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Old 19-05-2017, 09:32 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Smalling has been weird.

Been excellent until this season.

Wtf happened there?

Spending big money has been the norm for Utd., let's face it. The furious five or whatever they were called were the exceptions, not the rule.
Both Smalling and Jones were out for long periods injured. I like Bailly's composure and lack of being intimidated, though needs to watch his temper. Rojo is the same, making up for lack of height with aggression.
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Old 19-05-2017, 09:35 AM   #77 (permalink)
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Rojo, Smalling and Jones are subpar IMO with bodies made of weetabix
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Where i looked they wanted 800 pounds.

Stick some pics on here bud
A few people have fucked up here. The club did a ballot for ST holders who had attended cup games in all comps and had been to one Euro away, and this restricted the applicants to just under 9k for a similar amount of tickets.

Other ST holders and members thought they'd have no chance and some paid the prices you quoted to touts (I know
of two people who paid 500+ a few weeks ago).

Of course, by the time the tickets arrived some of the successful applicants found that they couldn't get flights and hotels so returned their tickets. And United managed to get hold of another block off UEFA yesterday.

This is how I got mine: from a return.

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^* what about the Busby Babes then
Surely the point there is that nobody knows how good they might have been.

Or mediocre, in the less romanticised version.
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Have a great trip H.


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Rojo is the same, making up for lack of height with aggression.
So a bit like smeg, then.

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Looks like all the kids are getting a run out this weekend. 16 yr old Angel Gomes the starlet.


Well worth it for yet another Man Utd Treble winning season come the 25th.

3 trophies, what a great debut season for Jose.
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C'mon Ajax
Tin pot trophies utd.
Imagine if they lost and didn't qualify for the real tournament.

The disappointment
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^* what about the Busby Babes then
Surely the point there is that nobody knows how good they might have been.

Or mediocre, in the less romanticised version.
I spent an afternoon in the company of a former Arsenal inside left, Derek Tapscott, who played several times against the Busby babes, including their last game before they flew.

I asked him what made Duncan Edwards so special that he was still spoken of in revered terms generations later.

He said that Edwards, even at a relatively young age, was an unstoppable monster in the ground or in the air, and that he would easily hold his own against the modern player in a physical battle. He said it was like trying to stop a tank.

Shame we never saw him mature, he almost certainly would have played in '66, although it all worked out in the end.

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Great story Harry. Heard similar many times. Imagine that power coupled with ability? That's all we can do though: imagine.

One player for me that never reached his absolute potential was Paul Mcgrath.

Yes, he was very good at Villa, but in the 80s at Utd before injuries and alcohol took hold he was unbelievable. Pace to go with his ability to read the game.

He could have been the very best.
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So it's the Italian champions against the Spanish champions in the final then.

Meanwhile Barca are probably already drawing up contracts for Pochettino and Kane.

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Man UTD are only famous because of that plane crash.

The "Busby babes" were shit, guess we'll never know for sure.

Be hard to beat Beckham,Butt, Scholes, Giggs and the Neville brothers.
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Man UTD are only famous because of that plane crash.

The "Busby babes" were shit, guess we'll never know for sure.

Be hard to beat Beckham,Butt, Scholes, Giggs and the Neville brothers.
Really? Take a look at the team that beat Benfica in the 1968 European Cup final. Charlton and Foulkes (and Busby of course) were survivors of the plane crash 10 years previously. A notable omission in United's team was Denis Law, who watched the match on TV in hospital, recovering from a knee injury. An attacking force of Charlton, Law and Best is pretty much as good as it gets. Benfica weren't without their own notables, such as Eusabio



I remember watching the match on TV.

"The first half passed without incident, but eight minutes into the second half, Bobby Charlton opened the scoring for Manchester United with a rare headed goal. However, the lead only lasted for 22 minutes before Jaime Graça scored for Benfica. Benfica almost had a chance to win the match near the end of normal time, but goalkeeper Alex Stepney made a crucial save during a one-on-one with Eusébio. Eusébio applauded the save.

The score remained at 1–1 until the end of normal time, forcing the match into extra time. The temperature was clearly playing a part in the players' fitness, and Benfica's players were clearly flagging when George Best put United in the lead again three minutes into extra time. Picking up the ball 25 yards from goal after the Benfica players failed to deal with Stepney's long kick downfield, Best broke into the penalty area and dribbled round the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into an empty net. Brian Kidd, who was celebrating his 19th birthday, added United's third a minute later, before Charlton rounded off the scoring before 100 minutes had been played.

United were without their high-scoring forward Denis Law, who was sidelined with a knee injury and watched the match on television while in hospital.

United's win meant that they became the first English team to win the European Cup, just a year after Celtic had become the first British team to do so. The win also marked the culmination of Manchester United's 10 years of rebuilding after the 1958 Munich air disaster, in which eight players had been killed and manager Matt Busby had been left fighting for his life. Captain Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes who had both survived the crash played in the game."
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...and next to nowt to do with the busby babes, obviously. It was ten years on...an eternity in football.

And the game was won by a hopeful punt from the keeper. That much has remained the same anyway. It's aimed at Fellaini's gormless bonce now, of course.
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...and next to nowt to do with the busby babes, obviously. It was ten years on...an eternity in football.

And the game was won by a hopeful punt from the keeper. That much has remained the same anyway. It's aimed at Fellaini's gormless bonce now, of course.
My last post was in response ro CCC's assertion about subsequnt United teams. That there were so few survivors from that team (remember that 1st team squads at the time only had 14 or 15 players) and 8 of them died in the plane crash.

Beating Benfica (at the time a major European force) 4-1 in a final wasn't down to a 'lucky punt'.
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Man UTD are only famous because of that plane crash.

The "Busby babes" were shit, guess we'll never know for sure.

Be hard to beat Beckham,Butt, Scholes, Giggs and the Neville brothers.
You're a dumb fucker eh?

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The Busby Babes were the pride of Manchester after coming up through the ranks from youth team to first team under the guidance of Sir Matt Busby and assistant manager Jimmy Murphy.

They progressed from the club’s youth academy all the way up to the first-team and after becoming the youngest ever side to win in 1955-56 with an average age of 21 they were set to dominate English football for years to come.
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“I was never very good at hiding behind words and philosophies. I could be quite pragmatic to say ‘let’s work and try and be back to the Champions League, try and be back to the top four’. I prefer to be more aggressive and say we want to win.” - Jose Mourinho, July 2016
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