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31 May 2018 07:02:14
Before we start this is only something iv read. Its a nice old school rumour with a story. I'm paraphrasing a bit but apparently our new sleeve sponsor is "Kohler" (an American manufacturing comapny) .

So the story goes that the guy who brokered the deal let it slip to someone that we have activated Griezmann''s release clause. Him accepting our offer is a different matter. Either way he won't be announcing where he's going until after the world cup.

If the the sleeve sponsor announced in the next two weeks is Kohler, then maybe this has legs.

Woodward is always looking for the big "markee" signing. Maybe Antoine is it?


1.) 31 May 2018 07:28:53
Mumbles I read exactly the same thing last night and not going to lie it got me very excited. I am very sceptical but there could be some truth in it. I would have thought Barcelona would have had this deal wrapped by now. But I think there is something to do with his release clause being activated at a certain date. I would love griezmann he is my preferred no 1 signing this summer. At least will if we announce the Koehler sleeve sponsor then perhaps we can get excited by this.

2.) 31 May 2018 09:07:19
I wouldn't be surprised if this was part of a strategy to get Bale, There is obvious interest in Bale and the numbers being quoted since he scored in the final seem to have increased maybe this is our way of saying if the price is to much we can go elsewhere. The good thing for us is there is a lot of top talent available just now so hopefully we don't get held to ransom as much as normal. Saying that with the names being thrown around looking for a move in the summer anyone else massively regretting buying Sanchez.

3.) 31 May 2018 09:30:52
Havent seen those Griezman rumours but its always struck me as odd that JM hasn't kept him in the frame . obviously wanted him and by all accounts we were close to getting him - now he is "available" again, human nature says JM just suddenly would not be interested in him -yes we got RL "instead" Fergie always wanted Batistuta, Van Persie, Lewondowski . so I can imagine JM has always considerd Griezeman as one that got away.

Griezeman meets EDS galatico policy and JM likes him a lot. so its not completely impossible just very doubtful to me.

Martial leaving puts a new slant on it all, if that's what happens this summer as the lad seems unsettled.

4.) 31 May 2018 10:03:11
Martial keeps his counsel very close to his chest too which I do like. Has he been quoted anywhere saying he is keen to leave or indeed stay?

5.) 31 May 2018 10:45:29
First time I've heard of kohler so well done to them.

6.) 31 May 2018 23:44:33
Read the Kohler would like a partnership with Koke also.



12 Nov 2017 07:06:11
I just seen that we're linked with a move for Asensio. I would have thought he'd be one of the key men in the Madrid rebuild over the next few years.


1.) 12 Nov 2017 12:41:31
didnt he sign a new contract in the summer with a ridiculous buyout clause?

2.) 12 Nov 2017 13:38:11
I think if he is available he would be moving to Barcelona but itd be stupid to sell him as he is as big talent as Mbappe.



20 Aug 2017 00:13:28
Steady improvement is all you can ask for in football. We've improved the squad with some quality players. Our attacking players have hit the ground running, 4 different scorers today. Last year we were grinding out 1-0's always looking like we were capable of conceding late. I know it's early days but when we go up against the little piggies who built their house out of brick, we won't huff and puff, we just kick the front door in!

We have options from the bench. We have different combinations in midfield depending on the opposition. Maybe lacking a back up striker and a full back but we have players who could fill in for shirt periods of time.

The old cliché rings true. Take each game as they come. We have pace, power, guile, height attacking set pieces. A mixed bag to cause any team problems. A couple more of those results and the fear factor will well and truly be back!


1.) 20 Aug 2017 09:52:45
Omg I just said a similar thing to this Mumbles. That we need a fullback predominantly right I think. That we need a right forward. Don't forget Martial and Rushford can play central of we get an injury to Lukaku. But I agree two more would be great. Although it'll be hard I think.

2.) 20 Aug 2017 11:55:48
Totally agree, the signs are good. Two different games and the same result, if we can do this against good opposition as well then we will romp the league. Punishing teams is a great thing because it will scare teams when they go a goal down, recent seasons opponents always thought they could win from a goal down or at least draw - now they may fear a pasting if they open up - nice to give opposition something to think about for once as it has been too easy for managers to know how to set-up against us and exactly how we will play.

