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06 Nov 2016 05:27:56
Rooney has fell out with Mourinho and wants to leave in January.
The argument started after the Fenerbache game when Mourinho told Rooney he wasn't doing enough as captain. [Sport]

Any truth in it?

SirAlec

1.) 06 Nov 2016 10:17:06
reports today he will see out his contract.


2.) 06 Nov 2016 10:20:03
There's truth in the comment, though whether Mou said it or not.


3.) 06 Nov 2016 11:34:57
I really think we should not worry about this but support Jose clearing out the not up-to-standard players especially those who does not show passion and/ or commitment.
Firstly they are paid tons and yet play worse than the juniors but still want to throw their weight around. I believe SAF wanted Roo out for a reason and good as he WAS we should not be held ransom by anyone; not Roo, not Ibrahim and certainly not even Pogba. Look at Carrick! He is the great example of a captain material who does his job and NEVER heard him ever bitch about anything. He inspires people and even fans and has no airs about him. I'd rather hold on to him than Roo or Ibra tbh.
Jose should take this chance and really be focus and already be plotting assault on next season's title. He should really invite Scholes to discuss inputs or maybe be the person to replace that WJ. Hope Jose can humble himself to do just that. It would make him a better person.


4.) 06 Nov 2016 13:34:11
Great news if true. Well done Jose. If this is what it takes.


5.) 07 Nov 2016 00:10:05
Best performance of the season from Rooney today, kick in the teeth for some it seems.


6.) 07 Nov 2016 07:24:32
GDS2
Yes he played well yesterday, but one game at this level in 3 months just doesn't cut it for me. He is over the hill and represents the past rather than the future.


7.) 07 Nov 2016 13:20:52
Your only as good as your last game and Rooney was good yesterday.
Is it so hard to give him credit when it's due? .


 

 

 

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20 Mar 2018
New image uploaded to the
Manchester United Player Sightings page entitled, Same scenario

SirAlec

1.) 20 Mar 2018 13:47:15
Great one 👍👍👍 🤣🤣🤣.


2.) 20 Mar 2018 13:58:52
I have a question for all those who point to Ferguson getting time get it right as a reason for us to persist with mourinho today, was SAF's teams performances boring or poor before he won the titles?

And before I get accused of having an agenda or something, this is a genuine question. I was born after Ferguson win his first title so don't know much about how we actually played under him early on?


3.) 20 Mar 2018 14:16:32
Club was in a mess when fergy took over in the bottom 3 I think .
Scouting, youth set up was a long way off what it should of been .
He stabilised the team and got about sorting out off field stuff out .
End of the 80s was tough going loads of injuries and bit inconsistent the work he was doing on the off field issue probably saved his job .
90s kicked of and it an upwards spiral different feel about club .


4.) 20 Mar 2018 14:19:28
Ask Red Man he's always a great source of information regarding the pre Fergi era I always like reading his posts and he'll give you an honest account I'm sure.

I'm nearly 40 and only really started following Utd seriously around 1989. I've had my season ticket since 1993. I vividly remember the 5-1 defeat to City and things being throughly depressing around that time but I must confess I can't really comment on the quality of the football. My dad and uncles are all big Utd fans and they all said it was sh** and a lot supporters were calling for him to be sacked.

Probably doesn't answer your question very well sorry.


5.) 20 Mar 2018 14:52:01
Csm there are a lot of parallels.
New signings doing badly very expensive ones too at the time.
2nd in his first full season then about 6th the following 2 seasons. The football was just as bad as now.
But the club of course is different now. We were 20 years without a title then we are only 5 without one now.
Then we were the biggest spenders we are not now.
Terrible culture in the dressing room its probably not as bad now but maybe not too far off. Lvg stated yest he found many of the players to be unprofesdional. Its quite obvious some of them are.
Gresvsie makes the same point in his article there that i'm making today. Good manager poor players letting the club down.
We were a sleeping giant then now wr are only a giant taking a nap😆
Thats only my opinion of course some see the same parrells some dont.
But for the 2nd and 3rd year of fergies reign while he sorted out the wheat from the chaff the football was terrible and the results were too.
He was backed because he had a proven winning record and the rest is history.
Its not the exact same as its 30 years ago but there are a lot of similarities. Fans calling for his head. Fergie unceremoniously dumped many fan favourites he ruled with an iron fist. Players had to get their hair cut. Harrasing the trainees by showing up at house parties. He had every doorman in manchester in his pocket. He made tough decisions and didn't suffer fools gladly.
He didn't treat all players the same. Moran whiteside magrath were thrown out due to their drink culture but robson wasnt. he was fergies island.
Not the same but pretty close.


