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10 Aug 2023 19:45:24
So Fred and Kovar say goodbye to United tonight, a few more to join them over the coming weeks.

Grim

1.) 10 Aug 2023 20:55:52
Shame to see Kovar leave, I thought he looked really promising in pre-season. I wonder if there is a buy back clause.


2.) 10 Aug 2023 20:58:16
An absolutely ruthless, yet long overdue exodus is occurring at OT.

ETH is firmly getting his own way and I for one am delighted. Bailly, McTominay, vdBeek and hopefully Martial to come.


3.) 10 Aug 2023 21:13:18
Kovar is a weird one. I really liked what I’d seen and I’m hugely surprised he didn’t stick around at least as 3rd choice keeper. What do we actually want in a back up keeper….


4.) 10 Aug 2023 21:52:54
Downsie53

I think he set his own tone with how he managed the Ronaldo situation.
Since then, we've all expected him to continue being bullish about what must happen for his vision to be realised, but we've all been rightly dubious because of the significant levels of incompetence we're so used to from all levels.

Finally, we're getting rid of so much that should have been shipped off when it had greater value.


5.) 10 Aug 2023 22:25:28
Kovar will have a sell on fee no doubt. Gutted to see Fred fo especially with the low fee. He always worked his socks off, covering every blade and was good at breaking play down. i'd rather us have sold scott. he was massively under rated by a lot of our fans like the other neville and oshea used to be.


6.) 10 Aug 2023 22:53:44
First option and buy back clause in the kovar deal by the sounds of it. Giving him chance to progress but securing option if he does well.


7.) 10 Aug 2023 23:11:34
Can't see Martial going anywhere with his injury record. Who's going to want to pay him £13m + a transfer fee when they can have him for a whole lot less next year? And since he's unsellable I think ETH will keep him as a decent back up who he hopes will be available to play maybe 10 games this season. Who knows, with his contract expiring, maybe he'll actually be motivated to do something to earn himself a decent new one somewhere else next season.


8.) 10 Aug 2023 23:47:44
Kovar needed to go because he could actually be a decent keeper bit aitting on the bench for 5 years behind Onana is going to ruin his career. Best he goes and plays and if we have put the clauses if he does become what we hope then we bring him back.

I am not a fan of keeping kids around who don't play it doesn't help thwm at all. I do we think we should have a squad small enough to allow us to give kids a chance but that's not easy with a keeper as generally they cam play every match and you csnt give em 30 mins as a sub here and there and starts every now and then.

I also think it helps us if we are a team helping players to do what's best for tbem in terms of reputation amd attractiveness of the club as well.


9.) 11 Aug 2023 11:19:02
I agree Kovar needed to play regular football this season, I just thought a loan deal might have been best. Then the club would still have the option for him to come back and challenge Onana if his loan went well.

I suppose if the club have an option to bring him back though a buy back clause or similar then it makes sense to sell and bring much needed revenue back into the club.

It's a tactic other clubs have used to great effect. Selling some of their best young talents to raise funds for purchases, but inserting buy back options so they can bring those kids back if they progress and reach their potential. It can be better than a loan as the buying club has more of an investment in the player, more reason to invest time in developing the player than they might if it was just a loan. While for the player it gives them a sense of certainty over their immediate future and allows them to focus on their career and their development.

So it can be a good way of raising funds and giving players a clearer development pathway, while keeping some level of control over the future of the player.


 

 

10 Jun 2023 06:27:25
SS reporting that United have contacted Min-Jae representatives about signing him. Bid will be made when the release clause of £42m kicks in on 1 July. Let's see what happens in 3 weeks.

Grim

1.) 10 Jun 2023 10:37:04
Didn’t one of his representative come out recently and say he wants the United move? Really great business if we can get him. Add a sweeper keeper and we’ll play a high line next year with great play out potential. Hopefully we get a really strategically focused transfer window.


2.) 10 Jun 2023 14:41:09
yep, we should be ready to pounce in about 12 months once the sale of the club is done.


