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02 Sep 2022 19:44:34
Reason for CR7 looking for a CL team is quite clear now. He is currently all time top scorer in CL with 140 goals followed by LM10 with 125. He want to score as much as Messi do in CL in the next few years so he can retire with the 'all time top scorer record'.
He may be willing to take huge pay cut to play in CL even in a smaller team but he want full 90 mins in all the games they play and he want to take all penalties, freekicks.


1.) 02 Sep 2022 21:22:44
He's here till January and will probably be cup tied I assume in January.
Things can change and a month later you could see Ronaldo with 4 goals in 4 games or something.
He is still a goalscorer and a really good one. That has not changed.

2.) 02 Sep 2022 21:31:07
This isn’t clear ‘now’ - it’s been the case since the start of the season!

3.) 03 Sep 2022 00:51:45
Imagine making such a fuss about such a personal statistic. Not even about being in a team that can win anymore, he just wants to play in ANY team where he will get a chance to score 1 or 2 more goals for his bed notch. Tarnishing his legend status in my eyes.

4.) 03 Sep 2022 01:05:23
Why would he be cup tied?

5.) 03 Sep 2022 06:39:20
How about putting your team first instead of personal records.

6.) 03 Sep 2022 07:34:17
He won't be cup tied. I think in January a big team in need of a short term striker will come in for him and he'll finally get his move. Can bet his agent will be busy between now and January.

7.) 04 Sep 2022 11:16:16
How have we come about this insight that Ronaldo wanting to leave is solely because of his personal record of ECL goals?

If I were going to guess I would say he realised we were crap and not going to win anything. Realises he isn't suited to HagBall and won't play much either and for a player of his status moving rather than sitting on the bench for a rebuilding team makes sense.

I have seen the selfish stuff spouted in the media with absolutely no source. It just seems its a narrative to paint him in the worst possible light.

8.) 04 Sep 2022 11:39:36
Correct oakbark and I'm not his biggest fan.
Idiot story only believed by the most gullible in our society.

9.) 04 Sep 2022 15:02:01
Totally correct Ken and Oak, I’m shocked the world is so full of such gullible people and getting worse…… there is no source or not an ounce of evidence to this ridiculous stupidity…… being the biggest name on any world stage in this day and age comes with the territory of people making stuff up daily, easy to say why don’t they come out and deny it, but it would be a full time job and take up every minute of everyday…. Then you get the jealousy side of people that want to believe everything bad and nothing good…. it’s a SAD Sad world I’m afraid…. Let’s all jump on a bandwagon… Ronaldo is skint he don’t like not earning, Ronaldo wants CL goals record, Ronaldo can’t run, Ronaldo this Ronaldo that, Ronaldo can’t play Ten Haag style… strange that Ten Haag says that Ronaldo could play in any system anywhere in the world. But let’s not print that let’s make up more tripe!

10.) 04 Sep 2022 19:55:15
Whether Ronaldo wanted out or not is irrelevant now. He is here for the rest of the season. I am assuming if he plays any minutes in the Europa League it would cup-tie him for another UEFA competition so even a move in January would not make sense.

Biggest thing for Ronaldo is he has to adapt to being a super sub rather than a starter. After a couple of wins on the spin that's all very well but if we start to get unexpected results, as most of us are expecting in Ten Hag's first season, let's see how happy the group remains.

Keep winning, keep everyone happy - simples :)

11.) 04 Sep 2022 20:38:27
He wouldn't be cup tied.



17 Jul 2022 16:19:17
ED002, Are United actively looking to sign players for other positions (apart from 3 signings in the bag)? or they will wait till FDJ situation gets sorted?


{Ed002's Note - They are trying to bring players in.}

1.) 17 Jul 2022 18:44:54
I think we’ll get a striker and possibly a rb.

2.) 17 Jul 2022 20:03:35
Is Antony one of those players Ed?

