Manchester United Rumours Archive June 01 2012

 

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01 Jun 2012 23:28:24
ed, would it be fair to say the general consensus is that we will be changing a system to one in which rooney will spearhead our attack, be it a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3?
ie.

nani---rooney---young/kagawa

or

valencia--kagawa--young/new lw
----------rooney---------

the reason i ask is if this is true, i simply don't get why so many people are linking us with strikers? any top striker will be expecting a starting place which won't happen with rooney in the team. i know there was a rumour about psg willing to pay 120m but i simply can't see that happening, and with us already having welbeck and chicarito (who would be more open to being mostly subs) i just don't see us getting another striker.


dags {Ed007's Note - The French are trying to revolutionise football. There was a discussion a while back (between top football tacticians) where it was decided that the only time formations could be considered fixed was at kick off. There is a guy currently at Clairefontaine who for maybe 20 years has been studying if and how different formations are applied.
He advocates and teaches that certain sides (he cites Barcelona, Chelsea, Ajax and Kashima Antlers) that have achieved varying levels of success have actually now reverted to something between no formation at all and the Metodo approach and that strict formations should be a thing of the past.
He wants to see intelligent players that can adapt as the game changes and this is what is being taught to the French kids who are seen as the future of the game in France.}

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Yes, that is fair to say.. Go to:
A_Fergy_Magic.glblemanutdfan.com to see all of man utd's formations for the whole of next season. I particularly like the 11212112 formation we use against Sparta Prague in the quarter finals of the UCL. It produces a harmonious balance between attack and defense, and but for a dodgy ref and a faulty part in the goal line technology we would have prevailed. Oh well, there's always 2013-14...

DodgyBanter

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4-4-2 Diamond formation. Kagawa behind Rooney and Welbeck with a new CDM to come in (Strootman or Martinez hopefully)

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I believe a 4 2 3 1 formation is a must for the big PL games and all ECL next season imo 4 4 2 cost us big time last season! Changing to this system will also mean that we do not have to bring in to may players this summer a LB a box to box powerful MF and hopefully kagawa from dortmund,as we will only play one striker Rooney,Welbeck and Chicha (although i not sure he'd fit into this system)with the reported departures the outlay would prob be well within our means and also trim the wage bill!
Cardiffred

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It wasn't the formation that cost us, it was the team we had out. We are short of quality, mostly highlighted by our shambolic performance and line up we had for the game at Man City!

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01 Jun 2012 23:25:50
nani released this through his agent on Portuguesetv today
Now I am really happy, but I dont know about my future.
Now I will study opportunities. Football is not only about England or Spain. It is possible to enjoy success in other countries.
My agent is waiting on news about United. We have presented a counter-offer and now we are waiting on an offer from the club.
jred

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It`s interesting when he said football is not just about england or spain i guess he`s hinting about a move to france with psg

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Anzhi Mach........ I think

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It appears that he is of the opinion that Utd don't want him anymore

Pardoe

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Was he not being linked to juventus
jred {Ed002's Note - Juventus enquired last season.}

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PSG or Anzhi? Maybe even a move to Palermo or another Italian club?

Sydney!

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Juventus are messers and probably will not pay the fee United value Nani at.

Sydney!

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I was told Athletico Madrid, PSG and Juve have an interest and United had postponed the next set of talks to until after the Euros.

REDFAITH

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I heard he could be used in a deal to bring marchisio from juve so that statement makes sense

sparkyred

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I hope United slam the door in Juve's face for this annoying situation they've made for us with Pogba.

Ozwald

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01 Jun 2012 23:05:26
We appear to have signed Kagawa, and Sahin who hasn't played much for Real Madrid is another midfielder we wanted last year. He might want to play with Kagawa again and he might want more first team football. He might only cost £15m, and would be a bargain for that price. Also Martinez who looks likely to leave Athletic Bilbao is another player I would love at United. He would probably cost about £25m. What do you think. Gilly

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Sahin and Martinez would both be brilliant signings. I'd obviously pick Martinez as first choice but Sahin for 15 million is a great deal. Having either of them in the centre of our midfield next season with Kagawa ahead of them will instantly make us more creative and have the ability to retain possession.

Rjmanutd

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Gilly

Martinez should be our number one priority but he would cost around 32m although I believe that to be a bargain

Red Man

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01 Jun 2012 22:26:56
Guys don't give out I'm only putting this out there. Lesley king on pay as you play just to help out ? {Ed007's Note - Hasn't he said he will retire and work doing coaching at Spurs?}

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Ed, not suggesting we sign him but think he said that he will stay at Spurs, in a coaching role if he cant secure a one year extension over the summer

Enigma {Ed007's Note - Cheers mate. I just caught the tail end of something earlier.}

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Is lesley ,ledleys sister lol
johndenton

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Is that centre back with the zimmer frame?

Pardoe

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We had enough injuries last season mate.

ferdcoast

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That's what we need ,another injury prone player.Well with Owen gone and Hargreaves left 12 months ago I suppose it will give our medical team something to do

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01 Jun 2012 21:58:33
Interesting to see a few people linking man utd with dembele. I have have had a fulham season ticket for the last 4 years and my opinion on dembele is that he is very good at holding on to the ball hardly ever giving it away and is a good dribbler of the ball. However I think his major weakness is holding onto the ball for too long at times which would not benefit man utd's fluid attacking style, a bit like berbatov only a bit more agile. Just thought you would like to hear my opinions on him and if you had any thoughts I would welcome them

Born and bRED

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Respect ! Honesty and loyalty wish a few more of us were like you

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Season ticket holder at fulham who supports man utd. "bRED" clue

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I am only at season ticket holder at fulham because my boss is a fulham fan and gets me a season ticket every year (probably because they are cheap!) because we are good friends as well but I do not go to every match, about half of them actually, and I try to get up to old Trafford as much as I can normally about 5 times a season. Anyway I was just passing on what I know as I thought people would like to hear my opinion on him given that I have seen a lot of him.

Born and bRED

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01 Jun 2012 21:53:29
Guys,anyone have any idea how much Neymar would be worth and do you think it would be worth putting a bid in?is there a clause in his contract?i for one think he'd be brilliant

Super red

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He's pretty much a Barcelona player.

G.A.G.U.S

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Is he?how much do ya know have they paid?g.a.g.u.s

Superred

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Would give anything to see him at United, but the sad reality is that he is heading to Spain.

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He is ranked around 40-50 millon, but said he would prefer a move to barcelona

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40-50m,I couldn't see fergie or the glazers paying that for any player,I'd say his wage demands would be fairly high too...

Super red

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If we were willing to pay 35m for Hazard (a young and up-coming player) then why don't we give a shot a Neymar who is the most highly rated youngster at this time.

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Neymar is agifted player but i just dont think he would fit the ethos of uniteds team game. there has only been three players i can think of in uniteds history that have been allowed to be individuals best cantona and ronaldo and personally i dont think neymar has the match winning ability of any of those

justpij

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You kidding me? If Neymar joined it'd probably result in SAF having a heart attack because Neymar is such a cocky player, yeah he's got tremendous skill but i can't think of a footballer with a bigger ego? Other than maybe Balotelli..

Ozwald

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01 Jun 2012 21:51:57
Im not saying we sign all these players we've been linked with but of them i would love to see:
Kagawa
Lewandowski
Hummels
M'vila or Strootman or Martinez
Rodriguez
Cissokho
Clyne
Powell
Matias Suarez

Im not saying we sign all of them, im just saying who i would love to see in a United shirt next season, obviously it would be silly to sign them all. Your thoughts?

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Hummels kagawa martinez would be 3 great signings we need lb 2 tho

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01 Jun 2012 21:47:02
sneijder....great player....but he has two and at max 3 left ragardless of the transfer fee his wage demand will impend any possible transfer like it did last time around.

reality and i can expect Shinji to come...maybe a LB and some small signings but nothing more....

Champions league not possible...hopefully league will be our realistic goal....


