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29 May 2015 13:14:26
Ha Lolerpool continue thier pillaging of Southampton with a pathetic bid for Clyne.
with other clubs with UCL to offer interested I doubt a bid of double that would see him join them

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29 May 2015 10:35:15
Hi Edd's,

Do you know of any interest that we have in Aymeric Laporte of Bilbao?

Cheers, Ronnie.

{Ed004's Note - I don't sorry}

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29 May 2015 11:33:03
Seen a few comments regarding Pep being lined up to be the next United manager and as the Giggs debate seemed to go smoothly I'll ask another one.
Is Pep as good a manager as his CV would state or is he lucky to have had 2 world class squads to work with?

{Ed025's Note - lucky for me welsh..

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29 May 2015 11:49:17
When I look at the plethora of trophies in his cabinet I couldn't brand him as lucky even if I wanted to.

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29 May 2015 12:31:53
ive never seen a team play the way his barcelona team did.
the way they hunted the ball back and then just passed through you.

one of the best team I've ever seen

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29 May 2015 12:37:32
I know it's a bit different in terms of players but look at our squad when Moyes took over, a title winning side on high morale after winning the 20th title. I don't think Pep would have been able to win the league with that side but I do think he would have still competed up there with the other big boys.

Yes he has been fortunate but how many managers have we seen fail with very good teams just for another one to come in and do amazing with them?

Pep is a world class manager and I'd take him here in a heart beat.

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29 May 2015 12:36:06
Lucky but also talented, not been really tested yet for me

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29 May 2015 13:10:16
Lucky to have landed the squads he's had, but extremely talented to have managed and delivered at such a high level. Love to see him here in the future.

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29 May 2015 13:30:38
Agree with Brendo and Pabawazza, he's defo got lucky but he's surely very good too.

Would be nice to see him given more of a challenge one day and he does have a lot of the qualities required for the united job. I've always preferred direct football to possession football but seeing as we've gone down that route with LvG perhaps Pep would be the ideal next candidate.

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29 May 2015 13:41:45
With the squads he inherited also came egos, it's only natural when you're surrounded by World Class players, they all have egos which is why they are the best so to get them all playing together, manage them across a period of 50/60 games, dropping them, adopting various styles of play, I'd suggest Pep is a good manager.

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29 May 2015 14:07:04
It helps if you were a top class player with the ego side of things I think. Players will automatically respect him. I know it doesn't always work like that.

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28 May 2015 22:49:16
Hi Ed 001 or 004
What RB would be interested in, now we've cooled our interest in Clyne? Are we interested in Carvajal or Darmian? Thanks!

{Ed004's Note - I would probably guess Alves}

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29 May 2015 09:33:56
I honestly think, from what I've seen from Carvajal, that he is the weakest player in Real's team and I think he isn't a quality player at all. Clyne, Alves will be far better options.

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29 May 2015 14:51:07
Cavajhal is a beast. Great work rate at getting forward and back. And awesome distribution from the wing aswell as from depth.
For me, he is the better option of the three by a distance. Surely Alves' years will catch him, but Defo has another 1 or 2 at the top level. So he would be my consolation. Clyne is far too erratic for my liking, no doubt he has potential but in a 'Zaha' kinda way. He tends to go missing, and has 1 good game out of every 4 or 5. Just isn't consistent enough.

We will probably end up with Alves until a better option becomes viable

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28 May 2015 10:02:25
Is there any update on gundogan ? Seeing that it's going to be announced at the weekend

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29 May 2015 00:16:36
Erm. What's going to be announced?

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29 May 2015 09:31:47
He is coming. He his not coming. depends what paper you read. no good second guessing. Or wishful thinking. first game of season, we will all know. Whether it's an exciting campaign or a disappointing one. only time will tell.

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28 May 2015 04:19:54
question to the eds, can you tell us which clubs are interested in picking up our 'fringe' players and who we are most likely to loan out?

for me the rumour januzaj could be loaned to psv for a season would make a lot of sense in terms of his development. but i think he might get more game time in a 4-3-3 playing opposite depay with rooney up top so he may want to stay and fight for his place.
are villa wanting to keep clev? and do you think a club like bournmouth would be a good fit for wilson next year?
also, i know its still very early days but as it stands now, what are the chances that di maria could leave for psg? personally i think he could really own a spot next to herrera, infront of a carrick/ sneiderlin, where he would receive a lot of the ball and get back to his early form but is his heart really in it?

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28 May 2015 22:24:39
I just wondered if any of the eds new if we have an interest in John Stones

{Ed025's Note - all the top teams are interested in him MB...but he is going nowhere ....i hope..

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28 May 2015 22:52:55
How I wish we could get Stones and Laporte

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29 May 2015 10:34:53
He is very talented Ed0025

{Ed025's Note - he has a great future MB but as we have seen with rodwell and now barkley sometimes their progress can stall, but john seems more level headed..

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27 May 2015 20:17:18
Not long ago 001 commented on Bale's possible departure this summer. I just wondered if he had changed his mind in light of Benitez's impending appointment?

{Ed001's Note - right now it is all up in the air, Perez changes his mind like the wind. The fans have turned on Bale though, so Madrid have accepted he can leave, it is just finding someone willing to pay the money that he would choose to join. Champions League teams only.}

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27 May 2015 20:40:11
With Depay signed up and the price being branded around do you think United will make a play for him 001? I personally think we will make a tentative pitch for him to test the water and see what happens.

