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20 Sep 2018 12:41:37
Hey Eds, anyone knows about any serious interest in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe?
Maybe United only sent scouts to watch him like they do for a lot of players and media are making it a big deal. Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}



07 Aug 2018 09:14:59
Having the transfer window shut early for the league specially after world cup was such an personic idea. I don't think there will be anymore business for us in the upcoming days. Though there are strong rumours of Toby but Spurs don't have enough time to look for a replacement. I just hope we don't panic buy on deadline day.


1.) 07 Aug 2018 10:03:30

There will be movement mate, does seem to be leaving it a bit late though and I agree, I hope we don't panic on Thursday.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 11:16:11
I’m not worried, we can’t sign Fellaini twice.

3.) 07 Aug 2018 12:50:27
Sailor - you never know Levi might insist on smalling/ shaw going the other way . heres hoping :)

4.) 07 Aug 2018 12:52:16
Danny that made me laugh. But heard Mr. Witsel is looking for a move from Chinaa.

{Ed002's Note - He has already moved.}

5.) 08 Aug 2018 08:03:20
Yes Ajay, looks like he moved to Dortmund.

6.) 08 Aug 2018 08:55:11
DannyP, but what if Harry Maguire IS this seasons Fellaini?



09 Jul 2018 15:48:07
Just read this rumour that we might look to get Dembele for Martial in exchange. I know it's probably BS but that is the only way I would be willing to let Martial leave the club.


1.) 09 Jul 2018 18:49:02
Swap one inconsistent french player for another? No thanks, send Martial out on loan and look for alternative cover.



18 Mar 2018 13:52:36
Heard that Martial wants to leave for Juventus. Don't know whether it's true or not but I think if any team offers what we paid for him ten we should sell him. There are many who will talk about his potential and stuff but without the right attitude potential is useless.
He has more potential than Rashford but I can guarantee that Rashford will be twice the player Martial would ever become. His link up play is not upto the standard and it's just sad to see him take on the defender on the wings. Everyone can see how easily Rashford can go past on the wings but Martial just runs into the player losing the ball. Rashford makes the opposition nervous with his pressing and you can even see someone his goals have come as a result of him never giving up.
Many will say he will be great under Pochetino or someone else. But can you guys actually see him succeeding under Pochetino or Klopp. They ask a lot from their players and Martial would just fail to deliver. Try to put him in a Spurs team and decide for yourself who will he replace in the front 4. I was very excited when he came and I hope he proves everyone wrong and becomes the best player in the world with us but I just don't understand what type of formation or playing style will suit him so that he can jump into that bracket of world class players.


1.) 18 Mar 2018 16:11:35
You can guarantee Rashford will be twice the player Martial will be can you?

2.) 18 Mar 2018 17:21:40
Play Martial up top or sell him if we get what the board deem a suitable offer.

He’s a 1 in 5 player and that’s nit good enough at Utd despite his age. Rashford has more potential than Martial in my opinion. Not sure it needs to be one or the other though. I’d ditch Zlatan and give him a season rotating with Lukaku up front. However Maybe his sulky demeanour is just too much for Jose and he just doesn’t have what it takes.

3.) 18 Mar 2018 17:39:07
Word is there is a new deal on the table for martial.

4.) 18 Mar 2018 19:37:07
Ed002 confirmed that juve are in for him but we are a good bit apart from agreeing a fee.
I would be shocked or saddned if he left but it wouldn't shock me if he was kept to see if he can fulfill his potential and claim a regular place in the side. Have to say he is not my cup of tea.

5.) 18 Mar 2018 19:50:03
Zlatan was hardly there this season. He was just here to take some of the money Woodward had been getting in. Don't think Mou trusts Martial up top.

6.) 18 Mar 2018 20:12:38
Other than it’s of pace, Rashford hasn’t actually shown that much quality. His composure and finishing Needs a lot of work, his runnning is the channels isn’t the best, and he makes the wrong decision very often. He has a game where he comes up against a poor full back and rinses him the whole game and people think he’s the best thing since sliced bread again. Martial has much more potential, the quality of his finishing etc is streets ahead of rashfords. He just needs to play regularly as a forward. Martial is NOT a winger.

