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14 Jul 2019 18:37:44
It looks like we are seeing to signing Maguire.

I just think he is a better version of Jones. I don't get what all the fuss is about. I hope I'm wrong.

His lack of pace and technique is worrying. A Rio type of CB like Dias would have been a far better option.

If he signs then I will get behind him and back him.

Mad Hatter

1.) 14 Jul 2019 19:23:31
Seriously Jones?
Jones is always injured.

2.) 14 Jul 2019 19:23:48
We will have to back him and hope for the best, wouldn't have been my first choice but I hope he does well fo us,
And if memory serves me right David Moyes was keeping tags on young Harry maguire of Sheffield united.

3.) 14 Jul 2019 19:44:32
Given the choice, Koulibaly would have been perfect who has all the attributes if we wanted an experienced CB and someone like Dias for a younger alternative.

The problem is there is no guarantee if Koulibaly would be able to adapt to the PL and settle in quickly to make an impact or whether Dias can step up to the next level with United and help shore the defense in the short to long term.

Add to the fact that without champions league on offer, would the players want the move and even if so we would have to spend some crazy money. We probably would have to pay more than the Maguire deal to get Koulibaly and while Dias is a great option, where would that leave Tuanzebe who has been making good progression of late?

With Maguire, we are getting a proven PL player with good physical presence about him which we have lacked since Vidic. If he can fine tune his positional sense, that would help him make up for his lack of real pace.

4.) 14 Jul 2019 19:51:54

Maguires style reminds me of Jones.

5.) 14 Jul 2019 20:00:39
I've commented quite a few times about how I do not want us to sign Maguire regardless of the fee. That's down to my opinion that he simply isn't that good and we could sign 10-15 CB who look like better options. However, if we sign him I hope he proves me entirely wrong and performs very well.

Signings don't always work out how we hope, I was very excited when we signed Falcao, Schneiderlin, Depay, Sanchez and Di Maria and all were/ have been brutal for us. So judging by how underwhelmed I feel about us signing Maguire, he's going to be incredible haha.

6.) 14 Jul 2019 21:30:12

Well put. I agree.

7.) 14 Jul 2019 22:04:09
Koulibaly does not want to leave Napoli, not least for Manchester United.

8.) 15 Jul 2019 07:19:54
Guess you haven't seen much of Maguire then if you think he's like Jones 😂.

9.) 15 Jul 2019 09:37:04
Jones was touted as a potential midfielder at one point due to his ball playing ability and his habit of stepping up into midfield with the ball. His defensive style is also built around physicality, and last minute tackles.
He also often plays on the left hand side even though he is right footed.

What is Maguire's style? Ball playing CB, right footed but plays on the left, likes stepping up into midfield, physical defender who often puts in last minute tackles.

I can see the similarities.

10.) 15 Jul 2019 11:58:15
Wazza that's a funny statement from a man united supporter.
Not least for man united.

11.) 15 Jul 2019 14:13:45
Leahy, it’s better to look at things realistically rather than with red tinted spectacles.

12.) 15 Jul 2019 14:49:39
I don't know whether he wants a move or not, napoli are a good side, but if he did want a move abroad and wanted to prove himself, Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in Europe, now we all know we have gone backwards, but it's down to clowns running the club,
Manchester United are huge big Big club. Now that's the kind of player we need, but does he want the move, have we got the right men in the job to attract these players.
For me we need a dof who can get the right people in the right positions,
But will the club be left do these things, them glazers are money men not football men.



06 Mar 2019 22:11:16
I bet on United to win and to qualify.

I'm absolutely buzzing. Great that Kimpembe was the one to give away the penalty considering he should have been sent off in the first game.

Ole Ole.

Mad Hatter

1.) 06 Mar 2019 22:35:55
We were lucky to get the penalty but so were they in the 1st leg when kimpembe wasn't sent off and even got the goal.
Mostly I'm happy to see Di Maria sulk. Plenty players get taunted by the fans and so did Di Maria by the United fans in the 1st leg. It would have been a big issue if one of our players had gone and shouted at the opposing fans " P**a f**k off" continously while celebrating the goal.

2.) 06 Mar 2019 22:57:47
I bet on a Lukaku hat trick. Suffice to say it was bitter sweet when Rashford stepped up and denied me £750. Still buzzing though 🤪.

3.) 06 Mar 2019 22:58:50
Took great pleasure in seeing Neymar’s face at the end. I have a severe irrational dislike for him.

4.) 07 Mar 2019 04:26:42
Eric, it’s not irrational, he does many things that annoy many people.

5.) 07 Mar 2019 07:18:24
There are many people who have an entirely rational dislike of Neymar, myself included. Don't beat yourself up about it.

