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21 Jan 2019 12:33:44
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21 Jan 2019 11:54:05
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21 Jan 2019 11:24:34
What an enjoyable past month or so it has been. Ole has hardly put a foot wrong, the football has been fantastic at times and we are sitting pretty with 7 from 7. Made up massive ground in the top 4 race and the players and fans alike are united for the first time in what seems like donkey years. I previously said I struggle to feel connected to this united side. But right now I am so excited for each game and it’s great feeling like we are going to win again rather than dreading the worst.

There has been some really well thought out posts by the likes of AJH, Shappy, Redman and others in regards to Jose and whether ole should get the job. I won’t go into Jose because he’s gone now and he’s now in the past. I thank him for his trophies but I won’t miss his shoddy football or his egotistical comments in the media. What I will say is I love how ole has gone about his work. He seems an extremely humble and intelligent guy. His man management has been brilliant and you can see a united squad. I did have doubts tactically whether he could mix with the best and he proved me wrong against spurs (first half) .

Shan makes a good point about how we should think about the future. I agree but I think as united fans we are entitled to enjoy the moment right now because it does feel like we have the old united back. We know there is structural issues internally with the club. We know Woodward is unqualified to be handling football matters. We know we are languishing in 6th place. We know our bitterest rivals are fighting for the title. But let’s just enjoy what is unfolding in front of our eyes. Enjoy the moment, enjoy the passion and enjoy the excitement around the likes of Rashford, Pogba and Lindelof. It’s been nearly 6 years since we’ve resembled a united side.

Any talks of who should be appointed should be put on hold. There is so much football to be played between now and the end of the season. Take each game as it comes and then we go into the summer hopefully with a director of football in place and a well thought out and thorough transfer strategy. Above all, we have a manager who is willing to change for united. Not change united. Neville is right united philosophy is like Barcelona or Ajax. You can’t change it. You as a manager have to adapt or you leave. I’m am excited for what is to come. Confidence, belief and momentum are funny things. Who knows where will will end up come May.

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21 Jan 2019 12:16:09
Great post Park, I think as fans over the past 5 years or more the agenda has always been about our future or about our past but never our present. It was seemingly like we had to endure the present either because of our past or to build towards our future. Like it was some distasteful medicine to cure us of our ills.

As such I think most of us have been programmed to think about either the mistakes or successes of our past or how we can build towards the future. We have forgotten how to enjoy the present.

Guys we're winning games and playing well on the most part, let's enjoy as there is no telling how long it might last.

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21 Jan 2019 11:20:55
At the moment we have a Manager who was Utd. 's former striker and our attack has improved significantly. He is being assisted by a former Utd midfielder and our midfield now has some stability. Do we maybe need an ex Utd center back to sort out our defense? As it is obviously our weakest area. I know mike Phealan played as a LB for us for a while, but maybe a Cb (the caliber of Rio, Vidic etc) who can add his voice to that section on the field. Or will it be a matter of too many cooks spoil the broth?

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21 Jan 2019 11:50:54
I would be tempted not to rock the boat, ae the saying goes if it ain't broke don't fix it.

I feel the issue with our defence is a combination of not having the right quality there.

Valencia, Young, Dalot, Shaw, Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Bailly, Lindelof and Rojo.

Just look at that group of players and let it sink in. Young is solid back up, Shaw and Dalot are young and developing, Lindelof on recent form might turn out good enough. Then you have Bailly who has great potential but has stagnated and suffered quite a few injuries over the last 18 months.

That's 3 maybe 4 out of 10 might be good enough, but most of them are still young and developing. No amount of coaching will make Smalling a good passer at this stage in his career, no amount of coaching will stop Jones or Rojo making stupid mistakes.

We just need better defenders, If it was me this summer I would spend most of the money on defenders with maybe one or two midfielders coming in as cover/ competition. I wouldn't worry about forwards, we don't need No.10's, we don't need strikers. People talk about a right winger, and it would be nice, but we have some excellent youngsters coming through who could take up that role.

