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31 Jan 2018 17:27:04
Reports of varane for 53mil.


1.) 04 Feb 2018 08:32:37
DId it go through? SO excited.

2.) 04 Feb 2018 14:00:26
It was reported on football365 so I relayed that information here. On a rumours site.

3.) 04 Feb 2018 19:18:27
He was invisible in the game against Huddersfield. Shouldn’t have bothered.



18 Dec 2017 15:58:01
This is getting tiresome. we are second to a record breaking side at the moment. We are not dreadful. We are actually very very good. we have the second most goals in the league and the best defense in the league. We are on track to finish 4 places higher up the league than we did last year with a much better GD. We are also in a superior European competition and progressing well.

There are so many people on here that sound bitter. We as United fans are spoiled rotten and it shows. Yes it hurts that it's City of all people that are dominating at the moment but quit comparing us to them and look at what we have achieved since LVG was pushed.

The improvement is there for people to see, they are just choosing not to.


1.) 18 Dec 2017 18:46:05
12 days I agree with u 12 times over.

2.) 18 Dec 2017 19:39:00
I think you are comparing the wrong things and using the wrong benchmarks.

What you are saying in a nutshell is because a guy beat up 10 people last weekend, and this weekend he only beat up 5 people he is becoming a better citizen, so quit complaining. There is no denying he is behaving better of course, but is it good enough compared to the guy that beats nobody up (City)?

We need to compare ourselves against City at the minute, both in terms of points on the board and the manner of obtaining those points. We are a hard watch, grinding out wins, shutting up shop against any half decent side we play against and I can't see how much more improvement is available if we continue to go down this path - it's the same performance virtually every single week (horrible to watch) . Yes we will pick up the occasional fortunate win against decent opposition (Arsenal, to a lesser extent Spurs), but on the whole our focus is on not getting beat, our focus prior to the LVG/ Moyes debacle was "go and beat" whoever we play for the most part.

So yes we are doing better on paper, but I think we are using clever accounting techniques and we are the footballing equivalent of Enron at the minute. The manager doesn't seem committed, players don't seem on-board, hard to deny we are playing long ball more than we should, slow football when we don't resort to hoofing it, it's a slippery slope that requires £150m+ every summer just to keep it going it seems. Most of us would agree we need 4-5 world class signings to compete with City still, how much will that cost and would they want to play for a team that plays our way? Then can Jose's negative tactics compete with Pep's tactics if we do get his ideal players, (not to mention our European rivals)? If Pep was managing us and Jose was managing City, I genuinely think the Utd would be top of the league, it is a massive factor unfortunately and I think it's too easily overlooked - not sure what the answer is but Jose is not going to overturn City going down the path he is taking in my opinion.

Our main rival has improved more than we have, that is a massive problem for me, because they already has a big head-start.

3.) 18 Dec 2017 19:57:14
I agree with you Beast although I’m probably a bit more optimistic:-) I’m never sure which United is going to turn up these days. The entertaining free flowing fast passing team I love watching or the scared park the bus and hit it long United which is becoming more frequent. I get that there can be off days but since when do united hold on by their finger nails for 3 points against WBA. We should be smashing these teams out of sight, beating them before they’ve even stepped onto the pitch.
Forget this defend in numbers. Leave the top 3 up front and get a playmaker in who can get the ball to them quickly.

{Ed025's Note - im with you mate..

4.) 19 Dec 2017 02:59:31
I think it would be fair to compare us vs city if you extrapolated our matches with pogba to a full healthy/ non suspended season. He’s shown how much our team is centered on his unique skill set with how much more we win and how many more goals a game we score when he’s playing. Feel free to do the math but I’m pretty sure we’d be right behind city, and definitely would have had a better chance in the derby. What gives me hope despite frustrations is that if we can keep pogba on the field we are much closer to city if not equal in terms of quality and results. It’s been during pogba-less stretches that we’ve fallen behind.

5.) 19 Dec 2017 09:00:42
I think (hope) unitedred, that that is exactly what we are building towards. (We hung on for our lives in more than a few Fergie era games though against 'small' teams. )

6.) 19 Dec 2017 12:06:00
beast will have u believe that during SAF days, teams would poop themselves before playing us, but nostalgia can be tricky coz from a realistic vantage point it was nothing like that.

Also, I'm not sure if pep would've beaten Jose had the roles been reversed.

If u haven't seen improvement in the team in the past two odd years then we'll always be at loggerheads.

