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23 Feb 2019 14:05:03
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Willian

23 Feb 2019 13:45:12
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new player profile about, Willian

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23 Feb 2019 12:16:01
Good interview on Paddy Powers youtube channel with Cantona.
'If I come back into football it will only be with United. You need to have the club in your soul. '.

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23 Feb 2019 12:40:51
He's a legend but I don't get the links for him to the DoF job. No experience. Also he wouldn't be a yes man either.

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Premier League Game Preview 23 February 2019

23 Feb 2019 08:24:34
{Ed's Note - Reid the Red has posted a new article entitled, Premier League Game Preview 23 February 2019

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23 Feb 2019 07:30:35
CHEATarito.
The question i'd like to ask all is
Do you think he should have owned up and told the ref he punched it in?

It doesn't sit well with me that a player deliberately cheats the ref and his opponents.

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23 Feb 2019 08:38:16
Yes. Without question. I’d feel empty if United beat Liverpool by such a goal tomorrow. What’s the point of sport at all if cheating (gamesmanship, spin it however you want) determines the outcome?

Most importantly the joy of winning is destroyed by the guilt of knowing in your own heart and soul that it wasn’t just. Especially against your most bitter of rivals.

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23 Feb 2019 09:43:48
I don’t agree with it but such is the pressure put on managers by their own fans and media, Pellegrini will be happy he didn’t own up to it.

Maybe if there wasn’t a new witch hunt every other week (Sarri’s turn now), there would be less pressure and therefore less cheating, particularly diving to win penalties.

Which also begs the question. How is a player putting the ball in with his hand any different to a penalty scored as a result of a dive?

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23 Feb 2019 10:04:25
I'd never stop laughing if we beat Liverpool with a goal like that .

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23 Feb 2019 10:41:42
Shouldnt be a problem come next season when VAR is introduced.

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23 Feb 2019 11:21:04
OK we are playing Liverpool last game of the season, if Liverpool win they win the league, now if you were playing for united and the last minute de gea goes awol, your the last man back the only way you can stop the Liverpool player is to take him out cause he is heading in for an open goal, what do you do.
Do you take him out or let him score.
I know what I would do I'd poleaxe him👍.

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23 Feb 2019 11:22:51
I disagree deano.

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23 Feb 2019 11:32:06
Honour, integrity, and even basic fair play seem to take a back seat nowadays. You get booked for taking your shirt off but you can scream at a linesman, waste time, foul, pretty much anything you can get away with.

I remember everyone lauding Fowler for telling the ref it wasn’t a penalty, but the ref gave a penalty, and Fowler then took it (it was saved but the rebound was put in) . If Fowler was so honourable he’d have rolled it gently to the goalie but if he had his team mates, Manager, and fans would have slaughtered him.

Footballers push things as far as they can. You have the extremes of biting, diving, and goals scored with hands but what about the other end of the scale. Ashley Young is a great example of how to move a throw in 15 yards further up the pitch, every team does it. When taking a corner players place the ball outside the quadrant, as if that extra half an inch will make a difference. Falling over theatrically when a player so much as breathes on you. Wagging fingers at linesmen, swearing at them. I think footballers need taking down a peg or 2, it would be carnage initially but once everyone got use to stricter rules we might see some of this nonsense stop.

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23 Feb 2019 12:11:41
Its nothing new. Maradonna, Henry etc. After the fallout of the Henry and Ireland match, who would have thought 9 years later we still don't have VAR in the EPL? Madness.

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23 Feb 2019 12:16:18
Couldn't agree more Anthony.

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23 Feb 2019 13:25:26
Fair enough ken, can't all have the same opinions.

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23 Feb 2019 13:58:10
Of course mate. not looking for perfection just don't think its showing any respect for refs opponents fans etc to cheat as blatantly as that.

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Review Of The Day 23rd February 2019

23 Feb 2019 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 23rd February 2019

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23 Feb 2019 08:52:59
Not like my reply Tris?

