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Best team moment: Champions league final 1999

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12 Aug 2019 20:23:08
Why is the narrative that we were "lucky" because Chelsea hit the post/ bar twice?

If we hit the post those same people would be call us unlucky. They would say it was a poor shot.

Why is a shot that hits the woodwork called unlucky while a shot that whistles just past the post is considered a shot off target therefore a poor shot?

If your shot isn't saved by the keeper and it doesn't go in then you missed. It doesn't matter if you missed by a yard or by a kick of paint. A miss is a miss.

We hit the woodwork 14 times last season, had all those shots gone in we would have won and extra 7 points and qualified for the UCL.

So we're we unlucky to not finish fourth or did we miss vital chances? It can't be one rule for us and another for our opponents.


1.) 12 Aug 2019 20:35:04
Don’t try to apply logic to a Chelsea fan. Climate change is happening and it’s starting to effect the plastic fans.

2.) 12 Aug 2019 21:30:43
I'm just wondering what you had to do to get the stats on how many times we hit the woodwork and where we would've finished if they'd gone in.

3.) 12 Aug 2019 21:35:15
Technically snappy a shot that hits the Woodward is classed as off target.

Chelsea saying they were unlucky to mask the fact that they were easily beaten.

Get over it.

4.) 13 Aug 2019 00:09:09
According to some any shot that hits the Woodward is a pretty good shot Bolger.

5.) 13 Aug 2019 06:04:12
Pogba hit the post 7 times in his first season.

6.) 13 Aug 2019 07:08:34
Not saying you were lucky you won. I think most people would agree with me on that.
What I am saying is that the 4-0 flatters United as you struggled to create much of note, and with better finishing from us the match could've been a lot different. We didn't take our chances, and you guys did. That was the difference.

The unlucky part for us fans is that for all of our inexperience on (and off) the pitch, we were ultimately let down by our most experienced guy on the pitch. Azpi switched off twice, for your 2nd and 3rd goals. That was the real shame, for me at least.

You deserved to win as you took the chances you got. We didn't as we didn't finish ours. Simple as.

7.) 13 Aug 2019 08:28:56
Spot on that Shappy.

Jackson, "with better finishing from us the match could've been a lot different" and in other news if my Mum was male she'd be my Dad.

We were clinical, we took the chances that came our way. It's that simple. You can be lucky in the odd game winning by 1-0 but if you win 4-0 you fully deserve it, which I know you have already stated but some of the posts on the Chelsea page are laughable mate.

{Ed0333's Note - I don’t concur mate I thought Chelsea were wasteful and should of been 2 up before you scored. That wasn’t anywhere near a vintage performance from you’re lot and if you'd have played City, Liverpool, Spurs on that form you’d have been soundly dealt with. I didn’t see anything from United that worried me but I agree you did make the most of you’re chances.

8.) 13 Aug 2019 09:09:12
Okay, so I don't speak for most other Chelsea fans on these pages at least :p

But on other platforms most echo my sentiments. We were wasteful and defensive transition was bad. You were clinical indeed. That's mostly story of the match.

9.) 13 Aug 2019 12:23:13

I pretty much agree with your assessment. I think we were lucky to lead at Halftime. But the 2nd half i think tactically we were spot on and deserved to win based on converting our chances.

Good Luck for rest of the season mate.

10.) 13 Aug 2019 12:26:27
Shappy, given the scoreline we can't say that we were lucky to win it but you can't deny that we were certainly lucky not to concede. De Gea was beaten twice and had to rely on prayers that the ball not deviate inside of the post.

11.) 13 Aug 2019 12:36:29
Thanks, SH :) getting top 6 should be possible. Good luck to you, too. If you play up to your talent level it should be a good one for you guys!

12.) 13 Aug 2019 13:43:07
Last season, away at Barca, Rashford went through on goal in the opening minutes and hit the bar.

I genuinely believe that had that gone in we would have beat Barca. We had them on the ropes in the first leg, we were all over them and their defence was in bits.

But that didn't happen, we made silly mistakes at the back and Barcelona were clinical. After the game we were pummelled by the press.

The main difference being, Barcelona were applauded for their performance in winning 3-0, whereas we apparently got lucky against Chelsea winning 4-0.

13.) 13 Aug 2019 16:39:36
Dont put the ball in the net you don't score nothing to do with luck.

