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Team: Manchester United

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Favourite player: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Best team moment: 1999 Champions League final or Semi final at Old Trafford against Barcelona in 2008.

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21 Oct 2017 17:12:44
I just want to say a massive welcome back to MAZE, its been a while mate.




19 Oct 2017 10:48:54
3 wins in a row in the champions league for the first time since Fergie was here, 2 of them away from home, 8 goals scored in the 3 games with 1 conceded and all I can see in the press this morning is how Mourinho is ruining our club. In my mind he must be doing something right to get everybody to hate us again.

We all know the Liverpool performance was a poor one, I think both teams cancelled each other out, he expected klopp to be more pragmatic, he wasn't and even made subs that took away their threat, we move on from that and get another away win in the CL pretty much confirming qualification into round 2 and hopefully as group winners if we don't get hammered in Switzerland.

We are playing without Bailly, Jones, Shaw, Pogba, carrick, Fellaini and Zlatan and possibly now rashford as well. Mkhitaryan has also been poor since Pogba got injured and we are still getting results in tough games and remain unbeaten so very unsure where the negativity is coming from, even Maze hasn't been on here yet so things must be going well so far.

It was nice to see McTominay get a go last night even if it was for a couple of minutes, I really like him as stated in pre season, he always wants the ball and always looks to be positive, fingers crossed he progresses as I like his attitude and how he plays the game.


1.) 19 Oct 2017 12:02:55
Good post GDS, very level headed view of the present.

I enjoy reading the headlines. It reminds me of when fergie was in charge and there were many many negative headlines about this club. But yet we kept on winning.

We, United and Jose will never be perfect, not everyone/ fan will be happy with our performances in certain but there is no doubt that we are on track now and to use a boxing analogy, we will still be punching in the 12th round and will have our hand raised many times, which is what we have craved since fergie left.

Yes, a good player GDS, really hope he progresses and gets the chance to play in a number of games this season.

2.) 19 Oct 2017 14:24:37
GDS2 - It's hard to argue with what you say mate as the cold hard facts indicate we are a force to be reckoned with. My major issue is the same as always - what's the point in having a a glamour model bird if you have to watch her perform way past 10pm on cable tv and she turns up knackered as you leave for work? (loose connection with last on MOTD again and we would be for CLTV)

So much potential, so boring to watch - be nice to enjoy all the kit we have in the locker for once.

3.) 19 Oct 2017 16:02:33
I'm just a bit confused. We started like a train but the last 2 and a half games have been dire. Hanging on for dear life against Southampton with 8 defenders on the pitch, the bore draw at Anfield, and a somewhat underwhelming performance last night. Perhaps this is a short dip, a few aren't playing well at the moment. I think Huddersfield will tell us, we should set up to attack and win.

4.) 19 Oct 2017 16:16:04
Poor game to watch last night, I think we have seen a lot of them games away from home in europe .
Keep a clean sheet do enough to win .
Can be a bit painful to watch .

We scored 8 goals in 2 games before the international break but have looked a bit flat after it.

5.) 19 Oct 2017 16:18:44

Might be a coincidence but the performances have dropped since our best midfielder and link between midfield and attack got injured, fortunately the results haven't, but I can't wait for him to be back, always loved Fellaini.

6.) 19 Oct 2017 16:21:08

We won 4-0 between the Southampton and Liverpool games, I am guessing you missed that out by accident but it does seem like all of the good perfmances are being ignored at the moment for some reason.

7.) 19 Oct 2017 17:02:43
Was that with pogba.

8.) 19 Oct 2017 17:59:49
Read the lampard interview. Bye said jose asked him about 6 times a season to stay in a defencive position and to curtail his runs. He hated doing it but doesn't think about those games when he polishes his medals.
There will be days with negative tactics and days when players simply don't play well but if we had 32 games like the first 7 and 6 like the Liverpool game with the same point return i'd be happy with that.

9.) 19 Oct 2017 22:32:25
Only thing i have hated about this week have been mourinhos comments about PSG. I think he should show a bit more respect to the club than force their hands regarding a new contract.

