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19 Jan 2024 13:56:04
In the summer we appeared to be interested in Goncalo Ramos with Bruno making favourable comments in the press. With his gametime limited this season and rumours of PSG possibly looking to move on already could we look at a 6 month loan deal?
Would likely be a more expensive loan deal than we were looking at but could be someone that going forward we may have an interest in if EtH remains.
Might be wishful thinking.

Brad76

{Ed002's Note - They will want to assurae a sale if they can.}


1.) 19 Jan 2024 14:42:15
As long as it doesn’t hinder any bid for Solanke!


2.) 19 Jan 2024 14:52:06
Would make sense from there perspective but I assume that we would not want to commit with so much uncertainty on structure/ manager going forward.
Swap with Rashford!


3.) 20 Jan 2024 13:24:17
I can’t imagine by the summer there will be any uncertainty. There will be a new structure in place, and frankly a new manager most likely. Mixed feelings on this. I think we have a very good coach in ten Hag, with some help he could be a success.


 

 

08 Jan 2024 17:47:15
Looks like we are spending the first part of the window moving out players not in EtH plans for the short term/ rest of season. Van De Break, Martial, Pelestri, Sancho, Mejbri and maybe some more.
I guess it allows them to get game time for either return in the summer or a window to show there ability and then move them on and also generate a loan fee whilst getting some wages off the books.
None are getting any playing time so we will not miss them
Hopefully we will see a couple of loans in. can't see any permanent ones.

Brad76

1.) 08 Jan 2024 18:28:19
Especially don't need them since the amount of games will be reduced now.


2.) 09 Jan 2024 09:14:08
Not to concerned about these players going out on loan. Free’s up space for likes of Forson and Kambwala to be in the squads and in and around the first team on match days. Dan Gore as well.


3.) 09 Jan 2024 09:35:33
I think Pellistri will get sold so will Hanibal if we get decent offers. Neither in all honesty are ever going to be good enough unless they are happy to be third choice in their positions if they stay.

Sancho and Martial are not going to be here either next year. A lot of cleaning up this squad.


4.) 09 Jan 2024 11:00:35
Unfortunately Pellistri’s end product looks too erratic, despite admirable efforts, so probably best if he goes on loan to try to be more consistent or be sold in the Summer.

Hannibal would surely have been rewarded with more first team appearances by now if he were good or consistent enough. Again, maybe a loan will help decide whether his future lies at United or elsewhere.

Willy Kwambala looks like good and am hoping Dan Gore starts to get more minutes.

Can’t see any other younger players breaking through in the short term, though some really good prospects in the Under 16s - 18s who will hopefully emerge in the next few years.

Am looking forward to the Summer overhaul though - perhaps too much to do for one window though.

As well as questionable futures of Pellistri and Hannibal, definitely move on:

Varane
Casameiro
Sancho
Greenwood
Maguire
Erickson
Donny VDBeek
Scott McTominay
Martial

Though will never get fees back that United paid for then, will free up wages and space for new players.

Hoping, at very least, we get:

Centre Back
2 x midfielder (6 and 8)
Right wing
Striker.


5.) 09 Jan 2024 12:55:32
Ken will be devastated if Pellestri goes, he loves him.


6.) 09 Jan 2024 21:24:38
After the World Cup I really wanted to believe we had a real talent on our hands. But for me the kid Pellistri is too lightweight and his final third decision making is not what it should be. He was at a similar stage as Garnacho and he just hasn’t cracked on the same.


7.) 11 Jan 2024 21:17:47
Pellistri is a better player than antony is we paid 90 mill for he hasn't cracked on as much as garnacho probably at least in part he's had much fewer opportunities than him sadly we are stuck with Antony otherwise I'd get rid of him and give pellistri more time.


8.) 11 Jan 2024 22:06:20
Maybe I'm mad, especially given the issues with Antony, Greenwood and Sancho, but I wouldn't have right wing as a high priority this summer.

Obviously there is a greater need to improve the spine, especially at CB and CM. With us needing at least one top level CB and two midfielders. Ideally we'd get two CB's but that might have to wait. Maybe we can keep Lindelof and Evans for one more season and give Kambwala a few more minutes.

We also need a striker, some people feel we need a back up option to Højlund. Which I understand, but personally I see it slightly differently. I'm not a fan of signing squad players, or back up players. For me it's a waste of money to buy a player who isn't good enough in their own right to be first choice. Especially as any "B" striker is still likely to cost upwards of 40m. It seems madness to me to spend 40m on a player who isn't good enough to be first choice.

I'd rather sign a striker who is a slightly different profile of striker to Højlund but one who is either already good enough to be first choice in their own right or at least have the potential to be good enough (and probably pretty close to reaching that potential given the age of Højlund) .

We were very successful with Yorke, Cole, Solskjaer and Sheringham. All 4 were good enough to be first choice in their own right. Obviously we tended to play with two up top then so you wouldn't get away with having 4 top strikers when you play a one striker system. But surely we should have two top strikers?

So far then that's four players good enough to be first choice, a CB two in midfield and a ST.

For me I'd there is money left in the budget then a top class RB would come before a RW for me. My reasoning for this is simple. We have seen enough of AWB and Dalot to know neither are really good enough to be first choice. Personally I'd keep Dalot as a great squad option and move AWB on, who if we are honest isn't good enough to play for a side that should look to play positive, progressive and technically superior football.

However, while options are slim at RW, there is at least potential in the squad that could develop into players who are good enough. Amad Diallo deserves the chance to prove himself, he's a talented player with a high ceiling. How are we supposed to tempt the best young players to join our club if we aren't giving the ones we have a shot.
Then we have Garnacho who has looked very good playing on the right in the two games he's played their this season. Maybe he should get a few more games on the right to see if he can tie down that position himself.

Finally we also have Mount and Bruno who can play RW depending on our tactical set up.

So while the loss of options like Greenwood and Sancho, along with Antony's clear inability to be good enough, we do have maybe more options than first thought.

Also maybe cheating but the RB I'd sign is Frimpong who has the 8th most assists of any player in Europes top five leagues over the past 18 months. He is more than capable of playing RW as well as RB.


 

 

31 Aug 2023 21:49:24
So looks like Reguilon will be coming in as LB cover. Would have preferred Cucurella only based on his Brighton form and not seen much of Reguilon. however we are in a position of balancing the books hopefully for other positions.

But. what should we expect from Reguilon. what sort of a player is he.

Brad76

1.) 31 Aug 2023 22:00:43
Defensively frail but was good against us in the Europa League when he played for Seville.


2.) 31 Aug 2023 22:01:48
Played for both Madrid sides. Spurs paid £30m for a fullback. So was highly regarded. Just never really took off at Spurs.


3.) 31 Aug 2023 22:38:13
A mediocre one. Would be better off trusting in our youth options. Heck. I’d sooner play Dalot there.


4.) 31 Aug 2023 23:41:04
Another bad signing.


5.) 01 Sep 2023 06:24:29
Let’s hope the poor lad doesn’t read this forum ?
He’s a short term fix to an injury crisis and may only be here for 4 months. No doubt match going supporters will be right behind him.


6.) 01 Sep 2023 09:10:43
Clearly had some pedigree at some point, I'm sure he'll be at least a decent option until our LB injuries subside. Would have preferred Cucurella as he could cover at CB too and was great bombing forward in his Brighton days but looks like it was turning into an expensive option whereas Spurs need to clear a few out.


