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21 Jul 2018 15:44:07
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21 Jul 2018 08:17:51
I watched the friendly and i was really impressed with the maturity of never Tahith Chong. He also put in a cross that lead to mata's goal that we never see anyone doing out if martial, rashford, mata or lingard.
So it was disappointing to hear Mourinho saying he is not ready and belongs in the academy. This is the most frustrating thing that United fans will hear, as we've grown up watching young players blossoming at our club. If I'm not mistaken, Ronaldo was a first teamer at 18yrs, Raheem Sterling started playing for Liverpool at 17yrs. Fabregas for Arsenal at 18yrs! Rashford started for United at 18yrs.
I really wanted to see Chong and Gomes near the first team this year. But it seems Mourinho has reverted to type and is holding them back. They are both exciting talents playing in attack, not in central defence, so why not take a punt on them?

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21 Jul 2018 10:00:04
If you had bothered to hear/ read what the manager said in full you would have noted that he said Chong is ready in all aspects except his physique. The boy is so skinny, epl defenders will make mince meat of him. I say give the boy time to grow into his frame. Rushing a young player who isn't ready will kill his career. He also said he will play in cup games. Is that not how all young players are introduced to the 1st team. I understand people wanting him and Gomez in the team, but I also understand why the manager isn't rushing them.

On a side note I think Chong will be as good as Arjen Robben.

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21 Jul 2018 10:42:22
Jessie was held back for same reasons.
Good management by the club.

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21 Jul 2018 11:19:02
Watching through the highlights, Chong looks a very well rounded player, good speed, nice control, smart decision making, and can tackle. But he needs to bulk up and he needs to be playing against better opponents. He was being directed by the defenders to many times and when it was a 50 50 ball he seemed to come off worse more than not due to being out muscled.

Looks a great prospect and if he played more directly I could see his inclusion in the main squad but he needs to develop a little more in my opinion before he is ready for a regular bench role.

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21 Jul 2018 12:00:23
He should rightly be protected. Throwing him in now because he is technically ready is taking a big risk. What if he was to sustain a career threatening injury because his physique is not quite there for the premiership?
That would be disastrous.

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21 Jul 2018 14:35:48
I think he’s in the same boat as Gomes, they have to grow into their frames. Like Jose said the plan is to develop chong by training with the first team on a regular basis which will help him massively. I’m sure the same is the plan with Gomes. Greenwood however looks incredibly strong for a 16 year old. His first involvement was a few step overs and a good effort with his left foot. Showed great confidence which is amazing to see from someone so young.

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Review Of The Day 21st July 2018

21 Jul 2018 07:06:07
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 21st July 2018

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20 Jul 2018 19:55:12
Though I've always been an advocate of standing by the manager (whoever s/ he is), I honestly cannot wait for Mourinho to leave.

He always has an inferiority complex with popular, confident and expressive players as such, he cannot hide his dislike for them.

He mentioned captain potentials currently in the squad;

“The captain was Valencia last season, I think he’s going to be the captain, ” Mourinho said. “And when he doesn’t play we have to make decisions.

“Depends on who is on the pitch, if Smalling is, if Ashley Young is, if Herrera is or Mata is, if they are on the pitch they have an option.

“Matic has all the attributes to be Manchester United captain but he arrived only one year ago.

“But I never care much about the captaincy, I care more about the life in the dressing room and the leaders. The armband means what it means. ”


My question is, where is Pogba?

I like my captains to be vocal, active and give 100% even if they're technically not too gifted.


With that, from his list, Young, Herrera and Matic are good.


But Valencia, Smalling and Mata are no-go.


For me, I would rather Pogba, Lukaku, De Gea or any of Herrera, Young or Matic.

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20 Jul 2018 20:12:07
I don't think he would mention Pogba when Pogba is happy to leave the club.

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20 Jul 2018 20:30:10
Moreover Jose is also happy for him to leave. I for one can’t wait for Jose to move on.

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20 Jul 2018 20:39:19
Has Valencia done anything wrong as captain to be removed? If he is still first choice he should be captain.

