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15 Aug 2020 09:56:37
Quick one for Ed002 please.

Rumours of us being in for Saul again. Is this anything you are aware of? He can play on the right too which is a bonus if we finally see Sancho as too expensive, which he is.

Also, if rumours of Stevanovic are true, maybe Saul to cover the right and CM for a season before Stevanovic comes in next summer and then move to CM permanently?

Could be nothing in either rumour though of course.

Thanks in advance.

Brendan81

{Ed002's Note - Saul is not a winger. Saul would be a replacement for Pogba.}


1.) 15 Aug 2020 10:25:12
He played RW on numerous occasions last season and did pretty well from what I read at the time. I only remember as I always thought of him as a CM so was surprised. I didn't watch him myself so just going off what I read at the time.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of that - he has certainly played RM with Koke in the centre.}


2.) 15 Aug 2020 10:28:34
Saul is the perfect partner for Pogba and Bruno. We should be aiming to play them in the same side, not replacing one with another. What's the point.

{Ed002's Note - The point is Pogba wants to leave.}


3.) 15 Aug 2020 12:06:23
Atletico Madrid don't play with wingers and play a weird system. he's a centre midfielder and doesn't play right wing.


4.) 15 Aug 2020 12:41:28
If we could get Saul I would carry Pogba to his destination bare foot (me not Pogba) . I rate Pogba but Saul is the best of the best. Here's hoping.


5.) 15 Aug 2020 12:58:46
And again, what's the purpose, you get a good player and let a good player go (if Pogba wants to leave - fine) If Pogba goes, we need 2 good CMs. I don't think this should be United's idea. We have to keep our good players and add to them.


6.) 15 Aug 2020 11:14:08
Ed002, with Pogba still wanting to leave, do you see it being relatively likely that he signs a new contract soon and is then sold next summer?

Obviously, I don't know the costs involved but if sides such as Real / Juve etc were able to put in a reasonable bid for Pogba this summer and United can get Saul to replace him that is what we should do.

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid are not in a position to buy him and Juventus would want to include a player or two in any transaction.}


7.) 15 Aug 2020 11:15:47
Maybe he is being looked at as a replacement for periera. One can but dream.


8.) 15 Aug 2020 11:18:32
I thought he was happy now. If he is leaving and we are getting class CM like Saul, then it's not an upgrade I think.


9.) 15 Aug 2020 11:25:45
It really is pathetic that you make a player stay whe he wants to leave. Let him go and replace him.


10.) 15 Aug 2020 13:42:37
It is well known Pogba wants out.


11.) 15 Aug 2020 15:39:36
Mad Hatter. If nobody puts in a reasonable offer, I donโ€™t think itโ€™s unreasonable at all to expect him to see out his contract. He agreed to it and is compensated pretty well.

Imagine your wife wants to move house but the only offer you get on your house is for ยฃ20 and a bag of Quavers. Would you be pathetic for turning down the offer even though your house is worth at least ยฃ50?


12.) 15 Aug 2020 16:02:26
Redseven, I'm going to throw this out there. You're not a home owner are you? ๐Ÿ˜‚.


13.) 15 Aug 2020 16:31:33
Shappy, Quavers are worth a fortune.


14.) 15 Aug 2020 19:54:57
Saul is a better player than pogba.


15.) 15 Aug 2020 22:42:53
What does everyone think of buying Saul, and possibly Donny van der Beek and swapping Pogba for Dybala?
And then throw the sink at BVB for Sancho next year?
or not if Daniel James, Chong and Stevanovic habe delevoped enough to share the RW.

Should be a comparable outlay to Sancho, probably less wages then extending with Pogba and more depth in the middle of the park.

Obviously all depending on the players willingness to join us.

Letโ€™s win the Europa League and go for this.


16.) 16 Aug 2020 10:09:39
If we could get Dybala, DVB and Saul, with Pogba out, I'd be happy with that. Doesn't seem likely though.


 

 

16 Jul 2017 20:31:18
Romero has signed a new 4 year contract. Number 1 if DeGea goes me thinks with Pereira as back up.

Brendan81

1.) 16 Jul 2017 21:18:26
You can't go from DDG to Romero, at a club like Man Utd, we need world class.


2.) 16 Jul 2017 21:23:32
I thought romero was looking at leaving due to wanting to be first choice keeper.