7.) 01 Sep 2023 09:18:01
Wazza if he read this forum he’d never of signed ??.


8.) 01 Sep 2023 09:48:23
Wazza,

We will mate, think it’s utter madness when people write signings off before they have played a game for the club.


9.) 01 Sep 2023 09:48:24
Seem to remember people upset we didn't get him a few years ago to replace Shaw who the same people wanted out.


10.) 01 Sep 2023 09:50:14
Crazy that Alvaro Fernandez didn't get a shot at left back.
The mind boggles, he looks a quality player.
ETH talks about players not quite being ready and loaned out but until you get that chance nobody will know.
Rashford is a prime example.
IMO Fernandez would do as good a job if not better than Reguilon who is very poor defensively.


11.) 01 Sep 2023 10:26:16
Before he played a game. He played for spurs. He isn't good enough for the spurs team.


12.) 01 Sep 2023 10:49:10
LeahCorky I don’t think he’s what anyone at the club would have chosen, but needs must. Dalot looked very very shaky at LB last weekend and with Shaw out for a considerable amount of time we have little options. We’re not going to sign a LB permanently as Shaw has been an excellent player for us for a long time now and the money needs investing elsewhere in the squad. Cucurrella has been seemingly overpriced by Chelsea and also on high wages, I think I read it would be 15 million all in all to have him for the season, it’s a huge fee considering he’d probably be second choice when Shaw is back. Nothing wrong with signing an out of favour PL LB for a few months until our first choice is back.


13.) 01 Sep 2023 11:20:42
When you consider Spurs are well stocked there too.

Udogie
Perisic
Sessegnon.


14.) 01 Sep 2023 11:30:14
‘For the club’ was the important part of that you missed out Leahy. Some players look poor at one club and look great at another, most wanted AWB out under our previous manager but ETH has turned him into a decent full back, no reason why Reguilon can’t do a job.

Not sure what the plan is for Alvaro Fernandez, he isn’t ready to play for us in big league games, maybe he will get chances in the carabao etc if he doesn’t go on loan, I’d be extremely worried if we had him as our first choice full back for the next few months.


15.) 01 Sep 2023 11:44:55
Long long time reader first time poster. Can't believe how some on here seem to just settle for mediocrity. This is Manchester United . Reguillon is not good enough to get in the Spurs team so I'd much rather give youth a chance. Also JE888 Shaw has been an excellent player for us? Apart from a few performances he has been shocking. Mentally not up to it. Shambolic in the two hammerings against Liverpool. Doesn't like it when the going gets tough. Support them through thick and thin but could be a long season again. Failed to address the major issues in the team but yet we've spent over 150 million.


16.) 01 Sep 2023 11:45:12
My guess with Fernandez GTS is that Ten Haag doesn’t want to put too much pressure on him. I think if the team was firing and playing well it would be easier to introduce him, but to simply throw him into the first team that is misfiring a little at the moment with little other option will put a lot of pressure on the kid. Some players may thrive under that sort of pressure, but some crumble and never recover. Introducing a new player to the team is make or break time, and it needs to be done slowly and smartly. Just throwing him in at this time isn’t a good idea and a short term loan seems sensible. Fernandez may be highly regarded and may get his chance this season, but it will be likely done slowly like Garnacho was to begin with.


17.) 01 Sep 2023 12:07:01
KDWR Shaw was our player of the season a few years ago if memory serves me correct. You can pick out a couple of games of any players career and point at bad performances. I’ve always felt when Shaws been injured we’ve been weak down that side, especially in the final third. He may not be the greatest defending full back, but attacking wise he has a great understanding and link up with Rashford. We will miss him over the next few months.


18.) 01 Sep 2023 12:18:28
Somebody explain to me why Avlaro isn't ready for the big games.
He played a full season in the Championship last season, won Preston's young player of the year.
Didn't Mason Mount do the same thing at Derby County and the next two seasons he ended up being Chelsea's player of the season.
It's boll*cks this excuse that he isn't ready. ETH needs to grow a set of balls and give the kid a chance and coach his way out of the predicamenthe is in instead of getting second rate defender on loan that will increase the wage bill.


19.) 01 Sep 2023 13:06:21
Fernandez is a good player. But we need two with Malacia and Shaw out for 3 months. Fernandez and Reguilon for LB and AWB and Dalot for RB.


20.) 01 Sep 2023 13:11:19
You’re seriously trying to say that because a player did well in the championship you’re automatically ready to start for a club challenging for champions league spots in the Prem Sim0? If that’s the case why don’t we just go and sign Burnley’s left back, they were gray last season in the championship, but now they’re looking like favourites for relegation. There’s a huge step up between the leagues, and I trust Ten Haags judgment as he sees the kid every day. I’d be willing to guess you didn’t watch a single Preston game last season, but you’re demanding our young kid who played for them starts. I’d also be willing to guess you’d be the first to criticise the club if we did play him and it was a disaster and ruined the young man’s confidence and potentially his career, and asking why we didn’t look to bring some cover in for Shaws injury.


21.) 01 Sep 2023 13:20:42
Ever considered that EtH has been watching him during training, seeing him close up try to do what the manager has asked tactically.

Maybe he hasn't impressed, playing well on loan in the championship is a good start, it doesn't mean he's ready to play regularly at the top end of the EPL.

We have a manager who has given Garnacho a chance, a real chance. While he's supposedly looking to do the same with Mainoo this season. It's not like he's not prepared to give youth a chance when he thinks the are ready. If he's not giving Alvaro Fernandez a chance then it's probably based on something he has seen in him close up.


22.) 01 Sep 2023 13:40:17
Yes sim all players that win young player of the year are ready because one player was a few years ago. I’d rather trust the manager watching him day in day out that he’s not ready than you who’ve seen him play a handful of games in the championship. Why would they need an excuse? He just isn’t ready yet.


23.) 01 Sep 2023 13:57:48
Because the coaching staff and amanager who work with him daily have decided he isnt.

I saw him several times as Deepdale, was fast and a exciting going forward, they uses hin more as a wingback.

Knocks exactly what you would expect from a kid, bit lightweight, gassed as games wore on and needs experience to learn how to read a game bettwr.

PnE fans of whom i have a few in my family really thought highly of him. I thought he would go to another loan this year to be honest.


24.) 01 Sep 2023 16:15:00
Stop being so stupid JE888.
I was saying that the kid deserves a chance considering all the injuries we have in the left back position.
And where does signing Burnley's left back come in to the equation tell me, what a silly thing to say.
If the kid isn't given a chance then how is anyone going to find out if he can cut it.
I keep referring back to Rashford, where would he be now if we didn't have those two injuries against Midtjylland?
Typical United we go out and cough up another few million pounds on a sh*te full back who can't even get a game at Spurs.


25.) 01 Sep 2023 16:42:19
Sorry but I trust the manager over you mate. He works with the player every day. The coaching staff will know if he’s ready. You do keep referring to Rashford, but forward players are different. A mistake at the top end of the pitch is far less likely to lead to a goal. We can’t just throw a young kid in to a top 4 challenging team with no other player who can adequately cover that position and hope for the best. It could destroy his confidence if he doesn’t do well.

Young players need bedding in. Who knows, he may get a chance and take it with both hands during Shaws injury. He may do brilliantly and keep anyone else out of the team. However he may get a chance and not do well. Then we’ve got a player who is faltering and struggling game after game and no real alternative. If that was the case he may never recover his confidence for the club.

