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03 Aug 2019 14:20:49
I’ve loved reading the posts this week and for what it’s worth, here’s my view.

Maguire is not necessarily the greatest defender but he seems like a big character and as has been said he is better than what we have. The price is irrelevant to me, fees are soon forgotten (unlike wages) . I think he will settle quickly and make a difference.

AWB looks a quality buy in a position where we have struggled so I’m confident that will look a steal as the season progresses.

James has huge potential, looking forward to seeing how he develops.

Dybala I don’t want. No idea where it came from and we really shouldn’t be entertaining it. Fancy name, not pulled up any trees for a couple of years, really don’t see where he fits in.

Fernandes look quality and would be a good signing and if we are interested then I have no idea why it is taking so long.

We need to ship Pogba out as quickly as possible, assuming anyone has made any sort of sensible offer. I don’t buy the line that he’s really popular. If he isn’t committed to the cause then he needs to leave.

Sanchez also needs to go. I’d even let him go on a free or nominal fee as it would free up at least £15M because of his ridiculous contract.

Lukaku also needs to go and again I’d take the best offer that is on the table. We may lose on the fees but the benefit to team spirit and morale of shipping out players who don’t want to be her is immense. There’s a bunch of other players we need to move on and again we should make it attractive to potential buyers. Darmian and Rojo for starters.

Imagine those 5 gone, 4 new signings (I’m assuming a CM is coming), and a few from the youth promoted. The feel and mood will be lifted and with the extra fitness and energy, with everyone committed and pulling in the same direction, who knows where we will get to.

I fear there is not enough time left to move players on but for me that is just as important on bringing new ones in.


1.) 03 Aug 2019 14:37:38
It would be foolish to let pogba leave so late in the window, no chance we have enough time to obtain a replacement.

Saul would fit the bill, but that would be a complicated deal and there are questions marks over whether he would even want to come.

Are SMS or fernandes as good as pogba? if looked at objectively you would say they were not on his level.

Dybala is probably the clearest route to getting rid of lukaku as inter milan are unable to source the funds to do a deal, so this swap deal is a pretty good compromise to get rid of a player who doesn't fit oles style and bring in a player who does.

25, 5 year contract means we have plenty of scope to get a resale value when he inevitably pines for a move to madrid or Barcelona like pogba. Could be a shrewd bit of business by the club.

2.) 03 Aug 2019 14:49:29
DSG, if you put my reservations aside, Ed002 has said Dybala doesn’t want to come. If he’s having to be convinced then we shouldn’t do it,

3.) 03 Aug 2019 15:15:18
Tony do you honestly expect Dybala to happily want to leave a team with Ronaldo and several stars which is guaranteed at least a major trophy and also UCL football every season and come over to us because we are Manchester United?

That ship has sailed!

No matter how attractive a team is, it still has to make an effort to appeal to a prospective player.

4.) 03 Aug 2019 15:18:42
I honestly think you will be surprised how many player would not want to join us this summer. No champions league is a big loss especially in a window where bayern, real, Barcelona and juve are all making big deals.

Look at sancho, he realised that coming to united this window would be not be ideal for his development when we are undergoing significant changes and his development was much better suited staying at dortmund.

Does that mean we shouldn't go in for him next summer when we will still need to convince him we are the right club with the right stability for him to continue his development?

Dybala is an oppurtune signing granted but if he does join it won't be against his will, quite a few player over the year have needed to be convinced/ persuaded to join clubs.

5.) 03 Aug 2019 15:23:18
I really don't get why people would wants Pogba to stay. Old may say all the right things about Pogba having a great attitude blah blah blah, but the player clearly wants out.
If we keep hold of him against his wishes we will just have the same circus every transfer window. It's unsettling for everyone, including Old, despite what he may say in public.

Pogba is obviously talented and is a match winner on his day. I understand that, but keeping an unhappy player is counter productive.

On the flip side, we shouldn't be forced to sell him on the cheap. But over inflating his price so that he is effectively priced out of a more is daft in my opinion.

Despite the fact that some fans 'hero worship' some players, Pogba is not worthy of that label. Talent is nothing without application, effort and desire and Mr Pogba is severely lacking in the later.

