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07 May 2013 23:45:28
Ed I know you answered a question re future management earlier, but there are now plenty of rumours suggesting saf might be calling it a day this summer. 'Apparently' he's making an announcement this weekend.

The only way I can see him leaving is if it had been the plan for a while, and if there was a high profile replacement in place, not just a quick decision type of thing?

Question is, is there a chance of this happening? And who would you see as the likely replacement if it were to happen?

(PS, I hate rumours like this but intrigued to see what hypothetically might happen) {Ed002's Note - A preferred choice fr a replacement was in place some time ago as discussed. The expectation was that SAF would not go until next summer.}


1.) I hate ferguson retrmnt rumors, but press said Moyes will be our next manager.

2.) Ed i've used the search function but can't see anything about the SAF replacement. Who was lined up?

Dan {Ed002's Note - As I have explained before I don't want to get in to names.}

3.) Looks like names will be a big part of this site today Ed

4.) This was always the plan SAF to retire and Moyes to not resign for Everton and take over lots of people have known about it for time. Kate. f

5.) 08 May 2013 12:25:55
fergie to step down possibly as he wins the title again, and go on a high. But, Moyes? seriously? are you kidding me? {Ed002's Note - I have already had a bunch of abuse, so perhaps folks understand why it is best not to say sometimes.}




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11 May 2013 01:42:27
Any news or information on who is likely to be coming in as number 2 to Moyes? Or any other backroom staff?

Heard Phelan is likely off, but hope Round doesn't take his place. Don't think either of them have the tactical presence we'll need in there if they were number 2, especially given that Rene might be off which I'm disappointed about.

Would love Queiroz back but that's not going to happen.


1.) Never judge a book by its cover!

2.) I'm pretty sure that doesn't apply to this post.

3.) Problem with assistants/coaches we don't get to see them or hear their thoughts on TV and we are generally governed and lead by this unfortunately Simon Cowell type shows have caused our way of making decisions.
I say don't worry about no. 2 or assistants a key respected manager is vital

4.) Agree on the manager front but as good a motivator as Moyes may be, I personally would be more comfortable with a tactically focussed number two, or there will be short comings I think.

5.) He can only be judged after his first season in charge who knows what he will do away from home we've had tremendous success at Anfield for example but been awful performances but Sir Alex knew how to guide us through the season.
I do believe a coach is very important but Sir Alex doesn't give out these positions through sentiment Phelan must possess some qualities but I hope David Moyes brings his choice with him for a starter it proves he's is own man.
He will live or die by these decisions and we know so many want this to fail!

6.) It's obvious Phelan has something to him or as you say he wouldn't be in there. But every manager is different and they all have a different number 2.

I think the type of manager influences who the number 2 is.

I am sure it will be Moyes' choice, I just hope his choice isn't round.



09 May 2013 18:26:57
Ed or others, with Moyes coming in but Fergie staying up stairs, do you see more influence from the board (or others) over transfers, than there was with Fergie?

More like the German way, and particularly the situation at Bayern where they are already chasing targets despite Pep not being there yet?

Also, has the situation with targets changed, maybe 1 or 2 potentials from Everton, but there was a lot of talk about Strootman/Rodriguez, if there was interest is that likely to have changed?

{Ed002's Note - There will be consideration of the views of others, including Ferguson whilst he remains. Bayern's plans were agreed with Guardiola and he is behind what is going on. I would not expect significant change of targets.}




08 May 2013 18:11:48
Ed, regardless of who comes in, what's the situation with other staff?

Phelan gone? and Rene?

Also heard rumours that if it's Moyes, p nev might come in as well. any info? {Ed004's Note - I have no idea it'll depend on the manager I reckon we may see Phelan leave but think Rene will stay hopefully}


1.) Rene is one of the best coaches in world football and we will miss him big time if he leaves.

2.) Phelan for the manager's job? Only joking!



24 Apr 2013 21:19:00
Unrelated, and out of the blue, but wondering what peoples opinions are of having some form of standing in british stadiums.

I know a lot of people are against it, and I can see why, but it seems ridiculous that it can be deemed safe for fans to stand at top level rugby union games but not football.

