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22 Nov 2020 23:43:25
If there are any legs in the press stories about Juve wanting Pogba and Inter wanting to swap Fred with Ericsson I would be up for that. Then I would go all out to get Declan Rice to be the new Matic.


{Ed002's Note - (a) They might be interested at the right price. (b) Inter want Eriksen moved on as soon as possible, preferably in January. If Manchester United were interested it would be as a Bruno Fernandes replacement.}

1.) 23 Nov 2020 10:19:05
Last year I was hoping United would sign Eriksen as we need an attacking midfielder. However, Bruno is our best player by a mile and VDB (while not getting much game time so far) is a great replacement for him as well as others in our midfield.

I'd much rather see us sign a defensive midfielder who is an improvement on Fred and Matic. The issue is we have too many players already so adding to that would be a problem.

2.) 23 Nov 2020 10:27:36
What happened with Eriksen Ed? Seems to have lost his way?

{Ed002's Note - It has not worked out and he is not a natural fit in the side and has asked to leave.}

3.) 23 Nov 2020 11:24:25
I like Eriksson. But now with bruno they fill the same role essentially so no need to go for him now.
Although there could all be clubs in for bruno soon enough and he may well get tempted to leave so maybe not a futile link.

4.) 23 Nov 2020 11:31:24
Not to sound too cryptic Ed but do we need to be looking at Bruno Fernandes replacements?

{Ed002's Note - It is not a position Manchester United are looking to add to right now as far as I understand.}

5.) 23 Nov 2020 11:34:44
Ed002 that is probably the second or third time you have mentioned a player being a Bruno Fernandes replacement. Is something going on with Bruno behind the scenes with him may be leaving the club soon?

{Ed002's Note - People keep asking about AM players who would be first choice - the only way that would work is if BF were moving on.}

6.) 23 Nov 2020 12:00:09
Ah ok, understood. Thanks Ed.

7.) 23 Nov 2020 12:39:45
Grass isn't always greener Eric79.

8.) 23 Nov 2020 21:06:54
I’d Eriksen for Pogba.

9.) 24 Nov 2020 00:46:36
Thanks Ed 02 for your reply. Could not Bruno and Ericsson work together a bit like De Bruyne and Silva did for City?

{Ed002's Note - I think it unlikely.}

10.) 26 Nov 2020 11:26:56
He’s even slower than Matic. Finished as a decent player years ago.



13 May 2020 00:01:31
There are rumours that Angel Gomez migjt snub Utds offers and sign for Chelsea. I would be really upset to see such a talented young player leave. He needs a run in the team to prove himself. How can we afford to lose talent like his?


1.) 13 May 2020 00:20:29
Umm probably because he won't sign a contract.

We just signed bruno who everyone is rightly raving about, there are strong links with grealish.

Also for half of the season we had lingard and pereira being chosen ahead of him for every game.

I am not surprised if he wants out and i wish him all the best.

2.) 13 May 2020 04:05:58
All the best to him. Although I don't see him getting much game time at Chelsea either. They have twice the amount of midfielders than we do all around his age looking to break into the first team.

3.) 13 May 2020 08:07:56
The concerns amongst the training staff are about his ability to cope with the EPL physically. Now while superior ability can beat physicality, the player needs to be clever enough to know how to do so. While our coaching staff can see what Gomes is capable of against EPL players every day in training.

This season his competition for places was probably as weak as he will ever have while playing for a top side. An ageing Mata, an out of form Lingard and Andreas Pereira who isn't good enough.

Since the the club have signed Bruno Fernandes and are looking at players like Grealish who would further push Gomes down the peaking order.

He is a clearly talented lad, but he needs to play a season or two of "mens" football either in the championship or in a league such as the Dutch or Portuguese league to develop his understanding and ability to cope physically with a much more demanding style of football.

To that end maybe a move to a club like Chelsea who will invariably loan him out for a year or two might be a good move. Or he will sign a new deal with us and hopefully follow a similar path.

