I know about his domestic issues but he still played badly against Southampton.Apparently he has 'domestic' issues. Not surprised to hear that,as he looks distracted to say the least. A period on the bench is not disastrous for such a young and exciting player. His time will come again, and needn't worry about his future....
Love that his voice was hoarse as well. You just know he was shouting the whole second half.Excellent. I love how honest he is when analysing the game, discussing solutions, managing players morale. He just talks so much sense as well.
Forget Zlatan and Pogba, Mourinho's the best signing we've made.
Bring on the derby.
Eh? I'm not sure what game you watched but I thought we looked superb, especially second half, against a team that had 10 men behind the ball in terrible conditions.Dreadful but got a win. We'll get wrecked by City if we don't get our shit together by then
He is still capable of the odd great moment. In fact, the last time I remember a late win like this was v. Fulham when he took an early throw-in, bulldozed his way down the right flank, and created a chance for Ashley Young. Maybe that was Newcastle instead...? They all look the same...it was LVG's first year.Rooney - great passes against Soton and Hull for the goals, deserves a lot of the stick but the man is some truer, has to be admired..…
He really was outstanding. He intercepted so many balls before Hull became a threat, his intelligence is remarkable.Daley Blind his intelligence was something else, to see it live and not on TV you notice so much more. I was sat with my uncle and I was raving about him all game. For the rough and ready Bailly, Blind seems the perfect partner for him and Smalling his spot will be guaranteed this season.
That for me was out most pleasing performance of the season. Full package. Totally dominant, De Gea did nothing, 30 attempts, some top performances throughout the XI
Have to say, Blind was amazing again. He is such a classy footballer, for me it would be a big mistake to drop him
So, Blind/Baily/DDG have the best defensive record in the EPL and you want to break it up?If he had the physique and speed of Bailly I'd play him in a midfield three with Fellaini/Herrera and Pogba.
Valencia- Smalling- Bailly- Shaw
------Hererra/Fellaini - Blind-------
Maybe not, I just feel against CL opposition, Smalling's physical attributes would be more suited to the centre back role. I'm surprised how the opinion of Smalling has lessened. I had him as an automatic pick at the beginning of the season and still believe he'll end up as part of a first choice CB pairing with Bailly. That's no criticism of Blind who has been outstanding, and could play a number of roles in the team.So, Blind/Baily/DDG have the best defensive record in the EPL and you want to break it up?
DDG - our best player in the last 2-3 years - is getting lower ratings simply because he has nothing to do, as our defence is providing such good cover.
Unless, Baily and Blind mess up, I wouldn't change that defensive partnership.
I guess Mourinho also shares this idea.
I think it's when watching games on the TV you only see what the camera allows, To see them in person you can get a wider scope on the game and you notice things you'd miss watching on TV. His reading of the game is just extraordinary, he knows where to put himself to give him the best chance at breaking an attack. He was my MOTM.He really was outstanding. He intercepted so many balls before Hull became a threat, his intelligence is remarkable.
I still can't believe there are supporters here that praise Bailly and Shaw but don't mention Blind at all. Bunch of plonkers.
https://www.redcafe.net/threads/motd-2016-17.420752/No MOTD thread? Will be interesting to see what Ruud, Alan and Gary make of today. Must say Mou's old team look pretty decent. Weather v different in Watford than at Hull today!
To be honest, on the TV I noticed all his interceptions too. He clearly reads the game so much better than Bailly(and last year Smalling). There was like three or four times during the game where he charged out, intercepted the ball and killed any possible threat. Then i saw him twice allow Shaw to to take care of the ball while he retreated in case Shaw lost possession getting ready to intercept if that happened. Then he has quite a few passes forward to the midfield or forwards, one intercepted by Hull out of like six or seven. Both he and Bailly completely shut out Hull. Beautiful performance from both.I think it's when watching games on the TV you only see what the camera allows, To see them in person you can get a wider scope on the game and you notice things you'd miss watching on TV. His reading of the game is just extraordinary, he knows where to put himself to give him the best chance at breaking an attack. He was my MOTM.
Mike smalling in central midfield? Have you been drinking?It's funny now that Fellaini is injured, would Mike be a better call in the DCM with Pogba? His is tall and just needs to clear the lines while letting Pogba do the trekking. Won't want him replacing Blind. I know people will say they prefer Carrick but Smalling has speed and his short passing game fits Fellaini's mold. I wouldn't be against the idea of Mourinho using him in that position instead of Blind.
Love his attitude, hard to love some of his performances over his seasons.Yeah, he is a big donkey but he is our donkey ffs and we should love a fella that doesnt give up.
Naa, just wondering if Smalling could do a Fellaini. Not 100% sure Carrick can, although Carrick offers something else. Schneiderlin maybe can too but haven't seen him training so wouldn't know.Mike smalling in central midfield? Have you been drinking?
Classically trained! There's no way I see him being sold. The challenge is finding his best role. I'm not convinced his LT future lies at centre back but he's been brilliant there admittedly...Great 3 points, superb mentality shown by the team.
Can't believe people were suggesting that Blind could be sold, he's been our best player so far this season. Such an intlliegent footballer.
Aye thats fair enough.Love his attitude, hard to love some of his performances over his seasons.
The stick he's got has been well over the top but criticism is warranted, i've wanted to never see him in a United shirt ever again on a few occasions only for him to do well for a few games.
It still remains to be seen if he can keep it up over the course of a season, if he does then huge credit to both Fellaini and Jose.
According to Mourinho's statement in the interview at the end, it was something like this:What formation did we play at the end?