I agree with Jose on the captaincy. It is over emphasized and made out to be far more than what it is. What we really need is for players collectively to lead on the pitch and take respinsibility when we are down or have to close out a game.

One speech by Pogba at half time being broadcasted has suddenly got everyone clamoring for him to be captain yet the French team had a different captain who rarely spoke and made a mistake in the final.

Perhaps we should realize you don't need to be captain to show leadership.

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20 Jul 2018 20:48:13
Fans are more bothered about the captain than players, don't need the armband to be a captain .
Looks like Tony will be our captain and first choice rb.

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20 Jul 2018 20:53:08
Well said Refaith. Captains in football is not as important as it is in other sports like cricket. Where each decision is taken by the captain. Football is too fastforward for the captain to be involved making decisions all the team.

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20 Jul 2018 21:06:32
Not entirely clear how effective you can be as Captain if you don’t speak the language.

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20 Jul 2018 22:23:46
Making a habit of this today but again agree with jred, other players without an armband can open their mouths and inspire and lead without it.

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20 Jul 2018 22:33:49
Captains make a difference on the pitch not in the dressing room, managers make a difference in the dressing room.

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20 Jul 2018 23:41:34
Played Saturday football for years and our manager gave the captain's arm band to the less vocal or talented footballer. Always seemed to give the player a boost. Never questioned his commitment in the games then. Players who have it all should lead by example and prove to everyone each match why he is best.

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21 Jul 2018 05:51:46
Guys, the first thing I think of when you say captain is a person who is vocal, respected and loved by players, shares a bond of friendliness with teammates and can pull the team up during the game by motivating and haranguing his players to give more.


Based on this, would you choose Valencia over Pogba?

Redfaith you got me wrong;
1. I'm not advocating solely for Pogba - I also mentioned Lukaku.
2. Pogba gave a speech every game not only the Argentina game (you probably didn't know) .
3. Younger players have a special connection to players like Herrera, Pogba and Lukaku because of their infectious playfulness.
4. Valencia is quiet and his English is still wobbly at best (how many years in England? )

On a final note, how many times do you see Valencia, Smalling or Mata in-game dishing out commands and guides to other players?

That's why I said Matic, Young and Herrera are all capable because not only are they vocal, but also technically adept (yes, Young also to an extent) .

But when you take all these qualities; leadership, vocal, language, technical proficiency, will and desire to win, tenacity respect and bond with team-mates, then look no further than Lukaku, Pogba and Herrera for captain material in the team.

The second tier can hold Matic, Young and De Gea.

But Valencia, Mata and Smalling? 😂.

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21 Jul 2018 07:59:25
Maybe Valencia, Mata and Smalling have been chosen for their length of service? Or maybe because they won’t be the types to question Jose’s instructions on the pitch?

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21 Jul 2018 08:06:31
Neither Pogba nor Lukaku are captain's for their countries. That didn't stop them both rallying the troops at the world cup.

Ideally everyone should have a winners mentality and shouldn't need to be geered up by thier captain.

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21 Jul 2018 08:37:04
How about what has Valencia done right?

We seem to have this noose around our club, that accepts ticking along as success. It was the same with Rooney as captain. Just maybe you expect your captain to not be Joe Average performer, even if you ignore the insane fact that our captain can't speak the language.

Same thing goes with the managers, too tolerant and too desperate to believe that a leopard will change their spots.

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21 Jul 2018 09:40:42
I think WRD might not be far from the truth and that's in line with what I said.

Basically, Mourinho wants a yes man who not only obeys him but also does not have an opinion or does not have confidence to express himself.

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21 Jul 2018 09:54:05
Let’s be honest, the only way is up.

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21 Jul 2018 10:43:39
Like john terry cassilas and zanetti? Nonsense yaz.

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21 Jul 2018 11:12:48
I’m wasted.

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21 Jul 2018 11:23:40
Who didn't Mourinho have a fallout with among them Ken?

People where here basically crying over missing someone like Keane.

Nonsense is thinking someone else's point of view is nonsense just because it isn't same as yours.

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21 Jul 2018 11:41:50
Yaz👍
ajh didn't get the credit u deserve.

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21 Jul 2018 12:04:55
seems Jose is going by length of service. Carrick was captain last season, hardly ever played.

