Luckhurst: United prepared to move for a holding midfielder in January

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Definitely Greenwood on the right, with Ronaldo on the left and Cavani uptop
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Ronaldo will be up top as nr 9. No point in even arguing about this. Ole has even said he views Ronaldo as a striker and wants him in the box.

Left will be Pogba/Rashford/Sancho/Martial, maybe with the odd Cavani appearance (he played there in PSG), and right will be Greenwood/Sancho/Rashford/Amad.
 

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January transfer window not too far away now. Our new interim manager will have a month to work with the players before signings become a possibility.

Looks like we have quite a battle ahead of us to get into the top 4 this season. Keeping in mind also that we are soon going to be implementing gegenpressing, I think it would be foolish of us not to get at least one more body into our midfield to prepare us for the remainder of the campaign.

You'd like to think that Rangnick is surely going to suggest an energetic midfielder as our first signing when he officially comes onboard. Some talk this morning about Amadou Haidara potentially being Rangnick's first signing. Has a £33m release clause in his contract.

Anyone expecting a signing this January?
 
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January transfer window now fast approaching.

Looks like we have quite a battle ahead of us to get into the top 4 this season. Keeping in mind also that we are soon going to be implementing gegenpressing, I think it would be foolish of us not to get at least one more body into our midfield to prepare us for the remainder of the campaign.

You'd like to think that Rangnick is surely going to suggest an energetic midfielder as our first signing when he officially comes onboard. Some talk this morning about Amadou Haidara potentially being Rangnick's first signing. Has a £33m release clause in his contract.

Anyone expecting a signing this January?
I expect signings to be honest, but think signing this lad in Jan would be pointless, considering he'll be off to the afcon - unless that release clause expires?

I'd actually like him to look at a few Salzburg players if it's in Jan. They'll have half a season to adapt whilst he tries and coach the players we have at the club first.
 

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January transfer window not too far away now. Our new interim manager will have a month to work with the players before signings become a possibility.

Looks like we have quite a battle ahead of us to get into the top 4 this season. Keeping in mind also that we are soon going to be implementing gegenpressing, I think it would be foolish of us not to get at least one more body into our midfield to prepare us for the remainder of the campaign.

You'd like to think that Rangnick is surely going to suggest an energetic midfielder as our first signing when he officially comes onboard. Some talk this morning about Amadou Haidara potentially being Rangnick's first signing. Has a £33m release clause in his contract.

Anyone expecting a signing this January?
I'm not his biggest fan but I reckon a properly coached Fred could do a great job for a team that wants to press. 2 of our goals in Villareal came from his efforts. It's his all around gameplay that is the issue. Maybe a half competent manager could coach out his flaws.
 

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January transfer window not too far away now. Our new interim manager will have a month to work with the players before signings become a possibility.

Looks like we have quite a battle ahead of us to get into the top 4 this season. Keeping in mind also that we are soon going to be implementing gegenpressing, I think it would be foolish of us not to get at least one more body into our midfield to prepare us for the remainder of the campaign.

You'd like to think that Rangnick is surely going to suggest an energetic midfielder as our first signing when he officially comes onboard. Some talk this morning about Amadou Haidara potentially being Rangnick's first signing. Has a £33m release clause in his contract.

Anyone expecting a signing this January?
Both Fred and McTominay are very energetic and could run all day, but there is not much cover behind them. I do not rate Donny since he is too slow and Pogba is not a player for a pressing game. Hopefully Ralf can coach McFred and improve their tactical awareness but a CDM and a RB are critical signings.
 

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Haven't heard of him, probably he is and will be good

Compared to the usual household FM names, cough... camavinga...

I like Rangnick, I think he knows what he's doing, rather than picking for the fancy fotm names
 

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Both Fred and McTominay are very energetic and could run all day, but there is not much cover behind them. I do not rate Donny since he is too slow and Pogba is not a player for a pressing game. Hopefully Ralf can coach McFred and improve their tactical awareness but a CDM and a RB are critical signings.
I think once they're taught to press as a team they'll prove themselves to be more than adequate, at least to catch top 4. Anything beyond that is for next season.

He was right, you can't be a little bit pregnant, you're either pregnant, or you're not.

A collective press doesn't really need a skilled player, just one that knows how to press as a team and take it from there one mistake at a time.
 

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What is his style of play? Is he a 6 or a 8? Someone get a thread rolling!
 

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I'm not his biggest fan but I reckon a properly coached Fred could do a great job for a team that wants to press. 2 of our goals in Villareal came from his efforts. It's his all around gameplay that is the issue. Maybe a half competent manager could coach out his flaws.
Fred gets a lot of hate, but I've maintained that he'd be really effective in an actual organized system. During Ole ball, we'd be seeing a two man midfield that was constantly disconnected from attack, especially with Bruno given a free pass to push up. That was always going to fail long term once teams figure it out. We'd feck up in the final third due to lack of creativity, which is a result of no system, and then the opposing team waltzes right through midfield with a couple of passes.

