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30 Mar 2022 11:45:46
Greetings Ed, do you have any insights on where Aurelien Tchouameni may end up this summer?

zidaniel

{Ed002's Note - Try the European pages, this is the Manchester United page.}


1.) 30 Mar 2022 12:17:24
So not Manchester United then ?.


2.) 30 Mar 2022 17:54:08
Thanks, Ed. I should have known better than getting my hopes up.


 

 

11 Jun 2020 17:02:01
Ed 002,
Any truth to the rumors that we could get van de Beek? Many of the papers are saying more about Manchester United than Real Madrid for VDB lately. Thanks for all your help at this time of year.

zidaniel

{Ed002's Note - Donny van der Beek (AM/CM) primary target of Real Madrid but they are concerned that the price is being pushed up by the interest of other clubs - which means Barcelona could turn to van der Beek if Real Madrid push for their other target, Ruiz. Spurs have a declared interest but may not be attractive right now and would need to sell to buy. Manchester United purchased Bruno Fernandes instead but could try and squeeze him in as an alternative to Jack Grealish but he offers less. Juventus have other options as they see themselves priced out of a deal for Kai Havertz, but could revive interest in him.}


1.) 11 Jun 2020 18:10:45
Thanks Ed 002. Sounds possible then, I really admire the player.


2.) 11 Jun 2020 22:29:44
Can someone tell me what Type of player Grealish is and what he offers please? Not been convinced to date.


3.) 12 Jun 2020 10:22:53
He is a different sort of creative midfielder to Bruno. Where Bruno looks to pass and move Grealish is a runner, receiving the ball and running at the opposition with it. Often picking up lots of "fouls" (he goes down far too easily though in my opinion) . Right footed but plays either wide left on inside left, can play at No.10 but often drifts between being central and toward the left. Likes to cut in onto his right foot and shoot or lay the ball off. He could play slightly deeper in a three man midfield if it was well balanced.

He could play well in a 433 playing on the left of the midfield three with Bruno on the right and a proper DM at the base. Bruno would play slightly deeper with Grealish playing slightly higher.


4.) 12 Jun 2020 10:42:49
ED002,

Do you know the fee that Villa would look to accept for Grealish. There have been various fees mentioned in the press, ranging from £40-£80 million. I suspect that if Villa were relegated, that they would be more willing to sell him to raise funds etc.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I really don't know.}


 

 

10 Apr 2020 16:41:44
Ed002,
If we do sell Pogba, any chance we could buy Milinkovic-Savic? I see the rumors on occasion, wondering if there is any truth in them. Great player. Thanks in advance.

zidaniel

{Ed002's Note - Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (CM) Manchester United has not shown any interest in Milinkovic-Savic this season and have been difficult with Pogba and his agent in looking to leave - and that never tooks good in the eyes of players or agents. The player will be offered to PSG but there are issues holding up commitments from them at this time. Right now it seems unlikely and the price would be about €100M to Manchester United.


1.) 10 Apr 2020 17:11:06
Thanks Ed002 for the quick answer. On we wait.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


 

 

10 Jul 2019 16:39:29
Eds, any word on Matic leaving this summer? Thanks in advance.

zidaniel

{Ed001's Note - not that I know of.}


1.) 10 Jul 2019 17:47:33
Thanks Ed. Critical position to fill. Matic is slowing down, and we don't have another true DCM. McTominay is a good worker defensively, but not ready to be a single pivot when we play 4-3-3. We need a mobile DCM. Ndidi would be ideal. Longstaff, if he comes, does sound like he has potential.

{Ed001's Note - it is possible to manage without one though mate.}


2.) 10 Jul 2019 18:39:24
Doesn't Longstaff have a knee injury?


3.) 11 Jul 2019 05:54:16
Ndidi is limited on the ball. Would instead prefer the improving Declan Rice or Longstaff who has good passing range.


4.) 11 Jul 2019 06:59:18
Left field but young Choudhury at Leicester looks to have real potential.


5.) 11 Jul 2019 12:03:16
good shout redman on Choudhury. I still think Ndidi though. I actually like the look Lemina. £18m is a steal.


