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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Northern Ireland

Favourite player: George Best

Best team moment: Barcelona '99.

Interests: Travelling, National Hunt horse racing, poker and golf

Timezone: (GMT) Western Europe Time, London, Lisbon, Casablanca

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04 Sep 2015 22:04:29
Creme de la menthe! Parlez-vous Norn Iron?

How to speak Norn Iron (very funny)

1.) 05 Sep 2015 14:34:03
Cheers Eds for the accompanying video. I've never felt sympathy for the French before, but God help them if we do the unthinkable, and actually bloody qualify.

2.) 05 Sep 2015 15:00:27
Stickin out stevie




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29 Nov 2020 17:34:39
How nice was it to see an old-fashioned diving header? Seems an age since we last saw one. The only thing that disappoints me about Cavani, is that we didn't have him for longer.

1.) 29 Nov 2020 21:44:59
We said the same about rvp, the same about zlatan, will we say the same about kane in the future 🤔.



08 Nov 2020 13:26:14
Ed001 if you're about. I see the 5 sub issue is raising it's head again. Just wanted to know if you thought it might gain a bit more traction this time. Are the clubs who were opposed to it before, showing any signs of softening their stance? Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - it is a number of those clubs that have changed their tune bringing the issue to the fore again. The likes of Moyes, who opposed it, have suddenly realised that it is actually a good idea for him and so is now keen to bring it back in. So it looks like it will probably happen.}

1.) 08 Nov 2020 13:41:22
Moyes and bad idea seem to go well in the same sentence!

I understand why clubs with smaller squads may oppose it but surely the same dynamics that brought the 5 sub rule in initially are still in play so was curious to drop it.

Looks like common sense will prevail.

{Ed001's Note - Moyes' problem is that he has a negative mindset and only looked at how it was a disadvantage to him and his team. Now he is being forced to see how it could actually help him by circumstances.}

2.) 08 Nov 2020 13:48:23
Better late then never Ed001

As discussed on the pod a few weeks ago, making subs slows the game and allows the teams to get a breather which can help the weaker sides hold on. The Top teams will always have the advantage in terms of quality no matter what the number of subs allowed is.

{Ed001's Note - I was trying to think where this conversation had taken place before, you are right we did discuss it on one of the pods.}

3.) 08 Nov 2020 13:56:03
Cheers for the quick reply, Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}

4.) 09 Nov 2020 09:52:55
They could carry on with the same format as previously, 5 subs but in a maximum of three intervals. That way the extra time it would take to bring on the extra 2 subs would be a few seconds rather than a minute or two and you can't break up play by bringing on 5 subs at 5 separate points in the last 15 minutes when looking to disrupt the opposition.

5.) 09 Nov 2020 12:24:45
I still have my doubts, Shaps. I know player fitness is a real concern, but I just have the nagging feeling it's unfair to those clubs without the riches to buy a top class squad. I love the fact the league is so competitive just now, and wouldn't want to see some clubs get an unfair advantage. I also don't think it's fair to change the rules once the season has already started. But I know player fitness is an important issue for all the clubs. Can't make my mind up to be honest.

6.) 09 Nov 2020 14:04:40
Stevie, the league will always be unfair towards the poorer members of the league. It's unfair that the likes of ourselves, City, Chelsea etc can afford to have more expensive players on our benches than most teams would have in their starting 11.

Yet player health must come before everything else. How long until a fatigued player suffers a serious long term injury?

With the way last season ended, the lack of a summer break and little to no pre-season something needs to be done. Either they allow more rotation of the squads though additional subs or they have to reduce the number of games by cutting the League and maybe even the FA cup.

You can't expect a squad of players to play 50-60 games in shorter time period (due to the season starting later, but not really finishing any later) with those players not having been tested beforehand and with little pre-season to prepare them.

I would argue that the current way of doing things will potentially impact the "smaller" club's more. When we get an injury to someone like Shaw or Rashford for example we have Telles or Cavani to step in. Players of proven quality. When West Ham or Burnley get an injury to a first team player the drop off in quality to their replacements will likely be much higher.

So while the smaller club's might play a few less games, their squads are far more exposed by injuries.

7.) 09 Nov 2020 14:27:45
NB. That should be League cup not league.

8.) 09 Nov 2020 14:48:14
I'm not disputing the league's already unfair, in that some clubs are bigger and richer than others. That's a given. My point, and why it sits a little uncomfortablly with me, is that this might make it more unfair. I totally understand the player fitness issue.

