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01 Sep 2020 13:08:22
Rumours of Galatasary interested in Fred, not sure if true but i can see why he would be intersting in a move with Van De Beek coming in and constant rumours of Grealish. I like Fred and think he works well in a hard working role and we saw his best prior to lockdown, however I am not sure that Olly is sold on him so i can see this being a possible exit.
If this does happen I think it is one that could bring in a decent fee that could be used to bring in a replacement (maybe Grealish) that Olly does like and bridges the gap when Pogba/ Fernandes come off.

Brad76

1.) 01 Sep 2020 13:34:09
I think we can scratch Grealish off the list now. He is overrated.


2.) 01 Sep 2020 13:42:51
I think the offered 2m for a years loan. we won't get a decent fee for fred particularly in the current climate. If we got back a quartet if what we paid we would be doing well.


3.) 01 Sep 2020 13:53:05
I'd rather sell Perrieira, Mata and Lingard before fred.


4.) 01 Sep 2020 16:19:25
Agree with Mad Hatter here, I would rather see Pereira, Lingard and Mata out than Fred.


5.) 01 Sep 2020 17:14:47
I'd be surprised to see Grealish arrive too now although he adds something different to what we have, even with VdB. I do feel Fred is a useful if unspectacular player but one we'd hope to recoup a decent fee for.


6.) 01 Sep 2020 18:38:18
Fred was decent last year, he gives his all every game and covers every blades of grass. He is one of the last players I would want to see leave.


7.) 01 Sep 2020 20:04:49
I hope Fred doesn't end up turning into the next Ander Herrera. Losing another good squad player and keeping the likes of Perreira, Lingard etc.


8.) 01 Sep 2020 21:20:15
Kurtis I agree. I'd keep Fred and loan mcsauce. I like them both but mcsauce given a year on loan at a Newcastle or somewhere alike would come back a much better player. I don't see Fred going to Turkey improving him alot, he'd contribute more here. I'd like him to get more games time than Matic. I'm not saying anything bad about matic, but his legs have clearly gone, we don't want to get to November and him be burnt out with no decent cover.


9.) 02 Sep 2020 00:04:18
Fred is not a player we need to keep. He can't pass, shoot, tackle, control the ball or dribble. Not really sure what he brings to the side that McTominay doesn’t?

Likeable character for sure yes - Utd quality no.


10.) 02 Sep 2020 04:16:06
If we are letting Fred go and basically replacing him with Donny van de Beek we are looking to move forward. Fred and McTom are both squad players. We can have either one of them, and I expect James Garner to step up in a season or 2.


11.) 02 Sep 2020 09:36:45
Fred is better player than McTominay.

Loan out Mctominay over Fred all day long.


 

 

17 Jul 2017 11:03:42
So current rumour is that we will move for Kroos as part of the discussions withRM about DDG.
So, if available should we get him, does he offer the best style to complement Pogba/ harera or do we truly need a Matic HM.

Brad76

1.) 17 Jul 2017 12:11:09
Kroos better player but Matic will suit our system better, plus Moo Moo knows him and will do what he's told. Prem proven.


2.) 17 Jul 2017 12:53:25
Toni Kroos won't come mate. Best chance we had was a few years ago before he moved to Mardid.


3.) 17 Jul 2017 13:23:41
gmartin,

That isn't what we have heard previously from Ed002.


4.) 17 Jul 2017 13:56:56
GDS2 - Sorry, what have I missed and where is it?


5.) 17 Jul 2017 14:13:18
If there was an acceptance ddg was leaving it would be a big call not to take kroos if it shown to be possible, played for some good sides but made them better a serial trophy winner, you'd need a pretty special side not to fit him in, not realy a destroyer though but offers massive control of a game against good sides to imo.


6.) 17 Jul 2017 18:01:24
I'd take Kroos all day long and there's no reason at all a midfield 3 of Kroos, Herrera and Pogba wouldn't work. I get what people are saying about what Matic would bring but there's no need for that if the opposition can't get the ball off us.


