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21 Jun 2016 11:41:10
Hi Ed's, can you confirm the rumours regarding the Manchester City Rumour Page approaching Ronnie to sign for them til the end of the summer transfer window?

Ports

{Ed001's Note - it is done deal, just awaiting Ronnie's signature on the dotted line....}


1.) 21 Jun 2016 12:17:27
I lead a sad life unfortunately Ports and Manchester United is my one and only love!

I may annoy a lot or if not all of you, but, I'm here! Sorry!

Ronnie.


2.) 21 Jun 2016 12:37:26
Ha, no need to apologise Ronnie, good to see a fan with as much passion as you do.


3.) 21 Jun 2016 12:47:30
Cheers Ports! 👍.


4.) 21 Jun 2016 13:02:51
Ronnie,

Keep posting buddy. Fans like you and fresh add a lot of value to the site.


5.) 21 Jun 2016 13:12:38
Keep going Ronnie, to be honest you are not doing anything different from most of the tabloids. taking a punt on a player coming in with the hope that one of them is correct. Then they can claim an exclusive.
Your suggestions are just a little more random and I don't know most of them.
I enjoy everyone on here, regardless of whether we agree. Beauty of being a fan. we have differing opinions.


6.) 21 Jun 2016 13:26:22
Keep it up Ronnie. Got to admire how you have got under the skin of a minority.


7.) 21 Jun 2016 14:33:00
How about Ronnie for England?


8.) 21 Jun 2016 16:25:04
Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh, matron!


9.) 22 Jun 2016 08:34:12
Top stuff Ronnie and Tony😀😀.


 

 

11 May 2015 21:58:07
Evening Ed's, kudos on the Benzema shout regarding the possibility of a bid being made as this has come out in some of the media today. My question is, if possible to offer an answer or opinion would be where United would stand against other clubs in the transfer. Obviously money is not going to be an issue, I should imagine we are ahead of Liverpool but I suspect Chelsea would be interested so do any of you have any insight or heard any murmurs on who Benzema would potentially favour? I'm not sure how his relationship with Mourinho was which would be a factor. Thanks for any views.

Ports

{Ed004's Note - Impossible to answer because I don't know what Benzema thinks. If he's available a number of clubs will be interested but I can't see him leaving.}


1.) 12 May 2015 15:22:40
havent we tried to sign him in the past and he said no?


 

 

08 Apr 2015 16:39:12
I see a lot of people discussing the striker situation with RVP rumoured to be sold and the likelihood of Falcao not being signed. The name mentioned quite persistently at the moment is Cavani. Regular names include Ronaldo and Benzema, Schmeichel mentioned Ibrahimovic but one name that I haven't seen mentioned is Lewandowski? It was only in Feb when rumours (and I appreciate they are only rumours) that he was potentially unhappy at Bayern? Personally I think he'd be ideal, a proper number 9 for Rooney to play off. Perhaps an Ed could give any information on these rumours and if there is any potential development with his position at Bayern.

Apologise if this has been dealt with.

Ports

{Ed002's Note - Lewandowski won't be moving to Manchester United.


 

 

15 Apr 2013 17:58:55
Evening Gents,

Just a heads up on the under 21's game tonight versus Spurs, good chance to see Januzaj turn Zeki Fryers inside out and back to front!

Don't think Powell is in the squad so hopefully see the lad against West Ham.

Ports

1.) Lets not hurt him too much eh? just a broken leg? something small?


2.) In the squad to sit on the bench for 90 mins probably.


 

 

21 Feb 2013 15:17:07
Hi Ed's,

Just wondering if any of you knew the situation regarding Erik Torres?

Haven't seen him mentioned for a while and used the search function but last mention was early August.

Is he still an option or did we opt for Henriquez instead or are we just monitoring til smmer or further down the line?