14.) 13 Aug 2019 16:42:04
If so, if that. If it was against Liverpool/ Spurs we would struggle, if Chelsea scored from their changes, then we would struggle. We would never know. The fact is, it was Chelsea, we scored from the chances we got, and won the game.

We didn't stop after 2-0 or 3-0 and kept going for more. There were a lot of positives about the way the team went about it in the 2nd half.

15.) 13 Aug 2019 19:51:17
My point is we scored 4, luck doesn't come into it when you score 4 unanswered goals. Yes Chelsea were wasteful and yes Dave saved a few but Chelsea not finishing isn't our problem and isn't your keeper supposed to make saves?

I thought Pogba was poor all game but then there are glimpses of the player you know he is, the ball for Rash over the top and the drive through midfield to set up DJ typifies him. For me he will worry teams and cause problems.

In Rash, Martial and Jesse we have players with pace who can run in behind and run the channels, this will also cause teams problems. I actually think we will be better suited to play against teams Like City, Liverpool and Spurs etc. Teams that will have a go and press high giving the pacey front 3 chance to stretch them at the other end, that's where Pogba will be very important for us with his vision, It's imperative he is motivated and he stays until replaced if we want to be top 4.

As for teams that will defend in compact blocks (that's where we will struggle) I think Maguire will become essential in bringing the ball out from the back and creating an overload in the middle. Can we break them down?

I thought we were poor at the back, great individually but we didn't defend well as a team, partly because Shaw was doubled up on for most of the game with Rash not really tracking back but I do think that will come.

City- I thought were phenomenal and are the team to beat again.

Liverpool- While good I thought Norwich created a few good chances, I have a feeling they can be got at this year. It's whether or not teams can outscore them.

Spurs- I thought ran out of ideas until Eriksen came on, he's important for them.

Arsenal- I really didn't see anything much from them, I thought Newcastle were always in the game (who looked very poor themselves) Auba is excellent and does what he always does.

All in all I'm excited, I'm enjoying watching us again which is amazing. I even got my Mrs cheering us on! I think we will surprise a few this year. I don't think we will be as far away as last year :)

16.) 13 Aug 2019 12:40:58
Ed I did reply to you mate, not sure if it's been lost somewhere.

{Ed0333's Note - not sure mate.

17.) 14 Aug 2019 09:27:04
Chelsea got done. Simple as that. Looking for ‘what ifs’ is just a waste of time. Going into a game against Liverpool tonight they need to think about team selection rather than hitting woodwork. Quick tip: play Kante in CDM. Simple. That centre back pairing was not up to it.

18.) 17 Aug 2019 20:49:48
this game reminded me of when we lost 3 nil to spurs having had 3 great chances to be 3 up, it happens from what i saw a 1nil utd would of been fair, but that's football chelsea were naive pushing for an equaliser and got caught out simple as.
I agree a city etc would of punished us but we will hopefully play better as the season goes on.



17 Jun 2019 19:34:47
Ed002, Just wondering if the recent media reports of United having an interest in Issa Diop has any substance or if it's just media fantasy?



{Ed002's Note - West Ham implied there has been some interest.}

1.) 17 Jun 2019 20:19:03
Ed, has anything changed on the CB interest front aside from this?
Are the club in contact with any clubs regarding specific players?

{Ed002's Note - The club will have been talking to agents and to some clubs. If they persist with Diop them I think you can scratch KK from the list. And I gave an update recently.}

2.) 17 Jun 2019 21:34:44
Am I being thick, who's KK?

{Ed004's Note - Kalidou Koulibaly?}

3.) 17 Jun 2019 22:11:42
Yeah, I was being thick😂.

4.) 17 Jun 2019 22:13:25
From looking at Diop he looks like the player you wish Smalling was. He has all the defensive attributes but is good on the ball. Not elite on the ball yet but very solid. I think Tuanzebe needs the year long loan to a Premier League team like Villa to see if he's able to cut it then can be an exciting addition to our backline next season. Would be a lot happier with the club spending £60m on Diop than £80-90m on Maguire. Hard to pick between the two right now ability wise, then think of where Maguire was at when he was Diop's age (22yo) . A backline of Shaw, Diop, Lindelof (Capt, hopefully) and AWB is alright a little inexperienced but hella exciting! All very good at actual defending while being confident and comfortable on the ball. We live in hope.

