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08 Aug 2021 14:43:10
Axel signs a new contract till 2023 and leaves on loan to villa.


1.) 08 Aug 2021 15:09:56
A good move for all parties involved. Hopefully we can also find decent loan moves for Pellestri, Williams and Garner and sort out some permanent deals for Dalot, Jones, Andreas, James and Lingard. Then there’ll just be the Pogba saga to deal with.

2.) 08 Aug 2021 15:12:07
Good move for him. He isn't going to get any minutes here this season with Maguire, Varane and Lindelof ahead of him. He needs game time to progress.

3.) 08 Aug 2021 15:24:06
Red, Pellestri has already gone to Alaves.

4.) 08 Aug 2021 15:42:22
Axel will be 24 when he returns from the loan. His only way of progressing now is away from United, permanently.
Garner will either go back to Forest or I can see a few going to Derby on loan to help out Rooney.

5.) 08 Aug 2021 23:37:54
He will be nearly 25. Sames as mctom these guys are coming into their prime years young axel is going to be like that young lingard lad.

6.) 09 Aug 2021 08:14:59
Is he going to get enough game time at villa to make the loan worthwhile?

7.) 09 Aug 2021 12:31:32
Well if he doesn’t what does that tell you about his ability?

8.) 09 Aug 2021 13:07:30
He was on loan at Villa in 18/ 19 and played over 30 games for them, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off for them. His biggest issue is his injury record which would give big Phil a run for his money.

9.) 09 Aug 2021 18:12:57
Tuanzebe was available for most of the season, December onwards. Ole just didn't play him.

10.) 09 Aug 2021 18:53:34
That's right MH he continued to play an injured lingard who was having back pertinent and same with rashford he continued to play when unfit.

11.) 10 Aug 2021 04:27:01
Eric79, the PSG game shows that he has the ability but unfortunately injuries haven't helped his progress as much as everyone expected.

I agree with the others that much like a few other players he was also overlooked by Ole even when there was an opportunity to play him.

12.) 10 Aug 2021 07:42:35
I see your point LPU, but that game was over 2 years ago and frankly he’s done nothing since but be injured.

13.) 10 Aug 2021 09:18:37

It was not 2 yrs ago, around 10 months ago he returned from a 10 month injury layoff to play against PSG and delivered a very good performance.

14.) 10 Aug 2021 19:55:46
Yeah my bad - still doesn’t change the fact he’s had 2 good games for the club in his career.

15.) 11 Aug 2021 03:23:24
Yes, he came back, played well, then back on injured list again. Everyone wants these fringe players to play well, to make the difference. But reality is that they need to take their chances.

Axel needs games at a good level. Villa loan is good for him. See what he can do, maybe he has found his level, maybe he shows what we are missing.

16.) 11 Aug 2021 04:19:20
Eric79, injuries have certainly hampered any progress he would have made.

A loan move would suit all concerned and would help us move him on permanently if he does well.



25 Jul 2021 18:31:46
Spare a thought for Wayne Rooney at Derby. He only has 9 and players at the club. No centre backs. Due to a transfer embargo can only sign free transfers and loans.
Its a dire situation and a real baptism of fire as a manager.
He is sticking with them it looks a very difficult task to keep them up. Maybe with his connections he will get some good loans and free transfers in quickly.


1.) 25 Jul 2021 20:36:41
Good option for some of our under23s. Give him Pereira for the year if we can't sell him.

2.) 25 Jul 2021 21:02:16
I'm sure he'll be asking for a few of our youth on loan but I fear for derby and think it would be a bad experience for our young lads.

3.) 26 Jul 2021 15:18:19
I agree on the fear of RedWhiskey.
And isn't there a limit on how many players can be loaned from on e club to another?

Not sure United can save them, if wanted.

4.) 26 Jul 2021 15:42:04
He also seems unable to stay out of trouble. Allowing himself to get into the situation he did is a poor show from anyone, let alone a Manager.

5.) 28 Jul 2021 10:05:35
Didn’t think Rooney was into youth?



26 Apr 2021 13:54:37
Hi ed002.
You said a couple of weeks ago that United were not one of the clubs trying to complete transfers early. ( or words to that effect)
Do you know if that's changed and if they have started to engage with their priority targets agents or clubs?
Likewise for any players moving on have they started the process with any of those yet?
Have you any dates for your latest sharkopds for the United and other epl clubs yet.
Ta. Have a good day.


