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26 Jan 2019 08:49:10
Do the Ed's or any fellow posters know anything about the young 17 year old African midfielder Hanson MBopp we have been linked to this morning?


1.) 26 Jan 2019 09:15:01
One hit wonder.

2.) 26 Jan 2019 09:21:46
DDG 1, bravo, take the rest of the month off. You win the site. :)

3.) 26 Jan 2019 09:30:05
Shappy you ok lectured us a couple of weeks ago telling and urging us not to read these types of rumours. are you bi-polar 😂😂😂😂.

4.) 26 Jan 2019 10:17:53
DDG1, comment of the month, bravo 👏🏻.

5.) 26 Jan 2019 10:30:30
Saturday morning fishing Shappy?
DDG1 one for the archives that answer is!

6.) 26 Jan 2019 10:46:46
Duwudada doowapp.

7.) 26 Jan 2019 11:53:42
DDG1, I'll have to get up a little earlier if I want to catch you. lol. I was hoping everyone had been out celebrating last night, hoped I'd catch a few. lol.

8.) 26 Jan 2019 12:33:45
We're looking at quote a lot of young players. Hearing a lot of things about young Swiss midfielder Toby Le Rone.

9.) 26 Jan 2019 13:04:21
Mort, I've heard he's quite tasty. Lol.

10.) 26 Jan 2019 13:52:10
Good with triangles too.

11.) 26 Jan 2019 13:53:55
A bit up and down.

12.) 26 Jan 2019 14:17:42
Probably still be better than floppy keita.

13.) 26 Jan 2019 15:15:55
I hear he’s a nougat’y young Midfielder.
Gets stuck in.

14.) 26 Jan 2019 15:54:06
A good run and this site is a joy to visit. Top work boys.

15.) 26 Jan 2019 18:49:05
I wonder what's happened to our cheerful friend Beast.

16.) 26 Jan 2019 23:02:49
I do miss beast he had some good input most of the time.



23 Jan 2019 11:58:06
Ed002, I see we are being linked in the press with a move for Paul Mitchell again. Obviously the fact that he has worked with Pochettino at two different clubs and Pochettino is apparently our number one target is the basis of these links.

Are the club interested in Mitchell? And what's your opinion of him as a candidate for the Director of football role our club is pursuing?



{Ed002's Note - Red Bull think a lot of him and for the past couple of months have been exploring a new global role for him as another EPL side has shown an interest. I am not aware of any approach by MU.}

1.) 23 Jan 2019 18:31:19
Cheers, Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - I would not want to see MU opt for Mitchell. It would not work in my opinion, but maybe to really move a head the club need to take the knife to the bad part of the apple?}

2.) 23 Jan 2019 18:40:03
Which part of the club is the bad part, in your opinion, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - The pointed bit.}

3.) 23 Jan 2019 20:14:34
Fascinating, from what I can find out about Mitchell he sounds like a United fans dream. Looks towards youth, won't sign players to block the pathway of young players, has unearthed some great signings for the clubs he works for.

So why do you feel Mitchell wouldn't work? And what is the bad part of the apple you allude to?


4.) 24 Jan 2019 06:06:39
The problem with that Shappy is blooding youth and winning trophies in basically impossible at this current time. We have a few very talented kids coming through, but what manager would risk their job here trying to make sure the kids get their chance?

5.) 24 Jan 2019 06:46:23
Mumbles, the right one for our club. We have only ever had consistent success under two managers. Sir Matt and Sir Alex, both built that success on blooding youth players.

Giving youth a chance is what Manchester United is about, a 80 year record of having an academy graduate in the match day squad is unmatched by any club anywhere in the world.

6.) 24 Jan 2019 10:30:17
Thanks for the info ed. Is it true that Andrea Berta is reconsidering now that Jose has left? I thought he was one of the people who jose was happy to work with? Thanks.

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

7.) 24 Jan 2019 11:06:28
Perfect thanks for the swift reply Ed.

8.) 24 Jan 2019 15:57:50
Isn't an apple with a pointed bit just a pear?



01 Nov 2018 21:36:19
Teams for the Matt Hawker Charity Cup 2019 - brought to you by Boyne Valley
15th June 2019

Ed001's - Lee's United

( C ) Ken
Benny Baller
John From Wigan
Magic Marl
Red Reaper
Saints-fan (GK)

Ed002's - Frunobulax Rovers
( C ) Koppite_68
Red Rout
Grandmaster Ramrod (GK)
Mermaid Megger
MK scouser

Big thanks to 077 for setting up the live chat, and to 001 and 002 for giving their time, and once again, supporting the football-rumours charity match, in aid of Macmillan Nurses and Seva Foundation.

Would love an attendance from fellow posters. I know most of use will be going out for some bevvies after. So well worth the trip guys.


1.) 02 Nov 2018 15:05:33
Don't worry Shaps, I got your back.

2.) 02 Nov 2018 16:43:52
And watch yours james😁.

{Ed002's Note - I'll have a large gin and tonic please.}

3.) 02 Nov 2018 17:28:15
I think there might be more United fans on our team. So I guess the site will have to be on our side. lol.



17 Jul 2018 11:05:15
169 Goals at this years World Cup. Which means I'd like to invite.
Salah - 167
Jamesmack8 - 165
Red Reaper - 162
Laney - 160

To play in the 2019 Matt Hawker charity game.
Thanks to everyone who had a guess, and any drop outs I'll contact the next closest.

