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28 Jun 2022 11:05:35
Looks like the FDJ deal is edging closer.

Sky Sports News has been told the clubs have a "broad agreement" on the fee - believed to be €65m (£56m) plus performance-related add-ons.


1.) 28 Jun 2022 11:33:56
Time for City to swoop in and match it….



10 Dec 2021 14:19:34
Martial has asked to leave.


1.) 10 Dec 2021 15:49:38
Who will be interested?

I'm hoping Newcastle as with the money they are likely to be spending we may be able to get rid of both Lingard and Martial there.

2.) 10 Dec 2021 18:04:49
A couple of training sessions with Ralf and he's either been told he's surplus to requirements or he knows he can't hack it. I'm glad tbh he's been sub par for a good few seasons now.

3.) 10 Dec 2021 17:25:28
Loan to Italy or Spain.

4.) 10 Dec 2021 17:27:17
What are we going to do without his goals, assists, work ethic or winning mentality?

5.) 10 Dec 2021 19:12:03
Offer him to Barcelona in a deal for De Jong.

6.) 11 Dec 2021 00:26:06
I think he was gone prior to ralf.
Gut has been dreadful for ever now.
Work ethic is awful.
An to lay for man utd. U should be walking around with a smile.
90k a week.
Playing for man utd.
Doing what u enjoy.
What a job!

7.) 11 Dec 2021 09:56:03
I don't think luuk de jong would be a sensible signing for us.

8.) 11 Dec 2021 11:41:46
Frenkie De Jong would be though.

9.) 11 Dec 2021 11:57:55
He will work for Newcastle for half a season, maybe 1 season than play how he used to and go missing.
Lingard might work out well for Newcastle.
Newcastle hope bringing lingard can make their instagram pages better :)

10.) 12 Dec 2021 10:40:38
Magicsy, he is on £250k per week.



24 Nov 2021 10:40:00
Looks like it's Valverde for the interim managers job. Initial talks have been held.


1.) 24 Nov 2021 11:30:36
Latest rumour is Carlos Queiroz.

2.) 24 Nov 2021 11:50:52
New one every day until something gets sorted. Easiest way for websites to get clicks, like shooting fish in a barrel.

3.) 24 Nov 2021 12:45:32
"The main gripe (behind his sacking from Barca) was with Valverde's style of play: pragmatic, overly cautious and extremely reliant on individual brilliance. "

Sounds very familiar to me?

4.) 24 Nov 2021 13:55:29
At this stage I’d be happier with just keeping Carrick.

I can’t see this club not giving any external interim manager a three year contract by the end of the season.

5.) 24 Nov 2021 15:10:12
And you can't see them giving Carrick a three year contract by the end of the season?

Carrick, Phelan and McKenna were as much part of the problem as OGS,
and yet incredibly they're still there having been given new contacts last month.

6.) 24 Nov 2021 15:33:28
Talks about Rudy Garcia now.

7.) 24 Nov 2021 18:06:13
It might turn out that OGS was the problem not Carrick, Phelan, and McKenna? I have no idea but let’s wait and see.



21 Jun 2021 16:57:09
City have bid 100 million plus players for Kane. If they get Kane may as well hand the PL trophy over now.


{Ed077's Note - PSG have players like Mbappe, Neymar, Verratti etc and yet finished runners up to a Lille side with a 35 year old Burak Yilmaz leading the line and 37 year old Jose Fonte marshalling the defence.

So maybe wait till at least City begin their "transition"}

1.) 21 Jun 2021 17:24:49
The big difference is City are coached by the best coach in the world.

{Ed0666's Note - That’s debatable

2.) 21 Jun 2021 17:28:52
We won't be in the mix anyway Simo makes no difference to us sadly.

3.) 21 Jun 2021 17:29:50
City are a different animal to psg ed with a world class manager.

No doubt it will make them stronger, chelsea will be there and liverpool will be a lot closer than last season they will be back to there best.

But i agree with sim they will win it again if they get kane.

4.) 21 Jun 2021 18:05:21
I agree with Ken that it doesn't make any difference for the short term, City are favourites matter what. But can make a difference in two years.
Paying 150 millions for a player means you stick with him for at least 3-4 years. I am not sure how long can Kane be at his peak. As Ed014 says he seems unfit. His game depends in physicality (for me he is one of the strongest out there) and physicality will be lost with age and injuries. Kane is a slow starter, every time he comes back from injury he seems off the pace and needs 2-3 games to find his feet. At this time he is anonymous and then he is firing. I am not so sure paying 150 millions for Kane is the best for the long term.

5.) 21 Jun 2021 19:07:29
I've never been a fan of Harry Kane. He has a very good goal scoring record, but has become some what injury prone. I just don't like his style of play. He hasn't impressed me enough for the money that would be needed to purchase him from Spurs.

I know a lot of people will disagree with me. I feel he can be abit of a hinderence aswell.

{Ed025's Note - hes certainly a hinderance to opposition defences MH..

6.) 21 Jun 2021 19:23:21
If City get Kane and Chelsea get Haaland, who gets the better deal and who wins the league?

{Ed025's Note - city all day mate..

7.) 21 Jun 2021 19:28:23
I stand to be corrected but Kanes injury record is not as bad as people make out. He normally misses a month or so in a season. that's not going to hurt City with all the resources they have as cover.

He will score loads for them and instead of playing for a team like Spurs where the pressure is on him to always play and to always score means he can manage his body better and keep in better shape for longer.

He is not slow but certainly not the fastest either. He has an excellent football brain and as his speed declines he will play more and more like Teddy Sheringham who I seem to recall did ok for us.

His transfer fee and wages are almost an irrelevance to City. If he helps to retain the league and wim the Champions League he will have repaid the fee many times over.

{Ed025's Note - im with you salford mate..

8.) 21 Jun 2021 19:44:23
I think Kane is a fantastic fit for City and will make them significantly stronger. Not sure it's enough for them to win a CL though.

