The Future is Here
the future is bright with those three, in a 4-3-3 formation they compliment each other perfectly. It's almost impossible to replace Scholes/Keane, but with Anderson we already have the Scholes replacement, Hargreaves and Carrick can adaquately do the job, but SAF is forming a squad that has a bit more flair than the previous era so we will have to wait on this master plan.futuristxen said:I love how hard it is to knock Tevez off the ball. There were a few times yesterday where he was literally just bouncing off of Villa defenders and keeping going. He and Rooney may be the two hardest players to bring down in the world.
MonkeyBallz, what do you think about the future of Carrick/Hargreaves/Anderson?
Will Carrick be happy sharing time with the other two until Scholes retires?
How does Fletcher fit in, on the tale end of his masterful evolution for Scotland?
Can we play a system that would accomodate more of these players and make us even better?
Should we switch to three at the back and play a system like Barca does once Hargreaves gets healthy? And then just rotate Fletcher, Anderson, Carrick, and Scholes situationally?
That's problematic because one of our signiture things is our wing-backs like Evra and Neville. And with the Brazillian twins and Simpson, I'm not sure that's something to give up.
It's a happy problem for Sir Alex to be sure.
I guess in theory though what we are looking at is once Giggs and Scholes retire in two years, Nani and Anderson play their positions, and then Carrick, Hargreaves, and Fletcher share that other spot. With Fletcher also providing cover for the two wing positions.
I just hope we aren't stunting Fletcher's growth. He showed last year against Roma that he can be every bit the game changer, and I think his potential is to be a mixture of Hargreaves and Carrick(strong ball winner, with savvy passing skills).
I think Carrick will still get most of the games these season despite what I said earlier about Anderson. Anderson although with potential to be far better than Carrick has yet to play in a game that is more physical than technical. These include the likes of Blackburn and such. I think there will be enough games to go around for Hargreaves, Carrick, Scholes, Anderson, SAF is experienced enough to best utilize a rotation unlike a certain someone (cough* Benitez cough*).
I really don't know how Fletcher will fit in, he's not good enough defensively to displace Hargreaves, he's not good enough offensively to displace either of the three. He's really a tweener, he's a good squad player to have. I'm just not sure he is content with being a squad player, if he is to advance his career he will have to move because he is good enough to start at half of the EPL clubs. There are also guys in the reserves like Darron Gibson who could take his place.
We should stick to what has worked for us and that is the 4-4-2, of course that is the basic and there are a lot of variations to it. As I mentioned earlier, in Europe we should use the 4-3-3, Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo up top, Anderson/Scholes, Carrick, Hargreaves.
I don't think we will ever play 3 at the back, SAF is a traditional manager and doesn't seem like the type to change his ways that easily.
Anderson has been great, I have no idea what Gian is talking about. He was awesome against Wigan, not only did he show his exquisite range of passing, but he was everywhere on the defensive aspect as well. He is no Ronaldinho, a very typical in the sense number 10, more like Kaka. Not saying he isn't flashy because he can be if he wants to. He was less spectacular against Villa but a very mature solid performance. He hardly lost the ball, picked his passes well and adjusting to this higher tempo of football. The thing is he demands the ball, a 19 year old kid demanding the ball from Scholes says a lot about his confidence and maturity in football (no prostitute jokes :biggrin: ). In no time this kid has the potential to be as good as Cesc if not better.futuristxen said:Who is top flight competition in your book?
And Anderson has been a revelation in the last two games he's played, which incidentally are 75 percent of the sample size you've had access to, so I don't know how much weight I'd give your notion of him sucking so far this year. He was out of shape and injured for the first two months. He's finally regaining some of the form he had in Portugal. He was amazing against Wigan, which won him the starting job against Aston Villa, where he put in a very class performance. Didn't try to be flashy, but he definitely was integral in the ball movement that routinely made Villa's defense look grade school at best.
He's still very very young, but he's already starting games for Sir Alex. That has to tell you A LOT. I expect he'll continue to improve as his confidence goes up and up.
And if we can have a healthy Hargreaves, I think we can shut down AC Milan if we face them this year. The few times Hargreaves has played, he's played like a maniac ball-winner. It looks as though Sir Alex might finally have his Gattuso.
Either way United are the reigning Champions. So neener neener neener.
Nani is good, but Anderson is simply better with much higher potential. Ask anyone who watches the Portuguese league, they will tell you Anderson was the far better player last year. As for being at Lucas's level? what has Lucas proven? he's a DM that likes to get forward, Anderson is the much more highly rated player. Anderson was called up to the Brazilian squad for Copa America while Lucas was left to play in the U20 WC which he didn't even do.
I'm looking forward to the match against Kiev this week, this is the type of game where Anderson can cause havoc.