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limerickcitykid

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I think the club still views Tuanzebe as a good talent. He did have a great spell with Aston Villa next to John Terry but injuries again the issue.
He never partnered John Terry even once. He played RB next to John Terry and was terrible.

He partnered Chester and later Mings in the second season.
 

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I think Fergie generally tried to avoid putting youngsters straight in to the spine of the team, and early on would play them wide for a bit, even if that wasn't their best position. Whether that's the best thing to do or not I don't know, but Fergie got things right more often than not of course.
I really don't like it with defenders, although I understand why he would do it. Playing fullback is possible to do decently if you can defend 1v1 capably (TFM did alright here last season), while being in the center requires a much better reading of the game and anticipation, with much less room for error. At the same time, I want our CB prospects to experience being in the center behind a quality midfield and attack, not behind a crap Championship team that wishes to hoof the ball or plays completely different to us. There's no need for Maguire or Lindelof to be playing in the league cup, that is the spot for Mengi and potentially Tuanzebe to get starts if Ole is smart.
 

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I really don't like it with defenders, although I understand why he would do it. Playing fullback is possible to do decently if you can defend 1v1 capably (TFM did alright here last season), while being in the center requires a much better reading of the game and anticipation, with much less room for error. At the same time, I want our CB prospects to experience being in the center behind a quality midfield and attack, not behind a crap Championship team that wishes to hoof the ball or plays completely different to us. There's no need for Maguire or Lindelof to be playing in the league cup, that is the spot for Mengi and potentially Tuanzebe to get starts if Ole is smart.
Yeah, I think it was more to get them used to the occasion, the crowd, the routine and things, first where they could do less harm. He did it with mids and forwards too. Either way I love to see the youngsters play.

Thinking about it Fergie did have a bad habit in minor cup games of playing raw youngsters and experienced men coming back off long injuries at the same time. I always felt that didn't work myself.
 

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I really don't like it with defenders, although I understand why he would do it. Playing fullback is possible to do decently if you can defend 1v1 capably (TFM did alright here last season), while being in the center requires a much better reading of the game and anticipation, with much less room for error. At the same time, I want our CB prospects to experience being in the center behind a quality midfield and attack, not behind a crap Championship team that wishes to hoof the ball or plays completely different to us. There's no need for Maguire or Lindelof to be playing in the league cup, that is the spot for Mengi and potentially Tuanzebe to get starts if Ole is smart.
You could argue that Fergie didn't do well with bringing centre backs through. So maybe that was a bad approach.