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{Ed001's Note - none has come through other than this one mate.}

23 Feb 2019 10:32:22
The racist chanting is getting out of hand and stewards are neither use nor ornament, it amazes me what people will say in a football ground that they wouldn't say anywhere else.

Our club asked fans to stop singing a song about Lukakus manhood yet they remain silent about the chants about Hillsborough. They'll be sung tomorrow, and it won't be a handful of people, it will be thousands. It's about time the club stood up and said it's not acceptable and people will be ejected.

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23 Feb 2019 10:45:23
Tbf to the clubs when it comes to that chanting about hillsborough or munich or any tragic disaster which are usually done by huge crowds of people. How do you eject that many people during the game without causing even more potentially ugly scenes?

Surely it should be taken out of the clubs hands and the premier league or fa should step in and hand out the punishments. An X game ban behind closed doors should incentivise the club to do something about it.

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{Ed001's Note - it is sad that we even have to ask this question about how to deal with these things. First thing is we need to work on educating people, because you aren't born wanting to sing sick songs, it is something you learn.}

23 Feb 2019 11:12:00
I remember years ago when some idiot in the Stretford End tried to chant about Hillsborough and he was told to STFU by everyone. Now there are people chanting about it who didn't witness it at the time but that doesn't make it right.

I'd like to think United fans are better than that but it seems not.

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{Ed001's Note - society is not better than that sadly. Forest fans still regularly spout abuse about Hillsborough due to pure hatred. It is sad that many Liverpool and other fans think it is ok to chant about Munich. Most Liverpool fans don't even know the Matt Busby was a Liverpool legend!}

Review Of The Day 22nd February 2019

22 Feb 2019 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 22nd February 2019

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23 Feb 2019 10:27:10
The racist chanting is getting out of hand, there should be a zero tolerance. Stewards are a complete waste of time, I think there only job is to tell the day trippers where their seat is.

It still amazes me what people say in football grounds, I’m guessing they wouldn’t say it anywhere else. It’s about time someone from United came out and asked our fans To be respectful, chants about people losing their lives are unacceptable and shame our club. They were quick to ask fans to stop the song about Lukaku’s manhood but they are silent when it comes to chants about Hillsborough. I was at the Liverpool game 2 years ago and I was ashamed, it wasn’t a handful, it was thousands and the fact the club is silent on this is a disgrace.

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Quique Setien

21 Feb 2019 19:46:22
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new manager profile about, Quique Setien

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22 Feb 2019 08:20:56
Good stuff ed. With all that in mind, it will be interesting to see how he gets on at Barca. With funds and the ability to change game from the bench.

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{Ed001's Note - what do you mean? Barca wanted him but ended up extended Valverde's contract as they didn't get an agreement with him. I believe he is not ready to walk away from Real Betis as he took over only in the summer, however the info did come from Betis so might just be wishful thinking!}

22 Feb 2019 12:20:30
Thanks Ed001. Given the financial disparity between Barca, Real and Athletico (possibly even Sevilla) what do you think a realistic target is for Betis? I noticed they crashed out of the Europa League last night.

I've had a soft spot for Betis for years since the days Alfonso and Assuncao used to play there. Its really interesting to see him get the most out of players like Joaquin and Sergio Canales.

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{Ed001's Note - realistic is European qualification, anything more is a pipe dream in the short term. Betis are the little team in Andalusia. They are doing well to qualify. In the long term they could possibly build something longer lasting but it would take years to get the fanbase, as they are miles behind Sevilla.}

22 Feb 2019 12:42:49
Remember when they broke the record for denilson?

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22 Feb 2019 16:08:00
Sorry ed. I thought ed002 had said Barcelona had zoned in on him for the job.

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{Ed001's Note - they did but then extended with Valverde when they didn't get him.}

21 Feb 2019 19:33:20
With diarra being released by PSG today, any possibility on bringing him in on a 6 month deal, just to offer a bit of cover to Matic/ Herrera?

