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18 Jan 2018 16:21:31
After Wengers quotes I feel the deal is nearly done.

Alexis is a fantastic player. I remember being on the site years ago when he was still at Udinese and we were all hopefull of getting him then. Football porn was the term thrown around.

Money wise. couldn't give a toss. Like any business, if you head hunt someone from a rival you have to be prepared to pay. Sanchez is well within his rights to get the best deal for him and if United are happy to offer it, wheres the problem?

Yes he's 29. But he's fit as a fiddle. Works his balls off and can unlock any defence in the world.

Was I the only fan looking at the Alexis/ city deal a few months ago brimming with jelousy? I doubt it. I hated the feeling that one of the best players in the world was available and we hadnt been mentioned! If that kind of calibre of player is available we should be going for him. I would have been pissed if we never even made an enquiry. We did and now he's on his way.

Fans need to get over the money side of things. We try to educate ourselves but in reality, we have little understanding of how a club is run. Let alone one the size of united.

So sit back, keep checking your phone and wait for Alexis to be holding our number 7 shirt.

Any other teams fans knocking the deal is just jelous and rightly so.


1.) 18 Jan 2018 16:35:44
Spot on :)

2.) 18 Jan 2018 17:02:37
Great post mate. Couldn't have put it better myself. If the club couldn't afford to get Sanchez and pay him, they wouldn't. Simple.

Ask yourselves this, would you rather have Sanchez or not? I know what I pick.

3.) 18 Jan 2018 19:48:44
Totally agree James Mack. Just wish they would get the deal done and dusted. Saw the tweet Lingard put on regarding Sanchez medical . Wonder if he finds it funny losing his place in the team. Pillock.
I'll keep my mobile to hand waiting for the news of Sanchez. Data allowance allowing that is.

4.) 18 Jan 2018 21:24:47
If we can swap Mkhitaryan for Sanchez that is unbelievably good business!

5.) 19 Jan 2018 08:07:36
Top post mate! The money side of things doesn't matter, we will make enough money in Sanchez 7 strips sold to make the transfer fee back. Great to be linked with a top name and to get him especially.

Welcome to the club, Alexis!

6.) 19 Jan 2018 08:54:36
People only care about cash if they have an issue with the player.
Good player Sanchez and could be the cherry on top of what is a very good squad .
Good time to kick on in the second half of the season.

7.) 19 Jan 2018 09:28:36
Rock the red, on current form I don't see Lingard losing his place to Sanchez.

I think we'll see Pogba and Matic in midfield, with Lukaku up top. Then Sanchez, Lingard and one of Martial or Rashford behind Lukaku.

Lingard is probably one of our most in form players right now.

8.) 19 Jan 2018 10:10:42
I posted on the teams page the other day that this could evolve into 2 up top. With lukaku and sanchez up top, a number 10 and then 3 in midfield of pogba, matic and another. Martial and rashfors offer width if we need to change things and both can play top. Or its just a 433.

Sanchez offers a lot tactically. Its a no brainer.



17 Jul 2015 18:19:37
Bbc reporting that unless we get Ramos that De Gea is staying another year.

We might lose ;20 mill but I'm happy that Real can't expect to get their way every time. 20 mill is nothing to a club our size. With the kit deal kicking in and European money, we won't miss it.

Hope we stick to our guns and Ddg has a blinder of a season and he leaves a champion once again. He has not forced the move and there is always that ray of hope he signs an extension to at least get his worth next summer.


1.) 17 Jul 2015 19:10:18
It would be nice if they had the same stance with psg for di Maria either keep him or tell them to pay what we paid for him their desperate for him and we don't want to sell I think we should keep him now we have the players to bring out the best in him we shld not take a loss of 15 million

2.) 17 Jul 2015 19:18:23
This is going to go on till the last day of the transfer window. Utd have a contingency in place if it does, I think it's paying oblak's release clause!! Could one of the eds confirm if they know of a release clause in lloris's contract too, I've been told that it also includes one.

