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19 Jul 2017 17:55:44
I've just read that there's more fantasy football going on at City with the signing of Danilo.

I find it very curious that there was no suggestion we were in for him since in my opinion we need another right back and he is willing to come to Manchester. Plus he was only £26 million!

It could be just that he preferred City or having worked once with our beam of sunshine manager decided never again.

The other possibilities are we have an alternative coming in or simply that Mourinho is happy with the players we have for that position. I noticed Valencia played at right back against Salt Lake and I think TFM got some time there as well. I didn't watch the Galaxy game. Has anyone else played at right back pre-season? Do you think Mourinho is happy to go into the season with those two plus Darmian?

1.) 19 Jul 2017 18:19:44
The fact he has slumped at Real and can't defend might be a reason.

2.) 19 Jul 2017 18:28:38
We can't sign everyone mate. Our targets were Semedo, Fabinho and Aurier. With Danilo plying his trade in Porto for a few years before moving to Madrid, I'm sure Jose knows enough about him and whether he'd suit us, evidently not. It's about getting players in that will suit our system and compliment our other players.

3.) 19 Jul 2017 18:42:23
When dids he work with jose mancman?

4.) 19 Jul 2017 18:53:06
Since the De Gea debarcle last season I can, t see Real Madrid selling us any ground staff never mind any players.
I know we have numerous targets, Perisic, Matic, Fabinho . Jose wanted them on the U. S tour, But you can't make clubs sell their players because we are interested in them.
Still feel a lot of players are not that keen on playing for Jose, It's only because we pay over the odds for players and agent fees, that we get them to sign.
City and pep put in offers for players, and get them.
Long time to go in the market I know, But we don't want to be signing players 24 hrs before season starts, Remember the Fellani deal anyone?

5.) 19 Jul 2017 18:59:26
Players want to play for Mourinho but we are not ready to meet he asking price.

6.) 19 Jul 2017 20:27:28
The United money men have their limits and rightly stick to it. Pep is playing a real life version of Football Manager at the moment and is yet to address the left back position and centre half.

7.) 19 Jul 2017 20:34:14
More to the point why buy a 2nd rb who can't defend for 26 mill after shelling out 55 mill for another rb who can't defend. What about their much vaunted academy if they wanted a bench sitter.

8.) 20 Jul 2017 09:22:13
The best right back to come through their academy is now first choice at Spurs and was sold for £3.5 million.

9.) 20 Jul 2017 13:25:35
Ken, you're right. After I posted I realised I hadn't checked whether his time at Real had co-incided with Mourinho's.

Nonetheless, because none of our wide players are natural wingers, I do think we need overlapping attacking fullbacks and both Walker and Danilo would fit the bill.

If we bring in a true defensive midfielder then I'm not so bothered about how well our fullbacks can defend, as long as they are good going forward.




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01 Oct 2019 14:33:54
£900 million spent since Fergie and from the current squad the only players I wouldn't sell right now are Dalot, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Lindeloff, AWB, McTominay, James, Greenwood, Gomes, Williams and Martial. It's not as though any of this list are amazing either, it's just that they at least might have some potential to kick on and become decent or they have just arrived and I'm interested to see if they settle and have something to offer.

As far as I'm concerned the rest of the squad is a shower who should never have been anywhere near wearing a man utd shirt.

How can supposedly smart business people look what they've got for the money (not their money admittedly) and be satisfied? How can they not see that their approach is not working especially when they can look at City and liverpool to see what can be achieved with at least some semblance of a plan and some people who know about running a FOOTBALL club.

I know the Glazers are about the money but surely they understand that crap product = less customers = less revenues = less profit. The legacy of our glorious history can only take us so far and it must be running on fumes by now? By the way, did anyone notice that the attendance lat night was only 73,000? The start of the fall off in interest maybe/ hopefully?

Ed002, are Utd any closer to finding a Director of Football? At this rate I'm thinking of putting myself forward.

