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Where from: Kilkenny, Ireland

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Best team moment: Watching Man Utd win the 98/99 European Cup. I don\'t believe any other team will win it so dramatically

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21 Jul 2019 16:59:25
I believe the maguire deal is done. All happy with the signing?


1.) 21 Jul 2019 17:46:18
Could well be our era's Steve Bruce signing. But what a great stop gap to lead Lindelof and Tuanzabe. Ultimately when it comes to replacing a player of Maguire's ability you at the very top of the market.
Would be a smart signing.

2.) 21 Jul 2019 17:58:49
Not my first choice I’ll admit but he will improve our defence which is looking much stronger and more balanced now.
It should also allow a couple to depart.

3.) 21 Jul 2019 18:01:57
Expensive stop gap 😂.

4.) 21 Jul 2019 18:19:03
Why do we think it's done? Obviously you mean pending medical but I've only seen unreliable reports atm.

Have i missed something.

5.) 21 Jul 2019 18:26:52
We haven't signed him yet.

6.) 21 Jul 2019 18:36:59
Not a great fan, but I hope he does well if he does arrive. Hopefully those who think like me will give him a chance, and not turn on him if he doesn't hit the ground running.

7.) 21 Jul 2019 19:07:25
Same as you Nou. I think there are better options out there but will back him a 100%. I do think he is an improvement.

8.) 21 Jul 2019 21:47:13
Expensive but the best we can get and we moan the club don't spend.

9.) 21 Jul 2019 21:59:44
Your going to back him 100% .
For how long?

10.) 21 Jul 2019 22:46:57
Jred, There are a lot of players who have come through the doors at the club who do not have the right attitude. If I question a player, I know it is justified.

Maguire, needs a proper chance at the club to show his worth. If we look at him a couple of years down the road and let's say he is consistently out of shape or simply not giving it his all, he will be questioned.

Hope that helps 😊.

11.) 22 Jul 2019 01:30:04
So about the same time people give managers before questioning them. Players and managers all need support until they have shown their worth. Some people call for managers to be sacked some call for players to be sold.
Some opinions change if players improve or managers improve or indeed over time. Sometimes patience pays off sometimes it doesn't
Opinions in football are as fluid as players form and performances.

12.) 22 Jul 2019 01:42:20
Only time will tell with maguire.
I think he will do well.
Im well aware of his alleged frailties but he has attributes we need. The timing is right. I predict he will like AWB be a huge fan faviurite.
The money is crazy but that's the way it is.
I can't think of a lower risk option.
If he and awb help us concede a dozen less goals then its money well spent.
He is a tryer he is playing at a level well above where his good given talent affords him.
Just like carragher neville terry adams bruce even today at top clubs davison sanchez at spurs loveren or matip at Liverpool luiz at chelsea stones at city. Maguire is better than all of them and they play most weeks.
Maguire will improve our team and imo would get into any top 6 side ahead of those in mentioned.

13.) 22 Jul 2019 05:45:36
At the moment, Maguire will walk into our side.
Moves Lindelof to his preferred Right side.
Dangerous in set piece at both the boxes.
Can pick a pass which means he is another attacking outlet.
Ofcourse he has his deficiencies, But I would easily pick him over Jones or Smalling or Rojo.

We are not challenging for the title. We cannot offer Champions League.
Do you guys really think it is attractive for the likes of Varane or De Ligt to join us?
We need to be realistic.



05 Jul 2019 13:45:05
Seems like you're bang on with Fernandes. We are very keen.

Will you be doing any sharkopods this summer?


{Ed002's Note - I hope so. My issue has been a great deal of travel and even though I am in England right now it is only for a few more days.}

1.) 05 Jul 2019 14:01:11
Ed I have a story about travel.
This blonde woman got on a plane and went to sit in first class, the stewardess noticed she hadn't paid first class, sorry you will have to move to the back of the plane, I'm blonde I'm beautiful and I'm going to Dublin she said and wouldn't move, so the stewardess told the Co pilot and captain, the Co pilot went back same thing I'm blonde I'm beautiful and I'm going to Dublin.
Soo the captain says I have a blonde wife ill deal with this, he went back whispered in her ear and she got up and moved to the back of the plane, what did you sayto her says the co pilot, I just told her only the back of the plane was going to Dublin😊.

{Ed002's Note - Very good. What's the difference between American pilots and Iraqi pilots? American pilots break ground and fly into the wind.}

2.) 05 Jul 2019 15:12:59
Perhaps we could take you on a tour of the cobbled streets of Manchester Ed 😁.

3.) 05 Jul 2019 16:30:06
Very good ed.

4.) 05 Jul 2019 18:06:38
We hope so too ed! Safe travels.

5.) 05 Jul 2019 22:55:56
Sorry guys, as an Iraqi I find the above joke very offensive.

{Ed002's Note - But sadly you are no more than a cretinous liar.}

6.) 05 Jul 2019 23:49:01
Mutanabi it's a joke, I'm all my life listening to jokes about Irishman, cork men, whatever but I laugh at them. Lighten up and laugh it helps.



08 Oct 2018 06:36:00
Ed001 if you're about. it'd be great to know your opinion on the daily mirror journalist who has had his media pass revoked by United?


