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23 Sep 2017 08:18:43
Not trying to piss off any of the Eds, but I have one question.

With Costa moving back to Atleti in January, does it open the door for Griezmann to make a move as well?

And do United still have an interest in him?

Thank you.

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - Griezmann only held off the move because they could not replace him, so it is possible that he may decide to move. However, I expect him to wait until summer personally, depending on how Atleti are doing at that point.}


1.) 23 Sep 2017 08:54:16
Do we have alternatives to Griezmann? Not really a fan tbh.


2.) 23 Sep 2017 09:27:27
Thanks, Ed.

Do United still have an interest in him? Do you see us making a move for him in the summer?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know off the top of my head sorry.}


 

 

11 Jul 2014 19:03:20
Italian newspaper La Tercera reporting something related to a $55 million bid for Vidal from Man Utd. I don't know how reliable this is. Anyone read this? Or knows something about this? Eds. Any idea?

Thanks

Raghav

1.) Isn't that a paper from Chile?


2.) Ya a lot of papers in ireland reporting vidal and di maria done deals exciting times


3.) 11 Jul 2014 20:47:36
Apparently there is a report in the chilean newspaper. I think the deal includes Evra also.


4.) When I said Italian, I meant the language. Sorry if you got confused.


5.) I read a poorly translated version (I don't speak Spanish) and it appears that their source is the English press.


 

 

29 Jan 2014 18:45:34
Ed if you could spare a thought, the Kroos story. are United interested in him?

Raghav

{Ed004's Note - Yes but if he becomes available so will other clubs}


1.) Heard that Manchester Utd have agreed a fee with
Toni Kroos, deal is still a way off. Player is happy to
leave. And his agent turned down Chelsea approach because Toni's ambition is to play for Man Utd. MASSIVE NEWS guys


2.) Really hope that he signs for united would be class with mata rooney van persie and adnan


 

 

 

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12 Feb 2018 14:49:20
{Ed's Note - Raghav has posted a new article entitled, Surely Manchester United are capable of playing better

Raghav

1.) 12 Feb 2018 14:58:23
Thank you for posting this Ed :)

{Ed033's Note - ok, thanks for sending it in.


 

 

17 Jan 2018 09:40:24
One for the Eds. This isn't a question about how likely Sanchez is going to sign for us, but, it's more on the lines of whether United are buying the player because he is available or was he one of players that Mou wanted?

Basically, is it whimsical purchase, to satisfy the fans?

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - Jose wants him and wants rid of Mickey so it is a win win situation.}


 

 

16 Jan 2018 07:35:00
I think Owen Hargreaves has lost the plot.

I was watching the pre-match thing last night and his opinions and words are laughable.

At half-time, when the pundits got to know that City have pulled out of the race, he said this

"City don't need a player like Sanchez. Don't see where he fits. He's 29 and goes against the policy that City are trying to follow and he can't see Sanchez fitting into that squad. "

Wow, I know you are free to have opinions, but this is shambolic, you can't have such bias. I think the dumbf**k has forgotten who made him big.
Eds (Sorry for the abusive language)

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - I am sure he fully remembers Bayern Munich Raghav, don't you worry.}


1.) 16 Jan 2018 07:58:46
Agreed, 'the who made him big' was excessive, but it was just annoyance about the kind of bias the guy has for United. It's a bit too much.


2.) 16 Jan 2018 07:59:34
To be fair a few month ago a lot of people on here where saying the same.


3.) 16 Jan 2018 08:08:33
Saying what jred?


4.) 16 Jan 2018 08:48:53
Hargreaves is a very, very poor pundit. Was a great player for Bayern and would have been for is bar rotten injuries. Not much more to be said on him.


5.) 16 Jan 2018 09:29:23
Hargreaves sounding like LVG 🤣🤣.


6.) 16 Jan 2018 09:57:47
Eric,

I respect Hargreaves for the player that was. We paid good money for him and he was quite good in the red shirt. The point is not that, the point is, when you are being called to a show and your opinion is being heard by thousands, if not millions, then I think it's given that you should not be biased.

