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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 18, 2019, 01:38:42 PM »
Ole needs more time to work his players and hopefully new players, he's clearly tactically very flexible and hasn't been affraid to try diferent systems some of which clearly hasn't worked although I'd put a lot of that down to our defensive frailties as opposed to Ole's tactical mishaps. I wouldn't fault Ole for the defeats to Barca and we were very unlcuky in the defeats to Arsenal & Wolves, we play well to an extent in both games and could easily have won both of them. The game in the cup against Wolves was the one game we didn't turn up but I'd put a lot of that down to what happened in Paris a few days earlier. We've been a bit unlucky with injuries too, Lingard, Martial, Matic & Herrera all got injured when playing really well, United were going to have to rely on a bit of luck with injuries to keep going.

We are a bit predictable to play against some times but that can be down to personnel too; A proper right winger is a must as we have nobody who looks comfortable at all on that side. Dalot is a brilliant crosser of the ball and and Luke Shaw is capable of offering more going forward, defensively he's been excellent this season and has improved as the season has gone on. Rashford & Martial are still young players who should continue to improve.

I don't see any reason as long as United buy 3 top players this summer that they can't achieve around 90 points next season with Ole in  charge. There's no need for the mass gloom, the squad is no way near as some are making out and is just lacking in a couple of top players in key positions.

Thats some call, i think United have only topped 90 points 3 times even with their great teams.

City & Liverpool aren't as good as the 2 great sides United had in 1999 and 2008 yet are both going to finish well ahead of United's points total. The league isn't as strong.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 18, 2019, 01:06:40 PM »
Ole needs more time to work his players and hopefully new players, he's clearly tactically very flexible and hasn't been affraid to try diferent systems some of which clearly hasn't worked although I'd put a lot of that down to our defensive frailties as opposed to Ole's tactical mishaps. I wouldn't fault Ole for the defeats to Barca and we were very unlcuky in the defeats to Arsenal & Wolves, we play well to an extent in both games and could easily have won both of them. The game in the cup against Wolves was the one game we didn't turn up but I'd put a lot of that down to what happened in Paris a few days earlier. We've been a bit unlucky with injuries too, Lingard, Martial, Matic & Herrera all got injured when playing really well, United were going to have to rely on a bit of luck with injuries to keep going.

We are a bit predictable to play against some times but that can be down to personnel too; A proper right winger is a must as we have nobody who looks comfortable at all on that side. Dalot is a brilliant crosser of the ball and and Luke Shaw is capable of offering more going forward, defensively he's been excellent this season and has improved as the season has gone on. Rashford & Martial are still young players who should continue to improve.

I don't see any reason as long as United buy 3 top players this summer that they can't achieve around 90 points next season with Ole in  charge. There's no need for the mass gloom, the squad is no way near as some are making out and is just lacking in a couple of top players in key positions.

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General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:32:46 AM »
Its not a handball under the current law but under next seasons rule change it could be.

As for Pep his record in Europe is never questioned by the media, he gets a free ride from them. He inherited a brillaint Bayern side and never went close on winning it and then inherited a very good City side and then spent over 500m yet still hasn't got close to winning it. In all 3 years he's been knocked out by teams you wouldn't class as one of Europe's strongest. This was a brilliant chance to win it, with 3 of Europe's big 4 in transition, PSG out and Italy's best club looking like their finished at the top level too. That won't happen every season.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:41:44 AM »
Sure is an overeaction as usual, United started well and looked dangerous but needed to score first to have any chance. As soon as they scored it was game over, United looked tired at the weekend and had to go full pelt until the last minute whilst Barca rested neaerly the whole team but as usual thats totally ignored.

Tactically I don't have much issues with what I saw over the 2 legs, he'd learned from the 1st leg against PSG and got a lot right but doesn't have the players good enough to carry out instructions, defensively we're a shambles and have continued soft goals all season. Young has had 3 appalling games in a row but looks like we're going to have to continue with him until the end of the season. Smalling is and always has been the first player I'd get rid of, he's appalling in possession and has never shown any signs of improvement. He is the main reason we give the ball away so needlessly, Jones is a lot better on the ball and gets far too much stick. Dalot, Lindelof & Shaw plus another centre half has the makings of a very good back 4. United's squad is no way near as bad as many are making out, a top class centre half, centre mid and right winger plus a good pre season would have United looking like a totally different team. I suspect Lukaku won't be happy with his role and will look for a move away and with the likes of Mata & Herrera leaving on a free there may be a few more coming in than 3.

Ole needs time to get his ideas across, tactically he's not done a lot wrong in the last month but has been let down by his players who just continue to gift soft goals to the opposition. Its a big next 10 days for United, can't say I'm too hopeful but a win on Sunday will make a huge difference to my outlook for the rest of the season.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:34:15 PM »
There's more chance of City dropping points than Liverpool. Burnley away another tough fixture for City, have this horrible feeling you'll win it after yesterday.

If in 1990 you'd have told me it would take Liverpool 29 years to win another title I'd have taken that.

Id say you would rather lose to city and the race for fourth than help Liverpool win a title. Me friend is a dyed in the wool Manc, hes obsessed with Liverpool to.

I'd rather City win the league but don't want to see City winning the quadruple either. United need the points and have to beat City. Its hard to take City seriously though, success is down to money and nothing else. There a small club who just can't generate the interest that United and Liverpool can. The media are barely talking about a City quadruple as nobody cares apart from City fans.

