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25 Feb 2018 07:40:54
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Review Of The Day 25th February 2018

25 Feb 2018 06:02:40
{Ed's Note - Tris Burke has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 25th February 2018

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Premier League Match Previews Sunday 25th February 2018

25 Feb 2018 05:09:37
{Ed's Note - Tris Burke has posted a new article entitled, Premier League Match Previews Sunday 25th February 2018

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25 Feb 2018 06:11:00
Blimey, Ed002 predicting a 3-0 away win, not sure I can see that happening.

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25 Feb 2018 07:12:40
I know Ed002 you support Liverpool but was that prediction really personal, hope or just outright hate? 🤣
Good weekend.

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{Ed001's Note - Ed002 does not support Liverpool, Chelsea is his favoured team in England.}

25 Feb 2018 02:26:49
Chelsea are a good side, Champions from last season and appear to stayed with their manager for the time being at least. It won't be easy but it is at OT so we have a good chance as we should have.

Negativity seems to be the favourite mode at the moment led and fed by Beast. Yet we have been in far worse places in recent seasons, we are now competing at the top which we haven't done since SAF was around.

So many on here seem to think the football when SAF was around was beautiful, yet it wasn't, we didn't play expansive football for SAF final years or at other times as well but usually got the job done. I see the appoint a young manager, experience doesn't matter, no doubt after a year playing nice unsuccessful football those people will be happy that we have become irrelevant but the football is nice. We are having a dose of reality, a giant club that appointed two wrong managers allowed the team to fester due to Glazernomics and it needs fixing. If you think a young inexperienced manager can fix not just the first team but every level of the club you are deluded.

This isn't fifa2017 or whatever you play, once you get a manager you can't just keep pressing reset. I am not Jose's biggest fan but he has a difficult job with the state the club has been in, the club needs to take its medicine deal with the issues created over a long time. It happened to Liverpool, SAF knocked them off their perch and they didn't recover, we are trying to recover not from 5 years but nearer 9 years, the decline started then, as it did in 1969.

Finally we are seen as arrogant fans and it's not surprising, we have no devine right to win. I may be thousands of miles away right now but would love to be at OT today to support the team. I think we will win 2.1 good luck to the lads.

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25 Feb 2018 04:40:11
"I am not Jose's biggest fan", unless you are a completely different redman to one who normally posts here or I am suddenly in some comic book alternate dimension this is LoL worthy. Every match chat people including me are justly and sometimes unjustly criticizing mourinho and you are there defending him at every turn and blaming everyone else, though normally it's fergie and Glazer's fault.

I agree the football under SAF in his last years wasn't that good but no one is saying it was, nor is anyone asking for breathtaking football, is expecting a manager who has spent 300 mn to maybe show some balls and attack teams like Huddersfield expecting too much.

We park the bus routinely whether the opponent is Man City or Sevilla, what's worse is even the bus parking is poor as it is normally ddg who makes sure we don't concede not our defense. You talk about SAF's football but please show me a game in SAF's 25+ years where we were as negative as we were against City away last season or Liverpool away this season.

How many millions does Jose needs to spend before we say enough? You say this isn't FIFA yet he has spent money like it is, but when fans expect football half as good we are arrogant.

Even the money he has spent looks not so great, Pogba has been average until now and mourinho seems to have fallen out with him now to make matters worse. The 500k man has performed worse than martial was in his position and now there are reports that martial wants to leave because he doesn't seem to think mourinho trusts him. The Everton player we spent big money on is performing at the Everton level, playing well against bottom table rubbish but put a half decent team against him and he goes into a shell dragging utd with him. Matic looks bang average after a god start, mkhi was a failure and lindelof will join him on that list unless there is dramatic improvement.

But hey let's all trust Mourinho. So what if you were pitching a fit since the day Moyes was announced without giving him even a day to prove himself, heck you moaned about a 4-1 win in his opening weekend. But people point out actual faults that mourinho has they are arrogant and playing FIFA.

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25 Feb 2018 06:22:16
“Fed and led by Beast” is a bit harsh mate. As is “the decline started 9 years ago”, despite us winning the league in 2009, 2011, and 2013. I agree that SAF’s final few years saw him squeeze every last drop out of the squad he had but isn’t that the key point here? Jose has a far far better squad with some very good players yet he doesn't seem capable of squeezing the bare minimum out of them at the moment. After last year, disappointing football but 2 trophies, I think we all expected us to push on with the signings we made but it hasn’t happened.

Now there are suggestions of a fall out with Pogba, if that mobilises the rest of the players then great but how did we get here. Jose’s famed man management skills appear to be lacking and as I have said several times, I don’t think he is the same Manager any more. His approach is starting to look outdated and he isn’t having the effect on players he used to have when he first arrived.

