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23 Apr 2014 14:14:57
According to Jamie Jackson from The Guardian ( pretty much the most reliable newspaper out there ), we have pretty much agreed to sign Luke Shaw. Pretty good coup imo, got to thank Moyes for that one.

Ed002, heard anything new on the subject?

Mick1

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement on price with Southampton.}


1.) Short lived happiness. Cheers Ed. Do you reckon our interest in Shaw remains until a new manager is announced or are some of the targets pretty much close to signing and the transfers will not all be put on hold?

{Ed002's Note - See previous answers.}


2.) Mick, there are several sources saying the Shaw deal is very close, that MU believe it's pretty much done. I think what that means is MU have convinced Shaw himself to join and they are just a few million away from negotiating the deal for him. So not done yet, but probably will be done soon. Would be a great signing. I always thought he was Chelsea bound. The Ed told us about Chelsea looking elsewhere, but I thought they may make a last ditch attempt to sign him when we have agreed a fee with Southampton.

{Ed002's Note - They are actively discussing a move for another player Syd. Southampton know Chelsea will not pay the price they want.}


3.) Best possible player we could sign to replace Evra IMO.


4.) I think getting a salary of 100k a week is the main reason he's coming.


5.) Thanks Ed, Moreno is just as good IMO and much cheaper than Shaw. I think MU know they need a few more English players to add to Rooney and Jones. We have always liked our young English players.


6.) No quotes, Jamie Jackson references and sources from articles previously written by him. No real credibility in the article at all. It's no different from people on here who say 'trust me - watch this space'. All of his articles are the same. I wouldn't give this too much thought, let's just wait and see with Shaw, all these rubbish endless rumours are driving me insane.


7.) Cheers Ed


8.) In the past couple of months has Luke Shaw took to Twitter to deny any of the rumours of him leaving? Has he told any of the Southampton Tweeters that he is staying when they have begged him for an answer? NO! If Shaw doesn't leave Southampton then it's because the clubs cannot agree a fee. I think it's obvious that he wants to leave Southampton. Shaw is a Portsmouth fan, his whole family are Portsmouth fans. I don't think he has any real allegiance to Southampton in the long run. I hope MU and Southampton can agree a fee.


9.) Moreno is also a very good young player, would be my second choice but Shaw is slightly younger yet he's already more physically developed and the fact he's proven in PL just tops it off for me.

{Ed002's Note - Moreno's representatives are in talks about a move elsewhere.}


10.) I think you will find Shaw has said SEVERAL times that he is happy to stay at Saints, and is now fed up trying to quell idle gossip because the media just twist it.
There is no logical reason for him to consider a move now as his options will increase as and when he goes to Brazil. Why would he join Utd until the manager is known and the squad for next season has some certainty?

As for a fee, any figure indicated in January is now long out of date-new Board at Saints and full international status now.

We have seen the same sort of ill informed excitement from Chelsea fans and I feel you both will be disappointed.


11.) Funny I heard exactly the opposite i.e. that Man U and Southampton had agreed a fee but Shaw had yet to agree ( This from the guy who told me about Thiago well before the media picked up on it last year).


12.) Sydney, no offence but where on earth are you getting your information? Perhaps you're thinking of James Ward-Prowse? Shaw is most definitely not a Portsmouth fan and neither are his family. And a guy in the Saints academy since he was 8 - I imagine he has quite some allegiance to them. I don't think this transfer is as cut and run as some people seem to think. It's far from sorted and it's definitely not guaranteed to happen. I'm more inclined to think he'll still be at Southampton next season. Very few of the articles about his transfer have any real credibility and are largely just self perpetuating. Southampton fans will remember that last year this EXACT same situation happened with Chelsea. Until it's on the Official Site or the BBC, or there is a credible recordable source to back up a claim, I won't pay any attention to a word of it.


13.) Wow, . 27~30 million pounds for a twenty year-old left back.
What I know for sure is: left-backs are rare and english and good, even more rare.
But, is he in the same level as Ashley Cole?


14.) Who said it was guaranteed to happen?

