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Crashoutcassius

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To be fair to him it did look like when he first came on he was playing as the number 9 so not surprising he didn’t get that many touches. Cavani didn’t get that many either when he was on. It is wil to think in 15 minutes of football he didn’t touch the ball. Watching him his movement was really good and he popped up in lots of little spaces so I’m now wondering if I should be lamenting the others around him that they never found him.

It does seem to be a bit of a continuing theme. If you just watch him his movement is brilliant but doesn’t seem to get given the ball by his team mates.

I did think his movement was really good the other day but not even a touch is just crazy.

I’m fairly convinced there is a player there but don’t see where he fits in our squad at all Or where he is likely to get game time. Either has to oust Rashford, Bruno or Pogba and I just don’t see that happening.
I think this line of thinking may not be wrong but just strikes me of when kagawa was taking up 'genius' positions and we just weren't on the same wavelength etc. Lingards movement here was great , players weren't picking him out, his thread wasn't people lining up to make excuses. It's up to ole, coaches , players but mostly up to Donny to improve his performances for United
 

Marcus

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I want to see Donny take the injured Martial's place maybe on the left. We know that Martial's off the ball movement sucks and that is probably Donny's best attribute. Let's see how that goes.
 

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People still clinging onto the hope of him coming good in a different position? He's terrible everywhere, folks.
If he was available for that price why did nobody buy him?
Because clubs thought that was too much for a player in a team who had just avoided relegation in the covid era market, which it wasn't. It would've been a steal for whoever bought him. Now, they'll need to cough up a lot more and, imo, he'd still be worth it.
 

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Donny is the type of player who takes care of the ball. He will never give his teammate a hospital ball, but will try his best to provide a nicely weighted pass as much as possible. This is part of his training. But it also makes him come across as risk averse. He needs time to change and he will come good.
 

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Donny is the type of player who takes care of the ball. He will never give his teammate a hospital ball, but will try his best to provide a nicely weighted pass as much as possible. This is part of his training. But it also makes him come across as risk averse. He needs time to change and he will come good.
Maybe that is what we want when we have Bruno on the pitch? I'd like to see then play together more, ideally both sitting a little deeper than they currently do.
 

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Maybe that is what we want when we have Bruno on the pitch? I'd like to see then play together more, ideally both sitting a little deeper than they currently do.
Me too! He is probably more of a Mata replacement rather than a Bruno stand-in. If the game is tight and movement in small spaces is needed. He is your guy. If you are looking to lead the counter-attack, he doesn't have the speed to be that attacker. However, he can be the one involved in the build up.
 

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Coming on as impact sub and provide Bruno backup and his versatility is the initial my thought when we signed him. Although, based on the number of games/minutes we have used him, we haven't really use him enough as that impact sub. That cameo vs Brighton was what I expected Ole to do more. VDB's biggest asset is actually when without the ball which creating space for others and finding space for himself. On the ball, doing quick link up play and flicks. Other than that, he doesn't really offer something that he will be effective to play deeper.
 
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Passed forward! Set James off down the right with it too. Has looked brighter since the international break, which is massively needed with so many of our attacking players looking on the edge of breaking down.
 

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Hopefully the summer break and pre-season will spark something, cuz there isn't much sign of life atm.
 

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Hopefully the summer break and pre-season will spark something, cuz there isn't much sign of life atm.
Honestly, at some point he should play few more minutes this season, as he has tons of energy conserved, would definitely help us at pressing, even though he lacks match rhythm.
 

Jeppers7

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What’s the point of this signing? I honestly can’t think of a more pointless signing we’ve ever made. I rate VDB by the way. It’s just pointless.
 

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He couldn’t have done much less than the lads tonight? Even I’m starting to wonder about this deal now. Everyone else looks wrecked and we look shite either way. VDB is fresh... maybe use him instead of running Bruno into the ground every match! At this point it’s either a poor signing or poor management.
 

Camilo

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Another solid 5 minutes tonight, Ole easing him in slowly. Just a kid, needs a loan to Sunderland.
 

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Not many minutes he played. But, at least he shows what’s needed against a man marking opponent. Crispy one touch passes and the guy marking him run to nothing :)
 

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Just can't see him being here next season.

I can't see how he'd be happy with how little game time he's had. It's not worked out for either party.
 

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So if he moves on from United will you guys be making a sentimental "dream like Donny" youtube vid, or should Ajax just try one more time.
 

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There has to be something to the fact that we're hugely struggling to move the ball around a decent press near the halfway line, and the fact that he absolutely excels at it.

Clearly can't play with Pogba and Bruno, but would still love to see him given actual minutes as an alternative to either in a proper 3. If he was played as one of the two at the base of the three, and then shifting Pogba up, for example.

This whole bringing him on for 10 minutes when everyone is knackered shows us nothing.
 

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He reminds me of players I’ve played with who are brilliant in 5 a side then get on to a big pitch and suddenly they are not as horny as they once were.
 

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He couldn’t have done much less than the lads tonight? Even I’m starting to wonder about this deal now. Everyone else looks wrecked and we look shite either way. VDB is fresh... maybe use him instead of running Bruno into the ground every match! At this point it’s either a poor signing or poor management.
Or unfortunately both.
 

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Wonder how many times he had made a run into the box but noone even looks at him.. its very strange the others arent instructed to do that.
 

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I actually thought he looked good coming in from the right in that Mata role. Few neat touches under pressure to keep the ball and made some good runs as well. Two games in a row in that position?

I think Ole will give him a full 90 at RW.
 

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Wonder how many times he had made a run into the box but noone even looks at him.. its very strange the others arent instructed to do that.
I have to say, I've recently started to pick up on how good his movement in and around the box can be. Seems to just lack confidence at the minute, hopefully gets more game time in the run in and next season. Still have hope for him.
 

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Wonder how many times he had made a run into the box but noone even looks at him.. its very strange the others arent instructed to do that.
Why would you assume everything a player does in a match is instructed? What manager would ever tell his players not to pass to another team mate who is making good runs? Maybe the player hasn't got the vision or awareness, or the runs aren't actually that good, or foils for other players runs.
 

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People complaining about Ole using the same players.. Specifically with Bruno and Rashford needing a rest BUT Rashford scored and then Bruno won the penalty and then converted it. What would have happened had they not played?