{Ed014's Note - Haaland on the other hand will make them as strong but more likely stronger for much longer!

9.) 21 Jun 2021 20:54:17
Think I’d have Son from Tottenham before Kane! Would love Haaland tho.

10.) 21 Jun 2021 22:40:54
Means they’ll not sign Haaland. Maybe we will?

11.) 21 Jun 2021 23:43:46
Think I trust Pep more than anyone here to know what his side needs and the difference he will make….

12.) 22 Jun 2021 01:20:58
I don't spenno. I don't think their record at transfers is great the last 5 years. In defence players come and go, they only seem to rate Dias as top class defender. At wingbacks Cancelo don't play enough, Mendy have injury problems and he is not at Citys level and even Walker for me is not a top player-take physicality out of him and he is a below average player. At the centre Gudogan is certainly a very good player but i don't think Rodri is an 60 million player. Up front they brought Bernardo Mahrez Torres and Jesus and as far as i know they would like to sell two of them, Mahrez and Zesus. Torres we don't know if he is good enough until he has a full year and Silva is a very good rw or am .
I certainly don't trust Pep and their recruitment team. I trust Liverpool but not City.

13.) 22 Jun 2021 04:51:54
If we got Kane, he would have been a sensational player. Now City bid for him and he becomes an injury prone average player. Sour grapes.

14.) 22 Jun 2021 12:11:54

I don’t want us to sign Kane for the amount stated and I think many on here said exactly the same when we were linked.

15.) 22 Jun 2021 12:46:35
Would love kane, at any price. Top quality. We spent 85mil on maguire and will spend similar on Sancho. Don't tell me Kane isn't worth it.

16.) 22 Jun 2021 13:26:16
UA all of us would like to have Kane in our team. None said that he is a crap player, he is very good, plays in National team and on paper is great. Though we must be able to see the "turning point" of each player. I mean you speak for Kane like he is 22 and has plenty of time so it worths 150+ millions. He doesn't according to us. He is in his way down and have in mind that he is not 27. When he will play his first game for his new team he will be 28 to 29.

17.) 22 Jun 2021 11:41:57

I pressed send before I could have finished. I meant he can be a hinderence to the team he is playing for. Obviously being a goalscorer the team is set up for him, but against the top teams, he doesn't seem to be able to deliver the goods when it is needed. Although Spurs have been over reliant on him for years.

The CL final when he was injured and came back for it springs to mind about him being a hinderence. Spurs missed Moura because it was all about Kane being fit and making sure he should play etc. The rest of the team tends to get forgotten, or become less of a priority. Perhaps just that was out of desperation to win the CL.

{Ed025's Note - you have to play your best players when you can MH and harry is definitely that, i think if he had better service he could be even more prolific mate, if city get him i believe the league would be over..

18.) 22 Jun 2021 18:34:37
You can see it the way you want to. For me one of the best players in our team last season was a 34 year old "past his best". The "on the wy down" player you refer to had the most goals and most assists in the PL this season. For me Kane still has a good 4-5 seasons at the top level and he strengthens any team he joins. Kane's game was never built around speed so it won't affect him. The craze with speed that some fans have is something i don't understand. Usain Bolt would do well of speed were everything.

150m or whatever it is that Levy demands would be well worth it when Kane top scores next season again. If Haaland who is unproven in the PL is worth what Dortmund would want then Kane is worth it too.

GDS, its a seller's market so it doesn't matter what you or i think. If Levy thinks Kane is worth 150m, then that's his price. Neymar wasnt close to what PSG paid but they did. We could go on listing player after player who weren't worth but they were purchased. Kane is worth every penny.

{Ed025's Note - im with you addict mate..

19.) 22 Jun 2021 19:17:44
I've watched few of the England games with Kane, Sterling and Foden, haven't been that impressed. Two shots on target in two games, maybe he is not the dream signing they think he will be.

20.) 22 Jun 2021 19:29:56
Do you know Alexis stats for the past two seasons before he came to us United Addict? I think back then you would show us how many he scored and asisted and say he is not on his way down.
For me its not about pace but physicality in the way he plays. I have seen him with his back to our goal, having two defenders in his back and turn them like they are nothing. For me he is one of the strongest players out there and that won't last forever, age and injuries (if he have) will affect his game. Ofcourse he will always be a top finisher but I don't expect to see Kane of Tottenham until he is 34-35. Furthermore, as many posters said, we don't know what's his reaction at not being the focal point, not having a free role and play the robotic style of Pep.
Ofcourse that's only my opinion and i maybe be completely wrong but because money aren't endless I wouldn't want to pay 150 millions to find out. I would like the same amount of money to be spended at a younger star who has 5+ years at the top level for sure.

{Ed025's Note - dont worry herrera...they wont be knocking on your door for a contribution mate.. :)

21.) 22 Jun 2021 19:46:31
Lol Ed025. We don't have a great record at big money sighnings and we don't have a great record at letting them go when it's time too. We payed 100+ millions for Pogba and because of that we stick with him and keep him hostage as 002 says. We paid 85 for Maguire and we must stick with him. We payed 50 for Matic and he gave us how many, 1 good season? And because of him we have not space to go and take another midfielder. We would be a lot better without them and there would be room for incomes and room for improvement.

{Ed025's Note - thats woodward for you mate..



30 Sep 2020 12:10:36
And now the scramble begins. We are now talking with Dembele. So in the space of 15-20 hours we have put a bid in for Sancho which was rejected and now turned our attention to Demeble. Why did they leave it so late?


1.) 30 Sep 2020 12:59:36
They were always going to under cut dortmund and go else where.

Wasting time yet again.

2.) 30 Sep 2020 16:54:59
You have to laugh, somebody comes up with this strategy year after year.