6.) 03 Aug 2019 15:35:43
Until last week his name hadn’t come up, nobody on here had suggested we try and buy him or he would add anything to our team. Now suddenly many are drooling over him and I don’t get it. We should have learned from Di Maria. He doesn’t want to come, allegedly he wants £350K a week, allegedly his agent wants £13M, it’s possibly taken our focus from Fernandes. The only positive I can see is we lose Lukaku, that’s about it.

I don’t really buy the Champions League argument. Actually I do buy it and it hacks me off. There’s only a few teams that will win it, and there seems to be a snobbishness that has materialised with players ‘not wanting to take a step down’. I’m not sure how we’ve allowed it to become so important, for me the domestic title is still the biggest trophy by far.

7.) 03 Aug 2019 15:37:47
Of course he needs convincing AJH. He is not a fan like is. He is at a top club where his life family and friends are and you think a good pitch and lots of reassurances are not required.
You don't seem to be the sort of chap to make knee jerk life changing decisions without due consultation and thought process and advice. Do you think dybala should?

8.) 03 Aug 2019 15:56:18
Is aguero not a good example why is it always di Maria.
Do people think aguero was a life long city fan desperate to move to a team that had won nothing for years?
Or did him and his agent need a bit of convincing and a bucket of cash .

I'm not saying we should or shouldn't sign him but there's a bit of a line in the sand starting with one or 2 players,

9.) 03 Aug 2019 16:02:27
Of course he's reluctant. We're not exactly known for stability are we. He enjoys life in Italy and is reluctant to leave. But Juve are forcing him out.

10.) 03 Aug 2019 16:03:54
Madrid have been making sensible offers for Pogba throughout this window.

UTD think they can get more with very little other clubs being able to afford him.

Only a few clubs or so at the over inflated fee and wages able to afford Pogba which sees UTD keeping a player who wants to leave *evil laugh*.

Barcelona not going to sign Pogba.

11.) 03 Aug 2019 16:09:33
What offers have real made?

12.) 03 Aug 2019 16:24:59
Guys AJH has a point. The problem is not there is a convincing required for Dybala. But why to convince a player who is not seen as much needed who is not willing to move to us who will demand monstrous wage who has stalled for the past year. If it is someone who we have identified as main target it's worth going through the trouble. Imagine we sign him and has not really worked out then we will have another player on 350k wages very difficult to move.

13.) 03 Aug 2019 16:35:27
I said the same to shappy last week jred.
People are saying don't sign him he doesn't want to be here. Yet those same purple are saying keep pogba even though he doesn't want to be here.
If dybala comes and he and the team are successful he will love it at United. Just like aguero has done.
Im not desperate for him to sign if he does it would be potentially a very good and exciting signing.

14.) 03 Aug 2019 17:00:59
My wider point is he hadn't been mentioned by anybody, the fans hadn't suggested him nor were the club pursuing him. Suddenly a swap is on, not exactly thought through is it?

15.) 03 Aug 2019 17:02:49
You could say the same with pogba, if go his and uniteds way he may have a change in heart .
Not sure why everything needs to be set in stone .
I'm far from convince dybala would be a good fit in the epl, who who knows.

16.) 03 Aug 2019 17:11:34
Is it possible for a player to come in, not really wanting to come in at first and then change his mind? If he is the consummate professional, he might also put in some decent performances.

Also, he could just say no right now?

17.) 03 Aug 2019 18:00:01
He was mentioned a few month ago, don't know if the reports where true but he was linked a few months back.
But some times a player becomes available and you take a chance, any Cole, king Eric.

Is it possible that a player wants to leave then circumstances change and he changes his mind, Or do we hold it against him for the rest of his career.

18.) 03 Aug 2019 18:01:09
The club have had interest in dybala for 12 months according to ed002. i'm not convinced but he is a very talented player so if he settles it could work out.
Pogba is here and if he stays and does well he may well have a change of heart i agree but i'm not one for keeping unhappy players it usually doesn't work out. We can on my hope it does if he stays.

19.) 03 Aug 2019 19:33:15
Hi jred, not at all. I think if a player has a change of heart and wants to stay, put in the performances etc, he should most definitely get the chance. I think that's quite fair. But definitely no point keeping a player that is unhappy and wants to move. Does this answer work?

