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12 Apr 2019 17:52:25
The media is making a lot of noise with regards to Pogba wanting to leave. I believe most of us would not mind if he does leave, but would be disappointed to see his talents not come to fruition at United.

Imagine if he had the passion of Keane and the intelligence and vision of Scholes to go with his talent, would had been a deadly combination. At 26yrs and with all that talent, he should have stamped his identity as a world class player by now, but it seems he doesn't have the mentality to do it at United at the moment.

If he does leave, where do you expect him to go? Real Madrid seem to want him and so does he, but he better be prepared for it, knowing how the RM fans can be when you are not performing. Probably a return to Juventus could be a safest option as he is well regarded there and had the most success in his career there.

Who do you guys think we should target if Pogba does leave?

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1.) 12 Apr 2019 18:25:47
Someone with energy, desire and passion to play the game. I expect lots of disagrees but I’d say someone like Doucoure of Watford.


2.) 12 Apr 2019 19:28:12
Matt - doucoure is a great shout. I’m a big fan of ndombele from Lyon. Him and Saúl with Fred at the base would be a tasty midfield for me.


3.) 12 Apr 2019 19:46:25
Bruno Fernandes and Saul.


4.) 12 Apr 2019 19:47:37
Pogba hasn’t worked out, let’s move on.

NDombele is impressive and Doucoure is a good watch but the step up will be a big challenge.


5.) 13 Apr 2019 11:58:13
Geoffrey Kondogbia looks like he could be special at a bigger club.


6.) 13 Apr 2019 19:19:08
I’ve said it before. Tielemens at Leicester (on loan from Monaco) would be a good signing. Classy player who seems to have acres of space and time on the ball. Add a Doucoure or Ndombele and we’d have a decent midfield.


7.) 16 Apr 2019 08:23:48
Ndidi from Leicester would be a great signing imo. He looks like he is going to be a great player.


 

 

31 Jan 2014 20:26:51
Just heard a rumour we are making a late bid for Kevin Strootman.

Roma are in dire financial state and need cash but, are looking for more than 20 million. United are looking to get him for somewhere in the region of 18 million.

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1.) You mean you read a story on caught off sh**e?


2.) Just can't believe this story, or one about Herrera again! Nothing happening tonight and just have to accept it :-(


 

 

05 Jan 2014 04:17:47
Exclusive: Manchester United Set To Move For £7m-Rated Wolfsburg Attacker Ivan Perisic and that is according to .

Playing predominantly on the left wing, the 24-year-old can also be used in the middle and in extreme cases on the right hand side too.

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1.) 05 Jan 2014 23:47:47
we aren't that desparate


 

 

 

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22 Dec 2019 02:53:04
Daley Blind has undergone heart surgery after being diagnosed with a heart muscle infection - Cardiomyopathy. A sort of pacemaker called the ICD (Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator) has been fitted into him.

Good news is that he himself has tweeted a video message thanking everyone for the support and saying he is feeling well and trying to get back on track as soon as possible.

Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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1.) 22 Dec 2019 11:24:00
Wishing him the best in his recovery. Your health is always the most important thing.


2.) 22 Dec 2019 12:21:33
Here here. All the very best to DB and his family and a speedy and full recovery.

{Ed025's Note - i echo that mate..


 

 

16 Dec 2019 05:02:32
Lot of rumours about Haaland and probably what we need at the moment to give the squad a boost in January.

He's just 19 and coming from a lower league, so it might be a risk but he could end up being a very good signing for us at the moment. He looks physically strong, mobile and very clinical in his finishing. He is high on confidence, hungry for goals and looking to prove himself and probably the right time for him and United to come together.

He reminds me a bit of Van Persie (not talking about the first touch) - the way he tries to get away from players and his finishing with his left foot is sort of similar. Also, it is incredible how calm and composed he is in front of goal at such a young age.

Sign him and another creative midfielder in January and that can really help us for the rest of the season in a big way.