5.) 17 Jun 2019 22:16:35
Thank god for that i was thinking kevin Keegan.

6.) 17 Jun 2019 22:35:22
Thanks, Ed.

7.) 17 Jun 2019 23:09:09
Dont know how good Diop is but i just hope we don't spend 60 mil plus on Maguire. He will be another Jones and Smalling but a expensive version.

8.) 18 Jun 2019 01:40:06
Quoted from sky. so believe what you will.

“West Ham want a player in return in any potential deal that would see Diop depart for Old Trafford but United are not willing to give the Hammers the player they want”

Any clue on who the player they want is?

9.) 18 Jun 2019 07:18:22
Ken, my first thought was Kevin Kilbane 😂.

10.) 18 Jun 2019 07:45:28

11.) 18 Jun 2019 10:07:11
Apparently the player they want is Martial.

12.) 18 Jun 2019 10:48:12
How about Diop and Declan Rice for Martial plus cash?
I would definitely take it.



18 Mar 2019 22:19:22
Ed002, are United still interested in Carlos Soler? You mentioned him as a possible target a while back and I've kept a close eye on him since. Looks like he will be some player.


{Ed002's Note - No, but there is interest from another EPL side in Carlos Soler.}

1.) 19 Mar 2019 06:32:16
Thanks, that's a shame he looks like he will become a top player.



26 Jan 2019 08:49:10
Do the Ed's or any fellow posters know anything about the young 17 year old African midfielder Hanson MBopp we have been linked to this morning?


1.) 26 Jan 2019 09:15:01
One hit wonder.

2.) 26 Jan 2019 09:21:46
DDG 1, bravo, take the rest of the month off. You win the site. :)

3.) 26 Jan 2019 09:30:05
Shappy you ok lectured us a couple of weeks ago telling and urging us not to read these types of rumours. are you bi-polar 😂😂😂😂.

4.) 26 Jan 2019 10:17:53
DDG1, comment of the month, bravo 👏🏻.

5.) 26 Jan 2019 10:30:30
Saturday morning fishing Shappy?
DDG1 one for the archives that answer is!

6.) 26 Jan 2019 10:46:46
Duwudada doowapp.

7.) 26 Jan 2019 11:53:42
DDG1, I'll have to get up a little earlier if I want to catch you. lol. I was hoping everyone had been out celebrating last night, hoped I'd catch a few. lol.

8.) 26 Jan 2019 12:33:45
We're looking at quote a lot of young players. Hearing a lot of things about young Swiss midfielder Toby Le Rone.

9.) 26 Jan 2019 13:04:21
Mort, I've heard he's quite tasty. Lol.

10.) 26 Jan 2019 13:52:10
Good with triangles too.

11.) 26 Jan 2019 13:53:55
A bit up and down.

12.) 26 Jan 2019 14:17:42
Probably still be better than floppy keita.

13.) 26 Jan 2019 15:15:55
I hear he’s a nougat’y young Midfielder.
Gets stuck in.

14.) 26 Jan 2019 15:54:06
A good run and this site is a joy to visit. Top work boys.

15.) 26 Jan 2019 18:49:05
I wonder what's happened to our cheerful friend Beast.

16.) 26 Jan 2019 23:02:49
I do miss beast he had some good input most of the time.



23 Jan 2019 11:58:06
Ed002, I see we are being linked in the press with a move for Paul Mitchell again. Obviously the fact that he has worked with Pochettino at two different clubs and Pochettino is apparently our number one target is the basis of these links.

Are the club interested in Mitchell? And what's your opinion of him as a candidate for the Director of football role our club is pursuing?



{Ed002's Note - Red Bull think a lot of him and for the past couple of months have been exploring a new global role for him as another EPL side has shown an interest. I am not aware of any approach by MU.}

1.) 23 Jan 2019 18:31:19
Cheers, Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - I would not want to see MU opt for Mitchell. It would not work in my opinion, but maybe to really move a head the club need to take the knife to the bad part of the apple?}

2.) 23 Jan 2019 18:40:03
Which part of the club is the bad part, in your opinion, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - The pointed bit.}

3.) 23 Jan 2019 20:14:34
Fascinating, from what I can find out about Mitchell he sounds like a United fans dream. Looks towards youth, won't sign players to block the pathway of young players, has unearthed some great signings for the clubs he works for.

