There’s a fair amount that I disagree with Sid on in football terms, but he’s right when he says that there’s much more wrong with us than 1 single thing.
We’ve spent fortunes over the last 5 years, but our only top drawer player is David De Gea. We’re still littered with soft defenders and look to have spent 30m on another this summer. Valenica has been a success in being converted to left back, but the fact that our best option at left back is Ashley Young – having had 4 years and spent in the region of 70m on Shaw, Blind and Rojo, is a joke.
In midfield we lack technical ability. There’s no cohesion – our only midfielder who can spot a pass is Pogba, who cost 80m and even he hasn’t been a rip roaring success. Miki and Herrera, 30m a piece – neither can control big games and neither excels at any one thing. Fellaini, another 30m player is a liability. Up front, our big money striker can control a football, and both Rashford and Martial lack any sort of consistency, and both are unable to really control a ball in tight spaces under pressure in big games – like Hazard does, for example.
We are better placed than we we’re 18 months ago, but fuck me there’s still a lot to do.