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31 Jan 2020 21:38:13
Hi ed02,please tell me igalo transfer is not going to happen. can't believe we have become a joke.

rovercocastic

{Ed002's Note - Any option to buy would make it laughable.}


1.) 31 Jan 2020 21:52:51
Why?

A natural goal scorer for 6 months at minimal costs whilst we only have two centre forwards on the books, one of whom is 18 years old.

Why on earth are you complaining?


2.) 31 Jan 2020 21:57:26
If it goes through it'll be for 6 months. Think of it as a free hit. What would be laughable is to not have any backup to Martial and Greenwood for the next 4 months.


3.) 31 Jan 2020 21:58:55
If the terms work for us then I'd prefer to have an extra striker than not to have enough. He is a short term option with hopefully relatively little outlay.
I have a feeling he may surprise a couple of people particularly if Bruno is going to be feeding him, big strong boy, game changer in last 20 mins maybe, 16 goals in 35 Nigeria apps. Jesper blomqvist.


4.) 31 Jan 2020 22:12:40
If it's just a loan ed?


5.) 31 Jan 2020 22:37:35
6 month loan with an option to buy Angel
It looks like a case of just get an experienced man in for cover if he comes in and scores a few goals or leads the line well then great as someone said above its a free hit.
I don't think martial is a cf so he could well get some game time it will be interesting to see how hee does.
His record in the epl is a goal every 3 games about the same as martial.


6.) 31 Jan 2020 23:23:26
Idhalos not the name we all wanted but to me it's a win win we got him on loan for 6 month he's a man utd fan so to me if he thinks he's got a chance of getting a contract he's gonae give his all ig anything hfully it will martial a kick up the arse that he needs.


7.) 31 Jan 2020 23:32:05
At least we have accepted we needed additional support up front, he apparently is in good form for country. Don't think option to buy but who knows if he does well.
As a back up for Martial with Greenwood he could be a good addition.
Low risk, just start summer planning now with the Euros I think we need to do our work early.


8.) 31 Jan 2020 23:52:10
Read an article which sums this up perfectly. In a scenario where Haaland for £20m was perfect, and signing Joshua King for twice that, Ighalo on loan is an incredibly sensible middle ground.


9.) 01 Feb 2020 01:46:29
Ed002 said numerous times Utd were not going to pay £20m for Haaland. It was going to be more than those figures.

And the kid made the right decisions for his development.


10.) 01 Feb 2020 05:59:48
Ighalo is the kind of signing which might make or break Ole's managerial career with us. If he is banging in the goals, Ole is justified and might get another year. If he turns into another Bebe then Ole will be gone in the summer.


11.) 01 Feb 2020 09:24:29
Hes gone anyway after letting Lukaku go and not buying then . Messed the whole season up 😂😂.


12.) 01 Feb 2020 12:48:41
I'm not sure it was Ole who didn't want a striker in the summer BFRO.


13.) 01 Feb 2020 22:24:53
He's the same manager now making panic signings. He messed up big time . The guy has no idea . Do you think Jose would of made the same mistake. no he wouldnt. 😱😱.


14.) 02 Feb 2020 09:53:52
Easy to say that BFRO, but this isn't a computer game, the manager only has a little involvement in transfers. He may suggest names and say yes or no to others, but he doesn't actually handle the transfer.

Our failure to bring in replacements for players leaving is on Ed Woodward, not Ole.

Oh and fwiw, failing to replace Herrera was a much bigger mistake than Lukaku.


15.) 02 Feb 2020 18:43:42
Funny hey. Almost everyone were happy to see Lukaku go just to justify Ighalo coming. Well karma, karma.


 

 

31 Jul 2017 12:36:39
Hello ed02 and ed01. Will fellani be sold? And i will also love to hear your views about him.

rovercocastic

{Ed002's Note - Yes he will move to Turkey with Galatasaray.}


1.) 31 Jul 2017 13:11:38
Are your sure ed that seems pretty definate by you. Cheers.


2.) 31 Jul 2017 13:10:50
That must mean Mourinho is going with him.


3.) 31 Jul 2017 15:28:10
Are we looking at another CM Ed002? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - It is possible.}


4.) 31 Jul 2017 15:29:11
Other than Matic. Sorry sent too early.


