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VP89

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Hes still pretty good. Loved him yesterday and he was getting back into the swing of things before the injury too
 

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There must be a player out there that has his ball playing ability (doesn't even have to be as great) but can also physically get about.
 

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Mainoo, I'm convinced is going to replace Casemiro long term, becoming our Rodri/Kante in the process.
That would be a waste, imho. He has good vision, very good passer and engine. I'm actually convinced his best position is that Eriksen's (under EtH), making good of his deep and advanced playmaking.

Globally, I'm thinking of him similar to Modric.
 
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That would be a waste, imho. He has good vision, very good passer and engine. I'm actually convinced his best position is that Eriksen's (under EtH), making good of his deep and advanced playmaking.

Globally, I'm thinking of him similar to Modric.
truth be told. Even if this kid plays deeper than that he is destined to run and playmake games at the Effenberg/Modric level. He clearly has "the sauce" such players have. The only thing left is for him to fulfill that potential.
 

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Lightweight as per usual. He shouldn’t be at the club next season, let alone after January
 

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Lacked quality on the ball today, which caused us real issues. I don’t think he can play two matches in a week anymore.
 

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He can't be our best midfielder to being finished within 4 days. Didn't play well today but he's better than that.
 

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He didn’t play well today but his minutes need to be managed. He looked like he couldn’t run.
 

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He's so bloody inconsistent. Strange for a player his age.
It’s entirely down to his gas tank. He can’t play more than 60 mins of top level football, probably more than once a week, realistically.

His technical abilities on the ball are still very sharp. He’s great with the ball at both feet, and his set pieces and generally strong. He’s a totally non entity off the ball, and he can’t physically play as long as you need him to.

Of all our midfielders, he probably has the most traits appropriate for a good level no.8, but even he is still so far away from what we truly need.
 

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It’s a strange thing to get annoyed about but I can’t stand the way he thinks his left foot is so good. He ruins so many promising situations by trying overly-ambitious shots, crosses and long passes with his left. Brainless.
 

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Runs for maybe 15-20 mins then is just walking. The guy is done, get fecking rid
 

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It’s entirely down to his gas tank. He can’t play more than 60 mins of top level football, probably more than once a week, realistically.

His technical abilities on the ball are still very sharp. He’s great with the ball at both feet, and his set pieces and generally strong. He’s a totally non entity off the ball, and he can’t physically play as long as you need him to.

Of all our midfielders, he probably has the most traits appropriate for a good level no.8, but even he is still so far away from what we truly need.
No he's inconsistent with the ball as well. I'm not buying he was knackered from the first whistle today. His passing today was awful and a player of his stature and experience would have a certain minimum level you'd think.
 

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No he's inconsistent with the ball as well. I'm not buying he was knackered from the first whistle today. His passing today was awful and a player of his stature and experience would have a certain minimum level you'd think.
48 out of 54 passes made today? Not sure about that. I agree, his short passing game is still not good enough (which is what my initial post alluded to) but I don’t know if that was the criticism today.
 

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At half-time I wondered if Eriksen would get substituted, then after 55 mins, 60 mins, 65 mins, 70 mins and so on. One decent shot that their keeper saved easily, quite a few strange passes that gave away possession cheaply. Not much quality in evidence today. Athletically as useless as expected. So easy to get past Eriksen.
 

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48 out of 54 passes made today? Not sure about that. I agree, his short passing game is still not good enough (which is what my initial post alluded to) but I don’t know if that was the criticism today.
Weight of pass, choice of pass. Stuff stats don't cover. We also need more passes from him. 48 way too low for his position.

This is true of a lot of our players but he's capable of being better but every other week his level drops.
 

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Weight of pass, choice of pass. Stuff stats don't cover. We also need more passes from him. 48 way too low for his position.

This is true of a lot of our players but he's capable of being better but every other week his level drops.
Indeed. Passing percentage might be high but his passes are usually too slow. He has no oomph in them
 

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Eriksen should not be a starter. But would be great to have on the bench + he is a model for young players and would never complain.
Said it before, we need 3 starting midfielders. Eriksen and Mainoo on the bench and the rest can go.
 

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We knew we had to buy a proper number #8 last summer. Instead we got Mount. Nothing Eriksen showed today was shocking.
 

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I think his niche now is basically games we are totally going to dominate. Only problem is that never happens because we're not very good.

Away games against physical, battling teams are a definite no no.
 

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Another player who I don’t think is well suited to the current set up.

At this stage in his career, I think he is far better suited as a DLP, rather than pushing on as one of the 8s.

Appreciate you can’t play him as a lone 6, and potentially not even in a double pivot against certain opponents with lots of physicality.

But still a very good option against 75% of opponents if properly utilised.
 

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All I can say is Donny van de beek must be one the worst footballers ever if he cannot even get 10 minutes
 

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All I can say is Donny van de beek must be one the worst footballers ever if he cannot even get 10 minutes
I don't think we have to guess at that, VDB is one of the most pointless players to ever grace a Man United shirt.
 

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I still think he was a terrible transfer. Even on a free. A very overrated footballer.
 

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Another player who I don’t think is well suited to the current set up.

At this stage in his career, I think he is far better suited as a DLP, rather than pushing on as one of the 8s.

Appreciate you can’t play him as a lone 6, and potentially not even in a double pivot against certain opponents with lots of physicality.

But still a very good option against 75% of opponents if properly utilised.
I agree with this. He still has plenty of quality, just horribly misused and mismanaged.
 

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I still think he was a terrible transfer. Even on a free. A very overrated footballer.
He would have been a good transfer as a squad player. Coming off the bench normally, starting a decent amount of games but not too many...it would have been an intelligent free transfer to improve the squad while the money was spent elsewhere. Unfortunately we ended up using him as first choice last season which was already causing a significant drop-off of form, then he copped that injury and he's badly struggled ever since.
 

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He was'nt even playing full games in Milan so feck knows how he can play a full 90 in England!
 

Yagami

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He would have been a good transfer as a squad player. Coming off the bench normally, starting a decent amount of games but not too many...it would have been an intelligent free transfer to improve the squad while the money was spent elsewhere. Unfortunately we ended up using him as first choice last season which was already causing a significant drop-off of form, then he copped that injury and he's badly struggled ever since.
I've never really liked Eriksen so I wouldn't have been happy with his transfer at the best of times, but bringing him in as a stopgap at the point in his career that we did was especially awful. A big part of it is that I'm tired of us not properly addressing the midfield. The last time I thought we did was in 2007 where, after we won the league with a great duo in Scholes and Carrick, with Fletcher in there as a rotational option, we added Anderson and Hargreaves. That's nearing 20 years ago now.
 

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He was absolutely brilliant last season until he got injured. After that he hasn’t been the same. His running stats aren’t the worst. Sometimes he covers more km than anyone. All that running and none of it is effective. He can’t get himself in the right position quick enough.

When he’s fresh, he’s still got quality on the ball but he does need to be absolutely fresh and 60 mins a week is his absolute limit. We’re not blessed with options but he is being overused!
 

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Struggled big time last night, was clear from the opening 5-10 minutes of the second half that we needed a bit more energy in midfield to replace him. Hannibal or Gore probably would’ve been ideal. If his passing game is off, he’s not offering too much else.