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21 Jun 2017 08:11:39
Hi EDs,

Any truth in the Darmian to Juventus rumours?

Don't know about anyone else, but if he's good enough for them he's certainly good enough for us unless he really desires a move back to Italy.


{Ed002's Note - Yes - this is quite old news. Inter were also keen but since January Juventus have been planning on him.}

1.) 21 Jun 2017 08:25:03
Thanks Ed very interesting. I suppose if, as you say, we are looking to Semedo too he will be surplus to requirements.

{Ed002's Note - Yes Eric - he is not wanted.}

2.) 21 Jun 2017 09:26:41
Darmian isn't suited to the EPL. He offers very little going forward and is very slow. Serie A is much more suited to his style of play.

3.) 21 Jun 2017 09:55:45
Tend to agree with you Wazza. Good move for Darmian though as he gets a return to Turin and to a great club.

4.) 22 Jun 2017 01:42:53
While I'm fine with darmian moving on, I hope it doesn't blur the fact that he was a decent player for us. Strong defensively, perhaps a little too cautious going forward, but he always put in a good shift, willing to play on either flank, and was by no means a failure at united. If he was willing to be a role player behind legit elite fbs, I'd be fine keeping him. If he does move on, I for one will have positive memories and gratitude to the player. He's done the united shirt proud.



30 Jan 2017 08:19:30
Hi all. Amy info on where Young may be off to please?


{Ed002's Note - Nope.}

1.) 30 Jan 2017 11:20:36
"I am waiting for January 31 to know what is going on. I am not happy if he leaves, but he is the only player that I am informed has a possibility of leaving.

"That is why he didn't play and I gave chances to other people, because I don't know if he is going to stay. If I could choose, definitely yes he would stay with us. "jose on young

2.) 30 Jan 2017 15:57:22
I think he might go to Sunderland

3.) 30 Jan 2017 19:57:09
back to watford maybe



05 Jan 2017 18:44:13
Whispers that Memphis is off to Nice!


1.) 05 Jan 2017 20:19:49
That would be nice for him!

{Ed025's Note - dont give up the day job brad.. :)

2.) 05 Jan 2017 23:29:16
That's a Lille bit of a corny joke Brad. I hope the little Nancy boy does well though, wherever he goes. I don't want Toulouse him because he's as fierce as a Lyon and it Angers me when people slag him off - it's Bordeaux-line rude. He Caen do well if given the chance.

I'll get my Monacoat.

3.) 06 Jan 2017 06:57:31
Magnificent rwwd 😂

{Ed025's Note - very clever...he could be an evertonian if he keeps that up deano.. :)

4.) 06 Jan 2017 09:57:33
hahaha round of applause RWWD made me laugh :-)

5.) 06 Jan 2017 11:13:49
Really takes the biscuit

{Ed025's Note - good stuff wallace..

6.) 06 Jan 2017 11:40:15
RWWD I like that you are Sochaux he can succeed, he's a good player and could be as good as Sedan if he fulfills his potential if i Marseille so myself

{Ed025's Note - are you sure your not scousers kenny?, great wit from the guys on here.. :)

7.) 07 Jan 2017 12:36:43
Thanks Eric79 for keeping us aBREST of the latest developments re. Memphis



09 Oct 2016 01:07:06
Bakayoko of Monaco and Coleman at Everton reportedly the next two in. Bye bye Darmian.


1.) 09 Oct 2016 08:12:47
Wonder where TFM is supposed to break through and play if we buy players for the positions he plays in.

2.) 09 Oct 2016 09:08:24
Good point. Still, I'd like to see us go for Coleman!

3.) 16 Oct 2016 10:23:09

I don't see TFM at right back, more centre midfield but he has to show he is good enough.



10 Aug 2016 18:03:36
Sunderland keen to become Man Utd reserves. They have tabled bids for Fellaini (accepted) and Januzaj. I believe the Fellaini move is a transfer and Adnan a loan.


1.) 10 Aug 2016 18:37:41
I know a lot not me but a lot want Felliani sold but its not happening yes good by Adnan but the wig will be Pogbas partner and rightly so he can play a bit is ruthless towards the opposition defends and attacks corners and set pieces and always gives it his all Jose thinks this so he safe even if a big offer comes in i could be wrong but i don't get it wrong very often lol.

