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07 Jan 2019 12:20:18
Hi Ed apologies if this has already been covered but is there any truth in united bidding for Barella? I understand Chelsea are looking at him to replace fabregas. From what I’ve seen of Barella he looks a talented player. Be interested to hear your thoughts on him. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any MU bid.}

1.) 07 Jan 2019 13:44:17
thanks for the quick reply ed. hope all is well.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}



15 May 2018 10:20:26
Hi Ed002 is you are around hope you are well mate. I know you said we had interest in alex Sandro but is he now our first choice target for left back? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I can't help with transfers any longer, sorry.}

1.) 15 May 2018 10:41:41
No problem thanks ed.

2.) 15 May 2018 12:32:14
If there is any truth in Sandro at 50 mill and the lad from Napoli as right back who seems highly rated at 44 mill -I don't pretend to know much about him -then Shaw and Darmian out as directly replaced for a net spend of 60 mill for a key part of defence with added attacking flair seems a good deal.

3.) 15 May 2018 12:52:37
would be a great pair of signings if true burrenway. I like Hysaj he looks a very good player. Only time will tell!

4.) 15 May 2018 12:25:31
Ed002 - is there any light at the end of the tunnel? When will you be back?

{Ed002's Note - Right now there is no plan to do anything involving transfers any longer.}

5.) 15 May 2018 14:46:53
Yes Park3lung, a bit of pace and flair going forward. I would then hope TFM comes into the first team squad as a back up rb to get him some real experience.

6.) 15 May 2018 17:41:54
Ed002 i am very sorry to hear that. I hope that there comes a time when this is all resolved and we have the pleasure of your wise words once more.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks, we'll see.}

7.) 15 May 2018 21:13:54
Most of us echo those thoughts Pogthedog, this site is a better place with Ed002 on board.

8.) 15 May 2018 22:41:22
Ultimately United will but whoever they buy.

{Ed033's Note - Sounds painful and unnecessary :)



10 Apr 2018 16:18:06
Hi Ed are the rumours of martial looking to leave in the summer true? Be bitterly disappointed if they are.


{Ed025's Note - i suspect he is angling for some more game time myself park..

1.) 10 Apr 2018 16:31:51
Smacks of short termism Ed if you ask me. I know he is not the finished article but if Jose really is looking to replace him with a 29 year old injury prone Gareth bale then I will be pretty livid.

Can’t blame martial he has 21 goals this season in all comps second only to Lukaku and played far less games. This has a feeling of De Bruyne if you ask me. Just my humble opinion 😂. Would much rather he was sent on loan.

{Ed025's Note - a loan to everton sounds good to me park..i love the guy..

2.) 10 Apr 2018 17:17:21
I’m fairly certain marital has 12 goals. he's a fantastic talent but doesn’t perform consistently enough, and if he doesn’t want to be here then get rid. If he does want to stay, he needs to get his head down and work hard.

3.) 10 Apr 2018 17:58:57
My mistake caolan was meant to say goals and assist. All together it would be 19 not 21. Agreed mate consistency is a problem but getting rid would be a huge mistake. If he wants regular play time a loan is better.

4.) 10 Apr 2018 16:46:50
Would be a great move ed he would get regular game time and in the premier league. But only if big sam is not managing him. A fonesca or Marco silva would do nicely! Fingers crossed he isn’t leaving but I’m not optimistic unfortunately. Thanks for your input as always ed much appreciated.

{Ed025's Note - no problem mate..

5.) 10 Apr 2018 18:25:30
This will be our kdb moment and given who the coach is not a surprise.

6.) 10 Apr 2018 18:40:48
Need to remember he is still young and developing. To maximise his potential he needs to play. I can’t blame the lad for looking elsewhere. The club took his number off him after he was trying to build a brand, we then bought Sanchez and moved him from his favoured position to the right. We then did not give him a run of games to get use to being on the right and then dropped him.

It does not demonstrate that he is valued. More gives the impression of you are here to make up the numbers and will be moved around or messed around as soon as we sign somebody else. I would be gutted if he left.

7.) 10 Apr 2018 19:29:29
I wanted him loaned out this season. He needs to play to improve and the scope for improvement is huge.

8.) 10 Apr 2018 19:38:01
Don’t be agree or get the love in with Martial. He’s a 1 in 5 player, and he needs to work hard every single day he’s here to prove he’s worth his chance.

We vastly overpaid for him in desperation and has been ok, but Rashford stays and plays more then fine by me.

Of course he could be awesome and fingers crossed it’s more media nonsense and he becomes a world class talent for us but he’s a striker not a winger.

9.) 10 Apr 2018 19:56:07
Caolan this is utd player's minutes per goals or assists ratio.

Lukaku- 110 mins per goal/ assist
Rashford- 111 mins
Lingard- 108 mins
Martial- 103 mins

Looks more like we just don't give him a consistent enough run to actually let him perform well consistently. He was utd player of the month 3 times this season until the 500k man arrived then mourinho did what he does best with young attacking players.

10.) 10 Apr 2018 20:50:03
Is it a case of the manager wants rid or the player wants to leave. Quite a lot quick to blame Jose an cite de bruyne but I think eds said that wasn't down to Jose.