{Ed001's Note - I think LVG has made the decision to take Depay instead. It really depends on if Woodward decides another statement signing is needed or not, plus what happens with Di Maria could change everything.}

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27 May 2015 21:22:02
Have you heard anything on Di Maria lately to suggest he could depart ed? Or are you just speaking in general terms? I must admit I am struggling to see how Depay will fit into our system at the minute.

{Ed001's Note - he is still not happy in Manchester, PSG would buy him if they can do so within the FFP ruling.}

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27 May 2015 21:43:15
Here's hoping the FFP sanctions become more lenient then. Au revior Angel.

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27 May 2015 21:44:46
I hope Di Maria is sold to be honest. I understand the issues he's had (house being broken into) but he just doesn't look interested. I think we will then go for another wide player but don't think we will be successful with bale. Would like to be proven wrong though! :-)

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28 May 2015 10:08:38
I hope he is sold too, I think with Depay on board and talks of another winger not sure what we do with him when young looks twice the player he is on both ends of the pitch. Then there is janusaj and nani also coming back. Frankly i prefer to nani than Di maria given his performance the last 4 months. Go ahead and throw abuse at me but that my view LOL.

If true that PSG or Bayern want him surely we should recoup most of the transfer cost but be prepared to lose some money and in return try and get one of Verrati, Marquinos, Muller or lewandowski.

Marquinos they might not be willing to let go but Verrati might be possibility also muller given his relationship with Van Gaal might be a possibility.

Let's face it during the most critical period of the season in that stretch against spurs, Liverpool, city, chelsea and everton he was deemed as a bench warmer and contributed nothing and in many ways Young was our stand out player and made the difference.

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28 May 2015 14:24:19
GCU - Di Maria is levels above Young in the attacking third even when he's playing poorly. Young just lumping in speculative crosses game after game and getting lucky to even have 4(?) assists seems to please fans and they label him as playing well. Baffling really and it just shows how low standards have got at United that Young is being talked about as one of our best players this season. Young is a squad player at best.

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28 May 2015 18:33:42
Prodigal

Young was miles better at everything. If Di Maria did not have his name on the back of his shirt and people did not know what he looked like, most would have said get that slug off the pitch.

He was so so so poor it is hard to describe. Bad passes, losing possession, poor crosses, wild shots from unscorable positions and never got past the defender, got pushed off the ball, dived, so not sure what the love fest is all about. HE WAS PURE SHIT and some will hang their hat on that he will come good next season which i do not believe so, he is not suited to pl.

We could have bought a winger for 8 mill and got the same sort of performances.

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28 May 2015 19:22:07
I think you are missing my point GCU. Despite how poor Di Maria has been, without him we would directly have 15 less goals. Young contributes barely anything in the final third except covering ground, whereas Di Maria can contribute 10 assists (the second most in the league) and 5(?) goals despite playing poorly and being on the bench half of the time. That is the sign of a great player and if he gets better, more technically proficient and aware players alongside him like Gundogan he will justify his price tag. Even now he still contributed more than Young in attack by a long way. None of our players are aware pass and move/fluid types of players that Di Maria thrives off except for Mata and they can't feed off each other because they are on opposite flanks. The Mata goal against Liverpool would be a frequent occurrence of we can get more of those players in this summer and Di Maria can get settled to stay.
If Di Maria had kept his early form up would have won the PFA player of the year award, strange how most people seem to forget his first few months at the club before the break in. In summary - as bad as Di Maria has been, he has still been better/more important than Young who shouldn't be starting for a club with our ambition and stature.

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27 May 2015 15:16:28
Are we still interested in Reus?

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27 May 2015 20:40:26
RTFP!

{Ed025's Note - well said JMB.. :)

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27 May 2015 13:09:16
Hi all,

Not posted in ages, but been keeping up with all that has been said. It seems like this year there are less rumours such as my dads best mate works at Old Trafford and he seen whoever blah blah. all we seen to be doing is distrbing the Edds. Has anyone actually heard any rumours? (Plz don't make anything up about anything) sometimes instead of us thinking the club was tryna sign such a player, they could have been trying to sign someelse who never appeared on the papers radar. anyhow much respect to all of you with great insights & opinions.

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27 May 2015 13:47:47
Shnider is currently in the back of my uncles taxi, been there since 2012. Alves has just parachuted into Carrington. The Russian air force have promised to drop Garay and Witsel off the next time one of their TU-95 bombers encroaches on UK airspace. Pig Stable is currently hitching a ride on a German U-Boat so might never get here.

If I hear any other rumours I'll definitely pass them on.

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27 May 2015 13:58:28
haha and there always has to be one!!

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27 May 2015 16:41:33
king aky, isn't the point of this site to share information wheather true or not?

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27 May 2015 11:29:02
Well ed002 told us time and time again not to be surprised if UTD go for Benzema many months ago and now its all over the rags

tip of the cap to you ed

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28 May 2015 00:29:05
Anyone think we should make an approach for the sevilla centre forward Bacca I know he is not so young but he knows where the goal is.

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28 May 2015 07:13:26
Bacca - never, too old! Mind you with the possession football we seem to be trying to adapt too, maybe?

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28 May 2015 09:09:57
Not sure what is unbelievable about the post? Ed002 definitely said that and it is definitely in the papers. Either people can't read or they struggle with the meaning of words

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28 May 2015 18:09:43
What are peoples thoughts on benzema as i can't say i have ever been overly impressed but admit i have only seen him in about 10-15 club games over last 2 seasons plus televised france internationals. I wasnt impressed with adm before he came and i fear benzema may not put in performances to warrant what i would expect to be a substantial fee. Can any posters who watch spanish football regularly provide their opinion?

