TRANSFER INS and OUTS of the SUMMER 2016 WINDOW

Pogba United

PLAUSIBLE TRANSFERS TO MAKE UNITED BETTER:

OUT: Juan Mata:
The obvious first choice out. Mourihno has made it clear multiple times that the small Spaniard is not beneficial to his style of play. Not much else to say, we have plenty of options at the number 10 (Herrera, Januzaj, Pereira, Rooney) that he is no longer needed and by selling will bring room for more youthful players to come through.

IN: Paul Pogba (Juventus):
Ok yes here is the long shot and the only long shot I will offer. Typically considered one of the few mistakes, most likely the biggest mistake, of the greatest manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson. Paul Pogba may take a world record bid to acquire but there is no doubt that he would be worth it. He is a world class player already at only 23 and still has room for improvement. He can be the next big name at United, and the heir to Rooney’s no.10 when he decides to hang up the boots. He is the perfect combination of skill, speed, size, and strength not to mention the screamers that are just as common as those Scholes used to hit. At any fee, Pogba is a great signing, and if bought, will complete our team and restore us to our rightful spot at the top of the table.

OUT: Marouane Fellaini:
A panic buy and the only thing to remind us of the awful time Moyes had at the club. Fellaini should have been shipped off 2 years ago. But alas he has not, and he must now go to clear up room in our squad. Evertonians still hold him in high regard, so I am sure they would snatch him back in a heart beat, and I would sell him in a heartbeat for a mere 15 million.

IN: Geoffrey Kondogbia (Inter):
Although after only one season with Inter, I think Kondogbia would be a realistic, quality target. He can provide great competition in the midfield and at only 23, may be able to establish himself as a great holding midfield piece for years to come. He plays a punishing style of play, throwing his 6 ft 2 in frame around. Dare I say is a great partner for Pogba if he ever returns with that French connection.

OUT: Antonio Valencia:
Unless Mourinho sees him as a midfielder once more, I do not see him staying. To be fair, he is not a right back and has adjusted better than anybody ever expected him to and with the options I think should be ahead of him, I don’t see a reason to keep him. Plus the next signing I am proposing is definitely ahead of him for me.

IN: Mattia Di Sciglio (Milan):
Now this one solely depends on how Mourinho feels about our current right back options. If he feels comfortable with how Valera and Darmian are, then there is no need for another right back. If he doesn’t, enter Di Sciglio. Good defensively, but still needing a little extra quality on his attacking end product, at only 23 there is room to improve. He and Varela can make a great rotation in his first year if neither can establish themselves immediately.

OUT: Daley Blind:
To be fair to Daley Blind I think he deserves a move away. He is quality enough to be a starter at top clubs, just not ours. He isn’t better than either of our top midfield options (Schmidfielders, Rooney, and Herrera), and is far too weak to play as a center back. No disrespect to Daley Blind, as he is a great footballer, but he just does not fit into the team anywhere.

IN: Youri Tielmans (Anderlecht):
Wow are the big clubs still trying to fight this one out. Amazing quality at only 19 he has been touted to replace about every great midfielder of the past decade. His small frame, 5ft 9 ½ in, means he will need to be partnered with a punishing style midfielder, see Kondogbia, but has never been an issue for those he has been compared to. For example just in the last year he has been compared to the like of Scholes, Iniesta, and Pirlo. Those are huge expectations, and think that if he is bought, he should be loaned back to Anderlecht for a year to finish development, but just to sign him up would be a huge accomplishment.

NOTE: These are my opinions as to who should be sold and signed realistically. Yes I could have put Ronaldo, Messi, Bale, Neymar, and the whole list of them but I prefer to keep realistic expectations although we are the biggest club and England and one of if not the biggest in the world.

CONFIRMED IN:

Eric Bertrand Bailly (Villareal):
Bailly is a 6 foot 1 imposing center back who isn’t afraid to go into a tackle strong. Although he has had some past disciplinary issues with yellow and red cards, he is a great defender and has amazing potential. I am sure many of you have see his mistake that lead to a Fernando Torres goal, but I assure you that is an outlier. This player is strong defensively, as shown by his impressive performances against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Luis Suarez, but still has room to improve with the ball at his feet and at reading the game.

