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Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 07:48

Is Manchester United's Marcus Rashford the new Harry Kane?

MARTIN SAMUEL: United produce great players. Not great strikers. Not lately. Great strikers, they buy. This may be why uncertainty continues to surround Marcus Rashford.

SkySports | Manchester United 26 Apr 07:00

Manchester signings: Hit or miss?

Ahead of Thursday's Manchester derby, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, we asked Matt Le Tissier to pass judgement on both club's signings this season.

SkySports | Manchester United 26 Apr 07:00

Man City-Man Utd combined XI

We have created a combined XI of Manchester City and Manchester United players ahead of their clash live on Sky Sports, on Thursday.

ESPN FC - Manchester United News 26 Apr 04:15

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid step up David De Gea chase

Real Madrid are reportedly growing increasingly confident about netting the Spain No. 1 this summer.Manchester United will face a battle to keep David De Gea, with the Telegraph reporting that Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident of netting the Spain No. 1 this summer.For more on David De Gea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 03:03

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho demands wall of fame

Jose Mourinho has cleared a space on the walls of Manchester United's training complex at Carrington and is challenging his players to fill it by making their own history.

Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 01:51

Man Utd news: Mourinho happy to gamble on player criticism

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has stressed he does not care if criticising his players is a gamble, seeing it as 'common sense' if they are not giving him 100 per cent.

Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 01:25

Aguero: 'There isn't one United player I would sign'

Footballers are often faced with tough questions when it comes to making choices but Sergio Aguero wasn't about to sit on the fence when it came to picking Manchester United stars.

Manchester United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 01:10

Real Madrid confident of signing Man United's David De Gea

The Old Trafford hierarchy are determined to resist any bids from Madrid for De Gea, but it’s understood that manager Jose Mourinho is drawing up a shortlist of replacements in case the situation changes.

SkySports | Manchester United 26 Apr 01:00

Tyler's stats: Joy at Anfield

Martin Tyler brings you the best stats around ahead of the next set of Premier League fixtures.

ESPN FC - Manchester United News 26 Apr 00:31

Man United's Marcus Rashford vows to ignore 'distractions' amid rise

Jose Mourinho says Marcus Rashford's mentality has helped the manager keep faith in him, even when he wasn't scoring. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford insists he is determined to ignore "distractions" and continue his rise to the top. The 19-year-old has enjoyed an incredible 14 months, graduating from the youth team to become a key member of Jose Mourinho's first-team squad and a full international. It is just over a year since he scored on his Manchester derby debut to secure a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. He is expected to get a chance to repeat the trick against Manchester City on Thursday with Zlatan...

ESPN FC - Manchester United News 26 Apr 00:04

Nicol: Mourinho mishandling injured players

The FC crew share their thoughts on Jose Mourinho's comments regarding the injury returns of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

SkySports | Manchester United 26 Apr 00:00

WATCH: Summerbee, Law on derby

Mike Summerbee and Denis Law tell Gary Neville who they think will win Thursday's Manchester derby.

Manchester United – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 20:33

Mourinho: ?I don?t care? about criticising players

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has stressed he does not care if criticising his players is a gamble, seeing it as “common sense” if they are not giving him 100 per cent.

A number of members of the United squad have been the subject of public criticism from Mourinho this season, with Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial two recent examples.

When asked if his approach was a calculated risk, Mourinho told Sky Sports on Tuesday: “I don’t care. I don’t even think about it.

“I just try to be who I am. I just try to be honest and direct, and I don’t think about the consequences.

“You give me everything you have, I thank you for that. You don’t give me everything you have, I ask you for more. That is just common sense.”

Someone who has received praise of late from Mourinho is 19-year-old forward Marcus Rashford, scorer of three goals in United’s last five games.

And Mourinho added ahead of Thursday’s Premier League derby showdown with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium: “When you give everything you have, I cannot demand more from you, and Marcus, even not performing especially well, was giving absolutely everything.

“So I could never demand more from him. I could just support and say that better days will arrive, but (I am) always super happy with the approach from such a young and talented kid.

“Some other guys don’t give everything they have, so that is the point – they have to. And when they do it, I am happy with them. It doesn’t matter the way they perform.”

United head into Thursday’s contest with considerable injury problems, including what the club have described as “serious” knee ligament damage sustained last week by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, their 28-goal top scorer.

