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21 May 2022 11:07:48
Saw a comment from Juan Mata that he won't decide his future until speaking with EtH.

Is he thinking of staying in a coaching capacity, now Neil Wood has moved on, is he thinking of bringing through academy players.

GrimisnotDead

1.) 21 May 2022 12:00:59
Let's hope he has no choice and gets no offer.
One of the worst signings in our history in terms of return on investment.
Nearly 10 years and I can only remember half a dozen top games from him.
A record signing on huge wages delivered little or nothing.
Nice guy all the same.
He doesn't want to leave as he has several business interests in the UK and in Manchester.
If he wants to stay and be a jnr coach let him by all means but on 100k per year not per week.


2.) 21 May 2022 14:33:45
That's a little harsh on Mata. Was over the moon when we signed him. A great No.10 who was consistently never played there! I think it would be more Mata regretting signing for United than United regretting buying Mata. He just wasn't used in his best position.


3.) 21 May 2022 15:06:45
Mata is one of the few players that always tried. Completely wasted at United, but nowhere near the worst post-Fergie signings.


4.) 21 May 2022 16:04:57
Have to agree Ken on the content of your reply- youve got to be cruel to be kind. Mata is undoubtedly a good guy and hasn't caused any problems at the club but its time to cut ties with the big earners who don't play for whatever reason, be it selection, form or injury. if the rumors are to be believed we could save over 1.2m pw in wages by getting rid of out of contract and those who don't play, bailly, tuanzebe and henderson for eg.


5.) 21 May 2022 16:34:31
Always wondered what he is still doing at United. Just a very odd situation. He’s a very good footballer who’s won the lot but has wasted a good 5-6 years at United. A move back to Spain with Barcelona or Valencia would’ve been better for him.


6.) 21 May 2022 17:03:35
This season he's been reduced to cameos and without setting the world alight has generally improved the line-up when called upon. but that's more of a statement against how weak it has been as opposed to his impact. I feel he's the kind of player the youngsters look up to and has a good impact behind the scenes, obviously does a lot of good in the background and would probably be a good coach some day. But he's obviously too slow for this league now, is probably on a fair whack per week and should have gone last season as I'm sure he'd have a few decent suitors.


7.) 21 May 2022 18:58:36
Mata in his first 3-4 years was good, was easily one of uniteds best players. I think you've got short memories or didn't watch united at all between 2013-2017.a brace at anfield, needed goal in cup final. and actually a player that could control and pass the ball. Worked much harder than the rest of waste of spaces. No way near one if United's worse signings post Ferguson, god knows where you get that from. Only criticism that he should have left around 2019 back to Spain or Portugal.


8.) 21 May 2022 23:20:53
Seeks we are collectively rounding on everyone, when the good guys who played well for us. Mata is a class player. Wasted at United on the right for years.

Pitch forks out and at the ready. Beginning to sound a lot like the Everton page on here. Go and check it out you’ll see what I mean.


9.) 22 May 2022 05:22:19
Mata has always been a great professional and a good character to have around the squad. In his first few seasons he was better than most probably remember. However, he is one of those players that need to have the right sort of players around him to get the best out of him, rather than the sort of player who lifts everyone else to his level.

Ironically he is best suited to a possession based side that plays with intelligence and ideally high up the pitch (meaning he doesn't have to cover large distances) . We haven't had a manager who plays like this, but we are about to get one.

I think he could be a good option to keep as a coach, his links to the players and his high level of football intelligence suggest he might be a good coach. I don't think there is much point in keeping him as a player though.


10.) 22 May 2022 10:14:17
Mata has sadly been a good clubman rather than a great first team player. I get the impression he would get clubman prize every season. That’s not to decry his talent, but the idiots bought him at a time when we needed something else and the team wasn’t set up for how he played. Another example of muddled club thinking. However, he comes over as bright and highly intelligent, if he can get his message over then he would be very good to have as a coach. I suspect he may still want to play though.


11.) 22 May 2022 11:18:26
Probably outstayed his welcome, but he was another example of a player not signed for a role. I can’t remember him playing much as a 10 and he was always shoehorned onto the right. He’s never had pace, but he’s always been very intelligent.

I reckon if he went to a slower league he would still look great.


12.) 22 May 2022 15:49:22
Christ you are so so touchy.
Mata is a lovely fellow.
He is a great pro. He was a very good player.
However he has never been great for us as somebody says above less than 10 highlight games in 10 years for a players that's cost over 12m a year in fees and wages.
Stats worse than pogbas but because he is a nice guy we accept that.
Crap value for money but a lovely guy. Achieved little or nothing but a nice guy.
Do we judge people by their effort and professionalism or by their results and end product?
Standards and expectations are on the floor as much from some fans as well as the players.
Mata could have achieved so much more he should have achieved more but he didn't.