Tahith Chong (Feyenoord):
Tahith Chong confirmed over his official Instagram that he is Old Trafford bound. The 16 year old attacking midfielder is comfortable with the ball at his feet and shows promising pace, especially for one who is not particularly finished growing. He can be a promising talent to compete with the likes of Andreas Pereira, Adnan Januzaj, and Memphis Depay in a few years time.

Michael Carrick:
The club confirmed today that they have resigned Michael Carrick to a one year deal. Mourinho believes Carrick’s experience may prove vital to the team this season in their hopes to bring the title back to Manchester. Carrick (34) will not play nearly as much as he once did, but he will provide knowledge to the younger players, and occasionally go out and show his incredible vision and run the midfield like he can.

The Class of ’16

Man Utd future

Throughout its history Manchester United have had a tradition of integrating the youth and creating their own stars through their academy. Whether it is the Busby Babes, to Fergie’s fledglings, there have been some amazing stars coming through United’s academy. Although nowhere near the quality that was produced through the Class of ’92”, well not as far as we know. But this group of players could turn out to become not the next Class of ’92” but the first “Class of ‘16”. This could be the best batch of homegrown and youth players since that historic class.

James Weir looks much like Paul Scholes did at the time. A smaller build with a great touch who is very skilled distributing the ball. Although it is very unlikely that there will ever be another as good as Paul Scholes was, James Weir shows a lot of promise, and has the ability to step into a midfield full of class and take over the centre of the park for years to come.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could honestly have been the left back of the future, if only it weren’t for Luke Shaw being less than two years older than him occupying the same position. This is why I strongly believe that he, Cameron B-J, should be tested as both a midfield partner for James Weir or a central partnership for Axel Tuanzabe.

Axel Tuanzabe looks to be the most promising player this class has to offer. Although being a first year scholar he was already the captain of the U-18 side and looks to be a quality defender to marshal the defense.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah. What a player. His first start in the first team he looked the more comfortable of the two center-halves (the other being Daley Blind) at said position. He doesn’t look set for much more first team action barring injury to either Blind or Smalling, but is the ideal partner for the later.

Donald Love is a good squad player who prefers on the right, the Scottish defender is unlikely to become a week in week out player as he has many players ahead of him in all positions he can play. He can play anywhere along the back line and as a holding midfielder, although he prefers to play as a right back. He looks a reliable squad utility player, but cannot be seen as much more than that with the talent ahead of him in the pecking order.

Guillermo Varela is the right back of the future for Manchester United. He has pace, he is a great attacking threat, and is above average defensively which may only get better each time he plays and trains. He and Luke Shaw look like the fullbacks of the future and could be one of the best sets of fullbacks United have had in the premiership era.

Marcus Rashford you beauty. I don’t know how to describe him. 2 goals a piece in both his Europa League debut as well as his Premier League debut, against Arsenal nonetheless. He has a great combination of speed, skill, a good shot, and always just seems to be at the right place at the right time. He can play as both the lone striker, as a winger, or even with another striker up top.

 

Now there are other players who have now been working with the first team for a while, or were just bought and brought into the first team.

Memphis Depay was bought this past summer to replace the uninspired Angel Di Maria. After a horrid start to the campaign he looks as if he is finally finding his feet at Manchester United. He is the inverted winger who can also play in the middle but playing on the left and cutting in onto his right foot is his preferred style.

With Anthony Martial nobody has found his best position thus far. It could be argued that his best position is that also occupied by Memphis on the left wing, but he has also played well on the right wing and as the number 9. I think he excels on a wing where he can take on players in space.

Adnan Januzaj has been given very few chances by Louis van Gaal after excelling under David Moyes you can only wonder what he must do to be able to get his chance. With all the attacking injuries you think he would get a shot at his preferred number 10 role or at least as an inverted right winger, but LvG tends to still believe that he is a striker out and out, which he is not.

Andreas Pereira is a great talent who is very young but isn’t sure where he will play in the future. He looks like another project of LvG to change from a winger/number 10 to a center midfielder or a holding midfielder much like that of what he did with Bastian Schweinstiger.

Luke Shaw is the left back of the future for United. He will be the left back for years to come. Amazing pace, great skill, and smart defensively he is the definition of a modern fullback. He combines amazingly with Memphis on the left flank, and the two of them look like their friendship off the field helps on the field.

