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Where from: Northen Ireland, county Derry/Londonderry


Favourite player: Cristiano Ronaldo


Best team moment: Going to the stadium of light to see united vs Sunderland and witness the debut of adnan.


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31 May 2020 14:36:05
Looks like Igahlo's deal is being extended.

Caolan_2

1.) 31 May 2020 17:02:49
Good news, has been impressive and gives us a different option.


2.) 31 May 2020 19:00:11
Very happy if he stays. Has shown enough to be given a longer stint and also maybe allows us to invest elsewhere in the team. Another overlooked point is that he seems good in the dressing room and has a real hunger to do well for us. Good news if true.


 

 

11 Mar 2020 09:58:39
Now reports emerging that pogba wants to stay and extend his contract. maybe the interest isn't really there for him?

Caolan_2

1.) 11 Mar 2020 10:32:55
Be interesting if he does want to stay.


2.) 11 Mar 2020 10:47:40
I'm not sure what all these reports are about. Pogba has actively sought to leave for 2 years, He wanted to move to Real Madrid last summer, and Barcelona the summer before. It has also been said that if he can't get his move this summer that he intendeds to run down his contract and leave on a free.

Pure speculation here, but maybe he doesn't feel he can get the move he wants this summer, so would rather run his contract down and leave on a free. But is aware United won't want to do this so has changed tact slightly suggesting he would be willing to negotiate a new deal to stop the club forcing him out this summer. If he can keep the club believing he'll sign a new deal until after the window closes then he will be able to see out his final year, then move to the club he wants to AND receive a huge signing on bonus as well.

Personally I think the club need to sell him and stop this ridiculous farce.


3.) 11 Mar 2020 11:26:27
Utd have an option of another year. If the Club can't find a buyer that will meet his valuation this summer then he might just stay another season or longer. No need to panic the Club remains in a strong position especially with the emergence of Fernandes and the form of Fred, Matic and Mctominay. Pogba has a real fight for his place now or risk sitting on the bench for two seasons and wasting the best years of his career.

Theoretically Utd are a much better team with a motivated and in form Pogba. If nobody will meet his valuation Pogba will stay but unlike previous seasons we no longer rely on him and he'll have to fight for his place. He's spent this season predominantly injured, he won't want to spend next season on the bench so he'll have to buck his ideas up and with Utd having an option of another year things could be about to get very difficult for him. Ultimately footballers just want to play and maybe Pogba might have to just fall in line, cut out the nonsense and prove he's the superstar he thinks he is!

{Ed002's Note - The club cannot do that. If the club intend to force him not to play he will be able to cancel his contract and walk away.}


4.) 11 Mar 2020 11:33:37
I'd rather play Lingard in midfield than give Pogba a new contract, especially with a wage increase, club cannot be that stupid to do so either. Pogba has to go, can count on one hand how much 'world class' performances he's had since he signed 4 seasons ago. Massive circus surrounding him aswell, awful attitude, all talent no application.


5.) 11 Mar 2020 11:55:10
Ed002 - I never ever said anything about deliberately not selecting him that would be completely wrong and unnecessary. Pogba will have to fight for his place just like every other player at the Club. The form of other players means that his place in the team in no longer guaranteed and is now under threat. Rather than agitating to move he now needs to prove he's good enough to stay.

Any sensible person would advise Pogba to get fit and let his football do the talking. Whilst he's been out injured others have taken their opportunity and the Club have signed a very good player in Fernandes to replicate and hopefully complement his creativity. If his valuation is not met he will not move and he's no longer in such a strong position to negatively disrupt the squad.

I predict we'll either get a good fee for Pogba in the summer or a more determined and effective player next season if he stays.

{Ed002's Note - The amateurs should let him leave.}


6.) 11 Mar 2020 12:25:56
He has maybe changed his mind.


7.) 11 Mar 2020 13:50:51
just sell him and get rid of him and his virus agent, take lingard as well and be gone.


8.) 11 Mar 2020 14:00:20
My guess is that other clubs have seen his attitude and now have doubts about wanting him.
The club should not even consider extending, get rid ASAP, he's a virus.


9.) 11 Mar 2020 14:32:42
I agree shappy. Time to end the circus surrounding him.


10.) 11 Mar 2020 14:52:08
we have spent more time over the last 2 years, talking about non footballing issues rather than pogba actually playing on the pitch. i'm tired of it, so are most people so can we just sell him and move on please.


