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Where from: Surrey

Favourite player: Paul Scholes

Best team moment: Treble Winning Season of 1999

Interests: Football Coaching/Management

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10 Jun 2019 09:44:29
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
According to Van der Kraan, Van de Beek is keen on a move to us. His preferred destinations are either ourselves or Spurs.

I like the player, what are the thoughts of others?

Ed (s), is there interest from us?


{Ed002's Note - The player has often said he would like to play for Spurs at some point and there is known interest from half a dozen or more sides - but not Manchester United. The plan is that he will stay in Ajax one more year.}

1.) 10 Jun 2019 10:35:10
I’ve never seen us linked to him. Looks a decent player tbf, tidy on the ball. As ed said, spurs looks a more likely destination. Think there are better options out there for us.

2.) 10 Jun 2019 10:50:14
Thanks, Ed!



18 Jun 2018 17:04:14
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Ed's do you any info on the Fred transfer? Did we end up signing him?

Enjoy the game tonight all.


{Ed002's Note - Obviously he won't be joining before the end of the month.}



31 May 2018 18:16:46
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Interesting reports starting to appear, personally the Arnautovic rumours I find ridiculous but I hope Willian happens in terms of where experience can be added. Fred would also be an excellent signing IMO. At CB I wonder if we can expect to see someone coming in, what are people's thoughts on that position specifically?
Ed is there interest in Arnautovic from United or is this the media being thrown a bone?

Hope everyone has an excellent Summer (when it arrives) .


{Ed004's Note - There is interest in centre backs. Ed2 a few months ago mentioned Umtitti and Upamecano as targets and most recently Alderwerield is gaining a lot of attention. I disagree with William as I feel we need better quality. Would like Fred to sign and if there's any truth in thiago being available we should be all over that Lastly, I can't see Arnautovic happening at all}

1.) 31 May 2018 23:49:44
Rather take a punt on bringing Memphis back than sign Arnautovic.

2.) 01 Jun 2018 08:47:05
Thanks for the reply Ed - Toby is the best CB in the league IMO but we have barely seen him play this year. Would be a fantastic signing. We’ll have to agree to disagree with Willian mate, I’m a huge fan. Thiago would be an incredible signing, top top player.



20 Jan 2018 18:59:06
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Norwood has spoken, 48 hours time.


1.) 20 Jan 2018 21:01:03
Isn’t this the third 48hrs this week? :D.

2.) 20 Jan 2018 21:12:12

This one is right though, welcome Alexis.



20 Dec 2017 07:49:04
Merry Christmas to all, thanks to the Eds as always for the site.
Brilliant transfer rumour circulating this morning regarding Eden Hazard, Eds can you shed any further light on this one yet?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach by Manchester United to Hazard's agent and I can confirm that there has been no approach to Chelsea about the player from Manchester United.}

1.) 20 Dec 2017 11:36:24
I think as the window opens it is good to always use this method before asking the Ed’s questions.

Does it sound too good to be true?

Yes - then it isn’t true, don’t bother asking.

No - it’s still probably not true, but there may be a small chance so worth asking.

2.) 20 Dec 2017 16:43:09
I thought Hazard and Señor José didn't get along?

3.) 21 Dec 2017 00:33:11
Let's be realistic why on earth would Chelsea sell their best player to an English rival its not like they need the money so it's not going to happen. Please think it through and don't waste Eds time and goodwill.

4.) 21 Dec 2017 12:38:06
People said Jose and Matic fell out. Doubt they'd make the mistake in selling to us again though.

5.) 21 Dec 2017 17:51:43
Selling Matic wasn't a mistake. Neither was Mata's sale. Selling Eden would be a mistake though. But there's no way in hell he's moving to Manchester. If he moves it'll be to Madrid.

6.) 21 Dec 2017 20:40:43
It seems like a mistake pal. You finished top last season. What position you going to finish this one?

7.) 22 Dec 2017 06:33:52
Probably top 4. At least we should get top 4. But not winning the league won't be because we sold Matic. It'll be because there's a certain team that's gone on an insane run of form. Matic isn't the one we miss.

8.) 22 Dec 2017 14:05:47
When utd played chelsea jose slapped hands with almost every chelsea player coming out of the tunnel except hazard.




