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02 May 2018 22:27:26
I think it's crucial that we get off to a hot start next season from our current squad there are quite a few that will have no world cup at all which is good. But we also have quite a few that should go fairly deep in the tournament.
Let's hope all or players come back injury free.
Pre season gets messed up with players coming back at different times. Let's hope they all come back injury free.


1.) 03 May 2018 09:24:28
Let's also hope that the club prioritise being prepared for the big season ahead - not short term profit making taking up the focus with the manager/ players having to work around a commercial schedule. Pipe dream I know, but these things can be the difference maker in a highly competitive league.

I appreciate our rivals will also be on the commercial hunt, but stepping out of the pack could pay bigger dividends and give us a slight advantage, which we will probably need given how lethargic we have looked for 6+ years.

2.) 03 May 2018 17:33:01
Haven't posted in a while.

Lets hope we start to see more structure and organisation in the club ie boardroom, backroom staff. Still feel we still getting over a "hangover" since Sir Alex retired, in terms of we have declined and teams have caught up.

Feel like we have become dated in our approach. Still wondering why we haven't got a Director of Football at the club, unless Jose wants full control of the transfer within the club.

Our approach now until the beginning of next season will set the tone. Fans will be expecting us to compete and play more consistent. I feel like we are very inconsistent in terms of how the team plays. Manchester City have set a high standard. We must raise our game aswell or they will dominating the league as long Pep is their.

3.) 03 May 2018 18:54:56
Good post shane. The bar has been raised we must accept, meet, and overcome the challenge. In every aspect. We need a few good additions i'd like to see someone step up and become our leader on the pitch.

4.) 03 May 2018 19:17:03
If the bar had been raised then sterling would be the leagues top goal scorer.

5.) 03 May 2018 20:09:33
I agree. Valencia even though he been a great player for us throughout the years. He doesn't come off as a leader type. I know they generally give it to the player who has served the club the longest.

Personally we missing a Roy Keane character player even though their only probably a hand full of those types left. Daniele De Rossi comes to my mind.

Pogba is suppose to be a future captain. Is that because he a natural leader or because he is the biggest name at the club. He gets compared to Vieria a lot, but at this moment I don't see the sort of leadership (that Vieria had) in Pogba.

This is a example of what is needed in Pogba for example to truly become a great. If he wants to get better. Then it is the little things like this that will determine if he becomes a player that either fulfill this world class potential or be doesn't reach his full potential.

6.) 03 May 2018 23:19:04
Ken, we need a hot start, was that a typo? Did you mean head start? That’s what we need.

7.) 04 May 2018 10:40:07
Stand😁😁 it would be nice.



16 Feb 2018 15:31:49
Hi eds, is there any truth in the reports from turkey yesterday that fellaini has agreed a deal with fenerbece and signed a pre contract?


{Ed002's Note - I obviously have no idea about any reports in Turkey. I have explained for some months been explaining the situation and discussions that have been going on with Besiktas. If he has agreec a pre-contract with Fenerbahce I am afraid I am not the one to ask. I can't answer any questions about "what do you think of reports ..." Ken.}

1.) 16 Feb 2018 16:35:33
It was Besiktas, today he has been linked to Galatasaray. We will see.

Ed002 has been saying long ago Fellaini wanted out last Summer, and it was Mou who intervened.

2.) 16 Feb 2018 16:17:14
The reports were Besiktas.

{Ed002's Note - That makes sense then. It is where I expect him to go.}

3.) 16 Feb 2018 16:19:32
Sorry ed my bad. i should have worded that differently.
Its obviously a false report.
Jose is obviously keen for him to stay but perhaps more regular game time is what he is after at this stage of his career.

4.) 17 Feb 2018 11:22:21
He needs to go. If he wants regular game time he has to go. If he stats he's just a bit part player and plan b. Frankly given the wages and his age its better he goes.



17 Jan 2018 22:35:52
Ed is there anybody interested in signing blind this window?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach to MU.}

1.) 18 Jan 2018 09:34:53
I didn't see that coming. Lol.



