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Favourite player: Rudd Van Nistelrooy

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19 Jun 2019 22:11:53
Manchester United agree to pay Crystal Palace £55m for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. A world-record transfer fee for a specialist full back. Source Duncan Castles.




20 Jul 2013 15:27:43
Sly sports claiming that we have now made an improved bid for Cesc apparently £30 million plus add ons.


1.) We seem to be all out for him. Fingers crossed we get him.


2.) Lets get real, Barca have to pay Arsenal a percentage of any transfer deal. They paid over 30 million for him. Why on earth would they let him go for less than they paid when they do not want to see him go in the first place.
Just another United smokescreen to stop the supporters moaning about the lack of transfer activity. c'mon get real there's no value in the market. Anyone know Paul Scholes phone number

3.) No name poster. Barca paid £26 million actually.

4.) Its alreaddy been confirmed that arsenal will not receive 50% that's just a rumour. The only thing arsenal have is a first refusal that all and they won't enforce it as they don't need him they need a striker and that's why arsene wenger tried to discourage a united bid by saying its a waiste of time

5.) No name all this smokescreen talk is the most backwards debate in football. Nobody plays around with £30 million, you would have to either be very naive or just an attention seeker to think this is an attempt to appease fans or sell season tickets.


6.) Arsenal do have a clause where they get 50% of anything over what they sold him for, so if they sold him for 26 million & United buy him for 36 million they get 50% of the 10 million profit & not 50% of 36million. MIDDLETON RED




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25 Aug 2019 06:27:42
If you guys do not see the improvement in this team then you are smoking something bad. Against Wolves, we missed a number of chances other than the penalty, would that penalty alone would have gone in, you will not be writing all this.

Against Palace, another penalty, a referee who was there just for taking the p! ss, on another day Cahill would have been sent off, two errors leading to goals, our CB are new to each other and this happens when you start playing with a new partner. DDG should never have been beaten on his near post but again sh! t happens. If that Rashford Penalty had gone in, you again will be praising the team for resiliance.

Look at the Passing stats for this season Pogba leads with 242 passes, followed by Viktor and Harry at 228 and 226 passes. 4/ 8 players in those passing stats are our players.

Most passes? United tops the charts with 1670 passes.

We have scored goals in every match and have 3 different scorers already.

I have not expected this team to win PL this season but this season will be a work in progress. 3/ 3 signings so far are gelling very very well.

Harry, James, Wan Bissaka all look right at home. The goals we have conceded are a result of either our own mistakes or by pressing too much, we can't press overly in our own half. That the team will learn eventually.

Again if Pogba's and Rashford's penalty had got in, it will be rosy rosy here. But then again I am sure some of you lot would have found another scapegoat to blame. How would you survive without Lingard, Shaw (Player's player of the year. )


1.) 25 Aug 2019 08:48:07
You're wasting your time mate, people have made their minds up already.

I have no issue with people arguing their point of view and outlining why they think we are poor, or should sack the Manager, or should aell x or y. It's the knee jerk reaction tions and the emotional outbursts that frustrate me. We have a shape, we have a style, we have 3 great new players. Anyone who thought we would be immediately challenging was being far too optimistic.

2.) 25 Aug 2019 09:02:10
PF if we are going to talk about ifs and buts then Chelsea should never have lost 4-0 in the first game, we were lucky to go in leading at half time as had they taken all the chances they created it would have been an easy chelsea win.

The same goes for the wolves match or are we going to ignore the luck we got with them hitting the post when ddg was clearly beaten.

We had great passing and possession stats under LvG, i remember people calling it boring, James has looked anything but right at home, he was mostly rubbish against wolves and barring the good finish ineffectual against palace, he is clearly trying but shouldn't be anywhere near starting position. Wan Bissaka has been a rock at the back but very iffy going forward. It was Maguire who played Palace player onside.

Also the whole we conceded due to our mistakes, is this suppose to be an excuse for OGS? how do you think we earned the penalties or do the opposition managers plan and instruct their players to give away pens?

We hadn't lost to Palace in league since 1989, a record even moyes failed to break. OGS now has won just 3 of his last 15 games. We have sold our forward and ;et our only decent midfielder outside of pogba leave on a free and replaced them with no one, basically leaving us short in midfield and attack. So yes I do fail to see the improvement.

3.) 25 Aug 2019 09:08:38
100% agree. If we scored both our penalties then we would likely have 9 points from 3 games.

These things happen. I think our fans raise expectations very quickly. No one expected us to challenge this year, everyone felt we are a couple of years away from challenging. Everyone believed that we needed at least a RW and a No.10 in the summer and possibly another midfielder to replace Pogba. Everyone agreed without these players we would struggle.

