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01 Jan 2019 10:59:35
Just been talking to an old friend of mine and he reckons that United will activate Toby Alderweireld's £25 million buy out clause within the next week. Also he mentioned that we could go in for Josh King, don't know how true this is just thought I'd share.

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01 Jan 2019 11:36:30
Isn't Alderweireld's release clause only active in the summer? He would be a brilliant signing but I'd imagine we'd still need to offer way over the £25m this month to even have a chance.

Plus I doubt Levy will be willing to sell to us based on the likelihood we will go for Poch in the summer as well. As the Ed said in the sharkopod, they should have sold Alderweireld last summer.

01 Jan 2019 12:04:58
Your a fake there's only one beast.

01 Jan 2019 11:57:26
You might be right with it activating in the summer, also I always thought if a club activated a buy out clause the selling club a powerless to do anything about it? Can any of the Ed’s help with that one?

{Ed002's Note - You seem to be making up a lot of terms which are meaningless - I have no idea what "activated a buy out clause" means. You would do best to avoid all thoughts that you and your chums have about clauses.}

01 Jan 2019 12:25:33
Also I think if Alderweireld becomes available for £25m then Real Madrid might swoop in for him. If Sergio Ramos moves on in the summer (which is a possibility as per the sharkopod) then Toby would be a decent shout to replace him and Real have been mentioned previously as being interested in acquiring the services of TA. And I think both Spurs and the player would choose them over Utd.

I think we need to look past Toby, the time and opportunity to sign him has gone I think.

01 Jan 2019 12:20:30
Ed 002 I was only wondering if a club paid a buy out clause in a players contract from another club, does the other club have to sell?, thanks for your time 😊.

{Ed002's Note - A club cannot pay a "buy out" clause. You need to change your thoughts about clauses as I have said - I think you misunderstand them.}

01 Jan 2019 12:34:11
Cheers Ed 002, I’ve clearly got mixed up pal, thanks for the help and great website!

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

01 Jan 2019 12:58:44
I think his clause was applicable in the summer.
As for a buy out clause, the player has to buy himself out of his contract.

01 Jan 2019 13:36:26
Cheers for the clear up Mad Hatter!, do you think we’ll get anyone in, in January or wait until the summer?

01 Jan 2019 14:17:04
I think all of us fans would love Koulibaly, but its unlikely.

01 Jan 2019 14:34:12
Ed02 - what about Santa Clause? Can we talk about this clause as it has just been Christmas :)

01 Jan 2019 15:36:41
Koulibaly is a collosus as he stands at 6 foot 5 in. He will easily dominate in the air. Additionally his ball playing ability out of the back is really impressive.

01 Jan 2019 16:01:59
Easily dominate in the air based on his height?

Have you seen lukaku try to win a header?

01 Jan 2019 18:28:15
Koulibaly would be fantastic. But Mike SMalling is 6ft 5, doesn't win a lot in the air - Smalling has no upper body strength either - being tackled by him must be like being hit over the head with a cotton bud by a dwarf with brittle bone disease.

{Ed0333's Note - Smalling makes tackles?

01 Jan 2019 19:12:25
The one thing smalling can actually do is win a lot of headers.

01 Jan 2019 16:03:16
Hello guys, Happy New Year, am Jay from DC. I believe there is a difference between a buy out clause and a release clause. ln a buy out clause the player is able to buy out the remaining his contract if it was agreed on the original contract, this is not very common in England. The released clause is the non-negotiable amount of money set by a club for the price of the player. is pretty much the case of Ander Herrera Agüer and Neymar, Herrera buy himself out of the contract and PSG activated the release clause of Neymar so Baca could not stop Neymar from leaving. Please this just my understanding of the difference between the two. Greetings to all the guys in the house especially Ed2 and Ed1.

01 Jan 2019 19:45:52
Smalling doesn’t win headers? I know people have blinkers about certain players and can’t see anything god that they do but genuinely can’t remember the last time smalling didn’t win a header, he’s great in the air, that has never been his issue.

