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13 Jun 2022 22:16:36
Apparently Inter are close to signing a new RB. Perhaps Big V’s rumour regarding Dumfries has some legs.


1.) 14 Jun 2022 07:16:48
I hope Dumfries has some legs, he'll struggle as a footballer without them.

Although judging United on their recent transfer activity I wouldn't put it past them to sign a player with no legs. We signed Maguire and he has mobility issues.

2.) 14 Jun 2022 08:11:07
He’d still turn quicker and be faster than Maguire.

3.) 14 Jun 2022 09:05:18
Probably my first choice RB option, if we're looking.

4.) 14 Jun 2022 09:41:26
If the 26 million fee is to be believed that would be a fair bargain in my eyes. His level is way above AWB.

5.) 14 Jun 2022 14:23:20
Dear Baby Jesus. Please make this one be true! Pints all around for Big V I'm sure if United sign Dumfries. Quality addition to the right flank.



21 Mar 2022 12:13:45
Hoping the rumours of Paul Mitchell leaving Monaco and United being front runners for him are true, would start to resemble some degree of Football intellect behind the scenes if he does come in alongside Rangnick moving upstairs.


1.) 21 Mar 2022 13:23:18
that sounds like a good thing to do ports, so will likely not happen.

the owners don't want footballing people running there cash cow.

2.) 21 Mar 2022 13:41:40
Rangnick won't be doing anything at best he will be given a nothing consultancy job
Possibility for Mitchell to do job working alongside Poch, neither will have Rangnick beside them nor should they.

3.) 21 Mar 2022 13:45:51

In so many ways he's perfect. Not just a top class operator, but a guy whose family are from Manchester so he should be able to settle in well. Is supposedly a United fan, which helps with fan relations. Plus his record of finding players and bringing them in is truly elite.

If we are looking to hire someone like EtH who has never had a strong influence on transfers, then we need someone like Mitchell sorting them out and giving the squad some direction and identity in terms on incoming players.

Maybe it's hope, but it kind of looks like several pieces are all falling into place.

4.) 21 Mar 2022 14:05:22
More chance Mitchell works again alongside Poch then TH

TH to much of a gamble in my opinion not only won nothing never managed a big club or big ego’s could turn out another RR which would be disastrous for club

Everyone is a gamble but you try to limit your exposure to being too much of a gamble and TH would be that along with Potter.

5.) 21 Mar 2022 15:16:00
poch is just as much a gamble as TH, he's won nothing and his teams are known for being bottlers.

it all depends on whos running the footballing sides for me, if nothing changes then we will be in the same boat every few years.

6.) 21 Mar 2022 15:22:34
I don't think that's true at all bolger.

7.) 21 Mar 2022 17:24:15
My problem with potch is he feels like a negative addition at the moment. I advocated for him before the downfall at spurs, but i'm not sure someone whos just struggled with one club in a bit of a mess moving to another club in a complete mess would help.

I like ten hag because the feeling he brings in would be a positive one his career is in a positive moment and on the up. This is something none of the managers we've appointed after SAF have had. The best were possibly moyes who had done a good job at everton and van gaal who had done a good job but with a national team.

But let's face it the club needs a clear out a lot of the players don't want to be there and some have been treated terribly to keep them there. Look what letting Aubameygang leave has done for Arsenal, we could easily have allowed Lingard maybe even Pogba go in January and used young players like Mejbri and Elanga we could have even brought Garner back from loan.

The club needs to start realising the players aren't just pieces on a chess board they are people and the things we do to these people are being passed on to everyone else in football. Keeping players when they want to leave is ridiculous and why people shouting i wouldn't allow pogba/ lingard/ mata in the first team just doesn't work, they are stuck there because of the club they want to leave. Imagine this is why ed002 says we aren't a "progressive club" and why a lot of the more highly rated players would pick other transfers over a transfer to united.

