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  1. PL experience is overrated. The majority of the top players in the league had no previous PL experience.
  2. Fred and McTominay only look decent in a compact, low block counterattacking system – the less possession the team has, the better they look. In a possession oriented system both struggle because neither possesses the technical ability to effectively transition play and break lines with either passing or dribbling. This impacts Maguire too since he's had to do too much i.e. pushing into midfield far too often to do the job that midfielders are supposed to do. Maguire is not a top class player but he's a better player than the memes will have you believe. Casemiro fills a big hole but we are still missing a midfielder with the ability to effectively transition play and with good passing range – maybe Eriksen can fill that role (if we don't make another midfield signing) and it might work with a specialist DM next to him.
  3. Wait…there's a rumour Chelsea want to swap Pulisic for Maguire? Do you guys get your transfer news from The Sun or the Daily Mail?
  4. In more baffling news, Chelsea are apparently prepared to send Chalobah out on loan. For a club that's in need of another CB, that doesn't make much sense unless they are really confident of signing Fofana.
  5. The issue is that Ten Hag has been de Jong or bust and Antony or bust so we wasted 2+ months and made no signings to replace Matic, Pogba, Cavani and Greenwood. Even Casemiro was not his target – reports are that he did not want a specialist DM but it looks like he has eventually agreed to recommendations after it's become clear that de Jong is not leaving Barca and if he does, it will not be to United (that was obvious to most a month ago). It's really a symptom of the weak structure above the manager at United. At a well run club (like Ajax) Ten Hag was not given this much power over transfers - Overmars built that squad, not Ten Hag.
  6. Looks like Ten Hag is still obsessed with Antony. We're going to pay €80-100m for a player who is currently worth no more than half that. Giving Ten Hag this much control over transfers has contributed to this shambolic transfer window. Ajax fans will tell you that Ten Hag's judgement on transfers is not that good.
  7. Vince Gilligan stuck the landing….again. Low-key finale but a logical ending that stayed true to what came before without needing to resort to some shitty left-field twist. I was sceptical when this show was first announced but BCS definitely exceeded all my expectations.
  8. That's not what the Real Madrid journos like Jose Felix Diaz and Arancha Rodriguez have reported. €9m/year gross lines up with €5m/year net as has been reported by the Spanish media.
  9. No, that figure should be gross not net. According to Spanish media he's on €5m/year net. Reportedly United have offered €10m/year net.
  10. The best players want a big payday too. If Casemiro was 24, not likely he would leave Real Madrid. But at this stage of his career it makes sense why he would consider it especially when one considers that he's been underpaid at Real Madrid relative to what he has contributed and what others at the club are earning.
  11. Well, people are asking why he would leave Real Madrid. The answer is rather obvious: he's underpaid at Real, has already won everything there is to win with them and United have offered him a better contract. Nothing wrong with that so long as he performs on the pitch. If trophies were the only factor then the majority of clubs would not be able sign any good players since the vast majority of football clubs do not win trophies on a regular basis.
  12. Don't care if he wants more money so long as he performs on the pitch. You're carrying on as if a player wanting a wage increase means he's going to phone it in on the pitch. The transfer fee is going to be substantial. Reports say the fee could be around £60m.
  13. €10m/year net reportedly which would come out to around somewhere between £15-16m/year. Big wage but still not as much as De Gea.
  14. Well, it's not as though there is an abundance of top class DMs available. It's a risk but being 30 years old doesn't necessarily mean a player is finished – some players can still perform at a high level into their mid 30s. Casemiro is also underpaid at Real Madrid. Reports are he gets around €200k/week. As you say, he's already won everything at club level so he might as well look to get a big pay day for his last big contract.
  15. Or it's because rather than making difficult decisons, he's been happy to take the easy way out. Not a good sign either.
  16. Ten Hag needs to put his foot down then and freeze Ronaldo out of the team. He should be made to train alone and not be a part of any first team activities. Everyone at United has been treating Ronaldo with kid gloves while his behaviour has been despicably unprofessional. So far Ten Hag has just taken the easy way out instead of making the hard decisions - keeping De Gea is the starting XI, retaining Maguire as captain and placating Ronaldo.
  17. We shouldn't be paying out his contract. Ronaldo is the one who is desperate to leave so he should be the one to make a compromise in order to facilitate his departure. I would not be opposed to terminating his contract by mutual consent with no compensation so Ronaldo can piss off as a free agent.
  18. Yes, we could pay off Jones' contract for him to go away but does it make sense to do that when his contract is up at the end of the season anyway? If Jones was a trouble-maker disrupting the squad then I'd say it would be worth paying out his contract early but he's not.
  19. And it's easier said than done to move him on – did you miss that part? His contract is up at the end of the season anyway.
  20. I'm not sure why he's bitching about Jones who doesn't even play. As I mentioned previously, moving Jones along is easier said than done. He's so horribly injury prone that his career is basically over and nobody even wants him on loan. Besides that, his contract is up at the end of the season anyway. I'd be more concerned on why we are offloading Garner but keeping McTominay who has virtually no technical ability at all and only offers a bit of physicality, aimless running around and making dodgy tackles.
  21. I doubt there is any truth to the Icardi rumours. If we do sign a CF, I expect it'll be one of Morata, de Tomas or Kalajdzic.
  22. I don't think either are going to implode. Same goes for Arsenal. As I said before, City and Liverpool are clearly the top 2. Chelsea, Spurs, and Arsenal will fight it out for 3rd to 5th place as they are clearly the next 3 best sides in the league – obviously one of them has to miss out on top 4 but that doesn't automatically mean that the team that misses out had imploded.
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