13.) 22 May 2022 19:23:40
He has a lovely smile though.


14.) 23 May 2022 10:01:11
Would definitely give Mata another 12 months, albeit not on rockstar wages. No, he’s nowhere near first choice, but with a new manager who likes to keep the ball……he’s a good option to have to fill the occasional hole. Plus, he’s a handy player to have around the young lads on a day to day basis.


15.) 23 May 2022 23:57:12
Matt isn't the answer could have been useful to EtH several years ago but not now.


 

 

23 Apr 2022 08:07:38
With our centre backs under performing this year and a possible refresh coming in the summer, what does everyone think of James Tarkowski. Free agent in the summer, premier league experience, no nonsense defender and a massive United fan, would be a good sensible signing.

GrimisnotDead

1.) 23 Apr 2022 08:19:52
Nope, he isn't good enough. We need to be buying better CBs than we already have.

I understand that the bar has been set low, but it is time tor air the bar in terms of quality, otherwise we won't make progress in the right direction.


2.) 23 Apr 2022 08:21:24
Couldnt be worse than what we have. Even later, he could be a good bench option.
But there is always fear, how would he do for a "bigger" club. Different tactics, more pressure.


3.) 23 Apr 2022 08:35:21
Why would he join to sit in the bench? Decent player, has Newcastle written all over it that transfer.


4.) 23 Apr 2022 09:08:42
We should stop going after average players.
Else we will become a permanent mid-table club.


5.) 23 Apr 2022 09:28:23
The only free agent centre back we should be looking at is Rudiger.


6.) 23 Apr 2022 10:47:48
I like Rudiger, my feeling though is at 29 and 3 years if all goes very well from realistically competing then he is not for us or rather we are not for him. As I said good player though and better than what we have.


7.) 23 Apr 2022 10:53:42
This prompted me to look into CB free agents this summer. Stand-out names include Romagnoli and Ginter. Plenty of others who could do a job in other positions (unless I've overlooked that they've already signed pre-contracts elsewhere) including Mazraoui, Zakaria, Belotti and Kamara who we know about. Because of the sheer number of ready-made replacements Utd could need perhaps we'll see a couple of players along these lines come in. We only tend to specialise in these types of players at the end of their careers ie Schweiny, Ibra, Cavani, even Ron.
I think Rudiger has been great this season, one of the best in the league. I'd be very surprised if Utd was a realistic destination though. Think he'll go to one of the usual suspects ie Real or PSG.


8.) 23 Apr 2022 12:22:48
I'm pretty sure we'll target Timber at CB, if we do want a second CB (which with possibly Jones, Bailly and Tuanzebe leaving we might need a second CB) then one option could be Zagadou from Dortmund.

I wouldn't go for him as the only CB signing as his injury record is a little sketchy. But he is a physically imposing, ball playing, left sided CB who while lacks pace is used to playing in a pressing side that plays with a fairly high line.

The club have supposedly spoken to Dybala who could be an interesting option for EtH as a striker. Would probably play more like a false 9 like Tadic did for Ajax a couple of season's back.

Kamara would be a good option as a free agent in midfield, I think he'd be well suited to how EtH plays.


9.) 23 Apr 2022 12:53:35
We got ourselves a Rolls Royce CB in Varane, unwhelming would be a good description of his year with us. Maybe time to get someone who has premier league experience.


10.) 23 Apr 2022 12:47:37
As I understand it Kamara can also play centreback. Seems a no-brainer really, if he's up for it of course.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath.}


11.) 23 Apr 2022 14:51:36
I wouldn’t be against tarkowski. He’s a better player than Lindelof, and maguire has really struggled recently. Think Bailly Jones and Tuanzebe will leave. A free CB and a more specific purchase will be necessary at CB.

{Ed002's Note - Tarkowski will not be joining Manchester United.}


12.) 23 Apr 2022 17:03:42
To be honest a traffic cone would be an upgrade on our current defensive options. However, Tarkowski is not the standard we should be aiming for.


13.) 24 Apr 2022 05:22:48
What is the standard we should be aiming for, the best available is Rudiger, he has no interest in coming to us, similar with Torres.

We have been linked with Timber a 20 year old kid from Ajax, could easily be found out in the Premier league, Ronald Araujo not going to happen, Kilman similar to Tarkowski, Manuel Akanji unknown in the Premier league, could be another Varane.

So where does that leave us for next season, Varane, Maguire and Lindelof again, not a leader amongst them. Let's go get a decent no nonsense defender who knows the league and might actually be able to lead the back line.


