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22 Nov 2020 12:20:18
Hi ed 002
There are several reports recently that Manchester United are showing interest in Evertons DOF Marcel Brands.
Do you know if there is any truth in this? His contract with Everton expires at the end of the season.
In your opinion would he be a good candidate and do you think he would get the structure he would like?


{Ed002's Note - Brands has a contract ending next year and much will depend how he feels after now being allowed greater control over at least the first team this season. He would be a great DoF but needs way more than Manchetser United would ever offer as he would want to instill the same approach and discipline throughout the club easing the process of bringing players through. It seems unlikely it would be viable.}

1.) 22 Nov 2020 13:19:22
Thanks ed002. Appreciate the switch response.



16 Oct 2020 17:33:38
As predicted the club have apparently triggered the 1 year extension on pogbas contract well before jan to prevent him leaving on a free next summer.
I wonder will this move trigger new contract talks or not.
Im not sure too many clubs want to pay a big fee but if he runs his contract down there would be no shortage of offers to consider i'm sure.
Let's hope ole finds a way to get him playing well.


1.) 16 Oct 2020 18:24:19
Who will be at United longer, Ole or Pogba?

2.) 16 Oct 2020 21:30:58
Just want to stop him leaving free i guess but tbh I'd pay for his taxi to wherever he feels like.

3.) 16 Oct 2020 18:59:49
Very good question Grim!

4.) 17 Oct 2020 10:03:35
Both need to go, edd too n we can maybe salvage our season.

5.) 17 Oct 2020 10:06:44
Worst kept secret in Manchester. His hearts been in Madrid for years. There ain’t a hope in hell that he’ll sign a new contract with us, it’s all been engineered by his agent to get him over there. He’d have been over there last year if Madrid had the money, but what they’ve probably said is hang on until you have a year left and we’ll sign you then when United are forced to take a smaller fee.

I hate the Spanish mob and their little games, you watch when he’s got a year left with us, they’ll wheel out Benzema in front of the cameras to spout about how great a player Pog is and he’ll always be welcome at the Bernabaeu. Plus, it’s no coincidence we’ve signed DVB, he’s obviously been identified as Pog’s replacement, it’s just that we had to sign him now at a decent price to prevent the fee been inflated when we inevitably flog Pog!

6.) 17 Oct 2020 14:07:48
If he’s smart he’ll sign a new deal with an agreed release clause and be gone in January. He’s 27 now and will be 29 by the time his contract’s up. He’ll get a nice signing on fee if he runs the contract down but will struggle to find anybody willing to give him a long contract - especially if his form hasn’t improved massively. Getting a big 5 year deal in January would make a lot more sense than wasting his best years at a club that he doesn’t want to be at and then getting a 2-3 year deal in 2 years time.

7.) 18 Oct 2020 10:45:41
Sad it didn’t work out with Pogba - but stop flogging a dead horse. He doesn’t want to be here anymore and that’s fair enough. You can’t keep someone against their will it’s crazy.

Encourage some decent bids, get him out in Jan and build the team around Bruno and VDB who looks a class act in the glimpses we have seen so far.

8.) 18 Oct 2020 12:48:37
why not be proactive for once and offer Pogba to Real in exchange for Rafael Varane in January or next summer. Both at the same age and the same contract length, should be a decent offer from our side.

We could cut some 30 million quid from our annual budget (13 million wages plus at least 19 million amortization from the fee paid to Juventus, not even accounting for agent fees etc. as I don't know whether they are deducted over the contracting period or as a one off) and thus make room for new signings.

9.) 19 Oct 2020 15:06:16
Why on earth would selling Pogba mean manchester united would gain money from Juventus. it would only change the timing within the accounts nothing else.

10.) 19 Oct 2020 20:45:17
I know what i would do with Pogba, tie his 2 feet into 1 boot around the back of his head and kick his ass to Spain for free! :D Fukn Mercenary!

11.) 19 Oct 2020 21:13:08
Pogba hurts his career. He should ask a transfer request to force a move away. No point hold a player who doesn't want to be here, again no point for him staying in a place doesn't want to. Its a lose-lose so i can't understand why they don't sit down to find a solution.



