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09 Mar 2019 07:23:50
Hi ed, with United looking to sign a CB this summer, are Milenkovic and Ruben Dias still our main targets for that position?

Also is it feasible that 2 or 3 of the current CB's (probably Rojo, Jones and Bailly) will leave and we will see Tuanzebe get a chance when he returns from loan?

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - Certainly Dias remains the primary target. Rojo could well leave and the plan under JM was that Jones would go but that may not still be the case.}


1.) 09 Mar 2019 11:15:25
Quite surprised that 21 year old Ruben Dias is our primary target.
I expected an established star like Koulibaly or Skriniar to be our main target for CB.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair, he looks a lot better suited to the way United want to play than either of those. I watched him a fair bit for a player profile recently and he was extremely impressive, though it was in the Portugese league so not the highest level.}


2.) 09 Mar 2019 10:56:37
Cheers Ed. From the little I've seen of Dias he looks pretty good but do you think he is capable of being the top class CB we badly need or will he need a bit of time similar to Lindelof?

{Ed002's Note - He was wanted by JM and that should be enough for you.}


3.) 09 Mar 2019 13:05:53
Interesting, I imagine he would be much better value long term than Koulibaly.

{Ed001's Note - very good on the ball as well. Had that really polished technique that seems to be a hallmark of players coming through their youth academy.}


4.) 09 Mar 2019 13:27:09
Ed001 would be v interesting to get your thoughts on how you think United wish to play, as mentioned above.
And from that, what you think we need to do with current players/ in the transfer market to make it work. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - the club wants to have the option, not necessarily to use it in ever game like but the quality at the back to play out from the back. Hence why Lindelöf was brought in. It does not really mean in the way say Brendan Rodgers thinks of playing out from the back though. With the passing it around the back four that you find with his teams, with no penetration. It is having a centre back, like Luiz or van Dijk, that can change the point of attack with a ball in behind an opposing defence or out to a wide player high up the pitch.

You do need another centre half with quality on the ball, none of Smalling, Jones, Rojo or Bailly really have the ability to pick a pass. Other than that, you are not really that far off in terms of a team. It is more about improving on what you have, rather than needing to replace them, buying better versions or improving them through coaching and experience.

The thinking is that De Gea is not the best with his feet, so you can't really go with the really high line and press high on a turnover, except initially. You don't want a big gap between defenders and keeper, as he is not that comfortable racing off his line to clear. But stats analysis suggests the best way to create chances is on quick attacks on turnover (the so-called transition), whether it is from the break itself or a setpiece won on the break. So you have the pacey forwards to play in behind, but you need the ability to pick them out from defence or you lose valuable moments playing the ball into midfield for those quick balls. Every moment lost allows a defence to prepare, against a quick attacker that usually means they are dropping off and so reducing the space available for a midfielder to play the same pass.

It is not about being defensive or becoming a counter attacking team, it is about adding another attacking outlet, for those times when you are not in controlled possession high up the pitch. The expectation is that you will dominate possession in most games but, when it matters in bigger games against opponents that can have as much possession as you, then you need that extra option, even if it just ensures that opponents can't commit to the attack as they would like, because they are wary of a ball in behind.}


5.) 09 Mar 2019 16:29:55
Nice write up ed - as you say it is another string to the bow and something else that the opposition have to take into consideration.

The more options and variations in play that we can have the better.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, it is something Mourinho wanted too, but because he wanted to sit deep, however it is a useful weapon to have in all types of teams. City have Ederson do a similar thing, more than the centre backs.}


6.) 09 Mar 2019 16:54:38
The quicker the balls moved forward the better the chances created.


7.) 09 Mar 2019 17:19:59
Ed001 if we are targeting that sort of a cb and we clearly are looking for a young player shouldn't we be targeting someone like de ligt.

{Ed001's Note - from what I have seen of de Ligt I wouldn't recommend him at all. He has very little defending to do with Ajax, but whenever he is actually put under defensive pressure (when I have seen him anyway so a limited view admittedly) he is not good. Excellent on the ball but he is a midfielder for me.}


8.) 09 Mar 2019 18:44:44
I can see de Light going to Barca, would fit in well there.