While Mourinho would not be drawn on the future of the 35-year-old Swedish striker, whose contract with United is due to expire this summer, he did confirm Ibrahimovic had travelled to the United States for surgery.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Has vowed to come back

Mourinho said: “He is in America to have the surgery and start the recovering process, and that is the only thing that matters for us.”

United are currently fifth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed City with both having five more league fixtures to go after Thursday’s.

The Red Devils have already won the EFL Cup this season and have reached the semi-finals of the Europa League, a competition that has a Champions League spot for its winners.

Mourinho, who signed a three-year deal when he was appointed as United boss last summer, feels this term can be the first of several “better years” for the club.

Luke Shaw: Came under fire from Jose Mourinho

“I always feel that the season is very important for me, for the players, for the club,” the 54-year-old said.

“I would say it can be the first season of the next five or six or seven, who knows, but it can be the first season of better years.”

Mourinho has also been keen to emphasise that the focus of the derby should not be himself and his old rival Pep Guardiola, the City boss.

Mourinho said: “This is about the clubs, the teams, the positions at the end of the season. This is not about myself and Guardiola.”

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ESPN FC - Manchester United News 25 Apr 20:00

Trending: Zlatan Ibrahimovic flies to U.S., Newcastle promoted

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic reportedly out until 2018, Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno disagree on his future at Man United. Tuesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... MAN UNITED: Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has headed to the United States to undergo surgery on his knee injury in a bid to save his career, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC. - Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has called on Ibrahimovic to follow him in making the move from Manchester United to Major League Soccer. - Ander Herrera has billed Manchester United's Premier...

SkySports | Manchester United 25 Apr 18:00

Carling In Off The Bar's back!

Man City v Man Utd is live on Sky Sports this Thursday and so is Carling In Off The Bar, our fun-packed online show.

Manchester United – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 17:45

Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal scout Turkish ace; Donnarumma interest

Liverpool are chasing a Bayern Munich winger, while AC Milan are offering one of their prized assets a new incentive to keep him away from Manchester United, according to the European media.

MILAN OFFER STAR CAPTAINCY TO KEEP MAN UTD AT BAY

AC Milan want to make goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma their new captain next season in an effort to ward off interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old is regarded as the best young keeper in the world and United and Real are ready to offer the player a huge salary hike in a bid to lure him away from the San Siro.

Calciomercato, via La Gazzetta dello Sport, claims that Milan have offered the youngster a contract extension until 2022 with a new 3.2million-a-year euros salary. However, the Premier League and La Liga giants will offer Donnarumma more than twice that figure and are also ready to pay Milan 50m euros to land the player.

United are still in the hunt for a new goalkeeper, with David De Gea expected to be the subject of yet more interest from Real this summer, and it would seem that whichever club has De Gea on their books next season will have a knock-on affect on where Donnarumma’s future will ultimately lie.

ARSENAL HANDED BOOST IN HUNT FOR TURKISH STAR

Arsenal have reportedly been given a transfer boost in pursuit of Turkish wonder-kid Yusuf Yazici.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been in brilliant form for Trabzonspor this season and has been directly involved in an incredible 15 goals in 16 games for the Turkish ouftit.

Arsenal scout Jurgen Kost was in Turkey recently and is believed to have watched Yazici in action, and Turkish-Football claims that Trabzonspor are already looking at alternatives as they expect the player to leave this summer.

The Gunners are not the only club to have been linked with a move for Yazici, with Manchester United also rumoured to have shown an interest.

AND THE REST

Liverpool are interested in signing winger Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich (Sport Bild)

PSG trio Jean-Kevin Augustin, Lorenzo Callagari and Alec Georgen all want moves away from the French capital this summer (L’Equipe)

Iker Casillas has rejected a return home to Spain with Malaga to stay at Porto (Record)

Chelsea and Manchester United targets Antonio Rudiger and Kostas Manolas are reportedly being shortlisted by Inter Milan as possible defence reinforcement for next season (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Barcelona have seen off rivals Real Madrid for Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti (Don Balon)

Juventus are tracking Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick and could hold the upper-hand in a potential transfer (Tuttosport)

AC Milan do not want to sell Juventus target Mattia De Sciglio (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Max Allegri could sign a contract extension with Juventus at the end of the season (Tuttosport)

Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has revealed that Paul Pogba has recently Skyped his former team-mates telling them to be happy for their results and that he’d like to be there with them (Tuttosport)

Frank de Boer has urged Barcelona to sign former Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen from Tottenham (Football Oranje)

