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  • in reply to: General Manchester United Chat #2153790
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    Good day fellas. I’d like to add my two pence on Ronaldo’s interview and I’ll make it short because most of my opinion has been mentioned already:

    – Ronaldo is clearly a self absorbed twat and cannot accept that he simply can’t get another body to keep playing for the next 10 years – he is seeing his age start to show just like the rest of us and is struggling to accept that the end is neigh. His inability to handle any criticism from managers or former colleagues shows that he has never handled anything but sycophants all his life – a testament to how brilliant a footballer he has been for so long.
    – I have never had too much interest in players’ personal lives, the image I build in my mind of players is based on the quality of football they play and no matter how much of a twat he is, all I see is arguably the greatest athlete ever exposing the bubble he lives in in an effort to explain to mere mortals how “difficult” his life is – a clear representation of how his barometer of life is so very different to the rest of us.
    – I am ecstatic that he has used his profile to expose the circus masquerading as a football club called Manchester United in great detail. He is the best subject matter expert on the planet to speak about sports science, infrastructure, diet, etc – kudos for telling the entire planet just how clueless all these clowns are – hopefully this will lead to some kind of self reflection from the owners and management. How can they reasonably deny facts being spoken by someone who was there 15 years ago and now sees the same people, gym equipment, and chefs?? This is totally unacceptable for an organization calling itself the best in the world while there is so much stiff competition.

    So all in all. Thank you for your comments and kindly do one Ronaldo. If I was him I would retire after the World Cup instead of sliding down the football pyramid.

    in reply to: Chelsea away – Saturday night – 5.30 #2146122
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    I thought the performance yesterday was again at a very high level and it appears we are finally getting to a place where the eleven on the field fully understand what is required in all phases of play. Big respect to Ten Hag, he’s the real deal in terms of tactical coaching.

    We now have a foundation to build off which needs more quality and squad depth, especially at the sharp end of the pitch. If we had a striker who could make the same runs as Rashford but finish like Ronaldo we am would be in serious contention.

    So, all in all I’m very happy with our progress under Ten Hag and am particularly impressed with how he has handled Ronaldo. Now we need a goalkeeper, two central defenders (one to cover for Varane’s injuries and one to replace Maguire), two midfielders (depth/competition for Casemiro and Eriksen), a winger to replace Sancho and a top class striker to replace Rashford/Martial/Ronaldo.

    Oh and I can’t leave this post without mentioning how chuffed I am with having Casemiro in the team – finally a world beater in midfield!!

    in reply to: Liverpool at home – Monday night – 22nd August #2126492
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    @sympathy. The option to edit the post times out after the link is engaged a certain number of times and/or the post reaches a certain age. So unless the moderators remove it we can just all agree that it was a lapse in judgement and has been addressed positively by all involved.

    in reply to: Liverpool at home – Monday night – 22nd August #2126483
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    @nineninenine. To be fair to mufc, these days a Manchester United result is so out of the ordinary it might cause temporary insanity.

    @mufc. The post was shocking and good to see you recognize that.

    in reply to: Liverpool at home – Monday night – 22nd August #2126463
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    @yorkshireman. Your point is taken regarding Garner, I’m not sure if he’s got the minerals to play decent football in the EPL or not but the main point I was making is that when it comes to McTominay (and Fred) we’ve been there, done it and got the t-shirt. McTominay is exactly the type of player that we should be moving on after his first professional contract to open up spaces for whoever is next in line (be it Garner, Hannibal, Iqbal etc.).

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    @yorkshireman. As for McTominay – the less said the better. He should be offloaded as soon as possible for Garner and we also need another midfielder to replace Fred as well. At best McFred should be seeing gametime in the League Cup or to rest Eriksen or Casemiro if we are lucky enough to have a 2 goal lead in the last 15mins of EPL games.

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    @yorkshireman. The issue with playing to Rashford’s “strengths” is that his only “strength” is running onto a ball with 40 yards between him and the goalkeeper plus he has to work with a one or two touch finish because if he has any time to think about it he fluffs it. Liverpool and Manchester City are the only two games on the calendar where this is feasible because they will dominate possession and we can counter.

