We need Sancho, a creative CM rotation option as key. Then either another wide rotation option if Lingard goes. Or an elite defender, because actually overall defence has been good. Then see where else we can improve depending on players sold
Ol'e is a good competent manager, working with a squad that in several places wasnt good enough, the aim now is whether he can keep improving on that. Even then he was still very good against top teams. If he can build a side with enough quality to flat track bully lower sides while still doing...
James is done, and would have high wages, and would want to start every game, not that I blame him. The only person likely coming in as a starter would be Sancho, if that happens. Everyone else will be quality depth or a long term replacement for players
Honestly, you look at out last 6 games, should be 16/18 points, West ham and maybe Saints being banana skins. Anything else is simply dropping points and given whats at stake, unnacceptable. For a long time we've not looked close enough, we've manged to claw our way back, need to finish the job
Matic's issue isn't his quality, but how much football he could play (hes not going to play 50 games a season) and the fact we constant gave the ball away and exposed him. He's been great since we press proactively, and his on the ball work is exemplary.
I have no problem with him wanting to be somewhere making 30 appearances a season, but as long as he is honest with himself that he was in no position to be demanding that here, especially if Sancho arrives
This was the first season he's been truly moved to the first team, hence being played through the Europa League etc, so for him to say its not enough is a little ridiculous. And he hasn't pulled up roots in any of the games he's played in so far
He has history of not signing a contract, did exactly the same last contract offer, until they told him to stop coming to carrington, then he signed a contract
It's not even about those players, he wants to be playing regular first team football, and thats just not going to happen. He's not...
Those midfielders we are linked were as a direct replacement to Pogba (Saul etc) I wouldn't be surprised if we only signed sancho ( assuming the stars align on that). I certainly would not expect more than 3 players max this summer, if that
Martial wasn't good enough up front initially. Ole said as much. We've chatted about it for ages, but his movement off the ball was terrible. He was great on the wing because it was ball into feet and he's a brilliant dribbler. He's finally started working really hard on this. He doesn't score...