3.) 17 Jul 2015 19:43:55
if he doesn't sign a new contract i would sell him and buy a new keeper as soon as

4.) 17 Jul 2015 20:01:55
DDG should just either stay or leave. Make him rot in the bench. Had enough of it already.

5.) 17 Jul 2015 20:25:50
Why should he 'rot' on the bench? He's not asked to leave. He's not refusing to play or publicly slating the club. He's a young Spanish lad that wants to go back home. He's given years of loyal service, has been happy with 60k a week and pretty much single handedly assured us champions league football this season.

What an absurd comment.

6.) 17 Jul 2015 20:28:19
I totally agree de gea is a fantastic gk and I really hope he stays but the last thing we need is for him to leave near theend of the transfer window and we can't get anyone else in

7.) 17 Jul 2015 20:56:57
I love the stance of not selling him, DDG has never said he is unhappy here just that he would like to go to madrid, the fans won't turn on him, he will continue to play well and if he leaves on a free we don't lose anything, we never had the money and his value will have been written off. If he plays like he did the last 2 years and we have a much better side in front of him he could win us the league, I would take a 20 million loss to win the league any day of the week.

8.) 17 Jul 2015 21:01:45
Make him rot on the bench? Great fan!

9.) 17 Jul 2015 21:09:56
I'm sure I'm probably wrong but I saw somewhere we'd only have to sell di Maria for 48 million to break even.

10.) 17 Jul 2015 21:22:41
Does anyone really think we'll be teaching RM a lesson by not selling DDG now! They are happy to wait and will get him for nothing next year. In the meantime his commitment to us may weaken and other players will know he wants out. We should stop posturing and sell him to RM now.

11.) 17 Jul 2015 21:41:28
Guys don't be so naive. If you really thought he hasn't said anything publicly is out of respect, you are kidding yourselves. Due to the complexity of the dealings he realized United was not going to budge, so if he were to stay due to contract agreement he didn't want to make a bad name for himself for the remaining year. I respect him for making us reach 4th. Hands down he played the most part in it. But, he shouldn't hide his inner want and think us for fools to now know it. He should have made his intention clear than have us fans sweat all summer and plead to him. He is not saying anything because that's bad for the deal. He stills expect to leave if possible this summer. That's the real thing here. Don't fool yourselves.

12.) 17 Jul 2015 22:56:17
Think the bloke has handled the whole thing well as the club have.

If he stays for a year and performs how he has been that's fine by me and it will also be nice to have Madrid dance to our tune they are the biggest bully in the playground( with us being perhaps 2nd 😜)

13.) 18 Jul 2015 00:09:40
I'm with Dean 100% dg has handled it all right on the line and very professional and so have the club. No name calling or any 'sterling' behavior just an air of professionalism and class with no fingers being pointed. The club have stood staunch and shown that they won't be bullied and you've got to wonder whether van gaal has brought that to the table, he's definitely a not messing about character who's obviously respected in international football circles. I think he could lead us right into another period of domination.personally I'm proper made up how things are going at the min and I think that's how by far the majority of the club feel.I can't wait to see what happens over the next few weeks

14.) 18 Jul 2015 00:51:50
De Gea is contracted to United for a further 12 months. I think some folk are forgetting he's no obligation to sign a new deal just so we can get a decent fee for him.

I believe he will honour the last year of his contract as he's honoured the rest: professionally.

I read De Gea's family wanted him to return home to Madrid well over a year ago and they are annoyed that Jorge Mendes hasn't been able to extract him earlier, especially as De Gea has turned down several improved wage offers.

De Gea will return home to Madrid at some point. That should either be now for the £25m+ that would be appropriate or next year for nothing. Either way I do think Woodward has played his hand well with Real. One could argue we should be putting young talents on longer than 4/5 year contracts if we expect them to be first teamers. If we had done with DDG the dynamic would be different, I.e, Real would be looking at £40m+ to sign him irrespective of the fact he / his family may still want him to return home.

15.) 18 Jul 2015 08:57:20
RedatHeart - it's ages since I've posted here but I feel I have to respond to you.