9.) 09 Mar 2019 23:30:04
That could explain those Maguire links.


10.) 10 Mar 2019 01:07:29
Thanks Ed001 - read with interest and I strongly agree. We have pace in behind but really only pogba with the vision and accuracy to pick out a runner (although I feel he could do with quickening it up at times) . Having a centre half that can pick a pass or drop it into space would be a real weapon.

Agree that DDG is the best keeper in the traditional mould, not one of the new breed of sweeper keepers.

I finally have some confidence going in against the 'lesser' teams that we will get the result. It's against the top teams that I really don't know what we'll get. I feel we need players in defence to midfield that have both quality on the ball and the ability to do things quickly, especially in those high pressure, high tempo games against the Citys and Pools.

{Ed001's Note - at least now they are giving their all, which is a huge step forward.}


11.) 10 Mar 2019 08:42:51
Nice one Ed. Have a good one.

{Ed001's Note - you too Rave.}


12.) 10 Mar 2019 09:56:08
Ed001, could be have a player profile for Ruben Dias please.

{Ed001's Note - way ahead of you mate: Ruben Dias profile. I did it a few weeks ago as Ed002 had told us there were a bunch of clubs looking at him.}


13.) 10 Mar 2019 11:51:23
Do you see de Ligt as a potential replacement for Busquets? Or Pique, as Barcelona have been fond of defenders who struggle at defending?

{Ed001's Note - Barca have certainly been the ones showing the most interest.}


14.) 10 Mar 2019 15:23:09
Fantastic, cheers Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. Nice to have one ready for a change when it is asked for!}


 

 

24 Jan 2019 23:53:38
Timo Werner has stated if he could, he would like to play for Man Utd. Do you know if this is something United have looked at? Or may act on?

Like Martial or Rashford he can play right across the front 3 positions and in my opinion would be a pretty good signing. Not my first choice but still a good option.

Rjmanutd

1.) 25 Jan 2019 05:04:13
From now we need to target players who can take us to the next level.
We already have 6 forwards fighting for 3 spots.
Werner doesn't seem to be a significant upgrade amongst the current options.


2.) 25 Jan 2019 06:23:15
Imo Timo Werner would be an upgrade on our striker options having said that he doesn't appear to be an option ed002 gave a reply to a similar question on the European page 😁.


3.) 25 Jan 2019 10:20:02
Werner is best utilised through the middle. If we signed him and played him out wide it'd be a disaster. Doubt it will happen anyway - Bayern need new blood after all.


4.) 25 Jan 2019 10:38:16
Ed002 said he would be interested in moving to us but we are not interested in him. I like him I think he is a talented player and can play across the front 3. He did disappoint in the World Cup but no German player really covered themselves in glory. I would love to sign him but I assume he will be off to Bayern in the near future.


5.) 25 Jan 2019 12:04:12
I quite like Werner however, I would like to see one more season of Lukaku under potentially the guidance of Solskjaer.
He has all the physical attributes to be a dominant striker, he can score goals in the league and at International level. I just think he needs some guidance and coaching to fine tune the areas that really let him down, 1st touch, movement off the ball and a bit of composure in front of goal. I appreciate these are all very important things but like I said, he just needs fine tuning as it seems his professional career he has got by on his raw talent that got him to this standard but since then, no one has really developed him to go onto the next level like a Drogba. A good pre season under someone like Solskjaer could really unlock that potential and take him from a 15-20 goals a season to a regular 25-30 goals a season.


6.) 25 Jan 2019 13:17:20
I agree we need players who can take are upgrades, however, we have thought a lot of players we have signed over the past few years are upgrades and they have been poor.

Also it's hard to see Mata (wonderful player but not physically able to press and counter at pace) and Sanchez (has pretty much been a disaster all round) having much of a future here so we need to sign an attacking player.

Like I said he isn't my first choice but he's 22 years old, can play all 3 forward positions, is very quick, played at a high level for the last 3 or 4 seasons and he actually wants to play for United. Compared to other options for attacking positions we've been linked with such as Perisic or Bergwijn, I think he is pretty good option.