It could be Ward-Prowse that I am thinking of. Although I am quite sure a commentator has said that Shaw's family are Pompey fans. Shaw is actually a Chelsea fan. Of course he has allegiance to Southampton, but like Walcott, AOC, Bale etc, they all left for a bigger team. He is not going to be there for ever and one thing for sure is that MU and Southampton are trying to negotiate a fee. It may not be agreed, but they are trying and they wouldn't be trying unless Shaw has agreed to join MU in principle.


15.) MikonBR, he's actually 18 which makes it more crazy, but you are paying for potential. Not only that, he is probably the best LB in th EPL at the moment anyway and will get much better. Maybe Dave from Chelsea or Baines from Everton are ahead of him, but he isn't far off at 18 years old.


16.) Is Shaw not a life long Chelsea fan? His family live next to the the Chelsea training ground (not that means much)


17.) Not being rude guys, but suggest DYOR is something for you to consider! There is so much false information on this one subject by you that it is obvious how the media conclude they can feed you with nonsense and you will lap it up.

Simple equation: more Utd supporters than any other club in EPL, so ANYTHING that could be of interest sells more papers!

NOTHING will be decided re. Saints Ins or Outs until the Saints managers contract is agreed and that will not happen until after the end of the season.


18.) St Martin, talks have been taking place already. That is NOT paper talk. There is still no fee agreed as of yesterday or the day before according to the editor, but there have been discussions between the clubs.

As a Saints fan, who would you like to see the money from Lallana & Shaw spent on? It will probably be upwards of £50m. Gaston Ramires and that Italian striker will probably fetch £15m-£20m. What would you like to see done to the squad?


19.) St Martin, the manager is powerless to prevent a player moving. If a buying club offers enough money the owners and board will decide to sell regardless of the manager.


20.) Hi Sydney. Your information in this one section has been shown to be incorrect. Talks may have taken place between the clubs simply because most players have a clause in their contracts that if an offer above a certain figure is made then this has to be passed to the player and discussions can then follow. Suspect this has happened and Shaws agent and maybe Shaw have not turned anything down until they know about MPs situation for next season. THIS IS NO DIFFERENT TO WHAT ROONEY AND RVP WILL DO UNTIL THE MANAGEMENT AT UTD IS SORTED.

Saints Board, manager and Shaw have clearly stated Shaw and the other players key to next season will stay. If MP leaves of course this could all change, but the media speculation is jumping the gun.

Yes, we will move on some players who are not able to fit in and will raise about £20m from that, but those players do not include our current crop of youngsters. Because we have a number of other youngsters to bring into the first team squad next season we will probably not spend more than £30m in the summer. Such an outlay can easily be met without selling Shaw.

Seriously, watch the situation regarding our manager. If he agrees a new contract then Shaw will stay IMO.

{Ed002's Note - Southampton quoted Chelsea a figure in January that was well beyond what Chelsea would look to pay. Manchester United have spoken with Southampton but there is no agreement on price at all.}


21.) St Martin, I just don't see MU and other clubs bothering to negotiate a deal with Southampton unless they have gotten the green light by Shaw via his representatives. It would be pointless. Especially when MU will be very busy between now and September 1st. Has Shaw even once come out and said these stories are untrue? IMHO I think Shaw has agreed in principle to join MU subject to Southampton and MU agreeing a fee. Will it happen? I'm not sure, the fee is excessive, but it hasn't scared MU away like it usually would. I think it may well just happen. If Shaw stays then I guess MU like Chelsea wouldn't agree to pay what Southampton want.


 

 

15 Feb 2014 20:05:57
Ed002, with the current rebuilding mission Moyes is on, he might be tempted into building the team up from scratch in the coming windows. Do you see us losing one of Rooney and Van Persie this summer, or even both? And if so, who might we target to replace them?Hoping for Cavani and Draxler, though it's pretty unlikely if we cannot offer champions league footy.