9.) 09 Nov 2020 15:14:30
I suggested the other day that maybe a solution could be that two of the subs need to be academy players under the age of 21. That would give youngsters some game time, while limiting the benefit to teams who can afford to have a bench full of internationals. However, Tris did point out that even that would still be unfair as the bigger teams tend to hoover up the best young talent into their academies. So would still have an advantage.

Ultimately without a draft system and a limitation on number of transfers and the amount spent on transfers there is little you can do to stop the "bigger" teams having a substantial advantage over their opponents.



08 Nov 2020 13:24:08
The other team are always poor, or we got lucky.

{Ed047's Note - I know you’re joking Nou and any win is a win.

I just think the reality is, fans want you to win at your swashbuckling best as you did under Fergie.

When that doesn’t happen fans are never as excited, so winning ugly doesn’t satisfy some, if you know what I mean.

1.) 08 Nov 2020 13:43:17
Winning ugly was a hallmark of some of our best teams. For every swashbuckling 3 or 4 goal triumph there was a scrappy 1-0 that ultimately won us lots. Winning ugly is actually a sign of champions.

2.) 08 Nov 2020 16:29:41
This is the myth under Fergie. We were never always swashbuckling. We just won.

Genuinely torn on OGS - obviously I love him, and one week he gets us playing brilliantly, the next it is utter dross. Genuinely think a change in assistant manager/ coaching set up would help him.

Trying not to get into the match to match mindset of being up and down. He’s done a great job of moving on players that shouldn’t be there - and brought in some good players. As I say - just desperately want him to do well. My fear is he can’t take the team any further though.

3.) 08 Nov 2020 17:51:36
Agree, Eric. I messed up a reply to Ed, so you've saved me a bit of time. It was a tongue in cheek post, but with a serious point.

As regards to your comment, Ed, We haven't been swashbuckling for nearly ten years, now, and that included the last few years under Fergie. We all want that, I agree. Honestly though, I do prefer, in general, watching us now compared to under the last three incumbents.

{Ed047's Note - I was really referring to your best years under Fergie Nou.

It was just a feeling that like us with Wenger in his pomp, no matter what we do, it doesn’t seem good enough.

I think we put to much expectation on managers to reproduce stuff that we once took for granted.

4.) 08 Nov 2020 19:02:55
The league is so tight this season, Liverpool have dropped as many points after 8 games than they did in 28 last season, its a mad season, everton would have gone too with a win yesterday but people are saying how poor they were and we beat a poor Everton. We need to go on a run of form like we did last season, I’m not saying it’s going to happen but if it did we aren’t that far behind with a long way to go. I think it’s a very interesting season.

5.) 09 Nov 2020 00:57:34
City are 2 points and 3 goal difference above us. Are they in turmoil?

Very early in season yet. Need to keep level headed when we win and lose. Need to stick together as a club, more difficult when the fans aren't in the ground.

Could easily see an unusual team win the league this year.

6.) 09 Nov 2020 05:00:16
Hypothetically City finish the season in 15th position with 45 points and we finish 16th with 43 points, is that a good season for you Dodgy?

I prefer to look at the team at the top of the table rather than fix my eyes for one team. Couldn't care less where Liverpool or City finish, its the team at the top that we need to look at in order to compete. let's not be Arsenal. Look at it this way, if Liverpool or City are not at the top, why aren't we there. We have a settled squad, a wordclass manager incharge for 2 years, a definite set style of play so why aren't we at the top?



01 Nov 2020 19:15:48
Out-thought, outfought, and outplayed. Awful.

1.) 01 Nov 2020 19:38:58
Seriously disappointing pal.

2.) 01 Nov 2020 19:45:19
No pe teacher posts today dlib? 😂
Its up down up down . Just very frustrating.

3.) 01 Nov 2020 19:59:37
I'm lost for words Ken.

I don't even know where to start analysing that game!

Every single player is widely inconsistent and capable of making a bad error or terrible mistake at any moment. If it's not Pogba it's Lindelof or Maguire or Shaw or De Gea or Fred you get the picture. We've got an entire team and squad full of error prone footballers and that's never a recipe for success.

