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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.

hoggy

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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18 Dec 2018 10:01:32
Thank goodness for that!

Looks like Carrick is the caretaker boss until the end of the season.

hoggy

1.) 18 Dec 2018 10:04:38
Nope. Big Sam or Harry 😂.


2.) 18 Dec 2018 10:09:47
Big Sam on his until end of the season 😅😅.


 

 

05 Dec 2018 19:56:03
I understand we have the odd injury and suspension but judging by the amount of variation in the Utd team selection from match to match, I wonder how he is picking the team at present!

Does he have a tombola in his office!

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04 Nov 2018 15:11:28
Hi Ed, was wondering if there was any development at Utd with the appointment of a DoF.
It hasn't been mentioned for a couple of weeks and last time I read about it there were a couple of candidates.
Apologies if I have missed a recent post.

hoggy

{Ed002's Note - No, there has been no recent change I am aware of Hogg.}


 

 

07 Oct 2018 12:06:20
What a rollercoaster of emotions watching the game yesterday.

Just glad that there was some fight in the second half and we kept the pressure up on Newcastle.

We are far from having turned our season around and what does Jose do in our next game after the break. Assuming he is still at the club.

My thoughts on the team from yesterday's game are;

1) Bailly is finished at Utd. Sad to say that as I have liked him but he can't be trusted and is a bit out of control when on the pitch.

2) Sanchez has to play in a free role. He needs to be our No.10 with freedom to pop up where he likes. He will also help out our midfield with his energy and work ethic when we don't have the ball.

3) Pogba must play in a 2 man central midfield. His work rate and involvement in the game increases dramatically when he plays in this system. He did it for France in the World Cup and so he can do it for us. The issue is who plays alongside him. Matic was woeful yesterday. Herrera could do it and I don't know enough about Fred yet.

4) As with Bailly I have the same view about Jones. Thus Lindelof will have to play alongside Smalling for now until the time comes when we can obtain a world class centre half. Better to have some consistency in defence and start moving in the right direction.

The team personnel seem to change by 2/3 at every game at the moment which really is not very helpful.

Jose's post match interview was bizarre to me he could of just talked about the great effort and response of the players in the 2nd half and that this is the fight and application that he wants to see. He had a chance to speak and galvanise the team but he spoke nonsense to me.

hoggy

1.) 07 Oct 2018 12:16:25
Totally agree about Jose should have used this to galvanise the team it’s us against the world. Instead he still undermined players rash and Mctominay, he just cannot go a game with digging out his own players.


2.) 07 Oct 2018 12:46:42
Until we have players like Smalling, Jones, Pogba and to some extent Sanchez we will struggle to win anything.


3.) 07 Oct 2018 13:50:25
Did any of you listen to Peter Schmeichel on Jose's post match interview. He seemed to think that it was the best Jose interview for a long long time. But what does he know about our great club, correct?


4.) 07 Oct 2018 14:53:17
He didn't undermine Rashford or Mctominay, what he said about them was the truth, both didn't deserve to be the team sheet last night.


5.) 07 Oct 2018 14:52:24
Bailly is not finished in my eyes but he has regressed this season, he has made a lot of mistakes, he plays as the right sided cb and is the type of defender that takes a risk. This is something he cannot afford to do with wingers playing as full backs, Valencia and young. Bailly would work in a 3 in my opinion.

Sanchez hasn't performed all season, comes on for the last 20 mins, fair enough scores a vital goal but now you think switching him to 10 will solve everything. I'm sorry but you have no mention of Juan Mata who changed everything when he came on yesterday. If anyone should be given a free role it is Mata in my opinion and he will set Sanchez free mark my words and other players.

We cannot play a 2 in defence because no pairing of 2 defender's are good enough and then Jose deems he has to play both Fellaini and Matic to babysit them. I also don't think we can play a 2 in defence because then we have to play either Valencia or young at full backs rather than wing backs. They are both shocking positionally in defence and make our questionable cbs look worse.
After yesterday possibly play a 3 with Matic dropping back, he adds nothing to our cm, in fact he detracts from it atm. It worked with Carrick before as a stop gap measure, why not. LINDELOF IS KAK, FELLAINI IS HIS BABYSITTER.

Pogba on paper played in a 2 man midfield for France in the wc but in reality played in a 3 with Matuidi regularly tucking in supporting for the left, Anthony Martial is not going to provide that same support. Pogba does not work in a standard 2 man midfield where he has to do a lot of defensive duties, this has been proven over and over again.

Your right about the team changes, we need more consistency in selection, city, pool, Arsenal, Chelsea, spuds all know their first 11, we have no idea.

Joses right about the manhunt, press are out to get him, tabloid rags he's made a fool out are trying to ruin him at every opportunity making up stories. He's right about the players not being able to deal with the pressure too. Lukaku came out and said it afterwards too, afraid to make a mistake.


