Fairplay to Lindelof: Starting to look the part now

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    Jacko21 Full Member

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    I don’t concur re the language, given that Lindelof is more fluent in English than me, but Zlatan’s presence could well have settled him.

    He offers a little bit of familiarity in an otherwise new and daunting environment.

    With the exception of Smalling, I’m really fond of our central defenders. :)
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    Two solid games in a row. Let's see how he gets on v Arsenal and City, so there is no false dawns.
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    Thecarrickfan_2016 Banned

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    I always knew he'd come good for us, Some of our fans needed to be patient with him, I was one of them, Especially from the start as well.
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    Incredible what having some patience can do. As I said many a time, if there's one thing Jose knows it's defenders. He was always going to come good for us
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    Disagree. None of them are strong enough in the air. Look at the responsibility Smalling takes to clear pretty much everything inside the box, especially if there are big players. Rojo is decent but not much more. For some reason, Bailly is not good in the air, and Lindelöf still looks a little weak in that respect.
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    Looks like a kid who received a spanking and learnt his lesson.
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    Acole9 Outstanding

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    Pleased for him, I think some of it stems back to pre season which was blown out of proportion somewhat. The media love an expensive flop and were pinning their hopes on him being one, he's still got a way to go but the last two performances have been very encouraging. He looks like a confidence player to me, Rashford was offering him support in a match a few weeks ago and Pogba looks as though he's giving him some guidance.
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    Yet another player who many fans wanted gone. Glad to see him, Lingard and Smalling all having a good game.
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    It's laughable how quickly people wrote him off.

    However, on the flip side, he's had 2 good games, we can't go too far the other way. Jury is still out.
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    He was fantastic today one of the best players on the pitch. If he continues his progress we are covered for quality cb's for years to come.
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    Pogue Mahone Poster of the year 2008

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    Lindelof won his share of headers this evening and Bailly’s no slouch, despite his unusual technique.
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    I keep getting Lindelof and Lingard confused, it's a little worrying.

    But yeah, Lingard was excellent tonight. His reading of the game is second to none - almost as good as Vidic in his day - plus he is extremely confident on the ball. A future DM perhaps.
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    Yep. Were it not for Lindelof’s wonder goal towards the end, Lingard would have been my MoM.
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    I was against the Perisic signing because of his age and huge price tag made me think we should spend it better elsewhere, but I do think he'd be doing real well here in the 3-4-1-2 we played today. I still think there were better options but we'd be stronger right now as a squad if we had him and Valencia with Young backing up both as our wingback options.
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    Yeah, we also need quality when rotating. It's going to be difficult resting Young and Valencia now.
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    Encouraging signs but I will reserve my judgement for now.

    To be blunt, I have seen nothing (yet) from him that Blind couldn't offer us as CB. But I do understand its too early to talk about such things. So probably wait and see how he turns up from now.
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    I'll be honest, I thought we'd bought a lemon, but he pleasantly surprised me tonight. Really looked the part, hope it continues.
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    He is probably your most important defender if you are looking to play 3 at the back, to pull that formation off you need atleast two excellent ballers in the trio.
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    Most Scandinavian's i've meet/heard i often forget they are foreign. Christensen for example sounds like the stereotypical cockney lad :lol: if only he was :(
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    I just wish Jose didn't play him in a league game and cost us points when he clearly wasn't ready yet. Although it only happened because Jones became injured during the match and all our other defenders weren't available.

    Just like two bad games (or more in his case) doesn't make him a failure, two good games also doesn't prove anyone right. Reserving judgement until the end of the season is the sensible option, but he is on his way there hopefully.
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    Wait.. a young player coming to the biggest club in the world with all the pressure didn't start out great?
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    Not sure what anyone was giving him a hard time for any mistakes and adjustments. Personally, Ive written this season off for him, in the sense that mistakes are immediately overlooked and forgiven as its crucial to his development.

    Mourinho knows better than most about scouting and developing central defenders: if we're lucky, Lindelof/Bailly will become the next Bruce/Pallister or Ferdinand/Vidic partnership and deliver for many years.
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    I am not convinced. He was decent but I thought he looks poor 1 vs 1 and was easily turned by attacking players. Granted he looks much better than before. Need alot more to convince me that he is of Manchester United quality.
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    He'll undoubtedly cost us goals here and there, but is beginning to come out of his shell now showing his qualities - promising stuff. We really need ballers in defence.
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    This. I said from the get go he would start off as a bench player. For some reason people think a new signing who doesn't start from the instant they join a club is considered a flop. Don't get where people get that misconception from but anyways.

    Still just been a good couple games so not like he's a bonafide stud all of a sudden. Definitely nice to see him turning the corner and settling in. Hopefully this positive trend continues for him.
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    Easy to forget that he's only 23 years old. Hopefully he's turned a corner as he was very good tonight!
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    The last couple of games he's looked very good. Defending on the front foot and assured on the ball if still a little short of being the pass master we all expected.

    Hope it's not going to jinx him. He still gets a bit lost in some situations, where he probably had more time to think in Portugal.
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    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    He'll have his ups and downs throughout the season and probably even next as he adapts. But it's obvious that he's a talented player. Suits a back 3 at the moment more then a back 2, but maybe he can adapt to that for the prem. He could probably bulk up a bit too as he seems pretty light, and that wouldn't hurt him at all I don't think.

    He's kind of an all round defender though. Not really a huge weakness anywhere, hasn't shown a specific strength either, but all rounders if they can develop properly can turn into top defenders for sure. Was rated really highly for a while so it's not like we bought some dud, poor performances happen. We'll see how good he gets though!
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    We'll go 3 at the back once again for Arsenal. So unless Jones or Bailly are fit, it will be Lindelof, Smalling, and Rojo starting again.
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    He speaks fluent English and there's not much of a difference between brits and swedes culturally anyway.
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    I still expect him to make some more mistakes between now and the end of the season, that is okay as long as he learns from them and cuts them out next season
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself Staff

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    One thing which is clear is that he's miles ahead in distribution as compared to our other defenders.
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    Fair play indeed. I thought he was a waste of money but I guess Jose's eye for CBs is unsurpassed. He's got to prove his consistency but always happy to be proved wrong by one of our players.
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    Next week thread is gonna be how shit he is. Just let him play.