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20 Feb 2022 18:35:43
Since Ralf took over United have more points than any other side except city and are currently on the longest unbeaten run. Things are looking up. There are improvements in the performances and our games are quite fun to watch, still a lot to work on but enjoying things a lot more now.

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1.) 20 Feb 2022 19:29:55
always nice to go to Leeds and stuff them. Most enjoyable and entertaining football match today.


2.) 20 Feb 2022 19:36:17
GDS2 - let's not forget we’ve had a really favourable run of fixtures since RR took over!

Dropped points against Villa, Wolves, Burnley and Southampton could be costly come the end of the season.

Let’s see where we are at the end of March when we’ve played City, Liverpool, Spurs and Athletico Madrid.

I think 4th will be a real struggle if you think that’s important; personally I don’t buy into the top 4 propaganda machine and historically the Glazers have spent more money when we’ve finished outside the top 4 anyway.

Of course I want Utd to finish as high as possible but I certainly won’t be celebrating finishing 4th. As far as the Club is concerned I fear that would be objective achieved whilst the spin doctors and PR machine try to convince the world of a successful season.


3.) 20 Feb 2022 19:42:55
Can't argue with that, and we have had a couple of 50/ 50 decisions go against us in the game we drew. Looks much more positive.


4.) 20 Feb 2022 19:44:31
Much better indeed. You can see and for many of us we can see improvement week on week.
Still not great stuff but you can see a little more structure and a lot more effort.
I think slowly but surely he is finding out who suits his system best and who is adapting quicker than others.
Tough schedule ahead and its the next 6 games that will define our season and show us how far we have come.
City Liverpool spurs 2 x athletico with Watford next Sat.
If we come out of that still in 4th and still in cl we will have a interesting few months ahead.


5.) 20 Feb 2022 20:22:59
I think things are looking much better. Sancho is looking much more the part, and Elanga has really taken his chance. Even Fred helped turn the game today, although I had to chuckle when the commentator questioned whether he meant it when he scored. He's not a bad little finisher.


6.) 20 Feb 2022 21:32:45
Fred’s cameo when he came on, including his goal, was superb today. Deserves the credit.


7.) 20 Feb 2022 21:43:18
Definitely signs of improvement and the performance level has definitely picked up since pogba has come back.

Whatever his flaws having someone in midfield who can actually put their foot on the ball and pick out passes and control the game makes a world of difference.


8.) 20 Feb 2022 21:59:48
Credit where credit is due - until he started to tire Pogba was excellent today.


9.) 21 Feb 2022 06:14:06
United responded after Leeds levelled. Rangnick got it right with his changes. Under Ole, he would of done nothing and United would of lost that game. Sancho had a good game, Lindlhof too I thought. And Fred can play football after all. He was great when he came on.
Good game of football. Second half was a proper War of the Roses.


10.) 21 Feb 2022 08:19:40
Never sunny on that side eh DLIB? ??.


11.) 21 Feb 2022 08:47:04
We played as a team and looked more like a team playing together with a bit more belief. We had a wobble when DDG let the first goal it, yet for the first time in a long time I saw a structure and players playing for each other plus a bit of belief. RR got the changes right, tough games ahead and the mess will take time to resolve but definitely positive signs.


12.) 21 Feb 2022 09:43:31
Agreed redman and good post GDS.

Aside from the results, our play has taken a massive turn, the structure in which we play is now quite clear to see. Refreshing to be honest.


13.) 21 Feb 2022 11:40:51
I can't remember a United manager having to deal with more during such a short period.

Disjointed team made up of a patchwork quilt of players from 5 different managers.

Terrible form, no style of play and years of substandard coaching and conditioning.

Half the squad out of contract and/ or looking for moves elsewhere.

Big signings under performing.

The Greenwood situation.

Maguire and Ronaldo power struggle threatening to divide the dressing room.

Uncertainty over who will be the next manager and the direction of the club.

A change of CEO, from Woodward to someone who has zero experience.

A seeming power struggle higher up the club, with Sir Alex unable to keep his nose out and interfering, and other board members trying to have more control.

Literally it's like he's walked in and there's a fire in every corner that needs dealing with.

Yet, he has handled the press with an expertise that we haven't seen since Sir Alex.

He has the team starting to play a clearer structured style of football. While he's starting to get results.

