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So no Cristiano Ronaldo vs United tomo,Ancelotti confirms.
I was looking forward to see him play against us.

A unfit Ronaldo is still miles better than all our wingers.
^Pshhht, can Ronaldo play RWB?

Young can.

Young > Ronaldo
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Man United may be up for sale as the Glazer children are “at war” over Red Devils [The Sun]

News has broken over the past 24 hours that, following the death of former Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer, his children, who have long run the family’s business affairs, are ready to sell off a small part of their equity in the Old Trafford giants.

Widespread reports have confirmed that the Glazers are to sell 5% of their shareholding in United for around $150 million.

Importantly, even after the share sale, the Glazers will still hold the majority shareholding in the football club with 80% of the equity, while it’s also worth noting that all revenues accrued from the share sale will go into the Glazers back pockets, rather than into the kitty at Old Trafford.

Against that backdrop, The Sun have today dropped a potential bombshell, reporting that the Glazer children are “at war” over the future direction on United.

According to the red top, the Glazers”were last night at loggerheads over selling up — throwing its future into turmoil”.

The Sun claim that three Glazers children are hoping to sell off Man United entirely, while the other three Glazers children want to retain the football club in their family portfolio.



P.S My profile pic copyrighted ;)
Its a damn shame The Sun is a totally unreliable newspaper.

Could be a grain of truth to this though, despite the fact that operational control of the club has been with the Glazer children for some time they technically did not "own" the club, Malcolm Glazer did and any say on a sale would of lay with him and now he has passed away any decision on a sale will now be the call of the Glazer children.

I don't pretend to know much about business but a few things are abundantly obvious.

First of all the costs in football are only going to increase, whether the Glazers are willing to foot the necessary costs to keep this club competitive is still open to debate, whether they even have the clout to support the club properly is open as well.

With the club dropping out of Europe with no guarantees of getting back into it they could well see the value of their asset begin to decline if we go into an extended period of mediocrity.

Having secured a long term world record kit deal with Adidas, a long term world record sponsorship with Chevrolet along with fresh optimism under the new management it could be a good time to sell while our value is still very high.

I doubt this story is true though, as i said The Sun are a terrible newspaper but i do sincerely hope there is something to this, they've made their money and if they sell they will walk away with a staggering profit, i just wish they would go, they've taken enough.

The ownership and the priority's of this club really do need to change.
no way glazers will sell, the club's value is on the rise and is far from plateauing as there are major "emerging markets" for utd's commercial team to exploit, not least of which the USA where the games are now broadcasted every weekend and popularity in the sport is continuously climbing. i was reading an article this week saying viewership of the EPL games is up 114% in the united states compared with last year, and of course the most watched team is man utd by a huge distance.

this is just a means of them using united's brand/business to line their own pockets. this isnt the first time they've sold shares and it obviously will not be the last. the reason they sell off bits at a time is not only because it will make sure they have majority ownership, but also because each time they do it they expect the club's value to be a little higher so they make more money.

the only good thing about this is that money is not directly from the footballing side of the club (commercial, broadcast, or matchday revenue); it's purely from the market value of the club's stocks. at the very least it seems the glazers will keep their hands off the revenue the team directly earns for the club.

glazers are probably the only owners of any top euro football team who want to make money off of their club/"asset". it's an american sports concept: in the states the owners are out there trying to win but also rake in the cash and boost their own bank accounts.

the right/moral thing to do imo would be to reduce the debt they saddled on the club with the money generated from selling shares. if 88 million went towards our debt, it would take us down to 270 million pounds in debt. once you get down to the 100ish million range the debt is insignificant and basically has good value/efficiency in reaping tax credits.

but there's no rush, so that wont happen. the maximum required loan payments right now are approximately 20 million in interest per year, less than 5% of united's total revenue (estimated 430 million pound this past season), so there's no urgency in reducing the debt any quicker than the current rate of about 10-20% per fiscal quarter.
@mufc, the glazers are not footing any costs, all they have done is suck money out of the club. the club is totally self sufficient and the glazers do not give any of their own money to the club. honestly i dont even think they have enough cash to even give to united and make a difference. it's not like chelsea used to be where the owners is bankrolling club spending. with ffp, those days are all but numbered. all the costs of maintaining utd is being paid by the money utd earn from commercial, broadcast and matchday revenue.

presently, utd earn 410ish million pound this season. the wage bill was around 180 million pound and 20 million pound went to interest payments. the remaining 230 million pound, plus the money utd have in the bank as liquid assets, are left to be spent however the club see fit.. whether that's re-laying the pitch, buying players, lowering the debt, whatever. the club is in a very strong financial position, and will only get stronger as more commercial deals come in like the adidas one which starts next summer. inside 5 years, at the rate we're going, and as long as we are in CL spot, we will surpass real madrid in club revenue. maybe then we will be able to compete on equal financial footing for the best players in the market.
Yeah i understand all that SiF, that's why i said it could be a good time to sell while the asset is in such good shape.