6.) 11 Jul 2019 12:45:35
I can't see matic leaving this summer. We're already two short and pogba is likely to go as well.


 

 

17 Jun 2019 13:50:38
Any word on the Bruno Fernandes transfer? It has gone very quiet.

At least the Wan Bissaka updates remain positive.

zidaniel

1.) 17 Jun 2019 14:19:06
I'm fairly confident we're getting him, everything has pointed to us signing him, even if it'll be a big fee.

Good timing too as it will soften the blow of the potential departure of Pogba.


2.) 17 Jun 2019 14:46:40
Pogba needs to go. He wants to leave. I only players at the club who want to play for the club.


3.) 17 Jun 2019 17:04:57
Wouldn't say it's good news on awb. Another bid rejected. Can't see utd paying what palace want upfront.


4.) 17 Jun 2019 18:12:07
The differences between Palace and Utd on the AWB deal appear mainly to be around the initial payment and then the basis of the staged payments.
It doesn’t sound like a deal can’t be done, Utd need to offer more up front plus change the details around the performance based payments. At the end of the day £50 to 60M for AWB is reasonable on the basis he is 21 and proven in the PL. In 5 years time if he is still at the club this would look like good business.


5.) 17 Jun 2019 19:57:10
Doubt we will go again prob go for the Norwich guy now.

Can see this being a sham of a window and another season of dross.


6.) 17 Jun 2019 20:03:06
I think AWB will be the second signing. A lot of talk about Pogba, he stays - good, he leaves - I think we have planty of options in the market. But what about Lukaku, we can't rely on Rashford only, plus I think he is better on the wing. So if Lukaku leaves, I really don't see any available striker, maybe Cavanni. But that's it.


7.) 17 Jun 2019 20:37:33
This might sound daft but I genuinely think it would be a good signing. If Lukaku leaves, I'd like to see us target Salomon Rondon. That gives Rashford the chance to be number one striker for the season but also a different option if needed.

I appreciate it's hardly going to be the most popular option but if you sell Lukaku for £60m-£70m then you're saving two thirds of that to go towards another player and getting the back up striker who is a different type of player to Rashford and has scored goals in the Premier League. Kind of similar move to Spurs buying Llorente or Chelsea signing Giroud.


8.) 17 Jun 2019 20:51:28
Rondon are you serious rj we have enough strikers who can't score. we have really become a laughing stock.


9.) 17 Jun 2019 21:13:42
Yeah I am serious, I think Rondon is a pretty good player. Like I said it isn't going to be the most popular opinion but it's fairly low risk, Rashford would be free to be number one striker, Martial is there as well as a 2nd choice but Rondon would offer a different option. He has played in the Premier League for a while and maybe he would be happy with the chance to move to a club like United? He also scored more league goals than both Martial and Rashford last season.

The option we are looking at to replace Lukaku in the update the Ed gave was Sebastian Haller. Is he better than Rondon? Probably but I've not seen enough of him to say for definite. Probably far more expensive as well.


10.) 17 Jun 2019 22:05:52
If Pogba goes and he is replaced with let's say Bruno Fernandes, Rabiot and AWB for the same money then I think it's good business. Look what Liverpool have done, especially with the Coutinho money. It's about building a team, not having a couple of superstars. Pogba is the icing on the cake we don't need right now, that will hopefully come in a couple of years when we have a hard working settled team. Hopefully.


11.) 17 Jun 2019 22:42:16
i find it odd how players linked with united aren't trying to force a transfer like monsieur Pogba is trying to do, are things really that bad at United that players such as AWB and Harry Maguire aren't looking for a challenge?


12.) 17 Jun 2019 23:57:16
I wonder if Ed Woodward has shares in SkyBet? they seem to just work on one transfer at a time and literally drag out the whole process.


 

 

 

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12 Mar 2022 23:33:04
Thoughts after today's match: Ronaldo's heroics covered over a poor performance, where Tottenham waltzed down the field before being mostly abysmal in the final third. We have the godfather of gegenpressing at the helm in Rangnick, yet we are still a terribly passive team defensively.

