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09 May 2018 22:25:39
Thoughts on Mertens to United this summer. Would you take him?


1.) 10 May 2018 08:28:58
Not too sure how true it is, but I believe he has a relatively low release clause of around £20-25 million.

Without getting into release clauses etc. If he were available for a fee of this amount he may be worth a punt.

2.) 10 May 2018 15:23:49
Agree necks for that price why not. But he is 29 hitting 30 so wouldn’t be he cleverest move. Especially if we are moving for Willian. Would much prefer to try keep martial and play rashford centrally more by rotating him with Lukaku. Otherwise I would love to see us go for Justin kluivert looks very talented.

3.) 10 May 2018 15:57:41
Out of rashford and martial I'd rather martial play centrally.

4.) 10 May 2018 17:39:01
He is a good player but he is too old. We need to build like City and like Utd of old younger players please.

5.) 10 May 2018 23:41:10
Good shout Park, Kluivert does look a great talent.

6.) 10 May 2018 23:48:56
Kluivert off to roma reports in holland are saying.

7.) 11 May 2018 17:12:08
Players of youth under Mourinho. Isn't going to happen. Mourinho wants players ready to go or the finish article not the next big thing.



04 Dec 2017 12:13:59
Hi Eds. Just wondering do you expect Manchester United to attempt and get either or both Alexis Sanchez and Ozil in either the January transfer window or this summer?


{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer sensibly about when transfers will happen but MU have not shown any interest in Alexis Sanchez. Oezil might be a possibility at some point.}

1.) 04 Dec 2017 16:21:38
Wish we had purchased Sanchez in the summer
Yeah would had possibly been £50m as in last year of contract, however we’d be so much stronger this year going forward.
If had the choice this coming summer when both are free, I’d still only take Sanchez. Ozil half of the time you forget he’s on the pitch
Should Zlatan not extend another year, use some of his wages to lure Sanchez.

2.) 04 Dec 2017 18:35:39
Thank Ed002 as always.



11 Mar 2017 20:41:04
Hi Eds

Is their any chance you could please update us on the situation regarding our keeper David De Gea?

Obviously the Madrid rumors won't go away and their been recent news that United are willing to offer a new contract for him, thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware that there has been any change. He is still of interest to Real Madrid but not their first choice.}

1.) 11 Mar 2017 21:15:18
I will gladly take that answer, thanks Ed002.

2.) 16 Mar 2017 15:07:46
Is their first choice now Courtois ed002? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Yes but he won't be moving there this summer.}



27 Feb 2017 12:05:34
Hi Eds

Just wondering regarding the recent paper talk regarding Neymar to United, is it something that could happen this summer, do you think Neymar would be willing to leave Barcelona if say United meet his buy out clause?

Also is Griezmann still a player that interests Mourinho and United?


{Ed002's Note - (a) No, I would not expect Neymar to be joining Manchester United in the Summer. (b) Neymar is in a complex situation at present and I would not expect him to want to leave Barcelona this summer. (c) Neymar does not have a "buy out" clause. (d) I have explained about Griezmann on plenty of occasions and Mourinho wanted Griezmann at Chelsea and continued to want him at Manchester United. He will however be aware of why Chelsea's interest eased off and will be thinking about that - and with the move to a new stadium, that will also be a consideration.}

1.) 27 Feb 2017 12:21:48
Thanks Eds002

My apologies didn't use the correct terminology, I meant a release clause, that wasn't clear on my part

Thanks for the information, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - The "release clause" is of no direct relevance to Manchester United Shane.}

2.) 27 Feb 2017 12:42:30
Thanks Eds002, is it possible the release clause then is regarding Real Madrid

Also wondering would you possibly be doing another United sharkpod towards the summer?

{Ed002's Note - All players in Spain have "release clauses" as it is required by their local rules. There will be further Sharkopods.}

3.) 27 Feb 2017 13:01:16
Thanks Ed, have a nice day.

{Ed002's Note - It has just started raining.}

4.) 27 Feb 2017 13:06:04
You must be in Manchester then lol.

