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27 Aug 2018 17:46:51
Found an interesting stat on the BBC website: 31% of our home losses in the premier league era have occurred since SAF left.

Just shows how great he was as a manager. Forget the money we could spend or the lack of competitiveness compared to now. For a manager to lose less than 2 home games on average every season for 20 years is astounding.

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1.) 27 Aug 2018 23:58:55
What a manager he was, what he achieved at utd is applaudable to say the least, incredible really. He will always be known as a legend that's for sure.

2.) 28 Aug 2018 05:23:19
As we are finding out now he was irreplaceable. Who is fit to step into his shoes, probably only Guardiola or Allegri in the current climate and neither are available. So we must stick with Jose and hope he and the players can turn it around.



19 Jul 2018 11:01:45
I shall start by saying I don't see it happening ever, but the rumours of alcantara are interesting. He is a great player and in my opinion there is only Mata in our squad who is as intelligent a player, although Mata needs to be 10m to 15m further forward to be effective.

It would also mean our options in cm would be Matic, Herrera, Fred, Pogba, Fellaini, Alcantara and McTomminay. With the different types of player in the mix it looks like a midfield 3 is the club's goal.

Now to my main point, are the rumours of a 'tempo cm like alcantara and kroos out there as a subtle sign of how we are to play If we get the right player? Could we see ourselves moving over to a cm similar to that which Juve used with Pirlo, Vidal, and Pogba?

With the right player in cm I could see this happening. It would also be a set up to suit Jose's counter attacking style. We would 100% need to improve our defence, as also seen in media reports, but our attack would not need major surgery unless people leave, in my opinion.

Lots of negative posts as normal for this time of year, but once again I'm feeling positive about where we are going and the moves the club is making.

El Paso

1.) 19 Jul 2018 13:03:12
I like the idea of that kind of center mid coming in. If Thiago leaves Bayern, he will probably go back to Barcelona. A player that can run a game, pass and move with ease wold make a huge difference. And right now we don't have one.



07 Sep 2017 00:52:42
There was a post, and sorry for not crediting it, about second 11 strengths and it got me thinking about how good ours actually is. A team of romero lindelof smalling rojo Shaw herrera Carrick mata fellaini young ibra is about as good as any side outside the top six could wish for. Yes players could be upgraded but as it's our second string i think we can be extremely happy. I don't for a second think that team would be consistently good enough to compete for the league but if a side such as Southampton had it then they would be tipped to compete for a European place. The fact yhat many of those players were in our first 11 just 18 months ago really makes me happy about the direction our side is heading.

El Paso

1.) 07 Sep 2017 10:18:18
100% Agree dude.

We have a very strong squad and if we were to suffer any major injuries we have a strong back up in nearly every position. Add a LB and another Winger and we'd be tipped to win the league next season I'd imagine.

2.) 07 Sep 2017 12:00:15
Yes we have a good squad but we lack a winger and we lack a top top creative midfielder / game changer. Can't see us winning the title at home or abroad if we don't address those issues.

{Ed004's Note - I disagree slightly. If we upgrade our fullback positions it'll reduce the need for a winger. However, we are still short another goal scorer in the side}

3.) 07 Sep 2017 12:40:34
Ed, Griezmann and say Rose between now and next season and our first 11 is best in the league I recks.

{Ed004's Note - I don't rate Rose that highly and also think a right back would be needed. We might as well buy the best if we are only going for 2 signings though. So if we need to improve on Shaw I'd be looking at Sandro or Alaba. Also we don't know how Mensah will perform on loan. He was very good against France the other week}

4.) 07 Sep 2017 13:59:35
Hendon I agree another winger would be great for the squad bit creative mid, surely we have enough in mhki mata Pogba and andreas. Even fellaini is doing his bit at the moment and we could see ibra in that role from the bench and mctominay could be the future there. Fullbacks is a position we all know could be improved but if Shaw darmian tfm or mitchell step up again we are sorted. We have great options and prospects in pretty much every position at the moment which is why it's so exciting for us United fans right now.

5.) 07 Sep 2017 13:33:22
Rose was just an example Ed, but yer Alaba would be the dream. I like where we are with our squad though, only a few changes needed to really boost us and hopefully be successful these next few years.

{Ed004's Note - 2 maybe 3 signings and I would give us a chance against anyone in the world}

6.) 08 Sep 2017 00:04:42
Ed who would be your ideal and realistic 2-3 signings? Mine would be Griezmann, Alderweireld, and one of Alaba (not realistic) or Guerreiro.

{Ed004's Note - I don't think we need a cb unless Lindelof doesn't step up, Jones gets injured or Rojo doesn't return to his best although it's hard to turn down Alderweireld at under 30 million. Mine would be a right back (no idea who - I really wanted either Semedo or Aurier), a lb (if Shaw doesn't hit form) and I'd look at Sandro and Alaba and lastly Griezmann}

7.) 08 Sep 2017 02:06:45
Hasnt Alaba already rejected Man Utd once before? Or am i remebering wrong?

