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30 Jan 2019 10:03:04
Only thing that might hurt us this season is the depth of our squad.
With a super busy February i think we should have opted to buy few backup players in midfield to give some rest to Matic, Herrera and Pogba.
Rabiot was/ is available and i think would be a very good addition. Upfront we are fine and have plenty of cover in forward positions.

Problem with our defence is known to everyone except EW, may be he is just waiting for a new manager and not buying players that a new manager would not want.
Hope we cope well with busy fixtures and come out unscathed.

1.) 30 Jan 2019 13:02:23
I think Rabiot would be a great signing - even if secured on a free transfer to come in at the end of the season. Would work very well with Pogba/ Matic/ Herrera and being French probably would get on well with Pogba and Martial.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 16:35:20
For me its a no brainer but is there any interest from either side? Probably not.

3.) 31 Jan 2019 07:24:12
Midfield depth is a big issue as we only have three players of the desired quality.



25 Jan 2019 13:48:12
Any interest from Man Utd to buy Nicolo Barella? read something on the papers, EDs?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware. Liverpool looked at him a while back.}



14 Jan 2019 09:38:14
United in contact with David Brooks?

1.) 14 Jan 2019 10:25:39
Hugely talented prospect And would be nice to make something of a young lad City cut loose.

2.) 14 Jan 2019 12:13:39
they haven't called me yet.

3.) 14 Jan 2019 15:12:30


You win the internet today for that comment.

Have a thumbs up as well.



03 Jan 2019 15:38:37
Fosu-Mensah's loan at Fulham has been terminated.

This can be a good news for us as we
are in need of defensive reinforcements.

{Ed002's Note - He was not good enough to play for them and is being replaced by someone far better. He is certainly not good enough for Manchester United and won't survive much longer at the club.}

1.) 03 Jan 2019 15:55:42
Have to agree with 002 here. I had high hopes for TFM but he did nothing at Palace and hasn't been able to break into the worse defence in the league this season. He's not good enough for a club with title aspirations, he wouldn't get near City, Spurs or Liverpool's team so he should be nowhere near ours.

2.) 03 Jan 2019 17:03:39
He dislocated his shoulder and dropped out. Bit concerning he couldn't force his way back in at arguably the worst team in the league though.

{Ed001's Note - he is not a defender, I don't know why he is being pushed in that direction.}

3.) 03 Jan 2019 17:33:04
He should be playing as a midfielder, that was always going to be his best position. However, that is a role that takes on a lot of responsibility. Whereas, RB is a "easier" role to learn in as there is less responsibility on you in that area of the pitch.

The issue is you only need a handful of games to get used to the faster pace of EPL first team football. After that you gain nothing from playing in a position that is not your own.

Sending TFM to relegation threatened teams, where the pressure is massive, it takes a manager brave bordering on insane to throw a inexperienced youngster in to the heart of midfield. So he was never likely to get the game time he needs in the position that he is best in. He would have been better off going abroad and playing in midfield in any top league than stuck in the EPL playing out of position at a time when he needs to be learning in his best position.

4.) 03 Jan 2019 17:58:36
Another potential star mis-managed by our calamitous ex-managers.

I've lost count how many false dawns we have had in recent years as we have no idea how to benefit players from loan moves and no clue how to blood them properly. Such a shame.

5.) 03 Jan 2019 18:23:03
Difficult to say which is the right view. Maybe TFM is another star we built up in hope but who is not anywhere near Utd standard. He did look good for a few games under LVG. I’m sure we will know soon enough if he’s good enough now he’s been sent back.

6.) 03 Jan 2019 19:54:21
Meant to say it was the wrong loan. As shappy said he should have gone abroad.

7.) 03 Jan 2019 20:11:46
Why not bring him home and rotate with matic and at Rb give him some game time between now and the end of the season. At least then we will know if he can be good enough or not. Let’s be honest he can’t be any worse than Valencia based on yesterday’s performance and at least TFM has a bit more pace than matic.

