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Best team moment: lifting the champions league in 1999 and completing the treble...unbelievable moment


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15 Dec 2019 16:10:02
Typical united that. 8 points fro. Last 12 however the points were dropped at home to villa and Everton whereas we got the maximum against spurs and at City. Kinda knew that would happen today, however we move on and hopefully some consistency comes soon.

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1.) 15 Dec 2019 16:13:54
I had that feeling as well; and it was reinforced after 5 minutes.

Really need to work on other tactical options. We are way too one dimensional.


2.) 15 Dec 2019 16:24:19
Not consistent enough or well coached enough to be a top 4 team. Possible solutions - get a really good first team coach, sign a good attacking midfielder/ link man (or play Pogba there) . Aim to win Europa league as entry into Champions League and then build on this with summer signings.


3.) 15 Dec 2019 16:28:04
Decent performance and we were abit unlucky. We lack a top class forward and apart from Greenwood, which would really make a difference becoming off the bench?


4.) 15 Dec 2019 17:03:34
It was a bad performance. Everton were playing with a third string midfield, but we were lost again.

Two key problems in the team.

Lingard isn’t good enough. He has effort and pace, but his passing and finishing are appalling. If we’re going to play with two defensive mids, then we need a top class number 10.

Martial is a liability. No effort and no idea how to play as a striker. Any time we try to put the ball into the box he’s hanging back on the edge instead of busting a gut to get on the end of it. If we persist with him, we will never challenge.


5.) 15 Dec 2019 17:14:14
Agree with that Danny.

Martial at 9 is not working with these players around him against teams that defend.

A high energy pressing second striker who can slip little passes to him or a proper number 10 might make the difference. Or a proper number 9 with him supporting. But he doesn't defend well.

Mata, lingard and Andreas all have major faults in their game. They do some things well, but with big weaknesses.

Just look at the difference De Brune and Maddison make to their teams.

We only seem to play well upfront when we outnumber the defenders.


6.) 15 Dec 2019 17:29:16
It's been done to death that we need a top class no 10 to break down such oppositions.
Hopefully we get one in Jan.


7.) 15 Dec 2019 17:33:52
Danny another way to look at it would be why do we keep chucking in these mindless crosses if he is open at the edge of the box.

I really don't get this incessant martial bashing everytime he has a quiet game, he is the only player among the front 6 who can consistently make passes to his own teammates in final 3rd.

Watch the last 5 games dan james has played and show me 5 good crosses that he delivered that reach his intended target. Rashford refuses to pass unless he is getting the ball back, lingard has a touch that makes lukaku's look good and passing skills that would make smalling's look like iniesta. But it's all martial's fault we draw, because he doesn't run enough.

The reason rashford can make those runs inside is martial takes up the space rashford leaves open, he is the only one who holds up the ball, he is the only one who looks to pass to players who might be in better position than him rather than the put your head down and have a stupid shot you can't score from routine that all the other front 4 do. He is a striker who not doesn't get any service but is actually responsible for providing whatever creativity we need in attack.

But maybe he shouldn't be doing that, he should be running around without actually passing properly or getting in a good cross or shooting blindly with no actual chance of scoring, that will definitely get people thinking he is a great player.


8.) 15 Dec 2019 18:49:23
Its not martials fault he is not a cf really.
I am one of his fiercest critics and i don't like watching him play but i thought he was the most creative of our front 3 today but he is not a real goal threat.
Greenwood looks like scoring no matter how long he is on for.
Poor performance today.
Not at all surprising its been the same over and over again. Perhaps its worth taking a different approach to those teams that sit deep.


9.) 15 Dec 2019 18:49:26
Answer is simple. GED rid of manager who has failed everywhere including here. No brain.


10.) 15 Dec 2019 19:39:20
CSM

It is not about running around blindly. He is not making runs across defenders and stretching them when James, Rash or the fullbacks are wide. That is his job in that role. You are either a front post number 9 or a back post number 9, or if you are really lucky you can mix it up and do both.

He needs to shift the center backs. The he can make space for others, or he can score himself.

James is also getting lots of ball in space and we are not delivering enough product.

Rash had a tough game, but he is on the hottest streak at the moment. Probably why he gets less criticism.

Lingard is good defensively in big games. For a man utd 10 it is not enough.