So why do you feel Mitchell wouldn't work? And what is the bad part of the apple you allude to?


4.) 24 Jan 2019 06:06:39
The problem with that Shappy is blooding youth and winning trophies in basically impossible at this current time. We have a few very talented kids coming through, but what manager would risk their job here trying to make sure the kids get their chance?

5.) 24 Jan 2019 06:46:23
Mumbles, the right one for our club. We have only ever had consistent success under two managers. Sir Matt and Sir Alex, both built that success on blooding youth players.

Giving youth a chance is what Manchester United is about, a 80 year record of having an academy graduate in the match day squad is unmatched by any club anywhere in the world.

6.) 24 Jan 2019 10:30:17
Thanks for the info ed. Is it true that Andrea Berta is reconsidering now that Jose has left? I thought he was one of the people who jose was happy to work with? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything happening with Andrea Berta right now.}

7.) 24 Jan 2019 11:06:28
Perfect thanks for the swift reply Ed.

8.) 24 Jan 2019 15:57:50
Isn't an apple with a pointed bit just a pear?




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18 Aug 2019 11:45:30
I must say Antonio Conte looks like he might be the hero of our transfer window. If he gets his way he'll sign both Lukaku and Sanchez from us this summer.

If that happens he should get a plaque at Old Trafford.


1.) 18 Aug 2019 12:04:02
If he could take rojo and darmian as well i think a statue would be in order.

2.) 18 Aug 2019 12:05:28
I think they need him and will get him as 0erisic has now left.

3.) 18 Aug 2019 12:09:49
What about DOF. he is doing a great job.

4.) 18 Aug 2019 13:06:31
We can but hope. Sanchez leaving would be best for all involved. One of the most effective players in the league a couple of years ago but he looks like a totally different person nowadays.

No doubt United would need to pay a reasonable chunk of his wages but regardless it's the right decision.

5.) 18 Aug 2019 14:53:33
If he takes Sanchez Darmian Rojo Jones and Smalling they should re name old Trafford after him.

6.) 18 Aug 2019 20:00:18
I am beginning to warm to Conte.

7.) 18 Aug 2019 21:00:42
Maybe Conte fancies the job after Ole? . doing a bit of pruning before he comes in. ha.

8.) 19 Aug 2019 05:40:11
If Martial and Rash get injured, we are woefully short up front.
Not sure if it's possible to get Lorente as cover since he is a free agent.



12 Aug 2019 12:00:12
So what does everyone make of the shift in focus to our attack?

Last season it seemed very clear that Ole preferred to have Rashford through the middle. So much so that it pushed Lukaku out of the club. Something I don't hold against Lukaku, he played second fiddle at a top club for several years to an older better player, in the end he got tired of waiting for his chance. He moved to a club slightly lower in the pecking order to play regularly. He earned a move back to a top club. So losing his place to a YOUNGER player probably felt pretty sickening to him. He is in his prime years and he needs to be first choice.

On to what we seem to be seeing this season (albeit a small sample size so far) is Martial being moved more centrally with Rashford moving out to the left. Again with them regularly switching roles.

Personally I think that might be best especially in games where we will look to counter. Martial lack of off the ball movement might work against him when teams sit deep. Yet his movement for his goal yesterday was excellent. If he can improve that then his clinical finishing could make him into a top level striker.

Whereas, Rashford's work rate and slightly less clinical finishing might be better suited to a role on the left cutting in on to his stronger right foot.

Has Ole, a former top striker himself, seen something in Martial he thinks he can coach out of him? The giving of the No.9 shirt seems to be calculated as well.

It will be very interesting to watch as the season develops to see who out of the two spends more time playing centrally, and how they develop.


1.) 12 Aug 2019 12:37:10
“Sickening” - really? Lukaku admitted came into last season overweight and his performances and work rate were abysmal. He had every reason to be dropped and play second fiddle and there was no reason to change that going into the new season.

On martial i think the reason he is playing centrally is that his hold up play and close control is very good. He can drop deep with rashford and a rw running in behind (maybe greenwood) ideally and martial can then create chances which is an underrated aspect of his game.

