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Football News: Ole Should make a Bold Team Selection for the Manchester United v Leicester City Game

Ole Should make a Bold Team Selection for the Manchester United v Leicester City Game
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As I sit and contemplate tomorrow's game I have a sense of excitement and foreboding.

I believe Leicester City are arguably the strongest opponents Manchester United have faced so far this season. I think they are a very good team and must consider themselves real candidates to break the monopoly of the top 6 (at the very least) . They've enjoyed a promising start and will arrive at Old Trafford full of confidence.

The United team is set to be decimated by injuries once again which has worryingly continued to plague Ole's last few months in charge.

In my opinion this presents Ole with an opportunity to demonstrate bravery and courage in his team selection. Now is the time to blood the likes of Gomes (if fit), Greenwood and Tuanzebe (if AWB is unavailable). A bold team selection will stimulate interest and stir a sense of excitement and anticipation from the crowd. Gomez and Greenwood are precocious, exciting young talents. They are both capable of producing the unexpected and getting the crowd on the edge of their seats.

I actually fear a conservative team selection more than a defeat. If Ole relies on the likes of Rojo, Matic, Mata and even Pereria, he is abandoning his principles and sacrificing his style of play by selecting players that don't have the required energy, mobility or pace to carry out his preferred instructions and certainly not if they are all selected together in the same team.

He will effectively be choosing slow, ponderous, unimaginative, percentage football in order to try and navigate a difficult fixture and valuing the three points more than his long term vision or performance. We all know exactly what kind of game to expect if he selects those players. All have been given countless opportunities to impress yet most have consistently failed to deliver.

The young lads might not be ready, we may lose the game, but Ole has an opportunity to deliver on his promises, commit to his new style of play and give us reason to believe that better days may lie ahead.

Let's not kid ourselves, the title was conceded before a ball was even kicked, by not replacing the likes of Herrera, Lukaku or Sanchez. A top 4 finish was more a Glazers wet dream than foregone conclusion.

We must accept our current plight and plan for the future. We must believe that the priority of the Club is to return us to the top and not merely the gravy train of the top 4.

I sense a large proportion of Utd support is beginning to loose faith and wilt. Some supporters are already sharpening their thumbs and willing him to fail. Ole must keep the energy, intensity, mobility and pace in the team. He must commit to his new vision and principles. Perhaps by taking a chance, believing in youth and honouring the traditions of the Club we might just find ourselves a new hero. One can always dream!

Written by DLIB September 14 2019 10:33:23


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