Can you do a before and after shot of him?
Can you do a before and after shot of him?
Thomas Lewis' Career - Season Preview - 2023/24 - Manchester United F.C
Premier Legaue: Qualify for Champions League
FA Cup: Reach semi finals
League Cup: Not Important
Champions League: Reach 1st Knockout Round
UEFA Super Cup: Win it
Community Shield: Not important
Premier League: Attempt to retain the title
FA Cup: Wouldn't mind getting to the final
League Cup: As always, win it
Champions League: Reaching quarters would be nice
UEFA Super Cup: Win it
Community Shield: It's against City, we have to win it
Wages: £2,170,192 (Currently spending £1,372,568)
Balance: £22,510,026 (Down £26,812,196 from last year)
A good budget for the forthcoming season, even though the bank balance has taken a bit. As I have explained before though, that was expected due to us not being in last seasons Champions League. Tranfer activiy may not be too high, but who knows because the squad does need some younger blood.
I dunno lol
Give us a description
Good luck with the forthcoming season .
Sounds like he was pretty good anyway, might have used him already.
with 55 million in transfers you will be able to buy 3 superstars!
I think it's just a case of keeping things fresh and evolving the squad in terms of age and also for how you want to play. Having said all that, I have spent over £40million this summer, though also brought in nearly £30million.
As for where the players are from, I always think it's important to have a core from the country you play in.
Well now I got to ask a question Hope you dont mind.
Do you get rid of old players or do you let them stay and play if they want to? Just wanting to know how people think. Seeing how on my AC Milan saves I always keep the oldies seeing how they still got the quality to start sometimes and also be subbs.
Just take a look back at some of the stuff from my last season; Javier Hernandez scored 26 goals in 43 appearances at the age of thirty four. Gareth Bale, at the age of thirty three, won the PFA Player Of The Year award.
Thomas Lewis' Career - Preseason - 2023/24 - Manchester United
There was again a fair bit of transfer activity, but many of those brought in were young players for the future. Of those who left, most of them were of advancing year, (30 year plus), or players such as Keeron Smith who I didn't think would ever be quite good enough to make the step up into the first team.
As you have probably noticed, a few players who have left the club only joined the previous summer. Joe Allen, Conor Coady, Danilo, and Federico Macheda were all brought in to do a job in the short, and they did it. All of them are 30 plus, and didn't deserve to be sat around doing nothing at this stage of their careers.
The one man I was very reluctant to let go was Rafael. He turned 33 over the ummer and was on £65,000 p/w, so with just a year left on his deal I took the decision to let him go. At Stoke he has now on £20,000 p/w more, and will play week-in, week-out.
Here are the men who joined us this summer;
An excellent young player who came for a very reasonable price and on relatively low wages. He will be my first choice DLP for a long time I hope.
An excellent looking young striker - his deal could eventually add up to £14million. He lacks pace, but offers us a completely different option to our other strikers. He has been given the number 9 shirt.
Thomas van den Berg
With Alex Smithies gone, a new third choice keeper was needed. He is young and has time to develop into more than just a third choice.
Could be an absolute bargain for us. His 4* potential could see him turn into a brilliant player. I'm very much looking forward to watching him develop.
A good young goalkeeper wa needed at the club because we didn't have any! His 3* potential could see him turn into a very good goalkeeper.
At just £2.3million, he could be another snip. His 3 and a half * potential could see him develop into a very good player for us. Unfortunately a loan move couldn't be sorted for him just yet.
Very good footballer, who at just 22 has years ahead of him. His best role may not be as a right back, but that is the role he has been bought to play in. Maybe spent a bit over the odds on his fee, but his wages are at a good level.
Has 3* potential so has the ability to be better than current left back Simon Walsh. Right no it's about him developing.
Jose Ramon Martinez
Looks superb for a 16 year old! His 4* potential, so could turn into an outstanding footballer. He'll certainly get some game time this term.
The squad has a much younger look than it did a year ago, with a few of the players over thirty moving on. Now the squad has great youth and experience, with the older players still being a vital part of the set up, and the younger players coming through to add some much needed vitality to the team.
