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04 Dec 2018 16:54:34
Ed002 if you're not doing a sharkopod then can I ask if there looks to be several ins-and-outs (2 or 3, say) this winter. I know it's usually not a time for major movements but there are serious leaks to plug - mainly in central defence and midfield - that left alone could leave us well out of the top 6, nevermind top 4 very soon.


{Ed002's Note - I really don'tr want to get involved too much on this page for a while. Too much grief.}

1.) 04 Dec 2018 23:38:31
Ed 02
Sorry to see your voice of insight and sanity disappear yet again.

I understand and respect your decision but am disappointed - not in you but in the fact you will be greatly missed.
I will say thanks and Au revoir in the hope you will return.

2.) 05 Dec 2018 00:02:13
Ed will return just let the situation with Mourinho clear up.



14 Apr 2016 12:30:51
Ed001, I saw you mentioning that we're looking at loads of players and that centre backs are being prioritised along with a marquee/ vanity signing. Which positions do you think we should be looking at.

From my perspective, I think there are lots of deadwood in the squad but for the first team picture we could have
de Gea/ suitable replacement; Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, New Signing 1, Shaw; New Signing 2, Schneiderlin/ Herrera; New Signing 3, Mata/ Herrera, Martial; New Signing 4
with Romero, CBJ, Darmian, Varela, Blind, Pereira, Lingard, Rashford being the key squad players to rotate in and out to this side. Most of the rest of the squad could be sold to fund the new signings. Is there any solid rumours on which players are being moved on?


{Ed001's Note - thinking about it, I have not heard anything regarding outs, other than De Gea. I will have to ask, as there must be at least one or two on the move, other than him.}

1.) 15 Apr 2016 01:02:40
Ed001 is de gea off from what you hear? I think we need to keep him. how many other keepers make the saves as consistently as save? He's our best player week in week out we need to build a decent defence for him.

{Ed001's Note - it is the most likely scenario. Not 100%, well nothing is, but they are not expected to make a mere token gesture this summer.}




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08 Mar 2018 23:48:54
We're not that great defensively. 3 holding midfielders and an unbelievable goalkeeper have papered over the cracks. Also the frustration is that we have top notch attacking players but the lack of a constructive approach means we have reverted to a damage limitation exercise while hoping for individual brilliance to bail us out. Meanwhile spurs and liverpool are getting similar results but play a much better brand of football. My hope is that the glaring issues with our defence and CM are addressed this summer and Mourinho adopts a better approach, but I'm not sure how realistic that is.





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28 Jun 2019 11:49:57
All of this is fine, but it is clear that the decision making process is badly flawed. I asked Ed002 yesterday if there were any signs of improvement on this score (particularly regarding lessons learned from overpaying transfer fees, or wages) and told I was rambling. There are clear issues at the top level of the club and really Ed Woodward's name (unfortunately for him) is just being used as a proxy for that level.




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16 Dec 2018 21:53:01
Don't think it's all that bad having a CEO whose focus is on the business side. Makes sense actually. David Gill was an accountant originally I believe. The problem is when their arrogance means they undermine the football side. The contracts given by Woodward I believe are the biggest issue right now. First it has created an unhealthy complacency in the squad that they know they'll get paid more here than elsewhere regardless of effort, and, worse, it means we cannot move players on and fix up our squad. Because of this, and his dodgy recruitment approach, any new manager will not be able to get the squad they want. It will take years to sort this message out. Woodward should be removed from the football side of things as a matter of urgency -- not because he's a bad football man, but because he's a bad people man. We should replace Mourinho because his attitude has impacted morale awfully and, as a club, there's a realisation that having a progressive and expansive approach is what we crave as much as success.




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06 Dec 2018 21:39:37
Bailly is a top prospect. He and Lindelof are by far our best two central defenders. Neither the complete package but have enough ability. By contrast Rojo and Jones are way too rash, with Jones especially poor on the ball. Smalling is a huge problem. He stands 2 yards behind everyone so the opposition can make simple diagonal runs that puts the whole defence in disarray. It's puzzling as to what Jose sees in him that mitigates against this very obvious trait.




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05 Dec 2018 22:09:35
Agreed. Entertaining. Despite the lack of quality, the effort levels - which is the biggest problem with our side right now - were very good. Can only hope that will continue.




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02 Dec 2018 20:00:57
Great insight, thanks Ed.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Don and thanks for the decent questions.}