7.) 17 Jul 2017 19:28:39
Kroos is one of the best centre mids in the world and played really well under Mourinho. If there is any chance of getting him in the DDG transfer we should go all out for him. Kroos, Herrera and Pogba as a 3 would be scary.


8.) 17 Jul 2017 19:29:38
I said this at the beginning of the summer and got bashed by a few saying he can't play in a 3 man midfield.
For me he's the best in the business, I've watched him pick teams apart for Madrid. If it meant getting Matic too I'd do it. If a truley world class player becomes available to us we should get him in.g


9.) 17 Jul 2017 22:07:26
Kroos was playing in a 3 man midfield all last season with Modric and Casemiro and was brilliant.


10.) 17 Jul 2017 22:36:41
I'd buy both Kroos and Matic then sell Fellaini.

That would be a massive upgrade to the squad.


 

 

25 May 2017 19:09:59
Rumours that the three options for CB Lindelof, Keane or Van Djilk. Who do you guys feel would better suite.
For me it would be Van Djilk as I think he is a leader and would be great alongside Bailly. I Like Keane but worry it would be too soon, not seen any of Lindelof to judge.

Brad76

1.) 25 May 2017 19:50:32
haven't seen lidlof either except on youtube since we have been linked with him. Vdijk looks good, fast, big and strong and seems to get his head on everything both ends of the pitch -out of those 3 he would be first choice. silly money of course.


2.) 25 May 2017 19:53:17
VVD is not worth the price, keane is not good enough to start for us, lindelof isn't much better but he has a high ceiling, would love a double swoop for semedo and lindelof.


3.) 25 May 2017 20:51:52
VVD out of the 3. He's one of the top 3 centre backs in the PL.

{Ed004's Note - It would be between Lindelof and Van Dijk for me. I'm edging towards Van Dijk because of his power in the air, physical attributes and being premiership proven. I think he could form a perfect partnership with Bailly. It would be nice to be a threat from set pieces again}


4.) 25 May 2017 21:58:58
None of the above.


5.) 25 May 2017 22:09:05
I think comes down to value for money. Keane should stay at Burnley for at another 18 months. He certainly has potential. Perhaps cut a deal with Burnley to buy him and then loan him back.
Lindelof is an unknown, just Like Bailly. I've see Youtube clips etc.
VVD looks very good and would compliment Bailly. He is as ED004 says prem proven. Keane isn't quite there yet. However if he plays well in the next two England games then his price will rise.


6.) 25 May 2017 22:02:38
Couldnt agree more ED004, over recent years we seem to have lost the threat of our CBs coming forward for corners ala Vidic, pally, bruce, rio, stam etc etc, fair play to smalling last night for his assist but we used to be a real threat in days gone by with our cbs.

{Ed004's Note - Maybe that's why by reports we seem to be looking at Dier ahead of Fabinho and the links with Van Dijk and Keane. Two of them along with Pogba and Bailly would give us good height}


7.) 25 May 2017 23:54:44
I would love Van Dijk but we may have competition for him, same goes for Fabinho. I don't see Tottenham selling any of their key players this summer, just my opinion.


8.) 26 May 2017 03:08:12
i would like to bring in alderweireld from spurs.


9.) 26 May 2017 05:37:25
Leahy12,

When Spurs signed for £7million I thought why the hell didn't we try and buy him. He'd cost £50 million now. Bargain buy for Spurs. Top class CB.


10.) 26 May 2017 09:36:58
Thing is with Spurs, they brought in players like Alder, Alli, Wanyama for little money - but they play them every week. We sign players for 3X-5X that and keep them on the bench or play them sporadically.

We'd pay £25m for Keane and use him in rotation. We need nailed down 100% starters for the money we are going to undoubtedly spend, otherwise it's a Depay/ Martial/ Schneiderlin type waste.