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29 May 2015 02:38:28
Benzema, for me is probably only behind suarez in terms of natural strikers, If we could get him, look out the rest of the premier league

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29 May 2015 12:41:52
Thanks jase for the response i'm hoping i have only seen him when having a off day.

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26 May 2015 09:03:02
Hi eds are we interested in Higuain? I think he would be a great signing.

{Ed007's Note - So do I and according to Ed002 Utd could be interested in him although PSG may look to Higuain if Cavani is sold and Benzema is not available. and Arsenal may turn to Higuain as an option if they cannot bring in their first choice.}

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26 May 2015 16:55:33
That is really interesting, I have said before how much I like Higuain. He really is a poacher in the RVN mould (not that level though).

For say, £25 million he would be a great buy and not such a massive name that you couldn't leave him out.

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26 May 2015 20:49:12
Many thanks 007 for passing on insights. Much appreciated.

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26 May 2015 20:49:12
Many thanks 007 for passing on insights. Much appreciated.

{Ed007's Note - No worries (yes)

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25 May 2015 19:28:35
Otamendi's agent has come out and said that the player wishes to leave Valencia and will do everything in his power to make it happen! Any eds have any news on this? Our any other teams interested? Thanks

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26 May 2015 11:59:54
Wouldn't mind him but not for the 36million or however much has been quoted numerous times.

{Ed004's Note - Would prefer Hummels or Laporte}

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26 May 2015 12:13:49
Definitely agree with you there.

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26 May 2015 13:51:24
If we get any of the three i'll be happy, 004.

{Ed004's Note - Same tbh}

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26 May 2015 14:37:11
I am greedy and would like Otamendi and Laporte.
I would then like to see a mix of those two and smalling and Rojo being rotated.

I would send Jones out on loan to a team where if he can stay fit he can play regularly. That way we can see if he can improve with games. I am not sure we can give him the game time he needs to establish himself if we want to challenge for the title.

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26 May 2015 14:53:27
As much as Smalling and Jones haven't done that bad this season. they look so frightened on the ball and panicky. I also think we could of had a better start to the season if we didn't start with a back 3 for like 10 games or so.

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26 May 2015 17:25:46
Otamendi and Laporte would be fantastic! Kurzawa left and Darmian right, back four sorted!

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25 May 2015 15:22:18
Ed's, I was wondering whether you could clarify who (realistically) we would be signing this summer? I understand it's difficult as with everyone knowing we have a lot of cash to spend we have been rumoured to be buying everybody!!

I can't see bale, ronaldo or muller being signed. We certainly need world class talent in cb, cm and St but I also believe additions are needed at rb and amr.

Cheers

{Ed004's Note - A rb, cb, cm, Depay and possibly another forward or midfielder will be signed I think}

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26 May 2015 11:39:35
Any insights to actual bids we may have made for players?

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27 May 2015 10:18:23
I am very certain we have made a bid for sneijder

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26 May 2015 07:57:34
Morning Eds are we still intersected in radja nainggolan?

{Ed001's Note - yes, there is still interest there.}

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26 May 2015 10:21:40
Thanks for the swift response, I think he'd be a top top signing for us

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25 May 2015 13:06:18
Supposedly PSG is offering us van der wiel in exchange for di maria and i would assume some cash. Throw in Verrati and i will personally drive those two to OT.

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25 May 2015 13:29:02
Chelsea may hijack those two if u take roadways. Better take a private jet instead GCU.

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25 May 2015 13:38:57
I don't think Di Maria can replicate his true self in the EPL. Nonetheless, we should give him another season because he has shown glimpses.

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25 May 2015 13:41:52
Van Der Wiel is so overrated. I remember about 3 or 4 years ago when loads of clubs wanted him(especially Chelsea).

I really hope we keep Di Maria, bit of confidence and he will show his class.

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25 May 2015 14:20:47
PSG would be getting the champagne out if they could get money off a transfer fee for Di Maria by offering us Van der Wiel who is poor.

Matuidi, Verrati or Lucas are the only PSG players I'd want.

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25 May 2015 14:23:02
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He could be no worse than Jones lol. He can at least pass which jones seems to be hopeless at and don't get me started on his long balls as during the Hull game he hit a few and on some the closest unite player was not within 10 yards of where the ball was lol.

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25 May 2015 14:24:46
Money coming our way not the ether way mate.

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25 May 2015 14:32:52
I'd take Marquinhos from them in part exchange given the choice. Then again if rather not sell Di Maria because when he gets more quality around him he will play a lot better.

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25 May 2015 14:57:10
@ God Created United

You realise Jones isn't a right back? I'd stick with Valencia as RBt than Van Der Wiel any day.

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25 May 2015 15:20:41
Off course i do and not sure what Jones is :)

Agree with Prodigal Marquinos would be an excellent swap and i don't think Dimaria is going to be anything but a luxury player and a poor buy given what we paid for him.

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25 May 2015 15:50:36
If Di Maria is off to PSG, then we're taking Marquinhos! Remember, back to front lads! Then we buy Laporte, Shaw's already here and it's only RB to deal with?

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25 May 2015 17:05:09
Selling Di Maria would be a mistake unless we had Bale lined up. We will struggle to find a better 'world class' winger on paper. In practice he has not been great, but on paper he could be.