{Ed001's Note - I don't know anything about the journalist sorry. I do know his pass was revoked because he was set to talk to BeIn Sports TV channel about his story on Jose being set to be sacked pitchside before the game at the weekend. The club were upset that he would do so during the build up to a match right there. Understandably I think. In my opinion they had every right to stop him disrupting the build up to an important game like that.}

1.) 08 Oct 2018 07:35:44
Thanks ed001. I just meant about the situation.

I wish clubs clamped down harder on journalist in general. I know clubs should be open to scrutiny but the level of crap that has been written about united recently, I was happy to see action being taken.

{Ed001's Note - so you want clubs to dictate to newspapers what they can write? You are advocating censorship? Sorry I disagree. That story came from a legitimate source within the club, he had every right to write it and put it out there.}

2.) 08 Oct 2018 07:41:21
Esq could you give your views on our current state if you have time. The media have placed the blame firmly on Jose but I think that is very much incorrect. Although he isn't the best suited manager out their to the "United way" some of the players have been appalling to say the least and it seems he hasn't been backed 100% by the board. As a fan what I ask of from everyone involved is first and foremost 100% effort. It shouldn't matter whether you like the manager or not, whether you like the tealady or not, if you are a part of the association then you can't have these childish attitude towards the club and I don't just mean it for United and United players. You should be true to your job and fully professional at the least.

It happened at Chelsea, it happened at Leicester too, 2 prime examples of the recent times. I think player power is starting to get out of control in football as a whole.

On a side note Ed 1, who do you think United will go for if (when? ) Jose goes out of the door and who do you think we should go after? I think we might go for Zidane and I think it would be the 2nd worst choice (first being Big Sam) . I think when we go for a new manager, we should do what City and Liverpool have done, get a manager that plays the desired style of football, has a bit of success proven himself somewhere for a few years and give him 2_3 years time before demanding all sorts of results and that goes for us fans too. We should do a proper rebuild of the club and how it is run.

Rant over

{Ed001's Note - it is never 100% totally one person's fault, but Jose has to take a large portion of the blame, over 50% of it, for the way he has handled things. He has been confrontational and never willing to compromise. He has been deliberately obstructive at times and has come into the job in all the wrong way from the start. That has turned the board and players against him, when initially they were almost entirely on his side.

This is not the same situation as at either Chelsea or Leicester. This is a man who knew there were people who were not keen on his appointment and then has deliberately and wilfully antagonised them by making it known he hated living in Manchester and refusing to buy a house in the area. If you start a relationship at someone's throat and you are unwilling to compromise, the only way it goes is downhill.

He has put himself into a situation where he has made it all about himself and his demands. Only he is to blame for that.

Both the board and the players could have responded better to his actions, you are correct, but the mess there right now is largely down to Jose.

Having said that, just getting rid of Jose will not fix it, as he is just the major problem, not the whole problem. There is a need to remove Ed Woodward from any involvement with the football side of things at all, I would argue that should probably extend to the whole of United, as the achievements he has made are those any junior executive should have been able to do. A genuine football person needs to come in to oversee the football side of things, to create a blueprint for the type of football the club, as a whole, will look to play and to bring in the people to achieve that goal at all levels. That is far more important than the manager, in modern day football, as they are the roles the old school football manager at clubs like United used to fulfil. Ferguson was never a coach, in fact there were large periods where he never even got time to get to the training ground. United need to stop trying to hang on to this idealised version of what he did and move into the real world and see what he actually did. Once that is done, then the club can catch the team on the other side of the city.

As for a replacement, I really don't know. The desire of most is a big name or club legend, as anyone else would be an issue with regards to club profile and stock market value. Which is why Zidane is favourite. Because of that I do think I think I can remove options like Howe from the running. It does look like Zidane, Carrick or Giggs, as there are very few other options out there.}

3.) 08 Oct 2018 07:58:11
Dictate? I've just read my post again and that's a bit of a leap made by you.

There is a constant stream of bull**** stories published by the English media and most of the time they are never held accountable.

Something has to be done.

The next time a journalist wants to go pitchside and discuss a story like that before a game, he might think twice.

What about all of the other stories written without a shred of information or sources?

{Ed001's Note - what about them? That is not up to the club to stop, that is up to the morons who keep clicking on the links. All you have to do is not click on them as a fanbase and they will go away.}

4.) 08 Oct 2018 08:15:49
Ed, In this day and age. do you think that is going to happen? Really? In a world of brexit and President Trump.

I think as a journalist you stop with writing the clickbait crap, if you don't do that, I think you should be held accountable for your own nonsense.

{Ed001's Note - I agree it shouldn't be written, but if people are dumb enough to keep clicking the links, someone will keep writing them. I certainly wouldn't write it, I hate it with a passion and would love to see it vanish, but it is down to people as a whole to see sense and stop being such gullible fools and clicking on the links.}

5.) 08 Oct 2018 08:28:34
I know you don't write it. That's completely evident.

But the majority of these so called journalists have incredible following and ability to make people believe. That is the age that we live in unfortunately.

