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01 Feb 2020 05:10:40
Ighalo now confirmed. We could have done a lot worse by not signing anyone.

He is not the quality player that everyone wants at United but, at least we have some cover upfront. We left it too late and that's the type of player we are going to end up with most often on transfer deadline day.

I am glad we signed someone, we are already short of options with just Martial and Greenwood and imagine having an injury to either of them, it would had been disastrous.

From what I have seen, Ighalo seems decent for the short term - decent pace, can dribble and is a little trickier inside the box, has a physical presence and can score goals. He also is a lot busier than Martial and the opposition defense would not be as comfortable as they have been.

He is probably a United fan as well and is his last chance to play for a big club and that too at United. I feel he would feel privileged to play for us and would give his all, fulfilling his dream in the process.

There is not much expectation or pressure on him as he is a underdog right now and that could really help him play his natural game and probably he is going to surprise a lot of people. If he can score anywhere between 10-15 goals during his time here, it would be a great loan spell.

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1.) 01 Feb 2020 10:28:57
Fingers crossed he does a job because. well it is what it is.


2.) 01 Feb 2020 16:18:58
let's play exactly my thoughts.
There seems to be a shift in transfer strategy.
We are looking for hungrier and these 2 100% want to play for United.
One is potentially world class.
And the other is a seasoned striker on loan.
Could well be the difference for top 4 finish.


3.) 03 Feb 2020 22:35:12
according to the rags we could of ended up with glenn murray. had to read that twice.


 

 

29 Jan 2020 17:31:03
Fernandes deal is now officially confirmed and so delighted to have him.

This deal has a lot of positives for me:

1. Provided he settles in quickly we would not only have his creativity but also a goal scoring midfielder we have been craving for a while.
2. His signing could really help us pursue and probably convince some of our other targets come this summer, as he is a quality player.
3. We would not be so desperate when pursuing other midfield targets in the summer and puts us in a better position on the negotiation table.
4. Fernandes's presence would help us move on Pogba and Matic and use the funds to strengthen the team further in the summer.
5. The most important of all, we might have a chance to make a top 4 finish provided he settles in and everyone around him give their best till the end of this season.

A month of pursuing and finally we got him. Can't wait to see his performances in a United shirt soon.

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1.) 29 Jan 2020 17:44:59
Brilliant signing and a step in the right direction.


2.) 29 Jan 2020 18:02:27
Outstanding signing - our best since RvP.

Now for Dembele. (I can dream! )


3.) 29 Jan 2020 18:35:03
Unfortunately he has decided to wear a Homer Simpson t-shirt for his arrival in Manchester. Woodward is already eyeing up the sponsorship deal with The Simpsons.


4.) 29 Jan 2020 18:38:06
Why is everyone so desperate to get rid of Matic? he's only 31 and I hear people speaking about like he's in his 60s.


5.) 29 Jan 2020 18:39:08
Finally, the no. 10 area which was a significant weakness is solved.
Hope he settles in quickly.

He is an excellent penalty taker and free kick specialist.
He can also score some screamers.

Absolutely excited to watch him play.

Rash, Martial, Greenwood up front with Bruno playing just behind them looks ominous.


6.) 29 Jan 2020 19:24:06
I think Matic has been very good the last month or so and deserves more credit. Useful experienced squad player. As long as he’s not automatic starter he should stay imo.


7.) 29 Jan 2020 19:50:19
Exactly Damon.

I don't have a clue.

Matic is good and for me is still far better than McTomminay.


8.) 29 Jan 2020 20:30:38
And, as if to prove his worth .


9.) 29 Jan 2020 20:37:24
Matic and Fred have been the two best players for the past 3 weeks. I must admit I thought Matic was done but he’s playing really well. Cracking finish tonight against city as well.


10.) 29 Jan 2020 20:45:00
Delighted! Had my Sporting Lisbon tracksuit on all day. Can’t wait to see how he does receiving the ball in the pockets where we usually see Lingard. If we get Pogba putting a few shifts in when he’s back we might just get in the top 4.