Next phase will be when Ed001 and 002 pick their two tribes to go to war.
We did a live chat where they took turns picking last year, I think we did it around November? So let's aim for then :)

Posted on behalf of Benny Baller.


{Ed002's Note - I'll get on to the kits then.}

1.) 17 Jul 2018 14:09:58
Last time Salah will win anything this season ;)



03 Feb 2017 14:43:44
What do people make of the rumour this morning that along with Rooney that Martial maybe sold to raise funds for Griezmann?

Things don't seem quite right with Martial this season, he doesn't seem to have the trust of Jose, he has had an unsettled life off the pitch. He was unhappy about losing the No.9 shirt, and his agent was making noises about going to Sevilla on loan.

Our interest in Griezmann seems pretty solid, and the questoon was if he signed who would miss out?

Martial looks a prime candidate for being the one to miss out so maybe the club will look to move him on. Would be sad to see him go as he has so much potential.


1.) 03 Feb 2017 15:40:16
If the reports are true that he refused to warm up before the hull game and his attitude stinks then I think we should get rid regardless of how talented he is.

Plenty more players that would jump at the chance to be in his position.

2.) 03 Feb 2017 15:59:17
I can see them both going Shappy, not sure if that is "too raise funds" but it's a nicer way of putting it than "no longer good enough and not professional/ mature enough", to be honest if we expect to be at the top there are about 10 players that need to be replaced with superior ones. Too many of our players have gotten away with simply plodding along for too long and a few others are not progressing or coming to the end of their careers/ effectiveness.

I could list them, but it would be one hell of a long list, more messy than ever when you look at each player in our squad and ask "are they good enough to be a regular starter in a title winning team"? .

3.) 03 Feb 2017 16:03:58
If griezmann comes in someone will have to move on and i think it could be martial .
I don't think rooney going would be tied in to griezmann and i don't think united need to sell to buy .

4.) 03 Feb 2017 16:31:02
If he refuses to try harder it is consistently unprofessional regarding his place in the squad then, after being given a fair chance to improve, he needs to move in. Shane, as very talented.

However, media loves to create mischief with United stories, so hopefully it's something that Mouribgo can successfully address.

5.) 03 Feb 2017 16:31:36
Martial is lazy when he hasn't got the ball. There is no movement from him. He just stands there with his shoulders slumped looking fed up, his body language is awful. I think this is why Jose states he has to do more to earn his place.

6.) 03 Feb 2017 16:43:44
Dave, I'm not sure that's true. Mourinho is a team man and he wouldn't stand for that kind of attitude. Its disrespectful to your team mates and creates a bad atmosphere.

I can see why people might consider Martial sulky, he does have a very sullen look about him. He rarely smiles even when he scores.

I think if he really was like that then we might have heard something about it before rather than the press waiting until Mourinho drops him to suddenly start telling the world what he was like.

Beast, will you ever be happy? Were you ever happy with the team? So are you suggesting that DDG is the only player you'd keep? Beyond that we need a whole new 21/ 22 players to build a good squad? A little bit of an over reaction isn't? I'm starting tk think that you would be saying the same things if you were a fan of any other club in the world, everything is being done wrong in your opinion.

Jred, I don't think the club needs to sell to buy, but the wages could be an issue. Martial being sold would help balance the books considering how much Griezmann would cost and the fact that we would probably look to bring in another 3-4 players as well as Greizmann. That could well be close to 200m being spent. We would probably need to recoupe around 100m of that, which means we would need at least one big sale. I think Rooney leaving is more about freeing up the wages rather than any fee we would recieve.

{Ed007's Note - Wazza will get a bumper new contract extension before the summer ;-)

7.) 03 Feb 2017 16:51:03
Hi shaps. I really hope martial will be kept, many sources have claimed he wants to stay and is happy. I think he has gotten better and obviously things happened in the summer that unsettled his person.

I would actually move on ibra to be honest, it would allow a front 4 of martial, rash, griezmann and miki. Much more pace and flexibility. I really like ibra but feel that 1 year was enough and hopefully some of the younger players have learned from him.

8.) 03 Feb 2017 17:11:21
I'd love to know who reported it dave. It's not the first time this season that he hasn't warmed up.

Is this like the story last week where he supposedly didn't go to training? That was a load of crap.

9.) 03 Feb 2017 17:33:59
I said last week, all of sudden everything that happens will be down to martial's attitude. People jump on a comment and then it snow balls.

10.) 03 Feb 2017 17:52:27
Shappy - Well I'm not happy scrapping for 4th place every year mate, so yeah the squad needs a cull. If I were in charge which is what I think you are asking, then the only ones I would keep for the starting 11 (most of our team are squad players at best) .

DDG, Jones, Bailly, Miki, Herrera (on the edge) - none of the rest would make it in my first team. If they pulled their fingers out then Shaw, Martial, Pogba and Ibra would potentially. All the rest of them can go as far as I'm concerned. Players like Rojo, Valencia, Carrick, do well but they should be squad players at best now.

So yeah, I'm not very happy, because too many people beat around the bush. Whinge about not being positive, but if you take a step back it's pretty messy. We need 4-5 top signings and being suitable if Jose isn't going to change how we play.

11.) 03 Feb 2017 19:52:59
Beast would it be possible for you to produce a squad list that you would expect us to have as our current one is so clearly lacking (please be some what realistic)

12.) 03 Feb 2017 20:02:51
Martial was miserable and moody last year but he was playing well so we just accepted it. Now his form has dropped its become a big issue. Only those inside the club know how big an attitude he has but you're either a team player or you're not. If he is let's keep him, if not let's sell him.