So does this mean that DDG may be on the move?

Obviously romero wasnt quoted saying that he wants to be first choice so its all just rumour.


3.) 16 Jul 2017 21:38:04
Wayne, out of available keepers, who is better than Romero?


4.) 16 Jul 2017 21:47:16
I think he deserves the contract and nothing more to read into it than that.


5.) 16 Jul 2017 23:14:14
I hope DeGea doesn't go, but if it is his wish to leave then I wouldn't be against Romero getting his chance, as I don't see any better out there that are available.


6.) 16 Jul 2017 23:25:49
personally if de gea does go I think schmeichel would be perfect for us.


7.) 17 Jul 2017 01:33:17
Dont see why anyone thinks we need a new keeper. Romero has conceded 10 goals in 28 games and helped us win the Europa League? I think that makes him more than qualified.


8.) 17 Jul 2017 07:37:54
Schmeichel is a good but not great keeper and all the very best title winning teams are built on a strong defensive base with a top top keeper. When teams face a top keeper they know they have to do something extra special to beat him and over the course of a season a top keeper has a huge input into winning trophies.


9.) 17 Jul 2017 08:28:28
What does world class even mean? Romero is Argentina''s No1 (a country with much better team than England) and has played in Copa Americas and World Cups. He's more than good enough if Dave wants to go home.


10.) 17 Jul 2017 08:51:37
Hart schmeichel etc are not an improvement on romero. Only 2 prem keepers i would consider as improving on romero is coutois and loris. Definately would prefer woody to concentrate on other areas.


11.) 17 Jul 2017 09:03:51
I'd be perfectly happy with big serge as #1.


12.) 17 Jul 2017 09:15:09
There's no way Romero is good enough to be our first choice keeper. If he was he'd have teams knocking the door down to sign him while he was sat on the bench. He looks nervous catching the ball and is only a couple of mistakes away from the masses turning on him.


13.) 17 Jul 2017 10:25:09
Romero is a very good goalkeeper. Who is available who is definitely an improvement? Donnarumma just signed a new deal and will be in Milan for at least another year or more. Oblak is unlikely to be allowed to leave for similar reasons for Atletico not selling Greizmann to us earlier in the window.
Ederson looks a great prospect but is at City now. Buffon isn't for sale and would never leave Juve now. Courtois won't leave Chelsea. Lloris won't be allowed to leave Spurs.

So name me a better goalkeeper than Romero who is available this summer?

He has a very good record with us, he is yet to lose a game having won 14 of the 18 games he has played for us. While only conceding 6 goals, and keeping 12 clean sheets.
He has played in a World cup final, Copa America final, confederations cup final and a Europa league final. He has amazing experience, has a great record and is settled in Manchester.

If DDG leaves this summer I don't believe there is a better replacement available. DDG is arguably the best keeper in the world everyone is going to be a step down.


14.) 17 Jul 2017 10:48:09
I agree with Brendan and Shappy. Although Off my head available keepers that i wouldn't mind seeing come in are
Yann Sommer
If fit Mattia Perin
Bernd Leno

From these 3, if Perin can stay fit, I'd say he will be the only one better than Romero, the other 2 I put at par. But this is just my opinion.


15.) 17 Jul 2017 10:53:18
Shappy, most players are available for the right price. Romero has kept clean sheets against minnows so I don't think there's much weight behind those stats.

I agree, any other keeper is a step down from DDG, does that mean we should go from 'best' to 'backup'? Any manager was going to be a step down from SAF but could we have got better than Moyes? Of course we could. We just chose the wrong man. Something we can't afford to do again when replacing arguably our best player.


16.) 17 Jul 2017 10:59:08
I can imagine that Mourinho may go with Romero this year if DDG does go, with Pereira as back up considering how highly Mourinho rates him.
He hadfaith in Romero at the end of last year so no doubt he would this year.
Allowing us to assess the pair of them and if not happy make a move for Oblak next summer.


17.) 17 Jul 2017 11:14:59
Okay Wazza name who you would buy and how much they would cost?


18.) 17 Jul 2017 11:20:56
There are a reason why Jose has been bigging up Joel Perrera recently and giving Serge the new contract. Dave is off home and good luck to him as he has been truly awesome. Let's get a big wad of cash for him, and take one of Real's players in exchange. Kroos or Bale please.


