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17 Mar 2018 11:47:50
You make very valid points as always ed002.i guess i just don't want to see united lose martial as i like him a lot as a player and he's still very young. i just think replacing him with perisic or bale is madness with bale so injury prone and perisic hasn't been great either.

Do you think mourinho will get it right at united? we still need at least 4/ 5 players. i'm not mourinho out or anything and will back him. i just think players like martial/ rashford and most of the squad would flourish under somebody like pochettino.
Uniteds style football is atrocious and going out to sevilla the way we did was terrible.


{Ed002's Note - The issues that existed when JM first went to Manchester United remain unchanged to this day. To recap what I originally said: He doesn't see MU as a progressive club that will adapt to what he thinks they need - and that is a point he won't stop making. He doesn't like being in Manchester (and that hasn't changed) and there are those there who still see a blue tinge surrounding him (and both still do as I understand matters). There was a major error in taking on Ibrahimovich - it was disruptive with the kids (one specific issue had to be overcome) and he wanted to move elsewhere. I am rather surprised he has not announced his leaving just yet but if he were to stay until the summer the chances of him playing are remote for two reasons we don't need to go in to. Mkhitaryan was a disaster waiting to happen - so that has been fixed. Pogba's career belongs in Spain or Italy - certainly not Manchester (and perhaps I am not the only one who realises that now).
As for getting it right, I don't see Manchester United as a club dominating under Mourinho as he was able to do with other sides. There is the added complezxity of Manchester City, and the likes of Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea are not far off being an issue for him. If he stays we will see.}

1.) 17 Mar 2018 15:42:32
Is that down to the club ed002 that you don't see Jose dominating with united?

{Ed002's Note - Plus other clubs.}

2.) 17 Mar 2018 16:27:07
Cheers, nice insight for people on here.

3.) 17 Mar 2018 16:49:08
So there still is a possibility of Jose not being heee past this summer. Would be an interesting summer window and i think the decision needa to be made before we make more signings.

4.) 17 Mar 2018 23:54:26
What are the original issues you talk of Ed002. So long ago I don’t think I recall what they are?

{Ed002's Note - They are in the post.}

5.) 17 Mar 2018 23:57:57
Thanks very much for that response ed002 i really appreciate that and it makes a lot of sense. sounds like pogba and mourinho won't be around a whole lot longer. even his comments in the press sound like a man that wants out.

6.) 18 Mar 2018 09:26:44
Hi Ed002, thank you so much for giving us your precious time to provide us info-hungry fans snippets of news about our beloved club!
Thus - and apologies if you can’t help, or feel that it’s irrelevant - don’t suppose you might enlighten us about which managers might have been discussed by the non-plussed Man Utd hierarchy should JM decide to leave please.

(And also any credence to the rumours that Pogba has been linked with Barcelona - and if this might happen. )

Thank you for any additional info!

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any recent discussions about replacements for the coach. As for Pogba, it would be fair to say that Mino has spoken with two clubs as far as I am aware but it may be more - but not Barcelona that I know of and I don't see them as a potentially interested club.}

7.) 18 Mar 2018 09:53:41
Ed are any teams showing an interest in pogba.

Ibra really was a strange signing.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anyone knocking on the door about Pogba at this time but Mino has spoken with two clubs as far as I am aware but it may be more. Any move would be difficult for a number of reasons.}

8.) 18 Mar 2018 11:25:18
Thanks Ed. Top insight, very sensible and have to say I kind of agree with Mourinho on his assessment.

9.) 18 Mar 2018 15:47:04
Thanks as always for your insights Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

10.) 18 Mar 2018 22:16:16
Ed002 you make the statement that Jose doesn't think ManU will adapt to what he thinks they need. What sort of things is he talking about?

{Ed002's Note - That they may not be willing to hand over the reins completely and give him their total support as they did with Ferguson and Arsenal have done with Wenger.}

11.) 19 Mar 2018 19:31:40
They need to imo.



15 Mar 2018 20:37:14
Any truth to the reports united are in for bellerin? please say united aren't going to sell martial this summer just because of jose? eds? thanks πŸ‘.


{Ed002's Note - They have mo approach to Arsenal but if he were available he might be an option - no more. Martial may well move.}

1.) 16 Mar 2018 13:27:21
Hi Ed.