I th No you are Leighton older than me but I’m not arrogant, I’ve been there through the ‘70’s and 80’s when we were at best a cup team. But you know what? Other than Sexton I enjoyed going to games. Lately, watching us has become painful, made even worse by seeing the football that City, Liverpool, and Spurs play.

So, just to be clear.

1. Jose is nowhere near getting the best out of these players.
2. The way we play is not the United way and if this is how we win trophies then I am not interested.
3. Win today and we maybe get a moment to regather and press again. Lose, and the momentum is with others and God knows how Jose will react.

Jose is apparently one of the best Managers in the world, according to some on here, the best. He needs to start showing it.

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25 Feb 2018 06:48:46
CSM
No I am not Mourinhos biggest fan. If I was I would have wanted him at every opportunity. So let’s be clear, again, I wanted him when SAF retired because we needed a manager of his stature to stop us falling off the cliff, which we then did. Moyes was the utter disaster I expected and to replace him I wanted Klopp. When they put lvg in place I wasn’t impressed but thought the club must have a long term plan to appoint Pep once LVG had set the basics as he did at Barca. It turned out to be another error, compounded by not getting Pep. I defended LVG as I am Jose because their CV said they deserve time, Jose’s far more than LVG. When the club failed to line up Pep who I wanted to replace LVG the only answer for me was to go for Jose because we had dug ourselves into a big hole.

AJH
Sextons football was far worse, to the point we used to sit down on the Stretford End and read the programme. Atkinson played good football but again I stood on the End singing about how we had won eff all again. All the while the Liverpool machine won everything.

I support the manager in this instance, you mention how he handles players well does the club support the manager or the player, one brings anarchy. So for me I think we need to support the rebuild and if next season it is the same he will naturally come under pressure. The board sets his objectives and unless they say pretty football is required he has time. I think we need to build solidity a base to attack from and we will flow better then.

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25 Feb 2018 07:06:37
Red Man, I see what you are saying but it comes down to has Jose still got it? I don’t think he has and I don’t see him lasting beyond next year. Whilst we are coming at it from different angles I guess we agree that he needs to start to show progress next year. We could finish second this year, or we could finish 5th.

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25 Feb 2018 07:20:27
AJH

Lost it? He won 2 major trophies with a side that finished out of the top four. I get what you are saying but the club needs some stability just now and I don’t think another change helps. We haven’t got a strong spine in CD or CM and if he strengthens there I feel we will be better next season. If we aren’t then Jose will be under pressure.

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24 Feb 2018 20:36:21
Big game tomorrow, win and we make a statement. Lose and we are third with Chelsea level and potentially Spurs only a point behind. The performance is important but the result is critical. Which United will turn up?

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24 Feb 2018 21:28:15
The usual one I fear mate.

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24 Feb 2018 22:17:44
In which case we are buggered.

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24 Feb 2018 22:51:54
We have to score first. If we do, I think we'll win, and win comfortably. If we don't, with the way we set up, the pedestrian nature of our football, and the lack of a leader on the pitch, I can't see us getting back into it. Obviously, I hope I'm wrong.

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24 Feb 2018 23:28:53
I bet the odds for 0-0 or a set-piece 1-0 either way have never been worse.

Early goal is essential if we have any chance of a decent watch.

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24 Feb 2018 23:48:40
I’m interested to see what happens. After a very positive start to the season there appears to be something not right at the moment. It could be a power struggle, it could just be players are out of form, it could be Jose’s tactics or man management, but it makes tomorrow’s game massive. Slowly but surely we have been caught and we now have several teams breathing down our necks.

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25 Feb 2018 01:14:15
Unfortunately I only see Chelsea winning and probably 2 or 3 nil.

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24 Feb 2018 16:38:21
If Utd don't finish 2nd, Jose needs to go.

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24 Feb 2018 17:27:41
How about FA cup, UCL and 3rd? Would you let him stay?

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24 Feb 2018 17:35:49
Dodgy the way we are playing, you can forget the CL.

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24 Feb 2018 17:43:20
the way we are playing you can forget 3rd.

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24 Feb 2018 17:47:55
😂 see things are still as positive as ever on here.

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24 Feb 2018 17:53:44
Gds it's as positive as our football.

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24 Feb 2018 17:59:25
I'll be happy if we finish in the top 4. Not looking to good when you see the way we play.

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24 Feb 2018 18:23:48
One Home defeat in 18 months makes me think we will probably be ok.

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24 Feb 2018 18:37:13
Haha gds 😂.

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24 Feb 2018 19:43:06
We'll see if that stat stays intact after Chelsea, Sevilla and Liverpool come knocking over the next few weeks. If so then maybe we'll see a bit more positivity on here, if we lose all three then expect WW3.

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24 Feb 2018 20:22:33
Did Liverpool score lots of goals again? We're all doomed! If we Lose or draw against Chelsea tomorrow I think I'm going to have to take a few weeks off. Can't bear anymore of this doom and gloom.

