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21 Oct 2020 07:38:00
Eric Bailly out for 3-4 weeks with muscle injury confirmed . Feel sorry for the lad but its a business and might be wise to think about cashing in if he can't stay fit, obviously more to it than plain bad luck he might just be one of those injury prone players his whole career.


1.) 21 Oct 2020 08:42:09
I said this over the summer, while I think Bailly is one of our better centre backs, the lad just can't stay fit.

2.) 21 Oct 2020 09:28:21
I don’t even think he’s that good. Bailly, Rojo and Jones all need to be shipped out and replaced. Promote Tuanzebe and one other, and buy another CB.

Tuanzebe last night was incredible. Now if he can stay fit!

3.) 21 Oct 2020 10:04:59
If Tuanzebe can stay fit then he can become a great option for us. Mengi also looks a super talent. Add that to Maguire and Lindelof (who aren't half as bad as most people seem to think) . Then we have some decent players to work with, if we play three at the back then Shaw looks well suited to the LCB role, maybe look to bring in another left footed CB to complete with him and add some balance to our defensive options.

4.) 21 Oct 2020 12:07:50
I’m with you Eric, I don’t see what Bailly has to offer us. It probably says more about the quality of our other CBs that Bailly is highly thought of.

5.) 21 Oct 2020 15:55:17
Really like Tuanzebe. But most importantly, we looked much more in control and focused. Lindelof looks much more assured when not playing with Maguire.

Maguire's positional sense is a nightmare which gives those around him more work to do. But when lindelof plays with a more competent centre half, like Tuanzebe last night, it just seems to work better.

But I'm sure Maguire will walk back in unfortunately.

And shappy, mengi, he is the one. Honestly, really excited to see him when he makes the step up. We shouldn't need to buy another CB with him around.

6.) 21 Oct 2020 17:12:13
Angel, Mengi looks potentially like a top level talent. However, that jump from academy to professional football is vast, and many highly talented players have fallen by the wayside.

To be honest if looking at our central options when playing with three at the back we have Lindelof, Maguire and Shaw as first choice and I think they work well together. Tuanzebe and Mengi coming through to challenge those in the first 11. What we really need is another left footed (or at least left sided) centre back to challenge Shaw.

When playing three at the back the RCB and the LCB need to be comfortable moving wider into areas more traditionally covered by the full back. Which is why ideally you want a left footed LCB.

There are some very good options out there who could be available. David Alaba, if he can't sort out a new deal with Bayern would excel in the role. While players like Pau Torres, Zagadou, Bastoni, Badiashile and Ndicka could all offer solid options as well, all being left footed.

While Mengi has played on the left of the centre back partnership and at LB on occasion, so while being right footed he could easily enough cover there.

7.) 21 Oct 2020 17:51:14
I'm still not convinced with Lindelof angel.
He has not improved over time.
He still gets bullied and struggles in one vs one situations.

I'd like us to go for a top class CB like Giminez or Upamecano, to compete with Maguire, Lindelof and Tuanzebe.

8.) 21 Oct 2020 23:37:53

You say unfortunately our captain will walk straight back in but I thought he had a very good game against Newcastle, he won absolutely everything and looked so assured after he got his goal.

9.) 22 Oct 2020 09:40:11
I think a back three with quick players either side of Maguire suits him. It allows him to step forward into midfield with the ball with adequate protection either side of him.

While I think Lindelof has better defensive instincts than Maguire, Harry is far more physical and certainly stronger in the air.

While we played excellently against PSG one thing I did note was PSG never tried the aerial route. Which suited us as Shaw and Lindelof are okay at best in the air and Tuanzebe is untested at the highest level.

In the EPL Maguire might be the better option. In Europe Lindelof might be the better option.

10.) 22 Oct 2020 12:33:46
I don’t get this obsession with needing a left footed CB. Especially as most wingers are now inverted and cut inside, moving on to the defenders right foot. It seems mythical to me.

11.) 22 Oct 2020 23:41:45
Wazza, it's about balance and shape. I would agree in a back four a left footed CB is less important. However, when you play a back three the LCB will have to move out to cover the LB area of the pitch. Which is why being left footed in that situation is preferable.

While the current fashion for higher pressing means that centre backs need to play passes quicker while maintaining accuracy. If you are right footed playing on the left, your options for a quick pass are limited to those players playing on your left, either LB or LW. Whereas a left footed player has a wider area of the pitch to play passes quickly.

