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11 Jul 2019 00:38:16
Hi Ed002,

Is there any update on Nikola Milenkovic?

REDFAITH

{Ed002's Note - There has been another discusion with Fiorentina.}


1.) 11 Jul 2019 09:53:50
I was just going to say something similar.

ED02 on the money again with his knowledge and advice. :)

I now in your list of players you would sign for us ED02, you mentioned Dias, but would Milenkovic be a suitable alternative in your opinion?

{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}


2.) 11 Jul 2019 10:03:07
Ed002 said in his first update a while ago that Milenkovic would be a good option, I’ve been waiting for the link and it’s finally here.


3.) 11 Jul 2019 10:58:44
Thanks Ed002, bang on the money as always.


4.) 11 Jul 2019 11:14:04
SPot on again ed. I’m quite excited at the prospect of Milenkovic. 50m euros is steep but would be excellent business if he establishes himself for years to come.


5.) 11 Jul 2019 11:21:20
would use rather we sign maguire or milenkovic.


6.) 11 Jul 2019 11:42:49
Convinced Ed002 is either high up in FIFA or a time traveler. Bang on the money far too often 😂.


7.) 11 Jul 2019 12:58:09
I guess being a gentleman adventurer/ oracle wouldn't necessarily rule out a penchant for the art of time travel, Shappy.


8.) 11 Jul 2019 13:04:30
It's a mystery shappy. Honestly, this guy is so ITK, its remarkable.

How does one know so much about literally every club. Must be someone that works high up within the circles.

Ed001 how did you get this guy? Hats off.

{Ed001's Note - it is amazing who you can meet at one of Ed003's 'special' parties.}


9.) 11 Jul 2019 10:11:27
Morning ED02. I know that you mentioned Milenkovic would be a good option, but i just wondered if you had a preference between the two. As you put Dias in your list i will take that as a YES. :)

{Ed002's Note - Dias would be better.}


10.) 11 Jul 2019 16:03:15
Dias would be better and Maguire would be worse.
Ed 001 how does one get invited to one of Ed003's specials?

{Ed001's Note - you have to go through a whole qualification process, which involves signing over life savings and joining his cult, where you are only allowed to wear mandarin-coloured clothing.}


11.) 11 Jul 2019 19:23:57
Ed001 I have heard about them special parties they are a blast if you are into that type of party.

{Ed001's Note - Ed003 certainly enjoys them.}


12.) 11 Jul 2019 19:54:11
A journalist.


13.) 11 Jul 2019 20:28:07
Jred or Maybe he is an agent.


14.) 11 Jul 2019 20:47:23
Haha ed001, not sure I want to ever be at one of those parties 😂

Well anyway, however you did it, fair play. Incredibly connected.

{Ed001's Note - I saw things I can never unsee and the nightmares don't end!}


15.) 11 Jul 2019 21:23:34
Thanks ED02 for getting back to me regarding Dias. He would have been my preference also.


16.) 11 Jul 2019 20:56:33
Ed001 you have said too much!

While you're here ed, as always, your opinion is very much valued. I was just wondering what your personal thoughts were on Uniteds current situation.

I think we are all more than aware (thanks to ed002) that OGS seems to be out if his depth and a lot ishappening upstairs. So I just wanted to know your view on it and the transfers that the club are looking at it. Seems a mess.

{Ed001's Note - Ole is well out of his depth, he is a nice guy but he is not strong enough to take charge. He just doesn't have the personality to take control of the situation, so he ends up being led by those around him. That's fine if you have leadership elsewhere, but you have a bunch of people all looking to each other, so you end up going in 50 different directions at once and everything gets messy.

At least this season they have settled on a recruitment policy, so one lesson has been learnt. Whether it is the correct one or not we will only know in the future, but you need to have a direction to aim at first.}


17.) 12 Jul 2019 07:39:36
Cheers ed001. Many thanks for that.

I hope, come the end of this window that we at least have the more correct players in place. I think james and wan bissaka are 2 very positive additions. If we can add to that and also weed out some of the problem players, it might give ole a fighting chance.

