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16 Jul 2024 14:28:43
Report from the guy who first mentioned us having a bid accepted by Lille is saying that Yoro is currently discussing personal terms with us.

Fingers crossed it's true, thought I'd share for anyone who hasn't seen it.


1.) 16 Jul 2024 15:05:31
Fingers and toes crossed Caolan_2.

2.) 16 Jul 2024 15:28:26
Still think he’ll join Madrid but would be an amazing statement signing if he does join us.

Generational talent - reminds me of a young Varane.

(And no MdL if Yoro arrives - can’t look past injury concerns, despite him being a formidable player)

3.) 16 Jul 2024 15:53:58
Why would signing Yoro affect MdL, if we've been bidding on 3?

4.) 16 Jul 2024 16:05:08
They’re hedging their bets on either MdL or Yoro. Be one or the other (both would expect to be first choice alongside Martinez and not be back up)

Apparently they’re waiting on Yoro’s answer; if that falls through, they’ll go for MdL.

5.) 16 Jul 2024 17:16:19
Lille will be pushing hard to get this through also.
I hope they will sign 2 of jb mdl and yoro.
There is no way we should be going into the season with maguire as 3rd choice behind an 18 yo unproven player and martinez given his injury record. So assuming lindelof leaves we need at least 2 in at cb imo. That will allow yoro time to develop and mature physically.
The 2nd looks likely to be mdl or jb. In an ideal world full of pixies and fairy's we sign all 3 and maguire moves on.

6.) 16 Jul 2024 17:59:29
I wouldn’t bet against us going for DeLigt even if Yoro chooses to come. Great depth plus we could go 3 at the back or Martinez could be played slightly further forward.

Yoro and DeLigt for the same money as Maguire ?.

7.) 16 Jul 2024 18:24:03
The last time we signed a French teenager for this kind of fee we got stuck with Martial. Let’s hope Yoro proves to be a better signing.

I can’t say I know too much about him, but his desire to move to Madrid worries me a little, especially when we have two other talented CBs for whom we are the preferred choice. I’m all for building a young team for the future, but not if those young players plan on leaving us once they start to hit their prime.

8.) 16 Jul 2024 21:57:20
Call me cynical, but Yoro wants to join Madrid and is pushing out stories saying he might sign for United to hurry them along with a bid.

9.) 17 Jul 2024 07:47:03
Like a smoke screen, Grim? ?‍♂️.

10.) 17 Jul 2024 10:23:58
Ornstein reporting he’s on a flight to UK for medical.

11.) 17 Jul 2024 10:24:23
Latest reports are he is flying to the UK to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms.

12.) 17 Jul 2024 20:51:11
Madrid are for putting a new bid in apparently. He’ll end up there, get the feeling all the noise today was to speed them up and give them a prod to get moving. It’s clearly worked.



25 Jun 2024 13:05:29
Ugarte linked today.


1.) 25 Jun 2024 14:40:46
We had an offer rejected apparently.

2.) 25 Jun 2024 16:15:35
Ugarte would be a hell of an update.
His work rate is amazing.

3.) 25 Jun 2024 22:19:34
He'd be an ideal signing. Let's see what happens.

4.) 25 Jun 2024 23:27:58
Not great technically apparently which is why he was dropped by PSG.

5.) 25 Jun 2024 23:31:11
Bid rejected out of hand apparently. Duno if we will go further or what’s happening!

6.) 26 Jun 2024 05:29:53
Fuser, I wouldn't say that. He's perfectly fine technically, I think the issue at PSG is that he isn't a great stylistic fit for Enrique.

He's a tenacious, combative, ball winner. His pass success rate is over 90%, but you could say that is because his choice of pass is fairly safe. He isn't an expansive playmaker.

Which I think is the real issue at PSG. Enrique prefers to have a playmaking No.6 at the base of his midfield. Also given PSG's dominance and lack of real competition in Ligue 1, you could argue a player of Ugarte's profile isn't particularly needed that often. He's probably more useful to PSG in the UCL than domestically.



22 May 2024 22:59:36
Talk of McKenna not going away in the press.


1.) 23 May 2024 00:36:13
He really should take a vacation because next season he's going to be busy.

