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He's posted Rio's interview about the comparison's to Ronaldo on his instagram story.

He's certainly aware of the hype around him, and he isn't hiding away from the fact that he knows about it too.

Excited to say the very least. Some players could shy away from that comparison and saying that he's his own player etc etc. He seems to embrace the fact people are referring to him as the second coming of Ronnie.
 

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Doubt it. 4 forwards?
Not unless we are desperately chasing a game but we’ve seen this before where players just end up taking up each other’s spaces.
It's not really any different than Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Greenwood which has been our first choice line-up for most of the time since lockdown. If anything Diallo seems more of a winger and less of a forward than Greenwood.
 

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Doubt it. 4 forwards?
Not unless we are desperately chasing a game but we’ve seen this before where players just end up taking up each other’s spaces.
Umm we’ve had this type of forward line since January. Three forwards and Bruno as CAM.

Rashford Martial Greenwood
Bruno

Martial Cavani Rashford
Bruno

Why would having:
Rashford Cavani Diallo
Bruno
Be any different
 

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This lad can actually assist from the right. Cant wait. Cavani should thrive with danger either side. Also the 3rd left footed player in the squad. We need one more I think. Even a left footed prospect to rotate on the left or provide width instead of constantly cutting in. Maybe diallo can do that some games but he seems to be a lot more comfortable on the right cutting in...
Er... Shaw, Telles, Matic, Fred, Greenwood (both, but left is his preferred) That’s 5 just off the top of my head
 
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This lad can actually assist from the right. Cant wait. Cavani should thrive with danger either side. Also the 3rd left footed player in the squad. We need one more I think. Even a left footed prospect to rotate on the left or provide width instead of constantly cutting in. Maybe diallo can do that some games but he seems to be a lot more comfortable on the right cutting in...
Shaw, Telles, Matic, Fred, Mata, Greenwood are all left-footed. Unless you meant third left footed forward?
 

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Umm we’ve had this type of forward line since January. Three forwards and Bruno as CAM.

Rashford Martial Greenwood
Bruno

Martial Cavani Rashford
Bruno

Why would having:
Rashford Cavani Diallo
Bruno

Be any different
Because you suggested Rash, Cavani,Martial and Diallo which is absurd especially if we throw Bruno into the mix.
Thank god our sides aren’t picked by posters.
 

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Because you suggested Rash, Cavani,Martial and Diallo which is absurd especially if we throw Bruno into the mix.
Thank god our sides aren’t picked by posters.
He posted Bruno, Rashford, Cavani and Diallo. Not Martial. Unless he had Martial originally and edited it quickly before you quoted him (as you don't have Martial in your quoted post either).
 

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He's posted Rio's interview about the comparison's to Ronaldo on his instagram story.

He's certainly aware of the hype around him, and he isn't hiding away from the fact that he knows about it too.

Excited to say the very least. Some players could shy away from that comparison and saying that he's his own player etc etc. He seems to embrace the fact people are referring to him as the second coming of Ronnie.
Watch him be the second coming of Obertan
 

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He posted Bruno, Rashford, Cavani and Diallo. Not Martial. Unless he had Martial originally and edited it quickly before you quoted him (as you don't have Martial in your quoted post either).
He must have. The original had Martial
 

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Ronaldo was a bit like Pogba in his early years at Juventus. The talent was clearly there and once on the pitch he would instantly improve the first team (whom at the time was devoid of a quality RW having lost Beckham). However if we really needed to improve the boy then we had to take it slow by rewarding him when he's doing the right thing while punishing him (ie sending him on the bench) when his immaturity took over his better sense. This is where United succeeded and Juventus failed. United focused on the kid. They did what its best for him and he ultimately became the best player in the world. Juventus built the team around a young Pogba which meant that he didn't need to bother to remove his bad habits at all. Who gives a feck about Pogba dilly dallying when you had a prime Vidal winning the ball left right and centre and Pirlo's magic that could make the impossible happen?
I don't know if I agree, it seems rather hindsight 20/20-ish for me.