6.) 07 mar 2019 10:29:59
i had 3 - 1 with rashford 1st goal 255 - 1 . why didn't lukaku square it for him? who cares ole is at the wheel, what's the chances for utd vs city or the scousers in the final? who would you rather play?

7.) 07 Mar 2019 12:11:38
would be nice if the draw fell with all 4 english teams in the semi.

im sure they do both the qf and sf draws at the same time.

8.) 07 Mar 2019 12:37:09
I had lukaku to score and us to win, us to win and part of a multi bet- since oles took over the reins my bets are staring to come in so much more. If only for that reason give him the job lol. Best utd watch for years imo.

9.) 07 Mar 2019 13:45:45
Wow is all i can say. Buzzing with the result. Didn't expect it so its a massive bonus.

2 games running Lukaku could have had last minute hat tricks from pens :) .

Not lukakus biggest biggest fan but since the form has returned I've no complaints.

Also love that Neymar is crying on instagram, quite ironic really the way he cheats.

10.) 07 Mar 2019 19:41:08
I don't think many actually like neymar. Overrated play actor. He's got more rolls than Greggs.



19 Dec 2018 12:18:46
welcome back Ole,

Let's all Unite and get behind him and the team. Whether your happy or not with the appointment, it's important to back him.

Good luck.

Mad Hatter

1.) 19 Dec 2018 14:44:14
Really? No more i don't see his CV? No credentials? didn't want him in the first place?

2.) 19 Dec 2018 15:24:01
UA, it doesn't matter whether they are the manager you wanted, once they are appointed, you set it all aside and get behind them.

Many of us didn't want Jose, but we still got behind him to start with. Just because we weren't behind him at the end doesn't mean we weren't behind him at the start.

3.) 19 Dec 2018 16:10:17
New on the page Thorne?

4.) 19 Dec 2018 16:53:46
If by new, you mean, actively posting here for 6-7 years, then sure.

{Ed001's Note - so you are new then? ;-)

5.) 19 Dec 2018 17:49:11
All things are relative Ed.

{Ed001's Note - true.}

6.) 20 Dec 2018 01:10:42
7 years, that’s nothing, I’ve been posting on here for8, you noob 😉.



16 Dec 2018 20:27:19
Will Mourinho be sacked before January?

Or will the board back him?

Who is a suitable replacement, Zidane did well at RM, could he rebuild a team? Who knows.

Jardim did quite well at Monaco. would he be a good choice?

Trying to get Pochittino is like trying to sell rice to the chinese.

Mourinho has got the team playing how it should be, he is at fault for that. The players are also guilty and some have been unprofessional aka Instagram likes of 'sack Mourinho'.

Do we sell a fee players in January to start a summer rebuild.

A DOF is a certainly going to be key.

Europa football next year might prove to be difficult to qualify for.

This is o e rollercoaster ride I can't wait to get off.

Mad Hatter

1.) 16 Dec 2018 22:17:42
Are you jred in disguise?

2.) 16 Dec 2018 22:53:11

For a fee, I can be a thing you want ;)

3.) 16 Dec 2018 23:17:12
If we can't get top 4, which let's face it, we won't, then I'd rather we didn't qualify for the Europa League. A new manager is going to need time to make his mark, and it would only be a distraction - gives him more time on the training pitch with them between league games.

4.) 17 Dec 2018 16:46:29
Keep an eye on the new fella at Southampton. I forget his name but he worked wonders with rb Leipzig and I wouldn't be surprised to see him move quickly if he can get some consistent good results where he is now.

5.) 17 Dec 2018 20:08:07
The guy at Seville could be a contender.



13 Dec 2018 13:09:40
We really need to sell Jones, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Fellaini in January.

It might sound drastic but they offer very little, in particular Pogba aka le sulk.

I honestly don't know why Jones is still at the club. He is a championship player. Slow, lacks mobility and has a poor technique. Similar attributes to Lukaku. Even finishes like Lukaku.

What happened to players running into space, looking for a pass, running through on goal.

I would have liked to see Greenwood and Garner get 10-15 minutes past night.
It would have be far more valuable and beneficial to them.

If we play like we did last night against Valencia when we play Liverpool, we might just end up getting stuffed.

Imagine the fun Salah, Firmini and Sane would have playing against Jones.

Mad Hatter

1.) 13 Dec 2018 15:00:55
What about in addition to this the novel idea of the coach “coaching” the players and making them better not worse?

How come every signing we make gets worse than when they joined and instantly regrets coming to the club?

Almost feel sorry for Fred, he has made an awful career move.

2.) 13 Dec 2018 16:34:35
In the case of jones you can't fix stupid.

I'm sure Fred will be fine under the next manager if the bean counter can actually get an appointment right.

