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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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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.



02 Aug 2016 05:00:13
Varane is a young CB who wants more game time because he knows he can be nearly as good as Ramos or Pepe.

For people supporting Smalling or Jones i like to ask do they deserve game time ahead of Rio and Vidic. Whether you were equally comfortable in your seats if Smalling and Jones start ahead of Rio and Vidic? I assume all are in their primes and injury free.


1.) 02 Aug 2016 05:27:16
I think we need an experienced CB to come in, but I do like Verane (better than nobody coming in) .

I understand what you are saying, but we crushed the development of a lot of players, who know's how good they would become. People could say the same about Scholes/ Carrick - Pogba for example. This is why I worry about signing potential for an elite club like ours, they have to play week in week out to fulfill it normally and there will normally already be a star in the team taking their place (normally) .

If Januzaj, Wilson, Jones had signed for lesser teams maybe they would be world beaters now. Who knows?!

It's why managers are paid what they are, but a lot fail as like politicians they think short term.

2.) 02 Aug 2016 06:38:17
Smalling is an upgrade over Wes Brown but a level or two lower than Rio or Vidic. Last season he was given more game time than ever, he was good because United's aim was to keep the ball and scoring goals was secondary. Players like Smalling, Jones just don't make the cut.

3.) 02 Aug 2016 13:27:42
"It's why managers are paid what they are, but a lot fail as like politicians they think short term. "

I don't know if this is a joke, I feel that it's more fans that think short term and want results right now and don't give them the ability to think long term. Football is a results business.



24 Jul 2016 17:59:48
Jose said he just needs 10 minutes to judge a player. He said this about Axel Tuanzebe during training.
Against Dortmund he had more than 10 min to judge on Jones, Valencia, Depay, young. These four and other average players are not good enough if we want to win the league, not even good for bench. To win PL with these average players SAF need to comeback which won't happen.

One CB of high quality (Smalling is good for bench)
One RB of high quality
One more attacking player who run with the ball is most important.

LVG style clearance of average players. Because everytime I see these average players play i feel they induce averageness throughout the squad.

In Pogba transfer we are in win-win situation. If we get him we will have a high quality MF in starting 11, no stranger to United. If we don't then we will have plenty of cash to spend on defenders and other midfielders.

DiMaria should have stayed. Trio of DiMaria, Micky, Martial can be bettered only by RM and Barcelona Trios.


1.) 24 Jul 2016 18:15:18
Young and Valencia have been very solid reliable players for the club, you need people like that who are dependable and versatile over the course of a season. Jones and depay both need game time, hopefully we will see the best of them if they get a run of games a bit like smalling last season.
You say they aren't good enough for a league winning side yet how many prem medals do they have between them?
Di Maria acted like a child and didn't want to be here, why would you want someone like that at the club.

2.) 24 Jul 2016 18:23:54
Also jose didn't say he needed 10 min to judge A player. He said he needed just 10 min to judge Tuanzebe. There is a difference. The youth team coaches must have also given him tbeir input. He mentioned that too.

3.) 24 Jul 2016 19:23:30
Young and Valencia are solid, reliable players? Assuming their natural position as wingers you Rely on them for what? Assists? Goals? dead ball specialists? They both score odd goals here and there and few assists with poor crosses. Their movement is easily readable. We need (ed) the quality of Stam, Rio, Vida etc for winning the league. Not Smalling, Jones, Rojo etc.

Jose said the same or similar thing about judging a player previously. During his Second spell at Chelsea I believe. Google it.

4.) 25 Jul 2016 05:13:26
It is Jose Mourinho’s 10-minute rule. Ten minutes. That is all it takes for the Chelsea manager to know whether a player is good enough. Whether a player can make it. Whether he has that desire, that hunger, that drive. Or whether he has to go. It is that ruthless.
“You know, I’m a coach, ” Mourinho says. “I’m not an office man and, as a coach, I think the players must give confidence for me to say ‘let’s go’. Not the other way. The players and the agents would like this: ‘Oh I need five matches in a row to prove myself. ’ ”
Mourinho professes surprise. “Oh, you need five matches in a row? Oh, fantastic! You don’t need five matches in a row. You need 10 minutes. In 10 minutes you can show me if you are ready or if you are not ready. [Kurt] Zouma didn’t have five matches in a row. ”

The Telegraf - 05 Aug 2015.

5.) 25 Jul 2016 10:40:10
What exactly is your point? Do you think Mourinho should have started an auction for these players in the 11th minute? Also the money is there for Pogba it doesn't automatically mean that we will spend that money on 3 or 4 other players if Pogba doesn't come.




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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.


{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.}



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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.


{Ed001's Note - I was not suggesting he was the same mentality as Pogba mate. A similar style of play, in that he wants to have the ball and do flashy things, but actually puts in some effort as well.}




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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.




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03 Aug 2019 14:18:31
2013-14 Klopp Finished second behind Guardiola's Bayern.
2014-15 Klopp fought relegation and finished 7th.

same pattern 2018-2019 Klopp finished second behind Pep.
2019-2020 LFC fight relegation and finish 10th may be?




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02 Aug 2019 11:19:13
Sagna, clichy, Nasri, Ashley Cole and RVP all went to City/ Chelsea/ United after being convinced that Arsenal always finish 4th or lower. You commenting us?




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01 Jul 2019 11:10:59
@Jodler56 100% spot on. I thought i am the only one who thinks Lingard is average. Young, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Lingard are not worth at all even for backup. If OGS puts above all 5 players in starting line up in a PL match then it is a confirmation that he has not learn't anything from last season. Just get rid of them and promote young players for those positions as backup. United will lose 8/ 10 matches if the above 5 play together and draw the other 2. This is perfect season to give youth some chances particularly in Europa league and get out of negativity that players like young/ lingard etc bring in.




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24 Jun 2019 04:34:57
@ED004. PSG and Juventus are not worth to play for as they are guaranteed to enter the UCL and guaranteed to get knocked out before semifinals every year. PSG and Juventus are good shelters only for out of favour Real Madrid and Barcelona players.