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26 Apr 2019 18:06:06
Jose might end up at inter and come in for lukaku🤗.


1.) 27 Apr 2019 11:39:42
I doubt that considering he doesn't like lukaku.

2.) 27 Apr 2019 15:11:54
Crazy he bought him then? 🤔🤔.

3.) 27 Apr 2019 18:08:00
Did he though?

4.) 27 Apr 2019 19:55:18
Cryptic hour on the Man Utd rumours page.



25 Apr 2019 00:24:54
Whatever our opinions on players ole and the club appear to be committed to rash and martial. So how does he get the best out of them. next season.
Should they both be competing for the no9 position so its a case of one or the other?
Could we see them play as a pair?


1.) 25 Apr 2019 01:24:55
Keep Rashford, sell Martial, who is lazy and sulks whenever he or the team faces adversity.

2.) 25 Apr 2019 05:46:50
How do we get the best out of them? Playing them as a pair would be nice to see and hopefully they could develop a partnership.

Being less cowardly on the ball would help as well, we should be able to introduce more sophisticated patterns of play rather than just hoofing it long or knocking it down the channel. Its the easy way out and top players are usually much more brave on the ball.

Also if we can get someone to play on the right or even at least just stand on the right that is some sort of threat as a professional football player then that should draw some focus away from that left hand side and create more space for those two.

3.) 25 Apr 2019 06:14:34
One of the problems last night was zero support from midfield, especially the first half. Every time Rashford or Lingard had the ball they only had each other to pass to making our play very predictable. We need better, hard working players. Roll on summer.

4.) 25 Apr 2019 07:27:24
I don’t think either are good enough to lead the line and both should be competing for the left hand side role.

5.) 25 Apr 2019 07:59:25
The other problem yesterday was that one of them was being selfish. Even the commentators saw it and spoke out when there was a more deadly pass on in the first half but the striker turned towards the right and subsequently killed the move. Should have seen the look in the other ones face, supposedly they are best friends off field. Some need to understand that shooting from a 100 yards out will not get you goals every time, it happens once in a 100 chances.

6.) 25 Apr 2019 08:41:11
Sell Lukaku and bring in Piatek or Jovic. Give Martial another year and see how he performs.

7.) 25 Apr 2019 09:44:00
I personally believe that if we sell Pogba, this will have a big impact on certain players, in particular Martial, Rashford and Lingard.

I get the impression that Pogba is the big personality who people follow and despite his obvious talents, I just don't think he has the right attitude.

If Pogba is sold, I can see Martial, Rashford and Lingard becoming more focused and improving, in particular Martial.

8.) 25 Apr 2019 10:01:16
Personally I like the idea of playing a 4312/ 3412 with split strikers and a floating No.10. We don't have any wingers, while we have several strikers and No.10's.

That way we can have Martial, Rashford, Lukaku and Greenwood as our four striker options.

Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Angel Gomes as No.10's. Plus maybe one other signed in the summer. Bruno Fernandes maybe.

Then sell Pogba and bring in two midfielders, NDombele being one.

9.) 25 Apr 2019 10:17:16
agree shappy. bruno with a midfield of ndombele and say neves would be brilliant.

10.) 25 Apr 2019 11:23:48
Although Martial has frustrated the s**t out of me, I would still like to see him given a run as striker, Rash has had plenty of games there but Martial has barely had a chance as striker. I do believe he is our best finisher.

11.) 25 Apr 2019 11:49:38
Although Martial is a good finisher, he doesn't offer enough off the ball movement.
I would like to see a midfield of Bruno, Saul and Declan Rice.

12.) 25 Apr 2019 12:38:23
I'd go either 352 or 4312 as our wide options are horrific. But 2 upfront could get the best out of martial and maybe even Sanchez.

13.) 25 Apr 2019 14:40:27
What do people see in Martial I don't someone please tell me its frustrating the (swear word) out of me. Why does Martial get the mention that he deserves a run in the side as a number 9 or a pair with someone else, why?

I can list many many reasons why he shouldn't been given a run.
Yes let's give a free run a test maybe to see how it goes and if it doesn't work out we have out answer don't we. All the while whilst that free test doesn't work out we are losing games and points so the little test can be conducted.
All the while when he does actually play he can't be bothered and his effort is ZERO. Yes he deserves a run in the side doesn't he?