19.) 17 Jul 2017 12:22:39
If we could swap him for Bale, I'd be happy to play with a "backie"!


20.) 17 Jul 2017 13:10:51
Would'nt want De Gea to leave, but if he did I'd be happy with Romero for a season while we see if Perrera develops into a new number one.


21.) 17 Jul 2017 14:21:04
Didn't ed mention Handanovic?

Just to add, I think Romero deserves his chance if DDG leaves. He hasn't let us down.


22.) 17 Jul 2017 17:25:21
If it was me, I would use all the money to get Hugo lloris, world class and proven. And don't give me any crap about not being available (every player has a price no matter what) . Romero is a very very good number 2 but a decent number 1 at best.


23.) 17 Jul 2017 18:07:29
Shappy, it's really not difficult to find better goalkeepers than Romero because he's about average and as for how much anyone costs I don't really think any views on that matter any more.


24.) 17 Jul 2017 18:25:12
W8506 - Hugo Lloris is going nowhere, I guarantee Levy would have us pay roughly the same sort of figure for him as we would receive for DDG. And this "every player has a price no matter what" is very simplistic. I'm sure for the most part that statement is true, How much do you think Juve want for Buffon? How much would Madrid want for Oblak? Just because a player has a price it doesn't mean its a fair one.

Wazza - I refer you back to Shappy: Which Keeper would you buy and for how much? We have a keeper who has proven to be good for us, is happy playing for us, and doesn't want to leave! You say "hes a couple of mistakes away from the masses turning on him", well shame on those masses (would you be one of those? ), what ever happened to supporting a team.

MBD - Agreed.


25.) 17 Jul 2017 18:45:13
Is Lloris that much better than Romero tho? I've seen him make plenty of mistakes in games, so for me he isn't the upgrade on Romero that would be worth the premium he would cost. As I say, I'd give Romero the chance. Very good keeper, experienced, national number 1, played in lots of big games and finals. Not many out there better, and even few worth the stupid money it would take to get them.


26.) 17 Jul 2017 19:02:48
Wazza you keep telling me there are better keepers available but have so far not been able to name one. So come on who would you sign?


27.) 17 Jul 2017 21:42:09
I hope if we do sell ddg to Madrid then let's make em pay top dollar, they tried to shaft us over marata 80 mill yet reports suggest its only 62 mill to Milan, personally hope they tell em to swivel.


28.) 19 Jul 2017 05:06:38
What Shappy said!

Romero is class and I thought so from the his first game at OT.

C'mon Wazza tell us who we can sign who is better. We're waiting!


 

 

09 May 2017 20:39:01
Pogba transfer to be investigated by FIFA. Seems fishy this has been anounced 2 days before a Euro semi final.

Brendan81

{Ed004's Note - or it just happens to coincide with contract leaks? I'm guessing it's to do with Raiola's fee}


1.) 09 May 2017 21:08:02
Why does it have anything to do with Thursday?

Ed - am I right in thinking Raiola's fee was settled by Juve in the end, or is it not that simple?

{Ed004's Note - I am honestly not sure. By briefly looking at the leaks I think us, Juve and Pogba paid him}


2.) 09 May 2017 21:12:28
Over 40 mill was it? Absolutely bonkers.

{Ed004's Note - Apparently so}


3.) 09 May 2017 21:15:24
Well UEFA and FIFA don't really like the English do they? Nice little way to unsettle the favourites who happen to be English.

I like a conspiracy :-)


4.) 09 May 2017 21:23:32
We also settled a 2 mill debt of pogbas cough cough .
The fact raiola's is making 40 odd mil from the deal is a joke different form of 3rd party ownership .

{Ed004's Note - I thought Pogba paid Raiola 2 million?}


5.) 09 May 2017 21:44:56
I think it said united payed 2.2mil that pogba owed to one of raiolas company's.
Issues said to be conflict of interest he represented the player united and juventus .
Will all come out in the wash.


 

 

22 Apr 2017 22:05:57
DeGea's house has gone up for sale apparently. Let silly season truly begin ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

Brendan81

1.) 23 Apr 2017 07:43:07
Lol I heard he rented anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‚.


