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Manchester United 2018/2019: Third Season Voodoo

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Zomp, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Zomp

    Zomp Turkey Virgin Dope

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    United's first game is tonight against Leicester.

    After a lackluster, but drama filled, off season the club returns with a few new names but only one that is expected to be in the starting 11. The club signed 19 year old right back Diogo Dalot who will be expected to play in cup games and when Antonio Valencia needs a rest (though both are injured at the moment), Journey man keeper Lee Grant, and Fred. Fred is the big name and United paid over 50 million pounds for him.

    I think Jose wants to play 4-3-3 when everyone is fit with Matic holding, Fred shuttling, and Pogba being free to create. Pogba's world cup performances were in encouraging in that he was still able to affect the game from sitting deeper, which is something Mourinho will want him to replicate for United.

    Other than that, on the football side I'd expect more of the same from last season. Moments of brilliance, a lot of frustration, and a lot of drama. To nail down a first choice starting 11 is a bit difficult because of the defenders. Even though we have five center backs who are all of varying quality, Mourinho failed to bring in another to shore up the back line. The midfield should be a position of strength this year with Pogba (Peirreira), Fred (Mctominay), and Matic (Herrerra) all having able back ups. Peirreira in particular is intriguing as he's been loaned out the past few seasons. Up front 2 of Alexis, Lukaku, and Rashford will be starting with either Mata or Lingard in a false right wing position.

    Probably the best news of the offseason was Courtois going to Real, which means unless Juventus come calling we should have David De Gea through the prime of his career.

    I mean I guess I can see both sides of the argument, but if you're not going to back the manager's strategy then you need a director of football. The board shouldn't be making decisions on the on-field product. That needs to come down to the manager and his staff. The only positive I see from this is Mourinho does love playing as the underdog and will drill that into the player's heads. Every write up so far, including the prediction thread here where the glee comes right through the screen, is predicting United to fall out of the top 4.
     
  2. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    I think the issue is that people are seeing (maybe searching out and seeing something that isn't there, but either way) the Jose Mourinho saga play out the way it has for quite a few cycles. It feels like meltdown is imminent...I'm not sure that accurate, but I think that's what people are seeing. Talent is there to be a top 3 team- question is if Jose will be flexible enough in his approach to get the best out of his creative players. I understand why people are thinking that won't happen.

    I've been a huge Mourinho fan for years- his villain BS went too far a few times, and I do worry the game has passed him by a bit, but I think there's some magic in him still.
     
  3. Stanley Steamer

    Stanley Steamer Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    I can't see them falling out of the top four, unless there's a mutiny of epic proportions.
    I, too, was a Mourinho fan for years, but I've grown tired of his schtick, and can never root for United anyway. Still, his teams are always set up well defensively, and are hard to beat; doubly so when considered the underdog. His style of coaching will never fit the bill of ManU's swashbuckling tradition though.
    I figure they will finish somewhere between 2nd and 4th, and that Mou will get the sack at some point during the season.
     
  4. Zomp

    Zomp Turkey Virgin Dope

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    His last season at each club:

    Porto: League winners and Champions League winners
    Chelsea: Left by "Mutual Consent", was probably fired. Team was under performing and he left in September.
    Inter: Treble Winners
    Real Madrid: Semifinals of Champions League, Finished 2nd to a historically good Barcelona team
    Chelsea: A disaster. Was fired when they only gained 11 points from their first 12 matches.

    Don't get me wrong, he always leaves on bad terms, but the narrative that his 3rd, or last, season at the club is a bit overblown.

    We'll see what happens.
     
  5. koufax32

    koufax32 He'll cry if he wants to... SoSH Member

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