7.) 18 Mar 2018 20:35:40
Martial is just another example of a young player who needs to be playing in a team which plays to his strengths. He is really good but being played out on the left wing is not going to let his talent shine. Round pegs in round holes. He is going to be awesome if he gets a central attacking role and with a team playing fluent quick football. Not the slow slow pass it a million times we are apt to at the moment.

8.) 19 Mar 2018 08:02:26
Under pochhetino martial would improve undoubtedly, a couple of years under poch and he would be at that hazard and sanchez (pre joining us) level. No reason why martial shouldn't be getting double figures in goals and assists every season.

9.) 19 Mar 2018 10:41:25
If martial can't make it at united our coaching staff aren't fit for purpose. I agree martial is not a winger and should be playing as a striker eventually.

10.) 19 Mar 2018 13:11:23
Maybe, just maybe, we have paid over the odds for an overrated youngster who is also not fit for purpose?

11.) 19 Mar 2018 16:47:17
Maybe just maybe he's played on the wings to develop his all round game and because the £75-90 million striker we have has bagged over 20 goals so far.

Maybe the Juve rumour has popped up because contract talks stalled. Not the first time its happened.

12.) 19 Mar 2018 18:38:13
It’s all rather dull. If he’s sulking ship him out. If he’s angling for a striker position then prove you’re worth it there by smashing every single game you play and every training session there is.

I cannot abide maoning and sulking. Get your head down and prove you belong there. If not, au revoir.

I like Martial as a player, but can’t see him being a world beater I’m afraid.

Too many cruising in this squad for me and Martial is a prime culprit.

All this talk of Poch I don’t get. His team have shown absolutely zero aptitude when it comes to crunch games and pressure to win.

Maybe I’m just being grumpy still but back jose and his decisions or sack him now. If they want a yes man, Jose clearly not your man. The board have no place in making football decisions on team sheets and tactics.

13.) 19 Mar 2018 19:30:56
Eric your talking sense my friend.

14.) 20 Mar 2018 15:40:33
Eric - When have united ever not paid over the odds?

I would say most people rate martial as a good player with potential to be even better. Wouldn't class that as overrated.

Even if you don't think he has potential to go to the next level he surely must be way down your list of united problems?
And surely he has been our best left sided attacker this season? So even if you think he hasn't been good enough often enough there's been plenty worse?

Your point about Jose I agree with. The board back him or sack him.

Anyways here's to next season quadruple.



06 Aug 2017 17:50:53
Read somewhere that United want Sergi Roberto (personally I think it's bull news just made for the sake of selling papers) . But I just love the guy, so much talent and can play a couple of positions. Doesn't get the game time he wants at Barcelona but can't see him getting minutes at United either.


1.) 07 Aug 2017 00:10:31
He was constantly played out of position at Barcelona is the press are to be believed 40m euros is far too much.

2.) 07 Aug 2017 12:49:53
Sounds like Barcelona trying to use Utd to get him sold.




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26 Sep 2018 22:09:06
Much has been said about our club, manager and some players so I won't repeat that. I wanted to focus more on a couple of other players who have been complete waste and a couple who can make us better. Not that Mourinho will read this and apply in the next match but just how I would use or drop players.

Lingard - He's not up-to United's standard. Belongs to a mid table team at the most. He has zero creativity, he cannot finish and can't control the ball. His best asset is that he runs a lot and comes back all the way to defence during build up to pass the ball sideways and back. He normally has 1 decent game in 10 and still manages to be on the team sheet somehow. I've played during my college days and I wasn't any good but I can do whatever Lingard does, except for the crazy handshakes. He may have worked on some slick celebrations too but he isn't getting the chance to shown those off.

Young - Yes he marked Salah in 1 match last season but he's not a full back or even a winger now. I can't recall the number of times he tried to put a through ball for Lukaku from the left side of the pitch. Even usain bolt won't be able to reach his through balls let alone Lukaku. He doesn't want to get forward and tries to be Paul scholes with his passes. He does everything a full back should not. The best moment from his career in the last few years that I can recall is the bird poo incident. There was no support for Martial during attacks from Young and though Martial played well he ended up being blocked plenty of times with his passes as he had very limited options.