05 Oct 2020 18:46:45
Free reputedly agreed for smalling.
Delighted for him.


1.) 05 Oct 2020 18:59:47
Hes one of a few that gave his all for every manager since fergie. He might not be the standard that we want to be playing at but he can leave with his head held high! Good luck to him.

2.) 05 Oct 2020 19:21:05
A real shame that it’s taken this long. He’s been a good servant to us and should have been allowed to go much much earlier. Ed said all window we were asking for too much. We could have got this deal done weeks ago imo.

3.) 05 Oct 2020 19:28:53
Here here W16. and fee agreed obviously.

4.) 05 Oct 2020 19:49:27
Good to see it will go through, good luck Mike.



03 Sep 2020 22:23:56
Ed002 has there been any concrete interest shown in any of our players available for transfer?
1 lingard 2 mata 3 jones 4 dalot 5 Smalling 6 jones 7 pierera. 8 romero
Is there interest in any of the other fringe players?
Apart from smalling I've seen no other retorts of concrete interest. Which surprises me a little.


{Ed002's Note - There is interest in Romero from Aston Villa as has been explained. Smalling has been of interest to Roma and it goes on.}

1.) 04 Sep 2020 08:09:20
Think Jesse will end up staying, Pierera will probably move on, Phil Jones seems to be with us for life.

2.) 04 Sep 2020 08:58:18
I am pleased for both Smalling and Romero if they get these moves and it leads to them being a 1st team player. Good hardworking players, just for various reasons not worked out recently with us.
I am okay if Jesse stays as a rotational player but we could see some interest come in late for him.
Dalot, Pereira and Jones need to definitely move on, I think West Ham or Newcastle could come in for Jones who if he stays fit would be a good addition for them. Pereira i imagine will head to somewhere else in Europe and may do well in a different league. Dalot I imagine will head back to Italy, offers a decent amount going forward but not trusted by OGS so needs to move on for all parties.

3.) 04 Sep 2020 09:01:35
Who would seriously buy jones that’s my question. his injury record is abysmal, his wages high and his level of performance average at best. Will be stuck with him until his contract expires. And to think that he’s eligible for a testimonial 🤦‍♂️.

4.) 04 Sep 2020 10:41:42
Phil Jones was given a new contract in 2019, why?

Ole said, “Phil knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player. He has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and is now one of the senior players within the team. He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre-half. We are delighted Phil has committed his future to the club”.

5.) 04 Sep 2020 11:20:44
well he's not going to slag the player off is he redman.

im not sure ole has much on the say on who is given a new contract,

but he is woeful and should have been gone years ago.

6.) 04 Sep 2020 11:41:46

To be fair to Ole, it was early in his time and likely he didn’t feel he had that level of authority at that time. However, do you think Ole had a say on who went on loan Smalling or Jones?

It seems a long way since the eulogy that SAF gave him.

7.) 04 Sep 2020 12:07:54
Supposedly Ole told Smalling that Tuanzebe was to be given more chances while Maguire and Lindelof were ahead of him making him 4th or 5th choice and that a loan might be best for him.

While Jones was given a new deal by the club while Ole was temporary manager, it was a club decision in order to protect the value of an asset and keep a player they hoped the next manager would want to use.

I don't expect many of our players to leave until late in the window. The players we have who are available for transfer are so because they are either declining or not good enough at the highest level. Hardly first choice options for most clubs, especially when you consider their wages. I think most clubs will likely move for them when other options have moved elsewhere or when their agents offer them to other clubs. We will likely have to accept minimal fees or allow loan deals to move them out.

8.) 04 Sep 2020 13:49:31
remember that red man, when he said he could become our best ever player.

theres only a few more players that need shifting.

9.) 04 Sep 2020 14:19:36
I'm sure the contract négociations with Jones were already advanced when Ole took over, on an interim basis at the time too, so harsh to lay the blame with him on this one.

10.) 04 Sep 2020 14:49:23
Decision time for these players; money or football?

11.) 04 Sep 2020 20:02:48
Being fair to Ole, you ok Red Man? 😉.