Godin for me.


11.) 26 May 2017 09:44:27
If this is the CB's that we are looking to strengthen with then I am slightly disappointed. Personally, I would have liked to have seen a world class CB come in, someone like Bonucci. I know VVD is being touted as the next big thing, I don't know anything about the Swedish guy, Keane, I am not convinced is good enough either. I was hoping that if there is a deal for DDG to go to Madrid, that they would have had some clout to be able to try and sort out a deal for someone like Varane.


12.) 26 May 2017 09:46:03
Agree with Beast here, a consistent line up breeds success.


13.) 26 May 2017 11:17:23
If Jose is the master at one thing it's picking out defenders. Whoever we buy will fit in well. Perhaps Rojo has convinced him and Blind has looked very able there
too? We need one more to replace Smalling.

Keane or VVD for me please Jose. It's the full back positions where we need the serious investment and another midfielder to replace Carrick. I'll be well chuffed with Greizeman though!

If Keane re-joins, we just need to go back for Welbeck now to show just how clueless LVG was!


14.) 26 May 2017 12:40:49
I'll keep my answer simple enough.

Has to be Van Dijk, he's the best of the three.


15.) 26 May 2017 16:28:43
Agree Harry, before his injury he was the best CB in the prem. Would be a decent partner for Bailly for the next 7-8 years.


 

 

04 May 2017 13:32:01
Willian getting another link to us. It shows that we are likely to add an additional attacker as well as a striker. I for one would take him as he will fit straight into Jose system.

Brad76

1.) 04 May 2017 14:49:54
I think there is a chance of this being true.


2.) 04 May 2017 18:14:13
I would welcome him if it wasnt silly money. Like a lot of fast attacking players he is one of those who can get you off your seat but also frustrate you when he beats 2 players and over hits a cross time and again- but in the main he has improved a lot at Chelsea and on his day is class - then again so was Nani but I've seen us linked with lesser players recently.


3.) 04 May 2017 22:23:11
Always good for a goal, great on set pieces and a player trusts. He was phenomenal last season for Chelsea.

Far better than any right sided option we have. Willian right, Mkhitaryan in the middle and Martial left is very likely behind Rashford or a new striker.

I don't think we will see a Griezmann and Belotti double buy. That's fantasy. Rashford is hugely impressive though right now and is doing all of the right things. You could easily envisage Griezmann playing off of Rashford with Ibra to come back into the fold when fit.


4.) 05 May 2017 16:33:46
I agree fresh. Personally wouldn't touch belotti at the prices quoted.


 

 

10 Apr 2017 22:05:43
Looks like Pogba is good mates with Lukaku. could he be using that friendship to bring him in next year?

Brad76

1.) 11 Apr 2017 07:37:17
It might be the other way round ;)


 

 

 

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21 Nov 2021 23:12:29
Some rumours on Twitter (I know! ) that Pochettino is ready to quit PSG and has his heart set on the Utd job. Probably rubbish but it looks like neither or his family are set in Paris.
If true I would take him, I wanted him when he was available and we stuck with Ole before and nothing for me has changed.

Brad76

1.) 22 Nov 2021 02:53:51
Sorry mate, he's another yes man. eill do no better than ole.


2.) 22 Nov 2021 07:30:04
Actually I think Poch would be a good fit. The structure may or may not fit but Poch will do better than Ole because he is a far better manager.


3.) 22 Nov 2021 08:08:22
Ten Haag still the best fit, but he has to be allowed to bring all his coaches with him. The style is modern, high press, and he has done very well in Europe.
Lastly and most importantly, he develops youth and improves players. Solskjaer didn't do any of the above.


4.) 22 Nov 2021 08:55:13
AAA - I agree with you on a lot of points but as some one who lived in Netherlands for years and followed Ajax-UTD fans don't seem to realise (not directed at you AAA) that the first team is the peak of the pyramid at Ajax, meaning that the foundation has to be there for the peak to even exist.

