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17 Nov 2017 20:51:38
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17 Nov 2017 20:37:11
I see Pogba, Zlatan and Rojo are in the squad, only when you list these names down you realise what we are missing, Rojo maybe not as much but nice to have the option and can't fault his commitment.
Are all 3 likely to be involved does anyone know?

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17 Nov 2017 15:26:51
Just bought Martin Edwards Autobiography. Worth a read for any Manchester United fan.

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17 Nov 2017 14:40:41
"With Paul, you can see that there was - and now I can speak now because he's back - but you can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul's injury and after Paul's injury. "

"There are qualities in our football that influence our approach in matches, with Pogba and without Pogba, that's as simple as that. "

Quote from jose about pogba.

Ive seen posts on here to this effect and but now I've seen jose actuallt say this i wonder was our aproach to the games he's missed actually because jose relies on pogba so much for our attacking threat?

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17 Nov 2017 15:56:13
Not for just his attacking threat but the fact also that pogba is really the only player at the club who can find the balance between taking risks and playing it safe.

We have players in midfield like matic, herrera and fellaini who really only pass sideways or back and keep possession and players like micky and martial who struggle to keep hold of the ball for any prolonged period of time because they are more attack minded.

Pogba really was an turning into an all round midfielder at the start of the season, good passing range long and short, great at carrying the ball forward and shielding it and most importanly he was beginning to affect the game in the final third with goals and assists.

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17 Nov 2017 16:22:58
Yes got to admit he seemed to b the link between the middle and last 3rd of the pitch.

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17 Nov 2017 11:00:34
Why is it a managers fee is astronomically lower than players going from team to team. Is it written into their contract that the fee would be lower?

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17 Nov 2017 13:06:17
Maybe becuase they earn or less.

Interesting question.

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16 Nov 2017 19:53:51
Ed002 created 3 Sharkopods today, 1 of them was about the latest Manchester United transfer rumours.


Man Utd Sharkopod

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16 Nov 2017 20:23:06
Cheers ed. I love the ten commandments of beautiful hair. Still laughing.

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16 Nov 2017 20:42:49
Cheers Ed002, great listen as always.

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16 Nov 2017 23:27:29
Brilliant listen Ed002, There's a few in there that excites me and a few I'd rather stay clear of.

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16 Nov 2017 23:31:47
Great listen ed thank you so much! Some very surprising names in lewandowski, Casemiro and Fàbregas. Shame about griezmann. But thanks again.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. At a meal after the recent game in London, Mourinho ate with Mr Abramovich and Fabregas was discussed.}

16 Nov 2017 23:48:52
Great listen Ed002.
Seems if Jose stays we can look forward to further strengthening of the team.

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{Ed002's Note - The club will look to strengthen.}

17 Nov 2017 07:42:51
Thanks Ed!

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

17 Nov 2017 08:03:04
Thanks as always for your insight Ed002. Really enjoyed the listen as always. Take Care.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Shane.}

17 Nov 2017 08:34:42
great listen ed002, by the way who are the club looking at as potential mourinho replacements?

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{Ed002's Note - I am not getting in to anything regarding Mourinho at this time CSM.}

17 Nov 2017 08:47:21
ok ed, still great insight can't wait for the december sharkopod.

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17 Nov 2017 10:03:45
Thank you soo much Ed02 :)

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17 Nov 2017 12:21:08
You must have amazing contacts Ed if you knew about the conversation between Abramovich and Mourinho. One can only speculate on how you got the Info!

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17 Nov 2017 12:54:22
Another great update thanks 02.

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17 Nov 2017 13:48:18
Very informative Ed002 thanks for the updates and loved the Rheingold beer ad😎.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

The Plane to Russia - An England perspective

16 Nov 2017 16:44:11
{Ed's Note - we have posted a new article entitled, The Plane to Russia - An England perspective

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16 Nov 2017 20:27:08
Good read, I too agree with the pointlessness of taking three goalkeepers. I wonder if any third choice goalkeeper has ever played at a world cup. Although If Butland was to be one of our keepers next summer then we might have to take three.

I'd go for Pickford, Butland, Pope for Goalkeepers. Walker, Tripper, Rose and Bertrand for full backs. Jones, Gomez, Maguire and Stones for centre backs. Dier, Henderson, Drinkwater and Winks for midfield. Alli, Lallana, Sterling, Lingard and Foden for attacking midfielders. Then Kane, Rashford and Abraham for strikers.

