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01 May 2016 21:25:04
Ed001,

Do you know if Madrid are still looking to sell Benzema?

If so do you know anything about where he could end up?

Cheers mate.

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{Ed001's Note - yes they are, and no I don't, not exactly a lot of suitors in Europe so probably somewhere like China or the Middle East.}

02 May 2016 05:36:38
I find that strange as a lot of reports etc say he's the man that ties that attacking line together and brings the others into play etc. I assume they have a replacement lined up? Lewa?

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{Ed001's Note - why would it be strange? Have you forgotten what he did to his France team mate? Have you forgotten he faces criminal prosecution? Other than that, this discussion is really for the Real Madrid page as he is very unlikely to move to Man Utd this summer.}

02 May 2016 05:46:46
Strange as the big teams in Spain seem to be the best hiding place for all sorts of high profile criminal behaviour from tax fraud to hormone boosting - Costa Del Crime!

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{Ed001's Note - good point. I had never considered it that way. The issue is more one of trust I would think. Once you see someone do something like that to one of his very best mates, would you trust him? I know I wouldn't trust Benzema.}

28 Apr 2016 16:13:10
Reported interest in N'Golo Kante, apparently been recommended by Fergie. wouldn't be a bad combination in midfield alongside Renato Sanches.

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28 Apr 2016 18:30:38
Sanches, Kante, Murillo, Mustafi, Rafa Silva, Zlatan, keep DDG and we will be looking good.

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28 Apr 2016 19:43:24
WRD you don't want much then 😄.

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28 Apr 2016 20:13:23
No just the odd tweak Dave ha ha.

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28 Apr 2016 20:36:21
I think Fosu Mensah in centre of midfield may be a better combination with Sanches, if indeed we are interested or able to buy him.

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28 Apr 2016 22:54:48
I think Jose may look to Fosu-Mensah in the same way as he did Varane.

As for Kante, top signing if we can make it happen. Mourinho type player too.

I'd love to see Kante and Stones in particular.

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28 Apr 2016 23:07:25
I don't think we really need a lot of new players, just a manager who doesn't stick Young on as a striker or pick Fellaini over Herrera then wonder why we keep losing the ball in midfield.

A right winger is probably top priority IMO (well, after selling Fellaini), and a striker, box-to-box midfielder, right back and a central defender with more aerial prescence would all be nice, but I don't think any are really essential. One or two of those, plus a right winger and the squad is good.

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28 Apr 2016 23:07:25
I don't think we really need a lot of new players, just a manager who doesn't stick Young on as a striker or pick Fellaini over Herrera then wonder why we keep losing the ball in midfield.

A right winger is probably top priority IMO (well, after selling Fellaini), and a striker, box-to-box midfielder, right back and a central defender with more aerial prescence would all be nice, but I don't think any are really essential. One or two of those, plus a right winger and the squad is good.

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29 Apr 2016 20:17:48
Fosu Mensah's passing is no where near good enough at this stage to play midfield IMO. He will be CB in My opinion eventually. He has talent and size but quite raw still offensively.

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28 Apr 2016 09:50:59
According to the portuguese press, the benfica president is in Manchester along with Jorge Mendes to finalize the Renato Sanches deal with Ed Woodward.

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28 Apr 2016 14:29:15
I saw that earlier. Hope it is true. I watched a few youtube videos of the lad (Yeah I know that even bebe looked world class from his clips in youtube :O) ) and he looks like a real talent.

Someone mentioned warming to the idea of LVG being here next season. I must admit that I too wonder if letting him go now while we are trying to introduce all the young players would be a good idea. Can't believe I said that but to be fair, if that is the clubs policy going forward, there isn't many better out there working with the youngsters than the manager IMO. Poch would be nice, but he wants to manage in that crap league across the channel when he leaves spurs.

I don't know what to think to be honest. I am just glad we are stocking up on the best young talent around. It will put us in good stead who ever is in charge in the future.

Do the Ed's think Jose would stick with the policy of signing the best young players and integrating them into the team with more senior established players?