14.) 24 Apr 2022 07:44:52
Grim, Tarkowski is average and isn't the leader/ organiser of Burnley's defence that's Ben Mee.

If you want a no nonsense leader at CB with EPL experience then we should be looking at Coady from Wolves.

Although like Kilman questions about whether he can be as good in a back four as opposed to the back 3 he has excelled in remains to be seen.


15.) 24 Apr 2022 11:46:04
Ed 002, when you get chance, do you have any insight as to who the club will be targeting for defensive positions?

{Ed002's Note - The problem is that the new coach will have an input but the club have been looking to the likes of Sam Johnstone (G), Calvin Ramsay (RB/RM), Nordi Mukiele (RWB/CB), Max Aarons (RB), Luca Netz (LB), Armel Bella-Kotchap (CB), Pau Torres (CB), Manuel Akanji (CB), Nico Gordon (CB), Dan-Axel Zagadou (CB), Eric Martel (DM/CB) and Tyler Adams (DM/RB).}


16.) 24 Apr 2022 12:19:31
That’s a worrying list Ed. Thank christ for Google search… guess this is where Utd are now.

{Ed002's Note - Why worrying?}


17.) 24 Apr 2022 13:09:08
Thanks Ed. That's quite a list. Big changes a foot, thank crunchie.


18.) 24 Apr 2022 14:08:12
We have been linked previously with Aarons for RB and Torres at CB. Key is do they fit with Ten Hag view of what he needs in such positions. I can see moves for players he has worked with before and both rates and trusts. I wouldn't be surprised if we looked at Timber for CB and De Ligt also. De Ligt would be a big money signing that may still be lusted after from the commercial side. Still only 22, Timber is 20. Far more likely we look to buy two CBs young enough to form a great partnership in future than go for someone with prom experience but ultimately you'd feel would fall short at the highest level in Tarkowski.


19.) 24 Apr 2022 14:09:58
Think the above poster is worried they’re not all big sexy names but isn’t this what Ralf was here to bring Ed? To suggest names that weren’t 80-100m at every cost but high potential for less money.


20.) 24 Apr 2022 14:16:42
No worries on that list at all spenno. Why worry? Not well known or expensive enough for you like the likes of dumb ass players like pogba martial sanchez?


21.) 24 Apr 2022 15:03:20
Those players above have very high cieling. I would love it if they listen to Rangnicks recommendations.


22.) 24 Apr 2022 15:19:25
I just meant it was worrying sign of how far we've fallen that they are all low-key targets. But I have no problem at all with this profile of player, we've tried the sexier players to abysmal effect recently so let's try a different approach.

{Ed002's Note - Most would be very good additions.}


23.) 24 Apr 2022 16:19:06
United fans: were ready for a revolution and clear out.

Same United fans: let's sign a tarkowski on a free.

No better than anything we currently have.

Dumb move.


24.) 24 Apr 2022 18:07:55
Tarkowski according to the stats has outperformed all United's defenders this year, in fact only Bruno, Fred and Ronaldo have been better than him. Good squad edition and something we don't currently have in defence, someone who can defend.

I wouldn't mind either of the Kilmun of Cody Shappy, but they both have contacts until 2025-26 respectively. and will be expensive.

With the midfield a priority due to the number of them leaving, its not going to leave a lot left for that leaky defence.


25.) 24 Apr 2022 18:35:20
Lets go 3 at the back then. Ronaldo in the center for his heading, fred rcb and bruno lcb. Fixed, i'm a genius ?.


26.) 24 Apr 2022 18:03:08
Hi Ed002,

Thanks so much for the list of names - agree with you that they woukd be good additions. So much needs to change at the club, including profile of incoming transfers.

They sound like Ralf Rangnik suggestions? If so, do you know how much influence he is having on the squad rebuilt, from recommending outgoing to suggestions about who to bring in?

And do you think he is being listened to?!

Thanks again for any info you can impart.

{Ed002's Note - I provided a list of the players that I understand RR proposed to Manchester United. Others like Pau Torres and Max Aarons have been spotted by the scouting system and have been of interest in the longer term.}


27.) 24 Apr 2022 20:23:29
Thanks again Ed002, really interesting looking up the names you listed. Hope we invest in some of them!

Thanks again.


28.) 24 Apr 2022 21:33:29
Torres, aarons, and netz would be good additions to a very poor back 4 if possible Timber would really round things off.


