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23 Sep 2020 15:41:13
Ed002, if you don't mind. Do you have insight into the possibility of some of the surplus players leaving the club.

Specifically, Rojo, Jones, Lingard, Dalot, Romero, Grant, Perreria.

Is it that nobody wants to buy them or don't they want to leave? Is the problem their salaries because other clubs won't pay them that much or they won't take a pay cut to secure a move?

The last question might be more difficult to answer, but do you think that they think they might get another chance to play for Utd or is it that they are happy to receive their wages just for turning up to training?

{Ed002's Note - All of this has been answered. Estudiantes want Rojo but are not going to pay the asking price. Phil Jones will not be going anywhere. Lingard will likely look to run down his contract rather than move which is not in his best interests. Dalot is being priced out of a moved or offered as a part exchange. Romero could leave for Valencia in the coming days - very unhappy with the club. No idea about Grant. Pereira was priced out of a move.}


1.) 23 Sep 2020 21:31:51
It somehow gets more farcical by the day. I understand it's a business and the club will want to make money where possible but surely there's one person with some common sense who sees we should cut our losses with some of these players?


2.) 23 Sep 2020 21:44:01
Just when you think it can't get worse. if this doesn't make the club realise they need a DoF, i don't know what will.
We will be holding onto players after haggling over a few mil and paying that and more in wages over the course of the year. Worse, it doesn't free up squad space for new recruits. P**s poor planning.


3.) 23 Sep 2020 21:54:42
Thanks Ed002, your response is much appreciated.

I know the flavour of the month is slag off the club but seems they're damned if they won't accept what they deem to be unacceptably low offers and damned because they won't move on surplus wages.

I think the real problem is wages. Clubs will only offer low fees because of how much the wages make the total cost of taking on the player. In this respect the club has made a rod for its own back.


4.) 23 Sep 2020 23:41:36
Surplus players, not wages.


5.) 24 Sep 2020 08:04:00
A DOF won’t make any difference if they report up the financial route to Woodward, it would still be a financial decision rather than a more balanced one if they report to the board. That way financial is a consideration but not the only one

I would be guessing but trying to use player exchange says they want to retain cash, possibly for a separate bigger deal or just to protect dividends.


6.) 24 Sep 2020 09:41:38
Who in their right mind would price Pereira out of a move? Oh yeah, we're not run by people in their right minds.


7.) 26 Sep 2020 23:20:29
I feel sorry for Romero, the club have treated him like crap and hope he gets the move he wants. I like the guy and he has never really let the team down when he has been called upon.


 

 

18 Sep 2020 20:19:11
Question for Ed002. How can utd get rid of Jones, lingard, rojo and pereira?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester Evening News, "Donkeys For Sale: 0161 868 8000"}


1.) 18 Sep 2020 22:06:56
Hahahaha 😂😂😂.


2.) 18 Sep 2020 22:18:09
Ed002, you need to occupy the stage at the Albert Hall on comedy night.


3.) 18 Sep 2020 22:30:09
LOL Ed.


4.) 18 Sep 2020 22:31:35
Lol. Has anyone tried dialling this number? Is it really the Men? I'm not sure I dare.

Thanks Ed002, can I interest you in a donkey?


5.) 18 Sep 2020 23:09:41
That's cruel.

Some poor farmer or someone might actually need a donkey, call that number and get stuck with Phil Jones.

Sure he can probably haul a load, but he'll spend all harvest injured, and his gurning will traumatize the other animals.


6.) 18 Sep 2020 23:24:32
Lollll.


7.) 19 Sep 2020 08:59:42
Coming into panto season.


8.) 18 Sep 2020 23:03:17
🤣🤣🤣 brilliant ed002.


9.) 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.


 

 

19 Jul 2017 17:55:44
I've just read that there's more fantasy football going on at City with the signing of Danilo.

I find it very curious that there was no suggestion we were in for him since in my opinion we need another right back and he is willing to come to Manchester. Plus he was only £26 million!