5.) 31 Jul 2017 15:31:18
Ed has given a pretty definitive answer and it's being questioned, it begs the question, what's the point on eds part?


6.) 31 Jul 2017 16:16:58
Thank you ed02, very grateful.


7.) 31 Jul 2017 18:05:28
Lukes love child. The second part of my question was sent immediately after the first. Was not meant as a follow-up to the Eds reply but as part of first question hence my 'sent too early comment' as was still typing.
Ed002's answer was more than enough.


8.) 31 Jul 2017 22:43:19
Does sound like Ed2 bring definite here, particularly given what JM said about MF leaving but I'd never question Ed002's info - always bang on the money.

Maybe Jose was pushing G for more money!


9.) 31 Jul 2017 23:27:58
Or maybe Ed002 is having a laugh seen as the manager basically said "over his dead body"?


 

 

 

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01 Sep 2021 00:03:51
Happy we got varane, not keen on Ronaldo to be honest as i don't see him making much impact except penalty and also expect bruno's goal tally to take a hit.

rovercocastic

1.) 01 Sep 2021 02:38:02
rovercocastic,

Ronaldo might be 36 but is still fit and hungry that would put a lot of the youngsters to shame. His work ethic and professionalism is going to be good for the dressing room.

He might not have the same impact when he was much younger but still can bang in goals and have a big influence on the rest of the squad.

Hopefully he does surprise us all as Ronaldo does love a challenge and usually comes out on top.


2.) 01 Sep 2021 06:38:35
I agree with you, i just think it's a poor deal, why spend so much wages on Ronaldo? Man city saw this and did the right thing by backing out.
And those getting their pants wet over cr7 should realise he would have gone to city if they were willing to pay.


3.) 01 Sep 2021 06:54:33
Rover you know how it works, city declared they’d withdrawn from negotiations to save face soon as it became clear we were in for him! Don’t paint them to be some sort of moral heroes!


4.) 01 Sep 2021 08:27:39
Rover, Ronaldo just finished top goal scorer in série A, and won the golden boot at the Euros only playing four games. I can see him getting at least 25 goals this season.


 

 

11 Jul 2021 23:36:44
No difference between ole and southgate, both can have messi and Ronaldo in their team and still play boring football and choke it.

rovercocastic

1.) 12 Jul 2021 00:08:03
Thats not fair to Southgate. He didn't have a Messi or Ronaldo to call on and in truth England's midfield was not good enough. Italy were the better team.


2.) 12 Jul 2021 00:13:15
How does England loosing become a stick to beat Oli with?


3.) 12 Jul 2021 00:18:21
Obi, that’s the thing to do on here.


4.) 12 Jul 2021 08:02:18
So in the last 50 years England have managed two semi finals and one final in major tournaments.
In the last five years England have been in a semi final and a final, Southgate is probably only behind Ramsey in terms England managers at the moment.
England with a fully fit striker and a more experienced Jude Bellingham in the middle will be a real threat in the future.


5.) 12 Jul 2021 08:43:44
If the three players had scored, there wouldn't have been a word about Sterling or Grealish stepping up. Italy were clearly the better team and deserved to win. England lacked guile and creativity in centre midfield. Italy were just too cute for them. Abuse of these young players totaly and utterly reprehensible.


6.) 12 Jul 2021 09:26:47
Italy were the better team? Stamping and pulling come into that at all?


7.) 12 Jul 2021 09:56:48
Red Whiskey, are you suggesting Italy weren’t the better side? They were all over England from mid first half all the way through and should have won before penslties.


8.) 12 Jul 2021 10:36:47
You have got to play to win a final but Southgate went out not to lose. It was just like watching most united games this season.
Safety first shortish approach got them very close but not over the line.
Good job by Southgate and the players throughout the tournament but just failed. Really fine margins as a neutral i just felt when push came to shove they were too Conservative.
Finals are won by being aggressive usually. But not losing was the priority. Italy were the better team.
As for the play acting both teams were at it. Harry clutching his face when nobody near him and sterling likewise.
There should be no sour grapes just failed I think the players should be proud of themselves.


9.) 12 Jul 2021 10:54:02
Italy took charge and Southgate didn’t respond, or appeared not to. Subs were far too late, no change in shape, it just felt like we were hoping to hang on. Once Italy equalised significant changes were needed if we wanted to force a win but they didn’t come.