Is there a particular player you are talking about or just anyone in general?

20.) 03 Aug 2019 20:00:04
To many to mention to be honest once any one makes a mistake or reportedly does you want them out.
Lazy bad attitude said this said that.

21.) 03 Aug 2019 20:17:14
No, I'd like you to mention them. Very happy to give you my reasons behind everyone.

I'm quite sure that when I have shown my dissatisfaction in a player it is usually merited, justified.

I don't call for players to be bought and sold like in a game of FIFA.

I also am very happy to back good, hard working and loyal players when many dont. Again, when I feel its justified.

Feels like you're just having a pop though. It's something you like to do quite often. I hope I haven't upset you at any point. Or will you hold my opinions against me for the rest of my time posting on here? 😊.

22.) 03 Aug 2019 22:15:30
We have appointed Director of football - it's AJH

All sound decisions taken. 🤫.

23.) 04 Aug 2019 09:23:15
Reading the page the last day or two it’s clear we don’t need any insight from Ed002 as maxlfc knows absolutely everything about our club lol.

24.) 04 Aug 2019 20:42:32
Oh man :P
Wrote a post about how the youngsters are doing, and how you feel about them and this turned into Pogba/ Dybala debate.

25.) 05 Aug 2019 07:31:02
To be honest guys I don't care and the reason is we are focusing on players not playing for our club.
When the focus should be #GlazersOut.



24 Mar 2018 10:31:23
There are some that said Jesse wasn’t good enough and I guess there are still some that think he is at best a squad player but you have to give the lad credit. He keeps popping up scoring important goals and he plays with a smile on his face and seems to enjoy every moment. I’m so pleased for him and I hope he can take that final step and be consistent.


1.) 24 Mar 2018 16:25:04
He has always been highly thought off within the club. It was always accepted that he would take longer to find his feet due to his size. I read an interview with him where he said that Sir Alex always said he would become a real player when he's 25 like Tigana. I wonder how much of him really stepping up this season is down to him feeling that this year was going to be his year.

I did worry when we signed Sanchez as it was going to push either Lingard or Martial out of the side when arguably they we our best two forwards at that time. Maybe its time for Sanchez to be dropped for a game or two and make him fight for his place against players who are in form.

2.) 24 Mar 2018 16:40:40
Shaps, I don’t know why we bought Sanchez other than to stop City buying him. We had needs inother areas way before a left sided attacker was needed and even if he starts firing it just relegates Martial or Rashford. This smacks of Woodward and his marque signing obsession. I don’t want to upset you but if Bale is available you can bet your mortgage Ed will be there waving his chequebook.

3.) 24 Mar 2018 16:46:51
The thing with Jesse is you know he will work on the pitch and not hide. He has proven this year that he has more in the locker than people thought imo but he had the beginnings of a good season couple of years back when he got ani injury early on at Swansea I think. Change of personel and management has not deterred him and I think he has saved us a good few bob on bringing in a n other player.

4.) 24 Mar 2018 16:58:44
I was one of those thinking he wasn't going to be up to it and would be sold, at times I feel foolish, but then he can be anonymous far too often for me (like most of our attacking players) .

I still think in order for us to be competing at the very top we need better than Lingard. But if he improves again as much as he has over the past 18 months then he will deserve a regular berth in a top Utd team.

I love his energy and clever runs, maybe there is even more to come from him once we get back to playing proper attacking football and those runs will be picked out by players that currently refuse the pass and opt for 'safety' instead. I certainly would like him to impact games more consistently as well, 10 seconds of brilliance now and again is good, but we need more than that over a 90 minute match from an attacking midfielder.

5.) 24 Mar 2018 17:39:38
I agree Beastand that was my point about consistency. When he is good he is very good but often you can forget he is on the pitch, which is very frustrating when he gets himself in such good positions and scores such important goals. He needs to turn up for more games than he does, which I think he will if he continues to develop as he has done in the last year. And he is home grown which means a lot to me,

6.) 24 Mar 2018 17:52:11
Does he go missing or as mentioned above is it a case of him making good runs and his team mates not playing the creative pass to find him?

