Manchester United Rumours Archive December 18 2018


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18 Dec 2018 22:35:56
Looks like it's Ole, Norwegian prime just tweeted him wishing him luck.

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19 Dec 2018 05:50:13
He should be replacing Lukaku, not Mourinho.

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19 Dec 2018 08:11:26
Maybe he is coming as interim player manager. Really surprised at the choice, but hoping he brings back some of the joy of watching football which we have lost over the last 6 months.

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18 Dec 2018 15:36:01
Talk of Mike Phelan returning as a coach with Ole.

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18 Dec 2018 16:05:53
Bit of rene as well? Carrick and mckenna no good.

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18 Dec 2018 16:08:30
hope to god he has lost those shorts.

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18 Dec 2018 16:08:54
Get the band back together FZZ.

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18 Dec 2018 17:38:21
as interim get people in that know the ethos of the club, for to long we have looked like a disjointed bunch of strangers.

let the board find a DOF and worry about making the manager perminant in the summer.

promote within and trust your players.

the morale needs lifting from everyone.

onwards and upwards.

wouldnt have minded blanc, although he's not been in work for over 2 years.

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19 Dec 2018 00:36:28
Get Eric Steele back as well. Great bloke and he had a fantastic relationship with Dave the save. Went so far as to learn Spanish to help him settle and played a major part in the decision to recruit Dave.

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18 Dec 2018 13:55:37
Solskjaer name had been mentioned.

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{Ed002's Note - Regardless of him managing the reserves for a few years it would be high risk in my view. It would be an enormous step up from Molde so it is hard to be confident it would work.}

18 Dec 2018 14:11:01
It's a risk but then again itsxonly for the next 5 month .

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{Ed002's Note - Why would he leave his job for such an offer then?}

18 Dec 2018 14:16:51
Any information that suggest that board is happy with Woodward and he will continue in his current role.
Would DOF takeover him later on the footballing front.

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18 Dec 2018 15:05:46
Maybe get paid 3x the salary over the next 5 month and raise his profile .

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{Ed002's Note - I think that is a pretty dreadful thing to say. You ceratinly don't deserve anyone decent at the club with so called supporters saying things like that.}

18 Dec 2018 15:11:31
We're not entitled to anyone and anything Jred.

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18 Dec 2018 15:22:50
I think the guys already fairly well known an maybe he likes managing his hometown club.

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18 Dec 2018 15:27:50
Isnt the whole OLE rumour based on the fact the Norweigan league shut down 3 weeks ago until March, the tabloids are jumping on the fact he is sitting at home watching countdown for 3 months so why not? (ignoring the fact he still has work to do with Molde in the off season)

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18 Dec 2018 15:30:48
It's not Ole, his tenure at Cardiff was not great. Apparently it will be an ex-player. Steve Bruce anyone.

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18 Dec 2018 15:35:53
Could Giggs job share with Wales?

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{Ed002's Note - Sure, it gives him an excuse when things go wrong.}

18 Dec 2018 16:24:54
Hi Ed002, hope you’re well. You’ve previously mentioned Berta and Campos regarding a DOF role. Are there any further names being considered, possibly even left-field options?

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{Ed002's Note - I have dealt with this at length before. Nothing has changed.}

18 Dec 2018 16:45:45
I have looked at previous posts now and you gave us some good suggestions. Thanks again, hope you have a quiet evening!

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{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

18 Dec 2018 17:09:25
Blanc can be the only serious contender surely?

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{Ed002's Note - To a large extent the press release has been a self inflicted wound. I have no doubt that Laurent Blanc would take the job on a permanent basis but perhaps he feels his "hands would be tied" (I am paraphrasing) if he would simply be asked to coach until the end of the season with little or no control over players or transfers in January? If he really wants the full time job and I am sure that there is a concern that if he is constrained as an interim it may not go well as it could and could then potentially exclude him from the opportunity in the summer. For me is would be an excellent choice for the club in the long term. If it is going to be simply an interim role Solskjaer and Phelan may do a decent job but it means Manchester United don't have a good long time solution. OGS would need to leave his current job after MU negotiate with his club and, good or not (at the very least risky), could easily find themselves at a loose end in June. Perhaps the club should reconsider how they are looking to transition to a new coach and at least give a good opportunity to an interim coach to get the role on a full time basis.}

18 Dec 2018 18:26:18
United saying that we will appoint an external interim manager until the end of the season within 48 hours led me to believe that they had someone already lined up. If this isn't the case then why even mention it? As a precursor to any manager taking over that they're not permanent and don't expect any money in January or a say on which players stay or go?

