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20 Sep 2018 12:41:37
Hey Eds, anyone knows about any serious interest in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe?
Maybe United only sent scouts to watch him like they do for a lot of players and media are making it a big deal. Thanks in advance.


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07 Aug 2018 09:14:59
Having the transfer window shut early for the league specially after world cup was such an personic idea. I don't think there will be anymore business for us in the upcoming days. Though there are strong rumours of Toby but Spurs don't have enough time to look for a replacement. I just hope we don't panic buy on deadline day.


1.) 07 Aug 2018 10:03:30

There will be movement mate, does seem to be leaving it a bit late though and I agree, I hope we don't panic on Thursday.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 11:16:11
I’m not worried, we can’t sign Fellaini twice.

3.) 07 Aug 2018 12:50:27
Sailor - you never know Levi might insist on smalling/ shaw going the other way . heres hoping :)

4.) 07 Aug 2018 12:52:16
Danny that made me laugh. But heard Mr. Witsel is looking for a move from Chinaa.

{Ed002's Note - He has already moved.}

5.) 08 Aug 2018 08:03:20
Yes Ajay, looks like he moved to Dortmund.

6.) 08 Aug 2018 08:55:11
DannyP, but what if Harry Maguire IS this seasons Fellaini?



09 Jul 2018 15:48:07
Just read this rumour that we might look to get Dembele for Martial in exchange. I know it's probably BS but that is the only way I would be willing to let Martial leave the club.


1.) 09 Jul 2018 18:49:02
Swap one inconsistent french player for another? No thanks, send Martial out on loan and look for alternative cover.



18 Mar 2018 13:52:36
Heard that Martial wants to leave for Juventus. Don't know whether it's true or not but I think if any team offers what we paid for him ten we should sell him. There are many who will talk about his potential and stuff but without the right attitude potential is useless.
He has more potential than Rashford but I can guarantee that Rashford will be twice the player Martial would ever become. His link up play is not upto the standard and it's just sad to see him take on the defender on the wings. Everyone can see how easily Rashford can go past on the wings but Martial just runs into the player losing the ball. Rashford makes the opposition nervous with his pressing and you can even see someone his goals have come as a result of him never giving up.
Many will say he will be great under Pochetino or someone else. But can you guys actually see him succeeding under Pochetino or Klopp. They ask a lot from their players and Martial would just fail to deliver. Try to put him in a Spurs team and decide for yourself who will he replace in the front 4. I was very excited when he came and I hope he proves everyone wrong and becomes the best player in the world with us but I just don't understand what type of formation or playing style will suit him so that he can jump into that bracket of world class players.


1.) 18 Mar 2018 16:11:35
You can guarantee Rashford will be twice the player Martial will be can you?

2.) 18 Mar 2018 17:21:40
Play Martial up top or sell him if we get what the board deem a suitable offer.

He’s a 1 in 5 player and that’s nit good enough at Utd despite his age. Rashford has more potential than Martial in my opinion. Not sure it needs to be one or the other though. I’d ditch Zlatan and give him a season rotating with Lukaku up front. However Maybe his sulky demeanour is just too much for Jose and he just doesn’t have what it takes.

3.) 18 Mar 2018 17:39:07
Word is there is a new deal on the table for martial.

4.) 18 Mar 2018 19:37:07
Ed002 confirmed that juve are in for him but we are a good bit apart from agreeing a fee.
I would be shocked or saddned if he left but it wouldn't shock me if he was kept to see if he can fulfill his potential and claim a regular place in the side. Have to say he is not my cup of tea.

5.) 18 Mar 2018 19:50:03
Zlatan was hardly there this season. He was just here to take some of the money Woodward had been getting in. Don't think Mou trusts Martial up top.

6.) 18 Mar 2018 20:12:38
Other than it’s of pace, Rashford hasn’t actually shown that much quality. His composure and finishing Needs a lot of work, his runnning is the channels isn’t the best, and he makes the wrong decision very often. He has a game where he comes up against a poor full back and rinses him the whole game and people think he’s the best thing since sliced bread again. Martial has much more potential, the quality of his finishing etc is streets ahead of rashfords. He just needs to play regularly as a forward. Martial is NOT a winger.

