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20 Mar 2018 00:19:04
Hi Eds - Just wondering if Utd are still interested in Carlos Soler and if you can shed any light on a potential deal?

The Beast

{Ed002's Note - There is interest but Valencia are not keen to sell.}

1.) 20 Mar 2018 08:01:42
Ed002, awhile back there was reports United was interested in another Valencia player, Jose Gaya. Is there any interest there is was it just click bait?

{Ed002's Note - JM was interested when he was at Chelsea, but I gues MU might add him to the list of LBs they are interested in.}

2.) 20 Mar 2018 17:55:07
Ed002, if you don't mind who is on that list of LB's and will Shaw move on in the summer? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - if Mourinho were to leave maybe Shaw will stay but right now he wants him gone and would like one of the following:
Danny Rose (LB)
Aaron Martin (LB)
Alex Sandro (LB) - I would strike him from the list now but don't be surprised if he reappears - it all depends on a player at another club
Philipp Max (LB)}

3.) 20 Mar 2018 17:56:26
Cheers Ed.

4.) 20 Mar 2018 19:16:36
Cheers Ed.

5.) 20 Mar 2018 19:31:12
I suspect that Philipp Max will end up at Bayern Munich if Alaba leaves. Ironically he looks like a really good left back. Just the kind I would like to see brought in. Young, talented and hungry with loads of potential.

6.) 21 Mar 2018 04:31:26
Ed2 are united looking at sessengon.

{Ed002's Note - there was interest when JM was at another side.}

7.) 21 Mar 2018 12:06:37
Huggy, allegedly Shaw is quite hungry, too :)



21 Feb 2018 23:45:43
I'm reading a lot of people justifying that pathetic performance. SAF played like this in Europe, Sevilla are tough at home, no easy games at this stage of the competition.

The thing is we play like this whenever we come up against a half decent team. Incidentally Moyes took us away in Europe and we played some great stuff, remember the guy that had no European experience?

Sevilla are not up to much, but we were lucky to escape with a draw tonight however you want to dress it up. They will be very dangerous at OT, far more dangerous than we were tonight.

Maybe it was like this sometimes under SAF, but only "SOMETIMES" with Jose it's every time. If we go out to Sevilla, it's because we didn't play to win tonight.

It would be nice to not read BS excuses to justify this rubbish we are subjected to almost every week. Maybe my drum is getting worn out, but the excuse bank is surely out of coin by now. It's just not good enough, we put up with a rubbish Europa League campaign to qualify for this by the skin of our teeth and then put in these types of performances! WTFP?

The Beast

1.) 21 Feb 2018 23:57:48
How many games did Moyes do us proud in Europe? Was it just the Leverkusen game or . No one is saying Jose is producing exceptional football bit my god the hyperbole in here is ridiculous.

2.) 21 Feb 2018 23:59:13
Goos post Beast and i reckon we houdlve gone for the kill today as i hope but Jose played it safe which is quite sad considering how poor Sevilla were today.

The players look scared to try something exciting ncase it doesn't work and jose gets angry.

They are all under strict rules by the looks of it.

3.) 22 Feb 2018 00:20:46
Made attacking substitutions the team just didn't click going forward.

4.) 22 Feb 2018 01:32:09
Weren't they like for like subs (Rashford/ Martial for Sanchez/ Mata)? It's not clicking because we attack with 3 men maximum, often just 2 - we have forgotten how to attack as a team as it seems our main focus is on keeping teams out, not making them keep us out.

It's anti-Utd and it isn't hyperbole if it happens virtually every time we play a team that isn't prepared to curl up and die.

5.) 22 Feb 2018 10:10:12
Couldn’t agree more beast. Went away yet again not to get beaten rather than trying to take the game to them. Nobody here can tell me man for man Sevilla are a better side than us, so why not attack them, why be happy with a bore draw? Anyone who things a nil nil is a good away score line is mistaken. A score draw not too bad, but a nil nil means we now have to win the return leg. Score draw and we’re out. Pathetic performance once again last night, nothing is inproving.

6.) 22 Feb 2018 11:44:57
Rubbish europa league campaign? You mean the one we won? Oh no we won a trophy but we didn't win it in this specific way that makes me happy. Are you aware of how spoilt you sound. You know this is why fans of other clubs hate us - a huge amount of us have got too used to success. We have to be practical we are still in a rebuilding phase. Yes a lot of money has been spent but the team needed and needs a lot of work. Short termism and harking back to the good old days do not benefit the club.