He may end up wasting all the talent he has because we forced him to step up too soon. Have some patience. Ten Haag gave Garnacho a chance. I’m sure Fernandez will get a chance as well in time, if he’s good enough. We’ve had high hopes for many players in the past and few have worked out. Rashford so far is pretty much the only academy graduate in over 10 years who’s made the grade. Why put all this pressure on the lad?


26.) 01 Sep 2023 19:31:34
Je888 how old is Fernandez? You say can’t chuck young players in without bedding them in could destroy there confidence, yep correct, but don’t the same then apply to our new striker, who is only 20 and will have more eyes on him then any full back but we are expecting him to go straight and and be our Number 9. Why don’t same rules apply to him then as what you pointed out?

Please I’m curiuos.


27.) 02 Sep 2023 09:57:37
Why do some of you think he won't get a chance?

With Shaw and Malcia out for a few months, it would be uuter stupidity to rely entirely on Fernandez. What if he got injured? Or just couldn't handle the workload or pressure of playing nearly every game?

With Reguillon, we can give Fernandez chances and playing time, but without being totally reliant on him. Dalot isn't great on the left, and we need him for cover on the right too, so only having him and Fernandez for left back for 3 months or more wouldn't be smart.

I think Reguillon might do better than some of you think, too. If AWB plays on the right, he is well suited for staying back to form a back three when Reguillon pushes forward, giving us width when Rashford comes inside.

Reguillon may not be who anyone, fan or management, would have preferred, but I think he'll do a decent job for a few months.


 

 

04 Jul 2023 16:28:15
Could all be fake news again (we have been here before) but there are strong rumours that the sale could be hours away and the Glazers are ready to sign off on it.
Rio was also hinting yesterday that today was a key date.
Lets hope this is true and we can finally move forward without the Glazers assuming it is the Qatari bid.

Brad76

1.) 04 Jul 2023 16:44:53
The sale has been hours away since March ?.


2.) 04 Jul 2023 16:46:09
This has come from Al Raya a newspaper in Doha, not sure how reliable anyone knows this paper is. As you say been here before so will believe it when I see see it, after all it’s Independence Day in America whether that would have any affect on any announcement I don’t know.


3.) 04 Jul 2023 16:46:47
Sure he said the same weeks ago too ?.

It may happen, but if I were a gambling man….


4.) 04 Jul 2023 17:00:34
I think people are jumping to conclusions because I think if a business is sold on the New York stock exchange, it has to close and as it’s Independence Day it’s closed today…. I have no idea if this is true just what I’ve read/ heard.


5.) 04 Jul 2023 17:02:06
The poignancy of Independence Day.


6.) 04 Jul 2023 17:36:57
Rio has shown himself to be very unreliable on the sale process. Not sure why he is burning any rep he has on something he quite clearly has zero inside track on. He is announcing "deal done" every few days, presume hid is going for the stopped clock approach to being right.


7.) 04 Jul 2023 18:16:00
Let’s hope uniteds Independence Day isn’t too far away ?.


8.) 04 Jul 2023 19:10:19
Its been around 1200 hours since Rio last said it was hours away so I suppose he s not completely wrong.


9.) 04 Jul 2023 19:21:22
I'm 1 million percent sure Rio is on the money.


10.) 04 Jul 2023 19:48:11
As we say with transfers, until they are holding a scarf above their head at Old Trafford, then it is just a rumour.


11.) 04 Jul 2023 20:31:28
If true, a sad day for Manchester United and football in general …., but still I guess we’ll get to buy lots of shiny new toys.


12.) 04 Jul 2023 21:10:31
The only announcement we will hear, is one that days the Glazers are staying.


13.) 04 Jul 2023 22:24:05
I got a bit emotional/ ranty in a reply that wasn't put up apologies to the eds, but I'm with hatter I think there here to stay.


14.) 04 Jul 2023 22:28:33
I doubt we'll be getting the public announcement on July 4th, and tomorrow I'm starting a trip to Idaho for ten days, so they'll have to wait until I'm back.


 

 

23 Jun 2023 10:42:59
Rumours that we are talking with the agents of Onana with potential bid to Inter next week. If this is true we will be getting a quality keeper more in line with how EtH wants the team to play, he was exceptional in the Champions League final and knows EtH from his Ajax days.
If he comes in I think it will have a knock on effect as to who will play at RB, he will play as a sweeper keeper and will need players comfortable on the ball in front of him and we have that with Varane, Martinez, Shaw. However on the right we will need to play Dalot to ensure we have that comfort across the back line.
AWB will have game time but feel he will be back up next year with the Defence playing a higher line and full backs expected to push forward.
Exciting signing if it goes through.

Brad76

1.) 23 Jun 2023 11:12:58
I'm not so sure, AWB seems to finally be progressing in his attacking and posession play under ETH's coaching. IF he can keep up this improvement, I think he could become a really good all-rounder RB, with Dalot relegated to backup.

Obviously, there are no guarantees he will keep improving, but it's worth keeping in mind.


2.) 23 Jun 2023 12:04:14
I'd love Onana. He's the keeper that we should be pursuing over all others. He'd allow us to move our line up and press more effectively higher up the pitch.


3.) 23 Jun 2023 12:29:13
Thorme, Definitely think AWB has improved massively under EtH, I am still not convinced from a technical point of view if we are looking to play from the back.


4.) 23 Jun 2023 13:42:35
Not convinced about AWB either. Technically he isn’t good enough, simple.


5.) 23 Jun 2023 16:24:16
AWB is an outstanding one on one defender, but the forwards get really poor service when AWB is playing. He is not the answer to the RB problem.


6.) 23 Jun 2023 17:03:07
He’ll end up at West Ham too - if we could actually sell players.


7.) 23 Jun 2023 18:17:57
Awb is awful on the ball so much so other teams literally don’t mark him and encourage him to have the ball, which causes us issues in other areas then!


8.) 23 Jun 2023 22:41:41
I've been saying for years awb should be a cb. If he's the last man your not beating him.


 

 

 

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05 Dec 2023 09:31:42
The Chelsea game will be interesting, they are very up and down and still trying to find there consistency and style with all the changes, for all of this they attack well. We are just moving from game to game with no improvements.
EtH needs to get balance in the squad, not sure what is going on with Varane but no matter we need to have Shaw at LB. Play Maguire/ Lindelof or Maguire/ Varane. Either wise we need some balance at the back.
We need to play a double pivot rather than two number 8's. For me we should go with Mainoo/ Amrabat even if they are not viewed as the best midfielders they give us balance with one allowed to bridge the gap to the number 8. We cannot play with a single holding player.
Hopefully Hojlund is fit and can play rather than Martial. Rashford should be on the bench and we should play Antony/ Garnacho as the wide players and tell them with Fernandes to work hard pressing the ball knowing that Mainoo/ Amrabat are behind them for next phase.

Brad76

1.) 05 Dec 2023 09:49:19
Brad76

Agree with all of that. Chelsea will have caldeco and fernades both are combative players and one holding midfielder will always struggle. they also have Nkunu back finally who is a top player imo.