11.) 29 Jan 2020 20:52:19
Let’s see if it‘s maybe two brilliant signings in one.
Can’t see Pogba‘s ego putting up with not being the focal point of the media anymore.
Maybe this will kick him into gear to show he is still the top dog.


12.) 30 Jan 2020 05:26:27
I do agree that Matic's performances have improved recently and is a quality player when on form. However, with the way we seemingly want to play I do not see him starting in games when everyone is fit. With Fernandes coming in as well, it is certainly going to be Fred, McTominay and Fernandes starting in midfield.

Having both Matic and Mata as backups wouldn't be a bad idea, although I don't think they will be able to cope having to play too many games in case of extended injuries to key players.

The key question would also be if Matic/ Mata are content with playing backup, as cover for other players. We still do need more bodies in midfield irrespective.


13.) 30 Jan 2020 06:44:00
Matic has always been a good player. Treated quite unfairly by the fans on here. Still don’t see what Fred is about yet other than pure energy, but hopefully he continues to improve!


14.) 30 Jan 2020 08:45:26
Matic has quality, but his legs are gone. Not in the sense that he has lost pace as he never had it. But in the sense that he doesn't have the fitness to play 40 games a season. He has always struggled with maintaining his fitness in a 50-60 game season, tending to tire towards the end of each season, in recent years the point at which he starts to tire has steadily become earlier and earlier.

At the moment he is playing well as last night was only his 15th appearance for us this season, having spent most of the early part of the season out injured. 8 of those game have come in January. He will probably play relatively well for the next month or two.

He could be a decent squad option if that's what he wants to be, but if he wants to play every week then a move to a league played at a slower tempo would be best for him.


15.) 30 Jan 2020 09:26:49
All the more reason to manage him properly then Shappy.


16.) 30 Jan 2020 09:58:56
Betty, from what I gather Matic at 31 still sees himself as a key player for a side for another couple of years. He wants to play all the games. In the EPL with the pace of the games he just can't do that at a high enough level over a whole season.

He might be able to play for us if he only played league games and was given a bit of a break at some point during the season.

From what is in the press it is Matic who wants out more than the club want him off the books.

The interesting thing though is that for the last 30 days Matic could have been negotiating a pre-contract with any foreign club, he may well have been. But nothing has leaked to the press if he has.

The big push previously was from Inter, yet Brozovic has really stepped up and made that CDM role his own at Inter and if Matic was to move there it would more likely be to be back up for Brozovic. Which doesn't sound like what he wants to do.


17.) 30 Jan 2020 10:25:57
Shappy spot on re Matic and his physicality. It's why he conceded that stupid foul and got sent off last night. He was never blessed with pace but now he is like Mata and finds it too much against younger faster plays to even track back and make clean challenges. He is still a good player and in a less physically demanding league would shine even more. That said I would keep him for the next year until we get a real upgrade on him if that's possible.


18.) 30 Jan 2020 11:59:48
"Had my sporting tracksuit on all day"WTF 🤔🤔.


19.) 30 Jan 2020 21:34:21
Everytime 😂. 🎣.


 

 

29 Jan 2020 17:10:28
It's official now on United website:

"Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.

The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.

A further announcement will be made in due course. "

Great news!

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12 Apr 2019 17:52:25
The media is making a lot of noise with regards to Pogba wanting to leave. I believe most of us would not mind if he does leave, but would be disappointed to see his talents not come to fruition at United.

Imagine if he had the passion of Keane and the intelligence and vision of Scholes to go with his talent, would had been a deadly combination. At 26yrs and with all that talent, he should have stamped his identity as a world class player by now, but it seems he doesn't have the mentality to do it at United at the moment.

If he does leave, where do you expect him to go? Real Madrid seem to want him and so does he, but he better be prepared for it, knowing how the RM fans can be when you are not performing. Probably a return to Juventus could be a safest option as he is well regarded there and had the most success in his career there.

Who do you guys think we should target if Pogba does leave?

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1.) 12 Apr 2019 18:25:47
Someone with energy, desire and passion to play the game. I expect lots of disagrees but I’d say someone like Doucoure of Watford.


