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05 Jul 2018 09:34:57
Papers now linking us with Shaqiri.

Him and Shaw would be unstoppable in the cafeteria.

1.) 05 Jul 2018 11:33:52
If Shaw got in first. There would nothing left in the cafeteria.

2.) 05 Jul 2018 11:49:42
I’d say they both try to go through at the same time, and just get stuck.

3.) 05 Jul 2018 12:29:46
Leave the jokes, guys. For 12mln tell me a better quality right winger who happily will be a squad player. And do not forget that we are playing without right wing for years.

{Ed001's Note - happily be a squad player? He left Bayern because he refused to be a squad player.}

4.) 05 Jul 2018 13:09:07
I mean his career has been a litany of failed auditions at big clubs. He ended up at Stoke where he put in no effort. That’s about his level - struggling EPL club where he can get by on natural ability without having to work.

5.) 05 Jul 2018 13:22:55
Not sure he wanted to leave, more like Bayern wanted to sell.

{Ed001's Note - yes, because he refused to knuckle down and be a squad player.}

6.) 05 Jul 2018 13:55:28
A simple question. what if a gamble clicked?

7.) 05 Jul 2018 15:38:35
Always tried to back jose and give him the benefit of the doubt but if the rumours about Shaqiri are true I’ll have lost all faith, don’t care if its 12 million or 12 bob he’s not worth it, i watched him against the swedes and i bet he didn’t run a bloody mile all game and that's at the World Cup.

8.) 05 Jul 2018 17:32:01
Absolute no to shaq IMO. Wont be happy with what we probably wpuld offer and he'd be leaving again next season.

9.) 05 Jul 2018 19:54:58
He’s failed everywhere, why on Earth would we sign him?

10.) 05 Jul 2018 20:02:26
Make a good door stop?

11.) 05 Jul 2018 20:51:35
Last week some folk on here were saying shaqiri is better than mata and jessie. 😂😂😂😂😂😊.

12.) 06 Jul 2018 01:06:08
Talented player but needs a team to be built around him, and he's not talented or applied enough to get that at a top club. Plus, he personifies the opposite of a "Jose player"! I wouldn't pick him ahead of Lingard, Alexis, Mata, Rashford, or the pre-slump Martial. I'd also rather Pogba play further forward with another midfielder in behind him than in a 2 with Shaqiri as 1 of the attacking 4. A big fat no from me. He'll probably end up joining a smaller club. Liverpool perhaps?



14 Jul 2017 11:22:42
Reported in Spain that Madrid are back in for De Gea, and he wants to leave. Price being mooted is £50m. Take it with a pinch of salt.

But if it is true, then this should be fun. If they wanted £70m for their backup striker, then how much is one of the top keepers in the world worth?

1.) 14 Jul 2017 11:24:47
£100m thanks Real.

2.) 14 Jul 2017 11:41:18
Pickford 30 mil for an upcoming keeper. De gea the best in the world needs to be 100 mil +.

3.) 14 Jul 2017 11:46:08
Minimum 100 million.

4.) 14 Jul 2017 12:00:42
All depends for all we know there might have been a gentleman's agreement for him to leave made last summer and a figure agreed. That figure then would look cheap by today's prices. Time will tell.

5.) 14 Jul 2017 12:02:45
£60mill+Kroos please thank you.

6.) 14 Jul 2017 12:03:17
Toni Kroos and £60m.

7.) 14 Jul 2017 12:26:33
with no prior agreement in place between us and RM i would say £95mil and make him the most expensive player in the world - for the short term anyway.

8.) 14 Jul 2017 12:30:08
If he wants out it will be hard to stop. But it must be on our terms. Perhaps we could get the opportunity to talk to bale or kroos if jose wants them.
A question i asked on another thread would we need to sign a keeper or would be go work romero and Perriera?

9.) 14 Jul 2017 12:35:17
Easily worth £100m today. Kroos and 60 would be a good return but this isn't footy manager. I'd love us to just stick 2 fingers up to Madrid and tell Mendes he needs to be loyal to us given the recent business we've done with him.

10.) 14 Jul 2017 13:54:08
Haven't we already rejected a 60 million bid.

11.) 14 Jul 2017 14:31:41
Don't think so bolger.

12.) 14 Jul 2017 14:31:43
Let's be realistic with the valuation, whilst the money at the minute for outfield players is crazy we are not going to get more than £60/ 70m for DDG. Keepers are important but not valued as highly as strikers.
At the end of last year I thought Mourinho for all his talk would have been happy with DDG going at a good price and starting season with Romero and the pereira who he thinks will be world class in a few years.
If DDG goes Hopefully we start conversations about Bale coming the other way.