3.) 01 Oct 2020 02:22:01
Got to live when you hear United are in talks for a player when the whole world knows they cannot get deals over the line and the people negotiating these transfers should be done with fraud as they clearly are not what they say they are the biggest club in world has become the biggest laughing stock in world now.

4.) 02 Oct 2020 10:41:55
Grimslives, is there even a strategy? Even amateurs will do better than these guys. The more apt term for these guys is Novice at best.




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14 Jun 2022 10:45:49
Bissouma to Spurs 25 million done deal.
Cracking signing for Spurs.
Spurs are going to be strong next year, if Conte gets the players he wants.


1.) 14 Jun 2022 11:13:05
Great signing. A manager who said exactly what he wanted in order to stay and ready has two of them. Hmm.

2.) 14 Jun 2022 11:37:59
Only a complete idiot would not rate conte.

3.) 14 Jun 2022 11:43:15
Or a group of idiots, say ones who make decisions at a football club for instance!

4.) 14 Jun 2022 14:24:57
Spurs get the players conte wants they will be the team to close the gap to city and liverpool.

5.) 14 Jun 2022 15:22:17
Spurs as a side actually worry me the most.
They have a manager who usually wins the league wherever he goes.
The team becomes hard to beat.
He gets out the best in players you wouldn't know can reach that level.
He takes no bull.
He has 2 of the best strikers in the league in Kane and Son.
Hojberg is an underrated midfield player and Perisic would improve them out wide.
Definitely a team to look at closely.

6.) 15 Jun 2022 00:29:33
Spurs will not finish above liverpool or city. So strange comment. Top 2 will still be top 2 next year, unless one of their new signings seriously flops.



22 Apr 2022 12:32:32
Superb news this morning that Paul Pogba is unlikely to play again this season.
Let's pray to god that the last we see of him at United.
It's been a circus from the minute he walked through the door.


1.) 22 Apr 2022 13:56:51
Without doubt Utd’s worst ever signing considering the fees and wages

I can honestly say that he has not shone in one single game for 90 mins absolutely shocking

Played well for 45 mins at city a few years back

This guy is an absolute legend in his own head

People say he’s a world beater for France but I’ve not seen it. Yes he might look a little better and the World Cup win glosses over a lot. They weren’t great even though they won it

Good riddance and there is only one stupid enough club to give him a bumper pay day PSG

Nobody else would touch him with a barge pole.

2.) 22 Apr 2022 14:25:33
Taking his whole 6 years in its totality, pogba has definitely been underwhelming but the whole club has been a mess to be fair to him and its hard to imagine anyone, manager or player being successful in the past decade.

But to say he's not shone in a 90 min game for us and to gloss over the achievement of winning a world cup is ludicrous and he doesn't even make the top 10 when it comes to worst signings for us even post sir alex lol.

I have never really understood the hate and vitriol he gets on these pages, really bizarre.

3.) 22 Apr 2022 14:28:12
For me Pogba is the epitome of wasted talent. The lad has everything needed to be a world class modern midfield player. He’s strong, relatively quick, technically gifted and has passing ability and vision.

The problem is that he has never understood that being a great midfielder means doing all the unglamorous things too. Pogba wants to play in a team that does the donkey work for him - the defensive effort, creating space and just getting up and down the pitch. When he was at his best for France he had Kante and Matuidi doing all the hard work. This allowed him to be Hollywood Paul hitting sweet passes and creating. The problem with club football is the midfields can no longer afford passengers. If you look at Liverpool and City, every midfield player is working hard together.

I suspect Pogba will go back to Italy or join PSG where he’ll be allowed play his way. But he’ll never be the player he could have, or win the champions league.

4.) 22 Apr 2022 14:40:50
Pogba will not be missed and over the course of his 6years he has not performed to the level we hoped, that he can or that we paid for.
We wanted leadership out of him and this too has been lacking.
To offset that he has come in over a turbulent time with no manager being able to get the best out of him. we have spent a fortune on players yet not on the one area (HM) that could have actually sparked him to be more the player we hoped.
It is best for both sides to park it as a wasted period and wish each other good luck in the future.

5.) 22 Apr 2022 16:05:41
I'd argue Maguire is now United's worst signing but Pogba is up there as well. All the ability in the world but shows it for 30 minutes a month and thinks that's enough.

Never shuts up about wanting to leave but never turns up when it's actually needed. Delighted he will be leaving.

6.) 22 Apr 2022 18:44:42
The problem with Pogba is that he was bought to lead the team, drive it forward, that was never his strength. He is a luxury player, great when surrounded by world class players who can cover his failings, but never a leader of a team.

7.) 22 Apr 2022 18:47:12
I remember seeing Pogba play before he left for Juventus. Even then he seemed to be excessively languid in his style. I agree with Danny, Pogba is a luxury player who will thrive in the center of a great team, but he will never do the work, and he will always be a defensive liability.

Give SAF some credit. I think he recognized this trait in Pogba early on and determined that he had the wrong mentality for the EPL. Of course Woodward knew better.

8.) 22 Apr 2022 19:30:51
How anyone can defend pogba
Absolutely epitomises the problems at United where football to most of the players has become an after thought! Where winning doesn’t matter!
Whoever says Maguire is the worst I totally disagree! He’s been poor granted but their worlds apart in how they treat the club . Maguire although has fallen miles short treats the club with respect, would do anything to play and believe it or not in my opinion actually tries and cares! He’s fallen short but not through lack of professionalism!
PP on other hand is an absolute disgrace along with his team!

9.) 22 Apr 2022 19:50:45
Good riddance to the Pogcrap. Hopefully no top club wants to sign him and he ends up at Burnley under someone like allerdyce.

10.) 22 Apr 2022 22:11:44
Well said chris.

11.) 23 Apr 2022 00:25:47
RJmanutd - take a bow son.

"Never shuts up about wanting to leave but never turns up when it's actually needed. Delighted he will be leaving"

This should be Pogba's man utd epitaph.

