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Favourite player: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Best team moment: 1999 Champions League final or Semi final at Old Trafford against Barcelona in 2008.


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25 Oct 2020 01:33:48
If Maguire and Lindelof had been terrible today and we let goals in I would expect more posts slagging them off so I think it's fair to say that they were 2 huge positives coming out of this game, from where they were 2 weeks ago they have shown good spirit and improvement and hopefully that continues.

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1.) 25 Oct 2020 04:41:20
Not withstanding the Undertaker trying to choke out Azpilecueta. What did you make of that? Smalling would have been absolutely smothered here if he did it but at 80m i think you are allowed that.


2.) 25 Oct 2020 05:52:03
Huge improvement in defence compared to the first 2 weeks.
AWB is back to his best.
De Gea was a spectator and literally had to do nothing.
Both teams didn't want to loose but we created the clear cut chances to score.


3.) 25 Oct 2020 07:15:28
TrueRedDevil

You are saying United played that way because they didn’t want to lose? That is the psyche they went into the game with at home! Do you think that is acceptable?


4.) 25 Oct 2020 08:01:18
Lindelof played well, Maguire was still dubious, could have cost the game with better refs and left acres of space several times because he was caught out of possession. He and Fred didn't have good games, James isn't even worth mentioning at thi point.


5.) 25 Oct 2020 09:32:33
Shan,

I think he got away with one and was very good for the other 93 minutes and 50 seconds, from where he was 2 weeks ago to keep a clean sheet is a great improvement.


6.) 25 Oct 2020 10:25:12
I am not arguing he wasnt better than 2 weeks ago but if VAR doesn't cheat, Maguire gives away a penalty and that clean sheet isn't there. Plus Chelsea were as scared as us to attack so our defenders didn't have much to do as such.


7.) 25 Oct 2020 14:33:21
Or De Gea saves it, a penalty doesn’t equal a goal. It didn’t cheat, we’ve had plenty for for us as well as against us, just one of them things.


 

 

23 Oct 2020 12:59:23
I am sure there has been a few saying it but I don't really think it can be said enough, our striker is showing himself to be one of the most respectable, honest, hard working, principled men in the world.

I'm not really fussed what your political views are, children starving isn't a political issue and should never have been made into one but what Marcus Rashford is doing is absolutely phenomenal and showing some people in this country up for what they are.

There is a great article about him on the football 365 website today that I'd recommend everybody to read, (sorry if I can't promote other websites, but this is particularly important to this post) .

Some of the stuff he is doing even makes me emotional and I am proud he is a player for our football team, some things transcend football and this is one of them. Thank you Marcus for allowing people to see there is hope in the world.

GDS2

1.) 23 Oct 2020 13:36:58
Well said GDS.


2.) 23 Oct 2020 13:37:52
Well said GDS2, the lad is a true inspiration. Andy Robertson have him perhaps the highest praise he could get 😂

I liked the timing of his post as well, shortly after he'd scored another winner in Paris. Smart.


3.) 23 Oct 2020 13:38:02
Well said GDS he is relentless with it. It is obviously something he cares very deeply about and uses his platform to great effect. Just 22 years old as well, he's an inspiration and deserves every bit of credit he gets I just hope when the stadiums are full his name is sang loudly by all fans as what he has done and continues to do goes beyond football.


4.) 23 Oct 2020 15:02:51
Good post GDS. Much bigger than football what he is doing.


5.) 23 Oct 2020 18:01:41
Gds well said my man.


 

 

18 Oct 2020 01:36:03
Our 4-2-3-1 formation has been worked out, it worked for a while last season but managers work out how to play against a certain system and you have to adapt.

I think we were all surprised and worried when we saw the team but a change in personnel actually allowed us to play a different way which wasn't as easy to defend against. Mata was moving into the spaces inside and the front 3 looked more fluid than they have, even though they are worse players. James did well running with the ball and moving between midfield and attack but he has no end product at all and his passing is far too sloppy.

