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Best team moment: Ollie scoring the winner against Bayern in the CL Final in 1999. I was there and completely lost it

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11 May 2016 16:24:00
Ferguson spotted in Mayfair leaving a restaurant with Pochettino and his head coach Perez allegedly after having lunch. Have seen the photograph, it looks real!
Anything in this or is it just another manager that Fergie is friends with!
Interested to know Eds and other fans opinion.


1.) 11 May 2016 17:34:13
Can mean nothing really as there can be something on personal ground.

2.) 11 May 2016 22:29:12
Hopefully it went like this:

SAF: So you sell us Alli and Kane and we'll sign you up for 2017/ 18 yes?

Poch: Only if you get me the lad Dembele from Rennes along with Barkley and Stones. Plus £100m to buy as I please.

SAF: Ok son, you got a deal

Poch: I'm in.

3.) 11 May 2016 22:29:12
Hopefully it went like this:

SAF: So you sell us Alli and Kane and we'll sign you up for 2017/ 18 yes?

Poch: Only if you get me the lad Dembele from Rennes along with Barkley and Stones. Plus £100m to buy as I please.

SAF: Ok son, you got a deal

Poch: I'm in.




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10 Jun 2017 21:08:28
Confirmed that Deal agreed with Benfica for Lindelof!




28 Mar 2016 08:54:16
The ever reliable press have us interested in Bernado Silva, Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches. Apparently scouts are going to the Portugal match against Belgium. I know we have allegedly already bid for Sanches but it would be good if these rumours had some legs.
Also it raises the question about LVG!
I like many hate the style of play and what we have become and on that basis I wanted LVG sacked.
However he has bought Martial and blooded a number of youngsters Borthwick-Jackson, Varela, Fosu Mensah, Rashford and Lingard. He also bought Depay and although not a success there is no doubt he had quality and if he stays he will be better next season.
So LVG is trying to build a new team and is clearly bringing in young players to mould into his style.
Question is does he get more time to implement his plan or do we ditch him still?
If we ditch then do we go to the Mourinho route and does that mean abandoning the policy of bringing through the youth?
I think there is a lot riding on the potential sacking of LVG and the route we take in replacing him!


1.) 28 Mar 2016 09:53:27
Ditch him his football is horrid, his tactics are horrid and his achievements to date have been horrid.

This myth of Jose never plays young players is exactly as it seems to be - a myth.

2.) 28 Mar 2016 10:13:42
This isn't an either or question. wE should move LVG on but there are options other than Mourinho. The obsession with him is getting worrying.

3.) 28 Mar 2016 12:09:06
But are those options better than mourinho? Guardiolas with city, conte with chelsea and removing the likes of pochettino and simeone from their clubs will be very difficult.

4.) 28 Mar 2016 12:34:47
In short DSG for me the answer is no. Every manager has thier flaws, Jose has his in abundance but does his positive attributes outweigh the negatives? At the moment yes.

Everyone keeps going on about how we have many young players and that we are building for the future etc. That's all well and good but after 3 failed seasons post Fergie Manchester United is in desperate need for short term success as well as long term success.

5.) 28 Mar 2016 13:02:34
Imagine how well some of the players would play if allowed to rather than the tactics he employs.

6.) 28 Mar 2016 13:04:44
Mourinho will play youngsters if they are good enough which should be the case nobody should play just because they came through the youth setup if lingard played for any other team in the world is there anybody on this site who would want us to sign him? My guess is no.

7.) 28 Mar 2016 13:06:40
Oh yes Mourinho the man who promotes free flowing attacking football, the man who keeps everyone happy, doesn't freeze players and staff out, the man who won't make us a laughing stock, the man who will continue our focus on youth, yes please, not!

8.) 28 Mar 2016 13:40:06
eric is god yes the same mourinho, whose realmadrid out scored the mighty barcelona in 2 of his 3 seasons as manager with ultra defensive football, the same mourinho who most of his ex players still very much like, i don't want to go into naming every player but may be u could go on the internet and see the list of players sir alex, wenger, etc pissed off. about freezing players, 1 name says it all "POGBA", if winning trophies makes us a laughing stock i am more than happy to be a laughing stock, i can't imagine it being worse than this, about focus on youth last i checked he extensively used balotelli at inter, david santon played an important role under him at inter, jese was handed his debut under mourinho, it's not great, but everyone want's use his youth record to say he isn't good enough, seems to assume that man utd have a la masia full of messis and ronaldos that he will riun, last i checked our 2 most recent youth products with some sort of experience are cleverley and welbeck, and sadly those 2 don't look like messi or ronaldo to me. So definitely a yes please from me.