7.) 22 Feb 2018 12:56:33
Beast, you called it absolutely right. If De Gea hadn't made unbelievable saves, we will be looking at a 2 or 3 nil scoreline. I hate the passionless, clueless displays. I hate the lack of cohesion in the team. This result is not a good result, one goal for Seville and we have to score two. Even if we score first, we will still be extremely nervous.
I would say it is advantage Seville.
But the most ridiculous post i'd the one from 12daysofhemida. "A huge amount of us have got used to success", "We have to be practical we are still in a rebuilding phase", "Short termism and harking back to the good old days do not benefit the club". These are exactly the type of comments that drive me potty. How could you get too used to success? So shall we have a few years of rubbish performances as we don't want to be to used to success? Utter tripe. Then he mentions we are still rebuilding, we have been rebuilding for five years. A good business doesn't allow its performance to deteriorate, then start rebuilding. All the top clubs are in a constant state of rebuilding. Harking back to the old times? History is what defines you, and history is what you learn from and improve. So when you talk about harking back to the old times, you're basically telling us that we might as well throw away our history.
If you allow standards to drop and mediocrity to set in, then we might as well pack our bags and go home. That's not the philosophy of the club I've supported for over 50 years. we were built on attacking entertaining football with all the right values. Unfortunately, we are losing these values.

8.) 22 Feb 2018 15:03:38
Attack x3 you'd make a fine spin doctor.

"So shall we have a few years of rubbish performances as we don't want to be to used to success? "

The few years of rubbish performances HAPPENED under Moyes and LVG. Alongside that were rubbish results. No one was happy, myself included. Now Jose has improved RESULTS a hell of a lot. The performances (last night included) are still often poor. You cannot expect results and performances to be improved when the squad is substandard for a title tilt. Jose is improving us.

"we have been rebuilding for five years. "

Yes, that's just how bad we got.

"A good business doesn't allow its performance to deteriorate, then start rebuilding. "

I agree, but that is exactly what the club allowed to happen. Expecting five years of stagnation to be corrected in two years is unrealistic.

"History is what defines you, and history is what you learn from and improve. "

Once again we agree. history has shown us that sticking by a manager when we fans are calling for his head can be beneficial. Can you imagine what would have happened if the fans had been listened to with Fergie? Also whilst we're talking about history, here's one from Fergie, "Attack wins you games, defence wins you leagues. " I think that is what Mourinho is trying to do.

"So when you talk about harking back to the old times, you're basically telling us that we might as well throw away our history. "

Er. no. Just no. I can't even think of a witty, relevant or scathing retort to that. Sorry.

"If you allow standards to drop and mediocrity to set in, then we might as well pack our bags and go home. That's not the philosophy of the club I've supported for over 50 years. we were built on attacking entertaining football with all the right values. Unfortunately, we are losing these values. "

Let me see if I can do your putting words in other people's mouth shtick. so if we don't play well and win you we should all stop supporting Utd? Utter tripe, piddle and tomfoolery.

We weren't built on attacking entertaining football it's a philosophy we have played more often than not since the days of Busby. A style of play that I love and miss, but since Ferguson left that philosophy has been left behind, through poor appointments, mismanagement and NOW necessity. Our defence isn't up to task and so we need to play more defensively.

Whilst having a nosy around the internet, I found this description of Newton Heath in their first season. "Tough, diligent men who formed a powerful side. " Sounds a lot like a Mourinho side. Maybe we were built on stoic defending first, entertaining football second (like all good teams) .

9.) 22 Feb 2018 18:22:17
Great post 12 days.
Beast the performances are poor but its the players not the manager.
How many top class players in our squad?
Not even top class on the european stage top class in epl. Jose performing minor miricle to keep them competitive imo.

10.) 22 Feb 2018 20:34:16
Great posts 12 days. As good as I've ever seen on here to be honest. Great way of debating.

11.) 22 Feb 2018 22:10:35
Oh come on now, it's ridiculous. People are still plugging their same view week in week out.

The fact is, there are some very good and some not so good players in the squad. It's the same for the rest of the top 6 or so teams. It's the manager's job to get the best out of them.

If your idea of getting the best of them is by holding the better players back to set up defensively and grind out results, then we'll agree that Mourinho is doing well. If your idea of an attacking, exciting and progressive style of football is the way forward, then he's not the right man.



13 Jan 2017 19:14:26
Hopefully this Costa incident is the trigger for the much needed Chelsea collapse. Win on Sunday and everyone will be scared that we are coming for them.

The Beast

{Ed025's Note - my fear beast is that they may make a move for lukaku now, he would jump at the chance imo mate..

1.) 13 Jan 2017 20:52:24
We, I really don't rate Lukaku, I know he can sometimes bully CBs and score dramatic goals but generally he looks like a fat lump blundering around. Just my view of course.

{Ed025's Note - thats very nasty and short sighted of you AJH...but very true.. :)

2.) 13 Jan 2017 22:07:38
He's like that heavily made up blonde on a night out who looks very tasty until you get her into the light, beer googles at their most seductive.

3.) 13 Jan 2017 22:10:18

4.) 14 Jan 2017 03:46:48
If costa is sold or even just has a falling out with conte, we really need to beat liverpool, as i was hoping and i think most utd fans will agree, if we aren't able to win the league it is better if chelsea do it rather than one of city or liverpool.

5.) 14 Jan 2017 11:16:54
Lukaku is perfect for Chelsea's system but he's no Diego Costa. I can't see them letting him go this January though although a summer deal makes sense.

