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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Bristol

Favourite player: Ole Gunner Solskjear

Best team moment: Champions league final 1999

Interests: Manchester United duh. lol

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18 Mar 2019 22:19:22
Ed002, are United still interested in Carlos Soler? You mentioned him as a possible target a while back and I've kept a close eye on him since. Looks like he will be some player.


{Ed002's Note - No, but there is interest from another EPL side in Carlos Soler.}

1.) 19 Mar 2019 06:32:16
Thanks, that's a shame he looks like he will become a top player.



26 Jan 2019 08:49:10
Do the Ed's or any fellow posters know anything about the young 17 year old African midfielder Hanson MBopp we have been linked to this morning?


1.) 26 Jan 2019 09:15:01
One hit wonder.

2.) 26 Jan 2019 09:21:46
DDG 1, bravo, take the rest of the month off. You win the site. :)

3.) 26 Jan 2019 09:30:05
Shappy you ok lectured us a couple of weeks ago telling and urging us not to read these types of rumours. are you bi-polar 😂😂😂😂.

4.) 26 Jan 2019 10:17:53
DDG1, comment of the month, bravo 👏🏻.

5.) 26 Jan 2019 10:30:30
Saturday morning fishing Shappy?
DDG1 one for the archives that answer is!

6.) 26 Jan 2019 10:46:46
Duwudada doowapp.

7.) 26 Jan 2019 11:53:42
DDG1, I'll have to get up a little earlier if I want to catch you. lol. I was hoping everyone had been out celebrating last night, hoped I'd catch a few. lol.

8.) 26 Jan 2019 12:33:45
We're looking at quote a lot of young players. Hearing a lot of things about young Swiss midfielder Toby Le Rone.

9.) 26 Jan 2019 13:04:21
Mort, I've heard he's quite tasty. Lol.

10.) 26 Jan 2019 13:52:10
Good with triangles too.

11.) 26 Jan 2019 13:53:55
A bit up and down.

12.) 26 Jan 2019 14:17:42
Probably still be better than floppy keita.

13.) 26 Jan 2019 15:15:55
I hear he’s a nougat’y young Midfielder.
Gets stuck in.

14.) 26 Jan 2019 15:54:06
A good run and this site is a joy to visit. Top work boys.

15.) 26 Jan 2019 18:49:05
I wonder what's happened to our cheerful friend Beast.

16.) 26 Jan 2019 23:02:49
I do miss beast he had some good input most of the time.



23 Jan 2019 11:58:06
Ed002, I see we are being linked in the press with a move for Paul Mitchell again. Obviously the fact that he has worked with Pochettino at two different clubs and Pochettino is apparently our number one target is the basis of these links.

Are the club interested in Mitchell? And what's your opinion of him as a candidate for the Director of football role our club is pursuing?



{Ed002's Note - Red Bull think a lot of him and for the past couple of months have been exploring a new global role for him as another EPL side has shown an interest. I am not aware of any approach by MU.}

1.) 23 Jan 2019 18:31:19
Cheers, Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - I would not want to see MU opt for Mitchell. It would not work in my opinion, but maybe to really move a head the club need to take the knife to the bad part of the apple?}

2.) 23 Jan 2019 18:40:03
Which part of the club is the bad part, in your opinion, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - The pointed bit.}

3.) 23 Jan 2019 20:14:34
Fascinating, from what I can find out about Mitchell he sounds like a United fans dream. Looks towards youth, won't sign players to block the pathway of young players, has unearthed some great signings for the clubs he works for.

So why do you feel Mitchell wouldn't work? And what is the bad part of the apple you allude to?


4.) 24 Jan 2019 06:06:39
The problem with that Shappy is blooding youth and winning trophies in basically impossible at this current time. We have a few very talented kids coming through, but what manager would risk their job here trying to make sure the kids get their chance?

5.) 24 Jan 2019 06:46:23
Mumbles, the right one for our club. We have only ever had consistent success under two managers. Sir Matt and Sir Alex, both built that success on blooding youth players.