About Martial moving, is it the player who is considering his options going forward, or is the manager who is not happy with him.

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - He is a player the club think that they can improve on.}

2.) 16 Mar 2018 14:21:38
Ed002 who are we going to target to replace martial? Because the 500k guy we bought has performed like he is playing football for the first time in his life.

{Ed002's Note - There are options and the club will continue to look:
Gareth Bale (LW) - Will be offered to Manchester United but I think will be priced out of a move when his injuries are taken in to account - and he will likely have another option in England
Jose Arnaiz (LW) - viable option
Marco Asensio (LW) - unlikely because if he leaves he will likely be heading elsewhere and he is very, very pricey
Ivan Perisic (LW) - Manchester United could yet return although he has been struggling a little for form of late}

3.) 16 Mar 2018 14:35:21
Thank you Ed. Much appriciated as always.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

4.) 16 Mar 2018 14:35:50
Selling martial would be absolute insanity. i know united are looking at justin kluivert too aren't they? but he's not better than martial and martial has massive potential. sounds like jose ruining another player. imagine martial under the likes of pochettino.

{Ed002's Note - I wouldn't think about Kluivert too much and I am not aware of Mr Mourinho "ruining" any players - who do you have in mind.}

5.) 16 Mar 2018 14:36:58
Replacing martial with bale or perisic would be an absolute joke to be honest.

6.) 16 Mar 2018 14:54:12
Thanks ed002, have you watched or know what sort of a player arnaiz is?

Because out of that list only asensio is the only 1 I would like as I have no clue about arnaiz. Perisic is average, if mourinho wants to replace martial with him rather replace Mourinho first. Bale is injury prone and we have enough of those here.

{Ed002's Note - Perisic is a player who Mourinho has liked for a long time and he would be used to do a specific job - which Mourinho is very good at doing. You cannot simply buy what you see to be the best players and expect them to gel, you need to consider how players will fit the system the coach wants to play. He has shown interest in others in the past, such as Paulo Dybala, Keita Balde Diao and Lorenzo Insigne - and although Dybala is being courted by another Premier League side and Keita Balde only recently moved to Monaco, it might be a wildcard approach for Insigne, we will have to see. Franco Cervi might be another wildcard to consider. Anaiz is seen as a real talent by Barcelona but they are in danger of losing him if a place in the first team squad cannot be found - a right footed left winger.

7.) 16 Mar 2018 14:55:36
If the club think they can imorove on martial they are bloody well right.

8.) 16 Mar 2018 14:58:37
to be fair replacing Martial with Bale or Perisic has no relevance .

As Martial is not a winger and the other two are.

I don't eant Martial to leave but he probably has to leave for his own career. He needs to play in the strikers position as that is where he is suited best.

By us targeting a Lewandowski type of player will make it harder for Martial to get games next year.

9.) 16 Mar 2018 15:31:21
Ed002 i don't mind if we replace martial with dybala or if the arnaiz kid is good then with him or anyone else mourinho thinks he needs to get his style going. The manager buying players that suit his style is important, but it doesn't seem logical to replace a player who is really talented will go on to be a really good player with someone who is nowhere near as good especially when you consider that martial is 22 while perisic is 30. That is going backwards to me as we are then trading what will be a long term loss to us for a short term success.

{Ed002's Note - Well the age is irrelevant if Perisic can do the job asked of him and Martial can't. In 2004/05 he added Thiago and Jarosik to do specific jobs and Chelsea won the league. In 2014 he added Filipe Luis and resigned Drigba and Matic to do particular jobs and won the league again. He knows exactly what he is doing.}

10.) 16 Mar 2018 15:50:48
Ed002 i don't for a moment doubt he knows what he is doing. But how did signing drogba eventually work out or not replacing ivanovic for that matter? He won the league all right but got sacked the next season by having the worst title defense in epl completely blowing moyes's heroics with us out of the water. It works out short terms comes back to bite you in long term.

{Ed002's Note - It worked out fine with Drogba, they won the league. Mourinho was not Chelsea manager when Ivanovic (who was replaced) left, Hiddink was. So I am not really sure what point you are trying to make.}

11.) 16 Mar 2018 23:18:55
Sanchez (albeit not on form), Rashford and Lukaku are all better than Martial. Never quite seen the love in with him?

