Manchester United - Theatre of Dreams - Part 33

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Start playing attacking football.
Who knows maybe OGS introduced his version of Yorke/Cole combo?? (Rashford/Martial)

I'm keen to see the lineup on Friday, gave me a reason to stay awake!
Hoping a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 attacking lineup!
 

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Actually this lineup looks pretty good!!

Rashford Martial
Mata
Pogba Fred
Matic
Shaw Bailly Lindelof Dalot
DDG
 

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If Ole lost the next 3 games, the fans will goes after his blood instead of going after the players.
 

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wow Ole first and last EPL games for the club is against Cardiff
“...United's final Premier League fixture is against Cardiff at Old Trafford on May 12....”
 

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Look at it another way, that means interim no pressure. If he can guide the ship to qualify for UCL in the end, that is bonus and rightfully should be considered permanent. I believe that is still the target for this season.

Why a new manager hired in summer will complain? Are most managers start their job in summer? The important one is the DoF. That should come ine 1st.

I still don't get it. Appointing Ole sounds like we are giving up this season? Then new manager come in summer and will complain not enough time to buy his type of players and he is stuck with the same players for anther season. We are looking at the club being in wilderness for next 1.5 season.
 

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Yes. New managers esp those at existing clubs, they will negotiate for release, take leave, come back prep for preseason to see the squad and by the time want to buy players almost end of trsf window n it will be mad rush for us to spam money buy players or miss out on players cos of different in valuations.

This scene happened a few times before across different clubs.

Look at it another way, that means interim no pressure. If he can guide the ship to qualify for UCL in the end, that is bonus and rightfully should be considered permanent. I believe that is still the target for this season.

Why a new manager hired in summer will complain? Are most managers start their job in summer? The important one is the DoF. That should come ine 1st.
 

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Hope the board give Phelan the freedom to discipline players.

You sure can discipline? The like of Pogba, you discipline him, he just refuse to perform and give half fug performance how?

Hope OGS will succeed at United. Though his time at cardiff was disastrous.
 

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Well since Ole and mike have been appointed, let's get behind the club and look forward to them cheonging for the rest of the season.

Yea finger cross, the feel good factor will give us a huge win against cardiff and next few games. Remember Giggs taking over from Moyes?
 

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Personal opinion Martial cannot player striker despite his composure and finishing, he doesn't react fast enough to half chances yet.

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Alexis up top
Supplied by Pogba n Mata
Fred Matic Herrera
Shaw Lindelof Smalling Dalot
DDG.

Unless his heart not here.. Rashford over LKK for now.

Actually this lineup looks pretty good!!

Rashford Martial
Mata
Pogba Fred
Matic
Shaw Bailly Lindelof Dalot
DDG
 

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You sure can discipline? The like of Pogba, you discipline him, he just refuse to perform and give half fug performance how?

Hope OGS will succeed at United. Though his time at cardiff was disastrous.

Then I hope they will sell him. Perhaps that was why united let him go back then
 

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Molde chief exec, Oystein Neerland: "For Manchester United to ask Molde about a loan for our manager is a major event itself. We are positive about this loan."
 

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OGS coming back on his own wouldn't have convinced many people. But to have Mike Phelan back as well.. that's something else.

Let's get behind the team.. hope can gun for top 4 this season, that itself already is a big achievement given the league standing.
 

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With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coming in from Norwegian club Molde, confirmed by Manchester United’s official website, the very look of the ‘baby-faced assassin’ will be enough a smile on the faces on the Old Trafford faithfuls. It might not be just that, as Solskjaer’s approach to the game has lit up the faces of many Molde fans in Norway.


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The former United striker did endure a bad period at Cardiff during the season when David Moyes was in charge at Old Trafford, but he went onto go back to Molde and has done a very good job there. While he is yet to win any trophy in his second stint, the brand of football on display has been positive and progressive.

