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bryan last won the day on May 10 2009

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  1. Re: Official Red Devils Thread I find it funny that the people (not necessarily on here, just in general) who were strongly opposed to Mourinho being appointed as our manager a year ago because of his controversies and arrogance over the years, are actually in favour of Van Gaal, whos career has been filled with both of those, including bust ups with people at all levels of the clubs he's been at. There's actually an argument to be made that he's the most Mourinho like manager in the game. I know our season was terrible, but is one bad season worth changing the type of manager, the type of man, that should be in charge of our club? In my opinion, no. But sadly my opinion means nothing and it looks more than likely that we will hire Van Gaal. I think we would be making the same mistakes we made last season. If they do decide on Van Gaal then we will potentially not be getting our manager in place until mid-July. The same thing that happened with Moyes. A new manager comes in, isn't familiar with the players, meanwhile a lot of players and potential targets have already agreed to join other clubs, and we struggle in the transfer window. Sound familiar? Along with a new manager, I believe that the board should be looking for another new member of staff. Guardiola, Klopp, Ancelotti, Simeone, Conte, even Van Gaal himself, the rest of the managers we have been linked with, what do they all have in common? They all work with a director of football (or the equivalent of). With the exception of Van Gaal while he was at AZ Alkmaar, I don't think any of them have ever worked without a director of football. Ed Woodward isn't a director of football and he can't continue to try and do ones job. He's fantastic at the financial side of the club, you only have to look at the increase in commercial revenue figures he's achieved at the club to realise that. But he has no idea what he is doing in the transfer market. Look at the clubs that we should be challenging for the title. Chelsea and Man City have them. Liverpool have their "transfer committee". Arsenal? They effectively had one, David Dein, and they've won nothing (so far) since he left the club. Other big clubs in Europe use them very effectively. David Gil helped SAF in the transfer market, David Moyes had somebody with no experience. I know some have had different titles other than director of football, and some have done different things alongside this, but they have all helped the manager get the players they want. I personally don't see the point in hiring a manager who has only ever worked with a director of football/sporting director/whatever, and lumping them with Ed Woodward. That just gives us a manager who hasn't worked that way before, who would probably end up trying to help Woodward swim while he drowns. The director of football is supposed to help the manager, not the other way around. Directors of football have a really bad press in English football, and I agree that some combinations with certain managers just don't work. But it has been proven to be successful in other countries, and if you hire a manager who's only ever worked with one, they will probably give you a list of names of people they want to work with. If you give them Ed Woodward instead of an experienced one, we are just shooting ourselves in the foot. Just let him concentrate on the commercial revenue, something which he is exceptionally good at. Anyway, back to our next manager. Guardiola, Klopp, Ancelotti, Simeone, Conte. Those are some of the names being thrown around. As much as I'd like it to be Klopp or Ancelotti, unless someone pulls a rabbit out of a hat, I don't think any of them will take the job. And if my opening mini-rant didn't give you this impression, I don't particularly want Van Gaal either. Who does that leave? Well, there is another name that I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned more. And I apologise if I'm mistaken, he hasn't even been mentioned in this thread once since Moyes' departure. Why aren't we looking at a young and ambitious manager. A manager with fantastic attention to detail. A manager with a clear attacking style of football. A manager who has already won multiple league titles (albeit in a lesser league than the Premiership). A manager who has more Champions League experience than what Moyes had (Although not the greatest record, but he is with a club that hasn't done well in Europe in a long time. Ironically, Van Gaal was the manager when they last were). And a manager who has a great philosophy of developing young players. Also, I know it doesn't necessarily make a good manager, but as a player, a champions league winner, multiple league and cup winners medals and 112 international appearances for his country. Hands up if you've guessed who it is. After this season would any of us really reject or dismiss a manager who fulfils pretty much all of our core values as a football club? And a manager without the problems that Van Gaal would bring. But I don't know if the owners/board would choose him over experience after this season. For those of you who didn't guess, I was talking about Frank De Boer.
