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Manchester United should give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at least 2 more years as Manager

22 Apr 2019 11:08:12
{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Manchester United should give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at least 2 more years as Manager

Shappy

1.) 22 Apr 2019 11:23:33
Do you not think ole is a little soft? While I understand the respect and admiration he has for fergie, do you not think not parking in his spot, or bringing him along to games is a little worrying. Whilst he isn’t at that level and will never be, you have to let go of the past in some respects, be your own man. Learn from him, by all means, but do it your own way.

If I was a player, I’d be wondering if he really is the man for the job, or he’s just using fergies ideas, and doesn’t have much for himself.


2.) 22 Apr 2019 11:30:52
Your club has made the mistake of offering Solskjaer a lengthy contract on the back of wins against, let face it, poor opposition (though I know you did beat Spurs in there somewhere) . The decision making at the club is like the fans: knee jerk. Solskjaer was doing well, fans were talking up his ability, and bang! New contract, full time. Why not just wait until summer if you were going to give him the contract anyway? Would it really of made such a difference? He is now starting to look like everything you, as a club, were afraid of: inexperienced, out of his depth, unable to truly motivate the players, and not really up to the task of getting these players - good on paper as you said - playing as a unit. If I was a United fan I'd be deeply concerned - at this rate what sort of calibre of player will you even be able to target? You have money but, as you probably don't need any more mercenaries, it seems that it would be difficult to attract the sort of top quality player with the mentality to boot that you'd want. I would say off the pitch is were your biggest issues, as a club, lie.


3.) 22 Apr 2019 11:32:33
I doubt it goes down well when he harps on about all the players he used to play with aswell. Like it or not football is different now and it seems like he is well and truly stuck in the past.


4.) 22 Apr 2019 11:40:07
The key thing for Man United is that whoever's there is going to need to be given time and the resources to utterly eviscerate the squad and rebuild.

The question is should that responsibility be given to a relative novice like OGS?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained his involvement previously.}


5.) 22 Apr 2019 12:27:27
The fact you’ve written an article Shappy, titled “ should give at least 2 more years “ about a manager 4 weeks into his contract, clearly shows this is destined for failure and tears.


6.) 22 Apr 2019 12:45:24
they should back him or cut him now.


7.) 22 Apr 2019 12:47:51
It'll all end in little manc tears. Another terrible appointment. Ask players which managers they want to play for they'll tell you pep klopp Jose carlo simeone poch zidane no player from outside Manchester or Norway is specifically wanting to sign for ole, they'll sign for the club for the brand for the money but not for the manager moyes had the same problem and it'll end the same way.


8.) 22 Apr 2019 12:58:54
Give him 2 more decades 😄👍.


9.) 22 Apr 2019 13:48:03
Spot on Firmane.


10.) 22 Apr 2019 13:53:24
Give him ten years 😂.


11.) 22 Apr 2019 14:09:53
Some valid points there around what needs to be done Shappy, but not much about why Ole is the right guy to do the rebuild apart from he’s a former player.

Jose was obviously a very bad choice for the club because he didn’t fit the culture of the club, but just because Ole fits the culture, I’m not sure he has the managerial skills for what is ultimately massive job putting together the pieces.

If I were a Manc fan, I would rather have gone for someone like a Zidane or Simeone assuming one of them was available.


12.) 22 Apr 2019 15:27:58
I don't care who is at the helm. as long as they r plummeting.


13.) 22 Apr 2019 15:36:42
OGS was given the contract on the basis of that run of games, where he was truly surprising everyone, and pulling in wins against most expectations. One "bad day at the office" (the excuse we use when our guys slip up) against Everton, shouldn't be the criteria to declare him a failure. It's been clear for quite a while that it's the players that should be looked at. Mourinho hit a brick wall with them, and it seems OGS may have hit the same wall too. And if he is using Fergie then I would say I would too, because that's the perfect buffer from criticism, until I get the team playing the way I want it to.

