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20 Sep 2018 12:41:37
Hey Eds, anyone knows about any serious interest in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe?
Maybe United only sent scouts to watch him like they do for a lot of players and media are making it a big deal. Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}



07 Aug 2018 09:14:59
Having the transfer window shut early for the league specially after world cup was such an personic idea. I don't think there will be anymore business for us in the upcoming days. Though there are strong rumours of Toby but Spurs don't have enough time to look for a replacement. I just hope we don't panic buy on deadline day.


1.) 07 Aug 2018 10:03:30

There will be movement mate, does seem to be leaving it a bit late though and I agree, I hope we don't panic on Thursday.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 11:16:11
I’m not worried, we can’t sign Fellaini twice.

3.) 07 Aug 2018 12:50:27
Sailor - you never know Levi might insist on smalling/ shaw going the other way . heres hoping :)

4.) 07 Aug 2018 12:52:16
Danny that made me laugh. But heard Mr. Witsel is looking for a move from Chinaa.

{Ed002's Note - He has already moved.}

5.) 08 Aug 2018 08:03:20
Yes Ajay, looks like he moved to Dortmund.

6.) 08 Aug 2018 08:55:11
DannyP, but what if Harry Maguire IS this seasons Fellaini?



09 Jul 2018 15:48:07
Just read this rumour that we might look to get Dembele for Martial in exchange. I know it's probably BS but that is the only way I would be willing to let Martial leave the club.


1.) 09 Jul 2018 18:49:02
Swap one inconsistent french player for another? No thanks, send Martial out on loan and look for alternative cover.



18 Mar 2018 13:52:36
Heard that Martial wants to leave for Juventus. Don't know whether it's true or not but I think if any team offers what we paid for him ten we should sell him. There are many who will talk about his potential and stuff but without the right attitude potential is useless.
He has more potential than Rashford but I can guarantee that Rashford will be twice the player Martial would ever become. His link up play is not upto the standard and it's just sad to see him take on the defender on the wings. Everyone can see how easily Rashford can go past on the wings but Martial just runs into the player losing the ball. Rashford makes the opposition nervous with his pressing and you can even see someone his goals have come as a result of him never giving up.
Many will say he will be great under Pochetino or someone else. But can you guys actually see him succeeding under Pochetino or Klopp. They ask a lot from their players and Martial would just fail to deliver. Try to put him in a Spurs team and decide for yourself who will he replace in the front 4. I was very excited when he came and I hope he proves everyone wrong and becomes the best player in the world with us but I just don't understand what type of formation or playing style will suit him so that he can jump into that bracket of world class players.


1.) 18 Mar 2018 16:11:35
You can guarantee Rashford will be twice the player Martial will be can you?

2.) 18 Mar 2018 17:21:40
Play Martial up top or sell him if we get what the board deem a suitable offer.

He’s a 1 in 5 player and that’s nit good enough at Utd despite his age. Rashford has more potential than Martial in my opinion. Not sure it needs to be one or the other though. I’d ditch Zlatan and give him a season rotating with Lukaku up front. However Maybe his sulky demeanour is just too much for Jose and he just doesn’t have what it takes.

3.) 18 Mar 2018 17:39:07
Word is there is a new deal on the table for martial.

4.) 18 Mar 2018 19:37:07
Ed002 confirmed that juve are in for him but we are a good bit apart from agreeing a fee.
I would be shocked or saddned if he left but it wouldn't shock me if he was kept to see if he can fulfill his potential and claim a regular place in the side. Have to say he is not my cup of tea.

5.) 18 Mar 2018 19:50:03
Zlatan was hardly there this season. He was just here to take some of the money Woodward had been getting in. Don't think Mou trusts Martial up top.

6.) 18 Mar 2018 20:12:38
Other than it’s of pace, Rashford hasn’t actually shown that much quality. His composure and finishing Needs a lot of work, his runnning is the channels isn’t the best, and he makes the wrong decision very often. He has a game where he comes up against a poor full back and rinses him the whole game and people think he’s the best thing since sliced bread again. Martial has much more potential, the quality of his finishing etc is streets ahead of rashfords. He just needs to play regularly as a forward. Martial is NOT a winger.

7.) 18 Mar 2018 20:35:40
Martial is just another example of a young player who needs to be playing in a team which plays to his strengths. He is really good but being played out on the left wing is not going to let his talent shine. Round pegs in round holes. He is going to be awesome if he gets a central attacking role and with a team playing fluent quick football. Not the slow slow pass it a million times we are apt to at the moment.