01 Jan 2019 23:42:44
TRD,

I agree, everything we need to our defence.

02 Jan 2019 09:23:53
Isn't smalling 6tf4? :P.

02 Jan 2019 18:48:00
Smalling is good in the air from open play but not at set pieces.
He gets bullied or fouls his opponent too often var will nail him unless he changes.

03 Jan 2019 15:47:47
abajea Neymar had a termination clause in his contract not a release clause I think. If it was a release clause then PSG wouldn't have been able to trigger it since they aren't in the same country/ region as Barcelona or that is what I understand.

31 Dec 2018 17:10:53
Has anybody else heard that apparently Chelsea have agreed a 45 million fee with dortmund for pulisic? If that's true that he's going at a decent price I think we should put a bid in. He looks like he has a lot of quality from the times I've seen him play, he's still only 20 years old so room for improvement, and he plays on the right, somewhere we have seemed to struggle over the last couple of years.

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31 Dec 2018 17:32:37
I've not seen much of him but he's very well rated from what I've read.

We definitely need a RW but I'd like to see Chong given a chance. I'm surprised he's not been included since Ole's appointment does anybody know if he's been injured?!

31 Dec 2018 18:29:23
isnt chong a left footed player? i would really like a right footed player storming all the way down and put in some serious good crosses for our strikers or with an eye for goal. i'm not saying Chong should not be given the change, i would love for Ole to start building the next man utd team with some of the players than we have and some youth from our academy, i keep hearing good things about a few of them. let's get back to our ways i'd say.

31 Dec 2018 18:40:31
Pulisic is not even a regular at Borussia these days.

31 Dec 2018 20:14:29
He’s not as good as he’s made out to be. Being from the USA had helped hype him up til now. I could be proved wrong but I agree with Remanutd on Chong being the brighter prospect over Pulisic.

31 Dec 2018 21:58:16
Fits perfectly for the type of player Woodward would like with an influence in the American market. Sancho has taken his place in the team in the past few months. But still a quality player.

01 Jan 2019 12:31:32
One of the major reason for Pulisic not being first choice at Dortmund any longer is because of his contract situation. Then when Sancho got the chances he took it and made himself a first choice player. As for Ching being "better" prospect than Pulisic, well one has been involved in the senior setup for 2_3 seasons now, the other has hardly made 5 appearances for the senior team. You can't compare these two right now before Ching plays more regularly in the senior sides. We all know looking brilliant in youth setups doesn't always transfer into first team.

01 Jan 2019 13:02:58
What’s wrong with giving one of our own a run out rather than paying £45m for an unproven American?

01 Jan 2019 13:52:24
Nothing is wrong with that Eric but we as fans need to stop comparing players all the time specially when the comparisions don't make much sense. In this case, saying Chong is better prospect than Pulisic isn't fair I think. There isn't any thing to suggest Chong won't be good; he might end up being better than Pulisic fair enough but at this moment there can't be any basis to suggest that in my view. One is a budding flower, another is a fruit; you can't say a budding flower will be better when it fruits. (sorry for poor analogy (? ) )

30 Dec 2018 09:54:28
Good morning Ed's.

Any truth Mats Hummels available in January and the reason he is available if so? I know he's ageing but his calming presence could be just what we need. He's never been blessed with lightning pace so that doesn't worry me.

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - he is available, he is slow, injury prone, not good defensively but decent on the ball. Not sure he is a calming presence mate.}

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30 Dec 2018 13:58:31
Personally i'd steer clear.

30 Dec 2018 17:06:06
His legs are going/ gone. And also I think he doesn't suit the PL. If we are to sign an older cb, why look past Alderweireld. BTW I don't think the club want to sign older player nearing or above 30 on big wages and sizeable fee. Wasnt it the reason for not getting Toby when Jose was desperate to sign him. And Perisic too for similar reason. No resale value?