Don't get me wrong. I hope ManU get relegated and stay there for a decade. But let's not be as equally "knee-jerk" in our reactions, as we accuse so many others of being.


14.) 22 Apr 2019 15:54:45
ArAy, he's lost like 8 out of the last 10 games, that's relegation form overall, so i don't think you can say we're reacting because Everton trounced them. Something's gone pretty wrong pretty quickly, and he'll need to improve sharpish or he'll be replaced.

{Ed0333's Note - I hope he stays forever I’m loving United under Ole.


15.) 22 Apr 2019 15:59:46
They have lost 6 of their last 8 matches it’s hardly knee jerk. They sacked Mourinho before a relatively easy set of fixtures, the bump they got from a new manager carried them through and now they are back to the status quo. The strangest thing for me though is that up until recently Unt fans have been saying they have a top squad and the manager needs to get more out of them, they don’t Pogba (on his day which is few and far between) and DDG the rest are average and you can’t carry that many average players in a starting 11.

{Ed0333's Note - I still think they have a wonderful set of players and are 3 or 4 great players away from competing. I wouldn’t say Rashford is average mate I think he’s a phenomenal player under the right tutelage. Would love him at Liverpool.


16.) 22 Apr 2019 16:31:11
However much I/ we might dislike Manchester United there is no question that they are an elite football club and, as such, they need an elite football manager. OGS is so far away from the status of an elite football manager that it is laughable that he is the United manager. It was a good decision to appoint him as temporary manager but a shockingly bad decision to appoint him as permanent manager. I don’t think he will see out his 3 year contract and I would not be that surprised if he was replaced before the start of next season.


17.) 22 Apr 2019 17:08:54
Heard on the radio phone in after the Barcelona 1st leg their fans saying “we’re 15 players away from competing with Man City” 😄😄.


18.) 22 Apr 2019 18:01:53
I don't care one bit what is happening at Utd. Let them flounder while we prosper and long may it continue.

Every empire falls.


19.) 22 Apr 2019 19:26:38
Shappy, your club's biggest mistake was to give him the job full time BEFORE the season was over and we are seeing the result of that knee-jerk appointment now. Let's face facts. OGS is not a Utd type manager, end of story. Yes, he played there and has the pulse of the fans BUT footie has moved on now and just being a former club star or legend NO LONGER cuts the mustard anymore. OGS is unproven at the highest level. In fact, he was less experienced than BR was when LFC hired him and we all know how that worked out.

Your club unfortunately, made the problems you have even worse by literally appointing a novice at the highest level and an institution like Utd just like LFC, is not where a manager comes to do his apprenticeship or on the job training (again, see Brendan Rodgers' time at LFC) . Now, the club is in deeper trouble than before so as many have said on this thread, it will ALL end in tears. Oh n BTW, give City hell! Cheers, mate.


20.) 22 Apr 2019 22:33:41
They should have stuck by Mourinho for ten more years.


21.) 23 Apr 2019 03:10:01
not sure what OGS's credentials were prior to his brief cameo, but agree with the general consensus that manU should have taken more time to assess their medium - long term needs.

They have players there wondering what is their next move and I don't think signing OGS to a long term deal will fill the likes of Pogba and co with hope. in saying that, imo the players should accept more of the blame for their downturn as they are showing how spineless they really are with their effort levels these past few weeks. man I wish we spanked them last time out! ! !


22.) 23 Apr 2019 16:24:11
I would have preferred this year's league competition among man u and Liverpool. . not city.


23.) 23 Apr 2019 16:24:11
I would have preferred this year's league competition among man u and Liverpool. . not city.


 

 

Manchester United Must Acquire an Appropriate Centre Back in the 2019 Summer Transfer Period

04 Feb 2019 12:44:48
{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Manchester United Must Acquire an Appropriate Centre Back in the 2019 Summer Transfer Period

Shappy

1.) 04 Feb 2019 14:02:08
I don't understand the issue with Bailly and Lindelof? They cost about £70-80m and were tracked by some of the top teams in Europe. Jones and Smalling were Fergies centre backs the last season when he won the title.

