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Stuart H

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  1. It was both Mourinho and Pellegrini's first trophy in England. An excellent warm up act to build squad confidence and getting them to experience winning things. Not the hardest to win either and stupid to dismiss.
  2. We signed him after he was voted the best player at the U17 world cup a few years ago. He's played in the last 2 preseasons and looked good and extremely confident in both for a youngster. Got a work permit around Christmas last year but had a few injuries that limited him to the U21 side towards the end of the season. Looks like he's the third choice striker this season but he can also play behind a main CF.
  3. Nachooooo! Didn't see the game but 5 on the bounce conceding none is pretty damn good if you ask me. Hope Aguero is OK. Could do with him for the Juve game on Tuesday.
  4. Surprised at De Gea's new contract. Suspect he'll have been told that he'd need to commit to something in order to get games - which he needs prior to the Euros. Wouldn't be surprised if he was able to go to Real next summer. In other, much more hilarious news; read this - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3230745/Manchester-clubs-loggerheads-youth-policy-United-concerned-City-s-recruitment-drive-overly-aggressive.html. After our U14s spanked yours 9-0, United are apparently pondering boycotting matches against City! I guess when the going gets tough, the tough get going
  5. Here's how I would view United's transfer window: Goalkeepers Romero is not good enough. He's already cost you points that De Gea would have saved against Swansea and it says something that he was available as a free agent. I don't think De Gea still being at the club is anything to shout about - he'll be in no mood to play and is bound to be angry at United (justly or not) that a deal couldn't be pushed through. Plus, Van Gaal is far too stubborn to start picking him now. The same goes for Valdes, who Van Gaal has also fallen out with. With the sale of Lindegaard, that realistically leaves you with Johnstone backing up Romero. Nowhere near top class. The farcical nature of the De Gea transfer reflects badly on both United and Real. Defence Darmian is a good player and a definite upgrade on Rafael. I can't believe you haven't signed a top class CB. You thought you were getting Hummels at the start of the window, then Ramos as part of a De Gea deal and then interest in Otamendi. After all that you're left with a pairing of Smalling and Blind with Rojo seemingly also falling out with Van Gaal and Jones injured. Shaw has been OK since the start of the season. Massive questions about depth though - you'll have to play a lot more games this season than last and are already resorting to Blind (a DM) at CB. I don't think you've got any bespoke backups at full back with players like Smalling, Jones, Valencia and Blind having to move out of their comfortable positions to provide cover. Deeper Midfield The best improvements are here. With Schneiderlin, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Blind and possibly Herrera you have a group of fairly solid players. I do think Schweinsteiger is a little bit past it though (he's given away possession a lot so far) and he might be on too high a wage to not play regularly. Attacking Midfield Depay could turn out to be a good signing but he's hardly set thee league alight so far and was definitely a gamble coming from the far inferior Dutch league. Mata's decent but IMO you have to put Herrera in the hole behind the striker or you really lack creativity. Again, maybe lacking depth after letting Januzaj go. Strikers Rooney's off the pace and you've decided to support him with a completely untested 19 year old who's immediately under enormous pressure due to the incredible fee paid for him and that you also have no depth here either (unless you really want to count Fellaini). Selling Hernandez and Van Persie (and losing Falcao) without bringing in a senior striker is very daft IMO. Martial has only completed 6 games in his entire career and 8 of his 9 goals last season were against teams in the bottom half of a much worse league than the PL. He is the biggest gamble I can remember ever seeing a club take on a player. In short, I don't think you've really improved this summer since the effective loss of De Gea will cost you more points than the unproven attacking players you've brought in are likely to add. You've lost an awful lot of depth as well with more games on your calendar since you're back in the CL. You may well get in the top 4 again but I find it incredible that that's the aim after the amount of money Van Gaal has spent making the team his. I find it even more incredible, the easy ride the media are giving you for apparently having no title credentials despite the money spent. When City had spent a similar amount we were being derided for not winning the Champions League, yet alone competing for domestic honours.
  6. Canal+ reporting that Monaco have informed them that the Martial deal is worth €80m (£58.5m). That's bonkers. I'd also read the De Gea fee as worth £29m - not that amount plus Navas. They're including Navas' value in the reported fee.
  7. The issue at DM is that Coq can't do it all alone. All of the players you mention (bar Matic) have partners that are somewhat defensive in Yaya, Schweinsteiger and Henderson. Cazorla is a fantastic player but he definitely shouldn't be in the deeper layer of midfield. It's not a role that suits him and he's a bit wasted there really. Arsenal don't really have a player suited to that role. Wilshere is never fit, Arteta isn't good enough, Ramsey's better further forwards. One that might work is Ox. I think he played there last season against Bayern and bossed it. He's got the energy to get box to box and the tenacity to make a difference defensively.
  8. Don't think City have had many better months than this August. 100% record, lots of goals from lots of players and still yet to concede. Some cracking signings with De Bruyne just confirmed give us a squad depth and flexibility that I think only Real and Bayern can match. Pellegrini deserves huge credit - he's got nothing wrong so far and had made some excellent decisions. Very hard not to get carried away.
  9. Probably from the right flank but the full back behind him could provide the width and he'd interchange pretty fluidly with Silva and Sterling. Those 3 behind Aguero will be tantalising.
  10. I think you might be correct. Hazard to move centrally instead of Oscar with Pedro to play on the left, leaving Willian on the right.
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