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Where from: Northen Ireland, county Derry/Londonderry


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Best team moment: Going to the stadium of light to see united vs Sunderland and witness the debut of adnan.


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20 Oct 2019 10:23:31
More chat today in the media of a Saudi bid, could we see the 2020 sale ed alluded to years ago? My guess is that's it's more than likely rubbish reporting.

Caolan_2

1.) 20 Oct 2019 11:09:48
When someone has that much money, I don't think you'd be hearing of a bid from the rag news papers. It would just be done if the interest was proper, you wouldn't hear about it until the day it was completed.

{Ed004's Note - I say a deal thats happening for over 3 billion will take months of drawn out conversations to happen. Therell be a tonne of finer details to iron out}


2.) 20 Oct 2019 12:22:32
There appears to be interest from the Saudi royal family, whether that come to anything is anyone's guess.

I am no fan of the Glazer's, yet I do feel the phrase "better the devil you know" might have some baring on this.

The Debt the Glazer's have place don the club is clearly a bad thing, yet we still have one of the highest spends on both transfer fees and wages world wide, which suggests the real issues with our club is on how we are spending the money rather than whether we have it to spend. There will be times when the debt might impact our ability to bring in a player or two. Yet overall that impact appears to be quite limited.

Any takeover bid should be viewed with a level of suspicion by fans. Rather than jumping to the conclusion of "good riddance to the Glazers". We should be considering WHY? someone want's to buy our club and what is in it for them? No one spends 3-4bn for the benefit of others, and certainly not to make football fans happy.

That's not to say that we wouldn't benefit from any potential takeover. It's likely we would. Or we could end up in the hands of asset strippers. Naming rights to the stadium could be sold or the stadium itself.

Ultimately we can do very little if the Glazers decide to sell the club, and probably even less when it comes to who might buy it. They will have their own motives and that may or may not benefit us fans in either the short or long term.

What we should probably avoid though is falling into the belief that someone will come waltzing in buy our club and solve all our problems in one fell swoop.

Often takeovers can be a poisoned chalice.


3.) 20 Oct 2019 13:25:30
I agree wholeheartedly with you Ed but I think that this has been recycled in the press too many times at this stage. If the Saudi's interest in United is real, then I don't think it would take them this long to stick or twist.

{Ed004's Note - Last time they appeared interested that scandal broke out regarding the murdered journalist. Its plausible they would have delayed any discussions until their public image improved. I think since then, Joshua and Ruiz jr has been announced etc}


4.) 20 Oct 2019 15:04:13
Its a smoke screen along with all the transfer rubbish that has come out the past few days.
They are getting all the excuses and fan appeasement as possible in, before Liverpool wipe the floor with us at our home patch today.

Do people not seriously see that whenever there is a bad result or something like today coming up the PR is out in force to calm the fans and delude them into thinking better times are coming.

Like why would it be revealed that Utd are buying 5 players next summer? And how many times before have we heard that we are having a clear out in the summer and nothing ever gets done. Wake up people!


5.) 20 Oct 2019 13:58:29
And let's not forget the multi year WWE deal.


6.) 20 Oct 2019 15:22:29
Dan, or alternatively the press focus more on United stories around the big games?

Plus with how the fans have reacted previously to managers getting bad results can you blame the club for attempting to put as much good PR out there as possible in the build up to such a game?

Why have a public relations team if they aren't going to attempt to appease the fans and keep public image up?

That is there job and it would be the same regardless of who owned the club or who was managing the side.


7.) 20 Oct 2019 15:46:31
When its all lies Shappy its a different story. If it was true I would agree with you.


8.) 20 Oct 2019 16:19:21
But Dan, without in depth actual working knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes at Old Trafford you can't actually know if it's lies or not?


9.) 20 Oct 2019 21:12:50
No smoke without fire. I think they are planning on selling.


10.) 20 Oct 2019 22:42:31
My take is that after the Ashoggi affair they dialed back any potential moves. It's clear the Glaziers after the father's death want to start looking at an exit and it's equally clear the club/ business needs investment both in players and stadia. Commercial growth has slowed so there's not much left for the Glaziers but ball ache with fans and spending cash.

