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23 Dec 2017 13:54:36
Hey Ed. Is Fabinho still a midfield option? Liked the look of him last season, also a useful RB.


{Ed002's Note - when he plays in midfield it is as a DM player. Monaco will not be looking to sell in January - which is what they have told two clubs who asked.}

1.) 23 Dec 2017 15:05:28
Cheers Ed. Merry xmas!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. And you.}

2.) 23 Dec 2017 18:16:10
Any wildcard for January Ed? . Merry xmas and New years to all of the Eds.

{Ed002's Note - Can’t think of any right now.}

3.) 23 Dec 2017 19:07:39
No worries Ed. Have a great evening.

4.) 24 Dec 2017 07:42:33
2 Bad results in one week, Shocking draw against Leicester. Then Jose comes out and says childish attacking and defending. No Jose its childish management, Why take off our most dangerous winger Martial and replace him with I can't be arsed and ball greedy git Rashford. This team at the moment is starting too look so one dimensional, it pains me to say it but Jose is starting to show the same attitude he had at Chelsea just before he was handed his P45.

5.) 24 Dec 2017 09:28:21
rock it was anybody but mourinho's fault, he took martial off for a simple reason that we have a game on tuesday and we need fresh players for that one as well. It wasn't mourinho who missed 4 sitters in the game, it wasn't mourinho who give the ball away cheaply in the 91st of the game when we could have had a corner or with a good pass even a 3rd goal, it wasn't mourinho who decided to lety smalling mark their biggest player when he couldn't walk, the fault solely lies with the players.

6.) 24 Dec 2017 11:29:23
Rashford came on and got their full back sent off.

7.) 24 Dec 2017 12:28:05
gds that was the fb's own doing neither occasion did he need to foul rash but he did and got sent off, rashford had a great chance to kill the game in added time yesterday he acted greedily in the end costing the us the game, can't blame him alone but he smalling and hererra share the most blame for yesterday's result.

8.) 24 Dec 2017 19:55:26
I think we needed leadership yesterday and it was severely lacking. Who picked the captain? Who sat and took no ownership as things were starting to crumble and players were unsure of what to do?

Yes the players are responsible in many ways, but Jose had the experience and know-how to counter the pathetic Leicester threat that emerged - he just sat there and left it to our leaderless team to try and figure out for themselves - this wasn't training it was a really important match. Jose is the most to blame, and the players as always were found wanting when it mattered.

I felt sick watching it.

{Ed025's Note - you can be a bit of a moaner beast, but i agree on that mate..

9.) 27 Dec 2017 01:11:39
How can you blame Smalling? I don't rate him, but the guy was walking on one leg. Up to José to sort it out. Either go 10 v 10, or keep Mike out of trouble up front. Don't keep him in the danger area, with one leg.

10.) 27 Dec 2017 05:13:03
Nou Jones tried that he had lindelof playing as cb and wanted Herrera to play rb, Herrera acted like a tat and Smalling decided he knew better, if you can't walk you shouldn't be playing and that is a decision player himself needs to make no one else can be blamed for that.

11.) 27 Dec 2017 08:47:33
it's clear we need a number 10 lingard has done well but Miki has not lived up to expectations Mata is ok there but we need a real top quality player in that position I like The Fekir from Lyon he is the wild card who Jose will look to bring in.

12.) 28 Dec 2017 14:27:05
CSM, I think Smalling might have been overcompensating after the last time he was injured, when José wasn't exactly sympathetic to his plight. Having said that, the manager could see the pain he was in, and still just sat there. That's when a proper touchline manager earns his crust. How can you organise, cajole and inspire, when you're sitting with your hands in your pocket most of the game, snuggled up in your parka looking mean and moody. Would Herrera have been so awkward if it was José barking the instructions at him?



26 Apr 2017 22:06:09
Seriously, all these reports every season of a handful players leaving. Not just Man U but any top team. How often does this happen? 3-4 in, the same out for continuity. Rooney, Young, maybe Blind or Carrick out, and if something ridiculous is on the table, DDG out. No-one else.


1.) 29 Apr 2017 11:43:53
Jose needs to build a team that can challenge immediately but have medium-longer term crack at Champs League, i. e. winning it at least twice overly the likely 7 to 10 year period he sees himself here. I think he is 53 now and has said previously he would love to be Portugal national coach as his final managerial post. I think and hope this is Jose's last club manager role. The days of Ferguson like characters (with obvious exception of Wenger) staying 20 years anywhere are long gone.

So players wise I think we are looking to build a core of 24-27yo players ideally. Players who are fully developed, fully proven and class reinforcements who can walk into the first team.

