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VIDEO: All Of Lewandowski’s 2011-2012 Goals

Robert Lewandowski has been linked to United for some time and his national coach has today revealed he is set to join United.


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226 Comments

  1. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    We don’t need another striker…we have Kaga-ONE !

    I’m with Willie, he has to play in a free role behind the striker or we have bought him for no reason.
    He can play behind Rooney – The main striker or Welbeck/Chicha & if we wanted to keep 2 strikers plus Kagawa on….

    He could easily slot in as that left winger, but not your conventional one. Like the Role Giggs & Park played in 2010-11 against Schalke.

    Valencia – Carrick – Giggs
    ———————————Kagawa ( back then it was Park)
    ———–Chicha—-Rooney———–

    Those two roles are his only options, if we push him outwide on the wings or in a 2-man midfield, we might aswell ask for a refund. United’s biggest problem with young players has been trying to find them a role in the club and it takes a while…with this guy its best no to toy around because we are desperate for him to be a star player.

    Anderson joined as a attacking midfielder ( behind the striker like Van De Vaart, Rooney, Mata)…we turned him into a Centre midfielder and he struggled.
    Same with Nani, he was pushed out to the left wing and struggled before settling down on the right wing.
    Fletcher was given the right midfield role then the Centre midfield.
    Jones still doesn’t have a position, neither does Park.

    I hope Kagawa becomes our David Silva / Iniesta / Ozil to be honest.

  2. fergie is the boss says:

    Clint-Iamyourpapii – Lewandowski can score over 30 goals a season, and will cost the club 16 million and he is a much clever player than what we have, plus he could be another torres when he was good. We have lost berbatov and owen, so we are short upfront, it is a chance united have to take especially at that price. It will take the load off rooney, and with him being a consistent goalscorer, it gives united the plan B to rest rooney, and play with another top class striker, with kagwa playing close to a natural no9. Welbeck and hernandez are good, but they are hot and cold. You cannot have enough quality players, when that area short of a 4th striker

  3. fergie is the boss says:

    denton davey – well there will have to be a formation change, but that depends on us getting a modric, say we sign modric, Lewandowski, to add with kagwa, we will have to change formations. But we have allot of wide boys, how do we fit them in. Perhaps we should change formations to a 352, not play with fullbacks, but with perhaps 3 CB’s etc. Here is how we could play it

    DDG
    jones ferdinand vidic
    carrick modric
    valencia kawgwa young
    rooney Lewandowski

    We can play 2 upfront, keep kagwa and rooney in their rightful position, and perhaps have more issuance at the back modric and carrick playing deep. Even though we have never played 352 under ferguson since the 96/97 season

  4. Mikekelly12 says:

    Fergie
    Dortmund flat out rejected our approach for Lewandowski a few months back and there has been no contact between the two clubs since.

  5. samuel - united WE stand says:

    When did kagawa suddenly transform into a striker?. As far as i’m aware and the matches i’ve watched him in for dortmund, he’s played a creative playmaking role. His goals and assists record is impressive but no way will he be included as part of the striker. Buy a proper centre forward, enough with shifting players out of position. Jones in midfield, now kagawa as a striker. That’s exactly where his weaknesses will be exploited, strong centre backs will have a great day playing against him.

  6. Denton Davey says:

    FITB @ 13:26: ” Perhaps we should change formations to a 352, not play with fullbacks, but with perhaps 3 CB’s etc. Here is how we could play it”

    I can’t see that happening – in the best-of-all-possible-worlds you are positing, I’d imagine that another solution would be to move Antonio Valencia to right back. He’d be a kind of mirror-opposite of NinjaEvra who is also one-footed – both would blast forward like some latter-day Cafu. Neither would not be probably the most reliable of defenders but – OhMyGawd – it would be fun to watch.

  7. samuel - united WE stand says:

    If anderson is an attacking midfield player then i’m the reincarnation of pele. If the brazilian has anyone to blame for his decline then he’s mainly to blame. Lacks professionalism and perhaps the will to strive at a club like united, you can’t rest on your laurels and start patting your belly. If you manage to make it to the top, you better work harder to stay there. Of course injuries haven’t helped but i find it difficult to mention a lot of quality moments he’s actually produced for united. He’s a liability and the sooner we stop relying on him by buying quality or promoting quality, the better.

  8. King Eric says:

    Nooo!! Not Tony at right back. He is a bloody winger.

    I notice in most folks formations the omission of Cleverley. Assuming he keeps fit he is a superb midfield player.

  9. samuel - united WE stand says:

    KingEric – He needs to get physically stronger mate, hitting the gym might help slight aspects of his game, he also needs to step up his game to another level in order to stake a claim to be a starter. Last season is gone, new season beckons and he has a lot to prove. I hope he improves. I would still purchase another central midfield player to bring intense competition within the engine room and obviously improve united.

  10. Fred says:

    Papii 100% spot on at 13:06. 8)

  11. TonyBee says:

    all this transfer speculation id driving me fucking loopy…..watched Lewanski or whatever his name was last nioght….not our sort of player methinks

  12. Mikekelly12 says:

    Whoever comes in up front, and as Sir Alex likes 4 strikers i suggest someone will, needs to be happy playing as 3rd/4th choice. Lewandowski and the sort do not fit that bill. Rooney and Welbz look likely to be our first choice pairing and rightly so IMO. I can’t see any kids coming through filling that position. Will Keane was probably the likeliest but even with injury aside, I think he would have gone out on loan. So while I’d love a shit hot striker coming in it’s more likely it will be a prospect or Chicharito style purchase.