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21 Jul 2018 13:20:26
Wasted when you wrote the post probably, Tony. Us old ones got it, mate.

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21 Jul 2018 13:21:23
Don't think captain's need to be loved. I doubt one of our greatest ever captain's was loved too much. Feared, definitely.

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21 Jul 2018 15:20:28
Valencia couldn't handle the No7 shirt . We are missing out by not selecting Pogba as Captain he is the best to motivate on the pitch and can speaka da lingo! 😆😆.

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20 Jul 2018 19:45:52
If we were to replace Jose, what about a certain French man Zidane anyone?

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20 Jul 2018 21:15:42
Hasn't he become the director of football at juve

Don't see him managing any time soon.

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21 Jul 2018 00:29:44
To be fair he never had a problem with terry or lampard and i would not describe them as shrinking violets. I agree that his approach is creating a negative environment but I am also one of the few that believe that this year we will see a huge improvement on the style of football that we play. Time will tell.

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20 Jul 2018 13:48:41
Bailly, Shaw, Herrera, Mitchel and Martial look really fit.

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20 Jul 2018 14:23:56
Phaowahhhhh!

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20 Jul 2018 15:33:56
😂😂😂.

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20 Jul 2018 15:56:35
I suppose you be the first to rub them down with baby oil.

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20 Jul 2018 15:56:56
its the new kit. it brings out the colour in their eyes :)

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20 Jul 2018 13:31:17
Question for Ed001, during the 14/ 15 season i remember you giving your opinion on how Liverpool had to change under Rodgers when it was going badly wrong for your club. With Ed002 saying Jose and Utd isn't the right fit or thereabouts, what do you think needs to change? It looks a mess if i'm honest.

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20 Jul 2018 14:51:00
Set a blueprint for the club outlining a style we want to play. Bring in a director of football to handle transfers both in and out of the club. Move Woodward back to commercial only. Sell players who don't want to be here, don't fit the style we want to play or aren't good enough for the level we're aiming for. Bring a younger manager with fresh ideas who can play in the style selected. Bring in players who fit that style.

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20 Jul 2018 15:12:12
Who would you ideally like to see replace Jose Mort?

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20 Jul 2018 15:12:58
Good post Mort.

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20 Jul 2018 15:31:58
I like Eddie Howe. I like his bravery in refusing to compromise his style in keeping Bournemouth in the EPL. I've never bought into tho, 'they have to have won something' argument. How is a young, progressive, intelligent, forward-thinking British manager, really going to get the chance to win something, if not given the chance to show what they can do?

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20 Jul 2018 15:37:15
Is that not what the club is trying to do .
Was it not what the club was doing when they had LVG and plans for allgeri.
What if a director of football didn't buy the players that the fans wanted or rated players some of the fans wanted?

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20 Jul 2018 15:37:50
Eddie HOWE? WOW.

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20 Jul 2018 15:47:41
With this current squad i think antonio conte 3-4-3 system would work well for pogba sanchez martial and lukaku.

Long term pochetino seems like the best fit for the job.

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20 Jul 2018 16:07:03
Not sexy enough for you, Scholes? Or foreign enough?

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20 Jul 2018 16:17:56
Would giving it Giggs under a DoF all those years ago have been any worse than it has been since Fergie left? I’d say not.

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20 Jul 2018 17:04:19
no, just not good noucamp!

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20 Jul 2018 17:32:00
I'd equate doing what he's done at Bournemouth, with a top 6 team winning the league. What have Sarri or the new Madrid manager ever won? Or Poch? Get in an experienced DOF, and leave the football side to Howe. At least you know he's an intelligent manager, who has a style of play more in keeping with the ethos of our club.

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20 Jul 2018 18:09:25
The chap asked a question and I gave an opinion. Is that what we were doing with LvG? Allegri would've been another poor appointment. Mediocre defensive coach. We've lurched from one bad managerial appointment to another. We've gone from bad signing to bad signing. It looks like we have little plan or direction.

