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  1. Struggling to keep the nut at work thinking about MNF tonight. Will probably take the afternoon off #Bzzzzz #Barclays30
  2. The best thing they can do is cut their budget and appoint some mug for 1-2 years to take the flak while they attempt to clear out the dross - when this process is complete, go all Galactico on the coaching and playing staff. This should have been what the Solksjaer appointment was about, but they seemed caught on the pretense that he was some great saviour and ambassador of their 'traditions' and 'history'. If they're intent on trying to sign their way out of trouble and forcing this bald football philosophy on the squad, then priority 1A has to be a new goalkeeper who can pass a ball - De Gea is not the sole cause, but seems to be the root cause of the terror that Man Utd always play with. It's amazing to think that they could once have had £80-90m + Keylor Navas for him and actually said no to this. It's all downright tremendous entertainment though and I'll be on the phone to Sky on Monday to voluntarily double my monthly subscription fee.
  3. I'm queasy at having Falkirk on a coupon, but backing against Peterhead and Hartlepool should prove reliable enough most weeks this season.
  4. AZ starting to piss about at walking pace. Disappointing contribution to banter these last 15 minutes.
  5. Hearts to draw Man Utd in the Europa League and take the Banter Years to new levels.
  6. Great to see Nev, Carra and the lads back for the season. Banter between @MicahRichards and Keano should be class!
  7. We're not the most fluid team anyway with Docherty and Bannigan still playing together in the middle, but this was compounded with having no right back and Milne having a bit of a shiter as the game wore on. We might have to rotate Milne a fair bit as on the evidence of the second half he was gubbed, glued to his position and not offering enough runs. Having a variety of attacking options is still a vast improvement on the end of last season, when the game would have been finished after the first goal. I think Dowds would have been the best one to use here and after the equaliser would have been the perfect time to bring him on.
  8. Fletcher has been outstanding, I think his presence and link up play is the difference between United being able to compete going forward as opposed to being camped behind the ball most of the match. He's also the exact type of player Middleton has desperately needed to play next to for about the last five years.
  9. Strong Doonfermline vibes off of Dundee atm. Whilst your manager is not Peter Grant, he is nonetheless concerningly specky. Bring in Yogi before it's too late IMO.
  10. I am, quite frankly, shocked that Paul Hartley's seaside league bargain bin XI has fallen to a 4-0 horsing on the opening day.
  11. Ten gingies for Arjen Fitzpatrick is the deal of the window. Get the #strikeforce on and finish this.
  12. The standard looks at least as poor as last season and there's no order that would be a huge surprise, although I think some teams are more settled than others with retained squads and/or managers. We look to have improved our squad from last season but also have a number of players who you feel like could fall off a cliff at any time (Graham, Lawless, Bannigan) or who I'm not yet completely convinced by at this level (Sneddon, Brownlie). Our expectation should still be to better last season's points total of 52 and be pushing for at least 60. 1. Arbroath 2. Dundee 3. Partick Thistle 4. Inverness 5. Queens Park 6. Morton 7. Raith Rovers 8. Hamilton 9. Cove Rangers 10. Ayr Utd
  13. Both Burke and McBurnie, or any other forwards at an at least modest level, are only ever a purple patch away from a call up. In recent memory we have capped Kevin Nisbet and Marc McFuckingNulty and our options in backup to Che Adams haven't improved much since.
  14. Seeing us with two shiny new full backs after the last 6 months of McKenna and Foster is like watching 70s Brazil. All future fixtures between these sides should be played at Rugby Park.
  15. The prevailing feeling from the Ukraine and Ireland games were that we looked poorly prepared and easy to prepare against - we folded like a deck chair when opposition put any sort of pressure on our full backs. The attitude in the latter game especially to have come so soon after the Ukraine result - was a disgrace with players pulling out of tackles all over the place and coming nowhere close to matching Ireland's work-rate out of possession. I'm not sure Clarke can survive another couple of those performances in September. I have some sympathy for him though in that this is still a difficult squad to balance. I imagine Clarke sees the 3/5 at the back as a necessity not just as a way of fitting Tierney and McTominay into the team, but also because there's an absence of credible wingers in the squad pool (having fallen out with Fraser) to give proper balance to a 4-at-the-back formation. You're looking at Barrie Mackay as the next best available to us and it's hard to imagine us being much more effective at either end of the pitch. The problem with any 3-5-2 though is that if any kind of good pass is played between the outside centre back and the wing back then it's hard not to concede. That's how Ireland got their second goal and Ukraine, Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic all put similar goals past us. To mitigate that as best as possible you need a settled, consistent defence and we've never had that under Clarke - partly through injury, partly through tinkering with different players. The best thing he can do now is pick his best central defence and stick to it as far as possible - for me that's Souttar-Cooper-Tierney who started the Denmark game, and ideally Patterson can sort out some regular game time for himself as he is by some distance the best option at RWB and improves us immeasurably going forward, taking some pressure off Robertson aswell. Oh and if a good goalie could appear out of nowhere too then that'd be great.
  16. A masterstroke by UEFA to introduce relegation to international football
  17. A third striker who could feasibly start ahead of Dowds and Graham would be nice, but there are more glaring priorities for us in the transfer window just now. In order, I would say: - A dynamic, attacking centre mid to breathe some much needed life into the Docherty-Bannigan pairing; the Father Stone of central midfield partnerships. - Another winger, preferably right-sided. It's hard to find one at this level who isn't a hopeless sand-dancer, but even an Aiden Fitzpatrick type as a standard example should give some much needed balance and reduce the complete dependence on Tiffoney for a creative outlet in the final third. - A goalkeeper who isn't signed as a back-up to Sneddon, but as a credible contender to replace him as #1. Sneddon had his moments last season but on the whole I'm not convinced he's a keeper that earns us more points than he costs us.
  18. Obviously it's a considerable downgrade in opposition, but everything you'd have wanted to see after last week was on display for most of last night - effective pressing, higher tempo, good ball retention and aggression. We could/should have scored more but it wasn't for lack of trying against a very defensive set-up - we hit the bar/post at least 3 times, had a goal disallowed and forced a very good save as well as the two goals scored. It was as comfortable and well-managed a home win as you'd want to see. This subforum is responsible for some of the most stultifyingly ill-informed opinions I've ever seen, but I'm not sure what more some people were expecting from the team last night.
  19. Every fibre of this silly little country's being screams shitebag. f**k off.
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