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1.) 16 Dec 2019 07:33:37
LPU.
I like 3 main characteristics in him.
First he is a "Natural" striker
Secondly, he is "hungry" for goals.
Thirs, he looks so powerful and therefore will improve our general hold up play.


2.) 16 Dec 2019 09:07:30
He would be a good signing but only if we sign a very good no 10 or pogba suddenly decides to show up and doesn't get injured after jan.

Unless the people behind them shape up, the forwards are going to come up empty more often than not.


3.) 16 Dec 2019 08:58:47
'Another creature midfielder'. A creative midfielder, you mean.


4.) 16 Dec 2019 09:02:46
Haaland is similar to Lukaku, looks strong, but his hold up play isn't great. Both live for goals, both are better at running the channels than being the target man, and both probably work better with a player near them rather than as the lone striker.

He looks a real talent, but I wouldn't say he will be a better player than Greenwood. For that reason I would look for someone who is closer to or in fact is the finished article. Someone who can play in a different way to Martial/ Greenwood/ Rashford who all look to run in behind or move into the inside channels and cut back in. We need a striker who'll play with his back to goal and then lay the ball off to runners either from midfield or from wider areas. We need a target man, or at least someone who can play like that.

Cavani or Mandzukic would be good short term options, if we wanted someone more long term I would look to someone like Maxi Gomez or Victor Osimhen although Osimhen is still very young himself.


5.) 16 Dec 2019 09:09:34
And he will put his head to the numerous crosses that our wingers play.


6.) 16 Dec 2019 10:08:22
I m sure that Fergie would have liked someone like Haaland - for his determination and focus.
While he s still far from being the finished article, he has the will to improve.


7.) 16 Dec 2019 12:00:00
Shappy, I don't think we need a target man. At the moment whenever we break on the counter we seem to be doing pretty well most of the time, although in the final third we seem to mess with our final pass or take hasty shots. With the inconsistencies in our forward line and the lack of clinical finishing when it matters most, we should be looking for someone like Haaland. Also, he's just 19 and has time to improve on his other areas as well.

I do however agree that someone like Cavani could really boost the team's performances and help some of the youngsters to settle down without too much pressure on their shoulders. But, we should be mindful of our recent history with signing big name players and how it worked out.

It is difficult to compare Haaland with Greenwood as each have their own strengths and weakness, but Haaland already looks physically ready and tailor-made for the premier league and would offer us a presence in the opposition box and against teams who defend in numbers and are physically dominating he could be a real asset from corners, set pieces and crosses. Greenwood looks a fantastic talent and is more of a skillful, technical player with a great left foot. If he keeps improving and playing the way he has, he should soon replace the likes of Lingard/ Perreira in the first team.

Shan, there is really no point in our wingers putting crosses into the box, if neither Rashford/ Martial are willing to make those clever runs and nor are they aerially dominant to put any pressure on the opposition defense either.


8.) 16 Dec 2019 12:45:07
LetsPlayUnited, Haaland is deceptive in that he doesn't get stuck in physically as much as you would expect for a lad of his size. In the UCL this season he has won 3 aerial challenges in 6 games.

He might well develop that part of his game and he does have the physical attributes to do so. But as of now he isn't that sort of player.

When I say target man I don't mean a goal hanger waiting for the ball to be pumped up to him. We don't need a target man to play on the counter, we have players who can run the channels and use their pace to win those balls in behind.

We need a target man who'll play with their back to goal, back into a centre back, hold him off when the ball gets played into them then lay it off to an on rushing attacker to create 1v1's when teams sit deep and apply the low block.

Currently that isn't Haaland's game. He wants to run the channels rather than have a dust up with a centre back.

Haaland will struggle to score against sides that play in a low block and defend in numbers as he won't have the space to play in and we lack the imaginative passer who can find a round the corner pass, or thread the eye of a needle kind of ball through a packed back four.