{Ed041's Note - I'd be gobsmacked if Fellani is pogba's CM partner.

2.) 10 Aug 2016 18:53:33
you will be gobsmacked then ed Jose has defended Felliani in interviews and likes his all round game i beleave he is looking at out muscling teams and they don't come much bigger stronger and rougher than the wig.

{Ed041's Note - I don't think I will at all, I think you will see Carrick, Hererra and Spyder play far more games than Fellani.

3.) 10 Aug 2016 20:25:01
Ed Jose has said alread the wig will be very important for the first team he defended the back pass for Vardy stating the amount of water that slowed the ball as the thing at fault he has played him with carrick and i'm shore he will go for out powering teams ie the wig i know people like to use Felliani as our scapegoat but Jose as much as plenty don't like the idea will use him much more than the others.

{Ed041's Note - yes he is important the squad is.




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24 May 2017 15:34:40
The nerves and excitement are now beginning to kick in. Didn't get a ticket in the ballot so hope the lucky few have an awesome time and we put on a great show and bring the trophy home.

Instead I was over in Liverpool today with work at Liverpool FC which has made we want to win it even more badly now! To be fair to the fellas there, they wished us luck!




23 May 2017 16:38:59
Here's a crazy shout. How about Clichy on a free to help support Shaw next season? Only 31, international, experience of winning medals, Champions League experience.

Ps RIP to last night's needless victims.


1.) 23 May 2017 16:49:04
Why not promote demi Mitchell or cbj?

2.) 23 May 2017 21:52:56
Nah no thanks he's cheap 😆😆.



16 May 2017 22:50:59
So Carrick is offered a one year extension. Does this mean (a) Jose hasn't found a replacement or (b) no way in hell will he use a youngster as back up or (c) he's learned that we cannot compete with a tiny squad and we need at least two players per position.

Answers on a post card.


{Ed004's Note - I would guess it's because we will be losing a lot of experience this summer and Carrick will add good cover and someone for youngsters to learn from. Furthermore, Carrick will probably start the season strongly after a good preseason and this gives the new guy a chance to settle in and eventually replace Carrick if he doesn't hit the new ground running. Fabinho/Dier, Carrick and Herrera for the holding role is plenty. Herrera will mostly play further forward though. I think Fellaini will stay and think Periera needs game time}

1.) 16 May 2017 22:57:48
Fellaini may be off to Turkey?

{Ed004's Note - I just can't see Fellaini leaving. Think he will be here one more season before we can replace him}

2.) 16 May 2017 23:01:09
Personally don't mind if he does stay as a plan B. Unfortunately he's been used as a Plan A fartoo much this season.

{Ed004's Note - Agreed. Hopefully his game time will reduce}

3.) 16 May 2017 23:33:24
Dier. Lmao. Good luck on that one.

4.) 17 May 2017 02:35:45
Oh here comes the Spurs fans that come on here whenever a Spurs player is mentioned telling us that their players never want to leave as they are at the greatest club that they love, like carrick, berbatov, bale, modric etc.

5.) 17 May 2017 07:12:32
So ed do you think fellaini will get another contract or be allowed to leave on a free next summer?
I was hoping carrick will get a contract because they got an unexpected offer for fellaini.

{Ed004's Note - don't we have the option to extend his contract by a year?}

6.) 17 May 2017 08:51:55
Did Ed 2 not say carrick would be offered a contract if we couldn't get the cm we wanted?

7.) 17 May 2017 11:58:10
GDS2, Spurs are a different level now. Firstly they are a better footballing team than we have been for years, they've got CL football, will be playing their home games at Wembley next season and have a new stadium to look forward to the season after that. Spurs are very big players now and a club to be envious of. If Levy gets his cheque book out they will kick on to the next level. They are nowhere near the selling club they've been recently. I dare say that Kane, Dier, Rose, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen etc would see their current employer as a much more attractive proposition than United at the moment - wages excluded.

8.) 17 May 2017 12:44:31
Interesting you mention Walker, he's not staying by the look of it. Rose seems to be number 2 now also, will he stay?

Just this week Deli Ali was dodging the question of how long he would stay at Tottenham.

