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14 Dec 2017 23:08:49
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14 Dec 2017 23:06:49
B4 start of the season I asked would any1 Take Sterling I got rip to shreds what bout now would u have him?

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14 Dec 2017 19:50:47
question for the Eds, with Rupert Murdoch now selling up some of his assists could he now buy Manchester United without breaking any monopoly rules he has always wanted the club and does anyone know if he is a red?

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{Ed002's Note - No. Why would he want to do that?}

14 Dec 2017 18:02:22
The last two players we have bought from Germany were players of the season I think? Both Kagawa and Mkhitarayn seem like brilliant players, but neither has performed in England as well as we thought. Other players from Germany have gone onto be great players, like Ozil and Draxler. Why have ours seemed to not fit in?

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14 Dec 2017 19:23:00
Both were successful in a Dortmund side that play in a very specific way, which is very different in style to the way we have played. Remember Goetze struggled at Bayern so it's not just us who have signed a creative player from Dortmund for them to then go on and struggle to replicate that form.

I also think both haven't fully settled in Manchester.

It's not about signing someone who was player of the year, or for a big fee or even who everyone rates. It's about signing the right player for the role you need.

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14 Dec 2017 19:41:24
I think Ozil is undoubtedly a phenomenal talent but hasn’t hit the heights I thought he would at Arsenal. For us I think Miki has shown an unwillingness to fight for the shirt at times, I think he just isn’t suited to the premier league same with Kagawa unfortunately. We have to remember how difficult it is to play at a high level week in week out in the premier league compared to other leagues.

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14 Dec 2017 21:12:44
When we sign Ozil we can see if he hits the heights with us.

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14 Dec 2017 17:28:08
In Jan we definitely need a new defender!

Who impressed me, Unai Nūnéz, only 20, from Bilbao!

Send Herrera back and bring in that guy from Lazio, Milinkovic-savic!

If Pogba is ever out he's the guy that is a very good allrounder in midfield!

McTominay is also gaining some invaluable experience which in time will allow José some squad rotation?

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14 Dec 2017 18:02:56
The defence is okay.

Now Shaw is back fit and played decent the 2 games he's started.

We need centre midfield, a winger and griezman.

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14 Dec 2017 18:23:29
Shaw has looked good and we know he can be one of the best left backs in the world. Jose spoke to him when he came off and Jose looked happy, he knows what a quility player he could be we do need a centre mid and Griezmann type I want the Ferkir from Lyon think that lads just right for us and Savic would be a goood shout for cm Ronnie.

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{Ed004's Note - We know from Ed002 that Milinkovic Savic is a primary target. I wonder if the idea is to play 433. Would then make more sense of our interest in Bale}

14 Dec 2017 18:28:18
Send him back. What is he a parcel from Amazon?

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14 Dec 2017 18:48:57
🤣🤣 send him by drone.

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14 Dec 2017 13:41:11
Hi Ed001&002

If you get chance I would be really interested in your opinion on how Man Utd are being operated in terms of player transfers/ contracts and youth setup and if there any changes happening?

It looks like we are incompetent in terms of transfer business but the youth setup seems to be improved. I would hope player recruitment follow suit.

Ta.

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{Ed002's Note - Given the ease that money has been spent I am not sure why you see it as incompetent. In the summer MU had a list of GKs but it was not needed. They did not add a RB as the clear first choice was not available in the summer. They added the CB the manager wanted. MU addred the DM player the manager wanted. And they added the striker that, for reasons unknown to me, decided was the one he wanted. So in the big scheme of things they got most of what they wanted. I am not sure why you see that as a problem. I know little of the youth set up and there is no structured loan system - but that is unrelated to the first team. I am not sure what changes you are thinking about or where. The club wanted one particular person as Director of Football and he was not interested in a move to Manachester. But now he is in discussions with another club. I really don't see any big issue with any of this right now.}

14 Dec 2017 18:51:09
Thanks for the reply Ed.

I have kind built a perspective from your comments and from the outside looking in as the club seem to be signing players who either have no long term use or never good enough or ready and then move them, seems to be a lack of planning when comes to signings (Zlatan/ Depay), the stadium is falling well behind other elite level clubs, youbseaod yourself the training facilities look cheap, we have seemed to struggle get other deals over the line eg Morata (who I was told was first choice) and Perisic deal was a farce.

Overall I think Chelsea and a Man City appear to operated with more strategy in the behaviour coming from the way the operate the club, to signings, to the facilities etc.

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{Ed002's Note I am not sure I mentioned the stadium specifically, but the MU owned facilities are not up to the London clubs' facilities. Morata was certainly never first choice for Manchetser United, someone is teasing you. Perisic was about money. Depay was never ready - I explained that at the time. Ibrahimovic was simply a mistake which meant delaying a further year buying another striker. Manchester City spend more money than Manchester United and are right on the edge FFP wise - and certainly if the "elite" European sides get their way will have problems going forward with the amount of "income" that can be charged in respect of FFP. Manchester City have a larger income than most, and whilst working within the rules are making use of some pretty extreme sponsorship that comes via their owner's business interests plus they havce proportional Chinese ownership. So the figures are skewed.

