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08 Aug 2019 19:12:13
Does anyone know if Hannibal Mejbri signed from Monaco? Has anyone seen him play?

Red Man

1.) 08 Aug 2019 19:35:35
He will join in January when he turns 17 from what I read. Haven't seen him play though.

2.) 08 Aug 2019 19:36:05
Nope redman. He is 16 isn't he?

3.) 08 Aug 2019 19:50:51

Yes apparently we paid or are willing to pay £9m. Looked a scrawny lad but always interests me to see whether they are good.

4.) 08 Aug 2019 19:55:30
Yeah very highly rated all the big clubs were in for him. Big bucks redman. Its all gone bonkers mate.

5.) 08 Aug 2019 19:59:35

It has, but somewhere someone will unearth another Ronaldo or Messi. I recall the £12m for Ron but once he played against Bolton, just wow. I left the stadium buzzing.

6.) 08 Aug 2019 20:23:47
Never seen him play, but been told he has plenty of "bite". 😂.

7.) 08 Aug 2019 21:45:44
I'm sure there's a write up ir a video somewhere to get your teeth into.

8.) 08 Aug 2019 21:48:51

You don't need to Lecter me on the bite! Perhaps a nice Chianti?

9.) 09 Aug 2019 09:39:29
Bestie was a scrawny lad.

10.) 09 Aug 2019 14:17:03
Yeah ot7 but he wasnt a centre back.

11.) 10 Aug 2019 08:31:47

This Mejbri is a midfield player is he not. To pay £9m for a 16 year old suggests he may be seen as special.

12.) 10 Aug 2019 10:46:09
Bit of information about Mejbri who was only born in 2003, (I feel old)

Joined Monaco in August 2018 after spells in the academies at Paris FC and AC Boulogne-Billancourt. Monaco paid £1million for the teenager when he was just 14. Played eight games for France u16s and is also eligible to play for Tunisia (dual citizenship) . He made one senior appearance for Monaco last season.
Mejrbi and his family became locked in a legal dispute with Monaco after the Mejbri family claimed the Ligue 1 club broke a contract agreement.
United are believed to have been tracking the teenager for six months with a number of other clubs including Bayern Munich and Arsenal who were said to be interested. £9m is believed to be the fee.



01 Aug 2019 10:31:49
I see a lot of excitement over Dybala. A few years ago on here before he went to Juve, I posted he was worth looking at. I think it was Phil Neville raved about him. Talented definitely.

However, at 25 has he really hit the heights or has he not really achieved the level his talent should have taken him to? If we sell Lukaku, we sell a goal scorer, he may not fit our style, his first touch may be awful, but he always scored goals. I am not sure replacing a goal scorer with Dybala is a great idea, Dybala is not prolific, creative yes but not a prolific scorer.

Does Dybala meet the criteria hungry? I am not sure whether he is the right replacement for Lukaku and if we rely on Rashford and Martial to score the goals this could be difficult. Greenwood has real potential and Dybala may block that route a little too much.

For me Dybala is a club, media clicks type signing, another one. Very talented but the right choice at this time? Not convinced, however, the speculation deflects from the less than convincing transfer window so far and Dybala speculation has the "look we tried to sign Bale" feel of 6 years ago.

I would rather have tried for a Lewandowski or Abeymaybeng or whatever he is called.

Red Man

1.) 01 Aug 2019 10:49:15
I want someone who really wants to play for the fans and wants to be a man utd player. Aubamayueng is a really good goal scorer but do we really want another 30yr old from who we might get two years of gt play and then what. He will have limited sell on value and prob stifle younger talent like greenwood.

2.) 01 Aug 2019 10:49:42
At the end of the day, Lukaku hasn’t worked out, and won't work out. Especially with the new style we’re trying to play.

Dybala is a fresh face, who suits the style we’re trying to play.

We all said we wanted a new RW/ AM, so now we’re potentially getting a top-class one we’re trying to pick holes in it.

Sometimes people can easily find faults in other, but are colourblind to faults of their own. Be happy, be excited. What will be will be, roll with it.

3.) 01 Aug 2019 10:56:01
A season back Dybala scored 26 goals.
Isn't that prolific?

He can play in multiple positions which is good for tactical flexibility.

4.) 01 Aug 2019 11:19:25
I shouldn't be too concerned with who we're linked with. The incompetent people at this club dealing with transfers are clearly not going to pull any rabbits out of the hat in the space of a week.

A bit melodramatic I know but this transfer stinks exactly the same as the last summer window and we all know what happened then. Nothing!