3.) 13 Dec 2018 22:56:40
I don’t get why Jose has been so bad. He was a winner until he joined us!

4.) 14 Dec 2018 05:34:30
No manager will be a league winner with this squad eric.
Does anybody here think we have a squad capable of winning the league?

5.) 14 Dec 2018 09:50:52
I agree Ken we don't have a squad good enough to win the league however why is that.
We have bought 11 players under the manager that's an entire new team. Currently he inherited a great GK has bought his own players for 3 of the back 4 positions, an entire new 3 man midfield, a striker and a wideman .
Many players people feel maybe aren't good enough are still go to players and if they are given new deals it's hard to blame the tools he was left .

6.) 14 Dec 2018 12:42:44
A lot of the buys have been bad though. Fred could be a good player but currently doesn't fit. Pogba on paper is top class but doesn't fit. I think it was shappy who gave us a statistical breakdown on his performance the other night. Sanchez on paper a good player but doesn't fit. And that's the three most obvious without touching lukaku, bailly etc. We still lack a commanding centre half, tempo setting midfielder and a right sided attacker.

7.) 14 Dec 2018 16:41:41
Should be a team capable of beating Brighton and the rest, and should be higher than 6th as well.

8.) 14 Dec 2018 19:03:53
I agree with that noucamp. I think 2nd was a huge over achievement last season. With our squad anything between 4th and 6th is about par.
Spurs pool and cuty have better squads and a much better 11.

9.) 14 Dec 2018 22:53:26
or the best part of 170 mill spent on poundland pogba and 2o cent lukaka god we had are pants pulled down.

10.) 15 Dec 2018 01:59:46
Eh? Makes zero sense.

11.) 15 Dec 2018 09:54:22
Or you could argue that second place is the level we would expect to be at with nearly a new team of signings and umpteen millions spent, and that for some reason we've regressed this season.




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13 Aug 2019 13:21:09

Who do you think would be a good choice at LB if Shaw doesn't sort himself out. I think this will be a make or break season for him this year.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - well Dalot could cover in the short term. Personally I think you would have been better off buying Chilwell rather than Maguire from Leicester but I doubt they will sell both so quickly. Other options would be Gaya of Valencia, Aaron Martin (who just joined Mainz and I was surprised you didn't jump in and get him to be honest). To be honest, looking at the ones around there are not a lot of outstanding options! The Norwich one impressed me on Friday night and Taylor from Burnley as well could be decent choices.}

1.) 13 Aug 2019 15:19:07
Cheerd ED001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

2.) 13 Aug 2019 16:18:40
Am I missing something here? Shaw was player of the season last year. He was caught out of position a couple of times and suddenly we are talking about replacing him.

{Ed001's Note - player of the year says more about how bad the rest of your team was than how good he was if you ask me.}

3.) 13 Aug 2019 16:34:40

I thought Shaw was poor last season. He hasn't been the same since he broke his leg.

4.) 13 Aug 2019 16:43:59
He improved a lot last year from not getting a game but of the 5 1st choice defenders we have no left footed cover at lb. When young goes we will reuptake young with a lb cover/ competition but it was not a priority given his improvement last year and the fact that dalot and young can cover this season.
The bit i don't like is young being captain got him the nod last Saturday for the bench ahead of dalot.

5.) 13 Aug 2019 17:07:36
One game in and we won, so we need to find a new negative to talk about.
Luke Shaw, it's your turn, sorry pal.

6.) 13 Aug 2019 17:20:26
Shaw is showing good form and will continue to improve.

7.) 13 Aug 2019 17:26:31
Philipp Max?

8.) 13 Aug 2019 17:44:38
I think he needs good competition for his place. If i remember correctly all previous Managers have accused him unable to compete and put in a shift. Young is pretty much on last legs so we need cover next season who can compete with Shaw and push him for his place.

9.) 13 Aug 2019 17:47:57
I agree with Ed. Tbh I was surprised shaw got player of year last year. I have always had high hopes for him but he just hasn’t developed. Can’t say he’s outstanding in any area. Not great going forward and not the greatest defensively. He was not afforded cover by rashford at times on Saturday but so I’ll give him the benefit of doubt on that point. However, we do need better from him. I’d upgrade in the summer.

10.) 13 Aug 2019 18:08:58
Dalot looks like one for the future, going to be a good player but at the moment defensively has major issues imo.
Interesting the norwich lads got a mention, attacked really well against the scouse but defensively again all over the spot .
Shaw was player of the year last year, fans and players I think. Had a lot on his hands Sunday with the set up and our left sided player not tracking backing .
Interestingly chelsea got behind bissaka just as much if not more, sky showed 3 chelsea chances at half time all in the space behind him . He played well bissaka but was caught out several times as well .
That said a lot of players where, the game really was stretched, with space all over the pitch. I really think the rule of defenders taking the ball of the keeper and some teams really trying to implement starting from the back is going to open the game up a lot .
It was a similar story for the norwich liverpool game real end to end stuff with space everywhere.
Once a team plays deep and manages to play through the high press it really opens the game up .

