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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.


 

 

05 Jan 2023 09:07:02
Daley Blind on a short term freebie anyone?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - He will be moving to Germany.}


1.) 05 Jan 2023 10:44:14
Saw reports of Bayern Ed?

{Ed002's Note - There were two options with Bayern being the most attractive but less opportunity. I suspect he will comp[lete the move to Bayern - perhaps as early as today.}


2.) 05 Jan 2023 13:49:17
Absolutely love Blind. A player that was utilised in multiple positions to help cover for issues in the team which ultimately prevented him from focusing on one position and making it his own.
Played with everything he had, not the biggest, not the quickest but never gave less than 100%. If only EtH had been the manager at the time he was in his prime with us.
Will do well in Germany even if as a rotation piece.


 

 

31 Dec 2022 11:33:05
Hi Ed. Not really related to the January window nonsense, but the club has a few key decisions to make it seems on GK and CB over the coming months.

GK aside as you've mentioned this a few times, but have the longer term futures of Maguire and Lindelof been decided yet, as I don't really a future for either under ETH?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - I don't know what decisions have been made but suspect both coupld be available in the summer.}


1.) 31 Dec 2022 15:50:47
I know Shaw has played there previously but it says a lot if he’s starting over either of them. Assume neither are fit.


2.) 31 Dec 2022 15:55:23
Both are fit.


3.) 31 Dec 2022 20:20:05
I would have thought Maguire would definately be off if he can't even start at CB ahead of Luke Shaw.


4.) 01 Jan 2023 08:54:19
ten Hag’s order of preference at centre half seems to be:

1. Varane
2. Martinez
3. Shaw
4. Lindelof
5. Maguire

With Casemiro and McTominay also able to play there, surely sell Maguire now and use the money to bolster the forward line?


5.) 01 Jan 2023 10:13:35
Downise is right, our biggest issue the last couple of seasons has been our lack of goals, not sure we have a recognised striker at the club anymore, just converted wingers, and unless Maguire can play at No.9 he should move on.

For me someone like Niclas Fullkrug would be a good six month option, then he can be back up if EtH gets his No.1 option in the summer.


6.) 01 Jan 2023 11:37:17
You're not wrong there Grim re: lack of goals. I was watching the table live yesterday as it updated and was stunned when I saw how poor our good was compared to everyone else around us.


7.) 01 Jan 2023 12:08:02
* goal difference.


8.) 01 Jan 2023 13:50:56
What makes you think Lindelof is ahead of Maguire? Yesterday lindelof remained on the bench and Maguire came on.


9.) 01 Jan 2023 14:19:15
GDS2 Maguire can be thrown upfront with his slab of a head in case he makes a mistake and we concede an equaliser. Lindelof cannot. On balance, Lindelof is faster, smarter, better passer and assumes better positions than Maguire. Maguire is simply horrible and his only good quality is his slab of a head (the outside of it) .


10.) 01 Jan 2023 14:23:26
I'm not sure if Lindelof is ahead or behind Maguire in the pecking order under EtH.

However, Lindelof has just come back from an injury and wasn't a part of the squad for the Nottingham Forest game.

So he may be behind Maguire in terms of fitness and being "match ready".


11.) 01 Jan 2023 15:26:09
Either way we can survive without Maguire, sell him asap and get Felix in or someone similar, a striker, we need funds to buy someone, harry would bound to raise maybe 35, 40 m if it's Newcastle interested.


12.) 01 Jan 2023 16:56:10
Newcastle have bought smart so far, why suddenly would they throw this away for Maguire!


13.) 01 Jan 2023 20:48:42
Lindelof is most similar to varane, shaw is most similar to martinez. Those two are least disruptive to the team and how they usually play.


14.) 01 Jan 2023 21:37:03
35-40m hahaha I’d drive him there.


15.) 02 Jan 2023 12:11:26
We paid double for an in-form player who we saw as the one to sort out our defence and be an inspiring captain for a decade. I imagine he'll go to the likes of Newcastle or Villa for half the sum we paid sooner rather than later.
Maguire isn't Beckenbauer and he's not worth the ridiculous sum we paid, but I do feel there is a human element to it all. Maybe a bigger conversation on how social media and being in the spotlight has amplified in recent years but the constant online abuse players at all clubs get (particularly Utd) when they're out of favour is ridiculous. Millionaires or not it clearly affects players differently, some rise and even thrive from it but he's one that doesn't. No wonder modern clubs have as many psychologists as they do coaches.


