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9 days to go, get your s**t together Woody Woodward, we're still watching this space!!

Just to blow off some steam here...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2Q352D92TI

This vid is easily the most bittersweet thing I've seen in a while.

Nani had SO much potential and its really a matter of injury and his own wayward inconsistency that led to his decline.

Really hope he finds his form back in Portugal and returns as the Nani of 2010-2012, because that Nani TERRIFIED defenders.
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Its a really tragic story. At first living under Ronaldo's shadow, then he was assumed to be Ronaldo's successor, but at some point, he got injured and he just became another person, who cannot connect with others in the team for 3 years now.
Just want to see how my new pic looks hehe, and i bagsey it!
Van Gaal must have been going nuts after the game. Having to play Young and Lingard as wing backs is really not a good sign. Young is a left wing who should get sold. And Lingard is an attacking mid who deserves a shot in the starting line-up of our Capital one Cup and FA Cup teams.

Point is, we are lacking in many positions and Di f*****g Maria is not the person we need right now. We have enough creativity to last a lifetime. We need a rb, lb and dm and maybe even a cm. Then we can start talking about wingers.
I don't understand why you guys don't want Di Maria. Signing Di Maria isn't going to stop us from signing players in other positions.

We need players that can make the difference from losing a game and winning a game and Di Maria can do that.

Both LVG and Scholes want Di Maria here.

Di Maria can even play as a Wing Back till we reinforce the team so we can play a 433.
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@ToruHyuga I second that. When you bought sandwich, but you know you are already full and you wont eat it now, it does not mean you need to throw it away, does it? As you realize you will be hungy again in hours.

Same logic here, I like when we make analysis basing on current squad situation as our final decision, when transfer is still open and at the end of the day we are the ones to blame when we look back it time when we could sign That and That and That Player, and rightly so.
Nani went for loan, which means... that opens position for winger, because dont forget We Dont Really Have One to start with (except Valencia who is not World Class, and Young currently eat bird's... well you know what)

And yes we do lack a lot defensively, CM - CB, and we Must improve there, but that doesnt mean because currently we dont have enough support we dont want to buy for the future needs. Because in theory if we did have this defensive lacking position at the end of the day We Still lack World Class Winger. And Di Maria is Exactly what we need.

Will take him any day of the week, as at the end of the same week, dont forget the truth that bites:
1. we finished what place last year? 7.
2. Do we participate in CL this year? There is your answer.
We are in bad position as a club to recover, But We have money and huge fan base support, and this are our main strength Right Now... USE it when we Can, as we wont make many transfer mistakes like last year, due to the fact that ANY World Class player is a + in chances of us to recover and be in top 4 again, as unfortunately we cant guarantee anymore to our players the stability that we have over the past 25 years.
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Right now we lack players that can take on defenders. Rooney doesn't have the speed that he used to, Danny is hurt, RvP is more useful in other areas. Januzaj is pretty much the only player we have that can dribble at and beat defenders. We're losing all these games at home because teams can come in and defend, knowing too well that we don't have that "extra something" that will attack and make things happen. So I agree with you fellas. I don't think anyone denies we need a CM and CB. But why turn away Di Maria?
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"Di f*****g Maria is not the person we need right now."

sure, we already have young, valencia, zaha, and januzaj, those are world class players, not comparable to di f**** maria

some people are just don’t understand...
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Actually, I've watched Di Maria for a while, he works better as a left or right CM. Watch him under Ancelotti last season, he was way better than he was the previous 2 seasons.
@LGW He ends up playing wide either way lol. I think he can play as a CM in a 433 with a CDM behind him which is good as well as that would be our other formation we play.
@TheatreOfDreams, what I think Ldinho is saying is that if we get Di Maria, we probably won't have money left to go for the positions where we more desperately need strengthening, like CB and CM/CDM.

I used to feel that way too but I'm getting to a point where I'm slowly realizing that the odds of us getting a CB/CM that is both experienced and available to buy this late in the market is really low, and I'm honestly starting to think screw it, let's break the bank for Di Maria at this point. I mean who else can we get at this point? Benatia looked like he wants to go to Bayern. We haven't shown any interest in Khedira all summer, God knows why. Vidal's rumours completely died down.

Ever since I was a kid, I saw United dominate with some of the best wingers in the world. Giggsy, Becks and eventually Ronaldo would tear defenders apart. When we lost Ronaldo, we used the money to buy Diouf, Obertan and Valencia. Let's be honest, we never replaced him.

Except for 2011 where Nani was amazing, we haven't had a world class (not even close) winger since Ronaldo left. The fact that an 18 year old was our best attacking player last year shows how much we lack quality in that department.
Di Maria would instantly change that. He's absolutely world class and honestly, RM are idiots for letting him go. He was one of their best players last year and stepped up when they needed him the most.
We need players who can run at defenders and make things happen out of nothing. At the moment, only a handful of players can do a better job at that than Di Maria. Not to mention that his work rates are immense, and that he's very versatile and is able to play in several position even in central midfield.