Hoping FERGIE will surprise with some marquee signing other than Modric(never liked him and we dont need him).

GGMU

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Fully agree GGMU

SuperRed

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How is champions league out our range . The team that finished 6 th in our league won it when we missed out on goal difference ? Yes it was lucky but I still remember koufor fisting the grass in 99 {Ed007's Note - So how did the rest of your time in prison pan out?}

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To say the truth Chelsea winning the CL last time was not lucky but different(no point in disrespecting someone acheivment)

To make it a realistic target you have to have those signing that i dont see happening so its not possible(unlikely)....

League requires consistent performance and a experienced squad not a good 11(CL can be won with 11 fit)...this is something we already had last time...this time around a Shinji(something that was missing last tyme) and hopefully a fit squad would make the league a realistic target....

Now some quality A players in and then CL
will look realistic....

GGMU

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01 Jun 2012 21:44:22
{Ed022's note - brand new player profile on Crewe Alexandra's Nick Powell, linked with pretty much every English Club in recent times. www.player-profiles.co.uk - thanks all.}

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01 Jun 2012 20:25:15
Another thing i don;t get is people saying we'll pull out of the chase for Powell if Pogba stays.

How does that work, apart from their both 18 and both class thats it.

Pogba is more like a box to box who can play at dm or even as an am. Powell is a striker who dropped back to support striker and can play in the hole.

I think the pair of them with Tunnicliffe could form a handy little trio.

Assuming we sign both Pogba and Powell.

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Pogba, Tunnicliffe, Cleverley, Powell, Kagawa, Petrucci would make a pretty neat midfield squad in say 2-3 years if we could sign them up/tie them down

Gav

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01 Jun 2012 20:00:33
So, I was just watching a few FA youth cup highlight videos. Ravel Morrison was such a huge prospect, shame he went of the tracks. But anyway, out of the current lot (Daehli, Januzaj, Pereirra, Blackett, Barmby, etc), who do we all think will make it and who is the most talented? From what I've seen it's Daehli, but I haven't seen Januzaj play at all, not even youtube clips. From what I hear he's insanely talented. Is he as talented as everyone makes out? Could he be comparable to Eden Hazard (at a similar age) in terms of skill, etc?

Blackett, I've been hugely impressed with, big, strong, fast and noone gets past him. I have high hopes for this lot.

Percy

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Daehli, Januzaj and Pereira are the ones to watch for me.

G.A.G.U.S

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I have seen them all play. Of the current academy crop Blacket and McCulloch look very good defenders. Daehli has improved massively over the past season. I have not seen enough of Perreira yet but looks good. Januzaj is absolute class, best player I've seen at that age for some time. If he continues to progress over next season or so he will save us a fortune, if of course we tie him down to a long term contract in time. Hopefully lesson learnt with pogba who I hope sees sense and signs with us.

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Barmby this kids gonna be awesome . Reminds me of lee sharpe with a wand of a left foot

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01 Jun 2012 18:50:52
I'm convinced that if, for some reason, we actually do sign Sneijder, he will do exactly what Veron did. I hope we don't sign him, I'd prefer so many different players.

Percy

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Finally we agree.

G.A.G.U.S

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Can't compare the two totally different . Schneider can tackle dirty veron never saw two tackles in one game . Second veron was Good when we dominated games. Sneider can dominate games . I won't go on. I'm not his biggest fan but you may as well compare Robeson if ya like cause who knew he would fit in from lowly baggies ?

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We probably disagree on who we'd buy though ;)

Percy

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You speak alot of sense Percy. And receive too much stick for it ;)

DodgyBanter

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How could you even consider comparing sneijder do Veron,got to wake up guys.the worst statement I've ever seen on here.
Ome people are so blind it's unreal!

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Sneijder would be magnificent at utd.What a crazy statement to make!Percy you should watch Sneijder more often or maybe you have never watched him!Veron and Sneijder aren't even in the same mould.Veron wasn't an attacking midfielder nor was he a player to sit up front behind the striker.Veron was more of a player that sat in midfield and pushed the ball around midfield,changing
direction of play and he didn't have much pace!How could you even come out with a statement so wayward it's unbelievable!Sneijder will be playing tonight at 7:45 v northern Ireland.watch him.

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I've seen a lot of Sneijder. He gets injured getting off the coach. Veron was also a big name classy star, but didn't live up to his hype. If Sneijder comes in, I'll be hugely disappointed.

Percy

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You can't watch football very much. I'm not bothered either way whether we sign Schneider or not but comparing him with Veron is ridiculous. Veron played at a slow tempo and couldn't adjust to English football. Schneider plays at a much quicker pace, the 2 are nothing alike.

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01 Jun 2012 18:49:37
Tomasz Kuszczak has been released on a free by united, few more quid shaved off the wage bill there hopefully to bring in some new signings!

Leebo

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01 Jun 2012 18:44:23
Just a suggestion, but if I was united I'd look into Holliet, he's going on a free, he's young, pacey, agile, can finish, hardworking. Wouldnt be bad on a free at all!

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01 Jun 2012 18:42:17
'Bologna want 20million for ramirez'

Surely 20million is value for money for Gaston Ramirez? Quality at only 21!

Eds any interest from ourselves?

Stuey99

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Apparently citeh have first refusal.

Sanshine

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01 Jun 2012 18:38:40
Not a rumour but Hugo Rodellega on a free would not be a bad call in my opinion, linked with Arsenal and Liverpool last year.. Good squad player for free.

Gaz

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Can't hit a barn door

Andrew B

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01 Jun 2012 18:24:37
Ahead of Belgium's friendly international against England on Saturday Dembele said: "I know that there is interest from bigger clubs from the Premier League, but for now it is Fulham.
"Manchester United? Sorry, but I cannot say more about that at this time."
jred

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Sounds like he's playing "the game", using our name?

DodgyBanter

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01 Jun 2012 17:53:21
I personally think Dembele is quality. People just don't rate him because he plays for Fulham, but for £10 million think he can shine at United and can only get better with a brilliant left foot.

United4Ever.

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Personally I haven't seen enough of him to comment either eay bit if he were to sign then he must be considered good enough to play.

Problem is with this place their are too many that look down on certain players, lie Dembele for example just because of the club he plays for or the size of the transfer fee.

Too many people dream of expensive luxury signings like Alba or Sneijder that wouldn't last 5 minutes in this league yet they want to waste 90 million quid on Sneijder.

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First time I saw him play i thought he looked special. Such a shame about his injury, personally id rather wait to see if he is really all that this season before we spend on him....

UNITED_LEGENDS

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I think he is a good player and capable o fplaying at a bigger club than Fulham, thing is he pretty much floats between the midfield and forward line and that is one position there are talented players in abundance so I would be surprised to see us sign him
Invisible STuey

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I don't understand the fascination with dembele all of a sudden...

Daniel

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Neither do I Daniel, neither do I. Touch of a raaaaaaa.......ooooooo kettles boiled..

Whistler

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Dembale always looks better for Belgium than Hazard to me, certainly has got a far greater assist and goal record than Chelski's new toy. I like Witsel and Fellaine too, Belgium are blessed with a powerful midfield and I expect them to be strong by the world cup, they are all under 24 if you ad Defour. I think a bid for Dembale at 12 million and Witsel for 18 million would make our midfield look 200% better. Kagawa, Dembale, Witsel all for 42 million, we could throw in 13 million for a good left back.
Mik

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Dont' think anyone looks down on him because he plays for Fulham. Just think those that say that probably haven't even watched him.

I can't comment either way but we got Van Der Sar from Fulham, didn't turn out that bad did it?

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01 Jun 2012 17:35:02
What is the obsession with Sneijder all of a sudden? Everyone has him on their wishlist. Do you honestly think that Inter will let him go for £20 million? And will he honestly want to be under say 175k p/w after tax? I very much doubt it...