12.) 16 Mar 2018 20:44:06
Thanks Ed002, seem to remember you’re a Chelsea fan so really know your stuff regarding Mourinho.

13.) 16 Mar 2018 23:57:28
Lol ed002. More perspective. of course Jose knows what he's doing.

14.) 17 Mar 2018 08:33:15
You say that Asensio is more likely to end up elsewhere. Could you perhaps say where he'd be more likely to end up? :) Really hope it's not Manchester City at least!

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant.}

15.) 17 Mar 2018 13:33:35
Man city chasing dybala and chelsea chasing asensio.

16.) 17 Mar 2018 14:21:46
In all the red ink there above the most telling line from ed002 is 'jose knows what he is doing'
All our posters here that know better should perhaps list their managerial success against those of jose and see who has the better success rate.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but i reckon jose knows more than any of us on here.



08 Mar 2018 17:38:32
Is there any substance to these doucoure of watford rumours? i'm guessing 2 cm's will have to be the priority for united.




20 Feb 2018 20:37:37
Ed001 would i be right in thinking united will probably try bring in a rb, lb, cb and possibly 2 cm's this summer given that carrick is retiring and fellaini looks to be off? could be 6/ 7 leaving united but hopefully tuanzebe/ mensah get squad places. thanks ed.


{Ed001's Note - probably not that many but that would be close to Jose's ideals for the summer.}

1.) 20 Feb 2018 23:42:55
Thanks ed001 πŸ‘.

2.) 21 Feb 2018 08:28:30
I think we need to consider which of the youngsters could possibly step up.

I have high hopes for Tuanzebe so we could in theory not sign a CB and give him a chance. He has never let us down, he has everything to become a top player.

TFM in my opinion should be a midfielder, he could add energy, work rate, strength and defensive solidity to our midfield next season in games where we could do with more defensive cover in midfield. He could also be the long term replacement for Matic and could allow us to rotate more. So again in theory we could save ourselves signing two midfielders by using TFM there.

Or alternatively he could come in and be back up for Valencia and we might not have to sign a RB.

Dimitri Mitchell has had a storming few games in Scotland and looks more than ready for a bigger challenge than Scottish football can offer him. Is he ready to come back and be an understudy to Luke Shaw? Or will Jose want an older more established player to rotate with Shaw?

Andreas Pereira has on occasion looked very good in his two loan spells in Spain, he must be ready for a real shot at stepping up and fighting for a place at our club, I feel it has to be now or never for him.

So we have a youngsters who can cover all the positions Jose would ideally like, and I expect he will have to use one or two of them next season as I don't see the club signing 5 players in the summer. I think we might see three. It it was me I would go with a couple of full backs and a playmaker for midfield.

3.) 21 Feb 2018 09:17:09
Good post, but if we were to loose Jones, Smailling and Rojo. ( or two of them), we will have to bring at least one CB.

On Fosu Mensah, personally I think should be played as RB, that's where he has been playing at highest level and performing well, and there is reason is played there by coaches/ managers and not in the midfielders where he played much in the academy.

If Shaw stays I don't see the need of a left back considering Young looks like staying for another season.

For me I think we probably need at least 3 players a CM and 2 midfielders (replacement of Carrick / to rotate with Matic and CAM)

4.) 21 Feb 2018 11:12:50
Is there any interest in Stefan de Vrij?

5.) 21 Feb 2018 13:21:38
Ed002 response from the Serie A page

{Ed002's Note - The player would like a move to Chelsea or to Manchester United but right now both have other targets in mind. }.



14 Feb 2018 20:36:12
Are united still looking at umtiti of Barcelona for the summer or have they moved on? united badly need 2 cm's aawell as the centre back.


{Ed002's Note - Yes Barcelona are one of the interested but Barcelona will resist a sale.}




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28 Mar 2018 23:40:41
Do any of the eds know who that secretary is who joined from spurs and what their actual role is? do ye think united will sign 2 cm's? thanks eds as always πŸ‘.


{Ed001's Note - are you seriously asking what a club secretary does? After 9 years or so in the role you are asking about him like he only just joined.}

1.) 29 Mar 2018 07:52:26
Ed 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 class πŸ‘πŸ‘.