{Ed002's Note - I am not sure much has changed. I know there has been a discussion with one agent over a player leaving and a third-party is dealing with two other departures on behalf of the club. I am not aware of Manchester United pushing for any signings at this time, but they know what needs to be done in terms of positions and will be trying to clarify targets. THere will be a Sharkopod for Manchester United when time allows.}

1.) 26 Apr 2021 14:56:34
I love a sharkopod. Will Sparky be helping you out with it Ed?

{Ed002's Note - He is picking the music.}

2.) 26 Apr 2021 15:05:32
Exciting stuff! Thanks Ed002!

3.) 26 Apr 2021 15:07:04
Ed002, are you able to share with us who the 3 players are in discussion around leaving the club?

{Ed002's Note - There is no benefit to it.}

4.) 26 Apr 2021 16:31:36
Thanks 002.

5.) 27 Apr 2021 10:25:13
Ed, have our transfer targets been influenced at all by the new appointments made by the club?

{Ed002's Note - They are simply internal appointment.}

6.) 27 Apr 2021 10:43:32
Another disasterous summer awaits, there will be plenty of stories and names linked but we will end up with minimal investment and probably 4/ 5 choice players.

7.) 27 Apr 2021 12:21:06
Seeing all the talk of a Sharkopod, has led me to think - who decided on that brilliant name?

{Ed002's Note - Sparky.}

8.) 28 Apr 2021 02:01:20
Sparky has ruff! Taste in music 🐶.



31 Dec 2020 18:10:55
Ed002 thanks for the review below.
Just when you mention Saul you said 'not January' is he a realistic summer target ed?
Thanks and happy new year .


{Ed002's Note - Not right now he is not a summer target. Manchester United would be interested if they had cleared out midfield and if he were available.}

1.) 01 Jan 2021 19:44:00
Happy new year to everyone.

What does “cleared out the midfield” mean?
Pogba and Lingard sold for cash?
Anyone else?

Thank you very much Ed002.

2.) 01 Jan 2021 22:28:09
Guessing offloading Pogba is the key one here and then finding a role for VDB. Lingard surely not even in the equation.



01 Dec 2020 08:53:21
Good morning ed002.
Do you expect Manchester United to try and get any new players in during the Jan window.? Who if anybody are the club targeting?
Secondly do you think we will be able to sell on any players? Is there any interest in any of our players from elswhere?
Thanks for your time.


{Ed002's Note - I don't see a concerted effort to do anything specific in January right now and my expectation is that clubs will not be looking to do too much in January as it is very difficult to plan for. Ighalo is out of contract in January and the club need to make decisions about those out of contract in the summer. The club will look toward players for the summer and already many clubs are talking to each other and agents about what will happen next summer. The club will look to add a third choice GK, perhaps internally, a CB, DM, and perhaps a LM. Much depends on sorting out the midfield problems.}

1.) 01 Dec 2020 12:11:29
Thought as much ed thank you.
Jan never the best time and with the unpredictability around finances its even worse this year.
I think shifting a few out will take priority this winter.
I hope that we can do that. Rojo and mata are both out of contract in the summer i'm not sure who else is.

{Ed002's Note - My notes say:
Sergio Romero (G) out of contract
Lee Grant (G) out of contract
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (RB) out of contract
Marcos Rojo (LB/CB) out of contract
Jesse Lingard (AM) out of contract
Edinson Cavani (S) out of contract
Odion Ighalo (S) out of contract in January}

2.) 01 Dec 2020 13:26:29
Amateurs may still offer or trigger options players have to their contracts.

3.) 01 Dec 2020 14:09:33
i think cavani will likely get a new deal

the rest can leave for me.

4.) 01 Dec 2020 15:03:45
Cavani might be useful to keep for another year, he does have a one year extension option.

All the others should be allowed to leave. None are anywhere near the first 11, they are taking up a lot of wages and even if given a new deal we wouldn't be able to get much for them. Best cutting ties and allowing them to move on.

5.) 01 Dec 2020 15:46:07
I'd keep Cavani as he is useful. The others can go as it will free up spaces in the squad aswell as wages. After all, C.V. effects will last some time. We need a new shirt sponsorship soon, it will more than likely be less than what we got last time.