11.) 11 Mar 2020 15:31:25
I think you're right Tim. He has been here for nearly 4 years, he has made 150 appearances for the club. How many of those games can you remember a great performance from him? 10, maybe 15 games where you are left thinking wow, Pogba is a great player. Less than 10% of the time he puts in a great performance.

Maybe if he was living up to his potential then the whole circus that surrounds him might be worth enduring. Like how in the final couple of years with Ronaldo we had the whole Real Madrid saga. But Ronaldo was making the difference every game more or less so you deal with it.

Pogba makes the difference once a month at best. Hugely talented player, potentially one of the best in the world. But he just can't turn that talent into performances consistently enough to be worth the hassle.

Time to move on.


12.) 12 Mar 2020 07:44:47
Do you think Pogcrap knows how much contempt the fans have for him?

Do you think he is aware how lazy and ineffective he is on the pitch?

Does anyone tell him?


13.) 12 Mar 2020 11:26:23
Some naive peoples on here. It's so he doesn't get any crap from the fans when he uses us as a fitness boost for the Euros.


 

 

09 Mar 2020 16:59:39
Few reports flying around that Jude Bellingham was shown around the training ground with his parents today.

Caolan_2

1.) 09 Mar 2020 18:54:50
Wouldn't be surprised, we are pushing for him apparently.


2.) 09 Mar 2020 19:15:54
Must say shappy I thought he was for Dortmund last week after the outbreak of reports. Would be a good signing if he fulfils the potential. Ed001 have you seen much or head much about Bellingham? Apologies if you’ve been asked before.

{Ed001's Note - not seen much other than highlights, but heard so much about him. He is the most sought-after teenager in European football right now for a reason. Every single report raves about him.}


3.) 09 Mar 2020 19:33:22
Phil Jones rocking up in his yellow Lambo behind Bellingham. Maybe he was part of the tour group.


4.) 09 Mar 2020 19:42:38
Grim, either that or just highlighting that you don't need to fullfil your potential to drive a Lambo at United 😂.


5.) 09 Mar 2020 21:01:03
It's a done deal. Fee agreed,12.5m rising to 28m. He will join in the summer.


6.) 09 Mar 2020 21:25:06
why would they sell or 12.5 mill when h is the most sought after youngster in europe.


7.) 09 Mar 2020 21:44:15
Pretty sure I read somewhere that they rejected a deal of 25m in January.


8.) 10 Mar 2020 04:40:17
It's 12.5m. It's not fifa 20 or footy manager. The value will increase with add ons that are easy to obtain.
The kid, is a kid. He will not be a starter in the premier league, hence the price.


9.) 10 Mar 2020 08:28:18
Pabawan what is your source for this?

He's currently one of the most sought after young players in Europe, he is also English which normally bumps the price up as he fulfils the homegrown criteria.

16 years ago we paid 26m for an 18 year old kid from Everton who had just over a year's worth of first team experience.

Admittedly that was EPL experience, and he was a year older than Bellingham will be in the summer.

But prices for players have skyrocketed in the past 16 years. If Gomes leaves on a free transfer, we will only get a compensation fee, which is likely to be somewhere between 5-10m. So to sign a player for an initial fee which is only 2.5m more than a club might expect for a compensation fee seems ludicrous.


10.) 10 Mar 2020 10:31:22
what as fifa or footy manager got to do with it. he is one of the most sought after youngsters in europe. as shappy said they turned down more before. you probably do not want to read twitter to mutch.


11.) 10 Mar 2020 16:51:46
Did BCFC turn down more than that previously? Where was it reported that we actually bid. on twitter? Ha.

Fifa and FM make transfers simple. It certainly doesn't work like that.
Obviously, we all lack knowledge on transfer dealings and i'm not saying i am privy to any of the workings that go into a transfer.

I can't disagree with what you're saying shappy, i agree it seems mad considering what's been done (deal wise) previously.

I'm just sharing what i know. It will more than likely be reported as more in the 'Press'. But it's 12.5 going to 27.5m in (Easy) add ons.


12.) 10 Mar 2020 21:41:31
i would rather wait for edo2 to say its happening.

{Ed002's Note - The family has been shown around and the kid has been to the club shop no doubt.}


 

 

15 Nov 2019 19:19:09
Hi Ed,

I was just wondering if you've heard about our interest in Erling Haaland and whether or not it's concrete, or is it just lazy speculation in the media due to the Norwegian connection with OGS.

Thanks,

Caolán.