He isn't the kind of striker who'll offer us anything more than we already have bar being slightly more clinical than our current options. He would add a 4th and 5th goal against teams we are beating 3-0, but he won't be the guy to make the difference when we are struggling 1-1 against a side who are defending deep and in numbers.

He's a taller one footed Greenwood, who's a year further along in his development. If we didn't have Greenwood then Haaland would be a sensible signing. But why bring in a player who plays the same way, but is more limited when we have potentially a better player who just needs game time to develop.


9.) 16 Dec 2019 12:51:54
Right LPU, and that is the reason that we may look to someone who can do that. What a Zlatan or a Lukaku used to do. All our forward options right now are what the Barcelona team call the false no. 9. We do not have an out and out striker in our team right now. At this point, a Fellaini is what the team is crying out for, something different to all the "running in behind" that our sprinters do for 90 min.


10.) 16 Dec 2019 12:57:03
I think we need a creative midfielder, a clever number 10 before signing anyone else.


11.) 16 Dec 2019 13:27:44
Shan you clearly haven't seen him then, he looks big but he is as useless as lukaku in the air.


12.) 16 Dec 2019 13:36:21
Shan, the issue is running in behind is how Haaland gets 90% of his goals.

He doesn't add anything from that perspective. He might be a more clinical but that is hard to judge as he plays in a weaker league for a side that plays offensive football. he averages 4-5 chances a game while our forwards average 1-2 chances per game.

Although I'm not a fan of doing it as each player is their own player and with their own individual talents. But if we are to liken Haaland to another player it would be Lukaku, while Greenwood could be likened to RvP.

While both were consistent goalscorers, RvP was the far more rounded player. However, at 18/ 19 years old Lukaku due to being more physically advanced was making a bigger impact at the professional level. Yet by the time they were both 22/ 23 RvP was a far more talented player.

Haaland is big and strong, but he dozen't play to his size, like Lukaku he runs channels and is clinical so scores most of his chances. Whereas, RvP was two footed, used clever movement as well as running the channels and was capable of regularly scoring the world class goals Lukaku rarely managed.

In Greenwood we have a player who if he fulfils his potential will be a far better more rounded player than Haaland in 2-3 years time. He just needs game time to develop. So signing another similar player who will take that game time away from him doesn't make sense.

If we are to sign another striker (and we do need to in my opinion) then it should be a player who can play with their back to goal and offer us something completely different to what we have. A player who offers a tactically different option to players like Martial and Greenwood, not someone very similar who'll just take minutes away from them and offer nothing different tactically.


13.) 16 Dec 2019 15:18:37
Haaland actually scored 6 goals running in behind this season which is less that 25% not 90%😂.


14.) 16 Dec 2019 16:06:36
Shappy from what little I have seen of Haaland, he uses his huge frame very well to ride off challenges and take the ball forward and I see no similarity with Greenwood as I have never seen Greenwood do that - not in the first team atleast.

I understand your concern about Greenwood's development, but they both are different type of players - Greenwood being more skillful, technical and clinical while Haaland being more physical, can take on players and is clinical. You would also need to see the situation with Martial who has been far too inconsistent and recently getting injured every now and then and if he doesn't justify his talents with more consistent performances this season and the next, his future could be up in the air. Rashford also remains inconsistent so we do need options upfront. Anyway having the four of Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and Haaland along with James would give us lot more options upfront.

I believe that Haaland could offer a lot more than what people think he is capable of. One thing I really like about him is his instincts in the box, always on the move and finds himself in the right positions inside the D. I guess Ole is the only person who knows him better than all of us so let's see where this goes.


15.) 16 Dec 2019 16:04:56
All this debating over how he is like or how he will play looks like it is going to go to waste, salzburg paper's reporting he is likely to end up at leipzig or dortmund.


16.) 16 Dec 2019 17:06:14
common_sense moyes, except for the Ed's insights everything else we debate means nothing to be honest. We have no control over anything else and debating is the least we can do to express our opinions.