8.) 19 Mar 2018 08:02:26
Under pochhetino martial would improve undoubtedly, a couple of years under poch and he would be at that hazard and sanchez (pre joining us) level. No reason why martial shouldn't be getting double figures in goals and assists every season.

9.) 19 Mar 2018 10:41:25
If martial can't make it at united our coaching staff aren't fit for purpose. I agree martial is not a winger and should be playing as a striker eventually.

10.) 19 Mar 2018 13:11:23
Maybe, just maybe, we have paid over the odds for an overrated youngster who is also not fit for purpose?

11.) 19 Mar 2018 16:47:17
Maybe just maybe he's played on the wings to develop his all round game and because the £75-90 million striker we have has bagged over 20 goals so far.

Maybe the Juve rumour has popped up because contract talks stalled. Not the first time its happened.

12.) 19 Mar 2018 18:38:13
It’s all rather dull. If he’s sulking ship him out. If he’s angling for a striker position then prove you’re worth it there by smashing every single game you play and every training session there is.

I cannot abide maoning and sulking. Get your head down and prove you belong there. If not, au revoir.

I like Martial as a player, but can’t see him being a world beater I’m afraid.

Too many cruising in this squad for me and Martial is a prime culprit.

All this talk of Poch I don’t get. His team have shown absolutely zero aptitude when it comes to crunch games and pressure to win.

Maybe I’m just being grumpy still but back jose and his decisions or sack him now. If they want a yes man, Jose clearly not your man. The board have no place in making football decisions on team sheets and tactics.

13.) 19 Mar 2018 19:30:56
Eric your talking sense my friend.

14.) 20 Mar 2018 15:40:33
Eric - When have united ever not paid over the odds?

I would say most people rate martial as a good player with potential to be even better. Wouldn't class that as overrated.

Even if you don't think he has potential to go to the next level he surely must be way down your list of united problems?
And surely he has been our best left sided attacker this season? So even if you think he hasn't been good enough often enough there's been plenty worse?

Your point about Jose I agree with. The board back him or sack him.

Anyways here's to next season quadruple.



06 Aug 2017 17:50:53
Read somewhere that United want Sergi Roberto (personally I think it's bull news just made for the sake of selling papers) . But I just love the guy, so much talent and can play a couple of positions. Doesn't get the game time he wants at Barcelona but can't see him getting minutes at United either.


1.) 07 Aug 2017 00:10:31
He was constantly played out of position at Barcelona is the press are to be believed 40m euros is far too much.

2.) 07 Aug 2017 12:49:53
Sounds like Barcelona trying to use Utd to get him sold.




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02 Sep 2019 14:45:02
We've been seeing United produce same disappointing performance match after match for the last 5 years. But what hurts more is the sheer incompetence of the club and coaching staff to realize some things which even the average fan can see.
Our set pieces are one of those. Arrival of Maguire finally brought some hope, and we seem to be a bit better when defending corners now as Maguire is actually winning aerial balls. But on the offence we still don't have any plan. It's OK for a team like City ( they are still better than us ) to not concentrate on set pieces offensively as they create too many chances per match but for us this should be one of the main things to focus on. We don't create much when we dominate possession. So maybe getting a goal from a set piece and then sitting back and playing on counter can be a good option until we get some better players.
I thought Maguire would bring something new but it's still the same old. Firstly we don't have even a single player who can provide good pin point crosses into the box. If we have a look at other premier league or even championship clubs, they all have at least 1 player capable of doing that. Secondly on every set piece our main goal threat Maguire is at the back post so far away from the goal that there is no chance of him scoring directly. His job is just to win the aerial duel somehow and head the ball back in to the middle just hoping that someone will get to it. Instead of using him through the middle to create problems team is using him as an assist provider, which can be a good option if we have other players capable of winning the ball but we don't have any.


1.) 02 Sep 2019 15:25:57
Crosses are almost pointless for our team. Against Palace Young came on and completed 5 accurate crosses and we didn't score from any of them.

Who in our squad do you expect to score regular headed goals?

Crosses are notoriously inaccurate and more often than not give possession away. That's why many too coaches have moved away from that style of attack. If a player has a 25% success rate with crosses he is deemed one of the best in the world. Which means your giving the ball away at least 75% of the time.

I agree we need to be cuter with our set pieces. If we can get an extra 10 goals a season from set plays that could be the difference between top four or not.

2.) 02 Sep 2019 16:08:46
We need someone who can take a setpiece.

