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12 Mar 2019 07:01:48
Hello Ed002,
With Zidane reappointed as the Real Madrid manager, are any of their players made available?
And do United hold genuine interest in any of the players?

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with Zidane or Manchester United but I understand that Jesus Vallejo, Isco, Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Modric, Theo Hernandez. In addition to that, Marco Asensio, interest from Inter offered as part of a deal with an English side but the player has said he does not want to leave and Sergio Ramos maybe will take a couple playing elsewhere and then a final year back at Sevilla - or perhaps stay one more season.}

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12 Mar 2019 08:43:38
That's a huge number of players.
So we can expect transfer records to be broken this year.
I'm expecting Hazard to join Real which would severely weaken Chelsea.
Dani Carvajal is the only one I would consider for United from the above.

{Ed002's Note - MU has no interest in Carvajal.}

12 Mar 2019 09:56:28
True Red why not Casemiro?

12 Mar 2019 10:50:20
For Midfield, Saul would be a better option than Casemiro.

12 Mar 2019 13:42:37
Carvajal, Bale and Kroos would all improve us - not saying I want us to go for any of these guys though. If Ole is staying put, let’s Go back to the old blueprint if young hungry talent.

12 Mar 2019 15:41:30
I hope we avoid any of bale kroos or ramos this summer. Big fee and wages hasn't worked as you say eric get back to young hungry players. i'd personally love hudson odoi on our right side.

12 Mar 2019 20:54:07
Bigger question would be whether zidanes return opens up a possible move for pogba in the summer as opposed to players we can get off of madrid.

12 Mar 2019 22:57:15
That's my worry DSG.

13 Mar 2019 01:21:19
Pogba could be of interest to Real. Surely the papers will talk him up, whether true or not. If Modric were available, I would go for him. Tremendous player.

13 Mar 2019 06:40:51
Seriously Modric? He is approaching 34.

13 Mar 2019 08:05:59
Not sure I’d take any. Maybe Hernandez and maybe Casemiro. The others are on the wrong side of 30.

14 Mar 2019 23:39:01
We need fresh youngish blood in midfield.

15 Mar 2019 06:25:06
Agree we need fresh new blood not Madrid’s has beens.

10 Mar 2019 10:32:58
Morning Ed's,

Is there actually anything in the Coutinho to United rumours or is it purely paper talk?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach by MU.}

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10 Mar 2019 22:40:59
Hopefully not.

11 Mar 2019 12:10:13
I think it is the typical throwing in of the "Manchester United" name in an attempt to draw out interest from else where. I wouldn't take any notice of this rumour.

11 Mar 2019 16:11:00
As long as Woody doesn't take notice of the rumour and think aha big name signing.

11 Mar 2019 20:15:55
I heard a rumor that Ed Woodward is considering making an offer to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink for him to come out of retirement.

Apparently he's the biggest name Ed's ever heard of, and the money that can be recouped from the cost of the lettering on the back of his replica shirts will make the club a fortune.

09 Mar 2019 07:23:50
Hi ed, with United looking to sign a CB this summer, are Milenkovic and Ruben Dias still our main targets for that position?

Also is it feasible that 2 or 3 of the current CB's (probably Rojo, Jones and Bailly) will leave and we will see Tuanzebe get a chance when he returns from loan?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Certainly Dias remains the primary target. Rojo could well leave and the plan under JM was that Jones would go but that may not still be the case.}

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09 Mar 2019 11:15:25
Quite surprised that 21 year old Ruben Dias is our primary target.
I expected an established star like Koulibaly or Skriniar to be our main target for CB.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair, he looks a lot better suited to the way United want to play than either of those. I watched him a fair bit for a player profile recently and he was extremely impressive, though it was in the Portugese league so not the highest level.}

09 Mar 2019 10:56:37
Cheers Ed. From the little I've seen of Dias he looks pretty good but do you think he is capable of being the top class CB we badly need or will he need a bit of time similar to Lindelof?

{Ed002's Note - He was wanted by JM and that should be enough for you.}

09 Mar 2019 13:05:53
Interesting, I imagine he would be much better value long term than Koulibaly.

{Ed001's Note - very good on the ball as well. Had that really polished technique that seems to be a hallmark of players coming through their youth academy.}

09 Mar 2019 13:27:09
Ed001 would be v interesting to get your thoughts on how you think United wish to play, as mentioned above.
And from that, what you think we need to do with current players/ in the transfer market to make it work. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - the club wants to have the option, not necessarily to use it in ever game like but the quality at the back to play out from the back. Hence why Lindelöf was brought in. It does not really mean in the way say Brendan Rodgers thinks of playing out from the back though. With the passing it around the back four that you find with his teams, with no penetration. It is having a centre back, like Luiz or van Dijk, that can change the point of attack with a ball in behind an opposing defence or out to a wide player high up the pitch.

