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03 Jul 2016 23:58:23
Obviously all the talk on here is about Pogba, and I rate the guy very highly, certainly among the top 5 central midfielders in the world. But the money is ridiculous. Surely if we have the money to spend £100 million on Pogba, then we have the money to spend £40 million on Varane, £40 million on Carvalho, and maybe try and get Modric or Kroos from Madrid. Modric is perhaps the wrong age, but Madrid will surely sell one of the those two to get Pogba, and I honestly think that Modric or Kroos would have just as much impact as Pogba. And there is no question that Varane, Carvalho, and Modric/ Kroos would have a much larger impact on the team and our season than Pogba alone. Of course, that is not to say I don't want United to sign Pogba, and if we happen to add Pogba, Varane, and Carvalho to Miki and Ibra then I would be beyond ecstatic and probably put half my student loan on us winning the league.

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10 Jul 2015 00:21:37
I would love Van Persie to stay; I think he's still a top class striker. He never relied on pace, and his technique is superb. Plus, we will be playing a system with one striker this season by the way things look. Therefore we need a a proven goalscorer striker as second choice to Rooney who is clinical and is happy to be second choice. Van Persie possibly fits that bill better than anyone else, especially given that he is not able to play 50+ games a season, and therefore not able to be first choice all the time anyway. If we do sell Van Persie, then we will have to spend serious money to sign a striker of similar quality, probably £40 million plus to get one of Benzema, Lewandowski, Muller, or Lacazette. Whatever happens I wish RVP all the best, and thank him for #20.

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1.) 10 Jul 2015 07:32:43
I'm not happy rvp has left


2.) 10 Jul 2015 08:22:47
I would also love for him to stay but I don't imagine he will accept the bench role. moving to a less strenuous league and playing more football would be best for him I think.


3.) 10 Jul 2015 09:03:05
RVP deserves a massive thank for helping to deliver our last title, let's be honest we couldn't have done it without him. However last season he didn't contribute a lot and didn't give the impression of being happy about losing his position as premier striker. Have read somewhere that he says he felt betrayed.
This time last year the 2 players almost every fan wanted out were fellaini and young. Come the end of the season through shear effort and determination to prove the doubters wrong these same two players had made themselves 1st picks every week. I wish RVP well but am disappointed he is choosing to leave rather than stay and fight for his place especially as he probably has maybe 2 more seasons left in him at premier league level.
At the risk of contradicting myself i did post a few weeks ago that i wouldn't be unhappy at falcao and rvp leaving as it seemed ridiculous to have 2 people sat on the bench earning best part of £500k per week between them. One must assume that the club is confident of landing a big fish to replace them although whom is a separate debate that i won't get into here


 

 

03 Jul 2015 01:16:37
As a distraction from the circus that is transfer silly season, I have a fun question to pose to the regular posters on here.

If you were to play for Manchester United, what number would you choose to wear and why?

I am aware there is going to be a lot people choosing 7 for obvious reasons but no matter. Personally I would choose 15 because although I didn't play much football as a kid, just for a local club and for my school, when I did play I always played centre back, and Nemanja Vidic was a massive hero of mine during that time what with me still being a youngster at 18.

Gilly

1.) 03 Jul 2015 03:53:45
If I were to play at United, I'd bang Woody's door until he gave out a new shirt number to new someone.


2.) 03 Jul 2015 07:01:05
I always wore 9 as I play up front and growing up as a child I used to love Ronaldo (Brazilian) and shearer. So I think I'd want that number


3.) 03 Jul 2015 08:10:17
11 for me. I'm only 5'6 and was pretty much always played out wide when I was growing up and for a few amateur teams. Ryan Giggs was my hero growing up so that's my reasons.


4.) 03 Jul 2015 08:21:40
No 11 as I was a winger and wore the number all the way through the time I played from age 10 to 33.


5.) 03 Jul 2015 09:04:04
number 8 for me, pretty much wore it from age 7 onwards


6.) 03 Jul 2015 09:29:35
Cant believe you guys managed to keep your numbers so long as i had that many clubs mine was always changing. For me at united it would have to be 21 especially if it also meant i got to score a goal against the scousers.


7.) 03 Jul 2015 10:51:02
Mine would be 2, always played as an attacking fullback.