8.) 21 Mar 2022 18:18:16
Dbrooks, that's actually a really interesting and good point. Momentum does have a huge baring in football. Sign a player in the ascendancy and they can drag those around them up with them, sign a player on the decline and they can drag those around them down.

It's like that line Varys says to Tyrion in GoT, "Power resides where men believe it resides".

If players think they are getting an up and coming manager who is going places how does that impact their mentality compared to getting a manager who has perceived to have failed and could be stagnating/ declining?

Same thing with fans for that matter.

I'm not saying it's the only factor to consider, but it's actually a really interesting and potentially important one.

9.) 21 Mar 2022 18:33:01
I like either of them ken, but both have won nothing of note that sticks out and makes you think yeah this manager is the way forward,

TH, let's face it, with ajax budget compared to the rest they should be winning the title, but his teams play nice football, attacking and always on the front foot, he has shown in europe beating the likes of madrid and dormund.

But then again you expect them to beat benfica and they dont.

And we can't really look at what TH has done previous as he's not managed anyone of note and done amazing things

Poch and psg should walk that french title and with there squad they should be in the UCL semis or final but they are bottlers which we have seen long b4 poch was there.

We can compare poch to what he done at southampton and spurs and the fact he knows the prem and has taken spurs to the UCl final with a small budget challenged for the title so prob makes him the slight fav.

Each have there own pros and cons.

Whoever it is i think we can all agree time is what's needed.

But at united you don't get time, its either top 4 or your gone.

But the culture at the club needs ti be changed, player power cannot rule the roost, the manager should and needs to have full control.

Players need to be bought that fit the philosophy of the manager what style he wants players should fit that style, not just bought because they will sell shirts and are a big name.

I will get behind who ever the manager is but they will not succeed unless the structure above is right.

Hopefully when ralf gives his report in june the club listen and get rid of the players his suggests and they listen to what he has to say otherwise in 12-18 months if its poch or ten hag, they will be getting the boot aswell.

10.) 21 Mar 2022 18:59:46
Good post mate.
I'm much the same in my view. I don't think psg being flakes is anything to do with poch. They don't play enough big games that is the issue there imo. Bayern suffer like that too to a lesser extent.
Ppch will be on the up after securing his 1st league title. For those that argue they should win the title is the exact same for ajax.
Eth teams don't always play great football. His ajax team do but they have done that there for 60 years he didn't do that.
Is he going to implement an ajax style here? With Fred mctom ronaldo maguire awb etc. No chance.
Poch has more epl experience but also has question marks.
I just can't wait to see someone get rid of the smell of ole and the players, attitudes, standards he left behind him.

11.) 21 Mar 2022 19:48:53
Ken i don't see winning the title at ajax as similar to winning it at psg since 16/ 17 psg have walked the league about 10 points per season over rivals until last year. Potch picked up psg 1 point behind lyon and lille on 36 points they ended the league on 82 points 1 behind lille on 83 points. In the same time ajax won it 3 times once on goal difference to az alkmaar only once did they win it by a large margin which was last year, this year they are being pushed with 7 games left they are on 66 points 2 ahead of psv. Psg are again walking the league this year 12 points clear with 5 games left.

My point being you think ajax walk the dutch league but its not true, in fact its psg who walk the french league year after year (im not blaming potch for last year) .

The other positive is that ten hag has had to build multiple teams after losing players if you want to move on players who are ego over the team you need a manager who can build teams ten hag has shown this potch hasnt.

12.) 21 Mar 2022 21:58:36
Phil Mitchell maybe, giving your recent transfer business ?.

13.) 21 Mar 2022 23:04:29
Paul Mitchell, is he the guy who does Pogba's hair?

14.) 22 Mar 2022 10:28:30
The problem Poch has at PSG is he plays with 8 men every week because 90% of the time Messi, Mbappe and Neymar can rarely be ar*ed chasing back in to there own half.
I watched the PSG match against Madrid and the performances from the three of them once Madrid there first goal was rotten.
All three of them stood there sulking, moping about whilst the other 8 players defended for there life.
I can't stand the three of them.