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21 Jun 2019 07:31:54
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Isn't it about time we stopped letting fees for players bother us for the following reasons:
1) it's not coming out of our own pockets
2) do any of us really know £1 for £1 what it all equates to?
3) we are all in agreement that the money being passed around for players is ridiculous so why keep saying it
4) all that really should matter to us is getting players in that improve the current squad

The biggest frustration for me is EW over seeing the success of these transfers as he clearly isn't experienced enough to deal with it. He needs to go over have responsibilities linked to transfers taken away from him. I don't give a monkeys how much the player costs, if we've got the money then pay it, or move on!


1.) 21 Jun 2019 07:44:22
KG, we have little knowledge of football finances, but I’ve never understood people who say “just pay what it takes”.

Why should we pay more than another club for a player?
Look at the mess it has got us in to with wages.
There are also budgets to consider.
Getting the best deal for your business is simple logic.

I understand we need players but spending £70m on a right back that’s had one good season is not sustainable. You only have to look at our very own club to realise that.

2.) 21 Jun 2019 07:50:49
He’s been in the top job for 7 years now so you’d have thought he might have picked up some experience by now.

3.) 21 Jun 2019 09:48:42
@Wazza, we can look at different targets, but any RB at the level we need is going to be expensive, especially as it's Utd looking to buy. If we just refuse to pay over the odds, we won't get a good enough player. It doesn't matter how good the value for money is, if they aren't good enough to improve us, it's wasted money.

Conversely, it doesn't matter how much they should be objectively valued at, if all the good players are overpriced, then that's simply the way supply and demand works, and we just have to pay what's asked and move on.

There are only so many RB's of sufficient quality, and if we refuse to pay the cost for AWB, the next club we approach is just going to ramp up the asking price for their player. Sooner or later we end up paying 50m for a player who isn't even as good as Valencia. Better to just pay the 65-70m and get a player who actually improves us.

4.) 21 Jun 2019 10:56:09
We pay a premium almost every time as it is.

It matters because if we spend our budget on 2 players when we need 4, then we are weaker over all.

It's a business at the end of the day. If you stop negotiating the situation gets worse and worse.

I agree if you are going to buy a player then buy a sure thing at our level - but is AWB a sure thing? Most of us hadn't heard of him this time last year, he has been playing at Palace which is different to playing at Utd, ask Zaha. The scouts should do their job and the academy should do their's. The manager should also blood young players when the need arises, this gives us the ability to walk away from deals if they don't work and don't act like a desperate school girl at a night club!

I have limited faith in our ability to sign the right players at the moment, we have a habit of taking star players for lesser clubs and ruining them.

5.) 21 Jun 2019 10:56:33

We need 5 players. And let's pretend that the powers that be also know that we need 5 players as well.

So do we "pay whatever it takes" to bring in 3 players. And then not sign the other two?

We have to recruit, there's no doubt about it. There are many players out there who will improve our dated squad, whether that be first, second or third choice targets.

If a deal can't be agreed because other clubs are asking for too much money, we should move onto others.

If you were looking to buy a house with a £500K budget, would you say "na, I want that one for £800K, I'll just pay whatever it takes"?

No you wouldn't, because you need to buy a house but you have a budget to stick to. If you go over that budget you get yourself into financial difficulty.

Which is pretty much where the club is at right now, with a high wage bill as a result of over-paying in the past.

6.) 21 Jun 2019 12:35:57
No Wazza, but at the same time, if I was trying to buy a home for my family of 5, I wouldn't buy a studio apartment just because it was reasonably priced, and all the 3 bedroom houses where going for inflated prices. I need a 3 bedroom house, even if it's overpriced, and a 1 bedroom flat isn't going to work no matter how reasonably priced it is.

I'm not saying we pay whatever they ask for this one specific player, just that every player Utd go for will be over-valued, just because it's Utd, and sooner or later we have to pay up, or miss out on the players who would actually improve us, and money spent on players who don't improve us is a waste.



13 Jun 2019 08:28:03
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
M. R. Appears to have had his 3 month ban on transfer activity involvement suspended. He has also described recent speculation surrounding De Ligt to PSG as 'fake news'.

I'm really stumped here, it seems so unlikely, it seems very improbable, but the longer this goes on the more it seems as though De Ligt could well end up at United this Summer.


1.) 13 Jun 2019 09:40:23
Wouodnt mind if the guy was a world class player.

Hes had a good season but nothing warrants the amounts being thrown around.

Mino is a virus of a agent and I wouod stay clear of anymore of his players he is a leech.

2.) 13 Jun 2019 09:49:13
He won't, the only reason he isn't at Barcelona already is Mino wants more money.

