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07 Jul 2017 21:03:49
So apparently Chelsea have matched our offer for Lukaku! Its all happening.


1.) 07 Jul 2017 21:23:44
He won't go to Chelsea, advisors from both clubs have met the fee has been agreed, Rom is holidaying with Pogs at the mo, plus Rooney will be back in blue by sunday all sorted i recon.

2.) 07 Jul 2017 21:29:47
These transfer window rumours are ridiculous.

3.) 07 Jul 2017 21:37:30
Hes already in L. A with pogba where he is rumored to be having his medical, the team fly out on Sunday. Says it all really.

4.) 07 Jul 2017 22:07:29
Do you think we will sign lukaku or will chelsea sign him.

5.) 07 Jul 2017 22:22:01
I honestly don't care who he goes to. If we sign him, great he's a proven goalscorer in the EPL and will add something to the team.

If Chelsea get him we can sign someone like Morata and move on.

6.) 07 Jul 2017 22:53:53
I hope we get the LuBe strike force mentioned on the banter page Lukaku and Bellotti 😆😆.

7.) 08 Jul 2017 10:38:50
If united bought belotti conte may explode.



01 Jun 2017 19:21:50
Strong reports in the Portuguese media that we have agreed a deal for €35mil +€5mil in bonuses for Victor Lindelof. Could be our first signing of the summer.




01 Jun 2017 09:38:49

How is the upheld transfer ban for Atletico Madrid expected to impact a potential deal for Antoine Griezmann? Or is it unrelated?


{Ed002's Note - I don't think it will make a difference as I expect him to stay another year as he will want to move to the new stadium.}



27 May 2017 16:46:11
Reports in italy claim that we have struck a deal with Inter for Ivan Perisic for €45mil.


1.) 27 May 2017 23:33:38
Not seen much of him at Inter but I do remember him at Wolfsburg.
Just looked up his YouTube clips and even they don't make him look any good.
In Jose we trust.

2.) 28 May 2017 09:39:00
For Croatia he's amazing top player quick direct n scores goals!

3.) 28 May 2017 22:13:38
Creates plenty, quick, runs at defenders, two footed, and scored a few this season also, wouldn't be my number one choice but would be a welcome addition to the team for me and would improve us no doubt.



19 May 2017 18:11:44

Lots of reports tonight that Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal for Fabinho. Are they interested in him and have any talks taken place? I was hoping we would see him at Old Trafford next season.


{Ed002's Note - Manchester City have discussed two players with Monaco - one of which is Fabinho.}

1.) 20 May 2017 12:33:52
Hi ed have Manchester United had discussions with Monaco for any players yet?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, this has all been discussed.}

2.) 20 May 2017 15:10:03
Hi Ed, Sorry to hassle you further on the Fabhino rumours but, after a cursory search about the player, other media outlets are suggesting that Man City are now looking to sign him - and his representatives prefer Cuty. Any truth in any of this please?

Many thanks as always for any response.

{Ed002's Note - I have just answered this in this thread!!}

3.) 20 May 2017 21:05:42
Really sorry Ed, posted it before your reply appeared, must've been a trick of the data cloud as answers and questions were swirling around! Sorry again!

4.) 20 May 2017 21:06:45
Oops just read thread again, my mistake, very sorry! Need to be a bit sharper next time!

5.) 20 May 2017 21:56:20
Wallace, I really think you should apologize to ed002 please.

6.) 20 May 2017 22:20:36
You're right Angel, hope Ed002 accepts my apology - will teach me to read things correctly in future. What a wally!

{Ed002's Note - I acccept it.}

7.) 20 May 2017 23:53:45
Wally by name.

8.) 21 May 2017 07:34:42
'What you talkin bout Wallace'

9.) 21 May 2017 07:53:51
Beast that's twice uv made me laugh this week.

U feeling more relaxed now, that trip away has done u good 😊.

10.) 21 May 2017 12:15:21
Nah EZRS mes Beast has been nice to him that's why he is more relaxed. 😉😂😎.

11.) 21 May 2017 19:40:00
Cant argue with that 666 a happens to us all.




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08 Aug 2018 19:34:41
Kinda sick of all the negativity here. We've not even kicked a ball yet reading the site you'd think we just avoided relegation last year and are going into administration.

