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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Northen Ireland, county Derry/Londonderry

Favourite player: Cristiano Ronaldo

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

Interests: Rugby, Football, Tennis, Formula 1 and school work.


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21 Dec 2021 09:17:59
Morning Ed, there were some reports came out yesterday saying we are in talks to try and sign Julian Alvarez from River Plate. Do you know anything about him and whether or not we hold any interest.

If it's true my guess would be that Cavani is off and he would be the replacement.


{Ed002's Note - Julian Alvarez (S/RW/F) was looked at by Aston Villa but they opted for Buendia. Milan at one point thought that they would lose Alexis Saelemaekers and declared an interest but that has likely passed. Spurs have several versatile forwards they have shown an interest in and see value in Alvarez. Bayer Leverkusen are looking to the player as a potential Bellarabi replacement. There are significant changes coming at Inter Milan in the summer of 2022 and they will make an attractive offer. Fiorentina see him as an option to replace Vlahovic. Joaquin Correa arrived on loan but they continue to look for options who can provide more width and Alvarez is very much on their list. Juventus and Barcelona are keen although he is not the preferred choice for either. Will be available in January which may give Barcelona an edge as they have a pressing need.}

1.) 21 Dec 2021 09:40:16
On one hand we are likely to lose Cavani, Mata, Lingard and Martial from our forward options by the start of next season.

Leaving just Ronaldo, Rashford, Greenwood, Sancho and Bruno.

Yet we have Amad, Pellistri, Elanga, Shoretire and Hannibal in our youth set up all looking like being close to ready for more game time.

Personally if we are to continue with the 4222 type shape then Ronaldo, Rashford, Greenwood and Elanga for the striker roles should be sufficient. Do we need to splash out on another option who would either be 4th choice or 3rd choice pushing Greenwood to 4th choice?

While Cavani is a great player to lose, his impact has been limited due to his injuries.

Looking at the wing/ creative midfield options we have Bruno and Sancho as clear first choice, while Amad and Hannibal look ready to get a few more minutes. I think an argument could be made that we could do with another more experienced 3rd choice option in this area of the pitch. Wild card could be Donny stepping up in this role, although personally I don't think he is well suited to how Rangnick plays.

2.) 21 Dec 2021 14:16:04
shappy rashford doesn't score enough or do enough and elenga is yet to prove himself he is still a kid as is greenwood ( although he has proven he can score but can go missing) but you can't expect them to lead the line at there age.

we need a proven goal scorer to play along side ronaldo next year although it will be ronaldo's last season i think the club would activate the added year into the deal.

amad and hannibal are a few years away from breaking into the first team,

if we can get haaland that would be amazing although i think he is real madrid bound along with mbappe, they will have some side in a few years.

3.) 21 Dec 2021 15:09:56
Bolger, Rashford has 91 goals and 57 assists for us already despite playing mostly on the wing, and suffering injuries over the past couple of seasons.

He has been poor this season after coming back from injury, but I wouldn't write him off yet.

He got 21 goals and 15 assists last season and 22 goals and 12 assists the season before.

Achieved in a team that was playing poorly and struggled to create chances.

I really don't get the Rashford bashing that happens on here. He's been one of our better players over the past few years, with only Bruno doing more, he's young and comes from our academy, and from his charity work seems a decent caring guy. Plus he is prepared to play through the pain for the club and not cry off because he has a sore toe.

If we are to sign a striker we can go down one of two routes.

We either sign a top player such as Mbappe, Haaland, Lautaro Martinez or Vlahovic who would cost 100m and/ or insane wages. A player who would demand to be first choice pushing Rashford and Greenwood out of the side most of the time.

Or we go for a solid squad player such as Andre Silva, Emmanuel Dennis etc. Players who will be happy to be part of the squad and wouldn't block Greenwood.

Personally I think Greenwood has the potential to challenge Mbappe and Haaland for the Balon d'Or in a few years time if he can reach his potential.

Why block him? Ronaldo will start when fit, which leaves one spot for Rashford and Greenwood. Those three playing most of the minutes is more than good enough. With someone like Elanga playing a few games here and there or McNeil or Hugill from the academy.

I really don't see the point in blowing most of the budget for a player to fight with Rashford and Greenwood to start along side Ronaldo most games.

We spent 77m signing Sancho who struggled to get in ahead of Greenwood before the change in shape.