13.) 14 Jul 2017 14:42:21
Unfortunately I think it's inevitable that De Gea will end up at Madrid. I've said before that it has the feel of the Fabregas to Barcelona to it and will eventually happen. I just hope we get the maximum amount for him. Jose seems to be getting decent fees for all the outgoings so far. I'd say between £80-90 million and he's yours. Then go after Jack Butland.

14.) 14 Jul 2017 14:46:48
Brad, historically goal scorers command the big fees. But with Liverpool rumoured to be happy to pay £70m million for Keita who's had one season in the bundesliga, why not stick for £100m for the worlds best goal keeper?

15.) 14 Jul 2017 15:09:35
Even if the player wants to go, we don't have to do the deal. It is feasible to hold the player to his contract. DDG seems like a good professional and he's already at one of the biggest clubs in the world with Champions League football.

However, I really rate Romero. I was at OT when he made his debut and I thought then he looked like an accomplished keeper. I have no doubt he would be an excellent number one for us.

If DDG is sold that leaves an interesting conundrum with Perriera. If I was Jose I would be asking myself, if Romero got injured is Perriera ready to step up straight away?

I think as that we need to reset the balance of our relationship with Real Madrid. They need to understand that they cannot just help themselves to any of our players and that if they are not prepared to be reasonable with players we want to buy from them, we are prepared to walk away and find an alternative.




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19 Feb 2020
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Manchester United Player Sightings page entitled, The Cost of Glazer Ownership

1.) 20 Feb 2020 10:37:05
The figures are eye watering and make for shocking reading. That said the 2008 market crash has played a large part in the need to restructure the debt and the associated costs. Something that certainly wouldn't have been part of the plan when the Glazer's took over. That doesn't make it any better, but just highlights that things outside of the owners control will have impacted how they run the club from a financial point of view.

The other thing is actually just how little dividends have actually been paid out over the last 10 years. 99m might sound like a lot. But less than 10m a year being paid out to 5 or 6 individuals mean that the owners of the club have been earning significantly less than a large proportion of the playing staff. Anyone in the squad earning more than say 40k per week is earning more than the owners. Which you would say is most of them.

As a PLC we used to pay out around the 10m a year in dividends. So to say the owners are leaching the club dry seems a little wide of the mark.

It's interesting reading, however, the numbers outside of context are hard to interpret.

2.) 20 Feb 2020 11:10:59
Shap, those figures don’t include salaries, which the owners take for various roles/ duties. The figure is solely related to financing and re-financing tied to the initial leveraged buyout - I. e. it has cost the club close to £900m, so far, because the owners bought the club without investing any of their own money.

3.) 20 Feb 2020 12:15:37
I completely agree that the 900m it has cost the club is a massive loss. The trick is that we naturally assume that had the leveraged buy out had not happened that the money would have gone on the team, or wages or the stadium.

While its safe to assume that without the debt incurred though the buy out that the club may have had money to develop the stadium and the facilities. I don't think much more could have been spent on wages, we have the second highest wage bill in the world as it is. Also a huge problem we have with selling players is that they are on wages other clubs either can't or won't match often meaning we either have to sell the player below their realistic market value or we are stuck with them.

Maybe we would have had more to spend on transfer or maybe we wouldn't have. One thing that is not considered when discussing the Glazer's is just by how much they have increased our revenues. Some people will say other owners would have done the same but the fact that these changes were made by the Glazer's highlights that they weren't being done before.

So how much of that 900m spent on the debt comes from additional revenue created by the people who incurred the debt?

Under private ownership the Glazer's decide whether to take dividends and how much they take. So far over the last 10 years they have taken less than 10m a year. If the club was still a PLC it is safe to assume quite a bit more would have been paid out in dividends to the shareholders over that period.

It's all if buts and maybes. In reality we will never know where the club would be without the Glazer's and its pointless and actually wrong to suggest that the club would have this figure or that figure more to spend in scenario x, y or z.

I don't like the Glazer's, very little if any good publicity has come out of their ownership. While regardless of what is happening off the pitch during their ownership the club has seen a sharp decline. That may or may not have happened regardless after Sir Alex stepped down. Either way, I'm not a fan of our owners.

That said there are many worst owners out there, and we could easily be worse off than we are. There has been a huge push from the fans to remove the owners, the Green and Gold campaign and the setting up of Untied FC of Manchester. Yet the owners are still here.

That to me suggests we can't do anything to shift them short of having a whip around and raise the funds to buy them out. You don't happen to have a spare 3-4 billion do you?

In fighting at a club never ends well, it spills out from the terraces and into the dressing room in essence destabilising the club which isn't to the benefit of the team, the owners or the fans.

We can't shift them, all we can do is drag our club down. Better to ignore them, and focus on the team, the players and fellow fans. The good things about the club. The Glazer's have owned the club for 17 years of our either 142 or 118 year history depending on which you count. They won't own the club forever. Do you know how many owners the club have had in that time? How many can you name? Doesn't that highlight how little they mean to our history?