I would definatly rather sign Modric for £30 million than I would Sneijder for £30 million. Both are similar in that they keep the ball well and have a good range of passing, but Modric has the EPL experience, is younger than Sneijder and his wage demands won't be so extortionate. Also he is less of an ego and therefore less of a disruptive influence. He is a humble guy, with quality, who is a little over priced...but what we spend on transfer fee we will save on wages.

Also, just thinking about the French League, do you expect to see a mass exodus of players from France? I say this because the top earner bracket tax will be 70%, i don't see any player having their wages cut an extra 20% and I don't think that they will attract any quality players any time soon...this would mean that we could perhaps have a look at Giroud, Remy, Ayew, Mibwia, Sakho etc.

RedDevil19 {Ed007's Note - 'What is the obsession with Sneijder all of a sudden?'.............Are you being serious?}

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Everyone has been obsessed with Sneijder for the last few seasons, if it wasnt for his wages demands he would be at Old Trafford, i say lets forget about this mercenary and go and buy someone who wants to come to United for the love of the club not just for the money

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The obsession went away and has come back this last week...we went for months with little being said about him. So yes, I am being serious.

RedDevil19 {Ed007's Note - It never went away mate, it was simmering under the surface just waiting on it's moment to run up and boot me between the legs, I could sense it. Since the season ended I have deleted a pile of posts every day saying that Utd would have won the league AND CL if Sneijder had been signed.}

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Bond
i guess he meant when it all got done and dusted last season and we almost forgot about him, people all of a sudden have gone back to him(guessing)
RD19
well people say modric doesnt have many goals to his name, does that mean that as tim howard has more goals than Stewart Downing in the league, he can play better at left wing than downing can?no, hence modric would be dreamlike, wish he was a couple of years younger
DJ

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Thats the first time ive heard Sneijder mentioned on here.......honest :)

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Reddevil19,it baffles me to say the least that you could even compare modric to sneijder!modric isn't even close to being even near as good as sneijder!modric is a good player but he ain't world class!hes extremely inconsistant and over rated!Modric maybe playing in the premiership but lets be honest he hasnt set the world a light!he can distribute the ball but he cant score goals or play assists and aint nothing special.where Sneijder is quicker,can pick a pass,go past people,set up chances and creates a lot of assists and he scores goals and he can score special
goals including free kicks!And he has proven to do it on the big stage including champions league,playing with top league sides competing for championships and he has also done it on the international stage!he is a proven world class player!modric would find it hard even to break into the top sides in the world and
isn't fit to lace sneijders boots.

SuperRed

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More to point what is obsession with modric. He ain't all that . I'd rather have pogba honestly of you watch him closely how he controls the ball. His decision making needs work but his leg range protects the ball so well and he can go passed players within one stride. Spooky how much he could be like viera. I hated him due to what he did to keep arsenal on our tail but respect where it's due

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Doesn't seem to be any obsession with Sneijder or Modric, so many people just want young exciting talent which is fair enough. But both these players are still immense IMO.


Ozwald

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You can't really compare the 2, they are nothing alike and even though they would both play in midfeld they would do a different job for us.

I'm not fussed what we pay, it's not coming out of my pocket and if we can afford to pay it then great. Either one of these would be a big improvement on what we have.

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01 Jun 2012 16:12:07
With the EPL free transfer list out would anyone take bosingwa and kalou ? By no means do I mean in a best starting 11 capacity but Would be nice options in our squad .

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Kalou as a squad player yes but not boswinga.

Mad Hatter

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Why would we sign two players that couldn't get into a team that finished 6th

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Think I'd rather take Heskey. He would at least sell a few shirts due to the sheer novelty.

MattL

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I would take Bosingwa as cover but probably not Kalou. Kalou seems to forever let you down.

RedDevil19

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Wouldnt want either but they will be great free signings for somebody
Invisible STuey

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To be fair could do with a natural RB for when Rafael is injured or suspended.... Iv'e always thought kalou is decent too...

Would prefer Drogba though! haha

UNITED_LEGENDS

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No way, not good enough, if Chelsea don't want them why should we?

You don't hear Chelsea fans saying hey lets go sign Owen and Kzuszack do you?

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We have enough squad players what we need is 2 or 3 top players for the first 11

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Kalou was excellent when Di Matteo gave him his backing in the backend of the season. Would not mind him as a back up at all

fearny

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01 Jun 2012 15:31:59
Just wondering why the quite a few Utd links are with another wide player or left back?unless Fergie knows somebodys on the way out.If Park is goin then yes maybe somebody to come in to make it back upto the 4 pos wide players.As for left back ok Evra may not had best of seasons but the links with left back at 12-15m then they aint coming to be sub&cant see Evra wanting stick around if one of those is signed.with Fabio goin out on loan cover needed but a replacement not so sure.I'd have Evra above Baines&15m there havin a laugh!

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01 Jun 2012 15:21:47
Don't know why I don't seem to find it anywhere on the net but could someone PLS tell me when the summer transfer window officially opens?! Appreciate it.

Nik Legend SA {Ed007's Note - The domestic market is already open in England but the international window doesn't open until July 1st.}

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Ed when you say domestic transfers that apply to all league so a club like inter can trade with another club in the intalian league {Ed007's Note - No. It is just in England it happens, don't ask me why though. I have no idea.}

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01 Jun 2012 15:27:25
With the modric rumours coming out again there seems to be divided opinion as to if he'd be a good signing for us.
Personally I cant imagine why anyone would think it would benefit us.hes 26/27 so is coming imto his prime and has epl experience but hes far frm world class and would cost £25-30m plus say £100k a week? Not worth it whatsoever.
For me kagawa and strootman would represent fantastic business.quality,young and good value
thoughts?

BABY FACED ASSASIN

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I would prefer M'Via to Modric anyday. Modric is over rated in terms of price IMO.

IBleedBlue

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Although I agree that Kagawa and Strootman are great value and would be 2 great signings, in an ideal world (with plenty of funds) I would love to see all three in a 3 man midfield

__________Kagawa__________
____Strootman_____Modric___

Strootman to be the ball winner and deep lying playmaker, Modric to control possession and look for the forwards and Kagawa to provide the threat in the final 3rd, with Rooney up top and 2 wide men

In reality though I would be satisfied to keep Carrick alongside Strootman and rotate Cleverly, Scholes and Pogba (if he stays) with the 3 regular starters...so it depends on how much money is available for me

Gav

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Yep fully agree modric ain't world class and ain't worth even 15m.I'm hoping we sign kagawa as he looks to be a fantastic addition.

Super red

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He is looking for someone to fill schole's shoes, not a defensive mid. Fergie will most likely use Carrick as his defensive mid for another season after coming out and praising the job he did this year. I think Modric will only improve us and his own performances by playing for United. Kagawa will most likely be playing just behind Rooney.

De Gea
Rafael Vidic Evans Evra
Valencia Carrick Modric Young
Kagawa
Rooney

That's a big improvement for me, but I would prefer to see a left footer on the wing. Young is a good versatile squad player. I would also like to see a new left back, then I would be happy. Although I think a defensive midfielder is neccessary i have a feeling it may be put off until next year.

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I agree gav
carrick alongside strootman with kagawa floating behind rooney would be briliant with clevs,scholes and hopefully pogba giving us depth.
with owen gone and berbatov lokely to follow iv a feeling a striker might also be signed cos we know SAF likes 4 strikers in the squad.
still wouldnt touch modric though and if we are looking at someone to keep the possesion id say eriksen

BABY FACED ASSASIN

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Carrick, Stootman, Kagawa sounds incredible! And much more Man Utd sounding than Martinez, Modric, Sneijder.... If we get strootman, Kagawa, Clyne, Powell I will be very very happy!

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Also, finding someone to fill scholes' shoes is an impossible task, and the wrong way to go about solving our midfield problem. Strootman is adept at long passes, has an energy about him, and likes to arrive late into the box/ edge of the area. Kagawa likes to play further up and his through balls along the ground are world class. Together, along with Carrick, we have a functional midfield post-scholes.

