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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Northen Ireland, county Derry/Londonderry

Favourite player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Best team moment: Going to the stadium of light to see united vs Sunderland and witness the debut of adnan.

Interests: Rugby, Football, Tennis, Formula 1 and school work.


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16 Apr 2018 23:30:21
With Jose talking about players not showing consistency, does anyone think we may be about to see wholesale changes against bournemouth? Shaw might get a game. I'm seems with his comments about some players already not being considered for the spurs game that he's maybe ready to get rid of a few? I for one would love to see a couple of the younger lads included on Wednesday. After all he said a spectacular performance would keep a player in the team.

Do we think he's challenging the likes of pogba and Sanchez to prove they want to play in the big game to get more from them, or could we actually be surprised and see some of the younger lads? I know what option I'd go with.


1.) 17 Apr 2018 07:05:52
I think it’s really interesting. The club needs to decide to back the current manager again or change manager. Unless there is a change of manager I doubt you’ll see Shaw next season. If he gets a game it will be to place him in the shop window.

Personally, I think Mourinho has done a good job. 6th to 2nd is progress. That said I am not a fan of Mourinho’s approach as a manager. I think he develops his CV more than players.

2.) 17 Apr 2018 09:45:14
I would seriously like to see a younger and explosive team for Bournemouth game. Give them a chance and see if they can handle the pressure. Forget the luxury of senior players except for key ones.
I’d rather the younger ones play attacking and pace than the slow overly careful game by some of the senior players. What’s to lose? At the worse we are still 2 point ahead of the scousers! The PL title is already lost so as long as we are in top 4 what the hell?
We need to identify which are the young players who can come into first team and what better opportunity to see how they perform? Maybe the senior players can learn a little from them?

3.) 17 Apr 2018 09:46:24
I think the club is backing Jose and a third season will see what he can really do. We’re not blind, the current back four is nowhere near good enough to win a title, so full back and centre halves are a priority as is an improved midfield. Matic cannot play effectively every single week and I’d love to see Martial paired with Lukaku up top with Sanchez supporting.

4.) 17 Apr 2018 20:49:25
Why would playing younger players make us more attacking? I think the managers tactics and instructions are as much the problem as anything.

5.) 18 Apr 2018 10:32:13
Stand, I tend to think the younger players are more eager to impress and tend to be more fearless.

6.) 18 Apr 2018 12:44:08
Personally I would be putting Gomes and Chong in the matchday squad, give them some starts. But I'm not manager.

7.) 18 Apr 2018 13:04:42
It's very easy to say @give the young players a go' when you are a fan, if JM played a load of kids, United got beat and ended up dropping below Liverpool/ Tottenham you'd see a load of stick for him.

8.) 18 Apr 2018 14:08:12
Steve I’m not so sure I agree. If anything it would show Jose buying into the clubs traditions and would save him with some fans imo. Plus the younger lads at the moment have some real ability.

9.) 18 Apr 2018 19:21:28
Caolan, don't worry. Jose would have that fearlessness knocked out of them, double quick.

10.) 18 Apr 2018 19:35:38
Yeah but Nou we might get a good 45 minutes out of them ;-)

11.) 19 Apr 2018 13:07:13
Why so much negativity towards Jose?
The team has improved on last year, enough to overtake all the teams that were ahead of us except City and there is nothing we can do about that, all Jose can do is continue to improve United.
As for young players McTimony has been introduced into the first team squad, Rashford has 40+ appearances (yes about half as sub but he's still very young) .

12.) 19 Apr 2018 15:42:01
LVG played loads of youngsters and we were terrible.



27 Dec 2017 22:49:42
Ed with the potential departure of Mkhitaryan this January, is it possible United could look to replace him with Özil. I know you have said there is interest there, I was wandering if there was the chance that this will develop into something more concrete in January?


{Ed002's Note - probably not.}

1.) 27 Dec 2017 23:06:00
Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated!



10 Dec 2017 18:38:20
Well lads here we are. Completely and utterly out classed. They came to Old Trafford and made us look very average. The one thing I must say we have failed massively in recruitment.

