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  • #182496
    Mikus LFC
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    I’m not sure Mak. Last season just didn’t feel as serious – that’s not to take anything away from those who had success. But because there were a lot of strange results, it gave most of the managers a much wider berth in terms of any expectation. And the very low number of managerial changes during the season confirms that. So we have to look at that season more in that context for me. Ole did well under those conditions. But he’s walking into very different ones this season. I agree the pressure won’t be on him immediately because of last season. But as time goes on, the pressure will start to be felt. He may deal with it well, or he may not. But until we know, I can’t factor last season’s result’s to influence my opinion of Man Utd for the coming season.

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    #182497
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    Ya, I mean it’ll also largely depend on how the 2 new lads settle in also. They are quality players who should add a lot of quality to that or any team. Cant wait to find out how it goes!

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    #182498
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    Confirmed that Robertson has mild ligament damage. god damn.

    Timeline is said to be 3 months but we’ll hear a more accurate guess soon, I’d imagine. This is a pretty bad start for us.

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    #182499
    Brian blue
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    I still think most are still over estimating City, We do not have the largest squad but admit the quality is still there but we are open to injuries like any other team but we have multi role players that help as well. This is why I do not like the idea of Bernado going anywhere, he is so useful at both ens of the pitch. Looking from afar, it looks like Pep has a different game plan for next season, the one thing that will remain the same is possession of the ball, at the moment I would guess at 3-4-3. I am not bothered about Kane, I believe we would do OK without him and keep money in the Bank or wait for better things to appear.

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    #182501
    Mikus LFC
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    Brian, just looking at some of the City reaction – it does seem common that many City fans want Bernado to stay, even some preferring him to Grealish. Apparently Pep has confirmed there are up to 4 players who want a new challenge, of which Bernado may be one. Do you think the arrival of Grealish (and possibly Kane) has upset the apple cart too much in terms of discontentment in the squad? It may all work out well, but you are taking risks with the feeling in the squad with these things. Or does this discontentment in some players go back further?

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    #182502
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    Maybe Brian but adding 2 of the best players in the PL to an already amazing side, makes it difficult for many to see beyond City for the title. I am saying Liverpool but I’d imagine that I’m the only one mad enough TBH LOL.

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    #182505
    sean the sailor
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    Ole was brilliant in the big games in his first full season but I thought he was very negative last season Ed with the exception of city away and spurs away. City away was an excellent performance

    People forget utd weโ€™re top in jan then they lost to sheff utd so I get your point.

    It was like he always took the draw. Afraid to push on and get they win in the bigger games.At anfield no crowd, fabhino and Hendo at cb and they just didnโ€™t go for it.

    Some terrible games v Liverpool , Chelsea twice, arsenal twice, city at home etc but fantastic in his first full season

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    #182508
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    Yeah Sean I thought we gave Liverpool far too much respect in that away game. Deservedly beat you in the cup to be fair. Arsenal we were rubbish but that’s not a big game any more really. City at home was a weird one. Neither side seemed to want to win it. Chelsea away we were playing the form side in the league and probably should have won the game, but for a questionable penalty decision for the Hudson-Odoi handball. Chelsea at home I think they came for a draw there too and neither side really risked anything, though we were fortunate to not give away a pen. That’s often the case in these types of games though.

    The problem is I don’t think Utd have the midfield to go toe to toe with these sides and Ole knows that. He had so much success in the big games the previous seasons by being so good on the counter but started to get found out last season as teams didn’t really dare attack us for fear of the counter so the games were often stalemates. Utd weren’t going to take the initiative as they don’t have the midfield to do so.

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    #182509
    FoxyFoxes
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    1/ City
    2/ Chelsea
    3/ Liverpool
    4/ Leicester/Man U

    The last position for me is a toss up. I think both teams are vulnerable to key player injuries. Man U had very few last season and showed that when Bruno didn’t play Man U didn’t score. If we can keep our key players fit I think we can do it this time around.
    Chelsea position for me hinges on getting Lukaku

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    #182510
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    Chelsea at home is actually a prime example. In 19/20, they came at us and went for the win attacking us from the whistle. We picked them off on the counter winning 4-0. Then last season Lampard was much more cautious, understandably. Chelsea had 6 shots, 1 on target. We didn’t have the quality in midfield to take the game to them, hence the stalemate. That was the case a lot last season after the impressive wins the previous season.

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    #182511
    sean the sailor
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    Ye fair points Ed. They need a bit of steel in there. Someone like nidi. I think mctwoniey has done well though to be fair. No one really plays two holding players like utd do but I think that was to protect lindolf and Maguire. Maybe there might be a change in formation with verane there now?