16.) 02 Jan 2023 13:20:10
Simple answer is don't read it if it has a negative impact on you.
Also we don't know if maguire does read it.
Too many assumptions there.
He is not right for united. He may well do well wisher if he does good luck to him.
Daft fee for us to pay but we had a daft manager and a daft ceo at the time.


17.) 02 Jan 2023 14:31:33
I seem to remember both City and United were in for Maguire, part of the reason why we paid the high price maybe. He started off well, but it has fallen apart over the last two seasons.

He should never have been made captain so soon, he was supposed to be a leader on the pitch but that never seem to materialise.

I think he will do well at another club where the spotlight isn't so intense.


18.) 02 Jan 2023 16:35:44
Jose wanted Maguire, he suits Jose's scheme. We decide not to buy him for Jose but for a manager many people are still trying to work our what on earth his system was. What it was not though was asyatem playing to Maguires strengths.


19.) 03 Jan 2023 12:52:18
What it was not oakbark is a system, it was nothing.


 

 

 

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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.


 

 

29 Jan 2023 08:16:08
Shout out to Antony last night. Taken the criticism on the chin, listed to the coaches and put in a good show and MoM performance.

Amazing that so many have already written off a young man with such a great talent with huge amount of promise. He's going to be a huge player for us once he develops the way ETh wants. He obviously sees more than us "experts" on here. Give the lad a chance before writing him off. Those calling him the new Nani - I loved him. Frustrating yes, but the most skilful of footballers.

The one I'm most concerned about is Elanga. Seems to have regressed badly. Needs a good loan asap.

Thoughts on Pellestri? There's a player there but looks far too lightweight.

The one I'm most excited about is Sancho. We need the old Sancho back and if he can get through what we he is facing right now and Lauren's to his coaches, he could be a class addition for us.

Eric79

1.) 29 Jan 2023 09:41:33
Listens to the coaches obviously ?.


2.) 29 Jan 2023 09:50:30
The problem with Antony is his total lack of a right foot. So many times he has his man beaten and then turns back to get on his left. NO professional player should be so one footed. Great ability and an undoubted special talent but they need to make him train with a right foot bias to build up that side of his game. I’m sure that will come and he will become what we all hope ha can. ETH obviously has faith and I trust his judgement. I was at the game and I must say I am not convinced it was MOM performance. In fact you could feel the disbelief in the crowd when it was announced.


3.) 29 Jan 2023 10:08:59
Keefy, while Antony if very left footed he had a shot with his right foot, has scored with his right foot this season and does make some albeit few passes with his right foot. I agree he needs to learn to mix it up more as he is too predictable, but he is young and learning.

As for players being one footed, literally there are hundreds of examples of players who rarely used their weaker foot and still became world class players. Robben was extremely left footed, Beckham extremely right footed, it didn't stop them becoming world class players.

Far too much is being made of Antony only using his left foot, yet how many goals has Rashford scored with his weaker left foot this season? How often does Rashford go round the outside and cross with his left foot?

How often does Bruno use his left? Or Shaw his right?

Most players will play 90-95% of the game with their stronger foot. Where is the condemnation of those players? Why only pick on Antony?


4.) 29 Jan 2023 10:11:05
Maradona only had 1 foot, just saying.


5.) 29 Jan 2023 10:22:07
Casemiro was MOM for me. On Antony he was more direct and had a good game, however, he lined up at least four curling shots with his favoured left foot and didn’t hit the target with any of them. Needs to improve his shooting. Said it before and will say it again, now is not the time to judge him, critique his performance but he needs time. Needs to work on his right foot, all professional footballers should be able to have more than that.

On Pellestri, plays a bit like Keith Gillespie, not sure he will make it, but we shall see.

On Garnacho, I think the short cameos are making him snatch at the opportunity, trying too hard to impress in short timescales. Still picked out Antony beautifully and I was messed up. Needs a start against Forrest.

Mainoo looks a potential player, good balance and presence for a 17 year old. Very interested to watch his development. Let’s see him tested against a better side, looks the player McT isn’t.