It could be just that he preferred City or having worked once with our beam of sunshine manager decided never again.

The other possibilities are we have an alternative coming in or simply that Mourinho is happy with the players we have for that position. I noticed Valencia played at right back against Salt Lake and I think TFM got some time there as well. I didn't watch the Galaxy game. Has anyone else played at right back pre-season? Do you think Mourinho is happy to go into the season with those two plus Darmian?


1.) 19 Jul 2017 18:19:44
The fact he has slumped at Real and can't defend might be a reason.


2.) 19 Jul 2017 18:28:38
We can't sign everyone mate. Our targets were Semedo, Fabinho and Aurier. With Danilo plying his trade in Porto for a few years before moving to Madrid, I'm sure Jose knows enough about him and whether he'd suit us, evidently not. It's about getting players in that will suit our system and compliment our other players.


3.) 19 Jul 2017 18:42:23
When dids he work with jose mancman?


4.) 19 Jul 2017 18:53:06
Since the De Gea debarcle last season I can, t see Real Madrid selling us any ground staff never mind any players.
I know we have numerous targets, Perisic, Matic, Fabinho . Jose wanted them on the U. S tour, But you can't make clubs sell their players because we are interested in them.
Still feel a lot of players are not that keen on playing for Jose, It's only because we pay over the odds for players and agent fees, that we get them to sign.
City and pep put in offers for players, and get them.
Long time to go in the market I know, But we don't want to be signing players 24 hrs before season starts, Remember the Fellani deal anyone?


5.) 19 Jul 2017 18:59:26
Players want to play for Mourinho but we are not ready to meet he asking price.


6.) 19 Jul 2017 20:27:28
The United money men have their limits and rightly stick to it. Pep is playing a real life version of Football Manager at the moment and is yet to address the left back position and centre half.


7.) 19 Jul 2017 20:34:14
More to the point why buy a 2nd rb who can't defend for 26 mill after shelling out 55 mill for another rb who can't defend. What about their much vaunted academy if they wanted a bench sitter.


8.) 20 Jul 2017 09:22:13
The best right back to come through their academy is now first choice at Spurs and was sold for £3.5 million.


9.) 20 Jul 2017 13:25:35
Ken, you're right. After I posted I realised I hadn't checked whether his time at Real had co-incided with Mourinho's.

Nonetheless, because none of our wide players are natural wingers, I do think we need overlapping attacking fullbacks and both Walker and Danilo would fit the bill.

If we bring in a true defensive midfielder then I'm not so bothered about how well our fullbacks can defend, as long as they are good going forward.


 

 

 

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20 Oct 2020 15:38:29
My team for tonight would be 532 - Henderson, AWB, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Shaw, Telles, Matic, Bruno, DvB, Rashford, Martial.

Henderson because he can play higher up the pitch than de Gea leaving less space in behind. Systematic fouling of Neymar. Spread the centre forwards wide. Shaw and Telles on Mbappe, AWB and Tuanzebe take care of de Maria. Tell Bruno to be disiplined with his passing and try to keep possession in midfield. Don't sit too deep. Happy to come away with a draw.


1.) 20 Oct 2020 16:13:58
I'd possibly make two changes, I'd have TFM ahead of Tuanzebe. Only due to Tuanzebe being out for so long this seems like a bear pit to throw him into for his first competitive game in the best part of 10 months. While the other change I'd make would be McTominay in place for Matic, more mobility and a higher work rate will be needed.


2.) 20 Oct 2020 18:00:58
i did consider both of these and i could go either way on TFM and tuanzebe. I think Tuanzebe is the better player but like you say he doesn't have the match fitness.

I went for matic over mctominany because matic is better at passing the ball and passes it forward more often. I think both these attributes will be important for ball retention and being able to move the ball forwards quickly during transition.