I'd rather have Di Maria in the squad as a starting option than not.

{Ed007's Note - It's a pity football's played on grass and not paper, Di Maria struggles to play on grass, he was no better than average at Madrid so I don't understand how anyone is surprised that he has been a major disappointment this season - what did fans expect, had they not watched him? How anyone could genuinely think that Di Maria is world class or that he even has the potential to be, is beyond me.
I said at the time and still believe that Utd didn't sign Di Maria for footballing reasons, they signed him to show they still had financial clout and to appease the fans for a disastrous season.}

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25 May 2015 18:05:10
Di Maria was regarded as one of the worlds best at the end of last season getting countless assists and being a real attacking threat. I doubt the whole scouting team and coaching staff would go for him if they don't rate him.

But that is the beauty of football, everyone has their own opinions.

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25 May 2015 18:59:36
I've never read a ed response n felt the need to respond because it's usualy accurate n I tend to agree! I watch a fair bit of Spanish football and 2/3 seasons ago di maria started to change my opinion of him! When he signed for them I remember we were linked so I looked out for him and I thought we dodged a bullet he seemed a slightly better version of nani(basically pants) but since then he's progressed and I beleive become a vital part of Madrid winning things like alonso, modric? Yes ronny n benzema get them goals but those 3 make them tick and angel had nailed the role given to him he looked to me t be a good buy (in today's market) I did think he'd adapt fairly easily but he hasn't. I still beleive he'll show his class so hope we stick with him? But like 'twas said the reason footballs so great is it divides opinion. Ps great read all season n part of my football ritual so big thanks t the edds for the thankless task they do

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25 May 2015 18:15:27
I would tend to disagree with Ed007 on this. Di Maria is a class player though not consistent. EPL is an unforgiving place where you get no time to settle and no time to have ball at your feet. He might be a luxury for a team but one which United can afford if we got sufficient steel on other parts of the field. If we do that, we can judge him after next season.

{Ed007's Note - How come any player that moves to Utd needs a season to settle in yet players go to Chelsea and Arsenal and hit the ground running? Bale at Madrid, Suarez at Barca didn't need a season to settle in, it seems to only happen in Manchester and usually only for Utd at that, I'd say it's just an excuse wheeled out for players flopping, I'm sure I read the same kind of excuses for Kagawa and even Veron in the past. Why did Utd waste so much money on a player who - in your opinion - will only play well if Utd spend more money on players to cover Di Maria's many failings? What did Madrid do wrong that he was no better than average for them as well because if you watched a lot of Madrid you would know that Di Maria is nowhere near as good as some Utd fans would like to think, they based it on the CL final without watching him week in and week out.
You would think for the money paid you'd be buying the finished article, Di Maria is nearer a scribble on the back of a fag packet.}

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25 May 2015 20:19:44
If he was so bad then why did Real Madrid sell Ozil over Di Maria first?

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25 May 2015 20:30:58
Well,it isn't peculiar to United alone,certain Shevchenko,Fernando Torres,Materja Kezman and Crespo at Chelsea took longer at the club with no real spark to their billings. The thing is, these things happen in football. You'll like to look at what happened to Chamakh at Arsenal.IMO,a player needs more than a season at least, be it sentiment or not.

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25 May 2015 20:10:32
Ed
That would be because our whole team and club is in transition. All those other clubs are very stable.

{Ed007's Note - Ah that old chestnut, another feeble excuse that gets wheeled out to cover up failure. I suppose Utd's 'transitional period' will carry on until they win the league again, sounds a bit Scouse to me.
Didn't Bale join Madrid the same summer Mourinho left and Ancelloti took over and isn't this Suarez and Luis Enrique's first season at Barca as well, European teams and players leaving England don't seem to need transitional periods.
Perhaps if Mourinho had been brought in as manager Utd wouldn't be in transition... again and for the THIRD summer in a row, it's not half dragging on this transition, and costing plenty.
You'd think £150 million spent would have pushed things on a good bit but once again and for the THIRD year in a row Utd still need players for the same positions, CB, RB, CDM, CM and up front to take the pressure off Rooney, add in that De Gea looks like leaving and this transition could be a long and frustrating road if Utd are going to waste money on inferior players like Di Maria.
Do you think the Utd team looks as if it had that amount of investment last summer? The only signing I'd give pass marks to is Herrera and even he could have been more involved throughout the season.}

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25 May 2015 20:24:04
Francis Jeffers ozil Shevchenko veron Torres duff ballack 50 million for Torres!!!!

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25 May 2015 19:55:21
Ozil was a Arsenal player that still hasn't hit the ground running even after 2 seasons.He has a big price tag, he also was good at Real.
Sanchez is a different story he has been brilliant, he's also a team player which is nice to see.