2.) 23 May 2024 04:19:09
I sent a text to my cousins 2 lads no word -they know him pretty well and meet up during the year - He had offers last year from Palace and Spurs apparently sounded him out.

3.) 23 May 2024 16:25:01
Ed002 are we interested in mckenna?

{Ed002's Note - He is certainly an option and obviously knows the club well.}

4.) 23 May 2024 19:08:09
The players didn’t like his coaching when he was there because he’d come from the academy
Proved those charlatans wrong.

5.) 23 May 2024 19:38:06
If he moves he will end up at Chelsea or Brighton. Too early for him at united imo, different beast being a united manager.

6.) 23 May 2024 20:03:24
Sky sports reporting McKenna s reps met Berrada and Wilcox last week.

7.) 23 May 2024 20:08:27
Blackpool, I read that McKenna has his Ipswich players (not just older players) taking coaching courses in order to educate them and improve their tactical understanding. I’m not sure how common this is but I was quite impressed when I heard it.

With our squad being half made up of cabbage brains, I can see why they didn’t like him.

8.) 23 May 2024 20:12:04
Sky reporting talks took place.

9.) 23 May 2024 20:48:17
Ed02 - do you think he'd be a good appointment? Big step up but has earned a lot of praise with what he's done with Ipswich.

{Ed002's Note - There is a risk with appointment.}

10.) 23 May 2024 22:17:50
A risk the club ruins another manager? ?.

11.) 24 May 2024 05:22:10



06 May 2024 16:37:28
Rumours online Bruno is out of tonight's game injured.


1.) 06 May 2024 18:32:40
Mount can play the Bruno role tonight, might have do it again next season if we sell him.

2.) 06 May 2024 18:39:34
That would make sense, I've just added him to my FPL team.

3.) 06 May 2024 19:05:51
Yep not playing tonight, mount in for him.

4.) 06 May 2024 19:11:55
Mount's chance to show he can be part of this team.
Possibly the weakest Utd bench I've seen in 40 years, hope the back four stay healthy!

5.) 06 May 2024 20:14:39
Weakest team for 40 years.

6.) 06 May 2024 20:49:22
2 keepers named, don't think I cam ever recall that. Can't wait for this season, and our injuries to be done with. Hopefully get some players back in time for the final.

7.) 06 May 2024 21:11:32
Shappy ain’t that always the way!

8.) 06 May 2024 22:55:54

We’ve named 2 keepers on the bench in a large numbers of games this season.

9.) 06 May 2024 23:01:06
Wazza, it seemed like a no brainer. Salah had been sitting there in my team doing F all since February.

Whereas, Bruno had scored 52 points in his previous 5 games and due to the fixtures had an extra game. He is also pretty much bulletproof and has only missed 2 games in over four years for us due to injury.

Ditching Salah for Bruno seemed like an easy option.

Then Bruno misses only his 3 game ever due to injury, while Salah pulls his thumb out his backside and grabs a goal and two assists. Go figure ??‍♂️?‍♂️.

10.) 07 May 2024 07:12:33
Shappy I also took Salah out this week. Fortunately for Saka because my mini league rivals have him, so it wasn’t too bad. I gambled on Bruno early, and took him out just before he started scoring ?‍♂️

It’s another close one between myself and WRD who is always up there at the end of the season.

11.) 07 May 2024 13:20:34
Thanks GtS, hadn't noticed it before. As I said can't wait for season to be over and hope we don't ever have one as injury plagued as this one again.



24 Aug 2023 12:10:20
Hi ED,

I was on the European page and saw your comment that we declared an interest in Leandro the Brazilian striker.

A report has come from Italy suggest we have or about to make a bid. I was wondering if you had heard anything about us making an approach for him?



{Ed002's Note - I am not interested in trying to provide blow-by-blow updates.}

1.) 24 Aug 2023 12:28:58
No problem Ed.

Will keep an eye on it.

2.) 24 Aug 2023 13:45:52
I have a feeling that Marcos Leonardo could join us but perhaps in January. Fingers crossed for earlier if at all.




