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07 Jul 2017 22:55:59
Jim White just tweeted that It's have outbid Chelsea and the deal will be done by tomorrow with Rooney going the other way agreed too

Jim White is normally pretty accurate when he doesn't use the term 'sources'. Guess we'll find out soon enough, Good deal for me as we lose Rooney's wages and gain a potential golden boot winner.

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07 Dec 2015 03:51:16
Hey eds hope you had a good weekend

With LVG preferring unpolished youth and a combination of left and right footed centre back I wondered if we have looked at Alessio Romagnoli from AC Milan? I know he's a recent signing but if they don't make the champions league this season I would think they'd consider a decent offer

Also when he looks to address the right wing issue, do you think he will go for potential or more established this time after taking the risk signing Depay and Martial before they were ready?

Thanks in advance, your info and opinions are ALWAYS appreciated despite some phallic domes on here.

MikeT80

{Ed002's Note - Roma lost the battle to get Alessio Romagnoli to sign a new contract with Milan buying him in the sumer of 2015 - with Sampdoria and Arsenal very keen on the player. Roma had offered him to Chelsea as part of a deal for Salah. He won't be moving again anytime soon.

I cannot distinguish between what you consider"potential" and "more established". I have explained who the wide players are who the club has been showing an interest in (Bernardo, Rafa Silva, El Ghazi, Mane).}


1.) 07 Dec 2015 08:51:26
What about Bale Ed002? Is he still going to be available to United at the 'right price' next summer or has that ship well and truly sailed?

{Ed002's Note - You need the Real Madrid page.}


2.) 07 Dec 2015 09:31:02
If I need the Real Madrid page then Bale is obviously no concern to Man Utd which means the ship has sailed and you have indirectly answered my question anyways Editor 002. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - You are an idiot.}


3.) 07 Dec 2015 09:40:16
Touché ed002. Touché.


4.) 07 Dec 2015 12:38:29
I did try asking if there was any info or update on Bale on the Real Madrid page and the response was 'no' so I guess that answers your questions Maze!


5.) 07 Dec 2015 13:19:14
Milan are in a similar position to us in rebuilding. They won't sell one of the best young defenders in italy.


 

 

01 Jul 2015 18:28:00
Gundogan has signed a new deal at Dortmund. They said only 1 player is leaving originally, is it still possible Hummels wants out eds? Thanks in advance

MikeT80

{Ed004's Note - He could still leave but I reckon he will stay}


1.) 01 Jul 2015 23:45:18
2 years is a short contract. It could be to extract a larger fee from a purchasing club


2.) 02 Jul 2015 00:53:52
He's probably waiting for Barcelona to come calling next summer.


3.) 02 Jul 2015 07:37:28
Agree with sparky


4.) 02 Jul 2015 09:08:22
It's not really a two year contract rather a one year extension to the one year he had remaining.

I know people will say it doesn't make a difference but it does, his extension doesn't include a pay rise, which would indicate that Dortmund are more worried about getting a large fee and Gundogan know's he needs a good season to prove his worth and to get the move to the club he wants and the pay rise that will come with it.

From what I've heard Bayern and Barca were both interested but not at the price Dortmund wanted and were not willing to offer the wages Gundogan wanted as they felt it was a bit of a gamble to sign him.

This way he gets a chance to prove himself and win himself the move he wants, and Dortmund get to protect their asset value in the player and means that Tuchel doesn't have too much disruption with the squad. It's probably the best deal for all involved.


5.) 02 Jul 2015 09:53:18
if i wants a move to bayern or barce he will have to find some form .
he has beem average really


6.) 02 Jul 2015 09:59:52
What makes you think he didn't get a pay rise Shappy? That's pretty a absurd statment to me.


7.) 02 Jul 2015 10:09:36
I'm not saying he definitely didn't get a pay rise, but from what I've heard he didn't. It's just a extension of his current terms for an extra year.


8.) 02 Jul 2015 10:33:50
No way he had plenty of options he would have got some big fat payment mate. I'm sure of it.


9.) 02 Jul 2015 11:15:22
Apparently not, it was his wage demands that scared off the interest in him. He is a shadow of the player he was, If he want's the higher wages he desires he will have to prove he's worth it first.


