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  1. Ne Moe Imya

    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    This is a bit harsh, he seems a decent enough lad and it's not his fault we offered him a contract renewal so that he's still getting paid here. That said, it would be nice if he'd accept one of the offers and do us all a favour. He's never going to get in the squad next season, is he? You'd expect Curtis Jones to be getting any minutes that Adam might have squeaked out next season anyway.
  2. Ne Moe Imya

    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    Joyce (so, the club) has just posted on twitter that we'd listen to bids north of 25m for Lovren. Also says Milan's new DoF is a big fan (though also confusingly saying that there's been "no contact" yet. All I can say is KA-CHING! Would be great to get another young CB with potential to develop as our fourth CB, or, and hear me out here, take that money and go trigger Alderweireld's clause. I think that'd be a brilliant option - he's a top player, and yes, he's older and somewhat injury-prone, but as a player to slot in alongside Virgil over the next two years while Gomez continues to develop to his full potential I can't think of a better choice. Matip to serve as a great emergency option fourth-choice.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    That must have been the longest-running troll ever. RIP to the genius that was SteveO.
  4. See, I thought that about Moyes. But then they hired LVG to replace him. And then I thought that about LVG. And then they hired Mourinho to replace him. And then I thought that about Mourinho. And then they hired Solskjaer to replace him ... Honestly, how amazing is it that we could make fun of their manager by calling him "sperm of gollum" and you're genuinely unsure of which of their recent managers that could be about?
  5. You want to know the great thing about United? Saw this thread pop up and thought it was the old Moyes thread, smiled at the memory of him being in charge. Then, a second or two later, when I realised it was referring to Solskjaer, I smiled again at I remembered that he's currently in charge of them. The club that never stops giving.
  6. Ne Moe Imya

    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Harry Kane's brother looks (and dresses!) EXACTLY like what I would have expected Harry Kane's brother to look and dress like. *that is not a compliment, in case it wasn't clear*
  7. Ne Moe Imya

    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    This. A million times this. Why are people so hung up on making formations that have to include all of our big-money players? Sure, you don't want a £60m signing as third-choice in their position, but having 4 versatile players for 3 positions is a GOOD thing. Klopp could keep the rhythm of the last few seasons going at first with Mane - Firmino - Salah and Pepe coming off the bench. Then once Pepe is up to speed he could use him to give Mane a rest and play Pepe - Firmino - Salah. Or if Bobby picked up an injury we're ready to go without dropping off a level, just play Mane - Salah - Pepe. You get the idea. There is no way we're going to get as lucky as we did last season again and go through the whole year without a single lengthy injury to any of the front 3. All four of those players are capable of playing at least 2 positions up front and that means that they will all get over 2500 minutes in the league if fit. Probably over 3000 minutes each. Brewster and Shaqiri are fine, but they are fine in the sense that you want them playing cups, used here and there to rotate the main players in and out of the lineup, that sort of thing. Not fine as in "if Bobby or Mo gets injured we can go 3 months with Brewster as our starting striker and still hope to win the league" fine. Pepe is a level above that, or at least we hope.
  8. Ne Moe Imya

    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    I'd take Theo Hernandez. Maybe Ceballos as well, depending on the price and what other deals we were doing. Hernandez for sure would be a decent buy, though. We tried to buy him 2 summers ago from Atletico and Madrid outbid us. So now that he's 21, has had a decent (though not great) loan at Sociedad, and Madrid are ready to scrap him for the latest fad, it would seem a very Edwards move to pick him up for 12m or something.
  9. Ne Moe Imya

    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    I actually think Daniel James for United is a decent signing. The problem is that they need WAY more than just a decent low-risk winger to fix their problems, and the more important signings are where they're more likely to screw it all up. However, taken in a vacuum, a quick, young homegrown winger who shows some decent potential is a pretty decent bargain for 18m or whatever it is.
  10. Ne Moe Imya