So kids go to Ajax at very early age and are told they need to be able to control the ball from any angle, pass and move and be able to receive the ball and move it on in any position and be able to play in multiple positions and this will be required of them for the next 25 years or as long as they play football. No coach can get a job at Ajax at any level if he isn't schooled in this philosophy.

In theory the 4th choice 16 year old full back should be able to slot into the first team for a cup final if the 5 million quid first choice full back is injured

Van Gaal was an advocate of it but tweaked it and took it into schools where he taught P. E.

Ten Hag / Overmars/ VDS would be a dream but without the kids in UTDs academy getting the same coaching as Shaw, Sancho and AWB you won't get long term success. When Ten Hag eventually leaves Ajax will still have a great chance of continued success as the next coach coming in will be doing the same as Ten Hag even though the playing personnel will change.


As a sidenote I remember going to a small ground in Holland to watch a cup game,4-5 coaches came out of the clubhouse each carrying a white plastic patio chair to sit on as there was no dugout- Dutch legend Johan Neeskens was manager and he too carried his own chair!


5.) 22 Nov 2021 09:53:29
Bfbw, I agree that the idealogy at Ajax is top class and something we should be looking to imitate to a degree if we want to be able to truly embrace our youth culture and create clear pathways for our academy players into the first team.

There are subtle differences though, at Ajax for example it's a needs must. Financially they cannot afford to just go out and buy 25 first team players for their squad. Their entire football model is built around being able to create top class players who while at the club enable them to compete at the highest level, but players who can be sold to bring in funds, hopefully with a youth player ready to step up as a replacement.

An ideal summer might be were Ajax sell 4 players, sign 1 or 2 and have a couple of academy lads step up into the first team.

We on the other hand don't have to sell academy players in order to raise funds to purchase other players. We can also afford to have too class players sitting on the bench.

With regards to Erik Ten Hag he is very good at developing players, yet not having a forth choice 16 year old full back able to step in if the first choice is injured won't be such an issue at a club that can afford to have 4 top class full backs on the books.

So our youth set up shouldn't hold EtH back in anyway. Hopefully he might be able to help it and create a better pathway for our young players.

What might hold him back is the lack of footballing knowledge and understanding in key positions above him at the club. At Ajax he can discuss footballing requirements with people like VdS or Overmars and they understand what he is asking for and why. They see how it fits into the club and value the need for it.

Would he get the same understanding and thus support from Woodward/ Arnold or Murtagh?

Ajax don't make vanity signings to boost the brand then expect the manager to fit those players into his team.

At Ajax when the manager says he needs a defender the club don't buy him a midfielder.

These are the issues that could hold EtH back at United. That said though they will hold back any manager.

For me the most important thing is to get a manager who will get what the club is about. I want to see a Manchester United side I connect with, that represents what the club should be about. A competitive side that play offensive, risk taking football, that develops players and promotes young players.

I don't want to see a United side that win by playing like Chelsea, or Atletico Madrid. I want to see a United side win by playing how a United side should. Otherwise all I'm really supporting is glory and winning.

That's why for me it is more important how the manager plays and that they give youth a chance and develop players. Ultimately if they do that correctly and with the resources available at our club then they will be winning and challenging for titles anyway.


6.) 22 Nov 2021 10:05:07
Who would be your choice, Shappy? You wanted ten Haag a few weeks ago. I understand what you are saying about the challenges that exist at United for a coach like him but then they exist for every coach in the world. If i were to ask for your top 5 preferences to be the next United manager, who would they be and why?

Mine would be -

1. Poch
2. Rodgers (both PL experienced and play good football)
3. Ten Haag
4. Zidane
5. Graham Potter

I won't be able to articulate the reasons for them all as nicely as you would so leaving them aside :P.