4.) 21 Feb 2020 07:17:06
Shappy, no one is begrudging the owners taking annual dividends. The problem is the amateurish running of the club from the footballing side. Ludicrous money wasted on terrible transfers, no money spent on Old Trafford or Carrington. No thought given to our academy for years, although that has improved in recent times. Players like jones, smalling, lingard, Pereira being rewarded for their mediocrity with new lucrative contracts. Woodward gets the blame and rightly so, but the owners have a responsibility to the club. It's not just a business, it's a football club and a business.
You don't have to look very far to see that our most hated enemy across the East lancs seem to have owners who want success on the football pitch and off the football pitch, it can be done.



08 Feb 2020 15:54:53
Interesting comments from Fred:

"We are lacking a lot right now, first of all we need to figure out things on the pitch, we are lacking creativity, especially in midfield. "

"We also need to improve as a group, our group lacks the 'sticking together mentality', we have lots of problems. "

"Vanity is also an issue and we need to stop this and just run on the pitch. "

"We need to be on the same page and today some players have different objectives, there are players that just want to solve problems alone and this is wrong. "

Fred, despite his limitations, has been one of our best players over the last few months. Primarily because he puts the work in and keeps up the effort for the full 90 minutes.

Three issues: lack of creativity, lack of teamwork, and big egos. Pretty bang on I think. Issues that encompass both the attitudes of certain players, and the tactical failings of the coaching team. If Fred is aware of these problems, the coaching team is too and we have to wonder why they haven't solved any of them.

1.) 08 Feb 2020 17:36:21
This is very scary if true.

2.) 08 Feb 2020 17:56:47
Maybe Fred should be player/ coach for the rest of the season.

3.) 08 Feb 2020 20:27:38
I read that this morning Danny. It is a worrying state of affairs. Good managers stamp down on vanity, and encourage unity. And it seems that this is not happening at present.
Also, players coming out criticising outdated training methods by McKenna. Who put together a coaching team of Solskjaer, phelan, Carrick and McKenna? It's an absolute joke.

4.) 08 Feb 2020 21:02:14
I respect freds words and his work rate on the pitch but he is part of the problem.

The level of his first touch compared with other professional footballers (not even high level) who play midfield is severely poor.

Cant help but thhink we would be more creative if our attacking players got the ball in more threatening areas from people like fred.

Having to take an extra touch on the ball or take an extra 5 seconds to make up for a poor touch is what slows down our attack and leads to the plodding tempo were so accustomed to seeing against teams that sit back.

5.) 09 Feb 2020 08:07:18
If Fred is right then it’s good he has called it out and frankly, is anyone surprised? Ole is trying to move on those he thinks don’t fit yet he continually enthuses about Pogba who is a major part of the problem. His intentions are sound but he seems incapable of delivering it.

I suspect we will slide to 7th and he will be gone before the season is out. If Poch is interested I expect him to be in next.

6.) 09 Feb 2020 08:27:01
I would guess Pogba. Lingard, Martial and Chong most unsettled/ affected by off pitch matters.

Let them go.



20 Oct 2019 18:50:38
Well done to Red Man. He called it, the team gave buckets of commitment, and pulled out a result.

This is a system which could work against attacking sides, like Wolves do. But it can't work with Rojo and Young on the left, they blew it for the team today.

But still no evidence that we can break down teams and score more goals.

1.) 20 Oct 2019 19:31:58
Danny on the evidence of not breaking teams down, that wasn’t a game where we could see that today. Next weekend at Norwich let’s judge then. I think ole will go back to the 433 he used at the start (I say in hope. )

2.) 20 Oct 2019 19:54:57
Same Danny, redman fair play, you had it called.

Now if only we gave that sort of commitment every week.



09 Oct 2019 11:17:19
Sign Colleen Rooney up as DOF.

Colleen knows that it takes months of research to find the right person.

1.) 09 Oct 2019 12:59:03
Love it Danny. Spot on🤣🤣.

2.) 09 Oct 2019 13:22:33
She’s honestly my new hero.

The trap, the execution, and the public shaming.

What a women.

3.) 09 Oct 2019 15:56:52
I've got to give a round of applause to whoever first called her WAGatha Christie.

4.) 09 Oct 2019 16:22:20
Waynes a brave man to even think of annoying that one. Shes all woman and my kind of gal 😘😘.



Manchester United: Asleep at the Wheel

25 Aug 2019 21:31:45
{Ed's Note - Danny Pughnited has posted a new article entitled, Manchester United: Asleep at the Wheel

1.) 25 Aug 2019 21:38:01
Now that's a good balanced post, couldn't disagree with any of that.