11.) 13 Aug 2019 19:45:28
Shaw is the opposite of flavour of the month.

12.) 13 Aug 2019 20:30:29
Good post jred.

13.) 13 Aug 2019 20:47:13
The new rule change allowing that tactic of taking the ball from the keeper inside the box encourages playing from the back and makes the high press much harder because you need to commit players even further forward to become effective which leaves acres of space in midfield if you continue to press 15 yards higher into the box. If only 1 or 2 press that high you can play around them. I know it gives AJH the willies but its making a good spectacle for the fans.
Im surprised the analysts are not making more of it.
Its a huge change to the game. I like it.

14.) 13 Aug 2019 21:54:42
I always fancied giving Daley Blind the willies.

15.) 14 Aug 2019 00:00:46
Haha AJH!

Agree with that Ken. The new rule is having a mu h bigger effect than I thought it would in the games I've seen. There have been quite a few wide open games where the press is beaten creating space in the midfield. There are bound to be goals conceded from mistakes as well.

16.) 14 Aug 2019 12:19:15
Good post jred, agree with all of that.



13 Aug 2019 12:45:07

I think he is in the final year of his contract. If he performs like he did last season, then I would be happy for the club to release at the end of his contract.

How is Darmian still here?
Surely it would have been better to allow him to leave.

Mad Hatter

1.) 13 Aug 2019 13:45:58
Darmian is in the last year of his contract, he will likely see that out and move for free next summer, collecting a large bonus for doing so. Alternatively we may look to take a reduced fee for him, but it's perfectly understandable for a buying club to see out this season and get him "free" next summer.



09 Aug 2019 13:09:48
In regards to the Paul Pogba debate below, I would sum him up as a player who has to feed, bathed, nappy changed and put back in the ball pool.

Mad Hatter



06 Aug 2019 22:05:32
I hope our fax machine is working this year ;)

Mad Hatter



04 Aug 2019 16:20:12
Matic is slow and fast becoming a reliability. Fernandes won't be joining Utd. I think they have faded about too long. If Spirs get him, they have got a quality player on their hands.

I think this maybe his last season.

At last our defence looks to be complete. Whilst I'm not a fan if Maguire, I will get behind and support him.

I would have liked Tierney to have been signed to provide competition at LB for Shaw, as he needs to be pushed to the next level.

This season is looking a lot more positive.
I'll imagine we will have our ups and downs aswell. Europa league football isn't ideal, but I'm sure we will rotate our squad accordingly.

AWB looks brilliant. The guy loves to tackle.

Gomes, Greenwood and Chong have had good pre seasons. I think all 3 need to play at higher level than the reserves.

Mad Hatter

1.) 04 Aug 2019 18:21:55
Agree on Tierney, with the price Arsenal are quoted, we should be all over him. It would have been a good competition between Shaw and him.

{Ed0333's Note - very injury prone not sure he’s worth the risk

2.) 04 Aug 2019 19:21:30
Apparently he is injured now. ED007 rates him very highly.

3.) 05 Aug 2019 08:14:54
For this price, I would take the risk.




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15 Aug 2019 12:29:15
I'll imagine Sanchez will run his contract down.

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23 Jul 2019 13:31:56
Sign players who want to play for the club who will put in 100% week in, week out.

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21 Jul 2019 18:33:12
Think it will be a bad signing. he's good, but not great.

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Ed002 the oracle.

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15 Aug 2019 17:14:45

I would have had Lindelof ahead of Shaw aswell.

I've also said I wouldn't sell him. My judgement this been based on the time ar the club, not one game.

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15 Aug 2019 14:00:24
My comments about Shaw are the same as the ones I made about him last season.

He wanders off when he should be marking his man. He ball watches and gets dragged out of position. At times you can see cutting in front of the CB leaving space behind him.

This isn't based on one game, it's based on his career so far.

He can be brilliant when he attacks. I'm nit disputing that. He is into his 7th season as a professional footballer. Basic defending should need working on.

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14 Aug 2019 22:40:12
Always judge a team. at. the end of a season.

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14 Aug 2019 22:38:36
Sounds like a good deal. Then Chelsea can have Fred the Blue.

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14 Aug 2019 20:40:14
Shaw isn't getting bashed.
I'm merely stating an area of improvement that he needs to work on. Ataxking wise he can be brilliant. I like him as a player, but I'm not sure Youbg will drive him on and take him to the next level.

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