I'll explain, we are currently playing with Valencia and young in the full back areas, Whilst they have performed admirably, they're not good enough. City have Walker and when fit mendy, a massive upgrade.
We move into the midfield and I must say they're light years ahead. Pogba is world class, but he wouldn't have made a huge difference there. Our options are Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Fellaini and Carrick. You could maybe bring young mctominay into that list. City brought gundogan off the bench for heavens sake.
Forwards wise we are okay, but the midfield and defence needs a huge improvement of quality.

There's a lot of areas that need addressed and unfortunately it takes a game like that where ( and I hate to say this ) we play someone just a step up in class.
We aren't a million miles of, but we aren't as close as we think I'm aftaid.


1.) 10 Dec 2017 19:15:49
Been saying the same for ages.

2.) 10 Dec 2017 20:13:05
Pogba is world class but wouldn't have made a difference. Ok then.

3.) 10 Dec 2017 21:58:34
Sorry FZZ but what I mean is one player in pogba would not have turned that game around and we would have won 3-0. Look at the squad depth of both sides, if De Bruyne is missing for city they have gundogan, the two silva’s. who do we have? Fellaini, Herrera or mctominay?

4.) 11 Dec 2017 02:28:50
To be fair, they were playing with a midfielder at left back, and he's done pretty well so far, apart from today's slip up.



26 Oct 2017 21:38:55
Ed001/ 002 if you're about, quick question.
What the hell is going on with Luke Shaw? Seeing so many reports and I've no clue what's happening. If either of you have any info at all it would be greatly appreciated!


{Ed002's Note - The point has been reached where there needs to be a parting of the ways. As we have previously discussed Manchester United want to refresh the left back position and there remain the same two players they would like to bring in. That will allow Shaw to move on, and perhaps Darmian as well.}

1.) 27 Oct 2017 10:06:41
Has there been a breakdown in his relationship with the manager Ed? Thanks for your reply! I’ll take it the two left back targets are the same as the ones previously mentioned. Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - This is not a gossip page.}

2.) 27 Oct 2017 10:32:04
Don't suppose anyone has an amazing memory and can remember who the two potential LB targets are please?!

{Ed002's Note - Aaron Martin and Danny Rose.}

3.) 27 Oct 2017 10:54:29
Whose the 2 left backs Ed, Rose and Aaron Martin? Would love Tierney, I don’t suppose he could be prized away Ed?

{Ed002's Note - The targets are as I have explained. Tierney right now is a firm target for another side but is best off where he is for now.}

4.) 27 Oct 2017 11:55:17
Sorry Ed I sent this before I saw the above post.

5.) 27 Oct 2017 14:08:15
Who are the two players, Rose and.? Sessegnon? Tierney?

6.) 27 Oct 2017 14:59:39
You joking panebello?

7.) 28 Oct 2017 09:40:40
Get rid. His attitude stinks.

8.) 28 Oct 2017 09:02:03
Thanks for info Ed002! ☺️.

9.) 30 Oct 2017 17:05:12
Maybe not Ed002 but it is a rumours page. You might not like to gossip but have you heard any rumours about why Shaw needs to move on?

{Ed002's Note - or for the gossip - not here.}

10.) 31 Oct 2017 11:28:27
The fact that his own parents came out and said he needs to stop eating garbage food and take care of his weight issues says it all.



02 Jun 2017 13:53:41
A few rumours of semedo heading to Barcelona now.


1.) 03 Jun 2017 13:41:53
I will be really disappointed if we miss out on Semedo. He looks like a great prospect and Valencia will turn 32 this summer. Semedo has great attacking ability down the flank.




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15 Apr 2018 17:53:29
Needs to be changes. Get some of the kids in there, Chong and Gomes would maybe play with a bit of bloody urgency. That makes last week completely pointless, dreadful performance.


1.) 15 Apr 2018 18:09:49
I thought the lack of fight shown when playing Sevilla couldn't be repeated, how wrong was I? We are simply light years away from being a top side, there is no way on God's Earth that we will any of the top prizes with his bunch of idlers.

