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Isak would have been perfect but we don't seem to have gone for him, we'll have to find a similar profile player in the next window.
Rashford has done much much more than Isak in his career, and is simply a better player, so I’ve no idea why anyone thinks Isak would’ve been perfect. Neither fit the real mould of a ETH forward in fairness.
 

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6 goals in 7 Serie A games this season says otherwise. Ten Hag knew that his budget was limited, and there were certain players he wanted to bring in such as FDJ (potentially still wants) and Antony, and he either didn't have the budget for a top striker as well, or he hadn't identified "the one", or "the one" was not available this season, and if we had brought in Arnautovic and he got 6 goals in 7 games for us we would all be very happy. Arnautovic was probably a stop gap, and if we bring in Nkunku next summer or Mbappe the year after (or both) no one would complain. From a footballing perspective, ETH was right again.... not discussing the personality side of things.

An interesting choice, who would the fans prefer: Arnautovic or Greenwood?
Nah thanks mate, I'd rather wait for Nkunku / Mbappe.

Lukaku looked great in Serie A too. We don't have any guarantees Arnautović would just walk into this team and score 6 goals in first PL matches, when good portion of United goals come from fast buildup and counter attack. I do agree Ten Hag's budget wasn't infinite like Arnold tried to brainwash supporters he met in pub. That's why when Rangnick was here, there were months to come up with transfer strategy, especially when whole winter window was plainly ignored.

Arnautović deal felt rushed, under pressure, reactive action to problem that was here for literal years. (Ighalo, Cavani and now Ronaldo) We need to start scouting hard to be one step ahead of our opponents, because that's exactly what are they doing. Planning and using every transfer window to find options, not necessarily at the ending stage of their career.
 

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I admit, making these type of signings is healthy from time to time. Fergie's idea of getting Larsson and Blanc did paid off in some parts of the season. Jose's love for Ibrahimović made us actually win some trophies, but this time it's got to stop. We're getting cluttered when on top of clutter, we'll have to clear out more clutter.

If it's not Benzema type of quality then just don't bother. Suddenly making of Arnautović a savior type player is ridiculous.
I'm not painting it as ideal. But it's clear in the summer we spent a massive amount of money on certain priority positions. A striker was either unaffordable or unattainable due to lack of quality, younger options. That was the whole point of Arnautovic, I believe. Another stop gap, which is frustrating as we all want to see a proper 9 of the right age come in, but that was never happening.

I don't think he was going to be a saviour. Just someone to hold the ball, allow Sancho and Anthony to get close, while still having the physicality to compete in the PL. With the combination of Rashford and Ronaldo we lack this, we only have an old poacher or a counter attacking player. Maybe Martial can give us something but he's very flakey isn't he. The manager was probably worried about that.
 

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I'm not painting it as ideal. But it's clear in the summer we spent a massive amount of money on certain priority positions. A striker was either unaffordable or unattainable due to lack of quality, younger options. That was the whole point of Arnautovic, I believe. Another stop gap, which is frustrating as we all want to see a proper 9 of the right age come in, but that was never happening.

I don't think he was going to be a saviour. Just someone to hold the ball, allow Sancho and Anthony to get close, while still having the physicality to compete in the PL. With the combination of Rashford and Ronaldo we lack this, we only have an old poacher or a counter attacking player. Maybe Martial can give us something but he's very flakey isn't he. The manager was probably worried about that.
Yup. Ten Hag had good intentions about Arnautović, I have no doubts about it, but also he insisted Ronaldo is the part of this team and he's here to provide goals, making it sound like Ronaldo will be his main striker.

In the end he did the right thing. Sent huge ego on the bench and used younger options to get results vs Pool and Arsenal. In terms of depth Arnautović could be obstacle in using Rashford and Martial in some cases.

It looks like 50/50 chance of success deal, but my motivation to oppose it comes from educated guess - Ighalo, Cavani, Ronaldo. If United were in Champions League, we should definitely demand more... in fact we should always demand more to get back into biggest stage again.