2.) 23 Apr 2017 07:48:15
And pple don't believe he is going for ยฃ70m. Ain't no fire without a spark. Sad if true but we will survive. We are Man Utd.
Even if Arsene Wenger say we will crash without Ibra we will rise again. We will prove these jealous dumb buns wrong. Wenger just can't take it that Jose will be successful here. He'd wished he was taking over but unfortunately he is not qualified.
Things happened for a reason. Without Ibra Jose will be challenged to use all his brain cells and it will give opportunities to those who works hard for Jose.


3.) 23 Apr 2017 08:23:05
Ironically I think we will be better without ibra going forward because it gives us more flexibility. When ibra plays, we cater for him. Without him I think Rashford gets the nod at 9 and potentially we are a much more dangerous and potent front 4.


4.) 23 Apr 2017 09:05:14
I think Wenger needs to worry about his own team first before criticising others

Sad regarding Zlatan, but that's the harsh reality of football, just need to concentrate on getting Champions League football via winning the Europa League or finishing in the top 4.


5.) 23 Apr 2017 09:59:11
We should try to win the Europa for Ibra and let him and Rooney hold the cup together. Two greats.
Would then be nice to use that to slap Wengers mouth for talking too much. Better if we finish above Arsenal.
Also agree with angel that without Ibra our attack will have plenty of pace. So just need to focus on scoring accuracy.


6.) 23 Apr 2017 10:06:35
Ibra hasn't even been at the club a full season there are one or 2 who deserve to lift the cup before him.


7.) 23 Apr 2017 12:08:40
666 where did you read this whole ddg off for 70mn no one reliable is reporting it, also the house sale rumours come from ever reliable sun.


8.) 23 Apr 2017 13:34:59
News from Asia CSM. Betting contacts putting bets out.


9.) 23 Apr 2017 15:07:21
ohh, hopefully they aren't reliable, losing ddg would be a big problem.


10.) 24 Apr 2017 10:30:57
Maybe he's just moving to a new house?


11.) 24 Apr 2017 18:24:23
lol I love your optimism eric!


 

 

13 Sep 2015 08:37:00
LVG to sign a new contract, I know a few on here who'd be delighted with that, were it to happen.

Brendan81

{Ed025's Note - i know a lot who would not brendan..


1.) 13 Sep 2015 08:58:45
Surely not ed? I'm sure Beast, and the like, would be delighted!

{Ed025's Note - LVG is...moyes with money..brendan..


2.) 13 Sep 2015 09:22:53
I hope not. I'm not saying I want LVG sacked or anything but 3 years is enough. His role was to get us back in the CL and potentially challenge for trophies and by the end of next season I feel he will have accomplished that but alluding to a post Shappy wrote a couple of weeks ago, he has got rid of players who were perhaps not good enough and lowered the average age which means we might well have a bright future after his tenure. While we may have a bright future following some of the things LVG has done, he shouldn't be the one to manage us following the end of next season.

{Ed025's Note - its very easy to lower average age stats Rj...you just buy 2 young untried forwards for squillions of pounds mate..


3.) 13 Sep 2015 09:39:21
I just can't see it, surely we can't be this incompetent. It makes me wonder if the decision makers watch the games.


4.) 13 Sep 2015 09:44:58
Well that's true Ed but he's looked to have a team where the majority of our squad are mid to late twenties and shipped out many players who most would say were not of the quality required. Look at Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, RVP, Rafael, Lindegaard, Evans etc. He's far from my ideal manager and he's made some daft decisions but I think he's done well in getting rid of players who shouldn't have even been there when he took over.

{Ed025's Note - he has done well in that department Rj, but i still dont feel hes the right man long term mate..


5.) 13 Sep 2015 10:20:37
L.E.G.E.N.D chaps, don't question it.


6.) 13 Sep 2015 11:42:44
I hope it happens personally.


7.) 13 Sep 2015 11:48:49
He's always been pretty vocal that he was going to retire after this contract - I don't think he'll change his mind.


8.) 13 Sep 2015 13:50:47
Ed it won't be long term he's just here to sort the mess out so the next chap has easier job


9.) 13 Sep 2015 15:50:41
Common 025, LVG is much better than Moyes. He knows the game inside out and doesn't look like a lost little boy that's out of his depth. His knack of upsetting and falling out with players is a little worrying, but aside from that I think he was and still is exactly what we need.

