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Where from: Hartlepool

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Best team moment: The treble also The great Danes last minute penalty save against Bergkamp.


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03 Jan 2020 23:21:04
We're still 6 signings from getting any where near the top 2.

Still need CB, LB, 2xCMs, RW and ST.

AWB- been ok brilliant at times could be better going forward.

Maguire - for Me very poor. At least 8 goals come from him keeping people inside, just sticking out instead of putting body on to block shots. He's always out of position and loses ball a lot.
He does well in interceptions decent in the air but couldve signed. Mongs, Ake and Dunk to do same for less.

James - good start fizzled out. All pace little else.

Next two windows are crucial.


1.) 03 Jan 2020 23:34:00
James does what Rashford or Martial do, which is track back and still has a tank load of desire and energy late in games when he plays a full 90.

2.) 04 Jan 2020 00:23:27
James is in the top 3 or 4 in the league I believe for stats. he's been very good. Coming from an average championship team aswell so I think you're being a bit harsh on the kid.

3.) 04 Jan 2020 00:31:32
Does nothing but 3 goals, 6 assists (most in the club this season) tracks back, win free kicks, and goes past people.

James has been one of our most consistent performers this year with a goal or an assist every other game so fizzled out is a bit harsh.

4.) 04 Jan 2020 08:06:53
Ah nothing like judging players after only 6 months of trying to settle in to a new team, Club, city etc. All they’re were good signings and an upgrade on what we have. Issue being we need 5-6 more as stated. This squad is negligently paper thin, and the worst one I’ve seen collectively for over 30 years.

5.) 04 Jan 2020 08:10:52
While playing on his weaker side (right hand side rather than the left) .

He has 9 goals/ assists from 18 games while playing in his weaker position, in a team that isn't playing well consistently, while stepping up from the Championship to the EPL.

If James can replicate or improve his goal/ assist return in the second half of the season to finish with 18+ goals/ assists for his first season at the club. Then he will have a strong case for being our best signing of last summer.

6.) 04 Jan 2020 10:03:22
THE worrying trend after reading posts, a lot from the eds is that as a club we are not an attractive proposition to the better players.
As ed002 states regularly, we seem to be run in an amaturish way and are always last to the party when it comes to negotiating: indeed we pay top dollar for the preverbial unwanted sausage roll! .
The fact that regular posters on here are clamouring for 5/ 6 signings in this window as opposed to 1/ 2 teaks would be good in the past, shows how far the standard of our recruits have fallen.
Any bright light in the team, AWB, JAMES, GREENWOOD etc are quite often masked by the overpayed, underachievers lingard, pogba martial, shaw and maquire to certain extent.
Dont know the answer but sadly convinced that the former legend of a player who both smiles in defeat all too easily and has seemingly no idea/ plan abc tactically- isn't the answer. I really fear decades of mediocraty for us with drastic reductions in revenue causing the club to fail to recover to our former glory years.

7.) 04 Jan 2020 14:19:07
Add maddison into our team and I think we would comfortably be in top 4 with a healthy squad. Andreas has been our best 10, but goals, assists and general creativity has been poor from that position all season.

Fred and Mctom would be effective with that sort of creativity ahead of them.

But we are paper thin for injuries in midfield and Pogba clearly wants to go. So that becomes a second urgent need. Matic wants to go, so our depth is worrying. CN any of of young players step up in this second half? So one purchase plus an increased role from Youth perhaps?

Ed2 mentioned getting Saul in for PP. I would be stunned if Saul would come to us right now, but that would be a big upgrade to our midfield this season. I don't think we need a CDM - just better all round midfielders to add to Fred and McT.

8.) 04 Jan 2020 15:59:23
Ole's biggest mistake was selling Fellaini. We moan about not being able to break the smaller teams down, no plan B if the front three cannot find away through, yet we had the perfect solution, send up the big man to create mayhem, confusion and usually a goal.

9.) 04 Jan 2020 21:39:37
So ole's biggest mistake is selling the guy that 99% of people on here wanted sold?

10.) 07 Jan 2020 20:59:06
Elbows Fellaini was a great Plan B. But I think that by selling him Man Utd. were making a statement that they were moving away from that strategy.