I guess we will never really know how much of an impact the structure at United had on him, as a player and as a human. I know that he has very high regard for SAF, and I love that video after the Euro's I think when his eyes light up as he sees SAF on his way to the trophy presentation.

I just would assume that it was mostly down to Ronaldo having personal drive and competitiveness that is out of this world, and that set him apart even amongst other professional athletes. I think even other alpha males were impressed by how hard he worked and how fanatical he was. I think this would have happened no matter what club he was at from 18 to 24 or whatever.
 

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What I do particularly like, skill apart, is the ability to know when to release the ball, and it's perfectly weighted
Yeah that is a very useful skill to have and something that the likes of Mason still need to work on in my opinion
 

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This lad can actually assist from the right. Cant wait. Cavani should thrive with danger either side. Also the 3rd left footed player in the squad. We need one more I think. Even a left footed prospect to rotate on the left or provide width instead of constantly cutting in. Maybe diallo can do that some games but he seems to be a lot more comfortable on the right cutting in...
He is the 5th left footed player. And even 6th if you count Rojo

Shaw
Matic
Telles
Greenwood
Rojo
Diallo
 

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Terry compares his style of play to Rashford in that he tends to make the decision to shoot (despite being in a bad position) rather than cross/pass. But I can only assume that such poor decision-making will be cut to as they mature.
 

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There are no proper RW in the first XI so there is a real opportunity for either him/Pallestri to make this spot their own, however it still feels like it's going to take either of them performing exceptionally training to get that chance with where we are right now.
 

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If Diallo can have the impact as the young Januzaj did in the breakthrough season, I guess most of us will be extremely satisfied. Let’s wait and see.
 

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Armand Daillo is a very good winger of football
Would be amazing if he could blow Ole away in training these next couple of weeks and he decides to still give him a debut in the next round of the cup despite it being against the scousers
 

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Would be amazing if he could blow Ole away in training these next couple of weeks and he decides to still give him a debut in the next round of the cup despite it being against the scousers
Considering his main competitor is Daniel James, if he could run with his head up in training then Ole should be blown away very easily. "Look at that kid, he doesn't run like a bull chasing a matador, wow"
 

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Considering his main competitor is Daniel James, if he could run with his head up in training then Ole should be blown away very easily. "Look at that kid, he doesn't run like a bull chasing a matador, wow"
Very true but doesn't feel like Ole wants to upset the harmony of the team
 

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There are no proper RW in the first XI so there is a real opportunity for either him/Pallestri to make this spot their own, however it still feels like it's going to take either of them performing exceptionally training to get that chance with where we are right now.
I still think Greenwood can be our Salah on the right wing. We're not looking for a David Beckham out there in a 4-3-3. I don't see why Greenwood can't do what Salah does and why people can't see that.

Maybe he needs to grow out his hair to an early Krusty years style so people can catch on.

He does go missing out there but that's much more to do with his work rate rather than the position he's playing. He won't get away with his work rate in any position but he's got the technique, dribbling skills and shooting ability to be a prolific right sided forward.

Diallo looks like a Mahrez type. Very tricky and hopefully another good option out there. If he does prove to be close to of that calibre then we might be okay for attacking options for a couple of years.
 
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I still think Greenwood can be our Salah on the right wing. We're not looking for a David Beckham out there in a 4-3-3. I don't see why Greenwood can't do what Salah does and why people can't see that.

Maybe he needs to grow out his hair to an early Krusty years style so people can catch on.

He does go missing out there but that's much more to do with his work rate rather than the position he's playing. He won't get away with his work rate in any position but he's got the technique, dribbling skills and shooting ability to be a prolific right sided forward.

