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The name Rodrigo Possebon popped up in my head today and I wonder where he went. Anyone remember him? He was considered a wonderkid back then and he played at senior level for us 8 times. In those 8 games, he showed first team quality, a good midfield dictator and distributor. I'm really shocked finding out he was playing at 4th Division in Brazil last season. He played only 52 games and scored once in 6 seasons, averaging one club per season. Wonder what happened to him. D:

http://vimeo.com/101013334
Injury ruined his career.
He broke his leg or something while playing for us, that was it!
Well, that's just horrible. Its weird some players can recover from broken leg just fine while others cannot play like they used to. Take Djibril Cisse and Henrik Larsson for instance.
Check out Kovacic's goal!

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i had him for two months, barely a shot on target, now he scores this. great.
looks like one of those scholes shots, the second he touched you knew it would've been in the back of the net
Happy holidays everyone! See you next year! :D
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You know what I would like, that POS Busquets. That would be a dream signing.
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^Of course it would be, he's one of the best DMs in the world, maybe even the very best.
He's been swinging between the usual great games and just downright bad performances (due to making two or three big errors when he has a bad game) for almost two years for us now. With Mascherano being consistently outstanding (especially as a DM), there might be a possibility of you guys getting him if you offer enough. But I'm pretty sure the answer will be a definite 'nope' when you don't make a serious offer. And knowing your previous offers for Barça players, you're likely gonna start bidding at £0.50 :P
Would be a perfect Carrick's replacement tbh
Would love him. one of my favorite players ever. his intelligence on the pitch is probably unmatched in football.
he's a pathetic diving crybaby, no thank you
He's good, but I'd never ever want to see him play for Man Utd.
A while ago I said Welbeck is better than Wilson and a bunch of you got onto my as usual. I'd like to know if you guys still have the same opinion and why? What exactly is Wilson better than Welbeck at.
PS I know Wilson is Young and has time to improve but I'm talking about the here and now

PSS Nani owns
Wilson is more patient than welbeck. if you're going to be on the bench, your attitude needs to be proper.
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Here and now, not much. His finishing is more composed when he gets a chance, and he's a natural at creating space for himself. It's more a matter of trying to teach someone who can't finish or open an angle for himself how to be a striker and with Wilson it's just letting him develop because he has that natural finishing ability.

That's the main difference I see, I know Henry said he couldn't finish and he learned how blah blah but Wilson is like a little british version of RVP only with pace.
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Wilson>Welbeck!!

How old is Welbeck though,24! and Wilson is 19.Wilson will improve.

Wilson has better finishing than welbeck tbh and he is bought on to the team by LVG to add pace to the team.Also I haven't seen Wilson being played as a out and out striker by LVG but rather more as an Winger imo or to mark someone.
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if you are going to compare wilson to welbeck, you have to compare 19 year old wilson to 19 year old welbeck. wilson is way more prolific than welbeck ever was and is a more natural #9 unlike danny who spent a lot of time in midfield. wilson still needs to fill out physically, but once he does, he will be a real handful worth his direct running, pace, technique and of course that lethal left foot.

but really, saying all that is unnecessary. kateo put it perfectly, wilson has the time and patience to wait for his chance while danny does not (given his age). in the end, that's all that matters as danny wasn't forced out of the club - he left to get more playing time. we didn't even want to sell and at first were only willing to discuss a loan.
All I know is, is that both are better than Nani.
anyone with a free link to download or watch this please let me know:

"The Making of Ronaldo"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2vxcuOZjak&app=desktop
What do you guys think of Vlaar?

I remember a some of our fans saying we shouldn't sign him just because he had a good world cup. I don't think he could do worse than Evans, Smalling or Jones. He'll be more of a short term fix until the end of the season. I don't see any quality CBs being available in January.
he'll be a good short term fix,which I don't mind under current circumstances.
I say, just sign him up.. how much will he cost? few seasons ago, Gary cahill was at bolton and going for 6million. we all know what happen next. I'm all for a seasoned and proven player at the league
We should have a look at Shawcross, solid defender and I think we have first option on him if they wish to sell.
I'd rather us buy Zambrano, we could get him dirt cheap and he's defended very well against the likes of robben kroos ribery ect. Reads the game well and is athletic.
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there are a few short term options, vlaar and shawcross being two of them. not bad either way but I'm not sure they're what we need right now. i would argue we need more protection for the back four and cover in the fullback positions so we can play with a consistent shape and stop chopping and changing twice each match.
Josh Doughty waiting for international clearance for Man Utd debut
Manchester United's academy signs up some of the most talented young footballers in the world and Canadian midfielder Josh Doughty is now closing in on his debut for the club.
The 17-year-old was at Carrington yesterday watching the U18s in action and is now waiting on being granted international clearance so he can make his debut in January.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah faced similar delays when he joined United from Ajax this summer but he has since gone on to enjoy a fine start to his career at United and Doughty will be hoping for much of the same.
When Doughty is given the green light to play for United, he will come into an U18s side which is enjoying a good run of form and Paul McGuinness' recent award as Pro Game Professional Phase Coach of the Year is a testament to the excellent work which United's academy does with youngsters.

