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29 Jan 2019 22:38:42
Frustrating game in many ways, which could have been so different had Rashford scored as he should have done in the first 10 minutes. He did not have a great game and nor did Pereira who looked completely out of his depth against a very aggressive midfield. I really don't think he's good enough for United, or indeed the type of player who will do very well in the EPL.

In this new system Sanchez looks like he could contribute significantly. A forward line of Rashford, Martial and Sanchez seems like it ought to pay dividends.

shawthing

1.) 30 Jan 2019 05:23:42
Agreed, the interplay of Lukaku near the penalty box is not fluid as between Rash, Martial and Lingard.


2.) 30 Jan 2019 09:31:55
I was sat in the East end at OT. We should have had another penalty.


3.) 30 Jan 2019 14:28:00
To be honest I think Pereira didn't have his best game ever, but Jones throw him a brick, and then he got completely confused in the one-one defending.

I believe Pereira could be better but in an attacking position and no asan "herreras" replacement.

This is the first Ole´s game we start losing and that does not goes as planned, but the squad show commitment and desire. If Rashford scores that 10m goal the game would have been completely different with space and time for counters but rubbish happens. Let's focus on the next games and let's hope we have a great february.

i think it is better for Ole and the team to have lost the winning streak now and no in a game against PSG or Chelsea.

GGMU.


 

 

26 Dec 2018 22:43:47
Very good to see United score 8 goals in 2 games even if it was against teams near the bottom against whom we've been having all sorts of trouble. The tempo and the pressing seem to be what's needed. Perhaps Sanchez and Lukaku will benefit from it when they come back into the reckoning. But suffice it to say we have now scored 37 goals this season. If we can double it in the second half it will be our best haul since SAF's last year. If we're going to come 6th then the United way is surely that it's more entertaining to do it with 75 goals for and 55 goals against than with 50 goals for and 30 goals against.

I must say I've been unimpressed by Dalot defensively. He doesn't look like he has the pace and his positioning appears very suspect. I know he's young and there's an adjustment time - Evra didn't settle immediately - but nevertheless he's going to have to improve dramatically to cement that right back position. The other new player who doesn't they seem to have what it takes is Fred. It's hard to believe we were persuaded to spend £52m for him - or perhaps not, given some of our purchases recently. We would have done better spending it on a top center half. Many United fans criticized Liverpool for spending so much on Van Dijk but he seems like a bargain at this juncture.

shawthing

1.) 26 Dec 2018 23:26:42
Shawthing, speed can be deceptive. Dalot was clocked as being the fastest player on the pitch today. But if the timing of that speed is not right it can be wasted.
He is a raw talent no doubt. We don’t have great options right now.


2.) 26 Dec 2018 23:44:01
Give the young lad Dalot a break. A couple of weeks ago against Fulham he couldn't get enough praise. That he was the answer to our right wing back problem for the next 10 years. Then a weaker game today and you're not sure is he going to make it. Inconsistency is a given for a teenager. Support your own.


3.) 27 Dec 2018 07:15:15
In fairness, that was one of Huddersfield’s tactics, mbenza is very quick, and Anytine they could they tried releasing him. Dalot was on the back foot very quickly after an attack broke down. Great lesson for the Lad.


4.) 27 Dec 2018 07:29:16
Dalot is young, 19 years old and playing only his third game in the EPL. His last performance won him man of the match so I see no reason to be worried about him. He is young and he will be inconsistent, he will make mistakes that is all part of learning. He has the qualities to become a world class full back, we need to give him the time and the chances for him to fulfill that potential.


5.) 27 Dec 2018 10:20:15
Dalot is certainly my Pick over an aging TonyV and Young (who is doing ok too) .
He is our future at right back, so let him play I say.


6.) 27 Dec 2018 11:25:22
He looks more like a future winger to me. He doesn't seem interested in defending.


7.) 27 Dec 2018 15:25:05
We've been defending whole season and still conceding goals. I don't even care whether Dalot comes back to defend or not. It was just nice to see our right back in the opposition box getting a cross from our striker and almost scoring a goal.


8.) 27 Dec 2018 18:07:46
Centre back and we are sorted Imo. we have options everywhere else. I'm really excited by dalot him, Shaw and lindelof could be together for a while along time and build a good understanding.


9.) 27 Dec 2018 19:03:50
Also how he plays will depend a lot on who is managing him. He did well defensively in Mourinho's defensive set up.

Ole has said publicly he wants our full backs to push up high and overlap our wingers. So if that is what is being asked of Dalot then it's good to see him following the managers commands.