7.) 19 Dec 2017 15:03:30
I agree KG. Pogba has only played in 8 PL games. 7 wins and a draw. 24 goals for and 6 goals against and we have scored 4 goals in 4 off those games.

8.) 19 Dec 2017 16:04:32
I think KG hit the nail on the head there, 100% agree with that.



22 Sep 2017 17:30:31
Do any of the Eds know the situation with Fellaini's contract? Is he likely to sign or is this going to be his last season for us.

He has changed a lot of opinions through sheer hard work and his form at the moment and for much of last season has been very good. He is limited yes but tries his hardest every week and we cannot ask for more from him.

Personally I'd like him to sign on again.


{Ed002's Note - nothing is resolved.}

1.) 23 Sep 2017 18:11:59
Thank you.



08 Jun 2017 08:20:34
Costa speaking in the press today, "Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that's it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.

"It's a shame, I've already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide. But it is clear that the coach does not count on me and does not want me there. You have to find a team. "

If this is the case Eds would we have any interest? Or am I just particularly poor at maths?


{Ed004's Note - I highly doubt we have shown an interest and I wouldn't want him here}

1.) 08 Jun 2017 08:48:51
He doesn't want to stay in England.

2.) 08 Jun 2017 09:13:58
Was he not one of the players that fell out with Jose the other year.

3.) 08 Jun 2017 09:55:19
Imagine the flak Jose would be getting for allegedly texting a player and saying "I don't need you you are out " doesn't seem a decent way to treat a player who has helped win you a PL in your first season . horrible knb that he is.



18 Aug 2015 11:50:33
Balague is claiming that Pedro to us will be finalised this week.


1.) 18 Aug 2015 13:50:07
That that deal dead then ha.

2.) 18 Aug 2015 16:27:51
Balague is not very reliable when it comes to transfer rumours, although Pedro is definitely on our Radar and should be wrapped up sooner rather than later.




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11 Feb 2018 16:46:11
Well that was poo.

The 4 2 3 1 just doest work for us. We need to change up if we want to challenge. Carrick mct or herrara to come in for lingard and free Pogba up and get him closer to the opposition goal.


1.) 11 Feb 2018 17:03:20
Played 3 in cm today . G Neville picked up on it . Linders played next to pogba today with matic just behind them .
Martial lukaku Sanchez a front 3.

2.) 11 Feb 2018 17:18:48
Disagree jred. If we're going to play 3 in midfield then matic and Herrera behind Pogba.

3.) 11 Feb 2018 18:09:25
But we did play 3 in midfield .

4.) 11 Feb 2018 20:47:00
Lingard isn't disaplined (like Pogba) to play that role. He's a ten or a wide player.



08 Feb 2018 15:30:13
I'm procrastinating at work and so have found may way, inevitably, here.

I think this summer coming is of the utmost importance for us considering just how dominant City have been. If we are being totally honest their football has been spectacular at times.

I do not believe that most of our squad is a right off but if we want to challenge this City side (who will surely improve again this summer) then we have make some changes.

De Gea must stay, regardless of the money that is thrown at him and he needs to be tied down to a long term contract. If Romero leaves then Pereira can become our number two, or even bring in an old head to help bring the young lad through, but if he is to fulfill the potential that Jose has talked about then he needs a few more minutes.

For me the biggest issue we have is our formation. We mostly play 4 - 2 - 3 - 1. This enables us to get more attacking options on the pitch and as we know that is where our best players are, especially now that Sanchez has signed.

However, in playing this formation it means that Pogba has to play a good twenty yards deeper than his attacking ability demands he should. He is capable of creating goals and scoring goals in equal measure, but defensively he is poor. There are no two ways about this, the defensive side of his game is very poor. Consequently this leaves Matic completely isolated as we saw against Tottenham.

In terms of talent, Pogba is our best player and consequently we need to free him of his defensive shackles and have him playing further forward where he directly affect our attacking game more than he is doing now.

The best way to do this is to change our formation to 4 - 3 - 3 or a 4 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1.
In each of these formation our width would be affected, but in reality unless we go out and buy a number of wingers (if such a thing still exists in the modern game) that is unlikely to happen and therefore, Pogba should either play to the left of a three or in front of midfield 2. Matic being one with a signing to come in to play alongside him.

Now as much as I love Herrera because of his snideness on the pitch, he is not of the standard required to be a playmaker. Therefore I think he should be sold unless he is happy playing a handful of games (much like this year) a season.