6.) 20 Mar 2018 15:08:24
Thank you Danny Ken and jred, so there seems to be a consensus that we played poorly as we are doing now. Always thought the football wouldn't be as good but mostly in the same vein just needing better players to get results.

Would really love to get redman and ajh's thoughts too on this.

Might just make me give grumpy atleast a season more before calling for his head.


7.) 20 Mar 2018 15:10:12
I remember the same analogies when Moyes and van Gaal were in charge. The truth is that Fergie took over a completely different club than we have in present day. He built solid foundations that are stil in place now, even if they do need some revamping.

Jose has been handed a huge amount of money to bring in top quality players, and still complains that he needs more money to compete in the league and in Europe. Obviously we should be looking to improve the squad, but the underlying problem is that Jose can’t get the best out of players he already has at his disposal, even some of those he brought in.


8.) 20 Mar 2018 15:16:01
English football in general was in a low way back end of the 80s United where a bit of the top in England miles behind the best in Europe.
The European ban had hurt English clubs, no where near as much money in the English team .

Fergy took over a team that had won 3 fa cups and a league 2 title in 20 year . We were 2nd from bottom of the league and had been in the second division 10 year prior .
The turn around of the club both on and off pitch for me was staggering .
Never ever dreamed we would be winning more titles than the scouse.


9.) 20 Mar 2018 16:14:13
There was such a drinking culture in the game back then as well, and Utd was no different. Fergie had some job on his hands knocking that on the head.


10.) 20 Mar 2018 16:27:44
That was a great read ken.


11.) 20 Mar 2018 16:38:20
As has been said, his first 2 full seasons were a tough watch, a few couldn’t see it getting better. It was probably worse than it is now, fans were very disillusioned in the early years. The FA Cup win in ‘90 masked another average season but after that it took off. Players gelled, we started playing with 2 wingers and ultimately Eric was the final piece of the jigsaw before we won the title. He had to ship players out and his initial signings didn’t make it to the Championship team either.

Ralph Milne springs to mind, we used to whistle the theme tune to One Man and his Dog to him as he loitered on the wing vainly waiting for someone to pass to him. And there were others. But there was also Schmeichel for £600K which was incredible, and Brian McClair, an unsung hero who in his first season didn’t go more ham 3 games without scorinG.

SAF ram everything. He turned up at a Torquay game to sign Lee Sharpe personally, imagine that today.

Google Arsenal 2 - 6 Man United League Cup, that’s when we were starting to get it together. Lee Sharpe hat trick, this was before Giggs got a look in.

Martin Edwards stood by him but remember we had been average for many years so it was easier to do so then. There wasn’t the money in the game either and only the top team qualified for the European Cup as it was then so financially the club wasn’t under any pressure.

After all the cups, a title, and then a double, we didn’t win anything in ‘95 and unbelievably the Evening News ran a poll on whether he should be sacked. He sold big players and promoted the youth leading to the infamous “you can’t win anything with kids” quite from Hansen. The rest is history.


12.) 20 Mar 2018 17:07:37
Great post ajh very informative for someone like me.


13.) 20 Mar 2018 18:00:12
Good posts AJH an Jred. Back then i'd have been happy with the one title and getting the monkey off our backs.