12.) 05 Sep 2020 00:13:56
Jones contract was given before ole was in appointed permanent manager. He was caretaker- I doubt he made the decision to hand jones a long term contract.

13.) 05 Sep 2020 09:17:01
Smalling to Roma and Rojo to Lazio would be nice.

14.) 05 Sep 2020 11:28:42
United need to work out a loan agreement with a club to give their fringe players game time.



31 Aug 2020 10:36:35
Good morning ed002.a couple of quick questions
Do you know if the signing of dvb well end our interest in grealish? They are different types of players and play different roles so just curious.
Secondly do you know if there is interest in fred from elswhere? Would the club be willing to sell?
Finally how do you see the goal keeping situation resolved. Looks like henderson.


{Ed002's Note - Yes they are diffent types of player - van de Beek was one of the options for a Pogba replacement with Saul etc.. Greathis is far more versatile. It will lessen interest and clearly the asking price for grealish is making any transfer difficult. I don't know what will now satisfy the GKs - typically swapping them in and out doesn't work.}




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25 Nov 2020 17:04:41
Rip Maradona.
Same day as George best i think.
What a player.
Scored one of the best goals I've ever seen in 86 world cup to knock England out.
He also scored a lovely solo dribbling goal in the same game.
What a player.


1.) 25 Nov 2020 17:30:57
RIP Diego, 25th of November is the same day as George Best (15 years ago now, where did that go) .



25 Nov 2020 07:22:20
Best I've seen us for 18 months in the 1st half last night.
An attacking team playing attacking football.
Bigger tests ahead but a win against psg pretty much guarantees top spot and a draw qualifies us.
I Hope to see telles cavani and dvdb start a lot mite games.
Ole said it made a difference having a pepper old fashioned cf leading the line" we haven't had that for a couple of years.


1.) 25 Nov 2020 08:04:03

Agree the first half was good with positive intent. Interesting comment on the CF. I said when Lukaku was sold we needed one although some thought Martial was good enough. I was surprised we sold Lukaku without having a replacement lined up. Even so I wonder how Martial feels after that comment? Not too bothered really, because we have needed a CF and Martial seems to need regular kick up the backside to get him going.

Last couple of games we have seen more attempts to cross the ball, even when Cavani was not on the pitch. Let’s hope they have seen a little light in the benefit of getting behind a defence and putting a cross in as an option.

2.) 25 Nov 2020 08:24:47
I really enjoyed Cavani's performance, I had my reservations about him when announced but from what I've seen so far of him I think he could make his time with us a success.

Albeit a couple of years past his best, he is tireless with his work rate, makes intelligent and unrelenting off-the-ball runs and in the first half, yesterday showed plenty of deft touches when receiving the ball with his back to goal and knocking it back to others to recycle and move the play up the pitch.

I would guess he is still a little short of full match fitness and there is more to come.

There will be far sterner tests than this was but I am quietly optimistic Cavani could have a similar impact to Ibrahimovic as opposed to Falcao.

3.) 25 Nov 2020 08:41:43
I like cavani suits our style can play right across the front 3 and works hard.

4.) 25 Nov 2020 08:53:30
"Donny can play in different positions and Edinson is a good old fashioned number nine and we haven't had that for a while and I was happy with how Anthony [Martial] played off the left" ole
Rash also played well .
I don't think martial will be to upset.

5.) 25 Nov 2020 09:01:26
For all the good I saw and there could have been more good with possibly a goal or two for Cavani had Rashford not made bad decisions I still cannot get over the defensive weakness. A decent team or even this team if they had there scoring boots would have scored a few. Okay they spurned their chances but we gave them a few and after the subs we suddenly looked extremely vulnerable.
Taking the positives though we did look very good at times going forward. It's clear that Telles, DVDB and Cavani have to start more. Donny keeps us moving at pace and looks a great player. If only our defence wasn't so suspect we could field a more proactive midfield more often. But you just know that when fit Pogba will start and DVDB will be benched and we will need two DM's. Frustrating.

6.) 25 Nov 2020 09:01:48
Goes to show when we play with just x1 DM we have more creativity, who knew.

7.) 25 Nov 2020 09:31:09
Who cares if Martial doesn't like it there are 20 strikers in world football better than him 😁😁.