{Ed004's Note -
1. Ten Haag
2. Poch

Interim Options
3. Zidane
4. Rangnick
5. Blanc

If we can't get our first choice now then don't rush the appointment and reasses the situation next summer}


7.) 22 Nov 2021 10:06:26
Some good points Shappy. But the one thing you cannot underestimate about the Ajax system is that as you say they sell players on and will buy players in but technical ability and positioning is key.

Therefore the theory is that if they have 6 academy players on the pitch that's 6 players who will be able to tell the centre half or full back or whoever what they should be doing and where they should be when needed.

The closest we will likely get to this -and its also unlikely is someone like Rangnick coming in to oversee a playing style, recruitment, coaching overall etc etc. but with Murtagh in place it won't happen.


8.) 22 Nov 2021 10:33:02
This is now reported on the BBC, open to leaving PSG immediately.


9.) 22 Nov 2021 13:31:10
United Addict,

My first choice would be Hansi Flick, plays great football, develops players, gives academy player a chance, managed at the highest level and has won at the highest level. However, he will almost certainly not be available having just taken over his national side.

EtH is my second choice, depending on your point of view regarding Ajax's status in European football the only thing EtH may lack is experience at the highest level.

Graham Potter is my third choice, ticks the same boxes as EtH such as good football, great coach, develops and improves players. He's just less experienced at the highest level. Which is why he's below EtH in my pecking order.

Pochettino is my forth choice, again ticks all the boxes in terms of style of play, development of players etc. However, he has failed to win things when given a chance. If he's learned from that and grown then great, but until he proves that by getting a side across the line there will still be questions over his ability to create a winning mentality. That is why for me he is below Potter, as he has shown a potential flaw.

Fifth choice is Rodgers, seems a good coach, but for me clearly not as good as the four names I mention above. Which is why he's 5th choice.


 

 

20 Nov 2021 18:29:47
Emergency board meeting has been called to discuss Ole and potential compensation. Looks like it could be happening tonight.

Brad76

{Ed014's Note - just told that to AJH on another post, set for I think 7pm our time.


 

 

10 Nov 2021 15:00:15
Following a family debate last night we came to the conclusion that Ole (on the expectation that he will be remaining) needs to go full Kevin Keegan and just attack.
The defensive structure of McFred and the back 5 does not seem to be working so he should accept that the coaches are not improving this aspect and accept that we will concede goals, just make sure that we score more than the opposition. Ensure we give Sancho and Donny enough games to grow and let's just get at them.
None of us believe Ole has it in him and appears a pragmatist. but we can live in hope.

Brad76

1.) 10 Nov 2021 16:21:09
Brad

What will the players make of being told ultra defensive last week and ultra attacking next? They don’t appear to have any faith in what he is telling them and going gung ho will likely lead to a more embarrassing situation than last week.

If some players had any shred of belief then telling them to do the exact opposite will tear it away.


2.) 10 Nov 2021 17:23:34
Redman, I see your logic but I think the players already think this with the switch to 5 at the back having played 4231 for so long. Not sure they have much belief in him anymore.


3.) 10 Nov 2021 18:36:18
"I Will Love It" if you adopt the Keegan approach Brad :)


4.) 11 Nov 2021 19:39:22
The way Shaw, Maguire and Wan Bissaka are playing, we'll get slaughtered week in week out.


 

 

29 Oct 2021 10:53:36
Whats everyones thoughts on Rodgers as next manager. Aside from the Liverpool history this feels like it would be a consistent appointment that does not deviate from the current path rather than ripping it up.
Concerns over recent fall away of Leicester at key points, however did win FA Cup. Tactically I think he is good and works well with players.
A name that seems to be getting some traction. possibly just because he is not Conte (who i don't have a problem with)

Brad76

1.) 29 Oct 2021 11:18:37
I wouldn't mind Rodgers but just feel it would be another long term project, where Conte I think would make a bigger impact sooner.