14.) 20 Mar 2018 18:19:17
Good thread, but one key point I want to make that is overlooked often when comparing the best possible outcome to the current situation. By the way it happens with players as well all the time (still waiting for Depay to be the next Ronaldo) .

Just because it may have been this bad once and a great manager corrected things and built a legacy, what about the 1000+ managers that haven't done that - it's taking two bad situations and cherry picking the ultimate outcome from millions of variables that are far more likely to occur?!

Odds on Jose doing a SAF are slim to zero, just because some people see parallels (I don't), far more likely to do an LVG than a SAF.


15.) 20 Mar 2018 19:29:54
Beast,

This was a question for people to put a different spin on it not just spout the same answer again that you always give. Very informative post for us a bit younger, there does seem to be some similarities, we certainly have a manager who has proved himself at the top level so might be worth not sacking him just yet.


 

 

16 Mar 2018 12:01:26
Now don't point the guns at me. just read this and thought of sharing. I also confess I don't know the credibility of the info.

Excerpts from Ozil's autobiography on Jose Mourinho -
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Ozil says Jose makes outrageous statements in the media after a loss deliberately, he knows media will mock him for ages over those and that's what the headlines will be dedicated to for the next few weeks and not on the players who would have otherwise been in the headlines for the performance. He sacrifices his dignity to protect the players. He says Jose is a chilled guy, he doesn't have any rules in the dressing room, you can go out, party, text, call in the dressing room, turn up late to training, as long as you give 200 percent on the pitch, it doesn't matter to him. But he will abuse and insult you horribly in front of other players if he felt you are slacking and not living up to your potential. Ozil says Jose is the most honest manager he has ever come across. He says what he feels, doesn't talk behind back and he gives his best at bringing the best out of players. Talking about how Jose broke Pep, he says, Jose realized that Barcelona are impregnable and Pep's main weapon is his single-minded focus on the football. So, he started personal attacks on Pep in the interviews, to distract Pep. To shake his focus. It worked. Pep was rattled, outraged. Pep's focus was distracted. And Barca's dominance over Real was broken. Jose knows exactly what he is doing, whenever he talks shit, he has a plan.

SirAlec

1.) 16 Mar 2018 12:36:50
Is the plan to make Utd the most inept, boring and predictable team in the Premier league, does it also involve buying players at World record prices and then proceeding to turn them into journeymen? because if it is the plan is working.


2.) 16 Mar 2018 12:40:13
Very good post and that is the reason i reckon Jose is the best in the world.


3.) 16 Mar 2018 12:52:45
Ozil's opinion would have been more believable had mourinho's last 2 teams not rebelled against him.


4.) 16 Mar 2018 12:56:20
Singh mourinho so great that we are into our last 10-12 games of the season and yet do not know what our best team or formation is.


5.) 16 Mar 2018 14:55:54
Yet we are second in the league with our dodgy defense. Just imagine when he does know his best formation and has proper defenders to choose from.

Just imagine.


6.) 16 Mar 2018 18:52:23
Corey Singh.


7.) 16 Mar 2018 18:52:35
Correct Singh.


 

 

18 Dec 2017 12:40:37
"I will probably not manage a club anymore.
I would make one exception - if a big English club comes for me, than I would do it. Because then I can get the chance to get one over on Manchester United. ''
Louis Van Gaal.

Do you guys think he should have allowed to continue?

SirAlec

1.) 18 Dec 2017 12:57:16
Absolutely not. The football was the worst I’ve have ever witnessed at Old Trafford. Passing sideways and backwards and not having a shot on goal till the 60th minute. That Xmas period last season still gives me nightmares. Me thinks LVG is a bit salty. He should keep his mouth shut and enjoy his handsome pay off.


2.) 18 Dec 2017 13:28:21
He should be allowed but do you think any big club will take him? This guy is talking through his rear end. If he does I hope he goes City or better still scousers. 🤣🤣🤣.


3.) 18 Dec 2017 13:28:25
The guy was a joke and he is more deluded than Moyes.


4.) 18 Dec 2017 13:41:47
Yes, 100%. the club completely mugged him off after a success in the FA Cup.

