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01 Jul 2020 20:05:30
Smalling and sanzhez loaned for another 12 month.


1.) 01 Jul 2020 20:13:35
I guess it is till end of this season only. august 1st week max.

2.) 01 Jul 2020 20:14:38
That's not correct mate. Their deals have been extended to coincide with the remainder of the serie A season. Nothings been agreed for next season as of yet.

3.) 01 Jul 2020 22:10:25
ah must of mis read it.

4.) 02 Jul 2020 09:59:37
Loans to cover European ties in August still to be agreed.



27 Jun 2020 15:42:19
Sancho on the bench again.


{Ed0666's Note - probably had another unsanctioned haircut

1.) 27 Jun 2020 15:52:39
It’s obvious his head has been turned however with C.V. 19 etc I just can’t see us paying what Dortmund want. There might not be anyone pay it either so he could very well stay. Think it’s best for the lad to get on with it and not burn any bridges, after all Dortmund have been good for him.



04 Jun 2020 18:15:13
Can we tick werner of the list looks like he is off to Chelsea.


{Ed002's Note - Other sides have an interest in Werner as I have explained. Liverpool have not contacted RBL or made an offer but have disrupted there player through a series of illegal approaches. RBL have spoken with other sides including Inter Milan and Chelsea but have maintained the stance that the player has had his head turned. If an acceptable offer has been made by Chelsea then they will have permission to talk with the player. It is then down to the player to decide if he wants to make the move - and remember he has previously expressed a desire to join Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool. If Liverpool do wish to buy the player, and they should do the principled thing, then they need to make an acceptable offer for the player - but as I have explained money may well be an issue to Liverpool. So the ball is in the court of the player and Liverpool. But there remains some way to go.}

1.) 04 Jun 2020 18:39:00
Werner is obviously a good player and doesn’t look like we’ve been in for him despite his previous quotes wishing to play for United and Liverpool (a slightly worrying sign in itself) . Ed’s comment suggests Livepool may need to sell before buying. Good news for the rest of the Prem.

Interesting to see what happens next. Werner to Chelsea may perhaps free up Sancho to United?

2.) 05 Jun 2020 04:18:38
A little disappointed that we didn’t make a move for him as I can see him being very successful in the Premier League, but I suppose right wing and center midfield are more important right now.

3.) 05 Jun 2020 14:43:13
Liverpool at it again with the illegal approaches. They should have points deducted from this season's total. Preferably 25.

4.) 06 Jun 2020 03:05:32
Not to fussed. He tends to occupy the same spaces as rashford from what I've read. Additionally ighalo provides the necessary cover in the short term.

5.) 07 Jun 2020 22:51:12
We don’t need him. We have Martial, Rashford, Ighalo and let’s not forget Sanchez on the books still when he comes back.



09 Jul 2019 19:19:03
Ed are Barcelona interested in signing v lindelof.


{Ed002's Note - No, I am not aware of any approach by Barcelona to Manchester United for him but as early as tomorrow night they may be re-evaluating their centre back options. I would think that Victor Lindelof’s future at Manchester United will be something his agent will be thinking about seriously not wanting to get stuck in the abyss with what is in reality a Championship level manager and a club who are planning on a record breaking expenditure on a series of knee jerrk reactions. I am sure they would love to get him in the Barcelona squad.}

1.) 09 Jul 2019 20:17:09

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

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

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

2.) 09 Jul 2019 20:25:25
It was on Sky before, where the player was questioning his future at United.

What can you do?

If you keep the Muppets on high wages, with no chance of competing for a decade and spend stupid money on has beens, obviously a decent player and agent is going to agitate for a move away to a club who can compete.

3.) 09 Jul 2019 20:27:57
Ed002 - can you shed any info on the knee jerk reactions?


{Ed002's Note - I have done it over and over.}

4.) 09 Jul 2019 21:05:43
I would guess it’s Harry Maquire.

5.) 09 Jul 2019 21:20:24
he is in the same boat as frank lampard.

{Ed001's Note - not really, Lampard is being surrounded by football advisors and helpers with experience.}

6.) 09 Jul 2019 20:57:34
Absolutely agree. We are embarrassed and rudderless.

Question to the Oracle. Who will replace Gonner?

7.) 09 Jul 2019 21:01:18
Or the club can realise what is in front of them, sack OGS and get someone else in urgently before the window closes. Someone we can rally round and survive this season before it goes too far.

8.) 09 Jul 2019 21:46:40
May 2020 and i bet Ole will be sacked by then. wouldn't these players look at the bigger picture and think to themselves that if the manager isn't good then he won't last long.