Starting with 5 defenders and 2 holding midfielders says it all really.


10.) 12 Jul 2021 11:46:02
Goals change games and unfortunately our early goal was always going to lead to us getting deeper and deeper and hoping not to concede. Once we did the momentum was all with Italy, we have seen it multiple times with united this season, once a team equalises they generally go on to win, so we did well to not lose it. The changes we made for extra time actually gave us a bit more of a foot hold but just wasn’t enough.

Bellingham, Foden, Greenwood in a couple of years added to that team could make a difference, it’s a young side with a lot of quality so we could be at the start of something better, sometimes a team has to lose a final to go and win one, let’s hope that’s the case.


11.) 12 Jul 2021 15:36:24
Gds2 your goal not have led to you falling deeper and deeper. That's a negative mindset. It should have inspired you to go for a 2nd and kill the game. But beecher of the cautious approach you did indeed try and defend a 1 nil for 70 mins.
Fine margins it could have worked but it didn't.
Best form of defence is attack sometimes.


12.) 12 Jul 2021 17:03:15
Before the tournament I felt that this tournament was slightly too soon for this very young team. They exceeded my expectation with the maturity and performance. I expect them to develop and grow over the next few years, many are several years away from the likely peak in their career.

The experience should serve this team well as will the pain of losing. There was some naivity at times which experience should help with.

The perfect example was Chellini on Saka. A foul yes, cheating, some may say. For me in the situation it was a brilliant bit of defending from an old pro. He did at that moment exactly what his team needed.

Jorginho after 15 minutes when Italy were under seige went down and take an age on the pitch to be treated. In that time in straight away stopped Englands momentum and gave Mancini time to short his team out, to sort out how to deal with our WB by someone other than Verratti and Barella and stop their Midfield being overrun.

Overall I am extremely proud of England the staff their manager and the way they have held themselves throughout this tournament and over the last few years. I think Southgate is an absolutely gem of a human being and I hope he and the team continue to develop because this team has something about it and a chance to grow and the opportunity to achieve sporting immortality over the next 2 to 3 tournaments.

I don't begrudge Italy the win as I think they earned it and there were some lessons for everyone involved in England football that if they learn from them could give us a chance at something special.


13.) 12 Jul 2021 17:06:10
Pathetic display on and off the pitch from England. They played the occasion instead of playing Italy. The Italians are a very good team but England had more than enough in that squad to do damage to them.

Rice was the only player that done well. Everyone else was poor for England. Kane trying to drop deep and be the main man but being completely nullified, Sterling done his usual disappearing act he's known for. Even after getting joy very early on pushing their full backs forward, they didn't do it again to any affect.

BBC hailing them brave lions. None of that tonight was brave. It was the complete opposite. I seen cowards on that pitch tonight and a coward on the touchline.


14.) 12 Jul 2021 17:22:08
In hindsight England were over cautious a keeper five defenders and two pretty defensive midfielders that's eight of the team .
Its hard not to think a braver coach may have sensed a kill and would also not have left changes so long when it was becoming pretty apparent Italy were taking control .
It reminded me a lot of the Croatia game in the world Cup semi final a bright start but the back three becoming a back five .


 

 

04 Aug 2020 11:11:02
I watch Dortmund regularly, i can tell you that sancho is no where worth the 120m been talked about. I sick of this club wasting money that could have been better spent on 2-3 good players, this is just madness!

rovercocastic

1.) 04 Aug 2020 11:34:06
Who is worth the money then?


2.) 04 Aug 2020 12:02:56
I'm available on a free!


3.) 04 Aug 2020 12:33:34
Let's be honest no player is worth even half of what gets paid. Agents fees, sponsorship deals, brand power and huge sums of money coming in though TV deals mean that companies are paying more for a member of staff than competitors have as a budget for a whole year.

It's obscene. But it is what it is.

Jadon Sancho is young and English which means a premium is placed on his head, then you add the "United" tax that we always seem to have to pay on top of any transfer fee.

Often fees are higher or just as high for players with "potential" than those at their peak.

As for Jandon Sancho, I saw a stat the other day that stated that since the start 18/ 19 season until now only Messi has more league goal involvements (goals and assists) . If true then that is one hell of an achievement.