10.) 02 Jul 2015 14:03:23
So heaps of major clubs are chasing him and willing to offer him a big pot of cash and he suddenly decides against earning more money?

'No I will stick to my current deal even though negotiations have went on for months and even if it is much less than what I could get elsewhere' said no 24 year old ever.


11.) 02 Jul 2015 15:33:08
Lots of big clubs were interested in him but apparently his preference was Barca. This extra year will let him stay at Dortmund for another 6 months or a year and then allow Dortmund to receive a fee for him when Barca are able to register players in January or next summer.


 

 

29 Jun 2015 03:35:29
Quick question, has there been any interest from us at all for Asier Illaramendi?

I know Liverpool are heavily linked but I feel he fits our needs perfectly. Averaging 30+ passes a game with an completion of over 90%, likes to sit deep and act as a bridge, rarely caught out of position and is really highly rated among peoplei in Spain. Don't know if the did something to barely play for Madrid, especially when Modric was out, but for the 15 million being touted I think it's worth a punt. Schneiderlin is a great box to box player, think Asier will be better in the Carrick/Xavier/Pirlo type role we're looking to employ

Thoughts?

MikeT80

{Ed001's Note - he has been offered around, United have shown no inclination to sign him, or he would have been the one brought up in the De Gea talks, rather than Ramos.}


1.) 29 Jun 2015 16:56:24
Ed,

I've heard were refusing to use de gea in a deal for ramos?

Any truth in that

Cheers

{Ed004's Note - No idea. I doubt it, we would probably welcome a swap of some kind}


2.) 29 Jun 2015 21:10:14
let them throw in Benzema and more than happy if we wrote them a fat juicy cheque for Ramos and Benzema with DDG going the other way.

Maybe we are trying to get them to buy Di maria back for 59 million :)


 

 

 

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08 Jun 2016 13:36:03
Eric Bailly confirmed by us subject to a work permit. Nice to finally see a transfer not dragged out and come out of left field before the papers got too much wind of it.

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03 Jun 2016 16:18:23
We are all in agreement that we need a commanding centre back in the summer to sure things up, and it got me talking with friends about it

Just thought I'd see what everyone thought (Ed's included) on who in football today could be classed as both top drawer and commanding

The list I got was short and very few of those are attainable, so figured I'd gather opinions on here.

MikeT80

1.) 03 Jun 2016 16:39:25
Few and far between I'd say those types, Manolas looks both those but admit I've not seen much of him. Garay but again little to judge on.


2.) 03 Jun 2016 16:44:16
Godin is the only one I can think of. Terry was up there but age has caught up with him. Bonucci you could probably say. Maybe Ramos.


3.) 03 Jun 2016 19:26:13
I think Dave will stay for another year at least.

Doesn't Madrid have a transfer embargo in-place against them?


4.) 03 Jun 2016 19:39:21
This was my issue with it, so few around. Now that begs the question of is it a dying art? Shame as I believe that if we had a Kompany, Terry or Vidic type to marshall and control the back line we'd be able to be more attacking without getting opened up against these lesser teams

Haven't seen enough full matches with Manolas to comment on him but I'm hoping he's an exception and that we push for him.


 

 

27 Apr 2016 14:05:37
Ok as the season is drawing to a close I figured I'd get a debate going on our signings since Fergie went (ones who have made a few appearances at least) and get opinions on them all

