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25 Jan 2020 13:07:04
“Ighalo and Slimani are one of a number of forwards United have enquires about taking on last in the last few days.”

Question is, who are the others in the ‘number’?

Btw - Ighalo’s recent stats are good, wouldn’t be the worst option IMO. Slimani on the other hand 🙈


1.) 25 Jan 2020 22:47:19
He was always scoring for Watford and has a good record in china. He could be a surpringly successful short term goal getter. I don't like the idea of Slimani however.



20 Jan 2020 19:48:57
What are you actually EXPECTING to be the incomings over the next 11 days all?
Not hoping, but EXPECTING.

I still feel we’ll get Bruno, as the Rashford situation will further highlight our lack of goalscorers and force us to pay a little more, whilst I also have a horrid feeling we’ll get some kind of short term fix up front like Llorente.


1.) 20 Jan 2020 20:40:31
just seen on one site we are considering rooney till end of the season. I've heard it all now.

2.) 20 Jan 2020 20:38:40
I'm EXPECTING the club to make all the right noises, leak to the media that they are working hard, complain about players values being too high. And ultimately I'm EXPECTING us to sign No1 and therefore, ole be hung out to dry.

3.) 20 Jan 2020 21:05:43
NIR84 so you're not expecting Fernandes, Soumare and Dembele now followed by Koulibaly, Saul and Sancho in the summer with Poc and a DOF in tow

Oh boo that sucks.

4.) 20 Jan 2020 21:42:35
😂😂😂 Yip next season we will win the quadruple, go unbeaten and amass 100 points.

5.) 20 Jan 2020 21:51:16
Fernandes, bale, Josh king.

6.) 20 Jan 2020 22:33:37
I'm expecting none.

7.) 20 Jan 2020 23:22:37
I saw the suggested possible signings of Soumare, Fernandes and Dembele and would be well pleased with any. All would be incredible but unlikely. None of them top drawer yet but all walk into this team, in my opinion.

8.) 21 Jan 2020 00:47:08
Not a dam thing.

9.) 21 Jan 2020 04:13:37
Bruno will arrive.
I'm expecting the club to push for Cavani or Moussa Dembele, else the season may end in disaster considering we already lack goal scorers in the team.

10.) 21 Jan 2020 07:55:56
Expecting Woodward to finally address the problem in the canteen and upgrade the 4 slice toaster to a 6 slice toaster.

11.) 21 Jan 2020 08:05:36
we won't say anyone.

12.) 21 Jan 2020 09:54:08
Not sure anything will happen, nor should happen if the plan is to replace the manager.

13.) 21 Jan 2020 10:21:16
I expect bruno to come in but maybe we will sit tight and wait for a new coach.
I think if you have ole the Liverpool squad or city squad he would struggle to make top 4 either way.

14.) 21 Jan 2020 10:58:03
I’m not expecting anything.

A deal for Fernandes could be done, but I don’t see us making a sensible offer.
There is a shortage of available strikers, and too many clubs in the market.

I can see Ole making the, ‘we will only bring in the right players’ speech by the start of next month, and being sacked by the end of the season.

Rinse, repeat to another new dawn.

15.) 21 Jan 2020 11:00:40
they don't have a plan. they fly by the seat of their pants. Even if they do change manager do we think that the summer will be some well organised transfer strategy? the excuse then will be that the new manager needed time to assess the squad so we couldn't get players in. there's always a reason for our poor recruitment, not the fact that the people doing the deals are completely imcompetent.

16.) 21 Jan 2020 15:10:56
Ive heard the same thing about the toaster Boyfromburrenway, but apparently Argos want £40 and Ed won't pay more than £25, so the deal has fell through.

17.) 21 Jan 2020 18:26:14
nice one, inhope.

18.) 21 Jan 2020 19:43:05
Expecting at least one signing but also expecting a backlash from fans when we still don't prove to progress as fast as they want. I don't think many fans would be satisfied even if we bought Messi!

19.) 22 Jan 2020 00:23:16
@Salford - no idea what that's based on. The fans just want to see progression as has been promised. As I said at the start of the season we are missing one CAM and one striker / RW. The club has failed to fill those roles. Now those issues are coming to fruition.

I'm not the biggest fan of Solkjaer as a manager, but now is the opportunity for the club to show their intentions. We either purchase players to fill those roles and chase the very attainable fourth spot, or the manager gets held out to dry as there's "no value in the market". I know what my money is on.