3.) 02 Sep 2019 16:13:58
Liverpool don't seem to have a problem scoring from crosses and neither do city. I don't recall either of these teams playing with a shaquille o’neal stature of player.

The reason why we don't score from crosses is that the delivery coming in is awful and our forwards don't make enough good runs to score in the box.

4.) 02 Sep 2019 17:55:18
How many headers did Liverpool and City score last season?

5.) 02 Sep 2019 18:59:15
Crosses do not have to be high you know! Liverpool and City score loads from crosses - not necessarily headers.

6.) 02 Sep 2019 20:30:32
There was some quality crosses across the face of goal on Saturday and not once was our striker anywhere near, really wound me up!

7.) 02 Sep 2019 21:36:50
I don't have the stats and can't be bothered to look them up but just using my eyeballs i have seen aguero and sterling score at least 50 goals under pep just from tap ins from low crosses.

With liverpool alexander arnold and robertson both got double figures in assists and a lot of them were from crosses.

You are allowed to work the ball into more promising crossing positions instead of the hit and hope crosses we seem to be putting in under mumerous managers.

8.) 02 Sep 2019 22:38:44
Dsg great point. I would say that at least a third of their goals from from crosses. Albeit mainly lure crosses but do you know what they have? Players ruining into the box from all sorts of positions.
Martial can't be arsed half the time to make runs where he might get into a ball one in 10.
Rashford is not a natural striker in that way.
I know ole is working with them so maybe that will improve. Martial in particular looks more dangerous but you ciuld oick out half a dozen times in 3 games where he should have been making a run across his man but didn't. Our various imitation no 10s don't get into the box enough.
Everybody wants three ball to feet. No ruining off the ball. Rashford on saturday had loads of the ball running with it etc
I want my cf in the box finishing moves not trying to be involved Ebert minute.
Wasnt it rvn that scored a hat trick and only touched the ball 13 times in 90 mins.
Stop fannying around free kicks and corners and get into the box where goals are scored stop holdback on the edges for pull backs. let midfield runners do that.
Get into the box. in fact i'm considering changing my user name to getintothebleedinboxyamuppets because i say it about 10 times watching every game.

9.) 03 Sep 2019 05:48:21
Great points Ken and DSG.
Our current forwards lack the instinct of a top goalscorer.

10.) 03 Sep 2019 10:51:18
So I've looked at the stats for this season.

So far City have played 14 accurate crosses and scored none from them.

Liverpool have played 16 accurate crosses and score none from them.

We have played 18 accurate crosses and scored once from them.

So currently we play more crosses and have scored more from them than both City and Liverpool.

However, from 48 accurate crosses between all three teams only one goal has been scored. Hardly the best way to score goals. A 1 in 50 chance. When each team is averaging maybe 3-4 crosses each per game then each side on the current rate will score 2-3 goals each this season from crosses.

11.) 03 Sep 2019 11:54:32
Shappy the stats physio, always has a way to massage them to fit his view.

12.) 03 Sep 2019 20:18:09
Absolute nonsense shappy😂😂😂😂😂😂.



05 Jul 2019 15:17:49
United has had a long history of playing an academy graduate in every match. I think it's been 80 years or so. Do you guys think that the every manager has to comply to this while picking his matchday 11?
And the reason why we have some below par players like Lingard and Andreas in the team.


1.) 05 Jul 2019 15:50:35
Sailor I think the stat is naming an academy graduate in every match day squad.

I would have thought that is something the club wish to maintain.

Even Jose managed it!

2.) 05 Jul 2019 16:10:47
We have an incredible tradition but apparently we do it even if players aren’t good enough? Aaaarrrrgggghhhh.



02 Mar 2019 12:42:42
Hey Eds, I remember there used to be a live chat option during matches. I haven't seen that since the last couple of months. Did you guys stop the live chat thing?


{Ed033's Note - No, can't you see the text at the beginning of the posts about the live chat? Underneath the 2 grey drop down menus. The text starts with, "The real time Manchester United Live Chat page".



19 Dec 2018 15:19:40
I haven't seen Molde play and didn't look much into Cardiff when Ole was in charge. If you guys have seen his teams play, can someone please throw some light on how usually his teams set up. What formation he prefers and what kind of football he prefers?
Thanks in advance.


1.) 19 Dec 2018 16:11:02
Attacking football, left open at the back what I've been hearing today from Cardiff journo.

Lost 6-3 against liverpool the year they almost won it, went for it from the off. Got battered at the back scored 3.

4-2-3-1 formation.