{Ed025's Note - i think he may be a short term answer prodigal, seems a bit set in his ways to me mate and not everyones cup of tea..


10.) 13 Sep 2015 18:52:48
May be the decision makers think that Giggs needs more time as someone's deputy. May be even Giggs was in favour of it.


11.) 14 Sep 2015 18:58:25
I think giggs needs to manage a smaller club before we ever consider him for the utd job.


 

 

 

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31 Aug 2020 15:38:54
This day 16 years ago Mr Rooney signed for us. What are peoples views on his time at United now he has been gone a while? ;-)

As stated in the past, I'm very happy we signed him, but he could have done so much more, and become so much more than he did due to the fact he wasn't as professionally dedicated as he could/ should have been.

It will always be a case of 'what if' for me. Naturally brilliant, but a shame he couldn't wait to do all the drinking amd smoking etc once he retired any time now at the grand old age of about 35.

Brendan81

1.) 31 Aug 2020 16:00:32
Legend.

One of my all time favorite player.
Absolute fighter, selfless and a beast on the pitch in his prime.


2.) 31 Aug 2020 16:02:55
He had an incredibly successful career at United, won everything there was to win and became our highest ever goalscorer. Delighted we signed him.

Despite that, his career is still not as good as it should have been. He worked very hard on the pitch, if he'd worked as hard off of it he could have gone down as United's best ever player, scored more goals and probably received even more accolades.


3.) 31 Aug 2020 16:04:17
Very good player for a long time. Should have been shown the door when fergie left imo he stayed about 4 years too long.
Was fantastic in his prime. Always played for the team and his team mates.
He peaked early as a player and looked done at 30 tbh.


4.) 31 Aug 2020 16:08:04
Frustrating.

One of the most naturally gifted players of all time, but despite achieving so much, he could have been so much more.

We should be taking about Rooney in the same terms as Messi and Ronaldo. But poor lifestyle and lack of application held him back. Peaked in his mid 20s.


5.) 31 Aug 2020 16:09:42
He will be remembered as a man united great .


6.) 31 Aug 2020 16:27:36
It's strange to think 'what could have been? ' when we are talking about our all-time leading goalscorer and one of our most decorated players.

I remember a few times walking up to the ground and the team news comes out that he's not in the squad due to a niggle or something like that. The atmosphere in and around the ground would drop because he was the player everyone wanted to see. He was pure box office. You knew he'd give 110%.

It's easy to judge a player for their off-field antics but Rooney is just a working class lad who struggled to adapt to the life of a professional and a role model. That shouldn't take away from anything he did for United nor is most of it any worse than what regular 20-30 year olds get up to every other weekend.

For me he's up there with the best player's I've ever had the pleasure of watching and some of the goals he was involved with are amongst my favourite memories of going to watch football; Arsenal seemingly every time he played against them particularly the counter attacks and the 8-2 victory, the overhead kick in the Derby, the volley against Newcastle, the assist with the outside of the boot for RVN and loads more.


7.) 31 Aug 2020 16:32:05
We have had this debate for so long. It's boring now. He came to United as a teenager and left as highest goalscorer. Let's move on now and not start another huge debate.


8.) 31 Aug 2020 17:15:55
Legend. The last street footballer ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜.


9.) 31 Aug 2020 17:16:43
I'm not touching this one with a bargepole ๐Ÿ˜.


10.) 31 Aug 2020 17:56:29
He was awesome. All that needs to be said.


11.) 31 Aug 2020 18:07:03
Quality signing and player. Top scorer. Do I need say more? Deserves more respect.


12.) 31 Aug 2020 18:52:42
Why do people find it necessary to look for faults. Just say thank you for years of great service. Bottom line if we had the chance to sign him again like we did first time round as a young player would we. We would be ecstatic ad supporters.


13.) 31 Aug 2020 19:43:51
I remember his debut like it was yesterday. I heard of his surprise early return from injury whilst enjoying a beer in the concourse and thought/ hoped this could be a night to remember - boy was it!

I accept he didnโ€™t quite hit the next level and probably should have and also understand how he polarises people on here, but I prefer to just enjoy the positive memories. I guess it comes down to the glass being half full or half empty.