{Ed001's Note - it certainly looks a step forward.}


 

 

08 Jul 2019 19:30:25
Is there any interest in Bakayoko from Manchester United Ed002?

REDFAITH

{Ed002's Note - There is no approach from Manchester United that I am aware of at this time but there are a couple of other sides who have spoken with Chelsea.}


1.) 08 Jul 2019 20:35:03
Phew
Hope not.


2.) 08 Jul 2019 21:11:49
Remember when Jackson was on here laughing about us buying Matic because Bakayoko is twice the player 😂.


3.) 09 Jul 2019 05:07:52
Yeah Wazza :) Even Beast said the same thing.


4.) 09 Jul 2019 06:49:05
Can you find the post where I supposedly laughed at you? Because knowing myself I find that hard to believe as I always try to keep it respectful, especially with other clubs' fans.

If I did I apologize, because that's not who I am. And for what it's worth, I'd hate to see Baka sold. Good player.


5.) 09 Jul 2019 09:50:03
Baka just lost his confidence he came to a new country new league with a new way of playing and never really got a chance.

Hes still young given a run he is a very good player.


6.) 09 Jul 2019 09:54:31
To follow up on my post, I actually recall my calling the Matic deal a good one for both sides.

So I'm a bit disappointed you took a cheap shot at me, Wazza. Was uncalled for and incorrect to boot.


7.) 09 Jul 2019 13:38:45
Jackson, it got fairly heated with some other posters and you were clearly not pleased with losing Matic but responded by saying you are getting the better deal and that you would rather have Bakayoko than Matic.

Then a new manager came in and brought in two new central midfielders. I think you would have actually been better just sticking with Matic.


8.) 09 Jul 2019 15:26:06
I'm still happy we got Bakayoko as I genuinely like him :)

Wouldn't call that heated at all, just a discussion. And even if I did say we got the better deal, that's a far cry from laughing on here about it as if you'd just bought a clown.

In all honesty, Matic hasn't been top for you, but he's a good player still. Baka had some great games for us, but also a couple of really bad ones and then he sadly disappeared and went on loan. I hope he gets another shot as I know what he can do. Next to Kante he could be really strong in a 2 man midfield.


9.) 09 Jul 2019 16:16:53
Don't worry about it Jackson.

Matic has done well for us but as he has always done, run out of steam towards the end of the season. Unfortunately the dip is getting earlier and earlier and it looks like he needs to move to a slower league such as Serie A.


10.) 09 Jul 2019 19:46:44
Age gets to us all I suppose. McTominay is a fine deputy to rotate into the side and give Matic rest though.


11.) 09 Jul 2019 20:41:04
I was reading today that RM won't touch poggy due to his agent.
The old lady still trying to tie up De Ligt on the cheap.
Poor poggy has to travel with Utd. Has a little tiff with JL. Is this all for the social media so he isn't forgotten. Or has he fallen out with his best friend for real.

Where is PSG with a bid and take him off our hands!

Perhaps we could get an Italian off there books?


 

 

09 Jun 2019 21:52:53
I don't usually post rumors but I was told by a contact at Atletico Madrid that they were considering Ruben Dias as a replacement for Diego Godin but the 60mil euro valuation of Benfica meant they decided to look elsewhere, but may look to him again. Juventus have looked at him as well but they too don't want to pay the valuation.

Considering that the Editor has told us we are interested and if indeed Atleti won't complete the deal I think he would be a great signing for us.

REDFAITH

 

 

21 Dec 2018 09:50:08
@Ed002,

You mentioned that the club might go ahead with trying to sign players that Jose might not have wanted like Douglas Costa, is Toby Alderweireld on that list too? Or does the new contract to Smalling mean we won't sign a center back in January?

REDFAITH

{Ed002's Note - Toby Alderweireld was the player Mr Mourinho wanted in the summer when the club refused to sanction a purchase. As he has still not signed a contract he will be able to leave as a free agent in the summer. If Manchester United were to move for him it would certainly show considerable disrespect for the previous coach and cement the views of many about the club - all of which should make it unlikely in my view.}


 

 

07 Jul 2017 21:03:49
So apparently Chelsea have matched our offer for Lukaku! Its all happening.

REDFAITH

1.) 07 Jul 2017 21:23:44
He won't go to Chelsea, advisors from both clubs have met the fee has been agreed, Rom is holidaying with Pogs at the mo, plus Rooney will be back in blue by sunday all sorted i recon.


