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30 Jan 2019 23:40:43
One day to go - do we think there will be incoming signings to United?


1.) 31 Jan 2019 03:02:31
I can’t see it happening unless significant people leave.

It should be up to the new manager and Ole or the new guy hasn’t been announced yet. Plus it’s very difficult and expensive to prise players away from clubs with little time to find replacements themselves. So you’re looking at players who have run down their contracts and unwanted players normally.

2.) 31 Jan 2019 03:12:27
Tielemans And Rabiot to bolster our midfield?
Any takers?

3.) 31 Jan 2019 08:24:28
Loan for Tielemans would add some much needed depth in midfield and a potential rotation option for Pogba.

4.) 31 Jan 2019 16:05:28
Doesnt make the cut at a seriously below average Monaco side, what makes him good enough to play for Manchester United?

5.) 01 Feb 2019 07:54:30
One player can’t carry a bad team MPez, not on their own.



03 Aug 2016 18:36:46
Anyone linking United with Draxler? I thought I'd seen mention of interest on here before and reports saying he's asking to leave Wolfsburg.


1.) 04 Aug 2016 07:24:25

I, for one, would love to Draxler at Utd, but, I think Arsenal have their noses in front!

Price quoted aswell? IS ALOT!

The guy from Besiktas I think Jose likes and is way cheaper! Özyakup I think his name is? He's only 23, so around the same age?

I like Ozan Tufan too DM, but snapping up two players from the same club would be hard?

Another option to Ozan is Ruben Neves who may be alittle rough round the edge still, but a classier player!



11 Jul 2016 22:03:56
I heard that we are in for Walcott - from someone at the club who has never mentioned signings before

Anyone hear anything on this?


1.) 11 Jul 2016 22:11:05
Change your name to wacko jacko.

2.) 11 Jul 2016 22:19:41
If we can get him for under 100million I'm up for it :-)

3.) 11 Jul 2016 22:28:00
I like him. Needs a fresh start, pace and finishing. Why not.

4.) 11 Jul 2016 22:45:21
Because he is injury prone, has no end product and is another over-hyped English man.

Got to say I do like him whenever he talks, intelligent and nice bloke. But we currently have Mata to fit the nice guy, but not good enough quota, with Herrera potentially a close second.

5.) 11 Jul 2016 23:15:17
He can't get into an Arsenal or England team that fails to win the major trophies yet you would have him in our team?

6.) 13 Jul 2016 09:09:29
Think there may be a reason this person has never mentioned signings before!

7.) 13 Jul 2016 11:44:57
No better than lingard imo and lingard works harder I wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole. Unless Jones gets lonely at the physios and needs someone to make faces at.

8.) 13 Jul 2016 15:02:24
Lingard every time over Walcott!



31 Aug 2015 23:48:19
Wilson to Bolton -- apparently - anybody heard anything?





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06 Feb 2019 21:02:17
My thoughts for players leaving in the summer include

What’s everyone else’s views?


1.) 06 Feb 2019 21:50:48
How do you get rid of sanchez and lukaku provided they don't want to go to china?

Other than that i agree with the other four.

2.) 06 Feb 2019 21:56:48
Mmm 3 of our front 6.not sure about that jacko.
Id put darmian on that list.

3.) 06 Feb 2019 22:09:04
Agree Ken.

It’s Darmian, Rojo, Jones, Valencia and probably Mata.

There’s no real chance of Sánchez or Lukaku leaving due to wages and transfer fees etc.

With Fellaini already gone can only see 4 or 5 more leaving. With only 4 new signings. Plus promote players like Chong and Tuanzebe etc to the first team squad.

4.) 06 Feb 2019 22:11:29
Darmian a good shout too
For me Mata and Sánchez lack the pace of the league
And Lukaku has the touch of a Bulgarian midwife
We have kids who deserve a chance and I’d supplement them with a new signing up front.

