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20 Jan 2018 08:52:54
Ed, are we still looking at Jose Gimenez from Atletico or is Umtiti our main CB target?

Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - Barcelona won't be selling Umtiti - Gimenez right now seems happy where he is after an approach from another English side was rejected by the player.}


1.) 20 Jan 2018 12:31:53
Cheers Ed. Hopefully we see a quality centre back signed in the summer. Not long until we get the annual Raphael Varane wants to work with Jose again stories.


 

 

21 Aug 2017 14:23:32
Ed, Sky are reporting United are considering a bid for Ryan Sessegnon. Do you see us making a bid for him? Thanks.

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{Ed004's Note - I've no idea. It looks like all the top clubs are keeping an eye on him}


1.) 21 Aug 2017 16:07:34
Apparently we are willing to buy and loan back like we did with Smalling. Seems a good deal for Fulham if they are willing to do business.


2.) 21 Aug 2017 16:38:50
He's certainly a player who looks very promising. However, he's nowhere near ready for the top end of the PL so a loan back for a year or two makes far more sense.


3.) 22 Aug 2017 15:24:51
More of an age issue with him, Ed002 said this months ago, possibly around January. You have to remember he is still a kid, whoever buys him will have to loan him back to Fulham. But, he does look like a talent.


4.) 22 Aug 2017 16:57:54
Seen him play a few times as my mate is a Fulham fan and I take his tickets when he can't go.

Actually started as a winger but injuries forced him into full back. His has a great engine and gets up and down the line well. Needs to work on his 1 v 1 defending a little but that will come.

His brother, Steven, was rated the better prospect before a bad injury, he's at Fulham too. Apparently he is a little reluctant to leave his family and his family will not let him go anywhere that he's not looked after. Not just financially.

Not ready for us yet but a loan in both the championship and maybe another in the EPL and he would be perfect to rotate with Shaw.


 

 

18 May 2017 18:47:41
I'll be the one who takes the Sly Sports bait today. Are we actually interested in Nainggolan? Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - Mourinho was very keen on Radja Nainggolan whilst at Chelsea who were not interested at the asking price for a player of his age - and if Manchester United are interested, he certainly won't be first choice for them.}


1.) 18 May 2017 20:34:29
Would be ideal player to add some energy to the midfield.


2.) 19 May 2017 07:33:16
Is he still smoking 50 a day and partying every other night? He's a brilliant player who'd improve our midfield immensely but he is damaging his own longevity with his lifestyle.


 

 

04 Jan 2017 10:42:59
Ed I'm assuming this is complete rubbish before I even ask, however, there are some rumours today that we are looking at Patrice Evra?

Apparently to solve our issues at left back which I wasn't aware we had since we're very well covered in that position. The only reason I can think of is additional cover since Darmian may be moving although Semedo looks to be the target for that?

Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - I really don't know anything of it.}


1.) 04 Jan 2017 14:13:53
Its based off Rio's twitter and everyone assumes stuff. Apparently its a coaching role next season.


2.) 04 Jan 2017 17:36:19
I would love to see Patrice back at the club in a coaching role. Great player, great guy.


3.) 04 Jan 2017 18:20:26
He could teach Luke Shaw a thing or two about how to look after yourself as a professional athlete.


4.) 04 Jan 2017 19:11:59
I would take him back for 6 months, just like Ibra with rashford, shaw could learn from him for the rest of the season before he moves into a coaching role, who better for shaw to learn from than one of (if not) uniteds best left back.


5.) 04 Jan 2017 19:16:32
Coaching role yes, playing no. We sold him when it was the right time to do so. The pace of the PL was leaving us and him vulnerable. Loved him while he was here, but can't come back other than as a coach for me.

{Ed002's Note - Do you think he is a good coach? Is Mr Mourinho happy with the coaching Evra has been doing to such an extent he has invited him to join the coaching staff?}


6.) 04 Jan 2017 19:34:41
I would give him a try ed, personally, but maybe my heart rules my head on that one. He was a very good full back and we have been a bit short in that department for some time. Can't see it doing any harm having someone with Evra's experience around the place.

{Ed002's Note - Typically Mr Mourinho would not have random ex-players coaching anywhere near the first team simply for sentimental reasons. Downhill from there.}


7.) 04 Jan 2017 19:39:03
Its funny why people would love to invite old players back as coaches, just to have them round like a sentimental thing.