If you're right footed and you are pressed then you will have to turn so your left hand side is shielding the ball. If you do that on the left hand side of the pitch you are turning inward towards your goal and then your passing option is limited to your CB partner or maybe a longer more dangerous pass across your box to your RB. If they are marked then you are screwed.

The advantage of a right footed player on the right and a left footed player on the left. Is that the players can play passes more quickly off their stronger foot. While if they are pressed they will naturally, instinctively turn their body in such a way that they will play away from goal and away from the danger area.

That is why Pep has signed Lapotre and Ake, while Arteta has signed Gabriel, David Luis and Pablo Mari.

Tactical managers looking for the best "ideal" solution. It is why left footed CB's are highly prized.

It's why Bayern Munich paid €80m for Lucas Hernandez. While they also play Alaba at LCB often if Hernandez isn't available.

While it's perfectly possible to play a right footed player on the left, you statically get better results from playing a left footer.

12.) 23 Oct 2020 13:24:59
The players you list don't exactly pour glory over your argument Shappy. With the exception of Laporte, of course, but the rule of averages says one of them will be good.

Look where it got LVG, he's history and we've ended up with Rojo.

Think where we'd be if had just signed Koulibaly or Varane rather than try to over complicate things.

I can't remember any time in following football where a CB pairing has been successfully because one of the pair is left footed, and that's when wingers were proper wingers. In fact most to the best pairings have both been right footed.

It's a load of old bolloxolgy if you ask me.

13.) 23 Oct 2020 15:54:18
GDS, not convinced he deserves the spot to be honest given how he has been playing. And it's unfortunate that he will walk straight back into the team.

14.) 23 Oct 2020 15:54:52
TRD, I'm still much more convinced by Lindelof than I am Maguire.

15.) 24 Oct 2020 00:52:16
We’ve got a LCB. His name is Rojo. Argentina international. Didn’t work out. Injured a lot. Very rash. To be fair he would have been decent in a back 3 a few years back. Never really tried it.

16.) 24 Oct 2020 02:12:36

He played there for the under 23s tonight who played a 3-4-3 formation. Williams played right wing back and Pellestri also played. A last minute penalty winner in a 2-1 win, impressive performance considering how young this team is.

17.) 24 Oct 2020 08:05:11
Is Rojo even in the Premier league squad?

{Ed047's Note - yes but not the Champions league squad



05 Oct 2020 13:50:52
Anyone know if Mike Smalling can play the piano? Fully expecting him to be unveiled at 7pm tonight in a fog of dry ice "like a new signing" a la stars in their eyes.


1.) 05 Oct 2020 14:29:25
Isn't that the standard line they trott when someone comes back from a long-term injury, it like a new signing, and we still want more for Mike than we just paid for Telles.



19 Aug 2020 16:46:53
Dont know if anyone listened to the Manchester is Red podcast today -I listen via MEN as I live outside UK . Samuel Luckhurst was very pessimistic about signings -he thought maximum of 2 -I don't know how highly he is regarded in UK - Ed W. came in for a bit of stick again for his "one deal at a time" strategy for incomings and out goings - as mentioned today "transfer window is 10 weeks .3 weeks gone already and seems to be all in for Sancho" Brooks at Bournemouth is someone Ole is keen on.


1.) 19 Aug 2020 18:05:07
As per most summer windows a player will suddenly come out of nowhere that we sign when everyone is looking at a different player and then it will be totally forgotten and talked about that we only do one deal at a time. So I’d imagine we might sign 1 or 2 players that haven’t been mentioned as well as a major signing.



08 Oct 2018 17:31:22
Big worry if Dave the Save is now reluctant to sign a new contract as is widely reported - can only think PSG would be viable destination today.


1.) 08 Oct 2018 17:54:35
Real Madrid could still be a serious option. Navas isn't getting any younger and Coutois hasn't been great since the move. They could easily go back in for DDG either on a free or below his true worth when he only has a year left on his contact.

2.) 09 Oct 2018 08:42:24
Why would DDG sign a new contract?
We don't know where we are going.

He will be a huge loss if he leaves. But the way things are, I don't see any top player staying if given a chance to leave!

3.) 09 Oct 2018 09:45:13
Don’t see where DDG goes, Real are ok, Barcelona too, maybe Bayern or PSG but less competitive leagues, anywhere else even if we aren’t on top atm is a backward step.