5.) 06 Feb 2019 22:18:45
Too many first teamers there to go in one window. Two of those will go, 3 at a push.

6.) 06 Feb 2019 23:17:40
I'd keep mata If he'd be happy as a squad player. Knows what the club is about and a class individual as well as a player. For me players like jones and rojo need to be out much quicker than mata. If Alexis doesn't start pulling his weight he needs to go too.

7.) 06 Feb 2019 23:21:53
With potential injuries, suspensions its a risk to let so many go at once. i'd think it would take 2 - 3 windows to get rid of that lot. I don't disagree with the choice to go but i reckon a slower turnaround is more likely. Darmian, Rojo and Sanchez first with the others to follow. Hopefully suitable replacements will come in or be promoted.

8.) 07 Feb 2019 05:26:16
Selling both Lukaku and Sanchez in a single window would be madness.
A long term injury to Rashford and we will be without a striker which could derail the entire season.

Moreover, there is no guarantee that Greenwood or Chong would come in and straight away start banging in goals and assists. They could get overwhelmed by the physicality and intensity of the premier league.

On the other hand, a replacement for Lukaku as well as Sanchez will cost a lot of money. Clubs would double/ triple their asking price once they know about United's interest.

9.) 07 Feb 2019 07:17:04
The problem is we have an over bloated squad with over 28 players, if youngsters are going to have any chance of breaking through we need to bring it down to a 24 man squad.

The issue we have with that at the moment is we have several injury prone players so there is a reluctance to do so.

However, most people agree we need at least 4 new players this summer, maybe 5. If we added 5 new players our squad would be 33 players. So 9 first team players would need to leave to bring that down to around 24.

Darmian, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Andreas Pereira, Joel Pereira, McTominay, Mata.

With a RB, CB, CDM, CM and a winger. Promote Tuanzebe and one of Chong, Gomes or Greenwood with the other two going out on loan.

10.) 07 Feb 2019 07:24:05
Agree with shappy. It is bloated. Mata's a great guy but what does he offer on the pitch?

Talk of a new deal for jones. Baffling.

11.) 07 Feb 2019 07:35:54
I think we would all agree the priorities right now are defence then midfield then attack.
For me, People to leave (with suitable replacements coming in) in order of preference is:
McTomm, Pireirra, Fred depending on the rest of this season.
Mata - I personally would keep him for his technical ability and professionalism, influence on youth (not his speed) . But we should replace him with more speed/ crosses on the right when we can

In the one window I don’t think we should or would change more than 3 or 4 at a pinch or it could be destabilising. New players take time to bed in.

I would be happy with the first 3 leaving if we bought a suitable RB and CB. Jones too if we bought a RB and 2 CB’s or promoted Tuanzebe to the first team squad. (he has played RB too)
I think we may bring in another midfielder without letting any go until Jan2020. But this could also see the lesser of the 3 midfielders leave.
I would let Mata go if we opted for speed on the RW
That would be ithe options with a max of 4 changes for the summer window for me.

12.) 07 Feb 2019 07:56:18
P. S.
I would add to my list of departures - Lee Grant. Nothing against him as he seems to have fit in well but he is taking a spot in the squad that Joel P or Dean Henderson should have. it is not a high priority though just in terms of squad numbers.

Mort - I agree about Jones - he has been a good servant but he has had his opportunity and shown that he will not reach the level Sir Alex expected. Time for Tuanzebe now.

13.) 07 Feb 2019 10:16:04
I forgot about Grant, plus what to do with TFM? Is he good enough or does he need to move on?

14.) 07 Feb 2019 11:37:04
Move on shappy.

15.) 07 Feb 2019 11:38:48
Joel and Dean need to be playing, Grant doesn’t. He is happy as number 3 and that is where i would leave him.

What kind of development plan is it for JP and DH to sit as 3rd choice here and get little or NO game time.

The only way they stay here and not go out on loan again next season is if Romero goes.

