Uwe Rosler’s Grandad Mk XXXV

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  1. Sundays Big Match. I fully expect ‘Pool to score and Hope City do so as well.
    Been looking at the odds – Home win 85/40 Draw 14/5 Away win 11/8.
    Would not put a bet on with those odds.
    Anyway , just finished watching Sheffield derby. A scenario before the match was to compare the result to the
    Reds vs. Blues on Sunday. Weds. reduced to 10 men on 64 mins.- so did well to hang on –
    I will take a 0-0 on Sunday. – without a Red card for Walker , Stones , Otto or Delph. Will be close.

    Ps. Sanchez – might not come in January with Rags supposedly offering £35M – City £20M – but Sanchez would prefer Pep’s City.
    Quandary ? – If Arse accept Reds £35M would Sanchez refuse to go to the Rags.?. ala –
    Diego Costa – finished up at Athletico Madrid.

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  2. Lots of chatter right now about Sanchez and whether he comes to us or goes to the rags. It would seem (but who really knows?) that Arse are demanding £35M and we have told them to stick it but the rags are still in. Or if you prefer, Sanchez has his heart set on reuniting with Pep and won’t go to the rags. Either way it’s tiresome and I’ll be glad when February rolls around.

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  3. Calgary Blue: A full strength side for us and I think we’ll prevail but my money is on the team that scores first will not lose.

    This season every time we’ve had a game like this I’ve had really negative vibes before the game; vs Sibneft. Rags, Spurs, and every time, after 10 minutes of the match I’ve asked myself what I was worried about as we subvert a high press, dominate the midfield and stifle the opponents. Well’ my vibes have started and I hope that at 18.10 Israeli time on Sunday I am as calm and relaxed as I’ve been in the previous toughies. My head says 2-2 but my heart says we’ll win 3-2

    I remain

    Berko

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  4. alphonso: Fernie in the DMF role is second to none IMO and with Kun upfront and a midfield four of Sane, Merlin, KDB and Sterling it is they not City that should be nervous.

    Sterling will take stick but couldn’t care less about that, he has proved them wrong and so has Jordan Ibe, currently struggling to get a game at Bournemouth!

    I am going to go for a City win, 60/40 possession and a nail biting finish to the game.
    Alph
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    Tough one to call, this. Both teams are going to go for it and my bet is that it’ll be a slug fest – a 0-0′er is highly unlikely. If we can weather the first 20 minutes when everything will be thrown at us I think we’ll win but if they get their noses in front, it could be a long day. You just know that Mane is likely to have a stand out game (is he playing?) and the same goes for VD. I hear Salah is back from injury too more’s the pity. Still, their defence sucks and their keeper is worse that Claude so that deffo gives us a chance providing, as Alph says we can convert our chances although of late that’s been something of a challenge for us. A full strength side for us and I think we’ll prevail but my money is on the team that scores first will not lose. Hopefully Sterling has a decent game. To my recollection every game he’s played in against them they get under his skin and he doesn’t perform at his best. Hopefully he’s matured sufficiently now and can show them what he’s really made of.

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  5. Valentino Azzurro: This was David Silva. Can’t remember who they signed instead, must have been good.

    Think it may have been Tom Cleverly, a highly comparable player in every respect. Just ask the fans at Leicester, Wigan, Villa, Watford and Everton. (snigger)

    I remain

    Berko

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  6. Valentino Azzurro: Izzet Quiz 2018

    Sad to report a dearth of entries. Only Alph and Cheese, in fact

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    I was feeding them back one at a time Valers. I had worked out 1,2,6 & 7 correctly and got half of 5. The rest defeated me, the Yaya/MVF by miles!
    I was on the road for 2 days Tue/Wed arriving home yesterday and very much “under the weather” right now.

    I am not confident about Sunday and the punditry seem around evenely split between all three possible results. I suppose we should be pleased with a degree of progress that has put us in a position where one well know pundit forecast a Pool win at Anfield describing it as a “surprise result”!

    I feel the biggest threat to City could be the failure to take enough of the chances we create. Our defence when fully staffed is competent when under direct threat and excellent bringing the ball out. It holds a high line effectively. If Vince were to be fit to play I would start him alongside Otters. He fits back in seamlessly and we have not looked as well organised as we were immediately prior to Stones’s injury layoff.

    Fernie in the DMF role is second to none IMO and with Kun upfront and a midfield four of Sane, Merlin, KDB and Sterling it is they not City that should be nervous.

