn't play in the CL. We need him to play as much as possible for the rest of the season.
*** He was poor for Holland yesterday apparently, I'd like to see Welbeck up front over RVP but with a week off after West Brom it's probably best to give RVP some game time so he can get a little confidence back at least.
I think it's admirable that you want to stick with Moyes, but I can't say I'm inspired to do the same.
For every game he set us out in a free-flowing formation, there have been multiple games where he set us out in a rigid 4-4-1-1. Our performances lately, CP excluded, have gone from bad to worse. Stoke, Fulham and Olympiacos were some of the worst performances I've seen from a top club, and most of that was down to Moyes (though the players also played a significant role). And that's really what's bothering me: the way we're losing games.
I wouldn't mind if we were at our current position in the table or worse if I could see that Moyes was trying to piece together a puzzle that would eventually click and come good. It wouldn't bother me that we're out of the title race, out of both domestic cups, and pretty much out of the champions league if I saw him trying to implement a free-flowing style. All I'm asking for is a seed of positivity which can be nurtured and grown into something spectacular. Moyes isn't even giving us this, which is what really grates on my nerves.
I agree on your point that we shouldn't let results dictate our impression of Moyes though. Like I said, it wouldn't bother me if he was doing even worse in the league. Before the halfway point of the season I remember saying to someone that I wouldn't care if we were just above the relegation zone as long as I can see Moyes trying to change things for the better from a tactical standpoint.
I think it's too dangerous to persist with him at this point to be honest. We have great players in our squad like Kagawa, Mata, Hernandez and Rafael who are on the verge of being ruined for us by Moyes (okay, maybe not Mata just yet, but another season or so and he could be nearly broken like Kagawa). I don't want him to sell the wrong players and cause some irreparable damage to the club. I wouldn't be too hesitant to give him money to buy players however because he does target the right ones, it's just that he has no idea how to use them...
Hi, Abz referred me to you as a knowledgeable, spirited United fan. What's your take on the season so far and what do you think of Moyes? Has your stance on him changed since the beginning of the season?
I personally want him out as long as he doesn't improve his tactics. It's not that I want to see him fail, I just fear for our long-term wellbeing with the prolonged tenure of a manager who refusing to budge from an archaic 4-4-2 and who treats players unfairly for no reason.