5 signings to make us title contenders

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    charlenefan Far less insightful than the other Charley

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    The snag is you're only allowed to make signings from the PL and clubs outside of the top 6. Can it be done?
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    Havak Pokemon master

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    Judging from most people's comments on this forum I'm not sure. My first question is, do we even have six players in our squad that can make our first XI title challengers if these five 'title worthy' signings come in?
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    Murder on Zidane's Floor You'd better not kill Giroud

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    Neves - Wolves
    Ndidi - Leicester
    Pereira - Leicester
    Felipe Anderson - West Ham
    Zaha - Crystal Palace
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    OleGunnar20 Full Member

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    I'd say probably no, but hey ho bit of fun ey.

    I'd go:

    Neves
    Doucoure
    Wan-Bissaka
    Brooks
    Maguire

    Lacklustre would be the word I think.
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    balaks Full Member

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    If it was me I'd probably say something like this:

    Zaha
    Maddison
    Sessengon
    Evans
    Maguire
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    OleGunnar20 Full Member

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    Good shout actually, forgot about him.
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    Paul_Scholes18 Full Member

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    We need to improve and play better as a team. If we manage to do that then 5 players might be enough. Although we might need some luck with injuries.

    I would then want

    attacking Right back
    holding creative midfielder
    Box-box attacking midfielder
    creative right winger
    world class striker


    If we get 5 players that all start to perform for us then we could win the league no doubt. I don't see us getting those 5 players though. One world class attacker say Hazard or Mbappe might be enough to see us win many more games against the weaker teams which would be enough to challenge if we can tactically do well in the big games.

    To beat City will be hard though and yes we need a much stronger squad to be as good as them.
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    Jacob Full Member

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    Chicharito
    Zaha
    Evans
    Barsdsley
    Cleverley
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    mitchmouse Full Member

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    that's the list Zaha deserves to be in. so overrated
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    harms Shining Star of Paektu Mountain Staff

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    No, I really don’t think so.
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    Emmet Sweaty Foot Monster

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    Get rid of all the dead wood and lazy brutes we have and take a few years to rebuild.

    Docoure
    Wan Bissaka
    Maddison/Brooks
    F. Anderson
    Cant think of a centre back
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    andersj Nick Powell Expert

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    Maguire
    Pereira
    Rice
    Maddison
    Brooks
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    abdo99 Full Member

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    wan Bissaka
    Doucure
    Maddisson
    Jimenez
    F Anderson
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    buckooo1978 Full Member

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    no I dont think it can be done - I'd take 5 from this 6

    RB - Wan Bissaka
    CB - Maguire
    CM - Neves/Rice
    WF - Zaha/Anderson

    couple of good signings in there but we need elite attacking players - Felipe Anderson is probably the best of the bunch

    Maddison maybe makes a list, Jimenez too
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    BlackBen New Member

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    • Felipe Anderson
    • Neves
    • Bissaka
    • Doucoure
    • Richarlison
    I like Mitrovic and I'll take him as back up.

    Line up would be:


    De Gea

    AWB Lindelof Smalling Shaw

    Neves

    Doucoure Pogba

    Anderson Rashford Richarlison

    A little bit underwhelming I know but has potential to win it in the future.
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    Havak Pokemon master

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    If I had to give it a go...

    Wan-Bissaka (Right Back) - Crystal Palace
    Rice (Midfield) - West Ham OR Neves (Midfield) - Wolves
    Doucoure (Midfield) - Watford
    Felipe Anderson (Forward) - West Ham

    These guys are possibilities IMO, but I honestly do not think there is a Centreback better than Smalling outside of the top six no matter who I look at. Even in this scenario you've made, I'd have to break the rules and pick Alderweireld since he looks destined to leave Spurs anyway.

    de Gea
    Wan-Bissaka Lindelof Alderweireld Shaw
    Rice/Neves
    Doucoure Pogba
    F.Anderson Rashford Martial​
    [/spolier]
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    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    We can improve and become a future title contender with this probably but not next season.
    • Neves
    • Wan Bissaka
    • Rice
    • Felipe Anderson (not super crazy about him but still an improvement at right wing)
    • Who is the best all round CB in the prem outside top 6?
    We definitely do. If we're looking at ~2 years from now (imo the soonest we can aim for a proper title challenge as next season is for sure transition with all the changes), then De Gea, Shaw, Lindelof, Dalot, Pogba, Rashford and Martial can all stay in the first 11 (or hopefully Dalot potential wise). Just needs the right signings to compliment them. A world class CB, 2 top midfielders and a top class right winger like Sancho could well do it. But we have to get all 4 of them spot on and have everything else progress normally.

    Like if we get a Van Dijk type impact in defence from any CB, get 2 midfielders who really know how to control games and have excellent technique, then we'll be pretty much ready to just get that missing piece in attack on the right.
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    TRUERED89 New Member

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    :lol: God I've missed Evans & Clevz
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    RB - Wan Bisakka - massive improvement at RB
    CB - Maguire - Decent defender, better than Smalling? Maybe on the ball.
    CDM - Neves - Perfect Matic replacement
    CM - Gomes - would offer more than Herrera going forwards
    RW - Zaha - Not his prefered position, but i think he'd do great there.

    Honestly i think with a balanced RHS, and some creativity in midfield other than from Pogba, we could actually make a title challenge.

    Others who would improve squad options - Periera, Ndidi, Tielsman, Dacoure, Felipe Anderson, Richarlison, Deuolfou, Rice, Brooks.
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    AgentP Full Member

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    Nice thread idea!

