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Who plays in Blind's position? Is Di Maria confidence a factor s to why Yound played ahead of him?
I don't think it's particularly fair to attribute much blame to the free kick. Not the brightest, but not unusual to give a free kick away when he wasn't sure Smalling was there to cover. If they hadn't got lucky as feck with that free kick, we wouldn't be talking about it and he'd most likely have a lot of positive posts about his performance.
Should have scored too, but again, hardly an unusual miss for a centre back. Let alone a 19 year old one. I'm sure he still has a bright future.
Again McNair had a decent game today but it's obvious that he is still miles away from being ready for this level and it showed today...Needs a loan at a championship club next season......I think with McNair in the team and Carrick also missing at the same time - we've basically looked like a relegation level team with those two weaknesses in the team
He's naive and I'll put that down to his age. I mean, Fletcher is going no where, just stand your ground. He along with Jones are so prone to giving away these silly freekicks, I really hate it.
Let's not be twats and pin this on him.
Even our best defenders have always had dangerous-free-kick-conceding fouls in them.
Blind has never played CB before he joined Manchester United. He could do a job there, but no better than McNair. I'd expect the same from him tbf: good on the ball but not great defensively. Playing 3 players out of position in defence probably isn't what van Gaal prefers if he can give a chance to the youth.
Nope, doesn't have to be. Earlier this season Young was on the bench and came on because Shaw was injured, and he got taken off again in the 80th minute again. He was there in case any defender would've gotten injured but probably wasn't fit for a whole match, the only other option would've been a fit Blackett on the bench.
Agreed we have gone 3 matches without scoring a goal our predicament is not down to a young defender who is just learning his trade.
He's not ready to play regularly as a defender in the premier league. Don't blame van Gaal for playing him though when everyone else is injured.
As I say, defensively no - seen next to nothing. He is a talent on the ball though.
Feel for him. He seems to go from looking a real talent to looking horribly out of his depth. I've got real concerns about his ability in the air and vulnerability 1 on 1.
I hope Jones is back soon.
Just part of being inconsistent at a young age I think. Though I agree with you on his weaknesses. He has time to improve on them though.
Is a novice and it shows sometimes.
Paddy McNair just turned 20 a few days ago.
Thought he did well tbh apart from that foul. He even has the confidence to carry the ball upto the midfield. Just don't get too carried away lad.
Jones was on the bench yesterday
Let's not beat around the bush. Not only is he not United quality, he isn't even Premiership quality. I hope he never plays for us again.
Some of the comments here. Wov.
Some very harsh comments on such a young player.
I hope he gets a loan next year and lots of games / experience
Looks a good prospect from what I have seen this season
Not surprised by some of the comments. Seems all a defender needs to do these days is some mistakes and he's declared not good enough (well apart from when his name is Smalling it seems on the Caf whose mistakes and needless fouls in dangerous areas are usually quickly forgotten somehow). Even the likes of Varane or Hummels have been called overrated here in last few weeks after some mistakes, what chance does McNair stand then?
It's not like he is a highly rated world class talent who we bought for huge money on huge wages, instead he is a teenager from our own youth who has had some really good games in difficult circumstances for us and who is definitely not the reason we haven't won for 3 games. How can we expect any youth player to develop with no room for mistakes?
I can understand if ppl already think he doesn't have the potential to be a top class CB for us (although I couldn't tell right now) but how anyone can be sure he will never be good enough even as a squad option considering some very promising games he has had is completely beyond me.
Being a defender/gk is a very tough job anyway, especially at such a young age when you have not made a reputation yet. I mean a striker or attacker can miss a sitter or pass/cross to noone or shoot from 40 yards out and he will still be applauded. But a defender makes a mistake and he is immediately slated for that. However if the striker/attacker hadn't wasted a previous chance then the defender's later mistake would hardly have mattered (just an example).
I hope LvG and our coaching staff have a bit more patience and faith in him as imo in the little time he has had at top level he has showed enough potential for a teenager and deserves a proper chance.
Personally, I think he's been our best player over the last three games. Maybe I'm nuts.
Nonsense. He's a 19 (20) year old kid making his way in football. He'll do well here.
Fortunately van Gaal seems to have faith in him as he continues to play him.
Yes he's young but he's making crucial mistakes in important games. Isn't his fault that he's being picked and he's played well at times but I hope to god that he isn't in the team again this season. He needs a loan somewhere before he's ready.
Agreed, I see potential in his game. He has been an adequate backup when called upon, sometimes much better than that. Other teams are going to score on us, all of our defenders make mistakes including some howlers. If the kid learns form his errors he could definitely make a contribution in the future.
The kid, even at 19, seems to have a football brain on him, which is probably why LvG keeps using him when Jones, Evans, and Rojo aren't available. The experience he gained his year will do him well next year.
This is a joke post, right?
He fouled a player. That's it. Still a top prospect.
20 years old, debut year. solid defending, good going forward thrown in the deep and still has only made a handful of mistakes. No idea what you guys are expecting from Mcnair in his first season of first team football but he has exceeded all my expectations so far.
But he miss a open header
And RVP missed a penalty, always said he should have been playing Championship football.
I thought that would stir up some interest.
I worded it harshly, but no I don't think he will ever be good enough for us. Some parts of his play are very good, but he is far too suspect defensively for my taste. He would be better off moving back into midfield.
Also, if he is playing at a level lower in the Premiership in say 3 or 4 years time, you can't say I wasn't correct.
(I also don't think Harry Kane will make it either btw guys. But that's for another thread.)
That was pretty much the only time he had to defend the whole game and he ended up giving a silly foul.
He likes to maraud up the pitch, but I don't understand what exactly you meant by football brain. His positioning is suspect many many times and many times I have seen him make the wrong choice in terms of either trying to close down an attacker or just track back a bit till his other team mates can come back for cover. Sure he is young and very inexperienced but personally I don't feel he will be good enough as a first choice for us.
I want to commend him for helping to see out an important game on Saturday.
A loan elsewhere, preferably in the EPL would do him good. Plus, he would be a good "agent" for us next season as well if you know what I mean.
I don't get all the criticism, personally. People seem to even want to blame him for the offense sputtering recently. I think he's been fine.
Yep, letting Murray juggle the ball in our box was helping us out. He needs to go out on loan next season and just play regular football.
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