8.) 08 Sep 2017 09:39:55
I thin so stoupid hence the bracketed comment. He would be my ideal defensive option though can play lb, cb and cm and is one if the world's best in each position. Guerreiro of dortmond is my much more realistic option and can play lb lm and cm very well. I'm not entirely sold on our need for a rb at the moment, toni and darmian are solid consistent options and the likes of tfm could be perfect in that role after his loan. Alderweireld is possibly the most consistent cb in the world and I can't see why we wouldn't out our name in the hat if his contract issues aren't resolved.



15 Sep 2016 21:26:54
Bit disappointed with tonight. Ok their goal was from an offside position, just, but it was one of our only attempts at a high line and it didn't work for us tonight.

Was happy with Darmian, Herrera and a good season debut for smalling. However most of the other players just weren't at the races. Was very dissapointed not to see carrick start, think the game was made for him or even schweinsteiger. A bit of composure from the back was missing and without blind our CB just don't have it in them it seems. Schneiderlin always seemed to be too deep and too slow on the ball.

Mata and martial really need to up their game, were both offering more than Memphis and young, but still below par.

Looking back zlatan should have started as rashford seemed to be too eager to impress and spent a lot of time over complicating things, similarly pogba.

Still think we need a composed CB and strong holding midfielder and a right sided player.

Still very early days for this side and seriously think we will finish strong in the league and get a cup win but teams seem to be playing on our obvious deficiencies and we seem to lack a plan b to overcome them as of yet.

El Paso

1.) 15 Sep 2016 22:45:02
I still have no idea why we bought schneiderlin. There were people asking on this page for him to be signed. I still don't get it but we've bought him now anyway and I think he's been a passenger since he's been at the club. We actually don't have a proper cdm at the club and we play with 2 at the moment (with 1 going forward) .

You can argue Carrick and maybe blind are bup not one I consider. This might be the reason Jose is playing with 2. Being linked in the press again today with Carvalho makes sense. I think we need 1 proper cdm and 2 cm getting forward either side, pogba +1 in a starting 11.

What was surprising to me was how the feyenoord side only got 1 yellow today. The refereeing is poor in the Europea league, Rushford was constantly fouled by the same defender when he was on, and I lost count of the amount of reducer fouls committed and fouls by El Ahmadi.

2.) 16 Sep 2016 00:00:24
Totally agree Supasub with regards schneiderlin. I don't rate him at all.

3.) 16 Sep 2016 00:54:41
Decisons for/ against are part and parcel of the game. i'm a firm believer of if we were to win the decision against shouldn't matter. We didn't deserve to win end of. i know we played players that haven't played a lot this season but nobody showed why they shoukd be playing next game. #minutesdontmatteryourbadgedoesnotyourwages.

4.) 16 Sep 2016 02:08:51
Right now, would not mind Schweni and Carrick starting ahead of him.
Morgan has been shocking for sometime now.

5.) 16 Sep 2016 07:00:28
I am one of those who was delighted when we bought schneiderlin - I thought he was excellent for Southampton and could step up- we beat Arsenal and Spurs to him - but yes, he looks very poor til now.

Again, I thought the players on the fringes would improve under JM -Schneiderlin hasn't on what little we ve seen, nor has Depay .

It was a very LVG performance, slow, woeful passing, very few chances created against a very very average team .

Keep saying it but on paper we look excellent, but will it gel that's the question?

6.) 16 Sep 2016 08:34:46
I think Carrick will be perfect partner for pogba. Carrick reads the game very well. Pogba needs experience near him.
Hererra looks lost and keeps passing the ball backwards.
Schneiderlin I've never liked and don't know what he brings to the team.
Martial needs to discover his form quickly. He looks disinterested.

7.) 16 Sep 2016 10:52:34
I expected players like Depay and Schneiderlin to improve under Jose as well, but I'm not naive enough to think it would happen immediately, in their first game of the season. Are we really judging their chances of improving under Jose after one game?

8.) 16 Sep 2016 11:20:54
Mental stuff Stevie. Half the team haven't kicked a ball all season. Not sure what people expected. Patience is required not armchair knee-jerk analysis from amateurs.

9.) 16 Sep 2016 12:17:27
No, i'm personally not judging after 1 game - what I am judging though is a professional footballers ability to pass a ball to someone wearing the same coloured shirt -

As for Depay, its a mystery a bit like Torres going to Chelsea.

The goal is the same size in Holland as in UK or Spain or carrington or wherever - just taking one aspect of Depays game here . his shooting . why can't he hit the target? He scored goal after goal in NL from set pieces . have you seen him hit more than 3 free kicks on target from 20 or more he has taken at OT? Is it because its his first game of the season, is that why the one free kick he curled into the area in the 91 st minute went 15 feet wide and 20 feet ovr the bar? what's he doing then in training?

I would be the happiest fella going if these fringe players showed what they can do, but Schneiderlin (who i was delighted to get) and Depay look like its too big a step up for them .