Then suddenly we beat Chelsea 4-0 opening day and we are title challengers again.

A week later we come back down to earth and suddenly Ole isn't getting enough out of the players or he is mismanaging them as we aren't top of the league.

It's ridiculous.

4.) 25 Aug 2019 12:13:15
Shappy you said, suddenly ole isn't good enough, people on here have been saying that since he took over.

5.) 25 Aug 2019 12:23:10
If your aunt had a moustache she would be your uncle. Keep saying if this and that and keep justifying this crap and we might find ourselves in a bigger hole.

{Ed007's Note - You've obviously never met my Aunt Grace.}

6.) 25 Aug 2019 13:05:39
Shappy never knew that expecting your team to beat Crystal Palace at Home meant you also expected to fight for the title.

7.) 25 Aug 2019 13:34:38
I agree with Programmer Fan, which is not to say we are likely to improve much from here.

Against CP we created enough chances to win. We should have had a second penalty when Martial was pulled down. It was 100% clear.

Our main failure is an inability total any advantage from dead ball situations: PKs, free kicks around the box, and corners.

8.) 25 Aug 2019 15:19:05
70% possession and 22 shots on goal compared to 30% and 4 shots on goal.

We did everything but put the ball in the net. Plus there are arguements that Palace should have had Cahill sent off and we should have been awarded a second penalty for the foul on Martial.

We were just unlucky.

9.) 25 Aug 2019 15:34:55
Did the possibility occur to you when analysing these passing stats that tottenham and manchester city have played one less game than us?

One stat that will give you an accurate guage of this team and their struggles breaking down low blocks would be looking at the chances created stats at the end of this game week.

10.) 25 Aug 2019 15:47:50
That's right Shappy, even I go in to a match always thinking that we are going to smash the opponents. But then all of the teams have improved and they know how to exploit other teams weakness.

I can see us going for a midfielder in January. If possible, a striker in henrik larsson mould.

I am very happy with the summer acquisitions and I really believe that Ole will get it right soon.

11.) 25 Aug 2019 15:55:20
We have been unlucky for the last 6 years. 😂😂There will come a time where luck will not be an sufficient excuse.

12.) 25 Aug 2019 18:24:47
How many of those 22 shots were on target and how many of them were by Rashford who took a shot from his home. There GK hardly made a save.



06 Aug 2019 11:11:03
I see harry scoring a goal this Sunday against Chelsea. One of those thumping headers.


1.) 06 Aug 2019 11:33:47
Who was the last United player to score a header from a corner?

2.) 06 Aug 2019 11:38:38
Saw Jones head a goal in preseason :D. In actual games, it might be Smalling.

3.) 06 Aug 2019 11:38:55
Lindelof against Burnley I guess.

4.) 06 Aug 2019 12:32:03
May it's just me, but I'm sure we used to score a lot of headers from corners, Vidic, Keane, Bruce spring to mind. Seems to be a rare occurrence these days.

5.) 06 Aug 2019 12:52:52
The wig?



19 Jun 2019 22:11:53
Manchester United agree to pay Crystal Palace £55m for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. A world-record transfer fee for a specialist full back. Source Duncan Castles.




07 May 2019 09:46:54
Eds, what are views on Harry Maquire? Will he be good for United? And do you see interest in him from United? Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - there is longstanding interest from United, though I don't expect it to go anywhere in the summer. He is not good enough for United, but he would be an improvement on what you do already have. If it was a cheap move it would make sense, but he would not be cheap so it makes no sense. Better targeting an actual good defender.}

1.) 07 May 2019 10:46:53
The moment I watched that dribble forward by Maguire last night I was certain there would be a link to him again somewhere. (I am not accusing anyone in particular of MOTD fever) . But personally I don't think he is good enough to help transform our defense into top 3_4 in the league. And for the money he is likely to cost, we can't afford someone to just be a slight upgrade on Jones, Smalling etc.

2.) 07 May 2019 11:56:11
For me I would go for Romagnoli, he is a solid defender, good on the ball and plays on the left hand side. Other than him I would strongly consider Jonathan Tah, He looks a very accomplished defender who could be ideal. However, that would mean Lindelof continuing to play on the left hand side.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath.}

3.) 07 May 2019 12:22:21
I agree with Ed’s opinion on Maguire.

The point that annoys me is Maguire was available for £15M when Hull were relegated and at that time he was a good prospect and so why didn’t José or Utd go for him. This would be on the basis of developing him into what we needed. Instead we let him go to Leicester and 12 months later we here Utd are interested but after the World Cup he is priced at £70M. If we had bought Maguire as well as Lindelof then we would not of renewed Smalling and Jones contracts and they would now be gone.