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25 May 2015 20:57:13
U feel strong on this di maria thing hey ed? I like it n stand ya ground but I'll stand mine I don't think it's the players around him that make him play well I just think he's not been consistent or shown what he can do? I do watch a lot of Spanish footy n when I watched Madrid the players I noticed (not stood out) were alonso modric n di maria! The 1st two were real solid unselfish team players and angel was more of a flair version who could not only pick a pass but could beat a man! Ronaldo n benzema would love him back and at times you could c his link up wiv Rooney n mata was there as I hope it will b next season? I agree his 1st season hasn't been what's required of a 60mil marquee signing but let's hope he kicks on I'd rather him do that than have 3-4 months of good footy then show nothing like the afor mentioned ozil n bale have at there clubs. Not a dig just a opinion

{Ed007's Note - You noticed Di Maria because he runs about like a headless chicken all over the park, I must have blinked and missed the flair you're on about.
P.S. Seeing you're so friendly with Ronaldo and Benzema any chance of getting a couple of signed tops we could use as prizes on the sites? And if Ronaldo ever reminisces with you again about players he misses etc ask him what he thought of Roy Keane for me, thanks.}

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25 May 2015 21:19:57
I'm afraid I'm with bond on this one the only player who has been worse this year is falcao who was told not to let the door hit him on the way our! If we could get anything close to what we paid for him I would craft a throne from the oak tree in my garden and get my children to carry him to his next destination.

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25 May 2015 22:28:19
Completely agree with Ed007. When we signed him I knew it would be a mistake. He's a slightly better player than Nani but nowhere near world class. Only managed an average of 25 appearances a season for Real so if he was truly world class why didn't he play more often.

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25 May 2015 22:53:41
Haha I like the sarcasm n reading my post back it did seem I implied I knew what ronaldo and benzema were thinking? I was merely saying from what I seen he linked up well with them and they seemed to appreciate his assist and runs? I really do value your opinions and don't want to antagonise u as others have! I just think he's worth 1 more season as other achievable targets are not much more accomplished alternatives to angel? Another bad season we take a 15-20 mil blow or a good season and we have the player we want. Ps I don't know ronny or benzema but could probs get u a Jason walker shirt who plays for my local club barrow who are conference north champs no less! Not the same pull as ronny but may fetch over a fiver ha?

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26 May 2015 00:26:36
Di maria will come good.

{Ed007's Note - Well that's cleared that up, do you know when because I've been waiting since 2010 to see it.}

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26 May 2015 00:36:56
Sorry ed007 have to disagree with you on this, the only reason, in my opinion he has struggled to adapt to the PL is the physicality compared to spain. don't forget he was man of the match in the champions league final, and you don't just lose talent over night. He has shown glimpses of his ability for us, for example the wonderful goal against Leicester, he just hasn't shown it consistently. I have a feeling that if he stays another season you might just be eating your words.

{Ed007's Note - And there it is 'don't forget he was man of the match in the champions league final' - point proven I think. I don't eat words btw, don't you know they go straight to the hips?}

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26 May 2015 01:04:30
Lol, that made me chuckle, but what point am I proving, I also said you don't lose talent over night, which I stand by, and if you can prove that talent in the final of the most difficult club competition on earth, then surely he is not just a one trick pony like Nani who hasn't proved himself at all. Also the technique required for that goal against Leicester, is no short of world class.

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26 May 2015 07:08:55
I am with Ed on his views as struggling with physicality is one thing but simple footballing things that you would expect is not there. I think his thought process and reading the game that you would expect from a 60 mill signing is very poor.

I hope i am wrong but don't believe so and i think we are stuck with him given his wages and the cost and far and few teams will be able to afford that and not sure they would be interested.

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26 May 2015 11:08:59
Bond,

I haven't seen enough of Di Maria for Real to judge how good he was / can be but I have been disappointed this year and hope that he can improve, as the glimpses of quality he has shown have been fantastic, just nowhere near often enough.

The thing about transition would be 'Liverpool like' if we hadn't won the league for 25 years and hadn't just lost the manager who made us the force we were before he left. We are clearly in a transitional period, one which we got totally wrong last season and needed to start again this season, if in 5 years people are still saying we are in transition then it will be like Liverpool, but losing SAF had a major effect on the whole club and it takes time to recover from something like that, especially if it is handled so badly.

{Ed007's Note - It's a pity more teams don't suffer from these transitional periods, Utd might be able to cash in if they did. Pellegrini won a double in his first season at City and after spending £150m this season Utd went out the League Cup to MK Dons and were battling for 4th all season. Is that part of the transition or is that a complete embarrassment and abject failure, where does the buck stop?
It's embarrassing that Man Utd see finishing fourth - 17 points and light years behind Chelsea - as a success, especially when you're splashing nearly £60 million on one player, you say Utd got it totally wrong this season, I say they got it totally wrong this season and if LVG is still here in August they'll have got it totally wrong for next season as well, there's nothing I've seen this season to make me think that LVG will deliver any kind of success to Utd, qualifying for the CL isn't enough for a club like Utd.
Come next summer when Utd have failed to win the league again what do you do, sack LVG and start the transitional period all over again?}

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26 May 2015 13:26:11
Hazard went from being the best player in france for two years to the worst player at chelsea in one summer. It takes some players time to adapt. Add in the fact that LVG himself needs to adapt to the english game and has taken time to nail down a formation then it is no surprise that some players have struggled. Mata looked like he had no place in the squad until we went to 4141 and put him on the right. A consistent formation and a lack of injuries and di maria will show why we signed him.

I do agree with Ed that he was signed to flex our muscles and keep the fans happy but he is not the only player we could have signed to do that.

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26 May 2015 15:02:05
Bond,
What do you suggest? We sack the manager right away? Yet it will be another people opinion the manager should've been given more time. Don't forget the same measure was taken over a year ago with the former manager(though most agreed it was the right decision to take)
Then,do we sack the current man in charge again after a season in charge? Not forgetting he just brought us back to Europe after last season's huge disappointment?
I think he deserves another season. I am very sure he will be shown the exit door if there's no significant improvement in our game plan after September.

