GWT: PL Matchweek 1

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  1. kingsboy11

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    Couldn't have asked for a better debut from Maguire and AWB. Both were brilliant defensively and exactly what this team needed. Rashford and Martial were clinical. Pogba struggled in the 1st half, but showed his quality in the 2nd. Bit lucky at times with Chelsea hitting the post, but overall United earned the win.
     
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    Not just against Abraham, he blocked or deflected half a dozen long shots and dominated in the air all game.

    United overpaid, but he's probably the best player in the league at defending the box.
     
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    Best aside from VVD you mean.
     
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    What a game for United. Huge for them to not only get three points but in the way that they did. They looked pretty good defensively (absolute huge step from last season). Pereira will be huge for them this season.
     
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    Hahahaha. That Virgil guy is pretty good at it I heard.
     
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    Going to be a rough year for Chelsea I presume and I have not been sold on Pulisic being a savior kind of player.
     
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    Yeah, full credit to him for turning it around in the second half with two assists.

    Maguire's only been training with the team for 3-4 days. Definitely expecting him to improve with more training.
     
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    Aladyyn counting stats are the devil

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    Nobody would give a **** about Pulisic if he wasn't American
     
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    Yeah you could see the defensive side of Maguire but he wasn't really sending long balls or building the attack. I think that will change eventually though.
     
  11. CapitalsCupReality

    CapitalsCupReality It’s Go Time!!

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    No more than any young, promising, clearly talented forward type of player making his PL debut right?

    He got decked immediately. Going to be a rough year for him.
     
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    CapitalsCupReality It’s Go Time!!

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    I don’t know if it’s been me watching United for so many recent years without a presence like his on the back line, or if he just looked better surrounded by a lot of other good talent, but he shone very brightly out there today.
     
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    Oh come on, half the team? Name them.
     
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    Eh, I'm not gonna say this is a crisis. We looked really good in the first half and it could've been a fully different game. We had games like this last year where we were far better in the first half, were unlucky, and then got whooped in the second. And they happened against worse teams. I choose to look at the bright spots, of which the first half had many.
     
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    No, the best. VVD is a better centerback obviously because he's a better player all over the pitch, but I don't think he's better at defending in the box.
     
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    I mean I wouldn't say Championship level but there are plenty of players that aren't proven in the PL that Chelsea is forced to rely on. I think there's a big risk of them not working but I would still say that they are comfortably a top 6 team in the PL.
     
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    Yea no.

    It’s closer in the box than it is elsewhere, but VVD is still better
     
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    Wolves and Leicester will tear them apart if this game is any indication.

    Maguire looked good but it wasn't exactly hard on him today. Can't criticize him for not being asked a lot of though; he did very well for what he was needed for.
     
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    It's not a crisis because this is clearly not our best lineup, and despite the scoreline we outplayed them most of the game. Are there some issues? Oh definitely, we got shredded by counterattacks, which was also our biggest weakness last year.
     
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    Wolves and Leicester don’t have the bench to call on when players get injured and they won’t finish anywhere near Chelsea. This still wasn’t good of course.
     
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    If I'm Chelsea I'm prepared for these first couple of weeks to be tough. They are going to have to refind their identities a bit with the lack of a Hazard.
     
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    We can revisit at Christmas I guess.
     
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    I just saw some extended highlights and the United - Chelsea match looked closer than the scoreline suggested. Chelsea hit the post twice. Either way the first month usually has some crazy results for just about every team in the league.
     
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    It wasn't pretty, but we got the win today and that's all that matters with our "C" team. Maitland Niles was BY FAR the MTOM today and it wasn't even close to second place. He was amazing and it sucks that because two managers disregard the RB position, he's forced to play there instead of the middle of the park like he should. I see a lot of young OX in him and in a good way.

    Xhaka got his weekly yellow, but everyone looked strong on the defensive side for the clean sheet. We gotta watch for our passing though, against a more talented squad they would've potentially ripped us apart on the counter due to some really shoddy passing decisions. I don't consider that a huge negative since we're playing majority of our backups today. I want to see what Torreira and Ceballos can do in the middle on one of these games. Ceballos plays like a deer and I do not mean that as a positive. He's way to jumpy and honestly has too much energy. Instead of trying to waste time - prevented Pepe and Martinelli talent to shine today - he kept trying to press the ball and conducted some unforced plays simply because he wants to make things happen. I see the same type of scenario with St. Maximin, very high energy player with good dribbling who thinks that doing more will create more when in reality the opposite is true. Both will become good players though.

    That's bad because Atkinson is a terrible ref; two clear cut chances by Arsenal players who get tackled/held by Toon players, no yellows. Yet a millisecond late sliding tackle and he's already in the book. Just nonsense.

    Yeah not sure what he was thinking there, perhaps wanted to test out some of his other transfers.

    I still don't like the player because he takes too many risks for a CB, but I never deemed him as worthless though (I just think his transfers were way overpriced for the liability he brings PSG/Chelsea). However, have you seen the rest of our CBs'? Just putrid so he is an upgrade on the rest of the team and that's why Gooners are a bit more optimistic.
     
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