Bailey - Here is the thing, he is not suited to the kind of defence that just sits back and invites pressure whole match. He is a very good defender but gets carried away and goes out of position while trying to put pressure on the opposite player. He would be more suited in a defence that wants to get the ball back quickly. He can also be used as a defensive mid ( somewhat like casemiro ) . I know casemiro is much better but Bailey can do that job. He is great with the ball at his feet and can keep the ball moving with his short passes.

Dalot - We need someone on the right flank to let him show his true potential. Last game with Mata on the right he crossed the halfway line very few times. And can't recall if he crossed more than twice. Once his cross found Mata in the box who wasn't able to control it and second time Fellaini scored. Right now I can't think of anyone in the team who can play on the right side. I honestly expected Sanchez to play there when he signed but that was just wishful thinking.

Andreas Pereira - He is one player I want to see more of. He's not a bloody defensive mid but he still played there to get some gametime. Last I recall he came on against wolves at the end and was so dynamic though it was for a very short time. He has such a great ball control and eye for a pass. And he can put in a much better ball in from set pieces than any other player in our team. I would play him on the right to replace Lingard. He can't be much worse and we never know he might just make that position his own. Another option is to play him in a three man midfield but as a creative midfielder. He will make us better if he's allowed to play a more creative role.


1.) 27 Sep 2018 07:50:18
Sailor good call for Andreas to be played on the right, mmm might be worth a try as you are totally right there is no one at the club who can play that roll at the min.
He certainly has more pace than Mata and more guile than Lingard.

Lingard is what he is, a grafter and a good squad option with 20 mins to go but a consistent starter he is not.
Young should only be played in the lesser competitions, I would play Darmian ahead of him as a 2nd choice to luke as at least he is defensively sound and gets a hard time from our support but is a decent player.

Bailly I just do not know anymore, a serious case of 2nd season syndrome that's carried onto his third. Think if we had gotten Alderwerield he could have pushed on. Needs someone to learn from and that someone is not Chris Smalling.



01 Sep 2018 14:42:18
Important match tomorrow, what do you guys think our strategy should be.
I hope we don't go with high pressing like last game, it leaves a lot of spaces behind because apparently our team has no idea how to play in such a way. And even if we win the ball our players won't be able to use it properly. They should watch videos of City and Pool players pressing. These 2 teams press in an organized way. They double up on players while other players block the open areas where he opposition player can pass. We on the other hand were pressing by man marking each players with one player which just lead to chaos defensively and offensively. Tomorrow we should try little pressing when off the ball while maintaining our defensive line because if we go behind and the other team just sits back for counter attack then I can't see us getting anything as our players are under a lot of pressure and low on confidence. We don't play that 1-2 on the edge of the box and lack creativity to actually penetrate their defence so that just leaves the option of crosses for which we don't have any players.


1.) 01 Sep 2018 15:02:17
I think Burnley will sit in from the start so we will have to break them down. I would maybe play Pereira instead of Fred.

2.) 01 Sep 2018 15:28:44
I was quite impressed with Fred last week, energy, looking forward, tried things. Much prefer him to any of our other midfielders. I'm surprised more people didn't see him as one of the few positives.

3.) 01 Sep 2018 16:04:05
Fred looks good specially with his pace and dribbling, but there needs to be a better end product. I don't blame him entirely as we are missing team chemistry in our squad. There have been plenty of instances where the players don't have anyone to pass. One thing about Fred and Pogba is that they rarely passes back or sideways, but without proper support from the team just end up trying something flashy and losing the ball.

4.) 01 Sep 2018 18:28:22
Not often I agree with you Beast, but I do here! We always seem to lack pace and energy, and Fred certainly afters that so I would definitely keep him in. I think he has looked very promising so far. We need that pace and energy if we are to increase the tempo of our play - which in my opinion we certainly need to do. We are far ok lethargic in getting the ball forwards from defence to our front players.

5.) 01 Sep 2018 19:01:40
Totally agre3 with Beast. Fred looks a very good player and plays with a lot of passion.

6.) 01 Sep 2018 19:53:55

I don’t understand how Pereira would improve us over the selection of Fred.

Overall, I think Burnley have had a difficult week in Europe and we need to play with the energy we saw in the first half against Spurs. Fred is part of that. Now the transfer window is closed Pogba has to show focus and commitment, starting tomorrow.

