The Search for a Midfielder

Discussion in 'Transfer Forum' started by MyOnlySolskjaer, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. May 8, 2018

    VanHaal'sRedArmy Full Member

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    This is the sort of midfielder United need:


    Closest player we have to that is Jesse, but without the defensive nous
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    Siorac Full Member

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    It's hard to take you seriously when you say things like Fellaini is more of a goal threat than Rooney...

    The original post you replied to claimed that extending Rooney's contract was a similar mistake back then as extending Fellaini's would be now. And you were simply wrong in claiming that Rooney, back then, could no longer do the things he was good at. He scored 17 league goals the following season. Later he became complete shite, yes, and we kept him around for too long - exactly the mistake we're about to make with Fellaini, except he wasn't very good to begin with.
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    prateik Full Member

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    We miss his 3 lungs.
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    bucky Full Member

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    Would be a very good signing, but I doubt we have a chance. If anything we probably should try for Dani Ceballos.
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    Lawman Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Sorry Devil I really like your posts normally but with Jose thread your hatred of him totally gives you a slanted view so don’t know what to post as you are never going to be balanced or reasonable in this thread so I’ll just leave it.
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    Beaucoup Full Member

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    Will soon change his tune when Jose finally builds his squad and we play scintillating football on our way to the title.
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    Lawman Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    There will be a few to be fair to devil.
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    Dong Fangzhuo Full Member

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    :lol:
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    I've never said that, in fact we already established winning is not the focus for me in this discussion, but like most of what you've written in this bloviated mess of a Mourinho shrine you've shovelled at me, you just made something up to suit your agenda.

    So many excuses, it's pathetic, Pogba is far from perfect, he has flaws, never said he didn't, but if he had a manager that knew how to deal with flair players that need coaching, rather than just grinder dogs that follow orders like drones, maybe things would work better.

    He's used more than 2 formations, but whether you watch the games or just read the results I am starting to wonder, I am guessing maybe it's the latter and that is how you can keep defending this toxic manager. Also, there was a delusional manager with 1 way of playing and he's the best manager in the game sitting 17 points ahead of your boy,. but hey ho, lets just ignore that.


    1 season in a new league and he's scored 1 in 2, and you think it's the same as what he was doing in Brazil, as if that is comparable to the PL, in the exact same post that you talk down about Serie A in comparison to the PL, I'm starting to get your "Just say any old shit" in big blocks of text and hope no one notices.

    No, I was comparing the treatment of young, flawed players, I also mentioned Sane but you of course ducked out of that as it doesn't fit your agenda of three worthless paragraphs.

    Well given the garbage you've written above I'm bored of you and kinda just feel you're on the WUM at this point, so I'm done with you, given your type I know you'll need to get the last word in so you do that, and we'll call it a day.
  10. May 8, 2018

    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    Everything you said about is true for Jose too, he is one of the highest paid manager in the world, has world class facilities and coaching staff. He has spent so much money to sign the players he wanted and the squad which he said was good enough for title challenge in August.

    Blind faith in players is as laughable as blind faith in coach.

    Also he didn't take over squad that finished 7th, 4th, 5th and 6th. Van Gaal had already cleared the squad that finished 7th and reached 4th and 5th (level on points with City). Jose then finished 6th, so using 6th position as something to argue how difficult Jose's job is laughable considering he finished 6th, not previous coaches.

    This season he deserves credit for taking us to 2nd position but rewriting of history and twisting is just hilarious.
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    Doucoure is perfect imo. Not a household name but had a fantastic season in the PL with Watford. Combatative, has the ability to drive forward and a good passing range. Scored 7 goals in the PL this season so seems to tick all the boxes. Him alongside Matic and Pogba would compete against any midfield in the league. (Would be a more sensible buy than someone like Fred as it may take him time to adapt to a new league/culture)
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    catmandeu New Member

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    Well thats my point. I want my defenders to defend and attackers to attack. Now that also means that when needed an attacking player should also try to intercept passes or disposses opposition. Thats why my back four is well invested mobile players with good tackle in them and big lungs to cover the whole ground.

    The good thing about the team i mentioned is that when the team does get possession of the ball, we have enough creative players to keep that possession and build an attack . Right now, if you see pogba and sanchez, two highly creative players eats each others spaces which makes the opposition too easy to mark them. To save them, jose never asks his midfielder to join the traingle, rather asks lukaku to drop deep. What happens is even if we release the ball high up, we either have a wide player or a midfielder who receives the ball and none are lethal from their positions.