2.) 15 Apr 2018 18:11:43
Agreed caolan some of these overpaid idiots need to have their head wobbled. No desire, urgency or creativity. I’m sick of it. People would kill to have the opportunities they do and they serve up dross like that. Get the youngsters in who will show some passion.

3.) 15 Apr 2018 18:50:32
There’s some really talented kids at this club. Maybe it’s time to put some faith in them. For example gribbin couldn’t have been worse that mata, Chong couldn’t have been worse than Sanchez. I could go on, what’s the point in continuing with players who may not even have a future here? Eg Herrera, Smalling. I’m at the point where I’m so bored watching Valencia do the same thing each game, I wanna see joe Riley get a chance or heck, even 16 year old Ethan Laird.



07 Apr 2018 20:18:58
To use a cliché, that game was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions. At 2-0 I was furious, and was having a chat with my mate, he was backing Pogba to the hilt, however we agreed on one thing. His talent is unquestionable but his desire had to be questioned.
What stood out to me wasn't his goal, but his willingness to fight for everything second half. His reaction to the foul on Jesse by Fernandinho (should have been a red btw) got me fired up. We need more of the same from him now, this is the standard.
Alexis has got some amount of stick but he was fantastic second half, his little chipped passes to Herrera for the first and the one to Pogba for the second are exactly why he was signed. He has been very good last couple of games, and always works his socks off.
This has to be the standard now, let's finish the season strong, finish second and build and give it a hell of a go next season!




16 Mar 2018 12:52:21
Genuine question here.
Do people think we are so negative because Jose doesn't trust the back 4? But the reason it's not been fully addressed yet is the amount of work our midfield needed when he took over?


1.) 16 Mar 2018 13:46:02
Yer Jose was known to be a flamboyant attack minded manager before he come to United.

2.) 16 Mar 2018 14:11:17
Jred, that’s a fair, if sarcastic point, but when he trusts his teams they tend to become more attacking if not swashbuckling ;)

3.) 16 Mar 2018 14:12:53
I agree with jred here. Even if we sort the defence out I still expect Jose to play like we did against Liverpool against other big teams. He is all about containing and counter attacking on a mistake. When we played real when Nani got sent off we dominated them with a much more inferior team. That day he had a defence of arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos and Marcelo. It wasn’t till the red they started to play. I don’t have confidence that sorting the defence out will mean we will be more expansive. It’s just jose’s Way.

4.) 16 Mar 2018 14:52:25
Sorting the defense out will allow Mourinho to play his way and play to his tactics .

5.) 16 Mar 2018 15:22:27
Good point jred.

6.) 16 Mar 2018 15:43:27
I think with a better defence we'll play similarly but concede less sh*te goals and so win more often.

{Ed004's Note - We will also be hopefully better going forward as the attacking players will have more freedom. Won't be constantly worried about the defence. Additionally, better full backs will improve our attack without doubt. Imagine having full backs that can cross}

7.) 16 Mar 2018 16:12:19
His madrid team were top ever goal scorers the year they beat Barcelona to the title. That is the best Barcelona team ever. His title winning side 3 years ago with chelsea were attacking too.

{Ed004's Note - exactly. They were all built on incredibly strong defences too. Something we are blatantly lacking despite the goals against column}

8.) 16 Mar 2018 16:51:51
Yes 004 . i was at the game on tue. Valencia is a fit man but his pace has gone and a full back without pace is ineffective. He is finished and looks like he is drowning out there just like neville and evra towards the end.
You have faith in shaw in 4 years I've seen nothing to warrent that faith. Coleman had a worse leg break and is back flying fit as a flea. Shaw is just getting bigger.
Id go 433 with 2 new full backs a parner for pogba just ahead of maric sanchez left mata right rom up top.
Ideally an upgrade on mata in the summer too.

{Ed004's Note - Yeah I was adamant before the last month that we would be fine at right back next season with Valencia and Fosu however, it's becoming more and more clear that Valencias legs are going and Fosu isn't ready to take over so that'll need to be addressed in the summer. I'd rather play Sanchez on the right and let him link play and play the number 10 role basically. He doesn't have the legs to stretch teams anymore that we need on one side of the pitch.}

9.) 16 Mar 2018 16:56:56
I’ve not said that he’s go mental on the attack with a good back 4 jred. But maybe if we had a better back line he wouldn’t be playing 2 holding midfielders in a European game, guess we will get a better answer in the summer when we see the recruitment.