15.) 22 Mar 2022 11:01:33
in a way sim is that not the managers job to get those 3 players working hard?

you can't have passengers in a team.

16.) 22 Mar 2022 11:10:09
So united should get a manager who can't get sulking players to put the effort in?

Isnt this exactly our current problem!?

I would imagine this is also in part due to the set up upstairs at psg its a good job united have a good structure in place.

17.) 22 Mar 2022 12:48:40
Bolger - the three of them have so much influence in that PSG team that one wrong word from Poch would probably get him fired.

Dbrooks90 - i never said i wanted Poch as the next United manager, i was merely pointing out that Messi, Mbappe and Neymar are a bunch of whinging babies and it must be hard for Posh to bite his tongue at times.

18.) 22 Mar 2022 13:53:01
if he can't get 3 players at psg to chase back and work had how will he get on with the 5 or 6 lazy arses we have?

19.) 22 Mar 2022 15:02:07
Football today players like Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Mbappe do what they want when they want, it doesn't matter who is in charge.

20.) 22 Mar 2022 19:03:00
Ten hag not won anything or managed a big club? Huh. Ajax is a massive club, and last time I look Eric has won quite a bit lately. It's not a gamble, it's a step in a possible right direction for once.



25 Jan 2022 16:01:51
So, we’re rid of Martial until end of season but summer, going to have the same issue getting rid of him. Why didn’t we put a option to buy or obligation to make it permanent?


{Ed002's Note - Then he would not have moved.}

1.) 25 Jan 2022 16:19:59
So he would like to see who the next manager is and if he is in their plans I imagine?

2.) 25 Jan 2022 16:28:48
Yeah I appreciate Seville probably didn’t want one. I’m just fed up he’s coming back in the summer ?.

3.) 25 Jan 2022 19:34:29
Decent move all round this. He gets game time,
And if he impresses, which I think he will as he’s motivated, he’ll have a line of suitors - maybe including our new manager.

4.) 25 Jan 2022 23:09:00
Poch is an known admirer.
If he comes back and performs every week then he will be accepted as one of our own. But if he comes back with more of the same then he will be sold in sure.

5.) 26 Jan 2022 09:20:47
Hopefully he does well and that drums up some interest in him for the summer.

6.) 26 Jan 2022 11:53:38
A fit and not motivated Martial is a great asset to the team. Let’s see what happens in the summer and who is brought in to manage. (Albeit we all know it’s Poch)

7.) 26 Jan 2022 20:11:52
Martial and VDB out on loan is a good move. Gives Poch (probably) a view to see how they do, or it will make it easier to move and replace in summer.

8.) 26 Jan 2022 20:20:38
Martial was only an asset to the team in his first season Eric. All downhill from there, sulking, lack of form and even refusal to play. Don't make out like things could change overnight, he's an overpaid, overrated twat.

9.) 27 Jan 2022 08:26:04
But how do you really feel about him RW?



13 Jul 2021 18:00:20
Couple of rumours about United putting in a bid for Moriba from Barca. Don’t know much about him, seems he’s stalling on a contract at Barcelona and I guess with their current rumoured financial situation then this may have some legs. Anyone know much about him?


{Ed002's Note - Ilaix Moriba (CM) Barcelona fended off interest from Chelsea when he was 16 and the sustained recent interest of RBL who offered a structured career growth option when he turned 18 in January by explaining they would sell if his €100M release clause was met. He is playing in Spain, and for Spain, initially under the Cotonou Agreement. I am not aware of any offer from Manchester United nor any idea what they would try to do with him but they and others have sent scouts to watch him.}



09 May 2019 17:55:31
This Director of Football rumour mill is just another example of the absolute shambles we have going on internally at the club.
We were linked with some experienced, proven DoF such as the fella's from Roma and Juve, Van Der Saar, Luis Campos who done exciting things at Monaco, even an internal appointment like Marcel Bout but now I have read Rio's name and Fletcher's name. The mind boggles.

