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  1. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Reading more about this... weird that Tierney is put as a left centre back and Robertson is the wing back, I'd have put them the other way around in terms of attacking / defensive emphasis. Robertson at left back and Tierney as a winger would be pretty good, no? They're both pretty capable all-rounders so the idea of a maraudering left wing with them both switching, overlapping, underlapping etc as the flow of play requires is a pretty tasty prospect. Sticking either of them in a back three is a waste.
  2. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Yeah, very composed, although being able to get ahead of his man so easily must help! I wonder if he's spent any time in the gym working on his upper body strength? I imagine that and the stamina requirements are the main obstacles he's having to overcome.
  3. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Jardim has just been a sacked by Monaco. We're at the start of an international break. Timing couldn't really be better could it? Well, if he wants to come here anyway.
  4. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

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  5. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I don't think it's that somehow Juventus and Bayern aren't primarily interested in money, or that their football people don't report to the business people - it's that they see success on the pitch as an integral part of success off it. Juve particularly, who are very pointedly trying to become one of clubs with commercial operation that dwarfs the sporting side of things, but that doesn't mean they have suddenly decided that playing attractive, effective football is optional. Quite the opposite.
  6. Liamness

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    It could be a case of Sony making them look bad more than them actually being bad. But compared to the 360's performance (which handily outsold the PS3 in the USA, was at the races in Europe, and actually existed in Japan) it's really bad. They completely failed to carry over brand goodwill and customer loyalty from one generation to the next and build on it. They have done well to course correct, but I just thought it was a good example of the risks console manufacturers face when moving from one generation to the next, with the possibility of completely losing any momentum they might have built up. Could've used the transitition from PS2 -> PS3 as an example too, with its high initial pricetag and multiplatform games running noticeably better on the 360, but hey, this is a thread about things Microsoft are doing.
  7. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    The Glazers wouldn't replace Woodward in a million years. He helped them finance their (massively indebted) takeover, and built up their empire of regional tractor / snack food / etc endorsements. Their trust in him seems to be total. It seems there is a potentially a role for a sporting director who reports to Woodward though, which would distance him from footballing decisions. Which I think would be for the best, he should stick to what he's good at. Though it would be nice to see such a role go to someone with a deep connection to the club, and that is a model that seems to work at other clubs, a lot of ex-United players have pretty much ruled themselves out of the running. Anyone who has spoken ill of the Glazers or their man Ed will probably be seen as a liability. They would come into the role with the baggage of all the comments they've made.
  8. Liamness

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    Yeah, the risk moving from one generation to the next is pretty huge. Microsoft really shat the bed this generation, for instance, although they've made up a lot of ground. But they were on an even keel with Sony in Europe last time out, now it's not even close. They'd probably love to not have to invest billions of dollars up front every seven years or so, based purely on their educated guess of what consumers will actually want.
  9. Liamness

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    Any sort of lead is helpful though. I think this is the sort of market where you want to be there when it's niche, sorting out the teething issues, before it hits massmarket scale and is impossible to compete in without investing billions upfront. It's going to be interesting, each company has a number of different competitive advantages. Microsoft already have a massive cloud platform, with customers who will still want to pay to use all this gaming hardware when it is not being used by gamers, so there is little risk to them if they invest massively. Sony have much better IP though (indeed it seems they're more about content than hardware these days), and any streaming service without exclusive games will be easily undercut by competitors. Where are Valve in all this? I can't help but think that their attempts to reduce their reliance on Windows and Microsoft is laying the groundwork for a move into this area. Being able to launch games streamed from the cloud within the Steam client would be fantastic, and it seems to me that they already have a lot of the parts in place. They need to get a move on though, other companies are already offering similar services and they could get left behind.
  10. Liamness

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    Yeah it's an exciting space at the moment. I'm glad Amazon are seeing some serious competition. It'll be interesting to see how popular this actually is. If Sony and Microsoft both announce their new consoles and they end up being quite expensive, but bring a paradigm shift in terms of capabilities, I can see the offer of streaming being quite persuasive for a lot of people. Keep your existing console, pay £15 a month or whatever (if the consoles are £400+ and the games £60+ then that's quite a value proposition), and play the new games on it. This is with the caveat that I don't see how streaming can support VR, shooters, MOBAs, etc well - even in countries with great fibre rollout. I can see it being niche at the start of the next generation and local gaming being the norm, but the situation reversing over the next decade. No-ones preferred way of gaming is being threatened I don't think though, more choice is usually a good thing. I'll celebrate anything that can lower levels of e-waste too.
  11. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Intuitively it makes no sense, I agree. But Ferguson had a shaky start, coming very close to getting the sack. When United did start winning the league every other year, it was still during a period where you didn't neccessarily need as many points to do so. Our total last season probably beats Sir Alex's average quite handily.
  12. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Not sure if it's pride or shame. Most of our players in the second half were clearly desperate to get level and possibly win it. They clearly care, at least enough to not lose again at home. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with Jose. I'm sure words were said at half time by both the manager and the players, something got a response at least. Wish we could put teams under pressure just as a matter of course, not out of absolute desperation. Hopefully Mourinho sees that and tries to keep the momentum coming out of this match. Some big games coming up though, and his natural tendency would be to start with a confusing, cagey, reactive formation. We'll see I suppose.
  13. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Sanchez being very selfish in these final minutes. Well, just generally really.
  14. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Daft to leak it before the game. Will be a farce. Should just get it done with if that's the decision they've made and they can't keep it a secret.
  15. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    @Timmo Nike's statement is better: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45753889 Although I think I prefer Real Madrid / Manchester United's approach of saying absolutely nothing for the time being.
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