3.) 20 Aug 2017 13:20:03
I think its the left back sydney, not right. Blind looked like he didn't want the ball yesterday and usually passes backwards.

4.) 20 Aug 2017 13:41:02
Nonsense. Blind was always an option and played well.

5.) 20 Aug 2017 13:50:17
Granted his delivery yesterday was not perfect, but defensively he was excellent again and always offers an outlet.

6.) 20 Aug 2017 14:05:09
I like Blind a lot he always tries has an excellent football brain and can pass well but and it is a big but. he is not fast and most right wingers or attacking fullbacks beat him. He will be targeted and against the better teams he will cost us goals if played against left back.

7.) 20 Aug 2017 17:03:51
Eric - Not sure how you can say it's 'nonsense' when most fans agree with the point. Blind is a passenger, he offered zero going forward. Every time he got the ball he passed it backwards or inside, never gave an option for the wide player, no overlaps and he was frequently letting the ball bounce in the box or was lucky to escape being flat footed when balls came in. We won despite Blind, not because of Blind.

It's very similar when Rojo plays out there. I find myself simply hoping for an average performance, because the alternative is disaster. Most other teams have full backs that are great assets and support the attackers, Blind can't offer that because he is very slow and by committing forward (where he offers little) he is exposing himself to a counter attack because he couldn't catch treacle.

Sad but true, he is not good enough as a full back and against good teams we would get punished.

8.) 20 Aug 2017 18:38:55
didn't rashford start off as a right winger? maybe try him there with martial on the left, but martial reminds me of olly comes off bench and does brill.

9.) 20 Aug 2017 20:17:11
Ole didn't cost us in excess of 50 million.

10.) 20 Aug 2017 21:16:45
Beast mate, I think we'll be alright against the top teams. Jose likes the play a tight game somewhat defensive against better opposition. I think Herrera will come in for those big games. A midfield of him closing down and winning the ball back, Pogba further up marauding with a free pass and Matic being the insurance, I think that's the best midfield 3 in the league.

But my favourite part of the make up of the team is very much akin to the 90's united. We have the players to play with the ball on the deck if you want a game of football. We have physically imposing players if you want a battle. We have height to defend a last minute barrage into the box and we have the players with the guile to open up stubborn defences. And something tells me we aren't done in the transfer market either.

11.) 20 Aug 2017 21:21:17
yeah mark let's start trying to fit people in again. No!, let's get specialists in positions we need.

12.) 20 Aug 2017 22:53:09
Blind is a utility player - a defensive one. To criticise him for not bombing forward and neglecting his primary duties of defending is simply ridiculous. In case nobody saw, we kept another clean sheet with him at left back. He tackled well, was solid, and never gave any of their players a sniff?

Two games in, we have scored 8 and conceded 0 yet there are those on here never happy - Beast mate you being a Primary culprit. Enjoy the moment - may not happen again all season! Thankfully Jose doesn't take any of our master tactical analaysis or transfer knowledge on board and picks a team for each match he thinks will win us marches. His career record speaks for itself so I'll leave it to him and enjoy watching us play fun football for the first time in years again.

13.) 20 Aug 2017 23:15:40
Totally agree about Blind. He doesn't offer anything going forward always cuts back and is afraid to overlap because he knows he can't get back quick enough if it breaks down. His crossing is very poor and they are always from deep, hopefully shaw can come back and find some form, wouldn't like to see blind starting against any if our rivals.

14.) 21 Aug 2017 12:16:18
Blind is not pacy enough to be a specialist left back, but when Shaw returns he'll take that slot, and help Rashford in the process. However, he is still a great utility player to call upon, whether in that position, centre half or defensive midfielder.

Gary Neville wasn't the fastest, but he could read the game and was rarely caught out of position. Blind is a very intelligent player, and from what I've seen of him, he rarely gets into a position where he has to run one on one with a winger.

15.) 21 Aug 2017 17:39:03
Blind rarely let's us down. What he lacks in pace he makes up in positioning and reading of the game. Also tidy on the ball.
A very good back up and utility player for me.
Doesn't deserve th stick.



