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22 Nov 2020 23:43:25
If there are any legs in the press stories about Juve wanting Pogba and Inter wanting to swap Fred with Ericsson I would be up for that. Then I would go all out to get Declan Rice to be the new Matic.


{Ed002's Note - (a) They might be interested at the right price. (b) Inter want Eriksen moved on as soon as possible, preferably in January. If Manchester United were interested it would be as a Bruno Fernandes replacement.}

1.) 23 Nov 2020 10:19:05
Last year I was hoping United would sign Eriksen as we need an attacking midfielder. However, Bruno is our best player by a mile and VDB (while not getting much game time so far) is a great replacement for him as well as others in our midfield.

I'd much rather see us sign a defensive midfielder who is an improvement on Fred and Matic. The issue is we have too many players already so adding to that would be a problem.

2.) 23 Nov 2020 10:27:36
What happened with Eriksen Ed? Seems to have lost his way?

{Ed002's Note - It has not worked out and he is not a natural fit in the side and has asked to leave.}

3.) 23 Nov 2020 11:24:25
I like Eriksson. But now with bruno they fill the same role essentially so no need to go for him now.
Although there could all be clubs in for bruno soon enough and he may well get tempted to leave so maybe not a futile link.

4.) 23 Nov 2020 11:31:24
Not to sound too cryptic Ed but do we need to be looking at Bruno Fernandes replacements?

{Ed002's Note - It is not a position Manchester United are looking to add to right now as far as I understand.}

5.) 23 Nov 2020 11:34:44
Ed002 that is probably the second or third time you have mentioned a player being a Bruno Fernandes replacement. Is something going on with Bruno behind the scenes with him may be leaving the club soon?

{Ed002's Note - People keep asking about AM players who would be first choice - the only way that would work is if BF were moving on.}

6.) 23 Nov 2020 12:00:09
Ah ok, understood. Thanks Ed.

7.) 23 Nov 2020 12:39:45
Grass isn't always greener Eric79.

8.) 23 Nov 2020 21:06:54
I’d Eriksen for Pogba.

9.) 24 Nov 2020 00:46:36
Thanks Ed 02 for your reply. Could not Bruno and Ericsson work together a bit like De Bruyne and Silva did for City?

{Ed002's Note - I think it unlikely.}

10.) 26 Nov 2020 11:26:56
He’s even slower than Matic. Finished as a decent player years ago.



13 May 2020 00:01:31
There are rumours that Angel Gomez migjt snub Utds offers and sign for Chelsea. I would be really upset to see such a talented young player leave. He needs a run in the team to prove himself. How can we afford to lose talent like his?


1.) 13 May 2020 00:20:29
Umm probably because he won't sign a contract.

We just signed bruno who everyone is rightly raving about, there are strong links with grealish.

Also for half of the season we had lingard and pereira being chosen ahead of him for every game.

I am not surprised if he wants out and i wish him all the best.

2.) 13 May 2020 04:05:58
All the best to him. Although I don't see him getting much game time at Chelsea either. They have twice the amount of midfielders than we do all around his age looking to break into the first team.

3.) 13 May 2020 08:07:56
The concerns amongst the training staff are about his ability to cope with the EPL physically. Now while superior ability can beat physicality, the player needs to be clever enough to know how to do so. While our coaching staff can see what Gomes is capable of against EPL players every day in training.

This season his competition for places was probably as weak as he will ever have while playing for a top side. An ageing Mata, an out of form Lingard and Andreas Pereira who isn't good enough.

Since the the club have signed Bruno Fernandes and are looking at players like Grealish who would further push Gomes down the peaking order.

He is a clearly talented lad, but he needs to play a season or two of "mens" football either in the championship or in a league such as the Dutch or Portuguese league to develop his understanding and ability to cope physically with a much more demanding style of football.

To that end maybe a move to a club like Chelsea who will invariably loan him out for a year or two might be a good move. Or he will sign a new deal with us and hopefully follow a similar path.

4.) 13 May 2020 09:34:16
Invariably loan him out? Sorry Shappy, but Lampard will give him a chance if he's good enough.