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28 Apr 2016 19:17:10
Think it's fair to say REDFAITH. We will be buying every player available, this is what happens with Man Utd . Woodward will wait until all the season tickets have been sold, then give us all a quick kick in the knackers by saying Van Gaal is staying, We are selling De Gea and no new players are coming in.
We will all know in good time what's happening, regarding managers and players alike.
The big question is in my eyes. Are we man Utd fans prepared to sit through another season of boring and laboured football under van gaal.
Well I'm not, and until major changes are made they can stick their season ticket were the sun don't shine.

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26 Apr 2016 15:44:50
Any interest from United in Casemiro of Madrid? Hugely underrated, incredible range of passing and defensively outstanding.

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{Ed004's Note - None}

26 Apr 2016 23:20:18
He has an awful passing range. Very good defensively but he's extremely limited on the ball which slows down Real Madrid's build up play.

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27 Apr 2016 10:50:54
Apparently it is renato sanches that we are looking at. In my opinion that would be a great signing.

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27 Apr 2016 20:43:56
Renato is needed
Not a dm. schneiderlein is our 1st choice and tfm can play, as can blind and from what i read, mcnair is killing it there!

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26 Apr 2016 09:01:04
@Ed001

On Renato Sanches

All these claims came yesterday after a Sly Spurts journalist Tweeted on Monday morning: 'Reports all over Portuguese media: #MUFC to sign Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches for £40m. Has same agent as Jose Mourinho (Jorge Mendes) '

Except there were no fresh reports in Portugal at that time yesterday, and it certainly wasn't 'all over Portuguese media'!

Do you think that United, while interested are nowhere as close to a deal and Sly with that tweet just wanted more people to bet on it?

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26 Apr 2016 10:22:04
You've always got to be careful of that agenda with Sky - however, Di Marzio who has been very reliable in the past has more or less said that Renato, along with Mourinho is nailed on.

It'll be interesting to see how it unfolds, but we seem to be in the drivers seat.

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26 Apr 2016 17:25:28
Agreed, Fresh. Interesting weeks ahead.

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25 Apr 2016 15:32:55
Deal agreed for Renato Sanches. €60m fee will be spread over 4 years.

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25 Apr 2016 15:48:42
Future most definitely looking bright at United, so many talented youngsters finally coming through, add a bit more quality and experience and the club should be challenging for major trophies again.

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25 Apr 2016 16:19:48
Wow. That's a hell of a lot of money if true. I wonder who he is a target for.

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25 Apr 2016 16:54:03
Redseven

Never will pay 60 million for him. I wonder if people ever watch these players. The silly season is upon us and nothing better to pump and dump players and always use us as the bidders. Di Marzio speaks so much sh. t 95 percent of the time BTW. If he does actually come it will never be over 25 mill pounds plus some add ons and that is stretch imo still.

More likely we will see a current Roma Player and AM player end up with us :) Oumane Dembele might be were we will invest a big sum for the future. He is an interesting gamble.

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25 Apr 2016 17:13:11
X - I'll believe anything these days when it comes to player fees? How much did we pay for Martial?

Although he'd been on the radar a little longer - Martial was not much better in terms of ability when we signed him than Sanchez is now.

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25 Apr 2016 17:27:12
Red

Sanches is nowhere near Martial. Griezman and Pjanic i believe and the other french kid Dembele is very good, has a great left foot on him and can also glide past players on the outside. He also plays on the right. I think we will sell Janusaj in the Summer. let's see:)

Alos heard Thiago going to city.

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25 Apr 2016 17:41:33
X - I'd watched a fair bit of Martial before we signed him and was no more or less impressed with him than than I am with Renato Sanches now (although I must say I was incredibly impressed with how Martial has developed in such a short amount of time) .

I'm not sure why you are comparing Martial and Sanches with Griezmann and Pjanic as the latter two are both at very different stages of their careers.

It will be interesting if Thiago ends up in Manchester as they are also strongly linked with Gundogan. A midfield three or 4-1-2-1 diamond with De Bruyne, Gundogan and Thiago would take some beating.

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25 Apr 2016 17:48:39
Red

Not comparing at all. I had a drink with a former player and he says our primary targets are Griezeman and Pjanic. Take it for what's its worth. They do fit the bill in terms of what we are lacking.

I think we will buy one young talent but doubt it will be 60 million on a defensive midfielder who is 18 or 19.

That kind of money is spent on strikers or wingers IMO or a established world class centre back or midfielder.

