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02 Oct 2020 22:43:40
So looks like Dalot on loan to Ac Milan, good opportunity to get game time and see if he can progress.

LovelyLudwigVan

1.) 02 Oct 2020 23:22:37
Agreed. He’ll do well there if he can stay fit. Get some game time at a major club and come back next season and challenge. AWB and Williams at RB, Shaw snd Telles at LB this year. Where does this leave Fosu-Mensah? Surely this means his time is up sadly as he never
Really kicked on?!


2.) 03 Oct 2020 01:21:35
Sadly? We’ve had some poor players in recent years but TFM might just be the worst.


3.) 03 Oct 2020 07:26:37
Bit harsh Downside, he was probably the only player who did ok against Palace. He's just had bad injuries, that doesn't make him a bad player, I think he gets one last season to show he's capable of being a squad player.

Apparently United we're open to sell Dalot, but wanted 30 million, which seems ridiculous considering his output. So not convinced he is merely being sent out for experience.


4.) 03 Oct 2020 07:30:44
Didn't Roma want TFM on loan along with Mike?


5.) 03 Oct 2020 08:34:27
The thing with TFM is that he has unable to pin down a position for himself. Is he a RB, a CB, a holding MF? None of the coaches have been able to help him out there either. I think he can be a decent backup to Matic.


6.) 03 Oct 2020 08:41:50
Grim, no that was Dalot, Roma and Milan both wanted Dalot, but he has opted for Milan apparently.

I agree Shan, he has a decent pass on him, which is something a few of our midfielders lack.


7.) 03 Oct 2020 08:52:49
Sadly because when TFM came into the side he looked a great prospect - but he’s never kicked on. I for one find it sad when our players don’t quite make it.


8.) 03 Oct 2020 11:44:22
TFM isn’t good enough for us, not by a long way. He showed promise when he came through but failed to kick on. If he was going to make it with us he’d have made a name for himself at Fulham and/ or Palace. No need to be sad Eric (although appreciate the sentiment) . The lad will find his level (Championship maybe? ), have a good career in the game and retire never having to work beyond his 30’s.


9.) 03 Oct 2020 12:31:36
Sure he will. He’s pretty versatile that’s all in case we get any injuries. the Dutch John O’Shea.


10.) 04 Oct 2020 01:21:43
I like TFM. I think he could be a decent player with some proper coaching.


 

 

14 Sep 2020 16:52:34
Simon Stone suggesting that the Sancho will not come through over on the BBC.

LovelyLudwigVan

1.) 14 Sep 2020 17:41:01
I'm going to say it now, Jadon Sancho will sign for Manchester United, or he won't.

United know what Dortmund want, United don't want to agree to that, terms with Sancho and his agent are worked out in principle, which means Sancho is at least happy to join United, even if we aren't his preferred choice.

We are now in a blinking contest with Dortmund. If we expect them to crack then we will miss out on him. Simple as that. If the club really want to sign Sancho then they just need to pony up and pay the man.

No one in the media KNOWS what will happen, at best they have a link to one side, but they don't have to full picture unless they have links to both sides. Which they don't.

Just sit back and enjoy the sunshine, we've signed DvdB, we look like signing Reguilon. We have several players in our squad who are young and developing, any of whom could make a big step forward in their progress. We have signed a plethora of young players to join our academy, any of which could be in the first team squad in a few years.

We can't change the course of the club, either we will or we won't make more signings, either they will or they won't work out well, either our young players will kick on or they won't. Maybe this is the season everything comes together and Ole turns us in to genuine challengers and we win a cup or maybe it will all fall apart by Christmas and we can argue amongst ourselves over who should be the next manager.

Relax.


2.) 14 Sep 2020 17:43:12
He also suggested the same for Bruno, Maguire, Wan-bissaka and James. He's a journo who is briefed by the club. Take whatever he says with a pinch of salt.


3.) 14 Sep 2020 19:57:29
No one on the media knows what is going on but it sounds like shappy does.


4.) 14 Sep 2020 20:33:18
Sancho is worth no where near the amount that Dortmund want. It just comes down to if we will pay it. I would not bother if it was me.


5.) 14 Sep 2020 21:56:21
Not a clue jred, just sitting back waiting to see if we sign anyone else. I hope we do, but I'm not going to spend the next three weeks on tenterhooks jumping every time a 14 year old makes up a fake Twitter account as an "in the know" agent spouting about this signing or that signing.


6.) 14 Sep 2020 23:01:24
Good post Shappy, very true.


7.) 15 Sep 2020 07:10:29
At this point I can’t see a move materializing.

Although I never placed much significance in Dortmund’s deadline of August 10th, we’ve reached a point where selling Sancho really doesn’t make much sense on their end.

The season has begun and his contract is long enough that they’ll be able to get as much for him next season as they would next (perhaps more still if he has a good season) . There’s not a lot of time to sort out a replacement either and even if they were able to find a suitable player who is also available, other clubs would likely raise the price a little due to how late in the window we are and how much the Dortmund would have received from us. It could also take a bit of time for any new signing to acclimatize and settle in to life at the club.

