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20 Jul 2022 02:47:58
Hi Ed, does Hannibal have any interest from clubs in a loan? Heard a rumor there are some championship sides that have asked?

Chrism894

{Ed002's Note - Hannibal Mejbri (AM/CM) Expectation is that he will leave on loan for a season but the coach will make the decision after considering him in pre-season.}


 

 

31 May 2022 19:39:42
Talksport reporting United have started talks for Nunez and he wants to come to United. Seems like they finally be catching up on what Ed already has said. This one looks nailed on.

Chrism894

1.) 31 May 2022 20:27:21
We'll see. Supposedly Benfica want €100 for him, and they have been known to extract big fees for their players in the past.

Also other teams are supposedly keen on him. Liverpool are one club, while Real Madrid have been touted as another who might turn to him as they were unable to convince Mbappe. While Chelsea's new owners will want to stamp their own mark on the club and possibly have a statement summer. With Lukaku not looking sharp they have need for a star striker.

To be honest if any of those clubs come calling for him then he'd be mad not to move to one of them over us.


2.) 31 May 2022 21:30:21
Psg arethe threat to us for Nunez.


3.) 31 May 2022 21:42:14
He doesn’t seem a player a European giant like Real or PSG would move for to me, at least at this stage. Maybe a season or two.


4.) 31 May 2022 22:24:05
Eds said Liverpool aren't going for him, and there's no indication of Chelsea, or Madrid.


5.) 31 May 2022 22:42:13
No player would be mad to join united I don't care who else is in for him.
It's hard for me to understand that sort of mindset from any united supporter.
The true genuine support and life has been sucked out of so many of you it's sad for me to see. So defeatist expectations so low it's very very sad.
We have a very good manager we will sign players he approves he has a plan he will improve existing players he will develop youth.
There are players at our club that have never had a proper elite professional working environment things will improve and in my opinion they will improve quickly.
Too many fans get caught up and analyse often wildly incorrectly things they don't understand and have no knowledge of.
We will get better the standards and expectations will raise dramatically. The holiday camp is over. It will take some time for sure but it will happen a lot quicker than so many of you expect imo.
It's been a long time since I've looked forward to the begining of a season so much.


6.) 31 May 2022 22:50:59
Nice to see you being positive Ken, you’ve been a miserable git for a couple of years ???.


7.) 31 May 2022 23:08:12
⁶we were spoilt under Fergie for so long, I imagine many fans thought it would go on forever as they grew up knowing nothing else.

The hope for Ten Hag is that he is our Klopp. In that firstly he gets the club and the fans and connects with them.

Secondly that he sets the standards and demands from our players they meet this driving out those that do not.

Thirdly that he sets an identity and style of play, a Philosophy as LvG would say that defines us under him.

If he starts with this the fans will buy in to it. Utd fans tend to slow to turn on a guy and certainly ly not one they believe in.

I personally believe in EtH and have hope that Arnold and Murtagh are also up to it. The narrative I hear is slightly different from Woodward, largely I hope because they have learnt somewhat from what happened under him.

Obviously I have no idea how it will pan out but I am with Ken in that I have hope that things are changing for the better.

I don't expect us to compete in net two seasons. I expect to see us progressing though. I expect to see less of the rumblings of dressing room politics, I expect to see players buying in to his system, I expect to see players suited to the system slowly come in and players not suited to leave. I expect to know actually what they are trying to do on the pitch and to bed a new system in rather than scratching my head at what exactly is going on.

Finally this year we hit what should be our rock bottom. If the aim is to compete for titles again I want to see genuine progress to achieving that in the squad each year to grow towards the aim. It might even mean a step or two back simply by clearing out players and replaci g with people who have to come in and settle because its believed that that guy is going to develop into a key piece, I don't mind it if I can see its part of the plan.


8.) 01 Jun 2022 05:49:37
With a front three of Sancho, Nunez and Ronaldo next year, I fully expect to win several cups and the league.


9.) 01 Jun 2022 06:52:56
Well said Ken . Here here! Some on here talk like we’re Burnley!


10.) 01 Jun 2022 07:20:12
£50m plus Martial.

CR7 can’t play LW anymore so can see us playing two up too often if Nunez does sign.


11.) 01 Jun 2022 07:55:40
Ken, I think you have the blinkers on pal.

Just step back and take the red tinted lenses off.

On one hand you could join a team like Real Madrid, league champions, UCL champions. Have won the UCL 5 times in the last 10 years. They have Ancelotti as their manager, the man who has won the UCL more than anyone else, also the only manager to have won the league in all of Europe's top five leagues.

You could join Liverpool, arguably the best team in the world currently, they have achieved more than 90 points in three of the last four seasons. Made it to multiple UCL finals, and win cups most years. They are managed by Klopp who is also arguably the best manager in the world right now.

Or you could join a club that hasn't won the league in 10 years, haven't won any trophies for 5 years. Have a structure that doesn't seem to know how to run a successful club from a sporting perspective. Yes they have a new highly rated manager, but this is the 5th manager they have hired since they last won the league.

