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25 Apr 2018 14:55:26
I've been reading on several sites today about how "We have never seen an Italian team blown away like Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma. " Whenever I see this makes me wonder if people are forgetting Man United 7-1 AS Roma.

Do Roma have a terrible record vs English teams or what?

Just for fun, I looked up the Starting XI of both teams in our famous 7-1 win:

United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Heinze, O'Shea, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney, Smith.

Roma: Doni, Panucci, Mexes, Chivu, Cassetti, Wilhelmsson, De Rossi, Vucinic, Pizarro, Mancini, Totti.

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25 Apr 2018 10:48:38
It's painful waking up this morning and realising that City have won the league and Liverpool will likely with the UCL and it's all Jose Mourinho's fault because he plays negative football.

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25 Apr 2018 15:52:53
So was it fergies fault we didn't win the cl 25 times under him. That was like a post by a 5 year old lol lol.

25 Apr 2018 18:54:59
Is that post serious shaps?

24 Apr 2018 20:43:22

Take a bow mo salah magnificent.

On a side note has anyone ever seen more inappropriate defending in a UCL semi?

It's like the whole Roma back 4 have bet on Liverpool to score every 2 mins!

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24 Apr 2018 20:46:14

If they win it I’m emigrating to mars. i'd rather be relegated than them win it.

24 Apr 2018 20:56:40

Also please can every utd fan put money on the Scousers to win it. Mines already on and i'm the worlds worst gambler.

24 Apr 2018 20:58:31

Why are they playing a high line.

Nainggolan getting over run in midfield and I thought he was a good player.

Poor side how did they get past barcelona.

24 Apr 2018 21:09:45

Salah is just in that zone right now. Everything he does, works. Brilliant player this season.

24 Apr 2018 21:12:47

Salah is brilliant. But I feel sick think about the possibility of Liverpool winning the champions league.

24 Apr 2018 21:21:04

Lads let's show our class Roma have been appalling it's undeniable but Liverpool have taken full advantage so credit to them. Salah has been fantastic and deserves all the plaudits he is getting. Will be interesting to see who Liverpool play in the final and how they deal with him.

25 Apr 2018 06:57:00
If they win it they will have deserved it.

I'm still not sure thought they looked all over the place after Roma 1st goal.

25 Apr 2018 13:59:55
Blackpool Red

I'm sure Virgin Galactic have got some one way tickets to Mars left for the 26th May 😂👍🏼.

22 Apr 2018 21:20:19
Bit of a ramble apologies in advance, Jose did what Jose does yesterday and good on him .
To be clear I'm not his biggest fan and martial is probs my fav player although may not seem it by the end of this .
On martial I really like him and I see game changing momments in him and he'd be my first pick on the left but he isn't Jose's he could be as low as his fourth choice after Sanchez, rash and Jesse, I think we don't know the full picture, does he want to be there, will he re_sign, how does he train and is Jose looking to offload his 4th choice for big money in order to buy a first choice on the right or elsewhere .
On saying I understand why maybe my fav player may leave I think others should also accept smalling or Jones maybe aren't there cup of tea but they are Jose's and look like the two he likes most . Posts stating the reason we don't attack because of them are bizzaar to me they are his favoured choices .
If we believe we can improve at CB (no debate from me ) then surely if one arrived then sell rojo and blind he rarely plays them .

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22 Apr 2018 22:27:26
What makes him your favourite player? He's no Rooney at 18 nor Ronaldo, so i'm curious why he's your man.

22 Apr 2018 23:28:06
Good question fzz, I think he's our fastest player, our most naturally skillful player and a player likely to do the most damage on the break if he duznt start from too deep . If I was the opposing fullback the one I'd least like flying at me of all our options .
He's lazy sometimes and his body language isn't the most positive but he has been productive this season and I'd like to see his goal and assist ratio if he played week in week out .

23 Apr 2018 09:12:19
Fair enough. It's interesting you only take his attacking side into account.

Good player on his day, but doesn't have enough for me. Would I like for him to be sold hmm only if he wants to start every game.

23 Apr 2018 09:37:41
Out of curiosity who is yr favourite outfield player fzz .

23 Apr 2018 16:09:46
Good post slate martial also is/ was my favourite player up until recently. I think he is hugely talented and up there talent wise with the likes of mbappe, Asensio, pogba, Dembele (ousmane) . I know this may get scoffed at but hear me out. He’s stats are very good considering he has hardly had a starting berth. He can go past a man like they are not there and his finishing is superior to the likes of rashford. He can also deliver a good ball.

I would say one gripe I have with him is his languid body language. I’m not expecting him to be charging around the pitch like a Tevez or Sanchez. I want to see him close down and opposition player and get the crowd going, much like Rooney in his pomp. I want to see that he really cares. For me it’s not about ability because he has it in spades. It’s his demeanour which I am sure is something Jose has picked up on.

