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16 Aug 2021 23:35:10
Hi Ed, is there any interest from Utd in Pape Matar Sarr, a young midfielder who is already a full Senegal international I hear?


{Ed002's Note - Pape Matar Sarr (DM/CM/AM) Metz don't want to sell the very versatile youngster after only signing the him last summer but if a good offer were made they would consider it. Unlikely to qualify for a Work Permit in England unless paying over the odds and one who will be off to AFCON although clubs could seek an exemption for the Work Permit. Was watched by Everton and Aston Villa last season but his representatives have approached Chelsea and both Manchester clubs to see if they would be interested in buying the player and loaning him back for a season - knowing he is nowhere near ready for their first teams in the PL. At the time Everton and Aston Villa saw the need to recruit a replacement for Luiz and Besic but his representatives will only look to them again if they have no luck with the other clubs with a view that Manchester City and Chelsea have a sustained interest and likely both remain keen.}

1.) 17 Aug 2021 08:54:07
Brill, thanks for the comprehensive reply Ed.



16 Apr 2021 22:44:21
How about Ricarlison as a transfer target? Is the jury still out?


1.) 17 Apr 2021 09:08:42
A no ta from me.

2.) 17 Apr 2021 09:40:13
I thought Richarlison liked to play as a striker type and will cut in from the right in the same way that Rashford does it from the right?

3.) 17 Apr 2021 09:48:18
Richarlison is one of those players a little like Nani, clearly hugely talented, but seems to struggle to consistently play to his ability.

Just as capable of having a 5 out of 10 performance as they are a 10 out of 10 performance.

I like him, he has a really competitive attitude, but unless he can turn the talent into consistent performances then he is in no way worth the 70m+ that Everton would demand for him.

4.) 17 Apr 2021 10:15:41
He be ideal for Barcelona. Think he be a squad player at United.

5.) 17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.

6.) 17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.

7.) 17 Apr 2021 11:57:18
Clearly Everton value him, in fact want to build a team around him, after rejecting (a somewhat surprising) £100m wasn't it? Think that raised a few eyebrows, I'd have bitten their hand off.

8.) 17 Apr 2021 12:19:27
You can say that again Ken😂.

9.) 17 Apr 2021 12:52:34
Where is this ability Martial has that everyone keeps referring too lol? A completely underwhelming player in my view who is in the wrong league.

10.) 17 Apr 2021 22:04:34
Not good enough. We need a striker guaranteeing 20+ goals a season. Also has to be one who leads the line like Cavani.



28 Jul 2020 15:33:37
Hi Ed. Might Buendia be a cost-effective AM/ RW option for Utd? He's very young and I can't see Norwich being able to hang onto him. Plus I suspect he'd cost a fraction of the main target.


{Ed002's Note - To replace the purchase of Sancho? He has not been looked at whereas others have.}

1.) 28 Jul 2020 18:07:08
I don’t see the fascination with Buendia? I watched him a few times after lockdown and he didn’t work back, got a stupid red and tried to do everything himself at times?

2.) 28 Jul 2020 19:40:37
Anyone wanting wanting players like buendia clearly want to step back not step forward.

3.) 28 Jul 2020 21:12:15
Out of that Norwich team the only players I’d consider adding to the squad would be Aarons, Lewis and cantwell.

4.) 28 Jul 2020 22:10:07
Buendia is 24 in a few months he's not that young. Plus a lot of Norwich games I noticed he starts on the bench. Nowhere near good enough for us in my opinion.

5.) 29 Jul 2020 14:27:00
Buendia is criminally underrated by so many, mostly likely because he plays for Norwich.

He ranks 4th in the EPL for Key Passes, with only KdB, Maddison and Grealish above him.

He ranks 4th in the EPL for expected assists (xA), with only KdB, TAA and Mahrez ranked above him.

Ranks 4th for successful dribbles in the EPL, with only Traore, Saint-Maxmin and Zaha ahead of him.

In Europe's top five leagues only Messi has played more through balls and created more "big chances".

And ranks 3rd in the league for passes into the opposition penalty area.

Yet he isn't just about creativity, he works hard for the team and does loads of defensive work.

He averages 13.6km distance covered per game, for context the league average is 11.4km. Anything over 12.5 places you in the top 10. Buendia is second in the league.

He ranks 5th for presses per game in the EPL, and is first amongst players 23 or under.

Is 4th in the league for counterpresses.