11.) 10 Apr 2018 22:28:15
Sanchez is ten times the player Martial is right now. Blaming Jose for his sulky nature and lethargic style is ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong he has the potential. But he needs to work hard to get there. Where is he realistically going to be allowed to move to that are equal to Utd and actually start matches? Modern footballers wind me up no end.

12.) 11 Apr 2018 00:26:18
Martial reminds me of Nani. Extremely talented but not consistent and extremely frustrating. Not sure if it's an attitude or lifestyle problem but he needs to change.

13.) 11 Apr 2018 00:49:21
Csm, I understand those stats, but they can be misleading eg the opening day he scored and assisted with 10 minutes left, but it shows the talent. Unfortunately, He’s not progressed in 3 years, his first season here was without doubt his best. He needs to show more and just keep an eye on Tahith Chong, works his backside off and looks a top talent. I don’t think martial has the desire, so if he wants to leave, let’s get a good price and move on.

14.) 11 Apr 2018 01:12:38
Don't disagree Eric, but that 10 times the player has also been ten times the tripe and not been benched, if martial had 1 game like Sanchez had a dozen he won't be starting for most of the 12 or so Sanchez has played for us.

15.) 11 Apr 2018 05:35:26
Caolan I don't have a problem with selling martial if the replacement is someone like a dybala but mourinho will replace martial with the Croatian Ashley young because he tracks back better. 2-3 years down the line when martial would be tearing it up in a team that actually is allowed to attack we will be in a Wayne Rooney situation with 2 30+ pace merchants who would have lost their pace and will be on high wages and whichever poor sap replaces mourinho will be left dealing with the issue and again we will be in a transition period.

16.) 11 Apr 2018 09:50:23
Perisic is twice the player Martial is at the moment in the wingers position.

He will do the job Mourinho requires him to do.

17.) 11 Apr 2018 10:09:34
MARTIAL's problem is Martial. Talent but gives the impression he only does what he thinks is enough which isn't always enough. If a deal to be had is better then let him go but not cheaply.

18.) 11 Apr 2018 10:43:51
What exactly is this job Singh.

Martial pl stats- 1347 mins 9 goals 5 assists

Croatian Ashley Young serie a stats- 2686 mins 9 goals 5 assists.

Sqauwka do a defense score in their comparison matrix it reads

Croatian Ashley Young- -23.9
Anthony Martial- 60.82

Doesn't seem like a defensive stalwart by looking at those stats. Only thing Croatian Ashley Young is better at than martial is his crossing and having watched him more than a few times, it ain't something to write home about. If we sign an actually decent lb we will get a crosser most likely better than the Croatian Ashley Young.

19.) 11 Apr 2018 11:27:55
Perisic is a decent player nothing more .
Done ok at inter last couple of years nothing more . will be 30 next season.

20.) 11 Apr 2018 11:41:23
Perisic is a decent player, who has had a couple of seasons of good form. But as CSM points out he is performing at currently around the same level as Martial. However, Martial has potential to get better whereas, Perisic will only decline.

However, Perisic plays predominantly on the left, Martial supposedly isn't happy because Sanchez has taken his place. Rashford supposedly isn't happy because he isn't starting as many games as he would like and he too has predominantly played on the left for Jose.

So we have three players two of which are talented young players who all predominantly play on the left.

Lingard has stepped up this year, and Mata remains consistent, we then have Angel Gomes and Chong in particular knocking on the door.

So why do people think that if Martial leaves he will be replaced?

If he leaves we probably won't see anyone come in to replace him. Sanchez has already done that.

Jose wants at least one full back, preferably two. A centre back despite already signing two and having a super talented Tuanzebe coming through. And at least one if not two midfielders again having already signing two, and having McTominay, TFM and Andreas Pereira trying to break through.

The forward positions are bottom of the list and we will only likely see another forward join after 4-5 other players who are higher priority. Which means we won't be signing one.

So by all means wish a super talented young player away, but don't cry when he isn't replaced and he goes on to become a star else where. Just like Lukaku, De Bruyne and Salah did after Mourinho wasted their potential.

21.) 11 Apr 2018 11:58:14
Martial has been good this season when he's played. Has electric pace and the type of dribbling where it feels like the ball is glued to his foot. How many players in the world can you say that about? Add to that ice cool finishing and solid link up play. He is being wasted and will come back to haunt Mourinho like De Bruyne and Salah. Play Sanchez on the right (where he got his best goal and assist stats. Where he is comfortable playing) and Martial on the left of Lukaku. Serious skill, speed and finishing ability in that front 3 with Pogba supporting from deep.

But of course none of this is going to happen. Sanchez will play on the left to stunt Rashford and shuttle Martial out the door, while Martial will come back to piss all over us one day. Mourinho logic.

