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Best team moment: Ollie scoring the winner against Bayern in the CL Final in 1999. I was there and completely lost it


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11 May 2016 16:24:00
Ferguson spotted in Mayfair leaving a restaurant with Pochettino and his head coach Perez allegedly after having lunch. Have seen the photograph, it looks real!
Anything in this or is it just another manager that Fergie is friends with!
Interested to know Eds and other fans opinion.

hoggy

1.) 11 May 2016 17:34:13
Can mean nothing really as there can be something on personal ground.


2.) 11 May 2016 22:29:12
Hopefully it went like this:

SAF: So you sell us Alli and Kane and we'll sign you up for 2017/ 18 yes?

Poch: Only if you get me the lad Dembele from Rennes along with Barkley and Stones. Plus £100m to buy as I please.

SAF: Ok son, you got a deal

Poch: I'm in.


3.) 11 May 2016 22:29:12
Hopefully it went like this:

SAF: So you sell us Alli and Kane and we'll sign you up for 2017/ 18 yes?

Poch: Only if you get me the lad Dembele from Rennes along with Barkley and Stones. Plus £100m to buy as I please.

SAF: Ok son, you got a deal

Poch: I'm in.


 

 

 

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18 Dec 2018 10:01:32
Thank goodness for that!

Looks like Carrick is the caretaker boss until the end of the season.

hoggy

1.) 18 Dec 2018 10:04:38
Nope. Big Sam or Harry 😂.


2.) 18 Dec 2018 10:09:47
Big Sam on his until end of the season 😅😅.


 

 

05 Dec 2018 19:56:03
I understand we have the odd injury and suspension but judging by the amount of variation in the Utd team selection from match to match, I wonder how he is picking the team at present!

Does he have a tombola in his office!

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04 Nov 2018 15:11:28
Hi Ed, was wondering if there was any development at Utd with the appointment of a DoF.
It hasn't been mentioned for a couple of weeks and last time I read about it there were a couple of candidates.
Apologies if I have missed a recent post.

hoggy

{Ed002's Note - No, there has been no recent change I am aware of Hogg.}


 

 

07 Oct 2018 12:06:20
What a rollercoaster of emotions watching the game yesterday.

Just glad that there was some fight in the second half and we kept the pressure up on Newcastle.

We are far from having turned our season around and what does Jose do in our next game after the break. Assuming he is still at the club.

My thoughts on the team from yesterday's game are;

1) Bailly is finished at Utd. Sad to say that as I have liked him but he can't be trusted and is a bit out of control when on the pitch.

2) Sanchez has to play in a free role. He needs to be our No.10 with freedom to pop up where he likes. He will also help out our midfield with his energy and work ethic when we don't have the ball.

3) Pogba must play in a 2 man central midfield. His work rate and involvement in the game increases dramatically when he plays in this system. He did it for France in the World Cup and so he can do it for us. The issue is who plays alongside him. Matic was woeful yesterday. Herrera could do it and I don't know enough about Fred yet.

4) As with Bailly I have the same view about Jones. Thus Lindelof will have to play alongside Smalling for now until the time comes when we can obtain a world class centre half. Better to have some consistency in defence and start moving in the right direction.

The team personnel seem to change by 2/3 at every game at the moment which really is not very helpful.

Jose's post match interview was bizarre to me he could of just talked about the great effort and response of the players in the 2nd half and that this is the fight and application that he wants to see. He had a chance to speak and galvanise the team but he spoke nonsense to me.

hoggy

1.) 07 Oct 2018 12:16:25
Totally agree about Jose should have used this to galvanise the team it’s us against the world. Instead he still undermined players rash and Mctominay, he just cannot go a game with digging out his own players.


2.) 07 Oct 2018 12:46:42
Until we have players like Smalling, Jones, Pogba and to some extent Sanchez we will struggle to win anything.


3.) 07 Oct 2018 13:50:25
Did any of you listen to Peter Schmeichel on Jose's post match interview. He seemed to think that it was the best Jose interview for a long long time. But what does he know about our great club, correct?


4.) 07 Oct 2018 14:53:17
He didn't undermine Rashford or Mctominay, what he said about them was the truth, both didn't deserve to be the team sheet last night.


5.) 07 Oct 2018 14:52:24
Bailly is not finished in my eyes but he has regressed this season, he has made a lot of mistakes, he plays as the right sided cb and is the type of defender that takes a risk. This is something he cannot afford to do with wingers playing as full backs, Valencia and young. Bailly would work in a 3 in my opinion.

Sanchez hasn't performed all season, comes on for the last 20 mins, fair enough scores a vital goal but now you think switching him to 10 will solve everything. I'm sorry but you have no mention of Juan Mata who changed everything when he came on yesterday. If anyone should be given a free role it is Mata in my opinion and he will set Sanchez free mark my words and other players.