Appreciate any news/thoughts etc. {Ed002's Note - I don't know of any interest right now and he has been, apparently, having a poor season.}

Ports

1.) No suprise there, his last name is torres! xD


 

 

 

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16 May 2017 16:09:25
Afternoon Ladies and Gents. So it has been an up and down season and it comes down to 1 game to determine whether we have had a successful season or another poor season. Overall, I am confident Jose is doing a good job and is raising the standards again after they seemed to drop once SAF retired.

Approaching silly season, the turnover of players seems to be growing on a daily basis and I see lists of players out and in but we need to be more realistic so if I were to get a call from Jose and Woodward wanting my assistance, this is what I would be suggesting.

GK - Obviously if De Gea was to go we need to replace him, I reckon Hart for 1 or 2 seasons would be ideal with the long term vision being Periera who Jose seems to rate. the young Italian boy is obviously a favourite for some but would cost a lot and would prevent Periera's progress. Although, first choice would be to keep De Gea.

Full backs - The boy from Benfica and Valencia for RB, I think Shaw can still cut it and him and Blind are decent options for LB with Darmian able to cover R and L.

CB - When Smalling got sent off against City a year or 2 ago, I said it was time for him to move on, he came in to a bit of form but ultimately I do not believe he can take us to where we want to be so time to move on. Options? I read that Boateng would be open to leaving Munich after falling behind Hummells and Martinez and he would bring some experience and winning mentality and would partner Bailly well IMO. For those who will say we don't want someone who can't get into Munich's team, he is better then Smalling and realistically will we get a CB starting for one of the top teams? Other option is get Varane if possible if De Gea was to move.

CM - I think it is time Fellaini moved on also, he has done ok but we need someone to take us to the next level and compliment Herrera and Pogba better and I don't think Fellaini is the guy. So perhaps, Fabianho from Monaco or perhaps Gonalons from Lyon or Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio who have both had good seasons this year and maybe more realistically achievable of signing. I also think Kroos could do well alongside Herrera similar to the partnership he has with Modric.

Attack - Rooney is a club legend and I don't want a debate about him but it's time to move on. We have pace in Martial, Lingard, Miki and Rashford but I would be keen to Lukaku come in with 2 of those 4 playing off of him.

I would keep Mata and I would also keep Zlatan for another season as I think he brings an arrogance and standard that we need, I know this will draw a lot of debate but that's how I feel.

So to clarify, sell Smalling, Fellaini and Rooney, bring in a RB, CB, CM and Striker. 3 out and 4 in for me would be a realistic and achievable transfer market, potentially going to 4 out 5 in if De Gea was to leave. Alongside blooding a few more of the kids, I think we could have a strong squad going in to next season.

Ports

1.) 16 May 2017 17:04:52
Just out of interest, on the goalkeeper score. Does anyone know how Johnstone's been getting on at Villa? Always thought he looked solid any time I've saw him in the u21s, but haven't seen much of Villa this season. Good to see you back, Ports, by the way.


2.) 16 May 2017 17:07:00
Agree with most areas ports but have to disagree on hart as goalkeeper and not signing a left back. Hart has been woeful at torino and the owner has said he did not expect him to make as many mistakes as he has. If we were to go English I would go with butland if he can prove his fitness. Otherwise I would look towards oblak as losing de gea is huge. Left back needs to be signed because as much as I like shaw (and hope he makes it here), we cannot rely on him to be fit or be in form for a whole season. Football is a squad game and Spurs have two quality left and right backs and we need that as well. We have played the whole season without a proper left back and we have looked so unbalanced. That would be one of my first signings.

I trust Jose to get it right and although this year has not been good enough. A Europa win and a solid window and we will be challenging next year.


3.) 16 May 2017 17:40:08
Park, my point about Hart though is he won't hinder Periera's progress to become our No. 1 whereas Oblak, Butland and the Italian boy would. An old head with experience in the sticks would offer stability and give Periera time to continue his development!


4.) 16 May 2017 18:23:28
That's a good point ports. Pereira seems to be really highly rated within the club and Jose likes him. Interesting to see what happens!


5.) 16 May 2017 18:43:36
Romero is a much better keeper than Hart.