12.) 23 Apr 2022 07:43:16
He came, he saw, he ambled, he dabbed, he moaned, he left. Thanks for the memories Paul.

13.) 23 Apr 2022 10:19:23
The biggest of many mistakes, it just seems to take us too long to recognise and rectify them.

14.) 23 Apr 2022 15:22:39
Spent almost 50% of his time injured too. Woeful signing, and we have manger him woefully too. Those in charge backed him over Mourinho too which was the biggest farce I’ve seen. Shocking leadership.

15.) 23 Apr 2022 15:27:35
The question I can’t see on here is why Pogba was not sold when Mourinho said what he was? Why did Woodward not support the manager then giving us years more pain? Why not sell two years ago and why on Earth has he been played this season when it was clear he was leaving and didn’t care?

Pogback was the marketing ploy and I suspect Woodward was counting click likes on instagram or whatever they do and couldn’t bare to sell him in case the likes dropped.

Rangnick has disappointed me by playing Pogba recently, unless he has been told to play him by Fletcher, who is unhealthily too close on the bench to the Manager.

Pogba is the perfect symbol of Woodwards United, marketing model but no substance, turns up if he feels like it. One of at least six who need to leave in summer.

One last point, when Megbri came on at Liverpool I watched him sprint past our own players, that flags the problem. Pogba was a leader, but not in a good way, he set an example of being laconic, lazy, slow too easily dispossessed. Time for change.



11 Aug 2021 11:23:32
Anybody see Hannibal's second half performance against Sheffield Wednesday for the U23 team.
This kid should be getting games in the first team now.


1.) 11 Aug 2021 12:52:37
I am hoping that he finds a similar route into the first team like Rashford/ Greenwood/ McTom, however with the number of midfielders we have got right now, his best chance would be in cup competitions.

2.) 11 Aug 2021 12:58:37

See my posts about Mejbri over a long time!

3.) 11 Aug 2021 13:00:23
I think he looks like he could do with a few games. The issue is that he will be competing with Bruno for a starting spot.

I also think we need to clear out players like Lingard, Pereira and Mata to make that space to give him the chances.

4.) 11 Aug 2021 13:06:22
In what position do you think simo?

5.) 11 Aug 2021 13:20:25
Ken - the problem is getting Ole to change this ridiculous formation where he insists on playing two defensive midfielders.
Until he does that we are stuck with McFred.

6.) 11 Aug 2021 13:22:34
The same mata you were happy that for a new contract shappy?

7.) 11 Aug 2021 14:20:44
Mejbri is too good for the U23's. He's also now a full International with Tunisia.

Player's like Lingard, James, Mata, Periera needs to be cleared out so that players like Mejbri, Elanga get the gametime for their development.

Mejbri can play anywhere across the frontline and as a box to box midfielder.

8.) 11 Aug 2021 14:24:05
Simo I agree the lad looks like a real talent. But even if he plays 1 behind 2 ole will favour pogba vdb ahead of hannibal.
Ole won't take risks. He won't trust youth he won't drop pogba who doesn't even want to be here.
But ill live in hope with zero expectation.

9.) 11 Aug 2021 14:49:39
Ken - Like TRD said he could play anywhere in the midfield.
I do agree with you Ken, he will keep playing Pogba even though he has zero interest in being at the club.
It makes my blood boil that a player like Hannibal who is desperately trying to push his way in to the first team is being held back by an over paid clown who plays half -heartedly week in week out.

10.) 11 Aug 2021 14:52:14
The same one Ken. I'm still happy to see him stick around. I'd have thought a man of your age would appreciate a little experience within a team.

I think there are a few youngsters who look like they could step up and play a few games this season. Amad who has been excellent for the Ivory Coast at the Olympics looks more ready for the EPL this season. Elanga has been excellent during pre-season (so has Andreas Pereira again though so let's temper some expectations), Hannibal looks ready for a few games. Shoretire looks far too good for the under 23's but is too young to leave on loan (for me he is the one to keep a real eye on, has played up an age group at every level and has never looked out of place) .

So that's four youngsters who look like they could do with playing a few games at first team level. Not all of them will make it, yet all four have a genuine chance in my opinion.

The issue is though that all of them play as forwards, which puts them up against Rashford (23), Martial (25), Bruno (26), Sancho (21), Greenwood (19), James (23), as well as the older heads of Mata (33) and Cavani (34). That list doesn't include Andreas Pereira (25) and Lingard (28) who are likely to move on.

That's 10 forward players who they are up against for at most 4 starting spots.

Of those players 4 of them are 23 years old or younger.

Lingard, Pereira should be gone, I'd imagine you'd like to see Martial leave as well. I doubt that will happen. Personally I think James should leave either on loan or permanently this summer. Mata will leave next summer and these kids should look to be ready to take his place. In the mean time I can see the value of playing Mata with these kids in heavily rotated cup games against lower league opposition in the early rounds.

If the plan was to keep Lingard as back up with experience then letting Mata go would make sense, but if the plan is to let Lingard go then keeping someone over the age of 25 as a back up player makes a lot of sense.

The balance of our squad is heavily tilted towards young potential as opposed to proven experience. To win titles you need both.

if you look at the players who could be on their way out over the next summer or two and you see players like Grant, Mata, Matic, Pogba, DDG, Cavani, Lingard. All players with experience. That would leave Heaton (34), Maguire (28), Varane (28) and Fred (28) as the only players in our entire squad over the age of 27. With the bulk of our first team under the age of 25.

When I say I think this side is a couple of years away from wining things it is because the age profile of our squad on the whole is very young. While those who add experience are generally in one area of the side.

11.) 11 Aug 2021 18:21:53
When Ken pinned the Mata point on Shappy, Shappy brings out the “man of your age” comment to try to put Ken back in his place, has tried that with me too. Next he will make it that it was all in jest.

