Potential Matic Replacements

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  1. Aug 19, 2019

    Adnan Full Member

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    Don't worry mate, even the best make mistakes.
  2. Aug 19, 2019

    Devil may care Full Member

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    Fair point, given the way they fold in the CL I sometimes don't class them that highly.

    I think a club like Rennes has more leeway than a club like us in this regard, where there's no pressure outside of not being relegated, but still, to put a 16 year old in the first team, especially in that role is impressive, I mean if you look through history if a 16 or 17 year old has gortten into the first team at that age they are usually a forward, for a 16 year old to play holding midfield at senior level, a position that usually requires experience, is fairly unique.
  3. Aug 19, 2019

    Ikon Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    Agreed.
    Matic is obviously the weakest link now that RB & CB positions have been sorted out.
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    Adnan Full Member

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    It reminded me of Van Gaal giving a 16 year old Clarence Seedorf his debut at 16 for Ajax. That 16 year old won a Champions league with 3 different clubs and a host of other titles before he hung up his boots.
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    Man, if the kid goes on to have half the career Seedorf had it'll be a great one.
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    sun_tzu The Art of Bore

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    Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
    Can't sign u18 players from the EU once we leave
    Can't see him still being available in 2 years
    So not an option


    I really hope not
    Can't sign u18 players from the EU once we leave the EU
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  7. Sep 16, 2019 at 15:33

    FootyGirl88

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    Hopefully we get a replacement in Jan
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    Walters_19_MuFc Full Member

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    Be hard to get a replacement in Jan, especially someone of high quality.

    Replacing him should be high on the priority list, though, along with a right winger and number 10, if we continue to play with a 4231.

    Question is, who's out there? Maybe we can purchase an astute signing like we did with James.
  9. Sep 16, 2019 at 19:28

    davidmichael Full Member

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    Right now based on what I’ve seen in pre season through to the weekend I’d say we could put a traffic cone in place of Matic and the difference would be minimal.

    In reality we either need to try Fred in that role as McTominay is best as a box to box or we need to integrate Garner into the role which will be similar to when Carrick played that role therefore a deep lying playmaker who sits in front of the back four and dictates from there.

    If not Fred or Garner then it has to be someone brought in as Matic is such a huge and clear weak spot in the team when he plays, if Fred can play that role then him between McTominay up and down the pitch from the right with Pogba doing his own thing from the left of a 3 is the best possible selection until January at the earliest.
  10. Sep 16, 2019 at 19:55

    SparkedIntoLife Full Member

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    Marc Roca perhaps? 40m euros release clause. Bayern were heavily linked with him in the Summer but went with the cheaper Cuisance instead, probably to save money for the Coutinho loan fee.
  11. Sep 16, 2019 at 19:59

    Devil may care Full Member

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    I just had a shit, I am going to keep it and try to sell it to Woody in January, by then it should be really ripe and at least the opposition will have to around it and not just straight past it.
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    Lash Full Member

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    Roca, Berge, Sangare and that sort of player would be available if we came knocking in Jan (IMO). Being in the Europa, in that regard, may be a benefit that allows us to see some astute signings from unexpected places.
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    KranjskaKlobasa New Member

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    What about Zubeldia? Only obstacle is his long contract which would warrant a considerable fee (can't find the data about his release clause).
  14. Sep 17, 2019 at 14:40

    bond19821982 Full Member

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    Think the plan is to give it to Garner . He is too young now but will make the step up in next couple of years.

    An older signing would make more sense
  15. Sep 17, 2019 at 15:38

    RkkMan New Member

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    We'd still need an extra DM cause Garner would be the only specialist DM
    And it's almost impossible he's thrown into the deep end so quickly anyway when he can barely be in the first team we've not even done that to Greenwood who's our most talented youngster
  16. Sep 17, 2019 at 15:40

    Devil may care Full Member

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    That's not how top clubs operate, which probably means it's exactly what we are trying to do. If Garner is good enough he'll take the spot when he's ready, we shouldn't be buying old stop-gaps to hold the spot open for him.
  17. Sep 17, 2019 at 16:11

    Alemar Full Member

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    If it is the plan we must play him now already, at least once every several games. Garner doesn't grow as a footballer from sitting on the bench (actually, he almost never makes the bench even).
  18. Sep 17, 2019 at 16:34

    bond19821982 Full Member

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    While I agree 100%, its us. So wouldn't be surprised