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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.

spenno

{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
Shappy
Are Barcelona or Madrid in for him?


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


8.) 29 Jul 2020 22:15:28
Jred.

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
Shappy
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.

spenno

{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.

spenno

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.

Forwards:
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:
Darmian
Shaw
Mata


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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28 Aug 2020 13:59:18
I have seen a few tidbits today suggesting Manchester United would do well to consider Louis Suarez as a potential signing. pundit gossip of course, and he isn't the main area the club needs to strengthen. Yes he caused all kinds of negativity for Liverpool once he had decided he wanted out. But if there is a selection of players available from Barca, I certainly wouldn't mind um, a bite at Suarez, Rakitic, Pique etc.

spenno

1.) 28 Aug 2020 14:13:00
Thankfully, never going to happen!


2.) 28 Aug 2020 14:16:17
not after what he did to Evra. no chance.


3.) 28 Aug 2020 14:25:45
Only one I'd prefer from Barcelona is Frenkie De Jong.

They will have a tough job replacing Suarez, Messi, Pique, Rakitic etc, .

{Ed002's Note - They have a plan to replace all of those players.}


4.) 28 Aug 2020 14:29:35
I think barcelona will win their league next year.


5.) 28 Aug 2020 14:54:41
I wouldn't touch Suarez with a barge pole. He abused one of our players. While he used to be a top player, his knees look shot and he will struggle to play consistently in a top league.

There are only a few players from Barcelona I would consider signing. Ter Stegen (although we don't need a keeper), De Jong, Lenglet and Fati.

Messi if he was good value or a few years younger. But at 33 and with a package that would supposedly be close to 500m (wages, bonuses and fees included) I just don't see the value.


6.) 28 Aug 2020 15:20:15
Would 100% take Umiti and Rakitic as Umiti is (In my view) better than what we have at the minute and Rakitic, albeit for a short period, would strengthen us. Would not want Suarez at all, never forget what happened with Evra by Suarez.


7.) 28 Aug 2020 17:13:50
Pigeon, Rakitic is not a personality I'd want at our club. He has some shocking views which make him come across as a throughly unpleasant person. While Umtiti would only be useful if we sold all our injury prone players and needed someone to keep the physios company.

Neither are good enough for Barcelona and we should be aiming to be at least equal if not better than Barcelona.


8.) 28 Aug 2020 18:50:19
OP 🎣🎣🎣 😂😂.


9.) 29 Aug 2020 10:39:16
Suarez is a no for me, great player but a disgusting human, he's been done for certain comments and biting people don't forget.


 

 

19 Aug 2020 12:22:26
I guess I'm getting particularly ahead of myself here, but looking towards next summer I would love for a second raid on Dortmund to get Haaland. What a signing he would have been. Maybe the chance has gone.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - What was the first raid?}


1.) 19 Aug 2020 12:40:37
Kagawa obviously😁.


2.) 19 Aug 2020 13:25:19
I didn't say the first raid was successful :D.


3.) 21 Aug 2020 07:44:46
Second one was pretty poor too.


 

 

08 Aug 2020 11:55:44
Who is the leading candidate for the right wing position that we seem to be prioritising, in the event Dortmund’s greed proves too much, and with seemingly backup option Torres signing for City?
Personally I feel the mooted valuation is unrealistic in the climate and holding out for a year might be the wisest option, hinting at a loan move for a player, such as Coman. Although I haven’t seen much of him.

spenno

1.) 08 Aug 2020 14:21:11
Chiesa. Better player currently, similar potential, fraction of the transfer fee, lower wage demand and much more reasonable agent fees.


2.) 08 Aug 2020 14:09:13
Coman has been offered to the club, while they are supposedly keeping an eye on Chiesa.

While the club might not be looking at them I think there are some very good players available Adama Troare for example, if you are looking for a potentially cheaper option then players like Ismalia Sarr, Emi Buendia and Moussa Diaby could all come in and do a great job on the right for us.