 

 

02 Dec 2018 17:46:30
Assuming the rumours are true, if you believe your £90m transfer is playing with inadequate effort and/ or a poor mentality, a dressing down in the changing room in front of team mates is perfectly reasonable. I bet every one of us who have played sports have at some time or other have heard it from a coach or a colleague. Grow up and knuckle down. Most of the kids who watch you would kill for a chance at 1/ 10th of the benefits your innate talent has brought you.

The fact is Pogba is a disappointment. While he covers a fair amount of ground within a team that consistently covers the least in the EPL, he rarely sprints, neither in offence or defence. This characteristic was visible when he first stepped on the field in a United jersey before he went to Juventus. He looks lackadaisical, and it's probably one of the reasons why Ferguson was not inclined to fight to keep him. The problem is that, while he has talent, he is way to into himself to be a true leader, and that's the key role we need him to fill. A player who leads by example.

We are 5 years into the post-Fergie era and we are worse than ever. We do have some good players to build a team around but it's hard to see anything positive coming from them in the current climate. Given the amount of money we've spent, the only conclusion we can draw is that we are infected by a virus. Whether the source is Pogba, Mourinho or the general club mentality itself is a matter of conjecture. My own sense is that Woodward, Mourinho and Pogba are all symptoms of a deeper problem.

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1.) 02 Dec 2018 21:07:06
All 3 of them should go at the end of the season.

We should say thanks Jose but uts not worked ta-ra. Says Pogba but you want to go to Spain so here's the asking price. And Woodward should have the decency to say "it was my decision to appoint Jose so I'll step down. "


2.) 03 Dec 2018 06:49:20
Fergie did want to keep Pogba, it was out of his hands. and while you might think Pogba has been disappointing his season, so has Lukaku, Rashford, Martial (most of the time), Bailly, Fred, Matic. who hasn't been disappointing? People might point to Shaw, but he hasn't gotten back to the 2-way beast he was looking like before his injury either.

I think when that many players aren't performing you have to look at the manager. And it's not like Mourinho's faults have been hard to see. Bizarre team selections and subs, consistently embarrassing behaviour, publicly sledging players all the time and bemoaning a lack of signings.

He's got to go. He's not one of us and he never will be.


 

 

13 Jan 2018 13:49:56
Sanchez has a bit of the Tevez about him. Very emotional. He obviously has all the skills, and when he's motivated his intensity and purpose adds a dimension to his game that any team would covet. So what is it that motivates him.

Clearly it's the thought of winning honours, and conversely looking at he seems to be demotivated by his team's mediocrity. So my guess is that:

1) he would only come to United if he thought he would win the EPL and/ or the Champions League in the next couple of years, and

2) if he did come, and it looked like those objectives were not going to be fulfilled, then it would be a disastrous transfer because his negative emotionality would end up leeching into and upsetting the dressing room.

Like for most supporters winning is ultimately more important than style. Arsenal play with style but they don't win the important trophies any more, which doesn't please their supporters and is clearly a demotivation to top players.

shawthing

1.) 13 Jan 2018 15:39:18
Agreed for sure!

Lucas Moura maybe?

On another note, I mentioned a defender Jorge Mere who was at Espanyol and now at Koln and NOW Barça are after him!

We should have got this guy! Well disappointed!


2.) 13 Jan 2018 16:06:08
Well Ronnie don't mean to be rude but you might have named atleast 200 players by now. It might be difficult for United hierarchy to properly understand which one you want.


3.) 13 Jan 2018 16:34:44
I deserved that! 😂.


4.) 13 Jan 2018 21:09:56
For Sanchez's supposed attitude you can see the same thing happening at Spurs in the next 18 months if they win nothing -Ali, Erikson etc have no real affinity to Spurs as many players don't to their clubs. Sanchez probably looks around and sees nothing there but the odd FA CUp. maybe views us the same . time will tell.


 

 

05 Apr 2017 14:41:52
Two woodworks and a good goal disallowed epitomise what has been a most frustrating season. It's giving me ulcers. Virtually every game we've played we have created enough good chances to win the game handily. It's not down to tactics, it's down to finishing. The team in general seems to be suffering from a collective psychological block and somehow or other that problem has to be overcome.

The weight of expectation for players like Shaw, Pogba, Rashford, Martial, and Mhki needs to be lifted so that they are loose enough to begin to play to their potential. At present I'm sure the burden is as unbearable for the players as it is the fans.

shawthing

1.) 05 Apr 2017 14:57:00
If you hit the post you have missed the target, its not bad luck it's a miss.