4.) 13 May 2020 09:34:16
Invariably loan him out? Sorry Shappy, but Lampard will give him a chance if he's good enough.

5.) 13 May 2020 09:56:48
RJ28P as would ole but simple fact of the matter is he’s shown nothing when given a chance to warrant more starts.

6.) 13 May 2020 11:00:04
Gomes is very talented, but if anyone has watched him in the u23s especially this season, he’s not warranted a promotion to the first team on those performances. If he goes to Chelsea, good luck to him.

Also you have to ask where he fits in the team? Better player than Andreas and lingard potentially but he’s not really shown much yet. Bruno is top quality so he doesn’t get in there either. I don’t think he’s in the same class as Greenwood either.

A talent, but not sure if he’s going to be as big of a loss as many say.

7.) 13 May 2020 11:52:30
RJ28P, Well that's my point, if he was putting in the performances at United in training then he would be given a chance in the first team.

At United he only had Lingard, Mata and Andreas Pereira to get past before we signed Bruno.

He can play either on the wing or in the No.10 position. Chelsea tend to play either 433 or 4231, so Gomes would be competing for a wide role in a 433 or in any of the three positions between the midfield and the striker in a 4231. So he will be competing with Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, Pedro and Pulisic. Plus any other players Chelsea sign this summer.

Chelsea have an extensive history of signing young players and loaning them out. Gomes needs games every week, and currently he isn't consistent enough to do that at the top end of the EPL. So he needs a loan wherever he plays next season.

8.) 13 May 2020 13:00:49
RJ Lampard will give him a chance at the expense of whom?

9.) 13 May 2020 14:26:56
Pedro, Willian and Barkley will all likely be gone next season. And with respect, the reason why he isn't playing is because he is running his contract down, like Sancho did at City.
I've watched Gomes a lot (being fortunate enough to have access to a lot of youth games) and he's a talent on par with Hudson-Odoi and Saka if given the consistent minutes.
That said, it seems like the relationship at Utd has soured and it is right for the player to move on.

10.) 13 May 2020 14:48:12
Your right red whisky that goal in pre season against spurs didn’t show any promise. Haha. how many opportunities did he get in the number 10 position with the rest of the 1st 11 also playing.

11.) 13 May 2020 16:32:52
RJ, for the sake of this discussion, let's assume you are right about the three you mentioned. You think Gomes will slot into their MF ahead of Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Loftus, Kovacic, Gilmour, Odoi, Jorgino or Ziyach?

12.) 13 May 2020 17:51:31
Sorry pogthedog he scored one goal in a pre season match. I presume you have unlimited access to the training sessions to say he deserves a chance? Like shappy said if you don’t show enough in training to usurp the likes of pereira and Lingard then there must be a reason why he’s not playing. Ole has been a huge advocate of playing the youth and giving chances. Chong got minutes whilst refusing to sign so I find the idea he’s not playing because of refusing to sign irrelevant.

13.) 13 May 2020 19:32:41
He can certainly play wide in rotation with Odoi, Pulisic and Ziyech. As for pure no. 10s, the only one we have is Ziyech, Mount is better when allowed to sit a little deeper.

14.) 14 May 2020 00:55:21
I like gomes but the lad has reportedly been offered 30k.
Football can be simple, greenwood produced gomes hasn't. 30k and what else should we offer him?

15.) 14 May 2020 00:56:06
My worry is that if teams like Chelsea and Barcelona want to take him what is it that they feel they can get out of him that Ole cannot.

I understand all the points raised by you guys. On one hand if he was performing at a very high level then you would think that he would get a chance to shine in the first team. He is obviously not pulling up any trees but he is young and it must be terribly frustrating if you feel that you do not have rhe managers full confidence and are not going to get a run of games to settle in and prove how good you are.

We are all very happy and surprised at how well an established international £60m player like Bruno has done in such a short time. Yet he has lots of experience and is older than Gomez. Why then do people ezpect a younger player to come into the first team and immediately perform to a high level? Also on the rare times Gomez got a game it was when the team were still struggling. I really do feel he should be given the chance to make it at Utd. I know he is not quite the same player as Grealish but I think he has more natural talent.

