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17 May 2017 08:37:27
Haven't been on here that long and I pick up the eds and the posters find a lot of sources as very dubious and not reliable but a couple mentioning bale may like a return to England and would prefer a move to utd over Chelsea, anything in this or twaddle .


{Ed001's Note - according to those that know the lad very well, family, friends and former and current coaches of his, at least the ones I have managed to speak to, they all say he has no interest in leaving Spain and is really happy there. Unless Madrid want rid, which I have not heard of any genuine talk of that being the case just yet, it is highly unlikely he will be moving this summer. Money may talk I guess, but this is his dream, playing for Madrid.}

1.) 17 May 2017 11:21:28
Cheers mate, greizmann it is then hopefully if bale a none starter, damn talk sport building my hopes up.




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18 Oct 2020 22:22:34
I enjoyed yesterday's game, maybe as I had very little doubt we would win . Newcastle are a poor team at home and I think the easiest away game of the season, their shape, personal and tactics at home are very cautious to the point of a bit baffling, everyone back and see if their one talent can take half the visitors out while starting 50 yards from goal .

Mean maybe but a fair few geordies see it similar . Now I am no mata fan I have found him to be way too slow but my eyes don't deceive me, when he's played this season every time he's been one of, if not the best player in our side .

At the moment the problem for us is how to we get mata, vdb, bruno, rash and martial in the side or cavani if yr not a martial fan and not forgetting pogba .

It looks like it requires two attacking midfielders not one but is our defense good enough to go that way . Probably not away to paris but I think quite a few want to see it tried soon .


1.) 18 Oct 2020 23:00:38
Against teams who sit back we should have mata Donny and Bruno. Their movement of the ball and ability to play 1 touch in tight spaces is second to none. Pogba is useless against a low block unless he’s breaking into the box imo. Mata was superb yesterday, and was on the same wavelength as both Bruno and Donny when he came on. Intelligent players win games.



19 Sep 2020 22:49:02
33 points behind last season's champions and not a new face in the starting line up.

How do you assess results do you pick a pocket of games that back whatever opinion you have or look at a season as a whole .

Things we may not like to hear, Mike he will give 20 pens a year away when var comes in smalling was maybe the best defender on utds book last season .

Of the other 19 teams in the prem on the first day of a new season how many would swap their right hand side for tfm and james .

Those sort of results are how you end up 30 plus points behind the champions, hopefully we don't see anything that bad again for a long time .

I have to be honest wouldht be gutted to see zaha return.


1.) 19 Sep 2020 23:07:02
Unfortunately we will be seeing results like that. We are still far behind. All other clubs have invested in their squads. Our owners have invested heavily in their own dividends.

2.) 19 Sep 2020 23:42:18
Smalling is not the best defender he is just as poor as all the ither defenders.

Maguire is the best cb we have and that is saying somthing.

Shaw is poor always out of position other than wan bissaka and maguire the other 2 positions are anyones

We need a cb and a full back along with a winger and a striker

But we won't get anyone.

Everyone else has improved except us.

We have spent nothing vdb was bought with money saved from sanches wages technically.

Improvements are needed or we won't finish in the top 4

We are light years away from 1st wnd 2nd.

3.) 19 Sep 2020 23:53:54
Before a ball was even kicked there was already a cauldron of toxicity and negatively surrounding the Club.

In seasons where we've finished 2nd and 3rd a lack of urgency in the transfer market has seen us start the season with a sense of foreboding. If there is a desire to bring the title back to Old Trafford then it is conspicuous by its absence and it's hard to argue that the Clubs ambition lies beyond a top 4 finish.

In seasons when we've finished outside the top 4 we've seen the purse strings loosened and significant investment made in the squad. This has not been the case when money has been needed to push us onto the next level and mount a serious title challenge. The ambition of the Club is clear and unequivocal. Top 4 is panacea and the Club will not risk money chasing glory.

I think to analyse tonight's game is almost redundant and missing the bigger picture. Yes there are questions marks over team selection, substitutions and yet more inept defending by a calamity CB who is clearly not strong or robust enough for the Premier League but this does not strike at the heart of the problem.

