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Thanks for the edits on my Saido Berahino article, Cal. I was taking my cute with Son from Tottenham's output so I appreciate the heads up there.
Thanks as always Cal! L
Manchester United Transfer News 2015/2016
No 2, No 3, No 9, No 15, No 22, No 24 and No 26 shirt left vacant - a hint that new defender @ midfielder @ winger @ striker will be arriving ? ? ? Yes!
20 REALISTIC TARGET ( I'm a Football Scout ) ^_^
No 1 -- > Hugo Lloris or Jasper Cillessen (Could be an option if David De Gea leaves for Real Madrid)
No 2 -- > Stefan de Vrij or Ezequiel Garay
No 3 -- > Aymeric Laporte or John Stones
No 9 -- > Thomas Müller or Gareth Bale or Lewandowski or Edinson Cavani or Karim Benzema or Harry Kane
No 15 -- > Nicolas Gaitan or Sadio Mane
No 22 -- > Aleksandr Kokorin or Paulo Dybala
No 24 -- > Felipe Anderson or Ross Barkley
No 26 -- > Saido Berahino or Mauro Icardi
MANCHESTER UNITED MUST BREAK THE BANK! BREAK THE BANK! wohaaaaa
I think with bringing Lamela on it was more the case of there not being another striker on the bench, though it obviously served to highlight the lack of options there. In hindsight Pochettino might have put Lamela on up top rather than out right like he did. He played there against AC Milan in the summer and linked up nicely enough dropping off. That probably would have suited him more than trying to stop Stoke's flow down the flank in that situation.
I'm still getting to know Clinton Njie to be honest. From what I've seen he isn't going to offer the same kind of presence as Kane does leading the line. But he should provide more of a threat than Spurs would get when having to leave Lamela or Chadli up there.
Cheers for the edits on Best XV, Cal. You were correct on all accounts
Cheers for the edits on today's piece too. No, I don't think Tottenham thought the game was won. It was more a case of them not dealing as well with the way the game changed as Stoke did. The most obvious but troubling example (given Spurs' problems there last season) being how they became a bit of a defensive shambles late on.
Thanks for tidying up my Villa/United piece yesterday, Cal. Richards was caught out but I'd pin the blame more on Villa's midfield not providing better protection beforehand. Overall I think it was a good sign for them to see him take as responsibility as much as he did. Better that than some of the abject defending that ultimately cost Spurs against Stoke!
I personally believe that Carrick (passing), Schneiderlin (physicality/athleticism) and Herrera (creativity) would be a terrific midfield in a 4-3-3. It also seems to offer the "balance" that Van Gaal keeps on talking about.
I completely agree that Carrick playing high up the pitch doesn't look right, and he works better in a three-man midfield compared to a two-man system. So I'd like to see him back in a quarterback-type role in front of the defence.
The difficulty, of course, is what you do with Schweinsteiger. He's a cracking player and will expect to start games, but I believe the other three offer more right now.
Mind you, it's nice to have these problems when you think about some of the midfielders we've had in the last few years!
Thanks for the edits, Cal! Yes, I really was impressed by him yesterday. It's still early days, but he could be a terrific signing.
Thanks for the edits, Cal. Glad to be back, and glad you liked the piece.