2.) 05 Dec 2023 12:08:11
Will be a big test. Two sides who've been embroiled in lengthy transitions and a million miles from the finished article. A huge part of me dislikes the way the Chelsea ownership came in and collected players for fun like kids in a toy shop, with no rhyme nor reason to what they needed, based vaguely on a simple ideal of buying the best young players at any cost and putting them on the longest contract possible. Yet as Utd fans I'm sure we're all envious of what they've put in and some of those players they've been able to obtain, even if none of it has clicked in the slighted.
Gotta go for a draw here.

{Ed002's Note - The young players Chelsea purchased were part of the Vision 2030 plan the club maintains year on year.}


3.) 05 Dec 2023 12:47:45
Brad, even if Hojland is injured Martial shouldn't even be in the squad and neither should Rashford.

In fact I think neither of them should play for Man Utd again and should be sold ASAP at whatever loss is needed to move them on.

I'd rather Fred the red played up front.


4.) 05 Dec 2023 15:15:57
I’m glad people have finally woken up about Rashford

Ship him out, at least some mugs would still be willing to offer decent money for him god only knows why

Everything associated with the club is embarrassing

Only one common denominator the GLAZERS.


5.) 05 Dec 2023 17:40:11
If there’s anyone on here whose watched that press conference and doesn’t feels utterly furious that our manager again is coming under attack from a collaboration of sly lying journalists and a handful of cowards within our group then your not a true supporter!
We should be right behind this guy, he needs to be the one we back! Forget playing styles etc last season he showed us what we can do with his tools, this season injuries and attitude has come to the fore again! We need to be vocal tomorrow night in backing ETH!
But he needs to not treat us like fools either, rashford Martial must not be in that 11, accepting that performance Saturday is unforgivable!


6.) 05 Dec 2023 18:54:06
I'm still scratching my head wondering what the great performances he keeps referring to were, or when he's going to stop citing wins over sub-standard teams as proof 'the process' is working.


7.) 05 Dec 2023 19:11:04
spenno

why is liverpools win at home against Fulham celebrated when they score two late goals and our away win at Fulham and two late goals against Brentford is shameful and not celebrated. strange standards applied.

Why is peps game management not questioned when giving away two leads to liverpool and spurs at home for draws and no player being blamed but if it was us we get labeled for lack of character, eth poor game management, a player or two gets blamed and just a circus. its just toxic stuff all the time no matter what.


8.) 05 Dec 2023 21:45:38
Ahmed. With respect I don't think even your over-optimistic self can claim to have steered clear of making the occasional 'toxic' post, I could probably pull a few out from last week if I looked. Maybe next week, who knows?
The point is, I can watch Liverpool and City and irrespective of the result I know I'll be entertained no matter what. I follow Utd but enjoy watching other teams too, and the fact is that for literally a decade I've enjoyed watching most other teams a lot more than the one I fell in love with in the eighties. Whether we're in yet another transition or not (I've lost count), I'm convinced less and less by the manager and some of his decisions. That's not buying into anything created wrongly or rightly by the media, that's just by watching (for my sins) every Utd game and ten Hag press conference. The 'process' is wearing thin and I think he's on borrowed time.


9.) 05 Dec 2023 23:52:38
Because this is United and you carry the weight of the Babes, of Duncan Edwards, Charlton of the the 68 team and the Holy trinity of Fergies teams every time you step out.

You aren't judged the same at United just as you aren't at Liverpool or Real. You either can cope reith that eight off expectation or yttou can't.


10.) 06 Dec 2023 05:01:19
Just saw the arsenal score vs luton. All i say is there would be uproar if we had to score a 96th winner and had conceeded 3 goals. The media and even some of the fans and some here would focus on struggling against a side like luton and stealing it at the end.

The goals raya conceeded would also be a hot topic if it was onana. It is what it is and a reset will not change that.

Reality is let’s assume sjr makes changes and given our finances we will not be able to reload with top quality players and struggle sitting 7th or 8th next year. The uproar and him and his team being wrong would be the next chapter. Its a cycle we have created and some of it is pur own doing.


11.) 06 Dec 2023 05:19:17
Oak

You are spot on but it living in the past and one of the reasons we go through this cycle. Even if a manager is right we never find out as we lose patients and want a change. I know ed002 thinks he will be replaced, i do hope he is wrong and we stick it out.

Best thing sjr and his team can do is clean up the squad and move a bunch of players on let him build a team from his players and see where we end up.


12.) 06 Dec 2023 08:35:46
Ahmed, I think you are creating odd non-existent scenarios. If you can predict the future that well you should perhaps look for a new profession like Biff from Back to the Future with the Grays Sports Almanac!


13.) 06 Dec 2023 12:29:09
Spenno

Mark my words the next manager and SJR regime will suck for 2 years and there will be turmoil. I will bet on this as united's complexity of contracts, wages, finances are not something fixable in a year or two but 4 or 5 years. it will be an uproar as the fix is such a longer term project but we have no patients for it.

I also suspect the culling of the squad will not happen as people expect it, because we can't afford it or guys like maguire, mc, martial, dvb would have been gone already. The next guy will have to do with a lot of the same guys here today bar a few.

Its not back to the future but back to the past and something that we repeat over and over.

It took Ineos 3 mangers in 4 years at nice and hopefully they learnt from that. nice did not have 10% of the issues United has and does not have the sort of competition we have in the pl, where a the teams are all spending vast sums every year.

There is no way anyone can convince me we need a change as a manager after 14 games into a second season, where he took over a shi. t show of a team and organization who finished 8th the previous year, won a trophy got us to another final and finished 3rd in the league. its madness. Fergie finished 2nd, 11th, 8th, 11th in his first 4 years at United.


14.) 06 Dec 2023 17:01:56
I imagine Fergie wouldn't have made it to the end of his second season at Utd in the modern game. As a loose rule we say managers are given the golden 3 seasons to mess around with the squad and show what they can do, they don't all make it that far though if the bigwigs aren't convinced things are progressing. Guess they saw enough in Fergie at the time that he was making a positive impact, and of course we were more patient in those days.


15.) 06 Dec 2023 19:16:29
Spenno

journos, Social media, the numerous pundits, fan channels has made it so difficult when things don't go well and institutional ownerships of football clubs have a lower tolerance.

You get away with it if you have really good players and a squad in general and good recruiting and hire and fire managers like chelsea have done for years and still been successful because the next guy gets a tune out of good players which the previous guy could not.

I don't think we have a great squad or a lot of really good players and hiring and firing managers has not changed anything. Add in poor recruitment and we are kind of stuck with players that go back to 4 managers.


 

 

09 Nov 2023 09:51:56
Dissapointing result against Copenhagen, our inability to adapt, individual errors and some iffy refereeing/ VAR decisions.
However, I do thing we saw some promise for going forward (hopefully not a false dawn), really good first 30 mins, good 20 mins in second half when we settled down.
I think the front 4 of Garnacho, Rashford, Hojlund and Fernandes should start the Luton game and also post international break. We need some consistency, give them a chance to build as a unit.
With Cassimero out and McTominy currently in favour I would hope that Amrabat gets a run of games with alongside him.
Varane now has a chance to get some game time with Evans possibly out, unfortunately this moves Maguire to the left side which I think has been identified as part of his problem (even though he has played there most of his time) .
Lets get at Luton, and come out of the international break fighting. We are still not out of the CL. just got to win next 2 games!

Brad76

1.) 09 Nov 2023 11:40:00
I quite like the idea of Rashford on the right. Takes away the temptation to keep cutting inside and shooting when on the left. He delivers a good cross as well from the right which will be great for Hoijlund. Garnacho isn't concerned about going on the outside when playing on the left either so isn't as predictable.


