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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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08 Jul 2017 18:23:44
Quite an underwhelming window so far. For me out of the hordes of players Utd have been linked to only Fabinho has got my pulse up. Think what he could add, possibly a much-missed Keane presence in the middle.


1.) 08 Jul 2017 18:42:59
Is this a joke?

2.) 08 Jul 2017 18:49:39
He is absolutely nothing like Keane.

3.) 08 Jul 2017 18:50:36
Think it has been said that if they bought him it would be to primarily play at right back.

4.) 08 Jul 2017 23:09:48
Nainggolan is more like Keane.



15 Jun 2017 23:49:55
Any likelihood of Utd signing a decent free kick/ dead ball taker this window? Something they haven't really had since Beckham. No more of this Rashford nonsense!


1.) 16 Jun 2017 00:13:49
Rashford nonsense? Did you see the Europa league semi final?

2.) 16 Jun 2017 07:31:47
Victor takes a mean free kick.

3.) 16 Jun 2017 07:34:03
Rashford is very good at set pieces.

4.) 16 Jun 2017 08:07:50
spenno makes a valid point, for 3-4 years our corners have been awful, a lot of our free kicks can hardly be classed as productive or indeed dangerous .

Just an aside but wouldn't it be great to see a few thumping headers hitting the back of the net Brucie/ stam/ Vidic style from corners etc? Vidic did it again last week in Carricks testimonial.




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16 Aug 2017 06:34:07
Clubs don't sell their best players in January. if Griezmann is still in the radar it'll be next summer.




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22 Jun 2017 22:17:58
The James rumours seem to be building up momentum again. What's changed in the last few days?




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03 Jun 2017 15:31:36
Me too Ed! Fabinho would certainly be a dynamic addition to what has become quite an uninspiring midfield IMO. Doesn't Perisic look more likely as a creative mid than Bale?


{Ed004's Note - Perisic looks more likely unfortunately}



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03 Jun 2017 13:14:30
Neymar? Rashford being loaned out? Lukaku? Can't see any of these happening at all and probably would 't want to.


{Ed004's Note - I think if we somehow signed Lukaku and Bale that we would be up there as one of the favourites for the league but I don't see why Martial would have to leave or Rasford. We are going to have a lot of games next season and ideally alternate the side more. Look at the attacking options City have signed. I'd be delighted with a summer of Lindelof, Fabinho, Bale and Lukaku/Belotti}



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13 Apr 2017 23:00:51
The day any GK is seen as an irreplaceable best ager is a sad one. As great as DDG is, I'd go for a swap with a world class replacement who can win games through positive play rather than prevent us losing and trust that there are many replacement GKs who could come in and do a more than decent job.





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