Interesting times ahead.

9.) 09 Jul 2019 22:10:33
Love the positivity lads. Geeesshh. Ole is our manager. He will not be leaving in the immediate future. Why not get behind our manager who has his first transfer window to sort out this mess of a squad. Ole isn't on his own here either. Do you not think players with the right attitude would like to work with Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick? The high profile manager (Van Gaal and Mourinho) hasn't worked. How about trying a club man with the right management team around him?! Getting sick of the negativity.

10.) 09 Jul 2019 22:03:36
Jesus, that's a depressing read ed002. What are this club doing?

11.) 09 Jul 2019 22:17:20
Hah bloody marvelous. you all shot me down when I said ole will be gone before Christmas. now ya sacking him before season starts.
Football fans eh, who'd have em.

12.) 09 Jul 2019 23:11:13
You mean, someone you can rally round Red Man.

13.) 10 Jul 2019 01:10:46
Lindelof is going nowhere that's for sure.
When the window shuts we will know the squad and then it will be time to assess what realistic expectations are.
Unless there are 3 or 4 more signings and the same leaving ole has no chance no manager would.
The signings will come and the exits will leave in confident of that.
Im excited for the season ahead.

14.) 10 Jul 2019 01:12:50
Wow this site is full of negativity. Who knows if ole will fail or prosper? City and pool didn’t need much n haven’t done much upto now. Leicester have signed a player they had on loan. Not many other clubs have done much as of yet. Whilst I agree that if we start the season with our current squad we will endure a tough season but to write it off before it’s started and to already decide ole is a failure is terrible. I used to love supporting Utd and visiting these forums but they make dour reading these days. The whole thing above because an agent made a throw away remark about his client attracting interest from other clubs your all in meltdown. It seems a lot of you are waiting to say told you so? God help ole with the “support” he’s getting from our “supporters”.

15.) 10 Jul 2019 06:38:23

I mean someone the players and supporters recognise can do the job and have confidence in. If the club had undertaken the due diligence at the end of the season do you really think OGS would be the manager now? If Poch or Allegri were the manager would you and I mean you have more confidence for this season and future ones? Given the number of disenfranchised players seemingly wanting to leave I sense no confidence inside or outside the club of the top structure down and belief in the appointment of OGS is likely one but not the only reason we have struggled to get players in.

16.) 10 Jul 2019 07:41:54
All ready shouting to sack the the manager.
Dear me.

17.) 09 Jul 2019 23:22:13
Good way to bring out the toxic ed002 😋.

{Ed002's Note - Maybe Ithaca best stop saying anything on the is page again.}

18.) 10 Jul 2019 07:48:02
From Ed002's comments, it feels like we are about to break the bank and pay premium price for someone?
I'm guessing Maguire and SMS.

19.) 10 Jul 2019 08:41:39
The records broken Red Man.

20.) 09 Jul 2019 23:14:16
Question for Ed2 - why did the board not back a winner like Jose but are about to spend millions backing a relative novice in OGS?

{Ed002's Note - This is what I said soon after he arrived:

"It was a bad move to appoint Mourinho and a bad move for him to accept. He doesn't see MU as a progressive club that will adapt to what he thinks they need. He doesn't like being in Manchester and there are those there who still see a blue tinge surrounding him. There was a major error in taking on Ibrahimovich - it is disruptive with the kids (although one specific issue has been overcome) and he wanted to move elsewhere. Mkhitaryan is a disaster waiting to happen. Pogba's career belongs in Spain or Italy - certainly not Manchester. Four players have been told they can go in January (and that is pretty much unheard of)."}

21.) 10 Jul 2019 04:28:02
@ed002 Barcelona match United in spending big and buying players who don't fulfill expectations and are trying to offload now. Coutinho, Dembele etc.
Neymar moved to PSG and now want to come back to Barcelona like Pogba came back for United.
Messi even told once Barcelona are signing substandard players who don't deserve to play for the club.
Players want to Join Barcelona because they have Messi without Messi in two or three years Barcelona will lose its fear factor.
OGS may be a championship manager but if Lindelof wants to play under the best manager he needs to go to Liverpool or City not Spain.
Liverpool won the UCL and almost won the PL playing that good in a wildly tougher league than in spain where it was virtually a freerun to the title for Barcelona and Barcelona lost to pool in the UCL where in the first leg Match they were outplayed comfortably in Nou camp and only Messi's magic gave that lead. Barcelona is also in a downward spiral as well, only easier Spanish league and Messi's magic slow down the downward spiral a bit for time being.