I actually think that Fellaini would feature loads for Man Utd. while you're struggling in a game. It's a shame for you that he's no longer an option.



01 Dec 2019 22:26:55
Now is the time to anounce Poch.
Ole is out his depth. Were playing poor football, his tactics etc are awful 20 odd % win proves the point. Need to act now before to late.


1.) 02 Dec 2019 04:42:53
Why would poch want to come he's likely got his pick of a few big teams in europe.

2.) 02 Dec 2019 08:37:55

3.) 02 Dec 2019 09:45:22
It's a huge job, top managers will have interest.

4.) 02 Dec 2019 10:13:40
Most may have reservations as the fans have shown they have absolutely no patience whatsoever, a few bad results and they would be on his back, and any manager coming in with this squad would get bad results. We all complained in the summer that we didn't get the players we needed, we all knew we were short, so I am not sure why people were expecting us to be amazing.

I don't think Ole is the right man going forward, but he might be the right man to make some calls now, ship out the rest of the bad apples and leave the next manager with a better chance. A new manager coming in now would have the exact same issues as Ole.

5.) 02 Dec 2019 12:33:40
Wonder if Florentino Perez also thinks the same before a sacking. What if my next manager thinks that fans will have issues.

Man Utd will be a lucrative job for any manager provided he has the balls to do it.

6.) 02 Dec 2019 15:29:51
Stop listening to the biased reporting, Ole's win rate is NOT 20 odd % it is 48%.

P 50
W 24.

7.) 02 Dec 2019 15:55:42
He won the first 10 games so he's only won 14 of the last 40 games. that's a pretty poor statistic.

Although, I am for him staying a bit longer things really need to improve. Midfield needs an overhaul. Same issue since before Scholes retired.

8.) 02 Dec 2019 18:31:52
Midfield is the key to progress.

9.) 02 Dec 2019 19:50:38
Oh GDS, come on.

10.) 02 Dec 2019 21:54:55
Woodward leaving is the only key to progress.

11.) 02 Dec 2019 23:32:01
If we’re backing a manager to take on a five year project we need to back someone who’s achieved something worthwhile in the past. Our manager hasn’t. There is no evidence that he can turn things around. We’re better off cutting our losses now and appointing someone who has a proven track record in delivering the change we want to see.

Also, any manager who thought we could deliver this season with this squad is clueless. I’ve not spoken to anyone who didn’t see this coming in Aug.

12.) 02 Dec 2019 23:51:28
If we had a decent midfield we would concede less and score more. We are scoring twos and threes as it is. Imagine if our strikers had a proper supply line from midfielders who also chopped in with a few goals.

13.) 03 Dec 2019 16:04:40
he puts Maguire as captain. I was there sumday he never talks. Never organises the degence and he certainly does not have leadership skills.

Has hour defence really improved? Were conceding every game.

Midfield was our biggest problem we needed two top CMs and he sigms another LW oppsed to Martial amd Rashford we already had.

He then gets rid a proven goalscorer albeit not the best in Solsjkaers tactics.

His playing legacy is papering over his inabiltu managerial flaws.



14 Jun 2019 17:58:40
Really hope city buy maguire and we go elsewhere.

Half decent on the ball and good in tbe air and that's it.

He loses possesion a lot, lacks pace, tactical awareness isn't the best.

For me not much better than Smalling and certainly not worth anywhere near the 80mil quoted. I don't see what people obsession with him is.

If can't get Koulibaly or De Ligt id go for Dias.

Theres better defenders out there that would improve us more that Maguire.


1.) 14 Jun 2019 18:21:22
The fact that's he's half decent on the ball means he is much better than smalling.

Gareth Southgate is probably one of the most timid men in football but he was pretty ruthless and scathing in his criticism of smallings weaknesses.

Your centre backs have to be good on the ball if you want to suceed as a top team as you will have the majority of possession in most games.

2.) 14 Jun 2019 18:30:39
Not disagree with you, but with Brexit
Not sure how this will effect transfer in the future.
What do you think Ed's?

Will brexit effect transfer of players?