Giving youth a chance is what Manchester United is about, a 80 year record of having an academy graduate in the match day squad is unmatched by any club anywhere in the world.

6.) 24 Jan 2019 10:30:17
Thanks for the info ed. Is it true that Andrea Berta is reconsidering now that Jose has left? I thought he was one of the people who jose was happy to work with? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything happening with Andrea Berta right now.}

7.) 24 Jan 2019 11:06:28
Perfect thanks for the swift reply Ed.

8.) 24 Jan 2019 15:57:50
Isn't an apple with a pointed bit just a pear?



01 Nov 2018 21:36:19
Teams for the Matt Hawker Charity Cup 2019 - brought to you by Boyne Valley
15th June 2019

Ed001's - Lee's United

( C ) Ken
Benny Baller
John From Wigan
Magic Marl
Red Reaper
Saints-fan (GK)

Ed002's - Frunobulax Rovers
( C ) Koppite_68
Red Rout
Grandmaster Ramrod (GK)
Mermaid Megger
MK scouser

Big thanks to 077 for setting up the live chat, and to 001 and 002 for giving their time, and once again, supporting the football-rumours charity match, in aid of Macmillan Nurses and Seva Foundation.

Would love an attendance from fellow posters. I know most of use will be going out for some bevvies after. So well worth the trip guys.


1.) 02 Nov 2018 15:05:33
Don't worry Shaps, I got your back.

2.) 02 Nov 2018 16:43:52
And watch yours james😁.

{Ed002's Note - I'll have a large gin and tonic please.}

3.) 02 Nov 2018 17:28:15
I think there might be more United fans on our team. So I guess the site will have to be on our side. lol.



17 Jul 2018 11:05:15
169 Goals at this years World Cup. Which means I'd like to invite.
Salah - 167
Jamesmack8 - 165
Red Reaper - 162
Laney - 160

To play in the 2019 Matt Hawker charity game.
Thanks to everyone who had a guess, and any drop outs I'll contact the next closest.

Next phase will be when Ed001 and 002 pick their two tribes to go to war.
We did a live chat where they took turns picking last year, I think we did it around November? So let's aim for then :)

Posted on behalf of Benny Baller.


{Ed002's Note - I'll get on to the kits then.}

1.) 17 Jul 2018 14:09:58
Last time Salah will win anything this season ;)




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17 Mar 2019 18:56:54
Wow a couple of loses and the tide turns on Ole pretty quickly. If we can't give an ex-player and club legend to right to lose a couple of games without the knives coming out then we are doomed as a fan base.

Was the performance last night? No, it was poor. However, circumstances should be considered. This Wolves team under Nuno Espirito Santo have been nothing short of excellent this season. They will finish best of the rest having played good football all season and not being outplayed by anyone all season. They have beaten other top six sides deservedly. No shame in losing to them, even if it's a little disappointing.

We also had several players in our starting line up who have spent a lot of the last month out injured and were short of match sharpness. Matic, Herrera, Martial, Lingard etc. So it's hardly surprising that they seemed a little off the pace.

Maybe he should have played McTominay and Fred, but then had we lost what would people have said with Matic and Herrera on the bench. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but there are no guarantees that we would have won had we sent out a different starting 11.

The fact that we have an expectation to win these games is down to Ole, no one expected us to win the tough games when Mourinho was here. So I think he deserves a little slack.

Let's move on, get behind the team and see what the season brings.


1.) 17 Mar 2019 19:29:46
That's all fair comment Shappy. However, Ole is effectively auditioning for the job and he does have something to prove because he can't rely on pedigree to speak for itself like maybe someone like Allegri. Having said that, the stroppy one supposedly had pedigree.

You have already pointed out the fundamental mistake Ole made which was to bring back too many players who had been out for a while and weren't match sharp. This error was the main reason we didn't give ourselves a chance to win the game (I'm not saying it was the reason we lost) . Hopefully he learns from that.

