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09 Dec 2015 09:24:08
I'm disappointed with the result last night, like every fan is. However, I actually enjoyed watching us play last night. I thought the youth players did very well too.

This biggest disappointment of last night, is the increased injury list. There has been varying levels of criticism for Wenger over the years for his inability to manage his players in a way that prevents them from getting injured, could this same argument be applied to Van Gaal? Maybe we would have a compliment of footballers who are used to the way that Van Gaal wants them to play, if they weren't all constantly either semi-injured, or coming back from one?!

Anyway, whilst I am not too hopeful, if we play in that manner against Prem teams I won't be filled with dread at the thought of watching us for 90 minutes.

On a positive note, don't we need an English team to win Europa League to keep our coefficient up? There isn't an English team good enough to achieve in the CL anyway, right? I'm calling a United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham semi final.



1.) 09 Dec 2015 09:48:55
The biggest disappointment is that we got knocked out of a relatively easy group!

We always have injury problems, every winter it's cold, why did LVG suddenly decide not to wear a coat when we have more games than ever?

Complete farce.



20 Aug 2015 13:05:39
As much as I hate to kick the excitement out of all the rumour fun we are having, but I don't see there being be much more action for us.

A central defender and a striker have been on the cards for sometime, but I can't help but think that these 'needs' are probably spun from the media - and the club lap it up for publicity.

We are going to play with 1 striker. We have three players for that position. A proven world class player, a great back up and a young lad with lots of promise.

At CB, our defence is fantastic, is there any point changing it? We have what seems like a set back four; then Rojo and Jones who are both good players (who play left/left centre back, or right /right centre back); then youth in McNair and Blackett. It seems fairly well covered. We are also not conceding goals, and considerably less goals than our rivals. Our defence is the best in the league statistically (since Nov 2014), and fan opinions on clientele doesn't change that.

As unglamourous as it sounds, I think our squad is fairly complete. I think we could probably do with a new keeper but personally, if I was in charge of the business, I'd probably be wanting to see how this group gels and matures before we start buying others.

I'm not saying that I wouldn't be jumping for joy if we signed someone spectacular. I just think we are alright for the time being. It's not the end of the world if this is the squad that we end up with for the season ahead.


I'm aware I'm going to get slaughtered for suggesting that our team isn't anything less than appalling, and that we need to spend a billion, but I just feel as though it needs to be said. Its all feeling very lynch mob at times.


1.) 20 Aug 2015 13:28:08

There is your opinion which I think may be slightly too positive and there is the opinion of others that without a striker and central defender we will struggle to finish in the top 4. As people will know I tend to be closer to your camp than the negative one, and I think generally there is a middle ground that most people fall into.

I feel we will fall short if we don't sign another top striker before the deadline, but I don't think we are anywhere near as bad as some people would like to lead you to believe.

2.) 20 Aug 2015 13:48:21
yeah I tend to feel we could get by defensively , our defence looks well organised and there's good protection now from midfield but it's hard to see us challenge for The title without another top quality attacker

3.) 20 Aug 2015 13:59:54
I think Rooney, if on form is enough for us to win the title however, I think perhaps he knows he is number 1 striker at the club, Hernandez will never be a starter regularly and Wilson won't due to age and experience, so I would like to see a striker come in a put some pressure or perhaps take some pressure off of Rooney depending on how you look at it.
If it is true about Woodward flying over to Spain, I can't help but think there is something more substantial than just for Pedro, especially as we just seemed to whimper away from that deal so perhaps, and hopefully Laporte rumours may have some substance? He and a striker to compete with Rooney would really set us up well. Although I still have confidence in what we have got and the business that has been done so far.

4.) 20 Aug 2015 14:46:33
Very sensible post that. I do think however that a top striker would finish this window off nicely. When Rooneys form dips its usually for more than 1 or 2 games. In a season of 50/60 games that's a bit worrying.
All in all, I think I'm with you on this one. I'd be happy if the window shut tonight and we could all talk about football on here rather than random players thought up by some lazy journo's.



03 Jul 2015 09:05:16
Despite my best intentions, I can't help but get a little excited at the thought of Ramos signing for us.

As you do, I I've watched a few youtube videos and checked stats (to feed my excitement). Obviously, the one to be concerned with is his disciplinary record.

Apart from the fact that he's obviously got a bit of a temper, I'm sure that English referees would probably suit him better. Some of the red cards he's received are absolute nonsensical.

I'm the first to praise the top Spanish teams for their performances when they're playing well, but watching 'Spanish rules football' is absolutely soul destroying. The diving and pettiness is so frustrating. let's hope we see more players wanting away from it, as it would undoubtedly make us an even more desirable destination.

