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06 Aug 2015 07:48:50
Could someone explain to me why, despite being seeded, we face potentially tricky CL opposition including a couple of real banana skins in monaco and lazio whereas celtic who aren't seeded will be facing 1 of 5 real minnows. Am i missing something?


1.) 06 Aug 2015 10:57:38
Seeding is based on the European co-efficient worked out by how well the team has done in previous years. Monaco are a relatively new team to the CL so they haven't got a good rating in the comp and Lazio haven't been in it for years so their rating has dropped.

2.) 06 Aug 2015 11:15:47
There is a different route for Champions of lesser nations thatln there is for the 4th place teams from bigger nations. I believe it's well explained on United's site and a few other places on the web.

3.) 06 Aug 2015 11:42:27
i think a match against fenerbahce would be nice.

4.) 06 Aug 2015 12:08:38
I wondered this last night as well but from what I can see is the last qualifying stage is divided by 'Champion Seeds' and 'League Seeds'

Hence Celtic being Scottish champions they are seeded differently.

Wes369 - Fenerbahce were knocked out last night

5.) 06 Aug 2015 12:16:07
Monaco would be very tricky as they are playing very well in pre season and have talented players. The only club in the French league who could get anywhere near PSG.
On a lighter note DIMARIA saying how happy he is to play for PSG. Wont be happy when playing in some cold corner of Brittany in a 10 000 seater stadium against not even championship level sides. that's what he calls ambition

6.) 06 Aug 2015 12:25:06
Looking at the teams we can play there is a chance we may not make the group stages. , what happens then ?

7.) 06 Aug 2015 12:50:10
We play in the Europa league.

Teams who won their respective leagues have a different qualifying side of the draw to us, we are up against teams that finished lower in the leagues but qualify due to the country getting the extra place. None of the 5 teams will want to draw Manchester United. I would think club Brugge or rapid Vienna would be our best options with Moscow being the worst.

8.) 06 Aug 2015 13:00:57
Bring it on, whoever we get. 😉

9.) 06 Aug 2015 13:59:35
In order to be champions you must beat champions. Bring on anyone!




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25 Jun 2020 10:15:05
Everyone is focused on us catching Chelsea but what about Leicester? After Chelsea this weekend they're left with away matched at arsenal Everton and spurs and home matches with Sheffield palace and last day of the season ourselves. With that run in in it wouldn't surprise me if both ourselves and Chelsea catch them.


{Ed002's Note - The Chelsea game is of no relevance.}

1.) 25 Jun 2020 10:33:57
The Chelsea game is a cup game, while it has no relevance in terms of where either side finish in the league, it may impact confidence and form.

Chelsea have narrowly beaten Villa and have City tonight.

While Leicester have drawn against both Watford and Brighton, both of which are relegation candidates.

For Leicester a win against Chelsea will lift their spirits and raise confidence. While a loss could further dent them.

2.) 25 Jun 2020 10:46:23
its the FA cup weekend allan,

but they do have some tough games, we have a decent run in but teams fighting for survival are never easy,

we might benefit with there being no fans to spur them on,

3.) 25 Jun 2020 10:55:02

Have you read the page, you say everyone is focussed on us catching Chelsea but it’s been said a number of times over the past week that we have a great chance of catching Leicester. Their form pre and post C.V. has been poor and 2 games a week will not help them.

Wolves and united have had to cope with Thursday - Sunday games for a lot of the season and have squads that can just about cope but have meant some league results have suffered as a consequence, now everybody is in the same boat and Europe isn’t getting in the way it will be interesting to see if the experience of playing them 2 games a week gives an advantage over teams like Leicester. It already seems to have done with Sheff United who are in free fall.



