But other then him, agree it’s the same group.
A few have stepped up (Doucoure, Mina, Pickford) a few have dropped off (Digne, Keane) and the new boys have been a fresh air.
We’re learning and improving week by week and picking up points as we go.
Yesterday was huge going into next week. United is a free hit. I don’t see us winning but they’ve had a bad week and Europe this week.
Two winnable home games then follow. Win our home games (remember last seasons home form?! and we’ll do just fine. Top 8.
and the squad was bloated.
We kept everyone from last season's squad that we wanted to keep plus added much needed pace.
We also no longer need to try to accomodate a "lazy prima donna" per numerous posters.
In addition, we now have a manager who is animated on the touchline, makes tactical tweaks constantly, and is involved with everything at Finch Farm rather than the previous incumbent who had apparently lost interest/can only whisper to galacticos/no tactical ability.
So why is that we are being told that pragmatism is the order of the day, that Rafa has earned our trust if we finish top half and that our squad is useless and we should be satisfied with an ugly performance against comfortably the worst team in the league ?
At least in the Moyes pragmatism era he had actually had to deal with having his best players sold from under him. What Benitez views as his key players are all still at the club (for now).
Old Trafford is a big bunch of whatever as far as I’m concerned. West Ham with a fullish squad is the target and the truer test of who we are.
QPR was disappointing but more a reflection of the squad.
13 from those 6 games is right up there with the best most would have hoped for. Far from sexy but the smartest football we’ve played in a long time. It’s Moyes-esque in its pragmatism and I’m here for it
should have taken all 3 off Leeds tbh, but cant be unhappy with the start to the season
Cup exit annoying, but definitely a case of too many injuries and fitness