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  1. There's no way in the world that upstairs will let Ole do what's necessary, although now they've sold their shares maybe they'll let a new incumbent crack the whip. No change in management can solve the source of the dysfunction. Even Fergie could only paper those cracks for a few years.
  2. Weird to say, but I think Klopp might be a bit annoyed at this second half. They could have done a lot more damage. Imagining how different this result would be with Ronaldo and Firmino switching sides. Says a lot about Liverpool's songbook versus United's cut and paste fanzine of old hymns.
  3. To be fair to Ole, he asked for a treadmill and the gym owner gave him some old weights that don't work.
  4. The ref was trying to be merciful there. Says everything about Pogba's attitude that he won't be on the pitch to hear the full-time whistle. I'm not a fan of watching how Liverpool play. Just a taste thing - it's too direct and chaotic for my enjoyment. But however any side chooses to play, you can only succeed if everyone buys into it fully, and to their credit they do. At its best, through all its evolutions, it remains a team sport, and they embody that better than any team in the country right now.
  5. Not in a game you've any hope of turning around, sure.
  6. Good change. Mason doesn't deserve to be on the end of full-time here. Pogba does. Fuck him.
  7. I'll blame Ole for picking the starting centre-forward, but had the board cared more for the squad than their own pockets, I've no doubt Ole's side would have been able to play how he would like, and this game would still be in the balance. Whoever manages United under the Glazers, doesn't manage them. That's true of anyone in the post.
  8. Surprised how ordinary Liverpool have been, although it might be one of those where they'd have extra gears in hand were they against decent opposition. I don't remember them looking quite so porous a couple of years back, but maybe that had more to do with them being pressured at least. A few United lads haven't deserved to be on the end of that. I'd be tempted to take them off for Pogba and Matic and let them take the abuse at full-time. It's not like it's getting turned around.
  9. Playing with ten men either way.
  10. They can't press. If the whole side isn't doing it, it gets popped through with ease. Ronaldo can't or won't. Ole shouldn't be starting him, and everyone knows why the money suddenly appeared to sign him, despite there being none when Tchouaméni was ready to arrive. Kerching.
  11. You can't come up against a team whose whole style is built upon forcing errors, and be error-prone. Much like Atalanta, Liverpool haven't had to be any good to have a comfy lead. Unlike Atalanta, they're a top-tier side.
  12. There's nothing crazy about that. It's the story of a lot of the season. Varane and de Gea have held back the tide some, but the side is inbalanced and it shows.
  13. Keystone Cops out in force. Schoolboy errors all over.
  14. De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo. Would rather Cavani lead the line, but the rest of the XI is as good as it can be. Hopefully the attitude is right, and the subs are smart as and when used. Fuck knows what'll show up though.
  15. Old habits die hard. Involved in so many nailbiters.
  16. I think that's deftly done. It is bad news that they're being investigated for it.
  17. Can you read? Edit: Actually, nevermind. Daft to ask.
  18. That's his game to be fair. Was at Sporting, and has been at United. He's a midfielder in name only. That's not a criticism. What Bruno does really well, is producing a high number of opportunities. That enables him to skip some of his off-the-ball responsibilities, because whoever is lying deepest in front of the opposition defence has to follow him around. Give him time AND space and you're going to pay. United don't exploit that space he makes anything like well enough. Once Cavani and Ronaldo were on the pitch he dropped deeper, purely because there was always a body in space he would otherwise have occupied. He looks to find those areas wherever he can find them - pound to a penny he hasn't been told to drop deeper because he's playing too far forward. He plays where Ole wants him, and this was just a by-product of taking a risk with the sub. Something I haven't seen any outlets pick up on, is why Ronaldo is capable of tracking back in the last twenty of a game when he's switched wide, but won't do it from the front. You can't bang on about what a great athlete he is and in the same breath give him a pass on his pressing because of his age. He's either fit enough, or he isn't. Those last twenty suggested there's a more-worrying managerial problem; that perhaps he doesn't think it's his place to lead that pressing from the centre of the park. If that can't be sorted, then Cavani should be given the starting nod. Reputations bedamned. Over the past few games, through a variety of different circumstances, the one positive has been the revealing of United's best starting XI. Such a thing exists. De Gea Wan-Bissaka Lindelof Varane Shaw McTominay Fred Greenwood Fernandes Rashford Cavani That's not necessarily the eleven most-talented individuals, but it's the most-cohesive and dynamic unit United can put out. It's a big bonus for any squad to know its best eleven and to start from that template. It's not going to happen, but if Ole really wants to make good on his endless harping on about United's best traditions, the place to start is by making that eleven the foundation. United's best traditions meant going to toe-toe and often coming out on top in the toughest games, and winning more than most of the rest. You can't go toe-to-toe with bang average sides, drop points to sides not much better, be comfortably beaten by sides not much better than that, then go pointing to your last-minute win as if it was the Nou Camp in 1999.
  19. Don't let another round of DNA chat fool you. Had the right side been put out United would have been home and hosed within the hour. Atalanta were really disappointing. Still, all that adrenaline from tonight and the comedown in the legs tomorrow. Good job they won't need to cover much ground at the weekend then.... That'll need a proper 80s United showing. Do not pass Go. Do not collect £200.
  20. Great header. Good job he didn't have...etc.
  21. Cavani has shamed Ronaldo into tracking back. Galaxy brain Ole.
  22. Smart finish that. Good job he didn't have to run to reach it.
  23. Rolling the dice for moments at the expense of balance. Even if it pays off, it's not a winning strategy over the course of a season.
  24. Rashford is fully fit. He needs to play. It's not a rush job. Point to rust by all means, but his fitness is there. As far as Maguire goes, if Varane's fit I wouldn't play him at all. I'd rather Lindelof's plus points and Varane policing him than constantly dropping off and keeping both of his full-backs on a leash.
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