All in all everyone on here does add value to this site one way or the other.


17.) 16 Dec 2019 19:19:17
Have people really seen that much of him.


18.) 16 Dec 2019 21:02:57
Watched every UCL game. He isn't a bully boy target man.

He might one day, but then the same was thought of Lukaku. Or that Pogba might use his physicality in his game. Not all big strong players rough and tumble their way through a match.

Personally I would be surprised if he came to United. My monies on Dortmund.


19.) 16 Dec 2019 21:43:36
So 6 games then?


20.) 16 Dec 2019 22:33:05
Yep, 6 games in which he won 3 headers. Real aerial threat is Haaland. 😂.


 

 

16 Dec 2019 04:31:22
More points dropped and that's probably what most would have expected when our opponents are defensively well organized and we fail to break them down as always.

The goal we conceded was poor - irrespective of whether it was a foul on DeGea or not, he should have been stronger to deal with that. Also, what was Lindelof doing? He should be anticipating the ball coming through and be in a position to clear it, but he was probably expecting DeGea to clear it and was caught out flat footed.

Both Lingard and Martial should have been taken off at the start of the first half, neither had any sort of impact. James was the only attacking player who tried hard and had a decent performance. Rashford was not the same as in the last 2 matches, Martial didn't look interested and Lingard as usual.

We had to rely on a 19yr old again to save ourselves which says a lot about our current squad. Ole also needs to approach games differently against teams that sit back and defend well, he needs to come up with something with the limited options at his disposal if we are to win such games.

We really need to dip in to the January transfer market and get atleast a creative midfielder and a striker otherwise it could be more of the same.

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1.) 16 Dec 2019 08:48:33
The reality is that if you look at player by player, Liverpool, City, Leicester and Spurs are better than us. I see us and Chelsea on the same level but Chelsea will buy in January.
So unless we recruit the right players in the coming months, I cannot see us making the top 4.


2.) 16 Dec 2019 12:07:46
dev1l, I also fear the same thing. If we don't make the most of the January transfer window with atleast 1 midfielder and striker, we would really struggle the rest of the season.


 

 

05 Dec 2019 07:10:46
Been a unpredictable season for us so far, not a surprise however with the lack of quality and depth in the squad.

5 Wins, 6 Draws and 4 losses and we are in 6th at the moment and could end up in 7th/ 8th with both Arsenal/ Sheff Utd having a game in hand. If only we could have converted some of those draws into wins, we would had been in a much better position.

In January, we should dip in the transfer market and get a goal poacher. Our current pair of Rashford/ Martial are not alive in the box and don't make the proper runs to really put the opposition defense under pressure. There were times this season when James put in some dangerous crosses and required someone to just anticipate, make a run and tap it into the net. Unfortunately our forward players are lacking in that regard and the lack of quality in midfield is also not helping.

If we could possibly get a quality CM in addition to that, it would be a bonus. However the Jan transfer market is difficult and I hope Mr. Woodward doesn't make any hasty decisions to bring in average players on huge wages to compliment the squad.

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{Ed047's Note - every single club can say if only LPU so it’s not a great argument.


1.) 05 Dec 2019 07:43:46
Agree Ed047 and it's a good thing for us that other clubs are not getting the results as well and we are lucky to be in the position that we are in the table at the moment.

{Ed047's Note - I wouldn’t say it was luck LPU as the table doesn’t generally lie but like us you’re in a bit of a mess and results will be up and down.

I said yesterday you’ve generally showed up against the bigger teams and you did again last night.

It’s avoiding the lapses back to the type of play you don’t want that’s crucial but under the current situation probably won’t be happen.

I think you, like us, go into games having no idea what the result is likely to be.


2.) 05 Dec 2019 08:20:15
Couldn't agree more Ed047. Right now it's more of hope that we do well and get a result rather than confidence going in to games, for the fans especially.