Someone has to be held accountable and I have no problem with journalists within the media rooms of clubs having their passes revoked by the clubs if they write complete and utter crap.

I'd imagine you'll see less and less of it being wrote as those journos live to be in those rooms. If they aren't there, then they don't get paid.

{Ed001's Note - I agree with the passes being revoked and it should be done publicly as well with a full explanation of why it has been revoked. I just disagree with your suggestion of clamping down harder. The problem is that you will end up with a situation like happened under Ferguson, when every journo who wrote the truth was banned in order to shut them up.}

6.) 08 Oct 2018 08:47:44
Lol I don't want it to go full dictator. I just don't believe that these people should be allowed to be in these media rooms when they are unable to do their job.

When i mean clamp down, I meant exactly what i elaborated on in the posts above. Thise writing absolutely crap should be held accountable. Those actually doing there job no matter how it reflects on the club should be actually be applauded. I know those journalists still exist and should be lauded.

{Ed001's Note - if the club could be trusted to do that fairly I would agree, but they can't. They are only interested in protecting their own interest.}

7.) 08 Oct 2018 08:50:16
I think a DOF of sorts is a must for Us, and if he is a guy that is liked by Fans and all then maybe the best option football wise as coach wouldn't be the hardest thing to achieve. And also ed1 I was never trying to say Jose is not at fault, what my point is people in general seem to think firing Jose and hiring a new manager will be solution I think Jose is, as you said, the biggest part of the problem but not the whole problem. I think this having to be a big name and/ or an ex player so that the fans will get behind them and the stock value won't plummet approach will eventually lead us into obscurity if not dealt with properly in time. If the club appoints a competent guy who is not yet a big name it doesn't matter to me as a fan and I think it shouldn't matter to others as well. What should matter is that the guy is leading us in the correct direction. Just a random name and not the first choice I would make but Eugenio Di Francesco will get my full backing if he is leading us to the correction direction irrespective of the fact that he is not a big name manager or has never played for United. On the other hand Mark Hughes would be a terrible choice although he is an ex player and so is Steve Bruce. This is already starting on the wrong side. Only half decent ex man it's player turned manager is Blanc and he isn't that great either. Our club is turning into a huge mess and that won't be solved just by saving Jose. It may be a start but that doesn't end there.

Also ed1 I was not trying to say that we are in the same position as Chelsea or Leicester. It was just an example of player power getting out of hand. Speaking of Leicester, what is Ranier up to these days, I think even he would be better than Zidane. I don't know why but I am not convinced by Zidane, although he has won more European trophy in 3 yrs than SAF managed in his whole Career. Something just doesn't seem right to me yet.

{Ed001's Note - I wasn't meaning it to suggest you were saying those things, it was just trying to address the whole discussion I have seen on the pages over recent weeks.

I agree on Zidane, he is not convincing at all.}

8.) 08 Oct 2018 08:56:56
So ed I know someone above has mentioned why and who would replace Jose, but have you heard anything about him leaving? Do you expect him to go soon? Personally I'd prefer to see Carrick and McKenna in charge for this season find a director of football by Christmas then see if the management issue needs to be changed at the end of the season or if those 2 are doing a good job.

{Ed001's Note - I do expect him to go because he has antagonised so many people it is only a matter of time before it comes to a head. Wins like the one at the weekend are only papering over the cracks. I don't know if the rumoured meeting did take place or not, but there is certainly a growing number of people who are pushing for him to be removed.}

9.) 08 Oct 2018 09:24:02
For all I have written above (with a million typos- do you guys even understand half of that, even I have to read it twice to be sure what I was trying to write) , United need to part ways with Jose and that is inevitable. However sweet the result at the weekend was, we were down 2_0 to a team that looks like will find hard to survive and that at home. Jose needs to take a huge share of the blame for that. The players need to put 100% effort, that is the minimum I as a fan expect but Jose is the guy in charge to ensure that does not change. Having a team full of players that don't seem like they want to break a sweat go out to play, well he makes the decision on who plays so he takes the blame too. Not all of it, but a huge chunk of it.

I think we could do a lot worse than Mr. Wenger for a shirt term solution. He might even end up being a good DOF ( who knows) . Also Conte is out of Job.
The number of so called big name manager out of job might make the board act quicker as they seemingly have the options available. Just off the top of my head Ranieri, Wenger, Zidane, Conte, Roger Schmidt, Sampaoli, they all are out of job and/ or in a position where they will be attainable a bit easily. A random name and he is at a club that was once a rival to us but wouldn't it be a hell of a journey if Mr Madman Bielsa was at our great club. That would be fun. If you think Pep plays exciting football, well he is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to high octane energetic football, a rollercoaster ride.

I know you would enjoy Bielsa at a top club ( maybe not at Utd) ed1.

On a side note Ed, with all this uncertainty is there any update on the transfer front or has this toxic environment halted the plan once more?