7.) 01 Sep 2018 20:28:57
Freds been a great positive. I think he will go with near enough the same team as last week. Played well but lapses need to be cut out.

8.) 01 Sep 2018 20:41:55
Fred would do better without Pogba imo. He slows it down too much and gets in the way.

In fact I'd love Pogba to be dropped for Pereira, never going to happen but the 'greatest manager in the EPL' would do it, lol.

9.) 01 Sep 2018 21:44:30
Except Jose never said them exact words did he Beast?

10.) 02 Sep 2018 07:48:19
I think we will play well as last
week but struggle to put away chances as for last couple of seasons.
I think we will win by a one goal margin, I hope for better.
I think it will be tougher than we would hope.

11.) 02 Sep 2018 08:10:03
Fred gives you a lot of energy but against a Burnley side that I think will sit deep with 9 behind the ball i woukd go with a different type of player .

12.) 02 Sep 2018 09:43:19
It’s interesting that we all see different things. I’ve not seen anything from Fred yet that has made me think he was a good buy. It’s early days and he needs to settle and may turn out to be a revelation, but as we’ve proved so often, we watch a game and end up with completely different views.

13.) 02 Sep 2018 09:23:54
I don't believe Burnley will play defensive. The majority of teams have a go at us now! Nobody is frightened anymore!

14.) 02 Sep 2018 12:01:47
I agree, Damon. I would consider Burnley to be a better team than Brighton, and they weren't exactly cowed by the thought of playing us.



30 Aug 2018 18:25:46
It's a tricky group for us in CL this year but I expect us to move on with ease. Just the chances of a triple don't look so good in my opinion.


1.) 30 Aug 2018 21:06:35
Sailor, "move on with ease"? Are you serious? Have you seen us playing the past 4 months? It always amazes me the over confidence of some of our fans.
We should qualify, but I'll be delighted if we do qualify.

2.) 31 Aug 2018 01:07:49
The way we are playing at the moment we will not qualify. Juvr are a better team and Valencia are no slouches. That said we qualify if we improve and play to somewhere near our potential.



13 Aug 2018 06:34:24
Like everyone else I also liked Pogba's performance. I saw the match again and realized that we are so used to bogus football that a half decent performance by any of our players looks like world class to us. There were a couple of good ball by Pogba, a penalty and clearances. He lost the ball a few times while dribbling like he normally does which was a result of him trying to do too much instead of just passing. Now I'm not saying that it was not enough or his performance was bad. But us fans are making too much of it. Other team fans are so used to these things that this type of performance is considered average and it is what they expect from all their players. Hazard, De Bruyne, Silva, Kroos and others do this all on a consistent basis without losing the ball so many times. This might be a result of our style of play or whatever but we are making a lot out of an average performance.


1.) 13 Aug 2018 15:47:49
I thought it was a pretty average or below average petformance from the team against a side that simply doesn't win away from home. They outplayed us in long parts amd ddg made three brilliant saves and Vardy missed a sitter before he scored. Against a better team, we would've lost.
Opening weekend showed us that we're way behind city, Liverpool and chelsea even. It'll be a struggle to get top4 and i saw nothing to inspire me.

{Ed004's Note - I agree that a better side would have beaten us but there are positives to take from the game. Bare in mind we had a horrid preseason and we were missing atleast 4 regular first team players from last season, additionally, we had a few debutants in midfield and a half fit Pogba. Some players looked really impressive (Bailly, Shaw, Andreas and Pogba) while others looked like they were finding their feet (Lindelof and Fred). A few underperformed such as Sanchez, Mata and Rashford but Im sure this will improve when the midfield gels better and Jose gains more confidence in his back 2 pairing}

2.) 13 Aug 2018 23:20:22
Struggle to get top 4 😂😂.



10 Aug 2018 06:55:35
I know most of us including me are disappointed with the transfer window but that's done now and we have to look forward. With Fred, Dalot and perreira coming in we have only strengthened our squad. We didn't have any outgoings so doesn't really matter as we have enough players. The main area of concern for me was full backs and that has been for many years now.
There wouldn't have been so much negativity if we had our full squad to play the first few matches. We all know that with City in that form we can't even think about taking any match lightly and dropping points early in the season means we might not be able to recover at all. If we manage to keep the players for the remaining of the transfer window and get good results at the start with so many players out then I can see us doing well this season.


