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29 Mar 2024 07:19:31
Hi Ed. Are we showing any interest in Marc Cucurella at Chelsea?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - Marc Cucurella (LB) Attracting interest from Atletico and Manchester United still. Real Madrid enquired but they should now be able to secure their first choice. Wants to stay at Chelsea but he will be made available.}


1.) 29 Mar 2024 10:43:44
Thanks Ed. I like him as a player - seems to have not worked out at Chelsea for some reason.

{Ed002's Note - He has been out injured for three months.}


2.) 29 Mar 2024 16:42:00
Chelsea spent big on him and Chilwell though - was always going to be a tough assignment.


3.) 30 Mar 2024 11:35:06
Would be a great addition.


4.) 31 Mar 2024 12:28:11
To be fair, he's the player we should have got last summer on loan instead of Reguilon. Unfortunately we couldn't even afford the loan fee, which just highlights the mess the club has been left in.


5.) 31 Mar 2024 14:01:49
Shappy, I’m fairly certain it was our insistence on a break clause that held the deal up. Then they played him in the cup and made it that he could only play for one more team this season so if we broke the loan in January they wouldn’t be able to loan him again.


6.) 01 Apr 2024 09:39:27
Branders that was my understanding too, but it’s all paper talk.


7.) 01 Apr 2024 12:21:12
Think we should be be aiming higher.
While a fine squad player I’d prefer someone who immediately levels up the team like Theo Hernandez, Udogie, Balde or aestupian.


8.) 02 Apr 2024 11:38:27
I think it's a bit of both to be fair. I'm sure if the loan fee was 1-2m for the season then we'd have seen Cucurella at United this season regardless of break clauses etc.

Utd Road, I think Cucurella would be a really good fit for us currently. He's similar to Shaw in that he can play LB, LCB, invert into midfield or play on the overlap (although he's better when played deeper) . He's not a physical as Shaw, but is slightly better technically and more tactically astute.

I'm a little torn over what to do with the LB slot. Shaw and Malacia's continued injury issues means we have a issue there that needs sorting out. Yet if we sign someone and Shaw and Malacia are both fit then we have an embarrassment of riches in that position while probably not having well balanced first 11, as other positions need a first choice player signing, let alone squad depth.

While the young Harry Amass continues to impress and if he develops a little more physically over the summer he could be ready for a few minutes next season (given his age he could develop physically very quickly and at any time over the next 6-24 months.

Personally I think there is something more a miss with Malacia than is being made public. The constant delaying of his return to injury without any clear information on what his injury has been or why his return keeps getting delayed just seems a little off. Maybe because he's a squad player the media aren't asking the questions about him during the press conferences??‍♂️

If we buy someone for LB then we should probably look for someone in the 21-24 age bracket who is ready to push or even take Shaws place off of him. With Shaw then becoming the back up allowing Amass to take Shaws place in a couple of seasons time, while looking to challenge the current first choice for his place. Although that does leave us with what to do with Malacia. Maybe keep him around due to Shaw's injury issues. New player as first choice with two injury prone players in Shaw and Malacia as back up.

No point signing a young prospect under 20 years old as we have Amass on the books or even Alvaro Fernandez if we want that profile of player. Signing someone that young would only block the pathway for Amass.

It needs to be someone either top class or on the cusp of becoming top class.

Although signing a LB this summer probably means not signing a RB and keeping AWB for a the final year of his deal to be back up to Dalot.

While RB does need an upgrade (although Dalot has probably been our most consistent player this season), the continued injury issues at LB probably means that it is the left hand side that has become a higher priority oddly.


9.) 02 Apr 2024 21:18:30
Speaking of LB's Rayan Ait Nouri has really had a break out season at Wolves under Gary O'Neil. He'd be the kind of player I'd personally be looking at to bring in at LB. Someone whose star is rising and they look ready for a bigger stage to step up to, but who has a good level of experience and is well suited to playing in the EPL.


 

 

18 Dec 2023 07:49:36
Hi Ed,

Do you see the club doing much business in this window given the new structure is yet to be confirmed?

Many thanks.

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - Some.}


1.) 18 Dec 2023 14:51:09
Hi Ed,

Do you expect their to be more departures than incomings? I can imagine the club being reluctant to sign many on permanent deals given the uncertainty on ETH if and when the SJR deal completes.

{Ed002's Note - January is a difficult time to buy and the future of Murtough is still a little unclear. The summer will be a much more significant time for transfers.}


 

 

27 Aug 2023 06:17:39
Hi Ed. Do you know if the club are looking to add a left back in light of Luke Shaw's injury please? If so who are they considering?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - They will perhaps look to a loan.}


1.) 27 Aug 2023 12:03:55
The fact the club are looking at a loan seems to suggest that the "extended" period of time they said he will be out for will be months rather than weeks.