5.) 01 Aug 2019 11:20:28
True red. I watched all 26 yesterday too to see what type of goals they were and where he was on the pitch when he scored. He got a lot of pens and free kicks which is good. Rashford scores 1 in 10 free kicks
I then watched Fernandes to see where all his came from. Whilst there were similar goals scored I think they would both work and add an extra dimension and GOALS.

6.) 01 Aug 2019 11:26:08
And Red Man, why would Lewandowski move from Bayern where he is nailed on to win the league and compete in Champions league.
Be realistic.

7.) 01 Aug 2019 11:40:04
True red devil if that's the case why would dybala do the same.
The fact he's supposedly asking for 350 grand a week tells me he's pricing himself out of a move all the news from Italy is he doesn't want to come.

Topbormin is right its a pr stunt never gonae happen time to move on.

8.) 01 Aug 2019 12:37:10
Scott. Lewandowski is the focal point of Bayern's attack whereas Dybala is deemed surplus to requirement.

9.) 01 Aug 2019 13:14:55
Aubameyang would be my choice for cf is he was attainable. Said at the time arsenal signed him we should of gone all out to sign him.

10.) 01 Aug 2019 13:21:26
The issue is we could do with a proven top level goalscorer to take some of the burden off of Rashford and Martial.

However, we are a team that hasn't truly competed for the league in 6 years and currently can only offer Europa League football. What hungry, motivated player at the peak of their career would move to our club at the moment? Young players looking to step up a level, yes. Older players with their best days behind them and a clutch of medals looking for one last big pay day, sure. But top level players in their peak years? Unlikely.

So what do you do about it? Well you have four options.

1, sign an older player on huge wages who might do well but would ultimately block the path of the younger players. Also they might not be as good as their reputation suggests as they will be on the decline. Think either Zlatan or Sanchez. Not a great option.

2, Sign an average squad player. Someone to make up the numbers. This seems pointless as we have a bloated squad already.

3, Sign a top young talent. This doesn't really help as we then have three or four top young players.

4, Sign no other strikers, put faith in the players we have and hope they step up. Maybe sign a wide player or an attacking midfielder who can score a fair few goals and take the pressure off the strikers by having the goal scoring burden shared out amongst more players.

This seems like the best option and maybe the one Ole seems to be going towards.

Rather than have one player expected to score 25-30 goals, with others pitching with no one else scoring more than 10-12. Have 5-6 players all expected to score 12-18 goals each. Marital, Rashford, Dybala, Bruno Fernandes, Mata, Lingard, James, Pogba/ SMS and Greenwood could all score at least 10 goals next season, some of them could score 15-20. If all score 10 then that's 90 goals, if they all score 12 then that's 108. If one of them has a breakout season and scores 20+ then we will have a very good season.

11.) 01 Aug 2019 15:06:17
Shappy top strikers are hard to come by especially ones who want champions league, we need to get someone who can unlock defences for the strikers we have I've no doubt martial if played through middle can get us 20 - 30 goals this season with the right service lingard is not good enough for number 10 Bruno Fernandes is the most important signing even more than Harry Maguire IMO we need a world class AM . desperately.



14 Apr 2019 16:12:09
I see Paul Scholes has said he can't see us challenging for the title next season. Given his opinion was so highly rated by many on here about Mourinho, who thinks he is correct on this?

I think there is a chance of challenging next season but it needs a strong summer window plus Ole to realise he is manager, none of this leave the car park space for his old boss nonsense (if that is true) and get Meulenstein involved. He needs set out a style, be decisive over failing players like Young and improve his in game management. However, my concern is that the club will fall short on what it needs.

The Ed's comment that Solskjaer will have little say in transfers is very concerning. I fear we will buy for some not all the positions and not at the quality level needed to save money, nor exit those who need to go perhaps because the decision makers don't want to be seen as wrong over previous decisions. That could see us challenging for third. It needs decisive action, selling and buying but are the club capable? In that case Scholes may well be right.

Red Man

1.) 14 Apr 2019 17:43:29
Red Man, nothings changed. Its the same squad Jose struggled with minus Fellaini. How much control over transfers did Jose have? We all know he asked for a centre back and never got one. As long as we have these owners and their man running things we won't challenge. We haven't challenged since we can Persie's first season.

2.) 14 Apr 2019 17:55:29
Ed002 pointed out that we're looking at players that Jose wanted, but the club refused to purchase. That alone shows you there is no planning. We'll buy random players, for random systems, for different managers and hope that one clicks.