29.) 25 Apr 2022 16:03:17
How on Earth do you know if Timber can cut it in the premier how do you even know if TH would even think he can, just because he played for him in Dutch league it’s horses for courses. DVB was good in Dutch league useless in Premier under 4 managers at 2 clubs perhaps TH also knows he not good enough for premier, we don’t know, but you can’t just say ol he is good under TH he will be great under him here, we don’t even know if TH can cut it,

Come on guys please.


30.) 25 Apr 2022 22:55:53
Juicer or Whoever he used to be is a real ray of sunshine on the wind up.


 

 

27 Aug 2021 17:50:59
So Ronaldo comes home.

GrimisnotDead

1.) 27 Aug 2021 18:38:11
Fred is a better midfielder than Martial is a forward. No chance this doesn’t upgrade us. He will even make our minefield look better.

I wasn’t convinced this is the best United deal to make if others can be made - still not sure but surely signing Even this Ronaldo is a HUGE upgrade on anything we have. He chose us is still a shock.


2.) 27 Aug 2021 20:45:50
Chelsea spent 100m on Lukaku. THIS ronaldo outscored Lukaku last season.


3.) 27 Aug 2021 22:10:44
Hard not to see this as a big step up. Last season, Martial, Rashford, Cavani and Greenwood managed 32 league goals between them. Even at 36 years old, Ronaldo bagged 29. With Bruno and Pogba feeding him, I can see him banging in at least 20 for us this season, which could be the difference between 2nd and 1st.

Hopefully we can now find takers for Martial, Dalot, Lingard and James and try and bring a central midfielder in. This is probably our best transfer window ever already, but a midfielder really would be the icing on the cake.


4.) 28 Aug 2021 07:05:23
I don't know why we want to sell Dalot.
He's young, he's Portuguese we have a few Portuguese players now, he's not on high wages, we don't have a backup RB, he can fill at LB as well.
He's better going forward than AWB, technically he's quite good, but maybe his crossing isn't great, but I would start him ahead of AWB given how we will have either ronaldo or Cavani as CF both world class in the air.


5.) 28 Aug 2021 09:53:17
rohan i don't think we'll sell dalot unless trippier is coming.


6.) 28 Aug 2021 09:54:21
Rohana dalot is good going forward, but awb is hands down a better defender than him. The position is defence so I'd take awb all day long. Dalot seems to forget he needs to defend a lot of the time and switches off. he would probably be a decent winger tbh.


7.) 28 Aug 2021 09:57:42
CR92 - this Ronaldo won’t be smashing 30 goals every season in for the next 5. It’s just not smart to compare the Lukaku deal with this I would think.

United’s valuation went up $300 million with this news in addition to gaining 1M new Instagram followers.


8.) 30 Aug 2021 00:40:54
FootballGoesInCircles, were not buying Ronnie for 5 yrs, If I'm not mistaken it's only a 2 year deal plus the option of a further yr! Players Like CR7, Messi and Zlatan are truely ageing like fine wine 😂 No matter what this deal is a win win for Man United whatever way yoy look at it. Financially, Mentality of a true Winner, the experience he passes on to the youngsters ect.


 

 

25 Aug 2021 15:28:10
“I don’t think much is going to happen. If something happens, it is a bonus. You never know what happens in the world of football. But we’ve had a very good window. I am happy with what we’ve done”.
Ole to a Norwegian journalist, so are we done for the window and are you happy with the squad?

GrimisnotDead

1.) 25 Aug 2021 19:54:59
The fact that oles happy says a lot to be honest…our midfield is woeful yet he’s content to use it through the season. Probably better to not sign anyone than bring someone in and plonk them on the bench. Let’s face it, ole loves mcfred and is clearly blind to the fact they are hopeless.


2.) 25 Aug 2021 20:21:27
Or alternatively Ole says I’m really not happy with the squad. The players are awful etc. Come on guys get real.


3.) 25 Aug 2021 20:47:59
There’s nothing wrong with him saying “we’re a bit short in CM” tho is there Eric?


4.) 25 Aug 2021 20:51:26
I get that his response is what he’s expected to say etc and there’s no chance he would say anything else…what I’m getting at is that I’m not sure ole sees the midfield as a big problem like most of us do. He really seems to rate Fred, matic even though they offer nothing in their prospective roles.


5.) 25 Aug 2021 21:37:50
Says who tim? Where are you getting your information that Ole is happy with his midfield? He’s given one answer that should be taken at face value snd the vultures are out in force!


6.) 26 Aug 2021 10:39:12
As much as you lot on here think Ole is stupid he is fully aware we are short in midfield, everyone seems to think they are experts and he knows absolutely nothing. The same thing happened when he was playing Pereira regularly a few years ago because we had no other options, everybody was saying how can we see he’s not good enough but Ole can’t? He could, he just needed better options, which he got with Bruno and pereira never played again.

