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23 Sep 2017 08:18:43
Not trying to piss off any of the Eds, but I have one question.

With Costa moving back to Atleti in January, does it open the door for Griezmann to make a move as well?

And do United still have an interest in him?

Thank you.

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - Griezmann only held off the move because they could not replace him, so it is possible that he may decide to move. However, I expect him to wait until summer personally, depending on how Atleti are doing at that point.}


1.) 23 Sep 2017 08:54:16
Do we have alternatives to Griezmann? Not really a fan tbh.


2.) 23 Sep 2017 09:27:27
Thanks, Ed.

Do United still have an interest in him? Do you see us making a move for him in the summer?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know off the top of my head sorry.}


 

 

11 Jul 2014 19:03:20
Italian newspaper La Tercera reporting something related to a $55 million bid for Vidal from Man Utd. I don't know how reliable this is. Anyone read this? Or knows something about this? Eds. Any idea?

Thanks

Raghav

1.) Isn't that a paper from Chile?


2.) Ya a lot of papers in ireland reporting vidal and di maria done deals exciting times


3.) 11 Jul 2014 20:47:36
Apparently there is a report in the chilean newspaper. I think the deal includes Evra also.


4.) When I said Italian, I meant the language. Sorry if you got confused.


5.) I read a poorly translated version (I don't speak Spanish) and it appears that their source is the English press.


 

 

29 Jan 2014 18:45:34
Ed if you could spare a thought, the Kroos story. are United interested in him?

Raghav

{Ed004's Note - Yes but if he becomes available so will other clubs}


1.) Heard that Manchester Utd have agreed a fee with
Toni Kroos, deal is still a way off. Player is happy to
leave. And his agent turned down Chelsea approach because Toni's ambition is to play for Man Utd. MASSIVE NEWS guys


2.) Really hope that he signs for united would be class with mata rooney van persie and adnan


 

 

 

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17 Jan 2018 09:40:24
One for the Eds. This isn't a question about how likely Sanchez is going to sign for us, but, it's more on the lines of whether United are buying the player because he is available or was he one of players that Mou wanted?

Basically, is it whimsical purchase, to satisfy the fans?

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - Jose wants him and wants rid of Mickey so it is a win win situation.}


 

 

16 Jan 2018 07:35:00
I think Owen Hargreaves has lost the plot.

I was watching the pre-match thing last night and his opinions and words are laughable.

At half-time, when the pundits got to know that City have pulled out of the race, he said this

"City don't need a player like Sanchez. Don't see where he fits. He's 29 and goes against the policy that City are trying to follow and he can't see Sanchez fitting into that squad. "

Wow, I know you are free to have opinions, but this is shambolic, you can't have such bias. I think the dumbf**k has forgotten who made him big.
Eds (Sorry for the abusive language)

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - I am sure he fully remembers Bayern Munich Raghav, don't you worry.}


1.) 16 Jan 2018 07:58:46
Agreed, 'the who made him big' was excessive, but it was just annoyance about the kind of bias the guy has for United. It's a bit too much.


2.) 16 Jan 2018 07:59:34
To be fair a few month ago a lot of people on here where saying the same.


3.) 16 Jan 2018 08:08:33
Saying what jred?


4.) 16 Jan 2018 08:48:53
Hargreaves is a very, very poor pundit. Was a great player for Bayern and would have been for is bar rotten injuries. Not much more to be said on him.


5.) 16 Jan 2018 09:29:23
Hargreaves sounding like LVG 🤣🤣.


6.) 16 Jan 2018 09:57:47
Eric,

I respect Hargreaves for the player that was. We paid good money for him and he was quite good in the red shirt. The point is not that, the point is, when you are being called to a show and your opinion is being heard by thousands, if not millions, then I think it's given that you should not be biased.

Yes, rip the team apart when they play like crap, but give credit where credit is due. Is that too much to ask?


7.) 16 Jan 2018 10:24:36
He was an excellent player when fit, he is just bitter about how things turned out for him at United.


