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19 Jan 2022 11:18:29
So tonight we find out the true measure of Ralf. Martial came out and effectively called him a liar so for me, he shouldn’t feature at all until he apologises. If he’s in the squad then we are an even bigger mess than we think.

This interim nonsense really isn’t doing it for me. The players know he is interim, the club won’t want to sign players that the new Manager may not want, we are in for a season of chaos and carnage.

If Ralf really thinks he has a chance of the job full time then the comms wasn’t clear at the outset. Utter chaos.

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19 Jan 2022 11:47:46
It was always likely to get worse before it got better.

We were limping along, but now the extent of the injuries are becoming clear and it's becoming obvious that we will need to break the leg and reset it with months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy in order to get back on track.

We have a disharmonious squad of players, some want out, others are happy for a cushy ride.

Someone needed to come in and clear the deck for the next guy.

While hiring the "best" guy available at the time is rarely a good route forward.

19 Jan 2022 12:49:24
AJH - what is baffling is why bring in an interim coach at all.

OGS as up and down as his tenure was (arguably more down than up), why not bring in someone like RR in a tech director role to focus on the broader solution whilst supporting OGS when necessary - but ultimately keeping a coach in place.

Afterwards you reassess at the end of the year OGS may still go but at least this turmoil (circus) is avoided.

RR as interim coach does not guarantee a better league finish than OGS. Maybe both working together could have as one knows the players inside and out and the other is ‘a football man’.

19 Jan 2022 13:37:36
Maze, Fletcher is our technical director and John Murtaugh our director of football. So there is literally no official place for RR to come in without sacking one of them, which might be harsh as both are less than 6 months into their role.

Ole was sinking and losing the dressing room, I can't imagine he'd have won it back if RR came in to baby sit him through the rest of the season.

I don't think this season means much now, we'll do the best we can but I'm not expecting much from it. If we are lucky we'll have a good cup run, but that very much depends on chance, or at least the luck of the draw.

Now this season is about working out which players have a future at the club, trying to get them used to a more modern and demanding style of play, while clearing a path for the next manager.

We've gone past the point where we look to keep toxic players who don't want to be here in hope that the next manager might want them. They have proven themselves not up to the task. Cut them loose and move on.

RR will gain a ground floor understanding of this group of players so that he can give an informed opinion as a consultant.

Fortunately the club seemed to realise that they need to get the right coach in next, and a certain about of clearing is needed before that coach comes in. Therefore an interim coach was the best way forward. While the added bonus of getting a man with RR's understanding and skillset to continue on beyond the interim manager period is a massive bonus.

It doesn't mean all is rosy in the garden, but gives hope that the club might be moving in the right direction.

19 Jan 2022 15:22:11
There comes a point when the manager has nowhere to go, Ole got to that point, a bit like Boris right now. A change was needed and after knee jerking into appointments the last few times the club have decided to take their time. We can only hope they are doing a robust and considered review of what and who they want. I’m not holding my breath.

19 Jan 2022 10:52:54
Just an opinion but I think RR is really nailing it this week in terms of press and player management.

I think calling out Martial was a clever move, in that he shows the other players he isn't afraid to call them out if they aren't pulling their weight. While there is little backlash he will likely suffer as Martial is likely to leave this window. He then totally defused it with the press after Martial contradicted his version of events by saying he has had a chat with Martial and it's all been sorted in house.

He's shown the players he isn't someone to meddle with, then before it could blow up in the press he doused the flames and kept control of the situation.

This was them followed up with throwing the gauntlet down for Pogba to work hard and show off what a good player he can be to earn a move to his ideal club.

Rather than saying "we want to keep Paul, he's an important player" etc.

He just accepts that Pogba will likely leave, but has mentally backed Pogba into a corner where he will now know the world is watching to see whether he is worth signing based on his performances. Thus probably motivating a player into putting in the effort.

I can't remember a week where our manager had so masterfully handled the press and the players.

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19 Jan 2022 12:50:37
Shappy you are an interesting wee fella. Maze thinks the total opposite in that Ralf and MU have had an embarrassing week in the tabloids. Go figure.

19 Jan 2022 13:27:04
Maze, who would have thought that you'd have a pessimistic outlook on all things United. Go figure.

19 Jan 2022 15:20:48
Shappy, you can look at it that way, or:

1. He is being too open about players who will be getting irked about how much he is sharing about them. Sancho and Rashford spring to mind.

2. He called out martial who then basically called him a liar and he did nothing.

I a, struggling to get excited about a Ralf at the moment, I know he is interim but it has all been underwhelming so far.

19 Jan 2022 09:36:39
Interesting comments for Rangnick about Pogba. Now, I have been one of his biggest critics and cannot wait for him to be shipped out the club, there is a player in there somewhere, I just don't think we will ever see it consistently.

Under any other circumstances, I would be calling for the manager to let him sit in the ressies until he can leave, however, with Rangnick moving upstairs in the summer, if he believes he can get a good Pogba playing, even if it is to put himself in the shop window and Rangnick thinks he can get more from him then McTominay, Fred, Matic I don't see any harm in him playing until the end of the season to hopefully finish the season for the team strongly. It would have no impact on a new manager coming in who might be planning for Pogba, with Rangnick going upstairs there would be no underlying tension between the manager and player or other players who would probably but a little put out by Pogba playing ahead of them. It may also just solve the CM problem we have until the summer when we can, more likely, sign someone.