I guess they need to weigh up the benefits of hanging around until the next TV/ streaming rights windfall and how much that will cost in terms of investment Vs cashing out.

Not sure if anyone saw but MBS (Saudi Prince) did a very polished interview about the murder of Ashoggi which has got to be about improving global PR.

We then have one of the Glazers selling up the other week.

Joshua Ruiz will be the next step in 'rebranding' Saudi Arabia plus all the other recent concerts and events. The washing process has worked very well for UAE and Qatar.

So there's a few indicators already but it will be a long drawn out process and the numbers are going eye wateringly high circa £3.8-4.2B

Personally I think football is a merky world and many good and bad owners have been from questionable backgrounds from Ken Bates to Roman Abramovic, Shinawartra, Abu Dhabi.

As we have seen with the Glaziers we have no input or say in who owns the club so I'm not even going to bother worrying.

I actually think an owner who will invest and develop the stadia will be a good thing and I'm not particularly fussed where they are from and how they got their money and would hope going global with a club of our stature would ultimately benefit the people of RSA and improve human rights.

Multi Billionaire's tend not to get so rich painting rainbows and fluffing kittens' pillows.


11.) 21 Oct 2019 09:18:42
Comparing Ken Bates to Mohammed Bin Salman is a bit of a stretch to put it mildly.


12.) 21 Oct 2019 14:53:40
Nikko you are certainly correct in terms of levels but without dropping and liable bombs all I will say is i know of Ken Bates from the inside via my Dad and it could be said he is lucky (or smart) not to be wearing her majesty's special PJ's.

A quick perusal of his biography leaves in enough smoking guns for you to join the dots.

Imo not a nice fella.


13.) 23 Oct 2019 16:34:53
Utd is all ready in the process of being sold . Its been going on for months . The glazers will not have the club in 2020 either a Middle Eastern set up or a Chinese mega deal will be running it. Heard it from a city trader in July . I saw it as bs but now i'm begining to believe everything might come true😀😀.


 

 

31 May 2019 11:10:23
Currently out in Portugal folks, and from what I've heard from a few sporting fans is that they reckon Bruno Fernandes is coming to united. Obviously no strong source or anything, but thought I'd pass that on anyway.

There are also a few newspapers reporting it out here as well ( saw that online) .

Caolán.

Caolan_2

1.) 31 May 2019 11:50:32
Thanks for the info Caolan, looking at Ed002,s last update it did seem like he could be one of the likely signings this summer so fingers crossed.


2.) 31 May 2019 11:53:38
If United were to sign him, I believe he will play behind the striker as a no 10.
Or as the most advanced midfielder in a 4-3-3 system.
Perhaps a Pogba replacement?

The major challenge if we sign him will be his adaptation to English football.
He may probably need time to settle in as we saw in the case with Bernardo at City.


3.) 31 May 2019 13:28:35
Did bernardo need time to settle in to england? Or could he just not get in ahead of sterling, sane, kdb and david silva who were all playing amazingly well.

If bruno fernandes comes in as a pogba replacement he will have to hit the ground running as our team isn't good enough to afford him the luxury of time bernardo had at city.


4.) 31 May 2019 13:45:46
I believe Bruno played the most games for city last season, but has really become one of their most consistent players this year.


5.) 31 May 2019 13:47:12
Also Bernardo came from Monaco not the Portuguese league.


6.) 31 May 2019 18:53:59
Caolan where abouts in portugal are you? I've been living in lisbon for the past few months, and whilst i agree a lot of people say that. It seems to be there's nothing concrete yet. The majority of lisbon here are benfica and they seem to think atletico will get Joao felix.


7.) 01 Jun 2019 01:19:19
Would be a fantastic signing. Would take some of the creative burden off Pogba. Imagine both of them in free 8 roles in front of a Partey let's say. Now that's a Partey.


8.) 01 Jun 2019 06:38:19
RW we’ve been on a family break near albuferia and got chatting to a few folks staying near us. Unfortunately heading back this morning.