Caolan_2

{Ed002's Note - Erling Haaland (S) There is significant interest in the player from a number of sides and there have been discussions with one interested side already (last Monday) and one other side that could be offered him regardless of a lack of interest right now. Manchester United are interested and OGS knows him, but it would be a big step up with no guarantee of a starting place.. The kid needs to consider any move carefully and not end up on the bench.}


1.) 15 Nov 2019 19:54:42
I've not seen much of Haaland at all. Can anyone give a bit of a breakdown of his style of play?


2.) 15 Nov 2019 21:25:16
RJ, I can’t say I’ve seen much of him. But I’ve watched him in a few European games and you can see the guy just lives and breathes scoring goals. Physically he is very impressive for one so young. He seems a penalty box striker a bit like ruud.

{Ed002's Note - "Physically he is very impressive....". Tight buns? Each to their own.}


3.) 15 Nov 2019 21:25:33
Thank you ed 😂😂.


4.) 16 Nov 2019 09:45:50
An impressive physical specimen eh Caolan.


5.) 17 Nov 2019 16:14:58
The consensus seems to be that Rashford is too young to be the main striker for a club of United’s size to depend on. So why does Haaland help? He’s even younger and has been playing at a lower level. We need an experienced player in, if only on loan or for the short term.


6.) 19 Nov 2019 14:11:23
Rashford is not a central striker according to football experts 😁😁. Its not about age.


 

 

20 Oct 2019 10:23:31
More chat today in the media of a Saudi bid, could we see the 2020 sale ed alluded to years ago? My guess is that's it's more than likely rubbish reporting.

Caolan_2

1.) 20 Oct 2019 11:09:48
When someone has that much money, I don't think you'd be hearing of a bid from the rag news papers. It would just be done if the interest was proper, you wouldn't hear about it until the day it was completed.

{Ed004's Note - I say a deal thats happening for over 3 billion will take months of drawn out conversations to happen. Therell be a tonne of finer details to iron out}


2.) 20 Oct 2019 12:22:32
There appears to be interest from the Saudi royal family, whether that come to anything is anyone's guess.

I am no fan of the Glazer's, yet I do feel the phrase "better the devil you know" might have some baring on this.

The Debt the Glazer's have place don the club is clearly a bad thing, yet we still have one of the highest spends on both transfer fees and wages world wide, which suggests the real issues with our club is on how we are spending the money rather than whether we have it to spend. There will be times when the debt might impact our ability to bring in a player or two. Yet overall that impact appears to be quite limited.

Any takeover bid should be viewed with a level of suspicion by fans. Rather than jumping to the conclusion of "good riddance to the Glazers". We should be considering WHY? someone want's to buy our club and what is in it for them? No one spends 3-4bn for the benefit of others, and certainly not to make football fans happy.

That's not to say that we wouldn't benefit from any potential takeover. It's likely we would. Or we could end up in the hands of asset strippers. Naming rights to the stadium could be sold or the stadium itself.

Ultimately we can do very little if the Glazers decide to sell the club, and probably even less when it comes to who might buy it. They will have their own motives and that may or may not benefit us fans in either the short or long term.

What we should probably avoid though is falling into the belief that someone will come waltzing in buy our club and solve all our problems in one fell swoop.

Often takeovers can be a poisoned chalice.


3.) 20 Oct 2019 13:25:30
I agree wholeheartedly with you Ed but I think that this has been recycled in the press too many times at this stage. If the Saudi's interest in United is real, then I don't think it would take them this long to stick or twist.

{Ed004's Note - Last time they appeared interested that scandal broke out regarding the murdered journalist. Its plausible they would have delayed any discussions until their public image improved. I think since then, Joshua and Ruiz jr has been announced etc}


4.) 20 Oct 2019 15:04:13
Its a smoke screen along with all the transfer rubbish that has come out the past few days.
They are getting all the excuses and fan appeasement as possible in, before Liverpool wipe the floor with us at our home patch today.

Do people not seriously see that whenever there is a bad result or something like today coming up the PR is out in force to calm the fans and delude them into thinking better times are coming.

Like why would it be revealed that Utd are buying 5 players next summer? And how many times before have we heard that we are having a clear out in the summer and nothing ever gets done. Wake up people!


5.) 20 Oct 2019 13:58:29
And let's not forget the multi year WWE deal.


6.) 20 Oct 2019 15:22:29
Dan, or alternatively the press focus more on United stories around the big games?

Plus with how the fans have reacted previously to managers getting bad results can you blame the club for attempting to put as much good PR out there as possible in the build up to such a game?

