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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.


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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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22 Apr 2020 13:38:37
It's good to talk about transfers as it brings a bit of normalcy and expectations that everything will be back to normal in the coming months. But what do you guys think will be estimated time line within which the world would go back to being normal.
I find it very hard to believe that all will be ok in the foreseeable future. The economies are crashing and the cure doesn't look anywhere near discovery.
Transfer of players is just a waste of money and effort in my opinion right now.


{Ed002's Note - There is no point asking, they don’t know the answer.}

1.) 22 Apr 2020 14:38:28
No one knows, and we can only speculate. I have read articles where "experts" argue things will be back to normal within a few months, while I have read others where "experts" argue that we will never return to what was "normal". That things will fundamentally change forever because of this.

Ultimately it's all just speculation. We just need to focus on the here and now, help each other where we can and ride it out. Only when we come out of it on the other side can we truly start to think about timelines for things to return to some kind of "normality".

2.) 22 Apr 2020 15:14:14
This is just my opinion but i reckon most countries will adopt a mode similar to sweden where people are advised to socially distance where possible and wfh where it is easy to do so.

But non essential shops and retailers will be allowed to reopen and people will be advised to use their common sense when out and about. This will obviously lead to an increase in infections and deaths but the decsions for most governments now isn't between life and money. Its between life and life.

Most of history shows that extended periods of economic depression or deep recession in an economy leads to increases in mortality over the long term.

The government can't keep paying people to stay at home and lockdown is not a proper long term answer to this pandemic.

3.) 22 Apr 2020 16:47:01
Wise words DSG can't keep spending the future generations money hiding from this thing, it's waiting outside the door, and it ain't going away any time soon.

4.) 22 Apr 2020 17:46:30
I’m not sure we can expect to return to “normal” any time soon.

There will be a long “phased return” across business and industry over I can imagine at least a 6-12 month period. That’s if we ever get back to “normalcy”.

A large number of business who have previously said employees can’t work from home as it wouldn’t work for business will no longer have those arguments!

I’m genuinely not sure we will ever see a return to what was the previous norm. A new normalcy will rise out of the ashes of this pandemic.

Maybe a dim word view, but I just don’t see any quick fix.



28 Jan 2020 15:23:49
The mood here is quite depressing. Maybe this might cheer up some of you. Jesse Lingard - Maestro video.


1.) 28 Jan 2020 16:30:17



07 Dec 2019 21:05:48
A good performance tonight but this has been the story whole season. We step up our game against the big teams which is helped by them attacking us and we are much better on the counter. Reminds me of Liverpool of a few seasons ago who were always up for it against the big teams and then went on to loose against the worst teams.
Teams which sit deep are causing the main problem. Our players look out of ideas and very disjointed against them. If Ole looses the job then it'll definitely be due to us not signing a good midfielder in the summer. I don't know who we could've signed but few players like Bruno were available.


1.) 07 Dec 2019 22:07:28
Hate to jinx it but the next 4 PL games are potentially very winnable - that's the next real test can we get maximum points against Watford, newcastle, everton, burnley - struggled so far with the lesser teams and yet once again if we can put a run together against them things will look very different Jan 1st.



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.




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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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23 Feb 2020 19:41:41
If Ole gets sacked at the end of the season then it would be because we didn't sign Bruno in the summer.
Of course we wouldn't be top of the league if we had signed Bruno in summer but we would be atleast 10 points better off. And by now we would have seen much better chemistry between him and other players. We should not expect man of the match performances from him every week as it will take him time to adapt to the league and understand his teammates.




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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.