8.) 03 Jul 2015 11:14:01
Well I do have a fondness for number 2 as I had a man/fan crush on the leg-end that is Mike Duxbury our early 80s RB. But my Halesini shirt is a 7 and I'm creating a wall of signed 7s (Beckham, Cantona, Robson, Ronaldo)


9.) 03 Jul 2015 11:42:37
7 but not for the usual reasons , it is because I once walked down the tunnel (when it was in the middle) as a spectator, right behind Steve Coppell who had the number 7 shirt , as the team went out. The roar hit you and I will always remember it and wished I was good enough. I mostly played in 7 or 2 but for United the number isn't relevant just being on the pitch


10.) 03 Jul 2015 13:40:54
Number 23 for me, I have always had that number as I seem to be very superstitious I wouldn't change it.


 

 

30 Jun 2015 19:01:08
Just a quick question for the Eds, or any other posters who may know the answer. Schneiderlin joined Southampton in 2008, when he was 18, therefore he was registered at a club in English football for 3 year before he turned 21. Does that therefore mean he can be registered as a home grown player, because if so that would be very handy. I would absolutely love to see United line up with Schneiderlin, Vidal and Herrera in a 3 man midfield next season.

Gilly

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}


1.) 30 Jun 2015 20:17:35
Shniederlin vidal herrera would be some midfield! Depay rooney di maria ahead with Coleman ramos smalling shaw. I suppose the question is who will be in the nets! And obviously huge question marks over vidal, Coleman and ramos!


2.) 30 Jun 2015 22:27:38
I would sooner sign Otamendi or Hummels than Ramos, but I wouldn't exactly complain if we got him. As for who will be in nets, I think it will be De Gea or Valdes. If De Gea leaves, I think Valdes will start as first choice and we might sign a young keeper like Leno, Lopes, Trapp, Sommer, or Cillessen, as competition for Valdes so they can develop over a couple of seasons, and then replace him. Still, hopefully De Gea will stay for another 8 years or so.


 

 

17 Jun 2015 18:12:53
Beast, since you asked, I just did a quick stats comparison of the 2. Please bare in mind the stats are all per 90 minutes, other than the percentages, which are over the course of the season, to give as reliable a comparison as possible, and they only include league matches.

Firmino averages 0.22 goals and 0.31 assists, compared to 0.07 goals and 0.11 assists for Willian, so that suggests his end product is much better. Also, despite what IMBS suggested, Firmino actually completes more dribbles, 4.33 vs 2.35, though Willian is more successful, 67% completion vs 57%.

In terms of shooting, Firmino attempts more shots, 2.94 vs 2.05, and is more accurate 45% accuracy vs 39%. In terms of passing, Willian attempts more passes, 50.30 vs 40.13, and is more accurate, 85% accuracy vs 73%. However, Firmino plays a higher proportion of these passes forwards, 63% vs 50%, and creates more chances, 2.13 vs 1.83.

Defensively Firmino also makes more tackles than Willian, 2.13 vs 1.12. Unfortunately I can't find any stats on distance covered, which would probably have been quite interesting since Willian covers ground like very few other attackers, so he's a good player to compare Firmino to in that respect.

Now, obviously stats are not the be all and end all when it comes to determining whether or not a player is good enough, after all I'm sure a fair few of you are aware of Sir Alex's reasons behind Jaap Stam, but hopefully this helps give people an idea of Firmino's style of play and best attributes.

Gilly

{Ed025's Note - good stuff Gilly...and dont forget to zip up that anorak mate.. :)


1.) 17 Jun 2015 18:21:50
This is what i get for relying on YouTube.


2.) 17 Jun 2015 18:48:58
Thanks Gilly, really good basis to work off. Appreciate the effort mate.


3.) 17 Jun 2015 19:15:06
Firmino is more of an Oscar than a Willian, Willian is more of a rich mans Valencia/Valencia of 2011. Firmino doesn't rely on pace as much as Willian does and is far more skilful. He's more suited to a number 10 role and it's why he's started moving more infield as his career has progressed, like many number 10's, Mata did the same thing, as did Oscar I believe.

For Brazil he either plays as a number 10 in place of Oscar or as a false 9, he's a lot stronger on the ball than Oscar is and is probably better with his feet, Oscar is a better passer but I think Firmino will thrive in our system. (Well the system shappy posted earlier)


4.) 17 Jun 2015 19:22:18
Yeah I would have to agree with that Anon, best I get on the Oscar vs Firmino stats ;) And no worries Beast, I'm a bit of a stickler for stats, and it was an interesting comparison to make.