13.) 03 Feb 2017 20:28:03
Coleman RB, Rose LB, Vidal CM, Griezzman 2nd striker, wingers are tricky, but I would push Valencia up and give Martial/ Miki a chance to shine with better players on the left or right, they can tuck in well and support the strikers with full backs flying forward. I'd stick with Ibra with 4-4-2. Then hunt for wingers in the next window if necessary.

Those are 4 key signings in the summer I'd make, £175m-£200m. Let go of Mata, Darmian, Shaw, Fellaini, Lingard, Rooney - probably recoup £80-£100m from those, wages would even themselves out roughly.

14.) 03 Feb 2017 20:52:30
Beast, the change from Sir Alex was always going to be tricky, watch Arsenal struggle when Wenger moves on.

You can't have 27 years of one manager and expect a smooth transistion.

Personally I feel a squad is made up of many different players of different levels of talent, fight and personality.

The kind of player you seem to want is a Roy Keane type fighter, but a squad of 25 Keanes would tear itself apart.

Even the most successful squads have bit part players, guys who might not have the same quality as the others but offer something different.

I think on the whole our squad is pretty decent. We are still three or four players away from having a first team capable of functioning as fluidly as Mourinho would like.

I feel the real issue with our team is still the balance at the back. I think we lack real quality full backs, I inclued Valencia and Shaw in that. Shaw has potential, but bar a handful of games at the start of last season we haven't seen him come close to reaching it. Valencia has been a stand out performer this season, but is 31 years old and still his delivery from the flank is erractic and he still gets caught out defensively at times.

I feel the other areas we stuggle is top class holding midfielder, Carrick is well into his twilight years and can't cover as much ground as he used to, and still for me hasn't shaken off the safety first passing of the LvG era. I also feel we need a long term partner for Bailly, someone who can play the ball out of defence quickly and accurately.

I think we are well covered in the goalkeeping department.

I think Blind, Smalling, Jones and Rojo are decent squad defenders. Tuanzebe, TFM and CBJ offer hope for the future.

I think we need a true defensive midfielder, but beyond that Pogba, Herrera, Blind and Fellaini offer good options. Carrick and Schweinsteiger offer experience, and I like the look of both TFM and Andreas Pereira as young options coming though. Its a good balance.

I think for the most part our forward options look very good. In the long term we will need a replacement for Rooney/ Ibrahimovic as a central striking option. And depending on the development of Martial, Rashford and Lingard maybe another option, possibly someone more like a true wide man rather than a striker playing wide or a No.10 shunted out wide.

We have a lot of very good young players, Bailly, Shaw, Tuanzebe, TFM, Pereira, Lingard, Martial and Rashford.
We need to see how these players develop before we can right any of them off.

I don't think the squad is that far off a really top one to be honest.

15.) 03 Feb 2017 21:22:59
Agree with a lot of that mate. Trouble is we aren't playing to the strengths of our squad and we have too many squad players, or players that put in a lot of 6/ 7 out 10 performances but not too many regularly putting in the 8/ 9 out of 10's.

We have a lot of passengers, waiting for somebody to do something, too happy to leave it to the next guy and do the easy thing. Ironically the two magical players we signed are the biggest passengers of the bunch. We need 2 or 3 players with that drive an urgency, that will encourage the rest of the team to work, run off the ball, not always think safety first.

We aren't far away, but 4-5-1 is a bad formation because it's a balancer, teams like Hull, Stoke can match up and it's hard to break them down. 4-4-2, will mean it upsets those teams, opens us up but means they have to attack and that leaves space.

We need to be a bit cleverer and a bit more energetic. But we need to replace some of those squad players with top class players in their position, too many average players.

16.) 03 Feb 2017 21:37:02
I think our forward line is one of our biggest issues they can't score and struggle to hold onto the ball or be the first line of defence. Just way too many slow old average players. We lack real quality throughout the team. If we all picked our favourite team from Europe assuming we were still in it we wouldn't have a player in it. ( maybe a keeper) That's criminal for the richest club on the planet.

17.) 04 Feb 2017 12:36:29
We don't need to raise funds. That's Woodys job an he's good at it.

Young, Rooney, Darmian, rojo could all be off come summer. Bastian probably as well.

If Griezmann comes in he'd be first choice with zlatan maybe taking a back seat.

18.) 06 Feb 2017 20:08:45
Agree with a lot of that and players are only running on 6/ 10 apart from bailly, Herrera, Jones, Miki and rojo which you lot want axed? Is he not good to have as cover?

We need a vote here too see how many believe griezmann will make it at UTD and not turn into another Forlan.

AG fits well into the way AM play. We do not play like AM and I think it will take AG a season to play well.

19.) 08 Feb 2017 19:20:01
AG is probably one of the only players in world football who can hold a candle to Messi and ronaldo.

I am quite sure he would be able to fit into any team, he is that good.




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13 Feb 2019 11:28:28
Players who consistently have let us down either though a lack of ability, inability to adapt or a lack of effort this season are Valencia (past his best but has been a very good servant) Young (tries hard, often decent but too often exposed and targeted), Lukaku, Sanchez and Mata (all three work hard but either have lost a little of what made them great players or don't have the attributes to adapt to how Old wants the side to play.