12 Jan 2018 23:35:13
If any of The eds are around,
Do you know if this is a completely optimistic attempt or has sanchez always been a target.? There has been no serious links with him since his days In italy.


{Ed002's Note - it is simply a case of him being seen as a potential option.}

1.) 13 Jan 2018 08:07:10
Of course he is an option. He would have been looked at by all major clubs, the same as Ozil, because how many times does a player in his prime in the elite category of his role become available for such deflated cost or potentially for free.

Real, Bayern, Juve and co would also have discussed Alexis but maybe have decided to step back or not register offical interest for whatever reasons. He is a world class player, doesn’t make many stupid media appearances, doesn’t dab, doesn’t get injured too frequently and is passionate about the game.

If ever there was a player to sign it is Sanchez.

2.) 13 Jan 2018 00:07:36
Thanks ed. Personally I feel its still a long shot as his mind was probably set on a city move for months now. Perhaps what we can offer is better for arsenal so if his heart is set on city he will sit tight until June.
Perhaps we can sell him our club and the opportunity to achieve legendary status by helping us become champions again. Oh and pay him more😂.

3.) 13 Jan 2018 02:00:54
Hi Ed, is he seen as a potential option to Greizman with him seemingly off to Barcelona?

{Ed002's Note - I would not try to complicate matters.}

4.) 13 Jan 2018 09:53:06
Over the last three seasons Pogba and Sanchez have both spent 3 months on the sidelines injured, and am I'm not sure the Arsenal fans would agree with you regarding stupid media appearances. But cut lips and a slight sniffle aside you are right Maze, Sanchez doesn't dab, he sulks because he didn't get his move in the summer and causes well documented dress room bust ups.

5.) 13 Jan 2018 10:15:49
No doubting Sanchez ability, but if rumours/ reports are correct with his replacement at Arsenal being Malcolm, would like a punt on him instead: cheaper wages by far, longer service, right winger as opposed to AS and hopefully less disruptive. I think he could be a better long term fit and not hinder martial/ rashfords progress.

{Ed002's Note - Malcom would be a Walcott replacement, not a Sanchez replacement.}

6.) 13 Jan 2018 11:22:40
Malcolm looks a talent Cookyman but I disagree as we do not need another player with 'potential' seeing as though we have martial, rashford, lingard and even andreas pereira on our books who are young players with 'potential'. We need a finished article who performs consistently at the top level. We have far too many young inconsistent players and when they are all having an off day we have nobody who can step up and take the game by the scruff of its neck. Sanchez is perfect for us and personally I think we are a better fit for him than city. He will be the main man and be one of the first names on the team sheet. And if he gets the number 7 shirt, then he will be one of the most marketable players in the world. Personally, think he is city bound but it is very quiet from his end, city's end and our end. Seems everyone has their poker faces on.

7.) 13 Jan 2018 11:40:29
I hope the line "Perhaps we can sell him our club", Ken was a joke?

8.) 13 Jan 2018 12:08:06
Why fzz its not the only show in town?

9.) 13 Jan 2018 13:20:19
Ken this is not like little school girls trying to sell brownies to raise funds for field trips. This is Manchester United one of the most recognised sporting institutions in the world.

What is exactly are United trying to sell him? They offer what they can and what they believe is reasonable, that is all. There is nothing to sell, you have watched too many episodes of only fools and horses, Maze suggests maybe it is time to try a different show?

10.) 13 Jan 2018 13:32:48
I shouldn't need to answer mate.

11.) 13 Jan 2018 14:37:09
Park - totally understand the potential reason you state but do we need a player whose heart isn't in it : another di Maria? I don't think so but we've still got 18 days left. lol

Ed002- sorry when I stated replacement, I was referring to a shiny new player to appease the fans as opposed to playing position:)

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are looking to someone else to replace Sanchez.}

12.) 13 Jan 2018 14:38:57
Maybe how we plan on dominating the EPL again at some point, and convince him he can fulfil his ambition of winning the league here? We have finished top 4 once in 4 seasons!

