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04 Oct 2020 01:28:36
People say Cavani will score goals. Playing where ? As things stands our trident up front is untouchable, there is no place uo to debate.
Unless you give up on martial is not a good move. With 10 millions to his manager, a big sighning on fee and big wages the expectations are to start games. So he will start in expense of who ?


1.) 04 Oct 2020 03:06:14
The phrase it’s a squad game springs to mind.

2.) 04 Oct 2020 04:11:06
Herrera, if that is how things worked, Ole wouldn't have played 1 game for United as he was also mostly used as a sub.

There should be no untouchables in the team no matter who you are as that creates complacency and your performance level drops.
Cavani will be here for short term and will create that competitive atmosphere and will keep Martial on his toes. Martial last scored in the QF against LASK and yet he plays every game.

Cavani as i read will be on lesser wages than Sancho would have been plus no 110m to Dortmund so i don't see that as too much of an issue.

I still feel we will get Telles with Dalot gone now. Sancho, i don't know but i do think a winger might come, Sarr may be.

3.) 04 Oct 2020 04:56:03
You do realize that this season is very congested with most weekends and midweek being matchday for 1 comp or other. Also with the little known thing called C.V. players might miss some games due to positive test or quarantine.

Maybe you can take a look at Liverpool right now. They signed Jota to be a backup. Right now Sadio Mane is out with C. V. So while Mane is self isolating, Jota willm fill in for him.

Also we didn't have a single forward on the sub bench against Brighton in the PL.

If there has ever been a season when having a good option to cover, its this season. No matter who we see as first choice, the chances are they will miss a few games due to one factor or another.

4.) 04 Oct 2020 07:00:43
Cavani probably = Sanchez Mk2.

5.) 04 Oct 2020 07:14:34
I think he will rotate with the other 3.

6.) 04 Oct 2020 07:45:10
Sanchez never wanted to come to United in the first place so i don't see how it could be similar.

7.) 04 Oct 2020 08:06:05
Disagree. We desperately needed a centre forward to:

A) put pressure on Martial, who sometimes plays as if he has no competition for his place.

B) fill in for Martial, especially with the upcoming Tues/ Weds/ Sat/ Sun set of fixtures. Ighalo couldn’t have done this well enough.

C) be on the bench for when we need a plan B.

D) show our three excellent young forwards how to score ‘scruffy’ goals.

Cavani will do all four far, far better than Ighalo. For a combined 25 (ish) million over two years inclusive of wages and agent fees.

Absolute no brainer for me.

Now for a RW, LB and CB. 😂.

8.) 04 Oct 2020 08:57:16
We need another forward, we will play around 60 games this season and in a shorter time period than a normal season.

Radical idea: Why don’t we wait a few months to see how things pan out rather than doom Cavani to failure before he’s even signed a contract.

9.) 04 Oct 2020 10:10:32
I like Cavani, he'll provide different options for the squad across the front. Rashford and Greenwood can all play on the right. Why not for a season or two. Sancho is an excellent player but I'd much prefer to see a decent centre back brought in with some of the money that would of been spent on him.

Separate issue here, but does anybody think Wan Bissaka could possibly play in the centre back position? I'm not saying he should or shouldn't, I'm just wondering what other, more knowledgeable posters think.

Have a great weekend everyone, fingers crossed for three points today.

10.) 04 Oct 2020 11:19:31
Martial is nowhere near consistent enough to be leading the line for Manchester United. Even if it's for one or two seasons Cavani could have an impact similar to Ibrahimovic, which although did have injured spells was still a decent period for the club. I'm in!

11.) 04 Oct 2020 11:25:49
If he can stay for, its an astute signing. Classy, winner, worker, professiona, he could have an impact.

12.) 04 Oct 2020 12:00:18
The question for me is why did they wait until now to get Cavani? He has been available for months, why didn’t we get him at the beginning of the season? Have they suddenly realised Martial is inconsistent and Ighalo is someone who really wasn’t good enough for the Premier League?

I think Cavani is a useful addition if he stays fit, we needed a striker, but it doesn’t look part of a plan. Personally I would have gone for Jovic at Madrid. Let’s see how Cavani does, but what plan was it part of?