6.) 14 Jan 2017 12:13:23
I know Costa is expensive but £80 million for a coffee is just ridiculous.

7.) 14 Jan 2017 14:26:04
I'm not sure about timing but I read that the Chinese are going to be clamping down big time on the money being spent by their clubs, as a means of capital controls (just doing it with Bitcoin now) . So maybe there is a major timing factor involved, possibly a one time opportunity for the start of their new season.

Possibly why the amounts in question seem so desperate and why Costa is trying to force a move now. Just speculating of course.

8.) 14 Jan 2017 19:56:59
Costa isn't trying to force his way out.

9.) 15 Jan 2017 01:30:24
i hope costa stays where he is (and stops scoring) because if he leaves they might bid for moussa dembele of celtic.

10.) 15 Jan 2017 13:36:29
hmm Jackson, who knows what to believe. Quite a coincidence we were only talking of something like this the other day. That said you still smashed Leicester and have a £30m striker rotting on the bench, so still need a few more spanners in the works to give us a sniff.

11.) 16 Jan 2017 19:38:40
Hope he stays. He's saved my dream team this season.



01 Jul 2016 17:29:56
I just read that Neymar signs a 5 year deal, but his buyout clause rises the further he gets into his contract, this seems odd to me is it odd?

It's almost as if they are telling clubs to come and get him now if they are interested.

Does anybody know what his buyout was prior to the new contract? It's now £167m for the first year, rising to 186m 2nd year and then £209 for the third), on the Beeb.

The Beast

1.) 01 Jul 2016 18:07:30
Not sure but this deal is pretty sensible from barca, with teams like palace throwing £30m at Marseille for that Belgian lad who knows how much players will be going for in 5 years, it's gone even more ridiculous this year.

2.) 01 Jul 2016 18:08:46
Beast I don't know enough about buy out clauses but it makes great sense for the owners as under normal circumstances the players value decreases as his contact runs down. It also means that they will be in no rush to Renew and give him another rise in order to uphold his value.

3.) 01 Jul 2016 19:34:13
Great points guys, hadn't even considered that in my haste.



10 Jul 2015 16:38:30
Hi Ed's - I am a regular contributor to the site as you may know. Several people ask about a fantasy football league each year and I have been part of one for the past 4/5 years, I can vouch for the credibility of it. I didn't want to post on the website without your permission first, this is what I want to post, do you mind?

"I am part of a dream team league, ran by a chap called Andy. I have done this for the past 4+years and it works a treat. You pay £50 upfront and each month there is a prize for manager of the month, the remaining money goes into a pot for the top 3 managers of the year - all registration fees are redistributed to winning managers. I have personally won a few managers of the month and have been paid appropriately. This is just a group of guys coming together and nothing formal/company orchestrated, so if you want to join the league the code is 90970-25762 (it is the Fantasy Premier League). Andy will provide you with his acct details if you join and over recent seasons we have had over 50 people in the league – it was primarily a group of friends but I have asked him if he would mind me opening it up to my “banter buddies” and he has no problem so long as it causes him no issues"

The Beast

{Ed002's Note - Sure, no problem.}

1.) 10 Jul 2015 17:24:08
Super Beast, Might join you on that .

2.) 10 Jul 2015 19:35:39
Now I'm confused yesterday someone was going to setup a FF competition for the lads all here at no cost, I think that £50 is a tad steep especially when in euros it's 70 or more for your one Beast.

Now I'm not a tight git but I try play the FF gig and more times than not forget to change players etc, as I get caught up in stuff at home or within family homes doing repairs etc so miss a lot of the tactical changes lol!!

If we were to set up a MUFC page FF competition and at a cost of €20/25 I would enter it no problem

3.) 10 Jul 2015 20:02:09
Pyramid Scheme!

4.) 10 Jul 2015 23:10:25
We had one for free last season, not sure who set it up but we had over 70 people in it from this website.

The one I am talking about has cash aspects attached so obviously won't be for everyone. I throw in £50 with this guys league because if you win a manager of the month its normally £80-£100, then £1k or so to overall winner.

Horses for courses, I just put it out there as some people were asking and I have always been paid on time.




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15 Jul 2018 16:56:24
I'm confused why the first goal is classed as an OG. The freekick is on target, so why isn't it Griezmanns goal? Obviously when a player shoots and it deflects off a defender (or keeper) the striker gets the goal, so why is this freekick different, anybody know?

The Beast

1.) 15 Jul 2018 17:18:25
That's a good shout that beast.

2.) 15 Jul 2018 17:33:08
It was on target but the keeper would have collected it. The touch off the defender took it past the keeper.

3.) 15 Jul 2018 17:44:45
I always thought if it was on target and took a deflection it was the strikers goal .
Off target takes a deflection own goal.

4.) 15 Jul 2018 19:29:54
My understanding is the same as that jred but it must be deemed an attempt at goal i believe. Grey ish area.