3.) 20 Oct 2020 18:12:46
Everyone going with very defensive options. I would go all out attack with Bruno up front, Rash and Tony on the wing and Pogba as the playmaker. We will concede so let's just try to outscored them, much more fun.


4.) 20 Oct 2020 18:53:34
That’s a good team MancMan.

Tommy K was so good against PSG last time i’d like to see him start but Matic has been rested for tonight.


5.) 20 Oct 2020 19:05:33
So I was wrong about Matic and Pogba.

I’m refreshingly surprised with that starting XI. Whether or not it works remains to be see. But we have a packed defence, plenty of energy in midfield and pace up top.

Let’s do this!


6.) 20 Oct 2020 19:15:05
Grimslives, PSG have Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria up front, if we go in with an open team and try and outscore them with Rashford, Martial and Bruno we will get slaughtered. Spurs scored 6 past us, PSG could get 10 if we play with an open team.


7.) 20 Oct 2020 19:17:38
I would play back three with Awb
lindelof shaw Scott and Fred just in front then Bruno Pogba Dvb Martial Rashford.


 

 

07 Oct 2020 11:35:23
Just out of interest, is there anyone who posts on this site who thinks Maguire is any good?


1.) 07 Oct 2020 12:03:11
I don’t think he’s as bad as most are making out, he’s in extremely bad form and possibly the problems in the summer have taken his concentration away but last season he was quite good, obviously not worth anywhere near what we paid for him but a vast improvement on what we had before.

There’s always one player that gets all the flack, it’s just his turn, he will turn it around I’m sure.


2.) 07 Oct 2020 12:30:47
I do. He’s not VVD or Laporte and is clearly going through a bad patch of form, but the improvement in defensive stats and displays since his arrival says more about his ability than a few high profile gaffs. That’s not to say he’s not been DS so far this season.

I’ve said it before, but his fee was out of his control. If he’d been £20m, the focus on him would be so much less. Big fee, big club, few mistakes and probably incorrectly given the captaincy - the bloke doesn’t stand a chance.


3.) 07 Oct 2020 12:36:47
The problem with Maguire is that his limitation should have been well know

- lack of pace
- gets caught forward
- poor organisation
- suspect concentration

For £80m we could have bought a much much better defender. What we have is a decent EPL defender that was expected to be world class.


4.) 07 Oct 2020 12:39:16
He wasn't worth 80 million but he isn't that bad. I think with everything that has happened before the start of this season he has been badly affected. He is in terrible form at the moment but will improve.
Our defence last season was one of the best with 13 clean sheets in the premiership.
Maybe he needs taking out of the firing line for a few games to regain some confidence.


5.) 07 Oct 2020 12:45:27
He wasnt bad at Hull, wasnt bad at Leicester either. What has gone wrong for him at United? Is it the pressure of being captain straight after walking in the door? Is it bad form? Is it his Greece adventure affecting him? Or is it something more that is happening behind closed doors? Dressing room is split as we are hearing. Is maguire the fall guy?


6.) 07 Oct 2020 13:03:33
He is in awful form.
He was not this bad last year. But i fear like a lot of our players that trend will continue under these coaches.

He is not alone in looking worse since he arrived and continues on a downward spiral.
He needs to be taken out for a few weeks instead of trying to play through it.


7.) 07 Oct 2020 13:17:43
Forget the fee, we had our pants pulled down. I wouldn't pay 80m for a prime Rio Ferdinand. It is what it is.

Maguire is a good defender, but not a great one. His game has too many limitations. That said some of them such as positioning and reading of the game can be improved. He'll never get any faster, yet Paolo Maldini was never quick. Vidic wasn't quick, in fact Torres had him on toast a few times. You don't need to be fast to be a good defender. It helps, but it's not vital.

I think at the moment though he is in terrible form, his head has not come back from Greece and for his own sake he needs to step out of the starting 11 for a while.