13.) 04 Oct 2020 12:43:40
Herrera iur front 3 can't start every game. Assuming they start 30 league games each which would be a first for any of them then cavaini has 24 starts. It makes sense to me. i'd rather have cavaini starting those 24 than lingard or james but that's just me.
We need strength in depth up there and we get it and you are unhappy?
Could be a very astute signing. We are desperately short of experience consistency and know how in our front line.
A bit like if we had signed grealish i'm hopeful but not over expectant.

14.) 04 Oct 2020 13:31:52
Ken if its 40+ millions for two years for a squad player with injuries problems that's a problem. 10 millions a year to player, 10 to manager and 10 sighning on fee maybe.

I want options upfront because it is a squad game but i would prefer someone cheaper and a lot younger with legs who can understand his squad role better than Cavani. And if i would buy an older it would be Zirou to have a different option because his hold up play is excellent.

Its not like we buyed a class player who is technically excellent and its not a problem if he legs has gone because he has other attributes. Cavani did use his legs, his strength was his legs, his runs. He was never was excellent finisher, he was never was excellent with the ball and he was never was technically excellent.

He scored a lot because he run a lot, have a decent finishing (usually) and involved in many chances) . So if his legs have gone he is half the player he was because psishicallity was his numper one strength. This and the fact that with the money involved he must play no matter how bad he is, he is a risk not worth taking.

15.) 04 Oct 2020 14:06:33
I think we can all agree that we shouldn’t be too concerned about the exact financial details as both - we don’t know them exactly (at least till next financial reports) and we don’t really know if it really hurts us that much financially

From a football player perspective, it looks like your assessment is off in terms not being a good finisher and only about running. Like many have said, waiting all summer to do this (Cavani reduced his demand too now) seems desperate but also - would we rather not have him now in the position we are in today? If the club does sign him, I hope we can give the player a chance before writing him off.

16.) 04 Oct 2020 14:56:08
Have his legs gone?

17.) 04 Oct 2020 15:52:56

Don’t think so, 3 seasons ago he scored 49 goals in all competitions, just had a few injuries last season, PSG fans wanted him to stay from what I’ve read, works hard for the team and scored goals.

18.) 04 Oct 2020 16:23:29
One season ago Sanchez was one of the best players in Premier League too. But in some cases especially at 30 the downfall is a matter of 2-3 injuries. Our own Giggs would never have played until 40 so well if he had injuries problems at 32-33.
People say he only had injurie problems the previous two season like it is a coincidence. The truth is that for because he is the wrong side of 30 the injuries started for good.

19.) 04 Oct 2020 17:57:16

Terrible example, Giggs had a lot of injuries at 32-33.

20.) 05 Oct 2020 10:45:14
Cavani is a good signing. Ighalo isn't good enough and he goes in January and he poses no threat to Martial's position. It may give Martial a kick up the arse now his position is properly under threat.

21.) 05 Oct 2020 22:22:17
Whatever Manchester United’s transfer strategy was this summer, it didn’t involve signing a 33-year-old free agent at the last minute.

22.) 05 Oct 2020 22:23:25
Untouchable? They struggled to score against Palace. They won't get a sniff today either, hardly untouchable.



13 Apr 2020 14:24:28
Hi Ed002. In another page you said that Madrid will likely bid for Haaland. Do we still have interest in player ? And although i don't believe it, has Raiola put a release clause of 75 million in his contract ?


{Ed002's Note - There is no chance of him moving to Manchester United I am afraid. I am not sure why yoo mention a release clause.}

1.) 13 Apr 2020 15:25:27
I guess it was my fault Ed002 i asked about a release clause. Thanks for quick response.




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11 Jan 2022 19:41:21
A bit different here. I don't think we were that bad. In the first half we were good and could and must have scored more.
Second half they took possession but except from a couple of chances De Gea had an easier night compares to previous matches. They outnumbered us in the centre and Ralf should make the changes earlier.
Overall not very good but i think a lot better than in previous matches and have in mind that we had a very good midfield three against us.


1.) 11 Jan 2022 20:10:33
I thought the first half was ok too, the second was dreadful though, we were horribly outplayed. Small steps I guess.

2.) 11 Jan 2022 20:44:26
AJH i think they outnumbered us. There were moments that MacFred were against 4 oppositions or five. The thing with pressing is that every time it fails then you have problem and i think similar problem Liverpool had against them when they conceded 6. They weren't prepared enough because of C.V. and the pressing didn't work so the "runners" of Villa made their job.
But first half was very good and the second best after the Palace game. *Far from perfect but very good.



