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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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30 Jul 2020 16:15:35
Some reports in Portugal today of Paulinho (from Leverkusen I think) to wolves, with Raul Jiminez coming to us? I saw sports witness translate a few reports.

Ed do we still hold any interest in Jiminez or is the just rubbish?

Caolan_2

{Ed002's Note - He would be very expensive and who would he replace?}


1.) 30 Jul 2020 21:09:45
I think it's the striker Paulinho at Braga.


2.) 30 Jul 2020 21:27:00
Cheers Somerset. I’ve no idea Ed, thought it was a strange one. I think we were linked before ighalo which is why I asked but obviously ighalo is here until January now.


3.) 30 Jul 2020 22:47:29
Heard he is signing for Juventus (for a very high fee) .


 

 

31 May 2020 14:36:05
Looks like Igahlo's deal is being extended.

Caolan_2

1.) 31 May 2020 17:02:49
Good news, has been impressive and gives us a different option.


2.) 31 May 2020 19:00:11
Very happy if he stays. Has shown enough to be given a longer stint and also maybe allows us to invest elsewhere in the team. Another overlooked point is that he seems good in the dressing room and has a real hunger to do well for us. Good news if true.


 

 

11 Mar 2020 09:58:39
Now reports emerging that pogba wants to stay and extend his contract. maybe the interest isn't really there for him?

Caolan_2

1.) 11 Mar 2020 10:32:55
Be interesting if he does want to stay.


2.) 11 Mar 2020 10:47:40
I'm not sure what all these reports are about. Pogba has actively sought to leave for 2 years, He wanted to move to Real Madrid last summer, and Barcelona the summer before. It has also been said that if he can't get his move this summer that he intendeds to run down his contract and leave on a free.

Pure speculation here, but maybe he doesn't feel he can get the move he wants this summer, so would rather run his contract down and leave on a free. But is aware United won't want to do this so has changed tact slightly suggesting he would be willing to negotiate a new deal to stop the club forcing him out this summer. If he can keep the club believing he'll sign a new deal until after the window closes then he will be able to see out his final year, then move to the club he wants to AND receive a huge signing on bonus as well.

Personally I think the club need to sell him and stop this ridiculous farce.


3.) 11 Mar 2020 11:26:27
Utd have an option of another year. If the Club can't find a buyer that will meet his valuation this summer then he might just stay another season or longer. No need to panic the Club remains in a strong position especially with the emergence of Fernandes and the form of Fred, Matic and Mctominay. Pogba has a real fight for his place now or risk sitting on the bench for two seasons and wasting the best years of his career.

Theoretically Utd are a much better team with a motivated and in form Pogba. If nobody will meet his valuation Pogba will stay but unlike previous seasons we no longer rely on him and he'll have to fight for his place. He's spent this season predominantly injured, he won't want to spend next season on the bench so he'll have to buck his ideas up and with Utd having an option of another year things could be about to get very difficult for him. Ultimately footballers just want to play and maybe Pogba might have to just fall in line, cut out the nonsense and prove he's the superstar he thinks he is!

{Ed002's Note - The club cannot do that. If the club intend to force him not to play he will be able to cancel his contract and walk away.}


4.) 11 Mar 2020 11:33:37
I'd rather play Lingard in midfield than give Pogba a new contract, especially with a wage increase, club cannot be that stupid to do so either. Pogba has to go, can count on one hand how much 'world class' performances he's had since he signed 4 seasons ago. Massive circus surrounding him aswell, awful attitude, all talent no application.


5.) 11 Mar 2020 11:55:10
Ed002 - I never ever said anything about deliberately not selecting him that would be completely wrong and unnecessary. Pogba will have to fight for his place just like every other player at the Club. The form of other players means that his place in the team in no longer guaranteed and is now under threat. Rather than agitating to move he now needs to prove he's good enough to stay.

