Team for the Europa League

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  1. Aug 12, 2019
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    pascell Full Member

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    Thanks mate! I'm actually looking forward to the draw, I want some teams that'll give us a test. A group with the likes of Torino, PSV & Eintracht would be brilliant and a good test for any of the youngsters that play, it'd also allow Ole the chance to try and control games from midfield against very solid technical teams. We want to avoid any Russian or Ukrainian teams because of the travel distance.
  2. Aug 12, 2019
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    R'hllor Full Member

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    Playing strongest XI on Thursday and then playing them on Sunday in PL, that will be one of dumbest shit ever. Our squad might not be long enough in CL to get used to Wend. -> Saturday, players saying them self its different to adapt for what ever reason.

    Besides, wasnt there like a stats from 2 years ago showing the amount of points dropped by PL teams after taking a part in EL game.
  3. Aug 12, 2019
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    Seeing as we've already won this I feel like we've 'completed' this competition and no longer need to win it. However, in saying that, I was Solskjaer to win something tangible just so people give him a break.

    I'd start the likes of Chong, Greenwood, Tuanzebe and maybe even Gomes and Garner in some games, maybe not all at the same time but certainly give the likes of Maguire and Pogba a rest. If we get to the knockout rounds then we can start taking it more seriously, but I honestly wouldn't until we draw a team that got knocked out of the Champions League.
  4. Aug 12, 2019
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    stevoc Full Member

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    The team for Europa League games should be the best players available and suited to the opposition.

    Playing a mid week game on Thursday and then Sunday won't exhaust the players any more than it would if we were in the Champions League on Wednesday and then Saturday, thats a load of nonsense.

    We should be going all out to win this competition because A, its a European Trophy and B, it qualifies you for the Champions League.
  5. Aug 12, 2019
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    I'd go all out second string - unless we plan on winning this we should concentrate on the league and 4th - I dont think we are strong enough to do both this season. Romero, Tuanzebe, Jones, Smalling, Young. Gomes, James, Fred, Matic, Greenwood and Linguard. Give the kids a regular run of games and get them ready for the champions league next year.
  6. Aug 12, 2019
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    Vissy New Member

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    This would be the sort of squad I want to see for Europa League:

    Romero
    Dalot, Tuanzebe, Jones, Williams / Laird
    Garner/Levitt, Fred
    Chong, Mata, Gomes
    Greenwood

    I would give Williams and Laird first team minutes here no problem, at the very least against weaker opposition. Garner and Levitt as well. Rest are obvious.
  7. Aug 12, 2019
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    We should rotate and give youngsters plenty of game time. Greenwood, Gomes, Chong, Garner, O'Connor, Laird and Brandon Williams, should all get minutes and experience.
  8. Aug 12, 2019
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    We need a B team with a mix of experience and youngsters. Some games will be hard, specially with inexperienced players I think.

    Romero
    Dalot Smalling Jones Young
    Matic Fred
    Chong Mata Pereira
    Greenwood

    Pereira/Grant Rojo Tuanzebe James Gomez McTo Sanchez

    Fosu-Mensah Rojo Darmian Garner Bailly stand by
  9. Aug 12, 2019
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    Ole has already said that the young players will be used in the EL, and it's most likely the precise reason why the likes of Greenwood, Gomes and Chong weren't sent on loan.

    It certainly won't be overkill, but I'd say the following would be an exciting team to see:

    -----------------Romero---------------------

    Young---Tuanzebe/Bailly---Jones/Smalling---Dalot

    ---------Matic------Pereira/Fred-----------

    ------James/Chong-----Mata------Gomes--------

    ---------------Greenwood/Sanchez--------------

    With the odd first teamer in as an insurance policy.

    I'd say that's a strong enough line up with right blend of experience and youth, with at least one experienced head in each action area to compliment the energy of the kids, with the engine room having a lot of experience to balance out the youthful attack.

    EDIT - Forgot about Sanchez.
  10. Aug 12, 2019
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    Romero
    Dalot Tuanzebe Smalling Young
    Garner
    Mata Gomes
    James Greenwood Chong​
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    I'd love us to win this again. but if we're going to use the competition just to give the youngsters much needed first-team experience i'd prefer if we got a Group of Death to start with as opposed to a easy group.

