Man United newbie concern. Maguire is good for England and he could have been with Chelsea

Maguire or 4-3-3? Mailbox is eyeing international players but there is room to worry about Man United’s summer signing.

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Maguire is good for England
The McGuire The controversy is still going on around him, I’ve watched almost every game he’s played over the past three years, he’s not a bad defender nor a brilliant defender, he’s very specialized.

Its flaws are obvious. It’s painfully slow and sluggish for a player in the Premier League. It is also very apathetic when pressed and can easily be pulled out of position.

Its qualities are also clear. He is a good passer, good with offensive and defensive header, and can organize a defensive line enough. He is skilled, as a centre-back, at bringing the ball into midfield when his passing options are determined and he is very good at interfering/blocking inside the penalty area.

Given the above characteristics, it will always look bad in a system with 4 backers, a high defensive line and little midfield coverage. While the same characteristics make it well suited for a system with 5 defenses, 2 fast defenders on both sides, and 2 recumbent midfielders. For Man United to play with the former regime and England in the latter, it makes sense that he would start with Southgate and not with Ten Hag. He has done well for Chelsea under Tuchel as a long-term replacement for Silva.

If England want to move to a 4 back system or even a more advanced 5 back system, it’s a responsibility, but given how the results went when this was tried in the Nations League, I don’t think it’s likely. In this case he is more suitable for this role than any other defender in England. That’s not a great accusation for the England defence, I agree with you, but that’s where we are at the moment.
Dave, Manchester

England 4-3-3?
I have to disagree with some of what Matthew (ITFC) said in morning mailboxI also think it’s a bit inconsistent.

First, “what we hope” is kind of rude, isn’t it? It may be possible, and perhaps even, that not everyone will agree with this arrangement. Second, the lineup looks suspiciously like a 433 to me.

I’d agree with Pickford, and Chilwell would probably be fair, although one of him or Shaw needs to find a spot for his club or we might end up with Trippier, which I agree isn’t a great look. Dyer and Tomori over Maguire and Stones? behavior. The dismissive “never let anyone down” for the last pair is actually the reason why you should start! I’m not saying they are infallible, but they have been a mainstay for a team that has done very well in our last two major tournaments. Walker or James for RB, happy with either because they are both excellent, and while TAA is also excellent, it seems to be tactically less flexible than the other two, so one should get a nod.

Rice, Bellingham and Mount would all be a very good midfielder, no real argument, although if you’re seriously suggesting that we have Dyer and Tomori as key players initially, a double pivot would be required! Sterling’s top three, Kane and Saka are pretty tasty, personally I’d say foden on Saka, but I totally agree Saka would be a quality option (actually it doesn’t look very positive for Sancho with all these other options! Our backup striker if he continues his decent start to the season) .

So, in general, I don’t think it’s easy to say that everyone wants your lineup, and I’d go so far as to say there are more than two weird options/explanations!
Jack (World Cup mid-season an absolute joke) Manchester

Terrell Malacia interrogation
I’m not sure how I feel about the player. David de Gea was the only position he didn’t play yesterday. The man in the penalty area was ahead of Ronaldo at least 3 times during the match. Maybe it was the 2 goal cushion and the fact that Sharif wasn’t really a striker at that point but he left a lot of holes in defense so hopefully that’s just fun and not reflective of his positioning.
good (not sure why i even wrote this)

All star bullshit
All Star games are joke fillers usually mid-season. Some even have players doing “tricks” for their audience, like puppies. You know, who can skate the fastest around the ice circle. Will we have someone who can do the most conservative thing?

The US and Canada (yes, Canada has teams in all of those leagues) covers a huge geographic area that would cover a huge amount of Europe and a decent population. As a result, they support many more teams than the Premier League, usually 30 to 32 and group them into some kind of regional divisions or conferences to reduce the huge travel and work out some way to liquidate the teams for the cup as the end of the season – they don’t have separate cup competitions.

What this means is that they already have some kind of combos that they can use to create a “rival” for their all-star games, involving entire countries. In fact, they may be watching a little more than one club match, but they’re nowhere near watching an away game. Obviously, most players don’t take them too seriously and to get the most “stars” into the game, a lot of substitutions are made.

Everything north vs south is a bit tired and stereotyped. Some clubs may feel inappropriate as well – the Midlands, for example. Why not in the colors of the club’s clothing or who makes their shirts?

While Charity Shield is a “friendly” game, it at least has some foundations to play it.

The only saving grace for such a game – it doesn’t mean there’s any space on the calendar – and the number of players who will drop out due to “injuries” anyway – if it’s free and just for kids – so they can see the “idols” in action. But then, that wouldn’t be what Boehly wanted, since it was suggested as a way to generate money.

What amazes me is that he’s only been in charge of Chelsea for two months and he’s actually throwing this crap. It is not ‘innovation’ to come up with this idea, which was the primary purpose of the event he was attending. Doesn’t bode well for the future, does it?
Paul McDevitt

Phillips defense
Including Calvin Phillips on his list of pointless transfers is more than just unfair and appears to have been arrested for no reason or rhyme.

He’s had two major injuries since joining and hasn’t been available for selection in four of his six league matches. The two he had available were West Ham’s first game of the season (wouldn’t he have started this one?) and the other was 3-3 Ding Dong against Newcastle between those two injuries, so he wasn’t calm. Match fitness. He played exactly how much football for an injured player or coming back from injury, right?
Mark McGah