    In the game on Saturday against Southampton he will be completely ineffective again playing against a hardworking low block – that’s where we need the actual football intelligence and ability of Ronaldo and/or Martial.

    in reply to: Liverpool at home – Monday night – 22nd August #2126017
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    I think today is a day to simply enjoy the moment as nothing beats getting one over the scum. A long overdue performance and only expected because we were quite simply playing to get out of the relegation zone and to show some semblance of pride in the shirt – the determination was there and that’s all that we were asking for.

    Moving forward, I hope Ten Hag took notes regarding the back 4. Our best pairing has to be Martinez and Varane going forward because they complement each other so well with Varane taking aerial responsibility and Martinez getting stuck in with tough challenges ala Gabriel Heinze. We’ve finally found Maguire and Shaw’s best positions and if we can do some business at RB we should be able to get through the season with a decent, functioning back 4.

    As for the rest of the pitch, much left to be desired as we are sorely lacking any composure or ability to hold onto the ball except for Eriksen. Thank fuck we are almost guaranteed to never see McTominay starting again unless Casemiro is injured or rested because that was yet another exhibition of some seriously agricultural football from him.

    in reply to: Summer transfer window #2123173
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    On the evidence of the last two weeks of “football” served up by the Manchester United first eleven I think this entire thread needs to be closed down because there is no amount of measured, pragmatic, or wise decision making that could come close to fixing what was observed on the pitch in the next two weeks.

    There is a mind virus that is running more rampant than Brentford’s eleven through that camp and it requires some kind of ancient pagan ritual to remove it. An infectious contagion of spineless dereliction of duty.

    The hapless (non)effort served up on that pitch is so putrid that even the so called “new manager bounce” that most competitive football teams enjoy is also beyond us.

    If any player is willing to join this shower at the moment I have serious doubts about their sporting ambition and their state of mind. At the moment my greatest hope is that we are relegated so we become a financially viable investment proposition for a charitable wealthy businessman so this entire sickening funk of an abomination of a “football club” can be burnt to ashes and rebuilt with the only remnant being the badge we once knew.

    End of story.

    in reply to: Pre season #2115294
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    @jm1502. As for Rashford. I have no clue where Happyhurling is pulling his “30 goals and assists” stats from but it certainly isn’t from Optima or my memory.

    Good to see Rashford score but it was an easy tap in after Sancho (who looks incredibly exciting for the season coming up) and van de Beek did all the work for him – he still can’t beat a man and can’t pass with decent weight and/or direction which means he will not fit Ten Hag’s system in the long run.

    in reply to: Pre season #2115291
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    @jm1502. I have to disagree with you there. Ten Hag is clearly looking to implement his style of play with some kind of familiarity as best as he can before the season starts and the pressure mounts. If we were in a stable position (squad and club wise) I am sure he would afford the youngsters more of a mix to let them flourish but right now we are in the doldrums. Look at Liverpool, they played a very mixed eleven against us over the 90 because they are not in a rebuilding phase and are basically in cruise-control.

    For now, Ten Hag has to make it clear to the squad that the eleven that starts is the first eleven – rotation is not an option until we start putting up some winning/unbeaten streaks in the Premier League.

    in reply to: Summer transfer window #2114018
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    @jm1502. At this point we might as well send a group of men in balaclavas to tie De Jong up and drop him off in the lobby at Carrington.

    in reply to: Pre season #2113499
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    Rashford is a big worry for me. He is on massive wages and has been “off form” for about a year and a half now. Leave his laughably imprecise finishing aside – I don’t remember him completing a pass in the last 3 months of last season. He also consistently makes the very worst decision in every important situation – every attack that goes through him dies as he misplaces the final pass, runs into a blind alley, or fails to work the goalkeeper.

    I have no idea what has happened to him but if Ten Hag gets a tune out of this player I’ll bow down to him as the second coming because I don’t see any manager under pressure taking risks by giving him Premier League minutes.

    Another albatross hanging on the club’s neck along with Maguire, Wan Bissaka, and a good few others.

    in reply to: Pre season #2113217
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    So that’s 3-0 to United at half time vs the scum. Let’s pack it up lads, no need for new signings – next year is our year!

