They're expecting them to be teenage Fabregas when he's an exception not the rule. Can't remember many other young CMs, in the last couple decades being as good as a young him. Wilshere?They did the same to McTominay. When they come into the team I am pretty sure they are under instruction just to keep it simple, keep possession, until they get over their nerves and get used to the speed and physicality of the game. Then, like Scott, they can start to express themselves more.
Might as well not even bother trying in the matches then I guess.Throw away match really, it should be a given that we beat teams like partizan by 3 or 4 goals with ease and that's with a 2nd side let alone what we had out there today which was about as strong as we could play.
I dont quite get the purpose of field such a strong side, we sure as hell ain't winning the Europa league under Solskjear considering the possibility of teams like Dortmund, inter Milan, red bull salzburg and Valencia dropping down into the competition from the champions league.
Gomes is injured. He has been for weeks now.The idea of fielding the strongest side is very understandable. The result tonight is not the important factor in beating Partizan. It is for Sunday. Now we must play positively on Sunday but I am still worried about the easy way Partizan cut through the midfield. I think with Young not playing it may be better on Sunday. But we need to take our chances and we missed more tonight than we scored.
I am puzzled by the fact that Lingard gets to play while players like Gomes doesn't. Lingard should not be near the squad either. I thought Mata was the worst when trying to defend. Lingard is worse. He always jogs behind the opposing player when trying to get the ball. At least Mata goes at full speed and if he cannot he tries to foul the player and stop him. With Lingard it is just escorting the opposing player.
Lindelof and Tuanzebe are injured. He deserves credit for not picking Phil Jones, though.Obvious things from tonight
Rashford and martial scorers of great goals not great goalscorers
Mata 10 times the player Periera is
Greenwood ... get a forward in short term but this guy will be our CF for years to come
Let’s give Ole credit for sorting the defence out
I think Ole is the first manager to finally figure out how to use Phil.He deserves credit for not picking Phil Jones, though.
Ashley Young is suspended against Brighton. Williams will get his first PL start at Old Trafford this weekend. He would have gotten minutes last night if not for McTominay hobbling off.I do not understand why Ashley Young keeps getting 90 minutes game in, game out. It's a good day for him when he's just mediocre instead of being an active hindrance. Brandon Williams has looked impressive every time he has played, and I understand Ole wants to protect the lad but for feck's sake you have to give him games EVENTUALLY if you want him to develop.
Other than that, decent performance. First half was dynamite and it could've been 5-0 at the half, Rashford and Martial looked great and Greenwood threatened too. Took our foot off the gas pedal for the second half, and then the inevitable arrival of the likes of Lingard killed off the rest of United's attacking threat. I really really REALLY hope McTominay didn't mess up his ankle too bad because if he's out, United are well and truly fecked.
I'm not laughingWe played similar to the first half against Bournemouth. High penetrative forward passes down the middle of the field. This time, we actually scored goals.
There's no better player at this club with their first touch and tight space control as Mata. Despite his athletic limitations, I love him as a small #10.
Rashford could have had a hat trick really.
Lingard depressed me. He's just so out of tune with effective football right now it's laughable.
Did you come to the post match thread to say that the win wasn't good enough? We won, what else could we possibly do for this match? "Not good enough"? I'm really not sure there is a way to argue that the forwards gaining confidence is a net loss, but here we are.Good result but still not good enough.
Can't see Ole keeping his job if this keeps going. We should not wait till Astana/Partisan or Liverpool/Chelsea/City/Tottenham to be able to win or play some decent football.
We only turn up against terrible sides or top sides. Nothing in between (which is like 70% of the season's matches).
I checked. In the EPL we only have 4 goalscorers this season. (Greenwood has not scored in the Premier League)Amazingly we still only have 5 different goal scorers this season (Rashford, Martial, Greenwood, James and McTominay) and we are well into November.
I don't know how one would check that, but it must be some sort of record.
Good result but (what We've done so far, overall) isn't enough. Edited my post to make it clearer, sorry I forgot to include it.Did you come to the post match thread to say that the win wasn't good enough? We won, what else could we possibly do for this match? "Not good enough"? I'm really not sure there is a way to argue that the forwards gaining confidence is a net loss, but here we are.
Garner?????Good watch. Feels good to have enjoyed a performance. A bit flat in the end - but was expected with Lingard, Andreas and Garner on the pitch at the same time.
Lingard and Andreas didn't do anything to show that they should be a part of the future of this team
That makes sense! I'd missed Young's suspension, so barring the sudden appearance of Ashley Young in a fake moustache and wig on Saturday this seems like a good move. My bad!Young is suspended for the next PL game so Brandon is going to start and play the full 90 against Brighton on Sunday. With Shaw still not match ready it made sense not to risk Brandon tonight and possibly end up with no available Left Back for the league game. If Young had not been suspended for the next game I expect Brandon would have started tonight.
I disagree. I think he showed he's the only real No.10 we have. Lingard and Pereira are willing to run a lot, but their quality on the ball is atrocious.Mata:
Poor night. Way off pace. To me, didn't get involved much and when he did was wasteful
What good quality on the ball did Mata show?I disagree. I think he showed he's the only real No.10 we have. Lingard and Pereira are willing to run a lot, but their quality on the ball is atrocious.
We should just give up on the 4-2-3-1 altogether. McTominay and Fred have impressed me so much lately, we should switch to a 4-3-3 again when Pogba comes back.