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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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  • mazoomy posted 75 days ago

    mazoomy

    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!

  • mazoomy posted 76 days ago

    mazoomy

    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.

  • mazoomy posted 76 days ago

    mazoomy

    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!

  • Hey Chris, I just wanted you to know man, that I love your articles. I will be flying over your next ones so they better be good.

  • Taawoos Aboo Ruqayyah posted 223 days ago

    Taawoos Aboo Ruqayyah

    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].

  • mazoomy posted 269 days ago

    mazoomy

    Alright Chris, I hope you enjoy your trip. All the best, and I look forward to your return.

  • mazoomy posted 271 days ago

    mazoomy

    I like Kagawa as a 10 much better than Rooney, and I in turn prefer Rooney as a CM. My midfield and attack would look like this:

    Carrick/Fletcher Rooney
    Januzaj Kagawa Mata
    RvP

    When all our players are back. Is there any news on Carrick's injury? How long is he out?

    In regards to Draxler, I think we should go all out for him. With the signing of Mata we have enough AMs for our starting 11, but Draxler is the kind of talent you just have to go for when the option is there. We can't let him fall into the hands of our rivals, because he is most likely going to be one of the elites of world football. Moyes would have to play a good rotation game to keep everyone happy, but we generally compete on many fronts and need a deep squad.

  • mazoomy posted 271 days ago

    mazoomy

    Hey,

    What're your thoughts on that Sunderland game? I'm basically losing faith in Moyes. He takes off Kagawa, who was our best attacking asset, and throws on Valencia, who either crosses into the first defender's face or over everyone's heads. Then, in extra time, with an away goal rule lead, which a single goal can turn into a loss, he decides to park the bus against one of the league's worst teams this season. We, the reigning champions of England, parked the bus against a team tied for the lowest points in the table. 11 players vs 11 players. That is a disgrace.

    I won't stand for us playing in a way that compromises our pride and takes us backwards. If Moyes doesn't show me signs of clear improvement in tactics within the next couple of games, he's lost my support.

    BTW, 10 penalties taken, 3 goals scored #EnglishPenalties lol

  • David Teo posted 283 days ago

    David Teo

    Hey,Chris!
    I have a few questions. (If you don't mind Answering for me =) :

    Why do Man Utd always lose so many of their best young players oooooh ?
    What are your thoughts on this matter ?

    Talented Young Players Who Left Manchester United too early
    (SAF most glaring mistake – letting go of top talent) imo.

    1-Paul Pogba
    2-Mats Moller Deahli
    3-Ravel Morrison
    4-Magnus Wolff Eikrem (In just over two weeks time as new manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has completed his first signing as cardiff city manager with the capture of Eikrem and now Daehli also set to join him soooooon) And yet moyes didn't sign anyone lol! Oh, we've got Fellaini! haha
    5-Adem Ljajić
    6-Zeki Fryers
    7-Pique
    8-Giuseppe Rossi
    9-Ryan Shawcross
    10-*and so on
    Imagine if all these players are still in United team Omg!

    Imo, if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was manager at United, I'm sure he will bring back Daehli, Eikrem, Pogba, and Morrison..hahaha(dont hate me for that)

  • David Teo posted 284 days ago

    David Teo

    Glory Glory Man United!
    Hey Chris, hope you don't mind if I share it here

    Manchester United fans express their anger over David Moyes :

    We're Manchester United, We're champions!
    20 Times Champions Of England!
    Not Mid-Table Everton or Second Division Preston!
    We were champions last season!
    Oh Crap! Now We're Screwed!

    Lol..

    Imo, Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to personally recommend David Moyes (not Pep,Klopp,Jose or Rijkaard) as the manager to replace him was a BIG MISTAKE!

    Because David Moyes has never won a major trophy as a manager, not even a Premier League or League Cup or FA cup. In his 11 years in charge at Goodison Park, David Moyes never witnessed an Everton victory at Old Trafford. At least now he can scratch that off his to do list.haha

    Sir Alex Ferguson, arguably the Greatest Manager but for me, NOT EVERYTHING THAT HE TOUCHES TURNS TO GOLD, as some of his signings prove. Check out his top 10-20 list of flops that he has signed during his 25-year spell.

    ~Veron
    ~Djemba Djemba
    ~Kleberson
    ~Bebe
    ~Ralph Milne
    ~Karel Poborsky
    ~William Prunier
    ~Laurent Blanc
    ~McGibbon
    ~Massimo Taibi
    ~Jordi Cruyff
    ~David Bellion
    ~Diego Forlan
    ~Alan Smith
    ~Gabriel Obertan
    ~Zoran Tosic
    ~Hargreaves
    ~Roy Carroll
    ~Anderson
    ~Ashley Young

    Yes..Sir Alex Ferguson can only buy success. But sometimes he buys failure!

    I predict a frustrating season for David Moyes.
    Q: David Moyes will be a flop ? Yes? No? Maybe so? Imo, YES.

    Because Manchester United need WORLD CLASS MANAGER not MID-TABLE MANAGER.

    B/R expert ______ explain about David Moyes :

    I was vehemently against the Moyes hiring because aside from the Football League second division in 2000, he has not won anything, not even a League Cup.

    It reinforces Sir Alex Ferguson's GREATNESS.

    I mean, my goodness, he won a league title with the same players (minus Marouane Fellaini) Moyes has.

    The players do not fear Moyes and don't respect him.

    Moyes to me is a good mid-table manager who works within a budget.

    Throw him into a storied club like United, he will struggle immensely.

    People say, well Ferguson struggled too early on his United tenure.

    That is true but his CV prior to being a United manager: a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, a UEFA Super Cup, three Scottish Premier League titles, four Scottish Cups, a Scottish League Cup with Aberdeen is something Moyes may never achieve in his career.

    One Of The Best Commentators in the Manchester United Section______explain about David Moyes :

    He's a good manager of course, but he's still a mid table manager in my opinion. By comparison, David Moyes is unknown quantity throughout Europe and anyone checking his CV will find out that he had a weak CV and no trophies.

    EVERTON LEAGUE RECORD UNDER DAVID MOYES

    Season

    2001-02 = 15th
    (Won 4 , Drawn 1 , Lost 4)

    2002-03 = 7th
    (Won 17 , Drawn 8 , Lost 13)

    2003-04 = 17th
    (Won 9 , Drawn 12 , Lost 17)

    2004-05 = 4th
    (Won 18 , Drawn 7 , Lost 13)

    2005-06 = 11th
    (Won 14 , Drawn 8 , Lost 16)

    2006-07 = 6th
    (Won 15 , Drawn 13 , Lost 10)

    2007-08 = 5th
    (Won 19 , Drawn 8 , Lost 11)

    2008-09 = 5th
    (Won 17 , Drawn 12 , Lost 9)

    2009-10 = 8th
    (Won 16 , Drawn 13 , Lost 9)

    2010-11 = 7th
    (Won 13 , Drawn 15 , Lost 10)

    2011-12 = 7th
    (Won 15 , Drawn 11 , Lost 12)

    2012-13 = 6th
    (Won 16 , Drawn 15 , Lost 7)

    Totals: 8th (avg)*427 173 123 131 568 503 642
    * Average place of 7.54 is based on full seasons (11) only.

    What do you think about David Moyes appointment as Manchester United manager?

    Feel free to disagree or agree, that's your right and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts! =)

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