6.) 29 Jan 2023 10:58:58
Agreed on Casemiro last night and in most games, he just looks a level above the rest of our team and is dragging them up towards him. Keep him fit and we have a good chance of achieving things this season.


7.) 29 Jan 2023 11:55:02
Red Man, I agree I thought Casemiro was the obvious MotM last night, two well taken goals and utterly dominated the midfield. He was everywhere.

Pellistri has obvious talent, but I'm not sure the EPL is the right league for him. I think he could become a very good player in La Liga or Serie A. He just seems too lightweight, he could bulk up and gain that strength needed in England but that won't happen quickly.

Garnacho is young, he will snatch at chances regardless of whether he starts games or comes on for the final 15 minutes. We'd all like to see more of him, United fans love nothing more than seeing an exciting young player coming through. Yet the manager has to balance everything, playing time, exposure, pressure, and the club's need to win games. Garnacho will get plenty of playing time, the biggest hurdle he has currently is that he seems to only be able to play LW and the guy in front of him for that spot is Marcus Rashford who is in the form of his life.

You have said that we have a clear need for goals, well Rashford seems to be out main source of them right now. It would be crazy to drop him or move him around the pitch to fit in an exciting but untested 18 year old.


8.) 29 Jan 2023 12:24:54
If Anthony couldn't play well against reading there would be something wrong. They are 16th or 17th in the championship lost 4-0to Stoke last week
85 million he should be knocking in the winning goal in the fa Cup final for the 5 years.
I'm still not sold on him
.

{Ed014's Note - I watched the game, I genuinely don’t think I’ve seen a worse team than Reading, half of them didn’t even look fit.

You can only beat what’s in front of you but man they were shite!


9.) 29 Jan 2023 13:22:05
They looked much better once Carroll had been red carded!


10.) 29 Jan 2023 13:51:11
Casimero was our best player yesterday imo.
Antony did better.
Subs made no impact except for Fred.
Our starting 11 looks good and I like the way they play most games.


11.) 29 Jan 2023 13:14:05
Brutal Ed. I actually thought Shane long was retired. They are a bad side.

{Ed014's Note - I had to mate and was surprised when he appeared as a sub.

Poor old Ince has got some job on there!


12.) 29 Jan 2023 17:10:20
Think we need to give Amad a decent pre season prior to next season. Seen him a few times for Sunderland and offers a lot more than Anything. Of course in a league below.


13.) 29 Jan 2023 17:24:49
The difference is that these players use their preferred foot when there is little or no time. And CAN use their non preferred foot. Antony just can’t and won’t. When he is clear through and past the player he loses position and advantage by turning round and going backwards. That is only a current criticism. He is a good player and has clear skills that will only improve. My other point is that players commanding huge fees and wages should be able to confidently use both feet regardless of their preferred option.
And I wasn’t “picking on” Antony. I was merely commenting on a previous post.


14.) 29 Jan 2023 17:29:08
Amad will fall by the wayside. Brighter prospects ahead of him.


15.) 29 Jan 2023 21:06:38
Keefy, Antony has scored this season for us with his right foot. Has Rashford scored with his left?

Antony needs to develop, when you sign a 22 year old with only 18 months of European football in the Eredivisie under his belt then you know you aren't signing the finished article.

Ignore the fee, it's not indicative of current ability.


16.) 29 Jan 2023 22:22:52
Didn’t Rashford score the first v forest with his left? And against Charlton with his left!


17.) 30 Jan 2023 10:38:22
Big Andy Carroll’s performance was a disgrace. He didn’t even try.


 

 

06 Dec 2022 23:13:51
Seem to recall Ed2 stating Goncalo Ramos of Portugal was one of our preferred striker targets. He may have a few more suitors after tonight's performance!

Eric79

1.) 07 Dec 2022 06:36:24
Not seen much of him at all, looks a player though.


2.) 07 Dec 2022 09:30:57
On of the things I've noticed about a lot of the strikers we have been linked with is that very few of them are what you could call a traditional No.9.

In fact most are team focused players prepared to work hard for the team and as likely to pass to a teammate in a better position than try and score themselves from a poorer position.

They seem to be players who could play as a second striker, No.10 or wide creative forward.

Players like Goncalo Ramos, Lautaro Martinez, João Felix, Jonathan David, Memphis Depay, Matheus Cunha, Christopher Nkunku, and Cody Gakpo.