2.) 09 Nov 2023 12:51:05
So we paid £60m for a bench player in Mount?


3.) 09 Nov 2023 13:22:31
I’m even worried about Ganarcho attitude if I’m honest, he is not kicking on and the childish attitude is not helping A 17 year old come on for Danes he played like a 28 year old.
Arambat is woeful and miles out of his league, Mount can’t even get in a useless team So many problems
When we used to train we used to train losing a man or 2 to a red, this team don’t even look like it trains with 11, there is a severe problem here with the coaching ETH comes into that too what does he do on the training pitch, I don’t buy these excuses of injuries or everything against us, nobody in that team got a clue what they are supposed to be doing or how to do it
Remember this is little Copenhagen, and at end of day we got a pen that was not even a pen but forgetting all that this is a poor team poorly coached poorly managed it’s going nowhere fast in fact Luton could be the final nail in the coffin!
McLaren is yesteryear too he not exactly being discounted from this shambles.
I heard ETH say we played well for 10 mins well the game now is 100 mins not 10
SHOCKING.


4.) 09 Nov 2023 13:40:49
I think Garnacho and Mctominay are better as subs against tired legs. Varane does not look great and the whole defence fall to pieces under any pressure. At the minute Maguire actually looks our best defender. The midfield keep giving the ball away, especially Bruno. Copenhagen are no better than celtic and looking good for 30 minutes is nothing to be optimistic about.


5.) 09 Nov 2023 14:31:30
Rangered

You are posting so much non sense and making things up.


6.) 09 Nov 2023 15:43:46
It's a brave manager who, a goal down with ten minutes to go, takes off his only striker and replaces him with Mason Mount.


7.) 09 Nov 2023 16:19:27
Hojlund was shattered. He spent 60 minutes pressing from the front and being our only attacking outlet. Literally going from chasing and harrying to turning and sprinting to get in behind. Then when it doesn't get through to him turning back around and chasing the ball down.

We needed more energy and someone who could press and defend. It was no slight on Hojlund who was excellent last night. Just a case of his race had been run. Also with Rashford now banned for the next must win UCL game we will rely on Hojlund all the more. We need to protect him and keep him well looked after.


8.) 10 Nov 2023 01:45:51
Ahmad,

It’s him again mate, just ignore it, it will get blocked soon.


 

 

02 Oct 2023 10:58:01
With the current injuries to our defensive unit especially at FB and no sign of anyone being available this side of the international break I think we should consider switching formations.

I think a back 3 of Lindelof, Varane, Maguire (I know! ) currently gives us the best balance and would allow Amrabat to move alongside Casimero. Maguire plays his best in a back 3, Lindelof has covered RB so would be comfortable that side with Varane being the conductor.
Amrabats energy will help cover up and down the pitch.

I would also suggest Mount on the right side with his energy to help back whilst also getting forward.

Martial alongside Hojlund up front would bring 2 players who are happy with the ball at feet, working off each other and Fenandes behind. I would also be tempted to go Garnacho on the left and let Rashford sit for a bit.

Injuries are hitting us, but this is where EtH needs to show his adaptability and work with what we have.

Brad76

1.) 02 Oct 2023 11:27:42
Just so I'm clear, you want Mount and Garnacho as wing backs?


2.) 02 Oct 2023 11:52:00
This doesn't solve the LB issue, although I feel we should be playing players in their best positions ie Amrabat in the middle. I'd rather give a youth a game than force Amrabat out there - Palace targeted him and he was lucky not to concede a pen.


3.) 02 Oct 2023 12:18:53
We are already looking clueless.
Changing the system would make us even worse.

My cents here, play Dalot at LB, he is very comfortable there. That leaves us with the only choice of Lindelof at RB who should be okay imo, he got skinned by joao felix, who's actually a very good player. No shame in that.


4.) 02 Oct 2023 13:51:34
AJH - I get your point. Personally think Mount has it in him to fill that role or we go with Dalot.
Not sure I quite agree that a change of system would be worse than being clueless.
To be fair, I am not necessarily a tactical special-ist. and have previously quite liked a back 3 option but get that it is not everyones cup of tea. With our current defensive issues, I think it may be our best option. but just an opinion.


5.) 02 Oct 2023 14:47:47
I think it can work if you have full backs that know how to attack. Trying to use forwards to defend is where it likely comes unstuck.


6.) 02 Oct 2023 21:04:56
Garnacho will be a disaster at left wing back.

The manager needs to stick to his principles.

It’s one thing having to play Amrabat at LB because we have no one else, it’s another thing entirely to change formation and play half of the team out of position.


7.) 03 Oct 2023 04:17:09
Ambrabat is not a left back and will get eaten alive once he comes up against a proper right winger. He is being played there because we are desperately short of options.

Read he has very poor game against palace and it only get harder with some of the games coming up and right wing players he will need to play against.

Lindelof playing right wing and Dalot left is not a great solution imo as you take your natural right back and play him out of position and lindelof is slow and his passing range is as good as a 12 year old playing as a right back. I am sure his passing stats are high but that's because he never eve tries to pass forward and its sideways or backwards.


8.) 03 Oct 2023 07:35:28
Ahmad that is the best option. Dalot at Lb is not unnatural, he is very comfortable there. He played a lot as a LWB for AC Milan.


9.) 03 Oct 2023 09:39:04
Can’t believe we’re actually in this position trying to fit square pegs in round holes. The injuries are a joke as I’ve highlighted on other posts.

But so is the whole academy and feeder system in my opinion. I want to know if they actually are trying to develop players for the first team or not, because from what I can see is all they do is bring on attacking wide players (Mainoo an exception) . Does anybody actually think that the first team might need a full back or a centre half?

City get an injury crisis in any position and in steps some young lad from the under 21’s who nobody has heard of and he’s an absolute world beater! We get a few injuries at centre half and we have a word with one of our employees whose husband happens to be Jonny Evans! It’s pub league stuff.


10.) 03 Oct 2023 11:04:01
I thought Dalot was actually one of the better players at LB in earlier games this season. Not sold on Lindelof at RB, but I'd much rather see those in these positions than persevere with Amrabat, who we've been heralding as our midfield saviour for months, or start messing around with the likes of Mount / Garnacho as roving fullbacks.


11.) 03 Oct 2023 11:34:59
Fireman

I know we lost a young CB to them a couple of weeks ago but can't recall his name. By the looks of it we don't have anyone good enough from the academy to come in atm but I don't follow the academy and could be wrong.

If you are referring to the Norwegian kid Bobb. He is one of the most highly touted youngsters coming out of any academy in the country. I think he has been their academy player of the year 2 years in a row.

City buy a defender every year and even sold someone like laporte. Their entire back 4 and most of the second string are players they have bought.

Their injury crisis is different to ours. Debruyne being out gives Alvarez and Foden more starts and that how good that squad is.

Rodri is hardest player to replace and they struggle without him but otherwise plenty of quality/ debth in very other position.


12.) 03 Oct 2023 11:56:09
Spenno

Dalot is a very good player and had an excellent game against arsenal and Saka at RB and can play there. Lindelof playing at RB is the issue, offensively he offers zero.


