I will always be an ardent follower of Sir Alex Ferguson and a Manchester United fan
Interesting to read your post on reflection, especially your comments on RVP at £25m...
I guess SAF would agree many of your sentiments.
sorry for the late reply. I was out of town travelling and without my laptop, so i could not respond as promptly.
I agree with your loan options, but I think we should try to keep Paul Pogba. If he stays and has an attitude fix, he can take the United team to new heights. Juventus are a rising force, and with his acquisition, they will be strong contenders as well. He should be held on if possible. In the reserves game against City, Pogba was brilliant, and he showed a desire to stay at United. He might just stay.
Left back is the biggest target for United, and while Christian Fuchs is a good option, he is 26 now. United need speedy left-backs, and I wonder if his speed will let him down. United need to scout properly, but bringing him in and letting Fabio develop is also a good idea.
The center-back position poses a dilemma. Vidic has two good years left, and Jonny Evans has become one of the best players at that position. Phil Jones and Smalling can deputise there as well and will prove to be sound investments. So a new central-defender would be a surplus especially if he restricts playing time for others. But this is my opinion.
Best option would be to get Luka Modric, meaning we can still play 4-4-2, and he can also serve to play as a 4-2-3-1 where need be. Kagawa would be strictly 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3. Javi Martinez might be a great signing but I see Phil Jones moving up there.
A target man might be unnecessary, as Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck are options enough, and acquistion of a striker will hurt their development.
In summary, I would go for a quality left-back, a great right-back and a midfielder. Modric if possible, but Kagawa if not. If Kagawa is acquired, United should stop looking. Fletcher will be back, and Michael Carrick is at his peak and will be even better next year. Vidic/Ferdinand will still be there, so if there is a center-back problem, it should be for next year.
Hey Mafa! It has been a while.
First up, congratulations on the new addition to your family, and hopefully your dream will come true that your new baby boy will one day play for the Red Devils:).
Secondly, I'm glad to hear that everything in your life and on the home front is looking rosy; and so may it continue. That said, you're a very lucky man-Enjoy:).
I totally agree that Man United require an influx of fresh blood to not only contest at home, but also on the European stage. The list you mentioned should be enough to confidently and convincingly challenge for honours on both fronts.
The two formations you mentioned, especially the 1-4-2-3-1 could work wonders with the right set of players at the clubs disposal.
I believe Giggs and Scholes should still be in the team, but only as a last resort with regards to injuries, suspensions, minor competitions, experience and squad rotation (fatigued players).
Fletcher and Anderson need reassessing as you stated. I wholly agree that Berbatov, Owen and Park should be sold; they’ve passed their sell-by date.
I'll say this, like I've said before, you most definitely would make a great coach/manager for any team. I believe if you're hearts really in it, then go for it; give it a try.
Liking your points about goal line tech. I might throw an article together on it over the next couple of days if that's cool with you?
I'm in total agreement with your suggestions; it's high time that goal line technology was implemented into the game.
In regards to Managers being allowed three chances to challenge the decisions, that could also work as well.
But I'm all for the GLT, it's about time.
Keep up the good work man.
Martinez would be a great capture but I still hold some hope that our midfield answers are already at the club, bubbling up through the youth ranks. Signing up the likes of Jack Rodwell, Ross Barkley or even, if he would come, Josh McEachran would be great since they're all young, exciting and English, something which can't be overlooked in the age of the homegrown quota.
Seeing how quickly Young and Jones stepped up their games through playing with better players gives me hope that Rodwell especially could pull it together if he made the switch. He's been pretty inconsistant so far overall but I think he's got the talent to become a big player.
We're in for an interesting few seasons watching Fergie try to fend off the likes of City whilst securing his legacy with a nice nest egg foundation for his successor, that's for sure!
Hey Mafa! Thanks again for the comment. As well as that Sneijder article, yesterday I posted up a list of young, battling midfielders that could do the job for United in midfield:
It'd be great to get your thoughts on the piece and the players listed. Cheers!
Hey Mafa! How are you doing man! I've been busy with my B/R Internship. When I have time I'll get writing about some Man Utd stuff.
In the meantime have a good one and take care.