{Ed001's Note - the club will always continue to look at players but right now they do not even know who they will be recruiting for. It is difficult to sign players who want to know the coach who will be training them and picking them.}

10.) 08 Oct 2018 09:44:01
Exactly what I was fearing of. This kind of uncertainty happened under Van Has too and it led us to shafting a long term plan and taking the high road. Not the best decision but Van Has did warrant the sack. The club need to quickly decide what they want to do in this scenario, either fully back Jose or sack him. There are options available to the club so just make a well thought out logical decision that doesn't look at what the share prices will be tomorrow but rather looks at where will this potentially lead us to this time next year and year after that. A similar scenario resulted ultimately into this mess and also cost us Saul Niguez amongst others (according to ed2, we were going to hold+ a meeting with Atleti nut all plans were cancelled back then) . Don't want a repeat of similar situation where the club is direction less for a significant time.

Just imagine Sail in our Midfield. What a player he is, one of the best midfielders unlike someone who is always a potentially one of the best but doesn't have the time to take his head out of his backside.

{Ed001's Note - Saul is a fantastic player.}

11.) 08 Oct 2018 10:16:13
What would you do if you were incharge ed? Short term solution? Long term? Dof first? Or even stick with mourinho?

{Ed001's Note - right now you have to get through the season with as little damage as possible, so I would bring in a DoF with the remit to look over the club from top to bottom ready to get cracking next summer. Then I would give Jose a bit longer, to see if he can rein himself in long enough to see the team through. He only has to cope long enough for the DoF to identify the long term options and appoint one of them. But it has to be the man at the top first, as it needs to all stem from him.}

12.) 08 Oct 2018 10:24:18
Ed001 - I think that is superb reply and I totally agree with you about SAF. It is my understanding that as his career progressed he took a step back and became a brilliant delegator. He regularly changed his assistants and coaching staff to freshen things up, implement new ideas and keep the players motivated. He became more of an observer which gave him the advantage of being able to assess exactly what was going on at the football Club.

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said any new DOF will become the most important person at the Club most certainly from a footballing perspective anyway. They will drive the footballing strategy and vision.

I was always slightly curious why we couldn't have adopted this approach when SAF retired. I think he could have remained in post for a couple of seasons as a figurehead whilst Moyes took control of the team. He would have been a valuable asset and maybe he could have been more actively involved in player recruitment aiding both Moyes and Woodward through a difficult first window. I'd have liked to have seen a slower more measured transition where Moyes was approached and offered the job as head coach ultimately taking the main role the following season or even the season after. It might just have given the Club time to find its feet and put measures in place to fill the massive void when SAF eventually retired. Of course this is all just pie in the sky reasoning but ultimately the great man was always going to retire and maybe his biggest legacy could have been overseeing the next step and ensuring the Club continued to dominate rather than just leaving a vacuous hole they have been unable to fill. Johan Cruyff left Barcelona with a footballing philosophy which has endured for decades even after his untimely death. He has provided the Club with a blueprint and recipe for continued success. I'd have like to have seen Utd follow suit with SAF engineering and planning his own retirement and legacy rather than just leaving suddenly. Of course this all sounds great in theory but I appreciate in reality it's easier said than done. Maybe he just couldn't commit any more of his time and things happened suddenly which we're out of his control. Its all ancient history now anyway.

{Ed001's Note - I think the problem you had was that Fergie was still around and it never works out when the previous, legendary, manager is still around. Busby stepped upstairs and it didn't help at all. Shankly was causing a similar issue at Liverpool after he quit, so he was asked to stay away. Cruyff went off to rebuild Ajax (if I remember correctly) so he was not there overshadowing his successors. Fergie is too strong a character to just put him to one side, unlike Paisley, for example, who acted as advisor when Dalglish was first appointed up until he fully retired in 1989 and then it all fell apart for Liverpool without him. When you have someone as strong as Fergie, it has to be a clean break or his shadow is over everything.

Your biggest problem was that he was in control of pretty much everything at the club. Great while he was there, but the minute he went it left a massive power vacuum that Eddy Woodwouldward could never hope to fill and Moyes had no intention of getting involved to that degree of micro-management. So you were left with a lot of people who no longer knew who to report to.}

13.) 08 Oct 2018 10:56:22
Is there any plans to remove Woodward or is he safe? He definitely needs to be removed from any influence over the football side.

{Ed001's Note - the plan is to appoint someone to come in and take over the football side from him but I don't believe his position to be in threat.}

14.) 08 Oct 2018 12:03:44
Hi Ed, thanks for your input into these posts it’s very interesting and helps to get some perspective.

I know things are all hypothetical but if Jose is removed in the near future do you see the club making a point to put in someone in the DoF post as the top priority?

Would make sense and have a temporary head coach until this position is filled?

{Ed001's Note - the club is already searching for one, so I would think that would be the way they would look to go.}

15.) 08 Oct 2018 12:07:18
Waking up and seeing the red response from you gives me goosebumps Ed001, seriously lol. Do agree with you, it is Jose's fault, preventable issues etc but getting rid of him won't sort everything out. But one thing, what is the need for him to buy a house if he's the only one living in it? City centre apartment is actually more convenient for him?

Also, did you see Mbappe's 4 goal haul yesterday? Incredible player with an elite mentality; saying he should have got a few more lol.

{Ed001's Note - because buying a house would allow his family to come up and stay in Manchester from time to time and visit him. It wouldn't have to be a house, but I just meant all that time in the hotel was just saying I am not putting down roots.