 

 

25 Apr 2019 14:45:39
Di Marzio said there's a possibility for a swap between icardi and lukaku. Doubt there's anything in this, but thought I'd share.

Caolan_2

1.) 25 Apr 2019 15:36:49
Icardi has the right qualities on the pitch. Yet is at least as big a problem off the pitch if not bigger than any of our "bad egg" players.

I wouldn't go near him. His attitude stinks and his wife makes the characters on "footballers wives" look like a tame imitation.

She is makes Mino Look like a thoroughly decent and up standing bloke. This is a women who cheated on her husband with Icardi who was her husband's best mate, then weedled her way into being his agent. We need to give them two a wide birth.


2.) 25 Apr 2019 16:35:02
I'd steer well clear. Wasn't there rumours of her cheating on Icardi with another teammate?


3.) 25 Apr 2019 16:42:43
agree shappy stay well clear.

if lukaku wants to go then sell like anyone else wanting to go but do not get more baggage.


4.) 25 Apr 2019 17:07:16
If Lukaku goes the only player i'd sign qould be Jovic or Piatek. They are the next two big strikers about.

Icardi has all the talent but he might turn out to be another Pogba.


5.) 25 Apr 2019 17:23:32
Singh, I agree that these 2 strikers would improve us but unfortunately 1 has only just signed for Milan and the other will be chased by at least 3 or 4 top European sides this summer. These are the type of players we should be scouting and snapping up before their prices inflate.
We’ll end up paying over the top for ‘big names’ again.


6.) 25 Apr 2019 18:27:18
Well said 2toms but i think the biggest problem we are going to have this year is selling thr players we don't want.


7.) 25 Apr 2019 19:26:51
Icardi banged his teammate's Mrs then married her. Utd material right there!

But can you imagine Woodworm and Wanda's negotiation, Icardi will get £1m per week and a stand named after him 😂😂.


8.) 25 Apr 2019 19:45:09
If people on the site think pogba is virus/ bad influence/ trouble i can not wait for icardi and his wife to be associated with the club.

Alternatively we could choose not to replace lukaku and promote greenwood as a back up to rashford and then put all our resources into getting a right winger.


9.) 26 Apr 2019 06:23:53
Ideally I would gor for Robert Lewandowski for 2-3 years.
One of the best strikers for the past few years. He would take pressure off the youngsters and they can all learn from him.


10.) 26 Apr 2019 07:42:12
DSG, i don't see the use of a winger of you are playing with Rashford as a striker. He isn't someone who thrives on crosses. Better of if we could get a right forward for a 433 system. Winger would be useful if we play with Lukaku.


11.) 26 Apr 2019 10:22:35
We have three good strikers in the club even without Rom. Martial, Rash and Sanchez can all play there very effectively. I’d sell him and use the funds to buy Sancho or an equivalent for the right hand side.


12.) 26 Apr 2019 14:38:51
Was thinking about who we should be going for last night after reading about Lukaku wanting to leave and it occurred to me that in the PL era, our best signings have mainly been domestic signings. More often than not, the big name signings from Europe have failed us.

I’d be looking no further than Jamie Vardy. He has a proven track record banging in goals in the premier league, wouldn’t cost too much and wouldn’t stand in the way of rash and Marshall due to his age. I also can’t see him demanding anywhere near as much as a player coming in from Europe might.

For me, a summer of Wan-Bissaka, Alderveireld, Vardy, Kante and Neves would be exceptional business. I think we might still need an additional CB and CM though depending on departures and the distinct lack of decent wingers in the EPL means we’d have to look elsewhere. I’d break the bank for Mbappe or Sancho if it’s at all possible although I think we’d have to sell Pogba and DDG and get Sanchez off the books to have the finances to make this happen even if PSG or Dortmund could be persuaded to sell and the player persuaded to join (Perhaps the idea of coming home to Manchester and being closer to his family May appeal to Sancho? ) .

It sounds like football manager, but we’re not far from needing to buy a whole new squad and I don’t see any of the domestic players I mentioned being truly unobtainable. The latter are probably pipe dreams.