Mick1

{Ed002's Note - It'll be three windows and right now the expectation is that Rooney and RvP will stay unless a new contract is not signed by Rooney or RvP asks to leave. There have been offers and enquiries for Draxler. Both Milan clubs, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea have enquired at one level or another about Draxler - each has met a "not for sale" barrier. I expect he will move in the summer and Arsenal remains the most likely destination. Cavani's representatives have approached an English club (not MU) to see what options might be available in the summer if the issue he has in Paris cannot be resolved. Others might also be interested in him such as Manchester City if they were to lose Aguero to Real Madrid or Real Madrid if they cannot land Aguero or Suarez.}


1.) Only one to go then as this is Davy's 3rd in charge?


 

 

11 Feb 2014 12:37:59
Rumour going around that Davide Petrucci is set to sign for Cluj on loan for the rest of the season.

Would be a great move for him imo, playing for a relatively big team challenging for a European spot.

Eds, any news on the matter?

Mick1

 

 

22 Jan 2014 16:59:14
Ed002, I know people have probably been riding you with questions of the Mata, Dante and co rumours, and I apologize for that, but MEN are reporting that Zaha is on his way for a medical in Cardiff.

I don't know how reliable MEN is, but your input would be greatly appreciated

Mick1

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what MEN is but a loan is on the cards.}


1.) MEN claim to be in the know being in Manchester. But the standard of journalism is akin to The Sun


2.) 22 Jan 2014 17:38:57
Manchester Evening News ed


 

 

21 Jan 2014 16:49:31
Fabio is apparently on his way to Freiburg on loan for the rest of the season, according to The Guardian. Pretty reliable imo.

Mick1

1.) I don't get why we'd loan him out with his contract expiring at the end of the season. Wouldn't it make more sense to just release him from his contract?


 

 

 

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22 Jul 2019 13:48:36
Just posting this in case Maguire comes. Imo he will be one of the top 2/ 3 players at club, CBS in the league and our captain within the year.

Also to hang my head in shame if he turns out as " limited" as some call him. Expecting people with differing opinions to keep it in mind till the end of the season.

Mick1

1.) 22 Jul 2019 14:30:12
He will walk into our team, but he is no leader.


2.) 22 Jul 2019 14:38:12
Harry Maguire is a very good player, he is strong in the air, good with the ball at his feet and dribbles the ball out well from the back to break the lines.

However, he needs to improve his reading of the game and the timing of his runs and when to release the ball. He has a tendency to dribble out at ill-advised times holds on to the ball too long and loses possession leaving big gaps in the back line without enough pace to recover.

He is an improvement on what we have and will add a couple of new dimensions to our side, ball playing, ability to break the lines and strong player in the air in both boxes.

There is an argument to be made that unless he can improve on his weaknesses then he might be exposed when competing at the highest level. Which does bring into question whether he is a sensible signing at the price quoted. However, this can be countered by asking is there any players who are better than him now and who are available.

We have been linked with some quality young central defenders, Dias and Melinkovic for example. Both could be better long term options. But as neither have played in the EPL there is no guarantee they would settle and adapt quickly. They could take a season to settle like Lindelof. Or they might not settle and adapt at all.

Maguire might be the best option currently, although I feel an argument could be made for Issa Diop, especially at the price quoted.

Either way, if Maguire joins then he should get our full support. We shouldn't slate him if his weaknesses do show up as we know about them before we signed him.

If he and AWB can save us ten goals a season then that alone would put us into contention for a top four spot. Add in a better midfield that can control the game tempo better and if we can be more forceful in attack and trap a few more goals then we might even be able to pinch third place next season. Which will be a huge success.


3.) 22 Jul 2019 16:46:12
Agreed Shappy but like you for the price being quoted I would at least enquire about Issa Diop. Given his age he would be a better long term solution and offer the same short term solution too.


4.) 22 Jul 2019 17:09:58
I'm sure we could get Dias for less aswell.


5.) 22 Jul 2019 18:52:40
Maguire is for the here and now.

We have some great up and coming players but we need the finished article.

Probably the best available right now and an upgrade on what we have.


6.) 22 Jul 2019 20:57:11
RDA I totally agree and have said many times we need a CB for the here and now. We don’t have time to develop a CB and perhaps that is why the fee is so high. Fix the CB position now and then bring in a younger CB in a year or two.


