The way things are panning out, with each matchday, it is becoming more and more evident which players should be retained for next season.
Maguire, Telles, Dalot and Wan Bissaka should be shipped out.
Bruno Fernandes is a completely loose canon and should not be part of this team. His performance is consistently abysmal. Amazing how he has amazing ‘chance creation’ stats while still being the man who concedes the ball the most number of times.
Maguire should retire from football. He has no attributes to play in a Manchester United shirt. Considering he is a different player in the England shirt, he should just leave the club and spare us the misery. His boot on Pogba and the reaction of Pogba sums up his built-up frustration.
Lingard is class always. Only incompetent managers keep players like him out of the squad. The extent of man mismanagement this season has been incredible, both initially by Ole and now by Ralf. Ralf did not bring any semblance of departure from what Ole was doing. Ralf has his favourites who just appear on the team sheet no matter how crap they have been playing for months. I do not even want Ralf to have anything to do with our club come to the end of the season.
To sum up, I saw all that I expected to see in this game. It is becoming more and more evident which players need to be shown the door, just got to wait and see.
What else to describe this scintillating performance from the one and only? He has been left frustrated for much of 2022, but it’s been a pleasure to actually be able to watch live the hat trick he scored against a Spurs side that had just put 5 past Everton couple of days ago.
A long range effort, a tap in and a header. Attributes that have got him to where he is now, the one and only best player in the world. I used to follow him in spells even after leaving United, just like billions of his followers. Too bad too many of the youngsters at United are so stuck up and lack any understanding of what an honor it is to even share the dressing room with him.
The stark difference in quality of Sancho over Rashford is striking to say the least. The composure and the quality to provide in a plate for Ronaldo. Fred with another brilliant performance. It is not a coincidence that the absence of Bruno and Scott was massive to this win.
We are stuck with what we have. So enjoy the win as we go into the return leg of Champions League
To start with, the team sheet itself felt odd to me. We did not have a striker. When the game began, I realized Pogba is in the attacking 3! It almost seemed as though the dire form of Rashford forced Ralf to send Pogba to the forward line. For large spells, with a high line, United went toe to toe with City. The poor quality of certain players in the squad was exploited with ease by the Champions as we kept getting found out at right back and right wing. Playing a kid in the derby was always a risk. He took that risk and Elanga was found wanting to provide enough cover for Aaron.
I am in no way justifying the performance of Aaron, but he probably would have looked better with a better winger with him. If Rashford had started on the left with Sancho on the right, Sancho would have provided the cover he needed and we probably would not have conceded so early. Nevertheless, with sharp quick distribution and transition, we managed to equalize with a quality strike from Sancho.
Time and again we created opportunities and fair to say, we were doing well in the first half.
We began to lose our way in the second half, as we have seen all throughout much of this season since Ralf took over. The style of play he desires somehow drains the players by the 60 and by then the game was beyond recovery. De Gea yet again fantastic in giving us an opportunity to compete toe-to-toe with City, but the lack of quality and the drop of heads towards the end sums up United.
A lot of these players are likely to still be at the club in the summer. Ralf I doubt would have any say in the next manager, nor would he have any role of ‘footballing significance’ in the hierarchy of United. As a United fan, I stopped watching the game past 70 min. Instead spent time unboxing S22 plus for my wife. I did watch also portions of the earlier Arsenal kick-off. I am sure we will cede 4th place to Arsenal. Team >>> lazy individuals
After a fairly elaborate international break, with some players finally getting their wishes granted to leave the club on loan, it seemed a good time for Paul Pogba to return to the starting line-up after an injury laden 2 months.
Against a championship side in the FA Cup, with the exciting front five of Ronaldo, Rashford, Sancho, Bruno and Pogba, there was no shortage of creativity. To top it, we put out our two best attacking full-backs and when in form, the two best centre-backs.
Minutes into the game, Sancho managed to hit the cross-bar! I was rubbing my hands in excitement. With Pogba in the middle of the park, he was in great control on his return to the first team and pulling the strings. Bruno with plenty of time and space managed to not only create, but also find himself in numerous scoring opportunities.
There was assuredness in defense, and calmness in attack. The ‘borough keeper had to do a worldie to keep United only at 1 goal up in a half which we dominated to the kill.
The passing and coordination amongst the players showed slight improvement but Pogba’s class was evident in his 80 min stint. This never should have gone to extra-time. Penalty shoot-out, no way. And yet, we seem to find the easy way out of cups this season. With that out of the way, I am confident United will secure top 4. It is only a matter of time before we get kicked out of the Champions League. The earlier we finalize the next manager, the better.