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18 Feb 2021 11:10:09
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new player profile about, Maxwel Cornet

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18 Feb 2021 07:50:54
Hello Ed,
Will the C.V. and Sancho contract (one less than last summer) have impact on the asking price of Dortmund, when compared to last year? last summer the cost of buying Sancho was around 250 million Euros (including Transfer fee, Agent fee, Insurance fee, etc., ) .

{Ed002's Note - Dortmund are potentially selling a whole bunch of players and Sancho is being offered around again but I am not aware if it has got as far as discussing money.}

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18 Feb 2021 16:49:54
Thanks Ed for the update. Have a nice day.

18 Feb 2021 07:39:02
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 18th February 2021

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18 Feb 2021 08:15:41
Nice round up ed. Surprised referees don't get into more confrontations the way players speak to them. It's still a massive problem within football, the lack or respect referees receive. I think it makes there job a lot harder being put under such pressure on the field.

Such a contrast to referees in rugby, I always feel that they are in complete control and therefore are able to do a better job.

{Ed001's Note - it is amazing that a sport like rugby, with its sneaky eye gouges etc can be so respectful to officials, yet football shows a complete lack of any respect for its equivalents. I get that they are terrible at the job, but they are not helped by the way the players act.}

18 Feb 2021 09:00:06
Rugby has zero tolerance when it comes to interactions with the ref. Back chat is punished with moving penalties forward 10 metres. Football if it really wanted to can clamp down on it like it has with holding in the penalty box. A few months of a 10 min sin bin for cursing out the ref and you watch how quickly the attitude changes.

18 Feb 2021 15:12:17
Some referees at times do not deserve respect, they deserve a slap and are lucky they don get it LOL LOL LOL.

18 Feb 2021 15:21:03
One thing for sure, not many players would confront a ref like Uriah Rennie.

17 Feb 2021 18:24:26
Good debate on pogba below.
Is he talented? Hell yeah.
The fact remains that like the vast majority of players of his undoubted ability they are only truey effective if they are playing a system and with players and in a league that compliments them.
Pogba and martial wool both excel elsewhere i feel. But tyke way we play and played under Jose just doesn't suit them.
Pogba is not bad at football. He is unhappy and is playing a role and with players that doesn't get the best from him.

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17 Feb 2021 19:13:48
Pogba functions best when with players of a similar ability. We bought him as a leader to raise the team up to his level, but that has never been his strength.

Moving on from the Pogba debate, Bruno, still our most influential player but has been out of form since Christmas. To me he looks shattered, I think Ole has become over reliant on him and he needs a break. Would you dare resting him for 2-3 games or just struggle through to the end of the season?

17 Feb 2021 20:20:47
Not sure grim i'd be tempted to keep playing him. Obviously if there is a dead tie or a game is well won i'd rest. But no I think he should play every week when fit and available. League Cup easy fa Cup ties and as I siad above dead European games aside.
There may be occasions you might rest him if prioritising the match following. But the best players in the world play nearly every game.

17 Feb 2021 21:00:48
I would be tempted as well to play him as much as wants, I just worry about burn out. The best players in the world play every week, but do they carry the their teams as much as Bruno carries United, that must be a massive strain on him.

17 Feb 2021 21:45:20
Pogba is a good player, capable of moments of world class play.

What he lacks is the desire to do the dirty work, preferring to play passed for YouTube highlight reels.

He is without a shadow of a doubt one of if not our most talented player.

Of course we miss him when he doesn't play. He either needs to be the third man in midfield in a similar set up to what he had at Juventus with a playmaker sitting deep and an all action ball winner (Pirlo and Vidal) . Meaning he is free to carry the ball forward and pop up in pockets of space to either isolate players and dribble past them of fashion a shooting chance for himself. He need to be free to find that space BOTH vertically and horizontally across a pitch.

The other option is to play him in a double pivot with a world class defensive player like Kante and have some of the best defenders in the world behind him like he has for France.

Unfortunately at United he suffers from having no one who can progress the ball from deep to give him that freedom in midfield, while his lack of defensive work leaves our poor defence wide open at times.

That coupled with fans expectation that he can do everything all at once all of the time mean he will always be judged to a higher level than other players.

From all the reports he works hard in training, and is a good character to have in the squad.

It's a shame the he doesn't want to be at United, while United are unable to provide him with the platform to be as successful as he could be.

It's just one of those situations where a talented player and a top club are just a bad match for eachother.

Let him move on, he will likely be a success wherever he goes and we need to look to reinvest in another player.

18 Feb 2021 00:16:35
world class players do not need other players to make them look better. they just get on with it. pogba will never be in that class. average at best.

18 Feb 2021 00:47:51
Spot on Gaz. It's nonsense to say what a great player Pogba is but then qualify it by saying he can only be great in a couple of specialised circumstances.

