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24 Mar 2018 10:31:23
There are some that said Jesse wasn’t good enough and I guess there are still some that think he is at best a squad player but you have to give the lad credit. He keeps popping up scoring important goals and he plays with a smile on his face and seems to enjoy every moment. I’m so pleased for him and I hope he can take that final step and be consistent.


1.) 24 Mar 2018 16:25:04
He has always been highly thought off within the club. It was always accepted that he would take longer to find his feet due to his size. I read an interview with him where he said that Sir Alex always said he would become a real player when he's 25 like Tigana. I wonder how much of him really stepping up this season is down to him feeling that this year was going to be his year.

I did worry when we signed Sanchez as it was going to push either Lingard or Martial out of the side when arguably they we our best two forwards at that time. Maybe its time for Sanchez to be dropped for a game or two and make him fight for his place against players who are in form.

2.) 24 Mar 2018 16:40:40
Shaps, I don’t know why we bought Sanchez other than to stop City buying him. We had needs inother areas way before a left sided attacker was needed and even if he starts firing it just relegates Martial or Rashford. This smacks of Woodward and his marque signing obsession. I don’t want to upset you but if Bale is available you can bet your mortgage Ed will be there waving his chequebook.

3.) 24 Mar 2018 16:46:51
The thing with Jesse is you know he will work on the pitch and not hide. He has proven this year that he has more in the locker than people thought imo but he had the beginnings of a good season couple of years back when he got ani injury early on at Swansea I think. Change of personel and management has not deterred him and I think he has saved us a good few bob on bringing in a n other player.

4.) 24 Mar 2018 16:58:44
I was one of those thinking he wasn't going to be up to it and would be sold, at times I feel foolish, but then he can be anonymous far too often for me (like most of our attacking players) .

I still think in order for us to be competing at the very top we need better than Lingard. But if he improves again as much as he has over the past 18 months then he will deserve a regular berth in a top Utd team.

I love his energy and clever runs, maybe there is even more to come from him once we get back to playing proper attacking football and those runs will be picked out by players that currently refuse the pass and opt for 'safety' instead. I certainly would like him to impact games more consistently as well, 10 seconds of brilliance now and again is good, but we need more than that over a 90 minute match from an attacking midfielder.

5.) 24 Mar 2018 17:39:38
I agree Beastand that was my point about consistency. When he is good he is very good but often you can forget he is on the pitch, which is very frustrating when he gets himself in such good positions and scores such important goals. He needs to turn up for more games than he does, which I think he will if he continues to develop as he has done in the last year. And he is home grown which means a lot to me,

6.) 24 Mar 2018 17:52:11
Does he go missing or as mentioned above is it a case of him making good runs and his team mates not playing the creative pass to find him?

The best players score in the big games, which he does more consistently than those around him. H deserves his place in the team, he works hard, he offers movement and he can finish. I think he will thrive if we add more quality to the midfield. He is a bit of a social media whore, but as long as he performs on the pitch it’s not a problem. I wish pogba put half the effort in he does.

7.) 24 Mar 2018 18:33:58
Agree with all of the posts regarding jesse in some degree, better than dele alli in my opinion who plays a similar role especially this season.

8.) 25 Mar 2018 05:21:49
I must be the only one who doesn't yet rate him. He for me is going through his Smalling patch where player looks good for a season or 2 but with lingard it has only been 2 months rather than the whole season.

He was mostly anonymous until December and has been anonymous for most part since February. That is 2 good months in 3-4 years. Yes he scores some important goals from time to time but he going to have to perform much better to be more than a squad player.

9.) 25 Mar 2018 16:58:04
No MU player apart from De Gea has been sensational for long, playing good for some time and then playing poorly.

10.) 26 Mar 2018 14:14:47
CSM, that's not really fair, even if he's only started looking like a real top player this season, he's actually been doing well for the last couple of years. He was hardly "anonymous" before December anyway. 8 goals and assists in 17 games, 11 of which he played 30 minutes or less in, may not be setting the league on fire, but it's certainly not "anonymous".

Re: the consistency, I'm inclined to agree with Huggy. He's suffering from the way the team is playing, and would have a much more consistent impact if the runs he makes were picked out a bit more often by players behind him. Now, I'm not saying he's doing everything right, maybe he'd still be a bit inconsistent with players behind him looking for those runs and playing more positive football, but the point is that we don't really know, and I don't think it's fair to judge him too harshly when we don't really know how much of the inconsistency is down to him, and how much is down to the way the teamas a whole is playing.

I would really love to see Herrera used in a more advanced role, ahead of Matic rather than alongside him, where he can look to play the passes that someone like Lingard can feed on. It's too easy to see his great defensive performances last season and forget that he's a great passer of the ball, with an eye for getting team mates in behind the defence.