5.) 27 Feb 2017 13:13:40
Ed002 there is really only one of you in this world. I was laughing so hard as I read your response. I'd think you are "The Special One"! 😂😂😂😂.



13 Dec 2015 13:16:44
Just heard that the board are going to be having a emergency team meeting tomorrow morning 8am to discuss the club future

Rumors are United have stepped up interest for Guardiola as well to take over.


1.) 13 Dec 2015 13:28:10

Thanks, I hope they are quick and decisive. I felt yesterday that he had lost the dressing room.

I posted earlier that LVG's fall out with a senior person (a board member? ) as explained by the Eds could become significant if there is a decision to be made.

2.) 13 Dec 2015 13:42:45
Taking a hunch I would say he be given a ultimatum to improve or else, he have around 5 games or so to show improvements

I definitely think that he will either be gone by end of the season or at the end of the season, I expect United to officially go after Pep in the next coming weeks

Sources, a few fans forums, they tend to be legit, to be honest doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that their a serious problem and with around 8/9 out of 10 fans calling for his head, his days are numbered.

3.) 13 Dec 2015 14:00:53
I don't think LVG will handle an ultimatum as the board would hope. For the first time I hope he lives up to expectations and acts like the stubborn man he is, leaving them no choice but to drop the axe.

We need to be decisive. The league is still winnable, another month and it won't be.

4.) 13 Dec 2015 14:18:38
Why di you lot want rid of lvg? Is it everything else or the style of football? I'm sure pep emplores pretty much the same style slow possesion based style. Why would you change to him, wouldn't you prefer an attacking coach?

5.) 13 Dec 2015 14:24:33
I agree I think we can still win the league at this moment of time, it's up for the taking, problem is City and Arsenal are winning games and we can't afford to fall more than 9 points behind them (currently 4 points behind Arsenal)

Van Gaal might be stubborn but not daft, only way he go now if United board sack him which = pay out, this is this last "job" so he wants a nice pay day before he "retires" I still think he go and be a consultant for the Netherlands national team after this job

Also another point, has Giggs not spoken to Swansea yet incase he LVG is indeed sacked and is asked to take charge for the next 6 months.

6.) 13 Dec 2015 14:32:01
The issue with me Paulo96 is the style we playing this season so far has been "bad" and the leaks of "unhappiness" coming out from certain players, I'm not one for sacking managers and believe you should be given a chance able to turn it around however their is a issue as their a "poison" and it's the manager, I said it once and I will keep saying it, LVG situation reminds me of Mourinho time of Madrid (without the influential agent)

7.) 13 Dec 2015 16:04:26
Shane, I hope this isn't made up rubbish because the really brightened my day!

8.) 13 Dec 2015 17:00:30
I hope so too, I think with us going out of Europe (CL) and getting beat by no disrespect a "easy" team

This has been long overdue, if it doesn't happen then I be disappointed.

9.) 13 Dec 2015 18:22:41
fake twitter accounts involved in this shane?

10.) 13 Dec 2015 23:18:40
I hope not, the fan forums I usually go on are pretty reliable, I definitely think their will be some sort a emergency meeting tomorrow, again it could be a ultimatum situation ie book your ideas or your out situation, I hope he get sacked personally and fingers crossed it is that.

11.) 14 Dec 2015 10:10:30
I was LvG's biggest supporter up to the last week, giving him the benefit of the doubt because he's been brought in to rebuild more than anything else; however, I think he's lost the dressing room now and is beginning to implode.

So, what with the league being so open and United still in the race, I hope the board have the guts to make a decision now to bring Ancellotti in now.

12.) 14 Dec 2015 10:28:45
Personally I hope we don't get Pep, since he does also like his teams to play possession football, although his version is a bit less boring to watch.

However, a big part of the problem for me is not just the playstyle, but misuse of his players. Biggest example being Herrera. Does he think Herrera can't keep possession? Because Herrera is probably our best central midfielder for possession football or for attacking football, but he's barely being used.

13.) 14 Dec 2015 15:30:38
I think Ander under Pep would flourish and be the 2nd coming of Iniesta.