14.) 25 Apr 2019 14:53:46
Martial gets away with it because he hasn't been given a run in the strikers position.

As soon as he gets the run and if he doesn't perforn then he will get criticised.

I do have my doubts over his attitude as he looks like one of them players that cries a lot if nothing goes right for him.

15.) 25 Apr 2019 15:41:03
I don't know maybe because he is the best finisher at the club. Yes he doesn't work hard enough. But that is much less of a problem for a striker than a winger.

The biggest problem we have had over the last month is not finishing the chances we have made. I would argue that had Martial had the same chances he would have scored at least 70% of them.

That's not to say Martial is the answer to all our problems. Just that is might not hurt to give our best finisher a chance as a striker during a tough spell where we can't seem to finish our chances.

16.) 25 Apr 2019 15:43:36
Simple answer FZZ. Martial is more talented and a more natural striker with that instinct for goal then the person currently leading the line. For me, Lukaku should lead the line, if not, then Martial. But the problem is that he can't be bothered to play. His head seems elsewhere and it has been since his 9 was given to Zlatan. Never seen such a reaction to a jersey being changed.

17.) 25 Apr 2019 16:40:51
I dunno David Mellors was funny.

18.) 25 Apr 2019 17:40:55
What a load of Tosh UA, no i am not having what you said or agree with. He isn't the best finisher, he's not a best at anything apart from looking like he hates playing football.

19.) 25 Apr 2019 18:30:27
Play Herrera every game this season and the team will click.

20.) 25 Apr 2019 19:15:51
I like Shappy's idea of the 3-4-1-2. I admit that Martial does have the talent and could thrive if he played with Rashford. Would Lukaku want to stay as 3rd choice? Not sure. This setup would allow Greenwood to get more minutes as well.

Lingard would be a natural in the #10 position. It would take advantage of his greatest quality, which is movement off the ball. But I think we need someone more explosive and dangerous on the ball. Someone that can run with the ball and ride some tackles. Bruno Fernandes might fit very well there.

21.) 25 Apr 2019 22:53:10
Martial frustrates me so much.
I don't like watching him play and i would hate to play with him.
But he is a good finisher.
I would like to see him given the chance up front for an extended run as a striker. To see if he can do it. Particularly as nobody else is scoring when there.
2 up front would possibly suit all our strikers
None have been prolific while playing as the sole striker.
But with no defence and little creativity from midfield its tough to play 2 up top.

22.) 25 Apr 2019 23:44:45
He hasn't done anything to deserve a run up front Ken.

Maybe if he actually tried to look bothered i wouldn't be against it but until he starts putting some effort in he doesn't deserve LB in the changing rooms.



31 Mar 2019 09:48:54
Fresh its anyones guess at this stage.
I would imagine there are question marks over the following
Darmian valencia rojo mata herrera jones sanchez bailly ddg and pogba.
Of course all won't go although in reality i would not be over concerned about any leaving except pogba and ddg.
Wages are the issue so in order to buy we need to get some wages off the books naturally.
Selling some of the above is an issue because of their inflated wages so its not as simple as it looks.
Mata and herrera can possibly go on free transfers. Herrera may stay but its a 30m commitment from the club for a squad player approaching 30 doesn't seem like a good call to me mata likewise.
Ddg can't even command a top fee now going into the last year of his contract.
Valencia is being released darmian and rojo hold little value and we will have to pay sanchez off.


1.) 31 Mar 2019 15:11:21
I don't think bailly or jones will leave and i agree don't want to see dsg and pogba leave.

I think there is something in rumours that ole is happy with the options at cb whether people like it or not.

Could see two signings at CM and none at the back.

2.) 31 Mar 2019 21:48:39
If he is happy with the CB options he must still think he is managing Molde.

3.) 31 Mar 2019 22:28:08
Frankly with our current club structure and management we won't be able to compete with Real Madrid and Bayern when it comes to recruiting the best new players. Zidane will have made sure he can decide who they sign and Bayern are very well run and have a big budget. We are going to struggle to hold on to our best two players in DE Gea and Pogba and we have Sanchez to sort out room. Ole has his work cut out.

4.) 01 Apr 2019 10:43:01
With our current wage structure, basically maxed out, we are backed into a corner anyway.

