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Best team moment: Ollie scoring the winner against Bayern in the CL Final in 1999. I was there and completely lost it


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11 May 2016 16:24:00
Ferguson spotted in Mayfair leaving a restaurant with Pochettino and his head coach Perez allegedly after having lunch. Have seen the photograph, it looks real!
Anything in this or is it just another manager that Fergie is friends with!
Interested to know Eds and other fans opinion.

hoggy

1.) 11 May 2016 17:34:13
Can mean nothing really as there can be something on personal ground.


2.) 11 May 2016 22:29:12
Hopefully it went like this:

SAF: So you sell us Alli and Kane and we'll sign you up for 2017/ 18 yes?

Poch: Only if you get me the lad Dembele from Rennes along with Barkley and Stones. Plus £100m to buy as I please.

SAF: Ok son, you got a deal

Poch: I'm in.


3.) 11 May 2016 22:29:12
Hopefully it went like this:

SAF: So you sell us Alli and Kane and we'll sign you up for 2017/ 18 yes?

Poch: Only if you get me the lad Dembele from Rennes along with Barkley and Stones. Plus £100m to buy as I please.

SAF: Ok son, you got a deal

Poch: I'm in.


 

 

 

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10 May 2019 10:10:20
Phelan confirmed as Assistant Manager.
Just worried about our style of play going forward. Hope Ole is strong and in charge.

So who will now be the DoF, Technical or Sporting Director?

hoggy

1.) 10 May 2019 10:22:39
Ole isn’t strong. Phelan is getting a stranglehold over our style, as the Eds have alluded to. Now we just have to wait until Rio is appointed DOF, and we’ll have the full house.


2.) 10 May 2019 11:01:10
Just hope we are wrong but fear we are not.


3.) 10 May 2019 11:10:50
Not the best news, I thought we looked far more exciting before Phelan got his feet back under the table. Carrick and McKenna I think were enough. But let's wait and see.


 

 

18 Dec 2018 10:01:32
Thank goodness for that!

Looks like Carrick is the caretaker boss until the end of the season.

hoggy

1.) 18 Dec 2018 10:04:38
Nope. Big Sam or Harry 😂.


2.) 18 Dec 2018 10:09:47
Big Sam on his until end of the season 😅😅.


 

 

05 Dec 2018 19:56:03
I understand we have the odd injury and suspension but judging by the amount of variation in the Utd team selection from match to match, I wonder how he is picking the team at present!

Does he have a tombola in his office!

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04 Nov 2018 15:11:28
Hi Ed, was wondering if there was any development at Utd with the appointment of a DoF.
It hasn't been mentioned for a couple of weeks and last time I read about it there were a couple of candidates.
Apologies if I have missed a recent post.

hoggy

{Ed002's Note - No, there has been no recent change I am aware of Hogg.}


 

 

07 Oct 2018 12:06:20
What a rollercoaster of emotions watching the game yesterday.

Just glad that there was some fight in the second half and we kept the pressure up on Newcastle.

We are far from having turned our season around and what does Jose do in our next game after the break. Assuming he is still at the club.

My thoughts on the team from yesterday's game are;

1) Bailly is finished at Utd. Sad to say that as I have liked him but he can't be trusted and is a bit out of control when on the pitch.

2) Sanchez has to play in a free role. He needs to be our No.10 with freedom to pop up where he likes. He will also help out our midfield with his energy and work ethic when we don't have the ball.

3) Pogba must play in a 2 man central midfield. His work rate and involvement in the game increases dramatically when he plays in this system. He did it for France in the World Cup and so he can do it for us. The issue is who plays alongside him. Matic was woeful yesterday. Herrera could do it and I don't know enough about Fred yet.

4) As with Bailly I have the same view about Jones. Thus Lindelof will have to play alongside Smalling for now until the time comes when we can obtain a world class centre half. Better to have some consistency in defence and start moving in the right direction.

The team personnel seem to change by 2/3 at every game at the moment which really is not very helpful.

Jose's post match interview was bizarre to me he could of just talked about the great effort and response of the players in the 2nd half and that this is the fight and application that he wants to see. He had a chance to speak and galvanise the team but he spoke nonsense to me.

hoggy

1.) 07 Oct 2018 12:16:25
Totally agree about Jose should have used this to galvanise the team it’s us against the world. Instead he still undermined players rash and Mctominay, he just cannot go a game with digging out his own players.


2.) 07 Oct 2018 12:46:42
Until we have players like Smalling, Jones, Pogba and to some extent Sanchez we will struggle to win anything.


3.) 07 Oct 2018 13:50:25
Did any of you listen to Peter Schmeichel on Jose's post match interview. He seemed to think that it was the best Jose interview for a long long time. But what does he know about our great club, correct?