Any sensible person would advise Pogba to get fit and let his football do the talking. Whilst he's been out injured others have taken their opportunity and the Club have signed a very good player in Fernandes to replicate and hopefully complement his creativity. If his valuation is not met he will not move and he's no longer in such a strong position to negatively disrupt the squad.

I predict we'll either get a good fee for Pogba in the summer or a more determined and effective player next season if he stays.

{Ed002's Note - The amateurs should let him leave.}


6.) 11 Mar 2020 12:25:56
He has maybe changed his mind.


7.) 11 Mar 2020 13:50:51
just sell him and get rid of him and his virus agent, take lingard as well and be gone.


8.) 11 Mar 2020 14:00:20
My guess is that other clubs have seen his attitude and now have doubts about wanting him.
The club should not even consider extending, get rid ASAP, he's a virus.


9.) 11 Mar 2020 14:32:42
I agree shappy. Time to end the circus surrounding him.


10.) 11 Mar 2020 14:52:08
we have spent more time over the last 2 years, talking about non footballing issues rather than pogba actually playing on the pitch. i'm tired of it, so are most people so can we just sell him and move on please.


11.) 11 Mar 2020 15:31:25
I think you're right Tim. He has been here for nearly 4 years, he has made 150 appearances for the club. How many of those games can you remember a great performance from him? 10, maybe 15 games where you are left thinking wow, Pogba is a great player. Less than 10% of the time he puts in a great performance.

Maybe if he was living up to his potential then the whole circus that surrounds him might be worth enduring. Like how in the final couple of years with Ronaldo we had the whole Real Madrid saga. But Ronaldo was making the difference every game more or less so you deal with it.

Pogba makes the difference once a month at best. Hugely talented player, potentially one of the best in the world. But he just can't turn that talent into performances consistently enough to be worth the hassle.

Time to move on.


12.) 12 Mar 2020 07:44:47
Do you think Pogcrap knows how much contempt the fans have for him?

Do you think he is aware how lazy and ineffective he is on the pitch?

Does anyone tell him?


13.) 12 Mar 2020 11:26:23
Some naive peoples on here. It's so he doesn't get any crap from the fans when he uses us as a fitness boost for the Euros.


 

 

09 Mar 2020 16:59:39
Few reports flying around that Jude Bellingham was shown around the training ground with his parents today.

Caolan_2

1.) 09 Mar 2020 18:54:50
Wouldn't be surprised, we are pushing for him apparently.


2.) 09 Mar 2020 19:15:54
Must say shappy I thought he was for Dortmund last week after the outbreak of reports. Would be a good signing if he fulfils the potential. Ed001 have you seen much or head much about Bellingham? Apologies if you’ve been asked before.

{Ed001's Note - not seen much other than highlights, but heard so much about him. He is the most sought-after teenager in European football right now for a reason. Every single report raves about him.}


3.) 09 Mar 2020 19:33:22
Phil Jones rocking up in his yellow Lambo behind Bellingham. Maybe he was part of the tour group.


4.) 09 Mar 2020 19:42:38
Grim, either that or just highlighting that you don't need to fullfil your potential to drive a Lambo at United 😂.


5.) 09 Mar 2020 21:01:03
It's a done deal. Fee agreed,12.5m rising to 28m. He will join in the summer.


6.) 09 Mar 2020 21:25:06
why would they sell or 12.5 mill when h is the most sought after youngster in europe.


7.) 09 Mar 2020 21:44:15
Pretty sure I read somewhere that they rejected a deal of 25m in January.


8.) 10 Mar 2020 04:40:17
It's 12.5m. It's not fifa 20 or footy manager. The value will increase with add ons that are easy to obtain.
The kid, is a kid. He will not be a starter in the premier league, hence the price.


9.) 10 Mar 2020 08:28:18
Pabawan what is your source for this?

He's currently one of the most sought after young players in Europe, he is also English which normally bumps the price up as he fulfils the homegrown criteria.