6.) 16 May 2017 18:52:17
Understand you're logic on Pereira but that dosent warrant signing someone like Joe Hart, makes far to many mistakes for my liking and to be honest is just knowhere near good enough, Romero is more reliable than Hart.


7.) 16 May 2017 19:04:30
Hart should not even be mentioned alongside ddg let alone replace him, he is rubbish i would rather bring back 46 year old van der saar before thinking about hart.

Blind is everything an ideal jose mourinho full back shouldn't be, i like blind but unless mourinho picks him as reserve mf, he should be gotten rid of, he is useless rather replace him with likes of perreira or give tfm a chance.

I agree with fabinho but how is gonalons an upgrade over fellaini, i would even go as far saying fellaini is better than gonalons, i haven't seen much of milinkovic savic but he seems highly rated, but he has signed a new contract so that is a no go. Also modric and herrera are completely different payers and in anycase if kroos comes in we will still need a dm as none of our current lot are dm and where will pogba play if we have a mf of kroos and herrera.

Ibra is done, even if he comes back it won't be before end of the year what is the logic in keeping someone on that high wages when he won't even be playing, lukaku is as ed put it a flat track bully, i would rather have someone far more proven like griezmann if we are to pay 70-80 mn which everton will ask for.


8.) 16 May 2017 19:42:18
Hart is about 29/ 30 isn't he? As a goalkeeper that's young so he would also block a youths progress.

Either way, we should keep away from him. But land is a better English keeper imo, he was just bang unlucky with that injury.


9.) 16 May 2017 23:08:06
Handanovic is my personal choice, think he be a suitable replacement

Love Donnarumma but sounds like it going to be too much hard work getting him here.

{Ed004's Note - If De Gea leaves it has to be anyone but Hart. My choices would be Oblak or Donnarumma}


 

 

04 Oct 2016 14:27:43
Great comments from Herrera regarding Ibrahimovich bringing a winning mentality.

"He trains every day at his best trying to get everyone at their highest level. He is very, very aggressive and demanding but in a good way because every day he wants to win every training session and he wants everyone with him to win to keep working so we are very lucky to have Zlatan with us. ''

After SAF retired, I think this mentality was lost in the squad so it is fantastic that we now have a player who is bringing that back and it is showing through already in the players, especially Herrera.

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1.) 04 Oct 2016 14:43:25
I agree ports. That mentality has been sadly lacking. It was one of the main reasons that signing ibra was such a positive. Vidic Ferdinand giggs Neville scholes Keane ask had that in built. Imo its one of the reasons yorke didn't last as long add he could have.
Some players forget what took them to the top and don't sustain it or they Gerry side tracked by their own importance and let their standards skip. We used to have several with the right mentality. They used to police the others and demand the same. But we have missed that. No natural leader in the squad that other players look to and want to emulate.


2.) 04 Oct 2016 19:03:31
Memphis. his recent post on social media made me cringe badly. Ibra needs to give him a good shake.


3.) 04 Oct 2016 19:29:54
I wonder if our captain sees 35 year old Zlatan and the condition he is still in, and feels a little regret that he didn't treat his body and ability with the same professionalism? If I was him, even with the things he has achieved, I'd be thinking 'what if'. He may have been talked about in the same way as the Messi's, Ronaldo's etc.


4.) 05 Oct 2016 05:41:01
And to think there were those who questioned us signing him. He is still top player who i reckon can play for a few more years.


5.) 05 Oct 2016 07:51:10
If Ibra had a bit more luck this season he would have had at least another 3 goals for the club.