All bar Lukaku are in their 30's so have experience but are lacking something else.

So does it make sense to keep playing them in key games if it is clear they are likely to perform poorly?

Does it make more sense to play the likes of Dalot, Chong, Gomes and Greenwood. Sure they might also let us down, but they are more suited skillwise to how Ole wants the side to play. Also they will only learn from playing.

Doesn't it make more sense to play a player who can learn from and improve from poor performances than playing players who can't?

Maybe it's time to give the kids a chance.


1.) 13 Feb 2019 11:48:27
And if they fall flat on their face shappy? How does that work out for them?

2.) 13 Feb 2019 12:22:53
That depends on how the situation is handled.

If Ole throws them under the bus Jose style then probably quite badly.

If he puts an arm around them tells them it's all part of the learning curve, and let's them play and express themselves then it will likely go well.

Also it will tell us a lot about their mentalities. Have they got the strength of mind to take a set back and grow from it. If not then they might never fulfill their potential no matter how high it is.

I'm not suggesting throwing them all in at the same time. One or two in a game will do them wonders.

Most of our talented youngsters have stalled because they weren't given a chance in the first team. They kept playing youth football or reserved level and were never pushed to reach the next level.

Look at Rashford for example, he wasn't the most highly rated youngster in the academy at the time, yet he showed he has the right mentality and siezed his chance when it came. But if he was never given that chance where would he be now?

Give the kids a chance, stop Molly coddling them, they need to be given a chance. When the players they would be replacing are playing so poorly anyway what do we have to lose?

3.) 13 Feb 2019 12:27:23
I don't know why we are complaining about losing to this psg team. PSG have some top class players and have had the same squad for a long time.

We are a new time with some average players and we also had injuries to Martial and Lingard which effected the game.

4.) 13 Feb 2019 12:46:04
With 2 forwards out, we have no other option than to bring on 2 amongst Gomez, Chong or Greenwood atleast on the bench.

5.) 13 Feb 2019 13:29:55
It's transition we might of got carried away some times failure is good long as we stick together and learn and address our weakness. For such a massive squad in numbers and no one to bring on to add to our attacking play is bad but we knew that. Let's suck it up and move on.



13 Feb 2019 09:17:11
So here we are, the morning after the night before. What did we find learn last night?

For me we learned that we don't have the strength in depth in this squad to play the way Ole wants us to play. Once we have a couple of key injuries the players coming in aren't able to play at the same pace or intensity.

The injuries to Martial and especially Lingard killed our chances last night.

People will point out PSG had two of their starting forwards out for the game. However, players being out before the game allows you to plan. Players getting injured mid game can leave you up the creek without a paddle.

We also learned that poor Refs aren't limited to the EPL. Last night the Ref got the game all wrong, handing out yellow cards like sweets at a kids party first half, but he completely lacked consistency. Kimpembe should have been sent off twice for clear yellow card fouls after his early booking. I won't say that a player not being sent off cost us the game, but a lack of consistency from the Ref certainly didn't help our cause. Further compounded by him sending Pogba off at the end.

Speaking of Pogba, Ed001 said yesterday on the page that the problem with Pogba is he only does the pretty stuff that looks good on YouTube. That he doesn't knuckle down and do the dirty work. He is right of course, and against a team of the quality of PSG his lack of dirty work meant we lost the midfield battle. He needs to learn that to be remembered as one of the best you have to win the biggest prizes, that doesn't happen unless you roll your sleeves up and get stuck in.

There is a silver lining to last night though, now we will get to see how Ole gets this group of players to react to a bad result. Can he lift them and get them firing. Chelsea up next, and I don't think we could have asked for a better moment to play them. They look wobbly and we could get a very good result against them if we play to our potential. If Ole can get the right reaction from the players then it would be another tick for him to get the job full time. Now we will see if he is the right man for the job.


{Ed001's Note - there is one other thing, PSG, every time I see them (except for one notable exception in the Champions League against Liverpool) play better football without Neymar in the team. So I would not use that as a stick to hit the Man Utd team with, as him being out is as much a help as it is a hindrance to them.}

1.) 13 Feb 2019 09:35:55
"The injuries to Martial and especially Lingard killed our chances last night"

This could be a great opportunity for Chong. If AM and JL have muscle injuries it could be 4 weeks minimum.

I loved watching Mata play, he was a magician, unfortunately it's all past tense. Same for Sanchez.

Ole could do a lot worse than giving Chong a couple of starts in the next month. He'll be hungry and I dare say will give the ball away less than Sanchez and will cover more ground than Mata.

2.) 13 Feb 2019 09:46:43
The second half would have been a sobering experience for the players last night. PSG really taught us a lesson last night in how to punish mistakes and in simple ball retention in the oppositions half. The amount of times verratti could easily play through our press was so frustrating.

We learnt what we've known from this team under most managers post fergie. We are a pretty poor team when we have the ball at our feet, we are much more suited to sitting back and hitting teams on the counter. That can only take you so far at the elite level where teams can keep the ball so effortlessly.

PSG are no arsenal, they will be able to restrict the amount of counter attacks you can have, whether that's through fouls or not losing the ball in silly areas.

3.) 13 Feb 2019 10:12:49
Last night was set up for Pogba to show he is one of the best in the world. A game he should have taken by the scruff of the neck, as all great players do. He was sadly lacking in that regard. Another flat-track bully?

