agree we had an overall good window. I think our squad still lacks an out and out winger of the highest caliber but I am happy for the season to come.
For the future there are always some task to not let the squad ageing:
After this season we will know if Shaw can make it or if should sign someone there. Valencia is 32, so we should start to look for a replacement
Fosu-Mensah looks good whenever he played so far. Think he will return a better player and claim a CB spot once back. with Tuanzebe alredy here we can rather sell than buy a CB in the future.
Wit Carrick in his last year and Fellaini the one to be replaced sooner rather than later there is definately a need for a CM in the next summer. I'd go for Dendoncker. Otherwise we are fine in that department for the next 1-2 seasons at least.
As mentioned a winger or two is a must in the future unless we convert to 3-5-2 in the long term. Griezmann with Ibra departing makes so much sense as he is a class apart most in Europe and can play all 3 front positions as well as no. 10. So him and Lemar, who is a very good dribbler & crosser, are my personal favorite players to be signed
yeah it is -£155.1m but the difference is United earned their money and generated it from football. Shitty, Chelski and P$G need their suggar daddies to come up for the losses.
The Neymar deal becaus of its size now make people disagree with it but alle deals done by those clubs before have been cheating in the same way. They spent money they don't have and the UEFA won't really go against it as they never haven't. They should have stopped the Russian doing it at the 2nd club from Fulham at the first minute.
Football or sport in general should be about who does things best, on and off pitch, but not who has the biggest cash-cow buying success. There is no problem in clubs spending big, like Bayern for example, when they generated the money by playing good football and having a good management over decades.
Any win or title going these plastic clubs way is nothing to be proud of, it is just the consequence of putting the best players on a pitch. They couldn't even dream of having these stars play for the club if they would face up to the competition rather than cheat their way to the top.
We desperately need an left winger but much depends on Griezmann next summer there. Shaw will solve LB once fit. RB is currently solved but in the long-term we need replacement. Ideally some 18-20 year old who can develop behind Tony. Doesn't seem we have someone in the academy an Fosu Mensah is going to play centrally in the future.
some great individual performances by Everton players. Baines, Calvert-Lewin, Gueye, Jagielka and also Holgate until his error. A tactical masterclass from koeman on top. A shame they didn't all 3 points.
seems very likely he returns and I have the feeling he has unfinished business here and wnats to solve that.
Not sure if that is a good idea for us. Surely a good option to have around but is he ready and willing to accept he is only an option? Lukuku with his runs seem the better fit fur us and is the future anyway.
tomorrow we have the opening game of the 2nd matchday, which rarely happens. Hope we put pressure on the the other by secring a win without trouble. Doesn't necessarily need to be another thrashing but a convincing , professional display ending in a 2-0 will do.
The past seasons have teached us not to get carried away. The first game was a convincing display but we have to prove that again and again this season.
I'd say 3rd is realistic.
First of all because we are still one world-class player short on the wings. A lot will depend on Martial and Mkhitaryan having a good season and making up for that.
Then there is Mourinhos overcautious (to not say defensive minded) approach to games. We are still not pressing properly. Other teams are ahead of us there. Especially Spurs with a modern coach but also Watford looked miles ahead of us when troubling Liverpool in the first half before individual errores have cost them. The more young managers come to the PL the more Mourinho gets into trouble with not adapting to up to date tactics.
Hopefully our first game of the season was a sign he has finally understood this and that we have to kill games and not stop attacking once 1:0 up like on too many occasions last term.