6.) 07 Oct 2018 15:27:52
Id play 3 at the back attacking (2 wing backs) so maybe 1 cb sitting with matic just in front as usually teams setup with 1 striker and 4 with matic being a CB when defending.
I wouldn't have matic anywhere near the final 3rd now, he slows everything down.

play 2 in cm (pog and Fellaini/ herrera/ fred) then just go all out rotation up top with sanchez martial lukaku +1 (mata rashford) constantly rotating.


7.) 07 Oct 2018 16:19:20
Think some people are playing FIFA 19 with the Utd formation.

We need stability otherwise the players will remain lost and struggling for form.

Utd had the 2nd best defensive record last season but now we must change to a back 3 with wing backs. The personnel at the back have not changed in fact Shaw is an addition.

Yes the style of play was such that we were a defensive team with the midfield providing a wall in front of the back 4. I like a back 3 but now will not be the time to take on that change it should of been used throughout all of pre-season and all the games so far. Can’t believe people are putting Matic or Fellaini in the defence. Matic is poor at present and both these players have very little pace. With either of them at the back we will suffer more embarrassment when they are out of position.

I missed mentioning Mata previously which was wrong as he was excellent yesterday and he should get more game time either down the right or in the middle.

We have to try and get more out of Sanchez and making him play down the wing rigidly is not bringing out the best in him. In full flow he is a game changer, like Pogba. So do we just play him out on the wing and get 50% of what he has. Hazard has a free role at Chelsea so why not the same from Sanchez.

If Martial or Rashford play out wide then they have to do the dirty work going back towards our goal as well as going forward. If they don’t then they must keep the bench warm. Time to take on the responsibility and learn the game.


8.) 07 Oct 2018 16:57:05
Hoggy. I agree shaw has been an additition and is playing really well but because he goes forward it has exposed the cbs . Better cbs would be able to cope. Young rarely went forward last season.


9.) 07 Oct 2018 17:15:48
Ken, Shaw can defend and so can go forward and then get back into position.

Young got the wrong side of a Newcastle player in the 1st half and gave away a free kick just outside the box. He then handled the ball from the free kick which could of been a penalty. Young was also at fault, along with Bailly, for the 2nd goal a player can’t be allowed space in the box to turn one way and then the other with the ball and slot it in. I don’t blame Young as he is not a full back by trade.

However we can’t state that we are leaking goals because of Shaw when you see the performances of Jones, Bailly and Lindelof this season.
That really is nonsense.

The full backs of City and Liverpool are like wingers but they do also defend.


10.) 07 Oct 2018 18:42:08
Hoggy that's not what i said at all.
I said the difference between this and last season is that we have 1 attacking full back and because of that our cbs have been exposed because they can't cope. Not that we are leaking goals because of shaw. The cbs should be able to cope but they cant. The cbs looked better last season because neither full back left space. Read the post and don't be so quick to misinterpret what i wrote.


11.) 07 Oct 2018 19:11:55
Ken, Shaw defends better than the other full backs that we currently have, that’s the point I am making.

His attacking threat has nothing to do with our bad defensive performances.


12.) 07 Oct 2018 19:39:44
As I said above I actually think it's the other fb that's the problem not Shaw. While Shaw attacking more he can also defend.
However both Valencia and young are horrible positionally in defense. I regularly see valencia make so many basic mistakes that an actual fb shouldn't. Ditto young yesterday. As hoggy says though you c ant really blame either given that neither are actual full backs.
How on earth have we not had an actual proper full back since Evra until this season in Shaw. Was Rafael out last actual fb?


13.) 07 Oct 2018 21:44:49
Exactly shaw attacking and defending is what we all want to see. We also need that from the right hand side. But in order for that to be succesful we need better cbs and a more dynamic midfield.


14.) 07 Oct 2018 22:00:18
Bailly as a RB?


 

 

20 Aug 2018 21:03:09
I feel the most important signing for Utd is to get the right person in the Director of Football role.

We need a clear plan of recruitment, youth development and our style of play.

Then the head coach of the future can be selected on this basis and have the full support of the DoF and associated youth coaches and scouting system.

hoggy

1.) 21 Aug 2018 00:02:24
The most important thing right now is getting the right manager, i do believe we are falling way behind with the current manager, we need to get a manager with modern ideas of the game and one who respect our traditions. Sack mou he clearly doesn't want to be the manager anymore, leave carrick in charge for now or one the reserves coaches while we get a new manager, i don't think they will do worse than mou, Brighton scored 3 in 45 minutes for crying out loud. 3! Even worse we don't look like a proper team let alone a top one. I'm just tired of watching that crappy football that we have been playing the past 2 years. At least with Van gaal we dominated possesion and attack with a plan.

{Ed0333's Note - surely things aren’t that bad that you want Carrick to take charge or a reserve coach? Are you some kind of sadist?...you clearly love pain.


 

 

 

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20 Mar 2019 20:26:32
I am not bothered if Pogba stays or not as I find him extremely frustrating to watch.