7.) 18 Mar 2018 20:35:40
Martial is just another example of a young player who needs to be playing in a team which plays to his strengths. He is really good but being played out on the left wing is not going to let his talent shine. Round pegs in round holes. He is going to be awesome if he gets a central attacking role and with a team playing fluent quick football. Not the slow slow pass it a million times we are apt to at the moment.

8.) 19 Mar 2018 08:02:26
Under pochhetino martial would improve undoubtedly, a couple of years under poch and he would be at that hazard and sanchez (pre joining us) level. No reason why martial shouldn't be getting double figures in goals and assists every season.

9.) 19 Mar 2018 10:41:25
If martial can't make it at united our coaching staff aren't fit for purpose. I agree martial is not a winger and should be playing as a striker eventually.

10.) 19 Mar 2018 13:11:23
Maybe, just maybe, we have paid over the odds for an overrated youngster who is also not fit for purpose?

11.) 19 Mar 2018 16:47:17
Maybe just maybe he's played on the wings to develop his all round game and because the £75-90 million striker we have has bagged over 20 goals so far.

Maybe the Juve rumour has popped up because contract talks stalled. Not the first time its happened.

12.) 19 Mar 2018 18:38:13
It’s all rather dull. If he’s sulking ship him out. If he’s angling for a striker position then prove you’re worth it there by smashing every single game you play and every training session there is.

I cannot abide maoning and sulking. Get your head down and prove you belong there. If not, au revoir.

I like Martial as a player, but can’t see him being a world beater I’m afraid.

Too many cruising in this squad for me and Martial is a prime culprit.

All this talk of Poch I don’t get. His team have shown absolutely zero aptitude when it comes to crunch games and pressure to win.

Maybe I’m just being grumpy still but back jose and his decisions or sack him now. If they want a yes man, Jose clearly not your man. The board have no place in making football decisions on team sheets and tactics.

13.) 19 Mar 2018 19:30:56
Eric your talking sense my friend.

14.) 20 Mar 2018 15:40:33
Eric - When have united ever not paid over the odds?

I would say most people rate martial as a good player with potential to be even better. Wouldn't class that as overrated.

Even if you don't think he has potential to go to the next level he surely must be way down your list of united problems?
And surely he has been our best left sided attacker this season? So even if you think he hasn't been good enough often enough there's been plenty worse?

Your point about Jose I agree with. The board back him or sack him.

Anyways here's to next season quadruple.



06 Aug 2017 17:50:53
Read somewhere that United want Sergi Roberto (personally I think it's bull news just made for the sake of selling papers) . But I just love the guy, so much talent and can play a couple of positions. Doesn't get the game time he wants at Barcelona but can't see him getting minutes at United either.


1.) 07 Aug 2017 00:10:31
He was constantly played out of position at Barcelona is the press are to be believed 40m euros is far too much.

2.) 07 Aug 2017 12:49:53
Sounds like Barcelona trying to use Utd to get him sold.




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19 Dec 2018 15:19:40
I haven't seen Molde play and didn't look much into Cardiff when Ole was in charge. If you guys have seen his teams play, can someone please throw some light on how usually his teams set up. What formation he prefers and what kind of football he prefers?
Thanks in advance.


1.) 19 Dec 2018 16:11:02
Attacking football, left open at the back what I've been hearing today from Cardiff journo.

Lost 6-3 against liverpool the year they almost won it, went for it from the off. Got battered at the back scored 3.

4-2-3-1 formation.



06 Dec 2018 16:41:09
With all this talk of central defenders, I would like to know what you guys think of Bailey.
For me he is one of the best in the league. Only problem is his injuries which weren't so bad during his 1st season at United. Our team tends to rely on the defenders a lot with us sitting back even against championship teams. If we had a more attacking team I don't think our defenders would be injured so much. Players like Bailey are seen stretching and making attempts to stop goals a lot more compared to other teams, even those who are at the bottom of the table right now. More of our defenders end up with pulled hamstrings than any other team. We really cannot expect our defenders keep the opposition out for full 90 minutes. It's easy to ask for new CB every window and then blame them if we don't attack and concede goals. We have 2 of the best young defenders in Bailey and Lindelof and yet we just want new shiny players all the time.