Personally I am still happy with Solskjaer, it is so easy to say we should have gone for Poch now they are in the final however, recent form in the Premier League seems to be forgotten. I like the way Ole has been conducting himself, I like the what he has been saying. People seem to forget that this is still not his team, he was brought in to steady the ship and he overachieved in this and suddenly people get carried away and think we are fixed. We are not, there are to many ego's in the team and to many incompetent individuals internally driving the club.

If we get the wrong appointment of a DoF then no manager, Pep, Poch, even the great SAF will have problems to turn this ship around. The otherside of it is if we get the right person for DoF, will they be given the autonomy for the rebuilding of the football club. My fear is not but either way we need a strong minded, proven DoF, otherwise it doesn't matter who is the gaffer, we will just fall further and further behind the 5 teams above us and more worryingly 3 or 4 clubs below us.


1.) 09 May 2019 18:15:40
Here here.

2.) 09 May 2019 18:20:23
Unfortunately Ports we have been liked with many highly qualified people as potential DoF, Luis Campos, Fabio Paratici, Monchi, Andrea Berta, Ralf Rangnick, Michael Zorc and Edwin van der Sar. As well as potential options who have never performed the role but could maybe step up such as Paul Mitchell or our own Marcel Bout.

Now we are being linked with Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra. All good players for us, but none have held a similar role.

For me this indicates that this DoF or Technical director role won't change much if anything about how the club is being run. We have approached the best and none want it. What does that tell you? Now we are looking at ex-players with no experience. This to me suggests that what we are looking for isn't someone to come in and change things and shake things up, but someone to come in and act as a buffer between the people currently running things and the fans. Someone else to blame when it all goes wrong. Someone to do the boring day to day jobs maybe that the current people running things maybe see as beneath them or a hassle. While the big key important decisions will still be made by the same people who have been ballsing them up for the last 6 years.

{Ed025's Note - i think your right there shappy..

3.) 09 May 2019 20:39:06
Good post Shappy and that's why the club ain't going anywhere.

4.) 10 May 2019 02:12:41
Guys I understand the thoughts but I don’t recall it being said that Fletcher would be the DoF. I think they were just talking ‘a role’ within the club. Given the recent diluting of United values and ethos I think having ex players around the club (who experienced the winning culture) is a good move. I like that management seems to have recognised this and is prepared to bring some back in. It has to be the right role though. A DoF should be knowledgeable about the job.

5.) 10 May 2019 10:28:34
Spot on by the way ports.

6.) 10 May 2019 16:22:38
Is it possible that the person that the club want as DOF is currently under contract elsewhere so they are keeping quiet on any rumours until the summer.
There appears to be so many different links for the past 6 months from creditable options through to completely left field.
I might and and probably am wrong but I would like it if the club are trying to stop these leaks out of the club and the work has gone on for the right person to come in.

7.) 11 May 2019 13:27:29
If we're going to have an ex-player as Dof, Roy Keane gets my vote.




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27 Jul 2022 20:14:42
Soooooo, Sesko then ?? always rated him.


{Ed014's Note - plus the added bonus that he’ll automatically be world class if he’s signed.

1.) 27 Jul 2022 20:26:09
Overpriced and over rated if he goes elsewhere ?.

{Ed014's Note - haha yes and not what you needed ?

2.) 27 Jul 2022 20:33:51
Not even just the outstanding goal he scored, check out the skill he pulled on the touchline (made 2 Liverpool players crash into each other) . Looks like a future ballon d'Or magnet. Even if he isn't ready, I'd still prefer taking a punt on him than allowing Ronaldo to come crawling back when nobody comes for him.

3.) 27 Jul 2022 20:57:54
I hate to tell you all I told you so but…

We won’t get him though. Like Haaland, we’ll miss the boat.