  2. Re: Official Red Devils Thread I personally can't see Rode taking so much game time away from Kroos that it would be so much of an issue that Kroos would want to leave for more game time. Whilst Rode is a good player, he is nowhere near Kroos' quality, he won't force Kroos out of the starting line up that often for it to be an issue in my opinion, and he won't just be taking game time from Kroos, he will also be taking it from other players, players in midfield that Kroos already starts more than. If they were only playing him now to keep him happy then he wouldn't have as much appearances as he has now, there would have been a sharp incline as to how often he has played. But there hasn't been, he has been playing consistently all season long, long before he started being so heavily linked with us. It might be considered a one horse race in Germany, but that doesn't automatically mean that Kroos is looking to leave. If players started looking for a new challenge because of that then there would be a lot more players looking to leave Bayern than potentially Kroos. Generally if players are playing, winning competitions and are in the Champions League then they are usually happy with that. Some older players might look for new challenges, but with Kroos only being 24, I find it hard to believe that he would leave for a new challenge. A much larger bank balance, possibly, but I can't see him leaving for any other reason. Beckenbauer later went on to clarify about what he said and how it was a criticism of Barcelona, not Bayern: "The criticism was first of all against Barcelona’s style of play, back and forth just like in the Circus Sarrasani. We on the other hand have found a good mixture of passing and looking for the shot at goal in the first half of the season". His clarification just wasn't as highly publicised as his apparent criticism. Also, just because Beckenbauer might not like it, doesn't mean Kroos thinks it too. Yes, Suarez did stay with Liverpool whilst they weren't playing in the Champions League, but how often did he ask to leave to go to Real Madrid or Arsenal because of Champions League football? He even had an agreement with Liverpool that they would let him leave if they didn't achieve Champions League football, and then told the media he wanted to go when they didn't fulfil that promise. When Suarez joined Liverpool, it was from Ajax, which is different because he didn't go from playing for the reigning Champions of Europe to not playing in the competition the very next season. Big players want to play in the big competition, and not all of them are willing to wait a season to do it, and there isn't a guarantee that next season will be any better for us, qualifying for the Champions League is not a sure thing for us next season.
  3. Re: Official Red Devils Thread This bolded comment has always confused me when it comes to people commenting about Kroos coming to Old Trafford. I've read it on many forums and in newspapers, that one of the main reasons that he would want to come to us is for more first team football. But if you look at the statistics, Kroos is better off staying at Bayern for first team football, he isn't exactly struggling for game time. I might be wrong, but I don't think anyone has made more total appearances for Bayern in all competitions this season than Kroos and the only players to start more games in all competitions than him are Neuer and Alaba. I think the whole thing with him throwing his gloves away when he was substituted against Stuttgart was blown out of proportion by the media, obviously he wasn't happy about being subbed, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he wants to leave Bayern like the media makes out. Many players have reacted angrily when being substituted; Ronaldo, Sturridge, Suarez, Di Maria are the ones that spring to mind first. It's also rare for a player of Kroos' age to be looking for the cliched "new challenge" especially when you are currently, in my opinion, at the best club in the world at the moment, who are favourites to win every competition they are in. Which leaves cold hard cash. And also the lure of playing for Manchester United, which might still attract some top quality players, but this summer, without Sir Alex and more importantly, without Champions League football, that lure will not be as strong to top quality players as it has been in the past. Personally I would love to see us sign Kroos, but with the Fabregas farce of last summer still fresh in my memory, I have my doubts about if it will happen or not. Hopefully Moyes and Woodward have more of an idea of what they're doing this summer than they did in the pervious. Preferably with a plan B. Preferably with a plan B that is better than signing Fellaini out of desperation.