Don't underestimate the players we have, especially not for a shiny new toy.

4.) 21 Dec 2021 18:24:40
I actually like rashford it wasnt a bashing.

If we are not going to get a striker we need to spend monwy on getting a midfield in that can control and dictate and provide more chances.



26 Nov 2021 21:13:50
Saw a report with the sporting coach linked to the job- Amorin I think his name is. Anyone know anything about him?


1.) 27 Nov 2021 12:23:17
When he coaches the team we will win more it seems, THAT's Amorin.

2.) 28 Nov 2021 00:42:13
Titter hehe.

3.) 28 Nov 2021 13:21:36
I hear he is the coach at Sporting.

4.) 29 Nov 2021 08:14:56
He's done wonders at Sporting taken them back to the top and has them playing great football.

He's very young for a manager (36 I think), so while he's one to keep an eye on for the future I don't think he's anywhere near ready for a club the size of ours.



12 May 2021 12:40:54
Hi Ed,

Saw some rumours of Tom Heaton coming back to us on a free transfer, just wondering if you have heard anything on that?

Could be a decent option as he's not a bad keeper and would be decent cover. I think he would also be home grown as well?


{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

1.) 12 May 2021 15:49:57
Shappy started this rumour last week right here on this page. I see its gathering pace. How many of you are journalists? 😂😂.

2.) 12 May 2021 16:06:36
I actually was told by a friend (who has a connection to someone at Villa) about the club possibly looking to Heaton. I'd imagine if its true then more than a few journalists would be privy to the same information.

Heaton would make a lot of sense. He wouldn't cost anything in transfer fee, is a solid back up option, could be negotiated quickly and easily before the opening of the window. While he is homegrown and has a connection to the club.

Finding that balance between a keeper who is good enough to be a back up keeper AND is happy to be one can be tricky.

3.) 12 May 2021 16:43:50
I think he is a pretty good keeper Shappy, always played well against us!

4.) 12 May 2021 19:39:21
I'm a fan of the idea and suggested it back in April.

Free, HG, gets the culture and will be good a squad member.

Also better than spending £20m on Johnstone who offers the same if not more quality in all honesty. And wasted on the bench.

A slight trade off but should mean money can go further.

Question is, does Heaton replace Grant/ Romero or De Gea?

5.) 12 May 2021 21:21:03
De Gea on his way out, surely, and we know Romero is.

6.) 12 May 2021 21:47:28
Grant and Romero will be leaving so he will be 3rd choice. Wouldn’t surprise me if de Gea stayed one more year.

7.) 13 May 2021 09:30:49
I wonder what will happen with Nathan Bishop who was signed last summer. I expect Joel Pereira to leave, but Bishop has been spoken about positively by people at the club. I'd have thought he would be promoted to third choice.

I mean currently we have a frankly ridiculous goalkeeping roster of


Even if DDG, Romero, Grant and Pereira leave that still leaves

Henderson, Bishop and Kovar. One good back up is all that's needed. Could Heaton do that job? I think so.

8.) 13 May 2021 14:52:55
Agree shappy- been banging on about getting this one and that off the wages bill but I really think its needed this next season more so- man utd are reputedly one of the top payers in europe and tbh big salaries on mediocre players. If we can save a million a week on wages there's a decent player or a refit at carrington, a contract for van de sarr and massive bonus for Gloria in the canteen.
Before anyone says out, I'm neither Scots or Yorkshire born so its not about being tight its about common sense spending. lol.

9.) 13 May 2021 22:13:41
I would sell Henderson tomorrow, unfortunately his talent is not the same as his self belief. The new Ben Foster.



22 Feb 2021 13:22:12
Question for Ed002 if you're about.

I saw you say on the Liverpool page that Nikola Milenkovic's reps are keen for him to move to us. There seems to be a lot of links in Italy about it today, so do you think this is one we currently working on and should be able to complete?



{Ed002's Note - I know nothing more than what I explained - there would be others ahead of him for MU.}

1.) 22 Feb 2021 17:40:59
Cheers Ed.

2.) 22 Feb 2021 19:36:08
From what I've seen of him (which isn't loads) I would say he strikes me as a great "B" list defender. He is solid and dependable but not great at anything in particular. The guy you pair with a world class CB rather than a world class one himself.