    We dont widen the pitch enough when in possession, which makes pur team susceptible for counters in dangerous positions .
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    catmandeu New Member

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    If we really want a midfielder, we need someone who can play as a regista. Pogba is too flashy to play that role even if he has a good range and matic is too stiff. Herrera cannot play as regista as I have never seen that quality in him. If i were a manger with this team and no budget to add anyone, i might try to bring mata in to play as regista or maybe even daley blind and play two central mids like pogba and herrera or lingard. Ofcouse many would say blind in regista role is stupid but when he has been playing consistently, he teamed up well in defence, that means his positioning is good. He was also good in lb, which shows his range is good. What he lacks is pace and registas dont really need pace much like pirlo or modric or our very carrick. Any other enforcer in the team will not solve our problem. James Rodriguez is a good shout too but then he is most like an attacking mid or a second striker.

    Bottomline is if we intend to play a 3 men midfield, we need a regista, if we play a 2 men midfield we need an attacking mid or second striker. Now its upto jose, how he intends to play. In epl a 2 men midfield is sufficient but in europe we need a 3 men midfield.
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    Jonno Full Member

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    I've got an agenda? You are the person whos said you don't care if Manchester United win lose or draw, or win trophies. That my friend is a huge agenda.

    Excuses? Pogba slotted seamlessly into a team that is about to win their SEVENTH Serie A title in a row, with him or without him. He wasn't a crucial part of their team he slotted in as a youngster and played great football in patches. We've had several players like this in the past who haven't gone on to be world class.


    He might switch things to shut out games for 30 mins here or there, but on the whole he has based his season on two formations. One of them Pogba is awful in, and the other Pogba is either awful or brilliant.

    I watch every single game, I often re-watch every single game too. I may be over in Auckland but I wake up whatever time they play, and I was a season ticket holder for 10 years before I left England.

    Again, how is he delusional? Is he delusional the way he's going to get over 80 points in his second season, another cup final, slowly improving the squad with each window? I think you're delusional. You seem to think we're 10th in the league winning nothing and dropping down the table.

    I agree Pep is the best manager in the world, but does that warrant sacking one of the top 3 or 4 managers in the world in Mourinho, because you're jealous of what City have? Ever heard the term cut your nose off to spite your face?

    He's a good player, but I don't see any improvement from when he was scoring for fun in Brazil. The PL is a step up, but walking into one of the best PL sides ever instead of playing for Palmeiras will also help his cause in adjusting to a better league.

    Sane has improved, I like him, he's a good player. I didn't duck out of anything I simply didn't disagree with you so I didn't feel the need to respond. Ronaldo was put on a harsh learning curve at United to stop his diving, step-overs and was often a substitute for the first couple of years. Sound similar to Martial? Despite Ronaldo being twice as talented as Martial at the same age?

    Garbabe? Wum? I'm passionately discussing the club I support. I've defended a manger against unfair criticism where you have an agenda to blame everything on him in some strange attempt to make others believe. The guy has won everywhere he's gone and he's visibly improved the squad, our win rate, scoring rate, goals conceded rate, clean sheet rate, cup win rate, all in under 2 seasons. I'm not saying he's doing an excellent job, he's doing a good, progressive job - yet a tiny section of fans like you think he's doing a bad job. Strange.
  15. May 10, 2018

    Freak Born a freak always a freak.

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    The loudest rumours are on the Sergej and Fred front. I'd be happy going into the new season with our midfield options being:

    Pogba (box-to-box/attacking midfielder)
    Sergej (box-to-box/attacking midfielder)
    Herrera (box-to-box/energy in midfield)
    Fred (box-to-box/energy in midfield)
    Matic (defensive midfielder)
    McTominay (defensive midfielder)

    Assuming that we play a 3 in midfield, then we have enough competition and rotation options.
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    Fer Full Member

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    Who would you use as your playmaker? I mean, a player similar to Kroos, Pjanic, Thiago, etc.
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    Cassidy No longer at risk of being mistaken for a Scouser

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    You don't necessarily have to have one.
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    Freak Born a freak always a freak.

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    Like the above poster has said, you don't need one dedicated playmaker. Everyone shares the burden, not just one player. Matic is well capable of controlling the midfield in our own half as we have already seen many times this season, Pogba and Sanchez can take over in the attacking thirds.
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    Sorry for the bump but feels like this needs to be revisited.
    When we think we've plugged a hole in our squad, another one appears. The gap between our starting midfield players and the bench is too big at the moment. If someone gets injured, it doesn't even look like there's anyone that can do a job. We've spent €200m on the position in two years and still looks like we need to spend a lot more.
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    bond19821982 Full Member

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    We have to give our signings time though. Fred is not a write off yet and Fellaini can still do a decent job as a backup option.

    Least of our concerns, I would say !
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    Judas Open to offers

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    We have a habit of giving players too much time. Fellaini can do a job as a backup, but we need backups that can come in and replace players like Pogba when he gets injured. At the moment, a few injuries to key players and we're fecked.
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    ErranMorad Full Member

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    Definitely need to add a top class player in there to rotate with the top 3. Fellaini, McTommy, Pereira & Fred aren't good enough.
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    red thru&thru Full Member

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    There’s a difference between a whole new midfield three being set up at the same time to one player coming into replace one player from the established three.