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{Ed002's Note - Zero, it is not allowed.}

21 Feb 2019 22:39:28
More to the point why take a past it player who was never that good?

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21 Feb 2019 16:18:49
There's a question I want to pose to everyone on the site.

Now the perceived idea is that it is harder to manage a top club than a club lower down the football pyramid. The basis for this idea is the pressure and expectations are higher.

But is that true? Is it really harder to get better quality players with better facilities and more resources to play better?

Is there less pressure in avoiding relegation on a shoe string? Or trying to clamber to the top of a lower league to gain promotion to the elite level?

Ole struggled to get the Cardiff players to play the kind of football he wanted them. Was it just that the style he was trying to get them to play was beyond their capabilities? Yet at United he has made managing our club look fairly simple and straightforward.

I would have thought that the reality is that if you can't get some of the best players in the world, with world class facilities and huge amounts of resources to play well then you are a poor manager. Whereas, if you can get a side of average players to improve and play beyond their capabilities with limited resources and poor facilities then you are a great manager.

Surely then you can only prove that at a club without world class players and facilities.

Is it not easier to succeed at a club that has everything required to give you the best platform for success?

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21 Feb 2019 16:36:00
Are you making the point that Ole isn't a good manager because he struggled in his first job with a relegation battling team of average players and an idiot chairman?

Can twist that argument on its head and say certain managers aren't that good because they've only ever managed clubs that that has everything required to give you the best platform for success?

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21 Feb 2019 16:55:38
Mort, I'm not saying Ole is a bad manager. I think he is a good manager. What I'm trying to ask is can it be easier to succeed at a top club than a club at a lower level?

Absolutely you can look at some managers and ask would they have been as successful if they were at clubs without the facilities, resources and abundance of world class talent. Most will look at Pep who is arguably the best manager in the world at the moment. But on a serious note could he save Fulham from relegation? Would his style, his philosophy transfer to those players? How much could be improve those players? Could he get them playing like his Barcelona or City team without the likes of Messi, Xavi, Silva and Delete Bruyne?

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21 Feb 2019 17:24:19
It's a tricky question to answer shappy . Raffa at Newcastle is probs currently the best example of a high profile manager with previous success but is now at a club near the bottom that duznt spend much . It's difficult to judge him, he keeps them up and had a good final league position last season but constantly seems to be in a relegation battle, would Newcastle be relegated without him or would all the firefighting managers big Sam, Hughes ect manage the same thing .

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21 Feb 2019 17:58:12
I think it’s easier to manage at the top level. You have money and you know everything about all the top players but in the lower leagues you know virtually nothing about the players.

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21 Feb 2019 18:01:25
Ranieri couldn't do it with unlimited funds at Chelsea but won the league with Leicester.
I don't think there is an answer to your question that's factual most answers are and will be totally subjective.
Howe does ok at bournmouth but would he do well at a big club.
A lit depends on timing luck and momentum.

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21 Feb 2019 19:47:55
Ranieri couldn't do it with unlimited funds at Chelsea? He had one season with Abramovich as owner and was sacked with the club finishing in 2nd place.

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21 Feb 2019 19:53:52
Interesting question Shappy and very hard to answer.

If we're taking about Solskjear I think all the pieces of the jigsaw have fallen into place for him at Old Trafford. I agree with Ken sometimes timing and momentum is as important as anything else.

I think a large number of this current squad suit Solskjear's style like a hand in a glove.

He has the perfect attacking players to implement his system and in Pogba he has the mercurial figurehead capable of knitting it all together and providing the quality needed to win at the highest level.

I'm not sure Solskjear has the longevity and foresight to build team after team but I think he's more than capable of taking this current group of players forward.

He will look to build around De Gea, Lindelof, Shaw, Martial, Pogba, Lingard and Rashford. With a few quality additions who have the pace, energy and movement to complement his style of fast countering attacking football I think he is more than capable of winning trophies over the next few years.

