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19 Nov 2017 15:40:46
Lindelof will come good but I don't think he's a central defender. I watched him a lot at benfica and he played at right back a lot and looked very solid. Then semedo emerged and Lindelof moved to the right if back 3. I think he could take over from Valencia in the long term. His distribution is excellent. I've also seen him play in midfield and he looked very comfortable there.

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1.) 19 Nov 2017 17:15:32
I know it's early days and I may get slated for this but from what I've seen I just don't see him becoming a top CB. I've watched him closely and I haven't really seen what he's supposed to be good at. He lacks pace, he's certainly not dominate in the air, he's positioning is questionable at best, he's not a good reader of the game and I haven't been that impressed with his distribution yet.

In my opinion he was a strange signing. We already had 4 good CB's in the squad and Tuanzebe emerging who looks a real prospect. I've been very impressed whenever he's been given a chance and I would have liked to have seen him given more game time. Surely that money would have been better spent on securing a LB.

I hope I'm wrong but at the moment he's looks no where near the required level and whenever he's been given a chance he's looked vulnerable. To improve he needs game time which he's simply not going to get especially with Rojo returning to fitness.

He's still young and maybe one for the future time will tell I suppose.


2.) 19 Nov 2017 18:22:54
He played well yesterday. Forget the slip, he was in the right position to cut out the dangerous ball across the goal. He slipped when trying to step out to intercept the cutback, but was in the right place I would have liked to see Matic busting a gut as the second wave to prevent the cut back or to pick up the player.

If we want to see attacking football with the full backs engaged in attacking high up the pitch then we have to be prepared to see the odd break away goal where the defense is scrabbling and not set perfectly.

Out of an excellent match we should not dwell on the one black mark of the day. The spirit shown by the team and the crowd was formidable. Result was never in doubt, which was refreshing confidence from the whole club.

At some point city will slip up. Against Arsenal they benefited from some pretty dodgy decisions. Yesterday Kompany should have received a red in the first 5 mins. Leceister could easily have equalise seconds before the second stunning break away goal. At some point the decisions and the footballing gods will swing the other way, we have to be ready to take advantage. Long long way to go yet.


3.) 19 Nov 2017 18:29:14
Hi dodgy,

Been saying this but even the pundits now are calling the very first unbeaten prem season by citeh.

I would love us to b their first defeat!


4.) 19 Nov 2017 21:57:02
City will have their slip ups but they will be few and far between. I believe city will loose 3 and draw three between now and the end of the season. That's dropping 15 points. So do the math on that basis we can not afford to drop 8 more points so it's a big ask.


5.) 20 Nov 2017 00:54:12
Ken

You may be right. I think they are pretty dependant on a few players though.

Defensively stones and Otamendi have been okay. But Kompany is injured more than Jones and Mangala has been a poor buy. Otomendi was injured for last game, Stones is now out for a few.

Fernandinho is key for them, not convinced with the other holding mids.

Silva and KDB are huge for them. I realise you can say this about any team. But look what happened to us when Pogba was out.

I think they will drop more than 12 points between now and the end of the season.


6.) 20 Nov 2017 06:40:19
Great post dodgy with city losing Stones for a minimum 6 weeks will have an effect and I totally agree on kdb best player in the league atm and we all saw the effect losing pogba had on us .

There's a long way to go yet and although city's name is already on the trophy for most people I'm not giving up on us just yet.


7.) 20 Nov 2017 07:26:12
Nobody attacks City, so they won't miss Stones at all. They could play with Pep back there and would look just as good.

Until a team says "I think we can beat you" and then exploits their many defensive weaknesses they won't be beat. They have Fernandinho who is awesome, but both KDB and Silva can't defend, Sane and Sterling can't defend, Walker and Delph struggle, Otamendi, Mangala and Stones struggle - they have a new keeper that hasn't been tested, does he know how to organise when under pressure?

They are brilliant going forward, and teams play into their strength. Granted you may get an absolute pounding if you get it wrong, but give them something to think about and see what happens. They have just double downed on their attacking threat, all their warriors go to battle and they leave non-behind to protect the women and children. All it takes is a bit of sneaky tactics and it will be a massacre, at the very least their warriors will have to turn and run backwards, something they are not very good at an you can pick them off!


8.) 20 Nov 2017 08:39:32
They defend by keeping the ball . Against napoli he made 2 defensive subs, he brought on both silvas.

You need the ball to attack them.


9.) 20 Nov 2017 11:13:42
City are playing well, and they are favourites for the title for good reason. However, let’s not hand out titles in November.