7.) 23 Jul 2019 06:43:49
Issa Diop is still raw.
He is good but gives away a lot of fouls and is not as good on the ball.
We can instead develop our own Tuanzebe.


 

 

02 Jul 2019 12:11:13
With the amount of people online that are just willing to let De Gea go and replace him with Romero/ Henderson, I think it s time to put some things in perspective.

Ddg has been, by s significant margin, our absolute best player and has dominated the league as the best goalkeeper. He single handedly kept us competitive at times and is viewed by many to be our best ever keeper. 3 or 4 bad games in 6 years is owed to him.

We have the Messi of the goalkeepers, and some want to replace him with a 2nd choice and a championship keeper.

If we are to sell De Gea, only Oblak would do as a worthy replacement.

Mick1

1.) 02 Jul 2019 12:49:13
People have short memories, Mick. A lot of people wetting themselves when we signed Sanchez, and didn't give a fig about his wages. But give our best player a comparable contract, and it's see you later, Dave, and thanks for the memories. Teams generally don't seriously compete, with decent number two keepers, or ones that have no top-level experience. Have we such a glut of top players at the club, that we can just jettison one of the true top ones because he wants a contract befitting his worth to the team?


2.) 02 Jul 2019 12:52:49
Who exactly views him as our best ever keeper? He's 3rd in the modern era behind Schmeichel and van der Saar who were both better all round keepers. Then add in Bailey, Gregg and Stepney and there is some serious competition for our best ever keeper. De Gea isn't in the top two. He's a great shot stopper but his all round game has weaknesses.


3.) 02 Jul 2019 13:19:38
We should have done all we can to keep him and get him signed but non of us know how much apart theb2 parties are.


4.) 02 Jul 2019 13:30:38
I’d never give a fig Stevie.

They’re a dream summer dessert with some honey and Greek yoghurt.

I’d give away all the fig rolls though, dry pellets of disappointment.


5.) 02 Jul 2019 13:42:34
Mort, are you really mentioning Gary Bailey in the same conversation as DDG?


6.) 02 Jul 2019 13:44:33
Actually, Danny, I tried a fresh fig for the first time on holiday last year. The smell of fig rolls as a kid, had put me off them altogether. I can't believe I've missed out on them as a result for all this time. Absolutely 2 die 4.


7.) 02 Jul 2019 14:14:45
Sir Alex was the master of selling a player just before they declined.

Without a shadow of a doubt we owe all of our UCL qualifications post Sir Alex to DDG. At times he has been a one man defence.

In an ideal world he would have another 2 years on his contact and we could access the situation during next season.

My personal view is he won't be a top ten goalkeeper on his 32nd birthday.

I posted my reasons further down the page.

I think he would be a huge benefit to us next season, however, the club needs to decide how to handle the situation going forward. If we give him 350k a week then the only way he will leave is on a free transfer as no one would pay a fee and match those wages. Which is great if he maintains his level over the period of that contract. However, if his performances drop then we could be left with another Sanchez situation with a former top player unable to contribute at an elite level while receiving elite wages.

Personally I don't think DDG will sign a new deal unless it's on his terms. Why would he? He is 12 months away from a free transfer to a club much more likely to challenge for titles and white signing on fee.


8.) 02 Jul 2019 15:07:17
Ability wise De Gea definitely has a shout in being called the best United keeper ever.

He doesn't have he silverware of Schmeichel or VDS but he is an incredible keeper who in my opinion has been the best keeper in the world over the past 4-5 years or so. As good as Schmeichel and VDS were, they played in far better United teams than De Gea and were generally tested far less.


9.) 02 Jul 2019 17:11:19
Glad you're not in charge shappy.


10.) 02 Jul 2019 18:14:37
Rjmanutd, How old are you? I don't think you could have seen much of Schmeichel or VDS if you think DDG is a better all round keeper than either of them. Seriously think about what it takes to be a top goalkeeper and rank each one in each department.

Shot stopping: DDG is top in this department, although VDS in particular runs DDG close. Schmeichel finishes bottom of the pile, probably due to the other two being leaner more flexible keepers.

Aerial ability: Schmeichel tops this with VDS a comfortable second and DDG bottom of the pile comfortably.