By the way, I'm not suggesting that Ramos is leaving because he gets red carded all the time. But a red card damages your teams chances at winning, which by nature makes you the villain; it must be at least a motivation to come to a league where your general play doesn't risk damaging your teams chances.



1.) 03 Jul 2015 11:32:30
Whilst reviewing your point I would be interested to know how many red cards Ramos received last season?

2.) 03 Jul 2015 12:15:52
Red Man, I believe throughout his career Ramos has missed an entire season if you add up all of his suspensions.

3.) 03 Jul 2015 12:44:34
I don't think I see the relevance in Ramos not getting sent off last season, if that was your point. He gets sent off, on average about twice a season, it must play on his mind.

I think we have this idea that football is reborn every year, and whilst it might be for the fans, I don't personally think that would be my mentality if it was my job/I was a player. I struggle to separate my achievements/developments into tax years for example - but could probably tell you when certain things happened if pressed.

I don't really share the view that negative traits are labelled 'growing up' when they stop, but 'class is permanent' when it comes to optimism about a players poor form, suggesting they will come good again. If I'm honest, I don't think a lot of them have got the cognitive ability to change drastically, its a mixture of things. Torres and Falcao will find the net a few times, despite form, and Ramos will probably get sent off. Leopards don't really change their spots! Ramos would be less likely to get sent off here than in Spain though, I assume everyone will agree on that?!

(Unless it's for diving)


4.) 03 Jul 2015 13:51:04

People can learn and as you gain more experience in life and career it does help you cope better with difficult situations, so just because he had a bad red card history doesn't mean he will going forward.



18 Jul 2014 11:24:45
I've just watched the press conference, and I was very impressed by Van Gaal. The thing that struck me at the end was his reaction to the question on Rooney. When asked about experience he said that it isn't just about age or apps, but about personality and mental strength which suggests he doesn't necessarily think Rooney has it.

By all means, he could just be saying we have lots of youth players who could be key for us and restricting the captaincy to an Italian system (oldest is best)can be counterproductive but I can't help but think he was saying the other thing too.

I think a properly motivated Rooney is a fantastic prospect, and I don't think we should get rid of him however, he has shown immaturity over the last couple of years on numerous occasions and I think one of the most refreshing things Van Gaal said was insinuating that match winning performances don't necessarily always come from your most experienced/expensive players which is encouraging for those who aren't on stupid amounts of money.



1.) 18 Jul 2014 12:39:35
I've been saying it for a while I think LVG will sell Rooney and play Mata behind RVP and Welbeck. I wouldn't be too disappointed to be honest he has mugged us a couple of times now and never worth the £300k a week not even worth half of that. Don't be surprised to see AH and WZ given an opportunity this season
Just my thoughts

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16 Jan 2018 07:28:12
Why would we go out of our way to stop him blackmailing one of our biggest commercial rivals every time he wants more money? It has positive elements for us too, because we are included in in a massive international media story every time he does it.




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21 Feb 2017 08:38:18
Is there any particular reason why Verratti is unlikely to transfer to us? I've seen it a few times in comments, and I don't understand where its come from.

I don't necessarily think he will, but everyone appears to be fairly optimistic about transfers, until his name is mentioned.

If the reason is simply 'Champions League' etc then fair enough but I didn't know if he disliked Enlgand/ our club/ Mourinho/ specific players. Or is he just either a massive PSG fan or Real/ Bca/ other bound?




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12 Jun 2015 12:47:27
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Shawcross gets too many cards because his positioning is awful and he is over aggressive to compensate for it. We don't need more people suspended than we are already getting. Every time I see him play he gets a yellow in the first half an hour or so, which would put me on edge for the remaining hour too.

I appreciate that he's one of ours, which is a huge benefit - I know he loves the club, he was brought through the youth team and he wants to wear the shirt but so do a lot of players, it doesn't mean they are good enough to actually play first team football for us.

I just find myself shouting at the screen whenever I watch him, I don't know why he can't stay tight to his man - it's like he'd be good if someone went through the basics of defending with him again.

I'm not saying he isn't a decent player, he's just not United quality. In fairness, he's probably about Stoke quality.

On another note, oppose to looking around the world for a squad player who can player defensive mid, I think the Korean lad from Swansea has looked great for a while - I thought he looked good when on loan at Sunderland too. He'd tick a box and just provide cover for Blind when we need it. In real terms we've signed Blind who should be in that position long term, we just need someone to occupy it if he's injured, or doing 'a Raheem' and pretending to be tired.




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I'd love this to happen, and I understand that he hasn't developed into a key Barce player like he would have wanted, but I can't help but think that the lad who bleeds Barce wouldn't want to leave when they are unable to replace him, and the person who he was bought to replace is retiring/moving on. I understand that he has played in a more attacking role but is this not his chance to cement his role at the club that he loves?