6.) 01 Dec 2020 15:46:19
All of those players out of contract should be let go only one I'd consider keeping is cavani but that will be based off how he does this season. also ed wouldn't Mata be on the list?

7.) 01 Dec 2020 15:27:16
Hasn't TFM signed a new contract?

{Ed002's Note - He may well have done - I didn't check

8.) 01 Dec 2020 15:56:50
I hope Woodward doesn't do the "need to protect the value" thing.

9.) 02 Dec 2020 03:41:32
So we are not after a rw now such as Sancho which is good news as I think buying him doesn't make sense afyer buying Diallo and Pelistri.

10.) 02 Dec 2020 09:31:02
At least Phil Jones is'nt out of contract, thank God.

11.) 02 Dec 2020 11:34:53
Many thanks as always, Ed002.

I wouldn't object to any of the out of contract players leaving, with the exception of Cavani who should be renewed for a further year.

Interesting that you mentioned the club may look at left midfielder, I can't understand that when we have Rashford and Martial for that role. Are you able to shed any light onto this please? If you have chance before Christmas a broader transfer target update would be much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Rashford and Martial are forwards not midfield players. Don't expect much if anything in January.}

12.) 07 Dec 2020 22:04:11
We absolutely have to keep Mata and not just for what he can still provide on the park as a fringe player. He embodies everything about being a Red. He loves his craft, he is passionate and gives 100% every time he steps on the pitch. More like him across the park and we would be flying. Sure he is older but purely as an example to the youngsters he has to stay and eventually become an ambassador. The rest can leave including the circus that is Pogba.




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15 Oct 2021 23:16:56
Awb has had a couple of weeks to get himself sharp again. Maybe most of the personal difficulties and pressure he has been under for the lat 6 months has moved to a better place.
He had and still has huge potential but he has not developed 1 iota over the last 2 years imo. He needs to get better.


1.) 16 Oct 2021 00:17:21
Because of the coaching! How many players come to us and stall or go backwards! If Awb went to any other top 4 we'll let's face it top 10 club he would of improved players come to us and genuinely go backwards!

2.) 16 Oct 2021 01:13:32
100% agree that he needs to improve and sometimes you need the right RW to play as a better RB. Hopefully it happens with Sancho playing there with Rashford back at LW now. At Dortmund and at United, I think Sancho shows more maturity and defensive support than many of our other wingers. Let’s see. Tick Tock.

3.) 16 Oct 2021 08:49:14
I like this FGC.

AWB has not benefited at all from not having a real and refused RW ahead of him. Him and Sancho down the right is an appealing combination for me and once they play together will work very well, much like Shaw and Rashford down the left who have played many times together.

We need set combinations that work - too much chop and change early on for me.

4.) 16 Oct 2021 08:53:53
AWB is an interesting player. He isn't my ideal kind of full back, but he is much better than many people give him credit for.

He often bares the brunt for a lot of our lackluster attacking play. While he isn't an offensive full back by any stretch of the imagination, it is not his fault that we struggle to move the ball quickly enough through the the transitions. While we often create chances but have poor finishing, again this isn't AWB's fault.

He's a solid 6 out of 10 player every week, he rarely let's us down, he just isn't TAA. He's a steady eddy, that stability is actually a good thing for a defender.

I do feel that our coaching staff may not be working as well with him as we would like. There seems to be little improvement in his offensive output, and he plays the safe option too often. He also has the occasional positioning error, although he often has the pace and the 1v1 ability to correct and overcome these errors. While I feel the coaching staff could maybe do more, we have to appreciate that for a player to improve it takes BOTH good coaching AND hard work and dedication from the player. Is AWB doing enough to improve himself? That isn't a criticism, just a genuine question as to why we don't seem to be seeing much improvement from him.

There is definitely a top level player in him, it's about coaxing it out of him one way or another. While an arm around Shaw's shoulder has got the best out of him, maybe AWB needs a different approach to challenge him to improve. Players are individuals after all and a blanket approach won't work for everyone.

Personally I think it makes more sense to coach him to play as an inverted full back that could free up a midfielder to push further forward. Then get our RW to stay wider to keep the width. While on the other side I'd have Shaw push up high and wide to allow Rashford to drift in.

It's a more nuanced slightly lopsided system which would require a more structured coaching approach.