Yes, rip the team apart when they play like crap, but give credit where credit is due. Is that too much to ask?


7.) 16 Jan 2018 10:24:36
He was an excellent player when fit, he is just bitter about how things turned out for him at United.


Understandable if the rumours are true. Apparently when we first tried to sign him and Bayern rebuffed our advances he picked up an injury that ideally required an operation. Bayern wanted to save face with their fans so went down the route of injections instead. The following summer United went back in for him, Bayern knowing he needed an operation sold him. United having spent over a year trying to sign him didn’t want to be left with egg on their face by signing an injured player so they went down the injection route as well. Two years of playing on knees that needed an operation rather than pain killing injections supposedly destroyed his knees and he was never able to fully recover. Like I say these are just the rumours I’ve heard.


Then when his contract was up for renewal the club decided not to offer him a deal, which from the clubs perspective makes sense. Why sign a player to a large contract if he is unlikely to be able to play for you? However, from Hargreaves perspective a club pushed him to have injections rather than the operation which lead to the end of his career and then the club dumped him at the first opportunity.


If that is how things went (and I say if as it is unsubstantiated, although comes from a good source) then is it any wonder why Hargreaves is slightly bitter toward United?


8.) 16 Jan 2018 10:46:23
Raghav. Rather write. Who kept on paying him even on injury table for years. and he digested that money with ease.


 

 

04 Jan 2018 07:25:32
Ed 002. Any chance of a sharkopod? Sorry for bothering.

Raghav

{Ed002's Note - You have already had one.}


1.) 04 Jan 2018 09:03:48
Crap. Sorry, I tried finding it, but couldn't. You think you can share the link again? If that's okay?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea about the link, sorry. Maybe someone else can help - I would have thought the search function would find it.}


2.) 04 Jan 2018 11:44:10
Search "Sharkopod" then scroll down until you get to a post from the 16th of November. Just listened to it again and Ed002 states several times; If Jose is coach in the summer.

Sharkopod 18


3.) 04 Jan 2018 12:52:44
Perfect! Thanks a ton, mate!

I was scrolling through the search field. Crossed that date too. Must have missed it. Thank you, once again.


 

 

13 Dec 2017 08:35:32
AJH,

There are things that you have mentioned in a post yesterday that I agree with and then there are things that I might have a different opinion on. So here's my two cents worth of whatever is popping in my head:

Yes, we have done well if you compare us to last season. We are in the knock-out stages of the CL, the FA Cup is still there and even the League Cup (for whatever it counts) . The PL is obviously a different story. Now I'm not going to whine about what has happened, coz it has and there is nothing that one can do about it. There were games where we should have done better.

Liverpool was in my opinion 2 massive points dropped. Stoke was another disaster (strong word, I know), Chelsea were not totally confident when we played them, I think, they were coming after a loss to Roma (not too sure) . And then the recent one City. We all know what we felt about that and we know Mou messed it up big time. And I think, it is safe to say that out of the 4 games mentioned above, Mou messed up all of em (slightly harsh, but just my opinion) .

Now, coming on the argument about winger vs midfielders, I think we need both and I think Mou knew that. He knew offer little from the sides going forward, all of us know Valencia can't cross the ball and Young is not consistent enough, though is better than the others that are there. We also know that Mou tried to sign Perisic and it did not happen for whatever reason, maybe it's the money, maybe Inter did not want to sell, who knows.

But what one does know is the fact that when you are the manager of Manchester United, are you not supposed to have a back-up plan in case Plan A doesn't work? And that was for the left side of the team, what about the right hand side? Was Bale plan A, if not then who was it? If that didn't work then who was the back-up? Surely, you can't just have one option, right?