30 Dec 2018 22:53:37
Nein danke.

31 Dec 2018 08:18:14
What about his club teammate Jerome Boateng? Do you rate him, Ed001?

{Ed001's Note - no, he is a bit too much of a troublemaker for my liking and his attitude has held him back.}

31 Dec 2018 12:36:17
Sounds like he'd fit in well then.

31 Dec 2018 13:52:43
Bit similar to Pogba I think Boateng off the field. And in decline too and injury prone.

28 Dec 2018 09:32:57
News coming in United not looking to sell Pogba in winter or summer. Seems it is proving very difficult to find a buyer. Also there some rumours about a loan move in winter to Juve or PSG.

Though he was portrayed as being a virus during Mr. Jose's regime, it would still be good to have him in the team if he can carry on the form has shown in the last couple of games. But history shows he is very inconsistent and is unpredictable character. Interested to see what happens with him. Has huge potential though, could become a huge star in future or a miserable failure of a career.

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28 Dec 2018 09:59:57
the loan rumours are coming from some kind of reliable sauce think is was hellmans,

then i read from Heinz that he is set to stay.

i get the papers and that need to make headlines to sell but its annoying that day to day they change there stories.

remeber fergie blasting the press in a press conference once saying its there job to tell the truth.

only reliable way of getting anything truthful is on this site.

days of reading papers are long gone for me.

28 Dec 2018 11:50:06
Ed002 mentioned that the plan is to sell but difficult to find suitable buyers with Juv interested. I would guess nothing has changed.

But before a couple of weeks many in here wanted him to be sold, would people change their mind after the past two games?

28 Dec 2018 12:32:54
the only positive is that he keeps playing well and then it might be easier to sell him,

its a difficult one to answer because if i had someone managing me that was constantly outing my co workers and making life miserable i would feel the same,

but then again us fans pay a lot of money to support the club and for him to go from giving little effort to maximum effort for a new manager, what's to say he will do the same if OLE or the next manager who ever it will be does the same.

an inform pogba is better than no pogba and he can take us to the next step but do we become a club based on player power. or was it jose that was the problem time will only tell,

if he goes he goes and if he stays then great, players should want to gove there all and play for the shirt regardless of winning if they show that they care most fans will be happy.

28 Dec 2018 22:00:53
I've not always been Pogbas biggest fan at United but if he can play like he did on Boxing Day why would you even want to sell or loan him?

He is easily the best player in the club and on his day and one of the best midfielders in Europe. If Ole can get him playing well, consistent and change his attitude around we should be building a team around him.

28 Dec 2018 23:03:32
I’m not comparing the two at all yet but Cantona was pandered to by Sir Alex and got preferential treatment to coax the best firm from him. This is nothing new in the game. Jose has no plan B - my way or the highway and life isn’t that simple.

29 Dec 2018 12:18:07
I don't think Pogba will go anywhere for a while.

It would be £140m+
The lose in face and commercial revenue will be high so a similar profile player would need to come in.

Barca don't have him as a priot and cannot afford him,

Real are going to go through a huge churn of players at some point and I think their investment is going to be on forward players.

Only leaves Juve and PSG as options for the short term, PSG have FFP issues and Juve don't have the £130m without selling or including players. Might be interesting if Dybala goes to Madrid though.

I think Paul will be with us for at least 1 more season based on the current situation.

29 Dec 2018 12:50:27
When does he stop being potential? He's 25 he needs to be stepping up on a consistent basis now. He can't fall back on a personality clash with the manager or that the managers tactics don't suit him now as excuses.

31 Dec 2018 17:22:47
It's hardly "falling back on" the manager's tactics. Jose required him to play in a way which stiffled him (and not just him, several of our players couldn't produce their best under Jose's way of playing) .

How would CR7 have fared if SAF had shoe-horned him into a more defensive role, or the Ji Sung Park role harrassing opposing playmakers?