DDG wants to go back to Madrid for personal reasons and because he wants to play for Real. He's Spanish. Of course he wants to play for Real if he gets the chance. Why should that upset us? What's your view on Schneiderlin and his lack of loyalty to Southampton? What about Sterling? Hey, he was honest in the way he behaved, right?

It doesn't matter what DDG wants or thinks. He is behaving professionally and treating his existing contract with respect, so we should all respect him for that in return.

16.) 18 Jul 2015 19:18:25
Its 100% certain that DDG will leave this summer.
There is no chance the glazers would throw away 20 million (its what he's worth with a year left on his contract) - they are business men - not fans - never forget that

17.) 18 Jul 2015 23:14:06

It's not 100% certain at all, don't talk rubbish. Would you stake your house on it?




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10 Dec 2021 09:13:55
Queation for Ed 002.

With Frenkie De Jong apparently available and our obvious need for a midfielder, is he realistically on our radar? i'm guessing he's going to go for about 60 mill. he's on 400k a week but I beleive Nike subsidise 50% of that. So would he take a lower wage for a higher percentage of his image rights?

Only thing worrying me is city have Torres and Sterling who Barcelona seem to fancy. They might make a deal and have a great Fernandinho replacement.


1.) 10 Dec 2021 11:32:16
Very talented player but may not be what we need.

2.) 10 Dec 2021 12:17:43
I asked the Ed what the situation was with De Jong on the European pages.

This is what they had to say:

{Ed002's Note - Frenkie de Jong (CM) Tolisso upgrade for Bayern Munich but Barcelona don't want to sell - although if a significant offer were made their financial situation would mean they would have to consider it. Bayern however may have other ideas. Manchester City may provide a solution but he is not first choice. Discussions about other players from both sides with Chelsea have not seen De Jong mentioned which means Barcelona will not be looking to an early sale and others will leave first. Manchester United has other midfield targets and it is difficult to see how the player could be persuaded to join even if there were interest. }.

3.) 10 Dec 2021 13:36:19
I would love him at OT.

4.) 10 Dec 2021 15:12:05
De Jong and Donny on the bench while McFred still start. That will be something to see!



28 Jul 2021 09:35:36
Happy with the Varane signing. He has all the attributes to compliment Maguire. If they get the partnership right, this could be Daisy and Dolly version 2.0.

I read Shappys post about the cdm (started reading at 8pm, just finished it) and I think he is right about the type of player we need. Before the Varane signing, I would have said we needed a ball winner like Ndidi etc. Now, we need a Carrick. One of the most important jobs of a top class cdm is having the ability to take the ball deep from the defence, on the half turn and start knocking it about from there. Fred and Mctomminay don't have that in their lockers imo. They also need to be able to slip into cb. Maguire and Varane can both run the ball into midfield and the cdm needs to drop and cover.

One of the biggest frustations last season was watching Bruno, Pogba etc dropping deep in attacks to set a rhythm as fred or Mctomminay don't have the passing range to keep things ticking over and change the point of attacks. that's what you want from your cdm in an attacking sense. It frees up the more creative players higher up the pitch.

A player in the mould of a younger Verrati would be brilliant. The only thing that worries me with Saul is that he does like to take a touch or two. You can get your pocket picked very easily in the EPL. I don't think there really is an outstanding candidate but this is now a key position. We need to buy the right player and not just buy for the sake of it. Camavinga looks like he has all the ability to be able to run a midifield in a few years time but he's not the answer now. Whoever we buy, its going to be a fingers crossed situation that they can slip in and nake an impact. Would you put all your eggs in yhe Saul/ Neves basket or do you buy potential in Camavinga and hope we have enough in the squad to cover the work load before he comes of age?


1.) 28 Jul 2021 09:49:29
Declan Rice is yer man.

2.) 28 Jul 2021 10:39:05
James, when you stop and look around at all the top sides how many of them play with a solely defensive midfielder like Ndidi?

If you are a side expected to have the majority of possession and do minimal defending across 90 minutes then what benefit is there in having a key midfield position taken up by a player who only really works well off the ball.