AC Milan star winger Suso could sign a contract extension until 2022 (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are interested in signing Chelsea and Bayern Munich target Ghoulam, who will be leaving Napoli at the end of the campaign (Tuttosport)

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ESPN FC - Manchester United News 25 Apr 17:15

Man United's Jose Mourinho: 'I don't care' if players don't like my criticism

Jose Mourinho says he's more focused on winning the Europa League title than placing fourth in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho said after the Burnley match that he will prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League. Wayne Rooney admits injuries have held him back this season but denies he is frustrated with his place in Jose Mourinho's squad. Jose Mourinho insists he "doesn't care" if his Manchester United players do not like his public criticism of them and said he feels this season can be the first of several "better years" at Old Trafford. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling have all had dressing-downs from Mourinho this season. But the United manager insists his methods are for the good of the team -- and asked the players who are falling short of his standards to once again follow the example set...

Manchester United – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 15:21

Paper Talk: Man Utd favourites for Morata; Walker to quit Spurs

Manchester United want to pair up Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid stars in their attack next season, while Kyle Walker could be ready to quit Tottenham, according to Tuesday’s papers.

 

MOURINHO HOPES TO WIN RACE TO SIGN ALVARO MORATA

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly called former club Real Madrid to discuss a move for Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24, this summer.

Mourinho hopes his past relationship with the Bernabeu club will put United at the ‘front of the queue’ should Madrid decide to cash in on the striker this summer.

Morata has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, but it is thought the Blues prefer a move for the former striker Romelu Lukaku, who is destined to quit Everton this summer.

That would, according to The Sun and via Don Balon, likely leave Morata a straight choice between Manchester United and AC Milan should he quit Real.

Morata has cut a frustrated figure this season, where he has scored 19 goals for club and country, despite being reduced to a role on the bench for most of the campaign.

It’s believed a bid of around £60million would tempt Real to do business with United hoping to pair the striker in attack with Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial and alongside Antoine Griezmann, with a £84m deal for the latter reportedly already agreed.

WALKER ‘MAY QUIT TOTTENHAM’ AS HUGE CLUBS LURK

Kyle Walker will reassess his Tottenham future at the end of the season after holding talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Daily Telegraph claims the England star has held a meeting with Pochettino to discuss his future, with Bayern Munich reportedly joining Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign the £45million-rated star.

It’s believed Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke was at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, with Walker his main target.

However, he’d have been disappointed to see Walker left out of the starting line-up with Kieran Trippier selected ahead of him – and it’s claimed the player’s exclusion has further pushed talk he could leave.

Spurs would no doubt fight to keep their right-back, who only signed a new deal worth £70,000 late last year.

But with the player able to double his wages with a move elsewhere, Tottenham may need to up his pay again to keep him happy.

Kyle Walker: New deal

Speaking about interest in his players last week, manager Maurcio Pochettino said: “If some clubs are interested in some players it is very clear you need to knock on the door of Daniel Levy.

“If any player is going to leave the club it is always the club’s decision. All the players today have contracts for the next two or three years, minimum, and we’re not worried.

“I invite all the clubs that want players from Tottenham to come to the training ground and visit our chairman Daniel Levy.”

AND THE REST

Manchester United are looking to snap up Valencia starlet Carlos Soler in a £25m deal this summer (Daily Star)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic accepts his Manchester United career is over and is targeting a return to action in Major League Soccer (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United and their top target Antoine Griezmann have already come to an agreement, claims an agent (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich chiefs were in attendance at the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend, with Alexis Sanchez now the club’s No 1 summer transfer target (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth are willing to pay Chelsea a combined £25m this summer for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and defender Nathan Ake (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will not be signing 23-year-old Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac and Germany midfielders Max Meyer, 21, and Leon Goretzka, 22, from Schalke – according to the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Christian Heidel, who worked with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp at Mainz.

