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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43BiUVlNy58

great interview of mou with rio at OT. You can just tell both guys are winners.
So, Keane , van Dijk or Lindelof. The academy fan boy in me says Keane. Southampton is asking for crazy money for van Dijk and Lindelof is the same story.
from what ive seen van djk is a immensely talented. he's big unit, athletic, technical, what more can you ask for? im surprised he isnt at a top team already, his stats are immense.

not convinced with lindelof yet, and keane.. dont think he's quite at the level to play here consistently.
It is a little ironic that all these years Arsenal consistently got qualification to the champion's league and other teams took turns missing out. Then, Arsenal miss out this year and every other team managed to make it.
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Although against kids but still- Marouane Fellaini has won 15 aerial duels vs Ajax, a new record high in one match in Europa League history
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When Ajax played Lyon, I was thinking, these Ajax players look tall. At the end, it was Lyon with short players lol. We dominated the sky of Stockholm (Zlatansholm).
Fellaini was on his I am Groot mode.
I just thought of a riddle. It's a hard one. Here goes:

4 players are badly injured. Shaw, Rojo, God, Young. Only one does not need crutches. Guess who?
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Shaw; he always has a pair lying around. Just in case.
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Just noticed that winning the Europa does not put us in Pot 1, it then depends on our Coefficient ranking points. However the points we earned by winning Europa have improved our Coefficient ranking, putting us in Pot 2. Its suggested that if we finished Top 4 without playing Europa would've put us in Pot 3, behind Tottenham.

I've underestimated the power of Europa lol. It put us in a much better position. Winning it gave us points similar to reaching semis in CL, maintaining our ranking.

Pot1: Chelsea
Pot2: Man City, Man Utd
Pot3: Tottenham, Liverpool
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Good news
Pot 2: Utd, City
"Not poets. Just humble people!"

Unlike some of you I've always enjoyed watching a team defend as a unit. It's a sight to watch and it's about time people start appreciating every approach that brings you results. I enjoyed watching Mou's Inter in that game against Barca, I enjoyed watching his Madrid team play against a stellar Barca and I enjoyed watching his Chelsea team two seasons ago. It's a dream come true for me to have him as our manager and to be able to watch the genius at work and support him at the same time. Thank you Mourinho for this trophy. amazing first season with the club.
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Nothing wrong with defending, but you've to be more effective and incisive on the break. nothing was sticking, we kept losing the ball. you have to be clinical on the break, pose a threat and hurt teams once you've won the ball back. we kept giving the ball away cheaply, there wasn't enough interplay on the break and a lot of those passes went out of play, went straight to the keeper or were badly mis-controlled. we did really well without the ball, it was a dominant performance, but with the ball we could have and should have done better.
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I do expect us to be more attack-minded in the future, I think all of us do. But I agree with your general point that we shouldn't overlook the progress we've made in defense. During the middle of the season, we were conceding late goals and ending up with 1-1 draws. We got in a shell a bit towards the end, but for the most part we've been able to close games when they count. It's good to see the team defending for each other. Yesterday was a very professional performance.

You generally build title-winning teams from the back to the front, so we're on the right track. I do want to see us be more sharp and clinical in attack next year.
if Fellani can be this good in the league games each week... do united really need a DM...

the amount of interceptions he made yesterday, getting himself in key positions, aerial balls deep in their half... i don't know.
maybe if he is better focus and works harder each week... united can save on buying a new DM and use the money elsewhere..

Now, the positions i think united can improve on...

- Left back, possibly and attack minded LB

- a striker, finisher, forward: Zlatan is not going to be here long enough and with his age fitness is a big problem. Rashford still has a lot to learn... but he will definitely be playing

- Left winger... Martial should be sold, the lad is gassed out. he is not improving and not playing well at all. i thought with Depay gone, he would have carried that position and bossed it.