Assuming they have no pressing financial issues that need to be addressed imminently, waiting until next summer makes a lot of sense for them.

Conversely, if we really want Sancho, this summer was always going to be the time to sign him. Next summer he will likely cost even more and perhaps more significantly, other clubs may be in a position where they can rival us for his signature. Even if we do somehow get the deal over the line this summer, it will have been a poor window if only for how much time has been wasted on a target whose price was made perfectly clear months ago.


8.) 15 Sep 2020 15:07:27
What other clubs do you think will realistically try to sign him? I don't really see too much competitors. Real Madrid are supposed to go after Mbappe, which is a very big deal, and they won't need Sancho too. Chelsea already bought enough of attackers. I suppose he wouldn't go back to City. Liverpool doesn't seem to have enough money, Barcelona as well. Things could change, but I'm not so sure there will be many buyers next summer as well.

{Ed004's Note - Chelsea could easily go back in for him next summer if he becomes a fairer price, Liverpool if one of Mane or Salah move (Salah seems keen on the Spanish sides) and PSG when Mbappe needs replaced will be after a star attacker. This is our only chance at a free run at him imo}


9.) 15 Sep 2020 21:48:09
I could partially agree on that Ed004. I suppose PSG could be an option, but it is questionable if he would want to go to France, as I heard, he would prefer playing and living in England. I still don't think Chelsea will go for him next season, if they didn't go for him now. They had a good chance now as well, but they opted for Haverc. Liverpool story seems likely, but has too many "ifs". Not sure they would give 120 mil for Sancho, if they won't pay 30 mil for Thiago. Also, I guess they would want over 100 mil for Mane or Salah, so it is questionable if Barcelona would pay that - maybe they would do a swap with Dembele.
Who knows, time will tell.


 

 

01 Sep 2020 01:42:30
Upamecano has spoken to French media ahead of the international game. He said he signed a new contract because Leipzig had shown trust in him by playing him. He did say he wasn't going to lie and that he is currently in contact with several clubs, but he feels there is no urgency surrounding a move, so said he'll just see what happens in the future.

LovelyLudwigVan

1.) 02 Sep 2020 07:42:06
Sounds like ge could be tempted then lol.


2.) 02 Sep 2020 08:19:04
It sounded like he would want reassurances in terms of game time. He trusts Leipzig to play him as they play young players. He is also part of the France set-up now, and there's no shortage of competition for places, so he'll want to be playing to keep in contention.

I had a quick glance at the French press and there's rumours regarding this. They say United are showing the most interest and that an official bid may come soon, but Real Madrid and PSG are also interested, although the latter seem to see him as plan B to Skriniar.

I'm guessing that if he's talking to clubs, that means Leipzig has given him permission to do so, so it seems a transfer would be possible at the right price.


3.) 02 Sep 2020 09:43:10
Fabrizio Romano confirmed that we are in for a CB.
Hope we go in for Upamecano or Pau Torres.
The ideal choice would be Giminez.


4.) 02 Sep 2020 13:32:06
Can see the club waiting a year for a cb and prioritising a right forward signing instead.


5.) 02 Sep 2020 15:51:42
Upamecano would be a great signing but it seems massively unlikely.

I still don't understand why we haven't looked at Alaba. His versatility, ability on the ball and pace would help us in defence.


 

 

16 Aug 2020 12:52:16
So Chong joining Bremen on a season loan, good move and hopefully he'll come back physically stronger.

LovelyLudwigVan

1.) 16 Aug 2020 16:46:44
He has been highly rated and coveted since his teenage years.
This could be the making of him. I hope he forces his way into the team and makes the most of the opportunity.


2.) 16 Aug 2020 18:23:00
He has potential, but he needs to learn how to compete in men's football. There are 100's of kids who absolutely destroy academy football, they are just a step above everyone else at that level. Some because they are physically advanced, some because they are more technically gifted. Yet the step up is all about mentality and seizing your chances.

Has had the frame and pace that if he falls short as a winger, he might make a very good wing-back.


3.) 16 Aug 2020 19:21:35
Agree Shappy, he actually didn't look too out of place when he played left back.


4.) 16 Aug 2020 22:10:18
I've never seen it in the lad. Not sure what Chong I'm watching 🤷.


5.) 17 Aug 2020 08:01:34
Angel, I think it depends whether you're watching him at academy level or senior level. At academy level he looks dangerous and creative, while at senior level he just looks a yard behind the rest. Not a yard in his legs but a yard in his head. The speed of transitions seem to catch him out.

Ultimately he needs game time at this level to adjust. So a loan is the ideal solution. He should probably have been on loan this season.


6.) 17 Aug 2020 17:32:17
He has been a yard short at senior level for quite some time now shappy each time he has got a chance. He's had numerous chances too. Not sure how he 'develops' something like that into his game.


 

 

14 May 2020 11:14:09
Hi Eds, the Express are reporting that an agreement has been reached with Lyon for the signing of Dembele for 70 million euro, is there any truth to this?

