Recent content by lex talionis

  1. How does Greenwood compare with Owen and Rooney as teens?

    Agree with this. I'm old enough to have seen all three grow up, as well as Ronaldo. Posters forget how streaky Rooney was. He'd go on a savage 6-8 game run and then go cold for 6-8 games, for years. I wouldn't say he was injury prone, but you also wouldn't say that he was a model fitness...
  2. Phil Jones | 2019/20 Performances

    A player has to take some responsibility himself for the numerous injuries he suffers. Not all, clearly, but Jones was far too reckless on the pitch and brought much of this on himself. He'll live a comfortable life, but what a waste of a career.
  3. Alexis Sánchez | 2019/20 Performances

    The move for Sanchez, followed by wrecking Martial's soul, was really atrocious stuff by Mourinho. Sanchez had been brilliant for Arsenal for several years, but hadn't he turned to trash for quite some time before we brought him to Old Trafford?
  4. Alexis Sánchez | 2019/20 Performances

    Word is, Sanchez has actually pretty decent for Inter. Still, it's best for all parties that we send off Sanchez as soon as possible, with hopefully no residual wage obligations whatsoever.
  5. Jadon Sancho - United in advanced negotiations per Fabrizio Romano

    I'd love to see the acquisition happens sooner rather than later. I'm sure this has been asked and answered before here, but I haven't noticed it. If we brought in Sancho today would he be eligible to help us wrap up EL play this month?
  6. Willian - worth a punt?

    If Sancho is coming, then no to Willian. But if not, and for whatever reason we need to wait another season for Sancho, then a punt on Sancho wouldn't have been such a bad idea at all. There's a sense out there that we're also bringing in Grealish. I'm on board with bringing in Grealish as a...
  7. Did the signings of Zlatan and Lukaku stall Rashford and Martial's development?

    Point taken. But might that have been the only goal against in a crucial match against a top opponent he ever faced as a United man? The bigger shame was Zlatan going down. We played everything through him and he was brilliant for us. A shame that in the end there was no way to keep Zlatan...
  8. Is Daniel James set to become our best signing since RVP?

    A loan would be best for all parties. The jump from Championship to United is massive and it’s clear that he needs an environment where he can grow and succeed. Let’s see what James can do with a newly promoted club or an Everton before we potentially crush him with the weight of expectations...
  9. Rooney: SAF got his tactics wrong against Barcelona

    It was said at the time that Barcelona 2011 was the greatest football side — club or national team — ever assembled. Barcelona 2009 wasn’t that far off. They would have overcome any tactics we threw at them, but it is a shame we made it easier for them to dismember us.
  10. We're a dark horse in next season's CL

    Dark horse is about right. We’re nowhere close to being a favorite, but you also wouldn’t bet everything you had on us not pulling off a Monaco or Porto type run. We need 2-3 additions to the starting XI and better depth on the bench. And better in-game management by Ole, whose substitution...
  11. Apart from his passing, what did Smalling actually do wrong? And are you against him coming back next season?

    Me too, except I wouldn't get your hopes up too high that we're going to upgrade Shaw and De Gea. That's a bridge too far and there aren't many realistic options anyway even if you're down on both of them. On the concern regarding Smalling's limited passing ability, I hope we start moving away...
  12. The disrespect of Nemanja Matic

    Nope. Overall, he's just fantastic. But don't expect him to be able to maintain fantastic form twice a week for more than a month or two. The problem we need to solve is who to replace Matic with when he's given all he can give and he's just about to revert to being just ok. As for the 90...
  13. Apart from his passing, what did Smalling actually do wrong? And are you against him coming back next season?

    If Smalling is willing to accept a rotational, rather than nailed on regular starter, role for United, I'd definitely bring him back and spend -- if we need to -- a massive sum next summer. Smalling is flawed, but he's better than Lindelof in his defending, but worse than Lindelof in his...
  14. Did the signings of Zlatan and Lukaku stall Rashford and Martial's development?

    As fantastic as Zlatan was for us, we reverted to relying on him too much to win a trophy when we really should have been focusing on developing team chemistry that was sustainable for a 2-3 year run for CL and even CL trophies. It was sensational to watch Zlatan rule the pitch, but everyone...
  15. Centre Back... Who do we go for?

    "Never" is a strong word, but it is fair to acknowledge that he's injury prone. Yet Bailly has played well when fit, and we can't really say that a head injury is proof of anything. I wouldn't close the door on him just yet, but at the same we can't bank on him being fit for an entire season...