13.) 26 Apr 2019 15:32:59
I rather give Greenwood a chance then waste money on Vardy.


14.) 26 Apr 2019 16:14:21
You’d take a player that has done absolutely nothing to prove himself at the highest level over one who has outscored Lukaku in the Premier League over the past four seasons and would likely cost us very little? Considering how inconsistent Rashford and Martial are, the idea of starting next season with just Rashford, Martial and Greenwood doesn’t exactly strike me as a good one. I suppose if his name was Vardinho and he was going to cost us £150m you’d think otherwise.


15.) 26 Apr 2019 16:19:07
Icardi banged his mates Mrs, was gomez team mate and married her. now his Mrs has banged brozovic😂. I'd stay well away from Mr and Mrs icardi.


16.) 26 Apr 2019 18:13:11
If Di Marzio is saying. than there has to be some base in the story.


17.) 26 Apr 2019 21:22:14
Not really Redseven,

Vardy isn't exactly going to fire us into glory so why jot give Greenwood a chance to see if he is good enough.

We shouldn't be scraping for leftovers at other clubs.

Vardy a few years ago qouldve been a option for us but right now there isn't any point in bringing Vardy over.


18.) 26 Apr 2019 21:24:58
If you really eant a striker from the bottom half of the team then i'd rather go for the striker at Wolves.

{Ed025's Note - wolves are top half mate..


19.) 26 Apr 2019 22:16:45
I knew that was going to come back to me. 😂😂😂.


20.) 26 Apr 2019 23:52:51
As are Leicester.


21.) 27 Apr 2019 12:57:33
I get the logic. An experienced premier league proven striker would make a difference. One old enough not to block the development of younger prospects. But is that player Vardy? I think he's starting to slow down. I also don't think he'd be as cheap as people think. I'm not saying we'd be paying £50 million for him but Leicester don't need to sell.


22.) 27 Apr 2019 13:46:46
Over the last 4 seasons, the only players who have outscored him are Kane and Aguero. Age may be catching up to him, but he’s still looked sharp whenever I’ve watched him play this season (admittedly that hasn’t been often) . Given his age and the fact that he stayed with them a few years back when Arsenal wanted him, I don’t think the club would stand in his way or try to block it because this summer really would be his last chance to go to a top club (assuming you can still call us that and that that ship hasn’t already sailed) . They also need to free up wages and bring in a bit of cash if they want to make Tielemans’ deal permanent.

I’m not sure there are many experienced quality strikers in the League that aren’t playing for our top 6 rivals. Vardy is the only one, who for me, really fits the bill. Maybe Chicarito, but he hasn’t looked great since leaving us. Wilson, King and Jimenez haven’t looked bad this season, but none of them have scored more than Vardy nor have they demonstrated their ability to score in the top flight consistently.


 

 

11 Dec 2018 12:06:42
Garner and greenwood trained with first team today.

Caolan_2

1.) 11 Dec 2018 16:28:18
They have also travelled with the first team. The under 19s are playing but maybe this is a sign they will be with the first team? Be interesting. Mason looks one hell of a talent.


2.) 11 Dec 2018 23:54:46
Jose has said Garner will be on the bench and Greenwood will be 19th man in case someone gets injured. Shame for him as I think he deserves a game based on his form this season even if he’s not quite ready.


3.) 12 Dec 2018 16:14:31
Its promising they're getting into the squad. Might be too soon but worth a look.


4.) 12 Dec 2018 19:00:54
Both on the bench, regardless of score/ result I’d love to see these kids get a chance.


 

 

29 Jul 2018 17:00:32
#WonderDogSparky has made a reference about a move to Manchester. My guess is Willian.

Caolan_2

1.) 29 Jul 2018 21:08:15
Just what we need. Old and busted.


2.) 29 Jul 2018 21:34:52
Far from old and busted Mort. If he can play with more consistency we'll have one hell of a player mate.


3.) 29 Jul 2018 21:43:54
True but he’s 29 so would have hoped he’d have that mastered by now.


4.) 29 Jul 2018 21:49:44
Great player. Would be a great addition if it happened.