They will slip up at some point this season, how they and everyone else handles that will determine who wins the league this year.
They may struggle over the winter period like they did last season or Pep may have learned something from that and approach things differently this year.

They may get injuries, lose key players. As much as KDB is probably the best player in the league, personally I think Ederson has quietly been a great signing. He pulls off world class saves when needed, has excellent distribution, and unlike Bravo inspires confidence in his defenders. Although City’s defence looks suspect when put under pressure they guy behind them looks far more formidable than any they have had in a long time.

Only when City lose will we see if they have the right mentality. It’s easy rolling over teams that just lie down and let you have the game your way. When they lose it will expose a weakness that others are likely to look to exploit. How the City players cope with that will go a long way to determining if they win the league.

For now all we can do if focus on ourselves, on our games on our results. Then if City do slip up then we should be there to take advantage.

The real irony is that arguably the best football in the league at the moment is being played in a half empty stadium. For me that shows football is about something more than; the best players, the best style of football, the money, and the Messiah. Football is about heart and soul, real connection and passion. That is why City will always be in our shadow.


10.) 20 Nov 2017 12:11:49
Love that last paragraph shappy, absolute love it!

And BEAST yes your bang on, someone needs to go in to a game with city with the intentions to go at them. they do hold the ball well but that's because everyone so far has let them. Their defence under prolonged pressure wil crack IMO.


 

 

05 Nov 2017 20:28:52
Is it just me who feels incredibly depressed and disappointed. We were outfought and outclassed by a team that was thrashed by city and more recently, Roma.
Our play was utter tripe. Our passing is non existent. Our tactics were weird. Playing Jones as a midfielder shows how completely lacking we are.
We are no nearer the top as we were since Fergie retired. We were lumping balls up to lukaku and expecting him to control them, go past 4 defenders and score from 30 yards. The whole team looks like a complete joke.
I said it before the season started and I stand by my prediction, city will win the league by 12 points and we'll be fighting for top4.
A team playing football from 10 years ago. Something has to change.

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1.) 05 Nov 2017 20:41:41
Schmid, I understand where you're coming from but I don't thinkits quite that bad. As I have said further down the page the issue for me is CM where we are lacking energy and impact. Hi Weber, I do think Lukaku is a flat track bully and not the answer long term.


2.) 05 Nov 2017 20:55:30
Pogba is a miss Tony. But this is becoming a familiar scene that we always play badly away against top teams. Honestly, we are light years away. Playing incredibly predictable football.
The balance of the team is so poor. You have to give pep credit, he came he learned and changed the structure of the team. They look a real force. They play football like we used to.
Mourinho is in cuckoo land if he thinks we can challenge.


3.) 05 Nov 2017 21:06:08
Well guys, were you not entertained?

I was going to leave this post a few days to give me time to digest that result and performance but I'm that angry I feel compelled to get it off my chest!

That was the most un-Jose like performance I have ever seen! The players didn't seem to know their jobs, there was no plan or organisation, we let their best players have time and space on the ball, it was terrible, we got outclassed and are lucky to have only been beaten 1-0!

Ok it looked promising for 10 minutes, we committed men forward and created a good chance for Rashford, but equally they looked like scoring every time they came forward. It was only a matter of time before they scored with players like Hazard and Fabregas being given the freedom of Stamford Bridge.

I respect a well disciplined, organised, hardworking defensive performance. What I can't respect is the naive, sloppy, rubbish we served up today.

People won't like to read this but forget about City. It's almost impossible to live with their form of 10 wins from 11 games at the moment. We haven't come anywhere near close to winning the league since Fergi retired in 2013. In fact in the four seasons since he's retired we've only finished in the top 4 ONCE! To think we were going to win the league this season and bridge that gap was fanciful at best. It's obvious we're still a team in transition. Jose has made some great signings and we're moving in the right direction but it's plainly obviously we're still at least a couple of players short of being a truly competitive unit. That result has pulled us right back into the dog fight for top 4 never mind what it's done for our confidence.

I'm frustrated at all the moaning and criticism of Jose's style by both the media and even some of our own fans. Well we've fallen right into the trap and that was a result for the Jose haters as much as anybody else tonight. I never thought he'd feel pressured into playing a more expensive game but that's what we saw this afternoon. A team without a plan, a team lacking direction, a disorganised team where the players didn't appear to understand their role.

My message is be patient, wait for our main creative player to return, give Jose time to build his team. We won't play football like City but once Jose gets the right players our style will improve.

Style alone does not win trophies and don't be seduced by all the shiny new ornaments on display at the Council house across the road; we've been showcasing that stuff for decades. Yes it may have gone into storage but let's re build the roof and foundations first before it proudly go's back on display (yes I have gone mad) .