16.) 07 Feb 2019 14:34:46
That’s an option too. I hav3nt seen enough of JP or DH to know if they are ready to take Romero’s spot. Romero has been very soliD back up for DDG.

17.) 07 Feb 2019 23:17:29
Let's face it. While DDG is here, no other keeper is going to get much game time. That's the way of the world when you're a keeper. If you're not first choice, and none of ours are by a long way, then very little game time. Joel and Dean, for the sake of their own careers, won't be here in 5 years time, unless one of them is happy being David's understudy.



30 Jan 2019 16:23:42
Mata for Coutinho anybody?


1.) 30 Jan 2019 16:40:54
You (and the press) are having a laugh.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 16:44:24
I wouldn't trade Fellaini for Coutinho. Said two years ago he was over rated.

3.) 30 Jan 2019 16:44:34
Nope, we need quick mobile energetic forwards. Nicolas Pepe, Ante Rebic or Hirving Lozano if we do look to bring in a versatile forward.

4.) 30 Jan 2019 22:35:48
In what way is Coutinho overrated, out of curiosity?

5.) 31 Jan 2019 04:52:38
3rd most expensive player of all time at 25 (so he’s in and around his peak/ prime), yet he’s not near the best 20 players in the world.

6.) 31 Jan 2019 08:03:38
Couthino is a very good player, not relly sure where he would fit in at united.

7.) 31 Jan 2019 12:47:48
He had a good six month spell and went for a huge price over his real value. If anyone's watched him at Barcelona he's struggled. All he does is cut in and shoot (wide) from 30 yards.

8.) 31 Jan 2019 14:13:49
Ive watched him for years he is a very good player . Its not down to him what people pay for him .

9.) 31 Jan 2019 18:06:31
He is a very good player. I agree that its hard to see where he fits into our team.
No truth in the rumours according to ed002.



13 Jul 2018 23:59:30
Mourinho has said often enough that he likes a small squad with two players for every position. If that’s the case how many centre backs do we need?
We have Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Bailly, Lindeloff, then Tuanzebe and RoShaun Williams both coming through - and we want another one
I guess one will be sold but does this mean Jose is considering 3 at the back again?
I Matic sat in front of the CB’s and slotted in between them when we had possession a lot of last season too.

Also if we buy another midfielder- then Matic dropping into a 3, with a 5 of 2 wing backs and 3 in the middle let's us play with 2 upfront. Lukaku and Rashford, or Martial or Sanchez.

The 3 in midfield of Fred, Pogba and Herrera - or another signing

Wingbacks Dallot Young Valencia or Shaw or TFM

Anyone thoughts?


1.) 14 Jul 2018 00:32:37
I agree that we should sell one or more of the center backs. I would rank them Bailly, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling, Rojo. Jones is a good player, but too injury prone to be counted on. Smalling is shaky on the ball and I'm always afraid of a major error in a big game. Rojo has a good battling mentality but he simply is not that good of a defender. I would love to Tuanzebe come through. Admittedly I have not seen Williams but I have heard good things about him.

No matter how the pecking order plays out, there still is not a natural leader among them right now. Lindelof seems like a good organizer, but he may be not be ready just yet. If he can put together a good string of games this year, especially partnering Bailly, that will be enough to ask of him. A proven leader like a Bonucci would make a lot of sense.

2.) 14 Jul 2018 13:46:34
Rojo isn't good enough to be in a top six teams squad. He has to go. Jones will never be injury free and Smalling has peaked.

The future has to be Bailly and Lindleof and one another top CB.



28 Jan 2018 08:22:30
Speculation about as to who will replace Carrick and Fellaini in midfield
Jorginho being talked about in the papers - who do you guys think are good fits?


1.) 28 Jan 2018 09:23:00
I think a CM who can drop deep and be considered a playmaker is the most important signing we could make this summer. While we may sign players who are better than the player we sign for this role, I feel it gives us a different option hence it's importance. For me we will see Fellaini, Mata and Herrera go as well as Carrick.

