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  1. Shit performance but got the win. Mata was our best player, imo. He's the only one who actually looked comfortable in possession, linked up play and covered so much ground. Without him we'd have just resorted to hoofing long balls to Lukaku because we would have barely managed to string three passes together. If you didn't know which teams were playing, you'd swear the side in red was a bottom six team playing for a smash-and-grab. This is a failure of coaching - Mourinho places far too much emphasis on playing without the ball.
  2. We have been really sloppy in possession. Mata is the only one who actually looks comfortable on the ball and able to play out from tight spaces. I wish Martial would go down the outside from time to time or make use of the overlap. He always cuts in and looks to dribble two or three players and ends up being quite predictable. Bournemouth have moved the ball much better than we have and their off-the-ball movement has been better as well. Very unfortunate to not be at least level.
  3. IIRC, Conte said that Morata was suffering from a bit of fatigue. Think Pedro should be a regular starter. Umtiti has been quite good for them and Yerry Mina is set to join in January. Haven't seen him play but by all accounts he is a highly rated CB. Chelsea should be able to cause them trouble on the counter though.
  4. Another Watford defensive meltdown after Cleverly was sent off. Zaha has been the difference.
  5. I'm quite happy with it too but I only hope that Mourinho doesn't resort to his usual cowardly tactics. While Sevilla are not as strong as they were two seasons ago, they remain a good footballing side and Mourinho usually resorts to hoofball when up against teams that are good in possession and capable of pressing high up the pitch.
  6. Pretty good draw for all English clubs bar Chelsea and Spurs. Juve don't look to be quite the force this season though so I'd say Spurs have a better chance of progressing than Chelsea do. Real vs PSG is the standout tie.
  7. Lukaku gifts City a goal and also misses a clear cut chance at the other end. He's been really poor for most of this season. I'm also pretty sick and tired of these bullshit hoofball tactics. It is unacceptable for United to have under 30% possession like we did against Arsenal and in the 1st half today - no top side plays like that. In the 2nd half we showed that we can actually hold onto the ball, unfortunately we have no attacking game plan and rely solely on improvisation and that is totally on Mourinho. His coaching and tactics are outdated and that is reflected in his record against the top 6 at United. Oh well, the game played out pretty much as I expected. It's December and the title race is already done and dusted. At least Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all dropped points as well.
  8. Great bit of skill by Salah to put Liverpool in front. Mane was a bit too greedy after that; a simple ball across and Liverpool would have been 2-0 up easy. That should be that really. Everton are over-matched and tend to wilt at Anfield anyway. It's not been a great watch and I expect the Manchester derby to be the same; only one team making all the running while the other defends for their lives hoping to nick something on the counter or from a set piece.
  9. Arsenal's defending has been shambolic thus far. Southampton are tearing them open time and again. Fortunate to be only the one goal down.
  10. Despite not registering a goal or assist, he had a good game today. Looks to be an impressive attacking player although the defensive side of his game could use some work. Definitely any premier league side looking for a left winger should be keeping an eye on him and Guedes. Arsenal seem to have set their sights on Lemar but they wouldn't go wrong with either of these players either and both would likely cost much less as well. Guedes in particular is unlikely to see much game time at PSG with Neymar in that position. Shouldn't be much trouble outbidding Valencia, although his performances is likely to attract a number of suitors next season. I wouldn't mind if we go after Guedes. Even though he prefers to play on the left as an inverted winger, I think he can do the job on the right as well. Blistering pace, excellent dribbler, good finisher and puts in a defensive shift as well.
  11. Zaza looks a completely different player compared to his time at West Ham and even Juve. Just knocked in another goal and is second only to Messi in the La Liga goal scoring charts.
  12. They are good enough on their day to trouble the big boys but over the course of the season, the top six are just too strong. Leicester (or anyone outside the top six) will need to both have a good season and hope that one of the top six has a bad season.