Its almost as if everyone has their mood dependent on who we sign. I remember a transfer window, on the back of a couple of disapointing league seasons where we were far off the top, where we signed only a CM, sold our best striker and had two players coming back after a huge bust up in the world cup and one of our bright young prospects was supposed to leave. We took on a dominant Chelsea side and beat them that season and reached the semi finals of the UCL.

I also remember a transfer window when we signed a big name from Real Madrid, one of the world's best strikers (albeit after a bad injury) and some hot prospects from the world cup. Ended up playing poor football and limping to 4th place.

Jose is right to talk about signings, but it needs to be put into context. We need signings to catch City, true, which is what he is hinting at. But people have Spurs and Arsenal finishing above us this season which is quite frankly laughable. We have better squads and have improved more than they have in the window with just one signing imo.

What do the fans expect the club to do? Pay 75mil for a 29 year old CB or a one season wonder? Do you want the club to pay way over the odds for wingers coming to their 30s? Or do you want to sack the manager who won 2 trophies and guided us to 2nd, our highest league finish since Sir Alex retired and also an FA cup final?

The managers everyone looks at with rose tinted specs are they really going to give you everything you want? Klopp, tactically naive at the business end of the season and won nothing. Poch, again, won nothing. Pep never gets the stick that our manager does for never playing youth yet Jose plays Lingard and Rashford and has given a real chance to McTominay.

Sanchez has looked great in pre season along with Bailly and Pereira. Lindelof looked much better in the second half last season and had a great world cup. We will have Lukaku and Matic with one more year settled in. With Courtois gone to Madrid we can now probably see De Gea staying long term. There is a lot to be positive and happy about!

Pogba, if he goes will be replaced, if he stays he will need to perform to prove to himself that he's up there with the best. Martial might leave but we've sold more important and better players before and we've survived. We'll find another Martial on the market if need be. He is nowehre near irreplacable.

I agree with Ed001. The transfer window needs to be scrapped. It only serves the media to spread negativity or create unnecessary hype. It serves agents to leech money. It doesn't serve the football clubs, fans or the players.


1.) 08 Aug 2018 19:49:02
My negativity is based purely on us not doing what was needed to be done.

Last season we played poor most games and managed to get second (miles behind City), failed miserably in Europe as well. This year we have barely strengthened and at least 2 of our best players are unhappy going into the new season. Tactics in pre-season sound very similar to last season - that is a bad sign.

Pre-season we played shockingly by all accounts, so that hardly helps with expectations. Granted Pre-season isn't a great benchmark, but it's all we have to go on. Jose already moaning and laying foundations for fans to expect disappointment.

Hence negativity.

Believe me if the trajectory was positive all you would be reading is optimism - we are all excited about the new season, but I'm not expecting anything special again unfortunately, sad for Man Utd. I get you want to be positive, but you are being positive for positivity sake, the players, manager, club won't be bothered if 50 of us are moaning on here or praising them on here. So no need to fool ones-self.

Fans expect us to be competing at the very top, for the top honours and making top signings in areas we look weak. We go into the season with Valencia and Young as our full backs and no RW signed - absolutely shocking!

2.) 08 Aug 2018 19:51:11
Great post that mate, completely agree. However, I thought I Jose’s public pronouncements have helped create a negative mood, he needs to lighten up a little.

3.) 08 Aug 2018 19:59:03
Great post redfaith. Can’t wait for the window to shut so we can get on with business.

4.) 08 Aug 2018 20:07:27

I understand being negative and saying oh we will again finish second to City. But its gone too far with everyone suggesting a finish outside the top 4 and Spurs and Arsenal finishing above us. Its laughable.

Pre season, I look for players who are trying to prove themselves and fitness levels. I got that with Sanchez Bailly and Pereira. Like Jose said, he didn't learn anything from pre season. Most of the first team squad didn't play due to the world cup.

Its not possible for Jose to implement his tactics when his main players aren't there.

I find it funny that you don't see an upward trajectory. We were 5th and 6th the seasons before. We were 2nd last year and have added a couple good players and the best is yet to come from the likes of Sanchez, Bailly and Lindelof who look on the up and maybe even Lukaku.