For the centre of the park, the problem is we have solid holding/ defensive midfielder in Matic and then we have Pogba, who is not your typical holding midfielder, rather, he might just be a box to box midfielder. Now, we all want Pogba to showcase what he's worth inside the oppositions half and not get bogged down by too much defending. But, when that happens, it makes Matic look vulnerable and he can't really do the job alone then.

So, does this mean that we let go of the two in the middle formation? Instead, do we look at a three man midfield? Possibly, Matic + Another CM (no name here) + Pogba and with that, we have a 3 in the front? Lukaku + Martial + Rashford (Mikhi + Lingard + Mata as subs, whatever suits people) . Do you think this formation can work? This way, not only do we solve the problem of being outnumbered in the middle, we also have pace on the wings, which is good.

One more thing that I have noticed every time we play is that out team just doesn't form triangles when we play a short passing game. There is support through the lines, but never through the middle, which baffles me, coz if you want to play a passing game (I don't mean a 'Barca-ish' game) you need to create triangles or maybe that's just my thinking.

All in all, I think results have improved, but nothing drastic has been changed. We are defeating teams we are supposed to, but it's the defensive minded approach against the big ones that are costing us. Certain players need to step up and take command of the game, certain players need to put in some extra hours in the training ground.

Raghav

1.) 13 Dec 2017 10:08:28
I think the meltdown has been a bit over played. We were beaten by the better team on the day, the one that is further on with there plan, and one that can out spend us.

2nd is nothing to start crying about, and Jose will know what he needs but just doesn't have unlimited funds and time to do it. If he did our midfield would have been fixed and so would our RB and LB positions a bit like what city did last window with RB LB and midfielders brought in.

Lastly I don't think our midfield can go toe to toe with sides without pogba. Herrera is no where good enough this season he has gone backwards and i'm not getting into Fellaini, I don't think he will play much now he wants to leave.


2.) 13 Dec 2017 10:48:42
FZZ,

I'm not talking about there being a meltdown, I'm just stating a few things and by no means is that me panicking.

I don't think City can outspend us. They are attracting good players, but so are we. I don't know for sure, but I doubt city outbid us for any player, at least not since the time Mou has come in. I think a lot has to do with the player wanting to work for a particular manager (not too sure) .

City spent a bomb in the summer and they didn't really sell their players for a lot of money, so it wasn't like they balanced their buying through selling. United did the same. Yes, we need a RB and LB and that means clearing deadwood, but I think the budget was available to Mou (Again, just what I think) .

I agree, our midfield without Pogba is incomplete and whenever he isn't playing we can see how we simply by-pass our central players. Maybe, Mou could try and strengthen our central area in January.


3.) 13 Dec 2017 11:04:43
It will be interesting to see how we progress in midfield JMS model this season was to have 5 pogba matic Carrick Herrera and Fellini . Mctommay has been used maybe due to the Carrick issues and Mata Miki and lingaard are more of a ten or wide players . Come the seasons end Carrick and fellani may not be with us and Herrera is using up most of his credit for his good form 7 month ago . Pogba and matic look as good as any two in the league but quite often face 3 . Without either matic or pogba it's easy to fear the worst against good sides.


4.) 13 Dec 2017 17:39:37
Raghav, good post mate. I think, we have the players to compete but for whatever reason we rarely leave look fluid. There have been spells and moments but nothing sustained, even the 4-0 wins were a little stop and start.

I think there is potential in our team that remains untapped and it is up to Jose to get it out. I’m not sure he will though, he will ship some out and ship some more in, which seems a little clinical. I want to see what he’s made of and what he can get out of the players we have.


 

 

 

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06 Feb 2018 09:37:27
Guys,

I cannot reply to what every single poster has said and I respect what each one of you has said.

So here's the thing, what I said about Rashford does not mean that I want him sold, of course, I want him to be a success at United and play for us for many many years, but on the current form that he is in and the way I see him play week in and week out, I just don't think he's learning the right things. I'm all for giving the kid every chance that he rightfully deserves, but I'm thoughtful of the fact that if he doesn't learn or change, then the club should be smart about it and not emotional.