10.) 16 Sep 2016 13:09:47
Ken an stevie bang on there were quite a few out there yesterday where it was thier first kick this season the whole thing is going to take time I'm afraid were just going to have to be patient.



09 Jul 2016 00:30:51
With the potential of a cm signing occurring soonish to complete the '4 positions', would it be feasible to see at least 2 additional signings being made?

Lozano seems odds on and I think we are all in agreement that an addition CB is needed.

Now I know he's not setting the world on fire as he was a few years back but subotic is reported as available for 4 million. That seems like a bargain for a player of his quality and experience, I think a fee of 10m would still be great in my opinion. A good player and quite possibly the perfect foil for the younger lads we have in there at the moment.

Have to say I don't see it happening but if the figures reported are correct then surely we should at least be talking to his reps? Be good to hear everyone's opinions on realistic CB options out there.

El Paso

1.) 09 Jul 2016 03:27:46
We lack a leader at the back. I don't know much at all about Bailly so I am being a bit age-ist, but I would love one of the Italians or Godin to come in. Shame Mattarazzi is finished, lol.

I think we need a real RW as well to be honest.

If Jose brings in an experienced CB and a proper class RW then he has done in one window what Moyes, LVG and SAF failed to sort in 4+ years. Glaring deficiencies and I am pleased with the progress thus far.

Subotic is another "nearly man" for me, not quite good enough to be a regular, but if we get rid of Rojo and/ or Jones he would be a decent acquisition. Pennies as well as you say.

2.) 09 Jul 2016 07:34:22
I agree. To make our team great again, we just need:
Cm- pogba
CB- varane or stones
Rw- mahrez or Coman or sane (we need a dribbler)

Sell: mata, fellani, Jones or rojo, adnan,

3.) 09 Jul 2016 11:03:10
Beast, the Italians are great selection of CB but I think it was vialli stated in the quarter finals that they suit the system used at juve and nationally. I would have to agree. It is hard to have any other opinion as they always play in a back 3. Would love to be proved wrong by bonnuci in our red.

Also agree about subotic, he is a nearly man when you look at his career achievements. That could be being part of a team that was raised by other clubs for its best players each year or due to not fully recovering from a few injuries. I do still think he would be an improvement on some of our choices.

Ash, varane coman/ mahrez and pogba would not just make our team great it would give us arguably the best squad in Europe.




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Isn't it frustrating. I remember a few years ago we were talking about signing the Chilean contingent of Vidal, Sanchez, and Isla. I also believe the fees at the time were being quoted as around 30-35m for all 3. Now we would be lucky to get 2/3 of those for that price each with Isla being the odd one out but still a 10-15m player.

Anyway a window of Vidal/Gundogan and a more creative player would be great IMO.

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15 Jan 2019 17:42:09
Personally would try for ndombele or doucoure maybe goretzka even as realistic moves. Not like for like but think all could bring something to the role. Rabiot is a class player and would love him at the club but more to rotate with Pogba and Herrera like suggested above.

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07 Dec 2018 23:52:40
His podcast with Flintoff is decent but that's mainly due to anecdotes rather than punditry. His analysis of the game is exactly why he never made it as a top player, predictable and simple.

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11 Nov 2018 20:13:43
A bit of a conundrum of a player for me. Always seemed a bit up and down in terms of form, but if he was having a good day his team would win and he would significantly contribute.

I've always felt he was very similar to a zanetti or G. Nev in that he would be a 7/ 10 performance almost every week.

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20 Sep 2018 10:41:40
The game was filled with lots of positives. The defence looked balanced with only a few slip ups in positioning mainly coming from losing possession and facing the counter. We also had more width down both sides and both fb were putting in dangerous balls, also couple of times dalot used his lightning fast pace to beat a man. The midfield seemed to get a bit congested as the game went on but otherwise really nice interchanging passing and movement.

Then there was the attack. All 3 were terrible in my opinion. Yes rashford was unlucky with his effort of the post, but even if all 3 had scored I would still be highly critical of their involvement. All had a terrible first touch, constantly played into trouble, were extremely static, and even when in good advanced positions they lacked the composure required. It must have been terribly annoying for the likes of Pogba and Fred who had done the hard work of winning the ball back, playing it through the midfield smartly only to see it bounce back 10m in the opposition half.

In conclusion it was a great result, as all away wins in Europe are, great progress as a team and the way we are playing, and most especially a hugely encouraging debut from Dalot.

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03 Aug 2018 22:21:47
Guys this a silly conversation in my opinion.

Big Pete had everything both VDS and De Gea have/ had and more. He made unbelievable saves, excellent 1 on 1, would pick balls out of the air one handed with half a dozen players around him and then throw the ball half way down the pitch more accurately than half our players could now do with their feet. All that as well as towering over opposition players physically and vocally.

VDS had a great if not our greatest defence in front of him, and De Gea has had years of development to get where he is now without true competition.

It is a reflection of the size of our club that these conversations can take place, that we can compare 3 players who played for us at different times where each could be regarded as best in the world at the time.

But Schmeichel was the best and from day one we knew he was.

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