He would have struggled to perform consistently, and would never have shown the quality he did in the more attacking role SAF actually used him in. Te same is true of most players, if you force them to play a role which requires attributes they don't possess, and doesn't use the attributes they do possess, they will not produce what they are capable of.

26 Dec 2018 22:43:47
Very good to see United score 8 goals in 2 games even if it was against teams near the bottom against whom we've been having all sorts of trouble. The tempo and the pressing seem to be what's needed. Perhaps Sanchez and Lukaku will benefit from it when they come back into the reckoning. But suffice it to say we have now scored 37 goals this season. If we can double it in the second half it will be our best haul since SAF's last year. If we're going to come 6th then the United way is surely that it's more entertaining to do it with 75 goals for and 55 goals against than with 50 goals for and 30 goals against.

I must say I've been unimpressed by Dalot defensively. He doesn't look like he has the pace and his positioning appears very suspect. I know he's young and there's an adjustment time - Evra didn't settle immediately - but nevertheless he's going to have to improve dramatically to cement that right back position. The other new player who doesn't they seem to have what it takes is Fred. It's hard to believe we were persuaded to spend £52m for him - or perhaps not, given some of our purchases recently. We would have done better spending it on a top center half. Many United fans criticized Liverpool for spending so much on Van Dijk but he seems like a bargain at this juncture.

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26 Dec 2018 23:26:42
Shawthing, speed can be deceptive. Dalot was clocked as being the fastest player on the pitch today. But if the timing of that speed is not right it can be wasted.
He is a raw talent no doubt. We don’t have great options right now.

26 Dec 2018 23:44:01
Give the young lad Dalot a break. A couple of weeks ago against Fulham he couldn't get enough praise. That he was the answer to our right wing back problem for the next 10 years. Then a weaker game today and you're not sure is he going to make it. Inconsistency is a given for a teenager. Support your own.

27 Dec 2018 07:15:15
In fairness, that was one of Huddersfield’s tactics, mbenza is very quick, and Anytine they could they tried releasing him. Dalot was on the back foot very quickly after an attack broke down. Great lesson for the Lad.

27 Dec 2018 07:29:16
Dalot is young, 19 years old and playing only his third game in the EPL. His last performance won him man of the match so I see no reason to be worried about him. He is young and he will be inconsistent, he will make mistakes that is all part of learning. He has the qualities to become a world class full back, we need to give him the time and the chances for him to fulfill that potential.

27 Dec 2018 10:20:15
Dalot is certainly my Pick over an aging TonyV and Young (who is doing ok too) .
He is our future at right back, so let him play I say.

27 Dec 2018 11:25:22
He looks more like a future winger to me. He doesn't seem interested in defending.

27 Dec 2018 15:25:05
We've been defending whole season and still conceding goals. I don't even care whether Dalot comes back to defend or not. It was just nice to see our right back in the opposition box getting a cross from our striker and almost scoring a goal.

27 Dec 2018 18:07:46
Centre back and we are sorted Imo. we have options everywhere else. I'm really excited by dalot him, Shaw and lindelof could be together for a while along time and build a good understanding.

27 Dec 2018 19:03:50
Also how he plays will depend a lot on who is managing him. He did well defensively in Mourinho's defensive set up.

Ole has said publicly he wants our full backs to push up high and overlap our wingers. So if that is what is being asked of Dalot then it's good to see him following the managers commands.

24 Dec 2018 00:25:01
hearing a few grumblings United are interested in re-signing Memphis Depay. Any truth in this?

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24 Dec 2018 08:02:13
I doubt it. Jose was supposedly the one interested. With him gone I doubt the club will go back for him unless the next manager specifically wants him.

24 Dec 2018 11:47:31
Just what the club needs to be honest. A left sided winger with a big social media personality!

24 Dec 2018 17:37:54
Haven't heard any rumblings from his collection of expensive cars arriving. He seems to have settled let's just be pleased for him. And leave him where he is.