22.) 11 Apr 2018 13:11:53
Sorry but csm I don’t get why you’re comparing him to Persic, a completely different style of player? Once again thought it’s a minpulation of stats, whilst comparing two completely different players. I could find you a stat that says Milner was more creative than Scholes. I understand a lot of fans on here love martial, heck I’m a big fan of his, due to his talent but he’s not progressing on. Let me ask you this, would he have dug in on Saturday like Sanchez and tried to eat us big in the game. I don’t see the attitude from him that will make him a really top class player, that I know he can become. As snappy says there are young hungry players coming through the academy, so maybe let’s promote one and stick to the club values? Rather than spending our time on a player who has rejected a new 5 year deal (which shows the club value him) . It’s that reason why I’m not opposed to selling him.

23.) 11 Apr 2018 13:45:56
Martial isn't going yo get chances at United until Mourinho is here. Like Shappy has said Sanchez has already replaced him and if Mourinho signs another attacker it will limit his progress further.

He could be a superstar in the making but it just isn't going to happen at United unless something drastically changes.

Hr has had enough chances to prove himself at lw but hasn't really done much, stats are stats and it makes Ban Dost look like world class.

24.) 11 Apr 2018 14:01:30
So people want to sell martial?
Lot of people trying to justify the sale .
I do wonder if people would be wanting to get rid rid of him if it wasn't for the fact it's in the press .

Same goes for perisic being twice the player martial is . I doubt that would be the case if he wasn't linked to us last summer .
If martial signs a new contract has the club and Jose made a massive then reading above .
In fact are they in the wrong offering him a new contract?

25.) 11 Apr 2018 14:06:15
Perisic is twice the player Martial is at lw. Have you not seen how many times Martial loses the ball, makes wrong decisions and just stands their confused or even sulks when things don't go his way at lw.

Martial has loads of potential but not at lw. He will never be a winger unless he changes things draatically.

26.) 11 Apr 2018 14:11:48
Perisic is a lw isn't he caolan, milner scholes comparison is stupid but lw is lw styles might be different but end result expected is the same, it isn't mf where a pogba has different job to a matic. Your job as a lw is scoring or creating goals. Ronaldo and Beckham were different players with different styles but we expected both to either create or score goals. If we sign a lw we will expect him to score and create won't we?

You ask about the city, you seem to forget that it was martial who assisted lukaku in the Chelsea game for the equalizer and scored the late winner against spurs.

Also it's funny you complained about martial being inconsistent yet bring up Sanchez in comparison a player who has been nothing but inconsistent for us.

27.) 11 Apr 2018 14:16:38
Do you have some substance to back up this twice the player stance Singh because there isn't any metric out there that proves perisic is better than martial let alone being twice the player.

28.) 11 Apr 2018 14:41:39
CSM, I didn’t say Sanchez has been consistent did I? Merely pointing to the battling performance at the weekend I don’t think martial may be capable off, and he hasn’t shown that yet. Also shall we go back to that Chelsea game? He played a lovely pass to lukaku for the goal, and then was god awful after that.
And no I don’t agree that you can compare persic to martial, as all you’ve done is take statistics and use them as gospel. Don’t understand how you can say that’s a fair comparison but Milner to Scholes isn’t? Both play in the midfield don’t they?
Also if you read my post you’ll see that I don’t dislike martial, but he’s not been consistent enough, or hell even progressed. If he misses a chance his head drops, eg the Newcastle away game. He has all the talent in the world but I don’t know if he has the desire to achieve it. His movement off the ball at times is non existent, he would reluctantly go backwards, is he capable of a high press? The talent is there. He needs to work hard and fulfill that potential. I’m order to achieve that if he feels the need to leave then good luck to him. It’s the same with pogba.

29.) 11 Apr 2018 14:45:16
The main complaints about Martial is he doesn't track back, he is inconsistent, he loses the ball often and he should when things don't go his way.

Obviously the people voicing these complaints either haven't been United fans that long or they have very short memories.

All of the above could have been leveled at a 21 year old Ronaldo.

Sulks if he doesn't get the ball, inconsistent, doesn't track back, loses the ball.

Very short memories.

30.) 11 Apr 2018 14:51:53
Shappy, my criticism isn’t entirely based around work rate, but is he putting in the work Ronaldo did? We don’t know. Also the reason I’m leaning towards selling him is that the various reports state he rejected a contract. If that’s the case and he doesn’t want to be at united anymore then sell him.

31.) 11 Apr 2018 14:54:41
If Ed 2s about can you clarify it was de Bruyne who wanted to leave Chelsea. Also same with Lukaku and Salah. Apologies I know you've this before but I think it just needs to be clarified.

{Ed002's Note - De Bruyne and Salah both wanted to leave for specific reasons and Chelsea did not stand in their way. Lukaku did something which meant he would never return to Chelsea from loan and would never play for the club again.}

32.) 11 Apr 2018 15:15:03
So if it is true that he has been offered a contract are the club and Jose wrong to offer him one based on the negatives above .

Very talent young player and people want to sell him?
I hope he stays and relises his potential at United.
Got to wonder what some on here would of thought of a young Ronaldo.
Have you actually watched perisic, he really isn't twice the player martial is .

33.) 11 Apr 2018 15:51:44
Caolan again remind me what Sanchez did other than the 2 assists before or after? He is 22 if you expect a 22 year old attacker in a jose mourinho team to be consistently brilliant either you are naive or have never watched football.

