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31 Oct 2019 07:51:30
Brandon William's looks really good. Certainly taken his chance. Of course he is still young etc. But he could turn out to be a top lb in the future.

I didn't think we would have beaten Chelsea last night. I'm still not convinced by Maguire though.

Mad Hatter

1.) 31 Oct 2019 08:11:20
Not convinced? He's transformed out defence.

Wins nearly every header, seems to rarely get beaten apart from the odd occasion or two.

He's settling into a fairly poor United side so will take some time for him to reach top form.

You could argue he wasn't worth the money but when we're so weak in defence a player of his ability is welcomed.


2.) 31 Oct 2019 08:56:50
Weggy,


I think he is just too slow. Partially paying 80 million for him aswell. He is a good player but for 80 million I think we could have got a better player. Time will tell, maybe I'm am being biased here.


3.) 31 Oct 2019 08:57:21
But Weggy, MH could bo onto something. Despite having Maguire and unbeatable AWB and Lindelof, we have hardly kept a clean sheet this season. Although, i understand we are still early days in the season and the partnership needs developing but MAguire hasn't had that effect on the United defense as VvD had on Liverpool's.


4.) 31 Oct 2019 09:29:00
Our defensive record has improved a lot. Maguire has been good, pace isn’t the most important thing as the first 5 yards are in the head.


5.) 31 Oct 2019 09:40:23
Brandon Williams is very highly rated by coaches in youth team. He and Shaw should battle it out for the LB position.

Regarding Maguire, He has definitely improved our defence. Huge upgrade on Smalling. He has brought in calmness and a presence to the backline.
I'm certain he will improve more as the season progresses. Also expect him to chip in with goals soon.
However, Lindelof has struggled a bit this season. Once they settle as a pair, we will form a solid backline.

Moreover, the protection we receive from midfield is at times non existent. Apart from McTominay, each and every midfielder have have been poor this season.


6.) 31 Oct 2019 09:49:21
Personally Maguire has been better than I thought he was going to be. He made a mistake last night that led to the equaliser, but no defender is perfect. Look how Rashford shrugged VvD off the ball last week. So even the very best aren't without a mistake or two in them.

I think on the whole we have been relatively solid at the back, especially when you consider the injuries we have had to Shaw, AWB and Lindelof at different times this season meaning that our first choice settled back four have only played on a few occasions. A defence is built on communication and understanding to create a unit stronger than the sum of its parts. Yet with constant chopping and changing due to injury while two new players are trying to settle is always going to make it difficult for them to build that rapport. Yet they have only conceded more than one goal in a game twice in 15 games this season. (2 against West Ham and 2 against Crystal Palace) . Duuring that run of games we have played Chelsea twice, Arsenal and Liverpool. As well as high flying Leicester and a Wolves team that surprised many last season.

Of the 6 sides currently above us in the table we have played 5 of them.

Our only real issue in defence this season has been silly individual errors, poor passes, mistimed tackles, or misjudging the flight of the ball. Often this has happened because on defender has been isolated in a quick counter, or switch of play. This has happened more than it should do in my opinion because we haven't got a true holding midfielder to shield the back four.

McTominay might be doing a phenomenal job in midfield this season, taking the bull by the horns and turning out top performances. However, he isn't a holding midfielder who'll shield the back four, he is a dynamic bullish box to box midfielder. The only player in our squad who could be described as a holding midfielder is Matic who's legs appear to have gone.

If we can bring in a true holding midfielder then that will give the defence an extra level of protection which will in itself lift the performances of our defenders by reducing the amount of times in a game they get isolated 1v1.


7.) 31 Oct 2019 10:00:40
For a start our first choice left back hasn't started all season and he needs replacing at that, the young kid Williams won't be first choice at least until next season in the bigger matches/ epl games. The other CB which is Lindelof is terrible at everything bar passing.
You think Maguire can do it all himself?
Maguire will never be the worlds best CB but he will be a solid solid player for years to come. Give him some time.


8.) 31 Oct 2019 12:47:58
you don't pay 80M world record fee, for someone that's just a solid squad player. he is a good player at best who was well overpriced due to his nationality.


9.) 31 Oct 2019 12:53:46
Why do people always quote the price paid for a player when commenting on their performance?
The money pays has nothing to do with the ability or performance of the player, and it wasn't your (or my) money.

Maguire has improved our defence, so he is a good signing.


10.) 31 Oct 2019 12:57:57
He is certainly not a "squad" player Cr92.
He is the first choice CB. Another important factor is that he organizes the backline well.
The players and Ole have touted him as a possible captain in the near future.

The price tag is not his fault.


