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02 Jun 2017 09:57:34
Would the AG situation make us see James rodriguez as an option? similar player - not in quality, but possibly ability? If real want degea so bad what do you guys think of a ge gea + £70m for james, kroos and morata? Plus I will not be surprised if we see Zlatan by October, so we may not need a talisman forward so urgently after all.

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{Ed025's Note - is that you ed woodward?...come on ryan mate real are not going to buy that..

1.) 02 Jun 2017 10:11:36
i know ed. bit of a stretch. it may be upwards of £100m if we got all 3. On a side note, does anyone know what is happening with rooney? Surely he can't be considering China, although it may be worth it when we see him try to speak mandarin.

{Ed025's Note - now that would be fun ryan...hes still struggling with english!, i expect wayne to leave united this summer and everton could well be his destination but im spending a lot of time in church praying that hes not mate.. :)

2.) 02 Jun 2017 10:21:41
I don't know ed, he may make a decent replacement for barkley in the squad and can have a good impact on the youngsters - davies being one.

{Ed025's Note - if we want our youngsters hanging around old peoples homes looking for top totty then your right ryan.. :)

3.) 02 Jun 2017 10:58:45
Wouldn't take James or Morata. Neither are good enough.

4.) 02 Jun 2017 11:18:29
Morata is definitely good enough what attacker has scored 20+ goals starting mainly in the bench in Europe still younger enough to improve! Just real madrid overprice every single player he's a 25-30mill player at most!

5.) 02 Jun 2017 11:40:07
Morata is actually quite good at Juventus. It's just that Zidane preferred playing Benzema that you people get a bad impression of Morata.

6.) 02 Jun 2017 16:16:22
Morata for me please.




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23 Dec 2017 11:33:32
Question to all the Eds and posters. After the derby where we got slaughtered because of our negative approach and not taking the game to city, I was wondering what we could have done differently. We setup very similar to the way we approached the arsenal game, but without pogba it was never going to be as effective. Watching the way Man City attack and camp in the opposition third with everyone on the ball facing goal and looking to pass forward made me wonder how should a team setup to play against them? They press extremely well and have players who can retain the ball with ease. We do neither. After the game against Ajax mourinho mentioned that his approach to beat the press is to play the long ball which makes sense as trying to play the ball out without players good at keeping the ball, against a team that presses well is suicide. City isolate the opposition players and always back themselves to beat the one player they are against. That’s why they rush players forward in an attack and can retain the ball that high up the pitch. So, given out squad- how should we have set up and played against them?

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1.) 23 Dec 2017 13:47:33
I get your point Ryan, but I'd expect better than "Long Ball and Hope" from a manager paid as much as Jose and with the immense resources at his disposal.

It is not David Vs Goliath, teams like WBA would adopt the approach we did, we play like it against all teams that pressure us, Bristol City or Man City we play long ball. I'd expect us to make Man City have to change their tactics for us especially as we are at home. Our mind-set was contain and hope to exploit a mistake or take every chance we make, only one team approached the game expecting to truly win and that is a mindset/ confidence thing. We lacked belief and it showed.

I suspect you beat City by prioritising the focus on their weakness (defending), we played into their hand and maybe you can get a hiding if you get it wrong, but I'd rather go down fighting rather than barricading myself in a church surrounded by petrol and handing the match to our enemy! Attack in numbers, make their creative players have to track back consistently, utilise the strength and power of Lukaku by pushing the full backs forward whipping in crosses with our midfielders feeding off of him, close to him rather than 30 metres off worrying about defending for the imminent moment City pick up the ball. We should have at least made City have to think about doing something different, they simply turned up and did what they normally do, shouldn't be allowed to happen.

Camping plays into City's hand, we should have at least asked for a reshuffle, even at half time when it was clear our strategy was not working. We got lucky against Arsenal playing this way, it's rare you get lucky twice on the spin! We should be relying on more than luck as well considering how heftily our manager and players are compensated, as well as the pedigree of the club. City have been the bully boys that we used to be, winning the game almost before a ball is kicked, it was frankly disgusting to watch us behave and approach the game in such a subservient manner.