Personally I would want to see Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Young and Darmian leave this summer. With Ricardo Pereira, Koulibaly, Danny Rose and possibly Nathan Ake coming in. Although I would be fine giving Tuanzebe more game time in place of Ake and maybe keep Young for one more season as back up.

I think we need four top quality full backs to compete in multiple competitions. We need more quality at CB.

That would give us options of Ricardo Pareira, Dalot, Lindelof, Bailly, Koulibaly, Ake, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Rose and maybe Young.

With maybe someone like NDombele or Reuben Neves replacing Fellaini.

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Liverpool v Crystal Palace Match Review - A Liverpool Perspective

21 Jan 2019 09:30:18
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Review Of The Day 21st January 2019

21 Jan 2019 07:29:01
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21 Jan 2019 11:29:54
If Scholes does get the coaching job, what happens if Salford get promoted this season? There will be some sort of conflict of interest for him then, won't there?

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20 Jan 2019 21:57:44
Can someone tell me why Shaw didn't play yesterday? Is he injured?

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20 Jan 2019 22:34:05
Illness before kickoff. Was in the starting line up until 30 minutes before the game.

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21 Jan 2019 01:51:36
Ah ok thanks Shappy.

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20 Jan 2019 21:53:52
It seems the knives are still out for our last manager, however, whilst it is popular to criticise him there is a point people keep ignoring.

Yesterday the Chelsea manager Sarri, said of his players, 'This defeat was due to our mentality. this group of players are extremely difficult to motivate'. This is a group who have shown they play when they want to, the club puts them before the manager. It is like a wave pattern, manager comes in and they do well, manager asks them to do something they don't like they down tools and the manager is eventually sacked.

Everyone is glowing in Ole's seven wins but is forgetting our own players started in this cycle and we are just as vulnerable to it as Chelsea. Right now players are "happy", but what happens when they are not. SAF said the power should be with the manager and I hope Woodward sees that, whoever is our long term option. We have players who clearly down tooled whilst Mourinho was manager and it could easily happen again. We need to think whether we want a turnover of managers like Chelsea, so instead of just criticising our last manager we should realise there is a lurking issue still to be resolved that formed part but not all the reason why he was sacked. Whoever becomes the next permanent manager will need absolute commitment at board level or we will see the wave pattern at United.

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20 Jan 2019 22:30:34
It's a terrible trend in football sadly and it's been going on for quite some time. It was only because Sir Alex was unsackable that we weren't accustomed to it but player power has been around a long time.

Jose likes his senior players because their mentality isn't as fragile as a younger player. I always loved seeing the inside of a dressing room when a manager is going mental at a team. I'm not sure it happens anymore? It's not to say that his way is right or wrong it's just slowly being outdated.

Jose failed the players and the players failed the manager and both failed the club.

Everything is rosie in the garden now but what happens when Lukaku isn't happy about being on the bench and his mate Pogba starts stirring crap. The dissent from the players was completely unprofessional at the end of Joses tenure.

Is Ole the man that could survive the dressing room if and when they sour? Our players have shown they're shrinking violets. We need a lot of work, is he the man that can handle it or will he be so happy he's the boss that he let's the bigger players dictate the club?

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20 Jan 2019 22:41:26
Red man, I completely agree. There are other issues that need sorting. Woodward is still just as clueless, the club still don't have a clear identity or vision moving forward, and the "problem" players are still at the club.

However, I do feel the only reason anyone is still mentioning the previous manager is because that manager has come out talking about the club in the press over the last couple of days. Thus it is all dug up again.

I am happy to put the whole Mourinho era down to a bad decision by all involved. I am happy to thank Jose for the cups he won with us, and the hard work he put in. I wish him well and success in his future endeavours.

I still feel that he was the architect of his own downfall at our club, but am prepared to admit there were several mitigating circumstances that certainly didn't help him.

Time to move on. We have Ole now, at least for the time being. And he is doing better than any of us expected. Let's enjoy it.