For me the way to go would be to give him a decent contract and send him on loan for a season. He would get the games he needs, toughen up physically, and he might appreciate how special it is to have the facilities of and play for Utd. Beckham was loaned out and it didn't hurt his prospects.

16.) 14 May 2020 07:50:19
Salford, the issue is that he clearly hasn't done enough in training to convince he should start ahead of anyone else.

Under other managers you could say that maybe they don't give youth a chance. But Ole has given more than given youth a chance. People also forget that Gomes was given three starts in the Europa League, often against weaker opposition than we play most weeks in the EPL. How did Gomes do in those games? Occasional glimpses of talent, but drifted in and out of the game far too much.

If he can't do it against the likes of Astana then he will struggle against the Everton's, Spurs, Burnley's and Sheffield United's of the EPL.

He is a hugely talented player, but he isn't ready to play at the level we play at. He needs a loan or two in order to develop.

Unfortunately his contact is about to run out and he doesn't want to sign a new deal. Maybe making his debut at 16 has made him inpatient, maybe he has been told he will get more elsewhere.

Who knows. His size will hold him back in the EPL until he learns how to mitigate his lack of physicality. In youth football if you're quick you can avoid physical battles to an extent, but men's football is played at a faster pace, and quick feet alone will not get you out of trouble. You need to read the game well and position yourself in the right areas and be two steps ahead of the opposition.

It's not a case of him just bulking up, although he does look like he could be tackled by a stiff breeze. He needs to learn how to play in the men's game. He is best off doing that on loan as he will need to play 20-30 games a season to start to learn that. He can't get that here with him playing as he has done. So a loan is the solution.

If he signs for Chelsea he will almost certainly leave on loan at some point. As they are in the same boat as us.
If he signs for Barcelona I don't see him getting a huge amount of game time. They don't tend to play with a No.10 so he would be competing for one of the wide forward roles, against Messi, Dembele, Griezmann, Fati and Braithwaite, plus whoever else the club sign this summer. With Neymar being a key target.

He needs a season in the Championship, or to move to a more technical league in Europe on loan. Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium could all be good options.

I hope he makes it, whether that's with us or somewhere else. But it's a long road yet, and he needs to realise that if he is going to make the most of his potential.

17.) 14 May 2020 10:57:20
Sadly for me, Greenwood and Williams aside this is a very underwhelming crop of youngsters, referring to those of the age where they would expect to be getting chances in the first team and making an impression. I've seen Chong the most and he has shown nothing but a haircut I'm afraid. I don't buy the fact that Gomes' size is a problem either but neither has he done enough to suggest that he is any better than the thousands of other kids clubs of this magnitude scout every season. If the tens of thousands he wants every week aren't sufficient let him go, I'm sure we'll resign him for £50m in a few years!

18.) 14 May 2020 15:32:34
Spenno, most young players don't really start to have a regular impact until they are 21/ 22 years old after a season or two as squad players.

In that respect the likes of Rashford and McTominay are starting to reach that level of impact. While Henderson could when he returns from his loan, as could Tuanzebe if he can stay injury free.

However, the likes of Greenwood and Williams are ahead of where they would normally expect for players of their ages. While the likes of Laird, Mengi, Garner, Levitt, Chong and Gomes still have huge potential, but are probably a year or two away from making a serious impact in the first team beyond a few games.

That's 12 young players in total who have a chance to make a telling impact in our first team within the next few years. That's insane and at levels not really seen outside of Ajax or Barcelona.

While we have also signed AWB and Shaw who were two of the best young players in the league when we signed them. Dan James from the Championship. While we are chasing players such as Rice, Rodon, Sancho, Bellingham, Grealish etc some of the best young British talent around.

I would say we have two great groups of young players in our squad. The older group of players between the ages of 21-24 including; Henderson, Tuanzebe, AWB, Shaw, McTominay, Rashford, James and Martial.