9.) 28 Mar 2016 14:23:02
Raphael Varane was only 18 too, he made great use of him at Real Madrid. I think it's false to say his teams are boring, Chelsea were very good last year.

10.) 28 Mar 2016 13:59:36
People seem to forget Mourinho's Chelsea side played the best football in the league last season. He has played young players wherever he has managed when the young players have been good enough.

Even when he returned to Chelsea from Madrid in his first season he played Hazard, De Bruyne, Oscar etc. Then he has the stones to drop Cech for Courtois when he returned from Atletico. Oh and that's the same Cech that Mourinho gave a debut to alongside Arjen Robben many moons ago.

11.) 28 Mar 2016 15:14:12
I think another season of LVG will kill us as a club. I really do love the club but watching us with hi at the helm has been 95% of the time really painful. No one should be punished that way.

12.) 28 Mar 2016 15:49:27
On Mouriniho playing style, I loved the way he play with Chelsea first time with fast powerful players.

Swap Terry to Smalling (or Varane), Essien for Renato Sanches/ Pogba/ Mensah, Lampard for Ander, Drogba for Lukaku, Duff/ Robben for Martial then add Rashford, Schnederlin etc we could be great.

Don't see Mata or Rooney fitting in though.

13.) 28 Mar 2016 17:46:20
Have to add my two cents worth here and say that Mourinho has his teams play in order to achieve the best outcome in a given game. Yes, that is sometimes negative but there is also free flowing attacking football when it gets the best result. I believe it's known as adapt and overcome.

His record speaks for itself. We can't pass up the opportunity to have him get us back on the straight and narrow.

14.) 28 Mar 2016 18:32:01
The same Real Madrid where Casillas, Ramos hated his guts even Ronald's fell out with him, the same mourinho who decided to fall out with hazard, publicly denounced the clubs doctors, the same mourinho who terry and co wanted out of Chelsea the first and second time! the same mourinho who wouldn't play cuadrado even though he looks pretty good st juventus right now. The same mourinho who thought the best way to beat Barcelona was to kick them off the pitch and dive like bunch of girls, he didn't win the champs league there or at Chelsea.
I don't want UTD to play that way or play like Chelsea.

15.) 28 Mar 2016 18:39:09
By the way Maze he got rid of de bruyne because he didn't rate him, and Robben, he ruined hazard this season by his public fall out, got rid of lukaku because he didn't rate him, gave courtois his debut after he had fantastic seasons atletico Madrid and almost won the champs league, that was brave, there aren't many Chelsea youth players he gave a debut to.

{Ed001's Note - De Bruyne left because he wasn't prepared to fight for his place. Lukaku upset Chelsea and was sold, not because Mourinho did not rate him. Oh and Cuadrado never settled in England.}

16.) 28 Mar 2016 12:53:13
Even if we get Poch or Simeone from their clubs, are they better than Jose. The answer is a straight NO.

Pochettino can be looked at post Jose era, once the club are back on their feet and have a bright future which at the moment it doesn't.

17.) 28 Mar 2016 18:48:46
Ed001 what was it that lukaku did to upset chelsea? Would have to be pretty awful to get rid of such a prospect.

{Ed001's Note - never asked to be honest. I am trying not to get details these days, as people ask you not to talk about things when they give you details!}

18.) 28 Mar 2016 22:50:26
Oh Eric, Eric, Eric like Ed001 said how do you expect Mourinho to get the best out of players like Lukaku and De Bruyne if they are causing trouble and don't want to be at the club? I also don't know where you got that Mourinho didn't rate Robben from. As for Hazard wasn't he the best he has ever been under the tutelage of Jose? So that point of yours in mute.

Even so that Courtois had come off a great season at Atletico it still took guts to drop a club legend like Cech who is still at the top of his game. I am not going to even respond to your Cuadrado comment because to be put it plainly Cuadrado was downright crap at Chelsea. Is also Jose's fault that Falcao hasn't scored 50 goals this season?

