Potential Matic Replacements

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  1. Apr 23, 2019

    André Dominguez Full Member

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    Jesus turned him into a CDM / DMC after Javi Garcia was sold and Benfica failed to find good options on the market, and I think that ruined his overall gameplay a bit.

    Before that, he excelled in a B2B role, which he made the best games of his career . His left foot was quite accurate on passing, his middle shooting was very powerful and he had tons of stamina to go up and down.
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    Hawks2008 Full Member

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    We dont need a new Matic we need a new Carrick.
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    UNITED ACADEMY Full Member

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    My mate Chelsea fans actually told me his best position is b2b. His positioning is so poor for DM. But being b2b right now will make it worse because b2b shouldn’t be ball watching and passenger. Requires good stamina & hard working. Matic is the opposite this season.
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    André Dominguez Full Member

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    Unless you find TARDIS, not going to happen any soon.
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    Inigo Montoya Leave Wayne Rooney alone!!

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    We must have signed a different player then.
    I don't know about that. Garner plays very much like a Carrick and so does Sean Longstaff at Newcastle
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    Adnan Full Member

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    L1nk Full Member

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    Julian Weigl. Fresh challenge would be good for him, could probably get him at a relatively cheap price and he's still young with room for improvement, especially with Carrick around
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    tenpoless Full Member

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    His head looks like Valencia and Pogba combined.
  9. Apr 24, 2019

    Dwazza Gunnar Solskjær Lutefisk is it!

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    I like that tweet. Sign him up, Fergie.
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    Looks a good prospect. He looks like he could get caught on the ball a bit in a faster paced league, though.
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    JJ12 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    I think it's the position not necessarily replacing Matic like for like.

    You are right though.
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    André Dominguez Full Member

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    Too soon for him, despite being one of the most talented young players of his generation. He's not a starter at Benfica, yet.
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    Danny Roberts Full Member

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    A cheeky bid for Kante? Chelsea are going nowhere and he's clearly ambitious.
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    Bestietom Full Member

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    I would like to see Partey and Ndombele come in.
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    Ndidi or Kante. We need runners not bean poles
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    Patrick08 Full Member

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    We are still below chelsea in the table.
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    This question might change if Pogba leaves as I think we'll switch system to a double pivot, meaning the pure holder wont be of such importance.

    Matic will be 31 when next season starts and his legs have gone, he can barely play half a season these days before his engine conks out, he's nearly as a big of a burden on this team as Ashley Young.

    Was this the kid linked with City recently?
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    Adnan Full Member

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    He sure was, and I think it was Di Marzio who reported city's interest.
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    Cheers, I thought that was him, he's very young to come right into any team and given Fernandinho's age they need someone who is ready I think, they'll most likely get Rodri. :(
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    Adnan Full Member

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    They will go for Rodri no doubt. But it won't stop them trying to lure Florentino either. Just hope Florentino is advised to stay put, for his own good.
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    I hope Joao Felix has the same common sense with regards them, City are like glory days Milan when it comes to stockpiling talent, I mean the likes of Sane and Gabriel Jesus as bench warmers most weeks is a madness.
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    Danny Roberts Full Member

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    I remember when we used to have great attacking players on the bench! And on the pitch!
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    DLPs - all we ever hear is Neves or Tonaly,
    but are there more available that could come to us? any with EPL experience?
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    Bestietom Full Member

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    He will be a grey haired old man before we get back to winning trophies then.
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    Inigo Montoya Leave Wayne Rooney alone!!

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    Little old man, you mean

    It’ll be like having Danny De Vito strolling around
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    I wonder if we should be in for Marcos Llorente, who's set to leave Real. He's 24, above average athletically for a Spanish mid, has played as 6 and can pass.

    If we'd bought Illaramendi, a similar type of situation, for the 15M Sociedad paid to get him back that would have been a solid if unspectacular buy for the last 4-5 years instead of having it be a crisis position with various older players (Carrick) who'd seen better days (Carrick) costing huge amounts in wages (Schweinsteiger), transfer fees (Matic) or fans' sanity (Fellaini). And while Illaremendi hasn't been Marcos Senna or anything, he's got one more Spanish caps than Herrera has and has probably been a similarly (if stylistically different) productive player. Bruno Soriano is another one of these guys who played his career for one of the 2nd tier Spanish clubs fighting for Europa qualification ever year and would have been a very good signing for us.