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25 Apr 2016 20:28:18
I'd love us to sign Pjanic so I hope the former player is right X-Files.

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25 Apr 2016 22:21:01
Not seen much of him to judge whether he is what we need but would imagine a much lower fee with add ons similar to Martial. If we end up paying the full value we will. be happy as he will have been a success.
Pjanic and Griezman would be amazing. however isn't the later left sided in a front 3. Would not want to stunt martial but he would be amazing.

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25 Apr 2016 22:21:01
Not seen much of him to judge whether he is what we need but would imagine a much lower fee with add ons similar to Martial. If we end up paying the full value we will. be happy as he will have been a success.
Pjanic and Griezman would be amazing. however isn't the later left sided in a front 3. Would not want to stunt martial but he would be amazing.

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25 Apr 2016 15:31:44
Di Marzio (not sure how reliable he is) has said Renato sanches to man Utd for €60m paid over 4 yrs.

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{Ed004's Note - Usually very reliable IMO}

25 Apr 2016 15:35:44
Hope your right ed004 heard some very good things about him.

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{Ed004's Note - I'm hoping we sign a few top prospects like Sanches, Dembele, Laporte etc as watching Martial, Rashford, Mensah etc this season has been a refreshing change from previous seasons but we would need to ensure we still have some experience in the side}

25 Apr 2016 15:48:33
We'll see, hopefully he will be more Martial than Memphis. If he does come then we will have to be carefully not to put too much pressure and expectancy on his young shoulders. Personally at that price I worry, Tielemans would have been available for a quarter of that, and is a very similar player at a similar level.

He could well be another Anderson or a Ronaldo. It really is a massive gamble.

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25 Apr 2016 16:40:53
The lad played well against bayern the other week.

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25 Apr 2016 15:48:05
I'm not to fussed about a centre back prospect I'd prefer bringing some experience in that role but agree with dembele although he appears to be the most sought after youngster in Europe right now so probably be difficult.

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{Ed004's Note - We have a young enough defence with some very good youth players coming through. We could probably do with an experienced head to organise the defence like Hummels etc}

25 Apr 2016 15:52:14
Couldn't agree more Ed. Seems youngsters throughout the league this season (Alli, Martial, Kane, Lukaku etc) , have been some of the top performers and I think Ed001 said the other week, how we're targeting players under 25. Dembele, Renato and Stones would be ideal and fill in the areas we need. So fingers crossed for a good summer!

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{Ed004's Note - Not as sure on Stones after how badly he has played since Christmas. However, a manager who actually focuses on defending might get the best out of him}

25 Apr 2016 17:15:40
Dawz

I watched both Bayern games and they owned the midfield and Benfica went route one to get any sort of play going forward and not much of build up from the middle of the pitch. He was so average i am not sure where the price tag and hype comes from.

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25 Apr 2016 18:27:46
X files so your critique ofthe player is based on a pep guardiola team maintaining possession. I'm flabbergasted! Do city know?

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25 Apr 2016 19:53:49
X i agree with you the price is to steep but the lad has something about him.

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26 Apr 2016 17:35:41
DB

When a player is touted at his young age for that kind of price, I watch to see is there something very different even raw in the player. Even at his age you expect him to shine a bit against a Bayern midfield (Verrati at 21 looked outstanding against Barcelona midfield) .

Osmane Dembele on the other hand has something special about him but also not ready for the PL and too light and needs a bit more bulk.

I am just stating my view and saw nothing to make me believe in the hype and I will eat my shoes if we pay 60 million for this guy. He is a good player that you maybe pay 18 to 20 millii for and hope he develops. He will be like a deer in headlights in the PL.

No one pays 60 million in todays market to wait for 3 or 4 years to see if they come good. We will go broke as a club and no one runs their business that way.

Quick question when was the last time any team in football paid 60 mill for a defensive midfielder who is 18 and proven jack sh. t. Name me one.

Martial is in different class believe me and he only cost 35 mill with lots of add ons.

We are the favourite team every year in Portugal and always linked for silly prices to players, according to di marzio and the rest of the portuguese press we have bought Ghaitan 4 times already :)

Wait for it United to pay 200 million for Neymar lol.

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25 Apr 2016 08:26:57
Anybody else see next years shirt pop up on ebay yesterday?

