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22 Dec 2019 13:24:59
Match day, Man Utd squad have something to prove. First requirement is that everyone shows up, plays hard and committed and earns the right to play football.

We need to start fast paced and turn some chances into goals. These games are completely different when we score early. Hope the squad recognize that they will be judged on what they do today more than their wins against Spurs and City.

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1.) 22 Dec 2019 14:13:57
Just tuned in to the footy and all I hear is your fans singing about scousers. It’s good to know we’re constantly on your minds 😂👍🏼
Merry Christmas.


2.) 22 Dec 2019 15:59:13
Not one player showed up. Shocking performance.


3.) 22 Dec 2019 17:43:15
Liver_La, this close to Xmas we have to think of the poor and needy. I think you should commend us signing songs to support the scousers at this time.


4.) 22 Dec 2019 18:04:30
Seagull. You’re clearly not from Manchester with that comment, talk the walk from Piccadilly to St Anne’s square and you’ll get my drift.


5.) 22 Dec 2019 20:17:06
Now now children it’s Christmas.


 

 

06 Dec 2019 00:33:16
What a difference a round of games make. Jumped 3 places to 6th after one of the worst starts to a season we've had in many a year.

Looking forward to the game at the weekend, very tough test against one of the best teams in europe. But this city team is more vulnerable than the team we played last year.

No doubt we will be put under a lot of pressure. But if we can get a couple of goals, which is entirely possible, maybe we can come away with something from the game.

Ole was on the brink. 4 points or more from these two games is a very good return. I would be very happy to see the rebuild process continue and play out. We have been better than results have shown. I expect a stronger season from here on in.

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1.) 06 Dec 2019 09:44:02
Few weeks ago we were getting relegated! January will be key for us, but let’s hope there’s no signings for the sake of it and we get players we need/ want.


2.) 06 Dec 2019 12:59:44
Caolan,

Don’t say things like that, Ole is taking us down and everyone can see it 🙄.


 

 

17 Nov 2019 17:30:49
Top 10 goals by Nani on Man Utd social media today. He scored some absolute corkers, what a player he was. In the end his inconsistency frustrated fans, but on his day he was almost unplayable. Well worth watching his top 10 if you have time.

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1.) 18 Nov 2019 07:16:09
Yeah. Scorer of great goals.


2.) 18 Nov 2019 20:03:48
I remember finding him infuriating, but he was also a victim of the incredible high standards we had at the time. I read the other day that in the 2010/ 11 season he got 14 league assists, more than any other player in the league that year.


3.) 18 Nov 2019 20:42:16
I really liked Nani. However, consistency was always his problem. It was the range in performances he would give. You never knew before kick off whether he was going to be a 9 or a 5 out of 10 that game.

When on form he was unplayable and I would honestly take peak Nani over peak Hazard just for the joy he used to play with when on form.

His Micky taking out of Arsenal still ranks as one of my favourite moments.

He looked like he was going to kick on from the 10/ 11 season. But sadly he got injured the following season and he never quite got back to that form. Once Moyes came in it was writing on the wall time which is a shame as I feel he could have contributed more than other players managed in the post Sir Alex era.

He won't go down as a legend, but maybe as a cult hero for some of us.


4.) 18 Nov 2019 21:02:25
Nani over hazzard 😂😂😂😂😂😂.


5.) 19 Nov 2019 15:55:45
Hazard any day for me. Nani was just a show off and only woke up once in 10 games.

Even on Hazzards bad he was ahead of Nani in terms of what he used to do for the team.


 

 

06 Oct 2019 15:38:50
Be good to see Tuanzebe and Macguire together today. Hopefully they can forge a good partnership.

Desperate need for a win today. Quite a few unavailable, hopefully the boys selected can put a performance in and come away with 3 points. We need them!

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1.) 06 Oct 2019 15:58:28
I like Tuanzebe and he'll hopefully do well. Midfield and attack looks short. 4231 is not great for us. Should go 433.


2.) 06 Oct 2019 16:14:20
Do we have enough players to play 3 in midfield? Right wing is an issue in both formations.


3.) 06 Oct 2019 16:15:40
These training methods that were meant to get players fitter really are working great for us.


 

 

04 Oct 2019 12:17:06
I like Ole. Want him to stay and be successful. Give him time and an extra player or two in January and he'll get this turned round. He's going to have to fight his way through this period and win all of the fans over again - but if he does it could be the making of him.

He needs a striker. A mobile DM to replace Matic and a creative midfielder, either wide right or number 10. Missing Martial and Shaw badly and Rash, Jesse and Andreas need to step up and do a lot more.

There I said it. Not expecting anyone to agree with me, but I can't keep reading this page without getting that out!

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1.) 04 Oct 2019 12:40:19
Dodgy he's got most of the fans onside at the moment. Its just a vocal element of the online Twitter babies have turned. And there were some against him from day one.


