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25 Aug 2019 23:01:59
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25 Aug 2019 22:49:58
I keep seeing you guys say ole is out his depth! Can I just ask what's the reason why you think this? What's he doing wrong? I think the teams improved the style of play has improved. We've bettered results against two teams compared to last year, and Jose is one of the best managers in the game. We've got youth in the team so exspect mistakes as their still learning. We haven't got a full squad what we're 100% happy with yet! I'm happy with the direction we're going in the results will come I believe and I'm behind ole and the lads! Call me delusional but I've got faith in this team and willing to be patient and back them all the way! Happy weekend on to the next game!

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Manchester United: Asleep at the Wheel

25 Aug 2019 21:31:45
{Ed's Note - Danny Pughnited has posted a new article entitled, Manchester United: Asleep at the Wheel

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25 Aug 2019 21:38:01
Now that's a good balanced post, couldn't disagree with any of that.

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25 Aug 2019 22:01:24
Good post Danny.
From the top to bottom the football strategy is arse about face. I find it hard to believe that mr woodward had not paid with his job.
Over a billion pound in transfers and coaches pay offs and we have only 3 or 4 what i would consider to players in their positions and a couple of them are in good form.

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25 Aug 2019 22:16:59
Danny, that's probably the best post and summaristaion I have seen on the club as a whole. Others are going to see this as a negative post despite it being well balanced. I spoke about my fear of the expectation that will be put upon Mason Greenwood.

I really do feel for Ole, he has no other choice but to play the youth. The powers that be who negotiate the transfers have left him incredibly hampered and I fear the worst for both him and our season.

Not a doom and gloom as many will be quick to say but just the sheer sense of frustration with our club since SAFs departure with a bit of realism.

Once again, great post.

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25 Aug 2019 22:48:21
We didn't look like scoring from open play, except that we did. And had a penalty from a dangerous attack. And another blatant penalty, that inexplicably the refs decided not to give - a complete farce for VAR. On another day we could easily have won that game yesterday. We should have won the game against Wolves.

I don't disagree that the squad looks thinner than I would like in defensive/ box to box. But it is only so if we get an injury. If we play 4231 we have 4 solid first team players for the 2 midfield places.

You either believe in youth or you don't. Fill the bench with Mata, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Rojo etc if you like. But that is not believing in youth.

I completely agree that it is bizarre that we chase Fernandes all summer and then pull out. But if you include the young players coming through we have a lot of players who can play in forward areas.

Give the season a chance to get going.

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{Ed047's Note - Fellaini and Schneiderlin, have you been in a time warp dodgy?

25 Aug 2019 20:03:58
Some of the reactions to our loss is unacceptable,

Yes we should of won but I do think the ref also played his part but that is no excuse, it's a lesson learned for a young squad.

It's quite clear that the battle for 1st is between liverpool and man city, but I do think both will lose games this season.

As for ourselves I think 3rd or 4th is achievable. I'm also happy with the direction we are going, I don't think we will be happy with the results every week but the effort shown should not go unnoticed, these young lads are having a real go.

All in all I won't be dragged into slating a young team that is only 3 games into the season, nor will I go against ole as that is not the utd way.

Let's keep it real and back our team like we always have win loss or draw and support everyone of them.

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25 Aug 2019 20:34:12
Big V, hats off to you risking the nonsense you will undoubtedly see following such a balanced post. ‘Yes but’ will be the major refrain, keep the faith mate, I’m with you.

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25 Aug 2019 21:03:50
No one said a word about the young players, the only young player that started was James, and his goal was the only positive the whole game.
Ajh balanced post yet no one said a word about young players.
Half the players aren't good enough and the manager is out of his league.

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25 Aug 2019 21:53:47
That's a fair point leahy.
Its the manager and snr layers that are being questioned yet again a reoccurring theme for 6 years.
No young players getting hammered really.
I say go all in with the kids they can't do any worse.

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25 Aug 2019 19:47:18
Have to agree with others we have improved and we are better with a consistent back five, give them time together and they will get better. Still feel midfield is weak, but l think everyone knows this. Think we just set up with a 4-4-2, play the wingers and have a solid midfield of 4 players, get the full backs pushing on. I think they have decided to fix areas in each window. The back is now done, we have young players in attack, so midfield needs a creative player and another defensive holding player. Next window or summer probably. We are definitely moving in the right direction, we just need to better Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal and forget about City and Scousers for now, but we're coming.