Manchester United Player Ratings-Post January Window

Man United Player Ratings

Here are my player ratings thus far in the 2015/16 seasons for United. Think I made a mistake? Comment below with what you think should be changed.

*Note: If a player is not on this list it has been determined that he has not played enough yet due to call ups or being injured*

Wayne Rooney:

Before 2016: 5: Although Wayne Rooney did not produce much, and many may disagree with this rating, he was still a vital part of the squad and attracted a lot of attention on the pitch.

After the New Year: 9: Wayne Rooney has been brilliant since the New Year. 7 goals in 7 with 2 assists, it is hard to see any issue with the way Wazza has been playing.

Antony Martial: 8

Martial has been a revelation in the side this year I have to give him a rating of 8. He has been consistently one of our best players this year going forward, and works hard defensively, for this reason I give him an 8

Juan Mata: 6

Juan Mata has had a particularly poor season by his standards, and has only recently started to improve his form. With not much to show he earns a 6.

Memphis Depay: 5

Man United Player Ratings
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The supposed attacking genius is having a similar struggle adapting to the premiership as Angel Di Maria had. He has shown glimpses of his quality and potential, but in the end he has been relatively poor all season long with a total of 5 goals.

Andreas Pereira: 7

Pereira when given the chance to play has been brilliant all year long. His lone goal, a brilliant free kick, gives us a glimpse of the potential he has.

Adnan Januzaj: 7

When given the chance, like Pereira, Januzaj has been shining. But also like Pereira, Januzaj typically is overlooked by van Gaal even recently since being recalled from loan.

Jesse Lingard: 7

Since becoming a first team regular, Jesse has faded in and out much like you would expect from somebody his age, but adds to the talented squad of youngsters for the future quite well.

Ashley Young: 6

Although not his fault it is quite obvious Young is not a fullback by trade, and is responsible for goals when he plays, such as Vardy’s record breaker earlier this year.

Antonio Valencia: 6

Before his injury he was played inconsistently and as a full back, not his natural position. His form dipped in and out while playing in place of Darmian.

Ander Herrera: 8

When Herrera has been played he has been brilliant. There is a reason that the Stretford End will sing his name time and time again. He has a chance to become one of United’s favorite players in recent memory and, as long as he is allowed to stay, will surely be so.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6

Bastian has been a good quality signing, for the price paid. Although he has been a good signing, he has not lived up to his world class past, and looks a little past his prime. Here’s to a few more years from the Deutscher Fußball Meister

Michael Carrick: 7

When Carrick plays, he shows his age but makes up for his lack of pace with his vision. He is never scared to play risky defense splitting balls, and is the rock of the team when played with a mobile partner in the midfield.

Morgan Schneiderlin: 7

Morgan has played very well, living up to the high expectations that were set for him before he completed his switch. Showing his physicality and ball playing ability, he works extremely well with anybody he is partnered with and continues to play well.

Marouane Fellaini: 3

This may be a little harsh but this is my opinion. Fellaini is not technically sound, his only use for the team is for winning aerial duels, which he only wins around 45% of those. For a man who is known as an aerial threat to only win 45% is terrible and if Fellaini wants to stay a United player he is going to have to change that.

Luke Shaw: 9

Before his freak injury it was indisputable that Shaw was one of if not our best player. His bombing runs forward paired with his impeccable defensive ability makes him the best left back in the premiership. Here’s to Luke coming back soon.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 8

Filling in for both Shaw and Rojo, CBJ has played spectacularly. Even to the point that I personally have called for his switch to a holding midfielder so when Shaw gets back he still is in the team. His balls into the box from the left have been wonderful and he has paid dividends for the faith we have all instilled into him.

Matteo Darmian: 6

At the beginning of the year it looked as if Darmian was the best right back since the Nevilles. Since then his form has dropped off, paired with injuries and being tossed to the left side of the back four. Hopefully he can turn it around.

Guillermo Varela: 7

Oh how reminiscent. Varela looks much like Rafael Da Silva did his first few seasons. Varela is the exact type of fullback we need at United, and in my eyes needs to be first choice. Pair Varela and Shaw and you have to speedy full backs capable going forward and steady coming back.

Marcos Rojo: 5

A mediocre start ruined by injury, there isn’t a large sample to base Marcos’ play off of. The few games he has played in he has been relatively poor, especially for his standard.