    Deolefeu
    Pereira
    Neves
    Richarlison
    Maguire


    The line up would be

    De Gea
    Pereira Lindelof Maguire Shaw
    Neves
    McT Pogba
    Deolefeu Rashford Richarlison
    I still don't think it would be enough to win the league because the front 3 are not consistent enough.
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    Maddison
    Neves
    Digne (does he count? He's on loan at one of the clubs. If he doesnt count then Ndidi)
    Brooks
    Bednarek
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    Wan Bissaka
    Maguire
    Neves
    Zaha
    Vardy (its a push and a risk but to be a title contender we need a consistent goalscorer and I can't think of anyone more consistent over a few seasons outside the top 6).
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    Havak Pokemon master

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    I think it's possible if we buy players from abroad. As you suggest in the CB position and I did above, there isn't a CB better than Smalling/Lindelof, or at least, if people rate Maguire I don't think he is a significant enough improvement to see us finish on more points than we would with the best pair we currently have. There are also obviously far better right forward / winger type players available elsewhere as well. I don't think we can poach players from Premier League teams and expect to challenge for the title, but Wan-Bissaka, Neves, Aderweireld, Rice and Doucoure are players who I think we could get and wouldn't be opposed to us signing any of them in the Summer.

    However, despite me saying that, I always felt that Fergie tried to get the 'next best thing' or a rival player from a Premier League side when possible to push us on for the next challenge, so maybe it is the best way to get closer to winning the League? You can rattle off a big list of Premier League players that Sir Alex signed which improved our squad and helped us greatly in our successful periods (Cantona, Keane, Pallister, Carrick, Valencia, Tevez, Berbatov, van Persie etc).

    Liverpool bought Mane and van Dijk for example and that seems to have worked. City with Stones, Walker, and Sterling has definitely been key in their title wins too.
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    Nr.7 New Member

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    van Dijk
    Sterling
    De Bruyne
    Mbappe
    Messi
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    van Nistelrooy Full Member

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    Aaron Wan-Bissaka
    Rúben Neves
    Abdoulaye Doucouré
    James Maddison
    Callum Wilson

    I imagine only AWB and Neves would be the only players we would have an interest in. AWB would certainly take the right-back slot and Neves would take the deeper role in centre midfield.

    For me, I'd take Doucouré and move Pogba on ASAP. Say what you want, but Pogba is no where near consistent enough to warrant the circus he brings with him. I think many would be surprised to see how well Doucouré could do here in comparison to Pogba.

    Maddison has been bery impressive so far at Leicester and would certainly be an upgrade over Lingard or Mata. His set-piece ability also makes him an added threat. Finally, I can't believe Callum Wilson has not been linked with us considering we could do with an upgrade upfront. Certainly far more clinical than Lukaku and Rashford.
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    Rifer Full Member

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    Cool, fun topic. :smirk:

    1. Wan Bissaka (RB, Crystal Palace)
    2. Maguire (CB, Leicester)
    3. Brooks (CAM, Bournemouth)
    4. Richarlison (ATK, Everton)
    5. Sessegnoon (LW/LB, Fulham)
    6. Doucore (CM, Watford)

    DEF ++ (AWB and Maguire)
    Potential ++++ (4 young players with good potentials)

    *Doucore is a nice versatile squad player with good workrate and decent goals/assists.

    EDIT: Still weak though. Title contender? Way off for next season. Future seasons maybe. Unless we pull a Leicester. :devil:
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    TRUERED89 New Member

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    Guess you didn't read the OP, Only PL teams and they have to be outside top 6:smirk:
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    Nr.7 New Member

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    Haha to be fair, I didn’t.

    I was wondering why people rate the likes of Maguire so much :)
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    Those are all nicknames of Leicester players
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    Do people seriously think that all those players would make United compete with City and Liverpool? Half of them wouldn't make their bench let alone first XI.

    Ole must be an absolute genius to cope with those players. Most of them are not clearly better than what we already have. It's only because they play regularly and for smaller teams that helps them stand out.
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    It can be done. This squad has not maxed out it's potential due to poor coaching under Mourinho. Plenty of room for improvement.
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    RB: Ricardo Pereira.
    CB: Nathan Ake.
    CM: Doucoure
    CM: Pereyra
    Attacking player: Deulofeu
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    No. I dont even think 5 realistic signings overall (in and outside of PL) would make us title contenders next season. We need much more than only signings.

    As people mentioned most of the names above me, there are some good players in the league that could help us improve though
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    RB: Wan Bissaka
    CB: Maguire
    MF: Moutinho
    RW: Zaha
    ST: Richarlison
    RW: Ryan Fraser
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    dwd Saturday Night Spies

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    Besides Leicester, has it ever been done where a team so far off the pace goes on to win it the season after?
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    haram New Member

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    Nope.
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    andersj Nick Powell Expert

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    Chelsea, the year after.
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    ......................................De Gea...............................
    Wan Bissika.........Lindeloff..............Maguire...........Shaw
    ............................Matic..................Neves......................
    .......................................Pogba......................................
    Lingaard...........................Rashford.........................Martial

    Romero, Bailly, Dalot, Rice, Fred, Zaha, Lukaku
    Grant, Smalling, Young, Mctominy, Periera, Sanchez, Greenwood

    With Jones, Laird, Garner, Gomez chong kicking about as well *well when jones isnt injured)

    Not sure it would be enough to challenge for the title and would still probably cost something like £250m? so probably far better value signings to be had from elsewhere
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    dwd Saturday Night Spies

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    Post the Jose meltdown?