Given the circumstances I don't think anyone could have done a better job. That doesn't mean he should be the next full time manager, just that he is doing what I consider to be a very good job of steering the club through a very difficult time.


14.) 21 Feb 2022 11:57:44
Dunno what they've been feeding lindlehof but thought he had a great game yesterday- same as fred's cameo. all in all a great game to watch but still a worry leaking goals albeit a bit of a fluke for the first one.
thought PP played well and I guess that's him done for the next 4/ 5 games but there are signs of improvement in the team.


15.) 22 Feb 2022 08:10:48
Good post shappy.


 

 

15 Feb 2022 23:13:42
Stats may be off but 6 wins 4 draws 1 defeat since Ralf took over and most would agree a couple of the draws could have been wins. Ole's last 7 games I believe we got 5 points from 21, so huge improvement in results, we are having a lot more chances than previously. It's not perfect and we are still a bit dodgy at the back at times but conceding a hell of a lot less than previously. The abuse for Ralf I keep hearing is madness in my opinion. Good win tonight against a tough Brighton side who should have won earlier in the season at Stanford Bridge and got a point at Anfield if I remember correctly.

Know I'm always seen as the positive one but some of the moaning in the last few weeks has been a bit much.

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1.) 15 Feb 2022 23:22:19
GDS I always try to keep positive myself- but it’s been rubbish recently. Even tonight we did our best to throw it away. Too many leaks off the pitch.

Frustrating time.


2.) 15 Feb 2022 23:32:42
I agree. We have a lot of bang average players. He’s making more of them that Ole was.


3.) 15 Feb 2022 23:39:26
Just heard Ralf’s interview about how he changed things at half time tactically and it massively paid off in the 2nd half, it’s really good to listen to someone who really understands the game, I think perhaps people should just let him do his stuff. The players leaking stuff don’t like it because they are having to work hard, you can see some of them aren’t fit enough which is pathetic for professional footballers. Hopefully we get rid of these leaks as I’m sure the club know who it is, and to be fair the press just jump on everything to do with United as soon as we don’t win a game.


4.) 15 Feb 2022 23:59:57
Not trying to be negative GDS but I didn't enjoy that game at all. Brighton were better in possession and outmuscled us until they lost Dunk. I don't enjoy watching the horrible attitude of the players also. A bunch of angry young men.


5.) 16 Feb 2022 00:20:40
The squad isn't as bad as they have been playing. So right now it is just about grinding results.

Ole wasn't as bad as everyone likes to remember, but the wheels completely fell off and he had to go.

The criticism of Ralf is just crazy.

Ralf is doing what we need right now and the players need to step into line or step out of the way. Plenty of young pups waiting in the wings to take places of players who don't buy into what he is doing.


6.) 16 Feb 2022 02:30:16
Banjoe,

I think some of the players are frustrated with results and performances, you can see the relief when we score, the more games we win and goals we score the more they will relax and things will come more naturally. We were 1-0 up when Dunk went off and started the 2nd half like a house on fire, I’ve just watched the game again at home and still feel the same, we did well 2nd half and should have won by more, Bruno missed another sitter and Ronaldo’s header.


7.) 16 Feb 2022 06:13:19
Rangnick is having to sort out all the problems created by Ole on and off the pitch.
In the middle of a season, it is a huge ask.

Players are getting their confidence back. But we need to improve the consistency to get top 4.


8.) 16 Feb 2022 06:32:54
I think your probably right GDS, there was huge relief among the team when they scored. With confidence they should become more cohesive.
I did enjoy the first goal though, that was vintage Ronaldo.


9.) 16 Feb 2022 07:14:06
Good post GDS. Very refreshing to have a coach that knows what he is doing. You can see a huge difference on the sidelines.


10.) 16 Feb 2022 07:47:44
RR has a huge task on his hands. He hasn't been able to buy any new players ans has had to coach these players without a pre season.

Note:- Everyoenwas raving about Conte and hiw Utd have missed out on him. Spurs are struggling and he doesn't seem go get any stick about that, despite being in charge of Spurs longer than RR has been at Utd.


11.) 16 Feb 2022 08:21:32
Think RR doing a steady job. He’s constantly fire fighting and making tactical adjustments as he grinds out results to get top 4 (which would be an amazing achievement) .