09 Jul 2017 17:11:39
Evening Ed. We're all pretty up to date with the potential incoming signings. In regards to the potential outgoing players it all seems a bit quiet. We know there's interest from Italy from Darmain and Rooney has left. With Lindelof arriving, I'd imagine one of Jones, Smalling and Rojo being surplus to requirements. Do you know if the club is willing to look at offers for these players?

You've said we're interested in a right back and a left back. Seemingly if we did get Semedo, him and Valencia would share the position until it would eventually go to Semedo full time. But the left back position was chopped and changed so much last year. Is Shaw in danger of being sold? Has he any suitors? I'd imagine his high wages and fee being an issue for a prospective buyer.

Sorry to overload on one post but is there any interest in Blind? I could see him potentially going.

And last but not least. Martial is the big one. Is there interest in him and is Jose willing to part with him.

Very much appreciated mate!


{Ed002's Note - I have dealt with all of this before and it hasn't changed much:
Matteo Darmian
Marcus Rojo
Phil Jones (may not survive the planned Summer cull)
Ashley Young (Summer)
Michael Carrick (will not get a new contract unless no replacement is available in the Summer - else a one year extension)
Wayne Rooney (if Griezmann/Perisic signs)
De Gea (possibly out Summer but a dependency on Real Madrid renewing interest)
Sergio Romero (possibly - might depend on what happens with De Gea)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Luke Shaw
Ander Herrera (will stay after patching up the issue)
Juan Mata (possibly - maybe probably later in the window)

1.) 09 Jul 2017 18:19:36
Thanks loads for updated info Ed!

2.) 09 Jul 2017 18:23:52
I for one would be really peed off if mata was sold.

He is a class player and when he plays he is one of only a few who get the team ticking.

Ed can I ask what was the issue with Herrera?

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant.}

3.) 09 Jul 2017 19:29:46
Ed002, with you having Rooney going with Griezmann or Perisic coming in, does that mean Perisic is a done or close to being done deal with them already letting Rooney go?
I think he'd be a brilliant signing!

{Ed002's Note - No, don't read stuff in to everything.}

4.) 09 Jul 2017 19:33:36
Herrera told the media that the City game was our biggest game of the season, Jose was playing it as just another three points.

Like every manager when dealing with the media you don't go off script and contradict them. They have since kissed and made up, but I suspect Pogba might be made captain rather than Herrera because of this issue.

5.) 09 Jul 2017 20:33:16
Herrera and Barcelona talk whilst on international duty was the reason jose was p'd off I believe.
Inter haven't been offered enough cash is the Perisic situation.

6.) 09 Jul 2017 20:15:02
lads, save the date and time of the above post and anyone who asks the same question, this week, next week or the weeks after, let them know where to find it. As much as all the banter is good, i generally scan through to find the eds reply. i'd imagine others are the same, the search function is great if you have time, but some of us don't, so perhaps a gentle hint in the exact direction by regular visitors would alleviate the constant requests the eds have to put up with. i'd be gutted if Mata left too.

7.) 09 Jul 2017 21:36:33
The search function is great, but an answer to the same question 2 weeks ago isn't likely to be the same now with how fast situations are moving and changing daily.

If Perisic doesn't happen because we won't match their valuation, does anyone know of the alternatives we might go for?

8.) 09 Jul 2017 21:55:27
Emil forsberg, but a deal is highly unlikely!

9.) 09 Jul 2017 22:36:37
That would be amazing, he was a machine last season. If inter won't accept 45m for Perisic might be better offering that for Fosberg. Think a few 30m bids went in for him a bit ago.

10.) 10 Jul 2017 09:42:04
I believe with purchase of Lindelof, Blind would be moved back to midfiled as direct replacement to Carrick. So it's difficult to see if smalling is sold.

11.) 10 Jul 2017 13:48:11
Blind a direct replacement for Carrick? Daley Blind? Wow.

Wouldn't bother me if any of them left, Mata is a nice bloke but doesn't cut it on the pitch, too weak and too slow for a Jose team, I really like him and don't mind if he stays but doubt he will be first choice and shouldn't be.