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25 Aug 2019 19:43:22
Lets just leave Pool and City aside, clubs like Arsenal, Tot, Chelsea are at our level at the moment.
We can definitely finish in top 4 by playing the kind of football we are playing currently.
Martial looks like a completely different player and James when played on the left side is more threatening than Rashford.
As the season progresses and we gel better, we will be a very difficult team to beat. Gomes should make the bench at least in place of Mata. Defense looks good and with every passing game chemistry between CB's will get better.
I just hope that Sanchez doesn't leave as we are in desperate need to depth in the squad.
One or Two new faces in January or Summer and we will be very close to a complete squad.

Lets just focus on the positives and move ahead, its a marathon not a 100mtr dash.

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25 Aug 2019 20:36:11
Good point Becks. Let’s play James on the left, let’s give Greenwood a chance, let’s let the defence get to know each other, let’s HAVE SOME FAITH! The only thing I would add is let’s get Garner into this squad.

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25 Aug 2019 21:50:33
Ajh again i agree let's play james on the left. Move rash to the right I've been calling for rash on the right for 18 months.
Play pogba 10.

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25 Aug 2019 21:51:56
Becks let's see what ole does at the moment its just more of the same with slightly nicer packaging.
He needs to be ruthless.

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25 Aug 2019 18:57:26
After 3 games are 5th above Spurs and Chelsea but apparently we’re all doomed. I’m told I need to respect everyone’s opinions, which I mostly do, but some people need to get a grip and stop reacting to very single incident or treating every match as season defining.

We are making progress, Ole may not be the answer but he is focusing on youth, hunger, and energy. Right now, that’ll do for me.

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25 Aug 2019 19:10:27
Agree Tony, we can definitely see improvements, not sure what some expect, we aren't going to win the league and 4th was the aim, we are in a fight with 3 other teams whi have also lost a game already.
As you say, youth, pace, hunger, energy, all of which we cried out for is now happening, that's progress.

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25 Aug 2019 19:50:29
Ole may not be the answer but he is paving the way for the next manager to come in and get a very young energetic talented squad, i strongly believe we will be competing in 2 years tops. We just need to add 2 more midfielders and a goalscorer machine and we will be there oh and i'm not too sure about De Gea anymore.

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25 Aug 2019 20:04:02
What about quality and technical ability?

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25 Aug 2019 20:11:58
We are making progress, crystal palace, wolves, 1 point.
Burnley got a point of wolves.
There isn't much progress there.

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25 Aug 2019 20:37:43
Leahy, you prove my point, one of the posters who has made his mind up. Fair play, respect, but I disagree. It’s a long season, let’s see how we develop.

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25 Aug 2019 18:34:41
Pocchetino has to go. Losing to Newcastle at home is completely unacceptable. Their players are inadequate. Kane, Son, Erickson, Lucas etc - there's no way any of them would get into a top team. (Just substitute United's manager and players and it sums up many of the comments on this site)

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25 Aug 2019 18:47:47
Champions League finalists losing at home to relegation fodder, it kind of brings some perspective doesn’t it? Probably not to some of the strident negheads on here.

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25 Aug 2019 18:50:06
I think all of that would be valid if spurs only one 3 of their last 15. And had finished 6th 4 of the last 6 years.
The judgment people are making shawthing is not based on 1 game but on a sustained period.

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25 Aug 2019 18:46:30
Yet he won the champions league last year.

Pocchetino and Ole has no comparison and it is embarassing comparing the two.

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25 Aug 2019 18:53:05
It doesn’t and you know it doesn’t.

Spurs are a team with major wage and transfer restrictions that have finished in the top four for the last four consecutive seasons under Poch, and got the cl final last season.

It’s as if any criticism of United, or analysis of why we have done so poorly under Ole is immediately met by this type of ham fisted reductionism.

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25 Aug 2019 18:58:13
Ken. Remind me of all the trophies Spurs have won in the last 6 years.

It's 11 years since they won the League Cup. Despite all the upheaval at least we managed an FA and a Europa Cup.

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25 Aug 2019 19:00:13
How long is this sustained period ken?

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25 Aug 2019 19:28:55
Danny, maybe the on-site is true, maybe Ole isn’t getting a chance because of 6 years of failure and the dire end to last season. How about we give him 10 games?