2.) 05 Apr 2017 15:11:46
It started since we stopped Dabbing and doing crazy handshakes for winning throw ins and corners! We need to bring them back.


3.) 05 Apr 2017 15:39:39
We've had the third most shots in the league.

No team in Europe have hit the bar/ post more than us. In fact we've hit it 9 more times than any other team.

5 of the 7 goalkeepers to win man of the match in the EPL this season have done so against us.

No team in the EPL has had more shot saved than us.

No team in the EPL has had more shots blocked than us.

It's starting to feel like a voodoo or gypsy curse. Surely we can't continue to be this unlucky.


4.) 05 Apr 2017 15:53:05
It's not bad luck though shappy.


5.) 05 Apr 2017 16:08:40
Strange how top sports men don't have bad luck .
It's all excesses and a bit embarrassing.
"There other gk had a good game "

Ddg been our best player the last 4 year . Luck or poor finishing?


6.) 05 Apr 2017 16:23:36
If it's not luck then what is it?

As for DDG making many saves, he does it every week, that's what makes him world class. Many of the keepers who have won motm against us this season have done so with their best performance in several years. They aren't world class keepers, they just have a strangely world class performance against us. Robles last night had a very good game, yet was awful a couple of days before against Liverpool.

The running joke this season is who is the best keeper in the world? Whoever's​ playing against United this week.

If you were Jose what would you be doing differently to make these chances into goals?


7.) 05 Apr 2017 16:36:20
I'm not Jose that's why he gets paid the big bucks .
Martial Rasford Ibra miki pogba mata I could go on have shown they are good players, have shown they can put the ball in net .

Chelsea where awful last season, poor at the start of the season, conte worked it out tho, and Chelsea and conte haven't been lucky in the same way United haven't been unlucky .
Over a season it works itself out .


Gk are there to make saves, defenders are there to defend you can't complain when the other team play well it sounds pathetic .


8.) 05 Apr 2017 16:37:57
By the way never mind chances, United have been poor the last couple of month as a team.


9.) 05 Apr 2017 16:41:18
Should also say getting the best out of your players is a very if not the most important job of the manager.


10.) 05 Apr 2017 16:42:58
Well put Shappy.


11.) 05 Apr 2017 20:06:38
I'd stop whining and slagging off my players. Just saying.


12.) 06 Apr 2017 21:11:02
I was trying to be sarcastic shaps! Guess I should put that in brackets lol.

We have been unlucky in many ways but we should also be doing better regardless of 'bad luck'


13.) 08 Apr 2017 09:15:02
Chipping in on the lucky/ unlucky theme.

If you're good enough you make your own luck surely?

What the stats suggest, in my opinion, is that we keep possession and stay compact. But we don't take risks often or quickly enough. And that's reflected in how we play.

Some of that is legacy of the last few years, some is the players and some is the manager.

I'm not a Jose fan, but i do believe he has to be given the time to implement his style. Personally i think if the goals and performances aren't showing through next season then he isn't going to achieve it.


 

 

 

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25 Nov 2021 23:35:13
Who is this Ragnarok fella? Eh? Does he signify the final end of the SAF era. I really do hope so. It's been far too long coming.

Perhaps the Board has woken up. £100s of millions wasted trying to flog a dead horse.

shawthing

1.) 26 Nov 2021 01:48:25
from what I've read about him and heard from other people, he seems to know an awful lot about football, the things that folks like me don't understand or get to see.
I hope he puts some things straight and maybe if all goes well move into a higher roll. The more real football people at our club the better I say!


2.) 26 Nov 2021 05:42:22
He's been offered a two year consultancy role after his six months interim role apparently.
I think he owns a sports consultancy company. He must have excellent contacts within all aspects of the game. I think if the two year role is true, then this signifies the clubs openness to change. It's an interesting appointment in my opinion.


3.) 26 Nov 2021 07:47:10
When a Rangnick team beat Dortmund, 4.1 years ago, read what Klopp said.

We need to get to where they are now, ’ a devastated Klopp said in the aftermath of that hammering. ‘Tactical behaviour is not like riding a bike, unfortunately. You have to practise again and again. ’

We have needed a leader, direction, strategy, methodology, all things Ole didn’t have. The promised land will not arrive in 6 months, but if the club have finally woken up and use this interim, listen and add him at higher level I am hopeful it is the change badly needed and something we should have done when SAF retired, I was asking for it back then.