Juan Mata - Decent signing but hasn't got the pace or work rate to be anywhere but #10. 7/ 10
Marouane Fellaini - Can do a job and had a few good games 5/ 10
Guillermo Varela - Starting to look better with each game but still suspect defensively. Judgement withheld for now 6/ 10
Victor Valdes - Only 2 appearances and brought a lot of problems 0/ 10
Daley Blind - Rarely played in his natural position and has done anything asked, decent season this year. 8/ 10
Angel Di Maria - Didn't want to join, so his heart was never in it. Very few good moments. 3/ 10
Marcos Rojo - Not a LB and not suited to be a CB in this league. 4/ 10
Luke Shaw - Showed great promise after overcoming the constant injury niggles of last year till the leg break. Withholding judgement. 7/ 10
Ander Herrera - Has looked good and shows promise if deployed with the right players. Talented but hasn't shown it yet. 6/ 10
Memphis Depay - Clear talent but constant cutting in and poor decision making is hampering him. Could be Ronaldo, could be Nani. Withholding judgement. 5/ 10
Matteo Darmian - Gary Neville-esque but struggling without a real right winger to form a partnership with. Hoping for more. 6/ 10
Morgan Schneiderlin - Like Herrera, being used in the wrong way. Shown glimpses of the marauder from Southampton but still not there. 7/ 10
Bastian Schweinsteiger - Has looked to give confidence to others a few times but injuries and mixed form has hampered. May be 2 years too late. 5/ 10
Sergio Romero - Brought in to be a benchwarmer but would rather see Castro Pereira getting the first team experience. 4/ 10
Anthony Martial - One of the few bright sparks this year, constant threat and constantly improving. Could be world class. 9/ 10.

MikeT80

1.) 27 Apr 2016 20:17:57
Tbh I think it's hard to judge in such a restricting team but the stand outs have been Martial, Shaw and prob Blind. I think on numerous occasions Herrera and Mata have done well, I like Morgan and think he will come good. Jury still out on Darmian, Memphis and varela. Fellaini, Romero and Rojo aren't of United quality. Bastian I dunno what to think of his input, very little, ADM was a conundrum, Valdes not even given a chance.


 

 

25 Feb 2016 23:17:21
Quick question for the eds

Rumours out of Spain say that Rodriguez has been made available for transfer as he has major issues with Zidane

1: Is this true that he is actively looking to move on

2: Are we genuinely interested or is it just paper talk

As LVG is always talking about pace I'm just surprised that we'd be seriously thinking about it, and if Jose comes in I don't think he has the work rate he asks for. I'd have to think it'd be a club choice rather than a manager choice if we are in for him

Thanks in advance peoples.

MikeT80

{Ed004's Note - I would be against the signing however he would come across as a marquee signing in Woodwards eyes so it could be a possibility. He has a lot of baggage by the sounds of it}


1.) 26 Feb 2016 02:40:41
Baggage that is our type of signing then .
Can i ask what you have heard about him Ed?

{Ed001's Note - he has a full set of Luis Vuitton cases, 15 cases of varying sizes, and he goes nowhere without them. He has a hell of a lot of baggage.....}


2.) 26 Feb 2016 09:58:18
Mad as a box of frogs I believe. He needs an army of people to carry his baggage.


3.) 26 Feb 2016 13:34:18
I think Rodriguez has issues full stop! not just with Zidane.
Never thought of him as world class, just a pretty boy whose shirts sell better than most that had a couple of good games in the last world cup.

Dont think he wopuld help memphis calm down either; mind they would have some great party tales for when they retire at 26 years lol.


 

 

02 Sep 2015 08:18:30
Ok guys quick question on what you think is going wrong at our academy. Was having a debate with some friends and as they were saying about our youth academy churning out players, and how the spending "isn't the United way" I quickly realised that hasn't been the case for years really. Quick list of home grown players over the last decade is a little depressing

Tom Cleverley, Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Adnan Januzaj, Danny Wellbeck. And at a push you can include Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique

Hardly a wealth of talent that's been top class, and virtually no top strikers for a long time (was always disappointed Giuseppe Rossi didn't make the grade for us) Why do you think this is? Especially the lack of a potent striker for so long

Am I missing anyone? And if not are we just riding on the reputation of the 90's as teams like Southampton have us beaten hands down it seems. Thoughts?

MikeT80

1.) 02 Sep 2015 09:41:51
To be honest this is the same for all clubs in the PL. I think if a club Coukd get 1 player coming through and actually being a starter every 1/2 years they would be doing well.
You state Southampton but the amount they have had really is because they had to do it this way through the leagues.
Not so many coming through now and I think there is unrest between the manager and academy director as koeman is buying rather than trusting the academy.


2.) 02 Sep 2015 09:49:37
Mike.

People are always looking at our ability to develop young talent through rose tinted glasses. '92 was a fluke, in terms of our academy in the past 30-40 years. Yet we always have the phrase 'we don't buy talent we make it'. To an extent that is true, it's just that the talent we have developed since '92 has generally been of a mid table team standard. We have filled teams such as Everton, Sunderland, Wigan and hull over the years with our cast offs. On the whole they have been reasonably successful yet it has been very difficult to distinguish any top top talent from our academy.

