What needs to be done until the end of the transfer period

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Coming out of the pub with a bigger smile on my face than most Man United fans after a 1-0 loss is a weird feeling. But I think I speak for most, when I say I felt the performance was encouraging in most aspects, from a team that seemed like a work in process, not a finished product. Defensively solid with a few exceptions, the club’s focus should now be solely on midfield and attacking additions.

The first area I fill needs to be quickly sorted out is the striker to share the goal scoring weight with Harry Kane. With Roberto Soldado not being the goal machine he used to be, but still useful enough to be a third striker option and maybe utilized in a deeper attacking mid position, where he can use his passing and football mind better, Emmanuel Adebayor hopefully leaving the club and Shaq Coulthirst seemingly not ready to make the step up to a Premier League standard, reinforcements are needed. Chicharito, Clinton N’jie and Saido Berahino are the latest names in the rumor mill said to fill the vacancy and personally I fancy Chicharito most of the three names, but is the most unlikely to come.

The second area I felt we needed reinforcements in was the lack of speed in the wings. Even though I like Dembele, Lamela and Chadli they are not the speedsters we lack. Pritchard can be the answer to that need with his elegant and smart runs and although we currently have Lennon and Townsend in our books it seems that at least one of them will leave and a replacement maybe needed.

Thirdly, even though I really liked Eric Dier in the defensive midfield role, especially after being tested against a very dangerous Man United side, we have no other defensive midfield player in our books, assuming Nabil Bentaleb will occupy the more free central midfield role and Milos Vejikovic will move on to another loan move, a DM is another essential addition.

Lastly, the club needs to push forward with the sale of the deadwood players on our books. Players like Adebayor, Lennon and any other that the manager feels he has no use for need to leave soon so we can clear their wages from our books and their negative influence off our first team and especially the youngsters.

All in all Saturday’s match filled me with optimism for what’s to come later on from the team. We were solid defensively and although midfield and attack did not pop our eyes out, there were positives to take and I feel with some needed reinforcements we could really challenge for something better than 5th place and have another great, if not better, cup run.

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  1. What needs to be done.. DM- Cabaye(no he went to Palace),Song, Kramer, Moutinho. Attacking options- Lennon(wtf has gone on there), Njie, Yarmelenko, Ayew (oh he went to Swansea), Konplyanka(no, he went to Seville), Shaqiri(no he's going to bloody Stoke),Berahino .
    The real problem for me, the boring football!! can we not play 1-4-2-3-1, its so tedious to watch.

    Question-why does it take Levy three weeks or more to conclude a tranfer deal, when other clubs are getting things done?

  2. You're wearing rose-tinted glasses – we shouldn't be a work-in-progress any longer, or do you think it's going to take longer? If so then I haven't got your patience. We were toothless and poor against a woeful United side. Stoke could tear us a new arse on Saturday.

  3. Solid defensively? Did you not watch the goal? It is no good doing OK without making cock ups for 89 mins in a game, if you have even one minute of abject failure.

    No one really expected Bentaleb to pass sideways to the opposition on the halfway line, but did you not see the wide central swathe of white shirt free pitch running from halfway line to the penalty box?

    Rooney did and virtually strolled down it and stood waiting where I would like to have seen at least one CB. That sort of awfulness against a fairly average United side makes me know nothing has changed from last year. Alderwerield is a good defender, but Pochettino will soon coach that out of him.

    It is an understatement to say there is a massive amount of work to concede less than last year.

  4. dier is not a dm we played well for 20mins then last 5mins against a very average utd team who only had 1 shot , lets not get carried away just yet

  5. Pretty sure someone wrote an article about very similar stuff, better written and far more in depth in regards to the subject matter.


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