1.) 06 Dec 2018 17:27:30
He’s our best defender. Has all the attributes to be one of the best in the league. Only issue is he is still a bit raw. Can be rash and seems to struggle to keep fit. But improvement in those areas come with game time, consistency and trust from the manager. We would be crazy to even entertain the idea of selling him. Him and lindelof compliment each other beautifully. His almost Vidic like whilst lindelof is the more cultured on the ball rio of the pairing. Jose has two very good young cbs there. I don’t buy it that we have a poor defence if those two can be given the trust and confidence to build a partnership. If under Guardiola or Poch, these two would be up there with the best partnerships. May be OTT but I really rate this two that highly. Yes an experienced cb may be needed, but these two could be our cb pairing for years to come, if given the opportunity and game time.

2.) 06 Dec 2018 17:19:37
Bailly for me is as mad as a box of frogs, class defender and very fast. Only thing he doesn't have is a footballing brain which defenders need nowadays, but if he sees danger he cleans up and rids the ball anywhere which some hate. Still worth a place in the side for me over any of the other cb's we have.

3.) 06 Dec 2018 18:32:16
I think Bailly and Lindelof could develop into a decent partnership. They have compliamentary attributes. Lindeloff needs to toughen up a bit and Bailly needs to calm down. They are both young and have many years ahead of them to learn their trade in a position which players really benefit from experience perhaps over any other position.

I'm not suggesting they are the second coming of Rio and Vidic but for me there are promising signs and I'd like to see them play in a better team under a different manager to see their full potential.

4.) 06 Dec 2018 18:54:34
I think three at the back suits him as he has more cover when he steps put and tries to win the ball.

Think him and lindelof would work well in a three with an experienced defender (i. e. toby alderweireld) in between them.

Also would allow us to play dalot and shaw and get them forward with more cover behind them.

5.) 06 Dec 2018 18:56:31
Love the guys game and approach. First season and he was in top 3 in the EPL.

Has dipped for various reasons but he is for me a traditional defender and although as FZZ has mentioned can seem out dated maybe, I think every team needs a brick wall kinda CB. More so than a John stones style CB.

6.) 06 Dec 2018 18:58:07
Bailly is a great athlete with a strong attitude, but he can be a little unpredictable and unorthodox, not traits you want in a center back. But his ability and potential are beyond most of the others, including Smalling, Jones, and Rojo.

7.) 06 Dec 2018 20:22:45
I’m really not a fan, and haven’t been from the start. I don’t see what others see in him. He was OK yesterday, nothing more. He’s nowhere near the best in the league, that’s madness. Yesterday he spent the first 15 minutes avoiding the ball, some times with his hands on his hips. I was watching closely and almost posted on here at the time but decided against it to avoid anything negative. His attitude is all wrong.

We are praising a defender after a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal, having conceded due to mistakes. I think that shows where we are at right now, especially if people are calling him our best defender. I think that’s probably Smalling as he’s been the only ever-present defender through 3 managers. But that’s not saying much. It’s probably our weakest position in the squad. Bailly is still young, i’d love him to prove his doubters wrong myself included, it’s got to start with his attitude and commitment.

8.) 06 Dec 2018 20:55:27
Wazza the mistakes came from 1. Smalling marking Mustafi and Dave then the 2nd goal was rojo fault.

Bailly was one of the main reasons aubamayang was so non existent. He is by far our best defender and should be along with Dave and Shaw first on the sheet for the defence.

9.) 06 Dec 2018 21:11:23
Bolger i’m not saying Bailly was at fault, I was pointing out our defensive frailties. If Bailly is our best defender it’s because imo the competition for places is poor.

10.) 06 Dec 2018 21:39:37
Bailly is a top prospect. He and Lindelof are by far our best two central defenders. Neither the complete package but have enough ability. By contrast Rojo and Jones are way too rash, with Jones especially poor on the ball. Smalling is a huge problem. He stands 2 yards behind everyone so the opposition can make simple diagonal runs that puts the whole defence in disarray. It's puzzling as to what Jose sees in him that mitigates against this very obvious trait.