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19 Jan 2022 10:24:33
If Pogba plays to his ability he is an asset and offers the team something they are missing.

I think he really suites the left hand side wide 10 role in the 4222 system.

The only question is whether he'll do the pressing required for that system.

19 Jan 2022 12:50:19
I have to reluctantly agree with both ports and shappy. If we are advocating the Pogcrap asvthe best solution available then Utd really are in the doo doo.

19 Jan 2022 13:58:44
MancMan, I'd love nothing more than to stick him and all the contract rebels in the reserves. Although I would worry they might have a negative impact on the youngsters. Maybe send them out on loan to whoever will pay their wages

However, to do that you need to be in a position of strength. When they are 3rd choice and you're top of the league and in great form it's easy to do so. However, when they are clearly better than any other option at the club, while you're in 7th place scraping to get into the top 4 it's not a position where you can really act like that.

It might be the difference between finishing 4th or 6th, can we afford to cut off our noses to spite our face?

What do we really gain from paying Pogba 250k a week to play in the reserves and negatively impact our youngsters, while we fail to get UCL football for next season. Which will likely have a knock effect on our transfer business this summer.

19 Jan 2022 07:21:30
Good morning all,
Ed - rumours circulating this morning/ yesterday that RR has told the board that Shaw, Maguire and AWB, are all not good enough for United and replacements should be sort after. Is there any truth to this?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea what he has told the board. Is this Twitter?}

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19 Jan 2022 10:36:10
Is there any truth in RR saying this?

Who knows, but there is definitely some truth in the statement that those three aren't good enough.

AWB is an excellent player for a team that sits deep and doesn't expect to have the majority of possession. It's galling now we look back on what Ed Woodward said about scouting over 800 RB's before signing AWB. If true then clearly all the scouts need to be sacked.

Maguire likewise is suited to a team that sits deep and invites pressure. That will be he doesn't have the opportunity to wander forward out of position, he won't have an issue with pace in behind him as there will be no space behind him. While most team will then resort to crossing, which is something slabhead excels at defending.

Shaw is a funny one, at times he looks class and is clearly a talented player. Yet if we are honest this is his 7th season at the club. Even if you're generous and write 2 season's off due to his bad injury. That still leaves 5 season's, of which he might have played well for 1 and a half of them. There is also a niggling concern given his body shape and general lack of professionalism that he will likely decline younger than average.

While we can say that our defence hasn't be as shielded as it probably should be from midfield. The fact that our defence consistently makes individual errors, and they don't work well as a unit suggests that there are serious issues with several individuals in that defence.

If attack wins games, but defence wins titles, what do people seriously see us winning with AWB, Varane, Maguire and Shaw?

17 Jan 2022 23:52:37
Do Juventus seem a viable route for Tony? And with Dybala running his deal down… what if we could get him? We will need a forward and if the hierarchy are set on Poch as a front runner it would be a signing he’d adore.

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16 Jan 2022 21:30:43
What 10 players would you sell away in the next 2-3 windows?

For me:

Henderson
AWB
Bailly
Fred
Pogba
Martial
Lingard
Pereira
Mata.

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16 Jan 2022 23:59:12
Jone
Bailly
Fred
Matic
Pogba
Mata
Lingard
Martial
Maguire
Telles
Cavani
Dalot (if he doesn't improve)
Shaw (needs to be consistent an better in defence/ getting back)
De gea/ henderson (dean on loan this season then make a decision)
Lindelof (last of cyrrent cbs to go for me)
Awb (may just be too defensively minded see how he progresses)
Pereira (might as well be gone already)
Ronaldo (don't extend the contract)

In the next 2 an a half seasons i'd let all these go if they continue as they currently are replace them with a mix of signings an youngsters

Mejbiri
Garner
Elanga
Fernandez?
Laird?
Shorertire?

17 Jan 2022 10:17:51
Only 10?

I suppose Pogba, Cavani, Mata, Lingard, Grant and Chong will all be out of contract in the summer.

While Rashford, Shaw, Ronaldo, Fred, DDG, Matic, Jones, Heaton and Dalot all have contracts ending in 2023.

So there are plenty who you wouldn't have to sell to move on.

17 Jan 2022 10:40:33
So essentially it will be quicker and easier to form a new club fellas.

16 Jan 2022 19:43:37
Apparently, the Manchester United are 'not convinced' about Denis Zakaria. Are these the very same scouts who recommended Wan Bissaka, Fred, Lindelof, Telles, Maguire et al?

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16 Jan 2022 22:30:31
And who recommend Zakaria Jodler? The fans that recommended Sancho Pogba Maguire etc?

16 Jan 2022 13:54:38
I know some of you will be too young to have even heard of Tommy Cooper, the hapless fez-wearing comedian, but I am always reminded of him when I see the bemused expressions of both Jones and Maguire after they have made an error. It's so similar to the look on Cooper's face after one of his magic tricks didn't work.

The jokes were pretty bad too. Slept like a log last night. woke up in the fire place.

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16 Jan 2022 21:01:23
I went to the Doctors, I said 'It hurts when I do that'. (throws arm into air) .

The Doctor said 'don't do it then'.

Just like that.

 


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