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21 Feb 2019 22:43:12
The alternative view is that Ole has built up years of experience managing our reserves, then going to Molde, then taking on a tough job like Cardiff (which Sit Alex told
Him not to) where he will have learned some tough lessons, then going back to Molde, then being given the Utd job where there is little to no pressure or expectation and a kind fixture list. It’s not like we have a new novice manager in charge here. All prior to this he was a legend for our club and knows exactly how it should be run.

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21 Feb 2019 23:39:10
English football has a habit of writing managers off after one sacking. In any other business in the world, failure is all apart of learning. In Spain they often give their B team managers the first team job. They have no qualms about giving a manager lower down the league a top job, like Barcelona will do with Real Betis' manager at the end of the season.

English teams tend to blink very quickly when giving a manager a chance and then appoint the trusty Alerdyce, Pardew, Hodgson or Hughes or any other "firefighter" manager.

But in terms of what level should a potential manager take in my opinion should be based on what level they've played. Obviously there are the exceptions to this rule but learning your trade in League 2 isn't going to make you a better premier league manager and vice versa.

Ole has played most of his career at the top of world football competing for the top honours. He's worked with the best manager and players around at the time. He knows what it's like to be at a big club. Put him in charge of Cardiff who are struggling is alien to him. He said it himself he wanted them to play the kind of football that they technically couldn't, so he reverted to a more defensive style and it all went pear shaped.

Just look what a step up done to David Moyes. He done and said all the wrong things. He said he wanted to be like City in one of his interviews. The man just wasn't made for top level football. Again, it was alien to him.

Roy Keane is another example of how a world class player can't manage in the lower leagues. His expectations are too high and result in him falling out with players that can't play to his high standard. If Keane had of started at the top I would be very interested to see how he would have got on.

Ole seems to be bread for the top bracket of management. He says and does all the right things but there are also many other managers who given a top job would do just fine too.

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21 Feb 2019 23:44:08
I think it depends on the managers background. If as a player he only played at a high level as a player then becomes a manager and goes to a lower league where he's not used to the standard of players, facilities etc then he may struggle. Take Roy Keane at Ipswich as an example. However if you have a manager who was a player at that level then he's more used to the standard. For example Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.

Regards Pep no I think he'd struggle at a Fulham.

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22 Feb 2019 02:16:07
I think there are different levels of expectation and different pressures. For example, in Scotland the Old Firm carries more pressure than any other job in the country (possibly in Europe) . A manager at the top level is expected to win every game and in England has literally tens of millions of people analysing their every decision. Moreover, if you manage Cardiff you are expected to beat the teams around you at home. When you are the boss of Man Utd you are expected to beat everyone and win 90% of the games in style.

In summary, being a manager is bloody difficult and whilst having players like Pogba helps, the pressure of 100million fans expecting you to win every week must be gruelling.

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22 Feb 2019 03:05:19
Based on people’s comments on a very complex situation with far too many variables. it will be interesting to see how Scholes fares at Oldham.

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22 Feb 2019 05:21:58
Most of the managers needs some type of their players to get the club moving forward. Pep struggled in his first season and bought some players which suited his philosophy. What if he was in Arsenal with limited budget. I don't think so he would have made Arsenal like current City. Very few will tweek thier tactics suiting the players they have. Maybe Ole has tools now in United to get good results.

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22 Feb 2019 10:10:24
Somebody may have said it but management style could be a big factor.

My opinion a manager that builds from the back with a lower team will struggle to get relegated (allardyce)
Whereas if a attacking coach came in they may struggle (ole at Cardiff)

And then the exact opposite for a top side, as top sides have the players to attack and score and sometimes worry about the base last.

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22 Feb 2019 15:32:07
I think it also depends on what characters you have in the club, we’ve seen first hand how players down tools if they don’t like something. Look how our players performed first half of the season to now for example. Or how Chelsea players have multiple times. There’s too many factors for a straight answer to that question imo.

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21 Feb 2019 13:57:15
Tuanzebe nearing a return for Aston Villa. Possibly after the International break.
I hope he has a good run to the end of the season to set himself up for a return to Old Trafford next season.

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