3.) 22 Feb 2021 20:04:41
Saw the Milenkovic links but surely he's a 'second' CB signing only. Torres first choice? I can see us in for 2 CBs if the penny finally drops that between Jones / Bailly / Tuanzebe that's only actually one player though its costing us about £250k a week!

4.) 23 Feb 2021 11:17:33
I think Ed 001 and I discussed Milenkovic and Dias before Utd got Harry. I still rate Milenkovic quite high. Utd can probably get him at half what was paid for Maguire and significantly improve our defense. He is still young and can develop into a world class CB!



25 Jan 2021 19:35:45
Ed, with the club looking at defensive midfield options do you know if they are planning on moving matic on? Still feel he is a very good player and if his minutes are managed well he can be very effective for us.


{Ed002's Note - Matic will stay another year.}

1.) 26 Jan 2021 00:23:50
That’s good to know Ed. I think his experience could be very important to us.

2.) 26 Jan 2021 01:28:16
I think the club wants Magic to transition into a coaching role, ideally.

3.) 27 Jan 2021 12:53:22
Matic like Mata for me I am happy to keep for one year longer than is probably necessary. He still offers a decent amount when needed, good role model to either McTominy/ Fred, new addition or from the youth set up.

4.) 27 Jan 2021 21:11:08
Have you seen him tonight, don't think he will survive another year.

5.) 28 Jan 2021 20:04:56
I often think that ‘experience’ is misused. Just because he’s old and his legs have gone doesn’t mean he is any more experienced than Rashford whose player a couple of hundred matches in his early 20s. It’s certainly no reason to keep a player when their quality goes.

6.) 29 Jan 2021 10:32:05
Fresh, of course it does. How many UCL semi finals/ finals has Rashford appeared in, how many league titles has he won?

Players like Matic and Mata offer something without even being on the pitch due to there years of experience at the top level.

We have a severe lack of experience running through the team. DDG, Lindelof, Maguire, Bailly, Telles, Pogba, Fred, Matic, Mata and Cavani are the only players in our squad over the age of 26. Of those only Telles, Pogba, Matic, Mata and Cavani can say they have any experience of challenging and winning the top honours.

Of those 5 Pogba wants out, while Matic, Mata and Cavani are all 32 or older and only have a year or two left in them. So we can't afford to just cull the experienced players as we lack leadership and experience.




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02 Dec 2021 11:46:22
Reading down the page there I thought I was back in Belfast with the "fleg" debate ?.




25 Nov 2021 15:28:14
Please forgive me for being a bit naive, but could someone fill me in on Ragnick as a coach, but also what he will bring in this supposed consultancy role?

The only coaching gig I remember him was his Schalke side we beat in the semi final in 2011.


1.) 25 Nov 2021 15:46:36
I know very little about him mate.
But we have lots of Google experts here who will be happy to lie to you about all sorts from his personality traits to his preferred dietary options if you have the patience to read it but be warned most of it will be nonsense?.

2.) 25 Nov 2021 15:52:38
From a tactical point of view he introduced gergenpressen into football. Many consider him the godfather of modern German football. Many of today's top managers (particularly German) have taken his ideas on board and have made them a vital part of their own ideologies.

Managers like Klopp, Tuchel, Flick, Nagelsmann, Rose, Marsch and Hasenhuttl have all taken his ideas on board in a similar way to how the current crop of Argentine managers (and others) have done so with Bielsa.

He has also played a key role in growing the Red Bull franchise clubs to what they are now. Introducing a structure across all their clubs that enables them to all feed into eachother and grow quickly. A strong focus on developing players and training managers/ coaches, improving the staff as much as the players.

3.) 25 Nov 2021 15:59:38
Any info that someone has on him would also be appreciated.

Why do people believe he could move into a DOF role after his interim appointment? Is this something he has done before?

4.) 25 Nov 2021 16:43:16
I'm happy he'll point us in right direction. I hope he has a big say in shaping the team and sidelining or ousting those who don't fit. He has revolutionised the philosophy of many clubs.
When he has started the team's style evolution and is shunted upstairs, I hope he will sort the higher management out as well!
As for being appointed as a "consultant" I hope this leaves Woodards ongoing consultancy bid dead in the water.
I 'm very happy.



20 Oct 2021 23:30:27
He may not be good enough, but the second half shows the players are playing for him regardless of what's said in the press. Thoroughly enjoyed the intensity of the second half, atmosphere sounded electric and every player dug in. Even ronaldo was defending.