2.) 27 Aug 2023 12:39:00
I think that’s pretty clear Shappy.


3.) 27 Aug 2023 13:42:38
1 less weak link to down tools.


4.) 27 Aug 2023 14:38:07
Cucurella loan would be good if Chelsea agree.


5.) 27 Aug 2023 15:24:08
As per my views on the other post, Cucurella would be excellent, Reguilon disastrous!

Now seeing Marcos Alonso linked - he’s be excellent for us - Premier League proven, good aerially and knocks Maguire down to SIXTH choice centre half, too!


6.) 27 Aug 2023 16:48:32
Agree fzzz.


7.) 28 Aug 2023 09:02:21
Alonso is a good player chips in with a goal or two also, which we severely need any goals we can get, we already falling behind in the good department.


8.) 30 Aug 2023 10:36:51
Are we? You’ve not mentioned. We scored 3 on Saturday.


 

 

18 Jun 2023 09:50:32
Jordan Pickford rumours resurfaced again.

1) are we genuinely considering him Ed2?

2) ed1 I love your player overviews. What are your thoughts?

Thanks.

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - He would be down the list.}


1.) 18 Jun 2023 12:35:49
Expensive, 29 years old, only 2 years younger than De Gea. Not great from the back and does make mistakes too. Would be bad business.

I don't know much about Costa who is our main target. But from what I've seen of Raya, he is a good keeper and also in his final year next year.

Could we not offer a player to sweeten a deal, so to speak. Loan them Greenwood until Toney returns perhaps. If we are not going to allow him to return next season that is.

{Ed002's Note - Raya is moving elsewhere.}


2.) 18 Jun 2023 12:48:58
Pickford is overated. I'd rather DDG stays.


3.) 18 Jun 2023 12:54:23
Thanks Ed002, disappointing that.


4.) 18 Jun 2023 13:08:57
I have to say, I’d keep DDG over buying Pickford any day.


5.) 18 Jun 2023 13:45:16
Think we will go for Costa supposedly Porto need money so we may be able to negotiate the fee down a bit.


6.) 18 Jun 2023 14:45:04
Onana.


7.) 18 Jun 2023 16:18:58
Reportedly EtH and Onana had a disagreement last season at Ajax. Not sure what happened, but they may not want to work together.

{Ed002's Note - Onana was banned.}


8.) 18 Jun 2023 20:58:06
Please by all that is holy. not Pickford. I actually had a fear that if Everton were relegated it might be a possibility, but had hoped it vanished when they stayed up.

Not sure of any history between Onana and EtH, but I loved what I saw from him in the CL final. Some great saves, assured on the ball with decent distribution, and best of all when Martinez and the rest of the team were on their haunches at the final whistle crying, he was consoling each of them in turn and giving them a pep talk. Clearly a respected figure at Inter.

Bit bizarre not knowing with less than a fortnite to go what de Gea plans to do. Players like Firminho let their intentions know well in advance and seems the decent thing to do. I know it's pretty routine with a club and player contract stand-off, it's all a game of chicken to see who'll blink first. I'm not sure what we expect to change in 10 days that hasn't so far all season.


9.) 19 Jun 2023 14:22:45
I would sooner keep De Gea than sign Pickford.


 

 

24 Apr 2023 08:35:03
Hi Ed. DDG had a good game yesterday after his spectacle in Seville. I know the GK situation at Utd was still not fixed when I last asked. Has anything changed - do you see him signing a new deal and staying or has the club made its decision to go elsewhere?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - Right now the club are continuing to look for a new first choice GK.}


1.) 24 Apr 2023 13:22:51
Thanks Ed!


2.) 24 Apr 2023 16:08:41
Hope we finally get a modern goalkeeper.


3.) 24 Apr 2023 17:00:15
Awesome news. Diogo costa needed.


 

 

 

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27 May 2024 22:31:05
Guess we're all waiting for the sack announcement when the NYSE markets reopen again tomorrow?

Eric79

1.) 27 May 2024 22:54:24
Looks like the REVIEW could take a few days, or maybe they’re waiting for it to calm down after Saturday. Judging by the stories today nobody has a scooby doo what’s happening so we will just have to wait.


 

 

26 May 2024 22:29:27
One thing really bugged me about the after match interviews yesterday. All the players and the manager saying this is not good enough for Utd etc, and we expect to be winning trophies etc. it's a narrative driven by the press.

Think we all need to calm down and honestly take a look at where we are right now in the pecking order. We are in full Restructure and rebuild mode, and this stuff takes a long time.

Let's not forget, we've not won the league since 2013. Pre Ferguson, who was an exceptional manager, we'd not won it for 26 years.

We are a club with a fine history and pedigree, and we draw lots of attention. But in the grand scheme of things, I think Erik isn't doing too bad, and frankly deserved a little more
Of our patience as the club finally gets its house in order (hopefully) .

