What do we still need? Aka The never ending story

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We need a new starting right back, centre back, defensive midfielder, centre midfielder, right winger & centre forward

So 6 new starters

DDG

New Signing
Lindelof
New Signing
Shaw

New Signing
New Signing

Pogba (c)

New Signing
New Signing

Rashford/Martial/James

Lots of work needed.
Time to find yoiur captain's replacement Mate!
 

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Why would any top player sign right now for Manchester United?
  • Winning trophies: no
  • Champions league football: no
  • Development as a player: absolutely not
  • Money: maybe, though PSG, City, RM, etc. can match and exceed if they are interested
  • Location (city, climate, etc.): no
Looking back now, signing Ole before the season ended was another in a long line of catastrophic decisions made by our management. What player in the right mind would want to come here after witnessing the complete meltdown we had at the end of the season. Now we are stuck with a completely unproven manager and no clear direction, philosophy or style of play. At least if we had Pochettino or Jardim, we'd have something to offer potential signings.

We should not be selling Pogba, Lukaku or de Gea unless we are 100% assured to get top level replacement(s). Even keeping all three of these guys, at a minimum we still need at least 2 CBs, 1 or 2 CM, RB and RW/ST. I just don't see how we recruit any players we need, especially with Woodward in charge of our transfer dealings.
 

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Top three, in order of importance:
1. People running the club who prioritise success on the pitch (not just clinging on to a company that appreciates in value as football becomes steadily more commercialised)
2. A comprehensive review of the club's team coaching and recruitment structures, resulting in restructure on some rational (non-ad hoc) basis
3. A manager who is adept in setting up a team to use modern, incisive tactics

Until then we can carry on taking pot shots in the transfer market for players that will single-handedly elevate an increasingly aimless side (with ever decreasing likelihood of success as our pull decreases).
 

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What we need is to be smart in this transfer window.

We need players for the 1st elven. I'm not against signing players like James and Longstaff, but we need to get the best available in the positions we need. Unfortunately, it seems that we are going to overpay for players like Maguire and Longstaff.

I hope Pogba stays, but if he decides to leave... I'm afraid we are not going to buy a quality replacement.

We still need a CB, 2 midfielders and a right-winger.
 

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I think we still need a world class forward, a world class midfielder and a world class centre back. But that’s easier said than done. United would be insane to let either Pogba or Lukaku go before getting replacements so there’s a good chance we will starting the season with these two. If that’s the case then get a class midfielder who can play alongside Pogba and create for the big lump up front.
 

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Not sure about Lukaku but no chance Pogba will be here when the season starts.

So minimum should be one attacking/creative midfielder, one experienced CB, one DM and a RW.

I personally would try to get Isco for good conditions involved in the Pogba deal and have another look at the Inter players who could be part of a Lukaku deal in case they do not have the money.
Don't know much about him tbh but could not mabye Brozovic be useful for us?
 

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Maguire for CB
Partey, Savic, and Fernandes for midfield.
Pepe for RW
Yedder for CF
Then we are ready to go. Can't see it happening though.
 

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Maguire for CB
Partey, Savic, and Fernandes for midfield.
Pepe for RW
Yedder for CF
Then we are ready to go. Can't see it happening though.
We might get Longstaff, maybe.
Window closed, manager "happy with what he has"...:rolleyes:
 

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What we need and what we get are two completely different things at United .
I still think we need a CB , 2 CM cover at LB and a Striker. I think we will sign a CM and possibly a massively overpriced CB and that will be it .....
 

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We still need players to leave, which may impact on incomings.

We will only sign a ST if Lukaku leaves for example.

Talk of a CB, but also talk of Bailly/Tuanzebe having a chance to stake a claim. We have too many players that need to leave which is clogging up the squad.

Realistically, at this point with James and AWB in, I can only see 2x midfielders being looked at unless we have some departures.

New contracts for Young/Jones look like they are doing more harm than good in truth
 

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-----------DDG
AWB-Lindelöf-Hermoso-Digne
---------Tonali
-----Fabián---Pogba
--Tsygankov---Martial
------Zapata/Ben Yedder

----------Romero
Dalot-Smalling-Tuanzebe-Shaw
----------Garner
---McTominay-Fernandes
--Greenwood---James
--------Rashford

------Youth/Dustbin (thnx to some pal on the forum for the idea)
-----------Grant
Laird-O'Connor-Ercolani-Williams
----------Matic
-----Levitt-----Gomes
---------Mata--Sanchez
--------Hoogewerf

Joel Pereira, Rojo, Jones, Lingard

Loan to EPL club: A. Pereira, Fred / to Championship: Chong
Sell now: Lukaku
Release: Grant, Young, Darmian, CBJ
Sell or donate before the contract is over: Bailly (Summer 2020), Matic (S. 2020), Lingard (S. 2021), J. Pereira (S. 2021), Rojo (S. 2021), Mata (S. 2021), Sanchez (S. 2022), Smalling (S. 2022), Jones (S. 2023)

We need to start playing FIFA. We are truly fecked with our board and squad, Solskjaer needs to improve too.
 