Diallo looks like a Mahrez type. Very tricky and hopefully another good option out there. If he does prove to be close to of that calibre then we might be okay for attacking options for a couple of years.
Greenwood doesn't have Salah's pace and is some way off his dribbling at the moment. Whilst he protects the ball well enough, his success rate when driving at players isn't very good.
 

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Nani was mostly inconsistent and frustrating when he was on the left. He was always more consistent on the right, highlighted by the only season he was given a good run there he was the best player in the league, led us to the title and was battling with Di Maria to be the best winger in the world not named Messi or Ronaldo.

Unfortunately he spent the majority of his time with us on the left because Valencia could only play on the right. As much as I like Valencia I've always felt that was one of Fergie's biggest mistakes in his latter years. Sacrificed the better player to try to get them both in the team. In hindsight perhaps the best thing to do would have been to move Valencia back to fullback earlier and let them both play on that side together.
I never felt Valencia was good enough to be a first team regular. He was a player for 442 in an era of 4231/433.
 

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Dunno if it's already been covered but is he eligible to feature against Burnley tonight?
 

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I never felt Valencia was good enough to be a first team regular. He was a player for 442 in an era of 4231/433.
He absolutely was for a period. Team of the Year in his debut season, Player of the Year in 2012. His productivity was blunted after he was shunted to right back in 2013 for the last few years of his career with us which taints people's memories of him. But he was a really good winger for a while.
 

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He absolutely was for a period. Team of the Year in his debut season, Player of the Year in 2012. His productivity was blunted after he was shunted to right back in 2013 for the last few years of his career with us which taints people's memories of him. But he was a really good winger for a while.
I’d take a peak Valencia for our right side now but he was never world class or even showed signs of being world class. Half the player Nani was around the same time
 

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Well if you don’t know then you can’t level that at me!
Just going on the proof available. It’s far more likely than them editing it in the half a second between you reading and clicking reply. When I also think, and I’d need a mod to correct me if I’m wrong here, unless the page has been refreshed when you click reply you quote the post as it appears when you read it. As the script is pretty much just copying and pasting it in the text box at the bottom of the screen.
 

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I’d take a peak Valencia for our right side now but he was never world class or even showed signs of being world class. Half the player Nani was around the same time
Half the player is pushing it to the extreme. Valencia was much better at ball retention, pass completion rate and was Mr. Dependable while still being productive in a possession based United team. They had a fairly even number of assists up until Valencia became a right back. Nani was much more explosive though and his ceiling was a lot higher, but his lows were also lower to the point where he'd be a detriment to the team at times (mindlessly losing the ball against Chelsea in the semis in the last minute of the game from which they go on to score and knock us out). It's sexy flair and explosiveness vs. boring dependability and consistency so it's easy to look back on Nani more favourably.

I'd probably take Nani if given the choice, depending on the context of the game at hand. I don't think Nani ever maintained his peak long enough to qualify him as 'world class', though.
 

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Half the player is pushing it to the extreme. Valencia was much better at ball retention, pass completion rate and was Mr. Dependable while still being productive in a possession based United team. They had a fairly even number of assists up until Valencia became a right back. Nani was much more explosive though and his ceiling was a lot higher, but his lows were also lower to the point where he'd be a detriment to the team at times (mindlessly losing the ball against Chelsea in the semis in the last minute of the game from which they go on to score and knock us out). It's sexy flair and explosiveness vs. boring dependability and consistency so it's easy to look back on Nani more favourably.

I'd probably take Nani if given the choice, depending on the context of the game at hand. I don't think Nani ever maintained his peak long enough to qualify him as 'world class', though.
Valencia wasted countless great positions by stopping and passing backwards. He had no skill at all. I always felt he was very fortunate with his number of assists as their was no real quality in his delivery. It was either floated or drilled into defenders shins. He’s the most one footed player I’ve ever seen. Nani suffered because he had to play left to accommodate Valencia. He was miles better.
 

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So I'm now a bit confused from the posts here, maybe people can clarify: is he the next Ronaldo, or the next Messi?