7.) 25 Jan 2019 14:28:54
Werner in and Lukaku out.


 

 

20 Jan 2018 08:52:54
Ed, are we still looking at Jose Gimenez from Atletico or is Umtiti our main CB target?

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona won't be selling Umtiti - Gimenez right now seems happy where he is after an approach from another English side was rejected by the player.}


1.) 20 Jan 2018 12:31:53
Cheers Ed. Hopefully we see a quality centre back signed in the summer. Not long until we get the annual Raphael Varane wants to work with Jose again stories.


 

 

21 Aug 2017 14:23:32
Ed, Sky are reporting United are considering a bid for Ryan Sessegnon. Do you see us making a bid for him? Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{Ed004's Note - I've no idea. It looks like all the top clubs are keeping an eye on him}


1.) 21 Aug 2017 16:07:34
Apparently we are willing to buy and loan back like we did with Smalling. Seems a good deal for Fulham if they are willing to do business.


2.) 21 Aug 2017 16:38:50
He's certainly a player who looks very promising. However, he's nowhere near ready for the top end of the PL so a loan back for a year or two makes far more sense.


3.) 22 Aug 2017 15:24:51
More of an age issue with him, Ed002 said this months ago, possibly around January. You have to remember he is still a kid, whoever buys him will have to loan him back to Fulham. But, he does look like a talent.


4.) 22 Aug 2017 16:57:54
Seen him play a few times as my mate is a Fulham fan and I take his tickets when he can't go.

Actually started as a winger but injuries forced him into full back. His has a great engine and gets up and down the line well. Needs to work on his 1 v 1 defending a little but that will come.

His brother, Steven, was rated the better prospect before a bad injury, he's at Fulham too. Apparently he is a little reluctant to leave his family and his family will not let him go anywhere that he's not looked after. Not just financially.

Not ready for us yet but a loan in both the championship and maybe another in the EPL and he would be perfect to rotate with Shaw.


 

 

18 May 2017 18:47:41
I'll be the one who takes the Sly Sports bait today. Are we actually interested in Nainggolan? Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - Mourinho was very keen on Radja Nainggolan whilst at Chelsea who were not interested at the asking price for a player of his age - and if Manchester United are interested, he certainly won't be first choice for them.}


1.) 18 May 2017 20:34:29
Would be ideal player to add some energy to the midfield.


2.) 19 May 2017 07:33:16
Is he still smoking 50 a day and partying every other night? He's a brilliant player who'd improve our midfield immensely but he is damaging his own longevity with his lifestyle.


 

 

 

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22 Mar 2019 08:28:21
I've been on this site for years now, so I know that transfer "news" that's written in the papers is generally just guess work/ entirely made up and should be taken no notice of. However, there is sometimes a story there that catches your eye and just gives you the fear. A story this morning about United going for Harry Maguire has done exactly that.

Anytime I see a story linking Maguire with United, I think about how we used to have a go at Liverpool for buying Andy Carroll and think this is our Andy Carroll moment.

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1.) 22 Mar 2019 11:18:49
By 'Andy Carroll moment' do you mean, the story may turn out to be true or that he will be a complete flop considering how much we pay (cos we have had quite a few of those already) .
I took note of Harry during his Hull days, together with Robertson and Clucas I told my mates to watch them make it big. Seems i was 2/ 3 right but still think Clucas is a talent. Anyway back to Maguire, he will definitely improve our defense. I will pick him over smalling for a few clear reasons, he is better with the ball at his feet, better passer be it short or long range, better in the air as well. He will also be a more dominating presence in our back line, more than any of our current squad can provide.

That being said, I think to pry him away from Leicester we will need to pay quite an amount, an amount that can maybe bring in a different CB who ticks all of the above boxes and more better than Harry does.

Over the past few months a lot of 'regular' CB names have been discussed and a few wildcard ones thrown in as well, no need to drag that discussion up again.

However the bottom line for me is Maguire will improve Utd's defense but there a some out there who can do it better than him at a possibly similar price.


2.) 22 Mar 2019 11:45:33
The two biggest issues with our defence is a lack of authority in the air and only having one CB who can pick a pass.