4.) 09 Oct 2018 10:34:36
If he left who could blame him?
Probably the best keeper in world football for about 6 seasons now and what’s he got to show for it
If he’d got his move to Real Madrid he’d have a couple of CL winners medals in his back pocket . The way things look for us it’s hard to see us seriously challenging for league or CL for a couple of seasons at the very least.

5.) 09 Oct 2018 14:54:01
Juventus have Szczesny in goal. I appreciate he misses Spain, but that screams out at me.

Ultimately he has been a great player for us, not one of our fans should have any hard feelings if he leaves. He signed for a great club, he now plays for a club I barely recognise.

Wouldn't mind a little swapsy with Athletico for Oblak.

6.) 10 Oct 2018 19:41:05
As I understand it the contract is almost done, but he wants a clause that states he won't ever be used as a center back.



04 Aug 2018 20:56:27
Several reports saying TFM going out on loan to Hertha Berlin.


1.) 04 Aug 2018 21:28:55
Would be a shame as would have like to have seen him get more minutes. Especially with Valencia out and Dalot an unknown quantity. Hope this doesn’t mean darmian won’t be moved on. Guess we will have to wait and see how this pans out.

2.) 04 Aug 2018 22:11:30
Surely means a Darmian is staying now. The Italian international could be a revelation in a 3-5-2, or indeed at right back used properly.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

3.) 04 Aug 2018 22:24:11
Intersting Ed. Darmian def leaving then.

Very, very busy time coming up with ins and outs.

4.) 05 Aug 2018 04:08:03
Tfm will benefit from that i hope he plays in his more natural position. Periera looks a better player following n his ex perience should have sent martial on loan last season we could have got back a much more rounded player.

5.) 05 Aug 2018 07:40:55
With darmian likely leaving and dalot and valencia injured i'm guessing we'll have to play tuanzebe lindeloff at right back?

6.) 05 Aug 2018 07:41:40
Darmian will go to Italy so there is still plenty of time to shift him out as the deadline only changed in the prem.

We may use him the first couple of games whilst we wait on Valencia and Dalot and then sell him.

7.) 05 Aug 2018 07:59:40
If a LB is signed, then we may even see Young shifted to the right with Shaw and the new LB on the left. Final few days may be exciting and nerve wrecking. Checking the sites every 15-20 mins.

8.) 05 Aug 2018 09:22:37
We have Valencia and Dalot, Jones, Bailly, Lindelof, new signing, Shaw and Young, enough to cover any formation without Darmian. Presuming Smalling and Rojo leave that is aswell.

9.) 05 Aug 2018 15:39:02
Personally I’d keep Smalling and sell rojo and add Toby. Job done at centre half.

Still think we need a real left back more than a right forward if we are to make another purchase.

If Pogba leaves we will most definitely need to replace him too.




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02 Nov 2020 18:38:17
Do you think the PL results this season at home would have been different if we were playing in front of a full house?

I think we would have beaten Chelsea and got a point yesterday. Spurs, Palace I think would have lost both .


1.) 02 Nov 2020 19:17:17
I think the crowd is a huge difference. All the players say it all the coaches say it.
But its the same for everyone. Stupid excuse and a pathetic clutch at the last straw in the jar.

2.) 02 Nov 2020 19:23:02
Maybe you would of lost vs Newcastle and Brighton? Its pointless even talking about it. Its the same for everyone.



31 Oct 2020 09:49:16
Under 18s beaten 1-0 by Chelsea last night and now they go into the final but reports say Elanga was MOM . seems the lad is having a great season, big, fast, powerful knows where the goal is.


1.) 31 Oct 2020 10:45:06
Chelsea RB was very good too. Both clubs have some really good players.



25 Oct 2020 07:29:35
Big chance missed last night to make a statement and inject a lot more confidence in the squad. Chelsea were there for the taking but we looked half hearted again- tiredness can play its part but that's when you need leaders and team spirit to pull you through.

James should be out on loan. DVB should have got minutes and Ole needs to inject a bit of energy into himself. looking comatose on the sidelines isn't helping the team.


{Ed025's Note - i have to agree BFB..

1.) 25 Oct 2020 10:39:27
Hundred percent correct.

2.) 25 Oct 2020 12:08:32
From the PSG game to this dross is so frustrating. DvdB must be wondering why on earth he took the move!



23 Oct 2020 06:14:16
Giggs saying when LVG was in charge they looked at putting Tuanzebe in midfield because he can read the game and is quick. another "he can play anywhere " type of player.