It may not have been perfect, or better than Mourinho's for that matter but it would have been the right thing to do in my opinion.

We moan about Real Madrid for sacking manager's even when they do well, whether you think it or not, he won a major trophy and i consider that a success.


5.) 18 Dec 2017 19:34:12
Jose, if it looked like the stuff he served up was a means to an end, a transition, then fair enough. But there was absolutely no sign that the football on display was ever going to change. It was anti-football, that sucked the excitement and passion out of anybody that watched it.

I lost count of how many games I went in to do the Sunday dinner, rather than watch. More importantly for the club, my teenage son, a future consumer, who lives and breathes everything about the club, started making excuses to leave a game early. If it could do that to lifelong fans like ourselves, what do you think the effect of a few more years of his philosophy would have been on our newer fans around the globe.

The ending could have been handled with a bit more class, but hey, we've American millionaire owners so what do you expect.


6.) 18 Dec 2017 19:47:33
LVG was a dinosaur manager well passed his sell by date and deservedly got the sack. He Made terrible signings and bored everyone along the way. His only redeeming fest was that he won an FA cup, which the top four stopped playing for years ago. Two words LVG. jog on!


7.) 18 Dec 2017 20:25:26
The bloke put our club on it's knees .
I hope he gets his wish and goes to the Scousers or city oh how I would laugh .


8.) 18 Dec 2017 22:52:11
'I will probably not manage a club again'
probably because you won't be asked Louis.


 

 

09 Dec 2017 07:37:10
Guys there are some news like the derby could be cancelled because of weather. Could it happen?

SirAlec

1.) 09 Dec 2017 08:03:30
SA would be nice and until Pogba is back?
Then again do we really need Pogba to be in the team to win? 🤣.


2.) 09 Dec 2017 11:31:38
Haha I remember Chelsea got a game moved for "snow around the stadium" because they had injury worries. Very smart move I did have a giggle about it at the time. I do believe it paid off for them as players come back from injury in the rescheduled game and they won.


3.) 09 Dec 2017 12:33:05
I think it's a good time to play City. We're in good form and they've been a bit dodgy recently. Hope we play them, attack them, get in their ugly faces, and beat them.


4.) 09 Dec 2017 13:21:35
Agree with schmid here 666 city look dodgy and is the right time.


 

 

14 Nov 2017 06:03:08
Ed001 if you have time, I would like to have your opinion on Mikitaryan.

We signed him after a terrific season with Dortmund, but he has never performed to that level here.

As other posters suggest do you think Pogba not being available directly affects his performance? Will he improve when Pogba is back?
Jose seems to trust him completely. There seems to be no competition for him at that position from the squad and also seems like we are not looking for a central playmaker in the market.

Ed001 please enlighten us with your view on him. Fellow posters also welcome.

SirAlec

{Ed001's Note - I expect he will improve, if he is in the team, with the return of Pogba but I am not convinced by him at all. He has pace and decent technical ability but I find him a tad brainless. I never rated him at Dortmund to be honest. He is very reliant on other players creating space for him as he does not make good runs or show clever movement. I think he was a poor buy and will end up being sold as a disappointment to be perfectly honest.

By the way, he also is not the best trainer and does not like to be told what to do on the pitch, he wants to just play off the cuff and do what he wants. So I am very surprised he has lasted this long with Mourinho, who likes his players to play in a very structured system. He moaned a lot at Dortmund about being stifled because Klopp wanted him to work back and press and make effort off the ball. Seemed a strange buy to me.}


1.) 14 Nov 2017 09:20:50
To be fair to him ed (and I’m one of his biggest critics) last season he did put a defensive shift in when he played out wide, which is why he had some poor games towards end of last season. However I see what you mean with everything else and I think we should get rid it him.
Also on a side note, have you heard anything about Angel gomes and his contract talks?
Caolan.