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De Gea

Clyne Smalling Vidic Evra

Carrick Strootman

Valencia Kagawa Young

Rooney

:D Tasty

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Modric is a great midfielder, hasn't had a great season but last season and the season before he was bossing the midfield. Smart footballer, great passing. SAF said this season "I can see how people liken Modric to Scholes", does SAF say this about many players? Well i mean we all know how highly regarded Scholes is so for Sir Alex to also see a slight resemblance he can't be bad can he? Everyone was singing the praise of Modric last summer, just had a slightly less wowful season and every keeps saying 'he's not world class'.. For christ sake!

Ozwald

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Again people completely miss the point. we need to replace Scholes, I didn't lierally mean to 'fill his shoes'. Just like we always replace a big name player, we bring in a quality replacement who has simailarities but also different strengths.

Modric would bring back some control to the way we play and move the ball around

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01 Jun 2012 14:37:56
i can see what Fergie means now by no value ib the transfer market. IF we have Kagawa, fingers crossed then why not look at Tiote and Ba. both available and both cheap will both prosper at Utd. Powell looks a class and would buy him and sell Macheda. outs would have to be anderson, park, berba, owen bebe, bring in Tiote, Ba, powell, clyne, kagawa, ozil

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Why is there no value in the transfer market?
Kagawa 12 million good value
Strootman 18-20 million good value
Rodriguez 20 million good value
Just to name a few, they don't have to all be 30 million plus signings, they have to be the right player so don't give me that theres no value in the market. It's weak and it's a lame excuse.
If we can't afford these players then somebody has to come out and tell us fans what is going on.

Simmo

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Cant see SAF going for tiote and ba, would be 2 great additions to the team, i really hope we go for either sneijder (i know) m'villa, asamoah or strootman, these are great players and would make a massive difference to the team. modric wont be considered as levy would want more than 35m and he is not worth that. i also really like the look of steven defour as he has been playing really well and still believe SAF is keeping tabs on the player along with gaitan, SAF has always wanted to do early business in the transfer window and still have a feeling he will shock a few people with a couple of big signings, kagawa is almost done so once he is signed i expect 2 additional under the radar signings of great quality

UNITEDFORLIFE75

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How will tiote, ba , Powell or clyne improve our squad ? 2 of them won't improve our youth team

Dustbin

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I doubt Newcastle would let either go cheap, Id say they would actually be pretty expensive, Tiote certainly something like 15m which I dont see as value for money at all
Invisible STuey

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Tiote still has five years on his contract. If they managed to get 35m for Carroll - imagine how much they value Tiote at? I'd guess he'd cost us a minimum of 25m and feel there are far better players out there for that kind of money.

Ba would be available for 7m or so (as per his buyout clause) and wouldn't be a bad shout to replace Berbatov. There are worries about his knees though and with Cisse arriving at Newcastle (who by the way is probably a better player than Ba) I wonder whether he would actually want to leave.
T0MB0Z

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This no value. In the market crap is doing my head in every1 else buys top players while fergie keeps saying no value. More like not enough money coming from the yanks. We lost out on loads of players ronaldhino, sniejder,n asri, hazard etc same old story

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01 Jun 2012 14:00:27
I know the eds hate twitter but..

1/6/2012: Oliver Norwood has apparently revealed on Twitter that he is leaving Old Trafford. The Northern Ireland international stated that he was offered a one-year contract by the Reds

I thought fergie was going to offer him a new contract, but can not see this being just a year..

oxred

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Another promising youngster who could be leaving the club. What on earth is going on at the moment? We seem unable to attract the best players to the club and can't hold onto our youth prospects. When we do have a player reach the top of his game he's either left to rot on the bench or decides he no longer wants to be at the club.

At this rate we're in for a fun 10 years or so...
T0MB0Z

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We were always going to sell him mate, expect a few others to go too.

Sydney!

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He said he's being realistic and wants to play every week like last year , said it was hardest choice he's ever had to make but had to be realistic

Dustbin

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I hear Fryers has been told to sod off too. Blackett will be better and I expect a LB brought in this summer with Fabio going out on loan and Fryers and De Laet gone. Jetro Willems is looking more and more likely I think.

Sydney!

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Norwood is 21 if youve been at a club as long as he has and havent started a 1st team match then its time to move.good luck to him wherever he goes.
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01 Jun 2012 13:50:54
Any news on Pogba all seems quite from his agent recently
anyone heard of something?

G-Rav

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He must be feeling pretty stupid rite abt now with the whole match fixing scandal, the Italian Prime minister has come out and said tht the Italian game might need a break of 2-3 years to eradicate its problems. Gotta feeling he wil stay.
-BIGRed

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If I were him I'd be waiting till the situation in Italy has become a little clearer before announcing my intentions. Pogba himself has actually been very quiet on the matter (at least publicly) and so could choose to stay at the club if things in Italy look a little risky. I expect him to go still - but at this point everything's a little unclear.
T0MB0Z

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Why would he be feeling stupid when he hasnt even said he,s going anywhere yet.
johndenton

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So i'm wondering by when does he have to make his decision as we expect his contract to expire

G-Rav

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Pogba will go where the agent tells him to go, thats how it works cos most footballers cant thnk for themselves.
No doubt if the Juve thing has fallen over he will be hawking him around trying to get a nice big fat fee in the process (a la Hazard and Chelsea)

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01 Jun 2012 13:22:50
It's possible that we could spend under £50m on several players. We don't necessarily have to break the bank!

Oviedo (aged 22) for £2m
Clyne (aged 21) for £3m
Powell (aged 18) for £5m
Dembele (aged 24) for £10m or Asamoah for £15m(?)
Kagawa (aged 23) for £12m (initially)
Demba Ba (aged 27) for £7m

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Yes, yes, yes, no, no, yes, no

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Who is better Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse?

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We've now been linked with Cisse who still wouldn't break the bank! Flip the coin to see who's better between Ba and Cisse but I'm sure either of them would be a great addition to our frontline.
If we don't sign Dembele or Asamoah then we'll probably have enough for Modric or Sneijder.

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01 Jun 2012 12:35:47
OMG I'm sick of people saying modric isnt good enough just because he hasnt set up and scored a billion goals. A player is only gunna improve under Man Utd just look at Valencia he only scored 2 goals for Wigan now he scores enough goals. Yeah sure the price tag is quite a lot but some Utd fans have been saying we need to show we can keep up with City and Chelsea.

And I'm sick of people saying we should get snejider. Yeah hes good but hes injury prone, hes 28 and Utd don't seem to sign people over 26ish, and hes just played in a team that didnt even finish in CL place however modric conducted a team into a CL place. This shows that modric has more impact on a team than snejider

Dec

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Modric is nowhere near good enough mate, and valencia was already quality at wigan! its van der vaat and adebayor who had got tottenham into the position thay are in. it will be a waste of a signing just like berbatov!

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Too lightweight we need a midfield enforcer like marchisio who scores more goals than modric and more assists as well as gets stuck in.

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Dec

I agree, i would much rather take Modric than Sneijder. He is pure quality and would improve himself and our squad if he were to come. Believe me if Modric came to Man United he would score more create more.
I still like the look at Kevin Strootman but i wouldn't be dissapointed if Modric and Kagawa arrived for next season.

Simmo

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Both good players but your logic is ridiculous.

Gpot7

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Actually Valencia scored 7 times in 84 apps for wigan.

PB

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Gpot7

Who me or Dec?

Simmo

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It's not just about how good a player is.

We do not need a player like Modric, He controls play, he does not score goals, provide assists or win the ball, which are the three things we need most in midfield at the moment.

Thorne

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Sneijder was left out of the team until Inter sacked Ranieri. Modric has never really stood out for me, I have no idea where all this praise for him has come from.

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Modric would make us a much better team. With players like Carrick, Modric, Kagawa & Rooney we wouldn't have many issues in regards to ball retention.