13.) 13 Jan 2018 15:33:01
Would it be lemar?

14.) 13 Jan 2018 19:18:24
Correct stand. Players if his calibre gave options of lots of clubs with great history and tradition as well as the ' new money ' clubs like city and psg who are attracting some of the world's best. So yes we do need to convice him we are a better option than any of the other great options available. Its not all about offer him what you can financially or he would be off to China.



10 Jan 2018 21:28:14
Looks like Dimitri Mitchell is going on loan to hearts. Best of luck to him.


1.) 10 Jan 2018 22:07:03
Looks a good player, hope he comes back and gets a chance, good luck to the lad.

2.) 10 Jan 2018 23:10:25
Why on earth to a third rate league? Really don't get that at all. Would be better off in the championship.

{Ed007's Note -


3.) 11 Jan 2018 06:23:48
Good move. I’d rather see more players go to Scotland than the Championship. The Scottish league is underrated for teaching kids maturity and giving them physical and mental toughness.

4.) 11 Jan 2018 13:58:50
A whole lot better than u23 that's for sure.




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19 May 2018 14:20:16
Best of luck to the team today. A win would be great a lot of our players have no world cup this summer so a win will make their summer break that bit better.


1.) 19 May 2018 15:19:02
Obviously hope for a win but get the feeling half our squad will think that justifies their form this seasons. A loss will give Jose more fire to get in better players and some of our players who appear happy just to play for us will maybe get shipped out or have all summer to reflect upon their game attitude and performances.



19 May 2018 14:20:16
Best of luck to the team today. A win would be great a lot of our players have no world cup this summer so a win will make their summer break that bit better.




16 May 2018 08:35:56
What are people's thoughts on the cup final.
Who will jose pick?
I would suggest based on team selections to date that ddg, young valencia smalling matic pogba sanchez lukaku will all start. Herrera Jessie and Bailly would be my picks to fill out that team.
But there have been suggestions that he might play 3 at the back.


1.) 16 May 2018 09:21:45
After Jose picked Fellaini against Seville, I have given up trying to guess what side he would pick for a big match but if I was the gaffer I would opt for:
Valencia Jones Baily Young
Herrera Matic Pogba
Lingard Lukaku Sanchez

I think what may be interesting is whether Martial is in the squad? Not really looked into what happened with him so unsure of whether he is genuinely injured but I am unsure on this so I think if he is not in the squad that could be telling with regards to what is happening to him next year. Unless of course he is actually injured then I apologise!

2.) 16 May 2018 09:45:48
I'd be surprised if he didn't play 3 at the back Ken with some special provision for Hazard.

I fully expect a tactical, cagey, affair which could easily go to penalties or I think the team that scores the first goal will win the game.

I wouldn't be surprised if Chelsea started Grioud and Morata up front together with Hazard in behind. If he gets man marked they may use their wing backs to put crosses into the box and make life difficult for our CB's.

This wouldn't be mine team but I think he'll play -


Lindelof Smalling Jones

Valencia Herrera Matic Pogba Young

Lingard Sanchez

I think Lukaku will start instead of Lingard if fit.

3.) 16 May 2018 11:00:03
Dlib. That would be my 3 at the back side except I think lukaku will start for sure.

Ports he has played smalling in every game pretty much this season so I don't expect him to be dropped nor should he be imo.

4.) 16 May 2018 11:55:26
Yay! Let's talk about football. I agree he will go three at the back. I'd like to think he'd go 3 4 3 but I think Jose's brain would malfunction with such an attacking line up.

My team would be

Lindelof, Bailly, Jones
Young Pogba Matic Shaw
Sanchez Lukaku Martial

I expect Jose will pick

Lindelof Smalling Jones
Valencia Pogba Matic Fellaini Young
Sanchez Lukaku.

5.) 16 May 2018 12:26:02
I really like that first team MancMan I would say that is our strongest team. However I think you are correct and he will go for the second one.