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06 Sep 2020 09:10:12
If (big IF I know! ) it were a choice between the two following scenarios over the remaining month of the window, which would you go for and why?

A) we buy Sancho for £108m as our only remaining signing of the summer.

B) we get an experienced RW on loan (Bale/ Costa), plus sign Reguilon, Brooks and a first choice centre half (Upamecano/ Skriniar/ Badiashille) .

Very similar outlays.


1.) 06 Sep 2020 11:35:43
Hi Downsie. I posted something similar a few days ago. There is a possibility that we could also get in Saul for Pogba who would complement Bruno and VdB much better than Paul.



23 Aug 2020 15:04:31
A centre half aside, I genuinely don't believe that our first XI is where the money needs to be spent. Rather than Sancho for £110m, I'd think it far more beneficial to spend say £25m on Ramsey, £30m on Costa, £20m on Lewis and £40m on vdBeek.

Our biggest problem is the drop off in standard from the first XI to literally anyone else in our squad. No wonder OGS doesn't rotate, the squad players are pony. The aforementioned names ahead of Fosu-Mensah, Perreira, Lingard, Mata, James and crew on the bench / rotating with our best XI and we'd have won at least one trophy this season IMO.


1.) 23 Aug 2020 15:36:22
£25m on Ramsey? Are you serious? £30m on Costa ( I'm assuming Douglas Costa from Juventus)? An inconsistent player with some reported attitude issues, getting close to 30 with growing injury issues. NO thank you for me

Also we need a first choice LB. Shaw has never been consistently good and is injured for half the games while Williams is still young and LB doesn't seem to be his most natural position.

2.) 23 Aug 2020 15:52:34
Well he is not on about £30 million on Costa Coffee, unless Shaw likes their cakes?

3.) 23 Aug 2020 16:36:42
We should be eyeing top tier players to compete at the very top.

United are one of the cash rich clubs per Ed002, so we must be flexing our financial muscle and eye top quality players.

Ramsey and Costa are injury prone and would they seriously improve our first XI?

VDB is a good player, but i'm not sure if he will accept squad role.

We ideally need 4 first choice players : DM, CB, RW and LB.

4.) 23 Aug 2020 16:38:19
Downsie i think the drop off in standard is because the (attacking) quality in the first eleven mainly. We don't have two top attacking full backs to provide creativity and we don't have a player as good as Sancho in tight spaces. That compined with our style (? ) of play with us playing at the counter means that oppositions are happy to leave us gaps for our full backs (because they know they can do almost nothing) and are aggressive through the middle pressing the ball in order to not be passed to Bruno and pressing Bruno also. This problem won't be solved having James at squad to rotate with Bruno or VDB to rotate with Pogba. When Bruno struggles James will struggle more, because of his pace. When Pogba struggles VDB will also struggle, maybe less but will struggle. The solution is 3-4 top players for the first team. And that's assuming that the coach is good enough.

5.) 23 Aug 2020 16:59:40
Shaw just managed to shed some weight, don't think getting Ramsey in is a very good idea.

6.) 23 Aug 2020 19:30:22
Why do some posters seem to think we need to only sign first team starters or others think we need to only sign squad players to add depth?

Isn't it obvious that we need a mix of both?

Our first team is strong, but could be improved, and while improving the first 11 will push current starters down the pecking order and improve our depth, we also need to improve depth in areas where improving the first choice is not practical (like CAM) .

7.) 24 Aug 2020 13:46:37
Thorne because that's what we need right now. If i were in Liverpools position i would like 1-2 players for squad roles, but i am not. Some people keep saying our first eleven are good enough, they simply are not. Bying 3 starters means a better first eleven and more squad depth too because some players will go to the "squad role status" such as Matic. So a starter up front like Sancho means we have 4 top players at attack to rotate instead of 3 we have now, a top holding means Matic is a squad player etc. that's the way in the phase we are now.
Above someone said about Bayerns sauad depth.

8.) 24 Aug 2020 13:53:57
I am sorry i put the bottom on a wrong time 😃. Bayern have squad depth but most players where potentially good enough for first eleven. They didn't buy them to go straight in the squad role. They buyed them in the first place to compete with others and play at first eleven, then the better of them are play more often. I think maybe we are the only club wanting to make a big transfer (like Grealish) with a big fee (over 50 millions) for a player that will go straight into the squad role status.