We have tried getting wingers in lately, but we couldn't. We missed out on Hazard. We missed out on Lucas Moura.

Let's not let this one slip. Please.
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@badge

didnt woodywoodward say we have unlimited budgets? (yeah i know we should always discount his words)

but di maria and khedira, how much will they cost? probably 80 mln combined?

we can then offload anderson, cleverley, zaha, young, chicharito, and fellaini... these players should at least give us 50 mln...

so bringing di maria and khedira technically only cost us 30 mln.... thats such a value proposition
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@Theatreofdream Agree. The point at This Stage is simple, no matter how you look at it Buy when we still Can.

We are in a such a bad spot in terms of player quality on average in comparison to Man City, Real, Barca, Chelsea, Arsenal that any decisions as long as it is a Buy will likely result in a Win-Win outcome for us.

As was already stated here We need to make bigger adjustments to our 1st squad in general. I like what LvG is doing so far, but we need to offload even more people, and get more quality into the squad asap. Again Quality Not Quantity. We Always had so much Quantity in Fergie era it was hard to believe we still did not offload half of the squad.

Fergi was a strategy genius and his trump card was always ability to swap players for each situation each game accordingly, with good decision on Substitutions as well, and aggressive play in 2nd half to use most of his players. That means that we did not have World Class balanced squad for quite a while. Even 2008 team that won CL, while being closer to WC level, some players could of even Should of being changed.

LvG on other hand is not Fergie lets face it, no one is, and no one can play with a bit higher than average players vs World Class team and still come out as a winner. That was a beauty about Fergie, and we need to live without it. However LvG at least has a plan, and while he tries to put up bases, for his formation, there should be one and only starting 11. We dont have that, thus Investment is key to get updated squad this or next season in order for us to perform again.
Laurent Blanc admits that Paris St Germain look unable to move for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria because of the financial implications. Carlo Ancelotti has already confirmed Di Maria has asked to leave Madrid this summer amid strong links to both PSG and Manchester United.

- SSN transfer feed.

Looks like PSG cant make a move, perfectly poised for us to at least try even if we fail, really hope we give it a go, he would be a real game changer and a marquee signing that would really give the club a lift.
how about we buy a cm and cb first. this is like us signing mata all over again: surplus at his old club, expensive, great player, can create and score..

but doesn't solve any major issues like CM and DF.

and don't say he solves our winger issues, because we've been playing 3-5-2 all summer and i think LvG will stick with it.

even if we go 4-3-3, how will we accommodate mata rvp rooney and di maria? someone will be on the bench or play out if position as mata/rooney are not wingers.
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Also we don't have 2 CBs who look good (or fit) enough to do a job in that system. We also have no depth in wingback positions. The only way the defender and midfield situation won't be an issue is if we can play with 2 defenders and 1 CM with the rest attacking or doing whatever else. We'd do perfect that way. LvG needs to concoct a system to make that happen and somehow succeed.

Why is the focus on wingers/attackers? You can survive with a misfiring winger. We did that all the time under Fergie in his last 2 seasons. You can't survive with misfiring / inconsistent / nonexistent midfield or central defenders!
Overpriced. Don't want him here.
Been hearing some strong rumors in the last hours linking Cavani to Arsenal. Some even say that a fee's been agreed. If Cavani signs for Arsenal, PSG will sign Di Maria 100%
@MUFC: We need a winger badly, but I would much rather see us getting at least another CM (+1CB?). We can't rely on Herrera being our only solid CM

@SIF: I've got a feeling we won't be getting another CM in this transfer window. Maybe Strootman in Jan, but nothing now. Unfortunately that's the department where we most desperately need quality (hope I'm wrong)
And if we go 4-3-3 the answer is we don't accommodate all of them. One of Rooney/RvP would have to settle for the bench as I'm not in favor of playing players out of position. LvG needs to figure out what is the best system for the PL with the players we have, and fast. If that means dropping some of them to the bench, then so be it
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Sif is spot on. Di maria is not what we need right now. I think he is quality but still overhyped - not the issue here. We badly need players for other positions. Spend the dosh on a CB and CM. He wouldn't fit in unless we go 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. Leaving us with some of our best players out of position or on the bench.We could fit rooney, rvp, mata, januzaj and di maria in a diamond formation but it would mean we would need a mega defensive mid and herrera was a waste of cash.
Rooney-RVP-Di Maria
------Mata--------
--Herrera--(mid needed)
Wasn't LVG talking about how he doesn't have any quality wingers? Maybe he wants some Quality Wingers so that he can play a 433.