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09 Jul 2024 13:11:01
Some reports in France saying we've had a bid accepted for Yoro of 50m plus bonuses.

Still expect him to end up in Madrid, but thought I'd share in case folk haven't seen it.


1.) 09 Jul 2024 14:02:27
I assume one of the de Ligt / Branthwaite / Yoro reports are a fib. Probably this one!

2.) 09 Jul 2024 16:33:36
I think all 3 are targets and depends on which two we get over the line. I think Todibo deal not being allowed has made us reshuffle the deck.

3.) 09 Jul 2024 17:40:25
I agree that all 3 are targets and probably looking for 2 from 3 or 4 that we are flirting with.
I think it's quite clear that JB is 1st choice.
But it looks like buyer and seller are too far apart in valuation right now. That could easily change.
Yoro is complicated due to the player wanting Madrid .
Deligt complicated perhaps due to the euros and potential interest of others and bayern being busy with their own fire sale and incoming.
If 2 come in the surely it's the end of the road for lindelof and maguire. That excites me more than who we sign to be honest. I've not seen anybody linked at cb worse than those 2 so whomever we get if those 2 leave will be an upgrade.
De ligt was my fav player from that ajax team he was a monster but he has had a very volatile time since with a few injuries and a bit of poor form. His link with eth might revitalise him and get him back to his best.
Now we have a fee fixed with lille psg or Liverpool have the ball firmly in their court to match it and offer yoro cl football and a regular starting place easier than we could perhaps. But maybe they don't value him at that price.
Will be interested to see how it pans out.

4.) 10 Jul 2024 09:24:49
I'm not sure why he'd do it to himself, he was broadly mocked for half a season by fans and punters for being too slow and a million miles off the pace.
Admittedly like a few players he was being asked to go above and beyond, playing a lot at CB. Still can't believe there wasn't a better option than him given the amount of mistakes but all history now.
By all accounts a top pro and vastly experienced, I think it'd be good to have him around to rotate in his favoured position but can easily see him going off for a final payday somewhere warmer.

5.) 10 Jul 2024 12:47:33
Rumours are United want two CB's from those we've been linked with it looks like we have two profiles, a more experienced player ready to plug straight into the starting 11, and a talented younger player who is good enough to play when needed, but still has some developing to do.

It looks like Todibo was first choice for the 1st team ready option, but with UEFA putting the kibosh on that it looks like we have switched to MdL who we previously didn't think was an option due to his cost.

Branthwaite is clearly the first choice for a younger option, but we have also bid for Yoro knowing he ideally wants Real Madrid. I think we know our chances are slim with him, but it's worth putting a bid in if we know it'll be accepted and see what happens. Maybe he feels slighted that Madrid don't show more urgency or desire to sign him and he chooses United. Maybe he sticks to his guns and wants only Madrid.

My suspicion is that we will eventually land Branthwaite for more than we ideally wanted to pay, but less than Everton want.



14 May 2024 09:25:51
36 games into the season and Ten Hag finally changed the tactics to be more compact and solid at the back. It nearly got us a point on Sunday, but I'd imagine arsenal had another couple of gears.

My major issues with ten hag has been his persistence with the rubbish we had seen in every other game this season. Basketball matches, no control and just allowing teams to walk through midfield and have shots on our goal. A high press with a deep defence. If he had changed up in say November/ December, I reckon we could easily have another 10-15 points on the board.

I don't know if it was arrogance or naivety that the previous system would work. Constantly talking about injuries being the reason we are having such poor results, yet with a fully fit team we saw the same issues. Against arsenal, I think if we had Martinez, shaw, rashford and Bruno in that system we would've had a better chance.

Sorry if this is a ramble, but I'm just baffled at why he's finally made a change in the bloody 36th game of the season.


1.) 14 May 2024 10:10:35
Hard to know the why.
Perhaps it's under instruction from wilcox who knows.
But the mistake from casimero aside we were competitive to a large degree.
As you say they probably had more gears to go through.

2.) 14 May 2024 10:54:46

We are so depressing i just stopped watching us play. I will watch us next year when eth is out.

