Why is he an acceptable Matic replacement? He hasn't proven he is good enough at this level yet.This will need to be a long term plan.
January is difficult, so i go:
1 Sean longstaff (yes really) long term matic replacement,
2 Wilf Zaha, with martial moved to #9, we need a left winger and a right, zaha can do both, with sancho on the right ( long term)
+ he wants out of palace.
3: sell the rest of the deadwood.
Can't argue with that really, sounds a plan to me.DM-Florentino Luis: Only just turned 20 but is already displaying signs of being a extremely well rounded DM. Can pass to a very good level, has excellent composure, physically strong and quick and is very strong in the tackle. Looks an absolute monster DM in the making.
CM/AM-Houssem Aouar: Turned 21 in June and has already shown why he's so highly rated at Lyon. Plays as a box to box #8 with excellent ball retention ability under pressure. And off the ball he's a dream for managers who adopt a high pressing style due to his extremely high work rate. Also a very creative player who can break lines with his passing and dribbling and is someone who sure does express himself whilst in possession of the ball which we're lacking. A very well rounded player who would fit into our team like a glove IMO.
RW-Jadon Sancho/Federico Chiesa: I actually wouldn't mind either tbh. Both players are extremely talented and I would be overjoyed if we signed either one. Chiesa is excellent on the ball and has a brilliant first touch and reminds me somewhat of the former Arsenal great Robert Pires in some ways. Excellent technique when it comes to dribbling, good pace and a real know how in one v ones whilst in possession playing on the wing. Also comes with the added bonus of being very adept at pressing from the front which makes Chiesa a real gem IMO. Sancho we all know about.
Strengthening the aforementioned positions with those players would IMO galvanise our team.
Sanches is more box to box in comparison IMO and relied alot on his physical strength and acceleration when coming through the youth ranks, which caught up with him in the mens game. With the benefit of hindsight I'd say he was quite limited as a CM.Can't argue with that really, sounds a plan to me.
Only one I've seen nothing of is Luis, although I know he's been hyped for a little while now. Any worries about him following in the footsteps of Sanches?
Cool, thanks for that. Having scurried away to watch some highlight vids I agree that he definitely looks a fantastic prospect.Sanches is more box to box in comparison IMO and relied alot on his physical strength and acceleration when coming through the youth ranks, which caught up with him in the mens game. With the benefit of hindsight I'd say he was quite limited as a CM.
Florentino Luis at 20 is showing signs of developing into a very mobile #6 with excellent passing ability, excellent tackling and a fantastic ability to anticipate and block passing lanes, which is quite rare to see in such a young player. If he can carry on developing the way he has, then I foresee a player with huge potential due to his mobility, ground coverage and excellent ability to tackle which is very similar to our very own AWB. Then you have his ability to pass at a very high level long or short, which makes him a very very interesting option for us as a #6/DM.
Get two decent central midfielders in and then play PP as a 10.If Ole's insisiting on sticking to this 4-2-3-1 formation then a new no.10 is a top priority - Lingard and Mata aren't good enough.
I like them both as squad players but we need more creative quality in that position.
Why is he unrealistic ? Dortmund will sell if they get a high bid - Sancho knows a lot of our players and have lived in Manchester. I am not saying we are his first choice (I am not that naive) - but how many other clubs than us can both attract him and afford him ? 6-7 ?Exactly this, he's the most sought after young winger in world football right now. Far from realistic.
That's a good lineup but I wouldn't get Chilwell especially with Brandon Williams coming through. Also, I don't think Rashford is good enough as a LW or a ST. In fact, Rashford hasn't proven much. He's more an off the bench player. Fabian Ruiz, Jadon Sancho and a CDM like Thomas Partey would benefit us.****** Mauricio Pochettino ****
2.) Jadon Sancho
3.) Fabian Ruiz
4.) Ben Chillwell
AWB - Linderlof - Maguire - Chillwell
Mctominay/Fred - Fabian Ruiz
Sancho - Pogba - Rashford
Dalot - Tuanzebe - Bailey - Shaw
Garner - Pereira
Chong - Gomes - James
Yea, I was thinking about which youth Lb we had at United. Completely forget about Brandon Williams.That's a good lineup but I wouldn't get Chilwell especially with Brandon Williams coming through. Also, I don't think Rashford is good enough as a LW or a ST. In fact, Rashford hasn't proven much. He's more an off the bench player. Fabian Ruiz, Jadon Sancho and a CDM like Thomas Partey would benefit us.
I find that a tod pessimistic, 4 games into the season, United 2 points behind forth place, and with two of the contenders behind on the table. Not to mention that United have missed 2 penalties and been unlucky not to win all games. Sign.Similar to the end of last season, we need a right winger (preferably left footed), and midfielder (preferably two).
Having got rid of Lukaku and Smalling, it would also be nice to have cover for forward positions and either a CB, either as cover or a partner for Maguire.
I don't see us being able to get Sancho (no CL, no title prospects, no big-name manager), he's not realistic to me.
In Ajax's last CL run, Ziyech seemed to be a good left-footed winger. Maybe Draxler.
I think we need both a defensive midfielder (McTominay isn't that good) and a passer behind Pogba. If we're lucky, we find a Carrick who can do both. Any one of Verrati, Paredes, Neves or Pjanic for the passing role. This guy (Tousart) looks like a fairly impressive DM+passer. Ndidi for a purely defensive option.