Understandable if the rumours are true. Apparently when we first tried to sign him and Bayern rebuffed our advances he picked up an injury that ideally required an operation. Bayern wanted to save face with their fans so went down the route of injections instead. The following summer United went back in for him, Bayern knowing he needed an operation sold him. United having spent over a year trying to sign him didn’t want to be left with egg on their face by signing an injured player so they went down the injection route as well. Two years of playing on knees that needed an operation rather than pain killing injections supposedly destroyed his knees and he was never able to fully recover. Like I say these are just the rumours I’ve heard.


Then when his contract was up for renewal the club decided not to offer him a deal, which from the clubs perspective makes sense. Why sign a player to a large contract if he is unlikely to be able to play for you? However, from Hargreaves perspective a club pushed him to have injections rather than the operation which lead to the end of his career and then the club dumped him at the first opportunity.


If that is how things went (and I say if as it is unsubstantiated, although comes from a good source) then is it any wonder why Hargreaves is slightly bitter toward United?


8.) 16 Jan 2018 10:46:23
Raghav. Rather write. Who kept on paying him even on injury table for years. and he digested that money with ease.


 

 

04 Jan 2018 07:25:32
Ed 002. Any chance of a sharkopod? Sorry for bothering.

Raghav

{Ed002's Note - You have already had one.}


1.) 04 Jan 2018 09:03:48
Crap. Sorry, I tried finding it, but couldn't. You think you can share the link again? If that's okay?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea about the link, sorry. Maybe someone else can help - I would have thought the search function would find it.}


2.) 04 Jan 2018 11:44:10
Search "Sharkopod" then scroll down until you get to a post from the 16th of November. Just listened to it again and Ed002 states several times; If Jose is coach in the summer.

Sharkopod 18


3.) 04 Jan 2018 12:52:44
Perfect! Thanks a ton, mate!

I was scrolling through the search field. Crossed that date too. Must have missed it. Thank you, once again.


 

 

13 Dec 2017 08:35:32
AJH,

There are things that you have mentioned in a post yesterday that I agree with and then there are things that I might have a different opinion on. So here's my two cents worth of whatever is popping in my head:

Yes, we have done well if you compare us to last season. We are in the knock-out stages of the CL, the FA Cup is still there and even the League Cup (for whatever it counts) . The PL is obviously a different story. Now I'm not going to whine about what has happened, coz it has and there is nothing that one can do about it. There were games where we should have done better.

Liverpool was in my opinion 2 massive points dropped. Stoke was another disaster (strong word, I know), Chelsea were not totally confident when we played them, I think, they were coming after a loss to Roma (not too sure) . And then the recent one City. We all know what we felt about that and we know Mou messed it up big time. And I think, it is safe to say that out of the 4 games mentioned above, Mou messed up all of em (slightly harsh, but just my opinion) .

Now, coming on the argument about winger vs midfielders, I think we need both and I think Mou knew that. He knew offer little from the sides going forward, all of us know Valencia can't cross the ball and Young is not consistent enough, though is better than the others that are there. We also know that Mou tried to sign Perisic and it did not happen for whatever reason, maybe it's the money, maybe Inter did not want to sell, who knows.

But what one does know is the fact that when you are the manager of Manchester United, are you not supposed to have a back-up plan in case Plan A doesn't work? And that was for the left side of the team, what about the right hand side? Was Bale plan A, if not then who was it? If that didn't work then who was the back-up? Surely, you can't just have one option, right?

For the centre of the park, the problem is we have solid holding/ defensive midfielder in Matic and then we have Pogba, who is not your typical holding midfielder, rather, he might just be a box to box midfielder. Now, we all want Pogba to showcase what he's worth inside the oppositions half and not get bogged down by too much defending. But, when that happens, it makes Matic look vulnerable and he can't really do the job alone then.

So, does this mean that we let go of the two in the middle formation? Instead, do we look at a three man midfield? Possibly, Matic + Another CM (no name here) + Pogba and with that, we have a 3 in the front? Lukaku + Martial + Rashford (Mikhi + Lingard + Mata as subs, whatever suits people) . Do you think this formation can work? This way, not only do we solve the problem of being outnumbered in the middle, we also have pace on the wings, which is good.

One more thing that I have noticed every time we play is that out team just doesn't form triangles when we play a short passing game. There is support through the lines, but never through the middle, which baffles me, coz if you want to play a passing game (I don't mean a 'Barca-ish' game) you need to create triangles or maybe that's just my thinking.