With a disconnected front line, no real system of play, and a shaky defensive line (a story of its own), how can any midfield two succeed in that? And without the conditions for success, and a team struggling with confidence, silly mistakes are inevitable. I think that's what we've been seeing with players like Fred, McTominay, and Maguire. This isn't me claiming they're world class or anything, but that their bone headed mistakes don't come from nowhere.

Fred is a workhorse, has shown his effectiveness for Brazil, and has a good attitude—not much of a sulker. Proper coaching and system can make a good use of that. Ole ball could not.
 

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I will be surprised if we do not try to buy at least one midfielder in January. Ralf has just admitted that he is happy with the firepower up top, so I can see him going for a mobile young-ish midfielder to bring that balance, which would allow us to keep the ball as far from our box as possible.
 

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I will be surprised if we do not try to buy at least one midfielder in January. Ralf has just admitted that he is happy with the firepower up top, so I can see him going for a mobile young-ish midfielder to bring that balance, which would allow us to keep the ball as far from our box as possible.
If we do buy a midfielder he has to be 100% good enough to be a regular starter & will improve the team otherwise we might just as well wait until the summer, I don't want another DVDB situation where he is hardly ever picked with McFred constantly getting the nod ahead of this new midfielder.
 

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I will be surprised if we do not try to buy at least one midfielder in January. Ralf has just admitted that he is happy with the firepower up top, so I can see him going for a mobile young-ish midfielder to bring that balance, which would allow us to keep the ball as far from our box as possible.
Yeah a CDM who can bring us some much needed balance is definitely the top priority, would then go attacking RB (still much for Dalot to do) and Edi replacement should be after that.
 

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We would also need to sell a player or two. Not easy in January.
I think Rangnick will get Lingard/Pogba/Mata/Matic out in January to make room for one midfield signing and get another one in the summer.

Rangnick usually has an entire XI going both in and out, so I don't believe this notion that he won't show the board his transfer skills at all in Jan.
 

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I can see a shift in our transfer strategy from the safe but expensive signings strategy utilised by Ole to a more risk taking/young talent/bargain hunting one used by Ralphy. Thus 40m that we might raise by selling the likes of Jesse and Matic might get us a long way

I also wonder if Ralphy would solve or at least add a band aid to our CM as it is. Gegen pressing mean we will put pressure on opposition rather then let them dictate their game by us playing deep. Thus we don't need players with top positioning and anticipation as a system with Ole around need. I can see Ralphy play a narrow 4-3-2-1 with McFred, VDB, Bruno and Sancho in it. That would put ample pressure on opposition
 

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I can see a shift in our transfer strategy from the safe but expensive signings strategy utilised by Ole to a more risk taking/young talent/bargain hunting one used by Ralphy. Thus 40m that we might raise by selling the likes of Jesse and Matic might get us a long way

I also wonder if Ralphy would solve or at least add a band aid to our CM as it is. Gegen pressing mean we will put pressure on opposition rather then let them dictate their game by us playing deep. Thus we don't need players with top positioning and anticipation as a system with Ole around need. I can see Ralphy play a narrow 4-3-2-1 with McFred, VDB, Bruno and Sancho in it. That would put ample pressure on opposition
No matter the system these qualities would always be needed in the midfield , Liverpool and City both have Fabinho and Rodri doing exactly that for them and they are the two best pressing teams in the league when they want to .
 

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No matter the system these qualities would always be needed in the midfield , Liverpool and City both have Fabinho and Rodri doing exactly that for them and they are the two best pressing teams in the league when they want to .
I am referring for the next few months. As Ralph said buying in January is tough
 

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I am referring for the next few months. As Ralph said buying in January is tough
Ok your suggestion is interesting but most of these players gift over the possession to opposition like candies to children on halloween which need to improve for it to work .
Hopefully once the summer comes we won't be subjected to Mcfred duo no more.
 

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I think Rangnick will get Lingard/Pogba/Mata/Matic out in January to make room for one midfield signing and get another one in the summer.

Rangnick usually has an entire XI going both in and out, so I don't believe this notion that he won't show the board his transfer skills at all in Jan.
I don't know much about Ralf myself, but i still think we should keep Lingard. Of the midfielders that are considered to be more attacking, Lingard is the hardest working one, he offers something different than the others, and i think in a system with more focus on pressing, a Lingard type is pretty useful - and he seems to be kinda happy with being a rotation player, as long as he gets a decent amount of minutes.

If i was in charge, i'd rather try to get out Martial - together with the other ones you listed. We have plenty of wide players now with Amad and Pellistri behind the first team ones, Martial could bring more money in too, i think.
Doubt that much transfer activity is realistic in january, though.
 

