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13 Jun 2017 14:05:43
Apparently we have ended interest in Fabinho and have decided to focus on Matic. Hopefully this isn't true.

Mad Hatter

1.) 13 Jun 2017 14:27:09
Would take Matic any day of the week: has been immense in the past; I even think he was nicknamed " Spider" for appearing to have extra legs, indicative of being a combative ball-winner.

2.) 13 Jun 2017 14:30:02
If this is true, hats off Ed002, you mentioned this on your Sharkopod. Either that or someone heard the Sharkopod and ripped Matic off there. But, Matic could easily be the surprise Jose mentioned.

3.) 13 Jun 2017 14:35:38
I don't know enough about Fabinho to judge him but I do think Matic would improve us. he fits the tall and strong physique typically associated with a Jose player.

4.) 13 Jun 2017 14:56:53
I'd like to see Dier in the roll personally.

5.) 13 Jun 2017 15:01:30
Matic is a very good defensive mid, and is proven in the EPL. Haven't seen a huge amount of Fabinho, but I trust Ed001 when he says that Fab is a lazy bugger who takes an age to back into position after getting forward.

6.) 13 Jun 2017 15:02:28
We wanted Matic last summer but Chelsea wouldn't sell. Can't see that changing.

7.) 13 Jun 2017 15:17:33
On white or whole wheat Rewz?

8.) 13 Jun 2017 15:42:13
If they are going for Bakayoko and Verratti I can see them letting Matic go.

9.) 13 Jun 2017 16:22:41
For what's it worth I'd like to see us sign a ball playing midfielder or deep lying play maker. Somebody who can dictate the play, get on the ball and play incisive forward passes from deep positions into midfield and the front men. An intelligent player to sit in front of the back four, always be available for the ball, link the play, keep possession but is able to play forward incisive balls rather than playing sideways all the time, be the quarterback of our team so to speak. I think that's the type of midfielder we should be targeting. We've already got a combative ball winning midfielder in Herrera. He needs to be released forward to press and win the ball higher up the pitch and we need somebody that can feed Pogba the ball further forward where he can be more creative. Just my opinion and the way I see things and I'm not sure Matic fits the bill?

10.) 13 Jun 2017 16:25:54
Matic looked a beast when he first returned to Chelsea but he went well off the boil 2 season ago and he was fairly quiet last season. Now he's linked with us he's world class 😂

No doubt he'd improve our midfield but would he improve it enough to challenge for the PL?

11.) 13 Jun 2017 16:26:37
Danny, I think white as it's more calorific and would add more energy to the midfield.

12.) 13 Jun 2017 16:44:34
Likely its ripped off from the sharkopod.
Also doubt very much if we'd sign matic.

13.) 13 Jun 2017 18:29:45
Absolute joke if we sign Matic and Chelsea sign Bakayoko/ Verratti.

Reminds me of us taking Schweiny whilst Bayern sign Vidal.

If this happens we are a shambles. We need to be signing the best, not rejects. Matic is a good player, but Chelsea would improve more than we will by this deal. We need to be closing the gap, not widening it.

14.) 13 Jun 2017 18:53:27
We're linked to a player who's won 2 PL titles in the past 3 seasons and he's labelled a Chelsea cast off.
Chelsea are linked with Bakayoko who's had 1 decent season and people are getting there knickers in a twist.
How about looking at from a different angle, that we would be poaching a very good player from a rival.
I personally would love to see us sign Fabinho but again, he's only had one decent season in France as a DM.
I definitely wouldn't turn my nose up at signing Matic.

15.) 13 Jun 2017 19:07:04
I really hope we are in for Toni Kroos as Ed002 has alluded to.

16.) 13 Jun 2017 19:21:04
Matic is a very good player. An expert in his role. A players player. Does his job and allows others to theirs.
Fabhino was my no1 target. A tecnically gifted player and a superb right back too. Like griezman i'd be disappointed if we don't sign fabhino but matic is a very good option to fulfil that role.
Im still seeing reports of a fabhino deal agreed but he is on holiday so 99.9% of what we read is BS.
Beast i like bakayoko too but think fabhino just shades it for me.
Veratti if allowed to leave will go to Barcelona i'd imagine he doesn't fancy england and if he ever came to england i don't see him living anywhere except London. He is my fav player in many ways. Chelsea are not over flush with cash and won't pay 80m for veratti.
As far as pure dm position goes matic is currently better more experienced and epl proven but he has probably hit his ceiling and i believe fabhino will reach greater heights within a couple of seasons that's why i would sign fabhino.

