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30 Mar 2020 11:14:03
Sancho rumours gathering pace - any insight Eds on an agreement?

Many thanks.

Ps wanted to get back to football gossip rather than focus in pandemic all the time.

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement at this time.}


1.) 30 Mar 2020 11:30:36
Rumours of him looking at the wage around 400k. that's too much for my liking considering he will cost a lot on transfer fees.


2.) 30 Mar 2020 13:56:47
I read that he has the potential to earn 400k per week including bonuses; not sure what his basic would be.


3.) 03 Apr 2020 00:13:01
I feel the massive chunk of cash to lure Sancho would be better utilised elsewhere. For me the spine isn’t quite right, whether a CB to partner Maguire or CF. But if Pogba goes, there is one almighty hole in the middle. The heart of the team. That for me is the major consideration for OGS in the next window. If Saul is available I would love to see it. He is a leader and all-round midfielder and his name seems to come up often. Not sure why a player would want to leave that Athletico team as they have a terrific chemistry but it always comes down to money.
Ed, is Saul a realistic CM option for Utd?


 

 

01 Feb 2020 11:43:25
Hi Ed - keen to get your insight on the future of Alexis Sanchez please in light of OGS' recent comments on him.

Just find it ofd we scramble around signing Ighalo, when we have a better player on our books who could play striker who we own and are paying for our on loan at Inter?

Many thanks.

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - It is not a simple thing to end a loan early - and in most cases it is not possible - particularly given he has been out injured for most of the season. As I have explained before, Manchester United want him moved on but there is no interest right now.}


1.) 01 Feb 2020 15:01:18
Thanks Ed understood - much appreciated.


 

 

18 Jan 2020 11:32:38
So it looks like we have triggered a two year extension for Eric Bailly. What's everyones thoughts on him - would be good to get the Eds perspective too. Came to the club and looked awesome.

injuries have obviously played a serious part in hampering his progress, but he now looks like a headless chicken when he plays. Can't work it out.

Eric79

1.) 18 Jan 2020 12:01:33
Hopefully keeping him means rojo, jones and smalling are gone. Leave bailly tuanzebe lindelof and maguire. Happy enough if that's the case.


2.) 18 Jan 2020 12:07:52
First season he was brilliant. Great defender. Looked like a top CB. Injuries have hampered his progress.
If he can stay fit, he could work very well with Maguire.

If imagine he might end up getting sold in the near future.


3.) 18 Jan 2020 13:34:16
I think he deserves another chance.

Let him recover from the injury and give him another season but he needs a run of games.


4.) 18 Jan 2020 13:45:32
For me he was better first than Maguires up to now.

There definitely a play in him.


5.) 18 Jan 2020 13:47:12
I'd play him next to Harry M, when fit.


 

 

18 Jan 2020 10:05:05
Bruno Fernandes saying farewell. again. He's fine more farewell tours than Elton John.

Eric79

1.) 18 Jan 2020 11:14:44
According to Simon Stone we have told sporting that unless they drop the fee the deal is dead. €80mill is a lot but our arrogance in negotiations probably doesn't help when dealing with anyone. The scenes if we get battered on Sunday and don't sign Bruno 😱😵😡.


2.) 18 Jan 2020 12:26:07
This feels just like the Harry Maguire deal the same Simon stone reported we was miles apart on valuation for Maguire, 2 days later we announced him.


3.) 18 Jan 2020 12:46:27
Could well be. Maybe announced after tomorrow's game if it all goes badly. Distract the fans etc 😂.


4.) 18 Jan 2020 15:04:35
Ni you are slipping into old habits again. bruno on the brain😂😂😂.


 

 

31 Dec 2019 09:17:40
Hey Eds - anyone in for either Rojo or Jones?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - Fiorentina enquired after Rojo - Italy is one of the countries he is able to move to. Phil Jones signed a new long term contract earlier in the year.}


1.) 31 Dec 2019 12:43:06
Is Rojo able to move to France?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not going to start listing the countries that will and won't let him in to work.}


2.) 31 Dec 2019 13:04:36
Thanks very much Ed - so Jones stays and Rojo has the ‘For Sale’ up.

{Ed002's Note - The Jones situation may depend on Smalling and what happens there - right now he is priced out of a move to Roma even though they have a new owner coming. Rojo is most certainly up for sale with interest from Fiorentina who will look to an offer of no more than €10M in the summer. No doubt his "agents" (and I use that term loosely will be looking for a solution elsewhere as well.}


3.) 31 Dec 2019 14:15:21
Thanks Ed. Smalling seems to he’s settled well into Italian football according to reports.