I think this was another case of Jose knows best!


4.) 05 Nov 2017 21:18:02
Hi Schmid

The club has only got itself to blame for where it is. Lack of player investment over many years and particularly the last years of SAF, the Glazernomics, then failing to look at our own history of how not to manage a transition. Failing to look at what City were building, it seems arrogance thinking we were bigger than that. The club seemed to be so reliant on being told what to do by SAF they lost the ability to think and take decisive action. We have been like someone struggling to swim in deep water. How many times did I post on here about us ignoring what City were building, now we are seeing it. When appointing LVG the club had to have a plan for succession and as I said on here they should have had Pep lined up after lvg set it up, they didn’t.

People think it’s just the manager, it is not, after the botched transition of SAF the whole ethos of the club was diminished, the confidence of winning from any position destroyed by a lack of leadership of the new manager and higher than the manager. Some fancying buying is not going to fix it instantly. Even City who threw money at it didn’t have instant success
Time to be patient, we have had far worse situations as 1974 shows us, stop pinning everything on one result but realise where we are and we are up against a club like City who did have a plan, who didn’t say there was no value and are ultimately ambitious where nirvana isn’t financial success .


5.) 05 Nov 2017 21:20:14
Danny
I would of took the spurs performance today .
Is Jose feeling a bit of pressure did he give into the fans and press today?
Is that old rivalry with pep taken it's toll, can Jose ego take the praise city are getting in the papers, is that what is behind his moaning at the fans media experts?
Is that why he decided to have a go at Chelsea today?

Many don't like Jose, I've always been a fan But has got that the same spark he had?


6.) 05 Nov 2017 22:17:31
Jred - I like Jose, I wanted him to replace Fergi and sank into a deep depression when we appointed Moyes, that was only ending one way in my opinion and we're still suffering from the that mistake even now!

I think your right, maybe he's feeling a little sorry for himself at the moment. I don't think he feels he's got the credit he deserves for winning the Europa and League Cup. I don't think he can understand the criticism from the media and even some of his own fans regarding the style of play despite results being relatively good. This is made undoubtedly worse by Pep playing champagne football and the media going on like he's reinvented the game. Don't forget he's won nothing for City yet!

Maybe he has lost some of his old charm but he was like this at Chelsea as well.

I trust him and I think given time, patience and support he'll eventually win us the title. We'll never see the type of free flowing attacking football that some crave, he respects the defensive side of the game too much and that just not his style. I have no doubt that once he gets the right players into the team our style will undoubtedly improve.

I like most of his signings Pogba, Bailly and Matic in particular and I don't buy into the theory that his tactics are outdated or prehistoric and he's been left behind by more forward thinking managers. He's won the title, league cup twice and Europa league in the last three seasons. Yes he's spent money but so have City and Chelsea spending from a better position.

I just can't see a viable alternative at the moment and I think we should be careful what we wish for. I think we should get behind him and let him create that siege mentality which is difficult to achieve when his style and methods are being undermined by some of his his own fans.


7.) 05 Nov 2017 21:49:39
Jred - I like Jose, I wanted him to replace Fergi and sank into a deep depression when we appointed Moyes, that was only ending one way in my opinion and we're still suffering from the that mistake even now!

I think your right, maybe he's feeling a little sorry for himself at the moment. I don't think he feels he's got the credit he deserves for winning the Europa and League Cup. I don't think he can understand the criticism from the media and even some of his own fans regarding the style of play despite results being relatively good. This is made undoubtedly worse by Pep playing champagne football and the media going on like he's reinvented the game. Don't forget he's won nothing for City yet!

Maybe he has lost some of his old charm but he was like this at Chelsea as well.

I trust him and I think given time, patience and support he'll eventually win us the title. We'll never see the type of free flowing attacking football that some crave, he respects the defensive side of the game too much and that just not his style. I have no doubt that once he gets the right players into the team our style will undoubtedly improve.

I like most of his signings Pogba, Bailly and Matic in particular and I don't buy into the theory that his tactics are outdated or prehistoric and he's been left behind by more forward thinking managers. He's won the title, league cup twice and Europa league in the last three seasons. Yes he's spent money but so have City and Chelsea spending from a better position.

I just can't see a viable alternative at the moment and I think we should be careful what we wish for. I think we should get behind him and let him create that siege mentality which is difficult to achieve when his style and methods are being undermined by some of his his own fans.


8.) 05 Nov 2017 22:22:29
Danny, from what I know of José, he doesn't seem the type to suddenly forget all his managerial principles, built up over years of football management, just because the media are giving him a hard time.