You do need another centre half with quality on the ball, none of Smalling, Jones, Rojo or Bailly really have the ability to pick a pass. Other than that, you are not really that far off in terms of a team. It is more about improving on what you have, rather than needing to replace them, buying better versions or improving them through coaching and experience.

The thinking is that De Gea is not the best with his feet, so you can't really go with the really high line and press high on a turnover, except initially. You don't want a big gap between defenders and keeper, as he is not that comfortable racing off his line to clear. But stats analysis suggests the best way to create chances is on quick attacks on turnover (the so-called transition), whether it is from the break itself or a setpiece won on the break. So you have the pacey forwards to play in behind, but you need the ability to pick them out from defence or you lose valuable moments playing the ball into midfield for those quick balls. Every moment lost allows a defence to prepare, against a quick attacker that usually means they are dropping off and so reducing the space available for a midfielder to play the same pass.

It is not about being defensive or becoming a counter attacking team, it is about adding another attacking outlet, for those times when you are not in controlled possession high up the pitch. The expectation is that you will dominate possession in most games but, when it matters in bigger games against opponents that can have as much possession as you, then you need that extra option, even if it just ensures that opponents can't commit to the attack as they would like, because they are wary of a ball in behind.}

09 Mar 2019 16:29:55
Nice write up ed - as you say it is another string to the bow and something else that the opposition have to take into consideration.

The more options and variations in play that we can have the better.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, it is something Mourinho wanted too, but because he wanted to sit deep, however it is a useful weapon to have in all types of teams. City have Ederson do a similar thing, more than the centre backs.}

09 Mar 2019 16:54:38
The quicker the balls moved forward the better the chances created.

09 Mar 2019 17:19:59
Ed001 if we are targeting that sort of a cb and we clearly are looking for a young player shouldn't we be targeting someone like de ligt.

{Ed001's Note - from what I have seen of de Ligt I wouldn't recommend him at all. He has very little defending to do with Ajax, but whenever he is actually put under defensive pressure (when I have seen him anyway so a limited view admittedly) he is not good. Excellent on the ball but he is a midfielder for me.}

09 Mar 2019 18:44:44
I can see de Light going to Barca, would fit in well there.

09 Mar 2019 23:30:04
That could explain those Maguire links.

10 Mar 2019 01:07:29
Thanks Ed001 - read with interest and I strongly agree. We have pace in behind but really only pogba with the vision and accuracy to pick out a runner (although I feel he could do with quickening it up at times) . Having a centre half that can pick a pass or drop it into space would be a real weapon.

Agree that DDG is the best keeper in the traditional mould, not one of the new breed of sweeper keepers.

I finally have some confidence going in against the 'lesser' teams that we will get the result. It's against the top teams that I really don't know what we'll get. I feel we need players in defence to midfield that have both quality on the ball and the ability to do things quickly, especially in those high pressure, high tempo games against the Citys and Pools.

{Ed001's Note - at least now they are giving their all, which is a huge step forward.}

10 Mar 2019 08:42:51
Nice one Ed. Have a good one.

{Ed001's Note - you too Rave.}

10 Mar 2019 09:56:08
Ed001, could be have a player profile for Ruben Dias please.

{Ed001's Note - way ahead of you mate: Ruben Dias profile. I did it a few weeks ago as Ed002 had told us there were a bunch of clubs looking at him.}

10 Mar 2019 11:51:23
Do you see de Ligt as a potential replacement for Busquets? Or Pique, as Barcelona have been fond of defenders who struggle at defending?

{Ed001's Note - Barca have certainly been the ones showing the most interest.}

10 Mar 2019 15:23:09
Fantastic, cheers Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. Nice to have one ready for a change when it is asked for!}

08 Mar 2019 20:35:06
Hi ed002
all good i hope.
Can i ask if you have heard or know anything on new contracts for mata and herrera.
also i think darmian and periera are entering the final year of their contract in July do you know if they will be offered need deals?
Finally do you know if any club at all is interested in rojo.
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I have no real interest in contracts Ken. However, I do expect Darmian to leave in the summer. I am not aware of current interest in Rojo and he is actually somewhat restricted as to which countries he can move to.}

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09 Mar 2019 14:40:44
Thanks ed 002 have a good day.

07 Mar 2019 22:24:30
Ed002 is joao felix well thought of as a player? Can't say I know much about him but would love to get some insight.

{Ed002's Note - Yes he is very well thought of, but the asking price is well beyond unrealistic.}

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08 Mar 2019 18:52:52
I’ve never seen him play either but hear such great things.