Most reports suggest that he isn't happy with the playing time which has been compounded by the signing of Sanchez, he isn't wrong in that is he. He rightfully started on the bench rather than first 11 this season because of his last season performances but then performed well enough to displace rashford and was one of our better attacking players until Sanchez arrived. Would you sign a contract if you get benched for multiple games after a single bad games but are forced to change position because a new player comes in who then proceeds to set new standards on how bad you can play but this player never gets benched.

About perisic martial comparison, you keep bringing milner and scholes in the conversation when they don't play the same position or are expected to do the same job yet ignore my Ronaldo and Beckham comparison because it doesn't suit your point. There is no real stat or fact or anything that can firmly say that perisic is better than martial so you come up with stuff like goals and assists aren't the only things we rate wingers on, fact is that is the biggest point on which people rate attackers on.

You don't want Sanchez or griezmann ahead of martial or rashford because they run more or track back but because they are better going forward and the Croatian Ashley Young ain't.

34.) 11 Apr 2018 16:01:24
Media spouts nonsense and the page goes into meltdown blaming Jose for this and that. Blah blah noise. Read what ed2 says above. None of which had anything to do with Mourinho. It’s very tiresome reacting from day to day on this stuff.

Jose hates youngsters so much he didn’t go to school and won’t talk to his children until they’re 25.

{Ed001's Note - that's not true Jose loves kids, on toast with a bit of cheese, but he couldn't eat a whole one...}

35.) 11 Apr 2018 16:31:49
Eric, I believe both Salah and De Bruyne left Chelsea for more playing time, in fact for any playing time as he wouldn't pick them.

Are you suggesting that Jose doesn't get to pick the team?

Jose may not have activity tried to sell them, but he didn't give them a chance. So they had to leave to further their careers.

No one is saying Martial, Shaw and Rashford want to leave United because they have it in Manchester, not is anyone saying they are being forced out by Jose. Merely Jose doesn't trust young players, he doesn't progress them as he doesn't create an environment for them to flourish. He would rather sign older players because Jose doesn't think about next season or the future of the club he is working for, he only cares about this season and how many trophies he can win for Jose Mourinho.

That is why he is a short term manager, and unless he wins the title next season he won't be our manager by the start of the 2019/ 20 season.

{Ed002's Note - No it was not really the situation with either player, it was more complex than that.}

36.) 11 Apr 2018 16:38:04
So where have I put down persic is better mate? And I’ll comment on Ronaldo and Beckham if you want. Two completely contrasting styles of players yet again. Only here for a bit of a debate and to give my opinion. No need to call me naive or question whether I’ve watched a game. At the end of the day you have your opinion, and I may not agree with it but it’s not me having a go, because we all have an opinion and no one is right or wrong. Last I’m going to say on the matter.

37.) 11 Apr 2018 16:55:31
And sorry I just seen the question about whether the club should offer him a new deal from Jred.
I’m reaponse mate, if the club feel he can fulfill his potential and he’s willing to work hard to do so then off course like I said earlier. There’s no doubting his potential at all the main reason I’m saying about getting rid of him is the fact that he’s apparently turned this deal down. My point is I don’t think he’d be as missed as people say, but it’s only my opinion.
At the end of the day I’d love him to stay here and become a legend, score 200+ goals. However, at this moment I don’t see that happening. I hope I’m wrong, but if he wants out, let him out. Last I’m saying.

38.) 11 Apr 2018 17:08:25
Didn't mean to cause offense caolan, sorry if i have. But it is annoying when people expect consistency from 22 year old attackers especially given our attacking play.

39.) 11 Apr 2018 17:10:59
When Ronaldo was here it was a differenr situation . We had fergie as our manager, we didn't have to compete with 4 other possible premier league challengers . We had a proper defence had a very good midfield had Tevez and Rooney and vannisteroy so we couldve carried a 21 year old inconsistent Ronaldo and even then he Ronaldo showed more skill then Martial has in his time here.

40.) 11 Apr 2018 17:20:35
No worries CSM. I’m not expecting Ronaldo/ Messi performances but I get frustrated with him because of how much ability he has, and I’m sure there are many who want to see a hell of a lot more from him because we know that potential.

41.) 11 Apr 2018 18:00:32
After reading all that then you want to sell him?

42.) 11 Apr 2018 18:28:37
Shappy he can only play 11 players at a time. Jose thinks sanchez is better than martial. I agree with him. He also thinks at this time that rashford is a better option than martial. I agree with him. He thinks lukaku is a better option i agree with him.
Its just The managers preference.
Lampard said last night that he never saw the potential in salah nobody at chelsea did and his leaving had nothing to do with jose personally nor did kdb leaving.

43.) 11 Apr 2018 19:03:49
Looks like I’m massively in the minority but if it were a simple case (which it isn’t of course, with £/ age factors) of Martial or Bale, I’d have Bale every time. So he’s much older, past his prime and with a questionable injury history. But he’s still got plenty left in the tank. Martial was a panic buy worth nothing like what was paid and has never been as good as his debut against Liverpool. Next Henry? Give me a break, he’s not on the same planet.

