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Watching the United vs.Villa game 20:27 - Jan 1 with 1918 viewsChrisd

Appreciate both sides are superior to us and have better players, but the way both teams break with purpose, pace and numbers to support their lone strikers and get beyond them is really refreshing to see. Highlights our own deficiencies and something we just aren’t very good at and haven’t been for some time. Just hope PL and his coaching staff are watching.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:31 - Jan 1 with 1711 viewsvapour_trail

Villa have improved in the space of a calendar year in the same way Leicester did when they won the league. They’re excellent to watch.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:32 - Jan 1 with 1695 viewsBlueBadger

Pfft, like Lambert is interested in COACHING his players.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:35 - Jan 1 with 1679 viewsChrisd

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:32 - Jan 1 by BlueBadger

Pfft, like Lambert is interested in COACHING his players.


To be fair, some managers don’t, but you’d hope his coaching staff would.
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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:38 - Jan 1 with 1650 viewsWD19

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:31 - Jan 1 by vapour_trail

Villa have improved in the space of a calendar year in the same way Leicester did when they won the league. They’re excellent to watch.


With the same assistant manager too.
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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:45 - Jan 1 with 1618 viewsvapour_trail

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:38 - Jan 1 by WD19

With the same assistant manager too.


John Terry?

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:47 - Jan 1 with 1614 viewsWD19

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:45 - Jan 1 by vapour_trail

John Terry?


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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:49 - Jan 1 with 1598 viewsvapour_trail

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:47 - Jan 1 by WD19



Let himself go a bit since captaining Chelsea hasn’t he!

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:50 - Jan 1 with 1593 viewsWD19

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:49 - Jan 1 by vapour_trail

Let himself go a bit since captaining Chelsea hasn’t he!


It’s all those currys.
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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:52 - Jan 1 with 1577 viewsvapour_trail

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:50 - Jan 1 by WD19

It’s all those currys.


At least the players won’t be too concerned about seeing him with their missus.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:53 - Jan 1 with 1565 viewsChrisd

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:47 - Jan 1 by WD19



Craig Shakespeare?

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:04 - Jan 1 with 1542 viewsArnieM

I think one of the major differences between good ( most?) PL players and even some teams in the championship to us, is these players are genuine “ athletes”, eg have pace, endurance , strength agility, as well as the PL pre requisite of football specific skills .

Our players are generally plodders. We have very little genuine pace in our squad , and those that do have it are U23 level and lack experience. This is why KVY was such a breath air when joined us - and why he has been such a massive miss since being out injured for the last 14months !

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:11 - Jan 1 with 1521 viewsvapour_trail

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:04 - Jan 1 by ArnieM

I think one of the major differences between good ( most?) PL players and even some teams in the championship to us, is these players are genuine “ athletes”, eg have pace, endurance , strength agility, as well as the PL pre requisite of football specific skills .

Our players are generally plodders. We have very little genuine pace in our squad , and those that do have it are U23 level and lack experience. This is why KVY was such a breath air when joined us - and why he has been such a massive miss since being out injured for the last 14months !


I watch seventh tier football these days. It was eighth but we got promoted.

The biggest differentiation is pace. Absolutely. The two players we’ve had in the six or seven years I’ve been here who’ve had ability matched with pace, have moved up to league football. There are lots of players with great technique however.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:11 - Jan 1 with 1517 viewscbower

Moving the ball at pace has been a problem for quite some time. Ponderous passing amongst ourselves is worthless possession. All decent sides have one or two players at least who attack defences with intent. Without Bishop and perhaps Edwards too, we have nobody. That's why until the last few games, Dobra's absence from the 18 has been mystifying. A fully fit KVY would help in this respect too.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:12 - Jan 1 with 1513 viewsChrisd

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:04 - Jan 1 by ArnieM

I think one of the major differences between good ( most?) PL players and even some teams in the championship to us, is these players are genuine “ athletes”, eg have pace, endurance , strength agility, as well as the PL pre requisite of football specific skills .

Our players are generally plodders. We have very little genuine pace in our squad , and those that do have it are U23 level and lack experience. This is why KVY was such a breath air when joined us - and why he has been such a massive miss since being out injured for the last 14months !


You could probably argue getting players that are athletes is perhaps easier than getting players that have real quality and genuine ability on the ball. The term, ‘this player has a good engine’ is something that has always been associated with our game.
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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:32 - Jan 1 with 1446 viewsWD19

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 20:53 - Jan 1 by Chrisd

Craig Shakespeare?


Yes.
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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:42 - Jan 1 with 1422 views26_Paz

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:11 - Jan 1 by vapour_trail

I watch seventh tier football these days. It was eighth but we got promoted.

The biggest differentiation is pace. Absolutely. The two players we’ve had in the six or seven years I’ve been here who’ve had ability matched with pace, have moved up to league football. There are lots of players with great technique however.


Who do you support?

War on woke

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:46 - Jan 1 with 1401 viewsvapour_trail

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:42 - Jan 1 by 26_Paz

Who do you support?


FFS, Paz, Ipswich, why do you think I’m here.

I also go to see the local non league outfit.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:57 - Jan 1 with 1368 views26_Paz

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:46 - Jan 1 by vapour_trail

FFS, Paz, Ipswich, why do you think I’m here.

I also go to see the local non league outfit.


Haha, you know what I meant!
Which non league outfit?

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 22:26 - Jan 1 with 1270 viewsvapour_trail

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 21:57 - Jan 1 by 26_Paz

Haha, you know what I meant!
Which non league outfit?


PM

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 23:11 - Jan 1 with 1169 viewsIllinoisblue

We’re reliant on two 35-year-old defenders bombing forward. This is a problem. As Mick Mills said the other week, we need to get Dozzell further up the field so he can do meaningful damage with his vision and passing.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 23:54 - Jan 1 with 1092 viewsBlueBadger

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 23:11 - Jan 1 by Illinoisblue

We’re reliant on two 35-year-old defenders bombing forward. This is a problem. As Mick Mills said the other week, we need to get Dozzell further up the field so he can do meaningful damage with his vision and passing.


Our best, most balanced midfield is on paper, Downes/Dozzell/Bishop. Trouble is, with those three all fit, Lambert will drop one of them to accommodate Judge.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 02:58 - Jan 2 with 978 viewsIllinoisblue

Watching the United vs.Villa game on 23:54 - Jan 1 by BlueBadger

Our best, most balanced midfield is on paper, Downes/Dozzell/Bishop. Trouble is, with those three all fit, Lambert will drop one of them to accommodate Judge.


Our best line-up is one not coached/managed by Lambert. Four more years!

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 08:26 - Jan 2 with 796 viewsbobbyramsey

He shouldn't need to watch, it's not rocket science.......

A coach at any level should be striving to play this way........except Lambo.
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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 09:13 - Jan 2 with 711 viewsDeano69

Interesting watching the likes of Leeds, Palace (earlier in the season) and villa. It’s a cliche, but the attack as a team and defend as a team rather than dink it about keeping possession on parts of the pitch that really won’t cause a threat.

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Watching the United vs.Villa game on 11:47 - Jan 2 with 597 viewsskinnybob72

One of Town's problems is that you can't break with pace if the other team have 10 men behind the ball! A fair number of teams have sat in at Portman Road which means you need to have the patience and quality to break them down. Man Utd and Villa were both trying to bomb forward as soon as they had the ball so neither team ever had 10 men goal side.

And against the teams that have come to attack, such as Portsmouth, Town are so slow at getting the ball forward - sideways / backwards - the opposition have time to get their 10 men behind the ball!
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