 

 

03 Sep 2023 21:29:05
Sancho could be next out the door with the statements tonight.
Mot sure what is happening with training but when a manager gives a player time away from the squad last year, appears to have tried to get the best out of him. to get to the point of dropping him for a big game you have to think it could be over.

Brad76

1.) 03 Sep 2023 21:34:42
If eth keeps alienating players, its him who might be the next out.


2.) 03 Sep 2023 21:34:48
Sancho can’t take the criticism instead wants to cry on social media

Gone are the days where players use it as motivation

Not like he’s been good enough for the last 3 managers anyway

Bout time the managers stopped sugar coating these babies, if they don’t like it, there’s the door.


3.) 03 Sep 2023 21:40:18
Why do it now the day after the windw has closed? He’s been less than useless at Utd. Sell him and move on. Maybe a Saudi club will come for him

Utd were pathetic tonight by the way. - as soon as the clock struck 90’ we all knew they’d cave in. We all knew it.

They’ll be those here who will sway the Garnacho “goal” should have stood but I thought they were truly pathetic tonight. Much like the club’s stature.


4.) 03 Sep 2023 21:44:22
Another modern day player who thinks he’s far better than he actually is

Been here over 2 years and done next to zippo

£375,000 a week doesn’t get you much these days

Ship him out along with Maguire McTominay Martial and Anthony

We just go from one disaster to another

Until the leeches are gone nothing will change I’m afraid to say

Roll on 2025 when they hope to sell for 10 billion

Are they that deluded and think anyone’s going to pay 10 billion.


5.) 03 Sep 2023 21:57:33
Apparently Rashford like the post.


6.) 03 Sep 2023 22:10:26
EtH's has wanted rid all summer, but if he was going to say this about one of his players, then why not a month ago.

McTominay and Sancho were always for sale, but window is closed now. As I said earlier you have to reintegrate them.

Separate note, why didn't Evans go down when being held. Does not pay to be honest in those situations, refs only care when they are forced to.


7.) 03 Sep 2023 22:12:21
An account appearing to be Garnachos brother said on 18th august.

“If you knew what i do, you would know why who starts and who doesn’t”.


8.) 03 Sep 2023 22:14:10
FZZZZ

not true. looked at rashford account. People just stirring things.


9.) 03 Sep 2023 22:24:13
UA remember when Jose wanted pogba martial etc gone and the club said no. and I’m the end the manager was the one to go

He should earn his 375k a week wage instead of moaning and be motivated he’s been a flop and an expensive one at that

We go down that route again and we’re back at the players having the power

Players come and go if he’s not doing what the manager asks he doesn’t deserve to play.


10.) 03 Sep 2023 22:28:36
UA what should he do then just allow him to not meet the standards he sets in training?

What’s wrong with managers coming out and saying it how it is about why players are left out?

If he’s not performing say it, he’s the manger if he doesn’t like it then leave.

We’ve had 7 or 8 seasons of players doing what they like and getting away with stealing a living

Sancho is another on the long list of average cry babies that don’t have the motivation to do what’s asked.


11.) 03 Sep 2023 22:30:48
All his social media acc’s?


12.) 03 Sep 2023 22:32:43
Utd weren't good but the goal was never offside, a ridiculous var decision that's only given against united plain and simple. given city's goal yesterday makes it even more bent as.


13.) 03 Sep 2023 22:35:56
Fzzz stop stirring up discord with your nonsense Twitter rumours.


14.) 03 Sep 2023 22:44:24
Sancho was the second to last major mistake of the Woodward era. After an underwhelming season in the Bundesliga we decided to cough up £80m and £375k a week making him the highest paid player at United, behind de Gea - who was far and away the highest paid goalie in the world - and subsequently behind Ronaldo who was the last major error. Sancho has never ever looked remotely like an £80m player. He's been given time off to sort his mental state out, but apparently it hasn't worked. He seems to be one of those players who peaked early, started to believe his own press, and then when the pressure was on, crumbled.

There's beginning to be a lot of competition for those forward spots and part of the reason is that Sancho cannot be relied upon to hold down a place, so we had to try and upgrade. In other words, Sancho is his own worst enemy. Hard to believe he's costing us a total of £35m a year. Boy, were we suckered.

We lost today, but ETH had the team set up just right. Considering our injuries we did quite well and with a bit of luck could have easily won the game. Can anyone say that Sancho would have added anything positive to the side? The underlying reason ETH doesn't play him is that he can't or won't hack it. He doesn't trust him and quite rightly so, he's done little to earn it. End of story. I can see him going the way of Lingard.


15.) 03 Sep 2023 22:53:11
I think it reflects very poorly on Sancho personally.

Let's be honest he struggled under both Ole and Ralf, he has been a shadow of the player he was at Dortmund.

EtH came in and realised Sancho needed help, he sent him the the Netherlands, probably calling in more than a few favours, to try and give Sancho the help and support he needed to be able to get back to his best.

If after that the manager doesn't feel that the player is working hard enough in training then the player deserves to be called out. The manager has clearly and publicly tried the supportive approach to get the best out of the player and clearly that support has fallen on deaf ears.

So after trying the carrot to no avail the only option left is the stick.

Sancho instead of listening to what is being said and thinking what can he do to change that situation. He is just kicking out. Trying to shift blame, and shirk responsibility for his actions and his performances.

It's clear now why City didn't fight to keep him, he might have a lot of talent, but he had the mental fortitude and resilience of wet paper towel. Without that he will never reach his undoubted potential. The kid just doesn't have the stones to put in the hard yards.


16.) 03 Sep 2023 23:40:47
Sancho has had multiple managers question his professionalism.


17.) 04 Sep 2023 00:28:17
Well that’s his United career over. If results and performances don’t pick up soon though I can see ETH following him out the door. The club backed him when this happened with Ronaldo, but if this keeps happening and we keep playing the way we have been, it’s difficult to see the owner putting up with him alienating multi-million dollar assets for too much longer.

Sancho should never have spoken out publicly, though it’s difficult not to agree with him when the likes of Anthony and Martial are chosen week in week out despite offering next to nothing on the pitch. Heck, given that ETH publicly called his professionalism into question, one could maybe argue that he has a right to respond, even if doing so was ill-advised.

We should never have let ETH push RR out the door. Having him in a DoF-like role would have helped the club move forward, but instead, if ETH does end up leaving, we’re right back to square one, having blown a few hundred million more up the wall. Sadly, however, our owners just don’t have a clue.


18.) 04 Sep 2023 00:28:55
Back the manager. This team has a serious weakness mentality. We need to back this guy to sort it out.

I'm sure if sancho takes the necessary steps he will reintegrate and everyone will move forward. Eth rules approach is the best way to deal with these jokers.

The hand he has been dealt with the failings of this summer window he has a free hit in my book again this season.

We need our back office to get some of these players out of the door and bring in the players he needs to play his style.

When a manager player dispute starts, the players need to know that the manager is the boss and they need to follow he way or step aside. Very simple.

All this rumour mill nonsense is usually leaked from the players side to exert pressure on the manager. I think the fans need to back the manager and let him rip out the guts of the old fragile rubbish from before and maybe then we can have a team that represents us on the pitch.


19.) 04 Sep 2023 01:03:05
I thought with 7 or 8 ETH players in, the culture might change, but it looks like until he fills every position with his own men, we're still going to have that flakey mindset.