5.) 29 Jul 2018 21:55:22
Fair side but some people will point out Willian's inconsistencies as the reason not to sign him but would want Perisic, who has the same issue and is arguably not needed as much.


6.) 29 Jul 2018 22:00:03
There are reports that Madrid have put in a joint bid for him and Courtois.

Ed002 if you are around do you happen to know if there is any truth on this?

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea will want a lot more than a few joints.}


7.) 29 Jul 2018 22:38:16
If he can play with more consistency. Which is why Chelsea fans are happy to see him go.


8.) 29 Jul 2018 23:50:54
worst winger at the world cup subbed most games hope we stay well clear.


9.) 30 Jul 2018 07:39:34
Raheem Sterling might have a claim on that title.


10.) 30 Jul 2018 09:28:07
He turns 30 on the 9th of August. His game is heavily based around pace, which he will likely start to lose in the next couple of years. He also struggles to play with consistency, which as many have pointed out if he hasn't learned that by 30 then he probably won't.

Is he better than what we have? Yeah, when he's on form. However, he clearly isn't worth what we would have to pay for him. And if we sign him he will be viewed as a poor signing when reflected on.


11.) 30 Jul 2018 07:04:35
That was really funny Ed!


12.) 30 Jul 2018 14:27:42
Willian will provide much needed balance on the right side. Mata, Lingard aren’t right wingers, Sanchez obvs isn’t going to play over there so I’d say it improves us as a team.


13.) 30 Jul 2018 19:26:25
Of course you are spot in WRD.
He will provide balance will go outside his man and cross. Great deadball delivery too.
60m is well more than his market value but when was the last time we paid market value for anybody.
As per ed002 we paid miles more than any club were prepared to pay for shaw for martial for pogba for lukaku for lindelof for ibra for sanchez both in wages. Us overpaying is nothing new which is why we can't get rid of players when we need to.
Willian will make us better imo. If we win trophies with him it will be money well spent if we don't i'm sure shappy will let us know😁.


14.) 30 Jul 2018 20:56:40
Yes Ken. The negativity on this site is frankly ridiculous. I paddle in their general direction.


15.) 30 Jul 2018 23:37:00
Most importantly, tho. Will he be a big enough signing for Red Man?


16.) 31 Jul 2018 00:16:09
Luke shaw is pretty big but we already have him on our books.


17.) 31 Jul 2018 17:52:30
All that cash but the board don't back the manager?


 

 

 

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30 Oct 2019 22:51:34
Another big game and Rashford steps up again. That free kick is probably the best I've seen since ronaldo against Portsmouth. Confidence is building, momentum is building. A win on Saturday could hopefully see us start a run.

Credit where it's due to Ole tonight, made a good formation switch after they equalised and we got back on top. It wasn't an outstanding game, but a piece of magic won it.

Brandon Williams was also excellent.

Have a good night.

Caolán.

Caolan_2

1.) 31 Oct 2019 10:09:08
That was a beauty indeed.
He misses a lot free kicks but that one makes up for every other.

Good to have 3 wins in row away from home. Confidence is building up and I hope we can sustain it much longer.


2.) 31 Oct 2019 10:19:27
Don't get me wrong I loved seeing that ball fly into the top corner. Yet when you hit a ball like that it is more luck than judgement as to where the ball goes. Ronaldo mastered the technique after many many years of practising it daily for hours on the training ground. Even then he only hit the target 50% of the time with him actually scoring from 1 in 10 attempts.

It was a phenomenal goal, but if Rashford scores another 9 like it during his whole career then he will have done very very well.


3.) 31 Oct 2019 11:28:23
Who took a wizz in your cornflakes shappy? Free kicks do not have a very high success rate for any player. He’s practicing every day so what’s not to say he can’t master it either and score more?


4.) 31 Oct 2019 12:08:01
Caolan, have a look at Rashford's comments after the game. Even he said it was a stroke of luck.

When you shoot through the ball like that you have less control where the ball goes.