Brilliant and a world beater in one game and then doesn’t turn up for the next 3.

No doubt about his talent and ability just a question mark over his application and desire in some games.

I know Ronaldo is a different type of player but his desire is unquestionable and is what sets him apart from the rest imo. Whichever team he plays for he just raises the whole team as he demands it from himself and others.

Look at the fall of Real Madrid since he left. Yes not all down to him leaving but that has had an effect. Then he joins Juve and takes them up a notch. No way they would of turned around a 2-0 deficit in the first leg against Athletico 12 months ago.

Pogba needs to have a similar effect in the teams he plays for in order to be truly great and make all the circus and side shows worth it.

Put Roy Keane’s playing brain in Pogba and you would have the best CM player ever seen. Alas this is not the case.

If he wants out then let him go and take the money.
We can re-build and bring in young players that we can mould into the Utd way.

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08 Oct 2018 12:03:44
Hi Ed, thanks for your input into these posts it’s very interesting and helps to get some perspective.

I know things are all hypothetical but if Jose is removed in the near future do you see the club making a point to put in someone in the DoF post as the top priority?

Would make sense and have a temporary head coach until this position is filled?

hoggy

{Ed001's Note - the club is already searching for one, so I would think that would be the way they would look to go.}


 

 

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09 Aug 2018 19:53:08
Brendan Rogers!

Do me a favour.

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04 Aug 2018 10:02:15
Hope its true but what is the source of this information!

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23 Jul 2018 21:39:44
Think we have spent plenty with the last 2 managers. Our targets are with other large European clubs and so it’s not easy to get them in.
Where is the development of youth? We have a good coaching and scouting system with some excellent youngsters pushing through who won’t get a chance under JM.
It’s not all about pure money.
I like JM but he is a 3 year project which is coming to an end. If he could see the bigger picture then he has the chance to create sonething special at Utd. Our club and fans are more patient and will stick by a manager who is creating a team between bringing in top class and developing youth within. As long as too 4 is achieved people will stick with the project if it’s a long term plan.

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26 Mar 2019 18:16:16
It’s a common thought amongst us on here that we would ideally like Utd to make 4 new signings for next season. Those being a CB, RB, RW and CM.

This can be very difficult as it is increasingly more difficult to get clubs to agree to sell players.

In addition to this Utd need to offload some “Dead Wood” first. Ideally Rojo, Valencia, Darmian, Jones and Sánchez but they may not all go and there could be a risk that Herrera leaves and then there is the issue of De Gea and Pogba.

For me if we could at least sign a quality RB and CB and move on 3 or 4 defenders listed above I would be content.

This would hopefully give us a solid defence which would stabilise the team and able Utd to push on.

I hope for more comings and goings but am just trying to be realistic about how complex these issues are to resolve.

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25 Mar 2019 18:22:18
Sancho and Hudson-Odoi would both be able to take the pressure of being at Utd. They are class acts that are well above their years in terms of development.
To think that Sancho had the intuition to leave a PL side and then go to Germany and make a success of his early career speaks volumes. Hudson-Odoi wants to do the same. Neither player was phased by playing for England the other night.
You can always say that buying any player is a risk but with the right manager and players in the squad to help these young players there is no problem.
Anyway Utd have tried the proven pro in Sánchez and look at what that has provided.
I would take either of these without any hesitation.

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21 Mar 2019 14:51:32
Park, like others I am very relaxed about this situation.

If Pogba wants to leave then let him go and if he wants to stay then I have no problem either.

He needs to up his game if he wants to be irreplaceable at Utd.

If he turned up in every game then he could boss the midfield on his own. That’s the talent he has but we don’t see enough of it.

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18 Mar 2019 10:17:27
Agree Shappy.

RB and CB are priorities as our defence is still not good enough. Liverpool and City would not of conceded those goals against Wolves.

Then a quality midfield player would also be good.

We need to get rid of the dead wood as well as this is hampering us in bringing in new players i. e. Darmian, Valencia, Rojo, Jones and hopefully Sánchez as well.

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17 Mar 2019 22:12:05
Very frustrating watching last nights game.
Too many players in the starting 11 just coming back from injury and as a result we were not sharp enough.

Rashford starved of good ball and results in him taking on long range shots.

Trying to play through the middle of Wolves when they play with 3 CB’s and a quality holding midfielder. Even when we are out wide we were always cutting in on the inside.

Passing too slow and never going to hurt teams until it is quicker.

Missed Lukaku which is a turnaround as he was rubbish a few weeks ago.

Wolves deserved the win but their goals were poor. Lindelöf more worried about handball when he shoul be lunging forward to block the shot from Jimenez. Shaw just hooking the ball aimlessly forward to a Wolves player when it should of gone over the top and into the box. City and Liverpool don’t give away goals like that in these type of games.

Not the managers fault as some of these players are not good enough.
Ole wants Utd to play the right way but we are a bit short.
Hopefully the players will respond now.

hoggy