{Ed002's Note - As I previously explained the circumstances would likely not be right for van der Sar at this time. They firstly need to make a decision and either stick with the mistake of OGS and ride it out, or offer Spurs £35M for MP and then look at the structure again.}

1.) 01 Oct 2019 15:00:18
Perhaps a very hard question to answer ed- but out of those two options what do you personally think they may do?

{Ed002's Note - Firstly, the owners are not responsible for making such decisions. I expect they will ride it out - at least for a while.}

2.) 01 Oct 2019 15:21:16
they will ride it out until around Christmas again and then sack him

they look even more like children when they go in for poch, promise him the world and set him up to fail as well.

the vicious circle that is man utd.

3.) 01 Oct 2019 17:48:05
I would add de Gea and Romero to the list, as I think we have a settled goalkeeping department.

4.) 01 Oct 2019 18:24:07
Making a coherently thought out strong positive decisions seems beyond us. If they stick with OGS it defies belief at the damage they are doing and could continue to do.

If there is a realistic option of getting Poch then for heaven sake stop dithering and wallowing in emotional sentimental drivel, for heavens sake get it done.

5.) 01 Oct 2019 18:38:40
I think it’ll be a funny old coincidence when Poch leaves Spurs and Ole gets pushed. If we are 10th/11th at Christmas then he’s a dead man walking.

6.) 01 Oct 2019 18:51:49

Christmas? I think if we don’t beat Newcastle he has to be hanging by a thread. The International break gives the club chance to deal with it, however decision making hasn’t been a strong point.

7.) 01 Oct 2019 18:57:57
But Poch has never won anything. Was that not a prerequisite for the job? I'd have him, and always said so. But someone told me that you had to have someone who's won something. can't remember who it was.

8.) 01 Oct 2019 19:05:58
I said it was a question over him going back to when we appointed Mourinho, what three and a half years ago, however I also said he was a dark horse for the role at the time. Times have also changed poor decisions likely mean the very top managers like an Allegri may not want to put their reputation on the line with decision makers that we have and paucity of players. Poch has also done far better with Spurs than expected. Right now as we continue to sink I think Poch would be a very good bet and he does play young players

So Nou, given the choice would you stick with the failing manager or sack him and bring in Poch?

9.) 01 Oct 2019 17:25:47
Hi Ed002. Are you aware if Poch would be interested in joining MUFC?

{Ed002's Note - My understanding is that a new challenge would be attractive at some point in the not too distant future. The two obvious options are clubs with coaches who probably have a limited future without a step change. Spurs, I understand may have used to enquire via a third party about the interest of a replacement - SHOULD they need it. Manchester United may decide to ride it out with OGS and have been throwing money at making changes but with players who, in reality, need a better (or at least different) coach. Mauricio Pochettino would want to understand very clearly what the pot of boiling oil he could potentially be stepping in to is like. He would want control, or at least reasonable control, over transfers. The issue with MAdrid is Mr Mourinho and MP will know that Real Madrid have a split board about JMs return - but the force of Perez is behind him. The malcontents have gone or will go in the summer. The fans want a solution and want JM which does not bode well for MP, although he has his support at the club. Manchester United are an option but are run by amateurs and there might well be significant restrictions on clearing out and rebuilding after the club has continued to piss money up the wall. So maybe he will stay at Spurs and have the quiet life, or look to other options.}

10.) 01 Oct 2019 20:20:42
Thanks for your comprehensive answer Ed002. Really appreciate your insight. Any chance you could tell us who Spurs have been sounding out (sorry! ) .

{Ed002's Note - Allegri.}

11.) 01 Oct 2019 20:42:57
Thanks for all that Ed, much appreciated if not very uplifting.

Reading between the lines it seems to me there might be some people behind the scenes who are doing very nicely out of the status quo so are resistant to any change.