Eric79

1.) 27 May 2024 03:51:29
Well said Eric. This isn't, never has been, not shouldn't be, about the manager. They are one piece of the puzzle.
A puzzle, that up until this year, has been shaken around in the box by a bunch of petulant kids, hoping to take the lid off and reveal a finished article.
To all the fellow puzzlers, we know it takes time to complete a puzzle. Look at the bigger picture, zoom out, what do you see etc etc.
You can't just take piece after piece from the box and expect them to adjoin to one another, that's not how it works.

Anyway, the process continues, another trophy added. Let's hope the manager, and the deserved squad members stay together, and the jigsaw has a few more pieces added to it, hopefully in a timely manner.

Would really like SJR to come out and announce ETH stays, and here's the first of our summer signings, with Neves and JB holding united scarves above their heads! That will get the press talking about us again.


2.) 27 May 2024 11:02:42
The press will always talk about United. It is never going to be fair. To be at United you have to accept it and deal with it, not let it affect you.

Fergie and his teams understood this and used it as motivation. You will never stop it and cannot control it. So what you can do is use it to your advantage. To strengthen your bonds, to become that band of brothers, to give you a reason to try that little bit more, to fight for your mates.

This squad just needs more than anything a couple of players with this kind of attitude who won't shrink but will thrive under the glare and infect and carry the others along with them.


3.) 27 May 2024 12:28:56
That was kind of tongue in cheek Oakbark, I'm well aware they will talk about us, at every turn of the page.


 

 

19 Apr 2024 10:58:34
Well that's Nagelsmann ruled out. Looks like Pitter or ten Hag next season.

Eric79

1.) 19 Apr 2024 11:18:39
De Zerbie as well in that surely?


2.) 19 Apr 2024 11:41:58
Unless we get royally spanked on sunday by a Championship side EtH has to be what we go with.
Guess Potter over other names like Southgate/ de Zerbi etc is available now and could theoretically be working behind the scenes already but with so many players signed in the Dutchman's vision surely we can't go for another complete reset.
It's been a dreadful season no doubt but a line should be drawn under it, with or without European football next season (preferably not, if it's the cruddy one Villa are in) and we see how we get on with one more window under ten Hag.
I really think failing to convince de Jong to join last season had a major impact on his plans. We ended up with Casemiro, who is a different kind of player, and Mount who may or may not be a useful player but seems to have no specific place in this team, at least while Bruno is in it. De Jong dictates play. As does Casemiro by slowing it down to crawling pace.


 

 

08 Nov 2023 22:34:23
Curious to hear what's the Eds views of ten Hag? Good coach at the wrong club and with the wrong support structure, or just totally the wrong appointment and man for the job?

Eric79

{Ed077's Note - The former for me.

This group of players have failed multiple managers and let us down many times so we need a change of culture before changing the manager. Then only should we decide on whether or not Ten Hag is the right fit for us. I dont think it would be ideal for any new manager to inherit the same problem again.}


1.) 09 Nov 2023 07:32:40
Try as hard as one can, but ETH appears to be a very difficult man to like and even harder to actually get on with, which don’t seem to help our cause one bit.


2.) 09 Nov 2023 09:48:49
Bless our little snowflakes don’t like someone setting standards! Bless.


3.) 09 Nov 2023 06:39:17
My thoughts too Ed. I think he’s having a terrible run of luck on top of so many external factors.

I couldn’t fault the tactics last night and thought we largely played well. We were behind for just 3 minutes of the 90, thanks to Dalot falling asleep and not for the first time.

{Ed077's Note - I think Ten Hag should take the blame for not keeping Rangnick at the club though. He would have surely helped with the rebuild. That one is on Ten Hag and everyone else who pushed RR out.}


4.) 09 Nov 2023 12:41:44
RR was push out before Ten Hag, he upset the club with his press conferences slating the management.


5.) 09 Nov 2023 17:04:57
He might have upset then but he was right.


6.) 10 Nov 2023 06:57:46
RR was what the club needed, but change upsets people and our management above the football manager were and are snowflakes looking after their own backsides.


 

 

25 Aug 2023 09:04:41
So - a week to go until tue window closes, and 3/ 4 signings still required and 5/ 6 departures also needed.

It'll be either:

A) one of the most fun weeks in transfer history at the club or,
B) a week where we will dither and do very little.

Grab the popcorn, sit back and watch it unfold.

Eric79

1.) 25 Aug 2023 09:54:36
I vote "b"
I can't see us moving people on. Everyone knows we are desperate to sell, that coupled with the crazy wages we pay. and with the whole FFP, we won't see a great deal come in.

Time to trust the youth. Hopefully we can find a few Gems that hit the ground running.


2.) 25 Aug 2023 10:13:40
I go for A. we will see lots of activity and surprises.