{Ed002's Note - Whilst you might have the Kleenex out for Klopp - he has won nothing else for years and years. This is a ridiculous post.}

22.) 10 Jul 2019 09:20:23
Hi Ed002,

Thanks as always for your honest opinion about United and for all the priceless info you very kindly provide.

You’ve raised the issue of the manager at a club being a reason why a player might want to join/ not join a club. Obviously the biggest draw would appear to be Guardiola but I can imagine Zidane and Pochettino are attractive bosses too.

In your honest and valued opinion, would you mind suggesting a couple of other managers who players see as a reason for going to a club please?

Many thanks Wallace.

{Ed002's Note - Quique Setien, Marcello Lippi, Ricardo Gareca, Max Allegri, Jose Mourinho ....}

23.) 10 Jul 2019 10:00:17
@Ed002 Liverpool set the benchmark last season I used them and Klopp as an example. Klopp, Wenger are better managers than Mourinho who is a serial winner of almost all the trophies. Those who appreciate the quality of football klopp, Wenger plays agree with me.

{Ed002's Note - You seem to have little grasp of reality.}

24.) 10 Jul 2019 09:46:53
Wow, that was a quick reply!

Many thanks Ed002!

{Ed002's Note - It was an easy question.}

25.) 10 Jul 2019 10:32:38
Ed002, sorry if this is a silly question:
You had stated, "as early as tomorrow night they may be re-evaluating their centre back options"
Does this mean the club is moving to new CB targets because of the inflated market?

{Ed002's Note - No, it means that as early as tonight Barcelona are re-evaluating their centre back options. It is nothing to do with an inflated market.

Perhaps they will soon pop along and see if they can help Lindoff to get out of the club?}

26.) 10 Jul 2019 10:55:32
002 you seem to have some incredibly strong fishing bait for bringing the toxics out of the woodwork!

I can see it's going to be another wonderful day of reading ridiculously negative posts on here today 🙄


{Ed002's Note - I will now be very much limiting telling the truth on this page then. It is not worth the grief - I am sure you will get on much better without me explaining what is going on.}

27.) 10 Jul 2019 11:00:42
Thanks Ed.
Lindelof is the last player we would want out of the club.
Many posters even suggested him as a potential captain.

28.) 10 Jul 2019 11:21:15
Woah sorry Ed, my post was aimed at the ridiculous comments on a few threads in the past 12 hours or so, not your updates!

I thought my hash tag at the end got the sarcasm across, sorry for the confusion!

29.) 10 Jul 2019 14:07:40
I'd love to see Ricardo Gareca taking charge of one of the biggest clubs in world football what he has done with Peru is nothing short of spectacular in my opinion.

30.) 10 Jul 2019 15:43:19
does every manager not start of as a nobody.

10 years ago poch was unheard of and now he is regarded as a decent manager,

klopp has even been relegated as a manager and people think he's the best.

my point is proof is in the pudding and untill ole has a fair crack at the whip i feel its abit un called for with all the slagging off he gets.

31.) 10 Jul 2019 16:15:37
Catch up on threads here.

Ed002 gets asked a question, provides an answer that triggers, then gets triggered himself and then leaves.

Hopefully there's pod before see Ed002 on the other side of the window.

32.) 10 Jul 2019 17:13:51
The answer was provocative.

33.) 10 Jul 2019 17:16:53
united road. why can't we all just have a simple debate with no slagging off.

this page is becoming petty.

34.) 10 Jul 2019 18:54:50
The page is getting petty that's the point. Posters are asking Ed's questions but then don't like their answer (opinion) and reply posti g negatively which provokes other posters and editors who volunteer to time and info to the site.

Decent debates are a rarity these days.

Props the guys who made this site a lot more fun - ngiak, RFT, Syd, Ronnie.

All toxicity, defensive, negative life imitating art.

35.) 10 Jul 2019 20:44:40
To be fair, UR, most of the questions I've read on here recently, have been put politely and respectfully. All of our questions, unless we're heavily involved in the football industry, are coming from a certain degree of ignorance. That's why we ask the Eds in the first place. I know it must be a pain in the hoop seeing the same questions, but just put different ways, over and over again. But I think a certain Ed has been particularly provocative, today. Almost as if he's engineering a way out 😁.

36.) 10 Jul 2019 16:42:19
Keeping telling the truth ed002, it really is appreciated. Ignore the idiots.

37.) 10 Jul 2019 23:37:43
Cheers Ed for answering my thread

Seems rather political at OT!