What United need is a good manager who gets the best out of the most expensive squad in the Premier League. If Solsjkaer can't someone else will.


2.) 04 Feb 2019 14:18:31
MK-i agree, I don’t think they’re as bad as people make out.


3.) 04 Feb 2019 15:22:22
Being a centre half pairing that won a league title several seasons ago (6?) Doesn't necessarily have any bearing on how they are today, not that I remotely rated them back then if I'm honest. I thought they were crap and are just even more crap now 😂.


4.) 04 Feb 2019 15:41:54
Bailey is decent, smalling is too prone to mistakes and is sometimes lazy. He is utd's "matip"


5.) 04 Feb 2019 17:22:08
Something is wrong here. who cares what or who united need in the summer. Couldn't care less about united.


6.) 04 Feb 2019 19:02:16
Well summed up magic. End of.


7.) 04 Feb 2019 22:38:39
And why do we care about what Utd do or don't do exactly?


 

 

Does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have what it takes to be a permanent Manager of Manchester United

14 Jan 2019 12:39:51
{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have what it takes to be a permanent Manager of Manchester United

Shappy

1.) 14 Jan 2019 17:39:17
United have De GEa to thank for beating Spurs, which was a common theme (De Gea heroics) long before Solskjaer. Pogba was also fortunate not to see red for a knee-high challenge on Alli. The point is the luck is favoring United to a degree at the moment, as well as Solskjaer getting better performances from players (or players just playing better in absence of Mourinho) . However, this is the second article from a United fan pondering whether or not Solskjaer is the second coming. It is early days, he is doing well, but teams often have an early upturn in fortune when appointing a new manager. There is no way of knowing, right now, whether he provides any sort of long term solution.


2.) 14 Jan 2019 19:57:04
Spot on, Seano. Utd did play some good pass-move football at times esp. in the first half BUT if they play the way they did in the second half vs a team on form in front of goal, they will get hammered, DDG or not. OGS is riding the wave of euphoria and good will and sometimes, you can get the rub of the green that they did last night cos another ref sends Pogba off and no one says a word. His foot was way too high for someone trying to "protect the ball" and raked his studs on Alli's thigh and so he got away with one there. Whether OGS is the guy going forward, I don't know BUT if I were him and I can get top 4 at the end of the season, I would bail with my dignity and honor intact cos this team STILL has enormous holes in it.


3.) 14 Jan 2019 19:58:22
We’ve seen what a difference a good signing or two can make to a defence, if united get a top CB and keep De Gea, I think they’ve got the making of a good side.
Who will be at the helm is another matter.
At the very least, Solskjaer is perhaps showing that the job is not the poison chalice many thought it was.
I need to go and lie down, complimenting Man Utd 🤪.


4.) 14 Jan 2019 23:58:55
Utd have a pretty decent squad as it is. If they keep hold of Pogba and DDG while signing a CB like Koulibaly and a decent midfielder and fullbacks, they will challenge on all fronts next season imo.


5.) 15 Jan 2019 02:48:14
United have a sokid squad with aome fantastic players. Right manager can make them click. I hope they are at full tilt when we get to OT.


6.) 15 Jan 2019 12:54:52
Good move by utd. Solskjaer never had the talent of the attacking players at utd atm but he achieved a hell of a lot more. It kind of shames the current crop.

Plus you go from an unlikeable defensive manager to a likable attacking manager, its a no brainer. And if it doesn't work out, it's still good experience for ole in his managerial career.

They brought him in when utd had a run of very winnable games and that built momentum. Momentum is massive and then they beat spurs away. Thank you utd? Maybe?

To me it shows that those players weren't playing for Jose. What's next for mourino?


 

 

Is Solskjear a Clever Appointment by Manchester United?

19 Dec 2018 12:18:34
{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Is Solskjear a Clever Appointment by Manchester United?