I also watch a fair amount of Dortmund, and Sancho is a player who like many 20 year olds drifts in and out of games at times. Yet he still has that knack of scoring or creating a glorious chance at any moment. It's that knack that separates the good from the world class players. Players who even when they aren't playing well still find a way to influence the game.

Sancho has that ability and it is showing through at a young age. He still has plenty to work on and he needs to learn how to impose himself on games more, while rounding some rough edges. He has huge potential and that is what we would be paying for. A very good player now, who in 2-3 years time could be genuinely world class.

While I agree that if it was down to me I would probably look elsewhere as the extremes of his "value" mean that we could get 2 or even 3 players with huge potential for the same cost.

But the club have decided it is Sancho they want, and he wouldn't be a bad signing. Factoring in his age, his current ability, his potential ability and his marketability (which for our club will be a huge draw) then it won't be a bad signing, even at the prices quoted. Hopefully the club can bring the cost down, maybe tie some of the payments up against his performances so that if it doesn't work out for whatever reason that some of the total cost is brought down.


4.) 04 Aug 2020 12:58:50
I have posted previously that Sancho's fee must be considered as a long term investment.
He can fill the RW role for more than a decade possibly.


5.) 04 Aug 2020 13:04:35
20 goals and 20 assists last season. He’s a very highly rated player. Paying for what he can be, as well as what he’s doing now.


6.) 04 Aug 2020 13:48:06
Sancho won't produce the same numbers in the Premier League as he had in the Bundesliga. Some of the defences in Germany are shocking. If he gets double figures for goals and assists across all competitions next season then he will have done pretty well.

It sounds daft but I'm most looking forward to the fact he is a very entertaining footballer to watch. We've been dire to watch for the majority of the last decade so having someone who will run at players and throw in a trick or two has been missing.

In his first season I can see him being brilliant at times but frustrating at others. I'd shove plenty of money on Graeme Souness complaining within Sancho's first 10 games that he doesn't do enough in terms of end product because he's too busy nutmegging people and doing tricks in areas which aren't doing any harm.


7.) 04 Aug 2020 14:02:30
To be fair Rjmanutd you could have said the same for Fernandes and the Portuguese league but he managed 8 goals and 7 assists in 14 games for us and the same in 17 games for them.


8.) 04 Aug 2020 14:05:54
How does he compare to Ronaldo at the same age?

{Ed002's Note - Slightly shorter.}


9.) 04 Aug 2020 14:35:53
Pogthedog, completely agree, Fernandes has been a revelation. My comment isn't to say Sancho will never reach the numbers he has in the Bundesliga, more to say he won't produce that next season in the PL.


10.) 04 Aug 2020 15:09:17
We don’t know what he will produce until he’s here. If we sign him let’s see. Our forward line is young and full of talent. Really exciting signing this for me.


11.) 04 Aug 2020 15:43:59
If United have a valuation for Sancho we need to stick with it. Dortmund are just traders in young players and go for the highest price. In this day and age the amount of money requested is obscene.
We could Traore or Zaha for half the price and they have more experience.


12.) 04 Aug 2020 16:18:46
Common sense would suggest we would see some drop off in his output between the Bundesliga and the EPL. Much tougher league, with much better defenders.

That said who knows, as pointed out above that Bruno hasn't dropped off between the Liga Nos and the EPL. Although that is on a small sample size and he has scored a lot of penalty goals for us.

If Sancho scores 12 goals and 12 assists across all competitions then that would be a success in his first year, anything more would be amazing.

That said a lot of Sancho's goals have come from positions other than the RW.

When playing on the RW he has 5 goals and 7 assists.
7 goals and 3 assists when playing in the No.10 central area.
With 6 goals and 6 assists coming from the left hand side of the pitch.

Which is something to remember, he has been moved around the pitch to where he can be most dangerous in that particular game rather than just playing in one position all the time. However, that flexibility and that he can score and assist equally from all areas does bode well, and he could easily cover for Rashford or Bruno if needed with Greenwood coming in on the right for example.


13.) 04 Aug 2020 15:51:19
Ed002 - haha 😂😂😂😂😂😂.


