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19 May 2020 11:50:27
Hi Ed002,
Could you please provide the summary of United's targets when you get time.
I believe you said things would be much clearer this week.

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - The overall list of players looked at remains unchanged - as obviously there has been no football. I don't really think much has changed at the moment in terms of realistic targets 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. Then the issue shifts to players departing to make space. Saul Niguez (CM) interest will have gone if Pogba decides to run down his contract next season because the club are holding him to ransom and have no Champions League. A decision needs to be made as Manchester United may have the chance to replace Pogba with Saul but they continue to make matters difficult for themselves. The situation with Sancho remains unchanged - although I expect Juventus to offer a selection of players in exchange for Pogba and that will include Douglas Costa amongst others.

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.) 19 May 2020 12:06:08
Thank you for the information Ed.
As always, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


2.) 19 May 2020 12:12:02
Hi Ed this is great stuff - would Dybala be in the list if exchanges for Pogba? Seems to me to kill two birds with one stone. Replace Pogba with Saul and add Dybala for right side forward spot.

{Ed002's Note - Paulo Dybala (AM/F) is possibly available to sell or trade unless an issue can be overcome. The player is open to a new contract and getting on well with Sarri, but wants a break clause when coaches change. If that can be dropped a new contract becomes a more likely solution.}


3.) 19 May 2020 12:58:13
Hi Ed002, thank you so much for taking the time to update us- very much appreciated.

Thank you also for update on Pogba. If I May, might you consider answering the following questions please? Completely understand if you don’t answer, as I might be reading too much into things, you’ve already given the info or I’m just being a bit of a wally:

1. When you say United are holding Pogba to random, does that mean they are holding out for a minimum fee, which is probably unrealistic?

2. Surely United know they will lose Pogba for nothing if they don’t compromise this transfer window, which must been they are prepared to lose him for nothing. Do you know if they have accepted this might happen?

3. Lastly, regarding Saul, it looks like there might be the opportunity to buy him, if we qualify for CL. Guessing this would be dependent on selling Pogba this window to get enough money to buy Saul (as well as take his position in the team; or, might Athletico even consider swapping Saul for Pogba?!

Thank you as always for any additional info you feel inclined to give. You e already taken the time to give us a wonderful detailed summary already today.

{Ed002's Note - (1) The amateurs who run the club have not been proactive in letting Pogba get his wish to leave and have not been in communication with his agent. (2) They understand the situation. (3) Saul would be a Pogba replacement. There is not going to be an exchange.}


4.) 19 May 2020 14:39:56
Thanks so much fir the informative reply Ed002, your time is very much appreciated.


5.) 19 May 2020 16:41:38
Seems like such an easy logical move to make. Get rid of Pogba for what we can. Get his high wages off the books. And then replace him with a fantastic midfielder in Saul.

If that's on the cards I would be very weary of the powers that be to not make it so.


6.) 19 May 2020 16:42:07
Saul as the Pogba replacement would put most of us in dreamland. We are idiots if can’t see Pogba will run down his contract so he and his agent bag a huge fee to move for nothing at the end of his contract. We are treating him like that really gorgeous girlfriend you once had who you knew she was mad as a box of frogs and it was all destined for disaster but you refused to let go!

Not a fan of Pogba for Juve’s castoffs. Dybala - take him in a heartbeat. De Ligt has something to prove but would be a great addition defence wise. Ronaldo is clearly never going to happen. Can’t see us making a deal for others.

Suspect the amateur hour Ed alluded to will continue and we will see Saul head to City and become a colossus while Pogba steals a wage biding his time for his free move.


7.) 19 May 2020 18:10:58
Agree completely Halesini.

If we can all see what’s staring us in the face, then surely the decision makers at United can.

I cannot think of one reason why they would want to hold onto Pogba given his underwhelming performances with us and thus why they would be making his transfer difficult.

Plus, if I were United, I’d sell him ASAP just to spite him and his agent and prevent them from collecting huge signing on bonuses next year when he’s a free agent.


