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14 Jun 2017 22:04:51
Ed could you see aurier playing for MU next season?


{Ed004's Note - He is an option but apparently not first choice}



30 Jul 2015 14:06:00
Hey Edds has thiago silva ever been considered? Also has any players from psg been suggested in the di maria transfer?


{Ed004's Note - No}

1.) 30 Jul 2015 17:08:52
David Luiz?

Haha jesting of course!

2.) 30 Jul 2015 19:43:21
Laurent Blanc? do a better job then phil jones still!




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16 May 2018 18:01:24
If mourinho is staying for the foreseeable future then we need signings that fit his mentality of player. Toby sounds a good start, sandro maybe as he's got the juventus mentality! Not sure about bale in a mourinho team. Lots of rumours his attitude in Madrid isn't great. Pains me to say but i'd rather push for Willian with martial going the other way!


1.) 16 May 2018 19:24:11
Willian is a quick hard working player who is about to turn 30 .
Sounds like a Jose player 😊.

2.) 16 May 2018 19:59:56
Are Terry and Dortha available?

3.) 16 May 2018 23:03:36
I like Willian, but for Martial?

4.) 17 May 2018 08:23:50
Massive fan of Willian and would sort our right winger problems. But wouldn’t swap for martial. Either play martial or send him on loan.

5.) 17 May 2018 09:52:47
Martial should have been on loan this year. His contract expires next summer. No point loaning him iit now unless he signs a new contract.



14 May 2018 20:24:51
I'm interested to see how Sanchez starts next season with a full pre season and no distractions under his belt! Also whilst everyone else is playing in the World Cup!


1.) 14 May 2018 21:13:17
we will never see the best of him while he spends half a game on the edge of his own area or in his own half looking for the ball - then he needs to understand the importance of not giving the ball away which is something that exasperated Wenger and his Arsenal team mates - hopefully then we can really see how good he is.

2.) 14 May 2018 21:20:46
I've watched Sanchez with interest since he signed and I must confess I've been underwhelmed.

I was ecstatic when he came and honestly believed we'd got a player that would consistently deliver goals and assists and really improve our team but I'm not sure that's been the case.

Unfortunately he's not the player I expected. It's funny how you can often get the wrong impression of players from watching the odd game on TV or highlights on Match of the Day.

I thought we were getting a wide man with pace that could dribble, shoot and deliver quality crosses into the box. Someone that was a real threat on the counter and could carry the ball from one end to the other before playing a killer pass or cross.

In reality Sanchez is more of a midfield player. He likes the ball into feet, he likes to play quick one twos around the box, he's good on the ball in tight spaces where he can twist and turn with his low centre of gravity. He's always far too deep congesting the midfield, he rarely plays wide and constantly comes inside leaving us with no width and he prefers the ball to feet rather than making penetrating runs. In some respects he's very similar to Mata, (although he does have more pace and is a better dribbler) but I'm just not convinced he's going to give us what we need to take us to the next level.

I think if we signed a proper right winger he'll be ok because he's a quality player but he's very similar to Lingard and Mata and we really lack width and penetration.

For all the talk of transfers over the summer I think the only way we'll really see a more attacking, exciting brand of football is if we sign a right winger. A player that stays wide and gives us width, a player that can carry the ball at pace and beat a man, a player that can deliver quality crosses into the box for Lukaku, a player that can make penetrating runs and stretch defences.

In some respects Martial and Rashford we're providing this kind of penetration earlier in the season where we witnessed some decent attacking performances and scored some goals but maybe they both lacked that real consistency to nail their place in the team.

I have no doubt that Sanchez will play predominantly from the left next season therefore I think a right winger is vitally important if we want to see a more exciting brand of football.

{Ed004's Note - Very very good post and I think you're spot on with what you're saying. I'd also like to add that I think we need to address whether Pogba and Sanchez can play together on the same side of the pitch without stepping on each other's toes. They both seem to occupy the same area of the pitch}

3.) 14 May 2018 21:44:14
Good post mate, I’m still not clear why we signed Sanchez. Whatever the Eason it seems to have negatively impacted Rashford and Martial.

4.) 14 May 2018 21:48:42
Thanks Ed and totally agree about Pogba.

Dare I throw Gareth Bale into the mix?

I know many are not convinced and worried about his injury record but my god a fit Gareth Bale galloping down the right wing or running beyond Lukaku would surely get us all back on the edge of our seats. If ever there was a Utd type player it's a fit and in form Gareth Bale.

I think it's a gamble worth taking because if he's managed correctly and played the right way he's the player that could help us bridge the gap.