44.) 11 Apr 2018 19:14:35
Again Jred its about if Martial can be happy being part of the squad then he should stay but if he wants more game and if Mourinho isn't going to give him assurance then for his own career he should move elsewhere to get the game time he badly desires.

I would keep him if i was in charge at the club but i am not and i am here debating with you like many others.

You can't keep everyone happy and if Martial really wants to fight for his place and like mentioned in the media the contract is on the table foe him then he should sign it and fight for his player like everyone else.

If i was him personally i would make a move and get the game time i so badly want.

There are so many good clubs around the world he can make a name wirh foe himself.

45.) 11 Apr 2018 21:19:51
You seem to of given a lot of reasons to get rid of him.

46.) 11 Apr 2018 22:48:26
I don’t really post on here much just like reading everyone’s opinions but this thread is ridiculous.

Also I don’t know if you guys played football or if you did to what standard but if I was either martial or Rashford I’d be looking to the likes of Sanchez and Lukaku etc and saying help me. Looking at these players day in day out should show you what you need to improve yourself.

Martial has bags of potential BUT does he want to fight for his place and prove that he deserves to stay there? Does he try and adapt his game to fit playing right wing? Is he trying to develop himself after training etc or does he go home straight away? We don’t know the answers to these questions so therefore we don’t have that much knowledge on the matter.

I also seem to remember an attacking midfielder that had was better than Wayne Rooney when we signed him, he had bags of potential to. that was ANDERSON. Great potential turned into an average player.

Talent doesn’t automatically mean your going to be a star, you still have to work and dedicate yourself to the game so that you can maximise your potential e.g Ronaldo.

I don’t want him to leave but the club may see him strolling around in training not over bothered, bad attitude etc, not willing to learn blah blah blah. They are in the best possible position to make a decision on getting rid of him.

47.) 11 Apr 2018 23:15:15
Gazza91 top post that.

48.) 12 Apr 2018 08:29:54
If that was the case why would they offer him a new contract.

49.) 12 Apr 2018 16:21:11
So if the player wants to leave should we keep him jred?

50.) 12 Apr 2018 18:18:11
If he wants to leave and won't sign a contract then it would be best to let him go .

But all this we should sell because of x y z are a bit silly imo .
If there were not rumours in the papers very few would want to sell a very talented young player .

51.) 12 Apr 2018 23:09:22
I wanted him to go on loan this season i feared that this would be The situation if he didn't. He actually got more game time than i thought he would be given.
He does have potential and now we are 1 year further down the line and we are none the wiser and he is no closer to fulfilling that potential if he had a hreat season in italy or spain then at least he would be coming back proven and confident and be a more rounded and experienced player. But now starved of meaningful gametime we have forced him into a corner.
But to be fair he hasn't forced himself into the team either.
Hindsight is 20/ 20 vision i suppose.

52.) 13 Apr 2018 10:13:03
He has been offered a 5 year contract which talks you a lot .
40 appearances so far in the EPL only lukaku has scored more
If he had went out on loan would he of gained more than that?
Who would of taking up the slack of him not being here?
How would his situation now of been any different, lukaku Sanchez etc would still be at the club he would still want reasurrences over his playing time .
New contract with a lot of other options as he is a top player, big decision .



28 Apr 2017 16:28:10
So gutted if the reports are true that fosu mensah has dislocated his shoulder. Was so looking forward to him getting some game time in midfield as I believe an eventual combination of him Herrera and pogba would compliment eachother very well.

The injuries really have taken its toll and it time for the players to stand up and be counted for. Rooney apparently could play in midfield and many will disagree but I think he could have provided a link from midfield to attack that we were missing yesterday. Not the same player but he can still do a job. Big game Sunday let's get the 3 points on the board and put pressure on city and the scousers.

Lots to play for and could end up being a special end if the seasons. Onwards and upwards.


{Ed025's Note - mensah is not the biggest loss though park, better him out than one of the bigger names as im sure we wont see the best of him until next season at the earliest mate..

1.) 29 Apr 2017 14:40:00
We need to remain calm about the youth players. I'm a huge fan of Rashfords potential but he isn't in the top 50 scorers in the 'league' this season and Mensah has done nothing yet to even be discussed as the main defensive midfielder in a team that wants to win the CL. It's almost bordering on hysteria. Both their positions need serious strengthening in the summer.




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15 Feb 2019 14:55:17
Worst possible news that Jesse and martial are out for 2-3 weeks with muscle injuries. Missing two key games against Chelsea and Liverpool. I was confident about both games but if we are going to play mata and Sanchez I think we will really struggle. Greenwood is injured for the Chelsea game as well.

I would look to either play Lukaku and rashford up top with 3 at the back with Dalot and shaw providing the width. Or I would just throw the cat amongst the pigeons and give Gomes and Chong a start. As ole likes to play a counter attacking style of football reliant on his wingers staying up and providing an out ball, the two youngsters would provide the pace, energy and youthfulness that martial and lingard provide. I know people may argue they are too young but I think we have seen that Sanchez and mata are no longer up to it. I think ole needs to be brave.