2.) 23 Dec 2017 14:41:43
Agree there beast. The big advantage city have is this aura they have created where teams are more focussed on holding on rather than taking the game to them. We used to have that once. one more midfielder who can carry the ball, a decent lb and a rw so that all our attacks do not need to go down the left and we should be able to take the game to them.

3.) 23 Dec 2017 15:09:33
But teams have tried to play out against them an got battered. For all their attack they scored from two set pieces. We had the late lukaku chance an the Herrera non penalty which another day we would have got one of those and got at least a point.

4.) 23 Dec 2017 16:08:50
I think this is what divides us fans. I still remember the season where we lost the title on goal difference - of 8 goals if I remember right. In the game against city where we lost 1-6, we tried to attack till the last minute conceding 3 goals in the last 10 mins leading to Fergie’s “you idiots” rant. After that game we shut shop, tightened at the back and won the majority of our games either 1-0 or by a single goal and the flamboyance was put on the back burner. You could argue that had we been pragmatic and cautious and even lost that game by a single goal we would have been champions at the end of the season.
Some of us prefer the way we played during most of that season - ensuring we got the job done, while others want to seeentertaining “give it a right go” style reminiscent of the great united sides and in line with what had made us popular over the years. I think we can win trophies playing either way, the deciding factor is the squad we have and how the manager makes use of it. As mentioned on here many times, for Jose points come before style and is very risk averse unless he believes he has a fantastic squad - which he doesn’t. On the other end is someone like Klopp whose risk aversion is far far less- hence why he still plays mignolet.
The squad has improved this year and so has the playing style. Hopefully this will continue over the next two windows and we will return to playing the way we are known for.

5.) 23 Dec 2017 16:45:54
Im starting to get board of the negative approach now as well beast. I do think we should let jose finish the season. But i also think we need a good replacement.
People will shout and scream Pochetino (? ) but its not as easy as that, he's at already a good club and we don't have any right to "take" who we like because it doesn't work like that anymore.
We need proper planning and should leave it to the club to sort that and back the next man.

6.) 23 Dec 2017 17:20:23
And if you get shot of Jose and get the next man in then what? Throw another 250 million at him, buy another 6 players that have to be integrated. Then call for him to get sacked when we're still playing rubbish.

7.) 23 Dec 2017 20:40:15
That sounds accurate mort 😑.



29 Nov 2017 08:41:17
Who do you guys think Mou wants for the right? Willian will be difficult and most of the other options - perisic, bale etc. are better on the left.

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1.) 29 Nov 2017 10:08:26
Would like willian tbh.



15 Jun 2017 09:41:47
Just a quick thought. The eds have mentioned that we are after a striker and a left side forward. Looks like it will be Morata / belloti and perisic this window. If we maintain a sustained interest in Griezmann, I find it hard to believe that we are getting perisic with a view of using him only for 6 months or a year (Griezmann may not happen in Jan if he is cup tied in the champs league) . Could it be that JM sees perisic as a long-term answer to our LB problem? Fast, tracks back, decent crosser of the ball with his left foot and a grafter – perisic is like Valencia 4 years back, just with a better second foot and skills on the ball. What do you guys think?
On a second note – what does our needing a left forward mean for Martial? On the left, he will always be option no.2 unless perisic is played on the right which leaves mikhi out (assuming a 4-3-3). If he wants to play as a striker, he will be behind a new signing and rashford. Not a good place to be if you are 21 and the guy in front of you is younger and home grown.
I have been giving some thought to the Matic link. I tend to agree with the likes of beast here that if JM can get him playing like he did 3 years ago; he would be a great buy. It would be great if we can get a skilful DM with a good passing range but first you need a DM to be rock solid, physical and do the simple things well. Especially when we may have a centre back pairing who are 22-23 years old and potentially ask our full backs to bomb on as we play with only one striker and the wide forwards want to tuck in all the time. I have not seen a lot of fabinho and from what the ed says he is a player who does not track back very well and this will be disastrous for us in that role. I would rather our DM sat back and let the likes of pogba, Herrera, martial, mkytaryan, mata etc. create the play. Not to mention his height and presence in set pieces where we always looked vulnerable last season. All of this is subject to JM getting him back to the player he was 3 years ago. Big IF though.