LovelyLudwigVan

{Ed002's Note - As you know Manchester United are interested in Moussa Dembele but I am not aware of any "done deal" just yet.}


1.) 14 May 2020 12:35:32
Ed, are we still in interested In Niguez or are we trying to sign him this summer?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - try searching.}


2.) 14 May 2020 13:29:45
Thnx Ed.


3.) 14 May 2020 15:06:33
There is a lot to like about Saul Niguez but for me if we could sign any midfielder it would be Fabian Ruiz.
Not quite as strong defensively as Saul, but much more creative with his passing. He reminds me of a young Scholes. Able to play as the deepest midfielder as a playmaker, in the No.10 or as a No.8 as well as wide if needed, and able to do all roles with very little drop off in performance.


4.) 14 May 2020 17:15:02
F. Ruiz isn't a bad shout much better then the likes of Neves.


5.) 14 May 2020 18:46:36
I think Ruiz will end up at City.


6.) 14 May 2020 19:18:56
I think Ruiz is One of the targets of Real Madrid.
As Ed previously said, Saul may be available to raise some cash. Hope we go for him and move on Pogba.


7.) 14 May 2020 19:20:31
Hard to take any rumours seriously at the moment with the final decision on remaining fixtures still to be taken.

Who know if we will be spending figures like the OP quoted on any player this summer?


8.) 15 May 2020 10:08:31
Thanks Ed, just thought it worth asking as the vocab in the article was more concrete than speculative.

{Ed002's Note - I am sure they are just teasing you.}


9.) 15 May 2020 14:17:28
I did see that Moussa Dembele current club on Wiki was Manchester United, too long in the tooth to believe such things until a shirt is held up in the air.


10.) 15 May 2020 15:01:17
Moussa Dembele would be a decent signing, although I don't think he is a vital player we need. With Martial and Greenwood we have two very exciting options up front. I'd be happy if we made Ighalo a permanent signing, he's a different type of striker who is already settled with the squad while not being at an age where he will be a long term block to Greenwood, who I honestly feel could be a first choice player within 2 years.

Now a top class RW and a midfield playmaker are much higher priorities in my opinion.


 

 

 

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21 Oct 2020 08:10:19
Just thought I'd share the general feelings shared by the French commentators, including former PSG midfielder Rothen, during the game last night. I don't usually watch games in French and it was interesting to get an outside perspective of the team.

Their main impression was that Solskjaer outclassed Tuchel in every area. They believed it left PSG confused as United changed shape fluidly when in possession and when chasing the ball. They effectively went from a back 3 to back 4 seamlessly. This forced Tuchel to change his game plan at half time, something they insisted wasn't common. They also saw the switch to a diamond as highly effective as it granted dominance to United in the final stages.

Elsewhere, they acknowledged that Martial and Rashford misplaced important passes or made a bad touch or bad decision, but repeatedly praised them for their efforts. They believed Neymar and Mbappé could learn a lot from a approaching the game the way our forwards do. Namely, playing for the team, attempting to look for options, even when they sometimes make the wrong choices. To them Neymar, Mbappé and Di Maria are all too individualistic hoping to be the player to perform a solo effort that will get them in highlight reels. They also noted how United's forwards support their midfielders and track back to defend, something the PSG ones refuse to do.

Finally, they worshipped everything Bruno did, they seemed in awe and believed he could take the team beyond what is expected of them.

Just thought I'd share as with the UK commentators and press, it's all too often negative and an outside looking in view is somewhat refreshing from time to time.

LovelyLudwigVan

1.) 21 Oct 2020 09:04:02
The change to the diamond last night really made a major difference.
There seem a few who are blind to our style of play and what we are trying to do.
It takes time but we are building a squad/ team.


2.) 21 Oct 2020 09:38:59
Jred,

I think a few have been calling for a diamond with the quality we have in midfield now and from memory last night was the first time Ole has used it and it worked perfectly. Pogba on the left of it seemed to suddenly be in his natural position and looked dangerous every time he received the ball.


3.) 21 Oct 2020 09:48:42
Thanks for that Ludwig. That was a great read.


4.) 21 Oct 2020 09:59:27
I agree great read pal.


5.) 21 Oct 2020 11:34:28
Good read LLV.


6.) 21 Oct 2020 13:56:37
Great read LLV.


 

 

11 Oct 2020 09:00:25
I understand this may be a moot point considering the recent comments by Solskjaer, but if the club do end up going for a director of football or sporting director, maybe Mikael Silvestre could be a decent option.

I only recently noticed he's been working as sporting director for Rennes, who have been performing far above their usual status in recent times finishing third last year and are currently top of the league after six games, and in the champions league, for the first time.

LovelyLudwigVan

1.) 11 Oct 2020 09:22:51
We need new blood as a DOF . Someone from a top European club who wants a challenge. Silvestre is old former yes man.


2.) 11 Oct 2020 09:35:53
Bfro

I totally agree with you. We need to hire the best Dof we can.