20.) 04 Sep 2023 03:17:58
Exactly Nou. And everyone saying anthony is failing, he was very good today. Yes he needs to develop a better end product, I'm sure he is working on it and hopefully with hojland actually moving upfront we might see some improvement. His work rate was excellent today. He was very good protecting his FB against an excellent winger and was at times our only only outball and often double teamed by arsenal.

Sancho might have a bit of end product, but he is very hot and cold on work rate and passion. EtH made the right choice picking Anthony ahead of sancho away at arsenal, and if that led sancho to sulk this week then I am 100% behind ten hag. And if sancho wants to swan off to saudi and we get a bag of money for him I don't think many utd fans would be too upset.


21.) 04 Sep 2023 04:40:41
@East Stand Nick - I thought Garnacho’s goal should if stood, and it was another case of an unreasonable VAR decision, but to imply like these only go against United - when your club has had more luck than any other (with perceptions the exception of City) regarding VAR decisions - is living in dreamland.


22.) 04 Sep 2023 04:53:38
Not sure I agree with that, Dodgy.

I got the whole situation with Ronaldo. Ten Haag wanted to make a point that he was in charge and kept Ronaldo at the club so that he could assert his dominance and show the world (and more importantly, the players) that nobody - not even one of the greatest players in the world - was bigger than the manager. However, this situation with Sancho is different and so very avoidable.

I’m sure some will argue that he is just telling the truth, but for me, that’s a load of nonsense. Players like Martial and Antony offer so much less than Sancho does, so why single Sancho out for criticism? Why drop him from the match day squad while continuing to play the others? Even if he did think that Sancho was training badly, why announce it so publicly? What does anybody gain from that?

As for Ten Haag needing to replace the entire first team, a good manager is able to get a tune out of the players they have at their disposal. If he can’t change the mindset of a handful of players after more than a full a season in charge, perhaps he has no business managing a club like Manchester United.

Perhaps if we were playing good football things would be different, but despite hundreds of millions being spent on players over the past 12 months, we’re still struggling to create chances, unable to dominate games, and relying on moments of individual brilliance rather than playing as a cohesive unit. These are the things that Ten Haag should be focusing on, not trying to publicly humiliate and belittle a £70m+ asset.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the likes of Rashford and Shaw do side with Sancho on this issue, creating divisions in the squad and making it even more difficult to turn things around. The board may have backed Ten Haag during the Ronaldo incident, but if more players start to turn on him I don’t think they’ll hesitate to get rid of him, especially with performances being the way that they are. Our away from is atrocious and our performances at home aren’t that much better, even if the results paint a nicer picture.


23.) 04 Sep 2023 05:27:05
What sort of manager even says his player not trained properly …… you all moaned when Jose tried that tactic, but now it’s `ten the love child it’s the player at fault! You all want it both ways.

That’s in house stuff and should be treated as suvch, but Ten been trying to deflect anything his fault for a while now, keeps saying the players did not do what we ask them…. Bruno even hit back yesterday if you listen to his interview saying “we done everything the manager/ coaches ask today”

The ripples are circling that’s for sure, waves next, then wave goodbye to Ten, which will happen if takeover happens anyway!


24.) 04 Sep 2023 05:58:47
Maybe your dream of ole coming back will come true Trafford, he qualifies as being nice and friendly, nothing else needed on his cv.


25.) 04 Sep 2023 06:32:50
I seem to remember Pep publicly saying his players lacked guts earlier this year, then they went on to win the treble.

The common tread in the lack of performances isn't the manager, its the players. They need to look at themselves and honestly decide do they want to win, or are they happy to just pick up the money each week.

For the last few years our big issue has been the lack of goals, but our defence was solid so it gave us half a chance in games, now our defence seems brittle we are struggling again.


26.) 04 Sep 2023 06:34:15
What have I missed? Apparently some are saying ETH is out of order? He was asked a question and answered it honestly! Sancho another player stealing a living and ETH is not the first manager to question his application! Why on earth he thinks he should respond on social media god knows but it doesn’t end well and I’ll be delighted if we can get another over paid, over hyped player out the door over next twelve months!


27.) 04 Sep 2023 07:24:08
ETH is going nowhere, even with a takeover he’s the right man for the job. Anyone who’s watched Sancho play can see his attitude and application is awful.


28.) 04 Sep 2023 08:12:11
Same goes for EtH, GTS. He hasn't coached this lot one bit and his tactics are awful. Its been a year and how long before we can say that EtH isn't as good as he has been made out. Honestly i haven't seen much difference in the style of play. Its still the same sideways lethargic.


29.) 04 Sep 2023 08:34:14
Sancho has added nothing to this club and it shows on the pitch. You can tell the young weak minded in here from a mile off because they are the same and sticking up for him. He’s a name player, a youtube player, highlights reel. Eventhough you would struggle to see them from his time at Utd.

I can see why people backed Ronaldo, because he's done something in the game to warrant a big say, but to back a waster like Sancho that couldn't lace Ronaldos boots is a joke. He’s picking up 350k a week to do nothing.

How many of these time wasting money sapping players are we going to buy before we start doing proper back ground checks again. Sancho has previous, Pep hinted he was mentally weak. And Dortmund had a problem with his effort.
We been scammed again 80m toilet that doesn’t flush.


30.) 04 Sep 2023 09:22:51
Trafford Jose was right though, and no one listened.

And in the end Jose was the one to leave while some of these players that have thrown previous managers under the bus are still here

How many managers have had these players and all had the same issue?

When do we learn that the issue isn’t the managers and it’s a set group of players that are still in the club who have played under ralf, under ole even under Jose

The rebuild isn’t complete the foundations are there but there is still major work to be done

4 games in and people are panicking already again
Ten hag is the manager and if players done like what he’s asking find another club.


31.) 04 Sep 2023 09:32:11
Jose wanted rid of Martial 6 years ago and we are still stuck (literally a player that doesn’t move) with him stinking the place out. Let’s not look at Jose like he was this big issue and was a terrible manager, he won us a Europa League and
League Cup yet people still question him and say stuff about him whilst defending the dross he had to put up with. Pogba and Martial, and if Sancho was here when he was he would have also fallen into that category of lazy prima donnas.


32.) 04 Sep 2023 14:48:40
East Stand Nick when I watched the match I thought Garnacho was level, certainly it looked very close - never saw the lines etc which was odd, but no harm bud every team loses goals to that, not just Utd - and on the back of Onana and Rashford in the last couple of games you've actually done alright out of the VAR calls so far

However, that is my major gripe with the offside aspect of VAR. I mean, VAR is supposed to get involved with the 'clear and obvious' - if you're busting out lines to see if someone's big toe is 3mm offside then it's hardly clear or obvious is it? I mean come on, the like of that Garnacho one looked close on TV, so pause it, look at the still and if he's off, he's off, it should be, well bloody obvious shouldn't it? If it's tough to tell then the decision just goes with the linesman - honestly not that difficult and sorted in about 10-30 seconds, not the 3-5 mins it usually takes!

As for Sancho, no harm but yous vastly overpaid for him and gave him a ridiculously huge contract. He has done nothing really since he has arrived and it really looks like ETH tried to work with him, sending him to Holland etc - for Sancho to come out publicly like that though is wild. ETH didn't even say anything really bad against him. I swear, players these days just sulk and cry to social media - what happened to just taking the manager's comments on the chin and knuckling down and working harder in training?


