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Post #570081  Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 5:12 pm 
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City lead 2-1 as expected. 2nd goal for City showed the aged legs of Casemiro who was running through concrete to try to catch Foden on the 1-2. Then for me Onana should save the shot


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Post #570082  Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 5:34 pm 
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Lincoln gooner wrote:
Come on United *hangs head in shame*


Yep I started with that mindset Lincs. Couldn’t maintain it though. Hateful club.

You’d have to say Foden is a handful.


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Post #570083  Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 5:35 pm 
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United rather feeble in the end.

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Post #570084  Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 5:49 pm 
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DHD wrote:
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Come on United *hangs head in shame*


Yep I started with that mindset Lincs. Couldn’t maintain it though. Hateful club.

You’d have to say Foden is a handful.

Its easier if you think of it not as supporting United but as cheering for City's downfall. Less cognitive dissonance that way.

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Post #570085  Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 8:21 pm 
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Next 2 games huge for us. Win them both and we sit top of the league before Liverpool v Man City play each other.


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Post #570086  Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 8:23 pm 
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DHD wrote:
Lincoln gooner wrote:
Come on United *hangs head in shame*


Yep I started with that mindset Lincs. Couldn’t maintain it though. Hateful club.

You’d have to say Foden is a handful.

One of the best in the league against the deep block. Haaland can actually be negated somewhat against a deep block, but Foden just has the touch and ability to take the ball on the half turn. Quite brilliant


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Post #570087  Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 9:18 pm 
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Rich wrote:
DHD wrote:

Yep I started with that mindset Lincs. Couldn’t maintain it though. Hateful club.

You’d have to say Foden is a handful.

One of the best in the league against the deep block. Haaland can actually be negated somewhat against a deep block, but Foden just has the touch and ability to take the ball on the half turn. Quite brilliant



Agreed…he is a talent
Interesting come the summer…he and Saka both have to play….not sure what Southgate does …Saka out wide right and Foden behind the front 3(inside left ).?
Btw my other definites are Rice Kane Walker and Rashford
I guess Pickford will start but I don’t like him….I’d prefer Ramsdale….


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Post #570088  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 5:11 am 
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Noteworthy that all of the top side left it late. Liverpool winner in 99th minute, Villa, 89th minute, Spurs and City slightly less late but having to come from behind in the second half.

Yet, all are on fairly impressive runs. So, is being able to win late a key attribute for a top side, or does it indicate some of these runs are unsustainable? Spurs in particular seem to be specialising in squeaky wins this season.

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Rich wrote:
Next 2 games huge for us. Win them both and we sit top of the league before Liverpool v Man City play each other.


They're all huge, for all 3 sides. War of attrition. Who drops points first, who blinks. While I don't think they are easy, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham are winnable, the last 2 being the most difficult. Let's not even mention Brighton.

City away has to be minimum draw obviously. We are good enough for a win. We'll have to score first and get a counter goal. Basically be up 2-0 and concede that they will score at least one goal at home.

We have the tougher run in but the most in form so it kinda equals itself out. Partey and Timber back are huge. Can't be overstated. They'll need the rest of this month to get up speed though. Maybe not 90 minutes but quality minutes off the bench.

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Post #570090  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:55 am 
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Andy Green wrote:
Rich wrote:
One of the best in the league against the deep block. Haaland can actually be negated somewhat against a deep block, but Foden just has the touch and ability to take the ball on the half turn. Quite brilliant



Agreed…he is a talent
Interesting come the summer…he and Saka both have to play….not sure what Southgate does …Saka out wide right and Foden behind the front 3(inside left ).?
Btw my other definites are Rice Kane Walker and Rashford
I guess Pickford will start but I don’t like him….I’d prefer Ramsdale….

If Southgate wants to win the tournament then he has to attack games, my fear is he'll be too pragmatic. Most teams bar maybe the best 2-3 will look to defend first against England, so England can afford to play the extra attacker. No reason why England can't line up in an Arsenal/City type formation to utilise the best players from both clubs. LB, CB, Stones, Walker as a back 4 (Stones can step in to midfield as he does for City), midfield 3 of Rice at the base, Bellingham as a left 8 and Foden as a right 8, play Saka wide right, kane up top and fill the wide left player with whoever is on the best form - Rashford against the weakest teams and Grealish if fit against the better teams


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Post #570091  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 9:01 am 
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AmericanGooner wrote:
Rich wrote:
Next 2 games huge for us. Win them both and we sit top of the league before Liverpool v Man City play each other.


They're all huge, for all 3 sides. War of attrition. Who drops points first, who blinks. While I don't think they are easy, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham are winnable, the last 2 being the most difficult. Let's not even mention Brighton.