Norwich City are ready to pounce for Garry Monk if Leeds United fail to gain promotion to the Premier League (Daily Mirror)

Pep Guardiola is plotting a world-record swoop for Tottenham’s Dele Alli, according to Barcelona legend Xavi (The Sun)

Liverpool are in pole position to sign Burnley defender Michael Keane, who is valued at £30m (The Sun)

Chelsea are ready to beat Manchester United in a bidding war for £50m-rated Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic (The Sun)

Premier League new boys Brighton are hoping to snap up Arsenal’s forgotten winger Joel Campbell (The Sun)

Newcastle United are showing interest in Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez. The 27-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, is a target for West Brom with Tony Pulis a confirmed admirer (Daily Mail)

Roma have named Ramon Rodriguez ‘Monchi’, who is widely regarded as the architect of Sevilla’s recent success, as their sporting director (Daily Mail)

Jack Wilshere could be open to a mega-money move to China this summer (Daily Star)

Lucas Perez: 'Too reliant' on left peg

Lucas Perez’s agent has revealed he could be set for talks with Arsenal this summer over the future of his client (Daily Star)

Tony Pulis is ramping up his summer transfer plans at West Brom after making a scouting mission to check on Sporting Lisbon’s £25m-rated William Carvalho (Daily Telegraph)

The Premier League is scrutinising Manchester City’s signing of an academy footballer as young as 11 years old (Daily Telegraph)

Virgil van Dijk: Chairman rules out move

Arsenal have made a move to sign Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk but Chelsea remain favourites to recruit the player (Daily Telegraph)

Daniel Sturridge may have played his last game for Liverpool because of injury (The Guardian)

Manchester United’s hopes of luring one of Europe’s brightest talents, Kylian Mbappe, away from Monaco took a setback after the club’s vice-president insisted the player has no desire to leave the Principality (The Independent)

Manchester City are losing interest in Mbappe after the French club valued him at £110m (The Times)

Crystal Palace have placed a £40m valuation on winger Wilfried Zaha (The Times)

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Manchester United – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 13:49

Ander Herrera laughs off jokes he still had ?Hazard in his pocket?

Ander Herrera has admitted he was pleased with his performance after responding to claims he still has Chelsea’s star man Eden Hazard in his back pocket.

The dependable, ever-improving Spaniard scored one, assisted the other and marked star turn Hazard out of the game at Old Trafford earlier this month as Manchester United recorded a 2-0 victory over the Premier League title favourites.

Antonio Conte’s men failed to muster so much as a shot on target as United secured a win far more comprehensive than the 2-0 scoreline suggests, with Herrera producing a man-of-the-match display.

Asked if the Belgian was still in his pocket, Herrera laughed then said: “Hazard, for me, has been the best player of the season so far.

“It was not a very easy job for me but I think I did it right.

“Also the team was very compact so that made it more easy for me. But now I know everyone is talking about it, but I want to forget it.

“I want to think about today winning, hopefully Thursday the same [against Manchester City] and we have (the) Europa League (semi-final).

“The Europa League is a competition that makes me very excited because I lost the final three or four years ago and I want to take that knife from my back.

“So hopefully we can fight for the that title as well, but I know very good (semi-final opponents) Celta Vigo. They are a very difficult team.”

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Manchester United – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 13:29

?Put Firmino back up front and drop Lucas?

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool “don’t have the big-game mentality’ and would you go for Griezmann, Lukaku, Belotti or Morata in the summer? All in our forum…

 

Join in with the debate…

Ronaldo or Messi?

CM – Like I said, the only people who make a case for Ronaldo being better than Messi are Man united and Real madrid fans is what i’VE Notices.Atleast 95 % of neutrals think messi is better.You ask many pundits(Neutral not neville or rio as they’ll still make a case for ronaldo because they’ve played with them) and they’ll say messi.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: Who is the next best?

I really respect ronaldo,he’s clearly had a tougher career and been a harder worker but messi is a natural.He’s god sent to entertain the football fans.Although they are in a league above everyone else, there is really no debate about who’s better or should I put it in the perspective who people would rather watch play.

the specialone

 

‘Their personas have shifted’

I think it’s strange how their personas have shifted in recent years. Messi was always the darling who rode challenges and never went down, played with a smile on his face, clean shaven and generally was an all round good guy. Compared to Ronaldo who was stroppy, dived left right and centre, was selfish and was the player who everyone loved to hate.

Now, Ronaldo has mellowed a bit, does a lot of charity work, is more of a team player and is generally seen in a better light whereas Messi has been accused of tax evasion, has organised strikes by the national team players and has even grown a ginger beard. He’s no longer the darling we all thought he was.

manthistle

 

Ronaldo is better, he’s taller…

The specialone-

I have seen some non United, Madrid and Portugese fan stating a claim that they would prefer Ronaldo in the side in comparison to Messi. Messi has only ever done well in 1 system and that is possession football, anything else and he has not looked himself as proven under Martino and the Argentinian side.