3.) 14 May 2024 11:20:55
I read a really interesting article the other day suggesting that EtH believes this is a personnel problem rather than a system or tactical issue.

If you remember in the summer EtH stated he wanted us to be the best transitional team in the world.

His system is designed to maximise transitional opportunities, encouraging the opposition to commit players forward, thus leaving space for counter opportunities if/ when the move breaks down. This is why many games this season have been more akin to basketball than football.

The article suggested it was the Utd defenders inability to cope and win important defensive duals and bad decisions and wasted opportunities by the attackers rather than the system?

Obviously the ever changing back 4 has placed great pressure on the defence and the loss of form to key players such as Rashford and Bruno has severely impacted the team’s ability to create chances and score goals.

I’m not saying I necessarily agree with this position but it certainly made me think.

4.) 14 May 2024 11:54:22
DLIB- that’s all well and good. But football and all elite level sport is problem solving. Like I said above, when he’s had a full team available the same issues have persisted.

Last season I’d praised ten hag for his flexibility and how we adapted in game to opponents. This season he’s cut his nose off.

From what I can see to my untrained eye, we go man to man in midfield, and it kills us every game. This is why I’m so fed up of what I’ve seen this season. If I can spot these issues, I know for a fact he can. Adaptability is key. Every great manager adapts. We’ve flogged a dead horse tactically.

5.) 14 May 2024 12:39:15
That's a bit extreme backpass.
No appointment or individual being kept or sold would ever stop me supporting the team or club.
It's of course entirely your own perogative but supporting the team and club imo should not come down to one or 2 transient employees.
So your support and others like you is dependent on you getting what you want or the club sacking who you don't want.
If sjr and team decide eth is the man then I'm good with that I may not be happy but it won't stop me watching or wanting them to win and watching and supporting them in every single game.

6.) 14 May 2024 14:28:48
I challenge any manager to cope with the amount of injuries we’ve had to contend with this season.

If Arsenal turned up to Old Trafford on Sunday without Saliba, Gabriel, White, Odegard and Saka they’d struggle. For context we were without Martinez, Varane, Shaw, Bruno and Rashford!

EtH has used over 14 different combinations at CB and been without a recognised LB for most of the season. In addition he’s had only fit 1 recognised CF in the entire squad and that’s an inexperienced 20 year old with only 1 previous season of top flight football under his belt!

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and for everyone insisting that he should have been more pragmatic forgets the lessons of the past!

Most supporters hated the football under LvG and it quickly unravelled for Jose once results suffered. Many posters at the time boldly proclaimed they’d rather see the team lose, trying to attack than playing negative, defensive football. The evidence is still there in the chat if you can want to look for it.

I don’t think we can argue the football this season has not been exciting. It’s been end to end, we’ve enjoyed thrilling comebacks, we’ve given up some commanding positions, we’ve scored and conceded late goals, we’ve had some great wins and took some heavy defeats.

What we’re now saying is we don’t like transitional football as well. It’s only exciting if we winning or there’s a structure that makes sense and we can understand. We now want a return to more pragmatic football. My advice, be careful what you wish for.

Liverpool suffered last season with injuries as Newcastle have done this season.

If people want EtH out, I respect their opinion but let’s not yearn for a return to pragmatic football we didn’t like that either!

7.) 14 May 2024 16:22:10
My advice would be don't expect a new management team and dof to make the same mistakes as non football people like Woodward when it comes to making crucial decisions and appointments.

8.) 14 May 2024 16:50:59

The football has been crap. What’s exciting about watching your team concede 20+ shots a game, vacate midfield and fall apart like a wet cake late in games after being exhausted playing basketball.

To me that’s not entertaining football at all. I’m not asking for full Jose football at all, but ten hag should’ve gone much more pragmatic with the personnel available to him. We could end up with 16 defeats. Yet if we were more solid in I’d say at last 5/ 6 of them we would have 15 more points.

Too much excuse making for poor decisions.

