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08 Jan 2019 13:25:49
Ed002 if you could shed some light please- Martial's contract situation is still apparently unresolved but are there any serious european / EPL clubs circling that you are aware of with a serious interest? Thanks in advance.

cookyman

{Ed002's Note - Try the Sharkopods.}


1.) 08 Jan 2019 15:56:28
cheers will do.


 

 

03 Oct 2018 09:46:45
Sly sports report- (probably100% lies) that we turned down a bid for pp of 45m + mina and gomes from Barcelona in the summer. Also reported that player part ex was dismissed by the club from I think ed002- I think this might be the only solution or method of getting the underperforming/ big wages of the books whilst still bringing in new blood. PSG appaently interested with Rabiot wanting out, they also have the likes of Verrati, cavani . Might be time for ed to change the negotiation tactics.

cookyman

{Ed002's Note - This is where there is a major stumbling block. The only way it would be financially possible for PSG would be if Neymar or Mbappe were to leave - and they needed a replacement for Marco Verratti - but Mino has other ideas in any case. Barcelona's problem is simple, wages. They can fund the purchase but they are maxed out on wages and that is one of the reasons they will look to include players in any major deals. Their problem does not go away easily unless they can move Suarez on and perhaps offload Messi to a retirement in Orlando. Juventus are looking to continue their "growth plan" and would take Pogba if they can assure themselves he will excel, and they can address the financial needs which will include moving a couple of high end players on. I would not discount them but he is not top of their list.}


1.) 03 Oct 2018 11:17:58
cheers ed002 for the rapid response. I always thought the wages a fees would end up being a major stumbling block with transfers and it obviously is. Thanks for the detailed answer, have a great day.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


2.) 03 Oct 2018 13:21:45
I would take Either of Rabiot or Pogba Plus cash for Pogba at this minute. However, tomorrow is a different day.


3.) 03 Oct 2018 13:37:32
Rabiot or veratti I meant lol.

{Ed002's Note - Rabiot will be out of contract in the summer and neither are of interest to the club right now.}


4.) 03 Oct 2018 16:35:10
Thanks for the heads up Ed.


5.) 03 Oct 2018 22:58:45
Do not rate Rabiot. He never dominates a match which is what we need.


 

 

04 Aug 2017 13:56:27
Just asking on peoples thoughts after reading Ed002 comment on euro pages regarding Martial potentially leaving if an acceptable offer comes in- which other player if they left would be a surprise? I reckon Mata could be shifted for the right money.

cookyman

1.) 04 Aug 2017 14:40:07
I've just read Mata's press release about Common Goal (if you haven't read it yet, do so, it's very good) .

He loves the club. He's a great little player who isn't throwing his toys out of the pram if he doesn't start every game. We need people like him in the squad, hebrings an extra level of intelligence to the pitch which we are sometimes missing.


2.) 04 Aug 2017 14:56:54
Hi Cookyman. I can't seem to find that post. Can you copy and paste for us?


3.) 04 Aug 2017 15:17:07
I think there are players we could potentially sign or currently have who are more consistent than Martial. However, I would not like to see him go.

For me he has more potential than Rashford but is more frustrating. He is someone who will either been seen as one of the best on the planet in a couple of years or he will be playing for a mid table side doing the odd brilliant thing followed by 6 weeks of underperformance. The left wing position is up for grabs and for me he should start against West Ham there.

Mata is a different case. Fantastic player but probably isn't first choice in any position regardless of what system we play. Great player to have in the squad who is likely to make a contribution but if we see a £20 m plus offer I can see him leaving.


4.) 04 Aug 2017 15:00:44
No worries cookyman. I found it, I didn't look at SERIE A page.

Must say I am extremely surprised because going back a little, I'm sure ed said they paid heavily for him and wanted to keep him. Is that correct ed002? I wonder what has happened that they'd be happy to sell him.

I think he is a good talent that can be very good, I think it would be a shame for him to be sold.

{Ed002's Note - MU over paid for Martial by a long, long way. Inter are interested and there may be mileage in using him in discussions about Perisic.}


5.) 04 Aug 2017 16:26:46
Sorry Angel just got back online (at work) atm or I wouldve but see youve managed.
Mata does seem to be a genuine good guy and team mates and fans alike, seem to adore the guy, I just think and it really is my opinion, that he could be sacrificed if a good offer comes in as he was let go by chelsea and although a cracking player, not sure he fits the JM profile, ie. not fast, not great at tracking back and not 6'4". lol.