Carrick will retire and we have McTominay and hopefully Pereira to come back. I think that still leaves us one light in the missle of the park so I would like to see a second central midfielder signed. Then there is Fellaini. If he wants to go, let him, if he wants to stay and play here and there, let him. He is a sometimes effective plan B.

In defence I think Shaw has earned more time and has played well when called upon. I would like to see some genuine competition (not Young) for him. Tierney looks a good prospect and would give Shaw the kick up his large arse he needs on a regular basis.

TFM has been playing well at RB and a year as understudy for Valencia as long as he gets gametime to see if he can do it in a team that has higher expectations than Palace could benefit him, but if an established RB is available then loan him out again and use Valencia as backup because even though he is a stalwart of the club and always gives his all, his limitations are clear.

At centre half I think we need to have a mini clear out. Blind, Smalling and Rojo are not quite good enough for me for very different reasons. Blind doesn't have the physical attributes required, Rojo is too rash and Smalling can't pass a ball more than eight and a half yards.

I think Lindelof deserves another year to prove himself, and although Jones is Jones, he has had a solid season and seems to be staying fitter for longer. I am a huge fan of Bailly, he just needs to stop being so broken all the time. I think what we really miss at the back is an experienced leader who could keep the rest of the defense positionally sound but also be a leader on the pitch. (Suggestions welcome - over 28 please Ronnie. )

Dependent on Tuanzebe does at Villa, I would have him involved as the 5th choice centre half and to play 10 - 15 games over the course of a season (dependant on progress)

That leaves our forward line that I think is where we are strongest. Lukaku will play but I would like to see martial and Rashford get a little more opportunity as a 9. Lukaku is a big guy and needs resting more often to keep him at his best whilst our two speedsters need minutes in their preferred position.

Sanchez will play wide left which really only leaves the wide right position free. I would not let Mata go as I think he offers something different to our other attacking players and he could also play a little deeper in the three as could Lingard.

I believe the key to this is freeing Pogba to provide the other attacking players. Although we would in theory look less attacking I believe the balance between defence and attack would be much better and we would score more and concede less.

We would have a second midfielder who would actually do the defensive side of the game and Pogba would more than cover any loss going forward.

Feel free to slate away if you disagree.

Keep up the good work Eds.


1.) 08 Feb 2018 16:27:05
I think we quite often look flat when we play 4-3-3 which I think is why we mostly play 4231 .
Sanchez is now our main attacking/ creative player and will probably get a bit more freedom in a 4231 .
Sanchez will be given a free role so our midfield will have to be disciplined.
Don't see that many signings in the summer prob 2, 3 signings tops .

2.) 08 Feb 2018 16:39:30
I agree with you but I think that's due to the third midfielder not been up to scratch. Herrara is limited as is Fellaini and carrick has been out all year. I'd be interested to see Mctominay Matic and Pogba all together at some point.

3.) 08 Feb 2018 17:32:08
I think we could go one of several ways. I think our midfield has lacked that player to control a game, Matic is great and what he does in shielding the back four and Pogba is great at breaking forward. However, we don't have that player who controls the game from midfield.

In an ideal world I would go all out for Verratti in the summer.
Then play 4231 with Verratti with either Matic and push Pogba into the No.10 or with Pogba and leave Matic out against the "weaker" teams. Or play 433 with all three of them.

I think we will look to Jorginho for that role, and I wouldn't be unhappy about that. I just feel if we have the money to spend and we don't need to try and buy 4 or 5 players then I would rather go the extra mile for someone like Verratti who is world class.



20 Jan 2018 22:03:07
Being reported again that it a straight swap - no funds involved. If this goes through. What. A. Deal.




15 Jan 2018 21:01:39
SSN , City have pulled out officially. Is this really happening?


1.) 15 Jan 2018 21:45:34
Unless Conte has something to say on this.

2.) 16 Jan 2018 07:40:29
The allure of London huh?



14 Jan 2018 11:36:42
Am I the only one who is starting to think that the Sanchez transfer is starting to feel a little like the the EVO one. I never thought we'd get that over the line but there is more and more noise just like there was then that it is quite likely.

He has been left out of the squad today so either way this could end soon.

Eds if we do get him would that suggest that we would not need to move for Bale or would Ed Wooodwoodwoodwood still was his broken plaything?



{Ed002's Note - If Sanchez were to join it would very likely remove the possibility of Bale.}

1.) 14 Jan 2018 12:47:46
Wengers comments muddied the water just then, saying Sanchez is being vague and he doesn’t know which way it will go.