Evra isn't someone going to be drafted in to coach left back, its laughable even considering it.

If he comes back he will be playing, because Jose thinks he can do a job simple as that.


8.) 05 Jan 2017 01:53:49
Ed has a point with the sentimental reasons actually, only have to look at giggs for that one.


9.) 05 Jan 2017 12:54:49
evra got torn to bits on this site for his last 18 month?
people couldn't wait to sell him.


10.) 05 Jan 2017 13:49:23
Good man jred. You are bang on there. Short memories sometimes.

Wouldn't have evra near the coaching unless he proved himself in that department first.


 

 

29 Jun 2016 18:01:07
Ed's there have obviously been lots of posts about who's coming in at United but is there any news on interest on the likes of Mata and Blind leaving? It was reported they were likely to leave when Mourinho took over but there hasn't been much news since.

Thanks.

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{Ed004's Note - I haven't seen many of our players linked with other clubs}


1.) 29 Jun 2016 21:41:35
Rojo, Blind, Mata and Fellaini hopefully find some suitors.


2.) 30 Jun 2016 11:14:32
Why blind Fresh? Great squad player.


3.) 30 Jun 2016 13:19:17
I agree Irish. I would like him to stay but I'm not sure he will. There are plenty of teams where he would command a regular starring place. We will have to wait and see there had been none of our players with the exception of Damian linked with moves away really.


4.) 30 Jun 2016 15:10:30
Ken I also really want Darmian to stay think next season will be a lot more settled for him.


 

 

 

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15 Jun 2018 07:33:23
Who do you guys think will/ should get more game time out of some of our younger players? Players like Tuanzebe, McTominay and Fosu Mensah.

McTominay is obviously quite highly rated by Jose and will likely see a reasonable amount of playing time but Tuanzebe and Fosu Mensah don't seem to have an obvious place in the squad. Do you think these guys will have another year at United of playing in the early rounds of the cups or can you see them breaking into the team? Personally, though I'd love to see it, I can't see much game time at all for Tuanzebe and Fosu Mensah.

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1.) 15 Jun 2018 08:03:40
Fosu mensah should get the most game time because i think he's the most talented of the three, can play multiple positions and i don't think his work ethic is in question.

Dont see how tuanzebe can get any game time if we plan to have 6 centre backs on book and only play with two central defenders at one time.

Reality is mctominay will play much more next season especially if fellaini leaves because he works hard and is willing to do everything the manager says.


2.) 15 Jun 2018 11:06:33
I think mctominay will go out on loan depending on another cm signing and AP coming back.


3.) 15 Jun 2018 11:26:06
TFM depends where he's going to be playing. RB or DCM. Tuanzebe probably needs a loan until we can free up some space. Maybe like TFM and go to a lower prem team for a season, see how he gets on.


4.) 15 Jun 2018 13:37:42
I can see TFM leaving. He has made it clear that he wants regular game time, and I don’t think he’s at the stage where he will get it with us.


 

 

20 May 2018 08:49:28
The end of another season and it looks like we're still needing a bit of a clear out. Many on here have been saying this since Fergie was still the manager. Too many ok players and not enough great ones. Unfortunately that couldn't be more correct in my opinion. It's incredible that our 1st choice back 4 was here when Fergie left despite us buying 6 or 7 defenders since he retired. I suppose that says who we've bought have not lived up to expectations.

Jose's attritional style of play can at times help hide the flaws of some. However, it has stifled others leaving our side in a weird place. We have fantastic attacking players like Sanchez, Pogba, Martial etc who aren't sure when to attack/ try to express themselves meaning we attack without any pattern and look confused in the final third. Then we have average players who are very comfortable playing without much risk and have become almost definite starters each week.

Many on here have been saying for years that Smalling, Jones and Young should be nowhere near the club never mind the starting 11. However, who replaces them? Shaw doesn't seem to be very professional, Lindelof has struggled at times and Bailly can't stay fit for very long.

We also have a number of players who have contributed very little over the past season. Would it do a huge amount of harm to replace them with youth team players? I'm sure we would all prefer to see Angel Gomes named in a squad than players like l Blind or Darmian who haven't really been seen since January? Even if he doesn't get on the pitch it gives you some hope he will. We're hardly screaming for Darmian to get on.