We need to improve on that performance by at least 10 times to have a chance of beating a bang in form Liverpool side. Hopefully we can pull something off- not confident though.


1.) 21 Oct 2021 00:01:28
We created a lot of chances against them, we could have scored a boat load. They had 3 very good chances, they scored 2 and Dave Save made a double save to save us from the other. Cracking game, the spirit from the club was excellent and the fans helped them to believe.

I think we have problems against teams playing 343. Both atalanta and leicester have done a number o. Us playing that way. We are creating chances, but our 424 is getting picked apart at times by this.

Possibly 433 from liverpool will do the same.

These games need big heart and fighters. I think a few will step up. But small moments can make a big difference. Could go anyway for me. We can tear teams apart on the break with pace. Salah is like a one man wrecking machine at the moment, he looks like messi taking on half a team and scoring.

I will be both excited and terrified, watching from behind the sofa!

2.) 21 Oct 2021 07:51:53
Another great European night, but I have to ask the question, if the second half shows that the players we playing for Ole, what did the first half show. Ole and Maguire thought we were good in the first half, I would disagree.

3.) 21 Oct 2021 08:56:06
We had enough chances in the first half but didn’t take them. It could have been 6-3 by the end.

4.) 21 Oct 2021 12:20:41
We did play well both halves. We created a lot of chances and should have scored more.

We have been better at set pieces recently, but that was too simple last night. He was clearly their main threat, why not have McGuire just mark him? Goals from corners can happen, perfect ball, good header, but if he was man marked by McGuire it is much harder.

Their first goal is becoming a theme. Getting a wide player outside Shaw and playing the ball across the goal. 532 or 343 type formations seem to confuse us and trouble us wide of Shaw. No doubt klopp will be looking at that with trent a willing overlapping runner.

The double save was poor play from Lindelof, who got too tight to their sub and got turned. Mcguure and varane will be more solid, but not for these next few games!

I thoroughly enjoyed the game last night, I was pretty confident we would get goals because we kept creating good chances.

5.) 21 Oct 2021 12:30:18
They had better chances it would have been 6 9.

6.) 21 Oct 2021 12:20:41
We did play well both halves. We created a lot of chances and should have scored more.

We have been better at set pieces recently, but that was too simple last night. He was clearly their main threat, why not have McGuire just mark him? Goals from corners can happen, perfect ball, good header, but if he was man marked by McGuire it is much harder.

Their first goal is becoming a theme. Getting a wide player outside Shaw and playing the ball across the goal. 532 or 343 type formations seem to confuse us and trouble us wide of Shaw. No doubt klopp will be looking at that with trent a willing overlapping runner.

The double save was poor play from Lindelof, who got too tight to their sub and got turned. Mcguure and varane will be more solid, but not for these next few games!

I thoroughly enjoyed the game last night, I was pretty confident we would get goals because we kept creating good chances.



05 Oct 2021 09:18:06
Some absolute dross posted over the last few days on here, and I must say it's sad to see the way some people have turned on Ole. Let's get one thing out of the way- I don't think he's good enough, I think he's taken us as far as he can. I would love to be wrong on this, and for Ole to prove us all wrong.

However, it's not his fault he's got the job, or is still in a job. Blame the people above him for the running of the club.

Ole is a legend at United, he always will be. I get the views of Ken, red man etc that he's not good enough- I agree. There's been a lot of disrespect shown towards him too from different posters and online. I've said from day one Ole is putting the club first. This isn't the Jose show where it's look at me everyday, he was an arse and I'm glad he's nowhere near our club.

As a player Ole gave this club everything, and as a manager I'm sure he's giving everything as well. I've seen comments that he got the job because of one goal, he didn't. You'd think he had a Macheda moment. Anyone who discredits Ole's playing career either never watched him, or is blinded by rage.

I would love Ole to be successful here, because I know he would stay for the long term, it would mean my football club is back where it belongs. Does anyone really trust our decision makers to bring in the right man? I sure as hell don't. Whether anyone wants to admit it, this club is in a much better place now, something which Ole deserves credit for. He's been backed well, but he's still brought some very good players to the club. However we need a top drawer manager to come in and elevate these players to the next level. There's youth and experience in the squad, and an exciting crop of youngsters hopefully waiting to break through (laird, mejbri and shoretire to name a few) .

