Agree. A winger is needed to inject pace and directness to the team.The players you mentioned are all forwards able to cut in from the wings. Which of course doesn't automatically make them wingers. A classical winger is more of a midfielder cutting deep down the sideline and feeding the forward/forwards with balls.
The sad thing about all these above is that apart from Rashford and Martial they all lack exactly what matters most - PACE! No matter how good you are at crossing (something you can practice and eventually get better at), if you don't have the natural quickness and ability to take on defenders with the ball at your feet (and preferably go past them) you can't be considered a proper winger.
One or many would argue that the game has evolved and new modern-day schemes are being implemented which don't require having wingers in your squad anymore, but then again, you can only build your play on the players you have at your disposal. My personal best case scenario would be us having the possibility/squad enabling us to be versatile and flexible enough to field a XI and take on tactics depending on whom we play against. I had to argue more than once with fans pointing at the presumption that if you are strong enough you don't have to adapt your style to your opponent but rather the opposite. Last season's home draws showed how inconsistent this theory in fact is.
good pointsIMO the tradition wingers, who bombs up and down the flanks never leaving the touchline, no longer have a place in today’s football. Of course, as soon as one team is successful by using traditional wingers then it will be copied and be back in vogue. United where probably the last team that could make a traditional attack with wingers work for them, but even Sir Alex would resort to packing the midfield for European competitions. Managers are far more concerned with not being overrun in the middle of the pitch than actually playing wide open attacking football.
Width is now provided by the L/R back going forward and midfielders covering the vacated areas. The “three at the back” formation is gaining popularity because it allows managers to have attacking options (Wing Backs) down the flanks while maintain bodies in the midfield and on defense. For most anagers, the key appears to be; how quickly can we get an advantage of players in an area of the pitch before the opposition does and committing players to the touch line doesn’t fit that style.
I would really like to see United playing with two aggressive attacking winger but unfortunately I just do not see that happening any time in the near future.
I don't think Jose would play a formation that used that though.Yes. I'd be happy with Ashley Young from 10 years ago. We need a classic winger. We have too many wide midfielders or forwards who can play wider. We need a touchline hugging, man beating winger who can cross a ball. We don't have that.
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