Whether we want to admit it or not if we remain in mediocrity for several seasons then our revenues will drop and sharply, exploring new markets only works if the team is attractive and an attractive team needs the best players which cost top dollar.

We always hear about the clubs financial strength but showing it in the transfer market is where it counts, fans don't give a s**t how fancy the balance sheet looks we want to see the best players coming here and that isn't happening often enough, we should be competing with Madrid and Barca for players and we plain don't do that, its all talk no action.

We need owners who can actually support the club, especially now...
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yeah that's true, and i feel the same way, too much talk not enough action. but you have to ask where the blame lays for lack of pursuing (based on what we know anyways) or landing top players. is that down to the owners or the coach and ceo?

imo it's not the owners who go after players, it is the coach and the sporting director/ceo. fergie, moyes and now lvg have never said the club didn't bid on a player they wanted, didn't bid enough, etc. in fact in his book, fergies has said he's never had a request turned down. why didn't he go after more star players? maybe signings like veron and to some extent berba changed his views on expensive players, maybe his management style heavily influenced his transfer policy. i don't really know all the details, unfortunately.

i sincerely don't think the owners are responsible for failed transfer windows. obviously the massive debt has to play a part, but i don't think they turn down or discourage player purchases, as they are business men and don't interfere with the footy matters (why mess with a winning formula?). i'm sure they know jack s**t about football players as well. for me, blame falls squarely on those responsible for identifying and pursuing targets. over the years we've been buying too many average players. we are littered with them at the moment.

one thing has been very clear to me this summer, woodward can only go after players the manager wants or asks for. i genuinely think he wants utd to sign the big names, he's under massive pressure if we don't do that. that's what all utd fans expect, big signings. he's even come out and said watch this space etc and expect transfers. the man is not stupid, he knows his ass is on the line if he fails to deliver.

currently, it's not like a madrid or barca situation where the club will pursue targets (because managers change every other season) and the manager says whether or not he can use the players. do you think ancellotti requested bale when he was hired? or rodriguez after winning the CL? no, perez and his people wanted him and later surely consulted ancelloti. do you think luis enrique requested that barca sell sanchez and go for suarez? i really think that was the suits at barca, and then the coach gives the green light.

at utd, is our talent recruitment structure the same way? players generated by the board or suits? hell no, i think that power has squarely been fergies for the longest time. now that he's gone and we wont have someone stay that long, maybe we need to think about changing the structure, appointing someone whose job is to identify areas of weakness and be active year-round in the market. manager makes the final say of course, but if we continue to turn over management staff, we will continue to waste time and be behind other in getting targets.


for me the onus is on van gaal to identify and go after players, as i doubt woody knows enough to be the one identifying targets. lvg is an honest talking man, very straight forward. if he isn't the one pushing for transfers, i dont think we will see any big names. i dont think we can count of woodward to do the pushing. if van gaal wants big names and isn't getting them, you can be sure he will let the press know. at the moment, my frustration is directed at him, but of course i cant say it too loudly because we all know he knows what he's doing..

look at wenger's press releases this summer, he has mentioned wanting a backup goalkeeper, a central defensive midfielder, cb cover if vermaelen leaves, a rb to replace sagna and a striker. they have signed ospina, chambers, debuchy and sanchez. same deal at chelsea, liverpool, city. the continuity of mou and other managers staying a second year meant they had those targets identified and pushed hard to get them. how many players have those other teams, all above us in the table, signed already? each of them have made at least 3+ signings while we are waiting for the management to "assess the squad" and finalize targets and deals.

which players have lvg expressed interest in getting? all we have f*****g heard about are defenders, which frustrates me to no end. if we don't sign any more defenders this summer, you can blame woodward. if we only sign defenders and dont go after mids i'll be pissed as f**k at lvg.

for me, you have to look at the person managing the squad and choosing the players. utd officials dont have the same pressure as barca and madrid to buy a top player each window.