I know all of the above is theoretical but it’s just another situation that demonstrates to me the inadequacies on the Football side that has existed since SAF retired and probably before he retired.

4.) 07 May 2019 12:28:00
With smalling and jones on new contracts, i don't see us signing a new centre back this summer unless both rojo and bailly depart.

Also i think ole could give tuanzebe a squad place. Right back is obviously the pressing concern out of the defence.

5.) 07 May 2019 12:39:16

Only Lindelof who is upto the standard required.

6.) 07 May 2019 12:39:35
Yeah I've got to say I'm not longer confident on a centre back. I think Tuanzebe will get his chance and we'll to move Rojo on and perversely persevere with Bailly, Smalling, Rojo until 2020 when they'll either go or Sam Allerdyce rejuvenates them.

7.) 07 May 2019 13:10:08
I can see a cut price move for Toby materialising.

Would make some sense but isn’t overly forward thinking. Tuanzebe promoted also.

8.) 07 May 2019 16:59:25
Rb lb and cb are all pressing concerns anybody who thinks otherwise is imo badly mistaken.
Shaw needs cover and competition so does dalot.
My coves would be tierny and trippier.
Alderwireld is available for 25m although he would be relatively short term he is miles better than anybodywe have.
80 to 90m secures all 3. Which will leave funds for other areas.

9.) 07 May 2019 17:00:51
What is good enough for Utd these days Ed1?
I don't think they are in the same breath of the likes of Liverpool and City when buying players. If they can attract Varane from Real it would scream another mercenary to me as there are sides far better than Utd who would want him and he would only go to Utd for the money.

{Ed001's Note - you just need to improve recruitment.}



03 May 2019 08:45:23
I am sure this has been asked earlier, but still taking my chance. In case Chelsea or Arsenal wins the Europa, do the fifth team in the league gets to play in the UCL? In case we finish 5th?


{Ed002's Note - No. No sides that fail to qualify get in to the CL.}

1.) 03 May 2019 09:13:21
Thank you Ed for the quick reply.

2.) 03 May 2019 11:17:23
To qualify for champions league you need to either
(a) Finish top 4
(b) Win champions league
(c) Win europa league
However there is a limit of 5 playing champions league next year.
So if 5th and 6th won europa and champions league, 4th miss out. With spurs unlikely to win champions league or finish out the top 4, this scenario is unlikely.
If Arsenal / Chelsea finish top 4 and win europa, 5th does not get champions league, 4 teams in it.
If Arsenal finish 4th and Chelsea win europa or vice Versa, assuming Spurs finish 3rd, we will have 5 teams in champions league next year.
Our only hope is that Chelsea and Arsenal focus on europa and we miraculously end up in 4th. Only way we can get in champions league.




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06 Aug 2019 11:37:39
I don't see we returning to Dybala, he has already acted like a mercenary and will only complicate things if he is to come and join.
Saying that we did look below average in midfield when Pogba is not playing and when Matic is there. So if we can add a solid midfielder to the fold then we will be set. I still feel we will get one more first team player in before the window shuts on thursday.




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05 Aug 2019 14:23:18
Why not pay extra $30 million and get Cristiano? Just saying.




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17 May 2019 13:14:32
Ed, what kind of player Sean longstaff is? If you can tell us about his playing style and attributes.

Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - it is difficult to say because he has been given different roles. Initially when I saw him he was very like Matic, tall and frontscreening the defence. However I saw a couple of games later that he was performing a more box-to-box role and showed he had a good strike on him and played some lovely insightful passes too. He has yet to really develop into a style of playing and is still young enough to be moulded.}



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17 Dec 2015 10:20:04
You guys either underestimate India a lot or most of you haven't even visited India once :D.

Man United is the most supported club in India, the numbers are far bigger then UK. ;)





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31 Oct 2019 05:16:38
I agree with Redconl, in couple if years we are going to see the best of McTom. Already one of my favourite players this season.




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25 Aug 2019 15:47:50
That's right Shappy, even I go in to a match always thinking that we are going to smash the opponents. But then all of the teams have improved and they know how to exploit other teams weakness.

I can see us going for a midfielder in January. If possible, a striker in henrik larsson mould.

I am very happy with the summer acquisitions and I really believe that Ole will get it right soon.




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08 Aug 2019 11:06:14
I agree, if he signs, he will be a very good signing. I have seen him play and still at this age, he is quite a handful for opposition defenders. Someone who has that thing to always get the better off defenders.




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07 Aug 2019 04:54:21
Ask him to grow his hair, dye a lock of hair blonde, wear an ear ring, ask for full sleeves. that's my new number 7 then.




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07 Aug 2019 04:51:45
Thank you Ed001. The player started well but alas has not improved as all would have hoped.


{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}