10.) 16 Mar 2018 18:09:30
I agree ken Valencia is finished. Love his attitude but he has lost that half yard of pace and is getting caught out positionally. Add to the fact he can’t cross and he is a passenger for me. Two new full backs, one on each side are so important. I would be very happy with Bellerin and Sandro which give us much needed pace. I think they would improve us but I’m still not convinced Jose will take the shackles off. That’s he only way we have any chance of catching city. Pragmatic negative football will not suffice.



14 Mar 2018 11:31:12
Well fella's we've had a chance to sleep on the game. Still absolutely fuming, but I ain't going to call for the managers head because that doesn't fix anything.
What I would like to ask if what signings do you guys think is needed in the summer? Personally I think we need a left back and I'd go with Keiran Tierney (sorry ed007). Looks a class act with lots of potential. At right back I'm not sure who to look at, maybe Fabinho? We also need an experienced centre half who is top class, my recommendation would be Alderweireld. Finally I also think we need a strong midfielder, who will go box to box, and I think that player should be Milinkovic Savic.
Just wondering what positions and who you guys think should be signed?


1.) 14 Mar 2018 11:55:45
Allegri or pochettino in asap so we can start a new project sooner than anticipated. I don't think we will do better with jose anymore. Maybe if city and guardiola make mistakes next year but this atrocious way to approach every game is killing me.

2.) 14 Mar 2018 12:12:22
I think we have more than enough quality in the squad already to beat Sevilla, and need to ask why our attacking players are constantly under performing. I honestly don’t think there’s any point in splashing out hundreds of millions on shiny new players until we solve the bigger underlying problems.

3.) 14 Mar 2018 12:17:15
Yeahhhh let's not blame the manager, let's spend spend spend spend because what we have is clearly not good enough.
Last night the buck stopped with Mourinho.

4.) 14 Mar 2018 12:36:16
we clearly need a few signings here and there, the question should be do we want Mourinho to be the man to make them?

Midfield is a key area and its an area we keep losing out on. He has signed Matic and Pogba spending 130m on our midfield with indifferent success. Both are clearly talented, but we lack mobility, tempo and quality.
He has a crush of Fellaini and has played McTominay. Those four seem to be his preferred options, the shortest of them being 6'3. He clearly values height over technical ability in midfield and we will continue to be outclassed in midfield until that is resolved.

So do we trust Mourinho to bring in the type of midfielders we need or will he bring in more of what he prefers.
All great teams have a great midfield, ours has potential but lacks the glue that holds it altogether.

We see the same issue with our forward line, our offensive play is knitted together far better when Mata is on the pitch. Yet Mourinho is reluctant to play him, instead choosing bigger, faster, stronger and harder working players ahead of him. Last night was a prime example, he played Sanchez who worked hard but lacked quality, so many good chances broke down. Mata might not have run as much but he wouldn't be found wanting when a little quality was needed.

Who we sign this summer will be key for the future of this squad, if they aren't the right players then the squad won't really compete at the highest level, that may lead to our top stars looking to move to teams that will compete at the highest level. Plus another year of football like we are seeing will drive Mourinho out of the club, meaning we will need another coach with a different philosophy and he will need to start the rebuilding process again in his image. By which time Pep will be well set at City, Klopp will be fully set up at Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea will likely be a year ahead in their rebuilds. We could find it hard to get top four.

5.) 14 Mar 2018 13:00:40
Why would you not call for the managers head Caolan? He is sucking the life out of our play, the football is awful, there is no plan. and I couldn't care who the pundits are in the media if they are Ex Utd, Ex Pool, eX Chelsea etc they are all saying the same thing which is we look like a shambles, with no dynamism, no joy, no invention or flair . with a midfield very very average and 1 top centre half,1 or 2 journeymen defenders and a top keeper - I don't need pundits to tell me that's a disgrace for the money spent at a club our size, the average football fan can see that's a fair description of where we are today.