6.) 16 May 2018 13:22:18
No way fellaini will start ahead of herrera. He will hopefully have learnt from Seville at home.
Manc man no way will we see shaw start. I doubt he will make the bench. I think he should make the bench.

7.) 16 May 2018 13:41:33
Jose will name the oldest line up available to him on the day. Lol.

8.) 16 May 2018 13:44:41
Like the positivity over lindelof, alas i feel the special one may not be willing to put his trust in him if the likes of giroud and moratta play together, but somehow i feel conte will mix it up and use a big target man, but go for a pacey player up top too, maybe pedro, which also begs the question, does jose trust bailly fully yet, or has leaving bailly out of the starting line up recently been another cunning plan to inspire bailly-my guess is jose and conte having a big smackdown WWE style on the sidelines, players getting involved and certain galic legend dropping his kronenburg 1664 pint and going all bruce lee on chavski's asses! -now that would be a carlsberg advert i'd love to see! (with mixed metaphors thrown in! -and you can keep your 'the only way is windsor' reality show on the other side too! )



14 May 2018 19:08:26
I love reading people slagging off jose's ego. Because you have to have some ego to call a manager with his cv an idiot when the highest level most have played or coached is local league. 😂 every warehouse is full of people driving forklifts that call the board and managers idiots. Most of the time they are wrong.
Sporting managers always have to put up with that sort of crap. How many movie fans think they can direct a movie better than Spielberg?
Managers nearly always get my support before the players . Players play mangers manage. Players are paid to do what their told.
Good post below. Jose supporters see the new coaching set up as a positive jose detractors see it as an arrogant foolish move.
It's probably best to wait and see because nobody not even our resident know-it-alls knows anything about the coaching set up or how it will work.
Everybody wants the same thing but want to take different roads to get there. I can't wait to see how it pans out.


1.) 14 May 2018 21:37:54
Interesting post Ken. I am a business owner. I have several "forklift" operators who along with the rest of my staff, do a superb job and we respect them immensely for it. None of these people or our managers will have the temerity to call themselves football managers. But they all go to matches on weekly basis and support their team. Most will have their finger on the pulse when it comes to knowing what works for their team.
I have never felt the urge or been stupid enough to think it's a good idea to assemble my staff and then single out one underachiever. It simply does not work this way and serves only to demotivate the said person. What Mourinho is doing, singling players out for critiscm, thinking only his decisions are correct, goes against every successful management process. He is in fact, an extremely bad man manager. This has been proved as he always falls foul of the players.
So as you say, let's wait and see what happens, but its not boding well at present.

2.) 14 May 2018 22:15:11
I often call out employees In front of others when its needed. AAA. It's done us no harm.
Just for the record I was not paying any dis respect to or forklift drivers I was using the point to illustrate that everybody thinks they can do a better job than people who are qualified and experienced to that job.
Jose is not a bad manager he is a very successful one.

How many players did Fergus fall out with or cough for example. Your bias is evident in your posts and its clouding your statements And judgement. For every reason you think he is a bad manager there are 2 to say he is a good one.

3.) 14 May 2018 22:29:24
Ken no point repeating the same things over and over. The people who don't like Jose they would never like him. let's just wait until next season and i am pretty sure we would do something special if the players don't down their tools.

Jose has done a remarkable job with this disjointed team and compared to where we were with Lvg and the players Josr took over from him.

I would say well done Jose, only if the players played a bit better we might have even challenged for something this year.

4.) 14 May 2018 23:10:43
I love it when people slag of players when it is obvious they have never kicked a ball in there life.

5.) 14 May 2018 23:47:52
That’s the problem nobody is saying Jose shouldn’t be criticised but some dislike him so will only abuse him rather than look at the positives.

Jred if you are going by that standard then none of us are qualified to comment on the players because none of us have played at a professional level. Everybody is entitled to their opinion but I do feel That fans unfairly subject Jose to a character assassination. Not his biggest fan but he is very successful and deserves another year.

6.) 15 May 2018 06:40:30
Singe, Jose has done a remarkable job with this disjointed team. He signed Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Miki, Matic, Lukaku, Bailey, Lindelof. 2 strikers, 3 midfielders, 2 defenders. That’s well over half a team so if it’s disjointed then he is partly to blame.