You would be crazy to pick the third club over the first two if you had the choice of all three clubs. The first two you are as close a guaranteed as possible to be part of something successful. In your short career where you few chances to join top sides, to turn down two of the currently most successful sides to join one living on a hope and a prayer is madness. If you're a fan and lifelong supporter of that club then maybe is makes sense to you personally (I'm looking at you Alan Shearer), but to the rest of the world it's madness.

You say we have a very good manager, that we will sign players that he approves of, but that doesn't mean anything really. We have been in this position before. Jose was a very good manager, in fact according to his CV he was one of the very best ever. He signed players he approved of, Lukaku, Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Sanchez, Bailly, Lindelof and Fred.

How did that turn out? Were they great players?

There are no guarantees that EtH as highly rated as he is will work. I hope he does, I am supporting him and the club. Yet I have also been burned enough times to not be a blind sheep and follow the herd off a cliff.

The people who have been at the club, running the club for the past 10 years are still here doing it. The people who made the silly mistakes of hiring and firing managers, the same people who thought signing the 5th choice target because it was more financially appealing and that it would work as well as the first choice, the same people who seemed to put brand appeal above ability and mentality when signing players.

The same amateur clowns are running the circus, so I have concerns that EtH might not get the support he will need.

Will he be allowed to sell/ move on players who aren't good enough or are disruptive influences? Or like his predecessors will he be told no, because the club will lose too much money on them?

Will he get his first choice signings, or will he have to agree to the club signings that will help sell shirts and season tickets?

Will he be allowed to make changes to suit running the club. For example maybe he feels a preseason tour to the other side of the world is distracting and limits the time he can spend training his methods and improving the players. Maybe he feels a pre-season tour in Europe would be better for the team. Will the club agree to that? Or will they pack him and the squad off to China, America or Australia to fill the club coffers with a few extra million pounds.

Because it doesn't really matter how good a manager is or how great their potential to be is, if they aren't given the tools or the environment to be a success they will struggle and ultimately fail.

So yeah, if I was a young footballer and Manchester United came calling for me this summer, I'd want to maybe give it a year and see whether anything has truly changed this time or whether this is another false dawn and I'd be tied to a club that refuses to sell players for the next 5-6 years of my short career.


12.) 01 Jun 2022 07:57:47
Totally agree Ken
I can’t believe any player wouldn’t want to play for Utd

Let’s have it right, if it wasn’t for Guardiola or Klopp would players really want to go to either City or Liverpool

We are a massive club that has been mismanaged that’s all

Hopefully there is some light at the end of the tunnel.


13.) 01 Jun 2022 08:01:59
Think you’re right Ken: players have been starved of coaching, inspiration and structure for so long now.

Just adding these ingredients will surely improve us.

Can’t wait until start of season:

Believe Sancho and Rashford will prosper under ETH

With a proper DM, defence will improve

Youngsters such as Hannibal, Garnacho, Fernandez, Amad, Elanga, Garnerand Shoretire (among others! ) will be given a chance to shine

Will take time but, with proper coaching (3 very experienced coaches now in place) we will be so much better next season - couldn’t get any worse.


14.) 01 Jun 2022 09:12:53
That positivity is warranted Ken, but it works both ways.

Now we have a proper manager and coaches back in place, then surely we’d expect the standards of the current squad to improve dramatically too. I’m thinking Maguire, Rashford, Bruno, Martial (if he stays), Sancho, Varane, Dalot etc - they all need to raise their games by several notches on last year - and frankly they all have the ability to do so. They can’t be as bad this season again.


15.) 01 Jun 2022 09:23:14
I think the appointment of ETH has made United a bit more appealing for players again, with his reputation as a coach, how Ajax played and with what seems to be a new direction of recruitment as well. I’d almost consider it a safe move for someone like Nunez as well. He comes in a personally does well, either United are successful and he’s part of the rebuild and the chance to be the ‘main’ man. He does well but United are not that successful but he’s enhanced his reputation and shown he can do it on the “big stage” and gets a move to Madrid, PSG, Munich. Both parties have poor seasons but the position the club currently find themselves in wouldn’t have that much of an affect on his reputation and would still get a good move if he pushed for one.

Like Ken, it’s the first time for a long while I’ve got a buzz about the new season starting and I’m not even excited about potentially winning leagues and cups, I just feel we’re going to see a team more commited, more desire, better football and with this, titles and cups should take care of themselves.


16.) 01 Jun 2022 10:00:47
I side with Ken to a point on this. There will be an attraction for the new known successful manager and a project to take the club back to the top. A player will also see the profile of being No9 at United as very good for the career. We are still a big name just badly run. ETH has a pull for his work at Ajax but isn’t a Pep or Klopp so we should not be over confident of attracting players however, as Ken said ETH is infinitely better than the numpty who was given three years. I expect a better organised smarter quicker team next season.
In terms of who we get let’s see but I hope we don’t get drawn in to possibles who use us to boost their own contract negotiations. I also hope we target the right type of players and not for media clicks in the Far East. There should be positivity as long as the club sign first choice not fourth.