I'm openminded about whether he gets the job long term. I think we have seen evidence both for and against and I really need to see what happens in the remaining few games to really make my mind up. At the moment I'm 50/ 50 but then it also depends on who might be the alternatives.

2.) 17 Mar 2019 19:41:51
Well put as usual AJH.

Ole rushed players back last night. As long as he learns from that mistake then there’s no problem. If he keeps making the same mistake then we have a problem. He could have given Matic and Martial another week, and brought Herrera back last night with McTominay retaining his place.

3.) 17 Mar 2019 21:11:33

I am not one of those “turning on Ole” as you put it but it should prompt us to think we need to see the whole picture until the end of the season instead of appointing him right now. He didn’t just lose two games, we lost two vital games, one saw us out of a major competition, the other against our main rivals. The knives were out for Mourinho big style after the Sevilla game so why should Ole be let off altogether? Yes he is a legend but accountability goes with the territory.

He can still prove himself for the role, as many say we will likely now find out how he deals with this.

4.) 17 Mar 2019 21:15:03
Shappy I don't see any knives coming out for ole, what was said he has done a good job so far, but will good be enough to give him the job,
Like was said wait till the end of the season no rush giving anyone the job, just cause he played for united doesn't give him the right to the job,
And the reality is them games we lost against arsenal and wolves were 2 big games to lose.

5.) 17 Mar 2019 21:22:07
He should of learnt not to rush players back after lingard but to bring back 4 players after injury in the same match was just foolish.

6.) 17 Mar 2019 21:35:31
Sharply, not AJH 🙈.

7.) 17 Mar 2019 22:09:31
Red Man, I think your quote on live chat last night, was along the lines of, 'and that performance shows why Ole shouldn't be manager'. I apologise if that's not the exact wording, but it would certainly suggest not being prepared to give him a chance. And fans didn't turn on José immediately after the Sevilie game. That result was just symptomatic of the general rot that had set in by that stage.

8.) 17 Mar 2019 22:13:27
Good post Shappy,

As we woke up to another disappointing result the overreaction by some posters is equally alarming.

It's not productive to measure progress on a game by game basis and we must look at the bigger picture.

In assessing the last two games it's clear to me that our defensive frailties are still prevalent and we've made some bad individual mistakes.

I think Arsenal and Wolves have illustrated to the rest of the league the blueprint of how to handle this new resurgent Utd. I think we've struggled playing against their 3 at the back system and our CB's have been unable to contain playing against two CF's.

Wolves handled the occasion brilliantly last night. For the second game in a row we were beaten at our own game. They were organised, disciplined, tenacious and carried a real threat on the counter. They allowed us possession, denied us space and broke quickly. They have quality in midfield and upfront and defensively we are vulnerable. They took their chances and the rest is history.

As soon as we conceded the first goal it became very difficult. We've been undone twice now by counter attacking football for which we have become synonymous ourselves. Like I said Beaten at our own game.

On a positive note not all teams have the quality in midfield or upfront to hit us on the break and inevitably we'll be able to ware them down. The better teams won't change their approach and we're just as likely to do to them as what Wolves and Arsenal did to us. The last two games have shown us that we have struggled to break down well organised and disciplined defences whilst remaining secure at the back.
I think we played right into their hands and Ole will need a re-think of how we approach these types of games.

There is nothing like a couple of defeats to refocus the mind and re-evaluate. The international break will allow us some valuable time for players to return from injury and hopefully we'll do much better when we play them in the league.

An FA Cup run would have been nice, but we made the final last year and won under LVG. Like I've said in other posts a top 4 finish maybe more important for the Club moving forward. We have a relatively young and inexperienced team and they need to be playing Champions League football for them to progress and develop.

We will go again in a couple of weeks for the final push; it will be exciting if nothing else.

9.) 18 Mar 2019 04:38:48
The wolves game was an off day. The players simply didn't turn up.
Unfortunately, we don't have the quality in depth as City. I'm sure Ole will address this issue.
On another note, I felt Mctominay and Fred were rested because they played many games recently. And, Matic, Herrera needs to be eased in.
The lack of attacking option in the bench hurt us.

