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23 Jun 2020 18:56:03
Hi Ed002, sorry to bombard you with yet more Pogba questions, but is Arthur seen as an alternative to Pogba by juventus? Thanks.

Slunkyredy1

{Ed002's Note - Not necessarily as they are having a cull of their midfield this summer - but MU are unwilling to help sort out a solution for Pogba.}


1.) 23 Jun 2020 19:29:48
Given the current climate, d'you think it's more likely that Pogba stays than leaves this summer? Also how would the running down of the contract work in regards to the extra year extension? Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - It is unrelated to the current climate. He can run down his contract over the coming season and leave as a free agent. Manchester United can extend and force him to stay yet another year but they cannot profiteer - so if they extended and then sold him he has a claim on the money. By then few if any players would want to sign for a club which behaves so badly toward their own players.}


2.) 23 Jun 2020 21:11:15
Do the club have any plans to offer or negotiate a new contract with pogba ed002?

{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know. He wants to leave.}


3.) 23 Jun 2020 22:34:39
Thanks for that Ed, just highlights how bad the situation really is. I hope the club can resolve things.


4.) 23 Jun 2020 23:41:13
Oh, poor Mr Pogba, we behaved so badly towards him. We only gave him 300K a week and asked him to play football for it. We are EEEEEEVIL.


5.) 23 Jun 2020 23:59:27
If Pogba wants to leave then the club should negotiate the best deal possible. I just don't like the idea of Juve/ Madrid offering players that they want rid of in any potential deal. If their no good for their respective clubs then their no good for Man United regardless of the club's current circumstances/ position in world football. We need players who are committed to helping us get back to the top and not players who view us as a step down.


6.) 24 Jun 2020 07:53:29
Yeah, sounds simple RWWD but I'm not sure that's it 🤔.


7.) 24 Jun 2020 09:58:03
RWWD, Pogba is well paid, arguably overpaid. No one is disputing that. However, he doesn't want to continue to play for us. He should within reason be allowed to choose who he works for.

You might not agree with it, yet I suspect the majority of fellow footballers will view things in a similar way to Pogba rather than that of the fans.

At the end of the day he doesn't want to be at our club. As an asset he his value to the club is diminishing the longer the keep him. While doing so will look in the eyes of many other footballers to be the club mistreating him.

It best the club facilitate his move. Firstly to protect the value of a club "asset". Secondly, to maintain a happy dressing room. Thirdly, to protect the club's image with fellow footballers.


8.) 24 Jun 2020 10:14:11
Shappy,

I agree with your post. The club appear to be more concerned about the business side rather than the football side of the club.

If a player wants to go, which Pogba clearly does, then keeping a player who wants to go doesn't do the team any good.

It would be different if they said to him, look we can't get a replacement this transfer window etc, but next summer you can go.


9.) 24 Jun 2020 13:44:05
Ed you mentioned in the past about non profiteering on pogba due to extending via the option. I was wondering if there’s anywhere you could point me to research this? I’m looking to find somewhere to do a sports law module once my masters is complete this year. If there’s any reading you could recommend that would be much appreciated.

Caolán.

{Ed002's Note - I don't have time to find it right now, but it is a simple clause about profiteering.}


10.) 24 Jun 2020 15:42:20
Caolan

Ed002 has said many times in the last few months.

Any club can activate an extension year but cannot do so to profit on that extension.

Pogba value will be so low come the end of this season that they cannot activate the year to raise the value.

This is the same for any and every club in similar situations.


11.) 24 Jun 2020 16:14:29
Pogbs won't be the first player not to get the move he wants.


12.) 24 Jun 2020 21:08:18
I get that reddevilfan- but if your read my post I’m just looking more info from the legal and drafting side of things regarding such a clause.


 

 

20 May 2020 21:36:15
Hello ED002, Thanks for making lockdown a bit more exciting with the transfer gossip. Are there any updates on potential outgoings? (Lingard, Mata, Matic etc. ) Cheers.