None are traditional No.9's with all of them being as creative as they can be clinical in front of goal.

In fact the only strikers we have been linked with who you could call a traditional striker is Victor Osimhen, Marko Arnautovic and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. With the latter two being short term options with both of them being over 33 years old.

Does this mean that the type of striker that EtH is looking for is more of a creative team focused player rather than a clinical goal focused traditional striker?

Or is it simply that we are being linked to many players in the press and there is a shortage of old school No.9's to link us to?


 

 

16 Mar 2022 23:07:35
Ed2 - I read with interest your comments on next manager for Utd and that ten Hag would be a disaster.

Can you elaborate why please? My assumption is that we don't have the structure in place to support what is essentially a coach whereas Poch is more a manager?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - I have explained before - try searching.}


1.) 16 Mar 2022 23:17:56
Got it cheers Ed.


2.) 17 Mar 2022 09:12:19
i think it was along the lines of the structure above would not suit him, but you never know anyone that comes in could fail or they could succeed.

one thing is we need to give them the help they need and let them do thee job, so many past managers have said they want x y and z but always ended up with 3rd or 4 choices.


 

 

 

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29 Nov 2023 22:52:41
I’d have no issues with Maguire and Lindelof leaving. Neither are the required standard for a club with ambitions of top 4 or better.

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06 Nov 2023 21:35:06
We had one with Rangnick. I always thought that’s what we brought him in, then randomly let him go.

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10 Oct 2023 08:04:38
Realistically who can it be. If these stories are remotely true. Any of the rabble who have started the season really badly. The obvious sulky likely lads are:

- Rashford (blows more and hot than the wind)
- Bruno (always sulking)
- Casemiro (probably keen for some warm weather and Saudi dollars now)
- Sancho (we’ve all seen this)
- Varane (never fit, never seems too committed)
- Martial (tbf he’s done well under ETH on the rare occasions he stays fit)

And frankly, would not he sad to see all of them leave. We have a good, astute and modern coach. I don’t think he’s the main problem. He needs players with the right attitude to build from - McT, Licha, Shaw, wan Bissaka etc.

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05 Oct 2023 18:59:34
Rinse and repeat. So tedious, and if true, anyone not happy can leave in the winter transfer window.

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17 Sep 2023 12:20:27
Well Jonny Evans is a start….

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12 Nov 2023 21:24:08
I miss Fred! He was the engine. Not the best player, but played every game like it was his last.

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05 Nov 2023 12:17:35
Shows how bad our scouting is Chris1. We’ve spent £150m on two wingers who are dross (Sancho and Antony), and another £30m on Amad who has barely played for us. He could be the option for us when he’s fit, but I’ve seen little evidence yet he’s no more than a good Championship player. Pellestri simply isn’t good enough (another £8m) .

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05 Nov 2023 03:19:33
A totally fair assessment Ed of the player. I’ve seen nothing from him that wouud suggest he’ll make
It.

A reluctance to take a chance, take on a defender, or even sprint!

What do you think the malaise is Ed? Poor scouts, or a a reluctance from those who receive the scouting reports to take the advice?

I fully back EtH in his approach and hope the club stick with him and support him with a proper DoF….

Eric79

{Ed001's Note - the scouting is obviously an issue because a good scout will not recommend a player like that and would leave if the club is constantly ignoring their advice. But clearly those above them are not doing due diligence either, so they have to be part of the problem. Someone should have been researching the player's background and family etc. United do not do this.}


 

 

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05 Nov 2023 03:10:44
I’m sure they care - but what has Sancho done that is so bad he can’t get a game ahead of Antony who is well off the level required right now?

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05 Nov 2023 03:08:43
Our first choice back 4 hasn’t played all season - Martinez, by far the best ball playing defender we have, isn’t available, and our second best Varane is a perma crock. Shaw, albeit not our best player, is by far our best left back, is out for awhile, and what I consider our first choice RB in AWB only just returned today. We also have a brand new keeper this season learning the ropes of the team and the EPL (which he will as he is a class act) .

No wonder we can’t build foundations from the back.

Eric79

{Ed077's Note - I'll admit that I'm no expert on Andre Onana but I've yet to see any signs of him being a "class act".}