5.) 15 Jul 2018 22:23:21
I am under the impression tbat if the deflection drastically changes the path of the ball then it is an og. Otherwise it is credited to the striker.

6.) 15 Jul 2018 23:46:29
Pretty sure if on target and deflected, it’s the attackers goal - even if it wasn’t intentionally a shot. If it’s off target and would therefore be missing without the defender’s intervention, then it’s an own goal.



12 Jul 2018 09:56:19
Oh England!

I really thought it could be our year, but to be honest we didn't play well most of the tournament. For all the commentator hype about how 'mature, calm etc' it was just waffle - the teams we beat we would expect to beat comfortably normally. Last night we resorted to long ball, had no control in midfield and whenever Croatia attacked it looked like we were very disorganised.

Ashley Young was absolutely horrific most of the tournament for me, Tripper and Maguire struggle to read the game positionally and there was absolutely nothing offered going forward. There is more to the game than set-pieces, but that was the only thing we actually did well for me.

Only player that looked like making something happen was Sterling and he has been getting pelters all tournament.

We were lucky to beat Tunisa, beat a bunch of League 1 players in Panama, got beat in a nothing game against Belgium, snuck through via pens against Colombia, beat a poor Sweden full of Championship players and then failed to lift it when it mattered. I don't get all the praise to be honest.

Pre-World Cup we would all be happy with semi-finals, but had we seen the draw we would have expected nothing less - it's all very simple praising the result but we should analyse the hows/ whys of things. People clinging onto the we did better than Germany, Brazil, etc, doesn't cut it for me.

The fact we kept playing it back to Pickford for a hoof all game should have told Southgate there was an issue with midfield, but he did absolutely nothing - picked the same team all tournament, same tactics and didn't adapt when things went wrong, we also looked very tired despite playing less minutes than Croatia. Poor management and that is why he didn't cut it where it matters.

Frankly we talked a good game, but we looked like lost lambs. As for our boys specifically, well Rashford looked out of his depth, not enough minutes but played with no confidence and disappointed me, Young brought nothing to the table and we have to sign a LB if Shaw isn't trusted, Rebic destroyed him, Lingard was anonymous as per usual. Most players underwhlemed and the good parts were over egged, so hard to be too critical of our lads as the Spurs players (aside from set-pieces) may as well not have bothered.

Manager should have changed things. Kane dropping 20 yards too deep most games, poor showing from him - didn't seem to lead at all. Gutted, but we didn't deserve to progress, just lucky we didn't get the other half of the draw otherwise the knives would have been out. Instead we have a false sense of how good we are now, we are not in the top 4 nations of the world, just got lucky with who we played and when.

The Beast

1.) 12 Jul 2018 10:21:23
I'm a Liverpool fan beast and you speak a lot of sense. I do think England progressing this far has been blown into some huge media storm. we weren't that good.
But its been a poor world cup really, no stand out players, no stand out team. Just poor all round in terms of football.

2.) 12 Jul 2018 10:23:56
Last week

Beast: We're going to win, it’s coming home, I put money on us.


Beast: We were lucky to beat Tunisa, beat a bunch of League 1 players in Panama, got beat in a nothing game against Belgium, snuck through via pens against Colombia, beat a poor Sweden full of Championship players and then failed to lift it when it mattered. I don't get all the praise to be honest.

If that’s what you thought about the team, why did you put actual money on them winning the entire thing?

3.) 12 Jul 2018 10:28:27
Top Post Beast.

4.) 12 Jul 2018 10:31:54
May be because Beast saw the draw and rightly expected England to win against all those championship level sides. First real competition and England folded. The game was very poor from everyone yesterday while Peter Drury (madonna of commentary) made it like it was the best game he ever saw and Englans were the best team in the world.

5.) 12 Jul 2018 10:53:00
Rashford did more when he came on than sterling did all game.

6.) 12 Jul 2018 11:23:33
No stand out players? Mbappe? Pavard? Lloris? All been excellent for France.
I'm really enjoying this World Cup, thought it was going to be same old same old but plenty of good games.
England fluffed their lines, which was a real shame as the tournament opened up perfectly for them and they could of beat Croatia. I think Loftus-Cheek should of come on for Dier who I fail to see how he gets a place: very basic player in my opinion. Sterling is just another Walcott, he panics and makes bad decisions when he's done the hard work.
And we have got to stop It's Coming Home. It's a bloody awful song. How about Slade's Give Us A Goal. Or England Irie by Black Grape. If we we have to have a song, at least let's have no Skinner and Baddiel.

7.) 12 Jul 2018 11:40:21
Beast - can't disagree with most of what you say.

I would say it's been a positive tournament for england

We got as far as we should of for me and meeting expectations is over achieving for England.

Hopefully the winter break will help us in the future. The drop off in the second half was scary and my one criticism of Southgate was that he didn't inject some more pace and freshness earlier. I would of Brought Loftus cheek and rashford on at around the 60th min mark.