17.) 01 Jun 2022 10:36:44
Maybe you should make the same choice as a supporter captain hindsight.


18.) 01 Jun 2022 10:51:49
Ports, of course there are scenarios where Nunez could lose.

Maybe be personally does well but the club struggles. He then looks for a move and the club force him to see out his 5 year contract, maybe even activate the one year extension option meaning he has to spend 6 years at the club. He turns 23 in June. If he signs a 5 year deal with a one year extension then he could be forced to stay at the club until he's 29. Just like Pogba.

Or maybe he moves to the club and is the wrong fit. Much like Lukaku did with us or for his return to Chelsea. Spends 2-3 years here struggling before having to make a backwards step at the age of 25/ 26. Or maybe he stagnates like Martial, spends a few seasons on the periphery of the team, doesn't play enough to continue his development. Meaning that he is unlikely to ever fulfill his potential.

Of course there are scenarios where moving to our club could negatively impact his career. Name the last player to move to Manchester United and improve as a player and enhance their reputation?

Hopefully that changes under EtH, but there are no guarantees. Surely the prudent thing to do is wait and see. Why move to United before you see any evidence that the malaise of the past 10 years is a thing of the past. See how the club perform under EtH for a year, do the signings this summer succeed, do the current players improve, do performances and results get better.

Why gamble of a hope that United have changed when you have the option to join a side that doesn't need to change, that is performing well, with a proven manager and a proven winning ability?

Joining United now over clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid is akin to joining Liverpool in 1999 over Manchester United and Real Madrid. You'd have been mad to have chosen Liverpool then and you'd be mad to choose United now.


19.) 01 Jun 2022 11:43:58
To add, klopp has massivley under acheived with that liverpool side.

Arguebly the best liverpool side in 30 years

And what do they have to show for it

Thay have had 1 title in 5 years lost 2 ucl finals won 1, Won 1 fa cup and 1 carabo.

Not saying they are not a great side.


20.) 01 Jun 2022 12:18:58
Ken

Who is the Captain Hindsight comment addressing? Btw promotion means he is now Major Hypocrite.


21.) 01 Jun 2022 12:25:32
Shappy, the fact that you’ve used Pogba and Lukaku as examples and essentially suggested they are victims makes your argument floored straight away IMO. May as well use Lingard as well.

Can I name a player who has moved to United and improved their reputation in the last 10 years? No obviously not, we have been stumbling along for 10 years and are regarded for having a poor recruitment record. But are we to believe this has to continue under this new regime or structure? I can however, look at what players have worked under ETH and improved and enhanced their reputation and base an educated opinion off of that.

Has Lukaku improved under Tuchel, a highly regarded Manager/ Coach? Or is it still United’s fault his first touch goes further than I can kick it?


22.) 01 Jun 2022 12:30:05
Oh and Martial as an argument too. 3 very creditable and top professionals who have been hard done by, by the club ?‍♂️.


23.) 01 Jun 2022 12:52:30
Shappy redman.
Captain hindsight. Lots of paragraphs above on why a player should not sign for united and on the other page he is suggesting players to sign for united.
Pathetic nonsense double standards talking out of both sides of his mouth contradicting himself time after time.
Now he says if he was a young player he wouldn't sign for united.
Thank God for that we have had enough of that wishy washy character signed before.
From now on nothing he says with regards to players united should sign holds any credence.
Worse BS merchant than Johnny's ex.


24.) 01 Jun 2022 12:55:54
Shappy, can we counter with examples of Keita, Werner, lukaku at Chelsea, Saul, tons of defenders bought by Pep, Oxelade Chamberlain and surely many more?

I think you would be more supportive if we just started calling EtH as OGS.

Also, why is Klopp branded as one of the best? He is good, getting better but far from the best. Managing one of the best Liverpool sides in almost 3 decades and he has the same number of CL titles as De Matteo. Houlier too won them the CL. Havent you always called Pocchetino a choker? Klopp has lost how many finals now? isn't he a choker too? Or do you just get wet dreams of him.


25.) 01 Jun 2022 12:59:19
Ports all 3 players shappy has slagged off numerous times. oh silly me the wind has changed.


26.) 01 Jun 2022 13:20:11
Ken, I guess he feels sorry for Sanchez, Di Maria and Maguire too ?

Question for Shappy, what player has left United and gone on to enhance their reputation and improved? Argument for Depay, but he wasn’t liked by the new manager who came in so unfair to use him as an example. Oh, and he was on a 5 year contract and left.


27.) 01 Jun 2022 15:47:59
Ken, I thought you more intelligent than that. Of course players will sign for United, what I'm saying is that we will struggle to sign players when we are competing with clubs currently in a much stronger position than us.

That's common sense isn't it? Business 101, the stronger the competition the harder it is to compete.

If Darwin Nunez has a choice of Manchester United or Benfica then sure he's likely to see United as a step up.

If his choices are stay at Benfica, or move to United, Liverpool or Real Madrid, then for any player who doesn't have a natural affinity for United would be daft to dismiss Real Madrid and Liverpool for United.