14.) 04 Aug 2020 16:37:55
That’s the point of the signing. Him, Rashford and Martial can interchange across the front 3 making it a nightmare to pick up and mark them. Really excited by this signing.


15.) 04 Aug 2020 17:08:23
You are overselling the defense of English clubs. It's not that Germans have such a weak defense, its more that they play different style of football, more atacking based. Also, I don't see Rashford being much stronger physically than Sancho, and he doesn't seem to have much problem with it.

Sancho had 17 goals and 17 assists in Bundesliga, in 32 matches. And of course he didn't play every minute of it. Its not easy to get those numbers in any league.

Sure it doesn't mean he will produce the same number, but getting double digits will do just fine if you ask me.


16.) 04 Aug 2020 18:11:29
Trololo, while I agree the Bundesliga has a different style to the EPL. I would argue that much of what I consider poor defending in Germany isn't due to playing style but due to poor basic defensive errors.

I'd argue that every team in the Bundesliga below 8th would be in a relegation dog fight in the EPL if they defended in our league the same way they defend in theirs.

Far far too many silly errors, just not getting the basics right. It's one of the reasons I'd be very cautious over signing a defender from the Bundesliga.

Bayern have some good defenders, as do Leipzig, but Gladbach's and Dortmund's defenders are average at best, and they are both challenging for the top four.

Can you name the last great defender to move from the Bundesliga to the EPL or La Liga and smash it?

{Ed047's Note - or even the last great right winger?


17.) 04 Aug 2020 19:29:19
I do agree Shappy that the defense there is weaker, what I'm saying is that English defenders aren't that great as you deem them to be.

There is no guarantee of that. The season Eintracht finished 7th in their league, was the season where Chelsea struggled to beat them. It went to penalties. Chelsea had easier time beating Arsenal in final, than beating Eintracht. Sure, that's just an example, I wouldn't base my opinion just on one match, but no one can guarantee how a team would do in another league.

They are challenging because of the style of the league, they go for a goal more, every team there does. Their league can't compare to EPL and La Liga, mostly because of Bayern, but there are some pretty good players there. Also, Bayern tends to pick up most of the quality players from Germany, and most of the players seemingly want to stay in Germany and join Bayern, rather than joining EPL.

Erm, Kompany? Mertesacker? Soyuncu the latest (maybe not top player yet, but quite good) .

Some atacking players as well. Maybe not too much RWs, but some serious LWs and AMs came from Bundes.

You could make a case like that for almost any position / player / league.


18.) 04 Aug 2020 19:43:30
Ed47 as we both found out Miki was abysmal 😂.

{Ed047's Note - my point exactly Caolan 🤣


19.) 04 Aug 2020 20:27:33
Trololo, I'd say Kompany was the last great defender to come out of the Bundesliga. He has retired now, which tells you how rarely a great defender finds themselves playing in Germany.

It's not about nationality, as Germany generally defend well as a national team. It's about coaching and focus.

There just doesn't seem to be the same focus and quality of defender playing in the Bundesliga. Although to be fair France are the only country who seem to be churning out great central defenders currently. It's frankly ridiculous as they are almost certain to leave behind at least two CB's who would be first choice for any other nation at an international tournament.


20.) 04 Aug 2020 20:36:37
I’d slowly forgot about him until you mentioned wide players 😂.

{Ed047's Note - me too, totally forgot we had him on loan elsewhere!🤦‍♂️🤣


21.) 04 Aug 2020 21:22:34
He still on the books Ed or has a permanent deal been done? He was great for us in spells but that was about it. Incredibly infuriating player.

{Ed047's Note - yep, still on the books, hopefully he’ll move on, such a shame as for Dortmund he was fantastic.


22.) 05 Aug 2020 10:32:24
He was fantastic at Dortmund and had some cracking spells here. Shame really, but don’t think he had the balls or desire to get his head down and work when things weren’t going his way.

{Ed047's Note - it never ceases to amaze me when they get these opportunities and then almost can’t be bothered.

I guess money often takes away the desire.