He’s always going to say he’s happy with the team, all managers do, Pep keeps saying that as well despite the fact they just offered £120m for a striker he’s adamant they don’t need one, maybe he’s clueless as well.


7.) 26 Aug 2021 17:55:15
Pep said they wanted to get an experienced striker but the prices being asked are beyond them, so if they have to, then they go with no striker. That was after the Leicester game.


 

 

06 May 2021 08:50:51
So Mata might be off to the Italian capital, think that will be a perfect move for him.

GrimisnotDead

1.) 06 May 2021 09:45:59
I think Serie A is the ideal league for him. If he goes I'll wish him well.


2.) 06 May 2021 11:01:45
He needs to move and we need to reduce our wage bill.


3.) 06 May 2021 17:55:46
He’s been a magnificent servant to our club and I wish all the very best for whatever he chooses to do in his future. A proper honest footballer. Go well Juan.


4.) 07 May 2021 01:11:10
Yes scooby an all round good bloke.
Its a real conundrum some players face he has been a bit part player for 4 years. He has won a lot but I'm sure he could have played a lot more elsewhere but would have to turn his back on millions. We see it often in many clubs. Jones or rojo and jesse are good examples at united. Now jesse has seen that there is joy to be found elsewhere he has done so well he might earn more elsewhere. Its a tough decision to leave united voluntary.
Some players are happy to be great squad players also I suppose Juan is one of them. I'd like to see him have a last hurrah at a club of his choice.


5.) 07 May 2021 07:25:24
If rumours are true he may be going with matic and de gea too.


6.) 07 May 2021 12:24:08
My impression is that DeGea prefers Madrid to Rome for obvious reasons, but knows it will only happen if Oblak moves on.


 

 

 

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16 Jun 2022 17:23:03
I have a theory United are struggling to recruit players because of the awful home kit they will have to wear next season.

GrimisnotDead

1.) 16 Jun 2022 18:06:38
I think it's more sinister than that. The Glazers are actually secret Liverpool supporters and acquired United just to destroy it!


2.) 16 Jun 2022 19:10:23
There’s some crazy conspiracy that it’s because they finished 6th in the league and the dressing room is completely toxic. But that must be bs because United are the biggest club in the world and everyone wants to play here.


3.) 16 Jun 2022 21:55:46
My theory for struggling to recruit is that after years of wasters ballsing up recruiting, United decided the best path to rectify this was to promote the deputy wasters who ballsed up recruiting into the position previously occupied by the chief wasters who ballsed up recruiting.

Thus ensuring continuity, remember its in our DNA.


4.) 17 Jun 2022 00:17:01
Joking aside. The EW years completely undermined the club's reputation and it started well before SAF retired. No value in the market. Meanwhile a host of great players - many of whom we were linked to - joined our rivals while we managed to not sign a single long term star over a period > 10 years. We had RVP for 1 year. That's it. And I still think the spat with Rooney back in the day related to his concern that the club was no longer prepared to pay the price to sign anyone of any long term quality. So, whether the new regime is just a version of the previous garbage regime, or actually quite capable, we cannot yet determine. For the time being they are hamstrung by what they have inherited. Top players will want to go to top clubs with top managers and will not commit until they know that's not going to happen for them at this time.


 

 

04 Jun 2022 08:00:59
Apparently Timber and De Jong both had a good game last night, this Erik fella might actually know what he is doing.

GrimisnotDead

1.) 04 Jun 2022 11:48:54
Or maybe your jumping the gun and basing it on one game.


2.) 04 Jun 2022 12:32:38
Red whiskey. Do you think eth has targeted them based on 1 game?
Managers targets so they are the right players to be going after no doubt about it. Unless of course you know better maybe you worked with them longer than he did.


3.) 04 Jun 2022 14:54:44
Not saying they aren't, but yet again too early to call. Timber is very lightweight and raw, de Jong seems a very good player but yet again playing in the premier League is a whole different kettle of fish.

I'll reserve my judgment if it happens and when it does, how they perform in a United shirt. Nowhere else.


4.) 04 Jun 2022 16:23:41
There's an entertaining Youtube compilation of Timber's worst moments in which he makes Harry Maguire look like Franz Beckenbauer. Hopefully off days.


5.) 04 Jun 2022 16:27:13
They all have good games until the come to United. We’re the kings of turning good players into Sunday league players.