Raghav

 

 

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05 Feb 2018 10:26:46
Angelred,

If you think I'm being short-sighted when it comes to Rashford, then let me clarify, that I'm not. I'm not saying this 'coz I've only seen 2 or 3 matches and seen him not perform, and hence I've made up my mind. It's my observation over the course of the season and not just in the Premier League, I have watched him play in the League Cup and even FA Cup.

I think his decision making is way off, sometimes he's way too selfish. I'm in no way saying that he's a bad player, but I feel these basic things need to be addressed so that his game can develop. And there is probably nothing wrong with the kind of people he's playing with, I don't think there is any other team in the League that will be able to help him mature as a player.

Also, 12daysofhermida, I don't know. Maybe I'll give him a season or two more and if he still fails to deliver, then maybe, it might be the time to sell.

Raghav

 

 

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05 Feb 2018 07:34:12
I agree with you, Beast. I don't think Rashford has really taken his chances very well. He still seems to make the wrong decisions more often than not. I'm not slating him, it's just an honest opinion about the guy. I know he's just 20 and he's young and probably still a kid, but that still doesn't excuse him from not improving as a player.

I don't know the kind of influence Zlatan and Lukaku have (had) on him, but I'm sure none of them were telling him to regress and not try and motivate the kid.

Raghav

 

 

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10 Dec 2017 03:47:14
Why is everyone against signing Griezmann. He's not a bad player is he?

Raghav

 

 

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01 Nov 2017 08:32:21
I think a lot of teams take advantage of a set-piece situation. Whether it is a free kick or even a corner. I think that's the whole purpose an attacking set-piece, putting the opponent under pressure.

I'm not saying the tactic didn't work, it did and we scored, but I'll take it as more of a fluke, rather than a practised thing.

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23 Feb 2018 10:08:08
MancMan,

I agree with some bits of what you've written, but it's mostly this paragraph that I don't agree with

"I'm trying to understand because I come from the other perspective. I'm almost not bothered about the result, it's the joy of watching an exciting game which matters to me. More often that not, if Man Utd are involved in a dramatic game then the result takes care of itself because we usually have the better players because we have the bigger budget. It seems counter productive to shackle their abilities. "

You say you are not bothered about the result and you only look for entertainment? What was entertaining in the Sevilla match a couple of nights back? What was entertaining in the schooling we got from Spurs almost three weeks ago or the away game at Newcastle, where we were outplayed, again?

We were nil-nil with Newcastle for a while, did the result take care of itself? No, we bloody lost. Against Sevilla, man-for-man, we were better, so according to your theory, we should have won? Did we? We came close to conceding more than scoring.

Bigger budget obviously helps in getting better players, but better players will only play to the best of their ability if they are allowed to. A cautious approach will never get the best out of your attack-minded players.

What you get after 90 mins of watching a United game is a false sense of hope that the next game will be better, players will perform better in the next game. After watching the UCL game (in India, it starts at 1:15 AM and you have to up till 3:30 AM and then go for work at 8), you feel like you wasted your time, because it's not entertainment, it's not snatch and grab, it's just football played in a manner in which your team doesn't lose.

And for me, that is unacceptable.

Raghav

 

 

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22 Feb 2018 07:49:12
Oh man! Half drowsy while I sit at my desk and pretend that I have all the energy in the world to go about my day, but the truth is, it's not sleep deprivation as much as annoyance at what I saw last night.


We all tend to cover the bad aspects with the good, I mean yes, De Gea was world class, Lindeloff was good, Smalling was not horrendous, Matic looked energetic and Sanchez was always hungry for the ball, but then that's it. We can't keep doing this and pretend this is the best we will play and the fact is, we have been playing like this, especially against teams that will press us in the middle and who will take the game to us.