Symmetrical systems are much easier to understand and to coach, both full backs do the same thing, both wingers do the same thing. Rather than coaching individual roles to individual players. However, making the system to suit the players rather than asking the players to adjust to the system will almost certainly get better performances from the players as they will be playing to their strengths.

5.) 16 Oct 2021 11:47:05
Nah Shappy, he's pants. Best juzt to sell him and buy a better player.

6.) 16 Oct 2021 14:55:30
Compare his stats to Walkers, he stacks up quite well against who I would say is a good comparison at city.

TAA played in a Liverpool team that play 3 in CM and ask their full backs to bomb forward. It is also the main focus of his game, so liverpool find a way to accommodate it.

I do think Bissaka is improving going forward. With ronny and cavani in the box I would expect more assists and chances created this year.

7.) 16 Oct 2021 14:57:51
Not for me AWB is not IMO anywhere near a top class full back, too many times out of position, lucky he is good at last ditch tackles because he out of position too many times, top defenders stay on there feet!

Going forward he is just awful

I think no matter who coaches him he won’t get much better then he is now, and that’s not good enough for supposedly top 4 team.

Plus he still got big problems looming over him till at least December I am led to believe.



14 Oct 2021 14:44:15
Ronaldo was dropped because he was 'tired'according to wole after playing 3 games in a row.
He has just played 2 in a row for Portugal so we now have 3 in a week.
So wich of the 3 games will be miss will wole will be consistent with his decision making and deem ronaldo too tired to play 5 games.
Surely he can't play 5 games in 2 weeks if he does it just makes wole look like, well a wally.


1.) 14 Oct 2021 15:19:59
Of course he can a super fit young man. What do you think of varane being out for a few weeks Ken. Will it hamper our chances of qualifying for europa.

2.) 14 Oct 2021 15:40:58
Dunno really leahy. He had only played a couple of matches.
Lidelof will go back on there easy enough.
Is maguire fit?
Its only Leicester they are not in great form so we could get away with lindelof and bailly.
Atalanta are also not in good form looks like we have them at the right time.
3rd game is Liverpool and they are crap so all is good.

3.) 14 Oct 2021 18:03:02
I’d assume he will miss one of the games this week or at least be taken off. We have a big squad with a lot of attacking players, this pressure to play Ronaldo in every game is ridiculous and no manager coming in should play him in every game. For me if we start the Liverpool game with him we will struggle as we would be better pressing them from the front, up to the manager to make the right calls, not easy but we have a lot of options so hopefully he gets it right.

The problem is I’m not sure it’s the personnel that’s the problem, we look exactly the same whoever the players are, we need to attack more and take more risks and press higher up the pitch, the players should be good enough, fingers crossed things improve in the next few weeks.

4.) 14 Oct 2021 23:50:22
If the players are good enough then why aren't they doing it because I haven't seen us playing well this season yet.

5.) 15 Oct 2021 08:41:25
I've not seen us play well for a couple of years despite the odd good performance there has been no sustained period of enjoyable football to watch and no success.



08 Oct 2021 07:20:12
Some light hearted questions.
Fav Jersey? Mine is 1977 away kit white with 3 black stripes.
Fav performance? Mine are Cup final in 77 my first live game. (Stopped Liverpool doing treble) or win v Blackburn for 1st epl title. Palmistry scored a free kick lat on and made it that every snr players scored in that season a miracle goal.
Fav player from 70s 80s 90s 2000's, 2010's 2200's. Mine are Sammy mc (I only remember 75 onwards born in 69.
80 Bryan Robson 90 Mark Hughes. 2000 Scholes 10's ronaldo. 20s cavani.
Least fav player 70s paddy roache 80s Alan Brazil 90s tiabi 00 barthez 10s fellini 20s martial
Signing most excited about Bryan Robson
Signing most disappointed by. Martial.
Fav away ground. St James Park
Fav season 1992/ 3.


1.) 08 Oct 2021 08:00:04
Honestly, the fact the you and I, and no doubt quite a few others, have Cavani as our favourite player of the 20s is an indictment of the rest of our squad.

Although I will say that Rashy is a very close second and another player I have much affection for.