{Ed047's Note - it’s not great LPU but where we’re at right now. The only way as they say, is up. 🤞


3.) 05 Dec 2019 09:29:57
Hopefully Ed047 and can't wait for both these fantastic clubs to once again be fighting for top honors in the near future.

Thanks for your inputs Ed.

{Ed047's Note - welcome mate and me too!


4.) 05 Dec 2019 09:12:50
LPU.
We have seen several times James putting in crosses only to see nobody attacking it.
Martial doesn't smell goals. That's a reason we badly need a striker with natural instinct for goals.

Ed047, we could do with Auba or Lacazette :)

{Ed047's Note - stop right there TRD, what would we do without them 😱😂


5.) 05 Dec 2019 10:27:30
The table doesn't lie, we are where we are because as a squad we aren't good enough to be higher in the table. Injuries happen, we have been slightly unfortunate in that we have suffered injuries in our weakest area of the pitch. But then that is why you have a squad.

Stick three world class midfielders in our team and we would be top three right now given how the season has played out.

McTominay has been a revelation this season, yet he should still have at least one top quality player to fight it out for a starting spot.

We had Scholes and Keane as first choice, yet they had Butt and Veron nipping at their heels. The fact we signed the best midfielder in Serie A, while having Scholes and Keane as first choice shows the ambition we once had.


 

 

25 Nov 2019 17:10:15
Who else thinks we need to stop playing "Zonal marking" at the back. Neither Lindelof nor Maguire are positionally aware enough to mark those spaces and time and again they are getting caught out. The number of times the opposition has been able to attack any aerial delivery into the box without much of a challenge is alarming. What is even more alarming is how much space the opposition players are getting inside the box and our CB's at times are flat-footed and aren't closing down quick enough.

Also, for all the qualities DeGea possesses his biggest weakness is he doesn't command his box well. Whenever Romero plays our defense has looked a lot more assured and I believe in a couple of games if he was playing we would have come out on top.

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1.) 25 Nov 2019 17:43:35
its not zonal marking that is the issue, its the players not being aware if where the players are,

we concede simple goals and its frustrating to watch.


2.) 25 Nov 2019 17:44:52
I can’t believe anybody uses zonal marking. Space doesn’t score goals.


3.) 25 Nov 2019 18:05:35
Teams still do use it, especially when they think it is easier to guard a area in the box rather than marking man to man with your players not quick or agile enough to follow the opponents movement inside the D.


4.) 25 Nov 2019 18:30:47
The issue isn't the defence, it's that no midfielders are tracking the runners. Giving them a free run on our defenders. You can be great in the air, but you will always struggle against a runner coming in with momentum.

A total lack of a midfield is killing us.


5.) 25 Nov 2019 19:00:42
Shappy

Playing with a 5-2-3 formation yesterday did not help.


6.) 25 Nov 2019 19:29:21
Certainly not Red Man, I actually said in the chat that I thought we picked the wrong team and wrong tactics.

I would have gone 4141, press them high and don't let their midfield settle or allow their centre backs to step out.

The problem with that is they have pace in their front two and we would be susceptible to the counter.

I'd have played Lingard instead of Jones and had Fred anchoring the midfield. With Lingard and Pereira able to play their natural games ahead of him.

Which is more or less what Ole did in the second half which got us back into the game. Although initially it was more 4231 with Andreas still playing a little too deep before he hooked him for Greenwood. Then went 4141/ 4132 type shape.

Ole got it wrong yesterday, but he did have limited options with so many midfielders out injured.

If Herrera started yesterday we probably win, even with the poor performances of everyone else for most the match.


7.) 25 Nov 2019 23:19:57
shappy who said he was happy with the squad and the players we brought. knowing we are woefull in midfield. we have pogba half arsed and mctom the only one missing. so wi5h that in mind does he no what he is doing or just a yes man.


8.) 25 Nov 2019 23:45:12
Dazw, no one knows if Ole is a yes man or not. So I find debating it a little pointless.