26 Dec 2018 01:41:46
I can see both Ole and Poch wanting to try their hand at bringing the best out of 'Memphis', we do have a buy back clause don't we? Or is it just the first refusal nonsense that still means we'll probably have our pants pulled down?

28 Dec 2018 13:29:12
I’m sure I read the buy back clause was only for a season or two maybe ED can clear it up .

{Ed002's Note - Try the search engine.}

21 Dec 2018 14:32:40
Ed002 are utd interested in Lucas Hernandez.

{Ed002's Note - There was interest in Lucas Hernandez from Mr Mourinho but I would expect interest will have gone with Shaw agreeing a new contract. Atletico will look to hang on to the player and have him sign a new contract but they have been using him as a CB instead of his preferred LB position where Filipe Luis has been playing. Atletico asked too high a price for Filipe in the summer and at his age it killed the chance of a move. With his contract running down he will be allowed to move on and Atletico will attempt to fend off interest from Bayern Munich by adding a CB as soon as they can, possibly January if they can persuade the player they want to make the move and then Hernandez can return to his preferred role.}

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21 Dec 2018 17:09:20
Thanks for the info, we should be trying to sign him, shaw still seems injury prone, not to mention his form he seems to have gone back to being poor since he signed his contract.

21 Dec 2018 09:50:08
@Ed002,

You mentioned that the club might go ahead with trying to sign players that Jose might not have wanted like Douglas Costa, is Toby Alderweireld on that list too? Or does the new contract to Smalling mean we won't sign a center back in January?

{Ed002's Note - Toby Alderweireld was the player Mr Mourinho wanted in the summer when the club refused to sanction a purchase. As he has still not signed a contract he will be able to leave as a free agent in the summer. If Manchester United were to move for him it would certainly show considerable disrespect for the previous coach and cement the views of many about the club - all of which should make it unlikely in my view.}

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20 Dec 2018 11:03:05
Hi Ed002, you mention efforts are still being made to move Pogba to another club and having looked through the european pages I see you have previously mentioned Barcelona have shown interest and will try and include a player in any move with Ousmane Dembele being one player they could look to use in a deal for another player.

Are Barcelona still interested in Pogba and do you think either club could try to involve Dembele in the deal? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United made it clear that they are not interested in part exchange deals. Efforts continue to be made to move Pogba to Spain but there is interest from Italy where Juventus would also want to include a payer in the deal. Manchester Uniuted has an interest in Costa but will still try and keep things separate. They would be open to including Pjanic but taht was a JM pick.}

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20 Dec 2018 11:25:28
Thanks for the quick reply. We are desperate for a RW and I rate Costa even with his attitude worries. Also Pjanic for me would be th best possible replacement for Matic at the base of our midfield although I doubt he would be interested in coming here at the moment.

20 Dec 2018 12:03:37
So you wouldn't mind swapping one toxic player for another? And what would that achieve?

20 Dec 2018 12:43:51
FZZ - I really can’t imagine any other player as poisonous as Pogba. Sure it’s a risk but one worth taking. The club has dealt with big personalities in the past, Pogba though is far too much to handle, not to mention his performances have been nothing short of terrible all season, he hasn’t put in a single standout performance for us since City last season.

Straight swap for Costa and Pjanic, it’s totally unrealistic but it would solve the RW problem and strengthen midfield.

20 Dec 2018 13:42:31
Not Pogbas biggest fan at the moment, but scanning google i don't remember him spitting and bullying another professional that is getting the better of him during a game.

20 Dec 2018 15:20:38
FZZ, I don’t actually want Pogba sold, I’m basing this on Ed saying the club still want to offload him. I think Pogba’s attitude issues were mostly of Mourinho’s doing because when we were doing well they had a great relationship and Deschamps has repeatedly praised Pogba’s attitude.

20 Dec 2018 15:59:12
Thats fine, but he's not what i'm referring to either. i'm referring to a bit of a **** bag tbh and it fits that no one else wants him except us.