10 May 2018 19:02:34
That's a funny looking team for tonight. 3 at the back? Sanchez centre forward?
Nice to see shaw play and in an attacking role. Badly needed rest for matic and young but still no Bailly.


1.) 10 May 2018 19:22:24
It’s rather odd and, without being hyper-critical, somewhat negative. Looking forward to pre-match interview with Jose. Is he picking World Cup players, putting players in the shop window, sending “you’re not good enough” messages or resting players for next week. Either way winning seems a distant motivation for this mob.

They’ll probably play a blinder now. 0-5. 🤪.

2.) 10 May 2018 19:23:30
Worrying why Jose doesn't pick our best defender in Bailly. Hope rumours of him leaving are just that.

3.) 10 May 2018 19:28:50
I think the opposite timbo looks attacking to me. Should see pogba and Jessie pushed on and sanchez stay high where he is best. Neither rash nor martial deserved to be kept in the team they were both shocking at the weekend.

4.) 10 May 2018 20:28:51
It’s all perception Ken. Maybe my glass is half empty, but I see five defenders and two predominantly defensive midfielders. Against a very poor and nothing to play for a West Ham.

5.) 10 May 2018 21:45:44
Was no need to play a third cb against West Ham away. Playing without a striker was very evident today with Sanchez dropping deep. I thought Sanchez looked decent when making runs beyond the last man. Clear now that martial is on his way. Didn’t even get off the bench. I thought the one shining light was shaw. Look a threat and defensively pretty sound. Smalling on the other hand was ripped a new one three times by arnautovic. Bring on the weekend and hopefully see some of the youngsters because I’m dying to see a little bit of passion and intensity.

{Ed004's Note - Such a depressing game. Luke Shaw is a very infuriating player and I fully understand why he's in Jose bad books. He is very good on the ball in tight spaces, links play very well, very quick and a very good tackler. However, not in shape at all, lacks a final ball and there is no urgency in his play but I think that's down to lack of fitness. There were so many occasions were he could have bombed down the line but just didn't}

6.) 10 May 2018 22:23:23
Is a lack of fitness due to lack of play time, or is a lack of play time due to a lack of fitness? I just don't know.

{Ed004's Note - I don't care if he hasn't played in 6 months he is a professional athlete on probably close to 100 grand a week. He should be in peak physical condition and he blatantly isn't}

7.) 10 May 2018 22:27:14
Agree ed. His final ball is poor and he seems to hit in hope. But I do believe he will improve with games. There is clear raw talent and ability there but Jose doesn’t fancy him. There was one point where shaw had a shot from distance and Jose berated him. Seems the players look either stifled or devoid of ideas as soon as the cross the half way line. It’s really depressing ed! I really hope the right investments in the summer will improve things because I’m not sure I can take another season of depressing football. Especially as I am thinking about buying a season ticket for next year after cancelling it since Fergie retired.

{Ed004's Note - The football was good at the start of the season so I would not let the past few weeks put you off getting a season ticket when we have had nothing to play for. I'm hoping Shaw gets himself fit over preseason like he did for LvG final season however I'm not getting my hopes up. Decent full backs and a competent cb to partner Bailly will improve us massively defensively and offensively}

8.) 10 May 2018 23:17:17
Match fitness is different to fitness though.

{Ed004's Note - I understand that but Shaw still looks a stone over weight. He was gassed by 60th minute mark}

9.) 10 May 2018 23:19:27
Yeh think you are right ed. The style really needs to improve but I’m sure Jose and the board know this and they will invest accordingly. A new defence will give us a much stronger platform to work off. The manager needs to find a way of getting the attacking play more cohesive and energetic. It’s worrying how poor we look without Lukaku. I feel martial or rashford should have been given a run up front tonight but it’s clear that martial is off now.