If you are a counter attacking team someone like Ndidi makes perfect sense, but if you want to control the game, dictate the game and have the majority of possession then you need a player like Busquets, Kimmich, Pirlo, Xabi Alonso etc.

someone who is capable of defending but also offers a lot on the ball. I like Declan Rice but I do wonder if he is good enough on the ball for a top side.

I agree Camavinga looks like a top prospect, but I don't think he is ready just yet.

Ruben Neves could be a good option, great on the ball, diligent in his defensive work, ideal age and EPL proven. He might not have the appeal of someone like Saul Niguez but could have a similar or even better impact.

3.) 28 Jul 2021 10:52:21
I have my reservations about varane personally, a lot of people saying he's top 5 in world . I don't see it every time I have watch him without ramos he looked awful. Also I'm not sure if he does compliment maguire their simular types of cb imo.

4.) 28 Jul 2021 11:18:41
Lol dio, Maguire and Varane are similar types?
Had a good laugh reading that.

5.) 28 Jul 2021 11:20:41
Just read an interesting feature on Sky Sports where it basically says Fergie was enroute to France to meet Varane a decade ago as an 18-year-old, whereby Real learned of the impending meeting and asked Zidane to have a word with him too. United turned to their second choice, Phil Jones. Ironic that 10 years later, the two will hopefully be passing again, in opposite directions.

6.) 28 Jul 2021 11:21:33
Shappy, Declan Rice is good on the ball. Ed001 has said, his game is being restricted due to the defensive nature his teams play in.

Ruben Neves is an interesting option considering he has PL experience and good range of passing.

7.) 28 Jul 2021 11:50:39
dio1989 - he (Varane) seemed to cope without Ramos whilst winning the world cup with France.
Although i like Rice i would rather go for Camavinga. I think he's definitely more mobile than Rice who is a very defensive player and he would cost a third of the price. Rice isn't worth 80-100 million, no chance!
I think Camavinga will give you more going forward and we have some fantastic players further up the pith. We need to play on the front foot and get the best out of the likes of Sancho, Bruno, Rashford, Cavani and Pogba (if he stays) .

8.) 28 Jul 2021 12:05:25
Jamesmac8, not sure you can slate Shappy and then write an essay yourself 😂📝.

9.) 28 Jul 2021 14:13:35
TRD, I don't think Rice is poor on the ball, but his passing range isn't that expansive.

Can he hit accurate long balls like Scholes, Carrick, Pogba, Kroos, Busquets, Kimmich, Pirlo, Xabi Alonso etc?

That's the sort of company a top level deep lying playmaker should be keeping.

Rice is a good passer of the ball, but what he really excels at is winning the ball and progressing the ball via carrying more so than passing.

You saw a few times for England when he was given license to play slightly more freely with Phillips covering. He wasn't playing 40-60 yard passes, but moved closer to the opposition goal and played the same fairly safe 10-20 yard passes and occasionally dribbled the ball forward.

He's better at passing than McFred, but that doesn't mean his passing is at the level we should be aiming for.



03 May 2021 10:03:25
Firstly, I will never condone violence. Its a fact that when you get a crowd together, there will always be a few idiots. But let's not let the minority tarr the majority. The majority of fans were well behaved.

Personally, I'm delighted the game got called off. The owners have to take notice now. Yesterday was about taking back our club. Our game. Souness talking rubish about inciting violence and riots. The same man who planted the flag in the middle of the pitch at Galatasary?

We have all put money into the United machine over the decades. We have followed our team everywhere. Paid through the nose for some tickets or the 3rd home shirt in 3 years etc. They have taken the piss out of fans for so long that the super league was the straw that broke the camels back. They have no respect for the institution of the game and the history of our clubs. We are not franchises. We are clubs. They are nothing without fans paying into their business model. If a consumer is unhappy with the product, you have a right to complain. 2005 and 2011 we had protests. How did they get on? What was the outcome? Nothing.

Protests are supposed to be inconvenient to the people being targeted. They are to make a statement. Anyone saying they should all stay outside and make their voices heard are living in a dream land. what's the point in that? Have you not heard 70,000 people in Old Trafford sing build a bonfire? I have. Numerous times. Guess what? They are still here.