I understand what you are saying but Jose is putting pressure on the board because he feels he needs signings to compete with City. I don't fault that and he is right.

But Spurs, Arsenal and maybe even Chelsea are they really better than us? I don't think so. If we can get Bailly fit, Lindelof to play like he did at the world cup, Sanchez firing and if he stays, Pogba playing more disciplined, simple and focussed instead of trying to do something special all the time we will improve massively this season.

5.) 08 Aug 2018 20:07:55
Jose’s public persona vs private are bound to be vastly different.

He’s brought in a young full back, young Brazilian international, and promoted Andreas P and Scott McT to the first team.

Now he gets slagged off for not buying expensive shiny new players. He’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t and it’s all rather tedious.

6.) 08 Aug 2018 20:10:10
I don’t see him doing that Tony. He feels like the club haven’t pushed hard enough to sign the players he wants, he has never been happy with us, and I think he’s looking for a way out. Think this is a precursor to Jose’s inevitable exit, but with mud slinging until he’s fired.

7.) 08 Aug 2018 20:38:48
Red faith that is a great post.
I think a lot of people within the club are frustrated and at odds.
Players with the manager, the manager with players, thw managers demeanour, the manager and ceo and board.
Your correct in saying that things need to be put in context. Do we have a squad that can realistically win the league? All pundits and 'experts', all neutrals, all bookmakers, and 99% of supporters would say we don't and most would agree we are at least 3 players short of that.
The context is that most of this squad came 2nd last season and we all know it was awful to watch for the most part.
Its not all doom and gloom i can see liverpool improving enough to finish ajead of us if the new players blend in quickly particularly the gk,
Other than that and i don't see that as a certainty. I also don't see city being 20 points less than last season.
Posh spent nothing yet and people hailing him for it. i'd say judge that in May. Big gamble on kane and erikson reproducing for a fourth season in a row.
Chelsea will probably take time to settle. I forsee plenty of dropped points
Arsenal same as chelsea. But i think both will improve over time.

Im quite sure we won't be competing to win with the current squad.
I think we can compete for 2nd place.
Im quite sure its going to be dour stuff in some games.
I know no other manager would have done better than 2nd last season with this squad anybody that says otherwise would be just foolish.
I believe there are plenty of managers that could have this squad playing more attractive football that's for sure but i'm not so sure that we would finish 2nd but by the same token we could also have come closer.
Is there enough improvement to come from young and valencia to win the league? Is there enough creativity and pace in the squad? Is there enough experience in the squad to win the league?
Most people say no i agree with that view.
No manager with this squad could find enough improvement to catch city and hold off pool .
Any new manager will want the funds to address the areas obvious to all but a few.

So the club has a choice do it with this manager jose or do it with a new one.
Either way the squad needs dramatic improvement in 3 or 4 positions.

So there are some that say do it with this manager
Others say do it with a new manager.

This is what it looks like to me.
People within the club are not convinced by jose or the direction he is taking the team. His 1st choices have been overlooked for cost, age, availability or other reasons. He has never had full support at board level and might be losing some of what he had. If there is not support for the manager firing him now will save this club a lot more than it will cost if they let it all go to pieces.
With 3 or 4 new players we could have competed with city imo.
We can't wait on city coming back to us or liverpool and spurs continuing to shoot themselves in the foot.
Lets hope we get 2 or 3 key targets in tomorrow. Doubtful sadly.

8.) 08 Aug 2018 20:52:25
Beast smd Danny, excellent responses.
Redfaith, trust me, non of us want to be negative, but I'm sure the manager has tried to reshape the team, only to find the owners reluctant to back him and get rid of some of the unwanted players. Mourinho is not my cup of tea, but i do feel for him.
As Beast says, he wanted a midfielder right back, left back, centre back and right winger. He's got a right back for the future, he also got Fred, who i think will be excellent. But cb, rw and lb are still unresolved. And we still have Rojo, Shaw, smalling, jones, Darmian on our payroll.
I feel sorry for Mourinho and the fans. As Danny says, all is not positive as Mourinho himself has been demonstrating the last few weeks. So we could say whatever we want and be as positive as we want, but if the manager is telling us that he's disappointed and fears for the upcoming season, then we have a problem.