Ole really needs to grab this opportunity with two hands because it will never come again. The ruthless Ole that his old teammates talk about would want to put his stamp on this team.

The sad thing is, if Jose can't get the board to buy what we need, then Ole, a fan of the club at his dream job isn't going to ruffle any feathers. But I sincerely hope he does.

3.) 15 Apr 2019 12:18:35
this summer will prove where the owners priorities are and what they care more for.

do they cash in on the only 2 players that will get a hefty fee for or do we invest and get rid of the rubbish.



10 Jan 2019 06:50:04
I have just read there has been a major rule change for this seasons Champions League. Any players signed in the January transfer window will be eligible for the knockout rounds even if they have played in the group stages of the competition for another club earlier in the season.

I wonder if that could stir up activity in the January transfer window!

Red Man

1.) 10 Jan 2019 11:25:18
10 days in and none so far Red Man.

Though if Solanke is worth £19m and Callum Wilson is worth £50m I think we might be better just sticking with what we have got.

2.) 10 Jan 2019 12:47:24
Looking at most of what we've been linked with i'd save the money as well.

3.) 10 Jan 2019 13:47:11
Callum wilson is a decent striker.

4.) 10 Jan 2019 14:10:39

I know, but £50m? I appreciate the game has changed and the prices of players has increased but that is utterly ridiculous.

5.) 10 Jan 2019 14:53:33
Decent players should not be going for £50m. Same with Tarkowski. Its this that pushes prices up for good players.

6.) 10 Jan 2019 18:13:45
I know GDS but we can't do nothing to change it. It is still not bad as Andy Carroll going for 35 mil.

7.) 10 Jan 2019 21:10:32
We paid over £50m for Fred, makes Wilson for £50m look like a bargain.

8.) 10 Jan 2019 22:30:46
So true danny. We have gone after two players which city were after and both have so far let us down.

9.) 10 Jan 2019 19:42:41
Hearing strong rumors that we are interested in signing Manolas from Roma this January. Does any of the Eds know if it's legit?

{Ed002's Note - They will have the opportunity to talk with Roma in Geneva next week - with Roma looking to move him on in the summer.}

10.) 11 Jan 2019 09:58:08
With Aldervierweld supposedly have a £25 million clause surely that is great value. Even 35-40 would be.

11.) 11 Jan 2019 12:01:20
You'll always pay a premium for decent English players.

12.) 11 Jan 2019 16:03:30
If Wilson's worth 50 what's Rashford worth?

13.) 12 Jan 2019 11:49:46
Mort it doesn’t matter what Rashford is worth because we won’t be selling him and don’t need the money.

£50m is the new £30m.

14.) 12 Jan 2019 13:30:29
Never suggested we should sell him or that we needed the money. Just a question on what his value is.

15.) 12 Jan 2019 17:17:25
According to transfermarkt, his value is 65m euro. Doenst mean United would accept that though :)



23 Jul 2018 19:43:22
Who knows how true a rumour is but today it is said Mourinho is meeting Woodward and a member of the Glazer family. It is rumoured Mourinho is not at all happy with transfers. Last summer he openly asked for 4 and they let him down only got 3 and didn't bring in the wide attacker, we can see what has happened this summer and whilst the window isn't closed is anyone else getting the feeling there is a financial squeeze?

I hope Mourinho has the guts to call the owners and Woodward out, something SAF didn't. To get change a business needs to experience pain so for me if there is a financial squeeze I hope Mourinho walks away, leaves us in the mess the club will have brought on itself. Years of no value, LvG saying he didn't get what he wanted, only 3 out of 4 last summer. The trend has to stop now, I hope Mourinho is the one to finally take a stand. What we have isn't good enough, 2 more players, no fullbacks, really? Time for change at Old Trafford.

Red Man

1.) 23 Jul 2018 20:46:59
Red man the club is obviously trying to sell off a few before we can buy. Our moto like citys when they first got money of double or tripling players wages will always come back to haunt us. Weve spent like the moneys burning a hole in our pockets without a clear plan. The club may also view 3/ 8 of joses signings could be gone by the end of the summer that's hardly a good turn around on who the manager is investing in either.

2.) 23 Jul 2018 20:52:36
Hope so RM.

3.) 23 Jul 2018 21:17:56

Do we really know how many were Mourinho’s first choice? We know he did not get Perisic. There is a pattern from when the owners arrived and now the club owners need to realise this isn’t a transition from SAF to a new manager but from United to a new dynasty, either City or Liverpool and they are letting it happen on their watch. I have banged on about a plan for years whilst watching City when they were dismissed as noisy. The owners need to have a plan and be decisive, now, right now.