Lukaku had a wonderful chance to score a goal but he fluffed his chance, a bad miss, but not the end of the world. The problem is not the miss, the issue is, how many times did United work the ball into the box? How many times did we see the desire from our players to take the game against a side who has struggled to score goals at home and oh, their top scorer was not even playing. For all the movement that happens behind the half-way line in our half, the movement is next to nothing when it comes to us attacking.

Yes, we hoof the ball upfield, and hope that the big man up front will head it or chest it or do something with it. The thing is, even if we are hoofing the ball upfield, there needs to be a second player coming for the drop down or flick on and guess what, we never have that. That's a problem. Putting the ball in the channel is good, opens up the defence, but then, the player running for the ball needs help and that is never there, that is a problem.

The problem is not just passing in the opponents half, it's about absorbing the pressure and keeping the ball, all great teams do it and I cannot accept that the players who play for United cannot keep the ball even when pressed. Or fullbacks, rather than try and keep the ball, kick up upfield, it's more of a - "I've done my bit, why don't you guys go and do your thing up there. "

There is not a single player in our squad who can keep the ball rolling, shuffle possession. Matic tries and does it to a certain extent, but then he can't do it alone. For all the attacking talent that Sanchez possess, I think he's having trouble with the way Mou is making him play, yes, he doesn't have to track back and has the freedom to roam around, but even to play a free role, one needs the support of the other players to make it work.

Last night, Martial came on around the 80th or 82nd minute. A couple of minutes later, one can see him walking on the field and not pressing for the ball, I mean, come the **** on! You've just come on, the manager has sent you on for a reason, you can for the love the god, press once and then if you feel tired, you stop. But, one doesn't even try.

For all the problem that the media is talking about Mou and Pogba, I think it's utter crap. Pogba's performance has dipped, he seems slightly tired or at best, lost. Is that due to him not being able to play in a 2 man midfield? I don't think so, we started the season with just him and Matic playing in the middle with runners around them, he didn't struggle then, why now? Normally, a manager puts an arm around the player and protects him from criticism, especially that comes from the press, but I guess Mou doesn't work like that and his way of getting a reaction is what he does. Was yesterday a test for Pogba? A reaction that Mou was hoping for? I don't know. But the team and the Frenchman struggled again.

What makes it sad is that one waits for a week, in this case, months before a match of stature comes around and you have high hopes of the team, at least in terms of a performance, but then, you are served this. it's like going to a world famous mutton kebab shop and the owner saying, - "we only have vegan food, sir. "

Raghav

 

 

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20 Feb 2018 10:01:36
Spot on Shappy. The way Pep behaves when things don't go his way is just ridiculous.

The media absolutely love him and so do the pundits, and for them, he and his team can never do any wrong. Yesterday's tackle was a bad one. Delph was rightly sent off, whether the ref changed his mind because of players or because of assistance is irrelevant. I can bet a million pounds that the way Wigan's players surrounded the ref after the tackle, city's players would have done the same.

City for the crying and the whining are equally bad when it comes to bad tackles. Fernandinho is no bloody saint, he is guilty of a few bad tackles, whenever City lose the ball.

As far as the pitch invasion goes, then yes, that should not happen, but it's criminal for a player of Aguero's stature to hit a fan.

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19 Feb 2018 13:41:02
Great, thanks, Ed!

Raghav

 

 

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19 Feb 2018 13:26:54
Just a question to the eds or the posters, it's regarding the VAR. I'm slightly confused regarding its working.

During the Huddersfield vs United match, there was a corner that was taken by the home side and the ball hit Smalling's hand.

Now, question 1

The officials reviewed the incident, but I don't think the ref or even the assistant ref asked for a review. So, this means that the VAR thing was working independently i. e. it will not work the way a third umpire works in cricket, is that correct?

Second, and this is more of a thought than a question, shouldn't the VAR only be consulted in case the officials have a problem? and because they can't refer to replays, they consult the VAR.

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - it is supposed to be independent of the officials at the game and look for 'clear and obvious errors' by the officials. It is not meant to be a referral system, the VAR is meant to be used to flag up wrong calls and bring the ref's attention to them.}