4.) 01 Nov 2020 20:16:25
Steve ti's hard to watch, between var and players throwing themselves down for the least touch.
That's not even getting started on ole ar the players.
I watched limerick v tipperary in the hurling after I had it recorded and twas a pleasure to watch it. And them boys not getting paid and the work they put in for their team. Men against men.
They have football ruined too much money involved and the players are treated like little babies.
Just wandering is the day gone that the apprentice has to wash the senior players boots.

5.) 01 Nov 2020 20:39:18
Leahy, you're preaching to the converted, mate. As for the game, I reckon Luke Shaw was the only player who would have got a 6 out of 10, and even that might be too generous.

Greenwood looked bright the few times he got the ball, and I can't understand bringing him off when we were needing a goal. He's always capable of at least making the keeper work when he gets a sniff.

But where were the energy levels we showed in the European games?

6.) 01 Nov 2020 21:03:19
Agree Steve. Mistake 1 starting pogba, mistake 2 keeping pogba on the pitch.

7.) 01 Nov 2020 21:13:07
He really was awful. My wife asked me was he the only guy playing because I shouted his name so many times. I think there was a 15 minute period where I lost count of how many times he lost the ball. I've never been pro or anti Pogba, but he was the worst of a bad bunch today.

8.) 01 Nov 2020 21:14:51
A blind man could see it though. That was incredibly worrying to see. Needed goals, takes off 2 of our 3 most attacking threats. Strange subs today.

9.) 01 Nov 2020 21:39:10
Bruno lost possession more than Pogba today Nou, 15 compared to Bruno's 16.

10.) 02 Nov 2020 00:26:18
Grim, Bruno does lose possession, but he usually does it trying to make a forward pass. Pogba was losing the ball today due to a combination of poor touches and running into blind alleys.



25 Oct 2020 12:27:58
Cagey game between two evenly-matched sides. Hard to watch at times. Both seemed afraid to push on and win the game. Don't want to make young James a scapegoat, but I do wonder what he brings to the table other than pace. Few times he got into decent positions, then struggled to decide what to do next, and ending up doing nothing.

I don't get this home and away argument at the minute. I'm sure someone with more time on their hands than me, could research it, and probably prove me wrong, but it seems to me, without fans, the home or away thing doesn't really count for much at the minute.

On another day we could have won it. Their keeper was by far the busier of the two. Just seemed we didn't have enough confidence in ourselves to believe we could win. Which is strange after the result in Paris.

A decent point, rather than a good one. I don't like the idea of setting up so cautiously against teams on a similar level, and hopefully it doesn't become a regular occurrence like it did under previous managers.

1.) 25 Oct 2020 13:07:56
Good post pal. I think Ole was a touch pragmatic but recognised the quality Chelsea have in attacking positions.

I think he tried to win the game from the bench which almost worked with Cavani and Pogba both having decent half chances.

If we win 1-0 he's a tactical genius where a draw or defeat exposes him for being negative. Football at the highest level is often decided by the finest of margins.

A draw isn't the end of the world in a game we never really looked in trouble sandwiched in the middle of some very difficult fixtures. Our next few games will probably determine if a point was a decent result or not.

2.) 25 Oct 2020 13:24:10
I've no real issues with the tactics, DLIB. Chelsea are a good side. And I like to see that Ole is able to change things about when needed. I read another poster say that they thought Ole was trying to be too smart with his set up yesterday. Yet others claim he's tactically inept and incapable of changing things! Damned both ways.

I just thought we seemed a little hesitant, a little too much on the back foot, for a team that just came back off that great result in Paris.

Not the end of the world, but like you say, things will be a lot clearer after this little run of games. What does give me hope, is Ole getting it right more often than not against the top teams.

3.) 25 Oct 2020 13:36:05
Your right noucamp. Chelsea were very little threat. We played a destructive midfield and it nullified them. Ole achieved his primary objective yesterday as far as i can see.

4.) 25 Oct 2020 15:12:39
Regular occurrence Nou? Have you not been watching us the last year or so, we do it all the time.

5.) 25 Oct 2020 16:00:04
I have Angel. And the odd game aside, I can say I've enjoyed the way we play more than I have done in the last 7 or 8 years. People have short memories as to just how hard we were to watch under the last three managers.

6.) 25 Oct 2020 16:09:28
The fact that Lampard was pretty happy with a draw whilst Ole was disappointed shows who wanted it more.