4.) 23 Jul 2018 21:36:52
Walk away without a payoff? Rightfully no way he'd do that.

If mourinho is really that upset, no reason why they can't come to a mutual agreement and a stopgap manager put in charge till next season.

5.) 23 Jul 2018 21:39:44
Think we have spent plenty with the last 2 managers. Our targets are with other large European clubs and so it’s not easy to get them in.
Where is the development of youth? We have a good coaching and scouting system with some excellent youngsters pushing through who won’t get a chance under JM.
It’s not all about pure money.
I like JM but he is a 3 year project which is coming to an end. If he could see the bigger picture then he has the chance to create sonething special at Utd. Our club and fans are more patient and will stick by a manager who is creating a team between bringing in top class and developing youth within. As long as too 4 is achieved people will stick with the project if it’s a long term plan.

6.) 23 Jul 2018 22:49:49
The point is does the club have a plan. It doesn't look like it.

7.) 23 Jul 2018 23:10:52
Mourinho looks completely disinterested during the matches. His demeanor and comments afterward makes it seem like these friendlies are for fitness only, it looks like there are no tactics being worked on. He has also shown very little enthusiasm for his own players. His lack of passion looks like it is spreading to the players, and the fans as well. I think it is shocking that a manager, whatever his resume, can have so little enthusiasm for such a big job.

8.) 24 Jul 2018 04:27:20
Spent millions and people are still hanging on to the poor Jose line .
He didn't get perisic so what it happens, Jose has said he didn't want to come and he signed a nice new deal with inter.
So we went and got Sanchez instead what's the problem?

9.) 24 Jul 2018 06:33:53

The problem? Fullback, centre half, right side attack to create and score goals, as a minimum.

10.) 24 Jul 2018 06:44:00
Every single manager without exception missed out on at least one transfer target last summer.

It has probably happened to Mourinho every season at every club he has worked at.

Ed002 has said Mourinho doesn't want to be at our club, and that it has little to do with his professional life and more to do with his personal life. That suggests the club aren't doing a lot wrong in Mourinho's eyes.

If he's kicking up a stink it's because he has decided he wants out and is just trying to engineer it. He missed his daughters graduation to be on the preseason tour. From what Ed002 has said that is more likely to have caused Jose's bad mood than a lack of transfers.

6 years ago I would have agreed with you about a lack of investment from the owners. Personally I still think they are investing poorly on quick fixes rather than a long term plan.

However, Jose has spent over 400m so far. A figure matched/ beaten only by Pep at city. So I don't think Jose has a right to claim the owners haven't backed him.

It is not the fault of the money men that the targets Jose wanted haven't worked out. Mkhitaryan already sold. 65m spent on Bailly and Lindelof and yet Jose wants another CB because he isn't happy with the ones he bought. Club record fee on Pogba and now touting him around Europe as again Jose isn't happy with him. Zlatan was only ever a short term fix, yet the club agreed to extend his stay while injured on Jose's say so. Jose then played him 4/ 5 times before he left. He was on a crazy contact by all accounts, so I can't see the club being too happy at extending his contract for him to play less minutes than Scott McTominay.
Sanchez is another who was signed and as yet has not proven his worth.

Then there is the 70m+ worth of young talent in Martial and Shaw which Mourinho shows little interest in developing.

Mourinho has been gloomy and miserable since day one and we can't blame that on the owners. Red man I know your a big Jose fanboy, but it appears I may have been right when I said hiring Jose will end in tears. He just isn't the right fit. I know he has the ego and the drive to win like Sir Alex, but Sir Alex had so much more. It's like taking two ingredients out of your favourite meal and slapping them in something else, it won't be the same as your favourite meal. I love a Sunday roast, and roast potatoes and beef make the meal, however, they would be awful in a trifle, or in my corn flakes.

Sir Alex was the perfect man manager, knowing how to change tact to get a tune out of everyone. With Jose it's his way or the highway.

And so far it looks like it's the highway for around 150-200m worth of our players the most of that players Jose himself has bought. So I could see why the owners might be a little more concerned about trusting Jose's judgement on players this summer.

11.) 24 Jul 2018 07:34:07
Top post Shappy, we’ve spent a lot, some of it badly, bought who the Manager wanted, and he doesn’t play them or wants them gone. It’s the Board’s fault, go figure.