{Ed002's Note - As I have exlained. MU are one of the clubs interested in Antony.}



11 Feb 2018 18:45:05
People say Pep Guardiola don't have a plan B which may be true but United don't have plan A at the moment.
Very painful to see United play under LVG and JM. Very predictable.
DDG and Sanchez are quality no doubt about that. Other 9 players are no where near good enough in starting 11 for United if United need to be among the Barca, real, bayern level.

Pogba is not interested in football. I think Pogba needs same salary as Sanchez.
The way Pogba played today may prove Sir Alex selling him is not a mistake and bringing him back again is the mistake.
Lingard, Smalling, Jones please leave United.
Matic, Valencia and Young can be very good subs
90M wasted on lukaku could have bought worldclass LB, RB for that amount and play Martial as striker.


1.) 11 Feb 2018 19:26:36
SAF didn’t choose to sell Pogba - his contract was mismanaged and he was able to walk away. Fergie fought to convince him to stay but he wanted first team football, which was not possible given the players Utd had ahead of him then.

2.) 11 Feb 2018 21:04:26
Agree that DDG and Sanchez are our stand out players. Disagree that they’re the only two with quality. Frustrating to see Pogba and Martial used in positions they’re not equipped to play in. Would love to see Sanchez on right and Martial on left. With Valencia’s ability to overlap Sanchez could have plenty of freedom to drift inside which is what Mata has been doing for the last 18 months anyway. Matic is a top DM and should allow Pogba to play with freedom in a midfield 3. Surely one of Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick or McTominay could play the other position in that midfield. Lukaku is able to hold up the ball and if used properly could be fantastic at unleashing Martial, Sanchez and Pogba in attack as well as scoring plenty himself inside the box.

In defence as well as having the best GK in the world, we’ve got two good full backs in Shaw and Valencia. TFM could be a good back up for RB from next season and allow a gradual transition into first team. Bailey is immense and we’ve really missed him. Once fit we need a top quality, consistent partner for him.

Overall I think we’re only a CB and CM short of a great team provided we play a midfield 3 and use the attacking players we have wisely. A second CM to replace Carrick in the squad is also needed and with young guys like Tuanzebe and Perreira I think we have a balanced, young and exciting team. Smalling and Jones are abysmal and it looks like Fellaini and Darmian want out. If those four left along with Carrixk and Zlatan moving on and we bring in a CB and one or two CMs while promoting TFM, Tuanzebe and Perreira I’d be happy. No need to panic, it’s not a huge overhaul, just a bit of quality to allow us play a system that would get the best out of what we have.

3.) 11 Feb 2018 22:11:32
For 95 million pogba should be able play in goal never mind midfield. The guy is a clown and only plays well when united are 2 or 3 goals up. And joses negative football was never going to satisfy the united fans. He plays to spoil the oppositions strenghts rather than concentrating on the talent he has at his disposal.

4.) 11 Feb 2018 22:15:21
Kev I think we are short of a top right back Tony V is good but not great. Our centre backs at the moment are nowhere near the quality of a Rio or Stam or Vidic and that's the level we have to get to. Up front we are blessed with talent but Sanchez played best cutting in from the left when he was at Arsenal. I'm midfield it's important to realise that we still have no Scholes replacement. Barcelona have Iniesta and City have DE Bryne and Silva. Without a conductor the team will not perform to its best as a whole. Because we lack that defensive solidity and midfield platform we cannot move forward like we should. Sanchez needs to roam free and I do think that Martial Lukaku and Rashford need to be selected according to the opposition we face. The other thing is that we still lack real leaders to drive the team on when needed. That apart it does bother me big time that Jose can't seem to rouse the players. today they looked flat. when Fergie was around they may have lost but lost with more passion.

5.) 12 Feb 2018 18:26:52
I know we have lost a couple of games but your all being a bit harsh. "Only 2 decent players" I think we have some good players and yeah maybe we should have won on Sunday on paper but this is football, you win some you lose some. Just because we lose doesn't mean replace 9 of the players who wasn't quite at the races.