This is not Rangnick's fault. He lacks the personnel, since Ronaldo does not press, and none of Pogba, Matic, or Maguire are adept at pressing. So right down the spine we are weak defensively.

I believe the first two priorities in the summer are at CB and CDM. Two proven players who are quick and strong will make an enormous difference in the entire team's ability to press.

Ronaldo, as great as he is, is a conundrum. If he continues like this and helps us to finish top four, he may likely stay. Then our pressing problems will continue. If we fail to finish top four, Ronaldo may leave, and naturally this may affect our recruitment. The truth is - Ronaldo has been saving us this season, rather than being part of the next step forward.

zidaniel

1.) 13 Mar 2022 00:14:55
Totally agree. Well said.


2.) 13 Mar 2022 06:12:24
Ronaldo was amazing after a 2 week rest.
The premier league was always going to be extremely difficult and ideally he should have not played 3 times a week which he has previously done.
Ole was notorious for never rotating squads.
Rangnick did try it once or twice.
Ronaldo should have started all CL games, none of the cup games and around 70-80% of the PL games.
But the fact is Martial is awful and Cavani is unreliable with fitness, and Ronaldo's ego meant managers had no option.
I really hope we make top 4 keep ronaldo for 1 more season and make 3-4 top quality signings.


3.) 13 Mar 2022 06:20:30
If Ronaldo was recruited, you play to his strength. simple.

Unfortunately we recruit players with literally no plan.

However, the first thing I would do is strip off captaincy from Maguire and sell him.
What an utter poor defender he is.
Even Smalling was better.


4.) 13 Mar 2022 09:39:10
TRD, if Ronaldo was recruited as part of a plan then his strengths should fit into what the team needs.

Unfortunately Ronaldo was signed opportunistically with no idea about how he would fit into the team.

The club then sacked the manager and replaced him (short term) with a manager renowned for a style that pretty much plays to Ronaldo's weaknesses and not his strengths.

Ronaldo at 37 was never going to be able to come back into the most physically demanding league in world football and play 180 minutes of football every week.

Before the Spurs game he played 12 games in a row as a starter scoring just once. He then effectively gets a 2 week breaks and comes back and scores a hat-trick.

This is a guy who should be starting only one game a week if you want to be able to get the best out of him.


5.) 14 Mar 2022 11:15:04
Unfortunately if you rest Ronaldo for games , a guy with an ego the size of Old Trafford, he starts kicking off and causing trouble in the camp.


6.) 14 Mar 2022 13:41:05
Bilko,

Does he though? Or do the press just make it seem that way? Ronaldo should not be playing every game, that’s clear and anyone who thinks he should be knows nothing about fitness or the game.


 

 

09 Dec 2021 23:27:16
I don't make too many major judgments on mistakes frmo the Young Boys game, considering the completely changed lineup and the heavy rain, which led to sloppy passing by both teams.

That said, standouts were Greenwood, with the two best plays of the game, and Bailly, who was excellent. I still think Varane and Bailly would make an excellent pairing and allow us to play a high line.

Amad made a lot happen, just needs to get stronger to ride more tackles and stay on his feet. And Mengi looked very solid, quite composed and disciplined positionally.

zidaniel

1.) 10 Dec 2021 09:28:51
Got to admit Mengi was very good when he came on even though he was playing at LB. Should firmly be our 5th choice CB.


2.) 10 Dec 2021 10:00:56
When Mengi slipped and then managed to still make a tackle, that was impressive. He kept his composure and didn't allow the slip to affect him. Hopefully he gets some more game time throughout the season. If not, he needs another loan so he doesn't stagnate.


3.) 10 Dec 2021 10:13:12
Wednesday was the first game I have been able to get to for around 3 years and it was great to see some of the youngsters given a chance.

Amad impressed me in that his first thought is to run at someone or try to make something happen, which was refreshing consider how sideways a lot of our play has been across the last few years. Mengi looked solid when he came on as well.