11.) 26 Mar 2018 14:23:10
That FA cup winning goal seemed to really kick him on and he’s improved a lot since then.


How you can say he’s been anonymous is beyond me, he’s probably scored more important goals than any other player in the last 2 years.

12.) 26 Mar 2018 14:53:27
Gds important goals don't mean consistency. Yes he scored against Chelsea and in fa cup final but can you remember a run of games until December where you could say he was consistently good. A first team player needs to be consistently good and unlike rashford or martial lingard isn't exactly in the youngster category.

Thorne he has been good this season but last season he had 5 goals and 3 assists in 42 games in lvg's last season he had 7 goals and 4 assists in 41 games. Those are not good figures and he needs get similar to his current nos before we can be sure that he has improved rather than going through a purple patch.

Also where exactly will he play next season jose wants savic added to the team and jorginho as replacement for carrick, so we most likely will be switching to a mf 3.

13.) 30 Mar 2018 18:44:50
Good player, nice lad, silly dancer.



17 Feb 2018 08:31:11
Interesting rumour this morning, Real ready to move for Pogba. Could be paper trash talk of course but if they did and the money was big, would you sell? Clearly the boy has talent but he has yet to dominate a game or deliver on his potential. Is that down to him, the Manager, or a combination of both.

If the money was silly should we cash in? The problem with that is that he may go on and become the dominating player we believe is in there somewhere, and replacing him will cost a fortune too. For me, I’d seriously consider it though.


{Ed002's Note - There is zero interest in Paul Pogba from Real Madrid. They have very, very different ideas who they want.}

1.) 17 Feb 2018 11:41:22
There is no way we should be selling Pogba it would be crazy to do so.

Its likr selling the next messi and then trying to go buy a next ronaldo because we are noy patient enough.

2.) 17 Feb 2018 11:59:12
"Cash in" wtf? So some now want to sell Pogba when we have few midfielders for a pretty poor return? You bored with FIFA?

3.) 17 Feb 2018 11:20:17
Yay. Thanks ed for that.



12 Jan 2018 21:19:21
All this talk of Sanchez has masked the rumour that Vardy is also being considered. Not sure if they would sell or at what price but I think he would slot in much easier, albeit he is a like for like with Lukaku. Sanchez’s attitude worries me, the stories from Arsenal about his isolationist approach do not bode well for team spirit. Hey ho, what do I know?


1.) 12 Jan 2018 21:28:45
I hope not. Hateful diving git, Gerrard, suarez, terry, barton, keown, cattermole, Vardy. all the same to me would of hated to see any of them in a red shirt.

2.) 12 Jan 2018 23:05:33
That's one heck of a team those lot would make. Lacks some wide players tho.

3.) 13 Jan 2018 05:53:05
bfbw, there too much hate in your heart, i'd have had Keown and Suarez any day of the week. Go hug a tree man.

4.) 13 Jan 2018 08:10:14
AJH Vardy is a player Maze likes and admired over the years for his tenacity as well as his rags to riches story but to say he is a better option than Sanchez is silly, very silly.

Wake up AJH you are dreaming of poorly fabricated scenarios.



08 Dec 2017 20:28:41
So, first of all, I share my birthday with Jonny Evans so put that your pipe and smoke it. Secondly, I may have had a little wine tonight so forgive me if I am less coherent than Ronnie during a transfer window.

Sunday is a big game and I hope that Jose wakes up and has an epiphany but I fear it will not happen. I believe it is better to die fighting than running away and in football that is also true. Inspire the troops, give them hope and belief, rouse their spirits, fill their hearts with pride and desire. Let’s not turn up to stifle and try and nick a goal on the break. I don’t care if they are the best team, like Pierre the famous French fighter pilot, let’s go down in flames (google it) .

We are United, a team steeped in history and tradition, we live or die by our standard, there are times to stand up and be counted, Sunday is one of those times. We win, or we lose in a blaze of glory, to be a United fan there are no in betweens.

Time for more wine.


1.) 09 Dec 2017 01:43:34
Jesse's performance at Arsenal will have given him food for thought. Maybe we can press high with a few players and cause some chaos amongst their back line. Worry is that Matic and Ander would have to play out of their skins.

The motivational piece is way more important than formation. Win your battles all over the pitch and you'll get a win.

2.) 09 Dec 2017 10:50:17
We’ll park the bus and try to catch them on the counter and via set pieces.



