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Not a must win game

Strangely, after "must win" articles before each game since lock down, this one isn't actually must win to keep top 4 in our hands... But damn, it is such a key match and one that will really test our mentality now City are certain of CL football.

There is now a psychological swing from underdog to favourite for 3rd and it is easy to understate how this can add pressure. We used to see it with Arsenal that they would come alive once they had no exceptions and crumble the moment they had a chance... We have done the same ourselves since SAF left, notably last season after clawing our way back into it.

Huge huge game

posted 1 month ago

comment by Diafol Coch 77 - A Reputable Poster (U2462)
posted 1 second ago
comment by Darkphoenix (U11503)
posted 4 minutes ago
Out of curiosity, if we were fourth and won the Europa League, does fifth place take the Champions League spot as Europa winners automatically are placed in the Champions League?

I'm sure it doesn't
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It would just be the four in that case. You can't finish outside the top 4 and qualify unless you win the Europa or CL.
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posted 1 month ago

comment by Diafol Coch 77 - A Reputable Poster (U2462)
posted 2 hours, 32 minutes ago
I'd go as strong as possible tonight and then see what Chelsea and Leicester do before we play Palace.

I know top 4 is important but I'd really like us to win the FA Cup as well. Strangely enough though it may be the game against Chelsea where we can make ourselves 'weaker' without actually harming our chances much. Big week ahead but it's great that United are involved in big weeks. It's been too long!
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This

posted 1 month ago

Win tonight and Ole can afford to make a couple of changes against Palace, if required, IMO.

If (big if) we can get a couple of goals up tonight or on Thursday, we can bring the key players off early again to protect from injury and save legs.

posted 1 month ago

I'd go strongest starting 11. Maybe mctominay/fred for matic as he's played a lot of football lately and more pace in the middle to try and protect against the counter. Could make an argument for bailly over lindelof for the same reason. Think tonight is gonna be tough

posted 1 month ago

comment by Shugs (U14253)
posted 1 hour, 12 minutes ago
comment by Plump Pistorius (U22314)
posted 19 minutes ago
Appreciate that it's not must win but it will send a strong message that we mean business!

Let's not mess around. Try and win all our remaining PL games. That's the mentality we should be adopting.
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This.... Aim to get third, win the europa... End on a real high

Carry the momentum and confidence into next season
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Considering all the doom and gloom that was around this place it would be utopia for me, to top it all off it will be achieved under a player, a legend we all adored. Can't think of a better roy of the rover's dream scenario.

It's all fine lines though, we could feck it all up but I have faith in this current set up and the way we have picked up form at the right time.

posted 1 month ago

comment by Plump Pistorius (U22314)
posted 10 minutes ago

Considering all the doom and gloom that was around this place it would be utopia for me, to top it all off it will be achieved under a player, a legend we all adored. Can't think of a better roy of the rover's dream scenario.
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Yea, seeing Ole lift a cup would be amazing. Especially in his first full season.

I can understand some of the younger fans not giving him much of a chance, but the vitriol out of the mouthes of some of the fans that know all about what Ole has done for the club was quite saddening.

posted 1 month ago

comment by Ji Sung Park's Cousin - Ole's joy Manticore (U2958)
posted 28 minutes ago
comment by Plump Pistorius (U22314)
posted 10 minutes ago

Considering all the doom and gloom that was around this place it would be utopia for me, to top it all off it will be achieved under a player, a legend we all adored. Can't think of a better roy of the rover's dream scenario.
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Yea, seeing Ole lift a cup would be amazing. Especially in his first full season.

I can understand some of the younger fans not giving him much of a chance, but the vitriol out of the mouthes of some of the fans that know all about what Ole has done for the club was quite saddening.
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Yep. Quite sad how some of our fans denigrated him without even giving him a real chance. It was quite clear to see that the squad, which had players from the previous 4 managers, was going to need serious work. It was also clear earlier in the season that we were really really suffering from a lack of creativity in midfield. The arrival of Fernandes and return of Pogba have greatly improved the team and we are now seeing the kind of football that Ole wanted his team to produce.

Still a long way to go if we are to win the league under Ole, but looking at where we are right now, I think that he is doing a great job. I said that it was always likely that things would get worse before they could get better. Hopefully Ole can continue to reinforce the values of the club that were eroded in recent years and win a title in the next few seasons.

comment by Shugs (U14253)

posted 1 month ago

Sad thing is we're a defeat away from the usual suspects panicking and the bile starting all over again

Hopefully we go on to finish third... If we could add a cup I'd rate it my favourite season post Fergie

Jose's first when we won two trophies... The league campaign was Moyes standard and we kinda stumbled through the cup comps... Bar the finals i didn't enjoy it much

At the minute this feels different... Like we've actually reset and are moving forward as a club... The mood seems different or something, more positive

posted 1 month ago

comment by Shugs (U14253)
posted 2 hours ago
Sad thing is we're a defeat away from the usual suspects panicking and the bile starting all over again

Hopefully we go on to finish third... If we could add a cup I'd rate it my favourite season post Fergie

Jose's first when we won two trophies... The league campaign was Moyes standard and we kinda stumbled through the cup comps... Bar the finals i didn't enjoy it much

At the minute this feels different... Like we've actually reset and are moving forward as a club... The mood seems different or something, more positive
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Let's fecking hope we carry on winning and those cancerous elements don't have a chance to gloat!

We've all been suffering during the the team's indifferent form, going through a mini depression of sorts but my god since February we've been something long may it continue. I've enjoyed Utd so much I have my appetite for footy in general back!

posted 1 month ago

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