2.) 07 Jul 2017 21:29:47
These transfer window rumours are ridiculous.


3.) 07 Jul 2017 21:37:30
Hes already in L. A with pogba where he is rumored to be having his medical, the team fly out on Sunday. Says it all really.


4.) 07 Jul 2017 22:07:29
Do you think we will sign lukaku or will chelsea sign him.


5.) 07 Jul 2017 22:22:01
I honestly don't care who he goes to. If we sign him, great he's a proven goalscorer in the EPL and will add something to the team.

If Chelsea get him we can sign someone like Morata and move on.


6.) 07 Jul 2017 22:53:53
I hope we get the LuBe strike force mentioned on the banter page Lukaku and Bellotti 😆😆.


7.) 08 Jul 2017 10:38:50
If united bought belotti conte may explode.


 

 

 

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11 Aug 2019 18:31:22
We've got some real pace up front. Inject that front 4 into my veins! What a performance in the second half. Counter attacking at its best. Maguire Lindelof look solid and Wan Bissaka shut out that right side completely. What a signing he's going to be.

Only negative for me was Pereira was a bit of a passenger. I'd rather play Jesse in midfield and play Greenwood or James on the right but I think Ole wanted United to keep them for later to exploit some tired legs with their pace.

The summer is done now. Nothing we can do about it. Let's get behind the boys and hope for more of this.

REDFAITH

 

 

07 Aug 2019 21:18:32
@GDS2

One of your replies to a previous post of mine.

"I wouldn't let a signing or 2 ruin the whole season for you. It isn't like we don't have midfielders, they are just yet to show their worth. This gives Fred, Matic and Pereira the chance to prove they are United players, if they can't then we might struggle, but I am hoping one of them can push on this year, you never know. "

This along with Shappy's post today has to be perhaps some of the worst blind positivity for positivity's sake arguments I've read on here for a while.

"Its not like we don't have midfielders" is an embarrassing argument, even for a glass half full person. "

REDFAITH

1.) 07 Aug 2019 21:44:32
I'd rather have a blindly positive person than a blindly negative person.

When the sticky stuff hits the fan the positive person gets on with it whereas the negative nelly is already defeated.

I thought it was a bit much for a fortune cookie but hey.


2.) 07 Aug 2019 21:45:58
Be careful that how Rafa Benitez started. weird statements and facts. 🤪🤪.


3.) 07 Aug 2019 21:48:10
Anybody who has hopes on Fred and Periera to save our season is in for a shock, i will rather play Gomes ahead of Fred.


4.) 07 Aug 2019 22:11:14
I can’t take it anymore are we going to sign anyone else or not!
Or is it going to be a deflating day.


5.) 07 Aug 2019 22:14:28
Pressed send too early.

"Fred, Pereira and Matic to prove they are United players". Really? Have you not seen enough of Matic to make a judgement? He has been awful even in pre season friendlies and teams have targeted him for a year now.

Pereira its the same story every year. He has a decent pre season but then he finds his level when the real matches get going. He is average and should be sold to a team where he will play regularly for the sake of his career.

Fred has had one of the worst seasons of any major United signings in memory for me. But I can understand a slight hope that he will come good. But that isn't somewhere we should depend on. Do you really believe what you just wrote?

Another season out of the UCL will be absolutely disastrous for the club. Targets will become more impossible to buy and we will be quoted even higher prices for more desperation and sponsorships will dry up. Try looking at the situation objectively based on evidence we have rather than blind hope.

Unlike us, Arsenal have smelled the coffee and have invested with great intent and addressed all key areas to cement a 4th spot by even using next year's budget as explained by Ed002.

I really don't want to be negative but when I look at that midfield I feel sorry for our defense and our forwards.

"Don't get hung up on 1 or 2 players" you say. Remember how just one signing in Carrick completely transformed us and brought the best out of the rest of the squad? That is the effect a good CM signing can have. Makes everyone else look better. Remember how just one signing in RVP masked the deficiencies of the rest? Quality signings at the striker or CM positions can be transformative.

You made some poor banter about Christmas presents, the whole point is one shouldn't be waiting till Christmas to change the stove that broke in March.