11.) 31 Oct 2019 13:00:44
He was over priced due to our desperation.


12.) 31 Oct 2019 15:21:18
If you don't think Maguire has improved our defence then I'm sorry but you know nothing about football.

He's assured on the ball, dominant in the air and physically strong. Ok I accept he lacks pace and can be vulnerable on the turn or in 1v1 situations but so could Vidic. He makes our defence, whoever he partners just looks better. Would you trust Lindelof/ Rojo, Lindelof/ Tuanzebe or Rojo/ Tuanzebe for any length of time but put Maguire next to any of them and it makes a huge difference.

Lindelof has regressed from some decent performances last season and moving forward I expect Tuanzebe to replace him in the team. I actually think Bailly would also make an excellent partner for Maguire.

I remember people questioning some of VVD's early performances in a Liverpool shirt, try and get some perspective Shan and watch more football.

Forget the money it's irrelevant, he was under contact and we desperately needed him so we paid the money.

Maguire, AWB and James have all been excellent acquisitions. Along with Mctominay they have easily been our best and most consistent performers. If the rest on the squad had performed more consistently at their level maybe the ridiculous civil war we've seen erupt on this site over the last several weeks would have ran out of ammunition.

We all know the squad is threadbare but our first choice starting 11 is decent and certainly capable of a top 4 finish. Injuries have made life difficult and our season will wholly depend on keeping key men fit until the squad can be strengthened.


13.) 31 Oct 2019 19:34:34
So far, only 4 teams have conceded fewer goals. Defence isn’t the problem, scoring goals has been the problem.


14.) 01 Nov 2019 00:28:45
Doffs cap to DLIB. Good post.


15.) 01 Nov 2019 04:23:37
Yeah. Well said DLIB.


 

 

30 Oct 2019 08:38:54
ED002, have Utd shown any interest in Sandro Tonali or will he likely be staying in Serie A for the foreseeable future?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Roma failed to replace Maxime Gonalons in the summer before last but one person passed on Sandro Tonali and is said to regret it so it seems possible that they will return – but significant changes may well be on the cards yet and money is an issue. Inter looked to looked to upgrade Marco Carraro with Sandro Tonali that same summer but he was seen as too expensive but they have added Nicolo BarellaNapoli had an interest in replacing Jorginho with him but CA was not keen and they have moved on. Milan saw him as a viable alternative to Julian Weigl last summer but saw him as too expensive – interest remains but priority money is in other positions as they have to be careful with their spending. Juventus would like to take Tonali as they do not have, nor normally play with, an out and out DM, but their interest really remains in CM and they do consider he might be able to take the Jorginho type role Sarri utilises. A number of English sides have had scouts watch Tonali, including Manchester United and Liverpool - but it is Chelsea that have held discussions on more than one occasion but it has been made clear ST wants to stay where he is until what he sees as the right option comes along - and he wants to be a starter and stay in Italy, at least for the foreseeable future.}


1.) 30 Oct 2019 10:12:25
So one we can scratch off the list of possibilities then.


2.) 30 Oct 2019 14:40:40
Thanks ED002.


3.) 30 Oct 2019 15:33:21
Shows what the club are looking for.

Could it be:
Kai Havertz is 1st choice.
Tonali is a back up
Kalvin Phillips is a back up
Same with the kid at Lille.
Rakitic, Kroos, Can etc


Ed when you have a moment would you be able to do a round up on who you think would be a good player?

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure what you are talking about. The players you mention play in an assortment of positions and is all fantasy football type stuff. I am not sure what you are asking my opinion on.}


4.) 30 Oct 2019 18:15:48
Utd road,

Have you based that on the football rumours you read. Seriously most of it is a load of rubbish.


5.) 30 Oct 2019 21:54:54
All of those listed have come from this site, Mad Hatter.

What's with jumping on people on this site? Only a simple post looking to stimulate some conversation here, isn't transfer rumours the aim of the site? And yes of course this is fantasy. as Roy said "Utd signed Fred" so who knows what we will end up with.

As for different positions most play in a variant of central midfield. Everyone is super smart around here and all knowing will surely know that. i'm just suggesting it we seem to be looking for a type of player.

Used to be a great site for that sort conversation. nevermind.


6.) 31 Oct 2019 08:19:54
Ignore them Mad Hatter - it is a rumours site, and its fun to discuss players we would be excited to see sign for our club (aka fantasy football) .

Think it will be difficult to get top targets in Jan, but maybe Phillips could be realistic? seen a fair bit him and he looks ok - albeit at a lower level (hasn't seemed to stop DJ, mind! )

When it comes to summer it would be very helpful if we could offer Champions League next season, however if we miss out and Leicester are in (for example) then It would make Maddison (another rumoured target) very difficult to get.

