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09 Jun 2017 13:37:31
It sounds like the Morata deal is happening. I think he will be a good addition. He is young, mobile, technical, intelligent, has good size, and has performed well at both Juventus and Real Madrid.


1.) 09 Jun 2017 13:55:06
225 k a week being reported. saying belotti asked for griezeman salary of 300k . maybe tabloid nonsense.

Timing of the Morata news if confirmed might take some of the sting out of Ibra moving on for some people if its announced -

Dont know much about Morata or Belotti to be honest.

My choice would be amyadingdong but that's not likely, only as I've been impressed with him each time I've seen him -some say he is a flaky character though.

2.) 09 Jun 2017 14:09:59
I seem to get the feeling we're in for both of them not just one or the other.

Has Morata been known to play out wide or is he just a central striker?

3.) 09 Jun 2017 14:13:13
Is there a sting from Zlatan moving on? He is injured until the new year and slowed down our attack all year, he had a good season for us goals wise but we would be absolutely mad to give him a new deal IMO.

4.) 09 Jun 2017 14:23:52
Dave, I would love it if United went for both the players, but I don't think that would happen. What makes you say that?

5.) 09 Jun 2017 14:43:32
Hi. not been on here for ages, Still a few that I recognise.
I just wanted to agree with GDS2.
I can't fault Ibra for the season he had but I felt he did slow our attack down a lot of the time.
I also think he's a very big personality in the dressing room and noticed that he was pulling rank over players when taking free kicks and penalties.
He's not going to be fit until the new year and it makes no sense paying someone 300 grand a week for the remainder of that season. Definitely time to move him on now
In my opinion we need a top centre forward, a top central defensive midfielder so the shackles can be taken off Pogba and let him get forward more.
We also need another centre back.

6.) 09 Jun 2017 14:47:41

Nothing really just a feeling. There's some reports stating Morata is close and ed002 has said we have a 3rd party involved in trying to secure a deal for belotti

So 2+2 = 5 probably 😂.

7.) 09 Jun 2017 14:52:46
No sting from me GDS2,but I saw more than a few on here yesterday saying he still had a part to play - i say thank you and get him off wage bill.

8.) 09 Jun 2017 14:59:53
I'm not one for worrying about the money the club spends but around £70m for a player who was worth £26m only 12 months ago and has sat on the bench since, seems ridiculous.

9.) 09 Jun 2017 15:12:19
Makes sense to go for 2 forwards with Ibra leaving. A replacement for him plus one more.

10.) 09 Jun 2017 15:20:12
Hahah! Yeah. I thought maybe you knew something that none of us did.

I hope we do get them both. It would be quite a solid front line.

Love the math! :D.

11.) 09 Jun 2017 15:25:32
I've seen a few reports that we're in for both. Seems a bit odd but with Zlatan and Rooney both seemingly off, it would do no harm in having 2 new forwards come in.
Belotti is an out and out no.9 but Morata has a bit more to his game so not identical signings.

12.) 09 Jun 2017 16:48:47
I'd prefer the one. Simply because I believe it means more playing time for rash. Unless Jose is looking for a different formation where both belotti and morata play together. But I can't see that happening.

13.) 09 Jun 2017 17:52:30
Welcome back Simo, love when some familiar names from the past come back on here, hope all is well. I remember we didn't agree on much in the past, a rest must have done you some good ;)

I wouldn't mind if we signed both Belotti and Morata if that is even an option. If we are losing zlatan and Rooney then no reason why we don't replace both of them and they are 2 players who could be brilliant for us.

Wasn't many of us moaning in 99 when we had Yorke, Cole, Solskjaer and Teddy, I wouldn't be moaning if our striker options turned out to be Morata, Rashford, Belotti and Martial, we have plenty of games to rotate. Not saying it will happen but it wouldn't annoy me if it did. Obviously not at the expense of other positions we need though, so I am guessing it will be one or the other.