Slunkyredy1

{Ed002's Note - No major changes as far as I know - but Matic has signed a new deal.}


1.) 20 May 2020 22:52:45
Are there any teams still interested in Matic and are the club willing to sell?

{Ed002's Note - He has signed a new deal so no.}


2.) 21 May 2020 10:45:48
Do you want Matic to leave Slunky?


3.) 21 May 2020 16:18:39
Matic has been quality since his return and the reduced number of goals we've conceded is evident.

Far better defensively when Matic plays over Mctominay. Fact.


4.) 21 May 2020 16:45:45
I'd argue he's been our best CDM since his return to the team, sure he took a few games to get fit and didn't really get played for the first half of the year. I was just wondering if he is going to be here next season and how our Midfield could end up looking, especially given that Juventus have a load of CM's on the table. I'm just wondering how frequently he's going to be playing considering our other options in midfield.


5.) 21 May 2020 22:07:29
When fit and on form Matic is our best DM. The problem is that he can't stay fit for a whole season. This year he was out injured until Christmas, so we got his early season form in January and February. Maybe if he only plays one game a week, or every other week then his legs might not be gone by December.

Either way he is a talented and experienced player to have as part of the squad.

He will be useful next season.


6.) 22 May 2020 06:45:57
Matic when not match fit or over used as per his age, he is a liability. Good 9n ball and defensive rock but its pain to see him jogging around without urgency in matches; mostly down to burn out. since his return from injury, he got enough rest to recover. I believe, if used correctly, he can still deliver for 1 more season. Needs frequent sub offs or Game once a week only.


 

 

11 May 2020 10:17:36
Hi ED002, Sorry to keep pestering but is there any possibility of some juicy summer transfer details? Thank you.

Slunkyredy1

{Ed002's Note - I don't rteally think much has changed at the moment and the club will look to to prioritise. Previously a DM would have been a target, but a new contract for Matic has delayed the immediate need. A versatile left sided CM/AM (ideally Jack Grealish is still wanted). There is interest in the future with interest in Jude Bellingham remaining and Joe Hugill being taken as an option to Gelhardt. The club need to decide what to do about adding a striker with Odion Ighalo being the low cost option. There are other youngsters the club have an interest in and could still look to cherry-pick like Ricky-Jade Jones and Kalvin Phillips.

Right now the big driver remains whether or not it will become possible to complete the season (I still think it unlikely) and, if not, how the season will be finished. Then it becomes much clearer what clubs will be able to do, who will be in the Champions League and who will be in the Europa League and how that affects transfers.}


1.) 11 May 2020 13:09:05
Thank you very much Ed002, any news very much appreciated. Hope you and those close to you are staying well and finding positives in these strange times.

{Ed002's Note - And you Wallace.}


2.) 11 May 2020 16:26:32
Thanks Ed! Are there any updates on our RW options?

{Ed002's Note - Federico Chiesa (RW/F) is available much more affordable than Sancho for Manchester United and of prior interest, but Inter remain keen although talks are now on hold. Fiorentina are willing to sell in the summer. Should it happen at some point, he would be a direct replacement, has similar attributes to Salah, is liked by Klopp and, although Liverpool have shown no interest, he will be sold in the summer. As far as I am aware, Liverpool have still not made any approach to Fiorentina for Federico Chiesa. However interest in him from elsewhere remains and it is still the intent if Inter to push for a move for him as soon as they can. And that is the move the player has wanted. Sarri desired the player when at Napoli and he wants to improve his options at Juventus but it would mean moving on both Douglas Costa and Bernardeshi first - although they are trying. Napoli is in turmoil and unattractive to players whilst they get their act together. Prior interest of Milan and Roma has gone due to the asking price.}


3.) 11 May 2020 21:10:27
Chiesa would be a wonderful signing. One of the few proper out and out right wingers in the game. It should be a no brainer between him and Sancho if the sums for Sancho are to be believed.

With AWB at right back and Chiesa at right wing, that could be the right side done for a long time.


4.) 11 May 2020 21:14:45
Sancho looks the better player imo would be better suited to England and the EPL as well.


