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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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04 Jun 2018 21:56:16
Fred- more like mousa Dembele or more like Anderson?

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1.) 05 Jun 2018 01:10:20
More like Fred to be honest.

2.) 04 Jun 2018 23:24:22
By the time Jose is finished with him He will make him look like djemba djemba the second.

3.) 05 Jun 2018 09:03:12
Plays a lot like Modric but not as silky 😆😆.

4.) 05 Jun 2018 10:29:52
Like midi but not as silky? I've seen Fred numerous times turn defence to attack and go past 2 or 3 pressing players. Don't know who to compare him too play wise. Maybe a dribbling Kante.

{Ed007's Note - Sounds like Ed025, he turns into a right dribbling Kante after a few beers.}

5.) 05 Jun 2018 15:18:01
Like BFRO but his comments are no where near as g😆😆d.

6.) 05 Jun 2018 15:22:23
I had to read your reply twice ed to get an even deeper meaning to your joke. Made me chuckle.

{Ed007's Note - :)



26 May 2018 19:21:14
Dint realise I could ever be so desperate for a Real Madrid win.

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1.) 26 May 2018 20:41:11
Cheeky little arm roll by Ramos. He knows how to take chunks out of anyone and generally get away with it.



29 Apr 2018 19:00:53
There is good research to suggest that people remember experiences through the "peaks" or highs / lows experienced through the course of it and by "ends", how the experienced concluded. I wanted to apply the same theory to the season of the top 3 (at the time of writing) to see how their season so far will be remembered by the fans of the club.

Man city:
Peaks: There have been many highs in the season, most notably due to their style of play and as no one including their fans expected them to be this dominant this season. The 18 game winning run including a few last minute goals will be remembered for long and so will the first trophy under Pep as city lapped up the EFL cup. But city's season was probably spoilt by one club - Liverpool. The loss to Liverpool ruined hopes of an unbeaten season, Loss to Liverpool in the Champions league spoilt the chances of a famous treble and the fist champions league trophy for the club - the one trophy everyone at the club desperately wants and possibly the main reason Pep was brought in.
Peaks score: 4
Ends: Everyone has known for about 4 months that city will be the champions. But as emphatic their dominance has been they find themselves playing the last 6-8 games of the season with nothing to go for but more records and not having the thrill of the possibility to add to the trophy cabinet. Don't get me wrong almost any club will rip your hand off if given the chance to end the season with 100+goals, 100+points (first time ever in the PL) etc. But for the city faithful, the season end may feel a bit flat as compared to the season itself - especially as they sit watching Liverpool in the Champions league and United/ Chelsea in the FA cup final. Plus they would have loved to win the league at Etihad against united and a comeback win for the red devils did give a sour taste in the mouth of a few city fans. More importantly, in a season where everything has fallen your way, and the fans will go away thinking if a different ball had been picked out of the pot in the champions league and sterling had his boots on the right way, this could have been a season that would have gone down in folklore.
Ends score: 4

Man utd:
Peaks: Man utd started the season well but started falling behind city side after a blunt performance at anfield, injury to Pogba and the loss to city at OT which will be remembered for one of the worst corner clearances seen in the premier league. However, they chugged along but their season had nothing noteworthy will the game at emirates which was a neutral's delight and a DDG awesomeness showcase. Comeback victories against Chelsea, Crystal palace and Tottenham in the FA cup helped add some good feeling to the season, but the highlight for any united fan was the win at emirates. Coming back from 2 goals down to win and make sure the noisy neighbours did not win the league in record time against the red side of Manchester did warm the heart of the fans. The loss to Sevilla in a damp and borderline disturbing performance still stings and how much ever jose wants to say that this team is not high enough in quality to compete in the champions league, there is no excuse to go out the way they did against a club like Sevilla, at home.
Peak score: 3
Ends: At the time of writing Man utd are in the FA cup and despite more points, more goals and all the "evidence of evolution" jose seems to recite, the success of their season rests on them winning the FA cup and he knows it. United have won a trophy at Wembley in 2 of the last 3 seasons and even though they have yet to mount a decent title challenge, the fans will demand that as a bare minimum for this season as well.
Ends score: 3.5 (if they win the FA cup) or 2 (if they fail to beat Chelsea)