2.) 12 Apr 2019 19:28:12
Matt - doucoure is a great shout. I’m a big fan of ndombele from Lyon. Him and Saúl with Fred at the base would be a tasty midfield for me.


3.) 12 Apr 2019 19:46:25
Bruno Fernandes and Saul.


4.) 12 Apr 2019 19:47:37
Pogba hasn’t worked out, let’s move on.

NDombele is impressive and Doucoure is a good watch but the step up will be a big challenge.


5.) 13 Apr 2019 11:58:13
Geoffrey Kondogbia looks like he could be special at a bigger club.


6.) 13 Apr 2019 19:19:08
I’ve said it before. Tielemens at Leicester (on loan from Monaco) would be a good signing. Classy player who seems to have acres of space and time on the ball. Add a Doucoure or Ndombele and we’d have a decent midfield.


7.) 16 Apr 2019 08:23:48
Ndidi from Leicester would be a great signing imo. He looks like he is going to be a great player.


 

 

31 Jan 2014 20:26:51
Just heard a rumour we are making a late bid for Kevin Strootman.

Roma are in dire financial state and need cash but, are looking for more than 20 million. United are looking to get him for somewhere in the region of 18 million.

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06 Oct 2020 03:06:32
There seems to be a lot of dis-satisfaction over the signing of VDB as he is probably not needed right now according to many. I do think we need reinforcements in other positions as a priority as well however VDB is a quality player who will provide cover in multiple positions and a great option off the bench. The other thing is his price point which was a steal for a player of his qualities.

The bigger picture however might be that the club is probably planning to sell Pogba in the near future and VDB is part of that change. What do you think?

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1.) 06 Oct 2020 06:56:01
Last window we can sell Pogba is in January.
His contract is up next summer and if we use the clause to extend it another year we can‘t „profiteer“ as Ed002 said.
So I guess the ship sailed on selling Pogba.
I have no clue why it was decided to keep Pogba on.
He will cost us close to 100 million pounds for these two years, if you add missed transfer fee and wages up.


2.) 06 Oct 2020 07:01:43
I don't get this 'he will be a great option off the bench', the way pogba is playing surely he deserves to be starting but our coaches seem to think pogba is immune from being dropped, I couldn't believe it when Bruno was subbed off instead of him, that said everything to me.


3.) 06 Oct 2020 07:22:04
You have to look at where Pogba is being played by the manager, it is as a deep lying midfield player. This is utter nonsense, maybe the manager would have put Sancho in defence after all. Pogba needs to be further forward, but only Ole knows why he is playing him totally out of position, meaning teams have a clear run at our defence. How many times have I written on here that playing Pogba deep is a tactical blooper of the highest order.


4.) 06 Oct 2020 09:18:58
Completely agree Red Man. I’ve said it a few times too but it makes zero sense to play Pogba there. It’s okay to play with two attacking midfielders if you’re keeping a lot of possession and have set patterns of play.

Even then it is very risky. Just look at City. If you don’t get it right it can really hurt you. Right now, Pogba is playing far too deep and is hindering us rather than helping us. Does Bruno have the qualities to play deeper and be more box to box? I’m not so sure.

Looking at VdB, his qualities like Bruno and Pogba seem best when he’s in and around the box. Matic doesn’t have the legs but is still our best DM and because of that I think he needs someone with legs around him to win the ball.

I would consider playing a diamond and splitting the two strikers. Greenwood will put a lot of pressure on the front two to perform and hopefully Cavani can too once fit.


5.) 06 Oct 2020 10:00:43
Completely agree Red Man, Pogba just doesn't perform his core function in that role.