6.) 07 Aug 2019 22:15:24
Agreed redfaith. Positivity on it's own is not going to turn Pereira and Fred into great midfielders. They need to have skill and application. Neither of them possesses either in abundance.
If we think a midfield containing our existing players is suddenly going to compete with the best, then they are sadly mistaken.
That's not negativeness, it's just reality. Just like I'm not about to beat Rory McElroy at golf.


7.) 07 Aug 2019 22:32:32
What's this great business arsenal have done?


8.) 07 Aug 2019 22:40:24
Thats all a bit weird that Redfaith . Looking foward to GDS2 reply already 😄😄.


 

 

06 Aug 2019 11:44:10
I'd be extremely surprised if we pulled this off but Eriksen would be a fantastic signing.

Someone said down the page he is past his best. Are you kidding me? What player have you been watching? Perhaps you may have watched the games where Pochetino shoved him out to the right wing to do a job as he had nobody else.

Whenever he plays in central midfield he is absolute class. He has that finesse and balance, ability to find space and has every type of pass in his locker.

Not to mention he is premier league experienced and will hit the ground running and we need a couple of midfielders who can. He is as good a Pogba replacement as we're going to get.

REDFAITH

1.) 06 Aug 2019 12:00:10
Fully agree redfaith. Everyone is saying we lack creativity, doesn’t Eriksen have more premier league assists than any other player since he joined?


2.) 06 Aug 2019 12:04:21
I think he would be a great buy,


3.) 06 Aug 2019 12:15:17
Red faith totally agreed.
I would have him as our no 10. He is a setpiece specialist and brings loads of creativity.


4.) 06 Aug 2019 12:18:26
Eriksen can play exceptionally when he has time n space when we have to unlock a defense. But at times seems to struggle in a high pressed game. He will undoubtedly improve us.


5.) 06 Aug 2019 12:23:25
Eriksen would be great. he is someone who i think would simply fit right away into the team. And he isn't someone who blows hot and cold.


6.) 06 Aug 2019 13:54:19
I think he would be a good buy too. Epl proven and has been a success.


7.) 06 Aug 2019 14:11:52
He would clearly be a great signing but some people are naturally just negative about everything. People made their mind up they want Fernandes and if we don't get him we are mid table fodder, he is like the Messiah, nobody is better than him even a top attacking midfielder with loads of assists in our league!


 

 

03 Aug 2019 15:29:35
Ed002 has said on the European pages that United and Atletico are trying to sign Neres from Ajax.

Why do we want to keep stocking up on wingers who play primarily on the left? It makes no sense to me.

More evidence of a lack of coherent strategy imo and just an amateur knee jerk approach at the end of the window.

REDFAITH

{Ed001's Note - every time I have seen Neres play, he was on the right wing mate.}


1.) 03 Aug 2019 15:53:48
Is he any good?

{Ed001's Note - lovely technique, skilful and extremely quick but if someone from the crowd coughs it knocks him flying. He has all the strength of a new born baby.}


2.) 03 Aug 2019 16:09:21
My experience has been exactly the opposite Ed001 haha. He definitely played on the left in both the Champions league games I watched of Ajax and handful of games I watched of him in the Dutch league. Maybe I just missed all the games he played on the right.

What do you think of him?

{Ed001's Note - I have yet to see him play on the left! Watched a fair bit of him last season as well as he was being watched by a lot of Prem clubs.

He was the one that stood out to me from that Ajax side, other than De Jong who was off to Barca, as worth looking at. If he bulks up, a lot, he could be really good. Pace, skill and lovely quick feet, but so lightweight.}


 

 

01 Aug 2019 16:40:32
Apparently Spurs are pushing to sign Bruno Fernandes. Some in the Portuguese media call it a "lightning operation". It would be an absolute disaster if we don't get him imo.

I don't see how Dybala fits into our system and it seems he wants high wages and has reservations over moving to a team not in the UCL.

A deadline day knee jerk reaction of 90mil for Maguire is where this summer is headed I'm afraid.

REDFAITH

1.) 01 Aug 2019 16:45:43
Dybala fits the system as much as fernandes does, they are both number 10s or second strikers. In the 4-2-3-1 formation ole has been playing over pre season, either of them would play behind martial or rashford.

Dybala has the added versatility to play right wing as well. Would be a top quality signing.


