Darren Fletcher. In his earlier years he wasn't that great and I always wanted him to be the first out the door, was convinced he was total shite and would never make it. Turned out to be a really solid player for us, especially in that 2008 season where he was an integral part of the midfield.
Falcao. Thought he would be absolutely lethal up front for us, turned out to be a lame duck (although in fairness he clearly wanted to do well, loved being at the club and seemed like a top guy). I then thought it was a mistake letting him go but he's been total gash for Chelsea too.
Chris Smalling. Again I thought he would never make it at United and was massively in Phil Jones' shadow. I never thought he would be anything more than a decent rotational player, but he's gone full beast mode.
Karel Poborsky. Lightning pace and skill, I was convinced he would be bloody amazing for us. He showed some flashes of excellence but it never really worked out at United. Same with Veron, who was a sublime player but just couldn't adjust to English football and couldn't break the midfield of Keane and Scholes. I suppose not proven wrong with those but more a case of just not living up to expectations.
Djemba-Djemba. Great debut with some crunching tackles and fantastic energy, I briefly thought we may have found a successor to Keane. Turned out to be a genuinely fucking awful player.
Special mention for Ferguson thinking Alan Smith would be the new Roy Keane.
Oh and people mentioning Jonny Evans. Honestly I think there was a time, over a few seasons, where he genuinely looked like our next big leader in defence. So many great performances paired with Ferdinand or Vidic, but it seems he wasn't quite all that. Failed to step up when finally given the proper responsibility, instead just fell apart and the responsibility seemed to break him.
Evans caught the injury bug with us and on the pitch lost all confidence. He's still an excellent player for Northern Ireland.
I think a lot of slack can be given for the judgement on young players. They can fail to make it for any number of reasons. It might not be that they don't have the ability. (I'm thinking of Morrison as a perfect example of undeniable talent but lacking elsewhere, or even Kagawa who is a genuinely good player that didn't fit.)
We win together, lose together. We celebrate triumph and endure defeat together. Losses are softened and victories sweetened because we do them together. One team. One religion. One love.
Post by washyourhands on Oct 21, 2015 13:36:42 GMT
How could I possibly trump that? Nice one Phil and great topic Rustin!
I remember Neil Webb. A brilliant, creative midfielder at Forest at a time when English football was generally a maelstrom of dross in terms of flair and quality. He appeared tailor made for us!
I think we were all extremely angry at Ed's now perceived ineptitude over the Pedro deal, compounded by the Spaniard's impressive start against the Baggies and LvG's namedropping and comments about speed and creativity. So I hold my hands up on that one! I impulsively assumed Pedro would be the famed 'missing link'.
Also a shout for Mike Smalling, who has been bloody outstanding, a rock. I was firmly of the opinion, as were many here, that both he and Jones should have their brittle bodies sent to the knackers yards and that we needed at least Hummels plus 1. His antics in the corresponding derby last year reinforced my views. But he is proving me wrong with every game so long may his phoenix rise.
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May 10, 2018 18:27:15 GMT
WhatsTheMata: Glad you think it's funny. When we get fucked around by the spells you just deleted you will take me seriously
May 19, 2018 11:57:48 GMT
No.7: Can this thread be unlocked or is it too early? not that i want Jose out now but i think were coming close to that time and want to hear peoples opinions on the subject.
Sept 20, 2018 10:15:25 GMT
cjjagzmoni: Pogba is a good lad minus the showboating..I think at Juventus he had Older players like Pirlo,Chiellini,Marchisio,Bonucci who shout and screams at him so he was more serious at Juve ,We dont have those type of leaders at United to caution him.
Nov 1, 2018 3:36:38 GMT
geo: Cardiff City - Huddersfield Town - Bournemouth - Newcastle United = 12 points. Back in the hunt. Come on.
Dec 19, 2018 17:55:18 GMT
geo: Job done as above - next step, stay unbeaten until we get to the PSG game.
Jan 3, 2019 23:17:42 GMT
theedge: Just discovered this forum. I live in Canada so don't get to many games, but I get to watch all the games live. Last 2 games attended in person: Europa League Final in Stockholm 2017, FA Cup Final 2016. Won the last 11 I've been to. I need to go more often
Apr 1, 2019 23:25:01 GMT
simes: Kazakhstan....well blow me down...been there many a time, not so bad a journey. FC Astana are not a bad outfit, gave Celtic a good run, and the National side beat Scotland. What do you reckon a walk over? BTW its easy to get to, I always use Air Astana.
Aug 30, 2019 14:11:59 GMT
snan1218: Hi,I'm very new member,the Red Devil from Malaysia.
Oct 10, 2019 9:16:40 GMT
shah: Hi i am shah been united fan from birec
Jan 24, 2020 8:33:02 GMT