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06 Aug 2015 07:48:50
Could someone explain to me why, despite being seeded, we face potentially tricky CL opposition including a couple of real banana skins in monaco and lazio whereas celtic who aren't seeded will be facing 1 of 5 real minnows. Am i missing something?


1.) 06 Aug 2015 10:57:38
Seeding is based on the European co-efficient worked out by how well the team has done in previous years. Monaco are a relatively new team to the CL so they haven't got a good rating in the comp and Lazio haven't been in it for years so their rating has dropped.

2.) 06 Aug 2015 11:15:47
There is a different route for Champions of lesser nations thatln there is for the 4th place teams from bigger nations. I believe it's well explained on United's site and a few other places on the web.

3.) 06 Aug 2015 11:42:27
i think a match against fenerbahce would be nice.

4.) 06 Aug 2015 12:08:38
I wondered this last night as well but from what I can see is the last qualifying stage is divided by 'Champion Seeds' and 'League Seeds'

Hence Celtic being Scottish champions they are seeded differently.

Wes369 - Fenerbahce were knocked out last night

5.) 06 Aug 2015 12:16:07
Monaco would be very tricky as they are playing very well in pre season and have talented players. The only club in the French league who could get anywhere near PSG.
On a lighter note DIMARIA saying how happy he is to play for PSG. Wont be happy when playing in some cold corner of Brittany in a 10 000 seater stadium against not even championship level sides. that's what he calls ambition

6.) 06 Aug 2015 12:25:06
Looking at the teams we can play there is a chance we may not make the group stages. , what happens then ?

7.) 06 Aug 2015 12:50:10
We play in the Europa league.

Teams who won their respective leagues have a different qualifying side of the draw to us, we are up against teams that finished lower in the leagues but qualify due to the country getting the extra place. None of the 5 teams will want to draw Manchester United. I would think club Brugge or rapid Vienna would be our best options with Moscow being the worst.

8.) 06 Aug 2015 13:00:57
Bring it on, whoever we get. 😉

9.) 06 Aug 2015 13:59:35
In order to be champions you must beat champions. Bring on anyone!




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16 Jan 2018 11:49:29
I may be in a minority but I really wouldn't be broken hearted if we don't end up with sanchez.
We paid a fortune to get van persie and how many years was he effective for us.2?. We paid even more to get di maria who clearly didn't want to come to us. We are now proposing making someone who turns 30 next birthday and who would prefer to go to city the best paid player in the premiership. I have no doubt that sanchez would give us 2/ 3 great years but I would rather us be identifying players that will give us 5/ 6 great years. I would prefer that we throw money at people like dybala, milinkovic savic, fabinho, dendonka? And if Martin is supposed to be a great prospect why aren't we being linked with him?
It's just my opinion but I feel we should be looking medium/ long term and not just for a short term fix.
Just to stir the pot a bit more if the choice is sanchez now at the sort of figures being quoted or Ozil on a free in the summer which would people prefer?


1.) 16 Jan 2018 12:09:04
I think its the oposite, that he really wanted to come to Old Trafford, that's why he is not a City player yet. Even when he went to Barca, it was rumoured that United was one of his boyhood dreams, but it was never a option before now in this window.
So i think if he comes, its his first choice.

2.) 16 Jan 2018 12:15:44
It wouldn't be the end of the world .
If we don't sign Sanchez life goes on and we will sign someone else .

3.) 16 Jan 2018 12:26:53
Allan rvp won us the league I consider that a successfull move for us. Also what makes you think dybala would want to come here, also ed002 said fabinho would prefer city and there is no actual fact in Sanchez only wanting city, he could stay at Arsenal for 6 months and sign for city come summer but he seems happy enough to come to us now itself. Do Maria was a bad signing because lvg wanted nothing to do with him unlike mourinho clearly wants Sanchez.

4.) 16 Jan 2018 13:07:15
Both ozil and sanchez for me, get rid of mkhitaryan, mata and zlatan. Same age range apart from zlatan and they are definitely upgrades and should not hurt the wage budget too heavily.



07 Jan 2018 10:06:07
With transfer amounts being what they are now I can't help wondering what a 24 year old ronaldo would be worth in this day and age. I certainly think he was better than naymar is at this age and would imagine that he would certainly be valued higher than 200 million.