We need to get rid of overpaid players and probably focus on cost efficient signings (wage wise) compared to Kroos or Bale etc.

We simply can’t afford to trade Pogba for Kroos and Bale, as we don’t have the wiggle room to pay the wages needed.

5.) 01 Apr 2019 13:26:56
We could do without Bale and Kroos anyway. Bale would play 25 games a season and command a silly wage. Kroos doesn't work hard enough and I can see him struggling in the Prem. He's excellent on the ball but doesn't fit Ole's desire of being one of the most hard-working teams in the league.

I hope the days of Blockbuster signings are over and we go back to signing younger players with desire to reach the very top.



23 Mar 2019 19:25:48
Well ed002 hope all is well.
Do you know what the club plans are for dean henderson next season.
He has had 2 great loan spells over the past 2 seasons. He looks like a a very good keeper and unless ddg leaned his path to our 1st team looks cut off.
I think he will be Englands no 1 by the time the euros come around.
Thanks have a great day.


{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know Ken. There might well be interest in DDG again this summer; actually I am pretty sure there will be interest. I don’t see MU opting for DH right away and second pick for the first team really needs to be an older player who can also help with the training of the younger GKs, because chances outside of injury are typically limited to the League Cup (or what ever it is called now).

1.) 24 Mar 2019 07:39:41
Henderson does look a great keeper in the making but if ddg leaves its a big risk to throw him straight into the 1st team, it is tempting because the last thing I want to see is him leave looking for 1st team football, if ddg does leave maybe give romero next season as number 1,grant number 2 or 3 and vgive Henderson a prem loan so he has got prem experience.

2.) 24 Mar 2019 08:18:34
If DDG leaves I would be tempted to make Romero first choice with Henderson as second choice/ fighting it out for first choice.

3.) 24 Mar 2019 09:57:29
Like so many other positions in world football there's a dearth of genuine world class replacements out there. I'd be happy to go with Romero for a season with Grant as number 2 and Henderson as third choice but playing in the cup games and selected league games to see how he does. It saves money for other positions then and I suspect that pleases our glorious commander in chief as well. If we can improve the defence and midfield we'd concede less chances and wouldn't need the keeper to bail us out as often anyway.

4.) 24 Mar 2019 10:20:23
The issue we will have when DDG leaves is whoever replaces him will have to live with constant comparisons. The pundits will say "De Gea would have saved that" etc.

We could spend 60-80m on a replacement such as Oblak or Donnarumma. But they will still be a step down on DDG. Ultimately we will be on a hiding to nothing. Whether we spend 80m or make Romero first choice the pundits will say the same things.

5.) 24 Mar 2019 11:24:51
I'm with you there Shappy, Romero has proven to be a very good back up and while he isn't at De Gea's level, any mistake from any keeper signed would be viewed as something that De Gea would not have done. Henderson would ideally be back up for a year or 2 then take over the number 1 spot.

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

6.) 24 Mar 2019 22:07:45
Ed002 thanks.
Its a certainty that ddg will have other offers i would think.
Rm psg and juve are all in the market for a top keeper i would imagine. With 1 year on his contract the market value will not reflect his true value to the team and club. Another mess of a contractual situation by the looks of it. The club are in a vulnerable situation on this one.
Henderson is a very good keeper. Lacks experience but i would love to see him take the top spot and flourish.

7.) 25 Mar 2019 05:58:59
Real already have Courtois.

{Ed001's Note - yes and he has been a disaster so far.}

8.) 25 Mar 2019 16:33:01
What is your take on Courtois ed1? I personally think he is/ was massively overrated. He hasn't lived up to the promise he showed 6_7yrs ago. He seems to regress with every game he plays.

{Ed001's Note - I agree with you. He never improved if anything he regressed recently.}

9.) 26 Mar 2019 17:54:43
DDG is in my opinion the best there is, but Romero is bloody good. With a world class defender the chances on goal will go down. Stam left, we carried on. Beckham left, we were ok. Ronaldo went and we won trophies. De Gea goes, we will carry on as we have in the past.

10.) 27 Mar 2019 12:39:54
Apparently now we no longer see a need to spend 50 million on a centre back and will look at right back and midfield instead. Would anyone be shocked if true.