    Sterling will take stick but couldn’t care less about that, he has proved them wrong and so has Jordan Ibe, currently struggling to get a game at Bournemouth!

    I am going to go for a City win, 60/40 possession and a nail biting finish to the game.

    Alph

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  7. Izzet Quiz 2018

    Sad to report a dearth of entries. Only Alph and Cheese, in fact. But then it was a week that was marked by poor attendances.
    Anyhow, Cheese, with 9 out of 10 correct answers, wins the Grand Prize of a week’s holiday in Wayne Rooney’s man shed. Alph wins the second price, which is a fortnight.

    For anyone who can be bothered to switch of “Desserts with Delia”, here are the answers.

    1.”He thrives on work and seems to improve all the time. You’ll get the best out of him if you give him a good run in the team. Plays wide left and nickname is Jinky, scored 12 goals already this season. Personally I think you’ve got what you’ve paid for, a very good player indeed who should only get better.”

    Who is this player, described here by a fan of his previous club?

    As Alph correctly said. This is Adam Johnson. Last seen dancing down the wing for HM Prison Leeds FC before his recent transfer to HM Prison Moorland.

    2. “He makes things happen that nobody else can. It doesn’t always come off but when it does it changes games. He doesn’t track back much; neither did Pele, Matt le Tissier or Kinkladze, and I’d find room for one of them in the side, wouldn’t you? “

    Robinho, ho, ho, ho.

    3. “I think that X is the best player of his type to have come to City since Y and I expect him to make a difference. How good he will be we have to wait and see. He was reported in Spanish Press and ESPN as being the lowest paid of the first team regulars, mainly I would guess because he had been there sometime and had not had a contract re-negotiation.”

    X is Yaya Toure. Y is Marc-Vivien Foe

    4. “Well, there must be a reason why United didn’t go in for him. He’s a good player but probably we are after someone who hasn’t been linked heavily with us in the media outlets. No one expected us to pull off the signings of Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez but we did.”

    This was David Silva. Can’t remember who they signed instead, must have been good.

    5. “Fine for Basketball where the zones are an arms spread apart. For me defenders should attack the ball, particularly so from set pieces. Mark your opponent, decide where the ball is going and if your opponent seems able to get to it, get there first. To allow him to run away because the ball is going to land in another zone, when you could head it clear yourself…. well I must be old school because that just seems dumb to me.”

    Which ex-regular of Izzett is not a fan of zonal marking? And who was the manager who introduced the system to City.

    The first is the inimitable Bellers. The second, Roberto Mancini.

    6. “What he does is he puts his foot on the ball and he keeps it and you can give him it in tight areas and he’ll not lose it and his distribution is excellent. I’ve watched him a number of times and he’s going to be a top, top player.”

    That’s Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd waxing lyrical about a City academy player back in 2012. How did Aidy do as a prophet, Top or Pants?

    Alph got this one right. Must be the Welsh connection. Emyr Huws is currently plying his trade at Ipswich Town FC. Don’t give up your day job, Aidy (has he got a day job?)

    7. Here are two Izzetters raving about a new signing: (a) “Best ’til last… Very excited about this guy. Pace to burn. Keeps possession really well and delivers beauties for the strikers to get on the end of. Hallelujah! He will scare the pants off of most, if not all, teams in the Premier League” (b) “A star, all 60 kilo’s and 5′ 7″ of him, and his pace, close control and delivery is outstanding, he’ll be the target of every clogger.”

    Impressive, huh? Who was the player?

    Here we have Alph and Slasher raving about the debut of one J.Navas. From there it was all one big cross into the side netting.

    8. One of our members, Balfers (aka The Cockermouth One) was an incessant advocate for the promotion of youth into the squad. Here he is, on one of his rants, pleading the case of a young midfielder – “ He is 23 he should be ready for the first team in all honesty, it is just more of the same from me, 23 is long past the age of being a promising player and into the 1st team squad or on the bench at the very least.”

    Balfers’ research was never the Mae West. Both Alph and Valers were moved to point out that the player’s age was not as stated, causing Balfers to relent not one whit. The player, a young Argentine, was (a) 17 (b) 21 (c) 24?


    Bruno Zuculini was 21 at the time, Now with Hellas Verona, Serie A 17 apps 3 goals in current season.

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  8. Myurineisblue: Also Arsene will be playing ‘hardball’ with City over Sanchez. Reportedly they want £35M and City will pay £20M – reportedly.! Expect him to come at 11-00pm on deadline day.
    He played last night at Chelsea -

    Apparently the Scum are in for him. Offering £25 extremely large, plus the chance to sign Micky the Aryan. My question is “If he’s already turned down Bayern and PSG in order to play for City (Pep) wtf would he want to go to the shit hole by the ship canal?”

