Recent content by Ash_G

  1. Jadon Sancho | 2022/23 Performances

    I don't really have an issue with Sancho. Yes you'd like more from such an expensive player but at least with him I feel like he's making smart decisions, retains the ball and feel like he's adding to the team overall. I think there is more to come from him whether or not he lives up to the...
  2. McFred as a midfield duo heading into 2022/23 season

    Have said it before but if Fred is our best cm then we've got an issue. I think it's fine for him to be a starter but he needs to be playing with someone better than him and that's not McT. Also those two plus Bruno is a problem as they all give the ball away cheaply albeit for different...
  3. Donny van de Beek | 2022/23 Performances

    Was hoping he could step up and had more to his game on the ball but not sure. We're not good enough to carry him as someone who's more effective of the ball then on it and he's not good enough to justify that role. Don't think it's over just yet though as he does get stuck in and actually even...
  4. Will this set of players under ETH struggle for goals WITHOUT Ronaldo?

    I feel there's two different points: 1) Does Ronaldo playing the way he does lead to the sum of the "parts" being greater than or less than the individual parts 2) Do we think the other "parts" can step up I don't doubt that incorporating Ronaldo narrows down the versatility of our play however...
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Out)

    Yeah I think "love" might be a strong word for how he views us but I don't doubt there's an affinity there but it's just nowhere near valuing himself and what he wants and to be honest I don't really have an issue with that. We'd all love to have players who want to live and die for the shirt...
  6. Marcus Rashford | 2021/22 Performances

    Agree with this, Rashford hasn't sufficiently developed his game either to make himself undroppable on the left or to give himself the skills to contribute consistently in other positions.
  7. Juan Mata | 2021/22 Performances

    I'll certainly be sad to see him go and sit in the camp of feeling that we've wasted him. Clearly he doesn't have, and hasn't had, the athleticism to play every game, particularly given the problems we have throughout the team, but I definitely think we could have made more use of him and he is...
  8. Let’s not make Europe next season

    It's an interesting one. We should always be trying to win what we can but if we're going to see the volume of player exits we expect to then I think having a smaller squad and relying on youngsters to fill gaps might not be the worst thing and allow a more orderly transition of the squad. That...
  9. Bruno Fernandes’ “Bad Season”

    One think I notice with him is that it looks like every time he makes a mistake his first instinct is to have a go at someone else- never a good sign. I don't think his issues are anything to do with the players around him, he is just essentially a wild card. Capable of the brilliant but also...
  10. Ralf Rangnick | ex-interim manager | does anyone rate him?

    I think the impact he's had has been disappointing and whilst I didn't think Ole was right for the job I'm also not convinced we're in a better position than had he stayed. That said the issues that are costing us do overall feel like player issues than something he could massively impact. He...
  11. Ralf Rangnick | ex-interim manager | does anyone rate him?

    There's certainly a fitness angle to it but I really hope he's also able to do something about the mentality when we get a goal. There has got to be a middle ground we can find between being far too passive and inviting pressure when we get a goal (as repeatedly happened against Spurs and many...
  12. Marcus Rashford | 2021/22 Performances

    Said it before but it's not just Rashford's poor play which has been highlighted many times now that's an issue it's the combination of Rashford, Bruno, Pogba and Ronaldo in one team. Yes occasionally it'll click and look good but too often all of their various weaknesses will be on show and...
  13. Our technical level, what do you make of it?

    It's hard to tell how much is technique vs how much is us always trying to go from 0-100 when we get the ball. There's clearly some players who aren't great on the ball, and too many who are careless but I think all of it is magnified by 1. Not being patient enough when we get the ball and 2...
  14. Bruno Fernandes | 2021/22 Performances

    I don't disagree with this personally and in particular I think the issue is compounded as we don't have the right mix of players at all. Bruno is a wild card and if you have him I think you need players around him who are sensible and will keep him in check/calm him down. Instead we've got...
  15. Jesse Lingard | 2021/22 Performances

    Am not a fan of Lingard but also can acknowledge he's not a terrible player who couldn't have a role in the squad (if he was staying). I didn't think he was particularly good today but he's not played much and conditions were tough so was understandable. To be honest I don't mind him/Elanga...