Lets face it, any half decent manager would/ should be able to organise this squad of players to at least getting them to equal the sum of their parts.


2.) 29 Oct 2021 11:29:02
Seems like a good match, should Utd opt to change at the end of the season. Quite an understated individual, and you can't imagine him 'losing the dressing room', a phrase that has grown to prominence in recent years. For what it's worth I think any manager is capable of that - even the more mild managers like Poch and Ole. Once the system isn't 'getting through', the dressing room is lost.
I do worry that fans looking at the likes of Rogers / Ten Hag are also envious of the scouting / youth systems of those clubs. Tielemanns, Daka, Fofana are the result of a brilliant back-room staff, not Rogers, and while Ten Hag is the 'face' of Ajax there is a hell of lot going on from the bottom up.


3.) 29 Oct 2021 11:47:50
Rodgers team plays good football and with the quality at our disposal should be a good fit.


4.) 29 Oct 2021 11:50:51
Lols Rodgers understated?

We'd finally have someone in the dressing room who loves himself even more than Ronaldo.

Bottled league title with Liverpool, bottled champions league qualification twice with Leicester from great positions .

His record in European football is really poor, and we'd get laughed at for having a liverpool reject as manager every time we lost .

No thanks, i could never watch another press conference or post match interview again with the David Brent of football management in charge.


5.) 29 Oct 2021 12:01:50
Rodgers is a good manager and would be a massive improvement on Ole.

I think he’s a better fit than Conte.


6.) 29 Oct 2021 12:23:25
Yes Bilko, that European powerhouse Leicester, Rodgers really bottles it with them lol. Has won any trophies with them?

As for Liverpool, I was amazed at how he managed to get that team that close to the title.

He's a good manager, improves players, tactically astute and plays a good brand of football. Would not be a bad shout at all.


7.) 29 Oct 2021 12:58:28
If he was made of chocolate, he'd eat himself, and some of the stuff he's come out with, is a bit Brent-esque. But he's a very good tactician, and he seems a good man-manager. No issues here. Well, apart from managing Liverpool, but I can live with that. Being a Northern Irishman is just a bonus.


8.) 29 Oct 2021 12:24:56
Bilko! That's the David Brent whose team beat Utd just a couple of weeks ago. The David Brent whose team won the FA cup last season. The David Brent whose Leicester is now challenging the top four on a fraction of the budget due to quality coaching and good organisation. The David Brent whose team plays entertaining football on the front foot.

I think Rodgers is a good fit. Most importantly for me is he has already managed a big club and understands the Premier League.

I think he would bring harmony to a disgruntled squad and a troubled club. I also think he could do good things with the current squad without the need for wholesale changes. Finally, he seems to like giving young players a chance which is really important for Utd right now given the current crop of quality youngsters on the periphery of the first team.


9.) 29 Oct 2021 12:50:27
A good manager, better than Ole. A tracksuit manager, working with his backroom staff on the training ground. Great scouting team. Respected in the game, plays nice football and we could do a lot worse. We currently have worse.


10.) 29 Oct 2021 13:15:50
Rodgers has got to be an improvement on Ole, but I'm going for Ted Lasso.


11.) 29 Oct 2021 13:17:12
No thanks. i don't think he could handle the job never mind handle the ego's like Ronaldo etc in that dressing room.


12.) 29 Oct 2021 12:24:56
Bilko! That's the David Brent whose team beat Utd just a couple of weeks ago. The David Brent whose team won the FA cup last season. The David Brent whose Leicester is now challenging the top four on a fraction of the budget due to quality coaching and good organisation. The David Brent whose team plays entertaining football on the front foot.

I think Rodgers is a good fit. Most importantly for me is he has already managed a big club and understands the Premier League.

I think he would bring harmony to a disgruntled squad and a troubled club. I also think he could do good things with the current squad without the need for wholesale changes. Finally, he seems to like giving young players a chance which is really important for Utd right now given the current crop of quality youngsters on the periphery of the first team.