    Exceptional pace now beside Maguire. Might go 4-3-3 but thatโ€™s means Bruno doesnโ€™t play as a number ten???

    Interesting to see how they will line up when varane available

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    #182512
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    Yeah McTominay has been good but he’s not really a defensive midfielder. He doesn’t have the positional discipline to play that lone defensive midfield role, nor does Fred, hence they’re often played together. The lack of a proper defensive mid limits us tactically.

    We played 433 against Everton at the weekend with Matic in that role and we were very good, winning 4-0. Matic doesn’t have the legs though to play that role for a full season.

    Ndidi/Rice are great but both way out of our price range.

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    #182522
    Brian blue
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    Mikus and Mak, Bernado…Pep likes flexabilty, Bernado is Mr Flexability, I would say most City fans want him but it is clear he is unsettled by events, understandable. Prefer Mahrez or Sterling to go from the attackers. Mendy and Laporte from the defenders. that should give us a bob or two

    Do we want both? I bow to Peps greater wisdom but I think it a risk not worth taking. I would have preferred a younger player, less prone to injury. Has the Augerro history told us anything?

    Mak. I think Liverpool are well in with a shout because if Klopp does change his style and goes for solid results I do not see why they could not be Champions again. City will rely on total attacking and ball possession, we know that now, live or die by it, which always give the opposing team chances. I do think Klopp does need to change though, Pep understood that and that is how we bounced back. This season will be exciting I think, everybody beating everybody

    As to the crazy odds…City are a beatable side and name any game you want to name, but if they are allowed to get in there stride, they will win. We lost a number of games because we did not start right, Home or away but pulled through. The players on the pitch only works if the collective game is understood and applied…that is Peps ethos. he is not infallible but the closest anyone gets in the EPL. Play well City, win or loose…no draws please.

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    #182525
    Mikus LFC
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    Mikus and Makโ€ฆsounds like a kidโ€™s programme ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Weโ€™ll see Brian, I would just have a few worries about harmony in the squad after all this. I think if a player like Bernardo does leave, youโ€™ll then really try to buy Kane.

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    #182527
    nine nine nine
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    I think Pep’s philosophy is “If you stand still you go backwards” plenty of examples of that in football.

    I think City might be slow burn this season and personally I think they need a striker as seemingly does Pep. But if City get one once they get into their stride they will take some catching imo.

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    #182529
    Brian blue
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    Nine…yes I would like a striker as well…just not Kane…I would have preferred Ings over Kane but too late now and still think a younger fitter guy is made for that role with what support he will have. I am a realist though and if Pep really wants Kane, I wonder id he does, he will get him but I am not going back on what I said from the start,,,the risk is too high at this price level on what he may potentially offer over a season. I am not anti Kane…he is a very good striker but I do not see him fitting City style of play and we will not alter that to fit one player

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    #182530
    Brian blue
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    Mikus…I think players mind set is changing, it had to, they know from the outset what they sign into, rotation is the “norm” now and they have to be ready when called if they do not perform, they are “on the way out list”. It is an ug. If they do not like it they are in the wrong club. Few guaranteed spots in teams now at the top. Future teams will see fewer long term players, players will move on a regular basis…contracts will be flexible , mind you, I never thought they were any use anyway. Spurs/Kane a typicall scoria, Yes Spurs hold the aces but what is the actual worth? A player who wants to leave and a player who’s valuation will drop like a stone
    I cannot see any winners. It is an ugly side of football but with us now and forever…..one thing for sure..fans will be paying more, at the gate or through TV….I feel more attracted now to lower league games the way football is going

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    #182531
    nine nine nine
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    Brian. I purposefully didn’t mention Kane.๐Ÿ˜Š

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    #182532
    Brian blue
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    Mikus..I did not really answer your question.. Grealish, we paid too much, he is a good player and young and Pep will improve him or he will go. Bernado is not the same type of player, so I do not see a direct conflict…Grealish and Foden. I do, but Grealish more flexible than Foden. Foden is best at No 10, the old inside left. Harmony…I do not think that will be a problem….you follow Peps collective plan or you do not, play as a team not an individual, that is what Peps game is about, you have to fit in and best you understand that before signing, none of this we

    “we joined City to win medals” rubbish. Peps message is you are in the team to win a game, any game. You also have to win a lot of games and be consistent before you get a medal. That is the real world. No matter how much team spends and who they spend it on, the game has to be won, you cannot win every time but I just hope we do not play badly or not try, seen too much of that

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    #182533
    Brian blue
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    Nine…Kane and Lukaka would be a good fit. !!!! Please try harder

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