This is seen as an issue by UEFA and the reason there have been efforts over the past three years or so to agree a sponsorship cap. UEFA are happy for those European clubs that meet (now twice a year) to come up with a proposal, but so far they have failed to agree a figure. UEFA are aware that taking the matter to the European Club Association will not help them. Eventually they will come up with a cap themselves and that will be it. A similar issue is being discussed about capping TV and media income for FFP. With a UEFA senior official moved on it might be easier to push something through as the resistance was related to the three clubs that would be most impacted by a change include Manchester City and two clubs that play in the French league.

Effectively the cap would say something like, "regardless of the amount of sponsorship a club obtains, only the first €115M will be allowable for the purposes of the FFP calculation". The same could be done with the media income - obviously that would hit all of the English sides and a few others. It is contraversial but there is a swell of effort from other sides to make it happen. One side who were leading the push pulled out of the group of "elite" sides earlier this year so it will take others to pick up the ball on that one. Chelsea has a fixed business model and the structure in place to be easily self-sufficient and they have a better income than most. Their costs come with changing coaching staff - but that generally means success. They cannot be compared to Manchester United. Manchester United's recent problems stem from the fans forcing out van Gaal and that screwing well understood plans going forward to 2022. Mourinho is there but I have explained the difficulties all along. The desire for a Director of Football ended in failure as I have explained.}

14 Dec 2017 19:18:02
Ed002 i would like to know your opinion about Lukaku. From your comment it seems that you don't rate him or i didn't understand? I never understood the reason for buying this player, i don't rate him at all and i agree with Beast in everything he has said.

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{Ed002's Note - I don't "rate" players. Mourinho wanted Lukaku and there was no way he could return to Chelsea which is what Lukaku wanted. He wasn't first choice but he was the first choice available. He will score goals - then the fans will get on his back and Ibrahimovic will be there to add to the disruption and to make life difficult for him. A self-inflicted wound.}

14 Dec 2017 19:44:45
Interesting that you mention the director of football there ed. Sorry but this may be a silly question but what exactly does a DoF do? I’ve never quite understood the position.

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{Ed002's Note - Sits between the board and the footballing business. Runs the entire footballing business, first team, youth, scouting etc.. Get involved in buying and selling players etc., etc..}

14 Dec 2017 21:05:00
So an extremely key role. Cheers ed.

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{Ed002's Note - Some clubs think so - some don't.}

14 Dec 2017 21:11:07
Thank you for the detailed reply. Always a pleasure to read your insights 002.
Ta.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

14 Dec 2017 10:55:00
Whilst chatting with a friend who is a City fan (yes I know should not be allowed) it was pointed out that I should not feel so down about the current position of the club.
Yes the title looks like it is gone, but looking strong for top 2 finish. Good draw in CL. Strong cup team so could do well in FA Cup.
Also on the team, our best 2 CB's have been out so there return instantly improves us. Pogba will play a major part for rest of the year and we are so much better with him in.
Looking at player moves Mikki and Mata not playing or performing but could bring in enough for a decent replacement whether that's Ozil or partially towards a Bale/ Griezman. Pereira doing well in a Spain and could come back a first teamer. Full backs could both be upgraded to instantly give us an improvement even though I have loved both of there work rates.
I think we have the making of a top team over the coming years and will be one of the few to challenge Pep, and I want to be positive.
Jose's tactics are that they are, I just wish he trusted the way we played against arsenal a bit more. Be aggressive and put pressure on the opposition.
Let's be positive though.

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14 Dec 2017 18:43:55
Pereira has been playing well credit to him for going and playing well in a poor granada side last season and then leaving when mourinho wanted him to stay. he's forcing himself into a good valencia side. He should be a first team player next year no doubt. Maybe he is the player we need not a big name player.

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Dominic Solanke - An Initial Assessment

14 Dec 2017 08:37:27
{Ed's Note - we have posted a new article entitled, Dominic Solanke - An Initial Assessment

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13 Dec 2017 22:47:45
Well. That was all very. ordinary.

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14 Dec 2017 08:26:31
It was Stevie. I remember few years back when United had lost the league and Fergie saw the celebrations of the champions at the time and used it as motivation for our players. We subsequently went out and won the league the following season. Instead of mourinho complaining about city's celebrations, he should also have used it to motivate and anger the players. Didn't happen.
One thing that's becoming clear is how little work our team does in comparison to other teams. It was clear on Sunday and last night. Other teams, particularly city, spurs and Liverpool work so hard at winning the ball. They also work very hard at creating space. Our team does neither. In fact, I would hazard to guess that we probably are in the bottom three when it comes to these two stats. There is no substitute for hard work.
On the positive side, Mctominay was excellent and I'm delighted to see Angelo Gomez has signed professional terms with us.
Difficult game at West Brom but we can win it and go on a run. Manager is needed now more than ever.