10.) 18 Mar 2019 06:54:01

Ha, I had had two bottles of red and could hardly write, in fact don’t remember being on live chat! I am sure I meant shouldn’t just be appointed yet, rather than have a process and consider our options at the end of the season, which, as you know has always been my position.

11.) 18 Mar 2019 14:15:01
Ok, I'll give you a bye-ball, then 😁.



15 Mar 2019 18:57:20
Ed002, I was wondering if you could clear something up for me. There have been several "reports" of Christen Eriksen possibly being sold this summer as he will only have 12 months left on his contract. Is that likely and if so would United be interested? For me Eriksen is the best player in the EPL south of Birmingham. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Spurs want a new contract signed and he has been holding off. They don’t want to go in to the final year so, if he doesn’t sign, he will be sold. MU have shown no interest so far.}

1.) 15 Mar 2019 20:34:04
Where would you play him in our usual 4-3-3 system shappy? I am presuming pogba stays so that leaves either right wing or herreras position but that would leave us exposed defensively.

2.) 15 Mar 2019 20:49:32

3.) 15 Mar 2019 21:51:11
DSG, I would play him in Pogba's place if he was to leave.



11 Mar 2019 12:08:26
Sunday's game was in my opinion just one of those games. We tried hard, but the players looked slightly jaded. Matic was clearly a little rusty. I think the tactic's were quite right, and we might have got a little more from the game if we set up slightly differently. Maybe McTominay should have kept his place with Matic coming on in the second half maybe.

That said, if we are to lose I would rather lose like that than by parking the bus. We had 14 shots away to Arsenal when not playing particularly well. The problem was Leno only had to make 4 saves. We hit the post twice, and although the penalty was a penalty it was about as soft as you could get without it being incorrectly given.

There are positives to take from the game. Firstly and most importantly I think was the EPL debut of Mason Greenwood. He might not have had a huge amount of time to impress yet in that time he showed great maturity to not let the occasion get to him. He looked positive and not overawed at all. For me he is the mostly likely of the trio (Chong, Gomes and Greenwood) to make it at the club. Chong looks like he is a year or two away from really being able to push for a first team spot, I think he could do with a good loan next season. Gomes has the ability, he is just waiting for his body to mature enough to be physically able to push on. A bit like Scholes being clearly the most talented of the class of 92, yet he didn't get his chance until a little later than the others due to his small frame.

Also I thought Fred was quietly very good again. Covered lots of ground, made several important tackles, disrupted Arsenal's rhythm well. While also making a couple of good contributions going forward, hitting the post and creating a couple of goal scoring chances. I think his performances over the last couple of games gives confidence that he can really kick on next season.

The race for top four will as Ole has suggested really go down to the wire. Some people have tried to look at the fixture list and work out who has the easier run etc. Personally I don't think that matters as much as the confidence, mentality and the momentum each club has going in to the final stretch. That is why I am still confident that we can do it.

Spurs under Pochettino have yet to show the mental resilience to hack a real fight when the pressure builds. Both Emery and Sarri are new to the league and have shown naivety on occasion. Personally I think all three of them will lose or draw games they will be expected to win between now and the end of the season. Four teams for two places, yet even after yesterday's result we are still the in form team, with the momentum and the confidence. If Ole can bring the team back from losing 2-0 at home to PSG then I am confident he will get a response after losing 2-0 away to Arsenal.


1.) 11 Mar 2019 13:08:03
Scholes was playing, relatively regularly, for the first team the same season as Neville and Butt, and a year before Beckham. He was top class, so it didn’t matter about his small frame.

2.) 11 Mar 2019 14:12:57
Butt made his debut two years before Scholes. Scholes was often taken off early or used as a sub in his first season or two, plus he was played out of position for the first 3-4 years while he adjusted to the pace and power of the EPL. Often deployed in the No.10 or as a false 9 on occasions as it was thought the battle of midfield was too tough for him at that time.

However, it is clear his talent along with his fighting spirit won out and he was able to force his way into midfield.