3.) 08 Aug 2020 14:56:33
I got torn a new one on here for suggesting Buendia last week. :D
But seriously, some decent players in the running should Sancho or even Chiesa prove too costly.


4.) 08 Aug 2020 15:14:12
The main issue with Buendia is that isn't as good as any of our current front 3. Sancho and Chiesa are clearly a level above Buendia who would be a squad player. If we needed to replace Dan James then Buendia makes plenty of sense.


5.) 08 Aug 2020 15:17:12
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Spenno: don’t be so greedy.


6.) 08 Aug 2020 15:10:45
We have a habit of overpaying for players, so I think Sancho will get done to be honest.


7.) 08 Aug 2020 17:10:15
We shouldn’t be going anywhere near buendia. Not going to take us up a level at all. Not a bad player however he doesn’t score nowhere near as much as you expect a winger to do so. Our very own mr James has one less assist and more goals in far less games. Not sure we need another player of similar capabilities.


8.) 08 Aug 2020 20:19:50
If we can pay £120 million for Sancho, let's spend the rest of the budget on Neymar. Looking at most posts we have the money for Koulibaly, Grealish and Chilwell. We must be loaded.


9.) 09 Aug 2020 07:36:13
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 counter-presses.

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.


10.) 09 Aug 2020 11:30:22
Shappy, stats are stats and can be spun in plenty of ways. Marlon Harewood scored 14 PL goals in a season once, Andy Johnson scored 21.

Would you start Buendia ahead of any of our current front 3? I certainly wouldn't despite thinking Buendia is a good player.


11.) 09 Aug 2020 17:11:09
I’d imagine the scouts have noticed him Shappy, and imagine they have decided he isn’t the man. Given recent changes in player recruitment strategy and successful signings - I think I’ll back them. I’d take Sancho over him any day.


12.) 09 Aug 2020 17:18:05
I would definitely start Buendía most games. He is statistically the 4th most creative player in the league despite playing for the worst team in the league. He would have got close to 20 assists in a team that could finish chances. While his lack of goals might well come from his teammates inability to create good chances for him. He scored 8 or 9 goals last season in the Championship.

We have Rashford, Martial and Greenwood who outscored Liverpool's front three. Our problems wasn't having players who couldn't finish chances, our problem has been a lack of players creating chances. Until Bruno signed and Pogba returned from injury we were blunted by a lack of creation.

It's a squad game and very few players are guaranteed starters, I think Buendía would offer us something we are lacking and would definitely be a regular starter.


 

 

06 Aug 2020 21:05:45
Sheffield Utd have supposedly had an offer for Aaron Ramsdale rejected, suggesting they're not holding out hope of taking Henderson on loan again.

spenno

1.) 06 Aug 2020 21:24:57
He better be challenging for our no1 jersey and not moving on permanently.


2.) 06 Aug 2020 21:51:24
And so he should. Stop coasting at Sheffield Utd and come and get the No1 jersey.


3.) 06 Aug 2020 22:06:38
Agree Eric.
Come and have a go if you think your good enough.
If he takes the place off ddg then he will have earned it.


4.) 07 Aug 2020 10:03:27
I'm starting to think that the best solution could be to move Romero on and have Henderson and DDG fight it out for the No.1 shirt next season.

The competition will either kick DDG up the butt to find his best form, or Henderson will rise above him and take the No.1 shirt.


5.) 07 Aug 2020 10:28:43
I’d say that’s the perfect scenario. Surely Romero wants to play some football as his career come to its latter stages?


6.) 07 Aug 2020 11:21:45
Rumours that Leeds are keen on Romero, he would be a great fit for them. Although I'd hate to see him go there.


 

 

27 Jul 2020 12:11:47
Not a frequent poster but life-long fan here.

I think a few months ago we had the weakest Utd team I could remember in a long time, particularly midfield, with Pogba seemingly on his way out. But Fernandes has been an instant revelation and added a little x-factor that has been completely lacking for a very long time.