Makes more tackles in the defensive third of the pitch than any other forward in the league.

While, he is third for Norwich for appearances this season and 7th for minutes played. So is very much a regular starter.

Emi Buendia is one of the most complete and creative forwards in the EPL this season. He is EPL proven, which is far more than most other targets for the RW and would be significantly cheaper than most. Especially when we consider that he has managed this while playing for the worst team in the league. He was responsible for 21.3% of Norwich's league goals this season.

The only thing that really let's him down is he doesn't shoot enough, yet in a United side that would potentially contain Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and Bruno we don't really need a goalscorer, but a goal creator. And Buendia is one of the best in the league.

Buendia combines the work rate and defensive nous of Park Ji Sung, but with elite levels of creativity.

Sadly the team pressing hardest for his signature appears to be Leeds United and he would absolutely thrive under Marcelo Bielsa and his style of play. If Leeds sign him I can see them having a similar season to Sheffield United, maybe even going one better and getting into Europe in their first season back in the top flight.

6.) 29 Jul 2020 15:30:19
Are Barcelona or Madrid in for him?

7.) 29 Jul 2020 15:43:39
Yes jred.

8.) 29 Jul 2020 22:15:28

Barca just got rid of Arthur to sign an aging pjanjc. Their recruitment is a shambles in itself.

9.) 30 Jul 2020 08:20:36
I think not, its also a really strange way to judge if we should buy a player.

10.) 30 Jul 2020 02:28:47
Stats can be deceptive at times, but that list does make a compelling case.

I haven't watched Norwich that much, so could be wrong, but he looked like he'd be comfortable at CAM as well as either wing, so maybe an alternative to Grealish rather than Sancho perhaps?

11.) 30 Jul 2020 11:58:10
Thorne, Buendía is definitely better coming off the right, but can equally play in the No.10 role. Not sure he has played much from the left. But then with Rashford, James, Martial and even Greenwood more than comfortable playing on the left I'm not sure we need any more cover for that side.



23 Dec 2017 13:54:36
Hey Ed. Is Fabinho still a midfield option? Liked the look of him last season, also a useful RB.


{Ed002's Note - when he plays in midfield it is as a DM player. Monaco will not be looking to sell in January - which is what they have told two clubs who asked.}

1.) 23 Dec 2017 15:05:28
Cheers Ed. Merry xmas!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. And you.}

2.) 23 Dec 2017 18:16:10
Any wildcard for January Ed? . Merry xmas and New years to all of the Eds.

{Ed002's Note - Can’t think of any right now.}

3.) 23 Dec 2017 19:07:39
No worries Ed. Have a great evening.

4.) 24 Dec 2017 07:42:33
2 Bad results in one week, Shocking draw against Leicester. Then Jose comes out and says childish attacking and defending. No Jose its childish management, Why take off our most dangerous winger Martial and replace him with I can't be arsed and ball greedy git Rashford. This team at the moment is starting too look so one dimensional, it pains me to say it but Jose is starting to show the same attitude he had at Chelsea just before he was handed his P45.

5.) 24 Dec 2017 09:28:21
rock it was anybody but mourinho's fault, he took martial off for a simple reason that we have a game on tuesday and we need fresh players for that one as well. It wasn't mourinho who missed 4 sitters in the game, it wasn't mourinho who give the ball away cheaply in the 91st of the game when we could have had a corner or with a good pass even a 3rd goal, it wasn't mourinho who decided to lety smalling mark their biggest player when he couldn't walk, the fault solely lies with the players.

6.) 24 Dec 2017 11:29:23
Rashford came on and got their full back sent off.

7.) 24 Dec 2017 12:28:05
gds that was the fb's own doing neither occasion did he need to foul rash but he did and got sent off, rashford had a great chance to kill the game in added time yesterday he acted greedily in the end costing the us the game, can't blame him alone but he smalling and hererra share the most blame for yesterday's result.

8.) 24 Dec 2017 19:55:26
I think we needed leadership yesterday and it was severely lacking. Who picked the captain? Who sat and took no ownership as things were starting to crumble and players were unsure of what to do?

Yes the players are responsible in many ways, but Jose had the experience and know-how to counter the pathetic Leicester threat that emerged - he just sat there and left it to our leaderless team to try and figure out for themselves - this wasn't training it was a really important match. Jose is the most to blame, and the players as always were found wanting when it mattered.

I felt sick watching it.