Happy as Larry if he comes in, but I can't help but think it's unlikely but I'm probably attributing more loyalty to the modern day footballer than they deserve.

I'm aware that I'm being lazy and not checking myself, but does anyone know how the Barce transfer ban works? Is it merely a financial thing? I.e Could they swap players on a loophole, I can't help but think that Rooney might end up going this summer.





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12 Jan 2018 09:06:01

I appreciate your point, but actually I think it's natural that people lose faith in a system, when they disagree with it. I didn't lose interest because Nani made a mistake, it was because I didn't agree with the rule/ decision that led to his dismissal.

Whether you like it or not, playing and supporting football are leisure activities, receiving an education is somewhat more important. It would be perfectly reasonable for children to lose faith in a system that failed them educationally, but more important for them to persevere.

And just to add, I follow football more closely than most of the population, I am just less interested than I once was.




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11 Jan 2018 13:05:12
Does anyone have any views on Gasperini? Seems good at bringing youth through, plays good football and is very pragmatic. I know he failed at Inter, but that isn't really a measure of anything.

I think the idea of continuing with managerial musical chairs is a bit tedious for us and the Premiership, but I understand that its a matter of safeguarding finance and being careful with appointments.

One of the things that I've been thinking of for a while is how managers are categorised, and what that means for football. For example, Cryuff-ian and post-Cryuffian managers have dominated recently with tika-taka football, and any take on any other tactics, see Mourinho, traditional Italian, etc, is seen as inferior (despite their relatively near-recent success) . Do people see football evolving purely into a something straight out of a Cryuff playbook, or do people thing that there will be a different 'school' come along and replace it? Or system to counter it.

Also, on another note, who thinks Klopp to Real in the summer would be a reasonable shout? It certainly won't be Zizou come next season!





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11 Jan 2018 12:52:46
I think its a great post. For me it is a gradual thing, and as more things happen that I find irritating, the less interest I take in the sport. Relatively speaking, I'm always going to love our club, but I find myself less willing to inconvenience myself to support them, and football. For example, I am yet to watch a single Southgate England game, where as a few years ago I would've seen them all.

At the moment I'm still fairly committed, but definitely less than I was a couple of years ago. The first hit to my overall passion for the sport was when Nani got sent off in the Champions League against Real.

So fair play Clem, I understand your sentiments entirely.




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05 Oct 2017 08:28:04

I've discussed this with mates. I understand where you're coming from. it's something to occupy our minds in the international break too.

With a few exceptions I think it's interesting how closely it correlates with stadium capacities. I think I would take Brighton, Coventry, Cardiff out, and then two of Sheffield clubs and Wolves. Personally, I'd probably get rid of Sheff United.

That would leave me with something like this:

1 Wembley Stadium 90,000[1] Spurs N/ A
2 Old Trafford 76,100 Manchester United Premier League
3 London Stadium 66,000 West Ham United Premier League
4 Emirates Stadium 60,432 Arsenal Premier League
5 Etihad Stadium 55,097 Manchester City Premier League
6 Anfield 54,742 Liverpool Premier League
7 St James' Park 52,405 Newcastle United Premier League
8 Stadium of Light 49,000[2] Sunderland Championship
9 Villa Park 42,785 Aston Villa Championship
10 Stamford Bridge 41,623 Chelsea Premier League
11 Goodison Park 40,563 Everton Premier League
12 Hillsborough Stadium 34000 Sheffield Wednesday Championship
13 Elland Road 37,900 Leeds United Championship
14 Riverside Stadium 35,100 Middlesbrough Championship
15 Pride Park Stadium 33,597[3] Derby County Championship
16 St Mary's Stadium 32,689[5] Southampton Premier League
17 King Power Stadium 32,500[6] Leicester City Premier League
18 Molineux 31,700 Wolverhampton Wanderers Championship
19 Ewood Park 31,367 Blackburn Rovers Championship
20 City Ground 30,576 Nottingham Forest Championship

Obviously this is not a ranking of size of club, just of stadium.





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13 Jan 2016 09:37:42
I did watch the game. I was disappointed that Herrera got substituted because he looked like the only member of midfield who might have created something.

I understand that Rooney's position changed, I actually thought he played much better when not playing directly up front on his own. I still stand by my opinion that he should have been in the box though, even as a number 10.

In fact, I'd go one further. with the exception of a corner or a penalty, it would be nice to see ANY of our players run into the box at any point. Rooney in my mind just has more responsibility to do it because his pay is supposed to reflect him being our best player, he's our captain so should help drive the team forward and he is normally at the front of our attack (or near it) .

I am not at all content with a draw against one of the worst teams in the PL, and I fail to see why you are.