My favourite player at the moment is Lukaku or bailly because I love their attitude and their passion. It would be a loss if martial goes and I expect him to excel wherever he goes. But if we bring in a Dybala then I won’t be complaining. We have to back the manner and if he doesn’t martial is right then so be it. It’s for martial to prove him wrong.

24 Apr 2018 09:36:26
Slate151, good question, I don't really have one is the answer. If I was to have a name on the back of my shirt it would be sanchez or rashford but I don't consider them as my favourite.

24 Apr 2018 11:12:57
Fzz . I find its not as obvious as days gone by who is fans fav outfield player . I suspect if pogba or Sanchez found consistency they would quickly become a lot of people's favourites but at the minute they both mix good displays with iffy displays .
Alot of the regular starters seem more like steady Eddie's than favorite player material Valencia, young, matic and smalling .
The young attackers we have are in and out the side and none of them are nailed on starters apart from lukaku who will become very popular if his levels keep improving . Bailly was becoming popular before his injuries aswell . I think it's why names like rash and martial get a mention as you can kind of pick flaws in most of the outfield players in a who's your favourite discussion .

24 Apr 2018 11:28:21
Yeh I think your bang on there mate.

24 Apr 2018 22:08:05
Jose doing what he does jurgen doing what he does.

22 Apr 2018 07:05:23
So, the price tag for the sale of martial is reported to be north of 60 million, and richarlison of watford is in the region of 40 million to buy, like for like (and for me richarlison has more potential) with a possible 20 million profit to invest in a new player, hope it happens, if monsieur martial isn't happy and wants out, then maybe its best for all concerned, i just wish for every player sold, they'd attach a sell-on clause graduating in cost e. g-up to 40 million=10%;up to 80 million=20% etc;at least that way the academy could be given some money back for investment, but maybe that's rocket science!

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22 Apr 2018 11:39:12
I really like Richarilson, I think he is an exciting young talent. However, I don't think he is on Martials level yet, and if both fulfill their potential he won't ever be on Martials level.

For me in this current market if we got 60m for Martial I think we will have been robbed.

I don't get this Martial hate.

There seems to be only two reasons for it. Firstly he doesn't smile much, well obviously you'd prefer someone like Anderson who smiled all the time but hardly ever did anything worth while.

Secondly, he has supposedly turned down a new deal. I say supposedly as we have no proof just gift written in the daily rags. Also players such as Rooney, Ferdinand, Giggs, Keane and RvN all turned down contract offers during their time at our club. The reason? They wanted more money. Yet everyone considers them legends of the club. Martial supposedly turned down an offer because he wants more playing time and everyone wants shot of him.

These are they same people who call city players mercenaries. Double standards of the highest order.

22 Apr 2018 14:07:44
Do you hate sanchez shappy? I don't think you do i also don't think anybody hates martial.

22 Apr 2018 14:46:36
Oh the hate word. Bit strong for football players. Especially when we don't know any of them personally. Bizarre.

22 Apr 2018 14:57:15
I don't hate any of them if Martial supposedly is that good he should tjen lnuckle down and fight for his place. No one cares if he smiles or not but no player should have god given right to be promised game time when you are in a team sport and should fight for your place.

22 Apr 2018 16:04:53
Another young, attacking talent for Mourinho to squander?

22 Apr 2018 19:20:30
Yeah that Jose just hasn't got a clue how to use young talent 😂.

23 Apr 2018 08:54:16
No ken, your right I don't have Sanchez. I'm not sure if people truly hate Martial I'm just surprised how quickly people turn on a young talented player who in fact is doing well. He has bee. Here for three seasons now and he was our top scorer in his first season under LvG so he must have being doing something special. He was our third highest scorer in his second season and is our second highest scorer in his third season.

That's pretty consistent for a youngster. When you consider some of the forwards we have had at the club during that time it shows excellent ability.

Yet all people need is one or two unsubstantiated claims by the rags and suddenly they are happy to ship him out.

Yet these same people defended Rooney rejecting contracts because he wanted more money. They defend DDG for wanting to leave to Real Madrid. And they pine for Ronaldo to come back after he spent his final two seasons trying to engineering a move away.

Yet one newspaper report that Martial has rejected a contract and made up reasons that he wants more game time and everyone has the knives out. Even though the Ed's have said it is unlikely he has rejected a contract.

I think some people just don't like him and have been looking for an excuse to jump on his back.

Maybe because he doesn't smile enough, maybe because they want a new shiny signing instead. I don't know. But I think it's a poor show from so say supporters to turn on a player for little to no reason.