Why have a public relations team if they aren't going to attempt to appease the fans and keep public image up?

That is there job and it would be the same regardless of who owned the club or who was managing the side.


7.) 20 Oct 2019 15:46:31
When its all lies Shappy its a different story. If it was true I would agree with you.


8.) 20 Oct 2019 16:19:21
But Dan, without in depth actual working knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes at Old Trafford you can't actually know if it's lies or not?


9.) 20 Oct 2019 21:12:50
No smoke without fire. I think they are planning on selling.


10.) 20 Oct 2019 22:42:31
My take is that after the Ashoggi affair they dialed back any potential moves. It's clear the Glaziers after the father's death want to start looking at an exit and it's equally clear the club/ business needs investment both in players and stadia. Commercial growth has slowed so there's not much left for the Glaziers but ball ache with fans and spending cash.

I guess they need to weigh up the benefits of hanging around until the next TV/ streaming rights windfall and how much that will cost in terms of investment Vs cashing out.

Not sure if anyone saw but MBS (Saudi Prince) did a very polished interview about the murder of Ashoggi which has got to be about improving global PR.

We then have one of the Glazers selling up the other week.

Joshua Ruiz will be the next step in 'rebranding' Saudi Arabia plus all the other recent concerts and events. The washing process has worked very well for UAE and Qatar.

So there's a few indicators already but it will be a long drawn out process and the numbers are going eye wateringly high circa £3.8-4.2B

Personally I think football is a merky world and many good and bad owners have been from questionable backgrounds from Ken Bates to Roman Abramovic, Shinawartra, Abu Dhabi.

As we have seen with the Glaziers we have no input or say in who owns the club so I'm not even going to bother worrying.

I actually think an owner who will invest and develop the stadia will be a good thing and I'm not particularly fussed where they are from and how they got their money and would hope going global with a club of our stature would ultimately benefit the people of RSA and improve human rights.

Multi Billionaire's tend not to get so rich painting rainbows and fluffing kittens' pillows.


11.) 21 Oct 2019 09:18:42
Comparing Ken Bates to Mohammed Bin Salman is a bit of a stretch to put it mildly.


12.) 21 Oct 2019 14:53:40
Nikko you are certainly correct in terms of levels but without dropping and liable bombs all I will say is i know of Ken Bates from the inside via my Dad and it could be said he is lucky (or smart) not to be wearing her majesty's special PJ's.

A quick perusal of his biography leaves in enough smoking guns for you to join the dots.

Imo not a nice fella.


13.) 23 Oct 2019 16:34:53
Utd is all ready in the process of being sold . Its been going on for months . The glazers will not have the club in 2020 either a Middle Eastern set up or a Chinese mega deal will be running it. Heard it from a city trader in July . I saw it as bs but now i'm begining to believe everything might come true😀😀.


 

 

 

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09 Jul 2020 11:06:38
I think bringing laird into the squad now spells the end for Dalot. It will be interesting to see if laird gets any game time as dalot hasn't featured in the league yet.

Caolan_2

1.) 09 Jul 2020 12:23:47
I really like Dalot, he is an exciting player and is probably the best crosser of the ball we have at the club. Yet, injuries have really let him down and stopped him from being able to kick on. The situation is a little reminiscent of Rafael, a clearly talented player who can do well when he got on the pitch, yet injuries limited him early on in his career which ultimately restricted his ability to make the most of his undoubted talent.

The difference is Rafael had an ageing Neville and an almost always injured Wes Brown fighting it out for game time with him. Dalot has arguably one of the best RB's in the league who himself is only 22 in AWB, while the likes of Williams and Laird coming through both younger than him makes it very hard to see how he gets a game. Maybe a move is best for him to get the game time he needs to fulfil his potential.


2.) 09 Jul 2020 16:48:44
Don’t think he’s good enough defensively for me, obviously that’s something he can improve on. However I don’t think he’d ever come close to wan bissaka. From what I’ve seen of laird I think he’s going to be a cracking player, but unfortunately for him he’s got wan bissaka in front of him.


3.) 09 Jul 2020 19:54:50
I love laird have done for a couple of years. Great end product at youth level. Tenacious but a bit rah defencively.
I also like dalot hope he gets a good move if he leaves. i'd like to see him shine somewhere. Although for his age he has spent a lot of time on the injured list.


 

 

08 Jul 2020 23:05:56
Ed001 just wondering if you've seen much of pogba since the restart and if so what you've thought? Seems to be playing a lot more simple and more for the team at the moment. Something which I think in the past many of us could criticise him for not doing.