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Ok your suggestion is interesting but most of these players gift over the possession to opposition like candies to children on halloween which need to improve for it to work .
Hopefully once the summer comes we won't be subjected to Mcfred duo no more.
Ole's 4-2-3-1 was a bit weird. He expected his forwards (AML, AMC, AMR, STK) to play at a very high line with Bruno basically acting as a shadow striker. Meanwhile his defensive unit was expected to play a high line when attacking and to drop ridiculously deep when defending. That caused a gaping hole in CM with the likes of McT, Fred, AWB and Maguire being tasked to provide Pirloesque/Scholesque long range passing to the forward line. That lead to either United giving possession cheaply or else for them to engage into loads of back/side passing up until the forward line lost their patience and decided to drop deep thus disrupting the quick tempo Ole wanted and expected. Both scenarios often lead to the same conclusion with the opponents quickly regaining ball possession and hit us once again. Under such relentless pressure the lines would break, a mistake would be made, the player's confidence will go in the shitters which would then impact them during the next game. It didn't help the fact that we lack leaders and that our captain is a thin skinned overrated player whose got more experience in being relegated (4 times) then the likes of Cruyff, Van Basten or Platini had won ballon d'or (all won it 3 times). Ole knew about this problem which is why he stated that he was searching for 'complete' CMs like Robson and Keane were.

Rangnick system is different. Gegenpressing put the pressure on opponents which means that unless they are quite comfortable with the ball themselves then they will be the ones making mistakes. He's also a big fan of forward passing which, once again, put less pressure on defence. With Rangnick one mustn't be particularly great in anticipation, positioning or passing ability. What he needs to do is to work hard, be aware whom to press and be courageous enough to pass the ball forward. I expect that the likes of VDB and Hannibal will be used more while the forward line will drop deeper from now on expecially Bruno. Once our forward line is more available to the team then McFred and co job will become easier as the workload will be better distributed and they won't be expected to engage in long term passing as much as under Ole.

What concerns me is not whether our first team CM can weather the storm for the next few months but more the downside of Gegenpressing ie INJURIES. Gegenpressing is very taxing especially on a team who wasn't given a solid pre-season to adapt to it. Taking that + the EPL's gruesome game schedule in account then we must expect our lion share of injuries.To make matters worse some of our players are simply unsuited for it. The likes of Pogba and Martial will struggle with gegenpressing while Matic and Mata simply lack the legs to play such physically taxing system. Not to forget that Ole encouraged individual brilliance over team work. The likes of Greenwood and Bruno could basically shoot from wherever they wanted without suffering any repercussions whatsoever. To 'rewire' these players so they can start dropping deep and be more conservative in their game will be tough and will require time.

So to conclude I am hoping that Rangnick will have a CM or two on the cheap under his sleeve and that the club will financially back him. However I won't be surprised if that doesn't happen. January sales are tough and the club might not be keen to invest money on the targets pushed forward by an interim manager.
 

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I think Rangnick will get Lingard/Pogba/Mata/Matic out in January to make room for one midfield signing and get another one in the summer.

Rangnick usually has an entire XI going both in and out, so I don't believe this notion that he won't show the board his transfer skills at all in Jan.
No way Pogba agrees to a january move when he can cash in on a bosman in 6 months. Lingard might since he seems to be desperate to get back into the England squad and he doesn't stand to make quute as much on a free transfer.
 

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I think Rangnick will get Lingard/Pogba/Mata/Matic out in January to make room for one midfield signing and get another one in the summer.

Rangnick usually has an entire XI going both in and out, so I don't believe this notion that he won't show the board his transfer skills at all in Jan.
If he's completely ruthless and going with young players who will do what he wants and run a lot, next year probably looks something like this:

ST: Cristiano-Greenwood-Rashford-Elanga (he can still use one big striker who scores 30 goals a year so Cristiano stays and maybe Cavani for one more year if he falls in love with his work attitude)
AM: Sancho-Bruno-#10-Amad
CM: #6-Fred-VDB-McTominay
FB: Telles-Shaw-Dalot-WanBissaka
CB: Varane-CB-Maguire-Lindelof
GK: Henderson-De Gea-Heaton

That's 2 players a spot. Probably also someone like Wan-Bissaka, Shaw or Maguire getting replaced. Then the next year replace Cristiano with a new striker.

4 signings if you replace one of Shaw, Wan-Bissaka or Maguire. That feels like about the limit. Maybe 1 in January and 3 in the summer along with 1-2 U-23 players he was looking at for Moscow maybe.

Pogba does make sense as a mobile, skillful CM who can pass forward in high volume, so I wouldn't rule out this being a working marriage and him staying, either as the #10 above or in place of McTominay.
 

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Not sorting out the midfield situation was a terrible decision that played a large part in costing Ole his job.
 

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I don't know much about Ralf myself, but i still think we should keep Lingard. Of the midfielders that are considered to be more attacking, Lingard is the hardest working one, he offers something different than the others, and i think in a system with more focus on pressing, a Lingard type is pretty useful - and he seems to be kinda happy with being a rotation player, as long as he gets a decent amount of minutes.

If i was in charge, i'd rather try to get out Martial - together with the other ones you listed. We have plenty of wide players now with Amad and Pellistri behind the first team ones, Martial could bring more money in too, i think.
Doubt that much transfer activity is realistic in january, though.
Martial is twice the player Lingard Is though. Lingard is not good enough for Utd.