12.) 24 Jul 2018 07:42:54

One point I can tell you from your post is very wrong, I am not a Jose “fanboy”, and I have posted who I wanted as manager many times, but why let the truth get in the way of your anti Jose position. When Bailly was playing well Jose got no credit and it was a club decision to buy, now it’s his fault we spent money on him. Pep bought and sold and their club supported him, do we support our own in the same way? Apart from Matic do we really know how many were Jose first choice signings? He needed many positions changing but did he have the budget after years of underfunding? He may have approved some but that doesn’t mean they were his first choice. If you look back at our transfer activity the dip in buying started when the club changed owners, buoyed by the longevity of what was already there and SAF we kept going, the dip started when Ron left and years of underfunding has come home to roost. Looks like we are watching the same dance again this summer.

13.) 24 Jul 2018 08:08:36
Red man, you've always been a huge fan of Jose. Since the mid 00's you have said he would be the perfect replacement for Sir Alex. You said when we hired Moyes that it should have been Jose. Under LvG you said we should have hired Jose. So under our last three managers before hiring Jose you have stated Jose should be our manager. In my books that makes you a bit of a fanboy.

You say the spending has dried up under the current ownership. Yet the the club has broken it's transfer record as many times since Sir Alex has retired as we did under him. We've broken the world record transfer fee and the world record fee paid for a teenager in the last 4 seasons.

Has Jose been backed? Yes, 400m in a shade over two years in charge is certainly some backing.

Your excuse of whether they were Jose's first choice is laughable. Bailly wasn't his first choice, and is probably one of his best signings. He wanted Perisic and got Sanchez a player many of us believe is better than his first choice. Zlatan, Matic, Lukaku were definitely his first choice. Pogba was a player he was interested in at Chelsea. Lindelof was another he wanted after leaning heavily on advice from people he trusts in Portugal.

Regardless of whether they are his first choice, second choice or third choice. They are players he wanted and he got them. So he can have no complaints. No manager gets all the players they want, but they don't for the most part throw their toys out the pram like a petulant child. Especially when only one manager in the history of world football has spent more money than you in such a short space of time.

Jose has been well backed, now he has to deliver. So far this preseason he seems to be getting his excuses in early. I suspect another Jose third season implosion.

14.) 24 Jul 2018 08:27:36

Incorrect, yet again. I wanted Jose to replace SAF because it needed someone with stature. I wanted Klopp to replace Moyes and then wanted Pep to replace LvG. It was all written on here, only when Pep declared for City did I suggest Jose. If you get that so wrong when I have repeated it many times what else do you get wrong?

15.) 24 Jul 2018 12:48:45
If the board don't trust Jose, why give him a contract extension. Also if Jose is that unhappy why sign it? Just extra post melt down compo?

{Ed002's Note - The club wants consistecy - Mourinho will be more than happy to take the money. The fans did the damage a couple of years ago and are entirely responsible for where the club is now.}

16.) 24 Jul 2018 15:18:22
Ed 002 - LVG and his awful football had nothing to do with it?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

17.) 24 Jul 2018 18:05:52
Shappy on the money.

18.) 25 Jul 2018 11:26:42
Here we go again. Fans fault. Let’s just remove them from football completely. Ruining it.

19.) 26 Jul 2018 11:20:22
Ed do you mind explaining why the fans are at fault?

{Ed002's Note - The toxics forced the club to change their agreed plan because they are far from bright.}

20.) 26 Jul 2018 12:17:33
The agreed plan being to let Van Gaal see out his project?

{Ed002's Note - And then to be replaced by Max Allegri.}




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09 Aug 2019 06:53:59
Simple questions

Does anyone believe that Transfer window showed the club want to win the top prizes?

Does anyone think the clubs aims and ambition are anything other than financial?

Does anyone think that midfield is good enough?

United have nearly always had a top goal scorer, anyone any idea why we didn't replace the main goal scorer?

Red Man

1.) 09 Aug 2019 07:43:27
Red Man. It's 2 seasons in a row the board has failed to back the manager.
Its's disgraceful to be honest how an elite club like ours is run.
Ed002 said we handle transfer negotiations like amateurs.
Everybody knows the glaring deficiency in the squad.
Since I don't know the structure, I'm not sure who to put the blame on.
And not sure where the Dof search is heading to.

On a positive note, we have improved our defence significantly.
We must hope the youngsters step up and the older players play with consistency.
If it happens, I believe we will surprise a few.
Some of the players in our squad have great potential.
Furthermore, we must be patient with the likes of Greenwood, James whenever they make mistakes.
Ole has the right ideas. Let's back him and the players to have a successful season.