Preseason 2023/24 Continued
A couple of good workouts against feeder clubs Burnley and Plymouth, followed by a morale boosting mini tour of South Korea saw us get into good shape for our final game before the season kicked off in the Community Shield against Manchester City.
An outstanding performance. It may not be an important trophy to win, and is in my opinion a glorified preseason friendly, but to beat beat our bigget rivals is always nice. A very good 2-0 win.
Looks like Stoke benefited from you.
Love it when clubs outside the top leagues get a tycoon .
Thomas Lewis' Career - August 2023 - Manchester United
A good start to the season, with a solid 2-0 win at home to newly promoted QPR and then a rousing 4-1 win away at Newcastle, in which youngsters Amido Nhasse and Aaron Parkinson got their first goals for the club.
Our next league game doesn't come until after the international break because of the Super Cup game.
UEFA Super Cup
An excellent performance against the reigning Champions League winners, and a side who have won four Serie A titles in a row. For the most part of the game we were well on top, and the 2-0 scoreline didn't flatter us one bit.
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Good to see Swansea still up there
The only disappointing thing is that they haven't actually won a trophy since I left.
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Yeah not the easiest of groups to be fair.
I have finally caught up
Is Rafa still Swansea manager now?
Since then Roberto Mancini has had a season incharge, finishing second behind my Manchester City team before leaving for money bags Atletico Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti had a season and a bit before leaving to return to AC Milan. And since then Quique Flores has been the man at the helm, which is just short of three years.
I remember you mentioning Mancini was there now. Atletico Madrid always seem to end up rich.
Its a tough group but can still win.
I have caught up. Again.
It looks tough but I think you can advance if your team plays up to potential. You aren't in Group H at least!
Thomas Lewis' Career - September 2023 - Manchester United
A lacklustre draw at West Brom was followed by a superb performance against Chelsea, with golden oldie Gylfi Sigurdsson turning on the style. We finihed the month in the league with a solid win away at Crystal Palace, with Gomes bagging a brace.
Next up is a tricky looking game at Everton.
League Cup - 3rd Round
A remarkable game. Knowing this would be a tough match, I sent out a strong side, but after 23mins we were 2-0 behind. Thankfully we got one back straight away and it stayed like that untiul halftime. After 10mins of the second half and no change to the scoreline, on cam Javier Hernandez as I switched to 4-4-2. He was immense, and in the end we ran out 4-2 winners.
In the 4th round we have an easier game - Championhip side Aston Villa at home.
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I like to leave it a fortnight or so before I catch up on your thread, makes it more enjoyable reading! Must say good on you for making the move across the city. I assume you have 24 our security accompanying you in and around Manchester incase of rogue City fans? Don't think your wife and kids could have stood another move to be fair though, so probably your only option to stay local.
Good turn around with Man Utd, they seem to have been wandering into the abyss before the 'Saviour' of football came along to breathe some new life into them. By the looks of the squad when you took over most of them would have been turning up for training on the Ring and Ride service! Or have the advances in sporting physiotherapy made it possible to play upto national retirement age in the year 2023?
Good luck with the season, shall catch up again soon...
Thanks for your comment, it's always nice to have a new user commenting on my little thread.
The move wasn't a tough decision really - United are the team I support and I had achieved all I could at City. Thankfully the City fans don't seem to mind much - I am after all still on their "Icons" list!
The older players here at United are still in good nick. Hernandez (35), Sigurdsson (34), Bale (34), and Smalling (33), are still very important parts of the team, and will probaby remain so next season unless they get any bad injuries.
Cheers for the post again.
At the end of the day i don't know when i'm going to leave a club though. For instance, had i not won the Champions League with City then i wouldn't have left them, not even for United.
With United, i honestly don't know when i'm going to leave. I have a contract until 2027 and will at a minimum see that out, so i have a bit more time to develop youngsters.
The Champions League is a tough group, but definitely achievable.