  13. Fred says:

    2002/03, we played with a lone striker, and as such only needed three strikers in the squad – Van Nistelrooy, Solskjaer and Forlan. It will be the same in 2012/13.

  14. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    I can’t see how Lewandowski will fit in at United. If Rooney’s fit he plays we can all agree to that. If Fergie does rotate Rooney rarely is it in league games and even if he does it’s only for a one game out 12. It doesn’t matter which front 2 or lone striker you stick out there. If they ain’t going to get game time playing together it’s unlikely to gel with one game here or there.

    The “whirligig” that denton speaks of and I’ve read somewhere else too is probably the likely scenario. Rooney, Giggs, Nani. Young, Park, Welbeck, Kagawa, Cleverly and even Anderson (more on him later) can all do it. Tony V would struggle in that system but in his defence he’s had 1 full season and 2 half seasons with us he did start to drift in a bit more as the season went on so I’m hoping that will continue and we can see some left footed crosses as well!

    As for Anderson he made his name playing behind the front guys and it seemed to work for him before he joined United. He’s never really played there for us, certainly not had a run in that position. The closest we’ve seen of that was when he was alongside Cleverly and although the lad has pissed me off with his performances at times he did start to score goals at the back end of 2010/11 and got a couple at the start of this one just gone. His improvements have been slow but I think he’ll be here next year. Fergie probably sees him as the Fletcher back up because of his energy (when on form) even if I don’t.

    In my opinion the team development was hugely dented with the stupid amount of injuries we had last season. By the time we got players back it was about winning games and not testing different combinations. Next season is a complete reboot. Forget what happened last year and start afresh. We’ll be seeing all the combinations and systems next season that we were unfortunate not to have seen the season just gone.

  15. fergie is the boss says:

    NotoriousRedDevil – the guy is going to cost 16 million, for someone who can score 30 plus goals that is a brilliant chance to take, in this transfer market no way can the boss let that chance pass. But no offence to some of the squad, we know they are injury prone, chalk off the names, da silva twins, ferdinand, vidic is just coming back from a lengthy injury, smallen seems to be a bit injury prone, fletcher anderson cleverly, giggs and scholes are aging fast. I still do not think there is enough upfront to keep us going over the season. The guys seems to be a goal machine, if we manage some how to sign modric, to go along with Lewandowski if he is signed. We go along way to solving the engine room crisis, and we get another striker who can take the load off rooney. But the boss does want to replace berbatov with another striker, it gives us a plan B

  16. Fred says:

    FITB – £16m? Where did you get that figure? Top scorer for the German Double winners and enhancing his reputation with goals at Euro 2012. Dortmund have already said they’re not going to sell, especially after losing Kagawa. He’d cost 30 million sheets, easy.

  17. fergie is the boss says:

    Fred – he has 2 years left on his contract, and talks broke down between dortmund and his agent, and it looks like he wont sign a new contract. So it looks like they may suffer the same fate has the kagwa situation.

  18. Fred says:

    FITB – interesting. I still don’t see it happening though.

  19. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    With Fred on this one. There isn’t a snowballs chance in hell we’ll get him for £16 million. The goal he scored yesterday easily added £5 million onto his transfer value!! Not sure we’ll sign Modric either although if we do go in for him its unlikely chelski will be interested. I see where you’re coming from regarding options up front. If we get him he’s going to want to play, and injuries aside so are the other forwards. He’s not going to want to be second fiddle and I can’t see Fergie’s dropping Welbeck after the faith he put in him last season. The first choice is Wayne and Welbeck. The only way anybody else is going to come in is if there’s injuries.

  20. fergie is the boss says:

    NotoriousRedDevil – again I disagree, if the guy is signed and really turns up the heat, he will dislodge welbeck, who has done well but he has not been great. United can easily improve that frontline with a world class striker, welbeck is a good striker, but he is not a world class player. I still think welbeck is a squad player, more than a starter

  21. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ fitb – Fair enough but I think you’ll find yourself in the minority with that one. Even though I don’t rate his finishing inside the box (the consistency at least) it’s clear to me he’s knocking on the door. If he ends up having a good Euros which I believe he will he won’t be dislodged. Fergie’s clearly building a team for the future and Welbeck is an integral part of that. Welbeck won’t be a squad player he’s a starter. Injuries aside Welbeck will play more games next year then he did last year.

  22. cubs says:

    Love this place.

  23. g-man says:

    bad buy. we need a bully like roy keane more

  24. Fred says:

  25. lordrt says:

    TBH he did not impress me in the opening game, yes he scored, but then somewhat disappeared as the match went along
    I keep asking myself what our attack would have looked like if we had D.Milito some time back to partner Rooney :)

  26. MarkoWire says:

    As much as this guy looks good, I really cant see United going for him as Fergie has put a lot of faith in Welz and Wazza. He also has Hernandez who is smashing them in for Mexico. If he does go for another Striker I cant see it being a big name, more someone young with potential. I really hope I’m wrong here because he would fit in a treat at OT.

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