14.) 09 Jun 2017 17:53:36
Welcome back simo👍
Id rather sign morata and buy greizman in jan.

15.) 09 Jun 2017 18:48:23
i wouldn't rule out a short contract if Zlatan can get fit by January 2018.

16.) 09 Jun 2017 18:54:31
Zidaniel, he has good size. 🙄.

17.) 09 Jun 2017 19:12:50
Exactly right the more we have to choose from the better. Rashford started lots of games last season and his goal return was not amazing.
Lots of potential and talent but we can't wait forever for him to be the player we require.

I remember once somebody saying what a great player Cleverly will become! There are many more to add to that list but no point as we all know who they are.
Just saying that Manchester United should not be sitting by hoping youngsters come good while other teams take the top players on and win the awards.

For the record i love Rashford and would be absolutley delighted if he scored a shitload next season and became a top player.

18.) 09 Jun 2017 21:50:43
Get them both in and switch to a diamond 442. Enough game time for them and Rashford to play upfront.

19.) 10 Jun 2017 12:05:45
To be honest, it is not surprising that Man United released Zlatan at the moment. However, when he is fit, I would not rule out Zlatan getting a contract like Valdes.

20.) 11 Jun 2017 12:25:56

Morata was worth a lot more than 25 mil mate even last year and you confuse a buyback clause to market value. He is mobile, really smart with his runs, good finisher and can set up goals and 24 years old. In this market very hard to get strikers like that. hope we get it done early.

Lukaku at 90 is what i don't want us to ever go near. Hope Chelsea buys him as it is a poor mans version of Costa at double the price :)



13 May 2017 21:16:45
Ronnie, it looks like your man Youri Tlielemans will be signing for Monaco. He was impressive in our home and away vs Anderlecht. Hope you will be alright ;)


1.) 15 May 2017 12:37:59

I know, I saw the news and was gutted!

Prob best for him though as the prem league would to tough ever though he is superb!

Few years, Monaco will make a pretty buck on him!

2.) 15 May 2017 23:19:11
Yes Ronnie, Tielemans did impress in our Europa games. He was skillful and confident, unafraid of the occasion. Maybe this will turn out well for us at Man Utd, if Monaco now may be more open to selling Fabinho.



02 Jun 2016 02:26:30
Reports are out that we are in contact with Bordeaux over their young winger Adam Ounas. He looks very talented from what I have seen, 19 yr old left-footer, nice touch on the ball, very good dribbler and passer. I like the looks of him as a prospect for the right wing.


1.) 02 Jun 2016 17:34:03
I had been watching the lad on tv, and thought, this lads got something here? The only thing I would say, he can be thrown off ball alittle too easily and would need some balking yo to do? Mind you, at 19, plenty of time?

2.) 02 Jun 2016 19:37:46
He seems a decent talent Ronnie but we already have lots of young potential in the team mate. We need a couple of reliable experienced players up there.

3.) 03 Jun 2016 13:43:35
I agree Redfaith but maybe I'm a dreamer in the fact that buy the right players, if they are good enough, they will gel!

Bringing in these players NOW will lay foundations for years to come?



15 Aug 2014 12:58:35
Cuadrado is left out of the Fiorentina squad for tomorrow's friendly against Real Madrid. So surely he is leaving, now the question is where? I am not convinced that Barca have moved on, but still hopeful he will join us.


{Ed002's Note - Don't be surprised by another option being available to him.}

1.) Ed, who is the other option? Is it BM again? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It will unfurl in the coming days and is dependent on a meeting in Warsaw this evening, and a couple of other players departing the club. It is going to be a busy couple of weeks.}

2.) I think the other team is Barca?

3.) Why in Warsaw Ed? Obv its nothing to do with Man Utd.


{Ed002's Note - That is where the people involved will be. If they were to be in Paris, then the meeting would be in Paris. If they were in Moscow, then the meeting would be in Moscow. You really should be able to come to grips with this without my help.}

4.) ED2. Do you think Beaky was right in the post I sent earlier (tuesday morn)?