Watch AM when james is wide with the ball. Watch Rash. Watch Jesse. I don't understand what is going through their heads.

Since this has turned into a rant, I may as well add that Victor at the back now needs to be dropped for Axel. He looks lost and until he refinds some of last year's form he should sit out.

Rant over 🤣.


11.) 15 Dec 2019 22:35:18
Wow. Repeated words from the wise. We already know that Ole isn't good enough. No need for reminders.


12.) 15 Dec 2019 23:04:43
Ole didn’t miss 23 of the 24 shots we had though.


13.) 15 Dec 2019 23:47:00
how many were on target.


14.) 16 Dec 2019 02:26:40
Dodgy when james and especially rashford are wide, he drops backs because he looking to do the give and go pass, lingard tries that but his touch kills the attack more often than not. Niether of them can cross well enough, unless we get lucky we ain't scoring from a cross.

Ken he isn't a traditional no 9, but unless we get a good no 10 and midfield, a martial type of a cf is what we need. Did you forget how bad it was for lukaku at times? When pogba isn't playing we have no creativity, our best chances today came from long hoofs from the cb's to james and rashford. There is nothing being created for the cf's.

Look at greenwood's goal today or martial's goal in the derby. Those are their own goals, with little help from the team, there isn't much most strikers in the world can do, with service we provide them.


15.) 16 Dec 2019 10:15:03
But martial isn't a striker it doesn't matter who he plays with he is just doesn't get it he doesn't understand the role. He is not a striker.
Jesse is not a no10.
Terrible decision to play them in positions they can't deliver in most of the time.


 

 

07 Dec 2019 19:34:46
GET IN THERE! What a result and what a performance. 7 from 9 from our last 3 games is a great return. Only downside is that Liverpool have won the league 😪😂.

norn_Iron_Red84

1.) 07 Dec 2019 21:14:25
They were 10 points clear last Christmas when I gave you my heart. sorry. and then they fudged it up. Why is everyone so quick to assume?


2.) 07 Dec 2019 21:52:00
Wasnt it 7 points and the game in hand was at Citys place which they lost to make it 4 points.


3.) 08 Dec 2019 03:33:42
You are right dilakh2. We are 7 points ahead of City with City having game in hand and we lost to City. So 4 points behind and still a game in hand for City.
In last two seasons this is the first time Liverpool going 10 points ahead of City. Last season at no point we are 10 points ahead of City.


 

 

04 Dec 2019 15:50:18
Kickoff tonight at 7.30pm. how do we see it going?

Honestly and painfully, I can see jose walking away with 3 points 😩.

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{Ed047's Note - it certainly wouldn’t surprise me mate but you have turned up against the big teams.


1.) 04 Dec 2019 16:47:29
Its a tricky one. On the face of it Spurs have a far more experienced and successful manager, a better group of players and are in better form.

Yet, we often have had most success against the bigger sides. That said we tend to have done, based on the idea that those sides attack more freely and give us more space to counter in. That is unlikely to be the case against a Mourinho side.

I suspect we will lose, even if my heart says we will win.


2.) 04 Dec 2019 17:09:31
We will lose 2.0 and we will lose the game against City aswell.


3.) 04 Dec 2019 17:21:09
We'll lose, but likely score a goal or two. Spurs have shipped a few recently and we seem to be finding some goal scoring form, but we can't keep them out. I'd say we'll lose 3-3-2.

I don't see us beating City either, and I think we may find ourselves managerless after that.


4.) 04 Dec 2019 17:24:34
I actually think we are more likely to win the game against City than we are against Spurs.

Firstly, Spurs have a better defence and a manager who knows how to not concede.

Secondly, we will more likely have McTominay back against City.

Finally, City are very susceptible to counter attacks with Laporte out injured, which is our best form of attack.


5.) 04 Dec 2019 17:25:17
I'm thinking 3-1 spurs win though I hope I'm wrong. As for City 😱 I'd rather not think about it.


6.) 04 Dec 2019 17:50:08
Win today

Draw or late loss against city.


7.) 04 Dec 2019 17:43:07
As the Ed says, we turn up occasionally, sometimes in big games. We are at home and I am not sure which manager will be more nervous, neither wanting to lose. A 2-1 score for me, just not sure which way.


8.) 04 Dec 2019 18:59:08
We will win and all wake up from this horrible nightmare. It will be the spring board for a win against city and our surge up the table.


