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07 Jan 2019 17:57:48
Hi Ed's

Just seen that we are interested in Coutinho. I know he's having a tough time at Barcelona but I'm wondering if there's any truth in this?


Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - none that I am aware of or Couts.}

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08 Jan 2019 09:54:45
Would make no sense, operates in Pogba or Martial’s best position and would cost a fortune.

No point laying a new carpet with a leaky roof - get a defender in!

08 Jan 2019 11:07:46
Not that we are in for him, but if we go in for Coutinho, won't that be because Eds have repeatedly told us that both Pogba and Martial are likely to move on?

08 Jan 2019 12:23:46
Coutinho swap for Pogba maybe?

I know we've reportedly been against swaps but given the fee we would want for Pogba, would this be viable.

Would Coutinho even come to us?

08 Jan 2019 12:55:48
I agree Fresh, imagine if we Koulibaly. That would be an immense signing.

08 Jan 2019 13:56:25
Too inconsistent. All he can do is cut in and shoot wide from 20-30 yards.

08 Jan 2019 14:58:51
Does he play centre back now?

07 Jan 2019 12:20:18
Hi Ed apologies if this has already been covered but is there any truth in united bidding for Barella? I understand Chelsea are looking at him to replace fabregas. From what I’ve seen of Barella he looks a talented player. Be interested to hear your thoughts on him. Thanks.

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

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07 Jan 2019 13:44:17
thanks for the quick reply ed. hope all is well.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}

07 Jan 2019 12:37:41
Aaron Ramsey will 100% be leaving Arsenal in the summer, I still believe he is a good player who gives his all! On his day is world class.

So why don't we take him? He is a massive Man utd fan, we know what he has in his locker, plenty of top level experience and needs no culture adjusting not to mention the shift he puts in and he is better than some of our lazy crop of midfield dead wood

Thoughts and opinions welcomed.

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07 Jan 2019 12:52:47
I would take him in a heartbeat, he's a class player. Seems a true pro as well. Gets around the pitch and has goals in him, something we've lacked from midfield for a number of years - a 10-15 goals a season CM.

Seems Juventus bound though.

07 Jan 2019 13:13:09
I’m a massive fan of his and would love us to get him. Gets goals from midfield that we lack when pogba doesn’t play. I don’t understand arsenal fans who don’t rate him because you don’t get chased by Juve, Bayern and PSG if you are average. Top player that Juve are most likely getting.

07 Jan 2019 18:37:39
He’s a massive fan yet he chose Arsenal over us, interesting.

07 Jan 2019 18:37:39
He’s a massive fan yet he chose Arsenal over us, interesting.

07 Jan 2019 20:21:14
So what, shaw is a massive Chelsea fan but chose United 🙂.

07 Jan 2019 23:17:24
A 10-15 goal a season midfielder, that's only got 10 twice and never 15.

08 Jan 2019 12:51:42
5 dislikes for an opinion and question. NOT A RUMOUR just banter. I ask myself why bother.

AJH,

Yes he went to Arsenal with promise of regular football I'm sure the Ed's can give in depth detail of why he went to Arsenal.

Many players dream of playing for their fav club not all get the chance in all honesty! I sure many Championship players who supported MUFC growing up!

Would go through brick walls to play in the first team. It's just too bad 90% won't get that opportunity to because we have too many deadwood, Overweight and Overpaid wasted potential. That only play well when looking for a new contract.

04 Jan 2019 23:59:02
What’s are people’s interests for signings in the summer?

For me united definitely need to go out and get a top CB. Koulibaly could potentially be the difference between 6th and 4th. I think Koulibaly and Lindelof who’s come on leaps and bounds this season could compliment each other.

The RB area is a problem for me Dalot is young, he’s looked slow and lethargic with poor defensive play at times. Lack a good ball when he’s had time and space. Hopefully settles in and one for future.

Valencia should’ve gone beginning of last season for me. Young is the best of the 3 in that position, but he’s 33 year old.

My choice would be to go for an established RB in the summer, Meunièr for me.