08 Mar 2019 20:35:06
Hi ed002
all good i hope.
Can i ask if you have heard or know anything on new contracts for mata and herrera.
also i think darmian and periera are entering the final year of their contract in July do you know if they will be offered need deals?
Finally do you know if any club at all is interested in rojo.


{Ed002's Note - I have no real interest in contracts Ken. However, I do expect Darmian to leave in the summer. I am not aware of current interest in Rojo and he is actually somewhat restricted as to which countries he can move to.}

1.) 09 Mar 2019 14:40:44
Thanks ed 002 have a good day.




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15 May 2019 23:39:33
Hi ed002
Hope you are keeping well.
Can you provide any insight as to what duties/ remit the club want their new Dof/ Tech Director to carry out?
You have said before that the titles and job specs vary greatly from club to club.
Secondly do you think the job spec and proposed structure have hindered our search? Perhaps the role the club want does not appeal to many.
Finally if I'm not pushing my luck😁. In your onion what is the best spec and structure for such a role at united? If you were asked to put the person in at United what would you think the ideal role would be and what would they be responsible for.?
We have all seen so many rumours and speculation with lots of names linked to the role over the past 18 months. But without knowing what the role entrails and what the club want their responsibilities to be its impossible for the fans to have any sort of informed opinion. I read lots of people moaning he can't be this person or that person or it should be him or her. But nobody can be deemed suitable or unsuitable if nobody knows what the role entails.


{Ed002's Note - The club are looking to keep the post within the MU "family" if they can - that in my view is a mistake. I don't want to get in to too much detail.}

1.) 16 May 2019 12:01:08
Ok ed thanks for the your response. Maybe another time. Ta. K.

{Ed002's Note - Sorrty about it Ken - but I have already had to delete comments from many fellow fans who seem not to be able to grasp the fundamentals about how the club is run or who makes which decisions.}

2.) 16 May 2019 13:13:52
No issue ed002. Completely understand. Its just a topic i'm interested in.
I don't like reading so many posts and reports based on pure ignorance.



13 May 2019 23:14:52
Well here are my grades for our squad and staff this season.
A= performed consistently above average
B= consistently average
C= inconsistent with highs and lows
D= consistently performing below average
E= zero impact
F= negative impact
Jose its an F from me I'm afraid. He should have resigned when the window closed. he spoke the truth. But he told it and reacted In the wrong way imo.
Carrick. E. Coached for a full season and i can see no improvement in Any of our players technique and their fitness is shocking.
Mckenna E likewise
Ole torn C to E he is a long shot. He has the vision. Can he get his players on his bus.? I hope so. But its a long shot.
Ddg. D. What a dip in form. Apart from a few games he has been way below his best for 18 months for club and country.
Valencia E thanks and goodbye
Shaw. B. He has been solid not as fit as he should be. But big improvement.
Dalot C. Showing some promise
Young D. Just past it.
Rojo. F. costing big money for no contribution
Darmian e zero impact
Bailly. E. Zero impact
Smalling. D. Does his best but it's not good enough for a top side.
Jones F. Just a nuisance
Lindelof. A Just pips shaw for me
Matic. D. Legs look gone.
Pogba . C. to F. Says it all
Fred. E. Zero impact.
Herrera. B. When played always gave his all.
Pierera. E. Zero impact
Mctom. B. Good follow up to last season proved his worth. Reliable character.
Sanchez. F. The whole situation saddens me.
Lukaku. D. not fit enough.
Martial D. His situation annoys me
Rash. D. Needs to up his game
Mata. E. Sadly zero impact.
Jessie. D. Lost his way a bit.

Its not been good no way to sugar coat it. Lindelof shaw mctom are the only players over the course of the session who can hold their heads up high.
Herrera too to be fair.
Some of the rest are doing their best and fall below standards. Some are simply not happy and Need to move on.
Some will get another chance its up to them.
Some new players will come in i'm looking forward to August already.


1.) 14 May 2019 00:39:10
Good assessment Ken, but I'll give Pogba and Martial big Fat F's too, as their attitude stinks and they have a huge negative impact on the team.

2.) 14 May 2019 08:55:36
Very good assesment Ken.

3.) 14 May 2019 09:34:46
Very honest assessment.