Moving forward I hope we see a new left back, right back, centre back and Central midfielder in the summer. Alex Sandro ideally or Kieran Tierney for left back, Djibril Sidibe or Fabinho for right back, Alderweireld for centre back and Jorginho for centre midfield (though looks City bound) would be a great summer. Here's hoping we don't have to spend any of our budget on a new 1st choice keeper. Hopefully this summer we get our signings right and were in a position that sees Jose give the players a bit more creative freedom because he trusts that the defensive players don't need quite so much protection.

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1.) 20 May 2018 09:26:04
No point spending more millions on new players if you can't get the ones you have playing well .


2.) 20 May 2018 11:01:32
Agreed jred but what evidence have the likes of Smalling, Jones, Darmian, Young, Fellaini, Rojo, Blind etc provided to show they can play any better than they actually are or have? It's not like any other top side is clamouring to have any of them in their team. Is there a coaching issue with some? Absolutely. Are some just not as good as you'd like to see in the squad? Definitely.


3.) 20 May 2018 11:37:36
1 . Jose really wants fellaini so it's not me but the manager who thinks he is good enough
2 . Rojo has just signed a new contract so again you could argue Jose thinks he is good enough
3.young and smalling have both played well imo this season and are both first choice for Jose
4. Looks like darmian is off to juventus .

So if Jose rates them he needs to get them playing better.
I don't think our back 4 have been that bad it's cm and attack where the problem is .
Young and co have played about par for the course, we don't conced many .
Pogba Sanchez martial rash Miki and co have all underperformed we don't create, score enough even look like we have an attacking plan .


4.) 20 May 2018 12:42:26
If the manager rates them, that's fine but it doesn't make them any better or worse a player because the manager rates them. They are as good as they are and if they are after 2 years of Mourinho being in charge there isn't any improvement then maybe they aren't good enough?

For me, not conceding many and being good at the back don't go hand in hand nowadays. When you think of great defensive teams you think of Mourinho's original Chelsea or Atletico. Compared to them in terms of defensive capability and simply behind very difficult to score against City are horrible at the back, so are Barca, Liverpool aren't great either despite a recent upturn in their form but they all defend in a different way from us or those defensive sides. They all have pretty good defensive records.

They keep possession for long spells or press energetically for the majority of games. This means defenders such as Otamendi, Pique, Mascherano are in defence when teams rarely concede. Pique is a prime example. He is seen by many as being amongst the best in the world at CB when in fact he is nowhere near. They play in sides which hide their flaws and mean they don't have to defend much throughout a 90 minutes. Then when they do the opposition are knackered and can't really provide support meaning a striker is isolated or perhaps has one pass on if he's lucky. Having Smalling, Jones, Rojo etc all have to defend far less often would be brilliant for us.

Our side isn't built to defend that way. We wait until the opposition are in our half then start to press. The way we set up usually is how Jose has been successful but football has moved forward from having a big physical side who have a low defensive block. We have a good defensive record because of it as we pack men behind the ball but we achieve this in a far more boring way than the sides I've mentioned above. Even in the past a Mourinho side could play the ways we do defensively but they were lethal on the counter. Nowadays sides know how to play against that, where as 10 years ago it was new. Counter attacks start 20 or 30 yards further up the pitch now. This is why when we get into the final third we look lost as the tactic of hit them on the counter has been countered and our players seem to have no spotaniety within them to get around this.


5.) 20 May 2018 13:08:42
Rjmam
I disagree, we have the most exposed back line about, team just walk through our cm .
We don't defend our back line and our posseion is poor, we don't defend from the front or as a team .
Our cbs are completely exposed.

I do agree that city and Barcelona etc don't have superstar backline but that's my point they have a good enough midfield and forward line .

Our back line is probably good enough nothing wrong with 28 goals in 38 league games but it's our midfield and attack were the problem lies.


 

 

14 Mar 2018 08:07:17
It's very rare nowadays that I get genuinely angry about a game football. However, last night was one of those rare occasions.