I see the club put out barriers as they knew the protest was coming? Did they hire extra security? Na. More penny pinching. Have you looked around the stadium? Our stadium? There was a time that we had the only 5* club stadium in the country. Now, its a joke. From the rust, to the leaking roof, to the cheap looking fittings and fixtures. I've been to the spurs stadium and it puts ours to shame.

Again, I don't condone the violence. There are idiots in every crowd. But i'm proud of each and every fan that attended and made them listen.

Its our club. Our history. They might be caretakers of the business side but they don't own the fans.

We decide when you play.


1.) 03 May 2021 12:29:53
OK president trump🤣🤣.

2.) 03 May 2021 16:21:28
I applaud the protest but not the violence or damage - it deflects from the cause and gives knobheads like souness and lineker bait.
I hope there's not stupid penalties or sanctions on the back of this by governing bodies.

3.) 03 May 2021 17:03:44
Honestly Funky, wouldn't bother me if they did. If they took us out of top 4 I wouldn't be too upset as I know it would mess with the owners business model and make them feel the pinch.

4.) 04 May 2021 09:05:15
James - the thing is that alone wouldn't make them feel it too much- they still get their dividends, could re allocate shares etc and could also effect the loan repayments/ finance and therefore make us even more of a laughing stock.
It is nothing new and they sit 3000 mile away from the people who really care.
It shows how much of danger we are in as a club becoming a forgotten hero when we are championed by shearer and carragher: although they are not keen on man utd they realise the efeect it could have on the club, league and football. The premier league and fa still haven't clarified the stance on the esl and constantly refer to sanctions and actions. The media are loading with the esl disaster but in our case it goes way back to the original takeover and the running down of the club and assets by people who don't care.



20 Apr 2021 20:46:57

That is all.




22 Mar 2021 11:23:56
There was no excuse for that performance last night.

Rotation is a must in football. But the genius managers know when to rotate their players without it affecting the momentum of the side. Ole, Again, is showing his shortfalls.

The game to rotate was against Sociedad in the 2nd leg. A nothing game. Yet, he plays Bruno etc. Everyone can see He has been running in fumes for the last 6 weeks. So it's either Ole is aware of it but insists on playing him because he is our only chance of getting a goal or he is so scared of pissing Bruno off that if Bruno says he wants to play, he plays? The only reason he didn't play yesterday from the start is because his numbers from a sport science view, are proper in the red zone.

Ole has shown his inexperience and lack of game management. We all knew what performance we were going to see as soon as the line up went out. Maguire is now a meme. A joke. You can't tell me that's 80 million worth of defender or even a captain? Valencia, who spoke no English, was a better leader than him. Fred is awful. Couldn't pass wind. Matic's legs have gone. Donny is being asked to change his game from a box to box midfielder to a number 10 and he doesn't look comfortable doing that. Pogba is barely fit but is playing for a move. And Martial. The fact that he is wearing the number 9 shirt for Manchester United sums up the state of the club. I've never seen a cf so disinterested and have no concept of how to lead a line. When to drop short, when to stretch etc. He's never in the box and for someone who wants to play through the middle, he ends up jogging towards the lw anyway. We really need to get rid of him.

A proper number 6 is needed and a Cf. We might be able to get away with the defence and rw for another season if we solve those two areas. A striker who can link the play and be a threat (Cavani 7 years ago) and a dm who can do both the jobs of Mctomminay and Fred, allowing us to play a box to box midfielder, like Donny, with Bruno in the 10. There isn't a better number 6 in the league then the man we saw last night, Ndidi. And Haaland is the obvious choice up top. Sell the deadwood, sell Pogba, DDG, Martial etc and blow the budget on them Two players in my opinion. Diallo, James, Rashford and Greenwood can all play the wide positions.


1.) 22 Mar 2021 13:42:01
Is Fred George Weah's brother?

If he is under the slightest bit of pressure he struggles, he doesn't lift his head enough to sense the danger, yesterday's back pass was a prime example, he did not spot the blue shirt in front of him until he'd played the ball back.

He has great energy but is a target for any team we play, to harry him off the ball, I wouldn't mind if he carried a goal threat but he doesn't, he is just poor at this level.

