Nikola Milenkovic

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United were the 5th tallest team based on average height this past season, and 2nd last year i believe and yet we still suck at defending and scoring set piece. City were the shortest team.
I was more responding to the fact that obviously we have to deal with aerial threats, rather than his height. City don’t have to as much because they have the ball for 70% of the time.
 

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United were the 5th tallest team based on average height this past season, and 2nd last year i believe and yet we still suck at defending and scoring set piece. City were the shortest team.
Well we were fourth in the league on goals scored from set pieces -Arsenal and Shitty only had one more and Bournemouth just two so we weren't that garbage... Doubt that had anything to do with height though.
 

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Better than Vidic?

I mean, this is the ruthless Vidic we're talking about. His tackles were hard af. Are you sure Stankovic?

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Just watched the video, 2 minutes in I already noticed how often he likes to slide his tackles.

Good stuff. His physical ability might surpass Vidic I suppose..
Vidic was definitely something else. Forwards shat bricks when they faced him. If this guy looks up to Vidic (and he probably does) he has a very good example.
I like eastern European defenders in general. Their no-nonsense style is something I find lacking in a lot of CBs these days.
 

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As much as we need a sure bet, I'd still prefer us to sign someone with higher potential than Maguire, for half the money. Still more risky than just buying Maguire, but other than Koulibaly, there is no sure bet remotely available.

Would be fantastic if we could offload one of ours in part exchange to Fiorentina + cash.
40mil plus Rojo?
 
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He’s a talent but not the finished article. The smart thing to do would be to buy him now and let him stay where he is for a season AND get Maguire. see how the campaign goes then offload the terrible foursome of Jones/Rojo/Bailly/Young. We’d then have a defensive squad of -

Maguire
Lindelof
Tuanzebe
Malinkovic
Shaw
Wan Bissaka
Dalot
Smalling

Probably the best overall pool of players in the league.
sounds a plan (which is a reason why we're unlikely to do it). we're never getting rid of those players this window but two more windows should see a couple gone, while Milenkovic gets another years experience and we get instant improvement from Maguire. Downsides are Maguires price and having to pay those four wages for another year.

Ake is another option (who could come straight in)
 

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Stone pouring cold water on this and the Lemina rumours. Might be a bit of a brief though.
 

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Think I’d much prefer Maguire anyway.
Not the least bit excited about Maguire - because he's already a proven success everyone knows he's a great pick. if that fails however I think this guy or someone like him (a young talent already good enough to jump straight into our starting eleven) is what we'll consider for next. if we're forced to choose second best it should at least be someone who's not peaked yet / is still developing.
 
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Stone pouring cold water on this and the Lemina rumours. Might be a bit of a brief though.
Yeah that ends it for me at least. To me Stone is about as Realiable as Manchesterunited.com
 

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Inevitably reminds me a bit of Vidic.
My impression is he s still a bit raw though. I think if he comes, he ll take some time to settle down.
 

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Inevitably reminds me a bit of Vidic.
My impression is he s still a bit raw though. I think if he comes, he ll take some time to settle down.
Although I have never seen him play I really hope that you are in right in the Vidic comparison and if we sign him and he does turn out to be anywhere near as good as Vidic I will be very happy mate :D
 

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Is he highly rated compared with the likes of Upamecano and Konate?
 

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Scored for Fiorentina at weekend though they lost (but to Napoli and only by odd goal in 7).

Good header, attacking a corner.

Don't know if we were really interested but wish we'd got him this Summer
I watched the game. He still has a lot to work on. He's great in the air but gives the ball away far too often. One of Napolis goals even came from him giving it away outside of the box. I'd still take a man like Milenkovic ahead of the chicken Lindelöf. At least with Nikola you know when there's an aerial duel he goes in 100%.
 
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I watched the game. He still has a lot to work on. He's great in the air but gives the ball away far too often. One of Napolis goals even came from him giving it away outside of the box. I'd still take a man like Milenkovic ahead of the chicken Lindelöf. At least with Nikola you know when there's an aerial duel he goes in 100%.
I get that, he's definitely not the finished article but I like one of my CH pairings to simply be a defensive man mountain, especially when opposition have a big no.9. Think he'd be good with Maguire and he's young .... he'll learn.
 

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I get that, he's definitely not the finished article but I like one of my CH pairings to simply be a defensive man mountain, especially when opposition have a big no.9. Think he'd be good with Maguire and he's young .... he'll learn.
I don't disagree with anything you say I wanted us to sign him myself but at the same time we have Axel which I sincerely hope will replace Lindelöf.