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TBB Roundtable: Staff pets give their opinions on Manchester United

It’s not the content we deserve, but it’s the content we need right now

Manchester United Premier League Winners Parade Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images
“Paul McGrath. Now THAT was a defender.”

Look, I’m not saying Victor Lindelöf is a bad player. He’s good on the ball, he’s a strong voice at the back, and he fits the profile of the type of center back you need in the modern game. Is he good enough for where United want to be though? He can be bullied, and we’ve seen other teams target him. Not for me, Clive.” - Banjo

“Yip Jaap Stam is a big Dutchman”

I can’t say enough about the signing of Odion Ighalo and what he has meant to Manchester United. I was a little apprehensive of the signing just because I wasn't even born yet when he last played in the Premier League, so I never got to see him play until recently. His style of play has given teams fits, and the way he out muscles opponents to get to the net inspires me when I run out of the house after the mailman” - Rosie

“I admire how Roy Keane randomly attacked people sometimes...”

“David De Gea is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world, despite an increase in errors leading to goal. His reflexes are top notch, and it would be incredibly expensive to bring in anyone with a skillset close to his. Keep loaning out Dean Henderson for another couple years and reevaluate De Gea when he’s further into his brand new and very expensive contract.” - Ike

“Pogba has been social distancing from the club for a while now...”

“Bruno Fernandes has been a godsend, but his impact does not mean that Woodward can ignore the lack of depth behind the starting midfield. Even if Paul Pogba stays, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard have proven their ineptitude, Nemanja Matić and Juan Mata are serviceable but still clearly past it, and it’s clear Ole doesn’t trust the youngsters yet. We need a backup corps that can not only fill in when someone goes down, but actually challenge the starters when form dips.” - Truman

“‘Frednandes’ is the midfield partnership we never knew we needed...”

“Just let us see one match of Fernandes and Pogba together.”

“Never going to happen, pal.”

But can you imagine?! Two creative, box-to-box midfielders, with Fred’s tenacity anchoring the mid-...”

Never. Going. To. Happen.”

Them three, with Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish and Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford and Erling Haaland up front. We’re going to run away with the league!

Have you gotten into the catnip again?


- Rigby and Eleanor

“Brandon Williams is exactly what Luke Shaw needed...”

“You feel for Luke Shaw after that horrific injury in 2015, but he just hasn’t been the same player as he continues to have his career set back by little injuries. Then he comes back looking like me — an absolute unit. I mean, we’re talking thiccer than waffle mix that doesn’t have enough water. However, since Brandon Williams started to impress on the left side, Shaw seems invigorated by the youngster’s inclusion. Either as a left center back in a three-man backline or as the left fullback, Shaw has been more aggressive in the attack and willing to create. I’m not going to say he’s one of the best fullbacks in the league, but he is starting to look like a player than can stick around the squad.” - Binx