Someone who has always trusted the 4-3-3 formation, Solskjaer has come across as a manager who never backs away from changing to a 3-5-2 shape when the need of the hour is to be direct and to nullify presses from the opposition by playing two strikers up front.

When he was managing the United reserves under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, Solskjaer had taken up the role of a striker coach in an attempt to make sure that the club’s strikers during those times could improve. The reserves side won the title with the highest number of goals scored that season and Solskjaer is doing the same at Molde.


They are currently second in the Eliteserien table, but have scored the highest number of goals in the league. They have scored 61 times, eight times more than any other side in the division. Last season, they had scored the second most number of goals in the league. But it is now that the system has gelled in completely, giving the impression of being a cohesive unit.

One surprising thing about the side is that their highest scorer is 18-year-old Erling Braut Håland, who is the son of the Alf Inge Håland, the man who got on the wrong side of Roy Keane. While Håland is set to join Red Bull Salzburg at the end of the season, 12 goals in 25 appearances this season and has become the focal point of Molde’s system.

The way he’s improved under Solskjaer since making his debut in June, 2017, shows how good the former United star is at doing a job on strikers. Håland had failed to score even once for his former club Bryne and had failed a trial at Hoffenheim, but has become one of the best and the most complete strikers in the Norwegian first division. He can play as the sole man up front in a 4-3-3 or can play with another striker up front in a 3-5-2; the way he played a lot of times last season.

He boasts of a goalscoring ratio of about 1 goal in every two games and for someone who is just 18, its something very remarkable. For a player like him, the fee of £3.6 million seems like a bargain.

It isn’t just him who gets among the goals, Solskjaer’s system at Molde suggests that the side thrives on making sure that their two central midfield players who play further forward than the defensive midfield player have a lot of freedom to create and score. And their stats clearly prove that.

Fredrik Aursnes has found the back of the net eight times from midfield, assisting as many as seven times. A former United player Magnus Eikrem, who had played under Solskjaer in the reserves side, has scored five times and has become a very handy player. The 30-year-old was also part of Solskjaer’s Cardiff City side in 2014 and they get along very well because of connections with both Molde and United. He has also racked up a tally of nine assists this season.


And while the side plays a 4-3-3 formation predominantly and can change to a direct 3-5-2, its the flexibility in terms of how to approach games that stands out. Solskjaer’s side likes to generally press high up the pitch to deny the opposition any space, but they have also resorted to defending deep to play direct balls forward. And Håland’s presence allows that to happen. He can drop in to allow another striker to go past him and he can play as a fox in the box poacher to get the goals.

Considering the side United have, they can not be worse than they were under Mourinho and the style that Solskjaer plays, it will only get better. The players will enjoy playing under a system that is positive and doesn’t bind players to chains. It thrives on players working hard and giving their all, the way a viral video shows. Solskjaer wants him players to give their all and achieve a work-ethic that helps him implement his ideas in the side.

Solskjaer’s admiration for Paul Pogba speaks for itself. He has previously made it clear how much he likes the Frenchman and the approach to the game is likely to suit Pogba more than Mourinho’s system did. He wouldn’t have to be as tactically intelligent as Mourinho wanted him to be, he’ll be closer to goal than ever and that’s how a situation where a player like him thrives to be in.

But the man who will benefit the most from Solskjaer is Romelu Lukaku. Devoid of confidence and goals, the Belgian wasn’t the only one to be blamed for his lack of form. He seemed too isolated in a system that saw the wingers drop deeper than usual, but Lukaku’s best was seen in the World Cup when Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard were very close to him up front. Solskjaer knows the values of the club and respects them. The values he brings to the plate coincide with those that are demanded. The wingers will be much more further forward and Lukaku will benefit from that.

Not just that, the way Solskjaer improved Håland can be used as a comparison stick for how Lukaku can go the same route. The situation the once struggling 17-year-old was in is similar to the one Lukaku is in now. Things will only improve for him.
 
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