14.) 14 Dec 2015 20:59:57
The twitter account that is reported to be a BBC journalist is claimed to be fake. Plus, as much as most of us would like LVG to be sacked, the truth is that an announcement would have to be made to the NYSE before any step of that magnitude could be made.

Let's also not forget that Giggs didn't have a great record in the games that he managed after Moyes' departure and there is a long way to go in this season.

Ancelotti has made it clear that whilst he would like to manage us, he doesn't want a job mid season.

That said, I think LVG does have to go, his 'philosophy' is all smoke and mirrors, the players have obviously lost all faith and I assume that they are playing poorly to try and force him out, especially as he said he would resign if he lost the dressing room.




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24 Jul 2018 23:19:10
Hi all

I've have decided to stop posting on here (Manchester United Page) regarding the team for the time being. Unfortunately I can no longer back the manager. And I don't want to become the "negative guy" that's more interested in getting Mourinho sacked than the performance of team.

I will forever love this club and go watch them when times allows but I won't back the people running the club. Just going to adopt more of sideline approach this coming season and watch it all unfold.


1.) 25 Jul 2018 00:39:49
What exactly has José done recently to suddenly stop you backing him? This negativity around Jose during pre season is very odd, not looking forward to the overreactions if we don’t start the season with 10 wins on the bounce scoring 4 in each.

2.) 25 Jul 2018 01:19:55
Sorry to hear that Shane but sometimes in life you got to take the good and the bad.
I will always support and get behind the team even though I ain't happy with some of the players and the manager.
Manchester United is more than the players and manager.
It's a part of us for life. For me anyway.

3.) 25 Jul 2018 09:18:18
It's all Jose fault gds2 did u not know he us the reason for global warming.

4.) 25 Jul 2018 21:35:22
Bet you don't shane.
Cheer up mate.



06 May 2018 08:54:07
Thought and Prayers for The Boss (Sir Alex) . A legend, icon and massive influence to every United fan in existence.

All the words, actions, passion from the fans etc. in the world doesn't even come close to stating in everything he did for this club. He is the greatest of all time, the man that took Manchester United from a underachieving team, revolutionised them into becoming one of the biggest clubs in the world today. Without Ferguson, Manchester United would be still a afterthought today, infact I don't think you could imagine a Manchester United without Sir Alex.

Let hope he has one big Fergie time left within him and *fingers crossed* he pulls out with a late winner.

Thoughts and Prayers to Sir Alex, Family, Friends and The Club.




30 Dec 2017 23:17:45
Now is not the time to be all doom and gloom. Yes we have having a tough time at the moment. The manager is being criticise at every opportunity by some fans and media while most players not named David De Gea are getting thrown under the bus.

We get behind our team even more when the going get tough and back the players and manager through this tough spell. The time to address the team ideology, major transfers and management is in the summer. We just have to hope and believe that we can overcome this period and pick up a trophy or two.




29 Dec 2017 09:48:02
Just like to say a (late) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the posters and Eds.

Just thought I share my two cent on the club and Mourinho situation.

So 1 and a bit years ago when we hired Mourinho. We all knew what type of Manager we were getting. A winner at all costs type. He isn't going to play pretty football.

What happening now has happened at Real Madrid and Chelsea (twice) . That part where the club is at a cross roads and can either go in one direction (Mourinho) or the other (club philosophy) .

Lets be honest Mourinho isn't known for promoting youth through and playing attacking football (club philosophy) . The flirting with PSG and demanding for more transfer money is a hidden message to the board. You back me, give me control of signings or I'm going.

This transfer window and the months leading up to the summer will determine if he stays or goes.

Personally I want him to stay. I have had no issues with him apart from the way he set the team out against City in the 2nd half. We should of took the game to them. All this stuff he does with media is expected. Again he has been like this for the past few years. However I think he going to have to show some level of more commitment to the club and club is going to have to do same if they want to keep this relationship going onwards and forward. It either going to be a new contract for him or the classic self destruction of Mourinho.