Commanding your area: Schmeichel tops here again, although VDS is close to him. DDG is mailes behind both of them.

Communicating with the defence: Maybe slightly controversial here but I feel VDS tops this one, edging out Schmeichel with DDG again miles behind the other two. My reasoning is commanding an area is different to talking defenders through a game. Rio Ferdinand has a habit of switching off during games, but VDS cut that out of his game improving Rio as a defender.

1 vs 1's: Schmeichel is again tops as he was a beast, VDS a close second on a technical level he was better than Schmeichel. Its just Schmeichel would scare out of attackers when he came charging towards them. DDG is good, but not as good as the other two so again finishes third.

Playing out from the back: VDS tops this, his passing out from the back was pin point, which is probably to be expected from a player hailing from the Ajax academy. Schmeichel's throws out from the back were legendary and he could start counters with the ball in his hands. DDG is decent, but again behind the other two.

So that leaves them like this:

Schmeichel: 3rd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd
Average position: 1.6

VDS: 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 1st
Average position: 1.6

DDG: 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd
Average position: 2.6

(Adding up their positions, then dividing by 6 to represent the six categories)

Which puts ties Schmeichel and VDS with Schmeichel topping more categories but VDS being more rounded. While DDG lags behind only topping one category but finishing bottom in all others.


11.) 02 Jul 2019 18:43:16
Shappy, I'm 29 so have seen plenty of De Gea and VDS. Schmeichel was goalkeeper when I was young but I've seen plenty of him too. I've certainly watched enough United season review dvds in my time. Of the 3 keepers you could say at various points in their careers they could have called themselves the best keeper in the world.

What you've listed above is your opinion on those categories. For example, 1 on 1's, there are countless times De Gea has made a 1 on 1 save which was brilliant. Schmeichel was great in those situations but for me De Gea is slightly better. While he isn't as intimidating etc the goal is to stop the ball going in the net and I feel confident De Gea will save it far more often than not.

For me De Gea is also better than Schmeichel with his feet, though Schmeichel could throw the ball 60 yards which does help. VDS was great at playing out from the back.

I'm not saying it's a clear choice that De Gea is the best of the three but he is definitely in the conversation. In my opinion, he is ever so slightly above the other 2 but it's entirely personal opinion. That might also be a slight recency bias on my part? Like I said above, he doesn't have the silverware and that may count against him but solely in terms of ability he's fantastic.


12.) 02 Jul 2019 18:48:23
Schmeichel was the best keeper I have ever seen. I saw from Banks onwards, including Shilton at his peak, most of the foreign keepers as well at some point, but none better than Schmeichel.


13.) 02 Jul 2019 19:37:15
I know I'm biased, but big Pat Jennings was one of the best I ever saw live.


14.) 02 Jul 2019 21:54:03
Schmeichel is head and shoulders above Ddg. He was an excellent shot stopper as Ddg is. But schmeichel was dominant in his area, great at communicating with his defenders, great distribution of the ball, and very good at collecting crosses. Ddg does not possess any of these apart from fantastic shot stopping, and even that has disappeared over the past year and even during the world cup with Spain.


15.) 02 Jul 2019 22:54:32
Big pete best I've ever seen. Jennings was great and a real gentleman played golf with him a few times Stevie.


16.) 03 Jul 2019 00:34:55
You're a lucky man, Ken. Never heard anyone say a bad word about him. Much like Harry Gregg in the way he conducts himself. I agree with Schmeichel. Changed the face of goalkeeping for me, and to do that you have to be pretty good.


17.) 03 Jul 2019 10:11:15
Big Peter and shilton for me.


 

 

26 Jun 2019 19:52:56
Ed002,
It's been a number of seasons that you have been mentioning the toxic fans and apparently it is changing the long term planning at the club. I don't know if you have discussed it before, but I can't seem to find what I am looking for off the search button. If it would be possible for you to refer me to your explanation on the matter if previously posted?

Not trying to stir things up, I'm just curious. And do any other clubs suffer from toxic fans to such effects?

