I hoped we'd buy this guy before we bought Fellaini
Same here. But as you said Fellaini has finally found his feet with LVG finding the perfect role for him so I've no regrets.
Besides, Witsel's best position imo is in the Carrick role. A position that imo will be covered by Blind on the long-term, and potentially Gundogan
Witsel's main strength is that he doesn't lose the ball, as he has the best composure I've ever seen, while he is very tidy in his passing and reads the game well. He is also very, very strong, but he hasn't got the best vision (in terms of creativity) or range of passing. You shouldn't ask him to make those long Scholes balls or David Silva's mean through-passing, but otherwise he is perfect for a possession based game as he adds great strength, technique and composure in the side.
I know many of you may not agree but if VG does buy Gündogan I can also see him getting De Jong on a free so that at least the team has cover in almost every position, wouldn't be a bad squad player. van Gaal may see Gündogan as his Strootman since he likes those type of midfielders, hence he tried to get Vidal.
Sorry mate, just don't see him anything close to Carrick's natural attributes, but in no way I would rule him out of playing alongside someone who'd cover in for him. Playing holding mid or an anchor, deep-lying playmaker on his own is a huge task for a player of Blind's attributes compared to Carrick's like for like. We'll probably change that in the future like we changed our game with Carrick compared to Keane time.
Blinds not got the passing range or vision of Carrick but I think like him he'll get better with age. Still trying to get used to the league, on Sunday he kept wandering and chasing the ball leaving little protection though whether that's him or LVG's tactics I don't know. In time he'll get there but if we have someone like Gundogan in front then he need not worry about creating/setting the tempo and would make his job easier.
Done well at left back too, as for Shaw he just needs games.
Sampdoria are interested in taking Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli back to Serie A.
Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has made it very public that he wants Balotelli at the club and that he would love to partner him up front with Samuel Eto'o.
the president is slightly mad, seems like a match made in heaven actually.
POGBA 'WELCOME' AT BARCA
Barcelona would ‘open the gates’ for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Brazilian star Neymar.
Arguably the most-coveted young player in European football, speculation surrounding Pogba’s future has been rife in recent weeks, with the Frenchman linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea among others.
And now Neymar has confirmed Barcelona would welcome the 22-year-old at the Camp Nou.
“How he would fit? I don’t know but he is a great player and we would open the gates for him,” he said.
“He is a great star. He is still young, even younger than me I think, but I think a player with such quality is always welcome.”
i'm sorry, i am pretty sure barca are transfer banned, but its barca, they get away with everything
DE BRUYNE NON-COMMITTAL
Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne admits he could move in a big-money transfer this summer - even though he expects to stay at Wolfsburg.
"You never know what will happen in football," he said. “A club might step in and make an offer that pleases Wolfsburg and also makes me happy.
"Right now, I say that I will stay in Wolfsburg. But I don't like it when players say they'll stay no matter what and are gone after the first offer."
The 23-year-old has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
if di maria was sold, i would not mind de bruyne at all. him + mata would be amazing