8.) 19 May 2020 18:59:42
Been said over and over we are run by amateurs. It’s not open to debate of opinion, we are. 002 knows his stuff and well informed. Allow pogba to leave either in exchange or for as much as any one is willing to offer which I don’t think will be any more than what we paid, if even that amount. What’s the point keeping an unhappy player? Or even allowing the contract to run. No disrespect to arsenal but see how they’ve been in the past allowing that. We were only ever a stopgap as the only interested party who could afford him let’s not kid ourselves that he wanted to prove himself. 002 has said time and time again, it was never us he wanted at first.


9.) 19 May 2020 19:06:28
Hi Ed,

Thanks for such a detailed response. I wanted to enquire as to whether the club are still considering a CB as high priority - in particular Upamecano as I believe in the past we’ve been interested?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Dayot Upamecano (CB) looked at by Bayern Munich as a Jerome Boateng replacement but they had another preferred plan - now that is not achievable he is back on the table for BM with RBL having a replacement in their sights. Barcelona have DU on a long list of CBs primarily because he is more affordable than others as he only has a year left on his contract - but they are fearful of making another Umtiti or Mina type error. Milan asked about a price but they have financially more viable options in what are tough times for them. Real Madrid enquired after him when discussing Werner with RBL, but they have preferred options so he will be down the list a bit. It is hard to see CB as a priority for the summer for MU this summer unless they can sell players on.}


10.) 19 May 2020 21:11:32
Ed if you don’t mind me asking which players juventus are looking to potentially use in a deal? I’ve seen the reports of pjanic being available for a swap, and like you said Costa. I was just wondering who else? And if you were in uniteds positions would you take any of them?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Something like this:
Matteo De Sciglio (RB/LB) seen as surplus and could be used as part of a trade for Icardi.
Alex Sandro (LB) Juventus want PSG to take up their option on Icardi and Juventus will exchange Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic plus the taxes and fees incured for the player. Alternatively Juventus would offer Alex Sandro as part of an exchange for Emerson.
Daniele Rugani (CB) not playing regularly and would provide funds

Blaise Matuidi (CM) is available for sale or trade
Nicolussi Caviglia (CM) available to be exchanged
Emre Can (CM) turned down a move to MU and heading to Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Adrien Rabiot (CM/DM) sick of the whining already - but could potentially be offered as part of an exchange could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or another.
Sami Khedira (CM)
Miralem Pjanic (CM) €70M asking price way too high - could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or Icardi - or perhaps as part of a deal for Arthur.
Federico Bernardeschi (CM/AM,RW) A Barcelona move was rejected in January but he will be available in the summer. Bernardeschi's opportunities have been in decline on the RW and he has had to play out of position which has not worked out. Milan have dropped prior interest whilst both Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are not interested in any exchange deals involving him. Player wants to stay in Turin.
Paulo Dybala (AM/F) is possibly available to sell or trade unless an issue can be overcome. The player is open to a new contract and getting on well with Sarri, but wants a break clause when coaches change. If that can be dropped a new contract becomes a more likely solution.
Douglas Costa (RW/LW) available for sale or trade - could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or Icardi with plans to replace him with Federico Chiesa

Gonzalo Higuain (S) available but Juventus have offered a compromise where they would extend another year but he must cost no more than is budgetted for next year (so halve his package)


11.) 19 May 2020 22:11:23
Ed could you give us an insight into how easy or difficult it is going to be to offload players in the current situation - especially given the high wages united tend to pay. We seem to have a long list of players we want to offload but end up playing silly-ball or giving them unnecessary long contracts like Phil Jones. Do you expect more Smalling type season long loans with an option/ obligation to buy?

{Ed002's Note - Tough - wages in England are high so that doesn't help. Many clubs don't have the cash so will be looking to stay as they are for now - others will look to trade. Players will remain unsold. Loans will need to be used to keep squads at the right level.}


12.) 19 May 2020 23:39:02
Do you see uniteds approach changing regarding allowing pogba to leave? And/ or communicating with his agent?

{Ed002's Note - If the club wish to move ahead it must.}


13.) 20 May 2020 00:09:48
Thanks Ed.