No surprise to me that when we really changed the formation in the last 10 minutes and allowed pogba, vdb and Bruno to just play that we suddenly looked unplayable, they had no play for that, it's the first time we have played all 3 in the same team.

We have Greenwood, martial and cavani to add to that forward line as well, we aren't as bad as people have been making out and hopefully a few of us are looking forward a bit more to the next few weeks rather than expecting us to lose every game. A win next week would put us ahead of Chelsea interestingly. The other teams who we will likely be challenging for top 4 with are dropping points and after a poor start we really need to see if we can kick on.

A lot of the problems are still there but some of the big ones were nullified a little today, let's see what the next few weeks brings.

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1.) 18 Oct 2020 07:01:13
It goes to show that Ole doesn't know what his best team or formation is. Yiur are correct that teams have worked Utd out when they play 4231.

The problem is, that when teams play pressing football and pin Utd back, that we make too many mistakes. Both Lindelof and Maguire lack pace and aren't that good technically either. I think it is how they are coached aswell.

Ultimately we are a Jekyll and Hyde team.


2.) 18 Oct 2020 07:44:56
Good see the confidence returning to the players, I admit I was worried about the fixtures coming up, but now not so much.


3.) 18 Oct 2020 08:09:48
The counter attack goal from Bruno was top class.

Next week is absolutely crucial for us.
PSG, Chelsea and Leipzig in 10 days. Therefore the squad rotation was understandable.


4.) 18 Oct 2020 09:02:56
That’s the first thing I thought when they were all on the pitch. Mata, Bruno, Pogba and VdB are our best footballers and it showed instantly. Was a joy to watch and would be great to watch them play together again.


5.) 18 Oct 2020 11:02:18
When the ballers were brought in, it changed the whole dynamic and flow of play. It wasn't any sort of genius formation change in the last 10 minutes.

I hope he is brave enough to trust the capable players in the team from the start. McT/ Matic holding, Van De Beek, Bruno, Mata and things will happen. I don't want to see Fred/ McT starting again, they offer nothing there.


6.) 18 Oct 2020 11:07:18
PSG. Oh my days! Their attack could tear our defence a new one!


 

 

26 Sep 2020 14:50:54
Huge 3 points.

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1.) 26 Sep 2020 15:22:33
Massive.


2.) 26 Sep 2020 15:47:27
Enormous.


3.) 26 Sep 2020 15:50:31
Bigger considering the atrocious performance. A team boasting of Bruno, Rashford, Martial, Pogba amongst others totally outplayed by Brighton. Wow. Lucky 3 points there but i guess no one is complaining on that part.


4.) 26 Sep 2020 16:04:52
I’d honestly try DVB instead of pogba for a few games just to see what happens. He’s currently fitter and sharper and think he could link well with Bruno and the forwards. Pogba isn’t energetic at the best of times but he has had C.V. and hardly played so I’d give him a few more weeks training before starting him again (pogba fans will kill me) 🤷‍♂️🤣.


 

 

20 Sep 2020 01:14:45
Well that was rubbish wasn't it?

It surprises me though the lack of understanding from people and the fact nobody has mentioned how far behind in fitness we are, we played like a team just starting pre season against a team in full flow, very strange and probably a little early to judge, every player was off the pace including players who are clearly a hell of a lot better than that. Will be interesting to see how city do on Monday in a similar position; might tell us a bit more.

Too early to panic although from the posts I see that's exactly what's happening, I'd prefer to try and understand why that performance happened from a team unbeaten in so many games.

We need a left back and a right winger and a bunch of games to get match fit, one loss isn't the end of the world but Christ it needs to be better than that and I can totally understand the reaction.

