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  1. I'd have thought a business man would have been quicker to pull the trigger honestly, our form doesn't really fill you with confidence we will get into the CL spaces, our football is turning fans and sponsors off and there is a guy available that should offer success. A football man would look at LVG's record and talk to the players and try to give him time to show what he's done at other clubs, a business man should be getting mighty concerned about next years profits.
  2. First match I've been able to get to in ages and considering it had 6 goals and at least 3 other very good chances I'd say most of the game was boring. We looked a little more dangerous purely down to the fact Rooney has improved recently and looked good tonight, his off the ball movement was excellent and we saw the space he can create when his first touch doesn't leave him and he picks it up in dangerous area's, it's just a shame the rest of our play was as slow and lifeless as it always is under LVG this season. Why we need two holding midfielder against teams like that is beyond me, but how slow we are to move the ball around and get it forward is genuinely a sight to behold, TV just doesn't do LVG's philosophy justice. If Rooney can keep this up then I would say our priority should switch from a established striker to a defender for the remainder of the season, just someone who can come in and play next to Smalling and not look totally out of his depth when teams put pressure on us. I've no issue with Blind being a member of the squad but he's just not a centre back, and as soon as Mitrovic said to himself 'why am I going up against Smalling when his partner is a shorter, slower midfielder playing out of position' it showed. Also I've not seen any replays yet so I'm not sure who's miss was worse, Fellaini's or Lingards, but from where I was sitting they were both terrible attempts.
  3. When have we ever seen a LVG team 'step up a gear' after going behind, or even just conceding a goal though? We will, sadly, continue to play exactly the same way for the remainder of the game.
  4. Wouldn't have an issue with Barkley either, sure we could work out something with Fellaini going back the other way to sweeten the deal!
  5. Actually watching us play while getting knocked out by a team most common fans have barely ever heard of?
  6. And in the current state of affairs Young is the one I'd be least worried about, not sure how I feel about that situation. I'd like to think LVG will change his mentality a bit due to the personal available but I've little doubt we'll see a very restrictive system, simply trying to avoid giving any room for a counter attack and hoping that Martial can come up with something on his own.
  7. He has had 18 months, three transfer windows including a full uninterrupted summer to work with the squad. While you could argue that he has improved on some of the flaws in the squad he's created just as many. We started the season depending on Rooney having a blinder of a campaign or Memphis hitting the ground running. While Darman was a good addition we are quite regularly playing with two midfielder's in defence as for some reason started the season with fewer players in that area then we had the year before, despite that area being one of the biggest issues with the team. I'm not quite at the 'sack him' stage though but I've have zero qualms about replacing him if someone like Guardiola (zero chance) or Ancelotti are available. Maybe its frustration but I'm seeing very little of this development I keep hearing about and unless we have a blinder of a January transfer window it's going to be a very long end to the season. I don't expect us to win the title, challenge for a cup or set the world alight anytime soon, I just want to see the team and mentality improve. He steadied the ship and I'm thankful, but I'm starting to feel a genuine dislike for the man and I can't see how he's going to be the one to either take us forward or leave the team in a good enough state for someone like Giggs to take over and be successful with.
  8. I genuinely can’t think of a team that has been more consistently horrendous to watch, even when we win it’s in such a fashion that almost makes me not care. There is no justification for it, he’s had the time, money and he doesn't exactly have a terrible squad to work with but his horrible ‘vision’ for the team is insidious and everything the players do reeks of it. I hate to use it as an example after only a few games, but look at the difference Klopp has made to that Liverpool squad, it may not last but the players actually look competent again. These performances come from the manager and I just want him gone, if it has to be at the end of the season then just get us to trundle over the top 4 finish line and **** off.
  9. I found that you can get between 30 - 31.5m fairly consistently from Arsenal if you offer him out at that price, while Chelsea and Tottenham sniff around but never come up with a credible bid (normally between 15 and 18 million)
  10. It’s his character that would benefit us the most right now, we just don’t have anyone with that level of arrogance and self-belief in the squad anymore, plus he normally backs it up on the pitch. He would genuinely give everyone at the club a lift, more so then almost any other player out there.