The RM area is also a big factor. Juan Mata cannot play their and it’s like we’re playing with 10 men and have no width.
Rashford and Martial look poor when played in that position. How come Sánchez hasn’t been playing on the right as much? He used too a lot for Barcelona and was good. Jessie only other option works his socks of chips on but too inconsistent news to play Sánchez or sign someone who will perform in that position. (Bale talk probably start again in the summer) .

Signing Fred was a waste of 50m we could’ve spent elsewhere, why waste 50m on a player that’s not better than your current players when we were in dire straights for a CB?

Hopefully sign a CB in January be a massive boost then sort test out in summer as we know how hard it is to sign in the January.

Hopefully get two peaches like Vidic and Evra again.

Here’s to hoping 😂.

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05 Jan 2019 00:34:17
A cb is a must. We have seen what impact a world class cb can make to a team with Liverpool signing Van Dijk. Koulibaly would be my pick. He’s incredible and would take us to the next level. I like skriniar as well and with inter seemingly signing godin in the summer perhaps he may be free to leave.

I agree about rb. Dalot looks promising but don’t think he’s ready to be starting every week. I like Wan Bissaka and Cedric if we are looking for premier proven quality. Meunièr is a player I am a fan of. But I really like Ricardo pereira for Leicester. He was great at Nice a few years back and he’s been Leicester’s best player for me this season. He has pace to burn and real quality on the ball especially attacking wise which is why he’s been played on the wing of late.

I know people like shaw and I do as well but when I watched Robertson the other night it did make me realise the huge gap in quality between the two at this current moment. He needs to be challenged and in an ideal world I would love us to sign chilwell. Looks a great player.

I don’t think we need to change much in midfield and attack. We have talent but they need to be coached into a pattern and style of play. We need another midfielder for sure to rotate with matic who isn’t getting any younger. I like ndidi a lot his stats are fantastic. Doucoure again is a brilliant player. But I think ndombele from Lyon will be special and would look great in a midfield 3 with pogba and matic.

In attack, we need a rw desperately. We are so left sided heavy and it shows when teams sit back. I like Hirving Lozano and Leon Bailey. Not sure who we will go for but I would love someone who sticks on the touchline and crosses to Lukaku all day because he will score a bucket load. Maybe Ousmane Dembele although he has attitude problems. Sancho would do nicely but again unattainable. If Chong is ready I don’t see why he shouldn’t be given an opportunity.

05 Jan 2019 10:07:02
Moving forward - the best thing in january could be extending the contracts, martial, herrera DDG and various key players. Also trimming the squad letting go, valencia, Darmien, bailly, rojo, probably fellaini and would free up space and wages for the summer. Promote a couple of younguns and bring in a topcb koulibaly/ Skriniar. A big big list of to dos but would set us up for what seems like a major change in the summer in terms of manager, hopefully Dof and a couple oftop signings. Sanchez going on the best deal for the club ie free but no subsidy of wages would be like finding a xmas present forgotten about.

05 Jan 2019 12:00:17
CB, RB and RW are a must.

Out go Darmian, Valencia, Rojo, Fellaini and probably Jones.

05 Jan 2019 20:22:27
Fekir and Kante :) - that would do very nicely .

05 Jan 2019 20:19:43
I wouldn't write off Bailly just yet.
He suffered under Mourinho and deserves a chance.
How many people on here wanted Lindelof sold, some people wanted Rashford gone as well.

06 Jan 2019 10:12:20
Id give bailly a chance. But it looks like were looking for a partner for lindelof and if the likes of koulibaly comes in then bailly is 3rd choice. Will he be happy with that. We know the other 3 are happy with that.

06 Jan 2019 10:18:19
I do agree Mad Hatter. He started his career with us brilliantly but seems to have lost his way. If he can work with the new staff and keep his head then there is a good defender in there. Lindelof I think will be a cracking player for us for many years to come.

Personally I thin the defence lacks an elder statesman, who can be a calming influence for a couple of years whilst the likes of Bailly and Lindelof develop alongside them. We also desperately need to look at our right hand side. Why sanchez is not being played there is beyond me!

06 Jan 2019 10:34:45
I desperately want us to sign Kieran Tierney. For many Scottish football followers he was the better out of him and Robbo before Robbo went to Liverpool. If KT can bring his Celtic form to Utd then we are talking best LB in the country.