2.) 04 Oct 2019 12:51:49
I havnt heard the fans singing "Oles at the wheel" in quite some time.


3.) 04 Oct 2019 12:59:06
Mort, I’m not against Ole. But I don’t think it’s just a lack of players. It’s also a lack of managerial experience and ability.

We had a front three of Greenwood, Sanchez and James last night. All young, inexperienced, and the manager plays everyone out of position. How is Ole coming to these decisions?

I think one of the biggest problems we have is that we have yet to bring in a manager equipped for the modern game. Moyes, LVG, and Jose are all from a different era in which manager power dewarfed player power. Ole is basing his style on SAF, the pinnacle of this era.

This style of management just can’t cut it anymore. Especially at the very top, where players know they can stroll into another top club if they fall out with the manager, and the squad know they can topple a manager by doing things half arsed.

The best managers today have learned how to motivate arrogant and preened celebrities by working with, not against, their egos. And even then it’s not guaranteed to last.

I just feel like we’re fighting against the tide, and Ole doesn’t have the ability to turn things around.


4.) 04 Oct 2019 13:18:14
Fair enough Danny. I get that. There is a lack of experience there. Not just with Ole but with Carrick and McKenna as well. Which leads the question what is the point of Phelan. I think last night he tried to do something different to see if that would work when he should've left them in their natural positions.


5.) 04 Oct 2019 13:45:29
Mort. Just because someone has a different opinion they are not babies.
I have always sorted ole. But we are disimproving.
Mctom is the only player playing better over the past 12 months than he was.
Ole appears to be drowning.


6.) 04 Oct 2019 14:27:53
Ken, go on Twitter and read some of the Ole out crowds tweets. Babies is the right word.


7.) 04 Oct 2019 15:24:49
Mumbles,

You wouldn't, listen to the other words in that song, we don't have all of the players anymore so the song doesn't work, nothing to do with the legend managing the club.


8.) 04 Oct 2019 15:38:28
Sánchez is the only one no longer here, although it’s easy to forget that Fred exists. And Sanchez’s name isn’t even part of the rhyming cadence. You could pretty much swap it for any other player’s name and it wouldn’t change the song.

You’ll have to try a bit harder GDS.


9.) 04 Oct 2019 16:34:48
That's true Danny very good point.


10.) 04 Oct 2019 16:42:17
Mort, I was one of the ones who wanted Ole in as caretaker manager. But since the loss at Arsenal last season, we have played four football. Slow and imaginative. He's had a few months to work with the squad and come to some sort of playing style. 4231 is not working as we don't have the striker who can play that role. But he's stuck to it despite its failings.

He played everyone out of position last night, why? These were all young players and they need to play where they're best at. Terrible managerial decision.
Finally, Ole, Carrick and Phelan are all dour characters. Non of them inspire me with any confidence that we will suddenly change our style and play expansive and attacking football.

Carrick was a holding midfielder one of the best, but non the less, a defense minded midfielder. Phelan was a break play up midfielder with very little skill and no imagination whatsoever, probably the most boring player I've seen in a United shirt. Ole is inexperienced, the only other job he had in England, ended in disaster for Cardiff.

So how are these three happy campers going to suddenly change their mentalities and develop a hunger for attacking football?
Ole's record in the past 20 matches (half a season) is truly abysmal. Do you think he's got what it takes to coach this team to play differently and more offensively? I have no confidence that this will happen.


11.) 04 Oct 2019 17:09:21
I made that point last night AAA.
Carrick mckenna and phelan are also not having a positive impact.
Our players fail all the time on pre basics like control, first touch, and passing. Technically we are very poor. That's basic coaching we are right to expect better from our coaches.


12.) 04 Oct 2019 17:09:31
I don't think a players position dictates what kind of manager they become.

We looked good for the first three games, unlucky with some chances not going in and since the confidence has plummeted.


13.) 04 Oct 2019 17:16:41
Ken agreed and unfortunately, it's true.
Mort, I understand your point, but the point I'm making is that between Ole, Carrick and phelan, there's a heavy influence on defensive tactics. Even if Ole wants to play attacking football, I think phelan's influence will not be positive.
Carrick is a strange appointment, no experience, no character as a man, but an excellent player. But that does not make him a good coach.
So we have both Ole and Carrick inexperinced and learning from Phelan, and that's my biggest worry.


14.) 04 Oct 2019 17:24:54
GDS. I doubt the old Trafford faithful would feel bad about substituting Sanchez for Dan James or other players into the song. We used to sing it when we took the lead in matches. That's a rarity these days.


15.) 04 Oct 2019 17:35:08
so the manager and his staff are to blame for players taking poor touches and passing etc.

the reason why were are failing at the basics is because the players are useless.

we are expecting rashford, 21 year old to score 20 plus goals in a team that has no wingers that create opportunity's a central midfield as slow as any i have seen play.


we just need to get to january.