20 Dec 2018 16:30:36
I understand not swapping one toxic for another, however if hand was forced at least Costa is a lot cheaper toxic.

20 Dec 2018 18:14:22
Unbelievable no wonder Ed002 doesn't give info on here anymore.

20 Dec 2018 18:35:24
What are you on about?! There’s nothing wrong with this discussion and it has no resemblance to the reasons Ed002 has for not posting. This is just people commenting their opinion on different players, if you can’t handle that then go on a different page.

20 Dec 2018 18:47:37
At least we will still support the team even in league two though, right ;)

20 Dec 2018 19:57:34
Sepp are we getting relegated from the premier league, missing out the championship and League 1, straight to league 2?

Don't think we're that bad.

23 Dec 2018 08:07:09
@FZZ


You're right about that. Lots of fans have been poisoned on Pogba's issue. Mourinho knew that he was getting found out and divided the fan base.

Furthermore the Pogba hate has to do with much more than his attitude but a narrative which has been pushed on by loads of pundits (ardent ones of which are scouse) that Pogba is overrated, publicity Whore, arrogant and disrespectful. Which in all entirety is false but of course we know why players like that are bashed.

Highly hypocritical that same people hyping luxury players as geniuses are attacking a player who gives in more effort for the team.

It has gotten to a stage where his performances are judged by distance covered or number of balls lost (not a fair matric for a risk-taker) .

Look at the whole media execution and brouhaha he faced due to the image posted for an Adidas event. Even if Pogba put up the smirking picture by himself (which his media team took claim), or it was just his picture taken at a personal function (which wasn't as obviously it was an Adidas event), he deserved benefit of doubt or a fair hearing but all you man were up on your high horses taking aim at him.

Alexis drives into Carrington listening to "I'm free, I'm free" and not an eyelid was batted. I didn't hear Gary Neville, Roy Keane or any scouse ****. er on that.

I come on here but no furore nothing for Saint white Sanchez from all the guys here labeling Pogba as toxic. Its funny that the only person who thinks he is is Mourinho and some people for whatever reason (his former coach at Juventus didn't, his national coach doesn't, hell eve Fergie said the agent was the problem not the lad) .

If Pogba had put up that video.


There is a bias for certain people but the most annoying thing is how we allowed Mourinho to pull wool over our eyes, divide our hearts from the team and turn us against our players and selves.

The same Mourinho who always spoke about himself, his victories, his titles, whenever we lost. The same man who refused to evolve his obsolete game yet attacked the ability and integrity of his players publicly in the media, The same Mourinho who didn't know the word "we" and who looked you in the eye and told you that your club has no football heritage.

If it were Mourinho, yesterday wouldn't see us attacking from onset (we always sit back and allow our opponents build their rhythm and tempo) .

If it were Mourinho yesterday, you would never have dreamt of us exhibiting the high press.

If it were Mourinho yesterday at 2 - 1, we would have gone defensive and tried to protect the lead only to capitulate at death.

If it were Mourinho yesterday, it would beeen have been a rigid formation with our fullbacks both not bombing up.

If it were Mourinho yesterday, it would be Matic and Fellaini not one for the other.

If it were Mourinho yesterday, our players will have no confidence and pleasure to play with delight, exuberance and joy.

He had already had a fight with Valencia over a trivial social media issue, with Bailly over a negligible issue, with Sanchez over how the game is played, with Shaw countless times even the week before he was sacked that's why he didn't play him. Of course they had to split with Pogba because he stood up to him about the style of play and how the players aren't enjoying it.

I don't care what anyone says, I'm old enough to make judgement, I have vast experience in civil service and man management. You can't frustrate your workers, make the job as boring and as detestable as you can, slate and castigate them in public (both their colleagues, rivals, families and whole world) then expect them to run into a brick wall for you. Ever a dictator will not get that loyalty nowadays.

I'm not saying wet have suddenly turned a corner - we'll definitely lose some but we'll play beautiful game with first intent on winning not defending.