___________DDG
Rafael__Small__Vidic__Willems
______Carrick__Modric
Valencia___Kagawa___Youngy
__________Rooney

Sydney!

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Sorry but Modric is not good enough. Would be Sneijder for me. Reason Sneijder gets injured more is because he sees more of the ball and therefore on the receiving end of more tackles. Have not seen Modric do anything on the international scene, where as Sneijder ran the show for the Dutch at the last World Cup and is capable on the big stage.

Having said all that I can't see either making their way to Old Trafford.

Devilmusic

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VDV was injured for a majority of the season, Adebayor, even though scored a few goals he can't finish.

I'm sorry but if anyone thought Valencia would be as good as he is now before he signed your bonkers.

Yeah alright Snejider is in his prime but how long does that last? Modric may not be as good to everyone cos he isnt in his prime yet. But I would rather have martinez/strootman I'm just saying I'd rather have modric than snejider.

Dec

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All Hail Sir Alex..the man that's transformed our club into a trophy winning machine. The man that knocked the scousers off the perch as promised..the man that people seem to question his targets..get real guys! Fergie obviously has modric in his sights to do a specific job! (although nobody from the club has confirmed interest)..just sit back, enjoy the summer, and see what happens

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Have to agree with the original post to some extent. People completely miss the point with Modric. We have plenty of goals now coming from other areas, not everyone has to score loads of goals. If he comes and chips in with a few goals then great but what he does do is keep possession well, he is very quick and sprays balls out to the wings, that's why he doesn't have many assists. Tottenham play a very similar style to United with quick wingers attacking the full backs.

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I've never thought Modric isn't good enough for United. But there is no way he is worth 35mill.

Gar

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Modric is not good enough....ok lets stick with what we have then. Fletcher, Anderson, and Park because Modric isn't as good as them. What a load of crap!!

Simmo

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25m would be a fair price for Modric.

Sydney!

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Fair enough about retaining possession, but that's no good if you don't have anyone to win possesion in the first place.

Cleverly, Kagawa (hopefully), Carrick, Scholes, Giggs and even Anderson can pass and keep possesion, but who is winning it? Ok, maybe Fletch will be back and won't take long to get back on form, but even so, one guy to do this in the squad is not enough.

Therefore we do not need Modric, and it would be a waste to pay big money for a player we don't need when we could get good players we DO need for much less.

Thorne

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I'd be happy if Modric and Kagawa are our major signings this summer.

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The point is mate, if Modric doesnt score a lot or assist a lot, what exactly are we paying 35m for?

That sort of money is reserved for a GAME-CHANGER, not a tidy, technically proficient passer.....we already have Carrick for gods sake.

Bear in mind that Modric would likely be playing WITH Carrick, where does the goal threat come from? Or the player who can make a surging run into the box and set up a goal?

We'd be stuck with a pair of sideways passing midfielders, both lightweight in the tackle, who once they lose posession would be TERRIBLE at getting it back. Neither are physically imposing, neither exceptionally quick.

35m would be wasted on Modric.

20-22m, fair enough.

RED_SKY

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Modric or sneijder 25-30m
Mvilla/strootman/sahin 20-25m

If kagawa signs as expected I know which one id prefer,and for a lot less in wages.

BABY FACED ASSASIN

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There's nowhere to play Modric.
If we have Kagawa, he will be the guy we want on the ball.
Somebody is suggesting playing Carrick and Modric behind Kagawa?
Are you serious?
You need ball winning players playing there, not flimsy pushovers. Modric is not a strong enough player. You think you can just shoehorn Modric into a deep lying protector of the back four?
This Modric talk is getting sillier by the day.
The guy doesn't get anything like enough assists, doesn't score a fraction of the goals he should. And he can't tackle.
Compare Modric's stats with kagawa's.
Then tell me who the greater creator is.
Guarenteed waste of money and not the player we need.

Bob

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Totally agree with this status! Anyone who thinks Modric is overrated need they're heads checking! Seriously this Ayer is a class act! Why does everyone think we need midfield to. All score we had no problem scoring this season! We concede a lot and if you watch our midfield looses the ball far to easily against the better teams! We need Sumone like Modric who keeps possession, retains the ball, has a brilliant eye for the killer pass and controls the game! Anyone who thinks he's.no good don't know what ur talking about! I would love him at united! Out with fletched, park, giggs, macheda, and in with alba, Martinez , Modric and kagawara id be a very happy man

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Fergie "obviously" has Modric in his sights?

Really, did he tell you that while you sat around discussing his team selection and formation for the last match over a couple of glasses of Rioja?

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I'm not bothered how much we pay to be honest. For one it would quell all this crap from united fans that we have no money, which I read all too often on here. He would be a great addition and in a better team we would only see him improve more. He is coming to the prime of his career and he would be supported by a much better team. No point buying schneider, he would take up similar positions to Kagawa who can play a killer ball and score goals for us.

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For years we've been crying out for a "CM" this to me means someone can attack and defend. Even though modric isnt defensively minded he runs his socks off and will help back.

Snejider isnt one of these as he showed at real madrid.

However I do doubt the signing of modric if the impending signing of kagawa goes through as I feel Fergie should then go for a defensively minded midfielder.

The only way I can see Fergie signing both modric and kagawa is if he changes the formation.

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I like hw most say Nordic not gd enough but if xavi was younger would he be gd enough very similar players an u all would snap xavi up , Wat ur missing is tht European football is a keep ball game an u say we need a ball winner blah blah blah or we cn use the spainish motto and if u dnt give the ball away u dnt need to win it bk! , modric is perfect choice adds energy an the ability to pass more thn side ways like carrick we r trying to go for a fast paced team an he fits the bill perfectly an will improve even more under saf fact!!

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Modric is one of the biggest overrated players in the premiership.don't rate him,he does absolutely nothing well!cant score goals,doesn't run play,can't tackle,assists are nonexistent.the chap hasn't even got pace.to even compare him to sneijder is a sin.Sneijder is world class.and is a proven talent on the big stage,can't wait to watch him in the euros...

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Modric would come in as a direct swap for Scholes' role in the 2nd half of last season IMO...and I'm sure we could expect him to get as many goals/assists as Scholes got playing in our team

Sneijder would play further upfield in Kagawa's position so he is a no for me, for that reason alone

I like Syd's lineup TBH that's my preferred one too with Modric taking Scholes' place long-term and Kagawa providing the threat ahead of him....in an ideal world we'd get Martinez/M'Villa/Strootman to replace Carrick but I think we could cope without for a season, perhaps depending on developments with Pogba and Fletcher

The bulk of the goals and assists would come from the front 4 but with Carrick & Modric chipping in a few too. But ball retention is key in the style of play United are trying to adopt, which is why I like the idea of Modric

Gav

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Utd need someone to replace scholes, kagawa plays similar to the scholes from his early years. However, what Utd really need is someone to take over from the scholes of recent years, keeps possession and keeps the. All moving. That's we're modric comes in.

Scholes has not exactly got many assists or goals recently has he and he was still top quality. Don't see the problem with modric if we get him for 25m tops as people have pointed out

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Snieder only averages 25 games a season sorry but that isnt gud!

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Must admit I agree 100% with Sydney
SC

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If Modric is good enough for SAF then that is good enough for me
Acker11

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01 Jun 2012 11:55:36
get kagawa eriksen fellaini j wilshere of arsenal our midfield is made... it woont be of world class but yeah it will be one of the best in the world! and to top it all if we sign falcao rooney and falcao amazing stirke... let fabio and rafael play rb and lb (i no rafael isnt good but experience makes a player good) give him 10 games he'll be wrld class! then cb have fil jones and ferdinand...
sell de gea and get thibaut courtis!