Gomes makes Scholes look like a giant. Scholes is 5'7, whereas Gomes is still only 5'3. For comparison Messi (after his growth hormones) is 5'7.

Gomes height shouldn't hold him back too much, however, he will need to fill out before he can be thrown in to being tackled by players such as Maguire and van Dijk.

3.) 11 Mar 2019 14:26:10
Butt made three appearances before the 94-95 season when Scholes, Neville and Butt all became first team regulars. Scholes was primarily played as an understudy to Cantona because we were overstocked in midfield.

4.) 11 Mar 2019 23:36:14
Do you know Scholes scored in the League in 19 consecutive seasons, a record only beaten by Giggs who did it in 23 consecutive seasons.



08 Mar 2019 11:52:35
Ed002, I remember when Mourinho was sacked you said that in your opinion Blanc would be the best fit for the club to get them back to the top.

I'm just wondering if you are of the same opinion now, or if your views have shifted in light of what Old has achieved so far?

Do you still think the club needs someone of experience such as Blanc?



{Ed002's Note - Yes I think someone with more experience would be better.}

1.) 08 Mar 2019 12:26:02
I feel we must build a foundation with Ole and a new DoF.
Buying smartly in the market is the next important step.

2.) 08 Mar 2019 12:47:25
weve gone down the experience route and its failed. ole deserves the job but phelan carrick and mckenna all needs to stay aswell.

a question for ed.

is the DOF position looking to be sorted by the summer?


{Ed002's Note - it will be sorted out when the find the right person if Woodward will let it.}

3.) 08 Mar 2019 15:40:50
I agree that long term the club could do with and experienced hand as there will be a lot of off field turbulence when/ if the club ever appoint a DoF.

However, I feel atm if the club appoint anyone other than Ole then it could undo all the good work he has done up until now.

Maybe now the best course of action is to give Ole a three year deal at the end of the season and let him bring back more of the club's identity while a suitable candidate can be found for the DoF role which long term is the far more important position to get right.

4.) 09 Mar 2019 08:56:09
I agree Shappy. Give him a 3 year deal. By now he's identified who needs to depart and the sort of player we need to be bringing in. A DoF could slow things down at the moment as he'd need to get up to speed.

Regards a DoF I think we need someone who understands the clubs ethos especially regards style of play and commitment to young players.



07 Mar 2019 12:54:10
So here we are the morning after the night before and we are left reflecting on a results we all hoped for but none of us expected. There are a few players who rarely take any credit but who I think deserve a special mention today.
Chris "Mike" Smalling was an absolute rock last night, making so many key tackles and interceptions. A lot has been said about Lindelof and rightly so, but I thought Smalling was exceptional last night.

Fred had a shaky first 15 minutes but he grew into the game, he was everywhere and never hid, always making himself available for a pass. The way he jumped in when the PSG players were trying to put Rashford off shows great team spirit.

McTominay was immense, the way he worked so hard and was very clever when dealing with seasoned pros was a joy to watch.

Finally Shaw who has been steadily growing into a key player at LB. He shut down that flank yesterday, and considering he was dealing with such a dangerous seasoned player such as Dani Alves it shows how much he has come on.

No one let us down, Bailly struggled in an unusual position which gifted them their goal. But that is the only blemish on an otherwise phenomenal night.

I don't believe we could have won last night any other way than the way we did. With the odds stacked against us, everyone saying we had no chance, stating we would have to rewrite UCL history not just our own to qualify. That I think fired us up, I also feel it took the edge off of PSG. Make no mistake, if PSG turned up firing on all cylinders last night then we would have had a very different outcome of that match. But fight, spirit and bravery are often rewarded with what we like to call luck. PSG making simple errors to gift us a couple of goals, a penalty appeal that at best is a little soft, and certainly one we would all bemoan if it happened against us. Yet I feel the way we went about the game meant we earned that "luck". I firmly believe that you make your own luck through hard work, dedication and never giving up.