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1.) 15 Jun 2017 10:05:25
Ryan Maze thinks you sound like a conspiracy theorist. If a player like Perisic who has played as a winger his entire career signs for United it will be -believe it or not- as a winger.

2.) 15 Jun 2017 10:17:28
Griezmann has just signed a new contract can't see him moving in Jan.

3.) 15 Jun 2017 10:57:22
I stopped reading when you suggested Perisic could become our LB.

4.) 15 Jun 2017 10:58:26
Maze - agree that it could be utter tosh and that perisic will start next season as a winger, but if and when we sign griezmann i would not be surprised if we moved perisic to LB. remember JM wanted valencia as a RB at Madrid when he was a winger and had been for his entire career to that point.
As to griezmann signing a new contract - so did lindelof in march - it means nothing. If he is not cup tied and we need an extra push up top, I fully expect us to go for him in Jan. Atleast the hopeful optimist in me does!

5.) 15 Jun 2017 11:11:07
Ryan I can guarantee you fella wherever IP is playing next season and the season after he will be playing as an out and out winger. If we need a left back then sign a left back.

United have been down this route before with LVG playing players out of position. It does not work.

Also Greizmann will definitely be cup tied and even the bigwigs at United would not be foolish enough to pay a mid season premium on top of his already ridiculous value.

6.) 15 Jun 2017 11:28:05
Perisic is actually right footed, although he is close to duel footed and there for far better with his left foot than most right footed players.

I think if we sign Greizmann it will be for him to play in a free role just off the striker.

Perisic therefore isn't going to be an issue as he will play exclusively on the flanks.

I'm in two minds about Perisic, on one hand has several characteristics Jose looks for, but on the other he lacks consistency and at 28 is unlikely to gain any at this point in his career. He reminds me a lot of Nani, in that when on form he is a menace, but his form days are too far apart.

7.) 15 Jun 2017 12:09:48
Shappy I think the thing that I like about him is that he is direct and will draw a CB out 9/ 10 if he beats the fullback. He is also a full grown man and not a child who will not let a fullback kick him up and down the park.

8.) 16 Jun 2017 00:44:27
I'm pretty sure when Jose took over in his first press conference when asked about signings he made it quite clear how he liked specialists, buying an out and winger in perisic and then playing him at left back would be kind of contradicting don't you think.



18 May 2017 14:12:53
With risk of getting murdered for this.

people say a top team competing on all fronts needs 4 strikers. we have rashford and martial playing there occasionally. we are in the market for a much needed top striker this summer, but i feel that may still leave us short if one gets injured and we need extra fire power during a game. So what do you guys feel about making a move for Defoe. he's scored 15 this season in an abject sunderland team. at 34 he is unlikely to ask for a starting berth, knows where the back of the net is and as a striker who has been decent for 10 years now, he may add some experience to the attack. Thoughts?

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1.) 18 May 2017 14:32:30
Aslong we buy one striker of the calibre of a griesman/ lukaku/ belotti etc i think its a shrewd move. He can educate the likes of rashford and martial in the art of poaching. If as i hope we play 2 uptop next season all 4 would get plenty of game time, defoe mainly but not exclusively as a sub.

2.) 18 May 2017 14:41:39
Interesting, but I think Defoe's game time would be limited, somebody coming to the end of their career need more games to keep sharp. I also don't think he does enough (aside from score), unfortunately the way we play we need more of an all rounder and I don't think he could maintain his sharpness from the bench.

3.) 18 May 2017 14:52:27
I wanted him at the club 10 years ago, he's deadly from the edge of the area and 1 on 1 with the keeper. Doubt he'd want to sit on the bench for the last 2 years of his career when he could be startng every game for a West Ham or Bournemouth.