2.) 09 Aug 2019 07:49:35
Red Man, the transfer windows ended on a sour note. It looked promising at the start, albeit slow but, everyone knows the defense and midfield were priorities and needed strengthening. We sorted out the defense and brought in a young james and for once we looked to be heading in the right direction but once again we leave ourselves short of quality options in midfield.

With Woodie involved it is no surprise on how things panned out in the end, and he is more of a financial guy than anything else. And with the way our recruitment has been in recent times, it really shows a lack of understanding and proper planning on the transfer front and does raise questions on the ambition of the club. Get rid of him already and appoint a DOF.

The midfield is decent on paper but lacks options in terms of quality, grit and consistency. One injury to Pogba/ McTominay and we would be in trouble unless the likes of Fred, Perreira step up big time. Add to the fact we are short in that department already and with Pogba blowing hold and cold, it isn't a good situation.

It would had been wise to replace Lukaku but when the glaring deficiency in midfield was ignored outright, it is no surprise. The club probably looked at the attacking options and the emergence of Greenwood in particular and decided to put their trust in them. Even someone like Mandžukić as a short term fix would had been better provided the costs involved was fair.

3.) 09 Aug 2019 08:39:35
I honestly think they're preparing to sell hence keeping spending down.

4.) 09 Aug 2019 09:30:09
Red Man, good questions, and the answers are no. As for Lukaku replacement, i think Greenwood will surprise a few. But it's the supply from midfield that's going to hurt us big time.
Woodward, owners, and the board have failed and they don't give a toss. They've been taking the money and taking the piss unashamedly.
Like Mort, i too think they're preparing to sell, and good riddance.

5.) 09 Aug 2019 16:34:33
1. No, it showed that the club still thinks they can bully smaller clubs into selling their best players for cheap, but puts stupidly inflated prices on players at this club. I think it’s more about ‘winning’ at transfer negotiations than improving the team.

2. No, that would require people who know/ care about football.

3. The midfield is 100% not good enough. We are relying heavily on a player who doesn’t want to be here. Matic is in decline, Perreira isn’t good enough, Garner too young, and one good preseason doesn’t mean that McTom is now a top class player. Also I have no idea why people suddenly think that Fred will be good enough given that his first touch is worse than Lukaku being pushed head first into the ball.

4. The Lukaku transfer was about winning the negotiation. Juve were in a similar situation with Dybala, but pulled the plug because they didn’t have a replacement lined up. We didn’t care about the replacement because the transfer team got inter to pay £5-10m more than they wanted.



06 Aug 2019 20:19:49

Further to your strong, very strong assertion that Maguire is not a leader, what do you make of Rio Ferdinand's comment? "Maguire's grown into someone who can lead and be a leader of men". One of you is going to be right, will be interesting to see who.

Red Man

1.) 06 Aug 2019 20:37:03
The man ITK.

2.) 06 Aug 2019 21:03:57
I think Maguire is a big personality and will have an impact in the dressing room which is suddenly having a very British feel to it. We do lack leaders of any kind and he will help with that, whether he can become a very top class CB remains to be seen.

3.) 06 Aug 2019 21:46:54
He will be captain starting next seaon is my guess.

4.) 06 Aug 2019 22:01:30
I'm not saying I know he can't become a leader, just that as yet he hasn't shown any obvious leadership qualities.

Rio is saying he feels Maguire has "grown" into someone who "can" become a leader.

That in itself suggests that Rio didn't see Maguire as a leader previously, or even currently. Just as someone who "could" become one now.

Why? Because he has grown? It's true some leaders are naturally born leaders, while others grow into the role. Clearly Rio doesn't think he is a natural born leader.

I've never said he won't become a leader, he may well do. I have only asked why people think he is a shoe in to become a leader having never shown those leadership qualities before?

5.) 06 Aug 2019 22:31:17
I do believe you can tell a good or a bad leader from your armchair .

6.) 06 Aug 2019 23:33:00
I don't get how you can say he hasn't shown any signs of leadership qualitys yet when you haven't watched him enough to make that assumption.

Sunday all I'm going to do is watch what Maguire does.



16 Jul 2019 18:34:56
Whilst we are busy looking at transfers I noticed that Sheffield United have given Ravel Morrison a chance after a trial. Phenomenally talented but flawed, so this may be his very last chance at top level football. Watching his youth games years ago he was a natural but it shows it needs more than pure talent to succeed. Sheffield is quite near to his old problems in Manchester but i think it would be nice to see the kid get a chance and show at least some of his great skills. Realistically I fear he may blow it again but that raw skill deserves a last chance.