Write essays if you want, yet the key thing with young players like Mejbri and co is they need a brave manager to give them a go. Instead it looks like we are keeping the experience of players like James to block the way. SAF made way from Beckham and co, but has Ole got the guts?

12.) 11 Aug 2021 19:11:13
You ain't as old as Ken, Redman. he's ancient and still doesn't know the offside rule. 😉.

13.) 11 Aug 2021 19:21:54
Red Man, I don't dare to think I could put Ken in "his place". I know Ken personally and he will know that what I say to him is in jest, good natured banter. As it is to everyone.

At the end of the day I'm a mature student writing about Manchester United on the internet on a banter site. I'd be twice the fool I think I am if I took myself or anything on here that seriously.

I agree that sometimes a pathway needs to be cleared so that there is a route for talented youngsters. As Sir Alex did for Beckham. Then at other times a little experience is what is needed, like when Sir Alex brought back Scholes rather than give a young Pogba a run in the team.

I'm a big advocate of giving youth a chance, and take far more joy seeing an academy kid make it than a fancy signing.

But we aren't a team that is just about producing players, we are a team that tries to win with our own produced players. For that you need a certain amount of experience in the dressing room.

We mostly have a young squad, keeping a couple of players with actual winning experience and knowhow will be vital if we are to push to win something this season.

14.) 11 Aug 2021 19:22:21
I'm not offended by the age comment at all. Shappy knows me better than that. When shappy grows up and matures and stops being a student he will realise the difference between theory and reality.
He will look back and realise all he posts should be sponsored by the words 'if' or maybe, or should.
No high level football experience in playing or coaching no high level financial experience just words and too many of them.
He will grow up and mature and when he does he might reflect on his posts and realise he is just making noise like the proverbial empty vessel. None of shappys posts are based on knowledge or experience its all scenarios made up in his own head he convinces himself he is right and written ten of thousands of words in the last few weeks alone trying to argue and having an opinion on every single topic without any first hand knowledge or experience on most of the points he argues.
He will contradict himself within a week sometimes the same day often within the same thread and occasionally within the same post.
With age as well as grey hair / no hair comes experience. i'm not saying anything here I've not said to shappy face to face he will argue black is white and then the opposite the following day. But he does it with a smile on his face.
His passion is to be commended the site would be poorer without him for sure. A throughly nice chap who is honest with sound morals and a friend you can rely on although his banter can be suspect but we are all guilty of that. He'll be fine when he grows up and moves into the real world and leaves the theoretical one.

15.) 11 Aug 2021 19:56:32
James I'm still not over your cheating mate🤣🤣 running out with your arm in the air Tony Adams style shouting howzeeee ref while keeping everyone on side unforgivable🤣 still you got away with it so fair play. Still denying an old man his final goal is a good result mate. 😫.

16.) 11 Aug 2021 20:51:56
I think I am older than Ken, but it isn’t a competition you want to win!

SAF had the conviction to play Ronaldo when people said he was a show pony. I watch our bloated squad and can’t help but feel Ole and co can’t be ruthless. Mejbri may or may not make it, but to block way way for him and others, with ordinary squad players, because of what seems indecisive management is not reflective of our club.

17.) 11 Aug 2021 21:26:50
Red Man, I think we agree on more things than either of us would care to admit 😂

I'm not a fan of having too many "squad" players. Every player should have a defined role. Squad players should ideally fit into one of three categories. They are either experienced players who can guide younger players but probably don't have the legs to play more than 25-30 games a season. They are young players trying to make their way. Or you might have a few players who are jack of all trade master of none type player. These guys are useful to fill a gap every now and then. The key is you don't want more than 2 or 3 of them at most.

What you don't want or need is a back log of players who aren't good enough. Unfortunately that is what we have.

I agree we need to move these players on. Unfortunately we have a board that are too concerned with their "asset" value. That's why Jones was given an extension when we didn't have a permanent manager. Who made that decision? They are the real problem.

18.) 11 Aug 2021 22:18:34

The manager needs to be firmer on this, the board need to accept they cannot always get the price they want and that a streamlined squad is better. SAF set the parameters yet now the far more malleable Ole is likely told what he can do. The Ed has said before there is no plan for the young players and there is a fog of mediocrity in front of them. Who made the Jones decision? Well there may not have been a permanent manager but Ole was in charge and likely being the nice guy, not wanting to rock the boat at the time, wanted to keep all the players happy with him, recommended the new contract.

It needs a firm managerial hand and am not seeing that here. Shift some of the players to give these young players a chance, it could cost us dearly not to.

19.) 11 Aug 2021 23:12:39
Redman the only difference between us is if I went to a nightclub now I'd be there to pick up my kids but you would be there to pick up your grand kids🤣
I agree in part mate. We can't lay all the blame on ole for not clearing all the players he'd like to. They are on huge contracts and players like Jones won't walk away from millions and the easy life. If I was advising him I'd tell him sit tight and see out your contract. Clubs can't afford them. Periera has done nothing to justify more than a nominal transfer fee same for axel or Williams.
Personally I'd rather we had a mass clear out we have been poorly run on the transfer side of the club for a long time on ins and outs imo.
We have too many players that we can't shift and that is blocking the way of academy graduates where chances are slim in an over bloated squad and a manager adverse to risk.
If we can't shift the ones we want out then its imperative we find good loans for elanga shortire hannibal Williams laird garner Levitt and not let them stagnate as 5th choice options because ole won't play them ahead of mcfred or matic martial or James or mata or Jesse if they are still here. We saw it with tuanzebe and Williams last year. He was playing injured players ahead of them. He has no desire to take risks. He is a cheque book manager that's spent 400m and produced complete dross not even trophies and dross like his predecessor. Some want to give him credit for building a good squad but I just see us adding players that's not building and shaping a squad imo. (I hasten to add that's not all oles fault)
For the last 3 years at every window I've said its more important to get rid of players than to buy more.
Lb 3rd choice Williams also 3rd choice rb
Jones 5th choice cb
James 3rd choice winger
Matic 3rd choice midfielder
Martial 3rd choice striker or lw
Mata 4th choice rw 10
Jesse 3/ 4 choice rw 10 lw
These guys might play 50 games between them on outrageous money while making the likes of garner hannibal etc 5th choice.
If players won't leave either permanently or on loan particularly those treading water or last year of their contract then axe then from the squad let them train alone and have no interaction with the squad let them have their money but work alone with no football.
Promote the younger guys in their place but ole is all about self preservation.