14.) 01 Sep 2020 08:49:14
The sight of Rooney, Ronaldo and tevez bombing up the field to counter attack was a sight to behold and is amongst my favourite man utd memories. Must have terrified defenders. He was a fantastic player. People get angry because he wasn't as good at 30 as he was at 23.


15.) 01 Sep 2020 08:50:29
Rooney will always be remembered as a United great, how could he not be, leading club goalscorer is a great achievement.

However, I don't think he will be considered a legend or oddly enough would make most people's all time United 11.

Legendary status is a weird one, it's more about either having a transformative effect on a side ala Cantona or by grabbing the big games by the scruff of the neck and being a key figure in an iconic moment in the club's history.

For example we have had many better strikers than Ole, but the line "and Solskjaer has won it" means he will be a legend just based on that moment.

With Rooney he doesn't have a stand out moment, he has highlights. But nothing that makes you all dewy eyed. There is also a feeling of what if with Rooney. He didn't make the most of his talent and that casts a little shade over his achievements for many. If he had Ronaldo's work ethic and dedication then just how good could he have been?


 

 

29 Aug 2019 21:59:32
The king is at it again.

Legend!

Brendan81

1.) 29 Aug 2019 22:35:46
Bet the presenter wished he never asked.

โ€˜Whatโ€™s going through your mind right n. ****! โ€™.


2.) 30 Aug 2019 06:04:19
Classic Cantona :)


 

 

27 Aug 2019 20:02:19
Just a little post to try and get some perspective on here.

I think we have played some decent football so far this season and have enjoyed the games a lot more than i have for a number of seasons, even with results going against us and missed penalties. We are heading in the right direction and we can't ask for much more right now.

However some of the posts on here have amazed me, even though i've been around a good few years and suffered many an overreaction and histerical post.

This is highlighted further by the plight of two teams only a few miles from here, Bolton and Bury. Two clubs who have been around for 100+ years and now find themselves in dire need of help. A miracle even. Maybe walking a mile in a Bolton or Bury fans shoes would show people some perspective, although there are quite a few spoilt people around here or people with short memories at least, so maybe not.

I think it is time that the riches were shared a little bit more with the smaller sides. The Premier League sides should get together and do something about it. Football teams, no matter how big or small, are so important to fans, communities and towns. They can't be allowed to just disappear.

There are two Bolton fans at work who had season tickets, and are gutted with what is happening. We were all chatting today and quite a few of us, along with those two have decided to get a season ticket if they are saved and manage to survive. It may cost us a bit, and may be small fry in the grand scheme of things, but United have had, and continue to have plenty from us all.

Bury were also supposed to be at home this weekend and fans were cleaning the stadium this morning hoping it would be ok, but it looks maybe not. If they manage it and the game goes ahead, we are all going to go down there this weekend to show our support and have considered more season tickets. Personally i hope i am a lot poorer soon and that both clubs survive. But, the help needs to come from above not just supporters and fans from other teams.

If these smaller teams disappear it will be a tragedy for English football as a whole, not just the individual clubs.

Brendan81

1.) 27 Aug 2019 20:17:51
Great post Brendan.


2.) 27 Aug 2019 20:35:47
Brendan, I was going to post something similar, but couldn't find a way to word it without looking like I was just trying to deflect attention away from our own supposed woes. Great post.

The Bury one especially, because of our historic links with the club, particularly upsets me. I remember we used to play a preseason friendly which maybe helped swell their coffers a little, but for whatever reasons it was stopped. I really feel for the supporters of both clubs, and all those connected with them.


3.) 27 Aug 2019 22:20:58
We used to play our reserve games at Gigg Lane. Went along on quite a few occasions when i was at a loose end. Always loved smaller football grounds. Used to watch Stockport County when i was young too.

Different atmosphere with people going to watch those teams and meeting up with old friends and cheering on their local side, like their dad did, and grandad did. Compared to a large proportion of day trippers that United get, as do most PL teams nowadays, i feel i belong more with the people going to watch these smaller teams than i do with the people who watch United now.

They are more like the guys i stood beside on the Stretford End in the late 80's when i first went to Old Trafford. Those games were a real experience. When a goal went in, you ended up 20 steps further down, nowhere near the people you were stood with 30 seconds earlier. Quality.

Good luck to all the lower league sides. I hope things change from top to bottom.