Dont really mind the performances against liverpool and benfica as you have to dig in and win ugly sometimes this season and mourinho has got us excelling defensively without a regualar left back and to the extent of making phil jones a reliable defensive force this season.

However I still think the club should have a contingency plan in case mourinho implodes next seaon, prefferablly pochettino from spurs in my opinion.

10.) 20 Oct 2017 07:00:28
The Liverpool game was tough to watch but everyone knew how Jose would set up. He set up the right way in my opinion, the players let him down big time in that match. It's not his fault they couldn't string 3 or 4 passes together. And even with playing so poor we were never in any danger of losing that game.

It was the two week international break and the fact everyone was saying "yous haven't played anyone decent yet" which made everyone overreact to the performance. There were more articles about Jose ruining football and how he's the anti-christ by getting a point at anfield then there was about Arsenal and Chelsea both losing!

As for the game last night. A 1-0 away win in Europe is always welcomed regardless of the laboured performance. If you look at the season as a whole, we're in good stead.

11.) 20 Oct 2017 06:32:57
GDS, I have enjoyed many of our games and we have created a lot of chances. I just struggle to see how we can go from being so damn good to so average so quickly. As I said previously there were some very odd results and performances after the international break and as is always the case on here, it is is to take a very short term view, i. e. the last game only.

I'm just still not convinced about Jose. I guess for me it's a bit like Rooney, I just didn't like the bloke and try as I might, I can't warm to Jose. Apparently he's warm, compassionate and lovely in private but hid public persona and comments are bloody annoying.

12.) 20 Oct 2017 08:08:07
And I'm not sure we can count Shaw as a loss right now.



20 Sep 2017 22:58:09
If only Rashford was any good he might have scored a few tonight, eh Shan 😉.


{Ed007's Note - I don't think Burton Albion could afford Rashford's wages but he'll have caught a few Championship teams' eye tonight.}

1.) 21 Sep 2017 03:16:14
Didn't watch the match yesterday but I am glad for the lad. Hope he continues to give this sort of performance against teams that people might have heard of outside of Burton. Cheers!

2.) 21 Sep 2017 04:09:01
Cheeky :P
I can't believe we have Rashford, Martial and Lukaku in hot goalscoring form.
And Zlatan who also scores for fun.
We are definitely winning something this year.
How awesome would it be if Rashford puts Lukaku out of the team and starts ahead of him? Wouldn't bet against him if he keeps improving.

3.) 21 Sep 2017 05:31:18
That's 23 goals in 7 games scoring 4 times on 4 occasions. I struggle to remember when we last did that.

4.) 21 Sep 2017 06:56:05
We did AJH. In LVG Era.
Ooopsss sorry I was sleeping at that times watching games. So I assumed it. Lolsss.



25 Aug 2017 11:00:21
Just wanted to say something on the Zlatan deal, I know people have made their mind up either way and I know the people who have will still support him on the pitch. I am happy we signed him, he is somewhat of an enigma and I don't really see many negatives to it as long as he isn't playing instead of players who are in form.

One thing I wanted to point out is that people are saying the style of play is better without him, but is that because of the striker or is that because Matic being there is allowing us to attack in more numbers meaning we have more options when we get forward. Pogba for example looks like a different player.

Lukaku touched the ball about 20 times against Swansea, was it really his contribution that made us play the way we did in the last 10 minutes of that game? I am happy with Lukaku so far, he is a great finisher, but if the goals dried up for a spell many on here will be on his back saying he doesn't do enough for the team.

I think it is too early in the season to really tell, maybe Zlatan will look a better player with the extra numbers we are attacking in getting in around him, he is certainly clever enough to bring others into the game. People blaming Zlatan for some of the poor performances last season do have a point, in some games he did seem to be the issue, but in many games he definitely wasn't. We played ok after his injury but we were hardly sending shockwaves around the world with our performances like we are now.