The rumours are that we are targeting a CB, but we are prioritising other positions. So I doubt we will get dragged into a bidding war for De Ligt.



Comparison of 5 Top Goalkeepers in Europe That Manchester United Should Look At

22 May 2019 19:25:29
{Ed's Note - KingGiggsy has posted a new article entitled, Comparison of 5 Top Goalkeepers in Europe That Manchester United Should Look At


1.) 22 May 2019 21:48:14
Nice write up giggsy. I think if we are looking to implement a building from the back approach then that rules out Oblak and Donnarumma. And funnily enough they would be my choices if/ when DDG leaves. Donnarumma has had a really good season from what I’ve seen. But his weakness with the ball at his feet is a big deficiency. I like Mendy he’s promising. But I do really think we can survive a year with Romero and Henderson fighting it out. Henderson isn’t ready yet, and Romero is a more than adequate fill in. I do think we can live without a Ederson type sweeper keeper if we have cbs who can build from the back. So Oblak would be my choice.

2.) 22 May 2019 23:00:52
Would like to see the percentages against what Romero has done, I for a long time think he may be the best keeper for United.

3.) 22 May 2019 23:15:23
Henderson is the best keeper at United and will be England no1
Why is he not ready park?
He is a top keeper and will improve. I've seen lots of him and he is more than ready.
He is a million miles better now than ddg was when he joined.

4.) 22 May 2019 23:23:16
why waste money when romero has never let us down.

5.) 23 May 2019 08:31:47
Ken 😂😂😂😂.

6.) 23 May 2019 10:17:49
I meant best keeper if ddg leaves of course😂
But he is better now than ddg was when he arrived.
Im not suggesting he has the same ceiling as ddg but when ddg arrived he was poor for 12 months. Henderson is better than that by a long way.

7.) 23 May 2019 10:32:55
Ken i like your optimism. i think henderson will be a top keeper. but no 1 for united is a huge step to no1 at Sheffield united. especially with a shocking defence in front of him. romero deserves the chance.

8.) 23 May 2019 12:45:12
I'd loan Hendo back out to SUFC. See how does then bring him back next summer.

9.) 23 May 2019 13:03:00
I think more people need to watch the Championship. Henderson wasn't just the best keeper at Sheffield United, he was the best keeper in the Championship. He was a big reason for Sheffield United having the best defensive record, he commanded his back line. The area he needs to improve is playing out from the back.

He is at the same stage as DDG was when he became our No.1. However, when DDG became No.1 he had a great defence ahead of him. That said Henderson is used to the culture and the more ready for the EPL.

Personally I feel Henderson needs to be first choice in the EPL next season. So I would loan him back to Sheffield United for a season after tying him down to a new long term deal. Then have Romero as No.1 next season with Grant and Joel Pereira as back up.

10.) 23 May 2019 13:03:50
Romero is not that good imo.
Decent but not great .
Never really let us down to be fair but was not good v wolves in the cup.
Henderson will be englands no 1 within next 12 months imo.

11.) 23 May 2019 13:23:45
If DDG leaves Romero then Henderson all day long. Don’t waste money on a new keeper when we have those two and other areas to strengthen.

12.) 23 May 2019 15:01:19
That being said Shappy, he made a hell of a lot of mistakes and threw away a lot of points in big games for them at various times in the season. Definitely needs a season in the prem, also has quite the attitude on him, sometimes good but also gets the best of him at times.

13.) 23 May 2019 15:15:52
Which games to you refer to anon?

14.) 23 May 2019 16:27:19
Anon, he's 20 years old, every keeper will make mistakes its how they recover and from what I've seen he has the confidence and character to do just that, I watched him make 2 mistakes against villa which cost goals, he stood up, went to the fans, held his hands up and moved on, that to me shows the signs of a top keeper in the making.

15.) 23 May 2019 16:59:40
Ideally Henderson would have a season in the PL with Sheffield United and then be 100% proven. Think this is what Ole wants but with DDG not signing a new contract that means we probably have to sell him this summer and so then a decision has to be made about Henderson.
I believe he is going to be good enough.

16.) 23 May 2019 17:03:42
I saw that game wiggy he had a mare but was man of match the following week.

17.) 24 May 2019 10:58:01
I know Henderson fairly well and can say a few things will have to change for him to be at the club next season .
The lad has other things lined up.



22 May 2019 08:40:50
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
If the piece I wrote two days ago on 'Potential CBs for Summer Signings' was well received, I'd be happy to put together a similar review for other positions.
Thoughts? Any positions, players to compare in particular?


