Posts tagged De Gea
Posts tagged De Gea
Sir Alex can afford to relax thanks to an early assault on the transfer market
Thank Jeebus that the transfer window is now shut. The business conducted towards the 11pm deadline was like watching a bunch of tardy looters picking through the remains of what was left on the shelves in JD Sports.
From left to right, the ascending order of successfully settling into the squad
After what started out as an authoritative performance from United, the 2-1 scoreline at the end came as a massive relief by the end. We controlled the flow of the play so much that at one stage we had 90% of the possession, but we just couldn’t find that second goal. One of the reasons might have been down to the fact that we only had one shot on goal in 90 minutes, but let’s not bring facts into this, eh?
Wow! Well that was *quite* the match. These Community (néé Charity) Shield games are usually a right old slog - two teams sparring with each other and neither willing to supply the punches necessary to knock the other out. But this time, bloody hell, it was a feisty affair that was packed with full blooded challenges, quality goals and exceptional passages of play from the first minute. 2-0 down in the first half, but two goals from Nani and one from the marauding Chris Smalling sealed a win for the Reds in a pulsating encounter.
Just in time for the new season comes the triumphant relaunch (i.e. we’re actually going to do it properly this time) of When The Seagulls, a two-man blog project that’s 90% Manchester United, 5% general football ramblings, and 5% bad puns and innuendo. So welcome, and to straight business…
Part one of my season preview is a look at our transfer dealings thus far this summer. There is of course on-going speculation linking us with a trio of players to succeed Paul Scholes (although none of the names mentioned would actually be anything like a direct replacement for the ginger prince, but as the papers conveniently ignore that we might as well do likewise), but even if Fergie’s tartan chequebook is closed there have been some major deals to take a look at.
The most immediately exciting arrival, even if De Gea’s success is more crucial to ours as a team. Because of his age, playing position, and Premier League experience, a huge amount is going to be expected from Young. The first question to answer is where he’s likely to play. In Nani and Valencia we already possess two of the league’s best out-and-out wingers, so there’s plenty competition in the wide berths. And although Young spent a large part of last season in a drifting second striker role, wide is where I believe his future lies, for three reasons. 1) Given a central role he and Rooney are likely to tread on each other’s toes. 2) The continued speculation regarding the recruitment of a playmaker suggests SAF doesn’t see him as a central creative solution. 3) He’s simply better there.
While he’s a decent passer, working angles and teasing through-balls aren’t his main weapons. Pace, trickery, and beautifully whipped in crosses are. His assist tally of 11 last term was more than respectable, but way down on 07/08 (17) when he made Villa’s left wing spot his own. Yet with the team hoping to go deep in four competitions having three creative wide men (plus the ever impressive contributions of Park) is far from excessive. He will have to rotate, but expect an instant contribution from a man looking to advance both his club and international careers this season.