2.) 12 Aug 2019 13:40:14
Shappy, interesting post. I think Martial is a very good striker and him and Rashford can interchange, thus making it more difficult for opposition defenders. I said from day one, that I'm not worried about our attack, i would rather have 5 players scoring 10-12 each than depending on one striker scoring a lot of goals.
Bit i don't agree with is Lukaku. When he arrived, i thought he'll be incredible for us. However, his work rate, his weight, his attitude cannot be accepred. There simply are no excuses. He acted unprofessionally in the way he looked after himself, and also, he lacked balls to train hard and prove the manager wrong. He took the easy way out and became lazier. I know it's not our money, but Lukaku and Sanchez and a few of the other time wasters at United, are stealing a living. I'm delighted OGS has given his big arse a huge boot, and i hope Sanchez, Rojo, Jones and Darmian will follow the exit route before long.
We need people dying for the cause, not mercenaries like Lukaku who think they can be 3 stones overweight and be guaranteed an automatic spot in the team. Goodbye Lukaku and good riddance, and inter are welcome to him.

3.) 12 Aug 2019 15:58:46
Lukaku, the same guy who scored 32 goals for us in 2 seasons? The guy who hardly played towards the second half of the season and yet was the top scorer for us last season. Yesterday someone heralded Martial's 45 goals in 5 years as great and now 32 in 2 years is bad. Martial is a natural striker and is lethal when he decides to show up but that doesn't mean that Lukaku was bad. He simply didn't fit the system that is being attempted now. You give him a proper winger and he will get you the goals.

Another thing, what does a shirt number have to do with playing well or badly? Can he see the number on his back once he has the jersey on. A player should be committed to playing well no matter what number is displayed on his back.

4.) 12 Aug 2019 16:30:29
Why do you include Darmian and Jones in that summary.

When has Jones or Darmian been unprofessional and coming back overweight and not willing to give their all, because that is not true, they are simply not good enough, nothing to do with their attitude.

You just sound silly, sorry mate, I disagree.

5.) 12 Aug 2019 16:50:38
I liked the formation. I preferred it when Lingard played in CAM role.
I liked Martial and Rashford starting positions and them rotating.
I think our formation, style etc were great. Just need to keep it going and gain confidence through results.

6.) 13 Aug 2019 00:36:23
Jb, jones, Darmian, sanchez, Rojo. These guys are injured or unfit 80% of the season. If they were your employees and you only say them 3 months a year, will you not be slightly miffed? So who is being silly here?



12 Aug 2019 10:39:10
Well I wonder if yesterday's performance and result surprised a few of the doom mongers on here.

I say performance as it was funny. Over the 90 minutes I don't think the team played at more than 70% of what this side is capable of. Which when you play at 70% and beat the team that finished 3rd last season 4-0 then I think you have ever right to feel excited by this team.

Young, hungry and learning. When you consider that AWB, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Martial James and Rashford are at least 3-5 years away from reaching their peak that is something to be excited about. Add to that the likes of Dalot, Tuanzebe, Garner, Chong, Gomes and Greenwood who either didn't play or only got a few minutes then there is huge potential in this side.

There will be tougher days ahead, and there will be days where it doesn't click.

A balanced view would be that we looked a little too open in midfield which exposed our defence. Rashford on the left didn't cover Shaw which meant they kept getting in down that side. I also wonder if that group of players could unlock a side that sits much deeper and doesn't play so openly.

To counter those points, this is a new team with new partnerships being developed all over the pitch. The communication looked very good, Lindelof and AWB when Chelsea got in between them, McTominay after the third goal. The spirit is there, the team play takes time to develop. Could they break down a side that sits much deeper? Well for a start our full backs would be able to get further forward, and maybe stretch a defence. Pogba would also have more time on the ball in offensive phases of play. We also have players such as Mata, Gomes and Greenwood would possess technical ability, vision and clever movement who could come in to open up deeper defenses.

I really liked what I saw yesterday, and if the team continues to develop their understanding with eachother and their team play, grows in confidence then they can easily improve their performance levels by 30% at which point we would be able to challenge every team in the league.


1.) 12 Aug 2019 11:13:33
One more thing is that Luke Shaw needs a consistent run of games to reach top form mainly because of his bulky body type.

2.) 12 Aug 2019 11:39:17
TrueRedDevil, he is similar to Rooney in that he needs games to get to the required match fitness and more importantly the sharpness needed.