The best players score in the big games, which he does more consistently than those around him. H deserves his place in the team, he works hard, he offers movement and he can finish. I think he will thrive if we add more quality to the midfield. He is a bit of a social media whore, but as long as he performs on the pitch it’s not a problem. I wish pogba put half the effort in he does.

7.) 24 Mar 2018 18:33:58
Agree with all of the posts regarding jesse in some degree, better than dele alli in my opinion who plays a similar role especially this season.

8.) 25 Mar 2018 05:21:49
I must be the only one who doesn't yet rate him. He for me is going through his Smalling patch where player looks good for a season or 2 but with lingard it has only been 2 months rather than the whole season.

He was mostly anonymous until December and has been anonymous for most part since February. That is 2 good months in 3-4 years. Yes he scores some important goals from time to time but he going to have to perform much better to be more than a squad player.

9.) 25 Mar 2018 16:58:04
No MU player apart from De Gea has been sensational for long, playing good for some time and then playing poorly.

10.) 26 Mar 2018 14:14:47
CSM, that's not really fair, even if he's only started looking like a real top player this season, he's actually been doing well for the last couple of years. He was hardly "anonymous" before December anyway. 8 goals and assists in 17 games, 11 of which he played 30 minutes or less in, may not be setting the league on fire, but it's certainly not "anonymous".

Re: the consistency, I'm inclined to agree with Huggy. He's suffering from the way the team is playing, and would have a much more consistent impact if the runs he makes were picked out a bit more often by players behind him. Now, I'm not saying he's doing everything right, maybe he'd still be a bit inconsistent with players behind him looking for those runs and playing more positive football, but the point is that we don't really know, and I don't think it's fair to judge him too harshly when we don't really know how much of the inconsistency is down to him, and how much is down to the way the teamas a whole is playing.

I would really love to see Herrera used in a more advanced role, ahead of Matic rather than alongside him, where he can look to play the passes that someone like Lingard can feed on. It's too easy to see his great defensive performances last season and forget that he's a great passer of the ball, with an eye for getting team mates in behind the defence.

11.) 26 Mar 2018 14:23:10
That FA cup winning goal seemed to really kick him on and he’s improved a lot since then.


How you can say he’s been anonymous is beyond me, he’s probably scored more important goals than any other player in the last 2 years.

12.) 26 Mar 2018 14:53:27
Gds important goals don't mean consistency. Yes he scored against Chelsea and in fa cup final but can you remember a run of games until December where you could say he was consistently good. A first team player needs to be consistently good and unlike rashford or martial lingard isn't exactly in the youngster category.

Thorne he has been good this season but last season he had 5 goals and 3 assists in 42 games in lvg's last season he had 7 goals and 4 assists in 41 games. Those are not good figures and he needs get similar to his current nos before we can be sure that he has improved rather than going through a purple patch.

Also where exactly will he play next season jose wants savic added to the team and jorginho as replacement for carrick, so we most likely will be switching to a mf 3.

13.) 30 Mar 2018 18:44:50
Good player, nice lad, silly dancer.



17 Feb 2018 08:31:11
Interesting rumour this morning, Real ready to move for Pogba. Could be paper trash talk of course but if they did and the money was big, would you sell? Clearly the boy has talent but he has yet to dominate a game or deliver on his potential. Is that down to him, the Manager, or a combination of both.

If the money was silly should we cash in? The problem with that is that he may go on and become the dominating player we believe is in there somewhere, and replacing him will cost a fortune too. For me, I’d seriously consider it though.


{Ed002's Note - There is zero interest in Paul Pogba from Real Madrid. They have very, very different ideas who they want.}

1.) 17 Feb 2018 11:41:22
There is no way we should be selling Pogba it would be crazy to do so.

Its likr selling the next messi and then trying to go buy a next ronaldo because we are noy patient enough.

2.) 17 Feb 2018 11:59:12
"Cash in" wtf? So some now want to sell Pogba when we have few midfielders for a pretty poor return? You bored with FIFA?

3.) 17 Feb 2018 11:20:17
Yay. Thanks ed for that.