He was pretty decent for Utd the last games before he was injured and that was because he seemed bothered to put a bit of effort in for a change.

He has shown that he can be a good player when he wants but most of the time he doesn't want to because he is too lazy. Ergo he is mainly crap.

18 Feb 2021 07:48:15
Nail on head MancMan. He divides opinion because he’s talented yet lazy. People look for different things in players. Some want to see a no look pass, others want to see effort.

18 Feb 2021 08:22:15
Wazxa, I want to see effectiveness and Pogba is mainly an ineffective player. It doesn't matter why he is ineffective, whether it's lack of talent, lack of effort, wrong mentality, can only play on a Tuesday under a full moon and if its not raining; it's all noise.

All that maters is whether a player can do the business or not and Pogba has demonstrated quite clearly over 5 years that in the main, for whatever reason he isn't up to it.

Shappy can make all the excuses he likes but at the end of the day Pogba has not delivered for Man Utd.

The problem is he looks like he should be a great footballer. The way he looks and the way he is marketed flatter to deceive and so people get seduced by the 'idea' of Paul Pogba as a excellent footballer.

But that's all it is, an idea, a concept, part of a brand. The reality, as we have all seen is quite different.

18 Feb 2021 10:21:00
He's been ineffective in scoring 33 goals and getting 31 assists mostly from a deeper midfield position in 5 years of which he has spent over a year on the side lines injured.

While you could easily argue that he would have had many more assists had the players he has played with not missed so many chances.

While he might not stick his foot in or bust a gut tracking back, from a creative point of view he has been successful on the whole.

18 Feb 2021 10:35:57
I don't get this whole Pogba being a great player debate, how can you be a great player when you have been absolutely sh*t for the last 4-5 seasons, it's ridiculous and embarrassing.

18 Feb 2021 12:12:52
Shappy, let me just get this straight. You are saying Man Utd's "most talented player" (your words) is a midfielder who won't tackle, can't be bothered tracking back and contributes on average 6-7 goals and 6 assists per season?

And on top of that, according to you it's not his fault because "he suffers from having no one who can progress the ball", "he is judged to a higher level than other players" and "United are unable to provide him with the platform to be as successful as he could be".

Shappy, you have outdone yourself with this claptrap.

18 Feb 2021 13:50:38
Shappy, Pogba hasn't played "mostly from a deeper midfield". Don't let a few games this season fool you.

He played most games off Zlatan before his "injury" and has most recently playing on the left meaning Rashford has moved to the right.

Saying he's have more assists if other players scored from his passes is just making excuses. That works for every player.

How can he be successful from an attacking point of view after 18 months without a goal at OT?

He's scored 29 Premier League goals in over 4.5 seasons. 7 of which were penalties (and he missed 4). Less than 5 goals per season excluding penalties is a paltry return.

19 Feb 2021 07:06:33
Wazza, Pogba has mostly played as one of the double pivot in a 4231 shape. With the exception of the games when Ole was caretaker manager in which he played on the left of the midfield 3 in a 433 shape.

Mourinho never played him as a no.10, he tried in a few games and it didn't work. While since Ole was made permanent manager he mostly played Pogba in the pivot as well.

Which by the way is no excuse for Pogba, he plays the same role for France to good effect. The difference is for France he has far superior defenders behind.

19 Feb 2021 09:03:46
Shappy, so in addition to all his other limitations Utd's most talented player cannot play as a 10 either and he is only effective when he plays with a good defence?

Honestly, it does my head in. Pogba can ponce around Utd's midfield for years on mega money contributing little and in many ways be a hinderance. Then rather than recognise what a lazy waste of space he is people continue to defend and make excuses for him.

In fact Shappy, during this thread you have just described what sounds like a really crap and limited player and then tried to argue he is just a misunderstood talent. Amazing!

17 Feb 2021 13:34:29
Bad news related to injury.
Cavani and VDB are out with muscle injuries. McT and Martial have sustained knocks.

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17 Feb 2021 14:06:53
Not looking good. Apart from Martial who has anyway been poor, it is a worry. Ole would be forced to play his substitutes now who haven't had much of a look in and probably some of them can show what they can do.

17 Feb 2021 15:44:46
He should play a second string team and concentrate on the league.

17 Feb 2021 16:07:55
How will we cope without DVBD?

17 Feb 2021 17:24:29
Cavani and McTom are the real concerns.

17 Feb 2021 20:37:17
McT is on the plane as well as Shoretire and Amad who are both in the first team bubble for the rest of the season with Hannibal.

17 Feb 2021 10:45:42
Here's a question I never thought I would ask, but how much are we missing Pogba at the moment?

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17 Feb 2021 11:15:26
Weve always missed Paul pogba when he's not in the team, anyone who says otherwise has a clear agenda against him.