I get the anger towards him, however it's all aimed at the wrong place. Those running the club/ business are responsible for what we ultimately receive as a product. The management team isn't up to it, yet they'll continue to employ and back them for as long as possible, or until it doesn't make sense financially. We all know this.

I have a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that we end up with Southgate or someone like that. I don't necessarily want Zidane or Conte, the reason for it is I like to think of the traditions of this club and I want the next manager to come in and follow that on. Someone like Ten Haag could fit the bill, I'm not sure about other options, maybe Potter, but let's be real. The minute it doesn't go well for him everyone will be out saying how inexperienced he is and that he won't deliver.

It's a tricky spot, but the club will need to address it soon, I just have no confidence in the recruitment of the next manager, whenever that may be.


1.) 05 Oct 2021 09:30:19
Couldn't agree more, great post Caolan. ?.

2.) 05 Oct 2021 09:43:30
Well he could just realise his limitations and resign. No one is making him manage Man Utd.

I think people's over riding feeling is frustration rather than anger. The guy makes loads of nonaensical decisions and even when it goes wrong he makes the same mistakes over and over again. Maybe some introspection and self awareness wouldn't go amiss.

Why shouldn't we be disrespectful and critical with this guy as well as the owners? He was just a highly paid employee when he was a player, same as he is as a manager. He needs to airt himself out and unless he does ao he quite rightly deserves all the grief tbat he gets.

3.) 05 Oct 2021 09:56:13
MancMan would you walk away from your dream job? Would you not back yourself to be successful. To reach the level any footballer at that level has the self believe would be immense. You would always back yourself.

4.) 05 Oct 2021 10:38:16
Great managers realised their limitations and get the right people around them, if Ole got in a top European coach to improve his on field decisions I think it would help.

5.) 05 Oct 2021 11:20:54
Agree with that, I have zero faith in the club appointing oles successor. Be like us to hire giggs and a bunch of the class of 92 rather than appoint a qualified manager and coaching staff.

6.) 05 Oct 2021 11:20:56
Caolan, i'd walk away if i looked at my performance levels and honestly concluded i couldn't hack it.

There's no shame in not being the right man for the job. Solksjaer should take some pride in having done some good things after the mourinho disaster, but he should realise that like everyone he has limitations and he reached them some time ago.

Now he has overstayed and is just stinking up the place.

If you want to lay blame about the cause of this whole clustermess, you should read Ed001's article on the demise of Man Utd. I doubt you will like the inevitable conclusions you will draw from it.

7.) 05 Oct 2021 11:21:36
I agree with all that. One of my all time favourite players, loved him as a player and such a nice guy but as a manager . no thanks, and his back room staff is very uninspiring. I just don't see us winning anything with him now.

No need for name calling or any disrepect to the man, let him leave sooner rather than later and retain affection from the fans.

Who we get to replace him is a huge question with no easy answer.

8.) 05 Oct 2021 11:27:01
I agree Grim, but in a nutshell Ole isn't a great manager unfortunately.

9.) 05 Oct 2021 11:48:12
I've no respect for him i don't agree he has done a good job in any aspect i want hi. Out ASAP. If he is hounded out by players and fans that's OK too.
Not a legend in my eyes despite scoring a legendary goal.
He should not have to walk away he should be fired.
Of course he loves the club I don't doubt that but so do lots of people.
He is our worst manager since sexton results wise with exception of moyes who didn't last a season.
I hope the players turn on him its all he deserves.

10.) 05 Oct 2021 12:09:45
Ken what has Ole done to hurt your feelings so much? Seriously you sound like an ex girlfriend scorned lol.

Can't see how he isn't a club legend mate, look at the trophies, the goals and the work ethic when on the pitch. If you don't think he's a legend at this club for his playing career then I don't know pal.

11.) 05 Oct 2021 12:16:30
Not special as a player abd pathetic as a manager. I don't have to like him because you say so. Whatever little respect i had for him because of that goal he has lost it by his constant smiling at us losing and drawing. Chicharito was a better substitute than Ole.

12.) 05 Oct 2021 12:16:53
He was a squad player by his own admission. I put him in same group as butt and o shea etc.
what he has done is bring this team mentality back over 30 years. With his anti man utd playing style and submissiveness I hold him responsible for producing football I hate watching and having players with a poor attitude and accepting and encouraging mediocrity.
No respect for the man at all.