6.) 04 Aug 2017 17:48:12
If mourinho sells martial to get perisic, i am done with mourinho, for once he needs to develop inconsistent talent and actually do some youth development rather than giving us a fictional list of players he gave debuts to. This will be a transfer akin to fellaini's, wherein the player will be treated for what he symbolises than what he actually brings to the table.


7.) 04 Aug 2017 18:24:29
Just out of curiosity CSM, would you be interested in Bale if we get a chance to sign him?


8.) 04 Aug 2017 18:48:49
look below shan, i am all for bale at the right price but not at martial's cost.


9.) 04 Aug 2017 18:04:38
thanks ed002. Jose must not be convinced. Yes we overpaid for sure, same old story.

{Ed002's Note - He was interested in him at Chelsea s padding for £20M.}


10.) 04 Aug 2017 19:25:00
Since taking over jm has sold depay, rooney and ibra and only purchased lukaku. He speaks about balance and i can see why he wants 1 more wide attacking player. Giving 1 away to accomodate that deal would still leave us short. That is why martial should stay and i think he will have a muxh better season this year too
The other issue we have is that due to long term injury and the euro suspensions of baily and jones we are unable/ relucant to shift a couple of players on.


11.) 04 Aug 2017 22:58:07
United overpaid for Martial by a long, long way in a world where Kyle Walker is worth 50m? Really?

{Ed002's Note - Yes they did and it is nothing to do with Kyle Walker at all. What a stupid comment.}


12.) 04 Aug 2017 23:19:15
Actually it's not a stupid comment, we paid the current going rate for one of the best young talents in Europe .

{Ed025's Note - it was not the current going rate at that time bilko, it was miles over the top mate..


13.) 04 Aug 2017 23:22:03
I think wee did over pay but i don't want him to leave but unfortunately i don't think we will see more of him this season than we did last season if he stays especially if we sign another wide player. Just a hunch.


14.) 05 Aug 2017 05:22:10
So you want Bale and then where do you play Martial? In all honesty, if we are going after a winger, I don't see where Martial fits in. You have Rashford and Lingard and Mkhitaryan above Martial in the playing order already. I think a loan to Inter would do him no harm at all.


15.) 05 Aug 2017 07:44:52
shan i would get rid of lingard, he is everything that is wrong with english football right now, 100k per week for a player who won't start for any of the top 6-7 teams in the league. Bale/ griezmann, lukaku, martial and rashford alternating, as the front 3 with mkhi/ mata behind them for most of our games, everyone would get enough games.


16.) 05 Aug 2017 08:40:21
Agree with the Eds. United overpaid for Martial 2 years back.
Although City have overpaid for Walker, but at least he is one of the best RBs in the Premier League.
Martial isn't even close to being in the top 25 players in the Premier League in any attacking position.
And City paying more for Walker doesn't justify us paying more for Martial.

{Ed025's Note - the thing with walker is that he is the finished article zaid whether you rate him or not, martial was bought as potential and has yet to live up to expectations so for me the price paid was well over the top mate..


17.) 05 Aug 2017 09:29:33
CSM I get your point but Martial still doesn't get the game time. He would still be behind Rashford and Mkhitaryan and the new winger.


18.) 05 Aug 2017 10:24:34
Shan for me martial should be ahead of rashford, but any which way I think he will get decent game time. We will play around 55-60 games should be enough to rotate the squad. Also mkhi will play no 10 in most games I think it will be a 2 man mf in many games so it will give rash and martial good game time.


19.) 05 Aug 2017 11:52:39
Martial won't start 20 games if we sign smother wide player csm imo. Better to loan him and get back a better player in a years time imo.


20.) 05 Aug 2017 14:40:25
Martial is a true world class player in the making I think we will see a different player to last season (he had off field problems with his woman happens to every man at some point) and looks a snip at the price compared to players of his quilitys in this inflated market I think a lot will be left with humble pie by him this season, loaning him out is not in Joses plans neither is selling him he had already stated he has a big part to play this season.


21.) 05 Aug 2017 14:40:25
Martial is a true world class player in the making I think we will see a different player to last season and looks a snip at the price compared to players of his quilitys in this inflated market I think a lot will be left with humble pie by him this season, loaning him out is not in Joses plans neither is selling him he had already stated he has a big part to play this season.


22.) 05 Aug 2017 15:43:58
Describing Lingard as everything that is wrong with English football right now is probably the stupidest comment I've ever read on the internet. Wow.