2.) 25 Aug 2019 22:01:24
Good post Danny.
From the top to bottom the football strategy is arse about face. I find it hard to believe that mr woodward had not paid with his job.
Over a billion pound in transfers and coaches pay offs and we have only 3 or 4 what i would consider to players in their positions and a couple of them are in good form.

3.) 25 Aug 2019 22:16:59
Danny, that's probably the best post and summaristaion I have seen on the club as a whole. Others are going to see this as a negative post despite it being well balanced. I spoke about my fear of the expectation that will be put upon Mason Greenwood.

I really do feel for Ole, he has no other choice but to play the youth. The powers that be who negotiate the transfers have left him incredibly hampered and I fear the worst for both him and our season.

Not a doom and gloom as many will be quick to say but just the sheer sense of frustration with our club since SAFs departure with a bit of realism.

Once again, great post.

4.) 25 Aug 2019 22:48:21
We didn't look like scoring from open play, except that we did. And had a penalty from a dangerous attack. And another blatant penalty, that inexplicably the refs decided not to give - a complete farce for VAR. On another day we could easily have won that game yesterday. We should have won the game against Wolves.

I don't disagree that the squad looks thinner than I would like in defensive/ box to box. But it is only so if we get an injury. If we play 4231 we have 4 solid first team players for the 2 midfield places.

You either believe in youth or you don't. Fill the bench with Mata, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Rojo etc if you like. But that is not believing in youth.

I completely agree that it is bizarre that we chase Fernandes all summer and then pull out. But if you include the young players coming through we have a lot of players who can play in forward areas.

Give the season a chance to get going.

{Ed047's Note - Fellaini and Schneiderlin, have you been in a time warp dodgy?

5.) 25 Aug 2019 23:41:47
Top top top post.

6.) 26 Aug 2019 00:25:41
we played palace and lost. the better sides are going to set up better and on that showing the future is far from bright.

7.) 26 Aug 2019 01:04:33
Lol, I just meant a larger more filled out squad ED. I know they are thankfully Ex- utd players!

People bemoaned having fellaini as our plan B taking up a youth player's spot on the bench, but now we are unhappy that a very promising young player gets trusted to have a chance to make the difference.

You give a chance to youth, you expect variable results while they learn. You don't get perfection. We have to be more patient in the process.

{Ed047's Note - haha no worries mate, I was just 😱😳 we’ve got a few at Arsenal I’d love to see the back of for some promising youngsters, but then you’re right, be patient.

8.) 26 Aug 2019 11:44:18
Cheers, guys.

9.) 26 Aug 2019 15:02:36
Enjoyed reading that Danny.




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12 Aug 2020 14:47:07
I’m not sure what price people think Dembele will go for, but if people think we could get him, a midfielder and a cb for the Sancho price, he’d have to go for about £10m.



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11 Aug 2020 18:46:57
To me it seems that every other club has decided that the overall cost of Sancho is far too high, and Dortmund are happy for the player to stay another season.

In contrast, United think that a club with no real need to sell will just lower their price.



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02 Aug 2020 11:02:13
Just a hunch, but I would say there is zero basis for either rumour and the papers are making up stories.



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10 Jul 2020 18:43:43
Can’t see it happening, it would be a steel at that price, but they’d block it.



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06 Mar 2020 18:19:11
Not a chance Ken. Has years on his contract, won’t down tools, and Levy doesn’t sell cheap unless he has no other option. Upwards of £150m or he simply won’t be sold.




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08 Aug 2020 15:17:12
Spenno: I want to buy your tv.

Me: I don’t want or need to sell my tv, I’m going to keep it.

Spenno: come on sell me your tv, I really really really want your tv.

Me: I don’t want to sell it, but if you really really really want it, I’ll sell it for a grand.

Spenno: don’t be so greedy.



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07 Aug 2020 16:31:44
Not convinced by salary caps.

1. They do nothing about the obscene amounts of money involved in football. They simply make the top teams even more attractive business prospects as the money saved on salaries will go into the pockets of those who already have the most. In addition, it will lead to a reduction in tax income from football as wages yield higher tax revenues than corporate profits.

2. Any hint of a level playing field will lead to a big push for a breakaway super league where the best players will earn far higher wages. Perhaps this is what is needed, an elite European league without salary caps and domestic, capped, leagues. But I’m not sure that the clubs left behind will be in any better position with the majority of sponsors and tv money inevitably following the super league.



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05 Aug 2020 14:10:33
Lille had a clear plan for his progression - sign and we will loan you here and get regular game time. Think that was the issue with us, we had no plan for him and no obvious pathway into the first team.



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18 Jul 2020 10:13:08
VAR is a technology. It is not right or wrong. The issue is that the standard of officiating is poor, and refs are trying to use the technology as a decision maker rather than a tool to help them make decisions.



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18 Jul 2020 10:11:04
I mean if we ignore the fact that Martial, Rashford and Greenwood have been in fantastic form, then you’re still wrong.