9.) 08 Aug 2018 20:54:06
You say klopps naive tactics got the better of him but in reality they were all over Madrid until Salah went off injured which changed everything, and two howlers from Karius, otherwise they’re have won the CL. To say arsenal or spurs finishing above us is laughable, is laughable. Why not? Do you really see us so much stronger than them? I think arsenal will be a lot better now Wenger has gone. Spurs have as good a squad as us. We had glaring weaknesses last season in the two full back positions and the rw position. None of them have beeen addressed. We have players wanting to leave, a manager who doesn’t want to be here. It’s all a recipe for disaster. I’d be very surprised if we make top 4 this season.

10.) 08 Aug 2018 21:11:16
Only a fool would think you can win the league with this squad no matter who the manager. Too many weaknesses and once you go past 16 or so players the quality in depth is not enough to win a league.

11.) 08 Aug 2018 21:54:41
I don't think Jose can produce a football team capable of beating this city team .
Last season he produce a team, even tho people insist it's full of poor players that was capable of beating everyone else .

But he will not produce or build a team that has the attacking capabilities required at the moment .
We saw Jose doing what he does last season i'm not sure what people are expecting?

Never mind city how many millions is it going to have to be billions does Jose need to build a team capable of playing decent footy?
Even against the lesser teams .

It's not going to happen and there is nothing wrong with that Jose will do it Jose way and it's worked for him in the past.
But if your not going forward your going backwards and that's what we are seeing with Jose at the moment .



16 Jul 2018 19:02:38
The sharkopod was very interesting. No surprise that we value Martial highly. The valuation for Pogba will be through the roof no doubt, especially after the world cup.

I doubt Pogba will go. I don't see anyone paying up for him at the moment. The likes of Real Madrid have their focus elsewhere, Juve have already spent big and PSG might be restricted in what they could do with FFP unless they sell Neymar.

I can see the sense in the editor's advice of the club needing to look at player exchange + cash deals as they could suit all parties. If PSG lose Neymar, I can see them going for a Martial. Equally I can see them going for Pogba to add star quality in case Neymar goes.

Could a swap deal involving Verratti or/ and Meunier be done? It could suit everyone. Similarly I see Martial could be used in a deal for Alderweireld to break the deadlock in those negotiations. Maybe Spurs will be willing to come down on their price of Toby if they are etting Martial in return?

I see us being interested in Willian and Chelsea pursuing Martial in return particularly if Hazard leaves for Real Madrid. I also see why Jose likes Perisic. Lukaku would have had a better output with him in the team imo.

The left back slot is interesting and I would be delighted if we got Philip Max and moved on Shaw (time has come imo and he has had enough chances) .

The option of Toni Kroos, if possible could be a great signing if it happens. We have lacked that kind of midfielder who can control the pace of the game and pass teams to death. That is one aspect which Pogba lacks imo and against teams that sit back he isn't as effective.

Varane is another target of ours and if Real are interested in Pogba perhaps something involving him/ Bale/ Kroos or a combination of them could be on the cards.

Overall if we come of this summer with a right sided forward, a CB, LB and maybe a CM then it would have been a great summer with more balance added to the squad.


1.) 16 Jul 2018 19:22:32
Unless juve get a lot for pjanic.

2.) 16 Jul 2018 19:46:19
I agree with the positions we need to address. The board would be foolish to sell Pogba. If the team does not start the season well, it could be Mourinho that is gone. After just showing what he is capable of, why would the club be in a hurry to get rid of Pogba? Interesting possibilities you mention, but it would be hard to imagine Real letting Kroos or Varane go.

3.) 16 Jul 2018 21:45:56
I think he will stay another season.

Would be a fantastic window if we can get, Toby bale and one of the full backs of max and Sandro.

I still think we are still short in the centre of midfield.



27 Jun 2018 10:38:35
It appears that Fellaini will end up staying. Another massive mistake imo. We were successful in Sir Alex's era due to a core of youth and excellent recruitment but ever since it has been very poor.

Signing players like Pogba for massive fees and huge wages are expensive gambles and it appears from what the editor has told us that we are struggling to move him on due to his price and wages. Add to that a contract extension for Fellaini and the high likelihood of going into next season with Young and Valencia as full backs and the possibility of Martial leaving, what began as a promising summer might yet leave our squad in stagnant or possibly worse shape than what it was before.