2.) 01 Aug 2019 16:57:18
Bruno Fernandes and Dybala both play best centrally between the midfield and forward lines. Dybala tends to play slightly higher and can play from the right hand side. Whereas, Bruno plays slightly deeper and can play in a midfield double pivot if needed (although whether he can do that in a much tougher league like the EPL remains to be seen) .

Personally I feel that Bruno would be the better signing. However, I feel if either signed then the No.10 role is best suited for both of them.


3.) 01 Aug 2019 17:41:24
DSG and Shappy,

Bruno starts off playing much deeper than where Dybala does. Dybala is more of a forward who plays behind the main striker and drops deeper sometimes to collect the ball. He likes being around the box much more or cutting in from the right. Very much a dribbler.

Bruno Fernandes has a much better passing range and starts off playing deeper and then joins the attack later. He is very much suited to play as a creative CM and has that pass to unlock a defense. We've got players who do what Dybala does, but don't have the Bruno Fernandes type player. He is also very much a leader in midfield and tracks back and is good in the tackle and positional play defensively. Not so much with Dybala. Coming to United would've been a step up for Fernandes whereas Dybala looks at it as a step down and wants huge wages.

I believe Bruno Fernandes will sign for Spurs. Champions League + London should do the trick. We should've made an early acceptable offer to nab him. Amateur negotiating and strategy once again.


4.) 01 Aug 2019 19:39:47
Redfaith, i agree with you, danny and stand united. Fernandes was absolute stand out player in the Portuguese league last year. SL wanted £60m for him, which is reasonable. He plays on the right side of midfield and augments the right side where we're lacking. His goal tally from midfield is the best in Europe. And he has an insane assist ratio.
For us to miss out on him will be nothing short of disaster.
Dybala does NOT want to come. Yet, we're willing to buy him and give him ridiculous wages, and in 6 month's time, he'll be wanting out.
We're willing to overspend by £40m on McGuire, and we're happy to let a fantastic midfielder like Fernandes go to our rival.
If that's not shambolic transfer dealing by our in-house genius, Woodward, then i don't know what is.


 

 

 

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12 Jul 2019 00:27:26
We have been quoted £50mil by Newcastle for Longstaff according to multiple sources. It's really ridiculous and we should walk away and play Garner instead. I like Longstaff but for that valuation we could get Thomas Partey who has European and international experience.

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09 Jul 2019 20:17:09
@Ed002

You're about to send the site into meltdown with comments like that mate although its the hard hitting truth that Solskjaer is out of his depth and should never have been given the job. He appears clueless and looks like a kid with a smile on his face who can't believe that he's got the job while everything seems to be falling around him.

I'd be interested to know what knee jerk reactions you are mentioning Ed002? Milinkovic Savic and Maguire?

REDFAITH

{Ed002's Note - It is not a smile - simply wind.}


 

 

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03 Jul 2019 14:27:25
Thanks for the info Ed002. Hope you're having a much better than the rainy mess here for me in WI.

REDFAITH

{Ed002's Note - It is a beautiful day here.}


 

 

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03 Jul 2019 14:07:37
@Ed002,

Thanks for the information on Alderweireld. Are the reports of a £70mil offer for Maguire from United correct?

I know he is of interest as you have told us. Seems strange to go for him now after deeming him not a significant improvement and not value for money last year. A bit embarrassing that the board didn't back Jose for the same player but would now spend (perhaps more than what it would have cost last year) for Solskjaer.

REDFAITH

{Ed002's Note - Yes there has been such a bid.}


 

 

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19 Jun 2019 14:00:36
@Ed002

Completely agree with you. Just get the best deal and move on.

It would also allow us to move quickly for potential replacements like Rabiot and Tielemans instead of putting those on hold and risk losing out if we drag the Pogba situation too long and then end up losing Pogba and getting neither.

There is a very good argument to be made that we would be better off with Rabiot/ Longstaff, Tielemans and Bruno Fernandes / James Maddison in the squad instead of Pogba.

Similarly with Lukaku, are United pricing him out of a move as well? Reports have been coming out about Inter wanting to include Icardi/ Perisic and we aren't interested in either.