13.) 05 Oct 2021 12:13:52
MancMan can you link the article (or ed001) I can't remember if I have seen it.

No matter what it say's I know who I blame. If you hire the wrong person for the job and blindly stand by them, then you are at fault. If I wasn't capable of performing my job I would be sacked. However, if there was a claim of negligence made against me, despite me performing to the best of my ability it will be my employer who bears the cost.

When you have no ambition at the very top from those running the daily operations of the club then what do you expect? They have been reactionary as hell and every manager bar Ole we have had has been out of contract because they don't want to put their hand in their pocket any more than they have too.

Spent well this summer, but now it is abundantly clear we need a top class manager to take what I think is a very good crop of players further. Solsjkaer is employed by the club, he doesn't run it.

{Ed001's Note - I assume it means this article. I hope so anyway!}

14.) 05 Oct 2021 12:37:10
Ken careful, we are at risk of being called "classless".

15.) 05 Oct 2021 12:38:02
Great post Caolan. I also posted about the personal attacks but they just keep on coming. I’m not asking anyone to like him but it borders on childish sometimes, the name calling, the insults. I don’t think he will bring success, I think he has reset the culture, bought well, moved some on who needed moving on. Sadly, in the big games he has been found wanting again and again and it seems we are going backwards right now.

But like it or not the Board seem set on keeping him so it would be great if we could find something else to talk about for a while.

16.) 05 Oct 2021 12:40:02
It IS his fault to be still in the job.
He must realise he is now trying to function above his ability.

I am grateful for what he has done but is now time to walk away for the sake of the club and his own self respect.

17.) 05 Oct 2021 12:43:45
I don’t get what the player achieved or didn’t got any relevance to his post now.

If we go down that Route Teddy scored in that game and probably in many many more, he tried his luck at management but at least had sense to start at low level, but quickly realised he not cut out for it and moved on…….

I would never ever rate him as a Top player or a legend to be honest but again it makes no difference about the past it’s the here and now, and job is above him.

I’m not sure what top European or English coach would work under him to be honest, so I don’t see that happening.

18.) 05 Oct 2021 12:29:54
I don't think its sad that people are turning on ole I think its great the more fans that turn the better it can only accelerate his demise.

19.) 05 Oct 2021 12:51:06
Not telling anyone to like Ole, giving folks my opinion mainly on what I think of the site at the moment. Is that okay United Addict? Or is me having respect for the man not fit with the narrative? Ken is entitled to his opinion and whilst I don't agree with it, its part of life. It would be boring if we all thought the same. Certainly wouldn't call anyone ''classless''.

On the idea that he should walk away, none of us would lads. I certainly wouldn't, I have children and I would want their children to be set for life as well. All well and good saying it on here, but none of us will be in that position.

Cheers for the Link ed. Can't believe I didn't remember the article as I had read it before. Just stinks of Amateur hour everywhere.

20.) 05 Oct 2021 12:54:54
Ole's not walking away, Carrick and McKenna will probably sign extensions before the end of the international break.

21.) 05 Oct 2021 13:08:33
Its like some just want us to accept the status quo and not do anything just because the owners are bad.

22.) 05 Oct 2021 13:22:02
Even if dross posted last few days it’s more exciting then the Dross football we have mainly turned out in last years.

23.) 05 Oct 2021 13:47:55
It is early season guys, we are one drawn game against everton off the top of the table in the epl. Level with the mighty city. Ole is a clown, but Pep the messiah?

The trolls who have wanted Ole out for months and months are just amplifying everything up to the maximum.

Do you think the person who reportedly overheard SAF was an Ole supporter?

We have a very tough run of games, weekend/ midweek, thick and fast. Let's judge after we are at least 1/ 4 of the way into the season?

24.) 05 Oct 2021 13:40:44
United Addict what can we do? Because they are responsible for the day to day running of the club, they are the ones who hire and fire coaches and managers. They have employed someone we can pretty much all agree on isn't up to the job. How is that situation fixed? You can lay all the blame at Ole's feet, but if we do not replace him with the right man for the job then we will just be back to square one.

I am not telling you what to think, or push my opinion on you. I am saying what I see, and quite simply I don't think I trust those calling the shots to get it right at any point. Remember Ole doesn't employ himself.