9.) 15 May 2024 05:24:56
Yup. I’d prefer entertaining football that gets results, but would settle for crap football that gets results or entertaining football that doesn’t; at least for a while, if needed, while a manager attempts to imprint their style on the team. Sadly, we’ve been treated to garbage football that’s yielded garbage results for quite a while now, and I think most of us have had just about enough of it.



09 Dec 2023 20:23:54
I'll be shocked if tenhag is in the dug out for our next game. That felt like Ole against Watford.


1.) 09 Dec 2023 20:46:57
Prepare to be shocked mate. We are in limbo atm until the sjr deal goes through and he starts bringing in his own people. Most of those above eth are on borrowed time so nobody is making that decision to sack him…. at least for the time being!

2.) 09 Dec 2023 21:23:30
Manager of the month?

3.) 09 Dec 2023 23:02:20
What Tim says makes sense, you bringing in a new CEO and DoF to run the club you let them make the decisions.

It might well be that the person they want won't be available until the summer and then they will have to work out the best way to finish the season.

4.) 09 Dec 2023 23:10:17
Tim’s right: ETH safe until SJR comes in. Glazers can’t afford to sack him and won’t care anyway - they’re passing on sporting success to SJR.

However, as soon as new leadership team in, then, if results don’t improve, ETH could well be on his way.

5.) 10 Dec 2023 06:26:34
Ten hag is not the issue here. I honestly worry for people if they actually think Ten hag is the main problem here. These players just give up when the going gets tough we've seen it time and time again. Bring in a new manager and they might chuck the effort in for a little while but they will revert back to their old ways after a while. We have players still in the squad from LVG/ Jose/ Solskjaer/ Rangnick's tenure it's no coincidence and we still need to move on and replace about another 9-10 players. Until that happens and there's a change of structure above expect more of the same crap to continue.

6.) 10 Dec 2023 07:09:16
Well Damon he has made 16 signings including loans and we still start with Martial up top and Johnny Evans coming off the bench. I blame him for that.

7.) 10 Dec 2023 07:28:39

Iwe all know the players are the issue. But there's people now hiding behind that fact to allow the manager slack. At ht a blind man could see we needed to change things. His subs are reactive not pro active. Picking martial who is a waste of space has to be questioned. Everyone was at fault yesterday including the manager.

Its amusing on here how its changed from this teams not that bad and getting kane in we can challenge to bin them all. there's 95% of the squad stealing a living overrated on wages they've never earnt just been rewarded with.

Moving forward we have to have a wage cap joining players will always look at deals mount shaw bruno rashy are on and compare themselves to that. Then we just continue being a pay club. There shouldn't be many that don't have a price on there head. Anyone joining shouldn't have there wages doubled. Bruno was given a new deal after getting top 4 is that a achievement that should be rewarded?

8.) 10 Dec 2023 09:46:20
I want ETH to succeed and last year I thought we were on the right path
But this season my god, yes injuries etc but he has got to be able to set us up better than this! Every other team in the league is better organised, more solid, and offers more of a goal threat half the time! Not good enough.

9.) 10 Dec 2023 11:13:03
Couldnt disagree more Damon, 18 months on and no one knows what style of play ETH is supposed to have, how many players have improved how many of his signings have been a success?

Im the first to admit I hvae no idea who could come in and make improvements people will say Nagelsmann, Big Ange, De Zerbi, Emery blah blah blah my point is ETH seems to be far from the manager we thought we were getting and is looking way out of his depth.

Yesterday was nt just bad it was shockingly bad, to think 11 players could go out and represent a PL team and play like that in front of 75000 fans. ETH cannot be allowed to distance himself from that i couldn't care less if he stays or goes anymore he's just a grey grey man with very little personality doing a poor job.

10.) 10 Dec 2023 11:18:30
He can't pick Hoijlund every game if he is running his legs off and getting no service. Maybe ETH was saving him for the Bayern Munich match?

I am sure ETH impresses upon the players time and time again the need to start with high intensity and it's not his fault that the players don't listen. He has like previous managers inherited a mentally shot squad.

We need to back him and give him another season at least once the Radcliffe deal goes through. He is surely trying to get rid of the deadwood but presumably there are very few takers. He can't buy if he can't sell due to FFP rules. That makes his job doubly difficult.