5.) 11 May 2020 21:19:00
The money for Sancho is obscene, even in football's terms. If Chiesa can be done this summer and for a good price then I think we should pull the trigger.


6.) 11 May 2020 22:33:54
I agree that sancho is the better player with a higher ceiling and will proably adapt quicker.
If the cost of sancho is prohibitive then so be it we have to look at other alternatives.
If the player wants inter them it will probably happen.
Its a position that needs strengthening but a lot will depend on cl qualification and with so much uncertainty around i'm not expecting too much this summer.


7.) 11 May 2020 22:57:18
Thanks for the updates ED! I'm undecided on Chiesa but I think he's a better option than Sancho. Sancho will not be worth the money demanded and I'm not sure he'll be as good for us as people think. His stats are incredible in a very strong team coming up against some not so good defenders. I would ideally prefer a left footer right winger who can cut inside. I still think Greenwood can be effective in scoring from the right hand side, but we do really need a player who can hog the right hand side, which we've been missing for so long. I'd be happy to take a Bale, Costa, Bernadeschi if possible involved in some sort of swap for Pogba and alternate them with greenwood. Chiesa, Sarr or Traore would be the best options right now if we're looking for a long term player.

{Ed002's Note - Bale and Costa are certainly available but we will see what happens.}


8.) 12 May 2020 09:18:52
Everyone is always saying we need to buy the best option have ambition.

Now it seems it all about value for money .


9.) 12 May 2020 10:47:12
Im not sure that's what people are saying. I thin k you said the same thing yourself last week.
That the landscape has changed and because if that it will be harder to get the most expensive players unless their value drops significantly. The money may not be available.


10.) 12 May 2020 10:54:15
Sancho is clearly the better option in terms of footballing ability currently. And for that reason is obviously the first choice.

However, we would need to have our heads in the clouds not to appreciate that there is an upper limit which the club needs to have for every transfer. Apparently the Sancho deal is in the region of 200m when considering transfer fee, wages, agents fees etc. Now that was before C.V., and fees will be impacted.

If Dortmund or his agents won't accept fees at or below the maximum amount we are prepared to pay then we have to walk away. Just as Chelsea have done.

While we are also assuming that Sancho would definitely come to us. He has said he won't move somewhere without UCL football, so there is a chance that this deal might not happen if we don't qualify as well.

In the event that Sancho won't sign or his price tag is higher than the club is prepared to play then we need another target to move on to.

Federico Chiesa by all accounts is an excellent young player who could be a great alternative to Sancho.


11.) 12 May 2020 11:38:47
Ken
Eh? Ken read above people are saying sancho isn't worth the money and the money is obscene and he won't be worth the money .
Or " it should be a no brainer between chiesa or sancho if the sums for sancho are true "

Also the landscape has changed and transfer values imo will be part of that . If united want and can afford sancho I hope they go for him.
Shappy
If a club and agent won't accept a fee that we are willing to pay for a player we will obviously not buy that player.

If we can get sancho i personal would take him every day of the week over chiesa.


12.) 12 May 2020 11:39:44
Thanks Ed!


13.) 12 May 2020 12:40:23
I agree jred that would be my choice also to get sancho. But if the numbers are not workable from our point of view i would look for an alternative.
Mumbles doesn't think he is worth the money being asked, valid opinion and slunky feels that sancho is not the best option again a valid opinion.
Im not sure anybody is saying buy sancho at all costs but i think most would agree that if he is affordable them he would be the best option. some don't think so which is their prerogative.
Ed002 said the deal is upwards of 200m it seems to be very expensive. His agent has demanded a fee in the region of 50m and unless he reduces his ask substantially then i'd say the deal is dead in the water sadly. I can't see us paying the agent that sum ire anything close to it.
He won't sign unless we have cl football according to reports either if that's the case it doesn't bode well.
Id really like him but if the numbers don't work them we will have to look elsewhere.