2.) 08 Oct 2021 08:03:01
Jersey: 2008 AIG strip- have the UCL final replica at home.
Performance: Barcelona 1-0 semi final- scholes rocket or the 5-2 comeback win at home to Spurs.
Favourite player: 00s Ronaldo 10s Rooney 20s greenwood
Least favourite player: 00s silvestre 10s fellaini 20s martial
Most exciting signing: Ronaldo coming home.
Away ground: stadium of light- been a few times.
Season: 07-08. What a team that was.

3.) 08 Oct 2021 08:42:19
Favourite Jersey: 1988 Adidas Blue Away shirt
Favourite Performance: I'll never forget coming back from 3-0 against spurs to win 5-3, etched into my brain
Favourite Final- Champs League '99, I was crying my eyes out just before teddy scored, whirlwind of emotions that I haven't felt since watching a football game.
Favourite player: 90s Roy Keane 00s Roy Keane 10s Ronaldo 20s Rashford
Least favourite player: 90s Paul Ince 00s Barthez, what a disappointment he was 10s Gabriel Obertan 20s Martial
Most disappointing signing: Martial (Really thought he was going to be a special player)
Most exciting signing: Rooney, he was a phenom at that age and seeing him score a hat trick on his debut was something
Away ground: San Siro (Electric atmosphere on European nights)
Season: 98-99, the complete team for me

Good post ken!

4.) 08 Oct 2021 09:33:04
Favorite shirt: 1985 Home Sharp Top (First one I bought)

Performance: 99 Arsenal FA Cup Semi final. The game that had everything.

I actually missed the 2 goals in extra time at the 99 CL final at Nou Camp. Like George Best I thought that it was all over and switched off the TV, I locked up the shop where I was working on about 88 minutes, drove 5 min home to find my flatmate saying I can't believe it, they won. I did the same in 2008, so it has now become a superstition. I didn't do it last year so the Villarreal loss is on me, sorry everyone.

Player, 80 Jesper Olsen, 90 Cantona, 00 Rooney, 10 Fellaini (really really), 20 Too early to decide

Don't have a least favourite player

Fav away ground: Anfield (try sitting with the home supporters and suppressing your joy when United score.

Best transfer year 89/ 90: We re-signed Hughes, then Pallister and Paul Ince. Arguably it was the difference for ending the 26 year drought. Best signing was Cantona in 92, last piece in the cog. Andy Cole was probably one of the most anticipated though.

Fav season: 1984/ 85

Small point Ken, Ronaldo left United in 2009.

5.) 08 Oct 2021 09:33:26
Fav Jersey? The 1993/ 4 black away kit .
Fav performance? Has to be the Home Cup Winners Cup game v Barcelona in 84 where we won 3 nil and they had Maradona.
Fav player from 70s 80s 90s 2000's, 2010's 2200's. 70’s Torn, I saw George Best at OT so that was amazing seeing him walk out but he wasn’t at his peak so probably Gordon Hill honourable mentions for Jim Holton, Buchan and Pearson.
80’s Whiteside, probably being behind the goal in 85 when he bent it past Southall to win the FA cup was the moment
90’s Cantona, he was THE catalyst. I was at Maine Road when he conducted the team to come back to win 3-2 and it was pure poetry
2000’s Ronaldo the greatest of all
10's Van Persie, what a season, who can forget the Villa HatTrick, to win golden boot, the league and the goal of the season
20s Greenwood
Least fav player as with Ken, 70s paddy roache 80s Alan Brazil 90s tiabi 00 barthez 10s fellini 20s martial
Signing most excited about, Veron
Signing most disappointed by. Laurent Blanc, how on Earth did SAF replace Stam with him
Fav away ground. Nou Camp, after my visit in May 99 there could only be there
Fav season 2007/ 8 Ronaldo Rooney Tevez.

6.) 08 Oct 2021 09:37:36
Favourite kit would be the 2009 black away kit with the blue v on the front.
Favourite performance/ game would be our 4-3 home win against Real Madrid in the 2003 UCL quarter-finals. Just a great game, end to end, two top teams, it was like watching two heavy weight boxers slugging it out for the undisputed world No.1.
While the 99 UCL final was the one that got me the most emotional. Just the way we won it.
Favourite player, I was 4 when the 80's ended so little point doing any before that. So 90's has to be Cantona, 00's Scholes, 10's Carrick, 20's Rashford.
I won't do least favourite player as I tend to either like a player or feel nothing for them, very few if any that I actually dislike.
Most disappointing signing Di Maria, I was always a big fan of his, but the way everything turned out it leaves a bitter taste.
Most exciting signing has to be Rooney, he was best young player in England with the potential to be the best in the world. I was buzzing when we signed him.
Favourite away ground is St. James park, I have a soft spot for Newcastle and the games there are always entertaining.
Season: while 98/ 99 was special, for me it has to be the 07/ 08 season. The front three of Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez, the defence of Vidic, Rio, Evra and Neville/ Brown in front of VDS and the midfield that included Carrick, Scholes, Hargreaves (fit) and Anderson (when he was playing Fabregas off the park and looked like a future world beater) . Nani and Giggs offered options wide if needed. It was my favourite group of players and we played with a real authority and assurance even in Europe. Plus we won the league and UCL double.