With De Gea seemingly gone a world class keeper is a must. I think we will be knocking on Tottenham's door for Lloris or go for Jan Oblak at Athletico.

Defence wise there is only Bailly who is a shue-in first team for me with Valencia a great RB back-up (only given age) and Blind a versatile CB/ FB cover. There were reports back in Jan that a deal for Lindelof the Benfica CB was done and dusted but gone quiet there. Alderweireld is a must if rumours of a buy-out clause of £25m are true. I do think prising any players from Tottenham will be very difficult though. They are clearly the emerging team to beat and if they can keep their squad together and bulk their squad up a little they are definite contenders next year.

Midfield - a Carrick replacement a must. Pogba he will look to build a team around logically though interestingly where do folk think his best position actually is? Herrera has been immense at times and proved via Chelsea the occasionally man to man job that may be required he is absolutely perfect for. Fellaini I appreciate remains a head scratcher for all of us but he is the tall physical player Jose likes so don't see him going.

Mkhitaryan needs to improve for me- either sublimely class or looks to go missing a bit. The younger pacier forwards such as Rashford, Martial and Lingard will all be safe but only see Rashford as a regular first X1 tbh. Ibra and Rooney both gone already. Mata I think could still do a job for us but likely he won't get game time he wants.

I think squad wise we are looking as a minimum at:
1 x GK
2 x FB
2 x CB
1 x DM
1 x CF
1 x CF / Winger

So appreciate that's 8 players in but I see following all going out:
De Gea (sadly)
Jones (too crocked)
Smalling (too not good enough)
Young (too old)
Ibra (possibly retired now)
Rooney (retired about 3 year back lol)

Those on the possible list to go:

I do think this is the summer we will see the Jose revolution. He inherited a squad he's not convinced by and had a year to suss them all out. Rooney he sussed in 6 games in fairness to him. Jose knows Chelsea will go again in the market, Spurs already are contenders and City have a major re-build to. let's not underestimate the size of the task to make us into League winning and Champs League challenging regulars.

And if you don't believe that then ask yourself this question:
From our current squad, barring De Gea, who would walk into any premiership team? who would walk into any team in Europe?




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05 May 2018 09:51:47
I’d be interested in knowing on average how many ‘big’ names (ie first team squad) Utd have purchased/ sold each season since the Prem began. I would wager 3-4 in and the same out. Yet here we are again clearing out half the squad. It simply never happens - there isn’t enough squad depth.
In my opinion three fringe players will leave, namely Darmian, Blind and maybe one other defender plus Carrick who we knew about, and in will come 1-2 central mids and maybe 1-2 fullbacks.


1.) 05 May 2018 13:13:51
Correct and that is the reason why we will be here in exactly the same place next season because we are 6 or 7 players behind city and that’s without them strengthening in the summer.

2.) 05 May 2018 15:45:19
Agree Jaimej79 : but on last nites and several others, I can honestly say I wouldn't be surprised if any of eight outfield players were moved on.



07 Apr 2018 18:05:07
What’s the history of Alan Green with Utd? I love listening on 5 Live whilst I’m pottering about but always sigh when he’s in the seat. For some reason he’s always so pessimistic about them whatever they do. Don’t get how such bias can be allowed from a commentator.


1.) 07 Apr 2018 19:34:33
He's always been like that. cremember listening to him as a child and thinking the same.

2.) 07 Apr 2018 20:04:42
He has said he is not a Man Utd fan . We annoy him 😆😆.

3.) 07 Apr 2018 20:07:48
He's a Scouse fan and he's so biased. And that's why Fergie banned him from OT.

4.) 07 Apr 2018 21:07:02
He's from my neck of the woods. And he is a Liverpool supporter.



31 Dec 2017 10:12:42
Gotta love the constant media coverage suggesting this or that top player is going to be sold by clubs in January, many of them on the brink of huge European fixtures. Seriously, Dybala? Rose? Coutinho? Sells papers I guess.




24 Dec 2017 19:17:46
Supposedly Mouinho wins things in his second year and implodes in the third, when all the negativity he spouts after every game racks up and turns his squad against him. Still time to win something this season, but in the bigger picture I am not sure about him at all. Missed the boat when PG was available.


1.) 24 Dec 2017 19:47:20
I felt the club should have lined up Pep when they appointed LvG and said so on here, because LvG would have given the grounding structure for Pep. The club didn’t and this is a massive rebuild after the total transition mess.