8.) 03 Jan 2019 21:17:50
Could he be a centre half

{Ed002's Note - He is not good enough for MU.}

9.) 03 Jan 2019 22:00:05
Neither are Jones and Smalling but they've been at the club for 8 years Ed002; rather see TFM over them two.

{Ed002's Note - as long as you are satisfied with complete failure - playing someone who is not good enough out of position.

10.) 03 Jan 2019 22:25:09
As with other young players TFM has sadly not developed and if he isn’t outstanding at a lower level club the chances are he just doesn’t have what it takes and is not going to make it. The fact he has not even established himself in lesser teams which says a lot. I always felt he was a holding midfield player and hopefully he will carve out a career but I can’t see it being in Uniteds first team now.

11.) 03 Jan 2019 22:00:05
Neither are Jones and Smalling but they've been at the club for 8 years Ed002; rather see TFM over them two.

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with the other players and you want to play someone who is not good enough out of position.}

12.) 03 Jan 2019 23:51:12
Will he be sold this January?

13.) 04 Jan 2019 02:00:04
Always felt Tuanzebe shone more than TFM that season. He had Hazard in his pocket one game when playing at right back if I remember correctly.

14.) 04 Jan 2019 07:50:52
Sadly, for me it should be 'Bye bye TFM'

15.) 04 Jan 2019 12:48:03
Id like to see him get a chance on his proper position on loan to a more suitable team and then we can make a proper assessment.

16.) 04 Jan 2019 13:17:28
I would keep him in the squad. We need an energetic screening defensive midfielder to break up play, (as much as Matic has been good he isn't suited to a press) .

17.) 04 Jan 2019 16:33:03
Potential star is exactly it. But lots of young players can't step up to the next level. It could be due to mismanagement but most likely it is not. The coaching staff at United and at the loan clubs are unlikely to be wrong. I agree with Ed002. It's disappointing but he's almost certainly just not good enough.

18.) 04 Jan 2019 20:52:45
Villa interested In a loan deal for him, as a midfielder.



28 Nov 2018 16:55:14
People's choice to replace Mourinho?
Eddie Howe or Pochettino? and Why?


{Ed025's Note - for me becks the job is too big for howe and he would need a top quality DOF if he was to get the gig, pochettino is top quality and imagine what he could do with the budget he would get at united, he has premiership experience at the top level and is very forward thinking and his teams play good football, he would be my choice mate but im sure others would say different..

1.) 28 Nov 2018 17:22:49
As long as the next manager, Who ever it maybe, Plays good attacking football and gets fans loving our style of play again. Getting fed up up with all the negativity that Jose brings with him now.
Having said that, Knowing Woodward he will give Jose another contract extension.
Also Woodward stating we don't need results on the pitch for our sponsors to carry on paying us millions each year.
See if results matter Woodentop when we are in the bottom three.

2.) 28 Nov 2018 18:05:43
I would say Pochettino is more ready for a top job than How at the moment. I also feel Howe would require a really good structure behind the scenes to aide him. I think 3-4 years of Pochettino allowing him to freshen up the squad, and get them used to playing good football at a high tempo. Then when he goes back to Spain, which he will want to do at some point. How would be the potential ideal candidate.

3.) 28 Nov 2018 22:02:28
Pochettino for sure.

4.) 29 Nov 2018 08:54:30
I think poch will be too hard to get unfortunately.

Maybe appoint howe as manager and blanc as dof? Could even maybe have stam as assistant, might sort the defense out at least.

5.) 29 Nov 2018 09:24:38
Eddie Howe is a good manager but the United job might just be too soon in his career. And we certainly aren't in a position for another Moyes type fiasco. Having said that, Poch won't come easy given that he is under contract with Spurs for another 4 or so years. I do hope that the club retain Carrick and McKenna post Jose so that the continuity remains.

But before we make another appointment, whoever that may be, we need to make sure that we have the right structure in place to support the manager and also make sure that proper finances are available to help him turn the squad around as we all know that major changes are required to the playing staff to have us compete again.

6.) 29 Nov 2018 16:16:10
Neither. We should look on here for the next manager. Sift the posts to find the tactical acumen and motivation skills.