3.) 10 Jun 2023 14:57:35
Don't know whether to laugh or cry at the comment bfbw.


4.) 10 Jun 2023 15:05:43
It would be nice if we could complete a deal without a huge saga starting. KMJ looks a great deal. But i think for most fans it is a lower priority role after the performances of Lindelof and shaw since Jan.

Hopefully it is done easily and shows others our intent to sign even through the sale process.


5.) 10 Jun 2023 16:06:26
No it’s definitely not a lower priority, we need a top class CB to come in and rotate with Varane, Lindelof is option 4 let’s be honest.


6.) 11 Jun 2023 12:32:03
City's CB options are out of this world.
Ake, Stones, Laporte, Dias and Akanji

We need similar standards.


7.) 11 Jun 2023 13:23:59
Lindelof has done a great job this season. There is always a need for rotation and as long as he's happy to be a rotation player then he stays for me.


8.) 11 Jun 2023 16:08:15
What Linelof performances? Everytime he played he made mistakes and just is not good enough. He's better than maguire yes but not by much.


9.) 11 Jun 2023 18:51:10
Ake is average, Laporte too.

Diaz has been world class at times, but can blow a little cold for periods of the season.

I wish we had got Akanji, he looks the business and I think we looked at him.

Stones has looked very good this year, stepping into his new hybrid role between midfield and CB. He has matured under Pep and the coaching team at city, he used to make a lot of mistakes when he first went to city.


If you compare our defenses I don't think Shaw, martinez and varane are much of a drop off. We need a new starting 8, a top class striker and we need better creativity and cohesiveness from our attacking play (whether we achieve that from just adding those 2 players and coaching, or we need to change more) .


10.) 12 Jun 2023 07:40:47
RR recommended Akanji to Utd.


11.) 12 Jun 2023 13:39:57
Pretty sure Ralf Rangnick recommended Akanji, Caicedo and Juilan Alvarez. All could have been bought for less than 40m combined.


12.) 12 Jun 2023 13:40:37
They are a great team and give credit where its due. very difficult feat to achieve.


 

 

 

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31 Oct 2023 05:56:20
Should Bruno no longer be captain, a few of us have said this over the last year and now Keane has come out and said the same.

It would be a massive decision and risk alienating our most creative player when he is in the right mood.

Problem is, you look around that United team and it devoid of leaders, which maybe part of the reason why we are struggling to get out of this current slump.

Perversely, Maguire has acted more like a captain over the last few games than Bruno, says it all really.

Grim

1.) 31 Oct 2023 07:05:53
Never mind Bruno, we have a much bigger problem. 1 goal and 1 assist all season. The party boy was at it again on Sunday night after being hammered 3-0.

I don’t mind players having a drink at all, but his lifestyle is not suitable for a player at the level he thinks he is.

This squad has no discipline, which really surprises me because I thought this manager wouldn’t stand for it. He needs dropping for a run of games.


2.) 31 Oct 2023 07:30:32
Nevermind captain, I think Bruno should sold. He is totally unsuitable for what Ten Hag is trying to do.


3.) 31 Oct 2023 07:34:50
It was his 26th birthday. if he wants to go out and have a party its his business. Not surprised the media is going to make a story of it and people here have something new to have a go too. typical.


4.) 31 Oct 2023 08:14:53
Mancman

That's an interesting point. Funny thing I was thinking come summer if we will see a major change of direction and someone like him sold. He struggles in games where we get pressed and find it difficult to find space. He does great for Portugal as he has the luxury of a lot of top players around him who are all excellent technically on the ball.

I would personally rebuild our midfield with players like Onana from everton, Palacios from leverkusen and Wirtz, who is excellent as a like for like replacement for Fernandez and would go as far as saying we would not see a drop in productivity with him as our number 10. Just clean slate changes.


5.) 31 Oct 2023 09:09:20
There are very few players who are captain material in that squad. Maguire was/ is the obvious choice but that ship has sailed. Ironically he's our most in-form defender, who'd have thought? Casemiro and Varane would be contenders, but do they even start? It has to be a steady player who plays consistently, and at a consistent level. I think Shaw would be a shout but again he's made of glass.
But all in all, I think the negative effects of yet another captaincy change would be quite negative. It would certainly affect Bruno adversely. Armband or not, there should be enough experience and leaders in that squad to 'lead' on the pitch.