There is a post further down the page re Ndidi, I think we should do whatever it takes to get him, if it is at all possible to turn his head.

2.) 22 Mar 2021 14:12:24
Fred's ability on the ball is ridiculously poor. Aren't the coaching team noticing this at all?
And also he adds zero goal threat, his shots from edge of the box is just comical.

I'd go all out for Declan Rice.
We have a fantastic bargaining chip in Lingard.

3.) 22 Mar 2021 15:40:40
James I don't believe haaland is a realistic option.
He opted for BD when he could have come to us. He knows ole well and obviously decided not to play under him again.
We are at logger heads and or have zero contact with his agent. We have messed around one of his other clients in pogba. He will have better options with clubs with better coaches and better prospects of success. They will have pockets as deep as ours for wages.
I'd take ndiddi in a heartbeat.

4.) 22 Mar 2021 15:54:31
I would prefer Lingard back to signing Rice.




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30 Jan 2022 09:12:34
Seems like a no brainer after recent revelations.




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15 Jan 2020 11:25:29
That money is not one lump sum. They maybe got a 30 mill payment and the rest will come throughout Lukakus contract. So while we agreed an 70odd mill deal, we don't have that to spend. The books need to be balanced and spending money before you have received money is not how it works I'm afraid.




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09 Jan 2020 13:07:05
He's signed pre contract for Inter. Possibly going this month if adeal reached. Borthwick-Jackson has been recalled from loan so he might be off very soon.




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20 Jul 2019 13:33:49
Bailey pissed Jose off as he wouldn't play when injured. Never heard a thing about him rubbing people the wrong way Wazza.




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02 Nov 2018 15:05:33
Don't worry Shaps, I got your back.





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18 Feb 2022 08:32:04
Personaly, I wasnt thrilled by his signing for the reasons being shown now. Not mobile enough for a team that wants to dominate possesion. Not worth 30+ mill than a John Stones.

Club is full of parasites now. Spoiling my lobe for the game now.




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17 Feb 2022 22:19:04
Heard Rumours Ed.

Him and Henderson is what I've heard. I expect it to be the english players as they have more contact with journalists than others.

His performances and pre match interviews is enough to strip him. No accountability. No leadership. Can you imagine Maguire watching the Robbo documentary and thinking that he should be uttered in the same breath as him, Keane, Vidic, Eric etc? The club screwed up giving him the armband and it was unfair on Maguire with the price tag. The club would have been better making Mata "club captain" and then shared the armband round the top performers. The club only has themselves to blame over the whole Maguire venture.


{Ed0666's Note - I’d rather not get involved with hearsay and gossip mate whomever is the culprit(s) need to be shipped out because In my eyes that’s unforgivable and if I was a teammate I’d be livid. Bryan Robson was captain par excellence. What that man would have achieved had he not been blighted by injuries. He’s 600 times the player McGuire is and 700 times the captain. You’ll take a massive hit on McGuire and I can see him going back to Leicester or a team out of the top 6 for sure. To be fair nobody though he was gonna be such a duffer when he was signed so I can see the reason he was made captain.



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17 Feb 2022 22:06:26
Read something similar too.

And its amazing how its kind of written from Maguires perspective.

To me, it shows that our captain is one of the leaks in the dressing room. The guy is not mentally up to it and is definitely incapable of playing in a team that wants to play a high line. He needs to go and play at his level and get some confidence back as he must be feeling like crap atm.


{Ed0666's Note - if he’s leaking info to the press he deserves to be stripped of the captaincy, fined heavily and allow the rest of the squad to smack him in the mouth. There’s no evidence to suggest he is but if he is that’s scumbag behavior.



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30 Jan 2022 08:46:12
Bury him under the prison.

Disgusting. Stain on our club. Bomb him out asap.




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17 Jan 2022 10:01:18
Bolger - we need a cdm desperately. We can't play outbfrom the back as we don't have a cdm good enough on the ball. One of the biggest problems we have is the pressure we invite onto ourselves through terrible build up play out from the back. We need another Carrick.