In 2-3 months time when we have played 2 games a week and the squad has been used we will know how good this signing is, until then let's just see how it goes rather than deciding already that it is a 'step backwards'. Jose seems to know what he is doing to me so I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one for now and see how we go.


1.) 25 Aug 2017 11:33:53
GDS what the hell are you talking about! Mourinho hasn't got a clue what he's doing and signing Zlatan only confirms one thing that we will be in a relegation battle it's as simple as that.

Seriously though don't talk sense on here it's frowned upon.

2.) 25 Aug 2017 11:33:54
GDS2 - totally agree mate.

We played exceptionally well against West Ham as a team. However the two other games I have watched we were generally like last season, pretty much playing how we did with Zlatan. Those were the Swansea and Real Madrid games.

Lukaku's movement hasn't stood out yet, his role in games has been limited, he has started pretty much exactly how Zlatan started. I need to see more games to make a decision especially a decision on whether we have turned a real corner with the way we play.

Matic has looked very good (looked a bit slow against Swansea), but we have played 2 weak teams and the start of the season is always a bit of a lottery because of varying levels of fitness and new players taking time to settle etc. I am obviously happy with our start, and West Ham was brilliant to watch. But we have had 5 years of false dawns and spending £100m-£200m every summer is going to bring natural improvements to any team short term - injected talent will see instant improvement.

So I'd take your Ibra/ Lukaku point and pull it further to the team as a whole. Next game will be very revealing as Leicester are better than the teams we have played so far and that Swansea performance showed a regression for me so it's important we lift it again. IMO we still don't know how to play with one striker, they are often too isolated whether it's Falcao, RVP, Rooney, Zlatan, Rashford or Lukaku, this needs working on.

3.) 25 Aug 2017 12:51:58
He comes deep for the ball too often occupying the space the likes or miki and Pogba want to be in.

4.) 25 Aug 2017 12:58:10
Good post GDS.

I agree it is Matic who has made more of a difference to our style of play than Lukaku.

When Lukaku is on a run of form there is no stopping him. But he often has spells (like many strikers) when the goals dry up and he looks short on confidence. Zlatan isn't a bad option to have when this happens.

Also one thing we have lacked the last few years is having options on the bench who can get a goal. Throwing Zlatan on for the last 20 mins is a great option to have.

He won't start every game but later in the season with injuries and 2 or 3 games a week etc he will be needed.

I can see only positives from re-signing him.

5.) 25 Aug 2017 13:21:48
GDS, good point. The counter argument is that Lukaku's movement opens up the space for the others; defenders have to move with him 😀.

6.) 25 Aug 2017 13:26:42
"Lukaku touched the ball about 20 times against Swansea, was it really his contribution that made us play the way we did in the last 10 minutes of that game? "

Yes, it was his contribution because he played as an out and out striker making runs and stretching the defence. He is happy to have fewer touches if they're touches that count, and will spend most of his time forcing the centre backs to follow him around the forward line.

In contrast, Zlatan needs the ball, and will drop deeper and deeper to get it. No doubting that Zlatan is a world class player, but he isn't what we need in a striker.

7.) 25 Aug 2017 13:43:03
Tony / Stand / Danny,

As I said some people have made their mind up, I just wanted to give an opposite side to it as to why it could work with Zlatan now we have other players playing well around him. I haven't made my mind up yet as in my opinion it is impossible to know how Zlatan will fit into the current set up because it is different from last year and not just because of Lukaku.

I fully agree that Lukaku has been stretching the defence and creating more space, I said on Saturday I would be happy if he touches the ball twice a game and scores 2 goals, but there is more than one way to skin a cat. This way of playing has worked so far against 2 mediocre / poor teams but when teams work us out they will plan for how we played in those 2 games and wouldn't it be great to have a top player to bring in to play a different way. Managers planning in the week won't know which United are turning up, that can only be a good thing.

Lukaku has always been great at scoring against the lesser teams, Zlatan has always been great at scoring big goals in important games, I am hoping some of you are eating your words when he smashes in some last minute winners in some big games, which as we all can't disagree with, he is more than capable of doing.