Maguire can be a good player for us, unfortunately he is in bad form and we are a shambles defensively. There doesn't seem to be any shape or plan, we push a high line but without a sweeper keeper or any pace in our central defenders that causes too many problems. The balance is out of whack.

Maguire is great at playing out from the back, carrying the ball forward and winning aerial challenges in both boxes. If he can improve his reading and positioning he will be a very good player, maybe even a great one.

People remember Rio as he was toward the end of his career, yet positionally he was suspect early on in his career, right up until his mid to late twenties he was relying on his pace to dig him out of trouble rather than just reading the game well and being in the right place at the right time. But he developed that skill and was very good at it from around 28-34. So there is definitely hope that Maguire can develop and improve. Will he very much depends on him and they training that the coaches use to help him.


8.) 07 Oct 2020 13:11:59
Yes, he's good, just not as good as people expect based on what we paid for him. He's unlikely to ever be a truly world class player. He's not a Rio Ferdinand or John Terry, more like the guy you play alongside them when you can't get 2 guys like that, a Gary Cahill.

I was very against signing him, but that was because of the price not his ability. He has improved our defence, no question, just not as much as a player that expensive should.


9.) 07 Oct 2020 13:31:29
Good enough for a team that wants to sit back deep and play on the counter attack.

Thats why he looked good at times last season especially when rashford was going through his good patch and scored some crucial goals for us.

But in reality if we want to become a top team that dominates the ball posession and press high with our exciting forward players, we are going to have to play a high line and with maguires pace and agility lacking, i don't think we will successfully achieve with him in our back 4.

Laporte and van dijk are the gold standard at the moment because they have the physical attributes to get themselves out of a hole and they are very good on the ball. Maguire is neither and that is the fact of the matter.


10.) 07 Oct 2020 14:28:37
Maguire has been playing for years and hasn't improved to the level you expect to be a United defender.

Maybe he is just just not that good and I don't know what people were thinking when they decided to axe Smalling and buy Maguire.

If united want to move forward then Maguire shouldn't be in the first 11.

Difference between Rio and Maguire is that Rio had a braim and Maguire doesn't.

The most laughable thing i seen in my life is him pulling down Shawww.

How do you even manage to do that. 😁😁.


11.) 07 Oct 2020 12:14:43
Good question, could do it in a poll lol.
I was opposed to his signing even before we got him. I remember discussing it with Ed 001 here, where we agreed that either Dias or Milenkovic would be better and cheaper. But we go stuck with him. Take a cue from Pep, when he sees his current players at some position can't cut it, he brings in reinforcements, and until they are brought he finds an alternative in house solution (fernandino playing CB) ; but at utd we are stubborn. Seems the policy is as long as we paid big money for them, we MUST persist and eventually they will come good, like Pogba and now Maguire. Something must change!


12.) 07 Oct 2020 15:10:32
Seems like a rough consensus that he's decent but out of form and Utd should be buying better, especially for the money we paid.

What is also developing as a running theme are some serious deficiencies with the management and coaching, particularly the inability to gplay to the strengths of the players we havet to get the most out of them.
It's been going on for years now we have some really good players who are being made to look bad because they aren't being used correctly. We're talking about Maguire here but for me the prime example is Mata. What a waste of a talent when for me he has a lot to offer if he was used correctly. Solksjaer's in flexibility is really hindering his ability to get results. There are many ways to play football and a big part of a coaches job is to work out how to get the best team playing in the best way depending on their talents and abilities.


13.) 07 Oct 2020 16:35:08
People remember what suits them. Maguire is good because we had a good defensive record last year, like he was the only factor of this record.
Yet when we had an even better defensive record in Mourinhos second year the defensive pair was useless, they needed changing and Mourinho wanted another CB and you all agreed.

A defensive record might mean something or absolutely nothing. If that was the case Lindelof is good too and people who protect the defence are good, yet we all agree they are not.

Maguire has not a single quality good. He is physical but for his height is not even top in the air. He is nowhere near top with the ball, people see him making rides when there is no pressure and oppositions are 20 metres away and say "oh a ball playing defender". The truth is when there is even a little pressure he struggles, he is giving the ball straight to opponent.