6.) 31 Oct 2023 10:47:31
Maguire has performed better in the last couple of games (a narrow 1-0 home win against Copenhagen and the utter shambles that was the City game), but the team performances were pretty dire. Probably not helped that Maguire is a part of the reason why the team have had to try and shift tactics. Such as getting Onana to play it long rather than play out from the back, or the defence playing 10 yards deeper which is creating too much space in midfield and making it impossible for us to get a foothold in the game. He isn't the sole reasons for these changes but he may be the main beneficiary of them.

At no point though has Maguire ever in his United career shown anything that even looks like leadership. He shouts at his team mates and blames them for his own mistakes. He doesn't take responsibility or do anything to elevate his teammates performance or moral.

I'm not saying Bruno is any better, just that Maguire has no leadership credentials at all.

Martinez would be my choice as captain, and if this was last season Casemiro would have been in with a shout as well. Unfortunately his decline in form doesn't make him a strong candidate. I wonder once he's settled and if he can make a regular impact if Mount might be an option. He has captained Chelsea on a few occasions and was a leader by all accounts at Derby while on loan there as a youngster. Although I'll be honest this is based on what others have said and not what I have observed. Although to be in with a shout he'd have to be playing regularly and performing well.


7.) 31 Oct 2023 11:28:34
It really is quite basic. Bruno and rash need to be subbed off Round 60 mins unless they have created scored goals. That is a bare minimum. Eth has tried to play them back into form and it hasn't worked. Now the fans are desperate for him to either start one or both from the bench, or see one of both subbed off and give someone else a chance.

No way EtH should be sacked, but he is losing the crowd by refusing to take a look at the team without those 2 in it.

He showed with ronaldo that he was all about team, but with these 2 he is not doing it. Do they have contracts that say they must play unless injured?!


8.) 31 Oct 2023 11:34:37
Nature is not playing that well at all. Mistake waiting to happen. Not a good option for captain ad we know and not a good option to play. When all are fit he will be well down the pecking order imo.


9.) 31 Oct 2023 12:19:15
We should have been looking at Rice as our future captain 3 years ago and getting him in give him a couple of years to bed on and then handed it too him.

His charactwr was obvious for all to see, his triumph over adversity in his career his uetly improvement. Everyone ways plays better around him.

It's another glaring mistake not as big as the one where we didn't puah for Hendo because he ran funny. Might never be Ballon d'Or material but by god can he led nd make nteam better, plus he gives it all every match.


10.) 31 Oct 2023 15:37:58
Oakbark, in hindsight I think most fans would have rather spent the 70m we paid for Casemiro last summer on Rice instead.

Would have probably been as good as Casemiro last season and would still be as good this season and beyond.


 

 

05 Sep 2023 06:12:41
Here we go again, this one has been in the offing for a while, so should we suspend Antony now Brazil have?

Grim

1.) 05 Sep 2023 07:16:50
Can see it happening. He will also be arrested if he goes back to Brazil apparently. not a good look.

Anthony on the run . -insert your own joke here.


2.) 05 Sep 2023 07:22:39
Suspend? His actions are abhorrent, irrespective of his call of innocence on social media. Get rid.
Manchester United don't permit criminals, innocent or otherwise.
A precedent has been set.
If he doesn't go, then that break clause in Mason's loan contract looks like a great move.


3.) 05 Sep 2023 07:35:37
Surely we have to the same as we did with MG, suspend and do investigation.


4.) 05 Sep 2023 07:40:53
That will depend on what happened if anything and how much media/ celebrity attention it is given.

In this case the media teams of the celebs are warning them to be careful as the Police are investigating it prior to them being able to share their opinions and therefore they run the risk of being held in contempt of court.


5.) 05 Sep 2023 07:56:16
The difference here is Antony has come out with his own statement to flat out deny the allegations.

