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Manchester United 19/20: You can't win anything with kids (revisited)

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Mr Big Shrimp!
Sounds like Ashley Young is gone. Reading that he won't be part of the squad again pre-transfer after refusing a one year contract extension.

But...

Manchester United recall defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from loan at Tranmere Rovers.
 

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Mr Big Shrimp!
United's track record of spending big on transfers and to caving into the demands of top agents has made them a prime target for agents keen to inflate the value of their asset, even if they have no intention of moving them to a club that fell off its pedestal as a genuine big-hitter in the European game during a disastrous period of decline overseen by their unconvincing transfer chief Woodward.

Speak to those who have dealt with ex-banker Woodward and the message that comes back suggests his lack of football experience has been an enduring flaw in his negotiations, with his failings in his transfer trading undermining managers who have all left the club pointing an accusing finger in his direction for their failure.
 

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Mr Big Shrimp!
In 2019-20, Paul Pogba has completed 15 passes into the box in the Premier League which ranks him 2nd for Manchester United.

Paul Pogba has only played seven games and did not even start in two of them.
 

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Mr Big Shrimp!
Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward was paid £3.16 million last season, making him the highest paid director in the Premier League.
 

The39thStep

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Portuguese media are saying that Sporting Lisbon’s negotiating team are in Manchester for talks over a Bruno Fernandez transfer to Man Utd
 

The39thStep

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If it happens and Sporting are no mugs in driving a hard bargain he’s a good signing . Passes well , free kick and penalty specialist and a fair long shot on him. Again will need to get used to the EPL and find spaces whilst being closed down but I rate him.
 

The39thStep

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SL may drive a hard bargain (rightly so) but they will accept installment payments this window as opposed to bigger upfront payment they demanded in the summer
Apparantly the deal is €60M on the table and €10m paid later , dunno if this is performance related or a final installment. Theres your Mata replacement.
 

Badgers

Mr Big Shrimp!
I love how every Utd social media account knows the innermost dealings (like last time and the time before) of the Bruno Fernandes deal. Also that this signing will be the ONE THING that makes them the best club in the world again :D

 

The39thStep

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I love how every Utd social media account knows the innermost dealings (like last time and the time before) of the Bruno Fernandes deal. Also that this signing will be the ONE THING that makes them the best club in the world again :D

Another piece in that elusive jigsaw
 

Joe Reilly

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Another piece in that elusive jigsaw
Here is Ole's team as far as it goes. These are the players he has signed, promoted from within, or given priority to within the system. Were it not for injury Tuanzebe (already made captain once) he might already be filling one of the available slots at CB.
[----]
Wan-Bissaka Maguire [ ...}Williams
,McTominay, [----], [----]
James, Greenwood, Rashford

De Gea aside, there are three key positions for him to fill in order to make a first 11 to his liking. If City was the model you would also need a second 11 not too distant in terms of ability from the first. All this takes time. Unlike under Moyes. Van Gall, and Mourinho there is no futile searching for the elusive missing pieces. Near everyone knows what the missing pieces look like. It all comes down to a case of picking the right ones. Which is the sole reason galactio/panic buying has been resisted so stubbornly. Which to repeat, is very different to what has gone before.

(At a pinch you could include the switch of Martial and Rashford, from competing for the left-wing spot to competing for CF as well. Under Ole, Rashford and Martial have been allotted their exclusive roles that accommodate both as first choice. At the same time as has been pointed out before Martial has his limitations as the attempt to sign Haaland illustrates.)
 
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The39thStep

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Here is Ole's team as far as it goes. These are the players he has signed, promoted from within, or given priority to within the system. Were it not for injury Tuanzebe (already made captain once) he might already be filling one of the available slots at CB.
[----]
Wan-Bissaka Maguire [ ...}Williams
,McTominay, [----], [----]
James, Greenwood, Rashford

De Gea aside, there are three key positions for him to fill in order to make a first 11 to his liking. If City was the model you would also need a second 11 not too distant in terms of ability from the first. All this takes time. Unlike under Moyes. Van Gall, and Mourinho there is no futile searching for the elusive missing pieces. Near everyone knows what the missing pieces look like. It all comes down to a case of picking the right ones. Which is the sole reason galactio/panic buying has been resisted so stubbornly. Which to repeat, is very different to what has gone before.
Thats true re galatico signings, theres been a more tempered approach. Fernades is a team player, no ego .
 

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Mr Big Shrimp!
United and Sporting Lisbon are still some way apart in their valuation of Bruno Fernandes. United are said to be offering £50m plus £10m in add-ons. Sporting want £64m. Talks continue. [Mail]
 

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Mr Big Shrimp!
FA Cup replay vs Wolves later :)

Man United are without a win for five games against Wolves in all competitions (D3, L2) so will be tough :hmm:
 
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