12.) 01 Oct 2019 21:21:46

Thanks for the very insightful information. Last summer was the icing on the cake when no midfield reinforcements were brought in when even the least smartest fan could've figured out that 2 midfielders were an absolute necessity. Letting Sanchez and Lukaku go without any replacement showed apathy towards the fans and any hope of success.

It is absolutely astonishing that they've been briefing to the press about having had a "successful" summer and using it as evidence that what they're doing is working. Its borderline delusion. Maguire is decent but for that price we could've gotten two players of his quality. Wan Bissaka's price was way inflated as well. We even overpaid for Daniel James. Thankfully they're playing well unlike our previous expensive flops.

I think most fans would be happy if we bring in Pochetino. But he will need to be allowed to clear out some of the squad that is simply not good enough and will need major churning and retooling. Also expectations will need to be tempered with proper communication with the fans and media but I think resentment is simply growing amongst the fans.

If the same people that have been negotiating for us since Sir Alex left are the ones operating in the transfer market I have no hope. They will do the same thing to Pochetino that they did to Moyes, LVG, Jose and now OGS.

Am I correct in thinking the restrictions you mention on rebuilding are due to troubles with FFP and dropping revenue from TV and sponsorships as a result of failure to qualify for the UCL?

These amateurs as you describe them are destroying a great institution bit by bit for the last 8 years and its really sad to see.

{Ed002's Note - The restrictions relate to lower income and constant failure to address the issues.}

13.) 01 Oct 2019 21:55:24
Thanks for the reply Ed002.

I hope they find some sense and make the necessary changes in the structure, bring the right people in and appoint the right coach. A bit too much for this board unfortunately.

I doubt it will happen but hope is all we have.

{Ed002's Note - Which board?}

14.) 01 Oct 2019 22:02:06
Thanks again Ed002. Pretty please come and sort our club out and rid us of the amateurs.

15.) 01 Oct 2019 23:39:27
Doc, you do know that Ed002 is an AI and not a real person?

16.) 02 Oct 2019 02:00:07
Red Man, I'd have Poch here without a doubt. IF our current manager can't turn things round.

Winning a trophy wasn't a prerequisite for me when choosing a manager. It's why I argued the likes of Eddie Howe should be considered.

It was you that said winning a trophy was a necessity for any applicants. I believe you were quite vocal in this regard, especially when Moyes was appointed. Nice to see you've mellowed on this view. Only realistic, really, when the number of coaches in the big leagues who've actually won anything, becomes a smaller and smaller group.

17.) 02 Oct 2019 09:38:57
Lol Manc Man. AI would still do a better job than the amateurs.

18.) 02 Oct 2019 09:59:27
Thing is Noucamp with the club being so badly, we will just continue to burn through coaches no matter how good they are.

Sure, a better coach will get more out of what he has but without the players he really needs and the supporting infrastructure this can only take them so far.

Coming to Utd is starting to look like career suicide for both managers and players.

19.) 02 Oct 2019 10:41:09
Who are the amateurs running the show you speak of Ed?

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant - the MU supports don't know anything about the workings of the club and tehre is no point giving them names to throw toxic abuse at.}

20.) 02 Oct 2019 12:25:31
I agree MancMan. I'd give Ole the time and players he needs. Just being realistic, though. If he doesn't get the results, I don't know if those above will have the patience to sit it out.



01 Mar 2019 12:12:07
Ed002, if you have a moment?

Who at the club wanted to sign Fred?


{Ed002's Note - Someone who is now gone from the club.}

1.) 01 Mar 2019 15:18:31
Hi Ed, With this someone now gone and Fred playing so poorly is the club looking to move him on? Or will this not be decided until a manager is announced?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest in him.}

2.) 01 Mar 2019 15:47:35
I think he deserves another season. Some players take longer to settle than others. Look at Lindelof this season compared to this season for example. If in 12 months time there's no improvement then needs to be considered.

3.) 01 Mar 2019 16:43:15
Totally agree mort.