Shappy

1.) 19 Dec 2018 12:48:29
I don't think he will get to grips with the like of Pogba lukaku and sanchez. Solskjaer seems like to much of a nice guy for them 3 players think they need a very strong manager and to get them 3 gone quick.


2.) 19 Dec 2018 13:21:10
I think soslkjaer had pogba in youth team at united so he may well be able to get his head back in the game.


3.) 19 Dec 2018 14:20:49
Didn’t Pogba leave on a free after his experience in the youth team? Probably not related but would suggest Pogba isn’t really listening to the likes of OGS.

{Ed002's Note - Pogba left after specific advice from two people.}


4.) 19 Dec 2018 16:17:48
Difficult to say but this seems wildly optimistic to be honest. Even if Solskjaer does unite the dressing room, which is by no means a certainty, there is absolutely nothing to suggest he will be able to play the football their fans want to see whilst at the same time getting results. The main brunt of Shappy's argument seems to be to offload the trouble causers - if that is the case why is Solskjaer necessary? Surely United can offload them without his help?

It may well work out but I think, above all else, it is a massive risk for a club the size of United and one I am surprised they have taken. Time will tell - if he starts off quickly it will look like a masterstroke but if the struggles continue then the long term impact could be even greater.


5.) 19 Dec 2018 16:39:00
Pogba thought he was bigger than Mourinho so what chance has Ole got?
Ridiculous appointment made on the premise that it can’t get any worse so let’s give it a go.


6.) 19 Dec 2018 17:53:17
I think it’s an awful appointment to distract the fans, Jose and wasn’t doing great but he was the best option. I keep hearing BS about doing better with the team which to an extent is true but in all honesty the only player who would have got a sniff at another top side is De Gea and now the other sides don’t really need a keeper, Jose is t blame for some of the issues but he was the best f a bad situation, Oles record is less than convincing bar his first spell at Molde a subpar league. I only see things getting worse, however they'll beat Cardiff and everything will be fine and dandy again.


7.) 19 Dec 2018 18:25:20
All I know is that you need real testicular fortitude to manage a club like ManU (history, size, popularity, global presence, players and all other pressures) . Not a job for just any manager. Maybe Solskjaer has it.

My opinion is that he doesn't.

And if Zidane is truly the front runner (supposedly), then why not just bring him in now? Is he too busy sitting, knitting at home?


8.) 19 Dec 2018 19:50:25
Wasnt he known as the supersub because he would watch the game from the bench and then come on and exploit the weaknesses he had spotted?


9.) 19 Dec 2018 23:08:34
Cesar, have to disagree mate. De Gea, Matic, Pogba, Sanchez, Rashford, Lingard. all top players IMO

The major problem isn’t the lack of talent in the squad (although their defence is weak), it’s that they don’t have a clear playing style/ identity or team ethic. When people aren’t on the same page or inspired, and being constantly criticised, then they won’t be commited or perform at their best, and Mourinho was a big part of that.

I don’t think Ole is the answer, but if Klopp was in charge of that squad they’d have a clear playing style, a cohesive squad and be challenging top 4 at least, if not better.

{Ed0333's Note - I vehemently agree with everything you say mate.


 

 

Is Jose Mourinho doing a good job at Manchester United

19 Mar 2018 12:41:23
{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Is Jose Mourinho doing a good job at Manchester United

Shappy

1.) 19 Mar 2018 15:01:19
I hate Moaninho and I hope he never manages my beloved LFC.


2.) 19 Mar 2018 15:26:27
with the players at his disposal no, however he could still win the fa cup which would be another trophy to add to his personal collection as I get the feeling he couldn't care less about man utd and would be out of there like a shot if psg came calling.


3.) 19 Mar 2018 15:35:09
That was a good read Shappy. If I was a Utd fan I'd want him out immediately, he's poison, sure he can get results but he's not the only man who can do that.