{Ed001's Note - I am just really shocked. It is not like the guy is new to the job. I wondered if it is because he just found out the club secretary was born in Liverpool or something? People do seem to get very bothered by things like that, yet they didn't mind a Liverpool legend and former captain managing the club. Probably because most people don't even know Matt Busby was a legend at Liverpool before he took charge at Man Utd.}

2.) 29 Mar 2018 08:18:46
We hasn't or isn't John Alexander retiring? There's been an article written stating we have taken on rebecca Britain from Tottenham and the role is being split into 3 with one part being a director of football operations. Not sure if it's all true but would be interesting to know who we are looking at if it is.

{Ed001's Note - director of football is nothing to do with a club secretary. I don't know anything about John Alexander retiring though. That would be a big loss.

There has been talk of a DoF, but not sure how that relates at all to a club secretary.}

3.) 29 Mar 2018 10:16:46
Think it relates to John Alexander retiring . he came from spurs and is being repalced by Rebecca Britain also from Spurs. as reported in todays MEN . It could possibly lead to a shake up with a DOF being appointed. or so the report speculates.

{Ed002's Note - The DoF Manchester United want was not interested in the job. It is unrelated to anything to do with club secreatary.}

4.) 29 Mar 2018 11:02:26
Club secretary runs the admin. Its reported we want a DoF but no names mentioned. We need one but not sure who's available.

5.) 29 Mar 2018 11:45:58
This is why we need to ban these stupid international breaks. People go stir crazy with no actual football.

Thus we see threads like
What does our secretary do?
Social media and it's evils
You are a primadonna if you don't go to dinner with your teammates.

6.) 29 Mar 2018 16:19:32
CSM 🀣🀣🀣🀣 not far from the truth 🀣.

7.) 29 Mar 2018 16:13:06
Was the DoF we chased monchi Ed?

{Ed002's Note - No.}



14 Mar 2018 14:27:35
No idea if its true or not but miguel delaney saying mourinho wants 4 in and will let 7 leave? i'm more concerned about the 7 players he's willing to let leave if i'm honest.

Given those comments he made lastnight and the constant dull football i wouldn't be giving him any funds. that and i gaurantee there's a couple of those 7 players he's willing to let leave that would be outstanding under pochettino/ jardim etc as they let players play with freedom.

Any of the eds know about the 4 in/ 7 out?


1.) 14 Mar 2018 14:46:06
Delaney is a bs peddler, he doesn't his arse from his head. You and me can be considered better itk's than Delaney.

2.) 14 Mar 2018 15:09:57
I know who it is that I'd like to see leave.

{Ed002's Note - The club has a number of targets for each of the positions they are looking to address. I would not get toop wrapped up in the numbers.}



03 Mar 2018 23:32:54
Ok so carrick is retiring, fellaini looks off as does ibrahimovich. blind and darmian look like they will likely leave. we badly need to bump up the midfield. would i be right in thinking united need to brung in 2 cm's and maybe a full back and hopefully promote players like mensah/ gomes/ tuanzebe/ chong? eds?


1.) 04 Mar 2018 09:50:23
I think mc Tom may of replaced Carrick we will need a cm to replace the wig.
Darmian ibra and blind could leave and no one would notice.

2.) 04 Mar 2018 10:17:06
If players leave the squad an nobody notices then its not a very good squad. lol but tying up wages an blocking a path to the team for players that somebody would notice.
Is it now only support the players you notice or support all the players?
Never mind i'm Sure we will get the players to make this a good squad next summer instead of half a dozen players being there that no notices. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

3.) 04 Mar 2018 10:31:31
Ken or it's that good a squad that these players can't even make the bench .
I'm not shouting for them to be sold or slagging them off .
But when did any of them 3 last kick a ball .
Ibra has played 1 league game.



16 Feb 2018 15:01:33
Is there any truth to this mourinho and pogba business? To me it looks like mourinho has got his new contract and can use that as a safety net/ payout if things go belly up so he can say or do what he likes? i'm just guessing here and probably wrong but thought i'd ask?


1.) 16 Feb 2018 16:17:21
If you believe everything the papers say, then we might as well call it a day. I think mourinho wants more of pogba and let's see how pogba reacts.
My opinion is pogba cannot play as cm or dm. We didn't buy him for that. Play him in front of two midfielders and he'll destroy the opposition. Let's hope mourinho comes to his senses.

