It's all very well having a go at David Moyes (and a few more do), but just who else would they get in? Plus, England in the Group of Death, Pantilimon and the helicopter...
It's the Mailbox all but United fans have been longing for, with Davey Moyes copping so much stick. Also have love for Martinez, Luis Suarez and Southampton. Enjoy...
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And Now, With The Classified Football Results...
Just a quick note on a footballing legend. James Alexander Gordon, voice of the 5pm football results on Radio 5. Good news, after an operation on his larynx he is said to be recovering well. Sad news, his voice is now said to be too weak to continue doing the scores.
I just about remember Fergie taking over at Man U. James Alexander Gordon has always been the voice of the classified results on 5 O'clock sports report. Da da, da da, da da, da da, da da-da-da-da da da da... (I emailed the BBC once when they considered getting rid of the theme to complain, thousands did).
But the thing about 'JAGs'? If you knew your team was away, you knew if your team had won drawn or lost just by his inflection.
Bugger. I feel old.
Chris ITFC, (Forfar 4 v East Fife 5) Liverpool
If we sign Suarez does it mean I will have to become a racist to show solidarity and then try to justify everything he does? Good thing there is almost no chance of us signing him then.
What are they smoking J.W. Henry? Arsenal fans have been asking that for years.
Adonis (confused) Stevenson, AFC
A Few Words For Gooners
Blah blah blah Suarez, no thanks
Blah blah blah Suarez, yes please
Blah blah blah Higuain
Blah blah blah 8 years
Blah blah blah war chest
Blah blah blah losing our best players
Blah blah blah 4th place trophy
Blah blah blah Season ticket renewal
I don't know what's worse, the thought of loosing Bale to Utd/Real or the same regurgutated cr*p from miserable Goons.
No one cares guys, please refrain from boring us with your "I only got a Pony for xmas when I asked for a Horse" sh*te and go out and do something while the weather is nice.
Stuart (Imagine being married to an Arse fan) Mackenzie, Jersey THFC
How long can Suarez keep drinking with the straw? Seems to going on all week. You'd think he'd be at the part with the ice but no drink. That 50:50 stage where you eat the ice or throw it away. Just an observation.
Daire (maybe its $40 mil for Suarez and $1 for a drink for him to release his contract)Nosecondname
Henry's The Foolish One
Interesting title for this morning's mailbox. Who's Being Foolish: Pool Or Arsenal? The answer really, is probably neither or both. And I'm leaning towards neither, for now (Suarez will prove to be a good fit at Arsenal, and will likely keep them above Spurs, and Liverpool may be able to squeeze a little more out of the situation yet, or at least wait for another equal bid which I'm sure will come, should Liverpool revise their valuation) - but I think that Liverpool should ultimately sell and try to rebuild.
On an individual level however, while today's Mediawatch may disagree, Mr. Henry appears to be quite the fool. As Conor this morning stated, his tweet was unprofessional and uncalled for. I'm talking a leap and assuming it was an ill-conceived swipe at the intelligence of Arsenal's negotiators, but as a senior figure at a football clubs, serves only to make himself look like an ignorant, childish motormouth. I'd certainly hope that none of the Glazers or Ed Woodward would come out with any such statement about Abrahmovic over his pursuit of Wayne Rooney. It stinks of a poorly-run club and I sympathise with Suarez for wanting to get out.
Foolishness obviously comes quite easy to Suarez himself, so the big surprise in this whole situation is that he's not publicly criticising his own employers again (yet). It's understood he wants to be allowed to speak to Arsenal, and has presumably (via his agent) informed the Liverpool bigwigs of this. Let's hope that's the end of that, and doesn't start bleating on about being a prisoner or slave, or that it's always been his dream to line up in an Arsenal shirt in the Champions League, or some other such nonsense.
Odd for him not to be the fool of the piece for once.
Chris, SAF Stand
Bit Of Optimism, United Fans?
Bit of optimism please?
Here we are just over 3 weeks away, just about to embark on the completely unknown, the supposed 'new era' of the Premiership in 2013. There are new managers galore, fresh ideas to try, fresh strategies to learn, fresh battles to be conquered, fresh belief from several teams that this could be the best season ever...
all you read on here is the same old ABU's are out in their (fully expected) forceful numbers, following the retirement of the Boss, taking any chance they get, to jump on that very same bandwagon that for years has been used to divulge the bitter, jealous, cry face views of the we hate United brigade to the very welcoming ears of the United faithful.
Do they all not realise that most United fans, I suspect (if they are anything like me), like nothing better than to hear all the fans of your rival teams hurling illogical, biased, envious, usually laughable criticisms on our colossal winning juggernaut that is United under Ferguson, while we just get on with it and keep on winning and winning and winning. It has been one hell of a privilege to see one of, if not 'the' greatest manager of all time put our club up there quite rightfully on its perch at the very top. Liverpool did it first... United did it second... so the big question is who's turn is it now? Or is it just going to be a complete lottery for the next decade?
I wouldn't write united off just yet either. We may not have our former master at the helm anymore but we still have by far, the best side in the league from last season and anyone who thinks that the cookie is about to crumble needs to take a long hard look at how many multiple medal winners there are in our squad. There is a wealth of experience in the ranks amongst a rather young blend of talent that can only breed more success. City and Chelsea can buy who they like but they can still only field 11 players at any one time the same way we can. None of them have Messi or Ronaldo or Neymar so hey ho... let's bring it on!!!
Just sit back, relax and wait for David Moyes to find his feet and hopefully, all being well, he will swim and not sink.
If he does swim, then all the haters will still hate and the bandwagon rolls on.
If he does sink, then all the haters will still hate and the bandwagon rolls on.
