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    (Original post by fallen_acorns)
    if he can consistantly play at the same level as he did at the confed cup... then spurs have just got a real bargain! and done very very well...

    However for them as a team, a CM isnt really their top priority, and untill they sort out their attack they will still fall short.. (and ofcourse presuming bale stays.. if he doesnt, I wouldnt be suprised to see a 6th/7th finish)
    Hmmm. They're selling Huddlestone. Parker is aging, so it looks like a recognised strategic signing and quite a coup imo. Granted, they need a top class striker, but signing the 3rd best rated player at the Confed Cup (beaten only by Neymar and Iniesta) is a great way to signify intent only a couple of days into the transfer window.

    I really haven't been impressed with United's signings over the past few years, with the exception of strikers and a couple of promising young defenders. The midfield is incomparable to Real or Barca, which is perhaps an unfair comparison.

    But then Bayern, Juventus, Dortmund, City etc. have either emerging talent, or established class in central midfield.

    We have Carrick, in his 30's.

    It's not good enough, and we've over performed and papered over the cracks for too long.

    United are supposed to be Premier League behemoths. If our academy isn't producing top class youngsters in midfield (where the modern game is played) then we have to buy them.


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    Thiago rumours picked up
    Again today saying he will
    Be announced Friday. Barca fans saying hes calling it a day.

    Who would you guys look for if thiago and Strootman aren't signed? I would want Fellani.
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    (Original post by ledleyking123)
    Thiago rumours picked up
    Again today saying he will
    Be announced Friday. Barca fans saying hes calling it a day.

    Who would you guys look for if thiago and Strootman aren't signed? I would want Fellani.
    Good question!

    I like Banega and Gundogan. Not too fussed on Fellaini, he was destructive against United last year because his ability to control lobbed passes on his chest and bring others into play is superb. I don't see him as a midfield general with technical ability and a range of passing. He seems most effective playing where Rooney or Kagawa have played for us. A position we have plenty of cover for.

    Although if Rooney leaves, I don't know. Still wouldn't be fussed on him.


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    (Original post by ledleyking123)
    Thiago rumours picked up
    Again today saying he will
    Be announced Friday. Barca fans saying hes calling it a day.

    Who would you guys look for if thiago and Strootman aren't signed? I would want Fellani.
    Before January, Sven Bender from Borussia Dortmund. However, he signed a contract to keep him at the club until 2017, so the price tag would be too high.

    Now, if we couldn't get Thiago/Strootman, I'd want Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad. He would be pretty cheap too I'd guess.

    Here's a video of him;

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    (Original post by Manchester United)
    Before January, Sven Bender from Borussia Dortmund. However, he signed a contract to keep him at the club until 2017, so the price tag would be too high.

    Now, if we couldn't get Thiago/Strootman, I'd want Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad. He would be pretty cheap too I'd guess.

    Here's a video of him;

    Illarramendi looks pretty good. We were linked to him a while back and I remember people comparing him to xabi alonso
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    (Original post by TH3-FL45H)
    Illarramendi looks pretty good. We were linked to him a while back and I remember people comparing him to xabi alonso
    Yeah I heard Arsenal were after him. He's a fantastic talent and if I were a Premiership manager, he would be the player I'd try and sign. He makes the simple pass and the manoeuvre at the end of that video (7:15) was beautiful.

    I can see him being the next Spanish holding midfielder.
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    (Original post by Manchester United)
    Before January, Sven Bender from Borussia Dortmund. However, he signed a contract to keep him at the club until 2017, so the price tag would be too high.
    Why not Lars Bender, until recently he was always considered the better of the two, would probably be cheaper with Dortmunds current position too. Arsenal are reported to be in for him around the £20m mark.
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    We need to act quick
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    (Original post by doggyfizzel)
    Why not Lars Bender, until recently he was always considered the better of the two, would probably be cheaper with Dortmunds current position too. Arsenal are reported to be in for him around the £20m mark.
    Hmm, I must admit that I don't watch a lot of German football, but I always thought Sven>Lars.

    But with Sven being unavailable, I guess Lars would be a great option.