People readily point out the weaker areas of his game, bit fail to appreciate that he has lost nearly 2 years of development due to the serious injury he suffered earlier bin his career.

He was a teenager when he join our club, it was a huge step up and he was in and out of the team during his first year as he adapted to the club, at the start of his second season he was flying right up until he broke his leg. 18 months out recovering and rehabilitating, then when he came back he had a manager who didn't trust him and often gave him harsh criticism/ abuse publicly.

Last season was really the first chance he has had to kick on since the start of his second season with us. That is a huge amount of development time lost for a young player.

With time and the right coaching there is no reason why he can't go on and fullfil his early potential.

3.) 12 Aug 2019 11:44:09
Shappy it's right not to get carried away especially by the scoreline. The truth is Chelsea were the better team for most of the match. They hit the bar and crossbar before falling behind and our defence at times was all over the place. I cannot understand why Chelsea took Barkley off and did not start with Kante. Also they too have a new look centre back pairing which led to some of our goals. City and Liverpool would have been much more clinical and scored lots. That said you can only beat what's in front of you and the confidence the team gets will be valuable. Wolves next week will be a much sterner test and we can get a more accurate picture of where we are at. Meantime good start and let's hope for more results and attacking with pace like yesterday.

4.) 12 Aug 2019 11:45:54
Bulky? I'm going to use that one for myself TRD, thanks 😂.

5.) 12 Aug 2019 12:09:33
Snappy it seemed like first half Rashford had been told not to go back with Azpilicueta? Only reason I say that is that he usually does work back well. Second half he did a bit more.
Yesterday we saw the spirit and the fight like you say. Let’s stick with this team, it’s very young. Yesterday looked like a united team, and the stadium was bouncing. Great to see, I hope we can fall in love with this squad again.

6.) 12 Aug 2019 13:51:42
Shappy, non are doom mongers, some of us choose not to get carried away. Midfield is a huge problem.
Chelsea could and should have had two goals in the first half, we rode our luck, and we got the 2nd goal at the right moment in the 2nd half.
This display wasn't without it's dangerous moments for us.
We also have to remember that Chelsea were mussing their best defender and midfielder and had a youngster playing up front on his own. The result was brilliant for us, but in truth, if it was the other way round, we'll all be aggrieved at our bad luck.
Wolves will provide an interesting test, I'm looking forward to it, as again, we can play on the counter.

7.) 12 Aug 2019 15:07:09
Chelsea were without Kante, Rudiger, hazard so 3 of their best performers from defense, Mids and Fwd were absent. So just try not to get carried away.

{Ed047's Note - don’t forget Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Loftus-Cheek and Pulisic not yet up to speed. Hazard has gone so he’s kind of irrelevant.

8.) 12 Aug 2019 15:28:57
I'm not getting carried away. Serious question though, do you think that the United side out yesterday played to their full potential?

9.) 12 Aug 2019 16:02:38
Shappy, the team that finished 3rd last season but were without their first choice defence, their first choice midfield, a teenage striker and who have lost the 3rd best player in the world. And they still outplayed us for most part and could so easily have been out of sight in the first half itself.

I am super happy with yhe result and the second half performance and long it may continue but i am not getting carried away just yet.

However that's one big game out of the way and we got the 3 points.

10.) 12 Aug 2019 16:35:25
Hold on guys with the Chelsea should have been so many goals up, didn't Martial miss a sitter, when he should have scored after that mistake by Zouma. so it would have been 2-2, just saying.

11.) 12 Aug 2019 15:31:42
Yes ED i agree, I liked what i saw of Mason Mount though, What do you make of him? I know this is not a Chelsea page but just wanted to know if he will be a regular starter for Lampard of he is just filling up gaps right now.

{Ed047's Note - he does look good but would have benefited from an experienced head in there with him, Jorginho and Kovacic I’m not really convinced about so I’m sure he’ll get plenty of game time for now.

Be interesting to see if it’s one of those two who miss out when Kantes fully fit.

If Chelsea get their ban lifted for January then that could change because if they’re playing catch up then I’m certain reinforcements will come in.



11 Aug 2019 09:38:57
I wonder what Pogba will think if Real Madrid buy Neymar for close to 200m when the most they would offer for him was 27m and James Rodriguez?