09 Jan 2022 16:55:49
Ed001, I know i will get pelters from some people but do you think (at least in the last 3-4 years) Ronaldo is hugely overrated ?
I can see the new Real without Ronaldo, they started to find their feet and have no problems in scoring goals. At Juventus i think they scored around 85 the year before he joined and then when he arrived the downfall started. We scored at a good rate too unless he arrived.
I think he doesn't help his team score many goals but the team help him score to continue his legacy. I would say he is a huge problem for us and maybe the main problem on the pitch. And if we were to believe the press he is a bad influence off the pitch too


{Ed001's Note - yes because he doesn't do enough off the ball. Yes he can sometimes pull you out of the fire, but it is not enough in the modern game to be spending 89min playing with a man just watching and waiting for a chance to shoot.}

1.) 09 Jan 2022 18:38:30
We should get rid of him in the summer, he has made us worse.

Players have gone pants all because of him, they csnt defend, can't pass, don't run and don't move.

2.) 09 Jan 2022 19:11:16
And yet RR continues to play him, this player who seems to be the opposite of everything his tactics demand.
I guess you can look at a player's numbers in terms of running, pass % etc, then his actual figures in terms of goals and contributions and deduce that the latter still wins out.

3.) 09 Jan 2022 21:17:44
Hugely overrated is a little mad, he’s coming to the end of his career and isn’t the player he was but he hasn’t been overrated throughout his career, his trophy haul and individual honours say everything.

4.) 09 Jan 2022 20:39:13
Thank you Ed001. I would get rid of him now if i could.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}

5.) 10 Jan 2022 00:01:32
He is no longer cut out for the high energy huff and puff of the EPL and what's more. and this is more to the point. he is just the last in a long line of old, crocked, reluctant and/ or short term trophy players United have hired in the hope that they can somehow mask the rot at the core of the club. It started with RVP who at least turned in one great season. Since then we've had Falcao, Di Maria, Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Cavani. From a dressing room point of view It must surely be a demotivating decision to further delay the playing opportunities for young players.

6.) 10 Jan 2022 00:35:35
His trophy haul? Is close enough with Benzema Ramos. Football is a team sport and the legacy don't always match the greatness of a player. Not even his individual records.
He is the definition of overated-a player that is nowhere near as good as he is in theory and he plays with his reputation. Give me a fully fit Cavani any day of the week.

7.) 10 Jan 2022 07:01:12
Shawthing, you forgot Schweinsteiger.

8.) 10 Jan 2022 08:56:53
It's not like we were playing scintillating football before Ronaldo rejoined.

9.) 10 Jan 2022 09:58:41
It's funny how some fans can just change and the drop of a hat.
Back in September he was the best thing since sliced bread.
Everyone was celebrating saying welcome home CR7, welcome back to your spiritual home all this sh*t.

By the way i was never in favour or him coming back but i would never say a bad word about him because of what he has done and achieved in his football career.
It was never going to be the fairy tale ending.
There were so many things that i didn't like about this signing when it happened.

1) His massive ego.
2) The whole team having to change the way they play to accommodate him.
3) I never understood why we needed another forward when we scored more goals last season then anybody else apart from Man City. It was obvious that we were desperate for a midfielder and that should of been the priority.
4) Stumping the growth of the younger talent like Greenwood.

United were bad enough before he joined, this has just added to the of problems that need addressing at the club.
Lets hope that he (Ronaldo) has had enough decides to move in this month.

10.) 10 Jan 2022 10:06:16
It was an unnecessary nostalgia trip at the time and many people on here questioned the wisdom of the transfer so its not revisionism.

It also shows how much Pep and city have rattled us as a club and how much we are in awe of them and what they have achieved in the premier league that as soon as they are linked with a player we get scared and try to pip them without any thought of how we would actually integrate those players into our own team.

Maguire, Fred, Alexis and now a 37 year old Ronaldo. City have pulled our pants down in the transfer market four times now and set the club back years.

11.) 10 Jan 2022 10:50:23
I think several people questioned whether he was a signing we NEEDED to make.

If memory serves I think people felt that the club should make the signing more to stop him going to City than because we were desperate for him.

Also I think only ignorance can stop someone from changing their mind when presented with evidence to the contrary of what they previously thought.

Thinking a player will be a good signing and celebrating that signing is fine.

Yet if afterwards that signing creates problems or doesn't live up to expectations then there is nothing wrong with reversing that previously held belief that he would be a good signing.