7.) 29 Nov 2018 15:47:55

Question to eds, would he leave spurs for utd though? surely tottenham won't let him go to a rival, if it ever did come about.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United has a coach so I am not sure how to answer this question.}

8.) 29 Nov 2018 18:37:19
I really like Howe, he has a very average squad playing good footy and in a very confortable position in the table, Poch on the other hand has a very strong squad failing to win anything for so many years already. One thing i know that whoever replaces the primitive one will make us look better. I just don't understand how some fans can be happy with what they are seeing from the team week in week out. Mou needs to go and Pogba, Sanchez and even Matic too.

9.) 29 Nov 2018 20:40:16
I wouldn't be disappointed with either, though Poch obviously has that bit more experience. Howe would need a good set-up behind him as others have said, but I like what I see with him. Intelligent and forward-thinking. Probably plump for Poch at this stage.

10.) 30 Nov 2018 13:18:45
Poch has all the attributes for me, a no brainer if we require a new gaffer.

11.) 02 Dec 2018 15:14:36
Big Sam hasn't a job at the moment!

12.) 02 Dec 2018 20:55:58
Id rather Eddie Howe personally i know he's not a popular choice as he's not a big name with a foreign surname, however he has built a club at Bournmouth that is playing very attractive football and he has built this club from L 2 up to the premier league. I just think he would bring our identity back for using the youth set up and playing the attacking flowing football we all want to see. To be honest nothing will happen until we cannot qualify for champions league as this cost the club and that's all the owners care about, we have an inept ceo a manager that won't change his ways and 15 players in the squad that are no better than mid table, all this together means we are where we are in the league for this reason.

13.) 02 Dec 2018 22:05:19
There is a present incumbent so the position is not open. Yet it is worrying that some believe the manager of Bournmouth is the answer to one of the biggest clubs in the world. We suffered with Moyes, who had managed a bigger club than Bournmouth. If I was to speculate I would ponder about Conte in present circumstances.




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23 Apr 2019 15:49:02
From this list of players we have in our squad I would like to know peoples thoughts on which player to keep and which one to be sold.

Definitely keep: DDG, Pogba, Shaw, Rashford, McT, Lindelof
Squad Player: Dalot (needs time), Lukaku, Fred, Matic, Lingard.
Sell/ Release: Jones, Young, Smalling, Rojo, Mata, Alexis, Pereira, Bailly, TFM.

Promote: Tuanzebe, Greenwood, Chong ( use Occasionally)

{Ed004's Note - I would say the same except Smalling and Martial to squad players and would only include DDG and Pogba in the definitely keep if they committed to the club long term}

1.) 23 Apr 2019 16:05:21
Definitely keep: DDG, Shaw, Rashford. For the likes of Pogba, Bailly and Lindelof (for me our best pair in defence but need to improved a lot) I would keep them but won't affect me if they leave.

Squad Player: Dalot, Lukaku, Matic, Lingard, Mata, Pereira (miles better than Fred but is not given the same chances), McT, TFM.

Sell/ Release:FRED (way overrated), Jones, Young, Smalling, Rojo, Alexis (A MOST SELL RELEASE) .

I agree on you're Promote player but would add Angel Gomez.

2.) 23 Apr 2019 16:10:18
I'd sell Pogba this summer. Wouldn't even consider anything else. Doesn't want to be here, bad influence in the dressing room and most games little to no effort. can't keep making excuses for him.

I"d also sell de Gea for the right amount if all the fee was made available for transfers.

Martial would also be gone. Not enough effort.

3.) 23 Apr 2019 16:21:26
I don't see the the need to differentiate between squad player and first team player as I feel everyone in the squad should be able to compete for a first team spot. So for me its just a keep list and a sell list.

Keep: Romero, Grant, Henderson, Dalot, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford and Martial.

Sell/ Release: DDG, Joel Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Rojo, TFM, Bailly, Herrera, Pogba, Mata and Sanchez

Then Promote: Tuanzebe, Gomes and Greenwood.
Loan out: Garner and Chong. Maybe Gomes in January depending how he's doing.