Daley Blind: 6

Daley Blind is not a center-half. In the Premiership you need to have a physical prowess about you in order to play there. Blind is a wonderful holding mid, and a good left back as well, but it is unfair to him and to us United supporters.

Phil Jones: 6

Due to injury and being brought in and out of the squad, Phil Jones has not been able to patch together a run of playtime where he may establish his form. It’s not hard to see why he still is behind Blind in the pecking order.

Chris Smalling: 9

What a revelation we have seen from Smalling. He is fulfilling the world class potential Sir Alex saw in him. He has stepped out of the shadow of Rio and Nemanja and is now one of if not the best center backs in the premiership and maybe the world.

Paddy McNair: 5

Being played out of position and inconsistently McNair hasn’t had a chance to establish himself in the squad.

Sergio Romero: 6

A reliable back-up option didn’t look the most comfortable in net at the beginning of the season. De Gea has since taken over and Romero has been the first name on the substitutes sheet.

David De Gea: 9

The best goalkeeper in the league. The second if not best in the world. David has shown why he is widely considered for those two titles. Once he started playing he has been brilliant. It will be a shock if he doesn’t win our player of the year.

Liverpool Vs Man United: Which Team Has Improved Most?

Liverpool v Man United - Anfield

I’m Looking forward to the weekend, Manchester United travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. Come Sunday the team will need to be in top form with Liverpool scoring 3 in their draw with Arsenal. As you may recall United have been in better attacking form, coming at the cost of the defense. Many of us have been hoping to see some news regarding Fellaini being sold, or even just seeing some news about how he will be at least starting out on the bench and not in the first XI. Sadly I have yet to see any news about this, which sadly has me believing that van Gaal is still planning on starting him.

Man Utd Starting XI

In a 4-2-3-1 Formation I predict that van Gaal will have De Gea Darmain Smalling Blind Borthwick-Jackson Fellaini Schneiderlin Mata Herrera Martial Rooney. But rather that I’m sure that many of you like me would rather see something such as in a 4-2-3-1 as well. I wish that van Gaal would let us see De Gea Varela Smalling Blind Darmian Schneiderlin Herrera Martial Mata Memphis Rooney.

Playing Varela as the right back against Liverpool is a must. They attack with pace from their left, our right, and as proven Darmian does not have the most pace about him, so bringing in Varela would prove to give us a better defense against their best attacking threats, especially with Martial tracking back to help. On the other side we have Darmian who is the better defender of the two, and will need to be when Memphis rarely tracks back.

If Memphis doesn’t play and Januzaj can, I would love Januzaj in front of Varela (the two built some amazing chemistry in the youth set up since Varela was bought), and Martial in front of Darmian to protect him with some pace. In the center of the park Ander and Morgan give what has been wanted in the center for years.

The defensive prowess of Morgan combined with the attacking of Ander make a wonderful midfield pair, with both having an eye for both a tackle and an incisive pass. The attacking three with Martial, Mata and Memphis bring up pace, a desire to take one on, and combined with the great vision of Mata can really help out supply the newly found form of Rooney to finish the ball like his old self. Lingard will surely start amongst the substitutes due to his poor performance and the missed shot he had against Newcastle United.

Key Matchups to Watch

Roberto Firmino vs. Daley Blind and Chris Smalling:images-7

Assuming Klopp plays a similar eleven against us as he did against Arsenal Firmino will have a much harder matchup as the lone striker. Against Arsenal he could use his pace to sneak through gaps between Mertesacker and Koscielny, neither of which posses the pace of Smalling or Blind.

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial vs. Liverpool’s defense:images-5

As seen in the reverse fixture this season, the speed of Martial can torment a defense, with his first appearance for the club coming against Liverpool and scoring a magnificent solo effort goal in front of the Stretford End. It will be a large task for Clyne to see if he can slow down Martial. More towards the center there is a battle sure to be fought between Rooney and the center backs of choice for Klopp. Against Arsenal Klopp sent out an aging Kolo Toure paired next to Mamadou Sakho. Rooney will surely try to play closer to the aging Toure with whom he can out pace and find space behind, as well as combine swell with Martial to get behind Clyne and attempt to recreate the goal he scored at Old Trafford.

Morgan Schneiderlin vs. James Milner:

The name James Milner is one United fans are fairly common of, when he played for cross-town rivals City. Milner has been an important cog in the center of the park for Liverpool and it will be interesting to see how the battle between he and Schneiderlin ensues.