If we every get anywhere near the relegation zone I think we would have to dish out Samaratans cards to people on here. (I am not mocking them btw, fantastic organisation)

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24 Feb 2018 21:04:04
See you in a few weeks DodgeyBanter.

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24 Feb 2018 22:48:43
I hope it doesn't come to that FZZ!

Scrapping win will do me.

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24 Feb 2018 12:05:35
I've got my tin hat on and i'm ready for the pelters;so here goes, french and german journos' (and mostly bloggers it seems) are saying that if psg receive the slightest encouragement from the agents or those close to them, then they are willing to make an approach for both pogba and martial, could be a load of
tosh, who knows, or maybe its a way of agents getting their clients a better deal, time will tell, but today on the radio they said that seri's buy out clause had been enquired about the club, again probably flannel, but IF martial were to go, i'd like to see son from the spuds, he's just about the game, and i think he's not given the freedom at the spuds to reach his potential, or what about schurle at dortmund?

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24 Feb 2018 12:41:25
Are you an international man of mystery 82? Last week you had the inside scoop from Spain.

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24 Feb 2018 15:12:08
I don't believe those "reports" although a top French club going after top French players won't be strange. But that is a different matter I don't know whether true or not. I think Son is a good player.

BUT Schurrle? Really? The guy has found it hard to be a regular fixture in the Dortmund team and not playing that great for 2-3 years. I think we can and should find better targets.

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24 Feb 2018 17:51:22
'82 - I think there's a rift with jose and pogba that could explode. Its early return days for PP but I would think he is a hard player to handle and petulance is a strong characteristic. In saying that he has the tools to be a world class player but if he doesn't step up to the plate sell him, simple. If he were to go I would take any 2 from jorginho, milvelocic (SP) seri. Based on we need another mid at least + replacement.
Martial imo has had long enough to get his S**t together and is frustrating and predictable. I agree with others that he hasn't had game time that would help but he is in danger of being replaced imo.

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24 Feb 2018 19:48:28
Pogba is having a bad patch, but imo he isn't being played in a manner which suits him best. I agree that he clearly needs to work harder as well.
Compromise is the middle ground, and a top class manager needs to know when he needs to find that middle ground.

Cookyman, I'm surprised your not a fan of Martial, for me he is one of the few players who looks like he could make something happen, even when being played out of position on the left wing. Sure he is a little inconsistent but that is the same for nearly all creative forwards, its the nature of their position. Especially when that player has only recently turned 22.

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24 Feb 2018 20:28:35
Deano1210-lol, i've been to wales a few times so maybe i tick the box! -the info my mates sometimes text or email me is from people they work with in the digital media world, you know, the ones who love being called hipsters and don't mind paying £10 for a coffee with a long name, but its okay because they get a 'free' cookie as well! i think the bloggers in europe are far more savvy over there and for all intent and purposes get a tasty morsel or 2 before rhe journos a good few times, the psg link is allegedly not far wide of the mark, like its been said on here, if neymar bolts then they need to bring in some big big names to calm the fans? whatever the reason who knows, but that's the buzz over the cable, and i think your on the money cookyman, both pogba and martial can turn a game in an instant, but once in a while isn't a good return, maybe we should get keano back to give some motivation lessons man management techniques old school style, and i'd like to know who in the current side is the enforcer, as in when a player makes a ricket, he's not so much scared of the rocket he'll get from jose, but more the fear he'd have from being cornered by someone like keano
and made to understand in very uncomfortable terms to pull his finger out, every team needs one, is there one in the team now?

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25 Feb 2018 02:06:31
Are people being serious about martial being poor? He has scored and assisted more than the 500k man we have bought, but who cares about actual real facts. Let's sell him and pogba and rashford too while we are at it, what we need is more 30 year olds and 35 year olds.

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25 Feb 2018 07:33:21
CSM-I think everyone wants pogba and martial to stay and be a success, but if their a lot more miss than hit week in, week out, then what's the point, if your jose, and you ask pogba to a job for 1 game out of position and the toys go flying out of the pram, surely you've got every right to question him, and look at his agent;i think its mino raiola, he's sticking his beak in and letting it be known he's not happy how pp is being treated! if SAF were in charge now, do you think pp would be endulged, his feet wouldn't touch the ground, martial is also a very talented player, great ratio on assists, but again surely if he had anything about him he'd be going nuts out in training to show he can do more then a job on the wing, or come on as a supersub, as for rashford, surely he needs a mentor in the team, but maybe that's the problem, there is no natural leader in the team, all great teams have one, i'm most likely wrong but i don't think there is one in the team, and that maybe the problem, maybe jose was hoping pp might step up and be that figure, i guess that hasn't happened, so who will step up, there needs to be someone surely.