16 years ago we paid 26m for an 18 year old kid from Everton who had just over a year's worth of first team experience.

Admittedly that was EPL experience, and he was a year older than Bellingham will be in the summer.

But prices for players have skyrocketed in the past 16 years. If Gomes leaves on a free transfer, we will only get a compensation fee, which is likely to be somewhere between 5-10m. So to sign a player for an initial fee which is only 2.5m more than a club might expect for a compensation fee seems ludicrous.


10.) 10 Mar 2020 10:31:22
what as fifa or footy manager got to do with it. he is one of the most sought after youngsters in europe. as shappy said they turned down more before. you probably do not want to read twitter to mutch.


11.) 10 Mar 2020 16:51:46
Did BCFC turn down more than that previously? Where was it reported that we actually bid. on twitter? Ha.

Fifa and FM make transfers simple. It certainly doesn't work like that.
Obviously, we all lack knowledge on transfer dealings and i'm not saying i am privy to any of the workings that go into a transfer.

I can't disagree with what you're saying shappy, i agree it seems mad considering what's been done (deal wise) previously.

I'm just sharing what i know. It will more than likely be reported as more in the 'Press'. But it's 12.5 going to 27.5m in (Easy) add ons.


12.) 10 Mar 2020 21:41:31
i would rather wait for edo2 to say its happening.

{Ed002's Note - The family has been shown around and the kid has been to the club shop no doubt.}


 

 

15 Nov 2019 19:19:09
Hi Ed,

I was just wondering if you've heard about our interest in Erling Haaland and whether or not it's concrete, or is it just lazy speculation in the media due to the Norwegian connection with OGS.

Thanks,

Caolán.

Caolan_2

{Ed002's Note - Erling Haaland (S) There is significant interest in the player from a number of sides and there have been discussions with one interested side already (last Monday) and one other side that could be offered him regardless of a lack of interest right now. Manchester United are interested and OGS knows him, but it would be a big step up with no guarantee of a starting place.. The kid needs to consider any move carefully and not end up on the bench.}


1.) 15 Nov 2019 19:54:42
I've not seen much of Haaland at all. Can anyone give a bit of a breakdown of his style of play?


2.) 15 Nov 2019 21:25:16
RJ, I can’t say I’ve seen much of him. But I’ve watched him in a few European games and you can see the guy just lives and breathes scoring goals. Physically he is very impressive for one so young. He seems a penalty box striker a bit like ruud.

{Ed002's Note - "Physically he is very impressive....". Tight buns? Each to their own.}


3.) 15 Nov 2019 21:25:33
Thank you ed 😂😂.


4.) 16 Nov 2019 09:45:50
An impressive physical specimen eh Caolan.


5.) 17 Nov 2019 16:14:58
The consensus seems to be that Rashford is too young to be the main striker for a club of United’s size to depend on. So why does Haaland help? He’s even younger and has been playing at a lower level. We need an experienced player in, if only on loan or for the short term.


6.) 19 Nov 2019 14:11:23
Rashford is not a central striker according to football experts 😁😁. Its not about age.


 

 

 

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26 Jul 2020 19:52:28
After 25 games we were 9th and were about to play spurs who were unbeaten under Jose and city in a week. I thought ole wouldn't make it past those games. To come 3rd is a very good achievement. It's not what he would have wanted or any of us. We all want titles. But when we apply perspective we missed martial, rashford and pogba for huge parts of the season. Bruno only arrived towards the end of January. Our squad has never been as good as the top 2's over the last few seasons but now the foundations are laid, we must back this manager and give him a platform to achieve something here.

On the game today, Bruno showed his temperament. I thought he was dreadful at times, but he never stopped working and he took his pen brilliantly. He is a proper Manchester United player. Also, it may have been his last ever kick in a United shirt but I'm absolutely made up for Lingard. No doubts he probably needs to move on this summer, but the guy has always worked hard for us, scored some big goals over the year. You could see what the goal meant to the other players for him, he gets a lot of stick but I'd say he's a very good fella, and he's popular in the dressing room. His time has come, but like I say if that's his last involvement, I'm glad it's a positive one.