I haven't seen Mbappe's goals yet.}

16.) 08 Oct 2018 12:11:27
Also, what do you think of Eddie Howe Ed? Seen his name mentioned quite a bit recenty.

{Ed001's Note - I am not convinced by Howe personally. His teams' are inconsistent because he has no idea how to coach defence. He is another Roberto Martinez/Marco Silva - great when it works but all comes crashing down when things go against him. He is just lucky there not to have had a proper sticky patch, as he threw in the towel elsewhere when it happened.}

17.) 08 Oct 2018 12:32:36
Ed do you know if the reason Sir Bobby Charlton not going to any games this season is to do with health or some other reason?

{Ed001's Note - as far as I am aware he is just not that well these days. He is a very old man, his brother is severely ill and he is not 100% either. Sadly time catches up with all of us.}

18.) 08 Oct 2018 11:35:32
Any chance that we might tempt Allegri again if Mourinho does get the sack?

{Ed001's Note - I think he would not be interested again after the way he was treated last time.}

19.) 08 Oct 2018 13:08:24
Yeah your probably right Ed001. Pie in the sky talk really just thinking out loud thanks for your reply!

{Ed001's Note - it is difficult because you don't want to push out a legend like Fergie, but sometimes you have to.}

20.) 08 Oct 2018 11:35:32
Any chance that we might tempt Allegri again if Mourinho does get the sack?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

21.) 08 Oct 2018 14:34:57
Thank you Ed001 and 002 for taking out the time to provide us with this informtion, reassuring us makes us feel a lot better lol. i. e. still looking for a director = hope. Also, Monaco have played 10, Lost 7 and Drew 3 so maybe we could possible tempty Jardim though i remember Ed002 saying it would be difficult or unattainable, can't remember correctly. Ed001, there was talk of Alderweireld being available for £25m, do you know when that will be activated? (Providing he doesn't sign a new contract)

{Ed001's Note - I don't believe there is any such stipulation in his contract. It is not something Levy would allow normally.}

22.) 08 Oct 2018 15:06:57
Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - The termination clause relates to a one year extension to his existing contract not to either this season nor a new contract.}

23.) 08 Oct 2018 15:37:46
You're the man Ed002, thanks.

24.) 08 Oct 2018 17:37:58
Hi, Ed001. Just wondering if you have any idea on Mourinho's feelings about us bringing in a DOF. Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - I am quite sure he fully expected one when he joined.}

25.) 08 Oct 2018 17:52:16
Can't argue with any that Ed001. Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - I am sure you could mate!}

26.) 08 Oct 2018 21:00:47
Hi ed001, just reading about your comments on Fergie and the vacuum left when he retired.

Do you liken it to Wengers time and how he used to micro manage everything? Except for the fact that arsenal seemed to have planned in advance for Wengers departure. They seemed to have put things in place so that when Wenger left, the correct people were already there.

Now you can see arsenal tying down contracts in advance and allowing emery just to focus on what happens on the pitch.

It looks like they learned from United's mistakes.

{Ed001's Note - very similar yes and you are spot on they did see a number of those issues arising and took action. Whether it is enough or not only time will tell, but they have certainly put themselves into a stronger position comparatively than United did. In fact they actually look to have improved without Wenger.}

27.) 08 Oct 2018 21:15:31
Cheers, Ed001. Didn't know if he would embrace it, or see it as a challenge to his position. Glad to hear you think he would have at least been expecting it, rather than having it thrust on him. Thanks again.

{Ed001's Note - the plan was always to bring one in mate. He is used to working with a similar set up, very few clubs outside of England operate any other way.}



31 Mar 2017 16:21:47
Looks as though bakayoko has made Chelsea his first choice.




06 Dec 2015 10:25:12
Just seen the comments from post match conference with LVG. 'I don't understand that they shout attack attack attack, we were the attacking team, not west ham united'

jesus is this guy for real? Does he not understand what this clubs DNA is all about? I know ed002 has said there's no plans to change manager until 2017 but I think this man's day might come a lot sooner.


1.) 06 Dec 2015 20:54:32
He has certainly bought into the lie that possession = attacking football.

That said, I couldn't watch yesterday, but I thought I saw stats showing a lot of shots, just mostly off target.

ÃŒf we create the chances but just can't convert them, he only bares limited responsibility for that failing.

It's when we have 70%+ possession and only 4-5 shots in total that is really his fault.

2.) 06 Dec 2015 21:09:35
Haven't seen the stats for the game. How many of those efforts were for the second half alone?

Call me old-fashioned, but I like to see my team attempt to attack from the start, when we're playing at home. West Ham were very unlucky not to be going into the break, 2-0 up, and only the most wide-eyed optimist would have had us coming back from that.

3.) 06 Dec 2015 21:11:42
Most of the so called shots were desperate. Misleading stat.

Great chances it was 4-2 West Ham.

4.) 07 Dec 2015 07:35:33
LVG out! he is not changing anything to try and improve performances so for me he has to go, no doubt about it.

5.) 08 Dec 2015 10:53:16
I did wonder how misleading the stats might be.