17.) 13 Jun 2017 19:44:00
if matic is so good why is chelsea making him available? Agree with beast we need better than our opposition to progress not worse.

{Ed002's Note - THey are looking to buy someone they consider an improvement.}

18.) 13 Jun 2017 20:49:50
I'm not sure how finishing a country mile behind Chelsea then buying a player off them who they think can be improved upon helps us close the gap . I'd go for kroos I know he's not a dier or matic type but he's so much better than them. A midfield playmaker in the scholes of later years . A midfield 3 of kroos pogba and Herrera as good as any if coached well.

19.) 13 Jun 2017 21:04:39
I think we need a specialist defensive midfielder who can break up attacks then distribute to the more attack-minded players. It would obviously be a bonus if they are good on the ball and have an eye for a pass but Pogba and Herrera are better employed further upfield, plus fullbacks and wider players.

We know JM likes this kind of player (Makele, Matic etc) so while a Kroos would be a great signing, is he the specialist that the team needs? My ideal signing would be Javi Martinez.

20.) 13 Jun 2017 23:32:48
I think Martinez would be a great signing Wallace.

21.) 14 Jun 2017 10:04:19
Thanks Danny, great minds. 😉.



06 Jun 2017 17:44:33
Now we're linked with a £49 million bid for Sanchez.
Personally I can't see Arsenal selling him us or any other EPL club unless they receive a silly other. I think he may well end up at Bayern if he leaves.

Mad Hatter

1.) 06 Jun 2017 20:36:34
Smalling plus cash?

{Ed025's Note - if you want sanchez it will be £80m porche, if its sanchez and you give them smalling..its £85m.. :)

2.) 06 Jun 2017 21:21:52
😂 ed.

3.) 06 Jun 2017 22:38:53
Sanchez is in his last contract year with Arsenal which puts the power firmly in the hands of the player. The club will want to avoid the risk of losing him for nothing at the end of next season. Will he accept the reported £300k a week to stay where he is and play Europa League football? Given, no doubt, there are other suitors, is there any chance he will want to play in Manchester? Does he like Mourinho? I can see him leaving the Gunners for maybe £400k per week wages but a transfer fee closer to £50m than £80m.



03 Apr 2017 15:16:38
Any truth in Karanka joining Mourinho's backtoom staff?
I would have thought he would have seen that as a step back, casting doubts on his own abilities as a manager if he joined the club.

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05 Mar 2017 18:42:36
We've still got the top four, FA cup and Europa league to play for. We've won the EFL Cup.

We haven't been brilliant and we haven't been poor. We've certainly made life difficult for ourselves by not winning when we should. It's not our divine right to win, but we've been quite poor at finishing this season, including Ibrahimovic who despite his 26 goals this season has missed some sitters.

All of this obviously adds up. Imagine if we didn't have Ibrahimovic, where would we be?

Mourinho is ironing out the final few flaws. 3-4 summer signings and we will definitely challenge. It feels like I've been saying this for a few years now.

Mad Hatter

1.) 06 Mar 2017 09:30:25
Agreed Hatter, their a massive improvement already in the 9 months or so Mourinho has been here, as long we address the right positions we be fine in the long haul.

2.) 06 Mar 2017 12:16:18
It's impossible to say where we'd be. Who's to say Rashford wouldn't be on 20 goals already had he started every game, with more goal contributions from others due to a faster attack.

3.) 06 Mar 2017 16:13:53
I often wonder where we might be if Zlatan had converted just 50% of the the chances that have fallen his way. Anyone worked that out? It could have a bearing on whether he should stay.
NB. I am not knocking his undoubted contribution to what we have achieved but looking forward, is he good enough? Should he start?
After LVG I thought we would take 2-3 seasons to recover. IMO we are well on track.

4.) 06 Mar 2017 22:49:58
Can't quite believe I'm listening to this gordon to be honest. The guy was until yesterday the highest scorer across all 4 English leagues and suddenly, he misses a pen, and he's holding us back as 'imagine what Rashford/ another would have achieved with similar chances" mental. yes he has wasted lots of chances but he his numbers speak for themselves, were it not for him we would be in a far worse position in the league. Call out the attacking midfielders that can't hit double figures by Feb before the guy who's smashed 26. brockhills me off. We sound like bitter scousers.