{Ed001's Note - depends on the terms of it. Nobody can say what will happen as no one knows.}

3.) 14 Jun 2019 18:54:32
I've said on here a few times that I'm really against the signing of Maguire. He's very good in both boxes at set pieces and is good enough on the ball but not much else in my opinion. The media have built him up as this fantastic defender off the back of a world cup where England didn't beat anyone of genuine quality despite getting to the semis and he played in a back 3 which helped cover some of his deficiencies.

The best sides would target him as he cannot deal with any type of quick movement around him. Coming out from the back with the ball is fine but the more I see of Maguire, the more I am convinced he is absolutely aimless when he runs with the ball and has no clue what his next pass will be.

4.) 14 Jun 2019 19:27:24
I rate Maguire and think he has the attitude to make I at United. Hungry, hard working and talented.

5.) 14 Jun 2019 20:39:03
I know stats don't mean much but, Smalling per 90 min has better stats than VVD and Maguire. (i think)

For me Maguire loses ball too much and ends up out of position creating space for openents.

Rather have players out the italian league over Maguire. Players like Milenkovic, De Vrij and Manalos to name a few.

Whats with the buzz on Maguire? Like yeah decent on ball (but loses it a lot and ends up out of position) good in tbe air but everything thing else average. Rather keep smalling than spend 70+ mil on a over hyped player that's not going to massively improve us.

Go all out for Koulibaly or De Ligt or even Dias who i think would flourish.

6.) 14 Jun 2019 20:59:17
Well, supposedly it’s a tussle between Pep and Ole for Maguire’s signature. Who are we to argue? If Pep rates him, and Ole - who could spot a centreback’s weaknesses a mile off - what do we know?

7.) 14 Jun 2019 21:19:13
Imagine a Brexit back four of Shaw, Smalling, Jones and Young. We'd be sorted.

8.) 14 Jun 2019 21:56:28
What do you mean imagine.

With Woodward in charge THAT will be our back four.

Time will tell .
But we also need quality signings
Let's get this transfer window over and done with.
Start of season will give us a clue where we will finish in the league.
Fingers crossed we start with a good momentum and carry it on till the end of the season.

9.) 14 Jun 2019 22:16:33
Apparently on the amazon prime series of city, Pep singles out magurire as a weekness ass no pace and should target him. I've never seen it but heard it on the grape vine.

10.) 14 Jun 2019 22:43:22
Would Maguire be an improvement on our current options at CB? Yes he would, although that is more an indictment of our current CB's than it is an endorsement of Maguire.

Is he value for money at the reported 70-90m price bracket. Absolutely not.

He would improve us, but he wouldn't lift us up to the level we require.

Best avoid him. Players such as Dias or Milenkovic although not as good as Maguire right now have a much higher ceiling and are available for half the price. Best to go for one of them and spend the rest of the money improving the squad elsewhere.

11.) 15 Jun 2019 01:43:20
In order of preference
De Ligt

12.) 15 Jun 2019 10:06:24
Also the last two players we "beat" City to (Sanchez and Fred) have hardly set the world alight.

I'm starting to think they are making up interest in poor players to make us buy them trying to beat City to a player.

13.) 15 Jun 2019 10:31:27
For me, my order would be.

Varane (not going to happen but wishful)
De Ligt

Then Manalos, De Vrij and about 20th place probably Maguire, personally think De Ligt or Dias will sign.

14.) 15 Jun 2019 11:39:54
It still AMAZES me how Nathan Ake gets overlooked by the majority.
Forget the BIG names, look under the surface at proven, statistical analysis of the players and you will surprise yourselves.
Ake, Romagnoli, Ake and possibly De Ligt are the main 4 we should be looking at. For an experienced CB, we should be looking at Alderweireld.

15.) 15 Jun 2019 15:28:06
Good shout on Ake, rather have him than Maguire.

Definately need at least 6 signings to try get back in top 4 at least.

CM x2

As much as i love mata i'd let him go and move on, i'd also let Matic go along with Rojo, Darmian, possibly Lukaku if can get a replacement.

16.) 15 Jun 2019 17:10:17
If we spend 80 million on Maguire I am done.