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You think Chelsea would sell courtis and plus de gea will be class next season, arsenal will never sell wilshire to us, IMO it should be vidic and smalling at cb next season, I agree with kagawa and possibly Fellini would love us to try and get Belhanda he looks quality{Ed002's Note - Chelsea would not be interested in selling Courtois.}

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The most stupid thing ive ever seen, and im pretty sure rafeal has had alot more that 10 games and hes far from world class

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Oh dear.

Percy

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This is one of the worst posts ever... You'd play 4 central players in a midfield four, then youd pay rediculous money for Falcao who we will never get. Then you say Rafael isn't world class, but it will only take 10 games for him to become world class? Then to top it off you'd get rid of the best young keeper in the world...

RedDevil19

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Sum1 has started their weekend early !!

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This could be one of the worst posts I have ever seen on this site, Eds must have been chuckling when they let this one through

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Someone enjoys playing FIFA

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You just won the award for worst post of the summer, and it has only just started...bravo!

GDS

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So you literally want an entirely new midfield for next season? Yeah, that'll go well.

MDJ

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Even Percy finds it ridiculous. Ha ha

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Only one of our players make it to his attacking 6? Interesting.

Move over SAF, Pep and Jose this man knows how to make an 'amazing stirke'.

Maybe if we play any injury prone youngster with a rash attitude for ten games, we can make him world class?Maybe this is what we've been missing? Oh wait Djemba Djemba got twenty games...or does that make him world class?!

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Why stop there? Let's show some ambition and go for Messi, Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi and Van Persie.

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There is no emoticon for what I am feeling

Gar

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Mental suggestions.

Rafael is a good RB. He's still young and will only get better, as he has done already. He had a very good season, getting better by the game. Were it not for his mistakes at Everton (he wasn't the only one who cocked up that day by the way) he would have finished the season at RB - he is ten times the RB that Jones is. And importantly, Rafael gets the best out of Valencia when they play together.

Bob

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Actually...I agree with him/her!

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No I don't....Just kidding!

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Did you wake up today and think I'm only going to make totally outrageous, comments one after the other?

Because that's what you've done there I'm afraid

Gav

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Does that theory apply to any player that you don't think is good, give them 10 games and there world class? Didn't really work for Liverpool with Charlie Adam and Henderson.
Djay

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01 Jun 2012 11:23:56
I do really hope sir Alex Ferguson should go for James Rodriguez. the guy want to play for us but it will cost us 30mill. could used fatty Anderson or nani as apart of the deal. Rodriguez he is natural left footed maybe long term Giggs replacement.

keep it up MAN U

also we need central midfield and left back

guys???

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Yes lets get rid of a proven quality winger, and part with some cash to sign a hot prospect....

Seriously what is peoples problem with nani?!?

UNITED_LEGENDS

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Their problem is he is the most frustrating player to evet wear a Utd shirt...has moment sof brilliance but these are few and far between and the bits inbetween are populated with him not being able to cross, making the wrong decisions and balloning free kicks and shots into row z. Consistency is the key to winning titles - we need players who perform week in week out at a sustained high level.

IrishRed

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Nani is a great player and is settled at united and in the epl, he has a great cross, shot and pass would not sell him for any ammount, never seen or heard of rodriguez and would not swap a settled player for an unknown

UNITEDFORLIFE75

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Ive heard nani could be used in a deal to bring marchisio from juve

sparkyred

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He's sh*t....for most of the season. Thats the problem!
And if you could get 25-30 million for him i would take it now!

Simmo

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Don't get why people are so harsh towards Nani and Anderson
give them a break

G-Rav

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People on here who rave about Nani can't watch man united week in week out, he did start the season well but all too often his crosses hit the first man. One of the things that infuriates me most about a professional footballer that they can't put in a decent cross 90% of the time. Also, people are missing the point that we would be using Nani money if we sold him to bring in a left sided midfielder. Nani, can not play on the left and is generally less effective than Valencia. It would give us better balance on both wings without a massive outlay of money

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I agree that Nani hasn't been in the best of the forms but what makes you so sure that James Rodrigues is going to be such a massive hit for us. And people really think that someone's gonna offer us 25-30 million for Nani. You do really have high hopes in life.

Amit-Bombay

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I liked what u said till u wrote keep it 'MAN U'

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Sell Anderson by all means,though we'll only get 6 -8 m back on him,unless we sell by the pound, but not Nani!! He's one of the few players we have that can produce magic. If players like Rodriguez, who has only had one good season really, are worth 29m then Nani should be worth 40m. He is the only winger we have that is almost as good with his left peg, as his right, he can beat players on the inside and out and in an injury free season is good for 10 -15 goals and 12-15 assists.
Mik

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01 Jun 2012 11:22:24
Any new on Pogba yet? I'm really hoping he stay as think he has a really good chance of breaking into the first team next season if we don't sign a CDM. He seems like a good lad, no bull on twitter, not talking to the papers. IMO he hasn't done or said anything bad about the club, he's just a young lad getting bad advice from another greedy agent

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Even if pogba stayed i d still like to bring in a cdm.pogba is more of a box to box type player.would be great to have pogba and mvilla for the big games in europe and to see games out when we are up and under pressure.

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Yeh I agree, but I think I'd prefer strootman to m'vila even though he is also a box to box player I think he'd also make a good CDM

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01 Jun 2012 11:09:51
Manchester United to sign striker Bidemi Afolabi
The 16 year old who has scored over 30 goals already this season is set to sign for the Manchester club. He is know for his aerial ability ,pace and his prowess in front of goal .His style of play is similar to that of Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor.He plays in the Combined Counties Football League .He was born in South Africa but moved to Ireland at a young age.The Clongowes wood front man is considered one of the most promising strikers in Ireland.Standing 6 ft 4 he terrorises defences .He can only improve from here .

Sorry for the copy and paste, but looks like the youth team have a striker now!

Sanshine

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Been linked with Utd for a long time & does seem to be some truth to it but dont read too much into his goal stats as he is playing at a very low level. Good potential though.

IrishRed

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Yeah I'm not reading too much into that, his size is key though. at 16 hes 6ft 4 so he'll dominate some youth players which will give him great confidence. I'll be looking out for him and Noe Baba next year :) (that's if they come!)

Sanshine

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01 Jun 2012 11:00:52
Is it true we've tabled a bid for Dembele?

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I hope so...........

underrated, he'd do a good job for mufc!

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01 Jun 2012 10:11:32
Wouldn't using the money that was earmarked for Hazard on getting Lucas Moura make good sense. I am not trying to compare the two players but, the kid looks really sharp and score's goals for fun. He seems to be a better version of Ramires for Chelsea.

I personally think Nani should be sold as although he is a very good player, he is inconsistent and very selfish and I can bet that his shots to goals ratio isn't very good. Watch a game where he is playing and you will see players in free positions like Rooney and he decides to shoot and miss or provides an easy save for the keeper. You always see players like Rooney shouting at him as they get frustrated with him.

Then I would get a holding midfielder like Martinez or Strootman. Now that Hulk seems to be going to Chelsea I think we should try and get Rodriguez as his desire to stay at Porto may now be questioned. If we don't, next season he will end up going to the club offering the most money as I'm sure their would be a bidding war for him. I know he wants to come to Utd so if he still wants to stay at Porto for another season then get him to sign a pre-contract for the following season.

The problem I find with Man Utd in the last few years is that we don't show enough desire to get a player. I made this conclusion following the Varane transfer. We were after him for a while and then Real Madrid invited him to their ground, Mourinho and Zidane gave him a tour and he must've felt so special and wanted that he decided to sign for them.

I've been a Utd supporter since 1994 and only wish my club to be the best in the World!

Man Utd 4ever!! {Ed002's Note - Chelsea turned to Hulk because Moura was not available. Although Real Madrid are trying to broker a deal including a player in exchange.}

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You'd get rid of EPL experience and quality in Nani, for untested Brazilian who will be even more selfish Moura?

RedDevil19

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RedDevil19;
He'd get rid of someone who has failed to play consistently and live up to his potential after five seasons in the EPL, would probably cover the majority of the cost of Lucas with his sale and also only has one year left on his contract (and thus could leave for free next summer if a new contract is not signed in the next 12 months).

