Summer 2019 Midfield Rebuild

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  1. May 13, 2019
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    Nick. Full Member

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    Fernandes Rice Neves/Tielemans 4231
  2. May 13, 2019
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    Tielemans and Ndidi. If we sign one, we should sign the other as well. A midfield duo that is Premier League proven, work well together and has already shown they are capable of going toe to toe with Liverpool and Man City.
  3. May 14, 2019
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    davidmichael Full Member

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    I’d love N’Dombele, Rice and Rabiot all brought in as all offer something different and are upgrades on what we have other than Pogba.
  4. May 14, 2019
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    As I’ve said again and again, Bruno and Ndombele would sort it.

    I’m not completely adverse to Rice as we really don’t have that kind of player. But only if the fee isn’t exorbitant.

    What we’re missing is quality and workrate in midfield. Bruno and Ndombele would give us both.
  5. May 14, 2019
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    I totally cannot understand what we are thinking by targeting Gueye, we have just let a player of a similar age run down his contract and leave on a free to PSG and now we want another player in their late 20s. Just goes to show that this board haven't a clue what needs to be done with this midfield rebuild
  6. May 14, 2019
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    Our midfield might lack quality & creativity but the issue is deeper, we lack basic. Players are lazy & ball watching lot of time, lack of awareness. We need to bring some aggression & hard worker with intelligent to read the game well first.

    For this summer, I'll start by bringing Rice first to our midfield rebuild before getting a deep playmaker. We need to have a holding midfielder, Matic is too lazy. After that if we can't keep Pogba, then we will need to find a replacement for him.

    Next summer, we can start find a deep playmaker.
  7. May 14, 2019
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    Tielemans+Rabiot
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    This.

    It's too important to get the best midfielders available to improve our game.
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    Pogba will leave if he can.

    And I think that would be good for him. Even if he does well next season I don't think the team will and the blame will shift to him.
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    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    We'd be left without a holding midfielder. Bruno Fernandes is a Pogba replacement, nothing else. You need a holding midfielder behind whatever all round midfielder we get, otherwise the midfield will be unbalanced.
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    Ndidi is criminally underrated on here, his strength/heading/ability on the ball is labelled as "poor" which is entirely not true, those who watch know he is literally the heart of that midfield. Win's the ball back and does the simple stuff well. That midfield really would work an cause a huge threat. That's my muppet trio midfield!
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    It didn't work for Chelsea (Kante-Drinkwater). They build their own midfield with Jorginho, Kovacic/Barkley.
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    It's strange. Anyone with a brain could see that Ndidi is the better buy because he's actually someone who could be a mainstay for our side and Gueye will be 30 years old next season.

    Chelsea changed Kante's role from a destroyer, to a Vidal box to box type. Clear to see that he's better at being a destroyer.
  14. May 14, 2019
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    Am i the only one that thinks Ole will play a 442 Diamond next season? With the potential signing of Dybala, i think this could work with Rashford playing further up top. Would save us on buying a RW. Can't see any RW that is available in the market now. Sancho was a possibility but if Dortmund wants 100million for him, they can go feck themselves in all honesty. Doesn't seem logical to pay that amount for a kid who hasn't prove himself anywhere other than Bundesliga. But with Woody at the wheel, we probably should expect the impossible.

    That 100million could bring in 2 CMs in Rice/Tielemans/Maddison. Would love a diamond of:
    Rice/McTominay
    Tielemans
    /Neves/Fred
    Pogba
    /Bruno Fernandes
    Maddison/Joao Felix/Mata

    Back ups:Kids

    Those in bold are those i think to be more realistic. We would have 7 midfielders which have top quality experience in EPL, and if these 7 are kept injury free, it should be good enough to challenge for the EL which is our most realistic chance of UCL the following year
  15. May 14, 2019
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    teams like Wolves and Leicester are well backed financially these days. Wolves in particular will be looking to keep their best players for Mendes project.

    I find it hard to imagine them parting with players like Ndidi or Neves unless we make huge offers to the clubs. West Ham dont need the money either so can't see Rice going for less than 60/70m

    I think we are shopping lower down or abroad
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    From Pogba's, Rojo's, Bailly's, Jones' and Pereira's sale, and Sanchez's, Herrera's, Mata's and Matic's releases,

    get Rodri (60 mil), Bruno Fernandes (45), Houssem Aouar (60 mil) and Maddison (50 mil)
    then you add Garner, McTominay and Fred in the mix
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    This is just naming players that have done well. This is thankfully not how (good) scouting works!
    Utd are world famous (historically) for building from youth, so trying to buy what worked in an unrelated/incomparable team is just spinning the wheel again and hoping for a different result.
    Think Utd need to plan on buying the right project players, rather than just buying the flavour of the month/season.
    The players listed are going to be hugely expensive from Prem teams, surely buying the likes of James and the ilk and using excellent coaching will produce (after time) a better sustainable result?
    (No “projects” were injured during the making of this post)
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    Top priority: Havertz who can serve amazing as an false 9, connecting the midfield and attack in a Firmino or Tadic role. Wouldn't even come close to considering Dybala when you can get this guy.

