Name your best starting 11 including the new signings

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FriedClams

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De Gea

Dalot
Varane
Martinez
Malacia

Fred
Eriksen
Bruno

Rashford
Ronaldo
Sancho
 

Borys

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People who put Fred in an anchor role, or the base of a midfield diamond, are suicidal. Fred has abilities, but receiving the ball from the defense, relieving pressure, and springing a counter are not in his locker. It shows how thin the squad still is, but I'd expect McT to start in that holding role before Fred would. Fred has to be used further up the pitch, and that's where more competition for places is, so Fred's going to miss out.
This madness needs to stop. Fred and McTominay can work together because they share both defensive and offensive duties, neither of them can do it on their own especially in defensive / holding / connector or whatever we call it role. I think we have seen enough evidence in the past, and yet this thread is 4 pages of Fred in this anchor role.
Ten Hag is not going to magically increase Fred strength so that half of the strikers will not bully him. This can not be done, and frankly speaking it would be a waste because Fred has his other strengths.

Whatever we expect from player in anchor role, neither of Fred and McTominay will provide it. Just play them as two b2b players (as it gets most of them combined) or get someone who can take this deeper role and play Fred or Scott as b2b around him, which is how they should be used.
 

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This madness needs to stop. Fred and McTominay can work together because they share both defensive and offensive duties, neither of them can do it on their own especially in defensive / holding / connector or whatever we call it role. I think we have seen enough evidence in the past, and yet this thread is 4 pages of Fred in this anchor role.
Ten Hag is not going to magically increase Fred strength so that half of the strikers will not bully him. This can not be done, and frankly speaking it would be a waste because Fred has his other strengths.

Whatever we expect from player in anchor role, neither of Fred and McTominay will provide it. Just play them as two b2b players (as it gets most of them combined) or get someone who can take this deeper role and play Fred or Scott as b2b around him, which is how they should be used.
Best we've looked on the tour was with Fred in the anchor role though.
 

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Best we've looked on the tour was with Fred in the anchor role though.
It worked alright, but I am quite sure it will not work in the EPL. We've tried it in the past, the reason it will not be effective with Fred is because anchor role requires either good mid to long passing, or dribbling skills. Otherwise it's very easy to neutralize this anchor man - opposition will simply let him have the ball, what is he going to do with it? Stand in front of the defence, roll and give the ball back to the defense. This is not what is required from a player in "connector" role.

Off the ball it requires good positioning and tackling. Fred possesses neither of those skills as well. In fact, neither of our players fits this role, therefore I predict this not to be effective at all (just like the evidence from the past suggests).

I get the idea, but we don't have the players for it. A few decent friendlies will not change my mind. I will change it if that works in in Brighton, Brentford, Southampton and Leicester (wouldn't bother with Liverpool). That should be good sample in serious games. I imagine ETH might give it a go in those 4 games since that seems to be the idea of Ten Hag-ball.
 

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I would go for:

De Gea

Dalot
Varane
Martinez
Shaw

Fred
Eriksen
Bruno

Rashford
Ronaldo
Sancho
 

Zetrio2002

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De gea.

Dalot
Varane
Martinez
Shaw

Fred
Mctom

Rashford
Bruno
Sancho

Ronaldo
 

Bluelion7

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————————Mendy————————

———- Azpi. Silva. Koulibaliy. —

-James. — Kovacic Kante. —Cucu-

————- Mount. ———Sterling———
—————————Havertz——————

kovacic pairs better with Kante for me. It is more positive going forward, and one of the reasons I wouldn’t mind FDJ being linked here. In this setup Mount and Havertz take turns working back to the midfield pair as a link and hopefully crating labs in the process, Sterling working into those gaps as the primary forward.

That back 3 with Fofana …. Would be amazing.
 

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Do you mean the kind of professionalism that makes you spend the entire preseason at home while the rest of the team does a world tour, while also flirting with every big club in Europe? The only thing that is certain is that no matter how many goals he scores for us, we would score more and concede less without him. Having a nice 6-pack to show off on your insta does not make you a good professional. Let's see how professional he is when staying on the bench for 90 minutes.



Ronaldo can come in and pad his stats when we are 2 goals up against cannonfodder if he stays. Hopefully he doesn't.
How do you know this for certain? This is just BS I'm sorry and I don't mean to be rude.

Ronaldo's career has been full of professionalism, just look at all his achievements and records over the years. Our players don't share the same desire to win each match that is the problem.

The club are not matching his ambitions, flirting with other clubs is all part of the modern game. Honestly I don't blame him, he is a Champions League player not an Europa League player. He is also right at the end of his career.

Also we don't know what promises were made to him and all the info behind the scenes.

Look now, Martial is injured... why are people putting our hope in him. If Ronaldo leaves it makes ETH job 10x harder this season.
 

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So happy to see Varane and Martinez as the most common CB pairing. Glad posters see this as the best possible.

Is there a thread on that? If so it should be an updated poll.
 

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So happy to see Varane and Martinez as the most common CB pairing. Glad posters see this as the best possible.

Is there a thread on that? If so it should be an updated poll.
Good point. If everyone is fit who do most people think is our best pairing.