It is not going to change, the we hate United brigade (or the We8UB's) will still be there next year and the year after possibly with a new team to hate also?
An almighty collapse may result in a fair bit of laughter amongst the pigeons mind. Or would that be seagulls? Hmm...
Phil - MUFC - Salford
Why Rooney Won't Go To A Prem Club
Rooney won't be sold to a Premier League Club. Two reasons:
- United will not enhance the chances of their direct rivals. He won't be in a Chelsea shirt because they are a threat already for the title without Rooney. Despite Chelsea's woeful record with strikers the possibility of a rejuvenated Rooney in front of the dream team of Mata, Oscar and Hazard will surely guarantee the title for Jose' men. He's more likely to be in an Arsenal shirt because they are not rivals for the title, but we all know the big flirts at Arsenal are just all fart and no poop.
- David Moyes will effectively have signed his own death certificate on his United Career if he sees this happen. Picture Rooney in a Chelsea shirt lifting the title. Man United are not a small club like Arsenal and I'm sorry in advance but it's true, you don't have to picture your former captain lifting the title at United. (sorry for the double dig at Arsenal)
The only way it will possibly happen is a) if Ronaldo returns or b) Bale and Fabregas are signed. If he moves, it will be abroad with a clause saying he can't be sold back to a prem club for at least two years.
What's interesting is Roman owns another club (officially/unofficially whatever) in CSKA Moscow. You can only play for two clubs in a season so what if CSKA suddenly make a move for Rooney and loan him to Chelsea? Hmmm.
TJ (The ramblings of a coffee drunk)
I think Hugo (NUFC) Adelaide hit the nail on the head. "Every team has its embarrassing fans (see that horse getting punched) its just with such a large fan base, there's a large number that don't understand graceful winning."
With a fan base the size of United's there is an inevitable abundance of annoying fans. I often (I'm sorry to say) feel ashamed to be associated with some of the people who call themselves United fans. Some of the absolute tripe that comes out sometimes is just unbelievable.
Glazers Out. Fergie Out. Moyes Out (he's not even started properly yet!). There's always someone being whinged at by so-called fans. We've won plenty over the last 25 years, but one trophy we'd win every single year would be one awarded for moaning. We have a lot to be thankful for, as United fans, yet a huge percentage of us can't see this.
I only get to a few games a season, partly because of the cost but, disappointingly, partly because of the people I end up sat amongst. It's infuriating watching your team and specific players get criticised all the time - even when we're winning - by "supporters" who clearly either know very little about football or really don't like United! Don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming to be better than anyone, but if you heard some of the crap...
Personally, I couldn't care less if other fans hate us; whatever floats your boat. The United/FA/Howard Webb conspiracy theorists are highly annoying, but anyone who really believes that isn't worth bothering with.
I'd like to see a really exciting, competitive league this season. I don't mind if we don't win (obviously it would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath), as long as it's entertaining. I'm glad our rivals are strengthening, and I'm glad the teams slightly lower in the table are strengthening too - it should make for a better league.
Anyway, that's my two-penneth. On behalf of other United fans who don't spout pure drivel every waking hour, please don't judge us all by the same yardstick. We're not all bad!
The Way Arsenal Do Things
I'm sorry the Arsenal way of doing things has long since gone from our club and been replaced with the looking like it's the Arsenal way of doing things.
This involves turning your stadium redcurrant in to some sort of sad tribute to what the club was with statutes, pictures and tributes to players and management of yesteryear.
In terms of transfers the Arsenal way of doing things has gone from silently stealing in and signing a player right from under everyone's noses to marching in, banging on about how much money you have and walking away when they don't take your first offer.
The greatest irony is I hope this is exactly what happens with Suarez before Arsenal and Real finally agree terms on Higuain.
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London
Whilst I don't doubt that Neil Green's heart is in the right place, I'm not sure that his head is.
I don't think it's possible to miss the fact that we're putting together a very nice team, and I would expect us all (or at least the sane of us) to be very excited about this season's signings alone, not to mention the existing team. We have two quality options in every position in each of the formations and systems AVB will most likely employ - the widely expected arrival of Soldado considered.
Our team is young and hungry, and we have a good character with some real on and off field leadership including the best manager we've had in my lifetime. We also now seem to have the club structure to take us forward. In short, we do indeed have the basis for a very good team, one already improved upon from that which got us our record PL points total.
But, and this is what I feel Neil misses, a player with the quality of Bale turns a very good team into a great team. He will turn one point into three, rescue a point from nowhere. I don't feel I'm resorting to hyperbole when I say that Bale could (please note: could) win us the league next year.
Levy I'm sure knows this, Bale himself must know this. And that, my friend, is worth far more to us than £60 odd million quid.
Alex G, THFC
To pass the time over these quiet summer months - i.e. I was rather bored on a long train journey, I've developed a game to keep me entertained. Type footballers names into your phone add see what autocorrect changes them too...
Best ones so far
Papiss Cisse - Paris Cussed
Demba Ba - Denmark Back
Jonjo Shelvey - John Hope Shelves
Stevan Jovetic - Steven Hovering
Yaya Toure - Tanya You're
Nani - Nanosecond
Guillermo Varela - Guillemots Barely
Gervinho - German Hope (Well, fans hope he's going to Germany...)
Mousa Dembele - Moussaka Dumbleton
Any better ones out there?
James "Flash" Hamilton
Whenever I see this phrase, only the freshest of the fresh moves spring to mind.
Piotr in Warsaw
So Many Poorly Chosen Words In That Sentence
It pleases me no-end to discover that Mediawatch is an Arrested Development fan. And so, it begs the question: Have Man City pre-maturely shot their wad and now have a mess on their hands?
Nick Hamblin (They'd have to sign Kevin Nolan for us to see a chicken-dance though), Bristol