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12 Aug 2019 08:24:24
Hi Ed's, is it true that we can still sign players on loan?

{Ed002's Note - No.}



05 Jul 2019 12:17:35
Hi Ed's, do we have any standing interest in John McGinn or Dani Olmo?

{Ed002's Note - (a) I am not aware of any approach. (b) No. He is moving elsewhere.}

1.) 05 Jul 2019 13:10:05
Thank you ED, so i would not hold my breath for any of those two.

{Ed002's Note - Right.}



30 Jan 2019 10:03:04
Only thing that might hurt us this season is the depth of our squad.
With a super busy February i think we should have opted to buy few backup players in midfield to give some rest to Matic, Herrera and Pogba.
Rabiot was/ is available and i think would be a very good addition. Upfront we are fine and have plenty of cover in forward positions.

Problem with our defence is known to everyone except EW, may be he is just waiting for a new manager and not buying players that a new manager would not want.
Hope we cope well with busy fixtures and come out unscathed.

1.) 30 Jan 2019 13:02:23
I think Rabiot would be a great signing - even if secured on a free transfer to come in at the end of the season. Would work very well with Pogba/ Matic/ Herrera and being French probably would get on well with Pogba and Martial.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 16:35:20
For me its a no brainer but is there any interest from either side? Probably not.

3.) 31 Jan 2019 07:24:12
Midfield depth is a big issue as we only have three players of the desired quality.



25 Jan 2019 13:48:12
Any interest from Man Utd to buy Nicolo Barella? read something on the papers, EDs?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware. Liverpool looked at him a while back.}



14 Jan 2019 09:38:14
United in contact with David Brooks?

1.) 14 Jan 2019 10:25:39
Hugely talented prospect And would be nice to make something of a young lad City cut loose.

2.) 14 Jan 2019 12:13:39
they haven't called me yet.

3.) 14 Jan 2019 15:12:30


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21 Aug 2019 11:07:20
We played a behind the doors friendly with Sheffield United at Carrington and Sanchez was a part of the squad.
Pereira, Gomes and Greenwood scored in a 3-1 win. Other players who started were Dalot, Matic, Smalling and young.
Selling Sanchez will obviously do us a world of good, keeping wouldn't do much harm as we will have some depth to this thin squad.
Let him stay till January, buy a couple of players and let him go once we are good to cover certain areas.
Who knows he might click in the #10 role in place of Lingard, as he himself can run a lot when fit.

1.) 21 Aug 2019 11:26:12
Greenwood, Mata, Gomes also played in that match.
Looks like they will be fit whenever called upon.

The midweek Europa trips will test our squad depth.

2.) 21 Aug 2019 11:48:03
He’s no worse a player than Lingard or Mata so I’d keep him for the time being and play him when fit. Still feel the ability is there it’s just confidence and fitness hindering him.



20 Aug 2019 09:04:15
I know we did well yesterday, afterwards its a difficult fixture away from home and we did nothing wrong as such to lose 2 points (apart from the penalty) .
However Would like to point out Lingard with his performances for united over a year.
Jesse Lingard, Goal or an assist?
May-18 : NO
Aug-18 : NO
Sep-18 : NO
Oct-18 : NO
Nov-18 : NO
Dec-18 : 4 Goals 2 Assists
Jan-19 : NO
Feb-19 : NO
Mar-19 : NO
Apr-19 : NO
May-19 : NO
Aug-19 : NO

But people think just because he runs a lot he is a a great player. I've lost counts of chances he has bottled in the box (2 last night) .
We are so thin in terms of squad depth that we have to stick with such players, also what do we have as Plan-B? Pereira and Mata?

Ed's thoughts on Lingard?

{Ed004's Note - I feel the club has let Ole down in the summer by not signing attackers. I think we will struggle to score this season. To start a season with Lingard as first choice is not good enough}

1.) 20 Aug 2019 20:31:08
I think in a title challenging team Lingard would be a useful squad player able to come on do a job in certain games.

He works hard, is tactically astute and able to play across all the forward positions. He lacks a certain something to make him first team material though.

Currently he is better than anyone else in our squad in the No.10 for the style Ole wants to play. The club should have bought a better option in the summer. Yet Angel Gomes could end up being the perfect player for that role. So buying someone would have put an extra body in his way to the first team.

I'm confident that Gomes will be first choice by the end of the season.

2.) 20 Aug 2019 20:32:56
Is Gomes maybe more capable of playing that no.10 role or too soon?

3.) 20 Aug 2019 21:38:25
I think he is ready to play some games, but he needs easing in. Physically getting him to play 30+ games at senior level will not be good for his body. But talent wise he is ready.

4.) 20 Aug 2019 19:50:56
Totally agree Ed we needed a goal score and a creater.

5.) 20 Aug 2019 22:52:25
Lingard is and never will be good enough for utd.

6.) 21 Aug 2019 05:56:53
Agree with Ed004.
The board has let down Ole by not signing a midfielder and an attacker.
Imagine the same team with Pepe on right wing and Bruno at no 10.
The squad would have been at a different level.