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24 Apr 2016 16:39:30
Can anyone envisage there being any substance in reports over willingness to sell Memphis?

I think its lazy journalism and hopefully he can kick on under Mourinho as a number of similar players have in the past.

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24 Apr 2016 16:44:45
It's hard to say really without knowing what things are like within the club.

I must say I find it very strange that he is not being given a chance at the club and it reminds me somewhat of Wilfred Zaha.

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24 Apr 2016 18:16:38
Memphis signed for a big fee off of the back of a half decent World Cup and has had plenty of games to make an impression. The expectations were a bit lower for Zaha but I get what you mean.

Hopefully Memphis will start to kick on next season.

And hopefully Zaha doesn't make us regret letting him go when we meet at Wembley!

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24 Apr 2016 18:27:15
I am. hoping that they have taken him away from the criticism and have got him learning from Gigg's about all aspects of positional play in the PL and the need to defend from the front and support the full back.
If this is the case and a full pre season he will stay and do well next year.
A front 3 with deepay and martial rotating the left side will. be explosive.

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24 Apr 2016 18:46:03
I think it would be crazy to sell him unless like was mentioned he has a bad attitude or something like that.

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24 Apr 2016 19:35:27
MDH - Memphis signed 12 months after the World Cup. He came in off the back of a very good season in a weaker league - very much in the same way that Zaha did. The fee being higher probably raised expectations somewhat - but there are a lot of parallels between the two signings and looking at how Zaha left - I would not be at all surprised to see the same happen with Memphis.

Personally I think he should stay and be given a chance - but unfortunately for him we have not been in a position this season where we could give him a decent run in the side to build form and confidence without it affecting results; and with LVG at the helm I think that would be the case next year too.

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24 Apr 2016 21:12:05
I would like to see him under Jose he does have very good talent. We have got to give him another season to see if he matures, can learn from his mistakes and work hard enough to fulfil his potential.

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24 Apr 2016 23:44:13
Memphis just needs to get his head down and work hard on the pitch. He has all the ability to become a world beater, he needs to grab his chances and start dominating games like he was at the world cup and how he did last season for psv. I do sometimes worry when we sign up and coming players as maybe they think they've made it already and lose focus, not just in our club either but in general it seems to happen a lot. Every time a young English player has a couple of good games they are the next best thing since sliced bread and soon move on for a lot of money and get some serious cash every week, and what happens they get found out and spend a few years on loan or on the bench and are sold for peanuts compared to what they have paid.

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25 Apr 2016 01:22:09
Not quick enough for the top level. He isn't going to get quicker, his tricks etc are not effective enough most of the time for top level defenders. It is no surprise the games he has stood out were against lower level teams.

I'm afraid he is never going to be good enough and lacks a lot of the things that players of lesser technical skill have that make up for their lack of natural talent.

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25 Apr 2016 09:10:39
I think that is a bit harsh Beast, I'm first to admit I've been very disappointed with the lad. He has such potential, but he needs to pull his head out of his arse if he wants to reach that potential.

I don't think the way we play is suited to the kind of player Depay is, Di Maria who is a proven top level player hardly did much better than the young lad who was taking a massive step up and moving countries for the first time.

In the right team and with the right attitude from Memphis then he can become a great player capable of making the difference in key games.

He has great top end speed but his acceleration isn't great, probably because he has built himself up too much. As a result he isn't suited to a possession styled team. We have the ball too high up the pitch giving him little space to run into and requiring far more acceleration than he has in order to exploit those smaller spaces.

He needs to play in a counter attacking side which will sit much deeper and give him the space he needs to run into and get up to pace.

Which brings us to the issue of stick or twist, I'd like to see him stay and become a success with us. But that would be almost entirely dependant on his attitude and the style of play we are going to play next season. He isn't a bad player, just the wrong type of player for the way we currently want to play.

Therefore if he is displaying the correct attitude, and the aim is to become more of a counter attacking side next season then he should stay. Where as if his attitude hasn't been up to scratch, and we intend to play with possession and/ or with a high line then it maybe best to let him go and recoup as much as we can and give him the chance to be a success elsewhere. I don't worry myself about him being a success elsewhere, if it isn't going to happen with us for whatever reason then I wish him the best. No point being spiteful about it.