1.) 07 Jan 2018 12:29:11
As much as Kane?

2.) 07 Jan 2018 12:58:47
Does anyone actually think kane is anywhere close to the quality of Ronaldo.

3.) 07 Jan 2018 13:57:21
Maybe not Red, but he doesn’t have a massive ego and he doesn’t agitate for more money every 2 minutes. He is also scoring for fun.

4.) 07 Jan 2018 14:12:32
When Ronaldo left United at the age of 24 same age Kane is now he had just scored 18 in 33 league games, Kane is on 18 in 21 games .
The previous season Ronaldo had 31 in 34 games compared to Kane 29 in 30 .
And previous to that Ronaldo had 17 in 34 league games compared to kanes 25 in 34.

You pay more for a goal scorer normally and Kane is a far better goal scorer than Ronaldo was at the same age (albeit different players ) .

Ronaldo at 24 was a very good player but he was a far better player after that age and a far better player for Madrid than he was for United.

At the same age I think Kane is right up there with Ronaldo at the time, doubt he will kick on and reach the levels Ronaldo has tho . But who knows.

5.) 07 Jan 2018 15:59:32
No doubt your stats are correct Jr but what you don't factor in is the fact that we played ronaldo on the wing whereas kane has always played centrally. Doubtless if Ronnie had played cf with us he would have scored a lot more.
Finally no matter how many goals he scores kane will never be at the level that ronaldo and Messi have reached.

6.) 07 Jan 2018 16:22:26
Allan that wasn't the question tho was it .
The question was how much would a 24 year old Ronaldo cost .

Ronaldo played as a very attacking player for United, was a very good player for United was amazing at Madrid tho .

But at 24 was he miles ahead of the 24 year old Kane?

7.) 07 Jan 2018 16:42:11
Ronaldo at 24 had won the epl a few epl titles a ballon dor an fa cup a league cup.

Jred is correct in terms of goal scoring he has a better record than ronaldo at the same age. I think if Kane stays in the epl for the rest of his career he would be delighted to score half as many as ronaldo has done over the last 8 seadons for the next 8 years of his career.

8.) 07 Jan 2018 16:53:35
Ronaldo was miles ahead of Kane . How is this even debatable?

9.) 07 Jan 2018 17:16:39
Much better player was Ronaldo at that age. One things for sure, a true great player will be judged by his trophy record. Kane at 24 is quite a bit behind in terms of a 24 year old Ronaldo in that respect.

10.) 07 Jan 2018 17:38:51
I don't think he was miles ahead to be honest, I bit ahead not miles tho .
Ronaldo had won more than Kane at the same age but what would kane of won if he was playing for city or Munich etc? Again a really strange way to judge a player .

Kane just scored more goals than any other player over the last 12 month, 56 in a calender year at 24 years old is some going .
19 in 20 league games for a team outside the top 4 this season .
To carry on from his 29 in 30 last year for a player who was only 23 .

24 years old, probably the best striker in the world at the moment he would go for mega mega money .
Just like a 24 year Ronaldo would .

Ronaldo continued to get better and his best days where 100% after he left United .
Will Kane ever reach the hights Ronaldo did? Probably not but at 24 there wasn't that much between them, although Ronaldo had the benifet of playing in a far better team than spurs.

11.) 07 Jan 2018 18:00:20
Clubs pay a premium for goals?
Especially for a player who has proved he can do it year after year .
At 24 years old he would go for mega money .

If Kane stays at spurs is a 1 club man ( much to be admired ) but doesn't win a title he will be less of a player, than if he had moved to Celtic and won 10 titles .

What a strange way to judge a player.

12.) 07 Jan 2018 19:11:06
Kane is a great plyer and I'd love us to sign him but 24 year old Ronaldo had already won the lot, including the Ballon d'or, plus don't forget the marketing factor. If Kane went for £200m, 24 year old Ronaldo would be ~£250-300m imo; silly money!