    Pot 2

    PSV
    Sparta Prague
    Krasnodar
    Viktoria Plzen
    Braga
    Gent
    Borussia Monchengladbach
    BATE Borisov
    Young Boys
    Ludogorets
    APOEL
    Legia Warsaw

    Pot 3
    PAOK
    FCSB
    Saint-Etienne
    Qarabag
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Feyenoord
    Slavia Prague
    Getafe
    Espanyol
    Malmo
    Maribor
    Partizan

    Pot 4
    Standard Liege
    Wolves
    Red Star Belgrade
    Maccabi Tel-Aviv
    FC Sheriff
    Rennes
    Istanbul Basaksehir
    FC Oleksandriya
    F91 Dudelange
    LASK
    Wolfsberger AC
    FC Lugano

    Group #
    Manchester United
    PSV
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Standard Liege
  12. Aug 12, 2019
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    Mibabalou Full Member

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    I’d like to see a balance of youth / experience but rest whoever establishes themselves as first choice in the PL until maybe the knockouts.

    Romero
    Dalot - Smalling - Tunezebe - Young
    Garner - Fred/Matic
    Pereira/James - Mata - Alexis
    Greenwood
  13. Aug 12, 2019
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    Annihilate Now! ...or later, I'm not fussy Scout

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    It'll be a mix of experienced squad members and youth, as it should be.

    If we go full youth, especially away from home, then there's a decent chance that won't go well.
  14. Aug 12, 2019
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    Dwazza Gunnar Solskjær Lutefisk is it!

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    I only care about a strong performance in the league this year. Use the EL to blood the youngins.
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    Water Melon before it dries out, eh

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    PL and EL are the two main competitions to focus on. Winning the EL guarantees CL and allows our players to taste a bit of European football. Do not care much about FA or Carling cups.
  16. Aug 12, 2019
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    See how we draw first.

    If it's some 13th ranked league farmers, mess with the lineup.
    If it's some Spanish or Italian midtablers - we'll have to go stronger.
  17. Aug 12, 2019
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    I don't know about the full team, but players like Gomes, Greenwood, Tuanzebe, Dalot and maybe even Garner should be key players. To this i think you have to add so experience and a good time to give minutes to Mata, Matic and Fred.
  18. Aug 12, 2019
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    Agreed.
  19. Aug 12, 2019
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    Romero, Dalot, Tuanzebe, Smalling/Jones, Young, Fred, Matic, Chong/Mata, Gomes/Pereira, James, Greenwood/Sanchez in a 4-2-3-1 is what I’d expect in the easier group games.
  20. Aug 13, 2019 at 16:45
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    We should play a B-side for the first few matches - as it looks, the following teams will be seeded (in addition to us) and we can't meet them.
    Sevilla, Arsenal, Roma, Besiktas, Sporting, Cska, Wolfsburg, Lazio, Borussia M, Saint Etienne and Getafe - and then there are a few teams that are still in the qualifiers so maybe they can push St.Etienne and Getafe down into seeding 2.

    At the moment Standard Liege and Rennes are the best ranked non-seeded sides - so basically as it stand now, they are the best sides we can meet. And with all due respect - I don't mind using Fred, Jones, Smalling, Sanchez, Greenwood, Romero, Tuanzebe etc against them
  21. Aug 13, 2019 at 17:12
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    Depends who we draw.

    If it’s one of the smaller ranked oppositions, then give the youngsters a chance.

    If it’s someone like a PSV, Borussia Monchengladbach etc, we will need to field a strong side.
  22. Aug 13, 2019 at 17:35
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    DDG, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Rashford and Martial shouldn’t be kicking a ball in the group stages. Team should be picked from rest of squad but Axel, Greenwood and Gomes should all be starting.

    If we get through then assess it from there, this squad probably is going to struggle to be good enough to finish 4th or win Europa let alone compete for both.
  23. Aug 13, 2019 at 17:45
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    VeevaVee despite the protests, wears Ugg boots Scout

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    Personally, I'm not arsed about winning it again. I doubt Ole will see it that way though, and will want to win a trophy with us. Hope it doesn't affect our league position.
  24. Aug 13, 2019 at 17:49
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    matherto ask me about our 50% off sale!

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    If we win, we get CL football and surely it's easier to win than maintaining a good challenge through 38 league games with the squad we've got.

    Plus it's a trophy. Why wouldn't any United fan want us to win a trophy?
  25. Aug 13, 2019 at 17:59
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    It's a good opportunity to blood some youngsters properly.

    I'm sure Solskjaer intends to give players like Greenwood minutes here and there anyway but starts for youngsters in the Europa group stages is a great bridge between youth and Premier League football, with the added bonus of resting first-teamers for the more important games.
  26. Aug 13, 2019 at 18:01
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    Stobzilla Official Team Perv

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    A lot will depend on how well we end up doing in the EFL trophy. If those mid week games fall on the same week as Europa's then we won't see much of Gomes, Chong or Garner in the EL.
  27. Aug 13, 2019 at 18:02
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    I really don't care about this cup, only want to see our youngsters in the first team. That would be fun to watch, plus resting our main squad for the hard EPL matches.
  28. Aug 13, 2019 at 18:06
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    We definitely don't go with a Team A and a Team B. It will be a mix and match our "top" and middling players in both competitions depending on circumstances. But we will see Ole exploring who his best XI is early in the PL and take it from there.