06 Jan 2019 19:10:15
1st thing is to get ddg and martial to sign.
Cb is a must and our no1 priority.
Cm is priority 2 imo. We have no cover for either matic or pogba. Herrera and fred are fighting for that 3rd place. We need better options imo.
Rb would be third on my list. A solid experienced rb that would give dalot the time required to improve he is only 19 and not ready yet to be 1st choice
Priority 4 is rw should mata or sanchez leave it will become a higher priority.
Tuanzebe will hopefully secure a squad place.
I would look to move periera darmian jones rojo valencia fellaini and mata / sanchez on to new clubs.
Ddg / romero
Rb dalot new signing
Lb shaw young
Cb new lindelof smalling Tuanzebe
Cm pogba matic new herrera fred mctom
Attack jessie rash martial new lukaku mata/ sanchez

Looks a decent squad probably a cb and cm short and lb area could also be better. But no squad is perfect.

Cb koudibaly
Cm saul
Rw dembele
Rb wan bissaka.

I know a couple of unlikely suspects and players we are not linked with but they are players i like petsonally in positions i feel we need improving.
Not proven winners really but they all have improvement in them and they are very good players imo.

Id also try to sign ramsey on a free and cahill on a free as its a squad lacking in experience and by all accounts he is a very popular pro. He may not play but is a big influence in last years england success behind the scenes and has had good experience at Chelsea.

04 Jan 2019 23:03:21
Any chance of Memphis returning do you think guys? I'd rather him than Douglas Costa.

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05 Jan 2019 03:12:14
I don't see why he'd want to. He wasn't treated too good by the fans or the players here and was used as a scapegoat for our poor performances at times. He's gone on to become a very good player, but I can't see him coming back.

04 Jan 2019 15:03:27
Do we have a January interest in carrasco ed?

{Ed002's Note - No I am not aware of any approach for Carrasco, although there is another side pressing Dalian Yifang but there is a major issue. It would be a Martial replacement.}

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04 Jan 2019 19:46:36
Hi ed002. Do you think now that jose is gone that martial will be more inclined to stay or does he still want to move?

{Ed002's Note - There is work yet to be done to get him to stay.}

05 Jan 2019 19:04:41
Thanks very much ed.

03 Jan 2019 15:38:37
Fosu-Mensah's loan at Fulham has been terminated.

This can be a good news for us as we
are in need of defensive reinforcements.

{Ed002's Note - He was not good enough to play for them and is being replaced by someone far better. He is certainly not good enough for Manchester United and won't survive much longer at the club.}

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03 Jan 2019 15:55:42
Have to agree with 002 here. I had high hopes for TFM but he did nothing at Palace and hasn't been able to break into the worse defence in the league this season. He's not good enough for a club with title aspirations, he wouldn't get near City, Spurs or Liverpool's team so he should be nowhere near ours.

03 Jan 2019 17:03:39
He dislocated his shoulder and dropped out. Bit concerning he couldn't force his way back in at arguably the worst team in the league though.

{Ed001's Note - he is not a defender, I don't know why he is being pushed in that direction.}

03 Jan 2019 17:33:04
He should be playing as a midfielder, that was always going to be his best position. However, that is a role that takes on a lot of responsibility. Whereas, RB is a "easier" role to learn in as there is less responsibility on you in that area of the pitch.

The issue is you only need a handful of games to get used to the faster pace of EPL first team football. After that you gain nothing from playing in a position that is not your own.

Sending TFM to relegation threatened teams, where the pressure is massive, it takes a manager brave bordering on insane to throw a inexperienced youngster in to the heart of midfield. So he was never likely to get the game time he needs in the position that he is best in. He would have been better off going abroad and playing in midfield in any top league than stuck in the EPL playing out of position at a time when he needs to be learning in his best position.

03 Jan 2019 17:58:36
Another potential star mis-managed by our calamitous ex-managers.

I've lost count how many false dawns we have had in recent years as we have no idea how to benefit players from loan moves and no clue how to blood them properly. Such a shame.

03 Jan 2019 18:23:03
Difficult to say which is the right view. Maybe TFM is another star we built up in hope but who is not anywhere near Utd standard. He did look good for a few games under LVG. I’m sure we will know soon enough if he’s good enough now he’s been sent back.