18 Dec 2018 13:55:37
Solskjaer name had been mentioned.


{Ed002's Note - Regardless of him managing the reserves for a few years it would be high risk in my view. It would be an enormous step up from Molde so it is hard to be confident it would work.}

1.) 18 Dec 2018 14:11:01
It's a risk but then again itsxonly for the next 5 month .

{Ed002's Note - Why would he leave his job for such an offer then?}

2.) 18 Dec 2018 14:16:51
Any information that suggest that board is happy with Woodward and he will continue in his current role.
Would DOF takeover him later on the footballing front.

3.) 18 Dec 2018 15:05:46
Maybe get paid 3x the salary over the next 5 month and raise his profile .

{Ed002's Note - I think that is a pretty dreadful thing to say. You ceratinly don't deserve anyone decent at the club with so called supporters saying things like that.}

4.) 18 Dec 2018 15:11:31
We're not entitled to anyone and anything Jred.

5.) 18 Dec 2018 15:22:50
I think the guys already fairly well known an maybe he likes managing his hometown club.

6.) 18 Dec 2018 15:27:50
Isnt the whole OLE rumour based on the fact the Norweigan league shut down 3 weeks ago until March, the tabloids are jumping on the fact he is sitting at home watching countdown for 3 months so why not? (ignoring the fact he still has work to do with Molde in the off season)

7.) 18 Dec 2018 15:30:48
It's not Ole, his tenure at Cardiff was not great. Apparently it will be an ex-player. Steve Bruce anyone.

8.) 18 Dec 2018 15:35:53
Could Giggs job share with Wales?

{Ed002's Note - Sure, it gives him an excuse when things go wrong.}

9.) 18 Dec 2018 16:24:54
Hi Ed002, hope you’re well. You’ve previously mentioned Berta and Campos regarding a DOF role. Are there any further names being considered, possibly even left-field options?

{Ed002's Note - I have dealt with this at length before. Nothing has changed.}

10.) 18 Dec 2018 16:45:45
I have looked at previous posts now and you gave us some good suggestions. Thanks again, hope you have a quiet evening!

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

11.) 18 Dec 2018 17:09:25
Blanc can be the only serious contender surely?

{Ed002's Note - To a large extent the press release has been a self inflicted wound. I have no doubt that Laurent Blanc would take the job on a permanent basis but perhaps he feels his "hands would be tied" (I am paraphrasing) if he would simply be asked to coach until the end of the season with little or no control over players or transfers in January? If he really wants the full time job and I am sure that there is a concern that if he is constrained as an interim it may not go well as it could and could then potentially exclude him from the opportunity in the summer. For me is would be an excellent choice for the club in the long term. If it is going to be simply an interim role Solskjaer and Phelan may do a decent job but it means Manchester United don't have a good long time solution. OGS would need to leave his current job after MU negotiate with his club and, good or not (at the very least risky), could easily find themselves at a loose end in June. Perhaps the club should reconsider how they are looking to transition to a new coach and at least give a good opportunity to an interim coach to get the role on a full time basis.}

12.) 18 Dec 2018 18:26:18
United saying that we will appoint an external interim manager until the end of the season within 48 hours led me to believe that they had someone already lined up. If this isn't the case then why even mention it? As a precursor to any manager taking over that they're not permanent and don't expect any money in January or a say on which players stay or go?

13.) 18 Dec 2018 20:13:07
As someone who watched OGS throughout his time at cardiff (from his appointment, to the relegation and to the subsequent firing while in the championship), I can confirm that he was in my opinion the worst manager we have had in my time as a supporter. Defensively he was woeful, going forward we looked confused and overall we had absolutely no plan. He made selection decisions which absolutely mystified the fans, e. g. playing our best midfielder at left back (more shocking as he was slow and couldn't defend) . Not only were the results bad but his signings were out of their depth and he left the club in a position which we are only just now recovering from. If he does take the united job, it would surprise me if he makes it till May.

14.) 18 Dec 2018 22:16:01
Hi guys not posted on here for ages as I lost my username RRED7

Really don’t want to be sentimental and watch Ole ruin his legacy at our club, Someone who can cement the players and instantly have their respect would be the candidate for me and Blanc I think fits that bill. He would probably regardless of your opinion of him get the best from Pogba who if you believe all the rumours has been a catalyst of Jose getting the boot. I honestly think we will see a different Pogba now who will put a shift in.

I don’t like what he has done this season or today with his tweet but he has the potential played the right way to ignite us.

15.) 19 Dec 2018 07:11:07
Pogba should be next out the door.