7.) 25 Oct 2020 16:30:20
Although he is a young and unknown at the minute I would rather give game time to pellestri than James.
I don't want to sound harsh on James but he isn't good enough, everytime he gets the ball he loses it or he is off side. He looks lost. Maybe a loan would do him the world of good, and help develop him but at the minute he just isn't good enough and looks lost everytime he plays.

8.) 25 Oct 2020 17:17:30
Afraid I have to agree in James. He has blistering pace but that means nothing without any end product. He always seems to choose the wrong option when either taking a strike on goal himself or passing. Agree a loan would be beneficial. As would a run in the team to raise confidence etc in his favourite left wing position - but he just doesn't look up to that task at the moment.

9.) 25 Oct 2020 18:13:19
Fair enough Nou, all different opinions of course. I haven't enjoyed United's football for quite some time, we have been starved of free flowing football that we will take any crumb now I suppose.

10.) 25 Oct 2020 19:26:23

Ole wasn’t disappointed, he was happy with the point.

11.) 26 Oct 2020 01:34:24
Red Man looking at his demeanour during the match and at the final whistle he didn't seem happy to me. His post match comments didn't suggest it either. By contrast Lampard was patently happy.

12.) 26 Oct 2020 07:03:44

He shows little in his demeanour during any match and he said it was a point on the board against a good team. Ole didn’t want to lose and told everyone why, so a point was a good result because we didn’t lose.

13.) 26 Oct 2020 21:00:27
If anyone wants to remember how bad it was, you should have watched the first half in the Spurs Burnley game.




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10 Nov 2020 13:27:05
Fair enough, Scoobs.



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10 Nov 2020 12:41:39
It was the Daily Mail, lads. Come on, now 😁.



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09 Oct 2020 21:05:12
Cheshire, just want to say fella, your posts in the last few days, and the one's on this thread in particular, have been a breath of friggin fresh air on here. So refreshing to read something genuinely interesting, rather than the stale same old, same old, that's been a feature of the site lately.



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06 Oct 2020 18:41:12
Another good post, Cheshire. You should post more often, mate. You might have Shaps and DLIB worried, tho, with the length of your posts.



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06 Oct 2020 16:58:14
When you're married as long as I am Deeps, and hitting 50, beggars can't be choosers 😂.




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10 Dec 2020 10:11:43
Appreciate the comments, Leahy. I'm genuinely sorry to hear about Ken's loss. Can't imagine how bad that must feel. Unfortunately, Ken has had an issue with me for quite a long time, and I suspect it goes much deeper than Ole in or Ole out.

Without annoying Scooby, and going all Mumsnet 😁, we're all going through our own personal battles and difficulties. It's a sh1t time just now. Being on this site at the minute is just a waste of energy. It used to be a good laugh, with the odd argument. Now, it just seems to be one long argument, and it's draining. The live chat used to be good craic, now it's just septic. I miss the likes of Danny, who always lightens the place up with a bit of humour.

Nothing I, or anyone else says on here makes a blind bit of difference as to whether or not Ole stays or goes, so to keep beating the same repetitive drum, day in day out, just seems a waste of time. Most of us know Ole isn't the right man, or at least suspect it, but like the other managers before him, he's probably been set targets. If he doesn't hit them, he'll be out. If he hits them, he'll probably stay. It's as simple as that for me. Nothing to do with being an Ole apologist, or any other silly term.

Anyway, I'm a big believer in if you can dish it out, you have to take it. Ken dished it out, I gave it back. But when you start getting drawn into the personal stuff, it's a good sign that it's probably a good time to step back and take a wee break. Or at least avoid any direct interaction with each other. I'm sure it's as boring for everyone else to read, as it is to be part of.



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07 Dec 2020 15:50:19
MAZE, you say in your OP that this team cracks under pressure. How do you square that opinion with the fact that this team keep coming back to win after going behind so often? That suggests they very much perform when the pressure is on them.



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07 Dec 2020 15:02:16
I really like Phillips. Rice is growing on me. Dream would be Saul.



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07 Dec 2020 13:32:21
Absolutely agree, Kenneth. See, it can be done 😁.



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06 Dec 2020 17:57:38
What was the expectation for the league last year? I think most were content with 3rd last year, considering how far ahead City and Liverpool were.

What are the expectations for this season? I think most were hoping we'd get a lot closer, which to this point we are. If we're still in the mix after January, I think we'd see that as progress. Doesn't mean we're celebrating third, but we're realistic enough to know where we are and where we've come from.