01 Jul 2016 18:25:17
A flight from Dortmund will be arriving at Manchester Airport's private terminal at 3.30pm this afternoon, amid the likelihood Mkhitaryan will soon finalise his move to United.

Anyone has more on that? As Ed002 said previously one or two issues need to be solved before finalizing the deal. I think either Dortmund high level officials are in Manchester to discuss those issues with United or MKH is landing for a medical assuming those issues are solved smoothly.


1.) 01 Jul 2016 19:01:28
Wonder if shneyeda has been found in the left luggage section at Manchester Airport yet?

2.) 01 Jul 2016 19:01:50
Yet you post this at 18.25😂😂.

3.) 01 Jul 2016 19:29:37
I found that rumour in M*E*N. I saw it around 18:15 only. I thought Zlatan overshadowed this.



06 Aug 2015 09:26:10
Manchester United have reached a 'verbal agreement' with Benfica over centre-back Nicolas Gaitan according to some newspaper or website from which i copied.

I am puzzled!

Is Gaitan a utility player like Blind or there are two Gaitans in Benfica, one a winger, other a defender?


1.) 06 Aug 2015 10:54:43
I read one in the Express yesterday written by someone named Izzy that "Real expect want-away striker De Gea to sign by the end of the week"

2.) 06 Aug 2015 13:52:38
Like and Like haha. They're muppets.

3.) 06 Aug 2015 18:02:12
Just to clarify I mean I like your comments and the tabloids are muppets.

4.) 06 Aug 2015 18:52:38
Most expensive chipped goal our team has ever scored ;)




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22 Apr 2023 14:06:57
With Arsenal draw yesterday against Southampton if City beat Arsenal on Wednesday PL title is their's to lose.
With only Real Madrid having realistic chance of stopping them in CL. Can't see us beating city in FA cup final with this erroneous defence. (Assuming we beat Brighton tomorrow which itself is a tough task) . There is very high chance of City doing United 1999 treble.


1.) 22 Apr 2023 15:27:22
It's quite simple maestro, we have to!

Tomorrow is a big challenge. It was a big challenge with a fully fit squad. It is bigger missing key players. It is even bigger given the capitulation Thursday.

But to think more positively, Wembly is inspiring. McGuire is banned, which may enable a higher line. Fernandes is back, who is critical.

I do still think that City have it in them to bottle the UCL no matter who they play. But we have to take away the treble by winning the FA Cup.

2.) 22 Apr 2023 18:08:53
If City win the treble in won't diminish our achievements in 99. If they do, so be it.

I think if they did win the treble, Pep wouldn't hang around much longer which could be beneficial to everyone else in the league.

3.) 22 Apr 2023 18:40:57
@mumbles United the only club who won PL three in a row. That record will also be leveled even if city win the PL alone.

United winning PL, CL while Pep manages City will show even one of the best managers cannot stop United from doing their regular business. At the moment we are not even in a strong position to deny him even the least attractive trophy out of the three (FA cup) .



04 Oct 2020 20:46:56
Liverpool and United are playing Cricket this week it seems.


1.) 04 Oct 2020 20:49:01
Football is broken 😂.

2.) 04 Oct 2020 20:51:36
Its mental city got 5 past them last week as well.

3.) 04 Oct 2020 20:56:03
The EPL has been fantastic so far this year.

4.) 04 Oct 2020 20:56:54
Klopp texted to Ole:

5.) 04 Oct 2020 20:57:33
City got 5 past them last week, we got 6 thigs morning and now Liverpool got 7? what the heck is going on?

6.) 04 Oct 2020 20:58:57
It's a shame there is no Hansen on MOTD tonight.

7.) 04 Oct 2020 20:59:08
What a day of football.
Felt so low after our game but Pool is outdoing us :)

8.) 04 Oct 2020 21:07:16
Newly promoted Leeds had more possession than Guardiola's team.
Defense minded Mourinho's team score 6.
PL is a crazy.