    Who's in form? Who needs a rest? How strong is the next opponent, but in the PL and the EL.

    We absolutely want a long run in the EL and it's worth the stretch to go for the trophy lift. There are limits to how far we'll stretch as we head into the latter stages of the season. If we're battling for fourth and are in the EL final against a tough opponent, we field our best XI for both.

    EFL and FA games will feature of younger/Plan B players by design.
  29. Aug 14, 2019 at 09:42
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    Ikon Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    I absolutely agree with you, 100%
    I want Manchester United to win every competition that we are involved in.
    The Europa League is still the UEFA cup in my eyes, and its a major European trophy that I'd definitely want added to the club's honours list.

    To me its a Wengerism, to turn your nose up at winning a trophy because you deem it beneath you somehow.
    The Europa League is our current level, it's the biggest prize that we can realistically win this season, and can you just imagine the euphoria of Solskjaer winning a European trophy for us..??
  30. Aug 14, 2019 at 09:47
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    Adam-Utd Part of first caf team to complete Destiny raid

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    Nobody said we won't be trying to win it, but a 2nd string team should be more than good enough to get out of the group stage.

    We also CANNOT use the first team twice a week Thursday and Sunday, have them travel to far away countries and still expect them to have remain fit and energetic for the league. It just won't happen.

    Eventually once we get into the knock out stages we can start taking it more seriously.
  31. Aug 14, 2019 at 09:49
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    Ikon Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    And also, nobody said use the same first team twice a week..! :rolleyes:
  32. Aug 14, 2019 at 09:51
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    They did if you read up.
  33. Aug 14, 2019 at 10:48
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    R'hllor Full Member

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    None starting PL team/squad is strong enough regardless of a group, i just dont wanna see players for next PL game be on the plane to travel, dont wanna see them on the bench at home either. Make them train like there is no Europe and focus on PL opponent.

    Romero- Dalot- Axel (if VL is starting next to HM)- Jones/Smalling/Rojo - EL (feck Young) - Matic - Fred - Greenwood - Mata - Gomes/Chong - Sanchez.
  34. Aug 14, 2019 at 10:56
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    For sure we should rotate but this was our route to CL in Mourinho's first season so I think it should be seen as a viable option and not take it likely.
  35. Aug 14, 2019 at 11:07
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    Mark Pawelek Full Member

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    The Europa League draw has not yet been made so we don't know who we'll play against. Yet we're already deciding our squad? Daft.
  36. Aug 14, 2019 at 11:08
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    Hopefully UEFA fix it nice for us and all the teams are in west Europe.
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    A pipe dream. :(
  38. Aug 14, 2019 at 11:16
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    Not a bad idea to go all out in the later stages since winning the EL Qualifies you for the CL. Doubt the likes of Tahith Chong will get you that far though. I really liked him at Feyenoord, but he hasn't really developed that much since.
  39. Aug 14, 2019 at 11:17
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    Unless we get to the last 16, I wouldn't want de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, or Shaw involved in this competition at all. I'd say the same for McTominay, Pogba, Martial, and Rashford as well, but I just have a feeling that at least occasionally (while we're not guaranteed to go through) Ole may decide to include Pogba and one of Martial/Rashford on the bench. He may also use Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, and McTominay in the odd game pre-last 16 purely to give them a bit more European tournament exposure as they're obviously limited in experience in that regard. Still, I hope that we can get away with not having to use these first-team players until we look like we have a strong chance of winning the tournament. We shouldn't be playing close to our first XI in the group stage unless we went and failed to win our opening two games or something.

    I want to see Dalot, Tuanzebe, Gomes, Chong, and Greenwood given starts, accompanied by Smalling, Young, Matic, Fred, Mata, and Sanchez for example so it's a mix of youth and experience.

    Romero
    Dalot Tuanzebe Smalling Young
    Fred Matic
    Mata Gomes Sanchez
    Greenwood
    ---
    Grant; Rojo, Jones; Garner, Chong, James; Rashford​

    I think this is something that should see us win a good four group games regardless of opposition we draw.
  40. Aug 14, 2019 at 11:18
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    Romero
    Dalot Smalling Jones Young
    Fred Matic
    Periera Mata James
    Sanchez

    Subs:
    Grant
    Tunezebe (starts some games)
    Rojo (starts some games)
    Garner
    Gomez (starts against weaker opposition)
    Chong
    Greenwood (starts some games)