  4. Re: Official Red Devils thread Full credit to Bilbao, there is very few teams that can say that they outplayed us in every area of the pitch in two games. They really impressed me over the two games, their level of commitment, their pressing all over the park and work rate was fantastic. Throw in the high quality way they played and how incredibly poor we played in both games, they fully deserved to win the tie. I've never really understood the whole "It's only the Europa League, we don't care about it" argument. With the line ups that SAF picked, it was obvious that he wanted to win the competition, and with players of our caliber that play at the highest level, their will to win should far outweigh any complacency they might have, despite it not being the Champions League. The whole "amount of games - now we can concentrate on the league" argument has no merit with me either. A club of our size and quality shouldn't be restricted by the amount of games we have to play, last season we played until we got to the Champions League final in Europe, yet still managed to win the league. It wouldn't have been a problem if we were good enough. Granted it might help a little, players will be fresher, but we could have won both competitions. I have to admit, I was surprised that SAF didn't go with two up front to start with. In a game where we have to win by at least two goals, or even score three and concede two to take it to extra time, playing with only Rooney up was too negative in my opinion, going for it at from the start would have made more sense to me.
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  6. Re: What realistic starting XI would you like to see your team line up with next seas You're right. But I wouldn't expect that to be the team that Ferguson would play in Europe. He would do what he usually does, pack the midfield with people who can win the ball, tackle, pass and keep possession and dominate the midfield battle. Players like Carrick, Anderson, Fletcher, Giggs, Scholes, (although he still hasn't mastered tackling ) and Hargreaves would play so we could get a decent amount of possession and use our passing game to our advantage as well as disrupt the passing game of the opposition. He would probably use Rooney just behind the striker so he could get involved in midfield as well.
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  9. Re: What realistic starting XI would you like to see your team line up with next seas This would probably be my ideal line-up for next season, it is an adaptation of the 4-3-3 formation that Ferguson has been using this season, it probably isn't the most balanced team you will ever see and will probably never happen but I would give it a go anyway GK: Foster - Yes I know that VDS just had a great season, but with Kuszczak pretty much guaranteed to leave in the summer in search of first team football I don't Foster to do the same thing. I think that Foster is a quality goalkeeper and I don't want him to leave for the same reason as Kuszczak, if they both leave then we would have to splash the cash to get a keeper for when VDS finally hangs up his gloves, because Amos and Zieler are nowhere near first team football level. LB: Evra - A no-brainer here really, the only real natural LB we have with the experience necessary to be a regular starter in this spot. I think Fabio will need the experience of some FA cup/League cup games before he is given a chance at the bigger stages. I wouldn't really say that we need to purchase a player for the backup spot of this position either when we have John O'Shea. RB: Brown - I would choose Brown over Rafael, mainly because Brown has more experience, while Rafael has had g ood run in the team I think his performances this season have shown that he isn't the complete defender, whilst he is more attack minded than Brown, Rafael's lack of experience shows with his rashness and eagerness to make a challenge when it would be better if he just held the player up. CB: Vidic - In my opinion he has been phenomenal this season, rightfully won our player of the season award. I think his partnership with Ferdinand is probably the best in the Premiership, he isn't afraid to put his head into an area where he might get hurt in an attempt to clear the ball which is always great quality to have in a defender. CB: Ferdinand - The second of the two from the center back partnership, like Vidic he has had a great season, he has had his injury problems this season, mainly his back and Johnny Evens has filled in for his and gave some great performances but if Ferdinand is fit then he will always play. L/CM: Valencia - With Nani having such a poor season and looking like he will leave Old Trafford I want Ferguson to sign Valencia, not only because he is a great player but it would mean that Rooney wouldn't need to play on the left wing and can go back to playing in his preferred position. CM: Carrick - I would have Carrick over Hargreaves, I think Hargreaves is a great player but he didn't get the chance to stamp his authority in the United squad due to injury, and injuries have pretty much plauged his career in my opinion. With Carrick's range of passing along with his ability to tackle, create goals and even score a few himself means I would pick him over Anderson as well. R/CM: Ronaldo - Despite what Ferguson thinks, he is a winger, not a striker. I think the position where you get the most out of Ronaldo is on the right wing, we all know what he can do so there is not much else to say. If only he would track back when we/he looses possession then I would have no complaints about him. AM: Rooney - His best position, I don't think he is an out and out striker and without a doubt he isn't a winger, despite how well he plays out there. He prefers to play behind the striker, it's what he does better then most, his vision and creativity is second to none in the