Caolan_2

{Ed001's Note - I would agree with you. He looks much better for it. He is not able to be the star right now as he is very much secondary to Bruno and it is doing him good. His workrate is better too. I have been impressed as he is actually looking like a player rather than just a highlight reel hero.}


1.) 09 Jul 2020 00:00:06
Talks of a new contract about to be offered to him aswell, fingers crossed he wants to stay.


2.) 09 Jul 2020 05:45:18
The commentators in our last match made a similar point to ED001. With the rest of the team (particularly Bruno) performing at the level they are, both the need to perform and the expectation have been lifted from Pogba’s shoulders allowing him to focus on his football rather than the constant pressure he’s been under.

There have been times over the past few seasons where both pundits and fans have crucified Pogba for not singlehandedly winning games for us and I can only imagine that this will have probably weighed heavily on his shoulders.

Not only does he look happier on the field since the restart, but he has also been putting in some solid performances. I still expect him to improve as he returns to full fitness, but he’s playing well enough to warrant a spot in the starting 11 right now which perhaps hasn’t always been the case during his time at the club.

Pogba playing next to Fernandes is a little like him playing next to Pirlo at Juventus. He doesn’t have to do everything himself but is still able to pop up and win a game for us with a moment of magic.

{Ed047's Note - and basically be carried along like he was for Juventus and France by all the quality players they had. 🤷‍♂️


3.) 09 Jul 2020 06:26:09
Ed047, surely it's better that he's carried along by other quality players and playing like he is than playing like he was before? I'd say in the last few games we've seen what Pogba actually is, someone who has all the attributes to be one of the best midfielders in the world but needs quality around him to show that. He is a player who could be the best player in a very good team but look very out of place in a bad one.

I'm not leaping to Pogba's defence by the way as he has deserved a fair chunk of the criticism he gets for his inconsistent performances. Despite that, he has pretty much been expected to be the guy who picks the ball up from CB's to start attacks, a box to box midfielder, a ball winner, number 10 and a goalscoring midfielder across the last few seasons. Many times he's been asked to do that all in one game as he has hardly had a stellar group of midfielders/ wingers alongside him.

{Ed047's Note - one does “one of the best midfielders in the world” need to have quality all around him to show how good he is? is my question RJ


4.) 09 Jul 2020 08:16:36
Some of Pogba's passing is insane. One among was a pin point cross field pass to Rashford on the half volley. Very few can pull those off.
He is not far from being fully fit as well.

Matic also has played a crucial role behind Pogba and Bruno.


5.) 09 Jul 2020 08:29:02
Depends what he’s good at.
I’d argue Pogba tried too hard to do it all himself.


6.) 09 Jul 2020 09:41:49
Before pogba was having to do three jobs basically and couldn’t master any of them. Build up play from the back, progress it through midfield and play the final ball/ get on the end of things and score. We had occasional spurts of good play from lingard, mkhitaryan, mata in the final third when we went through good patches but we all know our midfield quality was poor under jose.

With bruno playing number 10 so well and greenwood, martial and rashford all delivering, the final third burden has reduced on pogba, now he has to focus on developing the game and progressing play which he is doing very well.


7.) 09 Jul 2020 09:58:31
All of the best players outside of Messi and Ronaldo require decent players around them to flourish.


8.) 09 Jul 2020 10:56:54
I've always been quite critical of Pogba, mostly because he has so many strings to his bow, yet often he doesn't deliver. However, this new set up seems to suit him, with Matic watching the shop and Bruno being the chief creator Pogba has more freedom to dictate play, without the burden of having to do all the work, and in my opinion he is performing his best since he moved here.

Great players play well every week regardless of who they play with, but if they have great team mates alongside them then they can play great football every week.

If i'm being honest Pogba has had very few poor performances. What we refer to as "poor" performances are actual performances where he hasn't lived up to his full ability. When Pogba has been "poor" he has still been one of the best players on the pitch for us, but when you are a world class talent then more is expected of you. The same happened with Rooney and Ronaldo. Its the burden a player has to carry for having such world class ability. You don't get judged by what you actually achieve but by what you are capable of, and if what you achieve is below your level then you are considered to have played poorly.


9.) 09 Jul 2020 11:15:27
He is now doing what he is good at, he is not the player people made him out to be and then crucified him for not living up to their expectation.