Not trying to shoot down this option but Arnautović wasn't the only available classic striker during time when Frenkie saga overshadowed everything.
 

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He's alway been a lose cannon throughout his career so we were right not to sign him, he is however the right profile of striker for a ten Haag side in that he is a tall, skillful target man who can bring others in to play and specialises in link up play more than goals (normally).

So the profile is right in terms of player but personality wise he is completely wrong for united, Isak would have been perfect but we don't seem to have gone for him, we'll have to find a similar profile player in the next window.
Yeah the profile was right but the personality not
 

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Nah thanks mate, I'd rather wait for Nkunku / Mbappe.

Lukaku looked great in Serie A too. We don't have any guarantees Arnautović would just walk into this team and score 6 goals in first PL matches, when good portion of United goals come from fast buildup and counter attack. I do agree Ten Hag's budget wasn't infinite like Arnold tried to brainwash supporters he met in pub. That's why when Rangnick was here, there were months to come up with transfer strategy, especially when whole winter window was plainly ignored.

Arnautović deal felt rushed, under pressure, reactive action to problem that was here for literal years. (Ighalo, Cavani and now Ronaldo) We need to start scouting hard to be one step ahead of our opponents, because that's exactly what are they doing. Planning and using every transfer window to find options, not necessarily at the ending stage of their career.
Nkunku we could sign but no chance Mbappe or were you being sarcastic and I missed the point
 

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Nkunku we could sign but no chance Mbappe or were you being sarcastic and I missed the point
Mbappe is a free agent in 2024. Let's say we comfortably get top four this season, and next season we win either the Premier League or the Champions League (or both), why should a top player not want to play for us? We are the most successful club in the most competitive league in the world, and are able to pay some of the best salaries in the world. We have one of the best managers in the world, the only thing currently lacking is that we are not competing for the top trophies. I fully expect that to change in the next two years, so watch this space.....

P.S. In the past two summers we have signed Varane, Casemiro, Ronaldo and Martinez, who have won a World Cup, two Copa Americas and a European Championship, as well as numerous Champions Leagues between them, I.e. all serial winners, as well as Sancho and Antony, two of the most exciting young talents in the game. I think you underestimate the pull of Manchester United.
 
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Are we still linked with him?
 

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Are we still linked with him?
The Express linked us to Mbappe again last week. However, a bit like Madrid with Mbappe last year, or us with FDJ, not sure it is good to rely on one player coming, and be left without an alternative.

Apart from a couple of obvious gaps, our first team is starting to take shape. Now ETH needs to think carefully how he will build squad depth whilst keeping everyone happy. It is a matter of bringing in players with the right mentality, and having the right blend of youth and experience, etc. The issue with players like Mbappe is that they will want a guaranteed starting position, even if they are off form. Ferguson was able to rotate Cole, Yorke, Sheringham and Solskjaer the year we won the treble. Will Rashford, Sancho, Antony, Martial, Nkunku and Mbappe accept rotation???
 

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Mbappe is a free agent in 2024. Let's say we comfortably get top four this season, and next season we win either the Premier League or the Champions League (or both), why should a top player not want to play for us? We are the most successful club in the most competitive league in the world, and are able to pay some of the best salaries in the world. We have one of the best managers in the world, the only thing currently lacking is that we are not competing for the top trophies. I fully expect that to change in the next two years, so watch this space.....

P.S. In the past two summers we have signed Varane, Casemiro, Ronaldo and Martinez, who have won a World Cup, two Copa Americas and a European Championship, as well as numerous Champions Leagues between them, I.e. all serial winners, as well as Sancho and Antony, two of the most exciting young talents in the game. I think you underestimate the pull of Manchester United.
We’ve won 4 games in a row domestically, calm down.
 