23.) 05 Aug 2017 16:55:41
hey genius please enlighten this fool as to why it is so stupid


24.) 06 Aug 2017 10:36:04
That comment there CSM sums ups everything that is wrong with the so called 'united' fans. Especially the ones on this site.


25.) 06 Aug 2017 17:55:01
why is that angel, lingard is an average player who isn't good enough to be at utd. He won't be starting for any of the top 7-8 teams, yet he earns 100k for doing it. Now i am not one of those guys who think footballers should not be paid big wages or anything but if someone like isco who if blindfolded and had a leg tied up will still have more footballing ability than lingard earns half of what lingard earns, there is something seriously wrong.


 

 

12 Aug 2016 11:53:34
Rumours of "boro being interested in a loan deal for Pereira. Think it could be a good move as he will get valuable minutes at that club and would come back stronger and much more refined for epl, hopefully.

cookyman

1.) 12 Aug 2016 13:13:06
I think that would be a good move for Periera, I think Middlesbrough will try and play ''good'' football and he'll see a lot of the ball. I just hope if he does go out on loan, he gets game time unlike some other kids who have gone out and got no more time then they would have if they'd stayed with us!


2.) 12 Aug 2016 13:28:18
Cookyman,
Totally agree. It is much better that he goes on loan if he is going to get the chance to play week in week out in the EPL. If he gets to play regular first team football he should only improve and hopefully come back ready to slot into our first team.

He is a little light weight, but has bags of technical ability. Reminds me a lot of Mata, except that he has more pace than mata. I hope he make the grade. Would love to see him in the first team after a season away earning his stripes.


3.) 12 Aug 2016 13:13:06
I think that would be a good move for Periera, I think Middlesbrough will try and play ''good'' football and he'll see a lot of the ball. I just hope if he does go out on loan, he gets game time unlike some other kids who have gone out and got no more time then they would have if they'd stayed with us!


4.) 12 Aug 2016 13:28:18
Cookyman,
Totally agree. It is much better that he goes on loan if he is going to get the chance to play week in week out in the EPL. If he gets to play regular first team football he should only improve and hopefully come back ready to slot into our first team.

He is a little light weight, but has bags of technical ability. Reminds me a lot of Mata, except that he has more pace than mata. I hope he make the grade. Would love to see him in the first team after a season away earning his stripes.


5.) 12 Aug 2016 14:30:52
A great move for the lad to he has plenty of ability liked him since he arrived let's all hope progress he needs to gain can be made i think it will good luck to anyone who goes on loan and would live it if he can help chip points away from our rivals.


6.) 12 Aug 2016 21:24:03
Tbh, I'd like him to stay. We'll most likely play our youngsters in the other tournaments ie Fa cup, Europa, and league cup! I was wrong when I thought Jose may try n win the Europa, I now think he will go all out for the Prem and thus allowing players like Periera, Tunazebe and TFM to get serious competitive game time this season from the other competitions.
I wouldn't want him to go out on loan and have it not be successful or have him only play a handful of games when I'm sure he could be of real importance in our other competitive games!


 

 

16 Jul 2016 13:11:59
Any substance to rojo to villareal eds?
Read it was more likely for initial loan with option to buy?

cookyman

{Ed001's Note - they are interested yes. No idea about a loan to buy though.}


1.) 16 Jul 2016 13:55:41
cheers Ed001- as always the media add extras on.

{Ed001's Note - they could be right or they could be guessing, I literally do not know. It would be unlikely though.}


2.) 19 Jul 2016 09:26:10
Seems a bit odd really that if Villareal wanted Rojo and we brought one of their defenders in Bailly why Rojo wasn't involved in the deal.


3.) 19 Jul 2016 12:03:48
As stated by numerous eds, numerous times - transfers don't usually work like that. deals tend to be on an individual basis: I suspect for clarity and lack of complications legally with players moving on further or whatever.


 

 

 

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01 Feb 2019 16:46:39
Would just like to thank Luke Shaw on his £15k donation to the fund on behalf of Luke Jobson, who was tragically killed and found in the river near Yarm recently. Sometimes the good that players do doesn't always get noticed but Well done Luke Shaw.

cookyman

1.) 01 Feb 2019 18:22:49
Completely agree Cooky. Juan Mata did a good deed for Any Mitton’s younger brother after his father died, no press, no fuss, just a kind act by a decent man.


2.) 01 Feb 2019 19:24:18
Top marks. Paul scholes gave unbelievable support to a charity my father set up. Lots of players give a lot of donations to good causes.
Nice to see Shaw make such a gracious donation.