He’s having to deal with the mess left behind by successive managers, a group of (mostly) over-inflated egos, loss of confidence, trying to make up for years of poor coaching, media leaks, contract situations and being new to the league.

Tbh, just hope we get 4th then looking forward to huge changes in the Summer and fresh start next season.


12.) 16 Feb 2022 08:51:47
The team has no experience of tactics and controlling games under OGS. Mentally it will take time. How many times did we fall behind in games under OGS? When we go ahead, right now they don’t know what to do. We’ve not been a clinical team or finished the opposition off for years - let alone getting used to the extra physical demands this coach is putting on them. This stuff takes time - as it did with Klopp. Time sadly nobody ever will give. The fact some of the team are leaking complaints solely highlights just how stupid they really are.


13.) 16 Feb 2022 09:14:57
We have had an incredibly easy run of fixtures if were being honest, if you offered 22/ 33 points in them most would be disappointed in my opinion. Interested to see how we line up against Liverpool, City and Chelsea and continue trying to play football or if we drop deep and try and play hoofball.

Its clear were better than we were under Ole, but that's not difficult lol.


14.) 16 Feb 2022 10:01:33
Mad Hatter, I think you make a great point about Conte. In his 20 games in charge of Spurs they've won 10, lost 7 and drawn 3. Giving him a 50% win rate.

He was allowed to bring in two players in January to aid him as well. Losing 2 of their 3 games since making the signings (against Wolves and Southampton) .

Has he really made a big difference?


15.) 16 Feb 2022 10:32:25
Conte debate is gone. He won’t nor ever will be manager at Utd and didn’t want him. We tried Jose - he imploded. Much like Conte would.


16.) 16 Feb 2022 12:36:42
Interesting DSG about the fixtures, these are games we were struggling to win under the previous manager, I’m not sure it’s been an easy run to be honest but I agree it will be interesting to see how we do against the better teams. Everyone struggles against city and Liverpool at the moment so wouldn’t judge on them games but Arsenal, spurs and Chelsea games might decide our season.


 

 

21 Nov 2021 01:26:14
Thank you Ole.

It should never have got to today, you should have been sacked with dignity much earlier, but at least it's over and hopefully you'll be welcome back at the club as a playing legend, we know you tried your best, it just wasn't good enough.

On to the next one, no confidence we get the appointment right. There isn't an obvious choice so whoever we choose will have positives and negatives, some will be against him from the start and others will defend him and back him, looking forward to seeing these players coached better and let's see what we can do.

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1.) 21 Nov 2021 01:45:36
Hope is all we have gds2.
Personally I've felt girls as a united fan for over 2 years.
As you say some will be against the new man from the start.
I hope it goes well I'm looking forward to seeing what direction we can take with new ideas and a fresh approach.
Delighted to have hope again. I hope this bunch of players can start to fulfill their potential.
Great job for someone let's hope it works out this time.


2.) 21 Nov 2021 08:20:39
Ken
I really think you might want to review the second line of your post!


3.) 21 Nov 2021 13:06:06
Haven’t we all Ken ?.


 

 

03 Nov 2021 00:34:26
If Cristiano Ronaldo was a team he would be the 21st highest scoring team in Champions League history ?.

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1.) 03 Nov 2021 02:44:08
He is incredible i wanted jim a few years ago and so glas he is here. He is still the best in the world for me!


2.) 03 Nov 2021 05:11:20
He is the best for a reason.
Our team hardly create any chances but Ronaldo converts even the half chances.
Incredible technique.

5 goals in 4 UCL games. Without him we would be staring at Europa again.


3.) 03 Nov 2021 09:41:31
We would be bottom of the CL without him.


 

 

29 Sep 2021 11:48:29
I wrote a reply yesterday explaining my position on time wasting in the villa game but for whatever reason it didn't get posted so thought I would try again.

If my post about it yesterday came across as an excuse for the result against villa then it definitely wasn't meant to at all, if you score early enough then you stop any chance of time wasting from the opposition anyway. Newcastle time wasted from the 5th minute of the game (Darlow was asked to speed up a goal kick that early which is madness) yet because we scored before half time it kind of got forgotten about but it happens a lot against the teams coming to OT to snatch a point or frustrate us and get a win.