16.) 19 Dec 2018 11:52:02
The problem with hiring Blanc for a team built around Pogba, Martial, Rashford, Lingard, Bailly, Fred, Young, Lukaku:




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01 Jul 2020 20:53:38
VaR at its best again.
I think that's a poor decision, and 4 minutes to make it .


1.) 01 Jul 2020 21:05:47
Var is a joke.

2.) 01 Jul 2020 21:57:25
That has to be the worst VAR decision I've seen. I'm a big advocate of VAR, the technology isn't at fault here, it's the people using it. How a player lying on the floor is blocking the keepers view is beyond me.

{Ed002's Note - The question is not that but did the ball come off him.}

3.) 01 Jul 2020 22:07:59
Did it come of him?
I thought var was there to overturn clear and obvious mistakes . can't be that clear when it takes 4 minutes of slow motion replays.
Chflsea poor at the back today.

4.) 01 Jul 2020 22:19:46
Didn’t the ball hit him? As soon as it does he’s offside, I thought it was the right call.

5.) 01 Jul 2020 22:24:33
I think there should be a time limit imposed on the VAR team. If you can't tell within 2 minutes then it is neither clear or obvious.

6.) 01 Jul 2020 22:40:36
Just seen it again and now I’ve no idea!

7.) 01 Jul 2020 22:48:44
I don't think it hit him the player chipped it over him from what I saw so as it was chipped over the player he can't be in the line of sight also he doesn't move so he isn't interfering with play. strange decision but didn't matter great result for us looking at other teams fixtures if we do our job we have a great chance now.

8.) 01 Jul 2020 22:53:47
Agree with that shappy.

9.) 01 Jul 2020 23:41:43
You’re getting mixed up Shappy, VAR is used for offsides on matters of fact, not clear and obvious errors, they are on other things. A player is either onside or offside, it doesn’t matter how bad the decision is, the VAR makes the final decision.



30 Jun 2020 22:11:13
Another good performance, good win, loads of positives, another clean sheet another entertaining game.
Step in the right direction, breath of fresh air .




24 Jun 2020 14:39:08
For me DDG remains a very good GK made a couple of mistakes but over a career most GK go through a patch like that. Romero is OK and henderson is a very good prospect .
The biggest question mark for thd squad imo is Injuries and i think it has held us back this year .
Defense, full backs look good AWB has been a good buy needs to imorove in the final 3rd but I think he will .
Dalot I think is a decent player, needs to stay fit
Williams looks the part, shaw proving a few wrong, needs to stay fit .
Maguire was a lot of cash, but means nothing when the whistle blows, I think he is a decent player . Lindelof is OK i'm not sure the epl is the best fit for him, but i don't think he let's you down .
Tuenz and bailly both need to stay fit, both could be decent .
But if they can stay clear of injuries, that 8 plus DDG is solid enough . I do think we will add a cb but prob next summer .
Cm . We have missed a player like pogba and what that type of player brings to the team . On pogba when we bought him people argued he would lead the team etc but imo he is not that type of player . He will do well in a good team that allows him to just add that bit of something special . But he won't give you the robson performance.
Him and bruno could be excellent add mctom who continues to improve as does Fred and matic who I think will improve with the likes of pogba and bruno in the team . Cm looks fine plus I personally think grealish will add something .
Up top i'm a fan of martial but he needs to stay fit, when he gets a run of games he plays well and scores goals but he needs a good run . He is a slow starter and always needs a few games to get back in form.
Which adds to the issue of him picking up injuries. 5 games out then another 3 to get up to speed .
Rash before his injury was really starting to look something special, a game changer .
Ingalo is solid cover but will be replaced, be interesting to see by who .
James gives you a different option and greenwood will imo will continue to improve, could be speciall.
Add a player like sancho, should be good.

The squad needs a bit of time now to gel, and a bit of luck with injuries . It won't happen overnight tho.


1.) 24 Jun 2020 15:17:07
Agree with a lot or that jred. I think a centre back and right winger/ forward type of the quality of Bruno and we have a very good side with the likes of Williams, Greenwood, McTominay getting better all the time and decent cover with Ighalo and James.
I've been fairly critical but mostly due to the fact our transition has been 7 years long but it does feel different this time.
I'm not convinced on Shaw as a left back, I think Williams is the better player there but Shaw plays very well in a back 3 so we have that versatility.
DDG, has been world class and a few mistakes don't take away from that, I wonder how long Henderson is happy to be loaned out and wait for his opportunity at United tho.
If Pogba can be focused with us than great, if not we need to make moves to be able to let him go and be replaced, hopefully a partnership with Bruno blossoms and if Martial could learn to be more clinical and more consistent we would have a world class striker on our hands, you'd think tho with Greenwood and Ighalo it would be enough of a kick for him to kick on.
I feel pretty good about United atm, we need to learn to be more clinical and consistent, Oles buys have been very good so far, another successful summer and once that clicks I think we will elevate up the table and be a real threat.

