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Mails: Sanchez move heading same way as Torres to Chelsea

Keep those emails coming to Settling for Lukaku DJ, MUFC suggests Lukaku is having a good season, and shouldn’t be getting the stick he does, and whilst he’s entitled to his opinion, I think he’s setting the bar low for what United aim for, and therefore missing why he gets stick. 1 goal every 2 games is generally considered a “good” strike rate, and describes Lukaku down to a tee. Since breaking through at Anderlecht, he’s had a strike rate of 0.4 to 0.66, bar his time spent at Chelsea. Never having an exceptional rate, but consistently doing well for a variety of non-world class teams – Anderlecht (who he left age 17), West Brom, Everton and Belgium. Incidentally, the 0.66 season was his last at Everton, and probably what convinced United he was worth the money, and importantly, could kick on in a world class team. The fact that he’s regressed from Everton, despite being the most important attacking player in one of the most expensive teams in football, means he hasn’t achieved what they hoped of him. He’s currently behind Zlatan’s strike rate from last season (0.56 against Zlatan’s 0.61), meaning they’ve spent £75m and are no better off in centre-forwards terms than last year. Secondly he has to be compared to who else is doing what in the league. Harry Kane (0.95), Mo Salah (0.84), and Aguero (0.8) are all miles ahead of Lukaku, with similar or better support play (subjective). Other players in Lukaku’s bracket include Sterling (0.57), Firmino (0.58), and Vardy (0.47). He just isn’t good enough to be the primary goal scorer for one of the best teams in the country. We’ve already seen one expensive striker being relegated to second choice in Lacazette (0.33) after one season, and we may see Morata follow in summer (0.33). These two are by no means bad players, but are just not good enough for what the clubs are aiming for and can afford. Arsenal decided a splurge on a top bracket striker was necessary so got Aubameyang who is currently on 0.79 across two clubs, and there are still other options in Europe within United’s grasp. Lewandowski would be expensive, but his 0.85 is again top bracket. Bas Dost (0.76) is certainly a different style, but can get the job done, whilst the duo of Immobile (0.94), Icardi (0.75) represent top players, affordable for United who are in form. Maybe the Sánchez signing was meant to bring the required goals, but we’ve seen top sides show you need a key goal scorer, plus goals from around the field too (PSG, Barça, Juve, Real, City, ‘Pool). Not only that, but Sánchez has been poor for 6 months before he moved to United, a move which currently has a bit of a Torres whiff to it. To sum up an email that’s gotten away from me a little bit, yeah Lukaku’s good, but finishing 5th is good too, but United wouldn’t be happy with that, so why would you settle? KC (all figures are this season, all competitions)   Infuriating Alexis Alexis Sanchez is basically that ubiquitous player in 5-a-side who, on getting the ball, never passes, meanders down blind allies and tries to dribble past the opposition team by himself. Obviously talented but an anathema to quick passing and positional discipline, and must be infuriating to play with. After the twentieth time when Alexis doesn’t bother to pass to an overlapping full-back, you’d just stop making the run surely? Chris MUFC   Post-Palace parade As somebody who is due to be in Manchester shortly for a couple of work conferences, does anybody know when the United parade is going to be? I know they can close roads and I dont particularly want to get caught up in the celebrations. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong here, but I thought that United had just scraped a last minute win against Crystal Palace? I thought that the most expensively assembled squad in the history of football had just managed to squeeze past a team sat 18th in the table and managed by none other than Roy Hodgson? I know many teams have fallen from grace over the years. Everton were a huge side in the 80s, Arsenals slow decline under Wenger after he took them to such heights has been well documented, and of course Liverpool havent won a title in almost three decades. But United have almost eclipsed them all, and there are still plenty of years to go yet before they ever win anything meaningful again. I cant help but think that most football fans are finding it absolutely delicious watching it unfold. Some of the reactions to last nights result have been incredible. The United writers from the Manchester Evening News (and I would advise anyone to follow them for some of the most laughably biased journalism and opinion around), compared it to the Fergie era. Now, as far as I remember, the comebacks that Fergie used to mastermind were things like beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Once again, this was a win against 18th placed Crystal Palace, meaning United are now *only* 16 points behind Man City rather than 19 points. I also read that, although “issues remain” with Mourinho’s team, they “fade into insignificance” after last nights result in the “game of the season”. I’m genuinely not making this up. I remember not so long ago that Liverpool had a similar result aganst a similar team, winning 5-4 at Norwich with a last minute goal and getting roundly panned for their celebrations, mostly by United fans. They should never have needed a last minute winner against a team like that you see, and celebrating wildly was just a sign of how far they had fallen as a club. Funny how things change isnt it? Cant wait for Saturday Smiddy   Palace reflections *A Crystal Palace fan collapsed outside the ground and subsequently passed away last night. There are times when football doesn’t matter in the slightest. *As for the game, it’s the hope that gets you. Andros Townsend scoring a heavily deflected opener, the Palace goal leading a charmed life, and Manchester United’s star players becoming increasingly frustrated with each other, that the evening might end with Jose Mourinho being sent to the stands to compound the misery of a humiliating defeat for his team. Well, it was either that or the Eagles would be puffing out of their backsides by about the 65th minute and allow the visitors back...


Published By: Fottball 365 - Tuesday, 6 March

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