{Ed001's Note - I haven't, I know he has been made aware of other possibilities if he cannot agree a deal with United, but I have no idea if he has any interest in moving or not.}


2.) 14 Nov 2017 09:31:20
Fully agree with the Ed. A good player in patches.

I think we desperately lack a big game, match-winning playmaker of the likes of hazard, kdb, coutinho. We have two decent but very limited number 10s in Miki and Mata, who are far from the required standard. Random deas of playing Lingard or ibra there are absurd.

We've got a good no. 6 and 8 in matic and pogba but lack a real genius to unlock the door or score from notbing in the big games. Trouble is there ain't many of those about and if they are, they're either unavailable or extortionate.
Would be interested in the Ed's thoughts on this.

I also have a big concern around Lukaku who, apart from not being that great a footballer, i genuinely think is the wrong type of striker for our team.


3.) 14 Nov 2017 09:37:33
Thanks Ed!

{Ed001's Note - pleasure mate.}


4.) 14 Nov 2017 09:45:37
Rave I th8nk we are being a bit harsh on lukkaku. if we had 2 decent wide players he would score more.
I'd wait till the end of the season to judge him and I think he will bang in a good few goals for us the rest of the season.


5.) 14 Nov 2017 12:31:30
Leahy yep that probably sounded harsh but your point around a lack of 2 decent wide men (which is absolutely right by the way) is why I say he's the wrong type of striker for us.

Many people say wingers is the 'United way', but how many years, players, managers and styles have passed since we played with two genuine wingers. For me it's an old style of play and one for the lesser teams to just get balls into the box for a big striker (with lesser teams set up to deal with that too) . Which is why I've also said a couple of times he got the right type of service at Everton (and probably wba too) for his style of play, which he mightn't get at a more sophisticated team (in theory! ) like United, where strikers need more individual ability, finesse and ability to link plays.

What is notable for me is that although he's first choice for Belgium, a top class national team, when his coach Thierry Henry talks about him on sky he doesn't seem convinced either.


6.) 14 Nov 2017 12:49:40
He puts the ball in the net, when he plays well United play well .
Same goes for Belgium, good footballing side lukaku us there all time top scorer .
He is an on the shoulder striker doesn't have to be a cross .
Still only 24 as well.


7.) 14 Nov 2017 13:04:22
Agree jred but a few good crosses would net him a few more goals per season.


8.) 14 Nov 2017 13:31:46
Obviously lukaku is a very good striker. All strikers go through a Lean patch. The concern for me in tje last half dizen games is not that be is not scoring but that we are not creating enough chances as a team. Lukaku is not missing loads of chances. There has been a real lack of creativity. Poor crosses poor final balls and rash and martial running up to many cul de sacs.
Hopfully pogba can help bring out the early season form of these guys when he returns.
That said players have not played well recently and they do need to take responsibility. I don't see anybody hiding just not enough good play.


9.) 14 Nov 2017 14:14:28
Thanks for your time and reply Ed001!

I remember one of you Eds constantly saying he comes with a lot of baggage at the time of purchase.

I am really confused why would have Mourinho wanted him in the first place like you have mentioned.

His good performance is very rare but when he does it is really great to watch. Hopefully he improves.

Just another question, as you have mentioned there is obviously a problems with him but why is Jose not looking at other options in market? May be we have other priority positions to be addressed?

{Ed001's Note - that was Ed002 saying that, I do agree totally with what he said, he has an attitude problem. Jose wanted to play Pogba in that sort of position, hence looking to build elsewhere, particularly wide areas, to allow Pogba space in midfield to attack.}


10.) 14 Nov 2017 14:16:30
Leah
Cross a good through ball all the same .

Don't think lukaku has looked the same since he got Injured to be honest.


11.) 14 Nov 2017 14:24:51
He scored 2 for Belgium the other night so hopefully he has found a but if form .
18th this season for club and country.


12.) 14 Nov 2017 15:38:01
Jred you don't think lukkaku looks the same since he got injured.
Ten minutes later you think he hit form.
What side of the fence you on jred.
Jred I bet the front door of your house is around the back.