Let's play a few kids in the Europa and enjoy it.

Caolan_2

 

 

19 Jul 2020 12:26:55
I don't expect many changes today, I think maybe Bailly and Lingard will come in. I think Lingard will be used to try and press the Chelsea back line. Other than that maybe Williams for TFM if he's fit?

Hope we can get a couple of early goals. It will be very interesting to see the Chelsea lineup with Liverpool and wolves to play for them!

Caolan_2

 

 

17 Jul 2020 11:32:05
Been a big critic of his on here at times, but we are seeing some top class performances from martial at the moment. Great goals, but what's been most pleasing to see is his movement, his much improved hold up and link up play.

Long may it continue. With his finishing ability if we get him the chances he could easily be a 25 goal a season striker. Let's up he unlocks his massive potential. He was excellent last night.

Caolan_2

1.) 17 Jul 2020 11:48:03
I'm hoping for a win a piece for us and Leicester in the next round of games and a loss for Chelsea. That would mean a draw in the final game resulting in Chelsea missing out. Lol.


2.) 17 Jul 2020 11:52:27
Both Martial and Rashford have 22 goals each and 8 assists each.

Imagine if we had Pogba and Bruno in the first half of season, the numbers would gave been crazier.


3.) 17 Jul 2020 11:55:26
He had been really good now particularly since the restart.
I don't like him and have been a big critic. I didn't see this form coming. Credit where its due. To think even some of his most loyal supporters wanted to sign harry kane only a few months ago.
I think he has taken a lot of people by surprise with his new found effort and dedication. Only 12 months ago ole wanted to replace him too so full credit to martial for starting to play better. Long may it continue.


4.) 17 Jul 2020 12:26:45
Lol its a bit obsessive,


5.) 17 Jul 2020 12:57:00
Exactly jred, this is what happens when you want a player to perform on how you have judged him rather than judging him on how he has performed, ken and redman need to take a break from their pet hates, this getting to sounness's opinion on pogba level biased, even the compliments are backhanded.


6.) 17 Jul 2020 13:22:18
CSM. I need to do no such thing. I have no issue with you or anybody having their opinion or within n what they feel. I do bot need you to tell me what to think or what i should post.
You have your pet hates now are in the past and were and still are allowed to air them.
Martial before this season had scored 35 epl goals in 5 seasons or something like that. He was not trying. Jose wanted to replace him ole wanted to replace him. Ole tried rash at cf before martial. He was not imorove at all for either manager. But now he is doing better. In fact he imo has been at least as good as bruno since bruno signed.
I think harry kane would score more than martial if they swapped places. That said its not gong to happen and if he keeps up his form we won't need to sign another striker mason greenwood can play plenty of games and hopefully get better and challenge martial for his favoured positionas cf over the coming years.


7.) 17 Jul 2020 13:38:53
Martiall always had the tslent but just wadnt guven opportunities as a cf. He is a top top player and just needed a season like this. If he avoids injury for next couple of years then we are going to see a lot of goals from him.


8.) 17 Jul 2020 13:41:36
At least Ken and Redman amongst others are putting their opinions out there and changing them based on what they see.

There's a few on here grinning from ear to ear at the prospect of finishing 5th. Who would keep everyone in the team because we're mowing over the weaker teams in the league.

This squad still needs improvement and if we want to progress, there will be questions asked of everyone consistently.

The majority of the team and the manager have been performing very well. But they also have a tendency to go off the boil for long periods of time.

Martial is doing enough to show he can lead the line next season. No more, no less. It's far too early to say if he's turned the corner or this is a purple batch.