27 May 2019 12:22:51
There is no doubt that a new CB should be top of our priorities this transfer window and i tend to agree with Ed that's mdl is not it. He may turn out to be a great centre half in 5 years time but to expect a 19 year old to be our defensive kingpin having never played in the premiership would be a big risk.
I know I will get pelters for this but I still believe that we should be targeting maguire. He is premiership battle hardened and with the amount of international football he is going to be playing in the next few years he is only going to improve especially having a former international centre back as his manager. At mid 20s he is the right age and I just can't understand why people say that he might be good enough for England but he isn't good enough for utd.
I recently had a look at a 10 min YouTube clip of jaou Felix. No doubt that he is a skilful player but in my view he looks a bit of a skinny 19 year old who, like depay, might struggle to adapt to the intensity of the premiership. Again therefore I think that meeting the asking price of 105 million would be a huge risk and that better and less risky value could be held elsewhere.


1.) 27 May 2019 14:44:10
Allan, i could not disagree more. Have you actually seen de Ligt play and lead? He is absolutely made for our league. Even jaap Stam has said that, and he knows a thing or two about central defence.
De Ligt is head and shoulders above all central defenders bar vvd, Ramos, Verane and Alderweild. Ramos and Alderweild are in their 30s leaving de Ligt as the best defender around.
In 2 years, he'll be the best.

2.) 27 May 2019 14:46:44
Because no one seriously expects England to challenge. The world cup was a total fluke borne by the fact that the only good team we played won both games.

3.) 27 May 2019 14:49:28
Also, joào Felix is already better than any attack minded midfielder around. It makes me laugh when i read that players are not bulky or strong enough for PL. It reminds me of players in 70s and 80s. Times have changed. Silva and Silva at City, Salah at Liverpool, Erickson at Spurs. Non of these are body builders, yet they are the best players in the PL. You don't need to be built like Fellaini to compete in PL, in fact, the opposite is true.

4.) 27 May 2019 15:38:05
AAA totally agree

We need agile players with guts and guile who can beat a man and cross the fe**** ball.

5.) 27 May 2019 15:50:10
Joao Felix along with Sancho and Vinicius Jr are probably the best attacking prospects in world football under the age of 20.

IMO Maguire struggles against pace and mobile attackers most of the time. His main strengths are areal duels and being comfortable on the ball.
For a reported 65m plus fee, we need a commanding established CB like Koulibaly or a top prospect like De Ligt who can offer more than a decade of service.

6.) 27 May 2019 17:16:20
Reddevilfan, we've been making the mistake of buying big players for years, Fellaini, Pogba, Lukaku, Matic. These kind of players do not have any versatility, they're being found out in our league as more technically gifted and smaller players are running rings round them. The future cannot be about buying big bulky players in midfield and attack, we need clever, gifted players who can create goals and turn in tight spaces.

7.) 27 May 2019 17:18:00
I'd maybe go Alderweireld for a short term fix. Bring on Tuanzebe. Try for de Ligt or look for an alternative.

8.) 27 May 2019 18:53:07
Two of Rojo, Bailly, Smalling and Jones need to be sold before we go in for Alderweireld although I’d take de Ligt and him in a heartbeat with Axel and Lindelof.

9.) 27 May 2019 23:10:06
A name that hasn’t come up is Kristopher Ajer he plays for Celtic and still quite young but also a very good centre back with good ability on the ball. Think at 6ft 5 he will win some headers too.

10.) 28 May 2019 05:07:21
Ajer is norweigian, and if any good norweigian players comes up I believe Ole would be the first to know.



05 Mar 2019 12:42:29
I am loathe to criticise in team I have supported for over 50 years but I was disappointed that on Saturday the United players refused to put the ball out of play despite sanchez lying in the penalty area clutching his knee. Regardless of what the squad think of him i think the players were bang out of order in doing what they did. Clearly it would have made no difference how quickly the medics got to him but now he is going to be out for a few weeks I just wonder if any of the players are feeling slightly guilty.


1.) 05 Mar 2019 14:18:50

I hope this is a joke?

2.) 05 Mar 2019 17:26:15
Why would they feel guilty, players go down every game and no player could tell what his injury was,
I think you getting a bit carried away with this one.

3.) 05 Mar 2019 17:50:18
He's not watched rugby where they just play around the injured player and only stop if they need to get a stretcher or paramedic on.