14.) 12 May 2020 13:23:51
Ken
If the numbers are not workable for a player we won't buy him .
But if the club can do I deal what's the problem?
Mumbles also said on the banter page united won't pay what it takes to get back to the top, so which is it.
As you said mumbles doesn't think he is worth the money.
If people don't think sancho is any good that's there opinion, if slinky would rather bale ( I would take sancho over bale everyday of the week ) that's his opinion.
But the cost is always mentioned
So I'm not sure what your disagreeing with when I say "everyone is always saying we need to buy the best option have ambition.  

Now it seems it all about value for money"


15.) 12 May 2020 14:09:57
I would prefer we bought hungry players around the age of 23 to 25 so we gwr them for a few years at least at their peak. don't want players who are older ad a short term fix.


16.) 12 May 2020 14:53:14
Im not arguing with you other than i'm not sure that its lots of people that are saying that.
As a club we have paid and will always pay over the odds for some players.
Its a fine balance of getting value and getting the right player.
In the past we only had to buy 1 or 2 players to compliment a great squad successful winning squad so paying over the odds for 1 big player was palatable but now the money has got so much bigger and we need 3 4 or 5 players to compete so busting the budget on 1 player will probably not have the desired affect. Liverpool are now at that point. They don't need as many players so can pay big money on 1. It will take a while to rebuild yet again.
So perhaps that's where people are coming from.
Personally i think we need 3 or 4 starters and if we buy sancho we won't get them as there is so much going on him. If we don't get the balance right i would have a concern that sancho would come but because of other deficiencies in the team that he won't be enough to move is forward.
A lot will depend on cl qualification which is by no means certain.
A lot will depend on budget for transfers
A lot will depend on getting others sold and freeing up space.
Matic looks set to stay
Pogba will he stay or go? This will have an impact in the budget for sure.
Rojo jones smalling lingard are likely to move on but I'm not sure they well generate big money so perhaps with the changing landscape we will Neff to be more creative and open to player swaps if its possible.
Like so much else in today's world so much is up in the air.


17.) 12 May 2020 16:46:30
Ken
But nobody has said any of that above, certainly when I posted my op?
It was more a case of " If Chiesa can be done this summer and for a good price then I think we should pull the trigger "
Your agreeing and disagreeing at the same time . Its as bad as boris.


18.) 12 May 2020 17:23:20
As usual we're arguing on this site when we probably agree more than we disagree. I just want to clarify that if it were a straight pick between Sancho and Bale I'd obviously prefer Sancho. However, Pogba needs to go and by the sounds of things, swaps are the most viable option. I wouldn't mind a Costa/ Bale alternating with Greenwood and Chong (Hopefully he puts on some muscle over the lockdown) . Then in a year or two we can re-evaluate who we should or shouldn't splash the cash on. I do fear Sancho's stats, team and general hype might be misleading people on their judgement of him. There's no guarantee he adapts and continues his form, I just don't think it's worth the risk.

{Ed002's Note - The issue with Bale is his age and wages. His options are dwindling.}


19.) 12 May 2020 19:09:49
Im disagreeing that its loads of people. it was a couple that's all. I don't think that's the overwhelming feeling.


20.) 12 May 2020 19:43:09
Sancho would be my choice by Chiesa is a good alternative if the money isn't there.


21.) 12 May 2020 22:04:28
Chiesa would be my choice too and I don't think Sancho is as good as people think he is and certainly not for 200 mill. I rather we go ge5 Chiesa and Nigues for 200 mill then splashing all of the money on Sancho. 😉😉.


22.) 12 May 2020 22:19:23
To be honest I've only seen Chiesa in a couple of games and a few highlights and I've not been watching him intently. So I've no real opinion on him. He is exciting at times. Looks a good player.
There have not been too many hugely successful Italian imports into the epl, i'm not sure why that is. Like the English players they tend to stay at home more often than not.


23.) 12 May 2020 23:26:42
ken
Exactly I'm far from convinced but he is a fancy name and that's what dome people like . Whereas sancho is English, before you disagree just keep an eye out thd same people will say thd samd things .