12 Jan 2018 21:19:21
All this talk of Sanchez has masked the rumour that Vardy is also being considered. Not sure if they would sell or at what price but I think he would slot in much easier, albeit he is a like for like with Lukaku. Sanchez’s attitude worries me, the stories from Arsenal about his isolationist approach do not bode well for team spirit. Hey ho, what do I know?


1.) 12 Jan 2018 21:28:45
I hope not. Hateful diving git, Gerrard, suarez, terry, barton, keown, cattermole, Vardy. all the same to me would of hated to see any of them in a red shirt.

2.) 12 Jan 2018 23:05:33
That's one heck of a team those lot would make. Lacks some wide players tho.

3.) 13 Jan 2018 05:53:05
bfbw, there too much hate in your heart, i'd have had Keown and Suarez any day of the week. Go hug a tree man.

4.) 13 Jan 2018 08:10:14
AJH Vardy is a player Maze likes and admired over the years for his tenacity as well as his rags to riches story but to say he is a better option than Sanchez is silly, very silly.

Wake up AJH you are dreaming of poorly fabricated scenarios.



08 Dec 2017 20:28:41
So, first of all, I share my birthday with Jonny Evans so put that your pipe and smoke it. Secondly, I may have had a little wine tonight so forgive me if I am less coherent than Ronnie during a transfer window.

Sunday is a big game and I hope that Jose wakes up and has an epiphany but I fear it will not happen. I believe it is better to die fighting than running away and in football that is also true. Inspire the troops, give them hope and belief, rouse their spirits, fill their hearts with pride and desire. Let’s not turn up to stifle and try and nick a goal on the break. I don’t care if they are the best team, like Pierre the famous French fighter pilot, let’s go down in flames (google it) .

We are United, a team steeped in history and tradition, we live or die by our standard, there are times to stand up and be counted, Sunday is one of those times. We win, or we lose in a blaze of glory, to be a United fan there are no in betweens.

Time for more wine.


1.) 09 Dec 2017 01:43:34
Jesse's performance at Arsenal will have given him food for thought. Maybe we can press high with a few players and cause some chaos amongst their back line. Worry is that Matic and Ander would have to play out of their skins.

The motivational piece is way more important than formation. Win your battles all over the pitch and you'll get a win.

2.) 09 Dec 2017 10:50:17
We’ll park the bus and try to catch them on the counter and via set pieces.




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17 Aug 2019 09:08:03
“The dynamics are changing, things are changing. From now on I will rely on him as on others. ” Zidane on Bale. So they can’t shift him, pre season has been awful, they look in disarray. Pogba may well want to go to Madrid but I don’t see how it happens right now. He might also consider Jose is sat waiting for the call if things don’t improve.

He wants out but he has no routes out right now so he needs to live with it, show his value, and wait for things to change. Or he could of course sulk.


1.) 17 Aug 2019 10:18:19
In truth there are probably only 5 club's outside of England that could afford him (Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus) .

Of which I can't see Bayern ever going for him. He just isn't the profile of player they go for.

Juventus could afford him, but would need to do some sort of a deal or sell a player or two to balance the books.

That leaves the two Spanish club's and PSG. I don't see him at Barcelona, he doesn't fit their profile of player. Too selfish, not a typical Barcelona midfielder.

Real Madrid either can't afford him or are unwilling to pay for him as they don't value him that highly. My impression is that Zidane wants him and the Real board aren't that fussed for him.

I think he will move next summer to PSG. I think they will be looking for a big name to replace Neymar and they ideally want a french superstar player. Their midfield could do with a revamp as it's gone a bit stale recently. I could see Verratti finally getting his move to Juventus with Pogba replacing him.

2.) 17 Aug 2019 11:11:27
Shappy, I can see him at PSG and actually think they are a perfect match.

It’s a poor league which he will dominate, they win the league every season which makes him look good. He can go missing and it won’t really matter. And they get to the QF of the CL which is about his level.

3.) 17 Aug 2019 11:13:44
Exactly, people keep saying we should get rid but fail to come up with a suggestion as to who we should sell him to .
If he has a very good season I wonder if people will still be desperate to sell him.