United squad in my opinion. You could argue that we would be week in midfield with only Valencia/Carrick/Ronaldo but Rooney has shown this season that he has the stamina to go a whole game up and down the left wing then I don't doubt for a second that he wouldn't be able to drop further back into midfield when needed. ST: Berbatov - The only word I can use to describe him is "class". Because Rooney has been playing on the left and the formation Ferguson has been playing, he has to come far too deep to get involved in the game, he has almost been playing the Rooney role when he has payed because there is no other middle man between midfield and attack. If Rooney were to play behind the strikers then we would see Berbatov further up the pitch and doing what he does best, scoring goals. ST: Benzema - In my opinion Tevez is pretty much gone. After the way he has acted then I would be slightly disappointed if we do actually sign him. After/if he goes then I think Benzema is the perfect player to replace him, young, strong, can score goals, he might need a little time to settle in the Premiership but after his introduction period I think he would become an Old Trafford legend. So after saying all of that, my ideal line up would be along the lines of this: Foster Brown - Vidic - Ferdinand - Evra Carrick Ronaldo_______Valencia Rooney Berbatov - Benzema Probably never going to happen but I can dream The line up which is most likely in my opinion: VDS Brown - Vidic - Ferdinand - Evra Ronaldo - Hargreaves/Anderson - Carrick - Valencia Rooney - Berbatov
  10. Re: Profiting from SM should result in a ban Yes in the first scenario there is two people who want gold membership. One who has bought gold membership from SM and one person who hasn't yet bought gold membership. Because the 2nd person who hasn't bought gold membership could yet still buy gold membership there is still the potential of that person buying one so that is potentially £14.99 for SM. If that person buys the gold membership from SM they get the £14.99 plus there is also the potential income from both the first person and the second person renewing the gold memberships, hence why I said there was the potential of 2 renewals. Do you really think that despite the fact you paid for it, you own something that can be taken away from you at any time, for what ever reason, without refund of the money you paid for it? When you own something, it can't legally be taken away from you without your permission, if you owned the account then SM couldn't take it away from you. When you create an account with SM, you agree to the terms of use, the terms of use that state that SM still own the account, so why do you still believe that because you have paid for something, you automatically own it? Read what Smartdoc posted, I don't know why your posts were deleted, I wasn't on the forum before they were deleted. However if they were deleted it would either be because it was the things Smartdoc said not to do or something you said breaking the rules and regulations of the forum.
  11. Re: Profiting from SM should result in a ban Doesn't concern me? The thread starter asked members of the forum for their opinion on a particular subject' date=' I am a member of the forum and I had an opinion on the matter, how does that make me pathetic? Sat on the forum today? The fact that I had a spare 15 minutes last night after getting home and decided to type a reply makes me pathetic? Does that mean that anyone who has spare time and posts on the forum is pathetic in your opinion? You have posted on the forum in your spare time, if this issue doesn't concern me then it wouldn't concern you, so do you consider yourself pathetic? Your caps lock key broken or something? Time to invest in a new keyboard maybe? I never said that there was something I could do about it. I never said that people who buy/sell accounts should consider others view's. I posted my opinion on an issue raised by another forum member, I thought that was what a forum was for, obviously I am mistaken, would you care to explain what a forum is used for, since I apparently don't know?
  12. Re: Profiting from SM should result in a ban I'm confused, how does this exactly promote SM? I would guess that the majority of the accounts/teams being sold to other people are people that are already playing SM, I would be surprised if people are getting people to part with their cash for an account on a game they have never played so selling accounts/teams is hardly bringing in new players to the game and promoting SM to people who haven't played the game before. I also disagree that it promotes SM as a game and a community, in my opinion it shows that the community doesn't care about the game and only want to make money from it and that SM don't care about it. I think that if this trend continues then it could have a detrimental effect on the game, why would anyone join if the only way to get a good team in a gold championship is to buy an overpriced gold account from another member of the game when there is no guarantee of them giving you the account info after you have "bought" the account. If people do start to "scam" people then that would hardly promote SM would it? Also, what has World Of Warcraft got to do with anything? You do know that the buying/selling of World of Warcraft accounts/items is against the terms of use right? If they are caught then the account they bought is suspended or if it was items then they are removed. Just like almost every other mmorpg, they realize that people selling account/items is bad for business so they try and stop it. You yourself called selling accounts as a "business".... If they do so then they are in breach of contract, as they agreed not to do so when they created an account, you are right when you say it isn't "illegal" however SM could raise a civil action against the parties involved under civil law.