    This has got me thinking, how good is Thiago's brother?
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    (Original post by doggyfizzel)
    Why not Lars Bender, until recently he was always considered the better of the two, would probably be cheaper with Dortmunds current position too. Arsenal are reported to be in for him around the £20m mark.
    Leverkusen said they ain't selling at any price. Gundogan a good option if we could as well.

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    Any early predictions for where we'll finish this season? I reckon we can still win the title.
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    (Original post by Weaving)
    Any early predictions for where we'll finish this season? I reckon we can still win the title.
    Without signings? 1st (Unless Carrick gets injured or Chelsea spend very big)
    With signings? 1st.
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    (Original post by Manchester United)
    Without signings? 1st (Unless Carrick gets injured or Chelsea spend very big)
    With signings? 1st.
    I'm fearful that Chelsea and Man City will spend big, in which case there's not much we can do about it. If we are not to sign any more players, we almost certainly need Rooney. But if he doesn't want to play for us, we'll just have to let him go.
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    (Original post by Weaving)
    I'm fearful that Chelsea and Man City will spend big, in which case there's not much we can do about it. If we are not to sign any more players, we almost certainly need Rooney. But if he doesn't want to play for us, we'll just have to let him go.
    According to the papers, Rooney is meant to be meeting with David Moyes tomorrow to discuss his future and on what terms. I think Rooney will stay. He doesn't suit any other club.

    I actually don't fear Manchester City this season. They've made two big signings so far, but they don't scare me. Chelsea however, could be extremely dangerous with Mourinho and Abramovich's cheque book.

    I seriously hope neither City or Chelsea sign Lewandowski.
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    (Original post by Manchester United)
    According to the papers, Rooney is meant to be meeting with David Moyes tomorrow to discuss his future and on what terms. I think Rooney will stay. He doesn't suit any other club.

    I actually don't fear Manchester City this season. They've made two big signings so far, but they don't scare me. Chelsea however, could be extremely dangerous with Mourinho and Abramovich's cheque book.

    I seriously hope neither City or Chelsea sign Lewandowski.
    To be fair, you do make a good point - but for some reason I think he might actually move - especially given the reasons he's alleged to have provided. We'll see though.

    The reason why City weren't a force last season was obviously because of their poor signings. Hopefully they have a fairly unproductive summer this time round too.

    Yeah I think Chelsea look to be their biggest threat. I think even Schurlle will be on the bench seeing as they have Mata, Oscar and Hazard (who unfortunately have improved quite a lot) and look dangerous against any team. If they got Lewandowski or Cavani they could be lethal.
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    Reading that no United manager has won a trophy in their first two years (on the Mail website) so Moyes, I'm confident, will end that record and pick up a trophy. It'd be nice to win the FA Cup under his stewardship - a trophy he hasn't won but we haven't for ages. But obviously, any major trophy would be amazing.

    Rooney - it's tough to judge what he's thinking. Some papers (Mirror) say he is ready to stay and Moyes has "assured" him he won't be dropped for the big games (which I doubt as it sounds very un-like Moyes to say that) and others (MEN) saying he wants out. I'd like him to stay but a new contract to be sorted out next summer depending on how he does this season. His agent will be in the meeting so no doubt wanting the same terms for his client.

    I feel Chelsea might nab the title - Mourinho's experience is key but our players' experience might help us push them/retain our crown.
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    (Original post by Weaving)
    Any early predictions for where we'll finish this season? I reckon we can still win the title.
    2nd behind Chelsea.

    If we get Thiago and another fairly big signing, first.
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    Miguel Delaney a sports journalist for ESPN has stated that the Thiago deal is very close and if everything goes to plan then he could be unveiled at Moyes' first press conference on Friday.
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    (Original post by manchesterunited15)
    2nd behind Chelsea.

    If we get Thiago and another fairly big signing, first.
    Yeah he'll be a great buy. We're looking more likely than Barca to snap him up.
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    2nd. Even with high profile signings, I don't think Moyes will win it in his first year.

    Maybe FA cup winners, QF of CL and 2nd in the league.

    But we need to overhaul midfield. Seriously.


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