    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    Disappointing, RMC know their stuff. Between the article yesterday saying it was between us and Barca, this one today saying it's between PSG and Barca, and Honigstein saying on twitter that he's spoken to two teams, both of whom were very confident that the player only wanted to come there, it seems like it's been Barca all along and the rest is Raiola getting paid. I'd bet a decent sum that De Ligt told Raiola months ago that he only wanted to move to Barca, and Raiola just said "no problem, I'll make it happen, just don't say that out loud to anyone" and the rest has all been targeted leaks to get Barca to give him and De Ligt as much money as possible. He's used United, us, Juve, and PSG all to make sure Barcelona give him the huge agent fee he wants.
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    Adam Lallana

    Colour me sceptical. No way does Michael Edwards not have a huge folder full of players who would contribute far more for the £65k/week Lallana is on. I cannot even imagine him sitting down with Lallana to convince him that he has "a big part to play in what comes next." I strongly suspect this is Adam's way of telling the club "no, I'm not leaving, I want to stay and try to work my way back into the team." Which, fair enough, he's seen Origi do it, so despite the fact that he's far more likely to end up as a Moreno than an Origi, if he doesn't want to go there's not much we can do about it. Hopefully, though, we can still convince him to go. Maybe Southampton would want him back and we could persuade him that a cushy retirement there would be better than life on the fringes of the bench and getting 300 minutes/season for the next 2 years.
  12. Ne Moe Imya

    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    I don't see what's so unrealistic about it. We are Champion's League winners and will be competing for league and CL trophies over the next few seasons, I think we can all agree? Teams at that level need depth. Not depth where you have a really good starter, an aging veteran who used to be good backing them up, and then a kid in reserve. No, serious, world-class depth, the kind where we can look at Barca's or City's squad and say "yeah, we can match or beat that all the way down." Signing De Ligt would instantly give us the best defense in world football, hands down. It would mean that, rather than panicking if van Dijk were to go down with some sort of injury (which would certainly have ended any chances we had at a trophy last season), we'd grimace but be OK knowing that we'd go into the games during his absence with two of the best young CBs in the game (Gomez and De Ligt) starting and a capable, experienced backup available in Matip. I think there's a perfectly good argument to be made that a major upgrade at AM would be a better bang-for-our-buck signing, in that 60m there might get you an extra 3-4 points/season where De Ligt maybe doesn't make that impact in the short term, but the idea that we wouldn't buy De Ligt because Matip wouldn't accept 4th choice is nonsense. Matip is not some world-class CB who was heralded across the continent when we got him and would have dozens of offers for a starting berth at a top club if he left. He was a free from Schalke. If he left his career would go the same way Sakho's has, and he knows it. I'm sure he'd be more than happy to stay and earn trophies over the next 3 years of his career while playing 1000 minutes a season. And if he's not, well, it's not like he'd be impossible to replace.
  13. Ne Moe Imya

    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    Rabiot for £10m/year is dirt cheap. He won't be that cheap, though. You have to look at total player cost/season to really understand. If you sign a player for a £50m fee and £120k/week wages (£6m/season), then assuming a 5-year contract you are paying £16m/season. Our most expensive signing is van Dijk for £24m/season (£15m/season fee amortisation and £9m/season wages). Pretty much any good player is going to be at least £12-15m/season in the current market if you're looking at total cost. Rabiot is excellent, bordering on being brilliant. Even if there are questions about his attitude at his age he's worth well over £10m/season. The problem is that he'll cost way more than that; I'd be surprised if you didn't have to pay him/his agent a signing-on fee of £20m and I guarantee his wages will be closer to £15m/season than £10m/season. He'd be sensational for us, Fabinho/Keita/Rabiot in the midfield gives you almost everything you'd want and has the potential to be amazing on a Mascherano/Alonso/Gerrard-level. But I can't see us doing the deal for such an expensive player in midfield unless there are zero questions at all (and with him being a bit of a nutter, that's certainly not the case).
  14. Ne Moe Imya

    Homecoming Parade

    Remarkable to compare the pictures of that with the City parade a month ago. It looks impressive until you look more closely and realise that 1)the flares are actually being set off by club employees and players, not fans, and 2) the flags are all exactly the same, meaning they were almost certainly handed out by the club. Contrast their 100k turnout (for a treble!) with LFC's 750k and a fan culture that produces scenes like this, and you realise there's no comparison:
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    What were you most wrong about with this team?

    I thought we overpaid for Mane, but the really dumb one was that I was pretty sure Robertson was just being brought in to be Moreno's backup. Yikes.