Both of these things are areas Maguire excels at. He is also English and EPL proven. So shouldn't have a problem adapting.

Is he a perfect defender? No, of course not. None are. He often gets caught ball watching and has a tendency to move forward with the ball at poor moments leaving gaps in behind.

He wouldn't be an awful purchase as he ticks several boxes, including a great attitude, which many of our players lack.

However, there are better players out there. Whether they're available and whether we can get them is a totally different matter though.


3.) 22 Mar 2019 12:25:42
Good point Shapps 👍.


4.) 22 Mar 2019 12:32:28
Agree completely MBD and Shappy. Really good posts.


5.) 22 Mar 2019 12:37:33
I like defenders who can actually defend.


6.) 22 Mar 2019 13:05:54
Wouldn't worry about it as based on all the forwards we're apparently signing we'll be playing 2-3-5 next season anyway.


7.) 22 Mar 2019 13:35:14
Defend how Tony? There's more than one way to skin a cat.

How a team and how a player defends very much depends on how the manager sets the team up.

Do you want a defender who is good at sitting deep or one who can play in a high line?

Do you want your defender to be comfortable on the ball or better without it?

Do you want a defender who throws himself into tackles or one who shepherds players out?

There are no defenders in the world where can do it all. Every player has at least one physical weakness and normally several footballing ones which of course can be worked on.

Maguire can defend, as can Smalling. Yet they have very different skillsets.


8.) 22 Mar 2019 13:48:12
We need a defender that can lead and organise a defence. McGuire can do neither. He's good in the air, and likes to bring the ball out of defence. But he is positionally terrible, prone to rash decision making, and is not an organiser.

He is a slight upgrade on Smalling, but he, in no way, solves our primary defensive issues.


9.) 22 Mar 2019 14:26:17
I agree with Danny, I would not get near McGuire. Not the solution we need, why buy another Smaling/ Jones type of defender, if we want to solve our defensive problems let's go all out for Varane.


10.) 22 Mar 2019 14:28:58
I have always wanted maguire not because of the defender he is now but because of the defender he will become in 2/ 3 years when he reaches his peak
With all the international exposure he will be getting in the future he is only going to get better. We have seen how vvd has improved Liverpool defence and imo maguire will do the same for us.


11.) 22 Mar 2019 18:12:32
Just look at the videos of what sancho has been doing to him in England training. Stay away. I'd personally like alderwierald and at 25 Million that is a bargain.


12.) 22 Mar 2019 20:00:29
Shaps, his positional sense is woeful and he is regularly off the pace. I like the guy, he is good on the ball, but a poor Steve Brice in my opinion. He us cumbersome and one dimensional. Not for me.


13.) 22 Mar 2019 20:23:45
And slow.


14.) 22 Mar 2019 19:12:15
Wouldn't go near maguire. Awful defender in every single aspect of his game.


15.) 23 Mar 2019 01:56:10
I agree with yous about Maguire but everyone going on as if he's a rubbish player yh he's not good enough for United but it's not his fault he was part of the England squad that got to the semi-finals of wc but we all no we got the easiest ride through it if you want to be critical it was ridiculous we didn't get to the final but we all no the market for players these days is stupid the prices alone are putting immense pressure on a player to perform even before he's played for the club a mean we all go on that were not buying the right players imagine the boss still being in charge in this day he wouldn't pay these hefty fees now.

{Ed001's Note - Fergie was always happy to splash out the cash mate, he would have no issue with it. It might seem like small fry now, but even when he first came in he spent comparatively big fees.}


16.) 23 Mar 2019 09:16:25
Fergie broke the British transfer record how many times? Pallister, Keane, Cole, Yorke, van Nistelrooy and Veron I believe. It was the glazers that stopped him spending the last few years, does anyone think he was happy not seeing the Ronaldo money reinvested and bringing in owen an Valencia only?


 

 

04 Jan 2019 10:20:31
I have to say, a few weeks ago I don't think I would be particularly excited about any team we would field against Reading. However, with the positivity returning, I'm really hoping that a couple of the youngsters get a chance tomorrow. Also fringe players like Fred, Pereira and Romero will likely be in.