REDFAITH

{Ed002's Note - MU will struggle to replace Lukaku so they know they must initially not look to sell.}


 

 

 

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09 Aug 2019 18:33:22
That's my frustration too Leahy. I don't think we have any divine right to win every year but we should be able to challenge.

I understand mistakes have been made and we won't jump straight back but with a couple of good midfield signings we would've been a shoe in for top 4 and almost certainly put pressure on Spurs for 3rd place (a Spurs team known to falter late in the season) .

Instead we're told that "we might get top 4" and "is it really that bad? " While anyone who questions this or sees issues in the squad is mocked for having mental health issues by the blind positivity brigade. Its a bit embarrassing to see how the standards have dropped.

I'm sitting here hoping that a player who has barely played an entire season for us in Mctominay is able to play all 38 EPL games and all Europa league games and that Mason Greenwood can shoulder the burden at right wing / right forward at the age of 17. Forget the cups, its great to win one for the fans but they don't matter for the future of the club. We must finish top 4 or win the Europa to have any chance of building for a title challenge again.

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09 Aug 2019 00:53:59
And the GDS2 award for "positivity in the face of glaring evidence to the contrary" goes to Shappy. Watchout for a trophy in the mail (perhaps the only one you might see as a United fan this season so cherish it) .

Wow where do I even begin. Its just 11 players on the pitch. How many games do we have to play again assuming we make the round of 16 of all competitions? Sure, the same 11 will play every week and miraculously there will be absolutely no fatigue from playing a pressing game.

Who plays the no. 10 role? A Mata whose legs have gone and never had pace or energy to play a pressing style or Lingard who gives decent performances for about a third of the season and everyone would've agreed at the end of last season shouldn't be a shoe in for the starting 11 and is nothing more than a decent squad player?

"Pogba will stay. I'm sure of it. " Well yay! Let's celebrate that we're keeping a player who has wanted to leave for over a year and even in one of his best seasons last year was highly inconsistent. But I am sure he will miraculously stop holding onto the ball too much, losing possession easily when pressed, have a high workrate and be able to play in a 2-man midfield pivot something which he has never been able to do.

"Is it Mctominay that people are desperate to replace? " If you asked anyone at the end of last season if they saw Mctominay as part of our starting 11 after a midfield rebuild they would've said no. I like him, he's decent and could develop into a Darren Fletcher type player but that will be his ceiling. Everyone would've had Herrera in over him and Herrera is gone.

"We have an EPL and UCL winner in Matic. His legs look like they might be gone, some might argue he never had them in the first place. Yet his experience is invaluable in a young and inexperienced squad. "

My response to this would be - "We have an EPL and UCL winner in Carrick. Let's convert him to player coach. His legs look like they might be gone, some might argue he never had them in the first place. Yet his experience is invaluable in a young and inexperienced squad. " The same could apply to Nicky Butt as well. Why not? Its experience that counts.

Fred? Let's believe in him because we were stupid enough to pay 50mil which City wouldn't for him. You argue that it was the worst season he could come into and I would agree. But the midfield this year is EVEN WORSE with Herrera gone and he will be facing better and strengthened opposition. Its not going to get any easier for him.

Let me rephrase that Pereira statement there a little bit. "Pereira has talent. Now I know that we've had two seasons where we has a decent pre season but finds his level again when the real games begin but I am going to ignore that completely and hope he has a good season.

Garner and Levitt are kids. They won't make a significant impact.

So you agree that in an ideal world you would've replaced Pogba which would've kept us at "par", kept hold of Herrera or replaced him when he left, which again would've kept us at "par" so how is that an improvement on last season's miserable midfield performances?

We needed to upgrade on Fred, nobody even had Pereira even in their squad conversation at the end of last season, nobody saw Mctominay as part of a starting 11 and everyone knew Matic needed replacing as his legs have gone which you admit yourself and yet you come to the incredible conclusion that "is it as bad as everyone thinks it is? " Really? How do you go from that entire post to that last line?

Some of this positivity is truly baffling and defies any logic whatsoever. I get being positive about the defensive improvements, I could even get being positive about Greenwood since he is a natural goalscorer and way better on the ball than Lukaku whose first touch just repels the ball and I will even admit that Solskjaer has done incredibly well to make sure the atmosphere doesn't go toxic with all the stuff Pogba and Lukaku with their agents did and him not getting his signings. His handling of that has been genius and as good as it could've been in my view.

