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Cut our losses with AWB?

What should the club do with AWB after this season?

It's so clear that AWB is clearly not good enough to a Man Utd standard RB for the next decade to come. As such should we cut our losses and move on or should we keep him as a squad player.

For those who think I only speak negative of our players, I think AWB has some good qualities such as tackling and 1 on 1's. His stamina is excellent and I don't remember if he has ever gotten injured for us. But apart from that his overall game is lacking and hasn't improved a bit in more than 1.5 seasons.

He is poorer than some CB's going forward, his crossing leaves so much to improve and despite being 6 ft tall he is consistently beaten in the air and at the far post. He basically looks like Andy Carroll with the football at his feet. Even the opposition fans here tell us how easy it is to stop us by just choking our left wing as we create nothing from the right (even Greenwood has to frequently come to the center to get shots on goal). You think opposition manager's haven't figured it out yet.

Had AWB cost us like 15-20m like Telles I would have said keep him as a squad player but he cost us 50m+ and as such signing another RB seems unnecessary unless we sell AWB. It's clear that there have been very little improvements to AWB going forward and no amount of coaching is going to make him into a TAA or Dani Alves attacking wise.

I think we should find a club who can take AWB off us for minimum losses (looking at Arsenal, Spurs) since he is English and still very young and look to sign a top class RB who is good going forward and have Brandon Williams as back up.

posted 3 weeks ago

I’m getting Stretty vibes.

posted 3 weeks ago

comment by Shola The Ameobi Shoretire (U10026)
posted 10 minutes ago
I’m getting Stretty vibes.
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I always likened Stretty to that kid at school that was always the last one to get picked when having a kick about.

It was the only way to explain his knowledge of football.

posted 3 weeks ago

comment by Vidicschin (U3584)
posted 1 hour, 10 minutes ago
This is my favorite comment.

Absolute hogwash he is. Neymar and mbappe had him on toast.

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I liked that one too, because it's a measure of how poor a player is if even Neymar and Mbappe can have him on toast.

comment by GregOle (U1192)

posted 3 weeks ago

comment by The Post Nearly Man. 20times, 20legend (U1270)
posted 41 minutes ago
comment by Vidicschin (U3584)
posted 1 hour, 10 minutes ago
This is my favorite comment.

Absolute hogwash he is. Neymar and mbappe had him on toast.

.......

I liked that one too, because it's a measure of how poor a player is if even Neymar and Mbappe can have him on toast.
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comment by GregOle (U1192)

posted 3 weeks ago

comment by Vidicschin (U3584)
posted 1 hour, 27 minutes ago
comment by Shola The Ameobi Shoretire (U10026)
posted 10 minutes ago
I’m getting Stretty vibes.
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I always likened Stretty to that kid at school that was always the last one to get picked when having a kick about.

It was the only way to explain his knowledge of football.

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Someone being good at football doesn't mean that they have good football knowledge.
I mean that in the sense that, pro footballers don't always automatically make good football managers or have a great tactical nous about the game.
Check out loads of our great pundits for example.


posted 3 weeks ago

Someone being good at football doesn't mean that they have good football knowledge.
I mean that in the sense that, pro footballers don't always automatically make good football managers or have a great tactical nous about the game.
Check out loads of our great pundits for example.

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Not sure how that equates to Stretty.

posted 3 weeks ago

Awb is almost afforded unlimited time out in that position, why?
Because the opposition know he's absolutely useless.

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I just get the impression you're watching a parallel game in your mind. Teams we play against press the ball because they want to win it back. Sometimes in their own half with a view to launching a counter attack, sometimes high up the pitch with a view to creating immediate attacking opportunities. Are you really arguing that when AWB has the ball they all retreat 10 yards because their supreme confidence in his inability with the ball is such that they think he will do more damage to his own side than they could if they won it from him? And if he was so vulnerable a player, wouldn't they press him all the more aggressively in the realistic hope of dispossessing him?

comment by GregOle (U1192)

posted 3 weeks ago

comment by Red Russian (U4715)
posted 11 minutes ago
Awb is almost afforded unlimited time out in that position, why?
Because the opposition know he's absolutely useless.

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I just get the impression you're watching a parallel game in your mind. Teams we play against press the ball because they want to win it back. Sometimes in their own half with a view to launching a counter attack, sometimes high up the pitch with a view to creating immediate attacking opportunities. Are you really arguing that when AWB has the ball they all retreat 10 yards because their supreme confidence in his inability with the ball is such that they think he will do more damage to his own side than they could if they won it from him? And if he was so vulnerable a player, wouldn't they press him all the more aggressively in the realistic hope of dispossessing him?
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We dominate the majority of our games against teams outside the top 6 and we have over 60% possession in a lot of them.

Annoyingly, in these games awb is given a lot of the ball and nothing ever comes of it.

Against the likes of city, chelsea, Liverpool etc, yes we get pressed high.
I don't think awb gets targeted in these games because the times we are playing poorly, the whole team as a collective are absolutely awful and appear to forget the basics of football which makes watching us painful.

comment by GregOle (U1192)

posted 3 weeks ago

And surely you've watched many many teams camp their entire 10 men in and around the box against us this season?
West ham was the most recent lot.

Some teams don't even bother coming out at us.

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

When there's a low press, like vs West Ham, the same goes for every player operating in deep enough territory. You were claiming that AWB specifically is 'unlimited time' because 'the opposition know he's absolutely useless'. But Maguire and Shaw have just as much time on the ball if they are picking it up in their own half and the other team isn't pressing. Meanwhile, against a team that presses aggressively, AWB and all the others will be under a lot of pressure. Sometimes our fans argue that we're getting pressed high up the pitch for the same reason that you argue AWB has unlimited time on the ball, i.e. that we're not good enough at passing.

Obviously there are contexts where a player receives the ball under no pressure. But it's silly to say that a PL player doesn't experience more disciplined, quicker, more athletic pressure on the ball than at lower levels of the game.

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