Have only seen highlights of Havertz, seems to add a goal threat any be pretty versatile. Never seen Tonali play but there's plenty of hype.

Looking at our starting XI, Fred is the one player I think we need to upgrade on. I keep reading reports that he has had a decent game or is picking up a bit of form. I really don't see it. He's our worst player nearly every week.


 

 

14 Jul 2019 18:37:44
It looks like we are seeing to signing Maguire.

I just think he is a better version of Jones. I don't get what all the fuss is about. I hope I'm wrong.

His lack of pace and technique is worrying. A Rio type of CB like Dias would have been a far better option.

If he signs then I will get behind him and back him.

Mad Hatter

1.) 14 Jul 2019 19:23:31
Seriously Jones?
Jones is always injured.


2.) 14 Jul 2019 19:23:48
We will have to back him and hope for the best, wouldn't have been my first choice but I hope he does well fo us,
And if memory serves me right David Moyes was keeping tags on young Harry maguire of Sheffield united.


3.) 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.


4.) 14 Jul 2019 19:51:54
TRD

Maguires style reminds me of Jones.


5.) 14 Jul 2019 20:00:39
I've commented quite a few times about how I do not want us to sign Maguire regardless of the fee. That's down to my opinion that he simply isn't that good and we could sign 10-15 CB who look like better options. However, if we sign him I hope he proves me entirely wrong and performs very well.

Signings don't always work out how we hope, I was very excited when we signed Falcao, Schneiderlin, Depay, Sanchez and Di Maria and all were/ have been brutal for us. So judging by how underwhelmed I feel about us signing Maguire, he's going to be incredible haha.


6.) 14 Jul 2019 21:30:12
Rjmanutd,

Well put. I agree.


7.) 14 Jul 2019 22:04:09
Koulibaly does not want to leave Napoli, not least for Manchester United.


8.) 15 Jul 2019 07:19:54
Guess you haven't seen much of Maguire then if you think he's like Jones 😂.


9.) 15 Jul 2019 09:37:04
Jones was touted as a potential midfielder at one point due to his ball playing ability and his habit of stepping up into midfield with the ball. His defensive style is also built around physicality, and last minute tackles.
He also often plays on the left hand side even though he is right footed.

What is Maguire's style? Ball playing CB, right footed but plays on the left, likes stepping up into midfield, physical defender who often puts in last minute tackles.

I can see the similarities.


10.) 15 Jul 2019 11:58:15
Wazza that's a funny statement from a man united supporter.
Not least for man united.


11.) 15 Jul 2019 14:13:45
Leahy, it’s better to look at things realistically rather than with red tinted spectacles.


12.) 15 Jul 2019 14:49:39
I don't know whether he wants a move or not, napoli are a good side, but if he did want a move abroad and wanted to prove himself, Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in Europe, now we all know we have gone backwards, but it's down to clowns running the club,
Manchester United are huge big Big club. Now that's the kind of player we need, but does he want the move, have we got the right men in the job to attract these players.
For me we need a dof who can get the right people in the right positions,
But will the club be left do these things, them glazers are money men not football men.


 

 

06 Mar 2019 22:11:16
I bet on United to win and to qualify.

I'm absolutely buzzing. Great that Kimpembe was the one to give away the penalty considering he should have been sent off in the first game.

Ole Ole.

Mad Hatter

1.) 06 Mar 2019 22:35:55
We were lucky to get the penalty but so were they in the 1st leg when kimpembe wasn't sent off and even got the goal.
Mostly I'm happy to see Di Maria sulk. Plenty players get taunted by the fans and so did Di Maria by the United fans in the 1st leg. It would have been a big issue if one of our players had gone and shouted at the opposing fans " P**a f**k off" continously while celebrating the goal.


2.) 06 Mar 2019 22:57:47
I bet on a Lukaku hat trick. Suffice to say it was bitter sweet when Rashford stepped up and denied me £750. Still buzzing though 🤪.


3.) 06 Mar 2019 22:58:50
Took great pleasure in seeing Neymar’s face at the end. I have a severe irrational dislike for him.


4.) 07 Mar 2019 04:26:42
Eric, it’s not irrational, he does many things that annoy many people.


5.) 07 Mar 2019 07:18:24
There are many people who have an entirely rational dislike of Neymar, myself included. Don't beat yourself up about it.


6.) 07 mar 2019 10:29:59
i had 3 - 1 with rashford 1st goal 255 - 1 . why didn't lukaku square it for him? who cares ole is at the wheel, what's the chances for utd vs city or the scousers in the final? who would you rather play?