 

 

19 Jun 2020 16:08:28
Hi ed001 rashford vs martial, what's your take?

rovercocastic

{Ed001's Note - different types of players who work really well together. It would really depend on what I was looking for in a player. A wide player, Rashford. A centre-forward it would be Martial. To play both positions and overall I would take Rashford. In large part because he is a good guy who is the kind of person you want to represent your club off as well as on the pitch.}


1.) 19 Jun 2020 18:03:42
Rashford really is an impressive young man. Martial there have been questions over his attitude but under ole he looks a lot happier, I see no reason why he can’t step up another level if he applies himself well.


 

 

13 May 2020 10:04:49
Hi ed001,hope you are doing great. what's your opinion on ander herrera? A big fan of him.

rovercocastic

{Ed001's Note - I really like him, always have done. I thought he was an excellent signing and a better player than many give him credit for. His graft often covered up how technically strong he was, with a very good touch, but it often gets overlooked that he could play. It was a big loss for United when he left.}


1.) 13 May 2020 11:14:17
I disagree on Herrera, I thought he was good enough for the team we had at the time and would possibly still get in now but he would never have been a player to take us to the next level which is where we want to be. I am just not sure what he was, he was good at a lot of things but he wasn't a defensive midfielder and doesn't create enough to be an attacking midfielder, I wasn't bothered in the slightest when he left and had the same opinion of him throughout his time with us (to the dismay of many on here a few years back when I aired that opinion) .

Seems like a great guy and always gave 100% I just think he lacked that special something that could take us to the next level.

{Ed001's Note - that is not how it works. You need grafters in every team, players like Nicky Butt, Sammy Lee etc played in great teams without being great players but were still key players at times to the success. Not every player has to be either defensive or offensive to be any good. What a bizarre statement by you. You can be an all round player, especially in midfield where you are normally called upon to be involved at both ends of the pitch. A player who can be good at both ends can be far better for the balance of the team than a defensive midfielder or an attacking midfielder, especially in the modern 3-man midfields that usually have one to complement the DM and AM.}


2.) 13 May 2020 11:56:58
Totally agree Ed and I miss Herera too!


3.) 13 May 2020 12:13:28
Good enough but nothing special. It is no wonder he almost never makes the Spain team and has been warming the bench at PSG with less than 10 appearances before the season halted. I wouldn't be surprised if they look to move him on.


4.) 13 May 2020 12:55:45
A good box to box mf and we certainly miss him.


5.) 13 May 2020 14:21:17
Far better player than pogba, at least he tried and gave it his all. I was disappointed to see him leave. He was a great tenacious player.


6.) 13 May 2020 16:35:41
I think everyone has forgotten the europa game they destroyed us in under Sir alex. Beisla’s system amazing game.


7.) 13 May 2020 16:51:07
He will probably go down as one of those underrated players. Its a weird football landscape currently where some footballers such as defenders are expected to be multi functional and have the ability to play in midfield. While Midfielders are now expected to have only one key role in midfield. You are either a tackler, a passer, a dribbler or a scorer. But never more than one of these.

While at the same time Pogba is slammed for not doing all of the above.

You have to be a defensive midfielder, making tackles and interceptions.

A playmaker hitting 60 yard passes to feet.

A box to box midfielder breaking the press by dribbling out from midfield.

Or an Attacking midfielder scoring goals and gaining assists.

The thing with Ander Herrera is he can do all these jobs, while having great technique, work ethic and a nasty side. But he doesn't excel at any one of them more than the others.

He is the type of midfielder who acts as the glue that holds a midfield together, but isn't considered as important as the "key" components.

Liverpool are the best team in the land currently by a country mile. Yet arguably only Fabinho could be called a midfield specialist. Sitting deeper making tackles and playing the ball forward with purpose. Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum and Keita are all multi functional midfielders. Guys who put tackles in when tackles need to be made, guys who drive forward with the ball when space opens up in front of them, guys who score a few goals or play key passes to the forward line.

Currently we have McTominay and Fred doing a similar role. I would argue that Herrera is currently better than both of them in that role.

The only downside to Herrera is in the last couple of seasons he has started to pick up niggling injuries, these have followed him to Paris and have limited his chances at PSG this season.

Oddly enough the last "World class" all round midfielder we had was Roy Keane. A player every United fan would give their left leg to have a peak Roy Keane back in the side. Ander Hererra has never been at Keanes level, but few all round midfielders reach the world class level. Most get pigeon holed long before they get a chance to round off their skill set.