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  9. Myurineisblue: Thousands of City fans will not welcome Jonny Evans because of his earlier connects to Rags.

    One shuddering tackle on Rashford and he’ll be instantly forgiven.

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  10. A PS to my earlier post – Foden is on crutches for a week or two. Saw a pic. of him hobbling out of the Academy 10 days ago.

    Thousands of City fans will not welcome Jonny Evans because of his earlier connects to Rags.
    Also Arsene will be playing ‘hardball’ with City over Sanchez. Reportedly they want £35M and City will pay £20M – reportedly.! Expect him to come at 11-00pm on deadline day.
    He played last night at Chelsea -

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  11. Calgary Blue:

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    Finally, quite a disappointing crowd tonight for a semi final. Fair play to Bristol though. They brought a LOT and were super loud.

    I too was also a bit disappointed with the attendance Calgers….
    I read on the BBC that Bristol had sold all their allocation of 7,650 – and was the largest away following at THe Etihad since it opened. The official attendance was given as 43,731….so it appears that about 10,000
    of the home support was missing.
    I watched the game on Sky (with the mute button on) listened to Radio Manc.
    Enough has been said about Mangler(who I did try and defend previous games) but now I cannot defend him anymore. Bravo did ok for me , with a few “heart in the mouth” moments.Stones did better when Yaya went off. All credit to Bristol – we will need a full strength team at Ashton Gate – but this does depend on our showing at Anfield – which I also think could be our first loss of the season.
    Pleased that Courtinho has departed as he has hit 25 yarders – in the past – notably against Joe Hart.
    ‘Pool will be so up for this , 5-0 defeat (Mane sent off) still irks with Kloppity. Smile
    I cannot see that we bring the best out of Bernardo – out on the wing.
    Hope Merlin is back for us on Sunday.

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  12. Calgary Blue:
    Uh oh – file this one under WTF???

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5254207/Man-City-hold-talks-West-Brom-Jonny-Evans.html

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    It’s the DM Calgers.
    How does one know when the DM are publishing porkies and inventing stories?
    Yes that’s right, if it’s the truth it doesn’t get into their organ!

    Here’s another one to file under WTF Smile

    You’ve probably seen it or similar, I did take the liberty of exchanging a manufactured word for the more appropriate “egregious”.
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    With apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan:

    A Very Stable Genius

    I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius
    I have a mighty button and no problems with my penius
    I have no time for television, golf or social media
    Since my brain is way, way better than the best encyclopaedia

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    I like to tweet the lies of racist grievances historical
    When Russian ties are mentioned I deny them categorical
    I do not feel the sting of words because I am egregious
    I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius
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    No doubt many more verses will be written!

    Alph

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  13. alphonso: It was Kippo who introduced us to Phil Foden during the time he returned to us briefly.

    Aah. thanks Alph. An altogether more appropriate use of G&P subs.

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  14. berkozboy: It is interesting that we have all seen something already in Foden that has prompted a response in this way. I hope we’re right. We could send a hamper up to The Fish in Cockermouth with the message “You told us so!”

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    I don’t think that Kippo goes anywhere near Cockermouth, Berko.
    It was Kippo who introduced us to Phil Foden during the time he returned to us briefly.
    He watches a lot of youth football and saw the lad as a 14 yr old and waxed eloquent several times.

    Alph

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  15. berkozboy: Merlin was unavailable and the only options in the ‘?’ role were Bernardo or Foden who would you pick?

    It rather depends who we were playing. Neither are ideal because Bernie isn’t “on song” yet and Phil is still very inexperienced.That is a very important field position and if it’s distribution you are looking for I’d go for Foden.

    The question seems to me to be a good advert for bring Sanchez in asap. Another option would be to put Sterling in there as a No 10, Kun would be happy with Sterling’s disruptive style of play behind him [if you can understand what I mean by that] and then play Bernie out wide.But that wasn’t the question Smile

    Brizzel City were very good, we were a bit under the weather, too ponderous a lot of the time and the defence collectively were sub standard [and that's being kind].

    Alph

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  16. Interesting responses both.

    For clarification I rate both GunDog and Bernardo very highly and either would probably walk into any other PL side as a starter. Frankly I imagine that Maureen wishes he’d come back from Dortmund with GunDog rather than Mickeytakeran for the money.