4.) 26 Nov 2021 08:11:18
At least we know what we are getting tactically from Rangnick and that he has his own vision for how to play. I do worry if some of our players have the intensity and work rate to implement his style of play so there may be a few Fallings out. If we do go for poch though at least our team will have had 6 months of expecting pressing from the front.


5.) 26 Nov 2021 09:13:25
Booked.
A lot of Chelsea players were labelled lazy under Lamport.
Tuchel got them all at it. If you don't step up under ralf you won't play.


6.) 26 Nov 2021 09:32:51
Ken that's what I mean about falling out with people as you are correct that if they don't put the effort in they will not play. I don't believe some will be up for doing this so interesting times ahead. At least now there is hope.


7.) 26 Nov 2021 11:02:49
Agree buddy. Long may it last. For the 1st time in years imo its a step in the right direction.


8.) 26 Nov 2021 11:02:49
Agree buddy. Long may it last. For the 1st time in years imo its a step in the right direction.


 

 

21 Nov 2021 14:25:24
Nothing will improve at the club until the Ferguson era comes to an end. and that means absolutely everyone associated with Ferguson, and Ferguson himself. The idea that we need to be what we were is the basic concept that is misguided. Football has moved on tactically and structurally, and United needs to move on too. When I hear words like "the United Way" and vainglorious versions of "We're Manchester United", I cringe - as I used to when suggested innovations at work were met with obstruction on the basis "that we've always done it this way".

Given the quality of the individual players as suggested by their price tags we ought to be challenging for titles. To achieve that objective, however, takes tactical nous, technical excellence, transfer policy acumen, and teamwork, from the backroom to the pitch.

As an example I think of de Gea. He has been excellent this year and is now keeping Henderson out of the side. But, as good as he is, de Gea is not a modern goalie who provides the extra field player that allows the rest of the team to press more effectively. He's an example of a failure to move on.

Lingard, Jones, Mata, Pogba, Dalot etc should not be United players today. Forward looking clubs do not buy and build teams around stop gap short term players like Ronaldo, Cavani, Ibrahimovic and, even though he brought us and himself a league title, RVP. The best teams get rid of players with perfect timing, sometimes when it seems completely wrong. Ferguson used to be good at it. Van Nistlerooy? Beckham? Clough and Taylor were brilliant at it.

Whoever the new manager is he will need to have the unconditional support of the board. A lot of heads are going to have to roll and I think that will have to include Fletcher, Carrick, Phelan, Murtough and any other members of Ferguson's insider clan. It's the Board's responsibility to hire the right executive/ managerial team. Have they learnt their lesson yet? They're going to be on their own. Wherever they have been looking for advice in footballing matters to date has not availed them.

shawthing

1.) 21 Nov 2021 14:33:20
I hate to comment on my own post, but was just looking at MEN and a comment by Brendan Rogers endorsing my view of De Gea. "We play with 11 men, not 10 and a goalkeeper".


2.) 21 Nov 2021 16:23:22
Absolutely agree 100% on all of that shawthing

We have to jo adapt to the modern game and this will have to start with a manager.


3.) 21 Nov 2021 21:51:17
Agree ShawT, but you know and I know this will not happen. The board will mot stand down, fergie will still be there, and Murtough, phelan and Co will hang on to the bitter end.
Why has the club not sacked all the useless players you mentioned? Answer is quite simple, the Owners are only interested in money and the poppets they've installed in the powerful jobs, are non football people.


4.) 21 Nov 2021 22:15:39
If the club fails to make it into Europe over the next few seasons, how does that affect its finances, its ability to attract good players, future sponsorship deals, its ticket sales? The clubs value is less dependent on its geographical presence in Manchester than it ever was. We are no longer the top team in Manchester, let alone England. Eventually that reality will have a negative impact on the Glazer's investment value.


5.) 21 Nov 2021 23:58:45
We won’t fail to make it into Europe though, we never do.


6.) 22 Nov 2021 06:19:08
"The best teams get rid of players with perfect timing, sometimes when it seems completely wrong. Ferguson used to be good at it. Van Nistlerooy? Beckham? Clough and Taylor were brilliant at it. "

Clough and Taylor weren't brilliant at it though. They dismantled their European Cup winning side at Nottingham Forest far too quickly and the replacements weren't of the same quality, which contributed to their decline. Clough himself admitted they did it wrong and should've copied Paisley and Liverpool in how to rebuild and sustain success at the same time.