3.) 25 Aug 2023 10:17:38
A midfielder, probably Amrabat.

2nd keeper.

A forward squad player.

Bailly, Donny, Pellestri, Henderson gone. McTominay and Maguire potentially gone, but looking unlikely. I think they will both be replaced If they leave. I think Gravenberch is waiting for us, but will end up at Liverpool as time is running out. Todibo if Maguire leaves.


4.) 25 Aug 2023 13:02:22
I reckon Shiek Jassim buys us Monday and whole new team by Wednesday.


5.) 25 Aug 2023 18:23:18
Just being able to offload our fringe players would free up money to replace them. Haggling over every last Penny is costing us. We can penny pinch now over a few million or drop out of top 5 and lose £100m.

That's why you have to admire good owners like Boehly. They see the bigger picture. New owners, fresh start please. Just be nice to be able to spend our own dosh generated by our own club.


 

 

 

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29 May 2024 01:53:48
Where will Martial likely end up Ed?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - Anthony Martial (W/F) Has to go but there little clear interest. Juventus had an interest but he would not be first choice now. Out of contract in the Summer with Fenerbahce keen to take a chance, else it will be the Middle East or a new contract.}


 

 

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29 May 2024 01:53:11
I don’t live either choice Nick. That being said, I like ETH but don’t love him staying on either. The mess he made of his second season is a crazy fall from grace compared to how well he did in his first. So which one was the anomaly?

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28 May 2024 18:52:32
I can’t believe de zerbi is being considered. I don't get the hype.

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28 May 2024 08:36:31
I’m still very comfortable with my flutter on Tuchel here. He’s a show in surely?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - Or Pochettino, or De Zerbi ....}


 

 

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27 May 2024 17:57:08
Kind of hope so. That being said, if he stays, any run of dodgy results and he’s canned.

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30 May 2024 11:31:15
There’s a real opportunity here to reset the club in my opinion.

Move away from daft big money signings, invest properly in youth, and build a new younger team tnat Erik has started, with a coach that is great with young players. Whether that’s ETH or Poch I don’t mind.

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28 May 2024 08:47:16
I get your point Ed25, but I posted similar recently that we need to realise where we are in the pecking order right now.

We’re a club actually starting again with an actual professional footballing structure being put in place to finally to fill the void left by Sir Alex. To win two cups in two years in this mess, with a takeover happening, certain players making life very difficult (I’m looking at you Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford and Greenwood), and an injury list longer than an A&E ward all centred around defence, I think ten Hag has done as good as anybody could. I think he deserves a shot. He’s not all of a sudden a bad coach this year when last year and his time at Ajax proved otherwise. He invests in youth, has a track record of decent football (maybe not this year granted), and wins trophies.

If he was still at Ajax now, they wouldn’t be in the mess they are, and he’d be exactly the type of manager we’d all be wanting to be appointed right now. He’s had an average seaon, but we beat our arch rivals and beat them deservedly so in the cup final. I for one and pretty happy with that, with expectations league form must improve.

Backed by a proper football structure (training facilities, medical teams, fitness coaches), with proper recruitment and scouting, he’s got as good a chance as anybody.

It’ll still be Tuchel mind after my long Shappy style essay.

Eric79

{Ed025's Note - i get what you are saying Eric but for a club of United,s stature its just not good enough mate, how long is this transition going to take?, yes the cup was a nice boost but CL qualification should be a given for a club of this magnitude and for me the FA cup has just papered over the cracks, i really expected better after 22/23 where it looked like progress but the same old flaws seem to have come home to roost again and United should never accept mediocrity imo, i dont think its all down to EtH but i dont think hes ruthless enough to stem the tide, its not an easy fix though and whoever (if anybody) takes over will have a massive job on their hands, but i do wish you well because the premier league needs a strong United team and you all deserve better..


 

 

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27 May 2024 18:31:50
Was going to say the same thing Spenno. INEOS have done nothing yet to warrant anybody’s trust in terms of decisions at the club.

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26 May 2024 08:28:26
I’m still torn redseven about him going. Largely because the names in the mix to replace him worry me greatly! Southgate, Potter, McKenna - none are elite managers who know how to win trophies and have experience of the expectations and the intensity of managing our club.

Tuchel has that experience, but he’s volatile and his football is not inspiring. Poch ticks many boxes and I rate him, but he always falls short wherever he goes.

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26 May 2024 07:21:25
I’m asking if you were fed up of being a transitional team even when we won the treble ourselves in 1999?

We’ve never played a possession tiki taki style. It’s not how we do it.

As for the game, be good to see a heat map of where all City’s possession actually was. I’d wager it’s all mainly on the half way line or deeper. ETH played Pep like a fiddle yesterday and was glorious to watch. Still on a high - feels really good to not only play well, but win a trophy too.

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