27 Aug 2017 19:14:26
Just caught up with MOTD, I thought all our players played well. Amongst other things that stood out though:

1. Joe Hart, wow, surely he isn't England's goalie any more
2. Anyone else warming to Rafa? No? Just me?
3. City, still not convincing and I think strong teams will bully them.
4. Shearer has become a half cent pundit since he stopped sitting on the fence.
5. Phil Neville, got to love him, is he the most positive person in the world ever?
6. Swansea possibly not as bad as we have thought.
7. Bilic and De Boer have to be worried although after today's debacle, perhaps Wenger will be first to go.


1.) 27 Aug 2017 20:35:38
Pretty much agree with everything there mate.
I was saying to my lad yesterday that if this palace squad go down it's the best squad ever to be relegated.

2.) 27 Aug 2017 00:43:07
Phil Neville really annoys me. He's so biased it's unbelievable. Agree with the rest. De Boer is no surprise, he was abysmal at inter. Played some disgraceful football there.




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21 Aug 2018 10:29:19
Still time to enter my predictions competition

You have until Friday to get it done.




18 Aug 2018 16:40:58
Whilst you all consider your predictions for this year’s competition (search or predictions) I noticed an article in today’s Times. Every Saturday the Fink Tank uses science to predict what will happen. Obviously for a one off game it is often wrong but using science to look at a seasons result is interesting.

This week they looked at likelihood of relegation and found the most likely team to be relegated is Huddersfield, followed by Brighton, Fulham, Cardiff and then West Ham. The one thing it doesn’t take into account is transfer business but interestingly the big 6 are all seen as having 0% chance of being relegated. Everyone else has odds. If I asked you to guess who is deemed to be least likely to be relegated after the big 6, I’m guessing most of you wouldn’t have said Palace, but that’s what the science says. Very interesting read.


{Ed004's Note - I think Palace have a very strong side. Its between them and Everton for the award of best of the rest for me}

1.) 18 Aug 2018 17:04:06
I put Cardiff, Huddersfield and Fulham for relegation, almost put Brighton. 4 worst teams on paper.

2.) 18 Aug 2018 21:08:53
Agree, Ed004. I have 3 Palace players in my fantasy football team, and I never thought that would happen!

{Ed004's Note - They are also extremely entertaining to watch, however, there season relies on Zaha maintaining fitness}

3.) 18 Aug 2018 21:32:26
Yeah, I think keeping him there this summer, was pivotal to their season. I've enjoyed watching from the second half of last season, which surprises me for a Roy Hodgson team.

4.) 19 Aug 2018 23:09:02
Hey mort don't you think Fulham Invested decent It depends on how fast they can hit the ground running and also the possibility of seri's chillblains affecting them but sessegnons a very good player I think they might have enough I reckon Huddersfield and Cardiff and then third team that wasn't expected to no one thought west bromo or Stoke would go down last year and huges is in charge of a potential relegation team.



13 Aug 2018 11:46:39
The Predictions competition is up and running, 60 entries so far. Search for Predictions and it’s the first post, link at the bottom for you to enter. We had almost 200 enter last year..


1.) 13 Aug 2018 12:23:01
I must say fair play Tony, I can't believe your paying for an all expenses paid three week cruise around the Carribbean for this year's winner. I might have to enter a few more more times. Lol.

2.) 13 Aug 2018 13:08:01
It will still be blackpool for me with my track record for 200th place.

3.) 13 Aug 2018 15:48:34
Can't find the link lads, I want to give Ken competition for 200th place.

4.) 13 Aug 2018 18:43:03
Search for Predictions and it’s the second post there, link is at the bottom of the post.

5.) 13 Aug 2018 19:18:06
I'm in. Have us as perennialrunners up.

6.) 13 Aug 2018 21:55:41
Thanks AJH all done. Going for an all Manchester Champions league Final 😆😆.

7.) 13 Aug 2018 22:27:31
How do you get the time to do this, Tony? You're obviously a mere minion, and not your own boss 😉.

8.) 14 Aug 2018 06:33:39
It’s not a great deal of work Stevie unless you chnage all the categories (which I didn’t) . The biggest issue is people using different terms for the same team - United, Man United, ManU Manchester United, MUFC, and so on.

9.) 14 Aug 2018 22:14:14
I put all the proper names. I'm a bit of a pedant 😁.



11 Aug 2018 08:20:13
It’s all so incredible I’m struggling to believe it. We are top of the league, the only team with a 100% record, and we are top scorers. I knew Jose would get it right.


1.) 11 Aug 2018 08:58:24
I love the sarcasm in that post.

2.) 11 Aug 2018 09:38:49
I know and the players he was counting on this season, Pogba and Shaw both scored.

Some guy that JM.

3.) 11 Aug 2018 10:19:36
Quite possibly the last time for the next 3 decades.

4.) 11 Aug 2018 10:32:15
Bit bored Walter? Have you guys finished celebrating the ‘we have won the league in August’ yet?



