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12 Nov 2018 23:56:35
Everyone should check out Mason Greenwood's goals at the weekend. He is scoring every week and despite being slightly too young at the moment if he continues to improve the way he has in the last 18 months he will be some player by the age of 20.

Obviously got the people calling for him to be in the team now because he can score past some 15 year olds, but I am happy seeing him grow at the right level, it does seem unfair on them young lads he's playing against though as he is a few levels above, good to see the future is bright in that department, hopefully he stays fit.

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1.) 13 Nov 2018 08:16:57
Yes, let him play in the reserves now, loan him to lower leagues after may be after 2 years.
Do not rush him into First team.


2.) 13 Nov 2018 19:24:27
Had my eye on Greenwood for some time and wrote on here about him when i learnt he could take free kicks even penalties with either foot. He is close to the age when he either kicks on or stalls, perhaps like what we see from Rashford. It’s that point in a career where the best go forward, like Rooney and Ronaldo and will be too good not to play in the first team. Rashford could still get back on track but Greenwood has potential to be better

Keep your eye on James Garner as well, and look up an interesting article on him in one of the national newspapers last week.


 

 

03 Oct 2018 09:29:00
Just in answer to a few posts and Ken below, I don't think a new manager would come in and get us challenging for the title this season but they might allow us to challenge in games against lower teams and not be lucky to be in the top half of the table. The players we have might not be good enough to finish above City and Liverpool but they are good enough to be comfortably top 4 and any excuses to the contrary are nonsense IMO.

Jose came out last night and said 'we don't have many players with intensity', 'we don't have technical quality to build from the back', 'we knew we wouldn't create 20 chances' and best of all 'we thought with 3 or 4 chances we would score and win the game'. What the actual hell is he talking about? How can professional footballers who have all played in teams before that created plenty of chances suddenly not create any chances against an average Spanish team.

He also had 2 players last night who have played for Valencia in Pereira and Mata, both who would have loved to get a game and would have given us 110% against them, Andreas doesn't make the squad and Mata spends 90 minutes warming up hoping to get on and we only make 1 sub despite the fact we are clearly struggling I imagine leaving him gutted.

He just doesn't get it and what he is doing makes zero sense. We saw this same thing happen at Chelsea and unfortunately it is probably going to get worse before it gets better, another season without CL next season for us I think, not that it makes much difference if we play as dreadfully as we did last night, what's the point in being in the competition?

I am known as too positive on here generally and I haven't posted for a bit as I don't like to overreact but I don't think this is an overreaction, the players need to take a long look at themselves but without a change in manager I can't see how this gets better. I really hope it does, but look at our fixtures after Saturday, we could be about 13th by mid November, how bad does it need to get before he goes I wonder?

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1.) 03 Oct 2018 10:07:47
he has had his time, the dinosaur isn't going to magically change his style.

it is boring and the players look bored playing.

i don't agree with the way the players (some of them) have acted but i was working under a manager like jose the way he is and the way he acts i wouldn't want to play either.

we either stick with him and finish outside of the top4 maybe get a top 6 finish, but the worst is yet to come.

people are banging on about would a new manager make a difference, just look at how hazard is doing under a new manager with confidence and a positive approach.


can anyone really see where we are going to get our next win from.

Newcastle at home Sunday, they haven't won, this will be typical of the way thing are going atm for us and i wouldn't be surprised if we lost the game.


2.) 03 Oct 2018 10:06:39
Good post GDS2.

One hire can change everything, it just depends on who that is and who does the hiring.

We need to shift out a few players though irrespective as there are rotten apples.

I just wish people had listened 3-4 months into he tenure when it was patently obvious (to me) this was where we were heading. The procrastination, defending of the indefensible has also contributed to Jose staying in this job and corrupting matters far longer than he should have been. Such a shame he followed LVG and not SAF as we would have been far more decisive.

I take little satisfaction in the 'I told you so' lines as it has been a truly awful couple of years as a Utd fan and it's easy to be an armchair expert. But we are just as bad now as we were by the Autumn of his first year in charge, we have lost so much ground expecting a leopard to change his spots. We hired the failed Chelsea manager, not the Jose of years gone by - just wish the club would do something about it rather than penny pinching. Can't help but feel that Woody is in a bit of bother as extending Jose's contract in January was criminal considering how we were playing.

We need to do the needful now and salvage this season, bring in some energy and positive forward thinking players, get rid of the hype players and get back to our roots. It would be so good to have a team back that plays the game the appropriate Utd way and look like we can go places. Patience with the right man is vital, but with the wrong man it is dangerous!


3.) 03 Oct 2018 10:40:55
Beast,

Oh yeah you really hate to say I told you so, course you do. If you are negative the whole time you'll be correct eventually. You have to give a manager time and in his first season we won trophies, last season we came 2nd in two competitions and still played some good stuff, especially early on. It has not been a dreadful 2.5 years, it is this season where the major issues have started and he will certainly leave us with a better squad than he started with.