{Ed025's Note - you can be a bit of a moaner beast, but i agree on that mate..

9.) 27 Dec 2017 01:11:39
How can you blame Smalling? I don't rate him, but the guy was walking on one leg. Up to José to sort it out. Either go 10 v 10, or keep Mike out of trouble up front. Don't keep him in the danger area, with one leg.

10.) 27 Dec 2017 05:13:03
Nou Jones tried that he had lindelof playing as cb and wanted Herrera to play rb, Herrera acted like a tat and Smalling decided he knew better, if you can't walk you shouldn't be playing and that is a decision player himself needs to make no one else can be blamed for that.

11.) 27 Dec 2017 08:47:33
it's clear we need a number 10 lingard has done well but Miki has not lived up to expectations Mata is ok there but we need a real top quality player in that position I like The Fekir from Lyon he is the wild card who Jose will look to bring in.

12.) 28 Dec 2017 14:27:05
CSM, I think Smalling might have been overcompensating after the last time he was injured, when José wasn't exactly sympathetic to his plight. Having said that, the manager could see the pain he was in, and still just sat there. That's when a proper touchline manager earns his crust. How can you organise, cajole and inspire, when you're sitting with your hands in your pocket most of the game, snuggled up in your parka looking mean and moody. Would Herrera have been so awkward if it was José barking the instructions at him?



26 Apr 2017 22:06:09
Seriously, all these reports every season of a handful players leaving. Not just Man U but any top team. How often does this happen? 3-4 in, the same out for continuity. Rooney, Young, maybe Blind or Carrick out, and if something ridiculous is on the table, DDG out. No-one else.


1.) 29 Apr 2017 11:43:53
Jose needs to build a team that can challenge immediately but have medium-longer term crack at Champs League, i. e. winning it at least twice overly the likely 7 to 10 year period he sees himself here. I think he is 53 now and has said previously he would love to be Portugal national coach as his final managerial post. I think and hope this is Jose's last club manager role. The days of Ferguson like characters (with obvious exception of Wenger) staying 20 years anywhere are long gone.

So players wise I think we are looking to build a core of 24-27yo players ideally. Players who are fully developed, fully proven and class reinforcements who can walk into the first team.

With De Gea seemingly gone a world class keeper is a must. I think we will be knocking on Tottenham's door for Lloris or go for Jan Oblak at Athletico.

Defence wise there is only Bailly who is a shue-in first team for me with Valencia a great RB back-up (only given age) and Blind a versatile CB/ FB cover. There were reports back in Jan that a deal for Lindelof the Benfica CB was done and dusted but gone quiet there. Alderweireld is a must if rumours of a buy-out clause of £25m are true. I do think prising any players from Tottenham will be very difficult though. They are clearly the emerging team to beat and if they can keep their squad together and bulk their squad up a little they are definite contenders next year.

Midfield - a Carrick replacement a must. Pogba he will look to build a team around logically though interestingly where do folk think his best position actually is? Herrera has been immense at times and proved via Chelsea the occasionally man to man job that may be required he is absolutely perfect for. Fellaini I appreciate remains a head scratcher for all of us but he is the tall physical player Jose likes so don't see him going.

Mkhitaryan needs to improve for me- either sublimely class or looks to go missing a bit. The younger pacier forwards such as Rashford, Martial and Lingard will all be safe but only see Rashford as a regular first X1 tbh. Ibra and Rooney both gone already. Mata I think could still do a job for us but likely he won't get game time he wants.

I think squad wise we are looking as a minimum at:
1 x GK
2 x FB
2 x CB
1 x DM
1 x CF
1 x CF / Winger

So appreciate that's 8 players in but I see following all going out:
De Gea (sadly)
Jones (too crocked)
Smalling (too not good enough)
Young (too old)
Ibra (possibly retired now)
Rooney (retired about 3 year back lol)

Those on the possible list to go:

I do think this is the summer we will see the Jose revolution. He inherited a squad he's not convinced by and had a year to suss them all out. Rooney he sussed in 6 games in fairness to him. Jose knows Chelsea will go again in the market, Spurs already are contenders and City have a major re-build to. let's not underestimate the size of the task to make us into League winning and Champs League challenging regulars.

And if you don't believe that then ask yourself this question:
From our current squad, barring De Gea, who would walk into any premiership team? who would walk into any team in Europe?