Anyone else for sale at Old Trafford?

{Ed002's Note - Chris Smalling (CB) The amateurs need to drop the asking price and a move to Roma can go ahead
Nemanja Matic (DM) Possible option for Inter but not first choice
Marcos Rojo (LWB/CB) not wanted - Fiorentina interested
Angel Gomes (CM) wants out - interest has been shown by Borussia Dortmund but the player says he would be open to a move to London if there was a guarantee of playing time - also on Barcelona's lengthy list of Free Agents they are looking at - can talk to interested no English or Welsh sides from January 1
Paul Pogba (CM/AM) wants out - interest from Juventus and from certain parties at Real madrid
Tahith Chong (RW) wants out - interest has been shown by Bayern Munich and Juventus - also on Barcelona's lengthy list of Free Agents they are looking at - can talk to interested no English or Welsh sides from January 1
Juan Mata (AM/RW) Will almost certainly move on in the summer
Alexis Sanchez (LW/F) Inter will keep him but he needs to agree a significant cut in his financial demands}


4.) 31 Dec 2019 14:43:22
Perfecto thanks Ed.


5.) 31 Dec 2019 20:17:30
Re Smalling. According to the media United are asking 20m euros for Smalling. Considering his performances this season where he is considered as one of the top defenders in Serie A and the fees being asked for the likes of Koulibaly, I don't think 20m euros is high. I find it rather low tbh.

{Ed047's Note - anything above a fiver is high for Smalling dev.


6.) 31 Dec 2019 20:21:01
Smalling, playing well in Italy. It's hot most months, lovely place to visit and live. Let's go back to United.


7.) 01 Jan 2020 06:34:00
So Gomes hold end up at Wimbledon maybe? Presuming Barca's short list is somewhat of a LONGlist if Chong and Gomes feature. They have something, but Barcelona level? They need to improve alot.

Smalling is a much better defender than some give credit for. He is better than Rojo and Jones.


8.) 01 Jan 2020 15:32:33
I think we have had enough of Jones, Smalling and rojo as united fans.
Smalling is the best of the lot, but we needed a change and if he moves to Roma he plays in an easier league and we get some money for a 30 year old.


9.) 01 Jan 2020 22:19:09
Why are Gomes and Chong wanting out, lack of game time?


10.) 02 Jan 2020 13:29:20
Damn shame about Gomez and Chong. Don't blame them though. They are being held back at the club.


 

 

 

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28 Feb 2020 22:32:04
Hi Ed,

Any further developments on Chong and Gomes contracts or indeed a move away from the club at all please?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - Gomes has had talks with Inter.}


1.) 29 Feb 2020 02:36:33
I thought it was chong who was talking to inter.

{Ed002's Note - Sorry Chong.}


2.) 29 Feb 2020 03:52:43
Thanks Ed, Inter wants to take Both Gomes and Chong?

{Ed002's Note - No it was a mistake.}


3.) 29 Feb 2020 13:46:03
Thanks Ed. Nobody chasing Gomes yet?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any changes to the situation as previously explained.}


4.) 29 Feb 2020 21:13:06
Why would Inter want Chong? He's pants. Championship level player at best.


 

 

03 Feb 2020 22:17:37
Question to all posters and all Eds:

Will Pogba play for Utd again?

Eric79

1.) 04 Feb 2020 01:07:34
I think he will.


2.) 04 Feb 2020 06:24:44
The euros are coming up so he will declare himself fit ends of feb mid march.
Id do a bastian and send him to train with under 23s till end of season regardless.


3.) 04 Feb 2020 09:52:01
As ken says I think he will call it in until he needs to get fit and sharp for the Euro's.

His latest "set back" will have him out for all of February. I expect him to start again sometime in March, play 6-8 games to get back fit and sharp ready for the Euro's.

Personally I wouldn't play him again. He has taken the piss all season, thrown a tantrum and will only play for the club if it benefits him in playing for his country. Sod that. If it was me he wouldn't get another game for the first team or the reserves, I wouldn't involve him in training matches with the first team, and would probably send him somewhere away from the first team to train.

Then if he gets selected for the France team having played 4 or 5 games in the past year then that's on them. But he certainly won't be match fit or match sharp for them.


4.) 04 Feb 2020 10:48:03
id play the life out of him. Let him get fit for the euros and make as much money out of him as possible by selling him when his stock is at its highest.


5.) 04 Feb 2020 11:02:02
I'm presuming we all believe he's had a fictitious injury and phantom surgery on a complaint that didn't exist then?