Lucas would represent a gamble but could develop into a far superior player than Nani. It would certainly be a gamble - but it's not quite as crazy as you make it sound.
T0MB0Z

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I'd sell Nani in a heartbeat, especially for 25-30 mill. He is still making the same mistakes and in my opinion is too inconsistent. He never plays the easy pass and rarely tracks back enough, just because he has prem experience, doesnt make him a shoe in for the first team
Paulo

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"I've been a Utd supporter since 1994 and only wish my club to be the best in the World!"

It is already.

Whether we're winning or not. You should know that.

Bob

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01 Jun 2012 09:49:41
Good morning Ed002. Can you see Porto letting both Hulk and Rodriguez go in the same summer?

Matthew... {Ed002's Note - They will not be happy losing the players but would be much better off.}

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Ed002, do you believe we may turn to Rodriguez now Hazard has chosen Chelsea or do you suspect Gaitan will be looked at again? Thanks.

Sydney! {Ed002's Note - Gaitan is still on the table Syd.}

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Ed002, do you mean the club will let him go and he is willing to join United if a fee is met? Do you know what the fee is likely to be and do you expect to see Anderson go the other way? Thanks.

Sydney! {Ed002's Note - What I mean is that Manchester United remain one of the interested parties - as I have said before. I understand that it remains the case that no firm bid has been made but Benfica are aware of sustained interest and are aware that Inter Milan are now looking at the player. Asking price is and will continue to be an issue. If Manchester United can agree a price I am told that the player would welcome the move.}

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01 Jun 2012 09:43:07
Lot more speculation about Modric and Sniedjer, but out of the two, who would you rather spend £30m on? My money is on Sniedjer and they might be willing to sell him. Gets more goals and assists than modric and is good at set plays

Brooksy

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I wouldn't want any of them. Why spend it on players where their best is behind them and no re sale value.
Spend it on younger potential where their best is ahead of them.

J utd

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Modric is approaching his peak. Shneider would be a waste. If we got him fro 18-20mil then fair enough but I doubt we are actually looking at him

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01 Jun 2012 09:42:35
would anyone be pleased with our summer if we signed moussa dembele for around 10 million, shinji kagawa and a left back ? i would.

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Dembele, why would we want him? hes scored 5 goals in his Fulham career, hes about a 1 in 7 games striker, whats the fascination with him? We should go for Sneijder at 20 million and get him 100% right physically

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No, The thing we need most is another aggressive central midfielder who can win the ball, pressure the opposition midfield and help out defensively. Hopefully Fletch will be back soon but we need another guy who can tick those boxes.

Strootman, Asamoah, M'villa, Martinez, Fellaini. Not all practical targets, but these are the sort of guys we need to look at, and sign one.

Baines would be nice, but not essential, and I'm not sure we need another striker. Although if we do, I'd rather try to nab Sturridge, as it seems he's not been happy with the number of games he's got, and we could give him games upfront in 442 and either up front or out wide in 433 type formations. By the next world cup we could be supplying Englands 3 main strikers! Sturridge, Welback and Hernandez rotating in support of Rooney would be outstanding.

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No we need class in our midfield or look forward to another dull season

sparkyred

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01 Jun 2012 07:37:38
just read that man s****y are after sneijder was kind of hoping we go for him again he's only 27, got bags of experience, great technical skill, can score goals, amazing vision and would fit straight into our midfield, alot of people won't agree with me but i still think he should have been our number 1 target, although he may not have a great sell on value he could play for the next 4-5 years and be a major influence on our team. on a nother note i hope we can get asamoah looks a great talent, other targets i hope we pursue are m'villa, alba, dembelle, hummells, strootman, lewendowski. IF we can maybe get 2 of the above players along with kagawa i believe we can go on and have a great 2012/13 season

UNITEDFORLIFE75

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Heard City are offering Sneijder 200k per week. We weren't prepared to pay that last year and on the back of a disastrous season for him personally there's no way we'll pay that this year. Personally, I like the look of Kagawa, get him along with a solid midfielder in the Keano mould, Martinez, Strootman etc and then I think that's our midfield sorted. Let's not forget only City scored more goals than us last season. If rumours are true and pogba is staying, fingers crossed Fletch can make it back, Ando and Clev keeping fit, who knows we might just have a solid midfield again. Need full backs though desperately.

Langers

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I am not convinced City are trying to get Sneijder at all right now. Sounds like Moratti using the media to drum up some interest.

Sydney!

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Would love us to get sneijder the guy is class, he is what we need in midfield someone who has a football brain and pick a pass like scholes, can't believe people say is is on the wane he is only 27 same age as Rooney and 10 years younger than scholes and gigs. Don't know much about kagawa hopefully he wil sign why can't we have both sneijder and kagawa in the squad? Anderson park and carrick should b sold while we canget something for them. Would also like mvilla bought too or if not fellani(sorry about the spelling) watch sneijder go at the euros and then people might change their mind about him.

Damian M

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You sum up your knowledge of football when u say we should sell Carrick!..try going to Old Trafford to watch the lad play, and I'm sure u will change your opinion! Most under rated player in the league

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If we get kagawa I doubt we we will bid for sneijder.

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Omg did someone just play down sellin carrick or even gettin rid of him carrick has never played the type of football this club should be playing he is a complete waste of space an Time never mind sellin him give him away I find it hard to believe we don't have better players in his position

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Fully agree about Carrick,I've seen him play at old Trafford he's pure dung!lazy,no pace,positional play is atrocious,he can't defend or tackle and his passing is negative constantly!and he's extremely weak.there is a constant hole through to our defence when he plays.I can't think of a team out of the top 6-7 teams he would actualy get his game

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I kinda like Carrick but he is not the quality we need. He stepped up to the plate in the last half of the season but this was in a very poor league. He is s**te in Europe

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01 Jun 2012 07:00:30
one of my friend tells me we should go for fellaini.. as a CDM he is an incredible player in that position

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Personnally i never get the whole felliani thing - never see him shine for everton - would be disappointed if we brought him in

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Hes bang on then mate, some of my family support everton and ive seen him run teams raggerd, hes a box to box player really rember when he bullied us in that 4-4 draw

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Better players than him i dont think he is a utd player this club needs a martinez/strootman

sparkyred

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After watching every game at Old Trafford this season the one player who impressed me the most for the opposition was Fellaini. Up until that point I never understood the fuss. He was controlling balls on his chest every single time and looked so composed. I would not be too disappointed as long as we did not pay over the odds. Obviously one game does not make a player a genius, but he caused us all sorts of problems.

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I think it's a matter of time before another big club come in for him. Maybe not Man City or Chelsea because he's not a big enough name but I can see him at any of the big european clubs within the next two years. I'd ideally like us to take advantage of a good relationship with everton and get him in our team, particularly if we get Kagawa who isn't the biggest/most physical player in the world. I just think he fits the mould of a 'pivot' player very well, and in a class team he would appear outstanding.

Jack

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Yeah, i agree with Giants.
Not sure what he does other than over react and get a tad hot headed.
Would be a bad day if we signed him. Or Baines.

Bob

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I posted this some time back. Fellaini is a good player and he completely dominated the midfield against us in the 4-4 draw. Perhaps he cost us the title, but he's a very good player and one we could well do with having.

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Apparently we are rumoured to be in for marchisio from juve again, a class box to box midfielder we dont want feillani not in the same league as this man or martinez/strootman.

sparkyred

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What is utd standard? cleverly anderson carrick bebe park? of course fellani is good enough for utd fergie sign him up

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I'm a big fan. One of the better midfielders in the league.

Percy

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Every time I've watched him he's been evertons best player. I wouldn't be disappointed if he were to come.

Sanshine

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100% he's good enough! Very good player, Fellaini box to box, Kagawa more advanced - sorted!