Lukaku and Sanchez should start with probably Lingard on the right with Rashford, Martial etc rested. I'm pretty sure 1 or 2 of the youngsters will be on the bench. The likes of Greenwood, Gomes, Chong etc. Maybe a couple of them will get 20/ 30 minutes? Greenwood looks like the most first team ready youth player we have had in a long time and if he gets 30 mins I'd be fairly certain he will score.

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1.) 04 Jan 2019 13:23:52
I think we need to rest several players while also giving others a chance. DDG, Lindelof, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Rashford, Martial and probably Lingard need to be rested. An injury to any of them ahead of the Spurs game would weaken us.

Players like Romero, Darmian, Valencia, Rojo, Smalling, Bailly, Fred, Andreas Pareira, Fellaini, Mata, Sanchez and Lukaku need game time.

While youngsters such as O'Connor, Williams, Garner, Chong, Gomes and Greenwood should all be in contention. Particularly Chong who looks right on the cusp of the first team.


2.) 04 Jan 2019 16:05:20
It'd be interesting to see who plays at CB tomorrow. Lindelof and Jones may be rested and Smalling and Rojo are unfit. Any youngster from the academy?


 

 

07 Aug 2018 06:35:15
Apologies hit send too early.

So sell the players we want rid of without replacing them, therefore bringing in a large amount of cash. Then next summer going all out in the transfer market and bring in several new players?

Or would you rather see us in the situation we are in just now, keep the likes of Pogba and Martial but struggle to bring in other targets?

Rjmanutd

1.) 07 Aug 2018 07:36:58
Rj, good post. Also, if he tries some of the younger players who have done so well in the reserves, they might even surprise mr Mourinho and we might not need a 30yr old Brazilian right winger at £75m, if Chong has a good season. We might not need a playmaker, if Gomez is given a chance to shine. But sadly, i don't think it'll happen.


2.) 07 Aug 2018 07:50:15
I agree AAA. At the moment the way our squad is compared to others, I think we are probably 3rd/ 4th best in the league. Which isn't a terrible place to be by the way.

However, wouldn't it be just as good as seeing us finish 4th with this squad, probably playing a cautious style of football, if we finished 5th or 6th while giving the likes of Fosu Mensah, Gomes, Chong, Pereira etc a lot of game time? It'll never happen with Mourinho in charge but if you are unlikely to win today, try to plan for a win tomorrow. Mourinho is constantly looking for a win today which considering we are far behind City may actually set us back further going forward?


3.) 07 Aug 2018 07:50:51
Tuanazebee and TFM going out on loan seems very rash as well with no replacements. TFM could be good RB cover . good for him and good for us.


4.) 07 Aug 2018 07:52:42
Rj, if we were to lose Pogba and Martial and others which seams very likely and don't have proper replacements we are probably in for a terrible season.
Then as you say this would leave us with a lot of cash and we could invest heavily on star players next summer, but after one year anything could happen.
- Jose might leave at the end of the season due to bad season. That would leave us with a bad squad with a new manager to bring in lot of new players then we would be said another year needed for gelling, and after another year anything could happen again. This would leave us falling well behind than our rivals.
- Jose is staying and invests heavily on star players. Again no guaranty that we would transform to a very good team and challenge. Just forget the performance Jose has brought in Sanchez Lukaku Pogba Bailey Miki Matic Lindelof Fred but still we haven't become title challengers. This was also because of city doing good business but we should also take other teams' business.

So it would be a great risk to lose key players and not replace them now.

The club management should have a sensible concrete plan as what we are going to do. Who the manager would be and what would be our identity. But seems the club aleady had such a plan with LVG and Allegri, thanks to us Toxics ;) :P.


5.) 07 Aug 2018 08:34:11
AAA,

The reserves came bottom of the league and got relegated, the under 18s had a great season but most are 2 maybe 3 years away from being strong enough and good enough for the first team.


6.) 07 Aug 2018 08:50:12
What happens when he plays those young kids and results go south?

Will we blame Jose? The board? The players?