The sad truth is we need Pogba back fit and playing well asap. He could make all the difference in the latter stages of the Europa League which is realistically the only way we'll get Champions League football next season.


6.) 04 Feb 2020 11:06:43
Ps - I'm clutching at straws admittedly.


7.) 04 Feb 2020 15:24:25
Should have been sold and replaced the summer passed. I don't care how talented he is or thinks he is.


8.) 04 Feb 2020 16:27:45
DLIB, I have no doubt that Pogba has had an actual injury. Like you said you don't have surgery for no reason.

But tell me this now, had he been on the books at Liverpool this season, where they might break records and go far in the UCL again, do you imagine Pogba might have made a few more appearances for them than he's managed for us? Because I do.

He doesn't want to be here, all he wants is to play for France this summer and move to Spain. He isn't busting a gut to get back fit. And to be honest I can understand his point of view. He has wanted to leave for two years, truth be told he never really wanted to return, he just saw us as a stepping stone to Spain. But twice the club have denied him his dream move. First they blocked a move to Barcelona two years ago, then to Real Madrid last year. Both sides have likely moved on and won't return for him. Leaving a return to Juventus or a move to PSG as the only viable options.

If I was playing for a club that wasn't Manchester United and that club denied me moves to iconic club's like Barcelona and Real Madrid I would be a bit upset myself.

Pogba might not be coverings himself in glory at the moment, but the club are aware of how he acts. He jumped ship at Le Harve to move to us, he then jumped ship to join Juventus when his contract was up. The club knew that he had to be handled a certain way. So this is on the club.

That said Pogba's value will no increase by him playing. Club's know who he is and what he can do. So the club can't really do anything about that. What they can do is take a strong stance, not let Pogba play them like fools and show the rest of the squad that if they don't play ball then neither will the club.

Do you really think Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich or any other too side would allow their players to get away with it?


9.) 04 Feb 2020 19:56:20
Shappy - Pogba gets paid handsomely to represent Utd. He signed a long term contract with the Club and will no doubt have understood the implications of doing so. Players under contract can't just demand to leave, it just doesn't work like that.

Last summer Pogba had had two seasons left on his contact with the option of a further year. Pogba is a World Cup winner. He is one of the world's most iconic, famous and marketable athlete's in sport not just football therefore Utd were well in their rights to ask for a substantial fee especially considering Barcelona payed over £140m for Courtinho not that long ago.

Yes Pogba wanted to leave last summer but he wasn't in a great position to make such demands considering his contractual situation at the time. This will obviously change as his contract runs down and Utd will have a decision to make moving forward.

Whilst I don't necessarily advocate keeping players against their wishes each case must be considered on its own merits. considering Pogba's contractual situation, the rebuild of the squad and Pogba's standing as a world famous athlete I think Utd were entitled to expect Pogba to be professional and represent the Club with honestly and integrity if his valuation wasn't met.

I believe the player is injured, he's had corrective surgery; had he been fit however I firmly believe we would have seen a much better and more consistent Utd.

He's unfortunately not become the player we all hoped and he'll possibly be sold in the summer but a fit Pogba still improves our team. Suggestions that we should dramatically drop our valuation and just let him walk away into the sunset is misguided in my opinion. If someone wants to take him in the summer then they will have to "show us the money" so to speak.

If Pogba wants to ride out his contract for another two years he'll only be damaging his own career and reputation. Surely a compromise can be reached but I don't think there is any chance Pogba will leave Utd for less than we paid for him this summer at least. Let's see what happens.

{Ed002's Note - Actually they can demand to leave and that is how transfers happen - think Bruno Fernandes. You have a very naive view of the matter I am afraid. The club has no interest in compromising and will lose out on the likes of Saul and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic because of this stupidity - as they did with the likes of Donny van de Beek and Giovani Lo Celso.}


10.) 04 Feb 2020 20:23:09
What an odd stance by the decision makers at the club.


11.) 04 Feb 2020 20:20:47
Ed002 - sorry but I'm anything but naive, of course players can demand to leave but if they are under contract there is no guarantee they will get what they want. Not immediately anyway.

Had Utd (or any other Club) not met Sporting's valuation for Fernandes he'd still be at the Club despite his demands just like in the summer window.

Utd will need to compromise or risk being stuck with a disgruntled player for another season where he will enter the last year of his contact.

If Utd choose to do that it neither helps the Club or the player and I'm sure common sense will prevail in the end.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United have plenty of players looking to leave in the summer.}


12.) 04 Feb 2020 20:29:00
Ed002 - Just out of interest what valuation would you place on Pogba?

