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  1. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Ole is so fucking charming, and clearly has a wonderful footballing brain. I think in modern management, you are the figurehead, so a lot of it is about setting the right tone, and also maintaining your credibility among the staff and players. He is fantastic in that regard, and it doesn't really matter if a lot of the ideas and the actual coaching is coming from somewhere else in his team (so it would be important to keep Phelan, McKenna and Carrick around too), as long as it is consistent with the general ethos he is trying to promote. I think he should get an interview at least. Mourinho has gone but a lot more needed fixing at the club than just the manger, he could be the ideal guy to oversee that transition. Poch would obviously be brilliant at that too - his record is exactly that, he's built for the future and improved the sporting culture at every club he's managed. But because he has been so successful at Spurs, and is now very experienced in all the competitions we play in, he may suffer from heightened and unrealistic expectations. If we didn't start winning stuff immediately then I'm sure that, in some people's eyes at least, that wouldn't be seen as good enough. Also worth remembering that he's probably Real Madrid's top choice for their next manager too. Plus there's every chance that he's still absolutely fixated on building a legacy at Spurs, and will just use the interest from other clubs as leverage to get Levy to agree wage bumps for players etc. Part of me worries about things going bad and Ole leaving under a cloud. But it's already gone so much better than we could've all possibly hoped. If the owners back him in the summer and we get all the important players on new contracts, I don't see him shiteing things up.
  2. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Well yeah, your lot would've been my second-to-last choice too.
  3. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Still got a sub right? McTominay on pls.
  4. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Defender for a defender. I know that fans can see the game in simplistic terms, and a change at the back can often be transformative further up the pitch... but that will not be popular.
  5. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    "Bring back Mourinho"
  6. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Haha, Mata with a hatchet job on Jorginho there!
  7. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Hmm. Insert generic south american footballer here.
  8. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    So given Martial and Lingard are out for a couple of weeks each, how should we line up for the next few games? That's two of Ole's preferred front three out, and I think we have to play with pace up top, trying to get the ball forward quickly, which probably rules out keeping the same shape but bringing in Suarez and Lukaku. I'm thinking something like this: Rashford Lukaku Pogba Fred Herrera Matic Shaw Dalot Lindelof Bailly De Gea We lined up in a similarish way against Arsenal, with two very wide forwards. Lukaku did well playing wide right, although hard to tell how many times that can qualify as a "surprise". Could also sacrifice a midfielder and play with a back three, allowing the fullbacks to concentrate more on attacking. Maybe a good option against Liverpool. I think crowding the midfield will be more important against Chelsea though.
  9. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Yes, but how much credit can you give him, given they have the quality of Vertonghen and Sissoko going forward?
  10. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    @Sirloin Probably because it's an open secret basically that he wanted to go to PSG, not United. He came to us anyway, had a promising start then struggled (admittedly, in a team that was struggling), and then we sold him on at a loss. I suppose that is enough for some people? I'm not sure why you'd want to give a quality player any more motivation to play well against you, but that's just me...
  11. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    I am not sure we should be surprised - even with a few players out, PSG are a much better side. Tuchel has turned them from a collection of individuals into a team. Sure, without the injuries and a few better bits of decision making on the pitch, we could've given them more of a game, but we were absolutely not favourites here. I feel like Solsjkaer's audition for the job starts in earnest now - can he pick the players up and avoid any more "reality checks" against Chelsea and Liverpool? His achievements so far cannot be simply explained away by the players being demob happy after Mourinho's departure, but he has relied somewhat on sustaining a wave of positivity around the club.
  12. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    @Nicky Pogba was trying to get his body in the way though - he knew Alves was there. Strange time for the ref to show his first second yellow, in any case - he's had other, more obvious opportunities to do so.
  13. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    We're spending a lot of time in their final third, but you get the sense this isn't exactly an uncomfortable position for PSG - they can stay deep, conserve energy, and invite us on so we can be hit on the break. They seem happy enough soaking up the pressure really.
  14. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    This has been the most entertaining period of the game by miles, for what it's worth. Us throwing everything at it, them countering, probably great for the neutrals. First half was a bit drab, and lacking in quality moments.
  15. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Ah. That is probably the tie. PSG have looked the better side (the enforced subs haven't helped) and the scoreline is now reflecting that. We're a bit fucked now as we absolutely have to push for a goal, but they have an Mbappe. Every single time we lose the ball in attack, something could happen.
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