Does Ole believe everything he says in the press or does he understand what he says can impact the team either positively or negatively?

I expect a United manager to say the right things to the media, the coverage the club gets demands it. Previous managers have dealt with the press in different ways, some has been good for the players others have negatively impacted the players.

On the whole I don't see anything Ole says that could have a negative impact with the players. Which I think publicly is a good thing.

I don't believe for a second we would have seen the improvement in McTominay and Fred that we have seen if Ole had come out and said his midfield was shocking. He would have given Pogba an easy out while demoralising the others.

What he has said is the best thing he could have said in the situation.

People who think the manager can bully the owners into spending more money by slagging them off in public are being naïve. It's a quick way to get yourself sacked. But that's about it.


9.) 26 Nov 2019 00:40:52
yet you were very quick to debate jose who won trophys. as far as improvement i am in my 50s and this is the worst football than most previous managers. if he wants to succeed he had better start opening his mouth.


10.) 26 Nov 2019 08:02:44
Daz, not sure what you want here? Ole to come out and slate the squad and the board? Do you think the players will play for him then? Jose picked out a few players and the whole squad downed tools and got him the sack.
Does he slate the board? Because historically, that ends up going well for a manager! Good luck pushing through big deals when the board are already pissed off with you.
Like Shapps said, he us saying the right things that a manager should say. Destroying the confudence of the few players we have left is not the way forward.
We all know Ole is struggling. But its down to the board to make the choice and maybe this negativity should be aimed at them instead and the piss poor 6 years or so we have had because they are the only constant here.


11.) 26 Nov 2019 08:30:37
Of course you are correct there daz.
T.


12.) 26 Nov 2019 10:43:36
Shappy,

I am sure i read that Ole said at half time he would have substituted all ten outfield players. For 70 minutes they didn’t bother, yet you see nothing negative. If Ole felt like that at half time, likely gave them a rollicking, yet they came out exactly the same in the second half, what does that tell you about Ole’s management and the players respect for what he is asking them to do, his motivational method? His tactics were an utter mess and the players started to play when he changed it, they don’t think he knows what he is doing.

It’s there in front of us all but he is the sentimental choice so we are not allowed to be critical. The club is in recession, we need 23 points for likely safety and still don’t deal with the worst manager we have had since Wilf McGuiness. Wilf was and no doubt still is a lovely man.


13.) 26 Nov 2019 11:23:58
dazw, With Mourinho I was asking the question of whether he had learnt anything from his two previous jobs where he started picking on players and throwing them under the bus which lead to the squads not playing for him. It happened at Real Madrid, it happened at Chelsea. Maybe he has learned now, but the evidence was there for him to learn before he did it with us. I think that is a fair thing to question.

Red Man, there is a difference between saying no one played well and picking on individuals. Which I think is a key point. Or maybe the pressure of the press saying the Ole is effectively keeping Pochettino's seat warm is getting to Ole. Maybe the media focus on Pochettino has unsettled the players as the effort they put in against Sheffield and Brighton was vast.


14.) 26 Nov 2019 12:58:43
Shappy

I seem to recall Ole made an individual comment about was it Martial? not long ago

Maybe there is a shadow of Poch, but to be honest there are many who would cast such a shadow over Ole. There is no getting away from Sunday’s performance and coming out in the second half and still not trying is damning. Liking someone or being likeable doesn’t make them a good manager. 23 points for safety is what bothers me if nothing changes at the top.


 

 

 

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10 Jan 2020 02:21:28
wilbot, I would rather have a player with limited abilities who plays for the team rather than the "World class" Pogba who performs every once in a while. A player with all the talent but it's a shame he is poorer than even the average player when he doesn't perform - misplaced passes, pathetic shooting, loses the ball and pedestrian most times.

I would rather take Christiano Ronaldo at 34 than Pogba any day. And, by the way it's Pogba and his agent making all the noises of wanting out. The sooner we have him out the better.

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08 Aug 2019 13:03:38
For a fee of 25m, great if true.