12 May 2019 19:28:25
Well Thank god that's over.
Its been dismal since the window closed last august and jose effectively gave up.
We had a fine period winning lots of games and had a surge in form that just shouldered to a halt.
Ole is now telling us all what jose told us at the end of last season.


1.) 12 May 2019 20:10:05
But Ole is one of us and he gets us. 😂😂😂😂😂 We are in for a bumpy ride if next year.

If we can't win against teams like Huddersfield and Cardiff then its scary thinking what's going to happen next year.

We are miles off the top and until we got rid of Young, Jones and Smalling from the defence we are going to leak goals like we qare on loose motion.

If anyone thinks the football is going to improve then you are delusional because until Mick Phelan is there you are going to se esimilar type of football.

Those that wantwd rid of Mourinho bevause of getting bored of football, well now you will still get bored of football but also your going to have to start getting used to losing with Ole and Phelan in charge.

The only positive thing today was that Greenwood looks a top player but is a few years away from reaching his potential.

2.) 12 May 2019 20:17:25
with woodward having anyting to do with the footbaling side even the best manages would be on a hiing to nothing.

3.) 12 May 2019 20:57:08
Not just Woodward, there is also Fergie lingering in the background.

A manager is not a manager when he keeps going to someone else for advice.

4.) 12 May 2019 21:11:36
I can see plenty of new signings coming in pretty quickly.

I have heard we will be signing a new official tyre partner in Indonesia and a a new airline sponsor Allareflops.

5.) 12 May 2019 22:58:28

6.) 13 May 2019 14:53:51
I really don't get the SAF bashing. I know we're all mad, but what has he done to warrant this except make us so entitled that we feel robbed if we don't win.



11 May 2019 13:21:50
Goodbye and good luck Ander, i hope you enjoy the money you left for.


1.) 11 May 2019 13:42:24
That's a little bitter ken. Your better than that.

2.) 11 May 2019 13:47:25
Is it not the playing time he wants more off?

3.) 11 May 2019 13:52:31
Sure he will Ken. If someone offered me 200k pw for 4 years to live in Paris as my final pay cheque is bite their hand off. We messed around, he’d had enough. Fair enough to Ander I say.

4.) 11 May 2019 13:59:04
Ken no disrespect but how is what he's doing any different to what all of us do in our working life? The fact that most of the players we pay more than him offer very little effort compared to him. I believe since oles been incharge every game he's played we've not lost. The fact most on here wanted him as a captain a couple of years also. Everyone needs a hard worker and were letting our only one go.

5.) 11 May 2019 14:15:54
I am not bitter at all.
I think his wife is French he got a great deal by all accounts. He has honoured his commitment to us in full and i hope he does well in Paris. He never shriked a challenge and never gave less than 100%.
People are claiming its a disgrace. But it was his choice. He choose to leave. New challenge. New adventure and lots more money. He was offered a contract at United with a handsome pay rise but it was not enough. I hope he does well.

6.) 11 May 2019 14:29:54
He's also damn near guaranteed to win trophies there, which on top of the money is a pretty convincing argument. Even if it is only Ligue 1.

7.) 11 May 2019 14:31:27
Not quite sure how he will get more playing time at psg who have a stronger squad than us and are likely to add to it.

8.) 11 May 2019 14:42:22
Is it true that herrera was on 75k a week for so long? Best of luck to the guy for giving his heart out to the club till his time here. Sad he has to move to psg though.

9.) 11 May 2019 14:57:20
Playing time? How many games do you think he will start for PSG.

10.) 11 May 2019 15:04:14
Why shouldn’t players look for the best contract?

It’s not Ander’s fault that the club spuffed it’s wage budget on big name flops. It’s not his fault that the club allowed his contract to run down. And it’s not his fault that the club was unwilling to match PSG’s offer.

Best of luck to him, think he’ll be a big success in France.

11.) 11 May 2019 23:34:46
Ken's account hacked?