Mourinho also favoured a 4-2-3-1 but soon realised Pogba couldn't be relied upon as one of the holding midfielders. People called Jose negative and criticised him for not letting Pogba play with more freedom but the truth is Pogba will not follow instructions and is not disciplined enough to play in that role on a consistent basis. I thought Ole understood this and when he first arrived he played Pogba further forward and used him as our attacking fulcrum and principle creative force. Fernandes now occupies that position so he's pushed Pogba deeper just to get him in the side. When the team is fully fit and playing with confidence you can get away with it against some of the lower placed sides but the better teams will exploit his lack of positional discipline and he takes chances on the ball around his own penalty area. I don't want Pogba on the ball anywhere near our own box. Get him the ball in the final third and keep him away from defensive situations. In my opinion he should be used in a attacking role similar to how Villa use Grealish. He needs to play in that left hand channel and be given the ball in the final third. He's actually a very good dribbler, his size and strength mean he's difficult to push off the ball and he'd reek havoc further forward in my opinion.

I actually think Pogba, Fernandes and VdB could play in those three positions behind the striker where they could all interchange positions as a fluid, dynamic trio with VdB making intelligent runs pulling defenders out of position and ghosting into the box. I think we saw an example of this against Brighton in the League Cup although Mata was on the pitch instead of Fernandes. I think we saw the potential of Pogba playing further forward and linking with VdB. That would allow Ole to use two more destructive, positionally disciplined players behind them giving more protection to the defence!

Our best football in that game was played during a short spell when Rashford and Pogba came on and we had Pogba, VdB and Mata behind Rashford upfront with Fred and Matic as the double pivot. I appreciate it was only a short period but it was the highlight of an otherwise drab and uneventful game and we actually played with some authority and invention during that period. Mata also scored a beautiful goal team goal.

Ole does have a lot of decent options at his disposal he just needs to find a way of getting the most out of his best players.


 

 

05 Oct 2020 15:31:40
Can anybody explain the thinking behind going for players closer to deadline day? Has it got anything to do with some business logic of Woodward and co.? Just can't get my head around it.

We waited the entire window needing reinforcements in multiple positions and on deadline day scrambling around for players and probably over paying for everyone except Telles.

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1.) 05 Oct 2020 15:41:41
Maybe you save on wages? let's say we signed Cavani on August 1 then he would already have cost more than 1m in wages?

Maybe that is the more sensible thing for the accountants handling the deals?


2.) 05 Oct 2020 16:04:55
Not sure this is Woodward/ Judges's proactive approach, more reactive to the fact none of the top targets were achievable.


3.) 05 Oct 2020 16:16:18
Deependra, if that's true it's pathetic and probably worse than dishing out new contracts to players we need to move on (increasing the wage bill rather than letting them go or sell them for less) when we really need reinforcements.

And further we get back to our old ways of signing someone like Cavani who is coming to the end of his career and it could go either way. Instead we could have signed a younger striker with great potential in his mid-20s but probably it doesn't help Woodward and co. as they would have to spend a lot more than they would like as well as Cavani being a bigger name enables a lot more sales commercially.


4.) 05 Oct 2020 17:01:31
My reply to the OP was pure guesswork LPU. Don5 take if as gospel.


5.) 05 Oct 2020 17:21:40
Deals closer to deadline makes sense for both sides. You can chase a player and not wanting to pay his full asking price and you try to lower the price etc. But at deadline when the time ends you have to make a desicion because its now or never for the transfer.
Same goes sometimes for the selling club. Porto although they were relaxed about the Telles situation, as we come close to deadline and saw that they couldn't take more money for Telles, they realised that the scenario to leave for free next year is there, is real and its "sell now or he will go for free".
There are negotiations and some teams (like Porto) wants to look in strong position during the negotations and they don't reduse the price, but when you go closer to deadline you face the reality and your negotiating position is not so strong. that's one of reasons transfers take place the last days of the transfer window.


6.) 05 Oct 2020 17:43:05
What is there interest rate on £200 million? Maybe worth sitting on for 2 months? Can't think of any other reason to low ball Dortmund by £20 million and then spend the money?


 

 

05 Oct 2020 05:29:49
Well we had some really bad performances over the past couple of years and that probably was the worst of them all. We can all blame the board, the players and everyone else and rightfully so but, Ole and his coaching staff are way out of their depth.

