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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 18, 2020, 08:50:17 AM »
In Ole we trust.

And VAR of course.

VAR works.

Chelsea may feel hard done by, but a push and offside were plain

Which push?

Fred's one on Azpilecueta or the resultant one on Williams.

Ludicrous decision.

On the other hand, I thought the one NOT to send off Maguire was probably justified.

Fred jostled him as is the norm for 99.9% of corners in the EPL or football in general, the Chelsea player then placed two hands on Williams back and pushed, don't think they come any clearer than that.

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Agree with Benny (for once  :o ;D).
A 20k capacity, 5k seated,covered stand on one side. Terracing on the other 3 sides with cover between the two 45s.
Should be achievable with the funds available.

So pretty much an identikit of what exists already in most counties?

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If Casement was built for a 20k capacity, would it not realistically get more games than a 32k stadium?

I mean, why the need to bring loads of schools, McKenna Cup, Ulster Club, NHL, NFL matches etc to a 32k ground when maybe only a few thousand are in attendance?

Armagh gets loads of matches, and crowds fit in no bother: McRory, McKenna Cup, NFL, Ulster Club finals, and all Tyrone home games of course. Bar the odd championship match, where more capacity might be needed, itís adequate size.

What would be the point in building that then?
Building what you already have down the road, surely the point is that it would be able to host the biggest games going as well as other money generating events.

I wouldn't worry about getting loads of matches into it as i'd say it will be closed up most of the time anyway and limited access granted to all the Antrim clubs who used to own it.


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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: February 04, 2020, 02:05:39 PM »
If Ireland played a territorial game then would you not see  Murray offload to Sexton and the kick to touch, just as in the halycon days of Stringer and OíGara?  Has Johnny not that skill in his repertoire?

I think people are getting carried away, do you think he is kicking that often off his own bat?
He is working to a tactical plan from the management.

If not after his second or third unauthorised box kick he would be sitting on the sidelines kicking his heels.

Rugby is a massively structured game.


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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 31, 2020, 10:13:50 AM »
Thoughts on King?

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 23, 2020, 09:33:12 AM »
It literally is the end of the season, nothing to suggest improvements are coming. Using comments like mid ranking teams is wrong, Utd are and have been for a while playing like a mid ranking team.

No point having a lot of money and not using it properly. It wonít last forever

Hence my in brackets comment no irony intended. Regardless of the run of form over last couple of seasons, United are not a mid ranking club.

It is the end of the season barring the chase for the Top 4, so there is no point moving the pieces around the board again without a coherent strategy which shouldn't mean pressing the panic button again. If they can get someone effect in permanent or on loan to help the top 4 bid then that should give them breathing space to calculate the next move/s.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 23, 2020, 09:14:23 AM »
Another defeat to a poor side that didn't need to play well to win against United. The lack of leadership when behind in a game was clear to see once.

Burnley on their last two visits to Old Trafford were denied victories with United grabbing draws with injury time goals so I suppose that win for coming for them. With 14 league games to go United could well finish below the 6th place prediction I gave.

Shocking performance and Burnley scored a wonder goal but serious howler fortune first, Martial had chances but failed to convert one!

Herein lies the problem at the moment especially against these mid ranking teams (no irony intended) when you get clear chances such as Martial or even Mata, other teams are taking them and putting these teams away 2 and 3 nil. When you dont take the chances you obviously are vulnerable and with the confidence the way it is at the moment going one down to any team is a huge blow.

It is not a new problem, the same problem has existed under probably the last 2/3 managers and hasn't been addressed, granted along with a few other issues. Think it is time to ride out the current storm leave Ole where he is and assess in entirety with a proper strategy at the end of the season.


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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 20, 2020, 04:02:22 PM »
Ole mentioned twice in the after-match interview that loan deals could be an option. So I'd say there's at least one close to happening.
No idea who that might be but there's speculation around Cavani.

Again if it is only a loan deal that would be fine, but if its a buy option it goes against the policy of investing in young hungry players.
Which again would lead people to question the overall recruitment strategy if there is one.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 08, 2020, 02:15:29 PM »
Another diabolical performance, thats the 3rd in the last 3 weeks. He'll do well to last the month, injuries are mounting and the likes of Rashford & Fred look shattered; United have games every 3/4 days during the month too, doesn't bode well.

Don't know what Ole has go to lose by giving Gomes a run in the team, Lingard & Pereira have continually shown all season their not good enough. Pereira makes so many mistakes during a game, I'm not convinced he's a premiership footballer never mind a United players; He's getting worse instead of better. Lingard offers next to nothing, he's appalling on the ball. They have 2 goals in 53 games between them this season and very few assists if any.

I like Ole and am desperate for him to succeed but he has no track record we can look to for hope, he needs a miracle to survive.

MM have to agree at this stage.

It looks like they are going to give him just enough rope so they dont have any back lash form the supporters. To be fair to them last night they recognised that it was a young side out and didnt give them the stick they would have coming off at half time had there been a few more of the older players.

Gomes looked bright when he came on, Fred for all his failings never drops his head and was busy enough last night always wants the ball and was encouraging the players around him.