But Southgate is learning and did well on the whole.

8.) 12 Jul 2018 12:27:55
I know i was taking the mickey last week beast, but your 100% spot on.

I could go a little deeper on Kane. He got 3 pens, 1 off his heel and 2 tap ins. 1 was a good/ really good header. Over rated tournament he didn't do much.

EVERYONE was calling out Sterling, yet for me he was the main main performer, he maybe didn't score easy chances, but he tried ran and hassled the defences.

Rashford - Over rated same as Martial. I cba even going down them roads.

9.) 12 Jul 2018 12:37:40
Im not an England fan simple as that so I will get that out of the way. I watched all the England games with my England supporting Hammers fan mate and we both agreed on one thing - just don't get the hype about the team. Yes they did better than expected but had they met Spain / Germany/ France/ Croatia/ Brazil in the first knockout game how far would they have got? Irrespective of some of those teams going out before England.90minutes against Germany or Brazil. no chance IMO.

Spain/ Germany/ Brazil all showed during 20 minute spells more flair and cutting edge than England all tournament, in fact I doubt England would have beaten the Japan team they lost out to Belgium in one of the games of the tournament.

They lifted the mood of the nation, a semi final was a wonderful acheivement no doubt. but are they a good team? no, just better than some of the dross in the last 30 years in major tournaments.

10.) 12 Jul 2018 12:41:11
To be honest just really proud of the boys and Southgate for restoring the pride back into the National team. I’ve loved watching the games at the pub and the sense of togetherness the team has brought this seemingly broken country. No point going into whether we had an easy run or not because you can only play what’s in front of you. But for the first time in my lifetime I can genuinely say I have a connection and warmth to the players and manager of an england team. In an age of arrogance and lack of class in some managers, Southgate is a breath of fresh air and a throwback to the old school managers such as sir bobby robson. It’s been a really enjoyable World Cup and the players deserve a big welcome when thy return. But it’s time to turn our focus back to united and get behind the team as this is such a crucial season for us. I will always remember the summer of 2018 as one full of sunshine and hope that football nearly came home. Till next time.

11.) 12 Jul 2018 13:09:29
I think it's a generation thing to be honest as well. No other footy on, the world is watching, it can't help but suck you in. That said I found the 1996 Euro's run more enjoyable, maybe because it was in England as well and I was obviously younger. But this squad said all the right things off the pitch, pundits/ commentators none stop praising averageness doesn't help as people are almost afraid to voice constructive criticism and the players have a false sense of worth. All this togetherness/ brothers talk, every other nation could say the same thing pretty much - we worked very hard on set-pieces and all our eggs were in that basket. Colombia showed that this was risky and we needed more to our game with Maguire being beaten by Yena or whatever he was called almost every time.

Ultimately, the so called 'calmness' is easy against teams like Sweden, Panama and Tunisia. Maybe a bit more passion was needed, a bit more umpf from the manager, rather than trying to play the psychoanalyst genius he was portrayed to be and clearly is not.

The fundamental point is that after 20 minutes it was obvious to non-football experts that Pickford was getting the ball far too much and having to hoof it. That would tell a pub manager that the set-up was wrong and we were losing the midfield. There was ample warning that the game was gradually turning in their favour after our great start, but he did nothing, absolutely nothing, reminded me of LVG. We rode our luck all tournament and rather than realising we had been lucky and needed to amend things, we just doubled down on the same thing. Weak management, I think we had the team to beat Croatia, not the tactics or fitness levels though - I think Southgate is a bit weak to be honest, nice guy and I get he is learning, but I don't buy that really, as I would have learned after Colombia that the tactics need a rethink as we created next to nothing all tournament.

12.) 12 Jul 2018 14:46:16
I agree that there did seem to be a genuine togetherness amongst the squad which was great to see like they were all mates which hasn't always been the case and although Kane was the star player if I put it like that he seemed very grounded and it seemed that the football came first which wasnt always the case when we had the era of Gazza, wazza, lamps, becks, stevie G, incey etc etc.

13.) 12 Jul 2018 17:10:21
Beast, i couldn't agree more on your summation. We played midiocre teams and struggled against tunisia amd Colombia. We didn't have one player in our midfield or attack who showed any sort of individual brilliance last night, apart from the free kick for the goal. The team played well within itself with no adventure or risk taking.
We then surrendered to the brilliance of Modric, perisic and Rakitic who ran rings around us. These three showed how far behind we are in terms of skill and application.
Players were going through the motions with no real zest or aggression in their game. Frankly, it was like watching United. The only difference is that at United we have world class players underperforming due to idiotic tactics by our manager. England were playing at the top of their game and that's not too high in my opinion.
Everyone needs to take a step back and swallow a reality check pill. We had an easy draw and we lost both games against decent opposition. that's no cause for major celebrations.