When he got injured in 2017/ 18 our form dropped off.

When mourinho dropped him our form dropped off even more and he got sacked.

We were hardly pulling up any trees last season when he was injured and our form picked up post lockdown when he came back.

This season once he came back into the team our form picked up and we were playing well in december/ january.

He has obvious flaws but A footballer who can pick any pass he wants, can dribble past multiple players, has a very good first touch whilst also having impressive physical qualities is always going to be missed in team that lacks competent technical midfield players like this current team so clearly does.

17 Feb 2021 12:01:29
Besides Bruno, only Pogba is our creative player and best passer.
I think we missed him especially against WestBrom.

17 Feb 2021 12:01:45
I must have an agenda after watching years of him contribute absolutely nothing to the team.

He had that good game against City when we came from behind to win.

Then he went 2-3 years wanting a "new challenge" and making us worse when he played.

He's been much better since December, I admit.

But DSG - Maybe it's not a case of people having an agenda, but you unwilling to accept the rubbish he's served up for such a long time.

17 Feb 2021 12:50:15
If we are missing anyone it's Bruno and he's the reason who's kept this team ticking until recently. I just don't understand why people instantly start crediting Pogba for all the good as soon as he plays a few games well. Bruno has done more in a short time than Pogba in years and that's the fact.

DSG the way you describe Pogba is true as he has that potential but hasn't translated onto the pitch consistently. He's been poor for the most part. And it's all been excuses when it comes to his form.

Would love to know what people's agenda would be as an employer about an employee as inconsistent (for years) as Pogba. Most would be lucky to last even a couple of months in a real job.

17 Feb 2021 12:47:01
Yes, and we miss a young Mata.

17 Feb 2021 12:10:49
Wazza, its just two seperate questions really.

Has he lived up to the hype when we signed him in 2016? No.

Is he really good at football and better than our current midfield pivot options of Fred, Mctominay and Matic? A resounding yes.

Therefore simple logic dictates if pogbas out of the team and we are left with Fred, Mctominay and Matic (who no doubt work hard and put a shift in but have very clear weaknesses) then obviously we are going to miss him.

The idea that he has contributed nothing for years is nonsense and everyone knows it hence i use the word agenda.

{Ed047's Note - ok next to nothing, not made a difference like David Silva, Kante or Henderson, just really been there as a poor role model for the likes of Lingard and Rashford.

17 Feb 2021 13:16:29
Wow, a few good games and suddenly Pogba is the saviour. After an encouraging first season he has fannied about and often been at best average.

What we are missing is the forwards putting the ball in the nest, and Bruno's creativity as he is currently off the boil.

17 Feb 2021 13:30:49
DSG. He contributed absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. He was so poor.

You mention the double pivot and the other players, but Pogba can't play that deep. He can't be trusted there because he takes too many touches and his passing isn't great - which sounds a lot like Fred. He scored zero goals at Old Trafford in 18 months because he was "injured", and when he returned gave away 4 penalties in a very short time which ultimately cost us points.

He's clumsy defensively and his goalscoring record isn't great, but he can make a 60 yard pass which gets the MOTD pundits excited.

That has been the case on the whole - but I do admit he has been better since December.

You can't go around saying people have an agenda if they have a difference of opinion. I'm calling what I see with Pogba, which is a player on huge wages who contributed next to zero for a very long time. If the last few months erases all of that for you then fair enough, but it doesn't for me.

I find the timing of his improved form to be somewhat suspicious as well. I don't want to get into conspiracy theories - but when he's vocal about wanting to leave and playing really badly, then suddenly starts playing better when that time for a move comes, I have my suspicions.

His time needs to be up.

17 Feb 2021 13:50:35
So what is Utd's best XI? For me, it needs Pogba in it, without question. There really is no need for both Fred and McTominay, and out of that pair, the latter seems to offer much more.

De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Bailley, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes; Rashford, Cavani, Greenwood.

Note, I'd genuinely rather play Romero in goal, but clearly isn't an option anymore. Only Shaw has really deserved a place in the defence. Cavani is a no-brainer as the main man. Clearly, a CB and winger are required.

17 Feb 2021 14:17:44
AJH -brownie points for the use of "fannied about" a much underused phrase nowadays.

17 Feb 2021 14:26:35
spenno, best XI doesn't always mean a perfect team. Pogba only offers something to the team when he plays well which is not very often.

Take Fred out for Pogba and you are asking for trouble unless Pogba is really ready to put a shift in. Pogba gets in the team only because of his potential and probably being a big name player not due to his performances.

The way Pogba was being dropped for Bruno, Fred and McTom speaks volumes about his limited contribution to the team. He has been playing better only very recently which does seem for obvious reasons however it's good for the team.

17 Feb 2021 14:36:44
I really know it’s not a perfect team - just the best available, as I see it. That XI needs at least 3 world class additions.