As we go to bed this evening we can always console ourselves that despite a disastrous start we are still only 3 points behind the top 4. With the level of consistency demonstrated by Liverpool and City over the past two seasons it's safe to assume that a title challenge has already been surrendered on day 1.

Without significant investment we were never likely to finish above 3rd so in that respect tonight's defeat is merely evidence of yet more inconsistency.

Without ambition the Club will remain rooted in purgatory lying somewhere between corporate conglomerate and sporting institution.

At what point do we all just get with the program and start popping the champagne if we finish in the top 4? Protecting revenue streams and increasing sponsorship opportunities are after all the mission statement of the corporation. Maybe we need to recognise success when we see it and like City proudly boasted of having the tallest floodlights, nicest kits or even Curly Watts as a celebrity fan we can boast of revenue growth and social media followers!



15 Sep 2020 22:37:20
Ronaldo left in 2009 I believe . The right side of attack since then has left a lot to be desired .
Greenwood has made the best fist of it, his style head infield to join the striker and score goals and he's done it well .
Sometimes though we need to retain the width awb is better defending than overlapping and duznt really give us that . An option that provides width and offers guile we lack . Many have tried I won't list them all .
We seem to dither ( disagree with you on the manager stuff but feel your correct on this Redman, sorry for the namechecheck but I am agreeing ) the position has been an issue for a long time, buy a young right winger like sancho and tie down the position for years or refuse the price and target a different one.


1.) 16 Sep 2020 01:07:02
I think people forget how good Valencia was on that right wing for a couple of seasons so that's probably a bit harsh on him.

I would say until he got the 7 shirt he was mint on the right. (plus Ronnie was LW or Middle most of the time)



23 Jul 2020 10:03:05
It's a strange finale to the season ole, Lampard and rodgers may well have all taken the situation they are in if offered before the season started .
If ole knew last summer he wouldn't get bruno till january, pogba, rashford and mctom would miss large parts of the season injured, I think he would have took this situation .
Lampard was under a transfer ban and in his first season managing in the prem, I'd have thought if offered a game to go at home and needing a point he'd have taken that .
Rodgers if offered a one off game at home to qualify for champs league, I think he'd have snapped your hands off .
The weird thing is though that whichever of the 3 who duznt make it is going to feel a pretty big disappointment and a feeling of letting it slip through their fingers, rodgers has had pretty large points buffers, lampard needed a point from 2 games and prior to the Southampton game united looked pretty certain to make it .
People need to keep their powder dry until sunday as none of them have let it slip yet and only one of those scenarios will happen.




22 Dec 2019 20:53:33
I've just seen today's game I can't help but think a year ago when we were going through a bad spell under jose people were probably saying the keeper looking iffy now, pogba only creative midfielder but he wants away, we did next to nothing down the right side and we are a country mile behind in the league, if anyone did say that they could repost the same thing a year later.





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05 Sep 2020 17:15:23
I'm guessing then shappy that if the 120 million you quote was spent on say 4 other players youd be just as against it what with the financial uncertainty and people losing jobs and other things you mention otherwise your simply saying youd spend it differently .




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04 Sep 2020 23:17:26
Why do people feel sancho will be cheaper in a years time, it's a genuine question .
I've always rated bale but that ship surely has sailed . I'd have liked him 3 year ago not now . He seems Madrids answer to sanchez, large wages no takers if a fee is involved or he duznt have a rethink on wages but if you were him would you.




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14 Dec 2018 09:50:52
I agree Ken we don't have a squad good enough to win the league however why is that.
We have bought 11 players under the manager that's an entire new team. Currently he inherited a great GK has bought his own players for 3 of the back 4 positions, an entire new 3 man midfield, a striker and a wideman .
Many players people feel maybe aren't good enough are still go to players and if they are given new deals it's hard to blame the tools he was left .




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12 Nov 2018 20:54:51
You make very articulate points about structure, outlay and ownership redman and I enjoy reading yr posts without always agreeing. There may be many issues at the club but we have been 19 and 23 points adrift and are currently 12 points behind but in all likelihood heading for twenty odd behind and we are currently in November behind Watford and Bournemouth .