My point is that time wasting shouldn't even be allowed to be a tactic but whilst it is teams will continue to use it to frustrate. The ball was in play for 45 minutes against villa out of 90, that's crazy, especially as Mike Dean knew this was happening as he told the keeper to speed up about 5 times with no caution.

I agree with Ken and have for a long time, rugby have it right, take the time off the refs, have a clock that everyone can see is stopped and let players take as long as they want for a goal kick or for rolling around on the floor because it's not affecting the time of the game. It will eradicate time wasting immediately and make the game better to watch in my opinion.

It certainly wasn't an 'excuse' about the villa game, although it did stop our momentum we should have been good enough to score one of our many chances, imagine how many shots we would have missed if the ball had actually been in play for some of the game!

Anyway, onwards and upwards, hopefully Villarreal come to play tonight rather than waste time, CL refs obviously clamping down on it more as Varane got booked in the Young Boys game the second he started to time waste. That's the only way to stop it if we don't have a total re-think on the time keeping.

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1.) 29 Sep 2021 12:01:17
It drives me mad GDS, there’s lots of gamesmanship like stealing 10 yards at a throw in, appealing for throws and corners when you know you touched it last, players throwing themselves to the floor clutching their face, rolling around like they’ve been shot and then running around like a racehorse 5 minutes later.

But time wasting is insidious and referees let players get away from it. The ball ends up with the keeper who waits for an opponent to approach, at which point he falls onto the ball and lies there for 20 seconds. Taking forever at goal kicks, changing your mind who is going to take a throw on or free kick. Substitutions where the player walks off from the furthest point on the pitch. Players staying down just to waste time, substitutions in added time for no reason other than to run down the clock.

They tried a 6 second rule with GKs but it didn’t last long, I thought it was a great idea, not sure how we fix it but something needs to give.


2.) 29 Sep 2021 12:02:36
GDS2 the average game of football the ball is only in play for 59 minutes in a 90 minute game so to be honest its not that much lower than the average game of football, it is coming across as an excuse but I do totally agree with time wasting is frustrating but it has been part of the game since the very beginning and at all levels, I have done it my self before I hung the boots up and became fat and old.


3.) 29 Sep 2021 11:59:32
GDS2. You watch if we are actually winning 1-0 with 5 mins to go we will do exactly the same, it ain’t going to change even a stopping clock as in Rugby or basketball etc all it will do is mean you miss the last bus home…. won’t make it anymore exciting I’m afraid

The team if good enough should be able to get the goals so this is not even a concern, look at Liverpool attack from 1st min to95min even though it pains me to say that, they are miles in front of us.


4.) 29 Sep 2021 12:36:02
I think 14 mins less is a lot dio- that’s a quarter of the time the ball was in play. Extrapolated that’s 22 mins.


5.) 29 Sep 2021 13:33:37
Jackanus,

You’ve missed my point once again, this isn’t a dig at opposition teams or saying united don’t do it, of course we do it, I literally said in my post we did it against Young Boys, why wouldn’t we when everyone does it against us? If you stopped the clock when teams are wasting time it would literally be pointless wasting time so I wouldn’t ‘miss the last bus home’ as time wasting would stop all together. I’d get to see a proper game of football, just think it’s an easy fix to a massive issue but the issue is ignored or not noticed by many.

How anyone can say 15 minutes less time than the average in play time isn’t a lot is beyond me, surely you can see that means they wasted 15 minutes of time in the game, how can that be right? I get that it’s a large part of the game dio but it’s mad that people accept that as just being how it is because it’s always happened. They change all sorts of pointless rules every year yet this is never looked at.


6.) 29 Sep 2021 15:18:27
Why wouldn't villa if others do it against them.
You can't try and justify united players doing it nobody should be doing it.


7.) 29 Sep 2021 15:27:46
How often do you see a goalkeeper kick from their hands and be outside of their area when striking the ball. I swear the keeper was completely out of his area on at least 1 occasion and nothing is ever picked up. What is the ruling on that? Is it intentional handball? Does anyone know?


8.) 29 Sep 2021 15:29:27
I not missed the point at all, maybe it gets overlooked and done for years because more important things in the game that’s wrong then someone taking longer to get ball in play

Some teams do it for tactical reasons some do if for a breather but I’m really not sure it would make much difference to the game if stopping clock system was used, in fact whilst watching united lately it would just prolong the agony for another 30-45 mins.