20.) 12 Aug 2021 06:58:26

Ha, night club, I go to sleep before they are open, my grandkid is still very young so few years before picking them up and likely it will be the next morning given they are open until 7am or something I believe already.

Ole is too afraid to upset any of the alsorans, so why leave if they are getting games and pocketing big money. As you rightly say he plays the experience rather than the youth because he is afraid to lose. He just will not stand his ground because he doesn’t want to, Ole wants experience to ensure he doesn’t lose and kids can be risky.

Ole is, as you say, about self preservation.



02 Aug 2021 13:02:21
Could Haaland end up at United next season?

I genuinely believe that United are going to go all out for Haaland next season.

Obviously it's up to him where he goes and he will have the pick of Europe.

If you look at the advantages United have.

1) Ole knows him very well and has signed a contract extension at United.
2) He is big mates with Jadon Sancho.
3) I don't think any club will be able to match the salary that United will offer him.

Another big factor will be how well United do this season.

I also think this is why they made sure that Cavani would stay on for one more season.


1.) 02 Aug 2021 13:53:22
Haaland will go to bayern or madrid in my opinion next summer and we will sign either benzema or lewandowski to continue our trend of buying top strikers in the twilight of their career.

2.) 02 Aug 2021 14:13:45
DSG, I agree with that. I'm not sure how "big mates" Haaland us with Sancho as they have only known eachother for 18 months. I'd be more inclined to believe Haaland was keen to move back to the north of England having been born in Leeds and spent large parts of his youth in both Leeds and Manchester.

Surely that would be a bigger pull for him than a colleague he has known for 18 months.

Same thing with Ole. He knows Ole very well, and probably has a certain amount of admiration for him. But that didn't make him choose United over Dortmund 18 months ago. So I wouldn't expect it to make a big difference in 12 months time.

I expect he'll make a decision based on what he feels is best for his career. He'll have a choice of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG and all the top English clubs. His salary would be fairly similar I'd imagine between all of those clubs. Certainly not hugely different. It will be about which sporting project gives him the best chance to win league and UCL titles. If he wants team and personal glory then he'll need to pick a club which gives him the best chance for that. You pretty much NEED to win the UCL or world cup to be in with a shout at the Balon d'Or, with the greatest respect he probably isn't going to win the World cup with Norway. So will be looking for UCL glory.

As for United, we have Greenwood pushing for a starting spot at CF now with Rashford on the left and Sancho on the right. As such when Cavani leaves in 12 months time I think a player such as Benzema or Lewandowski would be ideal. Someone sti good enough but might not play every week. Someone with huge experience to pass on but would only be there for 1-2 season's taking Greenwood to around 22 years old by the time they leave. Hopefully ready to step up and be the first choice option.

3.) 02 Aug 2021 14:29:16
DSG - I don't think that Bayern will pay them sort of wages

If City get Kane that rules them out of the running for him next season.

I can't see PSG in the running, i genuinely don't think that Haaland would be interested in playing in the French League.

Barcelona are completely on there arse, they are crippled with debt and can't sell players fast enough.

Real is an option and it always has massive pulling power as is Juve.

I think that we have a great chance of signing him year if he stays at Dortmund this season.

4.) 02 Aug 2021 14:38:08
I heard he wants to move to the EPL, leaving only really three teams in contention if that is true.

{Ed002's Note - Which three teams would that be?}

5.) 02 Aug 2021 15:11:29
LLV - City, Chelsea and United?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

6.) 02 Aug 2021 15:15:00
The lad turned us down for Dortmund, I can't see him choosing us over Bayern, Madrid, City or Chelsea next summer.

His agent also probably wouldn't even pick up the phone from someone at our club.

Can't see it happening unfortunately.

7.) 02 Aug 2021 15:29:20
No chance haaland comes to united. Zero nil none.
We won't be signing any mino players any time soon.

8.) 02 Aug 2021 15:32:52
Chelsea, Man City and MK Dons.

9.) 02 Aug 2021 16:16:50
Ken - they are trying to resign Pogba which basically means that they are open to deal with Mino.

10.) 02 Aug 2021 16:33:27
Simon they have had no contact with mino as per ed002. They have ruined the relationship and there looks to be no way back.
They are dealing with him through a3rd party i understand.
Triggering a 1 year extention without envisaging m engaging with the client and his shan't m agent is hugely disrespectful and totally unique . The guy wants to leave and the club have so far refused to talk to his agent.

11.) 02 Aug 2021 17:11:40
Ken - if there is any chance of United signing Haaland they will find a way of either dealng with him or like you said dealing through a 3rd party.

12.) 02 Aug 2021 17:14:05
I’ll be amazed if he goes anywhere else other than Madrid. Doesn’t matter how much debt there in they always find a way to sign the galactico’s.

13.) 02 Aug 2021 18:02:57
Sim, part of the reason the club and Mino fell out was because they tried to sign Haaland 18 months ago by cutting Mino out of the deal.

United will never sign Haaland while Mino is his agent. That bridge has been well and truly burned.

14.) 02 Aug 2021 18:02:57
Sim, part of the reason the club and Mino fell out was because they tried to sign Haaland 18 months ago by cutting Mino out of the deal.

United will never sign Haaland while Mino is his agent. That bridge has been well and truly burned.