{Ed002's Note - I have no interest in playing any silly little games with you.}


13.) 04 Feb 2020 20:51:20
Ed002 - Fair enough. It wasn't a game I was genuinely interested to hear your opinion anyway enjoy the rest of your evening.


14.) 04 Feb 2020 21:35:35
Shappy,

Are you seriously suggesting Pogba is tight in his actions?

He has a contract and is paid a ton of money, ergo he should do his job to the best of his abilites, if he doesn't want to, he should buy himself out of his contract and do one, regardless of what his dream is.

He is a disgrace and there is no excuse for his behaviour, unprofessional and childish, not even that good, he has hosted himself on his petard and believes his own hype.

Stick hi. With the under 10s as that is about his level of. intellect and professionalism.


15.) 04 Feb 2020 21:44:22
Read like a head teacher that ed002.


16.) 04 Feb 2020 21:44:24
Ed002 is martial one of those players looking to leave in the summer? 🙏🙏.

{Ed002's Note - No.}


17.) 04 Feb 2020 21:56:46
"Ed002's Note - Manchester United have plenty of players looking to leave in the summer"

That's fantastic news. Thanks Ed002, you've made my day.


18.) 05 Feb 2020 10:54:11
Jonny Blaze, I'm not saying Pogba is right to act the way he has. Just that I can understand his disappointment, and why he might be acting out.

Pogba is a professional footballer and as such he should be expected to act professionally.

That said, since the age of 14 he has had people pouring honey in his ear. Telling him how great he is, how great a footballer he will be. At the age of 16 Manchester United along with many other top clubs were interested in him. He choose to go to United. He then left to go to Juventus, was a multiple title winner and played alongside players like Pirlo. He then became Manchester United's record signing and was hailed as the guy who would get United back on track. All the while he has been growing his social media, clothing lines, and other off field activities. Everyone telling him he is great and always being the centre of attention and getting what he wants.

Then he has a move to Barcelona denied him, he fell out with the manager who dropped him for an academy product. He then turned the dressing room against that manager leading to that manager getting sacked. He was then denied a dream move to Real Madrid to work with his idol Zinedine Zidane.

He has always got his way and has always been the centre of attention.

So although I don't agree with him acting the way he does. I fully understand why he might feel hard done by and unhappy.

My point is the club made a mistake by not understanding him as a person. They made the mistake in bringing him in, and they compounded it by handling him the way they have.

Sir Alex used to not only scout the players ability but their personality and their family support network. He wanted to make sure the club signed the right sort of people. Klopp and Liverpool have a similar approach and they make sure the players they sign will fit the kind of personalities they have at the club.

When Ole talks about a "cultural reset" this is what he means. Our club have brought in players with the wrong personality. Focusing on talent or marketing value.

Harry Maguire might not be the best CB in the world. But his hard working, positive attitude is well documented. For that reason I believe he was chosen over more talented candidates.


 

 

29 Jan 2020 13:29:49
Shows what a portly run club we are. OGS saying Alexis will come back and prove everyone wrong - why let him go then when the squad is so light on any quality.

Secondly, OGS says Rojo going nowhere - 24hrs later he's off to Estudiantes.

Or, does this just show what we all know. Press conferences by managers are a total waste of time and nonsensical.

Eric79

1.) 29 Jan 2020 13:44:08
A lot of things can change within 24hrs.

Everthing Ole says are not meant to happen.

Sanchez may or not return. Better we wait and see what happens, still long way to go betwen now and the summer.

Ole future also is not decided, so nothing to worry about what he keeps saying.


2.) 29 Jan 2020 14:19:10
We’ve been a portly run club since Shaw signed.


3.) 29 Jan 2020 14:42:39
There are things a manager can and can't talk about openly in a press conference.

Until deals are finalised, either coming or going then its not a good idea for the manager to say something until its official.

Imagine if he said Rojo was leaving then the deal collapsed, how would all involved feel/ look?

Sanchez was moved out of the club on loan because they couldn't sell him. If Ole then comes out and says a player still contracted to the club has no future at the club then how does that effect the player and the clubs ability to find a buyer?

Press conferences are to say this guy is fit, this guy isn't. This player has done well, something about the up coming game, but nothing tactical.
It's an exercise in creating a sound bite to sell the up coming game and create a narrative, but to do so in a way that doesn't have any chance of threatening the stability of the club.

Don't listen to anything a manager says during a press conference, or at least don't put any store in to what they say.

Only the stupid managers, or the managers trying to get sacked say anything controversial or enlightening.