Mick1

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea where it is - I never look at the site.}


1.) 27 Jun 2019 07:54:34
If I can recall, LVG was given a 3 year deal with the plan then for Max Allegri to come in. The united fans made their unhappiness known to the club that they decided to end LVG a year early and thus thwart the allegri plans.
Then we opted for Jose which was prob an error on both sides, the fans eventually had enough of this too and then turned to Ole temporary which many believed it should have stayed but perhaps again the club listening to fans made it permanent, time will tell on this one.
Tbf Ed002 did say before LVG was sacked to be careful what we wish for as it has since had a series of negative knock on effects leading a lot of fans to complain about the state we are in, ironically prob the same fans that ushered in the state we are in at present.
All we as fans can and should do now is support the clubs manager and players and let the rebuild actually take its course this time or we will forever be in a state of rebuild.
I admit, I for one have criticised and been impatient but patience now is key.


2.) 27 Jun 2019 10:08:42
Nice summary Welsh. So basically, toxics had their way and this forced the long term plans to be derailed and now it is a mess.


3.) 27 Jun 2019 11:07:41
Ed002 also mentioned that deals for certain players were lined up especially Saul Niguez.
Unfortunately the toxics scuppered everything.


4.) 27 Jun 2019 12:42:45
Thank you Welsh. Fascinating how big the discrepancy is between the old Trafford fans and the online community.


 

 

17 Jun 2019 15:08:11
Hello guys. With relatively few new signings to discuss I'd like to ask your opinion on the apparent club strategy on buying young British players.
It seems restrictive in a way but when you look at the great teams of the past decades, Barcelona had a nearly all Spanish team, Bayern same with German, United with British players and so on.

Fact is that these teams were able to pick the absolute best players of the young generation in their home country. Personally I would have been opposed to this a mere 3 years ago but with England currently having one of the best up and coming generation of young players in the world now might be a valuable time to look in the British market.

The players might be expensive but this is because the league is rich, and we are capable. Aaron Wan bissaka would be a great signing, whilst Sancho would be possible in the coming seasons. Maddison is also very promising, whilst James and Maybe Longstaff (lol) show we are increasing our willingness to take risks ( though should be seen as squad players for now) .

Sprinkle in some world class players in there and we got ourselves a good team. Would be also good for the national team imo.

Mick1

1.) 17 Jun 2019 15:19:03
As an English Manchester United fan I welcome us signing English prospects. We could potentially build a team which other clubs in the Prem will be jealous of.

As long as we don't shy away from the top talents in the other leagues then I am happy for it.

It's worrying to see the lack of English / British signings in recent years from what it supposed to be the biggest club in England.


2.) 17 Jun 2019 15:51:08
I wouldn't personally get too hung up where a player is from or what league we get them from .
United had great success with a team of young English lads but there's also plenty of signings of promising English players that hasn't went so well Jones, smalling, young, maybe Shaw . City have been pretty dominant and of what I'd say was there first eleven last season probably 9 were from foreign leagues although they had some squad players also . I don't think nationality or what league there from is the greatest guarantee of success or failure .
If we believe a young English player is the best option available that's fine and of course we should pursue it but because they are the best option available and not just because they are English or play in the English league .
Only if there's a quota issue would I give it any relevance . Ability to settle and overcome obstacles need researching as best as possible but all things being equal ability should trump nationality .


3.) 17 Jun 2019 19:08:31
I think a core of Young British players is the way to go. We need a group of players who want to be at the club and don't want to be chasing moves to Spain after 2-3 years at the club.

I don't think nationality makes a huge difference to the quality of a player, but British players will certainly find it easier to settle in the Manchester area and be happy to stay there long term.

I would love it if we could bring in players such as Maddison, Sancho, Rice, AWB and Tierney over the next couple of windows. Add them to Shaw, Smalling, Lingard, McTominay, James and Rashford in the first team along with Henderson, Tuanzebe, Garner, Gomes and Greenwood coming through. That would give us potentially 16 British players in the first team squad.

Add great European talent such as Dalot, Bruno Fernandes, Dias, Milenkovic, Diop etc and we will have a great side.


