Yeah would love this City ban to stand and some of those players you mentioned to jump off the ship but I just know they are going to get it completely overturned. We certainly should not be naive enough to think that 5th place will get champions league football because that would be a serious schoolboy error.I don’t think the squad is a million miles away, certainly not the starting 11.
I don’t think player for player Liverpool or City are much better than us, but they have a system and style and a proven manager.
Look at that City side last night. Out of those that started for them I’d probably only have Ederson, KdB and Mahrez ahead of our lot.
Agree totally with this. Yes, we've splurged millions on players, but how many of them were actually targeted rather than just being a big name? My one big hope is that we seem under Ole to have changed this. Long may it continue.Investment is important though. The signings of Van Dijk, Allison and Fabinho turned Liverpool from a very good team into a world class one. Same for Pep with the investment he made in his second season. The trick is targeted signings; being really careful in terms of picking the players you want, and doing your due diligence to be certain they have the character, the ability, and style to fit in with what you have, and add what you don't have. The mistake (or one of the mistakes) we've made in previous seasons in the transfer window is feeling like we have to spend on a player, any player, to fill the gaps. If you're 5 players down your shortlist, maybe its better to just not spend, and wait for a better opportunity. But when you do have an opportunity to get your first choice, you go for it, and you pay what it takes, because if you have a coherent transfer strategy, you know you'll be confident you'll be getting quality in the long-term, rather than wasting slightly less money on a player who will give you a poorer return, who you might have to replace again in 2 years.
I like AWB but TAA is the hottest RB in the world right now and it is great for England with the options we have on both flanks, Sterling,Hudson Odoi,Sancho,TAA and our very own Marcus should light up the International scene for years to come.Agreed 100%, I think United want young english talent in the squad so for the NT it's also good.
Rashford, Sancho, Greenwood, AWB, Maguire all in the same squad would mean they are always together the same spine, if its England NT duty or Man Utd they will always train together, always know how each other plays, when to pass the ball, when to release it.
The prospect of having AWB Sancho form a partnership for the english NT for 8 years and Rashford + Sancho means the whole right channel will be together at all times.
International duty AND at club level, which would build a very strong foundation, Sancho is the 100% must buy this summer.
And yes there needs to be more signings with that, this summer is a statement of intent, but every summer should be.
It's not a real title anyway *Agree totally with this. Yes, we've splurged millions on players, but how many of them were actually targeted rather than just being a big name? My one big hope is that we seem under Ole to have changed this. Long may it continue.
Why is there all this bleating about Liverpool winning the PL? It was bound to happen, I'm sure most, if not all of those ding so, are younger fans and don't remember the dark days of the 70s and 80s.
It's not the end of the world, really it isn't. Honest.
Our record against City, Chelsea, Spurs has been great. Should have been more points off Liverpool. The only match which we were well beaten was at the Emirates.If all our first team can keep fit for the majority of the season (looking at Pogba, Rashford and martial to a lesser extent) we should be nailed on 3rd/4th. Add a quality player on the Right and I think we have enough quality to genuinely challenge. In an ideal world we’d sign a DM, CB and LB too but that RW is absolutely crucial, I’d rather out score teams than sit back and hold on to a one goal advantage. Get someone like Sancho and I do feel like we should be challenging at the very minimum
Both those guys are still very young, let’s wait and see what a full strength 11 can do....We don't have a top class striker. Martial good as he is can't be relied upon to score the goals to a title challenging team.
Rashford is not a top class striker. Not even close as he is not reliable.
So we need another top class goal scorer, another world class quick CB and a defensive midfield player.
The lack of consistency is due to the lack of squad depth. Between Sheffield United and Norwich, three days later and five starters difference, the quality drops significantly. Under peak Fergie, we used to be able to change 5 players with little discernable drop off in quality and performance.I don't think the absence of a top class striker is the problem. I see no reason why Rashford, Martial and Greenwood can't do the goalscoring. Not to mention additional goals from the midfield.
There are a few fringe players I would be only too happy to see leave. Some added quality in the squad would be good. But I think United could compete for trophies, even if not the PL. United have a quality first team, when they turn up!
The problem is the lack of consistency. United have dropped points in 18 out of 31 PL games this season. Ten draws and eight defeats is simply not good enough.
It genuinely makes me angry that we have needed to rely on other teams like City, Chelsea and fecking Leicester to win the league so Liverpool don't have to. Everyone at United should be embarrassed by the last 7 years and how our biggest rivals who have been a joke for the large part of 30 years have overtaken us so much.