Ronaldo can adapt to any style of play as proven with United, the English game, the Spanish game and the numerous different managers Real Madrid have had.

Some have said that for someone the size of Messi, he should not be doing what he is doing. Well that is incorrect, it is more difficult for someone like Ronaldo to do what he is doing. There are plenty of players similar size to Messi who are naturally good at controlling the ball and gliding past players i.e. Sanchez, Hazard, Cruyff, Giggs, Maradonna, Silva, Aguero, Pele, Overmars to name a few past and present.

How many players do you know that are over 6 foot and done what Ronaldo has done, the only player I can think of, but no where to Ronaldo’s level has been Bale.

CM

 

Griezmann, Lukaku, Belotti or Morata?

Who’s the better choice:

Griezmann for Atleti:
59 goals in 105 games

Lukaku for Everton:
52 goals in 105 games#

Personally i’d rather go for Belotti and Morata

Amz

 

Striker demand pushing fees towards £100m

I find it very interesting when posters turn around and state that this player or that is not worth the money rumoured to be anywhere between £60m – £100m.

The problem is supply and demand and these days it is quite clear that a top striker is pushing the transfer fee towards to 100m mark and if Chelsea are serious about wanting to compete at all levels then we have to accept that this is a figure that we may have to pay

Of all the foreign strikers mentioned there is absolutely no guarantee that anyone of them will settle immediately and may take time to adjust to the EPL and the country. Lukaku is the only striker mentioned who at least knows what the EPL is about, has proved himself at that level in a mediocre team and actually wants to play for Chelsea

I am not saying that those factors should rule out other strikers but unless we have a world class striker on our books – which we do not – then we have to face facts that we are going to have to pay for our next striker assuming that Costa is leaving. KTBFFH

CFC1905

Lukaku is not worth £100m

Romelu Lukaku: Set to leave Everton

I’m sorry CFC1905 but for me at a very steep and hefty 100m quid Lukaku would have to come complete with gold trimmings as well as can make the tea and put the dinner on for that price!.

A 100 big ones is not the going price for a player of Lukaku’s quality…100 mill is the price because Everton want to have fun and games with us and will want to charge us as much as they think they can get away with because it’s deemed we’re not short of a bob or two,we look desperate and we seem to treat money like confetti!.

My crystal ball tells me that if we go calling for Lukaku us and Everton will be going round and round all summer and still get nowhere,but let Man.Utd or someone else enter the race to get him and we’ll see how quickly Everton are prepared to be reasonable…and I bet it’s nowhere near even 70 mill let alone a 100!.

Lukaku can stay where he is for all I care!

mtal61

 

Holding impressed

As i said in another thread i was happy with the defense (mostly) and thought holding had a good game as did Gab.

Let look at holding, hardly any games all season then comes in to a back 3 at Semi Final stage with the team in a mess and a poisonous atmos around the club and fans and we won the game and defended well. not amazing, its not all fixed by any stretch, but i was happy with the way they played and worked

steveo snake

 

Man City were ‘unlucky to lose’

Steveo – The defence had a good game especially after the first half.But overall I still feel we were dominated and city were unlucky to lose.

Yes it was a much improved performance from the rubbish we’ve seen over the 2 months but still as far as what I really expect to see in our team we’re a far way from it.The funny thing is even If I saw what I wanted to see in order to think we can really win titles under wenger,it still wouldn’t have made a difference because it would be over a game.And then we’ll go back to being the same old.

I actually noticed quite often after the game many Arsenal fans saying that we should “Thank” Arsene wenger for getting us to the final.

So from “wenger out” week it’s “thank Arsene wenger week”.Wenger talks about loyalty but what about the loyalty the club have showed him in the past decade of not winning trophies.You can’t really classify it as loyalty under this current board it was actually desperation from the board to save their faces.

All in all I would love for him to win a trophy and win but right now there is nothing to thank him for.No matter what I still want wenger gone at the end of the season along with the board.

the specialone

Van Dijk unlikely to choose Liverpool

We need established players to help the team to turn the corner around but those famous, established players always refuse to join us because of football and financial reasons. So, we are always forced to bet on those overpriced future players. No matter we can get a CL spot or not, the coming transfer window remains the same. We have to fight an uphill battle in the transfer market.

Instead of attack, defense is equally or even more important. I mean keeping our best players (defense) is more important than new signings (attack). We must keep all our best players like Coutinho, Mane etc. before trying to make new signings.