Alternatively, ole could be playing mind games and we will see both martial and lingard starting. I highly doubt that. What are everyone’s thoughts?


1.) 15 Feb 2019 16:04:17
Well time for the others players to step up and earn there pay check.

Although the 2 players injuried are a major part of the team we have a squad for a reason

It's a blow but we step up and now it's time for Sanchez to show up.

2.) 16 Feb 2019 04:24:55
The main challenge for Chong and Gomez would be to quickly develop understanding with the rest of the team.

Maybe it is a blessing in disguise to discover another Rashford.

3.) 16 Feb 2019 12:23:51
I would try to keep our currently successful game plan in place. Go for the win.

I’d do that by playing Lukaku RW like he did against Arsenal to good effect.
Start Chong on the LW in place of Martial and tell him to do the team things but also to get the ball and run at them every chance he gets. Use his speed and ball skills to the maximum. He will run out of steam. But then (unless he is blitzing it) replace him with Gomez about the 60 minute mark and tell Gomez to do the same.
Bring in Dalot for Young. Added support and overlap for Lukaku.

What could possibly go wrong? : )



12 Feb 2019 23:50:43
That one really cuts deep. We just saw how poor our depth is in our squad. Mata and sanchez’s Days are numbered for me. Both should be moved on in the summer. They give the illusion we have depth but in reality they are far too slow to play the counter attacking and pressing game that ole is trying to implement.

Martial and lingard’s injuries completely ripped our game plan apart. At that stage we should have probably gone for Lukaku over mata. Unfortunately we got beat by a better side and their quality is where we should be aiming to be.

The ref would a disgrace. He stifled the game and arguably should have sent of kimpembe. The antics and diving by Alves et al was embarrassing. And pogba’s Red is a dagger blow to any chances we have in the second leg. You look at city’s depth and they had de Bruyne out for most of the season. Yet they have gundogan, Bernardo, David Silva to replace him. Who do we have to replace pogba?

I love ole. I think he has done a great job. He has brought a smile back on our faces. He’s made watching united enjoyable again. But for me, tonight showed his limitations and that he is out of his depth. Although we have been great to watch we have been ever so reliant on our counter attacking prowess. We struggle to dominate possession and control the tempo of the game against the bigger sides. We need to start doing this. Signings would improve this but a lot of the is down to coaching. That is why I am still in the camp that we should be going for Poch. His spurs’ side dominate possession and retain possession well. We haven’t done that since the days of Scholes and Fergie.

And the player to do that is someone like Verratti. And absolutely wonderful player. The heartbeat of that team. Marquinhos as well was all over the pitch. He covered every blade of grass. Extremely imprsssive. Mbappe is special. He is going to be special. And finally di Maria. I despise the guy. But his quality from crosses is what we have been lacking for years.

Bitterly disappointed. That really was a car crash of a night. But we have learnt a lot of the squad. We bounce back and beat Chelsea in the cup. Have a great rest of the week chaps.


1.) 13 Feb 2019 01:23:12
Veratti was one I posted and selected in my players to buy this summer, always been impressed. I doubt they would sell.

Ole is only playing with the hand he has, we signed nobody in January. This defeat is not unexpected because PSG are technically very good, taking midfield control and SAF teams had problems dealing with those.

I still say we should not rush to appoint a manager full time, too emotional too quick, what happens if it all falls apart in coming weeks and we have already laid our cards on the table by making the decision?

Lastly I maintain that the club infrastructure, the ground and the team need serious levels of investment. We are hamstrung in a way because to build the ground we would have to borrow and we already have debt, that makes it a more difficult starting point. In terms of the tram., let’s see whether the Glazers want us to be the best side or just the side that gets them into the CL to keep money rolling in. They struck lucky with SAF and Rio, Ronaldo, Rooney and CO92 who were there when they bought the club. They thought it would all carry on, the problems start at the very top and now we need to see action and direction.

2.) 13 Feb 2019 02:04:45
Would Poch be able to produce his style of football with our existing players? Probably not. He would need to bring in some new faces and changes things up to accomplish where he’s at with Spurs.

Same goes with OGS - he’s come in and brought exciting, counter attacking, fast football. However, as you pointed above, the illusion of depth and certain players being past their prime, has definitely hindered his options. I’m in the camp of giving him the gig, letting him do a full summer of transfers and promote/ play a few from the academy. Still think he can do the job at this level.

3.) 13 Feb 2019 04:39:27
PSG played more like a team than us. They had better cohesion. Their players know the movement of each other since they have been playing together long with a clear style.

In contrast, we have just started to get an identity for our team. We must note that Ole had barely few months to instill his philosophy. It is still a work in progress.
I am sure with 2 or 3 windows, Ole would add players who would suit our style.

4.) 13 Feb 2019 06:22:49
Park - I think you are being harsh on Ole, he can only play with the players available and I think the gulf in the qualities of the players was highlighted rather than Ole's limitations. I'm not saying Ole is definitely the answer I just don't feel he should be judged on last night's result.
Injuries didn't help us but at no point during the game did I think we were capable of actually winning the match, outplayed and outclassed by a decent team, as Ole said it was a wake up call for where we really are.
Personally I'm enjoying the ride with Ole as our expectations were so low before Xmas and I think he has us around where we are, about the 4th-6th best team in England. For me last night was a free shot, a win would have been great but the result went with form and quality which wasn't a surprise.