Not convinced by James but I think Ole's other signings have been spot on. Third place is a surprise but the table doesn't lie, although there is a massive gulf between the top two and the chasing pack.

A lot of debate on this summer's signings, I hope for more creativity as we can't depend purely on Fernandes. Quite like the centreback pairing of Lindelof and Maguire but another may be required as the other options definitiely weaken the team.

Goalkeeper, I would stick with De Gea, but what has Romero got to do? I think he's good enough to be most team's first choice and would have given him a run.

Fullbacks are weak for me compared to Liverpool/ City/ Chelsea whose fullbacks are used as weapons, ours are a bit lacking I think.

spenno

1.) 27 Jul 2020 12:52:24
Welcome spenno, I'd agree with most of that. De gea is questionable.
We should all be thankful for Bruno fernades cause if he didn't come in on January our season would have been bad. Ole should be his best friend cause he saved him his job.
We couldn't even take a penalty before he came.
I hope we get a few good signings in cause we badly need them.


2.) 27 Jul 2020 14:57:36
I am torn on how we should go about our improvement as I think we have a good base but still need a lot more to make that step up. I tend to air on the side of building from a strong defensive base and go forward rather than the other way round (I am a goalkeeper at heart after all! )
Depending on our transfer budget I would be looking at RW (hopefully Sancho as I genuinely think he will make a huge difference and work well with our attackers skill wise) . Then its the defencive areas for me, this could be done with either a left sided CB to allow Maguire to move to the right or a dominant HM that will add stability and energy to that position (NDidi would be ideal) and then work with our current CB to get the best pairing. A dominant HM would also allow to play 433 with Pogba and Fernandes split so improving our attacking.
Over the year I think we will see Greenwood take games accross the front 3 and push Martial upfront.


3.) 27 Jul 2020 14:34:23
I think we’ll sign 2.Sancho and Grealish. We definitely need a centre half as well and don’t want Grealish for the money touted about. How embarrassing was Mourinho yesterday celebrating as though they’d won the world cup.


 

 

 

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14 Sep 2020 14:13:00
We've never quite got the Luke Shaw we thought we were getting from Southampton. I thought he looked a decent option on the left side of a three man defence last season.

Williams hasn't blown me away but is young and homegrown so I can see the attachment but I'd love to see Reguilon come in, even if LB doesn't seem a priority.

spenno

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13 Sep 2020 11:54:17
Things get blown somewhat out of proportion here with a few voices seemingly seen as gospel. if Pogba starts Utd's games this month and has a good impact on the side, he is suddenly indispensible and worth double the fee thrown around above. I think/ hope/ believe (most likely fantasise) that he will look a little more like his old self and who knows, sign a new contract! Positivity!

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04 Sep 2020 14:16:06
Shappy I was assuming they would all be realistic and obtainable alternatives, think only a handful of those would be. But I get the point re: Bale.

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04 Sep 2020 10:59:26
I do like Dembele but he would seem to be one of the younger players Koeman might want to hang onto. And I think Messi will stay for a year and get his free transfer at the end.

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04 Sep 2020 09:55:26
Dozens Shappy? :p
Can you list 24 players you would honestly rather have than Bale at RW?

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14 Sep 2020 20:48:29
Bale in a heartbeat.

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08 Sep 2020 10:27:05
Are clubs contractually obliged to wear the third kit a certain number of times? Or would this kit only appear if the first and second kits clashed with the home side?

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{Ed002's Note - There is no contractual obligation to wear the alternate kit.}


 

 

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06 Sep 2020 18:39:23
Saul as well as VdB? No chance as great is it would be.

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05 Sep 2020 21:29:51
I would suggest Sancho faces better fullbacks in Germany than he faced tonight, so perhaps the England coaching mentality is different. Clearly he could skin most fullbacks alive but seemed reluctant. Players don’t seem to express themselves with England like we see them do in their day jobs.

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05 Sep 2020 12:11:50
I'll give him a piggy-back myself.

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