1.) 10 Aug 2018 07:37:25
I must say, I did expect better windows from a family called the Glazers.

2.) 10 Aug 2018 07:47:44
The best transfer window joke of the summer comes after the deadline. Typical!

3.) 10 Aug 2018 08:32:53
No pane no gain.

4.) 10 Aug 2018 09:07:38
On reflection I totally agree!

5.) 10 Aug 2018 15:34:47
The whole window is nothing but a pane in the glass.




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30 Sep 2018 09:19:21
There are some who are blaming the players. But Jose's team selection yesterday said it all. As always he went with a team to contain the opposition forwards. The embarrassing part was that we conceded 3 goals with a back 8.

There were these fake quotes supposed to be by Ronaldo when he signed for Juventus and those really said it all, " United contacted me this summer and were willing to give more money but I had to reject as I wasn't interested in playing Left Back ".




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27 Sep 2018 07:32:20
And we can also hire the guys from Arsenal Fan TV. The post match reactions would be so fun.




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24 Sep 2018 11:00:59
Gds do you actually believe that our performances have been good enough?
If this was 5 years back then it would still be OK but with our rivals like city and pool dominating matches, I don't think it's an overreaction if the fans criticize the team. Even in the matches we won, we never finished off the opponents. We were always on the backfoot and if it wasn't for DDG, it could have been a lot different. There's an over reliance on the keeper which is not a good thing and our attacking play is just pathetic. The only way fans console themselves these days is if the other top teams draw a match ( while dominating it) .




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23 Sep 2018 04:58:49
If we didn't have DDG we would have been out of the game in the 1st half itself.
On the subject of punishment, fans are getting that week in week out. The players will just go back and enjoy without any remorse while being paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for producing such a " great performance". Whereas the fans who have religiously followed the club for their whole lives and it actually brings them true happiness if the team even puts in some sort of effort will be left frustrated and waiting for the next match in hope that these overpaid footballers will " punish some team ".




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20 Sep 2018 11:45:17
Not suited to our league and specially our style of play. And I think he likes to play on the left wing. Everything we don't want, so basically it's a done deal.





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12 Oct 2018 21:13:29
When Eric Bailey came in everyone was excited by the potential. He did well till last season and was in everyone's potential team. This season a little dip in form and half the people have already discarded him as a flop. People now want a brand new CB. How long do you think it will take the fans to come to the conclusion that de ligt isn't going to make it in this league ( if we somehow manage to sign him) .
I still consider that Bailey is one of the best CB in our league and Lindelof is always improving. If our team is pinned back for 80 minutes in a match and we expect our defenders to keep soaking all the pressure then it's too much. You can think of the 2 best CBs ever to have touched the ball and place them in our team and I guarantee that they will make mistakes if we keep playing this brand of football.




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30 Sep 2018 08:04:47
Big Sam is the man to take this club forward. Fits in perfectly with the club ideology.


{Ed025's Note - dont even joke about that sailor..



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29 Sep 2018 18:32:42
There were 8 players behind the ball and no one pressing for most of the game. These players were good when they were at their previous clubs so I can't blame them anymore for their form. Lukaku was constantly among the top scorers when at everton and now he can't get score at all. The players are sent with the instruction of not conceding and it was working until other teams realized and they could break us even with a little pressure and we don't exactly have fast players for counter attack. Every match seems like we are playing against City or Liverpool, no team is afraid of us as they know that defence is the priority. It's just down to Jose from team selection to our playing style. These same players will look world class under some other manager.




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29 Sep 2018 17:04:35
The season is gone and I don't expect anyone to come in and turn it around within a few months. So I would like to have Zidane as the interim manager. We are anyways boring to watch and there are no attack minded managers available who can change everything overnight. Atleast with Zidane players like Dalot, Shaw, Rashford, Martial etc will become better players. You can say whatever you want about his inexperience and playing style but he's a good coach and his work on the field will make many players better which would be good for us in the future. He should be given contract till the end of the season and then decide whether to continue with him. But I doubt he would be ready for any such arrangement.




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29 Sep 2018 14:51:37
Yes leahy but unfortunately it's the players who have the balls and are telling him he's not good enough.