24 Sep 2020 18:34:46
Rashford, martial good enough to win PL for United?
Rashford is very poor in decision making, Martial loses possession 8/ 10 times.
Need a Eden Hazard like player and a world class striker to think of PL title. (Plus Defenders)
Rashford, Martial like players are good for countering Man. City like teams, for lower teams who sit back and defend those two won't cut it.

Against Crystal palace if the scoreline was 3-3 or United won by 4-3 we can blame defense alone as our weakness. United attack was very predictable/ readable and easy to counter.


1.) 24 Sep 2020 18:50:56
Need a Hazard type player? Rash and Martial are a waste of space? . Chelsea fan?

For me Hazard is one of the most overrated players in PL history. Hense why he looks mediocre at Madrid!

2.) 24 Sep 2020 19:16:46
MM, I think Rashford and Martial are a couple of the few players we have who are good enough to win the league for United. Both scored 20 goals last season while having injury disrupted seasons in a team that wasn't playing great and for most of the season struggled to create good goal scoring chances.

Both would have scored 30+ goals had they been in a City side with KDB, David Silva and Mahrez creating chances for them.

I sometimes feel like United fans spend so much time watching our own team that we see all the tiny little mistakes and think our players are trash because of them. While 90% of the other games we watch are just the highlights so we think everyone else has great players.

If we put Rashford up for sale tomorrow PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona and even Bayern Munich would be interested and he'd probably go for north of 100m. Hardly a bad player.

3.) 24 Sep 2020 19:36:58
This is why I am grumpy. Rashford carried the team until he got injured, he was finally starting to look like a top top player. I’m not a Martial fan but he also stepped up, effort was excellent, and scored more than in any other season. And then we get a United fan (apparently) posting this. I give up.

4.) 24 Sep 2020 19:39:53
Martial is not a good enough out and out striker in my opinion. He has spells but he doesn’t instil confidence that he can be the main guy. None of them do to be frank.

5.) 24 Sep 2020 19:44:55
Correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t our front 3 the top scoring trio in all comps last season?

There are clearly positions where we need to improve but it seems some people want an entirely new squad.

6.) 24 Sep 2020 19:56:49

They didn’t score in a couple of games mate, they are crap and we are doomed.

7.) 24 Sep 2020 20:08:42
For Me, martial is not consistent or good enough for that matter to lead the line. I think he would be a good ootion, an alternative. I would love to see us sign a starting RW and push greenwood up top to compete with Martial.

Rashford just needs to find his feet again but a fantastic player.

8.) 24 Sep 2020 20:10:17
Yes. Good enough. Can and will get better.

9.) 24 Sep 2020 22:00:33
Where were the front two of Rashford and Martial in FA cup semifinal against Chelsea and in Europa League against Sevilla?
If United want to win the title then 100 points is the requirement (set by City and liverpool for last two seasons) .
With Martial, Rashford as our main strikers/ attacking players can't see United tearing apart team after team to get 100 points.
@obi. Hazard over rated? He is an excellent player. Infact United were in pole position to sign him don't know why he went to Chelsea. If you watch individual goals scored by Messi you will say C. Ronaldo is overrated.
@angelred. I agree greenwood should play on top.
@Shappy. I watch City, Liverpool and Chelsea games not just highlights. last week Chelsea was not good at all.

10.) 24 Sep 2020 23:01:01
Young players. Already very good. We have seen them develop hugely and they will continue to improve.

11.) 25 Sep 2020 00:11:45
Maestro has a point here. Rashford when good he seems unplayable, when he is in bad form its like we are playing with ten men, but I understand that he can't be the same after a bad injury, its mental and it takes time to believe that you are injury free and take the fear out from your mind.
Martial with the hunger and sharpness he had in the last 6 months in addition to close control when he dribbles and good finishings he is going to be world class. Although I want to see the same Martial for a year to judje him better (safer) .
So Martial scored a lot of goals, pressed, making runs, dribbles and he had a decent hold up play while Rashford before his injury i think he was going to become a "special" player and he carried an average team like is. And both of them are nowhere near their peak. I think they are good enough for a title challenging team . Althought i want to see them in a proactive team with a better coach and then either they will go their game in next level or they will struggle with little space to make their runs.

