Agreed.We're still going to see a lot of starts for players who clearly aren't good enough. The fixture congestion for this season is obscene and we can't keep playing the same 11 over and over without them burning out. I admire the optimism shown, but I don't feel the same. We simply don't have the quality to maintain a top 4 place as well as a CL/cup run.
We can't play our trio attacker week in week out in the CL and PL so surely Lingard, Mata, James will get a lot of minutes. I'm really happy with the signing of VDB partly because it means I probably won't have to see Pereira playing for us again.
I really wish we could add a decent RW before the season start. That way we can rotate our trio and limit the presence of Lingard, Mata, James to one per game. Having two of those start in a match basically means death to our attack. Tbh one is already destructive enough.