7.) 08 Oct 2021 10:22:39
Anderson played fabregas off the park? Don't remember that one.

{Ed014's Note - me neither, he is talking about the short fat lad with braids in his hair and not Viv is he?

8.) 08 Oct 2021 10:26:24
Favorite Jersey - I really liked the kits in 2008 particularly the black one.

Performance- Roma at home in 07 when we smashed them 7-1 or the 6-1 against Arsenal.

Favourite players - 90's it was Giggs (unfortunately), 00's Ronaldo, 10's Juan Mata, 20's Bruno.

Least favourite - 00's was David Bellion, 10's Fellaini and 20's Fred.

Exciting signing - Rooney

Most disappointing- Bastian Schweinsteiger or Falcao, both amazing players but not at the time United signed them.

Away Ground - The Bernabeu was good

Season - 2007/ 8 best side Sir Alex assembled in my opinion.

9.) 08 Oct 2021 22:09:32
Anderson played in the 8-2 game I think, he certainly played like a world beater for a few games. Just couldn't get consistency.

10.) 09 Oct 2021 15:01:44
Fabregas wasn't playing for arsenal when it was 8-2 dodgy.

11.) 09 Oct 2021 15:12:23
I loved that shirt Ken but I also love the ‘93 one will the lace and collar.

So many great performances but the one I was at was the FA Cup semi final in ‘83. Conceded against Arsenal and then Robby and Big Norm scored screamers, all at our end of the ground,

Favourite players

Least favourite player, quite a few. Kleberson, Bellion, Gibson, Roche

Most excited Cantona
Biggest disappointment Birtles
Away ground Anfield, unbelievable atmosphere
Fav season ‘94, DDG more away games than home ones.



06 Oct 2021 00:46:06
Watford, Villarreal, Chelsea
Tough 6 league games ahead.
What is a good return from those 6 games.
I think we will need 10 points from those 18 to still be in the top anything less and we will be playing catch up from November onwards.
3 wins 3 draws would be great 12 points while taking points off all around us. And we will be still in the mix after a third of the season.
We have the players to do that imo.
Worst case we take 6 points kiss the league goodbye in record time and spend the rest of the season chasing a cl place. We can't win the league in the next 6 games but we could lose so hope if it goes wrong.
Leicester are 1st up no Fred or cavani according to reports but no intl duty for maguire awb matic Mason so we will have a few fresh i hope Shaw doesn't play . Ddg might not play sancho might not Bruno won't play 2 full games so we should be fresh enough. A win there would set us up nicely for the Liverpool game.


1.) 06 Oct 2021 04:14:26
Or 4 wins 2 losses? Same points, different vibe. Just playing devils advocate.

2.) 06 Oct 2021 05:14:08
6 more games of McFred. Hurray!

3.) 06 Oct 2021 06:34:15
We are a mid table team, we will trouble the big boys and drop them against the teams that are near our level like Watford and Villareal.

4.) 06 Oct 2021 08:35:43
All very tough games sandwiched in between some very difficult champions league fixtures.

After that we have a decent run of around 13 very winnable fixtures before we face most of the above teams again in our last 10 games.

If I was a betting man I predict our season will go something like this. During the next couple of months Ole will come perilously close to the sack. He’ll need to qualify from the champions league group and get enough points in the league to halt the swell of disapproval. It’s obvious the Club don’t have the appetite to give him the boot unless his position becomes ridiculously untenable so he may just hang on by the skin of his teeth.

Following those difficult fixtures I think we’ll go on a decent run over Christmas and new year which will solidify his position. I’m not convinced we’ll be in a title race but if we’re 7-8 points behind come January it keeps us interested (not really but enough justification to keep the board satisfied) with the champions league to look forward to.