13.) 14 Nov 2017 17:02:03
Leahy
I didn't see Belgium's game pal .
If you notice I said" hopefully" he Has found a bit of form .


14.) 14 Nov 2017 22:39:53
Wingers with pace and creativity are outdated? REALLY? You mean you wouldn't take Hazard from Chelsea!? In my opinion he is exactly the type of player we need. Basically he is a winger but one who is talented enough and intelligent enough to come inside when possible. He creates plenty of goals creates space for others and scores a few himself. Just what we need.


15.) 15 Nov 2017 04:15:18
Thanks for your views Ed001. Looking forward for your next article :)

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, it is Pele next. I just took a short break from doing football stuff to do some stuff on basketball for a change. It was a nice change, but required a lot of research as I knew nothing about the Redeem Team and a lot less than I realised about Michael Jordan! But I am back to doing football stuff for a while now.}


16.) 15 Nov 2017 11:29:16
Oh great Ed001! Pele it is then. I recently watched the movie about him, hope you give us more interesting read :)

Cheers! Keep the good works coming. Thanks again!

{Ed001's Note - not sure I can do anything as interesting as a film like but I will certainly try!}


17.) 15 Nov 2017 13:07:44
Ed001 I'm available if your looking for someone to play pele.
I'm known as the cork pele. Lol.

{Ed001's Note - not what you usually get called on here!}


18.) 15 Nov 2017 13:26:10
Lol ed, lucky I have thick skin.

{Ed001's Note - I have heard that said about, or at least something along those lines.}


19.) 15 Nov 2017 14:13:19
Leahy is one of the good guys only has thick skin because it's always raining in cork its one of the reasons roy Keane was always so grumpy😂😂.


20.) 15 Nov 2017 15:34:04
Not too bad here Ken, when it rains in cork it's uasually warm rain.
A police man pulled me one day when it was raining, aren't you stupid to be speeding in the rain. Well I said it's dry in my car your the stupid one out there in the rain.


 

 

 

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11 Aug 2016 12:50:08
Ed004 did you meant to type Mata most likely not leave?

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26 Mar 2018 09:53:55
Wow 666 mate. I was always under the impression that all posters are young and only Ed001 was the Gandalf/ Dumbledore like older wise man around here. Reading posts from some of the posters in last few days about their experiences and even pre fergi days, there are many seniors here.

SirAlec

{Ed001's Note - older wise man? This is where I come to feel young, not so sure about the wise bit though!}


 

 

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09 Dec 2017 13:21:35
Agree with schmid here 666 city look dodgy and is the right time.

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15 Nov 2017 11:29:16
Oh great Ed001! Pele it is then. I recently watched the movie about him, hope you give us more interesting read :)

Cheers! Keep the good works coming. Thanks again!

SirAlec

{Ed001's Note - not sure I can do anything as interesting as a film like but I will certainly try!}


 

 

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15 Nov 2017 04:15:18
Thanks for your views Ed001. Looking forward for your next article :)

SirAlec

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, it is Pele next. I just took a short break from doing football stuff to do some stuff on basketball for a change. It was a nice change, but required a lot of research as I knew nothing about the Redeem Team and a lot less than I realised about Michael Jordan! But I am back to doing football stuff for a while now.}


 

 

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14 Nov 2017 14:14:28
Thanks for your time and reply Ed001!

I remember one of you Eds constantly saying he comes with a lot of baggage at the time of purchase.

I am really confused why would have Mourinho wanted him in the first place like you have mentioned.

His good performance is very rare but when he does it is really great to watch. Hopefully he improves.

Just another question, as you have mentioned there is obviously a problems with him but why is Jose not looking at other options in market? May be we have other priority positions to be addressed?

SirAlec

{Ed001's Note - that was Ed002 saying that, I do agree totally with what he said, he has an attitude problem. Jose wanted to play Pogba in that sort of position, hence looking to build elsewhere, particularly wide areas, to allow Pogba space in midfield to attack.}