6.) 04 Jun 2022 17:35:10
? that's true stand but I think it's different this time.
I totally agree red whiskey we can only judge any new player on how they do for us I think the same can be said for the ones that will remain. It's a new begining for all imo.
I'm sceltical of course on all the rumours and I'll be sceltical if some players suddenly up their game considerably but I genuinely have real hope for the 1st time in 6 years.
I'm very optimistic we will improve and that we will see a lot of changes in the way we play.
Eth getting players that can implement his style is key.
I'm quite sure old Silva and existing Silva cope very well in cm in the epl because they suit the way city play despite being lightweight.
Take Silva out of city midfield and put him into Burnley and he would look lightweight I'm sure and hardly get a kick because he wouldn't suit the way they play.
Eth knows what he wants and I don't care who they are as long as they deliver during their stay.


7.) 04 Jun 2022 17:58:02
Good to see optimistic Ken back on the page, even if he remains "Scelticle" ?

I think we are witnessing a much needed reset. Totally agree that every player if they stay gets a fair chance to start over, even including outcasts like Martial. I think we hit the bottom and we are now looking to see new sprouting shoots of hope. Even if our league position doesn't suddenly improve, I think we would all like to see a change in togetherness, playing staff, a plan and most importantly EFFORT.


8.) 04 Jun 2022 19:24:37
Premier league is a different kettle of fish maybe but there must be 100s of non english players which have to make that jump. There is literally a handful of English midfield players that are any good so most of them come from abroad.


9.) 04 Jun 2022 22:13:13
Sceltical have you been on my tipple ken?


10.) 04 Jun 2022 22:42:09
Samsung swype a gift from the gods.


 

 

23 May 2022 19:33:18
"I analyse by myself, I observe around and speak with a lot of people. but I will draw my own line. Rangnick's consultancy role? That is on the club".

He also mentioned that this side was 2nd last year and there is potential for improvement, little worried with that comment. Many of us don't see a team who had an off year, but a dysfunctional team who didn't want to fight for each other, let alone the club. Maybe that was why he got the job as he said he could improve the current squad without bringing in 10 new players, contrary to what Ralf was thinking.

GrimisnotDead

1.) 23 May 2022 20:28:49
I wouldn't worry too much.
Personally think even if 5-6 players come in that should be good enough for top 4 which is the maximum we will achieve anyway.
My focus would be on outs more than ins. So many of this squad have been absolutely awful for a few seasons now.
I would love to see 12 of these lot leave with open places supplemented by young players + new signings.
Even though I have hated Rashford, if ten hag can find some sort of form for him then I'm okay as him being the backup ST provided we fill in other positions. Martial as backup is okay too as I see Ronaldo as the first teamer for PL and the rest can play europa.
Majority of the money imo should go to fullbacks, CB, and midfield which have been awful.


2.) 23 May 2022 21:36:34
Grim I’m not worried by that comment. He still has to work with some of these players. Can’t come in and call them all sh1t on day one. Maybe by the end of the first week of pre season ?.


3.) 23 May 2022 22:06:11
Martial wouldn't be allowed back to sweep the car park if i were manager. Too lazy with no footballing brain.


4.) 23 May 2022 23:59:03
Like putting could have described Rashford there.


5.) 24 May 2022 09:27:53
Honestly I would boot both rashford and martial out if I personally could.
But realistically I don't see us signing a striker, I could be terribly wrong. Rashford and Martial as 2nd striker playing 15 games is fine.
But you never know who is the problem element in the squad.
I personally feel Rashford is one of those problem elements, much more than Martial is.
Martial wasn't given as much game time as the other players were when they were playing equally bad.
Bailly was in a similar boat when Maguire was making mistake after mistake every game.
Rangnick resorted to some of sort of favortism as well, much less than Solskjaer though.
Even if Donny stayed, do you think he would have started 5 games even if Bruno has been pants? I don't think so.
No one in the team should be guaranteed a starting berth if they keep performing terribly, this should the baselines. I'm not saying drop someone if he has a bad game, run of bad games you sit the next ones out.
The prima donna culture has to go.


6.) 24 May 2022 10:00:35
The recent reports of Bailly highlight why he wasn’t playing. The lad is a complete tool.


7.) 24 May 2022 21:14:14
Sullivan and Gold will enjoy bending us over, it will take them back to the early days of their business empire.


 

 

23 May 2022 18:34:14
After todays press conference anyone else thinking we will start next season with Ronaldo, Rashford, Sancho and Bruno as the attacking four, EtH will try to revive Rashford's career and he will concentrate on getting reinforcements at the back with a new CB, RB and DM.
A.

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1.) 23 May 2022 18:49:29
That was a very cards close to the chest interview.
He seems like someone who is not taking BS.
Feels a lot more authoritative than the previous coaches. Maybe not as much as Mr Mourinho.