The last 10 games are very tough and in my opinion we’ll be looking over our shoulder in 4th rather than fighting for the title.

A decent champions league and fa cup run will be important in keeping the ever increasing mutiny at bay and probably from inside his own dressing room as well. Ronaldo won’t be happy if we’re out of the title race and champions league by March and you’ve then got to persuade a collection of massive egos that fighting for top 4 somehow represents a good season.

Ole has proven himself to be a survivor but eventually he’ll run into one crisis too many. To the horror of many I suspect he still has the backing of the board so I think if he finishes top 4 he’ll get another crack next season. That seems to be the ambition of the Club and until they actually sack a manager that finishes in the top 4 we have no evidence to the contra.

5.) 06 Oct 2021 09:12:16
Ken, we should be going into every match to win. And we have the players to win every match we play, but it's all going to depend on how courageous Ole and the two plonkers alongside him are. And from what we've seen so far, it's not looking promising. I think we should be looking at least 12-14 points if we want to challenge for the league.

6.) 06 Oct 2021 09:20:02
Dlib, hope you are keeping well i saw a post the other day saying you are recovering. Keep at it.
For sure ole is a survivor lurching from 1 crisis to the next.
I don't think the club want to fire him yet.
I banking on a player revolt of sorts. I don't think its a united and happy dressing room I think those cracks and divisions will increase.
We have seen before our board back the players over the manager.
Its only a hope i have that the players will not put up with much more.

7.) 06 Oct 2021 09:45:35
We are a mid table team. Clearly not everything is rosy but does anyone think we are a mid table team? Really?

8.) 06 Oct 2021 10:46:34
Playing catch up if we don't get enough points from those fixtures?
We have NO chance of winning the league this year. Let's be honest and realistic. City and Liverpool are miles better and Chelsea better too. They have better managers too.

Best we can hope for is a decent cup run in the Fa Cup and possibly Europa League.

I don't think we will anything. Hope to be proved wrong but doubt.

9.) 06 Oct 2021 10:47:20
AJH, welll we have a PL challenging squad with a Sunday League coaching setup so at ranks us as a whole is anyone’s guess, but looking at recent results if this were to continue then yes we would be out of the top 4 and down the table some what.

10.) 06 Oct 2021 12:38:46
Although Ole spouts all the time This is United we look to win every game, on many occasions he don’t seem to set up with the same conviction as what he says!
Mind you he done that for past 3 years
He also says no we see a big future at this club for X, Y, Z then does not even give them an opportunity as with Jesse he goes out on loan plays out of his skin gets his confidence up, not allowed to be sold comes back gets few odd mins here and there and then nothing so the confidence built up for loan is slowly being chipped away at again! Yet people say Ole’s attribute is man management! Strange man management.

11.) 06 Oct 2021 13:00:08

We are competing for fourth hoping one of the big boys slip up. At the same time we have to hope our players who are used to winning leagues and Champions Leagues do not become demotivated. I don’t think we are mid table given what we spent but if there is any demotivating factors we could easily slip to 6,7th. Personally I think we will be 4th and think I said that at the start of the season from memory.

12.) 06 Oct 2021 14:45:35
Can see us taking 5 points in the league and 5 in the champions league. That said, Ole does tend to do well against better sides, so anything is possible. It really wouldn’t surprise me if, for example, we beat City and then dropped points to Watford the following week.



05 Oct 2021 08:00:48
So cavani and Fred miss the next game v Leicester makes you wonder why cavani played when he has no hope of starting the next game no matter how well he did. Poor planning and thought process.
It's good news on Fred all the same.
All we can hope for is a clean bill of health after international break.
I'm not sure if Shaw and maguire joined up with England i hope not so they can get in some training with awb or would give them a nice rest too with no travel. Mason will also benefit from that.


{Ed014's Note - you sound like Fergie, using the international break to rest all your players! ??

1.) 05 Oct 2021 09:58:08
Maguire isn’t in the England squad but I believe Shaw is after playing 90 minutes at the weekend.

Cavani played because of how good he was on Wednesday night when he came on and because Ronaldo was knackered, fairly sure you know that.

2.) 05 Oct 2021 11:52:27
Ronaldo says he was fit and ready to start.