4.) 01 Mar 2019 16:49:15
Hes probably wondering why his name gets sung throughout the game. Sadly it’s because it rhymes with bred. Let’s hope he earns his own song next year.

5.) 01 Mar 2019 17:45:05
He looks a little lost at time, adjusting to the pace and the power of the EPL. He is too easily pushed off the ball and he takes too long on the ball at times as well.

I think he could adapt, however To do so will take game time. It's whether he can get that.

I would give him another season the EPL is a massive step up from the Ukrainian league.

6.) 01 Mar 2019 17:48:31
The situation with Lindelof is completely different.

Lind is a young cb who had to get used to the physicality of the EPL, and even last season he showed his quality at the international level.

Fred is a player who should be entering his peek years, and I still don’t know what he’s actually good at. Terrible first touch, not particularly creative on the ball, offers nothing in the final third, average defensively.

What is he good at?
What makes him a £50m player?
What is his function in our team?

7.) 01 Mar 2019 18:55:17
Thanks Ed002.

I'm afraid I agree with Danny. I don't tho k it's a question of adjusting to the league, I just don't see the basics of first touch, positioning and vision in him.

He looks like he shouldn't even be playing in the Premier League, nevermind for Man Utd.

{Ed002's Note - The solution would be to loan him out as I doubt a buyer can be found at anything like a reasonable price.}

8.) 01 Mar 2019 19:42:30
Cheers Ed for the reply. I agree with Danny as well. I cannot see him ever being at the level required to play for Man United. I’d be more than happy if he proved me wrong though.

9.) 01 Mar 2019 20:39:45
I agree he’s been poor but Lindelof was shocking and look at him now. Some adjust immediately, some take time, some never adjust. We shall see.

10.) 02 Mar 2019 07:00:44
AJH, Lindelof always looked like a good footballer though. Most importantly, he looked comfortable with a ball whereas Fred looks scared by it.



23 Feb 2019 19:39:40
Good to see spurs lose today. If we win tomorrow we will be 6 points behind them. Anyone think we could overtake them to achieve 3rd place?

I think with 12 games to go and 36 points to play for there's every chance we could do it and it would be something we'll worth going for. Automatic qualification for the CL plus the sense of belief I think it would give the squad for next season.

It's Tottenham lads! And I think there's every chance they could have a wobble.

1.) 23 Feb 2019 20:17:32
We win tomorrow the titles on.

2.) 23 Feb 2019 21:14:47
Some Ole hit his run I’ve thought we will finish 3rd.

3.) 23 Feb 2019 20:41:35
Let's hope so manc man. Bit early for poch to concede defeat. At worst they will be 8 points back with 11 games to go at best only 5.
I think all epl teams are automatic again this season.
But i'd like to think we can catch spurs. A win tomorrow and they will be looking over their shoulder. The have chelsea and arsenal in their next 2 games. i'm sort of hoping they draw both.

4.) 23 Feb 2019 20:46:19
Are Tottenham about to have their predictable wobble?

Can Pochettino change their mentality?

If not is that down to him or are the club so entrenched in failure no one can pull them out of it?

5.) 24 Feb 2019 00:03:34
4th is automatic qualification now.

6.) 24 Feb 2019 00:17:38
There is no qualification next year, 3rd and 4th both go straight into the champions league. But yes, I think we can catch them if we win tomorrow.

7.) 24 Feb 2019 00:20:50
I don't think its a meltdown or a collapse. They just didn't play well today. The pitch was poor and burnely got right in their faces and out muscled them.

If we win tomorrow then they are still only 5 points back. They play chelsea on wed and arsenal on sat so we will know more after those 2 games. If they win those and are still only 5 points back at the worst they will be in great shape with 9 games to play including city and liverpool.

I would like to see spurs draw both of those games bringing them hopfully closer to us, while taking points from both chelsea and arsenal, We play palace and southampton.
A win for us tomorrow keeps it a 3 h horse race and spurs will be black in the hunt.