Final Prediction:

Manchester United 3 – 1 Liverpoolimages-6

Manchester United goals by: Martial Rooney Smalling

Liverpool goal by: Firmino

 

 

Disagree or have any thoughts? Be sure to leave a comment below.

Rooney’s Resurgence: Is The Old Wayne Back?

Wayne Rooney first Manchester Derby

Wayne Rooney is back! He has played excellent ever since van Gaal has relaxed his “philosophy” on how the team should play. Rooney excels when he is allowed to pick up the ball deep and come in for crosses, or take those long strikes that always seem destined for the back of the net.

Rooney scores a brilliantbackheel
Rooney scores a brilliantbackheel

His two-goal display, a penalty and a cracker from the edge of the penalty area, have shown this resurgence. He has now scored in three straight games. This New Year is certainly showing a new Rooney. With four goals in those three games he is closing in on his tally of six goals last calendar year, showing he is finally back to finding his scoring touch and that he is indeed still good enough to lead the attack.

 

 

Why Fellaini needs to go.

Marouane Fellaini needs to go. United supporters are getting beyond frustrated with him, and although he has not had a good game in what seems like a lifetime, we still stand by him. Just because we stand by him does not mean he gets to stay. He loses us games. He is poor, technically speaking.

We have all made this motion when Fellaini misses
We have all made this motion when Fellaini misses

His first touch is awful. His only attacking contribution is with his head, and he can’t even win a ball in the air and put it on target. He missed an absolute perfect opportunity for somebody of his size from a perfect cross. Defensively he is a liability. His errand passes, poor tracking back, and continuously losing his man consistently costs us.

The Beauty in our Youth

This year LVG has had many youth players join the first team, most recently the talented midfielder James Weir. United look set for the future with youngsters being given first team experience, whether they’ve been kept on the substitutes bench or not. These have so far included:

  • Adnan Januzaj

    Shaw and Memphis have become close
    Shaw and Memphis have become close
  • Andreas Pereira
  • Anthony Martial
  • Axel Tuanzebe
  • Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
  • Guiellermo Varela
  • James Weir
  • James Wilson
  • Jesse Lingard
  • Luke Shaw
  • Marcus Rashford
  • Memphis Depay
  • Nick Powell
  • Paddy McNair

    Varela overlaps Januzaj
    Varela overlaps Januzaj
  • Sean Goss
  • Tyler Blackett

Note: All players on this list have a first team number.

Potential Man United Targets

Felipe Anderson: I have three words to describe the pursuit of Felipe Anderson. Not United quality. While Anderson is undoubtedly a skillful player, the amount of money being asked for him is outrageous, over €50 Million being rejected over the summer according to Lazio executives, especially when he will quite possibly become the next Angel Di Maria. Until LVG changes his style Anderson wont fit in to the XI nor be the quality that we would expect as supporters.

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Bale in a United kit is something we all wish to see, but this looks as close as it will get in the near future.

Gareth Bale: Oh no not again. Manchester United are still repeatedly targeting Gareth Bale with “a world record bid”. I see no truth to this rumor as Bale is in Zidane’s plans according to BBC Sport. Although Bale is the type of player United need, the odds of Real Madrid giving up one of their star men is slim to nil, and edited pictures are the only hope we have left of Bale to United being completed in the near future.

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Morata celebrates a goal

Alvaro Morata: So there is no basis to this yet, Morata is just the type of player that I would love to see United target. Young, strong, quick with the ball at his feet, and quite technically gifted the Juventus front man is the prime example of the type of player United should be targeting. He is projected on Transfermarkt to cost €23.5 Million but will end up costing United around €45 Million

Matthias Ginter: Ginter is a young centre-half currently plying his trade with Borussia Dortmund. The 21 year-old was brought with the 2014 World Cup winning Germany to Brazil, although he did not receive any time on the pitch.

Ginter playing for Germany
Ginter playing for Germany

He is a perfect partner to Chris Smalling and is still young enough to prove to be a good pairing for years to come. He is seen as the future of the Dortmund defense so his €10 Million projected value as given by Transfermarkt but will cost by my calculations about €25 Million with possible add ons.