I would be very disappointed with the window and extremely concerned going into next season if another CM and at least one top fullback and right sided winger don't arrive. With Fellaini staying that looks highly unlikely.

I've largely been supportive of Jose. I believe he's brought back belief and has done a better job than he gets credit for. But managers live and die by their recruitment and this summer could be the undoing of Jose at United. The transfer strategy this summer is already looking like a complete shambles. Do we really need a center back nearing his 30s when we have Bailly and an improving Lindelof with Jones and Smalling being solid last season? Why was Rojo given a new contract? Is a bench striker really what is required when we have Rashford and Martial? Why are we targeting wingers close to their 30s? Moyes and LVG largely dug their own graves by poor signings and I sincerely hope Jose does not end up that way.

The wingers we are linked with seem to be a massively overpriced, soon to be 30 injury prone Gareth Bale and a similarly overpriced Willian. Signing either would be like putting an expensive bandaid on a deeper problem. Similar with the extension of Fellaini and the purchase of Sanchez. We keep making the same mistake time and again.

In years gone by we would have been signing players in their early twenties and developed and nurtured them. There's plenty of right wingers out there that we can sign. Similar with central midfielders and full backs. We need to be doing everything we can to sign players like Pulisic and add players close to hitting their prime like Jorginho and Sandro. Maybe not those specific names but similar players with a similar profile.


1.) 27 Jun 2018 11:52:13
This is what Jose does, is it really that shocking?

He doesn't give youth a real chance no matter how many players he likes to list as him giving them a debut. He doesn't develop or improve players, he just demands it of them, some it works with others it doesn't.

He is known for not playing youngsters regularly, he is known for his defensive tactics and he is known for his preference of signing players closer to 30 than 20.

This will not change, Mourinho will not change. Yes he is a very good manager, one of the best over the last 20 years. But he was never a good fit for our club, and he never will be.

I hope he succeeds, I hope he proves me wrong. However, I haven't seen anything yet to suggest I will be.

My hope now is that the club doesn't get too damaged this coming season.

Mourinho's high physical demands will only cause issues with players coming off the back of a summer with limited rest due to the world cup.

2.) 27 Jun 2018 12:34:17
It is shocking to me Shappy, especially regards to Fellaini. Jose 's signings at Chelsea and Madrid were hardly close to 30. Yes he has signed the odd player close to 30 to do a job for a year (Zlatan, Matic, Milito) for eg. but the entire list of summer targets being that is quite baffling.

He's played young players before. I don't expect him to develop youth but buying players in their early to mid 20s who are close to their peak is something he's done before.

Fingers crossed Fellaini staying and no other CM coming means we dedicate our transfer budget to bringing in a top left back and winger and if we are getting a CB in we should sell one or maybe even two. The editor mentioned Sandro, Pulisic and Varane / Lenglet being possible targets and J hope we go for that age profile.

3.) 27 Jun 2018 14:13:46
Mourinho definitely prefers to sign older players over younger ones. That doesn’t mean younger players don’t sign for clubs he manages, but are the younger players the ones he really wants or are they the ones the club wants?

At Real Madrid they signed players for commercial reasons, their “Galactico” signings, players which their manager has very little say over. For me the proof is in the pudding. Don’t look at the players a clubs signs, look at the players the manager picks.

If we look at Mourinho’s signings since he came to our club. We have Zlatan at 35 when he signed. Matic, Mkhitaryan and Sanchez 29 when they signed. Lukaku at 24, Pogba at 23 and both Lindelof and Bailly at 22.

Here is the number of minutes played by Mourinho’s signings this season in the league and UCL.

Matic - 3683
Lukaku - 3573
Pogba - 2430
Lindelof - 1734
Bailly - 1270
Sanchez - 1213 (in half a season)
Mkhitaryan - 1216
Zlatan- 119

When you look at the season before Pogba’s minutes dropped from 3873 to 2430 a drop of 1443 minutes of playing time. Or more than Bailly, Sanchez and Mkhitaryan have played for us this season in total (Sanchez and Mkhitaryan only half a season) . Bailly saw his minutes reduce from 3050 to 1270, less than half the number of minutes he played the season before. When Zlatan was fully fit he played 3336 minutes for us which would put him as our third highest per minute player this season.