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-----------DDG
AWB-Lindelöf-Hermoso-Digne
---------Tonali
-----Fabián---Pogba
--Tsygankov---Martial
------Zapata/Ben Yedder

----------Romero
Dalot-Smalling-Tuanzebe-Shaw
----------Garner
---McTominay-Fernandes
--Greenwood---James
--------Rashford

------Youth/Dustbin (thnx to some pal on the forum for the idea)
-----------Grant
Laird-O'Connor-Ercolani-Williams
----------Matic
-----Levitt-----Gomes
---------Mata--Sanchez
--------Hoogewerf

Joel Pereira, Rojo, Jones, Lingard

Loan to EPL club: A. Pereira, Fred / to Championship: Chong
Sell now: Lukaku
Release: Grant, Young, Darmian, CBJ
Sell or donate before the contract is over: Bailly (Summer 2020), Matic (S. 2020), Lingard (S. 2021), J. Pereira (S. 2021), Rojo (S. 2021), Mata (S. 2021), Sanchez (S. 2022), Smalling (S. 2022), Jones (S. 2023)

We need to start playing FIFA. We are truly fecked with our board and squad, Solskjaer needs to improve too.
Yeah good luck with that lot with 4 weeks to go
 

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Why would any top player sign right now for Manchester United?
  • Winning trophies: no
  • Champions league football: no
  • Development as a player: absolutely not
  • Money: maybe, though PSG, City, RM, etc. can match and exceed if they are interested
  • Location (city, climate, etc.): no
You should work as our chief negotiator.
 

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If we could buy just one more player... Would you prefer to sign a center back, a midfielder or a right winger?
 

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If we could buy just one more player... Would you prefer to sign a center back, a midfielder or a right winger?
center back. I dread to see Jones or Rojo playing in defence. Give me a solid CB any day over these clowns.
 

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If we could buy just one more player... Would you prefer to sign a center back, a midfielder or a right winger?
Midfielder, put can decide if it should be a DM or a B2B. So many holes to fill before we can seriously and consistently challenge for the title. We need a CB, I think we need a LB as well, two center mids, a right winger and a CF!
 

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Midfielder, put can decide if it should be a DM or a B2B. So many holes to fill before we can seriously and consistently challenge for the title. We need a CB, I think we need a LB as well, two center mids, a right winger and a CF!
We have been linked with Maguire, Longstaff, Lemina, Fernandes and Yedder. I think we are going to end up with 3 of those players if we sell Lukaku. Sadly, it seems that we will continue with Lingard as our main RW.
 

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A midfielder - an enforcer. Someone like Gueye .
I agree with that type of player, but hopefully much much better than Gueye.

We are too easy to play against. Lesser teams can keep possession and regularly carve us open, but we can't do the same against quality teams.

So we need an enforcer who can break up play, and who can help us keep possession and doesn't shit himself when put under pressure.

Who that player is, I have no idea? Rodri might have been a shout, but alas.... Its certainly not Bruno.
 

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I agree with that type of player, but hopefully much much better than Gueye.

We are too easy to play against. Lesser teams can keep possession and regularly carve us open, but we can't do the same against quality teams.

So we need an enforcer who can break up play, and who can help us keep possession and doesn't shit himself when put under pressure.

Who that player is, I have no idea? Rodri might have been a shout, but alas.... Its certainly not Bruno.
Rodri is not that kind of player. Dont even know why Bruno is even mentioned :confused:
 

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I am still surprised how come no big club have been linked with Ndidi. Really like the look of him. Pogba would love to have someone like him paired with him.
 

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Rodri is not that kind of player. Dont even know why Bruno is even mentioned :confused:
A defensive #6 who is strong on the ball? I think that is exactly what Rodri is.... And Bruno was mentioned because he seems to be the only midfielder we have been linked to.

Edit* I guess there have also been links to Longstaff, and maybe he is thought of as this "defensive" CM that we need. But the links seem to have dropped off and I will be surprised if we sign him.
 
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So we need an enforcer who can break up play, and who can help us keep possession and doesn't shit himself when put under pressure.

Who that player is, I have no idea? Rodri might have been a shout, but alas.... Its certainly not Bruno.
I genuinely believe we’ll head into the season relying on Matic and McT for that role.