3.) 11 Oct 2020 09:46:19
Many times I have written this on here, but we need an experienced DOF, who, and this for me is vital, reports to the board directly and not to Woodward. The person must have the same level as Woodward in the club.

Being a former player and understanding the club should not be in the discussion, we need new ideas, fresh impetus forward thinking, not looking back for a cultural reboot of the 90’s. It should be the right person based on that and their experience and not an ex player necessarily on an emotional return.


4.) 11 Oct 2020 10:11:42
Agree we need a best in class DOF.

What evidence do we have that Silvestre is a “yes man”?


5.) 11 Oct 2020 10:16:36
Silvestre is experienced, having held the position in Rennes since 2015 and taking the team to new heights since. I do think it is essential that the person in such a role understands the history and culture of the club, as that is what they will be seeking to instill in their role, so having a connection is a plus.

Red Man, I did a quick search before posting earlier to try to understand the difference between a sporting director and a director of football. What I found is that both roles are similar, but that the sporting director sits on the board, which is the position held by Silvestre at Rennes. If he held a similar position at United he would likely be the one responsible for all sporting aspects of the club, allowing Woodward to focus on the financial side, which he is good at.


6.) 11 Oct 2020 10:31:51
We need somebody like Michael Zorc from Dortmund or Luis Campos both are highly skilled but would they get their wishes at United i don't think so with the current situation We definitely don't want a former player like Silvestre . Zorc for me is the best fit for us 😁😁.


7.) 11 Oct 2020 10:41:24
Sure Zorc has done great things, but what knowledge does he have of English football? The transition is not a definite, I'd rather someone who A- understands the league, and B- understands the club.


8.) 11 Oct 2020 10:44:15
Also, what has Luis Campos done that Silvestre hasn't, he's achieved similar at much bigger clubs. Monaco and Lille are expected to do well, Rennes weren't until recently.


9.) 11 Oct 2020 10:52:28
LovelyLudwigVan

It would be important for a DOF/ Sporting Director to understand the history and culture of the club. That information would be part of the induction to the club, in fact probably for the interview. I don’t believe having a connection is a plus, it means you already may be unwilling to embrace change to something you liked when there. We need to embrace change, change management can be rough, meet barriers that have to be dealt with. I am not saying Silvestre can’t be considered, but he may find it difficult pushing change with people who were in charge when he was a player.

I can’t see Woodward being pushed back just to a Finance role, not until owner change. I would guess but he may well have been looking for someone in between him and the Manager as a buffer, rather than a real DOF level.


10.) 11 Oct 2020 11:03:01
Zorc is good at what he does and not only does he know the Premier league he is the guy who got a 18year old Birmingham City player and has every intention of making him a worldie . Something our lot couldn't do and i don't think Silvestre was in the mix to sign him either. On the Campos question the list of players he has had a part in is too long but Mbappe stands out though.


11.) 11 Oct 2020 11:27:33
I'm sure ED002 said Luis Campos (ocampos) was a very good DOF. But that a DOF at Utd would have very little say in things as Woodward or whoever wanted to still be in control etc.

No one worth their salt would take a job as DOF at Utd.


12.) 11 Oct 2020 12:13:04
Mbappé came through the a academy, has little to do with Campos. He just negotiated the transfer to PSG. Monaco have been churning out talent for years, it goes well beyond Campos.

And signing a young talent from the English Championship does not mean Zorc is experienced in the Premier League.


13.) 11 Oct 2020 12:25:09
Ludwig

Is that what a DOF does gets the most in for the club. (150 mill for mbappe)

Also if a DOF can pick a player from the championship do you honestly think he doesn't know the top league.
Come on you are talking silly dude 🤔🤔.


14.) 11 Oct 2020 12:40:08
Understanding the football culture of a nation is a different thing from being able to spot raw talent, nothing silly in what I said. That being said, having someone who can spot genuine talent would be good for the club too.


15.) 11 Oct 2020 12:41:02
Also I've just Googled Silvestre . It appears he left Rennes in 2016 🤔🤔.


16.) 11 Oct 2020 13:52:45
Indeed, just googled that. Strange I read an interview with him last week speaking about his work with Rennes and how the club are starting to see the pay off with players being sold and their reaching the CL. It didn't read like someone who was no longer involved in the club and he was presented as the sporting director. Then again, the French press can be worse than the British in that regard.


17.) 11 Oct 2020 14:19:16
All that for nothing . He's not been at Rennes for 5 years and you want him to be our DOF. i'm sorry but that is the post of week 🤣🤣.


18.) 11 Oct 2020 18:19:23
Take it you no longer have anything to add Ludvig. I've said it before the points you raise are either incorrect or don't warrant a reply. I must say the reveal was enjoyable though. Have a lovely week 😁😁.


19.) 11 Oct 2020 19:25:01
Stay humble BFRO 😂.


20.) 11 Oct 2020 20:02:15
Yes your right Wazza. It just took me back to my battles with Maze over absolutely nothing subjects. I should know better at my age . Sorry Ludwig
😁😁.