4.) 27 Aug 2019 20:11:18
Brendan for once I agree with you.
Big reaction after we good beat but I've got to be honest I really enjoyed the second half.
I've enjoyed all the games so far this season.


5.) 28 Aug 2019 04:17:32
Both clubs have been managed financial terribly. Disasters waiting to happen . The EFL are as much to blame in so many ways but unfortunately it looks like these two will be made examples of. I agree the money should be filtered better from the top tier clubs but as i heard last week "if a newsagent on your street was in need of some money and you also had a newsagents on the same road would you give him the money he needs". The answer is no its the same in any buisness bad bad management ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ.


6.) 28 Aug 2019 07:54:23
Felt emotional reading that post Brendan.


 

 

08 Aug 2019 21:43:28
So, who do people think we will sign in January? I'm sure we will need a little addition to help us push for the title, so just wondering who people think will give us that?

Brendan81

1.) 08 Aug 2019 21:47:11
Woodward will go for Messi offering Rojo, 15 million and a lifetime supply of marmite.


2.) 08 Aug 2019 22:12:32
Interesting offer. They'd definitely give it some consideration. I don't personally like marmite though, so if it was me I'd have to decline the offer. But, if the spread offered was Nutella, and a life time supply of pancakes was thrown in, you would have a deal.

Think it's likely? Messi would be an ok stopgap until we found someone better.


 

 

07 Aug 2019 23:53:58
Can those who are already so negative and writing us off to 6th place or lower please tell us why? Currently our first 11 looks something like.

DeGea
Wan bissaka - Maguire - Lindelof - Shaw
McTominay - Fred
Pogba
Rashford - Martial - James/ Sanchez

We currently have:
Romero covering DeGea. Dalot covering Wan Bissaka. Smalling, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Rojo, Fosu-Mensah and Jones covering CB. Young covering Shaw and Darmian who can cover both full back positions. Matic, Mata, Pereira and Lingard covering in midfield and just behind the forwards. Then Gomez, Chong and Greenwood as youngsters who will get a decent chance throughout the season I'm sure.

Now looking at the squads of Chelsea, Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Everton etc, none are better than what we have currently. If we could bring in another midfielder or forward tomorrow then that would make us even stronger of course, but as we are i don't see why there is so much negativity and drama. No we aren't perfect and are still a good few windows behind City and Liverpool, but people saying we are an injury to this player or that player away from 6th place or worse need to explain why this is any different to the other sides around us. Most of these teams have one or two very important players who if injured would affect the team hugely, so that is normal and can happen to any of the teams in the league, other than city really due to their strength in depth. That's football, and the team whose so called 'lesser' players stand up and be counted during difficult times will likely finish above the others. I believe our 'lesser' players are better than those of the other sides and so we should be better equipped to cope over a long season.

We have a happier looking squad. I have no doubt that they will be fitter. The football will be more attacking and the pressing will be better and all in all it will be an improvement over the last few seasons. It all adds up to being a better season than so many on here are predicting or wanting by the sounds of it.

Anyway, I've posted far too much in the last few days and its all getting a bit silly again, so i will retreat to the shadows once more. let's hope the negativity dies down once we win a few games and then people can get behind the boys. Top 4 and CL football next season, then a good summer window next year and who knows where we will be come May 2021.

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1.) 07 Aug 2019 23:59:46
I think we should make top4 but i also agree with the concerns of Ed and others. Rhere is a very good chance our attacking players. might not perform and we might struggle to score goals.

Its a massive season for. Martial and Rashford if Lukaku goes. It could very well be a career defining year for Rashy and Martial.


2.) 08 Aug 2019 00:06:10
stopped reading after you wrote Jones, Rojo covering CB and Young covering Shaw. Good luck with that mate. Its not about sounding negative, its about seeing things as they are. one or two injuries in that think squad and we are in trouble.


3.) 08 Aug 2019 00:41:33
Becks, you've nailed it.


4.) 08 Aug 2019 00:47:57
You can never post too much Brendan.
I think arsenal have strengthened not as well as ourselves but a very good lb and winger.
Chelsea lost hazard but have pulsic in.
The rest are miles off imo. I expect Everton to blow got and cold with a new team. Wolves to slightly disimprove Leicester to struggle a bit for goals they will miss maguire too.
Spurs have bought well. But will miss rose and trippier more than people think. Status quo with last year
Big mistake by Liverpool not to reinvest while at the top. They will be 10 points off last years total imo.
A good start is essential over the first 10 games. No better way to start than to beat a top 4 rival straight off the bat.
My target is 15 points better than last season i believe that is very achievable.