With a younger group between 17-20 including; Larid, Williams, Dalot, Mengi, Garner, Levitt, Mejbri, Gomes, Chong and Greenwood.

Giving us 18 EIGHTEEN! players at our club who have a good chance of making it as at least good squad players, with some of them having genuine world class potential.




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16 Oct 2021 21:04:01
If we lose the next few games which is quite likely the pressure on Ole will be immense. I don't like anyone to lose their job especially when they are obviously doing their best.

That said if we lose and the players confidence suffers then our season will be over pretty quickly and champions league for next year out of reach. Can the club afford to be even further behind next year?


1.) 16 Oct 2021 22:39:06
Well United are trending on Twitter so Richard Arnold will be happy.



30 Sep 2021 01:23:36
As has been said tonights win papers over the cracks. Villareal should have been out of sight before we scored.

Dalot has talent but if he is not bothered to do the basics properly like busting a gut to track back and stop an attack then we have to let him go. Time and time again he let his man run past him.

More importantly though is the deficiency in midfield which still needs addressing. We don't have a top midfielder who dictates play. Pogba and Bruno can be very creative at times but they never dominate the midfield area and until we get the right person in that position we will never be realistic contenders for the premiership or champions league.


1.) 30 Sep 2021 04:06:27
Salford7, the players are least of the problem right now.

It's the performances we have to worry about even with all the talent we have in the squad.

We need a better manager and coaching staff to take us forward.

2.) 30 Sep 2021 08:31:53
Should put an end for everyone’s calls for dalot to start ahead of AWB now. For all his faults, wan bissaka is a brilliant defender 1v1.

3.) 30 Sep 2021 09:22:50
I'm sure it's been said but we're like an orchestra without a conductor. or at least one that can direct properly. We have class players in certain positions yet we see the same dross more often now. now I'm not sure change will come as players like cavani, ronny, bruno etc will paper over the cracks.

4.) 30 Sep 2021 11:08:35
Caolan… I agree Dalot not the answer, not a great defender by any means, but don’t slow up the play like AWB does with extra touches, stop start play, we certainly need a Right Back without doubt because we not got a decent one.

Don’t give me all the sliding tackles stuff, they are because he is so often out of position and day dreaming, his 1st touch is not great his crossing is awful more then not, if you want to play AWB the system as to change and he not be allowed to go beyond half way line, IMO he not a top 4 side player.



26 Sep 2021 17:25:04
Bruno seems to have really gone off the boil. Wonder if he is suffering playing under the shadow of Ronaldo.


1.) 26 Sep 2021 17:36:43
He was pretty average for the last few months of last season and as I have pointed out before, he rarely influences the big games. He was overplayed last year but that shouldn’t be an issue right now.

2.) 26 Sep 2021 17:43:42
No he's just showed some mental weakness yesterday on the penalty.

Fairplay to Martinez, really got in Brunos head and Bruno crumbled under the pressure.

3.) 26 Sep 2021 18:26:32
I don't think he's in Ronaldo's shadow, both have 4 goals while Bruno also has an assist this season so far.

I think there is a little more pressure to score a penalty when Ronaldo is in the team.

I see that Bruno has also still taken most of our free kicks. So he at least up until now still seems to be on set-piece duty.

But there must more pressure to make something from them when Ronaldo is in the team. I mean if you're taking a penalty ahead of Ronaldo you better score.

I think that got to him a little at the weekend, especially given the time in the game and what was riding on it.

I agree that I think Martinez and a few of the Villa players got to him a little as well.

But he seems like the kind of person to learn from this and grow from it.

4.) 26 Sep 2021 18:28:40
Its the weight of the club on his shoulders that he carried through last season. can't blame the Euros as he isn't good enough for the National team.

5.) 26 Sep 2021 23:57:07
He scored a hat trick and an absolute screamer only a couple of weeks ago. He is still playing well in my opinion.

6.) 27 Sep 2021 10:04:50
Jonesy, he is more than good enough to play for Portugal. The issue he has is they play a 433 system with a No.6 and two No.8's. Bruno plays best as a No.10 or second striker. In truth he plays a similar role to what Cantona or Dwight Yorke did.

