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31 May 2020 17:31:11
Saul Niquez on his twitter posting he will announce new club in three days.


1.) 31 May 2020 19:37:18
If this is true and not a windup, then reckon he’ll either stay at Athletico, or go to Juventus or PSG (though maybe too similar to Verrati perhaps? ) : United do t seem to have Pogba sorted yet and not sure if he’ll take the risk of City getting a Euro ban.

If he goes to Juventus, could mean Pofba’s most likely escape route blocked and he has to stay with United.

2.) 31 May 2020 22:09:06
Not sure many clubs, if any are going to spending big cash in the current climate.

3.) 31 May 2020 23:06:04
Well he’s recently followed Bruno, Pogba and man it’s foundation on Instagram. Utd move confirmed :’)

4.) 01 Jun 2020 04:47:10
I m sure that " club" will not be football related. just a tease. some horse riding, golf, charity club will it be. don't expect such high profile move to be confirmed like this during this time.

5.) 01 Jun 2020 15:50:17
Saul's Nightclub!

6.) 02 Jun 2020 20:32:22
I’ve seen a few things say it’s to do with an esports club.
We will know soon enougj!



16 Jan 2020 11:24:01
I have a friend who worked with Shaw at Southampton. He says that Shaw is the thickest person he has ever met and that is the real problem with him. He says nothing ever clicks with him and he really doesn't get it.

Nice lad he says, but as thick as two short planks.


1.) 16 Jan 2020 11:41:30
He's a footballer! But to be at the bottom of the class in a class of idiots. >.

2.) 16 Jan 2020 21:43:30
Get fit - play better. Simple for him.

3.) 16 Jan 2020 22:11:50
i have heard exactly the same.

4.) 17 Jan 2020 21:44:54
so what? Rooney is as thick as they come and still had a pretty decent career with us.




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13 Aug 2023 09:40:52
BBC article on transfer negotiations.

Interesting line about Man Utd near the bottom, when he talks about concluding deals, saying Man City is a very streamlined process involving Texi, Pep and the Chief Exec whereas with United he always felt there were too many people involved implying our processes were cumbersome and unweildy and slowed everything down.

I wonder if this has changed now, it certainly appears to have been hinted at that its just Ten Hag and Murtagh, with i assume Arnold saying yes or no as to whether he will sanction the spend, its felt as if we are moving forward in some regards compared to previously.


1.) 13 Aug 2023 12:12:32
In theory the new process should involve the management team and the scouts in the first instance to identify what is needed for the team and targets who meet that need.

It will then be down to the manager and Murtagh to speak to agents about whether those targets would be interested in a move, find out rough costs both from the players side in expected salary and roughly what the club would expect in transfer fee.

If the player would be interested, and the cost seem reasonable then Arnold will get involved with Murtagh to approach the club and start talking numbers.

Once all the numbers are agreed I believe Arnold has to get a final signing off on the deal from the Glazers. Once he gets that then the process of the transfer can start. Official bids, solicitors etc. Medical booked, media team working on announcements etc.

To be honest there are really only two ways the process could be streamlined. The first is having Arnold and Murtagh's jobs combined and having one person in this role. However, that's probably a case of swings and roundabouts. In that what you save in terms of them having to collaborate on transfer deals you lose in that that they would have significantly less time to work on deals with their added responsibilities.

The other area where streamlining could occur is in removing the need for the owners to sign off on the deals. However, if done well in the first place it shouldn't be a significant hold up. The problem will come in terms of availability. If the owners cannot make themselves available for whatever reason then that is the only reason for a hold up. Presenting them with the information and them making a decision shouldn't take more than a hour or two at most. However, if it takes two days to arrange that meeting then that's the delay.

2.) 13 Aug 2023 14:45:12
Oakbark, heard plenty of rumours that everything, every minor decision, has to be signed off by Joel Glazer, who is not only in a different time zone but is often called “Glacial” given their speed of movement.

Bring on new owners.


3.) 13 Aug 2023 17:21:19
There was last year an article on the Athletic about United. Ot was spur ed from people in football though sources aren't named. A number of themes came up. One of which was that United waste a huge amount of resources with a massivbe scouting setup all across europe watching games where there is no player they are interested in. What was then highlighted is that United aremt looking to bring in nd develop talent but buy ready made talent so why are they scouting everyone.

One executive from Premier league stated that Uniteds structure is confusing, you don't really know whobis doing what, is it Murtagh or Fletcher, that whilst one of DoF one is tecjnical director neither is a sporting director with an overall vision coordinating everything, so do you speak to John Darren or Richard the CeO. Murtagh was described as competant bit witbout the connections in the game you need a the moment.

One agent commented on United, that to do a deal with them you have to speak with three people.



11 Aug 2023 20:28:06
Am i right in thinking that its very possibke top 5 for the new champions league format in 24/ 25, given England is very possibly going to be top 2 i the coefficient for the xtra places?


1.) 11 Aug 2023 23:33:50
It would have been top 5 last season in England and in Netherlands using the rules from next year, so perhaps.

2.) 12 Aug 2023 00:31:40
Based ober last 5 years the coefficients are. So the perhaps is s lot more likely with Past rwsukts taken into account.



01 May 2023 13:43:39
If the Glazers sell the full 69% to Ineos, they would then have enough to buy Liverpool. that's a win win for me.


1.) 01 May 2023 14:21:40
Could you imagine???.

2.) 01 May 2023 14:26:46
What worries me is if Sheikh Jassim then goes and wants to buy Liverpool and we’re stuck still with debt and 20% Glazers.