4.) 13 Feb 2019 10:17:00
For me this summer is massive in terms of transfers in and out. Surely Rojo Valencia Jones Darmian Mata Sanchez and Lukaku have to go. Personally there is a couple more i’d ship out but that won’t happen. We need a world class centre half possibly 2 but we can’t afford 2 if we strengthen other areas. Another fullback is a must. Another top drawer central midfielder and a right winger

Kouilbaly, Varane, Umtiti, Alderwield or Skriniar
Ndombele, Veratti, Saul or Neves
Jayden Sancho.

5.) 13 Feb 2019 13:17:46
Psg have conceded twice as many goals per game when neymar is playing.



07 Feb 2019 10:12:57
So the clear and obvious issue with our side is our defence, everyone knows it, its no secret or surprise when we let in a silly goal.

Yet there is potentially an even bigger issue within our squad, one that is never talked about or even appears on most peoples radar by the looks of it. I am talking about midfield. Why is no one seemingly concerned about our midfield?

Let me break it down. We currently have 6 first team midfielders on our books, with only James Garner in the youth system who has a genuine chance of breaking through to the first team, and he is only 17 so is unlikely to do so any time soon.

So who are the 6 first team midfielders? Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Fred, McTominay and Andreas Pereira. On the face of it not a bad selection.

However, Pogba his agent and our club have been looking to move him on for nearly a year now. So there is a serious question of whether he has a long term future in our side. Matic on form is immense, yet he doesn't have the fitness to stay on form all season, often fading when the games start coming thick and fast and in that vital "squeaky bum" time of the season. Herrera has been probably our most important player under Ole's revival, yet come July he is out of contract. Fred has struggled to adapt to the pace of the league, he may well yet adapt like Vidic or Lindelof, or he might never adapt like Veron or Kleberson. That leaves McTominay who works hard but probably lacks the talent to make it at the highest level, and Andreas Pereira who bar the odd 10 minutes has yet to convince in a Untied shirt.

So if Pogba moves on in the summer and Herrera isn't tied down to a new contract we could be looking at starting next season with 4 midfielders, an unfit and declining Matic being the best of them, a yet to adapt Fred and two youngsters who probably don't have the ability to compete at the highest level.

Compare that to a defence of Dalot, Lindelof, Tuanzebe and Shaw then suddenly our midfield looks more of an issue than our talented albeit inexperienced defence.

This is why I feel we need to sign two midfielders in the summer, someone to rotate with Matic in the holding role and someone to compete and add quality in depth in the box to box role.

One of Declan Rice, Reben Neves or Julian Weigl for the holding role might be good, with one of Tanguy NDombele, Lorenzo Pellegrini or Houssem Aouar.


1.) 07 Feb 2019 10:55:09
I personally do not think Pogba would seek a move if Ole is appointed as the permanent manager. Ole is playing to Pogba's strength and the whole team is benefitting from it.

Herrrea will hopefully renew his contract this summer. However, it is the backup options which is a concern. There is literally no quality competition for Pogba as well as Matic.

Ideally we need 6 good midfielders. Pogba, Herrera, Matic, Fred, Garner and a new signing (Ruben Neves would be my choice) .
Fred will probably settle after a good pre-season.
Good competition is needed to bring the best out of everybody.

2.) 07 Feb 2019 11:14:02
I don't think neves has the neccesary defensive ability to play the holding role, at wolves he plays with the security of a back three. I certainly do think he can play in herreras role with matic in behind him as would excel there next to pogba.

On our midfield issues, its pretty clear that herrera will sign a new deal, him and young are rumoured to be close to extending.

Also with mourinho gone, coupled with madrid and Barcelona having interests or having signed other targets, that leaves pogba with little wiggle room to get a transfer which would be a step up from united.

So matic, herrera, new cm (lets say neves) and pogba seems a pretty good first choice midfield. Also i am sure fred will get a second season to prove himself so that leaves 5 midfielders. Not much to worry about in my opinion.

3.) 07 Feb 2019 11:35:12
Shappy I've been posting about the lack of quality in midfield for 18 months mate.
People will have you try to believe we have a strong squad. We currently and for some time have had an awful midfield selection behind our 3 starters.

4.) 07 Feb 2019 12:02:40
Shaps. You must have missed all those posts 😂

We have a serious issue in midfield.

I'd like to see rice in there. Huge potential, could be a great player.

5.) 07 Feb 2019 12:35:06
Angel, There is a lot of love for Declan Rice at the moment. Not sure why so many United fans would want to see a hard tackling Irishman in the heart of our midfield.

6.) 07 Feb 2019 13:01:28
I think its a lot to do in one window or even in one season. A world class centre back, a right back, one or two midfielders and a wide forward would cost a fair bit. I wouldn't expect too much in. the summer. We need to trim the wage bill yet we're extending the contracts of players like Smalling, Jones and Young. Is it for the nationality quota or is it because we can wring another season for them and delay things a bit longer.

7.) 07 Feb 2019 13:10:00
Shappy, I mentioned the Pogba enigma yesterday in a post. I really think its a flip of a coin moment as to wether he stays or goes in the summer. Matic hasn't too many more transfer windows to go and herrera is not signed and sealed yet either. The one problem I have noticed is that there are not a lot of young, affordable dm/ cm in european football right now. the top ones are mostly hitting 30 and would command huge fees and wages for probably cameo roles . Rice is a favourite of mine as is Neves and they could be the solution or part but I reckon the prices would be astronomical. Couple of others that are EPL proven Ndidi and Doucoure- workers on the pitch very Herrerra like.