barca/madrid have elected officials running the club. fans want star players, good football. if fans are not happy, the suits know they will lose re-election, so they costantly buy the top players and hope for the best. the guys at bayern are football men and are committed to having the best players and they actively recruit top players. their men are also elected to do the job i believe. at utd the structure is very different, and this concerns me.

maybe it's time to get with the times, have a contingency plan for not having the same stability as with fergie. we wont have another man in charge for 26 years so how about we get a DOF or something to continuously oversee assessing the squad and generating targets. of course during times of stability, this process is directed by a manager. during times of change, we have the DOF in place so we dont waste as much time waiting for the new man to evaluate the squad. all he has to do is approve targets, much like lvg did with herrera and shaw early in the window.
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SIF very informative, and I agree 100%.

At other top clubs the boards have a lot more influence in transfer dealings, going as far as choosing the players themselves with or without the coach's approval.

This is one of the reasons I was pissed when David Gill left the club along with Ferguson. Totally destroyed any continuity regarding transfer dealings.
Leaving Moyes and Woodward on their own last summer was pretty much a disaster waiting to happen.

I also share the same feeling that it's LVG who isn't pushing (enough?) for more players coming in, because the money is certainly there.
Van Gaal has never been a coach who demands big name signings though. He takes a lot more pride in promoting and developping players from within.

When he was at Bayern their board went over his head and bought Gomez for more than 30m when he'd said he didn't need another striker. So as a response he kept Gomez on the bench for the first 2 months and gave Müller a chance.

I'm not sure I agree that Woodward's job is on the line. He still strikes me as a Glazer puppet. He likes talking so much about the money we have to spent that it feels like talk to keep the fans happy. A bit less talking and a bit more doing would be better.
"You’re never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that. But I can understand completely why he advised him to stay. He wanted to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League but it didn’t happen and Suarez left.”
- Arsene Wenger

I have no idea why, but I burst out laughing at that quote. Started off so empathetic and nice and then Wenger dropped some cold facts.

Wenger 1 - Slippy G 0
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All started because of this,

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11661/9401170/liverpools-steven-gerrard-told-luis-suarez-he-was-too-good-for-arsenal

What a reply! LOL All hail Wenger!
Wenger should do this more often.
Well, as Slippy. G always says there always next year lol
If we want to get technical....

Wenger 3 - Slippy still 0
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Had a chance to win the PL, but he slipped up...literally.
LOL owned
So now the mirror has reported that a medical regarding Arturo Vidal has taken place, and even reports in Chile are reporting the same.
But a transfer fee with Juventus has not been agreed yet.
I know the Mirror is not a reliable paper but stranger things has happened before.

http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/31/arturo-vidal-passes-medical-tests-with-manchester-united-ahead-of-transfer-4816232/
Its bullcrap.

The medical would have taken place in Manchester, Carrington in fact, we now have a new state of the art medical facility built by Samsung one of our commercial partners, all our medicals are now done on our own premises rather than the Bridgewater hospital where they used to take place.

The medical checks that Juve have carried out recently are just routine pre-season checks on a player that has just returned from the World Cup / holiday... Nothing more.

If it was progressed to the point of a medical then one of the good sources like Sky Sports or BBC would have picked it up surely.
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We already talked about this article a couple pages back. Their source is from a DailyFail Equivalent from Italy.
Is that the end for our transffer actvity?i thought when we finish with shaw n herera we wil be much more active but seem just nothing happend.i mean lots of rumour vidal,de vrij n others oranje squad,vermalen,mangala,hummels but still dont hv any improvement yet,just like that..
21st July

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward tells fans to expect signings.

"Louis is the boss and is assessing what's going on but we have been in dialogue for some time about targets so there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes... we're continuing to move forward on some of those targets... so watch this space.

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11667/9388990/transfer-news-manchester-united-executive-vice-chairman-ed-woodward-tells-fans-to-expect-signings

He talks the talk, lets see if he can walk the walk.
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Irrespective of LVG's assessment of the squad we need one more CB and one more CM with good defensive quality's.

Getting a little worried now tbh, we started the window with a bang getting two main targets wrapped up before the window "officially" opened but its been over a month now and nothing really other than the press getting themselves excited over a Vidal deal that seems to be going nowhere.

I know LVG is a genius but we just don't have the tools to mount a "convincing" top 4 challenge, we are short 2 maybe 3 players from a balanced squad.