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1.) 20 Sep 2020 06:46:56
Its the manner of the loss

No desire to close players down, no effort to sprint for balls and make tackles


Was a sham of a performance and they all should be fined for being so poor


Its clear the team needs more players but will the people in chargr show ambition is more than just lining the pockets

A long hard season ahead battling for 4th place afte sich a positive end to the season aswel

We need a full back a cb a rw and a striker.


2.) 20 Sep 2020 07:10:30
For me it was same old United. Lindelof and Maguire aren't good enough. Two quick CBs and we wouldn't need to play 2 holding players.

It will be along season if we don't sign at least another LB, CB RW and forward.

Why on earth are Rojo, Jones, Lingard, Mata, Perrieira still here.


3.) 20 Sep 2020 07:31:00
GDS, it surprises me though the lack of understanding from people the fact that we are just not as good as to they think.

You know I'm not one of the doom mongers, but I am sick and fed up with watching United. The cloud is being run by Muppets, and too many of our do called 'stars' are are steeling a living.

We are seriously lacking quality in the same positions that we have been for the last 6, 7 years. In some cases more.

We have some real quality, the basis of a team that can compete - but they are surrounded by mediocrity.
I know people say "don't worry about the money side", but in my opinion, this is where the problems start.
We dither about over transfer fees - understandably to a point - but the wages we pay the players is just ridiculous.

United have some very average players earning big wages as soon as they sign. I don't claim to know 3xactly what individuals earn, but I would bet that most United players earn far more than their counterparts at any other top clubs. If course there will be done exceptions, but United throw money at players to get them to sign. They then perform like they have 'already made it' because they are at United, and on huge wages.

Where are the incentives to perform - after all they are already earning more than they could elsewhere.

When was the last time you saw a United player ready to run himself into the ground for the team? .
8f you can remember one it was probably a young be player with something to prove and an incentive.

Then what invariably happens at United? - said player is a huge disappointment who we struggle to move on due to huge wages.
And this has been the recurring story for years now - try to solve our problems by throwing huge money at ( in most cases) mediocre players.

It's about time that we accepted that United are just not as good as we try to make them out. We have some very good players no doubt, but even more that are just not good enough. And as for the coaching staff be and all this ' Ole at the wheel' nonsense, we are just kidding ourselves that we will return to the tip of the games any time soon. Our problems run far deeper, and have since BEFORE SAF retired.

We are a shambles. No doubt we will go on another run of winning games again soon, against average opposition, and once again it will be a new dawn, only for disappointment and frustration to follow soon after. The cycle that gets repeated year after year after year.

One day, we have to start learning lessons. And if we really want to return to the top of the game, we must all stop accepting mediocrity in every aspect.


4.) 20 Sep 2020 07:39:35
GDS2, i think the frustration and the panic stems from the fact of how poor our transfer team have been till date this summer to which i assume that the manager has told them about. If he hasn't then its the manager who should take the blame. Second, we all know the deficiencies in the squad and yesterdays game highlighted those in full. Our RW was non existent yet again. The first goal came from a combination of poor defending from a CB and our LB once again being out of position.

I think everyone will agree that the players lacked fitness but how can anyone defend that there was no apparent style of play. There was simply no cohesion from the team that was unbeaten since Jan. That blame sits with the manager. His team selection and his substitutions again were questionable. Dan James was no good but there was one player who was worse and yet jogged on for 90 minutes as if he wasnt there, namely Rashford. He looks disinterested to say the least and has been since the restart. Anyone saying otherwise is kidding themselves. Ighalo got 9 minutes yet again. doesn't anyone tell Ole that his esteemed forward line has been unable to score a goal from open play in the last 270 minutes of football. Something simply isn't right. If that game came against s top team i think no one would be panicking as much but that was a team who only scored 31 goals in all of last season and will no doubt be still fighting relegation this season and yet we looked worse.

They came with a plan and stuck to it and executed it to perfection and we didn't have a plan, let alone execution. And this has been said umpteen times last season.

You know fairly well that City will simply brush aside their opposition on Monday even if they are jaded.