  13. Re: Profiting from SM should result in a ban I totally agree with you Craig, I have been thinking the same thing myself, I have seen numerous posts on the forum regarding people trying to sell their gold account with good teams on it for a profit. For those that think that just because you have paid for your gold account that you "own" it and can do what you like with it, I'm afraid you are mistaken. You only paid to receive the advantages of gold membership, not to buy the account, at the end of the day SM still own the account and can do what they want with it, that is why without warning they can cancel your account, ban you from the game and take teams away from you. If anyone cared to read the Terms and Conditions they would have read: I'm surprised that SM haven't addressed this issue already if I'm honest as it means less potential income for them, because when one person buys a gold account from another person it means that they are not buying a gold account from SM. Like Smartdoc said, it would be nigh on impossible to stop it completely due to the fact that they would use MSN or something to discuss the transaction, however alot of people advertise on the forum, maybe the chatroom and maybe via private message in game. To stop the people advertising the sale of a gold account on the forum is pretty simple, delete the post as soon as possible so not many forum users see the posts. However you could take it a step further, I don't know if it is possible on this forum but on another forum where I am a moderator you can see the IP address of any person that is on the forum. A moderator/supervisor could take note of the IP address of the person who has advertised the sale of a gold account and pass it on to SM who could cross-reference the IP address of the person that posted with the IP address's of the gold account which is for sale. If the IP address's match or have matched in the past then SM could take appropriate action, from giving a warning to canceling the account. Regarding the chatroom, from reading posts from George in the past I think that chatroom moderators can see the IP address of chatroom users? If so then they could take note of the persons IP address, kick them from chat, pass the IP address onto SM who again would decide what action to take against the person. Trying to arrange the sale of a gold account via private message in game is pretty simple to deal with, people who are trying to sell a gold account via private message in game don't know who is wanting to purchase a gold account and teams so I would assume that they would send bulk private messages to other managers with the aim of getting a reply from one of them. SM could make an announcement along the lines of "If you receive a private message from another manager regarding the sale of a gold account please take a screenshot and send it to then once again it would be up to SM to take the appropriate action. I am not naive, I know that these suggestions won't stop the sale of gold accounts completely but it might lessen the amount of gold accounts being sold. I think at the very least that SM should make announcement along the lines of "The buying/selling of gold accounts from other soccermanager users is prohibited, if found guilty of buying/selling a gold account this might result in your account being terminated". It might make people think twice about selling the gold account because they might get caught and not only not make a profit from the sale of the gold account but loose money after paying for a gold account in the first place if it was terminated. Also, just because you can't stop it completely doesn't mean that you shouldn't try and deter people from doing it surely? It might be that I have misinterpreted the way Smartdoc said: By conclusion do you mean that the discussion is over and because the buying/selling of accounts can't be completely irradiated from the game that discussing this matter is pointless because nothing will happen in regards to it? I think that SM should at least try and minimize the amount of gold accounts being sold rather than do nothing because they can't stop it completely. At the end of the day it is up to SM about how they deal with this, they are loosing potential income from SM users, if they want this then that's up to them I suppose.
  14. Re: Is Rooney Finally Justifying His 96 Rating? Funny' date=' I said the same thing about the entire Newcastle squad on the last game of the season against Villa I would have done the same thing as Ferguson in all honesty, it might not be Rooney's ideal position but he tracks back when we loose possession, unlike Ronaldo. To have a winger playing that doesn't track back to help the defense against a side like Barcelona is just asking for more trouble and makes it harder on yourself.
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