4.) 17 Aug 2019 12:12:08
Sell him to city for a cut price fee in january?

5.) 17 Aug 2019 13:08:23
If he wants to leave then yes I would still sell him. Preferably next July or January if he forces it. But I would say to him he has to ask for the transfer and give up his cut. What's more important the money or his move.

6.) 17 Aug 2019 13:54:37
Mort I think we already know the answer to that, but I agree with what you are saying.

7.) 17 Aug 2019 13:59:43
Ajh, I'll laugh my head off if he does go to Madrid, Zidane gets sacked and Mourinho becomes their manager. Perfect scenario. They're welcome to him.

8.) 17 Aug 2019 14:36:21
Wazza I think the same but I would say to him if him or his agent start their games in the media and try and force it then I would force a transfer request.

AAA I would laugh myself silly if that happened. Although Woody would probably try and re-sign him.

9.) 17 Aug 2019 14:41:59
If he doesn't fit barcelona style you think he would suit Pep?

10.) 17 Aug 2019 21:14:34
Mort, some of these pre Madonnas should realize the grass is not greener in Madrid or Barcelona.
Is he stayimg, is he going? Frankly speaking, I'll drive him to Madrid, I'm sick of his stupid antics.

11.) 18 Aug 2019 07:45:38
Pre Madonna, are you thinking of Donna Summer?

12.) 18 Aug 2019 13:14:16
Like it AJ.

13.) 18 Aug 2019 18:11:11
Pre Maradona lol 😁.

14.) 19 Aug 2019 05:43:08
Hopefully we get Champions league football next year.
Pogba out, Saul In.
Win win situation for all.



12 Aug 2019 20:25:28
Just saw a stat that DDG made more saves (7) yesterday than any other keeper in the EPL. It kind of confirms that on another day the score may not have been as flattering. Brighton won 3-0, and they only had 3 shots on target which reinforces the point.

Still, great spirit, clinical finishing and a real feel good mood. Really looking forward to the next game.


1.) 12 Aug 2019 21:26:44
Jose had it right when he said it will be interesting when we play the more compact teams. I'm looking forward to seeing this United come up against that.

2.) 13 Aug 2019 05:16:54
Our centre backs played well but Chelsea got in behind both full backs.

3.) 13 Aug 2019 07:26:52
Almost all shots were straight forward saves.
Stats don't show the entire picture.



11 Aug 2019 20:53:16
Rashford, Lingard, McTominay, Pereira Greenwood. 5 Academy players played today (I’m ignoring Pogba) . That’s a pretty impressive stat.

Someone else mentioned somewhere the team spirit looked strong with a team huddle after each goal. Apparently after the third, McTominay was heard shouting ‘we go again’ to the other players, he’s maturing very quickly. The result was possibly flattering but the spirit and togetherness looked strong and the age of the team was very low. It’s a long road back but perhaps we have started.


1.) 11 Aug 2019 21:03:23
Don't want to get over-emotional after one result, because God forbid a football supporter gets emotional over his team, but it felt just a little more like my United, today. Small steps.

2.) 11 Aug 2019 21:26:23
I love seeing the academy players come through Tony. Was brilliant to see. And yes I saw that from mctominay. He’s a fantastic example and a rarity in the modern game. He’s in some ways a throw back to early 2000s where footballers were less flashy. I’m a massive fan. Had my doubts but so happy to be proven wrong.

3.) 11 Aug 2019 21:28:16
Wonderful attacking play. Took our chances brilliantly. And we were great to watch.
Pogba lost the ball too many times, and we started sluggishly and too open. So hopefully we can correct these.
But a great result and the attacking play was superb.
All three debutants did extremely well.
We can't get carried away, but we will go to Wolves in confident mood, and hopefully, we can extract revenge on them.

4.) 11 Aug 2019 21:56:50
McTom is starting to look the real deal. Noticed Pogba seemed peripheral to the celebrations. This season should be spent finding a player to compliment McTom as he could have a big future if he keeps progressing.

5.) 11 Aug 2019 22:19:35
There's positives. A lot to build on. Couple of negatives but they can be worked on. I said couple days ago that mctom is a future captain.

