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I never really understood the Bebe signing. Fergie is normally quite Conservative in the transfer market, how often have we heard him say he wants value for money. Then he goes and spends 7 million on Bebe without seeing him.
Powell's played okayish. Quiet first half, much like the rest of the team with the exception of Tunnicliffe, but he's been more involved in the second. He's played in central areas in the second. We're playing a lot better this half.
I am certainly not writing anyone off, but did anyone else look at this game thinking, "who is ever going to be a 'United player' from this lot?"
Powell has a fantastic chance. I am a big fan of Tom Thorpe, Vermijl could in my opinion and Larnell Cole shows at times he can be. Apart from that, I personally don't see the rest ever cementing a place at the club. Again, I know it is wayyyyy too early to write them off, but that is just my opinion.
I am not anywhere near as high on Tunnicliffe as most United fans. I don't think he has the quick 'mental speed' to play CM as a United player. Petrucci floats in and out of games which won't cut it in the Premier League, Macheda doesn't have the football intelligence, Bebe is useless for 89 minutes of a game, Wootton is too slow in my opinion (and not good enough technically to compensate) and Buttner I haven't seen enough of.
I suppose quarter of the team isn't that bad of a group actually!
That's been the same with nearly every Reserves group, there have been some players at this level who have looked like certs to make it and not. 1 or 2 coming through from every group of players will do, it's not a lot but it's more than other top teams. Lets not forget that the 2 Keanes and Lingard were missing from that team the other night and I think they have very good chances along with Powell.
I like Vermijl but I don't think he'll make it. Same with Tunnicliffe and Petrucci. Larnell Cole struggled with injuries at the end of last season and hasn't looked as good since, can hopefully turn things around as he's excellent technically. I'm not sure Thorpe will make it although I think he's very good, just not sure he has the height to play CB and I don't think he has the talent to play in CM for United.
Pogba never looked outstanding at this level but we knew he had the talent and he showed more when playing 10-15 mins for the first team. That's when we can really judge these players.
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Problem is with reserve football is that none of the players are really tested and pushed to their limit and I think the players themselves get a bit downbeat by it. Wootton looks far better with the first team where players have to up their game and are more motivated.Can't see Thorpe making it and vermijl is the next de laet