1.) 29 Dec 2017 12:00:57
I think jm should be judged at the end of the season on progress made not now . We were 23 points off the pace last season let's see come the end where we finish and how far away we are . I get the city have spent a bit more argument so maybe hard to keep pace but if that's the rule of thumb then we should therefore be ahead of all the others which we currently are, people may fear some teams below may pass us but they haven't yet and we shouldn't judge him on what if but what is and at the seasons end .

2.) 29 Dec 2017 12:07:10

Just saying-
Previous to this Mourinho has given debuts to United academy graduates Joel Pereira, Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay, Demitri Mitchell, Josh Harrop and Angel Gomes. Whilst Joe Riley, Matty Willock, Dean Henderson and Kieran O'Hara have also trained with the seniors or made matchday squads.

In terms of the transfer fee message, I said a couple of days ago that it’s about time someone challenged the Glazers to show real ambition. Well done to Jose for that. SAF fudged it with no value garbage and our built up advantage over years has been gifted away in the glory of chasing asset value improvements. Jose stays to build the power base and then develop from there, either with or without him.

3.) 29 Dec 2017 12:41:16
Fair assement that Red Man.

Mourinho (like or not) has not been backed properly in the market. He wanted a wide right player who could deliver straight away and instead we have to rely on yonger players coming through who may or may not make it at United.
We all hope Marshall and Rashford do make it but there is no guarantee they will. He also clearly wanted a left back.

The Glaziers flatter to decieve when it comes to spending money and spent nothing towards the end of Fergies reign and under Moyes. They make plenty of money out of our club each year so MOurinho is right to challenge them.

4.) 29 Dec 2017 15:51:02
So spending 300 million is not getting enough backing. Fact is mourinho did not pick his targets correctly, griezmann would have been signed but for the ban and no one in their right mind would agree to paying 50mn for perisic, if mourinho can't pick his targets adequately why blame the owners for that.

Frankly his signings while still being better than either lvg's or moyes's have been random and without regard to style of play he normally expects. Mkhitarayan isn't a mourinho player, he is a flair player who plays well in patches and as his experience with klopp showed he is not really a hard worker so why was he bought rather than someone who would have closer to mourinho's philosophy.

Same goes Lukaku, unlike any of drogba, Costa, milito or benzema, lukaku has little in way of actual technique, his hold up skills are worse than any 5 year old's, he is the complete opposite of what your normal mourinho striker is yet we spent 75mn on him rather than 60mn on morata who actually fits the mould. Lindelof is also turning out to be a poor signing.

Ibra last season scored goals but also missed enough chances to cancel out any advantage his goals provided, he is another player that looked out of place in the team as we have seen the improvement our attack has gone through due to basic fact that our striker isn't the slowest player on the pitch when playing counter attacking football.

Not all signings work out, they didn't for SAF or for any other manager including the bald guy next door but they at least need to be consistent with the style you want to achieve, mourinho's haven't been that for me. Can't blame the owners for that.

Also redman how many of those debutant players has he used this seadon, he has had opportunities to play tuanzebe and Mitchell both yet we haven't seen them anywhere near the team, he is never going to be a good manager for you if you are a young player trying to break into the team and a few random games when you have given up on a competition doesn't make him a great youth coach.

5.) 29 Dec 2017 16:39:34
Fact is we needed to spend more to get to City's level to begin with as City's first 11 was better.
We have spent a big amount but not enough to go the extra mile just yet.
Giggs has quite rightly come out and said there are problems in missing out on quality talent so it's not just in supporters heads about the Glaziers.

As for Mourinho not playing youth i don't see other managers doing much different there either.

6.) 29 Dec 2017 19:30:56

If you look at Pep and Jose’s starting position in terms of the quality of the team, City were much better. You can throw numbers around all you like but we had been left behind by years of underfunding by the Glazers and it needed urgent address. What we spent has us now challenging in the top four but unless you see quality in the team that I can’t, more spending is needed. Jose hasn’t come to do a Wenger, he wants to make his team No1 and in a world where a Southampton defender costs £75M, you and others need to get real on how much is needed to be spent.

Great point from Chorltonred about even Giggs pointing out recruitment but this also requires drive from the very top. Are the Glazers committed to making us No1 in the football world or the financial world? It needs to be both.