6.) 12 Aug 2019 06:56:21
" We go again" I'm glad someone else has taken new ownership of that phrase Ajh. It used to fill me with nightmares 🙄.

7.) 12 Aug 2019 07:03:18
I understand one swallow doesn't make a summer but am I happy? Too damned right I am! Sure there are things to work on but so many positives. We go again!

8.) 12 Aug 2019 08:26:51
It's a step in the right direction, a fresh of breath air to be honest .
A few more performances like that what will people moan about.



08 Aug 2019 17:41:12
I may he wrong but I could have sworn we were runners up in 2018. Lastvyeara was a car crash for food variety of reasons but which year properly represents us?

On the plus side we have addressed 2 problem positions with quality players and we are (hopefully) bringing our most talented youngsters through. James, Greenwood, Gomes, Chong, and to a lesser degree Garner all look very talented.

McTominay pooks like he is co tinuing to develop, hopefully DDG signs a new deal, Rashford has signed up, all. of which is very positive.

The jury is out on Ole as a Manager, and Fred as player so we shall see.

The negatives are the continuing uncertainty over PP, the enigma that is Pogba, and the likely lack of midfield options.

But if we think back to Ole's start and the quality we have added, why can't we compete? Everyone says he had an easy start but it included away wins at Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, and PSG. The team can play when they choose to. We don't know if it was fitness, attitude, or something else but we have a fresh start, with some fresh faces, and a great pre season.

We didn't sign a CM, it is what it is. Onwards and upwards, top 3 for me.


1.) 08 Aug 2019 17:57:10
The bit ‘car crash for food’

My immediate thought was, a game show for poor dreamt up by Boris Johnson.

2.) 08 Aug 2019 18:06:48
Fot fungers.

3.) 08 Aug 2019 18:08:30
Ajh. Easy away wins?
Psg battered us. Sours battered us. Sure we win but easy?
I too think we can be 15 pints better off than last season but let's not kid ourselves.
Awb less than 50 epl games
Lindelof less than 50 epl games
Mc tom less than 50 epl games
James none
Neither martial or rash have played 50 games as a cf
Periera less than 10 epl games
Fred less than 20

Ole has a tough task. We have a decent 1st 11.
Take pogs out who will create?
1 injury up front and we are into teenagers.
I really hope ole's faith in some of the players he is trusting pays off.

Now suddenly finishing 2nd is heralded. Remember how we played to get there? The club have finished outside the top 4 four times in 6 years. That tells you 2nd was a miracle and last year was more like the norm for last 6 years.
Huge challenge for ole. He has his plan we have to back it. let's hope he can get them playing well let's hope he has luck let's hope we get no injuries.
Im looking forward to seeing how ole rises to the challenge. I can't wait to see how he goes about it.
Jose did get them 2nd one of his greatest achievements as a manager according to himself.
On our day we have a team that can beat anybody. But sadly in a league there are 38 not just 1.

4.) 08 Aug 2019 18:18:29
Based on our last games and the areas we fail to address, I guess top 5 for me.
Hope to be wrong, but City, Liverpool, Spurs and even Arsenal (who's at least regular in their position 4th in the last decade) are in a better position.

Upfront Rashford and Martial need 10 chances to score a goal.
Lets see.

5.) 08 Aug 2019 18:25:17
Ken I said others said he had an easy run, those away games were tough, but we won them all.

I don't think last year was the norm, we shall see.

I do know we will be fitter, work harder, and hopefully give youth its head. If we start poorly it will be interesting to see if Ole holds his nerve this time.

6.) 08 Aug 2019 18:27:37
Ken, too much realism in there mate.

I hope hope hope our young lads can step up big time because that was a rubbish show of a window. Weve been rebuilding for years now.

Yes we finished second in 2018 but we are miles away from that at present.

What this window shows us is that Oles words were merely hot hair and we have an incompetent transfer team.

I am very worried about the season ahead.

7.) 08 Aug 2019 19:26:16
Angel we have made 3 good signings. I have to say i'm really positive about that. Our defence has a more solid look about it i think tuanzebe and dalot will also make a big difference.
Shaw and young are decent options on the left.
Awb and maguire will make a huge difference over the duration of the season.
James has pace that can expose the best of defenders and he will be a very ppsitive option and looks like he will improve game by game.