{Ed025's Note - caolan i would just like to congratulate you on some very well written and balanced views on this thread, you make some very pertinent points and even though im sure not all will agree with your take on things you have put your points across superbly, and as someone looking in from the outside i have to say how impressed i am by your candour and intelligence, kudos my friend..

25.) 05 Oct 2021 13:45:10
Jack my comments about Ole as a player have little to do with him being in the job. As fans we have on the whole been pretty good with ex players and shown respect for what they have done for the club.

26.) 05 Oct 2021 14:08:25
AJH, the attacks aren't personal.

No one is saying he is a bad person, people are just saying he is a bad manager.

27.) 05 Oct 2021 14:10:10
Thanks Ed, appreciate that. You wouldn't be able to tell the wife to be that? Not sure she would agree lol.

{Ed025's Note - i will take your word for that mate.. :)

28.) 05 Oct 2021 14:10:53
I respect every posters opinion, but I cringe every time I hear the argument that the owners/ board are the reason why we are stagnant. Ed02 have told us on countless occasions that the owners don't get involved in the day to day running of the club. The glazers have been incharge of United for 16 years now. We have known their Modus Operandi from day one when they leveraged debt against the club in order to buy it. Now the argument is the board and owners are not ambitious enough to challenge/ win trophies. If that's the case why didn't it prevent the likes of Sir Alex, Jose and LVG from winning trophies. Even Moyes won the Charity Shield if you want to class it as a trophy and he didn't even last an entire season. So why is it so difficult for Ole even though he has been backed more by the owners than his predecessors.

29.) 05 Oct 2021 14:13:44
Caolan i posted a few days ago, fans have the power. Remember ESL? The owners made a decision but they did withdraw once the fans stomped feet. If we just keep shut, nothing will change. Arsenal and Milan come to mind. Even Liverpool took a generation to win again. Do t want the same to happen with us. Its almost 10 years already.

30.) 05 Oct 2021 14:23:44
Love_United my point is that we all want to see the club do well and win trophies, but those in charge have appointed a man who doesn't seem capable. That's my argument in a nutshell. We can all blame Ole for many things, but ultimately it is down to those calling the shots to ensure we are capable of competing. I could get behind the wheel of an F1 car, but it won't make me a world class driver.

31.) 05 Oct 2021 13:54:51
Dodgy, but SAF was a Ole supporter, so why he say it?

I think we all know we would take Pep over Ole!

Also look at who city have played compared to who we have played!

Look at the entertainment to what we have witnessed

We are only what 2 games of off being a quarter way in to season….

32.) 05 Oct 2021 14:46:54
UA I agree that we as fans have power, however the ESL was dead in the water within hours and I think our club held on as long as they felt they could. If it got the go ahead to start tomorrow, you can bet we would be right at the front of the queue, regardless of the fan felling. If we are still making top 4 I don't think the Glazers will get rid of Ole, it is fairly clear that is the aim of the club at the moment- well maybe the minimum aim.

At some point those calling the shots have to be aggressive and decisive in their decision making. Gary Neville always references ''the best in class'' and that is what I think we are screaming out for right now. This summer the recruitment was good, and as a result has really shown up the coaching staff in terms of performances. Right now I think there is an acceptance from those within the club go be happy with top 4. Are we bold enough to go and get a top manager out of a big club? Or would we just wait for a free agent because we don't have to buy them out of a contract. I am not asking for the Glazers to go, but I will always hold them responsible for the management and running of the club. Whilst they themselves may not be making every call, again they have hired the people who do. They have put the structure in place.

I am very serious when I say there is something good building at United, the academy is strong at the minute, we have a really good blend of experience and youth in the first team squad. We are maybe missing a top class number 6, but this squad is capable of playing good football and winning trophies imo, I just think it needs unlocked by the right man.

I hope it is Ole, but I just don't think it will be him.

33.) 05 Oct 2021 16:30:29
The problem with Ole is that he is a liar. He is a seller of hope. He came here and said what everyone of you wanted to hear about DNA United way, outrun teams etc.
In contrast he does the opposite and he has the opposite mentality from the mentality he said he has and the opposite to United way. He clearly wants the bar low and being the underdog. This is not the United way we play, this is Oleball and for that Ole is a liar.

34.) 05 Oct 2021 17:21:04
I genuinely wanted Ole to succeed but the man has taken us as far as he can.
He clearly isn't learning by his mistakes because he's making the same mistakes time and time again.
I'm sick of hearing the same crap from him after every game that "we were unlucky because we should of been awarded this or that".
He never makes reference to how crap we played during the game. I'm getting to the point where i can't even watch him in interviews anymore, it's like groundhog day.