{Ed007's Note - So you'd give him another transfer window to spend millions and if there's no improvement sack him in September? Hhhmmmm, that makes perfect sense.}

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26 May 2015 19:07:11
007, who do you support btw? It's clearly not United.

{Ed007's Note - You're right, I'm not a fan of Newcastle at all although I am a keen supporter of Mike Ashley's work in Scotland.}

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26 May 2015 21:45:09
Ah Rangers fan, which makes you a Chelsea fan too from what I've noticed with my Rangers supporting flat mate? Is Ed002 the same? With the anti United slanted posts I thought 002 was a scouser but now I think it's quite clear 002 is a Chelsea fan in one form or another. 001 is a Liverpool fan I gather?

{Ed007's Note - Rangers were liquidated, and no I don't support The Rangers either, I'd actually rather contract AIDS than support either The Rangers or Chelsea.}

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27 May 2015 14:16:54
Got it haha. I can't understand how you don't rate Di Maria. His assist record is phenominal and even being on the bench so often he has 10 assists to his name this season, he is a creatively he is unmatched IMO. For the first 3 or 4 months he was on fire, scoring worldies and playing brilliantly. After the break in at his house he hasn't been the same but I definitely consider Di Maria in the bracket below Ronaldo and Messi, despite his lack of tactical/positional discipline.

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28 May 2015 13:55:24
Must be Celtic then? I hate Rangers too! They beat my Dads precious Queen of the South in the playoffs! (Growls)

{Ed007's Note - That's a good enough reason for me! :=D

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28 May 2015 17:24:29
For the first 3 or 4 months he was on fire? I think you mean weeks.

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25 May 2015 12:59:56
Don't know who Duncan Castles is but he is saying Gundogan deal to be announced shortly.

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25 May 2015 13:24:45
For the right price he will be a great signing. United moving in the right direction by finally addressing the weaker areas.

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25 May 2015 13:42:50
The same guy who thinks we will go after Keylor Navas if De Gea leaves.

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25 May 2015 14:24:02
Hmm

I guess it is then BS. I don't even know who Keylor Navas is and don't think i have seen him play. Don't watch much of Madrid and prefer Barca and Valencia games.

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25 May 2015 15:00:05
Gundogan is one of the most talented all round midfielders in the world. He'd be my number one target alongside Pogba.

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25 May 2015 16:04:31
Prodigal7, name me one game in the last 18 months where Gundogan played like one of the best midfielders in the world? He had that ability once, but his game was heavily relient on movement, something his back injury has robbed him of. Rememebr his back injury was never fully diagnosed nor was it ever fully recovered from. He had debilitating back pain which went away after 12 months, no treatment seemed to work on it and nor was the root of the problem ever fully diagnosed. As good as he once was i wouldn't go anywhere near him. What a player once was capable of isn't always what they are capable of now.

We took a massive gamble on a player not fully recovered from injury this season in Falcao, let's not make the same mistake twice.

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25 May 2015 17:07:38
Couldn't agree more Shappy.

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25 May 2015 17:08:07
Maybe there would be a slight risk, but we would have the necessary Medicals completed to ensure he doesn't have any long term issues with his back. Gundogan himself has said he's only playing at 80% this season because he's not fully fit and back to his previous level. That should improve next season and regardless, Gundogan at 80% is better than Schweini at 100% he's that good! Even not 100% fit he's been fantastic this season.

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25 May 2015 17:40:08
I watched Dortmund saturday, and have to say Gundogan was quality first half. Defending high up the pitch and spreading passes in possession.

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25 May 2015 18:53:12
Didn't gundogan complete 100+ passes and have a hand in all dortmunds goals in there last match?

End of the day gundogan would be a massive improvement on our midfield and I'll be buzzing if we sign him

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25 May 2015 19:12:14
Thats the thing though Dortmund sent him to see the worlds best doctors and back specialists, and they couldn't figure out what was wrong. So it will probably be that it will never be known what his ailmemt was. It also just got better with time.

But with little known as to what was wrong with him and no garantees that it won't come back or any sort of plan of what we could do if it does then that's a massive gamble.

If he had returned to 100% then you could argue that it could he worth the gamble. But if he himself after 2 years admits he is only about 80% fit then there is a very good chance that he'll never get back to what he was. for me that makes it a no go. We need to bring in several players this summer, we can't afford to allocate a large part of the budget on an injured player for a key position. It would he reckless to say the least.

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25 May 2015 22:21:52
Medical experts all over the place here.

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26 May 2015 00:40:34
Its a fairly well known fact that back problems are one of the hardest muscular problems to diagnose. (Im not claiming to be an expert btw) but for that reason alone I wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole.

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28 May 2015 06:36:13
Jase

I am with you on that. I can do 115 kg on a flat bench weighing 74 kg but not allowed to do any dead lifts or squats due to a an old disk injury. It never goes away no matter how strong you feel physically and it can happen anytime again if i am not careful.

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24 May 2015 17:36:10
Whats people's take on the gaitan rumours? He's been linked every season and apparently utd are in talks over the transfer. don't know much about him but doesn't seem a position we need fillin.

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25 May 2015 10:25:46
Would take over Mata wide right, depay wide left, Rooney centre.

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25 May 2015 11:16:58
He isn't good enough, Mata, Di Maria, Depay, Januzaj and on this seasons form Young would and should all be played ahead of him if he was here. If we are looking at that sort of player then we need to either push through a deal for Bale or move for Roberto Firmino. Both are miles better than Gaitan. Maybe even consider De Bruyne, although he does play best centrally.