Sign: RB, CB, CM (box to box), AM and RW. Possibly Wan-Bissaka, Romagnoli, NDombele, Bruno Fernandes and Nicolas Pepe.

Then the following summer move on Young, Matic, Jones definitely. With Smalling, Andreas Pereira, Lukaku and Martial depending on how they do next season.

For me the time has come to let DDG go, as great as he is it isn't worth further destroying our wage structure to keep him. Plus I feel he will have an early decline for a goalkeeper as his game is strongly based around his reflexes which will be the first thing to decline. His positioning, commanding of his area, organisation skills, communication, coming for high balls and his distribution are all sub par for a world class goalkeeper. Pogba doesn't want to be here and he needs to go. I have been damning of Jose Mourinho in the past but he rarely calls a player a virus. Pogba is at the centre of all of our problems with our squad.

4.) 23 Apr 2019 16:37:41
I agree with mort and shappy. Time to move DDG and Pogba on. We will have serious issue in the future with wage structure and mercenaries if we give DDG what he wants. No man is bigger than the club. We need to regain order again and getting rid of the bad apples and players on obscene wages is a start. I don’t need to add why we should get rid of pogba as it has even done to death now.

Listening to Oles comments the last few days has given me some hope. He knows what needs to be done and I think he is sick of a large portion of this squad. The culture needs a change. Those that are not committed need to be shown the door. No matter how good they are. I would rather a player who had 80% percent of pogba’s ability but has 110% of mctominay’s attitude and commitment. I’m sick of it.

5.) 23 Apr 2019 17:36:22
+1 Shappy. I posted something similar as pitch if I was running the club which was broadly on the same lines.

6.) 23 Apr 2019 17:39:18
Gut instinct was to wholeheartedly agree with shappys In s and Outs: but then I looked closer at what we have left, and its sadly frightening!
Romero ok great no 2 but Grant coaching at best. Young effort but exposed more and more ina position that's not natural and with Var expect more penalties against with Mike and Matic. Lukaku cannot trap a ball and martial is more often poor than good. It really doesn't leave a title chasing bunch. Okay players to come in, and the "kept lot" are not all going to start but it shows how far behind we really are. Its possible to get players in part ex for pogba, DDG etc but really we are at risk of clearing out the big shots' garages. The fundamental problem is the structure of the club through all levels of developement through certainly a lack of structure but perceivably through complacency. We need to clear the decks of outdated, unwanted and troublesome players, staff and personnel which will take a decade or more.

7.) 23 Apr 2019 18:11:13
I agree with Ed004 here but i would definitely not want Smalling in the first 11.

8.) 23 Apr 2019 18:12:27
I would also get rid of Pogba as i think we will get the same issues next year. We can't afford to have another year of Pogba's drama.

9.) 23 Apr 2019 19:03:06
I know Angel but i didn't mean it the way it came across to you guys. I will put my hand up and say that was rubbish from me! . I am not shy in owing up. Like i explained above i didn't take the english quota into account as it completely slipped out of my head.

10.) 23 Apr 2019 19:29:52
Cookyman, I agree to a large extent. Yet we can't sell everyone. I have tried to focus the outs on the "problem" players. Be that bad attitude, poor work ethic or ridiculous destabilising wages. The players with not enough talent, but the right mentality and work ethic have a stay of execution otherwise we would be selling 12-15 players. Which just isn't practical.

I think your being a little harsh on Romero who is an excellent goalkeeper, and vastly underrated by many. For me DDG is only better at shot stopping. But Romero is better at distribution, at organisation and in the air. However, DDG shot-stopping has been god tier for the last few seasons.

I posted an article the other day where I outline that turning this squad around will take at least 2 years. The issues with the squad is the main reason for this. Next season if we sell the right players and bring in the right players we will still be looking at getting top four as a main target. Then build from there the following season. This squad is far too far gone to recover it in one window.

