Do we have a rat or are we seeing the start of something worse?

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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018 Scout

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    So players didn't believe in Jose at all from day 1?
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    blue blue Full Member

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    Actually this is a debate about how the media might have an agenda against Utd but the fans have quickly changed the debate to being about Ole and coaching methods.

    Read the OP again. It raises concerns about how media stories can become self fulfilling prophesies etc. yet a very large proportion of debate has shifted away from that. A large proportion of posters would rather get into a debate about Ole and coaching methods than the media sh*tstorm that is currently surrounding their club. This approach feeds the media frenzy and lets the media off the hook. Wake up guys. A few on here have picked up on this already but many haven't.
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    GBBQ Full Member

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    ESPN have been at it all summer. I am sure it is a very lucrative angle to keep reporting tales of woe about United because you have a fanbase on a low ebb readily buying into each bit of misery wholeheartedly which equals clicks, which equal money. Its vague but believable and could never really be proven right or wrong. Like his story on the £100 mil budget, mention it once to cause a shitstorm and then move on to the next bit of inflammatory reporting.
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    Doesn't make running bad in football.
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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018 Scout

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    Can you check how much distance Ajax covered in CL last season?
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    Greck Full Member

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    I'd actually like to see how much distance we covered in our winning streak relative to the rest of the league in that period.
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    Reddy Rederson New Member

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    Actually, thats not true according to him.

    It was once again the slow cumbersome movements of the united upper management that didnt offer him a new deal until it was far too late.
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    He'sRaldo Full Member

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    It's interesting, over our down period we've come 2nd and won a few cups. We've had exciting football at times, comebacks, crazy European nights. We've signed big flashy signings and seen unknown youngsters step in and tear it up. We've had academy youth pop up from nowhere and excite us, breaking records in the process. We've had a club legend make us dream again and put a smile back on our faces. For a down period, it really hasn't been all that bad in hindsight.

    The problem though, is that through it all, there's been a narrative that it's all not good enough. Nothing and no one's ever good enough until we win one of the big 2. Yes, this is partly down to expectations from a big club, but it's also partly media driven and it really fuels a lot of the negativity.

    So IMO, until we either:
    (i) win the Prem/ Champions League,
    (ii) have a good media manipulator à la SAF, or
    (iii) decide to ignore the media's doom mongering

    we won't be able to truly enjoy the accomplishments of the team, which heaps more pressure on Man Utd as a whole, playing and coaching staff alike.
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    He'sRaldo Full Member

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    Yup, cool that a Chelsea fan can see the situation with Man Utd regarding the media.

    I wonder, was it a similar situation with you guys and Sarri last year?
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    Foxbatt Full Member

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    Cruijff meant it in a different context of passing the ball to actually carrying the ball. His sides have to run a lot as his theory was right space at the right time so it means all the players have to be running into their spaces all the time. He said if there are three options to pass the ball then there is no way a defender can stop it. So lots of running off the ball for him.
    As for the rat, I am surprised as that there are not too many foreign players who would say such a thing. Could it be Pogba?
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    DomesticTadpole Doom-monger obsessed with Herrera & the M.E.N.

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    Our problem has been not being to pass accurately, then stand there waving your arms about at your teammates for your bad pass, then if we do manage a good pass, nobody moves, so no option after that, said player then gets ball taken off him and we are then back to trying to defend.
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    Gasolin Full Member

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    Of course, but if you don't get the ball back, it won't matter. And to get the ball back, you need to maintain a defensive shape and force errors. So ultimately, run.
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    roseguy64 Full Member

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    We offered him a deal before PSG did. It's just Mourinho wasn't that bothered about keeping him so we didn't push it until Ole came in. Whether that was an increased offer or making him feel wanted we don't know. But we put a deal on the table from long before Solskjaer.
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    Freak Born a freak always a freak.

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    Can’t believe some people are advocating not focusing on running and fitness in pre season.
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    theyank New Member

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    Here Here. I'm tired of our fans making excuses for these overpaid babies and this change in culture. We were outplayed by simple hustle by largely every team in the prem last year. Bar a few players giving it a go at all times, shaw, herrera to say two that i can only say for sure was always trying to push on and get something done. If they dont want to be there, id rather watch a team finish 9th and give it there all this year than to watch last years team direction and work rate again. Every game even if we won or tied looked like none of them cared. Half hearted runs, complaining to each other, barely running a man down unless we were losing. Something has to change, if Ole is too hard on them, they can leave. Pogba is dead too me, id take 11 lingards over one more pogba. There might be a large gap in skill in most of your eyes but one wanted to win, ran people down, actually tried. The other can feck right on off to Real for as much money as we can get.
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    Fluctuation0161 Full Member

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    That's because we are being grossly mismanaged from the top down. Our resources mean we should be competing for the big trophies. Anything less IS an underachievement, especially over a long period of time.
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    Ramshock CAF Pilib De Brún Translator

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    Its always a drama with us to those that believe everything that is written
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    Allas8 New Member

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    Good quote from Arnau Puigmal during the U23 training camp:

    “First of all, it’s about getting back to full fitness,” explained midfielder Arnau Puigmal. “Everyone knows it’s difficult to return to that 100 per cent fitness level. It’s really hard as it’s more running and gym work than in Spain but I’m used to it now.

    “It’s also good to get back to being with the group as it’s like a family there. Everyone is together – the Under-18s, Under-23s and the staff.”
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    He'sRaldo Full Member

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    Honestly, I think we're just unlucky that we're one of the few teams which had to get almost everything right in order to compete for our league title. Our competition is Man City, while other teams have the luxury of competing with Dortmund, Napoli, Monaco, etc. Bayern had a poor year by their standards last year while Dortmund had a very good year, and yet Bayern still won the title. In fact, look at Liverpool last season. Lost only once and still couldn't win the title.