3.) 05 Oct 2021 16:35:24
No no ken, Ronaldo was knackered. How would Ronaldo know anyway?

4.) 05 Oct 2021 18:55:27
Ronaldo isn’t the manager last time I checked.

5.) 05 Oct 2021 18:58:38
Well since vdb signed he lost his place as did telles awb not getting one or new advertising slogan will be. 'Sign for ole let him kill your career'
Cavani will be in his toes in Jan along with vdb i hope. I can't see cavani hanging around at this stage of his career and vdb should just give ole a Glasgow kiss in the hope his contact is terminated.




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23 Sep 2021 14:10:00
You undermine yourself as a manager if you tell a player he will be no1 next season like you believe and then don't stand over your word. Is ole really that fickle or brain dead?




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22 Sep 2021 19:53:15
Samuel lockhurst never makes things up of course how long was he with news of the world or the sun?
So is one that fickle that he will go back on his word after 5 games?
If that is the case Henderson should leave as he can't trust the manager.




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22 Sep 2021 13:43:26
I never heard one saying Henderson would be no 1
I never heard Henderson say it
I never heard ddg say he was no2
I often remember someone on here scolding and laughing at people who believe every bit of click bait they read.
Henderson was never told he would be no1 or he would have been reinstated to no1 when fit unless one is a complete liar and leading a squad member up the garden path.
So don't believe the click bait just to convince yourself your right.




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29 Aug 2021 15:23:47
Neves was doing really well. I think he is a good player. But in the last 18 mints he lost his regular pace in the wolves team and the Portugal team. So something is amiss. Perhaps he needs a move to reignite a bit like martial.




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27 Aug 2021 16:28:57
I disagree Chris as does olewally as he has chased trippier all summer. So wally and I agree on something. Tim yes its down to coaching. Awb can do better he will eventually when we get a better staff.





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16 Oct 2021 17:10:06
Jonsey sarcasm dripping from that post are you blind. If you read my posts you know where I stand.


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16 Oct 2021 13:21:05
I'm sure the 8m pay off will soften the blow ajh.
Again a manager who has had decent periods with most the clubs he has been at. A very likeable man as a player and a manager imo.
Should have got his England cap too.
Ajh i agree its hard to know what sort of performance to expect. I'm hoping for aa good game Leicester will go at us so that should make for some good entertaining football.




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16 Oct 2021 12:38:04
Yes redman. He has been really steady over the last 15 years at lower league clubs. He has worked wonders at Coventry.
I think todays games will be tight. Leicester are not playing well so far and a loss for them will put them in the bottom 6 so it will be interesting.
I hope we get off to a good start in the game too often it takes a goal against to bring out some speed and intent in our play.
A win at the beginning of this tough 10 game run might bring us a bit of momentum.
Atalnta are no great shakes, while they do pose a threat they concede goals a plenty and a win for us today would bring confidence going in to that one.
I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks 10 Big games against Big teams games of real importance. At the end of these 10 games we will be a third of the way through the league and finished our group stage in cl.
If we are still within 3 or 4 points off the top of the league and into last 16 of cl that will be a good outcome and leave us in a position to compete that has to be the objective over the next 10 games.
We can't win anything but we can lose both or 1.
On form this appears to be one of the easier league games in this next run of 7 league games but in no way do I think it will be easy.
Who will play?
No Fred I hope he plays matic and pogba and Bruno behind Mason ronaldo and sancho.
Ddg awb bailly lindelof Shaw.
Hope its a good game.




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16 Oct 2021 10:42:15
I don't agree with any of that shappy.
Not one achievement there that warrents him keeping his job or that he should be commended for.
Pretty much all of them are subjective except your are commending him for making us regular failures.




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15 Oct 2021 22:23:16
I always cheer the team on shappy. But i do not support the manager in the very same way as you wanted our previous manager out but still didn't want the team to lose.
If the team do well i'm delighted I don't come critising the team after any win and don't look to pick holes because even poor wins which we've had are still wins.
If the team do well then I won't have the need to call for him to be fired. He has the opportunity to change my opinion he's had it for 3 years. In my opinion he is holding us back and has been for 2 years.
I do not see any substantial contribution the he has made since taking the job. I have a complete bias against him being our manager I don't hide that. Again much the same as you have against our previous manager. So you know exactly what its like to support the team but not the manager.