{Ed001's Note - surely goalkeepers is the obvious one next?}

1.) 22 May 2019 09:52:54
I think we are well stocked on goalkeepers. Romero is the best No.2 in the league. Grant is solid, we then have two highly rated young keepers in Joel Pereira and Dean Henderson.

I would think CM, or RW would be more worthwhile.

2.) 22 May 2019 11:33:46
Unless Eds giving a hint there.

3.) 22 May 2019 11:42:34
Mort, reports this morning that DDG has turned down our best and final offer for a contract extension. As such he will either leave this summer for a fee or next summer on a bosman.

4.) 22 May 2019 11:44:17
KG that was a good piece, wondering why you didn't add Milenkovic. He seems to be mentioned from all angles, even a few of the Eds here.

5.) 22 May 2019 12:25:05
Shappy good keepers but I don't think any of them will be number 1 next season whether de gea goes or stays.

6.) 22 May 2019 12:33:34
Great read KG and loving the depth of knowledge from some of the posters as well as the Eds.
I think to give Henderson/ pereira a shot in a years time if DDG we should stick with Romero who is underrated in my opinion.
With that I would love a piece on CM and RW options for us.

7.) 22 May 2019 12:37:07
Not had chance to check the hot sheets yet Shappy. If true I'd be on the phone to Real, PSG an Juventus try an spark some bids.

8.) 22 May 2019 13:14:58
We have another good young goalkeeper, o hara was on loan at Macclesfield kept them in the league and he won the 3 player of the year awards there.

9.) 22 May 2019 14:18:07
If DDG leaves it's a gamble for any club who wants him to wait a year to get him on a 'free' because another club might come in for him.

Besides, it's not really free because there would be massive signing on fees and probably demands for even greater wages ala Sanchez.



Five Defenders Manchester United Could Realistically Acquire

20 May 2019 15:12:14
{Ed's Note - KingGiggsy has posted a new article entitled, Five Defenders Manchester United Could Realistically Acquire


1.) 20 May 2019 16:08:25
Nice change of pace from the "we are doomed" posts that have littered the site over the past couple of weeks.

Some interesting reading, however, stats in isolation don't really tell us that much. They don't say the level of opposition, or the style of play, the individual or team tactics. They also don't tell us anything about the players mentality, which has been a key issue.

Koulibaly seems like he is everyones favourite, he would certainly be an improvement but then a 50 odd year old Steve Bruce would be an improvement on what we have.

I have two concerns about Koulibaly. First that his passing isn't as good as the statistics make out. For example he has a similar pass success rate to Smalling. Making a high number of 3-5 yard passes sideways does not make you good on the ball. Often like Smalling when he tries a more creative or ambitious pass he gives the ball away. Secondly, he has only been playing at an elite level for two seasons. Before that he was mediocre. For a player who will soon turn 28 that is a little concerning. Would he be able to adapt to a new league and maintain his current form? I'm not sure, and for a rumoured 100m+ you need to be damn well certain. We can't afford to spend big on another flop.

2.) 20 May 2019 15:58:46
Thanks, Ed.

3.) 20 May 2019 16:33:37
Totally agree Shappy. Also, Napoli are asking ridiculous money for him. I don't rate him when compared to de Ligt.
Also Diaz at Benfica is a better option. Even Ben Godfrey at Norwich is a good option. There's also Harry McGuire. All these are better options than Koulibaly.
My dream purchases will be de Ligt and Alderweild. And that'll sort out our defence, with the addition of a good RB.

4.) 20 May 2019 16:52:25
remindes me of mangala at city look w that turned out he was supposed to be the next best thing to sliced bread.

5.) 20 May 2019 16:58:44
Thanks for the responses.
Sure, this wasn’t meant to represent the full story but more provide something different. The biggest surprise for me was Ake. Especially when you consider the other factors you mention Shappy, here is a player performing well within a team that defensively hasn’t been the best, particularly away from home. Ake looks like a very underrated prospect to me.

6.) 20 May 2019 17:06:57
Think it’s unfair to compare him to Mangala dazw. I watch a lot of Serie A and he has been the top cb over the past two seasons, and that’s with the likes of romagnoli, chiellini and skriniar being in the league.

I disagree to an extent shappy. Sure he is not as comfortable as De Ligt or Laporte on the ball but still He’s a very capable passer. Much better than he’s given credit for. You have to be decent if he’s played for sarri who likes to build from the back. I think what we lack is a bruising, big cb who commands the area and the back line. He fits the bill for me and his lack of quality on the ball can be made up by lindelof’s ability next to him.