I don't think United would sign someone who LVG doesn't want.
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I agree we have more pressing needs but he is completely different from the players we have now. We need someone who can beat players because we have no threat on the counter. Di Maria can easily play in any of the front three positions in a 352 formation. He is versatile and can play as a winger, behind the striker or even in a midfield three. I wont be complaining if we get him.
Simple,
1. We need a world class player
2. We need a pair of decent wings instead of just one
3. We need a player who can beat defenders instead of back and side passing
4. We need a winger who can find target in the box instead of hitting the ball into defenders
5. We need a winger who can score
6. With a fast creative winger, we can finally start to utilise both Chicha (scoring goal poaching goals) and Kagawa (someone to receive his intensive through balls)
Where has Nick Powell been this whole time? I know he's not the DM we're looking for but it's about time he gets a shout over Cleverley.
He missed the USA tour due to injury I think. Powell plays CAM or CF like Rooney. He could be a talented center mid if he was trained to play in that position.
http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/21/report-xabi-alonso-heading-to-manchester-united

Can't say if it's true or false that Xabi Alonso will be arriving but good points made here

"If United move in for Alonso it will actually scupper Arsenal and Chelsea’s plans to buy Khedira from Real. However with news arriving on Thursday that Khedira has rejected a new deal at Real Madrid, perhaps Alonso will remain in Madrid.

A few stumbling blocks could line this deal, one being Alonso’s refusal to play for United having formally been a fans favorite after starring for Liverpool in a five-year spell where he won the Champions League and numerous other trophies. However if the Spaniard fancies a return to the North West of England, a move to United would seal that. But why shouldn’t Alonso remain at Real and fight for his spot?"

Be honest, would any of you reject him because of his... questionable past
I would take Yaya Toure and gladly look past his questionable present, so I would also gladly look past Alonso's past to accept (welcome) him into our midfield. Besides, Alonso - Herrara spanish midfield connection would be awesome for team chemistry.

Mind you, my stance doesn't just stem from the fact that we are effing desperate - and have been desperate for 3+ years in the midfield department - but also the fact that there should always be room at United for quality, world class players. As long as they are willing and proud to put on the United shirt, I don't care what other club they once called home.
The fact he played for liverpool doesn't bother me. The fact his legs have gone and he isn't half the player he used to be does. Plus, he still doesn't really fill the dm void. Hopefully just bull after the scholes article.
De Gea, Mata, Herrera, Hernandez, Valencia, Rojo, Varela, Xabi Alonso, wouldn't be surprised if LVG started learning Spanish.
I agree with RedFace, damaged goods, looked totally out of sorts at the WC, really good player in his pomp but those days are gone.

Beatmaboxes I'm pretty sire LVG already speaks Spanish having managed Barcelona :D
@MUFC silly me...apparently he locked himself in a German monastery to learn German before starting at Bayern Munich.

@Everyone else - No Xabi Alonso please, his wages must be ridiculously high at RM already, and I'm not sure if he'd be willing to take a paycut if we move for him. And even if he does, as great of a deep-lying playmaker as he is, he doesn't provide the pace and physical presence we're lacking in midfield right now.
now THIS is desperate. the guy still attends the odd game at anfield. that's even before you consider he's like 2 years younger than scholes.

no f*****g way! i'd rather take scholes back
@SiS Xabi is actually 7 years younger than Scholes.
lol at getting Scholes back. His legs aren't just gone, they have retired twice over. haha.
@Beatmaboxes LvG can already speak Spanish, he did so at his time with the Catalan club.
it's SIF not SiS.

and he plays like he's 40 though so im standing by my first statement.
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Are you sure SIS?!
https://twitter.com/Persie_Official/status/502446503072649216/photo/1

sorry if posted...
Hopefully we can see a difference on Sunday.
Oh, I have this feeling that RvP blocked another classic Jones-face. I can't help but extrapolate from that left-eye... lol
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Yeah, it was in the papers this morning. RVP looks likely to return Sunday. Brilliant news.

Wazza / RVP as two upfront with Mata behind them. On paper that is a devastating front 3.
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Manchester United are in for Cruzeiro's Lucas Silva according to his agent Luiz Rocha.
GIVE THEM ANDERSON
United in with bla bla bla these player but nothing happend.woodward glazzer board n our scout are sheettt as usual..
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sign him we need midfielders
Liverpool will pay Balotelli £90k a week to play for them, while Manchester United will pay Nani £91k a week to play for Sporting Lisbon...

LOL somethings wrong!! We need to start clearing out the deadwoods! No more sentiments.
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This is definitely a headscratcher, but tbf Nani's wage and contract was more of a Moyes blunder than sentiment.
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we gave him a 5 year deal and he's on 92 k per week, it wont be easy to shift him. he will want

a) a team that can afford his wages
b) a team that plays in CL, fights for trophies, and where he could be a regular

maybe if he has a good season sporting will take him back permanently. that's the problem with having these players on huge wages, it is near impossible to shift them if they suck. maybe if we cant get the targets we want we should make sure not to settle for less.
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Congrats, you have your own Fernando Torres. Report to the counter for a free shot of whiskey.
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