9.) 05 Nov 2017 22:45:19
Of course your right Noucamp but it's unusual to see a Jose team so disjointed and allowing the opposition time and space to play. I didn't expect that kind of performance at all!


10.) 05 Nov 2017 23:04:09
Bad team performace today. Our midfield was over run and we offered nothing in attank from wide areas. Our 2 front men had to live off scraps. Nothing for them to attack. Pogba is obviously missed but without proper full backs over lapping and making runs creating space and time and options for the player on the ball or wide players putting crosses in our attack is easily nullified.
It was there earlier this season when everybody was fit and available but i still think our squad depth is very weak in certain areas and we don't have enough variation in the squad. Ie no proper full backs and not 1 out and out winger. Just like fellaini gives a different option an out and out winger is needed to give a different option and help give lukaku the service he thrives upon.
The sooner ibra is available the better.


11.) 06 Nov 2017 05:50:32
I think you guys are reading way too much into this. Jose has the utmost confidence in his ability and set out a team that he believed was going to get a result. My only criticism of him was he should have pulled miki and rash at halftime and not waited for the inevitable to happen. Both were very very poor and Lukaku is getting stick but he hardly got any service but the odd awkward bouncing ball with 3 guys around him.

Mik was so so poor both offensively and defensively needs to be benched. The 2 week break should do us a big favor as long as the national team mangers are not idiots and don't play guys in useless meaningless games and we get more injuries. I am worried about Martinez at Belgium who is a donkey. Hope he plays de bruyne for 180 minutes :)


12.) 06 Nov 2017 07:08:39
I think we got the set up in midfield all wrong today.
Chelsea where good we where bad move on.


13.) 06 Nov 2017 08:20:56
Danny. I respect what you're saying, but two matches prior to this, we played equally erratically at Huddersfield and were outfought and that's not me saying it, both the manager and hererra said it.
Redman, I fully agree. I've been talking about City and their owners and the way the club has been transformed for 5 years. In fact, it's got to the point where our club has been shown to be run by complete idiots compared to the way city owners have planned and executed their game plan.
A winger, two fullbacks, two midfielders, a world class playmaker is not going to solve the problem, nor is it going to happen as these players are not easily available and will cost money. Frankly speaking, if I was a player looking to enjoy my football, tgen United will be 10th on my list.
The club has been and continues to be run solely as a business and until someone comes in with serious intentions of achieving football success, then we're stuck in this cycle.


 

 

29 Oct 2017 12:16:45
I don't get the mikhytarian knocking at the moment. When pogba plays, he links the team. He releases mkhiktaryan to play his through balls and interlinking play with the attackers. We don't have pogba and hererra has been the problem as he's not as attack minded as Pogba. This is exactly the point I made at the start of the season. One injury to Pogba and our team is not the same.

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1.) 29 Oct 2017 12:55:38
Totally agreed AAA. It’s no coincidence that when pogba got injured then miki’s game has dropped dramatically. Although I do think he has been poor, when pogba is back it will make him more potent. The fact Jose keeps persisting with him suggests he does rate him so I believe he will come good as he is far too talented not to.


2.) 29 Oct 2017 13:00:54
THe others should up their game if a player is out injured. It’s a team game, Mhkitaryan does go missing when you need him to up his game and dig deep.


3.) 29 Oct 2017 12:54:35
Pogba has little to do with what is wrong with mkhitaryan, he gives the ball trying to play like a messi or a ronaldo running at multiple players but sadly with not even half the talent, you don't need pogba to make sure your 5 yard passes reach the player you intend them to reach to. When we were winning his stats and our wins were papering over his actual performances which have been mostly poor.


4.) 29 Oct 2017 15:45:41
Miki has been coasting through games. I don't know how you can relate the two. His attitude has been poor of late, switching off, been quite lazy at times and his distribution and contribution to games have been extremely poor. I'm not sure where pogba comes into it.


5.) 29 Oct 2017 15:47:39
Mkhitaryan is a bottler. Goes missing in most games and bluffs his stats by assisting the 3rd or 4th goal.

Mata or Ozil would be far more effective.

On TV can imagine he looks ok but live he is awful for 80 mins and ok to good the other 10.


6.) 29 Oct 2017 15:56:32
Not doing enough for me AAA I agree with Mad Hatter with Pogba out we needed him to step up and be our main creative force not go missing. CSM is right Pogba being out doesn't explain why he has surrendered possession so often and his final ball and decision making has been below par recently. He's a typical No 10 for me, great player on his day but inconsistent and a bit of a luxury. I think we need more if we're serious about challenging for the big trophies in my opinion.