4.) 27 Jul 2022 22:04:35
Haha from complete unknown to 'the most expensive teenager' in history.
Incidentally, Utd have 3 of the most expensive 14 teenagers of all time. Anyone guess them without looking?

5.) 27 Jul 2022 22:34:00
Shaw, Martial and Rooney I'd imagine.

6.) 27 Jul 2022 22:37:58
Ronaldo rooney shaw?

7.) 27 Jul 2022 22:47:19
Good one. Rooney defo. Was Anderson one? Maybe Ronaldo too?

8.) 28 Jul 2022 06:56:22
United are too distracted dealing with all their emotions over Ronaldo, trying to placate Sponsors in case he leaves, to consider buying such a talent. We are more likely to sit weeping into a signed No7 shirt than buy Sesko for £50m however, in a year when he is valued at £100m we will offer £65m. I live in hope the upper echelon of the club show change but Sesko hasn’t played for Ajax either.

9.) 28 Jul 2022 07:10:40
Martial, Rooney and amad.

10.) 28 Jul 2022 07:55:25
Shappy got em. Rooney, Shaw, Martial.

11.) 28 Jul 2022 08:34:17
Agreed Red Man. Ronaldo wants to leave, pack his bags, tell him to pay the transfer fee we paid for him and goodbye. Save all the wages to buy young striker. From the little I've seen of Sesko, looks very quick and very talented. Much rather have him than a moaning Ronaldo.
In addition, we've still got a few to get rid of, awb, Jones, Dvb, tuanzebe, telles. The club does everything at snail pace. They are not proactive and their business model is shambolic.

12.) 28 Jul 2022 10:07:26
Although CR7 wants to leave, he's a pro. I don't see him moaning or downing tools as others have done. He knows the score. In hindsight he may feel he overestimated what he saw when he signed up for two seasons, believing he'd guide us into the CL again.



27 Jul 2022 13:30:27
Anyone watch the Barcelona v Madrid game the other night?

Danny Mills has just said that during the game, strange things were happening in the game where a couple of Barcelona players appeared to be getting out the way of FDJ’s passes and it seems they are making things uncomfortable for him? Just wondering if anyone noticed this?

FYI, I never take anything Mills says seriously but in this case he wasn’t having a pop at United which is very out of character for him!


1.) 27 Jul 2022 14:19:12
Xavi playing him at CB for 2 games in a row says it all.
They are making him uncomfortable.

2.) 27 Jul 2022 14:33:31
I'm in. Thanks for the invite. and I'm crap at FF. so that will help everybody.

3.) 27 Jul 2022 14:32:04
Xavi is one thing but the players?

4.) 27 Jul 2022 15:57:31
I saw the video of 2 passes which look suspect. To me they have over 1.5 2nd half throw ins on their accas and were cashing in.

5.) 27 Jul 2022 16:42:14
Either way, I rather think we should steer clear. Chelsea could end up getting him for less than United were prepared to pay.

6.) 27 Jul 2022 18:13:45
Plays him at centre back and now they’ve signed Kounde. Seems an exit strategy.

7.) 27 Jul 2022 19:25:16
An exit strategy for his move to Chelsea is it.

8.) 27 Jul 2022 19:47:04
Danny Mills is a walking advertisement that heading should be banned in football immediately.



24 Jul 2022 21:39:04
See rumours of Dumfries emerging again today. Don’t know if this has legs or lazy journalism based off the obvious but the rumours seem to be sticking around this summer. I’d be happy with him based off of his performances for Holland last summer, not sure he he’s done at Inter though.




10 Jul 2022 21:48:13
So, Halland talking about United at his unveiling. Klopp lands for their pre season tour and talks about United immediately. We’ve been useless for 10 years and still living rent free in this lots head ???.


1.) 11 Jul 2022 09:24:35
By the reactions, seems more opposition fans visit the United page then United fans! SAF really did a number of this lot ???.