 

 

26 Sep 2016 14:43:30
I see a lot of people discussing the CDM role and that we need a player who can do this but Saturday's performance should suggest that an out and out CDM, which there are far and few between, is not a necessary requirement. Herrera I thought was excellent and the midifeld looked like it had good shape and balance and this is without the ''CDM''.
When you look at our history, we have never had this CDM. Roy Keane will be people's first name but I would not consider him a CDM. Carrick is not a CDM. Robson was not a CDM.
What we need, IMO, are midfielders who are combative and offer energy in the middle of the park and can also maintain possession. Herrera brought this to the team on Saturday. This brings me onto the Schneiderlin debate further down the page, he is another player that offers what Herrera did if allowed that role. For Southampton he was not used as this CDM people seem to crave for, he offered energy and a physical presence and also some creativity when in the right position.
Personally I think we need to get away from wanting a CDM.
There is a lot of admiration for Liverpool and Klopp on this page at the moment and they do not play with a CDM. I hope the teams style and set up remains as Saturdays with Herrera given an important role in the starting 11.

Ports

1.) 26 Sep 2016 17:44:25
Personally I am of a similar view, I think we give too much respect to our opponents by playing with a specilist CDM in probably around 90% of our games.

Certain games against certain teams we will have to, but not against most.

I feel what we really need in our squad a choice of three midfielders to work with Herrera and Pogba to add the right balance depending on opposition. I think those three should consist of a true No.10, a deeplying playmaker and a true DM destroyer. Atm I would say we have Mata and Mkhitaryan fighting it out for the No.10 role and Fellaini and Schneiderlin battling for the DM role, personally I'm not sure either have done enough to win that role long term, maybe TFM could given time. That leaves just Carrick as the deeplying midfielder and the area of the pitch we probably most need to find a long term replacement for.

Horses for courses, the way we set up against Leicester won't work against everyone, but for me it has shown that Herrera and Pogba should be the two integral players of our midfield and everyone one else should be fighting for the last spot.


2.) 26 Sep 2016 18:10:33
Totally agree, gents.

I thought the midfield combination was excellent. It allowed Ibra to move into areas of the pitch which pulled the LC defence all over the place. It also allowed Pogba to excel, which is key.


3.) 26 Sep 2016 20:38:28
That midfield combination was perfect against Leicester. But I feel when they went to a midfield three with a CAM, our team got a little stretched. I think In them sort of games coming up against a two, Herrera and Pogba with mata just in front would run the show like Saturday. But against a team like city, we were stretched and outnumbered from the first minute, so with a holding player it would take the pressure of Herrera and Pogba.


4.) 27 Sep 2016 07:14:56
My concern is what do we do with blind? He was fantastic at lb, do we bring Shaw back in? Should we play a trio of blind Herrera pogba?


5.) 27 Sep 2016 11:01:51
This analysis is being done after we won comfortably without using a specialized CDM against a team that had lost its CDM (Kante) . Looking at it, they played 2 top, thus thinning their mf and giving us the edge in that area of the pitch, this made it easier for us. Watford also played 2 up front but 5 in the mf to compensate for the sacrifice up front. So IMO a CDM may be necessary at times, it is up to a good coach to study his opponents and know which mf to field.
Kante looked lost against arsenal as the ball was knocked around him.

{Ed001's Note - Kante was not a CDM at Leicester, but Conte is trying to use him as one, which is why they are struggling so badly.}


6.) 27 Sep 2016 12:56:40
I agree with Ed001, at Leicester Kante would press and win the ball high in the opposition half to allow Mahrez and Vardy to capitalise. I think people misinterpret a CDM for a player who breaks up play but in my opinion, Makelele was the one true CDM as very rarely did he venture past the centre circle in the oppositions half. Keane, Viera, Robson, Gerrard, Kante, Vidal, Essein, Verrati and even Schweinsteiger in his prime are/ were not CDM's but combative CM who have/ had energy, could offer a goal and an assist and could break up play and I think Herrera offers this.


7.) 27 Sep 2016 19:36:00
I think when we had a chance, we should have got Javi Martinez. He is somewhere close to the best I have seen in that position although Bayern have used him differently.

A CDM seems more like a position in the European games. The premier league is more gung-ho and such players are mostly wasted here.


8.) 27 Sep 2016 20:43:09
I think if we signed verratti and played him in the Pirlo role with Pogba and Herrera ahead of him we would have a midfield that could compete with any in the world. Herrera is a top CM, maybe not quite in the elite group but very good non the less, he will prove it given a run of games.