7.) 29 Oct 2017 17:10:38
Mkhitarian is an attacking player mourinho wants 3 quarter of his game about chasing back and defending that's not he s game.


8.) 29 Oct 2017 19:27:36
For me there is no room for passengers in a team game if were to challenge for the top honours.


9.) 29 Oct 2017 21:20:16
He's not played well for a few games therefore we should lynch him as he is clearly completely useless.


10.) 29 Oct 2017 22:13:31
Time will tell. But I think you'll see a different player when pogba and Fellaini return to the team. Mkhiktaryan is never going to chase back or win possession. I'm really looking forward to Pogba coming back as the team simply don't look the same without him. Mata at no10 will not be great.


11.) 29 Oct 2017 23:53:18
Although miki has been poor something I have been pleased to see is he has improved his work rate and has been tracking back and putting a shift in. Maybe clutching at straws as he has been pretty woeful but I am happy to see that he is putting a shift in. Hopefully when pogba is back it should spark the team into a higher tempo because pogba really is the heart of our team. Everything good attacking comes through him and we have thoroughly missed his arrogance and skill on the ball.


 

 

23 Oct 2017 18:34:50
Conspiracy theory abounds. LVG left here in Portugal to see United play at Liverpool where he was also doing work for dutch tv. Then he came back to Portugal straight after the match and yesterday morning, he left Portugal again. Could he be the next Everton manager. Could the visit last weekend was a job interview for the Everton manager's job.
We can't gamble in Portugal but I'll be willing to put a few bob on him being the next Everton manager.

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1.) 23 Oct 2017 18:51:25
That would kill Koeman as they have a rivalry.


2.) 23 Oct 2017 18:54:33
Rooney must be so pleased.


3.) 23 Oct 2017 21:28:32
just as well you can't gamble. 😂.


4.) 23 Oct 2017 18:48:32
Everton's press conferences are going to be fun.

{Ed025's Note - everton need to put out a statement CSM, no ex man utd players or managers need apply..


5.) 24 Oct 2017 08:51:32
Lol Ed, give it to giggsy I say.

{Ed001's Note - I don't think they can go far wrong with Rooney as player-manager.... ;-)


6.) 24 Oct 2017 08:33:29
Ive heard phil nev is in the running ed 🤣🤣🤣.

{Ed025's Note - in his dreams EZRS, him and giggs are none starters mate along with moyes and allardyce i hope..


7.) 24 Oct 2017 16:54:59
He's back in his house now. So good job I didn't put any money on him being Everton manager. But I think he would have relished the chance to take over from his enemy, kouman.


 

 

23 Oct 2017 15:01:09
Schmidfield is no more. Replaced by attack attack attack. We live in hope!

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1.) 23 Oct 2017 16:35:33
Good name. I was on the Liverpool pages and one of their posters has changed his name to We Can't Defend!


2.) 23 Oct 2017 18:30:25
Thanks Tony.


3.) 23 Oct 2017 18:42:47
Quality kid another reincarnation 👍.


 

 

 

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20 Nov 2017 19:15:43
Totally agree stand. Pogba had a good season last year I thought. But the press were determined to knock him down due to his price tag and unfortunately some of our supporters joined in.
Now that Neymar has been sold for 2 and half times more and some average players being sold for £60m, pogba at £89m doesn't look to bad, does it?
He is class and will walk in any team. Wish we had more talent like him.

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20 Nov 2017 16:44:25
Luke, are you really happy with 2nd place? We're Manchester United for God's sake. We can't be happy with 2nd. We need to win the league pretty soon and I've got to say, I can't see City slipping up. I think the league will more or less be over by February. They have a strong defence despite what deluded people think. They also have an incredibly talented midfield and attack.
We have Brighton followed by Watford and Arsenal and I can't see us getting more than 4 points out of these three games.
Our team looks totally unbalanced. Two wingers playing at full backs. Two strikers playing as wingers. Two centre backs who frankly speaking are not United quality (smalling and Lindelof) . Lots of work needed and lots of money and intelligence has to go into our next purchases.
So I'm not happy we're 2nd but we won't be anywhere near City come the end of season.

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18 Nov 2017 17:47:59
A win will do. We won't destroy them.

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11 Nov 2017 20:57:57
Greizman will not solve our problems. We need width and creativity. He goes missing in matches and I guarantee will flop if we bought him.

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10 Nov 2017 18:48:39
Manc. I've enjoyed a couple of games. But the rest have been utter rubbish (Liverpool Chelsea Huddersfield both benfica games) . Have they got me on the edge of my seat or jumping up and down for joy at the shear genius of it? No way. We're playing boring predictable football and are being found out away from home against good opposition.

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