We've chased Haaland before, and is a player many at the club would want. He's agreed to move to our city rivals. He also turned us down before for Dortmund.

We are not a club currently that can attract any player we want. While if more successful clubs compete with us for players we are interested in we are likely to lose out.

I'm not sure whether you just didn't read what I wrote or whether you lacked the comprehension. Either way best get a new pair of reading glasses to rule the first option out ?.


28.) 01 Jun 2022 16:28:46
Shappy I thought you were a positive person but it seems you were just an Ole stan. When ole was targeting Pau Torres he was "top" but now he's "crap". When Ole was here (despite not being 1/ 10th the coach Ten Hag is) we had an exciting project that would be a draw over anyone. Now Ten Hag is here and we won't be getting any good players because they'll wait for Liverpool (despite 0 evidence to support that) .

United still have more money, more wages, more prestige, more history, and England has become more desirable than ever.

Haaland turned us down because of his father and our relationship with Railo.

I doubt we'd lose a player like Nunez, who has given Mendes a mandate to get him to England (Mendes, you know, the guy who represents ronaldo), to a club that isn't even interested and can't offer the money or the long term role we're capable of offering.


29.) 01 Jun 2022 16:30:56
Business 101 the stronger the opposition is the harder it is to compete? ??? which book does that come from.
No shappy you are just being silly. you have said players should not sign for united and that if you were a player you wouldn't.

I think you have said enough. As usual too much actually.
Why would a young player sign for united? You think they shouldn't if psg pool city Madrid bayern etc are also in for them.
You have made yourself very clear.
Keep looking over the fence shappy at the green pastures elsewhere. That's where you'd want to be.

Why are you even on this page? Why not go where the trophies are.
Your double standards exposed again.
You prattle on about history tradition united dna. Yet you can't think of a reason a top player would come to united. You know nothing about history tradition the united way if that's how you think. Nothing. You are a fair weather fan and a sing when your winning merchant
Your statement is a joke imo.


30.) 01 Jun 2022 16:33:01
Shappy, salah vvd Robertson were all mad to join Liverpool were they? Don't be such a twit.


31.) 01 Jun 2022 18:57:28
God I wish we had signed the choker Klopp as manager instead of Moyes or LvG.

I personally think he's a brilliant manager.


32.) 01 Jun 2022 22:52:23
Of course he is oakbark.


33.) 02 Jun 2022 09:42:23
I have watched him play. I hope we don’t spend stupid money on him. He is decent/ good but not 100 million if the reports are true.


 

 

28 May 2022 16:05:10
Hi Ed, the latest is United looking at Kante for a bargain deal at DM with our other targets unavailable. Anything in this?

Chrism894

{Ed002's Note - I am OT aware of any approach to Chelsea.}


1.) 28 May 2022 23:39:06
Hope not. It may be a one off season but his legs seem to have gone a bit. We need to build for the next few years.


2.) 29 May 2022 08:39:29
While he has been a fantastic player the club need to start looking to the future and not the past.

We complain that the club keep signing older big name star players who are past their best, but then get easily sucked in when we get linked to the next one.

We don't need any more Falcao's, Zlatan's, Cavani's or Ronaldo's.

We need players who will grow and development with the club and spend their best years here and not their twilight years on a big bumper contract only really contributing through shirt sales.


3.) 29 May 2022 09:07:20
I have no problem with Kante or Kante type player coming in (one) if you also bring in a young player (if say Kamara had joined) . This would have given us flexibility in the position and also someone who could teach Kamara as well as the other players high work ethic.
If it is just Kante then I would worry however again in this total rebuild I can accept it as a stepping stone if we then get the actual DM ETH wants next year.
This is a multi year rebuild so stepping stones are needed.


4.) 29 May 2022 09:17:30
I’d take Kante if we were to get a younger defensive minded CM as well. Kouadio Kone looks like a good prospect. Hopefully those rumours have some substance.


5.) 29 May 2022 11:47:24
I’d love to see him at Utd for a couple of seasons. We’ve been bitten by too many washed out players looking for a quick pay day who go missing when it counts but you can tell how highly regarded Kante is by managers and players alike. Even Tuchel said last week they were missing the heartbeat of their team for most of the season. Which is the concern - the injury aspect.


6.) 29 May 2022 12:14:09
You'd also need to think about his injury record. He's 31 now, his legs won't last forever. He has only started 21 league games this season due to suffering 5 separate injuries.

Players who play his style of all action high energy football tend to have shorter careers and burn out sooner at the top end of the game as opposed to someone like Modric who plays with his head.


7.) 29 May 2022 12:56:04
Getting on a bit now but what a player he has been. Would have loved watching him at Utd, it's been a pleasure to watch him make an art out of a DM, for me there was a period when he was the best player in the world, he just wasn't the best sexy player so went under the radar despite the plaudits, it didn't really ever do him justice. A few years ago he would have been the first player I would have picked to build a team around.


8.) 29 May 2022 14:03:09
one of the tabloids said yesterday he was available to United in 2020 but we were not interested.