9.) 04 Dec 2019 19:11:21
Ashley young, maybe tottenham win!


10.) 04 Dec 2019 22:44:04
Glad to see you were all wrong.


11.) 05 Dec 2019 02:01:52
I am glad i was wrong too and a brilliant win well done!


12.) 05 Dec 2019 03:36:55
Redman that's 2 correct scorelines in 3 days.


 

 

01 Dec 2019 19:35:04
Serious question. How much longer can ole survive? Performances, results and league position are mediocre and this has been ongoing since March. The squad is flimsy, we lack in key areas badly, and yes ole has blooded some kids. however I don't think these excuses will fly much longer. I'm not one of the mob baying for his head, I'd be shocked however if the higher ups at OT aren't ready to pull the trigger on him. Do any of the eds know what the current situation is with regards to the manager?

norn_Iron_Red84

{Ed002's Note - As I have explained before, the club do not want to make a change unless it becomes absolutely necessary. The issue is now over what to do in the transfer market.}


1.) 01 Dec 2019 20:29:33
Don't mean to be annoying but what do you mean by absolutely necessary? . We need midfielders and badly btw.

{Ed002's Note - Your question was about the coach, not the midfield.}


2.) 01 Dec 2019 20:39:28
7 wins in his last 33, is there a worse record in football. Yet there seems to be absolutely no pressure on him. His post match interviews are almost as pathetic as his inept management skills.


3.) 01 Dec 2019 20:50:17
Yeah I know.
I'm just wondering at what stage the board would consider ole at the point of no return. Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Right now the club’s thoughts are on not making a change unless they have to.}


4.) 01 Dec 2019 22:23:38
If this continues I can't see him making it till Xmas. Right now the club have more reason to get rid than keep him. 2 defeats this week and he could be hanging by a thread.

{Ed002's Note - It is a self inflicted wound made by the amateurs.}


5.) 01 Dec 2019 22:50:03
Agree 100% Ed. That's why I have zero faith in things changing anytime soon. Oh to be a well run club 🙄.


6.) 01 Dec 2019 22:54:50
The players that down tools and stroll through games need going before the manager.


7.) 01 Dec 2019 23:17:39
who has downed tools. apart from the 89 mill flop and matic who makes a arthritic doney look fast.


8.) 02 Dec 2019 00:02:07
Don't know about players downing tools I just think that most of them aren't good enough to begin with. Seriously, name me a player in our squad who puts in high level performances in most of their games. Our players blow hot and cold, mainly cold 😂.

{Ed033's Note - Maybe the players are waiting for a pay rise :)


9.) 02 Dec 2019 07:04:01
There was no lack of effort yesterday apart from Martial.
It's the lack of quality that is hurting us.


10.) 02 Dec 2019 10:35:49
Martial has put no effort into anything since he joined the club. Awful player.


 

 

28 Nov 2019 22:41:06
You can always rely on Arsenal to out banter us. 😉.

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{Ed047's Note - it sure is good to know how awful we are and that you’re still below us. 😂


1.) 28 Nov 2019 22:45:58
Ed047
Who would you like to see as arsenal's next manager? Or do you think you should stick?

{Ed047's Note - definitely not stick ken, maybe a caretaker until seasons end would make sense.

The trouble is we have this crazy set up that seems to stop people wanting to sign for us so that really needs to be sorted.

Nagelsmann has always been my personal choice but we’re linked with the likes of Nuno, Rogers and even Pochettino.

Literally anyone looks a better bet than Emery, with the exception of OGS of course. 😉


2.) 28 Nov 2019 23:01:26
😂😂😂 It's embarrassing for both clubs at the minute tbf. I honestly think someone like Eddie howe or nuno would do really well at arsenal.

{Ed047's Note - we’re both shocking mate, a million miles from the Vieira and Keane days sadly.

Howe not for me and not sure about Nuno but would have him over Howe. We’re just a mess and something has to change.


3.) 29 Nov 2019 00:05:55
Both clubs boards have a lot to answer for. Problem is there isn't a forum in which to do it.


4.) 29 Nov 2019 07:58:21
Ed047, would you not take arteta, he has been working under Guardiola now for a while and behind the scenes apparently he is very good?

{Ed047's Note - not sure BIG V, it’s always an unknown with guys like that but he surely couldn’t be worse than the current clown.