To put some perspective on it no one would say Lindelof played very often for us last season, just 1734 minutes isn’t a huge amount when you consider the maximum number of minutes a player could have played in the league and UCL last season was 4140. Martial last season played in 1927 minutes. Or a shade over two games more than Lindelof. Lingard only played 2069 or two games more than Martial.

This shows that when given the choice Mourinho would rather play an older steady eddy such as Young than someone with potential to become a far better player such as Shaw.

I read a statistic the other day that the average age of Mourinho’s sides across his career is 30.73 years old. Which if accurate shows he prefers experience over potential. So we really shouldn’t be surprised that the he has wants players like Fellaini 30, Young 34, Herrera 29 and Mata 30 be given new contracts before the likes of Shaw 23 and Martial 22 ect. Nor should we be surprised that the players he wants to sign are Perisic 29, Willian 29, Bale 29, Alderweireld 29, Bonucci 31, Godin 32 or Alex Sandro 28.

3 of his 8 signings have been 29 when signed and 50% have been 29 or older. The older players bar Pogba and Lukaku (the guys we paid 90m each for) have received far less playing time than the older ones. And within in our existing squad he has favoured our older players over our younger ones. So it really shouldn’t be that surprising.

4.) 27 Jun 2018 14:33:56
Mikh wasn't 29 when signed and Sandro is not 28, Agree on Mou preferring experienced players.

But when you look at the players he added I don't think he deserves the stick your giving him, most of them are young, Dalot and Fred (recent additions) are 19 and 25 respectively.



13 Jun 2018 21:32:29
So Martial's agent has come out and said that he wishes to leave United. It will grind a few gears on here but I personally see it as a mutually beneficial situation for both club and player.

I don't think he has progressed as much as a player and his end product especially leaves a lot to be desired. I like him as a striker but not as a winger. He would go for a big fee in this market and since we haven't renewed his contract since he joined he is on modest wages and would be easier to sell at a higher price.

I see Jose buying a right sided winger to provide balance to the side. A winger who has a consistent cross / end product on him and is more direct in gameplay. This would probably get the best out of Lukaku, Sanchez and Lingard who all make great runs into the box. Perhaps another striker who can hold up the ball and is good in the air to take pressure off Lukaku and to give him some rest?

Our attacking options currently are very unbalanced imo and we do need some rebalancing there. Martial leaving and a right winger coming in would make a lot of sense to me personally.


1.) 13 Jun 2018 21:45:48
Personally I would prefer to keep him but you can't blame the kid, or justify having both him and rashford as cover for the lw and st. Both are in critical moments of their career and I would prefer to keep rashford if pushed. I was all for sanchez, tbh a lot of us thought he'd go straight onto the RW, but unfortunately not. 70mill plus and we've a good deal imo. Hopefully out of the premiership. Great little player when he wants to be but their are more pressing concerns than losing a squad player who clearly isn't happy. Whether he hits his potential elsewhere or not.

2.) 13 Jun 2018 21:49:49
He has the potential to be a better striker than lukaku but mourinho would never play him over his favourite.

I agree though, I think it's best he moves on. I guess only time will tell if it's the right or wrong decision.

3.) 13 Jun 2018 22:13:00
His agent has got a nice dig in at Sanchez . "all going well for him until the january window and we know what happened then"

A lot of truth in that though, Pogba, Martial and Rashford lost the dynamic since Sanchez came but I guess he is here to stay.

Only hope we don't sell him cheap now.

4.) 13 Jun 2018 22:19:12
To go public weakens our negotiating hand. Can’t blame the player for wanting to leave. He had fought his way back into the side, and Jose brought in a direct replacement. Personally sad to see him go, think he has bags of potential and will do very well in the right team.

5.) 13 Jun 2018 22:33:36
He won't be missed. Good talent, not enough hard work, strolls around the pitch without a care. Blame Jose all you want, up to the player in the end.

6.) 13 Jun 2018 23:00:14
II hope Martial stays, it will be a shame to see him go. A tremendous talent, natural dribbler, composure in front of goal, but some of his situation is his own fault. Sanchez coming in, though, did not help him at all, nor the team. Martial has to be burning up inside watching the world cup from home.