We cannot play a 2 in defence because no pairing of 2 defender's are good enough and then Jose deems he has to play both Fellaini and Matic to babysit them. I also don't think we can play a 2 in defence because then we have to play either Valencia or young at full backs rather than wing backs. They are both shocking positionally in defence and make our questionable cbs look worse.
After yesterday possibly play a 3 with Matic dropping back, he adds nothing to our cm, in fact he detracts from it atm. It worked with Carrick before as a stop gap measure, why not. LINDELOF IS KAK, FELLAINI IS HIS BABYSITTER.

Pogba on paper played in a 2 man midfield for France in the wc but in reality played in a 3 with Matuidi regularly tucking in supporting for the left, Anthony Martial is not going to provide that same support. Pogba does not work in a standard 2 man midfield where he has to do a lot of defensive duties, this has been proven over and over again.

Your right about the team changes, we need more consistency in selection, city, pool, Arsenal, Chelsea, spuds all know their first 11, we have no idea.

Joses right about the manhunt, press are out to get him, tabloid rags he's made a fool out are trying to ruin him at every opportunity making up stories. He's right about the players not being able to deal with the pressure too. Lukaku came out and said it afterwards too, afraid to make a mistake.


6.) 07 Oct 2018 15:27:52
Id play 3 at the back attacking (2 wing backs) so maybe 1 cb sitting with matic just in front as usually teams setup with 1 striker and 4 with matic being a CB when defending.
I wouldn't have matic anywhere near the final 3rd now, he slows everything down.

play 2 in cm (pog and Fellaini/ herrera/ fred) then just go all out rotation up top with sanchez martial lukaku +1 (mata rashford) constantly rotating.


7.) 07 Oct 2018 16:19:20
Think some people are playing FIFA 19 with the Utd formation.

We need stability otherwise the players will remain lost and struggling for form.

Utd had the 2nd best defensive record last season but now we must change to a back 3 with wing backs. The personnel at the back have not changed in fact Shaw is an addition.

Yes the style of play was such that we were a defensive team with the midfield providing a wall in front of the back 4. I like a back 3 but now will not be the time to take on that change it should of been used throughout all of pre-season and all the games so far. Can’t believe people are putting Matic or Fellaini in the defence. Matic is poor at present and both these players have very little pace. With either of them at the back we will suffer more embarrassment when they are out of position.

I missed mentioning Mata previously which was wrong as he was excellent yesterday and he should get more game time either down the right or in the middle.

We have to try and get more out of Sanchez and making him play down the wing rigidly is not bringing out the best in him. In full flow he is a game changer, like Pogba. So do we just play him out on the wing and get 50% of what he has. Hazard has a free role at Chelsea so why not the same from Sanchez.

If Martial or Rashford play out wide then they have to do the dirty work going back towards our goal as well as going forward. If they don’t then they must keep the bench warm. Time to take on the responsibility and learn the game.


8.) 07 Oct 2018 16:57:05
Hoggy. I agree shaw has been an additition and is playing really well but because he goes forward it has exposed the cbs . Better cbs would be able to cope. Young rarely went forward last season.


9.) 07 Oct 2018 17:15:48
Ken, Shaw can defend and so can go forward and then get back into position.

Young got the wrong side of a Newcastle player in the 1st half and gave away a free kick just outside the box. He then handled the ball from the free kick which could of been a penalty. Young was also at fault, along with Bailly, for the 2nd goal a player can’t be allowed space in the box to turn one way and then the other with the ball and slot it in. I don’t blame Young as he is not a full back by trade.

However we can’t state that we are leaking goals because of Shaw when you see the performances of Jones, Bailly and Lindelof this season.
That really is nonsense.

The full backs of City and Liverpool are like wingers but they do also defend.


10.) 07 Oct 2018 18:42:08
Hoggy that's not what i said at all.
I said the difference between this and last season is that we have 1 attacking full back and because of that our cbs have been exposed because they can't cope. Not that we are leaking goals because of shaw. The cbs should be able to cope but they cant. The cbs looked better last season because neither full back left space. Read the post and don't be so quick to misinterpret what i wrote.


11.) 07 Oct 2018 19:11:55
Ken, Shaw defends better than the other full backs that we currently have, that’s the point I am making.

His attacking threat has nothing to do with our bad defensive performances.


12.) 07 Oct 2018 19:39:44
As I said above I actually think it's the other fb that's the problem not Shaw. While Shaw attacking more he can also defend.
However both Valencia and young are horrible positionally in defense. I regularly see valencia make so many basic mistakes that an actual fb shouldn't. Ditto young yesterday. As hoggy says though you c ant really blame either given that neither are actual full backs.
How on earth have we not had an actual proper full back since Evra until this season in Shaw. Was Rafael out last actual fb?


13.) 07 Oct 2018 21:44:49
Exactly shaw attacking and defending is what we all want to see. We also need that from the right hand side. But in order for that to be succesful we need better cbs and a more dynamic midfield.