Rashford has hit row z this season trying that technique more often than not. It was a beautiful goal, and all power to him for taking that on and trying that shot. All I'm saying is based on Rashford's free kicks this season a huge slice of luck helped nestle that one in the top corner.


5.) 31 Oct 2019 12:35:38
Yes, but these guys practice that technique daily, and you reap what you sow. If he keeps working at it, he will score more and more. Obviously a reason for him being on free kicks. I agree some have been rubbish, but he deserves massive amount of credit for that one.
Rather than talking about luck or how many like that he will score in the future, just enjoy a marvellous goal worthy of winning any game of football.


6.) 31 Oct 2019 13:12:38
'To be honest, it was the balls, ' Rashford admitted. 'When we were training with them and we were shooting there was this up and down motion and they can go anywhere.

'Thankfully, today it went in the top corner. '

This is Rashford's comments after the game. He admits that they can go ANYWHERE, and that he was thankful it went in the top corner.

He is saying he was lucky. There is nothing wrong with that, he also says they have trained with the ball and it was something he found that with these balls they have more up and down movement.

When you strike a ball it that manner where its movement isn't controlled by the player then luck will always play a part.


7.) 31 Oct 2019 14:58:16
Shappy I’m literally saying just enjoy the goal. Almost seems like you’re looking to take something away from him 😂.


 

 

22 Oct 2019 15:25:20
Hope you're all well lads. One of my takeaways from Sunday's game is the body of work rashford has at his age. Only 21 and scored against all the top sides in the league, and shown he has a good temperament in a World Cup shootout and the pen v PSG. I myself have been very critical of rashford at time, there's times where I don't think he's good enough through the middle. What Sunday showed is I'm wrong, he was a handful all game, his movement for the goal was top drawer. He sent Matip to the shops.

Yes it's one game, but when we watch on tv it's hard to see the full picture. Lee Dixon (too poor for sky) was calling him the best off the shoulder runner in Europe. It also does make me think, if he played in the Ferguson era how many goals would he be getting for us?

He's not the finished article, a hell of a long way to go. When he's up too I still think he needs a partner, and against side in a low block he's is probably better playing an inside left role. But I think we are all and I include myself very critical of him, but then if we take a look back, since the minute he came into this team we've been reliant on him. I just hope he takes a lot of confidence from Sunday, because you can see the player that's in him.

Caolan_2

1.) 22 Oct 2019 16:03:26
I'm on the fence with Rashford, he has all the skills to be a top player, quick, skillful, good reading of the game. Yet his decision making can let him down at times and he has a habit of rushing shots and snatching at them.

However, he is still only 21 and decision making will improve with age.

At the end of the day you don't get linked with Barcelona (the rumours may have some substance or not) without being a good player.

I'm not sure he is an out and out centre forward and feel he does his best work coming in from the inside channel. Either play him as one of a strike duo, maybe as a split duo as he was on Sunday or on the left of a front three as an inside forward.


2.) 22 Oct 2019 16:29:47
Our reluctance over the past 4 years to not play martial and rashford as a pair baffles me. Its not like over the years we've had a lot of amazing centre mids to play 4-3-3 or number 10s to plays in a 4-2-3-1.

Why the reluctance to play 4-4-2, 4-4-2 diamond, 3-5-2 etc?


3.) 22 Oct 2019 18:04:53
That's just it he isn't the finished article yet. But how many players are at the age.


4.) 22 Oct 2019 18:25:37
At the heels of the hunt, neither Martial or Rashford are good enough I'm afraid. Overhyped.


5.) 22 Oct 2019 18:36:56
Very few mort. He still has time on his side. He should start showing some real consistency over the next 18 months.


6.) 22 Oct 2019 19:49:08
Dsg that is exactly my thoughts I can't believe they haven't been properly tested as a pair together. I think to get the best out of this current squad 3412 or 343 would be the best option going forward.


7.) 22 Oct 2019 22:32:32
People tend to forget he's only 21.

And tbf to him he's not had the level of players to feed him and support him.


Put him in liverpool's or citys team and he would flourish.