{Ed004's Note - I was watching that Celta Vigo game the other day and Bale is still a world class player. I think he's probably the best player we could sign for the right side but not sure if he's the best option. I think though that over time and a bit of work during pre season we could get Sandro (new lb), Pogba and Sanchez working at a high level. When Sanchez comes inside would let Pogba drift wide and he's very effective there. If we signed someone capable of play wide right we also wouldn't have Mata or Lingard crowding the central areas as well}

5.) 14 May 2018 23:54:57
Looking and at our squad and the players we're targeting maybe the plan is to play a diamond next year. Pogba on the left side and Sanchez at the top of it. Would need a dynamic midfielder for the right hand side - SMS? And new full backs to provide the width.

6.) 15 May 2018 08:56:54
Nathaniel, that's what I would love to see. 442 diamond, that way we can play Pogba, Sanchez and Martial in thier best positions, we just need a couple of flying fullbacks. Sandro and Cancelo would be ideal.

7.) 15 May 2018 09:24:58
regarding wide right, Mahrez anyone? decent age, wants a big club and epl proven.

8.) 15 May 2018 09:28:40
Been calling for that system for over a year now shaps.

9.) 15 May 2018 15:08:19
I'd like to see how that could work Shaps with Martial or Rashford pulling into that wide left channel.



01 Feb 2018 09:02:53
Mourinhos Away Record so far against top 6.

Wins - 1 (Arsenal - could of been any score! )

Draws - 3 (Liverpool x2, Man city)

Loses - 5 (Ars, Spurs x2, Chelsea x2)

If he wants to win the title then this is where he needs to improve!

Home Record - W3 D2 L2.


1.) 01 Feb 2018 10:18:10
We lack control in the big games all the time, get dominated and looks like we're playing with 10 men. Jose has to start playing with a midfield 3, especially against the top teams. Pogba and Matic in midfield just doesn't work vs the top teams.

2.) 01 Feb 2018 10:23:00
I think there have been two issues with our performances against the other top six sides.

The first is our midfield gets over run far too easily. Matic doesn't have the athleticism to cover two midfielders and Pogba doesn't have the discipline of the defensive game to help out. This can be fixed by bringing in an extra midfielder to stop us being over run in the middle.

However, when we do that we end up with the second issue we have against the other top six sides. We lack creativity in the final third.

Now we have Sanchez we shouldn't lack creativity, and last night's game was crying out for an extra midfielder to slow Spurs down and stop them dictating the game.

As much as I am a fan of Martial I think he should have been dropped for Herrera. Midfield three of Matic, Pogba and Herrera or even Fellaini with a front three of Sanchez left, Lukaku through the middle and Lingard right.

I also agree with the poster down the page saying how we look stronger defensively with Shaw at LB rather than Young.

3.) 01 Feb 2018 10:36:01
I don't think matic is mobile enough and pogba needs to work harder off the ball .
It's been the same all season but you can get at our cm even when we play 3 .
Jose has played 4231 most his career a lot if teams have and do a lot of teams do, but you have to have the right pair .

4.) 01 Feb 2018 11:08:23
Got post Shappy totally agree pal. I hope lessons have been learnt for the Champs League!

5.) 01 Feb 2018 11:27:58
We also seem to be conceding stupid goals against the top teams, the two goals City scored at OT resulted from mistakes as did the two y'day, maybe our players just can't handle pressure? They seemed scared every time spurs started running at us. Matic was exposed in midfield, you can't expect him to single-handedly contain the likes of Eriksen and Alli, even Son, on his own. Its annoying playing like that with that formation, the solution (433) to the problem is right there yet its not being used.

6.) 01 Feb 2018 11:28:50
You can't just go out and play do what ever you want .
Pogba had a defensive responsibility last night, didn't fulfil it so got subbed .
Against the better teams you some times have to do things a bit different .

7.) 01 Feb 2018 12:56:34
If we play 3, matic, Herrera an pogba then what midfield options do we have on the bench?

Carricks been out awhile with health issues.

McTom is just starting out.

Fellaini I wouldn't trust to change a light bulb never mind a game.

We really need two signings in the summer.

8.) 01 Feb 2018 13:16:18
I think we should be playing 3-5-2 against big sides away!




I remember playing it against chelsea in FA cup last year and looked good until herrera got sent off!



21 Jan 2018 15:53:44
What CM's should we be looking at in the summer? There a lack of top ones in world football these days compared to a decade ago!


1.) 21 Jan 2018 16:02:27
Savic of Lazio is no.1.

2.) 21 Jan 2018 20:20:08
100 % angelred. I watched the Lazio game this weekend against Chievo and he got another couple of goals. He really does look the real deal. If the rumours are true and we’re also interested in Seri then those 2 would be great targets. I really think we need a cm who sits and plays the simple passes. Someone much like Carrick. From what I’ve seen of Seri, he does exactly that.

3.) 21 Jan 2018 21:00:42
Jorginho at Napoli seems to be similar to Carrick, keeps it simple, can pass forward, can hit. Cross field pass and can defend.