14.) 20 May 2020 07:42:45
Hi Ed002, thanks again for all the detailed info provided (and the mega info on the Euro pages! )

Sorry to go on about Pogba and Saul but he’d be a dream signing for us. You say in your initial reply that United may have the chance to replace Pogba with Saul: this implies that could sign him if they got their act together/ CL etc.

So, perhaps the obvious question to ask is do United actually want to sign him (ie does Ole want him) and would Saul come to United?

Thanks again for everything.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United are interested in buying Saul - I have explained that.}


15.) 20 May 2020 10:57:38
Thanks again for all your time Ed002, very Much welcomed and appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


16.) 20 May 2020 11:00:07
Thanks Ed.


17.) 20 May 2020 14:29:17
What would people think if we solved the RW, Pogba and Saul issues in two transactions?

Take Costa from Juventus as part of Pogba deal.

Use that cash and money saved on Sancho deal to buy Saul from Athletico?

Would give potential first team of:

De Gea
Wan Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw
Matic/ McTom, Saul, Fred, Fernandes
Costa, Martial/ Rashford.


18.) 20 May 2020 14:36:13
If peoples projections about pogbas “attitude” are anything to go by, should we really be signing douglas costa?


19.) 20 May 2020 16:25:00
No doubt Douglas Costa is a good player, but he has been unable to consistently get a game at Bayern Munich when they had a 32 year old Robben and a 34 year old Ribery. He then moved to Juventus and has similarly struggled for regular minutes.

I'd rather take Bernardeschi from Juventus, he is after all the player who has been keeping Costa out of the side. Incidentally Juventus are happy to sell both players and look for a new option on the right hand side.

Either way I'm not sure signing a 28 year old who has struggled to be first choice at two top club's is a great idea.

To be honest if the options were 20m plus a player such as Costa for Pogba or just accept 40m

I'd take the 40m. I think the club needs to cut ties this summer however they can. They can't save face. It has to be a cash deal though even if that means waiting for the cash and taking the payment in installments. Nothing is gained from taking another sides cast offs.

We have our targets and they are the players we should sign.


 

 

24 Apr 2020 15:58:24
Hi Ed002.
Do you know if United will try to sign Ighalo on a permanent deal?
And will United continue to put faith on Martial as the main striker or will they pursue any other targets?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - It is as I have explained before - they may well look to signing Odion Ighalo. Other players they have shown an interest in are dropping away.}


 

 

14 Feb 2020 11:09:09
Hi Ed002,
Do United consider Dean Henderson as their first choice Goalkeeper in the near future?
Does the club have any specific plan for him.

Finally, will the club be open to offers for De Gea?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - De Gea signed a new contract about six months ago and is the clear first choice. I am sure that Manchester United would like to keep Dean Henderson but they will be aware that some high profile sides are looking for goalkeepers this summer and both PSG and Spurs have been watching Henderson.}


1.) 14 Feb 2020 11:45:45
Personally I would prefer to sell DDG this summer and bring Henderson back as first choice.

I have a sneaky feeling Henderson will get the nod for England at the Euro's and could have an absolute stormer of a tournament and we could see several sides push to sign him this summer.


2.) 14 Feb 2020 14:31:55
Absolutely agree shappy, if psg want a utd gk hopefully we can get them to show interest in the one that earns 400k and looks to be on a decline.


3.) 14 Feb 2020 14:52:34
Good luck shifting de gea with a long contract and big wages and with his reputation not what it once was after a string of poor performances.

We will have to sell henderson as he won't want to be number 2 or go on a perpetual loan cycle.


4.) 14 Feb 2020 14:27:24
ED002 is there any interest in DDG?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing noteworthy. He was third choice on Juventus' list but they resolved their problem with Wojciech Szczesny signing a new deal.}


5.) 15 Feb 2020 01:35:30
De Gea has probably been our stand out player again this season bar 1 or 2 errors.

Made a lot of top saves kept us in games.

For me still the best in the league.


6.) 15 Feb 2020 07:31:32
Probably the only area of the pitch where we have a very strong group of players to pick from.


7.) 15 Feb 2020 09:16:28
I am with Shappy on this. DDG doesn’t command his 6 yard box let alone the penalty area. Brilliant shot stopper but if I am a defender when a cross comes in I would have that lack of command in my mind. For me I wouldn’t have given him the big fancy new contract and would have given Henderson a chance this season. I definitely would next season, if we could shift DDG.