07 May 2019 16:58:50
Id like to take a moment to speculate on our summer transfer window and look at the rebuiling hob that ole faces.
Its important to remember that there will be players staying that ole would rather sell but cant.
There is probably also a couple of players that will leave that he would rather have kept.
I think that
Pogba ddg lukaku and martial will all look to leave.
In my opinion it would make sense to let them all leave. We could possibly raise 250 to 300m for them alone.
Sanchez is a problem. Can we find a club to take him on. Will he lower his wage demand to secure a move. Can we pay him off to make a move?
Valencia. GONE
Herrera looks gone
Mata looks gone.
Darmian looks likely to be sold
Rojo looks likely to be sold if we can find a buyer.
So if they all leave we ciuld raise in the order of 300m from those sales and make loads of room on the wage bill for new signings .
I believe that would leave luke shaw as our highest earner on 190k per week. ( yeah i know that's hard to believe)

So that would leave a squad of
Grant romero (Henderson)
Young dalot shaw
Lindelof bailly jones smalling (tuanzebe)
Matic mctom fred perieira (garner)
Jessie rash (chong gomes greenwood)

Just look at that squad its pitiful in every single area. Shocking. It contains about 4 regular international starters. Devoid of leaders devoid of talent devoid of invention devoid of top class experience.

Even those staying have significant question marks over them
All 3 keepers
All 3 full backs
4 of the 5 cb's
All the midfield
Both of the attackers.

On that basis the task is huge.
We simply cannot Afford to lest all 4 of lukaku martial sanchez and mata to leave . Its a real conundrum because none really deserve to be kept. If pissed id rather keep lukaku and mata than the other 2.

Trippier aldewireld tierny 90m
Saul teilmans or neves maddison 190m
Sancho king 120m
Cavani swap with sanchez

Henderson romero grant
Rb/ lb trippier tierny dalot shaw young
Cb's Alderwireld Lindelof bailly tuanzebe smalling sell jones
Midfield teilmans or neves saul mctom matic fred maddison periera garner
Attack jessie rash sancho cavani lukaku chong gomes greenwood

Thats a squad that if they click can potentially win the europa and be 3rd in the league with a good wind behind them.
Lots of inexperience but a few older heads to count on.
Lots of talent lots of youth lots of hunger.

We can all argue about the players that come in as we all have opinions on who we like.
Im aware a couple on my list are not of interest or are not attainable but its the sort of player id like to see.
Some are players with a point yo prove some are raw but its the sort of mix id like to see.

We have the worst squad we have seen for 30 years so it won't be fixed over 1 window or even 3.


1.) 07 May 2019 17:22:41
The Cavani suggestion one of the best I've seen re Sanchez, think he'd be fantastic for Rashford and eventually Greenwood to partner up top and learn from. He's a tireless worker and I thought he was exceptional for Uruguay as a leader at the world cup. Getting in a couple of leaders is just as imperative as bringing in young, hungry players.

Hector Herrera another example. Believe he's a free agent this summer, and would replace his namesake nicely in the squad.

2.) 07 May 2019 17:57:27
That would be an incredible squad Ken, realistic too I would imagine it might take a couple of windows to get it done though.

{Ed025's Note - ken should be the next manager deano..

3.) 07 May 2019 18:07:55
I don't like the idea of bringing in an older head striker to guild the youngsters.
That supposedly was the thinking behind bringing in Zlatan, however, all it did was take up a huge chunk of the wage bill while stagnating the youngsters.

Rashford and Martial will not improve without playing minutes on the pitch. They can work on as much as you'd like during training. But they need to play games, make mistakes and learn from them. Simple as that.

4.) 07 May 2019 18:10:58
The fact that when we brought shaw we made him the highest paid teenager. Then after 3 years of injuries a inability to get himself into any sort of shape we then give him a almost double your money contract to stay. Tells you everything you need to know about the club. Watching chilwell last night everything he did was a upgrade on shaw.

5.) 07 May 2019 18:15:17
Lots of players could have been mentioned. But its that sort of profile. A couple of older leaders and some talented younger hungry players. Plus developing a jewel or 2 from tuanzebe garner gomes chong or greenwood.
A blend of youth and experience. Bale is another possible if he fancies helping returning united to the top as his legacy. It depends on what desire these guys have for a huge challenge having win the lot and massed the riches. A takes a special sort of character and talent to do that.
Picking the wrong ones is a nightmare as we have seen.
But we do need 2 or 3 of them to come in and start seeing new standards of professionalism.

6.) 07 May 2019 18:18:35
Good post Ken.

I wouldn't go for Tielemans or Trippier they don't look upto scratch for me.

I also will get rid of Young and Smalling and buy two top class center backs.