9.) 17 Jul 2020 13:44:05
Ken he has scored 35 goals in 5 season because mourinho didn't like him much, difficult to score or do anything when manager refuses to play you consistently and even when he did it was as a winger not a forward. This season he has played 2460 minutes in pl and that's while being out with injury for 2 months, under mourinho the most he managed was 1584.

Ole tried to play rashford as a cf last season when he was just starting as a manager, this season every single game martial has played is as a cf.

Harry kane is a great player but if you put him in the utd team pre fernandes he doesn't do any better than martial or rashford did. They had no support in attack except for each other, kane is finding how it feels to play that way under mourinho currently and it hasn't been great for him.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair, it was not just Jose not liking him, most on here gave me grief for saying I thought he should be a striker not a winger. It did seem very much the consensus that Martial was a winger in his early days with United.}


10.) 17 Jul 2020 13:58:25
Ed001 pretty sure he did start out as a cf for us until lvg had enough of depay and shifted martial to the left to replace him.

{Ed001's Note - off the top of my head I can't remember to be honest. I just remember most people telling me I was wrong about him being a striker.}


11.) 17 Jul 2020 14:08:53
Mumbles the numbers him and rashford have put up are excellent given injuries and also the fact Bruno and pogba were not there for a very long time. Btw, in my opinion the squad now is only capable of pushing past 5th place. Until Bruno came without pogba we had no creativity and were average. People seem to forget we hadn’t put out a fully fit side since the very early weeks of the season. Regardless of where we finish this season progress is pretty clear to be seen.


12.) 17 Jul 2020 14:30:25
Caolan. The squad is only now good enough to challenge 4th? Gimme a break man. Stop making excuses for the man. He should have been sacked twice already. He stayed in a job because he is a legend at the club. He's done well to be in with a chance of achieving our goals now. There's two games remaining to finish 4th. If we can't take that step, he simply doesn't deserve another season.

18 months in charge, £220 million spent for 1 extra point and 1 extra place. That's not good enough in my eyes. If we make the champions league it's enormous for the club. Financially alone in a year where money will be very tight this is a must.

If he can't meet the minimum expectations that all our previous managers were held to, then it's adios amigo.


13.) 17 Jul 2020 14:40:21
Ed001 to be fair to everyone his best position was difficult to judge. He has always been a great finisher but he isn't your classic no 9 player.


14.) 17 Jul 2020 16:22:39
So mumbles are you telling me that the options he had for the majority of the season in a creative sense from midfield were good?

This options were Andreas Pereria, Lingard, Mata (great player but well past his best) . How many premier league goals and assists have they had? We cried out for Bruno in the summer, those above ole didn’t get it done as Ed said many times. Pogba missed how many games? Rashford missed how many games? Martial missed two months as well. In that time we won against a lot of good sides. So how am I making excuses for the man? Ridiculous how we can be on a good run now yet people still have to have a go. Enjoy your team playing well, that’s honestly not a difficult thing to do? If you can’t see any positives then I just don’t know what else to say.


15.) 17 Jul 2020 17:59:07
They were same creative players Jose got us to 2nd with Caolan. I am thoroughly enjoying watching us playing decent football. It's a stark contrast to the tripe that was being served up at the start of the season being bested by some relegation candidate sides.

I can see the improvement of course. I would expect nothing less than improvement with the money spent and the time he has.

I have always said that he needs to get 4th. If he does then it can show he get meet expectations. He got to 4th last year and ballsed it up. If it's in our hands this year and he can't get us over the line. All the nice little attacking play will be for nothing. I don't accept and will never accept 5th being enough!


16.) 18 Jul 2020 01:14:59
It's not often I get to brag on here, but i do remember discussing him with Ken once, and I said I thought he was one of the most natural finishers around. Just needed a run of games in his best position, and a manager who trusted him. Thankfully he also has one of the most predatory finishers around to teach him his craft.


 

 

09 Jul 2020 11:06:38
I think bringing laird into the squad now spells the end for Dalot. It will be interesting to see if laird gets any game time as dalot hasn't featured in the league yet.