So if your only disagree with the word loads change it to a few . Althought there is a similar thread on the page 2 below.


24.) 13 May 2020 03:01:54
Only Ronaldo, Mbappe, Neymar, Salah, Mane and Messi shpuld be going for anywhere near 150 mill plus. Anyone else should not be anywhere that amount.


 

 

18 Nov 2019 13:08:19
Hi Ed's, is there anything in the rumours linking us to Danny Loader?

Thanks.

Slunkyredy1

{Ed002's Note - He has been looked at by a number of PL clubs and Wolves still want him - but he would certainly not be ready for the first team for most PL sides.}


1.) 18 Nov 2019 13:34:06
Cheers Ed.


 

 

23 Aug 2019 01:35:51
Any updates on the whole De Gea situation?

Slunkyredy1

1.) 24 Aug 2019 14:47:18
Good question.


 

 

 

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06 Jan 2021 22:30:41
So Ole has bottled 4 Semi-Finals, and bottled our champions league qualification, when it was probably harder not to qualify.

We've gone through some good spells of form under Ole, and in both those spells there have been two central attacking midfielders that have been key to his winning streaks. Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. In the first half on the 2018/ 19 season, Pogba had 3 goals and 3 assists. After Ole's appointment, Pogba went to to obtain 10 goals and 6 assists in 20 league games. (Stats not too dissimilar to our hero Bruno)

Pogba then acquires an "ankle injury" from September to January the following season. Utd's form starts to drop and Ole's job looks in jeopardy. Utd purchase Fernandes on the 29th of December with Utd joint 7th place, and 6 points of 4th placed Chelsea. Bruno works his magic, and we finish the season 3rd.

Everyone now speculates as to whether we can play Pogba and Bruno in the same team. Ole tries Pogba at CDM and he fails to contribute anything of note in his matches. We sign Donny Van De Beek in the Summer. Andreas loaned, Lingard neglected and mata resigned to a bit part role.
Pogba is now playing well for us in this left sided midfield role (Didn't he play in a similar position for Juve? )

We all know Pogba has no defensive awareness but has assets going forward. Hence he's being played in the left sided midfield role. However this has pushed Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out of their best position. Rashford is now playing out of position on the right, keeping Greenwood out of the team in a position where he flourishes. Martial is struggling for form.

We're seeing the best of Pogba at the expense of our other players.

Axel Tuanzebe doesn't play for months, comes in against PSG and delivers the best defensive performance of the season. Gets dropped the next game for Lindelof. Eric Bailly comes back after his injury to show why he is our best CB since Rio and Vidic. Makes a match winning tackle against Aston Villa at the death. Gets dropped.

Donny Van De Beek plays fantastic one touch football, and can read the game well. He is very aware of the players around him before he passes the ball. Has played pretty well every time I've seen him. Yet he's been neglected, and seeing him come on tonight after the game was lost is almost a kick in the teeth for a player of his calibre. I feel sorry for the boy.

As much as I like Jack Grealish I can't see us fitting in any more left sided attacking players into our squad. We are currently prioritising Paul Pogba, who's agent has repeatedly disrespected our club, ahead of our best homegrown talent and Donny. I will be gutted if Donny leaves. I will be gutted if Bailly leaves. Two fantastic players who are behind in the pecking order because of our spineless manager and incompetent board.

We bought in Alex Telles, a wing back with a good forward play, but lacking a little defensively, to give us the option of playing 3-5-2. Yet we bombed out Diogo Dalot, who would offer the same skillset on the opposite side of the pitch. Now we are playing with two great defensive fullbacks. We can't hold a high line because Lindelof is weak and Maguire is Slow. Bailly and Tuanzebe would remedy this, however our incompetent/ weak manager will not facilitate this.

The Pochettino ship has sailed, and we're stuck with a P. E teacher at the helm. Yes we're joint top of the league, but it's early days, and with this squad you should at least be challenging. The frustratement with Ole is that when we lose it's glaringly obvious mistakes that cost us. When we win, it's because we should be beating our opposition. Let's just hope we move Pogba on and Donny get's some game time. Oh and get a Striker or Right Winger.