4.) 18 Jun 2019 00:52:20
It’s possible that this strategy stems from OGS comments about workrate. He has consistently said that Man Utd players should always outwork the opposition.
This is traditionally a trait of British players. I’m not saying the stereotype is 100% true but it is probably easier for British players born into the ‘workrate’ system to succeed in a team playing that way. That would make it sensible to look for players who fit this need. Add to that the quota and this issue of players aspiring to play for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Another consideration is that in doing so we take these young British talents from our opposition.
I think it’s a good aim, as long as we keep an eye out for those outstanding foreign players as we have traditionally done.

The ‘Galactico’ signings strategy has not worked for United unless it involves buying the best PL talent from opposition teams. This is becoming harder with PL teams getting richer, as we have seen.


 

 

17 Jun 2019 00:04:52
It seems like many are of opinion that if we were to sell Pogba before buying a replacement, other clubs will try and "fleet us" because they know we have money now.

I disagree, we ve always had money ( quite a bit of it) and clubs know this. We pay higher than the current rate because we try to buy highly rated players from teams who do not want to sell. All big teams have this problem.

And most of Woody's shortcomings has been because he has failed to back the managers he chooses.

Ps: for some reason I think the Solskjaer experiment will be the end of woody.

Mick1

1.) 17 Jun 2019 01:29:44
I’ve been wearing my fleet when I’ve been going out as it’s been a little cold.

{Ed033's Note - you have a fleet of fleeces do you?


2.) 17 Jun 2019 07:38:35
Mick, I believe Woodward and the board will definitely back Ole because he cannot afford to make another mistake.
The scrutiny will be severe if another manager is sacked in a short span.


3.) 17 Jun 2019 09:35:57
Mick1, the other reason we get fleeced is because the plank who runs this club spouts off in the press about how much we’ve got to spend. No other big club declares their transfer budget. In fact I haven’t heard any other CEO do this before.


 

 

 

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09 Aug 2019 08:37:05
Alex won the league with Cleverley and Anderson in midfield. Let s see what Ole can do.

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23 Jun 2019 12:43:05
If anything he s tapping us up.

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23 Jun 2019 12:41:12
Didn't Martial sign a long contract like a couple of months ago and stories came out after his discipline is " questioned" after a stop start couple of months with injury?

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18 Jun 2019 10:20:35
The best move for the player is the premier league, no doubt about it. He knows it, has already went on record saying it, the most competitive league is a good place for a supposed once in a generation defender to grow.

Unfortunately, we are not in a position where such signings ( along with Sancho ofc) who are targeted by Europe's elite will come to us. Mourinho and less so Van Gaal had the gravitas to at least show that the team is led by a proven winner and it s only a matter of time until we get back there.

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01 Jun 2019 18:34:16
When players hit their thirties you start resting them and managing their fitness levels. Saf always knew that which is why he got a lot out of his older players.

Young and Valencia should have been managed more correctly in the last few years, especially since they play at such physically demanding positions. They are both burnt out now though, and good time for them to leave.

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24 Aug 2019 13:00:47
No Mort, he s a player.

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21 Jul 2019 08:32:42
Fans get to boo who they want. They certainly paid enough to voice their opinions.

Not to worry, Old Trafford fans tend to be more supportive of individual players and are more often than not a class act.

International fans have even less connection with the players/ mentality that develops at Old Trafford and they tend to be a lot more harsh. Either way I doubt Young would trade his multi million pound contrat in order not to have to deal with boos. Players are paid more than enough to have thick skin.

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07 Jul 2019 13:30:24
Lukaku is leaving because he s 2nd choice.

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06 Jul 2019 07:38:13
Ed002, what would you think, from a buying clubs perspective, would Longstaff be worth?

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{Ed002's Note - He has very little experience so realistically £10M-£15M would likely be right but if Newcastle were putshed in to a corner over a sale no doubt they would want a lot more.}


 

 

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05 Jul 2019 08:36:47
It's also believed in Italy) ( well Di Marzio) that SKRINIAR HAS NO INTEREST IN LEAVING INTER, United or not.

Ps: I dnt feel as strongly as my use of the capital letters might indicate about SKRINIAR not wanting to leave inter.

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