{Ed002's Note - The were approaches from two sides last summer and discussions with one - but not MU.}


9.) 29 May 2022 19:33:34
42 games he played last year, 48 the year before. Best stats for an injury prone player that I've ever seen.


10.) 29 May 2022 20:09:47
i heard today from someone who spoke to one of our players last night, that we were all set to sign Declan Rice last summer with Fred going in the opposite direction, before the opportunity to sign Ronaldo surfaced.

Hopefully that deal is still an option this summer.

He also said that Ronaldo was essentially managing the team whilst Ralf was here, and that the dressing room is full of a large number of very small cliques with no cohesion at all between them as a group.

Apparently the dressing room was a LOT better under Ole.

{Ed014's Note - was that because they did what they wanted when Ole was around and he just repeated the fact they were a “great bunch of lads” where as RR called them out?


11.) 29 May 2022 22:38:39
Absolutely no idea Ed014 but this player did say that the squad don't really talk let alone socialise with each other apart from within their own little circles.

This player did also say that he will give it until next summer then look to move if the atmosphere doesn't improve drastically.

{Ed014's Note - whatever was going on it’s been some weird dressing room that’s for sure!


 

 

23 May 2022 20:30:25
Hi Ed, my apologies if this has been covered recently, I think not since the new coach was brought in. There's news today from Villarreal reports that Pau Torres agent is discussing a move with Manchester United. Are they still interested and pursuing him following the appointment of the new coach, and would it be tied to departures beyond the expected (Bailly, Jones)?

Chrism894

{Ed002's Note - Yes there will remain interest.}


1.) 23 May 2022 21:28:10
But Shappy says he’s not good enough!


2.) 24 May 2022 00:22:58
Shappy said he had concerns that Pau Torres may lack the physicality for the EPL and has tended to play in a low to mid block defensive set up and wonders whether he could adapt to playing a high line.

Torres has some great aspects about his game, however he is bullied off the ball too easily in La Liga for me, he also lacks aerial prowess, often beaten in the air. That is in La Liga, the EPL is a much more physical league and I wonder how well he could adapt to that physical battle, as it is something that he hasn't shown yet in his career.

Try watching him and see what you think, and consider how his skills might translate to the EPL. Lindelof looked a much stronger and more physical player in Liga Nos than Torres looks in La Liga.


3.) 24 May 2022 07:33:10
looks a good modern CH with the ball at his feet, but very easily bullied and looks no tougher than Lindelof which is a worry.


4.) 24 May 2022 08:32:48
From what I’ve seen of Pau Torres, I’d be concerned too. Tidy on the ball but not the most physical. He tends to turn inside on the edge of his box a lot too. A worrying habit for a centre half.


5.) 24 May 2022 09:59:17
If Erik reckons he's up to what he needs then that's good enough for me.


6.) 24 May 2022 10:18:36
What would be the point? We're getting Timber in, and we already have a limited transfer budget. I'd be amazed if this happens.


7.) 24 May 2022 11:14:02
Can’t see it happening:

Timber (presuming he arrives) will be the long term centre back, possibly playing right back or defensive midfield until those positions are adequately filled.

Also Torres very expensive when funds needed for elsewhere.

Obviously our defence has been the most awful aspect of our play this season but, with some proper coaching and a better midfield in front of them, I’d expect them to improve considerably.


8.) 24 May 2022 14:02:27
I doubt it Wallace. Ten Hag likes interchangeable players (rotate within 2 positions during the game) . That means highly mobile players. He also builds from deep which means highly technical defenders. Daley Blind is a prime example, and while not quick is very mobile and plays multiple positions. From our defence I only see Lindelof and Varane as being anywhere close to what he might want.


 

 

22 May 2022 23:28:58
Hello Ed, with Leeds staying up, this likely keeps Phillips price quite high and I imagine a new contract will be signed with Leeds. Is there any contact for Palhinha? The possible DM options seem very slim.

Chrism894

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - all has been dealt with before.


1.) 22 May 2022 23:59:37
Okay thank you.


 

 

 

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20 Jun 2022 19:21:54
Interesting to hear Spurs backing out for Eriksen according to their reporters. Its a few years past but Eriksen to United would still be lovely.

Chrism894

1.) 20 Jun 2022 21:54:05
Is it true that he trained with ajax under eth for 8 weeks prior to his move to Brentford?
I've read it a couple of times but don't know if it's true.
I think with mata and matic leaving having a snr pro around is a good thing and he still has plenty to offer.
Inspirational figure too for everybody to look up to.
I think he would be a great addition to the team and hopefully a sign of things to come in terms of technical and intelligent player eth likes to work with and develop.
I'd be far more concerned if we were linked with Sean longstaff again.


2.) 20 Jun 2022 22:27:02
I had read this too Ken. Not the first time United have been linked with him, even going back to his playing days at Ajax. Be great to have a consistent decent free kick taker too.


3.) 20 Jun 2022 22:27:23
Eriksen will be excellent. We also need Frenkie, Antony, Torres and another defender if we get all of these I think we wouldve had a good summer. I would want a striker but now Nunez and Haaland is gone there aren't that many good strikers available.