All in all, I think results have improved, but nothing drastic has been changed. We are defeating teams we are supposed to, but it's the defensive minded approach against the big ones that are costing us. Certain players need to step up and take command of the game, certain players need to put in some extra hours in the training ground.

Raghav

1.) 13 Dec 2017 10:08:28
I think the meltdown has been a bit over played. We were beaten by the better team on the day, the one that is further on with there plan, and one that can out spend us.

2nd is nothing to start crying about, and Jose will know what he needs but just doesn't have unlimited funds and time to do it. If he did our midfield would have been fixed and so would our RB and LB positions a bit like what city did last window with RB LB and midfielders brought in.

Lastly I don't think our midfield can go toe to toe with sides without pogba. Herrera is no where good enough this season he has gone backwards and i'm not getting into Fellaini, I don't think he will play much now he wants to leave.


2.) 13 Dec 2017 10:48:42
FZZ,

I'm not talking about there being a meltdown, I'm just stating a few things and by no means is that me panicking.

I don't think City can outspend us. They are attracting good players, but so are we. I don't know for sure, but I doubt city outbid us for any player, at least not since the time Mou has come in. I think a lot has to do with the player wanting to work for a particular manager (not too sure) .

City spent a bomb in the summer and they didn't really sell their players for a lot of money, so it wasn't like they balanced their buying through selling. United did the same. Yes, we need a RB and LB and that means clearing deadwood, but I think the budget was available to Mou (Again, just what I think) .

I agree, our midfield without Pogba is incomplete and whenever he isn't playing we can see how we simply by-pass our central players. Maybe, Mou could try and strengthen our central area in January.


3.) 13 Dec 2017 11:04:43
It will be interesting to see how we progress in midfield JMS model this season was to have 5 pogba matic Carrick Herrera and Fellini . Mctommay has been used maybe due to the Carrick issues and Mata Miki and lingaard are more of a ten or wide players . Come the seasons end Carrick and fellani may not be with us and Herrera is using up most of his credit for his good form 7 month ago . Pogba and matic look as good as any two in the league but quite often face 3 . Without either matic or pogba it's easy to fear the worst against good sides.


4.) 13 Dec 2017 17:39:37
Raghav, good post mate. I think, we have the players to compete but for whatever reason we rarely leave look fluid. There have been spells and moments but nothing sustained, even the 4-0 wins were a little stop and start.

I think there is potential in our team that remains untapped and it is up to Jose to get it out. I’m not sure he will though, he will ship some out and ship some more in, which seems a little clinical. I want to see what he’s made of and what he can get out of the players we have.


 

 

01 Dec 2017 12:58:03
Any of the Eds aware of the Matic situation? He came off against Watford? Is it a serious injury or was it just precaution?

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - he is listed as a doubt for tomorrow.}


 

 

 

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10 Dec 2017 03:47:14
Why is everyone against signing Griezmann. He's not a bad player is he?

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01 Nov 2017 08:32:21
I think a lot of teams take advantage of a set-piece situation. Whether it is a free kick or even a corner. I think that's the whole purpose an attacking set-piece, putting the opponent under pressure.

I'm not saying the tactic didn't work, it did and we scored, but I'll take it as more of a fluke, rather than a practised thing.

Raghav

 

 

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01 Nov 2017 06:53:40
Jred,

That might be the issue, but then, don't you think that's a complete waste of tactic, we've got players who are well above 6 feet. Don't you think it would make sense to try and find at least one?

Raghav

 

 

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31 Oct 2017 06:13:12
I'm sorry, but fans booing Mou for taking Rashford off was uncalled for.

I think, personal opinion though, is that Rashford is a slightly frustrating player at times. I think sometimes he tries a bit too hard, dribbles one player too many and his delivery in the final 3rd can leave you wanting for more.

One example of him being extremely frustrating was the Benfica match. Whenever he took a corner, he just wanted to score directly from it and even the free kick from which he scored, was just luck.

I'm not saying he's a bad player, he's a talented guy who might make it big, but the current problem is that he tries to win the match on his own and that is frustrating.