35.) 05 Oct 2021 18:25:57
I won't watch him simo. He talk rubbish clichéd nonsense. I think he lacks every aspect required to be a good manager.

36.) 05 Oct 2021 18:56:31

Agree with your post mate, I’ll get that in now before the vultures come and well done for being brave as you know exactly who will respond and with what.

It is possible to think Ole isn’t the right man without ignoring any balance to the situation and appreciating what he has done.

I agree the obvious choices for next manager don’t look great, I think for me it would have to be Potter or Rodgers from our league, I don’t watch any Dutch football or football other than the premier league to be honest so I have no idea how good managers in others leagues are but a lot are obviously talking about Ten Haag as well.



30 Aug 2021 10:33:41
Great win yesterday, poor for about the first 60/ 65 mins but we hung in there. Varane was excellent, you can tell the rest of the backline felt more confident with him.

Fred was utter dross, and if we could upgrade him then we would be going places.

A lot of negatives on here about our performance etc, but let's give credit to wolves. Our record there is terrible as well so all in all a good days work and 7 from 9 is a good start.


1.) 30 Aug 2021 10:57:07
Agree mate 👍🏻.

2.) 30 Aug 2021 12:01:10
We could have been 3-0 down at half time without complaint, we ended up with 3 points and 7 from 9 is decent despite the feeling we threw points away last week. So we take the points and move on with a better return than last year.

I don't think we can gloss over the fact we still seem to have no plan or style of play each week and the way Ole looks just dazed in games is getting tired now.

What we do in training is a mystery to me, and how we get to each transfer window and not have a concrete plan to bring in at least one top midfielder is baffling and something that will come back to bite us each season until we do.

3.) 30 Aug 2021 13:12:56
You can see why Wolves have had 50 odd shots at goal in their three games and yet have failed to score, the need to sign Kiefer Moore really.

4.) 30 Aug 2021 13:24:51
I listened to this one on radio. Fred's name was by far the most mentioned, and not always in a negative way - you could hear how much work he was having to put in trying to cut out the passes to Traore with Sancho and Wan-Bissaka struggling against him.

Not saying Fred was good or bad (I know he gave the ball away twice in an attack Wolves could easily have scored in), but the guy's engine can't be faulted when he's in a pairing alongside a player who doesn't bust a gut to get back.

I can see the logic that a player in the same position with better positional sense would make a huge difference. Kante and Makele before him can just walk around and do the same role with ease.




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Writing greenwood off already are we ?.




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Lets hope PSG fancy bringing Zidane in then.




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18 Oct 2021 10:35:43
Southgate…. That would be an appalling decision by the club.




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22 Sep 2021 12:45:36
I like Henderson and until the last few games I would have had him as my number one. If we could get a good fee for him, then I guess we would be silly to not move him on as we wouldn't find it easy to move on De Gea.

Kovar coming through the ranks looks like a decent option for the future as well. Seems Henderson got a set back with C.V. at the worst time, and De Gea has grasped the opportunity with both hands.




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13 Sep 2021 15:28:20
Red Whiskey, if Pogba wants to go he will go for a free this coming summer and he will not sign a new deal. If he signs a new deal I would say that shows he wants to stay and thinks the team is going somewhere. Personally I think he is a great player, but hasn't done it enough for us. He is playing well at the moment and if this is the Pogba we could see on a consistent basis, then I would love him to stay.





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All Xbox no acumen gave me a good chuckle maze ????.




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I like John mcginn. Think he’s a decent player. Would you rather we chase Bellingham all summer and end up with nothing because that’s what I can see happening.




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16 Jan 2022 11:26:36
Donny’s paid a hell of a lot of money. It baffles me that players who can’t get in the side are now rated highly. Fred covers far more ground than donny and I’d say that’s why he’s ahead of him. The same thing happened with Kagawa years ago.




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Different managers have all watched donny on a day to day basis and have not deemed him good enough. Has he ever done much in the limited time he’s had? I agree he’s probably the most technically gifted, but that isn’t enough. I never see any risk in his play to ever stand a chance of playing as a 10, nor do I see the defensive awareness to play deeper.




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13 Jan 2022 10:28:58
Who remembers Zee.