Discussion in 'Transfer Forum' started by VanGaalEra, Aug 5, 2019.
This looks generous now. I will drop it to 4 or something.
Even Chelsea didnt buy any player this summer, due to transfer ban. Is looking to get stronger and strength more than United.
Abraham was close to score against United. He scored 2 in last and his confidence will rise. And when the new players like Pulisic, Mount and Hudson settle, get use and understand each others better. Collective and together they will be better.
And Rudiger and Kante havent play regular yet. Reasons they are conceding goals. And they are definitely better double covered from midfield and attack than United. Like Willian and Hudson, both can play on both sides. And Giroud/Abraham and Loftus Cheek fighting for 1 striker role. They are well covered to battle for top3/4 spot. I am sure Chelsea will get better while the season goes on.
About United. If Maguire would be the difference of top 4 or not by end of the league. Then I would rate 2 under average or 4 above average of 5 is the top rating, by the end of the season. But United still can add more by January,to help them to achieve top 4. So it can change by January. But right now i will give them average of 3. Not top, the middle of a tree.
From 3 average to 5 and top. United should get a top RW and CM. None of them. Reasons why 3 points out of 5.
So with Darmian gone, that makes 3 in and 6 out including Fellaini.
3 good purchases, it would appear. However Herrera and Lukaku, and to a lesser extent Smalling, look like they could easily have played a part this season. We have basically put too much faith in our young squad and will probably miss out on top 4 as a result. Really, there is no guarantee we even make top 6 unless several of the kids make a big impact.
But if the plan was to clear the decks, assess what we have coming through by giving them a proper chance, then spend big next year to fill the gaps, I guess I can see the logic. At the end of this year though, Young and Matic will have to leave. Pogba will surely have had enough. So we're likely to still need at least 5 or 6 next year.
Where's the progress? We were dire last season and by the end, the need for huge investment seemed undeniable. The Glazers have been given a fairly easy way out of spending money this year. But starting right now, we must have a plan to bolster the squad in January and next summer. No more half measures or excuses. Back our manager with the money to compete at the top.
Revising my 5/10 to a 3/10. Our lack of quality and options in midfield and attack is, frankly, negligent for a club of our size and resources.
7/10. Got rid of a good chunk of players who had to go. 3 very good signings. Promising youth at good ages going to get chances, while others who are young are getting the chance in bigger roles which is the only way they'll step up. Only thing I would change would have been to do all this a lot sooner, and also of course lacking a holding midfielder which would've made us favourites for 3rd IMO. Regardless though, a lot to be optimistic about, but future windows need to focus on a midfield revamp with Pogba likely gone, as well as going hard for Sancho to complete the attack.
6.5/10, brought in the right players but not enough players didn't get a midfielder or a RW, got rid of some of the deadwood but not all the deadwood
It's probably a 9 for outgoings. I have, and always will, say that Lukaku is god awful and I'm delighted to have got him out and received pretty much our money back. Sanchez leaving, along with other deadwood is a big plus.
I also like our 3 signings; they're all to the benefit of the squad. However, we really should've brought a forward in. Didn't need to be a big name, flashy Dybala type signing. A squad option to offer some variety would've sufficed. Mandzukic would've been my shout. We also desperately need a midfielder to play in the role Pereira has been in, but Rome wasn't built in a day, and I'm not sure there's an obvious candidate for the role (FYI, I've seen Bruno Fernandes play maybe once, so have no opinion on him).
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