I wonder what sort of coaching is been provided to our defenders that they can't even get the basics right on the pitch. Everyone agrees our defensive players have been poor but surely not each and every defender would be so poor at the basics of defending.

We have seen some poor, lackluster performances during Ole's reign - no urgency, no tempo, poor retention of possession, no width offered by neither fullbacks, no aerial threat with virtually 0 crosses, untimely and wrong substitutions, poor tactics and in-game management and some really shambolic individual mistakes. The players that we have on the team are surely not that bad and that raises the question about Ole and the coaching staff.

Does changing the coaching staff help performances on the pitch, sure it will but we have also seen a trend under Ole where the team goes on a fantastic run with some very good performances and then instantly go on a run of awful performances which raises the question on Ole's management of his players because some of the performances we've seen have been worse than bad.

We really need a DOF who has total control of footballing matters as a priority and also a better manager and coaches to really bring the best of the current bunch who are probably not as bad as they seem to be.

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1.) 05 Oct 2020 07:41:09
You can blame Ole for a lot of things, some of it is warranted but to blame the manager for poor individual mistakes and not being able to do the basics is going a bit far, these are highly paid, professional footballers, how you can blame the manager because our overpaid, high priced, bang average centre back and club captain can't head a ball back to the goalkeeper is going too far
Ole is not blameless in our poor performances but to try and pin stuff like that on him is ridiculous.


2.) 05 Oct 2020 08:24:08
darv

Ole is accountable for the performance/ s whether you like it or not, actually all 3 of the pathetic PL performances. It isn’t acceptable and yesterday MUST be the end of the emotional roller coaster ride, which we will get with such a poor coach. Those players are poorly organised with no clear method, who coaches defence? Ole should be gone this morning, should be clearing his desk as we speak, but all the emotion that will bring out is going to be too much for the decision makers.

Enough of this trying to justify a club playing legend as manager, if the club want to move forward they definitely need a change in decision makers but we must get a manager in now, right now, who knows what they are doing. Look at Bielsa and Ancelotti, then see the utter mess our team was and has been this season and for large parts of last.


3.) 05 Oct 2020 09:08:43
Red Man, if you read my reply without your ole hating glasses on, I said ole is not blameless in all this but to blame him for individual errors and poor decision making is ridiculous, if you honestly think he taught Harry Maguire how to head a ball like he tried to back to de gea then that's just ridiculous, there is a lot of blame on his shoulders but trying to pin crap like that on him is ridiculous, at what point do these players have to stand up and take the blame for their terrible performances and decision making? I will repeat, ole is not blameless in all this but individual errors and stupid decision making is not his fault and can't be placed on his shoulders as well.


4.) 05 Oct 2020 09:22:18
Darv

I don’t hate anyone including Ole. Ole is just patently the wrong manager and it makes me devastated to see us so disorganised as we have been this season. Yesterday was one of the worst I have seen in 52 years and I was at the City 6.1. Accountability is the managers no matter what, Ole is accountable for all the blunders, he may not be responsible for the mistakes, as he isn’t on the pitch but is accountable. That’s what you get as a manager and leader.

Ole supposedly coached them, organised them, shambles.


5.) 05 Oct 2020 10:28:58
darv, if those individual mistakes keep happening very often in a season then the manager and coaching staff are very much responsible. And if the mistakes are part of basic defending skills then more so.

Morover it is not just about individual mistakes, defense doesn't look organized and the way they defend set pieces and corners is awful and comical at the same time. If you look at most of our awful performances you will see there is no intensity, no creativity, giving the ball away far too cheaply time and again, no desire coupled with untimely bad substitutions and in game management. Ultimately Ole has to take responsibility for the performances on the pitch one way or the other.

If you take the game yesterday for example, it didn't make sense to take off Fernandes and leave Pogba on the pitch. Given our shambolic defending and given his intent was damage limitation then he could have brought on one of Fred/ McTominay along with another CB to give more protection but he brought on both Fred and McTominay, what was he trying to do?

