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Mails: Pogba, Mata, Matic v De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho

Send your thoughts to theeditor@football365.com   Matic, Mata, Pogba = Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne Doug: boom!!!   No holes in that plan… Can’t be bothered to look into the stats but i’m sure when those three play United win. Jose could keep Matic center, Mata on the right and Pogba on the left,   Matic sitting a bit deeper.  not dis-similar to the Fernandinho/Silva/De Bruyne axis that is working so well for City… Mata has the ability to play that role.   Plus he might find finally find a permanent position. But can anyone actually see Jose doing this, copying Pep? That would leave 3 forward positions for 6 players.  Plus 30mins after the mandatory Mata sub on 60mins. Overall this Pogba position debate annoys the **** out of me.   Last summer United brought Matic to ‘release’ Pogba, now it’s said United need another midfielder this summer to give him more freedom. Are we really saying that the former most expensive footballer can play in one position in one formation and needs two dedicated players to support him?  Wow! what a bargain…. Nick (Sales Exec – backed up with dedicated Sales Support and Account Manager) J   More solutions I was just thinking of the incessant debate on Pogba vs Mourinho, whats Pogba’s best position etc. etc. The simple solution would be to play 4-3-3 but Mourinho for whatever reason (even though I am pretty sure it was the formation that Chelsea used in his first season in which they steamrolled all comers to the title) doen not want to play this way. If he did, Pogba could play left in a three with Matic and Herrera or maybe Lingard in the other two positions and then play Sanchez, Martial and Lukaku in a front three with Martial and Sanchez alternating every 15 minutes. It would solve a lot of the team’s problems and would provide much needed balance to the side. However, it seems Mourinho is adamant in playing 4-2-3-1 so why not play Pogba on the right of the three attacking midfielders? He would be better than Marital in that position and would give him licence to play further up the pitch without much of the defensive duties as Matic and Herrera/Mctominay can shield the back four. This will never happen but I do think it would work. The important thing is the player actually plays well because I feel this gets overlooked in this particular debate. Regardless of position Pogba has been pants for the last few games and this needs to change first and foremost. Oisin, Dublin (Lingard to be dropped, his purple patch ended weeks ago)   With all the talk of how Uniteds team is more balanced with Pogba in the centre of a 4-2-3-1, can anyone actually provide a tactical explanation as to how a 4-3-3 with him on the left is unbalanced ? Rahul (Attempt number 427 at the mailbox)    Are you watching, Gareth? Liverpool and Tottenham do not have teams made up of a galaxy of stars. That said, both teams have put in the 2 most compelling performances seen in Europe in recent times. Both teams totally overwhelmed continental opposition with pacey, pressing play that players in those countries were just not used to in their national leagues. This juxtaposes nicely (for the purposes of my argument) with the relatively low quality football played by PSG and Real on Wednesday. Lots of individual skill, little cohesion or commitment to a certain playing style. By way of example Neymar and Cavani did not pass to each other once all game; neither did Ronaldo and Benzema. In the success of the two English teams, both of whom have a lot of English players, can we not see the template for success at this year’s World Cup? We are not the most talented team, we don’t have a de Bruyne who can pick apart a defence with either foot. We have a world class striker and a group of players (Ox, Hendo, Dele, Clyne, Lingard, Rose, Walker etc) who are bloody good at running around a lot. I appreciate the impact may be diluted given that so many players of different nationalities play in the PL but the national coaches don’t and I think we could genuinely surprise a lot of teams if we based our campaign on a dynamic press, winning the ball high up the pitch and getting the ball to Kane to wang it in. Sure, coordinating a team press takes practice but I reckon taking this approach is a lot better than sitting back and saying “international football is just a lot slower than we’re used to”. Why should it be? Does the mailbox have any thoughts? Matt (would just love to see us do something different for a change) LFC   We can but dream Looking at the fixtures for remaining competitions here is a list of some in April: Champions League quarter final 1st leg: April 3rd/4th Premier League Manchester derby: April 7th Champions League quarter final 2nd leg: April 10th/11th FA cup semis: 21st April Imagine a not completely ridiculously unlikely situation in April where united and city are drawn to play each other four times in the space of just over two weeks in two knock out tournaments and the prem. Individually each game might be considered as season defining (the prem game I’m sure I’ve read being the one with which city can mathematically win the title). All four together would be monumental, in the scrutiny they would place on the comparative quality of the two teams. It’d be amazing to see the tactics employed over the period. For example, could certain games be prioritised? Could city throw the prem game (the league already decided for them) to focus on the champions league or would the loss of momentum be too damaging?  Would the derby intensity die out or get more and more unbearable? And what excuses could be made if either team lost all four? I reckon that, as the teams tire and the unrelenting intensity become too mentally draining , by the fourth game it would just spiral into an all out brawl. Man united would lose the first three, before injuring half of city’s team and scraping a 1-0 in the FA cup in the scrappiest game ever played. I know this is probably statistically impossible, but until it does happen I’ll just pretend that it will. BT (Just imagine how red Kevin De Bruyne’s face would be 70 minutes into game four).   Spoilt...

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Published By: Fottball 365 - Saturday, 17 February, 2018







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