    I was more interested to understand where people see them both fitting into our best XI in order to sustain our fluidity and the necessity for perfection over 90+ minutes every week. Clearly they are both superb ball retainers and that is a fundamental of the Pep way. However Calgers makes the point about the development of an attack and the factors that slow it down. We have seen that this has become a significant issue this terms as many teams have modified their tactics into a more defensive mode when they have played us. I would tend to take the view that on the very limited evidence that we have available a player like Foden would sit better in a driving midfield than Bernardo. I did not present GunDog as an option as he has always seemed less effective alongside KDB than Merlin and it was a replacement for the latter that intrigued me.

    It is interesting that we have all seen something already in Foden that has prompted a response in this way. I hope we’re right. We could send a hamper up to The Fish in Cockermouth with the message “You told us so!”

    I remain

    Berko

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  17. berkozboy: Eddie
    Walker Stones Otomendi Delph
    Ferners
    Sterling KDB ? Sane
    Aguero

    .. Merlin was unavailable and the only options in the ‘?’ role were Bernardo or Foden who would you pick?

    I think Gundog is rather better than a ‘squad player’. He’s more of a straight up-and-down man than David Silva and doesn’t have Merlin’s capacity for ball retention. But he’s pretty damn good.
    Nardo, I’m not sure. He’s not a complete midfielder at the minute, although he’s young enough and seems intlligent enough to develop. As of now, he’s essentially a right-winger. A de luxe version of J Navas with better crossing but without the exemplary back-tracking. And he’s not yet good enough to displace Sterling in that role.
    Two other alternatives. 1. Use The Zinch in there. The lad has energy, a decent eye for a pass, gets up well in support and can tackle quite well. He has a shot on him too. 2. Put Dani Boy in front of the back 4 and move Ferners into the box-to-box role.
    Answering the question as put, the answer has got to be Foden. He’s mo9re inventive than Nardo and probably more durable too. Bit academic though. Isn’t he long-term crocked?

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  18. berkozboy: Merlin was unavailable and the only options in the ‘?’ role were Bernardo or Foden who would you pick?

    I remain

    Berko

    Foden – right now. It’s not that I think he’s technically better than Bernado ‘cos I don’t but IMHO Bernado slows the game down too much whenever he receives possession. And I think Foden keeps the tempo going. It looks to me as though Bernado waits for the defender to commit and then he makes his move but oft it’s too late for us to benefit from possession/superiority in numbers.

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  19. Valentino Azzurro: Sorry, Calgers, but I thought Stones had quite a poor game

    He’s certainly rusty after his short lay off but I’m not convinced he could have done much more with the penalty. He was too far from the player to have closed the gap and as we saw vs Burnley, Claude is quite suspect on his left post, so I imagine that our boy felt compelled to make the attempt. Beyond that error and one moment when he dwelt too long on the ball I thought he was easing his way back and was otherwise relatively composed against a very sustained press from Bristol.

    I despair of Mangala. I have said before (and not completely in jest) that football really isn’t his game. He is one of the most awkward, positonally inept and technically challenged players I have seen in any PL team and I’ve watched Phil Jones. I agree that the Claude/Mangala combo is nerve jangling and whilst this may seem disingenuous to the former, whose penalty saves have kept us in the competition, I am as fearful as everyone else when he receives the back pass and the press begins.We have been spoilt with the alternative and thankfully Eddie and Otters will be back at the weekend.

    In all you’d have to say well done to Lee Johnson, his team and their fans. They brought this tie to life and injected some much needed atmosphere into a tournament that is very much the poor relation in the football calendar. Decent performance from the ref as well who let the game flow for both sides without injudicious card waving.. It helped that Bristol chose to play football rather than spoil the game.

    I think I agree about GunDog and Bernardo. Both are extremely technically gifted but at present I am not clear how either of them are anymore than squad players. Pep is not asking Bernardo to be Merlin yet but neither is he Sterling. GunDog is neither Ferners nor KDB. So here’s a question and it may sound naive and preposterous but here goes. If we started like this;-

    Eddie
    Walker Stones Otomendi Delph
    Ferners
    Sterling KDB ? Sane
    Aguero

    .. Merlin was unavailable and the only options in the ‘?’ role were Bernardo or Foden who would you pick?

    I remain

    Berko

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  20. Calgary Blue: (lucky for them Stones was there).