Ole has the right ideas. The transition from defence to attack, pressing, playing out from the back and the overall energy and team spirit is exciting to watch.

But now players such as Andreas, Greenwood, Gomes etc, have a genuine chance to cement their place in the team. It's upto them to fight and seize the chance.

7.) 21 Aug 2019 05:57:17
I feel sorry for Lingard. He puts in so much work and effort into his celebrations but isn't getting the chance to show those silky moves. I think we should make him the designated goal celebrator for the team. He will entertain the crowds and pss off the opposition. Moreover he doesn't even need to be in the team, he can just replace Fred the red. Of course we can still pay him 200k per week.

8.) 21 Aug 2019 08:38:39
Lingard turn this week .

9.) 21 Aug 2019 13:07:43
Shaps are you taking bets on that gomes prediction?



15 Aug 2019 11:24:02
Hi ED's, Sir Alex is listed as one of the directors of the club, so what are his exact roles and responsibilities towards the club in that role?

{Ed002's Note - It is of no consequence whatsoever.}

1.) 16 Aug 2019 07:20:11

According to certain members of the press he tells Ole what to do at all times, including which players to buy (anybody Scottish) and who to select in the team, what tactics we play and what type of oranges they eat at half time.

2.) 16 Aug 2019 09:14:21
He's a calming influence on Ole, and is always there if Ole needs some advice, it would be daft if Ole didn't bend the ear of a man with that experience from time to time.



13 Aug 2019 10:48:00
There was an interesting topic discussed on weekend after the game between G. Neville, Mourinho, Souness and Carragher regarding how teams set up to play these days.
Neville made a point that teams have a specific ideology of playing and they play exactly the same throughout the tournament irrespective of the teams they are playing against.
He pointed out Norwich saying they just decided to attack rather than playing a waiting game to see out how the game holds up in the first 15 minutes.
To this Mourinho said that he would play according to the situation and the players at his helm, he would also set up players to be ready for a situation where he would prepare them to react better when his team loses the ball.

I personally think that we should set up according to the teams, attacking play is important but you would not like to do that against teams like City where they would just finish the game in first 15 minutes.
Defending in a compact way was what Mourinho focussed in his time at the studio. Thoughts?

1.) 13 Aug 2019 12:02:36
Often these studio debates purposely pick the extremes of a situation.

The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Pep is renowned for playing a certain way. Yet if you believe he sets up exactly the same regardless of the opposition then you are perhaps being a little naïve. He might set up to attack or control a game in a certain way. Yet he will still scout his opponents, he will target where to try to turn over the ball, which areas to focus the attack. As seen by him telling his team to attack the space behind Harry Maguire when preparing his side to play Leicester.

You play to your strengths and target your opponents weaknesses while trying to mitigate your own weaknesses.

Every manager is doing that, they just have different approaches.

Looking at our side we don't have that clever creative player in midfield. So controlling possession and trying to pick the lock it's team isn't a great game plan for us. We have pace up front, and players in Lindelof, Maguire and Pogba who can hit quick accurate passes either in to the channels or to a player. So we are best set up to be a counter attacking side. That doesn't mean you have to sit deep, you can counter with a high press.

I don't think sitting deep is a good idea with our players. McTominay isn't a true defensive midfielder, and Pogba doesn't work hard enough defensively, if we invite pressure on to these players we will struggle.

2.) 13 Aug 2019 12:26:21
I agree with the studio part shappy, however i never said that Pep's plays are static throughout. He is a master tactician, there are not many teams which respond so quickly after getting the ball.

As for us, we are a couple of signings away from having a fantastic title challenging team, this also includes conditioning of current players to press for 90 mins.

3.) 13 Aug 2019 16:00:05
I think when we play away against the top teams, we have to play in a compact way. Defenders and midfielders have to stay close, so teams cannot find easy space between them. I don't see any of that at present. Also, the attackers have to form first line of defence by closing their defenders down.
It requires hard work amd discipline, but it will pay off if we can do it.



13 Aug 2019 10:39:47
So now that we've settled after transfer window, i would like to know what exactly went wrong with the signing of a Central Midfielder especially Bruno Fernandes.
1. Were we never interested in the player?
2. We had other targets?
3. Asking price was a bit too much?
4. Player wages or player was not interested in a move.

Also would like to know everyone's thoughts on McGinn, read somewehere that Sir Alex liked him a lot and would have been happy if he move to Old Trafford.

1.) 13 Aug 2019 11:24:04
Didnt offer the amount Sporting was asking for.

2.) 13 Aug 2019 12:05:53
I thought this was covered, we thought we could bully a side we perceived as being a small club (wrongly) into accepting a lower bid than they were happy to accept.

Sporting proved themselves to be bigger than our club thought and no deal was reached. Good on them, shame on us. We should be more respectful.

