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18 May 2019 15:52:48
Triple move for Wan-Bissaka, Van Aanholt and Zaha. Would hate to see us pay £100m for Zaha, that would be a joke. £50m player in this market max. Don't think Van Aanholt is all that special either.

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18 May 2019 16:11:54
I'm not a huge fan of van Aanholt or Zaha personally. Although Zaha is clearly talented I think he is best suited to a team that is built around him. He isn't good enough at the UCL level for a side of that quality to be built around him. Van Aanholt in my opinion isn't anywhere good enough defensively and not consistent enough offensively to be a top level full back. He is a solid EPL player for any side between 17th-8th.

I think the thought process with him would be to bring in a squad option to offer cover for Shaw with Young looking on his last legs. However, I would rather use Dalot as cover/ competition for Shaw and a new RB next season.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka though is on another level, arguably the leagues best RB this season. Defiantly from a defensive perspective at least. He should be top of the wanted list.

18 May 2019 18:40:03
I actually like the idea that they are looking at having 2 players for rb and lb. With olly wanting to play high energy and width from full backs I think it will be needed.
Wan Bissaka is a no brainer and looks quality. Him and Dalot can alternate and possibly even play tandem in games. I actually don't mind van an holt as back up if we can promote from youth. I just don't want Young as any of it.
Zaha will be good somewhere. Just not with us.

18 May 2019 09:52:31
Missing out on the CL will no doubt affect the summer plans but a window of Toby, Tuanzebe back from Villa, Ndombele, Rice, Wan-Bissaka and Ziyech should be manageable? I know other clubs will be in for some of them but we're still a draw for players. I think it would be a strong window without any real WOW signings.

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18 May 2019 07:03:01
Morning all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Ed, any interest in ....................


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17 May 2019 21:35:27
Hi eds, with Nelson Semedo upfor sale at Barca, are we looking at him at all as I know we went in for him before he moved to Barcelona and was touted as a
Great right back signing!

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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17 May 2019 23:21:18
From what I've heard, they'll only consider a swap deal with Ashley Young going in the opposite direction.

17 May 2019 12:23:18
Has anyone read Andy Mitten's interview with Sky?

He discusses Sanchez, Pogba, and interesting bits of information on DDG and the DOF role.

Seems DDG's agent is causing a problem and we've turned away some well respected candidates for the DOF role. Not sure how true that is beyond what 002 has already explained.

Andy Mitten interview

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17 May 2019 12:40:34
Yeah I saw that Wazza. Very interesting read. I’d love to know who we turned away for the DoF role.
I think it’s time to cash in on De Gea. Not because his form dipped a bit, but because I think his head is elsewhere. He’s had his time at United with mixed success. Time to move on and try to win a CL maybe.

17 May 2019 14:33:44
i highly doubt that he would know we have said no thanks to these "among the best"

but we are not hiring a dof as we know the role to be.

its a pretty pointless job role.

17 May 2019 18:09:37
Really bolger?
I asked ed002 about the job spec and he understandably didn't want to go into detail because of the grief he gets.
I didn't know i could ask you.
What is the job spec you say is irrelevant?
What do you know the dof role to usually be?
Because it differs from club to club.
How did you find out the job spec at United?

17 May 2019 18:24:53
I'd love to know that too ken.

17 May 2019 18:47:43
I almost replied with the same questions Ken but thought it not worth the bother.

Bolger do you know something we don’t?

18 May 2019 08:22:27
The ed has said what a normal director of football role responsibility is.

Sky were reporting that the role we are looking would be someone to be the glue between the manager and the CEO

They will not be responsible for any transfer activity or any major football decisions.

Now although that is quoted from aky so how accurate is anyone's guess.

But that's what my comment is referring too.

If that's the case why are we hiring someone if they are not going to have the role of what you would call a dof.

A director of football normally handles aspects of the team, the recruitment and advisement of players.