We are rebuilding after all the mistakes and I am sure Jose can see the problems we have. I would rather we had someone who will deal with the difficult issues like Jose. He may or may not be long term but tough decisions need to be made and he will make them.

2.) 24 Dec 2017 20:05:21
Peter gabriel was never in the picture 😁

And agree red man.

3.) 25 Dec 2017 08:24:52
Red Man - I don't understand your point, we should have lined up Pep to follow LvG and things would have been fine, we didn't so it's a mess. We have followed LvG with José who will now have to clear up the mess, what difference would it have made if Pep had taken over from LvG. Unless we believe that LvG purposely messed things up he handed over the club to Jose exactly how he would have handed it over to Pep, so there would have been a mess for Pep to clear up.
Would I have preferred Pep to Jose, yes I would but not sure the problems he would have inherited would been much different to what Jose inherited.
Sorry if I'm completely missing your point.

4.) 25 Dec 2017 08:26:02
And that Pep Guardiola was nailed on for the City job since 2012 or may be even earlier means no never mind to you.

5.) 25 Dec 2017 10:36:08

The whole transition was a mess, it seemed like we had no plan. My point was as I said on here at the time, if we brought LvG in it should have been as a precursor for a Pep, not on his own merit. The reason, my reasoning was that LvG brought a structure to our play, he was part of the structure that set the scene at Barca. I recall writing on here about Cruyff setting the dream but LvG wrote it all down at Barca. I felt that we must have got him in for that, with that direction in mind, set a way of playing for our club like Barcelona have, so the coaches can be seamlessly appointed, the way of playing, the coaching staff remain constant. However, we lurched from SAF to Moyes to LvG with what seemed little or no idea of direction.

SAF supposedly met Pep in NY but we still ended up with a botched transition. I guess my point was there should have been a purpose to LvG, but there wasn’t.

Once City got Pep, the kryptonite had to be Jose or we would have been left further behind.

Have a merry Christmas all and thanks to the Ed’s.

{Ed007's Note - Merry Christmas mate. }

6.) 25 Dec 2017 12:33:03
Red Man - totally agree the transition was a shambles, thought I was living back in the 70s! Thanks for explaining, it makes sense now.



04 Dec 2017 23:28:39
What are the chances of Herrera coming in to do a man-marking job on De Bruine, similar to the role he was given against Chelsea? Ok, he’ll probably be sent off again lol but KDB is probably the main cog to nullify if Utd expect anything out the game?


1.) 05 Dec 2017 03:06:25
Just got to stop KDB, Silva (there's two of him! ), Aguero, Sterling and the Son of God. Simples.

2.) 05 Dec 2017 10:13:11
Hahahahaha DB,
West ham did that for a while and Otamendi stepped up.

3.) 05 Dec 2017 12:51:15
I know, it's almost unfair isn't it 😂.

4.) 05 Dec 2017 21:37:16
debryune is too big for him. he would be better marking silva and matic sitting on debruyne.

5.) 06 Dec 2017 08:10:15
We can't be going into the game worrying how were going to stop there players.

We should be setting up to make them worry about us

Yes they have some very good players but so do we.

And we are coming in form and scoring goals.

City haven't been amazing lately.




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24 Jan 2019 19:09:03
If there is any truth to the ongoing speculation then surely a punt on the £30m Alderweireld at a quarter of the price is the way to go? A proven top Prem defender whose absense would put a chink in Tottenham’s armour too.




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09 Aug 2018 13:18:49
No chance of levy strengthening a top four rival with one player ket alone two.




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08 Aug 2018 11:33:58
LB, CB, RW ideal.
Actuality is a CB (hopefully Toby) and maybe a RW.




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29 Jun 2018 00:17:19
Is DDG the best in the world?




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22 May 2018 16:47:43
‘Big difference between the Italian league and the premier league. ‘
Just as well we’re not being linked to just about every fullback in Serie A then!





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25 May 2018 17:36:00
Big fan of Arnautovic but hadn’t considered him a Utd player.
Dzeko too. He’d be a great option for Spurs in the event of a Kane injury.




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30 Mar 2018 08:21:31
I reckon 3-4 in and the same out. It’s never as many as people expect it to be. As for names, certainly a mid and fullback. Would love Dybala but realistically similar to Sanchez and hasn’t Mourinho already said the attack is sorted?




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16 Dec 2017 15:47:11
Well that made me laugh.




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15 Dec 2017 19:48:58
City will dominate until, as per usual, Pep gets bored and leaves of his own accord in a few years. Probably full circle back to Barca.




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15 Aug 2017 07:23:25
Mata, Lingard, Miki.?