5.) 13 May 2020 09:56:48
RJ28P as would ole but simple fact of the matter is he’s shown nothing when given a chance to warrant more starts.

6.) 13 May 2020 11:00:04
Gomes is very talented, but if anyone has watched him in the u23s especially this season, he’s not warranted a promotion to the first team on those performances. If he goes to Chelsea, good luck to him.

Also you have to ask where he fits in the team? Better player than Andreas and lingard potentially but he’s not really shown much yet. Bruno is top quality so he doesn’t get in there either. I don’t think he’s in the same class as Greenwood either.

A talent, but not sure if he’s going to be as big of a loss as many say.

7.) 13 May 2020 11:52:30
RJ28P, Well that's my point, if he was putting in the performances at United in training then he would be given a chance in the first team.

At United he only had Lingard, Mata and Andreas Pereira to get past before we signed Bruno.

He can play either on the wing or in the No.10 position. Chelsea tend to play either 433 or 4231, so Gomes would be competing for a wide role in a 433 or in any of the three positions between the midfield and the striker in a 4231. So he will be competing with Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, Pedro and Pulisic. Plus any other players Chelsea sign this summer.

Chelsea have an extensive history of signing young players and loaning them out. Gomes needs games every week, and currently he isn't consistent enough to do that at the top end of the EPL. So he needs a loan wherever he plays next season.

8.) 13 May 2020 13:00:49
RJ Lampard will give him a chance at the expense of whom?

9.) 13 May 2020 14:26:56
Pedro, Willian and Barkley will all likely be gone next season. And with respect, the reason why he isn't playing is because he is running his contract down, like Sancho did at City.
I've watched Gomes a lot (being fortunate enough to have access to a lot of youth games) and he's a talent on par with Hudson-Odoi and Saka if given the consistent minutes.
That said, it seems like the relationship at Utd has soured and it is right for the player to move on.

10.) 13 May 2020 14:48:12
Your right red whisky that goal in pre season against spurs didn’t show any promise. Haha. how many opportunities did he get in the number 10 position with the rest of the 1st 11 also playing.

11.) 13 May 2020 16:32:52
RJ, for the sake of this discussion, let's assume you are right about the three you mentioned. You think Gomes will slot into their MF ahead of Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Loftus, Kovacic, Gilmour, Odoi, Jorgino or Ziyach?

12.) 13 May 2020 17:51:31
Sorry pogthedog he scored one goal in a pre season match. I presume you have unlimited access to the training sessions to say he deserves a chance? Like shappy said if you don’t show enough in training to usurp the likes of pereira and Lingard then there must be a reason why he’s not playing. Ole has been a huge advocate of playing the youth and giving chances. Chong got minutes whilst refusing to sign so I find the idea he’s not playing because of refusing to sign irrelevant.

13.) 13 May 2020 19:32:41
He can certainly play wide in rotation with Odoi, Pulisic and Ziyech. As for pure no. 10s, the only one we have is Ziyech, Mount is better when allowed to sit a little deeper.

14.) 14 May 2020 00:55:21
I like gomes but the lad has reportedly been offered 30k.
Football can be simple, greenwood produced gomes hasn't. 30k and what else should we offer him?

15.) 14 May 2020 00:56:06
My worry is that if teams like Chelsea and Barcelona want to take him what is it that they feel they can get out of him that Ole cannot.

I understand all the points raised by you guys. On one hand if he was performing at a very high level then you would think that he would get a chance to shine in the first team. He is obviously not pulling up any trees but he is young and it must be terribly frustrating if you feel that you do not have rhe managers full confidence and are not going to get a run of games to settle in and prove how good you are.

We are all very happy and surprised at how well an established international £60m player like Bruno has done in such a short time. Yet he has lots of experience and is older than Gomez. Why then do people ezpect a younger player to come into the first team and immediately perform to a high level? Also on the rare times Gomez got a game it was when the team were still struggling. I really do feel he should be given the chance to make it at Utd. I know he is not quite the same player as Grealish but I think he has more natural talent.