19.) 29 Mar 2016 08:01:43
Yeah Eric, the same Madrid where Casillas has finally been thrown out because he was too much a nuisance in the dressing room. It wasn't Mourinho who upset people, it was the other way round. Have you been away from football for a long time. Ramos and Casillas are the two biggest trouble makers in the Real dressing room.

And let's say we accept your point the he upset people, then why the hell do we call SAF a legend. Beckham (kicked in the head), van nistelrooy, and the list goes on. Were you on here to publicly denounce the great gaffer. I guess not.

Jose has his flaws, but you only need to look at the positives and you will see how they outweigh the petty negatives.



27 Aug 2015 11:00:38
What do posters think about the new CL away and third kit?
Like it myself, much better styling than the Nike kits of the past few years.


1.) 27 Aug 2015 13:35:31
Nice kit,

I actually saw someone wearing it at OT before the Spurs game, I accept that kit makers cannot do too much with the home strip but this 3rd strip does at least look like some thought and effort has gone into it.



26 Mar 2014 12:21:11
Yet another whimper of a display and a comprehensive beating.

DM tried to sure up the midfield by bringing in Cleverly but after 1 minute that plan had failed. Then on comes Kagawa and we are unable to open up a side of the quality of City. Valencia then comes on to inject soem raw pace and power and again we get no foothold in the game.
There can be some truth that DM hasn't got the tactics and formation right, but he has tried various formations this season in order to give the players a fair crack at it.

However the bottom line is that some of our players are not good enough.

Ferdinand is finished he just watched Dzeko score the second goal and although it was not hi man he backed off into the penalty box when Toura slotted in the third. Rafael I like but there is no end product to the good runs forward that he makes. Evra gets up but never back. Carrick mainly passes the ball sideways or backwards and so we do not penetrate the opposition. We need pace and power in our play in addition to skill.

At least DM has publicly taken responsibility for the poor results and not used the excuse that it is the team that he has inheritied.
This will mean that he has to make some serious decisions in the summer about both players and possibly his management team.

Most Utd fans on this site agree that 7/8/9 players need to go even if we have a different opinion on who they are and that 4/5 new players need to come in and 3/4 of the younger players need to be elevated into the 25 man squad.

Then DM needs to sort out his style of play and game plan for next season. He also needs to look at his coaching staff because apart from Chris Woods who appears to have been a positive influence on De Gea the rest are in question. Does DM need a tactial coach like SAF always had in the last 10+ years of his time, at the moment the answer would seem to be yes.

On another point it was great to see Scholesy on the TV last night. He was hurting having to watch and comment on that performance. Absolutely loved his assassination of Arsenal with their nice midfield who have no discipline and that their heavy losses to the top teams was not surprising to him.
I would of said that's an easy hit with most pundits but Scholesy was a true world class player who achieved everything in club football, multiple times, so he is entitled to such an opinion, even if I am a biased Utd fan.
Hearing him speak gives you a feel for how determined and single minded he was as a player and that the Manchester United teams he played in were full of winners. Something that is missing right now!


1.) Good post and very balanced.




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06 Jun 2018 13:49:41
Don’t think there is any chance of getting Varane. The stand out player in the RM defense.
Ramos is the organiser and motivator but Varane is the legs and physical presence.

Any new manager is not going to want to sell him.

Hope I’m wrong as would love him at Utd.




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30 May 2018 08:32:55
Not for me. Goes down far too easily and then rolls around the floor then all of a sudden is absolutely fine. Likes to look good with his hair. Gomez and Chong are already at Utd and are younger and better.




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25 Jul 2016 20:20:06
Ah the innuendo is miles better than if the rumour has any legs in it. Great work by all keep it up as it keeps me smiling 😄.




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04 Jun 2016 14:38:13
Am surprised that it is Arsenal going for Vardy. Are they going to change to a counter attacking side and hit teams on the break?
Sure glad we are not interested. Respect what he had achieved through hard work but he is not a world class CF imo.