 

 

Outgoing Transfers:

Ben Pearson: The now ex-Manchester United starlet has been sold to Preston North End for an undisclosed fee. This is a disappointing move, but one that in the end Pearson had to make for his sake.

Ben Pearson signs for Preston North End
Ben Pearson signs for Preston North End

He needed first team time in order to continue his development. As for an immediate impact this does not hurt Manchester United at all as the 21 year-old midfielder had never featured in the first team with United, although having a loan spell with Barnsley in which he earned 45 appearances.

Marouane Fellaini: The Manchester United big man,

Fellaini in action for United
Fellaini in action for United

midfielder converted defensive midfielder, converted number 10, converted striker has been tipped for a move away from Old Trafford. Many United supporters are excited to see this as Fellaini is a symbol of the boring play at United. The reported asking price is €32 Million a massive asking price for the big Belgian who is calculated to have a value of over €10 Million less by Transfermarkt.

Adnan Januzaj Mistreatment by Louis van Gaal

Louis Van Gaal has mistreated Adnan Januzaj at Manchester United. He was the once promising spot in a terrible campaign by David Moyes, a campaign that produced better numbers than this of LVG.  

Louis Van Gaal put him on the outskirts of the squad in his first season, and when he actually had time to showcase his ability during the pre-season and the start of the year he did quite well but was sent out on loan instantly to a squad in which he would be put further down in the pecking order, behind the likes of Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubuyang and instead Wayne Rooney, Antony Martial, Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Ashley Young would be the competing forces.

In this slump the team is currently in, it is very hard to see any bright point, and we need an injection of pace and creativity, something we could find with Adnan Januzaj. While Adnan was rotting on a bench in Germany, we were struggling to keep pace with the title challengers, raising further questions about LVG and his future, something which could be changed just by putting in Januzaj instead of the current lineup. Mata, A creative but slow methodical player.. Lingard, a youthful exuberant player who needs more refining much like Januzaj just not as quick or skilled. Memphis, who has thus far struggled to adapt to the premiershi. Martial who also has trouble sometimes with defences adapting to him but has thus far been one of our attacking bright spots. Rooney, who has been far below his standard ever since LVG became manager. Herrera, who has been our best outfield player when played but has been pushed to the outskirts of the squad by LVG for some unknown reason. Outside of these six we have little attacking talent since both Young and Valencia have been converted into makeshift fullbacks and Fellaini is more or less just a tall presence around the box with little other to offer in attack.

If LVG would give up his “Philosophy”, one that does nothing but put us to sleep and lose us games, he could switch to a 4-1-4-1 formation where Schneiderlin could be protecting the back four and have Memphis, Herrera, Mata and Januzaj across the four with Rooney up top, which would produce more goals. This would also allow Rooney to regain his form that had allowed him to be considered world class at one point.  When Memphis or anybody across that line has troubles Martial could step in and inject pace on the wings, or up top dropping Rooney to one of the two attacking mids, pushing Mata (if not dropped) to the wing. This would bring in more attacking play and would get United back to the United way.

In a sense the idea of tiki-taka played by LVG is useless. Nobody in the world uses it. Not Bayern not Barca only United and small minnow clubs. Tiki-taka is possession to keep the ball away from a better attacking opponent, keeping up the defence, producing a great defensive stat but very few goals to show for the domination in possession. Barca and Bayern play an overloading style to create a disadvantage to the other squad on a side of the field in which they may exploit, as shown by the greatness in goal differential of those two and the attacking talent flocks to those teams because of all the space they create for those attackers.

Due to Januzaj not excelling in a “passing first” type of system and wanting to take players on, he has been loaned out. For some reason LVG prefers a Memphis who likes to take players on, but drastically fails, due to the fact that he signed him as his Dutch superstar, something that LVG loves, while Adnan takes players on, beats them, and produces chances for either himself or the rest of the squad but often lacks the final shot.

With everyone playing poorly, such as when Moyes was around, i believe Januzaj will show his ability and produce far more in time and eventually get the rest of the squad producing with him just like under Moyes. There is a reason Ryan Giggs trusted him with the number 11, his famous number. Ryan Giggs sees a lot of himself in Adnan, a youthful, fast, smart player, who at first wasn’t the best with his end product but is continuing to refine it and I am sure if Giggs were currently the manager he would keep Adnan in the first 11 week in week out, letting him produce to his full capability and show us the potential we have all seen.