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  1. Worse than DD post Mourinho 07?? Constantly flirted with the idea of a return to Marseille - never materialized and look at the number of trophies he helped bring to us. I challenge you to present a great CF that doesnt have an ego problem. Eto'o, DD, Henry, RvN... The list goes on and on.
  2. The second Diego Costa goal smacks of a guy who has regained his confidence. Thank heavens.. He has received some very harsh criticism from a fair few people on here. Some of it deserved. I think the lack of height in our back line has shown this year. Teams bombard us with crosses and balls into the box and we have never looked as insecure as we have looked this second half of the season IMO. We will do well to add some height into that backline this summer. Another game that Cesc features and another game that we look full of ideas when in possession. He has had a fair few fantastic performances and has flown comfortably under the radar this season.
  3. He has got a great chance of grabbing third place AND winning a double of some sort in his first season at United. Third place would be some achievement with that awful United squad IMO, and the trophies would put him firmly ahead (performance wise) of Guardiola, Klopp, Wenger and Pochettino... Which is about right IMO.
  4. Personally, I would have gone for Hazard or Luiz. Kante has also been good though - I would rank him alongside Azpili and Teebo definitely. Fabregas has also been utterly brilliant whenever he has featured.
  5. Wow... Has he even been our best player this season though?
  6. I just hope that we start Fabregas in this game. We really do need to start games on the front foot from here on end. Having the added protection that Matic supposedly provides is great and all, but we have got to start moving the ball with greater speed and intent - and we desperately need to start pushing higher up the field and supporting our forwards. We have looked so sloppy in possession recently...
  7. Yeah definitely a piece of real quality from Kane. Ake seemed very comfortable overall and I hope that he has earned another appearance at least. I also thought that Batshuayi had a very decent first half and was quite useful in possession. Genuinely hoping that he pushes on as well to be honest.
  8. Utter determination to overcome adversity. Well pleased. Well done to Conte! The double sub really showed a touch of genius about it. For much of that match Spurs controlled us and I have to admit that I thought Matic, Pedro and even Willian were poor but three crucial goals came from those players. No complaints really. Really wish people would shut up about Costa.. can't a player suffer a dip in form anymore?
  9. A week to get back to basics. Spurs are the most complete team in the league and yes I do view us as the underdogs. But we have beaten them before this season and they have a strong history of choking at crucial moments. Let this be one of those moments..
  10. Think you need to get to terms with the difference between a first 11 and a squad. I am not going to even try to help you with that. As a first 11, if you genuinely think we have a poor team then I am not sure how to respond to that. And dont even begin to use that crap "money spent" retort. They spent the vast majority of their budget on one player... Hardly building a squad is it?
  11. Oh please. United will be tied on points for a position in the top 4 if they win their games in hand... Hardly the worst performance for a team that is CLEARLY deficient in a number of areas. Just as much that you would try to justify the crap you post about him. Can you really expect United to compete with a team that is as well put together as Chelsea(on form) and tottenham over the last couple years under pochettino? Please..
  12. Can we please please pleaaassee end this discussion that Mourinho has suddenly become a crap manager? Pretty blatantly nullified our entire team with such ease. This would have happened in that FA cup game as well had it not been for the sending off. Our title hopes still lie in our hands. Its entirely down to us if we end up throwing it away.
  13. Agree to disagree then. Other than the Hazard chance which he created all by himself I am struggling to recall another opportunity we fashioned. To not acknowledge the huge impact the sending off had on their game plan, IMO, would be very unfair to them.
  14. He caused us problems no end with the high press until the red card in the FA cup game and I am expecting the same approach. Hopefully Conte has a strategy in place to deal with that because they could have ended up defeating us if the red card didn't happen.
  15. Expect the mind games this week.
  16. Good performance. Hazard, Kante and Pedro especially all had good performances.. One game at a time and we are gonna get there!
  17. I reckon Conte will spend big this summer. I haven't got the vibe that he is content with the players at his disposal at all this season.
  18. Harsh on Barkley. I rate him... Certainly as somebody who would add another dimension to our play. Wanted us to sign Draxler as well simply because they are direct players who can drive our attacking play forward and give us some impetus. Barkley in the United game was arguably Everton's best player IMO. Terrible in the Liverpool game I heard but everytime I catch an Everton game he seems to be having a good game. Weird coincidence perhaps because nobody else seems to rate him.
  19. Certainly agree. But Fabregas is putting in the performances this season that makes a player almost undroppable - something that I feel is reflected in Conte's selection these last few games... So I can understand that Conte would rather push him forward than bench him. Willian for instance has become a squad player (probably a bit deserved this season); Matic has also correctly seemed to have lost his place; Kante, Costa, Hazard, Azpili, Luiz, Tibo and Cahill seem undroppable; and RFL has become the preferred attacker ahead of the seemingly wilted Batshuayi. Fabregas has been having a totally underrated season and it is about time that he earns a properly nailed on starting place.
  20. We won this game because City really were poor in the second half. And even saying that, they missed an absolute sitter in the final minutes. Would you have complained if it ended 2 all? Probably. Would you be right in complaining? Probably not. Regardless of how you look at it, and I certainly agree with the logic that we needed to be defensively better, the change resulted in us being unable to string 2 passes together in the second half. The result of that tactical switch was that for the first 20-25 minutes or so of the second half we were totally camped in our half. We won the game... Sure thats great.. But this wasnt because of a specific tactical setup... It turned out to be in spite of that tactical setup IMO.
  21. Thought we were much better first half BEFORE the change. Sure, they were playing right through us and we needed to be more solid but conceding possession completely and sitting deep is more often than not NOT the solution. Luiz had a bad first half constantly leaving his position and that is largely due to his desire to nip things in the bud... This team needs work to compete at the highest level in the Champions league next year. Kante is a superb player, and Fabregas can be great in an attacking sense but we genuinely need a player who can play in midfield next to him and meet the demands both in an attacking sense and defensively as well.
  22. Did the manager give him instructions to consistently break down attacks with sloppy play? Seems unlikely. This is not a new criticism of Lukaku that can be linked to Koeman. This has been a criticism of Lukaku for ages.
  23. Hopefully the board are as convinced as you are. Read that we are intent on signing Lukaku ahead of Alvaro Morata and I can't help but feel that would be a gigantic mistake. Lukaku strikes me as a very lazy type of striker. Someone like Alvaro Morata would add so much to our attacking play.. Maybe not score as many goals but would certainly improve us in terms of link up play.
  24. Think our midfield has a long long way to reach those levels to be honest. I would give you Kante... But Lampard Essien Ballack Mikel(at his best) and even Deco??? I thought Fabregas was superb this game though. We carved them open at will and he had a big part to play in that.
  25. Yeah definitely agree on Terry's role. This team has to settle down and see the coming games out. I'm not so worried about the performance because like you said we could have had 5 easily this game. More surprised than worried regarding the defending to be honest. The criticism of Costa is a bit over the top as he had 2 really good attempts today but he looks like a guy who is off form currently. Personally thought his performance today was fine... He has not been exceptional this season anyway.. Not quite like his Atleti days or 2015-2016 at the very least.