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Rashford has done much much more than Isak in his career, and is simply a better player, so I’ve no idea why anyone thinks Isak would’ve been perfect. Neither fit the real mould of a ETH forward in fairness.
Rashford is a completely different style of forward to Isak so I'm not sure why the strong comparison as I would expect both to be able to play together with Rashford playing off the left and don't see Rashford as a natural Central striker despite him currently playing there (Martial is far better suited to that position so it will be interesting to look again at the starting lineup once he is fit.)

The simple fact is that Rashford isn't anywhere near good enough with his back to goal, nor does he pose much of an aerial or physical threat whilst Isak offers vastly superior ability in all of those areas. It's also worth noting that Isak is two years younger and whilst Rashford has as you say done much more with his career so far that doesn't make him necessarily the better player.

Rashford has had the good fortune in many respects of being brought up within the youth system of one of the biggest clubs in world football, Isak by comparison started out at AIK in his native Sweden and so was always destined to move abroad at some stage and yes he moved to Dormund and struggled but there is nothing to say a 17/18 year old Rashford wouldn't have struggled in the same circumstances, perhaps even more so given how protected he has been within his hometown club especially during long periods where he lacked form.

The fact that Rashford has been a regular starter for us throughout most of his time here says more about the lack of competition for places than it does about his actual quality of output, the fact also is that Isak has had the harder path to the top and for me if you are comparing both in Isak's natural position as centre forwards then there is no comparison Isak is the superior player in that position.

As for neither fitting the type of striker EtH normally goes for I think this is also wrong as I don't think he actually has a concrete preferred type, he has shown enough flexibility during his time at Ajax to use a wide range of central strikers ranging from Tadic to Huntelaar and Haller so given the profile of what we were looking for in Arnautovic its fitting to mention Isak as both of those players have been compared to Ibrahimovic so clearly there is a link in playing style between the two.
 
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The Express linked us to Mbappe again last week. However, a bit like Madrid with Mbappe last year, or us with FDJ, not sure it is good to rely on one player coming, and be left without an alternative.

Apart from a couple of obvious gaps, our first team is starting to take shape. Now ETH needs to think carefully how he will build squad depth whilst keeping everyone happy. It is a matter of bringing in players with the right mentality, and having the right blend of youth and experience, etc. The issue with players like Mbappe is that they will want a guaranteed starting position, even if they are off form. Ferguson was able to rotate Cole, Yorke, Sheringham and Solskjaer the year we won the treble. Will Rashford, Sancho, Antony, Martial, Nkunku and Mbappe accept rotation???
That's quite a big jump though...we have gone from finishing 6th, playing god awful football to theoretically winning the league and European Cup?

It's not impossible....it's highly unlikely mind you.
 
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Haller so given the profile of what we were looking for in Arnautovic its fitting to mention Isak as both of those players have been compared to Ibrahimovic so clearly there is a link in playing style between the two.
feck me, here’s someone who’s barely watched Isak.

The only thing he and Zlatan have in common, is that they live in the same country as me and play as a forward.

All of the questions marks you have over Rashford apply to Isak.
 

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feck me, here’s someone who’s barely watched Isak.

The only thing he and Zlatan have in common, is that they live in the same country as me and play as a forward.

All of the questions marks you have over Rashford apply to Isak.
Nonsense, I've watched enough of Isak to be able to see overlaps in their skillsets without believing them to be near identical in terms of playing style.

As for your second point I have to call bs again, career wise Rashford has never been tested mentally in anyway near the same way Isak has as we've no idea how he would cope outside of the protective system of a big club (especially one which protects youth team players as much as United do).

As for my criticism of Rashford as a centre forward I think if you seriously believe Isak has the same question Mark's in that position that Rashford has then clearly not only has one of us not seen one of the players in question play but one of us might not have seen both of the players in question play (for the sake of any further confusion that someone is you).

Happy trails though.
 

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feck me, here’s someone who’s barely watched Isak.