23 Dec 2018 08:06:32
FZZ

You're right about that. Lots of fans have been poisoned on Pogba's issue. Mourinho knew that he was getting found out and divided the fan base.

Furthermore the Pogba hate has to do with much more than his attitude but a narrative which has been pushed on by loads of pundits (ardent ones of which are scouse) that Pogba is overrated, publicity Whore, arrogant and disrespectful. Which in all entirety is false but of course we know why players like that are bashed.

Highly hypocritical that same people hyping luxury players as geniuses are attacking a player who gives in more effort for the team.

It has gotten to a stage where his performances are judged by distance covered or number of balls lost (not a fair matric for a risk-taker) .

Look at the whole media execution and brouhaha he faced due to the image posted for an Adidas event. Even if Pogba put up the smirking picture by himself (which his media team took claim), or it was just his picture taken at a personal function (which wasn't as obviously it was an Adidas event), he deserved benefit of doubt or a fair hearing but all you man were up on your high horses taking aim at him.

Alexis drives into Carrington listening to "I'm free, I'm free" and not an eyelid was batted. I didn't hear Gary Neville, Roy Keane or any scouse ****. er on that.

I come on here but no furore nothing for Saint white Sanchez from all the guys here labeling Pogba as toxic. Its funny that the only person who thinks he is is Mourinho and some people for whatever reason (his former coach at Juventus didn't, his national coach doesn't, hell eve Fergie said the agent was the problem not the lad) .

If Pogba had put up that video.


There is a bias for certain people but the most annoying thing is how we allowed Mourinho to pull wool over our eyes, divide our hearts from the team and turn us against our players and selves.

The same Mourinho who always spoke about himself, his victories, his titles, whenever we lost. The same man who refused to evolve his obsolete game yet attacked the ability and integrity of his players publicly in the media, The same Mourinho who didn't know the word "we" and who looked you in the eye and told you that your club has no football heritage.

If it were Mourinho, yesterday wouldn't see us attacking from onset (we always sit back and allow our opponents build their rhythm and tempo) .

If it were Mourinho yesterday, you would never have dreamt of us exhibiting the high press.

If it were Mourinho yesterday at 2 - 1, we would have gone defensive and tried to protect the lead only to capitulate at death.

If it were Mourinho yesterday, it would beeen have been a rigid formation with our fullbacks both not bombing up.

If it were Mourinho yesterday, it would be Matic and Fellaini not one for the other.

If it were Mourinho yesterday, our players will have no confidence and pleasure to play with delight, exuberance and joy.

He had already had a fight with Valencia over a trivial social media issue, with Bailly over a negligible issue, with Sanchez over how the game is played, with Shaw countless times even the week before he was sacked that's why he didn't play him. Of course they had to split with Pogba because he stood up to him about the style of play and how the players aren't enjoying it.

I don't care what anyone says, I'm old enough to make judgement, I have vast experience in civil service and man management. You can't frustrate your workers, make the job as boring and as detestable as you can, slate and castigate them in public (both their colleagues, rivals, families and whole world) then expect them to run into a brick wall for you. Ever a dictator will not get that loyalty nowadays.

I'm not saying wet have suddenly turned a corner - we'll definitely lose some but we'll play beautiful game with first intent on winning not defending.

19 Dec 2018 18:11:21
Ed, with Mourinho now gone are you able to disclose please the list of club targets for January?

{Ed002's Note - The club will not look to any targets that were wanted by Mr Mourinho any longer. They will look to as far as is possible shore up transfers until a new coach is appointed and may opt to take a couple of "club" targets - if space can be made in the squad. If players do not move on, there is no space. If a couple were to leave I would not be surprised to see if the club could get a good deal on a couple of players Mr Mourinho rejected just to appease the supporters and keep them onside. There have been a couple of players proposed to Mr Mourinho where he said no and the club still spoke to their clubs - I am sure it would not bother OGS to have one or two replacements on that basis, but efforts are still being made to move Pogba to another club and I suspect if their were a way out for Sanchez it would suit everyone - but it needs Felicevich to find a solution. The CB problem may well have been solved by the club who, against what Mr Mourinho wanted, gave Chris Smalling a new contract. One or two will likely still leave, Darian and Rojo might be good examples, but do they need replacing right away? There will be efforts to get Herrera to nail down his future at the club, I have no feeling what he will want to do. Martial will be another looking for an out without vast sums being given to him.}