4.) 05 Mar 2019 18:58:41
Sanchez was right in front of me and it was almost comical. He went through all the motions of being crippled, then he got up, then he went down again, all accompanied by theatrical gestures. I think it said a lot about his standing with his team mates that they pretty much ignored him. Quite right too.

5.) 05 Mar 2019 20:06:26
Ajh your a gas man😂😂 after all your lectures about bullying in the work place. But it ok because your not a big sanchez fan.
Personally i'm in favour of the rugby rule of allowing the trainer on the field to treat while the game goes on. It would cut out a lot of time wasting and feigning injuries.
As a coach for a couple of seasons i told the ref and opposing manager before the game that my side will not put the ball out of play for anything other than an obvious head injury and we don't expect them to put the ball out for us. It worked well as it left it up to the ref to decide if it was an injury worth stopping a game for. I hate when teams do it.
Look at the stats and i bet you would find 95% of the time the ball is put out of play the players us usually fit to continue. Its all a load of nonsense.

6.) 05 Mar 2019 20:30:25
Ken it works well in rugby as play is generally congested to an area of the pitch for several minutes. Football can go end to end and side to side in seconds. I see where you are coming from but there would be interference far too often and it won’t be long before the physio accidentally gets in the way and players start to go down intentionally outside their own penalty area to disrupt the flow and cut off attacking areas.

7.) 05 Mar 2019 20:37:25
There's a lot in rugby that should be brought over. VRA is a start. The injury on pitch should be another as should the concussion rules. Also you hardly ever see players backchatting the ref.

8.) 06 Mar 2019 10:13:52
You play until the whistle.



28 May 2018 10:29:53
Well I see the silly season is in full swing now.
According to the papers we are in for bale ronaldo and saving. Apparently we are going to bid 200m for bale and pay him 650k a week. No figures mentioned for cr7 but I suspect that even at 33 he would want to be the highest part player at the club. As for savic we are supposed to have bid 96m whereas lazio want 131m.
Roll on August and the end of the window. For the record the only one I would want is savic but at our price not theirs.


1.) 28 May 2018 11:18:13
Yes the silly season
We also are signing half the Brazilian team.

2.) 28 May 2018 18:08:14
And the best one of all, we're linked with jack grealish. Now, he's a world beater 😂.

3.) 29 May 2018 09:35:09
Good on the ball, British in a problem position and wouldn't expect to play every week. I don't see why not.



15 May 2018 11:14:58
Time to lighten the mood a little. I had a dream last night telling me that I had been chosen to pick and manage an all time utd 11. As I am pushing 60 I can't be doing with these fancy formations so I am going with an old fashioned 4 2 4. My 11 is.
G neville
Van nistleroy

Big Pete edges dave because of the way he used to dominate the penalty box in a way that ddg doesn't. I wanted 2 reliable solid full backs that focused on their defensive responsibilities. Centre backs I wanted a strong physical copy and one with pace. Best and ronaldo pick themselves. Nuff said. Central midfield I have gone back in time. Charlton is quite simply the best British midfielder I ever saw. Everything the modern so called greats such as gerard could do with 1 foot he could do with either foot and the fact that he remained our and England's lead scorer for so long speaks for itself. Sir Bobby says the question he is asked most often is how good was Duncan Edwards,? . He always answers by saying that he was the 1 player that made him feel totally inferior . Everything he could do well Duncan could do better. Terry venables remarked that whereas Bobby Moore was a great player he was no Duncan Edwards and that if he had lived he had little doubt that Duncan would have been the one to lift the world cup. Even though none of us probably saw him play no all time utd team would be complete without him.
The front 2 caused me a lot of thought as my heart said that I had to find a place for Denis law. Cantona was an easy pick because of his skill vision and imagination. With so much creativity in the team i felt that to complete it i needed a ruthless finisher and so with a heavy heart I have gone for ruud over Denis.
I have asked sir Alex to be my assistant haha.
Anyway that is my team which I am sure some will pull to pieces but hey whatever it's all about opinions.