03 Jul 2018 22:05:52
It's coming home boys. Guess where I'll be on Saturday. Stockholm! Dangerzone!

The Beast

1.) 03 Jul 2018 22:20:01
I'm half Swedish so it's a win win but on Saturday I support England. Most of my family live around gothenbourg and the South. Got to go there soon so will be interesting yet our record against them is really poor.

2.) 03 Jul 2018 22:27:09
One of our biggest teams, we should beat them but we rarely do.

3.) 03 Jul 2018 22:35:53
Maguire not popular on here but u have to say liked him everytime he's played for England.

4.) 03 Jul 2018 23:43:17
Considering he is a young player not playing his first team football with a top club he has been very impressive.

5.) 04 Jul 2018 00:12:23
We need Harry Maguire to wear a Utd shirt next season . He gets better every time I see him play. 😆😆.

6.) 04 Jul 2018 01:16:25
Not maguire’s biggest fan but he has won me over a fair bit tonight. He was a warrior tonight and is such a threat from set pieces. Wouldn’t say no to him tbh.

7.) 04 Jul 2018 07:05:23
Agreed. He’s grown into this tournament a great deal, as has Stones.

Sterling still looks like a passenger though. Not his best position. Rash or Vardy would be more effective in my opinion.

8.) 04 Jul 2018 14:06:52
McGuire reminds me of a proper old school CB, I would love to see him at United.



24 Jun 2018 17:48:19
Good set-pieces today I hope Jose was taking notes, that Maguire is a real handful, liked him at Hull but maybe still not ready for top-top team defensively. Didn't think we played particularly well today despite the scoreline. Sloppy passes, not quite on same wavelength in open play.

However Lingard was effective and scored a wonderful goal, pleased for him and us. Young frustrates me so much, the only reason he seems to play must be for some experience, he offers nothing going forward or defensively even against absolute fodder.

Kane got MOTM for both games in some media, but I want to see more from him - 2 penalties and a fluke is not MOTM. I didn't realise MOTM is no longer based on actual performance!

I hope the boys keep their feet on the ground because that game could be a killer if we buy into the hype of the result. It was too easy, but fortunately the Belgium game should be a wake up call before the knock-outs.

Ken - Trippier is really growing on me, liked his interview as well, I see what you do with him now.

The Beast

1.) 24 Jun 2018 18:37:08
Beast i'm in bangkok so only saw a few bits of this game.
Looked fairly non competitive. Good start for England i'm pleased for Southgate. i'm not a maguire fan i think we have as good as him already in the squad.
Very open wc so far.

2.) 24 Jun 2018 18:49:57
Watch out for the lady boy's carra😀😀.

{Ed001's Note - why do you think he went there?}

3.) 24 Jun 2018 19:02:15
Regardless of the opposition team.

To go out and play like that especially the first 45 in a world cup group match was fantastic.

I can't ever remember the last time I was excited to watch England play

Even back in the golden generation times.

We may not have the best team on paper but we will cause anyone problems playing the way we are.

I'm not one for "I would rather finish second to avoid a harder knockout game" You have to beat the best to win it.

We've been crying out for passion and attacking football for years with England.

More of the same please on Thursday.

4.) 24 Jun 2018 19:10:00
Lol ed, a bit of tender care after his big game last week.

{Ed001's Note - I thought he was going there for training as they have some lovely places to practice diving....}

5.) 24 Jun 2018 19:16:44
Maguire looks too slow (including his thinking) and a few times decided to just dribble the ball into an opposing player.
Kane takes the penalties which he did well and completed his hat trick with a lucky deflection. I'm yet to see Kane do anything against a top class defence for both spurs and England. Yet he gets the 3 goals on paper and gets man of the match. I actually thought Lingard, loftus- cheek, Henderson and trippier were the most influential players today. But then again, what do I know, but before we get carried away with spending millions on Kane and Maguire just remember who these 2 games were against. Belguim game will be interesting and the last 16 when the pressure is on. Just see then who delivers when the stakes are higher and it's not always the usual suspects who step up.

6.) 24 Jun 2018 20:09:58
For years I've wanted to see a clinics England side knocking in 4+ against these teams. Usually we go 2 up and slack off. Lingard, Walker, Trippier, Loftus-Cheek and Henderson all impressed although the opposition must be taken into account. Sterling did nothing, really don't see the fuss.

7.) 24 Jun 2018 20:11:26
Played brilliantly against Madrid Supasub and he scored against Juventus in the CL. Pretty much always scores against the rest of the top 6 in England aswell.

8.) 24 Jun 2018 20:45:40
It could be a little naive not to be aware who we could or couldn't play in future rounds it could be a pretty huge difference in quality . I think Belgium won't lose any sleep if England top the group and their team selection may reflect that against England but that stuff will be a whole load clearer by Thursday . I don't think it was as great a display as the score suggests they were pretty pants and in the world cup because of geographical location more than ability but we put them away well and it's not our fault they had limited ability . jesse looks good in a midfield 3, granted opposition wasn't great but a lot of prem games we will be heavy favourites aswell.