11.) 07 Dec 2018 03:26:18
Mate he dosent have a problem with injuries, he’s not been playing because of the fall out with Mourinho and I know this as fact. The January window is arriving swiftly so he may conveniently have a busy December to remind teams he’s actually good. There’s always an agenda with this ego maniac.



13 Nov 2018 20:23:23
It's a favourite pastime of posters on here to discard our players. I remember a few weeks back all were against Lindelof, then he suddenly became a defensive god who just needs the right partner. Bailey is high on the list of players everyone wants to see gone. Martial was useless for some ( including me), but looks like he's a world beater again. Now Rashford is just a waste who will never be world class.
We all are quick to make up our minds about players. Wouldn't rashford be scoring goals if he was at City or Liverpool? Many of our players would look good in those teams. Do you guys think Salah would have scored so many goals in our team. If we had a front 3 of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar would we be any better on the points table?
We can keep talking about a solid foundation in our defense for the next 20 years but it won't help until we show some attacking intent. We can play a team of 10 world class centre backs but if we decide to sit back for 90 minutes, we will concede a goal and we would all be left pointing at that one guy who was at fault.


1.) 13 Nov 2018 21:17:25
Have to reply to this but I'm pretty certain that with a front three of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar we would be better off. If you think we wouldn't then I can't help you sir.

2.) 13 Nov 2018 21:47:10
Good point sailor. The majority wanted rid of Shaw as he was fat and lazy yet here he is, a regular starter. People want to write off Rashford, a 20 year old kid because he isn’t Messi. As you say, Lindelof has gone full circle, as has Matic in the other direction.

The question is, how long do you give players? I’ve been critical of Fred but he’s only been here 2 minutes so that is perhaps unfair. Pogba on the other hand has had long enough to prove his worth and sadly hasn’t. I’m happy to give the youngsters time but the established players need to get their finger out.

3.) 13 Nov 2018 22:32:15
"If we had a front 3 of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar would we be any better on the points table? "

I'll take this one. Yes.

4.) 14 Nov 2018 00:04:11
Haha glad everyone replied to that silly part of the post. If we had the 3 best players in the world up front would we Ben doing any better? Good one.

5.) 14 Nov 2018 05:42:24
With Ronaldo alone up top, while Messi and Neymar defend deep inside our own half. I don't see anything different from what I've seen till now.



26 Sep 2018 22:09:06
Much has been said about our club, manager and some players so I won't repeat that. I wanted to focus more on a couple of other players who have been complete waste and a couple who can make us better. Not that Mourinho will read this and apply in the next match but just how I would use or drop players.

Lingard - He's not up-to United's standard. Belongs to a mid table team at the most. He has zero creativity, he cannot finish and can't control the ball. His best asset is that he runs a lot and comes back all the way to defence during build up to pass the ball sideways and back. He normally has 1 decent game in 10 and still manages to be on the team sheet somehow. I've played during my college days and I wasn't any good but I can do whatever Lingard does, except for the crazy handshakes. He may have worked on some slick celebrations too but he isn't getting the chance to shown those off.

Young - Yes he marked Salah in 1 match last season but he's not a full back or even a winger now. I can't recall the number of times he tried to put a through ball for Lukaku from the left side of the pitch. Even usain bolt won't be able to reach his through balls let alone Lukaku. He doesn't want to get forward and tries to be Paul scholes with his passes. He does everything a full back should not. The best moment from his career in the last few years that I can recall is the bird poo incident. There was no support for Martial during attacks from Young and though Martial played well he ended up being blocked plenty of times with his passes as he had very limited options.

Bailey - Here is the thing, he is not suited to the kind of defence that just sits back and invites pressure whole match. He is a very good defender but gets carried away and goes out of position while trying to put pressure on the opposite player. He would be more suited in a defence that wants to get the ball back quickly. He can also be used as a defensive mid ( somewhat like casemiro ) . I know casemiro is much better but Bailey can do that job. He is great with the ball at his feet and can keep the ball moving with his short passes.