Peaks: Liverpool's highlights of the season coincide with City's lows a the game at Anfield which had Klopp so high that he swore live on TV and the champions league game at Anfield which made the whole world sit up and take notice of this marauding beast of a team that can toy with, maul and rip apart anyone on their day. 80 mins of the home game against Roma also did the same with everyone asking why they are not challenging city to the tile. The final 10 mins of that game provided an answer to that question. Nonetheless their performances at times have given the fans plenty of memorable nights especially in the champions league which they have set alight - more so than Monaco did last time around and Klopp's Dortmund sides did a few years ago. let's just hope they don't lose their prize assets like Monaco and his Dortmund sides. Loss to westbrom and Leicester killed their chances of a domestic cup rained a little on their season's parade but that seems long forgotten with their recent performances.
Peaks score: 3.5
Ends: Finishing in the top 4 and if Liverpool win the Champions league, which they can very well do, this will be their best season since that night in Istanbul in 2005 and one player who will be responsible for it more than most is Mo Salah. I don't think even Klopp would have thought he will have half thea impact he has had so far. And if one of your players is having the season of his life and has scored 40+ goals without injuries, you want to make sure you win something big that season. I have no doubts salah will have a good season next year, but don't think his numbers will be this good next season so Liverpool fans will be desperate to get that trophy with the big ears. But given people would have taken top 4 and a decent cup run Liverpool would feel like they have ended the season pretty well.
Ends score 4 (if they win the champions league) or 2 (if they don't)

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29 Apr 2018 11:43:28
Six points to second place and three if we win today. I hope we put in a performance and then get to see more of mctominay, Gomes, Chong and maybe greenwood for a few games this season.

On a separate note, Ed mentioned that RB may not be seen as a requirement next season- could that mean good news for TFM or is Victor going to be shifted there?

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{Ed004's Note - I would guess it means good news for Mensah but I don't know if Valencia, Mensah and Young is good enough to compete in the short term.}

1.) 29 Apr 2018 13:18:39
Think we really need to invest in a rb this summer. Valencia has been a great servant but he seems to have lost that half yard of pace, offers next to nothing going forward, and seems to be caught out positionally recently. Happy to have him as back up. Interesting the idea of Fosu mensah at right back. Whilst I think his best position will be cm, I think he’s done really well at rb for palace. Perhaps Jose will give him a run there to cement his place. However, I’ve got this horrible feeling Jose will look move Ashley young there and then sign a new left back. Young seems to be a real favourite of jose’s.

2.) 29 Apr 2018 14:17:29
Park, you maybe right. Jose likes players who can do a job and young does that 8 times out of 10. Plus he is a much more consistent crosser than any of our other full backs. I would expect him to be a constant presence in the subs bench. With Blind, damian, shaw and possibly Rojo leaving the club, i think we definitely need a LB.

I reckon Jose believes he can improve TFMs ability as a defender and from what i have read about the lad he is one who will get his head down and work which makes it easier to stamp consistency into his game. Like i mentioned LIndelof may be a contender as well - has been decent when played at RB this season.



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 😑.




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07 Jun 2018 19:03:25
First name Griez?

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03 Jun 2018 10:44:26
i flipping hope so mate! he would be the perfect midfield signing. available for the right price as well given what Ed002 said a while ago. can tackle, can pick a pass and always looks forward. Closest thing we will have in midfield to scholes since he left.

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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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11 Jun 2018 09:36:11
Looks like monchi is already working his magic at Roma. Unger and ante coric will both have excellent careers. Gutted we did not get monchi last year as DoF. That would have been a proper step in building a strong future for the club.

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04 Jun 2018 17:24:20
Nope. next season needs to be better - we need some silverware with a serious title challenge finishing in the mid to high 80s in points. the football needs to be more attacking and we need to get to the final 8 in the champs league. That would represent progress and we would have got to where SAF left us. If we continue to play limp football and end the season where we ended this one jose would have gone backwards for me.

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27 May 2018 12:59:30
To be fair, there are idiots everywhere who either are not mature enough to take results that don’t go their way or are pure nutters who want to lash out regardless. Social media just gives them a platform to do so without any filters and that’s the problem. Our own fans abuse the manager and players when something happens so do loads of other fans. Remember city fans booing pep at one point. Seems to be more prevalent in the top tier though.

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26 May 2018 21:49:06
Holmes or Price or both?

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30 Apr 2018 20:38:17
Alan Sugar?

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