21.) 11 Oct 2020 20:25:11
I still stand by the notion that a DoF or sporting director should understand the culture of the league, not merely have knowledge of it. As for Silvestre, seeing as he doesn't have the experience I thought he did after reading the article, it's a no brainer he isn't qualified, my initial post went of the principle he'd been at Rennes for five years and outperformed expectations.


22.) 11 Oct 2020 20:45:27
Anybody else want a go . My cocoa is ready i'm done. 😞😞.


23.) 12 Oct 2020 13:19:36
Silvestre is currently working for MUTV providing match analysis.


24.) 12 Oct 2020 15:25:21
Tell LLV will you . You might need a stick to get through to him 🤣😂🤣.


 

 

01 Oct 2020 16:55:26
We should have VAR on that Champions League draw, clear and obvious error saying group H was the only option for Manchester United, then placing City in group C. Why were United not valid for group C as well?

LovelyLudwigVan

1.) 01 Oct 2020 17:03:12
I was thinking the same. Can anyone explain?


2.) 01 Oct 2020 17:06:09
TV pairing with Liverpool couldn't go in A-D was explained before the draw,


3.) 01 Oct 2020 17:33:45
Yeah I was thinking some of the pots teams could go in wasn't right. Have I missed something? I thought it was just a case of not being able to draw a side from the same country in the groups?


4.) 01 Oct 2020 17:44:24
Nope wazza sadly. Andy is right.


5.) 01 Oct 2020 19:13:20
Ah I see, thanks Andy/ Ken. When was that introduced?


6.) 01 Oct 2020 21:50:46
Think its something to do with TV! Barcelona and Madrid always play on a different nights aswell. Maybe the Ed's will correct me if I'm wrong.


7.) 01 Oct 2020 22:06:47
Wazza,

It’s always been the case mate, each team is paired with another team from the same country so that they don’t all play on the same night.


8.) 02 Oct 2020 07:00:25
Thanks GDS2 I never knew that.


9.) 02 Oct 2020 08:40:33
I saw that after posting, seems a bit arbitrary, like there needed to be two English clubs in group A to D and two in groups E to H. Pairing them is just odd, I can understand wanting to keep United and City separated for logistic reasons but there didn't seem to be a need for pairing, what difference does it make to TV that City or United are in such or such group?


10.) 02 Oct 2020 10:28:40
Lovely,

Your method is easy in theory if united and city are the final 2 teams like they were but when you have 32 teams and some can be in some groups and others can’t it becomes a bit messy so it is easier logistically to pair teams up, the draw is complicated enough as it is.


 

 

24 Sep 2020 10:21:30
I think if we want to challenge for the title, to be of the level City and Liverpool are, we would need to get rid of 14, maybe 16 players.

De Gea, Romero, Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Fred, Perreira, Lingard, James and Mata all need to be moved on. On of these are not good enough, or no longer good enough to be in a title challenging side. It would be possible to add Matic and Pogba to that list, but I do feel Matic is still good enough to play a role and with Pogba, it's more a case of making sure his head is in the right place, if it isn't he has to be moved on to.

With that output, there would be the need for up to 9 new players. Three upgrades at CB. A LB who will challenge and offer something different to Luke Shaw. Two CMs, one DM and a replacement for Fred, potentially a third to replace Pogba. There needs a RW and a back-up LW, to offer cover for and put pressure on Rashford. There would also be the need for a back-up RW or CF depending on where Greenwood should be playing.

The problem is, this is impossible, so there's no hope to challenge any time soon. Adding a CB, LB and a RW would provide more structure, but we'd still be way of the mark.

Adding to this, is the fact that many other players are still unproven and have question marks over whether they will be consistent enough in the near future (Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Rashford, AWB, for example) .

It's a bleak situation, but it is what it is.

LovelyLudwigVan

1.) 24 Sep 2020 10:35:45
How on earth did we end up with Rojo.


2.) 24 Sep 2020 10:45:23
I swear the list of players we need to get rid of increases by a name or two every time we lose a game.

Of the players you've listed I would say Lindelof, Maguire, Fred and James don't need to be sold. Are they good enough to be first choice? Maybe maybe not. But they are all excellent squad players. While improvements on them would be good, they aren't a necessity currently.

De Gea is still good enough, but he is declining and on a long term big money deal. If we can move him on it might be prudent.

Dalot and Bailly have enough talent, but they struggle with injuries.

Smalling, Lingard and Mata offer experience, while maybe not good enough to be first choice they do offer something. Long term they need replacing, but I would expect others to leave before them in an ideal world.

Romero is too good to be third choice and should be allowed to find a club where he can play regularly.

That leaves Rojo, Jones and Andreas Pereira. None of which are good enough and should in theory be the first three out the door.

Fosu-Mensah is an interesting one. I think he could be decent squad coverage for RB, RCB and CB. A flexible player he can do a solid job in most roles. Personally I think he would play best now as a RCB in a back three. However, we don't play that system that often and even if we did Lindelof, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mengi and maybe even AWB might be preferred in that role.

I used to think TFM would make a good CDM, yet he has never been played in that role at senior level. So I think that opportunity has passed now for him.