http://thepeoplesperson.com/2014/12/21/josh-doughty-waiting-for-international-clearance-for-man-utd-debut-64908/
Brendan Rodgers sound like Moyes did last season.
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We were like liverpool(s**t) last season.
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watch your mouth! he is the carefully chosen one and deserves respect :D
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I really hope Liverpool somehow sneak into Europa for next season again. They need to continue struggling with an unnecessary distraction and not get the free run they got when they finished 2nd. I won't forget how unbearably annoying the fans were. Granted they lost 2 massive goal scorers to transfer and injury respectively but the poor recruitment process and god-awful squad management is all their own fault. They need to re-live the disappointment of anonymity for a couple more seasons. At least.
Yeah I don't mind Liverpool as a team, and normally wouldn't be feeling the schadenfreude that I do now, if it wasn't for their bloody annoying fans who were so convinced of their greatness last season (and even early this season). Don't know how many times I heard Liverpool fans mocking Utd for being a mid-table team. Now when I see the table I just laugh.
there's an increasing debate on how we rely on crossings so much...

just want to show some stats here..

according to Whoscored.com, 73% of our attacks come from crossing, the highest among big 4:
Chelsea: 68%
Arsenal: 68%
City: 72%

also 72% of our action zones (touches) come from our own defensive and middle third, the highest compared to:
Chelsea: 70%
Arsenal: 66%
City: 70%
this means we may not press enough (and implies that we often side pass or back pass)

and using statistics, Whoscored also list out each of the club's strength, this is where it gets interesting:
Chelsea, Arsenal and City all have strengths in "creating scoring opportunities", "creating chances using through balls" and "creating chances using individual skills". These are all indicators of attractive, attacking football.

We don't have any of those. Meanwhile, our attacking strengths are "attacking down the wings", "creating long shot opportunities", and "shooting from direct free kicks". Again these are indicators that our performance may be rather tepid.

perhaps all of us already know this... the stats here just to confirm that we indeed lack of individual skills and creativity in making chances through various means..
now on to the WHY? I can think of 3 main reasons:
-injuries: important players absent frequently, too much changes in personnel leads to inconsistency in communication and teamplay, crap replacements
-formation: playing 352 is bound to make our attacks come more from crosses and our passing to be deeper (more players in the back/middle than in front)
-young
Old habits die hard. Our football has always been play down the wings and a couple of months won't be enough to change that.

Also Mata and Rooney do more backward passes then forward passes and they have been our number 10's for most of our games.
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you are not going to teach an old dog new tricks. so long as our attacking midfielders are mostly out and out wingers, we will rely on crosses to create chances.. you are right, we were not playing like this with di maria, herrera, blind etc in the side earlier in the season. most of the crosses were from rafael and from good positions.

but it's good that you see all other teams depend on crossing. city, which for a while now have played the best football in the league, rely on crossing for 72% of attacks. there's nothing wrong with crossing, but there is a time and place to cross so that you have a high chance of scoring. we don't seem to create enough of these chances, like the valencia low cross/ cutback to rooney for the opener vs liverpool. those are the type of crosses that will result in a high conversion rate, but we don't carve enough of those chances because we rarely have our mids beat a man (either through pace, skill or passing combination) and unbalance the opponent's defense.

herrera mata adnan di maria and rooney are all capable of playing high quality through balls, but they don't always get into those zones where they can play those passes. that's something we need to work on as a team, the movement of strikers, the vision to pick out the runs and the execution of the pass.

ps, stats like this are helpful, but i dont even know if these differences are statistically significant. not much difference between 72-70-68% just from numerical point of view imo.
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What I dislike about Rooney is he never tries the risky forward passes like through balls or linking up with a striker.

Time and time again he'll just spread it out wide for our wingers who don't cross well all the time.
Rooney is very cautious about his play this season, he never try something risky that might cost us a game. He used to be very straight forward, take long shots whenever there's a gap. He used to be really fast when he was thinner too... But that's the past, he's now the captain, there are many things on his shoulders.

Is it me, or does any other people think Rooney's long pass only reaches Valencia most of the time? XD
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Rooney's long range pass landed to RVP, unfortunately it landed on RVP's right foot lol.
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@shiwa Rooney is still repaying Valencia for the number of assists he gave Rooney during the season where he score 34 goals.

Haha thats what I think but in all seriousness he does prefer Valencia
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Premier League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
39
23
13
36
1
3
12
16
1
39
22
14
36
2
3
12
17
2
32
12
18
30
3
5
9
17
3
31
10
19
29
4
4
9
17
4
29
15
13
28
6
2
9
17
5
27
9
21
30
4
6
7
17
6
27
-1
23
22
6
3
8
17
7
25
3
19
22
6
4
7
17
8
23
-5
23
18
6
5
6
17
9
22
-3
24
21
7
4
6
17
10
21
0
27
27
6
6
5
17
11
20
-10
21
11
7
5
5
17
12
19
-3
21
18
7
4
5
16
13
19
-9
24
15
4
10
3
17
14
17
-6
23
17
8
5
4
17
15
17
-12
32
20
10
2
5
17
16
15
-8
27
19
8
6
3
17
17
15
-14
26
12
8
6
3
17
18
13
-9
24
15
8
7
2
17
19
10
-14
29
15
11
4
2
17
20
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