There have been several developments in safe standing in recent years, and studies showed no proof of a correlation between standing and hooliganism. I just think it could improve the atmosphere in stadiums and increase capacity as well.

I think i'm right in saying all Uefa competitions must be played in all seater stadiums? But the germans seem to cope with their removable seating.


1.) I'm all for it - but appreciate that there are many who aren't. Standing sections get my vote.




07 Mar 2013 12:10:33
There's an intriguing article in the sun today, I know a lot of people don't like it and they do write rubbish, but hey it cost 40p.

Steven Howard has written about Mourinhos apparent attempts at charming his way into the united job. He mentions him being less exuberant in his antics, and his flattering comments of Fergie and the United team. There's also a bit on Jorge Mendes and tempting united with mourinho and Ronaldo, but that's a bit far fetched for me.

I'm caught in two minds over whether I'd like Jose here, his record is indisputable but is he what united need or want.

Wondering what people's thoughts are on it.


1.) Mourinho seems to have calmed down since his Chelsea days. The interviews are not all about him anymore and he seems to credit other teams a lot more than he used to. I'd welcome him, he has the winning mentality and intelligence Manchester United require in a manager


2.) ALDUtd - everything is about Jose.

From leaving the pitchside early, to talking to Fergie after the red card, to walking off after coming out with one sentence in his initial post-match interview, to the 'humble' 'the best team lost' comment.

Everything is about Jose.

Apart from the red card, that's all anyone is talking about - he's good, I'll give him that!

3.) So now one manager cannot console a bad decision with another? I agree the leaving pitch-side early and his comments was playing it a bit but what he said under his hands to Fergu I think was off the cuff.

I just feel that a massive club needs a massive personality in its manager. Could you imagine a timid manager at this club?

My opinion is, there's going to be a big gap to fill when Fergy steps down and I feel Mourinho is the one to fill it, his record speaks for itself


4.) Not arguing he's a top manager mate, with an ego that would mean he could handle the pressure.

I actually used to like him when he was at Chelsea. His time in Spain has swung me completely the other way - where I used to see charisma, I now just see a classless boor, who is only in it for personal glory.

Maybe he's mellowing - I'd like to see the old Jose back.




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Think the racism thing has been pretty bad over there, particularly at Zenit.

There was even talk of Boycotts until the team was all white or caucasian players, whether that happened I don't know though.

That was said by the official supporters club as well, so you can see why they'd want out.




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I genuinely do not rate him at all. He just lacks in so many areas as far as I'm concerned. He won't improve our squad, let alone the starting eleven.

I think there are better targets that we could be looking at.

Thankfully I don't see this coming to anything.




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I think Bale's career will decline when his pace does.

Ronaldo is far and above superior technically, looks after himself very well, could play for years.

The love for Ronaldo at OT, the effect it could have, that in itself would be huge.

Viva Ronaldo all the way!




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Didn't Moyes look at Moutinho and the possibility of him going to Everton?

A few years back and I might be on the complete wrong track but if he did there's nothing to say he wouldn't look again with more financial clout behind him.




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Hard to say, but 3 weeks ago a lot of places reported that Rooney wanted a new deal? Now the same people say 2 weeks ago he told Utd he wanted to leave.

Just seems like rubbish to me, trying to continue the united hype at the moment.





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Think people are overplaying the importance of the shirt number thing, the only real use of it for the club is involving merchandising.

We gave tony v 7, so anyone could grab 9.




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We shouldn't be happy until we are paying £0 in interest on £0 of debt.

It is a step in the right direction though.




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Not a situation the club should ever have been put in, and not something to necessarily sing and dance about.

Hopefully, given recent advancement, it won't be long before we're rid of the hanging burden above us.




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He's 23 apparently, I know, picking up on small details.

I rate him very highly, he has many qualities, as said above, that I genuinely believe are thing's our midfield is looking for.

No surprise that a few clubs are looking at him, if we go in for him though you'd think there'd be a good chance we'd get him.




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Anderson looked like such a prospect before he came to United, playing in a more advanced role.

I still think he is a good player but his fitness let's him down massively, but still he was never used in his best position.

Anyone who doesn't rate Kagawa in with the very best clearly doesn't watch him closely enough, he is exceptionally good. I'd happily play him in an attacking midfield role at the expense of Rooney.