City away has to be minimum draw obviously. We are good enough for a win. We'll have to score first and get a counter goal. Basically be up 2-0 and concede that they will score at least one goal at home.

We have the tougher run in but the most in form so it kinda equals itself out. Partey and Timber back are huge. Can't be overstated. They'll need the rest of this month to get up speed though. Maybe not 90 minutes but quality minutes off the bench.

Other than the City game the tough ones for us look like:
Spurs away, Man U away, Chelsea home. I'm less worried about Brighton away as I am Chelsea at home. Brighton give up so many chances and are so open and have a lot of injuries. Chelsea are a mess but they have individual talent who might just turn it on for 1 game.
Spurs away is by far the toughest game bar the City one. No doubt there will be unexpected bumps in the road. If City get through their games v Liverpool and us without defeat then it should be plain sailing for them sadly. I want a draw in the Liv-City match but a Liverpool win is probably better than a City win


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Watched the Leverkusen game yesterday. Xhaka really drives that team - he looked very good. High class. It was odd to watch his performance from a point of relative detachment. He is more direct and plays more probing/through balls that anyone in our team; in comparison we tend to spread most balls wide.


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I'm intrigued by the notion of a Partey / Rice hook up. Sounds classy, doesn't it?


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Post #570094  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 3:21 pm 
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The Liverpool win hurt the most. The game was essentially over it seemed. You always knew if Man Utd couldn't get a 2nd goal they were either going to draw or lose. A second goal I'd think draw at worst.

Anyway, although its 'only' Sheffield United, I am cautiously optimistic. I still recall this loss there very well. it wasn't the only time we lost 1-0 there. I recall Warnock saying "....there was a nip in the air...." in the post match interview. Don't know why I remembered that specifically, I just do.


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Post #570095  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 7:03 pm 
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Same team as last game.

Partey on bench.


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Post #570096  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 7:10 pm 
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Same team as last game.

Partey on bench.

Bench is starting to look a bit stronger now. Partey, Jesus, Vieira, Emile Smith Rowe all there. Still 3 full backs out injured so Cédric retains his place on the bench


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Post #570097  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:05 pm 
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Ødegaard!

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Post #570098  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:06 pm 
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Their defence looks very shakey.

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Post #570099  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:06 pm 
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Total dominance in the first 5 minutes, to put it mildly. :22encouragement:

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Post #570100  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:09 pm 
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Only our own complacency beats us tonight.


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Post #570101  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:12 pm 
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Rich wrote:
Only our own complacency beats us tonight.

That and AG's big gob :42laughter: :12hello-bye:


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2-0 :22encouragement: easy easy easy

Make that 3-0 Martinelli :22encouragement: :22encouragement:


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Links anyone?


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2-0. They can't handle Saka.

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Post #570105  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:15 pm 
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3 :laughing7: :laughing7:

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Post #570106  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:17 pm 
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The 2 goals in 8 continuous halves goes on and on.................


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Post #570107  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:17 pm 
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2-0 own goal, Saka skins Trusty and plays it across and its deflected in

Not sure why Sheff Utd are playing Trusty at left-back - maybe some misplaced logic that he knows Saka from some Arsenal training days so is well placed to deal with him

3-0 Martinelli


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Post #570108  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:17 pm 
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Sheff Utd are making a tactical sub after 15 minutes!


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Post #570109  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:18 pm 
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The Sheff Utd fans are leaving - we're making home fans leave earlier and earlier


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Post #570110  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:18 pm 
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Fans leaving the stadium after 16 minutes. Some sort of record?

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Post #570111  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:18 pm 
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and the fans are leaving already................


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Post #570112  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:25 pm 
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Havertz :22encouragement:


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Havertz!!!!!!!

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Post #570114  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:26 pm 
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4, now Havertz. United fans leaving in droves.

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Post #570115  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:27 pm 
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ooof 4-0 havertz - 24 minutes gone


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4, now Havertz. United fans leaving in droves.

I expect all the Liverpool and City fans who tuned in with hope have all turned off as well


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Post #570117  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:28 pm 
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Sheff Utd player well offside but no flag, Raya saves the 1 v 1 then the flag goes up. Nice concentration from Raya


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Post #570118  Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:30 pm 
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We're being ruthless but not ridiculously so, we've had 11 shots, 6 on target and scored 4.

Loved the Havertz finish - a real sign of confidence


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That's an utter filthy tackle - borderline red. Arsenal are not show boating or taking the p*ss, but Sheff Utd have taken it out on Ødegaard there. We need to be careful as Sheff Utd's wounded pride could lead to some awful tackles and possible injuries for us here


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That is pathetic sympathy from the ref, a clear shirt pull back in the middle of the pitch not given a yellow. at 0-0 that is given a yellow no doubt.


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