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18 Dec 2018 20:13:07
As someone who watched OGS throughout his time at cardiff (from his appointment, to the relegation and to the subsequent firing while in the championship), I can confirm that he was in my opinion the worst manager we have had in my time as a supporter. Defensively he was woeful, going forward we looked confused and overall we had absolutely no plan. He made selection decisions which absolutely mystified the fans, e. g. playing our best midfielder at left back (more shocking as he was slow and couldn't defend) . Not only were the results bad but his signings were out of their depth and he left the club in a position which we are only just now recovering from. If he does take the united job, it would surprise me if he makes it till May.

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18 Dec 2018 22:16:01
Hi guys not posted on here for ages as I lost my username RRED7

Really don’t want to be sentimental and watch Ole ruin his legacy at our club, Someone who can cement the players and instantly have their respect would be the candidate for me and Blanc I think fits that bill. He would probably regardless of your opinion of him get the best from Pogba who if you believe all the rumours has been a catalyst of Jose getting the boot. I honestly think we will see a different Pogba now who will put a shift in.

I don’t like what he has done this season or today with his tweet but he has the potential played the right way to ignite us.

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19 Dec 2018 07:11:07
Pogba should be next out the door.

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19 Dec 2018 11:52:02
The problem with hiring Blanc for a team built around Pogba, Martial, Rashford, Lingard, Bailly, Fred, Young, Lukaku:

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18 Dec 2018 12:45:58
Ed002 if you don't mind,

With JM now out of the picture, will the January transfer targets (if any) now change?


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{Ed002's Note - Try not get tied to specific months but any potential targets that Mr Mourinho was behind will likely go from the table.}

18 Dec 2018 14:28:30
Thank you Ed, have a good day!

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{Ed002's Note - And you.}

18 Dec 2018 12:17:29
I'm Not Surprised, but right decision at the wrong time.
Why did the board give him a new contract, that decision has cost us as a club over 50 million. This board has appointed the last 3 managers, any chance of them walking? No I didn't think so.

Now we are going to top up some semi retired managers pension, until the end of the season yet more money.
Merry Christmas to my fellow United Supporters let's hope 4th. time is a charm! but I'm not holding my breath.

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18 Dec 2018 12:33:51
all parties are to blame. but ultimately the manager is an employee of the club and he is paid to do what they expect and the manager is always the one to take the hit, and i sort of feel sorry for Jose in some aspects but he brought most of it on himself.

your right it started a decline in the summer when we didn't invest, the team has needed investment in certain areas for a while now.

falling outs with players, negative approach to games, not being fully committed to the club, some people didn't want him here anyway, its all be a bit of a farce.

the club need to as gary neville said RESET. and that starts from the top to the bottom,

we make a rushed decision and were back to this in 2 years time.

we need to take our time and start running things in the correct manner, we can turn this season around with the right people focused on doing the job.

but everyone needs to be committed the viruses need deleting.

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18 Dec 2018 13:38:22
maybe the new contract included exit clauses that we don't know about.

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18 Dec 2018 09:57:21
It has happened!

Ed002, are you as surprised as I am?
And I understand you were more in the Jose Camp then in the Club Camp, but do you know whether there is a plan or whether it was panic?
And if so is the plan going to be beneficial or is it just going to be more of what we have seen since SAF left and Woodward came in?

Thank you for your insight.

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{Ed002's Note - I am not surprised he has gone but in terms of a plan it would not be a surprise to see the club wait until the end of the season before there is a permanent replacement, unless a move for someone like Zidane strikes them as a sensible idea. Zidane would be far more suited to a Director of Football role in mainland Europe. I will see if there is anything in the background that I can find out. Timing wise there are a couple of jobs that might be suitable for Mr Mourinho after a little break.}

18 Dec 2018 10:28:17
Inter milan would be a good fit for him next season. The club where he probably had his most successful spell and got on with the most.

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{Ed002's Note - Right.}

18 Dec 2018 10:30:05
I wonder if ZZ comes in until the end of the season then they move him to DoF and appoint a new manager then?