    Sorry, Calgers, but I thought Stones had quite a poor game. Didn’t see any heading stats but his direction was wayward on a number of occasions. Gave away a needless penalty. All he had to do was shepherd the Bristol player away from the goal slightly which would have nullified the immediate threat and given the others time to organise after Mangala’s umpteenth cock-up. But no, he dives in…
    Danilo regressed a bit from his previous couple pf performances. It’s becoming clear that City’s defensive unit does best when the opposing LW has his hands full trying to contain Kyle.
    Zinchenko, I felt, made a pretty good first of things apart from one mistimed tackle and one unnecessary foul. The kid is a consummate ‘baller. Probably our best player in the first half.
    Claude puts the screaming shits up me every time the ball goes near him. He got a bit better in the second half and fair does, his ‘pass’ that led to Kevin’s goal was a beaut, if a trifle reckless.
    Mangala and Stones looked more Laurel and Hardy than Torvill & Dean. Mangala, oh Mangala! Second half the poor guy did not want the ball anywhere near him, by this stage his nerves were gone travelling along with whatever little technique he possesses. By 65 minutes I would have driven to get Johnny Evans, it was that bad.
    The Bristols played very well, though. A neat, compact team who wanted to play football and swept forward wit something of a swagger. Great performance by the keeper and the big lad who marshalled them and saved what looked like a certain goal was astounding.
    I’d disagree on Yaya, too. The game by-passed him most of the time, as he drifted around at walking pace. His time has passed and I’m sure than if The Stockport Iniesta hadn’t got crocked Yaya wouldn’t get a game.
    But hey, isn’t Kun wonderful?

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  21. Alphonso: However, Mangler has 5 years at least left in him and is a good athlete.

    That may be so but he’s hopeless on the field and has zero confidence. If he can’t do any more than erratic back and sideways passes against a Championship side then he shouldn’t be on the field. And with Juliet behind him who continues to scare the bejesus out of everybody every time he goes to POFTB we really look a dodgy outfit defence-wise (lucky for them Stones was there). I also think that Bernado and Gundog playing together doesn’t work. I’ll give both credit for effort but Bernado slows the game down too much and Gundog still isn’t 100%. Tonight was a real squeaker and it didn’t help that neither Sane nor Sterling put on much of a show. Far too many back passes to Danillo and Zinchy. I thought Yaya did OK but that’s probably because he was given more time than usual and KDB ran his socks off and performed a real captains role.

    We’d better get our shit together soon because if we put on another show like tonight come Sunday, it’s our first loss looming.

    Finally, quite a disappointing crowd tonight for a semi final. Fair play to Bristol though. They brought a LOT and were super loud.

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  22. Valentino Azzurro: If there’s one player I don’t want it’s Johnny Evans.
    Never rated him at United, don’t rate him now.
    What is he? 31? Too old.

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    I am much in sympathy with that point of view Valers/Berko.

    In fairness to the ex-Rag he is steady and less liable to making the dodgy positional cockups than Mangler. He is also a tidier passer of the ball than Mangler. However, Mangler has 5 years at least left in him and is a good athlete. Even a straight swap would be indifferent business at best and would be unpopular unless he scored the winning goal in the Cup Final at Wembley, against the rags, with a cunning backheel.

    Alph

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  23. Valentino Azzurro:
    If there’s one player I don’t want it’s Johnny Evans.
    Never rated him at United, don’t rate him now.
    What is he? 31? Too old.
    And one site suggests we are offering Mangala as a makeweight in a 25 mill transfer. Mangala is worth more than Evans NOW, IMO

    I am not given to extreme Cockermouthic outbursts but I think I would be apoplectic if we did a deal whereby we handed over 26 yr old Mangala plus a load of cash for a 30 year old rag reject from a relegation threatened club. If we are simply looking for a guy to sit on the bench and perform ably once in a while when called upon to cover for Stones and Otomendi then we already have Herr Doktor for that with Tosin in support and this completely excludes the notion of Vincent ever being fit again. We have not lost a game with that roster so why fill the squad up now with players who are unlikely to either play or enhance the cadre rather than wait until the summer and either buy a proper CB or take a serious look at Tosin and make a decision on him one way or the other? It is worth noting that he has only ever played alongside Mangala (where few can look their best) and a truer test of his capabilities and potential must be to consider him in a few fixtures alongside Stones, Otomendi or Vincent.

    Rant over with due respect to the erstwhile Derwentwater Desperado.

    I remain

    Berko

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  24. If there’s one player I don’t want it’s Johnny Evans.
    Never rated him at United, don’t rate him now.
    What is he? 31? Too old.
    And one site suggests we are offering Mangala as a makeweight in a 25 mill transfer. Mangala is worth more than Evans NOW, IMO

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