 

 

04 Nov 2021 13:03:02
The Glazers bought a cash cow and then paid for it with the cow's milk. They milked it and milked it. But the cow got old, as did the farmer who knew how to milk it. The cow's owners knew nothing about farming and nor did the MBA farm manager they hired. In desperation they tried feeding the cow with overpriced chemically enhanced pseudo foods, but all that did was soured the milk and made the cows udders even sorer. "Yuck" said the people who used to be loyal to that brand of milk. "This is an udder disaster". They could see how the other new farms around were shiny and new and well organized.

We need a new farm manager, new farmer and a new cow.

shawthing

1.) 04 Nov 2021 13:18:47
I think we need a horse.


2.) 04 Nov 2021 13:23:16
You certainly milked the metaphor anyway.


 

 

29 Oct 2021 19:24:14
Is SAF the problem? Does his revered status and influence hang like a shroud around any progress at the club.

I think I just worked out my halloween costume.

shawthing

{Ed014's Note - on a personal note I’m glad that Arsene hasn’t done that with us.

Fergie just struggles to let it all go.


1.) 29 Oct 2021 19:28:53
Whats that Shawthing red cheeks dodgy suit, sweaty socks and hairdryer?


2.) 29 Oct 2021 20:15:54
Fergie may aswell manage till the end of the season.


3.) 29 Oct 2021 23:17:07
Wenger doesn't hang around Ed014, because you lot ran him out of town ?.


4.) 29 Oct 2021 20:34:21
Wenger not hanging around is certainly helping Arsenal be very successful Ed.

{Ed014's Note - I know mate, gave, apparently, the best United squad for years, with an allegedly world class centre back (coz he has lots of medals) a 9 point head start and where are you now? ????

Don’t worry that you missed the point either ?‍♂️


5.) 30 Oct 2021 09:17:33
trumours- has fergie ever stopped managing?


6.) 30 Oct 2021 10:05:49
I didn’t miss the point, my point is that neither hanging around or not hanging around has made any difference to either club, both struggling to be anywhere near the level they were at under the previous manager.

For someone who only comes on here to laugh at and wind up united fans you get very defensive when it’s given back.

Varane hasn’t played since we were 9 points above you by the way.

{Ed014's Note - you totally did and defensive ???


 

 

16 Oct 2021 20:32:22
So, born in Manchester, been a fan for 60 years, but have lived in the US for almost 40. I pay for two streaming services so that I can watch United regularly. It costs me $600 a year. Is it really worth the time and money? Terrible owners, dreadful board, below average manager.

I hate to say it but I've now come to the conclusion that SAF may have been the greatest manager, but he is now a dead weight around the club's neck. From the Moyes decision to being instrumental in bringing back Ronaldo, one bad decision after another. not to mention that the depletion of the midfield began under his leadership and remains unsolved today. There is no one at the club who has a clue.

shawthing

1.) 16 Oct 2021 20:51:05
Though I agree Fergie shouldn't have any influence on who our manager is, the current midfield debacle isn't his problem. Fellaini, Mata, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Blind, Pogba, Matic, Fred and Van De Beek signed for us.

Hardly Sir Alexs fault that 2 of those can't play together.


2.) 16 Oct 2021 21:07:33
Not making the connection with Fergie and our poor midfield -been how many managers since him?

Any new manager coming in would be moving our midfield on before taking their coat off first morning in charge.

Within 72 hours of falling out of a spaceship even a green alien will of heard of Neves, Ndidi, Rice Bissouma, Tielmans, Veratti and another 25 midfielders better than ours.


3.) 16 Oct 2021 21:08:51
The similarities between Busby and when he stood down, with the last 8 years after SAF, are frightening!
I mean the players must be aware the man upstairs still has a massive influence, on the board, manager and the coaches. In any other field of employment it stinks of nepotism, and united will never move forward when we are always looking to the past. It’s what stagnated united in the 70s and it’s happening now.
You can’t blame Ole, Phelan, Carrick, Fletcher and the outsider McKenna. This mess lies squarely at the feet of the board.


4.) 17 Oct 2021 00:49:35
I don't know if you're trying to be sarcastic, or actually being serious. Yes we have crap owners and board, but the rubbish being served up as the United Way and United DNA falls squarely on Ole and his coaching staff.


5.) 17 Oct 2021 00:51:39
bull, it’s the manager!


