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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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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.


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? clearly love pain.



02 Aug 2018 17:06:16
So Spurs will apparently listen to offers for Alderweireld, Rose and Dembele.

A bit tongue in check but Why don't we put a package together to buy all three! 😀

Then we can move on Rojo, Smalling, Darmian, Shaw and Pogba (if he wants to leave) .

We are likely to have cash to spare to bring in another player as well.

Ideally Pogba doesn't leave and I'd prefer Sandro as a left back but would we be a better team with these 3 in and the others who are either not good enough or don't want to be here gone!


1.) 02 Aug 2018 17:44:12
Dembele is done, Rose is no better than Shaw, but I’ll take Toby!

2.) 02 Aug 2018 17:48:01
Eric, you beat me to it. Rose has yet to rediscover his form and Dembele looks to have slowed. We he only reason they will let Toby go i guess is because he won’t extend his contract, if we can get him, we should.

3.) 02 Aug 2018 18:11:03
You may be right about Dembele as he was getting a number of yellow cards at the end of last season and at the World Cup.

Not a Rose fan but he is way ahead of Shaw over the last few seasons.

4.) 02 Aug 2018 19:03:49
Rose great on his day but not been at it for 18 months really.
Dembele on the slide. Lovely player at his best but he is no pogba replacement.
Toby if we can get him would be great.
No issue with using martial if we have to to get Toby in. Best cb in the league imo.



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.




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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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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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05 Sep 2018 06:24:08
In the PL you have to fight for every single point. We all know that there are really no games where you just turn up and get the points.

I was really pleased with the Burnley performance as it was a massive turnaround from the Brighton debacle.

We totally dominated the game, defended well and attacked with more pace. If we had won 5-0 Burnley wouldn’t of complained.

That performance has given me hope for this season. The team looked more together than at Brighton.

I always enjoy any Utd win but this was one match. We need to kick on and put a run together.




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02 Sep 2018 18:38:37
Ridiculous to have a pop at Fellaini before the game even starts.

Not a fan of him myself but he played well at the World Cup and gives teams something else to think about.

From the last performance and result it’s not as if you can say that no one could be dropped.

Good solid performance. Hope Rashford is fined and disciplined by the club for his actions as in another match that could of cost us. At 2-0 up players should be ensuring that all the pressure remains on the opposition.

Annoying Pogba had his penalty saved. Don’t like his run up it makes me nervous!




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23 Aug 2018 14:12:27
I find the formation debate interesting.

My son plays youth football at a high standard. It appears that in modern coaching, formations are different depending on whether you have possession of the ball or not ie defending or attacking.

Thus the team that my son plays in have a formation of 5-3-2 when they are defending which becomes 3-4-3 when they are attacking. The fullbacks push into midfield and one of the midfield players joins the attackers.

Obviously there are many different scenarios and I am sure it is even more advanced at professional level.
Thus our interpretation of formations is only part of how a team plays.




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23 Aug 2018 09:28:45
AAA you make many good and valid points.

A DoF is a must moving forward but it is probably difficult to do while Mourinho is manager. As it has the potential to cause more tension with Mourinho and possibly make the DoF job particularly difficult.

I am not one to say get rid of Mourinho. However when he does eventually leave then the first appointment needs to be a DoF and then a head coach.

Again I am no lover of Woodward but he had an independent report commissioned on Utd’s coaching and scouting system towards the end of LVG’s spell as manager. This lead to the implementation of a whole new scouting system and changes to the youth setup. It also identified the need for a DoF, so Woodward knows his limitations to be fair.

He just got it wrong when he recently stated publicly that Utd wouldn’t bring in any players due to high fees and no value at the end of the window.

Our defence still needs an overhaul despite Mourinho spending nearly £70M on two new CB’s. However he is to blame for some of this and if he wants Maguire so much why wasn’t he buying him from Hull 12 months ago for £17M? He seems to only work with established players. Despite all this we had one of the best defensive records in the PL but we do not have either a natural leader at the back or a settled CB pairing.

Great that he has new coaches at Utd but will he listen too them and will they have an impact in changing the way Utd play.

The biggest issue is our style of play. The fans hate it and it looks like the players struggle with it as well.




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21 Aug 2018 12:39:36
Good post DLIB.

I don’t understand Woodward not backing Jose. If we had sold Rojo, Darmian, plus either Smalling or Jones in addition to Blind. Then why couldn’t we of brought in 2 CB’s that Jose wanted.

The wages would of worked plus if the new players cost £120 plus we would of recovered a proportion of that money.

Who would care about the money for Alderweireld now if he was in our team? Don’t think the board would be particularly bothered if it meant we were challenging at the top.

More reason for transfers to be the responsibility of a DoF working with a Head Coach with the CEO responsible for setting the budget prior to the window opening.