If the manager isn't in front of his bosses today and told to shape up or ship out then we will be a top 6 side and no more for years to come. btw, no offence, I generally like your opinions.

6.) 14 Mar 2018 14:36:33
Simple reason why I’m not calling for his head is that does not always change things. After all many people on here were calling for allegri and as ed 002 says that was ruined by the fans.
Is poch available? No. Who else is available? Yes he got it wrong last night, but the people saying he needs gone etc are the same people who said he got it spot on against Liverpool. We knew what we were getting with Jose, it’s not exactly the United way, but we haven’t played the United way in a very long time. So we have to have some faith, because the club may have long term plans, one of which was already spoiled.

7.) 14 Mar 2018 14:38:57
Also don’t worry no offence taken boyfromburrenway, it’s a debate :)

8.) 14 Mar 2018 15:42:51
Im not all for change either Caolan, I can see Spurs, city, pool, chelsea have been through managers and got nowhere for years most of the time, same with playing staff a new man comes in and its upheaval again. What I would say though is on the pitch we just look a shambles, last night some of our passing was just comical and we seem to be so lethargic which we never were. I hope there is some plan ahead that we don't know about . DOF possibly, some dead wood gone. anything to shake us out of this current malaise.

9.) 14 Mar 2018 17:19:20
We were awful last night, but the manager doesn’t play those 10 yard passes into touch. Granted the team plays in his image, he just needs to take the shackles off but I don’t think he has enough faith in the back 4 to do that. Hence why I said that I think we need to spend some money there, it’s not a case of throwing money at it and hoping for the best. Full backs have made a huge difference to city (and no i'm not saying new full backs will turn us into them) butbit will help a lot.



13 Mar 2018 21:52:34
So we came from behind and beat Chelsea, we came from behind and beat palace, we beat Liverpool. Then we serve up that absolute dross in the biggest game of our season so far. The manager needs to do something drastic, the set up was all wrong. Why did Fellaini play ahead of mctominay or pogba (who was awful when he came on) . There was no ounce of passion from the players tonight, which can be seen quite clearly on the second goal. So many players let themselves down tonight.
There is no character in this squad, no leader, not one player who is going to drag us back into a game. There was no chance of a Roy keane type performance in 1999. I don't know what the solution is, this is where we better hope and pray Jose has a plan in the recruitment this summer.





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21 Apr 2018 14:17:42
I agree dodgy, Romero is a quality keeper imo.




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18 Apr 2018 19:35:38
Yeah but Nou we might get a good 45 minutes out of them ;-)




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18 Apr 2018 14:08:12
Steve I’m not so sure I agree. If anything it would show Jose buying into the clubs traditions and would save him with some fans imo. Plus the younger lads at the moment have some real ability.




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18 Apr 2018 10:32:13
Stand, I tend to think the younger players are more eager to impress and tend to be more fearless.




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16 Apr 2018 16:56:20
I’d love us to sign tierney as he looks an absolute class act, however another year or two at Celtic will do him no harm.





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23 Apr 2018 01:27:05
I’m very interested to see the pre season tour squad this summer with a number of the first team at the World Cup. Would like to see a few of the under 18s maybe brought along and Jose to give them a proper crack at it!




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22 Apr 2018 10:33:02
Smalling and Jones were excellent, Valencia was a bit shaky at times and young went walkabout for their goal. Smalling really was super.




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21 Apr 2018 23:29:43
Don’t forget him blaming the referee too. If that was Jose he’d get a touchline ban. Klopp won’t even get a warning.




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21 Apr 2018 14:20:02
I grew up watching us around the time of Barthez and Roy Carroll. van der Saar was outstanding, and I’ve watched many videos and games of big pete. For me Both Schmeichel and VDS had great back 4s in front of them, something which De Gea really isn’t had. its hard to pick just one as all three are truly world class.




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19 Apr 2018 13:09:06
In fergusons last season at United I remember him being one of our best players. He was very good against Ronaldo in the Madrid games and looked like he was going to be a great player. Anyone know how he’s doing at Lyon?