8.) 25 Nov 2020 09:51:09
Martial not good enough up top, and too lazy for the left.

9.) 25 Nov 2020 10:22:40
Cavani was everywhere - left, center, right, willing to receive the ball anywhere.
Still feel Cavani and Martial are not sharp enough.
In coming days, hopefully we will see the best of both.

Alex Telles can put in good crosses consistently.
He created the highest chances as per stats.

Lets carry on this momentum.

10.) 25 Nov 2020 10:26:38
For me it's all about the balance of the team. While offensively we probably played the best we have for a while in that first half.

Three things still concern me. Firstly, of the three goals we scored one was another penalty and another was gift wrapped by their keeper, the third was a thunderous strike from the edge of the box.
We looked dangerous, but we rarely ever cut them wide open. We didn't really fashion great chances inside the 18 yard box.

Secondly, I though the opposition, especially in the first half, looked very poor. They didn't press us at any point, they didn't defend deep or in numbers, they didn't really do much to try and stop us playing. Against better sides we will not be afforded that much space unchallenged.

Thirdly, we still looked suspect defensively. Playing the one defensive midfielder meant that they had more space and freedom in front of our back four. A combination of them lacking really clever top level creative players and poor finishing when chances were presented, kept them down to scoring just the one goal. Again better opposition would have created a few more chances with the space we afforded them, and would have scored a few more with better finishers.

To be brutally honest I've seen better teams get relegated from the EPL. Norwich last season were a better team than this lot. If they had Cantwell, Buendía and Pukki last night we could be looking at a 4-4 draw.

So while I'm happy to see a much improved performance, a few goals and some nice team play from our side. I'm far from convinced that we could play that way against 80% of the league and expect to win.

As a team we are still searching for that balance between attack and defence. Like last night we are capable of playing good offensive football, but that means we are very open through the middle and our soft underbelly of a defence is exposed. Or we can play like we did against PSG, block up the middle with defensive midfielders, shield our weak defence but at the expense of having more creative offensive players and relying on counter attacks over the top. We seem unable to be an attacking threat while maintaining defensive solidity.

The solution to the problem is the same thing that nearly everyone on here agrees with. We don't have good enough defenders. AWB is great at 1v1's, but not much else, Lindelof is too easily bullied, Maguire wanders out of position too often and lacks the pace and mobility to recover, Shaw is injury prone and average at both ends of the pitch.

We actually have a good group of midfielders, the issue of needing a more dominant defensive midfielder is only required to cover our weak defence. If our defence was top class we wouldn't need a better defensive midfielder to shield them.

While we have a very good selection of strikers, but we lack a creative wide player, someone who will look to create goals more than score them. At the moment we are always playing a square peg in a round hole on the wings. A clever creative player would transform our attack.

11.) 25 Nov 2020 10:30:42
No reason for martial to be upset. Playing from the left is his best position. However he is a sulky character. He didn't like it when no9 was taken off him. He might prefer playing cf but he will have to do what's best for the team and him at cf is not what's best for the team plus cavani won't play every game so he will get his share up there but greenwood will be the future cf with any luck in 18 months.
Shearer and hughes were like cavani, of course goals are the primary job but if goals don't happen in a game they make a very positive contribution through their running, hard work and selflessness and martial has none of those 3 attributes. So when he doesn't score he contributes feck all else.

12.) 25 Nov 2020 11:27:33
Lol did you really have to mention Buendia lad? Still hold a candle for him? How’s he getting on in the championship? Genuine question. I was very surprised nobody went in for cantwell.

13.) 25 Nov 2020 12:00:17
Red Whiskey, He is 7th in the league for average number of shots per game (as a wide player/ midfielder), top of the league for average number of key passes per game, has 2 goals and 4 assists in 10 games.

He's doing very well in a much disrupted team that lost a few key players when they got relegated.

Buendia is a very good player.

14.) 25 Nov 2020 16:47:10
Shappy shaw didn't even play last night.

15.) 25 Nov 2020 17:35:01
Jred, I'm aware Shaw didn't play last night. I can't really comment on whether Alex Telles is good enough for us yet as he has only played 247 minutes for us.

