My God, he is exactly that kind of player. Pace in abundance, plays everywhere up front, his hold-up play is almost as good as RvP's and is strong as a bull, scores for fun! What's there not to be liked by LvG?
French magazine Le10 Sport report in their edition this week that Manchester United are a surprise option for Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette. The young French attacker has had a superb season in Ligue and been attracting attention from many clubs around Europe. Whilst it was thought he'd stay at Lyon to play Champions League football in the club's new stadium, things look to be changing with the player himself sounding increasingly open towards the idea of a move during the summer.
Le10 say that right now Manchester United are one of three serious options for Lacazette. The other two are French club PSG and an option to stay where he is at Lyon for a further year. Arsenal have been linked a lot previously but there's no mention of them going anywhere with that interest just yet.
There's said to be an offer on the table from PSG for €30m but Le10 suggest he could also go to Manchester United for that amount with the Premier League club willing to put their money forward. Lacazette is something of a new link for Manchester United and it would throw further doubt on the future of Radamel Falcao and perhaps even Robin van Persie. Manchester United don't lack firepower on paper but on the pitch they've struggled recently to both create chances and convert them. __________________________________________________________________________________
I don't know how much this magazine is reliable, if at all, but it's our first link with him I think. The new Thierry Henry!
Did you not see Bale's performance v Juve the other night?He was absolute shite, why do you want him here? The last thing we need is another underperforming big money player to go with ADM and Falcao?...
Yes I did, but I don't judge players on one game basis or a couple for that matter, or in di Maria's case, couple of months if you consider everything that happened around him. If he's the same next season then fair play. Still, in such a crap season for him, he managed 4 goals and 13 assists. That's quite telling I think.
But if he is unhappy in United I wouldn't hold him back if he wants out.
I would never call him a flop. He is a fantastic player, as proven by his last season at Real.
But I just think, in all fairness, that he won't adapt to LVG's demands and the players around him. But hopefully I am wrong: having an in-form Depay and Di Maria on each flank would be devastating.
Now, you quoted me to look like as I said that!
Only kidding. Anyway, the players around him won't be the same as this season, hopefully. I mean on Young and Fellaini particularly. They've done well but we should improve on both positions I imagine, with CL football around the corner and all that jazz, playing against the likes of Robben, Ronaldo, Messi, Verratti etc...
The only way I would even consider Bale is if he starts showing some motivation. Being off form is one thing I can accept, but he has been sluggish, slow, and I fail to see the dynamic and vivid Gareth Bale who was so wonderful at Spurs. Right now I think we would be mad to splash so much on him. I'd much, much rather buy Dybala and De Bruyne for that type of money for instance.
Hopefully you're right but I don't share your optimism right now. Even with a better team, I think he doesn't quite match LVG's demands. Di Maria is at his best in a counter-attacking system, and I am not sure he will ever flourish in a "slower", more tactical approach based on possession and clever movements. Just my opinion though.
I think the big problem with Bale is his mental state at the minute. As soon as he stopped to produce, big part of the crowd turned against him, followed by some media. Basically he's been made a scapegoat for some Real's bad results and it clearly affected him. Now, if he can't get his head around that and sort himself out, it's very possible that he'll seek a way out of Madrid sometimes in the future, maybe not a distant one, remains to be seen.
About di Maria, I don't believe for one second and after a couple of bad months of play (which has it's background btw) that a world class player can turn into permanent shit and can't settle in any system, despite his attributes. It's not a blind optimism, I just a matter of my refusal to jump on a "di Maria is a shitty flop" bandwagon yet.
van Gaal has clearly knew what sort of player di Maria is since he bought him for a record breaker fee. Until I see him play as a pile of crap in a properly gelled, settled and balanced team, I won't make any conclusions whether he'll match LvG's demands. And he moves a lot and linking up very well if you watched him in previous seasons, it's just that he didn't settle immediately in a completely new environment but that doesn't mean that he won't with more time and with better players around him (like in Real Madrid).
It was always a matter of when. Might not have been my first choice, but it's definitely a good signing. We desperatly need pace and dribbling skills in our new set up, and Depay will bring just that.
I think he might struggle a bit at first, because he has a lot to learn, but if he keeps a cool head and works hard under LVG, I have no doubt he will become a very good player.
But somehow, I am not sure yet our business is over in the attacking department. Will Nani return? Will Januzaj stay on? What to make with ADM? There are still many possible outcomes. Personally, I would still add a quality player able to operate upfront or out wide. Sounds greedy, I know, but our attackers have really had a poor season imo. If we want to challenge the best, we need to improve our front line and overall finishing.
Memphis is a good start, we need more flair players who can make things happen in a split second when the possession pass-it-around-the-box stuff doesn't work, usually against shitty parked-bus teams. That's why I'd keep Nani if all this Bale talk doesn't come out well. di Maria is one of the solutions on the right side but we all know where he is at his best. With a new, sorted balance in central midfield and defense, I think di Maria will flourish again like he's done last year at Madrid.
edwood: that'll do , we seem good on the counter
Sept 23, 2017 14:49:39 GMT
Dave: Saints are no mugs but we're looking good, defended superbly and so dangerous on the counter. If Micky could fecking release the ball earlier we could be a couple more up.
Sept 23, 2017 14:50:03 GMT
edwood: soton should have buried that
Sept 23, 2017 15:20:00 GMT
edwood: oh fucking ander
Sept 23, 2017 15:37:58 GMT
Dave: That was hard work but great win.
Sept 23, 2017 15:54:09 GMT