4.) 03 Oct 2018 10:49:20
beast who would you hire if given the choice?

zidane is the fav but is he the answer.

do we go for the younger manager or go for a NAME yet again.


5.) 03 Oct 2018 10:53:46
I wasn't negative the whole time. I changed after I realised the first few wins were flattering the performances. I have remained consistent since then - just as our overall performance levels have remained consistently bad (one or two random good performances admittedly) .

Hard to say somebody was correct when you have argued so vehemently against them. I understand but don't beat yourself up mate. Hopefully the third time I say something you will listen a bit more rather than jumping automatically onto the other side of the fence. You never know the next hire could be a good one.


6.) 03 Oct 2018 10:55:55
Fully agree with both posts GDS2.


7.) 03 Oct 2018 11:18:03
I don't think he'll get sacked until top 4 is mathematically impossible, same as with Moyes. However if results continue to slump as they are and we drop down the table then it could happen sooner rather than later. I have zero confidence in Woodward though to make the right appointment.


8.) 03 Oct 2018 11:20:56
Sorry, you weren't negative the whole time, just after 3 games of his first season, I apologise.

I haven't argued against you, I have just had a different opinion and still agree with my opinion over the past couple of years. I would like to hope that next time we have a new manager you give him more than a few games before coming on here spouting how we should all listen to you as you know best, but I won't hold my breath.


9.) 03 Oct 2018 11:21:55
Also Beast I don't think anyone was expecting him to change his spots. He failed at Chelsea because he lost the dressing room but that same dressing room also did the same thing with Conte and AVB so in fairness events at Chelsea with Jose never looked like an isolated incident. What we did expect with Jose was someone who could motivate this team and compete. For several reasons its not worked. But the solution isn't as easy as changing managers. This squad needs a good clear out. Too many either aren't good enough or are just bad eggs. And Woodward needs removing from decision making on the football side.


10.) 03 Oct 2018 11:31:11
Agreed GDS. Whoever takes over needs patience. Its going to take a lot to turn this around. He'll need to rebuild morale, ship players out, impose his own style and philosophy, bring in and integrate his own players. I think the first few months will be very hard to watch but given time it'll turn around. Problem is that by September a section of fans will have already turned and be complaining nothing has changed.


11.) 03 Oct 2018 12:27:55
So long as we hire a young, intelligent, hungry manager that wants to play the game the Utd way they will have my support. Pick players on form rather than reputation, build an identity, try new things if what they are doing isn't working. Build the team into a team, rather than a glorified International team with other priorities. Somebody that is proud to manage the club and commits 100% rather than half in/ half out or thinking they are above it all. Somebody that can accept they make mistakes and LEARN FROM THEM.

Ultimately it didn't take a rocket scientist to realise by Xmas of his first season that Jose was not the answer, just like LVG wasn't. But out fans need to start being analytical and realise that the manager isn't the club, bad decisions can be made, people can be bad fits and most importantly loyalty is earned not gifted. If the next guy is all the things above they will have my support so long as we look like we are going in the right direction.

We need to bring enjoyment back to the club, it's not fun being a Utd fan at the minute, it can't be fun for the players or the manager. They are compensated heavily to deliver and it isn't working - make the change now, we can still get top 4 and have a good run in the CL. If we dither then the job gets harder and harder for the next guy.

Without interviewing the person I wouldn't like to put a man forward, but I do like Jardim (he is doing badly this season but his squad has been decimated), I like how Lyon play, I like how Sassuolo play very much their manager is Roberto De Zerbi, he sets his team out the right way for me and would be an outside punt, unknown quantity really but we need fresh ideas and they certainly play the game the way Utd should play.


12.) 03 Oct 2018 13:45:35
no one would be calling for jose if the football BRAND he played was positive.

3 years later and we still look like a bunch of guys that have been picked from the park.

forget about transfers its his job as a coach to get the best out of his players and he isn't doing that.


13.) 03 Oct 2018 15:09:26
Agreed bolger and beast. People seem to think we want our managers to fail. The complete opposite is true. I yearn for a young manager to come in and be close to his players and play in a positive and aggressive manner. A young tommy Docherty will be great. In fact I'll take docherty now over Mourinho 😅.
And Woodward, who is being portrayed as a financial genius, extended Mourinho's contract in January for no reason whatsoever. If he was working for me, I'll be questioning his decision making and sacking him as well as Mourinho.


14.) 03 Oct 2018 17:23:33
I yearn for the day woody is sacked.


 

 

09 Aug 2018 09:35:19
'From what I read and hear it is difficult to believe we finished 2nd. You are capable of making people who finished 2nd look like the got relegated and people who finished below us look like serial winners'

Hear hear Jose.