7.) 07 Mar 2019 12:11:38
would be nice if the draw fell with all 4 english teams in the semi.

im sure they do both the qf and sf draws at the same time.


8.) 07 Mar 2019 12:37:09
I had lukaku to score and us to win, us to win and part of a multi bet- since oles took over the reins my bets are staring to come in so much more. If only for that reason give him the job lol. Best utd watch for years imo.


9.) 07 Mar 2019 13:45:45
Wow is all i can say. Buzzing with the result. Didn't expect it so its a massive bonus.

2 games running Lukaku could have had last minute hat tricks from pens :) .

Not lukakus biggest biggest fan but since the form has returned I've no complaints.

Also love that Neymar is crying on instagram, quite ironic really the way he cheats.


10.) 07 Mar 2019 19:41:08
I don't think many actually like neymar. Overrated play actor. He's got more rolls than Greggs.


 

 

19 Dec 2018 12:18:46
welcome back Ole,

Let's all Unite and get behind him and the team. Whether your happy or not with the appointment, it's important to back him.


Good luck.

Mad Hatter

1.) 19 Dec 2018 14:44:14
Really? No more i don't see his CV? No credentials? didn't want him in the first place?


2.) 19 Dec 2018 15:24:01
UA, it doesn't matter whether they are the manager you wanted, once they are appointed, you set it all aside and get behind them.

Many of us didn't want Jose, but we still got behind him to start with. Just because we weren't behind him at the end doesn't mean we weren't behind him at the start.


3.) 19 Dec 2018 16:10:17
New on the page Thorne?


4.) 19 Dec 2018 16:53:46
If by new, you mean, actively posting here for 6-7 years, then sure.

{Ed001's Note - so you are new then? ;-)


5.) 19 Dec 2018 17:49:11
All things are relative Ed.

{Ed001's Note - true.}


6.) 20 Dec 2018 01:10:42
7 years, that’s nothing, I’ve been posting on here for8, you noob 😉.


 

 

 

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16 Nov 2019 12:32:19
ED001,

Which forwards (realistic) do you think would suit UTD?

We've been linked to quite a few recently.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - I would say Harry Kane, mainly because he is the big name they want.

Why not someone like Cavani? PSG would like rid and he is over 30 but you have great youngsters, you need someone to guide them through. In fact I would say he was probably the ideal signing, big name, scores goals and he is not going to block kids from coming through.}


1.) 16 Nov 2019 12:49:47
Lewa or Cavani for me.


2.) 16 Nov 2019 13:17:38
ED001 do you think he could cut it in the EPL?

I thought the same about Ibrahimovic, but he was older and managed to make an impact.

Would wages be a concern is the club were to buy him. I think ED002 mentioned wages were an issue in regards to FFP.

{Ed001's Note - I don't see any reason for Cavani not to cut it, he is perfectly capable of dealing with the physicality.

Wages will be an issue for anyone trying to buy him, but United can offer him a central role and give him almost guaranteed first team football.}


3.) 16 Nov 2019 15:58:08
Would Europa League football or no European football appeal to him?


4.) 16 Nov 2019 19:52:00
Let’s be honest, United is major step down.


5.) 16 Nov 2019 22:08:21
AJH,

I agree. Where we finish at the end of the season, will determine who we sign.


 

 

10 Oct 2019 15:28:11
Ed's,

I see United have added Martyn Pert to their backroom staff.

Is he a good addition?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Noise - he is a fitness coach of some type.}


1.) 10 Oct 2019 18:43:46
Thanks ED002,

Just a continuation of beefing up the backroom staff then?

{Ed002's Note - It is what it is - it means nothing.}


 

 

08 Oct 2019 12:01:35
ED002, I've read a report where Lyluis Ocampos has been reported as saying that he would be interested in being a sporting/ technical director at Utd.

Is there any truth in this or just newspaper fun?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Luis Campos was an option when Mr Mourinho was coach. I suspect it is a rather old story.}


1.) 08 Oct 2019 12:39:20
Thanks ED002.


2.) 08 Oct 2019 13:27:28
I too read it today.
He seems interested in taking up the position at United.


 

 

07 Oct 2019 12:58:07
ED004 you seem to have become quiet these days.

Have you joined the rest of us, by sitting on a park bench, drinking out of a brown bag?

Mad Hatter

{Ed004's Note - Ive just been very busy in work. That and everytime I start talking about United I either start getting angry or depressed 😂.}


1.) 07 Oct 2019 23:03:43
United has become the new Brexit haha.


2.) 07 Oct 2019 23:04:16
Meant to add should OGS leave or should we remain with him hah.