My opinion on Donny's performance is different from a few of the comments I've seen as I thought he played really well. He played in a way that no holding midfielder does for us as he was always available for a pass and generally looked to go forward. His game isn't simply based on us being out of possession and personally that's what I'd like from a United midfielder. Unfortunately his mistake cost a goal which is about the most Donny thing that could happen, really good first half makes a mistake that costs a goal. Others make many more mistakes but they aren't punished. He just seems to have some bad luck at times.

AWB and Lingard were shocking. I've defended AWB a lot and I don't know if his performance was just terrible and he had a massively off day or if his performances look significantly different on TV compared to in person? Lingard looked disinterested, particularly in the 2nd half.


4.) 10 Dec 2021 11:37:43
RJ,

It is obviously all about opinions and I think sometimes confirmation bias plays a big part, if you like a player you notice all of the good things they do and if you dislike a player you notice all of the bad things they do. I must admit I didn't see Donny making many forward passes or looking to be positive, he always wants the ball but then looks like he has no confidence to do anything with it, but if I was a big fan of him I would probably notice them things a lot more.

It is the same with AWB, now people have noticed he is bad going forward every bad cross is picked up on and noticed, whereas Dalot is the man of the moment so people ignore that most of his crosses haven't been successful either. I am not saying AWB isn't playing terribly, he is, but I don't think Dalot is the answer either, people just see things in very different ways which is really what football (and this site) is about.


5.) 10 Dec 2021 11:39:52
RJ, I appreciate your thoughts on VDB. He really does bring a lot of qualities to the game. I noticed he was switching the ball out to the right a few times to help us get out of pressure. It was a shame that his bad pass cost us immediately. If he gets more chances among the first XI, I think he will show his quick decision making and help penetration in the final third.


6.) 10 Dec 2021 13:21:32
Totally agree GDS and Zidaniel, no doubt if Fred or Martial had made the mistake Donny did I'd probably have a different view on it since I have a different view on those players. I'd like to see him given a run in that position for a few weeks, that way we could really see if he should be playing or not.

The mistake Donny made was his entirely and watching it back he should just clear it (this isn't another dig at AWB, as I think most of our players would be exactly the same) but AWB is completely flat footed not expecting him to try to play out from there. Other sides would try to and be successful in passing out from that scenario. Hopefully that is the level we get to moving forward, where our defending isn't just get the ball away from our goal any way possible and when we have possession everyone is on their toes and expecting quick intricate play.


 

 

25 Nov 2021 21:36:24
We'll know Rangnick is the real deal when he cements a Varane and Bailly CB partnership while a healthy Harry can sit and watch from the bench. Two quick center backs for the incoming high press. At least that is my dream.

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03 Nov 2021 11:46:29
With a fit squad, I would play the following:

De Gea
AWB, Bailly, Varane, Shaw
Matic, VDB, Bruno
Cavani, Ronaldo, +1
Let the other forward be from Rashford, Greenwood, Sancho, depending on form and the opposition.

This would give us quickness across the back line, without situations like Shaw having to cover Maguire all the time. Some may argue the midfield would be too open, but at least this group can pass.

zidaniel

1.) 03 Nov 2021 12:24:36
I wouldn't put Rashford there. He was the worst player on the pitch yesterday, and he had Pogba as a comparison, almost didn't care. didn't close down, didn't run, didn't cross. Sancho did more in 5 min than Rashford did for the entirety.


2.) 03 Nov 2021 12:31:51
I love Rashford but last night he had a shocker. I blame Ole.


3.) 03 Nov 2021 12:45:47
Lineups can change, but I want a manager who knows what he's doing.
I don't like this freestyle player don't know what to do stuff.


4.) 03 Nov 2021 12:46:44
UA, that was my point. Put whoever is in form on the wing. And sometimes it may depend on the opposition. And Cavani and Ronaldo may still need a rest once in a while at their ages.


5.) 03 Nov 2021 13:58:52
That’s the first game since returning that Rashford hasn’t looked good, he has hit the ground running since his injury fortunately.