17 Aug 2020 08:40:08
The fullback situation worries me perhaps more than any other position currently.

AWB, Williams and Shaw are fine in tough games where you perhaps don't have the opportunity to get your fullbacks beyond the halfway line, but in games where you are on the front foot, their lack of quality on the ball in horrific. When is the last time any one of them got to the byline and produced some real quality into the box? I'd be interested to see the stats of how many times those three played a backwards pass to a CB/ CM rather than into a forward/ winger this season.

For me, at least one attacking fullback (I'd take Reguillon who played against us last night and seems to be available from RM) should undoubtedly be our no.1 priority over the next month.


1.) 17 Aug 2020 08:56:28
Alex Telles.

Shaw is much better going forward than all of them.

We have a certain Dalot who is not even making squads now, he's good going forward. He has not looked good recently, but you could argue he's either played at LB which is not his natural position or been played very sparingly.

Gomes was a loss, and Dalot too would be a loss as I can see him being a good squad player wherever he goes.

2.) 17 Aug 2020 08:56:58
Because Shaw never puts in a good cross or dribbles his way past two or three players into the penalty area. I agree the others need to seriously improve in that area, AWB needs to start whipping in crosses, but Shaw is solid in that regard, and he has been sorely missed over the past few weeks.

3.) 17 Aug 2020 09:38:44
I've mentioned buying a left footed full back. Williams has looked very good at times this season. Yet he is still learning and I think he is a better RB than LB.

I think he could be a great option to rotate with AWB as Aaron has looked off the pace since the restart, but then only DDG and Maguire have played more games than him. Of which Maguire looks like he is flagging since the restart as well.

Shaw's injuries are an issue, if fit last night I think we win that game. On average he is out injured for around 50% of the season since he joined. A left footed option would give us more balance and allow Williams to cover AWB on the right.

4.) 17 Aug 2020 09:47:02
Agreed, Shappy.

Reguillon? Telles?

I think it needs to be someone ‘first team ready’ rather than the youngsters we’ve been linked with in that position.

5.) 17 Aug 2020 10:04:43
Shaw has something like 7 goal contributions in 5 years in what way is he good going forward he is poor In final third so is awb. Awb looked better going forward at palace.
Its down to coaching. We have the most inexperienced senior coaching squad in carrick mckenna and ole. None of them have ever achieved anything of note yet they ruin the biggest club in the world
This season was a failure those that think we are enjoyable to watch seem to be looking at different matches than me. We are predictable turgent submissive we don't try to dominate possession our full backs don't get to the byline or attack at pace. We don't have any patterns of play we don't have any real identity.
Ole has shown the squad he doesn't trust them.
If it wasn't for the C.V. break we would have not qualified for cl imo.
I cannot think of one practice reason to keep ole carrick or mckenna get rid of them they are a much bigger problem than the players.
Mata has won a EL so has jessie so has bailly so to say we don't have players to win against the European 2nd tier teams is a loaf of bollogoly. Our coach is not up to the job.
That's tje biggest problem with this team. Under achievement. Drastic under achievement.

6.) 17 Aug 2020 10:08:13
Reguillon was a threat the entire game.
We need a similar full back so that we can add that extra dimension to the attack.

My dream choice would be David Alaba who is supposedly looking to leave Bayern.

7.) 17 Aug 2020 10:24:30
Shaw in all the years he's been here has a terrible assist record some can be down to poor finishing but it's something like 7 in 6 years which is just unjustifiable.

8.) 17 Aug 2020 11:51:23
Ken - you've nailed it our coach is not up to the job but in addition his 2nd,3rd in command aren't either!

Carrick good player, not a coach, phelan neither, ogs man manager yes coach no.

The second goal showed how much we need defensive players above sancho this summer. Mcguire didn't mark anyone out of position, victor, looked over his shoulder but never reacted to the threat and awb stood still.

The young williams made an attemt to close down the cross but will no doubt be held accountable by some. Simply not good enough, and to add further misery the scorer was a newcastle reject who struggled to get on the bench never mind start for sevilla!

But if we get sancho for 120m all will be good as he can cross the ball even more to players who can't consistantly finish?

last night showed we are a long way off the mark with 1st eleven, bench/ squad and coaching staff: ed002 has stated numerous times that the club is run by amateurs and it seriously needs remodelling.



03 Aug 2020 09:27:57
Anybody got any idea when the new kit will come out?

Most clubs have released theirs by now. Perhaps we're waiting to unveil it alongside a big new signing.?