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19 Sep 2021 16:45:16
Can't say I was too optimistic with DDG facing that penalty. He has an alarmingly low penalty save success rate. But that was a great place to turn it round for a well-earned three points.


1.) 19 Sep 2021 17:29:56
He did well and deserves all the plaudits.



27 Aug 2021 11:50:30
As a relative newcomer to the site I've noticed pretty quicky it's a whirlwind of moaning and general discontent over one thing or another. If ain't Ole then it's a lack of signings. We get a couple of worldies in then it shifts to Pogba. If it ain't Pogba then it's VDB. Now the next few days will be vitriol against Ronaldo. Come on dudes, it's only sport. And it ain't all bad at all. Ok, Ole is yet to win something but the club has moved on from the previous three awful stints. The new regime is trying to shift out the last of the dead wood and we might get another signing in. Hopefully we'll win something this year!


1.) 27 Aug 2021 12:31:39
Spenno the last of the dead wood are being given new contracts.

Players like jones, lingard, matic, mata, bailly is another one either constant injuries or to old and no good enough are still at the club mate.

It might be progression but its too slow.

2.) 27 Aug 2021 12:33:31
Some people aren't happy unless they have something to moan about.

3.) 27 Aug 2021 12:38:34
In a similar position to yourself being a newcomer and I agree with a lot your post.

We have tried the quick fix route with Mourinho and to an extent van gaal, I think people have quickly forgotten just how bad it was to watch and be a part of the fan base at that time especially with LVG’s ‘philosophy’ of boring anti-football.

We have made 2 world class signings and our squad is miles ahead of where it was when ole took over, whether that’s all down to him or not I’m positive he will of had a say in a lot of the decisions. The club is moving forward for the first time since sir Alex left and maybe ole isn’t the one to take us to that next level. But he is playing a huge part in making sure the squad and club all round is in a better place for whoever comes in after him.

I know football fans love to moan but there are positives to be found, we have to realise that we are United and have always done things the hard way. Just means it’ll feel that much better when it all falls into place!

4.) 27 Aug 2021 13:06:04
The general tone for some time now has been negative, sometimes justified but sometimes just repeating the same things. If you aren’t completely negative then you are seen to be an Ole supporter, I am neither of those things and I suspect a lot of other posters and readers are in the same position. It would be good to have some banter and debate as to the endless moaning.

5.) 27 Aug 2021 14:11:26
Or moaning any moaning🤣.



23 Aug 2021 19:58:58
One of the perpetual themes over the last season has been the lack of game game time for Donny van de Beek. Quite brilliant for Ajax and seemingly a snip when the big boys were fighting over de Ligt and de Jong. In terms of how any of that side has done, I reckon Chelsea got the best deal in terms of Ziyech adapting well to his new club.
We've seen countless posts from people mystified by this 'treatment' of DVB. 'Disgusting' is a phrase that keeps popping up.
But I wonder what the actual truth is? Clearly there is something going on that we are not privy to. Ole wanted the player (we assume? ) and is, by all accounts for all of his tactical failings, a good, fair man manager.
So does he just wake up every match day and decide to persevere with this bizarre double pivot (cheers Shappy, I read the tactical books) when he has the unsung hero of that Dutch generation on the books unable to get a game? Sure, he plays in the crap ones and the friendlies and end of season games when it doesn't really matter.
Surely something is going on behind the scenes. Is he not doing something in training as well as those who keep getting in ahead of him? Is he disruptive? I can't see it being either of those, but neither can I honestly say it's disgusting or unfair. Ole wanted him, and for whatever reason it hasn't happened, at least yet.


1.) 23 Aug 2021 20:12:15
Petulance from the manager if you ask me. Wanted Grealish or Sancho and got Donny who he now refuses to play. How Fred can start ahead of him or McTominay is subbed on when we need a goal ahead of him I’ll never know.

The boy needs to play, and settle, because our beloved Pogba will be out of here next summer.

2.) 23 Aug 2021 20:21:14
Here’s the thing, there wasn’t a big queue for Donny was there? Many others left that team first, Donny looked like he was staying and then we stepped in.

Having said that, the fact he has played so little is plain odd. To spend £40M on a player and then never ever play him, when the other options are Matic, and McFred is bizarre. He hasn’t played well when given a chance but his head must be all over the place.

As someone else pointed out, a decision was taken to buy him, but perhaps not by Ole. Ridiculous all round.