Try not to put his and MG’s case together. The two are totally separate.

I’m not defending Antony but I always think it speaks volumes when the player flat out refuses the allegations. He’s also said he’s in contact with Brazilian authorities and cooperating, so where has the arrest rumour come from?


6.) 05 Sep 2023 08:23:37
These allegations have been hanging over his head for a while now. Will be interesting to see if the club’s stance remains consistent or whether he gets a pass because he’s a Ten Haag player.

Charges were dropped against Greenwood and the club’s own investigation apparently found him to be innocent, yet he was still moved on, so things aren’t looking good for Antony.


7.) 05 Sep 2023 08:24:26
Wasn’t he in England when the “allegations” were suppost to have taken place.


8.) 05 Sep 2023 08:47:14
One of the alleged assaults is supposed to have taken place in a Manchester hotel room. His former partner reportedly required medical treatment after two of the incidents, so it should be fairly easy to prove (or disprove) the allegations.


9.) 05 Sep 2023 09:19:59
To me as things stand I think it is different due to no public evidence. Mg was called innocent but let's be honest and say this call from the club press release was more because legally he has not been found guilty of anything than him being innocent (seeing the video) .

Currently Antony disputes the charge so he could be innocent and there is nothing in my mind to state what is true either way at this point. No doubt any self respecting hr department would talk to the player about this and investigate but do not see why they would suspend at this point as the reputational damage or risk is different.

I don't think the fact he is a eth signing would have any bearing on how it is handled.


10.) 05 Sep 2023 09:49:48
Without evidence against him, the club should not be playing the role of judge. That's the role of the courts. The Greenwood case was unique in that there was evidence in the public. As others have said Antony is disputing the charge, so it's a matter then for the courts. If he gets charged then the club have a decision to make on whether to temporarily suspend him pending the outcome, but there's no decision before then imo. Also @bookredmole there is no hope in hell a HR department should or would want to interfere in a criminal investigation by conducting their own. The one thing United did correctly in the MG case was to do their investigation after the criminal one was dropped.


11.) 05 Sep 2023 10:30:04
Greenwood would be back playing for the club now if people hadn't heard the recording, he isn't not playing for the club because he was accused of something, he isn't playing because of the fan backlash. If someone has a video or recording of Antony doing something then he will be suspended, until then it is her word against his and nothing like the same situation.


12.) 05 Sep 2023 10:46:54
Before we condemn someone let's wait and see if there are any facts supporting the story. With the current cancel culture its seems easy to ruin someone's life even before anything is proven or substantiated.

The idea that it happened in Manchester and he is wanted in Brazil is a bit farcical. If there are any facts to this I would think there are jurisdictions and hard to imagine how it can be litigated in Brazil.


13.) 05 Sep 2023 11:04:21
I think Antony’s fate ultimately lies in Rachel Riley’s hands.


14.) 05 Sep 2023 11:16:28
From what I read, it appears that there are allegations of multiple instances, both in the UK and in Brazil. The UK police are also investigating, but it sounds like the Brazilian police are taking the matter more seriously. Perhaps because they are both Brazilian nationals, or it could be that she didn’t report the alleged abuse until after they broke up and she returned back to Brazil.

I guess we’ll never be privy to all of the details. Let’s hope the allegations prove to be false, though I’m not sure what she’d have to gain by lying.


15.) 05 Sep 2023 16:41:58
It’s a separate/ another/ alledged incident issue the one in Brazil, clearly enough in that one to suspend him too… Countdown is on for Rachel Riley to pipe up with a vowel or two.

Does this club even look into all and sundry of there personal life’s anymore, was common knowledge, Sancho had timekeeping and attitude problems at Dortmund, yet we still bought him, Don’t sound like the Antony thing is a one off either, did no one not pick up on this earlier, been known for what 2-3 years, surely you can tell a wrong un!

Same with Greenwood, attitude been bought into question many times allegedly, even with England as we all see, either other clubs got much better people installed to keep all this in house, or all the wrong uns, head for united!