03 Jan 2019 19:54:21
Meant to say it was the wrong loan. As shappy said he should have gone abroad.

03 Jan 2019 20:11:46
Why not bring him home and rotate with matic and at Rb give him some game time between now and the end of the season. At least then we will know if he can be good enough or not. Let’s be honest he can’t be any worse than Valencia based on yesterday’s performance and at least TFM has a bit more pace than matic.

03 Jan 2019 21:17:50
Could he be a centre half
Instead?

{Ed002's Note - He is not good enough for MU.}

03 Jan 2019 22:00:05
Neither are Jones and Smalling but they've been at the club for 8 years Ed002; rather see TFM over them two.

{Ed002's Note - as long as you are satisfied with complete failure - playing someone who is not good enough out of position.

03 Jan 2019 22:25:09
As with other young players TFM has sadly not developed and if he isn’t outstanding at a lower level club the chances are he just doesn’t have what it takes and is not going to make it. The fact he has not even established himself in lesser teams which says a lot. I always felt he was a holding midfield player and hopefully he will carve out a career but I can’t see it being in Uniteds first team now.

03 Jan 2019 22:00:05
Neither are Jones and Smalling but they've been at the club for 8 years Ed002; rather see TFM over them two.

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with the other players and you want to play someone who is not good enough out of position.}

03 Jan 2019 23:51:12
Will he be sold this January?

04 Jan 2019 02:00:04
Always felt Tuanzebe shone more than TFM that season. He had Hazard in his pocket one game when playing at right back if I remember correctly.

04 Jan 2019 07:50:52
Sadly, for me it should be 'Bye bye TFM'

04 Jan 2019 12:48:03
Id like to see him get a chance on his proper position on loan to a more suitable team and then we can make a proper assessment.

04 Jan 2019 13:17:28
I would keep him in the squad. We need an energetic screening defensive midfielder to break up play, (as much as Matic has been good he isn't suited to a press) .

04 Jan 2019 16:33:03
Potential star is exactly it. But lots of young players can't step up to the next level. It could be due to mismanagement but most likely it is not. The coaching staff at United and at the loan clubs are unlikely to be wrong. I agree with Ed002. It's disappointing but he's almost certainly just not good enough.

04 Jan 2019 20:52:45
Villa interested In a loan deal for him, as a midfielder.

03 Jan 2019 14:51:23
According to Fox Sports we are going to bid for Kostas Manolas, opinions?

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03 Jan 2019 15:32:18
Rubbish.

03 Jan 2019 15:39:09
We would be replacing an average defender with another average defender.

03 Jan 2019 15:44:35
How has he come along in the last year or 2? He was doing really well a few years back and if I remembered correctly turned down a move to Zenit too. From what I recall he was quite likely to getting cards and suspension though. Any opinion Ed1? Maybe even a profile?

{Ed001's Note - I have added him to the player profiles list. My parents go home in less than a week (well all being well anyway as they are not even sure if BA will honour their return flight. They refused to change the outbound flight so they could go to my nan's funeral as it was 'too short notice' apparently.) so things should get back to normal in terms of articles.}

03 Jan 2019 16:49:31
Sorry to hear about your loss Ed. RIP 🙏.

{Ed001's Note - thank you Singh, much appreciated.}

03 Jan 2019 16:55:17
Depends on how much Roma want for him. He's good but I wouldn't sign him if he will Kostas too much. Lol.

03 Jan 2019 17:01:58
No pressure ed1. Do you much about him, how he has been getting on? I wasn't specifically asking for a profile as understand you already have tons of things to do on hand.

{Ed001's Note - he is one of those players who is very hit and miss. Because he is physical and can be rash, he is fantastic one game and terrible the next, from what I have seen. Might well be suited to English football though.}

03 Jan 2019 18:23:53
Sounds like Bailly Ed!

{Ed001's Note - a little yes.}

03 Jan 2019 18:25:39
Agreed ed1, from what I had seen of him he was a solid player when his head was on but just as likely to get sent off as he is to putting a MOTM performance. But if Lindelof is going to be first choice than a more physical partner maybe the way to go. But saying that if he is still as immature than who knows.