3.) 23 Aug 2021 20:46:52
Van der Sar was clear why others left before him - He let De Jong and De ligt leave and told DVB he must stay one more season.

Ole is a poor judge as we witness with Martial, Fred, Matic, James and Jones . DVB isn't gettting a start as the manager won't give him 5 games to show his worth, he would rather stick with the playesr he knows -

Lets wait and see if Sancho is given a chance to go out and express himself for 5 full consecutive games, doesn't look like he has the mangers full trust either. in contrast to Grealish.

4.) 23 Aug 2021 20:54:12
Wasn’t he going to Madrid before C.V. hit their finances?! The way he’s been treated is a disgrace. Either play the kid or sell him and let him re establish his career. More importantly buy a player Ole will use.

Having said that it appears Ole now thinks Lindelof is better than Varane so it might be advisable not to buy any more players because Ole believes his team that lost four semi finals, a final and finished miles behind the league Champions is obviously good enough for Man Utd.

I ceased making excuses for Ole on Sunday not because of that one off game but because we’ve seen that type of performance a million times before, absolutely nothing has changed, he’s not learnt a bloody thing and we’ll see it again and again and again. He has an excellent squad and whilst he might finish in the top 4 and get to another semi final in my opinion he’ll never progress to the next level.

It’s time we decide if we want titles or mediocrity!

5.) 23 Aug 2021 21:10:25
It's not just one person who picks the team there is a full coaching staff as well as input from senior players .
If donny was ripping it up in training questions within the squad and club would be asked .
He was decent at ajax average for Holland also struggles to hold a place down in the national squad.
I do think do think his situation is strange but I'm far from convinced he is as good as people think.
De long and grealish who are mentioned above are twice the players
I also think varane and sancho will be big parts of the first 11.
Is because we drew at the weekend.

6.) 23 Aug 2021 21:32:46

The tide may be turning, I quoted Rio Ferdinand a week or two ago. Now Rio says he is quote, baffled by Solskjaers decision to push Greenwood wide and bring in Martial.

Unless Solskjaer improves his decision making it will be harder and harder for his buddies in the media to say anything other than what it is, they will lose credibility otherwise.

7.) 23 Aug 2021 21:36:56
The answer is simple. Donny is not effective and Ole wants effective players that makes things happen like Bruno or Pogba for attacking positions. At defending positions (double pivot) he wants players that are strong defencively with energy and that's what Fren and Scott has.
Donny is a player that can play greatly at the center of the park but for this to happen all his mates must be at the same page. For example he can't perform when he tries to open space with his good technique and short passes when his mates Bruno and Pogba try 30 metres passes to create a chance out of nowhere.
He is a very good player for a proactive team, he was very good for Ajax and he would be very good at City. But people think because he is a good player he must play like Bruno or Pogba and compare them. No, there are different ways and he simply doesn't fit with us.

8.) 23 Aug 2021 21:45:10
Theking - people aren’t annoyed because we drew one game. We drew 11 last season and 12 the season before. To put that in perspective over the past two seasons we have drawn 30% of our games!

What happened on Sunday was not a one off anomaly but a continuation of yet another very poor result and turgid performance against a team we can ill afford to drop points against if we have any aspirations of being involved in a title challenge this season. Unbeaten runs are completely worthless if they are littered with countless draws and turgid performances.

We either want to be the best or we don’t and at some point you’ve got to call it out when you keep seeing the same mistakes being made time and time again.

9.) 23 Aug 2021 21:46:06
So the full coaching staff think Matic FRED or McFred are going to win us trophies, or Martial is the answer? Jones, Mata get extended contracts, James is worthy of a place in a PL team. that's worrying.

10.) 23 Aug 2021 22:01:54
Oh I see ole gets credit for good buys but bad buys have nothing to do with him?

11.) 23 Aug 2021 22:01:54
Oh I see ole gets credit for good buys but bad buys have nothing to do with him?

12.) 23 Aug 2021 22:06:49
Ziyech has been awful FYI.

13.) 23 Aug 2021 22:54:52
Agree Eric. He has not been good.

14.) 24 Aug 2021 07:51:03
Dont forget how De Ligt really struggled at Juve in his first season.

15.) 24 Aug 2021 08:43:56
Welcome to the dark side DLIB.

16.) 24 Aug 2021 08:52:21
Herrera - so what you’re actually saying is that Ole has no attacking system or recognisable patterns of play and is totally reliant on individual players to produce moments of quality in order for us to create and score goals.