7.) 20 May 2019 17:35:18
park ment it more that the prem and italian league are different should of explained better he looks a good player but so did mangala especialy for the silly money being quoted.

8.) 20 May 2019 19:09:54
Koulibaly gets caught out of position by centre forwards far too often for my liking. Bobby Moore wasn't the fastest over 10 yards but mentally he was very quick which meant he rarely got beaten. We do need a big defender like for example Jaap Stam who was just a great defender and could not be out sprinted or out muscled but Koulibaly does not seem to me to be the man we need. Yes he is definitely than most of the centre backs we have but I want us to have the best possible and not panic buy yet again.

It's unfortunate that we have made a rod for our own backs by paying too much in the past for lots of players but we now need to spend wisely.

9.) 20 May 2019 23:43:53
I would not even consider Koulibaly for the amount of money they are demanding, we don't need another saga related to money and wages in the dressing room.
I would rather spend the less on players like Milenkovic, Romagnoli or even Issa Diop.

10.) 21 May 2019 17:55:16
It’s crazy the way some of you are talking re Koulibaly. He’s an absolute monster, he’s quicker than most, stronger than most, taller than most and bloody well better than most.

You all mention “Ah i’d take Milenkovic over him” when damn well you never would have heard of Milenkovic, never mind even considered him, if it hadn’t been for Ed002 mentioning him as a possibility.

It’s laughable.

11.) 21 May 2019 22:55:25
Mpez, I don't think anyone is saying Koulibaly isn't a good player, he is. And he is certainly better than what we have. But if rumours are to be believed we had an offer of 95m rejected, and they won't sell for anything less than 120m.
For a soon to be 28 year old defender who has only being performing at the top level for 2 years is too much for most people. I think that's fair comment.




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18 Jun 2019 12:07:49
I would sell everyone of our players that aren’t facing in the same direction as the club, everyone of them.
Can any of the Eds confirm whether any ‘values’ based assessment is done prior to signing any players? It is a growing trend in other industries, it’s seriously something our club needs to start doing.


{Ed002's Note - No, but some clubs only want intelligent players that won't cause any issues on or off the field.}



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18 Jun 2019 07:14:24
The best move for the player would be to Juventus. Always has been in my eyes.




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17 Jun 2019 22:35:22
Thanks, Ed.




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17 Jun 2019 20:19:03
Ed, has anything changed on the CB interest front aside from this?
Are the club in contact with any clubs regarding specific players?


{Ed002's Note - The club will have been talking to agents and to some clubs. If they persist with Diop them I think you can scratch KK from the list. And I gave an update recently.}



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15 Jun 2019 11:39:54
It still AMAZES me how Nathan Ake gets overlooked by the majority.
Forget the BIG names, look under the surface at proven, statistical analysis of the players and you will surprise yourselves.
Ake, Romagnoli, Ake and possibly De Ligt are the main 4 we should be looking at. For an experienced CB, we should be looking at Alderweireld.





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16 Jun 2019 13:41:01
Ed004 I completely agree.
I mentioned a couple of weeks back my concerns re: early signings etc and was criticised for expecting much too early. For me, the writing has been boldly written on the wall for some time. We need to lose the big egos ASAP and EW. Only then will things begin to get better.


{Ed004's Note - I wouldnt be against selling Pogba if we had already gotten in Bruno and a holding midfielder cause then Pogbas funds would just go straight to his replacement. Now teams know we will have a big influx of cash and we will again have to overpay even more}



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16 Jun 2019 01:01:26
No idea where this spectacle takes place but if there’s the option of being involved next year, I’m Roy.


{Ed033's Note - Oxford



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07 Jun 2019 10:26:13
AJH, what about winning the penalty? I any England att player had a bad game it was Sterling.




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07 Jun 2019 10:25:02
Not sure I was watching the same match! Lingard was great when he came on and unfortunate not to start IMO. GS got in wrong last night, it should have been a back 3 with our wide players doubling up. We were never going to have much joy through the middle. Lingard as a second striker/ no10 dropping into the space would have been far more effective.




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20 May 2019 16:58:44
Thanks for the responses.
Sure, this wasn’t meant to represent the full story but more provide something different. The biggest surprise for me was Ake. Especially when you consider the other factors you mention Shappy, here is a player performing well within a team that defensively hasn’t been the best, particularly away from home. Ake looks like a very underrated prospect to me.