7.) 29 Dec 2017 20:19:39
When Jose and pep got there jobs city and utd had just finished 4 th and 5 th the previous season each with 66 points, they then both spent heavy under pep and Jose and the following season city were 9 ahead of utd, again they both spent heavy before the start of this season, granted city a bit heavier but now the gap is a chasm . The table suggests city and utd finished level points the season before the current managers not city starting a mile ahead or the phrase the table duznt lie is not true.

8.) 29 Dec 2017 20:29:30
We may well have finshed on the same points but City were a better team. Most people would agree with that. City under preformed whilst we preformed pretty much as you would expect from a side finishing 5th.

9.) 29 Dec 2017 20:46:05
Chorlton i don't expect man utd to win 19 of the 20 epl games played but it is 1 thing to expect that and another to expect a manager to win against burnley, leicester and bristol after spending 300mn, what mourinho expects is for fans to sympathise with him for being unable to beat 3 teams whose total player purchases from inception to today won't come to 300mn because city have spent more money than utd. I call that BS excuse from a manager who blames everyone for his failures and credits himself for all the achievements.

And about giggs's comments they are a pile of garbage, giggs told utd sign mbappe and jesus 3 years ago, he was the first team assistant then, are we really suppose to beleive that he was somehow also involved in scouting for the youth team, also city bid 40mn or so for mbappe at start of the last season it was rejected, don't see why utd's 5mn would have been accepted.

10.) 29 Dec 2017 21:19:02
Going on that basis then how did City manage to drop points against Everton? It's football and other teams are allowed to up their game and take points off us.
Yes we should be beating these teams but sometimes it doesn't work out like that. We lost 5 a season under Fergie and still won the league. Times change and teams adapt and get better.
We need to back him properly in the market and see where we are this time next season. If things are no better and the football is still poor to watch, then I will like you want a change.
As for Giggs talking rubbish I honestly don't know what to believe. What I do know is the Glaziers are not here because they love United like we all do.

11.) 29 Dec 2017 21:19:56

You “expect a manager to win against burnley, leicester and bristol after spending 300mn”. I presume you remember SAF had a major spending spree after he arrived and lost games after doing so?

Later in his time with us SAF lost to was it York in the League cup 3.0, at OT if I remember correctly. It happens and often we struggled under SAF in mid season but I doubt many used it against SAF.

The focus should be on the boardroom ambition, because the amount should be irrelevant, the board, the Glazers should want on field success as much as us, spend what it takes but do they? Why do you not want us to spend what it takes?

12.) 29 Dec 2017 22:41:04
We have had the 3rd biggest spend in Europe over the last 3 year .
We have the biggest wage bill in the epl.
Can't always blame the owners for the team not playing well .

Great people are mentioning fergy because he never needed to spend more than every club in Europe to be successful.

13.) 29 Dec 2017 22:55:52
It sounds pathetic United supports moaning about cash when we have the highest wage bill in the league and spend the amount we have .

Can you imagine how it sounds to other fans, of the teams that pogba cost more than .

We are second in the league with a strong squad that isn't really playing at the top of its game.

City have up the the bar to a level United have never achieved before a level Jose has never achieved .
Most points in any of the top leagues, most points in the history of English football.

The last time Jose won a title was with Chelsea, after the same amount of games as we have played now his title winning Chelsea team had 3 more points than we have now .
Mind you Chelsea never had to compete with a city team that where the best team English football has seen after 20 games .
So maybe this isn't quite as bad a squad as people want to make out or maybe Jose isn't doing quite as bad and maybe even the club who have spent a fourtune on wages and transfers aren't doing to bad.

Maybe city and pep are just a bit special, a bit like peps Munich and barce team .

14.) 29 Dec 2017 22:56:08
Good stat that jred and what was our spend in the previous years of "no value" in the market?
Fergie is gone and we need to move on as there might not be another like him.

15.) 29 Dec 2017 22:57:24

How successful was SAF in Europe?

Over 20 years with great teams and only 2 European Cups, maybe if there had been value in the market or the owners invested fully when needed we wouldn’t be lagging behind the Scouse after the greatest period of success at our club.