Go for youth, take a couple of chances and see how it goes. They certainly won't do any worse than their older more experienced counterparts, and they may just do better. Plus then they have their experience for the next international tournament.

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16 Nov 2017 20:45:11
Hi Shappy. Hope i'm welcome here as this was actually written by myself (i know i'm technically a sworn enemy! )

If i could literally pick whatever squad i wanted, the only change I'd make to your list is I'd take Solanke, Young and Loftus-Cheek instead of Butland, Rose and Lallana. Aside from that I'd say i agree 100% with everything you've said. I do think Lallana is better than Lingard, but neither will start and Lingard offers far more of an impact off the bench and is a bigger goal threat which England lack at times.

As you say, i don't think any 3rd choice keeper has ever played. If they have, it was just to give them a game rather than because it was required! What are the odds on 2 keepers going down in 3-7games? Insanity to take 3 in my opinion, as it completely wastes a position in the squad. Out of 21 outfield players, nobody can tell me that at least one of them isn't an okay goalkeeper. From my experience, there is usually an outfield player who is better than the actual keeper, but just considered to good to stand in between the sticks! I know Jagielka used to be handy in goal (no pun intended) .

Just to add, i meant my bit about Phil Jones affectionately! He is a decent lad and a good player. If we play a back 4 at any stage, I'd go with Bertrand-Jones-Stones-Gomez. Jones is the only warrior type defender England have who isn't useless. He's actually developed into a good defender.

Thank you for reading and taking the time to reply though mate.

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16 Nov 2017 22:15:35
good read mk. You have done some good reviews recently I take my hat off to you. I agree with go with youth and form but think Vardy should get in. I'm not convinced by Henderson and would rather see rlc.

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17 Nov 2017 06:32:07
Cheers ken. I think Vardy probably will but it would be a massive shame if he takes the spot of a talented young striker who could gain much more from the experience.

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17 Nov 2017 09:44:34
MK, I found it hard to leave out Loftus-Cheek, and for me it is on a knife edge between him and Lingard. Overall I just felt Lingard seems to have more impact from the subs bench and considering neither are likely to be starters then there impact from the subs bench is one of the most important features for this tournament.

I'm surprised your prepared to cut Rose out. For me he is our best full back bar none. I know he has had a long spell out injured but if he can come back to the same sort of form he had before his injury he is by far our best full back and our best wing back. With the added versatility of being able to play in midfield.

I can't decide whether we should take a gamble on Butland, he is head and shoulders above all other options we have in goal. Maybe Pickford can get to that level, but he isn't there yet. However, the problem is will he be fit and do you risk taking him as one of only two goalkeepers. For me if you take him you need to take three goalkeepers just in case, but can you really afford to go to an international tournament without your best keeper?

I'm surprised you don't rate Lallana, I think he is the one attacking midfielder we have who has a brain and doesn't rely on his physical attributes. I think he is the one who will do something clever to unlock those tight rugged defences you often find yourself up against in international football.

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17 Nov 2017 13:20:57
It's a FIFA rule that you have to take 3 keepers (unless that has been changed in the last few years) . Don't know why it's there but it is. I seem to remember 1 of the teams in the 2014 World Cup ( was going to name an extra outfield player in place of the 3rd choice goalkeeper but were apparently told they would only be allowed to use him as a keeper. Stupid rule in my opinion, but then again, they'd probably just reduce the squad size to 22 if they removed it.

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17 Nov 2017 16:40:57
Yeah actually now you mention it Celtic Devil that does ring a bell. I wanna say it was Costa Rica possibly that wanted to only name two keepers, but seriously don't quote me on that. Lol.

Well in that case Butland goes, and Lingard, Foden and Loftus-Cheek fight over two places.

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16 Nov 2017 13:32:03
Marcos Rojo played a half for the U23 so hopefully we will see him back soon.

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15 Nov 2017 18:03:30
Seeing that the Griezmann deal is looking difficult for United, any interest in Dybala Ed002?

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{Ed002's Note - The problem is not going forward.}

16 Nov 2017 12:08:59
Ah thanks Ed002.

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{Ed002's Note - Having checked this morning it is clear Dybala wants to move elsewhere and I suspect interest has now gone from MU. There is a quick and dirty Sharkopod coming later today.}

16 Nov 2017 14:42:18
Great to hear ed!

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16 Nov 2017 15:27:17
Thats how i like my women ed002

"Quick and dirty"

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16 Nov 2017 16:01:10
Just how we like it Ed! Looking forward to it.

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15 Nov 2017 19:37:35
I thought this was interesting,

Di Maria was 'unhappy' at United
A former United translator has given two reasons why Di Maria was unhappy at the club.