 

 

05 Sep 2016 14:04:05
Afternoon Gents. Just got back from my holiday and whilst away I read Zlatan's autobiography which goes up til he won the League with AC Milan just before he went to PSG. Anyway, a really good read and i was pleasently surprised at how humble he was within the book and did not come across as the arrogant, cocky character he is portrayed as by the media and he mentions all this in the book. What was really insightful was his views on Guardiola and Mourinho. It is well documented that he does not get on with Guardiola but his insight on why were very interesting and although he had only one season previously under Jose, his admiration for him was evident and his comments in the press today support this. If we took Zlatan's opinion, I think we have done well getting Jose and not Guardiola and previously I was more pro Guardiola.

Looking forward to Zlatan's next book which will feature his United days in, hopefully 3 or 4 years time!

Ports

1.) 05 Sep 2016 15:07:13
It's not his Autobiography, he didn't write any of it, he simply endorsed it.

A lot of things in the book are heavily blown out of proportion also.

Still a fantastic read mind you.


2.) 05 Sep 2016 16:28:54
Not sure what book you read Jose, I read Zlatan's Autobiography ''I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic''

{Ed002's Note - David Lagercrantz wrote it and I don't recall the name of the aldy who assisted.}


3.) 05 Sep 2016 16:38:36
As Ed said ;) .


4.) 05 Sep 2016 17:18:22
Bit weird debating whether this is an autobiography or not but hey ho, David Lagercrantz was the author. Many autobiographies have authors, Ivan Ponting worked on Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs's autobiographies and also penned Gary Pallister's, Bill Foulkes and Wilf McGuinness's. Paul Hayward worked on Sir Alex Ferguson's. An autobiography can be written with the help of a co-author, as long as the story remains in first-person which Zlatan's is!

{Ed001's Note - almost every 'auto'biography has been ghostwritten by a professional author.}


5.) 05 Sep 2016 22:29:50
Totally agree Ports. Non of the footballers write their own autobiography. Even fergie and co had writers on their behalf. Half of the footballers can't even spell their name let alone write an autobiography.
So I'm not sure why Moorinho thought it was important.
I read the Zlatan book and it was very interesting. And his views on Mourinho and Pep are interesting.


 

 

08 Aug 2016 18:31:01
So with Pogba as good as signed, what text book quotes are we expecting from him in his conference? I'm expecting something along the lines of SAF being like a father figure to him and "unfinished business" to come out somewhere!

Ports

1.) 08 Aug 2016 18:51:14
What would you like him to say? He's just about signed and we're trying to knock him. I'm sure he feels there's unfinished business and hopefully he'll do very well for us.
The press and other fans are going to be on his back at every given opportunity, so let's hope us United fans can get behind him and I'm sure he won't let us down.


2.) 08 Aug 2016 19:26:15
Woah Schmidfield, bit touchy here. You had a few late nights refreshing Twitter trying to get a second by second Pogba movement update? Not knocking the lad at all, I just like the conferences returning players have and what they have to say, such as how every club Robbie Keane has signed for, it has been a dream of his to pull on that shirt! It'll interesting how he handles the conference because the press will certainly question him on what happened and his decision to sign!


3.) 08 Aug 2016 19:26:26
Maybe he will take a leaf out of Bogarde's book, "This world is about money, so when you are offered those millions you take them. Few people will ever earn so many. I am one of the few fortunates who do. I may be one of the worst buys in the history of the Premiership but I don't care".


4.) 08 Aug 2016 19:27:27
I agree schmid
It's going to be tough for him but he had the class to overcome the doubters from both inside and outside the club.


5.) 08 Aug 2016 19:53:39
Well said schmid.
I hope he goes on to be the best midfielder in the league and ill back and support him.


6.) 08 Aug 2016 20:06:36
Flip sake, guys. Ports was only saying he was interested in seeing his press conference. He's not saying he's not supporting him. Talk about over-sensitive.