9.) 29 Sep 2021 15:35:59
I also hate it when we do it, it smacks of desperation. Its become a thing and it would be good to have it addressed but I don't see it happening.


10.) 29 Sep 2021 16:03:12
Same here Tony unfortunately, nothing will change, we have to find a way to score early and stop teams being able to do it, just a frustration of mine and many others.

Oh Ken, I know you agree with me yet you find it so hard to just say that, I wasn’t really justifying united doing it nor having a go at villa for it, I think the rules need to change so that it can’t happen, the refs should clamp down as soon as it starts as nothing will change with the ref and time keeping. Mike Dean told the keeper to hurry up at least 6 times on saturday, surely that means he is aware what he’s doing yet did nothing about it.

I don’t think you can really blame any team for doing it when the rules are there to make it worthwhile and all teams know the full amount wasted won’t be added on. Don’t get me started on it being exactly 4 minutes added when a ref has supposedly been stopping his watch.

I hate it when we do it, like I hate it when our players dive or Bruno pretends he’s broken his leg at least once a game, but while there is so much riding on games and players can get away with it it’s difficult to blame players, as frustrating as it is.


11.) 29 Sep 2021 18:23:38
Supasub no keeper handles the ball outside the area. They release the ball before they are over the line often kicking it a yard or 2 outside the area. No offence there so not sure what your complaining about.


12.) 29 Sep 2021 18:27:50
So if its difficult to blame players you can't certitude the villa players then surely?
It is the refs that need to take action don't moan at the villa players. It's so the same. I agree Bruno is pathetic the way he rolls around. Footballers cheat and will cheat at every given opportunity. United players cheat.
How often have you been in your seat at old Trafford and shouted at ddg to hurry up with his goal kick when we are 1 up? Or had a go at a united player for cheating / diving etc?


13.) 30 Sep 2021 00:37:37
Ken. I think you just don't read posts. I'm on about a keeper kicking from their hands not throwing it forward a few yards. At the weekend the keeper for villa was completely out of his area with what appeared to be both feet kicking from his hands. I've tried to make it as clear as possible. I see it fairly often but the one at the weekend was very clear.


14.) 29 Sep 2021 11:59:32
GDS2. You watch if we are actually winning 1-0 with 5 mins to go we will do exactly the same, it ain’t going to change even a stopping clock as in Rugby or basketball etc all it will do is mean you miss the last bus home…. won’t make it anymore exciting I’m afraid

The team if good enough should be able to get the goals so this is not even a concern, look at Liverpool attack from 1st min to95min even though it pains me to say that, they are miles in front of us.


 

 

 

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09 Aug 2022 00:01:24
You can literally view the accounts if you want to, the club is not ‘skint’ and you’re embarrassing posting stuff like that.

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04 Aug 2022 22:40:31
Ah have we decided Elanga isn’t good enough now? Bring kids through then slate them after a season in a poor team.

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31 Jul 2022 17:31:31
We have 2 Dutch players in the squad, one of them is Chong who has been here for years. Obsessed.

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16 Jul 2022 10:30:58
Do I? Not sure I’ve ever seen him play or mentioned I like him.

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16 Jul 2022 10:29:57
I can’t work out how ETH can rate Dalot, nowhere near good enough, maybe the best of the 3 but if we don’t sign a first choice right back in the next 12 months I’d be very surprised. What is Dalot really good at?

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08 Aug 2022 19:10:33
Imagine watching the match and having time to do that, people never fail to amaze me how pathetic they are, embarrassing.

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08 Aug 2022 19:09:00
100% Ross, well said, some of the posts about him are a joke tbh.

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07 Aug 2022 23:57:57
Thought our new signings were the best players, we’ve played in pre season and defined way and then with the Martial injury it has had to change. We are desperate for more quality to be brought in, we need a right back, a centre mid and a forward or we will finish between 8th and 12th. The next few weeks will define our season. We will lose games this season we all know that, we can still finish top 4 if we lose games but the players we have at the moment aren’t good enough for top 6 never mind top 4.

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07 Aug 2022 23:54:15
Amz,

And the ability, not sure it’s all mentality, trying to make players who aren’t very good be world beaters is impossible.

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07 Aug 2022 23:51:04
It’s almost like Potter is a fantastic coach.

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