I'm all for us going for an established player rather than an up-and-comer at this position but I'm not at all convinced that Matic is the right signing.
Listened to a pre-game pod and the Utd guests said that they would be happy for Utd to pay us to take Matic.I'm all for us going for an established player rather than an up-and-comer at this position but I'm not at all convinced that Matic is the right signing.
There's a massive difference between "established" and "past it," and reading through United supporters' comments on Matic they paint a picture much closer to the latter than the former. I went trawling through the United subreddit the other day and their fans are describing him in much the same way as we are Dier -- lumbering, lost a yard of pace, easy to play around, highly susceptible to a press, seems to have lost his passing touch, etc. It's grim reading for a player on the wrong side of 30 for whom all of the aforementioned are much likelier to be signs of general decline than of a temporary downturn in form.
It's such an important position that I can understand not wanting to bring in a player who would take two or three seasons to fully develop, but there surely must be better options available on the market. I'd much rather take Allan (who has reportedly been transfer listed as a part of the current dust-up at Napoli) or even Wilmar Barrios, who would surely be available. An experienced pro at the peak of his powers who would buy us a bit of time to blood Skipp or alternatively line up a long-term successor in future transfer windows rather than someone whose decline has already begun and whose performance levels have dropped off a cliff.
If Mourinho does make Matic a priority I'll hope he proves me wrong, but there's a lot to doubt about this player IMO.
Boubakary Soumare, or the player i would love Edvardo Camavinga or bothMatic is finished at this level - I would be against it even as a short term move. What I am all for though is us getting a proper DM in - we would really benefit from that but not Matic please.
But that won't happen in January. I doubt we'll bring anyone in at all this window.Matic is finished at this level - I would be against it even as a short term move. What I am all for though is us getting a proper DM in - we would really benefit from that but not Matic please.
Nathan Ferguson and Merih Demiral both mentioned recently. Reported interest in Dzeko and Ben Godfrey too.Trix said that we will be buying and the names are already in the papers, especially the Sun seems to be on the money. So far, reports are now saying no to Fernandes, Dias and Matic so god knows who we are targeting.
The other links are to Depay but I'm sure one of our ITK's just laughed in response to his links a few months ago.
Who the hell are we targeting then lol?