2.) 24 Jun 2020 15:56:16
We seem to of been in transition for ever but this is the first time I've been confident in the direction.
Its really early days, pogba and bruno have barely played together. The back 4 or attack haven't played with that midfield .
Our back 4 haven't had a full season togeather .
Greenwood and Williams have only played a handful of games .
Imo the squad and team will continue to improve and gel.

3.) 24 Jun 2020 17:36:12
Pogba wants to leave. It's like getting excited about your Christmas presents when you know they're going back to the shop in January.

We need to be more ruthless with this squad. Can't wait for the penny to drop forever. There's some quality players and some pretenders.

4.) 24 Jun 2020 17:55:38
Good post jred. I'd agree with most of not all of that to be fair.

5.) 24 Jun 2020 17:48:49
Some only quote the ed when they agree with him and ignore when they don't.
The fact is pogba may have no choice. Nobody has made am offer for him. Nobody appears to want him badly enough.
He has next season left on his contract we do have the option of forcing him to stay for another year but that negates our negotiating ability to sell him during that extra year.
Some people want the club to force him to stay but it will cost the club close to 100m to do that this will be compounded by the fact that it puts others off dealing with united both players and agents.

6.) 24 Jun 2020 19:51:49
Its that all you have from the op.

7.) 24 Jun 2020 22:24:39
I was replying to mumbles jred.
Your OP is nothing new.
I agree on defence although i think laird has a chance of taking dalots place ed002 says dalot is on list of possible outs.
Ddg needs to regain his top form unforced errors have been a problem for last couple of years for club and country and too many for a keeper of his calibre imo. So they need to be reduced by at least 50%. It would be nonsense to dispute that.
Midfield is weak in a like for like replacement for matic. If pogba stays then that's the position that needs addressing imo. If pogba leaves then i'd be looking for a dm plus a pogba replacement.
If matic is out nobody provides the platform to attack from there that he does.
Rw needs addressing with a high calibre player of equal ability to rashford on the left.
Im not convinced by martial although his 1st goal in particular tonight impressed me.
Injuries are a fact of life. All teams have them. City had laporte fernandhino aquero mendy sane and de bruyne missing large chunks pool had henderson allison spurs kane alli and son all missed lots of games our 2nd string played poorly.
Personally i think our squad needs 4 top quality players to compete to win the league.
Cb dm rw st. and if pogba gets his wish and leaves he needs replacing too. i'd be happy for ighalo to be the striker.
Ideally sancho i think he is special.
Id love to sign ndiddi for dm. Terrific at his job.
Cb i'm torn.
Because injuries happen and loss of form happens we should not need to change the way we play to replace a player or 2. But we do because we don't have like for like players style wise and the gulf in quality of our 2nd string compared to starters is too great.
Sign ighalo he will score as many as martial imo
Sign ndiddi matic is perfect cover.
Sign a cb then lindalof could cover new cb and maguire . So no fear of jones or rojo having to play.
Sign sancho then james moves to cover instead of having to start him 40 games a season. Also potentially a great impact sub.
Very few start more than 28 games in an epl season and accommodating injuries is hard enough without having to change systems, but we have to change our whole identity to accommodate the weaker links when they should be just slotting into the system seamlessly.
But ole has no preferred system no identity no style that players could fit in and out of.
All the best sides have that. 18 months in i still don't see it or any sign of it.
Do we play with attacking full backs?
Do we play to get to the endline?
Do we play a possession based game?
Do we play at pace?
Do we play a pressing game?
Eehhh, sometimes, is the best answer i can give.
We know how city will play in every game or Liverpool or spurs under poch or stoke under pulis or Barcelona or juve under sarri. Players come in and out and do their job without the whole thing changing. 1 because players are capable and 2 because that's they way they are coached i don't see that under ole 18 months in. Its flip flop. Good run bad run good run no fluency no plan no consistency.
What is our brand of football and how do the players 1st and 2nd string fit into that brand of football.
We have an identity issue imo. That needs to be nailed down 18 months in it isn't. Why is that?
It is prettier than under jose moyes or lvg but no less effective.

8.) 25 Jun 2020 07:09:42
Ken if you don't know how we are setting up to play you can't of been watching us .