13.) 07 Jan 2018 20:52:01
And getting back to the original question Allan, he’d be valued at £300 mil +. The best thing is to compare it to the latest player to leave PL for Spain and that is Coutinho.
Ronaldo scored 66 PL goals in his last 3 seasons in England compared to Coutinho scoring 30. Factor in the medals won and records broken, Ronaldo would be valued at double the price of Coutinho. Absolutely crazy money really.

14.) 07 Jan 2018 21:12:08
Maybe judged is the wrong word Jerd, maybe more remembered better if he manages to win trophies. The greatest of players are the ones who have won numerous trophies. If Kane were to stay at Tottenham and score a load of goals but win no trophies, then yes I believe he will be judged/ remembered more for that.

But you being the all knowing might have a different view, you'd never be wrong haha.

15.) 07 Jan 2018 21:14:39
I think Alan Shearer is a good example. Great goalscorer, one of the best and I admire him for moving to his boyhood club but he scorned many opportunities to win trophies and I think had he of made the move, he would have gone down an even greater player.

16.) 07 Jan 2018 22:02:11
Matt Le Tiss the same, one of the best English players to play the game, what technique that lad had.

{Ed007's Note - Steven Gerrard too.}

17.) 07 Jan 2018 23:12:05
This is INSANE. Everybody could see that Ronaldo was already one of the best two or three players in the world, and was at some point going to be THE best. Perhaps ever. As good a striker as he is, no-one thinks any of that about Kane.

Kane will never win the Balon D'or. He will never be the best player in the world. He will not - 5, 10, 50, 100 years hence - be included in conversations about all time greats in the same breath as Pele, Maradona, Messi. Real Madrid KNEW that this is what they were buying. If they were buying him today? £400-500 million.

18.) 08 Jan 2018 00:32:02
Never heard of him Bond.

{Ed007's Note - He won the CL that year the final was rigged by the Mafia and helped fix the PL title by falling over the ball for no apparent reason.. Sounds like someone off Brookside and takes humbrage at DJ's choice of music.... One green eye one blue, walks with a stutter and talks with a limp....

19.) 08 Jan 2018 10:14:13
Kane is a great striker, Ronaldo was / is a great footballer. Ronaldo's skill level is so far ahead of Kane they aren't really comparable. Even back then. They are very different players, and to be fair to Kane, being compared to either Ronaldo or Messi isn't a fair way to judge anybody. But it's not even close. We were blessed with one of the greatest footballers to tread in a pitch and it's unlikely we'll stumble over another one in the next 20 years.

I'd still love kane to come to us though. £80m and lukaku seems like a good trade for us.

20.) 08 Jan 2018 18:10:44
We weren't Madrid where.

21.) 08 Jan 2018 21:12:24
He won the ballon d'or! Hardly an average player for us those last 4 years.



20 Sep 2017 22:06:46
Those of you who read my long post yesterday will remember that I had 3 wishes
A united win
For my home town not to be humiliated
A Burton goal.
Well I got all 3 so am a happy man tonight!




19 Sep 2017 12:25:37
With tomorrow night in mind i thought I would do an article about our opponents as I spent the first 40 years of my life living in Burton and have divided loyalties as such.
I have watched Burton in the 60s 70s 80s and 90s before I developed Ms which has now left me paralysed from the waist down. In days long forgotten any gate over 1000 was exceptional and the big games used to be against Tamworth and Gresley rovers. At half time you would either grab a pint of beer, a chip butty or pay a visit to the uncovered urinal depending which was the greater need!
It seems that Ben Robinson has been chairman for ever but he did briefly hand over the reigns to someone i knew well namely jock Gordon. Jock hailed from Glasgow and ran a local transport cafe where for a modest cost you could be fed with a mountain of bacon beans chips eggs and sausages together with a diet Pepsi lol. The downside was that you had to get used to being called an effing English ba. Rd. at all times. That said I worked for a bank close to his cafe and used to phone him up to order various baps butties and cobs for him to deliver which he would always do bless him. To say he was a character is an understatement. At a new years Eve party he was standing on a table singing and dancing and his top set of teeth fell out and landed in someone else's beer. something I can't imagine David Gill doing.
I would guess buttons most notable former player would be Ian Hutchinson who went on to play along side Peter osgood for Chelsea and scoring a late equaliser against Leeds in the 1970 fa cup final. What he was most famous for was the length of his throw ins one of which led to chelseas winner in the cup final reply.
Burton has had some well known managers. You will all know about nigel clough son of Brian and of course his predecessor was Jimmy Floyd hass before his fall from grace. Other previous managers include gary rowett, Roy mcfarland and Ian storey Moore who did of course play for ourselves. Lastly how many of you realised that Burton was the first managerial job for neil warnock 1981 to 1986.
My hope for tomorrow is for a united win but for Burton not to be humiliated. My biggest hope would be for Burton to score so that I can then say that the team i once saw lose 1 0 at home to merthyr Tydfil but that now plays in a division consisting of 2 European cup winners, 3 former division 1 winners and 1 former premiership winner can truly said to be in the big time!