Plenty of scousers and mancs obsessed with each other, I'm not one of them. It will be easier seeing Liverpool winning the league than City winning the lot.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:13:11 PM »
There's more chance of City dropping points than Liverpool. Burnley away another tough fixture for City, have this horrible feeling you'll win it after yesterday.

If in 1990 you'd have told me it would take Liverpool 29 years to win another title I'd have taken that.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 15, 2019, 10:31:58 AM »
United didn't deserve to win it based on the 90 minutes but Ole rolled the dice and took a chance and it worked out. I tLukhought Rashford made a difference when he came on, Lukaku's so limited and it seems Ole isn't a huge either considering he's been hooked in the last 2 games when United needed a goal.

United look tired which doesn't bode well for tomorrow night especially considering Barca rested the majority of the team, I'm even more despondent after Saturday's game.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:08:00 AM »
Saw a lot of social media backlash at Ashley Young from the Utd supporters midweek. I didn't see the match and yes probably he played poorly.  The lad is not a right back though. He has been shoehorned into that position out of necessity. More of a club problem than an Ashley Young problem.

It was one of the worst performances from a United player in a long time which followed him a performance at Wolves where he was sent off and culpable for the 1st goal. Agree its not his fault its the man picking him who has a complete blind spot for him. A few weeks ago i though Young would be a good backup for Dalot next season but now I'm not so sure.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 12, 2019, 09:46:07 AM »
OT needs investment but don't see them doing it.

Investing in the team is a more pressing matter, just hope they back OGS this summer properly this summer. The huge clearout required since 2013 has never happened and its not going to happen this summer. In an ideal world United would buy 5/6 players but Id' settle for buying 3, a top centre half, midfielder & a right winger.

The club has circa 250m in cash so there's no excuse for not spending it after last summers poor performance in the transfer market.

On another note Woodward gets far too much credit, looks like Liverpool are going to sign a kit deal for more than United rake in despite United selling double what Liverpool sell. Who'd have thought agreeing a 10 year deal wasn't a great idea, considering what Barca & Real are now earning looks like a complete balls up from Woodward.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 11, 2019, 10:08:16 AM »
Alan Green was constantly accused of being biased towards Utd in the past.

Thought everyone was aware of how much of abu he was, he hates United and thats very obvious.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:24:59 AM »
A frustrating night, even more so as Barca aren't a great side. I'd fully expect Liverpool to beat them.

I've one big issue with Ole over last night which was keeping Young on, he was woeful from start to finish; He should have been hooked after 15 minutes.

Whilst United continue with that back 4 we'll continue to concede soft goals, over 50% of the goals United concdede are completely avoidable. Smalling & Young are just not good enough. Pogba again a huge disappointment, went missing last night. Fred had a good game but not without mistakes whilst McTominay was superb and he should now be first choice as should Fred. I'd like to see United get back to Lingard, Martial & Rashford up front, seemed to bring the best out in Pogba.

We've got very little chance over there but you'd never know, was far more despondent after the PSG game.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 10, 2019, 04:29:11 PM »
I'd be happy with a 0-0 tonight, would be delighted with any sort of win. Expectancy just isn't there.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Too many for one Team
« on: April 09, 2019, 11:17:27 AM »
Would echo the sentiments of the posters with regards to having a B team.


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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:12:25 AM »
Good result yesterday for United's top 4 hopes with Arsenal losing. Looking at their fixtures think they'll drop plenty more points away from home but I'd expect Spurs to finish 3rd; They'll likely lose to City but win every other game. United have tough fixtures but at least their at OT whilst Chelsea have away game at OT, Anfield and at Leicester.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo for Sam 2019
« on: April 05, 2019, 09:38:21 AM »
A lot of hype surrounding Mayo since Sunday, everyone tipping them as the team to challenge the Dubs.

The league can be a difficult gauge sometimes as we don't know where teams are up to in terms of fitness, after Sunday its safe to assume Mayo are in the team in the best shape. Agree with seanie about AOS, looks like he's in the best shape of his life.
Speaking of that, whats Comer at these days? Must have done serious damage to miss the entire league with an ankle injury sustained at Christmas.

Still in a walking boot. Walsh said he hopes to have him back end of May. Not sure he'll have much of an impact on the Connacht championship though. Maybe the Super 8's if they get that far.

Think it's taken so long as they thought he didn't need surgery at first. Then once it wasn't healing they eventually had to have the surgery done.

Doesn't reflect well on the medical team, he'd be back by now if he'd had the op in the first place. Cummins is a decent enough replacement, for a small fella he gets more than his fair share of fisted goals.
Wasn't Cummins Galways  top scorer from play in the league . Mainly due to goal .though some of the genius's here would hold that against him Following the  the analysis of Co'C.
being the best scorer ever just doesn't cut it for some folk

But when everyone is fit Cummins will be back on the bench. Ultimately a player like COC is going to be judged on performances on semi's & finals which he's well into double figures in.

COC is very important to Mayo and still your best forward but he's not turned into the player I thought he'd be when he first burst onto the scene as 19 year old.  I've not seen a repeat of those performances against Kerry in 2014 when he was 22. I think he kicked 3 points from play in the 2017 final but still he left a good few scores behind him too.

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