For me the way to go would be to give him a decent contract and send him on loan for a season. He would get the games he needs, toughen up physically, and he might appreciate how special it is to have the facilities of and play for Utd. Beckham was loaned out and it didn't hurt his prospects.

16.) 14 May 2020 07:50:19
Salford, the issue is that he clearly hasn't done enough in training to convince he should start ahead of anyone else.

Under other managers you could say that maybe they don't give youth a chance. But Ole has given more than given youth a chance. People also forget that Gomes was given three starts in the Europa League, often against weaker opposition than we play most weeks in the EPL. How did Gomes do in those games? Occasional glimpses of talent, but drifted in and out of the game far too much.

If he can't do it against the likes of Astana then he will struggle against the Everton's, Spurs, Burnley's and Sheffield United's of the EPL.

He is a hugely talented player, but he isn't ready to play at the level we play at. He needs a loan or two in order to develop.

Unfortunately his contact is about to run out and he doesn't want to sign a new deal. Maybe making his debut at 16 has made him inpatient, maybe he has been told he will get more elsewhere.

Who knows. His size will hold him back in the EPL until he learns how to mitigate his lack of physicality. In youth football if you're quick you can avoid physical battles to an extent, but men's football is played at a faster pace, and quick feet alone will not get you out of trouble. You need to read the game well and position yourself in the right areas and be two steps ahead of the opposition.

It's not a case of him just bulking up, although he does look like he could be tackled by a stiff breeze. He needs to learn how to play in the men's game. He is best off doing that on loan as he will need to play 20-30 games a season to start to learn that. He can't get that here with him playing as he has done. So a loan is the solution.

If he signs for Chelsea he will almost certainly leave on loan at some point. As they are in the same boat as us.
If he signs for Barcelona I don't see him getting a huge amount of game time. They don't tend to play with a No.10 so he would be competing for one of the wide forward roles, against Messi, Dembele, Griezmann, Fati and Braithwaite, plus whoever else the club sign this summer. With Neymar being a key target.

He needs a season in the Championship, or to move to a more technical league in Europe on loan. Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium could all be good options.

I hope he makes it, whether that's with us or somewhere else. But it's a long road yet, and he needs to realise that if he is going to make the most of his potential.

17.) 14 May 2020 10:57:20
Sadly for me, Greenwood and Williams aside this is a very underwhelming crop of youngsters, referring to those of the age where they would expect to be getting chances in the first team and making an impression. I've seen Chong the most and he has shown nothing but a haircut I'm afraid. I don't buy the fact that Gomes' size is a problem either but neither has he done enough to suggest that he is any better than the thousands of other kids clubs of this magnitude scout every season. If the tens of thousands he wants every week aren't sufficient let him go, I'm sure we'll resign him for £50m in a few years!

18.) 14 May 2020 15:32:34
Spenno, most young players don't really start to have a regular impact until they are 21/ 22 years old after a season or two as squad players.

In that respect the likes of Rashford and McTominay are starting to reach that level of impact. While Henderson could when he returns from his loan, as could Tuanzebe if he can stay injury free.

However, the likes of Greenwood and Williams are ahead of where they would normally expect for players of their ages. While the likes of Laird, Mengi, Garner, Levitt, Chong and Gomes still have huge potential, but are probably a year or two away from making a serious impact in the first team beyond a few games.

That's 12 young players in total who have a chance to make a telling impact in our first team within the next few years. That's insane and at levels not really seen outside of Ajax or Barcelona.

While we have also signed AWB and Shaw who were two of the best young players in the league when we signed them. Dan James from the Championship. While we are chasing players such as Rice, Rodon, Sancho, Bellingham, Grealish etc some of the best young British talent around.

I would say we have two great groups of young players in our squad. The older group of players between the ages of 21-24 including; Henderson, Tuanzebe, AWB, Shaw, McTominay, Rashford, James and Martial.

With a younger group between 17-20 including; Larid, Williams, Dalot, Mengi, Garner, Levitt, Mejbri, Gomes, Chong and Greenwood.