I do like Arteta and if he was anywhere near as good as Guardiola then it would be happy days.


5.) 29 Nov 2019 09:56:05
Ed047, Do you feel that its just a case of finding the right manager or do you feel that the issue goes further up at Arsenal?

I know Arsenal are a well run club, but with he fighting over ownership I wonder if the focus or ambition to push the club back to the top is there.

Similar to United, from a financial side the club is run well, we don't have the fighting over ownership, but there is a question to how big an appetite there is to push the club to the very top.

Is top 4 enough? Or do the owners want to push for titles.

{Ed047's Note - finding the right manager proved difficult because of the two guys upstairs. Our set up is a mess hence why we had to drop down the list to Emery who was nowhere near first choice.

So we need to get that right, Josh Kroenke said the right things but actions speak louder than words.

Top 4 is not good enough as it’s not for you. Where the board go next after they jettison Emery will be interesting to say the least.

Saying that our squad is being utterly wasted right now and surely any other manager couldn’t make us look so inept right across the pitch.

A front 4 of Aubameyang, Pepe, Lacazette and Ozil should be smashing it.


6.) 29 Nov 2019 12:11:13
Ed047, well I guess you'll find out now. I think the issue with Emery is he tries to hard to be clever and keeps making tactical changes that aren't needed. As you say, with a front four of Auba, Lacazette, Pepe and Ozil you have so much creation and threat, add Torreira and Guendouzi in midfield, and Teirney and Bellerin at full back with Leno in goal you have a soild first team, just missing a central defence.

But to be fair if you play on the front foot your weak defence won't be an issue in 90% of your games as you will score more than the opposition.

Do you think there is the drive at the club at board level to really challenge? To spend the money on signings and wages needed to push City and Liverpool?

{Ed047's Note - haha yes glad he’s gone and they talk the talk shappy, they did spend £72 million on Pepe but it’s going to be interesting to see where they go now.

Time to get excited for a short period before they muck it up again! 😂


 

 

 

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03 Dec 2019 15:49:52
I meant a massive shift in the clubs thinking. They say they are backing ole and have no intention to sack him, that needs to change dramatically and I'm not sure it will.

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03 Dec 2019 11:53:05
It's the media though. According to ed02 the club aren't looking at a change, unless there's a massive shift then I can't see ole going. It's up to everyone to decide if that's a good or bad thing. Side note for tomorrow, watch how the media kiss Jose's butt now he's not united boss 😂.

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08 Nov 2019 12:25:45
i agree that we shouldn't panic buy, problem is that if our form doesn't improve then a lot of fans will be screaming for signings. the club may well then panic just to ease the unrest.

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08 Nov 2019 10:57:03
i don't know who the club are looking at, could all be bluster to keep us happy. however I think that haaland/ mandzukic, would be attainable and maybe also someone like a bruno fernandes again. that's probably it although if reports are true then the like of emre can could be bought as he doesn't get a sniff at juve.

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18 Oct 2019 14:34:03
you can count on one hand the number of top performances pogba has produced for us. you can say its because of the talent around him but i don't think that's totally accurate. Pogba has immense talent, however there are games where he doesn't even do the simple things well (pass to a team mate, control the ball, track a runner) . like the above post i don't expect him to die for the shirt but I expect him to put a shift in. Our problem is that our players are either short on talent, high on workrate or high on talent and short on effort.

This may all be a result of him being demoralised and wanting to leave, thus affecting his performances. whatever the reason a move away may be best for all parties.

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12 Dec 2019 22:30:30
If he doesn't get swept up by the fame. Then this kid could be something special.

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07 Dec 2019 20:02:09
What I will say is that clearly ole hasn't lost the players in terms of support. This time last year when jose was hanging on the players just quit, now with ole under pressure they have backed him. Obviously players shouldn't down tools but it's clearly a different situation than with the previous manager.

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07 Dec 2019 13:38:28
Ps I wasn't saying we could sign all those players for that amount, just that if we have money to spend those are they areas that need improvement most. We don't need luxury signings we need players who can control a game and make the team more functional.

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07 Dec 2019 13:33:08
Partey, ndidi, paredes, maddison, haaland, dembele, all viable options.

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07 Dec 2019 10:58:52
Sancho is a great talent however if we have 120mill to spend I'd rather we signed 2 cms and a striker. But that's just me.

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