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25 Apr 2016 09:52:17
That's a great observation Shappy, however don't you think LvG was aware of that before signing him?

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25 Apr 2016 10:33:33
I'm sure he did to an extent mbd, but I expect he felt there was more to Memphis and he could be developed further. Also it is good to have a player or two in your squad who is ideally suited to counter attacking. At the World cup LvG kept Memphis on the bench and brought him on in the last 15-20 minutes to hit teams on the counter once the game had opened up. So clearly knew that was what Memphis' strength was. Like I said maybe he wanted to use him in a similar way, or maybe he thought he could be developed. I also read somewhere that between the world cup and when we signed him Memphis had gained over 12 pounds of muscle mass, which is a lot in a professional athlete, and will probably have had an effect on his game. This is the issue with wingers, you want them to have the strength to hold off full backs, but more muscle makes them heavier and less flexible which hits their acceleration. It's a fine balance.

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25 Apr 2016 11:36:12
I don't think he should be sold, however he did get a few chances and he did not take them! In my opinion Martial should be played on the left for another few seasons, he can beat anyone inside or out and his final product is very good and getting better all the time! So I don't know where Depay Should play! Lingards shooting is poor so maybe rotate Lingard and Depay on the right and see who nails the position!

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25 Apr 2016 11:53:58
Deserves a chance with a manager that believes in playing football. I hope his lack of action is due to someone shielding him from the philosophy and critise. Everyone on the site needs to lay off him at present. If there is no tangible improvement a years time, I would think it fair, even desirable that he goes.

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24 Apr 2016 09:52:52
Lvg seems very downbeat about yesterday. He's mentioning a lot about the board etc. Maybe the recent stories in the Portuguese Notica newspapers about mourinho coming aren't far of the mark.
Shame that the press insisted on asking him about his future rather than the fantastic game we witnessed yesterday.
I'm not lvg's best fan but yesterday was a good day and still the press were having a go.

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24 Apr 2016 12:30:57
I have not enjoyed LVG's style of football, I have not liked him getting rid of welbeck, Nani and chicharito, I have not enjoyed his press conferences and after game interviews, but a big thank you LVG for bringing Timothy fosu mensha to the club.

If louis does go this summer he will have left us a very talented player who was value for money and could play for the club for a decade. I suspect the lad will only get better and better as he gains more first team experience.

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24 Apr 2016 14:16:36
You don't have to go as far as the press schmid. Plenty Here slating him and everything he did yesterday was not wrong. It's not just the new younger fans either. Opinions are all fine but mostly come from a position of ignorance he has been a manager at some of the world's biggest clubs for 30 years or so and not every single thing he does us wrong. But every butcher baker and candle stick maker on Here knows more without every having been in the position. Yesterday was not a game to make panic changes and I thought he and the players did well.
You can't expect to play any match especially a semi final without being under the cosh at some point. Lvgs experience was vital yesterday and hee used it well imo.

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24 Apr 2016 15:58:52
An FA Cup win and sneaking into the top 4 ahead of Arsenal would be a nice retirement send off for a previously great manager who has lost his way.

He will leave us with Martial, Rashford and Fosu-Mensah.

I don't like him and want him out. But those three will do us well for the future. But his time is up and I think he knows it.

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24 Apr 2016 15:58:52
An FA Cup win and sneaking into the top 4 ahead of Arsenal would be a nice retirement send off for a previously great manager who has lost his way.

He will leave us with Martial, Rashford and Fosu-Mensah.

I don't like him and want him out. But those three will do us well for the future. But his time is up and I think he knows it.

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24 Apr 2016 17:53:52
I am no LVG fan, but enjoyed yesterday. If we had had a season like that we might well be looking forward to 3rd season under the current manager.
Now we will never know whether the philosophy is finally working or whether this is the result of him no longer trying to look after his job because the writing is ever clearer on the wall.
Whatever, yesterday shows we have more than the embryo of a good squad. We just need a few established players who are not already semi crocks when they sign (sorry Schweini) to give a bit of composure and in match leadership during tough spells.
We seem to have made an excellent start by getting a more involved head of the dugout. I don't view Mourhino through long distance rose tinted specs but he will turn this team around.

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