06 Dec 2018 16:41:09
With all this talk of central defenders, I would like to know what you guys think of Bailey.
For me he is one of the best in the league. Only problem is his injuries which weren't so bad during his 1st season at United. Our team tends to rely on the defenders a lot with us sitting back even against championship teams. If we had a more attacking team I don't think our defenders would be injured so much. Players like Bailey are seen stretching and making attempts to stop goals a lot more compared to other teams, even those who are at the bottom of the table right now. More of our defenders end up with pulled hamstrings than any other team. We really cannot expect our defenders keep the opposition out for full 90 minutes. It's easy to ask for new CB every window and then blame them if we don't attack and concede goals. We have 2 of the best young defenders in Bailey and Lindelof and yet we just want new shiny players all the time.


1.) 06 Dec 2018 17:27:30
He’s our best defender. Has all the attributes to be one of the best in the league. Only issue is he is still a bit raw. Can be rash and seems to struggle to keep fit. But improvement in those areas come with game time, consistency and trust from the manager. We would be crazy to even entertain the idea of selling him. Him and lindelof compliment each other beautifully. His almost Vidic like whilst lindelof is the more cultured on the ball rio of the pairing. Jose has two very good young cbs there. I don’t buy it that we have a poor defence if those two can be given the trust and confidence to build a partnership. If under Guardiola or Poch, these two would be up there with the best partnerships. May be OTT but I really rate this two that highly. Yes an experienced cb may be needed, but these two could be our cb pairing for years to come, if given the opportunity and game time.

2.) 06 Dec 2018 17:19:37
Bailly for me is as mad as a box of frogs, class defender and very fast. Only thing he doesn't have is a footballing brain which defenders need nowadays, but if he sees danger he cleans up and rids the ball anywhere which some hate. Still worth a place in the side for me over any of the other cb's we have.

3.) 06 Dec 2018 18:32:16
I think Bailly and Lindelof could develop into a decent partnership. They have compliamentary attributes. Lindeloff needs to toughen up a bit and Bailly needs to calm down. They are both young and have many years ahead of them to learn their trade in a position which players really benefit from experience perhaps over any other position.

I'm not suggesting they are the second coming of Rio and Vidic but for me there are promising signs and I'd like to see them play in a better team under a different manager to see their full potential.

4.) 06 Dec 2018 18:54:34
I think three at the back suits him as he has more cover when he steps put and tries to win the ball.

Think him and lindelof would work well in a three with an experienced defender (i. e. toby alderweireld) in between them.

Also would allow us to play dalot and shaw and get them forward with more cover behind them.

5.) 06 Dec 2018 18:56:31
Love the guys game and approach. First season and he was in top 3 in the EPL.

Has dipped for various reasons but he is for me a traditional defender and although as FZZ has mentioned can seem out dated maybe, I think every team needs a brick wall kinda CB. More so than a John stones style CB.

6.) 06 Dec 2018 18:58:07
Bailly is a great athlete with a strong attitude, but he can be a little unpredictable and unorthodox, not traits you want in a center back. But his ability and potential are beyond most of the others, including Smalling, Jones, and Rojo.

7.) 06 Dec 2018 20:22:45
I’m really not a fan, and haven’t been from the start. I don’t see what others see in him. He was OK yesterday, nothing more. He’s nowhere near the best in the league, that’s madness. Yesterday he spent the first 15 minutes avoiding the ball, some times with his hands on his hips. I was watching closely and almost posted on here at the time but decided against it to avoid anything negative. His attitude is all wrong.

We are praising a defender after a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal, having conceded due to mistakes. I think that shows where we are at right now, especially if people are calling him our best defender. I think that’s probably Smalling as he’s been the only ever-present defender through 3 managers. But that’s not saying much. It’s probably our weakest position in the squad. Bailly is still young, i’d love him to prove his doubters wrong myself included, it’s got to start with his attitude and commitment.

8.) 06 Dec 2018 20:55:27
Wazza the mistakes came from 1. Smalling marking Mustafi and Dave then the 2nd goal was rojo fault.

Bailly was one of the main reasons aubamayang was so non existent. He is by far our best defender and should be along with Dave and Shaw first on the sheet for the defence.

9.) 06 Dec 2018 21:11:23
Bolger i’m not saying Bailly was at fault, I was pointing out our defensive frailties. If Bailly is our best defender it’s because imo the competition for places is poor.