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25 Aug 2019 20:54:02
Ajh, iam not for 1 moment suggesting ole should be fired. I have never suggested anything like that not have i had anything negative to say.
A sustained period of 3 wins in 15 games is poor for and its concerning.
I believe he has made a very bad call or supported a bad call who knows, in keeping pogba.
We have young players and 3 very promising good signings.
Rome was not built in a day everybody across that I'm sure.
City and pool are going from strength to strength. They will have their blibs we hope. We could be in the mix with the rest for top 4. Its a tough league.
After 3 games i just see more of what i saw at the end of last season losing and drawing games we should have won. Ddg making errors, missing chances and hopeless set piece play.
Pogba blowing hot and cold etc etc.
Ole has got to be more ruthless.

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25 Aug 2019 20:59:58
I agree shaw that sours and Poch have won nothing and they both need to to be remembered as a great side. I don't think spurs are a great side but they have never won the epl and he has been up there as close as they ever have been.
They have never been in a ucl final before. He has them knocking on the door. Playing nice football on a shoestring budget.
I think they will be fighting for beteeen 3rd and 6th like ourselves this season.

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25 Aug 2019 21:42:38
Was thinking the same Shawthing.

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25 Aug 2019 18:25:28
That Spurs team will finish mid-table at best, if you ask me.

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25 Aug 2019 21:59:53
What price are they for relegation.

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25 Aug 2019 15:56:03
Watching football these days makes me laugh, you get young fit players who get hardly touched and yet they roll around like they have been poleaxed, god help them if they come to my local on a Saturday night 😂.

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25 Aug 2019 16:08:35
It's Joke but its been going on for years and its widely accepted tolerated and even encouraged.

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25 Aug 2019 14:58:04
This not a Podgba criticism, but watching our games recently, that we cannot seem to move the ball from back front without passing to Pogba, he does always show for the pass, but it appears players feel they have to include him in all plays. This can slow our forward play a lot of time.

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25 Aug 2019 16:12:06
The thing is mate, if he doesn't show for the ball, people will call him a coward and say he goes missing 😁.

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25 Aug 2019 16:21:03
Redconl i think that might have something to do with the fact that we have no one else in the team with an eye for a pass other than pogba.

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25 Aug 2019 16:24:35
We are attempting a rebuild but i fear that keeping pogba as such a fundamental and integral part of the team means we are building our foundations on quicksand.
I think his attitude has been fine and i hope he continues to make a positive contribution.
Im not sure if he should not play as the most advanced of the 3 midfielders in oles system.
1. It would reduce the amount of times he loses the ball in dangerous areas.
2. He would get into the box more.
3. We would have less gaps in our midfield defensively.
4. We might benefit more from his vision and creativity.
5. He might start enjoying himself.
He looks like a guy carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Things have to change with him if he has to stay ole has got to find a way to ease the burden on him imo.
He has to be able to handle the criticism and pressure and use it as a motivation to imorove.

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25 Aug 2019 16:43:48
Your right nou.
He does not go missing when it comes to looking for the ball and is happy to take it no matter where he is and no matter who is around him. His recovery when losing the ball is sometimes when he does go missing.
When coaching i used to tell the players the pitch is not on a hill. So if you can run at a high speed when attacking you should be able to run at the same pace when required to fill holes in defence. He doesn't do that more often than not and playing in midfield it leaves huge gaps. Its been tolerated and indulged for too long imo.

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25 Aug 2019 17:45:14
You obviously didn't play on some of the pitches around Aberdeen 😁.

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25 Aug 2019 17:52:07
Play him at 10, let him have a free reign linking midfield and forwards. He isn't disciplined enough to lay box to box, he loses the ball too easily. But he is big and powerful, has a few tricks, and would scare the crap out if the opposition playing at 10.

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25 Aug 2019 18:51:46
I agree ajh it would take a lot of responsability off his shoulders.

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25 Aug 2019 20:40:36
The issue with that is our midfield would be very immobile, a bereft of creativity.

Ole rightly doesn’t trust Fred.
Perreira is poor defensively.

That leaves Matic and McTominay in the centre, and I don’t think they work as a two. I just don’t think we have enough quality in midfield, and Herrera is going to be a big loss this season.

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