8.) 07 Feb 2019 14:12:12
I think it depends on what formation/ tactics we use under the new manager whoever that is. But if they stick to a 433 type formation that Ole has used then we will need 6 midfielders for rotation.

TrueRedDevil, I don't think Garner is ready to be relied on, he is only just turned 17. He is a season or two away at least from getting regular game time in the first team. The only reason he has had a few appearances on the bench is because of the lack of coverage.

DSG, Neves might not be the most defensive midfielder, jet he is far more creative with the ball than Matic. A United side should be expected to have more of the ball and defend less so I wouldn't see it as a problem. For me Neves is very similar to Carrick. We didn't really ever have a problem with Carrick in midfield.

Ken, I think we have a very good first 11 maybe even 14 or 15. The rest of the squad is sub-standard. At least to challenge on multiple fronts throughout a season.

We need better players to rotate and challenge our first team to keep their performance up and to avoid a drop off in quality when rotating.

9.) 07 Feb 2019 13:58:24
We will sign herrera up, and add 1 more cm in the summer imo . Fred will of had a year under his belt, then you have a new signing pogba matic as well as a younger player .
No big issues in cm for me.

10.) 07 Feb 2019 15:01:16
There have been quite a few posts about our mf. I always commented about J. Weigl, if we are to look outside England, he is worth detailed scouting.

11.) 07 Feb 2019 15:08:58
Shappy - I think Ole will try to promote atleast 2 players to first team if he gets the permanent job.
Garner, Greenwood, Chong and Gomez are the stand out players in our academy.
I feel Garner can be eased into as a squad player as a 5th or 6th choice.

12.) 07 Feb 2019 15:43:25
Jred, if Herrera signs a new deal. If Pogba doesn't quit? If Fred kicks on. If we sign another midfielder.

Your scenario requires us to sign a player and for two more to commit to the club while a third kicks on.

That's a lot of ifs buts and maybes.

I've said the club needs to sign at least one more midfielder, likely two. The difference between my scenario and yours is you need three things to happen for your to play out fine, my scenario only needs one of those three things to happen and suddenly we are light.

Your also assuming that Matic will not decline next season, which is a gamble in itself given his age and his history of struggling with stamina over a 50 game season.

13.) 07 Feb 2019 16:17:57
I think we missed a trick with Ramsey.

14.) 07 Feb 2019 17:39:54
I'd go all out for Declan a Rice although I can see City beating us to him as a future replacement for Fernandinho.

15.) 07 Feb 2019 20:26:52
Only 1 person just can't bring himself to say that we have a poor selection of midfielders as a squad.
We play a system that requires us to play 3 in midfield
Fred is adjusting and needs time some said all season they see nothing in him but now suddenly he is a great hope for next season.
We have no natural successor or like for like rotation option for matic
Herrera is a good player but can't play 50 games a season he struggles when played 5 in a row due to his style.
So apart from our 3 starters matic herrera and pogba backed up by fred we have no proper midfield options for a club like united that's a glaring deficiency in the squad and its ok to say that. i'm sure it will be addressed.
Periera not up to the job
Mctom looks a bit short to me needs a season on loan
Fellaini we are better off without
Fred i think has potential
We need 2 ideally imo a matic replacement/ cover and a another box to box type to cover / replace herrera.

16.) 07 Feb 2019 20:42:28
Totally agree ken, I might write a large post expanding on what you just said. oh wait a minute.

{Ed025's Note - love it shappy..

17.) 07 Feb 2019 21:07:11
If pogba leaves and if herrera doesn't sign a new contract and if fred doesn't kick on.
Lot of ifs and buts in there.

18.) 07 Feb 2019 21:09:51
I would be surprised if either herrera or pogba leave.
Infact looks like herrera and youngs deals could be confirmed shortly.

19.) 07 Feb 2019 21:43:57
Jred, all I'm saying is if one of those things happen then we will be short.

If one of Pogba of Herrera leave we will be short. If both stay and Fred doesn't kick on we will be short.

Your scenario of everything being okay requires;

Pogba to stay,
Herrera to extend his contract,
Fred to kick on,
And for the club to sign a player.

Whereas, what I'm saying is if just ONE of those things doesn't happen we will be short next season. It's like me betting on a single result and your betting on an accumulator. My odds of winning are much higher.

20.) 08 Feb 2019 08:13:13
I know ed has said TFM will not make it, but to be fair to the lad he has not really been given a chance. Now with our shortages in midfield I reckon he could be an ideal rotation option with Matic with the view of taking over as number 2 choice in a few years if he is successful, and to be honest Matic isn't a bad player to learn the trade from. If it doesn't work our then we can look for a replacement but for now I would give him a chance which allows us to prioritise other positions.



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{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Manchester United Must Acquire an Appropriate Centre Back in the 2019 Summer Transfer Period


1.) 05 Feb 2019 02:49:57
Koullibally ticks a lot of boxes if the scouts feel he could play well with Lindelof. Good ball player, tall and dominating in the air, LCB and left footed. I haven't seen enough of him to judge how well he would transition to epl or play with Lindelof or bailly. But the little u have seen he looks a possibility.

Alderwereld has played plenty of games for Tottenham at LCB and been outstanding. Don't agree at all that he is exclusively LCB. He would be my choice, but no doubt Levy would find a way to screw us.