1.) 11 Aug 2019 10:03:23
That he should probably knuckle down, have the season of his life and Real might spend that sort of money on him too.

Real clearly don't want him that bad. I don't blame them. Maybe they've actually watched him play 😂.

2.) 11 Aug 2019 11:29:29
It was true for Jose, he has too much power at Manchester United.
He said he wanted to leave, his agent said he wanted to leave,
What if Madrid or juve come back in for him, where does that leave us,
Our midfield is already weaker that last year with herrera gone,
Then of he stays will he be angry with the club, down tools and trot around the pitch not giving a dam.
We had all summer to bring in sms, fernandes, longstaff, mcginn
All I know if he does stay and doesn't give his all we are in trouble,

3.) 11 Aug 2019 13:08:35
Leahy no ones made an acceptable offer so far and they've had all summer. Juventus don't have the cash which is why they proposed the dybala-lukaku swap. Madrid clearly don't see him as a priority. I don't see him moving now. Maybe in January more likely July. And by then we'll get replacements in. Its not perfect but the clubs chosen to handle it that way.

4.) 11 Aug 2019 13:27:43
I thInk Zidane looks like he is already unhappy, imagine if Jose pitches up back at Madrid, Pogba’s dream move would be off. That would leave very few options for him.

5.) 11 Aug 2019 13:35:22
Unfortunate isn't mort? But that's the way it is. We will have carry him until either Jan or end of season.

6.) 11 Aug 2019 13:54:10
Exactly mort, I'm sure there are a lot of players want to play for Madrid.
But madrid need to want them to, or want them enough to pay the price.
As for juve strange there was no dybala for pogba talk?

7.) 11 Aug 2019 14:06:10
I think pogba will have a good season. I reckon OGS has told him to give us another season then he can join real Madrid.
And as for people questioning Pogbas mentality and commitment, these may be flaws that pogba has but in a season leading upto the euros I'm sure he will want to perform. Perform well make the euros squad and seal his move to madrid. Just like Ronaldo did on the promise from fergusan.

8.) 11 Aug 2019 13:53:24
I know mort, agree with that, now our midfield will depend on whichever pogba turns uo.

9.) 11 Aug 2019 14:37:20
I think as others have said with the euro's coming up and no move on the horizon he needs to perform. Its not in his interest to strop and sulk. I'd have preferred to get it resolved this summer but hey ho.

10.) 11 Aug 2019 16:19:12
The window is closed. We move on. Win games and he will be good as gold.

11.) 11 Aug 2019 18:27:19
Stuck with pogba? Looked ok today.



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09 Aug 2019 18:43:05
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15 Aug 2019 12:03:25
I think the 27m + James Rodriguez bid proved how little an appetite Real Madrid had for seriously pursuing Pogba.

The fact that they are now seriously exploring a deal for Neymar shows that the money is there if they really want a player. I think it also shows that the manager doesn't dictate the signings at Real Madrid.
In which case does it really matter how much Zidane wants Pogba, if other people at the club don't want him then he won't go there.

I think this summer was his real chance to go to Real Madrid. I think he might have missed it, unless he has a storming season this year and proves himself to be a "Galactico".




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08 Aug 2019 20:23:47
Never seen him play, but been told he has plenty of "bite". 😂.




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05 Aug 2019 08:08:22
Isco is the only one.




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01 Aug 2019 13:21:26
The issue is we could do with a proven top level goalscorer to take some of the burden off of Rashford and Martial.

However, we are a team that hasn't truly competed for the league in 6 years and currently can only offer Europa League football. What hungry, motivated player at the peak of their career would move to our club at the moment? Young players looking to step up a level, yes. Older players with their best days behind them and a clutch of medals looking for one last big pay day, sure. But top level players in their peak years? Unlikely.

So what do you do about it? Well you have four options.

1, sign an older player on huge wages who might do well but would ultimately block the path of the younger players. Also they might not be as good as their reputation suggests as they will be on the decline. Think either Zlatan or Sanchez. Not a great option.

2, Sign an average squad player. Someone to make up the numbers. This seems pointless as we have a bloated squad already.

3, Sign a top young talent. This doesn't really help as we then have three or four top young players.