3.) 13 Aug 2019 12:31:00
I tend to believe (may be wrong), Ole wants certain types of players who want to be at the club rather than the club wanting them.

4.) 13 Aug 2019 13:06:59
We wanted maguire so we played the required amount same for bissaka.

5.) 13 Aug 2019 13:10:13
Would it have anything to do that we didn't want to pay 70m for a player with a release clause of 35m.

6.) 13 Aug 2019 16:03:13
Fernandes, McGin and Maddison are exactly the players we should be targetting. It was disappointing not to buy one or two of these.
Our midfield is lacking and as Scholes rightly points out, we will get found out. I hope we bring at least one in January.

7.) 13 Aug 2019 18:24:54
I think if we are in there competing perhaps the club will try to bring someone in.
The whole uncertainty surrounding pogba and lukaku left us getting caught between 2 stools so to speak. But we have who we have and i like the current atmosphere and the sound bites coming from within the club.
We might get lucky and suffer no pogba or mactom injuries and that they hold their form. Fred and matic are ok cover but if we have to play one or both regularly we will suffer. Lingard mata and periera look set to fight out the more advanced role in midfield.
I don't think we are short on numbers its a matter of finding the best combination on any given day.
I think we could have got another 1 in but it never happened for whatever reason. I like what was done.
James is going to be a thorn in a lot of sides and if we win a few on the bounce momentum can be a wonderful thing. Ole has been written off by most. Pogba has been written off by most. Personally i have written off martial and shaw.
Im still not totally sold on either of them but now as 1st picks they are getting their chance under a different style of coach. I hope shaw continues to improve and if martial continues to work hard off the ball like he did last week ill be delighted and then i'm happy to ignore the missed passes or the odd run up a cul de sac. Its when those things happen on top of not trying it frustrates me.

Ryan giggs said he used to chase the ball as hard as he could, even though he knew couldn't catch it before it went out of play, just to prove to the crowd that he was always trying, even when it was a lost cause. that's what ole needs to get all our players doing. Pogba and martial both did that last week they never did it last season particularly in our last 10 games.
Its baby steps at the moment but imo we are on the right path.
If all goes well and momentum and a bit of luck stays on our side baby steps become big strides and then leaps.
Momentum is everything a good start will inspire the squad and players like awb james and maguire become heros quickly, pogba will be forgiven, but confidence is fragile at this stage in oles stint so the longer we keep it the better. Lots of the press can't wait to jump on ole if it goes wrong. But just you watch him become the darling of the press if it goes right.

8.) 13 Aug 2019 19:16:29
Good post that ken.

9.) 13 Aug 2019 20:41:00
I just think players have some bridges to build. Pogba and martial being 2 in particular. They did not try their best last year that's not up for question imo. But last season is gone and we start again with a clean slate. If they do the business this year then last year is forgotten in my book.
The same goes for any player who excels in a season. They start the new one from scratch and have to prove themselves all over again weekly.




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07 Aug 2019 14:02:55
Not happening mate, our transfer dealings are done. We will see a lot of Pereira in that midfield. Also we will see the rise of Angel Gomes this season.



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30 Jul 2019 12:31:08
Is he the same Dybala who scored only 4 goals last term and was benched most of the time as his defensive contribution was minimal? He is not a right winger for sure and we usually don't play with a #10, and if we were to play with a #10 i would prefer Mata to play there.



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05 Jul 2019 13:10:05
Thank you ED, so i would not hold my breath for any of those two.

{Ed002's Note - Right.}



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11 Jun 2019 14:45:06
Meunier played only 20 odd games this season and whenever he played he was average, hence they are letting him go, so its a big no for Meunier.
Dalot has potential no doubt, but i would let him add depth to the squad for a season or two and sign AWB as an immediate starter.



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03 May 2019 13:27:09
My point is, we can sign anyone. :P.




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21 Aug 2019 11:13:12
Gazza/ Shappy, Don't know what planet football you guys have been watching but from where i come from if you are playing at #10 then your primary job is just not linking play. You are there to provide assists and score goals as well.
Eriksen and KDB have got all their basics wrong it seems.



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21 Aug 2019 11:00:19
Brilliant post Ken, Love for the academy lads is fine but one needs to know that if they aren't performing for a longer period then get rid of them. We as club have made positive strides by addressing two problematic areas, let's move in that same direction. Buy/ Promote players who can make an impact or can make a difference.



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20 Aug 2019 09:42:57
Good Post Van, Its a game and you can miss a penalty nothing wrong in that, saw a few tweets from G. Neville as well where is absolutely furious for no reason.



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13 Aug 2019 12:31:00
I tend to believe (may be wrong), Ole wants certain types of players who want to be at the club rather than the club wanting them.



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13 Aug 2019 12:26:21
I agree with the studio part shappy, however i never said that Pep's plays are static throughout. He is a master tactician, there are not many teams which respond so quickly after getting the ball.

As for us, we are a couple of signings away from having a fantastic title challenging team, this also includes conditioning of current players to press for 90 mins.