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20 Jul 2018 18:23:26
Kinda agree with what jred is staying here. Maybe the club has identified this style of play as the blueprint, had LVG then Allegri to implement it then turned to Jose who is of similar pragmatism when that didn’t go right. Maybe the players brought in was the ones the managers wanted to fit this style of play all along, maybe a sporting director will identify players to fit in with jose. What it jose left, do we then get rid of Sporting director too as he wouldn’t be the fit of a new manager or maybe the manager after Jose will equally be as pragmatic and continue in this vein.

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20 Jul 2018 18:50:33
I agreed with your post, Mort. Good ideas, that make you wonder why the club haven't thought along the same lines.

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20 Jul 2018 18:53:23
And I was only giving my opinion on Howe, Scholes, not saying he should be the next manager. But to say he's not a good manager is just plain silly. You don't take Bournemouth to where they are now, playing good football along the way, without knowing what you're at.

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20 Jul 2018 19:42:35
By spending s**t loads of £££ NouCamp, that's how they got to where they are.

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20 Jul 2018 20:23:12
Well if someone actively chose this style and picked these managers that person wants throwing out of the club preferably from the top of the Stretford. Total antithesis of what United is.

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20 Jul 2018 20:31:30
Yep. Bournemouth. The PSG of the south coast.

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20 Jul 2018 20:42:41
How much has Eddie Howe spent?

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20 Jul 2018 20:54:46
Wrd
Exactly.
Mort
You spent 12 month telling everyone pep was a fraud and would be found out .
Play like all his team great footy.
Now somebody wants thrown of the top of the Stratford end for appointing Jose and allgeri who has been excellent at juve would be an other awful appointment .

Maybe it's not as easy as you make out?

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20 Jul 2018 21:28:59
Pep is a fraud. Didn't like his keeper bought another. Didn't like him bought another.
Just because allegri was good in a one horse league doesn't mean he would be good here.

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20 Jul 2018 22:05:55
So because pep bough a Go he is a fraud .
Never mind the fact his Barcelona Munich and city team played very good attacking footy .
Or the fact your are advocating buying and selling players?

Allgeri has been very good at juve including the 1 horse race that is the CL .
But he is no good.
Jose plays defensive footy. No good
Pep is a fraud playing some of the footy in Europe.
I wonder if pep would be a fraud if he had United playing the way city are .

Compared to them 3 who are all the great managers out there?

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20 Jul 2018 23:02:18
How about jred for manager he knows it all.

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20 Jul 2018 13:27:55
I would just like to let you all know about a story unfolding in cork for the last few days.
Liam Miller's tribute match is to be held in turners cross in September a good cause.
Anyway the tickets went on sale this morning g,7,000 tickets sold out in a minute, tried to get them myself and couldn't even though I go to that ground at least once a month since I was about 10.
Man United/ Celtic legends v republic of Ireland legends, the United players are, rio Ferdinand, Nicky butt Ryan giggs japp Stam Luis saha Denis Irwin Paul scholes and captained by Roy Keane.
Anyway the big problem is here in cork the people want it moved to pairc ui caoimh the cork gaa ground which holds 45,000 and the cork gaa are happy for the game to go ahead there but the big wigs in Dublin nothing at all to do with them won't let the football game to go ahead there. But if the game was on in Dublin and they were getting money out of it then they would let it. We have had hundreds of concerts in pairc ui caoimh. Gareth Brooks loads of clowns played there but they have a problem about a football game and Liam Miller played gaa when he was young.
The players now are having a go, the people of cork here will start a riot over this, there's a lot of angry people here in cork today.
Everyone wants it changed but the big wig clowns in Dublin.
There's a lot of people coming from Manchester as well for this game.
They should stick their fingers up at them and move it to old Trafford
I go to a lot of gaa games and if they don't change this there attendance in cork will fall dramatically, it's on all the radio stations over here the whole country is up in arms over it.
Sorry about the rant .

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20 Jul 2018 14:52:56
No thanks for the update. Hopefully this gets sorted.

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20 Jul 2018 15:34:47
Unfortunately, Leahy, the GAA can be as close-minded as those aul duffers at the FA, or any other sporting governing body run by old farts. Shocking decision.

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20 Jul 2018 16:45:20
True Steve. Not a brain cell between them.