2.) 16 Feb 2018 16:41:06
He started off in that position it didn't work out .
Maybe it's not about position? Maybe he is just having a dip in form .

This position crap is nuts, it's not like he isn't allowed out his own half or all he is doing is defending .

In fact he has been subbed or dropped last few games because he hasn't been defending or playing where the manager asked him.
Modern footy is a tactical game where u need to work hard .
And with Sanchez who is a great example of this now In the team pogba has a different role .

Maybe he hasn't really kicked on yet as much as we would like .
Maybe playing in the epl is harder than walking the league in Italy with juve .

Some big questions being asked off him at the moment and rightly so for a player of his ability .
I think he will answer them in time and prove a lot of people wrong .

3.) 16 Feb 2018 17:27:16
Pogba played two of his best games for us a couple of weeks ago. He has had two bad games on the trot which is normal (he has had many bad games since he signed) .

The only difference now is that Jose has started subbing or dropping him.

He could be trying to force Pogba out, he could be looking for a rift that will mean he leaves with a big payout after signing his new contract. Or more likely he feels more confident now to drop an under-performing player of Pogba's stature. Maybe he is trying to motivate him before the CL starts up again and we reach the nitty gritty of the league campaign.

Frankly I don't really care, it's all superficial nonsense. He should have been dropped or subbed many times since he re-signed for us. I'll be glad when Pogba joing Madrid and Jose joins PSG.

4.) 16 Feb 2018 18:05:57
Why does everyone get hung upon what is said in interviews. There a complete waste of time. There worse than mp’s with all their bulls**t. They all have an agenda.

5.) 16 Feb 2018 18:21:37
Exactly Blackpool, all that matters is what occurs on the pitch, there is no integrity or accountability anymore in the top level of the sport (or the media for that matter who are gunning for clicks) .

Pogba is talked about so much because of what he (or his PR machine) do off the pitch. His performances overall don't justify 10% of the press and general attention he receives.

I don't even listen to the post game analysis or interviews anymore if it can be helped - it's all agenda driven and attempting to appeal to those 'weak of mind'. I'm noticing statistics are becoming more and more prominent as well, you always know you are in trouble when stats are constantly being used to try and convince you what you saw isn't really what went on! When the narrative breaks down, out come the stats.

6.) 16 Feb 2018 18:58:02
Jred. I think his form has dipped as he's playing out of position. If he's being asked to defend then we're never going to see the best of him. If he was playing in the right team with the right formation, he'll destroy the oposition.
He's rubbish at defending and tackling. So what's next, are we going to play Sanchez at centre half?
It's nonsense to say players should adapt. We're talking about a pisition that is very critical. It's what wins matches. People like John O'Shea adapted because he was being asked to play at centre back or full back and a lot of players can adapt to that. But not many attacking midfielders can play as defensive midfielders. And more crucially, not many top teams are playing with a two man midfield.
Whichever way we see it, mourinho is to blame. Pochettino will have this team playing sensational football.

7.) 16 Feb 2018 19:24:27
I honestly couldn't disagree more . Every young player needs to do the basics right .
Every player needs to be adaptable especially midfielders .
For god sake " Paul pogba isn't good enough to play cm against Newcastle "

You would think he is being asked to stand in one place and isn't allowed to go in the opposition half .

A player needs and does play in a different position with a different tactical job every game . Some times 2 or 3 different roles during a game .
He played in a cm 3 on the left against Newcastle.
Newcastle? jono was twice as good as him.




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17 Mar 2018 23:57:57
Thanks very much for that response ed002 i really appreciate that and it makes a lot of sense. sounds like pogba and mourinho won't be around a whole lot longer. even his comments in the press sound like a man that wants out.




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16 Mar 2018 14:36:58
Replacing martial with bale or perisic would be an absolute joke to be honest.




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16 Mar 2018 14:35:50
Selling martial would be absolute insanity. i know united are looking at justin kluivert too aren't they? but he's not better than martial and martial has massive potential. sounds like jose ruining another player. imagine martial under the likes of pochettino.


{Ed002's Note - I wouldn't think about Kluivert too much and I am not aware of Mr Mourinho "ruining" any players - who do you have in mind.}



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20 Feb 2018 23:42:55
Thanks ed001 πŸ‘.




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06 Feb 2018 23:43:07
No bother sorry ed002 πŸ‘.





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