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23 Aug 2015 15:06:09
Too many fans getting caught up with the rubbish in the papers.
Unless we can sign someone like Bale who would be part of a long term plan what is the point with all these transient players that last 1 or 2 seasons.
Man Utd are better than that and develop within plus add some world class players.
If we don't give the likes of Januzaj, Perriera and Wilson a chance then we may as well sell them now and watch others develop them.
Only players like Bale, Muller etc who are world class and still young really fit the mould of what Utd have stood for over the years.
Too much rubbish is being spoken by the papers which then transmits through to the fans.
I don't want another ADM etc





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04 Jun 2018 13:12:25
No way has Jose ruined Rashford. He has been given plenty of opportunities by Jose, admittedly a lot from the subs bench but he has not made an impact on a regular basis.
He did last season when we won the Europa League but not this season.
Yes it’s hard when coming on as a sub but you have to be ready and as a forward you must make an impact.
We never complained about Solsjkaers impact from the bench, yes that is extreme but it shows what can be done. This is a learning season for Rashford he is not yet the finished article.
Without Lukaku’s goals we wouldn’t of finished 2nd so his touch although frustrating to watch is not everything.




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07 May 2018 15:41:25
Ed001 I didn’t say anything about Mourinho having a 3/ 4 year plan but only about him being the Utd manager for 3/ 4 years and then he will be gone.
He never states, like some managers, that he has a plan to build for the future. He would have to change his style and attitude to be more patient and pragmatic.
You know what you get with Mourinho, there’s very little that is hidden.


{Ed001's Note - you need to read back your posts as you quite clearly did say that.}



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07 May 2018 14:29:57
IMO some of the fans have very short memories. After Fergie retired Utd were floundering with an ageing and poor squad. Then with Moyes and LVG we slipped further away from the top of the PL and out of the Champions League.
Mourinho was a safe pair of hands. Style of play and our history means nothing if you are mid table!
Mourinho is driven and a winner, in addition he can attract the big players ie Pogba, Lukaku and Sanchez, something that some others would not be able to do.
Mourinho won two trophies in his first season and got us back into the CL as a result. This season we are second best to City who have been incredible, blowing everyone away. However Utd are 2nd on merit in the cup final and so are moving in the right direction. Mourinho is only a 3/ 4 year plan and when he is finished we will be better off than when he arrived. Some of the other managers that people mention on here may be good at smaller clubs but at Utd who knows how they will perform.
We should never pretend to actually know the size of the task in being the manager at Utd. Only a few can succeed.
I really like Pochettino and Spurs play great football, however they haven’t won anything. His chances of success if he was at Utd May increase but so would the pressure. Spurs are a big club but not to be rude or unkind Utd is a total different level!
Someone has pointed out the poor performances of Sanchez but he got us to the cup final. I do not see Martial or Rashford, who I both like, scoring his goal or putting in his work rate and setting up the 2nd goal. Rashford came on in that game and was clean through but wanted too many touches and then the chance was gone. A more experienced player would of buried that chance or at worst worked the keeper. I love Rashford and what he has done but he is still raw and not the finished product.
I thought Lingard was finished when Mourinho was appointed but he proved me wrong on that one.
If Martial wants to leave and we can get good money then let him go as that will give Rashford more time.
I am right behind Mourinho for the reasons explained above, I know what he is and what we will get. How many managers are going to be at Utd for more than 5 years in the future? This is almost a thing of the past even though I wish it wasn’t.


{Ed001's Note - I think you are missing something when you say about 3/4 year plans and why Jose gets so much grief about it taking time. Jose himself has said that he does not need time and has often criticised other managers for talking about how they need a 3 year plan or similar. It is his own fault if he now gets criticised as he set himself up for that.}



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05 Apr 2018 22:33:33
Stones is great on the ball but can’t defend.
He has made mistakes for both club and country.
Probably a player who is more suited to a back 3.

Walker is quick with a physique but he can’t defend and is regularly out of position. He gets into good positions going forward because of his pace but rarely delivers an end product. Trippier defends better and also has better delivery. Spurs must have been laughing when they got over £50M for Walker.




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05 Apr 2018 22:27:26
Spot on Redfaith.
I just feel that Pogba has had too much too young, like so many footballers nowadays.
Think they forget the r aeons why it is that they are famous and so well paid.
There is no excuse about not putting in the effort on the pitch.
Pogba has great talent but currently little effort and motivation. He should be a box to box CM who dominates the midfield and runs games. He also had the luxury of a great player alongside him in Matic who can cover when he surges forward.
Think he wants out deep down.