I don’t think we’ll be signing a player like that this window.
 

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Most of us would probably say we need 2 centre mids, bearing in mind Fellaini wasn't replaced, and most would have Herrera as a starter.

However, we definitely won't write a 50m Fred off, or 40m Matic, and the club are heavily invested in McTom making it.
Plus Perreira has signed a long deal.

So that's 4 players for 2 positions, so all of a sudden, buying one youngster with potential suddenly makes sense from the club's point of view.
 

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First XI:

Rashford
Dan James--Pogba--Greenwood
Longstaff---McTominay
Shaw--Maguire--Lindelof--AWB
DDG​

Second XI:

Martial
Sanchez---Mata---Lingard
Fred---Matic
Young--Jones--Smalling--Dalot
Romero
By the end of the season, hopefully. I expect Matic/Lingard to start in August.
 

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We need to build our new team with quality players. I think we are done great so far, Wan Bissaka and James are players with a lot of potential.

Defense: We just need a CB and a cover for Shaw (maybe next summer). Also, we should sell some players like Rojo, Darmian, Bailly and Jones.
Midfield: We need 2 players, a DM is a must.
Attack: Even if we sell Lukaku, I wouldn't buy a striker. Greenwood can play some minutes there and Martial/Sanchez could cover Rashford. I prefer to use that money to get a RW.
 

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A defensive #6 who is strong on the ball? I think that is exactly what Rodri is.... And Bruno was mentioned because he seems to be the only midfielder we have been linked to.

Edit* I guess there have also been links to Longstaff, and maybe he is thought of as this "defensive" CM that we need. But the links seem to have dropped off and I will be surprised if we sign him.
Wrong- Rodri is not an all action defensive midfielder and that's what I meant in my post as well.

Bruno is pure attacking midfielder like a lampard and has no business in being mentioned with DMs.
 

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————Rashford—————-
Martial--Pogba--Greenwood
Fernandes---McTominay
Shaw--Maguire--Lindelof--AWB
——————DDG—————-

Would genuinely be chuffed with this. I just hope it will be that rather than Lingard and Matic replacing Greenwood and Mctomminay.
 

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We need:
a commanding CB - Maguire/K2/Izzo/Herelle
a ball winner - Ndidi/Partey/Grillitsch/Lemina
& a right sided forward - Pepe/Ziyech/Sancho

Bonus:
A promising ball-playing CB - Konate/Milenkovic/Tah
Another LB - Firpo/Martin/Telles

With only 4 weeks left I'd be surprised if we got more than Maguire in though.
 
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————Rashford—————-
Martial--Pogba--Greenwood
Fernandes---McTominay
Shaw--Maguire--Lindelof--AWB
——————DDG—————

Would genuinely be chuffed with this. I just hope it will be that rather than Lingard and Matic replacing Greenwood and Mctomminay.
Fernandes will need to play ahead of Pogba in the AM role. Pogba will have the withdrawn role or Ole could perhaps play both Pogba and Bruno as No.8s and have a proper No.6 behind them. Although we wouldn't have addressed every concern but Maguire and Bruno would put us in a healthy position and probably just losing Lukaku would be fine. However, getting Diego Costa on loan would be a masterstroke as a temp Lukaku replacement.
 

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We need a CB DM and AM(if we're using the 4-2-3-1). And if we sell Lukaku we need one more attacker.

For CB Maguire already seems to be in the bag so that's my pick I guess.

The next priority has to be DM. Forget we have no RW we also have only one natural DM in an immobile declining Matic. He can't play every game. He shouldn't even be starting and doesn't fit the pressing system we're trying to play. I think we need a mobile a DM after getting CB but hardly anyone is available. Rice would be expensive... Ndidi is a no go area .... Maybe Ole wants to play Fred there but I don't trust him. I'd honestly go for Longstaff only because of the few quality DMs that are available right now. But we need one.

If we were to spend over 25m for Longstaff then it's a no for me. In that case I'd go for Partey. He isn't a DM but he's very mobile and aggressive and can play in a double Pivot. He'd replace Mcctominay and play with Pogba in a double Pivot with an AM in front which could work.

For AM Bruno is an easy choice for me. He's a leader... Can work in a pressing system.... Good at set pieces.... Creative and can take long range shots.. He'd fix some of our problems while adding to the squad.

Then if we sell Lukaku we would need an attacker. And for me this depends on Ole's stance with Martial and Greenwood. If Ole wants Martial to compete with Rashford for the CF spot then I'd say we get an RW. But if Martial retains his LW position then we need a striker. My picks Rw - Bale on loan(stop gap for Sancho) St - Ben Yedder (stop gap for Rashford)