For your information. CIES Football Observatory numbers say Manchester City have committed €513m to transfer fees since Pep Guardiola's appointment.
Manchester United have committed €382m to fees since Jose Mourinho's appointment.
A difference of 34%.

16.) 29 Dec 2017 23:04:34
In 2006 Chelsea won the title with 95 points the record amount of points .
At this stage of the season they had a grand total of 6 points more than we have now .
And they didn't have to play a team like city .

17.) 29 Dec 2017 23:28:25
Mendy 57 mil not kicked a ball
Silva 50 mil hardly kicked a ball
Danilo 30 mil hardly kicked a ball
Luis 12 mil not played
Gundagon 27 mil Injured more than he has played
Nolito 18 mil pretty poor
Bravo 18 mill awful
Danilo 30 mil, really not that good .
215 mil euro there
Do we judge a player on how much he cost tho?

Stones a player who I really like was bought for 55 mill and everyone laughed and said he was a waste of money
Sane has come on loads bought at 20 years old and has adapted to the league etc really well
Jesus only 19 again playing well .
Shame we can't say that about more of our players .



17 Nov 2017 15:26:51
Just bought Martin Edwards Autobiography. Worth a read for any Manchester United fan.





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08 Nov 2018 16:59:41
Thanks Ed002 as always.




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08 Nov 2018 13:43:59
Do United still have any long term interest in Ryan Sessengon for Fulham. Heard he reluctant to move up north though and wants to stay in the London area.


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28 Jun 2018 16:39:54
Don't see JP long term future here. Unfortunately we have the best goalkeeper in the world called De Gea. We probably going to end up selling JP. As long De Gea is committed to us though.




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28 Jun 2018 16:39:54
Don't see JP long term future here. Unfortunately we have the best goalkeeper in the world called De Gea. We probably going to end up selling JP. As long De Gea is committed to us though.




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15 May 2018 23:59:44
Martial needs to move on for the benefit of his career. Another expensive Depay. Loads of hype. Again don't think he a talented as people make him out. I see a guy that's pretty inconsistent.





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01 Oct 2018 17:23:32
Hope your ok Ken. Get well soon fella.




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24 Aug 2018 22:41:35
Juan Riquelme, Javier Saviola, Pablo Aimar, Kim Kallstrom, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Tomas Rosicky, Ashley Cole, Andres D'Alessandro, Fernando Cavenaghi, Fernando Torres. Some of the must from 99/ 00 to 01/ 02. Key was to buy them on the up.




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22 Jul 2018 23:11:01
I don't think we sign anyone else. The club are either not overspending on players or fully backing Jose. Also they do need to offload players. I actually starting to debate if they thinking of going down a new direction.




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22 Jul 2018 23:05:09
You will never see the true Martial under Mourinho. How you expect him to express himself if he told to basically run and down the touchline on the left.




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18 Jul 2018 14:20:17
Problem is (I'm no expert) but Mourinho hasn't adapted to Manchester United. He come in and done it the Mourinho way yet again. A brilliant manager that hasn't and shown willingness to change and adapt his ways. A man that's too stubborn for his own good. A man that has and carries on to play dated football.

Personally I want him gone. I'm not for one for changing and sacking. But he hasn't adapted to United philosophy. Sir Bobby must be seething in what the club has become under him.

I really hope with Carrick and the promotion of McKenna, they have some influence and help reshape the club. Hope he really changes his ways because if he doesn't then get ready for Van Gaal 2.0.

Yes we finished 2nd but is that due to Chelsea having their own mini crisis. Arsenal about 2 years behind in need of change. Spurs working on a limited budget because of a new stadium. Liverpool playing with a (relegation back 5) for half a season. We won't finish 2nd again this season if we play the same again this season.

Players like Martial, Pogba struggle because they aren't allowed to express themselves. They have to play within the system. Every player than has some flair will be stag mented. Players like Matic, Fellaini do well because they are Mourinho players that do his job.

Anyway sorry for the long rant. This is been a year worth of frustration.