Sacking ETH and getting in a new manager won't change the fundamental problems. ETH built a thrilling team at Ajax and he can do it again.

11.) 10 Dec 2023 12:19:12
Salford I do tend to agree, that team is so far away I’d imagine from what he envisages his team to look like but in order to get himself the chance to fulfil this job he needs to show us something! Yesterday he picked martial and expected what exactly!? He hasn’t got the players he wants available but still think outside the box and show us something! Yesterday was a killer . Felt an important day for ETH tenure .

12.) 10 Dec 2023 12:38:58
I doubt very much he's going anywhere in the short-term as the people who'll make that decision aren't even officially at their desks yet. But as an investor I'd also be highly dubious of giving him any pocket money in January. I see Erik's already put the feelers out suggesting he doubts we'll do any business. Other than a few more dodgy loans (see: Malen) I think this is his lot and he's got to prove that his 'process' is working cause there's no sign of it at the moment.

13.) 10 Dec 2023 12:41:04
Bruno got booked yesterday. It was an easy way out for next weekend. I really do think the team would excel if he was sold. His petulant attitude on the pitch is not what you need in a leader.

14.) 10 Dec 2023 12:50:45
Some of the players are the problem but Ten Hag isn't helping himself by continuing to pick those that always let him down.

Good managers are able to find solutions to problems but Ten Hag looks like he isn't even trying.

15.) 10 Dec 2023 19:23:50
The isssue I’m having with ten hag right now, is that we are seeing the same issues week in week out from the 1st game of the season.

16.) 11 Dec 2023 07:22:15
I see everyone is criticizing the manager for picking Martial. I think you have to manage peoples minutes with Bayern and Liverpool coming up. If you are in eth shoes you have to believe martial should do a job against Bournemouth.

TBH we were very poor and so many players were poor and if it was just a martial thing I would agree. Front 3 were all poor and Bruno and Mc were just as culpable. When you get 5 of your front 6 turning in a 3/ 4 type performance, you get a result like Bournemouth.

Finally I looked like shaw picked up an injury as he asked to come off and we are back to crisis mode in defense and could not happen at a worst time.

17.) 11 Dec 2023 16:15:41
Didn't ten hag want Kane and Darwin Nunez prior to that? He doesn't want to have Martial starting I can guarantee that. A lot of his signings are also injured plus the fact the likes of Sabitzer, Butland, Weghorst loans were out of desperation more than anything else as there was no money to spend. He wanted De Jong they gave him Casemiro as a panic buy after losses to Brighton and Brentford. He wanted Kim min-jae the club gave him Jonny Evans on a free. A lot of the players he actually wanted weren't delivered. He's got the hardest job on the planet he needs time. Sack him and do what exactly? The players get off scott free again nah not having it. It can take 3 or 4 years to get the squad you want especially the state of ours when he came in. If we bring in another manager they won't suddenly turn the likes of Maguire and Lindelof into Ramos and Puyol.



19 Oct 2023 23:05:27
I thought I'd share a story from an interaction I had with a client today.

An absolute gentleman needed some help with paperwork so he was an existing client I said I'd pop out no charge.

Walked into the living room, and it was like the club museum. Every book, dvd and poster you could imagine. Anyway once we got the little bit of work out of the way, we obviously started chatting football.

From stories of the iconic babes team right through to Moscow 08. We eventually started talking about the team now and the current situation and he made one valid point to me which I think a lot of us need to remember.

"It doesn't matter who's in charge. It's always going to be Manchester United, to me that will never change. " He's bang on. You go on social media it's people falling out over Qatar or Ratcliffe and Glazers etc. The reality is, this club has gone through absolute hell before and we survived. It's never about who owns the club, it's about what it means to us.

For me this club somehow has brought my family closer. I speak to my grandad after every game, may that be 2 minutes or an hour, we have an excuse to talk nearly twice a week. That means the world to me.

I don't even know the whole reason behind this post, been having a rough time with a few things today and for a couple of hours, I forgot it all.

We can kick and scream about who or what we want to own us, but that person or group will never define what Manchester United is.