Anyone know where he would fit into the team? Competition for Lingard?

08 Mar 2019 21:11:59
I've seen him a few times. He would be best in a free role either wide or behind the strikers similar to where/ how Lingard plays but with more cutting edge going forward and less work defensively.

However, in no way is this lad ready for the EPL. He makes Angel Gomes look like a bouncer. He needs another couple of years in Portugal to fill out and develop further.

09 Mar 2019 13:06:57
Thanks mate.

06 Mar 2019 22:11:16
I bet on United to win and to qualify.

I'm absolutely buzzing. Great that Kimpembe was the one to give away the penalty considering he should have been sent off in the first game.

Ole Ole.

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06 Mar 2019 22:35:55
We were lucky to get the penalty but so were they in the 1st leg when kimpembe wasn't sent off and even got the goal.
Mostly I'm happy to see Di Maria sulk. Plenty players get taunted by the fans and so did Di Maria by the United fans in the 1st leg. It would have been a big issue if one of our players had gone and shouted at the opposing fans " P**a f**k off" continously while celebrating the goal.

06 Mar 2019 22:57:47
I bet on a Lukaku hat trick. Suffice to say it was bitter sweet when Rashford stepped up and denied me £750. Still buzzing though 🤪.

06 Mar 2019 22:58:50
Took great pleasure in seeing Neymar’s face at the end. I have a severe irrational dislike for him.

07 Mar 2019 04:26:42
Eric, it’s not irrational, he does many things that annoy many people.

07 Mar 2019 07:18:24
There are many people who have an entirely rational dislike of Neymar, myself included. Don't beat yourself up about it.

07 mar 2019 10:29:59
i had 3 - 1 with rashford 1st goal 255 - 1 . why didn't lukaku square it for him? who cares ole is at the wheel, what's the chances for utd vs city or the scousers in the final? who would you rather play?

07 Mar 2019 12:11:38
would be nice if the draw fell with all 4 english teams in the semi.

im sure they do both the qf and sf draws at the same time.

07 Mar 2019 12:37:09
I had lukaku to score and us to win, us to win and part of a multi bet- since oles took over the reins my bets are staring to come in so much more. If only for that reason give him the job lol. Best utd watch for years imo.

07 Mar 2019 13:45:45
Wow is all i can say. Buzzing with the result. Didn't expect it so its a massive bonus.

2 games running Lukaku could have had last minute hat tricks from pens :) .

Not lukakus biggest biggest fan but since the form has returned I've no complaints.

Also love that Neymar is crying on instagram, quite ironic really the way he cheats.

07 Mar 2019 19:41:08
I don't think many actually like neymar. Overrated play actor. He's got more rolls than Greggs.

06 Mar 2019 16:32:34
Ed,

I know we are after Costa as a RW target. Could you please share if possible, who are we targeting for the the AM position? .

{Ed002's Note - Jaoa Felix as I have explained before.}

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06 Mar 2019 17:06:43
Oh yes i forgot his name. Thanks Ed.

07 Mar 2019 04:39:16
I hope Hirving Lozano is another RW who is still of interest.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath.}

06 Mar 2019 13:11:26
Hi Ed002 any truth in the rumours united are interested in Bruno fernandes? Seems he plays attacking mid and may well be a replacement for pogba if he goes. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Bruno Fernandes (AM) is of interest to Everton and Liverpool have certainly looked at him on two or more occasions. Spurs maintain an interest but only if Christian Eriksen leaves. Asking price has more than doubled from what was already a high price in recent months and that has pushed aside interest from Juventus who don't see the value, Valencia and CSKA. Whilst Manchester United, Bayern Munich and another EPL side, none have a declared interest that I know of and all have other AM targets.}

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07 Mar 2019 00:37:30
Thanks very much ed.

04 Mar 2019 01:27:45
Hey ed002/ all
Hope everybody is good. ed002 if you are about and get a chance to reply, just wondering is there any update on what positions united will look to fill in the summer and who they might be looking at? thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - The expectation is that will need a RB, CB, AM, RW. The players they have been looking at remain unchanged as far as I know but you could strike some from the list given previously, like Lucas Paqueta and Ozan Kabak. Other than that the options remain the same, many of which were JM targets. They would also need to replace any players unexpectedly leaving and take a look at the younger players and decide if they are up to it or not.}

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04 Mar 2019 11:26:54
Ed002, do you expect there will be many players leaving in the summer?