13.) 29 Oct 2021 12:50:27
A good manager, better than Ole. A tracksuit manager, working with his backroom staff on the training ground. Great scouting team. Respected in the game, plays nice football and we could do a lot worse. We currently have worse.


14.) 29 Oct 2021 13:42:36
Angelred,

You mean that European powerhouse Leicester that Claudio Ranieri won a league with and did'nt manage to bottle it on the run in .

Fact is Leicester were almost home and dry twice for top four and bottled it under Rodgers .

He won trophies with Celtic but could'nt but at the time with it being a one team league, but his record with them in Europe was abysmal. Not to mention bailing out on them half way through a season when they were top of the league after declaring his undying love for them on numerous occasions

Yeah Leicester are a well run club with good recruitment and he's doing a pretty good job with them but if we're at the point in the debate where Brendan Rodgers is the best we can do to go up against Klopp, Guardiola and Tuchel then we're really in trouble

And saying he's better than Ole and we could do worse, is that really good enough?


15.) 29 Oct 2021 14:51:06
Rodgers was touted as a replacement if Guardiola leaves City. There must be some reason many think he would be ready for a top job now.


16.) 29 Oct 2021 15:45:37
Bilko, ah yes those perennial winners Leicester. How did they do post winning the league? Bottled it, haha. I'm sure you are one that also says Poch is a bottler too.

Rodgers is a very good coach, no getting away from it. It's okay if you don't see that. Personally I think he is a very good coach and more than good enough for us or any of the top teams.


17.) 29 Oct 2021 20:39:16
Rodgers is my choice.


 

 

26 Oct 2021 14:47:55
So it looks like Ole will get the Spurs game. If this is the case then at the very least I expect him to go down swinging and make some radical team changes.
Change formation possibly, change some of the players (VDB, Sancho, drop Ronaldoetc) . If we see the same set up with McFred etc expecting a different result then even the board will see that it is futile.
Whether he is successful or not I would at least respect him for doing it.

Brad76

1.) 26 Oct 2021 14:54:29
The players whoever he plays will not give their best. If its fringe players like donny and lingard they as such are not happy with him. The main players showed that last week. Its just more humiliation for Ole.


 

 

 

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14 Jan 2022 10:04:53
There is an option for both players to be a viable option to us depending on what we want to do this window. Zakaria I view as a low risk, low cost option with medium to high upside. As Ed002 says he would offer a Matic replacement and I feel would free up McTominy to be able to be more box to box which is more his strength than HM. Haidara would be part of the attacking 2 players if RR sticks withhis 4222 but would come at a greater cost so would need to be seen as more in line with what the future of the club would be.
For me, both of these would add to the team this year and allow the club to move on some of the players that are obvioulsy not part of our future. Matic/ Mata/ Donny.

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23 Nov 2021 10:29:49
If Bruce is the answer I am not sure what the question is. Great player, okay manager but his style is awful. To me it would make no sense and I would sooner just stick it out with Carrick and see what happens.
Either way no one that comes in now as an interim will be the coach going forward unless there is something that drastically happens results wise. I think the club have been burned and will want a clean slate. The only caveat is if one of the managers they want in the summer is now available, but this would not be on a temp contract.

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04 Nov 2021 14:16:33
Great summary Ed002. As much as it pains me to say at this point Pogba walking away for nothing is a better option than him staying because we offered him huge wages and there was no other option for him. Very good player with the right club, manager and players round him but unfortunately that is not our club now.
We need to move on and allow the future manager to.

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04 Nov 2021 14:18:22
Hit send too early!
Future manager whether that's Ole or not to move on without being saddled with the circus that has surrounded the past couple of years.
Let's thank him for his services and say good luck in Spain.