8.) 15 Feb 2020 17:00:35
Stone the crows me and Red Man agree on something.

On a serious note Red Man is right about the lack of command from DDG. I would say this is partially what leads to us conceding so many individual errors.

DDG for me is a world class shot stopper. But there isn't any other areas of goalkeeping where you would call him world class.

Distribution? Collecting high balls? 1v1's? Command of his area? Organisation? Although not a key metric he has only saved one penalty in 5 years.


9.) 15 Feb 2020 17:29:19
I too agree with Red Man here.
Henderson is showing a lot of promise at 22 and he is an ambitious lad.


10.) 15 Feb 2020 18:53:28
Bearing in mind that top goalies can play til their mid thirties and mature later than outfield players why not groom Henderson over the next few years by letting him go out on loan to good sides to get great experience then phase out DDG.

{Ed002's Note - Why would he agree to that?}


11.) 15 Feb 2020 19:00:25
If you played in defence you had to face forward and trust the keeper behind you. If there was any doubt it affected your decision making and concentration.


12.) 16 Feb 2020 15:15:51
ED 02 Maybe someone could talk to Henderson and explain that a lawyer or doctor or engineer has to train for a long time and do an apprenticeship, then practice as a junior before ultimately taking on increasingly more complex, responsible roles. That is a template for long term success. It would not harm Henderson to stay at a club like Sheffield Utd for another season or two.


13.) 16 Feb 2020 18:29:52
Salford, did you say the same about a 17 year old Messi, or Ronaldo, or Rooney. What about Donnarumma? He has been AC Milan's first choice since he was 18.

Henderson turns 23 this year. What's the phrase, "if your good enough then your olde enough".

Henderson is hungry and talented with a determination to improve. He is ready, PSG are looking at him.


14.) 16 Feb 2020 18:49:38
Poor old Romero. Probably the best backup in the Prem and good enough to start in most of the teams. When DDG-gate was in full swing I would have been happy with him as the first choice. Maybe it says a lot about his ambition that a World Cup finalist GK is content watching every game.


15.) 16 Feb 2020 20:09:11
Shappy it's different for goalies. Apart from The Milan keeper it is so rare to get young keepers for two reasons. Firstly their position needs a mental maturity that is usually lacking in young players and secondly the very best goalies need to be physically imposing. DDG is rightfully accused of not dominating his box and I am convinced his comparatively slight physique contributes to this.


16.) 16 Feb 2020 21:29:04
Salford, remind me again how old DDG was when he was first made our No.1.

What about Buffon at Parma, or Casillias at Real Madrid.

Keepers are playing regularly for top sides long before there 22nd birthday.

Henderson is ready, he has the joint most clean sheets in the EPL.


 

 

31 Jan 2020 11:00:12
Looks like Josh King will arrive before the deadline.

A second bid has gone in and looks likely to be accepted.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 31 Jan 2020 11:30:56
who said that?


2.) 31 Jan 2020 11:52:10
I just don't know if it's a permanent or loan deal?


3.) 31 Jan 2020 12:08:09
Would be quite ironic if we did sign him. We are short up front with Rashford being out, so go and sign Josh King - who is I believe currently out injured?


4.) 31 Jan 2020 12:21:26
I going to throw it out. Greenwood goes to Bournemouth on loan in exchange for us signing King.


5.) 31 Jan 2020 12:37:43
Doesn't that defy the point of signing him? We are in the market for a striker as Ole wants a different option up top but also because we are short on numbers.


6.) 31 Jan 2020 12:55:55
So in a month we've gone from talking about signing Haaland to talking about signing Josh King, a player who's managed three goals this season .


7.) 31 Jan 2020 13:14:40
I can’t understand this one. Why Josh King? He’s hardly prolific.
I heard something earlier that Ole told him after a recent Bournemouth game that he’d bring him back to United.
If that’s true then it’s ridiculous, he’s scored 3 goals this season.

