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  1. I’m back... And the legendary FFP/RC league will be making a return. Who is interested?
  2. #GriezmON #GriezmOFF not sure which we are at the moment...
  3. So realistically who are we bringing in this summer? My money is on at least 4 signings: ST - Lukaku/Belotti/Hernandez ST/Wing - Griezmann/Perisic CDM - Fabinho/Dier/Bakayoko/Matuidi CB -Keane I think if we aren't keeping Zlatan another striker will be inbound along with a wide left player. As well as this with Carrick on one year left and having sold Schneiderlin I'd be surprised if we don't recruit a DM. Keane imo is almost certainly coming back to United.
  4. I think Woodward and Mourinho have worked well together. None of Mourinhos signings for United have flopped so far and Woodward has seemed to get good fees for our players in spite of them leaving something that never happened under Ferguson and Gill. Fellaini was vital to our European success this season and practically won us the final. Without him in the squad Mourinho's tactical approach would have to have been completely different so actually unpopular though it may be I feel he is worthy of a squad place. Rojo has been outstanding this season at CB and is a huge loss due to his injury. Him and Bailly were forming a formidable partnership! Lingard is frustrating but he is tactically astute and a local lad so I think we can cut him some slack. Keane is a solid back up CB for the PL and I wouldn't fancy Sanchez. He fouled his way through the final and doesn't have the technical ability to compliment Bailly. The only forward I am confident of us securing is Griezmann his interviews in France and Paul Pogba's lack of subtlety have for me given away his desires.
  5. Manchester United Season Review 2016/17 Premier League: 5/10 Injuries held us back a bit but we just haven't been ruthless enough in front of goal. The unbeaten run was nice and gives me hope for the future but without attacking additions this summer we have no chance of progressing. Nice to see the likes of Angel Gomes and Harrop in the last game and hope to see more of them in future. FA Cup:5/10 Decent enough not massively important to us this season. League Cup: 10/10 Winners but we were lucky in the final. Europa League: 10/10 Winners and completely controlled Ajax in the final. Thought José got it spot on there and made the right decision to prioritise EL when he did. Transfers: 8/10 Bailly is outstanding, Ibra showed his quality, Pogba has started to show he can create and control from midfield and Mkhitaryan has had moments of brilliance mixed with a few poor performances. Overall though the team is stronger with them. Final Verdict: 7.5/10
  6. United have been unlucky with some decisions of late but that doesn't excuse the performances of late. I think today was the worst I've seen Rooney play, and I hope that we finally make the switch to 4-3-3 because it's painful to see Fellaini and Pogba as the deep midfield (neither being a bad player) with Rooney being the main man at No10. He's not good enough to start anymore, I'm happy for him to become a squad player (not on £300,000 a week though) and I hope Mourinho sees that his time is over. Pogba hasn't been good enough recently but he's not operating in the right positions. He's having to start deeper and really it's frustrating to see Mourinho not change this. We have the players to play a system that suits our better players but we persist with 4-2-3-1. De Gea Valencia Bailly Blind Shaw Carrick Herrera Pogba Rashford/Mkhitaryan Martial Ibrahimovic Give me that, for at least 3 games and we'd be sorted.
  7. Surprise, surprise Marcon Veratti extends his contract again to 2021... Available my buttocks!
  8. You're intentionally being blind to the fact that side had Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Giggs and Van Der Saar... Bore off. We got there because of an outstanding attack and defence which had plenty of height in it and quality all over.
