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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.


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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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.


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?



20 Aug 2018 21:03:09
I feel the most important signing for Utd is to get the right person in the Director of Football role.

We need a clear plan of recruitment, youth development and our style of play.

Then the head coach of the future can be selected on this basis and have the full support of the DoF and associated youth coaches and scouting system.


1.) 21 Aug 2018 00:02:24
The most important thing right now is getting the right manager, i do believe we are falling way behind with the current manager, we need to get a manager with modern ideas of the game and one who respect our traditions. Sack mou he clearly doesn't want to be the manager anymore, leave carrick in charge for now or one the reserves coaches while we get a new manager, i don't think they will do worse than mou, Brighton scored 3 in 45 minutes for crying out loud. 3! Even worse we don't look like a proper team let alone a top one. I'm just tired of watching that crappy football that we have been playing the past 2 years. At least with Van gaal we dominated possesion and attack with a plan.

{Ed0333's Note - surely things aren’t that bad that you want Carrick to take charge or a reserve coach? Are you some kind of sadist? clearly love pain.



02 Aug 2018 17:06:16
So Spurs will apparently listen to offers for Alderweireld, Rose and Dembele.

A bit tongue in check but Why don't we put a package together to buy all three! 😀

Then we can move on Rojo, Smalling, Darmian, Shaw and Pogba (if he wants to leave) .

We are likely to have cash to spare to bring in another player as well.

Ideally Pogba doesn't leave and I'd prefer Sandro as a left back but would we be a better team with these 3 in and the others who are either not good enough or don't want to be here gone!


1.) 02 Aug 2018 17:44:12
Dembele is done, Rose is no better than Shaw, but I’ll take Toby!

2.) 02 Aug 2018 17:48:01
Eric, you beat me to it. Rose has yet to rediscover his form and Dembele looks to have slowed. We he only reason they will let Toby go i guess is because he won’t extend his contract, if we can get him, we should.

3.) 02 Aug 2018 18:11:03
You may be right about Dembele as he was getting a number of yellow cards at the end of last season and at the World Cup.

Not a Rose fan but he is way ahead of Shaw over the last few seasons.

4.) 02 Aug 2018 19:03:49
Rose great on his day but not been at it for 18 months really.
Dembele on the slide. Lovely player at his best but he is no pogba replacement.
Toby if we can get him would be great.
No issue with using martial if we have to to get Toby in. Best cb in the league imo.



10 Jun 2017 21:08:28
Confirmed that Deal agreed with Benfica for Lindelof!




28 Mar 2016 08:54:16
The ever reliable press have us interested in Bernado Silva, Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches. Apparently scouts are going to the Portugal match against Belgium. I know we have allegedly already bid for Sanches but it would be good if these rumours had some legs.
Also it raises the question about LVG!
I like many hate the style of play and what we have become and on that basis I wanted LVG sacked.
However he has bought Martial and blooded a number of youngsters Borthwick-Jackson, Varela, Fosu Mensah, Rashford and Lingard. He also bought Depay and although not a success there is no doubt he had quality and if he stays he will be better next season.
So LVG is trying to build a new team and is clearly bringing in young players to mould into his style.
Question is does he get more time to implement his plan or do we ditch him still?
If we ditch then do we go to the Mourinho route and does that mean abandoning the policy of bringing through the youth?
I think there is a lot riding on the potential sacking of LVG and the route we take in replacing him!


1.) 28 Mar 2016 09:53:27
Ditch him his football is horrid, his tactics are horrid and his achievements to date have been horrid.

This myth of Jose never plays young players is exactly as it seems to be - a myth.

2.) 28 Mar 2016 10:13:42
This isn't an either or question. wE should move LVG on but there are options other than Mourinho. The obsession with him is getting worrying.

3.) 28 Mar 2016 12:09:06
But are those options better than mourinho? Guardiolas with city, conte with chelsea and removing the likes of pochettino and simeone from their clubs will be very difficult.

4.) 28 Mar 2016 12:34:47
In short DSG for me the answer is no. Every manager has thier flaws, Jose has his in abundance but does his positive attributes outweigh the negatives? At the moment yes.