It’s a mess that’s for sure if Antony now goes the wrong way, with Greenwood value had been say 80mil, Antony 80Mil Sancho 75Mil best part of quarter of a billion smackers gone west! Bet Glazers are happy about that!


16.) 05 Sep 2023 16:44:22
Welp. Images of her injuries are now starting to circulate online. Not quite as damming as the Greenwood material, but it doesn’t look good. Worse still, unlike Greenwood’s partner, it appears as though Antony’s ex intends to press charges.

I’m guessing the club are regretting getting rid of Greenwood now, as it kinda forces their hand with Antony. That said, if there’s any kind of truth to this then that might not be such a bad thing.


 

 

04 Aug 2023 20:02:10
If you could bring in a radical rule change which would transfer football what would it be?

I would remove the penalty box, all fouls are treated equally, wherever it happens on the pitch. Penalties would only be for handball on the goalie or a defender hacking down a player who is one on one.

Grim

1.) 04 Aug 2023 21:44:56
I would chsbge the rule about booking of deliverate fouls. You kniw the ones where you lose possession and then foul the opponent to stop a counter.

Its quite professional, the idea is that a dominate team playing highb.


2.) 04 Aug 2023 22:43:58
Bigger goals, keepers on pogo sticks, crash mats - what's not to love?


3.) 04 Aug 2023 22:48:29
1. I would make it so I you can only be offside if you are offside when you receive the ball. All these rubbish free kicks when a player comes from an “offside” position just make no sense.

2. You cannot be pinged for a head high kick when the player comes from your blind side and/ or the player is stooping for the ball. If you go in with head at waist height then tough!

3. Ping every player that abuses a ref or linesman. Will not take long for the abuse to stop when players are missing games.

Loads more!


4.) 04 Aug 2023 23:07:35
I'd change games to 60 minutes, 30 minutes a half, but the clock stops every time the ball goes dead and doesn't restart until the ball in live again.

For me the toughest games to watch are the ones where one team is just trying to run down the clock, making cynical fouls, and generally constantly stopping the flow of the game.

To me that is anti-football and unsporting. The fans pay a lot of money to be entertained, so I feel clubs have a duty to provide that entertainment.

While the facts speak for themselves, very few teams have ever been successful when playing that way. If you make yourself the underdog, then just like the underdog you'll lose more often than you win.


5.) 05 Aug 2023 00:08:05
Sent accidentally before i had finished.

I would change the punishment for deliberate fouling when you lose possession and in order to ensure the other team can't counter you commit a foul. It is entireky deliberate and clearly is being coached. It is a ploy that the big teams use so when they ade dominating possession and are therefore as a team advanced therefore vulnerable to the counter to eliminate that risk. The foul is committed in their own half usually but always well away from goal o little risk of a booking, these only come after persistant offe dinf if ever.

I would give one team warning then next offence its a booking. Will keep the game flowing, stops the big teams from eliminating probably their biggest vulnerability football should never be a sport where fouling is rewarded with little chance of punishment and right now it is.


6.) 05 Aug 2023 01:15:13
I'd make shielding the ball without intent to touch it an obstruction and stop the constant time wasting of defenders shepherding the ball out.


7.) 05 Aug 2023 03:59:24
I would consider introducing an orange card with a sin bin for 5 mins.

There are yellows that should be orange, and reds that should be orange. Sometimes yellow is not enough, sometimes red is too much.

If a players disrespects the ref they are more likely to hive an orange so they can cool off. These pathetic flick on the chin red cards could be orange instead of red - think Beckham on simeone, rooney on Ronaldo.


8.) 05 Aug 2023 05:31:28
£20k per week wage cap.


9.) 05 Aug 2023 06:23:10
My 2 big issues are abuse of referees and time wasting.

1. Swearing at a ref, immediate yellow card.
2. Getting in a linesmans face, immediate yellow card.
3. Appealing to get an opposition player booked, immediate yellow card.
4. Sarcastic clapping of a decision, immediate yellow card.
5. Wagging your finger at the ref, immediate yellow card.