11.) 24 Apr 2019 09:47:20
Yes Shappy I agree as said romero Ok meaning he is a great no 2 but to elaborate he could easily cover no 1.Think we are both agreeing it will take time but I honestly think it will take longer than 2 year playing side but the approach, logistiacal running of the club by placing improved structure will take longer as we have been stuck in a rut for a while.
Ever the eternal optimist I will still be at OT tonite cheering and shouting the team on:)

12.) 24 Apr 2019 09:50:23
Agree with Shappy's list. But I would definitely sell Jones.
Fred deserves another chance.

I believe Wan-Bissaka, Koulibaly in defence, Saul in midfield and Sancho in attack would massively inject much needed quality to the current squad.

13.) 24 Apr 2019 09:56:16
We all have our top trump/ football manager wishlists but who do you realistically think we will get in / change this window?

Meunier, for value/ price
Toby same reason.
Milenkovic again value and age
try for saul but end up with partey
Bale on loan as a sweetener for pogba, de gea deals out. I think at least one to RM and other possibly psg.
Not the list I would like but what I think is very likely.



17 Apr 2019 23:49:47
Many people on this site want Pogba Sold as he doesn't do much on the Pitch and are in love with our Academy Lads.
Pogba has 13 goals this season and 9 assists, has highest number of attempts on goal (93) second best is not even close,
where as our very own Academy lad is at 10 goals ( Chris Wood, Joshua King, Ashley Barnes, Glenn Murray have scored equal/ more number of goals) and still doesn't get
enough criticism.
Rashford (along with Lukaku) has missed 14 big chances this season, till when are we going to fool ourselves in the name of "He is one of our own".
We need to changes are glasses.

1.) 18 Apr 2019 07:27:39
Becks58, Pogba has been discussed so many times over here.

13 goals, 9 assists - in how many games? And how many games has he gone missing or being pretty average?
Highest number of attempts - how many of them actually made the opposition GK sweat? How many of them had been on target? For a player of his quality, his shooting has been pretty poor.

How are you even comparing Pogba with academy lads? Pogba, a player deemed to be world class, won titles with Juventus and a world cup winner and yet fails to live up to the hype.

I agree both Rashford and Lukaku have missed crucial chances and deserve criticism. But, you need to remember Rashford is still young and in the development phase and to be fair, he gives his 100% in games unlike Pogba who just strolls around in most games and plays only when he wants to.

There is a saying "Hardwork overtakes talent if talent fails to work hard" and that's the case with Pogba. What's the use of all that talent when you can't use it and moreover he is 26, has experience but yet fails to deliver consistently.

2.) 18 Apr 2019 08:22:00
Aren't 8 of his goals penalties? :-P while they're also goals, it puts things into perspective, no?

3.) 18 Apr 2019 08:46:21
Very true and taken penalties into account makes his stats much poorer.

4.) 18 Apr 2019 10:57:17
He could be the most productive player in we've ever had and it wouldn't matter - if he doesn't want to be here he's not worth having.

5.) 18 Apr 2019 19:39:09
Without him we would not even be in contention for top 6, let alone top 4.

6.) 18 Apr 2019 19:49:12
Becks, take your posters down, he has been bang average for most games.



17 Apr 2019 10:05:30
Third consecutive Post not getting posted, Any issues with the content ED's?

{Ed033's Note - Please try again, but don't try and sell us any viagra :)

1.) 17 Apr 2019 10:39:02
I think some of the players could do with some Ed33, it might 'stiffen' their resolve.

{Ed033's Note - They don't like it up 'em Mr. Mainwaring.

2.) 17 Apr 2019 12:39:15
Clive Dunn would be better at full back than Young.



21 Jan 2019 16:10:40
Does anyone think if we haven't got rid of few players during previous managers stint with UTD we would be having a better and a complete squad right now?
Few Players like Depay, Blind, Di Maria, Will Keane, Chicharito would have provided that missing edge/ Depth to our team?

1.) 21 Jan 2019 16:44:30
If you re-write history maybe, none of them 5 were anywhere near good enough for us.