When we signed Falcao, Di Maria, Pogba etc the general consensus was they were good signings who'd improve the team.

That isn't how things worked out, only an idiot would say Di Maria was a good signing now.

It's perfectly okay, and even intelligent to say something you tried didn't work and so you're moving on.

Ronaldo individually has done okay, 14 goals in 21 appearances is a solid return.

Yet the stats also say only 10 wins from 21 games in which Ronaldo has played for us.

Last season without Ronaldo the team had a win rate of 66% of our matches.

This season with Ronaldo in the team that drops to around 47%.

Goals scored without Ronaldo in the team is 2.23 per game average.

Goals scored with Ronaldo in the team is 1.48 per game on average.

Goals conceded without Ronaldo in the team 0.89 per game.

Goals conceded with Ronaldo in the team 1.67 per game.

Every single stat you look at when comparing the team before and after Ronaldo joined shows that we performed better WITHOUT him.

Before we were Manchester United, now we are Ronaldo and Manchesterettes.

Simply put the EPL is too strong a league and we are too weak a side to effectively play with 10 men for 89 minutes while those 10 players play to create chances for the one.

We have players who aren't good enough as part of a starting ELEVEN.

Expecting McFred to do the work of 3 players when they struggle to be effective as two players is just a bridge too far.

There is nothing wrong with saying you're a huge fan of Ronaldo, that he holds a special place in your heart from his first spell at the club. But that he is now a one trick pony (scoring) who is a huge distraction and makes the team weaker overall.

12.) 10 Jan 2022 12:39:46
Sorry, is it all Ronaldos fault now or what? ?.

13.) 10 Jan 2022 15:01:35
Nah Angel it's Ole's, oh wait hang on the team is just as bad after he left as they were before.

Ronaldo has disrupted the balance in the dressing room and made more problems than he solves.

That doesn't mean him leaving solves everything, just that the club would have been significantly better off had we let Ronaldo join City and signed that bloody CDM we have known we needed for at least 18 months.

Maybe City would be top by a couple more points, or maybe they'd be worse off. But we'd have 8-10 points more at least.

Signing Ronaldo was akin to putting an extra coat of paint on a house that needs underpinning. We needed to fix the god damn foundations not pretty the place up a bit.

Ronaldo has added a pressure or cast a shadow over the other players resulting in their performances dropping by 10-20%. You can't have most of your team drop their level by 20% and expect them to achieve more.

14.) 10 Jan 2022 15:15:35
I honestly think Ole had no say on bringing him in or not.
He was coming whether Ole liked it or not.
It was down to Ferguson poking his nose in and the Glazers who obviously seen the $$$$ signs.

15.) 10 Jan 2022 16:11:57
shappy them stats are bolloxy mate

what about the percentage of mistakes from players?

the percentage of how far we have ran since last year to now.

how many tackles we put in per game

to say ronaldo is the reason we a rubbish its laughable

guess pogba is lucky he is injured or it would be him getting the blame.

16.) 10 Jan 2022 16:34:52
Bolger, if you removed you head from Ronaldo's posterior then you'd stop staving your brain of oxygen and might be able to see what is clearly in front of you.

Last season we were crap because of the manager, this season we get rid of that manager and we are worse.

The difference is Ronaldo has placed a pressure on the players they can't cope with.

While there could be an argument that maybe players at our club should be able to deal with that pressure. The fact remains that they can't and they are unlikely to be able to learn to deal with it.

Until Ronaldo leaves I can't see us significantly improving. There is a good reason Juventus were desperate to get him off the books last summer and it actually had nothing to do with wages. Juventus scraped top 4 last season on the last day, finishing 1 point above Napoli in 5th.

There is a good chance we don't make top four this year, and I can't see Ronaldo sticking around to play in the Europa League or even worse the Europa conference. I wouldn't be surprised to see him leave in the summer regardless of what happens.

17.) 10 Jan 2022 17:09:40
Last season it was clear that we need a holding to allow us play on front foot. A more proactive manager too. I think WHEN we attacked with numbers we were really good and we must have build on this. We are nowhere near as good as we were with Ronaldo because all are about him and not the team.
Shappy its a loss situation. People can't accept that a player who scores goals, say Lukaku, Zlatan or Ronaldo, can be the main problem.

18.) 10 Jan 2022 18:07:25
Herrera, it's a simple balance problem.