{Ed047's Note - sounds like just what you need and he’s out with a hamstring injury until 22.02.20. What could go wrong 🤷‍♂️😉


8.) 31 Jan 2020 13:32:26
I’d take a punt on Dries Mertens. Quality player.

{Ed002's Note - Not going to happen.}


9.) 31 Jan 2020 13:51:43
Is he going elsewhere Ed002 or staying at Napoli?

{Ed002's Note - Try the appropriate page where it has been dealt with.}


10.) 31 Jan 2020 15:06:53
we would be better of putting a advert on ebay striker wanted.


11.) 31 Jan 2020 15:30:55
I am available. Am a mature 50yrbold so no late night social media stuff to worry about. Would not demand huge wages and I can run around for at least 20mins which is as much as some of our overpaid prima Donna's seem to manage. Plus I can misplace a pass with the best of them.


12.) 31 Jan 2020 15:32:41
Won’t happen. No need for King long term so makes little sense.


13.) 31 Jan 2020 18:50:03
I'm going with Salford 7 out of nostalgia, having been born there many many years ago!


14.) 31 Jan 2020 21:00:18
Ighalo.


15.) 03 Feb 2020 00:56:13
Thanks Shawthing. I won't let you down. Well not for the first 20mins.


 

 

14 Jan 2020 14:56:36
Italian journalist Fabio Santini reporting Koulibaly will be a United player in the summer.
Deal finalised for 60m by all parties.

He seems quite reliable as he reported about Ancelotti to Everton.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 14 Jan 2020 15:38:39
Would be a strange one of true. BOTH Maguire and Koulibaly prefer to play on the left hand side of a centre back pairing. Seems odd to spend another huge fee on a player who plays the exact same position as a player we spent 80m on last summer.

Also 60m is a long way short of the 100m+ they have demanded every other time a club has come in for Koulibaly.

Personally looking at our squad and what we need I would put both Fabian Ruiz and Milik ahead of Koulibaly as Napoli players we should sign.


2.) 14 Jan 2020 16:31:02
Koulibaly is far better than the very very average Maguire who hasn't really improved us.


3.) 14 Jan 2020 16:33:05
I feel Koulibaly can be a fantastic partner for Maguire.
He has pace and power. Both stand at 6ft 5.

60m seems not too bad for a proven CB in today's market.


4.) 14 Jan 2020 16:36:03
Unless we look to go to a 3 shappy. Lindelof, Maguire and koulibaly. Let’s say Poch comes in, he did like to play that formation so that makes more sense.


5.) 14 Jan 2020 17:06:24
No chance £60m ed002 says north of £100m and massive wages, "very very expensive".


6.) 14 Jan 2020 17:08:31
I think ED002 wrote something saying offers around €100-120million for him.

That alone would rule is out.


7.) 14 Jan 2020 17:45:34
Maybe we are trading Lingard for the other £40 million 😁.


8.) 14 Jan 2020 18:12:11
they turned down 102 mill in the summer say some reports. can only see it being right if it's 60 mill plus Phil jones- Napoli have seen Smalling this season and thought if that boy jones is half as good.


9.) 14 Jan 2020 18:49:58
It unlikely however if it is true none of us should moan. Most were calling for him in the summer.
Always questions around if a purchase is the right fit but he would absolutely improve our defense no matter who he is paired with.


10.) 14 Jan 2020 20:42:08
what if he get a serious injury and can not play next season.


 

 

 

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02 Jul 2020 07:34:53
Alexis Sanchez had a spectacular game last night.
Looks much leaner as well.
The break seems to have done good on him.

He's been playing football relentlessly without much break in the last few years.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 02 Jul 2020 08:06:46
I was watching on and off, it was a poor game. Brescia were poor defensively. Sanchez scored a penalty and got 1 of his 2 assists from a free kick. He did well against a poor side, but in truth Inter never got out of third gear and Sanchez didn't really impose himself on the game, I thought Moses and Young were both more influential.

I'd love nothing more than to see the Sanchez of 2016 who top scored for Arsenal with 30 goals and 18 assists. But that was 4 years ago and sadly I don't think Sanchez has that player in him anymore.

We and Sanchez himself needs to move on, find a club where he is wanted, feels appreciated and let him play out the final years of his career with a smile on his face.