Everyone keeps going on about how we have many young players and that we are building for the future etc. That's all well and good but after 3 failed seasons post Fergie Manchester United is in desperate need for short term success as well as long term success.

5.) 28 Mar 2016 13:02:34
Imagine how well some of the players would play if allowed to rather than the tactics he employs.

6.) 28 Mar 2016 13:04:44
Mourinho will play youngsters if they are good enough which should be the case nobody should play just because they came through the youth setup if lingard played for any other team in the world is there anybody on this site who would want us to sign him? My guess is no.

7.) 28 Mar 2016 13:06:40
Oh yes Mourinho the man who promotes free flowing attacking football, the man who keeps everyone happy, doesn't freeze players and staff out, the man who won't make us a laughing stock, the man who will continue our focus on youth, yes please, not!

8.) 28 Mar 2016 13:40:06
eric is god yes the same mourinho, whose realmadrid out scored the mighty barcelona in 2 of his 3 seasons as manager with ultra defensive football, the same mourinho who most of his ex players still very much like, i don't want to go into naming every player but may be u could go on the internet and see the list of players sir alex, wenger, etc pissed off. about freezing players, 1 name says it all "POGBA", if winning trophies makes us a laughing stock i am more than happy to be a laughing stock, i can't imagine it being worse than this, about focus on youth last i checked he extensively used balotelli at inter, david santon played an important role under him at inter, jese was handed his debut under mourinho, it's not great, but everyone want's use his youth record to say he isn't good enough, seems to assume that man utd have a la masia full of messis and ronaldos that he will riun, last i checked our 2 most recent youth products with some sort of experience are cleverley and welbeck, and sadly those 2 don't look like messi or ronaldo to me. So definitely a yes please from me.

9.) 28 Mar 2016 14:23:02
Raphael Varane was only 18 too, he made great use of him at Real Madrid. I think it's false to say his teams are boring, Chelsea were very good last year.

10.) 28 Mar 2016 13:59:36
People seem to forget Mourinho's Chelsea side played the best football in the league last season. He has played young players wherever he has managed when the young players have been good enough.

Even when he returned to Chelsea from Madrid in his first season he played Hazard, De Bruyne, Oscar etc. Then he has the stones to drop Cech for Courtois when he returned from Atletico. Oh and that's the same Cech that Mourinho gave a debut to alongside Arjen Robben many moons ago.

11.) 28 Mar 2016 15:14:12
I think another season of LVG will kill us as a club. I really do love the club but watching us with hi at the helm has been 95% of the time really painful. No one should be punished that way.

12.) 28 Mar 2016 15:49:27
On Mouriniho playing style, I loved the way he play with Chelsea first time with fast powerful players.

Swap Terry to Smalling (or Varane), Essien for Renato Sanches/ Pogba/ Mensah, Lampard for Ander, Drogba for Lukaku, Duff/ Robben for Martial then add Rashford, Schnederlin etc we could be great.

Don't see Mata or Rooney fitting in though.

13.) 28 Mar 2016 17:46:20
Have to add my two cents worth here and say that Mourinho has his teams play in order to achieve the best outcome in a given game. Yes, that is sometimes negative but there is also free flowing attacking football when it gets the best result. I believe it's known as adapt and overcome.

His record speaks for itself. We can't pass up the opportunity to have him get us back on the straight and narrow.

14.) 28 Mar 2016 18:32:01
The same Real Madrid where Casillas, Ramos hated his guts even Ronald's fell out with him, the same mourinho who decided to fall out with hazard, publicly denounced the clubs doctors, the same mourinho who terry and co wanted out of Chelsea the first and second time! the same mourinho who wouldn't play cuadrado even though he looks pretty good st juventus right now. The same mourinho who thought the best way to beat Barcelona was to kick them off the pitch and dive like bunch of girls, he didn't win the champs league there or at Chelsea.
I don't want UTD to play that way or play like Chelsea.

15.) 28 Mar 2016 18:39:09
By the way Maze he got rid of de bruyne because he didn't rate him, and Robben, he ruined hazard this season by his public fall out, got rid of lukaku because he didn't rate him, gave courtois his debut after he had fantastic seasons atletico Madrid and almost won the champs league, that was brave, there aren't many Chelsea youth players he gave a debut to.