02 Feb 2016 21:45:14
Giggsy off to Celtic?


1.) 02 Feb 2016 21:57:40
I read he was home ill.

2.) 02 Feb 2016 22:19:04
It's rubbish.




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17 Jul 2018 16:12:10
There's still plenty of time left in the transfer window and we've identified quality targets. But what is worrying is what seems to be the club's haphazard way of recruiting.

Since Fergie retired 5 years ago we have bought and sold, Valdez, Blind, Di Maria, Schweinstieger, Schneiderlin, Depay, Mkhitaryan and Zlatan. And there are those who the club are willing to let leave like, Pogba, Martial, Shaw, Rojo, Darmain amongst others.

We're in the midst of a power struggle. You either bend the knee to Jose and give him the players that he wants, even if some of them won't have any resale value ie Perisic. Or you get a manager in that has a long term vision for the club. We seem to be stuck in the middle.

I get that some of the players that left weren't exactly title winning quality but we don't seem to have a plan in place that goes beyond this current window.

Cards on the table, I do think Jose is the man to win us a league title but at what price? He has a problem with our best defender in Bailey, has a problem with our best midfielder in Pogba. Interesting few weeks ahead, because we know what Jose is like when he doesn't get what he wants!


1.) 17 Jul 2018 17:08:42
Good post, made me think a bit. Interesting to reconsider players brought in and how they fit in with the manager's preferred style.

LVG's first year - he brought in Shaw, Herrera, Blind, Di Maria, Falcao, and Rojo. I don't blame him for trying Falcao, what a talent if healthy. Blind and Herrera fit his style well. Rojo did not, he's not really a ball-playing back, and Di Maria stands out as a poor fit. Great counter-attacking, direct, risk-taking player, but such a poor fit for LVG's possession style.

LVG's 2nd year - Martial, Depay, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Darmian. None have worked out. Martial for various reasons but still with great potential. Depay was too soon, Schweinsteiger was too late, Schneiderlin underachieved here, and Darmian struggled offensively in the EPL. But you could see how the center mids especially should have fit LVG's plan, esp. Schweinsteiger. But looking back, a very poor window.

Mourinho's first year - Bailly, Pogba, Zlatan, Mikhi. A different type of player, athletic and powerful, though Mikhi not as much. 6th place that year with 2 trophies. But I still think that was a good window. Zlatan did what he was brought in to do, and brought back some swagger to the club.

Last year - we brought in Lukau, Matic, Lindelof, and then Sanchez. Lukaku had a good season, whatever his faults may be. Matic was very good but may have fatigued later on. Lindelof had an up and down year but clearly could become very good if given the chance. Sanchez, to me, still makes no sense. All 4 you could say fit Mourinho's counterattcking style but Sanchez did not deliver and only slowed down Martial and Rashford.

The shift from LVG to Mourinho was a major one tactically. For me, that matters most in central midfield and up front. Mou will look for athletic players rather than technical types. Gundogan is a perfect example. We didn't want him, Pep did. The case of Mata is an interesting one as well. He doesn't seem to fit Mourinho's style, and his minutes went way down after Sanchez arrived.

I just wish Mourinho would let the team play on the front foot.



16 Jul 2018 18:23:04
Thanks a million ed002 for the sharkopod!

So the players we've identified for the positions needed are good enough for us to push on and make a serious challenge for the title. So we'll see how serious the club are about winning trophies or if they're happy to just try an exist within the top 4?

If Woodward can get Alderweireld, Alex Sandro or Philip Max and Bale over the line then we'll have done well. If we start going further down the list then I think we could struggle to keep up this season.


{Ed002's Note - the club like all clubs will look for ways to improve, and this has to be within certain constraints imposed.}

1.) 16 Jul 2018 21:30:57
Why do you think Philip Max would be a good choice for United as you mention in the megasharkopod if you don’t mind my asking Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Nice thighs.}

2.) 16 Jul 2018 22:38:17
Nice and chunky eh Ed? 🍗.



04 Jul 2018 23:05:40
Ed002, are we maxed out on our wages? I remember you saying FFP had a word with us about them being too high. We had until March to make them happy hence Zlatan leaving then.