Realistically speaking - I think these are the playe4s we will buy thid year.

Cancelo, Milenkovic or Manolas, Dybala, Saul if Pogba leave which i r3ckon he will and we will look go and buy Costa from Juventus.

I would go for Cavani too and i'd think he is just the type of striker to score us goals which Rashford, Lukaku and Martial aren't capable of for one reason or another.

The most importqnt business we can do this summer is clear out the players we don't need or aren't good for us and then worry about buying top class players next year.

In terms of our players from the youth - It will be a major step up for them from playing in under 23s to playing against the likes of Van dijk and co.

7.) 07 May 2019 18:19:05
Ken, you are saying in an ideal world to bring in 8 new players?

8.) 07 May 2019 18:20:28
On a side note I would go all put for Ruben Dias if Juventus csnt obtain him. Dias, Milenkovic and Lindelof would be three quality center backs to have.

9.) 07 May 2019 18:30:59
CSF. i'm not sure its practical to complete in one window.
As i said it depends on who he has to and who he can't sell. But if he is lucky enough to get them all out in one window then they have to be replaced😁 admittedly and obviously it is not all that realistic but if the cv lub has appetite for real change greying them all out in one window would be the ideal as far as I'm concerned.

{Ed025's Note - throwing them all out of a window sounds good to me ken.. :)

10.) 07 May 2019 18:36:00
Not from any ground floor window ed025 i'm talkin sky scraper top floor. Or even a blimp window😂😂.

{Ed025's Note - love it ken..

11.) 07 May 2019 18:40:50
Realistic Wishlist over 2-3 windows for me would be

AWB/ Ricardo
Ben Mee (Promoting Tuanzebe to partner with Lindelof)
David Brooks
Moussa Dembele (Lyon)

12.) 07 May 2019 19:36:35
I fully agree Shappy you are completely right it would seem many of our fans don't want to learn the lessons of the last few years.

Every day I read posts pleading for the likes of Greenwood, Gomes, Chong and Garner to be given their chance yet we'll ruin them before they've even started if we're not careful. How long will it take before people turn on Greenwood if he goes a few games without a goal or has a few bad games as all teenagers invariably will.

In Rashford we have one of the most promising and talented forwards in world football. He works incredibly hard, has been at the Club all his life yet most fans have already dismissed him as not good as he's struggled for a bit of form recently. The lad is only 21 give him a chance. Signing a pacy, mobile RW that can take on some of the creative responsibility and chip in with some goals would be a huge benefit to the likes of Rashford and Martial and give balance to the team.

There is no magic wand, no secret formula, no quick solution, patience and planning are the only antidote.

The brutal truth is 6 years on and we are still reeling from 2013 and the loss of our great manager. Within 12-18 months of SAF retiring we'd also lost Vidic, Rio, Evra, Scholes, Giggs with Carrick and Rooney in steady decline. It's almost impossible to replace that amount of talent and experience in a such short space of time. There isn't enough money in the world to replace that lot!

Madrid have fallen to bits since they lost Ronaldo. The likes of Kroos, Modric, Ramos and Bemzema are all approaching the end of their careers at the same time. They will find those players incredibly difficult to replace all at the same time.

When Barcelona lose Messi they will face similar problems.

There is no easy fix for us. We must show patience and understanding. Turning on our own will not help anything.

We all know the positions where we need strengthening. We must not get distracted chasing players we simply don't need. CB, RB, RW and CM must be the priority. Getting the right players in the right positions will make a big difference. We need to forge a team, recruit the right players with the right mentality and then look to sprinkle the star dust. Doing it the other way around won't work.

13.) 07 May 2019 19:42:57
Shappy how many more seasons do Rashford and Martial need to develop their game?
Martial signed in August 2015 and Rashford made his debut in February 2016?
Don’t think Beckham, Scholes, Nevill, Butt and even Ole himself needed 3 to 4 seasons to make it.
I have no axe to grind with either of these players but they either deliver now or sit on the bench.
Plus an older head who is top quality with a real desire could help Rashford and Martial.

14.) 07 May 2019 19:56:44
Who is suggesting diing it the other way around dlib?
I looks like we will lose a lot of ecoerience from the squad. We will also prioritise some young talented signings. But its imperative we blend that with some experienced pros. We won't have enough in house so we need to bring in 2 minimum. Its not easy to find the right ones ill grant you that.