You get the picture.

I would also add

6. Shielding the ball by sticking your arse out whilst making no attempt to play it, free kick awarded.
7. GKs who catch a ball with no-one near them who then drop to the ground for 30 seconds, free kick awarded, GK to be publicly flogged post game.
8. Taking too long to take a goal kick, free kick, 6 months in prison for GK.


There are so many more.


10.) 05 Aug 2023 07:16:36
A lot of thibgs i agree with here.


11.) 05 Aug 2023 08:38:32
No stoppage of play for injuries or subs a la rugby. i. e. rolling subs and medics come on to treat injury while play continues. The ref’ can stop the clock and play if he deems it necessary . A system of sin binning whereby yellow, for dissent etc is a 5/ 10 minute sin bin and a second offence is a sending off. The clock is ‘owned’ by an official off pitch and it’s stopped automatically by ball out of play or the ref’ orders the clock to stop. Each half ends on a hooter like in rugby. I have some others but they’ve been largely covered above.


12.) 05 Aug 2023 08:38:41
I'm with oakbark, the deliberate breaking up of play to stop counter attacks, I remember watching fernandinho do about a thousand times in a season . Serious foul play imo and a red card would nip it in the bud.


13.) 05 Aug 2023 09:09:54
In terms of change,
1. Time. take the time control away from the ref and give to official in the stand. Add time for time wasting to injury time and extend injury time if time wasting is carried out in the injury time itself. Ensure the stadium screens show time remaining and inform the players and crowd that time was added for incidents. Play loud horn when up and the game finishes at the next stoppage.
2. Cards. “Professional” fouls to stop movement and a break, especially by certain teams are being allowed too much. What is the official point at which the ref gives a yellow? Looks inconsistent to me. Introduce better controls, perhaps the off field officials can tot up the numbers of fouls and display them on a stadium screen against the players names. Introduce three card system, player gets to, for example 5 fouls yellow card. Another 3 orange card, another 3 red.


14.) 05 Aug 2023 09:57:17
Good point about inconsistency Red Man, some minor fouls get a booking whilst potential leg breakers get a telling off. ?‍♂️.


15.) 05 Aug 2023 11:33:21
Players guilty of diving with no contact, retrospectively punished with 3 match ban. Players even back chatting any officials (only captain can speak to them) yellow card no question. Raised arm contact with another player, pulling / holding is a freekick.


16.) 05 Aug 2023 17:41:01
City are expert at it. They foul almost immediately before even a threat of a counter attack develops with the result that they rarely even get yellow cards. Doing so enables them top press really high without much risk. When they lose possession an immediate foul allows them time to reset.


17.) 05 Aug 2023 19:44:42
Pep has played the percentages and decided the reward is greater than the risk.

I do realise that if Ten Hag is abke to fully implment his system with playees capanle of it then we may well also resort to this.


 

 

14 Jul 2023 06:42:31
Saw this on social media, our longest serving players now DDG has gone

Shaw - 9 years
Martial - 8 years
Rashford - 7 years
Bailly - 7 years
McTominay 6 years

How many of those will be here at the beginning of the season.

Grim

1.) 14 Jul 2023 07:32:47
Hopefully 2, I’d accept 3.


2.) 14 Jul 2023 09:13:51
Probably 4 and maybe even 5.

Shaw

Martial, can't see anyone wanting the crock.

Rashford, I think he is about to pen a new contract or already has.

Bailly, again with a poor injury record but probably the most likely to leave from the list.

McTominay, unless we sign a holding mid I'd have thought ETH would block his departure.


3.) 14 Jul 2023 11:16:55
Martial and Bailly won't be around.
McTominay you never know.

If we can sign someone like amrabat, then mctominay can actually be somewhat effective but he will be 6th choice.


4.) 14 Jul 2023 12:56:34
I wouldn’t bat an eye lid if none of them were here. They are all lacking the mentality to win this league, all soft in the head.


5.) 14 Jul 2023 15:12:47
Yeah Shaw really fell apart after that horrendous leg break didn’t he FZZ. Real soft attitude he showed there.