GDS2

1.) 09 Aug 2018 09:42:14
I agree it is difficult to believe but it's mourinho's negativity in public that causes that. He never focuses on anything positive and always has something negative to say so Jose as your say we finished 2nd last year cheer up!


2.) 09 Aug 2018 10:03:57
not entertaining though. i watch football to be entertained.


3.) 09 Aug 2018 10:06:56
New signing - my info is no says Jose.


4.) 09 Aug 2018 10:13:22
His press conference today was pretty positive so you probably won’t see much about it.


5.) 09 Aug 2018 10:29:00
If you want entertainment youshould watch com3dy shows. Football is more of a business then entertainment now a days.

Do you think Real Madrid played entertaining football under Zidane, they just cared about winning and didn't really bother about how entertaining they are.


6.) 09 Aug 2018 10:48:32
sorry singh but i don't agree! i don't pay to go watch business! fans want entertainment, i struggle to watch a full match these days as it's boring simple as that. does it make me less of a fan, i don't think so. i 've never been a fan who needs a shiny new player every ten minutes so i don't really care about signings in all honesty, but i do care what i see on the pitch and it's crap.


 

 

06 Aug 2018 13:05:40
Bit of a strange one at the moment with Jose's comments and people seemingly turning against him based on a few dodgy performances with half a team out in pre season.

It seems from listening to Jose that he agrees with most of us on here, we need a centre back, a left back and a right winger, or at least 2 of these, and as it stands the club are failing to provide that. I think we all recognise that with for example Alderweireld and Pulisic in this team we suddenly look a hell of a different prospect, so we actually agree with Jose on my many things.

A lot of people seem to be slagging Jose off for being negative about the exact things they are also negative about, if Jose was writing on here about the squad I think he would be saying the same as the majority of people about where we are short. He is a winner and wants to win the league as do all of us and he recognises along with all of us that this squad is 2 or 3 players shorts of being able to challenge.

Let's hope we get these players in because I think there will be a huge turn on here into positivity and in turn Jose will feel the same way as us, that we then have a chance of challenging.

Over to you Ed.

GDS2

{Ed025's Note - good post that GDS..


1.) 06 Aug 2018 13:13:46
Hi GDS,
Fantastic post - fingers crossed we get at least 2 out of 3.

{Ed025's Note - even meatloaf would be happy with that KG.. :)


2.) 06 Aug 2018 13:18:25
Top post and a very sensible one.


3.) 06 Aug 2018 13:37:48
Tbf he got a winger (even though he's looked so much better up front in a two man partnership) in january.

And he got two centre backs in two seasons.

He hasn't come out and said why they aren't sufficient. He just wants the club to spend tonnes of money on older players.

The club are well within their rights to not trust jose considering he hasn't stayed longer at a club than three seasons and it is know he's not happy in manchester.


4.) 06 Aug 2018 13:48:15
Jose is a master at turning football matches into wars of attrition. He prefers warrior's to footballers. When it works he's a genius when it doesn't he's anti football and the enemy of the game.

He's a sticking plaster on an arterial bleed. His tenure was only ever going to be short term and he's not been given the tools to succeed. No point in moaning about it now we all knew what was coming when he was appointed.

In my opinion we should trust in the traditions of the Club and follow the model that has brought us a clear formula for success. We need a young, hungry manager that will promote and encourage youth. Has a philosophy and a commitment to playing entertaining, attractive and attacking football. We as fans also have a responsibility to show patience and restraint once someone delivers this philosophy even if success is not achieved instantaneously. I've heard a lot of posters say they'd rather us play attacking, caviller football even if we don't win but I'm always sceptical of these posts.

In my opinion more pressure must be applied to the board to demonstrate a commitment to ensure that the team challenges for the top honours and does not settle into a world where success on the field is LESS important than its success off it. The money is generated by the Club, its history, its tradition and its fans and not by the Glazers. They haven't invested a penny of their own money and let's not forget the massive debt they have saddled on the Club and the amount of money required to service it. As far as I'm concerned almost all of the money generated by the Club should be invested back into the team. Let's not kid ourselves the teams that spend the most money predominantly enjoy the most success. Of course there are exceptions to every rule but this is an inescapable fact. Liverpool with a stadium and turnover half the size have invested significantly more than us in this window. How can this be allowed to happen when our team is still in need of significant investment ourselves? Yes money can be wasted and often is by ALL Clubs but this a poor excuse for not spending it.

In my opinion the problem lies squarely with the Glazers and not the manager. Ok we might not like his style or his methods but I have absolutely no doubt that he wants us to WIN. I'm not sure the same can be said for our owners and the only place they seemingly want to win is on the stock exchange.