{Ed002's Note - Speaking in tongues doesn't help. Due to circumstances and Abdelaziz Barrada, I recall my plans were disrupted and Ispent that morning morning in a business lounge at Vigo airport, then went to Barcelona, where I sat in the BA Executive lounge until I could get a flight back to England. I have no idea what you were up to.}

5.) Okay eds won't ask who the other team is.

However when you said depends on players leaving the club, did you mean Man Utd? or the unnamed club?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing to do with MU.}

6.) MS, there's another club that the Ed is referring to. I could be drastically wrong here, but I think the Schurrle out, Cuadrado in rumours may have had some legs.

7.) Chelsea need to release a foreigner, not swap one. That's why schurle may leave.

8.) I heard the other club involved is Chelsea would be just like them to sign him just because we want him haha they did it to spurs last year

9.) We're not going to sign anyone are we. We take far too long and leave it too late. Biggest club in the world? Not on the pitch by a long way.

10.) Chelsea

11.) I think, Sydney, that Chelsea need to loose one foreign player so its probably not them.
Could be Real Madrid if they manage to get PSG to buy Di Marie.

12.) The meeting is in Warsaw because Fiorentina play Real Madrid there tomorrow. Expect it will be Chelski or BM meeting with them.

13.) Syd, I think you're spot on there.

Atletico are going to have some team next year.

Especially if they can get reus.

Their Phoenix may not have finished rising just yet.

14.) I think the Ed meant that Real Madrid is the other team, considering they will play Fiorentina in Warsaw.

15.) Suspect other club will be PSG who have to juggle players around to conform to FFP.

Wonder who would be leaving PSG though? Cavani?

16.) It's Chelsea and unlike us they do not faf about they get the job done.
It's ok saying Chelsea pinch all the players that we are after but this transfer should of been done and dusted by now if LVG wanted him that badly.
Man United only have themselves to blame if they loose out on another target.
I wonder what will happen to Woodward if he fails again this transfer window, surely this can't go on?

17.) I don't think you need to worry about Chelsea with this one. There is absolutely NO way I see Schurrle leaving. He's a fan favourite and Mourinho likes him very much as well. So don't worry about us ;-)

18.) Looking at RM's right-side reinforcements and there isn't really any. Just Ramos that I can see so I guess RM could be interested in Cuadrado.

19.) Simmo, it looked like MU were making big strides trying to sign Cuadrado, but then Di Maria became available again. MU are trying to do a deal for Di Maria, so I guess the Cuadrado talks have stalled somewhat? What would be frustrating is if we end up missing out on both when we could have had potentially Cuadrado signed by now.

20.) 15 Aug 2014 17:18:42
Rather have cuadrado. Surely woody should be moved back to commercial and we bring in a dedicated transfer person.

21.) Surely an option could be that he stays at Fiorentina, no?

22.) Cuadrado is suspended that's why he's out of the squad




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13 Feb 2019 23:30:27
One difference between our current squad and the best teams in the world is that they have fullbacks, wingbacks who are very good on the ball.

Example last night, Bernat was very good, but Luke Shaw is very limited on the ball. He is strong, fast, tough, and a decent defender. But on the ball, he is very one-footed, rather slow in choosing his pass, offers little threat in the final third, and gets far too many passes blocked. He is already a decent player, but these are areas that must improve.

We have similar issues at right back. Ashley Young has done well but is not getting any quicker. Dalot does look good on the ball, but has not convinced yet as a defender.

Compare to the best teams, and they quick defenders at these positions who also have the ball skills of center mids or wingers.


1.) 14 Feb 2019 06:14:10
Spot on. While I like Shaw, he is extremely one-footed as is Valencia.