Now, the substitution on Saturday, for the Spurs game was spot on. Yes, Martial has had bad games too, but I feel both are better in the current system as impact subs. Anyway, not to start an argument or to piss other posters off, just my take.

Raghav

 

 

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23 Sep 2017 09:27:27
Thanks, Ed.

Do United still have an interest in him? Do you see us making a move for him in the summer?

Raghav

{Ed001's Note - I don't know off the top of my head sorry.}


 

 

 

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18 Jan 2018 11:59:31
Man, I've been waiting for them two to sign!

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16 Jan 2018 09:57:47
Eric,

I respect Hargreaves for the player that was. We paid good money for him and he was quite good in the red shirt. The point is not that, the point is, when you are being called to a show and your opinion is being heard by thousands, if not millions, then I think it's given that you should not be biased.

Yes, rip the team apart when they play like crap, but give credit where credit is due. Is that too much to ask?

Raghav

 

 

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16 Jan 2018 07:58:46
Agreed, 'the who made him big' was excessive, but it was just annoyance about the kind of bias the guy has for United. It's a bit too much.

Raghav

 

 

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05 Jan 2018 10:51:26
Agreed, a few of our players won't get too much, but then, over the last few years, haven't we been selling players for cheap anyway?

Raghav

 

 

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05 Jan 2018 08:05:31
Shappy:

Great post, I couldn't agree more with what you wrote.

I think Jose needs to get a little bit more out of the players and make average fringe/ squad players, capable of playing in the starting 11, if the need arises.

I would look at Allegri too, maybe because he stays out of the spotlight and his team does most of the talking and also because he was part of the plan, after LVG (not too sure, but I think he was supposed to come, had LVG stayed for the entire duration) .

With the team, I personally feel that we lack quality wingers. Obviously we need two, Rashford and Martial, even if they are inverted wingers in the current system, do not have the quality or consistency to play that role. Now, whether they can work on it or if it's more of temporary thing, I don't know.

Even if we can't invest in 2, we should definitely try and get 1. Only coz, we might be able to get the best out of Lukaku, for the remainder of the season.


Shan:

You mention that Jose is getting the max out of the players that he has and I think that might be true for certain players, but if that is the case, then isn't it better to ship them out and invest the money into new recruitments?

I firmly believe that Jose asking the board to back him up financially is a fair call. Perisic comes to mind and who knows, there might be a few more who were wanted by Jose and the board didn't sanction the money. Why they didn't sanction is another story altogether.

You're right, Otamendi and Stones aren't world class players, in fact, only Kompany, when fit, can be considered as a good defender in the City squad. The one thing Pep has done, is that he's got them playing the football that he wants to play and they are forced to play that way. I think that is where the fundamental problem is. Jose and United don't have an identity when it comes to the kind of football do they want to play. Do they play short passes, or are the hoofing the ball upfield, nobody knows. From what I see, tactics and game plans are decided on a game to game basis. That's good, teams need to prepare for each opposition, but, the identity shouldn't change.

Red Man:

I may be wrong here, but I think the reason why a lot of us posters talk about Pochettino is because we all admire the way his teams play. The movement, the drive, the continuity, the flow, is all good to watch. Maybe, we want a manager who plays football that is similar to that.

Seeing the Arsenal Vs Chelsea game I was thinking to myself, that if Arsenal can play that way against Chelsea, then why can't we? Arsenal don't have a better squad than us,
but they took the game to the Blues and should have won. Maybe, our team needs the belief, that they can win matches and trust their individual abilities.


Darv:

You're spot on, mate. I genuinely think Mou at times, is treated unfairly by the media and the press. Klopp, Conte, Pep all of them love to be on the sidelines and jump and up down as if the won the world cup everytime their team scores. For them, it might be their way of showing the passion they have, but Mou not jumping doesn't show that he isn't passionate.


Just to end things:

We are playing a mix type of football. We are good on days (Everton, I missed it, but I read we were good that day) and some days we are a pain to watch. Jose needs to give some of the players some creative freedom and should be backed by the club hierarchy, at least for the next couple of windows and then see what can do be done. because our team needs stability and a sense of direction.

Raghav