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20 Jan 2019 23:08:32
He's gone. He has nothing whatsoever to do with our club any more. Let's put him out of our minds, give thanks for actually enjoying watching our team play again, and leave him to blame whoever he likes. Nobody is saying there aren't other issues, or that we should just give Olé the job now, but one person was mainly responsible for José failing, and that was José. Olé is just showing that it's not rocket science, when you have talented players in your squad.

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21 Jan 2019 00:17:35
For a manager to admit they are struggling, does that not show they are incapable of doing their job?

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21 Jan 2019 03:57:50
Redman I have to completely disagree with you on Chelsea, watching the arsenal Chelsea game felt like watching a lvg game. Chelsea had possession but most of it was pointless, sarri seems to not understand how to use kante, jorginho looks more like blind than xavi in the role he has been given, add to that they don't have a striker, it looked more to me that a manager messing up tactically than players doing anything wrong.

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21 Jan 2019 06:27:11
But Mourinho is right about the lack of structure. We are not organized as Man City and do not have a clear vision to move forward.

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21 Jan 2019 06:30:19
CSM
I agree on Chelsea tactical set up against Arsenal but their very new manager is flagging the same failing that keeps costing managers their jobs. If they don’t like what they are being asked they don’t put 100% in and the downhill path to the manager being sacked starts, repeat. That is what I don’t want to see at United and we still have the same bunch of players.

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21 Jan 2019 08:23:22
We do have the same bunch of players. Yet was it ever likely that we would sell all or even any of the trouble makers in January?

Chelsea's troubles started when the owner started getting too friendly with the players and they felt they had the ear of the owner.

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21 Jan 2019 08:52:02
Red Man, you make a good point, I think it's starting to happen more and more. Was it Argentina in the World up who pretty much decided to ignore the manager completely?

I don't knoww what the answer is but I suspect very good motivational and man management skills would help.

Chelsea is is fascinating as he has chosen to call them out, it will be interesting to see how they react.

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21 Jan 2019 08:53:32
Redman got me sarri is using an old excuse save himself in Chelsea's case, about our problems with player power, have we actually seen anything to suggest players deliberately under performing.

When the first Mourinho sacking rumors came out, it was martial, shaw and pogba who were our best performers, post his virus rant pogba was on the bench and martial and shaw were still playing pretty well it wasn't on any of them that our results were bad, if you look at players whose performance have gone up dramatically since the sacking only 1 name comes to mind that's matic, pogba went through a bad spell but before and after that he has been ok, nothing special but he is scoring goals because the manager is allowing everyone to attack.

If you look at all our managers only under moyes can I say players clearly downed tools and most of those aren't here anymore. Under lvg it was a tactical failing, under Mourinho it was bad tactics and clearly demotivated team. In last 7 games whose performances have seriously improved so much for Mourinho or anyone else to suggest that players downed their tools?

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21 Jan 2019 10:14:32
CSM, you make a good point. Did the players truly down tools?

I suppose that depends on what it means to "down tools". Surely the most obvious meaning is exactly as it sounds you down your tools and refuse to work. So how many players refused to play football for Jose Mourinho? I would argue none. None refused to pull on the shirt and go out and play. So in the true sense no players downed tools.

However, I think what most consider "downing tools" is in fact not giving 100% effort. Which in itself is a very grey area. For example there have been many days at work where I will admit I didn't give it 100% effort, maybe I was hungover, or had a cold, or had an argument with the misses, or was distracted by things in my private life or even things on a global scale. I have also managed people and I can say that even highly motivated people don't put in 100% effort all the time.

So with that in mind how many of us can categorically say that any perceived lack of effort was definitely down to the players refusing to work for the manager?

Is it simply the players putting more effort in now which has seen an up turn in results?

I disagree, we have a poor defence, one which will give our opponents chances. So it doesn't make sense to invite pressure on that defence and make them do more defending than absolutely necessary. Yet That was exactly the tactics Mourinho employed. Ole has gone the other way and asked our side to spend more time attacking than defending and suddenly when our better players have the ball more and our weaker players are relied on less we look a better side. That has nothing to do with motivation or effort, just common sense and good tactics.