Varane wants out and he is class 80 million would get varane if Madrid want pogba ask for varane as part of the deal.

Football manager tactics I know but still there are better defenders for 80 million out there.

17.) 15 Jun 2019 20:39:37
Did ed002 not tell you a while back we were not looking into player swap deals as it becomes messy. I believe Mr Varane has a bad injury record so 80m No thanks.

18.) 16 Jun 2019 04:05:57
I’d shift on jones Royo darmian n buy the spurs cb we need a experienced English speaking cb to go with lindelof! A rb 2 cms maybe a dm, rw, cf maybe more depending on out goings but we don’t do well on those.

19.) 16 Jun 2019 10:35:02
I believe Mike Phelan as Hull manager gave Maguire his debut so there is a known connection. The rumour is we are willing to sell Leicester Bailly in return, if they want him.

20.) 16 Jun 2019 11:52:02
Maguire is not the finished article nor the first choice of many but he can get on the park (as he is fit) and does a job most of the time. Wouldn’t be the worst signing but hog the CB pairing is him and Lindelof next season then it will be adios CL see you in 2021.

21.) 17 Jun 2019 10:00:10
I seriously think Pep is employing the dark arts, and in a fiendishly clever plan, is feigning interest in players he knows are bang average, knowing full well that Ed will cream his knickers at the thought of putting one over City.

22.) 17 Jun 2019 11:21:25
In order of personal preference
The black rock Milenkovic (Bleki)
Jonathan Tah.




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26 Jan 2020 14:53:25
Dont see why we don't take a punt on Paco Alcacer.

Not playing at Dortmund, he knows were the net is.

Doubt will cost that much.


1.) 26 Jan 2020 17:38:15
Hes available on loan. What we gota ask ourselves is somebody is better than nobody at all and we need players.

2.) 26 Jan 2020 18:05:32
My WHU supporting mate of over 40 years tells me there is a lot of dressing room unrest at the Hammers . a few cliques there apparently . i'd be all in for Antonio if there were a chance. fast, skilful, an eye for goal and makes things happen every time he gets the ball . Seems to be getting less game time now and Moyes is looking for money from the owners who are a bit reluctant to splash the cash, having done so and seen no reward.

3.) 27 Jan 2020 01:31:35
Never fit.



01 Jan 2020 23:38:49
Harry Maguire is absolute awful.

Once again a goal his fault. He's always a yard a two behind the rest of the defence which is keeping players on side that's twice in 2 games against arsenal.

Newcastle goals at old Trafford poor then.

2 goals he was poor against Sheff United.

That's just without going back to look.

Lewis Dunk and Nathan And for me wouldve done better for half the price.


1.) 02 Jan 2020 02:07:20
He is not a top defender and we wasted a lot of money to buy him and he will never be a top defender.



07 Dec 2019 20:03:20

Last 2 games have given me some hope on Solsjakaer.

Both games been outstanding and could've been 3/4-0 first half just need to take chances.

Just annoys how we faze out and start to get camped in and look to lose what we got.

Fred quality again. Not big fan of McTominnay but him and Fred compliment each other well

AWB and Lindeloff quality.

Just needs these types of performances every game and we won't be far off.


1.) 07 Dec 2019 20:56:01
You aren’t a big fan of McTominay? May I ask why?

2.) 07 Dec 2019 22:35:40
mctominay is quality.

3.) 07 Dec 2019 23:54:57
Whole back 4, Fred and McT were all immense today. Well done lads. Brilliant win.

{Ed0666's Note - wtf has happened to Fred? His lookalike seems to be a decent player.

4.) 08 Dec 2019 07:31:55
No idea Ed - long May it continue!

5.) 08 Dec 2019 08:13:34
Looks like Fred has finally adapted to the premier league.

McTominay is probably my player of the season.
We struggle badly when he is injured.
He brings energy, tenacity and drive from the midfield.



17 May 2019 19:50:16
Whats peoples thoughts on Ziyech? When watched him in Champions League looked very good only 26 and an apparent €25mil release clause.


1.) 17 May 2019 20:34:47
quality player at a steal in this market. would take a punt on him.