From a defensive perspective Ole prefers headless chickens that regularly get caught out of position, have the passing range and prowess of a 5 year old school child but it’s ok because they run around a bit.

I think your post is a poor excuse to try and justify why Ole has frozen out a very capable player at the expense of others that wouldn’t start for over half the teams in the premier league.

I see absolutely no reason why VdB couldn’t play with the likes of Pogba, Bruno, Sancho etc. From what I’ve seen of him he’s a hardworking, mobile, intelligent, tenacious player that could easily run around like Fred but actually pass the ball to a red shirt and not the advertising hoardings.

Let’s stop making excuses give him a run in the team so we can properly judge him or sell him and buy someone Ole will actually play because the alternative doesn’t bare thinking about!

17.) 24 Aug 2021 09:25:48
Let’s just make it clear, the disrespect mctominay gets is unreal. He is head and shoulders better than Donny . It’s not trendy to acknowledge a Scottish player is excellent but he is and long maybit continue 👍.



07 Aug 2021 13:00:34
See Pickford's up and running at his usual club form already :D
Nice to see Donny starting today. Bench looks very 'sub standard' midfield heavy.


1.) 07 Aug 2021 14:14:40
How did Donny play along side Matic?

2.) 07 Aug 2021 14:34:50
He was good without being great. Although to be fair Everton have been by far the worst team we have played during pre-season.

No energy, no urgency, no direction or plan, just sluggish and aimless.

I thought Rafa would at least have had them playing as a tighter defensive unit, but not so far.

Pickford playing like a Sunday league keeper, can't get hold of the ball and it keeps bobbling around in his hands. Poor positioning, poor communication, but he does pass the ball out like a midfielder, he just can't use his hands and doesn't understand the basics of goalkeeping.

If Begovic isn't first choice by Christmas then Rafa will need to hand back his coaching license because clearly he wouldn't have a clue.

We moved it about well enough, look more settled at set pieces at both ends. Lost energy in the second half, and lost fluidity once the subs started.

3.) 07 Aug 2021 14:49:04
Thought Matic was excellent at base if midfield- if only he was 10 years younger.

Donny was decent in MF: lots of energy trying to knit things together and harrying the opposition, but didn’t do much in last third.

Maguire, Fernandes, AWB and Shaw very good too.

Martial pretty non-existent, though his first match back.

Lindelof decent too, DeGea not much to do, Greenwood faded in second half, and Dan James usual fast headless chicken.


Everton much better in second half, so United didn’t ha e so much of the ball. Thought Dalot, Williams, Axel, McTom and Fred all OK, though obvious drop in quality. Pogba jogged about a bit and Mata didn’t do much either. Garner needs another season out on loan.

Decent performance overall but if only we had a younger Matic or another similar defensive midfielder who can stop attacks, bring the ball out calmly then spray a few passes about.

4.) 07 Aug 2021 14:49:37
With all the talk of switching to a midfield pivot, which I agree with if we have the right player, seeing Donny with Matic does give a realistic change should we need the 2 at the base of midfield. Donny has the energy to compensate foratic whilst Matic is our only true holding midfielder so positionally off of Donny they could play well. Have Pogba alongside Fernsndes when we play a pivot.
Would allow some rest for players so not to overwork them this season.

5.) 07 Aug 2021 14:55:36
Shappy, your description of Pickford makes me think we could use him in our midfield. Maybe they'd be up for a swap of some kind!
A good run-out by all accounts, but there is no intensity in these games and they aren't really an indication of much other than honing fitness as we head into the final straight. Had this been next week I suspect things would have been different.
If Utd still want a back-up RB I can't see any point in forking out when Dalot looks decent enough in that role. If they want whatever else Trippier adds - adaptability at LB, free kicks - then fair enough, I can see the logic.

6.) 07 Aug 2021 15:08:59
Trippier gives option of back 5, with Obe Wan at right CB?

7.) 07 Aug 2021 15:42:08
Dodgy, as does Dalot.



03 Jul 2021 16:37:20
A few reports linking Brozovic with Utd again this weekend. I think we were linked a few seasons ago. Seems a solid player in the troublesome DCM position, and wouldn't cost the earth? Would others be happy with him or prefer to hold out for a more glamorous signing?


1.) 03 Jul 2021 19:17:16
From what I have seen he is a cross between a DM and a DLP, he is happy to sit in front of his CB stopping plays and then starting off the attack. Good passer, reads the game well and good positioning, no pace at all so has to rely on his position and awareness.