As for not buying talent. Well over the last 25-30 years we have regularly broken fee records with our latest being the most expensive teenager. We paid record fees for Cole, Rio, Rooney we have paid extraordinary amongst for players. I remember us signing carrick and


3.) 02 Sep 2015 09:52:59
*sorry posted accidentally.

I remember when we signed carrick people complained we had over paid, I remember when we signed berbatov it was a fair price, I remember us paying a large fee for a player with dodgy knees. Not once but twice in short succession.

Yes our academy is better than most but no means is it the best especially as it isn't the best in the country.

Sorry about the ranting it just annoys me when people hear a phrase so often they start to believe it.


4.) 02 Sep 2015 11:02:37
Good post.

Right well the reason we have struggled to develop top class strikers and goalkeepers is mostly down the the importance of the position. Most top clubs with a few noticeable exceptions struggle to produce top class strikers and goalkeepers, and none manage it on a consistent basis.

The reason for lies in the importance of the positions, all young players need game time to progress, they need to make mistakes and learn from them. But top clubs need a much higher level of consistency to achieve their aims. Games are won and lost on the actions of a few players on the pitch. Those players are either the ones scoring the goals or keeping them out. Everyone else plays their part but as we are seeing at the moment with our team, we are creating chances but our strikers aren't scoring them, our defenders are doing their best defending to the extent that our goalkeeper has only had to make 12 saves in 6 games, unfortunately he has missed 3 of those saves and we lost a game because of it. Had our keeper made the saves and our strikers scored their chances we would have won that game playing exactly the way we did.

It is for those reasons that makes top clubs reluctant to give youth a chance in these key areas and as such means they don't get the experience to improve and reach their potential. Nearly all the best strikers and goalkeepers in the world started out at smaller clubs with lower expectations meaning they were able to field inexperienced young players in key positions.

As for our own youth team unfortunately our club has fallen well behind in youth development and a lot of our methods and training was painfully out dated and left our young players ill equipped to progress at the highest level. LvG has come in and given our youth set up a massive shake down and is starting to implement the kind of procedures that should have been in place. Unfortunately with youth development it takes a long time to see the fruits of your labours, changes made now will have the yes effect on the youngest players in our system as they will have longer to develop through it. Meaning those guys might not be knocking at the door of the first team for 7 or 8 years. The club still needs to keep moving forward during that time and will have to lean more heavily on young players brought into the first team form outside the club to develop into top class first team players in the mean time.

As for can we claim that we developed a player if they say join the club at 18 or 19 and then we start working on them? Of course we can any player regardless of age that we bring into the club and improve them with our training and our coaching methods can be claimed that we helped develop them. Obviously someone else had done so before they came to our club and obviously they have to take a large part of the credit as it was them who put the work in. But we developed them. Would Ronaldo be the player he is today without the help and guidance we gave him, would David De Gea?

We have some very talented young players in the first team squad, players such as McNair, Shaw, Blackett, Martial, Januzaj, Depay and Wilson. I also expect us to add to that in the next couple of windows. Some will develop into top class players, some will develop into good players. But they will all develop and improve.


 

 

 

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11 Aug 2017 16:00:19
'This video is not available'
Noooooooooooooo!
Ed you tease, I'd just sent my missus out of the room and everything so I could groove and learn in peace!

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11 Aug 2017 16:11:44
Scratch that, found a working link on this site rather than the YouTube channel

She those dulcet tones must charm the pants off your harem Ed, though you do have a deep voice for a woman.

MikeT80

{Ed033's Note - Ed002 is very butch.


 

 

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30 Jun 2016 18:01:01
That signing was confirmed weeks ago Setter but as I and a few others said, he wasn't signing until 1st of July due to the bonus he was due from PSG. Besides, noones there at Utd yet anyway so there was never a rush.

MikeT80

{Ed002's Note - He wasn't signing because the transfer window isn't open.}


 

 

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11 Jun 2016 10:48:02
Well that cleared up a question I've wondered for years now, so thank you Ed. Always appreciated.

MikeT80

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Mike.}


 

 

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11 Jun 2016 10:40:50
Thank you Ed, legend as always. But out of curiosity, does that mean that the Suarez 'Release Clause' that was reported when he was at Liverpool was misleading info (shock horror)?

Arsenal reportedly bid the 40million clause but it was turned down. As they're in the same country that would have been impossible by what you've said, so am I right in assuming that we were given misinformation by the news outlets over this?

MikeT80

{Ed002's Note - The situation with Arsenal was that with Suarez desperate to leave the previous summer Liverpool had agreed that if any offer over £40M was made then Suarez would be allowed to move if he wanted to. This was not a buy out or release clause but what is now becoming more popular – a termination clause. At the time, the expectation was that Real Madrid would step in (which was what Suarez then wanted) with an offer but it was far too low for Liverpool to accept. Arsenal made the offer of £40M plus £1 as Guardiola was unsure whether it was “£40M and above” or “over £40M” – there was nothing wrong with that. At the time, as this was seemingly the only way out of Liverpool, Suarez was willing to accept this as a stepping stone to one of the major Spanish clubs, but the Liverpool board blocked it. Suarez's agents took legal advice and were set to argue that Arsenal matched the clause that allowed to leave and that they should allow the player to discuss the transfer with Arsenal as soon as is possible. They would then look to leverage this legal position to stop Liverpool blocking the transfer and were willing to use the £2M then due the player as an incentive in order to facilitate the transfer. Suarez would have moved to Arsenal given the opportunity and this is when he started his campaign against the club regarding broken promises etc.. That summer, Liverpool agreed that he would be able to leave the following summer, regardless – this was done to avoid any potential legal battle. By the following summer Barcelona were interested and that suited Suarez – better than Madrid he tells the Catalan media when they ask. If the matter had of gone to court there would be no doubt the move could have been forced. An appeal would have perhaps been considered by Liverpool but that would have potentially dragged on long enough to stop Suarez playing for anyone until it was resolved – and that could have had disastrous consequences for Liverpool.}


 

 

 

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17 Jul 2017 20:17:35
Aurier was 'the next big thing' and a future world beater a few years back. He's plied his trade in France for Lens and Toulouse before PSG signed him up at 21, first on loan then permanently

I vaguely remember he was linked with Barcelona as Dani Alves' long term replacement as well as a few other big clubs. Sadly a mixture of form and personal / attitude issues has severely hampered his progress

He's very short, even for a full back, but he is quick and surprisingly strong. Despite being very short he has played at CB for PSG more than once, but is primarily a wing back. He is strong in the tackle, though it's not his forte as his pace gets him out of trouble more often than not and his positioning can be suspect. Sadly his end product is similar to Valencia and he has only a few (5 or so) assists in 2 years with PSG (over 40 league games total)

Decent full back, similar to Tony V, but has attitude issues (homophobic slurs to the manager, publically abusing the referee and high profile Falling's out with team mates)

Decent player but for me he is not a massive upgrade on Tony, just younger at 24.

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23 Aug 2016 01:52:31
Was a talented right back in my youth but only got as far as the national league north. Laziness and a desire to see friends took away from that and couldn't be bothered going to a trial which spelled the end.

I got lucky and managed to be a professional coach for a good few years. Worked under Gary Megson, Dave Jones and our own Mike Phelan among others. Back injury resulting in close to paralysis ended that career, fine to walk and jog etc but out of the game. May look to finish my badges down the line but family and money means that takes a back seat for a while longer.

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15 Aug 2016 22:31:39
Something-Savic if I remember rightly, and I think he couldn't get a work permit so we released him but I am getting old so my memory could be failing me.

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07 Aug 2016 10:02:29
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for me. Wasn't the first choice starter yet never complained, never asked for a pay rise, always said he was just happy to be playing football for the biggest club in the world. Written off as a poacher by people but played anywhere he was asked, and of course gave us 1999 too. True legend and such a nice guy.

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04 Aug 2016 10:33:17
Ed002 said we may still look to a Right Back, though if Valencia keeps playing well he has the engine Mourinho likes, and I think we may grab a more experienced Centre Back but I think Jose is waiting to see how our current ones fare first.

MikeT80