Dalot - We need someone on the right flank to let him show his true potential. Last game with Mata on the right he crossed the halfway line very few times. And can't recall if he crossed more than twice. Once his cross found Mata in the box who wasn't able to control it and second time Fellaini scored. Right now I can't think of anyone in the team who can play on the right side. I honestly expected Sanchez to play there when he signed but that was just wishful thinking.

Andreas Pereira - He is one player I want to see more of. He's not a bloody defensive mid but he still played there to get some gametime. Last I recall he came on against wolves at the end and was so dynamic though it was for a very short time. He has such a great ball control and eye for a pass. And he can put in a much better ball in from set pieces than any other player in our team. I would play him on the right to replace Lingard. He can't be much worse and we never know he might just make that position his own. Another option is to play him in a three man midfield but as a creative midfielder. He will make us better if he's allowed to play a more creative role.


1.) 27 Sep 2018 07:50:18
Sailor good call for Andreas to be played on the right, mmm might be worth a try as you are totally right there is no one at the club who can play that roll at the min.
He certainly has more pace than Mata and more guile than Lingard.

Lingard is what he is, a grafter and a good squad option with 20 mins to go but a consistent starter he is not.
Young should only be played in the lesser competitions, I would play Darmian ahead of him as a 2nd choice to luke as at least he is defensively sound and gets a hard time from our support but is a decent player.

Bailly I just do not know anymore, a serious case of 2nd season syndrome that's carried onto his third. Think if we had gotten Alderwerield he could have pushed on. Needs someone to learn from and that someone is not Chris Smalling.



01 Sep 2018 14:42:18
Important match tomorrow, what do you guys think our strategy should be.
I hope we don't go with high pressing like last game, it leaves a lot of spaces behind because apparently our team has no idea how to play in such a way. And even if we win the ball our players won't be able to use it properly. They should watch videos of City and Pool players pressing. These 2 teams press in an organized way. They double up on players while other players block the open areas where he opposition player can pass. We on the other hand were pressing by man marking each players with one player which just lead to chaos defensively and offensively. Tomorrow we should try little pressing when off the ball while maintaining our defensive line because if we go behind and the other team just sits back for counter attack then I can't see us getting anything as our players are under a lot of pressure and low on confidence. We don't play that 1-2 on the edge of the box and lack creativity to actually penetrate their defence so that just leaves the option of crosses for which we don't have any players.


1.) 01 Sep 2018 15:02:17
I think Burnley will sit in from the start so we will have to break them down. I would maybe play Pereira instead of Fred.

2.) 01 Sep 2018 15:28:44
I was quite impressed with Fred last week, energy, looking forward, tried things. Much prefer him to any of our other midfielders. I'm surprised more people didn't see him as one of the few positives.

3.) 01 Sep 2018 16:04:05
Fred looks good specially with his pace and dribbling, but there needs to be a better end product. I don't blame him entirely as we are missing team chemistry in our squad. There have been plenty of instances where the players don't have anyone to pass. One thing about Fred and Pogba is that they rarely passes back or sideways, but without proper support from the team just end up trying something flashy and losing the ball.

4.) 01 Sep 2018 18:28:22
Not often I agree with you Beast, but I do here! We always seem to lack pace and energy, and Fred certainly afters that so I would definitely keep him in. I think he has looked very promising so far. We need that pace and energy if we are to increase the tempo of our play - which in my opinion we certainly need to do. We are far ok lethargic in getting the ball forwards from defence to our front players.

5.) 01 Sep 2018 19:01:40
Totally agre3 with Beast. Fred looks a very good player and plays with a lot of passion.

6.) 01 Sep 2018 19:53:55

I don’t understand how Pereira would improve us over the selection of Fred.

Overall, I think Burnley have had a difficult week in Europe and we need to play with the energy we saw in the first half against Spurs. Fred is part of that. Now the transfer window is closed Pogba has to show focus and commitment, starting tomorrow.

7.) 01 Sep 2018 20:28:57
Freds been a great positive. I think he will go with near enough the same team as last week. Played well but lapses need to be cut out.