01 Feb 2019 17:19:59
So here's a question I have always wondered about that seems apt at the moment.

Do you need to win things with a "smaller" club to be a good/ great manager and be worthy of having a shot at a big club?

Now Pochettino is currently the favourite for the United job, now he hasn't won anything. So the barometer that people say makes him "ready" is how he has managed to lift Spurs to a new level and get them consistently challenging for the title and being in the top four. It's hard to argue that what he has achieved is impressive.

Yet is it really anymore impressive than what Eddie Howe has achieved with Bournemouth. Regular midtable finishes with a tiny club which he has dragged up from league 2 after saving them from relegation. And he has done so by playing good, offensive, entertaining football.

So why is Pochettino more "qualified" than Howe?

We are quick to point out the difficulties of managing a top side, the pressure, the ego's etc. Yet, are we too dismissive of the benefits of managing a top club? Better players, bigger budget, better facilities etc.

Look at Zidane and Pep. One is clearly a top top manager, yet there are question marks over the head of the other even after he won 3 ECL titles on the bounce. Both were given a shot having had little experience. Zidane for my money is an average manager who had an extraordinary squad of players spearheaded by one of the greatest of all time players at his peak. Does this not highlight that good managers with the right set up and group of players can win the biggest titles. It's not necessarily about having a world class manager. But about having the right manager at the right time. No one bar Zidane would have been able to win 3 UCL titles on the bounce with Real Madrid, yet he probably isn't even in the top 20 best managers to have ever managed them. Yet he was the perfect manager at that time.

I think we need to build a better structure at our club, Bayern Munich often pick up younger managers plying their trade in the Bundesliga but have yet to win anything. More often than not these guys go on to have success with Bayern. Obviously Bayern and the Bundesliga is an entirely different kettle of fish to the EPL. Yet they still compete to the latter stages of the UCL as well.

Are we too obsessed with "winning" managers, blinded to great young managers who might be a better fit. Case in point the hiring of Mourinho over Pochettino three years ago. Where would we be now if we went for the up and coming young manager back then rather than the tried and trusted old hand?

My point I suppose is that Ole might not be a great manager, yet he might be the right man for our side right now. Obviously there is a long way to go yet in the season, but if he keeps going as he is then it just has to be him for the full time job.


1.) 01 Feb 2019 17:38:37
Totally agree, the mentality needed at a top club is different as well, ole is doing well as he has the experience of playing in the big games and winning them. Poch doesn’t seems happy to be in the tournaments which isn’t what Utd are about.

2.) 01 Feb 2019 18:10:16
I actually wrote something similar and work and didn't post it.
It's more like the right fit than the best manager for me.
This is working, really working, and there may come a time when we will lose 2-3 games on the bounce, PSG, Liverpool and Chelsea are all super hard games.
But the negativity is out.
Most of our fans would be happy to see us play good attacking football trying to win games and still lose than see us win 1-0 and park the bus.

3.) 01 Feb 2019 18:28:53
Yet another great post shappy, you're on fire lately!

This is just my personal opinion but if for some reason we didn't get ole then I would prefer Eddie Howe, I think the job he has done with what in essence is a tiny, tiny club is nothing short of miraculous.

Also one of the best watches in the league, I've a hell of a lot of time for Bournemouth and Howe.

4.) 01 Feb 2019 18:48:49
Pochettino's comment about winning cups was a weird one. However, I saw a stat today about Spurs which was astounding. If you doubled the wage of every Spurs player then signed 7 more who were all on £100k per week, they would still have a lower wage budget than Man City. That itself shows he has done an unbelievable job and is one of the best managers around.

Tactics are obviously important as managers like Guardiola, Mourinho etc show, but the most important thing is ensuring the players are invested in those tactics. As soon as Mourinho's players get sick of him, results turn but the tactics don't change. Pep has won things everywhere but his teams seem to be reasonably parabolic over his tenure. Usually after the first season and the end of the third they peak then fall away. City this season Vs last, his Bayern team looked worse in his last few months in charge and even Barcelona with Messi were at their best between 2009 and 2011.

I completely agree about Ole, if things keep going like this then the job looks like it's as good as his. As much as it's a gamble, I would love to see him get the job permanently. His love for the club is clear and this last couple of months is arguably the most exciting we have been since Fergie retired. He may not be seen as an elite manager but maybe at some clubs that isn't what is needed as shown with Zidane.

5.) 01 Feb 2019 19:23:27
One point i'd like to make is that both Zidane and Pep were not famous managers before taking over at Madrid and Barca. They were just given a chance.

6.) 01 Feb 2019 19:45:41
But fresh. weren't they not managing the 2nd teams?

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8.) 01 Feb 2019 20:19:40
We are still in the honeymoon period for Ole. I think we need to make some structural decisions for the club before deciding on the manager. If they want to go down the route of the all powerful manager it will be a step back to SAF days. However would they then need a DOF?

I was not comfortable with Pochettinos comments re trophies, whilst at the same time knowing he was also deflecting to take the pressure off the players.

Many have fallen into the romance of Ole and he certainly has done little wrong apart from team selection on Tuesday but it is a big job once the full expectation is brought to bear on him. If I was the CEO, I would be asking for his strategy and plan then assess from there.
A poor start next season and he would be under tremendous pressure. I get the impression things would feel good under Ole, but that isn’t enough, experience to turn around difficult situations will be needed, so we should not jump in yet.

