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  1. Totally agree about James but even his talent can't lift the other 4. With the exception of James, I couldn't see a top 6 side putting any of those 4 in their line-ups. I know they have injuries at the moment but McTominay and Matic are fairly bog standard, Mata is waning (which is a real shame as he's one of my favourite players, as much for what he does off the field as on it) and Pereira flatters to decide. Rashford is too profligate as well for a top class team.
  2. United have spent nearly £700m on players since 2015 and end up with that dross. A midfield of McTominay, Metic, Mata, Perreira and James shouts mediocrity rather than quality.
  3. I thought it was poorly written, the plot was predictable from the very beginning, the characters were self-absorbed, dull and one-dimensional. Plus it meant every publishing house rushed to get more psychological thriller dirge cluttering the shelves. I can appreciate why an awful lot of the titles are open the list but that one stands out as being out of place.
  4. I've read 10 of those and like any list it's easy to criticise. I'd have had at least one Dave Eggers book on there, Donna Tartt's Goldfinch, Cixin Liu, Kazuo Ishiguro etc. And yet Gone Girl makes it on the list; Jesus wept.
  5. Man City 4-0 up after 15 minutes. Could be a horrendously long 90 minutes for Watford.
  6. The rather wonderful The Goldfinch by Donna Tarrt is 99p today. Be warned it’s pretty long at 800+ pages but it was one of those books that I just never wanted to end. The writing is superb, characters fully realised and the plot was engaging throughout. Won the Pulitzer for fiction in 2014 and it’s up there with the best modern literature. Presumably cheap as the film version comes out next week.
  7. Just over 6 years since I took my son to his first Leicester game. We lost 2-1 to Charlton but ended up winning the Championship that season. The following year was the great escape where we won 7 of our last 9 to stay in the Premiership. Next year we win the bloody thing. Following year we get to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Then two top 10 finishes and the death of Vichai. @Naysonymous, if you have even a tenth of the enjoyment I’ve had with my son watching Villa, I guarantee you’ll have an absolute ball. Hope you have a great time tonight. Just remembered, that wasn’t even his first game which was when England fluked a 1-0 win against the world champions, Spain, at Wembley.
  8. Laporte out for 3/4 months. Kompany struggling at Anderlecht. Jan swoop for Kompany? Otamendi has always been a bit of a liability and Stones must still be suffering from the Nations’ League nightmare.
  9. The pitch looks great, Smith will be in for so long they’ll put him on a map of the Oval. I love watching test cricket but when our batting is so dumb it’s really frustrating.
  10. It’s a disarmingly enjoyable and sweet book without being cloying. I’ve read quite a bit out of my normal genres this year and that and Normal People really impressed.
  11. Batshit crazy game. Keane has looked shaky at the back and Maguire conceded a poor penalty. Going forward we look like the Harlem Globetrotters, at the back we look like we bought the defence from Derek Trotter.
  12. Stopharage

    Pokemon Go

    Last week I got an Unown on my 2nd 10k, then caught 2 shiny gligars. Must have clicked on 300+ Sentrets to no avail. My whole focus though is getting every Pokemon in the Pokedex, whereas my wife wants all the shinies. So whilst I want a Farfethc’d and a Kanga, she is after all the shinies. I gave the game a break about a year back but the August events got me back into and it’s been great for my health. Walking 150k a week now which is really impacting on my general fitness and made the post-Summer work return fairly pleasant.
  13. There’s a Back to School sale which has got some great stuff for £3. Over 300 titles, including the Complete Short Stories of J G Ballard. Just the 63 hours of content... Might dabble in 1Q84, Toast on Toast and some Max Hastings.
  14. I was at the game as well and was really impressed with the standard of keeping; Spurs keeper was excellent throughout. Ji So Yun played the No. 10 role perfectly and constantly made a huge amount of space for herself. Erin Cuthbert also looked fantastic when she came on. Great atmosphere, the general level of organisation was really impressive too. Worst part?
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