 

 

 

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06 Jul 2015 02:10:06
RedAndy94, Strootman is a seriously good player. Plus he understands Van Gaals system very well. You have to remember he was the captain and midfield lynchpin at number 6 for the Dutch national team when Van Gaal was manager. However I suspect we will sign Schneiderlin and he will play number 6 instead.

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30 Jun 2015 19:08:45
I reckon £25 million, or £20 million and either Evans or Rafael, or £15 million and both would be very fair. Whether we allow Januzaj to go on loan to Everton should be a completely separate decision. The boy is too talented to use as a carrot to dangle under the noses of others and we should think very hard the best way to allow him to develop.

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16 Jun 2015 22:42:34
Perhaps Verratti. Real are supposedly interested in Pogba and Verratti, obviously De Gea as well, and they have always wanted Aguero. I would love Aguero to go to Madrid. It would City a lot weaker, and Real would be more likely to include Benzema in a deal for De Gea.

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09 Jun 2015 19:09:27
I agree Benzema or Lewandowski would both suit us perfectly, and if . However, I do worry that Chelsea will snap up Falcao and he will bag a ton of goals in a team that creates lots of chances. Costa and Falcao are very similar, both have great positioning and finishing, as well great heading abilities, but rely on others to create chances for them, so I reckon Falcao would be incredibly dangerous in that Chelsea team. IF we signed Benzema, I assume that would be the end of the road for Van Persie?

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Ed, would Madrid sell Khedira now, with Xabi Alonso out for 3 months? Also, are both Di Maria and Ozil available. {Ed044's Note - I am told (1) Yes, but the only interested club did not agree with the price. (no, I am told).}

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01 Jun 2017 15:18:37
Not entirely sure Ederson is the best young keeper around, I would sooner have Oblak who is only 24 and Butland who is the same age is an equally good option. As much as City may sign 6 very good players, we will sign some real quality as well no doubt about it. I suspect it may be Semedo, Lindelof, Fabinho, Perisic, and either a top centre forward or Griezmann. And I think we would all agree that would be a fantastic window.

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13 Apr 2017 16:49:00
As good as Vidal is, Modric is just better. Different type of player I know, but Modric is different class.

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05 Jan 2017 20:34:24
A back 3 would surely hinder players like Pogba and Herrera, who are now looking the business in a system that suits them and the team as a whole. Plus, a back 3 would mean either dropping Carrick or Herrera, since Pogba isn't going to be dropped, and playing 3-4-3, like Chelsea, or playing one less genuine attacker and playing 3-5-2. I don't really see how changing to either of those systems would benefit United given that they're playing really well in the current one.

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04 Jan 2017 22:11:25
Ed, I must say I saw that response coming, you're splitting hairs a bit now, and the difference between the meanings of the two words is somewhat negligible.

Gilly

{Ed002's Note - You are clearly far from the brightest, so I will explain.

The word "fan" derives from the word "fanatic" which would be someone who could be described as zealously keen on their team (e.g. Liverpool, Everton, Third Lanark), a particular player (e.g. Ronaldo and Messi will no doubt have "fan" clubs) or perhaps the singer from a beat music combo such as the Beatles, Cliff Richard or, favorites of mine, the Frumious Bandersnatch.

Supporters tend to be much more calm and cheerful people (not like the vein-popping, eye-bulging, tattooed, knuckle-dragging, bonehead fans whose ugly slobbering faces are pressed against the windows of the opposition coaches). They often have nice cream heavy-knit jumpers and own lilac-colored labradoodles that they are teaching to talk. They often carry very small combs that they use to groom their mustaches.}


 

 

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04 Jan 2017 16:45:32
Likewise I had to google the meaning of it, and incidentally, when I googled 'Glifnard', a facebook page called the 'Ed002 appreciation society' was the top result below the definition. A favourite insult of yours perhaps? Also, I would've thought you might've realised my reply was somewhat in jest, although, despite not being a regular poster, I've been reading the site occasionally for years and always had the impression you supported Chelsea?

Gilly

{Ed002's Note - I do support Chelsea - perhaps you don't know the difference between a "fan" and a "supporter"?