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08 Aug 2019 12:51:08
Seems to be a permanent move, not a loan.

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14 Jul 2019 19:44:32
Given the choice, Koulibaly would have been perfect who has all the attributes if we wanted an experienced CB and someone like Dias for a younger alternative.

The problem is there is no guarantee if Koulibaly would be able to adapt to the PL and settle in quickly to make an impact or whether Dias can step up to the next level with United and help shore the defense in the short to long term.

Add to the fact that without champions league on offer, would the players want the move and even if so we would have to spend some crazy money. We probably would have to pay more than the Maguire deal to get Koulibaly and while Dias is a great option, where would that leave Tuanzebe who has been making good progression of late?

With Maguire, we are getting a proven PL player with good physical presence about him which we have lacked since Vidic. If he can fine tune his positional sense, that would help him make up for his lack of real pace.

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14 Jul 2019 14:10:25
Other reports surfacing on the web regarding the same. Hope we get this done quickly and move on to other targets soon.

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04 Jan 2020 06:42:28
Well, neither the players or selling clubs are going to mind who the agent is as long as they get the best deal for themselves. And the buying club could be forced to deal with him especially if he has a special player on his hands and there is scarcity of quality options.

The only way would be if young players with potential themselves don't choose him as their agent, which is unlikely given the fact they know they are going to get a great deal and probably also help them enhance their careers.

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16 Dec 2019 17:06:14
common_sense moyes, except for the Ed's insights everything else we debate means nothing to be honest. We have no control over anything else and debating is the least we can do to express our opinions.

All in all everyone on here does add value to this site one way or the other.

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16 Dec 2019 16:06:36
Shappy from what little I have seen of Haaland, he uses his huge frame very well to ride off challenges and take the ball forward and I see no similarity with Greenwood as I have never seen Greenwood do that - not in the first team atleast.

I understand your concern about Greenwood's development, but they both are different type of players - Greenwood being more skillful, technical and clinical while Haaland being more physical, can take on players and is clinical. You would also need to see the situation with Martial who has been far too inconsistent and recently getting injured every now and then and if he doesn't justify his talents with more consistent performances this season and the next, his future could be up in the air. Rashford also remains inconsistent so we do need options upfront. Anyway having the four of Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and Haaland along with James would give us lot more options upfront.

I believe that Haaland could offer a lot more than what people think he is capable of. One thing I really like about him is his instincts in the box, always on the move and finds himself in the right positions inside the D. I guess Ole is the only person who knows him better than all of us so let's see where this goes.

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16 Dec 2019 12:07:46
dev1l, I also fear the same thing. If we don't make the most of the January transfer window with atleast 1 midfielder and striker, we would really struggle the rest of the season.

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16 Dec 2019 12:00:00
Shappy, I don't think we need a target man. At the moment whenever we break on the counter we seem to be doing pretty well most of the time, although in the final third we seem to mess with our final pass or take hasty shots. With the inconsistencies in our forward line and the lack of clinical finishing when it matters most, we should be looking for someone like Haaland. Also, he's just 19 and has time to improve on his other areas as well.

I do however agree that someone like Cavani could really boost the team's performances and help some of the youngsters to settle down without too much pressure on their shoulders. But, we should be mindful of our recent history with signing big name players and how it worked out.

It is difficult to compare Haaland with Greenwood as each have their own strengths and weakness, but Haaland already looks physically ready and tailor-made for the premier league and would offer us a presence in the opposition box and against teams who defend in numbers and are physically dominating he could be a real asset from corners, set pieces and crosses. Greenwood looks a fantastic talent and is more of a skillful, technical player with a great left foot. If he keeps improving and playing the way he has, he should soon replace the likes of Lingard/ Perreira in the first team.

Shan, there is really no point in our wingers putting crosses into the box, if neither Rashford/ Martial are willing to make those clever runs and nor are they aerially dominant to put any pressure on the opposition defense either.

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