Lingard and Andreas are too powder puff.

But it has to be recognised that any time you start with Phil Jones in the team it is never going to be good.

Young looks like he is for the exit which makes me think even more the board have given Ole the hatchet job and someone else will be coming in to do the rebuilding.

Fred is prone to the odd error but I'd put some of that down to playing with rubbish, never makes as many mistakes when he plays with McTominay; There's no doubt he's made huge improvements in his games.

Feel sorry for Jones though, we expect him to come in from the cold and play against one of the best teams in Europe. I'm more concerned about Lindelof next to him who was dreadful, Jones needs to play every week which is clearly not going to happen at OT.

Yeah that is a fair point.

Lindelof just seems to go to sleep, probably not tough enough either. When Jones does leave ends up playing more regularly he will end up doing ok.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 08, 2020, 11:53:17 AM »
Another diabolical performance, thats the 3rd in the last 3 weeks. He'll do well to last the month, injuries are mounting and the likes of Rashford & Fred look shattered; United have games every 3/4 days during the month too, doesn't bode well.

Don't know what Ole has go to lose by giving Gomes a run in the team, Lingard & Pereira have continually shown all season their not good enough. Pereira makes so many mistakes during a game, I'm not convinced he's a premiership footballer never mind a United players; He's getting worse instead of better. Lingard offers next to nothing, he's appalling on the ball. They have 2 goals in 53 games between them this season and very few assists if any.

I like Ole and am desperate for him to succeed but he has no track record we can look to for hope, he needs a miracle to survive.

MM have to agree at this stage.

It looks like they are going to give him just enough rope so they dont have any back lash form the supporters. To be fair to them last night they recognised that it was a young side out and didnt give them the stick they would have coming off at half time had there been a few more of the older players.

Gomes looked bright when he came on, Fred for all his failings never drops his head and was busy enough last night always wants the ball and was encouraging the players around him.

Lingard and Andreas are too powder puff.

But it has to be recognised that any time you start with Phil Jones in the team it is never going to be good.

Young looks like he is for the exit which makes me think even more the board have given Ole the hatchet job and someone else will be coming in to do the rebuilding.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 07, 2020, 11:25:34 AM »
OGS states that Lindgard is getting back to his best, is he trying to boost his standing to get rid of him, or does he seriously believe it? Haven't seen any evidence of it recently.


Don't think he quite said that. He has improved a little but nowhere near the level he was playing at one time (which was still a bit up and down). Getting Raiola as an agent is not a good look though. If he is shipped out another needs to come in.

I think Lingard is taking the brunt of the teams poor form because, yes his form has been poor but also because of his social stuff over the summer. This has made him an easy target. Plus PP hasnt been about to take as much flak this season.

Can't see JL getting back to the form he once showed however the potential is still there and his clear lack of confidence on the pitch is wrecking his game. Problem is the team is littered with that type of player who too easily will go into themselves when they are required to stand up and be counted. We all knew this was never going to be an easy fix and we also know that the problems go deeper than one player.


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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 06, 2020, 02:43:02 PM »
I donít really understand how context improves the view of things. Iím sure itís not exactly what you mean, but this sort of talk sounds a lot like shit football being used as an excuse for even more shit football. At some stage you have to ask for better, otherwise the malaise drifts on indefinitely. 

And Iím not convinced, even taking into account any context, that a limp scoreless draw against a half strength mid-table side is the sort of result from which to take satisfaction. I sincerely hope that those in power at the club have not accepted that the bar is set that low.

The may not be any quick fixes out there, but there are fixes. Inaction in the transfer market or with the organisation of the club management can not be excused. This month is crucial. Thereís an opportunity to do something to improve things, perhaps salvage something from the season, and genuinely stop the rot in the club. If nothing happens then it can only be seen as an acceptance of the status quo, which in turn makeís it difficult to be in any way optimistic about the foreseeable future. I hope the club can spring a surprise.


What would you do? Who would you buy that is a) available b) wants to come to the club c) is better than what is currently there?

Bearing in mind this is the January transfer window.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: January 06, 2020, 12:15:13 PM »
Any one else think that it was strange that SN were getting pulled up on their tackling style?
That is the way they have played and tackled all the way through their campaigns rightly or wrongly and yesterday was the first time that I have seen a ref consistently punish them for it.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 16, 2019, 10:53:35 AM »
Hard to be too critical on DeGea as he has bailed the team out on numerous occasions, yeah he should have been stronger but then again two attackers shouldnt have got away form their markers and got a run on him.

Some of the attacking play was clueless going into the last period, didnt move the ball quick enough and generally lacked ideas in the final third where it counts most.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: December 12, 2019, 01:49:23 PM »
McBride, Madden and Kelly wouldn't have made my team, none have done anything of note in a county jersey.  Valid pros and cons arguments for the rest.  How at least one of the McGourtys, Tomas McCann, Andy McLean, Tony Convery or Tony Scullion didn't make it for services given to the county team is beyond me.

I don't think length of service comes into it, its the best players regardless.

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