{Ed001's Note - the problem is people only saw the highlight reels and thought that he was doing that for 90 minutes. No one can do that for 90 minutes. However Pogba was not doing much else for the rest of the game and that was something people were not expecting. Now he is getting himself involved fully in the game and he is benefitting from that. His contribution is no longer limited to highlight reel moments, with the odd foot in to win the ball back. Now he is hustling opposition, he is controlling the play on the ball and it is not about being carried, which to a degree he was at Juve and France, as they did not need him to do much other than Hollywood balls or flicks and tricks with the teams they had. If this is not just about getting a move away and he has actually had the lightbulb come on while out, then he can be that world class midfielder everyone hoped he would be. You just have to hope he has been sat watching videos of the best midfields in the world right now (I know they are your 2 main rivals so I won't mention their names!) and realised that a big part of their brilliance is intensity. That is the biggest thing Pogba has lacked throughout his career. If he now has it in his game, then he can reach the heights expected.}


10.) 09 Jul 2020 11:31:07
That pretty much sums it up ed, I think people expected some kind of roy of the rovers due to the image thst had been built up in the media.
He is a very talented lad but has always missed a bit of drive .
Set up of team suits him better imo.

{Ed001's Note - agreed.}


11.) 09 Jul 2020 11:34:15
Ed1 do you think he could renew and stay on? Obviously it’s been documented about wanting out etc. But I really see someone enjoying their football right now.

{Ed001's Note - right now I think he won't have much choice, because no one is going to pay the money to buy him in the current climate. It gives him time to realise that being happy is more important than more money and hopefully he will settle down. The fact that he has a much more understanding coaching set up than when he arrived is certainly a plus for him. He wanted more freedom on the pitch and he has been given it. There is certainly good reason to hope that he will change his mind and decide he is in a good place for him personally - but I do think he will need to see a chance to win medals.}


12.) 09 Jul 2020 08:28:57
ed047 you can pick any midfielder from any age and put them behind jesse lingard and periera and infront of phil jones and co. Its not going to be a pretty result.

{Ed047's Note - see my reply to RJ mate


13.) 09 Jul 2020 08:58:26
Ed047 well I can’t imagine playing with Andreas Pereria and Lingard with his form over the last 18 months is going to get the best out of anyone 😂.


14.) 09 Jul 2020 10:12:02
I think you’re being a little harsh, Ed.

I don’t think Pogba is or has ever been ‘carried’, more he’s at times had players around him who have helped to lift the burden of expectation from his shoulders whilst also covering for some of the weaker areas of his game.

Like all players, Pogba has his strengths and weaknesses and when placed in a team who share those weaknesses, they’re obviously going to stand out a lot more. I think you could just as easily make the argument that those players that ‘carried’ Pogba were also being carried by him in much the same way. It’s a team sport, after all.

{Ed047's Note - see my reply to RJ red.


15.) 09 Jul 2020 11:04:48
Yeah that's a fair point Ed but there are very few of the best players in their position playing in sides as poor as we have been across the last 3 or 4 years.

Looking back, you can imagine Pogba looking around for a pass across that time, playing in slow, predictable teams with no movement and seeing Lingard, Fellaini, Pereira, Herrera, Fred etc which isn't going to give him much confidence that if he plays the pass to them much will be created. Then if he gives the ball away he had a winger at right back (Valencia or Young), a winger at left back (Young), Smalling, Rojo, Blind, Jones etc behind him. It's clear why he's had to try to do 4 jobs in every game.

I still think we should look to sell him despite his clear improvement but the faults in his performances aren't all his own across his time here.

{Ed047's Note - but isn’t that a time to shine, how many times has a particular player in a lower team pretty much carried that team.

For an alleged world class player Pogba simply went missing and now Bruno is tearing it up he’s hanging of his shirt tail.

The same as he did at Juve and with France.


 

 

04 Jul 2020 21:03:53
Attacking wise a super performance. No point dwelling on the negatives at the back.

Loving the combination between pogba and Bruno, we are seeing pogba playing with more discipline and for the team. He's keeping things simple and breaking lines with his passing, rather than always trying the Hollywood ball. Bruno is sensational, finally feel like we have a quality midfield.

The front 3 are a terrifying prospect for any defence, and they are only going to get better. Fair play to ole in sticking with mason once lukaku went, 15 goals already in his debut season. I'd love to see numbers for the likes of Mbappe etc. He can't be far off.

On to villa, let's keep the momentum with another win.

Caolan_2

 

 

30 Jun 2020 22:38:33
Super performance, that was a great performance. Bruno and pogba linked well. Fernandes is a weird combination of de Bruyne and Lampard with his goal scoring. What a player.