5.) 07 Mar 2017 13:15:51
Agree Gordon and hatter sensible posts will hey you shout around here😂.

6.) 07 Mar 2017 13:27:24
I thought I had made it clear that I was not knocking Zlatan's contribution to this year's situation
. It has been priceless. Was just wondering about what might/? Should? Have been and where that leaves us looking forward.

7.) 07 Mar 2017 14:04:06
It's the bigger picture, we're not quite there yet, and we're not far off from being there. We will have played a lot more games as well, especially with the Europa league being a hinderance.

This season has been a turning point for us. If we can get in the top four and hopefully win the Europa league then it will have been a very successful season.

Let's not forget Chelsea and Liverpool have had no European football, which makes it a damn sight easier, although it's not always the case.

We've drawn a lot of games this season but even those draws get us points. Seasons gone we would have probably lost a few more. The Mourinho factor has kicked in.

Rome wasn't build in a day, spending big bucks doesn't always get you success. A team needs to be build that is well balanced and has continuity. We're not far off that. We've been spoilt over the Fergie years.

It's know the Mourinho years. With abit more luck we would have been further up top. Every team needs luck.

Rostov next, a good away win will do nicely.

8.) 07 Mar 2017 20:39:53
How many goals did Scholes score or assist? I can only wonder what his fee would be in this market? Once read that Juventus gave us a blank cheque for him? Point is, Pogba, Mata, Martial, Rashford etc should be hitting double figures.

9.) 08 Mar 2017 08:33:31
I think Scholes hit double figures 3-4 times inhis career (goals scored) .

Assists i'm unsure of but i'm betting that's a lot higher.

10.) 08 Mar 2017 09:38:31
Danny Lancs has posted some goal/ assist stats on the banter page.

Scholes hit double figures twice in his entire career (for goals) . And looking at the other stats, aside from Lampard, not many hit goal double fiugres more than a couple of times in their careers.

11.) 09 Mar 2017 04:14:33
Evenzidaneratesscholes - League goals mate, according to Wikipedia anyway! Don't take anything I say as gospel 😂
I was just interested to see how Pogba's numbers stacked up in terms of other midfielders renowned for their goal scoring ability! His number aren't that bad really especially considering his age. My point being maybe we all expect a bit to much from him and the price tag wasn't his fault. He was under contract, Juventus had no need to sell so that's what we had to pay to get him. The price of players doesn't always necessarily correlate with their ability! How much did L'pool pay for Carroll? For the record I think Pogba will go on to become a great player for us!



23 Sep 2016 16:58:38
I can't believe Mourinho has said Man Utds form has been like Rooneys.

So basically we've been poor for along time ;)

Mad Hatter

1.) 23 Sep 2016 19:28:01
you win and lose as a team .

2.) 23 Sep 2016 21:53:38
He didn't say it quite like that mad hatter. More like we are in it altogether.

3.) 23 Sep 2016 22:27:34
Jred you know that's not true.

We win inspite of Rooney, but we lose because of him. Come on toe the party line. Lol.




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16 Jun 2017 09:52:09
Osumane Dembele after a new contract?

Mad Hatter

1.) 16 Jun 2017 10:42:06
This is a signing I would love to see and fits with what ed002 said we a looking for. He settled very well in Germany in his first season. It would be interesting to hear if anyone knows if the club have genuine interest in him.



14 Jun 2017 10:47:03
Just a quick questions for the EDs, is the Portuguese transfer window open?
Lindelof is having his medical today, I was wondering if that was normal if the transfer window was closed.
Is it simply that the medical is completed and the player will officially sign for the club when the transfer window opens?

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - their window only impacts when they can bring players in, not when they can sell players.}

1.) 14 Jun 2017 11:26:46
Cheers ED001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}



14 Jun 2017 10:32:18
CBJ, hopefully he has a good pre season and gives Luke Shaw a challenge.
Admittedly I had high hopes for him after his debut season. His loan at Wolves didn't work out.
We could have Danny Rose playing at left back instead.
It is fustrating when you see players with the world at their feet and they just pray about. We'd all give an arm or leg to be in their position.

Mad Hatter

1.) 14 Jun 2017 12:04:05
No matter who comes in and who goes out IF (IF, IF, IF IF) we can get more or the best out of Pogba/ Miki/ Shaw/ Martial/ lingaard/ Rashford. all of who were underwhelming at different times some for obvious reasons then we would be vastly improved on last season anyway you would have to say.