Hope Ole takes no notice, just because a player can play different positions doesn't mean he should -too many players end up losing their way when this happens. there is a spot available for at least one very good centre half, if he can stay fit he might . just might be first choice one day. that should be his and Oles plan in my opinion.


1.) 23 Oct 2020 07:08:31
We have an open spot for a strong and mobile DM at the moment, could actually have given Jones another shot at It.
Guess that shipped has sailed now though.

2.) 23 Oct 2020 07:25:44
Jones lmao! He’s had his chance, now he’s just stealing a living. Rather try Fred or promote a young DM from the reserves.

3.) 23 Oct 2020 09:46:13
There’s a spot at CB up for grabs too.

4.) 23 Oct 2020 09:54:39
Young Jimmy Garner seemed to have started well in the championship. Haven't heard much of him since the first couple of games.

5.) 23 Oct 2020 10:52:42
Classic United fans. We need a new CB, a young player steps up and shows he could be a great option at CB, so now United fans wonder whether we should play him as a back up CDM to Matic🤦‍♂️😂.

6.) 23 Oct 2020 14:04:34
There's 2 spots at cb up for grabs.



20 Oct 2020 19:02:05
Maths question ; In a universe where Phil Jones is valued at 20 million quid what would a packet of Jaffa cakes cost?


1.) 20 Oct 2020 19:26:22
About 80m quid. Simple maths, Phil Jones is currently worth about 4 Jaffa cakes and you get 12 in a pack.

2.) 20 Oct 2020 19:30:17
That would be 60m ;)




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30 Dec 2020 13:38:38
Thanks ED002 appreciated as always-especially during the holidays. All the best in 2021.

On a side note we have a very good player in DVDB, frustrating to see a young talented lad get messed about -no other word for it - better coaches would find a place for him at Utd.




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05 Oct 2020 11:34:04
Sancho broke quarantine earlier in the year to go to UK for a haircut apparently, left out of squad in last 3 games due to challenge and is at a party in UK. might not be the best role model if true.




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22 Sep 2020 14:34:07
His injury record makes Louis Saha, Owen Harreaves and Phil Jones look like the X Men -sadly.




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19 Sep 2020 12:45:46
the injury puts him out for 6-8 months . I could see them as being serous rivals for Telles.




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19 Sep 2020 08:59:28
PSG seem to be keen on him as well according to tabloids -saying its us or them now.





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19 Jan 2021 12:18:18
Yep, Cowardly. Same as the performances against City, Arsenal, Chelsea at home -never played for a win -Liverpool away last weekend against a makeshift defence with Cavani well rested it would have been a statement to have started him. first shot on target after 34 minutes . that's attacking football is it, from a team with self belief at the top of the table that should be able to go toe to toe with a rival or is it the mark of a team hoping to contain the opposition and get a lucky break a la Jose ? Standards and expectations have obviously fallen amongst fans, I doubt that was Liverpools toughest game this season. A point at Anfield yep decent, probably the same Wolves, Southampton, Everton would settle for.




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19 Jan 2021 06:34:44
For someone who played in some great attacking teams Ole s tactics are often cowardly. You don't need a Keane, Beckham, Giggs to do it, you need 11 players well coached with a work ethic and commitment to getting the ball down, forward passing, lots of movement on and off the ball. We see it in Europe often, smaller teams that are a joy to watch when they play in Europa or CL. they don't have stars but you think "I wish we played like that "or "I hope we don't draw them " Coaching, mentality . I don't know something is missing but we need to step up to close the gap that I believe will be there at the end of the season again.




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17 Jan 2021 15:52:44
Its a strange one, if Bailly is fit enough for the bench he is fit enough to start.

Liverpool got no recognised centre half and we leave our recognised centre forward (with fresh legs) Cavani on the bench-

And Shaqiri starting. always does well against us.

sticking with my 1-1 prediction but not as confident as I was before the team was announced.




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16 Jan 2021 10:12:38
Attitude will again play a big part. Chelsea, Arsenal City at home we were far too passive -no fire or aggression. Leipzig away for 70% of the game. Big games need big name players to show up and go toe to toe when needed not play as if we are honoured to be on the same pitch as our opponents.




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08 Jan 2021 16:12:10
Williams did ok when he had his chance. I do like his aggression he looks up for a scrap when needed. Played on left when he is best on the right and he is young so you never know in 2nd season if they can push on. at least he looks determined to play in premiership. loan might do him good.