10.) 06 Dec 2018 21:39:37
Bailly is a top prospect. He and Lindelof are by far our best two central defenders. Neither the complete package but have enough ability. By contrast Rojo and Jones are way too rash, with Jones especially poor on the ball. Smalling is a huge problem. He stands 2 yards behind everyone so the opposition can make simple diagonal runs that puts the whole defence in disarray. It's puzzling as to what Jose sees in him that mitigates against this very obvious trait.

11.) 07 Dec 2018 03:26:18
Mate he dosent have a problem with injuries, he’s not been playing because of the fall out with Mourinho and I know this as fact. The January window is arriving swiftly so he may conveniently have a busy December to remind teams he’s actually good. There’s always an agenda with this ego maniac.




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29 Jun 2019 17:40:03
I just hope Darmian leaves the club for his own sake. He could have done a lot better over these years in Italy.




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09 Jun 2019 16:44:41
Is wan bissaka really that good of a player? I know the market is inflated so I won't get into money. But do you guys think he would be an upgrade on Valencia. From what I've seem he seems good in defense but doesn't really contribute much going forward. He takes the ball forward like Valencia used to do but there is no end product just like Valencia. His crosses aren't that good and passing is also average.
Maybe you guys have seen much more of him at Palace so please let me know what you guys think of him.


{Ed004's Note - He is a brilliant player. Outstanding defensively and has the most successful dribbles of any fullback in the league. Hudgson doesnt seem to give the fullbacks much freedom to get forward but he got a couple of nice assists last season. I think he would be a cracking signing}



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06 Mar 2019 22:35:55
We were lucky to get the penalty but so were they in the 1st leg when kimpembe wasn't sent off and even got the goal.
Mostly I'm happy to see Di Maria sulk. Plenty players get taunted by the fans and so did Di Maria by the United fans in the 1st leg. It would have been a big issue if one of our players had gone and shouted at the opposing fans " P**a f**k off" continously while celebrating the goal.




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04 Mar 2019 22:13:17
I don't understand how our club just doesn't let players leave who are not good enough. They let Pogba go for free but won't let Jones and Smalling move to free up the wages. No one is going to buy them unless they are free agents.
If we just look at City, we can see how swiftly they move players on who are not good anymore. If we had Yaya and Nasri instead of City then they would still be at our club.




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31 Dec 2018 21:58:16
Fits perfectly for the type of player Woodward would like with an influence in the American market. Sancho has taken his place in the team in the past few months. But still a quality player.





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12 Nov 2019 20:27:46
If Lingard can be in the team then Fosu Mensah definitely has a future with United. I don't know why United and other teams he's been on loan with play him at right back. He biggest problem with him at RB is that he lacks positional sense. Needs to look across the line and be more aware about the defensive line. As a defensive mid he won't be one of the greats but can definitely be a very good squad player which we need as our squad is very thin.




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22 Sep 2019 18:11:52
That's the way people are these days. The only opinions that matter are their own. I've seen people here bashing others and calling them negative if they point out any problems with the team but when they do it, it's constructive criticism.
We are expected to spam the page with essays praising the players after our hard fought victory over some team in Europa league but not allowed to vent any frustration if we get outclasses by a very average team in our own league.




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31 Aug 2019 15:29:52
Mort we never controlled the game, not even when they were down to 10.
This team would have been better if we had sold Pogba, De Gea, Lingard, and Periera. Maybe we would have bought some players who actually did something.
Today we needed Bruno at no 10 and someone like Leon Bailey on the right.




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21 Aug 2019 05:57:17
I feel sorry for Lingard. He puts in so much work and effort into his celebrations but isn't getting the chance to show those silky moves. I think we should make him the designated goal celebrator for the team. He will entertain the crowds and pss off the opposition. Moreover he doesn't even need to be in the team, he can just replace Fred the red. Of course we can still pay him 200k per week.




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18 Aug 2019 16:27:31
I think wolves will sit deep and try to hurt us on the counter like last season. I would play the same back 4 with Matic and Mctominay shielding them. A front four of Martial, Rashford, Mason and Pogba should be good. Pogba in the no 10 role can create something to open the deep defence and with other three we get good dribblers and fast runners for a quick 1-2 around their defence. Mctominay can help offensively as well.
Our full backs need to make overlapping runs if we want to create any chances. Against Chelsea AWB was left very isolated when in offence as he had no one to pass on the right hand side. He still did a good job even when there were 2 or 3 opposition players around him. Once James came in at least he had some support on the right side.
On the other hand when Shaw was going forward that left side was overcrowded with Martial and Rashford both in the same position.