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05 Jul 2018 12:25:00
Papers reporting a £53m deal for Alex Sandro has been agreed. Any ideas if this is accurate? I'm hoping so, huge upgrade on our current options and can play as a wing back should we go that way next year.


1.) 05 Jul 2018 13:17:12
I hope so. It seems with Juve in for Ronaldo they will need to offload some players. Perhaps Sandro and Higuain? Rumours that Dybala does not get on with allegri. Would love to sign him. But this is all paper talk and until Ed002 confirms this then I won’t beliieve it.

{Ed001's Note - Dybala was offered to Madrid I believe.}

2.) 05 Jul 2018 13:22:33
Yeh due in at Carrington tomorrow at half 5 for medical.

3.) 05 Jul 2018 13:45:00
Thanks for confirming that Ed001. Do you seen Dybala going there?

{Ed001's Note - yes, I do see him going there, I think it works for everyone.}

4.) 05 Jul 2018 14:38:49
I agree ed would be a good move for all parties. Think he can be a top top player. Cheers ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

5.) 05 Jul 2018 16:40:54
I don't watch Serie A but having see Juventus in the Champions league a bit, Dybala has never warrented the hype he gets. I don't see it.

6.) 05 Jul 2018 18:17:46
Neither have I. Obvious talent, but not consistent enough for the money he’d cost.

7.) 07 Jul 2018 15:17:22
Juventus mean buisness this coming season 😆😆.

8.) 09 Jul 2018 23:35:04
BFRO, True. Too bad we don't it seems.



25 Jan 2018 23:18:06
Jose could live in the back of a camper van for all I care. I work with these type of guys, they have their reasons for the things they do and are prompted by their advisors.

Be happy he has signed on for a further period. He's doing a cracking job and is exactly the type we need right now. Takes no prisoners and is only satisfied with victories. The transfer activity isn't too shabby either.


1.) 25 Jan 2018 23:28:48
Hello fresh. How are you mate?

2.) 26 Jan 2018 04:20:43
Only a extra 12 month, it's not a huge amount.

3.) 26 Jan 2018 06:52:28
An extra year with the option of another year after that. It's not a huge extension, but considering Jose's history it's a good sign.

4.) 26 Jan 2018 07:55:14
It's more the statement of the thing - commitment.

5.) 26 Jan 2018 09:32:20
I agree with plus it stops all the headlines next season of it being Jose last season .
We saw the effect that can have under fergy.

6.) 26 Jan 2018 10:48:49
Agree 12days. It removes the uncertainty surrounding Jose that has plagued Chelsea this season with Conte. The will he won’t he stay at Chelsea has seeped down to the players at Chelsea and the uncertainty has wrecked their title defence. It is a small extension but a statement that he is up for the challenge. Moreover, he would not have signed if he did not think he had the backing and the resources to compete with city.

7.) 26 Jan 2018 10:40:23
It’s a clear sign of intention. Whose to say the owners don’t want to put a manager on another 6 year deal, as they did with Moyes? Settlements are expensive and if there are any fall outs it’s an easier parting.

8.) 27 Jan 2018 12:31:22
I think signing him on a short extension, with a further option, is a great coup for the club.
Also kind of tells me Jose is up for the challenge of performance-related reward.



04 Jul 2017 08:12:58
Ed, are you aware of any interest from us the young lad Gelson Martins at Sporting? I think he would be an excellent addition to the team, a player who genuinely likes being a winger. I'd also look at William Carvalho if Fabinho and Matic are non starters - although he has been linked almost as long as Gaitan and Sneijder.


{Ed025's Note - arsenal have been tracking him fresh but no links to united at this stage mate..

1.) 04 Jul 2017 10:46:55
Cheers mate.



03 May 2017 12:44:49
Rumours today of an enquiry for Nainggolan. Brilliant, dynamic midfielder.



1.) 03 May 2017 13:00:05
So hope its true and we can pursue and sign. Vidal type of player imo and could be the steel and guille in midfield to allow pogba and herrera to push on.

2.) 03 May 2017 13:08:57
I have I agree with you mate. He would be our Kante equivalent but with a goal threat as well.

3.) 03 May 2017 13:40:32
He's a beast. Be a superb signing.

4.) 03 May 2017 14:54:00
Good but would prefer Vidal or Kante.

5.) 03 May 2017 17:20:42
Don't think he is keen on a move to England. Apparently because cigs are too expensive.

6.) 04 May 2017 07:18:24
What is it with us and signing players with weird names.
Mkhitaryan, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin.
Maybe sign Bernardeschi too 😂.

{Ed001's Note - if you sign Nainggolan I would be very surprised. He smokes more than Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Jack Wilshere put together. He makes Andy Carroll look like a teetotal professional athlete. His partying on a nightly basis is legendary in the Rome clubs. It is very doubtful he will have much more than a couple of years left at the top level.