8.) 25 Aug 2017 13:53:53
Think jose disagrees Danny but maybe we should bow to your greater knowledge and experience. how are you doing on the titles won front in your managerial career? 😁😁😁
Great post gds.
If he makes a positive contribution on and off the pitch then that's all that matters.
He was the only prem player selected in the top 10 in europe last season. Selection was by all the the coaches in europe so Danny i think you need to convince the football fraternity right across europe as most of the people who know seem to think otherwise.

9.) 25 Aug 2017 17:13:23
The whole attacking unit has looked better with out ibra .
Jose looks like he has done a mate a favour prob won't be fully fit till xmas don't expect ibra to play much to be honest not good enough the question is can his ego take it?

10.) 25 Aug 2017 17:18:51
Ah Ken, Jose the omnipotent. Just talk me through his last season at Chelsea again. I like what I'm seeing from Jose but it doesn't mean we can't debate some of his decisions.

11.) 25 Aug 2017 17:28:40
Post of the year jred. ' looks like Jose did a mate a favour' comedy gold😂.

{Ed001's Note - why is that funny? It would not be the first time it has happened at United. Bebe ring any bells?}

12.) 25 Aug 2017 18:19:10
I didn't realise that this was the new board for uncritical Jose worship, can Ken be the ed for it?

I don't know what's so confusing about saying that Zlatan is not what we need. Last season Zlatan was great, but most of our other attacking players struggled because the way he plays doesn't compliment them. Our team plays better when they have striker creating space in the final third by pushing the CBs deeper. It also gives players like Pogba the chance to pick out passes in behind. With Zlatan you get a very static player who likes to drop deep, so the cbs can push up and help close off space in the middle. It's not rocket science, and fairly obvious what the biggest difference has been this season so far.

If Zlatan was signed to be an impact sub, I have no problem. But I just don't see him being happy with anything other than starting the big games.

13.) 25 Aug 2017 18:27:47
Of course we can debate any of his decisions that's what we are here for. Sarcasm does not always come across in text.

Of course it happens ed i mean moyes gave rooney a bumber contract but resigning a 20 goal plus striker on half his previous salary i think the club should be delighted.

{Ed001's Note - one that has caused problems with young players and when his signing will come at the expense of their chances of first team football? Not sure I see why you would be delighted about that personally. If it was me I would rather Rashford, Martial and other youngsters got any of the gametime he will get.}

14.) 25 Aug 2017 20:36:04
I would get too excited about the half his salary line when the club know that the player is unlikely to feature for the first half of the season. So it's more like Zlatan will earn the same wage he earned last season for the months he will play, and the club have agreed to pay for his rehabilitation.

15.) 25 Aug 2017 20:53:59
Totally disagree ed i'd rather have ibra up front than martial this season if lukaku were to be injured.

{Ed001's Note - ok, each to their own. May as well sell the lad then if you are not going to play him until he is the finished article as he will never get there.}

16.) 25 Aug 2017 22:58:47
Id keep rash and i'd have been happy to loan martial for a season to the likes of inter or monaco to be honest ed. I think he will get more game time there and come back a more mature player and person.
I think if we are playing 1 up front then there ibra is a better and higher scoring replacement for lukaku than martial or rashford.
Some on here feel ibra slowed our play and i can see that but look at the goals scored when ibra was out of the team they were much less and neither rash or martial did nearly enough to replace zlatans goals.

17.) 26 Aug 2017 06:33:20
To be honest none of us know what part ibra will play by the sounds of it he won't be match fit until the second half of the season and imagine we won't renew his contract thereafter so how much will he really harm the rashfords and martials chances besides they play more on the wings than up top and I can guarantee one thing ibra won't play there.



13 Aug 2017 18:46:21
Can only echo what everybody else is saying (even Beast! ), brilliant performance today, let's not get carried away but we look a much better, faster team this season and we have a striker who will score 30 goals in the league in my opinion.

I do wonder if Jackson still doesn't mind that they sold us a player that we so desperately needed in our midfield. I am guessing that isn't how Matic played most of last season but wow if he plays like he has in his first two games we are in for some good times. Looks like he has been there for years, should only get better.