2.) 23 May 2022 19:39:15
Very much his own person isn't he, can see players either love him or hate him, doesn't seem to be much middle ground.


3.) 23 May 2022 20:33:06
I can sense the first 6 months as really difficult, we could be easily 7-8th because and then these new signings or younger players start to find their feet and we finish maybe 4th.
Man City and Liverpool are going be top 2 imo, they have been amazing.
Spurs (could be title challengers, Conte usually gets a league title wherever he goes) .
Chelsea, Arsenal, us and Newcastle fighting for top 4.
I am going to wary of Newcastle, they've had an excellent end to the season with a not so great squad. Most of their players are mid tier.
If I was Newcastle i'd have my eye on a couple of players who are close to end of their career. Maybe Suarez.


4.) 23 May 2022 23:31:52
It's quite simple really, we need to back EtH and I expect there will be some testing times. The press will be ready with the knives at the first sign of trouble or in fighting.

First order of business is to establish himself as the Don. No player is bigger than him and public or leaked doubt needs to be squashed immediately.

If EtH wants pressing, then the players better press or get running round a field till they buy into it. Been so disappointed this season that Ralf came in with an ideology and the players were simply allowed to not bother.

I imagine the squad will draw a line, and once the obvious players have left the core group will all have a fresh start and buy in quickly to new ideas. By all accounts EtH is meticulous, so they will understand what is expected. However painful it is, the whole club and fan base need to jump on the EtH train and give him chance to succeed.


5.) 24 May 2022 09:30:38
I'm 1000% backing ETH atleast for 1 season, I think Steve McLaren might help much more than any of our assistant coaches.
He knows what United is, he's been here, his formations didn't work out but he definitely knows football more than the likes of Carrick etc knew.
Think that's an astute signing much better than useless Phelan.


6.) 24 May 2022 09:57:02
What do you mean at least for one season? This is a long project, we need to back him for 3-4 seasons and allow him to sign who he wants and get rid of who he wants, unless that happens he will fail just like the previous managers. Unfortunately I don’t see that much changing and he will be just as frustrated and Jose and the others before him.


 

 

29 Apr 2022 18:09:18
Matt Judge resigns, changes are definitely happening at United. Who is driving this, Arnold or is this coming from the Glazer's.

GrimisnotDead

1.) 29 Apr 2022 18:32:09
You have to point towards Arnold, he looks like he is making football decisions with football people. Interesting if this opens up role for Paul Mitchell.


2.) 29 Apr 2022 18:47:00
Who ever it is i think its been a long time coming dare i say the club are getting eith the times?

Personally i think ralf has had a lot to do with it,

Woodward and judge gone, the scouting people have left, ten hag appoibted and ralf in his role,

Dare i say mitchell to replace judge?


3.) 29 Apr 2022 19:09:03
He resigned it came from him.


4.) 29 Apr 2022 19:15:44
Yeah but why did he resign FZZ these people haven't just resigned for the fun of it, there is a reason.


5.) 29 Apr 2022 19:19:55
I think this is part of the whole reset which is needed. The glazers know that to protect their finances and the clubs value they need to make wholesale changes. I honestly think bringing in ragnick has put the cat amongst the pigeons and will benefit us massively moving forward.

{Ed002's Note - No, you don't understand.}


6.) 29 Apr 2022 19:28:51
Maybe because woodward left. He was considered his right hand man and was seen leaving games together. (Hand in hand apparently) .


7.) 29 Apr 2022 19:51:17
Whatever the reason, amateurs leaving can only be a good sign of things to come.


8.) 29 Apr 2022 20:09:15
Just because Judge has left, doesn't mean anything has really changed. The club could easily appoint another internal employee to take over judge.

All this means is that people are likely reading into something that isn't there.


9.) 29 Apr 2022 20:07:22
Hi ed02 can you explain please, maybe I read the wrong thing into this.

{Ed002's Note - These people are leaving by their own choice.}


10.) 29 Apr 2022 20:42:13
Hi ed002,

Thanks for your insight.
You say Judge, Bout and Lawlor all left on their own free will and weren’t pushed out. Is there a specific reason all those people are leaving now?
Or is it coincidence?
Or are they all being poached be Newcastle etc.?

Thanks again for your insight and have a nice weekend.

{Ed002's Note - I don’t see any benefit for getting in to all of this.}


11.) 29 Apr 2022 21:15:05
How these people keep getting jobs is beyond me. Earning vast sums for being totally inept
Everybody who was involved in the Maguire transfer should be nowhere near football.


12.) 29 Apr 2022 20:51:02
Can only be a good thing if these amatures are leaving by them self

If they are replaced with people that are fit for purpose.