Added to that, he has no interest in leaving the city, he loves it in Rome. I would seriously have worries over a recruitment system that recommends him as a potential signing, rather than steers clear of him.

Oh and I do think he is an excellent player, now, but his lack of real fitness and desire to concentrate on his game would make it extremely difficult to adapt to English football and its much higher paced style.}



26 Jul 2016 13:21:37
Hasn't taken the papers long to jump on the Fellaini to Sunderland story. £13 million apparently, seems a bit steep.

Also interest in taking Januzaj on loan. If there is one young attacker I'd like to see kick on this term it's Pereira so getting Januzaj out the way would be a good move.

Add to this the impending Pogba announcement and potential deal for Fabinho we look in good shape. However, I'd still like one more centre back to replace Rojo and see Blind/ Schweinsteiger leave.


1.) 26 Jul 2016 14:23:26
Schweinsteiger leaving over Blind would be better as he is older more injury prone and on vast wages. Although if he stays fit, the big if he could have an important season if utilised properly. That remains a big if.

2.) 26 Jul 2016 16:24:08
schweinsteiger has been an utter turd signing when you consider what he contributed, minutes played and wages. Blind for me was one of our top 4 or 5 performers last year no matter how you look at and i am bewildered why people think we should sell him. Ridiculous.

3.) 26 Jul 2016 17:00:12
Impending Pogba's announcement

Keep dreaming he's not coming and will end up at Madrid, he wouldn't keep stalling if he actually wanted to come.

4.) 26 Jul 2016 17:18:46
If we're paying Sunderland 13 mill for them to take Fellaini then that is step.

I also agree on Blind, he's a versatile utility player. Every squad needs one.

5.) 26 Jul 2016 19:51:57
I think Schweini was an expensive gamble that didn't work. His whole focus seemed to have been on getting fit for the Euros, he continued almost nothing last year.

6.) 26 Jul 2016 22:25:39
Why would anyone want to sell blind? Need a versatile player and he's our best one. And Pogba is far from imminent.

7.) 27 Jul 2016 17:19:44
I can see why Messi retired from International football. If Rojo plays at centre back for Argentina, then Messi will never win an International Trophy. Rojo is terrible.




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12 Nov 2018 12:34:22

I haven't posted for some time, but feel compelled to chip into the debate that I do regularly read.

I'm going I start this post by saying that if I'm to nail my colours to the mast, I back Jose. He is clearly trying to drop expectations during his press conferences, in part I think because many of the players can't hack wearing the famous jersey. After three years, do you really think Jose has been able to build this team in his image? Whilst not he has spent money, he's made it clear his targets have not been pursued. Instead, younger players with resale value have been bought that can't do the job in a team lacking leadership at this level. Can you honestly say, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Lingard, Herrera, Shaw and others would be his first choice? I think not. This team would look different, so different if we landed who he wanted: Aldeweireld, Alex Sandro, Perisic to name but a few.

Agreed, he has made some poor judgements. Signing Matic for example without getting the necessary players around him to make him effective. Pogba was a good buy, and Sanchez could come good but I got the impression that one was Woodward making a name for himself again.

If Jose is backed in January and we sign a centre half and right sided forward we will comfortably make top 4, providing the gap isn't insurmountable by then. Pragmatic football is the only way to play with this lot, it was the same under LVG, the defence isn't there to allow for expansive play.

Two things happen with a new leader at the back: 1) Fewer goals conceded, 2) the release of the forward players who have to sit behind the ball right now because the like said Young, Smalling, Lindelof etc have limited positional sense.

To conclude, please try and tell me that a team with a spine of De Gea, Aldeweireld, Pogba and Lukaku wouldn't be competing? Supported by the wide players and the confidence to go forward and leave the defenders to defend.

As an aside, Ed's I was wondering if any right sided players had been strongly linked? Thank you for naming the centre back targets.


1.) 12 Nov 2018 13:20:32
2 players won't make this a good team

Why do you think 2 new players will come in and play well when all the others haven't?

Wishful thinking and nothing more, actually take the red blinkered glasses of and take a step back.

Jose isn't going to turn this around just like he couldn't at Chelsea.
It's a case of when not if he is sacked and once he is we can seriously start to build for the future .

Not every manager appointed is a success that's football happens at every club . Hopefully our next manager is the right man for the job.

2.) 12 Nov 2018 13:32:41
I agree jred.

3.) 12 Nov 2018 13:34:27
Mourinho has signed three 29 year olds (Mkhitaryan, Matic and Sanchez), a 36yo Zlatan, and a 35yo Grant. So he has been given a certain amount of experienced players who he was allowed to bring in. If they aren't leaders then who's fault is that?