4.) 21 Jun 2022 01:10:11
He did train with Ajax for a period of time. They as a club are very welcoming for ex players and have had Schone training with them recently when he was without a club.


 

 

04 Apr 2022 23:27:23
Lot of rumors of the dressing room being unhappy with Ralf. With a split over managerial appointments. Obviously tabloid talk but at the same time surely the instability has an affect on players? Even some said so directly in interviews. Club need the future at least resolved for the players within a couple weeks.

Chrism894

1.) 05 Apr 2022 02:58:20
I would suggest those players who are unhappy then need to leave in the summer, I would be more than happy if 8-9 of that first 11 found pastures new. What happens if they don't like the manager next year, will they spend another season sulking and trundling around the pitch.

Regardless of who is the manager the players need to give 100% each game and we have seen precious little of that this season, that is why my preference is for EtH rather than Poch.

Poch I suspect would keep most of the squad and we would continue to drift, whereas EtH I get the feeling would speak to RR (who knows exactly who to get rid of) he would ditch the shirkers and bring in players who are willing to run into the ground for the club.

The question for me is which way do the board want to go, I reckon they will go with the evolution approach of Poch, rather than the revolution approach of EtH.


2.) 05 Apr 2022 08:56:26
We're sympathetic towards him because he has only had half a season at the club. He inherited an Ole squad, which was ridiculously unbalanced and is lacking in key areas.

Most of us wrote the season off once it started.


3.) 05 Apr 2022 06:30:32
I literally despise this squad at moment, constant leaks, I’ve never known a group of players with such a high opinion of themselves when in reality their arguably producing some of the worst performances from a United side in 20 years!
Id sell ddg, Dalot awb Shaw telles Jones Bailey Maguire pogba Donny Lingard Cavani Ronaldo rashford matic mata martial …

If I’ve forget anyone I’m sorry!
I’ll give varane and sancho the benefit of the doubt for now but I must admit I watch sancho and think did we really spend nearly 80 million on him! Physically pathetic, scared to beat a man, has adopted the United way of passing backwards all the time and my biggest annoyance with him he seems to of adopted the same swagger rashford has where he thinks he’s a lot better than he is when in reality as Gareth Southgate has shown he is in danger of becoming a nobody!


4.) 05 Apr 2022 07:17:30
You lot on here are…..deleted drivel

{Ed014's Note - so nice to see you back again! ?‍♂️


5.) 05 Apr 2022 09:11:05
We had an interim in place in Carrick who couldn’t have had us playing worse than Rangnick. We didn’t really need a supposed tactical genius to work out who to keep and who to sell. They all need replacing.


6.) 05 Apr 2022 10:19:53
So many issues causing current decline, such as:

Unbalanced squad result of no long term planning, commercial names over footballing choices and reacting to each managers style of play - whereas should have pverall style which should t change with a new manager.

Perceived lack of coaching under Ole deteriorated even more when They left and replaced by RR and his coach, who the players don’t rate and want more input and instruction. Players naturally want a clear instruction, so that confusion appearing in the pitch

Players unhappy about not being picked or running down cobtracts

Lack of striking options

Lack of confidence

Plus more…

Just want season to end now, get manager in with some young motivated players and start the long rebuilding process.


7.) 05 Apr 2022 11:49:43
Hopefully those players who are ‘underwhelmed’ by the prospect of ETH taking over will be on their way soon. The arrogance of some of our players is breathtaking, as if they deserve to have a say on who should be our next manager. Their attitude is appalling and the ability and character of many players belongs somewhere else.


8.) 05 Apr 2022 18:34:00
Hague another maze reincarnation?

{Ed014's Note - not sure who keeps reincarnating them but he’s persistent! ?‍♂️?


 

 

10 Mar 2022 00:17:13
So ten Hag to get the job then?

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1.) 10 Mar 2022 01:25:54
Honestly don't know if Ten Haag is up to the job. All I can judge him on is the way his teams play and to my mind its the true Utd way in that they try to play fast attractive football. He also gives youth a chance and doesn't rely on a big budget.

That said managing Utd is a really different beast to managing all but a very very few elite teams.


2.) 10 Mar 2022 02:57:22
What’s amusing to me is both Poch and Ten Hag are in some ways unproven. Poch can handle a job this size. Given time and actually some decision making he’d probably get PSG winning CL, but is CL really the marker of success? Pep hasn’t won’t CL at city.

For his time at Spurs Poch was great in my opinion.

{Ed014's Note - what’s amusing me is that you say Poch can handle a job this size when you have no idea if he could.

The pressure on each new manager that walks through the door increases 10 fold because you’ve been so abject.

Managing PSG is a nothing job in a one team league with money to burn and he’s instilled nothing in that side, literally nothing.

And is the champions league a marker, are you trying to kid me or yourself.

Your post smacks of how the mighty have fallen, yeah 4th place is ok, yeah we don’t need to win the UCL and yeah let’s get a manager whose a serial loser when it matters most!?‍♂️


3.) 10 Mar 2022 07:42:56
Are you sure he’s not a gooner Ed014.