I love SMS, but worry he is too similar to pogba, could you play both in the same team? Don’t get me wrong I would love SMS at Utd, as he has good feet, can beat a player, can play one twos, but wonder if Jorginho would offer better balance.



17 Jan 2018 13:26:56
If the Sanchez detail goes through on January what do we think will be the priority in the summer window chaps?

I don't see herrera signing a new contract considering the lack of minutes so he'll be off as a free agent, same for fellani and carrick is likely to leave if not retire. Could see a midfield overall in the summer and possibly some defensive additions - replacement for darmian and blind.

I think if ozil doesn't sign a contract at arsenal we could be in for him!


1.) 17 Jan 2018 13:40:13
Definitely going to need a few midfielders, full back and like you say maybe Ozil will join. Getting Sanchez now will ease the burden in the summer, which will be a bit tricky due to the world cup and the earlier deadline day. Would be good if we could tie up another deal for the summer now though of course.

2.) 17 Jan 2018 13:45:07
I'm not sure if they're be a priority. Full back is obviously an area where we lack depth, midfield will need to be looked at, another striker will be required to replace Zlatan, and I wouldn't be surprised if looked at rm and CB too. We will also be looking to sell players, so I that will all factor.

3.) 17 Jan 2018 14:06:23
CM to replace Carrick and Fellaini and replace Zlatan, think if shaw carries on as he is a left back isn’t needed, have young to cover both full back roles.

4.) 17 Jan 2018 14:32:35
Full back and Central midfield should be the priorities in my opinion. Valencia as good as he has been is 32 now, we haven't had a 1st choice left back really seen Evra left. If Shaw continues his current form and Fosu Mensah is given a chance I think that helps a lot but the likes of Blind, Darmian and Young are far from long term solutions.

If Sanchez signs I don't think we need a Zlatan replacement with Rashford and Martial also there.

Central midfield, I think we should give Pereira some game time next season as he clearly has a lot of talent but we need someone who can play in a midfield 3 and dictate a game. Matic provides protection, Pogba some magic but we need someone like Carrick who can control the tempo of a game. If Fellaini, Carrick and Herrera go I'd like to see Jorginho and Milinkovic come in with Pereira getting some game time. Mkhitaryan looks to be gone and Mata may also go so Pereira can play as a 10, wide or even in a 3 in midfield.

If we are going with the thought that Mourinho has signed 4 in the last 2 summer windows then I'd go with 2 Cm's, a left back and a centre back to replace either Smalling or Rojo.

5.) 17 Jan 2018 14:39:00
A right back, a left back if shaw goes. at least 1 central midfielder possibly a cb depending on departures i exoect to see darmian blind rojo fellaini leave.
I think even with ibra leaving we don't need another striker. Rash sanchez and martial can all play as a striker if mata stays I think we are good for attackers with what we have.

6.) 17 Jan 2018 16:16:51
I know its different to the school football team but I really do wonder if Herrera and Mata go will DDG want to leave? They do seem to be very close mates.

7.) 18 Jan 2018 00:13:35
Danny, good to see you back, mate. But what's with the serious post?




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21 Jan 2018 15:42:26
I dnt think he'll be a left back for much longer in his career! He's basically a LWB right now at Fulham. Wouldn't surprise me if he ends being a LW in his prime years!




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10 Aug 2017 12:05:09
Enter than them under poch! Never spoken about much before he got hold of him!




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30 Jul 2017 18:33:01
Too right stand!




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08 Jul 2017 08:18:30
Good luck with the diet!





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16 May 2018 17:48:09
Its fair to say mourinho will address the back four. In all his title winning campaigns the back four was the same almost every game. He didn't trust smalling in the first half of the season n went jones n bailly but they've not been good since they were injured half way through the season which has opened the door for smalling but I dnt expect him to start next season!




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02 Feb 2018 14:27:58
I'm happy with his performances in the smaller games but in the big games he needs to step it up! Arguably though he gets more isolated in the big games!




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01 Feb 2018 13:16:18
I think we should be playing 3-5-2 against big sides away!




I remember playing it against chelsea in FA cup last year and looked good until herrera got sent off!




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01 Feb 2018 08:52:46
I agree we've struggled against the top teams. Hit and miss at home against them but mourinho record away to them has been poor since he joined united. Been outplayed in the majority of those games.
Our form against the lesser sides has been very good however which is why we are where we are in the league table.
It's worth noting we had a very good record home and away against the big sides under van gaal who liked posessopn but his tactics meant we struggled to break down the lesser sides.




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25 Jan 2018 17:18:34
His draw to bring in top top players is a big reason I'm glad he's signed an extension!
I'd still like better football to watch but it's improving as the squad improves!