2.) 14 Jan 2018 14:00:24
Sorry should have read rvp.

3.) 14 Jan 2018 14:00:54
As always thanks ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

4.) 14 Jan 2018 19:21:41
The fact that we won't target bale should be enough reason to sign Alexis.

Also am I banned or something? Why do some of my posts not show up.

{Ed033's Note - You try to troll the Liverpool rumours site. If you want to post on there, please be civil.




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23 Feb 2018 18:03:55
This would make me unbelievably happy.




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22 Feb 2018 15:03:38
Attack x3 you'd make a fine spin doctor.

"So shall we have a few years of rubbish performances as we don't want to be to used to success? "

The few years of rubbish performances HAPPENED under Moyes and LVG. Alongside that were rubbish results. No one was happy, myself included. Now Jose has improved RESULTS a hell of a lot. The performances (last night included) are still often poor. You cannot expect results and performances to be improved when the squad is substandard for a title tilt. Jose is improving us.

"we have been rebuilding for five years. "

Yes, that's just how bad we got.

"A good business doesn't allow its performance to deteriorate, then start rebuilding. "

I agree, but that is exactly what the club allowed to happen. Expecting five years of stagnation to be corrected in two years is unrealistic.

"History is what defines you, and history is what you learn from and improve. "

Once again we agree. history has shown us that sticking by a manager when we fans are calling for his head can be beneficial. Can you imagine what would have happened if the fans had been listened to with Fergie? Also whilst we're talking about history, here's one from Fergie, "Attack wins you games, defence wins you leagues. " I think that is what Mourinho is trying to do.

"So when you talk about harking back to the old times, you're basically telling us that we might as well throw away our history. "

Er. no. Just no. I can't even think of a witty, relevant or scathing retort to that. Sorry.

"If you allow standards to drop and mediocrity to set in, then we might as well pack our bags and go home. That's not the philosophy of the club I've supported for over 50 years. we were built on attacking entertaining football with all the right values. Unfortunately, we are losing these values. "

Let me see if I can do your putting words in other people's mouth shtick. so if we don't play well and win you we should all stop supporting Utd? Utter tripe, piddle and tomfoolery.

We weren't built on attacking entertaining football it's a philosophy we have played more often than not since the days of Busby. A style of play that I love and miss, but since Ferguson left that philosophy has been left behind, through poor appointments, mismanagement and NOW necessity. Our defence isn't up to task and so we need to play more defensively.

Whilst having a nosy around the internet, I found this description of Newton Heath in their first season. "Tough, diligent men who formed a powerful side. " Sounds a lot like a Mourinho side. Maybe we were built on stoic defending first, entertaining football second (like all good teams) .




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22 Feb 2018 11:44:57
Rubbish europa league campaign? You mean the one we won? Oh no we won a trophy but we didn't win it in this specific way that makes me happy. Are you aware of how spoilt you sound. You know this is why fans of other clubs hate us - a huge amount of us have got too used to success. We have to be practical we are still in a rebuilding phase. Yes a lot of money has been spent but the team needed and needs a lot of work. Short termism and harking back to the good old days do not benefit the club.




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05 Feb 2018 07:55:58
If someone bid 50mil for rashford would you all accept it or not?




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04 Feb 2018 23:22:32
I'd welcome This, but would keep him around. Get used to playing with the like of angel and tahiti.





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21 Feb 2018 23:44:40
Tough place to go, decent result in the grand scheme of things. Lot of whining as per but that's to be expected when you've been spoiled for twenty years.




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21 Feb 2018 11:30:17
I'd fancy Burnley to beat Celtic.


{Ed007's Note - Man City couldn't do it last year and they were unbeaten in the Pub League when we played them and just because Utd drew with Burnley and scraped a 1-0 win doesn't mean Burnley are a good team. How much Scottish football do you watch?}



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20 Feb 2018 22:17:17
If he's been spat at that is assault. However if he has then retaliated it is an assault. The cantona incident is relevant in that cantona was provoked and assaulted a fan. Should aguero get a 9 month ban - no but he should get something. To get nothing at all is ridiculous.




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20 Feb 2018 01:16:57
Mention of Cantona is relevant here. Aguero has struck a fan. I wonder what will happen to him. I would predict a 3 game ban and nothing else.




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19 Feb 2018 10:27:49
Squad players are essential to prolonged success.