1.) 03 Aug 2020 09:47:03
I believe it goes on sale this week, perhaps tomorrow. The last part of your post I assume is a joke.

2.) 03 Aug 2020 09:57:31
Tomorrow it’s out I think.

3.) 03 Aug 2020 10:08:13
Definitely a ‘tongue in cheek’ comment, GDS2!

4.) 03 Aug 2020 14:25:00
I wonder if IAMKLOOT still reads these pages? He loved these posts about kits 😁.



31 Jan 2020 22:11:00
Goal scorer 👍🏼
Good recent form 👍🏼
Little to no risk to the club 👍🏼

Welcome, Odion 👏👏👏


1.) 31 Jan 2020 22:46:42
We've arguably had a better window than anyone else in the league and addressed two major problems in the squad.

2.) 01 Feb 2020 00:26:56
We needed a striker to add depth and something different, a 10 that can score and assist and a cm.

In Fernandes we have a 10 or a cm. He really can play very well at 8 and 10 in this league I think. But we won't know until we see.

Ighalo is a good short term option to come in and add numbers, and an option from the bench. With Rash out he can start at 9 and we can play AM from left. If he bags loads of goals who knows. Good chance for the lad.

Very good business. Ole has certainly been supported and without just flashing crazy cash at a shiny bauble that wants a pay check.

3.) 01 Feb 2020 08:56:44

Comparatively cheap 👍🏻
Doesn’t cost much👍🏻
Not too expensive 👍🏻
Less spend than Cavani or a quality striker 👍🏻.




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19 Sep 2020 12:24:15
I could actually see some kind of Telles-Dalot swap deal.




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17 Sep 2020 18:32:57
Perisic is an ageing left winger who should be avoided at all costs. An absolute joke if we sign him.




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16 Sep 2020 17:53:27
“Rashford plays inside and Shaw bombs outside him? ”
Really? On what planet does that ever happen?

The problem with our left hand side is completely the opposite. Rashford plays far too wide and Shaw far too narrow.




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15 Sep 2020 19:54:46
AWB looked shattered post-lockdown and can't attack.
Shaw is injured half the time.
Williams is a right back playing out of position on the left.

We needed someone like Reguilon even more than a right winger IMO. Will be angry if he goes to Spurs.




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13 Sep 2020 14:42:10
Andreas - championship level at best.
Fred - awful first season, better this, but not creative.
McTom - Darren Fletcher mk.2 (not necessarily a bad thing but still) .
Lingard - Mo Farah can run and his goals/ assists record would’ve been similar.
Mata - nice with the ball at his feet but struggles to get hold of it due to pace, also requires 6 touches constantly.

I’m intrigued. To all of the PP haters, who out of the above would you rather have started games ahead of him over the past two seasons?

Yes, he flatters to deceive, but we’ve certainly had no alternatives (different now, granted) and he’s been surrounded by sh! te during most of his time back here.





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19 Sep 2020 07:53:52
“If we sign Telles and Sancho it will have been a great window. ”

Agreed that that would be 3 good signings BUT we should have got them in far earlier. If we wait two weeks to get them on/ around deadline day, we could easily be several points off of the pacesetters already.




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18 Sep 2020 06:40:44
Not the worst shout in the world 👍🏼.




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16 Sep 2020 06:46:37
It wasn’t just Bruno who was shattered.
AWB, Maguire, Matic and Rashford were all abysmal in the last half a dozen games - had completely run out of energy. Where are the rotational options now through the door for those guys? Oh, wait.
We needed 5 signings this summer and are probably now going to end up with one, plus maybe one on loan.
I dread to think of the points we’ll drop on a Saturday away at the likes of Newcastle/ Villa/ Burnley having needed to start Lingard/ Fred/ James in order to rest Bruno/ Martial/ Pogba for the following Tuesday’s trip to the Allianz Arena.




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14 Sep 2020 17:56:05
I genuinely believe we’d be better off with Bale.
Getting him on loan should also allow us to then sign Reguilon and a CB permanently.




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13 Sep 2020 17:47:27
Agreed that a diamond looks like suiting our midfield options the most, but AWB cannot play a forward pass and Rashford isn’t a central striker. I think we’ll still play 4-2-3-1, with vdB, Pog and Bruno rotating in games against the top 8, but all three playing in games where we’ve traditionally struggled to break teams down, the likes of Burnley at home etc.