{Ed014's Note - who knows but you have taken over that mantra from us ?‍♂️

You know the we need 4th to attract players, we’re only 2 players away from challenging, if only we hadn’t dropped points against so and so, we can really see a style developing, who needs Europe anyway, you know, all those things you do now! ?


4.) 10 Mar 2022 13:56:55
Seems weird to call him a serial loser. PSG means nothing to me. Emery failed. Tuchel failed. Poch failed.

Tuchel had a performance much like last nights against us with Ole and some 16 year olds.

People have been asking for Potter it’s not like he’s won trophies. If you ask Spurs fans they’d consider Poch a success I think. It’s Spurs, he got them winning more than anyone else. And by handling a big job I’d just mean can face the media, deal with the structure etc.


5.) 10 Mar 2022 16:41:54
I think any team can win a final on the day. of course Poch was blitzed off the park and arguably Ole failed to adapt to a few changes in extra time when the opposition mixed it up. But for me it's much more about what is going on in the background, the signings the manager sanctions and how the squad gels, that is a mark of the manager early on.
Of course, he needs to win something before long, but my point is (particularly at Utd) there is so much to do and improve before that comes.


 

 

09 Mar 2022 14:05:57
Luke Shaw open to signing a new deal, one position we don’t need to replace?

Chrism894

1.) 09 Mar 2022 14:17:11
Probably wants to sign his monster contract before the new manager comes and ships him out!


2.) 09 Mar 2022 14:31:05
I don't think we should be giving out new contracts to any players before the new manager joins and can give his input.

We gave Jones a new deal before Ole was given the job full time and he's played maybe 200 minutes in three years of that contract.

All contract talks should be on hold until the new manager says whether that player has a future under him at the club. That's just common sense.

{Ed002's Note - Contracts are nothing to do with the manager. The manager has an input to player sales and recruitment but it is largely in the hands of others.}


3.) 09 Mar 2022 14:38:34
I'd sell him. He is a poor lb. H email good going forward, but defensively clueless.


4.) 09 Mar 2022 14:51:10
Ed002, I'm not suggesting the manager should have anything to do with the contracts themselves.

However, it's a clear mistake for the club to give a long term contract to a player the manager doesn't feel will be of much use.

As a club we struggle to sell players because they are often on large long term contracts.

If a players contract runs until June 2023 then we have time to hire the new manager and for them to say to the club whether a particular player will have a long term role in his team or not.

No point giving out contracts to players the next manager will only play a few times a season.

{Ed002's Note - That is not really how it works Shappy.}


5.) 09 Mar 2022 14:55:18
Liverpool get by with one of the worst defensive fullbacks in TAA because he’s great offensively and they actually have a good set up. I don’t think I’d be so quick to been good attacking fullbacks who are up to the physicality of the PL.


6.) 09 Mar 2022 15:03:21
Yes Shaw and Telles will have to stay mainly because there are so many areas of higher priority than left back for the club to deal with.

Also if Pochettino were to come in, I assume they would work well together given their previous time together at Southampton.

The club would be better off focusing on improving areas where all hope is lost in terms of the current personnel like central midfield (MCFRED), right back (AWB), our captain centre back (Fridge) and up top.


7.) 09 Mar 2022 18:55:33
1 good season in about 8 or 9 years he shpuld have been gone years ago when jose wanted rid.


 

 

11 Feb 2022 23:43:32
English media today running with the need for a top striker prioritized by the club. Isak, Kane, Haaland, Lautaro, and Schick mentioned. I’m not sure any of those are possible or correct for us. I think like Ed said just the other day on here, likely to change a lot based on manager. I’d bet we sign none of them.

Chrism894

1.) 12 Feb 2022 01:33:27
Victor Osimhen is playing at a really high level this season and seems to have a good all round game physically and technically.

That said if Poch does come in then can see us making a big push for kane who would be an ideal fit with Rashford, Bruno and Sancho.


2.) 12 Feb 2022 07:28:52
I don't rate Kane. He is nearly 29 and would only be a short term solution. I'd focus on someone younger. I'm yet to be convinced by Kane against top teams.

{Ed014's Note - the fact he’s a cheating diving prick doesn’t help his cause, watched him a few times this season and he looks like Anthony Martial 0.2 as disinterested lazy waster, although I’m sure the waster I’m thinking of has an N and a K in it.


3.) 12 Feb 2022 08:03:50
Kane has turned into one of the biggest whingers and moaners on the pitch. Always pleading with the ref and berating officials.
He should fit in well at United.


4.) 12 Feb 2022 08:20:23
Rangnick said we need to get a younger striker in, so won’t be Kane.


5.) 12 Feb 2022 09:28:03
Lucky enough it won’t be Ralfs choice whatsoever.


6.) 12 Feb 2022 09:37:44
Nkunku is making a good name for himself at Leipzig. Scored a great free kick yesterday. Can see United looking at him. 24 years old, athletic and can score most importantly.