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04 Nov 2021 14:16:33
Great summary Ed002. As much as it pains me to say at this point Pogba walking away for nothing is a better option than him staying because we offered him huge wages and there was no other option for him. Very good player with the right club, manager and players round him but unfortunately that is not our club now.
We need to move on and allow the future manager to.

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19 Jan 2022 09:26:06
The whole club is having to balance everything whilst we do not know who the new manager will be, will they have a lot of power over transfers or will we move to more continental style of them being just coaches but in the style of the ones making the decisions. The job as I see it for RR is 3 fold if we believe that the club are comitting to him in a consultancy role past this year. Firstly get us to the end of the season and from a commercial point of view into the top 4, this is for CL next season and to help either get new players in or retain the ones we have (if that is what they want) . Secondly, utilise his knowledge of players outside of the UK to identify the right ones and at the right time. Young up and coming players approaching peak years. This again benefits the playing side of things as well as the commercial side as we will be purchasing a cheaper asset that will grow (as much as i hate to say it, ala Liverpool since Klopp has been in post) . Thirdly, identify the players that are not up to the riggers of playing the style of play that we will be doing over the next phase of the clubs development. Once he has done this the power brokers responsibilities is to secure the best deals possible for the club (difficult considering the wages players are on) or work to get loan deals for these players to increase their value playing whilst offsettig at least part of their wages.

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12 Jan 2022 10:24:05
Rice is superb as a DM especially when played as a 2 at the base. Seems to be positionally sound, has high technical ability and a good engine. He does remind me quite a bit of Carrick and possibly suffers with similar comments that people don't always appreciate what he does.
The big question for me in the current state of the team is, do we want to spend the money on him or do we need to use that money wider, if the later then we need to use the knowledge of RR to bring in cheaper players on the continent. Unfortunately we are not one £100m player away from winning the league so may need to let Rice go elsewhere.
We may be better all round using that money on a mix of Zakaria/ Kamara/ Bissouma/ Haidara etc.

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05 Jan 2022 18:32:54
EtH I think would be a good option so long as we look at how he plays and bring in the right ones to suit that from this point forward, does he align with what RR does and how he will want to build i am not sure. EtH wanting to coach and leave the behind the scenes bit to someone else could work well with RR and the hierachy at the club.
Pochettino was my favourite from a while back but I am yet to be convinced that he will suit the way that RR works. I may be wrong and hope I am as the club seem to be keen on him for the post.
I would not be surprised if RR is able to sort out the mess that the club is currently in if there is a slightly left field option, whether that is for next year or the year after. One that is truelly embedded in the way that RR builds and plays. Ever since Sir Alex left the club has drifted and looked for an identity. the so called Utd way and we have failed. We need a change of direction so let's look to the RR way and give him the time and support to do it.

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05 Jan 2022 14:10:08
Ken, for me I think that you have hit the nail. The history of RR appears that he starts as coach inbedding his values, clearing out players and starting to bring in his own ones. They then bring in a subsequent coach with the same ethos as RR to take it on.
This to me suggests that RR could be in place for next season if the right person is not out there whilst we see an evolution of the team both players and style.
Whilst no Champions League next year would be awful as a fan, from a clear out reset point of view I think it would speed up the evolution.

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28 Dec 2021 14:03:18
The interesting thing going forward will be how Ragnick views these first few games, whether he persists with certain players in a way that Olly did regardless of game day performance.
With the likes of Donny/ Bailly/ Martial still not getting a look in you have to assume they do not train well considering the clamour from the fans for at least 2 of them and the fact that a change in personal from Olly could have been good.
Does he switch to 4231 so that they are at least more comfortable with the system. With Cavani back and looking like our best striker does he drop Ronaldo. Rashford needs time on the training ground without the worry of match day, look a shadow of the player he was.
Hopefully he goes with Sancho who was a bright spark when he came on, give the young players a run as at least with energy they will do what is asked as the body language of the senior players is currently awful and has been all season.

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