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20 Jul 2018 18:37:27
its a proud tradition Leahy, no english games on GAA ground, there's a simple solution, switch the game to Celtic Park or Old Trafford.

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21 Jul 2018 01:54:30
James this is about a boy that died 36 years of age, it's about raising money for a trust for his 3 young kids, nothing at all to do with being English or Irish. or this game shouldn't be played here or there.
Stupid politics shouldn't come in to this.

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20 Jul 2018 12:04:06
Valencia will be the captain but when he doesn’t play, we have to make decisions – it depends who is on the pitch. If [Chris] Smalling is, if Ashley Young is, if [Ander] Herrera is or if Mata is, if they are on the pitch, they are an option. I think Nemanja Matic has all the attributes to be Manchester United captain but of course he only arrived one year ago.

Jose on captain for next season . Tells it's own story.

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20 Jul 2018 12:11:55
I wouldn't even have them in my starting 11 never mind being captain
Matic alright even though he is slowing up a bit.
It's all been said before but if we don't address the back line we are in trouble from the off.
Baily the best one we have but still might need that experienced defender beside him. alderweirald.
Lindelof the jury is still out for me.
Young smalling Jones not good enough going forward if we want to win trophies.

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20 Jul 2018 12:17:27
Agreeable Leahy. I’d go for Pogba tbh.
Let him become the captain and dictate play.
He has all the attributes and I don’t care for the hair color or dabbing as long as it doesn’t affect his game. Who cares about hair color or celebrations as long as he motivates the team to win.

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20 Jul 2018 13:06:09
Pogbas hair colour could be changing even his jersey 666.
As much as he pained me last season I would still like him to stay and change our minds about him.

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20 Jul 2018 14:15:04
Agree Leahy but the word is “could be”.
Till the transfer market closes and he wears a different color jersey, he will still have my vote as the potential captain.

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20 Jul 2018 15:39:17
Does it give a heads up for next season and Jose plans?

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20 Jul 2018 16:44:14
It does jred looking like the same old same old.

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20 Jul 2018 11:10:23
One for the Eds.

Liverpool, City and Chelsea (to a certain extent) have bought in new players, Chelsea got a new manager as well. What's your take on the signings done by the top 4/ 6 till now?

What's your take on Sarri, you think Chelsea have a got a good manager?

And I know this is a repetitive question, but what's your opinion about Fred. I have never seen him play and I doubt that YouTube is the best place to understand a player, so it would great if you could lend your insights into that. Or if a player review could be made for him, Whatever works for you.

Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have done well and now need to get rid of players - I very much expect they have a little bit of business still to be done. Manchester City have only added Mahrez and a young defender (I don't recall his name) but are looking to potentially a significant exit or two and they are looking to put something in place that will see a very significant purchase - so work is still in hand. Chelsea have agreed to two players arriving and three leaving (who are still at the club) and are continuing talks today over a couple of others - so they also have a long way to go. is more of a mixed bag with Leno, Papaoowmowmow and Torriera good additions and then the rather starnge deal for Stephan Lichtsteiner - they have a little work to do. Spurs will certainly be looking to start the ball rolling in anger soon.}

20 Jul 2018 12:52:22
Thanks for reply Ed. If you don't mind me asking, is Hazard one of the player's that is looking to leave Chelsea this season?

And who else do you think Liverpool are targetting?

Thanks again. Any chance you can share your thoughts on Sarri, and also Fred? Your Sharkopod said something about United rushing into the deal.

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{Ed002's Note - This is the Manchester United page - try the Chelsea page. Yes, Fred was rushed in to, the club should have taken their time, but it is too late now.}

20 Jul 2018 13:28:06
What do you mean by rushed in Ed002? Not the right fit or panicked? Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - Just forget it.}

20 Jul 2018 14:14:31
Forgotton👍🏻.

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20 Jul 2018 14:33:57
Scholes, I'd imagine ed002 means that if United had of waited a bit longer they could have potentially bought a player that was "better" than Fred.

There's still a lot of business to be done. For example let's say Kroos becomes available, we're stocked up in midfield now and can't go for him.