Greenwood is going to be a star. My grandad rang me after the game and his words were he's not seen someone so natural since the front men in the 68 European cup winning team.

Caolan_2

 

 

26 Jun 2020 10:52:55
Be interested to see the answers to this, but how far off does everyone think we are at the moment from competing for the league?

Personally I don't think it's a million miles off, because bar Liverpool there's not really a team in the league I don't back us against, heck I think if we get our strongest team out against Liverpool it would be a great game. For me I really think we need a right winger (we have all known this for years) and another centre back beside maguire. Lindelof isn't a bad player, but if he was an a squad player that would mean your first choice would be pretty good. For me a dream window would involve Sancho/ chiesa, Saul and koulibaly. I know, we may end up with none of them! Those 3 players alone for me put us in contention.

Some people might think we need another manager and that's also potentially a fair point, but in terms of overall strength of the team we aren't a million miles off. Interesting window coming up, hopefully we finish strong and get some good recruits in.

Also one last point, and I hate to say it. Fair play to the scousers.

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1.) 26 Jun 2020 11:23:10
The bar has been raised by both City and Liverpool. 90 plus points is the target now to win the league and going on consistent winning runs. Pep and City will be hurting and will want to be back for vengeance and Klopp will make sure his team stays hungry.


2.) 26 Jun 2020 12:03:03
The season after next if we get recruitment right.


3.) 26 Jun 2020 11:42:13
We are miles off.

It's not just the starting 11 it's the infrastructure. We are now where Liverpool were under Hodgson miles away. A cup side if you like. Behind the scenes we are on the way down not up. And we have a novice manager managing one of the biggest clubs in the world, an absolute shambles.


4.) 26 Jun 2020 12:27:40
Miles off is right.


5.) 26 Jun 2020 13:28:33
Dan James has it right: we won’t improve consistently until the infrastructure is sorted out and we get a top class manager in.

I really admire Ole for what he’s done, but he was never more than an interim manager brought in to steady the ship after the previous disasters.

We need to have a good look at what Liverpool have done to get to where they are. : there are definitely parallels there, this we’re maybe like Liverpool 5 or 6 years ago.

Much still needs to be done to challenge, or we’ll remain a cup team jostling for 4th place.


6.) 26 Jun 2020 13:53:08
the difference with pep although a good manager he's never had to rebuild a team in the way klopp has, that is the difference in class, klopp is by far the better manager

BUT klopp and pep were a novice at one point.

we have played the best football since fergie left.
the problem is not the manager, the problem is above the manager and the piss poor squad he inherited which he has slowly improved.

if anyone says we have not progressed since ole took over your talking nonsense, he may of got things wrong tactically ( according to keyboard managers) in some games but. funny thing is as bad of a manager ole is, he could win both the FA CUP and Europa this season, even finish 3rd.

but in answer to your question, it all depends on recruitment, i think we are at least 2 years away from any challenge, we need to be consistent against the (lower) teams.

we need to install an attitude throughout that you go out to die for your team mates and the fans.


7.) 26 Jun 2020 14:17:36
liverpool up until the Rodgers years would be said miles off but sometimes things just click but yeab behind the scenes needs a look at.


8.) 26 Jun 2020 18:21:12
I think this will be a defining season for Pep. Be interesting to see if he has the ability to turn it around next season.


9.) 26 Jun 2020 19:05:11
Sepp it’ll be interesting to see if pep is there next season. I think they’ve been found out defensively. If you are brave and try and bypass the press they’re very vulnerable and I don’t think the goalkeeper is all he’s cracked up to be either.


10.) 26 Jun 2020 20:31:08
I agree - he's not been in this position before, so we'll see how good a manager he really is if he stays.


11.) 26 Jun 2020 21:29:03
I think it’s crazy the money they’ve spent on defenders especially full backs and it’s still their major weakness.


12.) 26 Jun 2020 21:41:56
If we have the luck with injuries that liverpool have had to our first team then I don't think we are that far off. 2 signings A right winger and cb are a must for me if I had the choice I would have a different lb too as I don't see how we can do it with neither of our full backs being attack minded and if AWB is that good defensively then shaw has to be upgraded.

The rest of our squad after the first team is not that good imo and the majority wouldn't have even made the bench of some our title winning teams.