Would one of our top earners have to leave to accommodate a potential incoming player who would demand similar wages?


{Ed002's Note - The club has to stay within the parameters. It cannot keep adding without taking away.}

1.) 05 Jul 2018 05:41:17
Makes the sanchez deal look even more ridiculous.

2.) 05 Jul 2018 06:20:24
I’m sure their highly qualified accountants can add up and worked out the Sanchez figures.

3.) 05 Jul 2018 08:06:34
Yes but was that a position we needed to strengthen in. Probably not.

4.) 05 Jul 2018 09:43:44
When Sanchez comes on the market at £35m given today’s prices it was a no brainier.

5.) 05 Jul 2018 09:55:48
Yep 3 goals in 18 games. No brainer.

6.) 05 Jul 2018 10:17:35

Good job we signed him for more than 18 games then isn't it.

7.) 05 Jul 2018 10:29:08
Does that make him bad player? When he was looking likely to join City, people were questioning why utd is not interested, He is at utd you want him replaced by Rinaldo.

8.) 05 Jul 2018 10:35:09
Id imagine blind, rojo, Darmian, Shaw add quite a bit wages wise with little to zero contribution pitch wise. Jones, Smalling and Mata too. Would've added Fellaini but alas.

9.) 05 Jul 2018 10:51:16
If anyone else played as awfully as sanchez, i doubt they wpuld get 18 more games consecutively.

This supposedly from a manager who doesn't do favourites and only judges players on performances and mot reputation.

10.) 05 Jul 2018 11:05:00
Kenedyandy, i don't want ronaldo to replace sanchez, i want the players who were performing well, certainly better than sanchez in the left wing position before he joined to come back in.

11.) 05 Jul 2018 18:05:43
we got Sanchez in a straight swap for miki, sanchez is a miles better player.

he may be on more wages but he's not on a ridiculous amount more than mik.



04 Jul 2018 19:02:16
Every summer the Ronaldo transfer speculation always hots up. This year I think there might be something in him leaving. If the €100 million is an accurate price, in today's market it's not a lot for what you'd get.

He's adapted his game to be a pure machine in front of goal. Whatever front 3 we play they could interchange mid game. Get 2 years out of him, bring the premier league home and have a proper cracking at the champions league.

I can't see it happening but a man can dream!


1.) 04 Jul 2018 19:18:05
Would rather pay 70m for a 29 yr willian and even that wd be through gritted teeth but at least he is more what we need.

2.) 04 Jul 2018 19:44:24
I do like Willian but is he going to be the difference between us catching City? We need another forward that can ad goals to our team, that's not Willian. He's very good on the ball but his final ball isn't great. He'd be a good addition but if Ronaldo is available it's a no brained!

3.) 04 Jul 2018 19:51:07
Can’t pass up on Ronaldo at that price. Yes he’s 33 but he is like no other 33 year old. He has adapted his game and if we play him and Lukaku up top then we will challenge for the title. We surely cannot be letting Juve have a free run at him. He’s not the same player he was a few seasons ago in terms of dribbling but he is an absolute goal machine. And scoring goals has been our problem for a number of seasons.

4.) 04 Jul 2018 20:19:29
I doubt he would go juve . He will probably end up going to Psg with either Neymar or Mbappe movin the other way.

5.) 04 Jul 2018 20:16:40
Absolute must if ther3 is a chance he is moving. Forget the Willians and mandukic. Ronlado will 2in us th3 league and make us challenge for the champions league. He will also be a benchmark for some players and they will learn a lot from his attitude.

{Ed002's Note - Juventus have not, as of eight this evening, made any offer to Real Madrid for Ronaldo. They have however spoken with his representative, Jorge Mendes, about what it would take to get the player and whether or not he would be interested (given that there is aplan from Real Madrid to utilise him elsewhere in a transaction).

So would you get rid of Pogba and not use the money to buy Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and strengthen, but you would spend that money and a great deal more on a 33 year old with no residual value?}

6.) 04 Jul 2018 20:54:15
If i think with my brain i would use the money to buy Savic.

Based on past experience Utd haven't used theeir brain often.

Thanks for the update.