  9. I guess you are right, it's crazy how only a few years back you could guarantee world class for £30/40m and now that buys you young up and comers. I think the only way to not think of it as scary is to take into account that Pogba will make money for United and Adidas this strengthening their partnership which will potentially increase the money coming into the PL. So while fees might rise so too hopefully will the levels of funding to all PL clubs. I think out of all the leagues the PL is best equipped for this as we have a bit more money compared to La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
  10. Like I said I don't think you can completely dismiss a list like that as being purely popularity. Messi, Ronaldo, Modric etc quite clearly there on merit so why not Pogba? The thing is would Krychowiak, Kante, Gundogan and Pjanic all be an improvement on Pogba? I'd argue not. Krychowiak is a DM (someone I admire nonetheless), Kante hasn't got the height United lack in midfield, Gundogan is another potential injury problem and Pjanic doesn't strike me as world class or even potentially world class. I completely understand that Pogba the footballer is not worth £100m in terms of current talent. I would say you could comfortably in today's market have argued £50-60m and then anything North of £75m being too steep but he is the best available player United can buy in terms of ability, age, marketability and potential and I appreciate that you understand that as many have almost refused to accept that. I am however fed up of this saga. I think it peaked around a week ago and now I'm just a bit bored of it. I know it's part of Adidas' advertising campaign and designed to build brand Pogba but it's ran its course now. The Zlatan goal was a fluff but he tried it and it went in. You've got to admire him for doing that 3mins into his debut. Valencia was stunning! Only Makele, Scholes and Kante are/were CMs and with those 3 you'll notice that they were either in physically able sides or aggressive sides. Also Makelele and Kante are much more mobile and athletic than Veratti and Scholes let's be honest is a freak of nature. I'm paraphrasing but Neville got it spot on "He's 5ft 6, ginger and asthmatic." If Pogba helps bring in more investment than his £100m fee then he is worth it. He is not £100m worth of footballing talent but you can't say United won't make a lot of if not more of that fee back off him. The thing is we were always heading towards this level of investment. I don't think that we'll see loads of £100m deals for a long while though as its a lot of money and realistically only 4/5 clubs could throw that money into one player. I don't see many clubs being in the position United are in, that of being in need of a statement player potentially world class without CL football etc. The thing is Lukaku can give you a very obvious return on investment. As a striker if he scores 20+ goals in the league or 30+ in all comps then nobody would argue he was a bad signing. With Pogba being a midfielder it's hard to come up with stats to silence everyone so even if he say got 10 goals and 10 assists many people would be unhappy even if he was contributing in other ways. Having said that Lukaku is not worth £75m as he's at best a £40m striker and he's not marketable enough to add on another £35m. I don't care anymore what the club do with Fellaini but Januzaj I'd rather loan.
  11. I'd certainly agree with Modric off that list. I also agree Pogba is the best available option. This is part of the problem I have with people who suggest we could do better for £100m. I genuinely cannot think of another player who would feasibly join us for that fee and be as good as if not better than Pogba. I don't think you can completely dismiss it as a popularity contest, I see it as an indication of how the footballing world views the talent available.
  12. The context of you post is who is the best available. By suggesting what would happen if United offered £150m for Kroos it is perfectly reasonable for me to assume you rate him as a better player and therefore better fit. Out of interest who do you think is the best suited in football right now (don't worry about availability)? And then if you don't mind who do you think is the best available option? Just throwing it out there Pogba was in the FIFA World XI this year along with Modric and Iniesta. That to me says quite a lot.
  13. It might sound silly but if we just want experience I wouldn't mind Ashley Williams as a back up/ bit of experience. He did a very good job for Wales at the Euros and has been fairly consistent now. Mustafi for me is not someone I would desperately want tbh. I think we've got enough younger players now in defence and so the only reason to sign anyone new is for experience or high quality. Currently IMO he has neither despite statistically being a top performer. I wouldn't having thought about it actually want Manolas but Bonucci would be my muppet signing. I think really there isn't much available at the moment. I wouldn't have minded Stones but Mourinho doesn't seem keen anymore and with Bailly, Smalling, Blind and Jones we have a decent set of players. Plus I'd rather we give some promising academy players a chance like Axel Tuanzebe.
  14. I'm not discarding him in English football... We are debating who United should/could sign to solve the midfield problems now. We are only talking about signing one player. My argument is that currently Manchester United's midfield is lacking height, strength, technical ability to move a ball out of central midfield and a degree of defensive awareness. if we can only sign one player in CM we need someone reasonably defensively able, physically strong and athletic and technically gifted/ creative. Now Veratti ticks two of those absolutely but isn't physically strong enough or tall enough to add to United's midfield, which regardless of what you say is very important in PL football unless your entire team is Barcelona or you have other players to compensate... Paul Scholes is the most gifted English footballer I have ever seen play but he also had an absolute nightmare next to him in Roy Keane for a lot of his career to do the physical side for him. We also had fantastic defenders arguably the best ever around to ensure United had enough to accommodate this little genuis. He is nothing like Veratti as Scholes was a goalscorer and dictator of play the likes of which I doubt England will ever reproduce. So mentioning him as a successful smaller player is completely missing the point. He was slightly taller than Veratti and unquestionably a far superior player. Veratti is 5ft 5 no PL player has succeeded in CM that is his height. They have all been slightly taller and it does make a difference. I am in no way saying Veratti is a bad player or that he couldn't succeed but I am saying he would not sort out United's problems on his own. I have more faith that Pogba, a player with the 3 criterion I outlined above, could do so. Let me be even clearer. If I can only pick one of Pogba, Veratti, Alaba or Kroos to join United, Pogba is number 1 as he ticks the boxes and offers marketability. If however I get to choose 2/3 players then Alaba, Pogba, and Kroos/Veratti would be my preference.
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