2.) 17 May 2019 20:40:39
He comes with quite a bit of baggage as per the Ed's and also he hasn't yet been picked up by any of the top teams although he has been good in the eredivise for quite sometimes so surely there are some issues to be resolved.

3.) 17 May 2019 20:57:40
I'll buy the whole of the Ajax team if i had the choice. De Ligt, de beek, zayech, Neres, and Veltman will all improve our team immeasurably.
Zayech and Neres will completely change our attack.

4.) 17 May 2019 23:59:58
They produced so many great players over the years.
Im not sure who is my favourite from seedorf or davids from the great 95 team .
Seedorf is one of my favourite ever players to watch live. Very close to the perfect midfield player. A rolls Royce.
Loved van basten too. He came through in the 80s with rijkarrd and was part of that great milan and Dutch teams.
Great team in the 70s with JC and co.
The have 3 or 4 in that team of that sort of calibre in venderbeek dejong de ligt in particular that look like they are destined for the top.

5.) 18 May 2019 14:27:11
Davids and Holland are my favourite team and player and love the way they used to play with their orange colour shirts.

Holland have been going downhill but hopefully they will do well now as there are some good dutch players coming through.



14 May 2019 11:58:41
Longshot as money talks and city will get out of it.

But if city get banned from european competitions and Arsenal win Europa would citys place go to United?

Although would be undeserved but would never knock a chance back.

Never know could do a Denmark in Euro 1992 i think it was.


1.) 14 May 2019 12:16:35

2.) 14 May 2019 12:17:33
The spot would be more than deserved. City have cheated simple as that. They have gained an unfair advantage.

3.) 14 May 2019 12:37:39
They have but they always knew the punishment was never going to fit the crime, 1 year ban from a competition for cheating to get yourself into a position to win it for years to come seems ok to me, unlikely they will even get the ban.

4.) 14 May 2019 12:52:25
If that happens, the scousers will be demanding City hand over the Premier League Trophy!

5.) 14 May 2019 12:54:31
Thats exactly the reason i don't like city, their owners and their fans.

6.) 14 May 2019 15:18:26
Fans Singh?

7.) 14 May 2019 17:43:34
Yupe their fans seem to think they are bigger then they are.

My friend supports them but he is in denial that he started supported them before th3 sheikhs came in but most of their fans start3d supported City when the new owners came in.

8.) 14 May 2019 20:24:18
Apparently if city get banned will be season after next. That mean how much money uefa can drain from city before slap on the wrist and a let off?




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18 Jan 2020 13:45:32
For me he was better first than Maguires up to now.

There definitely a play in him.




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14 Jan 2020 16:31:02
Koulibaly is far better than the very very average Maguire who hasn't really improved us.




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10 Jan 2020 21:57:01
Hopefully comes along with 1 or 2 more as could make difference to top 4 or not.




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09 Jan 2020 12:34:43
Ndidi passing is limited?

What about Mctominay who everyone raves about? Very very limited player. Backwards, sidewards, 6' 4" and can't head for rubbish. Involved in 5 goals in about 80 games. He's weak as piss. If he wasn't passionate everyone would stop bumming him. People blindsighting passion for ability.

Pogba has created more chances in about 20+ less games. Want him out.





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28 Jan 2020 17:34:08
Sure Valencia in talks with Alcacer return on loan.

Selling Rodrigo and getting Fernando's would be great business for Valencia.

Then Barcelona get a 27 year old who is already equipped to play on league once loan finished.




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17 Jan 2020 20:48:54
He's playing for Sporting tonight 🤣🤣 probably be signed Monday.




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17 Jan 2020 10:21:21
He's not a leader.

He rarely talks, he doesn't organise.

Joke how he's captain.




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11 Jan 2020 08:33:10
Isn't the u23s mostly 17, 18 and 19 year olds anyway?




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08 Jan 2020 18:24:52
How is Maguire even captain?

He doesn't talk.
He doesn't organise

He's not and will never be a leader.

He's decent I air and on ball but that's it.

Dunk is faster and has better positional sense. He's just as good in the air and on the ball.

Lindeloff worst game by far against city.

We don't have a good enough CB to challenge.

We definitely need 2x Cbs.