In the past we have struggled because we only attacked down our left. Now all our attacks are focused toward Ronaldo. We are predictable and unfortunately Ronaldo is no longer dynamic enough to make chances for himself consistently.

It's the same problem, we've just shifted it. While the pressure of playing with Ronaldo is too much for most of our players.

19.) 10 Jan 2022 18:33:01
Last year we was crap because of the manager this year because of ronaldo.

Maybe your head should get out the clouds and realise its the other 10 players.

My head ain't uo ronnies behind but he isn't the reason we are what we are.

A surgeon is a pressure job, a paramendic a fireman not playing football with ronaldo ?

We all have opinions and i respect yours but this is my opinion.

20.) 10 Jan 2022 21:56:32
Ronaldo the issue tonight shappy?

That performace tonight was a shambles.

21.) 11 Jan 2022 00:57:07
How can we be blaming Ronaldo for everything?
If City had bought Ronaldo, they would have scored another 20 goals. They have a manager who knows how to play team football and creat chances for all players.
Ronaldo is playing in a side devoid of character, ideas, guts, pride. It's a team game, so all players are to blame.

22.) 11 Jan 2022 07:27:34
Bolger, the first half was the best we have played in 3-4 games if not the best half since the first half against Palace.

The second half we looked tired. Of course there are still problems, and no doubt half the players are learning how to shoot again now they were allowed without having a bollocking off of Ronaldo.

23.) 11 Jan 2022 08:26:46
Riiiiiight Shappy, at least your posts are getting funnier ?

Damn Ronaldo and his high standards, all his fault. If he hadn't been playing against Villa, we would have been much better. Hold on a second.

24.) 11 Jan 2022 08:31:01
Ole has gone now Shappy, he was a huge huge mistake. Ralf has a big job on his hands.

I liken the team to children Shappy,
90% of children perform better when being positive with them, criticise them and they will just not perform.

It's almost like someone's gone in their, not all happy happy, chummy chummy and given them some actual honesty. Ronaldo of course is not going to fix any issues, and I was one that believed he wasn't needed. However, this man has standards way above any other player in the team and if they can't handle a rollicking from him, then they shouldn't be there.

These adults have turned into children.

25.) 11 Jan 2022 09:20:05
AAA, of course Ronaldo isn't the only issue. There is still a lack of quality and character in far too many of the squad.

Ronaldo is a player you add to a top quality squad as a finishing touch. A squad full of strong characters and proven winners who don't feel in awe of Robaldo.

The problem isn't what Ronaldo offers on the pitch as a player, it is the character and status that is the issue.

26.) 11 Jan 2022 09:43:56
Angel, the first half while not great was the best we have played since the first half against Palace. The first half against Palace was the only game in which Ronaldo pressed and worked hard from the front. Coincidence? It's almost like the style we are attempting to play relies on hard working forwards.

I agree I don't think most of this squad are mentally strong enough. They are not mentality strong enough to take constructive criticism and they aren't strong enough to live in Ronaldo's shadow.

While his "standards" tend to only extend to passing him the ball in goalscoring situations.

He's never fully satisfied when someone else scores, or even if the team wins and he isn't on the score sheet.

His standards are about "me, me, me" and not "us or the team".

If we don't qualify for the UCL next season Ronaldo will be off in the summer. He won't "waste" a year of his career not being able to add to his legacy.

He will always be a United great, and will be fondly remembered by all United fans. But he isn't the guy to help drag this team back to the top.

I mean simply we probably need to replace 20 of our 25 man squad either because they aren't good enough or aren't mentally strong enough. That takes at least three years. Meaning Ronaldo would be 39 a few months off of 40 before we even had a squad capable of challenging at the highest level. Let alone have the chemistry as a team to sustain a serious title challenge.

Personally I think Ronaldo should move on in the summer, a one year thanks and chance for those who were too young to remember him to catch a glimpse of him in a United shirt.

This summer though we need to start rebuilding for the future, it will be a rebuild that will be years in the making. Years Ronaldo simply doesn't have. He is a distraction and a link clinging on to the past, when we need clear focus on the future.