Slunkyredy1

 

 

08 Dec 2020 22:19:45
Ole's bottled 3 semi finals and now he's bottled our champions league group even though it was there for the taking.

"Ole should be given credit when he wins because he gets so much heat when he loses" is a phrase often touted by his apologists. The reality is that with our squad he should be wining most of his matches. When we lose it is usually unprofessional and down to the fact that he is tactically inept. When we win it usually down to individual quality. Hope to see him and Pogba gone in January.

Slunkyredy1

1.) 08 Dec 2020 22:28:00
Same old question though isn't it? Get rid of Ole who comes in, who would want to come in, what about DOF etc etc etc . if only it were simple.


2.) 08 Dec 2020 22:45:22
Every time I mention Ole's insufficieny people bring up the board. The board being poor doesn't justify us being managed by a clearly unqualified and incompetent manager. I've never defended the board. No one defends our board or the structure of our club. This is about Ole and the reality is he isn't good enough. The Ole issue is that simple.


3.) 08 Dec 2020 22:48:44
Get rid of ole just purely to use it as an excuse to get rid of maguire.

New manager comes and says someone with the mobility of a hgv lorry doesn't suit their styke of play and we need a different style of defender.9.


4.) 08 Dec 2020 22:49:41
Well a manager with a bit of tactical nous would be a good place to start #oleout.


 

 

01 Nov 2020 20:18:27
Our front three of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood has more potential than any other frontline in the world right now.

We have a world class attacking mid department of Mata, Fernandes, Pogba, Van De Beek. (Surely one of the best CAM departments in world football)

We have the best Goalkeeping department in World football (De Gea, Henderson, Romero)

As Defenders, Shaw and Wan Bissaka must be two of the best defensive fullbacks in the game.

CDM of Matic, Fred and Mctomminay is actually decent but could be better.

CB of Mengi, Bailly, Tuanzebe would be fantastic if Ole had the balls to play them

The squad should be challenging. The Squad should be playing better than it is. We have no system and it's clear that Ole has a limit. If you can't get these players to play well then maybe you're not cut out for the job. Please bring in a proper manager. We've backed the wrong manager.

Slunkyredy1

1.) 01 Nov 2020 21:05:20
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.


2.) 01 Nov 2020 21:15:13
Shaw the best defensive full back in the world. Are you eating proper.


3.) 01 Nov 2020 21:18:05
I'm slightly with you Slunky, maybe a bit O. T. T but it is a far better team than people think. Ole is clueless, he sort of stumbles onto a good performance and believes its the future. Then when it wasn't working with Mctominay on the right of the diamond he reverts to 2 holding mids again. The team need to play with more freedom, everything is too slow and safe. If they don't give loads of space for Rash to run in behind we create nothing. I loved Ole as a player but he is now up there as one of the worst managers ever, and a couple of games in the champions league can't cover it up.


4.) 01 Nov 2020 21:25:54
You can't deny that inhope.


5.) 01 Nov 2020 21:29:19
Think your view of world class is different to most. Front 3 are good and could be great but are inconsistent which might be down to age. Bar bruno, your midfield is weak. Pogba is all hype, Fred is average, mcT would not get in any of the best teams in Europe's squad. Mata is past it as is matic. Shaw is useless as is Maguire, awb is good at defending but can't cross a ball. De gea used to be good but isn't any more. The problem with its is that you have one good game every 6 and people think everything is fine again. Take this week. Great in Europe and this page was all everything is fine again. Now you will have a couple of weeks of being average. Ole is out of his depth. You need to rebuild you need a clear transfer policy which you don't have any more. The best thing kloop did for us was have a clear vision and stick to it. I can see a long season ahead for you guys.