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{Ed001's Note - Fergie indulged some players, such as Cantona, when he felt it was needed to get the best from him. Not so sure Pogba would have been out the door as quick as you suggest if Fergie was still in charge, it would have depended on what he thought was best for the team. When you look at the United team, you have no one else who can do what Pogba does at his best, so I would think Fergie would have just ensured he got the best out of him, even if it required indulgence. At least until he had got the team into a position where it no longer needed Pogba.}

24 Feb 2018 06:04:01
I hope Arsenal win over Citeh. Better a half red than any lightest blue 🤣🤣🤣.

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Review Of The Day 24th February 2018

24 Feb 2018 05:47:59
{Ed's Note - Tris Burke has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 24th February 2018

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24 Feb 2018 04:10:59
Here is a question for you folks. Why can't english football produce players capable of dictating the tempo of there game? I feel I appreciate a player like Scholes more now than I did at the time. However, since Scholes and Gerrard have called time on their career, England don't seem to have a great passer of the ball or someone who can dictate the tempo. Carrick is another who was good at this but obviously he is retiring. Where have these types of players gone? Players like Gerrard and Scholes were so technically gifted, and it just doesn't seem like those calibre of player are being produced any more, is it because Scholes was such a special player? Kroos is the closest I've seen to Scholes in my opinion.
Just interested in your thoughts, after all I'm an Irish fan so I'm used to watching steve Davis or Glenn Whelan. A far cry from the likes of Keano!
Caolán.

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24 Feb 2018 09:19:39
I feel that most players natural ability is trained out of them by the time they get to regular first team football, too many rules and restrictions and not enough let them be who they are. I realise players need to understand team play and tactical things but in England especially it seems almost as if they are told not to utilise their natural skills.

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24 Feb 2018 10:05:03
Too much emphasis on this country in being physical and athletic rather than technical and gifted. Often when I was younger I remember one of my friends who was a powerhouse striker with pace and strength but couldn’t finish to save his life was picked over someone who was clearly more gifted and technically superior. As WRD says either it gets coached out of the lads or these technical players are cast aside from a young age for being too small and they never find a way back in. Shame really as we have seen at united size and height does not necessarily translate to success.

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24 Feb 2018 10:16:23
Caolon_2,if you get a minute, check out the likes of what ajax were doing from the mid-eighties, its only now were starting to realise their way is the right way, also, what manager now has the luxury to take the time to teach methodology and technical awareness, hence why the short-term fix is go foreign, we need the likes of liam brady to be brought in, now there's a player to learn from!

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24 Feb 2018 11:42:55
The problem with creating a team of athletes is you go to a World Cup with a midfield 3 of henderson, Alli (who is severely overrated) and Livermore. I’d love ya to bring through a player or two who have the ability to control games, and just be an all round midfielder. Gomes looks to be the best in our youth at the moment for technical ability, but like you have been saying he way the English game is I won’t be surprised to see it being years before he gets a chance.

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24 Feb 2018 11:44:21
Class of 82, isn’t Liam Brady one of the most respected youth coaches around? Not to sure what our coaching staff is like at youth level at the moment.

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24 Feb 2018 14:02:16
Wilshere could have been. We have too much emphasis on athleticism rather than control and skills.
Instead of running around a pitch without a ball, do it with a ball each at a young level. Practice shielding against multiple players with both feet having to be used.

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24 Feb 2018 14:47:02
John Carver among others said I was too small at 15 to be a pro. Good coming from a fat chappie.

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24 Feb 2018 16:12:08
Caolan I totally agree. there are some very talented youngesters coming through in gomes, sancho and foden but are they going to be given a chance? Sancho is flourishing at Dortmund and looks a fantastic player. I think we do have technically gifted players but it seems it gets coached out of them when they break into the first team. Wilshere springs to mind although that is most likely down to his injuries. One of the most ridiculous things I have seen recently is Everton loan out Lookman to RB Leipzig and have spent 30 odd million on Walcott whilst Lookman is not playing fairly regularly for Leipzig. I think he scored the winner on his debut. It is this sort of short termism that is killing the English youth. the fact we will have a midfield of livermore henderson and alli going into the world cup is bordering on embarrassment.

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24 Feb 2018 20:38:23
Caolon_2,yep, brady is widely respected AND wasted at arsenal, he has helped bring through loads of youth players who hit the barrier of going as far as the reserves and having to move on, only wilshire i think has made the switch, but for me, brady is all about helping the next generation, doesn't court the limelight and is open-minded in his approach to new methods of teaching, put that together with his studious nature and the fact he's a good man, i think he'd be a revelation coaching at united, but alas his loyalty to the arse (like pat rice) means this probably will never happen, a shame though.

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Premier League Match Previews Saturday 24th February 2018

24 Feb 2018 04:00:00
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