5.) 13 Feb 2019 08:19:24
I think rather than showing we have a poor squad, it shows how unbalanced the squad is - especially to play fast pressing, fast attacking football.

The injuries to Martial and Lingard took away most of our pace and pressing allowing PSG to play higher up and take control of the match.

Agree wholeheartedly with Red Man about needing to get the structure off the pitch right.

Not all doom and gloom though. A good DOF, and a few astute signings in the summer (ones that suit the style of play we want to implement) and the team will challenge for the prem and be better equipped to compete in Europe. I would take Rabiot on a free, add one of Veratti, Kante or Ndombele, a CB and wide forward. Then try to move players on who don't complement the style of play - like happened with Fellaini in January.



11 Feb 2019 23:39:43
I’m so so excited for tomorrow. For the first time since Fergie left I am confident and excited to watch united in a champions league tie. What a fantastic job ole and the team have done so far. Trying not to get carried away but bring on PSG because we have so much attacking talent that would scare the life out of any defence. Feels great to feel like this again.


1.) 12 Feb 2019 09:33:08
This sums up how I feel really accurately. I'm not overly confident we'll go through, but I am excited to watch it and have confidence that no matter what happens we'll put up a good fight and I'll likely be entertained, and we certainly have a good chance of making it to the next round.

What a difference in just 8 weeks!



25 Jan 2019 22:06:19
Bloody brilliant! Chuffed for Lukaku and Sanchez. Fully deserved. And we didn’t sit back and protect our lead. Brought martial and rashford on and the bold substitutions paid dividends. 8 in 8 now for ole. I’m leaning towards him now. Have a great weekend all.


1.) 25 Jan 2019 22:23:24
Just brilliant.

2.) 25 Jan 2019 22:45:03
Quite refreshing to see 2 attacking substitutions to go and kill the game off opposed to bring on defenders to see the game out. Great performance Shaw and lindelof especially.

Also Romero save shouldn't go unnoticed could of easily been a different game had that gone in.

3.) 25 Jan 2019 22:26:42
Amazing how these plastic trophies become important in desperate times pmsl.

4.) 25 Jan 2019 22:28:46
It was a vintage performance by our recent standards of the last few years. I feel we had them rattled once we started knocking off their centre backs though! Great attacking play for the most part. I did notice Pogba not making much of an effort at times: he needs to come looking for the ball, in order to help his teammates and get on the ball. Good result! Well done the lads!

5.) 25 Jan 2019 23:09:53
Ahh mighty reds is back. Its funny how rival fans come onto this page when we start to look more like the old united. Downplaying ya because they are starting to get fearful that we are coming back. We aren’t there yet but huge improvements.

Might red, You guys have won anything in over a decade. Even in our worst period we have one more than you. Still lots of the league left to play. Seems some scousers are celebrating already. Pressure is a funny thing. And Liverpool have shown in recent years they don’t have the bottle when it comes to it.

6.) 26 Jan 2019 02:00:42
Mighty reds is just overtired as it’s past his bed time, which explains his delusional statements.

7.) 26 Jan 2019 03:30:46
Funny to see so many thumbs down after a great away win. The trolls must be back.

We can smell the fear.



21 Jan 2019 11:24:34
What an enjoyable past month or so it has been. Ole has hardly put a foot wrong, the football has been fantastic at times and we are sitting pretty with 7 from 7. Made up massive ground in the top 4 race and the players and fans alike are united for the first time in what seems like donkey years. I previously said I struggle to feel connected to this united side. But right now I am so excited for each game and it’s great feeling like we are going to win again rather than dreading the worst.

There has been some really well thought out posts by the likes of AJH, Shappy, Redman and others in regards to Jose and whether ole should get the job. I won’t go into Jose because he’s gone now and he’s now in the past. I thank him for his trophies but I won’t miss his shoddy football or his egotistical comments in the media. What I will say is I love how ole has gone about his work. He seems an extremely humble and intelligent guy. His man management has been brilliant and you can see a united squad. I did have doubts tactically whether he could mix with the best and he proved me wrong against spurs (first half) .

Shan makes a good point about how we should think about the future. I agree but I think as united fans we are entitled to enjoy the moment right now because it does feel like we have the old united back. We know there is structural issues internally with the club. We know Woodward is unqualified to be handling football matters. We know we are languishing in 6th place. We know our bitterest rivals are fighting for the title. But let’s just enjoy what is unfolding in front of our eyes. Enjoy the moment, enjoy the passion and enjoy the excitement around the likes of Rashford, Pogba and Lindelof. It’s been nearly 6 years since we’ve resembled a united side.

Any talks of who should be appointed should be put on hold. There is so much football to be played between now and the end of the season. Take each game as it comes and then we go into the summer hopefully with a director of football in place and a well thought out and thorough transfer strategy. Above all, we have a manager who is willing to change for united. Not change united. Neville is right united philosophy is like Barcelona or Ajax. You can’t change it. You as a manager have to adapt or you leave. I’m am excited for what is to come. Confidence, belief and momentum are funny things. Who knows where will will end up come May.