Having someone who is similar to Michael Carrick in that they control the game through their passing would give us a huge amount of options in midfield. At the moment we tend to play 4231 or 433. When we play 433 it's Pogba, Matic and another. However, with Carrick not there we will not have a player who pick the ball up from the CB's and get the attack started or seemingly be always available for a pass. Jorginho is very good at this and would be a good signing. We can use 4231 against weaker sides as we don't need so much midfield protection.

Getting a player like this means we can change our midfield personnel to be more suited to each opponent rather than asking our current players to change their role from game to game. We're currently seeing Pogba trying to do it all in that he is picking the ball up from the CB's a lot but also is our most creative player going forward. Take away the need for him to be our playmaker from deep as well as an attacking threat and just let him play higher up the pitch. Matic is also doing this but against the best teams it is clear he is not a playmaker and his primary role should be to protect the back four and intercept.

If we sign Jorginho and Milinkovic (ideally even though we are looking at a lot of money for both) we would then have 4 quality CM's to choose from to fit 3 positions if we play 433 which in my opinion is our best formation. Each of these players offer something different to the other as Milinkovic while being big and physical is not a defensive midfielder. He is fairly unique in a similar way to Pogba in that despite his size and physicality he is a great dribbler. He's also a big goalscoring threat arriving late into the box which I wouldn't want to see stifled by playing him deeper.

I don't believe we would need a replacement for Herrera as we have Fosu Mensah who should be a squad player next season to cover full back and defensive midfield and Pereira coming back who should get some game time as as 10, wide forward in the same role as Mata or CM. Again they offer some different qualities to those above.

2.) 28 Jan 2018 09:51:37
Watched a 10 min YouTube clip of milinkovic which I appreciate is only a highlights package but I couldn't help but be impressed. Two footed skilful he immediately reminded me of de bruyne in the way he ran with the ball. Yes he would cost a lot but at 22 he is the sort of player that we should be in the mix for.

3.) 28 Jan 2018 10:39:17
There's continuing rumours about Serri too.

4.) 28 Jan 2018 12:00:17
Julian Weigl would be the perfect signing: comfortable in front of back 4, great passer, especially out to the wings and seems to have temperament to succeed.

5.) 28 Jan 2018 12:18:23
Weigl, Jorginho it Dendoncker would be brilliant replacements for Carrick and would give great cover/ competition to Matic.

I agree a 433 is our best option going forward as it is best for Pogba. Milonkovic-Savic would be phenomenal but wouldn’t refuse a Toni Kross or even Fabregas signing for that position.

Matic, Pogba plus two more along with Herrera and Pereira would be comfortable. Lingard gives us the option of playing a 10 at times if we want and obviously Sanchez can play there too. Letting Mata go would also mean more chances for Gomes as a 10 next season.

So 2 midfielders, a top CB, replace Zlatan with a Fox in the box type and we’re laughing. Add to this TFM for RB, Tuanzebe for CB, Pereira for CM and Gomes for 10 and we’d have a squad with a fantastic mix of youth/ experience, with players able to play different styles and systems. Offload Darmian, Smalling, Jones, Fellaini and Mata along with Carrick and Zlatan. Fantasy Football stuff perhaps 🙈.

6.) 28 Jan 2018 13:38:18
Offload Jones and Smalling? Don't see that happening.

7.) 28 Jan 2018 14:27:50
Weigl looks a decent player, but our recent track record in buying players from the Bundesliga wouldn't exactly fill me with confidence.

8.) 28 Jan 2018 22:38:20
Ndidi at Leicester?



21 Jan 2018 12:04:50
Some people suggesting that Vidal may join on a free in the summer
What’s people’s thoughts on that? Looks like a big money Tom Cleverley to me.


1.) 21 Jan 2018 14:13:44
Are you joking? He’s class you’ve obviously never watched him play.