05 Apr 2018 15:11:00
I've not been to Old Trafford in a while as I don't live in the country anymore. But I was back last weekend for the game against Swansea and noticed a few things that one might not notice watching on tv.

Firstly, you just don't realize how good Lukaku is until you see his off the ball movement. How silly do those who said he wasn't intelligent enough look now? He would score so many more if our midfielders would pick out his runs well.

Secondly, Jesse Lingard and Sanchez's effort and energy on the pitch is unreal. They give their 110% and chase the player down towards our own half if they lose the ball.

Contrast to that Pogba's effort was constantly lacking. For someone who plays in central midfield the busiest area of the pitch his workrate was quite shocking. He just walks around the pitch and gets caught ball watching. Going forward he lacks the brains to play the right pass and struggles to understand when to keep possession and see how the game could develop 2-3 passes further ahead like a top CM should. He constantly tries for the Hollywood ball and to be flashy and too smart. Also the ease with which he can be pressed into losing possession and we will get punished against the top sides playing someone like him in CM. He looked our weakest link all game.

Matic, alongwith Lukaku is the reason we've improved from 6th to 2nd. Top player and calm on the ball and even better positioning without it. Has the personality, brains and character Pogba lacks.

Lastly, after watching Ashley Young's effort on the pitch, I now completely understand why Jose picks him over Shaw.

Also it was very clear that we sit deeper because Jose doesn't trust our center backs without Bailly in the team.


1.) 05 Apr 2018 17:00:47
Top post Redfaith. Pogba just looks too slow to me or he just doesn't bother.

2.) 05 Apr 2018 17:53:54
Thats what i've been saying for a while now, he lacks effort. that's why even young Mctommy looks better than him with half or even less the talent pogba has. I even see his lack of effort on the french national team, kante plays at a different level than pogba and anybody else who plays central mid. You can see the big difference kante does for france when you put lazy mids around him.

3.) 05 Apr 2018 22:27:26
Spot on Redfaith.
I just feel that Pogba has had too much too young, like so many footballers nowadays.
Think they forget the r aeons why it is that they are famous and so well paid.
There is no excuse about not putting in the effort on the pitch.
Pogba has great talent but currently little effort and motivation. He should be a box to box CM who dominates the midfield and runs games. He also had the luxury of a great player alongside him in Matic who can cover when he surges forward.
Think he wants out deep down.

4.) 05 Apr 2018 22:28:16
Excellent post Redfaith - a number of valid points. Matic is such a class player; everything goes through him. Best buy!

5.) 06 Apr 2018 08:35:39
Good post Redfaith. I have been shocked by the lack of effort pogba displays. And I've been critical of his off field activities and the need to post on Twitter every 3 seconds, or the change of hairstyle every day, when he should be concentrating on his football and his fitness and work rate. How many flashy footballers do you see make it to the top. Ronaldo is the only exception and he has a clean image. Ronaldo also has priorities in the right place. He works and trains and plays very intensely and the off field comes second.
I'll be delighted to sell pogba and replace him with Isco and veratti or Kroos.




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11 Dec 2017 20:09:26

No. They kept possession but created precious little in clear cut chances. I aspire to be like the United aide of 98-99 or 2006-2009. Which not only had possession but also created chances and was absolutely deadly on the counter attack.

I would love to be like Jose's Real Madrid which score 100 goals in a season and was amazing to watch on the counter with pace and power. We have the forwards, defense, a winger and a keeper to be that good. All we need is a midfielder or two help us dominate more and take the pressure off Pogba.




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07 Jul 2017 22:22:01
I honestly don't care who he goes to. If we sign him, great he's a proven goalscorer in the EPL and will add something to the team.

If Chelsea get him we can sign someone like Morata and move on.




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14 Jun 2017 05:38:51

Wasn't the other club that was interested in Matic? If so, have they found someone else they are going for or have they backed out due to a high asking price?


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07 Jun 2017 14:15:34
You might want to head over to the Madrid page and check Ed002's answer to my question.




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16 May 2017 11:19:58
That's nothing new. Ed002 mentioned this months ago and said its unlikely to happen in the recent sharkopod.