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{Ed002's Note - Why? His English is poor, he has no Premier League experience and there are better options available.}

18 Dec 2018 10:38:54
"His English is poor, he has no Premier League experience and there are better options available". Well sounds like the perfect candidate for United bosses.

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18 Dec 2018 10:47:51
Hi ed002.
I tend to agree with you there must be better options available.
Who do you think those better options are?

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{Ed002's Note - It is really the same as I have said before, but I would not try and separate it from the Director of Football issue. And the club need to be very clear going forward, they cannot employ someone that they don't completely trust or have confidence in - and that was the case with Mourinho and a couple of people from day one did not want him at the club.

The wildcard but best option for me is Laurent Blanc. Laurent is available, knows the club and has the perfect skill set. There are numerous other coaches who could do the job perfectly well but the club will have to think about availability, cost, desire etc.. They also need to think about the level of risk there would be involved. It is easy to argue that Max Allegri could do a good job, but he is already at Juventus and has been messed around in the past by Manchester United and turning down Real Madrid shows he is not looking to move. Carlo Ancelotti could do a fine job but his has just joined Napoli. Antonio Conte has had repeated success and could do a good job but may not be interested in a return to England and there are others already looking at him and a couple have spoken with Chelsea - but I would certainly not rule him out, and he would bring discipline. Pochettino would be of interest but perhaps not available. Simeone has been taking English lessons for three years and could do the job - but I am pretty sure would not be interested.

I would say putting the likes of Giggs, Butt or Carrick in charge on a full time basis would be a disaster and will end in tears. Perhaps the club would do better simply to put Woodward in charge of the team?}

18 Dec 2018 10:48:10
I think Ed Woodward told Jose he wanted top 4 by end of the year and Jose then made that statement last month. Jose has wanted out and seemed to have used the same exit plan he did at Chelsea. that's my opinion.

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18 Dec 2018 10:55:19
Ed, you say better options available, is it for the post of the manager or DOF.

Who would you pick, if you had to?


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{Ed002's Note - See above.}

18 Dec 2018 11:00:41
Don't know why fans would want Zidane, he has quite a defensive style like Mourinho did.

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18 Dec 2018 11:14:23
Thanks ed002. I said in aug i thought jose should have resigned in Aug when the window closed. He was not aligned with the board on too issues.

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18 Dec 2018 11:15:03
ed do you see Blanc as a interim manager or permanent? from what we are being told by the media the club will be going with an interim appointment.

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{Ed002's Note - If the club do the sensible thing he would be given the job and the backing full time.}

18 Dec 2018 11:55:06
But the question is, who has the power to sack Ed Woodward? This has all the hallmarks of Liverpool’s desperation to end the longevity without success and only now 30 years later showing the signs of proper title credentials. Too vague a plan, bad leadership at the top and spending in the wrong areas at the wrong time. The club needs proper direction before any true success will be achieved again. Blanc may aid with some sort of stability, if hovering around 7th to 4th is acceptable, but then it’s a poisoned chalice for whomever takes charge. Good luck guys, your going to need it.

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18 Dec 2018 12:59:48
I think Conte would be a good appointment if he is given full backing. He certainly seems someone who can bring discipline and has a very good track record. He succeeded at Juve and Chelsea, knows the language, the league but does he want to manage in England.

Also ed, does this bring forward the hiring of DoF or pushes it further back (if it is even possible for you to answer) . As an outsider looking in, our club doesn't seem to have the structure to succeed so I don't think any managerial change is going to bring too much long term success, and eventually result in regression only.

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{Ed002's Note - Conte would needed to be persuaded back to England and there are two other sides keen, one of which has very recently spoken with Chelsea whilst in Milan. Conte knows this so I would think it less likely for now. It makes no conceptual difference in respect of the DoF - as I have said before it is an important role for the club to fill and he or she needs to bele to work with whichever manager is in charge.}

18 Dec 2018 15:14:38
But ed2 wouldn't it be better for the club if the DOF chooses/ recruites the permanent manager. Whatever may happen, the fact that the club has been unable to appoint a competent DOF for more than 2 years for whatever reasons might they be means something significant is wrong at our club.
I remember one of the eds (probably ed2) mentioning that the manager role at our club was veiwed as poison chalice by some. Maybe same goes for DoF who knows.

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{Ed002's Note - No, that is not how it happens.}