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14 Dec 2017 09:03:47
All the teams that are working harder than us apparently are all below us except city.

We can't be that bad.

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14 Dec 2017 10:54:19
I just didn't like the fact that even yesterday, we were more interested in hoofing the ball upfield, rather than playing through the middle.

Intensity was a bit low, so was the build-up play. And I really think, Mou should work on pressing teams, rather than staying so compact and so further back in their own half.

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14 Dec 2017 10:59:01
Good win last night I thought, the conditions were bloody awful and Bournemouth played well, was never going to be one for the purists, Liverpool drew 0-0 in similar conditions against a worse team, good result after Sunday, no doubt we can go on a run with a fresh Pogba coming back in for the Christmas period, doubt we will catch city though so even if we win every game from now some people will moan.

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14 Dec 2017 12:17:14
At this stage last year our goal difference was plus 7 and we had 8 fewer points. Style aside, if it wasn’t for City’s ridiculus start we would be celebrating being top.

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14 Dec 2017 12:32:22
Liverpool and Arsenal both dropped points.

After the city match this midweek round had potential banana skin written all over it. Swansea are no where near the team we have seen over the past 2 seasons and it was a cake walk for city. Bournmouth are a far stronger team than Swansea, make no mistake, it was an excellent 3 points in the context of the week and the conditions.

Take the points and move on.

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14 Dec 2017 13:39:00
we have all seen what a massive loss Pogba has been this season. we have 1 more game without him and then as GDS2 has mentioned he should be fresh and ready to help us kick on over christmas. Add to that Shaw will hopefully get some more game time along with scott Mc before we potentially do a little business in January and improve the squad further.

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14 Dec 2017 13:51:09
It's almost as if the world hasn't ended because of 1 defeat, who would have thought?

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14 Dec 2017 16:50:45
Guys, I've no issue with where we are. It was simply a comment on last night's performance. Very flat, and a draw would not have been undeserved. However, I'd take another 20 1-0's between now and the end of the season.

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14 Dec 2017 16:52:57
And to be fair, the conditions were the same for Bournemouth, and it didn't seem to put a dampener on their performance. Glad to see Shaw get another good run out. Just hope it's not purely for selling purposes. And the young lad, McTominay hasn't put a foot wrong since the start of pre-season.

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14 Dec 2017 20:11:24
Bolger, all the other teams are not Manchester United. If we worked harder, closed down teams quicker and worked at creating space, we will be much better. And we should be much better, surely you must see that? Were you honestly ok with last night or Sunday performances?

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13 Dec 2017 22:33:08
Great to see Angel Gomes has signed his first professional deal with the club. Work hard, stay grounded and he could be the real deal.

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13 Dec 2017 23:06:53
I would like to see him get a few first team appearances this season. He is really talented. Would also like Pereira back from loan.

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13 Dec 2017 23:12:13
Thats very good news by the looks of it.

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14 Dec 2017 13:52:59
Hendon,

As per the original post the player needs to stay grounded and the fans need to not expect too much too soon. He is a child and I would be surprised if he makes any appearances this season.

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14 Dec 2017 17:02:21
Looking at the build of the lad I think there is a tricky issue. He is clearly too talented for youth football and for him to progress he needs to be playing a higher standard of football week in week out. However a lad his size would be kicked into oblivion in the EPL let alone the lower tiers of English football.

I think we need to consider sending him on loan to a European side where the game is less physical but of a higher standard than youth football. Portugal would be a good option or maybe Belgium.

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13 Dec 2017 22:12:14
A typical performance, but a few decent individual performances. I thought Mcyoungkid did very well, Shaw was quality yet again and I'll give Lukaku his dues today, some ropy touches at times but on the whole played well, moved well despite being isolated, won a lot and did well for his goal.

Mata did ok for Mata, but he infuriates me so much with his hampering of fast play, so slow and sets everything back - he would be such a good player for a team that plays to his strengths which is the opposite of how we play. Defence looked solid although DDG needing to pull off far too many decent saves against this type of opposition for my liking. Lingard and Martial were poor imo.

Bournemouth will feel aggrieved not to have gotten a point, at least we got the 3 despite playing some pretty poor and slow football again.

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13 Dec 2017 22:24:25
Fair assessment Beasty. I love Mata, but he needs to go and play in Spain or Italy now.

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13 Dec 2017 22:48:58
I think it shows beast how much we miss pogba in midfield.

He got a lot of stick last season on here. But man we don't half miss him on the pitch.

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13 Dec 2017 23:15:05
Shaw was decent had a good 2nd half. I agree lukaku worked hard. A win with others dropping points unexpectedly is a good night.
We just Have to keep winning games at the moment.

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14 Dec 2017 00:25:36
Mctomminay is a decent back up for Pogba for now. He helps the team keep some of the patterns of play because he is prepared to carry the ball forward from central positions and play riskier passes. Herrera and Pogba are completely different players and it is too disruptive when Pogs is out. Lad played well today, some championship clubs looking to loan him, but he might get some game time for us as back up to Pogs.

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