I might be tempted to sell Bailly (due to his lack of fitness) and maybe loan Tuanzebe out for a season to get a year of playing regularly under his belt. Then keep TFM as he has a year left on his deal and see how he does in a back up role.


3.) 24 Sep 2020 10:54:46
Thing is, look at Chelsea, they were around our level last season, Lampard has added major improvements, yet they will still be of the mark.

Problem is Maguire and Lindelof would be viable as cover, but they probably wouldn't be happy being such, which could I turn cause problems. I don't dislike all the players I listed, I just don't think they are good enough to be in a title challenging squad.

De Gea is still good, but I feel he needs a new challenge, and Henderson looks solid and ready. Pereira seems good enough to act as second choice.

Fosu-Mensah I feel deserves a season to show he is good enough for a place in the squad. It feels like he spent most of last season build cup fitness, and be has shown glimpses of talent when played after lockdown, he certainly offers more going forward than AWB and Williams, bit is suspect defensive. He was regarded as one of the best youhths in Europe for a time, so there must be some talent there. It would be nice to see him played as a DM.


4.) 24 Sep 2020 11:37:40
It is not necessary to shift all the players out, some will need to go but very important thing is adding some good players in the positions the squad is weak. I believe decent additions would improve overall qualities of team, as long as players are well coached. 😁😃.


5.) 24 Sep 2020 11:53:22
LLV your a nut job . We won't even get the 3 we need in the time remaining and your saying 16 need shifting . Not a chance 😷😷.


6.) 24 Sep 2020 12:09:23
Kenedyandy, yeah, such additions would improve the team, but not to the level that they would be challenging for the title any time soon.


7.) 24 Sep 2020 12:08:22
Hence why I said it is impossible, and expectations like finishing in the top 3 are sort of unrealistic considering. I honestly think that if a manager like Kloop or Guardiola were to take over, that would be what they'd expect over a few transfer windows. But looking at that list, most would only be first team players in mid-table sides, or maybe Arsenal for the defenders as they seem to like bad defenders as much as we do.


8.) 24 Sep 2020 12:15:18
We can never know LLV.
Some players become the catalyst and get the best out of other players.

Bruno brought out the best out of our attackers.

Similarly if we sign a top defender with pace and good reading, it will improve our backline.

Sometimes 2 or 3 players will have a huge impact on rest of the team.


9.) 24 Sep 2020 12:16:20
Harry Maguire cost £80m, currently the most expensive defender in the history of association football and people are talking about him being cover or a back up.

The bar for him is well and truly on the floor, maybe even underground at this point.


10.) 24 Sep 2020 12:27:58
LLV, the saying goes that Rome wasn't built in a day. I remember when teams like Chelsea, PSG and City came into money. They spent like it was going out of fashion and had a huge turn over in playing staff in a very short period of time.

What that meant for all of them was that it still took a couple of seasons for the team to settle, when 8 or 9 of your starting 11 were playing in different teams last season it can be hard for them to create some on field chemistry and play like a team.

There is no need to try and sell 16 player and buy 10 in one window. Firstly, it would be practically impossible to work on 26 deals in one window. Secondly and for me most importantly we have a great group of young players in our academy, players like Garner and Mengi who have a real shot of becoming first choice players in a couple of seasons.

Which is why squad evolution is a far better approach than squad revolution. Slowly shift out 3 to 5 players a year, while bringing in 3 or 4. Loan out the kids and see how they do and maybe they can replace a squad player next summer, get a run in the team next season and maybe challenge for a regular place in the 2022/ 23 season.

Personally I would look to move on Romero, Bailly, Rojo, Andreas Pereira and Dalot.

Loan out Tuanzebe, Laird, Garner, Levitt, Chong and James.

Look to sign a LB and a RW to go with DvdB.

Next summer I'd look to move on Smalling, DDG (depending on how Henderson does), Jones, , Mata, Lingard, Grant and probably Pogba unless he signs a long term deal (which is unlikely) .

While looking to sign a CB, a CDM (depending on how Matic, Fred, McTominay and Garner are doing) and a goalkeeper to keep Henderson on his toes.

Lets say this summer we sign DvdB, Alex Telles and Ismaila Sarr. Then next summer we sign Upmanecano and Mike Maignan.

We would have a squad at the start of next season that looks like this:

GK: Henderson, Maignan, Joel Pereira
FB: AWB, Williams, Shaw, Alex Telles, Laird
CB: Maguire, Upmanecano, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Mengi, TFM
CDM: Matic, Garner
CM: Fred, McTominay, Levitt
CAM: Bruno, DvdB, Mejbri
FW: Sarr, Rashford, Martial, Greenwood, James, Chong

If our younger players step up then we have an excellent squad, only really Matic that might need replacing. While we might need another forward depending on how Chong and James progress.

This is why we need a DoF, someone who can place these sort of longer term plans into action.


11.) 24 Sep 2020 12:27:58
LLV, the saying goes that Rome wasn't built in a day. I remember when teams like Chelsea, PSG and City came into money. They spent like it was going out of fashion and had a huge turn over in playing staff in a very short period of time.