I'm happy with the balance of the midfield though. Ed002 saying we had discussions with Spurs about Alderweireld and it didn't go anywhere fast is very worrying.

Obviously I expect us to bring in at least a few new players, but how far down the list are they going to be?

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20 Jul 2018 15:11:14
Yh Mumbles, do like the midfield options myself, just seen the clock ticking down on Sky Sports, 20 days left lol, wonder how many will come in? Also, i'm hoping we do end up getting Alderweireld, Spurs' way of getting max amount for him like this? Hopefully they'll bite as it's unlikely Levy will risk losing him for a less amount next summer.

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20 Jul 2018 15:43:54
From what I've read and I don't know how true it is, we're around £20 million apart in valuation. That's a lot considering how tough Levy is with negotiating a price. Also, we probably should be trying to shift a centre back on before we bring him in. We have Bailey, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling and Rojo. I'm sure Jose would part with most of them but finding a buyer might be tough.

We'd like Alderweireld in ASAP. Spurs can wait until deadline day, means nothing to them.

I know the figures being quoted could be pie in the sky but I highly doubt the United board want to spend £60 million on a 29 year old. We may have to look at alternatives.

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20 Jul 2018 10:45:42
Anybody watch the game last night who fancies giving a brief review on how Shaw/ Pereira/ Fosu Mensa/ Mitchell/ martial looked.
I know it's first game so primarily initial fitness, ability and attitude I guess.
Thanks.

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20 Jul 2018 12:37:43
We played a 4-3-3. Back 4 of Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw. Bailly looked very good, Valencia had a few nice touches, Smalling the same as always, and Shaw played well, bursted forward a few times, almost scored. Grant in goal, then Pereira, both were fine. Grant seems like a good leader.

MF three of Pereira as the single pivot, with McTominay and Herrera. Very underwhelming. Herrera was active, but he still makes a few bad turnovers a game, then often makes up for it with his effort. McTominay made a few good tackles, but seemed limited on the ball. Pereira was poor, on influence going forward and he does very little defensively.

Front three of Mitchell, Martial, and Mata. Mitchell is quick but too small, passes and moves very nicely but keeps it simple, does not take anyone on. He got pushed off the ball when he tried to burst forward, and it will only be more physical in England. He knows how to play, though. Martial and Mata had a few good moments but no new surprises.

Fosu-Mnesah came on at right back. So agile and strong, but he blasted a few balls upfield or out of bounds to put safety first. He has the potential if he can grow in composure and positional sense. The 16 yr old Greenwood came on up front and looked confident, drilling a left foot shot at the keeper. Tuanzebe also came in at def mid and played well. Hope he gets his chance.

But by far, the story of the night was Tahith Chong. He raised the tempo with his passing and moving. He has that bit of electric to his game like he is always about to make something happen. His decision-making was good, only once did he get stripped by trying to dribble too much. His cross set up the goal for Mata after Herrera's header came back off the post. Chong has a lovely first touch, able to cushion the ball in stride. He looks very light, but definitely a real talent.

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20 Jul 2018 12:46:06
Out of all the youth the ones that excite me the most are Chong, Greenwood and Tuanzebe. I've never seen why people rave over Pereira.

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20 Jul 2018 15:01:20
I agree. Chong needs a year or two to put on some size, Greenwood is just 16, but Tuanzebe looks ready right now.

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{Ed004's Note - Somehow managed to stay awake and watch the game. Grant had a solid game and did what was expected. Bailly was immense first half but poor in the second. Shaw showed some promising bits of play, looks fitter but not sure he's fit enough yet, still very quick and solid in the tackle. Mata, Martial, Mitchell, Herrera all poor. Perriera I was impressed with him technically however the holding role just doesn't suit him. McTominay was very poor. Playing as the midfielder expected to get forward and influence the attack just doesn't suit him. Chong looked very good but he's at least a year off making a big impact here. Far too lightweight and doesn't have the blistering pace of Mbappe, Rashford etc to get away without the physicality}

20 Jul 2018 15:38:09
I like Pereira, but he's no more the pivot in a midfield 3, than I am a virtuosic violinist.

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20 Jul 2018 18:39:35
no probs Yehudi Menuin lol.

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