If you had told me 18 months ago that we'd play at Goodison Park with Carlo & James on one side and Darren Gibson on the other, well, I'd not guess the correct way round even with 2 guesses.
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He's a superb man manager. I don't know what he's done or what he's said to the squad, but it's night and day from the end of last season when every game was a drag to how we've started this and I'm actually excited to watch us.
Most of the players look reinvigorated, hungry and playing with a real sense of confidence. Of course, there are exceptions and nobody will play well every game, but in the main, I'm pleased with what we're seeing and a lot of it is down to the manager, it has to be.
The first half yesterday, the way we zipped it about and they couldn't get near us, we actually looked like the Premier League side against a League 1 side, for once. Players coming into the side who haven't played as much as they'd like were giving their all, playing with confidence and looking the business. No 'well I'm not in the fitrst team so fuck you then' attitudes, with the possible exception for Moise Kean who had a face like a smacked arse.
The important thing for the here and now is he is given the squad he needs before the window shuts. I fully take the point the squad is too large, but it's not an even spread at all and at the back we are really lacking in depth, regardless of the swollen midfield numbers. We can't be playing Lucas Digne centre half because 2 players are injured, when 1 of them is a kid anyway. He needs 2 defenders in and pronto.
The new signings have probably given our better players a massive boost.
Ancelotti has dealt with large squads and some of the biggest egos in football he‘ll have no trouble handling our bloated lobsided squad no problem.
Almost certainly but it'd be nice if he could get a few more of their own targets in. His retort last night very much sounded like there's no chance of more people coming in until a handful have gone. Sky Sports have just done a little piece on how Man United can't shift people.