What that meant for all of them was that it still took a couple of seasons for the team to settle, when 8 or 9 of your starting 11 were playing in different teams last season it can be hard for them to create some on field chemistry and play like a team.

There is no need to try and sell 16 player and buy 10 in one window. Firstly, it would be practically impossible to work on 26 deals in one window. Secondly and for me most importantly we have a great group of young players in our academy, players like Garner and Mengi who have a real shot of becoming first choice players in a couple of seasons.

Which is why squad evolution is a far better approach than squad revolution. Slowly shift out 3 to 5 players a year, while bringing in 3 or 4. Loan out the kids and see how they do and maybe they can replace a squad player next summer, get a run in the team next season and maybe challenge for a regular place in the 2022/ 23 season.

Personally I would look to move on Romero, Bailly, Rojo, Andreas Pereira and Dalot.

Loan out Tuanzebe, Laird, Garner, Levitt, Chong and James.

Look to sign a LB and a RW to go with DvdB.

Next summer I'd look to move on Smalling, DDG (depending on how Henderson does), Jones, , Mata, Lingard, Grant and probably Pogba unless he signs a long term deal (which is unlikely) .

While looking to sign a CB, a CDM (depending on how Matic, Fred, McTominay and Garner are doing) and a goalkeeper to keep Henderson on his toes.

Lets say this summer we sign DvdB, Alex Telles and Ismaila Sarr. Then next summer we sign Upmanecano and Mike Maignan.

We would have a squad at the start of next season that looks like this:

GK: Henderson, Maignan, Joel Pereira
FB: AWB, Williams, Shaw, Alex Telles, Laird
CB: Maguire, Upmanecano, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Mengi, TFM
CDM: Matic, Garner
CM: Fred, McTominay, Levitt
CAM: Bruno, DvdB, Mejbri
FW: Sarr, Rashford, Martial, Greenwood, James, Chong

If our younger players step up then we have an excellent squad, only really Matic that might need replacing. While we might need another forward depending on how Chong and James progress.

This is why we need a DoF, someone who can place these sort of longer term plans into action.


12.) 24 Sep 2020 12:44:18
So this argument is that to win we basically need to sell our squad - and let’s buy Man citys or Liverpool’s? While at it, get their board and manager as well.

Fortunately football is not played on paper. We surely need a couple of world class players in (now) but moving 14 on and buying a dozen is exaggeration for now. Over the cycle of a few years that can happen while we can still be competitive during that cycle.


13.) 24 Sep 2020 14:12:52
Shappy, I never suggested it could be done in one transfer window (I actually stated the opposite several times), and as you say, you could get better players and they may not gel. But those players would not make the Liverpool or City squads, a couple maybe as cover, but nothing more.

My point is that people are unrealistic as to expectations when looking at this squad. People suggest a good manager gets the best out of his players, what if this is the best these players are capable of? Solskjaer has actually improved Martial, he's making better runs, sticking around the box more and there's a big improvement. Rashford had improved tenfold before his injury. Shaw is better, and is actually now a vital part of the team, in the sense that when he is absent or injured, the team performs worse, his injury record is still worrying though (against Palace, Shaw crossed over to right back, closed down Zaha, tackled and dispossessed him and played a decent pass forward, how many other players can do that in the team? I would suggest only Bruno) . And while his performances are still left to be desired, Fred is better than he was.

We'll be lucky at this stage to finish 4th, not because of the manager, but because the squad is on par with the likes of Arsenal and Everton (a small minority of very good players, surrounded by an average squad) . Chelsea have arguably moved a level above us, and if Spurs get their new players settled, they may have too) .

Chelsea have signed 7 players this summer, all arguably improve the squad. Romano has suggested that they will move for Rice too if they manage to shift a couple of players, but time is tight in that aspect. I'm suggesting United need 9 new players, which isn't that different, our problem is getting rid of the 13 or 15 that would need to leave to free up the space for those improvements.


14.) 24 Sep 2020 14:18:21
FootballGoesInCircles, no we do not need City or Liverpool's squad, but we should be looking at what happened when Pep and Kloop took over and how they succeeded, and attempt to emulate, in our own way. Chelsea seem to be doing something similar with Lampard, why aren't we?


15.) 24 Sep 2020 16:18:03
We might as well merge with City and have done with it.
We are now officially the tight wads of the Premier League.


 

 

03 Sep 2020 07:50:11
Some bold comments by Henderson, wants to push De Gea out of the team and seems to be confident he can do so.

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1.) 03 Sep 2020 08:10:03
Music to my ears if I’m honest. We’ve not had many players these last few years who will fight tooth and nail for the shirt. I think this will be an interesting battle between the two, and it should be a win win for us. We either get de gea back to his best, or he’s replaced by a better keeper.


2.) 03 Sep 2020 08:15:47
He has nothing to lose and we have everything to gain. If he performs well it might give DDG the kick up the arse he needs. I think this is DDG's last season anyway. If he plays well, then we can get a solid price for him and have a GK ready to take over who already knows the club and the players in front of him. At least this won't turn into a 'replacing Schmeichel' situation. Looking forward to seeing two top keepers battle it out at United.