2.) 14 Feb 2019 06:16:48
I have to agree seems we’ve been saying the same thing for so long though. I think we also lack creativity in the middle of the pitch, if pogba ain’t doing it were not going to see much creativity from matic or Herrera no matter how well they’re playing, I also think we’re unbalanced down the right and need a proper right sided winger/ inside forward liked what I saw of Jadon Sancho last night looks a great prospect.

3.) 14 Feb 2019 11:29:53
Douglas Costa would add much better balance on the right wing. He has electric pace to trouble defenders.

I previously suggested that once we strengthen the defence, we must replace Herrera with a player of better quality.
I admire his work rate and attitude, but he just can't pass forward.
We rely too much on Pogba to provide the key forward passes.

4.) 14 Feb 2019 11:48:32
Most full backs are one footed, if they had the skill of being "two footed" they would play further forward. There are notable exceptions obviously but that tends to be the rule.

I agree that we lack the depth and quality at full back, I have said several times on this site that I would ideally like to see two full backs come in this summer to compete/ rotate with Shaw and Dalot. However, that is unlikely given the need in other positions and the fact Young has signed a new one year deal.

We need someone who can be a game changer, Ricardo Pereira at Leicester has been fantastic going forward for them this season, slightly suspect in defence though. However, I see that as less of an issue if he moved to a side that would be tested less often defensively. Thomas Meunier would be the dream signing, yet that boat may have sailed with him now being PSG's first choice RB.

In an ideal world I'd like to see a LB come in and compete with Shaw, Jose Gaya or Lucas Digne who has been very good at Everton this season could be good options. However, if budget is key then maybe Philip Max would be a good cheaper option.

{Ed001's Note - I really don't get your Ricardo obsession, the lad is hopeless defensively and nothing special going forward. He is bad enough that Leicester have been searching for a replacement and he is only in the team because the midfielder that had taken the place back off him, Amartey, is injured.}



10 Aug 2018 23:07:51
Many positives, despite our struggles to dominate the game:

1. The back four all played well. Lindelof and Bailly were a solid partnership, positionally very good. Darmian was steady, and Shaw did very well to get his first goal. Great to see his joy in scoring.

2. Fred looks very dynamic. He has anticipation and fight defensively, and can hold the ball under pressure. I ams sure there will be plenty more that he will show in coming weeks.

3. Good to see Pogba with the armband and the penalty as the match began. It was the right message after such a negative summer. And he played well, some key defensive headers, besides being a presence in midfield.

4. Besides Mata, who played very well, the attackers were all ineffective. Sanchez was just plain awful. Lukaku missed a sitter. And Rashford seems to struggle as a #9 in a counterattacking setup, where he is required to win headers, hold the ball up, and play back to goal so much. Sanchez failed to play him in behind a number of times.

5. Mourinho deserves credit for a good lineup and intelligent subs. Fred taken off with a yellow, Pogba off with some fatigue, and some minutes given to Lukaku. And he showed some passion after Shaw's goal.


1.) 11 Aug 2018 01:56:34
We have a very good squad.

Love to see us just get on with it now. Get rolling in these early games and let the team spirit and partnerships grow.

Everyone was a bit off the pace after a tricky pre-season / world cup hangover. But everyone played there part. That Leicester team are no mugs.

2.) 11 Aug 2018 05:24:03
Pretty good summary zidanial. I thought Gred worked hard but didn’t really get into the game. As you said up front we were not great but it’s early days, lots of rustiness, and players who haven’t really had a pre season. For the first few games, I’ll take any win.

3.) 10 Aug 2018 23:37:12
Darmian wad awful but other than that agree with all.

4.) 11 Aug 2018 07:06:07
Darmian was awful for the first 20 mins, when Gray had him beat. Not after that. Open your eyes, mate. x.

5.) 11 Aug 2018 13:18:31
How bad was Sanchez . Every pass went astray 😆😆.