    AM's:
    - Havertz
    - Lingard
    - Mata

    DM's:
    - Matic
    - Rice

    CM's:
    - Rabiot
    - McTominay
    - Fred
    - Pereira
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    100%, and he's what, 22?

    Perfect signing for me. Fernandes I know less about but any hard working, offensively minded box-to-box type would work there for me. Perhaps Pellegrini, Havertz, Brandt, N'Dombele or Maddison would fit the bill?

    If anyone knows players of that ilk to suggest?
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    I think it depends on if Pogba goes but each league has some options, not all that I like but we should be able to get a couple.

    PL - Neves/Rice/Ndidi
    Serie A - Barella/Pellegrini/Allan
    Ligue 1 - Aouar/Ndombele/Tielemans/Rabiot
    La Liga - Rodri/Lo Celso/Kroos/Llorente

    There's also van De Beek who is a versatile midfielder.
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    Tielemans Maddison
    Neves

    Assume Pogba & Matic are gone too.
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    It depends on how Ole wants to play, there are other quality players that could be available in the transfer market like Van de Beek, Aouar, Doucoure, Partey, Fekir, Tielemans, Neves, Saúl, Rabiot, Barella, Eriksen, Rice, Rodri, Ndidi, etc. We need 2 new midfielders to improve our style of play.
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    Ndidi and Rice if we keep Pogba
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    Put me down as not believing he's technically good enough for us. He'd be a CB for Guardiola or Sarri.
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    Fancy being our DoF? Ideal signings.
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    Well he wouldn't... He'd do the Fernandinho role just not to Fernandinho's level, then again how long did it take Fernandinho to reach the level he is at now? 3 maybe 4 seasons?

    I'd pick Ndidi over nearly every othr CDM we are linked too, Neves, Tielemans ect. because I know Ndidi will run and work non stop for 90 minutes. Okay he isn't going to ping a cross field ball every minute like Neves but he does still do it just not as much.

    His current role in that Leicester team is to win the ball back and give it to the creators while keeping it all simple which is why he is so effective, alot of players today keep it too long or go for the harder pass, Ndidi behind 2 creators would work wonders for us.

    Pogba - Bruno
    Ndidi​
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    The Nani Full Member

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    Which is why I mentioned Rice.

    Not that I’m sold on him. But I really don’t see many options for that position around ATM.

    Would honestly rather go back to a double pivot in midfield if we can add Bruno and one or two other quality attackers.
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    Not possible now due to our situation and their likely transfer ban, but I think Kante could have been tempted since he’s not been played in his right position by Sarri. If we’d made CL that may have been possible, notwithstanding Chelsea’s transfer issue.
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    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    Yeah I would be happy enough with Rice but I have a lot of reservations about him. We need someone who can build up properly and receive and pass it under pressure. Rice I fear is just like a Dier, who I've always thought was very mediocre.
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    Rice would be my number one choice for DM and not because I think he's more talented than any of the others mentioned but because he's one of the most intelligent level headed 20 year olds I've seen. With his mindset he will only keep getting better and will be our captain within a couple of years.
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    with pogba:

    rice/ndidi - tielemans - pogba (mctominay - fred - pereira as squad)

    without pogba:

    rice/nidi - tielemans - bruno/eriksen (mctominay - fred - pereira as squad)

    much stronger midfield then this season, still I dont think it has nothing on city/barca/real/athletico
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    It looks well balanced in paper. It seems that it could work really well. Do you prefer Tielemans over Ndombele or Van de Beek?
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    We disagree on the hypothetical. Fernandinho was the #8 on a technically strong CL quarter-finalist, where his midfield partner was a dour Czech ex-center back who never got forward. N'Didi would I think be a CB for them and maybe a good one since they press high and their CBs have to play a high line, or play Walker's inside RB position. I don't think he'd be ahead of Gundogan as a #6.

    N'Didi works his ass off and has done well in this league and if we do press high there are worse ideas than him being our #6 in charge of covering big amounts of space, and he has age on his side, but I think McTominay is better on the ball, for instance, and I don't think he's good enough for our midfield either.

    I look at someone like Casemiro, which would be the hope if we signed N'Didi, right? I'm just not sure N'Didi has Casemiro's comfort moving the ball forward and sideways.

    Tielemans looks like the interesting Leicester midfielder for me.
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    In Rainbows Full Member

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    Would rather get Ndidi over Rice. Rice has a lot more hype so will cost more.
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    Rice, Ndombele, and Fernandes. would be my pick.
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    Houssem Aouar? Man City and Liverpool linked, must be somewhat talented...
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    Replace Herrera with Thomas Partey.
    Replace Matic with Ndidi.
    Bench Fred & McT, replace Pereira with Brozovic.
    Replace Mata with Ziyech.

    Play 5 in midfield.

    Pogba | Ziyech
    Partey | Brozovic | Ndidi

    It's time for Africa!
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    Has a crazy good "Future Star"-card on FIFA Ultimate Team so naturally he must be the next Messi
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    I can't help but feel this has been our biggest issue for years.
    We have not had a dominant midfield since Scholes left. A good midfield feeds the forwards, and protects the back 4. This should be a top priority.