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Manchester United's ethos has always been attacking football.

Our transfers in recent years reflect this; Veron, Kleberson, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Rooney, Ronaldo and the attempted signings of Ronaldinho & Robben enforce this belief of atacking football.

It's a value that's worked particularly well for Sir Alex Ferguson over the last two decades, bringing the club a tremendous amount of success, as well as the status of worlds richest club, and not to mention the largest stadium in the premiership.

With most of the old guard on the verge of retirement now, the treble winning team is firmly behind us. And so this brings us to Ferguson's third, and most probably his last Manchester United team.

There's plenty of reasons to be happy about the future of our club, names like; Rio, Heinze, Ronaldo, Rooney and Smith have become firm fans favourites this season. There are also fringe players who may yet make it; Kleberson, Fletcher & Brown amongst them. Not to mention Eagles, Spectre, Pique & Rossi from the youth ranks.

So why is everyone jumping on the 'sack Fergie' band wagon? Perhaps it's a result of his own high standards. We're now staring into our 2nd consecutive season without the premier league title, and without progressing past the last 16 of the Champions League. Quite frankly the FA cup would only serve as a consolation, but, beggars can't be choosers.

Upon closer examination there doesn't appear to be that much wrong with Manchester United. 17 goals conceded in the premiership, 7 of those coming during the absence of Rio Ferdiand & Gabriel Heinze, make our defensive record pretty solid. There's also a run of form since the start of November that's hard to ignore. 52 points from 57. Any other season, you would call that championship winning form.

Our European exit at the hands of arguably the strongest team in the competition should not be taken too hard, a huge percentage of their players are rapidly approaching retirement age, and they should be in the running to win it. If nothing else, it's a great experience for our young team.

Jose Mourinho & Chelsea are deservedly occupying 1st spot in the premiership, with a quite extraordinary first season in England for the outspoken coach from Portugal.

I think the only urgent purchase required is a goal keeper worthy of wearing the Manchester United shirt. It comes to something when your first choice keeper isn't even the first choice keeper of Northern Ireland! Whether it will be Cudicini or Seba Frey or whoever, a consistent goal keeper might just give an aura of confidence that will ripple through the entire team.

Another Central Defender is arguably required, although with both Spectre and Pique waiting in the wings we might just be spoilt for choice soon enough. Keane, Scholes & Giggs all have another good couple of seasons in them yet and I don't think their replacements are as urgent as we sometimes like to make out.

The attack is also as strong as it's ever been! RVN, Rooney, Smith, Saha & Ronaldo are all capable of great attacking football, firmly in keeping with the Old Trafford tradition. It's just a shame injuries this season have prevented us from finding a consistent partnership.

With Ferguson's off pitch feud against Magnier & McManus seemingly behind him, he looks a much fresher man for it. Carlos Quieroz is the best #2 he's had since Brian Kidd and there seems to be a great rapport between the two men. There also appears to be a great belief and team spirit amongst the players, 52 points from 57 doesn't come from a club in decline!

It's all shaping up to look very promising if you ask me. The summer transfers of United, Arsenal & Chelsea will be interesting and should see the 2005/2006 season become the most exciting & closely contended yet. :thumbsup:
 

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Yap... Its not that Man U is bad, itsj just that oponents learen something from 10 years of Uniteds reign...
But with few good signings, we could again top them all....
 

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Telcontar said:
Yap... Its not that Man U is bad, itsj just that oponents learen something from 10 years of Uniteds reign...
But with few good signings, we could again top them all....

DO NOT REFER TO US AS MAN U!!!! please!
 

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The problem is not that Fergie is senile, but that there are other coaches out there who can bring greater glory to the club. Yes we have great players, but so did Real Madrid. By sacking Fergie, we can adopt a new, cotinental style of play which is less depedant on crosses. Teams have figured us out and its time for a change.
 

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despite his age, fergie is learning new tricks tho. from a decade of the rigid 4-4-2, the team can rapidly metamorphosise into a 4-5-1 or a 4-3-3, or even a 4-3-2-1!! we have players that can accomodate pretty much any formation, especially from the attacking side of things. As simba perfeclty stated, we need a solid goalkeeper, and maybe the odd fine-tuning signing here and there. things are looking up for united, despite what our end of season haul may bear. if the magnificent mourinho didnt sign for chelsea none of us would even think of making a thread called 'whats wrong with united'. ferguson has a real nemesis to deal with, and sooner or later he will rise above it, all the peices are ALMOST in place
 

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I dont think there is anything wrong with Man U. We have been extremely unlucky this season. We played Championship football in the EPL for a long period, but our disastrous start has held us down. Also the fact that Chelsea played tremendously well during the same period hasnt helped our cause.

Like Simba said, we probably lost to the best team in the CL. Our team is still young and with one or two changes, we can still do well in the EPL and the CL.
 

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The squad is'nt strong enough depth wise,There is some good talent coming through but they're still quite young.As for the core experienced players they're getting on and noone has come in to replace them,The gap is there to see.
 

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change is needed. Arsenal and now it seems chelsea have overtaken united. united have some great young talents but there is still alot for united until they get back up there. and i think someone new needs to build that, not a man who has been at the club for over a decade.
 

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You should have bought Edwin van der Sar... he is a quality keeper.


:yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck:
 

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Nothings wrong in the Premiership. Were it not for Chelsea monopolising the game, we'd be winning the league. Truth of the matter is that in any other season we'd be in title winning form, but Chelsea are a class apart. Having said that, we've got a good team for the future.
 

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change is needed. Arsenal and now it seems chelsea have overtaken united.

say what?? :nono:
 

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here he was 1st choice 4 northern ireland till he cocked up at united wen he is 1st choice wit united he is 1st choice 4 norn iron+ u all saw frm the match last saturday that our other keeper (maik taylor) is very gd 2
 

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MU and Beckham are linlked in fate. Without Beckham, they had not won the league title and Beckham without them had not won anything.

So the solution is to bring Beckham back and p[ut him as the lucky charm.....
 

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MU and Beckham are linlked in fate. Without Beckham, they had not won the league title and Beckham without them had not won anything.

So the solution is to bring Beckham back and p[ut him as the lucky charm.....
Becks said that he's gonna stay in Real Madrid until the end of his career. :D
 

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Can u dig it :howler:
 
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