Thomas Lewis' Career - October 2023 - Manchester United
An excellent month, with three wins from three and three cleansheets to boot. We started with a well earned win at Everton, though we left it late with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring with a stunning freekick. Again at Watford we left it late in the day with two goals in the last sixteen minutes. Firtly Gomes nodded in from a corner, then Hernandez scored on the counter with the just five minutes to go to secure all three points. And we finished off the month by giving West Ham a bit of a thumping, with Keith Ellis getting his first league goal for the club.
The good form of the team throughout October eanred me the Manager Of The Month award, my first of the season.
October 2023 Continued
Don't underestimate these results - draws they may have been, but very good draws they will hopefully prove to be. With three games to go we are in a great position to go through, with home games against these two either side of an away game against Sparta Prague.
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Those are draws against good clubs. All that matter is qualification at the end
Thomas Lewis' Career - November 2023 - Manchester United
A month that I am very happy with, even if we didn't win all of our four games. We opened the month with a fairly sloppy win over Sheffield Wednesday, where we had to be saved from dropping points late on bhy a stunner from Isidro Rodriguez. That was followed by an excellent away performance against Bolton, where Javier Hernandez grabbed what proved to be winner with twenty minutes to go. A few former plaers were welcmed back to Old Trafford for the game against Stoek, but the niceties ended at kick off as we dominated in a 3-0 win. Our final game of the month was our first real test of the season, as we visited White Hart Lane. We put in a very good defensive display, but we weren't great going forward, so the draw, (with us scoring from a corner), was probably the right result.
Our next game Premier League game is at home to Wolves.
League Cup - 4th Round
It took a while, but eventually the young side I sent out got the win against the Championship high flyers, with Leonel Colace getting hhis first competitive goal for the club. We face Wolves in the quarter finals.
November 2023 Continued
Two tremendous results have seen us qualify for the next round. Against Valencia we were superb, with Javier Hernandez once against showing his importance to us even at the age of 35. And then in Prague we saw a bit of the future, with 20 year old Amido Nhasse in great form, grabbing a hattrick in a 6-0 win.
A draw in our final group game at home to Lyon will mean we win the group.
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Nice to see Liverpool right up there with you .
Some cracking results in Europe to. Those draws away to Valencia and Lyon impress me much more than the wins so far in Europe .
Very good performances so far.
Congrats on Champions League qualification
Yay, pipped the French to it.
Well, pretty much.
Thomas Lewis' Career - December 2023 - Manchester United
A frankly brilliant month, winning all but one of our seven games and thumping in 24 goals along the way. We started with a 4-2 win over Wolves, which was annoying as we conceded two poor goals. That was followed by a thumping 4-1 win at Fulham with Javier Hernandez again showing how much he till has to offer. The Manchester derby was next, and City were on an eleven match unbeaten run in the league. However, we put them in their place with an excellent 2-0 win. If that wasn't great enough, just three days later we detroyed econd placed Arsenal 5-0, with central defender Chritian Radu poweing in a header and a stonking, if unexpected, long range effort to cap it off. The North-wet derby was next, and we came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw. Another big game followed againt Swansea, and Hernandez was again in great form, bagging a brace in a 3-1 win. The only downside was a red card for Gomes for a horrible tackle. We finished the month by hammering Leicester 5-1, old timer Hernandez in awesome form yet again.
QPR are our next opponents, on New Years Day.
League Cup - Quarter Finals
Just days after beating Wolves in the league at home, we faced them away from home in the League Cup at their ground. A team with a few changes to it from the league game performed superbly, coming back from an early goal against us to win 5-1.
In the semi finals we face Manchester City, with the first leg at the Etihad.
December 2023 Continued
A much changed side earned a 1-0 win over Lyon to ensure we topped the group. Young striker Keith Ellis tapped in early on in the second half, though really it should have been more had our finishing been better.
In the 1st Knockout Round we have been handed perhaps the toughest draw possible - Bayern Munich.
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A very nice Christmas period considering how many games you had, so well done on going through unbeaten.
700 games Quite an achievement! Congrats
Your 700th game and it's against one of Utd's rivals,hope your team makes it a landmark to remember.