Giving us 18 EIGHTEEN! players at our club who have a good chance of making it as at least good squad players, with some of them having genuine world class potential.




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14 Apr 2021 21:53:27
Not a rumour but I would love Bellingham in oyr team. Real box to box player and so mature.


1.) 14 Apr 2021 22:05:15
Could of had him but wouldn’t pay him £56000 a week. Oh well we’ll buy him for £100 million and give him £500,000 a week. Sound familiar.

2.) 14 Apr 2021 22:17:24
Blackpool how accurate is the first part of your statement? Was it all about his waves?

3.) 14 Apr 2021 22:26:36
I think he has a clause in his contract to play a certain amount of money at Dortmund and that's the reason he went there. I think we wanted him for the under 18-under 23 at the first place and then put him in the first team slowly.

4.) 14 Apr 2021 22:41:36
A couple of years from now. Definitely a yes. He needs to have a few season to develop at Dortmund.

5.) 15 Apr 2021 08:08:15
Think Herrera’s right: more playing time in first team convinced Bellingham to go to Dortmund. Also think they were in contact with him for a few years before and put on tbe full charm offensive to win him over - all the effort they put into getting him certainly paid off though.

On a byword, Man City still hoovering your all the best youngsters in tbe world. Why aren’t we as good at doing this?

6.) 15 Apr 2021 08:34:35
Of course I mean who would play him ahead of Fred.

7.) 15 Apr 2021 09:39:48
We tried our best to sign bellingham, he just made the right decision to prioritise first team football at a really high level.

Lots of people complain about youngsters chasing the money or making poor decisions, bellingham seems like he's wise beyond his years on and off the pitch.

Credit to him and the team around him.

{Ed077's Note - totally agree.}

8.) 15 Apr 2021 10:34:13
We did everything to get Bellingham but in the end he chose to go to Dortmund.

9.) 15 Apr 2021 10:35:17
Well said DSG, quite evident in how he reacted after Gundogan came at him, knowing he was on a yellow.

10.) 15 Apr 2021 10:37:35
I'm sure he'll be the next Dortmund player to dominate the transfer headlines, probably next summer though. Got the other two to deal with first.

11.) 15 Apr 2021 12:57:11
I think even himself said some days ago that he went there to play. To be fair i have friends who support Dortmund and said me that until 1 month ago Bellingham was very average, and that's normal for a 17 year boy. But that means that he couldn't play in a much harder league like Premier League. I was very upset when we lost him at Dortmund, way more than Sancho.



31 Mar 2021 21:28:07
Watching England struggle against Poland. Kane looks very heavy legged. Chilwell has not done himself any favours offensiveky especially second half. Shaw is miles better.
Great strike by Maguire and am glad Stones determination to make amends for his mistake created the chance for Maguire.


1.) 31 Mar 2021 22:23:18
I also wasn’t impressed with Sterling. Yes he is slippery but he is so greedy and makes poor decisions.

Rice looks a player, and Mount oozes class. I would go all out for Rice this Summer as a priority, move in Fred and Matic.

2.) 31 Mar 2021 22:30:38
Sorry I missed that I could watch england struggle anytime 😊.

3.) 01 Apr 2021 00:53:56
If we had that Maguire and city had that stones and Sterling we might be in different positions!

4.) 01 Apr 2021 06:47:09
We do have maguire and they do have sterling and stones and they are trampling all over us. Not sure what your point is unless it was just a really poor attempt at being funny.
Stones always has a mad mistake in him. Sterling is a little off the boil at the moment but has set himself impeccable high standards for city.
I suppose if they compare their medal haul at the end of the season and careers 2 will be laughing and one will be throwing punches in a Greek pub.

{Ed077's Note - why so grumpy ken?

5.) 01 Apr 2021 11:51:47
Im not grumpy just thought it was a stupid comment. Laughing at players who are out Achieving our own is churlish imo.

6.) 01 Apr 2021 12:44:25
It was a ‘poor attempt at being funny’ Ken, apologies you didn’t get it, I was saying Sterling and stones were poor last night and Maguire was good, if city’s players made mistakes like that all season and Maguire was banging them in for fun we might not be in the same positions. Jokes are always funnier when explained so hopefully you get it this time 👍🏻.