Memphis is the only one that could potentially improve us but we have players in his position and he wasn't good enough when he was here, he came a couple of years too early and was correct to leave.

The only player who left who I think would improve us now is Zaha, he is one of the best attacking players in the prem and would be great on our right wing in certain games.

2.) 21 Jan 2019 16:58:18
Maybe but I wouldn't have kept di Maria if he offered to play for free. Blind was slow but good cover, could slot in for matic to give him a rest. Depay was too soon but would be interesting to see where he'd fit now. Keane's always injured so no, but I've just snapped him up on my FM game. Hernandez good lad but he left because he wanted more first team minutes, if he was here he'd still be on the bench.

3.) 21 Jan 2019 17:28:03
Depay and Di Maria yes. Hernandez wouldve been good to keep as a squad player.

4.) 21 Jan 2019 18:26:14
If Hernandez was still here would rash have got his debut and chance? Probably not.

5.) 21 Jan 2019 18:52:55
"In certain games" is right GDS2. Loads of talent, inconsistent application.

6.) 21 Jan 2019 20:16:12
Zaha, like others have said, is at his best at Palace. He is happy there, the main man, and doesn’t have to work particularly hard to be an automatic pick.

He was, perhaps, unlucky to be here under Moyes, who didn’t know how to use him. But he couldn’t raise his game to convince anyone that he was capable of reaching the top level. Even at Cardiff, he was a disappointment.

The only one on that list I think would have any future here now is Depay. He was too young, and neither LVG or Jose were the right manager to get the best out of him. Would be a good option under Ole, and still has potential to get better.

7.) 22 Jan 2019 07:04:30
Rafael, Di Maria, Memphis, Chicharito and Zaha are all players that would improve our current squad.

8.) 22 Jan 2019 07:41:42
Di Maria would have fit in perfectly at Right Wing position under Ole.

9.) 22 Jan 2019 14:56:25
But di Maria never wanted to be here an couldn't wait to leave so shouldn't be in the discussion.



21 Jan 2019 12:52:11
Ole being Unbeaten so far means we won't be signing anyone in January?

At least link us to Sneijder/ Snyder/ Sneider or Gaitan.

1.) 21 Jan 2019 13:55:23
Sneider was spotted at the airport just today.

Amsterdam airport : )

2.) 21 Jan 2019 17:31:35
Surely our long term interest in Sneider will come to fruition this time!

3.) 21 Jan 2019 20:17:21
Are we going to sign Ronaldinho? Or is Bebe ripe for a homecoming?




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05 Feb 2019 13:38:27
Would stay away from Sancho as our history with Dortmund players isn't that great :P.



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28 Jan 2019 15:28:38
There is a thing with Lozano, railing against authority during his time with Pachuca, being involved in on-field incidents with little provocation, and picking up eight red cards despite at a young age: five with Pachuca, one with the Mexico U-23 team, and two red cards in his first season at PSV. Although a good prospect, i would rather move away from such hot heads, something that the team doesn't want right now.




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22 Apr 2019 09:46:16
We once said this for Rashford, but now he is on the same ship and super inconsistent. So i would keep the younger players away for a bit and let them learn or may be a loan move would help them.



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18 Apr 2019 19:39:09
Without him we would not even be in contention for top 6, let alone top 4.



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12 Apr 2019 17:25:44
I must say that i was of the opinion that he was just selected by Jose because he is 6'4", He has proved me wrong, if we would have seen any other player giving such performances at other clubs we would have said we should sign him for 50 Mil.

Apart from this anyone else thinks Greenwood should be played at RW for some part of the game?



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02 Apr 2019 23:17:13
Shambolic, These are MANCHESTER UNITED's First team players and failed to do basic things right on the football Pitch.
Anyone has any high hopes from Lingard, Fred, Periera, Jones, Smalling and Martial? Can they turn us into title challengers? They may be fine for cup games as subs but not UTD first team players.



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05 Mar 2019 22:44:27
Historical, Young players really stepped up today to deliver a brilliant performance.
Van De Beek, is this player not linked with any big clubs?