4.) 07 Oct 2018 14:53:17
He didn't undermine Rashford or Mctominay, what he said about them was the truth, both didn't deserve to be the team sheet last night.


5.) 07 Oct 2018 14:52:24
Bailly is not finished in my eyes but he has regressed this season, he has made a lot of mistakes, he plays as the right sided cb and is the type of defender that takes a risk. This is something he cannot afford to do with wingers playing as full backs, Valencia and young. Bailly would work in a 3 in my opinion.

Sanchez hasn't performed all season, comes on for the last 20 mins, fair enough scores a vital goal but now you think switching him to 10 will solve everything. I'm sorry but you have no mention of Juan Mata who changed everything when he came on yesterday. If anyone should be given a free role it is Mata in my opinion and he will set Sanchez free mark my words and other players.

We cannot play a 2 in defence because no pairing of 2 defender's are good enough and then Jose deems he has to play both Fellaini and Matic to babysit them. I also don't think we can play a 2 in defence because then we have to play either Valencia or young at full backs rather than wing backs. They are both shocking positionally in defence and make our questionable cbs look worse.
After yesterday possibly play a 3 with Matic dropping back, he adds nothing to our cm, in fact he detracts from it atm. It worked with Carrick before as a stop gap measure, why not. LINDELOF IS KAK, FELLAINI IS HIS BABYSITTER.

Pogba on paper played in a 2 man midfield for France in the wc but in reality played in a 3 with Matuidi regularly tucking in supporting for the left, Anthony Martial is not going to provide that same support. Pogba does not work in a standard 2 man midfield where he has to do a lot of defensive duties, this has been proven over and over again.

Your right about the team changes, we need more consistency in selection, city, pool, Arsenal, Chelsea, spuds all know their first 11, we have no idea.

Joses right about the manhunt, press are out to get him, tabloid rags he's made a fool out are trying to ruin him at every opportunity making up stories. He's right about the players not being able to deal with the pressure too. Lukaku came out and said it afterwards too, afraid to make a mistake.


6.) 07 Oct 2018 15:27:52
Id play 3 at the back attacking (2 wing backs) so maybe 1 cb sitting with matic just in front as usually teams setup with 1 striker and 4 with matic being a CB when defending.
I wouldn't have matic anywhere near the final 3rd now, he slows everything down.

play 2 in cm (pog and Fellaini/ herrera/ fred) then just go all out rotation up top with sanchez martial lukaku +1 (mata rashford) constantly rotating.


7.) 07 Oct 2018 16:19:20
Think some people are playing FIFA 19 with the Utd formation.

We need stability otherwise the players will remain lost and struggling for form.

Utd had the 2nd best defensive record last season but now we must change to a back 3 with wing backs. The personnel at the back have not changed in fact Shaw is an addition.

Yes the style of play was such that we were a defensive team with the midfield providing a wall in front of the back 4. I like a back 3 but now will not be the time to take on that change it should of been used throughout all of pre-season and all the games so far. Can’t believe people are putting Matic or Fellaini in the defence. Matic is poor at present and both these players have very little pace. With either of them at the back we will suffer more embarrassment when they are out of position.

I missed mentioning Mata previously which was wrong as he was excellent yesterday and he should get more game time either down the right or in the middle.

We have to try and get more out of Sanchez and making him play down the wing rigidly is not bringing out the best in him. In full flow he is a game changer, like Pogba. So do we just play him out on the wing and get 50% of what he has. Hazard has a free role at Chelsea so why not the same from Sanchez.

If Martial or Rashford play out wide then they have to do the dirty work going back towards our goal as well as going forward. If they don’t then they must keep the bench warm. Time to take on the responsibility and learn the game.


8.) 07 Oct 2018 16:57:05
Hoggy. I agree shaw has been an additition and is playing really well but because he goes forward it has exposed the cbs . Better cbs would be able to cope. Young rarely went forward last season.


9.) 07 Oct 2018 17:15:48
Ken, Shaw can defend and so can go forward and then get back into position.

Young got the wrong side of a Newcastle player in the 1st half and gave away a free kick just outside the box. He then handled the ball from the free kick which could of been a penalty. Young was also at fault, along with Bailly, for the 2nd goal a player can’t be allowed space in the box to turn one way and then the other with the ball and slot it in. I don’t blame Young as he is not a full back by trade.

However we can’t state that we are leaking goals because of Shaw when you see the performances of Jones, Bailly and Lindelof this season.
That really is nonsense.

The full backs of City and Liverpool are like wingers but they do also defend.


10.) 07 Oct 2018 18:42:08
Hoggy that's not what i said at all.
I said the difference between this and last season is that we have 1 attacking full back and because of that our cbs have been exposed because they can't cope. Not that we are leaking goals because of shaw. The cbs should be able to cope but they cant. The cbs looked better last season because neither full back left space. Read the post and don't be so quick to misinterpret what i wrote.