So the jury is still out on him. Maybe he will be good enough or maybe he will fall short. I don't know which yet.

Shaw on the other hand has been here 6 years now and is still injury prone, while he can only be described as average in defence and in attack.



20 Nov 2020 16:43:21
I Think 90 points will win the league this year.
Maybe even less.
Its a very unusual season. No crowds, ever changing squads, 2 matches every week. Euros at the end of the season it going to be a war of attrition.
Our squad is one of the deepest in the league.
Liverpool will have none of their 1st choice defenders available on Sat and none of their 2nd string would get near our team.
I'm going to stick my neck out now and predict that neither city nor Liverpool will win the league this season. I genuinely believe everything is up for grabs this season. Even the cl. Most of the usual suspects look distinctly average this year.
This season could well be one of the must exciting ever with lots of teams in the hunt in April. I just don't see a runaway scenario this year.


1.) 20 Nov 2020 17:42:41
Spurs could do it this year you know.

2.) 20 Nov 2020 17:48:22
While numbers wise we might have a strong squad, serious questions can and should be asked about the quality of that depth.

If DDG, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Pogba, Bruno, Greenwood, Martial and Rashford our our first 11 give or take.

Then Henderson, TFM, Bailly, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Fred, DvdB, Mata, Cavani and James would be our second choice.

With young players like Williams, Tuanzebe and Mengi offering further options.

While some arguements can be made for quality in depth in midfield, and Cavani looks a sharp option up front, while Henderson is probably the best No.2 in the league. The rest of the second choice options wouldn't get anywhere near the first 11 of a top half EPL team.

That's the reality of the situation. While a strong argument can be made that the best players we have suit vastly different playing styles. Finding a consistent style this season with this squad while injuries, suspension, self-isolation and exhaustion will all deprive any manager of any side being able to rely on a consistent starting 11 means this season will be more open, but whether we have a squad capable of taking advantage I strongly doubt.

3.) 21 Nov 2020 03:30:02
What are you waffling about shappy? .

4.) 21 Nov 2020 07:05:56
Got to react to the first point “none of their second string would get near our team” God we are deluded that our defence is any good! I’d personally take Matip and Fabinho over our CH’s and ones a bloody midfielder! Delusion. I hate it but as soon as we get to grips with we are way off the pace of the top 2 from last year and probably spurs too we might realise the depth you speak to is a murky depth in need of cleansing!

5.) 24 Nov 2020 12:11:13
Lol have you ever actually watched Matip play? And Fabinho is not a CB. No point trying to fit square pegs in round holes. I'd have him for our DM over any other player though.



19 Nov 2020 19:12:46
Have we any idea who is fit and available for selection this weekend?
Telles? Cavani? Shaw? Rashford? Lindelof? Martial? Bailly? Mctom? Greenwood? Have all had reports of potential injury or quarantine issues.
Ive no idea how many of those reports are valid.
Vdb pogba maguire ddg bruno james all seem to have come through unscathed.
In paper.


1.) 19 Nov 2020 19:57:48
Now Ken once pogba is fit we will be grand.

2.) 19 Nov 2020 20:07:57
Maguire is injured as well.
Eleven of Uruguay players tested positive, therefore Cavani may have to stay in isolation.

3.) 19 Nov 2020 20:50:31
Maybe that he is why he got sent off for Uruguay.

4.) 20 Nov 2020 08:54:00
The joys of international matches in an already cramped season.

5.) 20 Nov 2020 15:36:37
Maybe it is time to introduce 5 subs again.
And how about adding a criteria that the 4th and 5th sub should be below a certain age like U23 or should have come through the club academy. We can adjust this but my point is, this might force one or two academy players to get a chance which is unlikely in regular scenario.
Any thoughts?

6.) 20 Nov 2020 17:30:45
I think its s matter of time mate.



10 Nov 2020 09:28:21
I think a better description is sleeping giant rather than fallen giant.
8 years since we have competed to win a league.
We are still a bigger club than city but they have had better teams than us over that last decade. Much better teams.


1.) 10 Nov 2020 10:25:59
Their footballing structure, academy, infrastructure, decision making have been top notch Ken.
Another aspect is their recruitment. De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, Kompany, David Silva are some of the finest to grace the Premier League.