    The only team from another top league which is in a similar situation with ours, Real Madrid, haven't won very many leagues over the years, and only through legendary exploits of a GOAT were they able to win multiple champions leagues. If not for those they would be in a similar situation with us.

    Not that I disagree that we're being mismanaged, but a lot of that is with hindsight, and a lot of it is certainly not as bad as we're led to believe.
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    GM K Full Member

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    Those spectacular years of winning under Fergie have now turned into pains. A media desperate to pin any negative thing on the club; opposition clubs desperate to beat us; mercenary players who only want to leverage on the club's brand before moving on and spoilt fans who have little patience to endure a rough patch. Unfortunately, we have owners and a CEO, who are only focused on the balance sheet. Next season is going to be another long one.
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    Reddy Rederson New Member

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    So youre calling herrea a liar? You must be one of those special "ITK" types I keep reading about.
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    Wolff New Member

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    Enlighten us! Every top team use the same model getting top fitness in a short time. It’s called 4x4. And finish every training session with squats. Max squats.
    It’s science, and the best documented way of football fitnesses. Unless you have a more “modern way” that you where referring to?
    Btw. Ole have collaborated with those guys at NTNU before and know what he is doing. Was the same program Ronaldo built his fitness btw.
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    Gasolin Full Member

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    Apparently Bayern Munchen is even more advanced than what I thought... they use the next generation training that doesn't involve much fitness preparation.
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    Looking at the quote again, I actually believe the journalist didn't have a source. No one spoke to him about it imho.
    A poster above said that he/she thinks the media visits the forums, sees a few gripes or concerns from us fans and then goes and makes it a story. I really believe that. They know they will have an audience. Some folks will say 'see we were right etc'. As the OP says, we need to be wary of things written about the club.

    And the journalists nowadays are lazy, so wouldn't surprise they push their narratives by playing on the fears or concerns we have.
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    roseguy64 Full Member

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    He said himself in an interview near the end of the 2017/18 season that he and United were in talks. I'm using his own words.
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    Reddy Rederson New Member

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    As am I. Only I quoted him word for word.
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    Foxbatt Full Member

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    Didn't the offer United made to Herrera eventually was less than what he was making at United then?
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    Reddy Rederson New Member

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    Which says nothing about PSG, or an offer. He says we have started talks. It says nothing about an offer being made.


    He later said that club we’re more interested in making new deals for martial and Rashford. Do know why you’ve bothered here. The club is being run like shit, there’s no arguments against that at this point that will be taken seriously.
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    mariachi-19 Full Member

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    Was caused by poor conditioning and management by the previous manager and then Ole attempted to get his team up to speed and it fell flat at the end of the season. It doesn't need to be stated how shit Mourinho had us playing. This is when what Ole tried to achieve in January/February should be done. Not in the middle of the fecking season.
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    mariachi-19 Full Member

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    Because it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that there's long term value in Martial and Rashford. Herrera ran down his contract and tried to hold the club to ransom. What value does he have after another 2 years?
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    Reddy Rederson New Member

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    Except that he didn’t run down his contract, the club fannied about focusing on two players while everyone else’s contract ran down and they activated extensions left and right. Rocket scientist, pfft.
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    mariachi-19 Full Member

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    Mate, if there is a Contract on the table, there's only one reason why it hasn't been signed.
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    Reddy Rederson New Member

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    There wasnt one until AFTER PSG. And not for nothing, but theres more than one reason why a contract isnt signed. Maybe I dont like the sub clause that I need to dress up as little bo peep to let you and your mates have your way with me. Like he said himself, by the time the club came at him he was already promised to PSG. Ole was great, but the club... How many contracts have we seen get the 1 year extension activated under Ed's tenure? It honestly seems like its every single one is a struggle.
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    mariachi-19 Full Member

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    Im going to take a massive pinch of salt with the comment of Ander considering what he just signed with PSG for. Similarly to your analogy, if I dont agree with your frankly ridiculous and outrageous wage demands, why would I even contemplate you.
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    Reddy Rederson New Member

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    I guess thats what negotiations are for, huh? And I dont know why you wouldnt take him at face value now. Hes out. He owes us nothing. Instead, he had nothing but nice things to say about the fans, the manager, the club. Just that united never bothered about his contract until after it was too late. When a player is still at a club, sure. Salt is good way to go. After they leave though? I dont see the need to lie outside of a payoff.
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    andersj Nick Powell Expert

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    That is my point.

    Klopp himself was even moved to respond in a press conference last year, saying: "We play two games in 48 hours, there will be injuries and then some Dutch guy (on Twitter) will say things."


    Anyone remember this quote from Klopp? My point is, OGS and his team are pushing the players hard currently. It will put them at great risk of injuries. And when the injuries arrive they will start putting the blame on Ole and his methods. They will bring out Verheijen again or find some other limelight-seeking expert. But lets not forget, it was the same with Klopp or Poch.

    If we dont want to improve the fitness of our players, play a reactive football with few sprints and of low intensity, OGS could probably go easier on them and have fewer injuries. Like Mourinho did. But that too have a cost.
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    To be honest I'm fairly sceptical about anything the media say and generally only believe things when the club make an announcement. I do appreciate that constant press speculation about a certain player or member of staff can be unsettling but different fans react in a different way. The vast majority of fans at the end of the season were happy for Sarri to stay. As it turned out the press speculation about Sarri wanting to leave was true but we all seem to have forgotten that since the Messiah was appointed.