This is my take on things.

So 2 key areas addressed and a high potential "wildcard" at a cost of 150m
So that's the fairly substantial summer budget gone.

Ddg no big money offered and a renewal is on the cards. Big tick from me.

Then the club have a choice.

2 top players want out.
Do they sell and rebuild with the income?
Add rojo darmian and jones to those 2 pogba and lukaku and get a combined 200m. Essentially that would have been enough to secure a rw and 2 by cm of the highest calibre. Be that potential or a top player. Yes we have no cl but with that budget we could have blown all competion away financially.

But ole wanted pogba to stay so with the way the market is we couldn't adress positions after a spend of 130m on maguire and awb that they probably budgeted about 80to90m for.
So that over spend and the tardy negotiations for lukaku left no money in the pot.
Plans were made for the exit of pogba. I know that from what i was told. Ed002 has also said as much but the club asked stupid money and priced him out of a deal.
If we had lukaku out last week a new cm player would have come in.
So that is the only player ole wanted but didn't get.

So the window went nearly as planned from ole's point of view just missing out on a midfielder.

But you are right. The club have jerked around with their peers with players and agents. Not been professional and have garnered a bad reputation which will only be shifted when woodward steps aside. A string of broken promises and payments made to agents for deals that never happened. You can only compare the recruitment side of the company with a cb pairing of jones and Rojo and that is hopeless.

But ole and the club made their choice. They have backed the slower route which may well be the prudent thing to do in the long term. It won't suit everybody but in the current market a slow rebuild is best at 50 or 60m a pop you can't afford too many mistakes.
The slow route can be accelerated if we finish top4 and win a cup. Tjats the best we can hope for.

Its never black or white mate. Its disappointing not to have got tje midfielder but the lukaku thing dragged on.
Other than that ole will be delighted i'd say.
Best of luck to him. let's hope the golden child delivers and the new boys settle in.
Lets hope those that need to improve improve enough.
Really looking forward to seeing how ole pulls it all together.
A hot start is essential and possible.



08 Aug 2019 17:28:06
I may be wrong as I'm really old but I'm sure we finished runners up in 2018. Last year was a car crash for a host of reasons but which of the last 2 years best represents us?

We have addressed 2 problem positions and (hopefully) are bringing our most talented youngsters through. ooked to.





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14 Aug 2019 17:06:03
I hope it is true as it sends a message through the squad. The rumour is we are offering to pay some of his wages but still nobody wants him, even on loan.

We also need DDG to sign a contract to follow up Marrial and Rashford doing so.




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10 Aug 2019 13:01:54
It’s a case of the E, peror’s new clothes for me. We see the odd great pass or flick but over a game he regularly disappears. We can argue all we like about how good a player he is but ultimately he doesn’t want to be here and doesn’t appear to be giving everything for the cause. Talent is great, but without effort and application then it is too often wasted.




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10 Aug 2019 12:56:29
Maybe Ole is going to give some youngsters game time, which is why players like Matic and Young will be invaluable squad members. I’d we do play Greenwood, Chong, Gomes, Garner, we need some wise old heads to help them adapt.




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09 Aug 2019 20:41:27
Leahy, he may have been a great player but I’m not sure his coaching credentials stand. He’d scare the crap out of them obviously but is that enough?




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05 Aug 2019 06:58:58
180k net is about 350k gross, yes that is ridiculous.





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18 Aug 2019 20:14:51
I think Fred will surprise a few this year. He has taken time this settle but he has an engine and there have been signs. Not says no he will be a worldwide bt for think he may get a lot of game time and prove his worth.




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18 Aug 2019 17:20:18
If we win we're top aren't we?




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18 Aug 2019 07:45:38
Pre Madonna, are you thinking of Donna Summer?




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16 Aug 2019 10:57:11
We were doing pretty well up59 the point we signed Sanchez, his arrival saw Martial and Rashford lose some form. No matter how badly he played he kept getting picked, and his salary must have caused unrest the dressing room. I think it’s one of the worst signings we have ever made.




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16 Aug 2019 10:09:39
How does everyone think we'll do against Wolves?