The only thing he and Zlatan have in common, is that they live in the same country as me and play as a forward.
They do have some similarities if you compare Isak 22 yr old to Zlatan 22 yr old. Gangly, rather poor physical game in spite of their frames, under achieving when it comes to headers. But post Juventus where Zlatan gained 15 kg is another animal. And he really hit his prime at Ac Milan 29 yr old.
Nonsense, I've watched enough of Isak to be able to see overlaps in their skillsets without believing them to be near identical in terms of playing style.
As I wrote above, only if you compare 20-24 yr Zlatan to Isak. Otherwise Isak plays more like Kanu, another gangly fellow but who unlike Zlatan never developed his physical game.
 

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As I wrote above, only if you compare 20-24 yr Zlatan to Isak. Otherwise Isak plays more like Kanu, another gangly fellow but who unlike Zlatan never developed his physical game.
While I would agree with your broad statement that there are similarities between the three strikers mentioned (Isak, Kanu and Zlatan also with varying degrees of difference between the way they play) and also that Isak is more comparable currently to a younger Zlatan or kanu I think we'll have to agree to disagree about the lack of physical game of all of those strikers (including a younger Zlatan who always for me had a decent rather than poor physical and aerial game which I think simply went to new heights at Milan/Juve).

I also think Isak will find it easier than both kanu and Zlatan found it back in their day to impose himself physically due to football being a marginally less physical game than it was back in their heyday, however I think we'll have to leave this for another thread as this is more to discuss Arnautovic than those guys.
 

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I'm not painting it as ideal. But it's clear in the summer we spent a massive amount of money on certain priority positions. A striker was either unaffordable or unattainable due to lack of quality, younger options. That was the whole point of Arnautovic, I believe. Another stop gap, which is frustrating as we all want to see a proper 9 of the right age come in, but that was never happening.

I don't think he was going to be a saviour. Just someone to hold the ball, allow Sancho and Anthony to get close, while still having the physicality to compete in the PL. With the combination of Rashford and Ronaldo we lack this, we only have an old poacher or a counter attacking player. Maybe Martial can give us something but he's very flakey isn't he. The manager was probably worried about that.
Yeah, I'm normally the first to say 'don't sign old players' but hats off, it looks as if EtH knew what he was doing alright.
 

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Yeah, I'm normally the first to say 'don't sign old players' but hats off, it looks as if EtH knew what he was doing alright.
Wasn't the age thing that put fans off it's the whole racist stuff from last years euros
 

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Wasn't the age thing that put fans off it's the whole racist stuff from last years euros
Nah, I doubt the average fan in Manchester is aware of that, it's barely mentioned even on Wiki. Very few would be interested in taking sides between serbs and albanians, or whatever they are. Sorry if that's disappointing but it's not surprising if you think about it.

They do remember him from Stoke and West Ham, where he didn't appear to be 'United Quality', and they do know how old he is, which mattered particularly as he would be an addition to the ageing Ronaldo. Looking back a swap would have been nice.
 

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Nah, I doubt the average fan in Manchester is aware of that, it's barely mentioned even on Wiki. Very few would be interested in taking sides between serbs and albanians, or whatever they are. Sorry if that's disappointing but it's not surprising if you think about it.

They do remember him from Stoke and West Ham, where he didn't appear to be 'United Quality', and they do know how old he is, which mattered particularly as he would be an addition to the ageing Ronaldo. Looking back a swap would have been nice.
This and just to add one more thing, ETH wanted Sesko, so Arnautović looked and felt like bit of delayed afterthought.
 

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Nah, I doubt the average fan in Manchester is aware of that, it's barely mentioned even on Wiki. Very few would be interested in taking sides between serbs and albanians, or whatever they are. Sorry if that's disappointing but it's not surprising if you think about it.

They do remember him from Stoke and West Ham, where he didn't appear to be 'United Quality', and they do know how old he is, which mattered particularly as he would be an addition to the ageing Ronaldo. Looking back a swap would have been nice.
Ey? Were you on the internet when the rumours surfaced? Redcafe, Twitter, Facebook etc. was absolutely chock-a-block full of people up in arms about Arnautovic due to the racism shit.
 

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That's nonsense. The racism issue was massively significant.
Main argument of people wanting Arnautović is his current form in Serie A which is quite good atm. I'm responding directly to this argument.