1.) 13 Aug 2017 18:54:41
I can only echo your echo GDS but what I will say is Jackson always said he was disappointed Chelsea sold Matic to us but anyway less of that.

What a brilliant performance Matic has completely changed the way we play arguably the most important signing this window.

2.) 13 Aug 2017 18:58:26
I agree GDS, he seems to be playing a different role for us than he did at Chelsea. Not sure where this leaves Herrera but after a 4-0 win I'm not really bothered right now 😀.

3.) 13 Aug 2017 19:14:59
If we bring in rose or aurier or both we will be a force to be reckoned with.

4.) 13 Aug 2017 19:16:01
Herrera will play in tighter games with Matic sitting. He'll get plenty of game time.

5.) 13 Aug 2017 19:30:11
Bring Aurier in to rotate with Valencia and get a fit and firing Shaw and we will be massively better than we was today and we was brilliant today roll on Saturday.

{Ed004's Note - We were fantastic today but I think Aurier will be needed to cover and most likely replace Valencia}

6.) 13 Aug 2017 19:33:47
Like lindelof .

7.) 13 Aug 2017 20:21:16
Not Herrera's biggest fan myself so don't mind too much if he isn't an automatic first choice. I know I get pelters for that opinion as he was player of the season last season and played well, I just don't think he is at the top top level that we will need to take us to the next level.

8.) 13 Aug 2017 20:53:11
GDS, there are a number of posters who I respect greatly and you're one of them, fair play that you say what you think and don't give a stuff how people react, top man.




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08 Nov 2017 08:26:48
Mata to Madrid in this mornings papers, Ed0002 ahead of the game as ever.




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27 Oct 2017 14:59:39
You joking panebello?




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21 Oct 2017 17:14:19
Would be comfortable with all 8 of them leaving in the summer, don’t think any of them are good enough to see us get to where we want to be, none of them would get in the city team and that’s our biggest challenge.




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12 Oct 2017 13:57:55
I think we would have a very successful spell in the clubs history if Jose stays for 8-10 years, if we keep improving the quality of players as we have so far under him and continuing to improve the youth system he will leave us in a good position and success on the pitch would relate to even more success financially, i am very excited for the future of our club and think the team is in capable hands.

As Beast says though, contract don't mean a great deal in the current game, although as it stands I can't see a better manager out there for us and can't see a better club out there for Jose so all good as it stands.




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09 Oct 2017 14:14:29
Tracey Neville's nephew as well.





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13 Nov 2017 13:08:46
Interesting you think Watford away will be an easy game Beast. No games are easy in this league, 3 wins in the next 3 would be very impressive and get us back on track.




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10 Nov 2017 09:46:20
I’m confused why people keep saying we are turmoil. People seem to forget what’s happened and just judge us on the last game, West Ham are in turmoil, Everton are struggling with Europa league and the league like we did last year, they are in turmoil. We are 4/ 4 in champions league and 2nd in the prem, a lot of clubs would pay a lot to be in this kind of turmoil.




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08 Nov 2017 19:45:10
I can highly recommend the ‘quickly Kevin’ podcast, it is all about 90s football with loads of 90s footballers as guests, one of the episodes is with one of the makers of championship manager and they have a great discussion about players such as samba that were great on the game and the thought process and scouting that goes into it all, very interesting and worth a listen if you were into the game or loved 90s football as much as I did.


{Ed001's Note - I will go look that up now, thanks GDS2. I love all football.}



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07 Nov 2017 09:13:30

Shoulda woulda coulda, Alli didn't score and we won, you could say we would have beat Chelsea if Rashford's header goes in, it works both ways.

We are 37 games unbeaten at home, the longest run in Europe, we have let 4 league goals in at Old Trafford 2017 and none this season, not sure how when we are terrible in most games.




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06 Nov 2017 23:36:59

Jose doesn’t agree the fees for players, he just identifies the players he wants, one of which we didn’t get.