5.) 08 Aug 2019 04:17:23
Brendan, you are not crazy, could not agree more. The constant nay saying is getting ridiculous. Also hoping that some perspective returns to the page once the European window shuts and it just gets back football.

I hope we beat Chelsea, or I feel a few posters may explode in a glorious explosion of proof positive that we are indeed going to be relegated.


6.) 08 Aug 2019 06:34:12
Great post Brendan.


7.) 08 Aug 2019 06:36:32
Great posts Brendan and ken ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.


8.) 08 Aug 2019 08:22:56
It's a sad reflection of how far we have fallen that we are even discussing whether we might be beaten to a top six spot by the likes of Wolves and Everton. That in itself is a sad indictment of how bad things have become. All of us on this site want Utd to succeed. None of us believe we have a divine right to. There has to be realism though and the sad fact is that City Liverpool and Spurs have a better first team than we do. Their squad players are also better. We do lack top quality creative and defensive midfielders. Shaw is suspect defensively getting caught out of position far too often and he is targeted by good teams. Watch this season and you will see. Young is a decent player but his best days are behind him and he never was a top defender. Defensively we lack cover too at centre back. Nobody can say with honesty that Smalling and Jones fills them with confidence. With VAR this season Smalling will be walking a tightrope because he always seems to hold players. Up front we do not have a player who you just know is going to get you 25+ goals a season guaranteed. Rashford is probably the one player able to get close but he is not going to score without service. And what happens if he gets injured. Its so telling that no too European players want to sign for us anymore. They are not blind.


 

 

 

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15 Aug 2020 10:25:12
He played RW on numerous occasions last season and did pretty well from what I read at the time. I only remember as I always thought of him as a CM so was surprised. I didn't watch him myself so just going off what I read at the time.

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{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of that - he has certainly played RM with Koke in the centre.}


 

 

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29 Aug 2019 20:32:24
I agree, let pogba go. ยฃ500,000 if true is a joke. Obviously there is no knowing if it is true or BS. Ed002 might have an inkling i guess but won't want to comment, which i don't blame him for when it comes to money.

I'd rather get rid of Pogba now, accept we have a huge battle on our hands this season if so, but be ready to recruit well in January or summer, with a cleaner slate having cleared out some of the big money problems, and some of the crap footballers we have been stuck with.

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18 Aug 2019 20:00:50
How about they take him for free now with no ยฃ15m to pay next year. We don't pay any more wages and throw Rojo and Darmian in for free. Everyones a winner.

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09 Aug 2019 08:55:24
Agree with ed. He is a very good player for about a third of the season, touching on world class every now and again even. He is our best midfield player in the games he turns up for but not our best player as he doesn't turn up enough.

That said, it would be stupid to let him go with no midfielders signed, in my eyes. Therefore it'll probably happen;-)

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07 Aug 2019 20:28:21
ยฃ77m including add ons. I'll carry the big lump there myself, although i may need a bit of help. He must weigh about 20 stone, and has 3 legs apparently.

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05 Oct 2020 18:24:35
So why was he subbed? They were both crap. Fernandez didn't have a great half either, but he's been a million times better than either since he came. Captain Maguire my ar$e, absolutely useless.

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Repeat of '99.

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31 Aug 2020 15:17:09
I thought City's was awful when I saw it, and had a little chuckle at the thought of them wearing it. Then I saw our third shirt and wished we had the City one ๐Ÿ˜‚.

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31 Aug 2020 10:34:39
I'm good Ken thanks. You?

Seems slightly less negative around here at the minute which is good.

I agree with Wazza. Home isn't great, third if true is just terrible, but the black one is surprisingly decent when seen in the shop.

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31 Aug 2020 09:22:34
Is it definitely that black n white monstrosity, or is it still just a rumour? If it is it's awful.

That said I don't like the home shirt either. It reminds me of sitting waiting for my Commodore 64 games to load from the tape deck as a child. Retro at least I guess.

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