13.) 27 Jun 2020 07:49:53
In terms of first eleven i don't think we are miles away. With 2 "bruno" i would be comfortable against anyone. On paper a front 6 of Scott (although he is not holding) Bruno, Pogba (or a good replacement) Rashford, Martial and say Sancho is up there with the best i think. With a top coach i would say in 2 years we can compete. Rashford, Martial and Greenwood with average age of 21,3 have scored 50 goals, that's one of the best records in Europe and it must say something.

So putting Bruno into the mix and a couple of good signings there is clearly potential. Can this potential become title challenge? I think the manager holds the key and i hope our manager can although i would be more comfortable with a top coach like Pep. Congratulations to Liverpool, they were by far the best team. Some will say it was easy, but maybe they made it look so easy .


 

 

 

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24 Jun 2020 21:08:18
I get that reddevilfan- but if your read my post I’m just looking more info from the legal and drafting side of things regarding such a clause.

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24 Jun 2020 13:44:05
Ed you mentioned in the past about non profiteering on pogba due to extending via the option. I was wondering if there’s anywhere you could point me to research this? I’m looking to find somewhere to do a sports law module once my masters is complete this year. If there’s any reading you could recommend that would be much appreciated.

Caolán.

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{Ed002's Note - I don't have time to find it right now, but it is a simple clause about profiteering.}


 

 

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25 May 2020 21:40:41
Not that I’ve seen Damon but a lot of chat on twitter so I’d take it with a pinch of salt at the moment. If it’s true and he has signed then hopefully he kicks on. Not developed as we’ve expected when he made his debut. Maybe a loan spell would be good for him.

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20 May 2020 00:09:48
Thanks Ed.

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19 May 2020 21:11:32
Ed if you don’t mind me asking which players juventus are looking to potentially use in a deal? I’ve seen the reports of pjanic being available for a swap, and like you said Costa. I was just wondering who else? And if you were in uniteds positions would you take any of them?

Cheers.

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{Ed002's Note - Something like this:
Matteo De Sciglio (RB/LB) seen as surplus and could be used as part of a trade for Icardi.
Alex Sandro (LB) Juventus want PSG to take up their option on Icardi and Juventus will exchange Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic plus the taxes and fees incured for the player. Alternatively Juventus would offer Alex Sandro as part of an exchange for Emerson.
Daniele Rugani (CB) not playing regularly and would provide funds

Blaise Matuidi (CM) is available for sale or trade
Nicolussi Caviglia (CM) available to be exchanged
Emre Can (CM) turned down a move to MU and heading to Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Adrien Rabiot (CM/DM) sick of the whining already - but could potentially be offered as part of an exchange could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or another.
Sami Khedira (CM)
Miralem Pjanic (CM) €70M asking price way too high - could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or Icardi - or perhaps as part of a deal for Arthur.
Federico Bernardeschi (CM/AM,RW) A Barcelona move was rejected in January but he will be available in the summer. Bernardeschi's opportunities have been in decline on the RW and he has had to play out of position which has not worked out. Milan have dropped prior interest whilst both Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are not interested in any exchange deals involving him. Player wants to stay in Turin.
Paulo Dybala (AM/F) is possibly available to sell or trade unless an issue can be overcome. The player is open to a new contract and getting on well with Sarri, but wants a break clause when coaches change. If that can be dropped a new contract becomes a more likely solution.
Douglas Costa (RW/LW) available for sale or trade - could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or Icardi with plans to replace him with Federico Chiesa

Gonzalo Higuain (S) available but Juventus have offered a compromise where they would extend another year but he must cost no more than is budgetted for next year (so halve his package)


 

 

 

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11 Jul 2020 01:07:26
Gola you are already obsessed with him mate. Is it because your “generational talents” such as Hudson Odoi have been very average this year? Maybe you’re just worried about Kepa facing such a top quality finisher? The kids going to be an absolute star, and I’ve not seen a united forward playing this exciting since we signed Rooney. Let’s see where he ends up, I think for sure he will end up a world class player. Regardless of who he played for this kid just has everything that points to him being world class.

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10 Jul 2020 23:25:14
Patrick if he’s half as good as Georgie then my god what a player we have.

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10 Jul 2020 12:11:58
A well coached team you could say.

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09 Jul 2020 16:48:44
Don’t think he’s good enough defensively for me, obviously that’s something he can improve on. However I don’t think he’d ever come close to wan bissaka. From what I’ve seen of laird I think he’s going to be a cracking player, but unfortunately for him he’s got wan bissaka in front of him.

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09 Jul 2020 08:58:26
Ed047 well I can’t imagine playing with Andreas Pereria and Lingard with his form over the last 18 months is going to get the best out of anyone 😂.

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