6.) 14 Jul 2023 20:00:44
Shaw was one of the best players in the league last year. I don't think we get top 3 without that run of games where Shaw and Lindelof were a solid CB pair for us. Crazy to wish him gone.

Rashford I understand, he is one of my favourite players, but then the way he refuses to challenge for headers or put a shift in has really started to turn me against him. Last season he had end product and definitely should stay, but I am hoping EtH can sort out his attitude.


7.) 15 Jul 2023 19:05:43
Yeh Shaws soft in the head constantly whining when things go wrong. Useless over rated footballer couldn’t lace Evras boots never mind Denis Irwin.

Just because he recovered from a leg break doesn’t mean he isn’t soft mentally to be in a league winning side. He pulls out of tackles.

He’s decent enough but not good enough. Can’t cross to save his skin. Couple of stone overweight his whole career. That’ll do.


 

 

05 Jul 2023 06:41:13
Have we matured in our transfer dealings this year? In years gone by we might have still been trying to pursue Kane, with our ex dynamic CEO flying around the world on urgent business.

We might not yet be perfect but seemingly going in the right direction.

Grim

1.) 05 Jul 2023 07:06:44
I’ll reserve judgment u til the window is over Grim. Right now, we’ve almost bought one player. Sold a couple of youngsters for less than peanuts, have a bloated squad we can’t move on yet, and need to find a solution for striker, GK, another midfielder and maybe defender.


2.) 05 Jul 2023 08:22:48
Judging by the shocking incompetence of the goal keeping situation I would say it is same as it ever was.


3.) 05 Jul 2023 08:37:38
If we sign onana and hoiland then definitely yes i would say. ambrabat and shipping out maguire and getting a new cb in and i would give him an A+. can't really ask for more.

I guess you can late deal in the window for Kane lol.


4.) 05 Jul 2023 08:42:46
Eric - i'm crossing everything that once mount is confirmed we will let mctom, fred or vdb go
once we get a keeper we will hopefully not keep ddg hanging and again with defenders when we get one in the rest will move on- in the background hope we are working hard to get a striker or 2 with funds and income from sales. Then again we are man united so chances are we'll blow the budget on canteen catering equipment and call it a ground improvement.


5.) 05 Jul 2023 09:21:56
I’m not sure we have fully progressed. There are signs we are getting there, but there’s still fundamental errors been made on a planning and execution level.

The striker issue for instance. We’ve known we’ve been in need of a world class centre forward for years. So players with the right profile should have been worked on well in advance of the point we are in critical need. Instead, all we’ve done is get loanee stop gaps who haven’t worked out at all. The goalkeeping situation is also farcical. They know what contract DDG is on, and when that contract is scheduled to end. They also know his age and also his drawbacks, especially given the current managers style of play. Replacements for these positions should be lined up way beforehand, so that if the case arises we are straight in there. Instead we go head first into a brick wall and then try and pick up the pieces.

The negotiations for any players are also painful. How is is that when City identify a player they go straight in and the deal gets done in an often timely manner. Whereas we’re making offer after offer. I get that things often aren’t as straightforward as we’d perhaps realise. But a slick recruitment team with good communicators should be getting the job done far quicker than what ours do.


6.) 05 Jul 2023 09:45:00
So as we enter July we don’t have a GK and haven’t sold a single first team player. Business as usual I’d say!


7.) 05 Jul 2023 10:11:10
Onana is a pipedream. We're looking at Brighton's third choice GK.


8.) 05 Jul 2023 11:11:58
We haven’t progressed. It has been clear since Christmas that we lack a striker capable of scoring on a consistent basis. The club should have had a clear plan on who was available and within budget before the window opened. Instead, we’re getting offers knocked back for a young lad that is very much a gamble as the primary striker.

Add to that the goalkeeping farce and you have a club that either doesn’t have a plan or is incapable of executing their plan in a professional way.

Mount is, perhaps, an upgrade on Eriksen. But the key areas of concern in the squad have yet to be addressed. I would be very concerned that we risk slipping out of the top 4 next season.