10 Aug 2018 08:58:17
It's that time of the year again, time to get your predictions in for the coming season in the annual predictions competition.

Its just a bit of fun, I think I was lower quartile for the first 2 years and struck lucky last year. Questions are the same as last year.

Nobody had Salah down as top scorer or player of the year, who knows what the surprise will be this year.

One little favour please, for the big teams please use United, City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal - not your own variations such as Spuds, Chelski and so on. There were about 8 different ways of typing United which makes sorting the sheet out a nightmare.

Our window closes on Thursday, games start this weekend, and teams could still lose players between now and the end of August. As a compromise, the comp will close on Friday 24th August.

Good luck all.

Predictions Form


1.) 10 Aug 2018 09:32:01
Just replying so I can see my name to enter the comp, forgot what it was.

2.) 10 Aug 2018 10:19:25
I said I'll be objective but sorry to disappoint.

Manchester United for everything, Pogba, Chong and all 😀😀😀.

3.) 10 Aug 2018 10:38:48
Hardest to do was the relegation. Could be from 6 teams.

4.) 10 Aug 2018 10:52:28
Bit biased lol, but tough choices this year.

5.) 10 Aug 2018 15:33:33
All done I don't think I will win tho 😂.




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17 Aug 2018 11:12:59
I think the press have an agenda, I can’t believe I’m typing this but I’m starting to feel sorry for Jose. I hope he has a man to man with Pogba and tells him he can be the best in the world if he does as he is told, but that he also plays him where he can excel.




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24 Jul 2018 07:34:07
Top post Shappy, we’ve spent a lot, some of it badly, bought who the Manager wanted, and he doesn’t play them or wants them gone. It’s the Board’s fault, go figure.




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05 Jul 2018 20:34:14
I thought it was just pictures, mostly of nipples.




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05 Jul 2018 19:54:58
He’s failed everywhere, why on Earth would we sign him?




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05 Jul 2018 19:53:42
Daily Sport? I don’t know where to start.


{Ed001's Note - I had no idea that still existed.}




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21 Aug 2018 20:34:55
Woodward is possibly in the wrong job. He seems star struck and is not possible a football man. He makes money for the club which should be applauded buy anyone who wears a suit with trainers deserves a public flogging.


{Ed0333's Note - lots of people wear suits with trainers it’s called style anyone with a modicum of fashion sense knows that. If Woodward should be publicly flogged it’s for not having the courage to say no to Mourinho sooner.



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21 Aug 2018 20:10:20
FZZ, the issue is why has he told Pogba, a player he wanted, that he can leave? As Schmid pointed out his transfer dealings have been pretty dire. Pep may have spent money but he has also improved players. Jose epitomises a chequebook Manager right now, he bought 2 CBs, both of whom looked like Bambi on Ice at the weekend. If a was only ever short term, Miki came and went, I even think Matic was a bit of a knee jerk, there were better long term options out there.

If you consistently tell people they are crap, they will struggle to play to their potential. Last year, Jose lauded Shaw and then immediately dropped him. Explain the psychology behind that to me because to me it doesn’t make sense.

I think the stress and pressure of managing so many top teams has taken its toll on Jose, he needs a proper break and possibly a job where the pressure is a lot less, perhaps a division down. I don’t think his ego would allow him to do that but I don’t see where he goes next.




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21 Aug 2018 19:42:36
I’m a bit late to this debate, some great posts and opinions. If Woodward has refused to buy or sell players then it is very odd that he gave Jose a contract extension, those 2 things do seem to grate.

My view is we need some new players, but the players we have should be able to compete. Our lay was better on Jose’s first year, we may have finished second but our play regressed. It’s only 2 games in but it isn’t looking good.

I think Jose has forgotten how to coach or his methods don’t work anymore. We have signed a Manager on a downward slope and I only see things getting worse. I’ll be amazed if he lasts the season.


{Ed0333's Note - I changed my mind you win post of the day mate.



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19 Aug 2018 07:23:16
Still one of my favourite chants from when he was the Liverpool Assistant Manager. Thompson stood oin the touch line shouting at players and to the tune of Bread of Heaven, the Stretfors End launched into ‘get your nostrils off the pitch’.




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18 Aug 2018 10:57:53
Spot on Schmid, I thought he came across really well. As I said on another post I started feeling sorry for Jose this week, we’ve discussed at length where we have concerns but he was getting it in the neck from all sides and often just rumour and gossip. He’s cleared it up, the players look happy, a few are among postoove things about him, hopefully the mood is where it needs to be. A good 3-0 win will completely change the narrarive.

Everyone has had another weeks training, hopefully we will be a bit more fluid and do the business.