16.) 04 Oct 2019 17:59:47
Don't expect much in jan bolger.


17.) 04 Oct 2019 18:57:17
As I said before how often do we buy in January. Mata, who was a panic buy and thanks to Ken for reminding me after I'd blanked it out Sanchez.


18.) 04 Oct 2019 19:47:25
Here to help the aged mort😂😂.


19.) 04 Oct 2019 20:15:39
Nowt to do with age. I'd to block out the trauma.


20.) 04 Oct 2019 23:11:37
We ain't losing much.


21.) 04 Oct 2019 23:17:46
I know mort and its only a loan😱.


22.) 05 Oct 2019 09:50:30
He's doing well though so maybe they'll be tempted to make it permanent.


 

 

 

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19 Jan 2020 00:20:53
Seems to be some spin being leaked that we are only willing to offer what they feel spurs had accepted last year, plus a slight increase off back of good season.

With the income utd have, they are always going to get charged top dollar for any player they buy. It is part of the trickle down of money.

But in this circumstance, Sporting signed a new contract with the player. Which impacts his value. I think it is a pretty low risk transfer for a player that has the skills we need. Compared to some transfer values it is not outrageous to pay straight up $50m with $20m in reasonable add ons (international appearances, ucl qualification etc)

I hope they get it done. If no-one comes in at all it could have a negative impact across the club and supporters. This one signing could easily galvanise a top 4 push.

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09 Jan 2020 21:22:31
Oh my God Jgb, I thought I was the only one! Thank you for snapping me out of the groundhog day malaise that has fallen on the site.

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05 Jan 2020 23:24:39
All the players want to leave, including Pogba and Matic. Don't let the door hit you on the way out chaps. These guys are not the future of the club. Maximise the price we can get and move on.

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04 Jan 2020 14:19:07
Add maddison into our team and I think we would comfortably be in top 4 with a healthy squad. Andreas has been our best 10, but goals, assists and general creativity has been poor from that position all season.

Fred and Mctom would be effective with that sort of creativity ahead of them.

But we are paper thin for injuries in midfield and Pogba clearly wants to go. So that becomes a second urgent need. Matic wants to go, so our depth is worrying. CN any of of young players step up in this second half? So one purchase plus an increased role from Youth perhaps?

Ed2 mentioned getting Saul in for PP. I would be stunned if Saul would come to us right now, but that would be a big upgrade to our midfield this season. I don't think we need a CDM - just better all round midfielders to add to Fred and McT.

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01 Jan 2020 06:34:00
So Gomes hold end up at Wimbledon maybe? Presuming Barca's short list is somewhat of a LONGlist if Chong and Gomes feature. They have something, but Barcelona level? They need to improve alot.

Smalling is a much better defender than some give credit for. He is better than Rojo and Jones.

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22 Jan 2020 04:55:03
I agree GDS2.

The atmosphere around chelsea is a lot better than round MUFC at moment.

They have UCL games and have been in 4th place most of the season. Still have new fledgling coach. Lots of young and slightly inconsistent players.

Not as big a gap as some would like to believe between us and them at the moment. Be nice if we had Kante in midfield though 🙏.

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19 Jan 2020 22:11:46
It wasn't easy to write Ken 🤣

I feel the game plan worked. We gave them too many corners, not at all surprised we conceded to a corner.

We had a few chances that we couldn't take advantage of. The spell after half time was more a case of us not dealing with the occasion.

I'm hoping Bailly or Tuanzebe get a chance with Maguire now.

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19 Jan 2020 20:12:23
Front 3 had the service we needed. James twice messed up the final pass to Martial and when AWB got the final ball right Andreas fluffed his lines on the simplest of taps ins.

AM also created and then missed a golden chance.

We played well today. Ole got it right more than he got it wrong, as did many if the players.

Some players had mixtures of good and bad (Lindelof, Maguire, Martial, James to name a few) and at times a few looked intimidated by the occasion and atmosphere. But every one had good moments in the game, everyone contributed.

In the end I think the players can leave with their heads held high. They gave a very good team a good game of football today. This Liverpool team is a squad for the ages, they are riding high at the peak of their powers. With City's win last year I think we all neglected to notice just how good a run the Liverpool team had created. When they beat Tottenham in the UCL we down played the significance of that win. They are surely turning into one the best teams to have played in the EPL - as much as it pains me to say.

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19 Jan 2020 00:36:35
Precisely Dazw. My point exactly.

I also would love to see Maddison come in aswell anyway. Then we could play 4141 with one midfielder holding and Bruno and Maddison ahead, much like city do. Outrageously expensive, but how good would that be!

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19 Jan 2020 00:22:30
Man utd
Kansas City Chiefs
SF 49ers

This would make me very happy 🙏.

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