 

 

01 Oct 2019 09:42:51
I thought Tuanzebe played well at left back last night. He made a mistake for goal, but he look composed and not out of place at left back.

Mad Hatter

1.) 01 Oct 2019 09:59:26
Good 1st half, not so good second. IMO he shdnt be played in that position, as he offers next to nothing going forward. At worst had he played RB maybe he would have managed a cross at least.


2.) 01 Oct 2019 10:53:38
Tuanzebe was solid in defence but offered next to nothing in attack.


3.) 01 Oct 2019 11:29:12
Tuanzebe was solid bar the one missed placed pass, which in my opinion wasn't the worst defensive mistake he could have made in that area of the pitch. It was only slightly over hit.

He didn't offer much going forward but then he is a CB by trade.

I think he might have been played on the left so that Young could offer some attacking output on the right. With James playing wide left there was a player on that side who would offer something wide left. Yet with Pereira on the right always likely to drift in field playing Young on the right should have given us more balance.

The only problem is I haven't seen Young have a good game at RB for nearly 2 years. He is decent at LB but poor at RB.


4.) 01 Oct 2019 11:48:28
Shappy I’m afraid young is brutal mate. He lost the ball 26 times, and that’s not something rare for him. Either way, him still having to be relied on comes from the recruitment over the years.


5.) 01 Oct 2019 11:51:03
CB at left back, Midfielder at RB, CM at RW, a winger playing as a CF and Jessie playing No.10. Doesn't say much for the club that we have spent so much money and have to make do with so many players out of position and mediocrity.


6.) 01 Oct 2019 12:49:05
If Young's brutal what does that make Pereira? Another for the sell list I'm afraid. Offers absolutely nothing.


7.) 01 Oct 2019 12:53:35
An overreaction Angelred.

AWB is our injured. I suspect Dalot was saved for the Europa league game of Thursday. Although he should have played instead of young last night.

I would prefer to see Dalot playing as a RW as he is very good attacking and put crosses in. James on theft, Dalot on the right with AWB and shae LB would offer us a lot more width and zest.


8.) 01 Oct 2019 13:08:10
Young's days are over mate. He has no legs at all.
No overlapping runs ever. All he does it hoof it up and lose possession.
He is a trier but is just past it.


9.) 01 Oct 2019 13:56:55
Young can be summed up with that failed cross attempt with two minutes to go in added time. The ball comes at him, there are players in and around the box, but instead of whipping an immediate cross in, he takes about 5 little touches to set the ball up then hits the first defender.


10.) 01 Oct 2019 21:38:19
Okay mad hatter, if you think that. But that's what we played with against a rival at home on Monday night. We've spent 900 million over the last few years and that's the best we could do? It sums up this United team, money spent left right and centre and that's the squad we have. I believe that there isn't enough of a reaction with the powers that be at this club.


 

 

 

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16 Nov 2019 13:15:03
He should try a night out in Scunthorpe. It's all rock and roll.

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08 Nov 2019 00:00:48
We've qualified, which is great. We are where we are. It will take time. We played well tonight, a couple of mistakes here and there, but it was a good 3-0 win and could have been more.

We appear to be getting our confidence back. No doubt there will be more ups and downs as the season goes on.

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31 Oct 2019 08:56:50
Weggy,


I think he is just too slow. Partially paying 80 million for him aswell. He is a good player but for 80 million I think we could have got a better player. Time will tell, maybe I'm am being biased here.

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30 Oct 2019 18:15:48
Utd road,

Have you based that on the football rumours you read. Seriously most of it is a load of rubbish.

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30 Oct 2019 14:40:40
Thanks ED002.

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16 Nov 2019 22:08:21
AJH,

I agree. Where we finish at the end of the season, will determine who we sign.

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16 Nov 2019 22:07:12
Valid point Red man. Maybe it's part of the recruitment process, where a report etc has to be written.

Perhaps to monitor his progress etc and see if he has what it takes, as he is playing in the Austrian league.

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16 Nov 2019 15:58:08
Would Europa League football or no European football appeal to him?

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16 Nov 2019 13:17:38
ED001 do you think he could cut it in the EPL?

I thought the same about Ibrahimovic, but he was older and managed to make an impact.

Would wages be a concern is the club were to buy him. I think ED002 mentioned wages were an issue in regards to FFP.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - I don't see any reason for Cavani not to cut it, he is perfectly capable of dealing with the physicality.

Wages will be an issue for anyone trying to buy him, but United can offer him a central role and give him almost guaranteed first team football.}


 

 

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14 Nov 2019 16:54:32
Utd Road,

You've been on the sauce today.

Mad Hatter