Great career this, good to see you doing well with United! Keep it up or you'll have me to answer too. ;)
I must agree, this is a great career and is one of the first I check for updates every time I come on.
I can relate to your career as well as I am a Man Utd fan who has ended up getting offered the City job after some small-club success and (almost sadly) brought them success. I think I would make the same move as you if Utd ever offered me the job!
Well I didn't mind bringing City success really - t'is only a game after all. ;) I have actually said that if I hadn't won the Champions League with them at the time I wouldn't have left for United.
Thomas Lewis' Career - January 2024 - Manchester United
Well a mixed month is the best way to describe January. We started well enough on New Years Day by winning 4-0 at QPR, although it ws disappointing that our defenders were the scorers of three of the goals. Next was a crazy game against Newcastle. We completely dominated, but didn't have our finishing boots on and even missed a penalty. They broke away late on and snatched a 1-0 win. Flabbergasted. After that we travelled to London to face Arsenal, and came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw. The month was rounded off at Old Trafford with a thumping 5-2 win over West Brom.
FA Cup - 3rd Round
Despite alot of changes to the side for the game against Leeds, they didn't disappoint, and my 700th game in management was an emphatic 4-0 win. Youngster Alexey Romanenkov got his first goal for the club.
In the fourth round we face West Ham, again at home.
January 2024 Continued
League Cup - Semi Final
Superb stuff against our Mancheter rivals. We got an excellent 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Etihad, and followed it up at Old Trafford with a 2-0 win.
At the age of 34 Gylfi Sigurdsson displayed how important he can be for the side, scoring both goals.
In the final we face Championship side Hull.
A couple of transfers this month, both of which were incoming;
A young man signed for the future. He is just sixteen and has 3 and a half * potential, so could at £1.6million could turn out to be a very good investment.
Great player. With his contract up at the end of the season he was transfer listed by is club, and though I was planning on offering him a deal to join for free at the end of the season, I decided to pay the small fee to get him in now. With Gareth Bale retiring at the end of the season, I have his replacement sorted already, and for next to nothing.
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Very mixed indeed. Spurs look set to give you a good challenge for the title.
Still ruling the League cup.
League seems to be quite tough this season but you seem to be doing well in the cups especially with defeating two of your rivals.
Thomas Lewis' Career - February 2024 - Manchester United
Very pleasing month to be honest. Despite Chelsea not doing brilliantly in the league, a draw at their place is never a poor result - especially when you fall behind early on. We followed that with two good wins at Old Trafford to send us back to the top of the table, though only by a point.
Up next is a third home game in a row, against Watford.
FA Cup - 4th And 5th Round
In the fourth round we absolutely thrashed West Ham, with six different players getting on the score sheet. In the next round we faced Watford, who were excellent. We didn't play our best, but came through with the win in the end.
The quarter finals see us face Brimingham City, away at their place.
February 2024 Continued
Champions League - 1st Knockout Round 1st Leg
What a performance. Missing our tallisman Gomes, i was kind of hoping for a draw at best. But instead we put in a near perfect European away performance - we had few chances, but when did break away we made it count. The 3-1 win was superbly executed.
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Top of the league is looking pretty good moving towards the last 10 games. Should be an interesting run-in.
Could you post the remaining fixtures of the top 3?
Premier League - The Race For The Title 2023/24
Well seen as SRL88 asked, I thought I'd post remaining fixtures of the top three sides. The game has gone onto to Sunday March 3rd 2024, the date of the Carling Cup Final. So I have thirteen games left to play, whereas Tottennham and Arsenal have twelve. As it stands, Tottenham are top, two points clear of us, with Arsenal a point further back.
Interesting run-ins. We by far and away have the toughest final five fixtures, with games against City (A), Liverpool (H), and Swansea (A).
You definitely do have the tougher run-in. Those final five will probably be the deciders.
How is the kid you had out on loan at Stoke doing for you?
Nhasse has managed 8 goals and 11 assists from 20 appearances so far. Whereas as Hernandez has 25 goals and 9 assists from 32 appearances.
I'm pleased with how he's done, but Hernandez is still just unreal.