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.
Great idea for a thread, reading through it even reminded me of some stuff I had forgotten about being completely wrong about. I feel like I may end up back here often.....
So lets see: - I believe I said I'd be very surprised if us selling ADM went quickly and he left before the season start, in retrospect that was a bit dumb - I think in panic/anger after the loss to Swansea I said, hey why not buy buy Charlie Austin - I thought Valencia would regain form to something resembling when he was our player of the season - I thought Anderson and Cleverly would solve all our problems in midfield for years based off what, 5 games? - Thought Zaha would shine for us - Was also really upset when City signed Nasri, remember this was the season we were first linked with Sneijder, wanted Nasri way more - Thought the LvG's initial 3-5-2 would stick and prove a success
Post by Ole's Red Whiteknight03 Army on Oct 24, 2015 23:34:47 GMT
I do recall there was a Rooney or Ronaldo thread on here where many many of us professed how Rooney was more valuable and we could replace Ronaldo.
Although not actually proven wrong, I am still the President and Grand Moff of the Steve MacLaren for United manager fan club.
I too had a thing for Reyes and thought he'd have been a fabulous player for Arsenal.
Not sure if this counts, but I remember back in the days of the checked background on the official site, there was a poll about which Liverpool player we'd most like to have. The overwhelming winner? One Emile Heskey.
History, tradition, giving youngsters a chance to play football and winning... It’s the biggest club in the world, the best supporters in the world, we have got the best players in the world.
David James believes that David de Gea has not yet joined Real Madrid because the goalkeeper fears becoming Keylor Navas’ deputy at The Bernabeu.
It is for that reason that James also suspects De Gea will remain at Manchester United beyond next summer, and why he signed a new four-year contract at the club.
On the last day of the summer transfer window the goalkeeper appeared set to join Real until the long-awaited, proposed move unexpectedly collapsed during its final stages.
Even though he then signed a new contract to remain at United until at least 2019, it is widely considered likely that Real will revive and complete the transfer next summer and that De Gea will remain there for the long term.
James, however, despite remaining convinced by De Gea’s qualities, does not believe that is the case. He instead admires Costa Rican Navas to the extent that in addition to once recommending him to Arsenal, he considers him superior to De Gea, a goalkeeper many regard as the world’s best.
“You look at Navas at Real Madrid, it’s no wonder De Gea didn’t go there,” said James from the Carlsberg Green Room at Ted1s Grooming Room in Soho.
“When you think that Navas is such a good goalkeeper that De Gea wasn’t necessarily going to be the number one anyway.
“I think it was possibly a reason, because Navas is awesome. He has been for a few years now. I enquired a couple of years ago to Arsene Wenger, ‘Why don’t you go for Navas, £8million or £10million buy-out?’ He had (David) Ospina on his card, he went for Ospina, didn’t he?
“Navas has had an exceptional start to the season in Spain and justified my theory that he is up there, if I say the top three – as a loose number – in the world because he is that good.
“I think he is (better than De Gea), yeah. I think his all-round game, he’s got a lot more about him. (But) don’t get me wrong, David de Gea’s performed at an amazing level over the last three years.”
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2013 retirement, and to some minds even before then, De Gea has been United’s most important player in their attempts to arrest their decline.
It is likely that without his inspirational form over the course of the past season United would have dropped so many points that they would again have failed to qualify for the Champions League, but intriguingly James hinted that he considers the Spaniard to not be sufficiently commanding and that he could be contributing to the numerous attacks that have come United’s way.
“I do a lot of analysis and I’ve got a lot of friends in analysis: I’ve got a theory, I can’t tell you because I haven’t got to the end of it yet, but it’s to do with a lot of goalkeepers having to make a loads of saves and others not having to make loads of saves,” he explained.
“De Gea seems to make a lot of saves for Manchester United.
“For a side that are supposed to be so good, I don’t think it’s just the midfield.”
:: David James was speaking at the launch of Carlsberg1s Beer1s Beauty range of male grooming products, with all proceeds from sales of the range going to the Movember Foundation.
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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