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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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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.



20 Aug 2016 17:31:27
From Liverpool banter

Without Aguero and Zlatan Manchester teams are Nothing upfront.

According to our friendly enemy BigAl

Another post saying before the game
"Could finish 7-3 by the looks of that lineup! ".


1.) 20 Aug 2016 18:14:24
They've got nothing to worry about, they were always going to ease off today after winning the title last weekend against arsenal.

2.) 20 Aug 2016 18:56:06
Who said 7-3? I never give out or comment prediction scorelines.
I said the United team are nothing up front without Zatlan.

3.) 20 Aug 2016 19:10:13
Sorry Al but you are wrong. Our main issue last year was having to play 2 holding midfielders to protect the defence. Bailey is a beast so we don't have to do that. We als lacked dynamism in the middle which Pogba addresses. Up front is not an issue, if Ibra is injured then we play Rashford or Martial up front, we also have Micky to come in. Cling to your hope of us failing. but for me, this year will be between the 2 Manchester teams.

4.) 20 Aug 2016 19:26:45
Luckily upfront is not a problem for us.

5.) 20 Aug 2016 19:28:14
We have Rashford, Miki, Depay, Lingard who all can't get into the first team front 4.

Rooney, Martial, Depay can all perform at a very high level as a 9. I think we are okay if Zlatan misses some games.

Thanks for your concern though! I would take a closer look at your own team if I were you - I am delighted with our squad.

6.) 20 Aug 2016 19:32:50
I agree Tony. We still have lots of work to do but the potential for improvement is huge. Chelsea and spurs will be there our there abouts too I think.

7.) 20 Aug 2016 21:02:29
This is my point mate. I'm not talking about players who can fill in. I'm fully aware united and city have players who can fill in. I'm talking about replacing zatlan with a quality goalscorer which you do not possess. How many goals did those players score between them last season and forget rooneys penaltys?
I'm concluding on this one mate.

8.) 20 Aug 2016 21:32:40
Al, the players you mention didn't score goals, because of LVG and his straightjacket tactics. I doubt Messi would have got into double figures playing in one of his teams.

9.) 20 Aug 2016 22:27:21
Big Al, what was Rashfords goal per game ratio, I'm not sure myself but i think it was pretty good.

10.) 21 Aug 2016 08:50:58
Al mate you can't look at what our strikers scored or didn't score last season as a bench mark. We averaged 3-4 chances a game last season due to LvG's negative tactics. Messi wouldn't have scored 20 goals for us if he was in our team last season.

Rashford had a very good goals to game ratio, and Rooney still scored double figures regardless of spending half the season in midfield. Memphis is a player who if played correctly can score double figures for us as is Martial.

The thing that frustrated most fans last season wad the fact we had plenty of players capable of scoring well and often but they were forced to play in a manner where they never had a chance to shoot.

Mata, Rooney, Depay, Lingard, Martial, Rashford and Zlatan should all be able to score between 8-25 goals each a season.

I think with a stronger defence, a multifuncional midfield and a potent forward line I'm sure we will be fine.

Where as you a Sturridge injury away from struggling to score. Good thing he isn't prone to the odd injury hey? Lol.




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18 Aug 2019 14:34:32
@dev1l In Sanchez's case agreeing his salary is more difficult than agreeing deal with United.




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05 Aug 2019 08:33:32
Varane+80M for Pogba instead of Maguire.




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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.}



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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.


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09 Jul 2019 13:28:16
@Ed001 just saying how bad Pogba is playing. I just imagined what another player X (not Lemina) with similar mentality like pogba but have similar talent and earn less than him comes for United. he will be a waste too.


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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.




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Klopp texted to Ole:




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26 Sep 2020 17:58:28
United allowed Brighton to play like they are top four material who are little rusty and we looked like relegation favourites who got vital three points. Don't know why VDB didn’t start the game. Amount of Goal scoring chances we created in open play was almost nothing.
@Caolan_2. If we Played Scintillating football and lost a game which should have been won comfortably then that performance can bring confidence to the squad. This win will bring nothing. This is only putting paper on cracks.




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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.




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03 Aug 2019 15:51:22
What I have mentioned is based on Klopp's track record not my prediction. It was Klopp who fought relegation as Dortmund Manager in such a inferior league and stayed even bottom of the table for some time before improving in February. Both Liverpool and City may be better equipped to win PL at the moment but they are not 1970 Brasil to be totally unbeatable.