Castles: Mourinho given green light to spend in January

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    Camilo Full Member

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    I think in a 5-3-2, with two world class fullbacks/wingbacks essentially making it a 3-3-4 in attack, with Pogba doing what he wants, we'd control matches like we haven't seen in an age.

    Anyways, unless the right players are available I can't see Mourinho buying for the sake of it. We're weak in certain places, but giving the fringe players more of a shot for the second half of the season may end up being a better move. Are Lingard, Mata, Blind, Herrera, and Mkhi worth hanging onto or replacing? He'll never know if he buys good but not necessarily better players in January.
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    Bastian Full Member

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    Aye. I don't think many, if any, are arguing for buying decent players. It's pointless unless they are top quality. You might be right with the 5-3-2 if we have exceptional wing backs, but personally I'd rather see a dominant midfield as we already have two outstanding midfielders, with one being more attacking.
    As for the players you mentioned, I think Jesse has really shown that he is an extremely useful squad player and he'll be here for a long time. With the others, it's anyone's guess.
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    Ikon Full Member

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    The other factor to consider is, how much of an impact will that player have at the business end of the season.
    Signing that player in January, could be the difference in finishing inside or outside the Champions League positions. Winning the league or being R/U, clinching the FA Cup or not etc...
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    Man-United Full Member

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    I really hope we go for Emil Forsberg at Leipzig.
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    Ali Dia Full Member

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    As crap as he’s been recently I genuinely think miki still has a lot to offer, especially when Pogba is in the team taking the pressure off him.
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    EyeInTheSky Full Member

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    Anyone got a list of all the January signings Jose has made and the amount spent?

    It might give us an idea of the likelihood of transfer activity this January.
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    Mciahel Goodman Worst Werewolf Player of All Times Staff

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    Evra, Vidic (05/06), and Mata (13/14).

    Those are the only three I can think of who signed in January over the last 4 WC seasons. And Mata happened because Mourinho didn't really want him and Moyes had to buy someone.
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    charlenefan Far less insightful than the other Charley

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    Having seen how many chances we conceded away to Arsenal and to Chelsea I feel we need to sure up the midfield more for the big away games so I'd like to see the Herrera + Matic + Pogba trio used rather than a number 10
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    ROFLUTION Full Member

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    Cuadrado (Chelsea)
    Matic (Chelsea)
    Zouma (Chelsea)
    Jarosik (Chelsea, centreback)
    Rajkovic (Chelsea, centreback)
    Adebayor (Real, Loan)
    Diego Lopez (Real)
    Carlos Alberto (porto)
    Maciel (Porto)
    Marco Ferreira (Porto)
    Maniche (Chelsea, loan)

    All since 1999. That's 0.611 player pr winter-window. It's not often he buys in winter, you could argue.
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    onemanarmy Full Member

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    Yikes. To be fair, he didn't have the same resources at Inter and Porto.
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    ROFLUTION Full Member

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    I guess some of the Chelsea players were bought as part of their classic talent / loan-em-out strategy too.

    Now I have killed off all hopes of a good signing with stats. You're all welcome.
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    D. Mungai New Member

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    In another forum of 'friends' i said during last summer break if we sign Perisic Lukaku Matic. We will win the league 100% sure. When Perisic deal failed i said we can win the league but people will need to perform better.. How true its unfolding. Perisic is the Only Player who will complete United under the current regime of players, manager, style of play.
    He was the ideal player in the summer, imagine now
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    onemanarmy Full Member

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    Way too early to put the muppets to bed!
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    Stookie Nurse bell end

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    As long as Ozil is kept away I’ll be happy.
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    feck him, he had his chance.
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    Chillosophy New Member

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    While i'd really want him at Old Trafford we shouldnt prioritize a player like him. We already have Mkhi and Mata for example, we need a wide player that stretches the play. Eventhough Emil can operate on the wings he's more like Mata and drifts central.
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    Crashoutcassius Full Member

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    I think you could well be right - I just think the evidence is overwhelming that 'it doesn't matter because mourinho wants a 2 man midfield'

    It isn't worth much, but I had this debate both before mourinho started and before this season and was correct both times, having been told by a lot of people that Pogba needs two anchors to free him up, etc etc
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    United Pro Full Member

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    Castles said in his recent podcast that Ozil is definitely not first choice and that Mourinho is looking for a higher level player.
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    VancouverUtdFan Banned

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    How much higher can one go for a #10 as capable as Ozil especially with the track record and bond he has with Mourinho from the past? I’d argue you can’t, especially considering who’s realistically available.
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    EyeInTheSky Full Member

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    Great thank you!

