So I thought that this could be fun… I was thinking the other day how between us we all have a lot of football knowledge outside of United, but we rarely use it here, and when we do its usually to hate on a cuntish club or talk about a potential transfer. So I thought maybe once a week or fortnight we could talk about someone who doesn’t have any direct relation to United, but is a famous or underrated name in the world of football. We can just talk about their talents, whether they were ever close to joining us (or may yet in the future), or how much of a cunt they are. Could be someone past or present, a player or a coach. If this is a stupid idea just say so, but I thought it could be fun.
I’m gonna start with someone who I feel is really underrated in this country – Pavel Nedved. He absolutely tore it up in Serie A, but because he peaked later on his career (winning the Ballon D’Or aged 31), I think a lot of people forgot his talent (I was only 10 in 2003 though, so I may be misremembering). It doesn’t help that his peak came just after the fall of Football Italia, which had dominated the discussion on Serie A for so long. He never won a European trophy, having been a runner-up in both the UEFA Cup and the Champions League with Lazio & Juventus respectively, but he did at least get some personal recognition with the aforementioned Ballon D’Or.
So yeah, any thoughts on Nedved?
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I didn't see much of him during his time in Italy but he always impressed me with his hunger and work-rate. He was a very tenacious so-and-so, with a much better passing range than the average winger. If I remember correctly he also had a very interesting knee. Can't remember the exact details, but it was the reason for his particular walking style. Maybe an extra joint or something... It's a shame he never signed for us. Yes he was ostensibly a left-winger and we already had Giggs in that role but Nedved could have played anywhere in the attacking third. I think he would have worked out better for us than Veron anyway.
I was 18 in 2003 so I remember him well. He was seriously good. Very highly rated during his time at Lazio, so much so that Juventus paid 41 million Euros for him in 2001, which was a fucking big fee then. That said he didn't really peak until right at the end of his 20's and into his early 30's, which is pretty late. Absolute master at Juventus, replaced Zidane when he moved to Real Madrid and was a really important player at Juve, along with Trezeguet, Del Piero, Buffon, Cannavaro and Thuram.
Gabriel Batistuta was always someone I would have loved at United. I'm pretty sure he was linked to the club a few times but it was never going to happen. Phenomenal striker with a fantastic goal scoring record at Fiorentina and Roma. Seriously feared all around the world but generally whenever anyone talks about strikers from the mid-late 90's he seems to be a bit forgotten.
Talking of South American strikers, Martin Palermo. Absolute beast. Legend on Football Manager too but when he got a big shot in Italy with Villareal he got a severe injury and never really showed what he could do. Eventually went back to Boca Juniors and continued smashing goals in but if he'd not had that injury I'm convinced he'd have been a far bigger name in world football. He's Boca's all-time leading goalscorer with 236 goals.
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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