{Ed001's Note - De Bruyne left because he wasn't prepared to fight for his place. Lukaku upset Chelsea and was sold, not because Mourinho did not rate him. Oh and Cuadrado never settled in England.}

16.) 28 Mar 2016 12:53:13
Even if we get Poch or Simeone from their clubs, are they better than Jose. The answer is a straight NO.

Pochettino can be looked at post Jose era, once the club are back on their feet and have a bright future which at the moment it doesn't.

17.) 28 Mar 2016 18:48:46
Ed001 what was it that lukaku did to upset chelsea? Would have to be pretty awful to get rid of such a prospect.

{Ed001's Note - never asked to be honest. I am trying not to get details these days, as people ask you not to talk about things when they give you details!}

18.) 28 Mar 2016 22:50:26
Oh Eric, Eric, Eric like Ed001 said how do you expect Mourinho to get the best out of players like Lukaku and De Bruyne if they are causing trouble and don't want to be at the club? I also don't know where you got that Mourinho didn't rate Robben from. As for Hazard wasn't he the best he has ever been under the tutelage of Jose? So that point of yours in mute.

Even so that Courtois had come off a great season at Atletico it still took guts to drop a club legend like Cech who is still at the top of his game. I am not going to even respond to your Cuadrado comment because to be put it plainly Cuadrado was downright crap at Chelsea. Is also Jose's fault that Falcao hasn't scored 50 goals this season?

19.) 29 Mar 2016 08:01:43
Yeah Eric, the same Madrid where Casillas has finally been thrown out because he was too much a nuisance in the dressing room. It wasn't Mourinho who upset people, it was the other way round. Have you been away from football for a long time. Ramos and Casillas are the two biggest trouble makers in the Real dressing room.

And let's say we accept your point the he upset people, then why the hell do we call SAF a legend. Beckham (kicked in the head), van nistelrooy, and the list goes on. Were you on here to publicly denounce the great gaffer. I guess not.

Jose has his flaws, but you only need to look at the positives and you will see how they outweigh the petty negatives.




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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?


{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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23 Jul 2018 21:39:44
Think we have spent plenty with the last 2 managers. Our targets are with other large European clubs and so it’s not easy to get them in.
Where is the development of youth? We have a good coaching and scouting system with some excellent youngsters pushing through who won’t get a chance under JM.
It’s not all about pure money.
I like JM but he is a 3 year project which is coming to an end. If he could see the bigger picture then he has the chance to create sonething special at Utd. Our club and fans are more patient and will stick by a manager who is creating a team between bringing in top class and developing youth within. As long as too 4 is achieved people will stick with the project if it’s a long term plan.




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06 Jun 2018 13:49:41
Don’t think there is any chance of getting Varane. The stand out player in the RM defense.
Ramos is the organiser and motivator but Varane is the legs and physical presence.

Any new manager is not going to want to sell him.

Hope I’m wrong as would love him at Utd.





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12 Oct 2018 18:50:14
Agree with the philosophy.

There has been talk previously about Milan Skriniar and Alessio Romagnoli, who are both 23 and so fit the profile of the other players that you mentioned above.




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11 Oct 2018 10:57:05
Forgot about Barcelona in 1984.

A great game. Think the Stretford End sucked in the 3rd goal.

These games are what being a Utd supporter is all about.
The team sometimes have a mountain to climb but never give up and have a go no matter who the opposition is!




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10 Oct 2018 20:20:25
Hard to look past that performance from Keane.

Schmeichel against Newcastle at St James Park. Save after incredible save and then up pops Cantona for the winner. Think that was 1996.




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09 Oct 2018 19:05:07
Although we don’t know the reasons it is concerning that we spend over £50M on a midfielder in the summer and then he seems to spend a large amount of time on the bench.

I thought in recent games his speed and energy was much needed in the midfield. I was crying out for him against Valencia.

Don’t know how we expect players to bed in when we don’t give them game time.

Just very frustrating feel that Dalot and Fred could both play more with how poor we have been playing.




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09 Oct 2018 10:06:57
He has been injured in recent weeks and so that is why he has not figured.

A squad player but if fit should probably get more game time while Matic is so poor.