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Manchester United 0:0 West Bromwich Albion

Man Utd 0:0 West Brom

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  1. Mar 20, 2017
    #41

    rocks13 Full Member

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    I'd expect:-

    De gea
    Valencia Young Bailly Jones Smalling Rojo Darmian Blind
    Fellaini Carrick

    A solid 8-2-0.
  2. Mar 20, 2017
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    abhayselvan Full Member

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    We always concede silly free-kicks. We must prepare ourselves for some nervy moments. But atleast we are better than Arsenal at defending set-pieces.
  3. Mar 20, 2017
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    12OunceEpilogue Full Member

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    Actually after I posted I thought about that game, in which we pretty much nullified them and scored a couple of good goals ourselves. We may be fine in this upcoming game, as we were last time, but I also think it's worth noting they are demonstrably strong at corners and our defensive heading has been highlighted as needing work (not to mention Pogba having been led a merry dance by Lovren that time).

    In conclusion West Brom will definitely monster us from corners, unless they don't.
  4. Mar 20, 2017
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    Mihai Full Member

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    I remember Rondon had been in great form prior to that game and everyone was sure he would score against us. Yet,he was really quiet.

    I think we will be fine. We will probably see a lineup close to yesterday, bar maybe Micky instead of Mata or Lingard. Hopefully no one gets injured during the international break.
  5. Mar 20, 2017
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    12OunceEpilogue Full Member

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    You could well be right and I agree on the line-up. I think Jose needs to get onto some international managers and be as much of a prick as he possibly can be to get our lads out of as many international matches as possible.
  6. Mar 20, 2017
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    Mihai Full Member

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    Agree, especially Valencia and Micky. Unfortunately they are too important for their national teams to be dropped.
  7. Mar 20, 2017
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    De Gea
    Bailly--Smalling--Rojo
    Valencia--Pogba--Fellaini--Young
    Mkhitaryan--Rashford--Martial

    subs: Romero, Jones, Shaw, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Rooney

    But I would prefer:

    De Gea
    Valencia--Bailly--Rojo--Shaw
    Pogba--Carrick
    Mata--Mkhitaryan--Martial
    Rashford​
  8. Mar 20, 2017
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    I believe Valencia plays the 28th for Equador, plus the long travel. If he wasn't the machine, he could be spared for Young.

    Rojo will also play the 28th in Bolívia, probably in high altitude...
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  9. Mar 21, 2017
    #49

    tentan New Member

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    Pulls will find a way to get a point. 1-1.
  10. Mar 21, 2017
    #50

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    Win at all costs, simple. Don't care if it's beautiful or ugly, just win this one.
  11. Mar 21, 2017
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    AlecHDR Angry, incoherent heterosexual slob

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    I'd stick to the team that played Boro (assuming Pogba is still out):

    De Gea
    Bailly - Smalling - Rojo
    Valencia - Carrick - Fellaini - Young
    Mata - Rashford - Lingard
    If by the 60th minute we are not ahead, take off Smalling for Mkhitaryan and go 4-2-3-1
  12. Mar 21, 2017
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    Any other of our squad players who aren't on international duty, besides just Young, Mata, Carrick, Pogba, Schweinsteiger, Rooney, Martial, and Ibrahimović?
  13. Mar 21, 2017
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    Just hope we revert to 4-2-3-1 with Mkhitaryan back at #10 and Martial gets back to his game. If we're going to end the season playing 3-4-3, it ain't going to be pretty.
  14. Mar 21, 2017
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    Having said that, I'm starting to think the change to 3-4-3 (3-5-2 sometimes) or a very defensive asymmetrical counterattacking 4-4-2 maybe is going to be definitive for the rest of the season. And the main reason for it is the sheer number of defensive players options we have against the fewer in midfield (now that Schweinsteiger's gone, even less) and attack. This, in conjunction with the incredible number of games we're probably playing, most of them difficult away games, makes me very much doubt the pragmatic Mourinho will allow us to see again the nice free-flowing attacking football we had glimpses of, even with Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Martial, and Ibrahimović all fit, and that's really a pity.
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  15. Mar 21, 2017
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    fixed
  16. Mar 21, 2017
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    Actually, it's Ecuador. :)
  17. Mar 22, 2017
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    I don't care how, but we need the 3 points.
  18. Mar 22, 2017
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    Is Rojo still first choice LB for Argentina? I remember someone else playing there last time. Rojo should actually play CB alongside Otamendi. But I would be perfectly happy if he stays on the bench.
  19. Mar 22, 2017
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    Mainoldo Full Member