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25 May 2015 12:07:36
Really average player and poor fitness to boot. Since moving to Portugal he's missed nearly 40% of Benfica's league games (65 out of 170). He might be available for €35 million - which I suppose in this day and age is considered cheap - but I'd rather see us re-sign Bebe than bring in Gaitan.

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25 May 2015 12:12:47
We need a far better striker than Rooney if we want to challenge the best. He's a good striker, but we need the best.

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25 May 2015 13:07:29
Complete Rubish I would say as we have no interest. Mendes represents many players including DDG.

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25 May 2015 15:01:51
Hi Syd,

How've you been not seen many posts until lately? Yeah I agree we need a top drawer striker with good movement in just thinking he won't be dropped next season as he's captain, 2 pacey wingers may help him next year.

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25 May 2015 17:14:29
Just out of interest who would you get Syd because I can only think of Aguero and Lewandowski who are top,top strikers maybe Suarez too.

If I had 1 fantasy signing it would be Neymar who would everyone else get ??

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25 May 2015 18:33:58
We need either speed or strength and power. Or both is such a player exists? Rooney can score goals, but he also can go several games without scoring and can be non-existent in games pretty much like RvP has been this season. For power I would go for Lewandowski or Cavani, even Benzema is strong albeit not tall. For speed there is the likes of Aguero and Suarez which are never going to happen. Neymar also wouldn't happen and I think he could struggle in the robust EPL. I would probably go for Cavani, however if we go for Cavani, Bale will unlikely happen due to cost. Cavani for me guys. Tall, strong, prolific when playing central.

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26 May 2015 00:32:30
Lewandowski would be brilliant in the prem

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26 May 2015 01:27:00
1 fantasy signing would have to be Pogba.
Would'nt mind Hazard though or Lewandowski, Cavani, Neymar, Messi, Feck it can we have them all.

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24 May 2015 21:50:57
United confirm Falcao has returned to Monaco following his loan spell.

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24 May 2015 23:23:37
shame really was a class stiker pre injury/pre monaco. but it wouldn't be logical to sign him even for a cut price.

wasnt good enough, and not worth the fee they want

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25 May 2015 08:06:15
Don't think he had a chance. He's hardly played and when he has played he has had zero service from Young and Valencia all season.

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25 May 2015 09:03:55
Falcao was an expensive rental taken out to help us regain CL football. In a system of 4-3-3 he struggles to impose himself and I think we need a striker with more strength and pace.

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24 May 2015 13:31:17
With Lvg stating we need a no. 6 midfielder l believe we have one already in the bag. He has already criticised the late arrivals last year so all the business will be done very early for a full pre season together. If we the ground running who knows what could happen.

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24 May 2015 13:59:16
I hope it's Schweinsteiger, he wouldn't be fit for all games, but he and Carrick sharing the load would be a delight to watch.

Also I would like to ask the any of the Eds about how good Yohan Cabaye is defensively, can he play a no 6 role?

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24 May 2015 14:36:01
I am positive that it will be Schweinsteiger and not Gundogan. And for me, that is a better deal. Yes Schweinsteiger and Carrick may have their own injury concerns but between them we would always have one fit with Blind as third choice.

Cabaye - it's clear to see how out of depth he is against the top teams in the CL so for that reason I would pass.

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24 May 2015 18:12:43
Gundogan is the better player and is 24 instead of 30! Will only get better.

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24 May 2015 18:38:04
There is a reason bayern would let Bastian move on. He is past his best and now on the decline! Why settle for other teams over the hill players when we can go for someone with their best yet to come?

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24 May 2015 20:20:12
Schweinsteiger isn't past his best, Pep just prefers Lahm and in particular Xabi Alonso.

Schweinsteiger is still a class act.

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24 May 2015 21:37:22
And Thiago. Shouldn't we be aiming higher than other teams' peripheral 30 year olds?

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24 May 2015 22:31:27
I think the point is that we have quite a few holes to fill and to replace Carrick could cost £30m+ in today's market when a fully fit Carrick could play all or most of next Year
Schweinsteiger if he was fully committed could play 6 or slightly further forward where he has for bayern.
At.31 He could play for another 3 years so for 10m could be a bargain and leave cash for other areas.

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24 May 2015 22:54:08
I'm not saying I wouldn't accept Schweini, but for me there are plenty of better options.

{Ed007's Note - 'Schweini'??? :=D

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24 May 2015 23:23:39
If we can get Schweinsteiger in for 10 million it will be one of our best buys for the last 5 year IMO.

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24 May 2015 23:32:34
Yeah Schweini Ed :) Bastian and I are besties so he told me that Schweini is what his pals call him ;)

{Ed007's Note - Well that's a good enough reason for me then, Schweini it is. And if he signs can we expect to hear the old REM classic 'Schweini Happy People' ringing round the ground?}

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25 May 2015 00:02:15
Can't see a better signing out there that would cost under £30 million. He's won the lot and knows how to win - crucial.

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25 May 2015 03:56:33
'schweini' is what most folks in Germany affectionately call him. I think he would ba a great signing.

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25 May 2015 06:15:28
Damn good player and a leader on the pitch. We could do a lot worse and if we get him it would be some signing.

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25 May 2015 11:20:45
I don't see how you can think he's past it?! In the World Cup Final in my opinion he was 'Man of the Match'. He ca do it on the biggest stage! Exactly what we need going forward.