3.) 01 Feb 2019 20:29:25
Beckham is another one who does a lot under the radar and our very own jred has personal experience of Rooney being a good egg. For all the sh1t they get, there’s a lot of good we don’t see.


 

 

29 Jan 2019 15:30:07
Definately not a post based on the team of late or the kneejerk reaction after watching us play much more attractive football; but I really can't see what all the hype regarding Pochetino becoming or being a favourite by many to be our next manager. Whilst he is far from the worst I fail to see the justification as he has not built a team, he hasn't won anything and although he has his hands tied somewhat by Levy in the market, he hasn't bought anything out of the ordinary.

cookyman

1.) 29 Jan 2019 15:57:42
I think he is a good candidate, is he the best? Who knows. He has built a very good Spurs side, however, I think he has taken them as far as he can. I don't think Levy has the balls to make the next step and invest in the size and depth of the squad needed to take the team over the line and win the league and truly challenge into the latter stages of the ECL.

Pochettino sets his side's up well and they play good entertaining football. He has also help develop many players and improved them during his time with them. He does give youth a chance. He doesn't make a fool of himself during interviews and he doesn't show up his club. So he does tick many boxes. The only one he doesn't is actually winning titles, now you could say he is at a side that lacks the ambition needed to make that serious push to win. Yet it is also far to say Spurs had an excellent opportunity to win the league a couple of seasons back but lost out to Leicester who on paper were an inferior side.
His side has also shown a mental fragility in numerous cup competitions, which is a concern. But like winning becoming a habit so does falling when the finish line is in sight.
Maybe that wouldn't happen at another club with players more acquainted with winning.

Either way it's clear why he should be considered, yet until Ole loses a game then it's becoming harder and harder to see past him.


2.) 29 Jan 2019 16:02:23
He has built a team. In spite of the financial restrictions (and these are quite big in comparison to rivals) he has built a very good team that consistently finishes in the top 4. A few years back when they finished second, they were capable of pushing for a title with a bit of backing. Poch got nothing, but maintained top four when his competitors all spent pretty big.

His teams work hard, play good football, and he gets the best out of a significant amount of his players. His transfer record is a bit iffy, but with a director of football, this wouldn’t be a concern. Ole has started increadibly well, but is miles behind Poch in experience and success at this level.


3.) 29 Jan 2019 16:10:16
I hate to be one of those people but getting spurs consistently in the top 4 shows more managerial nouse that winning a cup. Their first 11 is fantastic and to improve that would take a lot of money the club just doesn't have in midst of a stadium move.

He's just a solid manager as Shappy said above. He has shown he can consistently make the step up to the next level. If Ole wasn't doing so well I have no doubt in my mind our number one target would have been Poch, but right now, Ole hasn't put a foot wrong so the waiting continues.


4.) 29 Jan 2019 16:47:46
You forgot he doesn't sign well shaps. Many a player he has bought are poor enough, even for the money they spent.

Whether levy has the balls to invest or not, surely he might also be reluctant to let poch spend money. His track record for that doesn't read well.

OGS has done everything right so far and might just be the correct fit for the club.


5.) 29 Jan 2019 16:57:32
Spurs have never finished second in the premier league era.


6.) 29 Jan 2019 17:22:12
Angel if your spending is an order of magnitude lower than the teams you're competing with you can't compare or judge him on it. They've been out invested by the likes of West Ham and Everton. The fact he has managed to keep them where they are is miraculous.


7.) 29 Jan 2019 17:49:00
Angel, Pochettino has had some poor signings, he has also had a few good ones. Its hard to judge a manager on their signings as whether a club can sign a player is dependant on far more factors than whether the manager wants them or not.

For example do you believe Spurs have the financial muscle to out bid and offer as high or higher wages than any of the top sides in Europe?
If the answer is no then they just can compete for the top players. Which is the case, Spurs can't sign the same level of players that we, City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid can. So if there are at least 8 sides who can sign the best players ahead of you then you have to shop smart, you need to sign players from the next bracket down. Players who have a question mark over their head for one reason or another. Maybe they failed previously at a top club, maybe they have never had the chance, maybe they have potential but are yet to show it consistently or perhaps their mentality/ attitude has been questioned.

That means Spurs are always starting from a few paces behind in terms of transfers and that they are always more likely to have a flop than a hit in many ways.

Also we don't know exactly how much impact Pochettino has on Spurs signings. Clearly he is involved, but is he the man to put names forward or does he just ask for players who fit a certain criteria then the scouts and money men decide who comes in?