2.) 10 Nov 2020 10:35:57
Interesting that all them players you mentioned where bought a number of years ago infact only 1 is still playing .
Is there signs city are coming to an end of a cycle?
Could aguero be next to go maybe pep.

3.) 10 Nov 2020 10:50:47
Good post ken.

True, city could be at the end of a cycle but no question that they are continuing to invest in various positions throughout the team.

4.) 10 Nov 2020 10:47:00
I was reading something the other day where someone referred to the Director of Football role as the RRR role.
Standing for Retention of players, Recruitment of players and Removal of players.

Which I think sums up the problems our club is having. We have often sold/ lost the wrong players, bought the wrong players and kept the wrong players.

Making it very hard to build a strong, cohesive squad.

We have seen the club dig their heels in forcing Pogba to stay, they have given new contracts out to players such as Jones and Rojo. While they have allowed certain players to leave who maybe should have been retained. Johnny Evans for example while maybe not a top class CB is still probably better than most of not all our current CB's. He's also more of a leader than the players we kept.

Until we bring someone in for the DoF role we will continue to struggle with creating a squad capable of competing for titles. When you consider Liverpool have a far strong squad having spent half as much as we have.

We are where we are due to a lack of foresight and planning in building our squad.

5.) 10 Nov 2020 10:55:21
I would say most teams are continuing to invest in various positions.

6.) 10 Nov 2020 12:04:42
Sure jred. But some better than others. City right up there when doing that.

7.) 10 Nov 2020 12:31:46
I don't think the current squad is as good as previous to be honest .

8.) 10 Nov 2020 13:50:34
The city squad is weaker than our squad just now imo. Pep has hardly made a really decent signing or should i say a signing that's excelled.
Up front their options are not great. Sterling and aguero are very good but apart from that i'd question the rest
Kdb and foden aside i would not want any if their midfield.
They have a rb playing lb. Their rb is very much on the decline.
I think they are a poor squad the poorest for maybe 10 years imo.
City are far from the force they were 3 years ago.

9.) 10 Nov 2020 13:54:48
Jred, I think we have a squad with "potential" and a squad that is improving.
But I think those that say we have a great squad are either over optimistic to the point of delusion or purposefully are overstating the quality of the squad as it suits their view that the current manager isn't getting enough out of the squad.

I don't think the improvement in our squad on the whole is down to good recruitment, but instead down to younger players improving and stepping up.

I think our squad lacks two things, leaders and top level players at their peak. Both of which are down to poor player retention, recruitment and removal.

When looking for leaders in our squad only two players stand out for me. Bruno who joined in January and McTominay. They are the ones who jeer the others on, who push our players when on the pitch. Maguire has done on occasions, but this season his head seems somewhere else. That isn't enough leaders. Great sides have players all over the pitch who are leaders.

While if we look at players in our squad who are in that peak age bracket of 26-30 we are lacking first team quality and consistent players.

DDG, Maguire, Lindelof, Telles, Fred, Bruno, Pogba and Lingard.

Fred, Lindelof and Lingard are almost certainly not good enough to be first choice for a title challenging team. Maguire is questionable.

DDG, s form has been up and down over the past few years.

Pogba wants to leave and struggles to string 3 good performances together.

Telles who we don't know how he will adapt to the EPL yet.

Which leaves only Bruno who is at his peak age and is good enough. And suprise suprise he is our best and most consistent performer.

Compare those players who you should be leaning on to the likes of Alisson, VVD, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane and Firmino at Liverpool.

Or Emerson, Walker, Laporte, Stones, Mendy, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Mahrez and Bernardo Silva at City.

United: DDG, Maguire, Lindelof, Telles, Fred, Bruno, Pogba and Lingard.

Nine at Liverpool, 7 of which are undisputed top class first team players.

Ten at City with 7 or 8 top class undisputed first team players.

With three (DDG, Bruno, Telles) maybe five (Pogba, Maguire) at United.

Is it any wonder we are behind those two, we are 4-5 top quality players at their peaks behind them.