7.) 04 Jul 2018 21:11:57

Just out of curiosity has anyone shown inerest in Pogba, i know we are looking to move him on but there needs to be someone interested. 😂.

{Ed002's Note - He has been offered to three sides but none have bitten just yet. A relutance to discuss players in a more creative way by MU would hinder Real Madrid interest which might just be there.}

8.) 04 Jul 2018 21:56:57
Ed out of interest why are Utd offering Pogba? Has Jose seen enough and wants rid?

{Ed002's Note - It would be a way of raising money and critically removing wages. But right now it looks like he will stay.}

9.) 04 Jul 2018 22:14:36
Interesting Ed i reckon the players they probably want to diwcuaa would be the likes of Casemiro, Kroos and Bale.

10.) 04 Jul 2018 23:01:53
the fantasay ship with ronado sailed years ago build for the future not a one of season then have to start all over again as for willian he has been the worst right winger at the world cup.

11.) 05 Jul 2018 08:29:02
dazw, which of Panama or Tunisia's right wingers would you rather sign, out of interest?

12.) 05 Jul 2018 12:28:59
For me Ronaldo did not impress during the WC. Oh yes there were little cameos from the past, that Is past.
If it were an option I would rather have Bale who would be coming to have the whole team disrupted to revolve around him trying to live past glory days.
CR7? Thank you but leave the past where it is.



25 Jun 2018 18:04:12
So who out of the returning loanees do you think will get a place in the squad? I didn't see Tuanzebe at Villa, how did he do?

From what I saw of TFM, I think another loan would do him good. A stop start season at United wouldn't be great for his development. I'm sure another Prem club would take him.

I seen Pereira a hand full of times and I'm hopping he gets a place in the squad. If we let him go I think we'd regret in fairly quickly.


1.) 25 Jun 2018 19:18:12
I'm starting to think that if they go on loan they have gone from the club. I'm still waiting for Wilson, Powell, CBJ, etc.

I really hope to see TFM, Tuanzebe and Pereira but I just think that if they were fancied they would be in McTominay's shoes. I really really like TFM as well.

We have too much money if you are looking at it from a youth perspective. I'd love to be wrong about this, but when was the last time a loanee came back and had a first time shout, genuine question?

2.) 25 Jun 2018 22:23:14

3.) 25 Jun 2018 22:31:18
That’s true but beast is right who else comes back and makes it, and I’m surprised Jesse did if it was down to half the fans on here even when he did come back he’s not good enough unless we signed him as a Madrid flop.

4.) 26 Jun 2018 08:22:50
Stevie - Haha overlooked the most blatant example.

BigPoppa - that's true, I was one of them saying he wasn't good enough to be honest, but he certainly lifted his game. I still don't honestly think he is good enough to be a regular first team starter for a team intending to win leagues and the Big cup, as he doesn't do enough often enough. Although I hate the term he is a genuine quality squad player. We have too many people that are classed as 'squad players' when all they seem to do is take up a number and contribute almost nothing. Rather see those kids given a chance than the likes of Blind and Darmian getting filler games.

I suppose Foden staying at City backs up my point as well, if they are good enough the club will want to keep them around the place, get them used to the standards expected. Very rarely will a loanee benefit from the experience and force themselves into the first team nowadays, there are exceptions but on the whole a loan out is practically a one way ticket.




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18 Jul 2018 19:53:35
Do you honestly think we're going to lose money selling Pogba? Even with the way the market has inflated over the last two years since we've bought him. The lad has just had a brilliant world cup which he was an integral part of why they won it and you're suggesting we sell him off cheap so we can buy SMS for the same price?

I get that it's just an excerise to show how we can recycle the team and get us back to the top, but it's a tad silly.




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18 Jul 2018 19:31:04
Our midfield is fine. Fred replaces Carrick who barely played. We have options for a midfield two or three depending on the opposition.

Beast, we don't need that much surgery done at once. We need a top centre back, recruitment at left back and our defense will be good enough to challenge.

Our main problem is goals from the attacking supporting cast. Lukaku done well last year but I'll expect better in terms of goals. The rest of the forwards don't contribute enough in terms of goals. That's why Bale or a wide player that can get amongst the goals is paramount.