{Ed004's Note - Agreed 100% I think Martial is off this summer and if that's the case we need a top right sided player such as Griezmann, Fekir, Dembele, Pulisic etc}

10.) 10 May 2018 23:26:42
Not trying to be an arse Ed, I'm just concerned that if we buy another young prospect with potential, we'll be questioning his attitude / commitment this time next year.

Seems to be the trend these days.

{Ed004's Note - Hopefully not, whoever Jose buys he tends to give them more of a chance to make it}

11.) 11 May 2018 07:11:29
Shaw was one of our better players last night .




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17 May 2018 22:21:50
I'd love Southgate to do well. He has made some big calls. Stuck work a lot of the young players that have gone through him at under age. Picked players who he believes in and that can play in his system. He didn't pick shaw and France didn't pick martial. So jose not alone. 😂😂.




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17 May 2018 19:04:25
No sweat pal. always good talking with you. Who do you fancy for wc?
Spain for me. sneaky ton on Denmark for the semi at 40./ 1 one of the crazy ones that come off every couple of years.




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17 May 2018 18:10:42
I couldn't disagree with you more mate. I think your anti mou glasses are are tainting everything you see.
You are praising one of our current players now because a new lb is imminent apparently so why praise shaw now when you have been calling for a new lb all season? How many times have u called shaw a disgrace, unfit, poor, not putting in effort or words to that affect this season. Now we get linked to a lb remember a position you have repeatedly called out needs filling and your negative about it? . Why the change of heart?
If we get a new th again a position you want filling will valencia suddenly become a great attacking full back.
You say you tell the truth. So why did you want a new lb all season and now moan when (it might be) addressed?




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17 May 2018 16:45:33
Beast shaw is not a great attacking full back he hasn't played 6 games consecutively for 3 years. I think that's you living in hope because there is no evidence for years that he is a great attacking full back.
For every ying there is a yang. Lots of evidence that we are improving lots of evidence that the squad is short. But for anyone like yourself that only looks for negatives there are lots of them to find too.
As a fellow poster for years and enjoyed the Craic with you many a time I have to say that every time any posters finds anything positive to say about anything you just take a polar opinion looking for a negative no matter what it is.
The essence of supporting Any sporting team is hope i don't understand why you try to suck the hope out of any positive comment about the club in general. It's quite hard to read at times and you have often written that jose comes across as a miserable person you need to take a look In the mirror mate as your coming across twice as negative as jose ever will to most.
You have been 1 of the best contributors on this page for a few years but honestly when every post is just to knock any positive comment about anything like your trying to suck the life out of anything that might possibly be good.
As I said yesterday your entitled to your opinions and put them across really well at times. But Now your bias and negativity about the manger is crossing into nearly everything you post.
The other day you said we needed 2 new full backs and you have been saying it all season. Today we are linked strongly (not sure I believe it) to a left back and now after a season of calling for new full backs you are suddenly saying we have a great full back in shaw you have been on the shaw is a disgrace bus for a long time.
My point is I know you have said you want to replace shaw all season but now when its happening maybe, you try to turn it into a negative. It's a bid odd mate.




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17 May 2018 11:12:08
Come on beast mate that line from Rwwd must have made you laugh😂😂😂.





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19 May 2018 13:43:47
Yeah angel. He knows the club inside out. Big tick for any manager. He knows the league inside out big tick. He knows a lot of the players. He has worked under pep and Wenger. All those for me outweigh managers who don't know the league club culture etc etc.
Im not saying there is no risk of course there is a huge risk but pep was a risk at Barcelona simione at AM . We say it annoy players if he is good enough throw him in. Obviously the people connected with arsenal think he is good enough. I say good luck to him. Tough job but if they show patience then it could well pay dividends.




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19 May 2018 11:28:46
Time will tell. I hope he does well. He knows the league he knows the club and is a top coach by all accounts. Less of a risk imo than jardime or touchel for example imo.
Hope city miss his input too.




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19 May 2018 11:23:45
Blossoming under jose. Good post.




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19 May 2018 08:08:28
Good post redman and dilb.




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18 May 2018 18:44:46
Maybe conte.