I agree completely that they are a better team right now, but the players always want to move to what they view as a glammer club: Barca, Real, Bayern, Chelsea and City are probably top of that bracket right now.

Utd have tarnished that image somewhat with a few years of struggles, but to some we still have that appeal. Bale seemed to be dead set aagainst the thought of Its when he chose Real. Depends massively on the player.

9.) 17 May 2017 13:06:32
ED we exercised that option this season. He had a 4 year deal with the option of a 5th which takes him to end of next season.

{Ed004's Note - Thanks}

10.) 17 May 2017 13:07:32
I doubt that wazza.

11.) 18 May 2017 00:38:38
GDS2, you sound a bit bitter fella.

Wazza, fair play to you for being honest, and dare i say it generous.

Dodgybanter, Rose is not 2nd choice he is injured. He had a 2nd operation this morning.



09 May 2017 18:14:40
So we're inevitably linked with Bale today. Probably better to play him at left back than Miki though to be fair 😉.


1.) 09 May 2017 22:52:47
He knows the role well as he started there.



03 May 2017 17:59:10
Lots of time all on whether we have a good enough squad today, so here's my twopenneth on who should stay or go. I'm not including youngsters who have barely played as it's impossible to judge them. Here goes:
DDG - stay if possible
Romero - time to sell and promote within
Tony V - stay
Bailly - stay
Rojo - amazingly stay
Shaw - keep as back up full back
Darmian - good back up player
Smalling - stay as back up but replace
Blind - time to go.
Jones - hate to say it but maybe time to go
Carrick - stay another season
Ander - stay
Pog- stay
Miki - stay
Wig - stay as squad player
TFM - stay or loan if he's not played
Perreria - bring in to squad
Rooney - time to go
Mata - stay
Lingard - stay
Martial - stay
Rashford - stay
Zlatan - dependant on recovery but nodiubt we need a new striker

So by my reckoning, we need a new left back, centre half, central midfielder, striker, and another wide forward. Oh and a keeper if DDG leaves.


1.) 03 May 2017 19:09:45
You'd keep Smalling before Blind? I think Blind is your archetypal squad player.

2.) 03 May 2017 19:22:06
I would like to see a right back come in as well. Watch Mendy today at left back. That is the kind of player we need.

{Ed004's Note - I wouldn't be disappointed if any of or all of Darmian, Jones, Blind, Fellaini (v unlikely), Young, Januzaj or Rooney left tbh as long as we bring in enough to cover departures. I was going to say Smalling and Shaw as well but that'd mean we need 2 cb's and 2 left backs}

3.) 03 May 2017 19:28:09
I will do things a bit differently.
If De Gea wants to go he can, we'll sign a good replacement.
Don't care what happens with Romero.
Joel Pereira on loan again.
Sell Carrick, Jones, Smalling.
Jones and Smalling have the worst defensive record, they've been here for so long and have barely improved.
Sign Michael Keane (who at least can stay fit) and another center half.
Let Carrick go, because the team thinks we can't play without Carrick, and I'd rather not have players thinking that and sign a replacement.
Blind and Darmian can leave if the right offer comes, but would happily keep both.
Rooney and Young should have left sometime ago.
And Januzaj, I don't even think anybody would take him. China maybe?

That would leave us with
DDG, Romero, Backup GK
Shaw, Blind, Darmian, Valencia, CBJ, Bailly, Keane, new CB, new FB, Rojo, and maybe another youngster (I like Joe Riley) or Tuanzebe
Fosu Pogba Herrera Periera, Fellaini, new CM
Mata, Mkhi, Zlatan (? ), Griezzmann, Rashford, Martial, Lingard, and another striker depending upon Zlatan.
Basically 2 centre halves, a fullback, a midfielder, Griezzmann, and maybe another forward depending upon Zlatan.

4.) 04 May 2017 07:43:47
Not starting an argument but just sharing what I feel about the so-called squad overhaul.

1. David de Gea: Well, no brainer. Does the lad really want to go back? Or is it the media talk like every year like the past couple of years. Whatever it may be, Mou and United should do whatever they can to keep him.