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25 May 2015 11:21:44
I like the suggestion Ed! We could combine it with my new personal favourite "spirit in the sky" remake being sung non stop for the last 2 matches. I could sing those 2 exclusively next season :)

{Ed007's Note - I heard that on TV yesterday, that's what football chants should be like instead of that awful Kicking a Blue that seemed to be the only song Utd fans had for a while there.}

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25 May 2015 17:15:07
I actually quite liked that one Ed :/ but I don't think it's a patch on the new Georgie B song :)
I'm hoping Clyne will sign just so when I've had a few I can sing "red red Clyne, stay close to meeee" lol.

{Ed007's Note - Did Utd open a singing section and if not would you, or anyone else on here, be keen on it? The atmosphere at OT comes across as very flat on TV.}

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25 May 2015 19:01:06
Yeah it's open in the north east section I think. I like the idea of but I'm not a season ticket holder so couldn't sit there. I'm living in Fulham now so it's difficult to get to PT as much as I'd like. The atmosphere isn't what it use to be but at the same time I don't think it's as bad as is made out. The high roofs mean that the TV cameras (which I'm guessing are at pitch level) don't pick up much sound but if you're sitting around the stretty it's pretty loud. I remember seeing an article last year saying that United was still the loudest stadium in the country? Another issue is that the stretty and singing section is quite far from the away section so the banter is a bit difficult and granted, the fans they put around the away lot are usually the quiet ones on their iPads etc.

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24 May 2015 13:26:49
Jonker will be leaving Arsenal to join United as our technical director. Will be heavily involved in all aspects of coaching and scouting at the club (first team and academy).

{Ed025's Note - its a good swap that...jonker for plonka.. :)

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24 May 2015 10:44:56
The ronaldo rumours are true, but we are not the only club interested in him.
Reliably informed in Spain !

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24 May 2015 11:16:30
"Great coach and amazing person. Hope we work together next season." This is quoted from Ronaldos' twitter on about Anchelotti, so I doubt he will be moving on.

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24 May 2015 12:28:40
You mean PSG that's in the news everywhere

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24 May 2015 12:36:50
3 easy steps to get more money out of Real Madrid : by Christiano Ronaldo
Step 1: Look unhappy when on pitch and let this out to the media.
Step 2: Say I'm still in love with United and would love to go back home.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 untill you get more money.
Once you get a better contract come out and say: I love it here at Real and wish to stay here as long as possible. My time at United was great but they are my past.
This news seems false as he hasn't done step 1 this time. When Ronaldo left I thought he would be remembered fondly by our fans for his contributions but didn't realize the fans might act like obsessed ex girlfriend, chanting his name while he's playing against us rather than supporting your own team.
I've lost all respect towards him since his antics of using United's name everytime he wants a better contract at Real.

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24 May 2015 13:14:39
Don't listen to a word Marca say.

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24 May 2015 14:37:25
Ancelotti could take over at PSG and Ronaldo is linked, the two could both go to Paris.

I would never turn Ronaldo down, but he won't be here next season.

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23 May 2015 23:37:03
Ed, am I right in saying that our interest in Schweinsteiger is because we can't get either of Pogba or Gundogan?

{Ed004's Note - Don't think so. They all play different positions.}

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24 May 2015 10:22:07
I just get the feeling gundogan prefers barca and pogba also prefers barca. If we thought there was a good chance of landing either we wouldn't want Schweini as well.

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24 May 2015 12:55:06
My worth if they land Pogba and Gundogan.
That team would be unbeliably strong. Brilliant passers and brilliant attackers.

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25 May 2015 06:14:17
Rohan

Neither will get in unless you think they are going to sit Busquet and iniesta. Never in a million years are the two you are mentioning better than what they already have. They need to replace Xavi but Pogba does not fit that mold. I think they also have rakitic, who imo is better than Gundogan. Pogba is loose with his passing btw.

Was talking to a friend who are generations of barca fans and know that club inside out. He reckons the player they will come for is Herrera and said they have watched him as kid and tried to sign him but he would not come as there were too many midfielders at Barca but firmly believes he is the guy who will eventually sit in Barca's midfield.

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23 May 2015 18:01:18
Ed had a bash at the search bar and didn't really see any specific names mentioned. Do you know of any whispers on potential strikers or are we going to make do?
Cheers as always.

{Ed004's Note - I have only seen links with Kane, Berahino and Cavani in the press but they all seem very unlikely.}

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24 May 2015 10:06:22
Benzema, Cavani, Ings and Kenedy I think Ed said a while back tho.

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24 May 2015 12:21:30
Thanks lads starting to get somewhat concerned on lack of attention the media has paid to our potential dealings on goal scorers. I hope this is due to Ed Woodward being cloak and dagger.

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24 May 2015 14:38:22
Rooney will be the starting striker. Berahino would be an interesting signing.

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25 May 2015 13:25:46
Throw a spanner in the works? Rooney îs the nearly 30 and on £300k a week? Especially after his performance against Hull? We need a new striker? 8-10 years younger and put him on half of Rooneys wage? OK, he's done a lot for our club, we thank him, move on! Berahino, Ings, Kane? Personally, I'd like Lacazette at Utd next season, but we can all but hope? Also, Inigo Martinez would be an ideal Defender to bring in? Still hoping for Laporte though?

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24 May 2015 09:06:50
extra speculat
added now because bale was left on bench last night what the likely hood of us landing him?

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