4.) 18 May 2017 15:09:14
Agree about the sharpness Beast. if we end up playing 60 odd games next season he should be able to get on the pitch at least 15-20 times including sub appearances. That should be enough to keep him sharp-ish. Plus from what i have heard he is a decent pro who takes care of himself well.
He may well be inclined to work with a top manager with a chance of winning things at the end of his career - plus we will probably pay him more.

If we could make an injury prone Owen work for a bit, i think defoe could well work.

We were linked with Fonte when the season started - all ifs and buts, though the season may have been different had we had signed him.

5.) 18 May 2017 17:15:31
Seeing as we like re-signing players why not get back Hernandez.

6.) 18 May 2017 18:14:21
I've always liked defoe he's been a very consistent performer over the years. I can see the merit in having an experienced snr pro on the books that can also make a positive contribution. But I'm not sure a bit part is what he is looking for.
I don't think it would be a bad thing just highly unlikely.

7.) 19 May 2017 08:58:11
No and no, and it's a no again. Never good enough in his prime, and certainly not good enough now. Do you not think we've bought enough average over the last 3-4 years? Not sure why he'd spend his last season as a pro sat on the bench either?



10 May 2017 11:29:47
As many have said on here, I too think Mourinho understood early on that this is not a squad that can be trusted to play attacking football against the other top 6 sides with a good chance of winning. The man city game earlier this season reaffirmed this and he also realised that he cannot expect consistency from most the squad. The likes of mata, martial, ibrahimovic, mkhitaryan, Lingard, fellaini, smalling, Shaw etc. can have a blinder one game and be useless the next. I agree that any manager has a hand in improving the consistency of his players, but mou has not had the time to do so yet and he does not believe some players can deliver consistently at the required level. There hve been improvements – Rojo and jones look good, Rashford is a much more complete striker, Herrera has been better than the previous two seasons. But overall the level of performance s has been poor especially in the attacking areas. The manager cannot come out and condemn his attacking players every week like we fans do. All he can do when he cannot rely on them is to build the team around defence – which he has done, and find other excuses for the media– accumulation is this season’s excuse. SAF used the same strategy for years – not enough additional time, pitch was bumpy, referee was poor, teams want to beat us more etc. The football during SAF’s last years was quite dire– but he did know how to win and had players who could put the ball in the net – RVN, tevez, Ronaldo, Rooney (for 1 season), chicharito, RVP… when he did not, we suffered – in games when forlan, smith, berbatov, rooney (later years) led the line we struggled. Berba missed a host of chances against balckburn in 2010 when rooney was injured which ended up costing us the title. So, this is not new. Ibra was bought in not to solve that problem and given the number of chances he had, he has not scored enough.
We have not played consistent flowing attacking football for a while now. Not since we had great wingers / full backs, strikers who could put the ball in the back of the net, midfielders capable of transitioning into attack and CBs who were rock solid. All top teams today have these– Juve, Madrid, Bayern etc. How much of that does the current squad have? Very little. So when Mourinho says that this squad is not built for the swashbuckling style the fans want he is absolutely right. This is built for a possession based team that LVG wanted to build. So I expected Mourinho to look to add pace, people who can put the ball in the net and to build a platform in defence where they could attack from.
Listening to ed’s sharkopod (great one – thanks ed! ) I could not help but feel a little underwhelmed by our potential summer transfer activity in the attacking end. There may not be may top strikers available but we desperately need one. Griezman is fantastic, but can he lead the line every week? Lewandowski / muller would be my choice but like the ed said, that may not happen. The other options mentioned are younger and could be brilliant or may not adjust to the premier league. Not everyone has it in them to be the CF for man utd. The RW/ RAM position also needs reinforcement and I am unsure Willian is the answer. I like fabinho and matic and think they will do well and though I like kroos, i fear that would mean the end for Herrera. The main problems this season have been our inability to convert good opportunities into goals and our need to protect our defence which contributes to our slow pace of attack. The options being looked at only seem to solve one of those three problems. You could argue that a DM will allow our wingers to push up a little higher, making it easy to transition and counter attack. But that still needs us wanting someone at the end of it who can score.
What we cannot afford is another season of 10% conversion rates and hitting the post a dozen times. We cannot afford another season where we transition so slowly that the opposition always have 10 men behind the ball when we attack. That is the difference between challenging for the title and finishing outside the top 4. And I am tired of just wanting us to finish in the top 4. We are bigger than that and hopefully next season we will have the squad to prove it.