2. Antonio Valencia: I might be the only one, but I honestly feel his play is very one dimensional and that hinders our attacking prowess. Yes, he is good defender, but that's only because he is quick and muscular, so he can easily bully players off the ball. But, his passing, his composure is quite shocking. Next season, it would make sense to have him as a backup and get a proper right back instead.

3. Eric Bailly: Apart from the injuries that have hampered his season, I don't think he has put a foot wrong. His passing and composure and the ability to play the ball out of defence is something that ALL the defenders lack at United right now.

4. Chris Smalling: No composure, zero ball playing ability. And I hardly doubt that he's United quality. Selling him would be a better option.

5. Phil Jones: He's a tough defender, lacks the ability to carry the ball out of defence, but could be an asset as a back-up. The only problem is whether he can remain injury free or not. By the way things have gone so far, I think he's prone to way too many injuries which have troubled him and you cannot find stability with a player who is like that.

6. Daley Blind: Again, I might get knackered for this, but I honestly feel that Blind is a very very intelligent player. He lacks pace, but his positional play makes up for his lack of speed. His short passing, long passing and ability to carry the ball out of defence is extremely good and when you want to build a team that can play the ball out of defence, then having a player like this, even as a sub makes all the sense in the world.

7. Michael Carrick: He was very influential earlier in the season, his ability to calm the midfield, link up with defence and play a proper pass in the final third makes him a good player to have in the team. Can he do the same next season? Why not, as a sub and as an experienced member of the squad, I feel his presence even in the training sessions and on the bench will massively help his replacement.

8. Wayne Rooney: Awful season for him, not by the way he is playing, but just based on the manner in which he has been phased out. A club legend, who has sacrificed his own personal glory to help the team. Whether it was for Ronaldo, Tevez and Berbatov or for RVP, Rooney never failed to support the team when needed. But, his footballing sense has started to fade. He peaked really early and that obviously will lead to an earlier burnout. Time for him to go, I guess.

9. Fellaini: I don't know what Moyes, LVG and now Mou see in him. His passing is shoddy, I've never seen him play an accurate long ball, never seen him take a shot at goal and his short passing is questionable to see the least. I wouldn't want him here next season

10. Mata: There was jubilation and elation when this guy moved from London to Manchester, yes, he has had a decent affect in the team and has chipped in with goals, important goals as well (Liverpool away 14-15, fantastic game) but on a whole, he has failed to control games. Maybe, it would be better if he is sold this summer.

11. Rashford: He's good, no doubt about that, good runner, decent finisher, but right now, that's about it. His decision making is poor, there have been times when he should have passed the ball to another teammate, but hasn't. I guess this comes with experience and time, but when you play at THAT LEVEL with world-class players and work with a world class manager, you need to start learning things quickly. But, that said, I do feel he will come good and he needs to be given opportunities to learn and to excel.

12. Martial: Something is really up with this guy. He reminds me of a hot and cold girlfriend. Some games, he's on fire and in some games, he can't give a flying f**k about what is happening. He really needs to sort his head out, whether it's the number on the back of the jersey or the monkey inside the head. He needs to step up and put regular performances in.

Miki has been good on a few occasions. He loses the ball easily, but I guess that's the physicality of the premier league which is different from the german league. Understandable. He will come good, that's for sure.

Zlatan has been good. Scored some really important goals and his link up play and one-touch passing is good. The injury is bad, don't see him playing for United though. Terrible way to go out.

Pogba: Failed to decieve? Or maybe we expected too much too soon. I think the latter is untrue, if you buy someone of quality and Pogba has quality, you do expect great performances left, right and centre. One off game is fine, but Pogba is more about performing in the one off game and disappearing in most. He needs to start taking control of games. Especially against the bigger teams and against the smaller ones, he needs to dominate the opposition, he is capable of being the best player. It is just about stepping up and reaching for it.

Anyway, that' what I feel about the current squad. I obviously haven't written the possible replacement because that makes it a FIFA game and we tend to dream a bit too much. Let me know what you guys think. Ed, your input would be great as well.


{Ed001's Note - interesting assessment. Just a few things I would say:

De Gea - while he will stay, he would prefer a move back to Spain. So a replacement should be found. With Donnarumma's future uncertain at Milan.....

I wonder about Miki, he has plenty of ability, but he has made some odd comments and is clearly not settled yet. Needs to do more for me.