Of the other 6 players signed during Jose's time so far only Dalot could be considered a youngster. Fred and Lukaku are supposed to be approaching their peaks in the next couple of years. Pogba was 23 but hardly a unknown. Only Lindelof and Bailly at 22 could have been considered gambles on younger less established players. Although it should be said Mourinho himself has proclaimed his sources in Portugal tipped him off on Lindelof, so I think we can say he is clearly a Mourinho signing. Leaving Bailly as the one who could be questioned as whether he really was a player Mourinho wanted.

Jose has signed 11 players, in fact you could make a starting 11 out of Jose's signings. Grant, Lindelof, Bailly, Matic, Dalot, Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Fred, Sanchez, Zlatan and Lukaku.

So what do you make of Jose's United side? two have already left, and there are questions being asked of nearly all the others.

Jose has been given funds, only Pep has spent more money at one club in the history of world football than Jose has spent at United.

Is there an issue between the board and Jose on targets moving forward? It looks like there might be. But how much of that is because his previous signings have been poor investments both on and off the pitch?

You can't shift all the blame of Jose, If it was your money would you be so willing to hand it over to him based on his previous signings?

4.) 12 Nov 2018 13:50:52
Shappy and others,

What would you suggest the resolution is?

Change the manager or fully back the manager and sign off on the transfers he wants to make?

Whose to say the next guy gets to mold his team?

5.) 12 Nov 2018 14:12:33
The solution was never to hire a short term manager for a long term project.

The club needs restructuring, and by all accounts that process is underway. To fully back a manager, any manager who is unlikely to have a long or even medium term future at the club is utter madness. Especially if those signings are expensive and only short term solutions.

The money pot isn't bottomless, would you rather have the wrong man or the right man spend it?

The solution isn't a happy one, especially for fans this season.

The season is a right off, we are too far behind and require too much work to bridge the gap. Attempts to do so in January would be foolish. If the right profile of player (talent, suitability and age) is available then fine. But we know from experience they rarely are in January.

The club needs to focus on the rebuilding of the off pitch structure, identify the right person for the DoF role, bring him or her in. Then let them do the job they were hired for, let them work on who the next manager should be, let them work with that manager and scouts to identify the right players, for the short, medium and long term. Then work on attaining those targets.

Jose should stay for as long as is possible this season. However, come the final day of the season we should know who the new manager will be for next season. If Jose's position becomes untenable between now and then, then we need to look at short term options for a manager to guild us until the end of the season. Whether that is by giving people like Carrick or McKenna the job on a temporary basis or whether that means bringing in a experienced manager on a short term deal like Chelsea have done with Hiddink to bridge that gap.

6.) 12 Nov 2018 14:41:46
Jose has got to mould his team he just hasn't done a very good job of it.

7.) 12 Nov 2018 14:59:51
The simple fact is Pep bought a whole new team and has made it into a Pep's team where as Jose has to do with players not good enough for a top team and has to buy players that weren't probably his first choice and that is why it isn't a Jose team.

Dont employ a manager which isn't going to be backed propeely because you will end up in a position like ours.

8.) 12 Nov 2018 15:06:28
True Singh, I do wonder if Pep would have been backed if all the players he wanted to sign were 29 years old. I don't think Pep has signed a single player over 27?

Which might be why his board are more prepared to bring his targets in.

9.) 12 Nov 2018 16:03:31
Are you joking.
Jose has spent a vast sum of cash one of the biggest spends in world football . He has been backed.
Pep has taken city to a different level most points ever in the history of the EPL, arguably the best epl team ever .

Jose has taken us to the same points as Bournemouth and Watford .
Forget city we are no better than arsenal, spurs etc.



07 Oct 2018 09:46:01
Great result after being 2-0 down yesterday, but the phrase 'more luck than judgement' comes into it. We could so easily have been 3-0 down, then 3-2 down. The result was salvaged by throwing on every attacking player we had, against a half decent side we would have been pulled apart. We showed fight, yes, but no quality.

Ferdinand hit the nail on the head when he said he doesn't know what our style of play is. Klopp, Pep and Sarri have all made their stamp, but Mourinho never has. You'd think we would be very solid at the back, well drilled and able to hold on to leads - that has been far from the case.

Don't think I even need to mention his post match interview.

Enough is enough, give someone new a chance, give them 8 weeks to judge the squad before the transfer window. Will that be enough? Their needs to be more change than just the boss.


1.) 07 Oct 2018 10:20:10
Absolutely Fresh. Give someone new 8 weeks to judge the team and come January don't back him and then what's the phrase, oh yeah. "throw him under the bus". Replace Bailly with Alderweireld and then judge. Our so called best defender has been shred to pieces by attackers from Brighton and Newcastle. What does that tell you?