One final thing, he proudly tells me he watches every youth game on Mutv and he think Shea Lacey is up there with anything he's seen.


1.) 20 Oct 2023 02:52:10
Sorry to hear you are having a rough time Caolan, hope things look up for you soon pal.

You are totally right, this club is bigger than any one person, any one player. The funny thing is that this club can't be owned, because it is far more than a balance sheet, or set of keys or even a historic football stadium.

I know there is a divided fanbase right now. I know some want to stir up a hornets nest of anger, while others one to put out the flames and for everyone to calm down.

I would just like to share this thought. It is 18years since our owners last changed. This deal looks very close, but not yet complete. If people feel passionately about getting rid of the glazers and they don't like what is happening, then if they don't cause a fuss now, then when? Wait until it is all finished and done?

Some may see positives in what is happening, some may not. It is going to be divisive. I just hope as fans we can be respectful and I just hope that we can get back to focusing on winning together as a club as soon as possible.

Love united. Hate the glazers.

2.) 20 Oct 2023 07:50:58
Dodgy/ Caolan

Great post and I get what your client was talking about. Ieen a supporter for about 47 years now. I think many of the fans and especially the ones on social media and online forums are toilets of toxicity, misinformation and are harming the club reputation.

90% don't even know the slightest bit about the history of the club and not even old enough to recall the treble winning season. its becomes a source of divide and conquer and a source of monetization ala trumpian.

I honestly don't believe many have ever even been a United game and are this weird new group of online junkies, who follow the club to be bad actors. Yes I am passing judgment here.

I will never advocate for riots and behaviors that is on par with hooliganism and those who do should be banned for life from grounds and reading some of the stuff currently going around for our next home game is scary. It up to each individual and if you want to boycott games and merchandise, that's fine but advocating for violence is not okay.

Every time I get to go a game at OT or away games, I am so excited and its a privilege not many get if you look at the fan base. My only concern is always to avoid the idiots and don't get caught in the middle of an incident, especially when my boys were younger, which is quite sad when you think off it.

Even the stuff you read about OT is over the top as it makes it sound like its a shantytown. Its a beautiful stadium that is old and needs investment.

The idea of boycotting games and not going because of the glazers just does not resonate with me and if I lived in Manchester I would go to every game and try and get to as many away fixtures.

On a funny note I was delighted when my oldest got accepted into Manchester for Uni and was hoping he would pick them but he decided to go to school in London. In the back of my mind at the time I thought perfect :)

I think the glazers are incompetent people in terms of how they run the club and their appointments and want to see change. I am also mature enough to acknowledge they own the club and I can't do anything about that.

Whether its total change or incremental change, I am perfectly happy with that. I think Clubs like United and Liverpool are destined to be outliers because of their rich tradition and being state owned is not for us even if that means we wait for our next PL trophy a bit longer.

3.) 20 Oct 2023 08:23:59
I’ll keep renewing my ticket whoever or whatever is in charge.

4.) 20 Oct 2023 11:03:38
I think he may be spot on regarding Shea Lacey, he looks a bit special.

5.) 20 Oct 2023 15:02:55
Good post, Caolan. Easy to forget sometimes, especially when everything's so tribal these days. Hope you're OK, fella ?.

6.) 20 Oct 2023 19:57:11
Agreed. Great Post caolan.
Keep smiling. ?.

7.) 20 Oct 2023 22:48:51
Cheers guys, nothing major just same struggles we all have most days I’m sure.

Hope you’re all well too.

8.) 21 Oct 2023 06:54:30
Caolan great stuff mate.

9.) 21 Oct 2023 08:42:53
Fabulous post caolan.

10.) 21 Oct 2023 08:45:43
Nice post Coalan, thank you for sharing and all the best to you.



11 Jul 2023 15:23:49
Young squad for the game tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing some of the younger players get some minutes.


1.) 11 Jul 2023 16:32:55
haven't seen anything on the team sheet, can you elaborate.

2.) 11 Jul 2023 17:21:03
Pre-season tour, young squad, small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts. Rush goalie. Two at the back, three in the middle, four up front, one's gone home for his tea. Beans on toast? Possibly, don't quote me on that. Marvellous.