    If Pogba leaves and we need to sign 7 or 8 players to go with the forwards, Lindelof, De Gea and Shaw, we're not going to sign 8 guys for 100M each, and a player like Llorente, who was highly rated but has been blocked by Casemiro, seems like a good bet if it's only going to cost 20M to outbid Sevilla.
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    Declan Rice
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    Neves, Rice, Barella, etc... There are good options to replace Matic.

    I would be more worried if we lose Pogba and Herrera.
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    Walters_19_MuFc Full Member

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    That's an interesting shout, and what I was coming in here to ask.

    I've seen a few highlights and read about Barella, and he's obviously more of a combative midfielder.

    Described as the 'next Scholes' by his agent, Barella has a good range of passing. Could that, coupled with his combative style in midfielder mean he could potentially play as the deepest midfielder?
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    Lee565 Full Member

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    What's wrong with Mctominay taking that role over and a wild card option that I know wont be liked but David Luiz on a free, thought he always looks good as a defensive midfielder, has great experience and still very mobile.
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    Fer Full Member

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    I think one of Fred or Mctominay is going to take a position in our first eleven next season.

    Who do you prefer to replace Matic between Rice, Neves and Barella?
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    Ndidi. He's premier league proven and is at the right age to make the step up to a big club, or Diawara from Napoli who wants to leave anyway.
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    Scholsey2004 Full Member

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    Barella is averaging 2.8 tackles per game which is decent for a midfielder. Ndidi is averaging 3.8 which is mustard. Gueye (who's 29) is averaging over 4. I think barella would be more of a Herrera replacement than the main DM. Barella's pretty small as well. DM's are usually quite tall to compete in the air. Even Barca's DM is well over 6 feet. A deep lying playmaker can be shorter of course but I don't think anyone suggesting barella will be that type of player.
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    Freak Born a freak always a freak.

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    It has to be Rice. Young, talented, hardworking, used to the premier league and is a leader. He’d allow our more attack minded players to shine.
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    gr3yham3 Full Member

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    I don't see the big fuss over Rice. He is a converted CB no? I can see our own Tuanzebe or someone like Godfrey coming in to do the same job in DM.
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    Has to be someone very mobile who can tackle and break up the oppositions play, while being able to create chances with a decent passing range. Kante is the dream.

    The next best thing in my opinion is Ndidi. The guy is so underrated.
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    gr3yham3 Full Member

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    Why not Axel then, especially if we get a top CB like Koulibaly in? I just saw the pre-match thread and read that Jose played him in midfield for that last game of the 16/17 season? He's young, quick, strong, reads the game well and composed in possession. I will trust him to protect the back 4 better than anyone else in the team if we give him the chance to do so. Being a CB by trade also means he can drop back to form a back 3 during the game depending on how it is going, and his super pace means we can easily play a higher line. Lastly, will allows us to spend the money on other areas of the team rather than spunk 60m on someone like Rice.

    Edit: http://thepeoplesperson.com/2017/05...ar-performance-against-crystal-palace-181993/
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    FootyGirl88

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    Axel is a CB and is doing very well, there's no need to change his position.
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    In Rainbows Full Member

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    Because Axel should be a CB. If we were going to convert anybody, why not have TFM play there? Or wait for Garner to develop?
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    gr3yham3 Full Member

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    If the rumours are true and that we are looking to get someone in like Koulibaly, then I rather Axel gets his chances to be our first choice DM. He has all the attributes to be a top-class one at that too. TFM does not have the required composure to be in midfield, while Garner still needs more game time playing against men rather than boys in the U18s and U23s, though I do have high hopes for him. But I see people asking for energy and mobility, and I think Axel offers that in spades. There have been plenty of top players who have converted positions at a young age and been great successes.

    Of course when the need calls for it, Axel can still be called in to play as a CB, but I don't see why we should spend a bomb to get energy, mobility and composure in the middle of the park on the likes of Rice etc. when we I feel we have the solution already present in the team.