2.) 07 Oct 2018 12:07:52
That Jose is a terrible judge of talent? 😉.

3.) 07 Oct 2018 12:31:29
I agree with Fresh that Mourinho's time is up. The next few matches will show how far we are behind the top sides.
Our central defence is not up to the task. This is lvg and Mourinho's fault. They have not bought or promoted anyone to form a good central defence partnership.
Our cb's change every week, how could we build a strong foundation if the cb's are changing week in week out? All top teams have settled cb partnerships, we haven't had this since Rio and Vidic. Until we solve this problem, we will always struggle.



26 Sep 2018 07:07:14
Defending Mourinho is because near enough impossible now and I think a sacking is around the corner. It'd be a shame, I wanted it to work and I've always admired Mourinho for the results he's achieved over the years. Maybe this was a step too far, maybe the ethos of those involved doesn't fit, there's no shame in that. Zidane's record is exemplary and I think he would be my top pick of those available, alternatively Luis Enrique would get us on the track of attacking football. Not so keen on the Conte, Simeone or Allegri rumours and to have Carrick so high in the betting is ridiculous.


1.) 26 Sep 2018 08:35:18
I think people will have to endure more of this i don't see any intent from the club to sack jose. Under lvg it wasnt till top 4 was settled that he was sacked. I think everyone needs to sit back n think its a long season and jose is going to be manager of it weather us fans like it or not.

2.) 26 Sep 2018 09:23:40
This is the way for the rest of the season folks!
Even another change of personel and/ or manager will need time to get rid of dire habits.

3.) 26 Sep 2018 09:47:16
Zidane yeahhh. No just no.



23 Sep 2018 16:02:35
Trying so hard to keep the faith in José.

What I'd give to see a swashbuckling 4-4-2 with a dynamic forward pairing and skillful, driven wingers.


1.) 23 Sep 2018 17:28:20
Think José has reached his zenith at United. Ironic José saying he expected more from his players when the fans expected more from him.

2.) 23 Sep 2018 19:17:26
I expect more from the players at home, he picked the strongest side possible, and they struggled big time to break Wolves down, hows that Jose fault?

3.) 23 Sep 2018 20:11:26
His team, his tactics. José's third year now, are we progressing?
For me the turning point has been the Sanchez signing, someone to take us to the next level and challenge, something we all applauded at the time but with hindsight we will probably look back on as a mistake.
Jose complains about not having defensive reinforcements, but our issue for the last 6 years has simply been not scoring enough goals, we have not scored more than 70 goals in a season since 2012/ 13.

4.) 23 Sep 2018 20:42:08
Ok, I’m a long way from being a Jose fan but yesterday that was the players who didn’t work or try. There was a lack of urgency, a casualness that has become all too frequent. I know not how to solve it but like Jose, I am tearing my hair out.

5.) 23 Sep 2018 22:11:44
Players reflect their manager's attitude, maybe José calling out players in public rather than behind closed doors is where this all stems from. Are the players really playing for him anymore?



28 Aug 2018 17:56:24
Ed's - just wondering why my post this morning hasn't been put up? Apologies if it has but I can't see it.


{Ed001's Note - it was, I put it up.}

1.) 28 Aug 2018 18:27:51
Its on the 'others' page fresh.

And good to see you back on here.

2.) 28 Aug 2018 22:00:47
Thanks mate.




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26 Sep 2018 07:03:02
It’s the only god news story there is, let’s shout about it. Woodward should be removed from footballing matters with immediate effect and move back into a commercial role.




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06 Aug 2018 10:23:44
No idea why anyone who’d want Boateng. Makes Smalling looks competent.




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26 Jan 2018 10:40:23
It’s a clear sign of intention. Whose to say the owners don’t want to put a manager on another 6 year deal, as they did with Moyes? Settlements are expensive and if there are any fall outs it’s an easier parting.




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21 Aug 2017 12:30:38
I don't see how, Martial will continue to operate from the wide left and Jose has said what a change there has been in Martial.




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08 Jul 2017 16:24:03
Got to hammer you for suggesting injured all the time Ramsey.





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12 Nov 2018 17:07:07
Shortlist of 5 plausible names that would fit the model:

Nuno Santo




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12 Nov 2018 13:50:52
Shappy and others,

What would you suggest the resolution is?

Change the manager or fully back the manager and sign off on the transfers he wants to make?

Whose to say the next guy gets to mold his team?




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04 Oct 2018 21:11:19
I’d add Asensio for Pogba as well.




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04 Oct 2018 21:10:29
Jones, Fellaini and Valencia out (can I add Smalling, Darmian, Young and Mata too) .

De Ligt/ Varane, Mbappe, Meunièr.




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28 Aug 2018 22:00:47
Thanks mate.