I remember taunting a mate who supports Arsenal about boring possession football a few years ago. He pointed out that in our most recent encounter, they'd had more shots as well as possession. I made him sit down and watch a recording of the game with me. Sure enough, they'd barely had a shot until about the 75th minute, then started shooting wildly every time they got within 35 yards of the goal.

I'm so glad I haven't seen that mate recently.




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13 May 2022 10:08:59
Whats everyone's thoughts about Steve McLaren coming back to the club?

Sounds like he is to form part of the backroom staff.


1.) 13 May 2022 10:46:41
Not really sure. Depends on his role etc.

Hasn't he been out of football for awhile?

2.) 13 May 2022 10:49:00
Let’s hope he brings his Brolly with him.

3.) 13 May 2022 12:18:17
If EtH wants him to be included (and they have a previous relationship with him from FC Twente) then it can only be a good thing. Someone he trusts, who has previous experience of the club and who also is highly regarded historically as a coach (not manager) .
Will mean that he is getting his own staff, will likely mean Phealen is leaving. Ultimately EtH needs to be given everything he wants to be successful and if this is happening then the footballing side of the club is learning and not weighing them down with what's already there.

4.) 13 May 2022 12:38:20
Its not a bad thing- he won't be the latest bright young thing a lot of fans want - but ETH trusts him it will be his appointment and with all the flak he will take from the media from day one its important to have that small band of people along with RR he feels comfortable with.

Only concern its another link to SAF - but feels less of a problem than Oles constant reference to the gaffer shtick.

Can imagine at least one more coach to come in that has ETH shared vision for style of play et cetc

Also few more quotes from ETH today saying he was enthused by the UTD delegation he met, he's on the same wavelength etc etc and he wouldn't have joined if he thought he couldn't come in and do a job for people not sharing his vision . -encouraging. no mention of meetign the Glazers so far.

5.) 13 May 2022 13:44:21
Under the current structure as I understand it there would be no compelling reason as to why he would or should meet the glazers.
If eth wants me claren then it's a good appointment if it happens.
Really looking forward to the window closing so we can reduce the amount of nonsense and concentrate on football.

6.) 13 May 2022 17:31:13
Me too ken but its not even open yet never mind close to closing. I hate transfers its ruined the game.

7.) 13 May 2022 18:00:48
FZZ it's a pet hate of mine too.
Too many dopes jumping on the click bait then slagging off the club for not signing players they have no interest in, in the 1st place.
It never ceases to amaze me all the expertise we have on here.

8.) 13 May 2022 19:33:31
I’ve given up on predicting anything about this club. I though RR would get us top four and felt sure he could get these players playing with verve. He’s turned out to be a bang average manager (albeit hampered by players downing tools) . McLaren? Ten Hag? Who knows what’s going to transpire. I am at best mildly optimistic.

9.) 13 May 2022 21:20:11
I like hearing opinions on players we should sign and why, peoples reasoning is always interesting whether I agree or not.

I do agree that it's amusing to see anger at us not signing someone that was mentioned online or in a paper as being available.

10.) 14 May 2022 07:48:23
If ETH wants maclaren then it’s a fantastic appointment! Simple as that! Manager getting who he wants!



07 Mar 2022 09:51:03
Rashford now unsure about his future! Wants to know about playing time. What do these lads want?

When he starts he has been crap, when he comes on he has been crap. Is there an entitlement here or something?

And I've always been a massive fan of Rashford. But some of the individual performances, the very basics, work ethic is non existent. I'm sick to my teeth of seeing lads not willing to run and work hard.

I saw City 3-1 up yesterday, ball breaks to Bruno and 6 of their players ran their backside off to retrieve the ball.

There needs to be a serious overhaul of players. We need to picking players with the right work ethic and willingness to do whatever is needed of them. It will be half the battle.


1.) 07 Mar 2022 10:01:20
Angel. agreed and looking ahead to the World Cup Rashford should not even be in the squad but I bet he will be.

2.) 07 Mar 2022 10:07:00
I've had enough angel I really have.

they think they are owed something these players.

I've been against simone but its going to need someone like him to come in and set a way of working to sort this club out.

the next nicely nicely manager will come in and it will be the same issues.

these player, other than 4 or 5 need selling

the squad is rotten, ronaldo a winner, won it all that can be won comes in and demands the best and these pretenders moan and throw there toys out.

they should all be embarrassed.

3.) 07 Mar 2022 10:50:53
Bolger, Simeone would work the same way Jose did, but it'd all end badly. Probably much quicker I suspect as these players know they can down tools and get the manager changed to someone who'll say nice things to them, not make them sweat in training and who will defend them in public even though it's obvious they are the problem.

No manager can break this cycle, this only ends when the club say to the players "buck up or ship out".

It doesn't matter if you cost 80m, if you aren't prepared to do the work then get lost.

Rip up the contract and let them leave for free if they have to. Get them out the club because they are anchors dragging us down.

Look at Pogba, so full of himself, confident that so many other top clubs want him. He's been free to sign a pre-contract with any club outside of England for over two month's. Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan. Where are they, where are these clubs beating down Raiola's door to sign the world class Pogba?

No one wants him, he isn't as good as he or the hype around him makes him out to be.