27 Sep 2021 15:40:17
So according to Ed001 we have the eleventh best manager in the League. Although i think he is a bit generous.
On a serious note i think he is spot on (as usual) and its worth a read in Liverpool page. I too find Tuchel too negative, Potter maybe should have been our coach, Pep and Klopp are the best two and their teams play the best football. Thank you 001


{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate and thank you.}

1.) 27 Sep 2021 15:53:04
Ole must have bought Ed001 a beer or two to give him 11th …. LOL

Seriously though have to agree Pep and Koop best in league even agree Tuchal is negative but he is clued up and that will win him trophies, so if that’s his style and that wins him trophies fair play to him
Potter I’m still not convinced he could handle the demands of club like United, but surely be better then Ole if that’s what we are measuring by.
Like when Poch had all the youngsters at spurs he could handle them and got good football from them when the ego’s and expectations come along he was caught short, that could repeat itself as PSG, so every manager like player as a level a ceiling.

2.) 27 Sep 2021 18:55:05
Can't seem to find the article anywhere? Help.

{Ed014's Note - it’s not an article mate it was a lengthy reply to a question which had dropped down to the banter 2 page on Liverpool banter.

You’re lucky though mate, Arteta was 20th ??

3.) 27 Sep 2021 21:51:56
Played well yesterday ed. That should have gotten him up to 19th at least.

{Ed014's Note - if only he wasn’t highly likely to revert to type next week he might just have nicked 19th ??



12 Sep 2021 00:40:26
I am totally with 014 . I will wait and judge Varane after a few games. Then if he is at the level of VVD we have a gem in our hands and i would be glad. But although he is a very good player i think he is not close to VVDs level.

The big guy is a different level to anyone, he makes things seem easy and effortless. He came back from a difficult injury and made Lukaku seem like a Sunday League player. Well, that's not so difficult after all cause I don't rate big Rom in big games :)


1.) 12 Sep 2021 14:49:10
I think VVD is on another level. Is there a better, more complete leader and CB in the world? I can't think of one. Even vintage Ramos and Silva in their prime don't reach his level.
But not to take away from Varane. I think he's right up there in the chasing pack.

2.) 12 Sep 2021 15:39:58
I think Varane is a top player, he has been instrumental to the success of Real Madrid and France. His medal haul alone proves he has been a class act.

I agree there is a slight question about whether he can do it in the EPL. I think he can, and he hasn't looked out of place so far.

3.) 12 Sep 2021 15:45:53
He's played 2 games mate, let him get his feet under the table before we judge him.

VVD is the best defender in the world but compare his stats the year they won the league to when Vidic won the league and champions league with us in 08. I don't remember Vidic being heralded as the greatest defender to every grace a pitch.

4.) 12 Sep 2021 15:46:14
VVD is a level above every other CB in the world. He had a long long injury break though, can get back and stay fit as consistently as before? Only time will tell.

But his pre injury level is best in world, no doubt.

5.) 12 Sep 2021 16:11:19
You simply don’t want the medals varane has if you’re not a top player.

6.) 12 Sep 2021 16:12:24
Vintage Ramos and silva don't get close to VvD? Have you heard yourself? vvd is great but I wouldn't go that far.

7.) 12 Sep 2021 16:31:08
Why do you know any better Whiskey? There are only opinions. Those were mine. I'm sure like most others here yours are superior!

8.) 12 Sep 2021 19:19:29
Spenno I have to agree. The only centre half I’ve seen in my time who compares with Van Djik is Rio. I don’t think varane is as good as him, but he’s not a million miles off imo and that’s a huge compliment.

I do also think there’s currently a lack of top centre halves about these days as more emphasis seems to be on what they can do on the ball!

9.) 12 Sep 2021 20:12:42
Van Dijk is a world class CB. But as is Varane. I know whose medal haul I'd prefer to have. let's hope he can continue it at United. Fantastic transfer for us. Shame that Ronaldo bloke looks absolutely knackered and way past it eh.

10.) 13 Sep 2021 11:22:31
VvD made Lukaku look like a school boy? Probably had nothing to do with Liverpool having the numerical strength in that game.
VvD is good, def one of the best in the world and that is where I end it, no need to overhype him.



29 Aug 2021 11:19:14
Ed001, what's your opinion on Ronaldo transfer and how you see him fit in our team ? Will he be a problem for our young lads such as Sancho and Greenwood or he will help them and he will be an example to follow ? I know it's over them, but on one hand the young lads will see his professionalism and maybe follow it but at the other hand they must play to learn and with Ronaldo they will play less. Thanks in regards


{Ed001's Note - they should still get plenty of time, it is Cavani and Martial I would say that are threatened by his arrival. Cavani is a veteran too and Martial is simply not at the level required, so I don't see it as a problem. I would personally think having him as an example should help them, in a similar way to Beckham being helped by Cantona in training. He saw the way Cantona stayed behind to do more and did the same. If you are a young player and you are not inspired by Ronaldo then you are not going to ever reach the level you should anyway.