9.) 25 Jun 2018 01:22:29
FFS, England just won 6 1 in a world cup game and people find problems to moan about. The first half was the best I've ever seen from an England team. My mates and I loved it. Now doubt there are always things that can be improved but if your English can't you just revel in the fact we've qualified from the group and played some great football?

10.) 25 Jun 2018 01:58:41
No to Maguire. Don't see him as much of an improvement on Jones. Enough second tier players like them. Top tier is what's needed, like Alderviweld, Varane or Boeteng.

11.) 24 Jun 2018 23:37:34
For the final time it wasnt a dive i was taking evasive action 😂.

{Ed001's Note - of course you were Tyrone.}

12.) 25 Jun 2018 11:57:24
The best 1st half ever from an England team, really? But then I have been watching them since the 82 world cup. Don't get me wrong I'm enjoying this world cup in general for about the first time about 20 odd years but it was Panama. We should be getting out the cigars now and then.

13.) 25 Jun 2018 18:34:10
Yes Supasub, the best first half I've ever seen from an England team. I was born in 1974. Can you name me a better one?



05 Jun 2018 13:38:24
I assume most won't like this - but signing David Luiz would add massive benefits. I would have signed Vardy last summer, and I expect this suggestion to be equally mocked, but he is very comfortable in possession, creates a lot from the back, knows the league and will mean we can stop having all 3 CM's dropping into the QB position and focus on more taxing parts of the game.

I'd still go for Vardy as well and move on Rashford which would probably fund both deals. Both experienced as Jose likes and would add some passion.

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1.) 05 Jun 2018 13:51:29
I'm 100% with you on that beast be a very good signing for us.

I'd like vardy too.

2.) 05 Jun 2018 14:13:22
Agree on Vardy beast. Think he would be a great addition.

3.) 05 Jun 2018 14:14:07
I would take David Luiz over Blind / Rojo/ Darmian/ any day of the week. i'd rather have him on the payroll than Fellani.

H had a good season though before he fell out with Conte, knows the league and seems to be a leader with a winning mentality.

{Ed002's Note - He is still injured and has been most of the season.}

4.) 05 Jun 2018 14:16:40
I read somewhere Bayern are open to selling Boateng. He's a CB I think we should go after if possible.

Luiz wouldn't be that ridiculous of a statement. My only concern is he does go walkabouts at times and I think he is better suited in a back 3 rather than as a Central Defensive partnership and can't see us going to 3 at the back. Although Jose did experiment with it so who knows.

5.) 05 Jun 2018 14:55:00
Beast - 10000000% with u on both luiz and vardy! couldn't agree more.

6.) 05 Jun 2018 15:04:49
Spot on Beast, I have always been a fan of Vardy and think that he is massively under rated by most. My only concern would be that teams play so deep against us he wouldn't be able to get in behind the lines as much as he does with Leicester.

7.) 05 Jun 2018 14:47:36
Good call Beast. Would take both those players and would be more than happy to get those funds out of Rashford sale :D.

8.) 05 Jun 2018 14:48:48
Beast, we don't need any more ponderous big lumps slowing down our play. We already have Smalling, Matic, Pogba, Mctominay, Fellaini, Valencia, Martial who think and move like oil tankers. What we need are some players with speed of thought and action. Maybe Vardy fits that bill but we already have Lukaku whose strength is also running in behind and finishing.

9.) 05 Jun 2018 15:11:41
Didn't Luiz have a big fallout with Jose 😆😆.

10.) 05 Jun 2018 16:13:46
Luiz has awful positioning and concentration.
People didn't like us signing a 29 year old Sanchez and had the horrors when linked with Arnautovic and Mandzukic but want Vardy?

11.) 05 Jun 2018 18:45:56
Mmm double standards when suits mort by the by usual suspects mort.

12.) 05 Jun 2018 18:55:39
Good to have you back ken 😂.

13.) 05 Jun 2018 19:16:47
Park some posters will give out to me not wanting fellaini and say he is a a jose player and i should support that fact but the same poster gave out about the jose player ibra for 18 months. Sounds like double standards to me.

14.) 05 Jun 2018 19:29:00
Agree mate think we share the same view on the way things are at the moment. Personally I’m looking forward to next season with some exciting players coming in. Think we will surprise a few. And if we don’t, hold my hands up and admit I’m wrong. And we move on.

15.) 05 Jun 2018 21:35:50
Can't believe anyone would swap a 29 yr old who basically relies on his pace over Rashford who is so good at such a young age and who will only get better what happened to the Utd ethos of bringing through our own.

16.) 06 Jun 2018 01:18:00
If you are not a consistent superhero it seems you are classed as deadwood and thrown away for a new (old) shiny thing.

There would have been no class of 92 if it was down to everyone on here.




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Thanks a lot Ed002, very interesting and found the Lichsteiner/ Ryan comments very amusing.

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05 Jun 2018 15:35:25
Yeah you are missing the fact we aren't Arsenal mate.