5.) 20 Sep 2020 07:44:00
Side was totally ill irritated and under cooked fitness wise. That’s not acceptable.


6.) 20 Sep 2020 06:57:49
It was a game to forget.
There was no creativity or any sort of tempo.
Palace pressed Bruno and gave no space when he was close to the attacking third. We have to freshen things up.

The advantage with Sancho is that, he would come with a full pre season. A CB is must, Lindelof is the same as we first signed him, gets bullied almost every time.

Almost everyone were abysmal, let's move on to the next match.
Hope we get players in soon and keep everyone on their toes.


7.) 20 Sep 2020 07:48:20
I do agree gds fitness is definitely a issue. I was suprised with the starting line up pogba for instance you could tell wasnt at it. i'd also say pressing us from the back is becoming a obvious way to get a result. The writing was on the wall at ht when the commentators said last season we were down 10 times and failed to win once. a lot of work needs to happen behind closed doors of our club before any mediocrity ends.


8.) 20 Sep 2020 07:49:38
I saw somewhere there the bulk of the team had only had four full training sessions before the game, that says it all really.


9.) 20 Sep 2020 08:23:10
That was Palace's sixth game since 25 August, it was our second.

It usually takes 4-5 games to get to match fitness, the season could be over before its begun.


10.) 20 Sep 2020 10:31:30
They are one week behind other teams not a month.


11.) 20 Sep 2020 10:32:47
Doesn’t explain the apparent lack of desire and urgency.


12.) 20 Sep 2020 11:31:17
Can't believe we are not, at the very minimum fit. Hunger and desire is something this bunch have been lacking for years.


13.) 20 Sep 2020 12:43:58
GDS maybe we should ask FA to notify us when the season is going to start so that we can get ready.


14.) 20 Sep 2020 14:35:01
What a silly comment, we are in a global C.V. and our season ended much later than the others teams, hence we haven’t played and palace have played 6 games. On paper we clearly aren’t as bad as that, every single player was dreadful, are you telling me they are suddenly useless overnight? Bruno is crap now because he had one bad game? No, he was just unfit.

I agree it doesn’t take away from the lack of plan but again, they’ve not had a great deal of time to prepare, I was shocked how off the pace we were but that was the main issue.


 

 

 

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24 Oct 2020 02:12:36
Eric,

He played there for the under 23s tonight who played a 3-4-3 formation. Williams played right wing back and Pellestri also played. A last minute penalty winner in a 2-1 win, impressive performance considering how young this team is.

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21 Oct 2020 23:37:53
Angel,

You say unfortunately our captain will walk straight back in but I thought he had a very good game against Newcastle, he won absolutely everything and looked so assured after he got his goal.

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04 Oct 2020 17:57:16
Herrera,

Terrible example, Giggs had a lot of injuries at 32-33.

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04 Oct 2020 15:52:56
Ken,

Don’t think so, 3 seasons ago he scored 49 goals in all competitions, just had a few injuries last season, PSG fans wanted him to stay from what I’ve read, works hard for the team and scored goals.

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03 Oct 2020 22:15:52
When people say he’s injury prone, do they mean he had a few injuries last season? He’s not been injury prone at all in his career and been rated highly wherever he’s played.

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30 Oct 2020 00:28:03
Palace had already played a few games though and their season finished weeks before ours, it was quite obvious why we lost the palace game, to ignore the mitigating factors is just being ridiculous for the sake of it.

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29 Oct 2020 14:05:18
Manc,

I think you might have the wrong person, Shappy has been pretty clear about his views, he has made my red tinted specs look a little blue on occasions.

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28 Oct 2020 22:13:03
Yes Eric he must be as the rest of the fit squad members are named on the bench.

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28 Oct 2020 22:12:35
Depends if he goes and gets Cardiff relegated first.

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28 Oct 2020 22:09:51
There appears to be an Ed missing commenting on these posts saying that wasn’t a great result 😂 what a game.

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