I love football and all things Manchester United.
Outside of being a Featured Columnist at B/R, I'm a Biography Researcher at Infostrada Sports, where I write athlete biographies ahead of international sporting events. I've worked at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
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No problem, Chris! Yea, I suppose I'd forgotten about those aspects because of how well he did at the other end, though I feel some of the defensive lapses weren't helped by his feeling he had to be mindful of Jones, who took a long time to settle in that game.
Like you, I'd still go for Shaw all day long; Saturday showed just what an asset he can/will be in that formation moving forward.
Yeah I would imagine that Cuadrado would perform the same role that Robben did in the WC.
I forgot that he said that, but maybe he doesn't always want to play them together or he changed his mind a bit on the matter? I dunno, it just doesn't make sense to me to play that trio together because we have nobody up front who can just explode forward.
In regards to the 4-3-3, that's certainly possible. Maybe he's just trying to find the pieces to use that formation as soon as possible, and that's why he's signing Cuadrado. I would also be happy with the 5-3-2 though.
I saw all those when I watched the matches. It's been a real treat to watch us play this preseason. I love how modern the playing style is now, and the passing and vision has just been unreal so far. It's amazing how fast the players adopted the LvG philosophy and I just can't wait for the season to begin. Right now it feels like we just can't lose!
Okay, I get what you're trying to say. Basically, it seems you see this situation as one similar to when Mata was available in that he's too good an option to pass up since he is available.
Having not seen him play outside the world cup, where lesser known players often overperform, I'm not qualified to have an opinion on how good he is, but I trust your judgement and if you say he's that good then he probably is.
I'm glad you mentioned Welbeck being played more often than most would think, because that is exactly how I feel. I've brought up my concerns over the lack of pace and mobility in the R&R pair with others, and by the way you are describing Cuadrado he seems ideal to partner one of ghem up front. That leads me to the one point I still have in regards to him.
I don't think LvG will end up using him as a WB, or at least not primarily. In preseason he has tried Young, Nani and Zaha up front, and regularly used Welbeck, which to me indicates he is looking for a pacey, tenacious player to plag up front. That is where I see him using Cuadrado, because we seem deep enough at WB but lack a quality forward like Robben.
Hey Chris, I wanted to let you know that if you wrote a response to my reply, then I haven't been able to see it due to the new, rather broken, comment system. I've received notifications that I've had about 2 more replies than I've seen, and if one of those was yours I'd appreciate it if you could copy/paste to me directly on my page. Thanks in advance!
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Chris, I feel you should write more. I enjoy your articles and your willingness to comment on comments made by those who comment [fantastic sentence].