On Saturday with a few of my mates, I criticised Jurgen Klopp for never having a plan B. This is a criticism that can be generally be levelled at Come and Wenger as well. Rarely in his managerial career can that be levelled at Mourinho. Last night though, it can. If plan A was to be direct, quite deliberate in our passing and play up to Lukaku and Fellaini then fine. It's not the most enthralling but it is how Mourinho wants to set up and how he feels we can get success. When this doesn't work because Sevilla have smarter midfielders and defenders who can cope with a long ball unlike Liverpool, there has to be some other way of playing? The players looked lost last night and as much as Mourinho's tactics were poor, the players should also shoulder part of the blame. I get that Mourinho has his way of playing but when you as a £300k p/ w player can see it isn't working surely you can try something different? Surely, you aren't so terrified of a manager that you refuse to do anything other than what he says when what he has told you is extremely ineffective? Play quicker, maybe try to beat a man? Take some responsibility? Those moments need someone to realise the game isn't going the it should be and they go and make a difference. Think Keane vs Juve or Beckham vs Greece. Was it tactical genius that led to Keane grabbing a game by the balls and hauling United through? No. Was it tactical genius that led to Beckham haring all over the pitch doing the work of 3 men in the 3nd half then scoring a last minute free kick? No. It's big players making a difference.

I fully believe that United playing at 70% could have beaten Sevilla. They are an average side and everyone in the last 8 will be desperate to draw them. If we had gone out to Real Madrid or Barcelona playing this way, I would still be angry but I would understand the caution and the reasons for it. You want to ensure the likes of Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo and Bale are kept quiet. You don't think that about Luis Muriel, Joaquin Correa or Franco Vasquez.

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25 Feb 2018 12:56:25
Sent before I'd finished writing my last post.

Other than what I've already said, I think we will see a 3 in midfield of Pogba, Matic and McTominay with McTominay playing on the right hand side of the 3 to give more cover against Hazard who will likely not be played as a false 9 today, he will probably play from the left.

We hopefully will see Shaw and Valencia at full back and ideally for me Bailly and Jones. However, if Jones isn't fit it will end up being Smalling. Generally I'd do anything to avoid playing Smalling but Morata is a very physical opponent and Smalling tends to be better at dealing with the physical side of things compared to Lindelof.

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25 Feb 2018 12:51:59
It's going to be interesting to see how we set up today. There has been a lot of criticism directed towards Mourinho's tactics over the past few weeks but if anything I think the criticism will make him even less likely to change.

Chelsea won't change the 3 at the back which means it's probably going to be a difficult day for Lukaku. His hold up play has improved and has actually been pretty good for the past few months. However, any ball played up to him is going to result in him battling with a couple of defenders and potentially Kante. This for me is the most important part of the game today, if we get support to Lukaku quickly with the likes of Sanchez, Martial, Rashford or Lingard the Chelsea's wing backs can be got at defensively particularly on the break. If Lukuku can hold up for a second or two and lay off to one of these we will get into some very good positions. Alonso has been very good in an attacking sense at Chelsea but he is not what you think of when you think of a modern full back/ wing back. He is not massively athletic so I hope we target him with Rashford starting on the right. Rashford is also more likely to provide good cover for our right back than Martial in my opinion.

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31 Jan 2018 18:12:04
It would be a great end to the window if we were able to get Jorginho as well. Maybe Darmian going the other way as I think Napoli were interested in him? Even if we don't, it shows we have an intention to bring in a Carrick replacement as a priority in the summer.

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31 Jan 2018 07:14:01
Blind has very good passing ability and seems to have a very good understanding of the game. However, I don't think he could replace Carrick.

Physically, Blind would struggle against teams that press high as he isn't quick enough not does he have the strength to hold people off. Carrick isn't the quickest but because of his awareness and ability to shield the ball is an excellent passing central midfielder.

If we have a good offer for Blind I'd say take it. We still have 5 CB's if he leaves and Shaw, Young, Darmian (doesn't look like he is leaving this window) and Rojo can all play left back. Next season we should have TFM back and he can fill a utility role in the squad.

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20 Jan 2018 12:31:53
Cheers Ed. Hopefully we see a quality centre back signed in the summer. Not long until we get the annual Raphael Varane wants to work with Jose again stories.

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18 Jan 2018 07:18:37
Wouldn't Sanchez have the same wage demands regardless of who was in for him? If his agent says he wants x amount per week then that is surely what he will be asking any interested party?

We have had plenty of players on huge wages over the past few years who have not done enough to deserve such sums. Schweinsteiger, Depay, Rooney (his last contract), Di Maria even Ibrahimovic being re-signed. Ultimately if Sanchez signs and is fantastic for the next 3 or 4 years no one cares about the money spent. The majority of the time people talk about money in sport is when it has been wasted, to me Sanchez seems like he is more likely to succeed than fail.