    Jokes aside I’ll see the highlights a bit later but am more interested in seeing how patterns of play might be visible or developing. If anyone can give some insight on this please share.

    in reply to: Summer transfer window #2112797
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    @happyhurling. I have to agree with everyone else here. No chance Sterling is a worth 100m big ones unless Jack Grealish is your reference point. They’ve bagged £45m for a squad player who they didn’t want – business as usual for them.

    in reply to: Summer transfer window #2111033
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    @blacky. My goodness when you list them it hits home again hahaha! Thank the football gods we’re already shot of Lingardinho, Pogba, Mata, Cavani, and Matic already. That’s a whole lot of wages freed up plus a couple of circus clowns out the door.

    in reply to: Summer transfer window #2111015
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    @jm1502. I think we all knew what we were getting into when we brought Ronaldo back. As long as he is given decent goalscoring opportunities and is in with a shout for medals in the business end of the season, he’s happy. If that isn’t the case he wants to see everyone around him doing their utmost to correct that – he’s a serial winner. Unfortunately for him, he realized just how toxic the environment is at the club because since he left the travelling circus entered town and never moved on – a decade of social media stars getting sponsorships for haircuts and dabbing their way to riches while consistently failing on the pitch – “Disneyland” as Edward so eloquently put it.

    Let me put it this way, there’s a reason Mourinho and Ibrahimovic (both serial winners) pointed out cultural problems – they saw it too; Mourinho stating in 2019 that finishing 2nd with our squad was his greatest career achievement is aging very well indeed.

    I think this whole Ronaldo situation gives Ten Hag his first real test and I want to see how pragmatic he is. Make no mistake, there is no replacement for Ronaldo out there and the player basically has zero viable options – I think his whole “asking to leave” event is a bluff to get the club to sign players quicker. Ten Hag has to assert his authority and keep him. He will give 100% in every game, doesn’t matter if he’s unhappy. That will give us an extra year to line up proper strikers because at the minute we desperately need re-enforcements in midfield and in the backline – much higher priority positions.

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    @blacky. Happy simply throws all logic out the window in favour of the optimistic view. I’m sure if he walked in on his wife getting the ol’ in-out from the milkman he would assume they slipped and fell into the missionary position. Hehehe

    in reply to: Summer transfer window #2110825
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    As for Ronaldo, methinks we have to keep him either way and strengthen the rest of the pitch because there is no player on the market available who can step into the centre forward role in the Premier League and guarantee goals for us – even Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal is a risk in my book. I watched a video where Fabrizio Romano covered this situation and seems to be a whole lot more about our ambition on the transfer market than it is about the Champions League – smells a lot like Rooney’s transfer request which ultimately exposed the Glazers more than anything else.

    As for De Jong – get it sorted this week or tell Barca to fuck off. They are so skint they’ve had to mortgage their TV rights for the next 25 years and yet they are still announcing Kessie as a new signing in De Jong’s position today – what goes on in the La Liga I have no clue.

    GGMU.

    in reply to: Summer transfer window #2110821
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    Hello lads. Long time since I’ve been on here and I see the usual back and forth between Blacky and Happy is still alive and well… it’s like I never left.

    At this stage of the transfer window it’s either we have truly turned over a new leaf with our transfer dealings and long term plans or we are seeing Ten Hag being thrown to the wolves by the Glazers and the MO is as it has been since 2006 – I just can’t quite tell yet.

    The pace at which we are moving in the transfer market doesn’t indicate any kind of urgency and that either means he has instructed the board not to bend over backwards to get targets or the suits are faffing around as usual – history tells me it’s the latter.

    Good to hear Eriksen has signed which at least gives us a midfielder who not only has an eye for a good pass but also takes care of the ball and is disciplined enough to play from deep. Unlike most here, I think he will liberate Fernandes to do all the risk taking he wants to do further up the pitch because frankly, we expected him to create, score, and keep the ball which is unreasonable considering the type of player he is.

    Besides the big positive of Eriksen, the Ronaldo and De Jong situations look likely to drag on for days to come and yet the squad needs to be on a plane on Friday. The prevailing feeling I have is that while Woodward and the rest of the ringmasters who have been in charge of the circus over the last few years have all been sacked I fear they’ve simply been replaced by the next set of travelling circus operators with Ten Hag the sole voice of authority with footballing reason left to guide us through some seriously rough waters. He better have balls of steel because even if every eventuality goes our way we are still in a proper dogfight with Arsenal and Spurs for a Champions League place next season. One can only hoping that his coaching methods will sink into this group’s thick heads double quick because the existing squad will have to perform at a level at least 50% higher than last season for us to be in with a shout.

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