2.) 02 Jul 2020 08:04:46
he is garbage. he needs to one that's sold.

but at some point he will need to pick what's important, money are footall.


 

 

23 Jun 2020 09:56:07
McTominay signs a new 5 year contract.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 23 Jun 2020 10:12:26
Squad player at best. Gives his all but ain’t going to get you to the next level.


2.) 23 Jun 2020 10:18:01
This is great news, McTominay is one of my favourite players in our current squad, he isn't the most talented, but he works hard and is dedicated to becoming the best player he can be, and seems like a great lad. Also he is becoming a leader in among this group.


3.) 23 Jun 2020 11:15:11
Blackpool, I think McTominay is the kind of unsung hero every team needs to make it successful. He is young and developing, but he has the hunger the drive to keep improving. Whether he ultimately ends up a great squad player or a valuable first teamer remains to be seen.


4.) 23 Jun 2020 11:31:52
Agree Shappy.

McTomahawk is the exact player that gets you to the next level.

Top personality, leadership, 7 out 10 every week.
We’ve had years of players down the years, James Milner is a great example.

Quality depth that can contribute. Also he’s been a late developer so who knows where he will get to if he continues to progress as he is season to season.


5.) 23 Jun 2020 13:58:24
Nobody really rated fletcher when he was at the club and I remember many of my mates wondering why fergie kept picking him for big games. Mctominay is similar as I think we will appreciate his attributes more as time goes by.


 

 

01 May 2020 14:36:34
Hi Ed001,
What is your assessment about Martial leading the line for United this season.
We have seen encouraging signs from him before football was halted.

Do you think United should persist with him as the first choice striker next season or go after someone else?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed001's Note - I have always said he should play up front, he doesn't have the skills for a wide player. However you still need someone with experience as well, to push him as first choice.}


1.) 01 May 2020 16:50:32
I think Martial when fit and played as a striker has been very good.

I agree that a more experienced option would be very useful, especially with Greenwood coming through.

Ighalo has had a very good impact, not just scoring goals and linking well with his teammates but that he has pushed Martial to work harder.

The same thing has happened with Williams pushing Shaw to work harder for his place.

Genuine competition for places will push our players to do more and work harder. If it doesn't then they don't have the mentality to be top drawer players.


2.) 01 May 2020 17:03:28
Martial is a very good player he just needs a touch more patience and support.

We have Rashford, Martial and now Fernandes all easily capable of scoring at least 10 plus league goals a piece. If we can acquire a RW capable of the same we'll have a very exciting team. The best Utd teams in my opinion have always shared the goal scoring burden and I think Ole is looking to create a mobile, dynamic, fluid and interchangeable attacking unit. Sometimes we can definitely lack a presence between the posts but Ighalo has done a very good job of filling that void and Greenwood also provides another great attacking option with the advantage of being able to play anywhere across the front line.

Will it be good enough to challenge and even topple the likes of City and Liverpool we'll have to wait and see but at the very least we should have a team capable of playing some exciting, attractive and attacking football.

I think this current team will possibly be defined by just how good the likes of Rashford, Martial, Fernandes and maybe even Greenwood can become; certainly whilst Ole remains in charge.


3.) 01 May 2020 19:13:02
Martial needs a bit of luck with injuries. He looks like the type of that needs games and always looks a bit off his game after coming back from injury .
The other side is once he gets a run of games he tends to start putting the ball in the net. Unfortunately evertime this happens he tends to pick up an injury.


4.) 02 May 2020 09:00:12
More than capable ability wise, I'll stick to my guns and say I don't believe he has what it takes upstairs to really be that no. 1 striker. He has been at the club quite a long time and injuries aside, I just don't think he has ever done enough.

I think we would be better off getting in a starting CF with Martial 2nd choice. I think he would benefit from more competition in that position and pressure would be taken off his shoulders to be the main man. He can play across the front 3 if required and I think that would suit him better.


5.) 02 May 2020 12:31:42
We've been waiting two or three seasons now for the likes of Martial and Rashford to mature and be more consistent. With the addition of Fernandes providing the creative spark something tells me that we're about to be rewarded for our patience. If we can somehow land Sancho watch this space!