15.) 02 Aug 2021 20:16:55
Ed, I was spe refering to City, Chelsea and United, as being the only teams that could viably afford the package in the EPL, which is supposedly what Haaland wants. Apparently Liverpool would struggle to fund that signing. If City and Chelsea find strikers this season, that would leave them unlikely too. I understand United and Raiola is troublesome, and probably a bigger stumbling block that other things, but then again I'm not the one making those claims.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United had their chance and opted not to speak with his agent.}

16.) 02 Aug 2021 22:47:47
It is interesting to note on here that the general opinion is that Utd burned bridges with Raiola rather than the other way around.

Irrespective of your view, in which football universe did an agent suddenly dictate to a player where he goes, as if the player is some clueless simpleton with no idea of their own goals, dreams, biases or decisions.

Its pretty clear that some do not know the difference between a public agitation, a negotiation and a complete bluff.

We old have signed Pogba again, there was a figure touted, we declined and made our offer. The player is free to leave of we get a fee that is acceptable.

How is Daniel Levy a tough negotiating genius and yet Woodward is a clueless simpleton? Neither sell for less than perceived value. No one wanted Pogba last year, no one wants him this year, the only 2 people who believe he is one of the top players in the world are him and his agent.

He is going to wait until January, be touted around yet again by Raiola, pure delaying tactics to see if June are keen to replace Ronaldo as their superstar if Ronaldo doesn't leave. Barcelona and Madrid don't want him, neither do PSG though that may change if they lose Mbappe for no other reason than to have a shirt selling, French homegrown icon.

Frankly there are several players who the club wohld happily replace Pogba with right now of he could be sold and his wages off the books

Ole likes him and gets on with him, but he is very much in a minority at OT thanks to his overly aggressive, antagonistic agent.

Utd have been open to letting Pogba go and have been made the scapegoats for the fact no one wants him at the wages, agent fees and player transfer price that he has been available for.

Easy to blame the club, the board etc, but if he is that brilliant, how come no one is fighting to sign him?

If Utd are that inept, how are we able to be signing such talent from other agents. Mendes, Barnett, Felicevich, Otin, Mondial, Kroth without such drama

Raiola will do what his client tells him to do. Yes he will do his best to try and sway his client in other directions and drive a hard bargain, dressing it up as being in his clients best interests, but if his player demands he delivers a result for them, with a club who's project, location, playing style and global status suits them best, which is the most important person to influence, the player, or the agent?

Haaland will sign for Utd and Utd at all levels are making that absolutely crystal clear that they want him, and only him. Madrid? So they break the bank to sell him, to drop him into what? A team of aging stars of the past and he waits 3 or 4 years before they have a team worth playing with to compete for the Champions League? Seriously? that's what you think is happening? Spain is on life support finance wise, as is Italy, Germany barely breaking even and PSG didn't even win their domestic league. Never mind Utd being accused of living in the past on past glories, Real are no longer even the best team in Madrid, or am I the only one who noticed?

17.) 03 Aug 2021 03:37:15
Clutching at straws simo. We have no relationship with his agent as 002 has mentioned many times.

18.) 03 Aug 2021 06:44:08
I would welcome Haaland if he came without his agent Mino which is very unlikely.

Mino has everything lined up in his favor and as good as Haaland might be, we should not bow down to his demands if we ever get on talking terms with him.

Haaland seems a very ambitious lad and I reckon his next stop will probably be Bayern for a couple of years where he can add to his medals collection before moving to somewhere like Real. Bayern do have a habit of signing the best players in the league anyhow.

However, with Mino as his agent we might be surprised where he ends up next.

19.) 03 Aug 2021 07:07:18
He won't sign for united Cheshire.
Simple as that.

20.) 03 Aug 2021 10:23:39
Happy to take any bets Ken.

21.) 03 Aug 2021 12:19:52
Exciting if it is true Cheshire.

22.) 03 Aug 2021 12:36:14
Cheshire you seem to be ITK with people higher up at OT. Any thoughts on what they make of OGS so far….

23.) 03 Aug 2021 12:55:20
For me it feels that Bayern are the club most suited to him. They are probably going to move Lewandowski on sooner rather than later. But then again historically of all the clubs mentioned they are least likely to bust the bank on a fee or wages (and are the best run) .
Players do often gravitate towards particular managers who've developed them over the years or have a great reputation for improving players. You see it with Pep and even 'vintage' Mourinho. I'm sure Ole and Haaland speak as friends but I am not sure Ole has that pulling power where players are tripping over themselves to sign for him. Also the idea that players travel around Europe to be at the same club as their mates is ridiculous. It is purely dictated by greed and money, sadly.

24.) 03 Aug 2021 13:47:44
RLF, they have given him a new 3 year deal and have given him huge backing in the transfer market. The first time this has happened in a summer that we have qualified for the UCL. Normally the big spending summers are to get us back into the UCL after not qualifying.

That would suggest that they are pretty happy with Ole. The fact that according to reports the club have no plans or even a vague idea who they would target as a new manager if Ole was to depart suggests that they have no plans to change the manager any time in the next 12-18 months at least.

That said if Ole fails his objectives he'll be sacked just like previous managers when they have failed in the eyes of the board/ owners.

25.) 03 Aug 2021 17:25:17
Exactly Shaps. If the board trusted the manager then they won’t sack him even if he fails to mark top 4. Maybe the backing we are seeing is more a reflection of the board finally understanding how poor the squad was and needed change regardless of the manager- similar to what Chelsea do so well.
I was curious to hear if the board still see him as a stop gap till someone better comes along.

26.) 03 Aug 2021 23:44:01

Solskjaer has United the PLC board and the football board. The most stability we have enjoyed since SAF retired.

He had an instant impact, at all levels including, importantly, on the pitch.

He has what many managers don't have, the ability to understand the politics of the club, the culture and history whilst bringing in people who can support the areas he readily accepts he requires help in.