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24 Aug 2017 14:38:36
I agree GDS, as long as he is happy being 2nd choice behind Lukaku then we are fine.

Obviously having Rashford or Martial getting more time through the middle is good and beneficial for them but ultimately Jose doesn't play strikers like them as his number 9. It's always a target man so it's unlikely that even if we have good cup runs they would have got a huge amount of game time there. It took Zlatan to do his knee before either were played there with any consistency last season. Really hope to see them given a lot of game time on the left or right.

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27 May 2018 10:23:55
Bale for me. The ball looked like it was travelling a bit faster to him so the adjustment was unbelievable. Still no Trevor Sinclair though haha.

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20 May 2018 12:42:26
If the manager rates them, that's fine but it doesn't make them any better or worse a player because the manager rates them. They are as good as they are and if they are after 2 years of Mourinho being in charge there isn't any improvement then maybe they aren't good enough?

For me, not conceding many and being good at the back don't go hand in hand nowadays. When you think of great defensive teams you think of Mourinho's original Chelsea or Atletico. Compared to them in terms of defensive capability and simply behind very difficult to score against City are horrible at the back, so are Barca, Liverpool aren't great either despite a recent upturn in their form but they all defend in a different way from us or those defensive sides. They all have pretty good defensive records.

They keep possession for long spells or press energetically for the majority of games. This means defenders such as Otamendi, Pique, Mascherano are in defence when teams rarely concede. Pique is a prime example. He is seen by many as being amongst the best in the world at CB when in fact he is nowhere near. They play in sides which hide their flaws and mean they don't have to defend much throughout a 90 minutes. Then when they do the opposition are knackered and can't really provide support meaning a striker is isolated or perhaps has one pass on if he's lucky. Having Smalling, Jones, Rojo etc all have to defend far less often would be brilliant for us.

Our side isn't built to defend that way. We wait until the opposition are in our half then start to press. The way we set up usually is how Jose has been successful but football has moved forward from having a big physical side who have a low defensive block. We have a good defensive record because of it as we pack men behind the ball but we achieve this in a far more boring way than the sides I've mentioned above. Even in the past a Mourinho side could play the ways we do defensively but they were lethal on the counter. Nowadays sides know how to play against that, where as 10 years ago it was new. Counter attacks start 20 or 30 yards further up the pitch now. This is why when we get into the final third we look lost as the tactic of hit them on the counter has been countered and our players seem to have no spotaniety within them to get around this.

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20 May 2018 11:01:32
Agreed jred but what evidence have the likes of Smalling, Jones, Darmian, Young, Fellaini, Rojo, Blind etc provided to show they can play any better than they actually are or have? It's not like any other top side is clamouring to have any of them in their team. Is there a coaching issue with some? Absolutely. Are some just not as good as you'd like to see in the squad? Definitely.

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08 May 2018 18:08:05
Wow, didn't know that about Sarri ed001. Absolutely agree, can't have that from a manager at any level never mind someone who is the face of one of the biggest teams in the world.

In that case I'll veer away from Sarri and say Jardim is my favoured choice. That is unless there is some reports I haven't seen about Jardim being a horrible person haha.

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07 May 2018 21:15:59
There are plenty of great coaches out there, Nagelsmann, Jardim, Allegri, Fonseca etc. Personally I'd love to see us go for Maurizio Sarri if we did go for another manager. It'll never happen as he doesn't really like the transfer market so wouldn't fit in with our newish policy of spending big money and would be seen as a risk but his Napoli side play very attacking and exciting football. I think he has also been learning English.

He has made his players better, Hamsik was the star in Napoli but he is a better player now than he ever has been. However, look at Mertens, Insigne, Jorginho, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Hysaj etc. They are now pretty much household names in Serie A and would get in most sides in Europe. He's also had that side run Juve close in the league.

Regardless we won't be looking for a manager in the summer anyway. We will have Jose until we either win leagues again or the arguments start, whichever is first. In my opinion, it's pretty unlikely we see us lifting the Premier League before the predictable implosion begins.

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{Ed001's Note - you might want to do some research on Sarri mate. He has been accused of making comments that are sexist, homophobic and racist on the sidelines. He is a man who speaks without thinking. You can't do that at a huge corporation like Man Utd when you are the face of the company like he is.}