05 Apr 2022 22:55:03
Apparently Rangnick has not be consulted about the next Manager. So we get someone in on the provision of him being a consultant, and we don’t consult him. Seems pretty Manchester United!


1.) 06 Apr 2022 09:08:24
That's actually not quite true, what was said is that he isn't heavily involved in the process.

His opinion has probably been sought, how much sway that has who knows.

However, the role he is currently fulfilling is as first team manager, and he has been asked to focus on attempting to finish as high in the table as possible.

The job of recruiting the next manager will fall to the DoF, which is John Murtaugh.

2.) 06 Apr 2022 10:01:02
The fact that people choose to read into whatever the rags write about our club these days is laughable. First to laugh off transfer rumours but when it comes to the ins and outs of Ralf's advisory role they fall hook line and sinker.

3.) 06 Apr 2022 11:05:19
RedWhiskey, that is true. Ultimately I think fans currently feeling about the club mean they are far more likely to believe a negative report in the press than a positive one.

As for what this report, it said he isn't heavily involved. Firstly that's a little wishy washy. Secondly, how "involved" do people expect him to be?

He's currently our interim manager, who will move into a consultancy role when the interim period is up.

It's an advisory role he will have, he won't be running things, making key decisions etc. He wouldn't be expected to arrange meetings and fly all over Europe heading up interviews.




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16 Aug 2022 22:03:25
Wonder where this leaves Garner? I thought they wanted to sell him to help with the Rabiot fee?




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16 Aug 2022 09:43:10
Just seen Cunha is only 6ft. To small to be a striker in the Premier League.




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16 Aug 2022 06:27:52
When I read “he’s a pressing machine” I thought we’ll that could work if that’s what ETH is trying to achieve which I think it is but the problem is and where I guess fans get confused and frustrated with and believe there is a lack of ideas is that why were we linked with Arnautovic before him who from what I remember is not a pressing machine!

I’ve never heard of Cunha, looked him up and not a prolific goal scorer so the £50M seems excessive but if he is a player that is going to make the system work than great but just no consistency in they type of players we get linked with.




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15 Aug 2022 20:26:00
But if he’s been told by the glazers he needs to sell if he wants funds then I guess Garner is more sellable than McTominay and Fred. Would we get £15-£20M for either of those 2?




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15 Aug 2022 09:38:20
Rohanarora8, perhaps ETH prefers Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage? No point keeping Garner if this is the case and just sending him out on loan every season.

Unfortunately not every kid is going to make it, we have Kobbie Mainoo who I really like the look at and hopefully he gets a chance with our first team in the future but we'll need space.

I agree though that it stings a bit to think McTominay gets to stay on. If we are to play the way we all think ETH wants to play then McTominay's passing is just not good enough for the team. I imagine ETH considers Rabiot to be technically better than McTominay with the same physical attitributes and will replace McTominay which potentially see him moving on next season?





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16 Aug 2022 23:18:04
Fair enough 002. Shame, it’s a good rule.




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16 Aug 2022 22:56:08
Nothing Changes

I heard something about it at the time so googled it and it was in a newspaper report. Apparently can’t do it for 10 years. Not sure how true this is but at the time I heard it the person was outraged as our owners are still allowed to do it. Not sure if it’s just the Chelsea purchase or a new rule?


{Ed002's Note - I am afraid you have misinterpreted this - it was a request of the previous owner in order to provide protection to the club as part of the sale process.}



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16 Aug 2022 21:59:15
Laurie Whitwell seem well thought off alongside David Ornstein.




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16 Aug 2022 21:52:15
But new Chelsea owners will be prevented from paying dividends, selling shares or taking management fees for a decade in a bid to avoid controversy that the Glazers have done yet the Glazers are still allowed to do it.




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16 Aug 2022 09:57:15
Just imagine though Brad76 if we accidently beat them and go a point above them!

I must say though, the draw has helped United as just adds a little bit of pressure to Liverpool coming into the game and no Nunez or Firmino. Not that I'm expecting a positive result still.