Racist or not, there are reasons why he shouldn't play for United in purely football sense.
 

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We need to stop getting stop gap strikers that we sign for two years, get a decent first season out of and then are stuck with in the second season. Zlatan worked but his injury ruined it in the second season.
Lukaku I assume was meant to be long term, but became an issue second season.
Cavani another short term where his first season was good and second season an issue
And now Ronaldo.
Arnautovic would probably be the same (if we take out the obvious reasons we shouldnt get him)

We have so much time before the next window that we should be able to find a better target than him, or griezman or a few of the others weve been linked with.
 

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As a austrian I really love Marko but no way I want to see him at united. He is an extremely frustrating player and most of you guys would go balistic on him for his body language. He moans all the time and appears to be extremely lazy even though he isn't.

In front of the goal he is frustrating as well as he often misses 100% chances. He can also be incredible on his day but he is surely not what united needs right now. But this whole "racism" drama gets blown way out of proportion.
 

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We need to stop getting stop gap strikers that we sign for two years, get a decent first season out of and then are stuck with in the second season. Zlatan worked but his injury ruined it in the second season.
Lukaku I assume was meant to be long term, but became an issue second season.
Cavani another short term where his first season was good and second season an issue
And now Ronaldo.
Arnautovic would probably be the same (if we take out the obvious reasons we shouldnt get him)

We have so much time before the next window that we should be able to find a better target than him, or griezman or a few of the others weve been linked with.
We are ok with stop gap if they are backup, but only if their wages are reasonable for a back up. No point giving a guy over 500k a week though for 2 years!
 

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We are ok with stop gap if they are backup, but only if their wages are reasonable for a back up. No point giving a guy over 500k a week though for 2 years!
Weve been going stop gap route since 2016. I know we will continue doing this as its the cheap way of doing it, but it wont address what we need long term.
 

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Weve been going stop gap route since 2016. I know we will continue doing this as its the cheap way of doing it, but it wont address what we need long term.
I get what you're saying, it must stop. But the point I am making that signing someone like Ighalo is fine, as long as he is signed as a back up incase of an injury crisis rather than signing past their sell by date players on crazy wages.

These crazy wages give the Glazers excuses that they have spent a lot on improving the team when we really haven't.

Stop gaps on starting players in my opinion should only be done if there really isn't anyone who can do the same job needed for the role. Stop gaps can be useful but the club has literally taken this to new and horrible heights.
 
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Weve been going stop gap route since 2016. I know we will continue doing this as its the cheap way of doing it, but it wont address what we need long term.
I guess the initial plans were to have stop gaps until one of our 3 promising attackers at the time were still developing - and let’s be honest at times, Rashford, Martial and Greenwood looked like they had very promising careers ahead of them.

I agree with you that there needs to be an end to it as they simply haven’t fulfilled their potential for one reason or another
 

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I get what you're saying, it must stop. But the point I am making that signing someone like Ighalo is fine, as long as he is signed as a back up incase of an injury crisis rather than signing past their sell by date players on crazy wages.

These crazy wages give the Glazers excuses that they have spent a lot on improving the team when we really haven't.

Stop gaps on starting players in my opinion should only be done if there really isn't anyone who can do the same job needed for the role. Stop gaps can be useful but the club has literally taken this to new and horrible heights.
That’s on the clowns they have running the club, not them. The fact that we have such a high wage bill despite an underwhelming squad for the majority of the past decade shows how badly the club is ran.

The only person that is held accountable at the club is the manager and it’s shocking when our problems run much deeper.
 

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That’s on the clowns they have running the club, not them. The fact that we have such a high wage bill despite an underwhelming squad for the majority of the past decade shows how badly the club is ran.

The only person that is held accountable at the club is the manager and it’s shocking when our problems run much deeper.
The Glazers have hired the clowns though, how long have we suffered to the hands of Ed Woodward. The manager can't sack him, the Glazers have that power.