When playing for Portugal he is asked to play deeper in a more reserved role with more defensive responsibility. He can play that role, but he isn't going to get anywhere near the same number of goals and assists from that role as he does at United where he is the creative hub of the team.

People see he doesn't score as many for Portugal and assume he is playing worse for them, when in truth he is just playing a different role in a different system that doesn't revolve around him.

That said if him and Ronaldo really hit it off at United then maybe Portugal might look to alter how they set up.

7.) 27 Sep 2021 14:28:43
It’s absurd to say Bruno is not good enough to play for Portugal, regardless of systems good footballers can play anywhere just some positions they are more naturally suited to, Bruno likes to float around behind the striker or play killer balls all the time, that’s his game, Portugal don’t play that way so use him differently, but he will walk in to virtually any team, he is that good, he carried us all last season, where would we have been without him and he hit ground running none of this takes a year to settle in crap.



28 Aug 2021 23:11:56
People keep hyping Declan Rice as the player we need but I really don't think he is worth anything like 100m am not an expert by any means but just think if he player from sweden or france he would be valued more at 30m level. He has is still young but really is he worth anything like what's been quoted? Do othwrs think he is so good or has the potential to be la great?


1.) 28 Aug 2021 23:58:36
Bissouma would do a job for us a third of the price.

2.) 29 Aug 2021 00:38:28
I feel like Rice is the wan Bissaka of CDM. He is very hood at reading the game and snuffing out danger. But has he got the possession game we need? He is very good, but not sure he is what we need.

3.) 29 Aug 2021 07:54:56
Massively overpriced, not near the standard required to compete, bearly an upgrade on Fred and probs similar to mctom (I think mctom going to come into his own this year big time) . So yea I think he's worth every penny.

4.) 29 Aug 2021 08:28:33
I think Rice is a very good player, and one of the best CDM's in the league. Should really be a 50-60m player really but the "English" tax will push it higher. He clearly isn't worth 100m as know one is prepared to pay that for him. He has a few years left on his contact though so West Ham are able to play hard ball. And why not, look at the money flying around the transfer market this summer.

Personally I think we are better off looking for a ball playing holding players rather than a pure defensive destroyer like Rice or Ndidi.

We have players who'll throw themselves into a tackle in midfield, what we lack is someone to get on the ball and do things with it that aren't just a square 10 yard pass.

We need a technical, intelligent player like Ruben Neves in my opinion.



23 Aug 2021 08:38:33
If Ole doesn't succeed and eventually gets the sack i would love to see Potter as our manager. Seems to be a really good coach which is what we need.


1.) 23 Aug 2021 10:08:13
I’d like to see him take another step up from Brighton and see how he does. I agree though, think there’s a very good manager in him.

2.) 23 Aug 2021 09:58:06
I think Roy hodgson is better than ole.
Maybe he's a good coach but can be handle egos?
I think we need someone good and someone a bit authoritative.
I would have either Conte or Zidane as the next coach, but not sure if they are the right fit.

3.) 23 Aug 2021 10:29:00
Potter has done an excellent job at Brighton and looks a very astute coach, however, it'd be a big risk to go for him if Ole was to go.

I still believe we should have gone all out for Nagelsmann but that ship has sailed.

I enjoyed watching Lucien Favre's teams and I think he'd be a decent appointment, I also think Eric Ten Hag could be considered.

Despite all of this, I've no doubt we'd go for Southgate if Ole was to leave in the next year or two which would be an immensely disappointing replacement.

4.) 23 Aug 2021 12:35:24
Everyone forgets that Carrick as the first team coach is probably better placed to take over from Ole if the club wants to play it safe 😂.

It's not beyond our amateurs at the top to do so.

5.) 23 Aug 2021 12:48:16
100% agree with Potter, he is tactically very good, that’s the one thing that people criticise Ole99 for the most. I actually think a top assistant manager like Fergie had would make a massive difference as well as I think Ole has some very good positives but his tactical acumen and ability to change things definitely lacks. Most managers don’t have everything but they surround themselves with the right people, I’m not convinced Ole has that.