But being positive about that midfield made up of the mediocre average duo of Fred and Pereira, a Matic beyond his sell by date, Mctominay who is decent but hasn't even played one full season and the only proven quality player who wants to leave and is inconsistent is nothing short of delusional.

Yes. That midfield really is as bad as everyone thinks.

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08 Aug 2019 04:56:48
Echo the sentiment. Thanks to all the Eds (except Ed Woodward :P) .

REDFAITH

{Ed001's Note - but he was great in the Equaliser! How can you not thank him?}


 

 

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08 Aug 2019 01:25:21
GDS2,

What ticks me off is the dismissive tone of your posts alongwith a few others on the blind positivity brigade towards anybody who expresses a legitimate concern about the squad, suggestions that they have mental health issues and might need medicine. That is well and truly embarrassing.

I don't see a single poster on here who hasn't mentioned the positives. I don't see anybody who doesn't agree that AWB is a fantastic signing. Nobody who doesn't agree that Maguire is an upgrade on what we had last season (some doubt if he is worth what we paid but that's another matter) . Nobody doubts the potential of Greenwood, Rashford and Martial (although some have legitimate doubts about whether they can provide us the goals and assists needed consistently) .

Hoping for Matic to come good when its been clear for a year that his legs have gone is embarrassing. Fred looked a headless chicken in every single game we played. He was so bad that any average performance was hailed as a glimmer of hope. Mctominay has decent workrate and an alright passing range and I have hopes for him. But beyond that? Our midfield is poor.

You cleverly ignored what I said about the poor midfield negating the effects of our defense and attack. How many times have teams simply overrun us in midfield or outpassed us? Dominate the midfield, put pressure on the defense and cut off the supply to the attack, how many times has this template been employed on us? It works every single time. The moment we face any decent quality high energy midfield we are dominated and unless they miss a million chances or DDG has an unreal day like that Spurs away game, we drop points.

Its not hyperbole to say that the season is over, and by that I mean as a sustained challenge for the top 4. Without midfield reinforcements we will be worse off than last year. Our midfield is worse, our attack is weaker with Lukaku gone (although I am optimistic of Greenwood and James doing well) and our defense has improved.

One step forwards, two steps back unfortunately. And I've not even mentioned our best midfielder not even wanting to be here and our keeper not yet signing a new contract.

That is a balanced view of reality, not some pipe dream where Matic suddenly finds some legs and form while able to perform Thursday - Sunday, and Fred suddenly becomes a good midfielder.

Ask any neutral where we will finish and you will struggle to find any that will say higher than 5th.

REDFAITH

{Ed0333's Note - superb balanced and eloquent post Red I doff my baseball cap to you sir


 

 

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07 Aug 2019 22:14:28
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"Fred, Pereira and Matic to prove they are United players". Really? Have you not seen enough of Matic to make a judgement? He has been awful even in pre season friendlies and teams have targeted him for a year now.

Pereira its the same story every year. He has a decent pre season but then he finds his level when the real matches get going. He is average and should be sold to a team where he will play regularly for the sake of his career.

Fred has had one of the worst seasons of any major United signings in memory for me. But I can understand a slight hope that he will come good. But that isn't somewhere we should depend on. Do you really believe what you just wrote?

Another season out of the UCL will be absolutely disastrous for the club. Targets will become more impossible to buy and we will be quoted even higher prices for more desperation and sponsorships will dry up. Try looking at the situation objectively based on evidence we have rather than blind hope.

Unlike us, Arsenal have smelled the coffee and have invested with great intent and addressed all key areas to cement a 4th spot by even using next year's budget as explained by Ed002.

I really don't want to be negative but when I look at that midfield I feel sorry for our defense and our forwards.

"Don't get hung up on 1 or 2 players" you say. Remember how just one signing in Carrick completely transformed us and brought the best out of the rest of the squad? That is the effect a good CM signing can have. Makes everyone else look better. Remember how just one signing in RVP masked the deficiencies of the rest? Quality signings at the striker or CM positions can be transformative.

You made some poor banter about Christmas presents, the whole point is one shouldn't be waiting till Christmas to change the stove that broke in March.

REDFAITH