7.) 12 Feb 2022 10:01:24
ED014,

I've always thought he was overhyped. Yes, he scores goals in the EPL, but he can't do it against the top teams. I thought he was abysmal in the Euros.

I can't see many clubs paying a huge fee for him, given that he turns 29 in the summer. There again, Utd are stupid enough to do just that.


8.) 12 Feb 2022 11:38:09
I'd avoid Kane like the plague, he struggles with injuries, and at 29 and what would be on mega wages I think we will just be stuck with an expensive crock.

Like Ralf has said we need a top class YOUNG forward to build around for the next 4-5 years.


9.) 12 Feb 2022 11:38:19
I'd avoid Kane like the plague, he struggles with injuries, and at 29 and what would be on mega wages I think we will just be stuck with an expensive crock.

Like Ralf has said we need a top class YOUNG forward to build around for the next 4-5 years.


10.) 12 Feb 2022 12:07:05
Kane is still too young for us. We’ll try and sign him when he’s 37.


11.) 12 Feb 2022 12:42:42
Unsurprisingly a small comment by RR that the club will need a new striker and the press have a field day, assuming Ronaldo is on his way out. I wouldn't actually be too surprised if CR7 did leave after only a season if Utd don't make CL - who knows what is written in contracts if he wants to end on a high. But more importantly factor in the exits of Martial (hopefully permanent) and Cavani, to a lesser extent the likely exits of Lingard and VDB, then of course the Greenwood issue, and of course Utd will need to bring someone in.

I agree the Kane ship has sailed - that should have been this year if it was going to happen. Bit surprised favour in him seems to have dropped to the extent of him not being rated by many. I'm pretty sure practically any manager would take him in terms of quality. Agreed however there are longevity / injury concerns, and as we need 3-4 players capable of starting can't be forking out £150m or whatever it would take. I'd prefer a lower-key signing personally like Adeyemi. Look at what Jota is doing for Liverpool, plenty of eyebrows were raised with that one but he fits them like a glove which is more important.


 

 

 

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Legend Lee Grant.

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01 Jun 2022 20:56:15
Hi Ed, does the Nunez pursuit hinge on Ronaldo at all, or is it likely they are looking at a Striker anyway, given Ronaldo's age and his remaining at United for maximum 1 year?

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01 Jun 2022 16:28:46
Shappy I thought you were a positive person but it seems you were just an Ole stan. When ole was targeting Pau Torres he was "top" but now he's "crap". When Ole was here (despite not being 1/ 10th the coach Ten Hag is) we had an exciting project that would be a draw over anyone. Now Ten Hag is here and we won't be getting any good players because they'll wait for Liverpool (despite 0 evidence to support that) .

United still have more money, more wages, more prestige, more history, and England has become more desirable than ever.

Haaland turned us down because of his father and our relationship with Railo.

I doubt we'd lose a player like Nunez, who has given Mendes a mandate to get him to England (Mendes, you know, the guy who represents ronaldo), to a club that isn't even interested and can't offer the money or the long term role we're capable of offering.

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31 May 2022 22:24:05
Eds said Liverpool aren't going for him, and there's no indication of Chelsea, or Madrid.

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29 May 2022 23:52:25
Ed’s literally said on the Liverpool page that that’s not the case.

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30 May 2022 13:16:24
United hired an interim. He didn’t do so well. They get their permanent manager. The interim is gone.

Stop being so dramatic.

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10 Mar 2022 13:56:55
Seems weird to call him a serial loser. PSG means nothing to me. Emery failed. Tuchel failed. Poch failed.

Tuchel had a performance much like last nights against us with Ole and some 16 year olds.

People have been asking for Potter it’s not like he’s won trophies. If you ask Spurs fans they’d consider Poch a success I think. It’s Spurs, he got them winning more than anyone else. And by handling a big job I’d just mean can face the media, deal with the structure etc.

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10 Mar 2022 02:57:22
What’s amusing to me is both Poch and Ten Hag are in some ways unproven. Poch can handle a job this size. Given time and actually some decision making he’d probably get PSG winning CL, but is CL really the marker of success? Pep hasn’t won’t CL at city.

For his time at Spurs Poch was great in my opinion.

Chrism894

{Ed014's Note - what’s amusing me is that you say Poch can handle a job this size when you have no idea if he could.

The pressure on each new manager that walks through the door increases 10 fold because you’ve been so abject.

Managing PSG is a nothing job in a one team league with money to burn and he’s instilled nothing in that side, literally nothing.

And is the champions league a marker, are you trying to kid me or yourself.

Your post smacks of how the mighty have fallen, yeah 4th place is ok, yeah we don’t need to win the UCL and yeah let’s get a manager whose a serial loser when it matters most!?‍♂️


 

 

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09 Mar 2022 14:55:18
Liverpool get by with one of the worst defensive fullbacks in TAA because he’s great offensively and they actually have a good set up. I don’t think I’d be so quick to been good attacking fullbacks who are up to the physicality of the PL.

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10 Feb 2022 06:55:09
Not really my point. More of Pep requires a fairly perfect team and near unlimited investment, competence we don’t have. And not the situation our team is in.

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