3.) 03 Sep 2020 09:06:48
It's a win-win scenario for the club.
We may see the best of De Gea that could attract interest from clubs next summer.
And if Henderson takes his opportunity, we will have another top keeper for the foreseeable future.


4.) 03 Sep 2020 11:16:25
dont put to much pressure on the lad though, we have seen him make his own mistakes in net for SU, but what better to fight it against one of the best keepers of his generation,

dave is still a top keeper he has just dipped like most of the squad, but for him if he dips it normally costs a goal.

lets hope he can get back top his best he is still young himself in terms of keepers.


5.) 03 Sep 2020 11:22:09
Anyone remember Massimo Taibi? I remember him for one glaring ****up alone. He probably made a couple of worldies too, but we don’t remember those.


6.) 03 Sep 2020 11:40:12
I remember Taibi, those tracksuit bottoms didn't help him either.


7.) 03 Sep 2020 11:53:11
Massimo ‘my studs stuck in the ground’ Taibi? Yes I remember him well 😂.


8.) 03 Sep 2020 11:58:21
Taibi only made four appearances for us. He made a couple of good saves in his debut against Liverpool and got MotM despite him flapping at a cross allowing Hypia to score.

He obviously made the mistake in the game against Southampton for which everyone remembers him.

While he was also in goal for the 5-0 loss to Chelsea.

He conceded 11 goals in his four games for us. A downright awful signing for us.


9.) 03 Sep 2020 12:41:25
Goalkeepers more than most, need to have an inner confidence. I don't know if he's quite ready yet, but everything I've seen or heard from him, makes me think he'll be alright.


10.) 03 Sep 2020 13:30:58
All the stories I've heard about him make it seem that he is a very confident lad. He's had a couple of knock backs, he conceded a goal from a mistake against Leeds last year and one earlier this season, both times he fronted up took the criticism and bounced back stronger. I think he has an elite level mentality which will carry him far. He looks far more ready for it than DDG looked when he was thrust into the No.1 position with us.

The real question isn't about whether he is ready, but will he be given the chances.


11.) 03 Sep 2020 13:36:07
I hope he doesn't suffer from the same over-confidence that England's last two first-choice goalies, Hart and Pickford, have had.

They may be confident within themselves but certainly don't instill it in their backline or in me :D.


 

 

 

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08 Oct 2020 14:33:28
This is odd considering Romano spent the whole summer insisting Pogba was happy at United and contract talks would begin after the window closes.

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03 Oct 2020 08:41:50
Grim, no that was Dalot, Roma and Milan both wanted Dalot, but he has opted for Milan apparently.

I agree Shan, he has a decent pass on him, which is something a few of our midfielders lack.

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03 Oct 2020 07:26:37
Bit harsh Downside, he was probably the only player who did ok against Palace. He's just had bad injuries, that doesn't make him a bad player, I think he gets one last season to show he's capable of being a squad player.

Apparently United we're open to sell Dalot, but wanted 30 million, which seems ridiculous considering his output. So not convinced he is merely being sent out for experience.

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18 Sep 2020 19:41:30
I've seen similar reports, along with the possibility of Traoré from Atalanta, but there are issues regarding his identity or something so United want to make sure the legal stuff is out of the way before making a bid.

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18 Sep 2020 09:07:48
Seen some rumours today that we may compete with Liverpool for Sarr, probably just means Sarr is heading to Scouseland.

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25 Oct 2020 08:01:18
Lindelof played well, Maguire was still dubious, could have cost the game with better refs and left acres of space several times because he was caught out of possession. He and Fred didn't have good games, James isn't even worth mentioning at thi point.

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24 Oct 2020 17:07:03
Except Maguire TRD.

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21 Oct 2020 13:42:54
Agree Ed, a good pass is when the passer does the work for the receiver, if the receiver has to adjust their run or back peddle or tussle with an opposition player, then the pass wasn't very good, most of Fred's passes fall into the 'receiver has to work to receive the ball' category. Does anyone truly believe that Fred would have made the pass Pogba makes for Rashford to score? The pass was simple, but Rashford doesn't need to do anything extra, just take up the ball and continue his run.

Fred had a decent game last night, but it was nothing exception, no better than McTominay.

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If anything, I think it means Maguire will probably score more goals, his corner deliveries are the best I've seen since Beckham, of course that could just be a one of.

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21 Oct 2020 09:47:06
@TRD, Fred ran a lot, Sanchez ran a lot, Lingard runs a lot, doesn't make them great. He still gave away many balls and was unable to spot passing opportunities. I also heard Solskjaer screaming for him to stick to the right when they switched to a diamond, which suggests he isn't able to stick to a position or adapt on the fly. Fred main positive is that he breaks play, more often slowing it down rather than gaining possession. One thing last night was that we had a bit of luck that many of his loose balls fell to a United player, that isn't often the case in the EPL with opposition players quicker to pounce.

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