It's a comedy gold really.
Few players, looking rusty, lacking game time. A few others, simply going through the motions, and a few simply not good enough, to be starters.
Pereira, not had the best of games, but at times, he makes the game look simple, seems to have the ability to give himself, just that little more time on the ball.
Overall, we need to improve ball rentention, no real control in midfield.
The point is did we need a player like him in the middle so desperately to go out and spend 50m on him?
Where do you think he will flourish with pogba and matic?
Nah he’s not close to Tom’s level.
I can see hints of his potential. He has a good touch, pass and engine. Just need him to be better at positioning himself and his decision-making.
I have no recollection of that
wouldn't look into this match to form a definitive opinion, he's likely rusty. but if your opinion has been formed for awhile then fair enough
Hes not playing.
Agreed. Had 4 touches all half bar the penalty
Seriously? I have seen some whoppers. This aint close to it.
Based on this game without our starters?
Actually im slow since im using a stream
At least he is keeping Fellaini from starting
Yes, Cleverley was/is fairly definitely a better player IMO. McTominay might be a decent player for the likes of Reading, I really can't see him going much beyond that.
Neither is Fred or Mctominay for that matter.
Our squad is worringly weak.
Much better. Although I read it as fiddly show-er, as in someone showing something, therefore I wondered where the analogy was going initially and slightly concerned. Then it made sense.
It's a well known fact Ole likes to high five. After a while people get tired of it.
We need to remember Reading are 2nd bottom of the Championship and have won only 4 games all season. Even our 2nd string should be steamrollering them.
Totally agree. The stuff that has been said about Darmian, too, is laughable. If we could replace McTominay and Perreira with better football brain quality we would see a more fluent game.
Fred and pereira are trying things but need to look after the ball better, McTominay needs to stop hiding in the 2nd half.
Did you really say please?
Yep.If you give him the service i'm 99% confident he'll score but outside of that he's abit useless.
He isn't a no.6 at all, it's the equivalent of playing a young Mata at no.6 and then saying he's shit because he's not doing a good job there.
What position/midfield role is McTominay actually playing? What kind of faults/issues has he had this game?
He may well be, our midfield is non-existent. He could just be hiding in there.
Feels like a preseason game, minimal effort and rusty as feck. Bring Garner abd Chong on at least they might up the effort
Yeah I'm convinced we'd look more threatening with Chong on the right instead. We literally have no threat on the right at the moment.
I'm assuming Lukaku was away due to the birth of his child
That's like saying Lukaku is the Pelé of this era. Cleverley had some great games for us. McTominay is a league one player.
no depth. That is a serious problem.
In what universe would things get better with Fellaini on??
Mctominay doesn’t look fit, that much is obvious.
Pereira is taking a bit too long on the ball at times, the pace has caught him out a bit.
Fred has been fantastic and wasteful at the same time, but his class is evident.
I didn't expect a great performance today. It's all about getting through these rounds.
Just annoyed at some of the sloppy play though. Shouldn't be happening especially against this level of opposition.
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Glad we got the second, should mean we can get Chong and Garner on.
Any-one of the front 6 could be pulled off, not one is playing well enough.
Would bring on Fellaini for McTominay. Fellaini holding while Pereira and Fred get more freedom could improve what we are watching.
Glad we're leading. Poor showing from the players out there though, particularly the midfield. Would like to see a bit more effort and some better stuff played in the second half. Perhaps some of the youngsters.
Hope Chong for Mata happens soon enough to give the lad a decent run out.
Talent is there for Fred but set up to fail in this particular midfield 3. Very talented but some really silly misplaced passes.
Pereira would be better further forward but ultimately not good enough.
You are not wrong about MF. But, I want to see what that dead wing looks like with Chong in front of Dalot.
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