9.) 25 Jun 2020 07:28:52
Good point about city having injuries its probably why they are 20 odd points behind Liverpool. Who have managed to keep there very important front 3 fit all season .
City massively missed laporte.
Take mane and salah out of the Liverpool team for a period of time i don't think they would look the same .

I don't think we will sign a dm i don't think its a issue. I think Ed has said the same, but some only quote the Ed when they agree .
Not sure we are looking to sign nididdi in fact all that sign sign sign its just fifa trying to build the perfect team .

We seem to be linked to sancho and grealish and I can understand why, both offer something different.
Good run bad run? There is always a reason why .

14 games now with out a lose 36 goals 3 conceded, its ole first full season and it doesn't happen over night its a gradual process .
If you really don't know if we play with pace or attacking fullbacks you haven't been watching us .



16 May 2020 15:32:31
Strange watching football with no fans in the stadium.


{Ed004's Note - really takes away from it. Everything seems to dull. Even commentators don't see up for it until ball hits the net}

1.) 16 May 2020 15:42:35
You lose the atmosphere, actually not to bad a game tho.

{Ed004's Note - Schalke been awful}

2.) 16 May 2020 16:08:14
This is not football, not as I know it.

I think if this is the future (even for the next 6-12 months) then football viewing figures will see a significant drop off.

Initially sure, more will tune in starved of the joy of watching football. But how many will stick around to watch?

The key to football has always been the passion and the excitement. But take the fans away and it's just 22 men kicking a ball from one end of a field to the other.

There is no atmosphere, and the whole event feels flat because of it.

I want football back, but it needs to be the football I know and love. Not this flat event.

3.) 16 May 2020 16:10:52
Yer they never turned up really.

4.) 16 May 2020 16:27:40
A necessary evil unfortunately, if we only want football with fans I think itll be at least early next year before we see that and that's without what the next winter will be like.
As for the game Schalke were awful but Dortmund have some exciting players.

5.) 16 May 2020 16:34:20
It was like watching a pre season game.
Maybe tighter games will have more of a competitive edge.
Losing badly without any fans fans urging them on seemed to knock the stuffing out of schalke and they were not playing or chafing at as high a tempo as you would expect.
Football like most sports without the fans loses most of its appeal to me.
I could watch F1 without fans but don't think I'll be watching too much footy unless united are playing.
Ill try a few more games but i have to say i'm more underwhelmed than i thought I'd be after today.

6.) 16 May 2020 16:42:27
I enjoyed it definitely better atmosphere with fans there but I watch for the football .
I do think this will be the new normal for a while tho.

7.) 16 May 2020 16:46:55
Brandt looks a player everytime I watch him.

8.) 16 May 2020 16:48:05
shappy I take it you don't enjoy grassroots footy?

9.) 16 May 2020 16:51:10
This was a derby match, Dortmund vs Schalke is probably the most highly contested derby in Germany. If teams can't get up for this game then what does that mean when we have two mid-table teams with nothing to play for.

10.) 16 May 2020 17:07:01
Its the first game in 2 month under difficult circumstances.
Schalke were poor today I was impressed with BD tho had a few missing as well.

11.) 16 May 2020 17:13:48
Of course I do, I watch it most weekends.

However, watching grassroots and watching a top derby game is very different.

You have different expectations and you watch for different reasons.

Now maybe its the lack of match sharpness, but I don't think a single player played at more than 80% of their true ability. The game was flat, and the quality wasn't as high as it normally would be.

12.) 16 May 2020 17:17:49
Given the situation, need to adapt to football without fans.

Football without fans is not the same but without the clubs there would be nothing for the fans to support.

13.) 16 May 2020 17:30:32
If you are a huge football fan you will watch football on TV regardless of whether there's fans or not.

14.) 16 May 2020 17:41:55
86 I agree, it is a bit odd tho.

15.) 16 May 2020 17:57:24
There will probably be a few strange results too. a lot of teams rely heavily on their home atmosphere to help, not only that but without fans even the big games will lose that edge that keeps everyone sharp. Be interesting to see how it pans out.

16.) 16 May 2020 18:31:52
Better off watching the local team up the park.

17.) 16 May 2020 19:10:03
Damon, it was just very underwhelming. Maybe after months without football my expectations were unrealistic, maybe the players aren't match fit, or maybe football loses something without the fans.

We won't know after just one game, I'll keep watching for now, but if todays game was indicative of what we will see from games without fans then I'm far less interested. I'll still watch every United game regardless, but I'm not going to sit through too many more games if they are as underwhelming as the one today.