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01 Jun 2012 05:06:24
Talks in france are that SAF had a talk with M'biwa's agent

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If a defender comes in I can see it being a LCB who can also play LB. Predominately left footed. Vidic, Evans, Smalling and Jones prefer the right side. Rio has moved over to the left to cover Evra's lack of tracking back and positional sense.

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Do any of the Ed's know if there is strong interest from United in Yanga-Mbiwa??

Oxred {Ed002's Note - Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has attracted the attention of Dortmund, Newcastle and Marseille. I don't know of strong interest from MUFC.}

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01 Jun 2012 02:53:51
According to talksport man utd have entered the race to sign Valencia left back Jorge alba. Barcelona are also in the running. {Ed002's Note - This is old news being recycled. There is interest in Alba from Barcelona and speculation about interest from both Manchester based clubs. Chelsea and AC Milan both made speculative enquiries about Alba before the January window. I would hazard a guess he could spend his near-term career in Spain - certainly he could well worry about the impact on his international prospects. Staying at Valencia another year is a perfectly possible outcome as is a deal to involve a Barcelona player going on loan as part of the package - perhaps Tello.}

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No chance of Alba. He is Catalan himself so if Barca come into the bidding he's almost certain to end up there.

Langers

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Is he not called Jordi?

GDS

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United will come out and say Hazard & Alba were there top targets. Hazard Chelsea, Alba Barca. All we'll sign is Kagawa and some young prospects from out the blue.

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Jordi Alba has got an agreement with Barcelona, but FCB needs to reach a deal with Valencia (his deal finishes in 2013)," Balague tweeted earlier today.
jred

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According to former Valencia manager Unai Emery a deal has been in place for Alba for some time. Barcelona are strong favourites (Abidal having cancer leaves them needing a decent LB) although we are supposedly in the running.
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01 Jun 2012 00:45:46
Hi, do any of the Eds or any other readers have any clue about our chances of signing Eriksen? I reckon this guy's absolute class and we should try to snap him up before all the top teams are chasing him! {Ed002's Note - Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and AC Milan have shown an interest in Eriksen. He has already rejected both Manchester City and Chelsea but AC Milan remain the most interested club. The Milan Press Office are convinced of interest from Manchester United and they have let it be known that they expect a bid to be made by for Eriksen who remains adament that he will stay in Amsterdam for two more years before moving to Spain. Expect AC Milan and Roma to press if a bid is made by Manchester United.}

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I agree this guy is the real deal, after watchin him in the last euro-u21s iv kept an eye out hes exactly what were lookin for

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As Ed002 says; the player has expressed an interest to stay at the club for at least another two years. He's not quite the finished article yet so that kind of makes sense.
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01 Jun 2012 00:00:28
We've had a patch work midfield for the last couple of seasons, with question marks over every central midfield player we have (be it age, form or injury). Kagawa will be a good signing if it comes off but I also like the look of Kevin Strootman. I think he would fit right to the Utd team and compliment the other midfielders well. I know Utd get linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry but does anyone know has there even been an enquiry/expression of interest from Utd or is it just another nonsense rumour? Ed? {Ed002's Note - Manchester United have been looking at Kevin Strootman who has previously been watched by Liverpool but I would be surprised if PSV would look to sell just yet. I would expect plenty of interest if he does become available.}

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Hes not discussing his future until after the euro's i heard with ourselves and the milan clubs interested. although we have a good relationship with psv he has only been there a season so unlikely they would let him go.

sparkyred

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31 May 2012 22:47:19
Hi Eds great site..

Any snippets on the latest from El Madrigal? i would take Rossi or Nilmar especially. I know they were both injured recently but when fit i cant imagine they will want to play in Liga Adelante or that Villarreal can afford them?

Thanks

Stuey99 {Ed002's Note - Nilmar is likely to move to Roma, Galatasary, Fiorentina or his favoured Sao Paulo. Rossi has a serious injury.}

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31 May 2012 23:57:33
Personally, I hope we don't go for Modric. He's not going to improve anymore at 26, and he has been good but not spectacular for Spurs. Also, I don't see where he plays as we just signed an ACM and Modric is useless defensively. Id much rather we go for a proper holding mid like Martinez or M'Vila or a flair attacking player like Rodriguez, Moura, etc. Just my opinion, but Modric is one of my most overrated players. -KG

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I'd like to see Essien come in on a free as a holding midfielder, that way we can swap between him and Carrick or could put Essien into the back four if needed. Sneijder wouldn't be a bad option for a bit of flair, he can use both feet, is good for a set piece and is a natural attacking midfielder! Also gives the option of a 4-3-3 with Rooney, Kagawa and Sneijder...pretty formidable if you ask me!

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Modric is an outstanding player, what are you talking about?

He plays deeper than Kagawa, who is more aggressive. Modric sits in the slightly advanced central midfield role and distributes the ball, also making timely runs. We don't really have someone like Modric, at all.

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People should forget about Lucas Moura: news in Brazil says his club just said no to a 40 million pounds negotiation from Chelsea.
And his agent says that the player wants to stay in São Paulo FC to get a better chance of going to the 2014 World Cup.

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Yes I agree KG,modric is massively overrated and overpriced.I would actualy be very annoyed if we got him coz I think there's so much better players out there.kagawa Signing looks to be a very good but I agree with last post,Sneijder would be a massive signing..he's a world class player!i look forward to watching him in the euros..

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Just on the age issue, players don't peak in form untill 27/28.

He's def good enough for us imo, and the best is yet to come once he gets a better club than Spurs.

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Modric is very good at controlling play with his passing in midfield, but he doesn't get the assists or goals we need, nor does he contribute much in defensive or ball-winning terms, which we also need.

Really it's not about whether he's good enough, more about whether he offers anything we need.

He doesn't.

Thorne

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Modric's Tottenham record is something like 16 goals in a 160 games, is he worth 30 million plus for a goal every 10 games, averaging 4 a season,in my opinion no! there has to be something better out there than modric, i didn't want us to go back in for sneijder after last season but would take him over modric, at least he is good at set pieces and shooting from distance!

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Agree with OP.
Why would we want a wispy-blow-away-in-the-wind midfielder?
Modric is a point of fixation for many fans for some reason. I think some people just want to see us spend 30mil+ on a player...any player.
Sad, very sad.
We do not need Modric.

Bob

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Exactly i agree with the last post 28 years old is normally when they peak so i would therefore go for sneijder who is 28 this month and is proven world class and in the top 3 best attacking midfielders in the world and if we could get strootman as well both play together for their national side we will have a big chance of winning the premiership if not the champs league.

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31 May 2012 19:20:24
ed do u have any information on kagawa: {Ed007's Note - Yes:

www.player-profiles.co.uk/shinji-kagawa.php

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31 May 2012 22:37:29
Does any body know anything about the two mexican lads we were scouting tonight? Herrera and another guy whose name I forget..apparently Herrera is a central midfielder.

RedDevil19

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We scout hundreds of players my friend, I wouldn't read too much into it regarding these two. They are okay players, but unlikely to make the grade at United. One of them had a two week trial with Liverpool last season (Bueno) and they were having problems with a work permit. To get a work permit the player has to be deemed an exceptional talent. He obviously wasn't exceptional enough.

Sydney!

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Lol!! To get a work permit u need to have played a certain number of games for your country (Nat Team). it has NOTHING to do with skill/talent. {Ed002's Note - There is a "talent" exception that can be applied for - Hernandez is an example.}

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If that's true where did the twins come from

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None of these two players have games under their belts for Mexico at senior level so only if they are judged as exceptional talents could they get a work permit this summer, it simply will not happen.

Sydney!

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I know we scout 100's of players Sydney. I was more bothered about knowing a bit about the two, not being taught to suck eggs.

RedDevil19

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Not 100% sure who the other player you're talking about is. We've been linked with a few - but Marco Fabian and Erick Torres seem to be the ones who come up the most. Fabian doesn't look half bad. I'm still not sure about Torres.
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