magnkarl

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  1. Have you forgotten that JC is a brexiteer too? His half-arsed attempt at "campaigning" for us to stay in the EU was a shamble. Both our leading parties are as effective as slinging mud in a gunfight, end of.
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    Leeds United

    If someone's been stopped with pliers and binoculars pointing through the fences at Derby I'd be pretty pissed if I was Lamps too. In American sports you'd get severely punished if you sneaked into a closed training, especially illegally using tools to get through barriers, and got caught. My guess is that it'll just enhance Bielsa's reputation. Though I'm not sure if it'll keep him mentally stable if he's stopped from doing it from now on. Leeds better start prescribing anti-anxiety medication asap, because from now on in all EFL clubs will be on the lookout for anyone from Leeds. Alernatively you let the Leeds guys in and do the opposite to what you're going to do in the game - counter spy tactics at its best. If Leeds' goals and conceded goals from set-pieces suddenly increase we'll know the reason. I knew Pontus Jansson was too much of an oaf to be this good all on his own.
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    Manchester United

    How long is the honeymoon period? 4 more games? If he wins 4 more games - would you say that it's still a honeymoon period, considering he'd probably get the record in PL for most wins in a row? The cup winner's cup isn't Champions League. Sure, there's some hype here. But I think the Phelan+OGS combination with AF in the background could be a contender with a new left back and a CB who isn't Jones.
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    Manchester United

    No, the Championship isn't better than winning your group in Europa League and the top 2-3 teams in Norway. Rosenborg would probably be a mediocre PL team if they didn't always sell all their talent abroad.
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    Manchester United

    Which is what I've been trying to argue.. The fact that Solskjaer has won, led the league and achieved something that isn't mediocre with a great Southampton squad and the squad of a generation at Tottenham puts him in much better stead than Pocchetino imo. Solskjaer is talking and walking the talk/walk at the moment, if he keeps that up no one can knock him. Including Ince who's just being a typical drama queen.
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    Manchester United

    Sure, but by that standard all managers from leagues not PL, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga are worse than managers with experience from our league even though they won their league with crap teams and beat European opposition. It sure makes for a very interesting list of managers with no "valid" experience. Alex Ferguson being one of them. Management is so much more than how long you've been plugging along with West Brom or Everton and won a cup here and there. Coaching utd has very little with being rated "the best" manager in the world, taking Tottenham to 4th or winning with all teams you've managed before(LVG, Mou) if you try to change the way the club is run. And to answer your question. No I don't think Pocchetino would win the Norwegian league unless he took on Rosenborg who are perennial winners. Solskjaer took a mediocre club and won a league, which is much more than what Poch has achieved.
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    Manchester United

    The best manager in the world would fail at Cardiff. No money, arguments with the board, change of kit colours, complete mess. OGS has won more than Pochettino. That's undeniable. I'd even wager to say that OGS has had more pressure on him (Cardiff) than what Poch has ever had. Spurs are happy with fourth, Poch's got a set of generational talents there who will easily get him there. Southampton were happy with staying up even though they had a squad that could challenge for 5-7th, and he again had talents that were easily doing that for him (Shaw, Wanyama, Lovren, Chambers, Gabbiadini, Osvaldo.. list goes on.) OGS took a weak, small team from a tiny village in Norway to two titles, several cups and to number 1 in his Europa League group, he's fostered players who play all over Europe, including some of the top wonderkids in Norway like Erling Haaland, Leo Ostigaard, M Elyonussi, F. Gulbrandsen etc.. I don't think Poch would even know how to handle a club like United, while OGS has close to 20 years worth of experience from the club.
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    Manchester United

    Any other 11 players and we'd not lose 3-0 to Wigan. That argument is void when OGS and United keeps putting points and wins on the board. De Gea plays for United, so does Phil Jones and Ashley Young who are gash. They won against Spurs, you don't win by hitting De Gea in the leg.
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    Manchester United

    Not sure if we watched the same first half. United schooled spurs in how to defend and play effectively. No matter how much people will squeel "luck, OGS had no part in that" etc. it still remains 7 wins in a row. He's now also beaten one of the hottest teams in the league away. What more does he have to do to at least get some credit from people who can't see past him taking on a club in Cardiff which was doomed to fail anyway?
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    Manchester United

    I think people are always thinking that Ole is some sort of nice guy. According to a lot of the players he's played with over the years he's more the quiet type that can definitely communicate his feelings when he needs to. The fact that people seem to think that managers need to be angry idiots (LVG, Mourinho, Rafa) in interviews and to their squads is just a very black/white view of the world. The fact remains, OGS actually won something as a manager, Sherwood hasn't, Poch hasn't. Although Sherwood had a decent playing career it pales compared to OGS' playing career and club status. My main issue with this whole debate is that Man Utd have tried "successful" managers, all these managers have failed because they don't understand that Utd is an institution, a way of life if you'd like. Trying to change that and not working with it is clearly not the way to work with Utd as a club. OGS knows the ins and outs of Utd better than any other candidate. Apparently one of Giggs' favourite memories of Solskjaer is when he coached Lindgaard/Pogba on finishing in the youth squad and he went full on hair blower treatment at Lindgaard because he didn't shoot enough from open play.
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    Manchester United

    It does put United in a tricky situation. Do you go for a manager in Poch who's never won anything, never been expected to win anything, and never had the pressure you'd see at United, or do you stick with a guy that knows the club in and out, has a direct line to football's most decorated manager, knows pretty much everyone in football, and has won titles and his group in Europa leage with a team from a 24k inhabitant little fishing village? It'll be horrendous to make the decision if Solskjaer gets to say the SF in CL, gets fourth and hammers a few of the top sides. The fans seem to want Ole on the fact that he knows the club (ie Pep and Zidane), and so will not try to change the club into something it isn't. I'm not sure Poch would be able to resist trying to change United. I'm also not sure how compatible Poch's boring style is to United, yes Tottenham score goals but it's generally pretty mundane football. Ole's got the team playing like a true SAF side.
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    Ørjan Nyland

    We've got more saves than any other team in the championship so far this season. The lack of actual proof for all these claims of Nyland being bad is beyond ridiculous at this point. You don't top that statistic being as bad as most people claim he is. The fact that we couldn't defend if our life depended on it is hardly the keeper's fault.
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    Ørjan Nyland

    Celebrating the fact that a guy who's kept 6 clean sheets since Dean came in is injured in a potentially career threatening way like some of our fanbase is doing is vile. Hutton and Elmo can literally cause 2-3 goals per game and still they're touted fan-favourites. The football world is fickle, being the last man behind possibly the worst defense in the championship hasn't been easy, and the kind of vitriol that some people spout against this guy is beneath our club and fan community.
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    Match Thread: Villa v QPR

    Thank god for Tammy. We're shit.
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    Match Thread: Villa v QPR

    Hutton just wants to be a winger. He needs to sit. We've got wingers who track back more than him.