14.) 07 Oct 2018 22:00:18
Bailly as a RB?


 

 

20 Aug 2018 21:03:09
I feel the most important signing for Utd is to get the right person in the Director of Football role.

We need a clear plan of recruitment, youth development and our style of play.

Then the head coach of the future can be selected on this basis and have the full support of the DoF and associated youth coaches and scouting system.

hoggy

1.) 21 Aug 2018 00:02:24
The most important thing right now is getting the right manager, i do believe we are falling way behind with the current manager, we need to get a manager with modern ideas of the game and one who respect our traditions. Sack mou he clearly doesn't want to be the manager anymore, leave carrick in charge for now or one the reserves coaches while we get a new manager, i don't think they will do worse than mou, Brighton scored 3 in 45 minutes for crying out loud. 3! Even worse we don't look like a proper team let alone a top one. I'm just tired of watching that crappy football that we have been playing the past 2 years. At least with Van gaal we dominated possesion and attack with a plan.

{Ed0333's Note - surely things aren’t that bad that you want Carrick to take charge or a reserve coach? Are you some kind of sadist?...you clearly love pain.


 

 

 

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08 Oct 2018 12:03:44
Hi Ed, thanks for your input into these posts it’s very interesting and helps to get some perspective.

I know things are all hypothetical but if Jose is removed in the near future do you see the club making a point to put in someone in the DoF post as the top priority?

Would make sense and have a temporary head coach until this position is filled?

hoggy

{Ed001's Note - the club is already searching for one, so I would think that would be the way they would look to go.}


 

 

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09 Aug 2018 19:53:08
Brendan Rogers!

Do me a favour.

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04 Aug 2018 10:02:15
Hope its true but what is the source of this information!

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23 Jul 2018 21:39:44
Think we have spent plenty with the last 2 managers. Our targets are with other large European clubs and so it’s not easy to get them in.
Where is the development of youth? We have a good coaching and scouting system with some excellent youngsters pushing through who won’t get a chance under JM.
It’s not all about pure money.
I like JM but he is a 3 year project which is coming to an end. If he could see the bigger picture then he has the chance to create sonething special at Utd. Our club and fans are more patient and will stick by a manager who is creating a team between bringing in top class and developing youth within. As long as too 4 is achieved people will stick with the project if it’s a long term plan.

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06 Jun 2018 13:49:41
Don’t think there is any chance of getting Varane. The stand out player in the RM defense.
Ramos is the organiser and motivator but Varane is the legs and physical presence.

Any new manager is not going to want to sell him.

Hope I’m wrong as would love him at Utd.

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19 Feb 2019 11:36:31
Apart from the obvious good results, performances and mood around the club Ole has shown what this current squad is capable of achieving.

We all know that we are currently not good enough to win the PL or CL but we can compete just below that level.

If we could obtain new signings at RB, CB, CM and RW/ RM and move on 4-6 from the current squad that aren’t good enough then I believe we can compete.

With the away wins at Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea Ole has shown himself to be tactically very astute. Whether this is purely down to him or more collective amongst Phelan, Carrick and McKenna we don’t really know.
If Ole does get the job full time it will be interesting to see what happens with Phelan as he may also be an important part of this coaching setup.

Hats off to the fans at the game last night you were amazing. For us armchair supporters last night all that we could hear in the second half was you and it was non stop.
Between Ole and the away support Utd have got their pride and dignity back. Just couldn’t imagine this situation back in December.

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18 Feb 2019 22:54:46
Yes that was great when Ole mentioned in his post match interview the 99 FA Cup final that he played in and said “Alan I believe you played in that game as well”.

Lineker and Neville wet themselves with that one.

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18 Feb 2019 13:35:02
Agree Ken.
I hope Sánchez is asked to play the Lingard role as against Arsenal and Spurs. Down the middle and deeper and with freedom.
Chelsea’s left side of defence is the side to get at, Alonso (if he plays) and Luiz can’t defend properly so we need pace and power down that side to really hurt Chelsea.
That will probably be Lukaku with Rashford down the left channel.
Chong or Gomes on the bench.
Who will partner Lindelof at CB. Will it be Bailly for his pace!

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06 Feb 2019 22:14:20
He got the absolute maximum out of players. Which meant that ordinary pros became winners.

Still can’t believe how he got Utd to win the league in his final season in 2013. Utd were an ordinary side that season.

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06 Feb 2019 22:09:04
Agree Ken.

It’s Darmian, Rojo, Jones, Valencia and probably Mata.

There’s no real chance of Sánchez or Lukaku leaving due to wages and transfer fees etc.

With Fellaini already gone can only see 4 or 5 more leaving. With only 4 new signings. Plus promote players like Chong and Tuanzebe etc to the first team squad.

hoggy