At the moment i see us in a 3 team race for 4th. A spurs collapse could make it a 4 team race for 2 spots.
This is Ole's biggest game. His biggest test yet. Most of our players are in very good form. Confidence is high.
Liverpool pose a massive test. Their front 3 keep delivering and they have been much better as a defensive unit and they are super fit.
I think the team that keeps their cool will come out on top.

8.) 24 Feb 2019 09:47:56
This is why I don't want Poch. He's too negative and spurs have a mental fragility about them. Is it an institutional club thing based on years of being also rans or does some of that cone from the manager. Whilst you can argue its a club thing I think a lot of it comes from the manager.



13 Feb 2019 15:00:20
Just to put last night into perspective ; how many of that PSG team would you swap player for player with the team we put out?

I'd say all of them bar Buffon for DDG.

It just highlighted that we have a Frankestein squad with little depth of quality, plus a manager who is inexperienced at the top level.

1.) 13 Feb 2019 15:30:29
Really? You’d swap,

Bernat for Shaw
Draxler for Pogba
Alves for Lingard
Di Maria for Martial.

2.) 13 Feb 2019 15:40:00
Silva/ Marquinhos for Bailly and Mbappe for Mata/ Sanchez, Rest i am good.

Young will be gradually replaced by Dalot and Shaw has been doing decent.

As for yesterday they figured out one thing " STOP POGBA STOP UTD"

3.) 13 Feb 2019 17:22:49
Becks your wouldn’t take Veratti then no? Come on.

4.) 13 Feb 2019 17:24:54
DDG, Alves, Lindelof, Marquinhos, Shaw, Verratti, Herrera, Lingard, Mbappe, Rashford, Martial

Would be my team. With a bench of Buffon, Dalot, T. Silva, Pogba, Draxler, Di Maria and Lukaku

From the players available last night. So that's 7 United players and 4 PSG players in my ideal 11.

However, that's 8 PSG to 10 United when you consider the squad of 18. WHich is much closer.

5.) 13 Feb 2019 17:51:42
Stand-United, Verratti is often criticized for his unhealthy lifestyle and his injury record is of some concern. He has played 25+ games just once in his last 4 seasons.

6.) 13 Feb 2019 17:56:54
Shappy their manager didn't even play alves rb last night. The lad he did play did not give martial or sanchez a kick so psg's 3rd choice rb makes your combined team?
Mbappe is a Better player than rashford currently
Di maria is currently better than martial imo and has achieved a lot more
Bernat is better than shaw. Silva and kempeppe better than lindelof currently
For me
Kheere rb last night crap spelling

Marquinos Veratti pogba

Rash mbappe di maria

Jessie martial herrera matic lindelof all make the bench for me

Neymar would replace rash when fit in that team imo.

7.) 13 Feb 2019 17:59:08
Id swap Bernat shaw in a heartbeat Danny.
While di maria is better than martial currently i would not swap them. Nor would i swap the other 2 you mentioned.

8.) 13 Feb 2019 18:08:15
not alves fan really but all the rest agree with team wise- bench, I wouldn't let di maria play keepy upp in aldi car park would rather have fellaini drafted back .

not much change out of a billion there shappy ;)

9.) 13 Feb 2019 18:35:43
Ken Alves played further forward last night because of the lack of options in attack for PSG rather than because of how Tuchel feels about Alves as a RB.

There is a case for many of the PSG squad over the United counter parts. I didn't put Pogba in which statistically has been our best player. So an argument could be made for him over Verratti, Herrera or Lingard to be honest.

However, I picked on who would best suit how I would want to play and on balancing out that side rather than on simply who could be considered the best player. Which is so subjective it makes it practically impossible to get any kind of agreement.

10.) 13 Feb 2019 22:44:13
Alves has played rb twice this season shaps that's how the manager fells about him as a rb.
It is all about opinions but your team stinks of bias or maybe you were not watching last night or all season😂.