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23 Aug 2018 15:23:41

I think Jose wanted to sign Perisic/ Willian and full backs like Sandro to put in the crosses for Lukaku. He is a beast in the air in the box. He's wanted Milinkovic Savic who, from what I've seen is good at spotting strikers' runs and playing through balls to them, something which would suit Lukaku.

I think Jose knew what he wanted to do when he signed Lukaku. Its just that we haven't managed to get the players to support him.




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21 Aug 2018 17:56:14

How are Spurs better at Football than us currently? They finished below us in the league, lost to us in the FA cup and made it exactly as far as we did in the Champions league.

Jose has won two more trophies than them in the last two years and reached one more final.

I'm sorry but Spurs in no way shape or form are better than us at football.

Also what angelred was hinting at is simple. Nobody expects Spurs to win the league, Man United on the other hand are expected to challenge every year. That's not arrogance but just simple facts that everyone expects that.

That point is pretty clear from how you think Spurs are better than us when they actually are not. Its all about expectations and putting things in context.


{Ed0333's Note - Spurs have got 6 points and haven’t lost any matches this season. You are living in the past let’s talk about the current. I’m willing to bet money Spurs will beat you in the league this season. Wanna take the bet? I’f I win I’ll donate my winnings to charity. If I lose will be a miracle. What say you?



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21 Aug 2018 17:36:10
Your bitterness is coming out strong Ed0333

Poch isn't complaining because nobody expects him to do better than last season or win anything. He's won nothing with a very talented Spurs side yet gets plaudits. Jose finishes second, above Spurs and has won trophies with this team, gets criticized.

He is expected to beat City. Poch is not.

As for only Mourinho being responsible for where the team is its quite laughable. Is he responsible for getting the club back to back UCL qualifications, winning the Europa league and League Cup, a second place and an FA cup final too then?

If the board don't believe in him they should sack him, get a manager whose philosophy they believe in and give him the money. They can't have it both ways by giving Jose a new contract and then keeping players he doesn't want and not buying the players that are key to his plan because they don't rate them as highly.

Its very clear that with or without Jose, this group of players will not beat City to the League title. If you believe otherwise then I really can't argue any further. Did Liverpool say to Klopp you already have a very talented group of players work with them? Did they tell him well you've signed Karius so get the best out of him? No. They went out and broke the world record for a keeper, broke the world record for a CB, signed Keita for an exhorbitant amount of money and signed Fabinho.

Klopp and Pep both made mistakes in the market like Jose has with his CBs. But they were given the funds to rectify those mistakes and ship out players they didn't want and their board believed in them. The problem at United is the board that wants it both ways.




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15 Aug 2018 13:07:31
AJH you are making sweeping assumptions.

None of the center backs have come out and said they're unhappy or done anything to suggest that is the case.

You should read Shaw's interview in which he said Jose had been privately very encouraging and has faith in his talent.

Perhaps what the media wants us to believe isn't so.

As for Pogba and Martial, I wouldn't shed a tear if they leave. Pogba, for me is not world class and never will be consistent enough to be world class.

As for Martial, Nani was way better for us imo and he got dog's abuse. The market is flooded with young talented wingers and we will have no problem replacing him.




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08 Aug 2018 20:07:27

I understand being negative and saying oh we will again finish second to City. But its gone too far with everyone suggesting a finish outside the top 4 and Spurs and Arsenal finishing above us. Its laughable.

Pre season, I look for players who are trying to prove themselves and fitness levels. I got that with Sanchez Bailly and Pereira. Like Jose said, he didn't learn anything from pre season. Most of the first team squad didn't play due to the world cup.

Its not possible for Jose to implement his tactics when his main players aren't there.

I find it funny that you don't see an upward trajectory. We were 5th and 6th the seasons before. We were 2nd last year and have added a couple good players and the best is yet to come from the likes of Sanchez, Bailly and Lindelof who look on the up and maybe even Lukaku.


I understand what you are saying but Jose is putting pressure on the board because he feels he needs signings to compete with City. I don't fault that and he is right.

But Spurs, Arsenal and maybe even Chelsea are they really better than us? I don't think so. If we can get Bailly fit, Lindelof to play like he did at the world cup, Sanchez firing and if he stays, Pogba playing more disciplined, simple and focussed instead of trying to do something special all the time we will improve massively this season.