Losing Herrera weakened us, we will bounce back of course, but he is a player we needed to replace last summer and didn't. If he was still here then he would have filled a massive hole in our midfield when Matic, Pogba and McTominay were injured. Which in all likelihood would mean we would be 4 or 5 points better off and sitting in 4th place right now rather than 5th.


8.) 13 May 2020 19:07:21
Shappy, i would also say that he was a player for the big games. Against Liverpool at Anfield he prodused one of the best perfomances i have ever seen from a United player with 16 tackles, 11 interceptions and 5 take ons completed, against Chelsea he made Hazard desapear and he was man of the match etc. He played extremely well as defensive midfield the year we won Europa League, he played well in different positions and different roles . And as for the stats (with Pogba mostly), taking into account that Herrera is more defensively and they don't have exactly the same role and taking account the numper of shots and penalties i don't thing the gap is so huge. I don't say is better than Pogba offensivly but the boy clearly could play.


9.) 14 May 2020 01:00:19
Herrera played with heart and intelligence. We have definitely missed him. To me he was like Henderson is to Liverpool. Or Deschamps was to France. Cantona called them water carriers but they helped their team to win.


10.) 14 May 2020 00:12:19
Ed001,

I didn’t expect you to agree as you rate him, having watched him every week I just didn’t have the same opinion as you on him. Don’t think anything about what I said was ‘bizarre’, I am fully aware players don’t have to be great at attacking or defending to be an important cog in a team, he was an important cog in the team but not somebody irreplaceable. Like I said, worked hard with what talent he had and had some good games for us but too many average ones imo to be a player to take us to the next level.


11.) 14 May 2020 17:29:27
Big fan of Ander. Had a nasty streak in him too.


12.) 15 May 2020 15:23:08
I don't get this love in for Anders, he was too rash in the tackle often picking up unnecessary cards, he fell over most of the time looking for free kicks, he ran around a lot not really doing much but looked busy but he was a lovely guy though and so down too earth :)


13.) 15 May 2020 17:53:13
Rash in the tackle, picking up unnecessary cards? Are you talking about Ander or Scholes?

Ander was a clever player, he made tactical fouls and won challenges that weren't there to be won.

He sewed everything together, he made others around him look better. Every team needs 2 or 3 players like Ander. Sadly they are never fully appreciated.


14.) 15 May 2020 21:56:21
Shappy,

He’s not even 1/ 10th of the player Scholes was though, you can ignore the negatives if the positives outweigh them as much as they did with Scholes.


15.) 15 May 2020 22:13:38
I think he would have done better with a different set of coaches. Always gave his all but was not best suited to play under lvg or joses style of play.
Hardly gets a kick at psg. He left for big money at his age a couple of years earning a fortune sitting on the bench might suit him before he goes home to Spain. Ole didn't really fight to keep him and rarely played him he had to move on
Nice lad seemed intelligent and he enjoyed playing here.


 

 

 

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31 Aug 2021 06:21:39
Ole is division 2 manager, unlike you i don't have my head in the sand.

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15 Aug 2021 07:27:46
Ander is far better player than our current central Midfielders.

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15 Aug 2020 19:54:57
Saul is a better player than pogba.

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20 Jul 2020 16:41:43
Shappy, what a load of rubbish. Pogba is not even a top player, fans like you are the reason why the club keeps buying poor players like maguire, hope u will win trophies with grealish.

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18 Jul 2020 15:53:05
Don't know the hype around pogba, he's not even a top player and people are still thinking he has potential at 27.

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01 Sep 2021 06:38:35
I agree with you, i just think it's a poor deal, why spend so much wages on Ronaldo? Man city saw this and did the right thing by backing out.
And those getting their pants wet over cr7 should realise he would have gone to city if they were willing to pay.

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01 Sep 2021 06:32:35
What a laughable post, a division one coach at best the second best coach?
Lay off pot mate.

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27 Aug 2021 22:16:11
Can't see ronaldo making much impact to be honest. If man city had bought him we would all be saying how old and expensive he is.
Can't see any sense in the Ronaldo deal and worst still we have a coach who is championship level at best.

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22 Aug 2021 08:16:14
That reminds of shappy's posts.

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23 Jul 2021 20:15:39
We paid 80m for maguire.

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