1.) 21 Jan 2019 12:16:09
Great post Park, I think as fans over the past 5 years or more the agenda has always been about our future or about our past but never our present. It was seemingly like we had to endure the present either because of our past or to build towards our future. Like it was some distasteful medicine to cure us of our ills.

As such I think most of us have been programmed to think about either the mistakes or successes of our past or how we can build towards the future. We have forgotten how to enjoy the present.

Guys we're winning games and playing well on the most part, let's enjoy as there is no telling how long it might last.

2.) 21 Jan 2019 14:48:55
I think we need 2 centre half’s but would settle for one either Koulibaly or Skriniar. A right back not sure who and another top midfielder Verratti, NDombele, Saul or Neves would be my choice and a right winger but again not sure who. The deadwood has to be shipped out.

3.) 21 Jan 2019 15:07:49
Cheers shappy. I agree with you. Blackpool I think 2 cbs would be the dream but one is likely. If we can shift Jones, Rojo and maybe smalling (although would keep him as a squad player) on and then sign koulibaly I will be chuffed. 4 cbs of koulibaly, lindelof, bailly and Tuanzebe would set us up beautifully. I agree need a more experienced right back to ease Dalot into the side. I don’t think Dalot is quite ready to be first choice but he’s a great talent. Cedric, meunier or Ricardo pereira would do nicely. Ndombele or Verratti would be great and then perhaps one of Pepe (Lille), Lozano and the dream would be Sancho. Tbh I don’t see why we don’t go for Hudson Odoi. Supremely talented and Bayern are getting him for a snip if it goes through. Chelsea probably wouldn’t sell to us. Huge mistake if/ when Chelsea let him go.

4.) 21 Jan 2019 17:12:30
I'd be tempted to try and sign Rabiot given his contract situation and that as of yet doesn't appear to have signed with anyone. Would provide a good option in midfield and would likely settle pretty well given Pogba and Martial.

Fully agree on Koulibaly and Pereira - they would massively improve the defence.

5.) 21 Jan 2019 17:16:25
There's a lot who need to go out. Quality needs to come in. The structure is most important but Woodward concerns me. We've been looking for a DoF for nearly 3 years. I don't see how its taken this long. Also reports suggest Woodward is considering simeone which would be a mistake. I remain unconvinced on poch due to his transfer record and inability to win something.




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25 Jan 2019 10:38:16
Ed002 said he would be interested in moving to us but we are not interested in him. I like him I think he is a talented player and can play across the front 3. He did disappoint in the World Cup but no German player really covered themselves in glory. I would love to sign him but I assume he will be off to Bayern in the near future.




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24 Jan 2019 11:06:28
Perfect thanks for the swift reply Ed.




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24 Jan 2019 10:30:17
Thanks for the info ed. Is it true that Andrea Berta is reconsidering now that Jose has left? I thought he was one of the people who jose was happy to work with? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything happening with Andrea Berta right now.}



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16 Jan 2019 08:03:00
I forgot about pereira Stevie. He’s brilliant and great going forward.




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15 Jan 2019 20:19:43
I do mbd. I think pep doesn’t really fancy walker that much at the moment. Just my humble opinion of course but walker can be a bit of a liability. He’s got a mistake in him and is suspect defensively at times. He showed this against Chelsea when he switched off for kante’s goal. Don’t get me wrong he’s still a very good player and would walk into our side. But I think Wan Bissaka has a higher ceiling than him. Think city will be keeping tabs on him. Danilo is pretty average tbf.





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14 Feb 2019 13:55:49
Wan-Bissaka, koulibaly, Sancho and ndombele.




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14 Feb 2019 11:51:58
Here here Stevie.




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12 Feb 2019 15:36:25
Doherty is an interesting option ports. I think we should have gone for Cedric before his loan move to inter. We need someone who can rotate with Dalot next season as he is extremely promising but not ready to play week in week out.




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07 Feb 2019 13:16:25
Fair play sam nice to see a well thought out and mature post from a rival fan!

I agree with you about the point that the players are not a disgrace. I think jose had the morale so low for a number of reasons. The first being the god awful outdated tactics. We have some brilliant attacking players and they were never given the licence to play with the freedom to express themselves. The second was his consistent negativity and throwing players under the bus. When a manager is consistently saying you as a group of players are not good enough then it’s no surprise that the confidence and morale is at an all time low.

In any other job you would feel demotivated if your manager did not utlise your strengths or criticised you in public. You would not ‘down tools’ but there is no way you would perform to the best of your abilities. Ole has come in and out an arm round the players and told them how good they are. It really is not rocket science. He’s told the players to focus on their strengths and play their game. Tbh Jose should be ashamed at himself at how poor this squad looked.

We don’t have the defensive strength to win the league. But we have enough quality to at least be in the running. See you in a few weeks sam at old Trafford. I’m sure it will be an absolute cracker of a game!




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01 Feb 2019 12:24:50
How mad is that stat?! Unreal.