6.) 02 May 2020 13:04:40
Martial is a better player when he doesn't play.


7.) 02 May 2020 21:37:13
I think Martial has is it all, can hold ball up, has pace and an eye for goal when he has a run in the team. However seems to have been sporadic with form due to injuries.
For me in the summer the big quality addition it will he one of a RF or CD. If we can get Sancho or similer then RF is the priority. I would keep Ighalo and bring Greenwood a chance to step up a cross the front 3.
With Fernandes behind we have real potential.


8.) 04 May 2020 14:02:38
DLIB, agree with Rashford, he has consistently shown more potential and willingness. Martial on the other hand just flatters to deceive. I think we would be better off getting in a better striker couple with Sancho. That would be really special.


 

 

22 Apr 2020 20:16:56
Hi Ed002,
Do United hold a genuine interest in Ferran Torres for the RW position?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - Don’t hold your great.}


 

 

13 Mar 2020 08:15:40
Ed001, you were spot on regarding Ighalo's quality.
He has surprised many.

Three starts, four goals, one assist and two Man of the Match.

His overall gameplay such as hold up, first touch, strength, bringing others into the game were exactly what we needed.
Add to that he is a hard core United fan.

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{Ed001's Note - does make you wonder just what you missed out on when you weren't able to complete the deal to sign him when he was at Watford. It was the collapse of that deal that saw his form plummet as he was gutted. Understandably gutted as his dream move fell through. I doubt he would have been seen as a one season wonder if the move had happened.}


1.) 13 Mar 2020 10:03:16
I'm starting to hope we can make his loan permanent. He is doing so well.


2.) 13 Mar 2020 09:57:32
I'm starting to hope we can make his loan permanent. He is doing so well.


3.) 13 Mar 2020 10:26:23
that is the sort of player you want at the club. well chuffed to be here works his socks off and puts others to shame.


4.) 13 Mar 2020 10:30:58
I’ve said it already but I’m more than happy to eat my hat on this one. The lad has come in and done excellent. I was worried he would take time adjusting back to the PL after playing in China. How wrong was I.


5.) 13 Mar 2020 11:53:00
He will get better still as I don't believe he is at 100% fitness yet.


6.) 13 Mar 2020 13:21:43
I know we all moaned a lot about LVG, but he did have a good eye for some players, some still being here. Ighalo would have been a good singing at the time and obvs he did try for Mane.


 

 

 

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19 May 2020 12:06:08
Thank you for the information Ed.
As always, much appreciated.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


 

 

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14 May 2020 19:18:56
I think Ruiz is One of the targets of Real Madrid.
As Ed previously said, Saul may be available to raise some cash. Hope we go for him and move on Pogba.

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22 Apr 2020 13:40:45
For now he is a good back up player as he can play at both left back as well as Right back position.
Only downside is his poor injury record.

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15 Feb 2020 17:29:19
I too agree with Red Man here.
Henderson is showing a lot of promise at 22 and he is an ambitious lad.

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14 Feb 2020 09:02:57
Shappy, if we go for Jack Grealish, then Bruno will most probably play further behind alongside a defensive midfielder.
Therefore, we definitely need a RW.

As you suggested, Adama Traore looks like an absolute power house this year. Wilfried Zaha is another option.

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01 Jul 2020 07:57:41
Just shows what a world class no 10 can do.

Lingard is not even on bench these days.

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01 Jul 2020 07:54:45
That 3rd goal was United at their best.
The header from Maguire, mad pass from Matic, Greenwood's cross and Bruno's finish. Simply Superb.

Finally we have started to break down teams.

What if we had Bruno from the start of the season.

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28 Jun 2020 07:44:32
The game was rusty due to a lot of changes.
I felt Maguire was easily the best player on the pitch.
Don't remember losing even a single header.
Composure on the ball and several crucial blocks.

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27 Jun 2020 09:39:43
You are right Ed047, There are a minority of fans from many clubs who lack class.
No only in terms of footballing perspective but in other aspects as well.

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27 Jun 2020 08:38:02
Great post AJH and WYred.

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