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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.
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.
+5
We were like liverpool(s**t) last season.
watch your mouth! he is the carefully chosen one and deserves respect :D
+3
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
+1
Rooney's long range pass landed to RVP, unfortunately it landed on RVP's right foot lol.
+1
@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
+1
what is up with bale linking with united again??
the transfer window is about to open. the press need to fabricate some kind of drama to get clicks. current fiction suggests reus has reached an agreement with madrid, so madrid are open to hearing bids for bale. we have already bid for him once, i suppose they think we would do it again.
Transfer window= the press favourite month of a season...why?

They pick a name out of a hat full of football players names and they link that player to United without any actual proof or quotes. Once the player signs for another club they say we got snubbed.
did anybody notice Gerard slipping today ?

it is becoming a usual scene! lol
+4
Dejavu. He never go out when its raining.
So West Ham's tough schedule is about to begin just like how Southamptons tough schedule began a couple of weeks ago.

In their next 12 games West Ham will have to face: 2x Chelsea, 2x Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, United, Southampton, and Tottenham.
+3
bloodbath
Wow! There's six tough teams to play!
I think they'll take points from a lot of those. I especially hope they do some damage to Chelsea.
+1
Big Same probably gonna hire Chelsea big blue bus
Luckily we do not lose ground against Arsenal this wk. I don't care about City and Chelsea this year. We are clearly not ready for the title yet. I hope the press and a section of our fans shut up about this so the players can concentrate on the myriad of problems in our play.

Yesterday was so frustrating. We play the first half and after the red card with 0 pace and penetration. Stretching play was good but it's not enough when you have players like Young (3/12) and Valencia (0/7) on the wings cross-and-hope.
This was one of the few games this season where our attack is strictly limited to crosses. Burnley and West Brom come to mind. We don't cross this much when we really dominated teams. Look at Hull and QPR. Coincidence?

Our attack went down the left wing most of the time before the red card, probably because LVG identifies the weakness of their inexperienced RWB, but Young does not know when to take on defenders and when to link-up play (triangulate, through ball, overlap). His technical skills are bad but his decision making and vision are even worse. How could we have relied our attack on him?

But this is when I get most critical. Not on Evans or Fletcher (who were both shite) but Mata. He is supposedly "our best CAM" and yesterday was played in his favored position but he was anon through out.
His passing was wayward (84%, only Young is worse) and mostly backward or out wide (0 key pass out of 51, lowest of all the starting midfielders, yes worse than Fletcher who played 45').
He was the one who should have given us penetration but attempted 1 through ball and failed. He also failed at pressing high up the pitch and this is what I have talked about the day before the game. I won't be surprise if he is dropped after this. I would rather give Januzaj his shot at CAM now.

My rant ends with LVG. This is the second time this season he has made a mess with his selection and subs (first being Burnley). Injuries are not an excuse cuz he has always had to make due with that in the previous games.
Wtf was he thinking starting Fletcher? The guy is fine when we need an extra defender and cold head to hold onto a lead, but to recycle possession and press!? With Herrera and Fellaini out we should have used Carrick in midfield since kick off. Surely LVG had forgotten about our first 3 games and how crap Fletcher was.

Obviously we played our best football after LVG sorted this out at half time. But he then shot himself in the foot with his subs. RVP was on form but subbed out.
ADM gave us the much needed direct running in the middle but then LVG moved him out left and he become anon. Against 10 men he could have exploited the HUGE space in front of Young and his marker every time the play is switched to the right wing.
(I believe this is also young Wilson's fault for not running enough in that space, since Falcao was always going to be the more central of the 2, but I will not be harsh on him because our MF failed to spot the few runs he did made.)

Finally I can't understand LVG instruction here. When playing against 11 I can see why we need to stretch play and end up with crosses. But why the heck did we still do that against 10?
Agbonlahor was not an attacker like Benteke but part of their first line of defense. Once he is off, there is bound to have gaps in that first line where we could play more through balls or run into.
The first one is between their WBs and CMs, who stay tight together but very centrally. The more obvious one is right in front of Young, between their LWB and CBs, who stay very tight together in the box and left a huge gap where ADM if still played in midfield could have run into, and where Mata should have played through balls into, since Young is completely unaware of that gap and incapable of playing a through ball.
Did our players not see that? Why LVG or Giggs not instruct them to attack that area instead of passing to Young to cross? Wilson is not a header type and Falcao was alone against 3 CBs ffs. Not to mention the accuracy of Young's crosses and the attitude of our players in the last 15 min with 0 pressing. UGH!

First time I was this frustrated since the Leicester game. End of rant.
+3
if di maria wasn't coming back from injury, i could imagine him in the CM spot with carrick, and rooney in the cam hole and subbing off mata. i was most frustrated with mata in the side despite how atrocious evans was at times, and how bad fletcher was the entire 45. that would be interesting to see.

just have to see how fit we can get di maria for the next few games. i would give him 30 vs newcastle and try and play him from the start vs spurs and squeeze 60 minutes from him.
+1
Yes agreed. Luckily the game has little consequence thanks to Skittle but why LVG didn't leave ADM in the middle at 1-1 I will never know. Obviously he changed his mind along with the last sub because I can see the coach giving instructions to ADM before coming in and pointed to the right side of the field, showing him where to make his run.
Great post man!

I fully agree Mata is not playing adventurous enough. He gets into good positions but then he takes too long to make the decisive pass or he just chooses the safe option.

Can't tell you how many times I've seen RVP make excellent runs and Mata failes to notice it, I'm starting to think he doesn't like Robin very much.

I wouldn't blame the players as much since the team's formation was shuffled with like 3 times since the break. We're just not ready yet to execute different formations and tactics.

These things take time and I'm fine with that but doesn't make it any less frustrating ofcourse :)
+1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcq3JTohD64

he's no longer the same player, but this is what we are missing in defense. absolute tank, warrior, wall. dont see anyone who could legitimately fill his boots from when he was in this kind of form. no way benteke taking the ball down on his chest with vidic marking him
Warrior
He had said he wouldn't have left if he knew Moyes was not going to be around.
no i think it was wise releasing rio and vidic based on their performances this season. and given their ages, it was only a matter of time before they had to go anyways.

unfortunately, we failed to adequately replace them because evans jones and smalling are not fit to lace those guys' boots when they were in their prime. jones gets a pass as he's still just 22, but it's beyond clear to me these guys will not win us a title anytime soon. too injury prone, and not consistent enough. we need a commanding star and leader to steady the ship.


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15
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10
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8
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4
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8
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3
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17
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12
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