Initially I rooted for Ole but he has proved time and again that he is not capable and I don't fault him for been given the job but ultimately it will all come down upon his shoulders at the end of the day. Don't know how long he is going to survive - a couple more of such performances and Woodward is lying in wait for the opportunity to sack him probably. Honestly, I would first sack Woodward and co. for the transfer mess they have created over the past 8 yrs or so.


 

 

02 Oct 2020 12:16:30
Finally we seem to be looking to sign a partner for Jones in Dembele. It is a huge risk.

If we do sign him we can only hope he stays fit as he looks a proper player with great potential when fit otherwise Jones would probably be happy to share some tips on how to have a career while doing nothing and yet get paid handsomely.

Can''t believe what we are doing this window?

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1.) 02 Oct 2020 13:05:24
If I was Ole and they failed to get me my first choice and I had an injury prone flop with attitude issues foisted on me, I'd refuse to play him. I wouldn't even name him on the bench.


2.) 02 Oct 2020 15:35:45
I wouldn't mort. i'd stay to pick up my 12m a year and play ball. Especially if it was my last big job.
Ole cares for the club no doubt but ole cares for himself and for his families future a lot more.
Ole will do what's best for ole and i don't blame him for that.


3.) 02 Oct 2020 17:53:10
We don't want a yes man . We the fans deserve a world class coach who wants a challenge to get our trophies back its not hard. Every top coach has a squad that within it has players that can change games whether to beat the opposition from the start or ingame. With OGS we will never win games this way he doesn't have the skills . Sorry😷😷.


4.) 02 Oct 2020 19:38:02
BFRO we haven’t recruited the players to change games! Our best players start every week because the bench is rubbish. Come on folks, most weeks Lingard is our most attacking option off the bench, now I like the lad but he’s not good enough. We’ve failed to move him on. These aren’t things that any manager is the one doing, every single manager has spoken about how we struggle on the recruitment side. We are falling into a cycle where every 12-18 months we want change and we blame the manager when the crop of players aren’t good enough and the players that the managers want aren’t brought in.

Ole may not be the greatest manager of all time, but go look at what mourinho said, Van gaal said. These are good coaches, men who’ve won the big trophies and they are scathing about how our club is run.


 

 

02 Oct 2020 11:23:57
Even if we do get Telles and Sancho we are still short of a agile CB and probably would be the difference where we finish this season.

Chelsea/ Arsenal - you don't know what type of performance you will get every time. Mourinho's teams usually do well in his 2nd season but he is still short of a few players I guess. Then there are other teams outside the top 6 who could present a problem.

We are probably once again in a fight to finish in the top 4 against 4-5 other teams this season but we need to be consistent throughout the season to have any chance.

Where do you guys honestly think we would finish?

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1.) 02 Oct 2020 12:51:04
We’ve got Bailly who, if fit, is one of the best cbs in the league. Maguire isn’t that bad, we couldn’t of been that bad in defence if we got one of the highest clean sheets this year. We’ve got Mengi and Tuanzebe aswell. If anything, I think we need a cdm more as we saw how important Matic was to our play. Liverpool are miles ahead and even if we did get a cb and winger, they’d be well ahead. Our aim should be 2nd at least however and I feel a winger and lb could put us with a chan e as everyone looks messy.


2.) 02 Oct 2020 13:06:19
I like the look of Everton so far. Seem the most dangerous of the best of the rest. I think we finish 4th or 5th.

{Ed025's Note - everton are doing ok mort, but like other teams a couple of injuries to key players can change things, we dont have the quality cover that the likes of city and liverpool have...but who does mate..


3.) 02 Oct 2020 13:57:32
Agree Ed and Mort, Everton's first X1 looks strong.
Very good mix of experience and youth.
Excellent recruitment so far.


4.) 02 Oct 2020 14:15:05
Definitely dark horses. Good shout for a cup i think. Going to be a strange season.


5.) 02 Oct 2020 14:15:46
TRUMOURS it's true we have Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mengi for cover but how reliable are they? Both Bailly and Tuanzebe are injury prone and Mengi is still young and inexperienced at this level. Any injury to our first choice CB's and we will be in big trouble. We need someone more reliable with pace and power and experienced if possible.