So while we have loads of potential in the squad (Henderson, AWB, Williams, Laird, Tuanzebe, Mengi, McTominay, Garner, Levitt, van de Beek, Rashford, Martial and Greenwood) . We are a few years away from a bulk of them reaching that potential and gaining consistency across a whole season.

10.) 10 Nov 2020 15:45:47
Ken, I would agree that I don't think this City side is as strong as they were a couple of seasons ago. Losing players like Kompany and David Silva would weaken any side. I think Leroy Sane will be a loss for them. Yaya Toure was a great player, but he wasn't a part of the great City side Pep built.

That said they have some great players. Laporte is easily better than any CB we have, while Dias is very promising and could become a top player within a year or two. They have very offensive full backs, who maybe aren't the best defensively, but rarely have to defend.

Fernandinho has been one of the most important players for them, and he is aging. I'm not fully convinced by Rodri as his long term replacement. While Gundogan is still a very good player.

De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Ferran Torres, Mahrez and Foden offer plenty of creativity.

Then Aguero, Sterling and Gabriel Jesus as striking options mean they have players to convert chances.

I think this City side although maybe not at the same level as the one from a couple of seasons ago, but is still a very good side this season. I would have questions over how long they can remain a top side, Aguero, Gundogan and Fernandinho are in their 30's, Dr Bruyne and Mahrez are 29 turning 30 this season. While Pep has yet to commit to a new contract. Is he able to transition his last great team into his next one?

Very few modern managers can have success over a period of more than 5 years, as they need to cut away players who have served them well and bring through new younger players to move the team forward. Few managers are ruthless enough to do that. Especially when those players have been so loyal to you.

It's an interesting question for Liverpool as well with many of their key players turning 30 this year (VVD, Henderson, Salah, Mane and Firmino) .

Ideally you want a spread of ages with many key players a couple of years apart, allowing you to move one or two on a season and replace them over a 2-3 year period rather than trying to bring in 5-6 players for your first 11 in one season.

11.) 10 Nov 2020 16:56:03
I agree with that jred. But city will always strive to sign the best.




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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.




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22 Nov 2020 13:19:22
Thanks ed002. Appreciate the switch response.




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13 Nov 2020 17:39:25
Shappy they can sell him next summer or in Jan.




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02 Nov 2020 07:47:36
We need a manager with a C. V.




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28 Oct 2020 17:25:18
That's a good point exfzz.





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25 Nov 2020 12:06:52
Good read that dlib.
Its very much about making the right calls for the right games and situations. That's a tough part whisky there is obvious frailties for the most part its a strong squad. Best for years. We have the players to compete.
Squad rotation us a must but when we change a couple of players the whole system and mindset seems to change which is fuelling the inconsistency.
No matter what the shape or personelle we should be intent on attacking.
It possible to play 2 holding midfielders and be attacking if the movement tempo and passing is done well.
We have good players with good attacking instincts and ability. Send them out to use their a blur not stifle them. That would be my message.




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25 Nov 2020 11:18:33
And rightly so some of them have been crap. But they all have ability so when a player who has been crap and does something good its worth seeing it as a positive.
Giving stick is ok imo.




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25 Nov 2020 10:30:42
No reason for martial to be upset. Playing from the left is his best position. However he is a sulky character. He didn't like it when no9 was taken off him. He might prefer playing cf but he will have to do what's best for the team and him at cf is not what's best for the team plus cavani won't play every game so he will get his share up there but greenwood will be the future cf with any luck in 18 months.
Shearer and hughes were like cavani, of course goals are the primary job but if goals don't happen in a game they make a very positive contribution through their running, hard work and selflessness and martial has none of those 3 attributes. So when he doesn't score he contributes feck all else.




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24 Nov 2020 22:11:00
I agree jim although i'd have greenwood on ahead of martial obviously. Its a wonder why its taken this long.
Great in the 1st half and while subs were the right thing to do it killed the game and we were not as good in the 2nd half.
Delighted for James. He takes a lot of stick so it will be good for his confidence.




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24 Nov 2020 18:33:44
He did ok in an awful team performance. Nobody played well really apart from ddg.
Maybe he will imorove again tonight and with every game he plays. He has not played much recently.