I hope he isn't telling the club to stall on signings thinking he has enough already because he will regret it.
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We shouldn't even be going for top 4, should be going for the title. All the top 4 were contenders at some point last season. You have to ask yourself if this is a title winning defense and midfield. Answer is no given our injury record and current weaknesses in depth and quality. I know LVG knows what he is doing though. Perhaps the club are waiting for the conclusion of tour to announce deals already done. Not as if the players could fly in and join the last 2-3 days anyways. I'm betting anyone else we sign now was at the world cup.
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But for now we already know we need at least a cb n cm,why we cant just finalize the deal yet.is there no any other target that we cant get?i mean vidal strootman hummel not for sale.i like the idea promoting blacket keane james n any others youngster for first team but still we cant fully depend on them,we cant expect them deliver in every fixture right?so we need a true leader n experienced one..
I agree, although we praised Woody for getting Shaw and Herrera deal done early, but lets not forget, they were last season's target, he had one year to work on it. Woody's pretty slow when it comes to transfer. He should treat players and sponsor equally.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/10984908/If-Manchester-United-to-sign-Mats-Hummels-is-not-a-bullsht-story-Ill-eat-a-broomstick-says-Jurgen-Klopp.html

Lol
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Lmao classic Klopp.

None of us took the story seriously anyway.
Klopp really does crack me up :D
who can attract hummels to man utd anyway?

we dont have any germans

and has there been any germans playing for us? i can only think of the talented young goalie, Ron-Rober Zieler
Lvg should bring back some bayern player for us.lol
LVG introduces his backroom staff.

Frans Hoek Goalkeeping coach : " I've been working with Frans Hoek for more than 20 years. He is my goalkeeping coach and, for me, the goalkeeping coach has to have the same philosophy. He worked with me at Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now in Manchester. I think it's good that he's my coach for the goalkeepers here."

Albert Stuivenberg Assistant coach : " I have worked with Albert now for only one year and that is peculiar for me. Normally with my coaches I always have a longstanding relationship with them, but he has so much talent this boy. I picked him up in the [Netherlands] Federation, he was my coach for the Under-21s and worked as my scout in the World Cup. He did a remarkable job and that's why I want to reward him to be my assistant here as a coach. He has made a fantastic impression on me but also on the players, that's much more important I think. But I have only known him for one year."

Marcel Bout Assistant coach/Opposition scout : " Marcel will scout the future opponent. I have worked with him since 2006 when I was at AZ Alkmaar. It's only a small team – maybe you have heard of them? – but with that minor club I was also the champion of the Netherlands."

Jos van Dijk Training physiologist : " He writes my [training] programmes, he has also been working with me since AZ. We have a very good relationship and it is very important to write the programmes that the trainer has to do. It always has to be progressive because it's important that your players are not injured because of the preparation. Until now, we are doing great but we've only had a few days working with the players."

Max Reckers Performance analyst : " Finally, I can't forget my computer guru – it's unbelievable because he's not only my computer guru, he's like my son. But he's not called van Gaal, his name is Max Reckers and he is a Performance Analyst. He collects all the data that we need. We have a lot of data because at Manchester United there was already a philosophy that you have to measure everything and it's called the sport science department. It's unbelievable what kind of data they have and I'm very pleased that kind of support is already arranged in Manchester. They have supported us very well, not only in sport science but also the medical department and the kit men. It's unbelievable what organisation you have to make for such a big group at such a big club."
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If we going to scouting new talent@player,is that also from one of these lvg men?or from united board n managment itself?we really bad on scouting i guess..
Training psychologist and performance analyst, interesting list of staff. Did SAF have assisstants like those? Or was SAF good enough himself
Thought this might interest you, seeing as he's your boy:

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/01/ruud-van-nistelrooy-holland-coach-guus-hiddink

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Thanks mate
sorry guys not MUFC related..

Can anytone tell me what was the worldwide tv viewership of the world cup final match between germany vs argentina?? did it really cross the 1 billion mark??


plzzzz share the news with a link.
http://bit.ly/1s9cHG6
+2
Think that's a job for google.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2710752/Manchester-United-closer-signing-Oscar-Borg.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJtA0GX_8hw

Looks very talented.
Looks like a talented kid. He is part of our Milk Cup Squad so he will most likely sign for us.
Looks like a talent. Lots of potential. Is that his dad or something that posted the videos? lol
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Lol he might be related,so I asked him if he's joining united ;) no reply yet


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