That look <3
Manchester United in Lisbon, 1966:
John Connelly, Bobby Charlton, Harry Gregg, Pat Crerand, Matt Busby, David Herd, Nobby Stiles, Denis Law, Tony Dunne, George Best, Shay Brennan, Bill Foulkes.
This image looks like a scene from Oceans Twelve.
I love to see a Japanese player in Manchester United’s squad but Shinji Kagawa hasn’t been a right choice so far. Is he so good that opponents’ defenders always surround him? Not really. In my opinions, they pick him because they can his move too clearly. Left-then-mid, that’s the spirit. If you’re a centre-back, you can have cup of tea while watching him coming from the right wing, then group with your fellows to crush him when he reaches the mid zone.
If Shinji played for United in the glory era of Dwight York and Andy Cole, he would be a real threat. At that time, United played sophisticated passing games, Shinji would create play in all sorts of subtle ways, from quick turns to dummies to one-two passes. How about now? Sigh… United usually attacks from wide positions and quick wingers race up the flanks, when the ball is in the center, it’s typically pacey Rooney or van Persie running at defenders on a counterattack.
Why did Sir Alex bring Shinji to United? The popular type of defender in EPL is the brutal one. How the hell can a frail Shinji play against those players that prefer muscle to brain. What if Sir would want to bring back the 90s’ United? Shinji said that Sir Alex apologized to him after pronouncing his retirement, so there must be a Sir Alex’s unfinished project for Shinji.
The only way Shinji could truly show his qualities is to let him play as a real AMF and cover his back by a real DMF/CMF. God damn it! How long will I have to wait to see another fearless CMF like Roy Keane in United’s squad again?