This is the dream summer we all wanted.
Sancho, Varane, Trippier and possibly a DM?
We should be challenging from day 1. Ole this is your time!
Sancho and Varane secured!Even if Pogba goes, we should have enough of a creative spark to score against anyone. Still, McFred together don't provide enough protection, consistent transition accuracy or press resistance to make me feel completely confident in big games against teams who will press us. I think Fred is good enough in the freer role in a midfield two, but ideally we should have been looking for an intelligent midfielder to partner him in providing defensive structure and solidity, as well as quality on the ball (passing, press resistance). Ideally, I feel we need a player in the mold of Verratti, busquets or kimmich to really round out the side and dream of doubles, but that's obviously out of the question.
If we do secure Varane, I don't think we'd have much to envy of anyone in terms of the attack and defence, and much will depend on if he's able to hit the ground running, acclimatize to the premier league and link up well with Maguire.
While I agree about Liverpool being over the hill and City maybe having a flat, you seem to be forgetting about Chelsea. Even if they're in desperate need of CF, they'll be in the mix for the title.I predicted we would finish above Liverpool last season and was correct, so I know what I’m doing.
It depends on transfers, I think we will get Varane but I just think our squad is not only going to have enough quality next season, I think it’s also going to be the hungriest. I think Liverpool are over the hill and Man City are going to be flat next season. I think we will be around 6-8 points clear in April. Quote me.
Don't know why but I've got a feeling City will drop off a little bit this season and Chelsea will win it. Perhaps just a feeling of a slight drop in quality from City along with a big upturn at Chelsea.I like percentages.
Man City 45% chance of title
Man Utd 15%
Everyone else adds up to 5%
If City get Kane then they go up to 60% and the next 3 lose 5% each.
If we get all of our targets and everyone else stays the same than it's something like
Man Utd 25%
All the rest 5%
Sancho is that world class creator, between him and Bruno we are fine. Grealish doesn't fit. We need the holding midfielder regardless of Pogba staying or going.Maybe... we will need a little bit of luck with injuries, and if we lose Pogba then still suggest we need a Grealish type midfielder, who can keep hold of the ball and create but our squad with signings of Trippier, Varane & Sancho is as good as anyone in my opinion. We should be in a proper race at very least.
No chance is it 50/50 for City. Liverpool much higher chance as well, they won the title and then had an injury crisis all season and the loss of motivation. There's always a big motivation drop after winning a title and we constantly see it with City.We have a fair chance to win the league
Last year I thought it was 50/50 who won the league between City and Liverpool. I didn’t see any other team with the potential to win.No chance is it 50/50 for City. Liverpool much higher chance as well, they won the title and then had an injury crisis all season and the loss of motivation. There's always a big motivation drop after winning a title and we constantly see it with City.
I'd put it at:
Man City - 30%
Man United - 23%
Liverpool - 22%
Chelsea - 20%
Others - 5%
Or you are underrating them
The market is seriously overrating City and Chelsea's chances, especially the former. Their 86 points will be nowhere near enough for the title this season.
I'd say wait until they sign Kane and then the smart money will be on United / Liverpool
Why do their more recent league wins have any relevance? Bearing in mind it's a different manager and most of the players are different too?People putting Chelsea behind us as league challengers seem to forget we've not won the league in years and in that time Chelsea have won multiple ones (3?).
They have that experience and belief, even if not the same players.
I just feel they have that winning mentality and can be counted on to come through in the clutch.Why do their more recent league wins have any relevance? Bearing in mind it's a different manager and most of the players are different too?
Do we, for instance, have more chance of winning the European cup, because we're the last team to win it out of us and City?
It's hard to judge how it goes.I just feel they have that winning mentality and can be counted on to come through in the clutch.
Could be just my personal bias but Chelsea have won plenty of trophies with all kinds of set-up, formations and managers.
Your point on recency is not a fair comparison as well. Not only have they won more league titles but also more trophies. In my eyes, Chelsea are definitely ahead of us as favourites for the league or at the very least same %-age.
Finally, I don't expect a defensive mid to come in which is a major weakness for us and people are really not putting enough pressure on Chelsea considering they spent twice as much as we'll spend on Sancho and Varane last summer. They should be challenging and be seen as City's main opposition.
Can you put the ages of the players next to their names please.De GeaToday we're a Matic replacement away from a solid starting 11.
AWB Varane Maguire Shaw
Sancho Cavani Rashford
If Pogba's leaving then we're back to needing two starters. CM and CDM. All eyes on that area of the pitch now.
Then next season we go all out for the long term centre forward. We're one season away from being solid but hopefully the club surprise us and have a plan for CM and CDM in whats left of this window.
Liverpool have VVD back and have signed Konate. I would have them as equal chance to United at 20% each, city at 40%, chelsea the same and rest of teams at 5% combined.Last year I thought it was 50/50 who won the league between City and Liverpool. I didn’t see any other team with the potential to win.
After a second thought, I can adjust it to: