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28 Feb 2019 07:24:33
Hi Ed002,
With Frenkie De Jong moving to Barcelona in the summer, do Man Utd hold a genuine interest in signing Ivan Rakitic?

{Ed002's Note - Ivan Rakitic wants to stay but needing funds Barcelona will make him available but may seek a fee too high for buyers for a player who will be 31. Inter has shown an interest but have now turned elsewhere. I am not aware of any MU approach at this time.}

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28 Feb 2019 22:56:18
At 31 if you factor in wages and transfer fee it makes no sense for us to sign him.

We have enough problems in the transfer market let alone trying to naively solve other clubs problems as well.

01 Mar 2019 04:43:35
He is a decent option to add strength in depth.
Proven quality player of the highest level.
And still has loads of energy in his game.
He could offer solid 3 years for us while Garner develops side by side.

01 Mar 2019 05:46:40
No disputing his qualities as player even though they are clearly on the wane now, but his wages will suggest that he is a first team player.

Havent we learnt from sanchez that buying players on the decline on massive wages isn't sensible.

Garner has matic and herrera already ahead of him, if he is good enough we need to make space in the sqaud for him now and get him regular gametime.

26 Feb 2019 19:56:36
I think our bench tomorrow night will be a joy to see (ok for the wrong reasons) but we could well see 2 or 3 academy players on the bench with a realistic chance of playing a part in the game.
It depends on injuries but if the 4 attackers mata rash tony and jessie are injured it only leaves lukaku sanchez and at a stretch young as forwards so chong and gomes are probably next in line.

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26 Feb 2019 20:34:10
I can't really see young playing in an attacking role given he's cover for Shaw and currently first choice right back.

The injuries are unfortunate but could be a good thing if it gives younglings a chance. Rashford after all got his chance because of injury.

27 Feb 2019 00:52:24
Would you consider Pogba playing LW (unless Rashford or Martial have recovered) as he prefers the left side, can score, can cross, can put the killer pass in, and could be given some freedom from there. Lukaku, Sanchez and Pogba OR Chong, Lukaku and pogba up front.
It would also allow us to put 3 players in midfield, relieving Pogba of major defensive duties apart from supporting the full back.
Then we could have McTomm, Pireirra and Fred (or Garner) controlling midfield with good numbers?

27 Feb 2019 07:37:23
Perth, removing Pogba from midfield means we are missing our 3 main CMs. No way can we let that happen. We need consistency and players playing in their best position.

27 Feb 2019 18:42:33
Could see Dalot starting RW and Sanchez left to be honest. He’s quite attacking and Palace have been on a good run of late with Zaha down that side.

28 Feb 2019 01:03:19
Right side Fred? Or too sexy?

23 Feb 2019 09:56:36
Question for the eds - I know its early days, ref the summer transfer window, but has there been any enquiries/ interest shown in Sanchez and/ or Lukaku? (personally think there may be more mileage in sanchez potentially leaving) Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - No and to move Sanchez on Manchester United will either need to cancel his contract, pay most of his wages to a buying club or find some halfway solution.}

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23 Feb 2019 13:03:07
CHEERS Ed002 - enjoy the weekend.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks. And you.}

23 Feb 2019 20:00:52
Contract ends in 2022, pretty much in the same situation as we were with rooney in 2013-2017. Its amazing how much damage one bad contract can do to a club.

24 Feb 2019 10:24:20
Was thinking about yesterday. Personally if I had to move one of them on it would be lukako. Marcus is clearly our main cf and if he is injured then martial lingard sanchez can fill in all of them offering the sort of pace and movement that ole likes and rom doesn't have. I accept that rom has many other qualities and was our leading scorer last year but I simply cannot see where he fits in with ole's vision.
Also we would of course receive a substantial fee for rom which we wouldn't for sanchez.

24 Feb 2019 07:36:35
With Chelseas ongoing striker problem, could Lukaku go there?

{Ed002's Note - Of course not.}

24 Feb 2019 14:12:40
Lukaku though offers a plan b for when plan a isn't working or isn't available. Also lukaku can deliver an end product. Can score and is a good crosser. Sanchez couldn't finish his dinner.

24 Feb 2019 17:51:05
This is where Woody needs to be held accountable. He extended Jose’s contract and then had to pay it up when he sacked him, and we e given Sanchez an abhorrent amount of money which would easily unsettle other players, particularly as he continues his headless chicken routine. I swear he passes to opposition players more than his own teammates.

24 Feb 2019 20:24:55
No one holds him to account though. Hence why we won't appoint a DoF.

25 Feb 2019 14:28:50
At least he has been given a 60% pay rise.

20 Feb 2019 10:44:43
Hi Ed002

I have had another listen to the Sharkopod and there is noting mentioned about a RB for MU, are MU looking at any RB or is the plan to use Dalot more next season with Ashley Young?


{Ed002's Note - I agree that they will likely need a RB with a good chance Darmian and Valencia will be moving on. I am not aware of their declaring any interest in anyone at this time.}

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20 Feb 2019 11:06:43
Thank for the reply.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

20 Feb 2019 14:34:51
There’s a real shortage of quality fullbacks in world football these days. I’d be hard pushed to name a player I’d want to come in, maybe Meunier would be the best and most realistic option.

20 Feb 2019 15:06:44
Joshua Kimmich not a bad player!

20 Feb 2019 17:48:58
Wan Bissaka? kept TFM out of the Palace team last year.

20 Feb 2019 20:00:38
The very same TFM that can’t get a game For Fulham.

21 Feb 2019 20:48:34
Agree with Kimmich, he looks a great player good going forward and defending.

23 Feb 2019 05:30:55
Wolves' Doherty looks a really quality RB.

16 Feb 2019 19:34:38
Ed002 how are you, Ed I was just wandering have man United any interest in joao felix.

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16 Feb 2019 21:39:28
I don't think 002 Is talking to me😎
Anyway he is a good one for the future, would look good with the young talent we will have coming through in the next few years.

{Ed002's Note - I missed this sorry. Manchester United remain keen on an embarrassing number of JM targets and yes Felix I’d one.}

16 Feb 2019 22:28:30
Cheers Ed,

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

16 Feb 2019 23:50:46
Why would it be embarrassing? Surely they paid JM to make such recommendations would seem to mad to disregard his input as he a top level coach and football manager.

{Ed002's Note - It is embarrassing as the club gave him little support and are now making a joke of themselves chasing after the targets he identified.}

17 Feb 2019 09:38:10
I see your point but think Jose made it so hard for people to back him it makes sense too.

17 Feb 2019 01:43:29
Surely just because JM happened to agree with many other pundits scouts and supporters on some of the best talent around in world football doesn’t mean that they are looking to pursue ‘his’ targets after firing him. There are more opinions than JM’s and it is possible for those opinions to be the same?
Felix is supposedly one of the best young talents in Europe so why would United not be interested, regardless of what JM thought?

{Ed002's Note - It was not him agreeing with pundits, scouts and supporters - his interest in him went back a very long way. The club failed to give him support yet are now looking at his targets. Embarrassing is the word.}

18 Feb 2019 19:01:20
Mourinho could have had as much support as he wanted yet he still wouldn’t have won anything. No longer anywhere near the top of the game and and too arrogant to change his ways.

18 Feb 2019 20:08:38
Have to disagree panne. He hadnt the support he needed and i g3nuinely believe he will win major honours again.

And fyi. i consider the europa a win for jose, its a vup we hadne ever wone before as well.

16 Feb 2019 14:03:45
If you have the time Ed002, which clubs are interested in Jadon Sancho? Rumours of United 'lining up a move'.

{Ed002's Note - Right now no one is interested as he is not for sale. In confirming Manchester City's option when asked this week Watzke also said there has been no approach for the player who is not for sale. When he left MC at least Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal expressed an interest but he had his heart set on Dortmund that was in 2017.}

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16 Feb 2019 16:25:46
Hardly a word about it till Dortmund came to town.
Complete fabrication i'd say.
Scholes. Just watch between now and the end of the season how often united are linked with players playing in any high profile game.
The easiest way to get clicks and readers is to link united with a player.

16 Feb 2019 19:56:11
I assume he still has a few years worth of development at dortmund left.

They have already agreed to sell pulisic to chelsea in the summer so no pressure on dortmund to sell him.

16 Feb 2019 21:47:19
Thanks Ed002.

16 Feb 2019 08:43:36
Spending x y and z on high profile players has left us wanting and not getting value for money so to speak.

Sometimes I think to myself, we would of been better off buying players who are premiership proven and don't cost too much. The high price tag and expectations really seem to knock our players wind out,

Jose holobas, Ryan Fraser, idrissa Gueya, Raul jimenez and Ben Mee.