He's a player with talent, who turns up once a month and take 2 months off "injured" a season in Dubai or wherever else he fancies holidaying.

No club other than us would be prepared to pay him 400k+ a week for that "privilege".

We have 3 maybe 4 players the other top 4 clubs would take from our entire bloated 28 man first team squad.

At this point I'd be okay with the club releasing 18 players from the first team and then just playing the under 23's next season even if it means we finish in 10th place next year. As at least I'd be watching players who try, who want to be there, who have some fight.

Rather than this gutless, spineless sad excuses for footballers that I have to endure each week currently.

4.) 07 Mar 2022 11:45:03
I'm a big Rashford fan.
But his performances for the last 2 years have been shameful and disastrous.

Rightly deserved to be dropped.
Now him considering his future means he is a coward not to take up the challenge.

Work hard and get back in the team. Instead these egoistic players mourn and look for excuses.

5.) 07 Mar 2022 11:55:14
i agree shappy but something needs to change, the players giving up in a derby a Manchester derby.

to many pretenders in this club and they need to be told to sort it or leave, regardless who it is.

the next manager that comes in it will be the same outcome if nothing is changed, they will give him a reaction for 5 or 6 weeks then its back to the sulking, moaning, not giving a crap.

there's about 5 players who deserve to be at the club the rest could leave.



14 Feb 2022 16:53:05
Has anyone got any idea what players are briefing against Rangnick?
Ed001, you are always fairly bang on, what players are at it?


{Ed001's Note - I don't know sorry mate, I was supposed to be moving to one country only for them to go back into lockdown and close the borders so I had to sort something else out quick. Typical it happened after I shipped all my stuff there!}

1.) 14 Feb 2022 17:21:28
Hope you worked it all out in the end mate.

Listening to Gary Nev yesterday, sounds like he knows but I honestly would like him to name and shame as they might think twice about doing it again.

We need to get rid of these players, no matter who it is. And the club need to suck it up and give the manager and the team upstairs the powers to cut this out. I'm sick of hearing about all these players speaking out against the manager.

{Ed001's Note - not really mate, but I am sure it will sort out in time, just stuck staying at my parents until I can get the visa etc sorted out.

As for the players, the last time United had personnel problems like this was when Fergie arrived. The board backed the manager and the players he wanted out were removed and United never looked back. That should always be the way it works.}

2.) 14 Feb 2022 17:33:49
They shpuld find out which players and get rid of the players regardless of who they are

Players are replaceable a clubs image and respect is not.

Fergie would have said there is the door cya later just like he did with stam, nistlerooy, beckham etc.

I can't stand neville either, goes on he knows who it is but says he won't throw anyone under the bus becasuse of the journo respect, no gary you call them out.

I hope the club and arnold with ralf and his staff make examples of these pretenders and kick them out.

3.) 14 Feb 2022 17:55:09
Ronaldos one for sure…more stories about him and RR today. Fed up with this lot.

4.) 14 Feb 2022 20:02:36
Wishing you the best ed001, hope it sorts itself out and you get out there as soon as possible, what a pain!

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, fingers crossed!}

5.) 14 Feb 2022 20:28:35
Well if he's one, he needs to go. Same for anyone that is briefing press. If Neville has any balls, he would name and shame.

6.) 14 Feb 2022 21:01:17
I would guess it’s Lingard or Henderson, probably the most disgruntled players.

Wouldn’t surprise me if it was Ronaldo - he’s probably put out because Rangnik is working on tbe team ethic rather than the focus being on him.

7.) 15 Feb 2022 10:03:20
Neville cannot name names journalistic Protection of sources is enshrined in law. It would take a whole series of legal actions to validate it.

However, it's not rocket science. Look to the disgruntled, the underperforming and those left out of the side.

Don't let the agents and PR doing the briefings fool you, they work for their clients and wouldn't be doing any talking without their client's express permission.

8.) 15 Feb 2022 10:30:47
Cheshire, if Neville names the players he thinks are briefing to the press, how can he end up in trouble for it, by the law?

I thought that their was only a guidance in place for journalists when using sources.

They might get in trouble for breaking GDPR and personal data guidelines but naming the players he believes are briefing to the national press?

9.) 15 Feb 2022 20:37:27
Angered, it's more the code of journalism, but they can only be forced to reveal sources if ordered by a court (Ed Snowden for example) . No journalist would name names as that's the kiss of death for their career, not only would no source ever steal again, but no publisher would touch them either.

10.) 15 Feb 2022 21:01:31
So not enshrined in law then? What are you on about? ?

Is Gary Neville even a journalist. He does work in media but I wouldn't have classed him as a journalist. Plus, he wouldn't have to even name any sources, just the players. He doesn't have to tell anyone where he got the info from, therefore, protecting his "sources".

Another thing, Snowden is a terrible example. The US' argument was that he was revealing things that were a threat to national security, WTF!

Enshrined in law ? Thanks CheshireRed, your post gave me a good laugh, nearly as big a laugh as when you claim to be in the know ?.



04 Feb 2022 09:35:48
Interesting to hear ed001, and your opinion on how Rangnick has done so far, more precisely, his handling of players. It's seems to me he has ruffled a few feathers, not very often players have to release personal statements to clarify their views or what they have said to the coach.