I loved how the players ran over to the fans at the final whistle and celebrated with them, it shows a togetherness and a bond that only a few months ago seemed like a huge canyon was between them.

We have our United back, the one that never gives up, that fights to the last breath and that plays for the fans. I think it is a matter of when and not if Ole gets the job now. If Ed Woodward was to give it to anyone else I suspect he would be lynched.

We have the most highly sought after yet elusive thing in football with us now, momentum. Our players believe in Ole and he believes in them, they have made us fans believe in them as well. Its moments like last night that can define a generation of players and an era at a club. Sir Alex had his "Mark Robins" moment that seemed to turn the tide in his favour. Although Ole has had nothing like what Sir Alex had to deal with. He did have his first big set back in losing the first leg 2-0 to a far superior side, yet he masterminded the most unbelievable of come backs. One which all those in the stadium will one day remember proudly "I was there that night". If he can harness the enthusiasm and belief flowing around the club and through that dressing room then we could yet see unbelievable success THIS season. The job is his and where he takes us next season I can't wait to see. I find myself wishing away the days now until our next match. Not something I would have thought even possible let alone likely 3 months ago.

Ole has us believing, Ole has restored our pride, Ole has given us back our United.


{Ed025's Note - a very churchillian like post that shappy...well done mate..

1.) 07 Mar 2019 13:10:58
Great post shappy
I think we all feel the same way now. This is no flash in the pan. The doubters have been silenced.

2.) 07 Mar 2019 13:19:37
Good post Shappy and we did it playing 4-4 f****** 2! Good old Ole taking inspiration from another great footballing mind Mike Bassett. Maybe he recited Rudyard Kipling as well! Magic! Who wouldn't be inspired by that? 😉.

3.) 07 Mar 2019 15:43:00
Love it shappy.

Your best EVER post mate.

4.) 07 Mar 2019 16:00:09
Top Post Shapps.

5.) 08 Mar 2019 06:52:04
Love that shappy 👍.

6.) 08 Mar 2019 08:43:48
Top post Shappy.




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20 Mar 2019 09:36:40
His wages plus the fact he hasn't had a good game in 18 months to 2 years.




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19 Mar 2019 06:32:16
Thanks, that's a shame he looks like he will become a top player.




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14 Mar 2019 15:42:38
He's young and inconsistent. Let him develop over in Germany for another couple of years.




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14 Mar 2019 10:23:22
I would very much imagine whether Pogba stays or goes will depend on what options are available to him.

His dream is to play in Spain, so if either Barcelona or Real Madrid come in for him I would expect him to push to leave.

Beyond those two its really only PSG or Juventus who could come in for him. How he feels about moving to them I very much expect will come down to money/ prestige.




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11 Mar 2019 20:15:55
I heard a rumor that Ed Woodward is considering making an offer to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink for him to come out of retirement.

Apparently he's the biggest name Ed's ever heard of, and the money that can be recouped from the cost of the lettering on the back of his replica shirts will make the club a fortune.





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19 Mar 2019 20:07:03
Keane was carried by better players. The moment he didn't have them around him he stunk out the place. He was awful for Ireland, and he sucked at Celtic. If it wasn't for the skillful and talented players he had around him at United he would be considered to be a better manager than a player.




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18 Mar 2019 13:39:20
JK7, well with your analysis of our forward players a RW looks like the least of our problems. By the sounds of it we need to sell Rashford, Lukaku, Martial, Lingard, Sanchez and Mata as according to none of them are good enough.




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18 Mar 2019 12:02:04
Ed002, do Juventus have an idea of who they would like to appoint as his replacement?


{Ed002's Note - They wanted Zidane or Deschamps but have now got another in mind. It does not impact Manchester United.}



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18 Mar 2019 11:09:23
United Addict, I take it your not in the Ole camp then?

Just out of interest which managers do you think the club could go for who would GUARANTEE better performances, better promotion of youngsters and better results than Ole?




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18 Mar 2019 10:29:04
I expect either a right hand side combination of Young and Dalot, or Herrera may be asked to do a man marking job.