6.) 01 Nov 2020 22:13:54
Leahy - I said Wan Bissaka and Luke Shaw are two of the best defensive fullbacks in the game. I didn't say Shaw's the best defensive fullback in the game, because he isn't even the best defensive fullback in our squad. I don't think there are that MANY left backs who are better than him defensively, (although there are better all-rounders), but this is partly down to the fact that there is less of an emphasis on defending from that position nowadays. Please read what I actually write rather than misinterpretting what I've written.

Liverpoolmanc - Our front three is better than "Good". The inconsistency comes from the team rather than the individuals themselves.

Mata defeinitely isn't past it. He's never relied on pace, his brain and passing are fantastic. People complain about his pace, but his intelligence actually allows him to be impactful because he's seconds ahead of everyone else. I actually feel sorry that such a brilliant footballer has been somewhat wasted at our club and will continue to be so.

Pogba is a very capable attacking midfielder, yet over the years we insisted on playing him in a deep lying role which he's never been able to do.

I know you all think I'm overexaggerating etc, becasue it's so easy to slag off our players. You're used to slagging off the players. The reality is we don't have a system, we just have a collection of individuals. When we're inevitably countered by a better system, everything falls apart. Our press is incoherent, and we struggle to play out from the back if pressed well. Our build up play just looks "off the cuff"

Anyone who's played the game knows that if you're up against a team with less ability, but are well drilled and have practiced passages of play, you can easily be damaged. We aren't necessarily losing games because of insufficient personel. We are struggling to play due to tactical ineptitude.


7.) 01 Nov 2020 23:12:50
Slunky that's a good post. You may be over rating a couple but the rest is bang on the money for me.


8.) 01 Nov 2020 23:15:59
Slunky, the players need to take responsibility too. You can't just blame tactics and the manager (who needs to go), Pogba was in an attacking role today and was awful. On a week where we lost Nobby Stiles, a player that would give everything he had in every game to today's team who strolled around the pitch. I didn't see fight in any of them. They allowed arsenal to come to old Trafford and take 3 points without any real fight.


 

 

15 Oct 2020 11:27:46
For a while now I've seen posters comment something along the lines of "I don't care how much we pay for X player. it's not my money and it's an improvement on what we have".

Maguire and Pogba are both massively overpaid for, and when this happens, it puts you in a difficult situation as it's hard to drop the players or move them on when you realise they're not good enough.

I'm glad we didn't pay £150+ million for Sancho, because he's definitely not worth the risk. Not sure I'd displace Greenwood for him.

Slunkyredy1

1.) 15 Oct 2020 12:02:24
Plenty of people said we shouldn't pay anywhere near £80m pound for Harry Maguire.


2.) 15 Oct 2020 12:17:18
This is the issue with modern football where its all about the big name signings, and fantasy football.

The same people who are happy to be reckless with money when it comes to signing players are the same ones who bemoan the clubs inability to shift players like Jones, Rojo and Lingard.

The reality is that we can't shift these players because they are on huge contracts.

I find it amusing how many fans say its only a few million more. Like its nothing, when the reality is most fans have never seen a million, let alone the few million they seem happy to throw around for this player or that player.

While I enjoy a good signing as much as the next person, I have stated that my preference has always been for our youth players to be given a chance.

The Sancho deal never made sense, its why several other clubs walked away long before we did. £108m transfer fee, £50m agents fee, while paying a 20 year old 250k per week is madness. Especially in the current climate where we will likely see many many clubs go to the wall.


3.) 15 Oct 2020 12:30:48
Plenty of people, a huge significant majority of united fans said jones and rojo shouldn't be given new contracts.

Stop with these simplistic strawmen arguments.


4.) 15 Oct 2020 13:15:28
£50 million in agents fees Shappy, how do I become an Agent?


5.) 15 Oct 2020 13:51:45
Grimslives, that's the rumoured agents fees. In our accounts we paid Mino Raiola 28m in agents fees when we signed Pogba.


6.) 15 Oct 2020 16:17:56
I'm so glad our Club didn't let those bully boys from Dortmund pull our pants down and fleece us for an overrated winger that's only scored 29 league goals in the last two seasons.