3.) 01 May 2023 14:38:17
They could be a good feeder club for PSG. Bit of luck that Finnish chancer will make a bid for Liverpool now.



03 Feb 2023 22:42:37
Big week for United this, Palace and Leeds at home then next Sunday Leeds away.

All games that on current form we should be winning. With Chelsea again drawing I think this is an opportunity for United to pull away from the chasers in the top 4 hunt. If we keep on getting the results I think the lads will be enjoying the games coming thick and fast.

I am expecting Rashy to come out and put on a show.


1.) 03 Feb 2023 23:36:46
3 tough fixtures imo.
Leeds are a team I watch and they play well and create chances Adams is good in midfield and they all work hard. I see them lose games and wonder how they lost. They do give up plenty of chances so we need to take them.
Palace at home will be easier than away obviously but we also need to break their packed defence.
9 points are up for grabs we need them all.
Looking forward to seeing how quickly our new guy slots in and we will see dalot martial sancho available too. So with any luck we should have fresh legs in most areas of the pitch giving eth lots of options.

2.) 04 Feb 2023 12:44:44
I wouldn't say they are easy fixture. Leeds is always a tough game, sometimes more of a battle than a football match, especially at Elland Road.

While Palace have shown us recently that they aren't push overs and took a point in our last meeting.

3.) 04 Feb 2023 19:44:15
I don't think are any easy games in the EPL anymore Shappy, unless of course your team are playing Liverpool!



01 Jan 2023 00:48:03
I thought Ten Hag and Rashford today handled it perfectly.

The embrace and the genuine smiles from both men after, The maturity of Marcus in his reaction on the pitch and then in the interview afterwards was telling.

Just as impressive was the goal because Rashy bullied those defenders physically with strength and power, something we haven't always seen from him.

The lads got his tail up right now, he made a minor mistake, owned it and repaid his manager whom both said the matter is finished now.

Also watch or read the comments on Casemiro about Rashy. I just feel positive that we have good characters sorting out the dressing room with the manager and Lisandro and Casemiro. Shaw today talking about how Varane has helped him through the last couple of matches during the game and before.

It's still going to be an up and down second half of the season but my god I feel more positive about 2023 than I did on the first day of 2022.




1.) 01 Jan 2023 01:29:29
Happy new year to you too Oakbank, I must be part of the majority here but I really liked the way Shaw has been playing as Centre back, I'd pick him over Maguire and Lindelof 7/ 7 days no doubt. Wan Bissaka has impressed me too, I thought he was finished under ETH but now I'm not so sure about it. We do need a striker, it's imperative we get a striker this winter window if we are to push for top 4. GGMU!

2.) 01 Jan 2023 11:09:06
I think we are starting to see players showing what they can do with a coach rather than a clown running the show.

It's a combination of coaching confidence and culture, now I am not thinking that guys like AWB are are the long term answer to the position but it's no coincidence that so many of our lads are beginning to show more now than they have in years.




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21 Nov 2023 18:20:08
If its Mitchell, then it's up to him to decide on who and what jobs he needs. If he sees Fletcher has sufficient abilities to fulfill a role in his team then he should keep him. If he doesn't then he must go.

Personally I have no idea what he does, wasn't Micky Butt promoted from the academy head to do that role previous, I rather fancy it's a bollox job for Fergies old boys.




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17 Nov 2023 20:56:17
I think a lot of people including players am on ngat others are thinking Thier time may at United be coming to a close.




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17 Nov 2023 14:45:51
I don't know how these guys will pan out but it's been a long time since I truly felt there was anything other than blind hope that the stars aligned and it would all come good.

Getting in top level execs who are competent is a very good place to start.




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17 Nov 2023 14:37:38
We've kept replacing managers but not the execs or the players they bought.




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14 Nov 2023 12:10:28
They should just pay way over the top for everyone, like a certain other club have turned into master of doing. No one minds doing business with us ???.





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30 Nov 2023 08:29:44
It's certainly been entertaining watching United in Europe, for pretty much none of the right reasons.




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26 Nov 2023 21:10:36
The biggest advantage they have is Texi and Pep, Pep is obviously a great manager but Texi keeps finding him players. I am pretty damn sure that Texi would not have allowed the United mess under his watch.




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25 Nov 2023 18:30:43
I remember when I first started going to football and many of the older people used to say the same thing about the game not being like it was in the 60s or 70s.

Same thing in motor racing, cricket, rugby, but it is not just sports.

At work, when I joined, the old boys used to say how it wasn't like it was in the 70s and 80s. My uncle in the same job said when he joined the old boys used to say it wasn't like it was after the war.

Now I'm the dinosaur and I tell the nippers stories about how great things were back when I joined.

Gotta love swinging the lantern.




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21 Nov 2023 18:33:11
I don't think we will be looking for players to play Tan Hag Ball in January.

Don't see anyone coming in nor do I think we should that don't fit in with the vision of our new DoF. The only way to build now has to be with a fit for the plan of a man not yet appointed.

Not to say the anyone is or isn't a fit for that, I just do not see it being sensible to bring anyone in until we have sorted what needs to be.




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18 Nov 2023 22:44:49
For me the issue is with the rulemakers. They have tried to legislate for everything in order to get consistency. What has happened however is that rules such as handballs and offside have now become more and more complicated.

The second issue is the media especially ex professionals. They do not understand the law and therefore revert to giving am opinion on laws 20 years ago as they understood it when they played.

The media is then reporting these influential ex professional as saying the ref has got it wrong when in fact they have it right. The refs are then lambasted rather than focusing on the real which is the law itself.