23 Jul 2018 00:11:36
San Jose observations:

Back 4 - I would like to see Fosu-Mensah and Tuanzebe in some more difficult tests. So far they have done well, but not been tested enough. Shaw, to me, is limited offensively. We know he can run with the ball, but he doesn't get wide at times and demand the ball like he should. Too passive at times, just walking and waiting for the pass to go to someone else.

MF - Pereira was excellent tonight. I admit I was critical of him the first game, but he worked hard and passed the ball very well tonight. Herrera improved as well, a good moments of creativity. McTominay has looked rather limited in both games, but he does play with a good attitude.

Up front - Martial is the story tonight. No presence at center forward, and he did not play with much intensity on the wing either. I would not be surprised if he is sold. Shame, because he is loaded with talent.

We have not looked inspiring at all in two games. One goal in two games, one shot tonight, a header from McTominay. Granted, it is preseason, and post-World Cup. But Mourinho does nothing in the match but sit and watch. Hope we will see something more from the team on Wednesday vs Milan.


1.) 23 Jul 2018 00:43:25
ANDREA Pereira played well tonight. 18yr old Dutch kid proved Jose right as he was far too easily knocked off RH ball. He will not prosper in the Premier League until he is strong enough. Agree with you about Shaw but he was not alone in waiting for things to happen. Apart from Andreas the only other player to try and make something happen was Alexis who looked a class above everyone else. Defensively we got caught far too many times and a better team would have really punished us. Darmian is not good enough so let him go to Juve. Martial had no real supply so it's unfair to judge him. We desperately need a creative midfield player who can boss a match too. Last thing is that we as a team had not enough width and were painfully slow getting forward.

2.) 23 Jul 2018 10:30:00
"Mourinho does nothing in the match but sit and watch"

That probably tells you all you need to know mate, he's watching and giving people a chance to show what they can do, we had a lot of kids on the pitch and they are not fit, I'm really not sure what people are expecting.



16 Jul 2018 16:21:53
My thoughts on the right wing:

I think it is overly simplistic to analyze Pogba by checking if he is a def min in a 4-2-3-1 or playing on the eft of a 4-3-3 (as a #8). He certainly looked quite happy to move to the right side for France and also play a defensive role.

Here is where the right wing comes in. For quite a few years now, we have not played with a genuine right winger, whose pace is a real threat down the flank. Both Mata and Lingard have lined up in that position but their natural game is to float around the pitch and play in between the lines. The downside of this is that when a back or midfielder wins the ball and wants to play direct, a ball in behind is never an option, and our play slows down.

If we have players with pace right across the front line, we will have options for the center mids to play passes in behind, or else the opposing backs will have to drop off and allow space in front of them. Sir Alex always set out his teams in that way.

And finally, players like Martial and Rashford ought to be able to learn to play RW. Give the width and be a threat for any balls played in behind the back line.


1.) 16 Jul 2018 17:16:53
Great post mate. For me it’s an area that has been desperate need of addressing for a few seasons now. My preference would be to bring Lozano and Perisic in with Sanchez shifted to the number 10 behind Lukaku where he can be a true goal threat.

2.) 16 Jul 2018 19:23:07
We've all been saying this for three years, in fact we don't have wingers full stop!



29 Jun 2018 21:12:04
Really looking forward to the France vs Argentina match tomorrow. I'm eager to see how our man Pogba plays, as well as possibly seeing Messi in his last performance for Argentina.

As far as Pogba goes, I think he has done quite well, kept things simple and he has been the decisive player in both French victories. It will be interesting to see how Deschamps lines them up. I would think he would play two defensive midfielders besides Pogba. He will want another defensive minded player besides Kante to deal with Messi coming inside off of that right half-space, and this would also free up Pogba, which we have often discussed on here.

The problem thus far for Deschamps, though, is that no other midfielder has played well besides Kante and Pogba. Tolisso struggled the first game, though he should naturally be the best fit. Matuidi played on the left of a 4-4-2 in the second game, and Lemar struggled in the third game.

However it goes, I think France should be too strong for Argentina, unless Marcus Rojo arrives again for a late winner.