He is slow and Vidic was slow too but he was a lot smarter and knew the art of defending, his positional was so much better and that's the reason he very rarely exposed because of pace.

If Lindelof was as physical as Maguire he would be twice (at least) the player Maguire is. He always finds himself in difficult situations against fast opponents in open space or against 2 and 3 opponents, because of Maguires lack of understanding and bad positioning, and he has not the physicality to cope with that, sometimes its not possible to do it anyway.
He is a ridiculous sighning, i would say the same if the price was 40 millions.

Paying 80 just make this worst and more difficult to part ways with him.


14.) 08 Oct 2020 00:32:56
Dias at 65m, never played in this league might not turn out well, remember Mangala? Same with Milenkovic. not saying Maguire is great but isn't sometimes it better to have the devil you know?


 

 

01 Oct 2020 13:32:59
Can anyone remember when was the last time a man utd player got to the byline and whipped a cross in?


1.) 01 Oct 2020 13:56:34
Can anyone name the last player they saw doing that on match of the day?

It's not a commonly used tactic anymore, by anyone.


2.) 01 Oct 2020 14:11:49
I don't know the answer, is it the same fella that takes a really good corner that beats the first man and causes the oppositions defence a problem every time we get one? Haven't seen him for about 5 seasons either.


3.) 01 Oct 2020 14:28:06
Beckham?


4.) 01 Oct 2020 15:01:50
What for? To cross to our really tall and aggressive strikers?


5.) 01 Oct 2020 16:33:05
a cross can be on the deck wazza and our front three are all 5'11 so not exactly tiny.


6.) 01 Oct 2020 16:53:40
MancMan. To answer your question. Valencia. And his crosses "on the deck" were bobbins.

The game has evolved now.


7.) 01 Oct 2020 17:04:26
Nani, when he whipped it in for Rooney to bicycle kick home. Oh to have Nani now.


8.) 01 Oct 2020 17:08:01
You're right Wazza, the game has evolved but to me the elimination of crossing seems like a backwards step.

Playing crosses into the box with players attacking the ball creates space and puts defenders on the back foot. Some of the best strikers in recent history made a career from scoring goals in this way.

Play is often too congested down the middle so I don't understand why teams don't take the ball out wide where the space is? Perhaps it's because players have forgotten how to cross so like you say they always hit the first man; case in point Valencia.

Shame really because I used to enjoy an overlapping player and a whipped in cross met by a bullet header or a slide to the near post.

Things just aren't like they used to be.


9.) 01 Oct 2020 17:21:51
Robertson and taa cross balls all day. game had changed my arse.


10.) 01 Oct 2020 17:33:16
Steve Copell early 80’s.


11.) 01 Oct 2020 18:17:40
Absolutely Ken. TAA and Robertson are the best fullback pair probably in the world.
Can run up and down all day with quality crosses.


12.) 01 Oct 2020 20:13:28
Ken, there’s plenty of stats to prove that crossing and headed goals have declined massively, certainly since the days of our wingers wearing chalk on their boots. I’m not going to go searching for the stats but if Shappy is around he’s welcome to 😆.


13.) 01 Oct 2020 23:40:35
I don't watch Liverpool so I'll have to take your word for it.

{Ed047's Note - not a fan a football then MM 😉


14.) 02 Oct 2020 08:29:51
Wazza do crosses have to be high or headed in?


15.) 02 Oct 2020 09:22:57
It's too painful Ed047. ATM Liverpool operate at a much higher level than Utd both on and off the pitch and it just winds me up.

{Ed047's Note - haha me too but still don’t mind watching great football


16.) 02 Oct 2020 12:39:45
Me to Ed0047 but anyone other than Liverpool.

