minority would have probably been a better term. most times when i talk to fellow united fans, they seem to have a bit of a restrained view of schneiderlin. many people like him, but not many believe he would be good enough to play regularly in the starting 11
To be honest, I have the exact opposite experience. Just about everyone I've spoken to, both in real life and online, very much think he's good enough.
glad to hear other people think different. could be that many people didnt see him play at southampton, therefor judging him by the few united performances. but even for us, cant remember a bad game from him. hopefully he gets a run of games
Many players under preformed last year for a variety of reasons, Schneiderlin is one of them. That being said, like many others (Memphis and Darmian are the other two major 'casualties'), he deserves a chance to prove himself in our new system because based on his time at Southampton, he is an awesome midfielder.
Step 1: Get Champions League at all costs. None of this works and no one will come to us if we miss out on the CL 2 times in 3 seasons. Once is a blip, twice is a rut. Other potential targets: N/A. Names we don't want to hear: Europa League.
Oops. I would normally give this 0/10, but as it happened it didn't really stop us, so I'll be generous and say 5/10.
Step 2: Replace Louis. The obvious name here is Mourinho. Other potential targets: Pochettino, Emery, Conte, Simeone. Names we don't want to hear: Rodgers, Moyes, Giggs.
Got our man and got him as early as possible (too early really considering how those reports came out). 10/10.
Step 3: Sack Woodward. This is the most crucial step long-term and should happen regardless of the outcome of Step 1. Louis & Moyes will be/were both sacked for failing to get CL once; Woodward should definitely go for failing to appoint the right man twice. As far as I'm concerned his replacement could be a squashed kumquat, but in dreamland David Gill would realise how fucked FIFA is and come back and save us. Long shot, I know. Other potential targets: literally anyone. Names we don't want to hear: Ed Woodward.
Sadly he's still here. Like Step 1, I would normally give this 0/10, but he did get the required players in this summer so I'll give it 5/10.
Step 4: With all the behind the scenes drama out the way (and it should all be in place before the end of May), we move on to transfers. The first thing we need is a world-class attacker with both creativity and goals. Our top scorer this season has had the most inconsistent career I have ever seen, and so we need someone we can rely on. Preferably not a striker or left winger as we have enough players occupying those positions (Rooney, Martial, Memphis, Lingard, Wilson). The obvious player that fits the bill here is Griezmann. He is young (but not too young), proven, reliable and a Manchester United fan, so likely to consider us. He also has a release clause of roughly £60m, so when the new CEO comes in he can handle the negotiations very quickly, perhaps even getting them done before the Euros which is likely what the player will prefer. Other potential targets: Kane, Icardi, Mane. Names we don't want to hear: Neymar, Bale, Messi, Di Maria.
Whilst Griezmann was my first choice, we managed to get not one but two top players here (Mkhi and Ibra), so that makes up for having to wait another year for my greasy man. 10/10.
Step 5: Goalkeeper. De Gea has saved us more times than I care to admit, but we'd be fools not to at least prepare for the possibility of another approach. The ideal situation is keeping him, but if he goes we need to get a top replacement in immediately, and I think it will be clear fairly quickly if we need to face up to another Real Madrid assault. Other potential targets: Leno, Ter Stegen, Navas, Lloris. Names we don't want to hear: Mignolet.
Kept him with no fuss whatsoever. 10/10.
Step 6: Centre-back. Blind isn't a good enough long-term option, whereas Rojo and Jones simply aren't good enough. Smalling needs a top partner he can sit next to. I personally think Laporte is the best option here, and with a release clause of roughly £35m he'll certainly be one of the cheapest. He will also give us the long term stability that some other options may not provide. Other potential targets: Stones, Godìn, Alderwiereld. Names we don't want to hear: Ramos, Pique.
I had no idea who Bailly was when I wrote this, but I sure as shit do now. This one could be our best business of this summer in the long term, but he misses out on full marks because he'll piss off to AFCON every other year. 9/10.
Step 7: Central midfielder. Carrick is more or less past it, and Schweini isn't getting any younger. We aren't weak in this area yet but we need someone young who can learn from Schweini for a year or two before taking over and dictating our play for the next decade. Tielemans appears to be the real deal and half of Europe is eyeing him up. If we move fast we could nab him. Other potential targets: Alli, Ward-Prowse, a time machine with Scholes from the late 90s bundled inside it. Names we don't want to hear: Pogba, Kroos, Cleverley.
Well, as you can see, I didn't think Pogba was even remotely possible. The fact we got him still astounds me. 20/10.
Assuming we get those 3 first choice targets in that's about £120m on transfers in (before anything we get from sales, which if Woodward goes may actually be an amount worth counting) which should be well within our financial power.
I'll come back in September and see how many of these steps we've achieved. Right now we'll be lucky to tick one off.
We ticked off more than one! Goes to show how much can change in 6 months. Our final score is 69/70, and if you focus solely on the players and manager it becomes 59/50. I think we can all agree we've done pretty damn well with incomings, all things considered.
"Cohle Island knows no King but the King in the North, whose name is Cantona."
Guess who Bleacher Report are saying is Mourinho's number one target next summer.
WHO DO UNITED WANT?
With the 2016 summer transfer window over, attention now turns to the business that really matters. The actual football? Erm, no. It’s the 2017 summer transfer window, actually.
And the world of football transfer rumours has already managed to whip itself up into a frenzy which promises to continue for 12 full bloody months. Many, many outlets are reporting the news that Manchester United want Antoine Griezmann next summer.
The appeal is obvious. The France international has been a revelation at Atletico Madrid, scoring 25 and 32 goals respectively in his last two seasons for the club. He followed that up with six strikes at Euro 2016. Along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he is the closest United will get to a potentially available proven goalscorer.
The key point is that Griezmann is not available now, of course. He is happy in Spain, and rejected chances to move this summer. Matters could change in a year, claim Bleacher Report, from whom the report emanates. Draw your own conclusions
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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