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19 Dec 2018 20:19:17
I’m still not convinced we would be much worse off without Sanchez and Martial. We are over stocked in the left forward position and have no balance in the side whatsoever. Pogba would be missed, but only the Pogba that gets out of the right side of the bed in a morning.

19 Dec 2018 20:02:07
That’s great, thanks Ed.

Are you able to disclose any names?

{Ed002's Note - Douglas Costa is a player the club are looking to buy on the cheap that the coach did not want.}

19 Dec 2018 21:46:59
Hi Ed,

What does „on the cheap“ mean?
Can’t be the rumourEd 75 million pounds, right?

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Think of a lot less.}

19 Dec 2018 21:59:30
Regardless of who’s coming in, they should go all out for Koulibaly from Napoli.

19 Dec 2018 23:32:53
Do you mean with smalling getting a new deal the club don't see us needing a new cb? Or am i reading it wrong?

20 Dec 2018 00:28:53
I can't think of a single transfer Jose got right.

20 Dec 2018 01:09:58
Mufc,

You’re reading it wrong.

20 Dec 2018 04:58:08
Jred, early days yet but I think Dalot could be one he got right.

20 Dec 2018 05:40:21
This club is an incompetent as they come, which genius thought giving Smalling a new contract was a good idea. You need to get rid of players like smalling not keep them you idiots, also no wonder Mourinho did not sign a rw, Douglas Costa as if we don't have enough primadonnas as it is.

20 Dec 2018 08:01:42
Douglas Costa would be tremendous. Can’t see us getting Koulibaly.

20 Dec 2018 08:10:42
Douglas Costa would be tremendous. Can’t see us getting Koulibaly. A January of Costa, Militao and Lorenzo Pellegrini would be superb - unless other central midfielders are more likely.

20 Dec 2018 05:50:33
Ed,

Was Douglas Costa a signing of the board or was he recommended by Mr. Mourinho, because I think we're getting (if we get) the wrong guy here. We don't another player with attitude issues and throws his toys at almost everything. Right?

{Ed002's Note - Mr Mourinho did not want Costa yet the club still approached Juventus.}

20 Dec 2018 11:14:29
So Jose was right in not wanting Smalling to get a new contract, not wanting Costa and also wanting Pjanic. Hmmmm.

{Ed002's Note - But the club never let him join their gang. It was a ba d move to appoint Mr Mourinho and a bad move for him to accept. He never sawMU as a progressive club that will adapt to what he thinks they need. He didn't like being in Manchester and there are those there who saw a blue tinge surrounding him. There was a major error in taking on Ibrahimovich - it is disruptive with the kids (although one specific issue has been overcome) and he wanted to move elsewhere. Mkhitaryan was a disaster waiting to happen. Pogba's career belongs in Spain or Italy - certainly not Manchester.

20 Dec 2018 15:26:20
Certainly a lot of issues Ed, not just with the manager. It stems from incompetent decision makers. Thanks for all your inputs.

21 Dec 2018 11:06:22
And by blue tinge, you mean Chelsea right Ed? Or is that just me misinterpreting your clever use of words?

Seeing as you seem to be very much in the know regarding Mourinho, and considering the apparent decent relationship that he still, to this day, have with Roman, could you foresee a return to Stamford Bridge in the future? Many thanks, and Happy Holidays to you.

{Ed002's Note - I have no interest at all in answering questions about Chelsea.}

22 Dec 2018 01:09:30
Thank you Ed 002!

 


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