12.) 25 Sep 2020 06:39:55
Martial played as a central Striker for the first time in his United career this season.
He has done quite well racking 20 plus goals.
Ole said he is now working a lot in gym to build on his physique.
So we can expect better hold up play.

Sancho's arrival will add competition in both left and right flank, which is exactly what we need to push on our young players.

13.) 25 Sep 2020 06:46:59
Maestro you are talking complete bolloxology here.

The problem our forwards had, which is probably the only thing everyone on here has agreed on at the time, was lack of creativity in the team.

Bruno has improved that somewhat and VDB should add some more.

You are wanting to replace the top scoring trio in all comps across Europe’s top 5 leagues last season?

You are barking up the wrong tree pal.

What needs replacing (or at least improving) is the coaching and how we get the ball further up the pitch much quicker than we have grown used to.

14.) 25 Sep 2020 07:34:16
MM, The whole team played poorly in the FA cup and the Europa league semi-finals. The problem with forwards is that they need the players behind them to play well to give them a platform to play well.

That is actually the same throughout the whole side. A defence will struggle if the keeper makes mistakes and they have no confidence in him. The midfield will struggle if the defence isn't solid, the midfield won't feel confident in the defence and will drop deeper to collect the ball and shield the defence. The forwards will struggle if the midfield isn't able to progress the ball quickly, accurately and efficiently to the forwards in good areas.

That's why they say every great side is built from the back. That is why until Liverpool signed Alisson and VvD they were a good side but not a great one. Suddenly the base is solid and that improves everyone in front of it.

People also have to appreciate that Rashford turned 22 last season. He is still very young to be carrying the expectancy of the team. While Martial is playing his first season as a central striker and to an extent is still learning the ropes in that position.

However, both during an injury disrupted season, in a team that until the last 15 games was struggling to create good goal scoring chances.

Maestro, I think Wazza has it right. You are barking up the wrong tree.

We can win a tile with a forward line of Rashford, Martial and Greenwood. (no front three in the England scored more than them last season) . What we can't do though is win the league with a declining goalkeeper and a porous defence.

Which is the real issue. We need to shift 3-4 of our central defenders and bring in one who can pull our defence together. While we also need to sort out the keeper situation. Either DDG needs to buck up, cut out the mistakes and return to his best form, or we need to replace him with Henderson.

15.) 25 Sep 2020 09:16:57
Martial and Rashford created the opportunity that lead to the pen against Seville. That was 1-0 and had we had a better defence game won. BUT we conceded 2 because of rubbish defending. Lindelof and Williams for both.



11 Aug 2018 14:16:25
Yesterday why United played with Red shirt and black shorts (away kit) rather than usual Red and White color home kit?


1.) 11 Aug 2018 14:33:40
Because the home kit has black shorts and not white this season.

2.) 11 Aug 2018 14:44:44
I have been addicted to the red and white at Old Trafford. take some time for me to get used to this kit.

3.) 11 Aug 2018 15:29:48
I think the way the jersey combines with the shorts is fantastic. I am a big fan of it.

{Ed004's Note - So am I}

4.) 11 Aug 2018 16:28:38
Looks better in the game than I expected it to.
It’s a wining strip so far 😁.

5.) 11 Aug 2018 16:30:18
The recent kits have been far better than the tripe served up by nike were.

6.) 11 Aug 2018 17:39:59
Don't like the stripes on the shoulders. Look cheap and plasticky. Was hoping for better from Adidas, but you're right, still streets ahead of Nike.

7.) 11 Aug 2018 20:53:10
Didn't we play a lot with red tops, black shorts and socks in the late 80's early 90's?
Just got this vision in my head of Mark Hughes and Clayton Blackmore wearing it a lot, or maybe it was more when other teams had light/ white shorts. I like it.

8.) 11 Aug 2018 22:01:33
Yeah, over the years they have from time to time changes from white shorts/ black socks to black shorts/ white socks. I like the new version. Looks classy.