I have to say, I'm loving RR's perceived honesty. He answers questions very openly and frankly and doesn't seem to mind who it might upset. I think the club badly needed it, Ole was far too nice and friendly and Jose was like a sledgehammer. RR is somewhere between Jose and Ole IMO but he will need to be allowed to do what he feels is best.


{Ed001's Note - I think the problem here is that the club are not openly backing him when players contradict him. What he is doing is fine if he is backed, but if not it just causes friction which is not going to end well for him. If the club come out and back him openly, then the players either get in line and shush or they go. What he is doing is needed if the club is going to return to the top, but it can't be just him out there on his own fighting the battle. Player power will beat him if it is.}

1.) 04 Feb 2022 10:09:31
Couldn't agree more Ed001. We all saw what happened to Stam under SAF. I know some fans will criticise SAF for letting Stam go but it set the tone and the standard.

{Ed001's Note - and before that the way he dealt with the drinking culture at the club. When the players complained they were told to get with it or get out by the board.}

2.) 04 Feb 2022 10:12:30
Agreed Ed. Only will work with the clubs backing. And who knows what their long term plans are, if they have any.

{Ed001's Note - hard to believe they have any idea. }

3.) 04 Feb 2022 10:49:45
Shame ed001, sad thing is they've got a guy that knows what he is actually doing.

4.) 05 Feb 2022 07:24:28
Right about that angelred wish the club will grow some balls and stick with RR till ETH is available or go with Potter and damn the naysayers.



23 Jan 2022 19:36:58
I brought my 6 year old son, for his first ever visit to Old Trafford yesterday. We sat in the Stretford end. As we approached the end of the game, I could see he was upset as it hadn't been a great game and there was nothing more that I wanted but a couple of goals to give him a great feeling coming away.

What happened in the 93rd minute of the game, I can not describe. He jumped in my arms, shouting, roaring, the roof went off the place, a smile so big. It was an incredible moment to share in that moment.


1.) 23 Jan 2022 20:19:28
Made up for you and your lad. Special memories.

2.) 23 Jan 2022 20:23:13
And another red is hooked! That’s why we love football.

3.) 23 Jan 2022 20:51:55
Pleased for you. It’s the first game that makes or breaks them. Hope you briefed him though it won’t be like that every week ??.

4.) 24 Jan 2022 07:59:48
Magic moment angel. cherish them. They grow up quick.

5.) 24 Jan 2022 08:11:38
Cheers everyone. It was incredible. He came back down buzzing and was so happy to see Ronaldo live. Up again for the Southampton game.

On the match, I though west ham were well organized, made it very difficult to penetrate them. We controlled the game quite easily. Maguire played very well but it suited him, header after header, no real pressure.

I think the signs are good, we just need to put a couple more wins together now and we could look really good on the run in.

6.) 24 Jan 2022 19:13:32
I took my nephew recently, he loved it. My lad hates football unfortunately ??.

7.) 25 Jan 2022 15:37:51
Despite being to Old Trafford a few times my kids only have a passing interest in football, I think they just humour me most of the time.
However my niece is a big United fan and she has made me promise to take her to a game this year, there is hope yet.




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20 May 2022 06:12:59
We let AWB down.

He came into the team with a big reputation following his fantastic performances for Palace.

Landed in with Ole and Crew, in a completely mess of a system and was not properly coached. His progress stagnated and now we are left with a player who never knew if he was coming or going.

Best of luck to him, I hope he gets a decent opportunity somewhere else.




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18 May 2022 16:44:29
Interesting season ahead. Genuinely excited for the first time in ages to see if ETH can make us less rubbish.


{Ed014's Note - I think he’d definitely struggle to make you worse, he at least has an identifiable style and clearly an ability to implement it.

Ajax play some wonderful football, the stuff they played in the Champions League in 2018-19 was quality.



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18 May 2022 15:54:04
Those in glass houses ed ?.


{Ed014's Note - mate we’re shite, you’re marginally worse shite, some on here just can’t handle it ?‍♂️



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05 May 2022 12:14:29
Eric, with a proper coach ? I mean, Rangnick is a proper coach.

What Rashford is at, is way beyond "proper coaching"




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21 Apr 2022 12:16:20
Haha good man ed002. Brutal honesty.





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26 May 2022 16:27:53
Again, I think had we given him the tools, and shown the progression that was needed, he would have done even better. He would have been a great fit.

I don't buy into this 'wouldnt have been a good fit'. Just like I don't buy it when they say it about conte or Simeone. Give them the proper tools, they will succeed.

Rail against them, like we did with jose, it won't end well.

The club were the problem, not the manager.




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26 May 2022 13:52:04
Shappy, I think we were the problem in that dynamic.

If we had worked with him more, he would have been ideal.

Man United have been the root of the problem for years.




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26 May 2022 11:26:02
Would've been better off in championship.

Hes a very talented young man. Hopefully he gets an opportunity to train under ETH.




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26 May 2022 11:25:22
Well said ken.




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25 May 2022 18:30:58
Where you getting this info from halesini?