Red Man

1.) 16 Jul 2019 18:51:03
Roy Keane once said hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard. But I agree with you that Ravel has bigger problems than working hard, but he does deserve one last chance.

2.) 16 Jul 2019 18:58:35
My personal opinion is I hope the lad does well, he has skirted around many leagues now and seems to have never settled. Be a shame if he ****s it up.

3.) 16 Jul 2019 20:37:25
How many last chances do you give someone, tho? There's lads came from similar or worse backgrounds than Ravel, and they've managed to have successful careers. Look at some of the places the young Africans or South Americans have come from, and it makes it hard to feel sorry for the lad. He's had chances, and through poor personal choices has pissed his career away. It's sad.

4.) 16 Jul 2019 22:27:56
I’m not sure he deserves one last chance but he is going to get one because of the talent he possesses. If he couldn’t get his head down and work hard when he was one of the best kids at Man united what are his chances at Sheff United? I hope he’s grown up and does well but I wouldn’t be surprised if by September / October they realise him and his ‘crew’ are stinking up the city and loan him as far away as possible.

5.) 17 Jul 2019 11:27:54
One of the best academy players ever to come out of united, unfortunately he threw his united career away. i hope he has matured and is serious about his football. he is probably living in manchester still redman as he drove past me in denton a few weeks ago.

6.) 17 Jul 2019 11:43:43
i think sheff utd are playing it safe as well as they have only given him a 12month contract.



02 Jun 2019 17:15:42
The multiverse theory, every possible thing that happens has an alternative and means a Universe takes a different path. Imagine being in the one where the Glazers bought City, FSG bankrupted Liverpool, or where United had a plan. We could dream.

Club games are over and now the merry go round of players and managers starts. Massimo Allegri became available, imagine if we hadn't appointed the sentimental choice, imagine Poch actually wanted to come to United. We could dream. In a Universe somewhere Woodward is still in a bank.

Red Man

1.) 02 Jun 2019 17:36:02
In an alternative universe Ed Woodward is the greatest footballer of all time and Red Man supports Liverpool. 🤣.

2.) 02 Jun 2019 17:51:17
. or Red Man had faith in Ole.

3.) 02 Jun 2019 18:29:56
Imagine a universe where Red Man isn’t wearing grumpy pants. No, I can’t either 😳.

4.) 02 Jun 2019 23:42:45
It's a shame the governing bodies that blocked Rubert Murdochs bid for us citing it would have an "adverse affect on the wider football industry". It's a shame they couldn't step in to stop owners that only had an interest in cannibalising our club for their own financial gain.



26 May 2019 11:07:50
It seems everyone is getting excited about DeLigt, so I may be the only one concerned should it all be about money. Money isn't a motivator.

We need a leader, a CB for sure, but we expect a 19 year old to carry the team at a time when we are struggling, don't have a leader from manager down and that is a big ask for anyone. To me it has the smack of Woodward and Co trying to show we and they still have it, the charisma to do things "others in the transfer market can only dream of". We are after a young talented Dutch player who had a good season, just like Rashford when he first burst on the scene and now expect him to be the cornerstone of the team. I would not dismiss the opportunity but have misgivings over it. After all these same decision makers gave new contracts to Young, Smalling and Jones plus the manager allegedly told Rojo he is in his plans.

Red Man

1.) 26 May 2019 11:50:15
The Dutch league is an easier league to play in.
He is young and part of an Ajax side that has over achieved this year in the CL.

Of course we need leaders in the team, along with experience.
De Ligt looks a good player.

Given our defensive frailties, most CBs will be linked with the club during the summer transfer window.

2.) 26 May 2019 11:55:22
We shouldn't be signing De Ligt and i think we will get a smack in our face if it fails. Let him go to Barcelona and we should go for Milenkovic or Dias.

First choice would be Koulibaly but i think napoli are taking the mick with their asking price.

One thing i am happy about is Lukaku looking to leave and i hope that happens.

Get rid of Pogba as well and go all out for Ndombele or Niguez.




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11 Aug 2019 15:08:41

The biggest issue at the club was the leveraged buy out. Then the lack of any strategy or plan to replace SAF.