But if we are only hiring someone to go back and forth between ed and ole as a middle man I just don't see the point

I am just assuming it will be something like this and my reply was simply my opinion on the matter

We should be getting someone in that can be given the freedom to make proper decisions

18 May 2019 12:32:35
Maybe take that with a pinch of salt then Bolger.

18 May 2019 18:36:25
If they we not going for people like Rio and fletcher I would wazza.

{Ed002's Note - If you find that you wazza that easily and you are not in your sixties at least, then I suggest you see your doctor Bolger.}

17 May 2019 12:05:26
Allegri is definitely leaving Juve. I wonder if he would've been an option if Ole was still only interim at the end of season. All irrelevant now but just shows how Woodward jumped into making a decision he didn't need to make at the time.

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17 May 2019 14:05:47
Decision however was made. Get over it
The retrospectoscope would be a very useful instrument. if it existed.

17 May 2019 14:39:26
ole did enough for him to get the job

shame the players reverted back to not caring and once again the manager gets the blame.

17 May 2019 15:28:12
The time to decide whether Ole had done enough to get the job on a permanent basis was the end of the season .

There was absolutely no need to make the decision before then, it's not as if Real or Barcelona were going to make a move for him if we did'nt nail him down.

17 May 2019 16:55:53
DW20, i'm over it. I want Ole to succeed and bring the glory days back.
Just highlighting the absolute inadequacy of our board.

17 May 2019 19:41:24

If Allegri was really an option, it makes the decision to appoint OGS when they did even more ludicrous than it actually was.

18 May 2019 18:35:24
I wonder whether the early appointment of Olly was in part because they expected it to fall off and to appoint him then would have been harder.
I think if Ed and the board think he is the guy the end to the season will not have changed that view but moreover just confirmed the big ship out of players is needed.

17 May 2019 07:02:30
So throughout the end of the season Ole emphasised how important having a pre season to get the players fit was because they were not fit enough to maintain a high press over 90 or even 60 minutes.

The issue with that is that you can give anyone whatever training regime you like but ultimately how successful it is depends on how hard they work. If you don't push your limits in training you don't get any fitter you just maintain the fitness (or lack of) that you have.

In the past we have had senior players like keane, g. nev etc who set the standard and demand that everyone gives their all. I don't believe we have even 1 player that is capable of filling that role hence why it is important that we buy in an established leader. expecting Lindelof as preferred captain to do that I feel is too much for him.

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16 May 2019 21:35:00
Reading we've made a bid for AWB on Twitter, probably nonsense some fox reporter lad, know he's been mentioned here but do Ed's know if bid report are true.

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16 May 2019 20:43:14
Who is Hannibal at Monaco, never heard of the 16 year old. Any Ed's share any info?

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17 May 2019 06:44:40
I hear he like Chianti.

17 May 2019 09:11:31
He’d bite your hand off to join United.

16 May 2019 09:00:21
First and most importantly I am not advocating that we remove Ole. What is done is done and we need to move on and forward.

However if Woodward had left this decision to the end of the season then things would be so much clearer ie we would know that Ole was the right man for the job or not.

We also could of employed the DoF / Technical Director who could then of been involved in these decisions where appropriate.

It's just all backwards.

Going forward we need to buy good young talent that have the potential to be the best along with one or two older players. Due to not being in the CL then most of these players need to be from outside teams who are in the CL next season who are at the top clubs in Spain, Italy, Germany, England etc as these players will either not join or will cost excessive amounts in wages and fees. Utd need to stop the trend of massively overpaying.

So in order to do this our scouting needs to be first class along with decision making from the management. Another reason for the DoF. We currently have approximately 60 scouts working for Utd and so How are these people earning their salaries etc. Perhaps they have recommended huge numbers of young players but the manager at the time has not been interested as only wanted the finished article.

This transfer window will be interesting to see if this has been true and we do have gems to unveil who will become what we need in the future.

On another small point I would be interested in your opinion Ed of Lampard as a manager! He appears to have done well at Derby on a modest budget and speaks well about his team and tactics etc in interviews.
Think he might be a English manager who can progress in the game!

{Ed001's Note - far too early to judge him, he has had a bigger budget than the rest and then handed the best players on loan. Is he good or just had it all handed to him on a plate? We won't know until he is tested.}

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