The main issue is whether to play him up top or off the left and how do you make up for his lack of workrate defensively. Will others be sacrificed to allow him to play that way and expected to do more defensive work or will Ole let them off the leash and go for the throat? It does seem likely it will be the former, judging on his past, but if he does decide to be a little more open, the football could finally become entertaining to watch as a neutral. The players are certainly there to be more open and attacking.}

1.) 29 Aug 2021 13:05:55
I too hope with Ronaldo to have a more attacking approach. Thank you Ed001, have a nice day.

{Ed001's Note - you too mate.}




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25 Dec 2021 13:04:11
What a fantastic Christmas gift. Merry Christmas to all Eds and thank you for the work you have done all year.




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22 Sep 2021 15:59:59
I suppose you mean he started to drop off after 2018. Because at 17-18 season with Mourinho he was magnificent.




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12 Aug 2021 14:29:40
Ken i appreciate too that you think differently but I simply think you are wrong and don't remember him very well. He very rare had a bad game. He simply hadn't much hype because he wasn't master of something. Not the Hollywood pass of Pogba, not the excellent close control of Mata, not distacting the tempo like Scholes or the perfect passing of Kroos. But he had it all in an acceptable level which made him an all round very good midfielder in both boxes and he was the kind of players that made his mates play better because of his passion cleverness and moving, he was there to provide cover for them and he was there to help them when they were in blind positions.
Pogba (and even Bruno) seems good for 2 minutes in highlights with ball in every match, Ander was the opposite, he was excellent for 88 minutes and he wasn't bad with the ball either.




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11 Aug 2021 23:44:11
Ken i think you underestimate the lad both on and off the pitch. What would you do if your team wait until last months of your contract to offer you a contract extension? I think you would understand that you are not loved and wanted and if you find a better proposal you would jump at the first chance. I would do the same even if i support the team and he did the same. He was clearly not wanted, we clearly didn't rate him that high and we didn't make a contract proposal at the right time. At the time we keep giving contracts at Jones Smalling Lingard because we didn't want to lose the "assets" but not to him.
As for his performances? I know you will not agree but he was the best midfielder in our team for the last 10 years. I can't count the times he was by far our best player in a derby. In Mourinhos first derby against City they schooled us in first half until Herrera came on and we had a game again. Against Liverpool in which he made record of interceptions tackles etc, against Chelsea who took Hazard in his pocket and made an asist too (if i remember correctly) and many more. In the road to Europa League he was also one of our best players and he always was a big game player. You can see Paris last years games at Champions League and he also was one of the better players.
The guy don't have the physicality and pass of Pogba neither the technique of Mata but he was an all round very good player. Give him some credit. He could be our own Henderson. He wasn't our favourite player when he came, he was one of my favourites before when he played for Bilbao. And I assure you in their system (Bielsas? ) he was even better and all round excellent.




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11 Aug 2021 18:27:18
As much as i like him i wouldn't touch him because of injuries.





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21 Jan 2022 00:08:57
Ralfs era is like a preseason for us i think. We didn't choose him for instant success.




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20 Jan 2022 17:40:26
Agree DLIB. That's why we need Kavani to bring others into play and not Ronaldo.




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20 Jan 2022 13:44:45
Ronaldo has no problem to be substituted. Its the package that is the problem. He hadn't problem at Juventus when he "run the show". He didn't even want to play in some games to be Sharp for the next one or for Champions League-he was the leader, scored goals and coach took him off to protect his best player. That was fine then.
The problem now is that we treat him like everyone else and yesterday he was annoyed because he thought he could score a couple when they were open. System doesn't suit too because he always wants someone else to do the dirty job and then he finds space and score. Its all about Ronaldo and not the team.




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20 Jan 2022 13:35:37
Good post DLIB. I think it always going to be 4-3-3. As Shappy said use the formation that its easier for players to learn. 4-3-3 suits everyone i think, bar Ronaldo.




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19 Jan 2022 19:24:19
AWB yes Recon. Shaw is 8 years in our teamn and one good year doesn't make him a top left back. His position is not the best and o don't think he has the stamina required to go up and down.