{Ed004's Note - I would be a bit concerned. No doubt a world class player but doesn't he have a lot of baggage}

2.) 21 Jan 2018 14:20:23
Think we all can agree that in some games a midfield 3 is needed. Herreras declining form in 2017, Carricks retiring and fellaini apparent contract stand off makes signing 1 or 2central midfield a priority.

If we go big then it has to be Dybala. Vidal on his last leg. If signed Vidal then his role would be as cover to matic and playing the odd 15-20 games mostly cup and from the bench. wouldn't think it would appeal to him.

3.) 21 Jan 2018 14:27:44
i thought this rumour would resurface now that Alexis is joining due to the Chile connection. I know he has had a few injury problems (knees i believe) but if he can stay fit he will be an incredible signing. Always wish we had signed him when he left Juve. Would be perfect in midfield. I say if there is a chance then we must make it happen, especially on a free. The guy is class and I think chelsea have been sniffing around him.

4.) 21 Jan 2018 14:37:49
He can be a loose canon at times and is almost guaranteed to be sent off a couple times in a season. He would bring a lot of fight into our midfield. If he’s available we should be fighting for his signature.

{Ed004's Note - I do think we need two midfield signings if we are to play 433. Vidal/another box to box cm and Weigl would be good business}

5.) 21 Jan 2018 14:46:39
Milinkovic-Savic although seems he might be difficult due to a lots of teams being interested.

6.) 21 Jan 2018 16:03:40
I want someone to play alongside matic who loves a tackle and and control matches with their passing ability and then push pogba further up!

7.) 21 Jan 2018 16:41:56
Kante would have been the dream signing and perfect foil for matic and pogba. I think Weigl is class ed he reminds me of Carrick in him pomp. Milinkovic Savic is the player we should move heaven and earth for but he will be extremely expensive. Matuidi would have been a steal before for us when he left PSG. I would prefer to have creativity rather than someone who is an engine as we lack creativity at times in the middle this season. So Vidal or Weigl would my ideal picks seeing as though Milinkovic Savic May be difficult to attain.

8.) 21 Jan 2018 17:22:14
Another typical, ready-made José player. If we need a central midfielder for the short term, there's a lot worse out there. Still prefer Sshnider, tho.




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11 Jan 2016 23:55:59
As there are no comments from any of the Eds so far - I'm thinking that there are no legs in this.
Would he partner Schneiderlin or be competition for that place? would this mean that Felliani is OK for transfer?




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31 Dec 2015 14:31:19
Ed002 - I love your responses - they simply answer the question asked - ha! Which CB's do you think are of interest to United at the moment?

Thanks in advance of any response.


{Ed002's Note - I have answered this already.}



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21 Aug 2015 19:53:26
I don't know about Evans being included in a deal for Stones but I'd take a straight swap for a shiny pebble right now based upon last few seasons




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If true this continues Woodwards strategy of bidding less than is required to purchase the player as done all the way through the window

If they are trying to do that so that they can say they have tried - that won't pacify the fans

And why wait to the end of the window before randomly bidding for him? Doesn't sound right to me but I would take anyone right now over TC23.





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20 Apr 2019 19:25:01
I think people are being harsh on Ashley Young - never United quality but at least he tries.




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26 Mar 2019 10:40:45
Still laughing at Liberace
#Genius 🎹🎹🎹😂😂😂.




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06 Feb 2019 22:11:29
Darmian a good shout too
For me Mata and Sánchez lack the pace of the league
And Lukaku has the touch of a Bulgarian midwife
We have kids who deserve a chance and I’d supplement them with a new signing up front.




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27 Aug 2017 16:11:20
Ha - seen below - our posts must have crossed

Still hope we have a signing before the window to give Jose the 4 he wanted - obviously as a Jackson I'd want 5 though.




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06 Jul 2017 20:00:30
Thanks for answering Ed025
Quite exciting
Perhaps a few signings will happen now