9.) 02 Feb 2019 03:34:25
We have already burned our hands with Moyes. Also if we give it to Ole and results go downhill next season, i am afraid the Poch ship would have sailed.

10.) 02 Feb 2019 05:09:59

Interesting point. I don’t think it’s necessarily about winning trophies it’s about mentality. We have seen very good players arrive at OT and not deliver, they are unable to cope with tv he stage, the pressure, the expectation, and it’s the same for Managers. You don’t know how good a Manager is until you give him a chance, some will rise to the challenge, others will crumble. I know Jose had won the Champions League with aporto but it was a massive step up to Chelsea and he clearly relished and embraced it. AVB, not so much.

Take Howe. I like him and the football he plays but is he just a great fit at Bournemouth? Nigel Clough at Burton has enjoyed success he hasn’t replicated elsewhere. It’s the same with the. Ginger names, Sarris has admitted he’s finding it harder than he thought and right now he seems wracked with self doubt.

I’m not saying we take a punt but winning trophies is only a part of it. We need to understand the character and mentality of the person we want, will they cope either the pressure? I think Moyes looked like a rabbit in the headlights and was a perfect example of taking a punt. Any recruitment process has to focus on much wider issues than playing style, management experience, trophies and so on. Poch did well at Southampton and it was a big step up to Spurs which he embraced, but if you read Carrick’s book he talks about how big the step up was from Spurs to United so how would Poch fare? Would be freeze, or would he blossom and realise his potential?

11.) 03 Feb 2019 06:44:15
Shan, the same case can be made for Ole.
If we appoint Poch and he doesn’t fit or succeed will we have missed the window for Ole to be successful?




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02 Feb 2019 10:28:50
He prefers to play on the left, yet he has played on the right for Dortmund all season bar a few minutes.

He looks like he is going to be one hell of a player, I certainly wouldn't be upset if we signed him.

That said in Chong, Gomes and Greenwood we have three potentially world class forwards. Whether they can step up and realise that potential is another thing.


{Ed004's Note - He would be the perfect upgrade for the role Lingard has been playing recently}



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28 Jan 2019 19:58:05
Be fair Ken, he has probably been Monaco's top performer this season. The reason he is likely to leave is because he doesn't see eye to eye with Jardim who is returning as manager. He has up until now been the only player at Monaco who say he has played well this season.




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26 Jan 2019 13:04:21
Mort, I've heard he's quite tasty. Lol.




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26 Jan 2019 11:53:42
DDG1, I'll have to get up a little earlier if I want to catch you. lol. I was hoping everyone had been out celebrating last night, hoped I'd catch a few. lol.




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24 Jan 2019 19:59:55
Spenno, I wouldn't be upset if we brought in Alderweireld. I do have two slight concerns with him though. Firstly his injury record recently hasn't been great, and at his age that is unlikely to improve. Secondly he is exclusively a right sided CB, which is the same as all our CB's bar Rojo. So that would mean one of our current CB's would have to play in their weaker position. Which isn't ideal.

That being said Alderweireld is an excellent CB.





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16 Feb 2019 20:04:51
DLIB, he has played 18 times on the right and 12 times on the left so far this season. So he can play equally as well on either side. However, I would not play with a winger in most games.




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16 Feb 2019 17:41:05
No, Icardi is more trouble than he's worth.

Plus with Rashford, Martial and Greenwood coming through I think we are sorted for strikers whether Lukaku stays or goes.

Personally I think we need a natural wide player who can create from wide to add a something different to our squad. Hirving Lozano would be ideal.




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15 Feb 2019 07:41:15
Angel, my point of throwing countries like Brazil in there is because you said "who is to say who my son can or cannot play for? "

Yet your happy to accept he can't play for Brazil.

So my point has always been about where that line should be drawn.

Your point seemed like you were saying there should be no line. Yet you agree he shouldn't play for Brazil thus contradicting yourself on there being a line somewhere. My point was to highlight that you yourself would put boundaries on what is and isn't allowed. So you can't really then go on to say no one can place boundaries.

It's tricky, especially between England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. As the cultures are very similar. Yet if you agree that there is a difference between English and Irish culture then a line can be drawn.

Personally though my understanding of how people develop and gain an Identity I feel that you really do need to spend a significant part of your childhood in a country enveloped in that countries culture to adapt and adopt that country as the over riding part of your identity.

I know a great many people who were born in one place but grew up in another, or were born to parents from other countries. Sadly they often struggle to feel truly connected to a place or culture that just isn't a part of them due to not being exposed enough to it at an early age.

That's why for me it is sensible to draw the line at having been born or lived a significant amount of time in that country as a child.




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14 Feb 2019 19:34:06
Stevie, are you taking the P? You had Georgie Best, so don't preach about smaller nations not having the talent.

On a serious note though I get what your saying. However, that still allows larger nations to abuse the system like France in 98, Germany with Kevin Kuranyi, Portugal with Deco or Italy with Thiago Motta.

These aren't small nations that typically struggle to qualify.

I feel the rule need to be stricter if you want to call it an international tournament. However, I do concede that the qualification process needs addressing so the smaller nations aren't shoved to the periphery as they currently are. Unfortunately the money is made by the "big" or "famous" football nations being at the tournament so they do rig it to make sure they are more likely to qualify with the seeding system. It sucks, but money makes the world go round, or so they say.




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14 Feb 2019 15:40:21
Meunier, Gaya/ Telles, Koulibaly, NDombele/ Neves, Sancho/ Lozano.