    Like Ole said himself, he made too many changes at the same time, which you could tell that it affected the team.
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    sideshow_bob New Member

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    This Leandro Parades guy just reminds me of Carrick so much.

    Obligatory YT video:

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    Dante Bang Average but can post Blindfolded for 15 secs

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    I hope we buy Axel Witsel. And then we play Axel Tuanzebe in defence.

    That way we'll have a central axle made up of Axel's.
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    Hugh Jass Full Member

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    I am prepared to give Fred a few more go's. Did some alright things today, but some woeful things as well. But the whole team was poor bar one or two players.

    His control seems to let him down on occasion. Lack of concentration or nerves perhaps.
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    Tony247 Full Member

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    Why not sign Fabregas for a year or two? He is creative midfielder and can provide good bench strength in key matches.
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    Tony247 Full Member

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    His lack of awareness of opposition player closing down on him is worrying too. And then he can't get the ball out of difficult situation, uncharacteristic for a brazillian player.
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    abdo99 Full Member

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    Midfield is our strongest position on the pitch. Let the funds go towards getting a RW,CB, RB first.
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    Tony247 Full Member

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    Only Pogba is creative midfielder. Rest all are supporting cast. We urgently need someone creative who can replace him in case of injury/suspension.
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    Patrick08 Full Member

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    Nah, it's not. Our attack is still the strongest. We'd loose the midfield battle to the likes of city Tottenham may be Liverpool as well easily. A midfield has to keep control of the game with and without the ball and we are not the sharpest and best at both aspects. Also creativity wise we are very limited and lack depth.
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    Judas Open to offers

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    It just isn't though. We've got barely any depth, and if something happened to Pogba that would be that, we'd be screwed.

    I don't get how many people are seemingly happy with how weak our squad is.
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    I would say CB, FB (either side) and CM. I dont agree that midfield is our strongest position at all squad-wise. We are ridicilously well-stocked going forward and there is no reason why any of Sanchez, Rashford or Martial could play RW if one wants a more "classic" winger than an inverted one.
    We are weak squad-wise at CM though. Mourinho kept Pereira and McTominay around without intending to use anyone of them more regularly. That was a stupid decision to begin with, one of them if not both should have gone on loan this season and we should have gotten one more CM in IMO.
    That has to happen next summer though, I would imagine that Pereira leaves and I really hope that McT goes on loan for his own sake. That leaves two CM-places to be filled so it might not even be enough with one external addition. One could promote a player like Garner I suppose. Let him have a learning year in the squad with the view of loaning him out for some real playing time the year after.
    Still need one established player in at CM IMO, its more important than this "RW" that everyone is going on about.
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    Assuming we lose Herrera for nothing in the summer, Allan would be my first choice replacement.

    Either way, we could probably do with a deep-lying passer - Neves or perhaps Brozovic would fit the bill here.
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    Patrick08 Full Member

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    I am least bothered about loosing Herrera in the summer for free to be fair.
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    red thru&thru Full Member

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    Agree. Some of these skills which I don't believe will be sorted by giving him more time. He does at times just seems as though he's trying to impress too much. He could do with calming down.
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    izec Full Member

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    CB, RW, FB are a must

    another midfielder would be nice, loan out McTominay and sell Fellaini and Pereira will leave on a free. There is room for another player and improvement, we need to nail that midfield signing. That would leave us with Pogba, Herrera, Matic and Fred + X.

    Depends on which type of player we want, but Frenkie De Jong would be my ideal choice and there is really no shortage of talent currently.
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    Zarir Chaudhuri New Member

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    For a holding midfielder in the mould of Matic, I would take someone like Axel Witsel or even Kondogbia who had Pogba in his pocket last season. Just a suggestion of course so don't bash me.
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    Johan07 Full Member

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    So you will get rid of three of our CM-squad players and replace them with one? If we get rid of three we need three in. Thats the reality, we cant go into a season with 5 CM-options. If McT and Pereira leaves I could see us bringing Garner up into the squad but that would be it for young talent for me.
    Still would need two CMs more in.
    It would be seriously expensive to do that, especially wage-wise. And if you also want to upgrade the other positions it will not be doable.
    If we want to do anything like what you are suggesting we are realistically looking at not renewing De Geas contract, getting rid of Sanchez and at least two, probably three of Fellaini, Mata Lukaku and Matic. And keeping Pereira and McT instead.
    Its not realistic.
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    Ace of Spades Full Member

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    We should be looking for a CM, but someone who can control a game and set the tempo. Still, it is something far less important than CBs, a RW and a FB as well.