Débora Gomes, told Esporte Interativo

“Firstly, he couldn’t communicate with anyone. And second because he realised the club bought him not because the club thought ‘oh, he will bring titles to us because he is a good player. ’ No. Because they simply wanted to sell his shirts.

“This I heard inside the club, the people talking. ‘Di Maria sells T-shirts, so let’s buy him’. So he was not happy.

“Then I realised, after Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, the club lost interest in football. It’s money, money, money. It’s making money and that’s it. So the players, when they try and decide who to buy, they will meticulously say: ‘what will bring more money? ’ They are not thinking of bringing joy to the fans. They are thinking of selling. ”.

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15 Nov 2017 22:35:21
That's one for the conspiracy page.

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15 Nov 2017 23:17:51
Whoever came up with the bright idea should have been sacked as they sold him the season after for a big loss.

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15 Nov 2017 23:47:01
Ground-breaking stuff. An opinion of 1 person who I've never heard of with a South American sounding name.

Supasubinho.

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16 Nov 2017 00:07:18
Didnt supasubinho play for brazil in the 90's?

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16 Nov 2017 03:25:20
It's obvious that we have been doing that though. Even the Javier Hernandez and Kagawa deals were based on this. I don't see a problem, by default a great name for branding is normally going to be very good at what they do.

ADM has a cheek as well, it's all about money for the club as he earns millions upon millions jumping from club-club - why isn't he plying his trade in Argentina?

God forbid the club want to make some money back from the investments they make! If half of these players actually performed how their spin masters perform for them then everyone would be a winner. ADM didn't perform because his heart wasn't in it and he was playing for the wrong type of manager - simples!

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16 Nov 2017 09:30:21
Not that interesting at all FZZ😁.

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15 Nov 2017 10:44:32
So Newcastle at the weekend. A must win game. We have plenty of prep time and can offer no excuses.
Martial and lindelof should come back bouncing after really good confidence boosting performances for their countries others should be fresh and ready to deliver. It's time to be stand up and be counted.
Imo a lot of our squad are in last chance saloon too many have been average for too long so if there is more in them then its time to start showing it or there will be a significant clear out over the next 2 windows. There are too many players hanging on and putting in 6 / 7 outta 10 performances consistently on a weekly basis we need 7 or 8 players producing 8 out of ten performances and a couple of 9's . The 'game changers / difference makers ' in our squad lukaku rash martial mata miki and the returning pogba and ibra have got to get back to producing match winning moments and creating chances for each other.
Obvoiusly i'm with the majority of posters on the full back issues that curtail our wide play and that may not be addressed until the summer so in that regard i'd like to see rashford used in a wide right position so that we would have at least 1 natural wide player comfortable going to the by line on his stronger foot.
Perhaps if we can get a left back / wb then jose will revert to a 3 5 2 which with a proper lwb would suit the squad personnel at this point very well. 3 cbs from bailly jones lindelof smalling rojo blind tuanzebe. 3 in midfield from matic pogba herrera mata miki jessie fellaini and 2 up front from rash lukaku ibra martial. A new left wb valencia young and darmian . A new lb or a miracle return to form from shaw is key to either a 352 or 4231 or any other formation. I think it's ado easy to double up on rash or martial. They lose the ball time and again but this is partly because they are operating in tight spaces. They have little or no overlapping support dragging defending players out of position and creating space and options for them. So they end up beating a man and losing the ball to the covering defender.
Pogba ability so stay on the ball does encourage players to make runs off the ball to support him. That has been missing let's hope that he can bring the best out of those around him.
Its time for this hugely under achieving squad to deliver in the epl and to improve individually as well as collectively and to maintain a high standard. if 6 or 7 of them don't show significant improvement then this time next year they will be plying their trade elsewhere.

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15 Nov 2017 19:24:27
Can you format your text please Ken, its quite difficult to read hence why I didn't bother.

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15 Nov 2017 22:17:45
Yh ken and a comma wouldn't go a miss either lol.

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15 Nov 2017 22:19:21
Bit over dramatic Ken. 🙂.

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16 Nov 2017 03:27:53
Did Jose help you with that brick wall of text Ken?

I agree with your post mate, we need expert wide players to come in and the instruction from the manager to be "overlap, only one CM sit if absolutely necessary to protect the back 2 (or 3 if the opposite full back sits), the rest of the team attack! ".

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16 Nov 2017 08:17:21
You were bothered enough to comment though FZZ.

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