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  1. steve.crowford

    What Are You Listening To?

    Johnny Mnemonic VR
  2. Since 2014, United have been attempting to overhaul recruitment. It has been a long, slow build. Too long and too slow, you could argue. They might counter that theirs were unique circumstances and they were trying to build a system to replace Sir Alex’s brain and charisma, which was pretty much impossible. But by 2018 they had a team in place that allowed Woodward to be confident enough to say ‘No’ to Mourinho. Last summer, with Solksjaer on board and onside with the model, they felt it was fully operational. They are confident that after their painstaking rebuild, the structure is as sophisticated as anyone’s. Unheralded names such as Mick Court, a former Loughborough University don and analyst at Watford and Crewe, is the chief technical scout, crunching through data. He has excelled in the new system. Mark Platt, who works with him, uses their own bespoke software to analyse the market. United, like most clubs also buy in packaged software such as Wyscout to add to their model. Yet, as Graham did at Liverpool, they now have designed their own package which they feel outperforms the standard ones. Recently club staff were presented with a presentation of how the recruitment procedure works. The idea was to communicate exactly how far United have come, so that the staff at least were clear that it wasn’t Woodward picking out players to buy. So, before signing Wan-Bissaka, United had data on 804 right-backs around the world. At the start of the process, Solskjaer told the recruitment department what he was looking for. By drawing on the reports of 33 first-team scouts, they produced a list of 50-70 names. With further scouting reports and using their software, they then produced a top 10. The club then applied bespoke video analysis to narrow it to three candidates. This is the recruitment department. In those final crucial meetings sit Jim Lawlor, who was Ferguson’s chief scout, Bout, Court, Solskjaer and Judge. Woodward isn’t present. It is said Judge doesn’t offer any input on the quality of the players. His only role is as the initial interface with the agents. So if a player is suggested, he say that he has met the agent and it’s clear the player doesn’t want to move to England; or that he has just signed a new long-term contract but has a buy-out clause which makes him a possible target. There is a power of veto on either side to add checks and balance to the system and avoid the mistakes of the past. So, the recruitment department has the power to veto the manager if he wants to buy a player, as they did with Mourinho. They can only do so if they can prove that their analysis meant the player didn’t make their top-three list. And the manager himself can veto a candidate put forward by the recruitment department.
  3. steve.crowford

    2020 Transfer Targets

    Feck, of course Depay, how you guessed it? ))
  4. steve.crowford

    2020 Transfer Targets

    Would anyone want to see his return to Old Trafford? There have been so called links to him returning and I was wondering if anybody else would like to see him here again? I liked him and remember seeing some of his games in the eredevisie when he was first linked with us and was quite excited by his potential. Just like Koeman, I also thought he was too immature and egotistical at the time but his gameplay was exciting. He did mess up a little too often and his ego was far too big but now I think has matured a lot in his game and he has hit good form, really good form and I think we could benefit from his return. Thoughts?
  5. steve.crowford

    Pep loses the plot

    Haven't they already replaced David Silva with Bernardo, Yaya Toure with De Bruyne, Fernandinho with Rodri, Aguero with Sterling (in terms of value - the supporting attackers like Nasri and Dzeko are the equivalent of Mahrez/Sane and Jesus, if not worse), and Kompany with Laporte (Kompany's prior partners like Demichelis, Lescott etc. being no better than Laporte's current partners)? Looks to me like they've done a good re-build job, proactively, which is a large part of the reason why "Pep's spending is insane". People are saying they're just stockpiling talent but Silva, Toure, Aguero and Kompany were replaced while they were still there, setting things up well for the future.
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  7. steve.crowford

    2020 Transfer Targets

    700mln it's to much... GK: David de Gea RB:Aaron Wan-Bissaka CB:Harry Maguire CB:Victor Lindelöf LB:Ben Chilwell CM:Paul Pogba CM: Declan Rice AM:James Maddison RW:Jadon Sancho ST:Anthony Martial LW:Marcus Rashford Substitute:Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot, Fred, Scott McTominay,James Garner, Angel Gomes, Daniel James, David Neres, Mason Greenwood, Moussa Dembélé. Out: Phil Jones(15mln); Timothy Fosu-Mensah(10mln), Nemanja Matic(Free), Andreas Pereira(20mln), Juan Mata(free), Jesse Lingard(35mln), Chris Smalling(20mln), Matteo Darmian(Free), Alexis Sánchez(20mln), Ashley Young(Free). = 120mln In: Declan Rice(80mln), James Maddison(80mln), Ben Chilwell(50mln), Jadon Sancho(120mln), David Neres(50mln), Moussa Dembélé(50mln). =430mln. Or equal in price to these players +- 310mln, 90 in winter, the rest in a summer transfer campaign...
  8. steve.crowford

    2019/2020: PL Matchday 7 - Man Utd vs Arsenal

    Solskjaer reactions in match against Arsenal||HD||2019|| Scott McTominay vs Arsenal||Man of the match||2019||HD||
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    Scott McTominay 2019/20

    Scott McTominay vs Arsenal||Man of the match||2019||HD||
  10. steve.crowford

    Ole Sack Watch

    Solskjaer reactions in match against Arsenal||HD||2019||
  11. steve.crowford

    2019/2020: PL Matchday 7 - Man Utd vs Arsenal

    Arsenal vs Manchester United||Brutal match 2007||
  12. steve.crowford

    2019/2020: PL Matchday 6 - West Ham vs Man Utd

    5 tackles from Aaron Wan Bissaka vs West Ham FC
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    Aaron Wan-Bissaka 2019/20

    5 tackles from Aaron Wan Bissaka vs West Ham FC
  14. steve.crowford

    Europa League: Matchday 1 - Man Utd vs FC Astana

    Mason Greenwood & Angel Gomes vs FC Astana