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  1. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    You just cannot compare these players to Pogba. Zaha and Salah are taking players on in wide positions deep into the opposition half. That is what players at that position are supposed to do. Why don't teams deploy CMs to do this? Because there is less space due to more bodies in the middle of the field, thus it is far less effective to do it. Also, if you're dispossessed in a central position (especially when in your own half/around the half way line) then the opponent has a three-way go. What I mean by this is that all of a sudden the opposition is attacking a defence that isn't set due to the dispossession and the attacking team now can threaten to the left, right and middle as the ball is in the centre of the field. When a Winger (like Zaha or Salah) loses the ball in the final 3rd of the pitch from a wide position, the transition (counter attacking) threat is not even close to that of the situation I previously described; the situation Pogba puts United in on a frequent basis. We're simply not going to agree on this. I feel his style of play is a hindrance to the team. Is that a reflection on United's other players? Perhaps. But that's where United will be for the foreseeable future, so I would rather cash in and bring in players that aren't only good performers in a perfect system for them. My comments re: Pogba are relative to that of top quality players, not the average footballer. Clearly he's not a terrible player relative to almost all footballers, but he is a poor player when comparing him to the elite, or even top echelon players in world football in my opinion.
  2. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    Reports in Spain are saying United have signed Mata to a three year contract. THREE. YEARS. He can't run now, what's he going to be like in three years? There is a base level of athleticism required to play at the top level in football now. Mata does not have it. The incompetence of this football club has no limit.
  3. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    Surely the salary should dictate the quality of play? What else is your level of salary supposed to dictate? I definitely expected Alexis to be one of the best players in the league for his wages. They were inflated because of the small transfer fee, but even still - I expect the top performances from the top earning players. This is common sense is it not? Who is scapegoating Pogba here? Mate, go look through the Premier League thread and read how I've slated every single player United have on their books. The regulars in this section of the forum will attest to this I am sure. I am not scapegoating anyone whatsoever. I am talking about a top earning player who has contributed significantly to United being as crap as they are. Football is subjective, full stop. It's my opinion and there is factual evidence to backup the fact Pogba doesn't cover the ground that other players of his position do. I mean, you could dig a bit on twitter to see examples of his laziness, but hey, that's just lazy on my behalf ....... I could easily twist this and just say you're being a Pogba apologist. Was he 'creating a spark' when he was dispossessed more times than any player at his position in the league last season; 89 times. Do you know who the closest CM was to that total? Roberto Pereryra on 66. Pogba was dispossessed 35% MORE THAN ANY OTHER CM IN THE LEAGUE. You could argue that Pereryra actually played a fair bit as an attacking wide player, so let's look who is the next CM in the list - Ngolo Kante on 54. Pogba was dispossessed 65% MORE than 3rd in that list (you could argue 2nd). Unbelievable. And you think that is all down to him trying to create a spark?!?!?? And how many of times was that in his own half? A lot. How do I know? Because I watched every single game he played! You don't create a spark in your own half, for the record. Decision making - terrible. Consistent ability to retain possession - poor. Shot conversion - terrible. Ability to press - poor. These are all my subjective opinion. I would've thought that was obvious.
  4. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    So being one of the best paid players in the world doesn't come with the expectancy of being a world class player? Hmm .... He's an absolute fraud when talking about top players. Zero desire, and needs players around him to do the dirty work. He isn't fit to lace the boots of players like De Bruyne. He has all of the talent in the world but he has no interest in showing the consistency required to compete in a league where there is a level of balance. I can't WAIT until he goes to Madrid, Barcelona win the league and then he sees what it's REALLY like when fans turn on you. And no, this has nothing to do with the 'British media'. This has to do with me watching every single Manchester United football match the past 20 years. I don't know who I will miss less - Pogba, or the Pogba twitter brigade that think he's a better player than Paul Scholes
  5. Golf Thread