  11. It’s hard not to feel very apathetic towards the club these days, Woodward’s had several transfer windows and now LVG has had a full year and an uninterrupted summer window to work with him and yet it all seems to amateurish, rushed or unplanned. I do wonder if or even how long before the major sponsors start to feel we are generating the wrong type of image, or that just lumbering in the CL isn’t exciting enough to make people around the world buy into the Man Utd Image (or merchandise) anymore. Also can’t help that LVG seems very good at alienating players which could seriously affect our ability to buy the ‘marquee’ players that Addidas seem to want. Or maybe that’s just me naively hoping that there’s something more important than CL qualification at all cost these days, but whatever happens in the next few hours unless there is a drastic improvement in the quality of our football or a serous title/cl challenge things are going to get very hostile around the club over the next 9 months.
  12. Both Madrid and Barcelona are horrible to play this year, so many players who can go past an entire team on a whim, as I found out in this seasons CL! Well so ends my first season as Ajax manager, very tough if I do say so although some highlights were coming from behind at home to beat Man Utd 2 - 1, a 2 - 0 AWAY win over Barcelona(unfortunately not enough as I had lost the home game 3 - 0) and clinching the league and Dutch cup. My 3AMC's started so well but faded quickly and about 20 games into the season I could not hold onto a lead to save my life and the dominating football I had played was long gone so I reverted back to a more standard wide 442 and 451 and managed to see out the league against a very strong FC Twente side. Key Players: Christian Eriksen, 37(4) with 10 goals and 31 Assits. (7.68) Ismail Aissati, 35(4) with 15 goals and 12 assists (7.32) Jelle Vossen 32(7) with 20 goals and 6 assists (7.17) (although he went through a 16 game streak were he couldn't score) Toby Alderweireld 41(1) with 15 goals and 3 assists (7.56) Bad Players: None bar Boerrigter who's experiment at leftback ended after about 7 games were he threw a major strop about being played out of position and ended up transfered to Cagliari for 4.2m. Plan for next season, find a good backup DC and DR, keep hold of key players and maybe a first choice keeper in addition to Fernando from Porto who I got in January for 2.7m.
  13. Yeah, Boerrigter is no great defender with 5 Positioning, 4 tackling and 5 marking but his OTB, decisions and anticipation are all good enough that he chooses when to go forward at good times and at 6"2 he's capable in the air, attack wise he puts in a really nice cross and can go past a man easily and I'm hoping with 13 finishing and 12 long shots he'll find the net a few times too, as you say him and VdW basicly act like wingers when I have the ball and Enoh and Janssen do well acting as cover as both play deep MC positions.
  14. @rpvw, Lukoki and Ebecilio have both gone out on loan, have not decided totally yet but if this 3 AMC does not work out I will definitely go back to a wide 442 that has served me well in the past so they will be kept around and will get game time next season. Boerrigter I felt was too good to just let go for a nominal fee so I spent a bit of time deciding what to do with him, given how narrow my midfield plays my fullbacks were getting loads of space to get forward and put in crosses so I gave him a go at left back and has been quite good so he's being retrained as an attacking fullback.
  15. Goedenavond! Have decided to try out Ajax for the first time in FM, enjoying it alot so far as its all new! I have started well having made two signings and settled pretty well into my tactic, gone with a 4231 with 3 AMC's which is also new to me as I have always played with wingers and never have had much luck with AMC's but with the talent Ajax seem to have here it should make my life fairly easy. I have won my first 5 competitive games which include a 4 - 1 win against PSV and a 2 - 0 win in the Super Cup against Twente with new signing Jelle Vossen netting 9 times so far, looking like a fantastic signing so far for 3.6m. Both Eriksen and Aissati have started well with 11 assists and 2 goals between them and I'm hoping my other signing, Kevin De Bruyne for 3.5, will come in and help with the goals. Will post about other players later on in the season as after only 5 games other players havn't had much of a chance, although I will say Enoh has been a monster. Been handed a tough CL group with Man Utd, Shakhtar and Viktoria Pizen, 2nd definitely achievable but by no means certain.
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