Who do you see as a centre half for United? Boateng? Mascherano? Subotic or Hummels? Sakho? I take it you see Evra on the way out, too, eh? Baines is a global top 3 Left back, IMO. Ronaldo, Eh? What are the chances, do you think, of United resigning him?
Any ideas about what we Scousers might do to improve for '13-'14? Is Rodgers the right man for the job? Is Reina done? Who replaces Stevie G as the guy playing behind Suarez and Sturridge? Is Sturridge the right guy to play alongside Suarez? Are Skrtel and Agger the men to anchor the back end? Is it time to let the kids (Suso, Sterling, Coates, Coutinho, Shelvey, Wisdom, Pacheco, etc.) take over?
What say you?
Edit: I noticed you live in Lancashire. Who do you support? I would guess United, by your posts. Other guesses based on geography... Blackpool, Burnley, Morecambe (bahahaa!), Bolton, Preston? I'd guess Wanderers.
I live almost right in between Preston and Bolton.....The Reebok is the closest stadium and easiest to get to from my house but I have been a United fan from the late 70s when I started getting in to football. Im from Aberdeen and Aberdeen have always had a massive United connection, long before Sir Alex. Denis Law's mum and my Grandmother were friends and Martin Buchan grew up just down the street from my Mum. At school in Aberdeen, most of the kids had Liverpool as their English team, a few had Spurs and the rest (including me) had United. My Dad took me to Old Trafford in 1982 for a game against Villa, it was amazing. We followed Aberdeen, home, away, abroad at that time, we had a team worth following. We were in Gothenburg in May 1983 for the Cup Winners Cup final against Real Madrid which was an unbelievable night, but the best night of my football life was the quarter final second leg that year, a 3-2 win over the mighty Bayern Munich at Pittodrie.....unbelievable night that. They were some team then, most of the West Germany team from the previous years World Cup final played for them. cannot believe that was 30 years ago........good God ha ha.
I think there is a huge chance Ronaldo comes home, not sure if it will be this year but he wil be back. Word is that Nike and Chevrolet are funding a huge deal for him, Nike are desperate for him to leave Real Madrid. He said when he left that he would finish his career at United and seeing how he was in the Champions League matches, especially the 2nd leg has convinced me further that he will be back and soon. He is absolutely adored in Manchester, United fans sing his name every week, home and away. As for other potential/wish list transfers, I would love Hummels but I dont think he will leave Germany, we are supposedly in for some young Arentinian centre back, whose name escapes me right now but we desperately need another centre back. I think Vidic will leave and Rio has still not signed/been offered another contract which is very strange given the fact how United normally do their business with the senior pros......As for left back, I have never liked Evra, always thought he was over rated. I said when Baines left Wigan we should have pinched him but he would be a great signing for us but again, he seems happy at Everton and he is a Scouser, either way, we need a new left back and Buttner does not look like that player......at the minute. Mind you, I thought that about Rafael and is turning in to one of the best right backs in the country.
I would love us to get Goetze from Dortmund, he looks a fantastic player and the story about us going for Lebondowski (sp?) will not go away but that does not make much sense.....unless we sell Rooney
As for "your lot" ha ha......I think Rogers is the man for the job, if he is allowed to be so and given the funds to do the job, which is where I have my doubts. Liverpool have no money and while they are at Anfield, the size that it is and getting smaller every year, they will never have the resources to compete at the top level. That entire squad needs an overhaul, keeping Suarez is a must but he is making noises about wanting to play in the Champions League which he wont get at Liverpool in its current state for quite a few years. How do they replace Gerrard and Carragher? They cant, Sturridge has started well but I am not convinced he will get 20 league goals a season. Reina needs a change, he will probably go back to Spain this summer. Coutinho looks a player, must admit I knew nothing about him before he signed, I dont watch Italian football, unless I cant sleep.....but yeah, he looks good. I am really not sure about the rest of Liverpools young ones though, Sterling is a flash in the pan, shocking attitude and he will disappear, I think Zaha is the same Im afraid....they will be great Carling Cup players but thats it. Skirtel and Agger are a decent pairing but they have both had iffy seasons, but if they settle down again, no doubting they are very tough to play against. I think it has taken a while for them to get Rodgers pass first policy.
Believe it or not, I hope Liverpool turn it around and get competitive again, United/Liverpool games that mean something other than local, hostorical pride are fantastic, when we draw each other in the Cup's the games are unbelievable and the atmosphere is like no other....even if we do need plastic mac hats at Anfield ;-) but they must must must sort out the stadium before that can happen
Edited by topbananas, 25 March 2013 - 02:54 AM.