He's an absolute spanner and like you say a bully, I have no respect for people like that and even if I was a united fan i wouldn't care if he won the lot, I wouldn't want him as manager. He has you playing boring football week in week out, he's not as good as some people think.

For you right now, I don't think it's time to sack him but he should definitely be gone come the end of the season, I just don't see that happening, I think you'll be stuck with him for another season or so.


4.) 19 Mar 2018 17:46:41
KK, I would not want that poison of a manager at LFC no matter what second rate trophy (his words, not mine) he wins. He is simply a cancer wherever he goes now and tho he'll win a trophy here and there, I would gladly not have him anywhere near LFC cos the Trump-like baggage he brings is poison and causes destruction wherever he goes and after all types of turbulence at this club for the past decade, I would just like a period where we all go out, cheer our team with no drama post game.


5.) 19 Mar 2018 19:29:12
I remember when he first came to the premiership he was like a breath of fresh air, he was funny and aragont but his style of football was good and exciting. But he has gone to big clubs with extensive buying power, Chelsea spent over £300m in his first term then Real, spent £200m in his first year got run out of Real then Inter, £150m in his first year left for Chelsea again spent £200m got run out again now utd. £350m since he joined them played some of the most boring football I have seen in years. He has a squad that should be challenging for every honour in the game but stiffles the players, won't let them play to their strengths and then when thing don't go his way he bullies players and then has a major rant. Blame everybody else except him self. Thank God we went for rafa in 2005 instead of mourino, would want him any where near our club, by the way good read shappy.


6.) 19 Mar 2018 21:16:35
Deisered, spot on. Rafa's time had run it's course and Rick Parry has committed a lot of sins during his time at LFC BUT I will be forever grateful for not letting that classless, poisonous bully at the Toilet, anywhere near our club at the time.


7.) 19 Mar 2018 21:34:25
Nice read shappy but feel like I need to pick up a couple of points.

You seem to think lesser clubs like us and and spurs are happy to play nice football and not win, crap we want to win every year if you win with style even better but winning is what it's all about i would take any type of league win no matter the style.

It's only when your not winning that style becomes important hence utds fansobsession with Liverpool style under klopp and utds lack of style under jose, remember there was a time when we looked at Utd with that slightly patronising look so don't bother go ing down that road.

Second i could go through your whole team but i won't just a couple all I hear is what klopp or pep would do the your players lukaku being the main one how much he could score.

Lukaku wouldn't get within a mile of a klopp or pep team he has not the movement technical ability or tactical awareness to play for either manager i laugh when i think of the damage he would do to either front three.

He has a manager that plays quick long ball to the front at Utd that's his strength flick one hold up play for the runners. he's with a manager who should be able to get the best out of him already, and in no way would he thrive under either manager. look how klopp handled benteke.

Will just touch on pobga your greatest manager let him go without a second thought, maybe the best manager of all time could see he hasn't the right attitude or mentality to play at the top. this cannot be coached its why Fergie let him go would he do any better under klopp or pep maybe he wouldn't sulk as much under them, as they would use him better but would doubt if his work rate would get him a game with either manager. both managers are not big fans of players with less than a top work ethic.

I won't go as most of the players that jose has bought are not really the type either manager would target because of totally contrasting styles if football.

And just for fun the one player that pep did want showed for all his talk of wanting to win medals he went for the money, take a bow mr sanchez that was a surprise but i betcha peps's not losing much sleep over that now.


8.) 19 Mar 2018 23:13:26
Mourinho isn't the same guy he was 12 years ago, he's become much more cynical. But what everyone is overlooking is that Utd are having, by a margin, their best season since Ferguson left. Utd fans want their cake and to eat it, he's improved the team, he's improved results but everyone's upset because he's done it the 'wrong' way. I think Utd would be crazy to ask Mourinho at the moment.


9.) 20 Mar 2018 07:20:25
I hope he’s runner up in league and FA cup as that will convince the board to keep him on for his proper melt-down season - 3 😄.