7.) 08 Aug 2016 21:16:23
I'm sure the club will brief him before the presser. you're right though ports it will be interesting to hear the answers he gives to some of the inevitable questions.


8.) 09 Aug 2016 00:35:20
Stop slagging pogba off Ports you big meanie!


 

 

 

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15 Aug 2016 13:05:08
If I had to choose on performances I would still opt for Young over Depay as he is pretty reliable however I still think Depay can and will come good and Jose seems to see potential from comments he has made so unfortunately that is another player Young is behind. I think Young is to good to just be a bit part player and he deserves to get regular football but just not with us. I do like Young as an individual though from interviews and he seems to love being a United player so I hope he gets a good club should he leave.

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12 Aug 2016 13:13:06
I think that would be a good move for Periera, I think Middlesbrough will try and play ''good'' football and he'll see a lot of the ball. I just hope if he does go out on loan, he gets game time unlike some other kids who have gone out and got no more time then they would have if they'd stayed with us!

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12 Aug 2016 13:13:06
I think that would be a good move for Periera, I think Middlesbrough will try and play ''good'' football and he'll see a lot of the ball. I just hope if he does go out on loan, he gets game time unlike some other kids who have gone out and got no more time then they would have if they'd stayed with us!

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01 Aug 2016 12:34:32
I think a move to Sunderland would be good for Fellaini. Never thought he was good enough to do the role he did at Everton for us and we had better players in that role and he certainly is not a DM so we didn't really suit his game.

Might have a look at him for the Fantasy Football Team if he goes though, could get back amongst the goals although not sure the cards will stop coming his way!

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26 Jun 2016 13:05:51
I'm undecided on him Mort. Yes he has talent but in 2 years he'll want a move to Spain in my opinion. Not been overly impressed with him at the Euro's either. If we were to go all out for a marquee signing and splash serious money, I'd love a strong push for Bale instead!

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20 Jun 2017 15:16:13
3-3. Ronaldo Hatrick.

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11 Jun 2017 09:27:22
Personally I would like to see the transfer window open after the last major game of the year, usually champions League and then shut either the day before the season or if this doesn't work for all clubs around Europe then the 1st of August. That way, you then go through the season with the squad you have built and you have full access obviously to the youth.

The problem I see with a 14 day window is that I imagine some deals may take longer to complete then the 14 days, although I'm not sure why but negotiating fees, contracts etc plus if you are trying to tie up a number of deals, that is a short window to do it in but I like the principle of it.

With the window open all season my concern would be youth opportunities would be restricted even more because players might get injured and clubs could go in to the market rather than dip in to their youth options.

Just my thoughts though.

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18 May 2017 13:03:49
I think Rashford and Martial have both shown they are competent of going on the outside of defenders and getting balls across. They are both competent of cutting inside too. The runs that Lukaku and Rashford would make and if Martial could add that to his game would create space for all 3 to exploit when they have the ball at their feet and then behind them with Pogba and Herrera you have two players who are more than capable of a creative pass so creating chances I cannot see being a problem. If anything we would be a lot more direct which is something I think we have lacked recently. If we went longer you would have a big strong striker to hold the ball up or flick on for Rashford and Martial to run on to. Essentially if Martial can't get to that level then you have Lingard and Miki to do that roll.

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18 May 2017 12:02:26
I think when Rashford came on and took defenders out the game with his run creating a bit of space for atrial to run in to, this is when Martial is most dangerous and we saw that last night when he hit the post. When there is a striker who is a little more static the space becomes compact. I also think Martial is better coming off the left rather than through the middle as he seems to like the ball at his feet with the game in front of him rather than running in behind or on to through balls.

Rashford in my opinion is better through the middle as he makes runs to stretch the defence but I would be excited to see Rashford and Martial playing off of Lukaku.

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16 May 2017 17:40:08
Park, my point about Hart though is he won't hinder Periera's progress to become our No. 1 whereas Oblak, Butland and the Italian boy would. An old head with experience in the sticks would offer stability and give Periera time to continue his development!

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