That's why I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to signings.


8.) 29 Jan 2019 17:49:06
Nathaniel, he has still bought badly despite how much the player cost. His recruitment skills are incredibly questionable.

{Ed025's Note - i dont think he has much say to be honest..


9.) 29 Jan 2019 18:08:48
What happened in 16/ 17 Damon? But too young to be getting forgetful p.


10.) 29 Jan 2019 18:16:34
You reckon ed025? So those players bought while he has been manager have had very little to do with him?

That's a tough job if that really is the case. I'm sure a read a great piece by ed001 recently speaking a lot about poch and his signings.

{Ed025's Note - levy and his cronies have the say on players coming in as far as i know angel..


11.) 29 Jan 2019 18:21:28
Shappy, I get all of that. Of course spurs don't have the same muscle as the top teams. And again, maybe poch doesn't have much say, but bad signings most definitely outweigh the good signings he has made during his tenure.

It's really tough to know whether or not he is a good fit for united anyway. Poch has 2 things that go against him, signings made and the consistency in which spurs always seem to fade away when at the end of a cup challenge.

You wrote a great post on ole and united the other day. It really might be a case of OGS being the right fit at the right time for this club.


12.) 29 Jan 2019 18:33:38
Maybe so ed0025. Then it's unfair to judge him on that.

Surely just makes his job harder. Why does he stay there then?


13.) 29 Jan 2019 19:43:17
I like Poch don't get me wrong but if you compare our record Vs his record over the last 3 years.

FA Cup, Uefa cup, League Cup, 2nd place finish last year.

Spurs man for man have what many perceive as superior to our own, yet they've won nothing and seem happy based on recent comments finishing top 4.

Appreciate he is under financial constraints but they had a very good team recent signings have been poor though.


Ole for me 100%.


14.) 30 Jan 2019 05:43:16
Poch is not afraid to promote youth and handles young players well.
He gets the best out of most players.
The style of play is pleasing to the fans.
The way Spurs beat Real and Barcelona recently in champions league was impressive.
Wonder what kind of players he will target if he becomes the United manger.


 

 

03 Oct 2018 11:28:14
Move on to the Newcastle game now guys. Another team who are all over but always seem to up their game against us! We must have pace up front particularly against yedlin and dummet we can get something with rash and martial. There danger comes from shelvey if given time and Rondon who is a big lad and could bully our cb . Sincerely hoping we can get 3 points, especially as I'm surrounded by bloody geordies!

cookyman

1.) 03 Oct 2018 11:55:29
I don’t think teams necessarily up their game against us anymore. Simply a case that our strategy of sitting deep when not in possession allows the opposition to play football. When you give a team time and space of the ball, they’re bound to look better than usual.


2.) 03 Oct 2018 12:25:08
Totally agree Danny.


3.) 03 Oct 2018 12:32:48
And when you attack with minimal numbers in predictable ways, it's obvious for intelligent managers to combat it. I imagine very few of us would put money on us beating Newcastle speak volumes for me.


4.) 03 Oct 2018 13:42:13
pointless having pace on the pitch if we play so negative.

we have pace all over but never play the type of football to take advantage of it.


5.) 03 Oct 2018 14:36:15
Danny - if the geordies round here are to be believed it is the pinnacle to their season- still stuck in 1996 -'I'd luv it if we beat them, luv it"
Must admit I have an alter reason to be optimistic - I have managed to get tickets to take my 10 year old to his first home game.


 

 

27 Sep 2018 12:01:25
On a positive note- Scousers are out of the competition as well.

cookyman

1.) 27 Sep 2018 13:26:59
Their season is over then, they won the league in August ;)


2.) 27 Sep 2018 15:59:21
When our season resumes itself if Scousers win or loose, it means we are in deep *!

But hey, as long as they don't win does not matter if we do!


3.) 27 Sep 2018 17:26:31
smp- calm yer tits man! its a bit of light hearted banter. This site has had its fair share of negativity of late.


 

 

08 Aug 2018 12:37:28
IF, Martial does end up staying this window, can it be assumed he has signed a contract or extension? Reason is I thought he had just over 1 year to go and surely wouldn't think the club would let him run it down . Apologies if I have read it wrong
Ps I have used the search but haven't found anything.

cookyman

1.) 08 Aug 2018 12:41:27
im sure we have the option to extend for a further year.


2.) 08 Aug 2018 12:53:37
Sincerely hope so Bolger -.