Supasub, I'm sure there are others who still think about Clayton Blackmore in his shorts too. With those tanned thighs, back when shorts were short!

Is there something you want to share?

9.) 12 Aug 2018 00:25:52
Betty you have a lot of detail yourself on clatton😂.

10.) 12 Aug 2018 01:28:24
Well there was a poster call "Clayton Blackmore's tan". I actually met a couple of years ago whilst on my way for my hols, nothing more seedy I can share. Apart from having to spend about 10 minutes trying to explain to my son who he was.

11.) 12 Aug 2018 08:52:35
Ken, I'm not criticising anyone mate :) How could anyone not admire Clayton Blackmore's tan. I certainly did!
Had hell of a shot on him as well did Clayton. Good utility player in his day.

12.) 12 Aug 2018 10:52:28
Sunbed was a class act.

Ps I hate the red socks.



07 Jul 2017 07:17:11
Chelsea still allow Matic to join United considering we hijacked one of their targets?
Keita (Liverpool midfield target) is that much talented as liverpool wants him so much it seems. United have any interest in him?


1.) 07 Jul 2017 08:00:01
I doubt it will have any impact.

2.) 07 Jul 2017 08:05:18
Ed002 reckons chelsea are waiting to sort out something with another player and then we can buy matic.

3.) 07 Jul 2017 08:10:07
It's not going to be bitterness. This is professional business.




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26 Aug 2023 12:18:40
Even With a starting 11 of all the best players ETH has coached in the past can't see us winning any major trophies if we play like this. Very very poor so far.




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07 Jun 2023 12:11:10
Announcing Maguire done deal to Spurs on CL final night will be very fitting. Extraordinary backup plan to overshadow City's treble winning celebration if they win the CL.




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30 May 2023 04:27:35
"shooting ability, dribbling, great turn of pace or change of direction" these abilities are related to wide players like Anthony or insane no 10's like Messi or Ronaldinho. DVDB is an attacking Midfielder, a position which needs defense splitting passing, excellent ball control and not cracking under pressure as main strengths.

Luka Modric is/ was a not beast when he was playing for Spurs in PL and performed brilliantly for them.

United at the moment have Eriksen and Fernandes as first pick occupying VDB's favourite positions. It is ETH now who decides VDB's future.




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29 Aug 2022 06:18:27
Liverpool is almost definite to top that CL group A after 6 games. It is between Ajax and Napoli for the 2nd place. By November 2 (Liverpool vs Napoli) matchday 6 he may well be out of CL. Which is just over 60 days from now.




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21 Aug 2022 09:28:56
Woggle. Maguire messes even simple passes to GK. He will be found out even if he plays in all time great teams. AWB can do a solid defensive job in right back. He may be very useful as a sub in seeing off tight games after 70 mins or so.





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23 Apr 2023 03:45:00
UA i like Bruno but I prefer Eriksen over him for No 10 role.




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22 Apr 2023 19:50:22
Shappy I bring in someone like Frenkie Dejong or equivalent quality to partner Casemiro and Eriksen. Bring in Rivelino equivalent (1970 WC winner), Kane and replace DDG.

Ball playing GK
Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw
Anthony, Eriksen, Rivelino (EQUIVALENT)

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22 Apr 2023 18:40:57
@mumbles United the only club who won PL three in a row. That record will also be leveled even if city win the PL alone.

United winning PL, CL while Pep manages City will show even one of the best managers cannot stop United from doing their regular business. At the moment we are not even in a strong position to deny him even the least attractive trophy out of the three (FA cup) .




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20 Aug 2022 19:31:57
Then why City replaced Gabriel Jesus with Halland or why a European Giant like R. Madrid didn't sign him? He was compared to Brazilian Greats when City signed him some years back but he didn't live upto the hype.




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19 Aug 2022 16:53:51
Maguire should top the outgoing list. I would assume 80m spent on him as a very expensive gift to Leicester for winning the PL and sell him ASAP.


{Ed014's Note - good luck with that!