8.) 22 Oct 2019 23:10:59
Jodler, how can you make the statement that he’s overhyped? In what regard. He’s over relied on by us, but if you can’t see the talent then I’m not sure what you’re watching. He makes some great runs, imagine scholes picking him out. He’s not had the chance to play in a quality united side yet. Maybe not ready to be the main man and inconsistent form is down to the fact he has to be. Too say he’s overhyped without any reasoning is a bit far. I’ve been critical of him in the past, but look at what he’s done. He’s achieved more at his age than a lot of the greats, not suggesting he will reach that level but he will be a damn good player.


9.) 23 Oct 2019 07:45:09
Rashford has immense talent. Very quick, skillful.
His upper body strength as improved quite a bit (the duel vs VVD) .
As many at his age, he is inconsistent.
However, he is yet to reach his peak.
His decision making will naturally improve with experience.

Moreover, we don't have quality midfielders who can pick passes and spot his runs.


10.) 23 Oct 2019 12:07:49
He is often caught on his heels in the box, and doesn't make the runs that will put him in goal scoring position.

He needs to work on his reactions and runs in the box. But he has a chance to be a top player for many years to come.


 

 

20 Oct 2019 18:51:29
Very very close to a huge win there. I think young switched off, but here we are.

A lot of positives there, I saw passion, commitment and fight. I slate Pereria a lot, but today credit to the lad he was outstanding. I think we should also give ole some credit as I think the tactics were spot on. Shame we didn't have much on the bench that we could have used to help see that game out. Very tough one to throw the youngsters on the bench into if you ask me.

Let's build on this now.

Caolan_2

1.) 20 Oct 2019 19:19:01
Agree. Perreira was more effective in an advanced role today rather than sat deep, passing it sideways to Fred. Still not convinced he is quite good enough, but A for effort today.


2.) 20 Oct 2019 19:32:51
He may or may not turn out to be good enough in the long run, but that has been his best position since his academy days. No surprise it's probably been his best game.


3.) 20 Oct 2019 21:22:05
Must have watched a different Pereira, thought he gave it away a few times. I'd move him on come the summer.

{Ed047's Note - the whole game was garbage, nobody played well.


4.) 20 Oct 2019 21:44:08
Scrappy in general, Mort. Referring more to his influence in the game.


5.) 20 Oct 2019 22:49:31
Andreas' best game and probably still a 6.5/ 10.

One really bad decision made when he shot instead of playing in AWB. Rest was

Today was ok and good improvement.

Still remain unconvinced Ole is making the right in game decisions; we handed the impetus to Liverpool and made the wrong subs and left the too late as per. That said if we had a real left back we would have won.

McTomminay was solid, AWB raises us levels, Pogba not missed, Fred/ Young utter crap.


6.) 21 Oct 2019 05:27:05
Fred and McTominay were very industrious. Closed down spaces very well.
Andreas's best position is CAM but he drifts in and out of the games.
James - breathtaking pace.


7.) 21 Oct 2019 12:08:53
Fair enough Steve. I still think he's not good enough and he can't really be classed as young anymore. We need someone to come in and grab that position.

I also say we need a left back.


8.) 21 Oct 2019 13:39:49
I don't think he's developed the way I hoped he would. I'd like to think a run of games in that position might see the player we hoped he would become, but I'll admit, it's looking less and less likely.


 

 

16 Oct 2019 12:30:19
Slightly different note, but is anyone else desperate to see 442 come back into fashion. Two box to box midfielders, wingers and two strikers. One of the reasons I think there are less world class players now a days is that everyone is shoehorned into a role ie holding midfielders who just rotate the ball and number 10s who hardly shoot.

I know the games moved on to different systems etc but I loved watching sides playing 442.

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1.) 16 Oct 2019 12:38:21
I’ve been on about this for years. Teams these days are more worried about the opposition than expressing themselves. Busby and Fergie didn’t worry about the opposition. The only problem we have is buying 2 midfielders,2 wingers and 2 strikers.


2.) 16 Oct 2019 13:19:30
I've just won the league/ Europa Cup double on FM, playing 442. Pretty much the same team we have now. It can be done!