13.) 29 Apr 2022 21:39:18
Whether he resigned out of choice because he wants or has a different job, or because he saw the writing on the wall, or he just didn't like the way things were headed, or he was given a bit of a nudge, it matters neither here nor there. He's gone. And since he and Woodward presided over what must have been the worst ever transfer period that Man Utd have ever gone through, none of us fans will be mourning the loss. I cannot see how his departure will adversely affect the club's future in any way whatsoever.


14.) 29 Apr 2022 23:00:00
This is interesting as Ed said a while ago that Ten Hag would fail under the current structure at United but we know he’s a good coach when given the right tools, now it looks like that structure may be simplified with football men in football jobs, for me that can only be a good thing, however they have left.


15.) 30 Apr 2022 00:32:31
Agreed Shawthing. We need Phelan and fletcher to leave to cut out the old gang out of being involved in the club. I think they're fergie's little spies in the camp. We need to get them all out.


16.) 30 Apr 2022 07:14:46
Something positive is happening if another man whose not fit for purpose is leaving! Fantastic news!


17.) 30 Apr 2022 08:30:01
Happens in all organisations. Natural cycle of movement - time for some new blood on and off the pitch.


18.) 30 Apr 2022 10:45:13
Fergie even said the other day that there needs to be someone to retake control of the dressing room. i'm not sure they are spies as such but even he can see everything is out of control.


19.) 30 Apr 2022 14:52:07
I read a lot people class ex players/ staff as spies for fergie. What benefit would fergie have with spies? It's not like he's looking at coming back as manager.


20.) 30 Apr 2022 16:15:22
Didn't rr say new strategies need to happen recruiting new players.


21.) 30 Apr 2022 17:22:40
They report findings and Fergie exercises influence. That's what they do. And therefore the manager in charge, is never actually allowed to be in charge. And before you know it, there's unrest in the camp.


22.) 30 Apr 2022 17:40:32
Why would Fergie keep wanting that over and over and especially to his friend Ole?

{Ed014's Note - there’s a conspiracy page for all this stuff ?‍♂️


23.) 30 Apr 2022 17:51:23
Utter nonsense.


24.) 30 Apr 2022 19:39:03
A lot of nonsense being posted by people who have zero understanding of things. Fergie has nothing to do with how sh. t we are. Plain and simple poor strategy, poor transfers, poor players. No conspiracy here, just inept management. Shahram.


 

 

 

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22 Jun 2022 18:57:14
I can understand EtH policy for Ajax players he knows. He is going into a dysfunctional dressing room and needs a core of players he can trust. Can he trust any of the current squad, I wouldnt.

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21 Jun 2022 16:34:41
I have always found this odd, Phil has earned enough money in his career that he will never have to work again.
Why wouldn't he take a reduction in wages to get back playing regularly, he plays with enough motivation, so surely he would prefer to be on a pitch each week.

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20 Jun 2022 19:55:14
Strange fact, a Paul has played for United in midfield every season since 1982, except 2.
Ince, McGrath, Scholes, Pogba, we should sign another to keep up the tradition.

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18 Jun 2022 05:56:56
The in-laws are Baggies fans, Wolves doesn't exist in our household.

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18 Jun 2022 05:51:56
Vitinha was never a target according to some reports, and the majority of us had never heard of him until 72hrs ago.
My only concern with the FDJ saga is that if he is the key signing for EtH, then why are we haggling over £10-£20 million, just get the deal done. Haggle over the 3-4 choice signings.

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22 Jun 2022 19:01:26
Three managers have failed to get this lot to press effectively, why would they buy into EtH work ethics, they could just as easily throw him under the bus like they did with Ralf.
I expect not many of the current squad to be here in two years once EtH finds out how workshy they are.

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19 Jun 2022 10:44:08
The window may only just be open, but if reports are right negotiations on FDJ started back at the end of May.
The Timber deal seems to have fallen down on the wishes of an international manager, that should easily be rectified with an assurance he will play, we ain't signing players for the bench anymore we have enough of those already.
Eriksen seems a long shot, has more ties to Spurs and they offer CL.
I'm actually not too bothered about Nunez, if have to we are up against Liverpool and City in a straight competition we will lose at the moment.

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18 Jun 2022 22:26:22
The guy who posted it said it was just PR nonsense and they weren't falling for it. Arnold seemed to confirmation that the protests were hurting the club and the fans at the pub now see this as an incentive to carry on.

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17 Jun 2022 20:20:44
Let's be honest we all thought RR would work, and for 27 minutes against Palace it did and then it imploded.

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16 Jun 2022 14:09:57
Southgate will be available after the World Cup, the dream is about to come true.

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