Ole v Spurs

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  1. Jan 6, 2019
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    Rozay Master of Hindsight

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    I expect us to win this game. This ‘massive underdog’ thing comes from the fact that we have ‘massively underperformed’ in recent times. Not based on the fact that Spurs have a much better team than us. The fact that we look to be playing to the level befitting the quality we have changes everything. No way should Spurs be expected to smash us. I’d have doubts over them smashing us even when we were playing poorly, but certainly not now. They may still win the football match of course, but it’s a match we have every right to win.
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    I think thats what it will be as well. Lukaku from the right, Martial left and Rashford Centre. Rashford and Martial and Rashford with Lukaku might be fluid.
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    Hopefully Lukaku stays on the bench, I know he’s scored in his last 3 but Rashford is a much better option up front at the minute and people under rate how important Lingard is for us.
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    I really believe that Spurs might be the biggest test for Ole in the league. Simply because Spurs are built to exploit teams that play like United play, ie with wide attacking formations.

    How does Ole stiffle the area in front of the defence while still being potent going forward? I don’t think he has the players to pull it off in the defensive phase.
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    Any reason this couldn't just go in the match thread?
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    As fun as it's been so far I am particularly worried about this match, they could tear us to pieces if we're not careful. As good as our attack has been the defence has looked very uncomfortable. I'll be much more confident of a win if Smalling's fit, with the way Jones has been playing I'd be very worried if he was starting. Think we'll line up:

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    Young - Smalling* - Lindelof - Shaw
    Herrera - Matic - Pogba
    Lingard - Rashford - Martial

    *if fit, if not then we'll probably opt for Jones.

    Wouldn't mind seeing us go for Darmian on the right for a bit more defensive stability.
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    I think Tony will play at RB for this, given he played at Newcastle away, and was rested during the FA Cup. I’m a massive fan of Young and think Valencia is done as an attacking force, but he’s solid defensively, and I see it as a near cert that he starts this weekend.
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    We'll win this.

    They're missing Son and will massively underrate us due to previous form this season. Rashford, Martial and Pogba to tear it up, 3 - 1.

    Solskjaer and the team will know how to prepare and manage a game like this. Lot of experience there.
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    Could go either way. I think we have a better midfield (IF we have the first choice three available and Pogba performs). Up front though we still have inconsistent players and our defence is terrible. Spurs have less explosive attacking players but quality ones.

    On our day I think we can win and look the better team, but Spurs on their day can do the same. Tottenham when they play well and when they don't are a million miles apart in terms of how difficult they make it for you. THey ripped Chelsea to shreds at Wembley yet when they played Liverpool there they looked like a lower league side.
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    Son is still available. Also looks like they have Vertonghen and Dembele back from recent injuries.

    I think our defence will let us down against what is a better team.
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    I hope smallings fit for it, he tends to have a blinder against Kane. Everyone else has already posted the lineup I think it will be, Rashford should absolutely pretrify Sanchez with the form he’s in, I have a feeling he’ll give away a pen.
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    Spurs makes or breaks Ole. Our fixture list after this is really kind (again) so beat Spurs and you could see a 9/10 winning run happening with only one real test v Spurs in between it all.
    I'm not saying he'll be bluffing it but it'll set him up for a big job after Utd if we do look elsewhere.
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    Certainly not make or break for him. I'm pretty hopeful of a result but he's got far too much in the bank already for a negative result against title challengers to be anything other than a minor setback.
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    Yeah I thought he was off after the FA cup match. Confident we'll still get something.
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    ..............................Lukakau.................
    ...................Pogba.............Mata..................
    ............McTominay...Matic....Herrera...........
    Young...Rojo...Smalling....Darmian...Valencia

    Sub Pobfa off at 60 mins and bring Fellaini on.

    Mou rules! Lolzy.
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    Feel like people are making a cup final out of this match and will severely knee jerk their opinion based on the result.
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    MyOnlySolskjaer Creator of Player Performance threads

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    Comes from managers that play in a style to “disguise our flaws”, it’s cowardly, not pragmatic. Maybe we won’t win but at the least we should be trying to win the game rather than side ways passing or parking the bus.
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    So over Christmas one of my mates was adamant the Solskjaer chant went ‘you make me happy when Spurs are playing’. He said the reason these were the words was because he always scored against Spurs.

    He literally argued for 20 minutes until the United game was on TV and he could hear the fans chanting ‘when skies are grey’.
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    Sneaking an extra man on the pitch should help towards that, unless we're playing goalie when needed
  20. Jan 7, 2019
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    cyberman Full Member

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    I'm not saying it'll be a disaster but the easy fixture brigade will be out in force and it won't reflect well on Ole then its an easy fixture list until fecking Liverpool at home.
    If Ole can get over this hurdle then his star really is shining. The potential for a massive winning run really does come into focus
  21. Jan 7, 2019
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    I expect us to lose because Spurs are just much better than us currently. My biggest concern is at Right back, Son will have an absolute field day vs Valencia/Young/Darmian/Dalot and we still don't pose any threat from the RW going forwards which kind of renders that flank useless. If we play wide, I think it hands them the advantage - all they need to do is double up on Martial and smother Pogba and that's basically our build up play gone. A tough day in the office for Ole.

    I actually think a 4-4-2 is our best bet here, not a flying wingers type setup - but a narrow, robust old school AC Milan diamond formation with Martial & Rashford up top and clogging up the midfield with Herrera, Matic, Lingard and Pogba. With two up top I think you limit how far forward their fullbacks will roam (particularly because of how fast Martial and Rashford are) and in midfield it's just a bit of pressing match.