A utility attack player like James Rodriguez is good.. a midfielder that scores goals... this is exactly what united is lacking:- GOALS.
if they can get those needed goals, mourinho is very good at defending his goals

Douglas Costa, Lukaku are very good buys... they shouldn't buy Griezman, he will flop in England
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Yes we do need another DM because Fellaini is just not consistent enough. I don't mind having him as a squad player for another season but we need to have better players in the starting XI. Players who can perform at the highest level week in week out, not just in motivation-driven games like a european final. It's good to see he can step up his game in occasions like this tho
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lets not get carried away, fellaini wasnt playing DM either, it was herrera sheilding the defense. fellaini was told to get high up the pitch and win the ball in the air. a lot of his flick ons and whatnot went straight to the goal keeper or an ajax player, it was a bit of a disjointed performance at times. not trying to be harsh, he played well overall and probably deserved MOTM too, but he wasnt playing dm. sometimes our entire team was behind the line defending, thats where his defensive contributions came from.

the reason some of us want fellaini in the squad is because we know he's a handful if you play to his strengths. I still remember the season opener RVP's first season with us, away at everton. he dominated our midfield and even gave the CBs (yes, including vidic) a difficult time in the air. some teams cant cope with that and thats where fellaini comes in. he's really good at what he does, and some teams wont have an answer for him.

the other half of the story is most top teams have tall athletic defensive players. you need big guys to help you defend set piece and to chip in with goals as well. fellaini does both for us fairly well.
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@Cjayzz - I don't know if anyone can accept your critique because it is a little off base. We may need a LB, but we do have a couple young players who have held that side down well throughout the season. We definitely need a Carrick replacement although I am seeing that more and more in Pogba. What we need is CB (Jones/Smalling unreliable), CM and ST, as you indicated.

Fellaini like SoccerIsFootball said was playing more of a hybrid CAM. He has played DM in the past and definitely put in some important defending, but was not playing alongside Herrera as a DM. He definitely needs to work on his heading for me, but he is a good player and got a lot of stick for things he may or may not be responsible for.

I don't know where you get Martial is gassed. He has had not the most brilliant of seasons, but I don't think he's going anywhere. He's a brilliant player. Have you watched enough of him?


Many of us had said James is a luxury signing, don't think many want to see him here as he may be a Di Maria 2.0, but we are not mad if he comes. Mkhi is a midfielder who scores GOALS but has been adjusting to his first season in the Prem. He got off to a slow start.

I hope we never see Douglas Costa in a United shirt. My least favorite player of all time. Lukaku is semi-realistic at the moment, but we will most likeyl take a hybrid striker like Griezmann. I think we could shell out the change for someone like Mbappe or Aubameyang too.

Martial looks like a player who would not accept bench role for too long. Next season if your signing couple of big players like Gerizmannn and James...How do you even see Martial making playing 11?
@RedArmyGeneral

first and foremost... i never placed fellani as ur DM yesterday (SIF)... the reasons i made my comments to his display and performance yesterday were because that is what is expected of a DM... I have once said here before that Ander could be the DM you lots are looking for... if he simply stopped chasing the ball too much and sit in the heart of the midfield and create his chances from there.. then he is going to be similar to Alonso.. i certainly think mourinho has figured that out.
....But Fellani's performance yesterday were exactly what a DM should be doing.. whether he was playing Attacking midfield or Striker.. what he displayed yesterday were the skills of a DM..

Sergio Ramos was once a RB and terrible at it.. till "some manager" moved him to Centre Back seeing his qualities are better needed there..
Gareth Bale was a LB until Harry Redknapp converted him to a forward...

why can't fellani be transformed to a DM under Mou... he did it for Ramos; look how it worked out.
the only reason i can take is Fellani is inconsistent.

2ndly... Please tell me the young players that have held that LB down properly.. let me tell you that is bloody BS!
..if you haven't noticed, that position was United's biggest problem this season.. and the No. 1 spot united will be looking to cover in the summer... the only 2 ppl on ur team that can play that position are injury prone. Luke Shaw even when fit is better off on bench.

and as for martial... if you have been paying close attention to speculations in the media, you will definitely know he is leaving Man United this season or his career is dead... i repeat dead! he has failed to impress at each time he is giving the chance.
Not only that, midfielder and wingers are probably the most available players in the transfer market.. and i can guarantee you, Mou is going to buy a Left winger... be it douglas costa, Renato Sanchez, Bale.... whoever.. but he will definitely buy one

you will definitely be the only one to think Di Maria was a luxury buy... if Mourinho met di maria in your team, then your season could have been a different story..
Di maria seemed like a luxury buy becos Van Gaal was just so s**t of a manager that he didn't know di maria needed a little bit of free role to play ... than being stock at the LW always..
is he flopping in PSG currently??