5.) 06 Aug 2018 13:42:57
"I am confident I will get one [new player], but I think two I am not going to get - which is not a drama,  in every pre-season it happens the same with every club which is the manager wants more. It's our nature, you always want more for your team but then club decisions are different and normally you don't get what you want which happened during all my career.

"So if I get one player until the end of the market, that's fine. "

Doesn't seem that bothered to me, this is real life not football manager .
It's the fans who want us to buy 6 first team players every summer for 500mil and then get upset when we don't.


6.) 06 Aug 2018 14:39:02
Dlib. Totally agree.
Gds, good post but you mentioned we need a centre back, a left back and a right winger, then you wrote "or at least two of these". Why? We are Manchester United, the most successful club financially. So why do we have to settle for 2 out 3? At the moment, we haven't got any of them. And that is irresponsible and unacceptable behaviour by our owners and the Woodward plonker.
But i don't think they give a toss. And that's the worrying part. I have had two season tickets since 1969, but i have not renewed them this year, i have passed them on to a friend. I love the club as much as i love my family, but with the present owners, I've lost my respect for the club and i shall not be lining their greedy pockets with any if my hard earned money.


7.) 06 Aug 2018 14:47:43
AAA,

I said at least 2 because I’m not sure if Jose is going to give Shaw and Young another season, Young never let's us down and this would be Shaw’s last chance. Also, just because we are Man United doesn’t mean teams will just sell to us. You’d be first to moan if we overpaid.

Shame you’ve felt the need to lose your season ticket, I’ll be there on Friday supporting the lads and I can’t wait, maybe I’m a mug but couldn’t dream of giving up my ticket, will be going through thick and thin as always, I hope you regrets you decision and I’m sure you hope you do as well.


8.) 06 Aug 2018 13:38:33
Nice pop culture reference there ed25.

I am, surprisingly, listening to Bat out of Hell as I type.

{Ed025's Note - good choice jonny..


9.) 06 Aug 2018 16:07:06
Did exactly the same AAA. Just had a son and feel my time and money is much better soent in him and not the club.


10.) 06 Aug 2018 11:44:34
Good post GDS2 and it puts matters into a different light.

People are disappointed with Jose for a number of reasons. For me (and most, I think), it's the style of play. It's almost as if he's on strike with the team setup because he isn't getting his way - which we've seen before. I do totally agree with the positions that we need to fill and RW has been a priority for a few years now. Hopefully he gets his way and things change.


 

 

01 Aug 2018 01:37:43
Well that first 30 minutes was a breath of fresh air, maybe we won't gef relegated after all 😉.

GDS2

1.) 01 Aug 2018 02:01:34
We are lucky to be winning but cannot keep posession of the ball and are defending too deep. Oh well nothing new i guess.


2.) 01 Aug 2018 02:05:54
really good performance so far Sanchez and Mata linking really well and fred looks like he will give us that energy in midfield that we have been missing.


3.) 01 Aug 2018 02:12:10
Reman,

You watching a different game?


 

 

 

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11 Dec 2018 23:54:46
Jose has said Garner will be on the bench and Greenwood will be 19th man in case someone gets injured. Shame for him as I think he deserves a game based on his form this season even if he’s not quite ready.

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14 Nov 2018 16:03:31
Sell Fred?

Nothing like a giving a player time to settle at a new club eh.

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03 Nov 2018 21:11:24
10 points from 12, beat a team today who have been in great form and haven’t lost at home since last time we beat them. Sanchez looked good leading the line and Martial can’t stop scoring at the moment, things looking up if you ask me.

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04 Oct 2018 12:55:47
Eric,

It isn't a tag it is the nickname of our great stadium, I am sure you have been when things are going well, the name makes perfect sense.

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26 Sep 2018 09:27:37
Not sure you can beat him with this stick, is Woodward supposed to tell the shareholders things aren't going well when they are?

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13 Dec 2018 12:57:46
Did we throw the game? I thought that team was more than capable of beating Valencia but they didn't perform. Don't think we look foolish at all really, if teams didn't rest players in these games Juve wouldn't have lost either.

We have our biggest away game of the season on Sunday, I am glad we rested players for that. As per Shappy yesterday finishing 2nd in the group isn't the end of the world, we should get a big team in the next round and we have to beat them at some point, I am looking forward to the draw.

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11 Dec 2018 14:54:36
Yes, but we aren't going to win it so might as well have a big game to look forward to, we aren't going to finish top of the group and hopefully we rest a few to keep them fresh for the big game on Sunday. Only one game I am bothered about us performing in this week.

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07 Dec 2018 01:39:36
Matic has been extremely poor for a couple of months but he certainly isn’t the only one. I think we looked better when he was suspended.

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05 Dec 2018 14:16:25
Anyone who wants their club to lose doesn't deserve to be called a fan in my opinion.

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01 Dec 2018 00:44:09
Wait, it’s Jose’s fault lukaku is overweight?

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