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Old 08-27-2014, 03:56 PM   #46651
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ah, ye of little faith

pq, it amazes me that we still haven't filled the gap of the strong dominant controlling midfielder. without a leader at the back then it must come from midfield. surely with vidic, ferdinand and evra gone it should be the priority. getting di maria is a luxury in the absence of filling that spot. or will someone step up?
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:21 PM   #46652
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We're gonna have to overpay for players now because we can't offer anything else at the moment and other clubs know we're a bit desperate.

We've needed a dominant, controlling midfielder for a few years now, we've hidden some flaws with the quality of defence we have had in the past few years but now we're being found out. We need a player like Hummels or Vidal who can be a leader on the pitch, both however seem unavailable, but I'm hoping and praying we've got something up our sleeves before Sunday as I don't think we have anyone who can step up.

Herrera is our new tough tackling midfielder, but he's not a leader, di Maria is a creative luxury and will make a massive difference, but I don't think he's the player to drive us forward on a motivational level if things continue to go wrong.

At the moment we have to take what we can get, and be thankful that players like Herrera, Shaw and di Maria chose to come to United when Reus and Muller both rejected us.

Also, Arsenal were so lucky, could've been down to 10 men and conceded a penalty. Wilshere had his best game in a long time.

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Old 08-27-2014, 04:30 PM   #46653
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i guess the end of the window will dictate everything now.

champs league draw tomorrow. four teams. city are up for it. chelsea will be too. i'd worry for arsenal. not sure they have enough in the middle although ramsey will make a huge difference to them when he plays. they are so good at the back too. liverpool will struggle. they were poor against city and really lack any class up front now unless mario does something.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:36 PM   #46654
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Rojo at centre back is going to continue the Man Utd lol train.
Rojo is the ultimate panic buy, a player nobody wanted to buy whose club knew they could get ridiculous money for. It's Torben Pieknick territory. Bringing in Blind, who is going to be a terrific player, will complete the farce: three left backs brought in while the glaring problem at centre half is ignored.

Van Gaal has ingeniously decided that what a team who have no proper centre halves needs is to adopt a formation with three of them.

Was anyone watching the Ludogorets game? Centre half goes in goal for the shootout and saves two penalties to send them through. Madness.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:50 PM   #46655
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hello dave

didn't see it but read something. sounds mad

not sure what to make of manu. so many people with what sound like so many well informed views. i've watched them a few times and fact is that they aren't even moving with any real purpose and look like they are afraid to move the ball with any pace.

is lvg the man to bring it around or have we just spent 200 million going nowhere in the last 8 months?
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:19 PM   #46656
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Rojo is the ultimate panic buy, a player nobody wanted to buy whose club knew they could get ridiculous money for.
Not quite true, as Saints put in a bid for him that got rejected.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:12 AM   #46657
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I miss Evra.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:39 PM   #46658
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Apparently Song is available from Barca, we could do a lot worse.
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Old Yesterday, 09:13 AM   #46659
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europa league full of teams i have never heard of <3
defo want to watch some of this this season.
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Old Yesterday, 11:39 AM   #46660
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champions league is full of teams i never heard of

hey fc, whats the buzz around leeds at the moment. people confused by the new owners intentions?
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leeds lost to bradford in the cup so thats that.
dunno about the owners but there was some shit recently. i don't keep up.
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Old Yesterday, 12:01 PM   #46662
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still got a bit of class laura....don't ever lose it
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what?
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Old Yesterday, 12:29 PM   #46664
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not becoming a leeds supporter

that speaks volumes
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ah right yeah. nahhh i am a football supporter really. all football. but liverpool <3
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i for one am shocked that signing angel di maria did not fix everything wrong with united
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Old Today, 09:23 AM   #46667
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thought he had a good game. got involved. united a preoccupied with the system and its creating unease. players are stranded and trying to work with the system, get caught between the old and the new and make mistakes. gives no confidence

that said, it'll work out. theres enough good players there to make it work and then they will thrive. but the transition is tough on everyone
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when did mata get rubbish? he used to be good.

di maria was the best player on the pitch today, he's clearly incredible. the cunt.
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Last 30 minutes were awful attacking wise.

Valencia was trying to get the best of the Burnley LB, but he was just putting aimless balls in. Don't necessarily blame him LVG could've sacrificed 1 centre back to move 4-4-2. After Ings went off it's not as if they had really pacey mobile forwards to undo united.
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mata was rubbish from the time that jose decided to get rid of him. he hasn't come good for utd yet. he just doesn't look sturdy these days

yeah, di maria looked solid. rooney and rvp haven't gotta a clue how to fit in with him. plus di maria playing with young and valencia doesn't work either.
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everton chelsea game looked alright(!!)
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Old Today, 02:18 PM   #46672
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Valencia needs to realise that when there is an opponent in front of him, kicking the ball at him won't magically make the ball pass through him.

RVP has hit the 30's club and now it's becoming clear he needs replacing. He's just not up to it anymore. I don't understand how Hernandez and Welbeck both made the bench today when one or both are leaving, when Wilson, who was our only worthwhile striking option was left out.

Mata played well towards the end of the last season for us, few assists and goals, thought he'd progress more this season, but looks like he's done a hammy now anyway to add to our increasing injury list.

Starting to think we should do a Chelsea and play one upfront with Rooney and have Mata, Januzaj and di Maria floating behind him (once our squad is fit again so di Maria can play further forward obvs). Or if he's insisting on two upfront, play Wilson, he's up and coming in a rebuilding season, he won't do worse than what's out there/what's on the bench now.

Also to add to it all, I missed the best game of the season this evening and that disappointment is only slightly alleviated because City lost at home to Stoke.

Also, fun fact: 93/94 season (I think), United won the league - we have twice as many points as they did at the same time of the season

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