{Ed047's Note - 🤣🤣


 

 

30 Sep 2020 13:49:49
Is Jadon Sancho really the only player in the whole world who can provide an options at right wing without a drop off in quality from Greenwood?

If this is the case then that means Greenwood is the second best right winger on the planet, right?

Sancho is not even up for sale and he doesn't want the move so it's not the case that he is the best AVAILABLE right winger. With this attitude we might as well try and buy anyone who is unavailable just because they are good.

We need a centre back. Why are we not trying to force Liverpool to sell us Van Dyck? We need a centre forward. Why are we not in for Haarland? Oh yeah, it's because they aren't available and they don't want to move. So what's the difference with Sancho?


1.) 30 Sep 2020 15:56:16
I don’t think it’s about signing an improvement over Greenwood, but instead targeting the best talent available rather than spending almost as much on a player who only marginally improves the side.

In Sancho we’d find a player we could build the side around for years to come, whilst other options don’t.

Players like Perisic and Costa would only provide a short term solution and might not work out. Others like Dembelle and Sarr are nowhere near Sancho’s level and whilst the former is undoubtedly the closer of the two, his injury record would make it a risky signing.

If there really is no way to get Sancho, I’d rather see the club spend some of the money on a top CB rather than wasting it on a mediocre or risky RW signing.


2.) 30 Sep 2020 15:46:33
The difference is obvious. Sancho is not unavailable, he is just too expensive. And although we are not his preference he would come if we could agree a deal with Dortmund.


3.) 30 Sep 2020 16:13:41
While there are other players as good or better than Greenwood, the number of them I would prefer over Greenwood and the number of those who are actually available is minimal.

Sancho is one of the few who if available is currently better than Greenwood and is someone most would like to see sign.

That said, should we spend £108m on Sancho? Absolutely not. We don't need to spend anywhere near that amount of money to improve our right hand side.

People's response to the argument that Sancho would take minutes away from Greenwood is always quality in depth. We need more quality in depth. That could easily be in the form of someone to play second fiddle to Greenwood rather than finding someone for Greenwood to play second fiddle to.

Sarr would be a decent signing, and available for a third of what Sancho is available for and on less than a third of the wages.

Every great Manchester United side has been built on the base of great homegrown academy players. From the Busby babes to Fergie's fledglings. The best academy graduate we have is Mason Greenwood, does it really make sense to blow all of our budget to sign a player to knock him out f the starting 11?


4.) 30 Sep 2020 21:18:35
It looks to me like Sancho is essentially unavailable, it's just that everyone becomes available for a price and it's just a question of how much.

This is why Dortmond have set Utd such a ridiculous fee and Sancho has said he will come for the money if we double his wages.


 

 

25 Sep 2020 21:12:07
Does anyone else agree with me that Utd should go at Brighton with a proper attacking set up?

Shaw and Williams at full back, VDB, Mata and Bruno in Midfield plus Martial, Rashford and Greenwood upfront.

I think they should go all out to make a statement.


1.) 25 Sep 2020 21:32:31
Brighton are a good team, I rate Potter he’s got them playing well.

We can’t go all out attack against teams any more because our defence is slacker than Jodie Marsh.


2.) 25 Sep 2020 22:00:11
they score 3 we score 4.


3.) 25 Sep 2020 22:35:54
Of course we should set up to attack and win.
Brighton are a good side to watch. A little suspect at the back but they work hard all over the pitch.
Personally i would go with awb bailly Maguire shaw, matic vdb bruno,
Greenwood martial rash.
Im not sure matic is fit so it maybe a game to see if pogba vdb and bruno can play as a midfield 3. There is no rain why not against the percieved lesser teams.
I think he will stick with ddg for now and its hard to argue against that just now.
Awb may also not be fit so i'd love to see willams play there ahead of tfm.
I think the front 3 pick themselves. Getting that extra high quality attacker to rotate with that front 3 must be sorted soon.
I go into the game on hope rather than expectation. No result win lose or draw would be a shock imo.
I hope to see vdb play he brings energy, movement snd pace to our play and our front 3 will benifit from that when he settles in hopfully.
We will be better than last week that's for sure.