11.) 14 Feb 2019 00:27:39
They bossed us all over the park last night. You can only judge players against each other when they play in direct opposition. On the
night every single PSG was better than his Utd counterpart. That tells me they are the better players.

For example it's why in my opinion Pogba still isn't that good. Bossing it against Fulham is one thing, pulling your team through a really tough European tie is quite another and he is unable to step up.

Utd are miles behind the top teams in Europe. At least we are better to watch now though its going to take a huge transition for us to start challenging again.

12.) 14 Feb 2019 00:46:00
The one thing jose was right about was that our squad is miles short.
Nobody will argue against that he had to be fired and nobody will argue that the football was dire to watch. Nobody will argue that we have not spent plenty of cash. But anybody that argues that we have a squad capable of competing to win the cl or epl is just in complete denial.

I think ole has done a terrific job. With what he has. Jose got this lot to 2nd In the league albeit in a crap manner. But until there is some significant personnel change on the playing style we will have more seville and psg results in europe.

13.) 14 Feb 2019 08:40:44
Agreed Ken. We have the resources but we all know we need a vision/ strategy and the right dof and manager to implement it over the long term.

Ole has done well and has got the most out of what he has to work with, although I agree with DGS that he didn't cope well with the injuries on Tuesday.

PSG was a good benchmark and now we see just how much change is required, even in areas such as full back and attack where even a few weeks ago we might have thought we were pretty sorted.

At least we are having fun again and I'm really looking forward to the games against City, Chelsea and the scousers.



28 Nov 2018 00:28:45
Jose's celebration with the water bottles was brilliant. It was the most entertaining part of the night.

1.) 28 Nov 2018 16:57:46
he was probably pissed off because that goal will probably keep him in the job for now anyway, when he's looking for the sack and a big pay off.




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05 Jun 2019 22:53:24
Pogba is pants and I can't wait to see him leave man utd so we can have a proper player take his place in the squad.

I don't think I've ever seen a more over rated joke of a player and I'm amazed that Madrid or Juve want to pay so much money for him. Charlatan.



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11 May 2019 13:27:29
If we're going to have an ex-player as Dof, Roy Keane gets my vote.



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11 May 2019 13:14:05
Sepp, one doesn't 'hang', one 'dresses'



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16 Apr 2019 15:09:37
Maybe it's time to see how good are our young players on the fringe of the squad. I know you don't win anything with kids but they can't be worse than some of the bang average players we are hoping will move on.




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08 Nov 2019 17:57:51
I think you're under cooking it Shappy. We have a 29 man squad and the only players in the squad I would like to keep for sure are DDG and Romero.

I would also keep AWB, Dalot, Williams, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Gomes, Lindelof, McTominay, James, Greenwood, Rashford and Maguire for the time being. That's not because I'm convinced they are really good but because they have shown some promise and at least they have the potential to be the standard required at Manchester Utd.

A 29 man squad is probably a bit bloated but with a squad of 24/ 25 we still need 10 or 11 players in the short term and possibly more in a year or two if some of these unproven players don't push on to become good enough.

City have set the benchmark with two top quality players for each position. It's no longer good enough to have a first team and some half decent squad players. Liverpool have been lucky because their best players are very durable and don't often pick up injuries. Even then they have better strength in depth than we do.



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02 Oct 2019 09:59:27
Thing is Noucamp with the club being so badly, we will just continue to burn through coaches no matter how good they are.

Sure, a better coach will get more out of what he has but without the players he really needs and the supporting infrastructure this can only take them so far.

Coming to Utd is starting to look like career suicide for both managers and players.



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01 Oct 2019 23:39:27
Doc, you do know that Ed002 is an AI and not a real person?



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01 Oct 2019 23:36:40
Tasty bit of gossip there Ken; do elaborate. Where do you pick this up?



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01 Oct 2019 20:42:57
Thanks for all that Ed, much appreciated if not very uplifting.

Reading between the lines it seems to me there might be some people behind the scenes who are doing very nicely out of the status quo so are resistant to any change.