18.) 16 May 2020 19:31:12
It definetely loses its appeal without the fans Shappy. Imagine tuning into Everton v Brighton in a dead rubber. No fans pushing their teams on. People risking their health and safety for a game that has no consequences.

19.) 16 May 2020 20:12:06
Well I really enjoyed it.

I thought Dortmund v Schalke was a cracking game.

I admit its strange without the fans. it's a touch surreal and sterile but get passed that and we saw some great football and fantastic goals in my opinion.

I actually think it's going to be fascinating watching football without the fans.

It will be interesting to see how teams react and how it alters performance.

Will we see new tactics?

Can teams continue to play with the same aggression and intensity without the roar and encouragement of the crowd?

We will see players better able to express themselves and take more risks with the ball? Some players may excel others might struggle without the buz of the crowd!

We are about to witness something that has never happened in professional football and I'm intrigued to see how the absence of fans will influence and effect the game.

I'm not sure we'll see fans back at games for the foreseeable future so it's something we'll have to get used to. I can still appreciate the game without the atmosphere and excitement generated by the fans. Moving forward broadcasters may come up with something to make the experience less sterile and more enjoyable for some but it won't be forever and there doesn't appear much of an alternative anyway.

For those that don't like it there's always Netflix.

20.) 16 May 2020 20:50:54
I'm in the same boat and I think that's a good post .
I suppose some will enjoy it some won't but I thought it was a decent game .

21.) 16 May 2020 22:14:15
86 totally disagree. A huge part of going to a football match is the atmosphere. It is why watching on tv doesn't come close to being there. Its the same with live theatre or live music concerts. Performers and audiences feed off each other.

22.) 17 May 2020 00:51:15
Of course the atmosphere is better with fans in the stadium, that is a given.

The way I look at it though I absolutely love football so I'm sure it's better to have it this way than not at all. I watch it mainly to see the quality on show but people have different feelings on it which is totally fine.

I really like the Bundesliga as there are lots of goals and its exciting to watch. The top four is strong in Germany and even Bayer Leverkusen who are 5th are a good side also. I've been bored rubbishless for past couple of months without football I must admit 😂😂! Take care guys.

23.) 17 May 2020 00:56:28
Salford7, Yes of course but if it's your own team then first and foremost you are going to watch your team. I don't watch football on TV for the fans is all I'm saying. It's more entertaining when fans are going wild celebrating but we have to deal with what we are given at the moment I'm afraid.

24.) 17 May 2020 10:21:50
The novelty of no fans being somehow alright will soon wear off, football, and indeed sport, without fans is pretty pointless to me.



11 May 2020 09:31:41
La liga to resume 12 June.


1.) 11 May 2020 12:28:16
That's not confirmed.

2.) 11 May 2020 13:08:51
Things change daily so who knows, Germany has had a spike in s so that may delay the Bundesliga return. If the Premier league, championship etc do come back let's hope the teams and players are issued clear guidelines and instructions. Unlike the rest of us. I'm more confused today, after Boris speech than I was before 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️😔.

3.) 11 May 2020 17:33:25
I'd be surprised to see that. Spain are still in a pretty tough lockdown, far tougher than what we have here in the UK. I don't see them allowing football to played in a months time.

4.) 11 May 2020 21:23:49
The la Liga chairman was just floating an idea and some are reading the headline and running with it.




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ah must of mis read it.




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30 Jun 2020 16:17:14
Eric like greenwood.




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




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31 May 2020 10:21:26
Ask a player.


{Ed001's Note - I would just ask why home advantage doesn't increase the higher up the leagues you go? I mean crowds get bigger and so should provide a higher boost but you get almost exactly the same advantage at every level of the game, including non-league and park football. If the crowd is the single most dominating factor, then why have Newcastle won so little?}



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30 May 2020 15:27:34
I always like playing at home I felt better and more confident probably more comfortable, not all the time but most the time .
It was the same at some away grounds always played well there, because I belived i was going to .
Massive amount of sport is in the head, there is 100% home advantage even with out fans. No-one will convince me other wise to be honest.





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What about wolves?




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01 Jul 2020 22:07:59
Did it come of him?
I thought var was there to overturn clear and obvious mistakes . can't be that clear when it takes 4 minutes of slow motion replays.
Chflsea poor at the back today.




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01 Jul 2020 20:58:20
I tend not to.




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01 Jul 2020 20:57:58
If it goes to the last game each goal will count for 2.




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01 Jul 2020 20:13:29
intreasting to hear Neville saying mctom considered for a cb role .

Personally I think he has all the attributes to play dm . Still young room for improvement he can play there.