23 Apr 2018 20:59:28
Good post shappy. I echo those sentiments. I don't get it either.

24 Apr 2018 08:08:52
He should stay and put a lot of work into being just as effective on the right.

24 Apr 2018 08:27:00
12daysofhermida, I don't think he would be as effective on the right no matter how hard he tried.

Henry was famous for pulling out to the left then cutting in onto his right foot and scoring. If you played him on the right he would still have been a good player but no where near as effective.

Martial does the same trick. On the left he can cut in and shoot, as a natural striker his instincts will always be to shoot first. Stick him on the right and he has a choice of shooting from a narrow angle with his right foot or cutting in and shooting with his weaker foot.

Simply put he just won't be able to score as many goals, he might assist a few more. But his natural instinct is to shoot, people will become far more frustrated with him "wasting" chances if he is deployed on the right.

However, Sanchez is a natural No.10, he wants to ochastrate play, create chances and score a few. He also made a name for himself at Udinese playing on the right, he played almost exclusively on the right at Barcelona, and at Arsenal he has played on the right, the left in the No.10 and as a false 9. His best ever season goalscoring wise came when he played as a false 9 and not from the left.

Sanchez has the ability and natural instincts as a creator to play very very well on the right, Martial will play his best football as either one of a striker partnership or on the left.

It's a team game, and results are the important thing. You just need to ask yourself will we get more from the team playing Martial in his best position and Sanchez in a position he can play very well or would we play better if Sanchez was playing in a position he probably plays best in while shunting Martial on to the right where he struggles to have any impact?

Ultimately your asking if Sanchez is good enough to carry the team if he plays on the left?

I don't think he can. He is a very very good player but has always performed best when he is the big fish in the small pond and expectations are lower. He can carry a smaller club as when he falls short no one blames him as the clubs expectations are lower. He can't carry a huge club like ourselves or Barcelona. So I think we need to play him in the position that is best for the team as a whole rather than him as an individual.

21 Apr 2018 21:27:06
Am I the only one who doesn't think Harry Kane is top drawer. don't get me wrong he's decent but no where near world class.

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21 Apr 2018 22:19:21
Agreed. If it wasn’t for all those goals he scores he would be bang average.

21 Apr 2018 22:55:53
Haha AJH.

22 Apr 2018 11:07:42
Bit like jose if he hadnt won all those trophies he would be useless.

22 Apr 2018 11:30:22
Harry Kane is an interesting one because we tend to look for a world class physical attribute when trying to define a world class player. Pace, power, technical skill ect.

But Harry Kane doesn't fit any of those. He isn't particularly quick or strong, not does he have bundles of technical quality.

What he does have is an excellent work rate, a first class mentality and world class finishing ability.

I think he is in the world class bracket, for me world class means you would improve any team in the world. I don't see many better strikers than Kane out there atm.

The problem for strikers though is they need the 10 guys behind them to play well, stop the opposition scoring and create chances for the striker. If they don't then the strike is pretty much cut out of the game and ineffective. That's why most teams only play with one striker, you can afford to have one player taken out of the game, but two and you will lose.

19 Apr 2018 08:27:04
Are we a good team again now after last night?

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18 Apr 2018 21:44:59
666 how can you forget Dong?

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18 Apr 2018 23:04:07
I always say that to my Mrs, never forget the Dong.

19 Apr 2018 01:08:25
You lost me 😉.

20 Apr 2018 08:03:57
It was a reply to the post on the rumours page about our signing asian players. Park and kagawa were mentioned, Dong wasn't. I felt bad for the guy.

20 Apr 2018 10:13:54

17 Apr 2018 13:16:25
Hi guys just a bit of fine to take us away from the defeat the other day. Also my procrastination has got the better of my whilst revising for my finals. If you could choose a player who you would have loved us to sign in the following positions in the last 20 years who would it be (GK, defender, midfielder, attacker, striker) . For me:

GK: Oliver Kahn
Defender: Maldini
Midfielder: Pirlo
Winger: Ronaldinho
Striker: Batistuta.

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17 Apr 2018 13:31:14
No keepee tbh
Seedorf / zidane

17 Apr 2018 13:50:20
GK: Buffon
Defender: Maldini
Midfield: Redondo or Riquelme
Winger: Robben
Striker: Ronaldo.

17 Apr 2018 14:57:23
Haven't got time to do them all just now, but I'd have loved Phillip Lahm at the club.

17 Apr 2018 17:26:13
5 Cantonaaaaaas!

17 Apr 2018 20:10:46
Inesta maldini ronaldinho gazza
And shearer.
Shearer was always going to Newcastle but I often think does he regret not going to United for a few years at that time. He will say he doesn't but does he.