Our football is often awful and our team for the money spent on it should be way better. We looked a bit out of our depth against city and maybe it's because they have spent more but by that logic we should be better than most if not all other teams in the world bar city. I think people can find it hard to hear about all areas where things aren't going to well but very little said about the obvious to some main thing, the managers results, style and transfer record.

i'm not sure what evidence there is that refutes every player we have bought was run past and agreed with Jose. To on the whole not mention Jose much but point out all the other things wrong with the club to me is like someone holding yr head underwater in the bath and pointing out the tap is running too fast and the waters too deep but then not really mentioning the hand holding year head underwater.




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06 May 2018 21:09:25
I think the whole do you blame players or the manager thing needs consistency if you feel it's not the managers fault when players performance or attitude are poor as he's not out on the pitch and can't be held accountable when they cross the line that's fine but why praise him when performance and attitude is good when you feel it was nothing to do with him when it wasn't.
To me the buck stops with the manager good or bad . I don't like the way he has us playing most of the time but we are second and in a cup final and as I say buck stops with the manager so to me that's worthy of another chance to make a title challenge . I may like others suspect we are as likely to slip back as keep going forward but that hasn't happened yet . If we do well next year IL praise the manager if we don't IL hold him accountable what I won't do is say he's great when we win but it's the players fault when we lose and nothing to do with him .





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15 Oct 2020 14:22:39
Newcastles line up can be hard to predict, players that do well against us like the longstaff s are firmly behind shelvey and hayden in selection for most games .

Dubravka has been injured all season, yedlin rarely gets a game now and I believe lascelles, maximim and Matty longstaff have knocks and are fitness doubts .

So far ryan fraser will only play if replacement for maximim and almiron is in and out of the team . They have looked to carrol or Joelinton to support Wilson quite often, and used Hendricks as a right sideish player .

They do have players where they could field a team that looks okay on paper but they rarely select it and are often more defensive at home than away .




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15 Oct 2020 10:56:58
Brighton got a good win playing a back 3 at newcastle but we need to remember decent teams have played a back 4 at st james and pinned them back for huge chunks of games . They are often very defensive and dour and don't press much .

I'd play a back 4 there dangerman is maximin and the player I'd least want to have space . Wan bissakas strength is his tackling not his attacking and keeping maximin quiet would go a huge way to keeping newcastle at bay .

I'd also play Maguire his form hasn't been good but I don't see too many ways newcastle cause us problems but Carroll bossing a cb in the air in one way, his goals record is dreadful nowadays but put yourself in Bruce's shoes and if Maguire wasnt playing its something youd look at, even if it's just a way to get Wilson into the action in the box .

I like pogba but van de beek was brought to bring competition for places and pogba hasn't done enough to keep his place .

I think newcastle will allow us lots of possession as they will drop off to defend .




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10 Oct 2020 09:55:12
Ed 47 I just feel the game is between two sides with high C.V. rates in their areas and both areas are having difficulties already making people follow C.V. rules about gathering .

Now there's a financial incentive to gather to pay less money by splitting the fee for the cost of the match, this happens with all the big boxing fights and it's something which although is wrong in current circumstances, it is also inevitable .


{Ed047's Note - I know slate, I’m not disagreeing and everything surrounding COVID has been about the individual following simple guidelines.

Everyone of us knows how to avoid it but so many want to muddy and confuse that and that’s why it’s going nowhere fast mate.



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10 Oct 2020 09:35:30
At a time the government want people not to gather or enter other peoples homes maybe pay per view is not a great idea .

The temptation for people is then gather and split the bill which is the exact opposite of what the government is seeking to achieve .


{Ed047's Note - I’m not a fan of any government Slate but I think who ever was making these decisions would find themselves damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

As I said to jred, I’d like to think there is help in there somewhere, basically for those that don’t subscribe but would normally pay way above and beyond £15 to go to a game and I think they way outnumber those who subscribe.



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27 Sep 2020 13:27:29
Id still be chasing a right winger, I thought the right hand side was non existent . Greenwood drifts inside constantly and awb struggles to provide any width .