and finally, if you think united bought a 90mil pound player to play as a DM, then you don't know s**t.
Pogba couldn't play DM at Juventus... why would he then come to man united to sit and be making interceptions??
Pogba is a pure CM and a Utility player in the creative role in the midfield... not a player to bully ppl off the ball.. e.g Casemiro, khedira, kante, busquet... those are examples of DM incase you don't know what i am talking about

Mate,it's either
- you don't watch football as a game by watching and supporting players you like
- or you're not a united fan to know where ur team is flawed
- or you just a basic supporter.

i don't see anything that made my previous comment "off base"
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Fellaini can't hold or pass the ball to save his life. He is incapable of making those long passes or starting a move quickly from the deep. I thought this was obvious, kind of important attributes for that position.
We definitely need more quality in the midfield role.
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"Glory
I did notice that yesterday... he wins the ball and then gives a weak pass and united looses it again.
But as For holding the ball and making long passes.. Pogba is a Centre midfielder..

its not often you get an alonso for a DM
@Cjayzz

I'd appreciate it if you read more critically. Obviously I struck a nerve by your comments being off base, which I still think they are. I don't think you're entirely wrong in your opinions, but you sound like you haven't watched enough of the United season to make the criticisms and suggestions you've made. I'm not going to hve a pissing contest over who knows football better, it's a subjective game. I've watched every 90 minutes when I can for the 30 years I have supported United. I played collegiate and semi-professional football as well. I don't even think you have those years on me.

I did not say Pogba was a DM, I said he was a Carrick replacement. I think that Pogba has played a DM role this season. All of our midfielders have been hybrid this season, often exchanging roles within the match. Carrick has played DM sure, as has Herrera as a box-to-box with emphasis on DM. I suggested Pogba as a replacement for Carrick as a deep lying playmaker because this has primarily been his role at the club for all the time he has played here.

Pogba has been oustanding at holding the play up out the back. His strength has been much needed and he has used it succesfully. If you don't see Mourinho molding him into something like a hybrid deep lying playmaker / holding midfielder, then agree to disagree.

Where have I said Di Maria was a luxury buy? I said we don't want James as he is a luxury buy. We have enough players close to his talent that can score goals (Mata, Mkhi, Martial). Di Maria never adjusted to the league and didn't show the passion of a United player. He's at PSG for a reason and I don't think you can compare his success at PSG to his flopping at United? Completely different leagues and he actually had a team with a concrete foundation playing around him. To use your own argument - "you don't watch football as a game by watching and supporting players you like"


To your comment about Fellaini as a DM, yeah he might be good there. But if you think a DM plays like "if he simply stopped chasing the ball too much and sit in the heart of the midfield and create his chances from there.." - that is exactly what Pogba has done for most of the season and why are defense has been succesful.

I agree LB needs strengthening. We will most likely sign someone, but with Blind, Darmian, Shaw, Rojo, there is enough there to shore up the side.

Also- speculations about Martial in the media? Give me a break mate, he's on a four year contract worth a lot of coin. He has extreme potential and if you don't see Mourinho building a strong, young, attacking base here, I don't know what to tell you.

We'll just have to see about your projections. But there is no need to attack one's footballing intelligence, especially when you are a fan of Real Madrid who really never has to worry about the same problems United faces.
depends on the opponent, if we need to defend crosses sure stick him in front of the back 4, that has been done plenty of times - including a few this season.

However, if you want him to start playing holding midfield, that's not going to happen. his touch and passing make him a liability as the last man before the defense, he's also not the quickest or most agile, it's not difficult to outrun him or pass around him as the lone dm.
Congrats on the win, you guys were clearly the better team. Champions league should be interesting for English clubs next season. Cheers!
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Great win, congratulations!
5 English team, back into the Champs league~

I come to appreciate the win especially after the terrorist attack.
Congratulations!
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