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1.) 10 May 2017 12:07:32
From the 14 games we drew this season if we had pinched a win from 2 of them we would be sat in the top 4 now.
Gone in to the Swansea or arsenal game looking for a win to wrap up top 4.
We have blew it this season to be honest .
If we had approached a few more games like we did the Chelsea game who knows where we would of been .

2.) 10 May 2017 13:51:01
I know people will say its all if's buts and maybe's but you are right jred.

Cannot ignore the amount of draws this season and its more than fair to say we should have won at least 2 of them.

Its all subjective though as some will say well we didn't win them so we are out of top 4.

3.) 10 May 2017 14:07:34
Yer all ifs and buts and every fan has a sob story . just shows the fine margins over a season.

4.) 10 May 2017 15:26:25
i know mate. its gutting to think that staoke and burnley draws have cost us top 4.

(i mention those 2 specifically because we did everything but win and they had world class keepers for the day)

5.) 10 May 2017 15:48:07
Yer it's nuts win them 2 games and it looks a different season .
Goes to show if we had of been anywhere near our best we could of been up there.

6.) 10 May 2017 19:57:27
Yeah but remember a Rashford last minute winner against Hull, where they had the best chances? A few others in cups where they miss a sitter we go and score last few minutes.

Every team has the same "if only's", if Scousers miss top 4, Milner penalty will be talked about, despite scoring every other pen this season.

We have dominated a lot of teams this season and not put them away, very frustrating. But maybe some teams let us dominate so much because they know we can't score for toffee and it leaves space for them to counter.




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19 Feb 2018 10:16:07
Prefer lemina from Southampton to be fair. He would add good engine to our midfield.

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29 Jan 2018 14:03:03
oh please let it be malcom / pulisic.

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11 Jan 2018 17:03:32
Sorry if this is a stupid question Ed, but would Man Utd make an offer for AS if they knew the player was only interested in going to Man City/ had no interest in coming to Man Utd?

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09 Nov 2017 08:16:28
Ed is the difficulty due to the size and image of the club - which attracts the focus they get form the press / media / fans or is it because of the way the club is run - the board, no tech. director, etc.
One is a consequence of success whereas the other is a much bigger problem.

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05 Aug 2017 09:46:24
so the question is does he want to pay more tax or earn less? :)

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15 Apr 2018 17:52:11
its like we don't know how to attack anymore.

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06 Mar 2018 16:03:47
Completely agree Shaps. This is evident by the lack of movement off the ball in the final third and every player having to look up for options before makin a pass. It’s like the team are playing together for the first time. Mourinho mentioned in an interview that his preferred plan for attack is to allow the one/ two superstars to create chances and moments of magic. This may be something he needs to build in his repertoire. Or hire an assistant manager who is good at it like Fergie did. Don’t see him doing the latter though.

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19 Feb 2018 10:20:04
Nice one. Loved Gattuso ‘s comment!

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19 Jan 2018 03:19:01
Ed, i think Rojo may be the cover at LB if we are keeping him. Fabinho coming in ( unlikely I think) would help out rub and CM. I personally think Valencia has another Season left in him and with TFM, young and Lindelof we are OK there. Getting perriera back will help CM as I think he can replace Herrera if he were to leave. Cm to cover for Fellaini, striker to cover to lbra, gk to replace Romero and look for a cb if the budget s still there. We may also get a #10 if he is on a free.

The good bit is next season out bench may have : Romero/ new gk, tfm, Tuanzebe/ rojo, Rashford, perriera, Lingard and a new striker. A lot of academy kids there.

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05 Jan 2018 23:51:33
spoke too early. should have shut up one sentence early jose. why.

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