 

 

 

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cheers will do.

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05 Jan 2019 10:07:02
Moving forward - the best thing in january could be extending the contracts, martial, herrera DDG and various key players. Also trimming the squad letting go, valencia, Darmien, bailly, rojo, probably fellaini and would free up space and wages for the summer. Promote a couple of younguns and bring in a topcb koulibaly/ Skriniar. A big big list of to dos but would set us up for what seems like a major change in the summer in terms of manager, hopefully Dof and a couple oftop signings. Sanchez going on the best deal for the club ie free but no subsidy of wages would be like finding a xmas present forgotten about.

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22 Nov 2018 13:43:06
Cant see the maths Shappy tbh- out of the players signed since he came: 11 in yes but Zlatan came on a free miki in the deal for sanchez but out of the players he sold I can't work out the 14 unless you count the undisclosed younguns or the frees like valdes and rooney? Out of the sales, mcnair and love to sunderland - they ain't good enough for them!
Schneiderlin and januzai not exactluy world beaters, blind =squad player not getting game time johnstone prob 3rd choice. there's only Depay (in an inferior frech league), Zlatan (37 / 38) and Miki ok for arsenal but its obvious why they were sold. The retained buys atm are of a better if not the standard we want, and also would attract more value in sales. So both areas are covered in improvement and money; not the level we have been used to but other teams have improved massively and we can't have all the sweets. Club problems that affect results run deeper than the next transfer window or two being able to sort them out and although JM is supposedly steering the ship he cannot be held responsible for all that happens at the club.

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03 Oct 2018 11:17:58
cheers ed002 for the rapid response. I always thought the wages a fees would end up being a major stumbling block with transfers and it obviously is. Thanks for the detailed answer, have a great day.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


 

 

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08 Aug 2018 15:45:40
After tomorrows deadline we still have 3 weeks of wondering if any of pogba, martial + others will be sold; The club doesn't have to sell players on so we haven't been held to ransom at this time and although we ain't moved that far forward we haven't gone back from last season as we have replaced carrick with Fred. It isn't ideal but fingers crossed there is something in the pipeline which the eds have indicated there could be.

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20 Feb 2019 10:06:28
Drogie- not just a "through tinted glasses" view but I think we will win on Sunday. I reckon the progress we have made, the style we now play and the confidence will see us winning 2-1. You aren't firing as well as early on and have had a few injuries at the back which tbh shows the vulnerability of your defense (Strength in depth) Will be a good game I reckon but not necessarily a classic as both obviously don't want to lose with yous probably more at risk of losing out in the title race.

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16 Feb 2019 12:19:02
Agree Danny - hererra on jorginho but higuain is also to watch; not pacy but can score from anywhere and also will go down if smalling even breathes on him. Chelsea are wounded by the city result so don't expect them to sit back, I reckon they will be well up for it at home. Hope mata is on the bench and not a starter as he really does slow down the game. Will be a busy night for matic and hererra but think we have the players to win and reckon 2-1 to us.

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13 Feb 2019 18:08:15
not alves fan really but all the rest agree with team wise- bench, I wouldn't let di maria play keepy upp in aldi car park would rather have fellaini drafted back .

not much change out of a billion there shappy ;)

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07 Feb 2019 13:10:00
Shappy, I mentioned the Pogba enigma yesterday in a post. I really think its a flip of a coin moment as to wether he stays or goes in the summer. Matic hasn't too many more transfer windows to go and herrera is not signed and sealed yet either. The one problem I have noticed is that there are not a lot of young, affordable dm/ cm in european football right now. the top ones are mostly hitting 30 and would command huge fees and wages for probably cameo roles . Rice is a favourite of mine as is Neves and they could be the solution or part but I reckon the prices would be astronomical. Couple of others that are EPL proven Ndidi and Doucoure- workers on the pitch very Herrerra like.

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06 Feb 2019 17:50:30
Sanchez will be difficult to shift- age and current wages and Lukaku :unless he improves I cannot see a great return on the price we paid with the kicker being if, IF he improves then why look to shift him? His goal record isn't attrocious after all and he has been asked to change his style of play already.
My biggest concern will be the pogba enigma- when he wasnt performing as well as of late many wouldn't of lost sleep if he was gone and reportedly he was offered/ touted as being available. Another player that if he continues in his current vein of form is invaluable to the team but no doubt may attract the very clubs who have recently resisted bidding, Juve, PSG, Barcelona etc.
Dilemma for all concerned but at least we are watching better play.

cookyman