2.) 14 Jun 2017 12:25:33
I'd agree with you. Consistent performances from those players will certainly improve us. Scoring goals also helps.



13 Jun 2017 13:59:44
If DDG stays, should we offer him a new contract. I think he has 2 years left.

Mad Hatter

{Ed004's Note - I would}

1.) 13 Jun 2017 16:11:51
United have the option of extending it by a year. I think he has at max 2 years left here.

2.) 13 Jun 2017 16:27:09
Of course we should.

3.) 13 Jun 2017 17:27:07
I'd offer him a fresh new 4/ 5 year contract. for me he is the best keeper in the world.

4.) 13 Jun 2017 20:25:55
No, I'd stick him in the reserves and let him leave for nothing in a couple of years.



08 Jun 2017 09:38:44
ED001 how do you rate Morata as a forward?
Do you think he could be a success in the EPL?

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - the Morata at Juve would be a very big success in the EPL. He was a grafter and played the Drogba role but with more guile and craft than brute force. He can also play off the forward and wide if needed. Jose loves him for a reason.

However there have been some signs that things have changed at Madrid. I would put that down to unhappiness there rather than attitude though. He did not go back there to be a fringe player and so is unhappy.

I think he would do well in the Prem, he is not afraid of physical confrontation and usually works hard.}

1.) 08 Jun 2017 10:35:49
Totally agree ed.

{Ed001's Note - cheers ken.}

2.) 08 Jun 2017 11:18:06
Watched a lot of Spanish football last season and when Morata played thought he looked good, definitely think he will have no trouble getting to grips with the Premier League.

3.) 08 Jun 2017 11:58:15
Decent player never going to be a great player imo next step down from the very top players .
But not every player needs to be a superstar.

4.) 08 Jun 2017 12:28:19
Andy Cole springs to mind, a great player for us but not at that highest level.

5.) 08 Jun 2017 13:07:52
He could be a bit of the jigsaw so to speak.
Played left side of midfield a bit for juve so can do more than one thing .
Ronnie mentioned him a lot last summer and got dogs abuse .
Could be a decent signing but I don't think he is the "superstar" player many have gone on about .
A good bit behind the cavain's lewandowskis of this world but the team is more important than the individual .
Could be the best of what's available .

6.) 08 Jun 2017 15:08:42
Cheers ED001.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome MH.}




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22 Jun 2017 15:24:12
Until he's being paraded around OT I work in the basis he's not yet a Utd player.

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19 Jun 2017 19:23:59
Is ELvis really dead?

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14 Jun 2017 11:24:59
I thought against Palace he played well. It was the last game of the season with nothing for Palace to play for but, our youngsters played very well and it was a pleasure to watch them play. Tuanzebe, Harrop, McTominay, Mitchell and TFM may find themselves promoted.
They need a good pre season. CBJ needs one as well. We have places to fill in the squad since Schweinstieger, Depay and Schneiderlin have left. Jones and Smalling look likely to leave. Fellaini and Rooney could leave as well. Buy quality and promote our youth players.

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14 Jun 2017 10:50:26
Maze, I work in Hull. The fans say he's better at attacking than defending. Generally hit and miss.

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11 Jun 2017 14:48:26
ED001 he looked natural when he played this season. Like a duck to water.

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{Ed001's Note - agreed, he is a very natural smooth looking player. Seems to take everything in his stride.}




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22 Jun 2017 15:36:27
I think he will stay at Utd for the upcoming season. He's only 17 and probably too young for a loan move yet. He's still an U18 player. I think a few league cup games, EPL games and hopefully if we qualify from the CL group stages with a game or two to spare, he might've get some extra experience of European football.
He's still young and we're expecting far too much from him. He does look like a gem of a player. I hope that he, harrop, Mitchell, TFM, Tuanzebe, McTominay all go to USA on pre season.

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22 Jun 2017 15:30:10

I think the Vidal ship sailed along time ago. Personally I'd prefer to sign someone younger as he will cost a bomb.
We should have tried to sign him a few years ago. A top player.

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19 Jun 2017 22:26:24
Needs to be up top with Rashford. Those two together would destroy defences week in, week out.

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19 Jun 2017 22:26:24
Needs to be up top with Rashford. Those two together would destroy defences week in, week out.

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19 Jun 2017 17:29:12
Madrid would be laughing all the way to the bank. At his age a injury likes Ibrahimovic's and we're snookered.
ED002 has said it's more likely next summer he leaves.

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