Potential of the current United squad.

Discussion in 'Manchester United Forum' started by OldSchoolManc, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Aug 9, 2018
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    OldSchoolManc Full Member

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    With the 2018 window now shut, we know the squad for the coming season.
    I think there’s a lot more to come from certain players if only they would play at the level that they are capable of.
    Last season, we all saw a team that seemed incapable of making simple passes at times, falling asleep on the ball, not making good attacking runs and generally, not clicking well as a team.
    Here’s my ratings out of ten, for how I think players are playing compared to their top level. I hope most, if not all of them step it up this season...
    I’ve only included players that will mostly be 1st team and subs coming on.

    David De Gea 9.5 - Cannot fault him for United, apart from penalties...

    Antonio Valencia 8 - I’m afraid that his top level isn’t much more than what we’ve seen, if only he could cross the ball past the first man...

    Ashley Young 8 - Also don’t think there’s much more we can ask of a former attacking winger playing wingback, especially at his age.

    Eric Bailly 7 - Great when on song and fully fit. Not often fully fit...

    Victor Lindelof 6 - Needs to work on heading and positioning, but I think there’s a lot more to come from him.

    Chris Smalling 7 - When he’s good and concentrating, he’s our best header of the ball. Too many lapses of concentration though.

    Phil Jones 5 - Too panic stricken, too injured, too Sunday league. Despite this, his A game is really good.

    Luke Shaw 5 - I hope he can step up big time this season. Has never been the same since the leg break.

    Nemanja Matic 8 - Great when on song and fully fit, but needs to be rested at least occasionally!

    Paul Pogba 7 - Still only occasionally see the best of him, if he can play for us like he plays for France...

    Alexis Sanchez 6 - We all know that he was a shadow of himself when he joined in January. Let’s hope the rest gets him back to his former self.

    Jesse Lingard 8 - I don’t think his top level is much more than he’s shown, it’s just a case of consistency.

    Marcus Rashford 6 - Nowhere near his best last season. Hopefully fresh with a point to prove after about a minute of play at the World Cup.

    Anthony Martial 5 - We all know what he can do when he can be bothered. Needs to be bothered all the time, prove a point and work for the team

    Juan Mata 8 - Sadly, I think we’ve seen about the best we’re gonna see from Juan. Not got the pace for the right and he’ll rarely be used as a 10.

    Ander Herrera 7 - I have seen great team play from Ander, but not last season. Not entirely sure he will come good again.

    Romelu Lukaku 8 - Okay first season and definitely improved his all round game. With better service, he could be challenging for the golden boot.

    Anyone else, for example - Fred and Andreas Pereira - are an unknown quantity, but the signs are good!

    Thoughts?
  2. Aug 9, 2018
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    RedorDead21 Full Member

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    Like I've said I think we can win it. I think City have a better squad but I'd expect a drop from them this season. if that isn't the case I think we'll finish 2nd again. The results against the bottom 6 is the obvious area of improvement as a team regardless of the individuals. This squad can post 90 points on the board. If thats not enough....you need to look towards investment not just improvement....
  3. Aug 9, 2018
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    OldSchoolManc Full Member

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    I love your positivity in this sea of negative vibes!
    Before we’ve even kicked a ball in anger, our own fans are writing us off. Firing on all cylinders, this team has great potential.