Caolan_2

1.) 09 Jul 2020 12:23:47
I really like Dalot, he is an exciting player and is probably the best crosser of the ball we have at the club. Yet, injuries have really let him down and stopped him from being able to kick on. The situation is a little reminiscent of Rafael, a clearly talented player who can do well when he got on the pitch, yet injuries limited him early on in his career which ultimately restricted his ability to make the most of his undoubted talent.

The difference is Rafael had an ageing Neville and an almost always injured Wes Brown fighting it out for game time with him. Dalot has arguably one of the best RB's in the league who himself is only 22 in AWB, while the likes of Williams and Laird coming through both younger than him makes it very hard to see how he gets a game. Maybe a move is best for him to get the game time he needs to fulfil his potential.


2.) 09 Jul 2020 16:48:44
Don’t think he’s good enough defensively for me, obviously that’s something he can improve on. However I don’t think he’d ever come close to wan bissaka. From what I’ve seen of laird I think he’s going to be a cracking player, but unfortunately for him he’s got wan bissaka in front of him.


3.) 09 Jul 2020 19:54:50
I love laird have done for a couple of years. Great end product at youth level. Tenacious but a bit rah defencively.
I also like dalot hope he gets a good move if he leaves. i'd like to see him shine somewhere. Although for his age he has spent a lot of time on the injured list.


 

 

08 Jul 2020 23:05:56
Ed001 just wondering if you've seen much of pogba since the restart and if so what you've thought? Seems to be playing a lot more simple and more for the team at the moment. Something which I think in the past many of us could criticise him for not doing.

Caolan_2

{Ed001's Note - I would agree with you. He looks much better for it. He is not able to be the star right now as he is very much secondary to Bruno and it is doing him good. His workrate is better too. I have been impressed as he is actually looking like a player rather than just a highlight reel hero.}


1.) 09 Jul 2020 00:00:06
Talks of a new contract about to be offered to him aswell, fingers crossed he wants to stay.


2.) 09 Jul 2020 05:45:18
The commentators in our last match made a similar point to ED001. With the rest of the team (particularly Bruno) performing at the level they are, both the need to perform and the expectation have been lifted from Pogba’s shoulders allowing him to focus on his football rather than the constant pressure he’s been under.

There have been times over the past few seasons where both pundits and fans have crucified Pogba for not singlehandedly winning games for us and I can only imagine that this will have probably weighed heavily on his shoulders.

Not only does he look happier on the field since the restart, but he has also been putting in some solid performances. I still expect him to improve as he returns to full fitness, but he’s playing well enough to warrant a spot in the starting 11 right now which perhaps hasn’t always been the case during his time at the club.

Pogba playing next to Fernandes is a little like him playing next to Pirlo at Juventus. He doesn’t have to do everything himself but is still able to pop up and win a game for us with a moment of magic.

{Ed047's Note - and basically be carried along like he was for Juventus and France by all the quality players they had. 🤷‍♂️


3.) 09 Jul 2020 06:26:09
Ed047, surely it's better that he's carried along by other quality players and playing like he is than playing like he was before? I'd say in the last few games we've seen what Pogba actually is, someone who has all the attributes to be one of the best midfielders in the world but needs quality around him to show that. He is a player who could be the best player in a very good team but look very out of place in a bad one.

I'm not leaping to Pogba's defence by the way as he has deserved a fair chunk of the criticism he gets for his inconsistent performances. Despite that, he has pretty much been expected to be the guy who picks the ball up from CB's to start attacks, a box to box midfielder, a ball winner, number 10 and a goalscoring midfielder across the last few seasons. Many times he's been asked to do that all in one game as he has hardly had a stellar group of midfielders/ wingers alongside him.