3.) 16 Oct 2019 14:27:09
Nou I’m a 4-2-4 man on fm myself!


4.) 16 Oct 2019 14:59:18
Fergie's insistence on 442 was grand most of the time where the PL was concerned, but often left us struggling against top teams in Europe.


5.) 16 Oct 2019 15:08:58
See my post above, bilko 😁.


6.) 17 Oct 2019 12:54:24
It would be great. If we had two wingers, two strikers and two box to box mids.


 

 

27 Sep 2019 10:50:31
I'd love to meet the coach who told Rojo he has a decent shot on him. he's played the last two games thinking he's Roberto Carlos lol.

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1.) 27 Sep 2019 12:42:58
I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. He doesn't have a good shot, agreed.
But if the players are backing off then taking shot from distances isn't a bad idea, considering we have games where we don't have 5 shots a game.


2.) 27 Sep 2019 13:16:45
He does that every game he plays. I have never seen a game where Rojo isn't trying from 30 yards out and never comes close (on target) .

Why someone hasn't told him to stop shooting since he's been here is anyones guess.


3.) 27 Sep 2019 15:50:03
Don’t mind players having a go Rohan, it’s just between Astana and Rochdale he must have had 10 or 12 attempts 😂.


4.) 27 Sep 2019 15:55:35
Rohan, apart from the 31 we had on Wednesday.


5.) 27 Sep 2019 16:40:11
Every one told kompany not to shoot if u don't shoot u don't score.


6.) 27 Sep 2019 18:39:24
Rojo takes his 40th shot of the game from inside his own half, the crowd boos as it trickles towards the corner flag, Steve shouts ‘what about Kompany’s goal? ’.


7.) 27 Sep 2019 21:43:28
Haha comparing Kompany to Rojo.


8.) 28 Sep 2019 07:14:40
fitness record is same in rojo and kompany.

Can you place bets on who gets injured after this game for Man United?
Can really be a good bet.

I'm getting on Rojo and Mata.


 

 

 

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12 Nov 2019 16:20:46
On Gomes, I have heard that his family are not a great influence on him. He has it in his head he should be playing. Thought I’d share this, following a conversation with a couple of folks who are keen followers of the academy. Not sure about Chong.

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31 Oct 2019 09:29:00
Our defensive record has improved a lot. Maguire has been good, pace isn’t the most important thing as the first 5 yards are in the head.

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27 Oct 2019 20:30:34
I’d rather we continue developing mctominay and garner. Phillips is a decent player, but I think those two have a much higher ceiling and they’re our own lads too.

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18 Oct 2019 13:01:15
Lads I don’t think we are in any position to turn down a player of the quality as Toni Kroos. The right midfield partners and he would flourish. I think he is capable of playing like pirlo did in his later career.

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26 Sep 2019 11:15:01
Red man

I don’t think anyone can say definitively unless we are on the training pitch. Do you think Rojo is instructed to shoot on sight once he crosses halfway?

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09 Nov 2019 13:04:51
Would love to play, but unfortunately we have just had a little one this week, and it’s a bit far to leave the missus. If there was a closer game I’d be there!

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08 Nov 2019 10:23:27
I think Rashford has 8 goals already this season. Whilst he should already have more, that’s a great return for this stage of the season.

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02 Nov 2019 04:18:00
I’d love to know the extent of his injury. It was his toe, now it’s his ankle. Maybe a slip up or a misquote in the press, but looks like he’s our to December. Busy run of games before Madrid come sniffing in January.

Great player when he wants to be, but I’m not sure what’s going on with him at all.

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31 Oct 2019 14:58:16
Shappy I’m literally saying just enjoy the goal. Almost seems like you’re looking to take something away from him 😂.

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31 Oct 2019 12:35:38
Yes, but these guys practice that technique daily, and you reap what you sow. If he keeps working at it, he will score more and more. Obviously a reason for him being on free kicks. I agree some have been rubbish, but he deserves massive amount of credit for that one.
Rather than talking about luck or how many like that he will score in the future, just enjoy a marvellous goal worthy of winning any game of football.

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