First rule of team sports, play to your strengths. Ours isn't defending so setting our side up to defend is setting them up to fail.

I do believe the players could have worked harder under Mourinho, yet I don't believe in dictatorships. So a leader has to lead by inspiration. You inspire those around you to work hard, to follow you and to adopt your vision. Did Mourinho inspire his players? No, they looked demotivated because of his actions. So was the fault the players or the managers? I would say both, but mostly the managers as it is a huge part of his remit to motivate the players. Jose failed on that front and that played a large role in him losing his job. The other issue was his insistence on playing a certain way that didn't play to his players strengths but exposed their weaknesses.

All in all it was poor management, yet no one has covered themselves in glory. The board, Ed Woodward, the manager and the players. That is why that despite how well some of our players are playing Ole is getting all the credit. Because he is the one thing that is different so he gets the credit for the up turn in performance. The buck starts and stops with the manager. Ole gets the credit for the team performing well as Jose took the blame for them performing badly.

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21 Jan 2019 10:44:04
I have no clue how it became got me, it should be to me.

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21 Jan 2019 12:09:32
A professional will go out and do their job, even with a poor man-manager in charge. But run through a brick wall for them? Hardly.

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20 Jan 2019 19:00:09
I know Red Man will be one of the first to disagree with me here, but if OGS keeps this up then it is a no brainer. We’ve tried the up and coming Manager, we’ve tried the old pro, we’ve tried one of the best and none of them worked. Perhaps we need someone who understands our club, who is engrained in our culture, who is a optimist that trusts youth, someone who wants to play the right way, someone who learned from the best, someone who won titles, cups, and the Champion’s League. No, not Ryan Giggs, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a man who has risen to a remarkable challenge and taken to it like a duck to water.

I saw Ole once in John Lewis in Cheadle. Our wives were looking at material and I glanced over and shared one of those ‘are you as bored as me? ‘ moments. I’m never star struck but I’ve always regretted not shaking his hand and showing my appreciation for everything he did whilst at our club. Often a sub, he never complained, he could have left but chose to stay and fight and when he did nail down a place after Beckham left, injury took his chance with persistent knee injuries.

Since his arrival he has not put a foot wrong. He has been polite, positive, and engaging. I couldn’t care less that he has never managed in a big league; if he wins the next league game that will be the best start ever in the EPL, usurping Guardiola and Ancelotti.

All the fancy names being bandied about have no idea what United is about, this is a club that I believe is unique in world football. The largest global revenue generator but at heart still a local feel where people are proud to work here.

If we keep winning there is no debate for me and even if we lose, I expect OGS to react in a way that makes me proud to be a supporter of Manchester United FC.

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20 Jan 2019 19:36:57
I want to see OGS succeed too tony. I want to see us finish 3rd and get past PSG with him. He is an abdolute legend for me and all itd fans - as a player though.

I feel what everyone else is feeling and its amazing BUT we need to re-evaluate the permanent role at the end of the season. 7 out of 7 wins is absolute fantastic but in the grand scheme of things 7 games is a small victory albeit brilliant.

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20 Jan 2019 20:05:46
And i just want to reitterate that i really want ole to succeed and take us on full time.

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20 Jan 2019 21:32:34
Big tests ahead of us in the next 6 weeks Ajh.
I maintain my stance of if we get top 4 and get a good cup run ole should ne given the job.
It won't suit the po h brigade but you can't keep everybody happy.
Lots to admire about how ole has gone about the job and there are no complaints from me on any front.
I think we are woefully short on strength in depth, with ole there i have much more confidence in having a smaller high quality squad of 18 or so players backed up by 4 or 5 youth prospects such as chong gomez garner tuanzabe mc tominay mitchell.
The players look like they want to play for him.
Once they have a set back or 2 we will find out more about ole i personally don't think he will be found wanting.
As i said the next 6 weeks are huge i expect a defeat or 2 so we will know more at the end of them.
I want it to be ole over any other canditate simply because if he gets the job he will have earned the right in situ and that is really tough.

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20 Jan 2019 12:27:04
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