{Ed047's Note - one does “one of the best midfielders in the world” need to have quality all around him to show how good he is? is my question RJ


4.) 09 Jul 2020 08:16:36
Some of Pogba's passing is insane. One among was a pin point cross field pass to Rashford on the half volley. Very few can pull those off.
He is not far from being fully fit as well.

Matic also has played a crucial role behind Pogba and Bruno.


5.) 09 Jul 2020 08:29:02
Depends what he’s good at.
I’d argue Pogba tried too hard to do it all himself.


6.) 09 Jul 2020 09:41:49
Before pogba was having to do three jobs basically and couldn’t master any of them. Build up play from the back, progress it through midfield and play the final ball/ get on the end of things and score. We had occasional spurts of good play from lingard, mkhitaryan, mata in the final third when we went through good patches but we all know our midfield quality was poor under jose.

With bruno playing number 10 so well and greenwood, martial and rashford all delivering, the final third burden has reduced on pogba, now he has to focus on developing the game and progressing play which he is doing very well.


7.) 09 Jul 2020 09:58:31
All of the best players outside of Messi and Ronaldo require decent players around them to flourish.


8.) 09 Jul 2020 10:56:54
I've always been quite critical of Pogba, mostly because he has so many strings to his bow, yet often he doesn't deliver. However, this new set up seems to suit him, with Matic watching the shop and Bruno being the chief creator Pogba has more freedom to dictate play, without the burden of having to do all the work, and in my opinion he is performing his best since he moved here.

Great players play well every week regardless of who they play with, but if they have great team mates alongside them then they can play great football every week.

If i'm being honest Pogba has had very few poor performances. What we refer to as "poor" performances are actual performances where he hasn't lived up to his full ability. When Pogba has been "poor" he has still been one of the best players on the pitch for us, but when you are a world class talent then more is expected of you. The same happened with Rooney and Ronaldo. Its the burden a player has to carry for having such world class ability. You don't get judged by what you actually achieve but by what you are capable of, and if what you achieve is below your level then you are considered to have played poorly.


9.) 09 Jul 2020 11:15:27
He is now doing what he is good at, he is not the player people made him out to be and then crucified him for not living up to their expectation.

{Ed001's Note - the problem is people only saw the highlight reels and thought that he was doing that for 90 minutes. No one can do that for 90 minutes. However Pogba was not doing much else for the rest of the game and that was something people were not expecting. Now he is getting himself involved fully in the game and he is benefitting from that. His contribution is no longer limited to highlight reel moments, with the odd foot in to win the ball back. Now he is hustling opposition, he is controlling the play on the ball and it is not about being carried, which to a degree he was at Juve and France, as they did not need him to do much other than Hollywood balls or flicks and tricks with the teams they had. If this is not just about getting a move away and he has actually had the lightbulb come on while out, then he can be that world class midfielder everyone hoped he would be. You just have to hope he has been sat watching videos of the best midfields in the world right now (I know they are your 2 main rivals so I won't mention their names!) and realised that a big part of their brilliance is intensity. That is the biggest thing Pogba has lacked throughout his career. If he now has it in his game, then he can reach the heights expected.}


10.) 09 Jul 2020 11:31:07
That pretty much sums it up ed, I think people expected some kind of roy of the rovers due to the image thst had been built up in the media.
He is a very talented lad but has always missed a bit of drive .
Set up of team suits him better imo.

{Ed001's Note - agreed.}


11.) 09 Jul 2020 11:34:15
Ed1 do you think he could renew and stay on? Obviously it’s been documented about wanting out etc. But I really see someone enjoying their football right now.

{Ed001's Note - right now I think he won't have much choice, because no one is going to pay the money to buy him in the current climate. It gives him time to realise that being happy is more important than more money and hopefully he will settle down. The fact that he has a much more understanding coaching set up than when he arrived is certainly a plus for him. He wanted more freedom on the pitch and he has been given it. There is certainly good reason to hope that he will change his mind and decide he is in a good place for him personally - but I do think he will need to see a chance to win medals.}


12.) 09 Jul 2020 08:28:57
ed047 you can pick any midfielder from any age and put them behind jesse lingard and periera and infront of phil jones and co. Its not going to be a pretty result.