8.) 01 Sep 2018 20:41:55
Fred would do better without Pogba imo. He slows it down too much and gets in the way.

In fact I'd love Pogba to be dropped for Pereira, never going to happen but the 'greatest manager in the EPL' would do it, lol.

9.) 01 Sep 2018 21:44:30
Except Jose never said them exact words did he Beast?

10.) 02 Sep 2018 07:48:19
I think we will play well as last
week but struggle to put away chances as for last couple of seasons.
I think we will win by a one goal margin, I hope for better.
I think it will be tougher than we would hope.

11.) 02 Sep 2018 08:10:03
Fred gives you a lot of energy but against a Burnley side that I think will sit deep with 9 behind the ball i woukd go with a different type of player .

12.) 02 Sep 2018 09:43:19
It’s interesting that we all see different things. I’ve not seen anything from Fred yet that has made me think he was a good buy. It’s early days and he needs to settle and may turn out to be a revelation, but as we’ve proved so often, we watch a game and end up with completely different views.

13.) 02 Sep 2018 09:23:54
I don't believe Burnley will play defensive. The majority of teams have a go at us now! Nobody is frightened anymore!

14.) 02 Sep 2018 12:01:47
I agree, Damon. I would consider Burnley to be a better team than Brighton, and they weren't exactly cowed by the thought of playing us.




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31 Dec 2018 21:58:16
Fits perfectly for the type of player Woodward would like with an influence in the American market. Sancho has taken his place in the team in the past few months. But still a quality player.




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27 Dec 2018 15:25:05
We've been defending whole season and still conceding goals. I don't even care whether Dalot comes back to defend or not. It was just nice to see our right back in the opposition box getting a cross from our striker and almost scoring a goal.




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18 Dec 2018 10:38:54
"His English is poor, he has no Premier League experience and there are better options available". Well sounds like the perfect candidate for United bosses.




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16 Nov 2018 19:08:01
I'd rip your skin off too for godin.




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16 Nov 2018 15:42:34
20m for him according to rumours. Can be said expensive for a 32 year old player who will be 33 by the time we purchase him. But once he is signed our whole approach will change as Jose won't force the team to sit deep. We would always have at least 6 players in the opposition half as all of them would be very confident in their defence spear headed by the great Godin. Our forwards will never have to track back again and waste their energy. Our midfielders won't have to sit deep and will have the freedom of expressing themselves offensively. Opposition strikers will be filled with fear just looking at the team sheet containing the likes of Godin. This signing will change everything just like it did when we signed Matic.
PS - All those crying out for a defender can replace the name of Godin with a defender of your choice in the above written post. Read it on a loop and rejoice at the thought of having a world class CB who will change the fortunes of our great club.





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07 Feb 2019 20:01:02
This is the first time someone is posting about Dean. I always thought that Joel is talented one with the potential to be world class.
Who amongst Joel and Dean is better in your opinion guys.




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30 Dec 2018 21:39:23
If we compare the last 3 matches then today the opposition created the most trouble for our defence. If we come up against better players then we might concede more but at least we will also attack and the fans would be treated to more entertaining matches.
I can see more end to end stuff against better teams. But it's nice to see our attacking spirit back. We just need someone to rotate with Matic otherwise he'll be exhausted after a few matches.




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23 Dec 2018 18:23:31
I didn't get to see the match but only the extended highlights. It was great to see the attacking intent. I don't think anyone is getting too cocky by beating a team at the lower half of the table. We are just happy that we are at least seeing our players attack. There were multiple times when I could see 5 or 6 of our players in and around the opposition box trying to make something happen which hasn't been the case in a long time.
People have been critical of the players for not trying enough so it is fair if we are praising them for their effort.
Matic has been getting a lot of flak for the past months. Can anyone tell how he performed against Cardiff? He has never been the fastest but if we play a high line and press then I think we can see much better performances from him.




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19 Dec 2018 18:01:22
My aunt's friend has a cousin whose father's friend knows a guy whose son works at old Trafford and he can confirm the above post is bull.




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18 Dec 2018 19:26:47
SAF to come out of retirement and take over for the rest of the season.