As far as CDM, we have got cover in the form of Fred and McTominay who are not injury prone and available to provide cover to Matic if needed. I know they are not at the same level and ideally if we could sign a true CDM it would be a bonus.

We are looking at a long season ahead. Just hoping to get some quality signings before the transfer window closes.


6.) 02 Oct 2020 15:01:04
Lets play i think we will finish a distant 3rd regardless of who comes in.


 

 

 

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02 Oct 2020 10:41:55
Grimslives, is there even a strategy? Even amateurs will do better than these guys. The more apt term for these guys is Novice at best.

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02 Oct 2020 10:36:17
We are trying to sign a player against his wish? - well it seems our transfer experts are at it again.

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19 Sep 2020 13:45:11
Don't know about those other players but signing Jones would mean investing in a personal medical room to keep him company throughout his contract as well as paying his wages. Don't think anyone would be as gracious as Man United to do that.

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17 Feb 2020 10:15:41
"Woodward and his p. r. man" - seems more like a publicity stunt by Woodward trying to feed fire to the media stories linking Poch with the United job in the summer. Just keep the flame burning and keep the fans excited till summer and then probably do something really baffling.

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31 Jan 2020 03:06:59
Agree Eric79. It's really sad and disappointing that he has not lived up to his talent at United. His United career has been very patchy - too many average performances than good ones.

The big excuse for him from those supporting him has been that the players around him are not good enough, but still there is nothing stopping him from leading the line and playing to his full potential. He should had been a inspiration to the team with all that talent, but unfortunately he doesn't seem to have the character and the right attitude to really push on and make a difference.

You see the like's of Messi and Ronaldo on the pitch and there is a belief that they are going to deliver most often than not. With Pogba it's been more of hope than belief.

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06 Oct 2020 02:56:38
Or maybe they both are going to dislodge the ones already in the first team - both shaw and pogba haven't been at their best anyhow so wouldn't be a surprise. However, is Ole bold enough to make the decision to bench shaw and pogba is another question all together.

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05 Oct 2020 16:39:45
Or we probably have already done our business this season and anything in January window is probably a bonus.

11 weeks is way too short for our genius negotiators.

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05 Oct 2020 16:31:18
Anyway it is a great education for younger players on how not to defend. Just awful defending and a complete mockery of basic defensive skills.

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05 Oct 2020 16:16:18
Deependra, if that's true it's pathetic and probably worse than dishing out new contracts to players we need to move on (increasing the wage bill rather than letting them go or sell them for less) when we really need reinforcements.

And further we get back to our old ways of signing someone like Cavani who is coming to the end of his career and it could go either way. Instead we could have signed a younger striker with great potential in his mid-20s but probably it doesn't help Woodward and co. as they would have to spend a lot more than they would like as well as Cavani being a bigger name enables a lot more sales commercially.

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05 Oct 2020 10:28:58
darv, if those individual mistakes keep happening very often in a season then the manager and coaching staff are very much responsible. And if the mistakes are part of basic defending skills then more so.

Morover it is not just about individual mistakes, defense doesn't look organized and the way they defend set pieces and corners is awful and comical at the same time. If you look at most of our awful performances you will see there is no intensity, no creativity, giving the ball away far too cheaply time and again, no desire coupled with untimely bad substitutions and in game management. Ultimately Ole has to take responsibility for the performances on the pitch one way or the other.

If you take the game yesterday for example, it didn't make sense to take off Fernandes and leave Pogba on the pitch. Given our shambolic defending and given his intent was damage limitation then he could have brought on one of Fred/ McTominay along with another CB to give more protection but he brought on both Fred and McTominay, what was he trying to do?

Initially I rooted for Ole but he has proved time and again that he is not capable and I don't fault him for been given the job but ultimately it will all come down upon his shoulders at the end of the day. Don't know how long he is going to survive - a couple more of such performances and Woodward is lying in wait for the opportunity to sack him probably. Honestly, I would first sack Woodward and co. for the transfer mess they have created over the past 8 yrs or so.

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