{Ed047's Note - see my reply to RJ mate


13.) 09 Jul 2020 08:58:26
Ed047 well I can’t imagine playing with Andreas Pereria and Lingard with his form over the last 18 months is going to get the best out of anyone 😂.


14.) 09 Jul 2020 10:12:02
I think you’re being a little harsh, Ed.

I don’t think Pogba is or has ever been ‘carried’, more he’s at times had players around him who have helped to lift the burden of expectation from his shoulders whilst also covering for some of the weaker areas of his game.

Like all players, Pogba has his strengths and weaknesses and when placed in a team who share those weaknesses, they’re obviously going to stand out a lot more. I think you could just as easily make the argument that those players that ‘carried’ Pogba were also being carried by him in much the same way. It’s a team sport, after all.

{Ed047's Note - see my reply to RJ red.


15.) 09 Jul 2020 11:04:48
Yeah that's a fair point Ed but there are very few of the best players in their position playing in sides as poor as we have been across the last 3 or 4 years.

Looking back, you can imagine Pogba looking around for a pass across that time, playing in slow, predictable teams with no movement and seeing Lingard, Fellaini, Pereira, Herrera, Fred etc which isn't going to give him much confidence that if he plays the pass to them much will be created. Then if he gives the ball away he had a winger at right back (Valencia or Young), a winger at left back (Young), Smalling, Rojo, Blind, Jones etc behind him. It's clear why he's had to try to do 4 jobs in every game.

I still think we should look to sell him despite his clear improvement but the faults in his performances aren't all his own across his time here.

{Ed047's Note - but isn’t that a time to shine, how many times has a particular player in a lower team pretty much carried that team.

For an alleged world class player Pogba simply went missing and now Bruno is tearing it up he’s hanging of his shirt tail.

The same as he did at Juve and with France.


 

 

 

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13 Aug 2020 18:20:28
Ed I’m not sure if you’ve answer this, but do you know if dembele would be a permanent transfer or a loan? Only reason I ask is the links to Coman being a loan deal.

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10 Aug 2020 19:28:29
At the end of the day, we know the price. If we match it he comes. My view is, if this is the managers number 1 target then we should get him, but I don’t make the decisions. It will be interesting to see what happens. I don’t think a certain date makes any difference to whether or not the player will be sold before the window closes.

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08 Aug 2020 02:02:00
We are more likely to see him on the pga tour that anywhere near his best on a football pitch again.

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30 Jul 2020 21:27:00
Cheers Somerset. I’ve no idea Ed, thought it was a strange one. I think we were linked before ighalo which is why I asked but obviously ighalo is here until January now.

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28 Jul 2020 21:12:15
Out of that Norwich team the only players I’d consider adding to the squad would be Aarons, Lewis and cantwell.

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12 Aug 2020 19:41:31
Don’t know what he did wrong the other night. If you go on other sites such as twitter you’ll even see Bruno getting stick!

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12 Aug 2020 19:40:02
Honestly I’ve seen nothing from Buendia to suggest he’s anywhere near a top half player. There are levels, if we can’t get Sancho we need to target players such as Chiesa for example. For me now is the time to be aggressive in the market and really try and make the team much stronger.

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11 Aug 2020 15:12:43
If only there was an independent party from the game confirming whether or not it should have been a penalty or not.

The only one I can 100% say shouldn’t have been a pen was the one against villa.

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10 Aug 2020 10:42:08
If united pay what Dortmund want they he joins. Regardless of any deadline set by them. The October deadline is the only one that really matters.

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10 Aug 2020 00:36:28
Full strength for me and make changes when the games sealed. They’ve had a good rest now, and 5 days between each game should be okay.

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