7.) 01 Apr 2021 13:41:05
I get that they are winning medals and trophies and maguire isn't. Any player can make a mistake and have a bad game but they have been doing a lot better with their teams than maguire has with his. So its still not funny but I do get you were trying to be funny. Maybe the rest of the readership are in stitches.



23 Mar 2021 10:09:35
Frank Worthington RIP

Condolences to his family. A true one off. Fabulously skillful and entertaining footballer.


1.) 23 Mar 2021 11:11:26
Loved him. great character.



21 Mar 2021 19:11:20
What i really don't get is why Ole didn't go all out to win the match from the start. We have no league games for a while so why not play the strongest team from the start.

Totally obvious to anyone who knows football that Leicester were hoping we had to attack so as to counter in the spaces we left behind. Letting them get the lead was an invitation for them to do just that and well done to them and good luck. I hope they make the final and win it.




20 Mar 2021 21:45:48
Watching the rugby and the french team just had a player sent off at a critical time of the match and a try disallowed. All done via VAR which we could hear. No arguments by the french. Referee and VAR team calmly dealt with the issue. Such a contrast to football.


1.) 21 Mar 2021 00:04:29
It’s a cultural difference between the games cultivated over 100+ years of the history of the sport. Not going to change now - rugby never had the local tribalism in its DNA to create the hatred and tension. Still a great game to watch though in my opinion.

2.) 21 Mar 2021 13:07:24
Much prefer league personally and the way they handle decisions during televised fixtures is very similar to VAR except they’ve been doing it a lot longer and very rarely make mistakes.

VAR in football on the other hand (at least in England) seems to be about protecting the referee. The decision to not award a penalty to Foden for example was an utter embarrassment.

3.) 21 Mar 2021 14:46:40
It suits rugby a lot more though. It's already slow and really stop-start.




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17 Apr 2021 22:04:34
Not good enough. We need a striker guaranteeing 20+ goals a season. Also has to be one who leads the line like Cavani.




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13 Apr 2021 14:48:34
Agree with jgb. Not good enough. doesn't stand out in an average Wolves team.




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29 Mar 2021 22:39:38
Sarr was fantastic in the french league and played very well for Watford in the premier league. I would welcome him.




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23 Mar 2021 09:56:10
I can't believe people write off Grealish so easily in favour of Neto.

Grealish has performed at a very high level for two or three seasons at least. He has carried Villa this year. Since he was injured and not played their results have taken a nose dive.

Grealish is still among the top of the stats charts showing how many fouls he has drawn, chances created, etc despite not playing for a month now at a busy time of the season.

Yes Neto looks good but with him its buying potential whereas Grealish is the real deal now. Grealish has matured into a fine player and if we could ger him Ings and a proper defensive midfielder it would improve our team immeasurably.




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22 Mar 2021 22:31:22
I think he would be a great signing. Consistent goal scorer and would not cost the earth.





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13 Apr 2021 23:20:23
Gets caught out defensively far too often

Definitely improved especially going forward but is caught out by the better attacks.




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11 Apr 2021 22:49:32
For me Sarr from Watford is perfect for our right flank.




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11 Apr 2021 10:30:47
We are where we are because Spurs Liverpool and Chelsea in particular have underperformed. We deserve to be where we are but that doesn't mean we should not look realistically at things.

We cannot rely on others shortcomings next season. We are way short of where we need to be. This transfer windows dealings will be critical to our progress.




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09 Apr 2021 19:15:14
Too old too costly and won't work hard enough pressing to help defend.


{Ed077's Note - Do we press that much though?}



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07 Apr 2021 00:55:54
Maybe a right fullback who can consistently provide crosses for our forwards is not such a bad idea. Bit like Liverpools fbs.

AWB is the best purely defensive fb in the league but he still lacks going forward.


{Ed077's Note - then why was AW-B signed? Surely we knew his strengths in defensive work and weakness in attack.