11.) 07 Oct 2018 19:11:55
Ken, Shaw defends better than the other full backs that we currently have, that’s the point I am making.

His attacking threat has nothing to do with our bad defensive performances.


12.) 07 Oct 2018 19:39:44
As I said above I actually think it's the other fb that's the problem not Shaw. While Shaw attacking more he can also defend.
However both Valencia and young are horrible positionally in defense. I regularly see valencia make so many basic mistakes that an actual fb shouldn't. Ditto young yesterday. As hoggy says though you c ant really blame either given that neither are actual full backs.
How on earth have we not had an actual proper full back since Evra until this season in Shaw. Was Rafael out last actual fb?


13.) 07 Oct 2018 21:44:49
Exactly shaw attacking and defending is what we all want to see. We also need that from the right hand side. But in order for that to be succesful we need better cbs and a more dynamic midfield.


14.) 07 Oct 2018 22:00:18
Bailly as a RB?


 

 

 

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16 May 2019 17:07:44
Transfer window used to be aligned across Europe and now it’s a complete mess.

That’s progress!

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20 Mar 2019 20:26:32
I am not bothered if Pogba stays or not as I find him extremely frustrating to watch.

Brilliant and a world beater in one game and then doesn’t turn up for the next 3.

No doubt about his talent and ability just a question mark over his application and desire in some games.

I know Ronaldo is a different type of player but his desire is unquestionable and is what sets him apart from the rest imo. Whichever team he plays for he just raises the whole team as he demands it from himself and others.

Look at the fall of Real Madrid since he left. Yes not all down to him leaving but that has had an effect. Then he joins Juve and takes them up a notch. No way they would of turned around a 2-0 deficit in the first leg against Athletico 12 months ago.

Pogba needs to have a similar effect in the teams he plays for in order to be truly great and make all the circus and side shows worth it.

Put Roy Keane’s playing brain in Pogba and you would have the best CM player ever seen. Alas this is not the case.

If he wants out then let him go and take the money.
We can re-build and bring in young players that we can mould into the Utd way.

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08 Oct 2018 12:03:44
Hi Ed, thanks for your input into these posts it’s very interesting and helps to get some perspective.

I know things are all hypothetical but if Jose is removed in the near future do you see the club making a point to put in someone in the DoF post as the top priority?

Would make sense and have a temporary head coach until this position is filled?

hoggy

{Ed001's Note - the club is already searching for one, so I would think that would be the way they would look to go.}


 

 

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09 Aug 2018 19:53:08
Brendan Rogers!

Do me a favour.

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04 Aug 2018 10:02:15
Hope its true but what is the source of this information!

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17 May 2019 19:13:53
Really like the idea of Sessegnon. Can play LW and LB so can play in front of Shaw or in place of him if he is injured.
Genuine pace and a left footer on the left.

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16 May 2019 16:01:03
Don’t see the point in talking about Rashford and Lukaku at present.

If we had decent attacking width on both wings then we could analyse and compare these two players. Lukaku has a poor first touch and was overweight last season. However, play him as a CF and give him service and he scores plenty of goals. Anyone who thinks differently hasn’t looked at his record. RVN was a different class to Lukaku but we never asked him to play RW he was a CF and that only and so is Lukaku.

Square pegs and round holes.

Rashford has great ability but we are still to see how good he is or can be as the team as a whole is currently poor. We believe he prefers the CF role but again at present we don’t know his best position.

All efforts need to be concentrated in getting players in at RB, CB, CM and RW. Once we can defend properly and have balance on both sides of the pitch we can talk about what we do with Rashford and Lukaku.

Too many other things need to be done before we worry about the CF position.

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12 May 2019 18:59:44
Problem is Jones and Smalling have signed new deals and even if we made it clear that we wanted to sell who is going to buy them?

Ole needs to be brutal and tell the players that are not good enough that they need to leave as they have no future. The time has come to start moving this club forward and there are too many mediocre players in this squad.

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12 May 2019 12:02:45
Loftus-Cheek is very injury prone and so I would be cautious about signing him. A good player.

The club is trying to protect itself by getting Jones, Smalling and Young to sign new contracts but the truth is who wants these players? Any transfer fees would be minimal.

I would of preferred to see them leave for nothing to free up space on the wage bill for new signings. If we don’t have these players then we can’t play them and then have to play either new signings or youth players coming through.

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10 May 2019 14:29:50
It’s doom and gloom for us Utd fans at present but things can change quickly in football.

We won’t know how capable Utd are to close the gap next season until we know the extent of the in’s and out’s plus have a pre-season completed and can see our style of play.

Glad to see Nicky Butt speaking highly of Tuanzebe and that he is a first team player. Hope he is right.

hoggy