    Edit: just saw Son unavailable and got a semi. Hope is kindled.
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    I concede that we're vastly improved going forward, but our back line is atrocious and not befitting of a title contender. Of the top 6 teams, only Arsenal are worse at the back than us.

    I'm not 100% sure who's going to win the game, but I am sure Phil Jones will score at least one own goal. If we're now good enough going forward to win in spite of Jones at the back, great for us.
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    Rozay Master of Hindsight

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    That’s it really. We can’t keep outspending Spurs for years but be scared shitless when we face them. The players need belief and to be reminded that they are all top international players themselves.
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    Rozay Master of Hindsight

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    Phil Jones may not even play. Our defenders are not the best. They too need confidence, as they can probably do better. The likes of Trippier and Ben Davies especially would never have been signed by us from Burnley and Swansea. These are not some top players who are much better than ours. They are playing with confidence and self belief though. They have quality centre halves though, but I am confident that a combination of Smalling and Lindelöf can be good enough. Maybe not good enough to keep a clean sheet, but then Spurs should not be keeping a clean sheet against what we can throw at them either.
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    We beat them at Wembley last year in the semi final, Wolves best them a week ago at home. United are playing alright and I think we could get a result there, no reason we can't win. There are weaknesses at the back for sure, United can hurt them up top too. Under Jose we simply didn't press properly. I think with another big performance from our full backs, combined with a press of Rashford, Jesse and Martial we could get something, your right in thinking we should play them. Then subbing on Alexis to keep it going up top we will score. This match will be won in midfield, Spurs bossed us at OT in the second half. We need Pogba, Herrera and Matic to combine well. We may get beat but I'm confident of getting something. The players will want to prove that there is more to the last few weeks than just easier fixtures. Spurs have a fantastic 11 but they are Tottenham, they still shave that flakey element to them. We need to take our chances this time, Young and Shaw need to play with adventure but caution of there counter attack.
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    Spurs must be worried. They just got up after a knock, only to see a big wounded angry gorilla is coming at them with a point to prove.
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    Not my choices. It's what I think he's going to go with. And I'm not sure how anyone can dislike Young. He's the best FB we have
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    Valencia started two games ago and was rested yesterday and Young played 90 minutes. So yes, I think it is easy to predict. I'm not saying that's who I would pick, but I think that's who OGS is going to pick
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    I don't think this game is as important as people on the cafe & the media are making it out to be. Somehow this has become the barometer on which our squad and more importantly Ole will be measured on. Everything before this way a piece of cake and this is the real hurdle we need to cross. If somehow we fail, it's back to square one. The work done in the last 5 games was just due to some "feel good factor". I don't think that is the case at all. Win, lose or draw - there is still a lot of football to be played.

    I am fairly confident for the game. I am confident in our team and Ole. I don't think we'll be as gung-ho as we have been in the last four PL games. We'll pay them the respect they deserve being one of the best teams in the premier league. Ole is a Sir Alex disciple and I expect him to adopt his big game approach in this fixture. We'll play on the counter (Not Jose's 6 at back pussy football; real counter attacking football) as we did under Sir Alex. I expect our midfield to sit back more than they have done previously, win the ball back and provide the platform for the front four of Pogba, Martial, Lingard & Rashford to hit them ferociously on the counter. We'' press and try to win the ball back in the attacking areas and see some fast transitions. Our biggest worry again will be stopping them scoring from set-pieces. That has been our biggest weakness and hopefully we'll have Smalling back to shore up the back line. I'll say it's a 50-50 game if both Pogba and Smalling are available.
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    Please no Lukaku, a tleast until the 2nd half if we desperately chasing a goal. We don't need a 1 dimensional player against a dynamic team like Tottenham.

    Give Tottenham something to think about by putting Rashford, Martial and one of Sanchez or Lindgaard up front. Rashford and/or Sanchez is able to drift and provide threats from either wide or central positions.

    Young over Valencia for me. Shaw at LB.

    Martial -- Rashford -- Sanchez

    Pogba -- Nemanja M -- Herrera

    Shaw - Jones - Lindelof - Young

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    Prior to the game, it will be all about the respective managers.

    A reminder to myself. Win, lose or draw don't take the bait with narratives galore regarding Poch and Ole after this game.
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    funny you are the first one to bring this up

    it's one game between an established manager who has moulded a team in his image and Ole who has been in charge for 5 games - very early to try a comparison
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    Spurs away is one of the toughest fixtures in the league, I'm not confident of us getting anything from the game. It will be interesting to see the approach, whether it will be counters or play on the front foot
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    I hope people don't make judgements on Ole just on the basis of this match. Let's give him six months to decide how he does. Even if he doesn't get a result at Spurs away then it doesn't necessarily mean that he's a bad manager.
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    I'd go with a lot more defensive lineup like the ones that consistently got us good results in the big games.
    De gea
    Valencia Lindelof Smalling Jones Darmian​
    Fellaini Matic Pogba​
    Lukaku Rashford​
    Long balls to Fellaini and Lukaku will be vital to bypassing the press.
    :rolleyes:
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    GailSpaceWynand Yes, I signed up with this name.

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    @Sultan Can't we merge this with the matchday thread? It is the same topic/issue being discussed.
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    Christ it's just spurs, they are good going forward but we have some equally decent players we just need to attack, fast and fluid like we've seen lately. Rashford to score two!
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    I'm almost certain you're wrong, but if you're right, it would further the discussion that Ole might not really be all that. Everyone and their dog can see Valencia is finished, if he starts at the weekend it would be shameful.
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    I'd take a draw or even a loss. This game is all about to continue playing positive football. Which means there's no room for McTominay, Matic, Lukaku, Fellaini on the pitch at the same time. I might sound negative, but I really can't see McTominays contribution, aside from his height.

    We'll win this!