He has balance, is empathetic to the commercials, constraints and shows belief in his bosses. He has, to coin a phrase, Utd the club with a common vision and belief, from the receptionist, to the training ground personnel to the commercial teams.

He has handled many challenging circumstances with aplomb, not least of all the way he handled the media when Pogba's agent was agitating and managed to keep the player focused and feeling wanted and loved.

He readily accepts his mistakes, has evidenced he can learn from them and instils a calm belief in the players. All of the players speak highly of him, he replicated much of the behaviours, communications style and ambition learned from Sir Alex.

His signings have been overwhelmingly positive and successful and he has seen many players improve spectacularly.

The position is that whilst there is a determination and expectation that a league title challenge and certainly a trophy are expected, it has a very 1989 feel to the current position.

Only a disastrous season would see him under pressure, as he still has another summer window before arriving at the overall plan to recreate the values of the squad and the Man Utd way.

He was very analytical and definitive when he arrived, with a clear handle on all the current problems, but most importantly a step by step plan and roadmap over a period of years that would bring the club back to where it needed to be, whilst also being very much wanting only the best for the club and if he wasn't making progress and was in the way he would be the one to tell the board they needed someone else to take the club forward.

There is a very high level of trust, he is highly regarded and not simply a yes man, but he can articulate and negotiate behind closed doors whilst never letting leaks or overt inferences that fall outs have happened, as is inevitable in any high performance environment.

He is far more astute, intelligent and cold hearted for success than many perceive due to his affable manner, but he never makes mistakes in front of the press and he has clearly quietened the avalanche of abuse and finger pointers.

It should be remembered that no one gave Utd any chance whatsoever of a title challenge last year at the outset, no one. The fact that the media and commentators are now saying, well, Utd have made great signings, now they need to take the next step is a complete 180 on the expectation and belief in Utd outside of the club, respect is returning, other clubs now begin to fear us once again, and all that in less than 9 months from the start of last season.

That is progress. That is success. We were all over the place before Ole arrived, a club in crisis, lost identity, no logic on building a squad, poor internal relationships and a lack of trust from team to top table.

What he has achieved is, to those who don't know the man, remarkable, however he will not get carried away, he is a born winner, will not be satisfied until Utd are firmly back on top and has the drive and ruthlessness to keep pushing and sense when players are too comfy and will move those on that he cannot reignite fire in their bellies.

With a little luck always required for winning trophies, and one or two more years of both astute dealing. e especially in his next area of learning, squad churn on the selling side in moving unwanted players out, allowing success to breed further success, it may not be too long before fans not only fear what would happen were he to leave, but also be questioning who is going to be able to come in and take over from him that can live up to all of the facets of being the person to occupy the most challenging and important management position in club football.

I am excited for the season ahead as the right steps are being made but I am especially excited for next year, when 3 more additions complete phase 1 of the team building to the point where there will be a very strong expectation to be winning the Champions League with a team young enough but with high enough quality to win it for multiple seasons.

Do not underestimate the drive and ambition of the man. He may be quiet, measured and diplomatic, but he is a killer underneath that boyish smile, the baby faced assassin is a very apt name for him not just as a player, but as a manager aswell.



24 May 2021 09:44:56
I know Hannibal only got 10-15 minutes yesterday but you can just tell what a terrific footballer he is and how he's always thinking one step ahead. He just looks the part and i think he will make the breakthrough next season and will be a brilliant player for Man United in the future.


1.) 24 May 2021 10:10:25
I know what you mean sim, he looks a really intelligent footballer and technically gifted. We have some real gems in the youth setup.

P. s what a header by Elanga also eh!

2.) 24 May 2021 10:39:35
He looked very skillful and composed.
Shows how good some academy players could be.
Would be best if we move on Jesse, Pereira and mata to let mejbri get 10-15 games next season.
Given how we usually struggle against wolves side, I think the guys played really well apart from first choice CF their team was still their best.
Its been ages since I saw a performance from midfield like Donny played. Its all too negative from mctom and fred.




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25 May 2022 12:36:45
I agree Tim_99.
I have watched him 3-4 times this year and he's isn't a high energy player and doesn't press.
I think he would find the pace extremely difficult in the Premier League.
Just my personal opinion but i would stay well clear, it's not the type of player we need.




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20 May 2022 12:15:31
Shappy - Dalot is absolutely sh*t! end of.




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19 May 2022 16:51:30
Rumours that he's looking at Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan.




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22 Mar 2022 15:02:07
Football today players like Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Mbappe do what they want when they want, it doesn't matter who is in charge.




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22 Mar 2022 12:48:40
Bolger - the three of them have so much influence in that PSG team that one wrong word from Poch would probably get him fired.

Dbrooks90 - i never said i wanted Poch as the next United manager, i was merely pointing out that Messi, Mbappe and Neymar are a bunch of whinging babies and it must be hard for Posh to bite his tongue at times.





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01 Jul 2022 15:04:29
I seriously have my doubts about this De Jong transfer.
I can see us scratching around last minute for a replacement.




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27 Jun 2022 09:37:01
angelred - yes he was.




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23 Jun 2022 15:31:46
Attack - He scored goals in the Portuguese league.
Apart from 3 maybe 4 clubs, Benfica, Sporting, Porto the rest are probably 1st division level.
The premier league is a different animal.
The kid is very talented and because he's going to a club that creates lots of chances he should succeed but there are no guarantees.




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23 Jun 2022 09:25:01
Absolute bull sh*t he is better than Maguire.
What planet are some of you on?




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22 Jun 2022 10:58:58
I agree with Red Man, it's a complete waste of 40 million pounds.
We are completely stocked up on wingers, we should be spending that money on a top defensive midfielder that complements Frankie De Jong (if we ever manage to get that signing over the line) .
Defensive Midfielder, Center Back and a Forward is what we desperately need.