I'm ecstatic that they decided to sign a CF that's not kicked a football for over 7 months and at nearly 34 years old clearly has his best days ahead. I'm glad they decided to pay his agent nearly £10m and make him one of our top earners at over £200k per week.

I can't wait to watch the two children we've signed that cost upwards of £40m and clearly with so much top flight experience between them are ready to make an immediate impact in a struggling team. They should both be ready for the first team by 2025.

Yes I think we stood up to those bully boys from Dortmund admirably and really showed them what a well planned, thoughtful, intelligent transfer window really looks like.

I guess all that money they've saved will pay them a nice dividend but at least your happy because they didn't spend it on Sancho.


 

 

12 Sep 2020 15:41:57
Sorry to the ED's as I'm sure you've enjoyed his name not being mentioned every 5 minutes, but has anyone got any updates on the Pogba situation or what they would expect to happen? Things seem to be very quiet regarding him.

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{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}


1.) 12 Sep 2020 15:56:15
Ok ED002 thanks very much.


 

 

 

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09 Sep 2020 17:54:56
As we've seen with Maguire/ Pogba and whoever else, overpaying for a player can be an issue. If you decide they aren't good enough for you, or don't fit in your system, you'll struggle to move them on and recoup a similar amount of money to what you paid for them. I sure hope Sancho is worth the well over £120 million total package, because if he isn't as impactful as the likes of Greenwood, Martial and Rashford, we'll be in a difficult situation. Let's hope he doesn't keep a better player out of the team due to his price tag. Let's pray he's not overhyped and doesn't just look amazing because of the league and team he's playing in. Of course I'll back him, and you can all mock me if he becomes our best attacker, but I am skeptical of the deal at the given price.

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23 Jun 2020 22:34:39
Thanks for that Ed, just highlights how bad the situation really is. I hope the club can resolve things.

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23 Jun 2020 19:29:48
Given the current climate, d'you think it's more likely that Pogba stays than leaves this summer? Also how would the running down of the contract work in regards to the extra year extension? Thank you.

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{Ed002's Note - It is unrelated to the current climate. He can run down his contract over the coming season and leave as a free agent. Manchester United can extend and force him to stay yet another year but they cannot profiteer - so if they extended and then sold him he has a claim on the money. By then few if any players would want to sign for a club which behaves so badly toward their own players.}


 

 

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21 May 2020 16:45:45
I'd argue he's been our best CDM since his return to the team, sure he took a few games to get fit and didn't really get played for the first half of the year. I was just wondering if he is going to be here next season and how our Midfield could end up looking, especially given that Juventus have a load of CM's on the table. I'm just wondering how frequently he's going to be playing considering our other options in midfield.

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20 May 2020 22:52:45
Are there any teams still interested in Matic and are the club willing to sell?

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13 Jan 2021 13:02:45
Gary Neville has this tendency to be over-biased against Utd so that he can't be accused of being biased in UTD's favour. Unfortunately this leads him getting it wrong on a lot of occasions.

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08 Jan 2021 17:03:51
Williams isn't that good? Attitude problems? Where you do you guys get this stuff? The boy has fantastic pace, aggression, and is good both defensively and offensively.

He's not playing because we bought Alex Telles, and we have Wan Bissaka on the right. So that's two left backs ahead of him, and our main RB. It's hard to impress when you're barely given a run of games. I absolutely wouldn't sell him given his ability and age.

A loan would be good for him. Just because a young player is performing doesn't mean they should be instantly bombed out of the club.

Would you take Zaha at the club now?

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06 Jan 2021 22:40:52
Absolutely agree. You either bring Donny when the game is winnable, or don't bring him on at all. He's not been trusted by the manager, despite playing well every time he plays. He'll spend more time in the shower and packing up his kit than he did on that field tonight.

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06 Jan 2021 22:37:32
I don't think the players are as much of a problem as people think. Maybe just too many players who excel in the left sided attacking position.

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01 Jan 2021 22:13:16
Trippier can't defend. We can't afford a player like him in out team.

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