    My bets were: To win outright: Koepka, Schauffele To place top 10: Scott, Thomas To place top 20: Van Rooyen Ended up a little bit down in total, despite the Scott bet coming in. I just don't stake enough money to bet on anything less than 25/1 to place top 10 as the odds are divided by 20% if they come 2nd - 10th. Pretty annoyed with myself with the Schauffele bet though, as he was 28/1 at the start of the week and I only got on him at 22/1, hence me only betting on him to win rather than place. Well done to Woodland for keeping his composure. Rarely see that from players who haven't ever contended for a Major win on the final day before.
  6. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/06/16/paul-pogba-says-ready-quit-manchester-united-new-challenge/ All noise from the club since the statement insinuates he's not going anywhere and OGS wants to build around him. Given he's only got 2 years left on his contract, I think it would be a ridiculous decision for us to keep him if we get an offer in excess of £130m. His output from last year is definitely replaceable and then some for that amount of money. Hopefully he moves to Real Madrid so he knows what it's really like to have fans get on his back. https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/marcus-rashford-pressures-man-utd-16525151 That article is from the very reliable Steve Bates. Needless to say, that Alexis Sanchez contract is going to go down as maybe the worst deal in the club's history. It has completely ruined the club's (already poor) wage structure, with bang average players earning ludicrous contracts. Big, big issues at United right now.
  7. The Official Boxing Thread IV - Golovkin vs Alvarez

    Man, I couldn't have been any more wrong about predicting the quality of the fight. Galahad just kept throwing single shots then holding. I am not necessarily criticising him for it; Warrington is a really, really busy fighter so you have to slow him down somehow. That said, it really affected the fight as a spectacle and the ref should've sorted it within the first 5 rounds. There's not going to be a desire for a rematch from anyone other than perhaps Galahad's team. I would envisage Frampton will fight Galahad; if Carl can knock him out, that gives him a route for a rematch with Warrington if he wants it.
  8. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    Chelsea are now in a not too dissimilar situation to United. Fan favourite, club legend in charge of a team that is in need of a rebuild. How long with the fans of each team stick with the Manager? The main difference is the Champions League football Chelsea can offer, but with an upcoming transfer ban at some point, I do worry about their ability to get even close to City or Liverpool.
  9. The Official Boxing Thread IV - Golovkin vs Alvarez

    Anyone watching the Warrington-Galahad fight tomorrow? Warrington fights are normally excellent and this one is a Yorkshire derby (Leeds vs Sheffield). Plus, both of them are undefeated (albeit Galahad hasn't really fought anyone). I can't wait.
  10. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    Sarri to Juve, so surely Lampard to Chelsea. After losing Hazard that Chelsea job is a re-building job for sure. I would say good luck, Frank, but that would be a rather significant lie.
  11. 2019 Women's World Cup Thread

    To y'all Americans - is the disproportionate interest in the sport for the Women's National Team purely because they are the best in the world? Hoping the English team can make a deeper run this time around. Not a great performance against Scotland but hopefully that was a bit of rust and nerves.
  12. Will 2022 be held in Qatar?

    The level of corruption knows no boundary. Why isn't every single major news outlet reporting this every single day? If one person died in the UK from poor working conditions it would (rightly) be EVERYWHERE. Yet, there is a deathly silence on this particular matter.
  13. Longtime Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen has passed away.

    As many Superbowl appearances as losing seasons. Not many can say that (he only became Owner in 1984). RIP Mr B. A credit to the team, the City and his family.
  14. R.I.P Pat Bowlen

    It's been so sad to see his succumb to such an awful disease these past few years. It's a testament to the man Pat was when you hear how former players speak about him. He was known as an Owner that looked after his guys, and wanted to do everything to win. A sore loss for the football community. My thoughts are with his loved ones.
  15. Random Thoughts

    What I find interesting about the NBA is that players like KD are actually held back in terms of earnings by the max offer. Not saying it's a bad thing at all; just pointing out that I think KD would've earned a further 60-70% if not for the max offer. What I hate most about the injury is the people back tracking who were calling him soft in the first place. Danny Kanell is a prime example. He was saying on Monday afternoon that KD should, "show some heart and go out there and battle for his teammates". A day later he's saying, "whilst I do think he's now garnered more respect, the medical staff have to take accountability". Respect?!? Who the f cares about yours, or the fans respect?!? KD has, and had, nothing to prove to anyone from a heart perspective and now his career potential lies in ruin because of the ridiculous peer and fan pressure that comes from being a professional athlete. You could see within 30 seconds the guy shouldn't be out there. He was barely moving on both ends of the floor.