Lukaku was the only player to get into double figures. Martial scored 9, Lingard 8, Rashford 7, Mata 3 and Sanchez 2.

We already don't give too much away at the back and with an improved defense we could do even better. I like our midfield, they too could chip in with a few more but if we can get that one attacker in that can get us over the line against some of the trickier opponents in the league. I think we'd be able to challenge.

A centre back, a left back and a goal scoring winger and we're done!




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05 Jul 2018 16:40:54
I don't watch Serie A but having see Juventus in the Champions league a bit, Dybala has never warrented the hype he gets. I don't see it.




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06 Jun 2018 19:01:07
Thanks ed! If you have the time in the future to explain "release clauses" it would be amazing. I think the general consensus of them is X player has a £50 million clause. We bid and that's that. I think this assumption stems from Football Manager. Would love more details about it when you have the time. Cheers!


{Ed002's Note - Perhaps a reminder about transfer related clauses would be apt. This is a horribly complex area not least because they are written under individual national laws. They cause a great deal of misunderstanding with football supporters and the media alike.

The "buy out clause" is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain about five years ago which is why they have an exception. All players in Spain and Portugal have a release clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without tax implications. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable. All players in Iberia must have a figure set and agreed with the club. So "buy out" clauses are very rare. Related to this is the Webster Ruling but I don't intend to go in to that now.

A "release clause" is far more common in that it gives a figure that the club would accept for the sale of a player to another club - but it is not legally binding except where both parties (clubs) are in the same country (for the sake of argument I should say that football Spain and Portugal count as the same country as do England and Wales) for legal purposes. These are normally unreasonably high figures (Messi at Barcelona for example) introduced to act as a deterrent for hostile bids - and even then the club could easily block a move. However, if a club in the same country does agree to match a release clause then the selling club would be obliged to ask the player if he is interested - there is no obligation on the player to make a move. For interested clubs outside of the country, the selling club may use it as a guide but are under obligation to accept a bid and may demand a higher figure.

There is then the becoming popular "termination clause" which is binding between the player and the club and if met would see an offer from anywhere accepted and the player given the opportunity to make a call on a move. This overcomes the issues associated with "buy out" clauses as the money would be paid by one club to another and about the legal proximity of the buying side.}



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06 Jun 2018 18:49:08
Thanks ed. Have United been in contact with Atletico over a deal for the player?


{Ed002's Note - I have explained their interest in the apst. Right now the player is at the World Cup and no doubt pondering the Barcelona situation. AM want him to stay.}




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15 Jul 2018 18:53:30
That was tongue in cheek mate.




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15 Jul 2018 18:15:37
Pogba lining up next to SMS in midfield, pinging balls to Bale and Perisic on the wings!




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11 Jul 2018 17:01:57
Pogba is a marked man within the punditry circles. He plays for United, at the time it was a world record fee and he dyes his hair. The three things the old guard can't get their head around! He does things that I'm sure infuriate us all but he's still a class act and will only improve.

The media have these preconceived notions that they tend to rattle off during most games that don't hold up well when scrutinised.

Pogba isn't worth £89 million. Two years ago it was a world record fee. Now you have players like Dembele and Coutinho going for north of £130 million. £89 million doesn't look too shabby.

The main part of his game he needs to improve on is the simple things. He can ping a ball 40 yards, dribble by 2 or 3 defenders, get stuck into a tackle but it's his 10 yard pass that will go astray. Cut out the unnecessary flicks and improve his concentration and there's a world class midfielder in there.

Anyone who watches us every week will see how good he is. It's the pundits that have it in for him.




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04 Jul 2018 19:44:24
I do like Willian but is he going to be the difference between us catching City? We need another forward that can ad goals to our team, that's not Willian. He's very good on the ball but his final ball isn't great. He'd be a good addition but if Ronaldo is available it's a no brained!




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29 Jun 2018 12:56:45
He's two hot and cold for me. Some days he's unplayable and others he looks woefully out of his depth. Always depends who he's playing beside, I think he's better when he's playing next to an accomplished centre back. When he's the main man I think he can be got at fairly easily. Haven't said that, that's some trophy haul he's got over the last 7 years!