4.) 25 Sep 2020 23:05:25
United should attack every week, it's our DNA.


5.) 25 Sep 2020 23:33:33
Lot of time for Potter. Seems a bright, intelligent fella, and got Brighton playing well.


6.) 25 Sep 2020 23:56:43
play like we did last time and we loose again.


7.) 26 Sep 2020 00:29:18
Great shout Ken, that would be by team for this match.
Brighton are a good side and will give us problems but a true 433 with DVB and Bruno should worry them enough to create oppor.


8.) 26 Sep 2020 10:19:10
Mancman, it’s more likely that we score 3 and they score 4. It isn’t the 90’s any more.


 

 

 

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15 Oct 2020 13:52:56
Didn't Fergie used to be a centre half? Maybe he's going to play?


 

 

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10 Oct 2020 11:23:13
Really interesting post prodigal. Quite sad to read. I suppose we all like to imagine that the squad are all best mates and likeable people but that's not how real life works. Shame they can't jointly appreciate their success on the pitch though.


 

 

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08 Oct 2020 00:34:19
I'm amazed that decent offers didn't materialise for a keeper of Romero's quality and experience. It might actually work out better for him and the club for others to understand that if they want him they have to make better offers to both parties. Good luck to the guy but business is business and I don't feel too sorry for him in his gilded cage.


 

 

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08 Oct 2020 00:16:52
Bravo Cheshire Red, take a bow. I think your two posts in this thread are the best I have read on this site.

My view is that transfer fees have been beyond ridiculous for a while now. This could provide a welcome reset to the market.

I think you're right that Dortmond got greedy and are perhaps now regretting not accepting our final offer which I understand was £90 million? When you consider what you have explained it seems crazy that we offered that much and Dortmond turned us down.

Wallace has listed some of the younger players we have to look forward to so perhaps now is a time for patience with the expectation that it will soon come good for us. There is solace in this.

The problem still remains with the manager though who worries me greatly. Having a manager who can build something that is greater than the sum of its parts is perhaps more valuable than ever and no way is that Solksjaer.


 

 

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04 Oct 2020 10:32:47
Ed002, I heard it was a Koala bear and it's mum wasn't very happy about it.


 

 

 

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22 Oct 2020 12:46:43
All we need now Jred is a manager that knows what to do with it.


 

 

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Top of the league!


 

 

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21 Oct 2020 19:14:53
Shappy and Shan, I think the question is whether Ole can learn from this win? My main criticism to date is that he has seemed dogmatic about his approach and doesn't adapt it to get the most out of the players he has. Last night he was more flexible and everyone looked comfortable with their roles. He also successfully changed it twice mid game and brought on the right substitutes at the right times. This is something he hasn't done well previously.

I think he is in a better position now with the options available to him. No doubt it makes it easier when he looks at his bench and doesn't see Lingard and Pereira.

Roll on Chelsea and let's hope we can stick it to Fat Frank. Chelsea look shakey in defence so I think we should press hard and Solksjaer should plan his substitutes to replace tired players and keep up the intensity.

If he plays Henderson and Tuanzebe they we can push higher up the pitch.


 

 

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21 Oct 2020 10:00:18
Pogba's best position is on bench. Otherwise its like we are playing with 10 men.


 

 

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20 Oct 2020 22:38:17
Think you must have been watching a different Pogba to me, I thought he was rubbish as usual.

I don't understand how he can be so lazy. He doesn't close down, he doesn't tackle, he doesn't fill gaps and he constantly gives the ball away.

3 minutes to go and we are defending a 1 goal lead in an important European tie and Pogba is just ambling about looking like he should be good at football.

So infuriating when the rest of the team played so well and with so much conviction. Well done to Solksjaer. I'm not a fan of him as a manager but I thought he set the team up well tonight.