3rd year in is the 'prove it' season, not another transition season. Every top club has to contend with the World Cup. Most top clubs buy several players in the transfer window.

Jose's philosophy can be learnt in 94 minutes, just have them watch the film "127 hours", survive the onslaught, dismember your heritage, and grind it out until the bitter end!

Since when has the financial targets of the club been the targets of the fans? I don;t care where we finish personally, I'd just like to think the past 2 years of dross football have been building to something pleasing on the eye and bringing in entertainment value from the massive investments we have made.

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30 May 2018 09:58:09
I can't believe this story has any legs at all. Grealish is a decent player for Championship, Lower level prem. Snodgrass style.

He looks decent because almost everything is played through him - does anyone think for one second he will touch the ball half as much at a top club? He is also very wasteful, for every decent thing he does, he seems to give it away or makes the wrong decision 5 times.

I'd be frankly amazed if we attempt to sign him, and this comes from somebody who has almost zero faith in our transfer policy!

That's without considering his ego/ attitude problems - although he may fit in nicely on that front!

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28 May 2018 14:54:01
BoyfromBurrenway - I think you are looking at it the wrong way mate for this particular point. Nobody should have a problem with the club making the most of it's brand to gain sponsors.

The problem is when those sponsorship deals come first, ie, tractor sponsor says to the club we will sponsor you for X amount if you sign Bale! Or there are two potential signings, one is more suited to the team, but the other is more financially beneficial sponsorship wise - where do you think we would go?

The sense I get and I assume many others get, is that we would tend to choose money making as a short-term priority. You can get both of course but that is why people can be a bit 'snarky'.

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17 May 2018 21:11:21
Likewise mate.

I've got a bit on Belgium, I've been banging the drum for them for the past 6-7 years managed to get 16/ 1 I think a couple of years back, but the price hasn't moved much since. Was going to have a bet on the group qualifiers but it seems so obvious and the odds are so rubbish it isn't worth it, as you say there is always a sneaky one.

I think England may be the surprise team, I fancy S/ F at least.

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16 Jul 2018 14:40:44
Not really a fan of Pavard myself, had a touch of the Darmian about him for me.

Griezmann was top quality, Kante of course. I don't think we should sign Willian but he looked a different player for Brazil. Meunier was very good and Hazard obviously. I don't think we can afford to go too far off the beaten track, the consistently top players are the usual suspects. I'm gutted we didn't see more of Dybala, as he is great and with Ronnie going there it might have been a golden opportunity for Woody to get hyped up by the media. I also liked the look of Akanji CB for Switzerland as a wild card of sorts, but internationals are a different beast.

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16 Jul 2018 12:13:35
I'd be happy to see Pogba go, I can see swap deals with cash for the likes of Kroos/ Real, Thiago/ Bayern, Veratti/ PSG, Pjanic/ Juventus - I'd prefer all four of those players to Pogba and if it means we get a bit of money on top to help buy SMS or one of the three not involved in a deal, then we would be doubly strong.

If Martial isn't fancied then I'd be happy to see him go and we spend the money on a RW, as we have Sanchez for the left. I like Martial but no point in him rotting.

Most important signings we have to make are for a RB and LB (if Shaw doesn't cut it), happy with Mick from the Dog and Duck rather than Young out there, so anyone is a bonus. Wouldn't mind Sidibe on the right from Monaco.

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15 Jul 2018 11:55:27
The mis-placed hype is really grinding my gears, even people whose football opinions I have respect for in my private life are trotting out the line about being really impressed with Southgate and the England team.

Stand hits the nail on the head. The problem is you have a lot of people that don't know much about football harping on about how impressed they were with the performance all over the media, and that spreads to people that should know better as they are too afraid to call it out because we reached the Semi-Finals.

Southgate told the world he was not prepared to change formation before the tournament, so intelligent teams like Croatia knew exactly what to do and that we worked on nothing but that same system which has massive faults. He picked the same team each important game, irrespective of fitness levels or performance in prior match.

Media were non-stop about how dignified and calm he was during and before games, but i smell a rat there as well. Out of his depth and intelligent enough to realise that if things go ok that obvious weakness would be jumped on and twisted into supreme knowledge. I'm seeing pictures and comments about knighting him! it will be the same thing with Kane winning the golden boot, he must have been the worst performer ever to win it, that won't stop the media though!

Great we got to a Semi-Finals, but it felt just like our Europa League run a couple of years ago, stumbling past poor teams playing poor football, only Jose has a lot more nous than Southgate and got us over the line - Southgate fell at the first hurdle higher than his ankle!

Most of the players were below standard as well, attackers and central midfield in particular. I came away frustrated not buoyed, never again will we have such a great opportunity and it was ballsed up by inept management for me. How Alli, Kane, Lingard, Young played so many minutes I'll never know.

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15 Jul 2018 08:49:21
Should be called the 'Wooden Boot' this year!

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14 Jul 2018 17:26:10
16 league goals is not good. He scored 9 or 10 more league goals for Everton the year before.

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