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Old 12-12-2017, 12:10 AM
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Default United need to change their transfer strategy starting in JANUARY

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....indow-14023287

Jose Mourinho has not been in the business of playing his transfer cards close to his chest at Manchester United.

All summer, at every single pre-match press conference, post-match interview and chat, he made his intentions quite clear: Four players.

He was forced to settle for three this year but refused to cause a fuss at being denied the last man on his list and Mourinho endorsed Ed Woodward's February remark that there would not be as much 'churn' as there was under Louis van Gaal.

"I think I've guided before that we want to get to a more steady state and be buying and potentially selling a lower number of players each year," Woodward said.

"I think we're in that kind of environment now compared to where we were two, three years ago, when perhaps there was a little more churn required from the playing squad perspective."

Perhaps there was even a sly glance across town. City have been in 'churn' mode for two summers now, discarding four full-backs and signing three in the most recent window.

Mourinho and Pep Guardiola arrived in Manchester at the same time but their transfer strategies have significantly diverged. In 18 months, City have signed 13 players to enhance their first-team squad compared with United's seven.

And in the Manchester derby, just two of Mourinho's signings started the fixture, with two more on the bench. Four of the starters were signed in Sir Alex Ferguson's day - and that is excluding academy graduates Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

Mourinho would have preferred to be able to call on two of his 'untouchables', Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly, but those numbers reveal a harsh reality: This United squad needs more than just tweaking.

Mourinho has successfully repaired the spine, but that has delayed surgery elsewhere. United continue to pay the price for previous transfer blunders and there is still dead wood hanging around, while the aging limbs of distinguished servants are getting little respite with no long-term replacements waiting in the wings.

Ahead of the January transfer window, United look in need of two full-backs, a central midfielder, a right winger and an additional forward - assuming they can hold on to all of their key pieces.

Most of that will have to be done in the summer, with Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking certain to depart and Marouane Fellaini currently set to join them.
But there are others who need to be moved on. Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian were omitted from the matchday squad on Sunday, and while Luke Shaw has made progress his future remains uncertain.

United also look over-stocked at centre-back with Axel Tuanzebe not getting the minutes he deserves, and Mourinho may have to find room for returning loanees Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Andreas Pereira next season. The lack of churn policy is admirable but results do not depend on consistent staffing.

After finishing sixth last year, manager and board oversaw a relatively conservative summer comprising three additions and only one senior exit.

Ahead of next season, United need more than four.
 
Old 12-12-2017, 12:18 AM
Wez
 
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Its been reported (yeah I know) we have £90m to spend in January

I wouldn't bother with January, leave that in the purse and add that to the summer budget to it and buy quality instead of mediocre squad shite for next season
 
Old 12-12-2017, 12:21 AM
S/Side.Red
 
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Itís not a poor squad, but itís still a way off being at the level we want.

Iíd like to start freezing out some of the chumps who wonít be here next season and get Tuanzebe and one or two others more involved. Maybe Mensah back in January; Palace fans I know rate him but heís only playing occasionally.

All with a view to shifting 8/9 next summer and adding a handful in the right areas.
 
Old 12-12-2017, 12:21 AM
Tronics
 
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worrying that we're still in the position after 3 managers and however many millions spent, where the only rational solution is to sign more players? really, is that the answer?

i get that we're not where we need to be quality wise, but there needs to be some action taken behind the scenes to rectify the infrastructure of the club, maybe whilst there look at how we coach players? but what do i know, i guess signing another 3-5 players will rescue it
 
Old 12-12-2017, 12:29 AM
Jammy Dodger
 
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but what do i know, i guess signing another 3-5 players will rescue it
Worked for guardiola. .
 
Old 12-12-2017, 12:31 AM
Shade
 
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Young, Herrera, Bogbrush, Lingard, Blind, Smalling, Jones, Mata, Darmian - all shitc***s that need to be sold.

Mkhitaryan is edging himself closer to the exit door as well.

Carrick and Zlatan are just a waste of time now, both need to leave for everyone's sake.

I don't think I've seen any other big club who is as sentimental and hesitates as much as United when it comes to getting rid of players who are blatantly not good enough or no longer useful to the club.

How on earth is Bogbrush still at the club FFS?

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i get that we're not where we need to be quality wise, but there needs to be some action taken behind the scenes to rectify the infrastructure of the club, maybe whilst there look at how we coach players?
I think it's the manager's shithouse tactics as well. That first 40 minutes against City last Sunday was such a fucking disgrace.

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but what do i know, i guess signing another 3-5 players will rescue it
Or we could continue to stick with the likes of Herrera, Bogbrush, Young, Smalling and Jones and hope that they come good and fulfill their "potential".

Last edited by Shade; 12-12-2017 at 12:37 AM.
 
Old 12-12-2017, 03:08 AM
ScarFace
 
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We're owned by tight cunts. Nothing will ever change until we're sold and Woodward is hung for his crimes against humanity.
 
Old 12-12-2017, 07:02 AM
sa7
 
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"Churn"

What a wanker
 
Old 12-12-2017, 07:04 AM
Red Al
 
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Or we could continue to stick with the likes of Herrera, Bogbrush, Young, Smalling and Jones and hope that they come good and fulfill their "potential".
He looks the same raw injury prone oaf that he did the day he arrived

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We're owned by tight cunts. Nothing will ever change until we're sold and Woodward is hung for his crimes against humanity.
This is one of our main problems

Even though we chuck money about like confetti at times we seem to haggle over a few million here and there and missing out on some needed targets.

Couldn't we have bagged hazard for an extra 6million?
 
Old 12-12-2017, 07:33 AM
Denis Irwell
 
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Originally Posted by Red Al
He looks the same raw injury prone oaf that he did the day he arrived



This is one of our main problems

Even though we chuck money about like confetti at times we seem to haggle over a few million here and there and missing out on some needed targets.

Couldn't we have bagged hazard for an extra 6million?
Itís in their culture. Itís not a myth. Worse people in the world to deal with unless youíre one of them. Trust me , Iíve lived in or next door to Cheetham Hill and Gatley and done plenty of biz in both. Hope I donít get arrested .
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