About CB, van Dijk is no doubt the first choice but personally don’t believe that the player will join us instead of Chelsea or Man. City. It is better for us to find other CBs.

Klopp said that we received very positive answers form our targets, just hope those positive answers come from van Dijk, Nabi keita and Aubameyang etc. Not just from those M. Keane or Robertson.

Football Scouser

Liverpool have grown and £100m to spend isn’t bad…

You know what guys, as many as you can concede I am the eternal optimist, its the law of O´toole.

Often I might get a bit a head of myself with my predictions but you know what, they are not that far off, we are in 3rd position. The only reason why is our attacking force, that have scored the most goals of any side in the league like I tried to convey when the season started.

We are not getting one hundred goals, painstakingly the defense might even concede about 50 goals, if things turn really bitter.

But you know what, we are miles ahead from where we were last season, the team has grown. Coutinho has stepped up, Lallana has stepped up, Can has stepped up. We got a number of players that are equal to the best in the league.

What we lack is depth, that will be dealt with this summer, I can´t say if we will see another false dawn or not but we will see reinforcement brought in. There is no doubt about it. Even the most pessimistic fans think that we will have about 100 million to spend this summer. Those are the ones that think we are going to crash out of the top four in our last four games.

I´m thinking okay, 100 million on top of what we got, that´s not half bad. Its not a title challenge but its something. That would put us into the 3rd spot in terms of investment being made, if we go by the last summer window.

Right now though, there is a lot of pressure on the lads, the most vocal player after our defeat is Can, 23 years old. Alexander Arnold as a impact sub, Grujic as a impact sub, lets not condemn the players. We can rally behind them, even at the away fixtures.

Even the lone cry of watch out for that run from the fans can be the difference right now.

NotoriousBingo

 

Big-game mentality missing at Anfield

Number8 it’s not just Mane we are missing. We have some players in there who are young, some without that experience and others who just don’t have that big-game mentality (either never will or don’t yet).

As I said thou some of this rests on Klopp to find the best system and start those players in those positions, for example Firmino back up top. Klopp also needs to be a bit braver with his subs as he has done sometimes (I just mean change things earlier).

Rob mate I do agree with what your saying and that’s why for me the focus should be more on attack, we have proven we can’t really shut up shop and generally keep things tight so should go back to high intensity football. I have seen less of this from the players recently (unless we are just tired).

I think Klopp should drop Lucas for the last few games and put someone more dynamic in or consider dropping Coutinho further back as a play maker (for example if Lallana won’t be back).

At times we look far too pedestrian with that trio and whilst I don’t think Lucas has done a bad job by any means, those 3 are just not what we need for the remaining games. So back to basics, press from the front and possession higher up the pitch.

Bob-Notts

 

The great Pogba debate

fatrooney

Yet more evidence that you are more concerned about stats and fail to watch the game.

Get me another central midfielder in europe who has contributed as much as pogba to his team. I mean all round contribution, passing chances created, tackles, duel won etc

Make your mind up. Am I to watch the matches or find players with better stats?!

How do I know that most of the ‘chances created’ by Pogba weren’t just half chances or barely even chances at all? What defines a chance created? People who generally just watch the game and don’t rely on stats say that Pogba has been poor this season, yet you use them to claim the opposite. Yet when I use stats I’m accused of not using my eyes and seeing whats right in front of me.

Just out of curiosity how are Pogba’s miss-control stats and caught in possession stats and shot conversion stats?

manthistle

 

Pogba expectation levels

On the Pogba debate, I think it’s more of a skill level vs what is expected of him that people need to look at; people expect a lot more from him than, say, Herrera so if Pogba has a 7-rating game and Herrera has a 7.5-rating game then you’d still expect to get more from Pogba overall than Herrera even though he was rated lower (because expectations are higher on him).

It’s the same thing with Sneijder vs Messi back in 2010 – Sneijder had a 9.5-rating year and Messi had a 9-rating year however Messi’s 9 is still a greater level than Sneijder’s 9.5

On Pogba this season, going with the above in mind, I think he came in with a very high expectation level and hasn’t come close to hitting the heights expected however that shouldn’t hide the fact that he has done well for us and has been a very important part of the team.

He needs to improve his long and short range shooting for us (the amount of times he’s hit it into Row Z from outside the box or missed a good chance in the box is incredible) and needs to play better in big games to lead the team in midfield however, besides those two, I’m very happy with his contribution.

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