6.) 03 Nov 2021 15:37:03
Rashford should focus on his football. Wasn't that it?


 

 

06 Oct 2021 23:26:30
The best managers are obsessive over the fine details. If for example, our players need two or three touches before every pass, it shows that the angles and distances between players are all wrong.

With some players, like Fred for example, it is an individual problem. Others are gifted in this area, Mata, van de Beek, and Greenwood of late.

Good managers fix this - they adjust the spacing, timing, distances so that the passing can be one and two touch. That speeds up the play and allows for the penetrative passes we need before the defense can readjust.

You know Pep, Klopp, Tuchel obsess over these things, down to the last detail. Ole does not come across that way at all. Sitting still all match long, and waxing poetic to the press about all the goals all our attackers will naturally score, does not come across well.

zidaniel

1.) 07 Oct 2021 06:11:31
We do sometimes play hoof the ball up, that's one touch you know.


2.) 07 Oct 2021 09:29:25
Ole is looking increasingly out of his depth.


3.) 07 Oct 2021 10:51:21
Maybe Ole needs to re-calibrate his monitor to get it right. Not sure if he knows how to ?.


4.) 07 Oct 2021 11:51:08
Ole reminds me more of a turn it off and back on again, kind of guy ?.


5.) 07 Oct 2021 16:56:07
Tim, you mean an IT technician? Out of interest which character from the IT Crowd do people think Ole is?


6.) 07 Oct 2021 18:31:54
Ole is obviously Jen, the tech- illiterate IT Manager.


7.) 07 Oct 2021 20:27:41
Grim, I thought it but wasn't going to say it.


8.) 07 Oct 2021 22:26:59
I took one for the team Shappy.


 

 

 

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27 Apr 2022 13:57:22
Phillips sounds more believable than Milinkovic-Savic. Phillips is clearly in a position of need, and a player that will fit a pressing game. Milinkovic-Savic is a great talent but would be very expensive, and I'm not certain a player like him would be our priority at this point.

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13 Apr 2022 12:25:50
At least with Pogba, the negotiations for him to go anywhere else are simple, with his contract expiring soon with us. I do expect him to go. Ten Hag is no fool. He wants players who can press in all positions, and Pogba is not that kind of player. Highly possible he could leave early which could then open up the next step in the MF quickly.

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30 Mar 2022 17:54:08
Thanks, Ed. I should have known better than getting my hopes up.

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22 Aug 2021 19:44:00
I think Ole's move to bring on Lingard was absolutely the wrong move, and a negative one. Southampton were not playing a high line, and Lingard is not a one v one player. He did nothing out wide, and the change pushed Pogba back into central midfield, even though he had been very dynamic further forward. It should have been van de Beek on for Matic. VDB would have been less likely to give the ball away, unlike the rest of our defensive players today.

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13 Jul 2021 17:57:30
James is a winger with zero moves. Amad has far more potential.

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27 Apr 2022 14:02:54
I would go for a CB, CDM, and RB. Someone quicker than Maguire, someone quicker than Matic, and someone at RB that can actually defend AND attack.

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13 Apr 2022 12:37:33
Those two should be sent to anyone who will take them. Pereira does not have the ability whatsoever to play at this level. Martial does, but does not have the work rate to succeed. Simple as that. Take the loss, and move them on.

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09 Apr 2022 23:55:33
Spenno, my guess is that ten Hag has achieved all he could at Ajax, and he wants to take the challenge of a major club. More of a test to prove himself than the money. I see it as the confidence in his ideas to rebuild a once-great club. Hoping for the best.

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03 Apr 2022 19:52:28
One example I find intolerable is when the final pass gets blocked, our strikers stand there, stewing in their disappointment, rather than press from behind, while the opposing CDM has time to take touch after touch before picking his next pass.

Cavani is the only attacking player not guilty of this. It is infuriating to watch week after week.

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31 Mar 2022 16:25:34
I don't know where Maguire gets this reputation as a great ball playing center back. When unmarked he rumbles up the field and passes to someone on the touchline. He never plays one touch. Many of his long passes end up in the stands.

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