17 Apr 2018 23:38:11
Lahm is a great shout nou, what a player! And Gazza and Shearer would have been immense Leahy. Gazza is always one I won’t whether Fergie could have really harnessed his god given ability and made him into a real superstar. Shearer will definitely have some regrets mainly on the amount of trophies we won. But I do believe him when he says he doesn’t in some aspect because scoring for you beloved home team I can imagine is pretty special. He is a god on Tyneside.

18 Apr 2018 12:20:54
No keeper as i think we have been blessed wirh good keeers.

18 Apr 2018 13:59:11
Gk: van der Saar before he went to Juve. Would have saved us a fortune and spared us taibbi.
Cb: controversial kompany (when fit he is awesome and a leader of men) .
Mf: Seedorf
Winger: T Henry
Striker: T Henry.

19 Apr 2018 00:24:37
Buffon after scmeichel until v d s
Maldini awesome
Xavi loved him Barcelona went through him
Winger messi
Centre forward brazzilian ronaldo.

20 Apr 2018 08:06:49
No from

20 Apr 2018 14:46:30

22 Apr 2018 00:29:03
Ronaldo (Brazilian)

22 Apr 2018 00:35:07
Another one not mentioned is the one and only roberto baggio!

16 Apr 2018 06:14:30
I tried to start writing and i didn't know how. There were and are so many issues with the players, the manager and the club.
The team, we cannot be called that as we don't play as a team, we're a collection of good and average players who play as strangers.
The players, they tried to play but seemed incapable of breaking down a poor wba side. This is mostly due to our lack of width and awful team selection by the manager. We could've played 10years and not scored.
The manager. When he came, i was in favour as i thought he'll have the hunger to prove his critics wrong. I thought he'll buy astutely and improve the weak positions. What we got is a manager who is grumpy, distant, arrogant and disinterested. He seems incapable of smiling or having a laugh. he's also shown that he's a terrible man manager and motivator. His signings have been hit and miss. Pogba mkhitaryan lindelof sanchez have flopped. The others have not set the world on fire.
He's also shown how out of touch he is with new style of football being played by our rivals. And worryingly, he's shown how incapable he is to change and adopting new tactics. He's not addressed the fullback issues, the midfield issues, or the wing issues. A half decent manager would want a good midfield as that's the engine of the team. We have the worst midfield in the top 5 teams. We have no wingers. We have no fullbacks. Why hasn't he addressed these issues?
The club. I think the heirachy are not bothered what goes on providing the money keeps rolling in. But they will be foolish in the extreme to underestimate the power of the people. I saw the ground nearly half empty with ten minutes left. This is a serious problem. No one in China or outer mongolia, africa or India will want to support a team that plays dour, boring football. And i mean no disrespect to any of these countries. On the contrary, i fully understand and respect that we have to promote the United Brand. But playing foitball like we do with a boring and arrogant manager is not helping the cause and i think the owners should think long and hard about their next move. Otherwise, they're going to be hit where it hurts most in their case, their pockets.
Right now, the club is at a crossroads. Do we employ a manager a chief exec to guide the club back to where it belongs. Or do we just carry on giving Mourinho more money to waste on overpriced mercenaries and listen to the drivel that comes out of his mouth every week.
Worrying and interesting times ahead. Apilogies for long post.

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16 Apr 2018 07:58:36
Good post AAA.
The way I see it next season would be ultimate for Jose. If he wins us the PL and a couple or other silverware then fine. The bare minimum is winning the PL or a strong challenge to the PL title.
By Dec 2018 we should know of and have a view of how he has performed. We can then start positioning potential replacement manager if needed.
Till then we should continue to support him as a manager though not individual or personal basis.

16 Apr 2018 09:20:24
Our team is poor. Some players are just not good enough. Our big signings have seemed to work out. We all knew our defence is poor let's not kid ourselves and be happy with wingers starting as full backs.

When you have Smalling or Jones in the team you will know we are going to be conceding silly goals as none of them have the brain to be a top ceter back or the technical ability. Our midfield is poor, Matic looks slow although has a done a very good job but needs a alternative solution to him in certain games. Pogba eill probably get one more chance next year otherwise he will go out.

We have a poor attack, Rashford and Martial too young and very inconsistent due to constant changes of their positioning.

Sanchez and Lukaku can't do it on their own without good support. Although i was never a big fan of Lukaku but he has improved this year and we have other issues to sorr out before we look at him as the issue.

Sanchez will be okay nrxt year with a good preseason andngetting used to the other team mates.

There is no coordination in the team and we don't score enough goals. Once we fix our coordination in the team and players find out each others movements until then we will struggle to play proper football and win the league.

Mourinho will have my support until end of next as i believe once he sorts the issues out he will win us the title next year.


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