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    Let's ignore the fact Shaw's been shit.
  20. Mar 22, 2017
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    Yeah, that's my thinking too. Valencia and/or Rojo will probably not feature.
  21. Mar 22, 2017
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    That's a bit harsh. He might be shit in training (we don't know) but in the handful of games he played he hasn't looked shit. His last game against Bournemouth was not bad at all.
  22. Mar 22, 2017
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    With Smalling and Jones injured we don't have other options but to play Rojo and Bailly. Blind is an option but WBA are very good at scoring from set pieces, so we need CBs with good heading ability.
  23. Mar 22, 2017
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    abhayselvan Full Member

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    Wait, when did Smalling get injured? Only Jones is out. The rest are fine.
  24. Mar 22, 2017
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    LuisNaniencia Sky Sports called my bluff

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    Seeing as they scored from 2 corners vs Arse I think we'll field a big powerful side. Fellaini will feature.
  25. Mar 22, 2017
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    roonster09 Full Member

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    Maybe I read few posts incorrectly. Glad Smalling is fit, we need his presence to deal with WBA set pieces.
  26. Mar 22, 2017
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    Smalling is fit, but your point still stands. Ideally we play Rojo.
  27. Mar 22, 2017
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    roonster09 Full Member

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    They have scored 18 goals from set pieces.

    WBA have scored most goals from set pieces than any other team. ManUtd have conceded least goals from set pieces than any other team.
  28. Mar 22, 2017
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    roonster09 Full Member

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    Yeah Rojo with Smalling for this game. I'm very sure it will be 3 CBs though which is shame given we have struggled to create chances like before.
  29. Mar 22, 2017
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    MyOnlySolskjaer Half Member

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    De Gea
    Bailly -Rojo -Blind
    Valencia--Carrick--Fellaini--Young
    Mkhitaryan---Lingard
    Rashford​
  30. Mar 22, 2017
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    LuisNaniencia Sky Sports called my bluff

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    Their delivery was exceptional vs Arse so the game could be won and lost there. We need to avoid cheap corners and free kicks.
  31. Mar 22, 2017
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    Hopefully not. WBA are very strong in the air from dead ball situations, this is literally the worst game to play Blind at centre back. Our best defender in the air is Smalling, he needs to be on the pitch.

    If Jose goes offensive, I expect this line up:

    De Gea
    Valencia Bailly Smalling Rojo
    Pogba Fellaini
    Mata Mkhitaryan Martial
    Rashford
    If he goes more defensive I expect this:
    De Gea
    Bailly Smalling Rojo
    Valencia Pogba Fellaini Young
    Mkhitaryan Martial
    Rashford​
  32. Mar 22, 2017
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    I'm sure Jose won't be happy about this game coming just 13 days after the Middlesbrough match. Could it not have been held off until Sunday to give our boys an extra night's sleep?
  33. Mar 22, 2017
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    Oh, my, the combination of Bailly's heading technique with Smalling's feet finesse against West Brom…
  34. Mar 22, 2017
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    Is this supposed to be ironic, or am I misreading it? We're the team with most internationals, lots of them will play on the 28th and will have long flights awaiting them…
  35. Mar 22, 2017
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    Yes he's being ironic. If you look at his recent posts most of them involve ridiculing Jose for complaining about the schedule.
  36. Mar 22, 2017
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    We'll be looking at a very similar travelling squad from the 'Boro game, barring any further injuries and late arrivals obviously. Should see Rooney back, maybe Pogba but a hamstring injury is very touch and go so my first thought would be that he'd make it back for Everton, along with Herrera and Zlatan.
  37. Mar 22, 2017
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    need to send a out a very loud statement and tear this lot apart
  38. Mar 22, 2017
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    Will be interesting team selection, i cannot see any of young, fellaini or lingard being dropped after boro performances.Thought Herrera only had 1 match ban so he should be back too. Also dont see pogba back for this one, hope im wrong.

    de gea
    smalling bailly rojo
    valencia fellaini herrera young
    lingard rashford mikhy

    subs- darmian martial mata rooney carrick romero

    shaw fosu mensah - not in match day squad
    injured- zlatan jones blind pogba
  39. Mar 22, 2017
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    DomesticTadpole Doom-monger obsessed with Herrera

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    Two match ban as 2nd sending off of the season.
  40. Mar 22, 2017
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    Would love Rashers to get a goal or two.

    2nd red of the season = 2 game ban...I believe?
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