1.) 29 Jun 2018 22:32:32
Pogba has done quite well? I think he has been at best ok, he needs to show why he is valued so highly and so far, he really hasn’t.

2.) 29 Jun 2018 23:36:08
Pogba may not have dominated, but he was the player responsible for both match-winning goals. He played a give and go to score the winning goal against Australia, and then he stripped his opponent and played in Giroud, whose deflected shot set up Mbappe's tap in. France won their two games largely because of those two plays. I would call that playing well.

3.) 29 Jun 2018 23:48:23
Vamos Argentina!

4.) 30 Jun 2018 07:05:56
Zidanial, I take your point but the occasional moment isn’t enough. Perhaps I expect too much from him but he still seems too casual to me. I desperately want him to be the player we all think / know he can be.

5.) 30 Jun 2018 09:12:32
Think France have been very underwhelming. Like watching united this season. They have a wonderfully talented squad who should be tearing teams apart. Nobody has been amazing but pogba has been one of the better ones. Deschamps is a pretty terrible manager and hasn’t found the right balance in midfield or attack. Not playing sidibe and Mendy is also a problem as Pavard and Hernandez offer next to nothing going forward. However, anything can happen in knockout football and momentum is an amazing thing.

6.) 30 Jun 2018 10:37:39
I tell you one thing, pogba has been a hell of a lot better than the world class amazing superstar Milinkovic-Savic who did absolutely nothing.

7.) 30 Jun 2018 11:37:42
I agreed GDS, I’d never seen him play so kept a close eye on him, as you say, underwhelming.




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23 Jul 2018 23:10:52
Mourinho looks completely disinterested during the matches. His demeanor and comments afterward makes it seem like these friendlies are for fitness only, it looks like there are no tactics being worked on. He has also shown very little enthusiasm for his own players. His lack of passion looks like it is spreading to the players, and the fans as well. I think it is shocking that a manager, whatever his resume, can have so little enthusiasm for such a big job.




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27 Jun 2018 23:43:48
Milinkovic-Savic certainly didn't impress today. Even Serbia seemed to pay him no mind.




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13 Jun 2018 00:58:25
Such a gulf between his talent and his behavior.




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03 Jun 2018 01:35:29
Hope Herrera will stay. He might be behind Pogba, Matic, and Fred if Fred indeed comes, but he is a valuable player. Tactically aware, committed, and he loves the club.




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01 Jun 2018 00:43:20
I prefer Griezmann, but he seems Barcelona bound, if rumors are correct. Both are great players. Griezmann's touch and finishing are world class. Bale might be injury prone, but he too is a world-class goal threat, as recent evidence has shown. And more local, close to home, and could follow in somebody's footsteps at Old Trafford.





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13 Feb 2019 21:54:28
Nothing to be ashamed of last night. PSG played very well and deserved the result. We do lack midfield depth. And it hard to expect a lot of tactical tweaks from Ole so soon. Good reality check, the team will grow from it.




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20 Dec 2018 16:23:17
The point of the interim manager is to give the club time to get things right for the long term. Not just go for a quick fix. I think there will be a good response to Ole. He is a club legend, and he will be positive in his demeanor and his tactics. Looking forward to Saturday.




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10 Dec 2018 16:42:56
At center back, I would love to see Smalling, Jones, and Rojo moved on, and bring in one proven veteran along with Tuanzebe. Young might stay, given his leadership and experience, to back up Shaw. I agree with Becks that Pereira might not be strong enough defensively for the CDM position in the PL. Sanchez gone will be a bonus by itself. Too mnay minutes taken from Rashford, Martial, Lingard, Mata, all of whom are better players now.




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06 Dec 2018 19:02:51
Utd Road, Matic may be like Carrick in the sense that he makes a lot of good defensive plays that go unnoticed, but he has never been the passer that Carrick was. Matic is a real hindrance for us going forward, far too slow.




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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.