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11 Aug 2019 10:12:47

My position on the strategic issues with the owners, the debt, the structure of the club has been aired on here regularly. The lack of success isn’t just down to the manager, we had one of the best in Mourinho yet they didn’t support him (and it cost us £20m more to sign Maguire a year later) and if he couldn’t succeed it tells you something is inherently wrong. However, that doesn’t make the present manager the right one. However he is in place so we support the team and get on with it.

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11 Aug 2019 09:22:47
Lots of times people throw double standards around, yet at the same time suggest giving OGS more time than the last three managers. Why is that? The emotional sentimentality of a playing legend being in charge. But that isn’t double standards of course, its just because they love Ole. He is a legend to me, but a playing legend who has done nothing to deserve the managerial position. I doubt they would have appointed him if they had waited to the end of the season and the relegation form that was on display. He should be judged the same as the other managers were.

Today, I support the team as I always have, wish I could be there like I was for decades but I can’t. Get behind the team, wear green and gold and what will be will be, like we sang in 77.

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10 Aug 2019 10:48:22
I think we will start well and positively but will fade later in the season. Everyone is looking to Greenwood as the potential star, however, I wonder if Garner maybe the one who also surprises us in midfield.

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10 Aug 2019 10:46:09
Bit of information about Mejbri who was only born in 2003, (I feel old)

Joined Monaco in August 2018 after spells in the academies at Paris FC and AC Boulogne-Billancourt. Monaco paid £1million for the teenager when he was just 14. Played eight games for France u16s and is also eligible to play for Tunisia (dual citizenship) . He made one senior appearance for Monaco last season.
Mejrbi and his family became locked in a legal dispute with Monaco after the Mejbri family claimed the Ligue 1 club broke a contract agreement.
United are believed to have been tracking the teenager for six months with a number of other clubs including Bayern Munich and Arsenal who were said to be interested. £9m is believed to be the fee.

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17 Aug 2019 15:15:00

Was Rio not fresh on the back of a successful World Cup and regarded as the best defender in the World? Was Rooney not an England superstar after performing on the world stage, regarded as one of the best young players in the world? How about RvP? The difference is that there was a structure to what SAF was trying to do. A couple of key superstars at other junctures under his tenure may have seen us more successful in Europe. It is about having aims, structure and planning when buying the stars and DiMaria, Falcao and Sanchez didn’t fit into any strategy we had.

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17 Aug 2019 10:17:34
I was one of those on my feet applauding the great Brazilian Ronaldo at Old Trafford after he had put a hat trick past us. I saw him play for PSV and wanted him at OT, wanted him again in 98, I think he was in Italy then, before we bought Yorkie but we never showed interest to my knowledge. Always seemed like he glided across the turf but had balance, pace, astonishing close skill and could finish. The hatrick at OT seemed so effortless at the time.

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{Ed001's Note - that was one of the greatest individual centre forward performances of all time. There has probably never been another centre forward who could have done that.}



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17 Aug 2019 09:57:34

A couple of things.

You have just posted what I have been saying for a very long time on here. To be exact, we don’t just need a plan, we need an aim from the top, reflected in a strategy and then the strategy designed into a plan. How long have I said these things and how many times has AJH popped up with “oh no we don’t have a plan”.

I will disagree about not buying superstars, we bought many Rio, Keane, Van Nistelrooy but they were bought with a strategy in mind.

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17 Aug 2019 08:23:58

Is a possession based game what we are aiming for? We didn’t strengthen the midfield, the most important area to control possession. Were Arsenal not a possession based team? He always looked sensational with them, but they pushed higher and used their fullbacks more in support, conceded more goals mind you.

In terms of Sanchez, some time ago I speculated that if we bought the right players we could push our back line higher and in compacting the game Sanchez would be playing higher and be more dangerous.

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13 Aug 2019 13:53:50
Bad Red Devil

Let’s start with Maguire, I was one of very few on here who championed him, so I won’t take lectures from the new fans of his.

If you prefer to watch with very red tinted specs, so be it. I am objective and reviewed the game I saw rather than the one that has grown and grown in stature the more it gets talked about on here. I said the other day, I think we will start brightly and fade as the season goes on, the midfield with Pereira in isn’t going to get us in the top three, outside chance for 4th.

Perhaps I am an old fart, but it means I have watched us for over 50 years and will say what I see, I don’t aim to say nice sweet things to court favour with the Mr and Mrs Positive who can see no wrong. Oh and I wouldn’t have given an analysis of the Champions league final because I walked 5 miles back to the centre of Barcelona and got very drunk on Las Ramblas, knowing like anyone else we had been very lucky.

Red Man