6.) 23 Aug 2021 13:10:52
Is Ole a football manager or an HR manager? Keeping people happy is for them.

7.) 23 Aug 2021 13:40:27
Potter, really? How long before everyone was winging that we’d employed another manager with nothing on his CV?
Oh hang on… he won promotion and the Swedish cup with Östersunds. Get him in!

8.) 23 Aug 2021 13:55:55
Spenno, that's one better than Ole though isn't it. He got the promotion while Ole. what was it with Cardiff?

9.) 23 Aug 2021 15:41:04
Ua. In response to your question above. Olewally is neither.

10.) 23 Aug 2021 20:06:28
UA, yep you are right. Disturbingly, Ole has won even less than Graham Potter, unless you consider relegation an achievement!
It goes to show that passion and enthusiasm can get people very far indeed when they should probably just be taken aside and persuaded to investigate other career paths.




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29 Aug 2021 21:48:04
If he was coached properly he would be a whole lot better. He always seems to play well for Wales.




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25 Jul 2021 17:36:20
It remains to be seen if we do sign him and whether he can perform in the Premier League.

I don't know whether he would be available but I would prefer Laporte or Koulibaly. The latter is a huge guy who might be best suited to the physicality of english football.




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13 Jul 2021 16:57:38
He is still young and with a proper coach should improve a lot. I would loan but not with option to buy but option of first refusal if we later decide to sell.




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05 Jul 2021 21:56:58
If you were Pogba and wanted to play abroad and knew that next year could do so via a free transfer to a top club and pocket a huge signing fee plus huge wages would you not do so?

He is typical of most modern day footballers who want to play, win things, have a nice lifestyle and maximise their earnings in a short career which is always only one bad injury from being finished.

Allegiance to one club is rare and will increasingly be so. As long as whoever plays gives their all for the team when on the pitch and are not criminals or idiots off it then its something I have to accept.

The other thing to note is the lack of really charismatic managers in Europe not just England. I am talking about managers who make a player want to come to their club and play their hearts out. Apart from Klopp and Pep in our leagues who else is really like that. Abroad maybe Conte and Simeone but that's all. In Scotland Gerrard is that type of manager and in time looks likely to be so at Liverpool.

Such managers make a big difference. With due respect to Ole he is no managerial heavyweight so again it is no surprise he cannot inspire a player like Pogba to stay and sign a long term contract.




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21 Jun 2021 19:28:23
I stand to be corrected but Kanes injury record is not as bad as people make out. He normally misses a month or so in a season. that's not going to hurt City with all the resources they have as cover.

He will score loads for them and instead of playing for a team like Spurs where the pressure is on him to always play and to always score means he can manage his body better and keep in better shape for longer.

He is not slow but certainly not the fastest either. He has an excellent football brain and as his speed declines he will play more and more like Teddy Sheringham who I seem to recall did ok for us.

His transfer fee and wages are almost an irrelevance to City. If he helps to retain the league and wim the Champions League he will have repaid the fee many times over.


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11 Oct 2021 16:00:52
I think it takes courage to go in against a top boxer knowing you have to get lucky through a big punch to succeed and knowing all the time you are liable to a brutal beating.




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11 Oct 2021 15:54:08
Absolutely yes. He would not tolerate slackers he would also be more tactically aware than Ole and his motivational powers would still be high.




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11 Oct 2021 06:44:41
Saw the highlights. Fury has some will to win. Got to give credit to Wilder too. He fought with huge bravery and did his best.




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11 Oct 2021 06:43:21
People have been saying the same for years now and nothing has changed nor will it with Ole at the helm. He is a decent bloke but not a top coach/ manager. Why do people expect more from someone who has reached the limit of his capabilities?




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06 Oct 2021 10:48:41
Conte is the stand out available manager and I would happily take the Ajax coach. At least he would play DVB in his right position and give us a defined attacking style.