4, Sign no other strikers, put faith in the players we have and hope they step up. Maybe sign a wide player or an attacking midfielder who can score a fair few goals and take the pressure off the strikers by having the goal scoring burden shared out amongst more players.

This seems like the best option and maybe the one Ole seems to be going towards.

Rather than have one player expected to score 25-30 goals, with others pitching with no one else scoring more than 10-12. Have 5-6 players all expected to score 12-18 goals each. Marital, Rashford, Dybala, Bruno Fernandes, Mata, Lingard, James, Pogba/ SMS and Greenwood could all score at least 10 goals next season, some of them could score 15-20. If all score 10 then that's 90 goals, if they all score 12 then that's 108. If one of them has a breakout season and scores 20+ then we will have a very good season.




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28 Jul 2019 16:43:49
Bale is reportedly currently on 600k per week. He isn't going to take a pay cut.

So we would need to match his current wages at least.

He just isn't worth that sort of money when you consider his injuries. Why do you think Real Madrid are desperate to get him off the books.





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18 Aug 2019 10:39:32
Red man, Rio might have been considered the best defender in the world according to the British press of the back of that world cup. Yet anyone without bias would tell you that Sol Campbell was a better player than Rio at that time. So he wasn't even the best CB in the England squad.

He was not at that time at the level of Nesta, Cannavaro, Desially, Heirro etc.

Rooney was a top rated prospect at the time we bought him. He was not yet considered a genuine world class talent in the same bracket as the likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo (Brazilian), Raul, Henry etc.

Both were top young players who would go on to improve at the club.

I agree RVP was different, but as I said these world class singing are the ones you sign as the cherry on top not at the start of a rebuild.

RVP was added to complement the squad not as an attempt to rebuild it.




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18 Aug 2019 10:33:02
Jred, we have a good back four. But quite simply at the moment Shaw is the weakest player in that back four.

If you were to rank the four defenders on key areas of defending where would Shaw rank against his teammates?

Tackling? I would say AWB is the best tackler, followed by Maguire then Lindelof with Shaw last.

Defensive positioning/ reading of the game? Lindelof, AWB, Maguire with Shaw last again.

Heading/ clearing the ball? Maguire, Lindelof, AWB with Shaw again last.

Defensive decision-making? (When to stay on your feet and when to go in) Lindelof, Maguire, AWB with Shaw last again.

It's not about Shaw being a bad player, it's about him being the weakest of our starting defenders at actually defending. He is actually a good player.

When we had a back four of Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra we had a very good back four. Yet Evra was still the weakest defender in that back four. That doesn't make him a bad player, just that they guys alongside him were better at key aspects of defending.




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17 Aug 2019 21:25:46
Jred, no Shaw wasn't the weak link last season when one of Valencia or Young was playing at RB, or Smalling or Jones was playing at CB.

But with AWB and Maguire joining that changes the landscape somewhat.

Is Shaw the weak link in this line up? Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw.

No there are at least two players weaker than him.

However, is he the weakest in this line? AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw.

Yeah he probably is as the other three are better defenders than he is.

As for Sanchez, I don't get it either. He hasn't even had a good 10 minute spell for us in 18 months. There is nothing to suggest he would play we at No.10 in this set up or in any other set up. I just think he is a big name and people are desperate to see him succeed.




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17 Aug 2019 19:29:38
I think it's fair to say that Shaw is the best left back at the club AND the weakest defender of our back four.

At the end of the day one of our defenders will be the weakest link regardless of who we sign.

I think the issue is people feel like there is no grey areas just black and white.

You either think Shaw's amazing or you think he is crap.

Welcome to the internet of 2019.




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17 Aug 2019 10:43:32
Two points there Red Man.

Firstly, the term "superstar" is subjective. Had Rio, Keane and RvN plateaued before they signed or did they step up a level when they joined or during their time at our club?

I think they stepped up when we signed them, so I wouldn't have called them superstars when we signed them. Veron, Di Maria, Falcao and Sanchez are better examples of superstar signings in my opinion.

For me a superstar signing is a player at their peak when you sign them, anyone who has yet to reach their peak is a signing with potential.

My second point is when do you make a superstar signing? I think those type of players are the cherry on the top type signings you don't build your side out of superstar signings. You build your side then maybe bring in a superstar to take you to the next level. Personally I think our squad is at least one or two summer transfer windows away from being ready to make a superstar signing.