{Ed002's Note - From the first team squad, certainly a few. Obviously the club has identified some who wanted out who have signed new contracts (e.g. Jones) and will call time on some out of contract (e.g. Valencia. They need to decide what to do about others, some want out (e.g. Pogba) and some are not going to move easily (e.g. Sanchez).}

04 Mar 2019 11:56:29
Thanks Ed, is there anybody looking at Sanchez?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware.}

04 Mar 2019 12:18:46
Thanks. have a great day!

04 Mar 2019 12:37:13
Thank you Ed002.
Is there any truth linking us to Benfica duo Joao Felix and Ruben Dias.

Also, will United face completion for Alderweirald considering he will be available cheaply this summer?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, both players have been of interest to Manchester United since last summer - the are Mr Mourinho targets. Right now I don't see Alderweireld moving in the summer unless something changes - and not to MU.}

04 Mar 2019 12:48:57
does pogba still want out or is he getting influenced by his agent.


lets hope his form continues and we get the best price possible to replace.

{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}

04 Mar 2019 15:02:25
thanks.

04 Mar 2019 19:20:48
Very interesting thanks for the update ed. Apologies if you have mentioned it before but which rbs are we interested in?

{Ed002's Note - Florenzi was the player Jose Mourinho had scouted but I doubt he would be interested in the move after he declared that Dalot was up to stepping up.}

04 Mar 2019 19:28:13
When it comes to younger players ed002, is there any idea who the club has in line to make the step up to the senior team next year?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know I am afraid.}

04 Mar 2019 20:25:52
Ed002 you mention jones above as someone who wanted out.
I don't understand giving him a new contract then is it because the club wanted him to stay or because they can now look for a higher fee.
He is not really 1st choice so it seemed an odd move to extend his contract.

{Ed002's Note - It is to do with playing time - a club give commitments players will sign.}

04 Mar 2019 21:30:17
I agree ken. The only reason I can see us resigning Jones is so that we don’t lose an asset for nothing. It may be a way of making sure he doesn’t walk out for nothing. Just my thoughts.

04 Mar 2019 22:13:17
I don't understand how our club just doesn't let players leave who are not good enough. They let Pogba go for free but won't let Jones and Smalling move to free up the wages. No one is going to buy them unless they are free agents.
If we just look at City, we can see how swiftly they move players on who are not good anymore. If we had Yaya and Nasri instead of City then they would still be at our club.

04 Mar 2019 23:24:06
Sailor I think at the end of the day we have to acknowledge that the club is a business. And we are run to businessman (unfortunately) . But I agree if it was my choice I would let him and others leave for free.

04 Mar 2019 23:35:38
Didn't mangala just sign a new contract?

{Ed001's Note - it was a 1 year option they took up, not a new contract as such.}

04 Mar 2019 21:16:21
Wow i don't know what commitment the club could give jones on playing time. Is that not dependant on form and the form if others?
Excuse my ignorance ed but if the club fail to meet those commitments does that mean breach of contract or perhaps trigger a clause of any kind?
Just wondering as i can't see how a player of Jones's standing within the squad could command guaranteed game time.
There should be a clause in his on him being fit and available😂.

05 Mar 2019 01:24:24
Thanks very much ed002 i really aporeciate the response and very fast. is there an updated sharkopod coming at some point? thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - Not for a while I would think.}

06 Mar 2019 08:28:01
Morning Ed001/ Ed002,

Thanks as always for all detailed info.

Please forgive my ignorance/ naivety here, but, if a player is out injured for a long time, do the club claim it back through insurance or do they just have to suck it up and keep paying the basic wage? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It depends. Clubs rarely make insurance claims on players for injuries unless they are career ending or very lengthy. Many players are under insured because of the costs and many players are not insured at all.}

06 Mar 2019 11:45:13
Thank you for the swift and informative answer!

06 Mar 2019 12:08:18
Wallace

Really interesting question.

Ed002 thanks for the response.

09 Mar 2019 10:40:01
Can someone please link me to where this stuff is about Pogba wanting to leave? I have tried searching but can’t find it. Just cannot work out why he would want to leave? Fans love him. He’s a main, if not THE main player. Etc.

{Ed002's Note - Search on Pogba.}

01 Mar 2019 00:06:21
This squad I think is 2 years away from greatness. next season is ole's test, I think we should give him a chance, guardiola started from nothing now look at him, although I'm still not convinced he could dominant or rise to a proper challenge from us.

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01 Mar 2019 06:44:58
Another ‘test’ for Ole?
Looking forward to watching him pass this next one.

Guardiola didn’t start with nothing by any stretch of the imagination.
He started with Puyol, Messi, Xavi and Iniesta to name just a few. We don’t have a player close to those 4 right now. They were on another planet.

01 Mar 2019 17:30:35
I think he might Guardiola wasn’t a pedigree manager but Barcelona gave him a chance and he blossomed.

 


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