 

 

 

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12 May 2019 14:08:25
I don't any fan can complain about a player wanting to leave. They would be quick enough to fire a player out the door if they didn't think he was good enough. It can't be only one way. If the club are happy enough to move players on when it suits them then they have to accept it when players themselves want to move on.

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12 May 2019 13:01:11
Imagine your a football agent, you have no ties or strong feelings towards a club. It's a job and your in it to get paid.

You only get paid when one of your clients moves clubs, so what do you think you are going to spend most of your time doing?

The whole system is wrong. There should be a fixed fee that an agent is paid, and that fee is the same whether its a contract renewal or signing for another club.

At the moment its a racket with few regulations and even fewer that are up held by the authorities. Mino Riola demanding as much as 20% of a transfer fee as an agents fee. In any world that is insane, in one where transfer fees are spiralling out of control and in some cases are north of 100m that is sickening.

If he negotiated the Neymar deal at 20% he would have "earned" 44.4m euros. That money pouring out of football is one of the reasons we have teams going bankrupt.

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11 Jul 2018 12:07:41
Why is no one asking the obvious question? Why is Shaqiri available for only 12-14m? Nearly all players go for at least slightly more than their worth in the current market. So if he is available for that much it must be because no one else in interested in signing him.

Also I would seriously question the logic of bringing in a player "for cover" who has a notorious bad attitude especially when he isn't first choice. Surely its obvious that it will end badly.

Also he is known for being lazy and he lacks drive to do the defensive work, how will that fit into Klopps system?

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11 Mar 2018 21:46:10
This is hilarious, I came on here to ask a serious question and have a little banter.

To those who have admitted the hypocrisy of singing to players that they will always support them only to slay them off 90 minutes later I thank you.

To those either unprepared to accept that or unable to grasp the concept thank you and goodnight. X.

Shappy

{Ed002's Note - The Liverpool fans have no idea what banter is Shappy.}


 

 

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11 Mar 2018 21:30:30
Hey, all fans are as bad as eachother when it comes to slagging off their own players.

However, only one group of fans sing that they will always support those players before slagging them off.

The point is anyone who has ever stood in Anfield and sung "you'll never walk alone" then gone on to slay those players off is a massive hypocrite and a lair.

Some United fans have booed Smalling and many other United players. They just didn't sing to them that they would always support them beforehand.

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11 Mar 2018 19:13:25
Boomerynwa, We don't consider beating Liverpool as a cup final, we've been to three cup finals in the last three years and won them all. So we consider cup finals cup finals. You know the ones where you get a trophy.

I'll hold m hands up I did come on here with half an eye on a fishing trip, many of you have been kindly obliging. However, I am asking a serious question, and one many of you have avoided answering.

So I'll ask you directly as someone who has "ynwa" in your sign-off, do you think it is hypocritical to sing to your players that you will always support them, to then go slag them off 90 minutes later on the internet and social media?

If you want to slag them off then fine, but don't lie to them and sing them songs of how you will always support them.

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11 Mar 2018 18:52:51
In Istanbul, if you think your being polite calling someone an "absolute loser" then me and you have very different ideas on manners. Lol.

If you honestly believe no Liverpool supporters would venture into the United page had you won yesterday then your the one in denial.

I came on here and asked a genuine question. How can you sing about always supporting eachother then come on here and rip chunks out of your players? How can you not see the hypocrisy in that?

Still waiting for a real reply.

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11 Mar 2018 18:24:17
Well Salah mate you guys would be the experts on not winning the EPL. lol. If we finish higher than we did last season then that is progress, if its enough is up for debate. We added a couple of trophies to our cabinet last season and we are still in two cups this season with a manager who has won more cup competitions than any other manager currently still managing. So anything can happen yet.

I would like to hear your opinions though on singing "you'll never walk alone" then coming onto a site like this and do nothing but slag the whole team off, especially a young 18 year old homegrown lad.

Shappy