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Spurs the biggest challenger to City this season
Lukaku is key player for Murinho's tactics. He needs some to collect loose balls , fight for headers and break the ball to players coming from behind. One could argue that Murinho uses this kind of style because of the players he has but i dont't think so. And i realy doubt he is going to change his tacticsIMHO the only change MU needs is to get a new coachHe is too strongminded to try something different, he constalty diminishes his players which means they don't like him and the club cannot get a decent return by selling them and he seems to be in a constant fight with the ownership. usually i don't take the owner's side but MU gave JM freedom to spend huge amounts of money (close to 500m)Pogda and his 100m are as good as gone Mithrarian's 40m turned into Sanchez 38m for Baily and 35m for Lindelof are wasted since he keeps asking for CDs Quote from: Rondo2287 on August 31, 2018, 07:13:02 AMSpurs the biggest challenger to City this season Tot sure looks good but it kills me to say that Liverpool looks very good too
I would like to see Man Utd make a few changes:(1) Midfield = switch to 3 man midfield with one holder and two central mids. I'd like to see Matic dropped and Fred take over as the holding midfielder. Then play Pogba and Herrera as the two central mids. Get more attacking quality on the pitch. More dynamic play. More ball control, dribbling and passing. Make it easier to open up teams. I'd also like to see Matic dropped further (and sold) in favour of McTominay as the backup defensive mid. I am a huge fan of Matic but youth needs to be served. If Matic is not first choice, I think best to sell him and make way for McTominay. I am not wild about the Matic - Fred - Pogba 3 man midfield. It is incredible defensively but more good than great in attack. I think Man Utd's front 3 need more help from their midfield so I would like to see them use a more attacking midfield 3. That is the reason for the switch. The reason for changing Fred from CM to DM and dropping Matic. (2) Forward line = I'd like to see Mourinho use a front 3 and start Martial at #9 instead of Lukaku. I'd like to see Alexis and Lingard start next to Martial in a versatile front 3 than has a lot of movement of positions. With a CF like Lukaku, I think Man Utd need to build their entire attack around him. Similar to how they played with Van Nistelrooy. And that is good when your CF is good enough to justify it and Lukaku is. I am also a big fan of Lukaku (like Matic, Chelsea fan = so I love Matic and Lukaku both for their talent and from when they played there). With Martial, Man Utd can use a versatile front 3 more similar to how they played when Rooney, Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo where there. Man Utd scored more goals with that front 3 than with Van Nistelrooy. That balanced attack made them harder to defend against. It is a difference between midfielders (and wide forwards) being asked to create and service a #9 and being more able to join in and score goals too. It is a more team dynamic. I think both Martial and Lukaku are top class #9s who could start at #9 for many of the top teams across Europe. I choose Martial over Lukaku because I think Man Utd is better setup to play a team attacking approach then a #9-centered approach (and secondly to a lesser degree because I myself prefer to watch such an approach). The reason I think Man Utd is better able to play this way is because I do not think they have the right wide forwards to get the best out of Lukaku. When you have a #9 like Lukaku, you need to setup your entire team to service him. To feed him. To create chances for him to finish off. However, Martial and Rashford are both more goalscorers than creators and want to play near the penalty box rather than widening the pitch and put in dangerous balls for Lukaku to attack. Man Utd need proper wingers. Mourinho was 100% correct to pursue Perisic. Perisic would have been phenomenal next to Lukaku. They would have had great chemistry / synergy together. Man Utd need to replace Martial & Rashford with this type of creative winger if they are going to continue with Lukaku as their #9. This to me is the main problem (well 2nd after Mourinho's cautious approach) with Man United's squad. They have two different ideology at play in their forward line. Half of it is built to play one way. The other half another way. That is why they lack chemistry. Man Utd need to choose one option and discard the other. Lukaku or Martial. I think playing Martial as #9 instead of Lukaku will also get the best out of Alexis Sanchez. Someone Alexis can dove-tail with. Create combinations with. Allow Alexis more opportunities to come central and score goals than he does with Lukaku. Lingard is super = he is equally effective in either system and is super important to making either system work because of Man Utd's lack of proper wingers. He should always be in the first 11 when available to play. He is not Man Utd's most talented player but he creates balance for the rest of the team to play at their highest level (like Pedro at Chelsea). I would sell Lukaku and Matic in order to switch to this type of team both in the long term as well as in the short term. A big difference between Van Nistelrooy and Lukaku is Van Nistelrooy had Ryan Giggs and David Beckham out wide to create chances for him. To get the best out of Van Nistelrooy's goal-scoring ways. Lukaku does not have this at Man Utd. He has Martial and Rashford (both for CFs than midfielders). Then Lingard (solid all-round attacker rather than top class talent). And Alexis (both goal-scorer and creator but needs freedom to cut inside a lot). Giggs and Beckham kept the pitch spaced wide and creates lots of crosses and dangerous passes for Van Nistelrooy to attack. That is why they were so effective together. Talent + chemistry. Lukaku's teammates have different types of talent and do not get the best out of him. That is why Man Utd either need to change their approach / tactics or sell Martial / Rashford and bring in proper wide players like Perisic to get the most out of Lukaku.