15.) 07 May 2019 20:19:17
Shappy, them men have been around long enough now to do it. A world class striker would probably help them, not hamper them.

At least when zlatan was here, he was a leader. And we had some cohesion in the squad. When he left we were void a real leader, despite his character, he did lead from the front and others seemed to have followed.

Good post Ken, really is a bad read and how badly off we actually are.

16.) 07 May 2019 20:21:54
DLIB, those lads are still kids and they'll be a few years away from making any inroads into the first team. It's nice to call for him to give youth a chance, but in reality they are not ready yet. We need to being in some real leaders right now, ones with experience and quality to boot.

Those young lads you mentioned should learn from them and enhance their skill by playing with better players. Not by throwing them, that could ruin some of them.

17.) 07 May 2019 20:40:19
I wasn't referring to you Ken your posts are always consistent and I agree with most of the players you have listed in your squad.

I'd personally stay clear of Cavani I think Rashford needs the game time and I think we need the experience and leadership at the other end of the pitch. Of course I don't have all the answers and I do understand your reasoning pal but in my opinion we should look to build to the future and try and forge a team rather than bringing in another player on massive wages with their best years behind them. I want to see Rashford improve and develop it's a process and we just have to be patient with him.

18.) 07 May 2019 20:42:24
I wouldn't touch Bale with a ten foot pole.




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17 May 2019 21:39:01
He needs to win the europa cup for the full set😂.




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16 May 2019 20:35:11
Nice bloke by all accounts singh😂.




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16 May 2019 18:46:06
Singh i doubt you have ever been in the dressing room.




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15 May 2019 19:59:20
I think he will move. I think it will cost us but i doubt he will be here come next season.
Rash martial and jessie will stay i think and i guess mata lukaku and sanchez will leave this summer.




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25 Apr 2019 22:53:10
Martial frustrates me so much.
I don't like watching him play and i would hate to play with him.
But he is a good finisher.
I would like to see him given the chance up front for an extended run as a striker. To see if he can do it. Particularly as nobody else is scoring when there.
2 up front would possibly suit all our strikers
None have been prolific while playing as the sole striker.
But with no defence and little creativity from midfield its tough to play 2 up top.





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19 May 2019 13:33:55
When it suits them angel.




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19 May 2019 11:45:33
Only when it suits though Stevie.




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18 May 2019 11:17:47
Gds. W if we are competing to win then the majority will be happy.
1 of Liverpool or spurs will win nothing this season. Both sets of fans will look back on what's was a great season and be happy with their lot. Even if its tinged with a little disappointment.
We have to be competing to win trophies by end of 2 seasons. We must be entertaining and we must have a team that plays with Psion desire and structure. We want a team that resinates with the fans and a team that represent the fans.




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17 May 2019 23:59:58
They produced so many great players over the years.
Im not sure who is my favourite from seedorf or davids from the great 95 team .
Seedorf is one of my favourite ever players to watch live. Very close to the perfect midfield player. A rolls Royce.
Loved van basten too. He came through in the 80s with rijkarrd and was part of that great milan and Dutch teams.
Great team in the 70s with JC and co.
The have 3 or 4 in that team of that sort of calibre in venderbeek dejong de ligt in particular that look like they are destined for the top.




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17 May 2019 23:41:41
Gds. That's an interesting one and a topic that can split opinion but there is a grey area.
If there is signs of progress and continual improvement and excitement and entertainment then that will be enough to please a decent annoys of fans. However the caveat i would but on that is that we must be competing to win trophies in year 2 and 3.
If there is entertainment and continual improvement that should mean competing to win trophies.
No matter what happens i will always support the club but i won't be a happy fan unless we are competing to win the best trophies.
I can compare the 70' and 80s against the 90's and 00's.
I didn't love the club any more when we were winning than i did when we were also rans during the 70s and 80s. But i was a happier fan for the next 2 decades that's for sure.
The one thing for sure is that ole knows that and he desperately wants that.
Can he pull it off?
That's the million dollar question. Ole is a long shot. He has a hell of a job in front of him.
Very much like last summer we will know a lot more about what his chances are when the window closes.
Can he move the players on that he wants, and can he keep the ones he wants. Van he get the ones he wants.