1.) 15 May 2018 12:24:33
I think that is a 4-1-5 to be honest!

2.) 15 May 2018 12:31:16
Can't argue with that. So I am going to be the opposition manager with Busby as my assistant and go with
Lb evra
Rb bloody hell is the g nev the only top Rb we've had? Erm will go with valencia.
Cb bill foulkes
Cb vidic
Lw giggs
Rw beckham
Cm scholes
Cm keane
Cf law
Cf rooney.

3.) 15 May 2018 12:43:38
Denis Irwin lb or rb.

4.) 15 May 2018 12:54:45
Paul Parker, Shay Brennan. can't think of anyone else at rb. Seems more options at lb.

5.) 15 May 2018 13:00:04
I would include Best in any team of greats.


6.) 15 May 2018 13:43:04
Somebody just put Valencia ahead of Neville? Oh my days.

7.) 15 May 2018 14:05:33
Gds2 - I was picking a team to play against the op. So I couldn't have g nev. Was really stuck for alternatives. I would pick the same team as the op.

Ive never seen shay brennan so if he was better than valencia I will take people's word for it.

8.) 15 May 2018 14:33:20
Viv Anderson was Beyer than valencia.

9.) 15 May 2018 15:27:41
Had forgotten about viv. Was brennan better than viv? Both before my time.

10.) 15 May 2018 15:51:04
Where’s captain marvel.

11.) 15 May 2018 16:16:35
You've got put Nobby in there somewhere. That's what the wife said last night anyway.

12.) 15 May 2018 19:21:49
Jimmy Nichol was better than Valencia.

13.) 15 May 2018 22:42:51
Roger Byrne. RB. Captain of United and England. Great player and leader. Perished at Munich.




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03 Jul 2020 15:01:30
Good. Don't want us spending 30m only someone who is nowhere near 1st team level. Let's use the money on strenghthening our squad for next season.




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08 Aug 2019 10:39:24
I really don't care who spurs do and don't sign as the only people I want playing for our club are those that are 100% committed to it. Dybala could well have been our ozil, talented but going missing on a regular basis, the likes of mata gomes chong and pereira will never give less than 150% and I would rather have them playing than some overpaid superstar who is using us to increase his bank balance!




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05 Aug 2019 15:20:09
Take what we can get for lukako and use the money to fund Bruno or savic either would close a good window for us in terms of the players we will have bought and those that we have kept namely ddg and pp.




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17 May 2019 15:24:34
Was about to post exactly the same thing GDS. We tend to assume that a young player from abroad with an exotic name has to be better than a working class lad from Newcastle,
Of course arguably our most famous player, sir bobby, came from up norf!




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24 Feb 2019 10:24:20
Was thinking about yesterday. Personally if I had to move one of them on it would be lukako. Marcus is clearly our main cf and if he is injured then martial lingard sanchez can fill in all of them offering the sort of pace and movement that ole likes and rom doesn't have. I accept that rom has many other qualities and was our leading scorer last year but I simply cannot see where he fits in with ole's vision.
Also we would of course receive a substantial fee for rom which we wouldn't for sanchez.





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29 Feb 2020 22:16:02
And our last game is Leicester away. Possible winner takes all fixture.




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28 Feb 2020 17:38:28
Was going to make exactly the same comparison lol.




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11 May 2019 14:31:27
Not quite sure how he will get more playing time at psg who have a stronger squad than us and are likely to add to it.




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27 Apr 2019 13:39:33
I think that I am right in saying that with spurs likely to finish 3rd even if we did finish 4th we would only quality for the CL if neither arsenal or Chelsea won the europa league as only 4 places are available for the prem league as opposed to 5 when we won it. If either win it they would claim the 4th CL spot not the team that finishes 4th.




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22 Mar 2019 14:28:58
I have always wanted maguire not because of the defender he is now but because of the defender he will become in 2/ 3 years when he reaches his peak
With all the international exposure he will be getting in the future he is only going to get better. We have seen how vvd has improved Liverpool defence and imo maguire will do the same for us.