4.) 29 Jan 2020 15:00:44
Imagine Fergie saying it and you’re already thinking 🤔 yep keeping the value up on Alexis.

Ole comes across like a clown but it’s obvious he’s not going to say ‘yes we can’t wait for Alexis to be back in full payroll and in the physio office. He WhatsApped me that can’t wait to get the dogs out of kennels and take up Rivington’.


5.) 29 Jan 2020 15:18:59
Bang on Shappy. As far as I can make out, these press conferences and after match interviews are part of the EPL marketing program, and are compulsory. Most of the time managers would probably prefer not to give them, and sometimes, when they are under real pressure, after an abject performance for example, it must be an ordeal from hell.

I have watched just enough to know (maybe 3) that they get asked a lot of very boring, repetitive and often completely inane questions, and that answers to all sensitive topics have to be skirted around. Total waste of time if you ask me.


6.) 29 Jan 2020 15:58:47
It's like when people call Ole a Glazer puppet or a yes man for what he says in the press.

Was Sir Alex a weak minded little yes man? Absolutely not, yet he did say things in the press such as "no value" in the transfer market. Fact is managers will say what they need to say to maintain a level of stability and happiness within their squad of players.

Good managers don't rock the boat, at least not publicly.


7.) 29 Jan 2020 16:36:17
I think you answered your own question, Eric.


 

 

04 Jan 2020 23:52:51
Well - I'd have taken 0-0 before kick off away at Wolves given our recent performances there that's for sure.

Eric79

1.) 05 Jan 2020 10:24:06
Agree Eric it is the most we could have hoped for.
We are still in the cup. maybe romero gave ole his mark robins moment.
Kept us in the game and in the cup.


 

 

03 Jan 2020 13:32:23
Hi Ed2 -
Keen to get your view on who is the worst run club. Given your critical views on Utd and Arsenal being run like amateurs, who are the most inept? Or are there others that are even more so?

Eric79

{Ed002's Note - Both clubs are badly run - Arsenal's problems stem from (a) the structure of the management, and (b) spending money unwisely in the summer. Manchester United are completely out of touch with reality and are run like an amateur side as I have said. Deportivo Maldonado are likely worse run.}


1.) 03 Jan 2020 13:50:06
Didn't we have an agreement with deportivo maldonado years ago, where did those 5 clazz bralians that were coming ever go to.


2.) 03 Jan 2020 13:56:55
Ed002, that's simply untrue. You are a stark raving looney coming on here spouting off with your ill informed opinions.
Deportivo Maldonado are not worse run.
How dare you?
😚.


3.) 03 Jan 2020 15:19:07
Haha Ken imitation is the greatest form of compliment, thanks.


4.) 03 Jan 2020 18:15:28
Just googled Deportivo Maldonado Eds002 you never fail to crack me up😂.


5.) 03 Jan 2020 18:32:45
imagine being thirsty and you are quoted £5 for a bottle of water. Would you pay over the odds to quench your thirst or would you suffer so you can go to the supermarket and pay market price of £1?

Without me preparing, I'd have to pay the £5, had I planned well, I would have gone to the supermarket bought a bottle and carried it with me. United are so slow and it does not seem they do any form of planning and instead come up with this value in the market, right price guff. without planning, they have messed up and will need to pay over the odds.


 

 

 

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21 Mar 2020 22:13:05
Global pandemic guys. We can’t even go out for a beer or bite to eat. Football is done for a while.

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16 Mar 2020 23:47:51
Not going to happen. We are in it for the medium to long haul. No more football 😭.

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13 Mar 2020 23:46:54
Only way to do it is to cancel it all. My concern is civil unrest when we have nothing to pre-occupy us when we are all at home with nothing to do.

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01 Feb 2020 15:01:18
Thanks Ed understood - much appreciated.

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31 Jan 2020 23:52:10
Read an article which sums this up perfectly. In a scenario where Haaland for £20m was perfect, and signing Joshua King for twice that, Ighalo on loan is an incredibly sensible middle ground.

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31 Mar 2020 08:26:13
Well done guys - stay safe all and keep healthy.

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26 Mar 2020 20:50:29
No OGS on the list? 😂.

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14 Mar 2020 20:07:58
Despite all this, I still love having him in charge - compared to Jose, LVG, Moyes he’s brilliant.

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14 Mar 2020 20:06:28
Think he deserved a chance. He’s a great player.

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09 Mar 2020 19:45:38
Most football clubs cannot survive without gate receipts. Think of all those clubs in League One and Two and non-league. No crowds, no gate receipts, no chance.

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