But he does remind a bit of Pepe or Ramos (but not a c##t like Ramos I think)

{Ed001's Note - at least he would be entertaining to watch as you never know what you will get.}

03 Jan 2019 21:42:49
It is typical of Man Utd and it is where we differ from Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern, juventus, real and Barca. We know koulibaly is one of the pieces of the puzzle we need, that skrinar is a close second, but we won’t do what is required to get them. Let’s verpool did what was required to get van dyke and it’s paying dividends.

Come on Utd, developer a strategy, identify your targets (including a desire to sign for the club) and go and get them. Enough of this cheap skating and opting for option 3 or 4 because we either had unrealistic targets or weren’t prepared to pay the price.

03 Jan 2019 21:00:35
He is one those players that I will instantly like if he joins because that entertainment factor ed1. But might cause a few people to lose their head. But for sure he will be a significant upgrade on Jones and Rojo because at he will be fit for large parts. Saying all that ed, is he not seen to be very well settled at Roma and not that eager to move on?

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - so was Nainggolan. Roma are a bit of a mess to be honest, the fans hate the moron that owns them, Palotta. They have a great social media dept run by a great guy, but the rest of the club is shambolic and the fans are protesting against it. So it might well be that any player will think this is a good time to move on now before it gets worse.}

03 Jan 2019 22:43:53
Didn't know that much about Roma's current state. A major upheaval might be coming their way it seems. The transfer of Nianggolan did catch me off guard. I thought he was very happy at Roma and didn't want to leave Rome even after his playing days.


And as a reply to Huggy, calm down it is just a report by some media outlets, a rumour. Also not getting your first choice isn't always a terrible outcome. Sometimes you just won't be able to get your first choice or 2nd choice due to various reason maybe price, maybe other options for player, maybe an unfortunate injury etc, . What does matter in my view is when you are buying a player you aren't just buying for the sake of it, the player has to be fitting with the requirements.

A prime example of a 3rd choice option performing really well is last year's Pl player of the year Mo Salah. He wasn't the first or 2nd choice option (I think) when Liverpool signed him, Brandt was first choice if I recall correctly and Klopp had to be persuaded to sign Salah. So not getting the 1st choice doesn't always result in disaster maybe it also might work. Bug I too hope that if we are after Manolas it isn't just because he is cheaper than other options and is seen to be a significant upgrade and at the desired level.

{Ed002's Note - aroma are working hard on transfers and ha spoken to a number of sides and will be hip to the attendees in Geneva on 15/16.}

04 Jan 2019 02:45:26
Haha aroma, nice Ed02 :)

03 Jan 2019 14:49:04
League wise we are still underdogs. But we are now playing (not withstanding the well known weak points in our squad) with real united style. Chelsea and Arsenal now looking nervously over their shoulders - it's a good feeling. Get at least a point from spurs and the rest of the season holds really good possibilities. Chalk and cheese compared with only a couple of weeks ago.
However thing pan out we owe OGS a real debt of gratitude and proving that whatever the reasons, our squad is far better quality than Jose allowed them to be.

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03 Jan 2019 17:15:18
We are definitely underdogs for the league, Liverpool have quite the head start on us.

{Ed025's Note - absolute non-hopers rather than underdogs i would say DB, that ship has well sailed im afraid mate..

03 Jan 2019 23:55:54
Dodgy,
Meant underdogs for top 4 not the title!

04 Jan 2019 02:48:11
16 points?
We’ve run down similar leads before :)
Though not with this squad.

02 Jan 2019 22:52:27
So Ole has won now 4 out of 4 games and we are 6 points off top 4 footy, scoring 14 goals receiving 3 and today was our first clean sheet, after those impressive stats back to the game, some of our players did look knackered, i hope Matic, Rashford, Herrera and Pogba don't play against Reading, we need them fresh for the first battle Ole has to face. We win that game and we seriosly have a good chance to make top 4 footy. And i hope the club has started to look for a Matic replacement, a very good defensive midfielder with good passing range.

One thing i did notice we were not as fluid as other games but because Ole called Mata and Valencia to the first 11, that was a bad call it was either one combination of young and Mata or Valencia and Yessie or Sanchez. Good thing he saw it in time and the subs changed the game for us.

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