Fact is, these kids aren't ready now. Their results in the last couple of seasons show that.

Jose asked for more quality and he hasn't got it yet. I'd be pretty miserable in his position too.


7.) 07 Aug 2018 09:22:56
Fully agree Angel. It's one thing to give the kids a chance it's another thing entirely to rely on them and expect them to make the difference.


8.) 07 Aug 2018 11:07:48
You can only give kids a chance if they are good enough. Fact is, they arent.


 

 

07 Aug 2018 06:32:38
Here's a question for you guys.

Many here think this season isn't shaping up to be a great one. We seemingly haven't landed our targets, the manager seems upset with this and we have a few players we want rid of but can't get rid of.

Would you accept a season where we don't challenge for the league and maybe finish 4th, 5th or 6th as well as sell the likes of Pogba, Martial, Darmian and others.

Rjmanutd

1.) 07 Aug 2018 08:00:54
Yes, if it means the end of Mourinho and draws a line under the horrible last seven years of awful football we've had to endure.

If we make those sales then there should be plenty of money for a new manager to spend on players.


2.) 07 Aug 2018 09:27:30
Rj its a hard question i think. The season is a long one and fifth or sixth would likely mean we finish behind liverpool, city etc. Not much in the way of bragging rights. As fans i think we would not find that easy at all. Its hard to see much choice here except to support this Mourinho and hope Pogba has a better year, Sanchez has a better year, Fred starts well, defence is settled . i'm hoping a few wins at the start will put jose in better form and boost players too.


 

 

15 Jun 2018 07:33:23
Who do you guys think will/ should get more game time out of some of our younger players? Players like Tuanzebe, McTominay and Fosu Mensah.

McTominay is obviously quite highly rated by Jose and will likely see a reasonable amount of playing time but Tuanzebe and Fosu Mensah don't seem to have an obvious place in the squad. Do you think these guys will have another year at United of playing in the early rounds of the cups or can you see them breaking into the team? Personally, though I'd love to see it, I can't see much game time at all for Tuanzebe and Fosu Mensah.

Rjmanutd

1.) 15 Jun 2018 08:03:40
Fosu mensah should get the most game time because i think he's the most talented of the three, can play multiple positions and i don't think his work ethic is in question.

Dont see how tuanzebe can get any game time if we plan to have 6 centre backs on book and only play with two central defenders at one time.

Reality is mctominay will play much more next season especially if fellaini leaves because he works hard and is willing to do everything the manager says.


2.) 15 Jun 2018 11:06:33
I think mctominay will go out on loan depending on another cm signing and AP coming back.


3.) 15 Jun 2018 11:26:06
TFM depends where he's going to be playing. RB or DCM. Tuanzebe probably needs a loan until we can free up some space. Maybe like TFM and go to a lower prem team for a season, see how he gets on.


4.) 15 Jun 2018 13:37:42
I can see TFM leaving. He has made it clear that he wants regular game time, and I don’t think he’s at the stage where he will get it with us.


 

 

 

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13 Apr 2019 19:22:41
I'm not and have never been a fan of appointing Solskjaer permanently. Not to say I don't like him or that he hadn't done a fantastic job but I think there are better managers out there. We were initially brilliant under Solskjaer but the last 6 weeks or so we have been dire. That includes beating PSG.

It's still probably too early to judge whether it will or won't work as regardless of who the manager is, it is clear we need better players and we need the hierarchy above the manager dealt with. Nevertheless, I'd be more confident of it working with someone like Pochettino, Allegri or Blanc in charge.

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24 Mar 2019 11:24:51
I'm with you there Shappy, Romero has proven to be a very good back up and while he isn't at De Gea's level, any mistake from any keeper signed would be viewed as something that De Gea would not have done. Henderson would ideally be back up for a year or 2 then take over the number 1 spot.

Save the cash for other areas of the squad which need investment.

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09 Mar 2019 10:56:37
Cheers Ed. From the little I've seen of Dias he looks pretty good but do you think he is capable of being the top class CB we badly need or will he need a bit of time similar to Lindelof?