33.) 04 Sep 2023 19:27:10
No need to tell me that, I agreed with Jose 100% even with his Shaw remark and still do, but most on here we’re barracking Jose at the time, I still say Jose best manager we had in last 10 years he won more the Ten with a much worse team, you all slated him because he lived in an hotel, how sad is that, in fact I would say it’s much better to live in a suite in an hotel then going home to a empty house! But no you lot would not have it! And for the record I would not want ole nowhere near being a club manager of under 5s, but whatever spin you try to -it on it, Ten as shown naivety big time, he just devalued the clubs asset in one sentence, that’s stupidity. Just say stock answer slight injury, then deal with it internally or get rid, go to board say I go or Sancho goes, but maybe he scared of the answer!


 

 

24 Aug 2023 22:21:50
Shaw now out for the next few weeks at least. Seems to be a lot of injuries across the PL so early in the season
Interesting to see if EtH goes with Dalot or Fernandes as replacement. or tries back 3.

Brad76

1.) 24 Aug 2023 23:06:39
We do have decent defensive cover imo.

Dalot and Alvaro can play Lb. Even martinez can if there is no one available.
We already have lindelof, maguire and evans for backup CB role.

But I fully expect Dalot to start at Lb.


2.) 24 Aug 2023 23:43:55
I know a lot of people think the team looks unfit. To me no one looks like they are carrying extra weight and if anything most of the players look slimmer. I think we are leggy and may be overtraining and these injuries are maybe the result of pretty short off season and hectic pre season schedule.


3.) 24 Aug 2023 23:49:20
I think thisbis how we will emd up playing under Ten Hag. The issue is we don't have a player to play alongside Cas at the botton of the box. Martinez could do so and is our best option but we don't have good enough defneders across the back without him esoecially on the keft of Varane.

Varane also needs to play himself into condition to play one on one with a nine.

The system ideally suits Mount and Fernandes though.

I think we emd uo playing it because its in Ten Hags education in footbalking terms and offers thesolutio Ten Hag has alread tried in Shaw as inverted which Shaw has already proven he can't play.

It also negates our RB issue. We do need a stronger Right sided CB ideally as well.


4.) 25 Aug 2023 08:52:51
Ahmed, I think the players aren't in the right physical condition. Why? I'm not sure. But they seem to be lacking stamina and slow to react.

I read somewhere that only 4 players played an entire 90 minutes across all our pre-season games. If true then I would suggest that is why our players are running out of steam in the second half of games.

Why EtH has taken this approach to pre-season I can't say for certain.


 

 

 

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30 May 2024 19:35:51
It is all here say but the wording is that Brailsford is playing devil's advocate to ensure that they look at all aspects before the decision is made and not just be blinded by a trophy.
Again all here say and regardless of opinion I would definitely be listening to the experienced Blanc so long as it also ties to the whole leadership group.

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30 May 2024 09:37:38
The right wing is definitely an area that needs looking at and Olise for me would be ideal. He has been superb for Palace especially since the new manager came in and shows he can work in a team designed to play better football.
I would bring him in and have Amad as back up with Garnacho also able to play there.

We need to move on Sancho, Antony and Pellestri as we have seen enough to know that they are not working and could generate some money (offset by remainder of there contract) .

We do not need to look at a goalkeeper this year with other needs, we need to see what Onana can do with a settled back 4 who can play out from the back. We can then decide next summer whether he is for the long term or not.

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{Ed002's Note - Michael Olise (RW/AM) PSG and Manchester City want him as cover although the departure of Mahrez last summer will mean more opportunities now, but the RW position is effectively Foden's. If de Bruyne or Silva were to depart, he becomes an option again. Crystal Palace has no real interest in selling but know that Chelsea want to take Olise back to Stamford Bridge and Olise has made clear that one day he wants to be playing with his brother. Down the list of AM players Chelsea want but they will again perhaps push for him as he is achievable. His representative has said no other clubs have made any formal approach for Olise although Arsenal and Manchester United have also regularly sent scouts and he may end up first choice for Manchester United. Liverpool can be discounted. Will be available in the summer when a significant release clause will need to be met.}


 

 

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28 May 2024 09:42:56
Hard to really know what is going on and the decision the club will make. I do think that the new ownership are right to review both keeping EtH and getting rid and bringing new manager in.

I do not think that a decision should be made based on one game, should they have already been wanting to give him another season then they would have been given confidence based on what they saw. Should they be wanting to get rid they can question whether he is a cup manager that does not work in the league. Depending on the angle there is a line to take.

For many clubs at the minute it looks like the press are just guessing. One minute Chelsea were in on McKenna, then DeZerbi and now Maresca looks nailed on. We had about 10 managers being discussed, a couple were definitely happening, McKenna looks like he is staying at Ipswich for another year, Ten Hag was definitely gone and now we don't know

The silence after the game does not look good, even though the club say they are finalising the review. I thought if he was staying there would have been an imediate statement after the win. Maybe they want to make it look not like a knee jerk reaction.

Interesting Ed002 has DeZerbi, there was talk that his buy out was negotiated down when he left as a club were ready to pay it but were waiting. That sounds like a club with a game still to play at the time.

We will find out soon.

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22 May 2024 11:29:27
It seems part of the fall out at Chelsea was his desire to have input into the players purchased and Chelsea wanting a coach who is given the players as on the continent. Looking at whether he could come in for us, would the same not be the case with the hierarchy looking at a similar model.

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{Ed002's Note - It was a small part of the issue but Manchester United will consider him - as will Bayern Munich - but they are struggling to find a Plan B solution.}


 

 

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17 May 2024 20:58:40
If we are interested in Olise and Palace would like him back then a deal should be able to be done to suit all parties.
They play 3 at the back so I wonder whether he fits but a good deal if it works.

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27 May 2024 10:06:41
Lots of movement and unfortunately the euros will mean the window will go quickly then slow down and go again after.
The majority of players we want to move on are not going so should help on that front.
Rashford is one that I think will stay if EtH remains but may go if the plan is to move more towards the possession based city model. Quite a few of the utd podcasters (sorry I know quite often just speaking for hits) have hinted that local rumours are he is off.
Excited to see how we go and for the new hierarchy they will be looking forward to actually being able to make some on the pitch changes.

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21 May 2024 15:02:35
Absolutely the right call on Rashford and gives him the summer to regroup, clear any rumoured injuries and work out what sort of player he wants to come back as.
Also means should we be looking to move him on that discussions can be had during the Euros.

Southgate showing some bite with a number of players and giving some youngsters a chance as well as from so called lesser clubs.

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18 May 2024 20:31:46
Bayern makes sense with the manager search there. I think it was mentioned before that he was a popular choice to replace Pep at City in a few years time, with Berrada coming in you could see the links. Then again it's what people are doing with Southgate and Ashworth.

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15 May 2024 09:48:38
I think if we are looking to bring in 2 CB's he would be an excellent option at a reasonable price. We are going to have to be innovative with the window so this fits for me and allows us to look at another CB.

If we went into next season with Martinez, Todibo (or similar), Tosin, Kambawala, Lindelof then we should be good for next year with Lindelof replaced the following year.

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14 May 2024 14:03:01
The biggest indictment for that money is that I don't think we will see much of a hit to the first team should they all go. Yes Verane and Casimero when fit and well would be in but the rest will have little or no impact.
Side note, I am a fan of Evans especially as a leader/ mentor and would not object if he wanted to work on his coaching badges with us.

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