  13. Don't see the top 6 being breached short of one of those teams having a really poor season. There is a fairly significant gulf between the current top 6 and the rest of the league. These teams - Leicester, Burnley, Watford etc. - are all playing for 7th place, which would be good enough for a EL place unless the FA Cup winner comes from outside the top 7. For Newcastle fans, I hope an agreement is reached soon between Ashley and Staveley and ratified by the Premier League in time for Rafa to do business in January. This team needs reinforcements especially in attacking areas. Rafa has the team well organised defensively but they don't look like they can score enough goals to stay in the league.
  14. There was no discussion but I think it was a nailed on certainty that Ronaldo would win because what the team achieves plays a big part in the voting. With Real winning both La Liga and CL (and Ronaldo being top scorer for Real in the league and the competitions top scorer in the CL) there was really never any doubt.
  15. Biggest surprise is Feyenoord beating Napoli. Shaktar go through together with City. The Europa League looks seriously strong this season.
  16. Spartak haven't look any better than CSKA and CSKA are pants. Another seven incoming?
  17. Real knocked in two early goals and Dortmund were looking seriously vulnerable. It's been a good end-to-end game though and Dortmund have managed to pull a goal back.
  18. Ronaldo becomes the first player to score in every game in the group stage and he did it in style. Great strike. Dortmund are done already.
  19. I don't think Mourinho requires a high degree of defensive work rate from his #10. For example, Martial/Rashford on the left and Mata on the right were required to do more defensive work than Mkhi. Mourinho seems to be fine now with his #10 being no more than decent enough defensively.
  20. I don't watch a great deal of Arsenal so I'm taking Mexal's word that Özil's defensive work has significantly improved so I don't see a problem here.
  21. I'm not quite sure why Özil gets labelled as lazy either. Mexal is probably right that it has to do with his defensive work rate but I also think part of it is that a number of English pundits and journalists like players who run around like headless chickens chasing lost causes. Özil in comparison looks casual on the pitch and that gets labelled as lazy. If United do make a move for him, I think his defensive work rate would be less of an issue since we have a top class specialist DM in Matic in addition to Pogba who provides enough of a defensive overlap when we are not in possession.
  22. Definitely. Özil on a free is an opportunity too good to pass up but I'm sure there would be other clubs interested as well. While Lingard's work rate and energy versus Mkhi's disappearing act has been a refreshing change, he simply does not possess the necessary skill and vision for a #10 - great squad player but should not be a starter for a club of United's stature. Despite Özil's perceived 'laziness' he still remains one of the top creators in Europe and Lukaku especially would benefit from having him in the team.
  23. I've noticed that Lukaku has been better in this area over the past few games as well. The problem is that he is rarely ever picked out with an early pass. There were numerous occasions over the past few games where Lukaku makes a good run between the CBs, even pointing to where he wants the ball but none of Lingard, Valencia, Rashford, Martial, Mata or Herrera ever seem to bother to pick him out. It's only Pogba who looks to make that early pass. If we can bring in a top class #10, I think it would become more apparent that Lukaku's movement and runs are nowhere near as bad as it's sometimes made out to be.
  24. He's done enough to earn himself a place in the matchday squad but I don't see him displacing Young just yet. Shaw is far better offensively than either Blind or Darmian so he might see some game time against either Bournemouth or West Brom but only if Mourinho chooses to rest Young for those games. I expect his next start will be in the league cup fixture against Bristol City. Shaw still needs to be eased in as he doesn't look fully match fit yet.
  25. Comfortable game for us. It was disappointing to go into halftime 1-0 down (although we should have scored at least two in the 1st half) but I was not worried. CSKA aren't that good and didn't look capable of keeping a clean sheet. Rashford was very frustrating tonight. He does alot of good work - pace, movement, work rate - but his end product was woeful. Time and again he did all the hard work but let himself down with poor decision making or a poor pass. ETA. very happy that Shaw got through 90 minutes and had a good game as well. Did alot of good attacking work and put in a decent defensive effort as well. Just needs a bit more game time to get back to full match fitness.