    I wonder if he had any great need in the past when he was on top with strong squads. Perhaps this is a different situation?
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    VancouverUtdFan Banned

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    Different day in age compared to back then. And as José has said numerous times, United are a big big club that have financial means that only a handful of clubs in the world do. And this is a rebuilding squad he took over so if I had to guess I’d say if something makes sense JM would be inclined to get something done to acquire a player and let them get up to speed with familiarity and all.
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    cloyton New Member

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    1st Post!

    According to Big Dunc united are well in the lead for 50m Alex Sandro from Juventus!
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    cyberman Full Member

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    Apparently he has said we're after Sandro in January and not Rose?
    This is a bit irresponsible posting this but he's just dropped a new podcast episide over the last twenty minutes?
    Anybody listening?
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    United Pro Full Member

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    Fair point. Maybe Castles is suggesting that Mourinho is looking more for a secondary striker rather than a #10, or perhaps he just sees someone like Griezmann or Dybala as higher tier.
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    Peanut Butter Banned

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    God not Ozil.
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    Ah I see, also makes sense
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    Yeah Castles says that Sandro is unhappy at Juventus, is pushing to leave and that Mourinho wants to bring him in January.
    Here's the article:
    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/...s/manchester-united-make-alex-sandro-11654660
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    EyeInTheSky Full Member

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    If there is any truth in this with Sandro then I think Jose will move Young to the right as he has done more than enough to justify a starting place. But then Lingard has done the same thing so do you move him centrally(where he is a far better player than out on the right? What about Mata who looks sharp again (all be it one game).

    Good problems to have I guess!

    Personally, I would love a monster RW and an SS or a 10. Although I do realise that LB was a big issue for a while it looks like we at least have adequate players who are either coming back into form or being consistent.
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    Macern SeARcHeS iMagEs oF fO0tbAlLeRs bAllSaCkS

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    But he wants to go to Man Utd and the transfer ban was the reason why he didn't move in the summer. The ban is lifted now so they can replace him. And like P-Nut said there's no big reason for him to wait until the summer when he can come now. He won't get to play in the CL no matter what he decides on.
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    Our goals in the next 1 month should be:
    1. Beat City
    2. Have a good run over Christmas
    3. Strengthen in January.
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    For me get in Alex Sandro and Leon Goretzka in January to solidify the team and provide some additional depth. Then this summer ship off some of the players who aren't performing (Blind, Miki) and bring in the likes of Ozil, Griezemann and hell I'd take Gareth Bale if the price was right.
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate

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    No one knows what he wants to do and no one knows why he didn't move in the summer.
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    Macern SeARcHeS iMagEs oF fO0tbAlLeRs bAllSaCkS

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    Yeah right. Come on, there have been countless hints both from him and from people like Pogba, his brother etc. Do you think it’s random that everything was put off straight after the announcement of Atletico’s ban? And that the release clause isn’t changed?

    The only reason I can think of as to why you refuse to see this is because you don’t want him to move to Man Utd, is that correct?
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate

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    I would actually like him at united but I don't think that he wants to play for United. The rumor is that United was the plan of his former advisor who thought that United was the best club from a marketing standpoint, everything started with him and an interview for RMC. When Griezmann is asked about his future without being oriented, he almost exclusively starts with Spain and how he loves his life in the country and would like to stay but the other clubs aren't really an option because of rivalry or lack of room at Barcelona, then he talks about the PL as a whole and I don't think that he has preference between Arsenal, Chelsea, City and United.
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    nokillingmoths Full Member

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    Well you take pogba out and our midfield lacks creativity. That has to be a priority.
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    lysglimt Full Member

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    His performance in midweek made me believe that is what we could be doing. Ok - let me rephrase...why do we need to buy Danny Rose in january when we have Young and Shaw ? Then we can reconsider our options in the summer. A leftback is NOT what we need the most right now...and Danny Rose imo isn't the solution to our problems anyway
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    Bastian Full Member

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    Likewise, you could be right. It's just that Pogba is quite a special player, not just in terms of being an outrageous talent, but quite specific for such a physically gifted midfielder who is incredible on the ball. He is somewhere between a #10 and an #8. And my hunch is that giving him that free role will be of greater benefit to the team in the long run than persisting with a tactic where that's not an option.