These players could easily do better than some players at MUFC and cost far less than most recent signings.

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17 Feb 2019 17:00:29
Disagree but fail to give your opinion.

I suppose our players are the best in their position yes? Holobas and Raul Jimenez have been playing with heart for the their team and manager ALL SEASON. Idrissa Gueya stats are all higher than NM go check it out Ryan Frasier has been a stand out midfielder for AFC Bournemouth ad Ben Mee is a left centre ex MC player head and shoulders above Jones at left centre.

So state your disagreement.

14 Feb 2019 11:31:44
Hi Ed's

I was just wondering if there is anything new on the futures of DDG Pogba and Sanchez?

Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Juventus remain interested in Pogba. If Sanchez were to leave it would need MU to pay most of his wages for a while. Right now it looks like DDG will stay at leaset another year but the two options are PSG and possibly Juventus. The PSG option will continue if Buffon takes up the one year option.}

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14 Feb 2019 12:47:23
Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

14 Feb 2019 17:14:30
Sanchez really has to go, but not if it means us paying his wage. I’d hope a Chinese club starts to circle.

15 Feb 2019 13:19:54
What does it matter if we pay part of his wage?

15 Feb 2019 17:06:48
It means that he isn’t off the books and the money isn’t free to use elsewhere. Why would you pay for a player to not be in your squad?

15 Feb 2019 21:42:36
Simple fresh he has a contract. We are in to him for 50m plus. He won't walk away without being paid off or without getting the same or the likes of that money from his new club.
With his form so bad its high investment and we are paying miles over the top.
Its the issue we face and the reason we can't shift squad players.

16 Feb 2019 09:28:34
I'm confused as to how how might know that fresh.

10 Feb 2019 17:59:48
Looks like 4th might be securable after all.

That and sarri getting Sacked at 6.30 tonight.

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10 Feb 2019 18:57:53
I don't know what's happening at Chelsea its a right mess, if they sack sarri it's back to square one again.

10 Feb 2019 22:34:22
Lampard will take over next season if he gets Derby promoted. I am sure they will follow the United lead for some positivity.

11 Feb 2019 09:53:35
Grant or Hiddink for caretaker then they'll look for whoevers the top rated coach in Europe and ruin him.

11 Feb 2019 11:48:31
Poch to chelsea?

11 Feb 2019 12:16:50
That would be funny and solves that issue.

11 Feb 2019 12:38:08
Jose return?

12 Feb 2019 08:19:09
When you allow the players to determine who they play for and who they don’t there is always potential for anarchy.

12 Feb 2019 11:22:23
When you play kante as an atracking cm there is the potential for anarchy.

15 Feb 2019 13:21:28
Lol jred. Both red mans and your own are true.

But that's he culture that Chelsea have created Red man and I think it's too far gone now to be reversed in the modern game.

10 Feb 2019 12:54:13
I’m not undermining the role of any manager by what I’m about to say, if anything it’s quite the opposite. Tactics is obviously vital in football, but ultimately what makes a good manager is the way he manages players and staff.

You could be the greatest tactician but if you have zero rapport with the players it’s just not going to work. What Ole has done is taken clearly talented players to play to the fullest potential, to make everything optimistic but most importantly he’s taken the modern football ego, the ego so on display during Jose’s rein and made them (dare I say it ) almost humble hardworking footballers who now seem happy and grafters more interested in the team than themselves.

I don’t believe anyone thinks that OGS is the greatest manager to grace this earth, he’s a down to earth guy, loves the club and has installed that man united mentality.

I’m astonished by how well he’s done. I watched the game earlier and although there is always room for improvement, I just couldn’t believe how much talent we actually have on the pitch . I don’t think I’ve appreciated the quality of players we’ve had for a very long time.

I’m not going to single out names, but every single player is a better version of themselves since Ole took the reins. I personally think that whether he stays or goes, he has become the much needed bridge between Alex Ferguson and our future. Absolutely delighted to feel like our club again.

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11 Feb 2019 11:17:19
Saw G. Neville interview Ole before the match over the weekend and asked what the secret was over the last 6 weeks to transforming Utd having us play such good football. Ole replied that there is no secret just
1. You have to enjoy yourself
2. You have to have good players who can express themselves.
After these 2 then come the tactical bits but play forward, run forward, be clinical in front of goal, no secrets just work hard and stay together as a team.


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