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08 Feb 2019 14:59:48
I have to say I'm a little surprised about it. While he wouldn't be first on my list of who I thought should be replaced in the summer, I thought he would be. I think this might spell the end for Bailly? Smalling recently signed a new contract, now Jones has one, Lindelof has been excellent for a good while now and it looks fairly certain we will sign a new CB so can't see where he gets games.

In addition to the above, I was really hoping to see more of Tuanzebe next season, perhaps in cup games and the occasional league game as I think he will be a very good player.

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29 Jan 2019 18:11:56
Darmian needs to move on for the good of his career. Hasn't worked out for him at United and it seems some of the too sides in Italy would like him so it works out for everyone.

As for Fellaini, I'm not his biggest fan but he is a good plan b and he certainly doesn't fit in with the style of play we have under Solskjaer but it seems strange to sell him at this point in the season. We are quite light in the centre of the park and after the first choice 3 and Fred, we are down to McTominay and Pereira. I'd love to see Pereira come good as he clearly has talent but in all honesty, I think he will also go in the summer. Then there is McTominay, who in the best case scenarion looks as though he needs at least another season before he can make a decent contribution. Unless someone is coming in which I doubt, I would keep him until the summer if we could.

The only other alternative would be another youth player or someone like Valencia who has played CM for Ecuador filling his spot which is again unlikely.

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25 Apr 2019 07:11:47
We are struggling to do the basics at the moment. We seem to have a lot of players who can't pass with any accuracy. The amount of times in the last few weeks where someone has misplaced straightforward passes is unreal. We also have forwards who can't hold the ball up, defenders who don't close down properly and unfortunately a goalkeeper who looks distracted and is making mistakes he shouldn't be. There seems to be a fitness problem where Ole wants to play at a higher tempo but the players can't do it. That's obviously quite hard to change mid season though.

It really is a mess and the entire club has a huge amount of work ahead.

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24 Apr 2019 18:16:39
Ideally a United win followed by Liverpool losing the rest of their remaining games.

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20 Apr 2019 13:35:09
I would go into next season with that as a front line. If we really want Rashford to become top class, he needs to be 1st choice playing in his preferred position every week.

If we did sign someone it would have to be someone who accepts being a back up and clearly isn't going to be first choice. Personally, I don't think it matters what we do in the summer, we won't win the league next season as we are a long way back, so I'd rather see the minutes that would go to a back up be given to Sanchez playing through the middle and even a small chunk of time given to Greenwood. A quality creative midfielder would be much more use to us than a Lukaku replacement in my opinion.

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20 Apr 2019 11:21:11
I wouldn't say Lukaku needs replaced if sold, not like for like with another number 9 anyway. Rashford should be our CF and both Martial and Sanchez can play there.

Put the money towards another creative player, whether that be someone like Bruno Fernandes who would play centrally or a wide player like Sancho or Zaha. If Lukaku is sold for say £60m that probably cover the vast majority of the price tag for Fernandes and I'd take that.

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12 Apr 2019 12:36:53
Pogba is a very strange player, he is a conundrum of a footballer who contradicts his own ability at times. He looks like someone who if you surrounded him with the greatest players on the planet he can stand out and look even better than those players at times, but at the same time, in this squad where he is far and away the most talented player he can look like the worst player on the pitch.

He has so much ability to decide a game on his own but is a luxury player who despite his incredible technical and physical ability (pretty much everything you'd want in a player that can win a game on his own) he very rarely decides a game on his own.

Yes he is not surrounded by the best United squad of all time but throughout Europe there are players with half of Pogba's talent who produce twice as often as he does.

Not all of this is his fault and I agree he gets more than his fair share of stick as plenty of other players have not lived up to expectations over the past few years and we haven't always had a particularly fluid style of play in his time here which has hindered him somewhat. Mainly though, I think the stick he gets is a symptom disappointment as Pogba seems to play to the level of the team he is in rather than be the reason that the team he is in is that bit better with his presence. If he goes to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juve and is surrounded by stars dominating games he will look incredible and people will think we have made a mistake in selling him but I doubt he will ever look brilliant consistently in a squad where he is the best player, he needs others around him of a similar or even higher level to be at his best.

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