6.) 17 Oct 2021 01:42:00
Found myself wondering the same thing recently mate. I moved out to Japan four years or so ago and so generally have to either stay awake until the early hours of the morning or wake up at 3/ 4 am to watch us play. After last night, I think I’ll be taking a break from doing so for a while. Hopefully we get a new manager who know what he’s doing soon and I can start watching again.


 

 

 

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22 Nov 2021 13:51:50
Ole was an interim manager who was rushed into the full time position on the back of a few positive results (probably because they looked around and there were no top managers out there who wanted to work for the incompetent anti-football soul sucking incubi who run the club) . Interim should mean interim. The appointment of an interim manager as a full time manager prior to the end of the season would basically be an admission that they don't have a plan and don't know what they're doing. Of course, just waiting for waiting's sake doesn't mean that they do know what they're doing but it does mean they might have learnt something from past mistakes. which is a step in the right direction.

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04 Nov 2021 18:44:39
I am looking for a position as a hostage @ £300k per week. A three month stint will do me nicely.

That being said I have to agree with Ed about the stupidity exhibited by the club. A couple of years ago they could have taken maybe £50m and got rid of £15-£20m a year in wages. So, this whole venture must have cost the club £100m. And given how little he's played, how patchy his form, and that he doesn't even have a position he can claim as his own, they could have done just as well without replacing him.

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19 Oct 2021 17:17:59
Not keen on Southgate. Judging by his performance in the final against Italy I can't see him being much of an improvement on Ole. We certainly don't need a sentimental choice.

When you listen to Guardiola, Klopp or Tuchel you realize that these are managers with enormous technical knowledge which they are able to apply on the field of play, given the right support from the club itself. The England job, where the top players for ones country are largely obvious and do not involve the transfer market or money, is not a good grounding.

If we're not going to look for one of the top European technical coaches then Brendan Rogers is probably the best choice. The fact that he was once LFC's coach is of no concern. In fact it would be most enjoyable to watch him knock Klopp of his perch.

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{Ed0666's Note - No comparison between klopp and Rogers regardless of how much money you have mate. The earliest you appoint Rogers will be the summer. Then he needs a year rebuilding so klopp will have an 8 season head start on him. I agree with you I don’t think he’s ex Liverpool will matter to United fans if it means Ole stops driving that bus


 

 

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04 Aug 2021 18:46:35
Pogba is a luxury player: great in a superior team in a predominantly weak league where he is not required to put in a defensive shift week in week out. He's not suited to the EPL where his ill-timed tackles tend to concede as many penalties and free kicks in dangerous positions as he provides goals and assists at the other end. He comes across as being very egotistical, and because of this, along with his repeated desire to be somewhere else, he has no leadership qualities. His talent is not in doubt but as far as I'm concerned he's been an enormous disappointment. CR7 was very full of himself too, but he delivered.

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03 May 2021 20:12:32
I don't mean to be sill-y, putty they are in a bit of a jamb financially, so if it's inside then they can just knock out the remaining glass and save the expense of fixing it, or wait until the transfer window is upon us again.

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06 Dec 2021 22:00:16
Fred is a work horse who does better with his team mates close to him as opposed to having to make long range passes out of defense. He has been played incorrectly. It comes back to the purchasing of names without a plan, and then shoehorning them into the wrong positions, compounded by a low energy system which does not compress the field adequately.

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29 Nov 2021 23:04:46
I see no reason not to thank him. It wasn't his fault the club made a bad appointment. Nor does it imply that they want him to stay, only that they recognize his contribution to the club as a player and his efforts as a manager. Let's just be grateful that he's gone now and that, finally, it may have dawned on the management of the company that they need to move on from the Ferguson era. Pity it took them so long.

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21 Nov 2021 22:15:39
If the club fails to make it into Europe over the next few seasons, how does that affect its finances, its ability to attract good players, future sponsorship deals, its ticket sales? The clubs value is less dependent on its geographical presence in Manchester than it ever was. We are no longer the top team in Manchester, let alone England. Eventually that reality will have a negative impact on the Glazer's investment value.

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21 Nov 2021 14:33:20
I hate to comment on my own post, but was just looking at MEN and a comment by Brendan Rogers endorsing my view of De Gea. "We play with 11 men, not 10 and a goalkeeper".

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18 Nov 2021 13:55:44
Arguably they didn't need to buy either/ both Sancho or Ronaldo, and should have gone for strengthening the midfield. Who's decisions were those? They should have got rid of Pogba or to give Martial a raise. Who's decisions were those? The cluelessness starts at the top. and it is sad to see it enveloping so many past icons from Ferguson to Ole.

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