{Ed002's Note - The club has plans for all of this.}


9.) 05 Jul 2023 11:27:44
I think the club is in a much stronger position under the current group and especially EtH. We don't see all the work that goes on behind the scenes and unfortunately due to press interest, desire of fans for minute by minute updates we get lots of players linked who we either have no interest in or have only enquired about.

Mount for instance feels like a deal that previously would have dragged on longer and we paid more than we did.

Could we do better, yes. Will we do better, hopefully.

We unfortunately have a large number of holes to either fill or improve on so juggling the budget and sales is key. City have a squad that is league winning and in reality are either looking at replacing a player leaving/ aging or that one player who takes the up a level (Haaland) .

We are a few transfer windows away from that if we ever get there.


10.) 05 Jul 2023 12:12:21
I'm sure they do have plans ed.

Putting a plan into action is totally different though and United give us no confidence.


11.) 05 Jul 2023 12:33:53
Thanks Ed, might calm down some of the panickers.


12.) 05 Jul 2023 12:35:58
I like the Sanchez rumour from Brighton. He’s a very good keeper, and would make an excellent No2 choice signing behind whoever we go for as our No1. Given Brighton have just signed another keeper, he’s surely available.

{Ed002's Note - Rob Sanchez (G) Newcastle provide an option for the Brighton player. Manchester United have been scouting him but have a preferred choice. Way down the list for Chelsea who also have a preferred choice. Spurs interest has now gone with them signing another.}


13.) 05 Jul 2023 19:21:14
Sure people think it’s like football manager and you click a button and job done
I know nothing about transfers in or out but I’m sensible enough to know they won’t be easy to do .


14.) 05 Jul 2023 20:32:53
Yet City make it look just like that Chris1…….


15.) 05 Jul 2023 21:08:46
Spenno,

Why a pipedream? He's is clearly a major target.


16.) 05 Jul 2023 23:42:55
There is a large gap in valuation GDS2, but don't get me wrong I'd love him at Utd from from I've seen. Really charismatic and commanding GK.


17.) 06 Jul 2023 07:12:03
Its normal stuff guys. club is working within a budget and a plan. I do realize its frustrating and ideally we would have 5 guys signed and 5 out by now but its not that simple I am assuming.

Are we going to get the ideal signings in every position? No as you need an unlimited budget, players being available and wanting to come.


18.) 06 Jul 2023 22:39:33
Doesn't sound like we are that far off. we offered 50m euro, they want 60m euro sounds like a meet in the middle at 55m euro sitch to me. also Sanchez is a quality keeper, not sure why that hate on him haha.


 

 

 

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27 May 2024 20:50:09
Plenty of players have the talent, very few have the mentality, resilience and work ethic to be elite level.

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22 May 2024 22:56:11
Whatever the decision it needs to made quickly and the preferred candidate appointed within the week.

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21 May 2024 21:44:58
Fergie spent 25 years tapping uo players.

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17 May 2024 22:02:10
Xavi also leaving now and isn't Tuchel also on Barca's list?

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17 May 2024 05:47:42
When EtH first arrived I thought his strength was taking young unknown players and turning them into a team and he would be doing that with our academy players.

Now he has brought through Mainoo, given more playing time to Garnacho and bought Hojlund. With the likes of Willy, Harry and Ethan now on the fringes of the first team is this the way forward for Ten Hag.

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27 May 2024 21:15:47
Well they have moved on Arnold and Murtough and brought in Wilcox, Ashworth (almost) and Omar Berrada.

SJR nows seems to be running the show as the largest shareholder, with Avram sidelined.

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27 May 2024 20:53:02
Didnt he go against the clubs recommend surgeon and went for his own, then it all messed up and ended his season.

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26 May 2024 19:54:01
Did like the Cheats follow A556 Jnc 115 diversion sign.

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26 May 2024 07:13:30
Bruno as CF only works in a counter attacking team, which will work only against the better teams.

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25 May 2024 17:46:29
Thank you Ten Hag, two trophies in two years, not too shabby.

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