1.) 19 Sep 2017 15:22:05
Thanks for sharing this Allan, what a story they are living through right now.

2.) 19 Sep 2017 16:35:42
Great post Allan.

3.) 19 Sep 2017 20:19:04

That brought a lot of memories back as I also was born and bred in that area from the 50's onwards and remember with joy the games between Burton and Gresley Rovers.

Great post.

4.) 19 Sep 2017 22:27:16
Great story mate.



07 Aug 2017 11:08:39
Roll on the end of the transfer window and the end of the Daily Bale!





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12 Dec 2017 10:06:48
NO NO NO! If Madrid want rid we should steer well clear unless the fee is significantly less than the 80m they are likely to demand.




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15 Nov 2017 11:52:55
Have never wanted bale and bearing in mind that he is having a bad season at AM I am not convinced that griezmann is worth the money he would cost. Since the board may be unwilling to sanction another huge signing 30 million on ozil might not be the worst shout especially as he has worked with Jose before. I would also agree that sorting out our full back options should be the main priority.




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05 Sep 2017 09:34:38
If micki has a good season why spend a fortune on griezmann. Would rather spend the money on a quality wide player ( not bale) and also look at improving our full back options.




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16 Aug 2017 10:14:39
As athletico will almost certainly still be in the CL why would he move in January as he wouldn't be able to play for us even if we are still in it. Next summer makes more sense.


{Ed004's Note - But it would be a massive boost if we are going for the league. It's highly unlikely that we will be competing for champions league this year and can't see Atletico mounting a challenge either}



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11 Aug 2017 15:28:48
Hopefully on Feb 1 next year we will still be challenging for 4 trophies. Jose likes his big powerful strikers and lukako can't play every game. Having ibra around gives us 2 powerful strikers and 2 speedy ones so we have good options.
As long as the deal is sensible wages wise it's a yes let's keep him from me.





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14 Jan 2018 10:50:31
Actually shappy I agree with you 100%. One of rashford martial or lingard would likely have to make way for sanchez and I don't see why any of them should. We desperately need a wide right player and moura would fit the bill perfectly imo.
You are now in a minority of 2!


{Ed004's Note - But Sanchez played the majority of the start of his career on the Right? He either played on the right or centrally with Udinese and he played on the right for Barcelona as Messi was deployed in the false 9 position. Additionally he played through the middle a lot last season for Arsenal}



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12 Jan 2018 10:16:35
With city away and clear at the top our focus should be on ensuring we finish in the top 4. To that end I want teams like Liverpool Chelsea and spurs to be dropping points. I don't want city to go unbeaten but I certainly don't want their run to be ended by Liverpool. Would be happy with a draw but through gritted teeth i would prefer a city win to a Liverpool one.
Never forget that our result against stoke is ultimately more important than what goes on at anfield.




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07 Jan 2018 15:59:32
No doubt your stats are correct Jr but what you don't factor in is the fact that we played ronaldo on the wing whereas kane has always played centrally. Doubtless if Ronnie had played cf with us he would have scored a lot more.
Finally no matter how many goals he scores kane will never be at the level that ronaldo and Messi have reached.




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01 Nov 2017 12:48:28
Can't help wondering why we don't ever have martial and rashford on the pitch at the same time, one wide left the other wide right. Got to be worth a try out especially at home.




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14 Oct 2017 18:47:06
A point at Liverpool is a good point but only if you actually try and win first. City would have been happy with a point at Chelsea but kept trying for all 3 and ended up getting them.