Champions League: Into the great beyond and another Anderson?

August 27, 2015

Back with the big boys and the majority of opinion is that United got a great Champions League draw.

Group A

PSG, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo.

Group B

PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg.

Group C

Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, FC Astana.

Group D

Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Monchengladbach.

Group E

Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, BATE Borisov.

Group F

Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiakos, GNK Dinamo.

Group G

Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Group H

Zenit St Petersburg, Valencia, Lyon, Gent.

The reality is have United got the firepower to win it? As it stands probably not. The great teams have game changers and at the moment United do not have that. Good players yes. A very good back four and defensive midfield. But as everyone is saying it’s the cutting edge in the final third where it counts. The further you go in the Champions League the nearer you get to a knock out game against Barca, Bayern, or Real.  Never mind their forwards, their defenders are better too.

Today’s latest Twitter drama is that a bid has been lodged for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson aka The Light Bulb.

Brazilian, and fast and frustrating? Is he Nani in disguise? Felipe-Anderson-Lazio-Chelsea-CFC-Manchester-City-MCFC-Manchester-United-MUFC-Liverpool-LFC-Brendan-Rodgers-564790 If it’s a serious bid maybe not. The one thing about United’s buys this season is that each are sound and solid purchases. So if United are in for him Van Gaal thinks he can “improve the team”. As noted he’s quick, strong, versatile, 5ft 9″, two footed, and has scored 12 in 58 games for Lazio. But he is represented by Doyen Sports who have shall we say an “interesting” reputation in the game as agents and are very difficult people to deal with.  Doyen brokered Marcus Rojo’s move to United and have also struck up an ongoing player recruitment deal with A.C. Milan