17 Feb 2021 14:48:42
spenno yes it does look good on paper but we all know. Do you reckon adding 3 WC additions would be enough to start challenging again? Sure it would make the team much better and more balanced.

17 Feb 2021 15:01:58
I reckon so. I think if (for example) a CB, DM and L/ RW (let's say Kounde, Camavinga and Sancho) were thrown into the mix we'd have as decent a first team as anyone, with a healthy bench too.

17 Feb 2021 15:20:22
spenno I would just swap Sancho for a more clinical striker instead especially with the big money that it would take to bring Sancho.

17 Feb 2021 15:31:08
True he won't be cheap. I think Haaland is the golden nugget everyone wants and it would make sense that he was a central replacement for Cavani. Maybe the timing works there in a few seasons but I suspect that ship has sailed. I don't reckon Dortmund would part with both Haaland and Sancho in the same season, so Haaland might not get his move this summer.

17 Feb 2021 16:00:07
Haaland seems to be a highly ambitious player and with his time at Dortmund really going extremely well I feel he will be looking at the likes of Bayern/ Juventus as the next step in his career before he ends up at Barca/ Real.

We are been linked with Andre Silva (ST) who looks exactly what we need and someone flexible to play in the forward positions as well.

Let's see where our priorities lie in the summer.

17 Feb 2021 18:22:13
If somebody offers Dortmund a very large amount then Dortmund will sell. Every player has his price. Just a question of quantum and who Dortmund thought they could buy with the sale income.

One thing for sure is that Dortmund will already be working to identify incoming transfer targets in case they do sell.

17 Feb 2021 19:14:54
Agree Salford.
Dortmund are off the pace and well outside top 4. They have already said they will sell players in the summer. His release clause kicks in next year at a lower fee than they will get this summer. If they don't have cl football his sale is a forgone conclusion.
With mbappe likely to sign a new deal at psg then Madrid may come calling or indeed June or bayern if lew and Ronaldo move on.
City could well be in the mix but I doubt we would be.

17 Feb 2021 19:30:35
summer sales in all football will be down on previous windows and it could be a chance to hold back the market trends of ridiculous fees on average players. In saying that I feel as a wealthy club we have the opportunity to benefit our squad in the market.
I can see interest in max aarons, strong interest in milenkovic at cb a right winger (probably sancho) and a stiker.
can see at least 1 cb going, 2 keepers romero and pereira and lingard permanent. Dalot as well and probably mata. To be fairif those six go out they won't make any difference as there's not many minutes played by any. Then we have the elephants in the room pogba and vdb. We know pp wants out and if vdb doesn't get many minutes i think we"ll take a punt on getting saul or rice. we could make some really great strides into sorting this club out.

18 Feb 2021 08:17:48
We have missed him an awful lot when he's been on the pitch too.

17 Feb 2021 07:39:02
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 17th February 2021

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17 Feb 2021 10:29:56
Hey ed001, are you suggesting that Morena Baccarin would have to shed some weight? WTF😂.

{Ed001's Note - I was more suggesting the similarity between her and Kasper in a corset. Well they have the same hair do and it was an excuse to use her pic to give people something more interesting to look at than all the moaning of late on all the sites.}

16 Feb 2021 18:38:14
Hi ed002. Is the new format for the 2024 season of the Champions League their way of trying to make a European Super League first?

{Ed002's Note - It is their attempt to block a breakaway. It favours France and one unkown country (currently it would be Azerbaijan). It is due to be discussed in a few weeks.}

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17 Feb 2021 10:26:41
ESL is inevitable, there is nothing in the 2024 proposal that should appeal to a big European club.
All FIFA have is a threat to ban players from World Cups, but you could argue international football is dying. When 4 million people tune in to watch Bournemouth v Palace last year compared with 3 million for England v Netherlands, then the economics says club football will win eveytime. For comparison, 10 million watched Utd v Liverpool in the FA Cup.

17 Feb 2021 15:13:57

You’re comparing apples and oranges mate, have a look at the viewing figures for the last World Cup and tell me international football is dead.

17 Feb 2021 20:57:45
The World Cup final was watch by 1.12 billion people, only 500 million watched more the 24 minutes of the game, that is a staggering drop, more people have seen the Tiger King on Netflix. Apparently it was the lowest watched final in the UK since 1981.
International football has been on the decline for many a year. The plethora of meaningless friendlies killed it off. The Nations Cup was meant to reinvigorate interest, but I think it has failed.

18 Feb 2021 08:19:12
Good points and post grim. I think international football is definitely in decline.

18 Feb 2021 16:11:49
I didn’t mention the final, England weren’t in the final so you’d expect that to maybe not be watched by as many. Look at the pubs (if open) during the euro’s in the summer, international football is far from dead.


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