I really do not get the 'Zlatan has been good' thing. He has destroyed the way you play and made it so damn boring to watch by turning it into walking football when he is on the pitch. Yes, he has scored goals, but he has missed huge amounts as well. Change him for a striker with movement and workrate United change completely. He was a poor signing to my mind, ridiculous wages for a player that is just not suited to the team around him.

Pogba does need to do more, though he has been decent, you need to be great when you are a world record signing.

I wonder why you never mentioned Shaw?}

5.) 04 May 2017 08:03:49
Ed. I agree with your point about Zlatan, my assessment is more on the basis of him being a stop-gap this season. An experienced and yet, selfish player who has / had been brought in to add fear in the minds of the defenders. Obviously, that hasn't worked. A lot of defenders have been able to get the better of him. Yes, he walks around the pitch, strolls like he's in a park and makes the game come to an almost standstill at times, but, his goals, have helped on a few occasions and that you cannot take away from him. You're right again when you say that it is awful to build a team around him, but I feel that was never Mou's plan anyway. Change him with even a Gamiero and I feel, we'll be a lot better up front.

I totally missed out on Shaw, I apologise. I don't know what's wrong with him. Yes, the injury was really bad, worse thing that can happen to a player, and Mou's words about his commitment have not helped, but, he does offer a threat when he's on the overlap. His attitude needs to change, he needs to get a lot fitter and improve his final ball, else he will go down as an almost player.

I have no idea about Miki has said, could you please elaborate on that? But, I agree on the need to do more bit, definitely, a player of his calibre needs to be doing a lot more than what he is doing currently.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know what I can say thinking about, with regards to Miki. Not sure what was public and what wasn't. I will have to check, but they were regards training and managers, both past and present, which were not complimentary. I know he then came out publicly and made complimentary statements, but that was after the damage was done. Let's just say it is little wonder he has struggled to hold down a place for long periods of the season.}

6.) 04 May 2017 08:18:09
Okay, Ed. I remember reading somewhere about how happy he was that he got his dream transfer to United. But, if is sulking then his dream move will soon become a nightmare for him and even for fans who want to watch him play for the United shirt.

Another question, you mentioned Donnarumma's situation is unclear at Milan, may I know what is it?

{Ed001's Note - he is considering his future there. Milan are trying to blame Raiola for stirring it up, but Raiola is doing what his client wants. He knows he can get a top club and wants to assurance Milan are going to stengthen significantly or he will look to leave.}




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21 Jun 2017 09:55:45
Tend to agree with you Wazza. Good move for Darmian though as he gets a return to Turin and to a great club.




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21 Jun 2017 08:25:03
Thanks Ed very interesting. I suppose if, as you say, we are looking to Semedo too he will be surplus to requirements.


{Ed002's Note - Yes Eric - he is not wanted.}



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20 Jun 2017 19:02:58
Perfect Zlatan replacement.




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18 Jun 2017 13:27:01
Which will be subject to more tax 😐

Ronaldo ain't going to happen fellas. Let's move on.




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17 Jun 2017 00:07:09
Another nonsense rumour as nothing is currently happening today on the transfer market. We only signed a player yesterday! I can't believe we haven't signed another within 24 hours.





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22 Jun 2017 13:58:18
I'd be delighted with Matic. Except what our midfield needs. Fabinho would also be a great addition on top of Matic as he came share right back duties too.


{Ed004's Note - Fabinho is also a very good penalty taker. I think his record is 15 out of 16 for Monaco. I watched quite a few games of Monaco this year but I can't remember if Fabinho is in any way dominant in the air or not. Specifically for set pieces. The majority of signings we have been linked with this season are all tall players who are also good on the ball. We are definitely building a very strong physical side}



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19 Jun 2017 22:50:47
To be fair Wazza, I've never rated Walker either as a defender.




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19 Jun 2017 18:40:53
Savic not David obvs.




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19 Jun 2017 18:39:15
You'd rather Spurs' reserve right back over one of the world's top rated right backs in Europe just because he's English?

Let's swap Morata and buy Vardy in that case whilst we're at it. The. You say you don't want Dier but David instead?




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18 Jun 2017 13:27:49
Hell yes.

Won't happen though.