3.) 11 Jul 2023 17:35:18
Squad list was published on the club website mate.

4.) 11 Jul 2023 18:35:37
Lol danny.

5.) 11 Jul 2023 20:08:50
For those that haven't seen, this is the squad list

Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Nathan Bishop, Matej Kovar

Defenders: Alvaro Fernandez, Rhys Bennett, Will Fish, Marc Jurado, Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams.

Midfielders: Toby Collyer, Fred, Dan Gore, Hannibal, Isak Hansen-Aaroen, Kobbie Mainoo, Mason Mount, Maxi Oyedele, Charlie Savage

Forwards: Amad, Noam Emeran, Omari Forson, Joe Hugill, Jadon Sancho, Shola Shoretire.

6.) 12 Jul 2023 00:11:48
It's an interesting squad with lots of notable absentees.

No Dalot, Shaw, Malacia, Lindelof, Maguire, McTominay, Fred, Casemiro, Eriksen, Bruno, Antony, Pellistri, Rashford or Garnacho.

This very much feels like it's a squad where EtH is working out which young players to take on tour with the first team, while also giving a few senior players a run out.

7.) 12 Jul 2023 07:46:49
Brilliant Danny.
I think the absences are due to recent international call ups so were never expected for this first match. Looking forward to seeing Mainoo given a run out and hopefully a place on the tour.

8.) 12 Jul 2023 09:30:47
Fred is there Shappy. Agree that this seems to be an opportunity for EtH to have a look at a few in a match situation.

Eth has made it clear that the youngsters need to be high quality to get into he first team. He will not be handing out appearances unless he feels players are ready and pushing the senior pros. He has a reputation from Ajax of developing youth, so hoping to see some from the youth set up start to look the business.

A few in this list I thought would be gone already, could be last chance saloon, or maybe we just needed players to fill the squad?

9.) 12 Jul 2023 11:17:50
Let's hope the kids' attitude matches their desire. Iqbal was probably the stand-out player this time last season, but is now wearing different colours.

10.) 12 Jul 2023 14:33:00
Big seasons for Mainoo and Hannibal….




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20 Jun 2024 06:39:06
Thanks Ed.




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19 Jun 2024 21:03:02
Ed just a follow up on that. Is there a way to assess the market value for a player by uefa for example? Sorry if that’s not something that’s easy to answer.


{Ed002's Note - There is an independent team that does that.}



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24 May 2024 09:33:56
Careful what you wish for. Remove Bruno and you take away 90% of this teams creativity.




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23 May 2024 20:12:04
Sky reporting talks took place.




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22 May 2024 17:48:48
Fall guy, I don’t know what you read but the DiMarzio report doesn’t state that.

It says they’ve spoken to McKenna, will speak to poch and there’s interest in di Zerbi but no contact.





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14 Jul 2024 23:34:54
Feel sorry for Bellingham?

Bar his wonderful goal I thought he’s been shocking all tournament. No discipline positionally, very little quality when he got the ball. He threw himself to ground any time someone breathed on him.

I was really looking forward to watching him, and I thought he was one of englands biggest issues.




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06 Jul 2024 19:48:44
He was outstanding in the cup final a few weeks ago.




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21 Jun 2024 20:34:13
Ahmad a side not playing to his strength. Whilst he’s still learning the game. But given his very high conversion rate, I’d suggest the argument of not getting enough service is very valid.




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21 Jun 2024 12:38:00
Unruly and MH exactly the point I’m trying to make.

I think we’ve a real player there who needs developing. If we want to rebuild properly, guys like him are needed to be stuck with.




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21 Jun 2024 10:22:39
Ahmad do you not think that’s because he spent the entire season being tasked with being a target man who holds the ball up.

He looked at his best for us in games where we utilised his pace, he dropped off and also played wider. Galatasaray in the champions league was an example. His performances off the bench against Brighton and Newcastle when the tactics shifted.

He in my opinion, was another player hung out to dry via the idiotic tactics employed for 90% of the season. The lad is going to be quality.