He is better than anyone we have to play that role right now and I think would do a solid not spectacular Job. Doesn't have the physicality of a Kante and might take a while to get used to the physicality and pace of the EPL but is probably smart enough and experienced enough to adjust his game to cope with it.

What he would do is allow are FB to deploy higher up the pitch with more confidence.

With our current players I think he would be best in our middle two with McTominey who has the physicality and running power he lacks and would be then able to play his natural game confident that Brozovic would be behind him covering.

2.) 04 Jul 2021 07:07:32
A DM without pace is not what we need right now. Brozovic doesn't have the pace and nor his positional awareness looks top class. I don't think he would be able to handle the intensity of the PL either.

We need someone with more energy, pace and who is physically strong to deal with the challenges of a DM in the league week in, week out.




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Any player mooted as a potential Kante replacement should be of interest to any top side.




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23 Sep 2021 12:39:24
Well Shappy, according to Ole last night, "stats don't mean anything". So what should we base team selections on, haircuts?




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23 Sep 2021 09:20:01
Fans are a fickle bunch. A slight upturn in form for one of our GKs and an untimely bout of a killer C.V. for the other and our minds swing another way yet again.




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30 Aug 2021 13:18:51
Think Neves is still fuming after Pogba-gate, he'd probably turn us down. More surprised if no club moves for Bissouma.




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21 Aug 2021 13:15:01
It always feels that PSG and Real are the two truly stellar clubs who these types of player end up at. Although I think he'd be a great buy for Liverpool I would be stunned if he doesn't stay at PSG or moves to Real next summer.


{Ed002's Note - Next summer?}




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16 Oct 2021 19:20:41
An interesting but accurate assessment I think AJH. In pre-season the calls were for RW, CB and CM reinforcements. We got two then out of the blue CR7 signed. It's put Cavani in limbo, and he was incredible last season I thought. You can see his intent and desire when he loses the ball, or busting a gut to get into the box when we attack. We don't have enough of that spirit and as incredible as Ron is, he doesn't offer that any more. Now there seems to be an obligation to play him. It feels like its unbalanced everything, and as things stand, we have him for 2 seasons and Cavani will be off at the end of 1 if not sooner. It could yet work with Ronaldo but the side needs an injection of desire and energy in midfield to accommodate him and we just don't have those attributes. Even Pogba at his best doesn't have them.




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16 Oct 2021 13:39:06
Well, I wouldn't start Rashford ahead of Sancho on the left. Easy to say as he's injured more often than not, but I'd say he hasn't been in form for a long time and who knows how much of that is down to a lack of focus.




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16 Oct 2021 13:19:48
My experience in this forum is that if Utd win there won't be much going on here. But if they drop a single point all hell will break loose.




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16 Oct 2021 13:18:43
Really? Of course Rashford's 'off the field' activities have been incredible. But I'd expect any manager to pull me up if it was affecting my actual job.




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15 Oct 2021 11:16:00
No-one really complained when he was first appointed full-time. And why should they? As caretaker manager, Solskjaer won his first eight matches, 10 of his first 11 and 14 out of 19 in all before being appointed permanently. It seemed logical at the time to assume things could continue at a similar trajectory and he seemed to have the backing of the Utd faithful.
Since then the general clamour seems to be that Utd were mistaken to appoint someone who'd won nothing, allowing the belief that appointing a club legend who 'got the club' was the right thing to do. Chelsea did the same. Arsenal did, for a while. Ole is the only one still standing, running on his positive fumes.
My fear over appointing someone like Potter is that should things go south for a few months, the calls for his head will soon arise, again questioning the appointment of someone yet to win much at all, let alone win at the level a club of Manchester United's size demands.
Conte will run them into the ground within two seasons, although I'd expect an immediate improvement. I figure he'd create much of a vibe that Mourinho did. An initial buzz followed by negativity and that dreaded curse of all managers, 'losing the dressing room'.
I really don't know who there is that can do this job. There were a few unglamorous yet successful managers like Ancelloti and Benitez available recently who could have done something. Ten Hag would require a complete shift in structure and style to even attempt to replicate his Ajax model (and is potentially in line to do this at Barcelona) .
If Ole crumbles under this run of 10 games, I'd expect another caretaker manager or Phelan to continue until things are clearer at season end.